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Mets general manager Sandy Alderson generated headlines when he told fellow team executives that he expects the Mets to win 90 games in 2014. Alderson’s remark generated understandable guffaws from even optimistic types because the Mets have come closer to losing 90 games in a season the last five years than they have to winning that many.
Even if Sandy knows he’s just blowing the kind of smoke now legal in Colorado, I can’t really fault him. Frankly, I’m surprised he didn’t guarantee a parade down the Canyon of Heroes in late October or early November. The name of the game this time of year is to energize the Mets fan base, which has been understandably lethargic. Having five straight losing seasons, and going into this one with what Metsblog.com is reporting as the seventh-lowest payroll in the majors, will tend to depress ticket sales even among the diehards.
The words “commute” and “New York City” usually make one think of squeaky, dirty, crowded subway cars snaking through tunnels and along elevated rails. Or perhaps one conjures up thoughts of passengers packed into buses like sardines or jockeying for room under bus shelters. Some, especially out here in Queens, may think of a commute as idling on a packed highway in a car.
One thing that most New Yorkers may not think of — unless maybe you’re from Staten Island — is boats.
The movement to save and preserve the New York State Pavilion just got its biggest backer yet.
With the Tent of Tomorrow and Observation Towers, the two rusting icons of the 1964-1965 World’s Fair, behind her, Borough President Melinda Katz officially called for the preservation of the structures on Thursday, just months before the 50th anniversary of the global gathering the pavilion was built for.
Port Authority Executive Director Pat Foye announced Friday that the agency would be reopening the landmarked TWA Flight Center building at JFK Airport to the public.
But he’s not yet ready to say what for.
“We have to be vigilant ... It is our country!”
Those were the parting words from Jesse Ventura at the Fresh Meadows Barnes & Noble on Oct. 6, words that summed up the afternoon for his audience well.
by Lloyd Carroll
They’re going to need a bigger bus.
And because of that, bigger stops.
The city Department of Homeless Services gave Community Board 10 an update last month on the situation at the Skyway men’s homeless shelter on South Conduit Avenue near JFK Airport.
The shelter housed families until it switched to a men’s shelter in February, 2011 — a move which led to anger and concern among residents in South Ozone Park, especially those in the PS 124 community. The school is located just a few blocks west of the shelter.
Area legislators met with Federal Aviation Administration officials on Jan. 18 to express ongoing concerns over plane noise resulting from new flight patterns over the borough. They left empty-handed but promised to continue fighting.
Congressional reps Steve Israel (D-LI) and Grace Meng (D-Bayside), state Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) and Assemblyman Ed Braunstein (D-Bayside) relayed community concerns over new flight patterns into and out of LaGuardia Airport that have increased the number of planes flying over Northeast Queens.
This year in Southeast Queens, there were plenty of highs and lows, accomplishments and disappointments, most involving crime and politics.
In an effort to curb violence, two gun buybacks were held, resulting in 564 weapons being taken off the street. But there were still several shootings, including a triple homicide involving an AK-47 and another in which a Nassau County cop was killed.
Politics dominated much of the news in South Queens in 2012. With local and national elections looming, the communities were the epicenter of a hard-fought state legislative race with statewide implications.
But much like T.S. Eliot’s explanation of the apocalypse in “The Hollow Men,” the campaign ended not with a bang, but with a whimper, shoved from the top of people’s minds by the most devastating natural disaster to strike South Queens in a lifetime.
A blue Toyota rolled slowly up 102nd Street out of Hamilton Beach and made a right turn onto 159th Road toward Coleman Square — the tiny commercial strip across from the Howard Beach-JFK Airport subway station. But the driver quickly stopped mid-turn, idling for a couple of seconds before backing up and continuing north on 102nd Street.
Less than a minute later, another car did the same thing.
If you’ve noticed more planes flying over Northeast Queens, you’re not going crazy — and you probably should get used to them.
The Federal Aviation Administration this year had implemented a six-month-long evaluation of new flight patterns into and out of LaGuardia Airport, whichs led to more planes flying over Northern Queens neighborhoods like Astoria, College Point, Flushing and Bayside.
State Sen. Joe Addabbo Jr. (D-Howard Beach) went to Albany after ousting a 20-year Republican incumbent in 2008. With him came a Democratic majority for the first time in more than four decades.
But four years later, that majority is gone and Addabbo is fighting for his seat in a newly redrawn district facing off against his successor on the City Council.
For much of its length between Kew Gardens and JFK Airport, Lefferts Boulevard is your typical outerborough congested thoroughfare. Two lanes wide between its northern end at Kew Gardens Road and Rockaway Boulevard in South Ozone Park, traffic often backs up on it at rush hour and on weekends.
In what amounts to a last-ditch effort to save August Martin High School, one of eight Queens schools slated by Mayor Bloomberg for closure at the end of the current school year, students, parents, community activists and local elected officials gathered at the Baisley Boulevard campus in Jamaica Monday night for a combined rally and public hearing, where cries of unfair treatment and accusations of racism set the tone.
The Panel for Educational Policy is scheduled to vote on April 26 to determine the school’s fate, seen by many as already sealed.
Councilman James Sanders (D-Laurelton) knows how the bad economy has affected his constituents, but believes some JFK Airport workers are not getting their fair share in wages.
Many airport contract employees such as baggage handlers, security officers and maintenance personnel, earn $16,000 a year, significantly below the federal poverty line of $22,040 for a family of four, according to the report “Above Board.” It was released by the Women of Color Policy Network at New York University’s Wagner School of Public Service and funded largely by union SEIU-32BJ, which represents many airport workers.
The cards keep coming.
So do the toys. And the blankets.
Taxes are too low