Category Archives: Lindenwood

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

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

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

Lindenwood Alliance Ends Year with Party and Surprise – Group to spread its wings, will now include all of Howard Beach

Cathy Placco, Barbara MacNamara, Joann Ariola, Sheila Shale, Tony Sama and Renate Teuschler The Lindenwood Alliance closed out their year with a blend of celebration, old news, new news and a surprise announcement. The group’s founder and current president, Joann Ariola, told those assembled that over the course of the last several months she and her board had been seriously thinking of spreading the success of the Lindenwood groups to include all of Howard Beach. After discussions and meeting with … Continue reading

Providing Meals to Hot Showers, Joann Ariola and Lindenwood Alliance Did Not Rest in Sandy’s Aftermath

Before Hurricane Sandy hit, Lindenwood Alliance founder Joann Ariola was working with Councilman Eric Ulrich to hurriedly prepare packages filled with batteries, water, and flashlights for residents who had not evacuated. Like everyone else, she had heard the news that seemed to be stuck on repeat: This will be the storm of the century; this will be the storm of the century; this will be the storm of the century. Still, South Queens residents had been through plenty of hurricane … Continue reading

From A Rec Room, Lindenwood Leader Brought Food, Clothes And Hope – Ellen Buonpastore created a relief center that became a haven for those who had lost everything

Ellen Buonpastore remembers it like it was yesterday – how it was her mother’s birthday, how she didn’t sleep that first night of Hurricane Sandy – or for 10 days after, how fast the water came, how quickly life turned upside down. The vice president of the Dorchester Arms Co-op in Lindenwood, Buonpastore had prepared for the storm: She had shut down the elevators, she had flashlights ready to go, she had just stocked up on food, and she was … Continue reading

DOT Installs Speed Board At P.S. 232 – Goldfeder finally gets response

Parents and students arriving at P.S. 232 in Lindenwood last Friday morning were surprised to find a mobile speed board posted across the street from the school. The New York City Department of Transportation (DOT) installed the traffic device in response to consistent efforts by Assemblyman Phillip Goldfeder (D-Lindenwood) to try and ease the dangerous driving conditions at the school. “The Department of Transportation has finally responded to our concerns,” said Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder. “Installing a speed board will deter drivers … Continue reading

Lindenwood Teen Found Safe After Being Believed to be Kidnapped

A Lindenwood teen originally believed by family and friends to have been kidnapped was found unharmed at the Jamaica Long Island Rail Road station Friday, police said. A massive search for 13-year-old Griffin Dreger ensued after family members and neighbors reported that they believed he had been kidnapped while taking out the trash before going to school Friday morning. Police said the boy was not kidnapped; he instead had been trying to buy a rail ticket to Montauk. Griffin, who just … Continue reading