A police officer and a city Buildings department official assess the threat of a collapse in the foundation of a home on 58th Road in Maspeth. At least a dozen residents were ordered to evacuate. Some required the assistance of the Red Cross
A sinkhole that opened up in the driveway between two houses on 58th Road in Maspeth forced at least eight residents from their homes and prompted Con Edison to cut power to part of the block on Friday.
City Councilman Eric Ulrich, left, chairman of the Veterans Committee, and state Assemblyman Mike Miller, a member of that body’s equivalent, held a town hall meeting on Oct. 15 at American Legion Post 118 in Woodhaven to discuss important issues impacting area veterans and their families.
Ulrich, here with Mayor’s Office for Veterans’ Affairs Commissioner Loree Sutton, touched upon legislation his committee has explored including various local laws and resolutions to improve city services for veterans and returning military members.
Councilman Donovan Richards, left, joined by his staff, Riders Alliance members and Executive Director John Raskin, second from right, with some of the 5,000 petitions they have gathered in support of BRT bus service along the Woodhaven-Cross Bay Boulevard corridor.
Councilman Donovan Richards (D-Laurelton) brought his fight for faster bus service along the Woodhaven-Cross Bay Boulevard corridor to the steps of City Hall on Tuesday morning.
Backed by members and leadership of the Riders Alliance, Richards brought more than 5,000 petitions from bus riders along the corridor, all asking the Metropolitan Transportation Authority and the city’s Department of Transportation to dedicate the money and manpower to establish a Bus Rapid Transit route.
Two weeks after the Metropolitan Transportation Authority Capital Program Review Board rejected the agency’s five-year budget proposal, three Queens elected officials are pressing for one of the program’s smaller items to make it into the final draft of the financial plan.
In a letter dated Tuesday, Reps. Grace Meng (D-Flushing) and Joe Crowley (D-Bronx, Queens) and City Councilman Danny Dromm (D-Jackson Heights) urged New York State Department of Transportation Commissioner and MTA Capital Program Review Board Chairwoman Joan McDonald to approve a $40 million proposal to reopen a Long Island Rail Road stop in Elmhurst.
On March 14, 1925, the City of New York began construction on the Eighth Avenue Subway line. Upon its completion it was to be leased to private operators.
In Queens County, the end of the Eighth Avenue line was to be 169th Street in Jamaica. It took until 1931 for the work to finally reach that last stop. A transit worker can be seen in this photograph directing traffic to keep anyone from going into the deep shaft in the center of the road.
Some communities in Queens, such as Glendale and Elmhurst, view the Department of Homeless Services as an enemy, degrading their neighborhoods one homeless shelter at a time.
DHS Commissioner Gilbert Taylor, in a sitdown interview with Chronicle staff on Thursday, said he and the agency are both proactively and reactively dealing with the city’s homelessness crisis the best it can in their first year in office.
“Homeland [In]security: Vanishing Dreams” by Margaret Matthews-Berenson, Dorsky Gallery, 11-03 45 Ave., Long Island City, exhibition thru Nov. 16; Info: dorsky.org.
John and Jayme Galimi speak with Mayor de Blasio, right, outside their home in Broad Channel, which they have not lived in since Hurricane Sandy destroyed it two years ago. De Blasio used the progress made in repairing it to highlight the city’s revamped Build it Back program and invite more residents to apply to it.
When it comes to the controversy surrounding Rachel Noerdlinger, chief of staff to Mayor de Blasio’s wife, Chirlane McCray, the vast majority of city lawmakers from Queens have nothing to say.
Asked on Monday whether they support Noerdlinger’s continued employment as McCray’s top aide, only three of the 14 City Council members from Queens would answer the question.
Public Advocate Letitia James and 32 members of the City Council have sent a letter calling on the Metropolitan Transportation Authority to reject a series of ads that they say are anti-Muslim and could provoke violence.
The ads were purchased by the group American Freedom Defense Initiative, which claims they tell the truth about the dangers of radical Islam.
While almost everyone agrees the waterfront access and development of Astoria Cove is a good idea, the debate over affordable housing got heated during a City Council hearing.
The Astoria Cove project has proven to be a sore issue with affordable housing advocates, and on Monday, City Council members were not afraid to slam the developers during a Zoning and Franchise Subcomittee meeting.
“As it is now, I cannot stand behind this project,” said Councilman Costa Constantinides (D-Astoria), whose district the development would be in and whose opinion will most likely influence the votes of his colleagues.
Re “Anti-shelter alliance prepares to battle city,” by Christopher Barca, Oct. 9, multiple editions:
Does anyone in this community have no shame? This proposed plan to turn an abandoned factory into a homeless shelter is a good one. I doubt any of the residents had even thought about this factory before a plan was made to make it into a shelter. Now they are challenging the results to the DHS’s environmental assessment ruling that the old factory would not have an adverse environmental impact. One Glendale resident is claiming foul play and so am I. However, I think the dirty hands belong to the 300 residents in this community who just attended a meeting by the recently created Glendale/Middle Village Coalition.
The Juniper Park Civic Association president had the nerve to say he’s fighting for his town. From what? One hundred twenty-five helpless families who want to keep their children warm during winter? These families who literally just want a roof over their children’s heads for Christmas?
Instead of raising money for an Article 78 lawsuit against the DHS and New York City, for which the residents have raised nearly $30,000, why don’t they put it into improving shelters in their larger New York City community?
I have read other arguments against the shelter: public safety, more overcrowded schools and health hazards related to the factory’s previous use. These are things that $30,000 could have gone into improving. From what I’ve read the schools are already overcrowded and the DHS has just ruled the shelter would be safe.
The idea that the neighborhood would be less safe if homeless families lived there is related to a bigger issue. These residents are just afraid. They are afraid of people who may not look like them living in their neighborhood and they’re afraid of people who may not make as much money as them living next to them. Now because of this fear, 125 desperate families may lose the chance to have a place to live even if it’s temporary. For that, Glendale should be ashamed.
State Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) was joined last Friday afternoon by concerned area residents across the street from the College Point Corporate Park, where he announced that the Department of Sanitation had issued summonses to several businesses that he said have taken over streets and sidewalks. He called on the city to take further action against them unless the situation is rectified.
Avella said he first noticed the unlawful activity during the Memorial Day Parade.
It’s deja vu all over again in Queens as six additional emergency family shelters are likely to be placed here.
Councilman Paul Vallone (D-Bayside) said he was told by the Department of Homeless Services that it is now reviewing a site for one in Bayside.
Jets general manager John Idzik must have felt the pressure of having a 1-6 team combined with the fact that he was doing business on the cheap by keeping the player personnel payroll a whopping $20 million below the NFL salary cap. Idzik used some of that payroll reserve to acquire talented wide receiver Percy Harvin from his old employer, the Seattle Seahawks, for what appears to be a bargain price: namely the mysterious conditional draft pick.
The defending Super Bowl champions have a surplus of talent, particularly at the wide receiver position. It would be nice to think that they were being altruistic by helping out Idzik and giving Harvin a chance to get more work instead of languishing on the Seahawks bench. The reality is that Harvin will never win an award from the NFL for congeniality as he has been known to get into altercations with teammates. In addition, he is injury-prone. However, Idzik obviously concurs with that old childhood axiom that beggars can’t be choosers.
The superintendent of Schools in Community District 28 was replaced on Tuesday following a citywide review instituted by Schools Chancellor Carmen Fari–a.
Beverley Ffolkes-Bryant was one of eight superintendents replaced on Tuesday. She was replaced by Mabel Muniz-Saduy. The Chronicle could not reach either one at the district office, and calls to a handful of the members of Community Education Council 28 were not returned.
With all the hype surrounding Halloween at the end of the month, it is easy to overlook the fact that October is National Farm to School Month, which is another great reason for celebration in my opinion. Farm to school programs are simple and effective methods of providing children with fresh, organic produce from local farmers — a refreshing alternative to the microwaved pizza and plastic-wrapped donuts I had in elementary school. We expect our schools to teach children how to behave responsibly and ethically, yet they appear to forget these values when making decisions of what to feed to our children.
Schools throughout the city should join the National Farm to School Network, which is a great information hub for locating local farmers who can provide fresh produce to schools within a single day. The network can also provide unique educational opportunities, such as field trips to farms to learn about sustainable agriculture or cooking classes that teach students how to create their own nutritious meals. Providing fresh fruits and vegetables to children regularly is a great way to encourage them to adopt healthy eating habits, a lesson they rarely learn when being fed reheated prepackaged meals for lunch.
It’s tragic how nowadays children have become accustomed to eating, and possibly preferring to eat, processed food that contain little to no nutritional value over fresh fruits and vegetables. Now more than ever children need to learn the importance of making healthy food choices, and schools need to make more of an effort to set an example to their students and provide them with the food they deserve to eat.
Mayor de Blasio said he would “welcome” state financing for the Rockaway ferry, when asked Monday morning at a press conference in Broad Channel, while several Rockaway residents protested the elimination of the ferry nearby.
De Blasio also said his administration would seek to expand service citywide, including perhaps in the Rockaways.
The new commanding officer of the 113th Precinct was formally introduced to the community at a meeting of the precinct’s Community Council on Monday night.
Capt. Frederick Grover, a 16-year veteran, was transferred two weeks ago from the 107th Precinct.
The largest property sold in Downtown Jamaica in 10 years has been bought — for $22 million cash — by the Flushing-based company Jamaica Tower LLC.
Massey Knakal Realty Services, whose New York City offices are in Forest Hills, Manhattan and Brooklyn, oversaw the transaction.
Back when they were founding the country, the likes of Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson and John Adams raised and downed many tankards of cider, the historic beverage that fueled the colonies and nation for 200-plus years.
But gradually, cider lost its zing and was replaced by beer, as waves of German immigrants brought their taste for it to America in the late 19th century.
Some of the city’s best high schools are in danger of being weakened, and some of the city’s best students are in danger of being forced into lower-quality schools — all because of ongoing efforts to level the educational playing field that actually would do no such thing.
At issue are admissions to eight of the city’s nine specialized high schools — the ones that are not performance-focused and do not grant entrance based upon an audition. We’re talking the best of the best here: Bronx Science, Stuyvesant, Brooklyn Tech, Staten Island Tech, Queens High School for the Sciences, the High School for Math, Science and Engineering at City College and the High School of American Studies at Lehman College.