Category Archives: Editorials

Dangerous Distraction

Is anyone else finding it a shame that the NYPD is marking another year of record low crime rates – particularly in the area of robberies, which are down another 15 percent from last year’s already-low numbers – and yet, the Eric Garner controversy, the stance of the Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association, and even some of the Mayor’s statements have increased divisiveness in what was already a fragile relationship between cops and the public? Both sides seem to have a legitimate … Continue reading

Giving Thanks

Be thankful for what you’ve got. In the past seven days alone we’ve written about a sickly dog being tossed from a moving car as if it were garbage; a 13-month-old boy treated like a rag doll, suffering severe head injuries allegedly at the hands of his mother’s ex-boyfriend; families affected by Superstorm Sandy being victimized again, this time by the federal government; a doctor, who swore an oath to do no harm, allegedly bilking insurance companies out of thousands … Continue reading

In the Dark About the Park

What happened to Gateway National Recreation Area? That’s what we’d like to know. But good luck trying to get an update, or even a morsel of information on anything. And we’re a news organization. One cyber stroll to their antiquated website—nothing works and it obviously hasn’t been updated in what appears to be years—and you’ll quickly realize that the poorly managed public-information portal only reflects the poorly managed park. Tuck The Forum under your arm as we walk down Memory … Continue reading

Editorial: After Failing Miserably, It’s Time for the City to Give Us a Reason Not to Give Up

Writing the paper this week, it almost felt like it was The Forum: The Build It Back Edition. Amy Peterson, who was appointed as the city program’s new head a little more than one month ago, came to town twice over the past week, once last Thursday to speak with Howard Beach homeowners and then Tuesday for the Howard Beach-Lindenwood Civic meeting. On top of that, we went to the Build It Back office in Breezy Point and watched as … Continue reading

Editorial: Holding Onto Our History

For the thousands of people who came from all over to take a tour this week of the once-majestic New York State pavilion – a place that, on April 22, 1964, opened to throngs of people waiting with bated breath for the arrival of the World’s Fair – the reasons they stood in line for hours to see a glimpse of a now-decaying structure were incredibly varied. There were the specific memories that drew them back – the desire to … Continue reading

Editorial: A Return to the ‘canyon of heroes’

When World War II ended, paper seemed to rain from the sky during the ticker-tape parade the city held for the veterans – a massive affair when what is known as the “Canyon of Heroes” in lower Manhattan was flooded with hundreds of thousands of people jubilantly celebrating. As about 5,438 tons of confetti poured from area office buildings onto the streets below, people danced and laughed in ways they probably hadn’t for years. But, most importantly, veterans understood they … Continue reading

Editorial: Time for the city to prove it’s not worthless

At the end of Beach 131st Street in Belle Harbor, there is a plot of empty land by the ocean. A block of dirt and sand, there’s very little to suggest the kind of life that once happened there – the birthday parties and family dinners and the kind of laughter and love that seeps into the everyday. But the residents of Beach 131st Street know: For years, they knew the family who lived in the walls now gone, taken … Continue reading

Editorial: Tear Down This Building

Those rallying outside a building on Jamaica Avenue in Woodhaven last Sunday issued a plea to the city: Please, let these signs we’re carrying not become candles at a vigil. And they – the civic leaders, the residents, the business owners, the area elected officials – are right. It is lucky no one was hurt, or killed, when the building at 78-19 Jamaica Ave. partially collapsed almost a full year ago in April, sending a sea of bricks crashing onto … Continue reading

On the road to ending domestic violence

Last week, at a domestic violence forum in Richmond Hill, it was apparent: We have come so far – and have so much further to go. The 106th and 102nd precincts should be applauded for their efforts to hold what they said would be the first in a series of forums on domestic violence – a problem that, if it hasn’t affected you directly, almost definitely has impacted the life of someone you know. As a number of the police … Continue reading

EDITORIAL: To the NYPD and Parks Department: Thank You for Listening

It’s not often we get to applaud a city agency, but this week there is certainly cause to raise our proverbial glass to the NYPD. And, it was just earlier this week that we thought we may have to write something chastising the department for being unresponsive to the community’s needs – but no longer. After two of our Queens legislators recently allocated funding – $250,000 to be exact – for cameras in Forest Park, where there have been a … Continue reading

Editorial: We’ve Been Robbed.

Carjackings, robberies, home invasions—these are, after all, the things we read about in the newspaper right? Things we see on TV news. Those things don’t happen here—not in Howard Beach. Well at least they didn’t use to… But the violent attack just last week, on a local businessman as he walked to his car at 10:30 at night, steps off Cross Bay Boulevard, across the street from a well-lit Kentucky Fried Chicken, doors down from the Hess station at the … Continue reading

EDITORIAL: Will the real bully please stand up

We watched a CBS News report last week, with great concern and upset. At the center of the story, stood one of the jewels in the public school system of Queens. The coveted Scholars Academy in Rockaway, has found it’s way into the spotlight on the heels of allegations by one of its students that she has been so badly bullied in her years at Scholars she contemplated suicide twice and had to be admitted to the hospital on one … Continue reading

EDITORIAL: Merry Christmas

I remember Christmas Eve 1967. Forty-six years ago. My mother was in the hospital. I kept overhearing my father and nana about how bad it was. My family was downstairs trying to act as though it were a holiday and I was holed up in my bedroom, crying. I was startled as the door swung open and struck the inside of the wall. My mother’s brother was in the doorway. He took one of his hands off his hip and … Continue reading

Editorial: Domestic Violence

You are not alone. If there is anything we want to get out there – at any time, but especially during October’s Domestic Violence Awareness Month – it is that, no matter who you are or who your abuser is, there is a sea of people out there waiting to help you. This month, we will wear purple; we will pray; we will hope; we will remember stories we should never have to know; we will think about a world … Continue reading

EDITORIAL: A Storm We Can Stop

As we approach the one-year anniversary of the event that ravaged our communities, we are struck by the reality that, after barely having restored much of what was lost, we now find ourselves faced with another storm on the horizon. Although not actually a weather event, this “storm” is one which poses a much more finite, devastating threat than did Sandy. Something which looms in our immediate future, and has the potential to virtually eradicate our communities. What we speak … Continue reading