Queens and the rest of the city was spared the brunt of what was expected to be one of the biggest snowfalls in history.
Despite National Weather Service forecasts of up to 36 inches of snow in the five boroughs in the days and hours leading up to this week’s nor’easter, many Queens neighborhoods received only around a foot of snow by sunrise.
The 112th Precinct received a handful of reinforcements this month.
Six new officers were assigned to the command, run by Capt. Judith Harrison, center, and were introduced at last Wednesday’s 112th Precinct Community Council meeting.
Araya Rasdjarmrearnsook and “In Practice: Under Foundations,” thru March 30, SculptureCenter, 44-19 Purves St., Long Island City. Info: (718) 361-1750.
Some time ago, I tried to find the text of President Barack Obama’s executive order on immigration, but I could not. So I contacted one of my elected officials, and I got the following response …
“The President did not issue an Executive Order on immigration, he spoke about actions that the Executive Branch is able to take to address immigration. Executive Orders, as you mentioned, are issued by the President and are legally binding, whereas executive actions are not. In this case, the Executive Branch receives the authority to carry out the actions mentioned by the President in his speech in the following ways:
• The Executive Branch has the authority to decide deportation policy based on independent prosecutorial discretion.
• The Immigration and Nationality Act, signed into law in 1965, gives the Executive Branch certain authorities related to immigration policy, such as paroling high-skilled immigrants into the United States, as the President mentioned.”
“Art in the Garden—Paul Lin: Botanical Therapeutic Art,” Queens Botanical Garden, 43-50 Main St., Flushing. Info: (718) 886-3800, queensbotanical.org.
After high ticket sales last weekend and an outpouring of support from the community, owner Nicolas Nicolaou has decided to keep the Cinemart Cinemas in Forest Hills open.
“We believe, and the community believes, that the theater has something special,” Nicolaou said. “This is what neighborhood cinemas should be about. To come in and see your neighbors and friends and to discuss the movie afterward.”
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.
For months, the debate has been whether to put parkland or a train on the old Rockaway Beach rail tracks.
But state Sen. Joe Addabbo Jr. (D-Howard Beach) has a different idea: Do nothing.
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.
Struggling independent theater Cinemart Cinemas has a second chance at new life if there is a large turnout to this weekend’s screenings of Clint Eastwood’s new film “American Sniper,” starring Bradley Cooper.
Owner Nicolas Nicolaou was in talks with realtors to either sell the property or rent the space out when he got word that Warner Bros. Pictures would give Cinemart a trial by licensing “American Sniper.”
Pizza Drive, at 93-01 63 Dr. in Rego Park, summer 1967.
As America’s taste for pizza exploded in the 1950s, Puerto Rican immigrant Ismael “Diego” Santiago (1929-2008) seized an opportunity of a lifetime.
With a loan from the widow of the owner of the Waverly apartment building in Rego Park, he took over a closed butcher shop across the street, on the corner of 63rd Drive and Wetherole Street, in 1958. He turned it into a pizzeria named Pizza Bowl, and it was an immediate success. A year later, Diego changed its name to Pizza Drive.
“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.
Two women look both ways as they attempt to cross Queens Boulevard in Rego Park on Wednesday. According to city statistics, it’s never been safer to walk the streets, as fewer pedestrians were killed in traffic collisions in 2014 than ever before.
The latest crime statistics indicate that in 2014 the city saw its lowest robbery and burglary rates of the past 10 years and the fewest murders since reliable records have been kept. Mayor de Blasio held a press conference Monday to announce the positive numbers, which come during a turbulent time for the city and police-mayoral relations.
The stats boast a 4.6 percent drop in overall crime, with 2,600 fewer robberies than in 2013. Housing crime is down 6 percent and subway crime dropped 15 percent with only two deaths. Murder rates decreased to a record low, 332 for the year, despite a 55 percent spike in homicides during the final weeks of December.
The National Weather Service is forecasting dangerously cold temperatures in New York City from Wednesday night into Thursday afternoon.
Temperatures are predicted to fall to 9 degrees in Long Island City and Rosedale, and 10 in Bayside, Rego Park and Howard Beach.
The wind-chill factor will make it feel below zero overnight, with gusts of up to 39 mph expected in some parts of 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.
Hitching a ride to work in front of Alexander’s department store on the corner of Queens Boulevard and 63rd Road in Rego Park, Jan. 4, 1966.
The Queens Chronicle’s seventh annual Holiday Photo Contest is nearly over. Have we received your submission yet?
Take pictures of lights, miniature villages, snowmen (if it snows), joyous children and families — anything that reflects the season — and send them on in. You might even capture Santas on bikes, like entrant Steve Fisher did in 2012. Make sure your photos are taken in Queens, tell us the location and other details about them, and be creative. Also be sure to say whether you are an amateur or professional photographer.
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.