Category Archives: Neighborhoods

Howard Beach Homeowner Offers Reward for Stolen Statue

A distraught New Howard Beach homeowner this week reached out to The Forum for some assistance in tracking down a decorative statue that was snatched from his property about a month ago. Rocco, who asked that his last name not be published for the safety and security of his family, said that he is offering a $100 reward for the return of the statue, which he indicated is now impossible to replace because the Long Island manufacturer no longer produces … Continue reading

Stringer Vows to ‘Intervene’ on Behalf of Civic in Sanitation Ticket Tussle

The city comptroller last Saturday briefly addressed the Woodhaven Residents’ Block Association meeting, vowing to support the civic organization in its quest to have the city Sanitation Department review its overnight ticketing policy, which has directly affected the WRBA on many occasions. “We are going to intervene on behalf of the Residents’ Association,” Comptroller Scott Stringer said, adding that his office will collaborate with area elected officials on the matter. “We will contact the Sanitation Department and we will take … Continue reading

Build It Back ‘Starting to Change the Lives’ of Sandy Victims: Mayor

  Set against the backdrop of a cerulean sky fighting through blankets of cotton-ball clouds, Mayor Bill de Blasio on Monday talked about one of the city’s darkest Mondays two years ago, the day Broad Channel nearly drowned. He talked about the Galimi family—John, Jayme and their five children—and their struggle to survive Superstorm Sandy and its aftermath. “After the water subsided, they realized their home was gone,” de Blasio said of the family’s Cross Bay Boulevard abode. “You can … Continue reading

DOT Studying Pedestrian Plaza for Possible Changes

Community Board 9 this week decided that it would scrap a letter it had intended to send to the city Department of Transportation regarding concerns about an Ozone Park pedestrian plaza because the agency was already conducting the study that the board would have called for in the missive. According to some area small business owners, the plaza, located on 101st Avenue at Drew Street and Liberty Avenue, has negatively impacted their bottom lines. In August, at a Borough Hall meeting … Continue reading

Borough Keeping Buildings Department Busy

It seems that Queens continues to keep the city Department of Buildings very busy. That was the story Tuesday night at the Community Board 9 meeting as DOB officials detailed how active the borough is with complaints, inspections and penalties. “In the city, there were 278 access warrants [filed] last fiscal year,” said Anthony Iuliano, director of intergovernmental affairs for the DOB, referring to building-inspection documents, “Two hundred seventy two were in Queens.” Iuliano also noted that illegal curb cuts … Continue reading

Build It Back Responds to Howard Beach Senior’s Sandy Dillemma

  After this newspaper last week spotlighted the seemingly unending bureaucratic saga of one Superstorm Sandy victim living in Howard Beach, it appears as though the wheels of justice, however slowly, are turning in the direction of a resolution. A representative of the Mayor’s Office of Recovery and Resiliency has indicated that the agency has assigned personnel to review and resolve the case of Leo Marinconz, who has lived in his storm-damaged home on 160th Avenue for 33 years. Sandy … Continue reading

Rego Park Republican Set to Take on Addabbo

The reputations of the city and state legislatures have been in tatters for so long now—so many elected officials have been charged and convicted of corruption and betraying the public trust—that one publication recently held a contest which awarded a free dinner to the contestant who could correctly guess the next elected official to be indicted in New York. With this as one of myriad examples of how the Empire State’s legislative leaders are perceived, why would anyone want to … Continue reading

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

Community Board 9 Accepting District Manager Applications

Community Board 9 is now accepting resumes from individuals interested in the district manager position. The board, which serves Kew Gardens, Richmond Hill, Woodhaven and Ozone Park, has been searching for candidates since longtime District Manager Mary Ann Carey announced her retirement in August. As of Oct. 1, the position has been vacant. “Community Board 9’s next district manager will play a critical role in ensuring that the board effectively serves the residents of Woodhaven, Ozone Park, Richmond Hill and … Continue reading

School Says Afterschool Program Slots Still Available

One of the pillars of Mayor Bill de Blasio’s first year in office has been afterschool programming for middle-school students. And according to the head of PS 207’s own afterschool program, area parents of children in grades 6 through 8 can still take advantage of de Blasio’s initiative at the Howard Beach school. “We just want to make people aware that they should enroll soon,” said Michael Taylor, director of the afterschool program at PS 207, “because we’re going to … Continue reading

Pols, Communities Call on State to Improve Evacuation Routes and Signs

Emergency evacuation infrastructure and route signage along the Nassau Expressway and connecting roadways in southern Queens and southwestern Nassau County are in desperate need of immediate repair, according to area elected officials. Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder (D-Rockaway Beach) and Nassau County Legislator Howard Kopel (D-LI) led a rally on Sunday morning in Five Towns to call on the state Department of Transportation to improve the roadways and signage before more natural catastrophes wreak havoc on communities. “In southern Queens and Rockaway, … Continue reading

Civic Leaders, Pols Discuss Emergency Prep with New OEM Chief

While it has been nearly two years since Superstorm Sandy descended on the city, leaving unimaginable destruction in its wake on the Rockaway peninsula and in southern Queens, several communities are still coping with damage and the newfound anxiety associated with hurricane season. In an effort to assuage those fears a bit and continue the dialog on emergency preparedness, area civic leaders and elected officials last week met with the new commissioner of the city Office of Emergency Management at … Continue reading

Ulrich, QEDC Announce Anti-Graffiti Program

After surveying the transformed brick wall—minutes earlier covered in various forms of graffiti, now barely showing the healed scars from years of illegal paint jobs—an obviously impressed City Councilman Eric Ulrich (R-Ozone Park) captured the moment. “Now you see it,” he remarked as a worker turned off a powerwasher, “now you don’t.” Civic leaders and business owners joined Ulrich on Wednesday in front of the brick wall on the corner of 101st Street and Jamaica Avenue to tout a new … Continue reading