Judith Loli came to the Oct. 8 meeting of the 106th Precinct Community Council with an unusual complaint — a beehive was on a tree branch by the side of her South Ozone Park home.
Loli, who lives on 114th Street, said the bees have taken up residence in the tree since the summer and haven’t left. Thankfully, she hasn’t been stung.
Worn, damaged stairs and platform edges, broken tiles, lights and peeling paint on walls are some of the problems that plague numerous subway stations in Queens, with the city’s effort to combat the problem lagging.
The problems were highlighted in a report published last week by state Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli. He stated that New York City Transit does not make it a top priority to maintain the subway stations after they are renovated.
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.
It might not be the most appealing intersection in the world, but the junction of Metropolitan Avenue and Fresh Pond Road in Middle Village received significant aesthetic upgrades last month, and more may be coming.
Until its long-awaited demolition, last February, a crumbling, graffiti-covered former newsstand stood on the southeast corner of the intersection in front of the Q54 and Q38 bus stop.
The graffiti was sprayed on the slide of the new playground in Hamilton Beach last weekend.
The 112th Precinct honored five police officers, Sgt. Frank DiChristina, left, and officers Mark Finelli, Michael Carswell, Joseph Vella and Brian Benedict, for their service at Tuesday’s community council meeting in Forest Hills.
According to Capt. Judith Harrison, the precinct’s commanding officer, Carswell and his partner busted a notorious graffiti artist in July as he tagged an Austin Street business.
Major thoroughfares in College Point and Bayside will be cleaner this year, thanks to a $70,000 allocation through the NYC Cleanup Initiative.
On Monday, Councilman Paul Vallone (D-Bayside) met with area leaders in College Point to announce the funding he had secured to help clean College Point Boulevard in College Point and Bell Boulevard in Bayside.
Police are looking for the culprits who vandalized the new playground in Hamilton Beach over the weekend.
The graffiti was discovered on Saturday on the play equipment in the newly renovated playground at Hamilton Beach Park. Pictures of the vandalism were posted on the New Hamilton Beach Civic Association’s website and Deputy Inspector Jeffrey Schiff, commanding officer of the 106th Precinct, posted the picture on Twitter.
At the intersection of Queens Boulevard and Barnwell Avenue in Elmhurst sits an eyesore angering the Newtown Civic Association.
According to the group, this van has been parked at the street corner, outside of Illusions, a car customizing business, for two months, collecting graffiti.
The September meeting of Community Board 10, held last Thursday — the first official day of school — in the Knights of Columbus Hall on Lefferts Boulevard in South Ozone Park, buzzed with words of caution concerning traffic safety.
“Please watch where you’re driving,” state Sen. Joe Addabbo. Jr. (D-Howard Beach) said, reminding residents of the five-point penalty for driving past a stopped yellow school bus.
Two Woodhaven civic leaders took to the streets this past weekend to fight the war on graffiti vandalism.
Martin Colberg, president of the Woodhaven Residents’ Block Association, and his predecessor, Ed Wendell, now president of the Woodhaven Historical Society, painted 21 mailboxes, 10 fire boxes and 6 traffic control boxes across the neighborhood on Sunday that had been marred by graffiti.
Queens Neighborhoods United, a community activist group, is rejoicing at the news of Executive Director of the 82nd Street Partnership Seth Taylor’s recently announced resignation.
“The resignation of Seth Taylor is a victory for the neighbors of Roosevelt Avenue,” Christian Gui–anzaca, an organizer with the group said in a written statement. “Seth Taylor has always looked down on the immigrant communities of Queens. This just goes to show that you don’t mess with the people and come back unscratched.”
Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer (D-Sunnyside) announced the additional allocation of funds to bring The Doe Fund to the Dutch Kills area in Long Island City.
“Thirty-sixth Avenue is a special stretch of both commercial and residential properties which represents the diversity of the neighborhood of Dutch Kills,” Van Bramer said at a press conference held on Aug. 28. “With the introduction of The Doe Fund to Dutch Kills, a hardworking maintenance team will be dedicated to the cleanliness of this wonderful and vibrant community.”
KIDFITTI, a toy in which children color in stencils with spray chalk is being targeted by Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder, inset, who says it encourages graffiti vandalism and should be banned.
Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder, with Roger Gendron, president of the Hamilton Beach Civic Association, left, 106th Precinct Auxiliary Officers Michael Hennessy and Robert Danor, and Kenichi Wilson, chairman of Community Board 9’s Transportation Committee, next to the graffiti-marred Hawtree Basin Bridge in Hamilton Beach Monday, where Goldfeder called for a voluntary ban on KIDFFITTI, a stencil toy that allows children to trace designs using spray chalk.
The demolition of 5Pointz has begun, slowly but surely.
A wooden fence was placed around the back of the graffiti mecca and demolition trucks began picking away at the old warehouse.
Call it a gateway toy.
Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder (D-Rockaway Park) wants a stencil toy removed from store shelves because he’s afraid it will promote graffiti vandalism and ultimately more serious crimes.
It may be the dog days of August, but nothing seems to be slowing down for the summer in Woodhaven.
The monthly meeting of the Woodhaven Residents’ Block Association drew a high-energy crowd to the Emanuel United Church of Christ on 91st Avenue Saturday morning.
Sorry to say, but all our students will be heading back to school!
In Woodhaven, we try to make it as painless as possible by the Woodhaven Business Improvement District-sponsored annual “Back to School Sales Day” on Jamaica Avenue on Saturday. Aug. 30. The WBID will bring music, face painters and free giveaways from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. along the strip.
Following the July 17 death of Staten Island resident Eric Garner while he was resisting arrest for allegedly selling single cigarettes, an already-existing campaign to dissuade police from enforcing the law on some minor crimes and violations picked up steam. Enforcement of such laws, what is known as the broken windows theory approach to policing, is one target of the protest led by the Rev. Al Sharpton that is set to take place on Staten Island Saturday.
According to activists such as Sharpton, as well as some elected officials including three members of Congress who represent parts of Queens, broken windows policing has an unfair impact on minority communities, such as the one where Garner, who was black, died.
During the week of July 22, Steps Ahead Dance Studio in Ozone Park competed in the Dancer’s Inc. National Dance Competition in Hershey, Pa. It was there that the dancers showed who really had the “power.” During this amazing week, all 10 dances who competed placed in the Top 10 and won Elite awards, the highest ones given.
The junior, petite and mini teams took first place and the national title in each of their age divisions. The junior team also placed second and tied for third, as well. The petite team placed second in the large group category and each team took home a “special judges award.”
The 104th Precinct announced Wednesday, July 30, a flurry of arrests for everything from stealing car parts to grand theft auto to graffiti throughout the command’s jurisdiction.
Despite promises of reduced crime and a friendlier atmosphere, many Jackson Heights business owners and residents simply do not want the Jackson Heights-Corona Business Improvement District in their neighborhood.
In a town hall intended to create a line of communication between BID supporters and business owners, many people were not shy when it came to airing their issues last Thursday in Corona.
A handful of Glendale residents woke up last Wednesday morning, July 23, to see a line of cars all painted black, courtesy of a suspect taking the enforcement of parking regulations into his or her own hands.
“Learn how to park, S-bag” and “Hey scumbag park right” were some of the messages emblazoned onto the sides of four parked cars with black spray paint all within a few blocks of the intersection of Cooper and Myrtle avenues.
A man looks inside an abandoned storefront, once home to The Shannon Pot, attached to the now-whitewashed graffiti mecca.