Category Archives: Broad Channel

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

Ulrich supports Sandy money monitor

Lawmakers have spent months trying to comprehend the ins and outs of distributing relief dollars as communities like Howard Beach and the Rockaways recover from Superstorm Sandy. So much so, that City Councilman Eric Ulrich (R-Ozone Park) called on the city to install a monitor to oversee that money. Ulrich, along with City Councilman Mark Treyger (D-Brooklyn), introduced legislation this week that would require the city to inject a monitor into the Department of Investigations to make sure taxpayer dollars … Continue reading

As Bank-Owned Homes Rot After Sandy, Neighbors Say Their Health is Rapidly Deteriorating

Before the abandoned house next to her became a haven for filth, vermin, and toxic mold, Joyce Zoller’s residence in Rockaway’s Neponsit neighborhood had for two decades been her dream home. It was there, on a quiet tree-lined strip in a close-knit community, that Zoller, 58, had made a life with her husband, Cliff Zoller, for more than 20 years. Even when Hurricane Sandy devastated the peninsula, leaving her house destroyed, never once did it cross her mind to leave. … Continue reading

Howard Beach, Broad Channel Land Millions in Federal Funding

Standing by Jamaica Bay in Broad Channel on Monday, U.S. Department of the Interior Secretary Sally Jewell announced the federal government is about to shell out more than $100 million in grant money to help communities along the eastern seaboard that are particularly prone to devastating damage by storms like Sandy – including Howard Beach and Broad Channel. The $102.7 million in grant money will support 54 projects along the Atlantic coast that aim to restore wetlands and other natural … Continue reading

Insurance Companies Must Help Residents Prepare for Future Storms: Goldfeder

After Hurricane Sandy hit at the end of October 2012, destroying homes throughout South Queens and Rockaway and turning people’s lives upside down, many residents said they faced another storm that many continue to weather to this day – insurance. As residents wrangled with layer after layer of red tape, many said they, after years of paying for insurance, ended up receiving aid that represented nowhere near what they lost in Sandy. This, Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder (D-Rockaway Park) said, has … Continue reading

Damaged by Sandy, City Finally Begins Broad Channel Road Repairs

The road to recovery, South Queens residents know all too well, is a long one. Nearly 19 months after Hurricane Sandy hit, the city on Monday began repairing streets and sidewalks destroyed, or damaged, during the storm that devastated the waterfront community. “Our streets and sidewalks in Broad Channel have needed upgrades for years, and Sandy only made the situation worse,” Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder (D-Rockaway Park) said. Goldfeder joined other area leaders last week to announce that the city Department … Continue reading

South Queens Residents Voice Concerns Over Final Gateway Plan

The National Park Service has released its final general management plan and environmental impact statement for Gateway National Recreational Area, which includes such areas as Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge and Howard Beach’s Charles Park, and announced it is backing a plan that includes a variety of recreational activities in South Queens, including hiking trails, bicycles infrastructure, and camping. The recommendation follows four years of federal parks representatives working with area civic leaders, elected officials, and residents. The public now has … Continue reading

From Broad Channel, a Story of War and Family

During the years James Bosley spent living in Broad Channel, he always believed the tight-knit, coastal neighborhood with a strong sense of community would be the perfect backdrop for a play – but he “just didn’t have a story.” “Then I read about a piece of Judaica that had been found and brought back to Europe to the grandchildren of the original owner,” Bosley said of the news that inspired his play, “Broad Channel.” “They told all about how much … Continue reading

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Goldfeder to DOT: Update All Emergency Evacuation Routes Says Current Signage is Outdated; Roads in Need of Major Repairs

State and city officials must ensure designated evacuation routes and signage are updated and regularly maintained, Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder (D-Rockaway Park) urged in letters sent to state Commissioner of Transportation Joan McDonald and city Commissioner of Transportation Polly Trottenberg. “We have made tremendous progress in our Sandy recovery, however we must not overlook the most basic necessity – which is our ability to evacuate our families quickly and safely,” Goldfeder said. “We cannot wait for another Sandy disaster to address … Continue reading

From Build It Back Center’s Sea of Gray, Residents Wonder When the Hopelessness Will Wash Away

The Build It Back office at Fort Tilden in Breezy Point is a sea of gray: gray carpeting and gray cubicles spread out across an expansive room where workers speak in a flood of acronyms that, when deciphered, essentially seem to mean much of the same – the help residents applied for following Hurricane Sandy has not, 18 months after the storm, yet arrived. This isn’t to say the employees at the Build It Back center – where denizens of … Continue reading

As City Attempts to Restore Trust in Build It Back, New Program Head Tours Howard Beach

As the new head of the city’s Build It Back program, Amy Peterson, toured Howard Beach last week, looking at photos of water-filled homes left nearly unrecognizable to those who had lived there for decades and standing in houses so badly damaged during Hurricane Sandy that people had to take out thousands of dollars in loans, she made a promise: Help, she told those who said they have nearly given up believing the city will ever come to their aid, … Continue reading

After New York Rising Conference, Queens Urges Action for Storm Projects

After close to a year of planning how best to prepare Howard Beach for the next Hurricane Sandy, South Queens leaders saw their ideas move closer to becoming reality at Gov. Cuomo’s New York Rising Community Reconstruction conference in Albany last week. Each of the New York Rising groups throughout the state, including in Howard Beach and Broad Channel, have submitted to the state their recovery plans, which range from a coastal protection study to flood mitigation efforts in Charles … Continue reading

Play Ball! Hundreds Kick Off Baseball Season in Broad Channel

Hundreds of young athletes and their families kicked off the Broad Channel Athletic Club’s baseball season Saturday, when the community came out in full force for the opening day parade and ceremony. The event drew 276 children from 25 teams for the parade, which also served as a walk-a-thon to raise money for the club. The funds that were raised will go directly to the BCAC. In addition to the crowd of baseball players, another couple hundreds people, from family … Continue reading