After decades of neglect, the archways welcoming visitors and residents to the Ridgewood Plateau are receiving a fresh coat of paint and with it, new life.
Woodside artist Larry Madine was hired to restore the four archways bearing the words “Ridgewood Plateau” hand painted on them in script lettering. The project was years in the making and largely propelled by the Newtown Historical Society. Madine says the reaction from the neighborhood has been great and that many of the residents have been appreciative of the restoration.
Flushing Town Hall got a fresh look recently with the completion of $2 million worth of improvements to the exterior structure and side yard garden.
Elected officials and arts mavens came together last Thursday to officially cut the ribbon on the completed work, which began last year. It was funded by the Borough President’s Office, the city Department of Cultural Affairs and Queens members of the City Council.
The exterior and yard of the historic 150-year-old Flushing Town Hall is undergoing a $1.6 million upgrade that will be completed in the fall.
The city’s Department of Design and Construction reports that the work will create more accessible spaces, bring the building up to code and restore the portico with historical accuracy. A portico is a porch leading to the entrance of a building, with a roof structure over a walkway, supported by columns.
On Monday all 500 coveted job applications for Local Union 46, the metallic lathers and reinforcing ironworkers union, were out the door. About 600 men and a dozen women slept on the union's premises on 61st Street and 32nd Avenue in Woodside, some since April 24, for a chance at an apprenticeship position with decent pay and benefits.
“I'm a veteran trying to get a job just like the next man,” James Pinchback III of Brooklyn said. Pinchback’s cousin and aunt work for the union.
As Queens’ population becomes more ethnically diverse, so do its houses of worship. In “Building Faith,” a four part series, the Queens Chronicle examines four congregations and their struggles to grow—or simply maintain—their homes.
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