Andrew Newman, the Department of Parks and Recreation’s Central Forestry Division’s communications manager, discusses the MillionTreesNYC initiative with those present at Saturday’s Woodhaven Residents’ Block Association meeting. Department representatives said the program has planted about 938,000 trees across the city.
MillionTreesNYC, the initiative that aims to plant that many across the city in a 10-year period, is well on its way to achieving its goal, representatives from the Department of Parks and Recreation said at the Woodhaven Residents’ Block Association’s monthly meeting on Saturday.
The project, which was kicked off in 2007 by then-Mayor Bloomberg and entertainer Bette Midler, founder of the New York Restoration Project, has already led to the planting of an estimated 938,000 trees in the five boroughs, Parks representatives said.
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.
The design work for the restoration of Spring Creek, which was damaged during Superstorm Sandy, is underway after the city last month allocated $100,000 for the project.
According to a Dec. 9 letter from Lizette Christoff, assistant director of the Office of Management and Budget, $100,000 in city funds has been allocated toward the design phase of “the restoration of the Salt Marsh and Coastal Upland at Spring Creek Park.”
U.S. Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-New York) on Tuesday urged the Department of the Interior to designate $10 million from its fiscal year 2016 budget to benefit and refurbish critical areas of New York’s Gateway National Recreation Area, which includes the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge, Riis Beach, Fort Tilden, Floyd Bennett Field and Canarise Pier.
“Gateway National Recreation Area provides unique, urban park and beach space to countless New Yorkers and visitors, and these transformative projects will make it an even better and more resilient urban park,” Schumer said in a prepared statement.
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.
“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.
The National Park Service on Jan. 22 will update the community on its ongoing environmental assessment for the proposed remediation of Jamaica Bay’s West Pond, which became a saltwater lagoon after Superstorm Sandy.
“The ongoing participation of the public is very important to the success of this project,” Jennifer Nersesian, superintendent of Gateway National Recreation Area, said in a statement on Monday.
“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.
It’s winter, and you know what that means. Time to lace up the boots and go outside and enjoy the fresh brisk air.
No, seriously. Winter doesn’t have to be a time where you come down with cabin fever. You can enjoy the outdoors. And you can do it without leaving Queens.
“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.
A city bill regulating the use of drones has been proposed by Councilman Paul Vallone (D-Bayside), who is optimistic it will move forward quickly.
Another drone bill in the hopper has been proposed by Councilman Dan Garodnick (D-Manhattan). His would completely ban private drones, with the only exceptions for police and law enforcement with a warrant.
Score two for state Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) for getting the city Department of Transportation to take action on two problematic locations in Flushing and Little Neck.
The worst of the two is the area around the Flushing Commons construction project at the former municipal parking lot in Downtown Flushing. Avella and others, including the developer, have complained that lack of signage has backed up traffic on 37th and 39th avenues from Union to Main streets and on Union from Roosevelt Avenue to Northern Boulevard.
(NAPSI)—A look at one man’s story may inspire many people, veterans or not, to help others overcome difficulties such as blindness.
Annual holiday fesitval, Variety Boys and Girls Club of Queens, 21-12 30 Road, Long Island City, Fri., Dec. 19, 5 p.m. Children will perform holiday songs and dances, games, pictures with Santa & Mrs. Claus and more. Open to the public. Info: (718) 728-0946, vbgcg.org.
The Middle Village Adult Center, located at 69-10 75 St., now offers a one-hour men’s fitness class twice a week, on Mondays and Thursdays from 8:45 to 9:45 a.m. The class is taught by Gerard, a city Parks and Recreation-certified instructor. It has three components: cardio aerobics, upperbody toning (using bands and weights) and muscle stretching.
The class is geared for all levels of experience, from those who have not worked out in years to the experienced exerciser.
Councilman Donovan Richards presided last Saturday over the annual tree lighting in Brookville Park. The evening’s fare included live music and entertainment, holiday-themed activities and giveaways.
The tree at the center of the festivities was donated by Richards last year.
QueensWay: 1. Rail: 0.
Supporters of the idea to turn the abandoned Rockaway Beach rail line into an elevated park similar to Manhattan’s High Line scored a victory on Friday, as $443,750 was awarded to the QueensWay project through Gov. Cuomo’s New York City Regional Economic Development Council.
(NAPSI)—As more physician practices refuse traditional health insurance and fewer medical students pursue primary care medicine, accessing and communicating with your doctor becomes more difficult—but there could soon be change for the better.
The holiday season is certainly a joyous time but it can be stressful when it comes to finding a gift for the special people in your life. Here are some last-minute gift ideas that just might inspire. You may even want to treat yourself!
Few terms are thrown about as carelessly in pop culture as “diva” is. However, when you are talking about female singers who have stage presence in every way imaginable, such as Lady Gaga, Bette Midler and Aretha Franklin do, then it’s entirely appropriate to apply it. As happenstance would have it, all three have new albums out.
I read your article about our politicians’ views on legalizing marijuana for recreational use (“What’s your rep’s take on the toke?” Nov. 27), and one thing really struck me. The only reason that legalizing it is being considered is because so many people are getting arrested for it and our government does not want them to have a criminal record. Thus, make it legal.
There is no mention about the fact that the drug does impair judgment. I don’t think anybody wants to see people driving high or going to school stoned. The argument here never brings up the pros and cons of pot versus alcohol. There is no rational discussion about whether it has any health issues, or whether it could be a gateway to other drug use. Nothing about how legalizing it would indicate to people that it is not bad to use. No, we are just admitting that lots of people are breaking the law, and rather than try to stop them — just remove that law.
I am not saying if I am for or against making marijuana legal. Just that if we want to entertain that idea, we have to look at all the facts.
What’s next? If enough people start shoplifting, make that legal too?
I read the November 20 South Queens edition of the Chronicle with a great deal of interest. In particular I appreciate the effort that the editors are making in covering the competing proposals to develop the former LIRR Rockaway line. The paper has repeatedly provided the readers with advocates for both proposals, for a park and for a rail line.
This particular edition had a story, “Use surplus cash on rail line: Goldfeder” by Anthony O’Reilly, reporting on Assemblyman Goldfeder’s proposal for rail service. The other, an Opinion by Andrea Crawford, argues in favor of park space.
In the basement of the Jamaica Muslim Center, Councilman Rory Lancman (D-Fresh Meadows) and various South Asian community leaders announced the opening of the Desi Senior Center on Monday.
The facility is the first to serve the Desi — South Asians — community three days a week at a single location.
It started out as a way to get kids revved up about track cycling. It became much more.
Star Track, a free bicycle program in Flushing’s Kissena Park for kids aged 8 to 14, began in 2003 as part of the city’s bid to host the 2012 Olympic games.