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“Loves,” a Participatory GumHearts Installation, by NY-based artist Niizeki Hiromi, the Center at Maple Grove Cemetery, 127-15 Kew Gardens Road, Kew Gardens, now thru Saturday, March 29, 2-5 p.m. RSVP to Bonnie Thompson Dixon: (718) 709-0390, email@example.com.
The words “commute” and “New York City” usually make one think of squeaky, dirty, crowded subway cars snaking through tunnels and along elevated rails. Or perhaps one conjures up thoughts of passengers packed into buses like sardines or jockeying for room under bus shelters. Some, especially out here in Queens, may think of a commute as idling on a packed highway in a car.
One thing that most New Yorkers may not think of — unless maybe you’re from Staten Island — is boats.
Community groups, other nonprofit organizations and property owners are being encouraged to apply for $6 million in grant money the city is offering for environmental projects that improve drainage, such as rainwater-absorbing green roofs.
Several workshops will be held to assist would-be applicants, including one in Queens that is set for 1 to 5 p.m. April 9, in the cafeteria at the Department of Environmental Protection office at 59-17 Junction Blvd. in LeFrak City.
Councilman Donovan Richards
The intersection of Francis Lewis Boulevard and 121st Street in Cambria Heights has a park, traffic coming from five directions and a long history of motor vehicle mayhem.
Now it has a traffic light, and Councilmen Donovan Richards (D-Laurelton) and Daneek Miller (D-St. Albans) were calling it a victory for the neighborhood last Friday as the city Department of Transportation now has the light up and running.
The City Council’s new majority leader is Jimmy Van Bramer. Below are the key allies of Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverto: Council members Danny Dromm, Julissa Ferreras, Daneek Miller, Donovan Richards and Eric Ulrich all received committee chairmanships on Wednesday.
Despite the brutal race for City Council Speaker that left the chairman of the Queens Democratic Party at odds with Mayor de Blasio and the ultimate winner, Councilwoman Melissa Mark-Viverito (D-Manhattan), the borough was not left out when key committee chairs and other powerful posts were doled out Wednesday.
In fact, it will be a Queens member, second-term Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer (D-Sunnyside), who will be the new majority leader, the second most powerful job in the body and second-in-command to Mark-Viverito.
The Woodhaven Residents’ Block Association kicked off 2014 on Saturday with new leadership and a full agenda.
Topping that list of items was participatory budgeting, the process by which members of the public pick capital projects in the community to be funded in the city budget.
NYPD Commissioner William Bratton was quoted recently in published reports as saying that the city’s stop and frisk problem has been solved, given the dramatic drop-off in the number of stops in 2013.
The numbers do appear to bear Bratton out — the NYPD reported 194,000 stops citywide in 2013, down from about 533,000 in 2012 and more than 694,000 in 2011 — but local leaders who called for changes to the NYPD’s procedure told the Chronicle that they still are taking a wait-and-see approach.
A veteran of the Vietnam War who also retired from the MTA and was an auxilary police officer, Cohen was a regular at press conference and public events in the borough, where he would take photos and converse with other photographers, reporters and officials. He was known for telling people his job “didn’t feel like work.”
Cohen spent more than a decade taking photos for the Queens Tribune and Press of Southeast Queens newspapers, and his photos would regularly grace the covers of both papers.
Freshman City Councilman Daneek Miller (D-St. Albans), left, and Donovan Richards (D-Laurelton) greeted new Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito (D-Manhattan) at a recent breakfast marking the opening of a new Council session.
Miller in November was elected to the seal held by Deputy Borough President Leroy Comrie for 12 years.
The latest push to turn Queens into the city’s hotspot is a convention center, hotel and residential complex.
Fleet Financial Group recently purchased the property at 112-21 Northern Blvd. — the former location of DiBlasi Ford — and has announced that it will begin construction on the 1.67-acre site in June.
Councilwoman Melissa Mark-Viverito (D-Manhattan) was officially elected speaker of the New York City Council Wednesday afternoon.
What was expected to be a contentious vote ended up being a scene of unification and reconciliation as the new Council walked on the floor around 1 p.m. After being greeted by thunderous applause, Mark-Viverito’s last opponent, Councilman Dan Garodnick (D-Manhattan), formally conceded, praising the new speaker with a hug and congratulations.
Though the wind was biting, hundreds of New Yorkers bundled in down coats and winter boots to witness Bill de Blasio, the 109th mayor of the City of New York, be sworn in on New Year’s Day.
In a ceremony touted as “an inauguration for all New Yorkers,” the energy was optimistic when de Blasio placed his hand on a Bible that once belonged to Franklin D. Roosevelt.
Though the wind was biting, hundreds of New Yorkers bundled in down coats and winter boots to witness Bill de Blasio, the 109th mayor of the City of New York be sworn in on New Year’s Day.
Elections and new laws adopted in 2013 promised sweeping changes across the city’s horizon in 2014, with a new mayor, a new City Council, and an uncertain future for policies on education, law enforcement and city finances.
It could be said that 2013 was a good year to be a political junkie in New York City with Public Advocate Bill de Blasio being elected mayor, and Eliot Spitzer and Anthony Weiner enjoying short-lived political comeback tours.
It also proved to be a bad year to be a school advocate, a Republican seeking elective office or former state Sen. Shirley Huntley.
Councilman Eric Ulrich (R-Ozone Park) responded this week to critics over his decision to back his colleague Melissa Mark-Viverito (D-Manhattan, Bronx), a staunch liberal Democrat, for speaker.
Ulrich, the only Republican on the City Council outside of Staten Island, was re-elected in November. He announced that he would back Mark-Viverito on Dec. 19, along with six other Queens Council members and members-elect, including Jimmy Van Bramer (D-Sunnyside), Danny Dromm (D-Jackson Heights), Daneek Miller (D-St. Albans), Donovan Richards (D-Laurelton), Julissa Ferreras (D-East Elmhurst) and Antonio Reynoso (D-Brooklyn, Queens).
Councilman-Elect Paul Vallone addresses questions from the Queens Chamber of Commerce with Councilman Donovan Richards and Councilman-Elect Rory Lancman. Councilman-Elect Daneek Miller was also in attendance.
Queens council members and council members-elect Antonio Reynoso, clockwise from left, Danny Dromm, Eric Ulrich, Donovan Richards, Daneek Miller, Julissa Ferreras and Jimmy Van Bramer, are backing Manhattan Councilwoman Melissa Mark-Viverito for City Council speaker.
The incoming freshman class of Queens delegates to the City Council are ready to put their best foot forward, starting by presenting themselves as a strong and united entity.
“What needs to change is this division between districts,” Councilman-Elect Paul Vallone said at a meet and greet with the Queens Chamber of Commerce on Friday. “If there is an issue going on in the Rockaways, I’m not going to say ‘that’s not my district so I’m not going to address that.’ We need to be united and always supporting one another. That way, if someone says no to one of us, they better have a good reason for doing so or we’re all going to jump on it.”
Councilwoman Melissa Mark-Viverito (D-Manhattan) is declaring victory in the race to be the new speaker of the City Council, but opponents of her bid are not conceding defeat, setting up battle lines just weeks before the Council is scheduled to vote on the second-most powerful job in the city.
Mark-Viverito, who represents East Harlem and the South Bronx, announced Thursday that she had the support of 31 members of the 51-member body, including herself and seven Queens members: re-elected Council Members Jimmy Van Bramer (D-Sunnyside); Danny Dromm (D-Jackson Heights); Julissa Ferreras (D-East Elmhurst); and Donovan Richards (D-Rosedale); two Council members-elect Daneek Miller (D-St. Albans) and Antonio Reynoso (D-Brooklyn), who though from Brooklyn, represents a district that covers part of Ridgewood; and most notably, the borough’s only Republican, Eric Ulrich (R-Ozone Park).
A pilot passenger ferry program between Manhattan and the Queens and Brooklyn waterfronts due to end next June instead has been extended five years into 2019.
Mayor Bloomberg made the announcement last Friday, and officials in Western Queens are cheering the decision.
City Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Carter Strickland on Tuesday announced a number of initiatives aimed at managing storm water and alleviating flooding in neighborhoods throughout Southeast Queens.
“The city’s sewer system protects public health and promotes economic growth, which is why we have invested more than $383 million over the last 10 years to continue to extend sewers throughout Southeast Queens,” Strickland said.
Queens officials are hailing the City Council’s passage of a bill that will result in speed humps on busy streets that run past schools, and are pulling for one that would reduce speed limits on some side streets while mandating approval of slow zones.
Bill 732-A, introduced by Councilwoman Debi Rose (D-Staten Island), mandates that the Department of Transportation install one or more speed humps on a minimum of 50 streets per year adjacent to public or private schools.