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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.
Art of Ink in America, “Gesture and Beyond,” Godwin Ternbach Museum at Queens College, 65-30 Kissena Blvd., Flushing, thru 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.
Rosedale, at the very southeastern tip of Queens, was home to a large farming community as late as the 1930s. Some of the better known and larger ones were Anton Hoffner’s Farm, Joseph Brothers Farm, John Miller and Sons Farm, John Santa Marie’s Farm, Albert Schmitt and Brothers Farm and the George Schmitt Farm.
In the late 1930s the construction of homes in an area off Laurelton Parkway called Beaux Arts Park began. The builder was the Parkway Construction Co., owned by Morris Praver (1893-1978), who lived a short distance away on 231st Street in Laurelton with his wife, Hilda, and their two sons. The salesman was his younger brother Albert Praver.
Councilman Leroy Comrie, second from left, was honored on Nov. 19 by the Queens County Young Democrats for outstanding public service and his support of the organization. Comrie, who has represented the St. Albans area on the City Council for 12 years, is being forced out of office by term limits.
Appearing with the councilman are, at left, Jamal Wilkerson, the group’s vice president of diversity and outreach; chapter President Nick Roloson; and Executive Vice President Hersh Parekh.
The City Council voted unanimously on Nov. 14 to rename a section of South Road in Jamaica for the Tuskegee Airmen, a segregated unit of Army Air Corps pilots who rose above prejudice and military roadblocks to become one of the elite fighter squadrons in World War II.
South Road between Merrick Boulevard and Remington Street will become Tuskegee Airmen Way.
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.
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.
During a nearly three-hour Community Board 13 meeting held Monday night at Deliverance Baptist Church on Linden Boulevard in Cambria Heights, several issues were presented, including a proposal to establish a community residential facility in Queens Village for six adult males with developmental disabilities.
The plan was voted down unanimously, with one abstention.
An off-duty NYPD officer was beaten nearly to death Sunday, allegedly by a man who was later arrested for the incident.
The attack happened outside the St. John’s Express restaurant at 118-14 Liberty Ave. in South Richmond Hill, near the busy intersection of Lefferts Boulevard and Liberty Avenue.
The City Council voted overwhelmingly to approve a school at the site of Keil Brothers Garden Center in Bayside Hills, despite the plan having being delayed and thought to be dead.
The Council approved the 416-seat school Thursday 36-2, with Council members Mark Weprin (D-Oakland Gardens) and Peter Vallone Jr. (D-Astoria) voting no. Vallone’s brother, Paul, is the councilman-elect for the district that includes portions of Bayside Hills.
The MTA has added articulated, also known as accordion or double, buses to the Q7 line in southern Queens.
The longer, increased-capacity buses, which were introduced to intraborough routes in Queens on the Q10 between Kew Gardens and JFK Airport along Lefferts Boulevard earlier this year, also ran along the Q52 limited line between Arverne and the Queens Center mall during the period in which the A train was out of service in the Rockaways due to damage from Hurricane Sandy. The subway reopened in May and the articulated buses stopped running on the route. The Q44, which connects Jamaica to the Bronx, has had artic buses for some time.
The City Council voted overwhelmingly to approve a school at the site of the current Keil Brothers Garden Center in Bayside Hills, despite the plan having being delayed and thought to be dead.
This little tollbooth, seen c. 1895, sat where Jamaica Avenue and the Van Wyck Expressway cross today.
The junction of Jamaica Avenue and the Van Wyck Expressway marks an interesting element in Queens County history.
During the Revolutionary War, Jamaica and what later would be called Richmond Hill chose overwhelmingly to remain loyal to the British crown. That stance later brought the wrath of New York’s lawmakers down upon the residents.
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.
With artists like Nicki Minaj, 50 Cent, Cyndi Lauper and Tony Bennett all from here, it is no secret that Queens is a producer of talented artists. On Sunday at the Jamaica Performance Center on Jamaica Avenue, the youth at the Hip-Hop 4 Health fundraiser show proved no different.
“I cannot believe all of the talented young men and women that are here tonight,” Assemblywoman Nilly Rozic (D-Hillcrest) said to a booming crowd of a couple hundred. “I am so glad to see that the children of our borough and our city have already done so much with their art form and I hope they continue to do so as they get older. Can’t stop, won’t stop.”
Community Board 9’s internal issues came to a dramatic climax Tuesday night when the board voted not to remove one of its longtime members, leading another to resign and walk out of the meeting, and two others to follow him.
Sam Esposito had been in hot water with the board’s leadership over emails he sent that were considered anti-Semitic by at least three other members. Those members, Wallace Bock, Evelyn Baron and Jan Fenster, had called for Esposito to be expelled from the community board.
Those needing to ride an elevator into the subway instead of taking the stairs at the 71st Avenue station in Forest Hills will have to wait a little while longer.
The nearly two-year long elevator installation project has officially surpassed the original expected completion date with months more of work to be done. Instead of October 2013, the $24.7 million project is now scheduled to be finished in January 2014.
The owner of seven Papa John’s pizza franchises in Queens and Brooklyn last Friday became the second Queens-based Papa John’s owner since August to be arrested on charges stemming from alleged sales tax theft.
Uchenna Onuaguluchi, 46, of Rosedale, was charged last week with allegedly withholding $610,000 in state sales taxes according to a joint statement issued last week by Queens District Attorney Richard Brown and state Taxation and Finance Commissioner Thomas Mattox.
St. John’s University in Jamaica has partnered with Zipcar to bring car sharing to its Queens campus.
The program will provide St. John’s students and employees with a transportation option, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.