Category Archives: Rego Park

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

New MTA Report Calls for Expansion of City Rail Capacity

A recently released Metropolitan Transportation Authority Reinvention Commission report calls for the “aggressive expansion” of the city’s rail capacity through means including the reactivation of unused rail rights-of-way. And Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder (D-Howard Beach) this week seized on the development as support for the reactivation of the abandoned Rockaway Beach Rail Line. The report recommends seven strategies for improving transportation in the city. Among these is the recommendation for expansion of the existing transit system to meet the needs of … Continue reading

Goldfeder Calls on Cuomo to Use Part of Surplus on Rail Line

Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder (D-Ozone Park) this week ramped up efforts to help fund the revitalization of the defunct Rockaway Beach Rail Line by penning a letter to Gov. Andrew Cuomo, urging him to direct a portion of the $5 billion in state dollars from the budget surplus, created by settlements and fines from major financial firms, to restore the line. Last week, Goldfeder helped detail the findings of a Queens College study that surveyed thousands of residents and researched available … Continue reading

Addabbo, Jr. Seeking Fourth Term in State Senate

With the midterm elections less than a week away, state Sen. Joe Addabbo, Jr. (D-Howard Beach) is hoping that he can turn his three-term run in the 15th District into an even four. Addabbo, 50, who served seven years on the City Council before being elected to the Senate in 2008, has the decided advantage of name recognition over his relatively unknown GOP challenger, Rego Park resident Michael Conigliaro, who was urged to run against Addabbo by City Councilman Eric … 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

QueensWay Draws Raves, but Some Still Oppose Park Plan

Friends of the QueensWay and the Trust for Public Land this week released the much-anticipated QueensWay Plan, a study which both groups jointly characterized as “a blueprint for the QueensWay—New York City’s next great park.” The project involves converting the long-abandoned Rockaway Beach Branch line of the Long Island Rail Road—a 3.5-mile swath of the borough, from Rego Park to Ozone Park—into a $120 million public park boasting trails and many amenities. According to the study, the QueensWay will “provide … 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

Bat-wielding Thief Steals Cell Phone in Rego Park

The New York Police Department was reaching out for help with hopes of finding a suspect wanted in connection with a Rego Park robbery, authorities said. The suspect, shown in surveillance footage with a black beard, dark hoodie and dark hat, used a small bat to intimidate an unidentified victim into giving up their wallet and cell phone, cops said. The alleged crime occurred on Aug. 11 around 5:45 a.m. inside an apartment building on Saunders Street, police said. Anyone … Continue reading

Howard Beach’s Quinn for the Win: Waging War Against ALS

To us, it is known as the ice bucket challenge. But to Howard Beach resident Patt Quinn, it is an effort to use a limited time window to raise awareness about ALS. A nomination. Ice water. A bucket. Pat Quinn. In 2012, 29-year-old former Boston College Eagles baseball team captain Pete Frates was diagnosed with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, also known as ALS or Lou Gehrig’s disease. Just a year later, Howard Beach resident Pat Quinn was also diagnosed. After his diagnosis, he sought … Continue reading

‘Night Out’ Brings Party to Precincts

There were parties all over the city Tuesday night and southern Queens came out in big numbers to support the police precincts that patrol the region. The city Police Department hosted its annual National Night Out Against Crime this week with well-attended festivities planned in countless precincts throughout all five boroughs. Central and southern Queens precincts, including the 102nd, 104th, 106th and 112th, were no exception. The 102nd Precinct, which oversees communities like Kew Gardens, Richmond Hill and Woodhaven, kicked off its … Continue reading

West Nile spotted in boro

Mosquitoes around parts of northeast Queens were found to be carrying West Nile Virus, the city Health Department reported, but posed no threat to the residents living in the southern part of the borough. It was the first West Nile detection of the season, the city said, mostly emanating from Douglaston and College Point as well as part of Staten Island. No human cases of the virus were reported, the DOH said, and there was no cause for alarm just … Continue reading

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