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You are looking at what was considered the downtown hub of Jamaica in 1916 — Washington Street and Jamaica Avenue.
At the time there were 36 Washington streets throughout the Borough of Queens. Can you imagine the problems encountered by the police department, fire department and the post office? In 1917 the name was changed to 160th Street.
MTA New York City Transit, MTA Metro-North Railroad, MTA Long Island Rail Road, and MTA Bridges and Tunnels are preparing for the arrival of a winter storm this weekend that has the potential to blanket the metropolitan area with anywhere from two to ten inches of snow. Customers are urged to use caution while walking on outdoor platforms and stairs.
The Bayside Business Improvement District welcomed Santa Claus and the holiday lights to Bell Boulevard on Monday night.
With the old mural underneath the 63rd Drive Long Island Rail Road underpass in Rego Park fading away, plans for a new, more elaborate design are taking shape.
The Rego Park Green Alliance is planning to replace the aging mural painted by area children in 2009 with up to six new 4-by-6-foot boards attached to the underpass wall, containing photographs taken by Rego Park residents detailing the neighborhood’s past, present and future.
The Bayside Business Improvement District welcomed Santa Claus and the holiday lights to Bell Boulevard on Monday night. The annual tree lighting, which was held near the Bayside Long Island Rail Road station, drew elected and police officials as well as a few area youngsters to the event. A large menorah was already lit since the holiday began last week. — Liz Rhoades
Plans to develop the right of way of the old Rockaway Beach Long Island Rail Road line are moving forward in all directions.
While the urban parks advocacy group The Trust for Public Land conducts its feasibility study for the proposal to build a High Line-type park on the old rail line between Rego Park and Ozone Park, Queens College is now joining in, planning a study next year on both that plan and a competing one to reactivate train service between Rego Park and the Rockaway Peninsula.
Nassau County prosecutors have added new charges and a new suspect in the case involving the skimming of credit card information from Long Island Rail Road ticket vending machines.
Dorin Husa, 37, and Niculae Peter, 45, of Elmhurst, who were charged in Queens earlier this month, face charges of first-degree unlawful duplication of computer-related material; five counts of second-degree criminal possession of a forged instrument; criminal possession of a forgery device; and fourth-degree conspiracy, according to a statement issued by Nassau District Attorney Kathleen Rice.
The Metropolitan Transportation Authority will operate on special schedules between today, Wednesday, and Sunday, Dec. 1, to accommodate travel for the Thanksgiving holiday weekend.
New York City subways and buses will operate on Sunday schedules on Thanksgiving Day.
Assemblyman Ron Kim, center, here joins merchants near the Murray Hill Long Island Rail Road station after they recently cleaned up the area.
The group gathered to pick up refuse and power wash the station area and nearby streets. They will continue to clean the area every Saturday.
A new initiative to clean up Flushing got underway last week outside the historic St. George’s Episcopal Church on Main Street.
Assemblyman Ron Kim (D-Flushing) organized area elected officials, volunteers and Home Depot to get behind his project to power wash streets for a cleaner and less smelly environment.
While debates on what to do with the old Rockaway train line continue, a couple of gardeners have figured out just what to do with a Long Island City decommissioned rail line.
The Smiling Hogshead Ranch, founded by gardeners Gil Lopez and Stephanos Koulias, is looking to officially lease Long Island Rail Road’s Montauk Cutoff that runs along Skillman Avenue from the MTA.
Law enforcement is continuing its investigation into the theft of credit card numbers from Long Island Rail Road ticket machines that were tampered with.
Four Romanian nationals, including two men from Elmhurst, have been arrested in connection with the alleged theft of thousands of credit card numbers used at Long Island Rail Road ticket vending machines.
Niculae Peter, 45, and Dorin Husa, 37, of Elmhurst, were arrested last week by Nassau County and Metropolitan Transportation Authority police after search warrants were executed at their Elmhurst apartment.
The Trust for Public Land, the parks advocacy group that is studying the possibility of building a High Line-like park along the right of way of the Rockaway Beach Long Island Rail Road line, is holding three public workshops on the plan.
For elected officials, incumbency is typically a positive — a chance to make the case to voters that your term in office has been successful for the community you represent and their vote will give them more successes in the future
That’s exactly what Councilman Eric Ulrich (R-Ozone Park), running for a second full term in office, is hoping for.
The Metropolitan Transportation Authority Police Department is investigating a credit and debit card scam that has targeted Long Island Rail Road ticket vending machines at four locations in Queens and Nassau County.
Investigators have found hidden cameras attached to machines in Bayside, Great Neck, Merillon Avenue and Greenvale. MTA Police Chief Michael Coan said the cameras were under a metal strip placed across the top of the ticket machines, and appear to be part of the machines.
Last month, the Greater Jamaica Development Corp. trumpeted its long-awaited deal with a developer to build a hotel on property it owns across from the Long Island Rail Road’s transit hub on Sutphin Boulevard.
But when Justin Rodgers, director of economic development for the GJDC, made a presentation to Community Board 12 on Oct. 16, it also brought long-established tensions between the two bodies to the surface.
There’s still no relief in sight regarding the pungent plight of furious residents near the Fresh Pond rail yard in Glendale, despite a recent legal victory.
One World Recycling’s permit application to triple the amount of waste production from 370 tons to 1,100 tons per day has been indefinitely delayed by the Department of Environmental Conservation.
The MTA Police Department is investigating a potential credit and debit card scam that has targeted Long Island Rail Road ticket vending machines (TVMs) at four locations in Nassau and Queens.
Scherie Murray’s seemingly unlikely campaign for the City Council — she is a black woman running on the Republican line in overwhelmingly Democratic Southeast Queens — had its genesis in the most unlikely of places: a swing set in Brookville Park.
“I did gymnastics in school and I like to use the swings to work out,” she said in a Monday interview with the Chronicle. But one day she went there and “they were gone.”
A 13-year-old boy disappeared from outside his home in Lindenwood around dawn Friday morning leading to an intensive search and fears that he may have been kidnapped.
But those fears were alleviated when the teen was found safe a few miles away at the Jamaica Long Island Rail Road station about eight hours later.
Police now say that they have found the teenage boy that went missing from outside his Lindenwood home Friday morning safe and unharmed at the Jamaica Long Island Rail Road station.
If you pay for it, they may just build it.
The Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s 20-year Capital Assessment released last week includes a nod to the proposal for reactivating the Rockaway Beach Long Island Rail Road line.
Last Saturday, volunteers completed the first new public mural in Flushing in more than a decade.
John Choe, executive director of One Flushing Community Economic Development Center, organized a cleanup effort to beautify an area near the Long Island Rail Road Station.
Along Edsall Avenue in Glendale, residents are growing frustrated.
“There is no drainage on the street,” said Enzo Puccio, who lives on Edsall, before Community Board 5 last Thursday. “When it rains, water just piles up for weeks on end until the next rainstorm comes and there is no place for all the water to go to.”