Several items were on the agenda as Community Board 6 held its monthly meeting on April 9, but it was clear that the unusually large crowd of spectators was on hand out of concern for the high number of traffic accidents along Queens Boulevard.
Despite additional parking lanes, fences to discourage jaywalking and other changes made in an effort to cut down on fatalities along the so-called “Boulevard of Death,” the thoroughfare remains among the deadliest in the city.
During the seemingly endless winter of 2014, you’ve undoubtedly fantasized about getting away from it all — perhaps by surfing on Kauai, or biking along Colorado’s mountain trails, or getting in touch with nature at a national wildlife refuge in Florida.
Whatever escape you may dream about, you’re likely to find at least a touch of it in your own backyard ... much of it available for free or at a fraction of what you might have expected to pay.
Gabino Abraham Castelan Solo Show, in collaboration with Mano a Mano, Space Art Gallery, 29-09 39 Ave., Long Island City, now thru Apr. 25.
Former Mayor Mike Bloomberg came under heavy criticism for his handling of the city school system in his final years in office.
But a gathering in South Jamaica last Friday, hosted by state Sen. James Sanders Jr. (D-South Ozone Park), showed that many parents and education advocates have similar or new concerns with the policies of Mayor de Blasio and Gov. Cuomo.
Mayor de Blasio said he expects to have more than enough applicants to fill teacher positions if, as expected, the city implements universal prekindergarten this year.
In a report released Tuesday on the city’s preparations to recruit and train high-quality teachers as part of the expansion of full-day pre-K, the city Department of Education projects it will need up to 1,000 new lead teachers this September to instruct 53,600 children, with another 1,000 teachers needed the following year for full implementation. The report says up to 8,000 prospective teachers may apply.
“Loves,” a Participatory GumHearts Installation, by NY-based artist Niizeki Hiromi, the Center at Maple Grove Cemetery, 127-15 Kew Gardens Road, Kew Gardens, now thru Saturday, March 29, 2-5 p.m. RSVP to Bonnie Thompson Dixon: (718) 709-0390, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Of course we want a Fire Department whose members look like the people they serve, of all races and ethnicities.
But we’ve never bought into the claim that the city has purposely discriminated against minority applicants to the FDNY, as alleged in a federal lawsuit brought against the former administration back in 2007. Nor do we agree with the legal principle that the “disparate impact” some government practice has on minorities is discriminatory, as the federal Department of Justice said when it joined the suit.
State can’t audit charter schools, court determines
New York State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli does not have the right to audit charter schools, the state Supreme Court ruled last week.
The state-backed committee tasked with coming up with more than $18 million in recovery plans after Hurricane Sandy in Howard Beach presented its proposals to the public on Tuesday in the next step toward making those ideas a reality.
Armed with nine plans, including flood remediation, establishing relief centers and funding resiliency programs, the committee, part of the statewide New York Rising program, allowed members of the public to vote for their favorite ideas at a six-hour open house at Russo’s on The Bay.
In his preliminary budget for next year, Mayor de Blasio is looking to increase city spending by more than $4 billion.
But Borough President Melinda Katz wants more.
While Mayor de Blasio has been criticized for his rescinding of several co-locations for new charter schools last week, some, including Public Advocate Letitia James, believe he hasn’t gone far enough.
But the charter school group affected by the decision said it would fight the city in court to have the co-locations reinstated.
Saturday was a great day in Queens high school sports history, as the Francis Lewis Patriots and the Cardozo Judges won the Public School Athletic League girls and boys basketball championships, respectively, at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center. The Cardozo game was a nail-biter as it wasn’t decided until the Judges’ Rashond Salnave hit two foul shots with less than three seconds left on the clock [see separate stories in some editions or at qchron.com].
Both teams were the de facto visitors as they played against two Brooklyn high schools, South Shore and Thomas Jefferson, respectively. Dave Diamante, the stentorian-voiced Brooklyn Nets public address announcer, admitted to me that he tried to put a little more enthusiasm into announcing Brooklyn baskets than those made by Queens players.
Things are different.
Less than 100 days into her tenure as New York City schools chancellor, Carmen Fariña came to Flushing to try to prove that point to parents, teachers and administrators.
The fight over the future of education in New York City headed up the Thruway Tuesday to Albany, where dueling rallies with some crossover support between them and high-profile speakers brought some heat to the frozen state capital.
Lobbying the state Legislature for his plan to raise taxes on high-income earners to fund universal prekindergarten citywide, Mayor de Blasio held a rally with several members of the City Council in Albany on Tuesday.
PS 154 in Flushing has received the National Wildlife Federation’s Eco-Schools USA Green Flag award for improving its efforts to conserve natural resources and integrate environmental education into the curriculum.
It’s the second of only two New York City’s schools to receive the honor.
CFE-style lawsuit launched to raise school spending
TA coalition of advocates and individuals, including Community Education Council 28 in Central and Southeast Queens, and a parent from Far Rockaway, are suing the state to increase its funding for education.
The Medical Examiner’s Office reported on Feb. 27 that the cause of Avonte Oquendo’s death could not be determined.
There’s plenty of room for prekindergarten in New York City, at least according to Mayor de Blasio.
City Hall released a report Tuesday that said the capacity exists for universal pre-K to be implemented this September.
The mail box for Department of Homeless Services Commissioner Gilbert Taylor must be overflowing by now.
Borough President Melinda Katz became the most recent elected official to oppose the proposed 125-family homeless shelter at 78-16 Cooper Ave. in Glendale, as she penned a letter dated Jan. 27, detailing her concerns about the plan.
The following is a transcript of Mayor de Blasio's State of the City Address, as prepared, sent to the media before the speech was delivered.