Category Archives: Howard Beach

Parks Department Program Brings Trees to CB 10 Neighborhoods

Crews from a tree-removal and planting company contracted by the city Department of Parks and Recreation last week turned out in several Community Board 10 neighborhoods to prune and plant trees as part of the Remove and Replant and MillionTreesNYC programs. A dozen trees, including swamp white oaks and Japanese lilacs, were planted on The Forum’s Howard Beach block alone. Crews could be seen last Friday afternoon on 156th and 155th avenues and various side blocks, including Killarney, Lahn and … Continue reading

Cop of the Month Thwarts Thief, Gets Gun off 106th Precinct Streets

With one arrest, the 106th Precinct Cop of the Month for November stopped a robbery in progress and took an illegal handgun off the street. According to Dep. Inspector Jeffrey Schiff, the commanding officer of the 106th Precinct, veteran Police Officer Andres Gonzalez and Sgt. Joseph Mascia were in plainclothes, working Anticrime in an unmarked vehicle when the radio chirped about a 911 call regarding a possible burglary at a private residence on Lefferts Boulevard. Gonzalez and Mascia responded to … Continue reading

Goldfeder ‘Deeply Disappointed’ with Funding of QueensWay Park Proposal

An area elected official this week said he was “deeply disappointed” with the state Regional Economic Development Council’s recent decision to grant funding for the QueensWay park proposal on the Rockaway Beach Rail Line right-of-way, but vowed to continue the fight to reactivate the abandoned line. Reacting to last Thursday’s news that the Trust for Public Land, a national non-profit organization working to create parks, had been tapped by the REDC to receive more than $443,000 to design the first … Continue reading

Travel Guide Names Queens the Top Destination for 2015

Citing a new crop of microbreweries, boutique hotels, a reinvigorated Rockaway seaside and global food culture, The Lonely Planet travel publisher recently named Queens the best travel destination in the U.S. for 2015. “We’ve had our eye on Queens for a while and have watched it become an exciting destination for travelers,” said Rana Friedman, who heads marketing for the Oakland, Calif.-based Lonely Planet. “Queens’ neighborhoods can be explored for days on end and the borough is one of the … Continue reading

OSIA LaGuardia Lodge Marks Holidays in Howard Beach

  Fueled by copious amounts of coffee, cookies, cakes, pies and pastries, the Order Sons of Italy in America Fiorello LaGuardia Lodge #2867 marked the holidays last Friday night with a hearty gathering in the basement of Saint Barnabas Church in Howard Beach. 

Civic Fetes Finnerty, Holidays at Final 2014 Meeting

The Howard Beach-Lindenwood Civic last week marked its final meeting of 2014, and the retirement of Margaret Finnerty from her position as family advocate for School District 27, with a holiday party at St. Helen Catholic Academy. HBL Civic President Joann Ariola (r.) presented Finnerty, who is also the president of the Richmond Hill South Civic Association, with an Appreciation of Service Award from HBLC and all of the communities of Community Board 10. “Margaret Finnerty is a model to … Continue reading

Cab Driver Loses Contol, Car Plunges Into Water Off Cross Bay

A cab driver who lost control of his vehicle during the early morning hours last Saturday was able to escape before the car sank after plunging into icy waters behind the Cross Bay Diner. The car, a late model Honda careened off Cross Bay Blvd and tore through a section of the fence in the parking lot adjacent to the diner. The driver miraculously freed himself from the vehicle and swam to shore. Rescue units entered the water to confirm … Continue reading

Reckless Driving in Howard Beach: Still an Issue?

Just over a year ago, in November 2013, The Forum wrote an article on multiple incidents of reckless driving that had been occurring in Howard Beach, eerily foretelling the deadly accident that was to occur two weeks later.  On Nov. 30, at 159th Avenue and 98th Street, a 23-year-old drunk driver from Ozone Park hit and killed Jim Sinisi of Ridgewood, a paralegal who was also a beloved local musician and poet.  The driver’s car jumped Sinisi’s and smashed into … Continue reading

DOT, MTA Continue to Engage Communities on Bus Rapid Transit Plans

The latest stop for the two agencies tasked with implementing Bus Rapid Transit in communities across the five boroughs was Borough Hall on Tuesday morning, where city Department of Transportation and New York City Transit Authority officials presented the possible plans for BRT along the Cross Bay Boulevard-Woodhaven Boulevard Corridor. Addressing the Borough Cabinet, Eric Beaton, DOT director of Transit Development, and Robert Thompson, manager of Long-Range Bus Planning at NYCTA, detailed the concept of BRT and how it might … Continue reading

City Marks Safest August — November Period in Modern Crime-Statistics Era

Following his landslide election victory a little over year ago, Mayor Bill de Blasio pledged to improve police-community relations across the city, which he believed had been frayed, in part, by an overzealous Bloomberg administration that relied too much on the tactic known as Stop, Question and Frisk. And De Blasio said he knew the perfect man for the job—former NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton. It seems that that choice has paid large dividends in the administration’s first year. De Blasio … Continue reading

Howard Beach Verizon Robbed at Gunpoint

At approximately 10:45 am on Saturday, Nov. 22, a man entered the Verizon Wireless store at 159-20 Cross Bay Boulevard in Howard Beach, and, displaying a silver firearm, demanded cash and a variety of mobile devices.  The man was described as black and completely covered up, wearing a black bandana that obscured his face, a hoodie, a baseball cap, and gloves.  Only the man’s eyes were visible through the garb. According to the NYPD and sources at the store, the … Continue reading

Pols Push Law to Forgive FEMA Sandy Disaster-Relief Debts

  Federal elected officials, supported by state representatives, this week indicated that they would be drafting legislation to provide relief for Superstorm Sandy victims who are in debt to the Federal Emergency Management Agency. Two years after the thoroughly destructive storm burst through parts of the city, including Howard Beach and the Rockaways, FEMA began issuing notices to some property owners to collect accidental overpayments. U.S. Rep. Greg Meeks (D-Jamaica) and Sen. Robert Menendez (D-New Jersey) are leading a bipartisan … Continue reading

Drones Coming Close

Three recent incidents of drone-spotting near JFK airport have prompted U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer to revisit the issue he addressed just a few months ago, this time with an even greater emphasis on physical safety.   Schumer urged the Federal Aviation Administration and the Office of Management and Budget this week to expedite its release of new drone regulations. In August, the Senator pushed the Commerce Department’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration to develop guidelines focused on best practices for drone … Continue reading

Senior Center Showcases Talented Guys and Gals

Ralph Rega last Friday serenaded seniors and staff with a little Tony Bennett during the annual talent show at the Howard Beach Senior Center on Cross Bay Boulevard. Many residents entertained the appreciative audience with song, dance moves and some jokes.

Area Builder Using Revolutionary Eco-Friendly Materials

If you see a new home being built in Howard Beach or Ozone Park, chances are Gustavo Badolati and F1 Construction, Inc. are helming the project. And thanks to a new accord with Eco Building Products, Badolati and his crews are using environmentally friendly lumber that is shifting the way houses are framed, from the traditional to the revolutionary. “For a long time, since [Superstorm] Sandy, we’ve been looking for different ways to build and rebuild,” Badolati said last Friday … Continue reading