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Tolls existed at New York City’s East River crossings until 1911, and reinstating them in some form has long been a topic of conversation.
Now state Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) wants to end the discussion — permanently.
A pilot passenger ferry program between Manhattan and the Queens and Brooklyn waterfronts due to end next June instead has been extended five years into 2019.
Mayor Bloomberg made the announcement last Friday, and officials in Western Queens are cheering the decision.
Oratorio Society of Queens, Annual Holiday Concert, Queensborough Performing Arts Center, 222-05 56 Ave., Bayside, Sunday, Dec. 22, 4 p.m. Traditional Christmas favorites and Chanukah songs. $30, $25 for seniors and students. Contact: (718) 279-3006 or queensoratorio.org.
The owners of a Queens Village shopping center got some help in hedging their bets from Community Board 13 on Monday night.
DERP Associates of Long Island owns the property at the intersection of Hillside and Braddock avenues that serves as home to a Sears hardware and appliance store, an auto parts store and a bank.
It looks like it will be a very good year for needy children at three Queens homeless facilities, thanks to Chronicle readers who donated new toys and accessories for the deserving youngsters.
So, instead of ending our story with a list of contributors, we will start off with those who so generously gave to our 19th annual toy drive in the last week. More than 300 children from the city’s Metro Family Residence in Elmhurst and the Kings Inn in East Elmhurst, as well as Dove House, for domestic violence victims and their children in Eastern Queens, will receive the gifts in the next few days.
Howard Beach’s PS 207 may have been the most heavily damaged school in Queens by Hurricane Sandy.
The school, at 159-15 88 St., is in the heart of the heavily residential Rockwood Park section of the neighborhood that was hit hard by Sandy’s storm surge last year.
When Mayor Bloomberg leaves office at the end of this month, he will do so having a legacy of completely transforming the largest school system in the nation.
Whether that transformation has been positive or negative is a contentious argument that will continue to define the legacy of the city’s longest-serving mayor in nearly half a century.
Art of Ink in America, “Gesture and Beyond,” Godwin Ternbach Museum at Queens College, 65-30 Kissena Blvd., Flushing, thru Dec. 30, Monday-Thursday, 11 a.m.-7 p.m.; Saturdays, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; opening reception, Thursday, Nov. 21, 6-8 p.m. An East/West exhibition of contemporary calligraphy.
Aside from Annie, Oliver may be the word’s most beloved little orphan, and the Queen’s Secret Theatre’s production of “Oliver! The Musical” reminds the audience why they fell in love with the mischievous little boy in the first place.
Set in 19th-century London, “Oliver! The Musical” tells the story of a 13-year-old boy who lives in a home for boys but is sold to an undertaker after he asks for a second helping of gruel.
Perhaps nothing speaks more clearly to Mayor Bloomberg’s impact on the business community in New York better than the 11th-hour passage of the long-awaited Willets Point redevelopment plan.
It’s a great deal for the developers, the Mets’ Sterling Equities and real estate leader The Related Companies. They’re getting 23 acres of taxpayer-owned land for all of $1. They’re also getting more than $40 million in tax breaks, along with other public benefits, such as the new Van Wyck Expressway ramps that will let people access their planned retail and entertainment complex.
Political heavyweights from throughout Queens were on hand at LaGuardia Airport last Friday as Congressman Joe Crowley (D-Bronx, Queens) announced legislation that would require airlines to stock their fleets with quieter planes.
The Quiet Skies Act (HR 3650) will, if passed, give the Federal Aviation Administration until the end of 2015 to come up with regulations that would require all domestic airlines to phase in quiter aircraft, or those meeting the federal Stage 4 noise requirements.
The Queens Chronicle has learned that E. Gluck Corp., now located in Long Island City, has leased the former Leviton site, which was the corporate headquarters for the firm that makes electrical wiring devices and motion sensors. Leviton officials moved its operation to Melville, LI in 2009 and the property at 59-25 Little Neck Parkway has remained vacant since then.
The 6.7-acre site was bought by Steel Equities, a commercial real estate developer, and the only usage at the site had been storage for a car dealer in Great Neck.
The elegant, old shade trees around the historic Klein farm in Fresh Meadows have been cut down and area residents want to know why.
The 2.5-acre former farm, at 194-15 73 Ave., was bought by convicted felon Thomas Huang in 2003 as part of his Audrey Realty. Huang wanted to develop the site into 22 two-family houses or 18 dwellings, but both plans failed.
Jackson Avenue, above, and Vernon Boulevard in Long Island City have an array of shops.
There’s still time for you to participate in the Queens Chronicle’s 19th annual Holiday Toy Drive, now underway. But time is running out and the need is great.
We are collecting new toys for children at the Kings Inn in East Elmhurst and the Metro Family Residence in Elmhurst, both city homeless shelters, and Dove House, a refuge for domestic violence victims and their children in Eastern Queens. There are more than 400 children living temporarily at the three facilities.
While the holidays are all about being thankful and giving back, the shopping can be stressful. Standing in lines, clipping coupons and fighting over the last flat-screen TV is not something most people enjoy.
However, Western Queens is home to some of the finest shopping, dining, and arts in the city, and with the holidays just around the corner, there is sure to be something for everyone on your Christmas list.
The city Department of Education informed parents of students in the gifted and talented programs at PS 203 in Oakland Gardens that they will not be given admission as a group to middle school and will have to reapply to stay in the program.
“The DOE blindsided the parents who have children currently in these gifted and talented elementary school programs,” said parent Sandie Santos. “The parents at PS 203 were just notified this past November, one month before the middle school applications were due, that they were no longer going as a group into their middle school, MS 74, as they did last year.”
On Wednesday, the Fund for the City of New York announced the recipients of the Sloan Awards for Excellence in Teaching Science and Mathematics and three out of the seven winners are from Queens.
The fifth annual Sloan Awards recognize creative math and science teachers who achieve superb results and inspire young people to pursue carers in math and science.
Queens officials are hailing the City Council’s passage of a bill that will result in speed humps on busy streets that run past schools, and are pulling for one that would reduce speed limits on some side streets while mandating approval of slow zones.
Bill 732-A, introduced by Councilwoman Debi Rose (D-Staten Island), mandates that the Department of Transportation install one or more speed humps on a minimum of 50 streets per year adjacent to public or private schools.
A plan to ease overcrowding at PS/IS 49 in Middle Village was unanimously rejected by District 24’s Community Education Council on Nov. 27.
The proposal changed the zone boundaries of the school, located at 63-60 80 St. to allow some sections of Middle Village zoned for PS/IS 49 to be moved to within the boundaries of PS/IS 128 at 69-10 65 Dr., about a half mile west of PS/IS 49 and PS 102 on Van Horn Street in Elmhurst.
To promote the first Verizon “smart store” in Queens, foodies were taken around the borough to sample local eateries and using the latest technology to tweet, blog and post about it.
Sampling everything the largest borough has to offer would take days, if not, weeks but food critics and bloggers Joe DiStefano, Jonathan Forgash and Kelly Yen gave recommendations for the best places to grab a bite.
With Thanksgiving just over and Christmas and New Year’s Eve fast approaching, it’s time to take action for the Queens Chronicle’s annual holiday toy drive for homeless youngsters in Queens.
Our toy box is only half filled and there are more than 300 youngsters waiting for a present at the Kings Inn in East Elmhurst, the Metro Family Residence in Elmhurst, both city homeless shelters, and Dove House, an emergency shelter for battered men or women and their children in Eastern Queens.