Score two for state Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) for getting the city Department of Transportation to take action on two problematic locations in Flushing and Little Neck.
The worst of the two is the area around the Flushing Commons construction project at the former municipal parking lot in Downtown Flushing. Avella and others, including the developer, have complained that lack of signage has backed up traffic on 37th and 39th avenues from Union to Main streets and on Union from Roosevelt Avenue to Northern Boulevard.
Wouldn’t it be nice if we could all be civilized citizens?
We have to thank our Police Department for the fact that our great City of New York is regarded as one of the safest cities in the world today, with a diverse population of about 8 million people from over 120 countries, speaking over 135 languages. The reason we have one of the safest cities is in large part due to the hard work of the men and women in the department. We should praise them, not criticize them.
Statistics show that crime is down by 80 percent from 20 years ago; this tells us that the police department is doing a great job.
It has been said that the city will spend $29 million dollars of taxpayers’ money to retrain the police. Instead of wasting this money, it would be much better spent on educating the people who criticize the Police Department. The money can be used to place advertising on public transportation
such as our trains, subways and buses. This advertising should emphasize to our citizens the importance of obeying the law, getting an education, respecting other people’s rights, not stealing and not committing crimes. If we continue to criticize the hard work of the men and women of the Police Department, then we jeopardize our city with going back to 20 years ago when crime was so bad that we could not leave our homes or apartments without being mugged.
Let’s work together. We have millions of tourists visiting our great city every day bringing wealth and jobs. I believe in the next few years our population will continue to increase because our city is a safe one.
Ever since the Port Authority came out with a proposal to relocate a runway some 700 feet closer to residential neighborhoods near Kennedy Airport, members of the Eastern Queens Alliance have been telling anyone who would listen that there has not been enough attention paid to possible environmental impacts.
Last week, the audience was a panel of appellate judges on the U.S. Second Circuit Court.
For the third consecutive time, the Q58 route between Ridgewood and Flushing Main Street, won the Pokey Awards for what it’s best at: being the slowest bus in the Borough of Queens.
According to an annual report on public transit released by the Straphangers Campaign last week, Q58 travels at 7 mph.
Ozone Park resident Eduardo Venegas has been waking up at 5:30 a.m. to the sound of idling school buses for the past two years, and he’s sick of it.
“I’m thinking that I might have to move out of here,” he said. “They honk, double-park and litter all around the street.”
Action needs to be taken to improve mobility between northern and southern Queens along the Woodhaven Boulevard corridor, including to and from Midtown Manhattan.
A new study by Queens College, Community Impact Study of Proposed Uses of the Rockaway Beach Branch Right of Way, reports that the region’s transit users must endure a subway trip that is 42 percent longer than the New York City average. In some cases, such as from Far Rockaway to Midtown, the subway journey time is at least an hour. Travel to other parts of Queens can exceed two hours. In contrast, the Long Island Rail Road trains that crossed Jamaica Bay on the Rockaway Beach Line took as little as 43 minutes.
An example of state Sen. Tony Avella’s (D-Bayside) concerns with the Flushing Commons construction site could be seen by all before his press conference began last Friday.
A large truck blocked a lane of traffic at the intersection of 39th Avenue and Union Street while a crane lifted materials off it.
Flushing community leaders on Friday said small businesses on Union Street are hurting more and more due to the worsening traffic situation near the Flushing Commons development site.
"For too long, the Department of Transportation has ignored the dangerous traffic conditions caused by the Flushing Commons construction," said Ik Hwan Lim, president of the Union Street Merchants Association.
Melissa Herlitz, a planner with the city Planning Department, updates Community Board 10 members on the Resilient Neighborhoods study for Old Howard Beach and Hamilton Beach. The study seeks to stop flooding in the two communities.
Attention, drivers. Construction work on the Kosciuszko Bridge, spanning Brooklyn and Queens, will impact the flow of traffic on the span until the end of the month.
The Department of Transportation announced last Thursday that it will close a lane of traffic on eastbound Meeker Avenue between Kingsland and Porter avenues in Brooklyn Mondays through Thursdays between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m., Fridays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and intermittently between Mondays and Saturdays from 9 p.m. to 7 a.m. throughout the month of December.
The Department of Transportation on Monday began to fix fences near MS 202, the Robert H. Goddard School in Lindenwood, after Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder (D-Rockaway Park) and parents said two weeks ago that schoolchildren were using gaps in them to cut across Conduit Avenue.
“I commend Queens DOT and Borough Commissioner Hall for recognizing this dangerous situation and quickly acting to make the required repairs,” Goldfeder said in a written statement announcing the start of the remediation of the fence. “These repairs will go a long way in keeping students out of harm’s way.”
Community Board 9 Transportation Chairman Kenichi Wilson said on Tuesday that eight parking spots have been restored along 101st Avenue in Ozone Park, following the partial removal of the controversial pedestrian plaza at the City Line.
“The entire curb line has parking spots,” he said to community board members.
City Planning officials last Thursday said the objective of the department’s resilient neighborhood study in Old Howard Beach, Hamilton Beach and Broad Channel is to identify ways that people in those areas can be prepared for future floods.
“We want to make sure people have the ability to retrofit their homes,” Thomas Smith, a city planner, said at a presentation given to Community Board 10 members.
Three city agencies are teaming up to provide schoolchildren with a safer commute to and from their schools.
The Safe Routes to School projects are ongoing in Maspeth, South Ozone Park, Jackson Heights and Ridgewood, according to city officials.
A temporary, stop-gap measure to partially resurface deteriorating Depew Avenue in Litte Neck has been ordered by the Department of Transportation, following an inspection Monday with state Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside).
Susan Seinfeld, district manager of Community Board 11, who participated in the inspection with the DOT, said Depew is an old thoroughfare without a base and the surface has deteriorated so much that the dirt underneath is encroaching on the street.
A long-awaited — and long overdue — new subway entrance to the E and F lines in Briarwood finally opened for business on Monday.
The entrance, on the north side of Queens Boulevard near the library, was first planned for fall 2012 before weather, the discovery of lead paint and other delays sometimes slowed construction to a crawl.
It may have taken more than 35 years, but the city has finally approved funding for the long-awaited HWQ411B project in the Centreville section of Ozone Park.
According to a Dec. 1 letter from Stephen Malmberg, assistant director for the Office of Management and Budget, close to $50 million will be distributed to several city agencies for the decades in the making road reconstruction project, with about $7 million in contingency funds being pledged.
A Sunnyside man on his way to a movie shoot in Dubai was arrested by Port Authority police last Wednesday at John F. Kennedy International Airport for allegedly trying to smuggle weapons in his luggage.
The suspect was identified as Jlil Dewan, 57, according to PAPD spokesman Joe Pentangelo.
The installation of trunk lines and water mains is continuing in Bayside with work on Springfield Boulevard expected to start in early December.
Community Board 11 District Manager Susan Seinfeld said last week that residents should expect some disruptions due to the work on busy Springfield.
Carl Weisbrod, director of the Department of City Planning, was born and raised in Queens.
But he did not come to Monday’s Borough Board meeting to tell members about Queens’ past, but rather to tell them about what his department is doing to prepare the borough for its future.
A report by a special MTA commission stated last week that the transportation agency must add new transit options in its system to continue serving a growing population, an assessment that Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder (D-Rockaway Park) sees as supportive of his proposal to reactivate the Rockaway Beach rail line.
“The @ReinventTranspo report agrees with @MTA, elected officials residents, the @NYDailyNews and so many more that we must restore @RBL1910,” Goldfeder said in a tweet shortly after the report was released.
The city is preparing to fix a stretch of 104th Street in Hamilton Beach, the Queens Chronicle has learned.
After the Chronicle last week reported on the poor condition of the road and the residents’ long wait for answers from city officials on when it will be fixed, a Department of Transportation spokesman last Wednesday said in an email that the street was determined to have been damaged by Superstorm Sandy in October 2011 by officials from the Federal Emergency Management Agency.
It’s been more than two years since a much-anticipated retail area was constructed beneath a new underpass on Sutphin Boulevard across from the JFK Airtrain and Long Island Rail Road station. But today, the only tenant, taking up half the retail space, is Resorts World Casino, which provides free shuttle service to its location in South Ozone Park.
The project, which was expected to draw shoppers to Downtown Jamaica and generate revenue, was completed in 2012 and cost taxpayers $12.7 million.