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Those who frequent the area between 1125 and 1139 Irving Ave. in Ridgewood might not be glowing green or growing extra limbs, but they are being exposed to radioactivity, according to the Environmental Protection Agency.
The EPA released a 39-page report this month detailing the exact nature of the area’s radioactive profile, and the agency has recommended that the site be the third in the city and 87th in the state to be added to the federal Superfund list of highly contaminated sites.
Long Island City residents joined Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer (D-Sunnyside) in a rally on Monday to call on the Department of Transportation to install a crosswalk and additional signage along 49th Avenue.
For more than a year, the councilman has advocated for these improvements to be made at the Long Island City intersection. Despite his complaints, the DOT has yet to implement safety improvements to the location.
The uncertainty remains over a plan to build a high school on the site of a former country club in Whitestone as this year draws to a close.
State Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) said in October that he had learned the School Construction Authority was seriously looking into the former Cresthaven Country Club site at 150-33 Sixth Ave. to build a much-needed high school. But area residents oppose the plan, saying the site floods and lacks public transportation and sewers.
When Mayor Bloomberg leaves office at the end of this month, he will do so having a legacy of completely transforming the largest school system in the nation.
Whether that transformation has been positive or negative is a contentious argument that will continue to define the legacy of the city’s longest-serving mayor in nearly half a century.
On Dec. 10, dozens of workers showed up to Trade Fair supermarket on 37th Avenue in Jackson Heights for a normal day on the job, but when they arrived, they found that they had been unceremoniously locked out. Just two weeks before Christmas, more than 50 employees were out of work.
On Friday, three days after the announcement that the store had closed, scores of former employees, residents, community leaders and elected officials gathered in front of the grocery store giant to protest Trade Fair owner Frank Jaber and his sudden termination of the workers.
Howard Beach’s PS 207 may have been the most heavily damaged school in Queens by Hurricane Sandy.
The school, at 159-15 88 St., is in the heart of the heavily residential Rockwood Park section of the neighborhood that was hit hard by Sandy’s storm surge last year.
While the Knockdown Center is on its way to acquiring a place of assembly permit for 5,000 people, its manager feels that its attempt at garnering a 600-plus person liquor license has been the subject of some confusion.
Tyler Myers, the arts venue’s manager, believes that some of its detractors are under the impression that the Knockdown Center only plans to serve up to 600 people if it gets the liquor license it seeks.
Comptroller John Liu may be stepping down at the end of the year, but he’s leaving office with some parting shots at the Bloomberg administration and still has some unfinished business with the City of New York.
Speaking last week with the Queens Chronicle editorial board for the last time as comptroller, Liu, a Flushing resident, blasted the administration for what he and many critics call a bait and switch in the Willets Point redevelopment.
(StatePoint) A safe place to play is something that many parents and kids take for granted, but in scores of communities across the US, there are inadequate spaces for children to get off the streets and play different sports.
MTA New York City Transit, MTA Metro-North Railroad, MTA Long Island Rail Road, and MTA Bridges and Tunnels are preparing for the arrival of a winter storm this weekend that has the potential to blanket the metropolitan area with anywhere from two to ten inches of snow. Customers are urged to use caution while walking on outdoor platforms and stairs.
A doctor who runs a nonprofit medical practice at multiple sites throughout Queens was arrested Thursday for allegedly stealing approximately $373,000 obtained in the form of city, state and federal grants.
Dr. Dorothy Ogundu, who operates Angeldocs Inc., has been indicted on charges including second-degree grand larceny, second-degree forgery, first-degree falsifying business records and first-degree offering a false instrument for filing, according to the office of New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman.
The opening of the new $656 million Police Academy, originally scheduled for this month, has been pushed back until next year. No date has been set.
Final construction activities on and around the site are continuing, according to Craig Chin of the city’s Department of Design and Construction.
The proposed 125-family homeless shelter slated for 78-16 Cooper Ave. in Glendale has received the backing of the city and the Department of Homeless Services, angering area elected officials and civic leaders.
A $27 million dollar contract between the city and Samaritan Village, a Briarwood-based human services agency, to establish the homeless shelter will be discussed at a public hearing on the mezzanine level of the Manhattan Municipal Building at 1 Center Street at 10 a.m. on Thursday.
The Knockdown Center won’t be knocked down too easily.
The arts and crafts venue, located at 52-19 Flushing Ave. in Maspeth, has been the cause of local uproar over alleged rowdy parties, but was granted a place of assembly permit for up to 5,000 people on Dec. 6.
Forest Hills High School earned its fifth straight “A” rating this fall from the New York City Department of Education, an achievement that administrators, students and staff attribute to an effort to directly support what goes on in the classroom.
“When the teachers teach, they bring their hearts to the boards,” said 12th-grader Silvio CiFuentes, a student in the school’s selective Carl Sagan Science/Math Honors Academy.
Queens Borough President Helen Marshall presided over the dedication of “The Forum at Borough Hall,” the $23 million, 11,000-square-foot expansion at Queens’ civic headquarters.
The multi-functional, indoor meeting space was built in the rear courtyard of Borough Hall. It is the first addition to the building since it opened more than 70 years ago and will serve as a location for government hearings, community meetings, cultural performances and other public events.
The elegant, old shade trees around the historic Klein farm in Fresh Meadows have been cut down and area residents want to know why.
The 2.5-acre former farm, at 194-15 73 Ave., was bought by convicted felon Thomas Huang in 2003 as part of his Audrey Realty. Huang wanted to develop the site into 22 two-family houses or 18 dwellings, but both plans failed.
With just under two weeks before Christmas, the masses are rushing to buy those last-second gifts.
But with grand Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales only available for a short time, some struggle to find great gifts at great prices.
(StatePoint) Homes and buildings account for 42 percent of U.S. carbon emissions, according to the Building Envelope Research Group at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. Unfortunately, a lot of that energy goes wasted, seeping out through gaps and cracks, plumbing penetrations, ducts, doors, walls, floors and windows.
Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman, Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli and New York City Department of Investigation (NYC DOI) Commissioner Rose Gill Hearn today announced the arrest of a nonprofit executive accused of pocketing taxpayer dollars intended for public services and capital improvements in New York City. A multi-agency joint investigation, including NYC DOI and two federal agencies, exposed the theft of approximately $373,000 in public funds provided by New York State, the New York City Council, and federal earmark grants.
Mayor-Elect Bill de Blasio today announced his appointment of William J. Bratton to serve as New York City’s next Police Commissioner.
In selecting Bratton to lead the New York Police Department, de Blasio emphasized his commitment to proactive policing to protect New Yorkers, while simultaneously respecting their civil liberties.
The Police Department is asking the public’s help in locating two suspects wanted in robberies that occurred within the confines of the 107th and 109th precincts.
On Nov. 23, two men approached a 22-year-old man on 58th Road near 138th Street in Flushing, placed him in a choke hold, displayed a gun and stole a Samsung Galaxy cell phone and wallet. The victim was not hurt.
A fire of unknown origin damaged Whitestone Collision on Saturday night.
The blaze erupted in the rear of the building at 150-11 14 Road at 11:13 p.m. and was extinguished by 12:20 a.m., according to the FDNY. It went to a two-alarm with 25 units and 125 firefighters responding.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced last Friday that he will allocate $50 million from the state’s share of the $67 billion federal Hurricane Sandy aid package toward rebuilding protective marshland in Spring Creek Park to serve as a stronger barrier between Howard Beach and Jamaica Bay and alleviate future flooding in storms like Sandy.
The project, developed by the state Department of Environmental Conservation, will involve excavation, recontouring, and revegetation to establish a self-sustaining system of wave-dampening barriers to reduce storm damage on the south and west coasts of Howard Beach. It would also make the land, which is a public park, into a more inviting and functional space.