Two weeks after the Metropolitan Transportation Authority Capital Program Review Board rejected the agency’s five-year budget proposal, three Queens elected officials are pressing for one of the program’s smaller items to make it into the final draft of the financial plan.
In a letter dated Tuesday, Reps. Grace Meng (D-Flushing) and Joe Crowley (D-Bronx, Queens) and City Councilman Danny Dromm (D-Jackson Heights) urged New York State Department of Transportation Commissioner and MTA Capital Program Review Board Chairwoman Joan McDonald to approve a $40 million proposal to reopen a Long Island Rail Road stop in Elmhurst.
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.
The largest property sold in Downtown Jamaica in 10 years has been bought — for $22 million cash — by the Flushing-based company Jamaica Tower LLC.
Massey Knakal Realty Services, whose New York City offices are in Forest Hills, Manhattan and Brooklyn, oversaw the transaction.
LaGuardia Airport may not stay in the third world after all.
On Monday, Vice President Joe Biden and Gov. Cuomo unveiled a state plan to modernize and revitalize LaGuardia, JFK, Republic and Stewart airports.
New York City taxpayers paid more than $92,200 for each of the 11,408 inmates at Rikers Island between July 2013 and June 2014 — double the amount spent per inmates in Los Angeles, which has the country’s largest prison population at 18,710.
These findings were highlighted in a report released last week by city Comptroller Scott Stringer. The audit found that the city spent a record $1.1 billion dollars for the 2014 fiscal year, even though the inmate population has declined by 18 percent since 2007.
Plaza College and the Forest Hills office of Rep. Grace Meng (D-Flushing) will soon have two more reputable neighbors planting their flags a few floors away.
The New York City Board of Elections and Regus, an office suite provider with more than 2,000 locations in 100 countries, have signed leases totaling nearly 50,000 square feet with Muss Development and will soon be moving the real estate firm’s Forest Hills Tower at 118-35 Queens Blvd. in Forest Hills, according to Regus’ website and published reports.
“Elaine Hajian: The Evolution of an Artist,” Queens Botanical Garden, Visitor & Administration Building, 43-50 Main St., Flushing, admission included with entry ($4 adults, $3 seniors, $2 students/children 3-12). Contact: (718) 886-3800, queensbotanical.org.
The Civil Rights Division of the U.S Department of Justice has announced that it may launch a probe into the Police Department’s “broken windows” policy, which civil rights advocates say targets minorities for petty crimes.
The DOJ’s announcement came in response to a joint letter that six New York Congressional members sent to Washington in August. They urged the department to launch an investigation into the caught-on-camera chokehold death of Staten Island man Eric Garner and the broken windows policy they said Garner was a victim of.
Coming out of the closet has been described as one of the hardest things a person can do, especially someone who comes to the realization of his or her sexual orientation later in life.
In accordance with National Coming Out Day — a countrywide event to encourage people to come out to their friends and family and fight for equal rights for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer community — millions of people took to Twitter, Facebook and other social media sites to talk about the first time they told someone of their gender or sexual preference.
The Queens version of the High Line may actually happen after all.
The plan to turn the abandoned Rockaway Beach rail line into a linear park has a detailed proposal. A piece of it, in the northern end of the former Long Island Rail Road route, could even be built within the next year.
This area of land had once been called Brooklyn and now it is officially Howard Beach.
The area was always marshy meadowlands loaded with mosquitoes. It was also the site of the Old Mill Yacht club, which can be seen to the far right of the photo.
“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.
Community groups, other nonprofit organizations and property owners are being encouraged to apply for $5 million in grant money the city is offering for environmental projects that improve drainage, such as rainwater-absorbing green roofs.
Several workshops will be held to assist would-be applicants, including one in Queens that is set for 2 to 5 p.m. Oct. 28, in the cafeteria at the Department of Environmental Protection office at 59-17 Junction Blvd. in LeFrak City.
Harvest the power of the sun.
Mayor de Blasio announced Monday that the city will be funding the installation of solar panels on two dozen city schools, as part of the administration’s “One City, Built to Last,” green buildings plan.
Several sources have confirmed that demolition of Aqueduct Race Track for a new soccer stadium is not off the table.
It was announced last month that Major League Soccer was looking at Aqueduct as a site for a soccer-specific stadium to host the New York City Football Club, an expansion team that will begin playing next year at Yankee Stadium.
Carter Oosterhouse teamed up with the Scott Naturals® brand in New York City to launch its tube-free bath tissue nationally by building a 30-foot tower made out of toilet paper tubes to demonstrate the 17 billion tubes thrown away each year. (NAPS)
“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.
On Saturday, the International Association of Fire Fighters held its annual Fallen Fire Fighter Memorial in Colorado Springs, Colo. to honor the heroes who have made the ultimate sacrifice in the line of duty, including one from South Queens.
More than 1,200 firefighters from across the United States formed the honor guard as the families of 168 fallen firefighters were presented with the ceremonial union flag. This is the 28th year that the IAFF has conducted this ceremony. It is a time of reflection for many families as they remembered their loved ones who answered their last alarm.
Sometimes showing up is all it takes to make a difference. When 310,000 people showed up for the People’s Climate March on Sunday in Manhattan, they showed that climate change matters to the masses.
Ban Ki-Moon, the secretary general of the United Nations, linked arms with marchers in solidarity, two days before the United Nations summit began on Tuesday. The summit’s goals are to mobilize global politicians to forge a universal climate agreement in Paris by December 2015.
Senior living, meet the 21st century.
Elected officials, heads of city agencies, Selfhelp administrators and their corporate partners gathered Tuesday to cut the ribbon on the nonprofit group’s newest, most technologically savvy senior residence at 137-39 45 Ave. in Flushing.
Artist SinGh, a Michigan-based artist, brought his work to New York over the weekend.
But unlike most street artists, Artist SinGh, whose real name is Gurmej Singh, got permission to put his work in storefronts and on buildings throughout the city.
The arena for the MLS franchise New York City Football Club that was originally planned for Flushing Meadows Corona Park is now being proposed for Aqueduct, after a deal to build it in the Bronx near Yankee Stadium, where the soccer team will play starting next year, collapsed.