When Community Board 9 Chairman Ralph Gonzalez took an informal poll of the audience at last Thursday night’s meeting on the City Line pedestrian plaza, the results required a recount.
First he asked supporters to stand, then he asked opponents. The end result? Almost a tie, roughly a dozen on either side.
Mayor de Blasio came to Queens on Monday, and his first stop was to the newly renovated Boys & Girls Club of Metro Queens to promote one of his young administration’s latest education policies.
And it wasn’t universal prekindergarten
Being a progressive city that has already felt the wrath of global climate change, it’s still surprisingly easy for New York to ignore the recent definitive warning bells that sea levels will rise 3 to 9 feet and Earth will warm 6 to 8 degrees Fahrenheit within the century. Cities are the source of 70 percent of greenhouse gas emissions and also most vulnerable to their effects. But the overwhelming numbers leave us wondering- what is next for us in New York City?
The challenges of climate change need to be taken in a multifaceted approach, with local and national policy changes and community engagement inspiring personal behavioral changes. We cannot tolerate a state of paralysis and inaction waiting for the UN (despite our former mayor’s leadership in the UN Sustainable Cities initiative), our dysfunctional Congress or a gridlocked state government to tell us how to solve our woes. The problems are just too big, entrenched and complex to defer.
If it goes off without a hitch, it may be the shining moment of Mayor de Blasio’s term in office so far. If it doesn’t, it could be a black eye to any chances of a second.
As summer winds down, a new school year prepares to start up, and with it, 50,000 new prekindergarten students, the first class of the city’s universal pre-K program who will be entering the classroom for the first time on Sept. 8.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A bill that could reduce the number of young students from running out of school buildings unattended was approved by the City Council on Thursday without a single voice of descent.
Mayor de Blasio last week named Rick Chandler as the Department of Buildings commissioner, Richard Emery as chairman of the Civilian Complaint Review Board and Carmen Beauchamp Ciparick and Barry Cozier as chairwoman and vice chairman of the Mayor’s Advisory Committee on the Judiciary, respectively.
“From protecting New Yorkers inside our buildings to protecting their rights as they walk on our streets, the leaders joining our administration today have the skills and experience to deliver for the people of this city,” de Blasio said in a prepared statement. “These folks know the city and know how things operate, are committed to serving New Yorkers in every community, and will work to build a stronger, safer, and fairer New York.”
Last Thursday was the type of the day that is the reason people live in Roxbury, the small hamlet on the western Rockaway Peninsula between Breezy Point and Riis Park. The warm summer sun illuminated the beige sand that scattered along the narrow walkway “streets” of the gated community.
A crowd of neighbors gathered in front of 402 Seabreeze Ave., where Lorraine and Doris Gresser anxiously waited to climb the steps to her front porch and walk into their home.
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.