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Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced last Friday that he will allocate $50 million from the state’s share of the $67 billion federal Hurricane Sandy aid package toward rebuilding protective marshland in Spring Creek Park to serve as a stronger barrier between Howard Beach and Jamaica Bay and alleviate future flooding in storms like Sandy.
The project, developed by the state Department of Environmental Conservation, will involve excavation, recontouring, and revegetation to establish a self-sustaining system of wave-dampening barriers to reduce storm damage on the south and west coasts of Howard Beach. It would also make the land, which is a public park, into a more inviting and functional space.
St. Sebastian’s Parish in Woodside has been preparing its Nov. 23 fundraiser for disaster relief in the Philippines for nearly a month.
“But we had been planning that in response to the earthquake [on Oct. 15],” the Rev. Msgr. Michael Hardiman said. “Now they’ve been hit with this typhoon. So we’ve just ratcheted up the response.”
From Sara Barbera’s kitchen, the view outside the great window is like a painting canvas. The crystal blue water of Hawtree Creek, the vivid green of the coastal flora, the white clouds shimmering in front of the seemingly endless blue sky. It could be easily mistaken for a painting if not for the moving water or flying birds.
But if everything has a downside, Barbera’s is that her house bore the brunt of Hurricane Sandy’s storm surge one year ago.
Surfers are still plying the waves in the Rockaways nearly a year after Hurricane Sandy. But one of their favorite stores, the Breezy Point Surf Shop, is struggling to avoid a wipeout.
Almost a year ago, Hurricane Sandy destroyed the store. Owner Donald Ritter watched the storm wash away $80,000 worth of merchandise and his life savings. He did not have any flood insurance.
A Fresh Meadows woman was arrested Tuesday by for allegedly scamming more than $87,000 in benefits, claiming she was a victim of Hurricane Sandy.
Caterina M. Curatolo, 48, of 59-13 159 St., was charged with grand larceny, insurance fraud, scheme to defraud and multiple counts of offering a false instrument for filing and falsifying business records. If convicted, she faces up to seven years in prison.
(StatePoint) Hurricane season has arrived and it is time to take steps to financially insure your home against flooding.
Days after repairs were made to a Howard Beach home’s gas line, it exploded, partially collapsing the house with its plume and sending one woman to the hospital, according to fire officials.
For most people, growing up in Queens often meant a trip to “the butcher,” “the meat market” or simply “the store.”
The latter may sound vague, but any Queens native knows that does not mean a supermarket or Queens Center mall.
MillionTreesNYC was established to greenify public spaces in the city, but private spaces, including backyards, apartment building courtyards and community gardens, are not included in the initiative.
In an effort to bring some of the greenery to Queens’ private areas, the Four Borough Neighborhood Preservation Alliance and the New York Restoration Project will be giving away 200 trees on Sunday in MacDonald Park in Forest Hills at Queens Boulevard and 70th Avenue from 1 to 3 p.m.
When you search “New Music” on Google, the results are overwhelming. New hip-hop, pop, Latin, new wave, classical and other genres are listed for what seems to be an infinite number of pages. But while none of these genres are new music, they aren’t entirely wrong either, as the new music genre cannot be confined or compared to any other music type.
New music is classical, in that many composers write for violin, piano or flute, but it is also pop in that it uses electronic sounds and riffs; even still, it is also opera, rock, hip-hop and other music types.
There will never again be a tropical storm or hurricane named Sandy.
The World Meteorological Organization’s hurricane committee, responsible for naming tropical cyclones around the world, has retired Sandy from its list of names.
In the midst of shared kitten pictures and snarky political comments, a Howard Beach resident’s quest for information appears on a Facebook News Feed:
“Hearing some of my neighbors have had their insurance policies dropped, anyone else?”
Even as residents begin to rebuild their homes and lives after Hurricane Sandy, residents in South Queens areas flooded by the storm surge on Oct. 29 are noticing something strange and worrying.
Most of the decorative evergreen shrubs that dot the front lawns of private homes are turning brown and some have lost their leaves and died. The question on everyone’s mind is “why?”
The Waterfront Crab House weathered the storm and reopened post-Sandy on Feb. 12.
The neighborhood staple has served up steaming bowls of clam chouder and papered its walls with boxing memorbilia since it opened in 1977. During Sandy, the restaurant at 2-03 Borden Ave. filled with 7 feet of water. Without flood insurance, they have been paying for the remodelling of the establishment.
For years, City Council members Dan Halloran (R-Whitestone) and Elizabeth Crowley (D-Middle Village) have been telling anyone who will listen that Con Edison needs to place more of its overhead electric wires underground to protect them from severe weather ranging from hurricanes, blizzards and, three years ago, a tornado.
Now they and Councilman Leroy Comrie (D-St. Albans) are pushing a bill for a comprehensive, citywide study of where power lines can be placed underground.
With neighborhoods like Howard Beach serving as a popular home for young families, children and teenagers bore a brunt of the personal trauma from Hurricane Sandy.
Though a number of teachers say the storm has not made its way into lessons, the topic has appeared in a few instructors’ classrooms
Do you live in a community that was flooded during Hurricane Sandy? Gov. Cuomo suggests maybe you should considering moving.
In an interview with the Daily News editorial board, the governor said people who live in flood zones on the coast should consider moving away.
The MTA says it is planning on reopening the A train connection between Rockaway and Howard Beach by the end of the summer.
Hurricane Sandy’s storm surge washed away part of the tracks over Jamaica Bay and in Broad Channel on Oct. 29, forcing service to be suspended between Howard Beach-JFK Airport and the Rockaways. That segment of the A line is one of only two parts of the subway system — along with the South Ferry station in Lower Manhattan — still unrestored after the storm, which flooded nearly every subway tunnel under the East River and for a few days caused the complete shutdown of the entire system.
The Waterfront Crab House at 2-03 Borden Ave., which serves up inexpensive and delicious bowls of clam chowder and has papered its walls with boxing memorabilia, plans to reopen in February after being devastated by Hurricane Sandy.
The restaurant, which opened for the first time in 1977, filled with about 7 feet of water when the storm hit on Oct. 29 and has been closed ever since.
The good news is the world didn’t end last week, as some of the more gullible among us thought it might. The bad news is that 2012 was not exactly a banner year for Queens, at least collectively speaking, in areas ranging from the economy to crime, from politics to the weather.
The weather. Never before in living memory have the words cast such a dark cloud over the minds of New Yorkers. You might have thought last year’s tornado and Hurricane Irene hard to top, but then came this year’s Hurricane Sandy and Nor’easter Athena. For many, they were far worse.
Wow! The Queens Chronicle’s 18th Annual Holiday Toy Drive sure was a success. Literally hundreds of children — infants, teenagers and everyone in between — got toys, clothes and other gifts for Christmas, thanks to our readers.
Our reception area became an obstacle course as the donations piled up. The conference room looked like a miniature Toys “R” Us warehouse. Santa’s little helpers at the front desk — office manager Lisa LiCausi, our main toy drive coordinator, administrator Stela Barbu and new accounting staffer Giselle Faura — were kept more than busy receiving contributions, packing them up and ensuring they would go to the right recipients. Of course Publisher Mark Weidler got involved directly, as always, loading the gifts into his SUV and, with LiCausi, personally delivering them to many of the recipients.
For many Queens residents, 2012 will be forever married to Superstorm Sandy and the havoc she wrought. For good or ill, North Queens was spared the brunt of the storm.
A sizeable number of downed trees and power outages hit the area, but most counted their luck. Compared to the borough’s southern edge, Sandy was forgiving to Flushing and its satellite neighborhoods.
Take your big-ticket 2012 headlines about superstorms and elections and throw them out the window for a moment. Sure, the year was filled with its fair share of natural and political change. But scratch a little deeper and you’ll find 2012 was the year residents felt divorced from their government, when city agencies were called out for dubious practices.
The year was pockmarked with calls for transparency and fair representation. In short, there was often a gulf between government’s practices and voters’ desires.
Maria Fabbraro rode out Hurricane Sandy in her Hamilton Beach home with her mother, Faye. Having survived Irene a little more than a year earlier, they had not expected any more than some minor nuisance flooding and wind damage.
What happened instead would traumatize them both and force a daring rescue by the neighborhood’s volunteer fire department, whose members themselves lost most of their equipment.
Hurricane Sandy proved to be the biggest challenge of my life, just as it did for so many of my constituents in the 23rd Assembly District.
I received the call that Mayor Bloom-berg would be ordering evacuations for all of Rockaway and Zone A shortly before noon on Oct. 28. It seemed strange considering the lateness of the decision, but I wasn’t going to take any chances. I am familiar with dealing with public tragedy, but ultimately Sandy turned out to be a force of destruction that invaded my home, displaced my family and gave me an intimate experience in the tragedy of my neighbors and constituents that is unimaginable.