Last year this page was proud to stand with the civic community in Queens against the Bloomberg administration’s misguided plan to give away a large chunk of Flushing Meadows Corona Park so a soccer stadium could be built there. It would have been a devastating blow both environmentally and economically, as the city was prepared to “sell” at least a dozen acres of our crown jewel park for one dollar. When the plan fell through, it marked a major victory for the public interest.
Then Major League Soccer, which wants to build the stadium for its new team, went to the Bronx, hoping to put it in a park next to Yankee Stadium. Now that plan also has failed, and MLS again has turned its attention toward Queens. But it’s looking at an entirely different location, one we can support: Aqueduct Race Track.
As the leaves change color and the warm summer wind turns into a cool autumn breeze, restaurants around the borough are draping crisp white table cloths and lighting votive candles in preparation for restaurant season.
“During New York City Restaurant Week last year, there was only one Queens restaurant that participated and that was Water’s Edge,” Rob Mackay, spokesman for the Queens Economic Development Corp., said. “A lot of our restaurants can’t afford to participate in the citywide one, but for Queens Restaurant Week, it gives smaller restaurants the opportunity to showcase their food.”
A Community Board 4 member wants the World Maker Faire to make its way to a different location, and his colleagues agree.
James Lisa, who spoke during the public forum of the Sept. 10 meeting, declared the weekend-long celebration of inventors, tinkerers, crafters and hobbyists to be a nuisance to the Corona Heights community.
Major League Soccer can’t seem to quit Queens.
The organization, still searching for a permanent home for its expansion New York City Football Club, is eyeing a site in the borough, again.
Several sources say MLS is looking to build a permanent stadium for the team, which is slated to begin playing next year at Yankee Stadium, at Aqueduct Race Track.
(An open letter to Police Commissioner Bill Bratton)
You may not need any words of encouragement at this point, but it will make me feel better to give them to you! We’re glad to have you back and know a great many others feel the same. After 50-plus years as an NYPD volunteer, I remember criminal efforts to “kill” New York City. The Police Department put together all kinds of programs, including community policing, that defeated that attempt. That can happen again.
Now, with many areas experiencing fear of authorities (my own neighborhood included), I try to tell folks to obey all laws — even ones usually thought to be “little ones” so that when you see an officer, you can go to him and say, “Hi! I’m glad to see you. I hope you’ll stay safe.”
As far as complaints that the department has become too militarized weapons-wise, I’m glad the NYPD has them at their disposal, especially now that the federal government has confirmed urgent threats from ISIS. This is a crazy world and we may need all the help we can get. May God protect you, the Department, the United States of America and the world!
When the World Trade Center collapsed, New York City and the rest of the nation were permanently shifted.
“Post 9/11, this world changed dramatically — [our world] didn’t feel as safe,“Dorsky Gallery curator, Marie Mathews-Berenson, said, “Artists all over the world, not just the United States, faced many more cataclysmic effects [after this].”
A Forest Hills street corner has a new literary moniker.
At a special ceremony hosted by Councilwoman Karen Koslowitz (D-Forest Hills) Sunday morning, the corner of 108th Street and 63rd Drive was officially minted “Sergei Dovlatov Way.”
When Queens residents Patricia Workman, Joe Ramondino, Christian Foggy and John Licato awoke from their slumbers 13 years ago today, little did they know that war would be waged against their city and their country that sunny late-summer morning.
For these four responders and thousands more just like them throughout the New York area, a different kind of war has raged on internally in the years since the attacks of Sept. 11.
As N and Q trains rattle up and down 31st Street, the clanging and banging sounds that reverberate from the steel elevated line have become a nuisance to the teachers, students and parents of PS 85.
There have been rallies and petitions and now, local lawmakers are stepping in to say “enough is enough.”
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CBS has been broadcasting the US Open ever since its inception in 1968 at the West Side Tennis Club in Forest Hills. The men’s final, which will take place Monday at 5 p.m. at Arthur Ashe Stadium, will mark the end of CBS’s broadcast rights for the Open. The Tiffany Network, which usually goes all out to retain its heritage sports properties, decided that it did not want to match ESPN’s very high bid for exclusive rights.
Aside from cost, CBS executives were concerned about the lack of success for Americans at the Open who are not named Serena Williams. The failure of American men and women to even make it to Labor Day at the Open (Serena aside), as was the case again this year, has hurt ratings.
Alexander Phillips gives new meaning to the term “super senior.”
The Fresh Meadows native who attended Queensborough Community College 50 years ago finally received his degree this summer.
American Softball, a league for handicapped or otherwise challenged adults, was honored Aug. 22 with the final World Series game at Kissena Park in Flushing.
Angelo DiGangi sang “The Star Spangled Banner” to start the game, which was attended by Council Members Eric Ulrich and Peter Koo. After the game, the league was honored with a citation from state Sen. Joe Addabbo Jr., inset, to founder Randy Novic.
With the primary goal of making graduates workplace ready, Business Technology Early College High School, or BTECH, will open its doors to its first students on Sept. 4 in Martin Van Buren High School’s building in Queens Village.
To help the new pupils get their feet wet, orientations were held on Aug. 26 and 27, during which the incoming freshmen had the opportunity to tour their future home and become acquainted with some of their soon-to-be teachers.
Even the occasional roar of the passing 7 train couldn’t dampen the vivacious energy at August’s Oye Corona celebration.
On Saturday, the multicultural festival filled Corona Plaza with a steady, diverse stream of music with roots in Mexico, Bangladesh, Puerto Rico and the United States. The event attracted a crowd with eclectic cultural performances, an exercise class, arts and crafts stations and a positive message of unity across communities.
Ask what is at stake in the Sept. 9 primary for the 14th Senate District and most will say the political future of state Sen. Malcolm Smith (D-Hollis).
Ask Smith, and he says what is at stake is the immediate and long-term future of funding, programs and representation for the people of Southeast Queens when Democrats go to the polls.
Since 1999, Assemblywoman Marge Markey (D-Maspeth) has represented the 30th District.
With 15 years of experience under her belt, Markey is asking her constituents for two more to continue fighting for the district.
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While the US Open formally got underway Monday morning, in actuality the action really began a week earlier with the qualifying matches for the precious few wild card spots on both the men’s and women’s sides.
Frankly, the BJK National Tennis Center used to be a ghost town for the qualifiers, but word has gotten out that it’s the best sports bargain in the world, as some of the top players compete with a ton of pressure on them and it’s free to the public. The CBS Sports Network broadcast many of the matches live.
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.
Members of Community Board 5 met Tuesday evening in Glendale to discuss community updates, including several ongoing capital projects.
A big topic was revitalizing the Rockaway Beach rail line, which John Rozankowski and Philip McManus of the Queens Public Transit Committee said would reduce long commutes for residents of southern Queens, and alleviate traffic congestion in northern Queens.
Computer programming is a man’s world.
Statistics stand by that assertion as a fact, and that gap is inspiring even big corporations to invest in closing it.
The nostalgic sounds of the big band era echoed through Howard Beach last Thursday evening as band leader Frank Pedulla and the Music Staff Swing Orchestra entertained a crowd of 300 residents in Father Dooley Hall at St. Helen Church, continuing the tradition of presenting 1940s music to the community.
For 20 years, Arnie “Mig” Migliaccio presented the concert, but Frank Pedulla, a graduate of the Julliard School of Music in New York, who has played trombone with over 50 orchestras including the Julliard Symphony and the Queens Philharmonic Orchestra, has kept the tradition alive since Migliaccio passed in June 2009 at age 87.
The ability to spend a few hours exploring culture from some of the country’s earliest history to some of its newest art is available to Queens residents without even crossing a river.
And with school starting, many of those listed here — which are not quite all Queens has to offer — have educational programs for those of all ages, and some discounted admission for students and school groups.