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A pilot passenger ferry program between Manhattan and the Queens and Brooklyn waterfronts due to end next June instead has been extended five years into 2019.
Mayor Bloomberg made the announcement last Friday, and officials in Western Queens are cheering the decision.
After three years as president of the Woodhaven Residents’ Block Association, Ed Wendell announced this week that he will be stepping down at the end of the year.
He will be replaced by WRBA board member Martin Colberg, who was elected president last week.
The Lindenwood Alliance will join with the Howard Beach Civic Association on Jan. 1, 2014 with a change of the group’s name to the Howard Beach-Lindenwood Civic Association, Joann Ariola, president of the Alliance, informed residents who attended Monday’s meeting of the Alliance.
Ariola also said meetings will now be held at 7:30 p.m. on the last Tuesday of the month and the new meeting place will be in the cafeteria of St. Helen School in Howard Beach.
PS 207 in Howard Beach suffered extensive damage in Hurricane Sandy, including the destruction of its electrical and heating systems and oil contamination when the storm surge burst its oil tanks. The school’s fire alarm has also been nonfunctional since the storm.
Howard Beach’s PS 207 may have been the most heavily damaged school in Queens by Hurricane Sandy.
The school, at 159-15 88 St., is in the heart of the heavily residential Rockwood Park section of the neighborhood that was hit hard by Sandy’s storm surge last year.
The West Hamilton Beach Volunteer Fire Department welcomed two new members of their crew last Thursday.
But they weren’t human members; they were two new twin ambulances.
Last Christmas was not as festive as it typically is in Howard Beach.
Only weeks after Hurricane Sandy, the neighborhood was still reeling from the devastation the storm left behind. Many homes were still devastated and power was still out for a large number of residents. Though a few homes did put up decorations, it was not as widespread as it typically is in the mostly Italian-American Catholic neighborhood.
The Exit Realty Central office at 133-07 Cross Bay Blvd. is quiet at 10 a.m. on a rainy Monday morning. The new workweek has not yet kicked into full gear.
But it will.
The rain did not dampen the holiday spirit last Friday when Woodhaven residents and elected officials gathered for the tree and menorah lighting in Forest Parkway Plaza.
For the second year in a row an artificial tree was lit in the plaza. The live tree that previously stood on the site was destroyed in Hurricane Sandy.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency released Preliminary Flood Insurance Rate Maps for New York City last week that reflect the latest updates to the agency’s redrawing of the coastal flood zones.
The Preliminary FIRMs replace the Preliminary Work Maps that were released in June as an interim product. Those maps, placed much of Howard Beach into a new zone, Zone A, would require residents to have flood insurance and take measures, such as raising their homes, or risk substantially higher flood insurance premiums.
The residents of Woodhaven came together Monday night to discuss the future of the abandoned Rockaway Beach Rail Line, which runs on the neighborhood’s eastern border right alongside some backyards.
The right of way, which has been abandoned since 1962, has become a major issue of controversy, as there are such strong opinions about what should or should not be done to the line. There are two competing plans for the line: to reactivate the train, or to build a park similar to Manhattan’s High Line called the QueensWay.
Had enough of driving to the malls or searching the internet for the best gifts this holiday season? Then take a few minutes, maybe on your way home from work, to shop at your local commercial district this holiday season?
For over a century, Jamaica Avenue has attracted shoppers from Woodhaven and surrounding neighborhoods.
On Nov. 22, Local 338 RWDSU/UFCW delivered over 200 turkeys, donated by union members and union-staffed supermarkets, to several food pantries and charitable organizations throughout the metropolitan area as part of the union’s annual turkey drive.
The pantries receiving the turkeys included the one at Our Lady of Grace in Howard Beach and will go to help area families, some of whom are still struggling after Hurricane Sandy 13 months ago. The pantry itself was also damaged in the storm.
Construction of a new, state-of-the-art retractable roof planned for Arthur Ashe Stadium as well as other extensive renovations at the US Open venue will begin early next year.
The proposed remodeling of the US Open site primarily focuses on the addition of a $100 million retractable roof for Arthur Ashe Stadium, funded by the United States Tennis Association, as well as the construction of a new Grandstand Stadium across the tennis center.
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.
A horrific car accident, allegedly caused by a driver impaired by alcohol, killed one man and injured two others in Howard Beach very early on Saturday morning.
The accident happened at the intersection of 159th Avenue and 98th Street at around 1 a.m. According to police, a 2006 Ford sedan operated by James Celauro, 23, of Ozone Park, was traveling southbound on 98th Street, entered the intersection and struck a 2001 Saturn, operated by James Sinisi, 38, of Glendale, who was killed.
Construction began this week on the east side of Charles Park in Howard Beach to fix the erosion problem there.
National Park Service spokeswoman Daphne Yun said the construction is being done on the beach at the mouth of Hawtree Creek facing JFK Airport.
Though one of their real trees was destroyed in Hurricane Sandy, lighted trees dot the lawn.
Plans to develop the right of way of the old Rockaway Beach Long Island Rail Road line are moving forward in all directions.
While the urban parks advocacy group The Trust for Public Land conducts its feasibility study for the proposal to build a High Line-type park on the old rail line between Rego Park and Ozone Park, Queens College is now joining in, planning a study next year on both that plan and a competing one to reactivate train service between Rego Park and the Rockaway Peninsula.
I was dismayed by poor turnouts for the NY Rising meeting at PS 207 and for our Howard Beach Civic Association. Why is attendance so low?
No matter how busy we are, nor how tired at the end of the day, it behooves us to make the effort to learn first hand what our community needs and dire problems in them. This is the function of your civic association. Make no mistake. We do have special problems and with a showing of support, we can get results. Nothing discourages reporters, elected officials, community activists and our public servants more than an empty room.
On Tuesday, Nov. 19, a handful of us at St. Helen’s school cafeteria were informed that we are merging with the Lindenwood Alliance. This is great news. Meetings begin at 7:30 p.m. and end before 9. They are held on the last Tuesday of the month, with a few exceptions for holidays. No meeting is scheduled for December.
Plan to come on Jan. 28, early if you can, to meet the board and regular members. Coffee and light refreshments are served. Donations are most welcome! Put a buck in the kitty or bring something to share.
Hot topics on the agenda will be flood control, the best use of the $18 million Hurricane Sandy rebuilding allotment for Howard Beach, and pressing issues that may affect you and your family.
We especially want to see young people attend. If you have children or are single, you have special needs that we want to hear. We are not just for seniors! Do come!
The River Fund — seen here handing out food to Hurricane Sandy victims — is one of the dozens of food pantries in Queens in need of donations.
Six new laws designed to make buildings more resilient when hit by storms such as Hurricane Sandy were signed by Mayor Bloomberg last week.
The measures all stem from recommendations made by the city’s Building Resiliency Task Force. And they use new flood maps created by the Federal Emergency Management Agency as the standard for what areas are susceptible to deluges like those created by Sandy in South Queens, the Rockaways and other areas. Some rules affect new construction and some affect existing buildings.
To say Councilman Donovan Richards (D-Laurelton) is excited about the coming City Council session would be a gross understatement.
Re-elected to his first full term this month, he will be working with a new mayor he likes, a new speaker and a new Council membership he believes will be more attuned to the ideas of its Progressive Caucus.
The synagogue was devastated last year by Hurricane Sandy, causing an estimated $150,000 in damage, according to its executive director, Barry Rachnowitz.
But now things are looking up, and Rachnowitz spent much of this week helping prepare a Thanksgiving feast, which brought together the temple’s pre-school students and their families on Tuesday afternoon.
The City Council’s Public Safety Committee, chaired by Councilman Peter Vallone Jr. (D-Astoria), held a hearing on the councilman’s proposed law that would require the Police Department to submit reports of crime in all parks and playgrounds that are greater than one acre in size to the Council.
As it stands, the NYPD only discloses crime data from the city’s 31 largest parks.