Category Archives: Broad Channel

Free Tablets Available for Lease at Several Borough Library Branches

Google tablets are available for loan at 10 borough library branches, including Broad Channel, Forest Hills, Howard Beach, Jamaica, Rockaway Beach and Rockaway Park. Loans are free with a Queens Library card. Customers may borrow them for a month, with three possible renewals (four months total). First-time borrowers must sign a borrower’s agreement and show photo identification. Queens Library began lending customers Google tablets on their library cards in November 2013. Through the efforts of Gov. Andrew Cuomo and the … Continue reading

City, Community Clean Storm Debris from Jamaica Bay

Civic and environmental groups teamed up with volunteers from city agencies last week to clean Superstorm Sandy debris from Jamaica Bay in Broad Channel. The Broad Channel Civic Association, American Littoral Society and Jamaica Bay Ecowatchers, and volunteers from the Parks Department and the Mayor’s Office of Recovery and Resiliency got to work behind a Cross Bay Boulevard home scheduled to be rebuilt through the Build It Back program. The point of access to the bay on the site became … Continue reading

Addabbo, Jr. Seeking Fourth Term in State Senate

With the midterm elections less than a week away, state Sen. Joe Addabbo, Jr. (D-Howard Beach) is hoping that he can turn his three-term run in the 15th District into an even four. Addabbo, 50, who served seven years on the City Council before being elected to the Senate in 2008, has the decided advantage of name recognition over his relatively unknown GOP challenger, Rego Park resident Michael Conigliaro, who was urged to run against Addabbo by City Councilman Eric … Continue reading

Delays Leave Sandy-Scarred Family Seeking Answers

The post-Superstorm Sandy story of the De Virgilio family reads like a Hollywood-ready screenplay, replete with drama, tragedy and the resolve to rebuild. But according to Sophia Vailakis-De Virgilio, red tape and bureaucratic hurdles are delaying a happy ending. “The house has been demolished,” she said of her former Broad Channel abode. “[After Sandy], it looked like it had been picked up and dropped back down, only slightly off kilter.” Vailakis-De Virgilio and her family fled West 12th Road ahead … Continue reading

New Book Spotlights MTA ‘Art Museum’

The next time you find yourself at the intersection of Woodhaven Boulevard and Jamaica Avenue, take a quick look around. You might catch a driver or bus passenger or pedestrian heading north on the boulevard craning their neck toward the elevated subway station and that mysterious face that has stood sentinel over the roadway for more than 20 years. And thanks to a new book that features the 250 permanent works of art throughout the city’s vast transportation network, curious … 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

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

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

Memoir is Love Letter to Broad Channel & Howard Beach

Marguerite Rocholl’s dad, photojournalist Edward Clarity, many moons ago helped the New York Daily News nab a Pulitzer Prize. And on the plaque that was given to him to commemorate the award was a short note from the publisher, which read: “We couldn’t have done it without you Ed.” The same can be said of his daughter’s book debut, “Before You Were Born.” Rocholl admits that the tome, a paean to her childhood in Broad Channel and raising her own … Continue reading

City Adds More Sandy Scarred Streets to To-Do List

Elected officials this week announced that after some prodding, the city agreed to repave side streets initially left out of the Broad Channel Street Resurfacing Project. The program initially covered the area along Cross Bay Boulevard from West 5th Road to West 20th Road. After meeting with Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder (D-Ozone Park), City Councilman Eric Ulrich (R-Ozone Park) and Dan Mundy, Jr., president of the Broad Channel Civic Association, officials from the city departments of Transportation and Design and Construction … Continue reading

Labor Day Parade Brings Party to Broad Channel

The floats were colorful and loud and so were the people. Broad Channel residents went booming down Cross Bay Boulevard Monday afternoon in celebration of the community’s annual Mardi Gras Labor Day Parade, keeping the strong tradition alive. The parade, sponsored by the Broad Channel Volunteer Fire Department, breathed new life in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy when the Broad Channel Athletic Club joined with community residents to show the city that no storm could ever hold them back. It … Continue reading

Sandy Claus Steps Up in South Queens

It’s never too early for Santa to start loading his sleigh. A toy drive called Secret Sandy Claus, started by Michael Sciaraffo two years ago after Hurricane Sandy, started to collect toys last week with hopes of bringing smiles to Sandy-stricken kids throughout the borough. It marked the third consecutive year the Santa-style savior was in operation, and Sciaraffo said he expects it to be bigger than ever. For the second year in a row, the Brooklyn native teamed up … Continue reading

Crime Series Shoots in Broad Channel

A CBS film crew landed in Broad Channel this week to shoot scenes for an original crime series at the end of West 12th Road. “Elementary,” a CBS crime series starring Johnny Lee Miller as a contemporary Sherlock Holmes, set up shop in southern Queens on Friday evening for the shoot. Peter Mahon with the West 12th Road Block Association snapped some photos of the film crews and uploaded them to his group’s blog to tease the show, which airs … Continue reading

Law Battles Jamaica Bay Dumping

Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s signature turned legislation looking to protect Jamaica Bay from toxic dumping into reality this week. State Sen. Joseph Addabbo (D-Howard Beach) and state Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder (D-Rockaway Park) teamed up to draft a bill that prohibits state agencies from giving green lights to any projects that might dump hazardous materials into Jamaica Bay’s borrow pits. “Communities surrounding Jamaica Bay can now breathe a little easier with the passing of this bill, both figuratively and literally. In the … Continue reading