City Planning Commission Chairman Carl Weisbrod announced Monday that part of Downtown Flushing’s waterfront is being targeted for upzoning to help implement the mayor’s plan for more affordable housing.
Weisbrod testified at a City Council hearing that three areas in the city are being studied for Mayor de Blasio’s initiative to create 200,000 affordable housing units. Besides Flushing, they are East New York and the Cromwell-Jerome section in the Bronx.
City officials this week said a storm sewer project aimed at reducing flooding in northeastern Laurelton should be completed by summer 2016.
The Department of Environmental Protection’s two-year, $18 million project will see 142 catch basins installed in neighborhood streets, leading to nearly four miles of new storm sewer lines.
The Daghlian Collection of Chinese Art, highlights of the collection of over 1,600 objects spanning 5,000 years, Queens College, Klapper Hall, 65-30 Kissena Blvd., Flushing, thru Jan. 10. Info: daghlian.qc.cuny.edu.
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.
Many people at last week’s Community Board 6 meeting say the city erred in banning left-hand turns from northeast-bound Yellowstone Boulevard onto westbound Queens Boulevard.
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.
Queens drivers who have been using Queens Boulevard to get around the new citywide speed limit better enjoy it while they can.
The major thoroughfare — which has a posted speed limit of 30 mph — is expected to reduce to 25 miles per hour by the end of the year, according to the Department of Transportation.
Hundreds of needy children and teens will receive toys and gifts this holiday season thanks to the generosity of you, our Queens Chronicle readers.
Our 20th annual holiday toy drive begins now and runs through Dec. 22. Additional dropoff locations have been added throughout the borough, but of course the main site at the Chronicle office, 62-33 Woodhaven Blvd. in Rego Park will be open for deliveries Monday through Friday, from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. The office is located about a quarter mile south of the Long Island Expressway, exit 19, on the east side of the street.
Anger knows no borders.
Dozens of infuriated Elmhurst residents made the trek last Thursday across the East River to Lower Manhattan to testify at a public hearing on the proposed contract between the Department of Homeless Services and Samaritan Village to operate the old Pan American Hotel as a permanent shelter.
Overnight service in Manhattan on the N, Q and R subway lines will be suspended or redirected for four consecutive nights between Monday, Nov. 17 and Friday morning Nov. 21 to accommodate Fastrack cleaning and maintenance operations.
Fastrack is a program of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority that sends large crews into stations and tunnels along select lines to clean and paint; and to inspect, repair and replace signals, track and other equipment.
Anger knows no borders.
Dozens of infuriated Elmhurst residents made the trek Thursday across the East River to Lower Manhattan to testify at a public hearing on the proposed contract between the Department of Homeless Services and Samaritan Village to operate the Pan American Hotel as a permanent shelter.
“Ukiyo-e Heroes,” gamers and art lovers unite as modern icons meet an ancient art form, RESOBOX, 41-26 27 St., Long Island City, Opening reception, Fri., Nov. 14, 7-9 p.m. Exhibit runs thru Dec. 4. Free. RSVP to reception: firstname.lastname@example.org; info: resobox.com/ukiyoe-heroes.
Married Ridgewood couple Luis Chango, 45, and Rosa Jerez, 37, were arraigned Monday night on several charges of what prosecutors called “stroller trolling.” The couple is alleged to have stolen several cell phones, wallets, credit cards and cash out of the strollers of unsuspecting shoppers at a number of Queens retailers between August and November.
More than a dozen women between the ages of 18 and 38 were targeted by the couple. In many cases, it is alleged that Jerez distracted the victims with conversation or acted as a lookout for Chango, who removed the stolen property.
Before Miguel Mejia-Ramos was sentenced last Friday for killing his wife and baby daughters, his attorney, Michael Anastasiou, asked that the court consider his client’s remorse and acceptance of his crime.
Queens Supreme Court Judge Kenneth Holder did anything but, saying no sentence could adequately punish Mejia-Ramos for killing Deisy Garcia, 21, in a jealous rage, and then stabbing his daughters to death as they slept.
A 21-year-old Laurelton man has been charged with second-degree murder after driving his car into a group of pedestrians following an altercation at a Merrick Boulevard banquet hall on Nov. 8.
The NYPD and Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said Kevin Weekes allegedly rammed his car into a group of people standing outside the Visions of New York banquet facility just after 8 p.m., killing Kevin Lewis, 20, also of Laurelton.
A multimillion-dollar city project completed ahead of schedule is as rare as a traffic-free morning on one of the many highways running through Kew Gardens.
With the opening of the new northbound Van Wyck Expressway viaduct last week, just one part of the extensive Kew Gardens Interchange project, at least one of those scenarios will come to fruition.
Closing time, you don’t have to go home but you can’t stay here.
The bass has stopped bumping at Elmhurst nightspot Club Hive, as the NYPD’s Civil Enforcement Unit shuttered the venue last Thursday night, six days after an early morning shooting on the sidewalk near the club’s front door left 20-year-old Tamar Sermons, of Laurelton, dead and two others wounded.
A proposed five-year, $42.4 million contract between the Department of Homeless Services and Samaritan Village to operate a permanent homeless shelter at the former Pan American hotel was on the agenda for a 10 a.m. public hearing in Manhattan on Thursday morning.
According to the Mayor’s Office of Contract Services, the proposed contract between DHS and the Briarwood-based human services agency will run from Dec. 6 to June 30, 2019, with a four-year renewal option from July 1, 2019 to June 30, 2023.
Residents who live along Woodhaven and Cross Bay boulevards last Wednesday expressed mixed opinions about a series of proposals that would turn one lane of the corridor into a dedicated bus lane, saying they were concerned with how the proposal would be implemented.
“This is a consolidation and when you consolidate, someone’s going to win and someone’s going to lose,” said Rockaway resident Phil McManus, a member of the Queens Public Transit Committee.
The November meeting of Community Board 7, held Monday at Union Plaza Care Center in Flushing, tackled an issue many felt like they’d seen before: a school and nearby residents sparring over how to manage traffic.
The center of contention was PS 163 and a proposal to make 159th Street on one side of the school one-way, running northbound for two blocks between the Long Island Expressway to Booth Memorial Avenue, and adjacent 160th Street one-way and southbound.
Rosedale residents who for decades have put up with floods, and for more than a year with ripped up streets, curbs and sidewalks, are now looking forward to a near future with neither.
That was the hope that many came away with on Nov. 6 at a meeting of the Springfield/Rosedale Community Action Association, where representatives of the construction company and the city’s Economic Development Corp. gave a progress report.
In an era when there are cable news networks devoted to reporting the world of big business and world finance, an Obama administration official was in Bayside last week talking small business.
“Small businesses account for 51 percent of the jobs in this country,” said Maria Contreras-Sweet, administrator of the Small Business Administration.
There’s a reason they say hard work, laser-like determination and people skills can lead to great success in business: because it’s true. Just ask Thomas Chen.
Chen came to the United States from Taiwan in 1982, when he was 27, with just a few dollars in his pocket and no English skills whatsoever. Settling in Elmhurst, he was alone for his first year here, having left his wife and their young son back home. His first job was ironing shirts and pants in a garment factory in Manhattan’s Chinatown.
He rarely speaks above a whisper, but Carl Clay, founder and executive producer of Black Spectrum Theatre, a community-based professional company in Southeast Queens, manages to get the job done.
Perhaps it’s his love for what he does. As he states in the introduction to his autobiographical work, “Poor-Ducing Theatre & Film at Black Spectrum,” in the theater “you can move at top speeds and roll in and out of the cloud of your mind and travel to places and meet people from every culture in the world without leaving the ground.”