Residents of the communities near LaGuardia Airport were infuriated when the Port Authority unilaterally decided to split the combined aviation roundtable into three separate groups: one each for LaGuardia, JFK and Newark.
At Tuesday night’s meeting, the leadership of Queens Quiet Skies challenged the Port Authority to allow a democratic vote and refused to move forward and establish the divided roundtable.
With the clock ticking on the Rockaway Ferry service, Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder (D-Rockaway Park) has come up with a possible plan to save it.
If the city won’t kick in the subsidies to make it affordable, maybe another entity will.
When the city announced it would not commit to continuing to fund the Rockaway Ferry service past October, commuters and officials from the peninsula were mad. The ferry, launched after Hurricane Sandy, is popular and the Rockaway community saw it as a good way to jump start the peninsula’s lagging economy and spur development.
But while the ferry — originally a temporary commuting solution while the A train was shut down due to damage to the track — was popular, the city says it’s not heavily used. That was one reason why the city’s Economic Development Corp.said the cost of the ferry was not sustainable.
Rockaway officials and residents are furious that the $75 billion budget approved by the City Council last week does not include funding for permanent ferry service connecting the area to Manhattan, setting off a battle between City Hall and the distant peninsula over the popular, but pricey, service that began after Hurricane Sandy.
“Although the Rockaway ferry service was not included in the final city budget, our community will not give up the fight,” said Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder (D-Rockaway Park). “I am severely disappointed in Mayor de Blasio and the Economic Development Corporation for ignoring the transit needs of southern Queens and Rockaway families. Like every other borough in the city, we deserve an affordable, efficient and reliable means of transportation. The ferry has been a lifeline for our families and small businesses after the devastation caused by Sandy and it must remain permanent.”
It is impossible to truly thank the people who most shaped your life, but Father’s Day is certainly an occasion to express appreciation for one of them, dad.
Getting a tie may be a cliche but it doesn’t have to be that way now thanks to the Esquire line available at Men’s Wearhouse as well as the limitless choices that can be found at ties.com.
The first hour of Community Board 10 last Thursday felt more like The Situation Room in the White House during a natural disaster than the cramped Knights of Columbus hall in South Ozone Park.
One day after a rainstorm dumped almost 6 inches of rain on parts of Queens, flooding dozens of Lindenwood homes, elected officials and department commissioners alike gathered at Community Board 10’s monthly meeting to assert their support for homeowners impacted by the storm.
It is impossible to express one’s love for the woman who raised us and made us who we are today through one day of recognition and a gift. Nonetheless we should all put a little thought into a thank you even though mom will probably say that it’s not necessary.
Woodside native Jim McCann started what has become the most famous name in the floral industry, 1800Flowers, in 1971. Back then the idea of purchasing floral arrangements through a toll-free phone call was revolutionary. Over the years, McCann has expanded his business to include all kinds of gift baskets.
For the first time in New York City history, representatives of the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey and the Federal Aviation Administration joined representatives from surrounding communities for a roundtable discussion on the noise and other impacts of flights arriving and departing from LaGuardia Airport, on Monday night.
“Governor Andrew Cuomo made clear his concerns about aircraft noise in communities surrounding JFK and LaGuardia airports and that’s why we’re here tonight,” Ralph Tragale, the Port Authority assistant director of aviation, said. “He’s directed us to take some aggressive action.”
The city has removed 39 Level 2 and 3 sex offenders from the Skyway homeless shelter in South Ozone Park, Councilman Ruben Wills (D-South Jamaica) announced at Community Board 10 last Thursday.
“We have been going back and forth with the Department of Homeless Services for weeks about the issue and they have removed every sex offender from the shelter as of today” the Councilman announced to applause.
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.
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 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.