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From a “supportive” mayor to the “nanny” mayor of Queens, Mayor Bloomberg has left business leaders with a range of opinions on his impact on small businesses in the borough.
With 80 percent of the 44,000 businesses in Queens having fewer than 10 employees, according to Rob Mackay of the Queens Economic Development Corp., small businesses make up a significant portion of the Queens economy. Mackay has seen the mayor as someone who’s realized the importance of small businesses for each neighborhood, but as other business owners noted, that was sometimes hard to realize when the “nanny” mayor came into the spotlight.
Queens Borough President Helen Marshall presided over the dedication of “The Forum at Borough Hall,” the $23 million, 11,000-square-foot expansion at Queens’ civic headquarters.
The multi-functional, indoor meeting space was built in the rear courtyard of Borough Hall. It is the first addition to the building since it opened more than 70 years ago and will serve as a location for government hearings, community meetings, cultural performances and other public events.
Community Board 10 took up two land use issues last Thursday night, one involving a proposed hotel and another on a planned gym due to open in a new shopping strip.
Revisiting the proposed variance that the board tabled last month for a hotel slated for 149th Avenue and 132nd Street — a site zoned for industrial use — CB 10 Land Use Committee Chairman John Calcagnile said he had met with the hotel’s developers and some of the issues that were brought up at the November meeting had been addressed. Those included moving the hotel’s entrance to face south into the parking lot and a guarantee from the hotel’s owner that it would never become a homeless shelter, as the former Skyway Motel, across the street from the site of the proposed hotel, did several years ago.
The Knockdown Center has been approved for a place of assembly permit for up to 5,000 people.
The Knockdown Center won’t be knocked down too easily.
The arts and crafts venue, located at 52-19 Flushing Ave. in Maspeth, has been the cause of local uproar over alleged rowdy parties, but was granted a place of assembly permit for up to 5,000 people on Dec. 6.
Aquinas Honor Society President Anjali Deodat, right, and Vice President Ariel Narine stand next to the plaque honoring George Washington’s overnight stay in Jamaica in 1790. The ceremony was to occur in October, but was delayed by the government shutdown.
The plaque honors George Washington, but it was the students remembering the first president who were celebrated on Tuesday.
After months of delays and years of work, the students of the Aquinas Honor Society at the Immaculate Conception School in Jamaica Estates hosted a ceremony to unveil a plaque in honor of Washington’s overnight stay at a Jamaica tavern in 1790.
The exit ramp from the Ed Koch Queensboro Bridge requires drivers to merge sharply onto Queens Plaza South. The scaffolding and boarded-up storefront here are the result of an accident in 2011 when a car became airborne and slammed into a beauty parlor.
An Ed Koch Queensboro Bridge exit ramp is living up to its reputation once again as another car has driven off of it into a storefront on Queens Plaza South.
On Tuesday at 2 a.m., Elissa Toro, an off-duty NYPD police officer, was driving a silver 2004 Ford Focus when the car careered off the ramp, slamming into a vacant storefront and throwing her from the vehicle.
Green Power E-Bike in Flushing has seen a dramatic decrease in business since the rollout of the motor bike ban last month. Owner Daniel Zhou states that his worries have fallen on deaf ears and that he may have to close up shop soon.
The driver of an illegal bike sits at the intersection of Parsons Boulevard and Roosevelt Avenue in Flushing.
by The government doesn’t care.
That is what Green Power E-Bike owner Daniel Zhou says when asked about the recent citywide ban on all motor scooters and electric bikes.
Councilman Leroy Comrie, left, Roy Paul and the Rev. Phil Craig, part of a panel discussing a host of community issues last week at the Ageless Summit in Laurelton.
It seemed like an appropriate gesture to open the Ageless Summit in Laurelton last Thursday with a moment of silence for the passing of anti-apartheid leader Nelson Mandela.
Mandela, who passed away on the same day at the age of 95, stood as a symbol for many in Southeast Queens for equal rights and justice. And while the topic of apartheid wasn’t discussed, issues of equality and justice were covered by the two-hour event, which took place at St. Luke’s Church in Laurelton, and was moderated by community activist Tanequa Strong.
Forest Hills High School earned its fifth straight “A” rating this fall from the New York City Department of Education, an achievement that administrators, students and staff attribute to an effort to directly support what goes on in the classroom.
“When the teachers teach, they bring their hearts to the boards,” said 12th-grader Silvio CiFuentes, a student in the school’s selective Carl Sagan Science/Math Honors Academy.
Gov. Cuomo’s Moreland Commission to Investigate Public Corruption quoted a recording purported to be embattled City Councilman Dan Halloran (R-Whitestone) last week as it reported preliminary findings on the state of money and influence in New York politics.
“Not about whether or will, it’s about how much, and that’s our politicians in New York, they’re all like that,” Halloran is alleged to have told an undercover investigator. “And they get like that because of the drive that the money does for everything else. You can’t get anything without the f---ing money.”
After 40 years without a basketball team, LaGuardia Community College welcomed its men’s and women’s players at the school’s first homecoming.
“In the 2011-2012 school year, the student government decided they would take a look at the plan to bring two teams here,” athletic director Brian Goldstein said. “They liked it and the students voted on whether they wanted to help support it financially and they got 1,700 signatures in eight days.”
In life Nelson Mandela was called a rebel, a freedom fighter, a terrorist, Mr. President, a healer, a Nobel Peace Prize laureate and an inspiration to millions.
The world has joined South Africa this week in paying homage to Madiba — a title of respect and a tribute to his ancestral clan — who died on Dec. 5 at age 95.
The proposed homeless shelter in Glendale has recently gained the city’s support, but area elected officials and civic leaders are outraged. An empty factory currently occupies the possibly contaminated plot of land the shelter would reside on.
The proposed 125-family homeless shelter slated for 78-16 Cooper Ave. in Glendale has received the backing of the city and the Department of Homeless Services, angering area elected officials and civic leaders.
A $27 million dollar contract between the city and Samaritan Village, a Briarwood-based human services agency, to establish the homeless shelter will be discussed at a public hearing on the mezzanine level of the Manhattan Municipal Building at 1 Center Street at 10 a.m. on Thursday.
Willets Point, known for its abundance of auto body shops and its lack in sewage, lighting and road pavement, will become a shopping complex with a hotel. The developers were just approved to receive $43 million in tax breaks.
Queens congressional representatives Grace Meng, left, Steve Israel and Gregory Meeks all spoke in support Friday of a measure by Congressman Joe Crowley, second from right, aimed at reducing noise near airports nationwide.
Political heavyweights from throughout Queens were on hand at LaGuardia Airport last Friday as Congressman Joe Crowley (D-Bronx, Queens) announced legislation that would require airlines to stock their fleets with quieter planes.
The Quiet Skies Act (HR 3650) will, if passed, give the Federal Aviation Administration until the end of 2015 to come up with regulations that would require all domestic airlines to phase in quiter aircraft, or those meeting the federal Stage 4 noise requirements.
The Industrial Development Agency, a branch of the Economic Development Corp., approved a proposal Tuesday that will grant Willets Point developers $43 million in tax breaks to raze the “Valley of Ashes” and put a mega-mall and more in its place.
The $3 billion project, spearheaded by the Queens Development Group, recently bought the 23-acre site near Flushing Meadows Corona Park from the city for a dollar.