A Tribute to Rockaway’s Fallen

Rockaway Tribute Park’s mission statement indicates that the park was not created as a memorial but rather to serve as a tribute to the 77 Rockaway residents, including 27 city firefighters, who died in the Sept. 11 attacks on the World Trade Center. The original idea for the park was to find a place for the community to reflect on lost loved ones and find some solace. The park’s chosen site was the triangle on the bay at Beach 116th … Continue reading

Rockaways Still Rife With Post-Sandy Illnesses: Report

Chaplain Nigel Loncke initially noticed the trend as he knocked on doors. Homeowners, apartment renters, entrepreneurs, retirees, young professionals—regardless of race or socioeconomic status they provided similar answers to the post-Superstorm Sandy health survey he was helping to administer. “People were really open about their health concerns,” Loncke said. And those concerns seemed to center on the psychological. While many residents talked about bouts with mold and subsequent pulmonary issues, a large part of the dozens of households that Loncke … Continue reading

Federal Storm Funds on the Way: Cuomo

With one eye on rebuilding in the aftermath of natural disasters, and another on improving New York’s storm resiliency, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced last week that certain state and city agencies will receive more than $1.9 billion in federal funds. Of the $1.915 billion in funding from the Federal Transit Administration, approximately $1.6 billion supports projects managed by the Metropolitan Transportation Authority and approximately $212 million supports projects managed by the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. The … Continue reading

Borough Rental Prices on the Rise

Despite rental prices in Queens decreasing in August, long-term projections say that prices will increase steadily, according to data from the Queens Rental Market Report, which compares changes in the borough’s rental data on a monthly basis. The report compared data for the neighborhoods of Long Island City, Astoria, Ridgewood, Flushing, Rego Park, Forest Hills and Jackson Heights. And, while prices vary depending on factors such as number of bedrooms and other amenities, the report showed pricing trends that were … Continue reading

New Pro Soccer Team May Pitch For a Pitch at Aqueduct

Speculation sizzled this week as published reports indicated that New York City Football Club, the new Major League Soccer franchise co-owned and operated by the Yankees and English Premier League powerhouse Manchester City Football Club, has turned its eyes to Queens—near Aqueduct Racetrack, specifically—to develop its home stadium. NYCFC will kick off its inaugural season next year and play their home matches at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx for the first three seasons. As plans for a soccer-specific facility in … Continue reading

Library Board Suspends Galante

The beleaguered Board of Trustees of the Queens Borough Public Library late last Thursday night voted to place President and Chief Executive Officer Thomas Galante on a leave of absence. The board approved a motion that places Galante on indefinite paid administrative leave, effective immediately, pending the results of a full financial audit by city Comptroller Scott Stringer and the outcome of a probe of the library’s construction projects by the FBI and the city’s Department of Investigation. Bridget Quinn-Carey, … Continue reading

Cuomo Calls for Agencies to Bolster Terror Security

While reassuring New Yorkers that there is no “credible threat” to their public safety, but still obviously concerned by ISIS activities abroad, Gov. Andrew Cuomo late last week directed the heads of several agencies to increase security at mass transit sites across the Big Apple. Cuomo met with legislative leaders Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver (D-Manhattan), state Senate Majority Co-Leader Dean Skelos (R-Long Island) and state Senate Majority Co-Leader Jeff Klein (D-Bronx) last Friday to announce a coordinated increase in law … Continue reading

Murky Waters: Rockaway Boat Service Still Ferry Uncertain

  Borough legislators pressed the mayor last month to extend Rockaway ferry service for a fifth time before it expires by the end of October. But now, more than a month later, little is known about the fate of the ferry based out of Beach 108th Street. The boat service launched as an alternative to the A train, which was knocked out in 2012 in the wake of destruction to the peninsula caused by Superstorm Sandy. Area residents hailed the … Continue reading

MTA Goes Bus Shopping, Plunks Down $80M on New Fleet

All aboard the (brand new) bus. The Metropolitan Transportation Authority on Wednesday approved more than $80 million in federally funded contracts awarded to a Minnesota bus manufacturer for the delivery of 120 new low-floor transit vehicles: 75 low floor 60-foot articulated diesel buses and 45 low floor 40-foot diesel buses to be used by MTA Bus Company. The combined total award to New Flyer of America is $80,072,520. The 40-foot bus costs $496,267 per bus, with the contract also providing … Continue reading

Christ the King Students Excel and Accelerate in Math

Christ the King High School Principal Peter Mannarino congratulates students who accelerated their mathematics education by completing a summer course in pre-calculus through Christ the King Continuing Education. The course, taught by faculty member Richard Hartman, was conducted over a six- week period and encompassed over 50 hours of instructional time. Their successful completion of the course allowed these students to progress directly from Algebra II / Trigonometry to AP Calculus. Now in its fourth year, the program has enjoyed … Continue reading

TSA at JFK Busts Woman with 2 guns, 350 rounds of ammo, 58 bricks of marijuana

  Transportation Security Administration officers got quite the surprise on Sunday when they opened two pieces of checked luggage at John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) on Sunday The suitcases were jam-packed with cans and boxes for baby wipes, coffee, floor dusting sheets, lemonade mix, iced tea mix, a box of cat litter and a box of laundry tablets. But none of those boxes or cans contained the products on the labels.   Instead, TSA officers detected two disassembled .40 … Continue reading

Brazen Crook Robs Cross Bay Capital One Bank

Cops on Wednesday were still searching for a bold thief the day after he robbed an area bank branch in broad daylight. The suspect walked into the Capital One bank on Cross Bay Boulevard near 156th Avenue on Tuesday around 11 a.m. and passed a threatening note to a teller before fleeing the bank and driving away in a car that was double-parked outside of the branch, according to Police Officer Sophia Mason. He stole several thousand dollars in cash … Continue reading

Jogger Attacked, Robbed in Latest Forest Park Assault

    A female jogger was attacked and robbed last week in Forest Park, police officials said; and while cops quickly determined the latest incident to not be part of the recent disturbing spate of sexual assaults, security at the large borough green space remained on high alert. The woman was attacked last Tuesday evening around 6:15 p.m. as she jogged along the horse trails in the park near Myrtle Avenue and Park Lane South, according to Deputy Inspector Henry … Continue reading

Ulrich, Howard Beach Seniors Laud Bus Program

Flanked by area seniors and non-profit staff, City Councilman Eric Ulrich (R-Ozone Park) officially announced on Monday that his office has helped to allocate funds to support senior shuttle bus service. The vehicle will serve four Catholic Charities senior centers throughout Ulrich’s district: Howard Beach, Woodhaven, Rockaway Beach and Ozone Park. The councilman’s office secured $25,000 for a driver to transport older adults from their homes to the senior center for activities, classes and workshops; and day trips to shopping centers, … Continue reading

Concern Grows Over de Blasio Housing Plan

Perhaps the most ambitious project of his mayoralty, Hizzoner Bill de Blasio’s 10-year, five-borough affordable housing plan is not without its critics. Just ask some residents of Woodhaven. “It’s a cheap way for the city to provide ‘affordable housing,’” said Sherman Kane at last Thursday’s meeting of the Woodhaven Residents’ Block Association. “It costs the city nothing. We, as middle-class homeowners, would be providing the solution.” In late July, the WRBA reached out to the mayor’s office via a letter … Continue reading