A resident, right, stands to speak before state Sen. Jose Peralta, with mic, and Craig Bruno at a town hall to discuss the future of the Bruson Building Thursday night.
Residents eager to help decide the fate of the reconstructed Bruson Building crowded into the Jewish Center of Jackson Heights Thursday evening, causing the town hall’s organizers to add extra chairs and bump out the back wall to make room.
The meeting, spearheaded by state Sen. Jose Peralta (D-East Elmhurst), was organized to gather community input regarding the fate of the Bruson Building, which burned down in a five-alarm fire last April, displacing tenants such as Plaza College, which has a new campus in Forest Hills, Armondo’s Italian Restaurant, which will reopen in February on Northern Boulevard and Frank’s Pharmacy, which reopened three blocks away in October.
Borough President Melinda Katz delivers her first State of the Borough Address at the Colden Center at Queens College.
On her 387th day in office, Queens Borough President Melinda Katz delivered her first State of the Borough speech, listing accomplishments that she spoke of with pride, and future goals that she addressed with a mixture of hope and determination.
“Our motto at Borough Hall is simply this,” Katz told a capacity crowd at the Colden Center at Queens College. “If it’s good for our families, it’s good for Queens.”
Near the end of her half-hour-long State of the Borough speech last Thursday, Borough President Melinda Katz pledged to continue to fight for the reimplementation of the Rockaway ferry.
“While in service, it proved to be extremely useful to residents lacking real transit options, and was an economic generator as well, bringing people in from other parts of the city to come visit the Rockaways,” Katz said. “I will continue to fight alongside the community for the inclusion of permanent ferry service to and from the Rockaways in the Five Borough Ferry Plan.”
Commuters will be digging a little deeper into their pockets on March 22, when fare and toll increases approved by the Metropolitan Transportation Authority take effect.
Under the changes adopted by the MTA board on Jan. 22, the base fare for a bus or subway ride will increase from $2.50 to $2.75. The bonus for those purchasing multiple rides with a MetroCard will rise to 11 percent for those paying $5.50 or more at a time.
Riders of subways and buses will receive a 25-cent fare increase in March. The board of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority also has authorized hikes for bridges, tunnels and the Long Island Rail Road.
United States Deputy Secretary of Labor Chris Lu, center, takes a photo of a 3-D scanner during a tour of Queensborough Community College’s 3-D lab and virtual hospital with Rep. Grace Meng, right, Assemblywoman Nily Rozic and school officials on Friday.
United States Deputy Secretary of Labor Chris Lu spent just as much time taking pictures of the 3-D printers and scanners as he did asking questions about them.
Fresh off the heels of President Obama’s proposal to make the first two years of community college free for prospective students, the nation’s second-highest ranking labor official toured Queensborough Community College’s new 3-D printing lab and virtual hospital with Rep. Grace Meng (D-Flushing) last Friday, both appearing fascinated with the technology.
(StatePoint) Demand for public transportation is on the rise. In fact, 10.7 billion trips were taken on public transportation in 2013, the highest in 57 years, according to the latest statistics from the American Public Transportation Association (APTA.)
(BPT) - As temperatures drop, home heating costs increase across the country. In fact, experts predict this winter will be colder than previously expected, and electricity and natural gas prices will climb accordingly, ABC News reports. While the majority of Americans rely on those two sources to heat their homes, there is a time-proven alternative that should warrant consideration for homeowners looking to trim heating costs this winter: heating with wood.
(Family Features) Getting a first car is a proud and exhilarating moment for many teens. But before you hand the keys over, take some time to go over some important aspects of car ownership.
Long lines formed the first day New Yorkers could register for IDNYC cards, as seen here at the Flushing Library. Though available to everyone, they are primarily designed for immigrants who lack an alternative form of identification.
The collapsed building at 78-19 Jamaica Ave. has caused the Woodhaven-Richmond Hill Volunteer Ambulance Corps to shut down, according to civic leaders.
State Sen. Joe Addabbo Jr. believes many of his constituents would be just fine with leaving the abandoned Rockaway Beach rail line like this. The politician said in an interview with the Chronicle that he could not fully support the parkland or train proposals.
Carl Richardson of Laurelton was 19 when he was stabbed to death outside a Merrick Boulevard barbershop in 2014. His killer has been convicted of manslaughter.
Union workers, residents, community leaders and elected officials, including City Council Majority Leader Jimmy Van Bramer, second from right, marched last Thursday to advocate for higher wages for airport workers.
More than 100 residents packed St. Anthony of Padua Church’s basement on Tuesday to demand answers from those who are seeking to put juvenile delinquents in a home in South Ozone Park.
People line up to demand answers from the city Administration for Children's Services and Episcopal Social Services, which is planning to place a home for juvenile criminals in the area.
A new report by the Migration Policy Institute found that New York City is home to more than a half-million undocumented immigrants, with the largest concentration of that population living in Queens.
“I think that Queens, to many people, symbolizes opportunity,” said Congresswoman Grace Meng (D-Bayside), who was unsurprised to learn of the figure. She cited the large amount of small businesses in Queens, many of them immigrant-owned, as a potential reason.
A barber from Cambria Heights was convicted of manslaughter on Wednesday for stabbing a man last March over the cost of a set of headphones.
Cedric Simpson, 35, stabbed 19-year-old Laurelton resident Carl Richardson with a pair of scissors outside Simpson’s Laurelton barbershop on March 27.
Rep. Grace Meng (D-Flushing) wants to clear up some confusion about recent immigration reform and warn immigrants about potential scams.
Along with Neena Dutta, chairwoman of the New York chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers Association, Meng explained on Friday in her Flushing office what’s happening, what to watch out for and what steps immigrants should take.
Two days ahead of her first State of the Borough address, set for 10 a.m. today, Jan. 22, Borough President Melinda Katz took questions on some of the key issues facing Queens from community and ethnic news outlets Tuesday afternoon.
Reiterating messages she has been putting forth during her year in office, Katz touted tourism as key to Queens’ future, boasted of its ethnic diversity — she brands it “The World’s Borough” — and voiced her full support for two of Mayor de Blasio’s signature initiatives, universal pre-kindergarten and official identification cards for all residents, regardless of immigration status.
Want to travel, but don’t want to leave your pets behind?
You won’t have to now that a real estate company has leased space at John F. Kennedy International Airport for the transportation of animals ranging from household dogs and cats, horses, livestock and birds.
Following in the footsteps of the late Martin Luther King Jr., nearly a thousand attended a rally and march last Thursday to send a message to airlines, subcontracting companies and the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey to allow 12,000 subcontracted service workers to unionize, earn a living wage and have benefits.
The event was spearheaded by officials from Service Employees International Union Local 32BJ, the nation’s largest property service union. Protestors, many of whom were shuttled from 32BJ’s Manhattan headquarters by bus, assembled on a lawn adjacent to the National Car Rental station on Ditmars Boulevard, not far from LaGuardia Airport’s Central Terminal.