Tiffany and Elpida Hatzidimitriu, students at MS 158 in Bayside, say airplane noise affects them in the classroom.
“Enough is enough!” they chanted.
Fed up with what many described as repeated aerial assaults on their quality of life, a crowd of Queens residents rallied in Cunningham Park Sunday against what they see as the Port Authority and Federal Aviation Administration’s lackluster response to airplane noise and pollution.
Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer, center, with state Sen. Mike Gianaris, center right, Community Board 2 Chairman Joe Conley, center left, and members of the DOT and the Long Island City community at the unveiling of new traffic-safety measures on 5th Street.
After rallies, petitions and press conferences, the parents and elected officials of Long Island City had something to celebrate.
In accordance with requests made by Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer (D-Sunnyside), Community Board 2 and Long Island City residents to the Department of Transportation, major traffic improvements have come to 5th Street.
School is back in session and the 110 thPrecinct is back on the streets, keeping an eye out for drivers passing stopped school buses.
“With the new Vision Zero policy, there’s going to be a very expensive summons for passing a school bus with flashing red lights,” the precinct’s Commanding Officer Deputy Inspector Ronald Leyson told Community Board 4 on Sept. 10. “I’m warning you, I’m telling you, I’m not hiding it from you.”
The 106th Precinct has not recorded a single shooting since June.
Attendees at the Sept. 10 meeting of the 106th Precinct Community Council in Ozone Park received good news from the precinct’s commanding officer, Deputy Inspector Jeffrey Schiff — crime was down almost 3 percent so far this year compared to the same period last year — though there was a small jump in the first week of September — and there hasn’t been a shooting in three months.
But cops at the 106th have still been busy.
Before fast-food restaurants became common, entrepreneurs would convert old Pullman trains and trolley cars into restaurants. We had one such roadside gem right here in Queens.
After Hillside Avenue was zoned commercial, an old Pullman was set up in front of a mansion at 182-45 Hillside Ave. in the late 1920s and called the Hillside Diner. German-American Charles Koegerl served liquor, beer, steaks and fish. It was a great success for decades. After World War II the old Board of Transportation (now the MTA) announced it would be expanding the last stop on the IND Subway from 169th Street to 179th Street. With this massive project, the diner was on the chopping block. Under eminent domain law it was bought by the city and condemned. With nowhere to move to, it was torn down and we lost another piece of roadside America.
Deputy Inspector Jose Severino, second from right, accepts a certificate of appreciation from Councilman Eric Ulrich for his service to the community on Tuesday night, with J. Richard Smith, secretary of the community council, left, Redmond Haskins representing Ulrich, 102nd Precinct Officer Andrew Goldenberg and Latchman Budhai, the community council's president.
The 102nd Precinct has had a safe, but not so quiet, summer.
At the first community council meeting since June on Tuesday night at the Richmond Hill Library, Officer Andrew Goldenberg, the precinct’s top traffic enforcer who was standing in for Deputy Inspector Hank Sautner, told the audience that crime in the precinct had plummeted in the last month across the board.
Members of All Saints Episcopal Church in Bayside have been waiting two years for the city to repair their damaged curbs, but Department of Transportation officials say if they’re unhappy to sue the city.
It all started about two years ago, according to member and community activist Jack Oshier, during the winter when Department of Sanitation trucks plowing snow got too close to the curbs and damaged them.
The case of Eastern Queens Alliance v. the Federal Aviation Administration and the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey is now before the second-highest court in the land.
Clyde Vanel, the Cambria Heights attorney representing the EQA, said he filed a 75-page brief with the U.S. Second Circuit Court of Appeals on Sept. 11.
Major League Soccer can’t seem to quit Queens.
The organization, still searching for a permanent home for its expansion New York City Football Club, is eyeing a site in the borough, again.
John Lyons, left, of Amalgamated Transit Union Local 1179, addresses the Queens Civic Congress at a forum to address a dearth of bus service in Eastern Queens. Other panelists included Phil McManus, center, of the Queens Public Transit Committee and Mark Henry, president of ATU Local 1056.
Among the worst-kept secrets in the city is that the Queens Civic Congress and the unions representing MTA bus drivers would like to see more bus routes in the eastern half of the borough.
And at a joint meeting on Tuesday, with a representative of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority on the panel, both groups discussed plans to make their wishes a reality.
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Several sources say MLS is looking to build a permanent stadium for the team, which is slated to begin playing next year at Yankee Stadium, at Aqueduct Race Track.
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The area where the Cross Island Parkway goes into the Whitestone Expressway is known as deadman’s curve.
Darryl Irick, at podium, president of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority Bus Company, joined Councilman Donovan Richards, members of RIchards’ staff and MTA drivers on Sept. 5 for the ribbon cutting to formally inaugurate the new Q114 Limited bus line.
Congressman Joe Crowley, center, announces the introduction of the Peaceful Learning Act with state Sen. Mike Gianaris, center left, Assemblywoman Aravella Simotas, center right, and parents and teachers of PS 85.
South Ozone Park resident Adelle Rogers spoke about out-of-control traffic on residential streets near her home on 130th Street.