Volunteers planting trees in urban park
(Family Features) Soon, parking lots of colleges, high schools and professional stadiums across the nation will be filled with fans gearing up for another sporting season - and the tailgating celebrations that go hand-in-hand.
According to police sources, a woman was running near one of the horse trails near the Buddy Monument at Myrtle Avenue and Park Lane South when was grabbed from behind by a male. The victim reacted quickly and pulled away from the male but not until he forcibly removed her ear buds, which were attached to her phone. She did not sustain any physical injuries.
Dozens of athletes, including paddleball player Christine Nelson, above, flocked to Juniper Valley Park on Sept. 6 for two popular events, the Queens Recreation Bocce Tournament and the Annual Richie Miller Paddleball Tournament.
Event emcee Kathy Pellegrino welcomes home Staff Sgt. Steven Betancourt, who was seriously wounded in Afghanistan in February and made a surprise appearance at the Juniper Valley Park gathering.
The residents of Glendale and Middle Village have stepped up their efforts to prevent the planned Cooper Avenue homeless shelter from coming to fruition.
A group called the Glendale/Middle Village Coalition has formed this month, with the goal of taking legal action against the Department of Homeless Services and the City of New York in mind.
“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.
A cop stands in the doorway of the Dreamland Deli & Grocery at 104-02 Liberty Ave. in Ozone Park where a fight broke out Friday afternoon that may have begun as an attempted robbery.
A convenience store in Ozone Park was left in shambles after a scuffle broke out inside late Friday afternoon that might have stemmed from an attempted robbery gone awry.
The incident happened around 4:30 p.m. at the Dreamland Deli and Grocery at 104-02 Liberty Ave., adjacent to the 104th Street-Oxford Avenue subway station. Police and EMS rushed to the scene, shutting down Liberty Avenue and 104th Street for a half hour. A helicopter hovered low over the location for several minutes, alarming nearby residents who rushed to the intersection to see what was going on.
Saying he had “fallen just short in the voting booth,” John Liu conceded the 11th District State Senate race to incumbent Tony Avella on Tuesday morning.
In a letter to his supporters, Liu, a former city councilman and comptroller, said the campaign was about “holding our elected officials’ feet to the fire when we as voters put our faith in them and expect that commitments made on the campaign trail are not abandoned in the halls of government.”
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.
School is back in session and the 110 thPrecinct is back on the streets, keeping an eye out for drivers passing stopped school buses.
“With the new Vision Zero policy, there’s going to be a very expensive summons for passing a school bus with flashing red lights,” the precinct’s Commanding Officer Deputy Inspector Ronald Leyson told Community Board 4 on Sept. 10. “I’m warning you, I’m telling you, I’m not hiding it from you.”
“Homeland [In]security: Vanishing Dreams” by Margaret Matthews-Berenson, Dorsky Gallery, 11-03 45 Ave., Long Island City, exhibition thru Nov. 16; Info: dorsky.org.
Last year’s Queens Restaurant Week kickoff event, held in front of Borough Hall, had a large turnout. This year, it will be held at The Shops at Atlas Park.
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.”
Attendees at the Sept. 10 meeting of the 106th Precinct Community Council in Ozone Park received good news from the precinct’s commanding officer, Deputy Inspector Jeffrey Schiff — crime was down almost 3 percent so far this year compared to the same period last year — though there was a small jump in the first week of September — and there hasn’t been a shooting in three months.
But cops at the 106th have still been busy.
A group of Bayside residents are expected to attend the borough president’s hearing today, Sept. 18, to let the city know they don’t want Star Toyota’s variance extended.
The auto dealership at 205-11 Northern Blvd. is seeking a 10-year extension on its variance, required because the business is located in a residential neighborhood. Although there for 40 years, the firm’s relationship with the community has been problematic at best.
The 102nd Precinct has had a safe, but not so quiet, summer.
At the first community council meeting since June on Tuesday night at the Richmond Hill Library, Officer Andrew Goldenberg, the precinct’s top traffic enforcer who was standing in for Deputy Inspector Hank Sautner, told the audience that crime in the precinct had plummeted in the last month across the board.
A creation from last year’s World Maker Faire. CB 4 is requesting the event be moved to Citi Field instead of remaining in the parking lot outside the Hall of Science.
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.
Residents at Rochdale Village in Jamaica are scheduled to vote for members of their governing board on Oct. 7, and a group dissatisfied with the board in recent years appears ready to put up a slate of dissident candidates.
Rodney Reid, who served on the board in 2005, is running again, and said he is prepared to go to court if the current board sticks by its decision to disqualify his candidacy.
Members of All Saints Episcopal Church in Bayside have been waiting two years for the city to repair their damaged curbs, but Department of Transportation officials say if they’re unhappy to sue the city.
It all started about two years ago, according to member and community activist Jack Oshier, during the winter when Department of Sanitation trucks plowing snow got too close to the curbs and damaged them.
It’s a museum without a permanent home but it’s one that aims to address the intersection of social, political and natural history.
The Natural History Museum serves as a new sort of self-aware museum that exposes not only climate change and other natural phenomena, but also calls into question how much man’s influence on nature should be displayed in other natural history museums.
Sgt. Jon Zocchia, left, and Officer Joe Benson of the NYPD’s 103rd Precinct recently were recognized for saving the life of a man who suffered a heart attack in Cunningham Park this summer.
The incident took place on June 18, with the cops performing CPR on the victim, who subsequently was brought from the park, located in Fresh Meadows, to a nearby hospital.
Rep. Grace Meng’s (D-Flushing) bill to make the Quaker Meeting House and the Bowne House part of the National Park Service passed the House on Monday night.
The Flushing Remonstrance Study Act, HR 3222, would require the secretary of the Department of the Interior to study the viability of the NPS acquiring the two locations and operating them.