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(BPT) - Thinking of sprucing up your home for spring? You’re not alone; one in three homeowners say they’ll take on at least one home improvement project in the first half of 2014, according to a recent survey by Burst Media. And it turns out, freshening your home for spring is a smart investment.
After a month of having his salary, spending and contract scrutinized, Queens Library CEO Thomas Galante was called before the City Council with fellow heads of the Brooklyn Public Library, Linda Johnson, and New York Public Library, Anthony Marx, for the Committee on Cultural Affairs’ annual budget hearing.
This year, the library budgets will remain the same, but all three want an extra $65 million added onto their $171 million annual budget.
The Greater Jamaica Development Corp. last week announced completion of a deal that will bring a 400-unit residential and commercial building to the intersection of Sutphin Boulevard and Archer Avenue.
Congressman Gregory Meeks (D-Jamaica) was on hand when the GJDC announced its contract with BRP Companies, a Manhattan-based development, contracting and property management firm that specializes in affordable, mixed-income and market-rate housing and commercial development.
There are reports that the MTA delayed a marketing campaign for Long Island City it promised after business owners complained subway construction would cut into revenue.
“The Long Island City community is hurting as a result of the 22 weekends of closures on the seven line,” Van Bramer wrote in a statement. “The least that the MTA could do is work actively with the community on the promises that they have made.”
The School Construction Authority will build a new public school in the Centreville section of Ozone Park.
The new 504-seat K-5 school will be constructed at Albert Road and Huron Street and will serve children in the Centreville area who are currently zoned for PS 63 across Cross Bay Boulevard or PS 146 in Howard Beach. The SCA has bought the land for the school and the building is now in the design phase.
The city Department of Transportation will seek public input on its plans to put the finishing touches on a long-proposed greenway around Jamaica Bay that would bring a biking and hiking path through Howard Beach to connect to already existing ones in Broad Channel and along the Belt Parkway.
Alice Friedman and Albert Silvestri, representatives from the DOT, attended last Thursday’s Community Board 10 meeting to announce their plans, which are only in the early stages. They also announced a series of public meetings aiming to get feedback from the communities that would be affected, including Howard Beach.
“Commuting on the boro’s rivers and bays” (by Domenick Rafter, March 6) could be the wave of the future. Our waterways are an underutilized natural asset that can offer significant transportation alternatives for thousands of New Yorkers.
Most of our existing public transportation and roadways are already operating at or above capacity. New ferry services can be implemented far more quickly than construction of new subway, commuter rail or highways. These can take years or even decades until completion of environmental reviews, planning, design, engineering, real estate acquisition, permits, procurements and actual construction before reaching beneficial use. Completing all of the above along with finding funding for ferry boats, docks and parking with costs in the millions may be easier than finding the billions of dollars necessary for construction of new or extended subway, commuter rail or highways. Boats equipped with modern fuel-efficient engines can make a positive contribution to air quality.
In April 1967, the old Jersey Central Rail Road ended ferry service between Liberty Street and Pavonia, NJ. Later that year, in November 1967, the old Erie Lackawanna Rail Road suspended ferry service between Barclay Street and Hoboken. Fast forward to today. Thousands of daily commuters use ferries from Hoboken to the World Financial Center in downtown Manhattan. There are also 66,000 daily patrons of the Staten Island Ferry System, which connects St. George, Staten Island with the Whitehall Street Ferry Terminal. Unlike the other four boroughs, 500,000 Richmond County residents have no direct subway or commuter rail system linking them with the rest of the city.
Over two years ago, thousands of riders began utilizing the East River ferry connecting various waterfront neighborhoods including Long Island City, East 34th Street, Greenpoint, Williamsburg, Brooklyn Bridge Park, Wall Street and Governors Island.
Who would not want to enjoy the fresh air and breeze that only waterborne transportation can provide? Riding a ferry can be less stressful than being packed in a subway car like sardines in a can.
The state-backed committee tasked with coming up with more than $18 million in recovery plans after Hurricane Sandy in Howard Beach presented its proposals to the public on Tuesday in the next step toward making those ideas a reality.
Armed with nine plans, including flood remediation, establishing relief centers and funding resiliency programs, the committee, part of the statewide New York Rising program, allowed members of the public to vote for their favorite ideas at a six-hour open house at Russo’s on The Bay.
(BPT) - Whether you’re personalizing a new home or revitalizing an old room, the start of spring is when newly imagined spaces become do-it-yourself realities.
The new wooden fence partially constructed at the vacant lot on Cross Bay Boulevard, just north of the Belt Parkway, where work on a strip mall will begin soon.
Juniper Valley Park was known as the treacherous “Great Swamp” in the 19th century. It was made up of underground streams and quicksand, and only useful for raccoon and possum hunting and mining peat, the dark vegetable matter formed by partial decay of plants in wet ground.
Many developers believed dirt is dirt and land is land. However, any geologist will quickly tell you this is not always true.
The head of the company that owns the Woodhaven building that partially collapsed last year appeared in Queens Criminal Court last Friday and was ordered to immediately hire an architect and file for a work permit for the corner structure at 78-19 Jamaica Ave.
George Kochabe, the head officer of 78-19 Jamaica LLC, appeared in court after a warrant was issued for his arrest. A judge told him he must retain the architect and file for the work permit before his next court date on April 10 — almost a year to the day after the collapse occurred.
The owners of a vacant lot on Cross Bay Boulevard got all the permits they need and will begin construction on a strip mall soon.
Dave Koptiev of Platinum Realty said all the permits the company needed from the city have been finalized. He estimated the strip mall will be completed in eight months.
Queens Library Executive Director Tom Galante may now be the target of a federal probe into his spending of taxpayer funds.
Agents with the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the city Department of Investigation came to the Central Library in Jamaica last Friday with subpoenas for both Galante and the library’s construction management consultant, the Daily News reported Wednesday.
If you were hoping to take out a book in Hunters Point, you’ll have to wait a bit longer.
In a letter to Friends of Queens Library at Hunters Point, Thomas Galante, the president of Queens Library, wrote that the bids to build the structure were way over budget so certain modifications are being made to bring the price-tag back down.
When the NYS Education Department announced that a new data program, InBloom, would replace the controversial ACRIS, many parents had no complaints.
A few weeks later, Leonie Haimson and her group Class Size Matters informed parents that the nonprofit group would store students’ information in a cloud and share it with corporations, people were naturally up in arms.
Beginning this weekend and continuing over five more weekends in March and April, westbound train service at the Queens Village and Hollis stations on the Long Island Rail Road’s Hempstead Branch will be replaced by bus service because of planned track and bridge maintenance in the area.
The work is scheduled to take place on the weekends of March 8 and 9; 15 and 16; 22 and 23; 29 and 30; April 12 and 13; and 26 and 27.
Two more public workshops on the proposed QueensWay plan will be held this month.
The two events, hosted by Friends of the QueensWay and The Trust for Public Land, will provide some insight on proposed ideas for the High Line-like park along the right of way for the former Rockaway Beach Branch of the LIRR.
Those who have stood firm against the proposed homeless shelter at the site of a former factory at 78-16 Cooper Ave. in Glendale now have more ammunition in their fight against the plan.
An audit by the New York State Comptroller’s Office of a prior contract between Samaritan Village, the human services agency sponsoring the shelter, and the Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services revealed that Samaritan Village allegedly misused nearly $1 million in state funds.
(BPT) - Homeowners, builders and remodelers are always looking for innovative and new ways to enhance existing spaces during home makeovers and room renovations.
(StatePoint) Homeowners looking to save on energy bills can start right at the front door. Evaluating your main entry door at least once annually for its operational capabilities and energy efficiency features is good practice, say experts.