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The Federal Emergency Management Agency released Preliminary Flood Insurance Rate Maps for New York City last week that reflect the latest updates to the agency’s redrawing of the coastal flood zones.
The Preliminary FIRMs replace the Preliminary Work Maps that were released in June as an interim product. Those maps, placed much of Howard Beach into a new zone, Zone A, would require residents to have flood insurance and take measures, such as raising their homes, or risk substantially higher flood insurance premiums.
The massive search for missing Rego Park 14-year-old Avonte Oquendo continues, but the legal side of the case is just beginning.
Avonte’s family, represented by attorney David Perecman, has filed a lawsuit against the City of New York after the 14-year-old autistic, nonverbal teenager ran out of his Long Island City school and went missing on Oct. 4. A search of “unprecedented proportions” has continued for over a week, with authorities notably combing through every subway station.
The Astoria peninsula that protrudes into the East River called Hallets Point will soon be transformed into a flourishing cosmopolitan area complete with residential towers, a riverfront esplanade and businesses.
In addition to two other major development proposals in Queens — the proposal for Willets Point in Corona and 5Pointz in Long Island City — the City Council approved Lincoln Equities’ $1 billion Hallets Point project on Oct. 10.
Well more than 100 people turned out Friday for a candlelight vigil held for Avonte Oquendo, the 14-year-old boy who has been missing since he ran out of his Long Island City school a week earlier.
The reward for finding Avonte, who has severe autism, is now $70,000. Along with police, family members and volunteers are making a "frantic search" for the boy, who cannot communicate verbally and has the intelligence level of someone half his age, according to his family.
There’s no question that most Whitestone residents oppose a high school on the former Cresthaven Country Club property, but there is controversy over last week’s rally at the site.
Although the event was organized by Kim Cody, president of the Greater Whitestone Taxpayers Civic Association, emails and literature were sent out from the Paul Vallone campaign. Vallone is the Democratic candidate running for the 19th City Council seat being vacated by Councilman Dan Halloran (R-Whitestone), who is not seeking re-election after being indicted on federal bribery charges.
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Several Whitestone residents and officials are concerned about School Construction Authority plans for a high school on the site of the former Cresthaven Country Club.
State Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) said that he’s been contacted by several nearby residents, who reported that SCA workers have recently been surveying the site at 150-33 Sixth Ave. Avella noted that the property is in the midst of foreclosure by OneWest Bank.
Volunteers from the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary based out of Fort Totten in Bayside embarked on a mission Sunday to support the 21st Annual Running of the Great North River Tugboat Race and Competition.
The crew of the Amigo IV from Bayside’s Flotilla 12-01 patrolled Flushing Bay and the East River before rendezvousing with the rest of the Coast Guard Auxiliary patrol group near the Intrepid Sea, Air, and Space Museum.
Savannah was founded in 1733 by British General James Oglethorpe, who would go on to form the colony of Georgia. Civic officials are fond of saying that Savannah was the first planned American city. In the historic district, there seems to be a park plaza every two blocks, and houses of worship alongside spectacular mansions.
The lack of change in Savannah’s historic district, not to mention its beautiful scenery, has made the city appealing to Hollywood. Many scenes of 1994’s “Forrest Gump” were filmed here. The bench in front of Forsyth Park where Forrest (Tom Hanks) was waiting for a bus with various strangers he meets, and where he uttered his famous “Life is like a box of chocolates” line, is on display at the Savannah Historical Society.
In New York City many soft drinks have come and gone over the last 100 years, but one major player had been located right here in our Borough of Queens.
It wasn’t Coca-Cola, which until 1935 had dominated the market. In 1936, Pepsi, which was growing in popularity after introducing a 12-ounce bottle, built a plant at 47-51 33 St. in Long Island City. It was such a success and grew so quickly it was relocated to 46-00 5 St., overlooking the East River. Pepsi executives worked out of offices in upstate Purchase, but the production and bottling were here up until 1999.
The PS/IS 404 building on the East River at 1-50 51 Ave. in Long Island City will host one of 15 new schools opening in Queens this year — the Hunters Point Community Middle School.
Anew school year means new schools and this year more than a dozen are opening their doors in the borough, though some did not come to fruition without controversy.
Fifteen new schools will open their doors to students next month, including two new elementary schools, six new middle schools, five new high schools, one transfer high school and one special education school.
If you’re looking to get out of town for a day in the suburbs or countryside, and you don’t want to have to pay tolls or cross water, there’s only one way to go, and that’s east.
Long Island offers all kinds of activities and cool little nooks and crannies to discover for families, singles, fans of fine art, ecologists, historians — in short, everybody.
At a recent debate for the public advocate’s race, state Sen. Dan Squadron (D-Brooklyn) was told by one of his opponents that she “won’t be lectured on ethics by an Albany politician.”
But Squadron — the only state legislator in the race for public advocate, and the only male among the four main candidates — is quick to dispel the notion that he is part of a historically unpopular, corrosive Albany club, noting that he has been a champion of reform from the moment he ran for his state Senate seat in 2008.
The Rockaway ferry service put in place after Hurricane Sandy washed out the peninsula’s main public transportation link, the A line, will continue into the winter.
The route, operated by Seastreak, was due to end its service between Beach 108th Street and Manhattan on Labor Day weekend, but the city announced Wednesday that it will extend Seastreak’s contract to operate the ferry service through Jan. 31.
The rap group World’s Fair truly represents the borough.
Last year the musicians, who grew up in Corona, Cambria Heights, Jamaica and Forest Hills, released “Queens Revisited” under the name Children of the Night. Throughout their raps they named Queens Boulevard, Roosevelt Avenue, side streets and hangout spots like taking a World’s Fair led tour east of the East River. Their album cover is a collage of all these things from the Queensboro Bridge to Citi Field and of course the Unisphere.
Last year there was some hope the Macy’s July 4 fireworks show would start alternating between the Hudson, where it moved in 2009, and the East rivers, but that has not been the case.
This Fourth Queens residents were lucky to see snippets of pink, blue, green and gold peeking out from the Manhattan skyline.
The long wait may finally be over for kayaking enthusiasts looking forward to a launching site from MacNeil Park in College Point, as the City Council has provided funds for the project in its 2014 budget, released at the end of June.
But no one seems ready to celebrate just yet. The approval follows a long, often-convoluted series of events, and many are taking a “believe it when we see it” approach.
Grucci Co. fireworks rain red, white and blue (and many other colors) over the East River.
Every other day, Bob Holden is out at Juniper Valley Park, cutting the grass on the baseball fields where the area’s Little Leaguers play.
It’s labor, but for Holden it’s a labor of love.
Hunters Point South will feature apartment buildings with panoramic views of the Manhattan skyline across the East River.