A history book on Bellerose is in the works, led by community activist Jim Trent.
Trent, treasurer of the Creedmoor Civic Association and founder of the Queens County Farm Museum in Floral Park, said Tuesday plans for the book have been percolating for three years and he hopes to have it published later this year.
A third-world facility, no more.
In a move that would surely please Vice President Joe Biden, who compared LaGuardia Airport to a third-world country last year, a new AirTrain may be shuttling commuters back and forth between the airport and an area near Citi Field by the end of the decade.
Re “Hwy. agencies may review ramp plans,” Jan. 8, multiple editions:
There are four major arteries that service the Willets Point and downtown Flushing areas. They are the Grand Central Parkway, Van Wyck Expressway, Northern Boulevard and Roosevelt Avenue, and they have been described as among the most vehicular-congested in New York City.
It does not require a degree in roadway engineering, just a simple drive along those arteries, to note it would be impossible to enlarge those roadways, in any significant manner. They are what they are and will remain so. It does not require deep thought to understand the development of the original Willets Point plan, now enlarged to include the so-called Willets West that would include a 1.4 million-square-foot mega shopping mall, will generate an enormous increase in vehicular traffic in the area that already services airports, and professional baseball and tennis stadiums.
While so-called ramps to and from the Van Wyck Expressway would enable vehicles to have access to and from the area, ramps will not and cannot solve the basic problem, to wit: the Van Wyck Expressway as well as the other arteries described above, are unable to handle a significant increase in traffic. Of what value can there be to a ramp that leads to an impossible congested roadway? In short, ramps would be akin to the infamous bridge to nowhere.
The above was made known to the New York City Council, whose members for many years have viewed their true constituency as the large real estate interests and not the little people in this city or small businesses, and predictably ignored the above and, almost unanimously, approved through the back door the Willets West mega mall plan.
It appears the state Department of Transportation and Federal Highway Administration will now take a second look at the proposed Van Wyck Expressway ramp plan as indeed they should. The people of this city expect a second-look decision to be based upon the merits, not politics and meddling from large real estate interests and a full discussion about how ramps will solve the Van Wyck Expressway’s inability] to handle a significant increase in traffic.
Finally, our current Mayor Bill de Blasio who ran on a claim to pay attention to the needs of the little people, and small businesses should step forward, review the entire plan with its enormous traffic consequences and take a position on the issue. He should also keep in mind the key to the city’s treasury was given to the billionaire real estate developers of Willets Point and Willets West, involving an amount so great it would cause the infamous Boss Tweed to tip his hat in admiration — and the fact the promised Willets Point affordable housing will not take place until 2025, if at all.
Three masked intruders have entered Jamaica High School and police emergency units have responded, the city announced around 2:25 p.m. Thursday on its NYC Alerts Twitter feed.
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.
Memo to elected officials and NYPD brass: Don’t hold your collective breath waiting for Community Board 13 to give up on the prospect of a new 116th police precinct, preferably around Rosedale.
That was the clear message sent Monday night when the board approved its Fiscal Year 2016 funding priorities, with site selection for a new police station occupying its accustomed place at the top of the list.
A multimillion-dollar city project completed ahead of schedule is as rare as a traffic-free morning on one of the many highways running through Kew Gardens.
With the opening of the new northbound Van Wyck Expressway viaduct last week, just one part of the extensive Kew Gardens Interchange project, at least one of those scenarios will come to fruition.
An alleged serial tagger from Astoria was indicted last week.
Michael Mestric, 30, is believed to have left his graffiti tag “AOE” on surfaces as diverse as highway walls, traffic control boxes, trees and even the Astoria Park observation deck.
The new executive director and president of the Queens Museum says the institution is at a key point in its development “and we’re going to do great things. It’s a gem.”
Laura Raicovich, 41, was named last week to head the art museum located in Flushing Meadows Park. A native of Roslyn, LI, Raicovich now lives in Manhattan with her husband and 5-year-old son.
In 1930 the city was marking the parcels to be taken for the construction of a new highway called the Grand Central Parkway and the IND subway in Kew Gardens.
On the northern corner of Queens Boulevard and Union Turnpike was the Burrows and Archers Turnpike Garage. It was at the time the oldest gas station in Forest Hills and a neighborhood institution since 1911. Its owner was Lemuel Burrows, who lived at 50 Greenway South in Forest Hills Gardens. At the right in the photo is the rear of the garage as seen from Union Turnpike.
Almost anyone who has tried them will say there is no meat replacement that can compare to a juicy steak and no dairy replacement that will taste as good as a big bowl of vanilla ice cream covered with hot fudge.
DF Mavens CEO Malcolm Stogo is trying to change that.
A new line item in the city budget will allow for added trash cleanups and beautification at major intersections and commercial strips in Eastern Queens.
Councilman Mark Weprin (D-Oakland Gardens) on Monday announced the allocation of more than $72,000 that will pay for workers in programs run by The Doe Fund and The Horticultural Society of New York.
Memories of the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center 13 years ago still run deep in Queens. The borough lost an estimated 283 people and they will not be forgotten.
Events in Queens to commemorate the anniversary will begin on Sunday and run through Saturday, Sept. 13.
For the second time this year, the defunct Parkway Hospital at 70-35 113 St. in Forest Hills has been auctioned off.
On Aug. 8, Auberge Grand Central, a Rego Park-based limited liability company, placed the winning $1 million bid on the former medical center, which closed in 2008, in Queens Civil Court.
The New York City Department of Health will spray a mosquito-killing pesticide throughout multiple Queens neighborhoods between 8:15 p.m. on Tuesday and 6 a.m. on Wednesday in order to reduce the risk of West Nile virus infections.
Corona, east of Jackson Heights along Roosevelt Avenue, is bounded by the Grand Central Parkway and Junction Boulevard. It was once known as West Flushing and was the home of the National Race Course from 1854 to 1856, when it was renamed Fashion Race Course, after a champion horse. The race track closed in 1866.
Corona got its name in 1870, when a developer began building homes on the old race track property. By the turn of the century, it had a moderate Jewish population mixed with Italian immigrant laborers. After World War I, when much of Queens was still farmland, Corona had its own newspaper, six public schools, two parochial schools and a “colored” congregational church.
Two motor vehicle accidents killed residents of Southeast Queens this past week while a third in St. Albans killed a Flushing resident.
The first took place just before midnight on July 24 near the Kew Gardens Interchange.
It appears that new amenities for park goers at Flushing Meadows are increasing frequently these days.
Travel to the north side of Meadow Lake and you’ll find kayaks, paddleboats and bicycles for rent already. Next week, a revitalized snack bar will open in that area known as the Ederle Terrace.
The city’s Office of Emergency Management last month published updated hurricane evacuation zones.
And while adjustments are slight from ones prepared in the wake of Hurricane Sandy in 2012, OEM has been spending the last few weeks getting the message out about the new maps, and precautions Queens residents should exercise before a storm hits.
Re “Readers tell us their memories,” June 19:
I sure do remember the 1964 World’s Fair. It was magical — especially at night with all of the beautiful colorful fountains and flashing lights beckoning you to come see each exhibit. Yes, the lines were long and there was plenty of walking and standing to endure along with needing a map to navigate the streets, but oh, it was so worth it!
I was 14 and 15 during the two years of the Fair, and my friends and I visited quite a few times and had such fun. We went dancing at the Peppermint Lounge with Candy Johnson, toured Bourbon Street with music playing nonstop, ate those delicious Belgian waffles while enjoying the water show in the Florida Pavilion at the Aquacade. The giant Goodyear tire ride gave you a beautiful view of the fair grounds while going around and around in a bucket giving you a first-hand view of the Unisphere, pavilions and people.
The General Motors Exhibit was the most popular and had the longest line but was worth the wait. You sat in your own car while riding through the past, present and future transportation with narratives that kept your eyes and ears glued to the displays. The Bell Telephone exhibit also was very popul
ar, with a ride that explained the history of early communication to its present and future inventions.
Walking the cobblestone streets in the foreign exhibits and purchasing souvenirs from different countries was very enjoyable. I remember watching native dancers that included the Watusi and Pigmys from Africa in front of thatched huts, exotic birds and animals demonstrating their multi-tribal dances that made it appear as if you were in Africa.
I felt so sad when the fair closed. It was like saying goodbye to my best friend that I would no longer see. I work in Forest Hills, overlooking the Grand Central Parkway and former fairgrounds, so I can see the New York State Pavilion still standing tall through the trees and each day I remember once upon a time there was an amazing place to visit ...
The intersection of 31st Street and the Grand Central Parkway in Astoria is notorious for congestion and accidents. It is one of many areas that may be improved as a result of the 11 bills passed by the City Council.
The celebrations to honor the anniversaries of the 1939-40 and 1964-65 World’s Fairs at Flushing Meadows Corona Park are stretching beyond the park’s borders this month.
Organized by the Forest Hills Chamber of Commerce, the Midway Theater at 108-22 Queens Blvd. in Forest Hills will be the site of a free film screening for two documentaries on Tuesday, June 10 at 7 p.m.