Category Archives: Broad Channel

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

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