Community Board 3 residents can now know the purpose of peculiar green sidewalk markings that have appeared in the last year.
At CB 3’s January meeting last Thursday at IS 227 in East Elmhurst, Mikelle Adgate, from the city Department of Environmental Protection, spoke about the upcoming construction of 11 bioswales, a planter-like infrastructures designed, built and maintained to absorb excess rainwater.
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.
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.
“Plymptoons,” short films and drawings by Bill Plympton, Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35 Ave., 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 recent column “Select Bus Service will make Woodhaven worse” attempts to raise groundless fears about SBS, and dismisses its potential to benefit riders, drivers and pedestrians. The success of other SBS routes in New York City and the daily experience of bus riders on Woodhaven Boulevard tell a much different story, about both the need and the potential for improvement.
On Webster Avenue in the Bronx, ridership on the Bx41 has increased, and new bus lanes have eliminated delays. SBS also makes streets safer. The M15 First and Second Avenue SBS saw a 21 percent reduction in traffic injuries on the route segments where improvements similar to those being considered for Woodhaven have been installed. Traffic congestion has also been reduced over most of the M15 corridor, as demonstrated by before-and-after taxi GPS data.
Of the three design concepts the DOT and MTA presented for Woodhaven, concepts 2 and 3 would transform a dangerous, congested corridor into a street that works for the entire community. To the two agencies’ credit, all three options have been presented for discussion in community meetings wher
e plenty of substantive feedback was provided. Many more meetings are planned, to examine bus performance and traffic impacts, and design treatments of key street segments and intersections. The DOT and MTA to date have made good on their commitment to conduct an open and fair process — while ensuring that an urgently needed project moves forward.
And the need is truly urgent. Over 30,000 riders per day now suffer from slow, unreliable service on Woodhaven and Cross Bay boulevards. Long lines of riders now wait for buses throughout the day and late into the evening at Queens Center mall and major subway transfer points, without even the minimal comfort and dignity that a decent bus shelter would provide. These riders deserve better, as do the drivers, pedestrians and bicyclists who deal with these boulevards on a daily basis.
And they deserve to see those improvements soon. The column’s writers attempt to frame SBS vs. rehabilitating the Rockaway Beach Line as an either-or choice, but their costs, benefits and timeframes are vastly different and need to be evaluated on their own merits. Select Bus Service has the potential to transform Woodhaven — today one of Queens’ most dangerous streets — by late 2017. That transformation will be very much for the better, and can’t come a moment too soon.
You’re a mean one, Mrs. Grinch.
Protesters rally outside the Queens Center mall on Sunday for justice for those killed at the hands of police.
Protesters gathered outside the Queens Center mall in Rego Park on Sunday, calling for justice for victims of police violence and an indictment of Police Officer Peter Liang, who fatally shot Akai Gurley in the stairwell of a Brooklyn housing project last month.
Coordinated by DRUM — South Asian Organizing Center, formerly Desis Rising Up and Moving — and the Center for the Acceleration of African American Businesses, close to 80 people took park in a spoken-word event inside Burlington Coat Factory.
The Queens Center Food Court hosted almost 300 children for a breakfast with Santa on Saturday, Dec. 6.
Miss Queens NY 2015 Catherine Manett was also on hand to celebrate with Santa and Mrs. Claus as they read aloud to the kids from “’Twas the Night Before Christmas.”
There’s something about the winter holidays that makes everyone want some new clothes.
For shoppers who want to experience some holiday ambience while finding new clothing at good prices, Glendale Chamber of Commerce President Patricia Gatt recommends the Myrtle Avenue business district in Ridgewood.
There are 170 youngsters living at the Kings Inn Family Center in East Elmhurst, and despite their circumstances, they are all looking forward to Christmas and some presents from Santa Claus.
The children range in age from infant to 18 years old. They are away from home and their friends, in a strange environment, and don’t know what their futures hold.
The Queens chapter of the National Action Network, the organization headed by the Rev. Al Sharpton, announced shortly after 3 p.m. today that it will march “Plaza to Plaza” starting at 5 p.m. to protest alleged police mistreatment of the people, especially minorities.
Meanwhile other groups are planning what is expected to be a large protest that will start 30 minutes after the NAN rally just a couple blocks away in Foley Plaza. A number of activist groups with Queens members, including Communities United for Police Reform, were involved in planning that protest.
Santa Claus always comes early to Queens Center mall and here celebrated last year with the Elmhurst community and Councilman Danny Dromm, left.
Now that millions of Americans have finally come out of their turkey comas, the holiday season has officially started.
While Queens residents decorate their homes with lights and holly, the big man himself will be making appearances all over the borough to listen to the wishes and dreams of children in every neighborhood.
There are numerous holiday events scheduled in the coming weeks around southwestern Queens.
The festivities begin Saturday with a free holiday concert from 2 to 4 p.m. on the center green at The Shops at Atlas Park in Glendale. The Christ Tabernacle Choir will be performing.
More than 2,000 people attended the Queens Center Tree Lighting Ceremony at the mall in Elmhurst Nov. 15. Guests were treated to contests and prizes and everyone received a “Magic Wand,” top center, to help light the enchanted tree. Afterward, all the children were invited to have milk and cookies with Santa and Mrs. Claus. Also on hand for the event were City Councilman Danny Dromm, above left, Ms. Supermodel Petite USA Margaret Skourlis and Queens Center Senior Property Manager Jeff Owen — all of whom had some inspiring words to share with the crowd.
Santa will be at the mall through Dec. 24. Check shopqueenscenter.com for details on his doings.
More than 2,000 people attended the Queens Center Tree Lighting Ceremony at the mall in Elmhurst Nov. 15. Guests were treated to contests and prizes and everyone received a “Magic Wand,” top center, to help light the enchanted tree. Afterward, all the children were invited to have milk and cookies with Santa and Mrs. Claus. Also on hand for the event were City Councilman Danny Dromm, left, Ms. Supermodel Petite USA Margaret Skourlis and Queens Center Senior Property Manager Jeff Owen — all of whom had some inspiring words to share with the crowd. Santa will be at the mall through Dec. 24. Check shopqueenscenter.com for details on his doings.
More than 2,000 people attended the Queens Center Tree Lighting Ceremony at the mall in Elmhurst Nov. 15.
City Councilman Danny Dromm, left, Ms. Supermodel Petite USA Margaret Skourlis and Queens Center Senior Property Manager Jeff Owen — all of whom had some inspiring words to share with the crowd.
A three-month open enrollment period began on Nov. 15 for health plan coverage in the 2015 New York State of Health marketplace under the federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.
Previously known as the New York Health Benefit Exchange, the internet marketplace is designed to help people shop for and enroll in health insurance coverage. It is online at nystateofhealth.ny.gov.
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.
Less than four years ago, The Shops at Atlas Park was a failing shopping mall on the verge of going belly-up not long after its celebrated opening in 2006.
Now under new management, a number of store owners say the tide is turning at the Glendale shopping center.
Jamaica residents learned the hard way last Thursday that terrorism isn’t just the practice of international organizations such as al-Qaeda and ISIS.
A hatchet-wielding man brutally attacked four rookie police officers as they posed for a picture on Jamaica Avenue in what NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton said was an act of terror.
Halloween is right around the corner and institutions in Northern Queens are hatching up some spooky and fun events for the younger set beginning on Saturday, Oct. 25.
The Bayside Village BID is hosting a Halloween playland on Saturday from noon to 5 p.m. on 41st Avenue near the LIRR.