The city’s Community Emergency Response Teams, also known as CERT, are looking for volunteers who wish to be trained in disaster preparedness and emergency response.
CERT volunteers play a supporting role to the city’s first responders in the event of serious fires or explosions, major accidents and natural disasters.
There was a groundbreaking ceremony at the Flushing Commons site that is replacing Parking Lot 1 last week. Many think this new behemoth project is good for Flushing, others are skeptical or against it altogether. Mayor Bloomberg and developers pushed hard for it with building renditions of grandeur and talked about how good this was for Flushing. Downtown Flushing needs parking desperately. The developers “cured” that problem by putting a large underground parking lot under the Commons site to hold about 1,600 vehicles. What nobody talked about is the fact that shoppers don’t like to park in big underground lots. Shoppers who drive won’t go there anymore.
The Commons underground parking lot is a nail in the coffin for drivable Flushing. No longer does it make sense to drive to downtown Flushing to shop. Some European cities have fabulous underground automated parking lots that are popular and well-used. Not here. People, I for one, don’t like to park in large underground parking lots with low ceilings, cramped spaces, with a gate at the entrance and exit. Not to mention feeling safe in them. And, I certainly don’t like paying a minimum three bucks for a stay that will only last a few minutes.
The best use of the site would have been for a city-owned five-story parking lot similar to the one in downtown New Rochelle. There you drive in, no gates, park in a numbered spot, put your spot number in the parking machine at the mall entrance, and you pay for the amount of time you expect to use, be that 25 cents for 15 minutes, or two to three hours at $1 per hour to go to the Imax Theatre. When you leave you just drive out. There are no lines. Gated lots are nightmares. If you’ve ever gotten stuck behind somebody who can’t figure our how to use the ticket machine at the Queens Center mall, you would appreciate this kind of easy-access lot.
The loss of above-ground parking is sealing off Flushing to those who live there and nearby. I would rather drive to Macy’s in Manhasset to shop because I can park right outside the doors. Goodbye, drivable Downtown Flushing. It was good to know you.
While LIC Landing and Z Hotel are offering fancy viewing parties, the Macy’s Fireworks Spectacular can be viewed for free around the borough.
After a stint on the Hudson River, the Macy’s Fireworks Spectacular is back on the East Side for this year’s Independence Day.
Unfortunately a majority of the sparkling explosives will be shot off near the Brooklyn Bridge.
(NewsUSA) - Can the man who invented an insulin pump, the iBOT wheelchair and the "Luke Arm" prosthesis help end all the handwringing about whether America has lost its competitive edge in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM)?
(NAPSI)—If your child is like the average American school kid, he or she spends 17.4 hours a week watching TV or playing video games, 16.7 hours a week playing outside and only 5.9 hours a week reading.
You can help children get free books by donating $3 at Macy’s. (NAPS)
City Councilman Ruben Wills (D-Jamaica) was arrested Wednesday morning in connection with a 12-count indictment charging him with stealing state and campaign funds and laying a false paper trail in an attempt to cover up the alleged thefts.
Wills has been charged with third-degree grand larceny, first-degree scheme to defraud, first-degree falsifying business records, and first-degree offering a false instrument for filing.
(Family Feature) Mothers are loving, patient, compassionate and strong. They deserve to be recognized for all they do and treated to a little pampering once in a while. This Mother's Day, make sure to give a special thanks to all of the moms out there who inspire you every day. Use this gift guide to find a Mother's Day present that she is sure to love.
Mayor de Blasio announced Monday that the Macy’s 4th of July fireworks display will return to the East River this year, a change he pushed for as public advocate, after several years in the Hudson.
The pyrotechnics will not be fired off near the Queens shore, however. The show will instead be centered in the lower part of the river around the Brooklyn Bridge, but will be viewable from much of the borough. Macy’s said the fireworks will be launched directly from the 131-year-old Brooklyn Bridge.
Liora Codor has always loved Fort Tilden.
The former military base on the western end of the Rockaway Peninsula has been a place of leisure for her and her family for decades. It also has provided a welcoming subject for her camera lens.
There were plenty of hot deals at the Queens Center and Rego Center malls earlier this week, just not in the way you would think.
Dereck Sumair, 23, of 160th Street in Jamaica, is facing a total of 41 charges after he was arrested for allegedly setting multiple small fires at both shopping centers within minutes of each other on Monday afternoon.
A 23-year-old man is in custody after small fires broke out at both the Queens Center and Rego Center malls within minutes of each other on Monday afternoon, police said.
Soldiers stop for a picture near holiday balloons from Macy’s.
Operation Santa Claus, the annual Marine Corps event, gathered thousands of disabled children from all across New York City to celebrate Christmas with Santa Claus at Hangar 19 at JFK Airport. Santa Claus rode in on a Delta jet, accompanied with Mrs. Claus. The two rode around on a train waiving, blowing kisses and spreading the Christmas spirit to the many children in the audience. Those in attendance received snacks and refreshments and were entertained by characters such as clowns, dancers, carolers, a marching band and the St. Francis College Terrier mascot. The children were given gift bags and sang Christmas carols until Santa Claus arrived. — by Michael Florio
Operation Santa Claus, the annual Marine Corps event, gathered thousands of disabled children from all across New York City to celebrate Christmas with Santa Claus at Hangar 19 at JFK Airport.
Santa Claus rode in on a Delta jet, accompanied with Mrs. Claus. The two rode around on a train waiving, blowing kisses and spreading the Christmas spirit to the many children in the audience.
There is no need to jump on a subway bound for the tourist-laden Manhattan streets to shop for your loved ones this holiday season.
Some of the best deals with the most personable customer service won’t be found on Madison Avenue or Broadway. Instead, they can be found right here on the busy streets of Forest Hills and Rego Park.
Hidden among the many fast-food restaurants, nail and hair salons and corner pharmacies that dot much of downtown Flushing, holiday shoppers can find a variety of gift ideas that come with wide-ranging price tags.
For seven years, New York Deluxe Fucha Jewelry, located at 135-33 Roosevelt Ave., has been selling rubies, diamonds, sapphires and other precious stones to customers with pockets of a certain depth. The store also carries items to fit every budget.
While the holidays are all about being thankful and giving back, the shopping can be stressful. Standing in lines, clipping coupons and fighting over the last flat-screen TV is not something most people enjoy.
However, Western Queens is home to some of the finest shopping, dining, and arts in the city, and with the holidays just around the corner, there is sure to be something for everyone on your Christmas list.
ME! ME! ME!: Shoppers overwhelm an employee handing out special discount coupons outside the doors to Macy's at the Queens Center mall in Rego Park. Ten minutes later the store opened and the crowd rushed in.
Thursday is the new black.
Continuing a trend that developed in recent years, holiday shopping that used to kick off on Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving, began on the holiday itself in Queens and elsewhere, as many large retailers opened their doors Thursday evening.
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.
Santa Claus and one of his elves greet the public outside Macy’s during the program.
The Queens Center mall capped off Hispanic History Month with the launch of CultureArte, a free two-day weekend event to honor Latin culture through music, dance and fashion on Oct. 12 and 13.
Shown are salsa stars Yesenia Adame and Rodrigo Guzman who have been featured on “Dancing with the Stars.”