The United States Postal Service has begun looking for new space in the Downtown Jamaica area.
Speaking before Community Board 12 on Sept. 17, Joseph Mulvey, vice president of facilities for the USPS out of Milford, Mass., said the existing Archer Avenue Post Office is destined to be relocated as the city continues to move forward with its redevelopment of Jamaica’s Station Plaza Enhancement Project.
A crowd of about 100 constituents turned out Tuesday night for the Bay Terrace Community Alliance’s Meet the Candidates Forum, which featured eight hopefuls seeking five different positions.
Gubernatorial incumbent Andrew Cuomo is being challenged in the Sept. 9 Democratic primary by law professor Zephyr Teachout and political satirist Randy Credico.
Terry Collins was known for being a fiery guy who alienated many players he managed during his stints with the Houston Astros and the Anaheim Angels, and many observers were surprised when the Mets hired him to be the team’s skipper four years ago. But Collins has surprised nearly everyone with his calm, almost avuncular demeanor as Mets manager.
Last Thursday, at his pregame press conference, Terry showed the short fuse that many thought that they would see far more frequently than they have. No, it wasn’t because of the Mets’ inability to get a run in from third base with less than two out, a troubling fact that he acknowledged as a leading reason why the Mets have had losing records during his tenure.
Seven alumni from St. John’s University competed in fencing’s 2014 Senior World Championships in Kazan, Russia the week of July 15 through 23.
Dagmara Wozniak placed sixth in the women’s saber competition, improving 11 spots from her 17th-place finish last year.
The city’s Office of Emergency Management last month published updated hurricane evacuation zones.
And while adjustments are slight from ones prepared in the wake of Hurricane Sandy in 2012, OEM has been spending the last few weeks getting the message out about the new maps, and precautions Queens residents should exercise before a storm hits.
Until a few days before the 2014 NBA Draft neither the Knicks nor the Nets had a pick. The Knicks were able to obtain two second-round picks from the Dallas Mavericks as part of the deal in which they sent center Tyson Chandler and point guard Raymond Felton to Big D. They used them to select forwards Cleanthony Early from Wichita State and Thanasis Antetokounmpo from Greece. Both selections were warmly received by Knicks fans who attended the Draft at the Barclays Center.
Since his last name is a spellcheck killer, expect nearly every writer to refer to Antetokounmpo simply by his first name. His brother, Giannis, was the Milwaukee Bucks’ 2013 first-round draft choice, and he is known by that moniker the way that LeBron and Pele are referred to without surnames.
The city Department of Transportation’s plans to build dedicated bus lanes along Woodhaven and Cross Bay boulevards — and perhaps bring select bus service along the route in the future — was met with some concern and even hard-line opposition last week.
Some residents from Woodhaven and other communities who attended a forum on the plan at PS 306 last Wednesday were not so keen on the proposal.
Community Board 12 last week gave its blessing to an effort by McDonald’s to convert a local nuisance into an attractive, productive property.
The restaurant giant sought and received support for its plans to turn a shuttered, fenced-off KFC restaurant at 122-21 Merrick Boulevard in St. Albans into a McDonald’s unlike any other in the borough.
A woman in her 70s was robbed and beaten by two teenagers in Lindenwood on May 27 and police are searching for the suspects.
At 3:20 p.m. in the vicinity of 153rd Avenue & 88th Street, a 73-year-old female, whose name police are withholding because her assailants are still at large, was walking on the sidewalk with a cart of groceries when an unknown female suspect approached her from behind and took her pocketbook, which contained $100 dollars, a TracFone, and assorted personal items.
The kookiness that ensues during Parkside Players’ production of “The Compleat Works of Wllm Shkspr Abridged” is announced long before the play begins at Grace Lutheran Church in Forest Hills.
First, there’s the stage design, a giddily cluttered abstraction consisting of little more than a few black boards and seemingly tons of paper that provide the perfect setting for what is to follow.
A week after cops arrested an alleged knife-wielding perpetrator in South Richmond Hill, officers from the 106th Precinct nabbed a trio of teenagers for an alleged robbery at knifepoint in Ozone Park.
According to police, at 5 p.m. on May 7, a 19-year old man was standing in front of John Adams High School, when he was approached by the three teens. One of the suspects allegedly walked up to the victim, punched him in the face and demanded that he give up his cell phone. According to an NYPD spokesperson, when the victim refused, the perpetrator allegedly pulled a knife from his belt and again demanded the victim’s cell phone, wallet and neck chain. The other two suspects, who had been acting as lookouts, allegedly surrounded the victim. The NYPD said the victim produced his cell phone and wallet and one of the suspects snatched the chain from around his neck.
Although the Toronto Raptors had a better regular season record than the Brooklyn Nets, the conventional thinking for the playoffs was that the experienced Nets would have their way with the youthful Raptors, whose fortunes rested on two fine players, forward DeMar DeRozan and guard Kyle Lowry.
The Nets managed to slip by the Raptors but it was by the skin of their teeth, as they needed all seven games to do so. Their 104-103 nail-biting win in Sunday’s deciding Game 7 in Toronto typified the whole series. The Raptors had the ball, and a very good chance of winning the game and the playoff round with six seconds to go, thanks to the Nets’ inability to make an inbounds pass, a problem for them all season long. To the Nets’ credit, they played great defense when it counted, as Paul Pierce prevented Kyle Lowry from launching a shot.
One legislator is asking the state and city to update evacuation routes for coastal communities affected by Hurricane Sandy.
Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder (D-Rockaway) has sent a letter to the state and city transportation commissioners, requesting their respective agencies take immediate steps to ensure designated evacuation routes and signage are updated and maintained regularly.
Police Officer Kyle Riegel — a two-year police department veteran who has made at least 107 arrests in his career — was honored on April 9 as the 106th Precinct’s Cop of the Month for his arrest of two teens who police say assaulted an Ozone Park resident.
Deputy Inspector Jeffrey Schiff, commanding officer of the 106th Precinct, said the 48-year-old victim was allegedly attacked as part of the “knockout game” in the vicinity of Rockaway Boulevard and 96th Street in Ozone Park.
With time running out, the Richmond Hill High School community called out the big guns to help fight plans to close its annex this year and move more than 400 students back to the notoriously overcrowded school.
During a town hall meeting Tuesday night hosted by state Sen. James Sanders (D-South Ozone Park), elected officials and school leaders demanded the city Department of Education rescind the closure of the school’s 402-seat annex at the former St. Benedict Joseph Labre school building several blocks away at 94-25 117 St.
Salvatore Congemi has lived in Woodhaven for more than 10 years. Rowdy kids from nearby JHS 210 are not a new problem around his corner home at 89th Avenue and 92nd Street, but lately, things have gotten way out of hand.
“We’ve always had fights and stuff,” he said. “But never anything like this.”
In an Opening Day filled with dramatic home runs, clutch strikeouts and a two out, ninth inning comeback, the second largest crowd in Citi Field history got its money's worth.
But even with a re-tooled roster and a rare sell out crowd cheering them on, they still looked like the same old Mets.
Two bars on Union Turnpike are seeking renewals of their liquor licenses, but nearby residents say they are not good neighbors and their uncertain futures remain in the hands of the State Liquor Authority.
Cheap Shots at 149-05 Union Turnpike in Kew Gardens Hills and Layla Hookah Lounge at 181-34 Union Turnpike in Fresh Meadows were both turned down for renewals by Community Board 8. The hookah bar was rejected last month and Cheap Shots in January, but both decisions are only advisory.
Residents of Southeast Queens are preparing to take to the barricades again over the Port Authority’s proposal to relocate a runway at John F. Kennedy International Airport.
Barbara Brown, president of the Eastern Queens Alliance, said residents will appeal the Federal Aviation Administration’s recent approval of a PA environmental study that Brown and residents around the airport feel does not go nearly far enough to protect them from noise and air pollution from low-flying aircraft.
It has been over 25 years since the city first planned a walking and biking trail around Jamaica Bay and now, with only pieces of it completed, the city Department of Transportation is planning on filling in the gaps and finishing the loop.
One of those gaps is between the greenway along the Belt Parkway and the spur across the Joseph P. Addabbo Bridge into Broad Channel. To connect the two means somehow building the greenway through the neighborhood of Howard Beach — perhaps along residential streets.
New York City may be a lot of things, but even our biggest boosters must concede it’s not a big college sports town. It’s been nearly 30 years since the St. John’s men’s basketball team made it to the Final Four and 15 years since it reached the Elite Eight quarter-finals.
Long Island University and Manhattan College have had flashes of hoops success but have not had any kind of consistency. The less said about Fordham and Columbia, the better (though in fairness, the Columbia Lions finished third in the Ivy League this year, a marked improvement over recent years, and nearly all of their players will be returning).
The musicals “Anything Goes” and “Children of Eden” couldn’t be more different from one another. Currently on the local theater boards, each delivers entertainment clearly aimed at particular audiences.
“Anything Goes,” a staple since its Broadway debut in 1934, has undergone various incarnations over the years. It is frequently revisited by community groups, which are undoubtedly drawn to its giddy story line — set aboard an ocean liner bound for England and surrounding the misadventures of a female ex-evangelist, “a broken-down broker,” Public Enemy #13 and others — and a superb score by Cole Porter.
In his State of the Union Address, President Obama said, if Congress continues to “gridlock” his agenda, he would invoke his inherent powers and issue executive orders. Shouts of impeachment rang out in the GOP-controlled House!
Laws are made almost exclusively by legislation originated as acts of Congress; such acts are either signed into law by the president or passed into law by Congress after a presidential veto. However, presidents can issue orders, which have the force of law.
All presidents invoked this power except William Henry Harrison, our ninth president. John Adams, James Madison and John Monroe each issued only one. The three highest were Teddy Roosevelt (1,081), Woodrow Wilson (1,803) and Franklin D. Roosevelt (3,522).
Here are samples of presidential orders: Wilson provided conditions for employment for the Panama Canal. John F. Kennedy created the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. Jimmy Carter established the Federal Emergency Management Agency. Ronald Reagan created the president’s commission on th
e HIV epidemic. Obama signed on Feb. 12 an executive order that requires federal contractors to raise their minimum wage from $7.25 per hour to $10.10, effective in 2015.
Readers, for your information, the numbers of executive orders by our last three presidents are: Bill Clinton (364), George W. Bush (291) — and, for the past five years, Obama (169).
Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35 Ave., Astoria. 25 Years of Madden NFL video game exhibition. Five versions of the groudbreaking game on view and available to play now thru Sunday, Feb. 23. Indie Essentials: 25 Must-Play Video Games, Exhibition of 25 playable, independently produced games, through March 2. Museum hours: Wednesdays-Thursdays, 10:30 a.m.-5 p.m.; Fridays, 10:30 a.m.-8 p.m.; Saturdays-Sundays, 11:30 a.m.-7 p.m. $12 adults, $9 seniors over 65 and students with ID, $6 children 3-12, under 3 free.
In the last two weeks, Mayor de Blasio has taken two giant steps toward fulfilling his campaign promise to change the makeup of and the culture at the beleaguered New York City Housing Authority.
Two weeks ago it was the appointment of new managers in three key housing positions, the most prominent being Shola Olatoye, tapped to replace the embattled former NYCHA Chairman John Rhea.