This week, the Queens Chronicle’s 20th annual toy and gift drive is focusing on letters from youngsters living at the Boulevard Family Shelter in Elmhurst.
The facility, the former Pan Am Hotel, opened in June and now has 388 children living there.
There was no hot button issue on Community Board 5’s agenda last Wednesday, but the group was still as active as ever.
The board voted in favor of various measures, such as the arrival of a new spa on Woodhaven Boulevard and neckdowns at various intersections around PS 239 in Ridgewood, but the most meaningful measure was the approval of a street renaming in memory of a recently deceased Sanitation Department worker.
Crime in the 106th Precinct remains on a downward trend, according to Deputy Inspector Jeffrey Schiff, the precinct’s commanding officer.
“We are down for the month in robberies, assaults and grand larceny auto,” Schiff said at the precinct’s community council meeting last Wednesday.
Hundreds of needy children and teens will receive toys and gifts this holiday season thanks to the generosity of you, our Queens Chronicle readers.
Our 20th annual holiday toy drive begins now and runs through Dec. 22. Additional dropoff locations have been added throughout the borough, but of course the main site at the Chronicle office, 62-33 Woodhaven Blvd. in Rego Park will be open for deliveries Monday through Friday, from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. The office is located about a quarter mile south of the Long Island Expressway, exit 19, on the east side of the street.
Officials from the Department of Transportation and MTA presented residents living along Woodhaven Boulevard with three proposals to calm traffic along the 12-mile corridor and place a dedicated bus lane in the area.
Residents who live along Woodhaven and Cross Bay boulevards last Wednesday expressed mixed opinions about a series of proposals that would turn one lane of the corridor into a dedicated bus lane, saying they were concerned with how the proposal would be implemented.
“This is a consolidation and when you consolidate, someone’s going to win and someone’s going to lose,” said Rockaway resident Phil McManus, a member of the Queens Public Transit Committee.
Councilman Donovan Richards, left, joined by his staff, Riders Alliance members and Executive Director John Raskin, second from right, with some of the 5,000 petitions they have gathered in support of BRT bus service along the Woodhaven-Cross Bay Boulevard corridor.
Gov. Cuomo and the Metropolitan Transportation Authority last week announced the addition of 29 subway stations in Queens to the MTA’s Transit Wireless Program.
The stations include major transportation hubs, such as Jackson Heights-Roosevelt Avenue; Jamaica Center; Court Square Station in Long Island City; 63rd Drive in Rego Park; Forest Hills-71st Avenue; Grand Avenue-Newtown; Kew Gardens-Union Turnpike; Queens Plaza; Steinway Street, Vernon Boulevard-Jackson Avenue and Woodhaven Boulevard.
Forest Park played host to what is becoming an annual tradition on Saturday — a Fall Festival.
Hosted and funded through allocations by Councilman Eric Ulrich (R-Ozone Park), the fair was attended by hundreds of children who enjoyed Halloween-themed bounce houses, shows and a hay maze completed with a pumpkin patch, where kids could pick a pumpkin and paint it.
Councilman Donovan Richards (D-Laurelton) brought his fight for faster bus service along the Woodhaven-Cross Bay Boulevard corridor to the steps of City Hall on Tuesday morning.
Backed by members and leadership of the Riders Alliance, Richards brought more than 5,000 petitions from bus riders along the corridor, all asking the Metropolitan Transportation Authority and the city’s Department of Transportation to dedicate the money and manpower to establish a Bus Rapid Transit route.
Forest Park played host to what is becoming an annual tradition on Saturday — a Fall Festival. Hosted and funded through allocations by Councilman Eric Ulrich (R-Ozone Park), the fair was attended by hundreds of children who enjoyed Halloween-themed bounce houses, shows and a hay maze completed with a pumpkin patch, where kids could pick a pumpkin and paint it. The city Department of Transportation was on hand with one of its trucks, as were the FDNY and Sanitation Department. Across Woodhaven Boulevard, kids were able to ride the landmarked Carousel one last time before it closes for the winter. Ulrich said he hopes the festival, which expanded since last year, will become a yearly staple at the park.
The Queens version of the High Line may actually happen after all.
The plan to turn the abandoned Rockaway Beach rail line into a linear park has a detailed proposal. A piece of it, in the northern end of the former Long Island Rail Road route, could even be built within the next year.
The dedicated cluster of graffiti-fighters in Woodhaven and Richmond Hill are getting some professional reinforcements.
Councilman Eric Ulrich (R-Ozone Park) announced Wednesday that he has allocated $25,000 to the Queens Economic Development Corp. to hire a professional graffiti-removal service that will regularly clean graffiti along six corridors in the 32nd District.
New York City has its share of wildlife. Besides the iconic pigeons and rats that crowd our skies and subways, the city has been known for being a haven for raccoons, squirrels, bats, even opossums, foxes and the occasional coyote, including the one that roamed Central Park several winters ago.
But for many residents, a skunk is not something that they expect to see in Queens.
The Queens neighborhoods of Forest Hills, Kew Gardens and Rego Park should be keeping up appearances in the year to come thanks to a fresh infusion of funds for the Doe Fund.
City Councilwoman Karen Koslowitz (D-Forest Hills) and Doe Fund legislative director Michael Cohen announced Wednesday in Forest Hills they have secured funds to renew cleanup operations along three area stretches.
Autumn is here and the chill can be felt in the air. The weather has been very sunny and bright, for many days now, but the chill is still there. I just hope that a certain day in October is a warm sunny day.
That day, the 19th, is important for it is the day of our Wonderful Woodhaven Street Festival 2014. From 12 to 6 p.m., on Jamaica Avenue from 80th Street to Woodhaven Boulevard, we will have pony rides and games, antique cars and a variety of vendors with unique products and our great shops. The entertainment will be the great country western music of the Mary Lamont Band with line dancers and instruction and dancing in the streets, rock and mellow music by local bands Plastic Soul, the Solid State Band, Golden Echo, all from Queens. This year again our special feature will be “The Malaysian Lion Dancers.” Also appearing will be our veteran Shorinjiryu Kenryukan karate with instructor Myron Lubitsch, who have appeared in our street fairs for over 25 years and are located right on our Jamaica Avenue.
Friday’s accident at the intersection of Woodhaven Boulevard and Jamaica Avenue in Woodhaven is the latest in a string of traffic-related incidents at what some call the deadliest intersection in South Queens.
olice are looking for a man who robbed a Howard Beach bank Tuesday morning that has been hit twice before in the past five years.
According to the NYPD, the suspect, a Hispanic man wearing a black hooded sweatshirt, entered the Howard Beach branch of Capital One bank at 155-14 Cross Bay Blvd. at 11:15 a.m. He passed a note to a teller demanding money and the teller complied. The suspect then fled in a silver Nissan Maxima with approximately $5,000 in cash, police said. No one was injured in the robbery.
A recent mugging in Forest Park, a new residential home in the area and restoration of a collapsed building on Jamaica Avenue were among the top issues on the table as the Woodhaven Residents’ Block Association held its monthly meeting on Sept. 18 at American Legion Post 118 in Woodhaven.
Deputy Inspector Hank Sautner, commanding officer of the 102nd Precinct, announced that the neighborhood experienced a “pretty good summer,” then addressed an incident that occurred around 6 p.m. in Forest Park on Sept. 16.
That’s not just the chorus of a song that dominates the pop charts. It’s also what you probably heard if you were near the intersection of Jamaica Avenue and Woodhaven Boulevard around 10:30 a.m. last Friday.