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A new school is coming to Woodside and elected officials and many members of the community couldn’t be happier.
Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer (D-Sunnyside) was joined last Thursday by Assemblyman Michael Den Dekker (D-Jackson Heights), representatives from the School Construction Authority and Woodside on the Move, Community Board 2 Chairman Joe Conley and PS 11 principal Anna Efkarpides to break ground on PS 399, a new school set to open in 2015.
Councilman-Elect Costa Constantinides in front of PS 85 in Astoria, flanked by Assemblywoman Aravella Simotas and state Sen. Michael Gianaris, after voting on Tuesday.
For the first time since 1974, a member of the Vallone family will not hold the District 22 seat as Councilman-Elect Costa Constantinides won handily against his opponents last night.
“The voters have spoken,” he said. “I feel very humbled about the weight of what this means and the faith the people of this district have put in me.”
Queens elected officials hit the field on Sunday in New York City’s first-ever Battle of the Boroughs Bowl at Monsignor McClancy High School in East Elmhurst.
The event brought together representatives from Queens and the Bronx for a friendly round of touch football.
Sunnyside Gardens residents came out in full force to urge the Landmarks Preservation Commission to vote against a proposal to place a historic aluminum house in their neighborhood and build eight residential units on the remaining space. The hearing was held on the ninth floor of the Manhattan Municipal Building at 1 Centre Street, near City Hall.
The all-brick community of Sunnyside Gardens received landmark designation in 2007, which means that homeowners cannot change the facades of their homes, build fences, or compromise the continuity of the existing architecture.
Community Board 5’s Zoning and Land Use Review Committee voted unanimously Tuesday against the embattled Knockdown Center’s latest request for a 600-person liquor license that could knock out the center’s chances of attaining one.
The committee rallied around the fact that the 110-year-old former door factory at 52-19 Flushing Ave. in Maspeth, which has recently hosted events ranging from concerts and art happenings to weddings, does not have a certificate of occupancy. Also, the Knockdown Center had previously been denied a 5,000-person liquor license.
On Saturday, 19-year-old Luis Bravo was walking eastbound on Broadway when he was struck by a dark-colored sedan at the 58th Street intersection in Woodside.
The driver, traveling southbound subsequently fled the scene, leaving Bravo to die on the concrete until police and EMS responded and transported him to Elmhurst Hospital.
Members of Community Board 2, which represents Long Island City and Sunnyside, spoke loudly against a proposal to bring a modern yet historic aluminum house to the all-brick neighborhood of Sunnyside Gardens.
Since CB 2 is an advisory board, the 22-1 opposition vote isn’t the definitive word, but does get presented to the city Landmarks Preservation Commission, which reviews all changes to landmarked neighborhoods such as Sunnyside Gardens, and will vote Oct. 15.
In an unexpected move, the Queens Democratic Party threw its support behind Councilwoman Letitia James (D-Brooklyn) in the party’s runoff election for public advocate on Monday.
Jackson Heights and Astoria have just named streets after inspiring members of their communities.
The corner of 73rd Street and 34th Avenue will now be known as Mary Sarro Way after the LGBT rights supporter, district manager of Community Board 3, where she served from 1977 until 1996, and founder or supporter of many organizations such as the 82nd Street Business Improvement District and the neighborhood’s designated precinct, the 115th.
Astoria Performing Arts Center Executive Director Taryn Sacramone will step down from her position to join the Queens Theatre as managing director.
Sacramone, who began at APAC in August 2005, helped the organization increase its budget fourfold and expand programming to include an after school playwriting program at IS 10 and a performance program for senior citizens.
New York is the only state in which Mixed Martial Arts is banned, and the controversy surrounding the sport is ongoing in Albany.
In response to a bill that would legalize MMA, 35 Assembly Democrats wrote a letter to Speaker Sheldon Silver (D-Manhattan), a longtime opponent of MMA, asking him to hold the line in opposition.
A proposed amendment to federal gun law is making some politicians go ballistic.
U.S. Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) warned community leaders last Sunday about a controversial measure that would allow anyone with a permit to legally carry a concealed weapon in any state.
A bill to allow mixed martial arts events to be held in New York may finally be headed for approval after years in limbo.
The full contact sport that includes elements of boxing, judo, jiu-jitsu and other martial arts is banned in New York, but is legal in nearly every other state in the country and has a growing fan base. The sport’s top promotion company, the Ultimate Fighting Championship, regularly holds sold-out events in arenas across the country and the world, including in Britain, Canada and Brazil.
Months upon months of talks over teacher evaluations broke down Jan. 17 only hours before Gov. Cuomo’s deadline to submit a deal or lose $250 million in state education funding.
In an email to members, United Federation of Teachers President Michael Mulgrew said the union had told Cuomo that negotiations with the city have ceased and that they do not expect to meet the deadline of midnight, Jan 17.
Months upon months of talks over teacher evaluations broke down Thursday afternoon only hours before Gov. Cuomo’s deadline to submit a deal or lose $250 million in state education funding.
It wasn’t supposed to happen again.
On Jan. 3, 1999, 32-year-old Kendra Webdale was pushed to her death in front of a New York City subway train. Her killer, Andrew Goldstein, was diagnosed as schizophrenic, but was not taking his medication.
State Sen. Mike Gianaris (D-Astoria) is now No. 2 in the upper chamber’s Democratic leadership, having led his party to what should have been a political victory in November.
“Should have been” because a group of rogue Democrats, including Sen. Malcolm Smith of Jamaica, formed their own caucus after the vote and aligned themselves with the Republicans, essentially keeping the GOP in power. Republican Leader Dean Skelos (R-LI) and Independent Democratic Caucus leader Jeff Klein (D-Brooklyn) say the two groups will share power, but the GOP vastly outnumbers the IDC and has held the Senate majority for decades, other than a one-term stint when the Democrats had it, in 2009-2010.
A man who allegedly stockpiled several guns, tens of thousands of rounds of ammunition, a little under a hundred different types of knives and many other weapons in his Astoria apartment was taken into custody on Aug. 31.
Shots were fired on Aug. 26 in front of 20-11 Shore Blvd. Police investigated the incident and took footage from a nearby video surveillance camera that identified Michael Millazzo, 53, as the suspect. Police procured a search warrant for the suspect’s apartment.
The oft-neglected southern edge of Astoria’s waterfront is in the beginning stages of a transformation.
Canada-based real estate agency Avison Young continues to market a four-acre site at 3-15 26 Ave. The mixed-use plot would need to be rezoned for residential use to accommodate a large-scale housing and retail development envisioned for the site.
State Sen. Mike Gianaris (D-Astoria) plans to propose five gun control bills this week in an effort with other Democratic state senators to stop gun violence. New York State is the fourth toughest state on gun control, Gianaris said, but these bills would close many gaps and make the state No. 1.
The theater shooting in Colorado and the mass murder of Sikhs in Wisconsin has many politicians taking a look at gun legislation. Gianaris began working with the Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence, which ranks each state according to the strength of its gun control laws, after the Colorado shooting on July 20. Additionally, New York City has seen a 12 percent uptick in gun violence in the year to date, spurring Gianaris to introduce this package.
The Metropolitan Transportation Authority will add or restore service to several bus routes in northern and eastern Queens between October and January.
The plans are included in a group of so-called service investments presented to the MTA’s board at a meeting on Wednesday.
The oft-delayed Hallets Point Project, designed to bring new life to Astoria’s long-neglected waterfront, seems to be gaining momentum with a bill that was passed in the state Legislature in June, while a similar project involving nearby Astoria Cove is beginning to see the light.
The bill, which transfers ownership of the land from the state Parks Department to the City Housing Authority, makes rezoning in the area easier, taking the $1 billion project one step closer to becoming a reality. Groundbreaking reportedly could happen as early as 2013.
State Sen. Mike Gianaris (D-Astoria) sent a letter to Metropolitan Transportation Authority Chairman Joe Lhota on Monday asking for the reinstatement of the W subway line and the QM22 express bus.
Both transportation options were eliminated in 2010 to help close a $800 million budget gap. The V subway line also dropped off the city’s list of transportation offerings.
Residents who live near the Fresh Pond railroad yards are livid over a ruling last week by the state Department of Environmental Conservation that will greatly increase the amount of city trash that gets shipped through Maspeth, Glendale and Middle Village.
The DEC has given approval for Waste Management to increase the amount of garbage that it takes in at its transfer station at 38-22 Review Ave. in Long Island City.