State Sen. Malcolm Smith’s pending retrial on federal corruption charges were never very far from the surface during an Aug. 14 candidate forum for the 14th Senate District.
But the forum did give Smith (D-Hollis), former Councilman Leroy Comrie and Munir Avery the opportunity for a freewheeling discussion on education, jobs, economic development, funding for the district and a host of issues that will be confronting the person sworn into office in January.
It may be the dog days of August, but nothing seems to be slowing down for the summer in Woodhaven.
The monthly meeting of the Woodhaven Residents’ Block Association drew a high-energy crowd to the Emanuel United Church of Christ on 91st Avenue Saturday morning.
Some children dread the end of the summer, as they know the school year and all the homework that comes with it are just around the corner.
Other children love walking with their friends in the hallways and tackling challenging schoolwork.
The Secret Theatre may soon be no more.
Richard Mazda, founder and director of the theater on 23rd Street in Long Island City, has kickstarted an Indiegogo campaign to save his company from closing.
More than three years ago, dignitaries, civic leaders and even some South Queens residents gathered under a tarp in the lot next to what was then known as the South Queens Boys & Girls Club at 110-04 Atlantic Ave. in Richmond Hill to put shovels in the ground. On that chilly rainy April day, they promised to be back in several years to welcome the first children into a bigger, better club.
On Tuesday, three years, four months and a name change since the first brick was laid, and in noticeably different weather conditions, the job was done — for the most part.
Tuesday’s press conference on a St. Albans Street corner was intended to cement support at all levels of government for Leroy Comrie.
But the longest shadow at the Farmers Boulevard meeting may have been cast by a man who was not there, and whose name was not mentioned by speakers until they were confronted with it.
It was late 2011.
John Morabito and his wife Laura were anticipating welcoming a new life and a new future in Howard Beach. It was just 10 years after the New York City firefighter had nearly lost his own at the World Trade Center.
Following the controversial felling of five trees on 48th Avenue near 211th Street in Bayside Hills last month — an act many see as angering arborcide — State Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) led a press conference last Thursday to address the issue.
Standing beside the remnants of 30-year-old trees on what is now a much sunnier sidewalk, Avella called the situation “a very significant quality of life issue for the community.”
After months of anticipation and frustration, the Willets West civil suit went to court on July 31 and the plaintiffs have found themselves in a position to possibly win.
The lawsuit, filed several months ago, is challenging the giveaway of 47 acres of parkland near Citi Field, worth an estimated $1 billion, to build a mall and entertainment center. The project is partnered with the Willets Point Development Project.
Most farmers markets are located in high-traffic areas for easy access to the public. But the one at Pomonok Center is aiming for a different audience — the residents of the city housing project.
“This is our fourth season and we are looking for more users who live in Pomonok,” said Amy Liao, director of Community Supported Programs at the center, which provides services and activities for residents and the community.
The plan to decommission the Ridgewood Reservoir, classified as a Class C high hazard dam by the state Department of Environmental Conservation, has drawn ire from area residents and elected officials since it was announced earlier this year.
Now, in more ways than one, they are petitioning Gov. Cuomo and the state DEC to change the reservoir’s classification and cancel proposed changes to the three basins that some say will destroy the park’s ecology.
“Otogizoshi-Bokusai,” by Shoko Kazama. Ink on paper calligraphy, telling stories of 13th-century Japan that have been passed down verbally among children. Showing thru Thurs., Aug. 7. Mon-Fri., 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sat., 12-5 p.m. Resobox Gallery, 41-26 27 St., Long Island City.
Following through on a campaign pledge to ease the bureaucratic challenges faced by small businesses, Mayor de Blasio last Friday announced the creation of a task force designed to reduce their regulatory burden.
Called “Small Business First,” the initiative’s goals are to simplify regulations, help business owners complyt with them to reduce violations, focus enforcement more on education and flexibility and provide merchants with the resources they need to succeed, de Blasio said in announcing it.
Assemblyman Andrew Hevesi (D-Forest Hills) might not have been too far off the mark when he said at Community Board 5’s July 9 meeting that construction on the proposed Glendale homeless shelter may begin in two to four weeks.
Cooper Avenue Group LLC, the listed owner of the former factory at 78-16 Cooper Ave., filed a plan exam application with the Department of Buildings on July 11.
The New York City Housing Authority is attempting to create greater transparency when it comes to work orders and vacancies.
The agency, which oversees just under 180,000 units, launched NYCHA Metrics, a webpage that will provide information on the number of open work orders, wait times for routine repairs, vacancy rates and more.
When Gov. Cuomo announced his plan to allow more casinos to be built upstate — but none in the city or on Long Island — this page called it a “foolish scheme” because, simply put, downstate is where the people are, and where most of the money is.
And what appeared foolish in May 2013 looks even more so in July 2014.
A dangerous situation in Howard Beach that existed for months — possibly years — without most residents knowing about it has been rectified.
Several inoperative fire hydrants in Howard Beach, some of which may not have been working since Hurricane Sandy, have finally been fixed.