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.
A 2010 Toyota Highlander was traveling eastbound on the Grand Central Parkway near exit 4 when it ran over a piece of metal in the roadway.
Then what seemed to be a minor accident soon escalated to a massive inferno, killing Dale Tulloch, 50, of Yonkers on Tuesday.
One of the most congested and dangerous intersections in Queens may have new safety measures added.
At Community Board 1’s meeting on Tuesday, Robert Piazza, chairman of the Transportation Committee, motioned for the board to approve a plan submitted by the Department of Transportation for traffic-calming measures for the intersection of the Grand Central Parkway, Astoria Boulevard North, and 32nd and 31st streets.
While the Department of Environmental Protection and the Department of Transportation are accused of pointing fingers at each other over a stretch of road in Fresh Meadows that is caving in, area residents fear a total collapse could be imminent.
On Monday, City Councilman Rory Lancman (D-Fresh Meadows) and state Assemblywoman Nily Rozic (D-Fresh Meadows) joined civic leaders and several dozen concerned citizens on 179th Street between 75th Avenue and Union Turnpike to call on the DEP to expedite the investigation and repair of the problem, which they say has been in the making for years.
Before Community Board 6’s May 14 meeting ended, Sara Demartino of Rego Park stood up and described a problem she said is plaguing her community: the constant cacophony of barking dogs in Yellowstone Park, across the street from her Forest Hills home.
“It’s a quality-of-life issue that me and my neighbors are experiencing on a daily basis,” Demartino said. “It’s impossible to have a conversation, there’s so much noise.”
Patrolman John Kennedy of the 100th Precinct was killed in 1922, struck by a train while pursuing Prohibition era bootleggers.
Inspector Thomas Boylan died in 1952, hit by debris from a plane that crashed after missing the runway at Idlewild Airport.
A town hall meeting organized by Councilman Rory Lancman (D-Fresh Meadows) on April 30 was aimed at giving Briarwood residents a chance to meet with elected officials and bring up issues and concerns with city departments ranging from Buildings to Sanitation to the NYPD.
But it was the ongoing construction around the Kew Gardens Interchange — and the frequently delayed effort to refurbish the northern entrance to the Briarwood-Van Wyck subway station — that had most of the more than 40 residents on edge during the meeting.
A possible contender for Assemblyman David Weprin’s District 24 seat has emerged, though he will not yet confirm he’s running.
Fellow Democrat Ali Najmi, an attorney from Glen Oaks, is holding a fundraiser in Manhattan on May 19 that he has posted on Facebook. The invitation mentions the state Legislature and four issues Najmi wants to address in Albany: economic development, education, housing and senior citizens.
Leroy Comrie confirmed the worst-kept secret on Queens politics on Monday when he formally announced his candidacy for the Democratic nomination for the state’s 14th Senate District, the seat held by embattled Sen. Malcolm Smith (D-Hollis).
Comrie, speaking in a telephone interview on Tuesday, said the move was prompted both by people actively urging him to take on Smith, and a bit of homesickness for the hands-on legislative process.
The Queens Museum, which started out as the New York City Pavilion during the 1939 World’s Fair, is the only remaining building left at Flushing Meadows from that time. It is also the major repository of souvenirs and memorabilia from the 1964 extravaganza.
If you like tchotches and souvenirs, this is the place for you. The museum now has on view 900 three-dimensional pieces arranged by date. There are sections for both the 1964 and 1939 fairs.
It was a tiring Easter Sunday for some of the officers of the 112th Precinct.
Shortly before 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, Kristopher Brown, 35, of Brooklyn, led police on a wild pursuit after allegedly slashing a 26-year-old man in the face on the Manhattan-bound E train platform at the Union Turnpike subway station in Kew Gardens.
On the surface, there appear to be only a few relics left from the 1964-65 World’s Fair at Flushing Meadows, but look a little deeper and there is quite a bit more — if you know where to search.
The 12-story-high Unisphere and neglected New York State Pavilion are the two most visible reminders of the fair, which celebrates its 50th anniversary this month. Part of that pavilion was the circular Theaterama, which several years ago was transformed as the Queens Theatre.
During the seemingly endless winter of 2014, you’ve undoubtedly fantasized about getting away from it all — perhaps by surfing on Kauai, or biking along Colorado’s mountain trails, or getting in touch with nature at a national wildlife refuge in Florida.
Whatever escape you may dream about, you’re likely to find at least a touch of it in your own backyard ... much of it available for free or at a fraction of what you might have expected to pay.
A $500,000 state allocation to the MTA to study the possibility of bus service restoration in Northeast Queens was announced last week by state Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside).
Avella was able to secure the funding during this year’s budget negotiations.
Rest stops are commonly affiliated with the highways that spread out across the country serving drivers making the long trek between destinations; roads like the New York State Thruway, the New Jersey Turnpike, the Mass Pike. Rest stops — with the exception of a couple of gas stations on the Grand Central Parkway — are not something you see in Queens.
The members of Community Board 13 long have been asking the city and the NYPD to consider safety and geography in their decades-long request to split the 105th Precinct in two and create a new 116th Precinct in its southern environs.
“We’ve been asking for this for more than 20 years,” CB 13 Chairman Bryan Block said on March 10, when Borough President Melinda Katz presented her budget priorities for the fiscal year that begins on July 1.
Community Board 8 reports six dangerous intersections in its area that have been given to the Borough President’s Office for inclusion in a boroughwide list for the mayor.
It’s part of Mayor de Blasio’s Vision Zero initiative to eliminate traffic fatalities in 10 years throughout the city. Each community board has been asked to submit at least four dangerous corridors based on police reports, high traffic volume and the number of turning lanes.