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Queens is a New York success story that its residents and political representatives should be proud of, state Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli said as he presented “An Economic Snapshot of Queens” at Silvercup Studios last Friday.
The borough’s population growth outpaced the city overall, with a 20 percent increase over the past three decades, reaching 2.3 million in 2012. Immigrants hail from over 120 countries and account for 48 percent of the borough’s residents and no single group dominates the most diverse county in the nation, if not the world.
Though the signs have been hung and decision finalized, the fight over co-naming the Ed Koch Queensboro Bridge continues.
Outgoing Councilman Peter Vallone Jr. (D-Astoria) has introduced a bill that would remove former Mayor Ed Koch’s name from the historic bridge and place it on the Municipal Building in Manhattan.
Elected officials, area clergymen and dozens of onlookers gathered on Sunday night to watch the lighting of a 16-foot-tall menorah at Federoff Triangle on Queens Boulevard in Forest Hills.
Borough President-Elect Melinda Katz, Councilwoman Karen Koslowitz (D-Forest Hills) and Chabad of Rego Park Rabbi Eli Blokh spoke to the crowd, which also included Congresswoman Grace Meng.
Elected officials, area clergymen and dozens of onlookers gathered on Sunday night to watch the lighting of a 16-foot-tall menorah at Federoff Triangle on Queens Boulevard in Forest Hills. Borough President-Elect Melinda Katz, Councilwoman Karen Koslowitz (D-Forest Hills) and Chabad of Rego Park Rabbi Eli Blokh spoke to the crowd, which also included Congresswoman Grace Meng. Five of the menorah’s candles were lit to recognize the fifth night of Chanukah and Woodside resident Harry Bieber was also honored for his service in Israel’s War of Independence. — by Christopher Barca
Councilwoman Karen Koslowitz with Katz at the menorah lighting.
Ever since June, Queens residents have been taking full advantage of a state appellate court ruling allowing specially licensed green livery cars to accept street hails.
But with the landslide election this month of Mayor-Elect Bill de Blasio, the program faces an uncertain future, and City Council members representing some of the areas where the Granny Smith-green cabs have been most popular are not commenting as to just where they stand on the matter.
Borough President-Elect Melinda Katz, second from left, Councilwoman Karen Koslowitz, River Fund of New York Executive Director Swami Durga Das, and Jason Hilliard from the office of Congressman Gregory Meeks assist the needy in Richmond Hill on Saturday.
The end of the election season did not mean that Queens politicians would be sleeping on Saturday, when Borough President-Elect Melinda Katz, Councilwoman Karen Koslowitz (D-Forest Hills) and former Congressman Anthony Weiner were in Richmond Hill handing out Thanksgiving groceries at the River Fund food pantry.
The upscale development of Willets Point is one step closer to fruition.
The Queens delegation of the City Council voted Monday in favor of the sale of 23 acres of land across the street from Citi Field in Willets Point, where a tremendous overhaul of the area has been planned. The only opposing vote in the Borough Board tally came from Community Board 7 Chairman Gene Kelty.
Tuesday’s elections turned out just as the pollsters and political junkies said they would.
Following a tough primary battle, Democrat Bill de Blasio strolled into the mayoralty of New York City, taking 73.4 percent of the general election vote compared to 24.3 percent for Republican rival Joe Lhota, according to preliminary Board of Elections figures.
Melinda Katz spent her early years in public service under the tutelage of former Borough President Claire Shulman,
Come January, the former councilwoman and member of the state Assembly will move up to the chair Shulman filled for more than a decade.
Jon Torodash and Karen Koslowitz
You don’t have to travel all the way to Manhattan to enjoy classical music performed by a live orchestra.
The Forest Hills Symphony Orchestra has announced the beginning of its 50th anniversary 2013-14 season.
Independent candidate Jon Torodash hopes to wrangle away the City Council seat of Karen Koslowitz (D-Forest Hills), but the incumbent aims to win a second term come Tuesday.
Koslowitz represented the 29th District, which includes Forest Hills, Rego Park, Kew Gardens and parts of Maspeth, Richmond Hill, and Elmhurst, from 1991 to 2001 and won the seat again in 2009 after serving as deputy borough president from 2002 to 2008.
Little in the way of change has occurred at the site of the former Parkway Hospital, which has sat vacant since 2008, but area civic leaders hope for a transformation soon.
The abandoned building, which sits in an R1-2A zone at 70-35 113 St. in Forest Hills, was to be the subject of a foreclosure auction in June, but was taken off the auction block shortly before it could happen, according to Councilwoman Karen Koslowitz (D-Forest Hills).
When voters go to the polls on Tuesday, those who aren’t political junkies may be surprised at some of the names on the ballot and propositions they’ll be making decisions on. Think the mayor’s race is between Bill de Blasio and Joe Lhota? Sure it is, along with 13 other people. Ready to make a choice on a parcel of land in the Adirondack Mountains? You’ll be asked to. Here’s a comprehensive guide to what Queens voters will see on the ballot, according to the city Campaign Finance Board.
Thirteen-year-old artist Westine Leung, left, presents a portrait of Councilwoman Karen Koslowitz to the politico’s chief of staff, Vicky Morales as QHC Beacon program director Patrick Pinchinat looks on.
The site of the former “Triumph of Civic Virtue” statue, as seen in May, has sat unused since the statue was moved from Borough Hall to Brooklyn. Councilwoman Karen Koslowitz says that plans for the area will not be formalized until after next month’s election.
The optics of Thursday afternoon’s rally outside JHS 190 on Austin Street are familiar: signs asking to “Save our Beacon” and calling on the city and its voters to think of the children.
But this time, the Queens Community House Beacon program at the junior high school isn’t at risk of being closed — at least not now. Despite protest signs and a march that took the children around Forest Hills for about a half hour, Thursday’s rally was more a celebration than a call to action.
The former site of the “Triumph of Civic Virtue” statue continues to lay dormant outside of Borough Hall in Kew Gardens, with little in the way of development planned.
Plans to turn the area near the intersection of Queens Boulevard and Union Turnpike into a pedestrian plaza honoring historically important Queens women were in development even before the statue was taken down and moved to Green-Wood Cemetery in Brooklyn last December. Since the statue’s removal, the fenced-in site has become a target for graffiti and controversy.
Councilwoman Karen Koslowitz, left, with Dorrie and Barry Pearlman, whose son, Richard, died at the World Trade Center. A commemorative program was held last week at the Forest Hills Volunteer Ambulance Corps, where Richard was a member.
The Forest Hills community remembered the attacks of 9/11 and the loss of one of its own on that day.
A memorial event was held on Sept. 11 in front of the Forest Hills Volunteer Ambulance Corps on Metropolitan Avenue.
The Mumford and Sons concert held in the historic West Side Tennis Club appears to have gone off without a hitch, according to elected officials and community leaders.
The show is the first concert the Forest Hills stadium — which once had music staples such as Frank Sinatra, Jimi Hendrix and the Beetles rock out on their stage — has had in 17 years.
Queens City Council members allocated $12,500 for the Queens Council on the Arts on Friday to fund services and programming that will help individual artists and arts organizations throughout Queens.
Council Members Leroy Comrie (D- St. Albans), Karen Koslowitz (D-Forest Hills) and Mark Weprin (D-Oakland Gardens) have been consistent supporters of the association for the past three years.