Community Board 3 residents can now know the purpose of peculiar green sidewalk markings that have appeared in the last year.
At CB 3’s January meeting last Thursday at IS 227 in East Elmhurst, Mikelle Adgate, from the city Department of Environmental Protection, spoke about the upcoming construction of 11 bioswales, a planter-like infrastructures designed, built and maintained to absorb excess rainwater.
An item that wasn’t on the official agenda seemed to receive the most attention from members of Community Board 6 at the group’s monthly meeting last Wednesday.
Of concern is a bill that would impose term limits on community board members for a maximum of six consecutive two-year terms, or a total of 12 years.
City police officers could soon be better protected on the job.
Members of the City Council proposed last Thursday to allocate $7.3 million in next year’s city budget — which will be finalized by June — toward replacing bulletproof vests with models using the latest technology.
Corona residents capped off the holiday season with a day of charity and tradition.
Rep. Joe Crowley, center, city Councilwoman Julissa Ferreras, fourth from left, and Queens Borough President Melinda Katz, fourth from right, celebrated the holiday “Three Kings Day,” which pays tribute to the Feast of the Epiphany and the end of the 12 Days of Christmas, at IS 61 in Corona. The holiday commemorates when the three wise men reached newborn Jesus in Bethlehem.
A new program has cleared some Corona streets of trash, while bringing employment to formerly homeless individuals.
Cleanup NYC, a $3.5 million City Council initiative that jump-starts street-cleaning programs around the city, began about a month ago in the area, with Councilwoman Julissa Ferreras (D-East Elmhurst) allocating $70,000 to District 21.
If you think thoroughfares like the Long Island or Van Wyck expressways have too many trucks and tractor trailers on them now, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey says just wait until 2035.
In a Monday presentation to Borough President Melinda Katz and the Borough Board, Director of New Port Initiatives Mark Hoffer said the present day model of trucking domestic freight in and out of the city is already nearly infeasible, and will become even more so in 20 years.
What started out as a traditional Haitian New Year’s Eve dish became the catalyst for a fire that ripped through a family’s ninth floor apartment in LeFrak City, killing three.
Fire officials found Louise Jean-Charles, Nadia Donnay and Napoleon Michel unresponsive at around 11:45 p.m. on Dec. 31.
Following reports that Rikers Island inmate Fabian Cruz, 35, died on New Year’s Day from an apparent suicide by hanging after a suicide watch was not properly carried out, some Queens electeds had concerns over jail protocol.
“Rikers Island administrators still struggle to help and protect inmates, especially those with mental illness,” said City Councilman Daniel Dromm (D-Jackson Heights). “It is a shame doctor’s orders to put Mr. Cruz under observation were not followed.”
The Central Queens neighborhoods of Forest Hills, Rego Park, Kew Gardens and Briarwood are mostly made up of quiet, residential streets that, when you look around, can make you forget about the hustle and bustle of city life.
But that doesn’t mean news was sparse there in 2014.
It was a tense 2014 in the City of New York. And that was especially true in the largely residential Queens neighborhoods of Maspeth, Middle Village, Ridgewood, Glendale and Elmhurst.
Whether it was the stealthy opening of a homeless shelter in Elmhurst or the continued fight over placing one in an abandoned factory in Glendale, southwest Queens residents found themselves battling city government at different times throughout the year.
2014 began with tragedies in Western Queens. From the death of a 7-year-old to the discovery of Avonte Oquendo’s remains, it was a difficult winter. But not all of 2014 was bad. Many traffic-calming measures were installed throughout the borough to make Queens streets safer and a huge chunk of affordable housing was set aside in the Astoria Cove project. Here’s a look back at the top stories from the past 12 months.
The message was simple.
Let’s always thank those who put their lives on the line each day to keep this city safe.
Many children want to be police officers growing up; inspired by how they protect and serve on a daily basis.
On Tuesday night, it was a child inspiring a towering police captain.
Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley believes women should make up a larger percentage of the Fire Department.
New York City will spend $130 million over the next four years, as part of a comprehensive plan to reduce crime, jail re-entry and the number of people with mental illnesses, who are often locked up for minor offenses.
The plan, proposed by Mayor de Blasio’s Task Force on Behavioral Health and the Criminal Justice System, came in response to a number of cases in which mentally ill inmates died under questionable conditions at Rikers Island, the country’s second-largest correction facility.
State Sen. Diane Savino (D-Staten Island) last week dismissed Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley’s (D-Glendale) assertion about gender discrimination in hiring at the Fire Department, instead arguing that most women are simply not interested to become firefighters or aren’t fit for the job.
Savino made those comments in a Facebook post, moments after a City Council Committee on Fire and Criminal Justice hearing, chaired by Crowley, grilled Fire Commissioner Daniel Nigro about the lack of female representation in the department. The state senator dismissed Crowley’s claims that the FDNY is using “excessive testing” and rigorous exercises which cause women to drop out of the academy.
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.
Zum Stammtisch owner Werner Lehner, rear, is honored by Councilwoman Liz Crowley, in red, Glendale Chamber of Commerce President Patricia Gatt and Assemblyman Mike Miller.
The holiday season got into full gear in Glendale Sunday, when the annual Christmas treelighting was held at the triangle outside Zum Stammtisch restaurant, where 70th Street meets Myrtle and Cooper avenues. Pictured: the crowd enjoying the tree in all its glory; Santa Claus, aka Joe Aiello, meets with some of the children, all of whom got stuffed animals; community leader Vincent Arcuri Jr. sports a festive cap; Zum Stammtisch owner Werner Lehner, rear, is honored by Councilwoman Liz Crowley, in red, Glendale Chamber of Commerce President Patricia Gatt and Assemblyman Mike Miller; Miller presents Lehner with an honorary street sign; Kayla Forester, her son, Ryan, all wrapped up, and Michelle and Elisa Kruithoff enjoy the festivities; area music legend Joe Fuoco performs with some of his students; and two more youngsters get their gifts from Old St. Nick. As the poet wrote, “Happy Christmas to all, and to all a good night!”
Ridgewood’s future is bright, going by the number of middle-class 20-somethings moving in and the amount of New York Times articles declaring it “Quooklyn” or “Ridgewick” as if it were part of Brookyln.
On Tuesday, however, it was Ridgewood’s past that was celebrated.
The holiday season got into full gear in Glendale Sunday, when the annual Christmas treelighting was held at the triangle outside Zum Stammtisch restaurant, where 70th Street meets Myrtle and Cooper avenues.
Photos show the crowd enjoying the tree in all its glory; Santa Claus, aka Joe Aiello, meets with some of the children, all of whom got stuffed animals; community leader Vincent Arcuri Jr. sports a festive cap; Zum Stammtisch owner Werner Lehner, rear, is honored by Councilwoman Liz Crowley, in red, Glendale Chamber of Commerce President Patricia Gatt and Assemblyman Mike Miller; Miller presents Lehner with an honorary street sign; Kayla Forester, her son, Ryan, all wrapped up, and Michelle and Elisa Kruithoff enjoy the festivities; area music legend Joe Fuoco performs with some of his students; and two more youngsters get their gifts from Old St. Nick. As the poet wrote, “Happy Christmas to all, and to all a good night!”
More than three dozen community leaders and members of various organizations and civil rights groups gathered last Friday at the First Baptist Church of East Elmhurst to pray for those they said have been “betrayed by our criminal justice system.”
The move came in response to a Staten Island grand jury’s decision last week not to indict NYPD officer Daniel Pantaleo for the chokehold death of Eric Garner. The man’s death triggered hundreds of protests nationwide, conversations about race relations and police use of excessive force.
When a gunman shot Anastasia Massey just feet from her apartment, the four Massey children didn’t just lose a mother; they lost a baby sister as well.
The tragic deaths of the 27-year-old and, hours later, her newborn daughter — who, according to friends, would have been called Tru Melody — happened early on Thanksgiving eve.
The Queens chapter of the National Action Network, the organization headed by the Rev. Al Sharpton, announced shortly after 3 p.m. today that it will march “Plaza to Plaza” starting at 5 p.m. to protest alleged police mistreatment of the people, especially minorities.
Meanwhile other groups are planning what is expected to be a large protest that will start 30 minutes after the NAN rally just a couple blocks away in Foley Plaza. A number of activist groups with Queens members, including Communities United for Police Reform, were involved in planning that protest.
Situated on California’s Golden Coast it is not, but Glendale and Hollywood may soon have more in common than one might think.
The owners of Broadway Stages, the Brooklyn-based television and film production company, has purchased the Atlas Terminal site next to The Shops at Atlas Park for $19.5 million, according to city documents.