Category Archives: Feature

Boro calls for bike share

Queens wants its fair share of city wheels. Lawmakers and transportation advocates rallied around legislation that would help accelerate the Citi Bike share program into Queens, where demand has already proven its presence. U.S. Rep. Joe Crowley (D-Jackson Heights) spearheaded the Bike to Work Act of 2014, which would give pre-tax commuter benefits to workers. “Thousands of New Yorkers have already embraced the city’s bike share program as a viable, environmentally friendly and cost-effective form of public transportation,” Crowley said. … Continue reading

Woodhaven confronts idle cars

An ongoing debate over Select Bus Service routes in Woodhaven has put into motion another hot-button issue: street side parking. Residents in Woodhaven have spent the better part of the past month voicing their concerns and reactions to a city Transportation Department proposal to bring new bus routes to Woodhaven Boulevard and other parts of southern Queens, sparking some heated discussions over congestion and traffic. But one potential consequence of the plan has received more attention this week as residents … Continue reading

Homeless shelter slated for Rockaway

A former drug rehabilitation center in Rockaway is being converted into a homeless shelter, the city said, despite pleas from elected officials and residents living nearby who argued they were not given a fair warning. Homeless shelter proposals have left parts of the borough in frenzy over recent months with similar instances occurring in East Elmhurst and Glendale, where residents in each respective community have strongly opposed plans to install shelters in their neighborhoods. The latest spot – a former … Continue reading

Calls for cleaner streets in Howard Beach, Woodhaven

Community advocates are calling out the city to clean up its act. Public eyesores including graffiti, litter and other junk have become a consistent burden across civic groups and elected officials perusing the streets of neighborhoods like Howard Beach and Woodhaven and officials there picked up the pace this week. Lawmakers from both the city and state came out in support of new initiatives to help make borough streets shine. In Howard Beach, state Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder (D-Rockaway Park) singled … Continue reading

Woodhaven left to wonder about collapsed building’s future

Residents in Woodhaven said they were worried about the fate of the partially collapsed building on Jamaica Avenue after hearing it would not be demolished, but renovated instead. A legal bought between the owner of the 78-19 Jamaica Ave. property and the city ended with an agreement that renovations would be made to restore the collapsed roof atop the structure. It was a stark contrast to what the Buildings Department ruled earlier this year when it declared the building hazardous … Continue reading

Fighting floods in Lindenwood

Howard Beach resident Joseph Annicaro said he was frustrated by the state of his home after devastating floods left it in disrepair. Annicaro, 50, said he had to redo his entire basement after Hurricane Sandy as well as the torrential downpour on April 30 that dumped more than five inches of water, setting him back nearly $40,000. “I had to redo the while basement again. Get a new washer and dryer, a new stove, new boiler and refrigerator,” Annicaro said. … Continue reading

Key Food keeps quiet on Howard Beach site

Key Food is giving a new meaning to “coming soon.” It was 11 months ago when the former Duane Reade building at 163-20 Cross Bay Blvd. first sported a Key Food sign with the caption, “Coming Soon” in bold lettering. And with that 12th month quickly approaching, the popular supermarket chain has remained mum as to when “soon” will in fact arrive. A representative for Key Food hung up on two separate occasions when being asked for an anticipated opening date … Continue reading

Railroad strike looms over straphangers

A falling out between Long Island Rail Road unions and the Metropolitan Transportation Authority dominated the news cycle this week as riders prepared for what could be a devastating strike for commuters throughout the city. MTA Chairman Thomas Prendergast said labor negotiations “collapsed” on Monday, but the agency and LIRR unions agreed to go back to the bargaining table on Wednesday with hopes of reaching a solution before Sunday’s strike date. “As Governor [Andrew] Cuomo said, a strike would disrupt … Continue reading

Woodhaven residents revitalize historic cemetery

Years of neglect have left the tombstones at the historic Wyckoff-Snedicker Family Cemetery covered in overgrown greenery. But last week, members of the Woodhaven community moved in behind All Saints Episcopal Church with rakes and gloves, ready to clear out weeds as part of a project to make the resting place of historical families like Elmhurst and Ditmars accessible to the public. “The community needs to own this,” said Ed Wendell, Woodhaven Cultural and Historical Society President. “This is an … Continue reading

Group wants geese protections at Jamaica Bay

A government watchdog has his eyes set on Jamaica Bay geese. David Karopkin, founder of GooseWatch NYC, has been hitting the wildlife refuge and other city spots for years to make sure that geese are not mishandled as authorities work to control populations and prevent run-ins with airplanes. And after learning of the 73 geese rounded up there late last month, the advocate has since been on a seemingly endless quest for details. GooseWatch NYC has been prodding city, federal … Continue reading

Lindenwood pushes for parking fix

A few little white lines could go a long way for the people in Lindenwood.   Residents and elected officials hit the pavement this week and asked the city Transportation Department to paint parking lines along 157th Avenue between 80th and 77th Street to make for more parking spaces. Which each dash in the concrete, drivers would more easily see their spots and become less likely to violate traffic laws, officials said.   “A small effort from the DOT will allow local residents … Continue reading

Woodhaven still waiting for building demolition

Residents in Woodhaven said they were skeptic, but hopeful, they would see at least some progress at the site where a building collapsed last year.   The city Department of Buildings last assured residents of Woodhaven they would see the partially collapsed building at 78-19 Jamaica Ave. the week of July 4, but that date has come and gone. Officials still said demolition was imminent sometime this month, but residents said they had grown tired of the broken promises.   … Continue reading

Woodhaven wants answers on Atlantic Avenue

For such a small patch of Atlantic Avenue, residents of Woodhaven have a lot to say about cars and commotion between 87th and 88th Streets. The area has been riddled with complaints over graffiti and misconduct for years, and Woodhaven resident Patty Eggers said she has had enough of it. “We’re at our wit’s end,” Eggers said. “They own that spot.” The group she was referring to included those steering in and out of two auto body shops on Atlantic Avenue, where … Continue reading

Riders oppose select bus plans for Woodhaven Blvd.

Queens is still the only borough without a select bus service, but that may soon change. A city Department of Transportation plan to construct specific bus lanes along Woodhaven and Cross Bay boulevards, with hopes of installing select bus service along the route going forward, has drawn criticism from some residents who fear that traffic, parking and local bus services would be adversely affected by the plan. Residents sounded off in a forum held on June 26 at PS 306 … Continue reading

Boro remembers decorated Forest Hills veteran

Nearly 100 family members and friends came out Wednesday in memory of Pat Toro, a decorated U.S. Marine and veterans’ advocate from Forest Hills. An honor guard was charged with accompanying the casket at his ceremony at Our Lady of Hope church in Middle Village to and from the ceremony while holding American flags, and other retired veterans in the audience donned shirts announcing what sect of the armed forces they were a part of. Pastor Michael Carrano had kind … Continue reading