MANHATTAN, Kan. – Nearly every parent has probably heard a child recite the famous four words of a family vacation – “Are we there yet?”
Lyft, the rideshare company that connects drivers and riders through mobile apps, has agreed not to start its service in Brooklyn until it meets all requirements of the Taxi and Limousine Commission.
The TLC said Lyft officials began sitting down with them on Monday “to begin discussions on how they may provide for-hire service that is fully compliant with TLC rules.”
When The Inspired Word, the umbrella name of an ongoing series of presentations by poets, singers, rappers and other performance artists, began five years ago in a vegan organic restaurant in Forest Hills, its audience numbered around 10.
While the restaurant has since gone under, The Inspired Word continues to blossom as it — yes — inspires. And the crowds have grown tremendously.
Ozone Park was developed early on partly because of its key position to Jamaica Bay. It was just a very short ride to Goose Creek or The Raunt, where people could enjoy the benefits of boating and fishing.
Ozone Park already had a population of 40,000 in 1921, which nearly tripled to 112,000 by 1930. Only 10 miles from Manhattan, it had trolley and elevated train service. The Long Island Rail Road ran 113 trains on weekdays, saying they would get you to the city in 23 minutes.
One Jewish Democratic official called it “touching the third rail of Queens politics.”
A Democratic district leader from Jackson Heights posted one word and a symbol on her Facebook page last week and it has sparked criticism. Depending on whom you ask, her comment ignited a hot debate within the Democratic Party, or was just exploited in a cynical ploy in an obscure political race that is part of the ongoing battle between the Queens Democratic establishment and a group of anti-establishment party members backed by several citywide elected officials.
The developers of a controversial apartment complex planned for Farmers Boulevard in St. Albans are scheduled to file adjustments to their application with the city’s Board of Standards and Appeals in less than three weeks.
The BSA on June 24 gave the developers, who include the Presbyterian Church of St. Albans, a filing date of Aug. 5, and will reconvene the public hearing on Aug. 24.
The Flushing YMCA has a new executive director who has promised to improve services to members, while encouraging other area residents to join.
Jen Silvers, who has 12 years of experience working for the Y in the South, replaces William Nelson. Silvers’ last position was as executive director of the Jacksonville, Fla. YMCA.
For many in Howard Beach, the namesake of Charles Park is a mystery. But for those who know who Frank Charles was, his is a story every neighborhood resident should know.
That’s why several years ago, the American Legion Post #1404, based in Broad Channel but including a number of Howard Beach residents as members, sought to construct a memorial sign telling the story of Charles, the first resident of Howard Beach to die in action at war.
M ore than 5,400 employees of the Long Island Rail Road could walk off the job at 12:01 a.m. on Sunday if there is no progress on a new contract.
The workers are the highest-paid commuter railroad employees in the country, but also have been working without a contract since 2010.
The MTA and Long Island Rail Road employee unions have reached a contract agreement, averting a strike that had been set to begin at 12:01 a.m. Sunday, Gov. Cuomo, agency Chairman Thomas Prendergast and labor leaders announced today.
“Between the Lines,” a group exhibition by Zaun Lee, TJ Volonis and Scott Fitzgerald, connected by a shared interest of line, plane and pre-determined structure; thru July 12, Crossing Art, 136-17 39 Ave., Flushing. Info: (212) 359-4333, crossingart.com.
The Mets were 11 games under .500 when they returned to Citi Field July 4 after a seven-game road trip. General manager Sandy Alderson knew that he would have to address the media about his perceptions of the first half of the 2014 season. Clearly it was not a get-together that he was looking forward to having.
Alderson began the proceedings by saying he believes the Mets have the personnel to perform far better than they have been, and that they are heading in the right direction. Eyeballs were understandably rolling and heads were shaking after Alderson made that statement.
Former City Council Speaker Peter Vallone was on hand Tuesday when the City Council formally restored a CUNY scholarship in his name.
The $11.1 million fund will allow city residents attending CUNY schools to receive about $400 per semester to help with books and other costs.
I know what you’re thinking. Kayaking? In the East River? Seriously?
Yes, I was skeptical too. Growing up in New York City, the East River always presented the impression of a mass of toxic water that you would never want to make contact with your skin, let alone sail on.
A new, lucrative way of making money in the housing market has swept over the city in recent years.
Move over, luxury Long Island City high-rise condos and Brooklyn brownstones, homeless shelters have become hot commodities among some landlords.
A convicted child sex offender is facing up to seven years in prison after pleading guilty last week to sharing files of child sex abuse through his computer.
Eduardo Medina, 35, of 196th Street in Hollis, pleaded guilty to promoting a sexual performance by a child and a violation of a state law that requires him, as a registered Level 3 sex offender, to notify the state of his internet identifiers, according to a statement issued Wednesday by the office of Queens District Attorney Richard Brown.
New York’s Finest welcomed 616 new members to their ranks on June 30 as a new class of officers graduated from the Police Academy in ceremonies held at Madison Square Garden.
The probationary officers’ first assignments were expected to be during the July 4 weekend.
Despite a setback on Long Island with the re-emergence of the destructive Asian long-horned beetle, the federal regional project manager said things are still looking good in Queens.
Joe Gittleman, who works for the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Asian Longhorned Beetle Project, told the Queens Chronicle there have been no sightings of the insects in the borough since 2010.
Queensbridge residents love their neighborhood park along the East River, but they don’t want the twain to meet. Now they can have some piece of mind that they won’t.
Officials and activists gathered in Queenbridge Park on Vernon Boulevard under the summer sun Tuesday to celebrate the completion of a $6.65 million seawall and 6-foot-wide promenade with benches and plantings with a small fishing wharf at the northern end. The planning took more than a decade, but once construction started, it was completed in a year.
The ongoing work on the A train viaduct over Liberty Avenue is annoying, some commuters and business owners nearby say, but it’s needed.
“The train was falling apart,” said commuter Brian Gordon, who rides the A from 88th Street-Boyd Avenue to his job in Brooklyn. “They needed to fix it. It’s annoying that it’s taking this long, but what can you do? It needed to be done.”
An ensemble of Egyptian belly dancers and musicians and a Mexican band graced the entrance to the Broadway Library in Astoria with their performances on Monday afternoon.
Zykriat, a Queens-based ensemble renowned for extolling the traditions of Egyptian cinema and the greater Arabic world, brought two musicians, who sang a song, as if they were talking to the night, while two dancers in colorful costumes twirled to the music.
At least nine bus stops in South Queens will be fitted with countdown clocks that will tell passengers how long until the next bus arrives.
The clocks, which each costs about $20,000, use GPS to track buses and estimate their time of arrival. The city Department of Transportation is spearheading the program to install them at major bus stops across the city. Currently only two have been erected, both in Staten Island.
Despite the push to construct a linear park along the former Rockaway Beach rail line — and stiff opposition to anything being built there from some residents living alongside it — supporters of reactivating train service from Rego Park to Rockaway Beach still believe their idea is the best for Queens, and say it’s completely feasible.
It’s been 52 years since service stopped on the line between Rego Park and Ozone Park. South of there, the A train occupies the right of way into the Rockaways. Residents there say elimination of the service has left the peninsula stagnant for half a century.
(NAPSI)—Pizza has been pleasing taste buds for a very long time. And today, Americans consume nearly 350 slices of pizza every second! But how often do the people eating this tasty food stop to consider the history?