Members of the Udalls Cove Preservation Committee want the city to purchase what they call a vital piece of property to add to the nature preserve, and they are putting their money where their mouths are.
The committee and several area groups have offered the city between $30,000 and $40,000 toward the acquisition of the Callender property, an 11,800-square-foot parcel of privately owned land, which is near the Udalls Cove preserve’s Aurora Pond.
The owners of a Maspeth house that was ordered evacuated after its basement began collapsing last month still are not back in their home.
But after being told by the city that there was nothing it could do to help in the face of potentially astronomical repair bills, Danielle and Sean Maher are getting government officials to at least take a second look.
A tour of Flushing Creek with area officials and Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Emily Lloyd last week only tended to show the sharp differences in approach to cleaning up the polluted waterway.
While Lloyd is pushing for small steps, including rooftop gardens and bioswales to prevent minor flooding, Friends of Flushing Creek and Councilman Peter Koo (D-Flushing) want another combined sewer overflow retention tank built and additional capacity added at the Tallman Island Treatment Plant.
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Raymond Palmares, center, a representative from the city Department of Environmental Protection, updates members of the South Ozone Park Civic Association West about the sewer expansion project on the Belt Parkway.Photo by anthony o’reilly
City officials this week said a storm sewer project aimed at reducing flooding in northeastern Laurelton should be completed by summer 2016.
The Department of Environmental Protection’s two-year, $18 million project will see 142 catch basins installed in neighborhood streets, leading to nearly four miles of new storm sewer lines.
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.
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.”
The November meeting of Community Board 7, held Monday at Union Plaza Care Center in Flushing, tackled an issue many felt like they’d seen before: a school and nearby residents sparring over how to manage traffic.
The center of contention was PS 163 and a proposal to make 159th Street on one side of the school one-way, running northbound for two blocks between the Long Island Expressway to Booth Memorial Avenue, and adjacent 160th Street one-way and southbound.
Rosedale residents who for decades have put up with floods, and for more than a year with ripped up streets, curbs and sidewalks, are now looking forward to a near future with neither.
That was the hope that many came away with on Nov. 6 at a meeting of the Springfield/Rosedale Community Action Association, where representatives of the construction company and the city’s Economic Development Corp. gave a progress report.
For outside observers, the worst crisis to ever befall the small community of Broad Channel might seem like it happened two years ago. But for lifelong residents like Dan Mundy Sr., Hurricane Sandy was just the latest in the many crises the small community in the heart of Jamaica Bay has had to weather throughout its history, including a time when the very existence of the neighborhood was at stake.
And Mundy was there for many of them.
Fortune Society sues R’way landlord over its denial of ex-cons
The homeowners who were forced out of their Maspeth house by a collapsing basement wall on Friday think the damage could be tied to a sinkhole in the street on 58th Road, but city agencies say the family is on its own for effecting repairs and making the building safe again.
Sean and Danielle Maher have owned 69-11 58 Road for just over three years. Danielle Maher, her toddler daughter and four tenants were forced to flee the building Friday afternoon as the eastern wall to their basement first cracked then collapsed.
Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino, the Republican candidate for governor, has some advice for anyone looking at the polls showing him far behind incumbent Democratic Gov. Cuomo: Don’t believe them.
“This race is going to be a lot closer than people think,” Astorino said.
Flooding near Spring Creek in Lindenwood may soon be a thing of the past, federal and state officials told the Howard Beach-Lindenwood Civic Association on Tuesday.
“A project is definitely going to happen,” said Joshua Laird, commissioner of the National Parks of New York Harbor. “The purpose of which is flood protection for this community.”
A sinkhole that opened up in the driveway between two houses on 58th Road in Maspeth forced at least eight residents from their homes and prompted Con Edison to cut power to part of the block on Friday.
The pristine Oakland Lake in Bayside will get a respite for a year from hikers, foragers and fisherman as the city makes its final push to restore the site to its full natural beauty
Located off Northern and Cloverdale boulevards, the 15,000-year-old spring-fed glacial pond located in Alley Pond Park was considered in danger of dying due to its deteriorating water quality and eroded shores.
Councilman Donovan Richards (D-Laurelton) brought his fight for faster bus service along the Woodhaven-Cross Bay Boulevard corridor to the steps of City Hall on Tuesday morning.
Backed by members and leadership of the Riders Alliance, Richards brought more than 5,000 petitions from bus riders along the corridor, all asking the Metropolitan Transportation Authority and the city’s Department of Transportation to dedicate the money and manpower to establish a Bus Rapid Transit route.
In July, the state Department of Environmental Conservation issued an emergency 30-day permit to Omni Recycling, requiring all trains carrying municipal solid waste from Long Island be properly sealed and environmental monitors be present along the tracks, including at Fresh Pond Rail Yard in Glendale, among other improvements.
Now, numerous area elected officials are calling for such provisions to prevent the escape of pungent odors often given off by MSW into neighborhoods surrounding the tracks to become permanent.
The battle lines have been drawn. Glendale and Middle Village have declared war on the City of New York.
Approximately 300 residents packed the Christ the King High School cafeteria on Oct. 1 to hear the newly formed Glendale/Middle Village Coalition outline its plan to fight the proposed homeless shelter at 78-16 Cooper Ave. in Glendale.