(NAPSI)—Despite the trend of rising costs, experts say it is still possible to keep funeral expenses in check.
Gov. Cuomo on Wednesday vetoed a bill that would have delayed a plan to kill or remove every mute swan in the state. The Department of Environmental Conservation considers the birds an invasive species and wants all 2,200 of them in the state gone by 2025.
On the second Tuesday of every month, The Creek and The Cave hosts Justin Peele’s “Party & Bull***t,” a free stand-up show featuring live music, stellar DJs and an after-party. It feels like a hangout, if you hang with polished, professional comedians while munching and sipping with friends and neighbors.
“Everybody’s a comedy fan, everyone likes to laugh at a person saying something cool and funny. And everybody likes music … there’s always a melding of comedy, music and art,” Peele said.
Action needs to be taken to improve mobility between northern and southern Queens along the Woodhaven Boulevard corridor, including to and from Midtown Manhattan.
A new study by Queens College, Community Impact Study of Proposed Uses of the Rockaway Beach Branch Right of Way, reports that the region’s transit users must endure a subway trip that is 42 percent longer than the New York City average. In some cases, such as from Far Rockaway to Midtown, the subway journey time is at least an hour. Travel to other parts of Queens can exceed two hours. In contrast, the Long Island Rail Road trains that crossed Jamaica Bay on the Rockaway Beach Line took as little as 43 minutes.
Community Board 9 Chairman Ralph Gonzalez on Tuesday announced that a special meeting will be held on Jan. 8 to discuss potential candidates for district manager.
The board has been seeking a new district manager since the previous one, Mary Ann Carey, retired in September after serving on the board for 35 years.
(BPT) - From greeting long-lost family and friends at baggage claim to rushing across the terminal to catch a departing flight, a fast, skipping heartbeat is a common occurrence at airports across the country. But for commercial airline pilot Tim Knutson, 46, his irregular heartbeat indicated far more serious problems.
Gift-shoppers throughout Queens should take a cue from the holiday decorations already festooning streets throughout the borough: Elegant accessories are at the center of holiday fashion this season.
Thanks to jewelry trends, there are plenty of options for selecting the right ring, necklace, bracelet or other accessories.
After a day of holiday shoppping and dining, what could be better than coming in from the cold to watch some of the Christmas classics on TV with family or friends?
Sure, you can download or stream just about anything these days, but many still watch their favorites the old-fashioned way — when the networks air them (and certainly the advertisers prefer that).
Queens has more branch libraries than any other borough — with 62 — and, therefore, a special interest in helping celebrate their role in the life of our city. That’s exactly what the NYC Neighborhood Library Awards do, and they are accepting nominations from the public through Dec. 12.
I read the November 20 South Queens edition of the Chronicle with a great deal of interest. In particular I appreciate the effort that the editors are making in covering the competing proposals to develop the former LIRR Rockaway line. The paper has repeatedly provided the readers with advocates for both proposals, for a park and for a rail line.
This particular edition had a story, “Use surplus cash on rail line: Goldfeder” by Anthony O’Reilly, reporting on Assemblyman Goldfeder’s proposal for rail service. The other, an Opinion by Andrea Crawford, argues in favor of park space.
The Queens Public Transit Committee is asking the people of Queens and the region to support the restoration of the Queens Rockaway Beach Line, the new Queens Crosstown. This unused transit corridor is only two to six blocks east and parallel to Woodhaven Boulevard, the most congested and dangerous roadway in Queens. Formerly a branch of the Long Island Railroad, its right-of-way remains largely intact and is owned by the City of New York.
State Assemblyman Philip Goldfeder; state Senator Tony Avella; U.S. Reps. Gregory Meeks, Hakeem Jeffries and Jerrold Nadler; City Councilman Ydanis Rodriguez, chairman of the Council Committee on Transportation; Assembly District Leaders Lew Simon and Geraldine Chapey; John Samuelsen, president of TWU Local 100; New York Daily News; The Wave; Queens Tribune; Queens Courier; and Times Newsweekly have all called for reactivating the line. In addition, Community Boards 5, 10 and 14 support restoration.
I wondered what everyone was thinking about me as I was surrounded by NYPD officers, with my shoes off, my shirt untucked and my bag splayed open in the middle of the 74th Street subway station for the entire world to see.
Growing up in New York City as a young person of color is not easy or safe, and it certainly has not been for me or my peers. As the years have gone by, I’ve noticed the consistent rise of NYPD presence and harassment that converted our schools and sidewalks into prisons, where our every move is supervised and our rights and privacy are non-existent. You may think that my disposition is too harsh toward New York’s Finest, but of the incredible number of stop and frisks and searches over the last decade, I personally account for nearly two dozen of them. But it didn’t stop there, these incidents were just the tip of the iceberg.
President Obama’s executive order to provide certain undocumented residents with deferred action in case of future reform legislation as a possible pathway to citizenship or deportations was debated over and over again on the news and in legislative offices around the country.
Many activist groups, including Make the Road New York, hosted viewing parties of the president’s speech and tweeted about being excited to hear Obama’s plan.
Those with gripes and grievances about airplane noise and pollution met with Port Authority officials last week after a three-month hiatus to try once again to establish the structure and governance of a community aviation roundtable.
The governor ordered the Port Authority to create the roundtable over a year ago, but nothing has materialized because different groups from various impacted communities cannot agree on whether there should be one roundtable for the entire airspace or separate roundtables to address issues at LaGuardia and John F. Kennedy International airports.
It has been said the small businesses are the backbone of our communities here in Queens, and I am certainly one to reiterate that sentiment. The small businesses, many of which I frequent myself — convenience stores, delis, restaurants and more — are what keep so many of our borough’s commercial corridors going.
Small Business Saturday, this year set for Nov. 29, is a time to acknowledge the services our local stores have to offer. The everyday items we may not always take the time to note, the comfort you have in being a “regular” somewhere or simply just having a convenient place to shop are certainly reasons to appreciate our local stores. Cross Bay Boulevard, Myrtle Avenue, Metropolitan Avenue, Jamaica Avenue, Grand Avenue, Beach 116th Street and Beach 129th Street are just some of the corridors that see thousands of people every day. Where would we be without them?
Even the frigid temperatures weren’t enough to numb the passions of the Glendale/Middle Village Coalition, which held a press conference in front of the controversial site of a proposed homeless shelter at 78-16 Cooper Ave. Wednesday morning.
Although the group that assembled —representing the coalition’s civic groups, local businesses and residents — was small compared to past gatherings expressing anger over the proposal to convert the former factory into a 125-family shelter, they had a big message.
Queens College recently released the results of a student survey gauging community opinions on how to utilize the vacant land surrounding the 3.5-mile, long abandoned Rockaway Beach Rail Line. The Friends of the QueensWay commends these students for their hard work, and we were delighted to see the results provide additional support for the QueensWay.
The QueensWay is a community-developed plan to turn this blighted land into a 47-acre linear park that will provide safe, easy access to Forest Park; new recreation opportunities for the 322,000 people living within a mile; a boost to local businesses; and a high-profile showcase for the most culturally diverse borough of New York City.
There is one thing that is uniting business owners in Queens and in Brooklyn on 101st Avenue: their disdain of the pedestrian plaza at the intersection of 101st Avenue and Drew Street, which sits on the border of the two boroughs.
“What’s the purpose of this?” said Khairul Islam, a real estate broker whose Brooklyn office sits a block away from the plaza. “I don’t know any people who are benefiting from this.”
(BPT) - Traveling, cooking large meals, planning and surviving holiday office parties, and managing relatives – the holidays are stressful. Add in the time and money demands of holiday shopping, and you may be tempted to keep a therapist on speed dial.
I wanted to address a growing concern regarding discussions about the specialized high school admissions test and minority representation. Although I believe there are many arguments that can be made about keeping (or changing) the SHSAT, I feel as if many discussing this issue use percentages and numbers somewhat incorrectly.
The most typical percentages reported are for students who take the exam and those who are accepted. Most coverage I have found focuses only on these two numbers, but I thought it would only be right to show you a third, the total number of students who could take the test.
The media note that, of the 5,261 students accepted into the specialized high schools, 57 percent are Asian and 23 percent are white. But generally speaking, Asian students are far more likely to take the exam at all (62 percent of the Asian total). In contrast, only 27 percent of all black students take the exam, and only 18 percent of Hispanic students do. By sheer number of people, Asians are very clearly the majority. Asians are also most likely to get into a specialized high school (26 percent).
Many people have focused on the latter problem (testing does not imply acceptance). However, there’s another serious issue: Many students are not taking the exam at all (no testing means no acceptance). Indeed, the issue may not really be the SHSAT. Perhaps the greater issue is that 75 percent of black and Hispanic students don’t take the test to begin with.
Bluntly stated, if a student does not take the SHSAT, there is no chance of acceptance. This creates a barrier of entry for black and Hispanic students, or those of any ethnicity, who do not know about the exam. These may be students who do not have the opportunity or means to take prep exams, even if they wanted to, but might also include bright students who were not informed of the exam.
Regardless, a large portion of middle school students do not even take the test. In my opinion, that is a more serious problem regarding NYC middle schools and our ability to prepare their students for the future. After all, how are we supposed to encourage students to succeed on the exam, or in any application process, if they are not even given access to try?