A sinkhole that opened up in the driveway between two houses on 58th Road in Maspeth forced at least eight residents from their homes and prompted Con Edison to cut power to part of the block on Friday.
Councilman Donovan Richards (D-Laurelton) brought his fight for faster bus service along the Woodhaven-Cross Bay Boulevard corridor to the steps of City Hall on Tuesday morning.
Backed by members and leadership of the Riders Alliance, Richards brought more than 5,000 petitions from bus riders along the corridor, all asking the Metropolitan Transportation Authority and the city’s Department of Transportation to dedicate the money and manpower to establish a Bus Rapid Transit route.
Re “Anti-shelter alliance prepares to battle city,” by Christopher Barca, Oct. 9, multiple editions:
Does anyone in this community have no shame? This proposed plan to turn an abandoned factory into a homeless shelter is a good one. I doubt any of the residents had even thought about this factory before a plan was made to make it into a shelter. Now they are challenging the results to the DHS’s environmental assessment ruling that the old factory would not have an adverse environmental impact. One Glendale resident is claiming foul play and so am I. However, I think the dirty hands belong to the 300 residents in this community who just attended a meeting by the recently created Glendale/Middle Village Coalition.
The Juniper Park Civic Association president had the nerve to say he’s fighting for his town. From what? One hundred twenty-five helpless families who want to keep their children warm during winter? These families who literally just want a roof over their children’s heads for Christmas?
Instead of raising money for an Article 78 lawsuit against the DHS and New York City, for which the residents have raised nearly $30,000, why don’t they put it into improving shelters in their larger New York City community?
I have read other arguments against the shelter: public safety, more overcrowded schools and health hazards related to the factory’s previous use. These are things that $30,000 could have gone into improving. From what I’ve read the schools are already overcrowded and the DHS has just ruled the shelter would be safe.
The idea that the neighborhood would be less safe if homeless families lived there is related to a bigger issue. These residents are just afraid. They are afraid of people who may not look like them living in their neighborhood and they’re afraid of people who may not make as much money as them living next to them. Now because of this fear, 125 desperate families may lose the chance to have a place to live even if it’s temporary. For that, Glendale should be ashamed.
It’s the time of year when the undead are said to walk among the living, the chill you feel on the back of your neck may not be your imagination and the creaks and groans may not be your old house settling down.
Halloween allows us to experience one of the of most instinctual feelings: fear. The strange thing is, while our progenitors used fear as a survival tactic, we seek out the sensation through haunted houses and spooky walks.
The pristine Oakland Lake in Bayside will get a respite for a year from hikers, foragers and fisherman as the city makes its final push to restore the site to its full natural beauty
Located off Northern and Cloverdale boulevards, the 15,000-year-old spring-fed glacial pond located in Alley Pond Park was considered in danger of dying due to its deteriorating water quality and eroded shores.
The highly controversial Willets Point project is entering the environmental study phase and while lobbyist paperwork was filed for 2014, the Queens Development Group maintains no elected officials or city agencies were actively lobbied this year.
Halloween is right around the corner and institutions in Northern Queens are hatching up some spooky and fun events for the younger set beginning on Saturday, Oct. 25.
The Bayside Village BID is hosting a Halloween playland on Saturday from noon to 5 p.m. on 41st Avenue near the LIRR.
(BPT) - While homeowners may not immediately think of their attic as a major source of energy loss, the reality is that as much as 25 percent of the energy lost in the average American home occurs there. As the weather begins to get cooler, you may be inclined to increase the thermostat to maintain a warm and comfortable home. However, air leakage, caused by numerous gaps and cracks throughout your home’s infrastructure, particularly the attic, can cause your HVAC equipment to work overtime and place a strain on your wallet every month.
(NAPSI)—What do 500,000 students at 900 schools across the U.S. have in common?
Phase one is expected to be ready for environmental investigation by 2015, but CB 7 members have doubts.
“Elaine Hajian: The Evolution of an Artist,” Queens Botanical Garden, Visitor & Administration Building, 43-50 Main St., Flushing, admission included with entry ($4 adults, $3 seniors, $2 students/children 3-12). Contact: (718) 886-3800, queensbotanical.org.
In July, the state Department of Environmental Conservation issued an emergency 30-day permit to Omni Recycling, requiring all trains carrying municipal solid waste from Long Island be properly sealed and environmental monitors be present along the tracks, including at Fresh Pond Rail Yard in Glendale, among other improvements.
Now, numerous area elected officials are calling for such provisions to prevent the escape of pungent odors often given off by MSW into neighborhoods surrounding the tracks to become permanent.
he wildlife and coastal wetlands of Jamaica Bay and the slot machines at Resorts World Casino New York City in South Ozone Park, but they couldn’t feel any farther apart.
But the casino is now teaming up with some of Jamaica Bay’s favorite human friends to bring patrons closer to the bay’s shores, figuratively — and, they hope, literally.
(BPT) - Tailgating at your favorite sports events is almost as big a draw as the game itself, with lots of food, lots of fun - and, unfortunately, lots of waste. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, large college stadiums can generate 100 tons of waste per game, for example. But you can help reduce game day waste by taking a few simple steps, such as choosing the right packaging, recycling everything you can, and using tailgating essentials made with recycled plastics.
(BPT) - Whether snuggling in for the night or just trying to catch a few quick winks, your environment plays an important role in determining if you’re counting sheep or counting Zzzs. From noise reduction to lighting, there are a few easy ways you can turn your bedroom into a tranquil oasis.
Chairman of the New York Affordable Reliable Electricity Alliance Arthur “Jerry” Kremer was the keynote speaker on Sept. 24 at the first meeting of the Queens Chamber of Commerce’s Energy Committee in East Elmhurst.
“New York has become No! York on energy matters,” warned Kremer, a former state assemblyman. Queens is home to more than 50 percent of the energy manufacturing in New York City, but increasing numbers of electronic devices, smartphones and tablets have created a critical energy issue.
“Japan — An Island Nation: 1870-1890,” Resobox Gallery, 41-26 27 St., Long Island City. Exhibition thru Oct. 10. Info: (718) 784-3680, resobox.com.
The battle lines have been drawn. Glendale and Middle Village have declared war on the City of New York.
Approximately 300 residents packed the Christ the King High School cafeteria on Oct. 1 to hear the newly formed Glendale/Middle Village Coalition outline its plan to fight the proposed homeless shelter at 78-16 Cooper Ave. in Glendale.
The dedicated cluster of graffiti-fighters in Woodhaven and Richmond Hill are getting some professional reinforcements.
Councilman Eric Ulrich (R-Ozone Park) announced Wednesday that he has allocated $25,000 to the Queens Economic Development Corp. to hire a professional graffiti-removal service that will regularly clean graffiti along six corridors in the 32nd District.
Queens Congressional representatives have joined with colleagues from Long Island and five other states to form a new Quiet Skies Caucus with the aim of combating aircraft noise in neighborhoods near major airports.
Formation of the group was announced locally in a joint statement issued on Oct. 1 by U.S. Reps. Steve Israel (D-Suffolk, Nassau, Queens), Joe Crowley (D-Queens, Bronx) and Grace Meng (D-Flushing), along with Carolyn McCarthy (D-Nassau).
Borough President Melinda Katz is not on the Aqueduct soccer stadium bandwagon — at least not yet.
At Community Board 10 last Thursday in South Ozone Park, Katz said she “likes the idea” of a Major League Soccer stadium in Queens, but had “deep reservations” about siting it at Aqueduct, which she said is not easily accessible from other parts of the city.
Saying the city “has a lot of making up to do,” Mayor de Blasio announced in Flushing Tuesday that 35 neglected city parks would be getting major improvements as part of his equality initiative.
Speaking at Bowne Playground adjacent to PS 20 — one of the facilities that will get a facelift — the mayor said upgrades to play areas in rapidly growing, low-income neighborhoods are a priority for his administration.
Representatives from the city Department of Transportation came to Howard Beach Tuesday for the second of three workshops aimed at getting community input into the expansion of the Jamaica Bay Greenway through the neighborhood.
About two dozen Howard Beach residents attended the meeting at the Old Mill Yacht Club, and their opinions on the proposals to extend the walk and bike trail through the neighborhood ranged from guarded support to complete opposition.