Congressman Joe Crowley (D-Bronx, Queens) has introduced a bill that he believes will improve the health of Queens residents and the Citi Bike sharing program.
The Bike to Work Act of 2014 would add bike sharing programs which already exist in numerous states and cities to the federal law that allows tax breaks for workers using mass transit to commute to and from work.
Public Advocate Letitia James said she wants the DOE to better enforce city rules requiring air conditioning on all school buses.
Last summer, Belinda Barnett-Andrea began noticing a problem with her son Frankie when he came home on a school bus from his District 75 program at a school in Bayside.
“He comes home ill,” she said. “He comes home late sometimes, flushed, turning all kinds of colors.”
As cats continue to disappear, people from around the world are demanding something be done.
Astoria7 was founded by Mary Witty, an Astoria resident and cat caretaker after seven of the feral cats she had been feeding disappeared.
In what can only be described as a Wednesday afternoon massacre, Borough President Melinda Katz and Mayor de Blasio axed nearly half of the Queens Library Board of Directors.
The fourth annual Grace Jamaican Jerk Festival, featuring wide varieties of Jamaican and other Caribbean cuisine, will take place at 1 p.m. on Sunday, July 20, at Roy Wilkins Park in St. Albans.
The festival will feature traditional jerk cuisine and an array of dishes to appeal to daring and less adventurous palates.
Hundreds turned out Sunday for the seventh annual Tour de Queens biking event that began at Flushing Meadows Park.
The family-friendly event took riders through 20 miles of Queens including Bay Terrace, Flushing, East Flushing, Murray Hill, Auburndale, Beechhurst, Whitestone and Bayside.
The city Department of Education announced last month that it was making changes to its Blue Book — the annual document that outlines school organization and utilization — based on suggestions from a panel created earlier this year by Schools Chancellor Carmen Fari–a.
The Blue Book has been the focus of several education-related debates in the city in recent years, from trailers in schoolyards to co-locations. Critics allege the Bloomberg administration’s Blue Books underestimated how much space schools need and overestimated how much space was available to make co-locations politically palpable.
Queensbridge residents love their neighborhood park along the East River, but they don’t want the twain to meet. Now they can have some piece of mind that they won’t.
Officials and activists gathered in Queenbridge Park on Vernon Boulevard under the summer sun Tuesday to celebrate the completion of a $6.65 million seawall and 6-foot-wide promenade with benches and plantings with a small fishing wharf at the northern end. The planning took more than a decade, but once construction started, it was completed in a year.
The annual Tour de Queens bicycle tour will be held on Sunday, beginning at Flushing Meadows Park.
Registration begins at 8 a.m. at the plaza between the Unisphere and the Queens Museum and closes at 9 a.m. The tour departs at 9:30 a.m. and returns to the park around 12:30 p.m.
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.
Rockaway officials and residents are furious that the $75 billion budget approved by the City Council last week does not include funding for permanent ferry service connecting the area to Manhattan, setting off a battle between City Hall and the distant peninsula over the popular, but pricey, service that began after Hurricane Sandy.
“Although the Rockaway ferry service was not included in the final city budget, our community will not give up the fight,” said Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder (D-Rockaway Park). “I am severely disappointed in Mayor de Blasio and the Economic Development Corporation for ignoring the transit needs of southern Queens and Rockaway families. Like every other borough in the city, we deserve an affordable, efficient and reliable means of transportation. The ferry has been a lifeline for our families and small businesses after the devastation caused by Sandy and it must remain permanent.”
The cascading controversy surrounding the Queens Library is taking yet another turn today, as a majority of the institution's board members are plotting to work out a new deal with President and CEO Tom Galante in advance of new restrictions on their governing capabilities expected to take effect within the next few weeks.
Last week, Community Board 1 unanimously voted against the building proposal for development of Astoria Cove unless the developers agree to several conditions it laid out.
It was deemed a victory by many of the union workers and affordable housing advocates in attendance.
Seated in a large rectangular configuration in a giant hangar at the Vaughn College of Aeronautics at LaGuardia Airport, the Queens Aviation roundtable members reconvened last Wednesday to discuss noise, flight procedures, and plan for the future of the body.
Ed Knoesel, manager of Environmental Services for the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, chaired the meeting and updated members on the newly created Noise Office, which is hiring staff. The PA is still placing noise monitors and would like site suggestions from community members in relatively quiet residential areas. He noted that Queens Quiet Skies has already provided a lengthy list based on flight routes and procedures. Two were placed recently, one of which is in Bayside, and the PA can purchase up to 36 more portable monitors.
Many brought heated words and emotions to a public meeting condemning proposed changes to the specialized high school admissions policy at the Flushing Library on Sunday. They support the existing system, under which a student’s score on a single multiple choice test determines his or her ranking and acceptance into one of the eight elite schools.
Two bills, at least one motivated by the desire to address the racial disparity between the students at these schools and the city’s overall population by changing the admissions criteria, were introduced in the state legislative session that just ended. Neither passed, but they could be brought up again in the next session.
The defunct Parkway Hospital site is up for auction yet again! The Jasper Venture Group, a Manhattan-based real estate investment firm, had announced plans to build luxury condos at the location in May, which was auctioned off to 70-35 113th Street LLC in January. However, the developer declined to discuss the current situation.
An employee of councilwoman Karen Koslowitz (D-Forest Hills) saw the site listed for an auction on July 11, in a real estate publication. The councilwoman’s office has not heard from the developer or Joseph Risi, the Queens Supreme Court-appointed referee, according to Michael Cohen, a spokesman for Kozlowitz. Cohen said he was “not surprised” to see it up for auction again.
The debate over banning horse-drawn carriages in Central Park has gained momentum since Mayor de Blasio — an avid critic of the practice — entered office.
On one side, animal rights activists call the carriage rides inhumane because of the hot asphalt and tough city conditions the horses are forced to endure; on the other, carriages are a novelty and show the more romantic side of the city.
Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley, center, stands with Public Advocate Letitia James and fire union workers to call for the end of the 911 UCT system.
The sign says it all as Public Advocate Letitia James and Mayor de Blasio celebrate a huge victory in his plans for univer sal all-day prekindergarten outsie of A to Z Center Too in Queens Village.
The outcome of the May 29 vote that gave Mayor de Blasio 10,400 universal pre-K seats in September was never really in doubt; nevertheless, the mayor was jubilant the next day when he discussed passage of his signature initiative in Queens Village.
De Blasio, Public Advocate Letitia James and Deputy Mayor Richard Buery spoke excitedly on a visit to the A to Z Center Too, one of 204 community-based prekindergarten providers approved last week by the Panel on Educational Policy.
A project to make three-dimensional images of the New York State Pavilion for posterity is underway this week at Flushing Meadows Park.
Lori Walters, a post-World War II historian at the University of Central Florida, who has emotional ties to the fairgrounds, says a 3-D laser scanner will provide an exact representation of the 50-year-old pavilion in case of a disaster or just to show future generations what it looks like in 2014.
Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley (D-Glendale) wasn’t satisfied with speaking at a City Council oversight hearing on the city’s 911 Unified Call Taker system.
She took to the outside of City Hall beforehand to press for change, too.
Elisa Velazquez, counsel to Borough President Melinda Katz, disputes a legal interpretation during the May 22 meeting of the Queens Library Board of Trustees. Velazquez and appointees of the mayor, Council speaker, public advocate and comptroller are barred from voting on board business, though their counterparts do so in Brooklyn and Manhattan.