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.”
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.
Two synagogues requesting variances were the focus of Community Board 8’s November meeting, held last Wednesday at Hillcrest Jewish Center. Nearly 40 congregants from both synagogues spoke.
Sharey Tefilah, a synagogue in a two-story home at 144-02 76 Road in Kew Gardens Hills, sought a zoning variance for construction of a third story, which would put the synagogue, school and rabbi’s office in the same building.
During Community Board 4’s monthly meeting last Wednesday, the Department of Transportation presented a Safe Routes to School proposal for the PS 13 annex in Elmhurst.
The program started in 2003 as a way for the DOT to determine and improve areas with the highest accident rates within a 700-foot radius of a school.
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.
Congresswoman Grace Meng (D-Flushing) has introduced a resolution that would require the U.S. Postal Service to create a postage stamp in honor of the Chinese railroad workers who helped construct America’s first Transcontinental Railroad.
The lawmaker said about 12,000 Chinese immigrant laborers built railroads across the country between 1865 and 1869. They comprised more than 80 percent of the entire workforce and were stereotyped and paid lower wages than other workers. Meng said about 1,200 workers died during unworkable winters and life-threatening conditions.
Mayor de Blasio and the Department of Information Technology and Telecommunications announced Monday the selection of CityBridge to implement a citywide, municipal communications network called LinkNYC. The contract is awaiting approval by the city’s Franchise and Concession Review Committee.
“This administration has been committed to expanding affordable access to broadband for all New Yorkers from the outset. It’s essential for everything we need to do to be a fair and just city, because we can’t continue to have a digital divide that holds back so many of our citizens,” the mayor said in a prepared statement.
Members of the South Ozone Park Civic Association West on Tuesday expressed concerns about a possible increase in traffic as a result of a sewer expansion project taking place along the Belt Parkway.
“I’m just worried about the heavy traffic,” one member said. “It’s already bad as it is.”
State Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) reports improved conditions on a College Point street that was littered with industrial parts and construction material.
Since bringing it to the public’s attentiion last month, the area around 124th Street and 28th Avenue has been cleared.
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The newly constructed northbound Van Wyck Expressway viaduct opened last Wednesday, approximately 18 months ahead of schedule. Elected officials say the opening of the roadway will help alleviate traffic in the area.
A train hasn’t rumbled along the tracks of the Rockaway Beach rail line in 52 years. Before residents of Forest Hills support its reactivation or the construction of an elevated park on the line, some say they want more answers from each side of the debate.
Curious Queens residents who can’t decide between participating in an art event at the Queens Museum or checking books out of the Queens Library will soon be able to do both in one place.
The Queens Museum is moving forward with plans to install a 5,500-square-foot circulating branch of the Queens Library system on the ground floor.
Howard Harrington of HDC/Architecture and Engineering gave Springfield Gardens and Rosedale residents a street-by-street update of ongoing sewer and stormwater management construction on Nov. 6.
Among the outstanding designs at Glendale’s recent Halloween parade was this tribute marking the 13th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks. The moving design, one of two that took top honors in the family category, was constructed around the wheelchair of 11-year-old Joseph Fremgen, by his brother Larry, who seeks to join the FDNY. The Fremgens lost family at the World Trade Center on that day 13 years ago.
Advocates and leaders of Richmond Hill High School last Thursday announced that the school’s much-maligned classroom trailers will be removed and replaced with a playground facility by spring 2015, and that seven additional classrooms will be constructed within the building to accommodate students.
“The school is returning to its former glory,” said Vishnu Mahadeo, president and executive director of the Richmond Hill Economic Development Council, at a press conference in the school’s auditorium.
It’s been two weeks since the City Council held a hearing for the latest project in Astoria Cove and after several days of confrontation with activists and elected officials, the proposal was approved by the zoning subcommittee on Wednesday.
As part of a last-minute deal, the development team, Astoria 2030, agreed to dedicate 27 percent of the residential units for affordable housing, up 7 percent from the original proposal.
Vaughn College of Aeronautics and Technology has come a long way since it opened its doors as the Casey Jones School of Aeronautics in 1932, and, to celebrate three major milestones in the school's ever-evolving history, the Flushing campus hosted a two-day event last week.
Not so fast, hipsters.
Gentrification along the L subway line may ultimately be inevitable, but the manufacturing sector still has some friends in Borough President Melinda Katz and Community Board 5.
A multimillion-dollar city project completed ahead of schedule is as rare as a traffic-free morning on one of the many highways running through Kew Gardens.
With the opening of the new northbound Van Wyck Expressway viaduct last week, just one part of the extensive Kew Gardens Interchange project, at least one of those scenarios will come to fruition.
Forest Hills doesn’t know what side of the track it sits on.
Along the entire 3.5-mile stretch of abandoned Rockaway Beach rail tracks from Rego Park to Ozone Park, there are scores of people who strongly support either the reactivation of the rail line, which was shut down in 1962, or an elevated park called the QueensWay, similar to Manhattan’s popular High Line.