Old Man Winter's wrath will be unleashed on Queens and the rest of the New York City metropolitan area tonight and Tuesday.
A blizzard warning is in effect the five boroughs, Long Island, Connecticut and most of New Jersey ahead of a potentially historic Nor'easter that could drop up to 30 inches of snow on the area through Tuesday night.
Community Board 5 didn’t support a rail tunnel underneath New York Harbor when it was first proposed a decade ago, and it sure isn’t going to support it now.
The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey has proposed five waterborne and five rail alternatives to the current system of moving 90 percent of the New York City metropolitan area’s freight by truck, something officials say is no longer efficient.
“Art in the Garden—Paul Lin: Botanical Therapeutic Art,” Queens Botanical Garden, 43-50 Main St., Flushing. Info: (718) 886-3800, queensbotanical.org.
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.
The de Blasio administration last week was calling Vision Zero a success in its first year, calling 2014 the safest year for pedestrians in New York City history.
And the mayor and Department of Transportation Commissioner Polly Trottenberg said Queens Boulevard will now come under study in the coming months for safety improvements of its own.
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.
The effort to connect Flushing and Jamaica via bus rapid transit is starting to draw criticism from elected officials who believe it would have a negative impact on their constituents.
But the Metropolitan Transportation Authority is saying those officials are by far in the minority on the matter, and supporters think a new bus route could cut commute times by 20 percent between Northern and southern Queens.
Re “Hwy. agencies may review ramp plans,” Jan. 8, multiple editions:
There are four major arteries that service the Willets Point and downtown Flushing areas. They are the Grand Central Parkway, Van Wyck Expressway, Northern Boulevard and Roosevelt Avenue, and they have been described as among the most vehicular-congested in New York City.
It does not require a degree in roadway engineering, just a simple drive along those arteries, to note it would be impossible to enlarge those roadways, in any significant manner. They are what they are and will remain so. It does not require deep thought to understand the development of the original Willets Point plan, now enlarged to include the so-called Willets West that would include a 1.4 million-square-foot mega shopping mall, will generate an enormous increase in vehicular traffic in the area that already services airports, and professional baseball and tennis stadiums.
While so-called ramps to and from the Van Wyck Expressway would enable vehicles to have access to and from the area, ramps will not and cannot solve the basic problem, to wit: the Van Wyck Expressway as well as the other arteries described above, are unable to handle a significant increase in traffic. Of what value can there be to a ramp that leads to an impossible congested roadway? In short, ramps would be akin to the infamous bridge to nowhere.
The above was made known to the New York City Council, whose members for many years have viewed their true constituency as the large real estate interests and not the little people in this city or small businesses, and predictably ignored the above and, almost unanimously, approved through the back door the Willets West mega mall plan.
It appears the state Department of Transportation and Federal Highway Administration will now take a second look at the proposed Van Wyck Expressway ramp plan as indeed they should. The people of this city expect a second-look decision to be based upon the merits, not politics and meddling from large real estate interests and a full discussion about how ramps will solve the Van Wyck Expressway’s inability] to handle a significant increase in traffic.
Finally, our current Mayor Bill de Blasio who ran on a claim to pay attention to the needs of the little people, and small businesses should step forward, review the entire plan with its enormous traffic consequences and take a position on the issue. He should also keep in mind the key to the city’s treasury was given to the billionaire real estate developers of Willets Point and Willets West, involving an amount so great it would cause the infamous Boss Tweed to tip his hat in admiration — and the fact the promised Willets Point affordable housing will not take place until 2025, if at all.
Although speed cameras seem to be slowing down vehicles near city schools, new signage in Fresh Meadows is warning motorists about the surveillance.
Last fall, Mayor de Blasio announced that 23 speed cameras had been deployed citywide where speeding had become problematic near schools. It is part of his Vision Zero initiative to reduce the number of pedestrian fatalities.
U.S. Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-New York) on Tuesday urged the Department of the Interior to designate $10 million from its fiscal year 2016 budget to benefit and refurbish critical areas of New York’s Gateway National Recreation Area, which includes the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge, Riis Beach, Fort Tilden, Floyd Bennett Field and Canarise Pier.
“Gateway National Recreation Area provides unique, urban park and beach space to countless New Yorkers and visitors, and these transformative projects will make it an even better and more resilient urban park,” Schumer said in a prepared statement.
Tired of congestion and noise from trucks on his street, a Jamaica resident hopes making some noise of his own will keep drivers adhering to nearby city truck routes.
And Joe Moretti of 170th Street said this week that calls to 311 and the 103rd Precinct appear to have helped for at least the short term.
Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder and the city Office of Emergency Management have successfully convinced the Department of Transportation to update evacuation signage in South Queens to properly lead residents to emergency shelters.
The family of 3-year-old Allison Liao, who was mowed down by a motorist in 2013, is waiting to find out if the driver’s license will be suspended or revoked.
A Department of Motor Vehichles hearing was held on Tuesday to determine if Ahmad Abu-Zayedeha, 44, of Flushing would retain his driver’s license. Two summonses for $150 each were previously voided by the DMV.
The state Department of Transportation and Federal Highway Administration are taking a second look at the Van Wyck Expressway ramp proposal for Willets Point and may decide to re-evaluate the plan in light of the mega mall project in the Citi Field parking lot.
That’s the word from Willets Point United, the group of business and land owners in the Iron Triangle area who are trying to stop the city and developers from proceeding with plans to redevelop the site. WPU members were able to obtain emails through FOIL, the Freedom of Information Law, on the state and federal levels, on the possible re-evaluation.
When I heard of the passing of Mario Cuomo last week, I was immediately transported back to a day in January — the 17th, I believe — of 1986, when my path briefly intersected with that of the governor, then entering his fourth year as head of our state.
Meeting anyone in that position would have been an honor, but the fact that he was a native of Queens — one of us — made the encounter all the more meaningful, as did the circumstances under which the introduction took place.
A permit was filed Tuesday, Dec. 30, to the city Department of Buildings for a mixed-use, 15-story residential building on Jackson Avenue in Long Island City. The permit was one of many submitted throughout the city at the end of 2014.
The building, to be constructed at 27-01 Jackson Ave., is in close proximity to the E, R, M, G and 7 subway lines — the latter of which has suffered overcrowded commutes during rush hour, in recent reports. No affordable housing units are designated.
There was no safer year in New York City history to look both ways and cross the street than 2014.
Fewer pedestrians were killed in traffic accidents last year, 132, than in any other year since the city began recording data in 1910, with 37 deaths in Queens.
Glendale is a neighborhood with a small-town feel.
Its new streetlights will only add to that reputation.
There are signs that South Queens will soon be getting a safer evacuation route.
That is according to Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder (D-Rockaway Park), who announced on Monday that the city has agreed to update its emergency evacuation signage that will properly lead residents of South Queens and the Rockaways to the correct routes in the event of an emergency.
The Vernon mall in Hunter’s Point could be transformed into a larger, lusher two-park pedestrian plaza. The possible space would be linked to the Old Hickory Park playground under a conceptual Western Queens Transportation Study by City Planning.
The expansion, however, would be constructed over an existing metered parking area used heavily by the NYPD, raising the question of how to maintain enough functional parking to serve businesses.
A sea of blue salutes the casket of Police Officer Rafael Ramos, who was assassinated along with fellow officer Wenjian Liu on Dec. 20 in Brooklyn, as it departs from Christ Tabernacle Church in Glendale on Dec. 27.
Protesters rally in the July sun outside Elmhurst’s Pan American Hotel, which had been quietly transformed into a homeless shelter by the Department of Homeless Services a month earlier.
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.
A panel of federal judges denied an appeal by the Eastern Queens Alliance to have the Port Authority conduct a federal environmental impact study before relocating a runway at John F. Kennedy International Airport 700 feet closer to residential neighborhoods.
“We understand the concerns expressed by members of certain communities near the airport. Each of EQA’s objections, however, was either forfeited because it was not brought to the agency’s attention during the public comment period ... or is unfounded based on our review of the record,” the U.S. Second Circuit Court of Appeals stated in a Dec. 23 decision.