Score two for state Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) for getting the city Department of Transportation to take action on two problematic locations in Flushing and Little Neck.
The worst of the two is the area around the Flushing Commons construction project at the former municipal parking lot in Downtown Flushing. Avella and others, including the developer, have complained that lack of signage has backed up traffic on 37th and 39th avenues from Union to Main streets and on Union from Roosevelt Avenue to Northern Boulevard.
Councilman Donovan Richards, center, and two of his younger constituents were on hand on Monday to help the Queens Library system cut the ribbon on a $575,000 renovation project at its Rosedale branch.
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Justin Carter addresses Community Board 5 last Wednesday alongside business partners Eamon Harkin and Mark Connell. The board approved a liquor license for a former Ridgewood industrial space, which the trio seek to turn into an open-air eatery.
In addition to a lengthy discussion and vote on The Back Yard last Wednesday, Community Board 5 also took a stand on a proposed gym expansion and a November City Council pro-industry report.
On Nov. 19, the City Council released a 40-page assessment of the decline of the city’s manufacturing sector. In it, the governing body entertained the idea of three new zoning districts — industrial employment, creative economy and real mixed-use districts — to help reinvigorate industry and manufacturing in the city.
Ozone Park resident Eduardo Venegas has been waking up at 5:30 a.m. to the sound of idling school buses for the past two years, and he’s sick of it.
“I’m thinking that I might have to move out of here,” he said. “They honk, double-park and litter all around the street.”
Once any snow we may get melts and the weather warms up again, Ridgewood residents may have yet another unique, brand-new eatery to kick back and relax at.
Community Board 5 voted 24-7 in favor of granting a 600-plus person seasonal beer and wine license to The Back Yard, an outdoor gathering space planned for 56-06 Cooper Ave. in Ridgewood, last Wednesday.
Kew Gardens residents can now enjoy the finest tap water from sea to shining sea.
That’s according to Councilwoman Karen Koslowitz (D-Forest Hills), in response to the city’s completion of a $10.6 million overhaul of the neighborhood’s aging water main network, announced Friday by the Department of Design and Construction and the Department of Environmental Protection.
Community Board 9 Chairman Ralph Gonzalez speaks during a discussion on a resolution stating the board’s opposition to Mayor de Blasio’s plan to legalize basement dwellings in an effort to add more affordable housing.
You can see them for miles around.
Two massive cranes, one on each side of Arthur Ashe Stadium within the National Tennis Center in Flushing, have become seemingly permanent parts of the skyline in recent weeks.
The many empty seats in the Milton G. Bassin Performing Arts Center at York College in Jamaica, where the Metropolitan Transportation Authority held a hearing Dec. 3 on proposed fare and toll hikes set to take effect in March, did little to deter those in attendance from expressing their views.
Most of the speakers who did show up shared common concerns: rising financial burdens from the rate increases and dissatisfaction with various aspects of the transit system.
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The Queens Public Transit Committee is asking the people of Queens and the region to support the restoration of the Queens Rockaway Beach Line, the new Queens Crosstown. This unused transit corridor is only two to six blocks east and parallel to Woodhaven Boulevard, the most congested and dangerous roadway in Queens. Formerly a branch of the Long Island Railroad, its right-of-way remains largely intact and is owned by the City of New York.
State Assemblyman Philip Goldfeder; state Senator Tony Avella; U.S. Reps. Gregory Meeks, Hakeem Jeffries and Jerrold Nadler; City Councilman Ydanis Rodriguez, chairman of the Council Committee on Transportation; Assembly District Leaders Lew Simon and Geraldine Chapey; John Samuelsen, president of TWU Local 100; New York Daily News; The Wave; Queens Tribune; Queens Courier; and Times Newsweekly have all called for reactivating the line. In addition, Community Boards 5, 10 and 14 support restoration.
Peter Cardella’s friends and family aren’t the only ones who will miss the Ridgewood icon’s presence in the community.
In response to Cardella’s death last Wednesday at the age of 97, many area leaders reflected on the loss of the beloved resident and what he meant to southwest Queens.
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.
If at first you don’t succeed, keep pounding away at the city, as Community Board 13 is doing in its quest to create a new 116th Precinct from the 105th in Queens Village.
Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley asks Community Board 5 last Wednesday to vote in favor of co-naming 67th Drive between 78th and 79th streets in honor of Steven Frosch, a Sanitation Department worker who was killed in an accident in June.
There was no hot button issue on Community Board 5’s agenda last Wednesday, but the group was still as active as ever.
The board voted in favor of various measures, such as the arrival of a new spa on Woodhaven Boulevard and neckdowns at various intersections around PS 239 in Ridgewood, but the most meaningful measure was the approval of a street renaming in memory of a recently deceased Sanitation Department worker.
Crime in the 106th Precinct remains on a downward trend, according to Deputy Inspector Jeffrey Schiff, the precinct’s commanding officer.
“We are down for the month in robberies, assaults and grand larceny auto,” Schiff said at the precinct’s community council meeting last Wednesday.
An overhaul is on the way for a handful of Queens parks relatively neglected over the course of the last few decades.
Detailing a plan unveiled last month at Bowne Playground in Flushing by Mayor de Blasio, Queens Parks Department Commissioner Dorothy Lewandowski outlined seven borough green spaces that will be revamped as part of the Community Parks Initiative at a meeting of the Borough Board at Borough Hall on Monday.
There is one thing that is uniting business owners in Queens and in Brooklyn on 101st Avenue: their disdain of the pedestrian plaza at the intersection of 101st Avenue and Drew Street, which sits on the border of the two boroughs.
“What’s the purpose of this?” said Khairul Islam, a real estate broker whose Brooklyn office sits a block away from the plaza. “I don’t know any people who are benefiting from this.”