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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.
The first set of meetings between the groups leading the study of a proposed High Line-style park on the former Rockaway Beach rail corridor and the residents who live along the line started a little on the rocky side.
Before the conglomerate of organizations, led by urban park advocacy group The Trust for Public Land and the plan’s backers, Friends of the QueensWay, even began their short presentation in Woodhaven’s Emanuel Baptist Church on Nov. 12, they were shouted down by a handful of residents who thought the workshop was a public forum.
Thanksgiving is a time to be appreciative for the things you have. It is a kickoff to the holiday season when all are encouraged to think of their fellow man and give just a little bit more than they normally would.
In fact, many food banks and homeless shelters depend on the holiday season for supplies as people are more likely to donate food and funds now.
The Sean Elijah Bell Community Center, established in memory of the Jamaica man killed in an infamous police shooting in 2006, closed on Friday after struggling to get funding for its daycare, afterschool and other programs.
Monday, Nov. 25, was the seventh anniversary of Bell’s death.
Dorsky Gallery, “Artists’ Walks: The Persistence of Peripateticism, 11-05 45 Ave., Long Island City, Thursday-Sunday, 11 a.m.-6 p.m., thru Nov. 17. Contact: (718) 937-6317, dorsky.org.
Police Officer Edward Byrne did all he could to make the streets safe in life, and in death succeeded more than most cops could ever hope to.
Byrne was guarding the home of a witness in a drug case in South Jamaica when, in the early morning hours of Feb. 6, 1988, he was assassinated by four men on the orders of a drug kingpin. His murder horrified and sickened the city, but also galvanized it. It marked a turning point in the war against crime, as citizens and officials decided they weren’t going to allow gangs to own the streets any longer. Tactics changed, new police units were created and within just a couple years, the murder rate that had always just kept on rising was finally being reduced. And it’s been coming down ever since.
If only fairy tales could last forever in real life as they do in the world of make-believe, Queens native Fran Drescher would have undoubtedly taken her place alongside the likes of Cinderella and Sleeping Beauty.
By the time Drescher was attending Hillcrest High School in Jamaica, she was a beauty pageant contestant, nearly capturing the title of Miss New York Teenager in 1973.
Once a year every November, a ringing bell breaks the quiet of a cold early morning in South Jamaica. It rings 50 times, once for each bullet that police officers fired on the fateful morning that killed Sean Bell.
Valerie Bell remembers calling her son every day to check up on him. To her concerns he would reply, “Ma, I got this,” a saying that encompassed his confident outlook on life that he seemed to have since a young age. At 6, he had hit his first home run, and by high school, he was the popular kid his friends would go to for advice about girls. In his senior year at John Adams, he had 97 strikeouts as a pitcher, and that same year he met his future fiancÈe, Nicole Paultre. The two eventually had a child together, which led to Bell dropping out of college to support his growing family.
While heated arguments can be made about who the greatest native Queens athlete of all time is, there is no debate the late Al Oerter is the greatest Olympian to hail from our borough.
Oerter, who was born in Astoria and lived as a child right next to the Ditmars Boulevard elevated train station, won the gold medal for the discus throw in four straight Olympic Games, 1956 through 1968. Even more amazingly, he won with longer throws in each succeeding Olympics.
When the 52nd governor of New York began public school he couldn’t speak English. Meanwhile, Mario Cuomo’s father slowly worked his way from ditch digger to storeowner with his wife in South Jamaica. It was a struggle for his parents who left their native Italy to pursue a better life for their family in the 1920s. Six decades later, he would speak of their trials as Gov. Cuomo when he delivered the keynote address at the Democratic National Convention.
It was 1983 that marked the start of Cuomo’s 12-year tenure, the longest for a Democrat. He balanced 12 consecutive budgets, though many were late, reduced state income taxes by 20 percent and enacted the nation’s first seat belt law credited with reducing fatalities. Though seen by many as a clear choice for the presidential nomination, it never was for Cuomo. To run on a platform that said he could balance the nation’s budget while his own state was still without one would be a politically “foolish” move, as he said in a 1998 New York Magazine article.
My name is Richard Koper and I’m an author of movie-related books. I live in Europe, The Netherlands.
Currently I’m researching the life and career of actress Barbara Nichols. Nichols was a well-known name in the 1950s and ’60s, appearing opposite Doris Day, Clark Gable and Tony Curtis (“Barbara Nichols, Queens’ pinup girl,” I Have Often Walked, Oct. 18, 2012).
She was born as Barbara Marie Nickerauer in Mineola, Long Island on Dec. 10, 1928. In 1935, when Barbara was 6 years old, she moved with her parents to Queens. Her father, George Nickerauer, owned a gas station called Rauer’s on Baisley Boulevard in Jamaica. Barbara attended Woodrow Wilson High School. Her teacher from the first grade was E.F. Proctor.
Around 1948 the family moved to the Town of Huntington.
I’m hoping to get in contact with people who knew Miss Nichols or her family, and family members of Miss Nichols who are willing to share their memories about her and her parents with me.
My last two titles were “Fifties Blondes — Sexbombs, Sirens, Bad Girls and Teen Queens” and “Affectionately, Jayne Mansfield.” Both are published by The Bear Manor Media.
Please contact me through my email address: email@example.com.
A building under construction at a busy intersection on the Ozone Park-Richmond Hill border will be a grocery store.
A representative for J Metro Construction, the firm building the store at the corner of 104th Street and Atlantic Avenue, said a grocery store is scheduled to open at the site.
Queens elected officials hit the field on Sunday in New York City’s first-ever Battle of the Boroughs Bowl at Monsignor McClancy High School in East Elmhurst.
The event brought together representatives from Queens and the Bronx for a friendly round of touch football.
Melinda Katz emerged from a bruising Democratic primary season in September as the overwhelming favorite to win Tuesday’s election for Queens borough president against Republican Tony Arcabascio.
But last week she said that she is taking nothing for granted.
The public hearing on the proposed new high school co-location at JHS 226 in South Ozone Park on Oct. 23 was unlike most co-location hearings. It wasn’t a long night for irate parents and teachers demanding Mayor Bloomberg’s and Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott’s heads on a platter.
Whether it was support, apathy, or just cynicism, only five parents of students at JHS 226, and the middle school that was co-located in the same building this year, MS 297, spoke against the proposed new high school at the hearing, which lasted just about 25 minutes.
For elected officials, incumbency is typically a positive — a chance to make the case to voters that your term in office has been successful for the community you represent and their vote will give them more successes in the future
That’s exactly what Councilman Eric Ulrich (R-Ozone Park), running for a second full term in office, is hoping for.
School safety was the top priority at the 113th Precinct Community Council meeting on Monday.
The New York Communities for Change youth council, led by Andrea Harris, addressed those in attendance. Each of the young people spoke about issues in their schools.
The optics of Thursday afternoon’s rally outside JHS 190 on Austin Street are familiar: signs asking to “Save our Beacon” and calling on the city and its voters to think of the children.
But this time, the Queens Community House Beacon program at the junior high school isn’t at risk of being closed — at least not now. Despite protest signs and a march that took the children around Forest Hills for about a half hour, Thursday’s rally was more a celebration than a call to action.
The City Council pulled discussion of a proposed elementary school in Bayside off its agenda this week, possibly killing the controversial plan entirely.
The Department of Education wants to site the new elementary school at the location of Keil Brothers Garden Center at 210-11 48 Ave.
In what seems to some to be a never-ending fight, parents of schoolchildren in IS 59 in Springfield Gardens are once again preparing to fend off the co-location of another school in their Ridgedale Street building.
This time the Department of Education is proposing to establish a Success Academy charter school in the building next September.