Category Archives: Forest Hills

Help on Way for Seniors Seeking Rent Relief: Pols

The number of rent-regulated seniors receiving tax relief throughout the state is expected to increase dramatically, elected officials announced this week in Forest Hills. State Sen. Toby Ann Stavisky (D-Flushing) and City Councilwoman Karen Koslowitz (D-Forest Hills) paid a visit to the Young Israel of Forest Hills Senior League Tuesday to celebrate the broadened Senior Citizen Rent Increase Exemption, which gives seniors over 62 years of age a tax credit. “This tax relief for seniors is long overdue,” Stavisky said. … Continue reading

Success for Forest Hills School’s First Speech Squad

It was another celebration of firsts for the new Metropolitan Expeditionary Learning School in Forest Hills. The school’s speech team competed its way to the state championships in Delhi, N.Y. over the weekend after a successful performance at the Brooklyn Queens Catholic Forensic League’s regional qualifier in February. Coach and 10th grade English teacher Adam King said the crew was thrilled to see five of its own high schoolers qualify for the statewide competition. “To compete on this level is … Continue reading

Katz Appoints Kittredge to Community Education Council 28

Queens Borough President Melinda Katz appointed a Forest Hills parent to her hometown education council. Ann Kittredge, a parent of public school children who attend PS 101 Q and the Metropolitan Expeditionary Learning School in Forest Hills, was given a position on the Community Education Council for District 28, which includes schools in Forest Hills, Jamaica, and Kew Gardens. Her appointment will fill the void left by Deborah Dillingham, who Katz tapped to be her representative on the citywide Panel … Continue reading

Forest Hills School Celebrates Successful Crowd-Funded Musical

A man-eating plant never meant so much to these Forest Hills students. A cast of 58 8th, 9th and 10th graders capped off a successful weekend with the Metropolitan Expeditionary Learning School’s first-ever musical production, “Little Shop of Horrors,” its producer said. “This has been one of the highest levels of prolonged commitment we have seen from students in the after-school hours,” said Sarah Bever, a theater arts teacher at the school who helped produce the show. “Students learned a … Continue reading

Former Parkway Hospital May Head to Second Auction

Forest Hills’ former Parkway Hospital site on 113th Street might be heading to auction once again after its last winning bidder failed to close on the deal. The building at 70-35 113th St. was once home to a 251-bed hospital in the middle of Queens but has since deteriorated into a community eyesore after it shuttered in 2008 following a mandate by the state Commission on Healthcare Facilities. Residents have since reported it as a property riddled with boarded up … Continue reading

Phone Scams Plague 112th Pct.

The 112th Precinct has been inundated with complaints about phone scammers seeking residents’ personal information, officials said. Heidi Chain, president of the 112th Precinct Community Council, said telephone scams have become one of the most pressing issues in the Queens precinct with new complaints coming in almost every day. In each instance, she said, the supposed thieves drum up a scenario in which money must be transferred quickly in order to evade some sort of emergency. “These calls are frightening … Continue reading

Boro Residents Face QueensWay’s Earliest Design Plans

It took two rooms to accommodate everyone hoping to land a closer look at the latest design concepts for a potential public park running along an abandoned rail line as the Friends of QueensWay and the Trust for Public Land kicked off their second series of public workshops this week. Residents from throughout the borough attended Monday evening’s meeting, at which the groups unveiled the preliminary designs in Forest Hills on Monday evening for what could become of the abandoned … Continue reading

New Music Coming in Forest Hills Stadium Series

The Forest Hills Tennis Stadium has rolled out a full season of musical acts this year, with the Zac Brown Band topping the list. The Grammy-winning country act known as the Zac Brown Band is slated to play June 21 at the Forest Hills Tennis Stadium, with tickets going on sale Saturday, officials from the storied 17,000-seat concert venue said.  The Zac Brown performance is expected to be one of six performances at the iconic stadium this season, and a … Continue reading

Friends of Queensway Present New Design Concepts

The Friends of the QueensWay and the Trust for Public Land rolled out a new series of design concepts in anticipation of the group’s upcoming public workshops in Forest Hills and Richmond Hill. The group announced its second round of community workshops earlier this month as part of the QueensWay feasibility and planning project with hopes of engaging the public in plans to transform an abandoned 3.5-mile stretch of railway into a 47-acre linear park and cultural greenway. A series … Continue reading

Assistant Queens Police Chief Honored at Women’s History Fete

An assistant police chief from Queens served as the keynote speaker at a Women’s History Month celebration in the Bronx this week and was recognized as one of the city’s female leaders. Assistant Chief Diana Pizzuti, who serves as the commanding officer of Patrol Borough Queens North, spoke at the Women’s History Month celebration hosted by U.S. Rep. Joseph Crowley (D-Queens, Bronx) before being honored alongside several other community leaders. The group gathered at the New York Botanical Garden’s Stone … Continue reading

Forest Hills film festival focuses on living with disabilities

Disabilities have an effect on everyday life that most people might not even notice, Ravit Turjeman said. An artistic expression of such effects will be on full display next month when the 6th Annual NY ReelAbilities Film Festival lands at the Central Queens Y March 9 and March 10 in Forest Hills. A total of three films focusing on what it is like to live with disabilities will be screened over the two-day festival and festival director Turjeman said she … Continue reading

Boro boards sound off at Katz’s first budget hearing

For Queens civic leaders, the annual budget dance brought more of the same at this year’s Borough Board budget hearing. For the first time since assuming office, Queens Borough President Melinda Katz welcomed the borough to recommend various discretionary spending items to be considered in the city’s annual budget that is expected to top $70 billion. Representatives from more than 180 community groups along with district managers from the borough’s 14 community boards delivered their testimony in an 11-hour marathon. … Continue reading

Parkway Hospital Sale Not Yet Complete

Forest Hills residents wondering about the fate of the former Parkway Hospital building, located at 70-35 113th St., may have to wait a bit longer in the wake of two cancelled or otherwise missed meetings between the building’s prospective new owners and Councilwoman Karen Koslowitz (D-Forest Hills). Late Tuesday, Koslowitz said that a second scheduled meeting with representatives from 70-35 113 Street Holdings LLC, the reported new owners of the defunct 56,400 square-foot Parkway Hospital building lot, did not take … Continue reading

Man arrested for string of Queens mall fires: NYPD

Police arrested a 23-year-old man alleged to have started fires over several days in at least six stores in two Queens malls, including Macy’s and Sears, the NYPD said. Dereck Sumair, 23, of Jamaica, was accused of being behind the blaze at Elmhurst’s Queens Center Mall on Monday as well as a separate fire started nearby at the Rego Center Mall, where he was caught, cops said. Police said he first hit the Macy’s at the Queens Center Mall at … Continue reading

Exploring a winter wonderland in Forest Hills

While this winter has taken us on a weather roller-coaster that likes to plummet from unseasonally warm temperatures to a polar vortex, the recent snow that blanketed Queens left much of the borough looking like a “secret wonderland” that photographer Joe Abate said he couldn’t wait to explore. Abate, a Long Island resident who works on Austin Street, recently shot these photographs in Forest Hills’ MacDonald Park. “The park is my connection to the natural world,” Abate wrote. “The photographs … Continue reading