Two New York icons, the Whitestone Bridge and the 1939 World’s Fair, celebrate their 75th anniversaries this year.
In their honor, the Queens Library and the Queens Historical Society have joined forces to recognize the connection between the two with an extensive photo exhibition on view at the Whitestone branch of the library. The exhibit is free and open to the public.
Residents of the communities near LaGuardia Airport were infuriated when the Port Authority unilaterally decided to split the combined aviation roundtable into three separate groups: one each for LaGuardia, JFK and Newark.
At Tuesday night’s meeting, the leadership of Queens Quiet Skies challenged the Port Authority to allow a democratic vote and refused to move forward and establish the divided roundtable.
State Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) announced Tuesday a six-point economic plan for Queens to increase employment and attract businesses to the borough.
The senator wants to reform the state Brownfield program for polluted areas. Under his plan, Empire State Development would purchase contaminated sites and finance construction. They would be sold for $1 with the stipulations that businesses provide a living wage and other requirements.
On Nov. 9, all streets in New York City that do not have signs saying otherwise will have a speed limit of 25 miles per hour. Mayor de Blasio, Council members and civic leaders believe it will significantly reduce the number of traffic deaths and injuries.
It was late 2011.
John Morabito and his wife Laura were anticipating welcoming a new life and a new future in Howard Beach. It was just 10 years after the New York City firefighter had nearly lost his own at the World Trade Center.
When Gov. Cuomo last Friday signed a law that will cut the speed limit on many city streets to 25 miles per hour, he, Mayor de Blasio and others all called it a step in the right direction.
Others believe it is far more important.
Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder, seen here with petitions calling for the Rockaway Ferry to be made permanent, is asking the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey to fund the service that is slated to shut down in October.
The Department of Transportation announced 14 new arterial slow zones will be implemented throughout the city over the coming months, including two Queens roadways.
The speed limit will be reduced by 5 mph along a 5.8-mile stretch of Roosevelt Avenue, from Queens Boulevard in Sunnyside to 154th Street in Flushing, starting in September.
Let’s face it. New York City streets go through a lot of wear and tear. With thousands upon thousands of cars, trucks and buses rolling over the thousands upon thousands of miles of pavement every hour, it’s natural that the surfaces need upkeep.
Top that with the harsh weather extremes — summer heat, winter cold — and the corrosive salt used to met ice and snow, the asphalt surface doesn’t stand a chance.
The paddles will be flying this weekend at Meadow Lake during the 24th annual Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival in Flushing Meadows Park on Saturday and Sunday.
More than 188 teams are expected to compete in the two-day event with participants from across the country and Canada. The city title will be determined on Saturday and the U.S. championship on Sunday with the awarding of cash and prizes.
With the clock ticking on the Rockaway Ferry service, Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder (D-Rockaway Park) has come up with a possible plan to save it.
If the city won’t kick in the subsidies to make it affordable, maybe another entity will.
The Metropolitan Transportation Authority has included $363 million for across-the-board safety improvements in a four-year financial plan announced on Monday.
The news came four months after the Federal Railroad Administration found “a deficient safety culture” in its investigation of the MTA’s Metro-North division following a train wreck in the Bronx last December that killed four people and injured more than 70 others.
When the city announced it would not commit to continuing to fund the Rockaway Ferry service past October, commuters and officials from the peninsula were mad. The ferry, launched after Hurricane Sandy, is popular and the Rockaway community saw it as a good way to jump start the peninsula’s lagging economy and spur development.
But while the ferry — originally a temporary commuting solution while the A train was shut down due to damage to the track — was popular, the city says it’s not heavily used. That was one reason why the city’s Economic Development Corp.said the cost of the ferry was not sustainable.
Ongoing discussions that are expected to result in a massive expansion of the Citi Bike program are among the most poorly-kept secrets coning out of City Hall.
Multiple news outlets, including the New York Times and Wall Street Journal, have reported that REQX Ventures, an affiliate of Related Cos. is involved in talks with Oregon-based Alta Bicycle Share Inc. which operates the bike share program that started in spring 2013.
Amid frequent outbursts that resulted in at least one attendee being escorted out by police, a crowd of about 300 area residents packed the auditorium at the Museum of the Moving Image on July 23, concerned about the recent conversion of the Westway Motor Inn in East Elmhurst into a potentially permanent shelter for homeless families. In the end many of their questions were left unanswered.
The elected officials on the panel, Councilman Costa Constantinides (D-Astoria), state Sen. Jose Peralta (D-East Elmhurst), and Assemblywoman Aravella Simotas (D-Astoria), all of whom have expressed concern over the suitability of the inn as a shelter, were joined by representatives of the Department of Homeless Services, social services provider Women In Need, Community Board 1 and the 114th Precinct.
A Delta flight from LaGuardia Airport to Ohio had to make an emergency landing at JFK Airport Tuesday night after it suffered a possible malfunction of its landing gear.
Last summer, Belinda Barnett-Andrea began noticing a problem with her son Frankie when he came home on a school bus from his District 75 program at a school in Bayside.
“He comes home ill,” she said. “He comes home late sometimes, flushed, turning all kinds of colors.”
Congressman Joe Crowley (D-Bronx, Queens) has introduced a bill that he believes will improve the health of Queens residents and the Citi Bike sharing program.
The Bike to Work Act of 2014 would add bike sharing programs which already exist in numerous states and cities to the federal law that allows tax breaks for workers using mass transit to commute to and from work.
The Flushing YMCA has a new executive director who has promised to improve services to members, while encouraging other area residents to join.
Jen Silvers, who has 12 years of experience working for the Y in the South, replaces William Nelson. Silvers’ last position was as executive director of the Jacksonville, Fla. YMCA.
M ore than 5,400 employees of the Long Island Rail Road could walk off the job at 12:01 a.m. on Sunday if there is no progress on a new contract.
The workers are the highest-paid commuter railroad employees in the country, but also have been working without a contract since 2010.