Category Archives: Feature

New Casino Exhibit Spotlights ‘Wonders of Jamaica Bay’

The latest exhibit at Resorts World Casino New York City brings a bit of Jamaica Bay to South Ozone Park. Unveiled Tuesday morning in the Times Square Atrium, “Hidden in Plain Sight: The Wonders of Jamaica Bay” highlights the city’s largest open space through the photography and cinematography of Dan Hendrick, François Portmann and Don Riepe. “I fell in love with Jamaica Bay about 15 years ago,” said Hendrick, author of “Jamaica Bay” and an environmental advocate who works with … Continue reading

Centreville Sewer Project Moving Forward After Decades of Delays

To Centreville residents, or those who live close to Albert Road in Ozone Park, the mere mention of the now 30-years-overdue sewer and infrastructure project for the area will likely be met with more than a bit of skepticism. “For me, who has been involved with this project for some 35 years, back when it first was proposed…There have been so many false start dates that I have my concerns and doubts about any new dates the city comes up … Continue reading

QueensWay Draws Raves, but Some Still Oppose Park Plan

Friends of the QueensWay and the Trust for Public Land this week released the much-anticipated QueensWay Plan, a study which both groups jointly characterized as “a blueprint for the QueensWay—New York City’s next great park.” The project involves converting the long-abandoned Rockaway Beach Branch line of the Long Island Rail Road—a 3.5-mile swath of the borough, from Rego Park to Ozone Park—into a $120 million public park boasting trails and many amenities. According to the study, the QueensWay will “provide … Continue reading

Mayor Touts $130 Million Community Parks Initiative

With already a few ambitious projects set to define his mayoralty, Mayor Bill de Blasio this week launched another large-scale initiative, this time aimed at a more equitable city park system. Speaking at Bowne Playground in Flushing on Tuesday morning, de Blasio announced the Community Park Initiative, a multi-faceted program to invest $130 million in under-resourced public parks located in the city’s densely populated and growing neighborhoods with higher-than-average concentrations of poverty. “From children and parents to athletes and students, … Continue reading

Woodhaven Civic Calls Sanitation Fines Unfair

  The city Sanitation Department this week promised to investigate an area civic organization’s claim that the agency is engaging in an “unfair practice of issuing tickets to property owners in the middle of the night for garbage dumped outside their properties.” According to the Woodhaven Residents’ Block Association, in a statement issued on Monday, it is a common nighttime occurrence for people to dump trash outside Jamaica Avenue storefronts. Then, DSNY agents write summonses in the middle of the … Continue reading

Build It Backwards?

It seems that even two years later, Superstorm Sandy is still taking an enormous toll on the residents of southern Queens and the Rockaway peninsula. Leo Marinconz, who has lived with his ailing wife on 160th Avenue in Howard Beach for the past 33 years, saw his basement, which contained precious family mementos and even unopened gifts from his youngest daughter’s wedding, flood from floor to ceiling, and his first floor take on a foot of water; all courtesy of … Continue reading

Audit FEMA Boardwalk Funds: Ulrich

Much ado about the money. An area city councilman this week called on the comptroller to conduct a comprehensive audit of all Federal Emergency Management Agency allocations to the city Department of Parks and Recreation toward the rebuilding of the Rockaway Boardwalk and related park amenities in Rockaway Beach. Councilman Eric Ulrich (R-Rockaway Park) is urging Comptroller Scott Stringer to investigate how the city intends to spend $480 million in FEMA reimbursement funds it is expected to receive for the … Continue reading

Squatters Kicked to the Curb as Cops Padlock House of Horrors

“And don’t come back!” Two well-known area vagrants were treated to that chorus by more than one neighbor last Thursday night as they ambled off the block after authorities forced them out of the Howard Beach house that area residents said has been a haven for prostitution, drug dealing, violence and other crimes for the past two years. Vice cops from the 106th Precinct and Queens District Attorney’s Office investigators, performing a nuisance abatement around 9 p.m., booted Amanda Miller, … Continue reading

Marred Mailboxes Are Community Eyesores

At least two blue US Postal Service mailboxes have become sources of disdain in the communities of Ozone Park and Howard Beach, and the agency pledged to the Forum this week to make them right again. The mailbox located on the corner of 97th Street and 133rd Avenue in Ozone Park is covered in bird feces, nearly from top to bottom, and a bird carcass was left this week right next to it. The condition of the mailbox and the … Continue reading

S.I. Ferry Fee Would Fund Rockaway Boat: Goldfeder

An area elected official this week called on the mayor to implement a fee for the Staten Island Ferry, saying the additional revenue would help fund the same service for the Rockaways. But at least one city agency has indicated that the proposal is not feasible. Though ferry service for the Rockaways was not included in this fiscal year’s final city budget, Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder (D-Rockaway Beach) recently sent a letter to Mayor Bill de Blasio asking him to institute … Continue reading

DOT Pledges to Beautify Lindenwood Walkway

After months of pleading with officials, Howard Beach and Lindenwood community leaders can claim victory this week as the city Department of Transportation has promised to beautify the Lindenwood pedestrian walkway from 80th to 84th Street between 157th Avenue and Shore Parkway. The popular strip has become a neighborhood eyesore, replete with rundown, graffiti-covered walls, garbage strewn all over and broken overpass lights, which has made the area a safety concern for pedestrians. The DOT has agreed to clean 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

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