Parking was a major topic at the sixth annual meeting of the Bayside Village Business Improvement District this Monday.
Residents and merchants met in C J Sullivan’s American Grill on 41st Avenue to hear updates from BID officials, who represent over 400 businesses and property owners along Bell Boulevard from Northern Boulevard to 35th Avenue.
Campaign finance reports have revved up the interest and the rhetoric in the state’s 11th Senate District, while in the 14th they brought more bad news for 14-year incumbent Malcolm Smith (D-Hollis).
Former city Comptroller John Liu, who joined the race less than two months ago, reported more than $508,000 in donations to his campaign to unseat incumbent Tony Avella (D-Bayside) in the 11th District Democratic primary in reports that were due by 12:01 a.m. on Wednesday.
If you’ve got a desire to go see a good movie sometime this summer but want to avoid those ticket prices, the Queens Library is the place for you.
Throughout the rest of July, the library is offering free screenings of films of all kinds at the Central Library and several of its branches. Just be aware that policy says popcorn, soda and other snacks are not allowed.
The Jamaica Bay Islands scattered through 20 square miles of marshes provide complete isolation and tranquility in Queens — and area residents like it that way. Some can trace their family roots back 100 years, staying put from generation to generation.
Prior to the building of the Cross Bay Bridge in 1939, you were transported to the Rockaway peninsula via the Long Island Rail Road, and one station on the way was called Goose Creek.
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.
The city Department of Education announced last month that it was making changes to its Blue Book — the annual document that outlines school organization and utilization — based on suggestions from a panel created earlier this year by Schools Chancellor Carmen Fari–a.
The Blue Book has been the focus of several education-related debates in the city in recent years, from trailers in schoolyards to co-locations. Critics allege the Bloomberg administration’s Blue Books underestimated how much space schools need and overestimated how much space was available to make co-locations politically palpable.
If it isn’t one thing, it’s another.
Residents of Pomonok Houses in Flushing, for years considered the crown jewel of public housing, are about to see some long-awaited improvements but, according to the president of the Pomonok Residents Association, a lot more needs to happen.
The results of the long-awaited environmental study of 78-16 Cooper Ave. in Glendale, the site of a proposed 125-family homeless shelter, have been released by the Department of Homeless Services.
To the chagrin of many shelter opponents, the project is moving forward as planned.
The city Department of Transportation’s plans to build dedicated bus lanes along Woodhaven and Cross Bay boulevards — and perhaps bring select bus service along the route in the future — was met with some concern and even hard-line opposition last week.
Some residents from Woodhaven and other communities who attended a forum on the plan at PS 306 last Wednesday were not so keen on the proposal.
The capital budget passed by the City Council last Thursday includes $5.806 million in funding to allow for upgrades to the aging New York State Pavilion, one of the icons of the 1964-65 World’s Fair at Flushing Meadows Corona Park.
Borough President Melinda Katz, a staunch advocate of restoring the rusting Tent of Tomorrow and Observation Towers, said in a telephone interview Wednesday that acquiring the funding isn’t just a step towards saving the pavilion.
Not long after this year’s graduating seniors were admitted, the city Department of Education moved for a second time to close Jamaica High School and, after four years of slowly being phased out, the school graduated its final 24 students on Thursday, June 26, 2014.
“You are the 175th graduating class,” Principal Erich Kendall told the graduates, “and there will not be a 176th.”
Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman and New York City Police Department (NYPD) Commissioner William J. Bratton today announced the indictment of 17 members of a criminal drug ring who allegedly flooded New York City, as well as other parts of New York State and parts of Massachusetts and Ohio, with several tons of khat, a plant containing controlled substances similar to amphetamines. The 215-count indictment unsealed in Brooklyn Supreme Court charges that the defendants obtained khat from Yemen, Kenya and Ethiopia; shipped it to the United States through countries including the United Kingdom, China, Holland and Belgium; and trafficked it around New York City and several other New York counties, as well as Massachusetts and Ohio.
The capital budget passed by the City Council early this morning includes $5.806 million for upgrading the aging New York State Pavilion, the crown jewel of the 1964-65 World’s Fair.
When John V. Lindsay became our New York City mayor in 1966, one of the most controversial initiatives of his administration was to place a low-income housing project in the heart of Forest Hills.
Liberal Lindsay and his New York City Housing Authority chairman, Simeon Golar, were met with their first demonstration in December 1966 when 30 women picketed Borough Hall. They also were met with fierce opposition led by Jerry Birnbach of the Forest Hills Residents Association. A Manhattan congressman named Ed Koch later allied himself with the protesters.
Everyone knows Flushing Creek is dirty and needs to be cleaned up, but how best to accomplish that? A new group, Friends of Flushing Creek, is pushing the city to come up with a plan — the sooner the better.
Alex Rosa, a paid consultant to the nonprofit group, recently made a presentation to Community Board 7 and spoke at a Department of Environmental Protection meeting last week. While the DEP knows work must be carried out to clean up the creek, how to get that done remains problematic.
In basketball terms, Queens Head Coach Melinda Katz deployed a full-court press on Tuesday in her effort to revitalize Jamaica in any way a government or quasi-government agency can help.
The borough president brought together an all-star team for a four-hour working breakfast at York College with leaders in government, planning, education, transportation, infrastructure and economic development.
After hearing the impassioned testimonies of rent-stabilized tenants and small building owners in all five boroughs, the Rent Guidelines Board voted this week for its lowest rent hike ever, a 1 percent increase for one-year leases and 2.75 percent for two-year leases.
The adjustment will impact renewal leases for apartments, lofts, hotels and other housing units subject to the Rent Stabilization Law and the Tenant Protection Act.
The battle to maintain manufacturing and industrial space has raged on for years on the hyperlocal level in many Queens neighborhoods and areas citywide.
Now, the City Council is requesting Mayor de Blasio to take significant action to ensure the survival of the city’s 21 industrial business zones.
Mayor de Blasio and City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito (D-Manhattan) last week were singing the praises of an agreement on an approximately $75 billion budget.
Now the rest of the city, including Comptroller Scott Stringer, is waiting for the Council to vote on final adoption to see just how the city intends to spend the money, and where it will come from.