Category Archives: Forest Hills

Queens Library Loans Hot Spots

Mobile hot spots are currently available for free loan to library cardholders at a number of Queens Library locations. The devices, which are smaller than most cell phones, provide internet access to any wifi-enabled device almost anywhere. The program is open to all library cardholders, and first-time borrowers will be asked to show photo ID and fill out a borrower’s agreement. The hot spots will be available for one-month loan periods, with three renewals possible. Currently, the hot spots are … Continue reading

Borough Rowing Pioneer Visits White House for World AIDS Day

A Forest Hills man, who recently became the first African American to row solo across the Atlantic Ocean in an effort to raise awareness for HIV/AIDS testing, visited the White House on Monday as an invited guest to help commemorate World AIDS Day. Victor Mooney, 48, completed the arduous journey—replete with shark scares and broken oars—on a specially built rowboat called the Spirit of Malabo. It was his fourth attempt in the past 10 years. Mooney pursued the feat each … Continue reading

New MTA Report Calls for Expansion of City Rail Capacity

A recently released Metropolitan Transportation Authority Reinvention Commission report calls for the “aggressive expansion” of the city’s rail capacity through means including the reactivation of unused rail rights-of-way. And Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder (D-Howard Beach) this week seized on the development as support for the reactivation of the abandoned Rockaway Beach Rail Line. The report recommends seven strategies for improving transportation in the city. Among these is the recommendation for expansion of the existing transit system to meet the needs of … Continue reading

Communities Rally Around Sick Rottweiler Tossed from Car

A fundraiser was set for 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 26, at a historic Woodhaven bar for the continued care and adoption of Dasher, an ailing Rottweiler that witnesses believe was wrapped in a bag and tossed from a moving car last week in Ridgewood. Neir’s Tavern owner Loy Gordon has donated space for the event, which is co-sponsored by K9-Korral Dog Run. “I feel that if we can’t take care of our pets in our lives, it’s a reflection … Continue reading

Goldfeder Calls on Cuomo to Use Part of Surplus on Rail Line

Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder (D-Ozone Park) this week ramped up efforts to help fund the revitalization of the defunct Rockaway Beach Rail Line by penning a letter to Gov. Andrew Cuomo, urging him to direct a portion of the $5 billion in state dollars from the budget surplus, created by settlements and fines from major financial firms, to restore the line. Last week, Goldfeder helped detail the findings of a Queens College study that surveyed thousands of residents and researched available … Continue reading

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

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

Pols, Advocates Call on MTA to Bring Bus Rapid Transit to Borough

With the push for a permanent Rockaway ferry still dominating the south Queens transportation conversation, elected officials and transit advocacy groups this week rallied on the steps of City Hall, calling on the Metropolitan Transportation Authority to bring high-quality bus rapid transit to a patch of the borough that historically has been bereft of public transit options. City Councilman Donovan Richards (D-Laurelton) hosted the Tuesday morning event, announcing support from fellow councilmembers and bus riders, and unveiling a “BRT For … Continue reading

QueensWay Draws Raves, but Some Still Oppose Park Plan

Friends of the QueensWay and the Trust for Public Land this week released the much-anticipated QueensWay Plan, a study which both groups jointly characterized as “a blueprint for the QueensWay—New York City’s next great park.” The project involves converting the long-abandoned Rockaway Beach Branch line of the Long Island Rail Road—a 3.5-mile swath of the borough, from Rego Park to Ozone Park—into a $120 million public park boasting trails and many amenities. According to the study, the QueensWay will “provide … Continue reading

Borough Rental Prices on the Rise

Despite rental prices in Queens decreasing in August, long-term projections say that prices will increase steadily, according to data from the Queens Rental Market Report, which compares changes in the borough’s rental data on a monthly basis. The report compared data for the neighborhoods of Long Island City, Astoria, Ridgewood, Flushing, Rego Park, Forest Hills and Jackson Heights. And, while prices vary depending on factors such as number of bedrooms and other amenities, the report showed pricing trends that were … Continue reading

Forest Hills Native Celebrates 104 Years of Library Love

Sadie Rosenkrantz is like many other Queens residents: she loves to read. She visits her community library in Forest Hills regularly, at least once a week, and on Tuesday, celebrated her 104th birthday at the library. Staff honored her with a bouquet, and dedicated two new books to her by a favorite author, James Patterson. Rosenkrantz has been visiting Queens Library at Forest Hills for the past 60 years. She said she enjoys attending the musical programs, and especially concerts from … 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

Forest Hills man poses as faux Holocaust survivor

A Forest Hills man was accused of posing as his dead mother in order to reap her Holocaust survivor benefits, the Queens District Attorney said. Gary Jacoby, 61, of 108th Street, was charged with grand larceny and criminal possession of a forged instrument for allegedly receiving benefits from the German government that should have stopped when his mother Laura Jacoby died in January 2008, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said. He supposedly stole more than $56,000 in benefits from the time … Continue reading

‘Night Out’ Brings Party to Precincts

There were parties all over the city Tuesday night and southern Queens came out in big numbers to support the police precincts that patrol the region. The city Police Department hosted its annual National Night Out Against Crime this week with well-attended festivities planned in countless precincts throughout all five boroughs. Central and southern Queens precincts, including the 102nd, 104th, 106th and 112th, were no exception. The 102nd Precinct, which oversees communities like Kew Gardens, Richmond Hill and Woodhaven, kicked off its … 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