Ridgewood has lost one of its own.
Peter Cardella, the founder of the Peter Cardella Senior Center and various other area organizations, has died at the age of 96, Community Board 5 District Manager Gary Giordano announced Wednesday.
Queens Borough President Melinda Katz kicked off the second part of her Jamaica Planning Initiative Conference last Saturday at York College.
The effort, kicked off by Katz this past summer, once again brought several hundred people from the government, business, real estate, finance, education and residential property-owner sectors of the community.
Members of the Udalls Cove Preservation Committee want the city to purchase what they call a vital piece of property to add to the nature preserve, and they are putting their money where their mouths are.
The committee and several area groups have offered the city between $30,000 and $40,000 toward the acquisition of the Callender property, an 11,800-square-foot parcel of privately owned land, which is near the Udalls Cove preserve’s Aurora Pond.
Memo to elected officials and NYPD brass: Don’t hold your collective breath waiting for Community Board 13 to give up on the prospect of a new 116th police precinct, preferably around Rosedale.
That was the clear message sent Monday night when the board approved its Fiscal Year 2016 funding priorities, with site selection for a new police station occupying its accustomed place at the top of the list.
After a series of twists and turns, negotiations and debates, the Astoria Cove project was unanimously approved by the City Council on Tuesday.
The development — which includes waterfront access, affordable housing, a commercial corridor, green space and a school — is the first to be approved under the new affordable housing stipulations made by Mayor de Blasio this year.
It’s always gridlock alert day in Downtown Flushing.
Calling it “the perfect storm,” Flushing developer Michael Meyer said last Friday at a Community Board 7 district cabinet meeting that changing bus routes, construction and increased traffic have exacerbated the situation over recent months.
Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder is calling on the Department of Transportation to patch up holes in several fences near MS 202 Robert H. Goddard School in Lindenwood, which he and school officials say are being used by students to cut across Conduit Avenue.
Those with gripes and grievances about airplane noise and pollution met with Port Authority officials last week after a three-month hiatus to try once again to establish the structure and governance of a community aviation roundtable.
The governor ordered the Port Authority to create the roundtable over a year ago, but nothing has materialized because different groups from various impacted communities cannot agree on whether there should be one roundtable for the entire airspace or separate roundtables to address issues at LaGuardia and John F. Kennedy International airports.
This year, although there was a good turnout of voters, our polling location ran smoothly as always because of our professional poll workers and translators. I just couldn’t help but think about how easy the “shower curtain” voting booth was. With no small print and the searching f
or the right offices and the right names. But we were all there voting the new way making sure that we voted for our candidates. The candidates that were re-elected to their positions were Rep. Nydia Velazquez, state Senator Joe Addabbo Jr. and Assemblyman Michael Miller; every one of these incumbents was re-elected. The Greater Woodhaven Development Corporation and the Woodhaven Business Improvement District congratulate all of our elected officials and look forward to working with them to keep our beloved Woodhaven community strong, prosperous and safe. Now we continue working with our elected officials on all of our local ongoing projects such as the Rockaway Beach Branch Line/Queensway Proposal (as I mentioned in my last column), which we do not want to affect the Woodhaven homeowners on 98th Street, and their quality of life. There are alternatives here, one to make the entire area parkland, go underground at the Atlantic Avenue entrance or leave it as is. Also to be noted: the GWDC and the WBID wish list project for last year was our request of LED street lights for our Woodhaven’s Jamaica Avenue. This wish fulfilled by our Queens Borough President Melinda Katz. The GWDC and the WBID thank Katz for this lighting.
Also, we got the enclosure of our now historically landmarked Forest Park Carousel for all year use. Hopefully the two remaining wish list projects will also be fulfilled.
Borough President Melinda Katz and Councilman Rory Lancman discuss the Queens spaces included in the Parks Department’s Community Parks Initiative at a Borough Board meeting at Borough Hall on Monday.
The de Blasio administration has secured $10 million in commitments toward the city’s bid to host the 2016 Democratic National Convention.
The money was pledged by the 101 businesses, civic and labor leaders that make up the Host Committee, officials said.
State Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) is remaining mum on which party he will caucus with in Albany during the next session.
Last February, Avella joined the Independent Democratic Conference, a group of five lawmakers who joined with the minority Republicans to prevent Democrats from leading the Senate and, they said, to stop the logjam in the body. The move angered Queens Democrats, who ran former City Comptroller and Flushing’s favorite son John Liu to oppose him in September’s primary.
Hey, you’ve got to hide your car away.
A rash of vehicle thefts has plagued the 112th Precinct over the last month, according to Capt. Judith Harrison, commanding officer of the Forest Hills-based station.
His way is not the QueensWay.
Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder (D-Rockaway Park) on Monday called on Gov. Cuomo to allocate part of the state’s $5 billion surplus for the reactivation of the Rockaway Beach rail line.
City Planning Commission Chairman Carl Weisbrod announced Monday that part of Downtown Flushing’s waterfront is being targeted for upzoning to help implement the mayor’s plan for more affordable housing.
Weisbrod testified at a City Council hearing that three areas in the city are being studied for Mayor de Blasio’s initiative to create 200,000 affordable housing units. Besides Flushing, they are East New York and the Cromwell-Jerome section in the Bronx.
Boy Scouts Pack 390 of Woodside marched along with veterans, elected officials and community leaders during the fifth annual Middle Village Veterans Day Parade, which took place on Metropolitan Avenue on Sunday.
The Scouts were joined by members of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 551, former state Sen. Serphin Maltese, state Sen. Joe Addabbo Jr. (D-Howard Beach), Rep. Grace Meng (D-Flushing) and Queens Borough President Melinda Katz.
At the Community Board 2 meeting held at the Sunnyside Community Services building on Nov. 6, board member Anne Hart was honored with the Community Board Service Award in recognition of her service to the Long Island City, Sunnyside and Woodside areas.
Hart has been on the board for 10 years as of this month.
It’s been two weeks since the City Council held a hearing for the latest project in Astoria Cove and after several days of confrontation with activists and elected officials, the proposal was approved by the zoning subcommittee on Wednesday.
As part of a last-minute deal, the development team, Astoria 2030, agreed to dedicate 27 percent of the residential units for affordable housing, up 7 percent from the original proposal.
Not so fast, hipsters.
Gentrification along the L subway line may ultimately be inevitable, but the manufacturing sector still has some friends in Borough President Melinda Katz and Community Board 5.
Realtors beware. If state Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) has his way, real estate solicitations may become a thing of the past in Queens.
Avella announced on Monday that he will introduce a bill in Albany to add the entire borough to the cease and desist list, which will allow all Queens residents to opt out of receiving unwanted real estate calls, mailings and ads.
Well, hipsters are people too after all.
Just as Borough President Melinda Katz threw her support behind nixing a proposed residential development in a Ridgewood manufacturing zone, the demolition of three old area industrial buildings mere blocks away to make way for a mixed-use structure is on tap.
The old TV show “Naked City” famously told us there are eight million stories to be told in New York, one for every resident. That would be about 2.3 million for Queens, a bit more than can be told in one edition of one weekly newspaper. But in this, the Queens Chronicle’s 36th Anniversary special supplement, “Our Borough, Our Lives,” we relate the tales of 26 people from our shared home in a way that television would not.
Many of the subjects are well-known, many are not. And even those who are talk about aspects of their lives and their communities that aren’t necessarily in the public eye. These are in-depth stories about life in Queens.
A proposed five-year, $42.4 million contract between the Department of Homeless Services and Samaritan Village to operate a permanent homeless shelter at the former Pan American hotel was on the agenda for a 10 a.m. public hearing in Manhattan on Thursday morning.
According to the Mayor’s Office of Contract Services, the proposed contract between DHS and the Briarwood-based human services agency will run from Dec. 6 to June 30, 2019, with a four-year renewal option from July 1, 2019 to June 30, 2023.
Carolyn Scarano has lived in Astoria all her life, and there’s nothing that could ever change that.
“I just love it. It’s such a diverse community with so much culture,” she said.
Queens resident Paul Feddern served his country as a soldier in the Vietnam War and now serves his community as a prominent member of the Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 32. Born in Glendale in 1947, he now resides in Forest Hills.
“It’s a very nice place to grow up,” he said of the borough. “I’ve been in Queens all my life.” Feddern is on the board of directors of the VVA, and served as the vice president of Whitestone-based Chapter 32 for the past four years. Just last weekend, he and his brother, Russ, who fought in Vietnam as a Marine, served as the grand marshals in the Queens Veterans Day Parade, held in Middle Village.