You’re a mean one, Mrs. Grinch.
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.
Close to $5 million has been allocated to the revamping of the Cross Bay Bridge’s infrastructure and electronic equipment that was damaged by Superstorm Sandy, U.S. Sens. Chuck Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) announced last Thursday.
“Superstorm Sandy damaged Rockaway’s critical infrastructure like the Cross Bay Bridge, which connects the community with the rest of Queens and beyond,” Schumer said in a written statement. “I am pleased to announce $4.7 million in FEMA funding which will help repair and protect the Cross Bay Bridge in the event of a future storm.”
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.
In an effort to help families affected by Superstorm Sandy rebuild their homes, the city’s Build it Back program is seeking a new construction manager for Queens.
“Since the mayor’s overhaul, this has been a year of significant progress,” Amy Peterson, director of the mayor’s Office of Housing Recovery, which oversees the Build it Back program, said in an email to the Queens Chronicle. “And we expect the onboarding of new construction firms — who will deploy new strategies to target entire neighborhoods — will continue to accelerate the city’s Sandy recovery.”
Action needs to be taken to improve mobility between northern and southern Queens along the Woodhaven Boulevard corridor, including to and from Midtown Manhattan.
A new study by Queens College, Community Impact Study of Proposed Uses of the Rockaway Beach Branch Right of Way, reports that the region’s transit users must endure a subway trip that is 42 percent longer than the New York City average. In some cases, such as from Far Rockaway to Midtown, the subway journey time is at least an hour. Travel to other parts of Queens can exceed two hours. In contrast, the Long Island Rail Road trains that crossed Jamaica Bay on the Rockaway Beach Line took as little as 43 minutes.
Councilman Eric Ulrich (R-Ozone Park) announced on Tuesday that his anti-graffiti initiative has successfully cleaned up 60 locations throughout his district since its implementation in early October.
“This initiative takes a proactive stand to nip this problem in the bud and revitalize our small business corridors,” Ulrich said in a written statement.
Queens native and hip-hop icon Ja Rule doesn’t get too many opportunities to say “Holla Holla” to the borough he grew up in.
“There’s not too many spots in Queens to perform at,” he said.
Kerri Naples, an algebra II/trigonometry teacher from the Scholars’ Academy in the Rockaways, was one of seven teachers to receive the sixth annual Sloan Award for Excellence in Teaching Science and Mathematics and the only honoree from Queens.
“You don’t know what you are missing if you don’t have a teacher like Kerri Naples,” said Scholars’ Academy Principal Brian O’Connell.
The Department of Transportation on Monday began to fix fences near MS 202, the Robert H. Goddard School in Lindenwood, after Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder (D-Rockaway Park) and parents said two weeks ago that schoolchildren were using gaps in them to cut across Conduit Avenue.
“I commend Queens DOT and Borough Commissioner Hall for recognizing this dangerous situation and quickly acting to make the required repairs,” Goldfeder said in a written statement announcing the start of the remediation of the fence. “These repairs will go a long way in keeping students out of harm’s way.”
The Eastern Queens Alliance is chartering buses for people interested in attending a Dec. 18 federal court hearing on the proposed runway extension at John F. Kennedy International Airport.
The Eastern Queens Alliance is opposed to the project, which will move a portion of Runway 4 Left-22 Right about 700 feet closer to Rockaway Boulevard and residential areas to the north and northeast of JFK.
A third party has officially entered the battle between residents and the Department of Homeless Services over the planning or introduction of numerous shelters into communities such as Elmhurst and Glendale.
On Dec. 1, state Sen. Jeff Klein (D-Bronx) introduced legislation co-sponsored by Joe Addabbo Jr. (D-Howard Beach) and Jose Peralta (D-East Elmhurst) requiring the New York City Planning Commission to hold a public forum before it approves or denies a location for a homeless shelter or social services center.
There are many dining options throughout Queens this holiday season, including, at top, Bungalow Bar and Restaurant on Rockaway Boulevard, where stockings for those who donated to a charity hang.
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.
The Queens Public Transit Committee is asking the people of Queens and the region to support the restoration of the Queens Rockaway Beach Line, the new Queens Crosstown. This unused transit corridor is only two to six blocks east and parallel to Woodhaven Boulevard, the most congested and dangerous roadway in Queens. Formerly a branch of the Long Island Railroad, its right-of-way remains largely intact and is owned by the City of New York.
State Assemblyman Philip Goldfeder; state Senator Tony Avella; U.S. Reps. Gregory Meeks, Hakeem Jeffries and Jerrold Nadler; City Councilman Ydanis Rodriguez, chairman of the Council Committee on Transportation; Assembly District Leaders Lew Simon and Geraldine Chapey; John Samuelsen, president of TWU Local 100; New York Daily News; The Wave; Queens Tribune; Queens Courier; and Times Newsweekly have all called for reactivating the line. In addition, Community Boards 5, 10 and 14 support restoration.
A report by a special MTA commission stated last week that the transportation agency must add new transit options in its system to continue serving a growing population, an assessment that Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder (D-Rockaway Park) sees as supportive of his proposal to reactivate the Rockaway Beach rail line.
“The @ReinventTranspo report agrees with @MTA, elected officials residents, the @NYDailyNews and so many more that we must restore @RBL1910,” Goldfeder said in a tweet shortly after the report was released.
Forty-five struggling public schools throughout the city, including three in Queens, have been partnered with community-based organizations to focus on the individual needs of children, officials announced on Monday.
“For our students to succeed they must be in school learning, and within the community school model, the whole needs of students are addressed,” said Schools Chancellor Carmen Fari–a in a written statement announcing the program.
Activists, officials furious over Garner case; protest today
A federal judge has dismissed the lawsuit brought against Borough President Melinda Katz by six former Queens Library trustees who had sought to have their dismissals overturned by the court, Katz announced Sunday.
The six were members of a faction that had shielded now-suspended library President and CEO Tom Galante from attempts by a minority of the board to put him on leave while investigations into alleged financial mismanagement played out, and that had refused to provide City Comptroller Scott Stringer with all the documents he sought for an audit of the system.
Frank Patz loves attending comic and science fiction conventions, but has always had to travel outside of Queens to attend them.
“I’ve always wanted to do something like this in Queens,” the Jackson Heights resident said. “Queens has always needed its own comic-con.”
Help is on the way for many residents still suffering from Superstorm Sandy.
Rep. Gregory Meeks (D-Queens, Nassau) announced on Monday that he is reintroducing legislation that would allow the Federal Emergency Management Agency to forgive the overpayment of emergency aid to victims of natural disasters, if they were given the funds due to a clerical error.