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In the early 1900s, 503 acres with a natural park-like setting similar to Woodhaven’s Forest Park were purchased from the city by private developers. It was an area of almost one square mile, covered with hardwood trees such as oak, maple, elm and chestnut, and had an elevation ranging from 65 to 100 feet.
The developers were Timothy Woodruff, the former lieutenant governor of New York under Gov. Theodore Roosevelt, and Michael Degnon, the noted engineer who help build the first New York subway in 1904. They called their development “Jamaica Estates” and set its boundaries as Utopia Parkway on the west, Hillside Avenue on the south, 188th Street on the east and Union Turnpike to the north.
In an attempt to identify hazards and improve pedestrian safety, Community Boards 7 in Flushing and 11 in Little Neck have submitted the most dangerous intersections in their areas to the Borough President’s Office.
Each community board has been asked to submit four problematic corridors based on police reports, high traffic volume and the number of turning lanes. In turn, Borough President Melinda Katz will collect the data and send it to the Mayor’s Office.
Community Board 11 voted Monday to recommend that the city Board of Standards and Appeals disapprove the plan of a new owner to finish developing four attached brick houses on 47th Avenue off 198th Street in Auburndale, despite a longstanding effort to resolve what residents and board members have regarded for years as a potentially dangerous eyesore.
The site has access on 47th Avenue but uses a 198th Street address due to the configuration of the houses.
Imagine in your worst dreams surviving the Holocaust and then in old age not having enough to eat.
That is what’s happening to 140 Jewish senior citizens around the borough whose kosher Meals on Wheels program is in danger of shutting down because of lack of funds.
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 ongoing slew of snowstorms has prompted the New York Blood Center to announce an urgent need for blood donations following the cancellation of more than 100 blood drives in the last few weeks.
“While we’re confident in our ability to supply our partner hospitals, we’re still struggling with the effects of the snow and ice this week, and worried about an even bigger hit this weekend,” Vice President Rob Purvis of the NYBC said last week in a press release. “It is critical that we all pitch in by donating blood to ensure that supplies aren’t further diminished in the days ahead.”
Assemblywoman Nily Rozic (D-Fresh Meadows) will host a property tax assessment workshop with the city Department of Finance and city Tax Commission to assist property owners with issues regarding their property value assessments.
The event will be held on Sunday, Feb. 23 at 11 a.m. at Rozic’s district office, located at 159-16 Union Turnpike in Fresh Meadows.
With a sunny, and mostly musical, community theater spring season in the forecast, and more than half a dozen shows scheduled to open between now and late April, it’s time to sing the winter blues away!
First up is the Parkside Players’ production of “The Uninvited,” a good old-fashioned ghost story which begins thrilling audiences Friday night. The play, by Tim Kelly, is directed by Bill Logan and features a cast headed by Laura Cetti and Nick Radu.
The Queens Library had to get an early start on its celebration of Black History Month, kicking off on Jan. 25 in order to get all of its cultural and educational programs in.
The 29th annual Langston Hughes Celebration, at the library named in his honor on Northern Boulevard in Corona, will run from 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 8.
The expansion of the Meadow Park Rehabilitation Center, the removal of the T-Building at Queens Hospital Center and the state of the water supply were a few of the items on the agenda for last week’s Community Board 8 meeting.
Residents started the meeting with the public participation, where a number of locals raised concerns about a 12-story hotel to be built at 61-27 186 St., in a residential neighborhood. [See separate story.]
In an effort to increase safety and promote a green lifestyle, two Eastern Queens residents have started a campaign to build a super-greenway for pedestrians and bikers using the old Vanderbilt Motor Parkway.
More than 150 people have signed a petition to expand the Motor Parkway trail to 74th Avenue after its abrupt end at Winchester Avenue. Citing the necessity of a car in order to access the trail from its east side, Joby Jacob, a science professor from Hollis Hills, and Jana Suchtova, a St. John’s University student from Glen Oaks, created the petition with the hopes of increasing pedestrian accessibility to the trail.
I have been reading how the QueensWay versus the restoring the Rockaway Beach Line has turned out to be a fight of “trails versus rails.”
But it doesn’t have to be that way. Instead, why not “trails with rails”? Rails can coexist synergistically with trails in the same corridor, with trains bringing people with their bikes and strollers to the trails and parks.
Case in point is Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, which has an extensive trails system beside and under the city’s expanding and mostly elevated rail rapid transit system, linking parks, other destinations, and communities. One of those trail routes uses the roadbed of an old interurban commuter rail line with the rapid transit line built above it. There are other trails that avoid the rail routes where it is not practical to follow them,
Those who have visited Vancouver, as many did four years ago during the Winter Olympics, may have seen the trails while riding on the trains. Vancouverites treasure their biking, walking, and transit very passionately, along with their concern for the environment, scenery, views and quality of life.
I can attest to that, and to the trails with rails network, from having lived in the area for several years.
In applying Vancouver’s example to the RBL, couldn’t the MTA and/or the city study the feasibility, costs and benefits of replacing the old and controversial berm with a similar elevated deck for the trains and placing the trails below? And where there are major roadways, like Atlantic Avenue and Union Turnpike, to put the trail on separate bridges?
What does New York have to lose by investigating trails with rails for the RBL?
Meadow Park Rehabilitation Center, a 143-bed nursing home in Fresh Meadows, is looking to expand its space, but keep the same number of beds and staff. In order to do so, it needs a special permit.
At a public hearing at Hillside Manor on Tuesday night, Community Board 8’s Zoning Committee members listened to a presentation by attorney Jordan Most, who showed how the four-story building would expand into a horseshoe shape.
The southwest corner of Queens Boulevard and Union Turnpike, Forest Hills, March 4, 1931.
One Queens community that underwent drastic change in the 1930s was the Kew Forest section of Kew Gardens bordering Forest Hills.
The area of 77th Avenue, 77th Road and 78th Avenue off Union Turnpike and Queens Boulevard was developed with homes as early as 1917. Property deeds called the land Kew Gardens. Most of Forest Hills was still farmland. Today there is still a block named Kew Forest Lane.
The plan to install security cameras in Forest Park is moving foward.
In a joint effort by Assemblyman Mike Miller (D-Woodhaven) and State Sen. Joe Addabbo Jr. (D-Howard Beach), $250,000 dollars in state funding was secured for the cameras.
The new year often means a new beginning and that’s what Marie Emmi of Bellerose is seriously hoping for.
On Dec. 16, after 30 years in business, Emmi’s hot dog truck went up in flames, destroying the vehicle and temporarily shutting down her business.
Oratorio Society of Queens, Annual Holiday Concert, Queensborough Performing Arts Center, 222-05 56 Ave., Bayside, Sunday, Dec. 22, 4 p.m. Traditional Christmas favorites and Chanukah songs. $30, $25 for seniors and students. Contact: (718) 279-3006 or queensoratorio.org.
A popular hot dog truck, in business for more than 30 years, went on fire Monday at a Mobil gas station in Bellerose.
Marie’s Hot Dogs truck had just pulled into the gas station at 252-02 Union Turnpike at about 10:30 a.m. when it burst into flames. Station attendants called the Fire Department, who extinguished the blaze.
Art of Ink in America, “Gesture and Beyond,” Godwin Ternbach Museum at Queens College, 65-30 Kissena Blvd., Flushing, thru Dec. 30, Monday-Thursday, 11 a.m.-7 p.m.; Saturdays, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; opening reception, Thursday, Nov. 21, 6-8 p.m. An East/West exhibition of contemporary calligraphy.
Community Board 9 unanimously rejected a plan to change a two-way street in Kew Gardens into a one-way after several residents and the local civic group spoke out in opposition.
The city Department of Transportation is proposing converting Beverly Road, a two-way street between Brevoort Street and Park Lane South, into a one-way northbound.
A to Z Liquor, located at Union Turnpike and 185 Street in Fresh Meadows, celebrated its grand opening under new ownership with a ribbon-cutting ceremony Nov. 21. To observe the occasion, the store put out a spread of refreshments that included kosher food, in recognition of its diverse clientele.
Sam Zirkiev holds up an area map at a Community Board 8 meeting last week. His proposal to rezone the location near Union Turnpike and Parsons Boulevard was approved and he plans to construct a four-story apartment building.
Two alleged illegal massage parlors, one in Flushing and the other in Fresh Meadows, were raided recently by police.
The Queens Chronicle wrote about one of the locations at 75-05 Parsons Blvd., in Flushing last August. Area residents have been trying to get it closed since it opened in March. The other operation is at 179-07 Union Tpke.