The story in the Queens Chronicle last week about the airport roundtables did not take into account the discussion at the JFK Roundtable meeting which took place on Wednesday, Aug. 20 (“PA officials have riled-up roundtable,” multiple editions).
Contrary to the report on Tuesday’s meeting, the attendants on Wednesday were not all in agreement that there should be one roundtable for Queens. The Eastern Queens Alliance is advocating that there be an airport roundtable for each of the three busiest airports in New York and New Jersey. Other similar opinions were voiced. The EQA proposes a Roundtable Coalition composed of a separate roundtable for each of the airports — JFK, LaGuardia and Newark — with a coordinating committee for sharing, as well as addressing roundtable decisions that may be at odds and issues that cut across roundtables.
While there are those who are calling for a single roundtable for Queens, we oppose this. We do not think that it is in the best interest of Southeast Queens and other communities surrounding JFK Airport with all of the attendant problems, including but definitely not limited to aircraft noise that
surround this behemoth facility. Air pollution is high up on our agenda.
While the flight patterns of each airport certainly impact each other, the size and complexity of the airports are very different. JFK is an international airport at least five times larger than LaGuardia and growing. It operates 24/7, contrary to there being no overnight flights out of LaGuardia. Unlike LaGuardia, it has a huge and ever-increasing air cargo business. It is our understanding that Newark, NJ is also demanding a roundtable.
On Aug. 20, the call for a vote of “roundtable members” was questioned by the EQA. Who are the bona fide representatives for each airport? Whom do they represent? Is there true proportionate representation for the affected communities, especially for those who live immediately adjacent to the airports? All this speaks to the overall question: Who should be on an airport roundtable?
The structure of the roundtables needs to be determined and determined soon so they can get on with the gritty business with which airport roundtables are supposed to deal.
Mayor de Blasio kicked off the Queens Jewish Community Council Testimonial Dinner on Monday by thanking the organization for its work of feeding the poor and hungry in the borough, voicing strong support for the state of Israel and fighting the stain of anti-Semitism and hate crimes.
“For members of the Jewish community, this is an incredibly important institution that provides so much assistance, but for so many members of the larger Queens community who happen to not be Jewish, it’s a place they turn to equally for help and an open door,” de Blasio said at the Jamaica Estates event.
For thousands of New Yorkers, taking the train is about as ordinary as having coffee in the morning. The subway is a part of the city’s culture, so what better way to experience New York than to do as the locals do?
Lucky 7 Subway Tours offer tourists and residents the opportunity to ride through seven neighborhoods and learn some history along the way.
Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis is a disease that causes irreversible scarring of lung tissue, with most patients dying in periods ranging from a few months to a few years.
But at Jamaica Hospital Medical Center patients are now participating in tests of Pirfenidone, a drug that has shown promise in slowing the disease down.
“Homeland [In]security: Vanishing Dreams” by Margaret Matthews-Berenson, Dorsky Gallery, 11-03 45 Ave., Long Island City, runs thru Nov. 16; opening reception: Sun., Sept. 7, 2-5 p.m. Info: dorsky.org.
The Queens Chapter of the National Action Network had numerous representatives on Aug. 23 during a march in Staten Island to protest the death of Eric Garner while he was being arrested in July.
On Monday, the Rev. Phil Craig, president of the chapter, asked more than 60 members what should come next.
Leroy Comrie’s message to voters, as he tries to unseat state Sen. Malcolm Smith this September, is a simple one.
“I’m not going to Albany as a typical freshman.”
It was 1914.
The officers were beginning their first tour of duty at a time when in Europe, war was raging between monarchial powers. China was adapting to life for the first time without an emperor and Russia still had a tsar. Around the country, for the first time ever, candidates were vying for voters’ support in U.S. Senate elections — though not yet from women.
Neighbors of a deceased Navy veteran from Jamaica are seeking donations to help cover his funeral expenses.
Frank Shemenski, 57, of Parsons Boulevard was found at his home days after leaving the hospital, where he was being treated for a long-term illness, according to neighbor Amy Anderson.
The ability to spend a few hours exploring culture from some of the country’s earliest history to some of its newest art is available to Queens residents without even crossing a river.
And with school starting, many of those listed here — which are not quite all Queens has to offer — have educational programs for those of all ages, and some discounted admission for students and school groups.
Career counselor Nancy Cafferty sits at a small round table opposite two young ladies who have come for guidance in their search for fulfillment in the workforce.
Kafayat Onanuga, of Jamaica, is in her mid-20s and has been through the process before. Leandra Cedeno, who lives in Ridgewood and is also 20-something, has come for the first time.
As students and teachers head back into the classroom, some parents and union officials are heading into the courtroom.
At issue are teacher tenure and other job protections for educators. The plaintiffs in two lawsuits filed against the state this summer — including two parents from Queens suing on behalf of their children — contend that tenure and the lengthy process for removing teachers are so onerous that many bad educators remain in the system, denying children their constitutional right to a sound basic education.
Kudos Chronicle, for saying what needs to be said, that no one else with any intelligence is saying (“No to Sharpton, yes to the law,” Editorial, Aug. 14).
Al Sharpton, who I am a fan of, is so, so wrong on this issue and needs to stay out of the politics of New York City. His job or his mission is not to dictate how the NYPD or the mayor should deal with a situation. He needs to step back. And this mayor, who has been a huge disappointment, needs to get some backbone and stand up to Sharpton, instead of letting him feed the fire with gasoline.
Where was Sharpton when many black people in Jamaica where killed by guns in the hands of other black people this year? I did not hear a peep out of him.
Does Sharpton feel that because a crime, such as selling single cigarettes, is a low-level crime, that it should just be ignored? Should any quality-of-life issue that is a low-level crime be ignored, as many are saying?
As one who lives in Jamaica, which is pretty much the Wild, Wild West of Queens, where anything goes — from illegal curb cuts to bodegas selling loose cigarettes to people drinking in public on apartment steps and blasting loud music into the late hours to all of the illegal dumping of garbage and every other quality-of-life issue — I know these types of low-level crimes need to be curbed, because Jamaica is the perfect example of how a community can go completely wrong when they are ignored. You end up with a community that most people do not want to live in, where anyone can do whatever they want, where the quality of life is horrible.
In other words, you end up with Jamaica — and how many reading this want to live in Jamaica?
All crimes, no matter how low level, need to be addressed and not ignored.
Growing up, Mark Lord, contributing writer for the Queens Chronicle and retired English teacher of 29 years, had an interest in theatre, but never considered writing or directing.
“I’ve been interested in theater since I was about 9 years old,” Lord said. “Not in writing so much, but in performing. I’ve performed on the local and regional level, but I never expected to be writing several shows performed by community theatres.”
Wayfinding: 100 NYC Public Sculptures by Bundith Phunsombatlert, Flushing Meadows Corona Park, located on the lawn between the Unisphere and Queens Museum, on view thru November.
I have enjoyed many excellent meals for decades when frequenting any one of many local diners. Over the years, we have seen the demise of the Gold Star (Bayside), Seville (Douglaston), Sage (Elmhurst), Saravan (Flushing), Palace (Flushing), Future (Fresh Meadows), Fame (Jamaica), Scobee Grill (Little Neck) and other diners.
Diners have been part of my life from teenage years to today. Eating out is a periodic ritual with either friends or family. Portions are generous. Who never took a doggie bag home with leftovers to eat the next day? Between the customary soup, salad, rolls, coleslaw and pickles, along with the main course, dinner could satisfy the heartiest appetite. Many times we bagged our desserts to go.
Neighborhoods all over Queens have seen changes over time. New immigrant groups sometimes favor their own ethnic foods and restaurants. Diners have also lost customers over time to numerous fast-food restaurants. Many of their menus have expanded to also include breakfast items and a greater variety of items to select from for lunch or dinner.
Remember these people are our neighbors. Our local entrepreneurs who own and operate diners have continued to invest in our community, creating new employment opportunities without the assistance of federally funded taxpayers’ stimulus dollars. They work long hours, pay taxes and provide local employment. If we don’t patronize our local restaurants, they don’t eat either.
Why not honor the found memories we had at the diners that have come and gone by continuing to patronize the handful of remaining ones? Here’s hoping that the remaining diners don’t go the way of the dinosaurs into permanent extinction.
A Long Island man has been charged with grand larceny after he allegedly was caught selling counterfeit Long Island Rail Road tickets.
Michael Wright, 27, of Rockville Centre, sold the tickets to passengers between March and June, the authorities said.
Queens’ members of the City Council did not miss many days of work, according to attendance records taken between January and May of this year, and when they did, it was often because they couldn’t be in two places at once.
The notable exception is one member who is under indictment.
It may be the dog days of August, but nothing seems to be slowing down for the summer in Woodhaven.
The monthly meeting of the Woodhaven Residents’ Block Association drew a high-energy crowd to the Emanuel United Church of Christ on 91st Avenue Saturday morning.
State Sen. Malcolm Smith’s pending retrial on federal corruption charges were never very far from the surface during an Aug. 14 candidate forum for the 14th Senate District.
But the forum did give Smith (D-Hollis), former Councilman Leroy Comrie and Munir Avery the opportunity for a freewheeling discussion on education, jobs, economic development, funding for the district and a host of issues that will be confronting the person sworn into office in January.
Following the July 17 death of Staten Island resident Eric Garner while he was resisting arrest for allegedly selling single cigarettes, an already-existing campaign to dissuade police from enforcing the law on some minor crimes and violations picked up steam. Enforcement of such laws, what is known as the broken windows theory approach to policing, is one target of the protest led by the Rev. Al Sharpton that is set to take place on Staten Island Saturday.
According to activists such as Sharpton, as well as some elected officials including three members of Congress who represent parts of Queens, broken windows policing has an unfair impact on minority communities, such as the one where Garner, who was black, died.
Some children dread the end of the summer, as they know the school year and all the homework that comes with it are just around the corner.
Other children love walking with their friends in the hallways and tackling challenging schoolwork.
Though he is still just 22, Christopher Peguero of St. Albans has been building a resume of community service projects.
And with litter and dumped trash creating eyesores in many communities in Southeast Queens, forming the South East Queens Clean Up Group probably just came naturally to him.