Two Astoria men and an Astoria business owner were charged with being part of an international heroin pipeline spanning from New York to Mexico that involved six other people, Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice said on Thursday.
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.
Temporary Christmas postal assistants work on the deck and load trucks at the Postal Concentration Center at 43rd Street and Northern Boulevard in Long Island City, Dec. 7, 1947.
It is now well known history that Long Island City has lost a lot of its old manufacturing industries. Another big labor-intensive jobs facility that was lost was the Postal Concentration Center on Northern Boulevard and 43rd Street. It was also called the Long Island Terminal by the Post Office.
Before the days of FedEx, the Postal Service was choked every Christmas season with parcels. They would reach to the ceiling on the platform at the PCC. They were collected by trucks and taken to ships or the airport for final dispatch. It says on the back of this photo that the workers handled 100,000 parcels a day. All the work was done by hand. Today, foreign packages no longer travel by ship or surface transport and must go by air to arrive on time.
The recent graduates of The Fortune Society’s Green Job Training Program pose in their construction helmets after being recognized by EPA representatives and community leaders last Thursday in Long Island City.
While most graduates put their caps and gowns on, the 20 men who completed the The Fortune Society Green Job Training Program put on their construction helmets.
During a special ceremony held last Thursday, the formerly incarcerated individuals were honored for fulfilling the certification requirements to enter careers that require technical training in environmental remediation and construction.
Just in time for Hanukkah, Borough President Melinda Katz heard explanations from the representatives of an illegally operated synagogue in Kew Gardens Hills at last Thursday’s land use hearing at Borough Hall.
According to Sheldon Lobel, the attorney for Torah Haim Ohel Sara at 144-11 77 Ave., the synagogue’s owners are seeking an extension from the Board of Standards and Appeals in order to give themselves more time to obtain a certificate of occupancy.
The Captain Malcolm A. Rafferty Monument at Rafferty Triangle in Long Island City was recently restored thanks to a joint effort from the Newtown Historical Society and the city Parks Department.
Rafferty was a decorated hero who fought in the Spanish-American War and lived in Long Island City, working there at the Barber Asphalt Co.
Action needs to be taken to improve mobility between northern and southern Queens along the Woodhaven Boulevard corridor, including to and from Midtown Manhattan.
A new study by Queens College, Community Impact Study of Proposed Uses of the Rockaway Beach Branch Right of Way, reports that the region’s transit users must endure a subway trip that is 42 percent longer than the New York City average. In some cases, such as from Far Rockaway to Midtown, the subway journey time is at least an hour. Travel to other parts of Queens can exceed two hours. In contrast, the Long Island Rail Road trains that crossed Jamaica Bay on the Rockaway Beach Line took as little as 43 minutes.
After a rendering of a pink sculpture planned for Jackson Avenue was released, outrage was sparked.
The genderless figure is supposed to be placed on the median of the corridor near the Court Square subway station any day without warning to the community, something the Department of Cultural Affairs said is not true.
Community Board 8 last Wednesday unanimously approved the renaming of 74th Avenue between Utopia Parkway and 175th Street to Bishop Ignatius A. Catanello Way, honoring the former pastor of Holy Family R.C. Church, who died in March 2013.
The renaming proposal must be approved by the City Council and the mayor to become official.
The holiday season is certainly a joyous time but it can be stressful when it comes to finding a gift for the special people in your life. Here are some last-minute gift ideas that just might inspire. You may even want to treat yourself!
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.
The Pepsi-Cola sign on the Long Island City waterfront was one of nearly 100 sites whose future was in jeopardy. Now, the Landmarks Preservation Commission is rethinking its plan.
Preservationists are applauding the Landmarks Preservation Commission’s decision to back off plans to take nearly 100 sites off the city’s list for landmarking, but realize there are no guarantees in the future.
LPC Chairwoman Meenakshi Srinivasan indicated last week that a vote would be taken Tuesday to remove 94 buildings and two historic districts from the list for landmarking without a hearing.
Community and school leaders celebrated the groundbreaking of LaGuardia Community College’s new library on Friday.
The new facility will add 20,000 square feet in library space and 312 seats to the college. It will be on the second floor of the E building in a corridor that used to hold classrooms.
“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.”
The same week Mayor de Blasio announced a decrease in civilian police complaints, a grand jury announced the officer accused of killing Eric Garner in an apparent chokehold was not guilty.
When Joe Conley joined Community Board 2 in 1985, it wasn’t to become the area staple he is today.
“I joined because of the squeegee men in our area harassing residents,” Conley said reminiscently. “Since then, we’ve done some great things.”
The many empty seats in the Milton G. Bassin Performing Arts Center at York College in Jamaica, where the Metropolitan Transportation Authority held a hearing Dec. 3 on proposed fare and toll hikes set to take effect in March, did little to deter those in attendance from expressing their views.
Most of the speakers who did show up shared common concerns: rising financial burdens from the rate increases and dissatisfaction with various aspects of the transit system.
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.
Gift-shoppers throughout Queens should take a cue from the holiday decorations already festooning streets throughout the borough: Elegant accessories are at the center of holiday fashion this season.
Thanks to jewelry trends, there are plenty of options for selecting the right ring, necklace, bracelet or other accessories.
Following a public outcry from historical conservationists, the city’s Landmarks Preservation Commission has shelved its plan to drop roughly 100 locations, including eight in Queens, from its running list of those that may be protected.
The Queens chapter of the National Action Network, the organization headed by the Rev. Al Sharpton, announced shortly after 3 p.m. today that it will march “Plaza to Plaza” starting at 5 p.m. to protest alleged police mistreatment of the people, especially minorities.
Meanwhile other groups are planning what is expected to be a large protest that will start 30 minutes after the NAN rally just a couple blocks away in Foley Plaza. A number of activist groups with Queens members, including Communities United for Police Reform, were involved in planning that protest.