Category Archives: Broad Channel

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

Flood Relief on the Broad Channel Horizon

Pete Mahon may be a lot of things – husband, dad, retired Rikers Island warden, meteorological sciences buff, blogger, civic leader. But you can never accuse the 20-year Broad Channel resident of being hopeless. After staring down what seemed like an endless, flood-ravaged tunnel for decades, Mahon and his neighbors on beleaguered West 12th Road can finally catch the faint flicker of light that is relief on the horizon. Even as they continue to weather a rough August, one which to … Continue reading

Howard Beach’s Quinn for the Win: Waging War Against ALS

To us, it is known as the ice bucket challenge. But to Howard Beach resident Patt Quinn, it is an effort to use a limited time window to raise awareness about ALS. A nomination. Ice water. A bucket. Pat Quinn. In 2012, 29-year-old former Boston College Eagles baseball team captain Pete Frates was diagnosed with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, also known as ALS or Lou Gehrig’s disease. Just a year later, Howard Beach resident Pat Quinn was also diagnosed. After his diagnosis, he sought … Continue reading

Sunset Cove to receive cut of $102 million funding

Sunset Cove and other projects in Jamaica Bay received a total of $10 million in federal funding to help them stay strong against future storms and build a natural habitat, the U.S Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell announced. The cove is among 54 sites along the Atlantic Coast slated to get a cut of $102.7 million in matching federal grants to fund science-based ideas to restore wetlands and other natural habitats. The intention of the money, Jewell said, is … Continue reading

West Nile spotted in boro

Mosquitoes around parts of northeast Queens were found to be carrying West Nile Virus, the city Health Department reported, but posed no threat to the residents living in the southern part of the borough. It was the first West Nile detection of the season, the city said, mostly emanating from Douglaston and College Point as well as part of Staten Island. No human cases of the virus were reported, the DOH said, and there was no cause for alarm just … Continue reading

Flood mitigation plans press on in Broad Channel

The city moved forward with flood mitigation work in Broad Channel over the weekend in some of the most vulnerable areas, the Transportation Department said. Regular flooding along Cross Bay Boulevard in Broad Channel received a bit of extra attention over recent weeks when the city set out to rebuild roads at higher elevations by bringing bulkheads to West 11th, 12th and 13th roads in Broad Channel. A spokesman for the DOT said most of the work along Cross Bay … Continue reading

Lawmakers sound alarms for storm evacuation routes

Southern Queens leaders are looking for a way out.   Superstorm Sandy may have been an anomaly in terms of its severity and timing, but it also shined a harsh light on the region’s ability to evacuate, lawmakers said. State Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder (D-Rockaway Park) and Nassau County Legislator Howard Kopel linked up to collect signatures for the governor demanding upgrades along crucial exit routes.   “Residents in southern Queens and Rockaway have always been isolated geographically and often rely … Continue reading