A sinkhole that opened up in the driveway between two houses on 58th Road in Maspeth forced at least eight residents from their homes and prompted Con Edison to cut power to part of the block on Friday.
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.
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.
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.
“Homeland [In]security: Vanishing Dreams” by Margaret Matthews-Berenson, Dorsky Gallery, 11-03 45 Ave., Long Island City, exhibition thru Nov. 16; Info: dorsky.org.
Jets general manager John Idzik must have felt the pressure of having a 1-6 team combined with the fact that he was doing business on the cheap by keeping the player personnel payroll a whopping $20 million below the NFL salary cap. Idzik used some of that payroll reserve to acquire talented wide receiver Percy Harvin from his old employer, the Seattle Seahawks, for what appears to be a bargain price: namely the mysterious conditional draft pick.
The defending Super Bowl champions have a surplus of talent, particularly at the wide receiver position. It would be nice to think that they were being altruistic by helping out Idzik and giving Harvin a chance to get more work instead of languishing on the Seahawks bench. The reality is that Harvin will never win an award from the NFL for congeniality as he has been known to get into altercations with teammates. In addition, he is injury-prone. However, Idzik obviously concurs with that old childhood axiom that beggars can’t be choosers.
Some of the city’s best high schools are in danger of being weakened, and some of the city’s best students are in danger of being forced into lower-quality schools — all because of ongoing efforts to level the educational playing field that actually would do no such thing.
At issue are admissions to eight of the city’s nine specialized high schools — the ones that are not performance-focused and do not grant entrance based upon an audition. We’re talking the best of the best here: Bronx Science, Stuyvesant, Brooklyn Tech, Staten Island Tech, Queens High School for the Sciences, the High School for Math, Science and Engineering at City College and the High School of American Studies at Lehman College.
Responding to the controversy that has enveloped the Queens Library since the end of January, City Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer (D-Sunnyside) on Wednesday introduced a package of six bills meant to strengthen the oversight of and increase the transparency of all three library systems in the city.
The legislation would require:
Gov. Cuomo and the Metropolitan Transportation Authority last week announced the addition of 29 subway stations in Queens to the MTA’s Transit Wireless Program.
The stations include major transportation hubs, such as Jackson Heights-Roosevelt Avenue; Jamaica Center; Court Square Station in Long Island City; 63rd Drive in Rego Park; Forest Hills-71st Avenue; Grand Avenue-Newtown; Kew Gardens-Union Turnpike; Queens Plaza; Steinway Street, Vernon Boulevard-Jackson Avenue and Woodhaven Boulevard.
The camera at the Francis Lewis Boulevard ramp off the Long Island Expressway is a very definite “Gotcha! Ka-ching!” revenue device (“New speed cameras anger motorists,” Oct. 16, multiple editions).
What most people don’t realize is that virtually all the other speed cameras are also gotcha devices, not safety devices. The cameras make money only when located in places where the posted limits are set less safely and artificially low, below the safest 85th percentile speed levels. Then, governments add insult to injury by concealing where the cameras are and refusing to put up warning signs to slow people down. If the goal was safety, which it is not, the cameras would be very clearly identified and would have large clear signs in advance of the cameras.
The cameras are about money, not safety, and should be banned by law.
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.
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.
LaGuardia Airport may not stay in the third world after all.
On Monday, Vice President Joe Biden and Gov. Cuomo unveiled a state plan to modernize and revitalize LaGuardia, JFK, Republic and Stewart airports.
Queens elected officials and Planned Parenthood New York City representatives celebrate the new Long Island City facility’s ground breaking.
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 new health center on Oct. 16.
“Already, nearly 5,400 Queens residents travel to other boroughs to come to PPNYC health centers,” President and CEO of Planned Parenthood of New York City Joan Malin said. “There’s a clear need for more sexual and reproductive health services in Queens and opening this new center will enable Planned Parenthood to better serve the healthcare needs of all New Yorkers.”
Plans are underway to build the nation’s first free daycare and community center specifically for widowed spouses and families in Forest Hills.
The Rubinhaim Foundation, a Forest Hills-based nonprofit that collects donations to support families who have lost a parent, hopes to start construction on a new building that will house Angel’s Daycare and the Rubinhaim Community Center in March.
The 108th Precinct is seeking public assistance to locate this man, who apparently really, really needed a ride on Sept. 22 in Long Island City.
Police said around 10:50 p.m. that day, the man was in a check-out line at the ENC Market, located at 5 Court Square, when he asked a 65-year-old man for the number for a car service. The man told the suspect that he did not have a phone number for any car service. The perpetrator then got upset and punched the man in the face. Police said the victim sustained swelling to his left cheek and eye.
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.”
For many prospective New York City high school students, getting into one of the specialized schools is like winning the lottery, except with years of preparation.
To get into Bronx High School of Science, Stuyvesant, Brooklyn Tech, Staten Island Tech, Queens High School for the Sciences, Brooklyn Latin School, High School for Math, Science and Engineering at City College or High School of American Studies at Lehman College, there is just one door — a test: three hours of 45 multiple- choice verbal questions, 50 multiple-choice mathematics problems, using a formula the city Department of Education keeps under heavy wraps.
Mayor de Blasio has selected another trustee for the Queens Library Board, this time appointing James Haddad, a litigation attorney, Forest Hills resident and father of four.
Responding to the controversy that has enveloped the Queens Library since the end of January, City Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer (D-Sunnyside) will on Wednesday introduce a package of six bills meant to strengthen the oversight of and increase the transparency of all three library systems in the city.
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.
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.
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.