“Enough is enough!” they chanted.
Fed up with what many described as repeated aerial assaults on their quality of life, a crowd of Queens residents rallied in Cunningham Park Sunday against what they see as the Port Authority and Federal Aviation Administration’s lackluster response to airplane noise and pollution.
This summer, many kids and teens have been channeling their inner Rocky and pushing their personal limits.
Young adventure seekers are rediscovering a place in Queens where they can experience extreme outdoor challenges: rock wall climbing or gliding along a scary high zipline, like Spider-Man.
In order to wiggle around a century-old restriction on the height of rail cars traveling along the Bushwick Branch in Maspeth, the New York & Atlantic Railway is in the process of bidding out a project to lower the grade lines of railroad tracks throughout southwest Queens.
New York & Atlantic railcars are mandated to be no more than 16 feet tall while traveling along the Bushwick Branch, which runs through Brooklyn and Maspeth, though 17 feet is the limit on all other New York & Atlantic branches in the city and on Long Island.
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.
Let’s face it. New York City streets go through a lot of wear and tear. With thousands upon thousands of cars, trucks and buses rolling over the thousands upon thousands of miles of pavement every hour, it’s natural that the surfaces need upkeep.
Top that with the harsh weather extremes — summer heat, winter cold — and the corrosive salt used to met ice and snow, the asphalt surface doesn’t stand a chance.
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.
Four bus routes in Western Queens began offering new or extended service this past Sunday.
In a statement issued last week, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority Bus Company and New York City Transit said the expansions reflected changes spurred by growing neighborhoods and replaced service cuts made during the MTA’s financial crisis back in 2010.
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.
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.
The Quilter’s Showcase, NYC Parks “Arts, Culture & Fun” series, world-renowned, award-winning quilters display their cultural & creative works in an interactive showcase, Roy Wilkins Recreational Center’s Garden, 177-01 Baisley Blvd., Jamaica, Thurs., June 26, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Free. Info: (718) 276-8686 or RSVP: firstname.lastname@example.org.
New York City is one of the most unique places in the world; and not always for the reasons people think.
Before Community Board 6’s May 14 meeting ended, Sara Demartino of Rego Park stood up and described a problem she said is plaguing her community: the constant cacophony of barking dogs in Yellowstone Park, across the street from her Forest Hills home.
“It’s a quality-of-life issue that me and my neighbors are experiencing on a daily basis,” Demartino said. “It’s impossible to have a conversation, there’s so much noise.”
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.
The plan for Select Bus Service along Woodhaven Boulevard and the epidemic of domestic violence in South Queens both sparked blunt discussion at Tuesday’s meeting of Community Board 9 in Kew Gardens.
Councilman Eric Ulrich (R-Ozone Park), a supporter of the Select Bus Service proposal, defended it in front of a skeptical audience.
Ozone Park gained more storage space this week with the grand opening of TI Storage’s new facility at 78-02 Liberty Ave.
Patrons at the grand opening on Tuesday were served pizza, ice cream, sandwiches, cannolis and cookies.
It is impossible to express one’s love for the woman who raised us and made us who we are today through one day of recognition and a gift. Nonetheless we should all put a little thought into a thank you even though mom will probably say that it’s not necessary.
Woodside native Jim McCann started what has become the most famous name in the floral industry, 1800Flowers, in 1971. Back then the idea of purchasing floral arrangements through a toll-free phone call was revolutionary. Over the years, McCann has expanded his business to include all kinds of gift baskets.
St. John’s University announced that Hugh Evans, the CEO of Global Poverty Project, and David Ushery, WNBC-TV news anchor, will serve as commencement speakers for the university’s 144th graduation ceremonies in Queens and Staten Island, respectively.
The ceremony on Staten Island will take place on Saturday, May 17 and will be followed with the Queens campus ceremony on Sunday, May 18.
Members of Queens Quiet Skies and others concerned about the increased sound of planes overhead applauded Gov. Cuomo’s announcement Monday that puts teeth in their campaign to control the noise levels.
Among other things, the governor has called for double the number of noise monitors, the establishment of aviation community roundtables and conducting in-depth studies of noise issues for residents of Queens, the Bronx and Nassau County.