City Planning Commission Chairman Carl Weisbrod announced Monday that part of Downtown Flushing’s waterfront is being targeted for upzoning to help implement the mayor’s plan for more affordable housing.
Weisbrod testified at a City Council hearing that three areas in the city are being studied for Mayor de Blasio’s initiative to create 200,000 affordable housing units. Besides Flushing, they are East New York and the Cromwell-Jerome section in the Bronx.
New York City has taken a step toward decriminalizing marijuana. Starting Nov. 19, NYPD officers will be handing out summonses instead of making arrests when they apprehend someone in possession of 25 grams or less of marijuana.
“This is an example of another important step, both for keeping the people of New York City safe and building a closer relationship between the police and community in this city,” Mayor de Blasio said at a press conference Monday.
Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder (D-Rockaway Park) and officials from Queens College on Monday released the results of a study that concluded reactivating the long-abandoned Rockaway Beach Branch would generate 500,000 subway rides per day, but that residents of the Rockaways support the alternative park plan.
“Reactivating the Rockaway Beach line would connect South and northern Queens in a way that is not currently possible,” Goldfeder said at a press conference in Queens College’s library.
Down Vernon Boulevard in Long Island City, past the trendy joints such as Woodbines and Alobar, the neighborhood begins to look more like it did 30 years ago — industrial and urban — drastically different from the modern greenspace waterfront and shiny towering apartment buildings.
But behind a brick-layered warehouse used by the Department of Transportation is a cultural oasis that won’t be found in TimeOut New York.
Fortune Society sues R’way landlord over its denial of ex-cons
Too often under the last administration in City Hall, the answer to the problems faced by schools whose students were struggling was to shut them down. Often it seemed like the option of first resort rather than of last resort, with former Mayor Bloomberg getting a poorly performing school in his sights — Jamaica High School is the perfect example — and then depriving it of the resources it would need to succeed, so he could then declare it a failure, close it and replace it.
Many schools in Queens were on his radar, and some barely escaped closure at the end of his tenure, thanks to a lawsuit filed by the United Federation of Teachers that successfully blocked the shutdowns. Those included John Adams High School in Ozone Park, Flushing High School and Long Island City High School.
The formal opening of a new apartment complex doesn’t often draw politicians, business and civic leaders to the ribbon cutting.
The developers of Norman Towers welcomed the public to a reception in their courtyard at 90-14 161 St. in Jamaica on Oct. 28.
Gov. Cuomo on Sunday announced a new set of policies for quarantining travelers coming into John F. Kennedy International Airport who may have had direct contact with Ebola patients in West Africa, two days after his original policy reportedly came under fire from healthcare groups and senior White House officials.
Travelers whose flights originate from Sierra Leone, Libera or Guinea, the countries where the Ebola epidemic has been widespread, will be screened by U.S. Customs and Border Patrol agents to see if the person has had any direct contact with an Ebola patient.
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.
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.
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.
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.
“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.
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.
Rep. Grace Meng’s (D-Flushing) bill to make the Quaker Meeting House and the Bowne House part of the National Park Service passed the House on Monday night.
The Flushing Remonstrance Study Act, HR 3222, would require the secretary of the Department of the Interior to study the viability of the NPS acquiring the two locations and operating them.
The pedestrian plaza at the intersection of 71st and Myrtle avenues in Ridgewood is under new management, in a way.
The Horticultural Society of New York and the Myrtle Avenue Business Improvement District, in conjunction with the Department of Transportation, announced at a press conference last Friday that the Ridgewood plaza has become the seventh space in Queens to be selected for the Neighborhood Plaza Partnership, a Horticultural Society project aimed at helping preserve and sustain pedestrian spaces throughout the city.
Police say a verbal dispute led to a murder-suicide in Downtown Flushing Monday evening.
With the primary goal of making graduates workplace ready, Business Technology Early College High School, or BTECH, will open its doors to its first students on Sept. 4 in Martin Van Buren High School’s building in Queens Village.
To help the new pupils get their feet wet, orientations were held on Aug. 26 and 27, during which the incoming freshmen had the opportunity to tour their future home and become acquainted with some of their soon-to-be teachers.