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The 6th Annual NY ReelAbilities Film Festival, depicting the lives of people with disabilities, will be held at the Central Queens Y, 67-09 108 St., on March 9-10.
The festival is designed “to bring together the community to explore, discuss, embrace, and celebrate the diversity of our shared human experience,” said Peggy Kurtz, coordinator of the film festival for the Central Queens Y, adding that it is the largest festival of its kind in the country. Three films will be shown as part of the festival.
The words “commute” and “New York City” usually make one think of squeaky, dirty, crowded subway cars snaking through tunnels and along elevated rails. Or perhaps one conjures up thoughts of passengers packed into buses like sardines or jockeying for room under bus shelters. Some, especially out here in Queens, may think of a commute as idling on a packed highway in a car.
One thing that most New Yorkers may not think of — unless maybe you’re from Staten Island — is boats.
Shipyards and fishing poles, dirt-caked tires, wet grass and rocks. A soggy peripheral city, quietly breathing. This often-neglected side of the city is what Queens-based artist Accra Shepp showcases in the exhibit “The Islands of New York” at the Queens Museum.
Shepp has been documenting the city’s coastlines since 2008, “these zones,” as the exhibit program puts it, “where underbrush meets concrete and water,” where the city’s geography is shifting, where bright billboards scream over pavement and dry grass.
Anyone who has watched the evening news over the last month has seen the dramatic images of the civil unrest sweeping through Ukraine.
Since the protests, known as Euromaidan, over now-ousted president Viktor Yanukovych’s decision to stop Ukraine from entering on the path to potentially joining the European Union in the future began last November, over 100 protesters and a dozen law enforcement agents have been killed.
The fate of incoming PS 11 students has been decided but a rally was held Tuesday as a final attempt to persuade the Department of Education not to temporarily relocate students to PS 171 while construction on PS 11 is completed.
Rep. Joe Crowley (D-Bronx, Queens) was joined by state Sen. Mike Gianaris (D-Astoria), Assemblywomen Cathy Nolan (D-Sunnyside) and Marge Markey (D-Maspeth), Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer (D-Sunnyside) and community members and parents in front of PS 11 located on the corner of 56th Street and Skillman Avenue in Woodside.
Travelers using city buses in Queens will be able to use their smartphones to track the location of their rides in real time beginning on March 9.
In a statement issued Monday, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority said MTA Bus Time, a program already in place in Staten Island, Manhattan and the Bronx, will be expanded to include all bus routes in Queens and Brooklyn.
Let’s take a trip down memory lane to understand that if it had not been for mega builder Robert Moses along with both the New York Giants and Brooklyn Dodgers leaving the Big Apple in 1957 for California, there may have been no “Shea Stadium nearing completion” (I Have Often Walked by Ron Marzlock, Feb. 13).
The golden era of baseball in New York City was the 1950s, with a three-way rivalry between the American League New York Yankees and the National League Giants and Dodgers. All three teams claimed to have the best center fielder in baseball. On street corners all over town, citizens would argue whether the Yankees’ Mickey Mantle, Giants’ Willie Mays or Dodgers’ Duke Snider was champ.
Ordinary Brooklynites could ride the bus, trolley or subway to Ebbets Field to see their beloved Dodgers. Men and women of all ages, classes and races co-mingled in the stands. Everyone could afford a seat. Refreshments and souvenirs were reasonably priced.
Team owners would raise or reduce a player’s salary based on his performance the past season. Salaries were so low that virtually all Dodger players worked another job off-season. Most were neighbors who lived and worked in various communities in the County of Kings.
Residents of the era sat outside on the stoop and shopped at the local butcher, baker, fruit and vegetable stand. Television was a relatively new technology and the local movie theater was still king for entertainment. Brooklyn still had its very own daily newspaper — the Brooklyn Eagle — which ended publication sometime in the mid-’50s.
During the ’50s, Dodgers owner Walter O’Malley tried to find various locations for a new baseball stadium, which he pledged to finance using his own monies. With limited seating at Ebbets Field, he needed a new stadium to remain financially viable.
Master mega-builder Robert Moses refused him access to the current-day Atlantic Yards site. This location was easily accessible from all around the Big Apple via subway.
Thousands of fans who moved to eastern Queens, Nassau and Suffolk County would have had direct access via the LIRR. Imagine how different Brooklyn would have been if elected officials had stood up to Moses and allowed construction of a new Dodgers stadium in downtown Brooklyn. Without the departure of the Dodgers to Los Angeles and Giants to San Francisco, there may have been no National League expansion in 1962. There would have been no Colt 45s (original name of the Houston Astros) or our beloved New York Mets.
MTA representative Joe Raskin speaks to Community Board 6 about the 71st/Continental Avenue elevator project at its Feb. 12 meeting.
Between Jackson Heights and Elmhurst, in the nucleus of the most diverse region on Earth, Queens doctor and entrepreneur Freddy Castiblanco has created a hub of cultural and political collaboration, that also sells a killer Pisco sour, at Terraza 7.
He wanted it to be a bar for and composed of the community. He remembers discovering, after moving from Colombia to Queens in 2002, both the diversity and the cultural isolation of the borough.
The articulated buses running on the Q10 line are continuing to cause problems, according to Community Board 9’s Transportation Committee chairwoman.
During her committee report at the board’s Feb. 11 meeting, Andrea Crawford said businesses and residents have been complaining about the longer buses that have been serving the Q10 route between Kew Gardens and JFK Airport since last April. The MTA said ridership is the reason they decided to run the buses on the line, which is often used by airport workers and commuters accessing the subway or LIRR in Kew Gardens.
The snow keeps falling on the city and slushy corners on local streets continue to be a thorn in the side of Community Board 6, which discussed that and other issues at its monthly meeting on Feb. 12.
“One of my major concerns is the bus stops,” said CB 6 Chair Joseph Hennessy, also noting that snow removal was “not happening” due to the extreme cold.
If the Department of Environmental Conservation has its way, there won’t be a single mute swan left in the State of New York by 2025.
Two major construction projects were the focal points of Monday night’s occasionally contentious Queens Borough Board meeting at Borough Hall.
Under discussion at the meeting — the second under Borough President Melinda Katz — was the Mattone Group Development Project, which involves the construction of three restaurants on land between the Queens Center Mall and the Long Island Expressway.
One of Queens’ longest-running controversies is the fate of the decaying, abandoned Long Island Rail Road Rockaway Beach Branch from Rego Park to Ozone Park (the somewhat misleading name signified that the line hooked up with what is now the subway system’s Rockaway branch at its southern end).
As is the case for other abandoned railway lines throughout the country, the conflict pits those who want to make the roadbed into a nature trail or park against transit advocates who wish to reinstitute rail (or subway) service.
The following is a transcript of Mayor de Blasio's State of the City Address, as prepared, sent to the media before the speech was delivered.
A recently renovated home in Howard Beach was damaged by a fast-moving fire before dawn last Thursday morning.
The FDNY was called to the scene at 5:47 a.m. after flames were reported on the second floor of the house at 156-07 102 St., adjacent to the A train subway line. More than 105 firefighters fought the blaze, which went to a second alarm and gutted both the first and second floor. The fire was declared under control at 6:35 a.m.
In a presentation to Community Board 5’s Transportation Committee on Jan. 28, the Regional Plan Association submitted a preliminary report on the efficiency of public transportation within the district.
The report, to none of the board members’ surprise, wasn’t a good one.
An unscientific survey of Queens transit riders finds that while none are happy with the prospect of bus and train fare hikes in 2015, they also don’t think employees of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority should be forced to go without at least a small raise at the end of current contract negotiations.
MTA Chairman Thomas Prendergast last week told state officials that a 4 percent fare increase planned for next year could balloon to 12 percent, including a $2.75 fare for buses and subways should the agency be forced to give pay raises to the 62 unions now working on expired contracts.
The long-planned renovation work on the A subway line over Liberty Avenue will kick off soon, after a number of delays.
MTA spokesman Kevin Ortiz said design work for the project, which includes an overhaul of five stations and a new elevator at the Lefferts Boulevard stop, is completed and bids will go out soon.
It was straight out of a Saturday morning children’s television comedy — a man confined to a hospital is able to confound security by the ingenious tactic of switching clothes with one of his visitors and allegedly sauntering right out the door.
Only residents, elected officials and police are not laughing over the fact that Raymond Morillo, who was confined to Creedmoor after completing a sentence for manslaughter and assault, was able to do just that on Jan. 28, and get more than 1,000 miles away before he was caught at a bus station in Memphis, Tenn. the next night.
In 2013, Queens had the highest number of car accidents involving pedestrians in the city, and it appears the trend hasn’t cooled down during these first few weeks of 2014.
This week, six people were killed or injured on Queens streets, which elected officials said proves all too well how desperately traffic reforms are needed in Western Queens.
UPDATE: Below this article is a transcript of an interview about the snow with Mayor de Blasio and Sanitation Commissioner John Doherty, issued by the Mayor's Office at 4:11 p.m.
The Woodhaven Residents’ Block Association said it will meet with Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley (D-Middle Village) to encourage her to adopt participatory budgeting, a process in which public input is sought on some spending items from money allocated to a specific member of the City Council.
Councilman Eric Ulrich (R-Ozone Park), who was one of the first members to adopt participatory budgeting a few years ago, in the Rockaways, has brought it to the parts of his district in Community District 9 this year, including Woodhaven. Though geographically most of the neighborhood is in Ulrich’s district, the western part is represented by Crowley.