Councilman Donovan Richards, shown at the Rosedale Library in 2012, is including the modernization and expansion of the branch in his priorities for the new City Council session that begins in January.
A new, lucrative way of making money in the housing market has swept over the city in recent years.
Move over, luxury Long Island City high-rise condos and Brooklyn brownstones, homeless shelters have become hot commodities among some landlords.
I know what you’re thinking. Kayaking? In the East River? Seriously?
Yes, I was skeptical too. Growing up in New York City, the East River always presented the impression of a mass of toxic water that you would never want to make contact with your skin, let alone sail on.
Shortly after he was kicked out of the state Senate’s Independent Democratic Conference in 2013, people in Albany and Southeast Queens began calling him the man without a party.
Now locked in a primary battle for his political survival and a federal corruption trial restarting in January, state Sen. Malcolm Smith apparently can only watch as every party leader, elected official and natural Democratic constituency group lines up behind former Councilman and Deputy Borough President Leroy Comrie.
This was supposed to be the week John Liu was to be surging with major political and union endorsements; the week state Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) was supposed to be glancing nervously into his rearview mirror.
And it was — until about 4 p.m. on Tuesday, when Mayor de Blasio endorsed Avella and the Working Families Party withdrew its pledged endorsement of Liu, choosing to remain neutral in the Democratic primary in the 11th Senate District.
If it isn’t one thing, it’s another.
Residents of Pomonok Houses in Flushing, for years considered the crown jewel of public housing, are about to see some long-awaited improvements but, according to the president of the Pomonok Residents Association, a lot more needs to happen.
Attention Forest Hills and Rego Park. There’s a new sheriff in town.
After two years under the watch of Capt. Thomas Conforti, command of the 112th Precinct has been handed over to Capt. Judith Harrison after Conforti took the same job at the 109th Precinct in Flushing.
The city Department of Education announced last month that it was making changes to its Blue Book — the annual document that outlines school organization and utilization — based on suggestions from a panel created earlier this year by Schools Chancellor Carmen Fari–a.
The Blue Book has been the focus of several education-related debates in the city in recent years, from trailers in schoolyards to co-locations. Critics allege the Bloomberg administration’s Blue Books underestimated how much space schools need and overestimated how much space was available to make co-locations politically palpable.
Queensbridge residents love their neighborhood park along the East River, but they don’t want the twain to meet. Now they can have some piece of mind that they won’t.
Officials and activists gathered in Queenbridge Park on Vernon Boulevard under the summer sun Tuesday to celebrate the completion of a $6.65 million seawall and 6-foot-wide promenade with benches and plantings with a small fishing wharf at the northern end. The planning took more than a decade, but once construction started, it was completed in a year.
In the past decade, Southeast Queens and the term flooding have become synonymous. Residents from Rosedale to St. Albans experience ponds, streams and rivers reminiscent of biblical plagues whenever it rains. While the needs of residents within this region of Queens vary widely, every community has expressed concern regarding flooding and its negative impact on the area’s quality of life.
Some industry experts attribute the frequent flooding to the rising water table beneath many of the homes in Council Districts 27 and 31, along with the cessation of the pumping of the groundwater wells owned and previously operated by New York City.
Despite the push to construct a linear park along the former Rockaway Beach rail line — and stiff opposition to anything being built there from some residents living alongside it — supporters of reactivating train service from Rego Park to Rockaway Beach still believe their idea is the best for Queens, and say it’s completely feasible.
It’s been 52 years since service stopped on the line between Rego Park and Ozone Park. South of there, the A train occupies the right of way into the Rockaways. Residents there say elimination of the service has left the peninsula stagnant for half a century.
Former City Council Speaker Peter Vallone was on hand Tuesday when the City Council formally restored a CUNY scholarship in his name.
The $11.1 million fund will allow city residents attending CUNY schools to receive about $400 per semester to help with books and other costs.
The results of the long awaited environmental study of 78-16 Cooper Ave. in Glendale, the site of a proposed 125-family homeless shelter, have been released by the Department of Homeless Services.
To the chagrin of many shelter opponents, the project is moving forward as planned.
“Between the Lines,” a group exhibition by Zaun Lee, TJ Volonis and Scott Fitzgerald, connected by a shared interest of line, plane and pre-determined structure; thru July 12, Crossing Art, 136-17 39 Ave., Flushing. Info: (212) 359-4333, crossingart.com.
The city’s capital budget, passed by the City Council last Thursday morning, includes $5.806 million for repairs for the aging New York State Pavilion, as seen here in 2013.
Seventy-five billion dollars, Mr. Mayor, and you could not put the funding in the fiscal 2015 budget for the Rockaway-Brooklyn Army Terminal ferry service. Five borough presidents, Community Board 14, some of our representatives in Congress, the state Senate, state Assembly and City Council — and most important, the residents of the Rockaways, Broad Channel, Breezy Point and Brooklyn — are all in support. We think you should rethink this and add the funds needed for the operation of this most needed form of transportation, our only form of water transportation for the entire Peninsula.
Now I know why you never came to the thank-you rally we held for you because you extended our ferry service. Most likely you knew when the train was going back into service and our ferry would sail away for good. This proves once again that Rockaway is truly the stepchild of New York City
I read with much sadness the news of the passing of Queens Republican Party Chairman Phil Ragusa. I met him on many occasions during a number of political campaigns I was involved with, for former Mayor Bloomberg, former state Sen. Frank Padavan and for Bob Friedrich, president of our Glen Oaks Village Co-op Association, when he ran for City Council and state Assembly.
I found Phil Ragusa most personable, honest and a man of integrity. I also found him to be concerned for the community and its residents, with ideas to make things better for all concerned. He will be truly missed for he was the voice of all we hold most dear.
God bless you, Phil, for all that you stood for, and let me also offer my heartfelt prayers for your family, who are missing you at this sad time of mourning.
Legislation introduced in the City Council this week would give the city Department of Investigation oversight over Sandy aid money.
The bill, introduced by Councilmembers Eric Ulrich (R-Ozone Park) and Mark Treyger (D-Brooklyn), would require the DOI commissioner to investigate instances of waste, fraud and abuse dealing with storm aid. The DOI would also advise the relevant agencies on practices and policies to improve the overall effectiveness of disaster recovery-related programs.
How would you spend a million dollars?
For the first time, Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer (D-Sunnyside) will host two participatory budgeting information sessions.
The New York Court of Appeals upheld a lower court decision that the Bloomberg administration exceeded its authority by passing a ban on large sugary beverages in 2012 last Thursday.
The Portion Cap Rule spearheaded by former Mayor Bloomberg and supported by current Mayor de Blasio states that certain food establishments may not sell, offer or provide a sugary drink in a cup or container that can contain more than 16 fluid ounces.
As Vision Zero meetings pick up speed around the city, residents of Maspeth gathered Monday evening in IS 73 to voice their traffic safety concerns.
Discussions of Vision Zero — Mayor de Blasio’s ambitious initiative that strives to eliminate all traffic-related deaths by 2024 — had particular meaning in Maspeth, where just weeks ago a city Sanitation worker was crushed and killed by a street sweeper.
Going back to visit their old high school is something many students do. The objective is to see their favorite teachers, administrators and friends to see what changes been implemented since their departure.
Unfortunately, the new graduates of Jamaica High School will not be able to do this.
Supporters of the police tactic stop, question and frisk are getting ready to say “I told you so,” now that new statistics show a spike in shooting incidents.
According to the NYPD, shootings jumped 11 percent compared to the same time last year and this past weekend, there were 21 shootings alone, causing some to second-guess Mayor de Blasio’s decision to drop the city’s appeal against amendments added to stop and frisk.
Most parts of Queens have been fairly lucky this year when it comes to gun violence. While the city overall has seen an 11.2 percent rise in shootings so far this year compared to last, going by the latest available police statistics, and some areas have been subject to much worse, Queens has not.
In the southern part of the borough, as defined by the Police Deparment, the number of shooting incidents has gone up only 3.8 percent, from 52 to 54, as of June 22. And in the northern part, they’ve actually fallen 29.4 percent, from 17 to 12. Compare that to the Bronx, where they have jumped 25.4 percent, from 118 to 148. And none of these stats include the mayhem of last weekend, when there were 21 shootings across the city, including a fatal one in Cambria Heights.
The City Council approved municipal identification legislation last Thursday. It will be the largest program of its kind in the United States.
The bill’s goal is to expand access to city services for all residents, but most notably the estimated 500,000 undocumented immigrants here.