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.
Some communities in Queens, such as Glendale and Elmhurst, view the Department of Homeless Services as an enemy, degrading their neighborhoods one homeless shelter at a time.
DHS Commissioner Gilbert Taylor, in a sitdown interview with Chronicle staff on Thursday, said he and the agency are both proactively and reactively dealing with the city’s homelessness crisis the best it can in their first year in office.
“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.
The Astoria Cove project has proven to be a sore issue with affordable housing advocates, and on Monday, City Council members were not afraid to slam the developers during a Zoning and Franchise Subcomittee meeting.
“As it is now, I cannot stand behind this project,” said Councilman Costa Constantinides (D-Astoria), whose district the development would be in and whose opinion will most likely influence the votes of his colleagues.
Members of the Marine Corps League, Detachment 240 of Queens will hold a Toys for Tots fundraiser from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Queens County Farm Museum on Sunday, Oct. 26.
The museum is featuring a Children’s Fall Festival that day and the Marines will accept monetary donations as well as new toys. The toys are donated to less fortunate children in the community.
The proposed 125-family homeless residence in Glendale might not be the only place a mother down on her luck can go to seek shelter in west-central Queens in the coming months.
There are plans to turn the Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal Church’s convent at 62-81 60 Place in Ridgewood into a shelter for mothers with children running from an abusive relationship or who have been recently incarcerated.
Queens Restaurant Week kicked off on Monday and residents and lawmakers were more than ready to take advantage.
The event was held on the center green of The Shops at Atlas Park, where restaurants, including O’Neil’s Bar and Grill, Shiro Japanese Restaurant and California Pizza Kitchen offered up samples of some of their most popular dishes.
“Japan — An Island Nation: 1870-1890,” Resobox Gallery, 41-26 27 St., Long Island City. Exhibition thru Oct. 10. Info: (718) 784-3680, resobox.com.
New York City has its share of wildlife. Besides the iconic pigeons and rats that crowd our skies and subways, the city has been known for being a haven for raccoons, squirrels, bats, even opossums, foxes and the occasional coyote, including the one that roamed Central Park several winters ago.
But for many residents, a skunk is not something that they expect to see in Queens.
A New York state trooper and an NYPD officer, both from Queens, are facing charges in New Jersey in connection with the sexual assault of a woman in an Atlantic City casino last spring.
According to the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office, 35-year-old state trooper Devon Thomas, of Hollis, and 32-year-old officer Andrei Torres, of Middle Village, have been charged with aggravated sexual assault and sexual assault by force but without injury after allegedly attacking a 34-year-old woman inside the Taj Mahal Hotel and Casino on April 24.
While criticism of inmate treatment and safety at Rikers Island is nothing new, it has been brought to the forefront by the newly elected and progressive City Council and administration.
Questions of treatment of the mentally ill and the alleged covering up of correction officers being violent toward inmates have been brought up, but no practice has been scrutinized as much as the Department of Correction’s use of solitary confinement, or punitive segregation, of 16- and 17-year-olds.
The battle lines have been drawn. Glendale and Middle Village have declared war on the City of New York.
Approximately 300 residents packed the Christ the King High School cafeteria on Wednesday night to hear the newly formed Glendale/Middle Village Coalition outline its plan to fight the proposed homeless shelter at 78-16 Cooper Ave. in Glendale.
“Elaine Hajian: The Evolution of an Artist,” Queens Botanical Garden, Visitor & Administration Building, 43-50 Main St., Flushing, opening on Tue., Sept. 30, admission included with entry ($4 adults, $3 seniors, $2 students/children 3-12). Contact: (718) 886-3800, queensbotanical.org.
A sudden gust of wind blows through Juniper Valley Park as the orange and purple sunset gives way to wispy cirrus clouds illuminated by two familiar beams of light in the distance last Thursday night.
Maspeth resident Janet Ricciardo smiles and nods, as if to acknowledge a friend’s whisper in her ear.
A bird's eye view of Queens from a plane coming into Kennedy Airport. That's the Laurelton station of the Long Island Rail Road in the foreground and the Rochdale Village housing complex in Jamaica in the middle ground.
“Japan — An Island Nation: 1870-1890,” Resobox Gallery, 41-26 27 St., Long Island City. Opening reception: Fri., Sept. 12, 7-9 p.m. Exhibition thru Oct. 10. Info: (718) 784-3680, resobox.com.
Though turnout was relatively low as it was an off-year election, many Queens residents did hit the polls to vote in the Sept. 9 Democratic primary and have their voices heard.
“Voting is a right and I exercise it. Religiously,” said Regina Jenkins from Hollis. Her mother worked at the polls and raised her to always come out on an election day. Now Jenkins is passing those values down to her children as well.
For the fifth time in 10 years, a motorcyclist has been killed on the Cross Island Parkway, where it bends toward the southbound Whitestone Expressway, which has been labeled “deadman’s curve.”
Police report that John Barrett, 49, of Middle Village, was killed on Aug. 30 around 10 p.m. The preliminary investigation determined that Barrett was operating a motorcycle and was ejected from it while traveling southbound.
“Japan — An Island Nation: 1870-1890,” Resobox Gallery, 41-26 27 St., Long Island City. Opening reception: Fri., Sept. 12, 7-9 p.m. Exhibition thru Oct. 10. Info: resobox.com.
Memories of the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center 13 years ago still run deep in Queens. The borough lost an estimated 283 people and they will not be forgotten.
Events in Queens to commemorate the anniversary will begin on Sunday and run through Saturday, Sept. 13.
“Homeland [In]security: Vanishing Dreams” by Margaret Matthews-Berenson, Dorsky Gallery, 11-03 45 Ave., Long Island City, runs thru Nov. 16; opening reception: Sun., Sept. 7, 2-5 p.m. Info: dorsky.org.
Career counselor Nancy Cafferty sits at a small round table opposite two young ladies who have come for guidance in their search for fulfillment in the workforce.
Kafayat Onanuga, of Jamaica, is in her mid-20s and has been through the process before. Leandra Cedeno, who lives in Ridgewood and is also 20-something, has come for the first time.