In 2013, the state Inspector General’s Office used terms such as “disingenuous” when describing the process by which the Indian Cultural and Community Center obtained state land at the Creedmoor Psychiatric Hospital campus.
On Tuesday, opponents of the proposed four-story apartment complex used terms including “fraudulent” and “lie” in discussing the ICCC’s acquisition of the property and its ongoing hearings before the city’s Board of Standards and Appeals.
Well, the “Not in my backyard” (NIMBY) mentality is still alive and well in Glendale and Middle Village. I just read the Chronicle article about 300 people protesting a homeless shelter in their backyard (“Anti-shelter alliance readies to battle city,” Oct. 9, multiple editions). Robert Holden, one of the leaders in the forefront of this protest, is an opportunist who would probably like to run for public office. Does he think this issue will get him there? Maybe.
I live in Bay Terrace. One night a few years ago a neighbor had a massive fire in her townhouse. We all watched as she stood on the road in her fur coat hugging her important paperwork and jewels while her house was burning down. She became homeless, but she was lucky to have family members who took her and her homeless children in.
Do you protesters know how many young children are living in cars and washing in gas stations before they go to school? And feeling shame every day. Do you realize how many people have lost their jobs and housing in this economy? Do you know how desperately this city needs affordable housing? I bet
you don’t ... because you don’t care. Are you aware that the famous Tyler Perry was homeless and was made a star from the streets?
The Glendale/Middle Village protests bring back memories to me of the ’60s when Martin Luther King marched to end hate and discrimination. One can only wonder if you ever met, or even dared to speak to a homeless person, or family. I doubt it. The word homeless scares you just as the word integration scared the bigots in the ’60s. How about asking for a meeting to meet the homeless who are candidates for the shelter before you deny them a roof over their heads and keep them in cardboard boxes or steps on a church in the wind, rain and snow?
I wonder if senior citizens became a focus of discrimination and the young residents don’t want them in their community — would you then have feelings?
Karma is coming to the narrow-minded and ignorant in Glendale and Middle Village. Shame on all of you.
Riggan Thomson (Michael Keaton) is an actor who is facing a dilemma that frequently befell anyone who played a superhero in either film or television. The ability to find new work after you’ve completed your run seems to be inversely proportional to the popularity of the role that made you rich.
Rather than accept a life of appearing at one entertainment convention (such as the recent New York Comic Con) after another and making easy money by appearing on panels and autographing glossies, Riggan wants to be relevant and not remembered merely for playing a popular cinematic comic book hero, Birdman. To accomplish that end, he helps finance a Broadway show in which he’ll star, based on Raymond Carver’s short story “What We Talk About When We Talk About Love.”
Despite the city and the Queens Development Group owning 95 percent of the property in Phase 1 for the Willets Point project, Community Board 7 expressed doubts that the development will run on schedule.
During a quarterly meeting, held on Oct. 8, where CBs 3 and 7 met with the QDG, Economic Development Corp. and borough president representatives, developers expressed optimistic enthusiasm for the eminent closing on outstanding parcels.
Chairman of the New York Affordable Reliable Electricity Alliance Arthur “Jerry” Kremer was the keynote speaker on Sept. 24 at the first meeting of the Queens Chamber of Commerce’s Energy Committee in East Elmhurst.
“New York has become No! York on energy matters,” warned Kremer, a former state assemblyman. Queens is home to more than 50 percent of the energy manufacturing in New York City, but increasing numbers of electronic devices, smartphones and tablets have created a critical energy issue.
(Family Features) Date night doesn't have to require reservations at an overpriced restaurant or an over-the-top production. You can easily turn your own home into the perfect romantic setting for a special night you both deserve.
(Family Features) Preparing for an unexpected emergency, especially one brought on by severe weather, is one of the most important ways you can protect your home and family. Proactively addressing storm-related issues ranging from property damage to power outages can minimize a potentially disastrous situation.
(BPT) - The term smooth sailing doesn’t always apply, especially when faced with rough waters and stormy skies.
(BPT) - Rome has been a starring city on the world stage throughout history. Art is all around you in this cultural center where pieces by Bernini, Raphael, Caravaggio and Michelangelo are daily decor. The city surrounds you with masterpieces from throughout the ages, making it a highly coveted destination with plenty of crowds. DreamPlanGo has provided some tips to help you avoid long lines and enjoy the city in peace:
As the leaves change color and the warm summer wind turns into a cool autumn breeze, restaurants around the borough are draping crisp white table cloths and lighting votive candles in preparation for restaurant season.
“During New York City Restaurant Week last year, there was only one Queens restaurant that participated and that was Water’s Edge,” Rob Mackay, spokesman for the Queens Economic Development Corp., said. “A lot of our restaurants can’t afford to participate in the citywide one, but for Queens Restaurant Week, it gives smaller restaurants the opportunity to showcase their food.”
A sudden gust of wind blows through Juniper Valley Park as the orange and purple sunset gives way to wispy cirrus clouds illuminated by two familiar beams of light in the distance last Thursday night.
Maspeth resident Janet Ricciardo smiles and nods, as if to acknowledge a friend’s whisper in her ear.
(NAPSI)—The steps you take now to clean up your yard and put it to bed for the next few months can set the tone for a more productive spring.
(NAPSI)—The next time you catch a football game, while you’re admiring the energy expended on the field, you might give a thought to how the sport is helping America save energy.
(BPT) - When it comes to caring for your yard, maintenance is crucial – especially during the fall when it needs to recover from the wear and tear of summer and prepare for winter’s harsh conditions. Knowing what your lawn and garden needs from season to season not only makes it easier for you to stay organized with your list of backyard to-do’s, but it also allows you to identify and treat any problems before they become bigger issues down the road.
This is a proposal for the New York Road Runners. Marathon running is a saturated market, many people just don’t have the time or the energy to spend three and a half hours, give or take an hour, to complete a race. Half marathons are the next big idea in running. Everything is cut in half, preparation, completion of a race and recuperation.
The half-marathon courses in New York City lack creativity, except for the Brooklyn one that begins at Prospect Park continues south on Ocean Parkway and winds up in Coney Island.
I propose two half marathons. One would begin in the Bronx in September, i.e. Bronx Zoo Park; continue southbound to the Triboro/RFK Bridge via pedestrian walkway, through Astoria, East Elmhurst, Corona and finish at Flushing Meadows Corona Park. The following half marathon race would occur about six months later.
The second leg of two 13.1-mile races would begin in March from the southern rim of Flushing Meadows Corona Park, westbound on Union Turnpike, through Forest Park to Broadway Junction, East New York Avenue, Howard Avenue/Tapscott Street/Kings Highway. Finally, the runners would head southbound on Ocean Parkway and onto Surf Avenue for the finish line at Seaside Park/NY Aquarium.
The two proposed races would bring people out in the neighborhoods, in parts of New York City that are forgotten when it comes to special events. In the NYC marathon there is little visibility for Queens and the Bronx. The runners touch Long Island City on their way over the Queensboro/Koch Bridge and in the Bronx they hop off one small bridge on their way to another small bridge over the Harlem River portion. The combined races would highlight the Bronx Zoo/NY Botanical Garden, Crotona Park, Randalls/Wards Island Park, Flushing Meadows Corona Park with Citi Field and Arthur Ashe Tennis Stadium, Forest Park, the wide boulevards of Kings Highway and Ocean Parkway with beautiful Coney Island in March to get the spring/summer season off on the right foot.
(BPT) - With the summer season winding down, the onset of fall foliage with the cooler temperatures, and a variety of events and festivals, fall presents one of the best times of year to visit the Lone Star State. Fall in Texas means plenty of fairs, outdoor music events, cheering crowds, wine harvests and more.
(BPT) - Buying a new house is an exciting time in your life. Because it is one of the most important investments you’ll make for yourself and your family, there are many important factors to consider. Before making a purchase, take these four questions into account. Having the answers will allow you to enjoy your new home now and in the years ahead.
On Sept. 1, 1939, the world was plunged into what was to become the most devastating war ever to affect so many nations and peoples. Early on that day, hundreds of Luftwaffe aircraft from Nazi Germany began swooping over Poland, mercilessly bombing and strafing cities and towns, killing hundreds of innocent civilians, while the Nazi army swept across the border with thousands of tanks and troops, overrunning the Polish countryside. While the Polish army fought bravely, it was no match for the brutality of the Nazi invaders.
This day, Sept. 1, 1939, was the day that the world lost its innocence and peace, which were forever gone with the winds of war.
(BPT) - Whether in a workshop, garden or garage, American men have always enjoyed their personal spaces. With the rise of flat-screen technology, having a “man cave” became an official home improvement trend. In fact, a 2013 survey by online retailer Newegg found that more than half of American homes now have a man cave. Now, after more than a decade of partying, man caves have matured.
For thousands of New Yorkers, taking the train is about as ordinary as having coffee in the morning. The subway is a part of the city’s culture, so what better way to experience New York than to do as the locals do?
Lucky 7 Subway Tours offer tourists and residents the opportunity to ride through seven neighborhoods and learn some history along the way.
(NAPSI)—In many parts of the country, last winter’s low temperatures broke long-standing records. In fact, it was so cold that, nearly a year later, some people are still paying off their fuel bills.
(NAPSI)—Whether you call it a second act or an encore career, or it’s just your desire to do a complete 180 in your profession, one thing remains the same: The path to reinvention often means taking your current job skills and giving them a new twist.
If it goes off without a hitch, it may be the shining moment of Mayor de Blasio’s term in office so far. If it doesn’t, it could be a black eye to any chances of a second.
As summer winds down, a new school year prepares to start up, and with it, 50,000 new prekindergarten students, the first class of the city’s universal pre-K program who will be entering the classroom for the first time on Sept. 8.