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(Family Features) What comes to mind when considering safety hazards around the home? Do you think of electrical safety, fire prevention and reducing the risk of electrical shock? Often times, our quest for new kitchen cabinets and hardwood floors takes priority, while the projects to increase home safety are put on the back burner. One project, however, that should not be put off is evaluating the electrical safety of your home.
City Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Carter Strickland on Tuesday announced a number of initiatives aimed at managing storm water and alleviating flooding in neighborhoods throughout Southeast Queens.
“The city’s sewer system protects public health and promotes economic growth, which is why we have invested more than $383 million over the last 10 years to continue to extend sewers throughout Southeast Queens,” Strickland said.
Construction began this week on the east side of Charles Park in Howard Beach to fix the erosion problem there.
National Park Service spokeswoman Daphne Yun said the construction is being done on the beach at the mouth of Hawtree Creek facing JFK Airport.
MTA Bridges and Tunnels announced Tuesday that all six roadway lanes at the Bronx-Whitestone Bridge’s Queens approach will be open for the next month to ease traffic during peak holiday travel time.
Beginning Dec. 9 through Jan. 15 the permanent lane closure on the approach will be removed during peak morning and afternoon drive times, and the roadway will have all six lanes; three northbound to the Bronx and three southbound to Queens. The northbound lanes will be split around a work zone, with two lanes to the right and one to the left of the construction area.
A rendering of what Arthur Ashe Stadium will look from ground level once the retractable roof is constructed. Additional improvements to the National Tennis Center include the construction of a new Grandstand Stadium and larger pedestrian concourses.
How disappointing to learn that “Council OKs school at Keil Brothers site” (Domenick Rafter, Nov. 21, multiple editions). Keil Brothers Inc., established in 1930 as a flower shop, grew into a well-respected, full-service garden center.
The owners of Keil Brothers had annual revenue in the millions and they provided gainful employment to over a dozen people. Many are our neighbors. Both the owner and employees pay taxes like the rest of us. They also generate employment for many suppliers, along with gardeners and landscapers who purchase their products. With 8 percent of residents out of work, 7 percent who have given up looking and many more looking to upgrade from minimum-wage or part-time jobs, the last thing we need is to drive more stores such as Keil Brothers out of business.
Many residents oppose construction of a school on this site for good reasons. It is primarily a residential neighborhood with two other schools located only blocks away.
The site rests along two major bus routes, and is next to a large thoroughfare in an area made up mostly of narrow residential streets. These capacity-constrained streets will be negatively impacted by both school buses and parents dropping off their kids during rush hour taxing strained city resources. Street crossing for students could be dangerous.
The City Council approved this new school by a vote of 36-2. Only aspiring candidate for Council Speaker Mark Weprin and outgoing Councilman Peter Vallone Jr. voted no. Weprin was unable to convince 49 other Council members to protect a thriving business and residential neighborhood. How effective would he be as the next Council speaker? Perhaps there are better candidates for than Weprin, ones who can protect small businesses and the residential neighborhoods which make up the heart of New York City.
A plan to ease overcrowding at PS/IS 49 in Middle Village was unanimously rejected by District 24’s Community Education Council on Nov. 27.
The proposal changed the zone boundaries of the school, located at 63-60 80 St. to allow some sections of Middle Village zoned for PS/IS 49 to be moved to within the boundaries of PS/IS 128 at 69-10 65 Dr., about a half mile west of PS/IS 49 and PS 102 on Van Horn Street in Elmhurst.
“I know they call us ‘Hollywood East’ but soon they’ll be calling Hollywood ‘New York City West’,” Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) joked in Kaufman Studio’s Stage K on Tuesday.
The senator, joined by founder George Kaufman, Kaufman Astoria Studios President Hal Rosebluth and city and state representatives, cut the ribbon on Kaufman Studios’ new outdoor lot — the first backlot ever in New York City.
Construction of a new, state-of-the-art retractable roof planned for Arthur Ashe Stadium as well as other extensive renovations at the US Open venue will begin early next year.
The proposed remodeling of the US Open site primarily focuses on the addition of a $100 million retractable roof for Arthur Ashe Stadium, funded by the United States Tennis Association, as well as the construction of a new Grandstand Stadium across the tennis center.
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Ever since the city started installing traffic islands on College Point Boulevard in Flushing a couple of months ago, accident rates have gone up significantly.
Officers at the 109th Precinct report numerous phone complaints from drivers about the islands because they don’t see them until it’s too late and end up hitting them. Gene Kelty, chairman of Community Board 7, says the design makes no sense, causing a problem where there wasn’t one before. Crashes are up fourfold.
Rosedale, at the very southeastern tip of Queens, was home to a large farming community as late as the 1930s. Some of the better known and larger ones were Anton Hoffner’s Farm, Joseph Brothers Farm, John Miller and Sons Farm, John Santa Marie’s Farm, Albert Schmitt and Brothers Farm and the George Schmitt Farm.
In the late 1930s the construction of homes in an area off Laurelton Parkway called Beaux Arts Park began. The builder was the Parkway Construction Co., owned by Morris Praver (1893-1978), who lived a short distance away on 231st Street in Laurelton with his wife, Hilda, and their two sons. The salesman was his younger brother Albert Praver.
Six new laws designed to make buildings more resilient when hit by storms such as Hurricane Sandy were signed by Mayor Bloomberg last week.
The measures all stem from recommendations made by the city’s Building Resiliency Task Force. And they use new flood maps created by the Federal Emergency Management Agency as the standard for what areas are susceptible to deluges like those created by Sandy in South Queens, the Rockaways and other areas. Some rules affect new construction and some affect existing buildings.
State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman announced last week the guilty plea and sentencing of Wing Khay Lee, owner of Corum Group LLC, for failing to pay wages to workers on several private construction projects in Queens.
Lee admitted to a misdemeanor count of failure to pay wages. The defendant, 42, of College Point, owned and operated Corum Group LLC, a construction company. He failed to pay at least five employees more than $22,000 in wages they were owed between what the AG described as “approximately” August 2011 and September 2012.
“Coming to America” was a box-office blockbuster, but the mixed-use building planned for the former site of the Wendy’s used in the film isn’t a hit with the Buildings Department.
The construction permit for the proposed seven-story building, dubbed “Elm West,” at 51-35 Reeder St. in Elmhurst has been denied by the DOB due to 70 minor objections to the construction plans.
The ongoing Willets Point development plan is hard to pin down. It is a project with many moving parts that has been lauded as one of the best development deals made in the borough’s history, while at the same time denigrated as an attack on the lower class and outer-borough business owners.
But the colossal plan that has struggled to get its bearings for some time has gained stability over the past few months — after the City Council approved the revised version — and will take its first steps on Saturday when the first round of business relocations will be completed.
Hurricane Sandy hit 13 months ago, and the Rockaway boardwalk, which was completely destroyed in the storm west of Beach 88th Street, has still not been rebuilt.
That fact has been a point of contention between the city and the Rockaway community since the hurricane. As devastated boardwalks have been rebuilt on the Jersey Shore and Long Beach in Nassau County, the people of the Rockaways were left wondering “what about us?”
Only a little more than a month after Community Board 9 gave its approval to South Queens’ first pedestrian plaza, the space is open and functioning.
The open plaza, located on Drew Street between 101st and Liberty avenues and the south side of 101st Avenue in City Line, was constructed in late October.
(StatePoint) Local communities nationwide are feeling a negative impact from funding cuts to national parks, which are hurting local businesses.
(NAPSI)—For most parents, the holiday season means school’s out and you’re on. Winter vacation can be a great time to find entertaining, even educational things for your kids to do. Here are a few ideas to consider that won’t interfere with the festivities:
Jackson Avenue between Vernon Boulevard and Fourth Street in Long Island City was a major shopping hub early in the 20th century, with stores such as Snedeker Hardware, Hirshfield Jewelers and Willmark Baking Products, to name just a few.
At the time there were exactly 22 different Fourth streets scattered throughout Queens, making it a nightmare for emergency services, and the name was eventually changed to 50th Avenue.