Category Archives: Howard Beach

New Book Spotlights MTA ‘Art Museum’

The next time you find yourself at the intersection of Woodhaven Boulevard and Jamaica Avenue, take a quick look around. You might catch a driver or bus passenger or pedestrian heading north on the boulevard craning their neck toward the elevated subway station and that mysterious face that has stood sentinel over the roadway for more than 20 years. And thanks to a new book that features the 250 permanent works of art throughout the city’s vast transportation network, curious … Continue reading

Howard Beach Homeowner Offers Reward for Stolen Statue

A distraught New Howard Beach homeowner this week reached out to The Forum for some assistance in tracking down a decorative statue that was snatched from his property about a month ago. Rocco, who asked that his last name not be published for the safety and security of his family, said that he is offering a $100 reward for the return of the statue, which he indicated is now impossible to replace because the Long Island manufacturer no longer produces … Continue reading

Build It Back Responds to Howard Beach Senior’s Sandy Dillemma

  After this newspaper last week spotlighted the seemingly unending bureaucratic saga of one Superstorm Sandy victim living in Howard Beach, it appears as though the wheels of justice, however slowly, are turning in the direction of a resolution. A representative of the Mayor’s Office of Recovery and Resiliency has indicated that the agency has assigned personnel to review and resolve the case of Leo Marinconz, who has lived in his storm-damaged home on 160th Avenue for 33 years. Sandy … Continue reading

Rego Park Republican Set to Take on Addabbo

The reputations of the city and state legislatures have been in tatters for so long now—so many elected officials have been charged and convicted of corruption and betraying the public trust—that one publication recently held a contest which awarded a free dinner to the contestant who could correctly guess the next elected official to be indicted in New York. With this as one of myriad examples of how the Empire State’s legislative leaders are perceived, why would anyone want to … Continue reading

School Says Afterschool Program Slots Still Available

One of the pillars of Mayor Bill de Blasio’s first year in office has been afterschool programming for middle-school students. And according to the head of PS 207’s own afterschool program, area parents of children in grades 6 through 8 can still take advantage of de Blasio’s initiative at the Howard Beach school. “We just want to make people aware that they should enroll soon,” said Michael Taylor, director of the afterschool program at PS 207, “because we’re going to … Continue reading

Pols, Communities Call on State to Improve Evacuation Routes and Signs

Emergency evacuation infrastructure and route signage along the Nassau Expressway and connecting roadways in southern Queens and southwestern Nassau County are in desperate need of immediate repair, according to area elected officials. Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder (D-Rockaway Beach) and Nassau County Legislator Howard Kopel (D-LI) led a rally on Sunday morning in Five Towns to call on the state Department of Transportation to improve the roadways and signage before more natural catastrophes wreak havoc on communities. “In southern Queens and Rockaway, … Continue reading

Build It Backwards?

It seems that even two years later, Superstorm Sandy is still taking an enormous toll on the residents of southern Queens and the Rockaway peninsula. Leo Marinconz, who has lived with his ailing wife on 160th Avenue in Howard Beach for the past 33 years, saw his basement, which contained precious family mementos and even unopened gifts from his youngest daughter’s wedding, flood from floor to ceiling, and his first floor take on a foot of water; all courtesy of … Continue reading

Crime Down, Arrests Up in Busy 106th Pct.

To date this year, crime is down overall in the 106th Precinct, but arrests are up as officers respond to a record number of calls, according to the command’s top cop. Deputy Inspector Jeff Schiff, commanding officer of the 106th Precinct, said that while crime is down about 2 percent, arrests are up approximately 24 percent compared to this period last year. “It’s a small decrease [in crime], but it’s a decrease,” said Schiff Tuesday night at the Howard Beach-Lindenwood … Continue reading

Squatters Kicked to the Curb as Cops Padlock House of Horrors

“And don’t come back!” Two well-known area vagrants were treated to that chorus by more than one neighbor last Thursday night as they ambled off the block after authorities forced them out of the Howard Beach house that area residents said has been a haven for prostitution, drug dealing, violence and other crimes for the past two years. Vice cops from the 106th Precinct and Queens District Attorney’s Office investigators, performing a nuisance abatement around 9 p.m., booted Amanda Miller, … Continue reading

Marred Mailboxes Are Community Eyesores

At least two blue US Postal Service mailboxes have become sources of disdain in the communities of Ozone Park and Howard Beach, and the agency pledged to the Forum this week to make them right again. The mailbox located on the corner of 97th Street and 133rd Avenue in Ozone Park is covered in bird feces, nearly from top to bottom, and a bird carcass was left this week right next to it. The condition of the mailbox and the … Continue reading

DOT Pledges to Beautify Lindenwood Walkway

After months of pleading with officials, Howard Beach and Lindenwood community leaders can claim victory this week as the city Department of Transportation has promised to beautify the Lindenwood pedestrian walkway from 80th to 84th Street between 157th Avenue and Shore Parkway. The popular strip has become a neighborhood eyesore, replete with rundown, graffiti-covered walls, garbage strewn all over and broken overpass lights, which has made the area a safety concern for pedestrians. The DOT has agreed to clean the … 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

Brazen Crook Robs Cross Bay Capital One Bank

Cops on Wednesday were still searching for a bold thief the day after he robbed an area bank branch in broad daylight. The suspect walked into the Capital One bank on Cross Bay Boulevard near 156th Avenue on Tuesday around 11 a.m. and passed a threatening note to a teller before fleeing the bank and driving away in a car that was double-parked outside of the branch, according to Police Officer Sophia Mason. He stole several thousand dollars in cash … Continue reading

Ulrich, Howard Beach Seniors Laud Bus Program

Flanked by area seniors and non-profit staff, City Councilman Eric Ulrich (R-Ozone Park) officially announced on Monday that his office has helped to allocate funds to support senior shuttle bus service. The vehicle will serve four Catholic Charities senior centers throughout Ulrich’s district: Howard Beach, Woodhaven, Rockaway Beach and Ozone Park. The councilman’s office secured $25,000 for a driver to transport older adults from their homes to the senior center for activities, classes and workshops; and day trips to shopping centers, … Continue reading

Memoir is Love Letter to Broad Channel & Howard Beach

Marguerite Rocholl’s dad, photojournalist Edward Clarity, many moons ago helped the New York Daily News nab a Pulitzer Prize. And on the plaque that was given to him to commemorate the award was a short note from the publisher, which read: “We couldn’t have done it without you Ed.” The same can be said of his daughter’s book debut, “Before You Were Born.” Rocholl admits that the tome, a paean to her childhood in Broad Channel and raising her own … Continue reading