Relocating is a chaotic and overwhelming experience for most people, but for those who move regularly, it becomes a calculated and familiar process, often mixed with a tinge of sadness.
Since the 1990s, artist Jewyo Rhii constantly displaced herself from her native South Korea to study and work across Europe, in London and Amsterdam, and the United States.
The Central Queens neighborhoods of Forest Hills, Rego Park, Kew Gardens and Briarwood are mostly made up of quiet, residential streets that, when you look around, can make you forget about the hustle and bustle of city life.
But that doesn’t mean news was sparse there in 2014.
It was a tense 2014 in the City of New York. And that was especially true in the largely residential Queens neighborhoods of Maspeth, Middle Village, Ridgewood, Glendale and Elmhurst.
Whether it was the stealthy opening of a homeless shelter in Elmhurst or the continued fight over placing one in an abandoned factory in Glendale, southwest Queens residents found themselves battling city government at different times throughout the year.
2014 began with tragedies in Western Queens. From the death of a 7-year-old to the discovery of Avonte Oquendo’s remains, it was a difficult winter. But not all of 2014 was bad. Many traffic-calming measures were installed throughout the borough to make Queens streets safer and a huge chunk of affordable housing was set aside in the Astoria Cove project. Here’s a look back at the top stories from the past 12 months.
Many South Queens residents rang in 2014 with a lot of questions still on their mind. When would the city begin restoring homes damaged by Superstorm Sandy? When would the city address flooding issues in Lindenwood? Would Mary Ann Carey give in to pressure and resign as the district manager of Community Board 9?
Some of those questions, and others, were answered throughout the past 12 months, but still even more questions have been raised or have yet to be answered.
Two massive cranes and a third smaller one lift trusses into place as part of the construction of a $100 million retractable roof slated to cover Arthur Ashe Stadium by the time play begins in the 2016 US Open.
You can see them for miles around.
Two massive cranes, one on each side of Arthur Ashe Stadium within the National Tennis Center in Flushing, have become seemingly permanent parts of the skyline in recent weeks.
Four men, including three from Queens, have been charged with reckless endangerment for unsafe driving at Meadow Lake’s parking lot in Flushing Meadows Park.
Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said they were into “drifting,” the kind of reckless driving that combines high speeds and sideways skidding.
The vast, echoing halls of the Queens Museum currently harbor a small, intimate exhibition that takes visitors through invisible journeys of life with neurofibromatosis type 2.
NF 2 is a genetic disorder in which tumors generate and perpetuate across the surface of skin, the nerves, brain and spinal cord.
Long Island City-based Row New York has been selected as a silver medalist for the 2014 Nonprofit Coordinating Committee/ New York Community Trust Nonprofit Excellence Awards.
Row New York is a youth program that couples academic and social support with physical exercise to build confidence and empower 2,200 youngsters across the city annually.
The Daghlian Collection of Chinese Art, highlights of the collection of over 1,600 objects spanning 5,000 years, Queens College, Klapper Hall, 65-30 Kissena Blvd., Flushing, thru Jan. 10. Info: daghlian.qc.cuny.edu.
It’s never too early to get in the Christmas spirit and making it easier are the holiday street lights now illuminating Downtown Flushing and the GingerBread Lane village on display at the New York Hall of Science.
Curious Queens residents who can’t decide between participating in an art event at the Queens Museum or checking books out of the Queens Library will soon be able to do both in one place.
The Queens Museum is moving forward with plans to install a 5,500-square-foot circulating branch of the Queens Library system on the ground floor.
For outside observers, the worst crisis to ever befall the small community of Broad Channel might seem like it happened two years ago. But for lifelong residents like Dan Mundy Sr., Hurricane Sandy was just the latest in the many crises the small community in the heart of Jamaica Bay has had to weather throughout its history, including a time when the very existence of the neighborhood was at stake.
And Mundy was there for many of them.
He’s 81 and fighting to remain in the house where he was born. The Willets Point area — never a real neighborhood — is special to Joe Ardizzone and he wants to live out his life there.
The only resident in the 60-acre site is battling the city and developers, who want to transform the Willets Point area into a mixed-use development, using the Citi Field parking lot for a mall and parking garage and adding shops, restaurants and parking to Ardizzone’s area off 126th Street.
Fortune Society sues R’way landlord over its denial of ex-cons
“Homeland [In]security: Vanishing Dreams” by Margaret Matthews-Berenson, Dorsky Gallery, 11-03 45 Ave., Long Island City, exhibition thru Nov. 16; Info: dorsky.org.