Category Archives: South Ozone Park

MTA Honors Transit Workers for Acts of Bravery and Excellence

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority last Friday honored 30 New York City Transit workers—including four who call Queens home—with medals and commendations at its annual ceremony recognizing employees for their acts of bravery and distinguished service that showed how they performed above and beyond their duties to help customers, their colleagues or the public. The four borough residents who received awards at the downtown Brooklyn fete for specific acts of bravery, quick thinking in potentially dangerous or fatal situations, and for … Continue reading

Civic Leader Retires From DOE District 27 Post

    Margaret Finnerty may be retiring at the end of the month, but she’s not going anywhere. The stalwart civic leader, married mother of two and grandmother of three has decided to hang up one of the myriad hats she dons every day, stepping down from her position as parent coordinator for District 27 after nearly 12 years. While she’s moving on from her city Department of Education gig, Finnerty made it clear that she has no plans to … Continue reading

Bronx Man Charged with Robbing Elderly Man of Casino Winnings

A Bronx man on Saturday was ordered held on $40,000 bail after he was arraigned on charges that he robbed an 88-year-old borough resident of the money he had just won at Resorts World Casino in South Ozone Park, according to Queens District Attorney Richard Brown. Gregory Hillman, 57, has been charged with one count of second-degree robbery, three counts of second-degree assault (including one for assaulting a person over 65 years of age) and one count of fourth-degree grand … 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

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

New Casino Exhibit Spotlights ‘Wonders of Jamaica Bay’

The latest exhibit at Resorts World Casino New York City brings a bit of Jamaica Bay to South Ozone Park. Unveiled Tuesday morning in the Times Square Atrium, “Hidden in Plain Sight: The Wonders of Jamaica Bay” highlights the city’s largest open space through the photography and cinematography of Dan Hendrick, François Portmann and Don Riepe. “I fell in love with Jamaica Bay about 15 years ago,” said Hendrick, author of “Jamaica Bay” and an environmental advocate who works with … 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

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

New Pro Soccer Team May Pitch For a Pitch at Aqueduct

Speculation sizzled this week as published reports indicated that New York City Football Club, the new Major League Soccer franchise co-owned and operated by the Yankees and English Premier League powerhouse Manchester City Football Club, has turned its eyes to Queens—near Aqueduct Racetrack, specifically—to develop its home stadium. NYCFC will kick off its inaugural season next year and play their home matches at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx for the first three seasons. As plans for a soccer-specific facility in … 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

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

Queens group commemorates Ramadan

With the end of Ramadan also came the beginning of a treasured Ozone Park gathering of friends and family members who marked Eid – the end of the holiday. Members of the United Bangladeshi American Youth Association and the Queens Borough Democratic Club came together Monday afternoon to celebrate the holiday alongside Bangladeshi leaders from both the Ozone Park and Brooklyn communities. Thousands of borough residents were treated to rides and other party-like festivities throughout the day at what organizers … 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

Goldfeder Secures $741K for Ozone Park, Rockaway Libraries

Libraries in Ozone Park and Rockaway will undergo long-needed renovation work, following Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder’s (D-Rockaway Park) announcement this week that more than $700,000 is headed the way of the two facilities. The assemblyman helped to secure $741,070 through the Public Library Construction Grant Program to help renovate the Ozone Park Community Library and the Sandy-damaged Peninsula Public Library in Rockaway Beach, he said Monday. “Our libraries play an important role in educating our children and families,” Goldfeder said. “This … Continue reading