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The Landmarks Preservation Commission held a hearing on Tuesday on the proposed landmarking of the Forest Park Carousel, an important step in the process to landmark the century-old attraction.
At the hearing, Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley (D-Middle Village) urged the commission to adopt landmark status.
The Maspeth Bypass plan that went into effect two years ago doesn’t seem to be doing much. Residents, elected officials and civic leaders are reporting truck after truck ignoring truck route signs to avoid traffic on the Long Island Expressway.
The Shops at Atlas Park, the indoor-outdoor mall that opened six years ago in Glendale, is being revamped — and this time, the owners say they are making it all about the community.
“We’re doing wonderful things, and I’m sure all of the community will be very happy,” said Liza Diaz, the property manager for the shopping center. “We have such belief that this property is going to do so well; it’s a hidden gem.”
For years, Walmart has tried to open a location in the five boroughs, but pushback from workers unions and the City Council have cast the superstore behemoth back to the suburbs.
Most recently, the retail giant intended to open shop in Brooklyn but was shot down by the Council in the fall of 2012, and it seemed as though the company had largely abandoned Operation: Get into New York City, for good.
Kathy Hamilton, a Maspeth resident, said she’s sick of waking up to a flooded basement.
“Everybody in the area gets flooded continually,” she said. “And we’ve called up everyone to get this fixed.”
On April 26 Councilman Peter Vallone Jr. (D-Astoria) held a rally outside City Hall with immigrant advocates and other politicians, calling for the mayor and City Council Speaker Christine Quinn (D-Manhattan) to restore money for a scholarship geared toward undocumented college students.
Those opposed to the grant’s elimination accused Quinn of punishing Vallone for renouncing the partial name change of the Queensboro Bridge for former Mayor Ed Koch. Vallone also claims his discretionary funds were cut by 40 percent because of his nay bridge vote. Quinn said the decrease was made to even out the district that for years enjoyed the added monetary perk of being represented by former Council Speaker Peter Vallone Sr.
Elected officials and community leaders are looking to make Forest Park safer and they may have found their answer: horses.
“Installing permanent stables for police horses would be a great thing for the park,” J. Richard Smith, secretary of the 102nd Precinct Community Council, said. “We just need the funding for it which is going to be tough.”
A minor step in a major project that has been on hold for years is set to begin in upcoming weeks, according to Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley (D-Middle Village).
The project, which involves grade adjustments to Metropolitan Avenue between 61st and 62nd streets and to Fresh Pond Road between 62nd Road and Bleeker Street, which were originally proposed in 2003, will see its first phase begin in upcoming weeks, she said.
The Glendale-Ridgewood Memorial Day Parade will be taking a walk down memory lane this year.
In addition to the march, the Allied Veterans Memorial Committee of Ridgewood and Glendale is partnering up with the Glendale Historical Society to put together a small display celebrating the parade’s 75th anniversary.
Eighth-graders from St. Thomas the Apostle interview Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley in front of the Seuffert Bandshell in Forest Park for the documentary “Woodhaven: Diverse Backgrounds United in One History.”
This abandoned newsstand has been boarded up for almost a decade, and in 2009, Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley promised to have the stand taken down and put a green space in its place. Civic leader Bob Holden said the councilwoman never follows through.
The historic Forest Park Carousel, which has survived fire, closure and bad management in the past, may finally be heading into a safer position than the tenuous one it lived under for decades.
The carousel, built in 1903, will be considered for landmark status after the city Landmarks Preservation Commission voted to schedule a public hearing on the proposal.
The Juniper Park Civic Association is not happy with the approach of Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley (D-Middle Village) and the city to cleaning up the district and has decided to take one matter into its own hands.
At the intersection of Metropolitan Avenue and Fresh Pond Road, there is an abandoned newsstand that has been an eyesore for about 10 years. In 2009, Crowley held a press conference calling on the Metropolitan Transit Authority and Long Island Rail Road to allow the community to demolish the newsstand and create a temporary green space in its place.
The intersections surrounding St. Stanislaus Kostka School are about to get safer.
In an initiative to focus safety improvements at city schools with high accident rates, the Department of Transportation started the Safe Routes to Schools Program, a branch off of the statewide program that began around the same time.
Queens neighborhoods are all ripe with history. There’s a seemingly never-ending parade of people, places and events that define the borough’s 350-year existence and have given birth to hundreds of books and films. From the Flushing Remonstrance through Hurricane Sandy, the myriad of stories can take a lifetime to tell.
Woodhaven’s rich history is not well-known to people outside the neighborhood, but with the help of some tech-savvy and devoted young teenagers, the community’s past will be put on film for all to see.
On 60th Place near the 62nd Avenue intersection in Maspeth, there is a cliff where nothing but a dead-end sign stands in the way of a 50-foot fall down the rocky slope to the railroad tracks.
“With the warmer weather coming and school ending soon there will be more kids out and one of them could fall off this cliff,” civic activist and parent Charlene Stubbs, who brought attention to the issue, said.
The reviews are in, and critics of Mayor Bloomberg’s final executive budget are saying they have seen this show before.
And, as per usual, there is likely to be a rousing closing dance number when City Council members restore funding for the same fire companies, after-school programs, senior centers and libraries that have been proposed for cuts by the mayor for years.
The sounds of saws, drills and jackhammers are not an uncommon occurrence in Queens. New construction and repairs of existing infrastructure make the borough a constant work site.
But when it’s time for bed, those sounds are not what people want to hear, especially close to their homes.
Craig Caruana, center, made his City Council campaign announcement on Monday. The Republican is hoping to win the nomination and beat out Democratic Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley.
Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley, left, unveils new historical district street signs with a group including Executive Director of the Ridgewood Local Development Corporation Ted Renz, Ridgewood civic leader Paul Kerzner, Landmarks Preservation Foundation Chair Christina Davis, Landmarks Preservation Commission Chairman Robert Tierney and Councilwoman Diana Reyna.
At the turn of the 20th century, developer Gustave Matthews and designer Louis Allmendinger started constructing tenement buildings in Queens that would later be known as the Matthews Flats in Ridgewood.
Because these tenement buildings were designed with more space and better sanitation than their overcrowded counterparts in 19th century Manhattan, the structures were, and still are, considered to be some of the most innovative housing designs in the city.
Middle Village native Craig Caruana wants the Republican Party to take back the 30th District City Council seat and said he’s the man for the job when he announced his candidacy in front of the Little League clubhouse in Glendale on Monday.
“We are lacking leadership in this district,” Caruana said in front of family, friends and supporters. “What we need is someone who will take responsibility for what happens in Queens.”
About 12 years ago Five Omar Mualimmak — who says his unique numerical name is the subject of a whole other article — was arrested on drug trafficking, possession of an illegal weapon, money laundering and tax evasion charges and sent to Rikers Island. Those charges were changed and dropped and then a few reissued, Mualimmak, 38, said, keeping him in the system for 11 years.
Once he was put in prison, a fight landed the Bronx man in solitary confinement.
The Department of Transportation and Community Board 5 may have reached an agreement on the controversial Cooper Avenue underpass construction.
The project that encompasses Cooper Avenue between 74th and 79th streets, where Middle Village meets Glendale, began in January 2012.
The new headquarters for New York Families for Autistic Children made the news long before its ribbon cutting on Sunday.
The sparkling new building, complete with giant jigsaw puzzle pieces — the symbol of autism advocacy — played a big role in a video shot by a news crew filmed from a motel across the street during Hurricane Sandy.