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 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.
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 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.
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.
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.
Plans for the decommissioning of dams at Highland Park’s Ridgewood Reservoir will be discussed at a community meeting on Monday, June 30 at St. Pancras School in Ridgewood.
The meeting will be hosted by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation and the city Department of Parks and Recreation.
In a June 6 opinion piece for the Queens Chronicle, titled “On 98th Street, we say ‘No way to QueensWay,’” Neil Gianelli shared his opinion of the proposed QueensWay project.
To bolster his (negative) opinion of the project, he cites an 11-year-old study by Professor Noelwah Netusil of Reed College in Portland, Ore. He ignores multiple other studies of trails and urban parks more comparable to the QueensWay, including several in New York, does not make plain Professor Netusil’s findings, and fails to grasp the broader economic development potential of the QueensWay for hundreds of thousands of residents in central Queens, the entire borough and city.
A crowd of about 1,000 concerned area residents brought a stretch of the service road of Queens Boulevard to a standstill on Tuesday evening while staging a protest against the opening of a homeless shelter in the now-shuttered Pan American Hotel in Elmhurst.
The redesignation by the Department of Homeless Services on June 6 caught elected officials, community board members and the public at large off guard.
A self-guided tour around his old Rego Park neighborhood draws Bruce Levy first to the place he called home until he was 27 years old.
As he approaches the intersection of Saunders Street and 63rd Drive on a recent overcast day, he pauses, points to a fifth floor window — the one that now has a flower box in it — in the corner building, and says, “That was my room,” quickly adding, “I’m not an emotional person. It’s part of history, part of my life.”
Like much of New York City, Sunnyside is hard to define.
There are many moving parts to the neighborhood that come together and create an altogether unique place to live.
Jamaica is nothing if not adaptable to the times.
Immigrants from Europe in the late 19th and early 20th centuries have since been joined by those from the Caribbean, Latin America and Southern Asia.
The architecture of a city or a neighborhood can be like the rings of a tree to the trained eye.
A close examination can uncover history preserved in wood and stone like an insect trapped in amber.
NYU School of Medicine and City University of New York (CUNY) announced that they received funding from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to create a new public-private partnership, the NYU-CUNY Prevention Research Center (NYU-CUNY PRC). Once opened on September 30th, 2014, researchers at the center will integrate evidence-based interventions into community-clinical approaches to reduce cardiovascular disease disparities in New York City, with a particular emphasis on ethnically diverse and immigrant communities.
Parents from IS 59 and local officials are fuming over what they say was less than 48 hours’ notice from the Department of Education about a meeting related to the co-location of a charter school in their building in September.
The meeting, which was not technically a public hearing, was meant to discuss how IS 59, PS 176 and the new Success Academy charter school will coexist and share facilities in the same building for the next two years before 176 returns to its own site.
In a move that shocked community board members and an elected official, the Pan American Hotel in Elmhurst was converted into a homeless shelter by the Department of Homeless Services last Friday despite denials of the scenario being a possibility just two weeks ago.
At a May 22 public hearing over a proposed 125-family shelter in Glendale, DHS Assistant Commissioner Lisa Black insisted the 216-room Pan American Hotel at 79-00 Queens Blvd. would never be used as homeless housing.