Some Ridgewood residents are already tired of major news publications making up nicknames for their community.
But if Brooklyn hipsters continue to percolate across the border into Queens, stories containing the words “Ridgewick” and “Quooklyn” may come fast and furious.
Members of the Udalls Cove Preservation Committee want the city to purchase what they call a vital piece of property to add to the nature preserve, and they are putting their money where their mouths are.
The committee and several area groups have offered the city between $30,000 and $40,000 toward the acquisition of the Callender property, an 11,800-square-foot parcel of privately owned land, which is near the Udalls Cove preserve’s Aurora Pond.
The banishment of left turns from Yellowstone Boulevard onto westbound Queens Boulevard may not be popular with many motorists, but another effort to improve safety along the dangerous roadway is gaining community support.
A month after listening to the concerns of Forest Hills and Rego Park residents at October’s 112th Precinct Community Council meeting, Assemblyman Andrew Hevesi (D-Forest Hills) is petitioning the Department of Transportation for various safety improvements for pedestrians along Queens Boulevard.
A tour of Flushing Creek with area officials and Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Emily Lloyd last week only tended to show the sharp differences in approach to cleaning up the polluted waterway.
While Lloyd is pushing for small steps, including rooftop gardens and bioswales to prevent minor flooding, Friends of Flushing Creek and Councilman Peter Koo (D-Flushing) want another combined sewer overflow retention tank built and additional capacity added at the Tallman Island Treatment Plant.
It’s been a long wait, but in a few days tenants will finally be moving into Macedonia Plaza, an affordable housing project in Downtown Flushing.
Built by the adjacent Macedonia AME Church, the 14-story, 142-unit building includes studio and one-, two- and three-bedroom apartments, with 7,200 square feet of retail space on the first level.
A Richmond Hill woman was found guilty on 11 of 14 charges she faced as part of a financial scheme that she was arrested for in 2013, according to court records.
Chan Jamoona in a nonjury trial was found guilty of the top charge of fourth-degree conspiracy, public records show.
Monday night’s decision not to indict Ferguson, Mo. Police Officer Darren Wilson in the August shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown has filled up any openings in the Rev. Phil Craig’s normally busy schedule.
“I’ll be in Staten Island tonight,” said Craig, pastor of The Greater Springfield Community Church in Jamaica on Tuesday afternoon. “I’ll be at the press conference in Manhattan on Wednesday.”
It’s always gridlock alert day in Downtown Flushing.
Calling it “the perfect storm,” Flushing developer Michael Meyer said last Friday at a Community Board 7 district cabinet meeting that changing bus routes, construction and increased traffic have exacerbated the situation over recent months.
The 1955 Chevrolet was one of the most successful cars in history. General Motors produced over 1,776,000 of them. The car had a snappy small block V-8 engine and a host of power and luxury options. Chevrolet was no longer thought of as an old man’s car and was raised to a new level by young buyers.
Luby Chevrolet, located at 105-02 Queens Blvd. in Forest Hills, was one of the largest Chevy dealerships in Queens. However, they ended up with hundreds of unsold ’55 models that September, just a few days before the ’56 cars were to be introduced. They were parked on a huge parcel of land that for many years was owned by Cord Meyer and then by The Luby Realty Co. and the Judley Garage Co.
Borough President Melinda Katz and Councilman Rory Lancman discuss the Queens spaces included in the Parks Department’s Community Parks Initiative at a Borough Board meeting at Borough Hall on Monday.
Raymond Palmares, center, a representative from the city Department of Environmental Protection, updates members of the South Ozone Park Civic Association West about the sewer expansion project on the Belt Parkway.Photo by anthony o’reilly
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.
The Department of Homeless Services has been asking community boards around the city to recommend sites where homeless shelters might be placed.
But according to Community Board 9 Acting District Manager Lisa Gomes, no such place exists in the areas of Richmond Hill, Ozone Park, Woodhaven and Kew Gardens.
The PTA PS 16 gardening club in Corona joined the Parks Department greenhouse team to beautify Corona Plaza’s garden for the upcoming winter and spring seasons.
The 22 volunteers planted 500 daffodil bulbs, two displays of colorful winter cabbage, red twig dogwood and cotoneaster cranberry shrubs and hauled away 17 bags of garbage and garden debris.
Plans are in place to reduce the size of the pedestrian plaza at City Line and add parking spots to the area, less than a year after the public space was officially opened.
Community Board 9 Transportation Chairman Kenichi Wilson said last Wednesday that the Department of Transportation will add parking spots to the plaza that borders Brooklyn and Queens by next spring.
After being introduced to the state Legislature 20 years ago, the bill to increase property tax relief for veterans was signed into law by Gov. Cuomo last week.
“It is incumbent upon all of us to take care of our veterans when they return home,” state Sen. Mike Gianaris (D-Astoria), who sponsored the bill, said at a press conference on Nov. 13. “With this new law, we send a message to all those who serve that New York welcomes you back with open arms and will do everything we can to repay you for keeping our country safe.”
While the huge electronic marquee that informed northeast-bound motorists it is now illegal to make a left turn onto Queens Boulevard from Yellowstone Boulevard has been removed, leaving only a few less intrusive signs behind as reminders, complaints over the new traffic rule continue to reverberate.
The topic was given generous coverage during the Community Board 6 meeting on Nov. 12, with members of the Department of Transportation on hand to field questions and offer responses.
During Community Board 4’s monthly meeting last Wednesday, the Department of Transportation presented a Safe Routes to School proposal for the PS 13 annex in Elmhurst.
The program started in 2003 as a way for the DOT to determine and improve areas with the highest accident rates within a 700-foot radius of a school.
An overhaul is on the way for a handful of Queens parks relatively neglected over the course of the last few decades.
Detailing a plan unveiled last month at Bowne Playground in Flushing by Mayor de Blasio, Queens Parks Department Commissioner Dorothy Lewandowski outlined seven borough green spaces that will be revamped as part of the Community Parks Initiative at a meeting of the Borough Board at Borough Hall on Monday.
Hey, you’ve got to hide your car away.
A rash of vehicle thefts has plagued the 112th Precinct over the last month, according to Capt. Judith Harrison, commanding officer of the Forest Hills-based station.
Residents of Southeast Queens have spent two decades asking for input on ways to control the chronic flooding in the region.
On Oct. 13, more than 40 people from Springfield Gardens, Brookville and Rosedale took that opportunity as the state prepares to spend $6 million in federal Hurricane Sandy relief money in the Idlewild Watershed region.
Members of the South Ozone Park Civic Association West on Tuesday expressed concerns about a possible increase in traffic as a result of a sewer expansion project taking place along the Belt Parkway.
“I’m just worried about the heavy traffic,” one member said. “It’s already bad as it is.”
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.”
His way is not the QueensWay.
Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder (D-Rockaway Park) on Monday called on Gov. Cuomo to allocate part of the state’s $5 billion surplus for the reactivation of the Rockaway Beach rail line.