Another proposal for the Sunnyside Yards — which houses Long Island Rail Road tracks and a freight yard — has bubbled up to the surface, and residents are split on how it will affect the community.
Community Board 2 is in an exploratory phase to find a developer to build a massive residential space by constructing a deck to be placed over the Sunnyside Yards.
After so many fits and starts, promises that couldn’t be kept and plain old bad luck, it looks like the popular but financially challenged Citi Bike bicycle-sharing program is finally on the verge of being turned around.
And it looks like it’s on the cusp of finally being brought to Queens. Long Island City, Sunnyside and Astoria will be the first to see the blue bikes, but we’re hopeful that eventually they will make their way to other areas sure to love them, such as Forest Hills.
Flushing’s Murray Hill residents are going to have to wait longer than expected for the rebuilding of the 149th Street Bridge between Roosevelt and 41st avenues.
That’s the word from Assemblyman Ron Kim (D-Flushing), who said he has heard “through the grapevine” that the city Department of Transportation has delayed the project a few more months. It was supposed to have been completed by November 2015. He is trying to confirm that with the DOT.
The weekend closure on a segment of the No. 7 subway line will continue for four more weeks after beginning last Friday night.
Service will be suspended in both directions to accommodate signal maintenance and construction work between Queensborough Plaza and Times Square-42nd Street.
Thirty-five people were struck by Long Island Rail Road trains in 2013, and 28 of them died, both increases over 2012.
The LIRR says all were trespassing when hit, and it unveiled a new ad campaign last week with the theme of “Don’t Shortcut Your Life.”
A view of Municipal Lot 3 in Downtown Flushing with the Long Island Rail Road station in the rear. Plans to build housing there and retain parking are in the works.
Two weeks after the Metropolitan Transportation Authority Capital Program Review Board rejected the agency’s five-year budget proposal, three Queens elected officials are pressing for one of the program’s smaller items to make it into the final draft of the financial plan.
In a letter dated Tuesday, Reps. Grace Meng (D-Flushing) and Joe Crowley (D-Bronx, Queens) and City Councilman Danny Dromm (D-Jackson Heights) urged New York State Department of Transportation Commissioner and MTA Capital Program Review Board Chairwoman Joan McDonald to approve a $40 million proposal to reopen a Long Island Rail Road stop in Elmhurst.
During a recent quarterly meeting with concerned parties, members of Community Board 7 demanded input in the review process for development of Municipal Parking Lot 3 in Downtown Flushing.
Bids on the mixed-income, affordable housing complex planned near the Long Island Rail Road station were due earlier this month to the city’s Department of Housing Preservation and Development.
Councilman Donovan Richards (D-Laurelton) brought his fight for faster bus service along the Woodhaven-Cross Bay Boulevard corridor to the steps of City Hall on Tuesday morning.
Backed by members and leadership of the Riders Alliance, Richards brought more than 5,000 petitions from bus riders along the corridor, all asking the Metropolitan Transportation Authority and the city’s Department of Transportation to dedicate the money and manpower to establish a Bus Rapid Transit route.
The weekend of Oct. 18-20 will be the first of five when service along segments of the No. 7 subway line will be suspended in both directions to accommodate signal maintenance and construction work between Queensborough Plaza and Times Square-42nd Street.
The Metropolitan Transportation Authority is fitting the line with communication-Based Train Control technology, which will replace signaling equipment that in some cases is between 50 and 90 years old.
Rep. Joe Crowley discusses federal issues ranging from Ebola to ISIS as well as Queens-centric matters such as the planning of a new Long Island Rail Road station in Elmhurst during a busy Community Board 4 meeting on Tuesday.
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 Long Island Rail Road is reminding riders that track construction work in and around Rockville Centre could add several minutes to an hour to some trips this weekend, Oct. 18 and 19.
The changes will include reduced service, shuttle buses and schedule adjustments.
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.
In response to a complaint about the disrepair at the Auburndale Long Island Rail Road Station, state Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) announced Monday that it is receiving much-needed attention.
“I received a complaint from a LIRR rider while campaigning at the Auburndale Station about the existing conditions and lack of maintenance. I observed large numbers of pigeons nesting underneath the tracks, an eroded staircase, and sidewalks badly in need of cleaning. I immediately reached out to the MTA Long Island Railroad for action,” Avella said in a prepared statement..
Nearly 30 years after Long Island Rail Road passenger trains last stopped in Elmhurst, the MTA has laid out plans to construct a new stop in the bustling northwest Queens neighborhood.
However, area elected officials and civic associations who have pressed for a station for years shouldn’t consider the $40 million plan as set in stone just yet.
A Long Island Rail Road locomotive derailed in Maspeth on Tuesday evening, sending gallons of diesel fuel spilling out of the tipped engine.
The incident occurred around 6:30 p.m. about a mile west of the Fresh Pond Rail Yard, near the intersection of Eliot Avenue and 60th Lane.
The Long Island Rail Road is adding eight additional eastbound trains from Penn Station between 2:08 p.m. and 3:48 p.m. on Friday for riders seeking to leave early to observe Yom Kippur.
On the Babylon branch a 2:32 p.m. train will run express to Lynbrook and then make all stops through Babylon. A 3 p.m. train will stop at Jamaica, Rockville Centre and then all stops through Babylon, and a 3:31 p.m. train will run express to Rockville Centre, and then all stops through Babylon.
The Long Island Rail Road is planning extensive track maintenance projects on its Port Washington branch in the first two weekends in October, work that will result in extensive service changes for east- and westbound trains.
Beginning at 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 4, service on the Port Washington branch will switch from every half hour to every hour to allow crews to repair and replace switches between Bayside and Great Neck.
It might not be the most appealing intersection in the world, but the junction of Metropolitan Avenue and Fresh Pond Road in Middle Village received significant aesthetic upgrades last month, and more may be coming.
Until its long-awaited demolition, last February, a crumbling, graffiti-covered former newsstand stood on the southeast corner of the intersection in front of the Q54 and Q38 bus stop.
Gov. Cuomo recently met with officials from New Jersey as well as the federal government to discuss pre-emptive security measures at mass transit sites in the New York City region.
Cuomo says the security upgrades are merely a precautionary measure given the recent increase in terrorist activity abroad.
The United States Postal Service has begun looking for new space in the Downtown Jamaica area.
Speaking before Community Board 12 on Sept. 17, Joseph Mulvey, vice president of facilities for the USPS out of Milford, Mass., said the existing Archer Avenue Post Office is destined to be relocated as the city continues to move forward with its redevelopment of Jamaica’s Station Plaza Enhancement Project.
A Community Board 4 member wants the World Maker Faire to make its way to a different location, and his colleagues agree.
James Lisa, who spoke during the public forum of the Sept. 10 meeting, declared the weekend-long celebration of inventors, tinkerers, crafters and hobbyists to be a nuisance to the Corona Heights community.
A bird's eye view of Queens from a plane coming into Kennedy Airport. That's the Laurelton station of the Long Island Rail Road in the foreground and the Rochdale Village housing complex in Jamaica in the middle ground.
U.S. Sens. Charles Schumer (D-New York) and Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) have co-authored a federal railroad safety bill that would codify several recommendations in a report on a fatal Metro-North derailment in the Bronx last December.
The senators, in a statement issued Monday, said their Railway Safety Improvement Act would address a “lack of culture of safety” that was exposed in a blue ribbon study of the 2013 Spuyten Duyvil derailment that killed four people and injured more than 60 when an inattentive train operator allegedly failed to slow down in time to enter a sharp curve.