Councilman Donovan Richards (D-Laurelton) brought his fight for faster bus service along the Woodhaven-Cross Bay Boulevard corridor to the steps of City Hall on Tuesday morning.
Backed by members and leadership of the Riders Alliance, Richards brought more than 5,000 petitions from bus riders along the corridor, all asking the Metropolitan Transportation Authority and the city’s Department of Transportation to dedicate the money and manpower to establish a Bus Rapid Transit route.
Two weeks after the Metropolitan Transportation Authority Capital Program Review Board rejected the agency’s five-year budget proposal, three Queens elected officials are pressing for one of the program’s smaller items to make it into the final draft of the financial plan.
In a letter dated Tuesday, Reps. Grace Meng (D-Flushing) and Joe Crowley (D-Bronx, Queens) and City Councilman Danny Dromm (D-Jackson Heights) urged New York State Department of Transportation Commissioner and MTA Capital Program Review Board Chairwoman Joan McDonald to approve a $40 million proposal to reopen a Long Island Rail Road stop in Elmhurst.
The weekend closure on a segment of the No. 7 subway line will continue for four more weeks after beginning last Friday night.
Service will be suspended in both directions to accommodate signal maintenance and construction work between Queensborough Plaza and Times Square-42nd Street.
“Homeland [In]security: Vanishing Dreams” by Margaret Matthews-Berenson, Dorsky Gallery, 11-03 45 Ave., Long Island City, exhibition thru Nov. 16; Info: dorsky.org.
During a recent quarterly meeting with concerned parties, members of Community Board 7 demanded input in the review process for development of Municipal Parking Lot 3 in Downtown Flushing.
Bids on the mixed-income, affordable housing complex planned near the Long Island Rail Road station were due earlier this month to the city’s Department of Housing Preservation and Development.
LaGuardia Airport may not stay in the third world after all.
On Monday, Vice President Joe Biden and Gov. Cuomo unveiled a state plan to modernize and revitalize LaGuardia, JFK, Republic and Stewart airports.
The weekend of Oct. 18-20 will be the first of five when service along segments of the No. 7 subway line will be suspended in both directions to accommodate signal maintenance and construction work between Queensborough Plaza and Times Square-42nd Street.
The Metropolitan Transportation Authority is fitting the line with communication-Based Train Control technology, which will replace signaling equipment that in some cases is between 50 and 90 years old.
Rep. Joe Crowley discusses federal issues ranging from Ebola to ISIS as well as Queens-centric matters such as the planning of a new Long Island Rail Road station in Elmhurst during a busy Community Board 4 meeting on Tuesday.
“Elaine Hajian: The Evolution of an Artist,” Queens Botanical Garden, Visitor & Administration Building, 43-50 Main St., Flushing, admission included with entry ($4 adults, $3 seniors, $2 students/children 3-12). Contact: (718) 886-3800, queensbotanical.org.
The Long Island Rail Road is reminding riders that track construction work in and around Rockville Centre could add several minutes to an hour to some trips this weekend, Oct. 18 and 19.
The changes will include reduced service, shuttle buses and schedule adjustments.
This Sunday, more than 700 teams and 3,000 participants are expected to attend the American Cancer Society’s Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk in Flushing Meadows Corona Park.
The 3-mile-long walk, beginning at the Unisphere and the Fountain of the Planets, raises money for breast cancer research. It will take place rain or shine.
The Queens version of the High Line may actually happen after all.
The plan to turn the abandoned Rockaway Beach rail line into a linear park has a detailed proposal. A piece of it, in the northern end of the former Long Island Rail Road route, could even be built within the next year.
The City Council’s Transportation Committee on Monday put the finishing touches on legislation that will reduce the speed limit on most streets in the city to 25 miles per hour.
The new law is slated to go into effect on Nov. 7. The existing limit is 30 miles per hour.
A vacant plot of land in the Centreville section of Ozone Park will be home to a brand-new elementary school in three years, if the Department of Education’s plans, which were previewed at Community Board 10 last Thursday, come to fruition.
The site — a triangle shape bordered by Albert Road, Raleigh Street and North Conduit Avenue — has always been vacant, often overgrown with tall grass and weeds in one of the few neighborhoods in Queens with space to spare.
Nearly 30 years after Long Island Rail Road passenger trains last stopped in Elmhurst, the MTA has laid out plans to construct a new stop in the bustling northwest Queens neighborhood.
However, area elected officials and civic associations who have pressed for a station for years shouldn’t consider the $40 million plan as set in stone just yet.
A Long Island Rail Road locomotive derailed in Maspeth on Tuesday evening, sending gallons of diesel fuel spilling out of the tipped engine.
The incident occurred around 6:30 p.m. about a mile west of the Fresh Pond Rail Yard, near the intersection of Eliot Avenue and 60th Lane.
Representatives from the city Department of Transportation came to Howard Beach Tuesday for the second of three workshops aimed at getting community input into the expansion of the Jamaica Bay Greenway through the neighborhood.
About two dozen Howard Beach residents attended the meeting at the Old Mill Yacht Club, and their opinions on the proposals to extend the walk and bike trail through the neighborhood ranged from guarded support to complete opposition.
Few things have been constant since 1979, but:
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The Metro Parrot Head Club likes to party with a purpose and its Bayside president is making sure that effort continues.
Fans of musician Jimmy Buffett and his Coral Reefer Band are legendary. They attend his concerts dressed in tropical garb and many join one of the 200 Parrot Head clubs in the United States.
In an effort to improve pedestrian safety from 69th to 87th streets between Roosevelt and 34th avenues, a new slow zone has been implemented in Jackson Heights.
The move will bring “much-needed traffic safety elements to one of [the area’s] busiest business and residential areas,” said Councilman Danny Dromm (D-Jackson Heights), who made the announcement on Monday at a press conference at the corner of 34th Avenue and 82nd Street.
Absent a last-minute extension, the emergency suspension of alternate-side-of-the-street parking around the Queens Supreme Courthouse in Kew Gardens will end on Monday morning, giving residents and businesses the first full taste of life without the condemned Borough Hall parking garage.
The garage, where the city’s Department of Transportation had about 400 spaces used by people going to the court house and Borough Hall, was shut down last week, about seven months after published sources claimed the city determined it to be unsafe.
Work on Flushing Commons, the large mixed-use development, has not only affected area businesses but the historic church next door as well.
“Construction has impacted the congregation,” said the Rev. Richard McEachern, senior pastor of the approximately 300-member Macedonia AME Church.