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Had enough of driving to the malls or searching the internet for the best gifts this holiday season? Then take a few minutes, maybe on your way home from work, to shop at your local commercial district this holiday season?
For over a century, Jamaica Avenue has attracted shoppers from Woodhaven and surrounding neighborhoods.
There is no need to jump on a subway bound for the tourist-laden Manhattan streets to shop for your loved ones this holiday season.
Some of the best deals with the most personable customer service won’t be found on Madison Avenue or Broadway. Instead, they can be found right here on the busy streets of Forest Hills and Rego Park.
The Metropolitan Transportation Authority will install noise dampers on all N and Q line trains serving the Astoria- Ditmars Boulevard subway stop in order to alleviate noise problems stemming from application of the trains’ air brakes.
Councilman Peter Vallone Jr. (D-Astoria) wrote to MTA President Thomas Prendergast last year, stating that the noise became increasingly disruptive as more of the cars became fitted with the brakes.
The NYPD is offering the following holiday safety tips for shoppers, travelers and homeowners:
• Be alert and aware of your surroundings at all times. Criminals often target people who are distracted.
(BPT) - Fake and faux are far apart. Fake is meant to deceive, but faux is intended as a tribute or a toast to something great or beautiful.
Plans to develop the right of way of the old Rockaway Beach Long Island Rail Road line are moving forward in all directions.
While the urban parks advocacy group The Trust for Public Land conducts its feasibility study for the proposal to build a High Line-type park on the old rail line between Rego Park and Ozone Park, Queens College is now joining in, planning a study next year on both that plan and a competing one to reactivate train service between Rego Park and the Rockaway Peninsula.
It seems as if you can’t be a key player for the St. John’s Red Storm unless head coach Steve Lavin has suspended you for at least one game for mysteriously violating team rules. Last year guard D’Angelo Harrison missed the last few games of the regular season, along with St. John’s futile appearance in the postseason NIT. Earlier this season center Chris Obepka was suspended for a pair of exhibition games for unsaid infractions.
This past Friday night it was hyped rookie guard Rysheed Jordan’s turn to sit out a game for unspecified bad deeds. Jordan, a big-time Philadelphia high school star, was supposed to be the best recruit to come to St. John’s since Lavin became head coach four years ago. Lavin and the St. John’s Sports Information Department decided before this season started that the media would not be able to interview him until January 2014 at the earliest. Obviously putting Rysheed in a cocoon has not been the foolproof plan that the St. John’s coaching staff thought it would be. At press time, Lavin did not indicate when Jordan would be reinstated.
The Metropolitan Transportation Authority will operate on special schedules between today, Wednesday, and Sunday, Dec. 1, to accommodate travel for the Thanksgiving holiday weekend.
New York City subways and buses will operate on Sunday schedules on Thanksgiving Day.
“Coming to America” was a box-office blockbuster, but the mixed-use building planned for the former site of the Wendy’s used in the film isn’t a hit with the Buildings Department.
The construction permit for the proposed seven-story building, dubbed “Elm West,” at 51-35 Reeder St. in Elmhurst has been denied by the DOB due to 70 minor objections to the construction plans.
Work is nearly halfway done on the Kew Gardens Interchange and the project may actually finish ahead of schedule.
In a presentation to the Borough Board on Monday night, Department of Transportation Director of Government Relations Charles O’Shea and construction supervisor Craig Ruyle laid out the construction plans for the coming winter months and gave an update on the project’s status.
The aroma of cinnamon, ginger and candy hangs in the air at the NY Hall of Science as the museum unveils a special gingerbread village on display now through the holidays.
Although the 19- by 14-foot creation went on display Sunday, its creator, Jon Lovitch, expected to put the final finishing touches on by Tuesday. Taking time out from those preparations on Monday, Lovitch said his work was a labor of love.
The MTA has added articulated, also known as accordion or double, buses to the Q7 line in southern Queens.
The longer, increased-capacity buses, which were introduced to intraborough routes in Queens on the Q10 between Kew Gardens and JFK Airport along Lefferts Boulevard earlier this year, also ran along the Q52 limited line between Arverne and the Queens Center mall during the period in which the A train was out of service in the Rockaways due to damage from Hurricane Sandy. The subway reopened in May and the articulated buses stopped running on the route. The Q44, which connects Jamaica to the Bronx, has had artic buses for some time.
Those needing to ride an elevator into the subway instead of taking the stairs at the 71st Avenue station in Forest Hills will have to wait a little while longer.
The nearly two-year long elevator installation project has officially surpassed the original expected completion date with months more of work to be done. Instead of October 2013, the $24.7 million project is now scheduled to be finished in January 2014.
The Jets enter their bye week, which is just a shade over the halfway mark of their NFL season, with a 5-4 record. They are certainly not an elite NFL team, as their 49-9 defeat at the hands of the Cincinnati Bengals two weeks ago proved, but they have also shown resiliency by beating the NFL perennial powerhouse New Orleans Saints 26-20 last week. And that score did not even reflect how dominant the Jets were in that game.
If you had told most Jets fans during the preseason that their team would be 5-4 in early November they probably would have hugged you while crying tears of joy. The conventional wisdom was that Jets head coach Rex Ryan was sure to be fired by new general manager John Idzik at the end of the season. As much as Jets fans had come to loathe QB Mark Sanchez over the last two years, the feeling was that the team would be lucky to win two games once it was learned that he would miss the entire 2013 season with a shoulder injury. It was asking a lot to expect rookie quarterback Geno Smith to win NFL games right out of the starting gate.
As late as the 1940s, some Revolutionary-era buildings still stood in the vicinity of Queens Boulevard and Broadway in Elmhurst. But property values made development much more lucrative than any potential tourist attraction, so they didn’t last.
In 1939, Fred Reiner, who made his fortune in mortgages and real estate, bought the northeast corner lot. It had already been flattened by eminent domain when the subway was being built a few years earlier. Reiner had a real estate office at 87-12 Grand Ave. and lived in Forest Hills Gardens at 85 Ascan Ave.
To say this isn’t Lew Simon’s first time at the rodeo is an understatement.
The Rockaway civic leader has made multiple attempts at elected office, including twice before for the City Council seat he’s currently seeking, and he’s been elected and re-elected as Democratic leader in the Assembly district that includes most of the Rockaway Peninsula, Howard Beach, Broad Channel, and Ozone Park for the last couple of decades.
There was perhaps no other community in Queens taken by surprise by Hurricane Sandy as much as Howard Beach.
The neighborhood was thought to be immune to Sandy’s storm surge because of it’s relative weakness as a Category 1 storm and geography: the Rockaway Peninsula stood between Howard Beach and the ocean.
Representatives from major city agencies gathered in the basement of the Transfiguration of Christ Greek Orthodox Church in Corona last Thursday to discuss what is to be done about Roosevelt Avenue, the major corridor many refer to as the “old Times Square” because of the high crime and prostitution rates.
“Since the avenue is just a block or two away, I’m hoping that some of you took the train to get here and got to see firsthand what we’re dealing with,” Councilwoman Julissa Ferreras (D-East Elmhurst) said.
Art is in the eyes of the beholder. And last Thursday, Federal District Court Judge Frederic Block kind of agreed, and issued a 10-day temporary restraining order to the 16 graffiti artists who have filed a lawsuit in an attempt to save the art they painted on 5Pointz, the “Graffiti Mecca” of the art world, by stopping the demolition of the buildings located in Long Island City.
In a brilliant legal argument presented by Jeannine Chanes and Roland Acevedo, the two lawyers who are representing the artists, the plaintiffs argue that destroying the artwork is in violation of the Visual Artists Rights Act and copyright law.
To say the Q10 bus line may be one of the borough’s busiest would surprise few people.
The route that runs from Kew Gardens to JFK Airport was, in the days before the AirTrain, the only connection between the Queens Boulevard subway lines, the LIRR and the airport.
(BPT) - The carriage house garage door is to your house what the little black dress and strand of pearls are to your wardrobe: classic style elements that never go out of fashion.
Although the apple-green outer-borough taxis have been roaming the streets for several months now, some Queens residents are still confused about how the program works and are concerned about its implementation.
Erica Leyva, an external affairs analyst for the Taxi and Limousine Commission, explained the plan to members of Community Board 6 at its meeting last Wednesday night and assured them that she would relay their concerns to the commissioner.
The massive search for missing Rego Park 14-year-old Avonte Oquendo continues, but the legal side of the case is just beginning.
Avonte’s family, represented by attorney David Perecman, has filed a lawsuit against the City of New York after the 14-year-old autistic, nonverbal teenager ran out of his Long Island City school and went missing on Oct. 4. A search of “unprecedented proportions” has continued for over a week, with authorities notably combing through every subway station.
Well more than 100 people turned out Friday for a candlelight vigil held for Avonte Oquendo, the 14-year-old boy who has been missing since he ran out of his Long Island City school a week earlier.
The reward for finding Avonte, who has severe autism, is now $70,000. Along with police, family members and volunteers are making a "frantic search" for the boy, who cannot communicate verbally and has the intelligence level of someone half his age, according to his family.