M ore than 5,400 employees of the Long Island Rail Road could walk off the job at 12:01 a.m. on Sunday if there is no progress on a new contract.
The workers are the highest-paid commuter railroad employees in the country, but also have been working without a contract since 2010.
The Jamaica Bay Islands scattered through 20 square miles of marshes provide complete isolation and tranquility in Queens — and area residents like it that way. Some can trace their family roots back 100 years, staying put from generation to generation.
Prior to the building of the Cross Bay Bridge in 1939, you were transported to the Rockaway peninsula via the Long Island Rail Road, and one station on the way was called Goose Creek.
Summertime, and the livin’ ain’t so easy, at least as far as the sky-high price of gasoline is concerned, but the typical Queens resident seems to be taking a spike in stride.
“Per ounce, gasoline is one of the cheapest liquids available,” said Alex Mermelstein, 32, of Briarwood. “We pay more for milk than we do for gas. Heck, some brands of bottled water are more expensive than gas. So just make peace with it and find the cheapest gas station in your area.”
A power outage struck Ozone Park Thursday morning, leaving about 1,000 homes without electricity for more than an hour and knocking out traffic lights at rush hour.
New York City is one of the most unique places in the world; and not always for the reasons people think.
If Howard Beach had its own Facebook page, it would perhaps not come as a surprise if its relationship status were “It’s complicated.”
In it’s relatively short, turbulent history, the neighborhood has experienced some of the worst of nature’s elements — and has also been forced to contend with some of man’s own nuisances.
In 2003, a British newspaper writing about the surprise Academy Award victory for actor Adrien Brody described him as being from “Woodhaven, a New York City suburb about ten kilometers east of Manhattan.”
They were wrong of course — Woodhaven is a neighborhood within, not a suburb of, New York City — but anyone who has been to the community could easily forgive their mistake.
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.
People accessing Resorts World Casino New York City from the Aqueduct-North Conduit Avenue subway station will no longer have to wait for a shuttle or walk in the elements. The casino is constructing a covered walkway to allow people to walk from the station to the casino and be protected from rain or snow. The project is expected to be completed by mid summer.
The new walkway will lead to the stairs of the Aqueduct Racetrack station, and to an enclosed pedestrian bridge that opened last summer connecting the Aqueduct Racetrack station — several hundred feet north of the Aqueduct-North Conduit Avenue stop — to the casino building.
The Department of City Planning is conducting a study on flood resiliency in coastal neighborhoods around the city, including Howard Beach, Broad Channel and the Rockaways.
Tom Smith, a city planner, said the study will focus on how the city can help prepare for future storms and mitigate common problems in several areas, including zoning, commercial districts and infrastructure.
A world icon, the New York State Pavilion, has been sitting in Flushing Meadows for 50 years, just deteriorating. I watched as the Aquacade from the 1939 World’s Fair was torn down to make way for a snack bar. I watched as the boathouse on Meadow Lake was torn down and rebuilt, all for the use of a few boat clubs.
At the subway entrance to the park you can see the beautiful mosaics from the 1964 World’s Fair crumbling underfoot. The Fountain of the Planets and the Pool of Industry are full of garbage. And the Hall of Science rockets had to be replaced because of neglect.
These are the treasures that should have made Flushing Meadows a showplace. These are places that could have created many jobs over a period of 50 years, but have been neglected and reflect the lack of foresight of city leaders for the treasures left in their care. If young people only knew what this park was like at one time 50 years ago, they would ask why it has been neglected for so long.
Steve Kerr may turn out to be a terrific NBA head coach but I am wondering why he became the flavor of the month just because Knicks President Phil Jackson wanted him as his team’s next head coach. Although Kerr enjoyed a good career as a player in the NBA he was never a head coach in the league, though he was in charge of basketball operations for the Phoenix Suns from 2007 through 2010. They made the playoffs twice in that time and had a winning record for his entire tenure.
Kerr spurned the Knicks last week as he decided to sign with the Golden State Warriors. Jackson must have known that Kerr would have ambivalent feelings about working in New York for reasons that had nothing to do with Madison Square Garden CEO James Dolan. Even when he was working for the Suns, Kerr would commute to Phoenix from his home in San Diego. If you have spent any time in that beautiful Southern California city then you would find it hard to fault him. Of course Knicks fans still don’t know if Jackson, who also enjoys the SoCal lifestyle, will be a regular on coast-to-coast red-eye flights.
The battle for dedicated mass-transit funding moved from the seats of government to the streets of Jamaica last week.
Locals 1056 and 1179 of the Amalgamated Transit Union went to the Parsons Boulevard-Archer Avenue subway station in Jamaica on Friday to enlist public backing in their effort to get increased funding from the city, state and federal government for increased service and infrastructure.
Artworks by Abdias Nascimento, works by the Brazilian artist, author, playwright and senator, Queens College’s Godwin-Ternbach Museum, 405 Klapper Hall, 65-30 Kissena Blvd., Flushing, through June 21. Free.
For Dustin Jones, Edith Prentiss and the countless other disabled or elderly city residents who frequent the Forest Hills-71st Avenue subway station, traveling from the street down to the train platform just got much easier.
Three new elevators were officially commissioned for public use Thursday during a ribbon-cutting ceremony attended by MTA New York City Transit President Carmen Bianco, Borough President Melinda Katz, Councilwoman Karen Koslowitz (D-Forest Hills) and other city officials in front of the street level elevator at Queens Boulevard and 70th Road.
High School to Art School Spring Exhibition, Queens Council on the Arts, 37-11 35 Ave., Astoria, Sat., May 10, 2-4 p.m. Free. queenscouncilarts.org.
A town hall meeting organized by Councilman Rory Lancman (D-Fresh Meadows) on April 30 was aimed at giving Briarwood residents a chance to meet with elected officials and bring up issues and concerns with city departments ranging from Buildings to Sanitation to the NYPD.
But it was the ongoing construction around the Kew Gardens Interchange — and the frequently delayed effort to refurbish the northern entrance to the Briarwood-Van Wyck subway station — that had most of the more than 40 residents on edge during the meeting.
“Knarr,”Benjamin Rosenthal Library, level six, Queens College, 65-30 Kissena Blvd., Flushing, group exhibition: drawing, painting, sculpture and photography, Queens College Art Center, Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., closed weekends, thru May 8.
It took 13 years, but a mistake has been rectified, according to area officials, with the renaming of a Bayside street on Monday after a Muslim-American who died in the 9/11 attack in Manhattan.
Mohammad Salman Hamdani was 23 on Sept. 11 and on his way by subway to his job as a research assistant at Rockefeller University, when it is believed he saw the World Trade Center towers get hit and rushed to the scene to help, where he perished.
It seemed to take forever but Mets general manager Sandy Alderson finally traded first baseman Ike Davis to the Pittsburgh Pirates.
I asked Alderson at a hastily arranged press conference at Citi Field following the trade whether he was able to get maximum value for Ike considering that the Pirates knew (a) the Mets had wanted to send him packing since the end of the 2013 season and (b) they had to clear a space for the return of centerfielder Chris Young from the disabled list.
The Metropolitan Transportation Authority has reached a tentative agreement that is expected to end a two-year contract impasse with the union representing about 34,000 mass transit workers.
Under the five-year deal announced last week by Gov. Cuomo, members of Transport Workers Union Local 100 would receive raises of 1, 1, 2, 2 and 2 percent per year, retroactive to Jan. 16, 2012, when the TWU’s last contract expired.
We’re surrounded by water: bays, rivers and canals that are often just as clogged with traffic as some of our roadways.
“D” apparently stands for dirt according to the results of a study by the Straphangers Campaign on the cleanliness of 20 New York City subway lines.
In a statement issued on March 20, the Straphangers, a branch of the New York Public Interest Research Group, found that 42 percent of the subway cars their staff investigated in fall of 2013 were rated as clean, a drop-off from 52 percent in 2011.
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.