Category Archives: Howard Beach

From a Rockaway warehouse, focusing on a return to life

Covered in the kind of dust that seems to permanently hover at construction sites, Patricia Andre stood in the back room of the Rockaway bungalow she has called home for more than three decades and, surrounded by people clutching tools and clambering up and down ladders, marveled at the evolution of a space that was once flooded with water higher than her waist. Standing next to a wall covered in sayings she and family members scrawled on the one-year anniversary … Continue reading

Howard Beach Lindenwood Civic Set to Fight for Community

The hundreds of people who have belonged to the Lindenwood Alliance and the Howard Beach Civic Association know what it means to pick up the metaphorical sword for their neighbors, doing all that which tightens the weavings of community: Helping friends and family following Superstorm Sandy, beautifying green spaces like Charles Park, and pushing for increase in police presence following spikes in crime. But, as much as they have done to better their neighborhoods, civic leaders said they now have … Continue reading

South Queens, Rockaway Residents to Senate: Pass Flood Insurance Bill

Facing massive spikes in flood insurance premiums that many said would drive people from their homes and neighborhoods, South Queens and Rockaway residents this week urged the U.S. Senate to greenlight legislation passed by the House of Representatives that they said would bring much needed financial relief to thousands of area residents still struggling financially after Hurricane Sandy. “In Broad Channel, we were looking at premiums that raised $12,000 to $36,000 a year,” Broad Channel Civic Association President Dan Mundy, … Continue reading

Fighting moldy food and floor holes, residents urge change at South Queens grocery stores

From consistently moldy food to a reported freon leak and large holes in the floor, the two Waldbaum’s serving the Howard Beach and Lindenwood communities are a disappointment at best and a health hazard at worst, residents fed up with the chain that has a monopoly in the two neighborhoods said this week. “They really have us held hostage here,” said Lorraine Caraccio, of Howard Beach. “Do we have other supermarkets? Yes. But are they really convenient to get to? … Continue reading

For Howard Beach couple, learning the meaning of love for 60 years

Situated in their Howard Beach living room this week, Antonio and Filomena Fossari smiled at one another when asked if they remember when they met each other. Yes, of course, they said – it was decades ago in Calabria, Italy – but the memory is still vivid, with Filomena, 86, explaining that she first saw Antonio, 88, because he was best friends with her brother growing up. “He was very handsome,” she said as one of her three daughters, Rosemary, … Continue reading

As reports of domestic violence increase in South Queens, police reach out to community

The number of reported domestic violence cases has increased dramatically in South Queens – but police said such a spike is only the tip of the iceberg to representing the magnitude of the crime in the area, and officers are urging victims to speak up about what they said is an epidemic that has taken root across not just the borough, but the entire country. The plea for victims to reach out – whether it’s to police or a variety … Continue reading

Concerns Flood Insurance Would Skyrocket Under House Bill

While the U.S. House of Representatives was expected to hold a vote on a flood insurance bill Thursday, it was pushed off, and the House’s legislation is drawing concerns from some that it may not do enough to prevent the major spikes in flood insurance premiums that are expected to occur under the Biggert-Waters Act of 2012. House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) said Wednesday that the vote would likely not happen Thursday as expected following some Democratic lawmakers’ statements … Continue reading

Build It Back Lambasted as Deeply Flawed

Sixteen months after Hurricane Sandy slammed into New York City, some Queens residents still have not been able to return to their homes devastated in the storm because of bureaucratic red tape that is strangling them financially and emotionally, borough residents and lawmakers said this week. While thousands of people whose lives were overturned during Sandy have applied to the Build it Back program – a city initiative launched in June that is using hundreds of millions of dollars in … Continue reading

South Queens leaders slam NYRA over a ‘dangerous’ Aqueduct

After deteriorating for decades, Aqueduct Racetrack in South Ozone Park is a dangerous eyesore that is a growing concern for those in the facility and residents in the surrounding area, said state Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder (D-Rockaway Park) – who announced Monday that he is authoring a bill that would require millions of dollars for capital improvement projects at the decaying venue. “There’s currently a great race going on and, sadly, Aqueduct is finishing last,” Goldfeder said. The South Queens lawmaker … Continue reading

House votes to delay some flood insurance premium increases

After months of Queens residents pleading with federal officials to send some financial relief their way after it looked as if their insurance premium rates were going to skyrocket, potentially driving them from their homes, the U.S. House of Representative voted 359-67 Wednesday for a $1.1 trillion spending bill that will delay some of the premium hikes – but only through this coming September. The U.S. Senate is expected to vote on similar legislation this week. Other legislation that would … Continue reading

After flood insurance problems persist, some in South Queens, Rockaway say they feel they would have fared better without it

The fact that many homeowners in Queens are still rebuilding and recovering from Sandy, more than a year later, is little surprise given the storm’s historic levels of destruction. But, what may be surprising is some homeowners’ conclusion that they may have fared better in the end without any flood insurance whatsoever. Such is the case for Belle Harbor resident Irene Dougherty, who moved to the Rockaways with her husband in 2000. Dougherty, who is still in the process of … Continue reading

As sinkholes and flooding plague area, Queens leaders once again call on city to launch comprehensive study

The re-emergence of a sinkhole and a water main break on Beach 84th Street near Beach Channel Drive in Rockaway Park – which rendered residents unable to use their tap water at the end of last week – has once again highlighted the need for the city to launch a comprehensive study of sewer infrastructure, and other flood mitigation issues, throughout South Queens and the peninsula, area leaders and residents said. The water main break occurred during last week’s snowstorm … Continue reading

Spikes in flood insurance premiums could be delayed with Senate vote expected this month

A bipartisan group of federal lawmakers, including U.S. Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY), announced this week that relief could be headed the way of South Queens if legislators soon pass a bill that would delay flood insurance rates from increasing so dramatically that many civic leaders have said it would drive residents from their homes in the wake of being unable to afford skyrocketing insurance costs, creating ghost towns in coastal communities across the country. According to Schumer, the Senate is … Continue reading

Got Milk? Howard Beach Waldbaum’s runs out hours before snowfall hits

The last minute “bums rush” befell desperate Howard Beach food shoppers, just hours before the first snowflake fell last Thursday, leaving them disgruntled and muttering under their breath, shaking their heads with disgust. Customers at Waldbaum’s on Cross Bay Boulevard, visibly upset  as they, one after the other,  returned from a futile trip to the dairy aisle in search of milk, could easily be overheard, all through the store. Talking to any store personnel that would listen–the cashiers, the butcher, … Continue reading

Sheehan To Seek Clemency – Public appeals to governor with petition

A large chunk Barbara Sheehan’s fate may well rest in the hands of the public after a petition to support her bid for executive clemency from Governor Cuomo was filed at online site Change.org, the world’s largest petition platform. The former school secretary, accused of shooting her husband to death in 2008 and subsequently acquitted on murder charges, is being represented by the NYS Prisoner Assistance Center in Troy New York, who joined the more than 45 million users of … Continue reading