This morning elected officials, women's rights activists and Planned Parenthood representatives gathered on the second floor of an empty warehouse to celebrate the second phase of construction for the organization's, located at 41-21 45 Road in Long Island city, new health center.
Brian McLaughlin is a free man.
The former Flushing assemblyman, who served six years for racketeering and other charges, was released Friday from Schuylkill Federal Correctional Institution in Pennsylvania.
Trying to reduce accidents using speed cameras near schools may be a good thing, but some Queens residents are questioning the city’s motivation and particular locations they say have been made less safe.
When school opened last month, Mayor de Blasio announced that 23 speed cameras had been deployed citywide where speeding has become problematic near schools. Forty more are expected to be installed by the end of the year and an additional 77 by next year.
“Elaine Hajian: The Evolution of an Artist,” Queens Botanical Garden, Visitor & Administration Building, 43-50 Main St., Flushing, admission included with entry ($4 adults, $3 seniors, $2 students/children 3-12). Contact: (718) 886-3800, queensbotanical.org.
After the false alarm Monday when two patients suspected of having Ebola were put in isolation at Bellevue Hospital, Queens medical officials are urging calm amid growing anxiety.
The scare occurred in between two incidents in which nurses who treated the first Ebola victim diagnosed in the United States tested positive for the virus within a week of each other.
With a recent holdup at the Queens Zoo and hot rodders speeding at a Meadow Lake parking lot, crime at Flushing Meadows Park has been in the spotlight lately.
But talk to Parks Department and NYPD officials and you’d never know that Queens’ premier greenspace has been rated the worst for crime out of 30 parks throughout the city.
“We heard this was the oldest tavern in Queens, and here we are,” Katz said.
Neir’s, which first opened in 1829, is one of more than 200 dining establishments running dinner and sometimes lunch specials in what Katz considers a promotion for Queens as well as the businesses.
The board’s wish list includes sizable projects such as the reconstruction of the Metropolitan Avenue bridge over the Long Island Rail Road tracks at Fresh Pond Road in Middle Village as well as an ambiguous plan of constructing school space somewhere within the district.
The Queens version of the High Line may actually happen after all.
The plan to turn the abandoned Rockaway Beach rail line into a linear park has a detailed proposal. A piece of it, in the northern end of the former Long Island Rail Road route, could even be built within the next year.
A dancer performs one of Xavier Le Roy’s pieces at MoMA PS1 in Long Island City.
At the Museum of Modern Art PS1 in Long Island City, in a white box of a room, three performers move silently. The “routines,” each different, resemble a variety of things, from a flow of yoga poses to street performance art and yet they are all tied to one man — Xavier Le Roy.
“Hi, my name is Andrew and that was my retrospective of a 1994 Xavier Le Roy piece,” a young man wearing loose-fitting clothes murmured in my ear.
Peter C. Mastrosimone’s article “Queens Library spent money on luxuries, NYC comptroller says” (Oct. 3, qchron.com) highlights a massive problem within the Queens Library. Instead of funding literacy programs and hiring qualified teachers such as myself, staffers such as suspended President and CEO Tom Galante are allowed to spend money on $1,000 dinners and baseball memorabilia.
This is so upsetting to me. One reason is that even as a volunteer tutor at the Queens Library’s Long Island City center branch, I wasn’t even given reimbursement for the $10 per week I spent on subway fare.
Our libraries these days are little more than havens for homeless people, with obnoxious staff, dark lighting, and not enough space for children to sit and read. It is so disheartening when I compare Queens libraries to those in Manhattan, such as the one located at 328 East 67 St. That branch includes the latest books, a huge children’s library, and educated, polite staff who are more than happy to help the library’s visitors.
As a lifelong Queens resident, I help fund the Queens Library with my tax dollars. I would appreciate the opportunity to work to help make it better and a source of pride for those that use it. However, becoming a member of the staff has been very frustrating, with most applications seemingly going into a black hole. Those running the library are too distracted allocating funds for personal use. Perhaps Queens Borough President Melinda Katz and whoever takes over now should become more involved in picking those running the daily operations.
Chairman of the New York Affordable Reliable Electricity Alliance Arthur “Jerry” Kremer was the keynote speaker on Sept. 24 at the first meeting of the Queens Chamber of Commerce’s Energy Committee in East Elmhurst.
“New York has become No! York on energy matters,” warned Kremer, a former state assemblyman. Queens is home to more than 50 percent of the energy manufacturing in New York City, but increasing numbers of electronic devices, smartphones and tablets have created a critical energy issue.
“Japan — An Island Nation: 1870-1890,” Resobox Gallery, 41-26 27 St., Long Island City. Exhibition thru Oct. 10. Info: (718) 784-3680, resobox.com.
“Embarrassment is proof of pain,” Sam Haft says.
It’s also the manna of funny, flawlessly demonstrated in the preceding hours of an organic, magnetic comedy show.
A bill proposing to change the jurisdiction of crimes committed on Rikers Island passed with seeming ease earlier this year, but has since become more controversial.
The jail complex on Rikers Island is part of Bronx County and crimes committed there are prosecuted by Bronx District Attorney Robert Johnson. The new bill, which overwhelmingly passed the Assembly and state Senate, would change that and grant jurisdiction to Queens District Attorney Richard Brown if it’s approved by Gov. Cuomo. The problem is that neither DA seems to welcome the change.
The battle lines have been drawn. Glendale and Middle Village have declared war on the City of New York.
Approximately 300 residents packed the Christ the King High School cafeteria on Oct. 1 to hear the newly formed Glendale/Middle Village Coalition outline its plan to fight the proposed homeless shelter at 78-16 Cooper Ave. in Glendale.
The Department of City Planning released a new study Monday examining transportation in Western Queens and proposing potential ways to increase economic and residential development through improved transit routes.
Specifically, the study examined the corridor running from LaGuardia Airport south through Downtown Greenpoint and Williamsburg and Brooklyn’s Tech Triangle.
The new executive director and president of the Queens Museum says the institution is at a key point in its development “and we’re going to do great things. It’s a gem.”
Laura Raicovich, 41, was named last week to head the art museum located in Flushing Meadows Park. A native of Roslyn, LI, Raicovich now lives in Manhattan with her husband and 5-year-old son.
To be on the brink of something is often an unwelcome sensation, and yet, it can also result in people accomplishing the unthinkable and overcoming obstacles they may not have otherwise thought possible.
The Conception Gallery, which recently settled in the renowned Falchi Building in Long Island City, has effectively taken the sensation of being on the edge and translated it into a series of pieces through its new exhibition, “BRINK.”
A Queens man was sentenced to pay state taxes he owed for purchasing 15,600 liters of untaxed liquor from the Fort Hamilton Army base in Brooklyn and reselling most of it to a Long Island City store.
Moniram Barran, of South Ozone Park, appeared before a Queens County Supreme Court on Sept. 30 and was ordered to pay the state $76,218 in personal income tax, $30,810 in alcoholic beverage tax, and $27,882 in sales and use tax, for a tax total of $134,910.
While criticism of inmate treatment and safety at Rikers Island is nothing new, it has been brought to the forefront by the newly elected and progressive City Council and administration.
Questions of treatment of the mentally ill and the alleged covering up of correction officers being violent toward inmates have been brought up, but no practice has been scrutinized as much as the Department of Correction’s use of solitary confinement, or punitive segregation, of 16- and 17-year-olds.