The area where the Cross Island Parkway goes into the Whitestone Expressway is known as deadman’s curve.
For the fifth time in 10 years, a motorcyclist has been killed on the Cross Island Parkway, where it bends toward the southbound Whitestone Expressway, which has been labeled “deadman’s curve.”
Police report that John Barrett, 49, of Middle Village, was killed on Aug. 30 around 10 p.m. The preliminary investigation determined that Barrett was operating a motorcycle and was ejected from it while traveling southbound.
The ability to spend a few hours exploring culture from some of the country’s earliest history to some of its newest art is available to Queens residents without even crossing a river.
And with school starting, many of those listed here — which are not quite all Queens has to offer — have educational programs for those of all ages, and some discounted admission for students and school groups.
Douglaston is slated for a new look near the Long Island Rail Road station soon, but until then the city is working on street improvements nearby that will make it easier and safer for pedestrians to cross.
Work has begun near the intersection of 235th Street and Douglaston Parkway. The Department of Transportation is creating new crosswalks, expanded pedestrian space and street markings.
Students, churchgoers, cyclists and commuters alike use the Cross Island Parkway pedestrian tunnel near 88th Road. And civic leaders say the city has been neglecting the structure’s appearance, maintenance and safety for too long.
A pedestrian tunnel that connects both sides of Bellerose beneath the Cross Island Parkway at 88th Road has fallen into disrepair, and community leaders were out in force on July 17 to get the city to do something about it.
“It is clear that this tunnel is not being maintained,” said state Sen. Tony Avella, D-Bayside), who led a group of more than 30 residents and civic leaders at a rally by the tunnel’s eastern end.
Despite the push to construct a linear park along the former Rockaway Beach rail line — and stiff opposition to anything being built there from some residents living alongside it — supporters of reactivating train service from Rego Park to Rockaway Beach still believe their idea is the best for Queens, and say it’s completely feasible.
It’s been 52 years since service stopped on the line between Rego Park and Ozone Park. South of there, the A train occupies the right of way into the Rockaways. Residents there say elimination of the service has left the peninsula stagnant for half a century.
Residents of Bay Terrace may soon have a convenient new coffee and snack destination.
At the June meeting of the Bay Terrace Community Alliance at the Chabad Center of Northeast Queens last Thursday, representatives from Cord Meyer Development Corp. were there for the first time in over a year to report negotiations with Dunkin’ Donuts to occupy a space on the upper level of the Bay Terrace Shopping Center.
The Alley Pond Environmental Center, located at 228-06 Northern Blvd., in Douglaston, is a great place to learn about ecology and the need to protect and preserve our planet. The center sees over 62,000 people a year including 40,000 children. Many of those children arrive by school bus on weekdays on class trips.
The problem is that there is no traffic signal by the entryway and exit to safely allow the cars and buses that visit APEC to enter and leave the site. Traffic on Northern Boulevard at that location speeds along briskly most of the time. It is just a matter of time before there is a serious accident there, possibly injuring or killing people.
The Department of Transportation has been advised of this problem many times. Their excuse for not installing a traffic signal is that traffic will back up on the exit ramp nearby causing congestion on the Cross Island Parkway. But there are dozens of exits throughout the city where highways meet other roadways near traffic signals and there is no issue.
Another excuse given is that a new APEC building will soon be under construction and the position of the entrance and exit may change. According to the architect of the new building, the exit would be in the same position as it is now. The exit is where the bulk of the problems lie.
There is also a need to create a turning lane westbound on Northern Boulevard into the Center. Cars and school buses must be able to access APEC from both directions.
If a traffic signal and turning lanes can be placed for businesses just down Northern Boulevard by a restaurant, car wash and driving range, surely APEC, which serves so many children and adults, can be given the same consideration. We need action now!
Resiliency projects in and around Jamaica Bay, in parts of the Gateway National Recreation Area, received a boost from over $10 million in federal funding this week, and U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell was in Broad Channel to deliver the news personally.
As part of more than $100 million in post-Sandy resiliency project grants from the federal government, the Department of the Interior is allocating $4.85 million toward the $7 million restoration and renovation of Sunset Cove in Broad Channel.
When it comes to combining the old and the new, it’s unlikely that any place does it better than Flushing.
Steeped in tradition, with more than a handful of historic locations in its downtown section alone, the area is also filled with recent arrivals to this country who are welcomed to their adoptive home and brand- new way of life.
Poet Walt Whitman may have summed it up best: “I have reason to bless the breeze that wafted me to Whitestone.”
Whitman taught school in the community in the winter of 1840 through the next spring, focusing on local history and journalism. And although he decried the “money-making spirit” in Whitestone, he loved the water views: “We are close on the sound. It is a beautiful thing to see the vessels, sometimes a hundred or more, all in sight at once, and moving so gracefully on the water.”
Leroy Comrie confirmed the worst-kept secret on Queens politics on Monday when he formally announced his candidacy for the Democratic nomination for the state’s 14th Senate District, the seat held by embattled Sen. Malcolm Smith (D-Hollis).
Comrie, speaking in a telephone interview on Tuesday, said the move was prompted both by people actively urging him to take on Smith, and a bit of homesickness for the hands-on legislative process.
Next to the sea of blue, another sea of blue gathered to say goodbye to one of their own.
Thousands of cops from around the city, and even from other states, descended on the Rockaway Peninsula Monday for the funeral of Police Officer Dennis Guerra, who died April 9 from injuries he sustained in a fire in Coney Island that was allegedly started by a bored teenager.
Under the bright sunny sky on one of the first warm days of spring, a caravan of bicyclists rode up 160th Avenue in Howard Beach on Sunday, stopped at the corner of 84th Street and leaned their bikes up against the fence surrounding the Con Edison substation that occupies what would otherwise be coveted corner property.
They gathered around a white bicycle chained to a stop sign and placed flowers in the rungs of the wheels and the chains. This bicycle was not left there by anyone in particular, but was placed by a group in memory of Gary Zammett Jr., the Brooklyn man who was killed riding his bicycle at the intersection last summer.
It’s always wonderful to go back to a favorite restaurant and discover all over again why you like it. That’s definitely the case with Villaggio Ristorante in Whitestone, an Italian dining experience that will never let you down.
Opened almost 10 years ago in a former bakery, Villaggio is located at 150-07 14 Road, near the Cross Island Parkway. You enter to a cherry wood bar and brick-oven pizza-making area, a warm and cozy spot during this blustery winter.
In an effort to increase safety and promote a green lifestyle, two Eastern Queens residents have started a campaign to build a super-greenway for pedestrians and bikers using the old Vanderbilt Motor Parkway.
More than 150 people have signed a petition to expand the Motor Parkway trail to 74th Avenue after its abrupt end at Winchester Avenue. Citing the necessity of a car in order to access the trail from its east side, Joby Jacob, a science professor from Hollis Hills, and Jana Suchtova, a St. John’s University student from Glen Oaks, created the petition with the hopes of increasing pedestrian accessibility to the trail.