Re Michael Gannon’s article “Flushing-Jamaica bus battle brewing” (Jan. 22, multiple editions):
Councilman Rory Lancman and Assemblyman Michael Simanowitz are right to oppose bus rapid transit lanes on Main Street and Parsons and Kissena boulevards. This will create chaos and cost taxpayers a fortune.
Instead of reinventing the wheel, why not restore some wheels that stopped running four years ago? I refer to the Q74 bus line that ran between the Queens Blvd.-Union Turnpike subway station and Queens College. It was a valuable service for QC students and Kew Gardens Hills residents. The Q74 and other bus lines fell victim to budget cuts. But several of them have since been restored. Why not the Q74, and what have our legislators done to get it back?
If money is a problem, here’s a suggested solution: The MTA must spend less on lawyers and more on bus drivers.
The MTA has a large legal staff but outsources much of its legal work to the law firm of Proskauer Rose LLP, which bills clients roughly $800 an hour. Why can’t the MTA in-source all of its legal work, as many state and city agencies now do? Perhaps one reason is Proskauer Rose executive Gary
J. Dellaverson, hired as special counsel in 2010 after serving many years as the MTA’s chief labor negotiator and financial officer. Was he hired as a “rainmaker” to generate new business? I don’t know, but our legislators and media should find out and tell us why part of our fares and taxes go to high-priced lawyers.
Bus drivers make much less than $800 an hour and they earn their pay. We need more bus service and fewer legal hired guns.
For those Kew Gardens and Ridgewood residents who love making Earth a greener place through composting, you may not have to lug your fruit and vegetable scraps to Forest Hills or Sunnyside come March.
The NYC Compost Project, hosted by the Queens Botanical Garden and created by the Department of Sanitation in 1993, is planning on opening new pop-up locations in both Kew Gardens and Ridgewood once the weather warms up.
Araya Rasdjarmrearnsook and “In Practice: Under Foundations,” thru March 30, SculptureCenter, 44-19 Purves St., Long Island City. Info: (718) 361-1750.
“Art in the Garden—Paul Lin: Botanical Therapeutic Art,” Queens Botanical Garden, 43-50 Main St., Flushing. Info: (718) 886-3800, queensbotanical.org.
Araya Rasdjarmrearnsook and “In Practice: Under Foundations,” opening Sat., Jan. 24, 5–7 p.m., SculptureCenter, 44-19 Purves St., Long Island City. Info: (718) 361-1750.
The Queens Jewish Community Councilheld its legislative breakfast at Young Israel of Kew Gardens Hills this past Sunday morning as planned, but the event took on an even more urgent feel than might have originally been expected, as the focus shifted to include the recent terrorist attacks in France.
Originally, the central issue was to be security at area synagogues, a concern that has grown following recent incidents in Jerusalem and Crown Heights in Brooklyn.
“Isamu Noguchi, Patent Holder,” featuring inventions and designs created by the sculptor in the years leading up to the 1939 World’s Fair, Dr. M. T. Geoffrey Yeh Art Gallery, St. John’s University, 8000 Utopia Pkwy., Fresh Meadows, Jan. 15-Mar. 19. Info: stjohns.edu/about/events/isamu-noguchi-patent-holder-designing-world-tomorrow.
The Central Queens neighborhoods of Forest Hills, Rego Park, Kew Gardens and Briarwood are mostly made up of quiet, residential streets that, when you look around, can make you forget about the hustle and bustle of city life.
But that doesn’t mean news was sparse there in 2014.
A public meeting will be held to discuss potential candidates for Community Board 9 district manager on Jan. 8 at 7 p.m. at Borough Hall, located at 120-55 Queens Blvd.
Community Board 9 Chairman Ralph Gonzalez originally announced the meeting at the board’s December session.
“Plymptoons,” short films and drawings by Bill Plympton, Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35 Ave., video screening amphitheater, thru Jan. 4. An hour-long selection of Plympton’s best short films, from 1987 to 2010, plus trailer for his new film, “Cheatin’,” Info: movingimage.us.
Queens officials, clergy and community leaders have organized three events to honor the two police officers assassinated Saturday afternoon in Brooklyn by a career criminal out to avenge the deaths of two black men at the hands of cops this summer.
Annual holiday fesitval, Variety Boys and Girls Club of Queens, 21-12 30 Road, Long Island City, Fri., Dec. 19, 5 p.m. Children will perform holiday songs and dances, games, pictures with Santa & Mrs. Claus and more. Open to the public. Info: (718) 728-0946, vbgcg.org.
Kew Gardens residents can now enjoy the finest tap water from sea to shining sea.
That’s according to Councilwoman Karen Koslowitz (D-Forest Hills), in response to the city’s completion of a $10.6 million overhaul of the neighborhood’s aging water main network, announced Friday by the Department of Design and Construction and the Department of Environmental Protection.
Comedy Night at Central Queens YM & YWHA, lineup includes Jared Logan, Dennis Rooney, Eric Haft and KC Arora, 67-09 108 St., Forest Hills, Sat., Dec. 13, 8 p.m. $15 CGY members, $20 nonmembers. Complimentary babysitting available. Info/tickets: (718) 268-5011, ext. 151, cgy.org/tickets.
Community Board 9 Chairman Ralph Gonzalez on Tuesday announced that a special meeting will be held on Jan. 8 to discuss potential candidates for district manager.
The board has been seeking a new district manager since the previous one, Mary Ann Carey, retired in September after serving on the board for 35 years.
Greenwich Village, Park Slope and Riverdale have nothing on Kew Gardens, Rego Park and Forest Hills.
The Real Estate Board of New York, in its third-quarter report on home sales in the city, found that the three central Queens neighborhoods, which it reports on as one area, combined for the third-most home sales in the five boroughs, with 375.
It’s almost time to light the menorahs, spin the dreidels, and finish up last-minute shopping for Chanukah (or is it Chanukkah or, perhaps, Hanukkah?).
Picking out the perfect items can become at least as difficult as deciding upon the correct spelling of the holiday (which runs eight days, after all!), but there are several places around Queens that should have just what you’re looking for.
The Daghlian Collection of Chinese Art, highlights of the collection of over 1,600 objects spanning 5,000 years, Queens College, Klapper Hall, 65-30 Kissena Blvd., Flushing, thru Jan. 10. Info: daghlian.qc.cuny.edu.