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Ever since June, Queens residents have been taking full advantage of a state appellate court ruling allowing specially licensed green livery cars to accept street hails.
But with the landslide election this month of Mayor-Elect Bill de Blasio, the program faces an uncertain future, and City Council members representing some of the areas where the Granny Smith-green cabs have been most popular are not commenting as to just where they stand on the matter.
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.
(BPT) - Retirement marks the start of the golden years, the period when hard-working individuals can put their feet up to relax after a long, successful career. But for seniors who think they can no longer live in their homes alone, retirement may be a stressful time. They worry they will have to give up the homes they have enjoyed for so many years.
Following public commentary and a lengthy discussion among board members at their monthly meeting on Nov. 13, Community Board 8 voted 17-14 to approve a change in zoning that would allow a developer to build a four-story residential building on Union Turnpike near Parsons Boulevard.
The affirmative vote appeared to reflect concern by board members that without the rezoning, a 10-story pyramid-shaped structure for medical offices could be built at the site.
Work on rebuilding and extending Linden Place in College Point has been delayed once again with the estimated completion date at least four years away.
Phase 1 to reconstruct the flooded-out Linden Place from Ulmer Street to 23rd Avenue was to begin in 2008 and be completed two years later. Despite complaints from area civic groups, elected officials and Community Board 7, the city’s Economic Development Corp. project has stalled and the completion date is scheduled for next fall, a full four years later than anticipated.
Residents are pushing for the installation of elevators at two Astoria train stations, Ditmars Boulevard and Hoyt Avenue.
Astoria resident Alp Gurpinar, who sustained a foot injury while carrying his daughter’s stroller up several flights of stairs at the train station on Ditmars Boulevard — something he has to do several times in the day — says an elevator would make the station more accessible and give people an alternative to the stairs.
There’s no question that most Whitestone residents oppose a high school on the former Cresthaven Country Club property, but there is controversy over last week’s rally at the site.
Although the event was organized by Kim Cody, president of the Greater Whitestone Taxpayers Civic Association, emails and literature were sent out from the Paul Vallone campaign. Vallone is the Democratic candidate running for the 19th City Council seat being vacated by Councilman Dan Halloran (R-Whitestone), who is not seeking re-election after being indicted on federal bribery charges.
Numerous questions surround the City Council proposal to levy a 10-cent fee on each plastic or paper bag shoppers use to take food and other retail purchases home.
Designed to reduce plastic bag use to protect the environment, the bill was introduced by Councilman Brad Lander (D-Brooklyn) and is co-sponsored by several Council members. It is before the Committee on Sanitation and Solid Waste Management.
Assemblywoman Margaret Markey, center left, Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer, state Sen. Mike Gianaris and Paul Steely White of Transportation Alternatives stand with residents urging the DOT to improve the streets of Western Queens.
Several Whitestone residents and officials are concerned about School Construction Authority plans for a high school on the site of the former Cresthaven Country Club.
State Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) said that he’s been contacted by several nearby residents, who reported that SCA workers have recently been surveying the site at 150-33 Sixth Ave. Avella noted that the property is in the midst of foreclosure by OneWest Bank.
On Saturday, 19-year-old Luis Bravo was walking eastbound on Broadway when he was struck by a dark-colored sedan at the 58th Street intersection in Woodside.
The driver, traveling southbound subsequently fled the scene, leaving Bravo to die on the concrete until police and EMS responded and transported him to Elmhurst Hospital.
Demonstrators gathered in front of two live poultry markets in Flushing last Saturday to protest the conditions in which chickens and other animals are kept when raised for human consumption.
Residents and animal rights activists protested and held a vigil outside P&M Live Poultry on Avery Avenue and Ildaro Live Poultry on Fowler Avenue to oppose the abuses in animal agriculture, as a part of World Day for Farmed Animals.
(BPT) - The U.S. population aged 65 and older is estimated to increase from 47 million in 2015 to 72 million in 2030, according to U.S. Census data, meaning more senior drivers will be on the roads. This also means that more adult children may need to have difficult conversations with their aging parents about driving.
(StatePoint) From gas, parking permits and insurance premiums, to maintenance and repairs, owning a car can be an expensive prospect. But motorists can pave the way to lower costs by following a few clever rules of the road:
Kids have enough to worry about these days — statewide tests, wearing the “right” clothes and fitting in. They shouldn’t have to be concerned about their safety going to and from school, but that’s the case in Fresh Meadows where speeding motorists endanger them.
The school is Holy Family, with an enrollment of 260 students. It is located at 74-15 175 St., a block away from 75th Avenue, where the hot rodding occurs.
Positive stories about our Sandy recovery and the improving economy are popping up in the news on a more regular basis. The unemployment rate is ticking down. Growth, while slow, is steady. However, here in southern Queens and Rockaway, we still have a ways to go to get more people back to work.
As your state Assemblyman, finding solutions to help our recovery, support local business and create good-paying jobs in southern Queens and Rockaway is a top priority. We’ve made progress so far this year by investing in transportation, economic development programs and cutting taxes for small businesses but we must do more and work together to promote a business-friendly environment in our community and across the state.
Former Gov. Eliot Spitzer would be capping an improbable political comeback should he prevail against Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer in the Democratic primary for comptroller on Sept. 10.
The two-term state attorney general was forced to resign as New York’s governor in 2008 after only 13 months amid scandals involving prostitution and using the state police to gather information on political enemies.
One Queens-bound lane leading from the toll plaza of the Throgs Neck Bridge will be closed this weekend beginning at 10 p.m. Friday in order to accommodate repaving work. The lane will reopen at 5 a.m. on Monday, Aug. 19.
An additional lane will be closed during overnight hours.
Bike share is coming to Astoria.
But, just as with Long Island City and Sunnyside, when it will arrive is an open question.
State Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside), a Democratic candidate for Queens borough president, on Monday, declared his support for a plan to restore rail service on the old Rockaway Beach Long Island Rail Road line that has been abandoned since 1962.
Avella called the train a key component to improve transportation not only for southern Queens, but for the entire borough.
A legislative package related to the city’s response to Hurricane Sandy, which sailed through the City Council last week, seeks to fix a number of issues that came up since the storm from adequate supplies at city shelters to tax assessments of damaged properties.
A dozen pieces of legislation were approved by the Council on July 24 and sent to Mayor Bloomberg’s desk. They stemmed from months of testimony from Sandy survivors, responders and those involved in the recovery efforts on how to better prepare and recover from an emergency like Sandy in the future.
Gov. Cuomo and the Metropolitan Transportation Authority have announced that an increase in state funding will make the expansion or restoration of subway and bus service in Queens possible within the next 12 months.
The service improvements were announced Monday in connection with the release of the MTA’s updated financial plan.
July 2013 marks the 49th anniversary of federal support for public transportation.
The success of public transportation can be traced back to one of the late President Lyndon Johnson’s greatest accomplishments, which continues benefiting many Americans today. On July 10, 1964 he signed the Urban Mass Transportation Act of 1964 into law. This has resulted in the investment over time of several hundred billion dollars into public transportation.
Millions of Americans, including many residing in Queens County today, on a daily basis utilize various public transportation alternatives. They include bus, ferry, jitney, light rail, subway and commuter rail services. All use less fuel and move far more people than conventional single-occupancy vehicles. Most are funded with your tax dollars thanks to President Johnson.
Depending upon where you live, consider the public transportation alternative. Try riding a local or express bus, commuter van, ferry, light rail, commuter rail or subway.
Fortunately we have the Metropolitan Transportation Authority and its various operating agencies, including New York City Transit subway and bus, Long Island Rail Road, Metro North Rail Road, Staten Island Rapid Transit Authority and MTA Bus. There are also New Jersey Transit and Port Authority-Trans Hudson trains and the Staten Island Ferry.
MTA MetroCards provide free transfers between the subway and bus. This has eliminated the old two-fare zones, making public transportation an even better bargain. Purchasing a monthly LIRR or MTA pass reduces the cost per ride and provides virtually unlimited trips.
Elected officials and government employees can turn in their taxpayer-funded vehicles and join the rest of us by using public transportation to get around. In many cases, employers can offer transit checks which help subsidize a portion of the costs. Utilize this and reap the benefits. It supports a cleaner environment. Or join a car or van pool to share the costs of commuting.
The ability to travel from home to workplace, school, shopping, entertainment, medical office, library, etc., is a factor when moving to a new neighborhood. Economically successful communities are not 100 percent dependent on automobiles as the sole means of mobility. Seniors, students and low- and middle-income people need these transportation alternatives. Investment in public transportation contributes to economic growth, employment and a stronger economy. Dollar for dollar, it is one of the best investments we can make.
To revive what has been dead for over 50 years is never an easy proposition, but the Queens Public Transit Committee is determined to do just that with the Rockaway Beach Line of the Long Island Railroad, which went out of service in 1962.
On Saturday, at a rally a couple of blocks from a rail overpass that stands as a reminder of what once used to be, group member Philip McManus addressed a modest crowd that had gathered at the intersection of Woodhaven Boulevard and Metropolitan Avenue in an effort to call attention to the project.
This past year has proven to be one of the most difficult and challenging for all the families and businesses in Southern Queens and Rockaway struggling to recover from Sandy. Now is the time to help rebuild our homes and economy, but more importantly prepare and create resilient communities for the future by investing in our transit infrastructure.
It’s unfortunate that it took a natural disaster for us to finally receive the attention we desperately need for better transportation alternatives. Community leaders and residents have been struggling and fighting for too long and as we discovered with Sandy, the severe lack of quick and accessible transit options has proven to have detrimental repercussions.