Category Archives: Rego Park

Rego Park group calling all Queens artists

The Rego Park Green Alliance is looking to the community to step up and enhance outdoor art space throughout the borough. As part of their Queens Arts Intervention (QAI) project, the alliance is asking people to send them art proposals to consider for funding. They are looking for art for much more than just self-expression, but also to affect the lives of people in the community.   “When people kind of get excited about something, when they think something is … Continue reading

Queens College Study of Abandoned Rockaway Beach Rail Line Set to Begin

Proposals for the abandoned Rockaway Beach Rail Line, including reactivating the train service and turning the space into a park similar to Manhattan’s High Line, is about to land further scrutiny in a study that the Queens College Department of Urban Studies is set to launch. The study, initiated by Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder (D-Rockaway Park), will begin by students in the department distributing survey questionnaires about the potential impacts of the various proposed redevelopment options for the rail line, which … Continue reading

Forest Hills Native Michael Perlman Honored by Historic Districts Council

Few residents in the borough have the kind of passion for preservation and landmark issues as native Forest Hills resident Michael Perlman, who some say “lives and breathes” preservation. In recognition of his tireless activism and service to the community, the Historic Districts Council, a leading citywide advocate for New York’s historic neighborhoods, recently honored Perlman with a 2014 Grassroots Preservation Award. The award honors and celebrates activists and groups who work to preserve the city’s historic neighborhoods. Simeon Bankoff, … Continue reading

Former State Sen. Serphin Maltese Named to Veterans Hall of Fame

Serphin “Serf” Maltese has been many things in his lifetime – including a 10-term state senator and a Queens assistant district attorney, to name just a couple. But before his career as a politician and an attorney, Maltese served in the Korean War as a member of the U.S. Army, and this service inspired state Sen. Joe Addabbo Jr. (D-Howard Beach) to select Maltese to be inducted into the state Senate Veterans Hall of Fame. “It’s an honor to recognize … Continue reading

Forest Hills First Responders Land Top Award for Exceptional Service

Their diligence during times of distress helped land this crew top honors from the city. The Community Board 6 Forest Hills/Rego Park Community Emergency Response Team was granted the citywide deployment award for its exceptional service over the past year, a spokeswoman for the Office of Emergency Management said. It was the first time the nearly 20-member group received such a distinction after pulling in the same award last year, but only for the borough of Queens. “I just think … Continue reading

City Answers Peralta’s Pleas for Rego Park Crossing Guard

A new crossing guard assigned to a busy school in Rego Park should help boost the city’s ongoing attempts to curb traffic fatalities to zero over the next 10 years, state Sen. Jose Peralta (D-East Elmhurst) said this week. For more than a year, Peralta has been advocating to have either a crossing guard reinstated outside PS 206 in Rego Park or to have speed cameras or other safety measures installed. His pleas were finally answered this week after the … Continue reading

QueensWay Calculates Next Move

With a comprehensive study still pending, the Friends of the QueensWay and the Trust for Public Land said they were placing an emphasis on outreach as consultants sift through feedback collected at various community workshops in the borough. Queens has been grappling over what to make of an abandoned 3.5-mile stretch of railway that runs through Forest Hills, Rego Park, Glendale, Woodhaven, Richmond Hill, and Ozone Park, with one proposal considering converting it into a 47-acre linear park and cultural … Continue reading

Council Reps Look to Refresh Jewish Caucus

Three Queens lawmakers were named to the City Council’s Jewish Caucus as its newest chair set out to revitalize its influence in government. Councilman Mark Levine (D-Manhattan) was elected chair of the caucus in March and laid out a roadmap to readiness focusing on issues of social service, education, and poverty throughout the city. Council members Rory Lancman (D-Fresh Meadows), Karen Koslowitz (D-Forest Hills) and Mark Weprin (D-Oakland Gardens) were the three borough lawmakers tapped to help make up the … Continue reading

CB 6 Zeroes in on ‘Boulevard of Death’

Community leaders in central Queens are hoping to breathe new life into the “Boulevard of Death.” Pedestrian safety continued its streak of being one of the borough’s hottest buzzwords this week as Community Board 6 grappled at its meeting last week with ways to make Queens Boulevard safer than its grim nickname suggests. Officials discussed a bunch of potential fixes, included protected bike lanes and wider medians in order to coincide with Mayor Bill de Blasio’s “Vision Zero” initiative to … Continue reading

After Shooting, Security Strengthened at City Jewish Centers

The city Police Department beefed up its presence throughout the city’s synagogues after a tragic shooting outside Jewish facilities left three dead in Kansas City. Authorities identified the gunman as former Ku Klux Klan leader Frazier Glenn Cross, 73, of Aurora, Mo. and charged him with murder after he allegedly started shooting inside a Jewish Community Center in a suburb of Kansas City on Sunday. And with Passover approaching, Mayor Bill de Blasio said the city had taken steps to … Continue reading

Investigation Shows Schools’ Missteps in Autistic Rego Park Teen’s Disappearance

Fourteen-year-old Avonte Oquendo’s mother made sure his teacher was aware that he might run away, but that information was not shared among other school administrators, according to a 12-page report on his October disappearance. City Special Commissioner of Investigation Richard J. Condon put out the report last week detailing his investigation into the autistic teen from Rego Park’s disappearance after he wandered away from PS 277, the Riverview School, in Long Island City. The boy remained at large until January, … Continue reading

Juniper Civic grapples with unsightly eyesores

A Middle Village civic group called on the city to step up its enforcement in order to combat a series of eyesores, including graffiti and other community hazards. Juniper Park Civic Association President Bob Holden said his group zeroed in on several properties in the Queens community at the group’s meeting last week with hopes of coaxing the Buildings Department to bulk up its response to negligent property owners. Issues like illegally parked vehicles, graffiti and vacant buildings have become … Continue reading

Abbracciamento building may become residential housing: Developer

The building of a beloved Rego Park restaurant might be sold to make way for residential housing, officials said. Long Island City-based developer Criterion Group filed paperwork with the city Department of Buildings last week proposing to build a seven-story residential building where the recently shuttered Joe Abbracciamento Restaurant currently sits. The famed eatery at 62-96 Woodhaven Blvd. closed its doors for good this month after more than 60 years in business and owner John Abbracciamento said he was in … Continue reading

Peralta pushes for more pedestrian safety near PS 206

Pedestrian safety has become a hot topic in Queens, and state Sen. Jose Peralta (D-East Elmhurst) used the opportunity to renew his push for safer streets outside a public school in Rego Park. Peralta has been calling for safety reforms, such as speed cameras and assigning a new crossing guard to PS 206, for the better part of the past year. And with recent launching of Mayor Bill de Blasio’s Vision Zero initiative to curb traffic fatalities throughout the city, … Continue reading

Joe Abbracciamento Restaurant bids Rego Park farewell

The Abbracciamento family is much bigger today than it was when their restaurant started in Rego Park 65 years ago. Joe Abbracciamento Restaurant cooked up its final dish over the weekend before the community staple closed its doors for good Sunday. Owner John Abbracciamento said the amount of emotional support was overwhelming at times and left him feeling like everyone was part of the family. Abbracciamento said it would take a few more days for the reality to hit him, … Continue reading