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(BPT) - Nearly 150 days separate the last day of the winter holidays from the first unofficial day of summer – Memorial Day. After holiday decorations get packed away, and winter sets in, it’s not uncommon to experience a touch – or more – of winter boredom.
Twist and Smash’d, a new fast casual restaurant, opened its doors at 72-06 Austin St. in Forest Hills on Black Friday, Nov. 29.
Twist and Smash’d was created by chef Robert Cano and his daughters while on a family vacation to Ecuador in 2010. There they found a small cafÈ that sold twisted potatoes. Enchanted by the idea of a potato on a stick, they brought it back to New York, and Twist and Smash’d was born.
Construction began this week on the east side of Charles Park in Howard Beach to fix the erosion problem there.
National Park Service spokeswoman Daphne Yun said the construction is being done on the beach at the mouth of Hawtree Creek facing JFK Airport.
Spring Creek Park, background, at the corner of 78th Street and 161st Avenue in Howard Beach, is one location where restoration efforts will take place as part of a $50 million effort to improve flood barriers along the Jamaica Bay shoreline.
A map of the proposed $50 million flood mitigation and restoration project at Spring Creek Park in Howard Beach.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced last Friday that he will allocate $50 million from the state’s share of the $67 billion federal Hurricane Sandy aid package toward rebuilding protective marshland in Spring Creek Park to serve as a stronger barrier between Howard Beach and Jamaica Bay and alleviate future flooding in storms like Sandy.
The project, developed by the state Department of Environmental Conservation, will involve excavation, recontouring, and revegetation to establish a self-sustaining system of wave-dampening barriers to reduce storm damage on the south and west coasts of Howard Beach. It would also make the land, which is a public park, into a more inviting and functional space.
The right of way exists, the tracks exist, the infrastructure, although it needs work, still exists — if we want to improve Queens transportation and stimulate economic growth for future development of our borough, the complete restoration and rehabilitation of the abandoned Rockaway Beach Rail Line is our best option.
Sandy revealed what our communities have known for too long: We need more transit options for our families in Queens. There is no better time than right now.
(NAPSI)—It’s a vision straight out of a Norman Rockwell Christmas painting.
(BPT) - If you run a small business or you manage your family’s household, you know that time is a precious commodity, one that you never seem to have enough of. And despite your best efforts, you can’t create time. So how do you save it and make yourself more efficient?
(NewsUSA) - With Black Friday behind us and the December gift-giving season at its height, shopping gets pretty extreme in these parts. Whether you're fixated on fashion or seek bargains and basics, you'll find it all in Valley Forge and Montgomery County, Pa.
(BPT) - A new year means new resolutions. Maybe your resolution is looking to spend more quality time with family and friends? Learn something new? Spend more time outdoors or being active? This is the year to follow through on that resolution and discover boating - an activity that can accomplish all of the above.
(Family Features) The holiday season is a time for generosity and kindness. While you're on the quest for the perfect gifts for loved ones, why not pick those that support children in need?
(Family Features) What can a camel teach you about grilled cheese? Camels like the Sahara desert because it is dry. Grilled cheese sandwiches also like a hot and dry environment - the pan. Put the butter or oil on the outside of the bread, not in the pan.
Plans to develop the right of way of the old Rockaway Beach Long Island Rail Road line are moving forward in all directions.
While the urban parks advocacy group The Trust for Public Land conducts its feasibility study for the proposal to build a High Line-type park on the old rail line between Rego Park and Ozone Park, Queens College is now joining in, planning a study next year on both that plan and a competing one to reactivate train service between Rego Park and the Rockaway Peninsula.
The design for the new Rockaway Beach boardwalk, the completion date of which is still not confirmed, though one Parks Department official said it could take until the end of 2016 to finish.
Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer, center, with state Sen. Mike Gianaris, center rear, rejoice in the planting of new trees at Shady Park with community leaders and Long Island City residents.
The reactivated rail line as envisioned by supporters.
Councilman Donovan Richards, shown at the Rosedale Library in 2012, is including the modernization and expansion of the branch in his priorities for the new City Council session that begins in January.
Jackson Heights residents met with FAA officials and others to share their concerns on the overwhelming airplane noise they deal with every day.
This Thanksgiving, New York’s wind energy has given us a lot to be grateful for.
A new report by Environment New York, “Wind Power for a Cleaner America,” shows that wind energy in New York is already avoiding carbon pollution equivalent to taking 382,203 cars off the road. In addition to reducing global warming pollution, wind energy in the state is also avoiding 1,724 tons of smog-causing nitrogen oxides which contribute to asthma, and 2,130 tons of sulfur dioxide which is a major component of acid rain. These benefits have made wind power a key component of President Obama’s Climate Action Plan, which seeks to reduce global warming pollution 17 percent by 2020.
Federal incentives for wind–the investment tax credit and the production tax credit–are largely responsible for wind’s success, but are set to expire at the end of 2013. To curb global warming pollution and prevent future extreme weather events like Sandy, Sens. Chuck Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand should continue to be champions for clean energy, and I call on our House delegation to do everything within their power to extend these critical clean energy incentives before the end of the year.
The Elm East towers over Elm West’s future location, where a former Wendy’s is currently being demolished.
A clothing bin must be removed if it’s on city property like sidewalks.
Queens College President James Musykens, left, Leonard Rodberg, chairman of the Department of Urban Studies, and Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder announce Queens College’s upcoming study on the plans for the old Rockaway Beach rail line on Monday.
Councilman Peter Vallone Jr. is looking to amend legislation which requires the NYPD to report crimes that occur within the city’s 31 largest parks. He would like the policy to go further and apply to all parks greater than one acre in size.