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Residents on 68th Avenue near 79th Street witnessed an inferno on Monday night that incinerated several homes in Middle Village.
If the two previous town hall meetings in Howard Beach discussing the neighborhood’s recovery from Hurricane Sandy were any indication, many entered St. Helen’s Father Dooley Hall on Sunday afternoon prepared for a showdown; a raucous meeting of angry, frustrated and confused homeowners loudly expressing their concerns and obstacles in the recovery from the community’s worst disaster, perhaps in it’s history.
But that’s not what happened Sunday. Whether it was the length of time since Sandy — almost eight months to the day — or the tone of the questions asked, the town hall meeting hosted by Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (D-Brooklyn) and Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder (D-Rockaway Park), featuring re
presentatives of the Department of Financial Services and the Federal Emergency Management Agency, yielded answers to a number of questions. Those inquires, including “Do I have to raise my house?” and “Will Build It Back, the new city-sponsored recovery program, help pay for what insurance and FEMA didn’t?” were not answered with “I’ll get back to you,” but rather something substantive.
A little before 2:20 p.m. on Wednesday, Vincent Bruno, a UPS driver in Long Island City, heard an “un-normal” boom and then saw at least a dozen workers with hard hats running from the TF Cornerstone waterfront construction site behind the iconic Pepsi Cola sign.
A 300-foot red crane had collapsed at 46th Avenue and Center Boulevard, trapping several people and injuring seven, according to the fire department.
The Department of Transportation DOT is cutting the number of car lanes and installing a bike lane on Jewel Avenue and 69th Road between the Grand Central Parkway and Van Wyck Expressway.
The DOT proposed those changes and others to increase pedestrian safety and ease the flow of traffic in the area. The bike lane at this point is just a buffer between cars and the sidewalk, and is expected to become an official bike lane in the spring.
The weeks since Hurricane Sandy’s landfall provided an object lesson in Murphy’s Law. Not only were homes flooded, some moved off their foundations or scrubbed clean off the map. Felled trees used homes to soften their landings. Power outages progressed from a mere nuisance to a life-threatening detachment from society. Much of Breezy Point, even with Sandy’s surge waters still high, managed to burn to the ground.
Every raw figure, distressed resident and upset elected official pointed to a greater failure. Yes, Sandy packed a historic wallop, but some believe a city that survived Sept. 11, a blackout, a tornado, a transit strike and Hurricane Irene should have been better prepared. What went wrong?
Gov. Cuomo on Sunday said new shuttle bus service linking the Rockaway Peninsula with the A train’s Howard Beach station will remain in place until the heavily damaged North Channel rail bridge and subway infrastructure through Broad Channel is replaced.
The city and state are continuing to restore transportation to areas affected by Hurricane Sandy, and are improvising where they cannot.
As Howard Beach struggled through the immediate aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, the neighborhood stood shellshocked by an unexpected storm surge and blackout of undetermined length. Stores on Cross Bay Boulevard were closed, and while some had cars to drive north away from the disaster zone, many lost their vehicles in the floodwaters and were stranded in their devastated neighborhood.
Disaster-struck residents of Queens struggled to bring their life back on track amid a heartfelt but chaotic relief response a week after Hurricane Sandy flooded their neighborhoods. Throughout the battered borough streets, distressed families spent much of the week cleaning up their homes and walking miles in search of food and comfort.
In the Rockaways, Howard Beach and Broad Channel — the hardest hit neighborhoods in Queens — stunned residents could often be heard describing what they saw as a “war zone” or a scene from the “developing world.”
The morning after Hurricane Sandy left Queens many found themselves staring down the daunting task of collecting the pieces of their former lives and hoping to get a quick answer from insurers. The good news is if your car and home are insured, a system is in place to handle the damage. First, don’t panic. A few common-sense steps will help you navigate the waters with less stress.
Opponents of a garbage transfer station under construction near LaGuardia Airport are pressing their case in the wake of a bird strike last week that forced a Delta flight with 179 people on board to make an emergency return to Kennedy Airport.
A bird strike shortly after takeoff forced a Delta 757 to make an emergency landing at John F. Kennedy International Airport with 179 people on board last Thursday afternoon.
“Why would you want to create a hazard at the end of one of the busiest runways in the world?”
Jim Hall, former chairman of the National Transportation Safety Board under President Bill Clinton, asked the question in an interview on Monday, three days after federal judges heard oral arguments in a lawsuit aimed at stopping construction of a city garbage transfer station on 31st Avenue in College Point.
Last spring and summer, three cars exiting the Ed Koch Queensboro Bridge into Queens on different days flew off the same ramp and crashed in almost the same place: into or near two unlucky Queens Plaza South businesses, destroying both the first two times, which prompted the installation of concrete barriers. The first crash in March resulted in the death of a pedestrian, and the second, just nine days later, resulted in the death of a passenger.
Now Alexander Palacio, 39, the driver in the second crash — which occurred on April 6 — is suing the city for negligence, according to published reports, alleging that the exit ramp was made more dangerous by alterations the city made previously. Palacio was amputated as a result of the crash and the passenger of the car, Beatriz Rodriguez, 40, died.
As part of its continuing campaign against the automobile and in favor of walking, bicycling and public transit, the advocacy group Transportation Alternatives recently released a study tracking how many people were hit by cars over a 15 year period in each of the city’s community districts.
The second worst district citywide was CD 12 in the Jamaica area. There were 4,741 collisions between vehicles and pedestrians in the district from 1995 through 2009, the report said, citing state Department of Transportation data. Only Manhattan’s CD 5 topped the district, with 8,604 incidents reported.
“We want to prepare for the worst and hope for the best,” said Mayor Bloomberg last Friday as Hurricane Irene bore down on New York City as a Category 1 hurricane.
The storm would kill more than 30 people on the East Coast, including 68-year-old Jose Sierra of the Bronx, and caused damage in the billions of dollars.
As the city braces for the impact from Hurricane Irene, here's what residents can do to prepare for the storm that is expected to hit on Saturday and last into Sunday or Monday:
Speed kills — and not just on Queens Boulevard, the notorious Boulevard of Death, but all over the city. The right policies, however, could cut down the number of fatalities greatly.
That’s the main message of a new study conducted by the advocacy group Transportation Alternatives and the Drum Major Institute for Public Policy, a liberal think tank.
In baseball, the rule is: three strikes, you’re out. But for the city Department of Transportation, the third crash to take place in as many months on the same Queens Plaza block is a freakish coincidence, not a sign that its traffic pattern should change.
“Initial indications are that the cause was speeding,” said DOT Queens Borough Commissioner Maura McCarthy, of the most recent crash. “So, the message I want to send to everyone is that speeding is very dangerous.”
The state Senate last week passed a bill that would make texting-while-driving a primary offense.
Under the current law, a driver may only be ticketed for texting while driving if initially stopped for another traffic violation.
Up to 1,500 traumatized children in Queens will benefit from therapy under a four-year grant administered by a St. John’s University professor.
Judging from recent jury-based awards against New York City, one would think the city has unlimited resources filled by an anonymous group of donors. It also appears that accidents have become the best way to increase ones fortune.