Wouldn’t it be nice if we could all be civilized citizens?
We have to thank our Police Department for the fact that our great City of New York is regarded as one of the safest cities in the world today, with a diverse population of about 8 million people from over 120 countries, speaking over 135 languages. The reason we have one of the safest cities is in large part due to the hard work of the men and women in the department. We should praise them, not criticize them.
Statistics show that crime is down by 80 percent from 20 years ago; this tells us that the police department is doing a great job.
It has been said that the city will spend $29 million dollars of taxpayers’ money to retrain the police. Instead of wasting this money, it would be much better spent on educating the people who criticize the Police Department. The money can be used to place advertising on public transportation
such as our trains, subways and buses. This advertising should emphasize to our citizens the importance of obeying the law, getting an education, respecting other people’s rights, not stealing and not committing crimes. If we continue to criticize the hard work of the men and women of the Police Department, then we jeopardize our city with going back to 20 years ago when crime was so bad that we could not leave our homes or apartments without being mugged.
Let’s work together. We have millions of tourists visiting our great city every day bringing wealth and jobs. I believe in the next few years our population will continue to increase because our city is a safe one.
The New York City Regional Economic Development Council has issued a $443,750 grant for the design of the Rego Park section of the proposed QueensWay elevated park, seen above, which would stretch from the Central Queens neighborhood to Ozone Park.
For the third consecutive time, the Q58 route between Ridgewood and Flushing Main Street, won the Pokey Awards for what it’s best at: being the slowest bus in the Borough of Queens.
According to an annual report on public transit released by the Straphangers Campaign last week, Q58 travels at 7 mph.
Action needs to be taken to improve mobility between northern and southern Queens along the Woodhaven Boulevard corridor, including to and from Midtown Manhattan.
A new study by Queens College, Community Impact Study of Proposed Uses of the Rockaway Beach Branch Right of Way, reports that the region’s transit users must endure a subway trip that is 42 percent longer than the New York City average. In some cases, such as from Far Rockaway to Midtown, the subway journey time is at least an hour. Travel to other parts of Queens can exceed two hours. In contrast, the Long Island Rail Road trains that crossed Jamaica Bay on the Rockaway Beach Line took as little as 43 minutes.
QueensWay: 1. Rail: 0.
Supporters of the idea to turn the abandoned Rockaway Beach rail line into an elevated park similar to Manhattan’s High Line scored a victory on Friday, as $443,750 was awarded to the QueensWay project through Gov. Cuomo’s New York City Regional Economic Development Council.
Close to $5 million has been allocated to the revamping of the Cross Bay Bridge’s infrastructure and electronic equipment that was damaged by Superstorm Sandy, U.S. Sens. Chuck Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) announced last Thursday.
“Superstorm Sandy damaged Rockaway’s critical infrastructure like the Cross Bay Bridge, which connects the community with the rest of Queens and beyond,” Schumer said in a written statement. “I am pleased to announce $4.7 million in FEMA funding which will help repair and protect the Cross Bay Bridge in the event of a future storm.”
Flushing community leaders on Friday said small businesses on Union Street are hurting more and more due to the worsening traffic situation near the Flushing Commons development site.
"For too long, the Department of Transportation has ignored the dangerous traffic conditions caused by the Flushing Commons construction," said Ik Hwan Lim, president of the Union Street Merchants Association.
With some holiday magic, an airplane hangar in JFK’s Terminal 2 became a winter wonderland last Wednesday.
As part of the 4th annual “JFK Holiday in the Hangar” event, a nationwide program hosted by Delta Airlines and the YMCA, 150 students from PS 154 in the Bronx were treated to a day of fun in Queens.
The Eastern Queens Alliance is chartering buses for people interested in attending a Dec. 18 federal court hearing on the proposed runway extension at John F. Kennedy International Airport.
The Eastern Queens Alliance is opposed to the project, which will move a portion of Runway 4 Left-22 Right about 700 feet closer to Rockaway Boulevard and residential areas to the north and northeast of JFK.
The many empty seats in the Milton G. Bassin Performing Arts Center at York College in Jamaica, where the Metropolitan Transportation Authority held a hearing Dec. 3 on proposed fare and toll hikes set to take effect in March, did little to deter those in attendance from expressing their views.
Most of the speakers who did show up shared common concerns: rising financial burdens from the rate increases and dissatisfaction with various aspects of the transit system.
The Queens Public Transit Committee is asking the people of Queens and the region to support the restoration of the Queens Rockaway Beach Line, the new Queens Crosstown. This unused transit corridor is only two to six blocks east and parallel to Woodhaven Boulevard, the most congested and dangerous roadway in Queens. Formerly a branch of the Long Island Railroad, its right-of-way remains largely intact and is owned by the City of New York.
State Assemblyman Philip Goldfeder; state Senator Tony Avella; U.S. Reps. Gregory Meeks, Hakeem Jeffries and Jerrold Nadler; City Councilman Ydanis Rodriguez, chairman of the Council Committee on Transportation; Assembly District Leaders Lew Simon and Geraldine Chapey; John Samuelsen, president of TWU Local 100; New York Daily News; The Wave; Queens Tribune; Queens Courier; and Times Newsweekly have all called for reactivating the line. In addition, Community Boards 5, 10 and 14 support restoration.
A report by a special MTA commission stated last week that the transportation agency must add new transit options in its system to continue serving a growing population, an assessment that Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder (D-Rockaway Park) sees as supportive of his proposal to reactivate the Rockaway Beach rail line.
“The @ReinventTranspo report agrees with @MTA, elected officials residents, the @NYDailyNews and so many more that we must restore @RBL1910,” Goldfeder said in a tweet shortly after the report was released.
Julissa Melo said every day she suffers and does not have enough to survive.
“Attitude from the higher-ups is a 24/7 thing,” she said. “I only stay here because I have to pay rent. I have to do what I have to do and put my own attitude on the side.”
Residents of Hamilton Beach are taking their fight to have a street in the community repaired to the highest level of City Hall.
Roger Gendron, president of the New Hamilton Beach Civic Association, has started a petition asking Mayor de Blasio to direct the Department of Transportation to repave 104th Street, which has been neglected for years.
The controversial rail tunnel plan that Maspeth residents loudly opposed in 2010 was once again studied by the Federal Highway Administration and the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. Maspeth Yards would serve as an intermodal freight facility.
Queens drivers who have been using Queens Boulevard to get around the new citywide speed limit better enjoy it while they can.
The major thoroughfare — which has a posted speed limit of 30 mph — is expected to reduce to 25 miles per hour by the end of the year, according to the Department of Transportation.
The Federal Highway Administration and the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey released their joint environmental impact study last week on how to better transport freight across New York Harbor last Friday, and the Maspeth Yards and the Fresh Pond Rail Yard are focal points of the proposal.
The agencies have been discussing possible ways to overcome the travel barrier that is the southern stretch of the Hudson River for years, and the newest incarnation of the plan includes 10 different possibilities to reduce truck traffic and efficiently transport goods between Long Island and areas north and west of the river.
Queens College recently released the results of a student survey gauging community opinions on how to utilize the vacant land surrounding the 3.5-mile, long abandoned Rockaway Beach Rail Line. The Friends of the QueensWay commends these students for their hard work, and we were delighted to see the results provide additional support for the QueensWay.
The QueensWay is a community-developed plan to turn this blighted land into a 47-acre linear park that will provide safe, easy access to Forest Park; new recreation opportunities for the 322,000 people living within a mile; a boost to local businesses; and a high-profile showcase for the most culturally diverse borough of New York City.
His way is not the QueensWay.
Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder (D-Rockaway Park) on Monday called on Gov. Cuomo to allocate part of the state’s $5 billion surplus for the reactivation of the Rockaway Beach rail line.
Drivers and mass transit riders all will be digging a little deeper into their pockets come March, when the Metropolitan Transportation Authority is expected to enact one of two proposed fare-increase plans.
One proposal would increase the base cost of a MetroCard fare to $2.75, up from the present $2.50. Riders would get a bonus of 11 percent with a purchase of $5.50. The base fare under Proposal 2 would keep fares at $2.50, but would eliminate the bonus for the purchase of multiple rides.
A proposal to charge consumers 10 cents for every single-use plastic bag they use at checkout is gaining traction again. City Hall held a discussion Wednesday to discuss a bill introduced by Councilmembers Brad Lander (D-Brooklyn) and Margaret Chin (D-Manhattan) that’s designed to reduce disposable bag use in the city by implementing the 10 cent fee.
According to its sponsors, the goal of the bill isn’t to charge consumers the fee but to incentivize them to change their habits and become more environmentally conscious. Retailers would keep the money and the bill exempts transactions made using food aid programs.