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Joseph A. Enright, second from left and inset, and his crashed plane on the Grand Central Parkway on April 17, 1937. In the background is the elevated Flushing IRT subway line on Roosevelt Avenue.
On a hot weekday morning, children studied the ducks swimming in Meadow Lake, while a steady succession of joggers made their way along the bordering trail.
From the gritty streets of Willets Point to the emerging revitalized Long Island City waterfront, the city’s Economic Development Corp.— for better or worse — is changing the landscape of Queens.
In a rare move, the agency reached out to the Queens Chronicle asking that its president, Seth Pinsky, give an update on Willets Point. During an hour-long interview, Pinsky, 40, who has served as head of the EDC for four years, defended the city’s actions in the Iron Triangle and also touched on other EDC projects in the borough.
At a breakfast meeting of the Queens Chamber of Commerce on Thursday, the mayor confirmed the latest plan for Willets Point which some people are calling a sweetheart deal for the Mets.
In addition, Bloomberg announced a $500 million proposal by the U.S. Tennis Association to update its facilities in Flushing Meadows Park. [See separate story].
Last spring and summer, three cars exiting the Ed Koch Queensboro Bridge into Queens on different days flew off the same ramp and crashed in almost the same place: into or near two unlucky Queens Plaza South businesses, destroying both the first two times, which prompted the installation of concrete barriers. The first crash in March resulted in the death of a pedestrian, and the second, just nine days later, resulted in the death of a passenger.
Now Alexander Palacio, 39, the driver in the second crash — which occurred on April 6 — is suing the city for negligence, according to published reports, alleging that the exit ramp was made more dangerous by alterations the city made previously. Palacio was amputated as a result of the crash and the passenger of the car, Beatriz Rodriguez, 40, died.
A dream of inventors since Leonardo da Vinci was to have an aircraft rising and landing vertically on rooftops. It became a reality in Queens in 1938.
Key development of the helicopter took place in the backyard of a home at 45-31 Davis St. in Long Island City, in the heart of the business district and only a few steps from the elevated structure of the IRT’s Flushing line.
The New York City Panorama in the Queens Museum of Art got a temporary addition of “Silicon City” last weekend, but promoters are hoping it will become a reality in the future.
Jukay Hsu, founder of the Coalition for Queens, gathered elected officials who support his plan at the iconic Panorama on Friday afternoon to pitch his dream. “There is a lot of interest in building a tech hub in Queens,” Hsu said. “We can create a Silicon City with research and businesses for the 21st century.”
On the 10th anniversary of the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center, Queens communities are remembering those who died there, be it office workers, police, fire or emergency responders.
Events begin today, Thursday, and continue through October. They range from prayer services to a mural dedication. See a separate listing in Qboro for the many art exhibits geared to 9/11.
After some delay, construction on Linden Boulevard in St. Albans has officially begun. For the next three months, Linden between Farmers Boulevard and 195th Street will be one-way eastbound 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekdays.
At all other times, one lane in each direction will remain open to traffic. Westbound traffic will be able to turn right onto 197th Street, left onto 116th Avenue, left onto Farmers Boulevard and a right back onto Linden. Buses, however, will not be diverted off Linden. A flagger will direct buses in both directions through the construction area when the conversion is in effect.
Nonprofit groups such as the Variety Boys and Girls Club, little leagues and senior centers in western Queens are likely to lose hundreds of thousands of dollars in funding over the next year.
The reason, reportedly, is that Councilman Peter Vallone Jr. (D-Astoria) stood up against the city’s renaming of the Queensboro Bridge for former Mayor Ed Koch. Seventy percent of Queens residents opposed the renaming, though only four of the borough’s 14 council members voted against it. And only Vallone came out against it immediately and vocally.
Michael J. Degnon built subways as head of the great Degnon Contracting Company. His empire also bought up vast tracks of city land along Northern Boulevard and Roosevelt Avenue, the links between Corona and Flushing, and held them for years, awaiting the coming of the IRT. The Interborough Rapid Transit line was then being extended from Albertis Avenue (now 103rd Street) to Main Street in Flushing.
In 1962 the New York City Transit Authority ordered 430new R36 cars for the IRT No. 7 line whichwould go directly to the World’s Fair. The cars were a light blue turquoise “bluebird” color scheme. Soothing,pleasingand attractive tothe eye, they seated 44 people, were air-conditioned and had large picture windows. They cost $110,563 each and were a big hit with visitorswho went home with greatmemories of our transit system.
Get into a conversation with a long-time Queens resident and you’re likely to discover a subscriber to the Long Island Star-Journal, a daily paper that informed the community about local and world news until it folded in 1968. A banner across the Star-Journal masthead reminded readers that the newspaper’s name came from the merger of the Long Island Daily Star (1876) and the North Shore Daily Journal—The Flushing Journal (1841).
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