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Cash lanes at the Queens-bound Throgs Neck Bridge will be moved to the right side of the plaza beginning Monday, Dec. 9.
This new traffic configuration is being put in place in an effort to improve traffic flow at the toll plaza.
Chase bank recently donated a $800,000 leadership gift to Neighborhood Plaza Partnership to ensure that the Department of Transportation’s community partners in under-resourced neighborhoods will have the support they need to maintain clean, green and vibrant public plazas.
On Nov. 26, Councilwoman Julissa Ferreras (D-East Elmhurst), center, was joined by Talking Heads band member David Byrne, left, nearby Walgreens manager Edgar Gutierrez, NPP Director Laura Hansen, Hort Executive Director Sara Hobel, Queens Economic Development Corporation Executive Director Seth Bornstein and QEDC Director of Neighborhood Services Ricardi Calixte to receive the check in Corona Plaza.
Only a little more than a month after Community Board 9 gave its approval to South Queens’ first pedestrian plaza, the space is open and functioning.
The open plaza, located on Drew Street between 101st and Liberty avenues and the south side of 101st Avenue in City Line, was constructed in late October.
Jackson Avenue between Vernon Boulevard and Fourth Street in Long Island City was a major shopping hub early in the 20th century, with stores such as Snedeker Hardware, Hirshfield Jewelers and Willmark Baking Products, to name just a few.
At the time there were exactly 22 different Fourth streets scattered throughout Queens, making it a nightmare for emergency services, and the name was eventually changed to 50th Avenue.
Work is nearly halfway done on the Kew Gardens Interchange and the project may actually finish ahead of schedule.
In a presentation to the Borough Board on Monday night, Department of Transportation Director of Government Relations Charles O’Shea and construction supervisor Craig Ruyle laid out the construction plans for the coming winter months and gave an update on the project’s status.
Flushing Meadows Corona Park is full of borough staples including the Hall of Science, the Unisphere and the Queens Zoo. But while much of the park hasn’t seen an update in many years, the Queens Museum, however, is coming out with the big guns.
The museum that has been described as struggling or fighting to stay alive has completed a massive remodeling and expansion. Museum representatives are saying that this redesign is in no way a last resort to save the Queens Museum.
After 43 years in Jackson Heights, the main campus of Plaza College will call Forest Hills home starting next September.
Plaza College has agreed to a 15-year, 40,000-square-foot lease with Muss Development LLC and will move into the first two floors of the Forest Hills Tower at 118-35 Queens Blvd. The move of the main campus from Jackson Heights, where the school has been located since 1970, is designed to celebrate the school’s upcoming 100-year anniversary in 2016.
While thousands of people lined up in schools, churches and synagogues to cast their votes for city offices and state proposals, another group stood huddled together in Jackson Heights to conduct an election of their own.
The New York Coalition to Expand Voting Rights conducted a mock election complete with mock voting booths, ballots, poll workers and ballot boxes in Diversity Plaza.
Two allocations for improvements at the Queens Botanical Garden were announced last week by the Borough President’s Office.
A $3.15 million designation from capital funds will be used primarily to upgrade the Flushing garden’s pathways. An additional $114,764 will be allocated to pay for the design of a geothermal heating well.
Developers of the $850 million Flushing Commons mixed-use development project are calling reports that work will begin this week premature. It’s actually set to start early next year.
Last week, Crain’s and other business publications announced that the project, which has been delayed three years due to lack of financing, would begin on Thursday, Oct. 31. The date was allegedly the latest allowed by the city’s Economic Development Corp. for the developers, TDC Development and Construction Corp. and Rockefeller Group Development Corp. to begin.
City Councilman Eric Ulrich has many of the qualities you want in a lawmaker. He’s intelligent and thoughtful, principled but moderate, ambitious but not an egomaniac.
He deserves to be re-elected Nov. 5.
For elected officials, incumbency is typically a positive — a chance to make the case to voters that your term in office has been successful for the community you represent and their vote will give them more successes in the future
That’s exactly what Councilman Eric Ulrich (R-Ozone Park), running for a second full term in office, is hoping for.
Forest Hills Tower at 118-35 Queens Blvd. will be the new home of Plaza College in September 2014.
Plaza, a private college founded in 1916 and offering market-relevant associate and baccalaureate degrees through its schools of Allied Health and Business & Technology, will utilize the tower’s “building within a building” option and have a dedicated entrance on Queens Boulevard.
Choosing a college is rarely easy. In fact, it is generally one of the most nerve-wracking decisions anyone ever has to make.
So many variables come into play: Would a large or small school work best? What are the costs? Does the school have a financial aid program? What fields of study are offered? What extracurricular activities are available? What is the on-campus social life like? What percentage of graduates get jobs right away?
The former site of the “Triumph of Civic Virtue” statue continues to lay dormant outside of Borough Hall in Kew Gardens, with little in the way of development planned.
Plans to turn the area near the intersection of Queens Boulevard and Union Turnpike into a pedestrian plaza honoring historically important Queens women were in development even before the statue was taken down and moved to Green-Wood Cemetery in Brooklyn last December. Since the statue’s removal, the fenced-in site has become a target for graffiti and controversy.
Smokers are calling it a victory, but last week’s state Supreme Court decision that overturned a ban on lighting up in state parks is expected to have little effect in Queens or the rest of the city.
State parks announced in April 2012 that it was instituting a new policy banning smoking within state parks as well as beaches, playgrounds and pools. The agency backtracked but reintroduced its plan last December.
The ongoing manhunt for the Forest Park rapist dominated the 102nd Precinct Community Council meeting on Tuesday night in Richmond Hill, along with suggestions on how to improve safety in the park.
Deputy Inspector Hank Sautner, the precinct’s commanding officer, stood next to giant wanted posters featuring the sketch of the suspect and information in English and Spanish.
A meeting arranged by state Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) with the NYPD on why the agency had moved its tow pound to the College Point Corporate Park without notice was canceled last week with no new information released.
Avella was not given a reason for the cancellation or told when another session could be held. He and Community Board 7 officials are puzzled and angered by the move.
Community Board 9 approved a proposed pedestrian plaza in City Line on Tuesday night.
The malls are planned for the south side of 101st Avenue between Drew and 78th streets and the small section of Drew Street between 101st and Liberty avenues.
Mayor Bloomberg announced on Monday that sections of Long Island City will be one of 10 neighborhoods in the city to receive free Wi-Fi service.
The access area — bordered by Queens Plaza, Jackson Avenue and Vernon Boulevard — will grant businesses and residents who live and work in the area free internet connection as part of the mayor’s Wireless Corridor Challenge.
The Bayside Village Business Improvement District will hold its second annual sidewalk sale and first weekend walk along Bell Boulevard from noon to 5 p.m. Sept. 27 to 29.
During the weekend walk, a portion of Bell Boulevard will be closed to traffic.
With an eye to keeping tenants healthy, officials from the Macedonia Community Development Corp. announced last week that its under-construction affordable housing building in Flushing will be smoke-free when it opens next year.
The corporation is a subsidiary of the Macedonia AME Church, which is building the 142-unit building next door at Union Street and 37th Avenue, in Municipal Parking Lot 1.