Residents eager to help decide the fate of the reconstructed Bruson Building crowded into the Jewish Center of Jackson Heights Thursday evening, causing the town hall’s organizers to add extra chairs and bump out the back wall to make room.
On her 387th day in office, Queens Borough President Melinda Katz delivered her first tate of the Borough speech, listing accomplishments that she spoke of with pride, and future goals that she addressed with a mixture of hope and determination.
“Our motto at Borough Hall is simply this,” Katz told a capacity crowd at the Colden Center at Queens College. “If it’s good for our families, it’s good for Queens.”
Borough President Melinda Katz was scheduled at 10 a.m. today, Jan. 22, to give her first State of the Borough speech at Queens College. We believe she’ll report the state of the borough to be strong.
And while there’s always room for improvement, and many challenges are on the table, we agree.
Community Board 5 didn’t support a rail tunnel underneath New York Harbor when it was first proposed a decade ago, and it sure isn’t going to support it now.
The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey has proposed five waterborne and five rail alternatives to the current system of moving 90 percent of the New York City metropolitan area’s freight by truck, something officials say is no longer efficient.
I would like to praise retired NYPD Capt. Joseph Concannon, a 25-year veteran, for organizing a nonpartisan unity rally for our Finest. This took place on Tuesday, Jan. 13 in front of Queens Borough Hall, with as many as 400 supporters.
This I believe sends out a message that as law-abiding citizens, we support our Finest, who serve and protect the lives and property of our citizens. They do this on each and every day and risk their lives in the process, for which we say, “Thank You.”
Concannon says it does not end with one rally and there are more to come.
To him and all of his supporters, I salute your support of the NYPD. Kudos for a message that needed to be said and which was loud and clear as you braved the cold to say it.
Remember, we the people have a voice and are not afraid to exercise that right for the good of the many in defense of our Finest.
Recently the only movie theater close by, the Cinemart Cinemas theater, stated that if they did not get more business, they would have to close. This is a true “small business,” family owned and operated historic theater. In order to help them, the Greater Woodhaven Development Corporation is going to purchase 10 adult tickets and 10 senior citizen tickets to distribute free of charge to our community. The movie that is now showing at the theater is “American Sniper.” This program, the GWDC hopes, will start a trend with other local organizations of buying “blocks” of tickets to help this theater survive and flourish. The GWDC intends to do this for other movies in the future.
Although this theater is not in Woodhaven, it is the closest to our community and we have to support it.
“Art in the Garden—Paul Lin: Botanical Therapeutic Art,” Queens Botanical Garden, 43-50 Main St., Flushing. Info: (718) 886-3800, queensbotanical.org.
Borough President Melinda Katz addresses members of the press during a session in the Borough Hall conference room Tuesday, prior to her State of the Borough speech set for today, Jan. 22.
An item that wasn’t on the official agenda seemed to receive the most attention from members of Community Board 6 at the group’s monthly meeting last Wednesday.
Of concern is a bill that would impose term limits on community board members for a maximum of six consecutive two-year terms, or a total of 12 years.
City Schools Chancellor Carmen Farina said last Thursday that her question-and-answer session with parents and educators in Little Neck was one of the most challenging Q&As she’s attended.
“You’ve given me the most complex questions and the most variety of questions,” she told those packed inside JHS 67’s auditorium.
Araya Rasdjarmrearnsook and “In Practice: Under Foundations,” opening Sat., Jan. 24, 5–7 p.m., SculptureCenter, 44-19 Purves St., Long Island City. Info: (718) 361-1750.
The message was loud and clear.
The NYPD deserves better than this.
Calling it a “gateway to city services,” Mayor de Blasio launched the city’s municipal identification card program Monday morning at the Flushing Library.
Although all New Yorkers age 14 or over are eligible to apply, the program is geared toward illegal immigrants and the homeless, who may not now have proper identification. It will allow those people without driver’s licenses to use the ID card when stopped by police or for entering city buildings, hospitals and schools.
The message was loud and clear.
The NYPD deserves better than this.
Over 150 supporters gathered in the cold on Tuesday at Borough Hall to take part in a pro-police rally, organized by retired Capt. Joe Concannon, with multiple city and state civic, religious and political groups declaring their unconditional support for the NYPD.
“Isamu Noguchi, Patent Holder,” featuring inventions and designs created by the sculptor in the years leading up to the 1939 World’s Fair, Dr. M. T. Geoffrey Yeh Art Gallery, St. John’s University, 8000 Utopia Pkwy., Fresh Meadows, Jan. 15-Mar. 19. Info: stjohns.edu/about/events/isamu-noguchi-patent-holder-designing-world-tomorrow.
There was no safer year in New York City history to look both ways and cross the street than 2014.
Fewer pedestrians were killed in traffic accidents last year, 132, than in any other year since the city began recording data in 1910, with 37 deaths in Queens.
“Plymptoons,” short films and drawings by Bill Plympton, Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35 Ave., Long Island City, video screening amphitheater, thru Jan. 4. An hour-long selection of Plympton’s best short films, from 1987 to 2010, plus trailer for his new film, “Cheatin’,” Info: movingimage.us.
The Central Queens neighborhoods of Forest Hills, Rego Park, Kew Gardens and Briarwood are mostly made up of quiet, residential streets that, when you look around, can make you forget about the hustle and bustle of city life.
But that doesn’t mean news was sparse there in 2014.
It was a tense 2014 in the City of New York. And that was especially true in the largely residential Queens neighborhoods of Maspeth, Middle Village, Ridgewood, Glendale and Elmhurst.
Whether it was the stealthy opening of a homeless shelter in Elmhurst or the continued fight over placing one in an abandoned factory in Glendale, southwest Queens residents found themselves battling city government at different times throughout the year.
A public meeting will be held to discuss potential candidates for Community Board 9 district manager on Jan. 8 at 7 p.m. at Borough Hall, located at 120-55 Queens Blvd.
Community Board 9 Chairman Ralph Gonzalez originally announced the meeting at the board’s December session.
2014 began with tragedies in Western Queens. From the death of a 7-year-old to the discovery of Avonte Oquendo’s remains, it was a difficult winter. But not all of 2014 was bad. Many traffic-calming measures were installed throughout the borough to make Queens streets safer and a huge chunk of affordable housing was set aside in the Astoria Cove project. Here’s a look back at the top stories from the past 12 months.
The year started out with the installation of two new city councilmen — Paul Vallone of Bayside and Rory Lancman of Fresh Meadows. Vallone replaced Dan Halloran, who did not seek re-election following his indictment on federal bribery charges. Lancman replaced Jim Gennaro, who was term-limited out of office.
Southeast Queens had a year with a new mayor and old problems with accusations of political corruption, and possibly lost ground in its fight to keep airplane noise under control.
Many South Queens residents rang in 2014 with a lot of questions still on their mind. When would the city begin restoring homes damaged by Superstorm Sandy? When would the city address flooding issues in Lindenwood? Would Mary Ann Carey give in to pressure and resign as the district manager of Community Board 9?
Some of those questions, and others, were answered throughout the past 12 months, but still even more questions have been raised or have yet to be answered.
Two adult and two immature bald eagles have been spotted flying around Queens for some time now, according to Jeff Kollbrunner, a photographer from Briarwood.
“I’ve seen the four of them since September and some eagles as far back as six years,” Kollbrunner said.