Residents eager to help decide the fate of the reconstructed Bruson Building crowded into the Jewish Center of Jackson Heights Thursday evening, causing the town hall’s organizers to add extra chairs and bump out the back wall to make room.
Community Board 5 didn’t support a rail tunnel underneath New York Harbor when it was first proposed a decade ago, and it sure isn’t going to support it now.
The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey has proposed five waterborne and five rail alternatives to the current system of moving 90 percent of the New York City metropolitan area’s freight by truck, something officials say is no longer efficient.
The School Construction Authority has leased a 12,400-square-foot warehouse at 132-10 Jamaica Ave. in Richmond Hill to use for a 100-seat universal pre-kindergarten program, according to the real estate agent who reached the deal with the city.
Dmitri Gourianov, an agent with the Brooklyn-based realty company Kalmon Dolgin Affiliates Inc., said the SCA signed a 10-year lease for the property, with two five-year extension options.
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.
The year started out with the installation of two new city councilmen — Paul Vallone of Bayside and Rory Lancman of Fresh Meadows. Vallone replaced Dan Halloran, who did not seek re-election following his indictment on federal bribery charges. Lancman replaced Jim Gennaro, who was term-limited out of office.
Southeast Queens had a year with a new mayor and old problems with accusations of political corruption, and possibly lost ground in its fight to keep airplane noise under control.
Many South Queens residents rang in 2014 with a lot of questions still on their mind. When would the city begin restoring homes damaged by Superstorm Sandy? When would the city address flooding issues in Lindenwood? Would Mary Ann Carey give in to pressure and resign as the district manager of Community Board 9?
Some of those questions, and others, were answered throughout the past 12 months, but still even more questions have been raised or have yet to be answered.
It may have taken more than 35 years, but the city has finally approved funding for the long-awaited HWQ411B project in the Centreville section of Ozone Park.
According to a Dec. 1 letter from Stephen Malmberg, assistant director for the Office of Management and Budget, close to $50 million will be distributed to several city agencies for the decades in the making road reconstruction project, with about $7 million in contingency funds being pledged.
After a series of twists and turns, negotiations and debates, the Astoria Cove project was unanimously approved by the City Council on Tuesday.
The development — which includes waterfront access, affordable housing, a commercial corridor, green space and a school — is the first to be approved under the new affordable housing stipulations made by Mayor de Blasio this year.
Vaughn College of Aeronautics and Technology has come a long way since it opened its doors as the Casey Jones School of Aeronautics in 1932, and, to celebrate three major milestones in the school's ever-evolving history, the Flushing campus hosted a two-day event last week.
The November meeting of Community Board 7, held Monday at Union Plaza Care Center in Flushing, tackled an issue many felt like they’d seen before: a school and nearby residents sparring over how to manage traffic.
The center of contention was PS 163 and a proposal to make 159th Street on one side of the school one-way, running northbound for two blocks between the Long Island Expressway to Booth Memorial Avenue, and adjacent 160th Street one-way and southbound.
Councilman Danny Dromm (D-Jackson Heights), center, cut the ribbon on the newest middle school annex in Jackson Heights on Oct. 9.
The addition to IS 230 on 74th Street and 34th Avenue, which officially opened in September, features science labs, an art studio, a library with computers, classrooms, an exercise room and a cafeteria.
Assemblyman Francisco Moya (D-Jackson Heights) is calling on voters to approve the Smart Schools Bond Act on Election Day and he went “back to school” to do it.
Recently, Moya attended class in one of PS 19’s temporary classrooms to expose the inadequacy of classroom trailers.
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.
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.
Community Board 5 was active in its return from summer break last Wednesday night, even without the presence of a singular agenda-dominating issue.
In terms of voting, the board unanimously, 35-0, opposed the granting of a 600-plus person liquor license for a former factory in Ridgewood, while voting 32-3 in favor of an educational campus at the site of the proposed homeless shelter at 78-16 Cooper Ave. in Glendale and the two surrounding properties.
The Department of Education expects construction on a new wing at PS 176 to begin within 30 to 60 days, with the intention to be open in time for the start of school in September 2016.
Fourth- and fifth-graders at the Cambria Heights school have been attending class at IS 59 in Springfield Gardens, nearly two miles away, since September 2013.
Area resident Joyce Doreis blasts the city plan to house homeless families at an old factory in Glendale during a meeting on the impact more students would have on already-overpacked School District 24. Looking on are Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley, left, state Sen. Joe Addabbo Jr., Margaret Rodgers of the Department of Education and Mary Leas of the School Construction Authority.
For months, residents of Elmhurst and Glendale have boisterously expressed their fear and frustration over the Department of Homeless Services’ decision to house more than 100 homeless families in each neighborhood.
Alleged crime spikes, the devaluing of real estate and the indecency of “warehousing” the city’s less fortunate have been the main talking points of those opposed to the plans.
After recently being recommended for disapproval by Queens Borough President Melinda Katz and Community Board 1, the 2.2 million-square-foot, 1,723-unit Astoria Cove proposal came before the City Planning Commission on Wednesday.
Howard Weiss, from Davidoff Hutcher & Citron, representing the developers, was questioned by commissioners on affordable housing, a potential school site in the plan, the use of union workers and other aspects of the proposal as part of the Uniformed Land Use Review Procedure and dozens of people — mostly in opposition — turned out to get more answers.