State Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) looks on as a truck delivering construction materials to the Flushing Commons construction site blocks traffic on Union Street, a situation that is too common and too dangerous, according to community leaders.
Flushing community leaders on Friday said small businesses on Union Street are hurting more and more due to the worsening traffic situation near the Flushing Commons development site.
"For too long, the Department of Transportation has ignored the dangerous traffic conditions caused by the Flushing Commons construction," said Ik Hwan Lim, president of the Union Street Merchants Association.
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Comedy Night at Central Queens YM & YWHA, lineup includes Jared Logan, Dennis Rooney, Eric Haft and KC Arora, 67-09 108 St., Forest Hills, Sat., Dec. 13, 8 p.m. $15 CGY members, $20 nonmembers. Complimentary babysitting available. Info/tickets: (718) 268-5011, ext. 151, cgy.org/tickets.
Top swimmer George Kojac plants a bit of Christmas spirit atop the Kodak Pavilion at the World’s Fair site in Flushing Meadows.
On Dec. 21, 1962, Kodak Pavilion field engineer George Kojac scaled the company’s new structure, under construction for the 1964 World’s Fair at Flushing Meadows, to plant a Christmas tree atop it.
Physical feats were nothing new to him.
Gov. Cuomo bears some blame for Eric Garner’s homicide. Despite pleas from more than a dozen state legislators, he refused to appoint a special prosecutor for this explosive case. Relying on Staten Island District Attorney Dan Donovan to prosecute cops he works with is like asking Kim Kardashian to wear a burka.
Cuomo also imposes a double standard for enforcing New York’s tobacco tax law, which led to Garner’s death.
Cops busted Garner for selling a few untaxed cigarettes, called “loosies,” on the street. But native American tribes avoid punishment for selling cartons of untaxed cigarettes at reservation smoke shops to the public.
Tribes such as the Poospatuck in Mastic, LI reap huge profits while breaking the law. A federal judge ordered them to pay $10.5 million in excise taxes after Cuomo refused to crack down on their illegal cigarette sales. He also allows the Seneca and Shinnecock tribes to sell untaxed cigarettes on their “sovereign” soil. Cagey Cuomo plays fast and “loosie” with the law while people die as a result.
The Hollis Hills community honored a late couple Sunday for their longtime contributions to the neighborhood.
A plaque was dedicated in memory of David and Marion Millet on the traffic island at Union Turnpike and 220th Street, which the couple was instrumental in beautifying.
Since all persons who do the same job should be paid the same salary, I am skeptical a two-tier salary for New York State legislators would be legal and fair (“Two salary tiers for legislators,” Editorial, Dec. 4). As to a salary increase for a part-time job and for a group with far too much corruption, that raises more serious questions. If, however, all things considered a case can be made for a salary increase, I believe it should be conditioned on the following:
1. All state legislators, Assembly and Senate, should be paid a salary of $150,000 a year, but shall be prohibited from engaging in any other outside work for pay.
2. If item 1 is not feasible, they should all be paid $100,000 a year, but each year they must file an affidavit setting forth all outside activities they perform for pay, listing who paid them, the amount paid and the outside activities they performed and how much monthly time was devoted thereto.
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.
I served my country, worked all my life until I physically no longer could. I’ve worked with veterans and learning-disabled children and still serve my community. Why do we allow protesters, rioters, and looting every time a group of people disagree with the judicial decisions? You have the police, the court, the jury. If the criminals don’t like the process, don’t do anything illegal. When you break the law, you put yourself at risk.
The approximately 240 people who visit the Social Security office in Rego Park each day will soon have to travel a bit further to apply for retirement or disability benefits.
The federal agency’s office at 63-44 Austin St. will close to the public for three to four months to allow for renovations to the building, starting on Friday, Dec. 12 at noon, according to the office of Rep. Grace Meng (D-Flushing).
Preservationists are applauding the Landmarks Preservation Commission’s decision to back off plans to take nearly 100 sites off the city’s list for landmarking, but realize there are no guarantees in the future.
LPC Chairwoman Meenakshi Srinivasan indicated last week that a vote would be taken Tuesday to remove 94 buildings and two historic districts from the list for landmarking without a hearing.
Greenwich Village, Park Slope and Riverdale have nothing on Kew Gardens, Rego Park and Forest Hills.
The Real Estate Board of New York, in its third-quarter report on home sales in the city, found that the three central Queens neighborhoods, which it reports on as one area, combined for the third-most home sales in the five boroughs, with 375.
The principal of John Bowne High School in Flushing is in hot water once again after two of his former employees filed complaints against him, alleging he drove them to quit by harassing them.
The last time St. John’s made the trip upstate and beat the Syracuse Orange at the Carrier Dome, Phil Greene IV was an elementary school student in Chicago.
A long-awaited — and long overdue — new subway entrance to the E and F lines in Briarwood finally opened for business on Monday.
The entrance, on the north side of Queens Boulevard near the library, was first planned for fall 2012 before weather, the discovery of lead paint and other delays sometimes slowed construction to a crawl.
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.
A love of EPCOT Center at Disney World and an unexpected visit to Flushing Meadows Park led to a four-year odyssey for Ryan Ritchey, resulting in his new video, “Afterthe Fair.”
Ritchey, 38, who lives outside Philadelphia, makes corporate videos for a living. In a telephone interview, he said he always knew that EPCOT was fashioned after the 1964-65 World’s Fair at Flushing Meadows, but didn’t think anything remained of the extravaganza.
The embattled principal of John Bowne High School in Flushing has been accused of driving two of his former female employees to quit after he made sexually suggestive remarks to one and belittled another after she became pregnant, court documents state.
According to one Dec. 1 lawsuit filed in Brooklyn Federal Court, Principal Howard Kwait allegedly “targeted Plaintiff in the workplace, and subjected Plaintiff to a work environment permeated with hostility, ridicule, and torment.”
Rep. Grace Meng (D-Flushing) announced last week that the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey has agreed to her request for additional airplane noise monitors in Queens.
The devices are designed to provide data on the impact that increased levels of aircraft noise have on communities throughout the borough, so that officials can develop a plan to help alleviate it around the two Queens airports.
Members of an Education and Career Services class from the YWCA of Queens in Flushing collected almost $1,000 last week during a Giving Tuesday fundraiser.
Y board members, staff and students are seen here with gifts they bought, which will be donated to a domestic violence shelter run by the New York Asian Women’s Center.
Patrons of the tour were invited to move at their own pace and visit as many historical sites and homes as they chose. Each site featured its own unique activities and refreshments to reflect the location’s historical significance.