Community Board 5 Chairman Vincent Arcuri Jr. outlines the impacts building a rail tunnel between New Jersey and Brooklyn would bring to southwest Queens
Community Board 5 didn’t support a rail tunnel underneath New York Harbor when it was first proposed a decade ago, and it sure isn’t going to support it now.
The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey has proposed five waterborne and five rail alternatives to the current system of moving 90 percent of the New York City metropolitan area’s freight by truck, something officials say is no longer efficient.
A new report by the Migration Policy Institute found that New York City is home to more than a half-million undocumented immigrants, with the largest concentration of that population living in Queens.
“I think that Queens, to many people, symbolizes opportunity,” said Congresswoman Grace Meng (D-Bayside), who was unsurprised to learn of the figure. She cited the large amount of small businesses in Queens, many of them immigrant-owned, as a potential reason.
In the Jan. 15 article, "School announces sudden June closure," the number of students attending Most Precious Blood School was not made clear. As per a letter from the Rev. William Krlis, there are 191 students, but that does not count nursery and pre-K students. Including those, the number is 315. The total affects whether the Diocese of Brooklyn considers a school viable. Also, the principal was not aware of the school's possible closure when the gym floor was repaired last year.
Following in the footsteps of the late Martin Luther King Jr., nearly a thousand attended a rally and march last Thursday to send a message to airlines, subcontracting companies and the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey to allow 12,000 subcontracted service workers to unionize, earn a living wage and have benefits.
The event was spearheaded by officials from Service Employees International Union Local 32BJ, the nation’s largest property service union. Protestors, many of whom were shuttled from 32BJ’s Manhattan headquarters by bus, assembled on a lawn adjacent to the National Car Rental station on Ditmars Boulevard, not far from LaGuardia Airport’s Central Terminal.
Police on Saturday arrested a Queens Village man in connection with the shooting of two men in South Ozone Park earlier in the month that left one of the victims dead.
Jiram Ali Suarez, 24, has been charged with second-degree murder, second-degree robbery and second-degree criminal posession of a weapon for allegedly shooting the two men as they sat in a car outside a South Ozone Park house on Jan. 6.
Community Board 8 has included the use of union construction labor and the free use of planned public space in return for its endorsement of plans to convert the old T-Building at Queens Hospital Center into 205 units of housing.
The board on Jan. 14 directed Chairman Alvin Warshaviak to include the conditions in a letter to Ramanathan Raju, president and chief operating officer of the New York City Health and Hospitals Corp., which owns the building.
Nearly 500 people attended a meeting Wednesday evening at the Most Precious Blood School on 37th Avenue in Astoria.
The auditorium walls reflected the emotions, concerns and questions that have percolated in the small school community since last weekend’s news that the parochial school would close in June, with signs reading, “We are the future of the school,” “40 lost jobs 315 misplaced children,” and “How can we REVERSE your decision?”
Community Board 3 residents can now know the purpose of peculiar green sidewalk markings that have appeared in the last year.
At CB 3’s January meeting last Thursday at IS 227 in East Elmhurst, Mikelle Adgate, from the city Department of Environmental Protection, spoke about the upcoming construction of 11 bioswales, a planter-like infrastructures designed, built and maintained to absorb excess rainwater.
Students in the high school equivalency program at the YWCA of Queens made a special visit to the 109th Precinct last week to present cards of support and condolences following the deaths of two officers last month in Brooklyn.
The handmade cards, poems and notes were hand delivered to Deputy Inspector Thomas Conforti, commanding officer of the Flushing-based precinct. He praised the students for taking the time and coming in personally. “It is comforting when we are acknowledged for our time and hard work,” Conforti said.
A 39-year-old Brooklyn man is facing burglary, robbery and assault charges in an April 2014 home invasion that left an elderly Bayside couple seriously injured. An alleged accomplice was previously charged in connection with the case.
The defendant is Vincente Barzola, who was arraigned last Thursday, before Queens Criminal Court Judge Elisa Koenderman on first- and second-degree burglary, first- and second-degree robbery and second-degree assault charges. Barzola, who faces up to 25 years in prison if convicted, was ordered held without bail and his next court date is January 30.
The NYPD is seeking a suspect in a grand larceny that occurred within the 104th Precinct in Glendale at the Retro Fitness Gym, located at 65-45 Otto Road.
Police said that on Jan. 14 the suspect broke into a locker in the locker room and removed a credit card. He then purchased $49.87 worth of goods with the card at Discount Deals in Brooklyn.
The Metropolitan Transportation Authority will receive $3.8 million in federal funding to offset the cost of repairs to bridges and tunnels necessitated by Hurricane Sandy in 2012.
The funding, announced last Friday by U.S. Sens. Charles Schumer (D-NY) and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), will come from the Federal Emergency Management Agency and is authorized under the Stafford Act of 1998, which expanded the authority of the federal government to assist state and municipal governments following disasters.
City Schools Chancellor Carmen Farina said last Thursday that her question-and-answer session with parents and educators in Little Neck was one of the most challenging Q&As she’s attended.
“You’ve given me the most complex questions and the most variety of questions,” she told those packed inside JHS 67’s auditorium.
Nearly 500 people attended a meeting Wednesday evening at the Most Precious Blood School on 37th Avenue in Astoria. The auditorium walls reflected the emotions, concerns and questions that have percolated in the small school community since last weekend’s news that the parochial school would close in June, with signs reading, “We are the future of the school,” “The church is not a building, it’s the people,” “40 lost jobs 315 misplaced children,” and “How can we REVERSE your decision?”
Queens District Attorney Richard Brown announced on Tuesday the establishment of an Immigrant Affairs Office, which will assist those unfamiliar with America’s criminal justice system.
“Queens County is the most ethnically diverse urban environment in America, with 47 percent of its 2.3 million population foreign born and nearly 140 different languages spoken here,” Brown said in a statement announcing the initiative. “As such, our office handles many cases annually in which members of immigrant communities are victimized, both by crimes of violence and crimes of financial exploitation. In some cases, immigrants are specifically targeted because they are immigrants.”
A Queens Village used car dealer and the brother in Israel were indicted in federal courts in Brooklyn and Philadelphia on Monday on charges that they ran an odometer tampering and money laundering scheme between 2006 and 2011.
According to the office of Loretta Lynch, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of New York, Chaim (Mike) Gali, 40, of Queens Village and Shmuel (Sam) Gali, 42, of Israel were charged in a 15-count indictment in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania charging them with conspiracy, securities fraud and making false odometer statements.
Two of the most dominant teams in New York City high school boys basketball in recent years have been the Christ the King Royals and the Cardozo Judges.
The two squads squared off last Sunday in the main event of the inaugural Apparel Challenge: Nike vs. Under Armor event at the Middle Village school in front of a sold-out crowd of nearly 2,000 cheering fans, with the Royals cruising past the Judges 76-64.
The NYPD’s 113th Precinct is asking the public’s help in locating the suspect in the theft of a woman’s driver’s license and tax refund check in the fall of 2014
Police said the victim, who lives on 140th Street, reported the theft from her mail in October. Police say the above suspect cashed the refund check at a Pay-o-Matic in Brooklyn.
The Queens Jewish Community Councilheld its legislative breakfast at Young Israel of Kew Gardens Hills this past Sunday morning as planned, but the event took on an even more urgent feel than might have originally been expected, as the focus shifted to include the recent terrorist attacks in France.
Originally, the central issue was to be security at area synagogues, a concern that has grown following recent incidents in Jerusalem and Crown Heights in Brooklyn.
The message was loud and clear.
The NYPD deserves better than this.
The health centers at 11 city public schools — including Campus Magnet High School and Franklin K. Lane High School — allegedly misplaced medication and birth control pills, according to an audit released last Thursday by state Comptroller Tom DiNapoli.
“We found too many instances of medication and medical supplies that were missing and that has to be addressed at once,” DiNapoli said in a statement.
Police are crediting a Good Samaritan with helping officers track down and arrest two teenagers wanted for robbing an Elmhurst electronics store on Jan. 6.
According to authorities, 14-year-old Ronald Espinoza, of Jackson Heights, and 15-year-old Alex Diaz, of Brooklyn, walked into JC Electronics at 85-04 Grand Ave. at 4 p.m. armed with three air pistols and a gravity knife and declared a robbery.
Former mob boss Joseph Massino oversaw the Bonanno crime family’s illegal gambling operations from the now-shuttered Casablanca restaurant at 62-15 60 Lane for years until he was arrested for racketeering in 2003.
Over a decade later, permits have been filed with the Department of Buildings to transform the former crime hub into a bakery.