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Beginning this weekend and continuing over five more weekends in March and April, westbound train service at the Queens Village and Hollis stations on the Long Island Rail Road’s Hempstead Branch will be replaced by bus service because of planned track and bridge maintenance in the area.
The work is scheduled to take place on the weekends of March 8 and 9; 15 and 16; 22 and 23; 29 and 30; April 12 and 13; and 26 and 27.
One of Queens’ longest-running controversies is the fate of the decaying, abandoned Long Island Rail Road Rockaway Beach Branch from Rego Park to Ozone Park (the somewhat misleading name signified that the line hooked up with what is now the subway system’s Rockaway branch at its southern end).
As is the case for other abandoned railway lines throughout the country, the conflict pits those who want to make the roadbed into a nature trail or park against transit advocates who wish to reinstitute rail (or subway) service.
The board of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority on Wednesday gave its Real Estate Department the go-ahead to acquire property that will be essential for the installation of elevators at the Long Island Rail Road’s Flushing-Main Street station.
LIRR spokesman Salvatore Arena said Tuesday that the board’s Finance Committee had voted to recommend the purchase.
From the perspective of many north and northeast Queens residents, 2013 was a good year for developers and not so great for the average citizen, who had to put up with increased airplane noise, overcrowded schools and more from College Point to Little Neck.
Like any year, 2013 brought many changes, but the overriding story here is Flushing Meadows Park, which has been bombarded on all fronts with some unpopular projects as the New York State Pavilion from the 1964 World’s Fair continues to suffer from neglect.
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.
State Sen. Malcolm Smith, Long Island Railroad President Helena Williams and Assemblywoman Barbara Clark cut the ribbon on Oct. 30 as the LIRR unveiled massive renovations, restorations and improvements to its Queens Village station.
The Metropolitan Transportation Authority said Queens Village has been an LIRR stop since 1881, though the current station was built in 1924, bottom left.
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.
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.”
The Metropolitan Transportation Authority on Wednesday approved a proposal for a 24-story hotel across from the Long Island Rail Road on land owned by the LIRR and the Greater Jamaica Development Corp.
No construction or opening dates were immediately available, but the GJDC said that the Able Management Group, which has properties which include hotels in Plainview and Brentwood on Long Island, is planning for more than 200 rooms plus retail space and a full-service restaurant on the street level.
Savannah was founded in 1733 by British General James Oglethorpe, who would go on to form the colony of Georgia. Civic officials are fond of saying that Savannah was the first planned American city. In the historic district, there seems to be a park plaza every two blocks, and houses of worship alongside spectacular mansions.
The lack of change in Savannah’s historic district, not to mention its beautiful scenery, has made the city appealing to Hollywood. Many scenes of 1994’s “Forrest Gump” were filmed here. The bench in front of Forsyth Park where Forrest (Tom Hanks) was waiting for a bus with various strangers he meets, and where he uttered his famous “Life is like a box of chocolates” line, is on display at the Savannah Historical Society.
Build it and they will come.
Last week the city opened a new park adjacent to Gantry State Park on the waterfront in Long Island City.
At the end of June the Long Island Rail Road agreed to fund and conduct a survey that could result in the rebuilding of a train station in Elmhurst.
The envelopes have been sealed, stamped and distributed, but the leadership at the Newtown Civic Association, which advocated for the stop at Broadway and Whitney Avenue to be revisited, wants to know why only 10 percent of households in a half-mile radius of the stop received surveys.
The plan to build a High Line-like park along the former Rockaway Beach Long Island Rail Road line moved forward Tuesday as The Trust for Public Land — an urban parks advocacy group which received $467,000 from the state to study the feasibility of the project — kicked off the study by announcing the two firms that will lead the project.
WXY Architecture + Urban Design and Dlandstudio were the two firms chosen to lead the study that will put together a conceptual design for the project and hold workshops and meetings for area residents to add in their views.
The MTA has officially included electronic cigarettes in products that are banned from being used on the Long Island Rail Road and Metro-North trains.
LIRR Vice President, Joe Calderone, responded to a letter written by LIRR Commuter Council Chairman Mark Epstein that asked about the railroad’s policy on electronic cigarettes. Epstein specifically asked about “the applicability of the Rail Road’s smoking regulations to users of electronic cigarettes.”
To revive what has been dead for over 50 years is never an easy proposition, but the Queens Public Transit Committee is determined to do just that with the Rockaway Beach Line of the Long Island Railroad, which went out of service in 1962.
On Saturday, at a rally a couple of blocks from a rail overpass that stands as a reminder of what once used to be, group member Philip McManus addressed a modest crowd that had gathered at the intersection of Woodhaven Boulevard and Metropolitan Avenue in an effort to call attention to the project.
The Long Island Rail Road has agreed to fund and conduct a survey that could result in the rebuilding and reopening of a station in Elmhurst.
LIRR President Helena Williams announced the implementation of a two-tier resident survey at a press conference last Friday organized by Congressman Joe Crowley (D-Queens and Bronx) in the shadow of the trestle where the old station spanned Broadway at Whitney Avenue between 1927 and 1985.
Personnel from the Long Island Rail Road here conduct ongoing upgrades to the trestle that crosses over Woodhaven Boulevard in Rego Park. The railroad bridge was constructed in 1909, when William Howard Taft was president of the United States, the brand new Model T Ford was introduced for $220 and the New York Yankees still were called the Highlanders.
Long Island Rail Road commuters are being advised to expect delays and cancellations during Tuesday’s afternoon rush hour as crews repair damage from a derailment inside an East River tunnel on Monday night.
The Metropolitan Transportation Authority said no one was hurt when the 10-car 5:51 train to Hempstead, LI, had two cars derail while eastbound in the tunnel. Eight switches and roughly 500 feet of track were damaged. The tunnel is one of four owned and operated by Amtrak.
Elected officials and community groups are making moves to improve the quality of life for the homes that line MTA’s Long Island Rail Road freight train tracks.
The tracks that cut through parts of Brooklyn and Queens, used mostly for freight and garbage transportation from Long Island, have been the subject of controversy for some time now as residents complain of excessive noise during late hours and high diesel exhaust emitted from locomotives, which have been known to cause asthma, diabetes and other health problems.
Last Thursday many green thumbs celebrated the expansion of Long Island City’s pioneering community garden.
LIC Roots Community Garden at 29-08 47 Ave. down the road from LaGuardia Community College memorializes firefighter Michael Brennan, who died in the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.
From his office on Bell Boulevard and 73rd Avenue, City Councilman Mark Weprin (D-Oakland Gardens) says he can hear his frustrated constituents at the former Q75 bus stop swearing, yelling, and literally crying out for someone to restore the cancelled bus route.
The Q75, which ran from Oakland Gardens to the F train stations in Jamaica, was eliminated along with 32 other bus routes, 570 bus stops and two subway lines on June 27, 2010, a $93 million service reduction.
Speaking at the board’s regular monthly meeting on April 17, Greg Mays, chairman of the committee, said the panel has received a $1,500 grant from the Citizens Committee of New York.
Mays said the grant will go a long way toward establishing Friends of Railroad Park, which will take the lead in fundraising for and maintaining the park on 129th Avenue between 172nd and 176th streets.
Three million dollars will be secured in the state budget for a freight locomotive engine upgrade to combat pollution, area lawmakers say.
“This is the first win in what will be an ongoing fight to protect the health of countless families in Queens, Brooklyn, and Long Island,” Assemblyman Andrew Hevesi (D-Forest Hills) said.
March 20 marked both the first day of spring and the monthly meeting of Community Board 12.
And bringing the two together was a discussion of improvements that the board is anticipating for local parks.