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The NYPD is asking people to help find Nathali Vallejo.
According to police, Vallejo was last seen on Nov. 25 at 6:45 a.m. leaving her home on 94th Street in Jackson Heights.
Queens officials are hailing the City Council’s passage of a bill that will result in speed humps on busy streets that run past schools, and are pulling for one that would reduce speed limits on some side streets while mandating approval of slow zones.
Bill 732-A, introduced by Councilwoman Debi Rose (D-Staten Island), mandates that the Department of Transportation install one or more speed humps on a minimum of 50 streets per year adjacent to public or private schools.
The holidays can bring more than cheer. They also can lead to sadness and even depression. One solution is a visit to the Queens College Psychological Center.
Located on the Flushing campus for the last three years, the center deals with community residents of all ages. College students are treated elsewhere.
Though the signs have been hung and decision finalized, the fight over co-naming the Ed Koch Queensboro Bridge continues.
Outgoing Councilman Peter Vallone Jr. (D-Astoria) has introduced a bill that would remove former Mayor Ed Koch’s name from the historic bridge and place it on the Municipal Building in Manhattan.
Ever since June, Queens residents have been taking full advantage of a state appellate court ruling allowing specially licensed green livery cars to accept street hails.
But with the landslide election this month of Mayor-Elect Bill de Blasio, the program faces an uncertain future, and City Council members representing some of the areas where the Granny Smith-green cabs have been most popular are not commenting as to just where they stand on the matter.
Jackson Heights residents met with FAA officials and others to share their concerns on the overwhelming airplane noise they deal with every day.
Voices on both sides of a City Council proposal to ban packaging made of polystyrene, or Styrofoam, made their voices heard at a hearing held Monday.
Mayor Bloomberg, Mayor-Elect Bill de Blasio and lawmakers who back the measure say it would protect the environment and save the city money because Styrofoam is not biodegradable. Many business groups say banning it would be costly to both small and large companies and would not have the desired effect of reducing waste.
A full audience of Jackson Heights residents raised their hands Monday night when Janet McEneany, the president of Queens Quiet Skies, asked if they were tired of planes flying over their houses every minute, one after another, like a brigade of B52 bombers.
McEneany and Bob Whitehair, founders of Queens Quiet Skies, an advocacy organization that fights for noise regulations, gave their 26th community education presentation as part of a town hall meeting on the issue organized by Councilman Daniel Dromm (D-Jackson Heights). Representatives from the Port Authority and the Federal Aviation Administration were also in attendance.
It’s Saturday morning in Jackson Heights. Outside the Renaissance Charter School at 81st Street and 37th Avenue, young children begin filing into the facility for class.
But there is little resistance to going into a classroom at 10 a.m. on a weekend. Instead, these kids, who range in age from 6 to 13, are excited and anticipatory.
The Corona Lions Club has selected Cassagnol, along with five other individuals, as a recipient of the Corona Lions Community Service Award.
“It’s definitely cool,” he said. “I really appreciate the honor.”
Jackson Avenue between Vernon Boulevard and Fourth Street in Long Island City was a major shopping hub early in the 20th century, with stores such as Snedeker Hardware, Hirshfield Jewelers and Willmark Baking Products, to name just a few.
At the time there were exactly 22 different Fourth streets scattered throughout Queens, making it a nightmare for emergency services, and the name was eventually changed to 50th Avenue.
Art of Ink in America, “Gesture and Beyond,” Godwin Ternbach Museum at Queens College, 65-30 Kissena Blvd., Flushing, Nov. 21-Dec. 30, Monday-Thursday 11 a.m.-7 p.m., Saturdays 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; opening reception, Thursday, Nov. 21, 6-8 p.m. An East/West exhibition of contemporary calligraphy.
A new school is coming to Woodside and elected officials and many members of the community couldn’t be happier.
Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer (D-Sunnyside) was joined last Thursday by Assemblyman Michael Den Dekker (D-Jackson Heights), representatives from the School Construction Authority and Woodside on the Move, Community Board 2 Chairman Joe Conley and PS 11 principal Anna Efkarpides to break ground on PS 399, a new school set to open in 2015.
Reaching the century mark in his life, Max Stern was honored last Friday afternoon at the Catholic Charities Howard Beach Senior Center by fellow seniors and his family and friends with a party that included music, dancing and, of course, cake.
Stern, a 45-year resident of Lindenwood, was born Nov. 20, 1913. He has been a member of the Howard Beach Senior Center for the past 10 years. He moved to the community from Brooklyn with his late wife, Reba, an artist, in 1968.
Efforts are underway to have an Elmhurst street corner renamed after an area police officer who died in 2010.
In a presentation to Community Board 4 on Tuesday, deputy chief Jeff Maddrey expressed his desire to have the corner of 95th Street and 43rd Avenue, adjacent to the 110th Precinct, renamed for the late police officer Robert Ehmer. The board unanimously voted 27-0 to accept the proposal.
To the men who killed him, Julio Rivera was apparently just a gay man upon whom they could inflict their hate. But to the residents of Jackson Heights, Rivera was the catalyst who would propel them to enact positive changes within their community.
Early morning on July 2, 1990, Rivera was leaving Friends Tavern, a local gay bar, when he was violently beaten and stabbed to death in a playground by three men affiliated with the gang called Doc Martin Skinheads. According to testimony cited in The New York Times, Daniel Doyle, 21, Erik Brown, 21, and Esat Bici, 19 were hunting for a “drug dealer or a drug addict or a homo out cruising” to use their hammer and knife on.
In the last 50 years, few days have had more historical relevance than September 11, 2001. On that clear late-summer Tuesday, when terrorists flew hijacked airliners into New York City’s tallest buildings, nearly 3,000 died just a few miles from Queens. More than 200 of them were residents of the borough.
Among them was a firefighter and lifelong Long Island City resident who had only been in the FDNY for two months.
Adrien Brody was not yet a household name when he showed up at the Kodak Theatre in Los Angeles for the 75th Academy Awards Ceremony.
Brody was up against A-listers Nicholas Cage, Daniel Day-Lewis, Michael Caine and Jack Nicholson for the Best Actor in a Leading Role award that year for his performance as Wadysaw Szpilman in Roman Polanski’s World War II epic “The Pianist.” When Halle Berry announced Brody’s name, the Woodhaven native stepped into history. At age 29, he became the youngest Best Actor winner ever.
After 43 years in Jackson Heights, the main campus of Plaza College will call Forest Hills home starting next September.
Plaza College has agreed to a 15-year, 40,000-square-foot lease with Muss Development LLC and will move into the first two floors of the Forest Hills Tower at 118-35 Queens Blvd. The move of the main campus from Jackson Heights, where the school has been located since 1970, is designed to celebrate the school’s upcoming 100-year anniversary in 2016.
Tuesday’s elections turned out just as the pollsters and political junkies said they would.
Following a tough primary battle, Democrat Bill de Blasio strolled into the mayoralty of New York City, taking 73.4 percent of the general election vote compared to 24.3 percent for Republican rival Joe Lhota, according to preliminary Board of Elections figures.
While thousands of people lined up in schools, churches and synagogues to cast their votes for city offices and state proposals, another group stood huddled together in Jackson Heights to conduct an election of their own.
The New York Coalition to Expand Voting Rights conducted a mock election complete with mock voting booths, ballots, poll workers and ballot boxes in Diversity Plaza.
For the first time since 1974, a member of the Vallone family will not hold the District 22 seat as Councilman-Elect Costa Constantinides won handily against his opponents last night.
“The voters have spoken,” he said. “I feel very humbled about the weight of what this means and the faith the people of this district have put in me.”
Councilman Daniel Dromm (D-Jackson Heights) is urging the United States Department of Homeland Security to end the practice of placing immigrant detainees in solitary confinement — an act he says does not coincide with the charges these people face in most cases.
According to Immigration and Customs Enforcement, immigration detention is supposed to be a civil, nonpunitive measure to ensure a detainee attends immigration court hearings and complies with court orders.
Can we please get past the partisan politics surrounding the Affordable Care Act, more commonly referred to as Obamacare? This law — passed by Congress, signed by the president, upheld by the Supreme Court — will provide health insurance for more than 30 million people.
The news media reports the current House of Representatives hearings on the Affordable Care Act website as if they were a newsworthy event with some deep historical meaning rather than another mean-spirited attempt by the fanatic fringe of the Republican Party in Congress to sabotage this new law.
Governments across the world cannot understand why Republican elements of the United States Congress would risk a possible worldwide economic collapse because they disagree with a particular law that they helped pass.
This hyperventilating group worked to shut down the government for two weeks and brought the country to the brink of economic catastrophe because of their hatred for the Affordable Care Act and any initiative put forth by President Barack Obama. If they worked this hard on jobs and the economy, just think of where the country could be.
I just read the article “Dromm to DOE: Make Diwali school holiday” (Oct. 24, multiple editions). How very ridiculous that is.
Isn’t this the same councilman who closed 78th Street between Northern Boulevard and 34th Avenue in Jackson Heights, to create a play street that is hardly used by anyone — except possibly vendors who flock to the street on Sundays to sell their merchandise? And now he has the audacity to demand that the Department of Education make this holiday a reason for students to miss another day of school. Don’t the students have enough days off from school already? On how many more holidays will he demand that schools be closed?
What would stop him from demanding days off for other ethnic holidays? Why not days off for Polish, Irish, Chinese, Iranian, Russian, Mexican, Colombian, African, etc. holidays? This is America, and schools have American holidays off. Isn’t that enough? Why are we starting to close schools for holidays of other nations and religions?
I think American schoolchildren have more days off than those in any other country. I believe some politicians will do anything to gather extra votes.
The play street on 78th Street was a complete failure and now that street cannot be used for much-needed parking space for the cars of people in the area. It just remains an eyesore. Another stupid idea and waste of taxpayers’ money — when there is already a large park on 78th Street. It just boggles the mind what politicians will do to waste our money. We the People should adamantly veto this demand made by this councilman and his cronies.