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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

Queens Museum Names New Executive Director

After an exhaustive national search, the Queens Museum Board of Trustees last week named Laura Raicovich as the borough cultural institution’s new president and executive director. Raicovich, 41, replaces long-time museum head Tom Finkelpearl, who earlier this year was appointed by Mayor Bill de Blasio as the commissioner for the city Department of Cultural Affairs. She will assume her new position on Jan. 1, 2015. “Laura has spent the past two decades strengthening arts institutions, realizing the visions of artists, … Continue reading

Recycling Day Another Rousing Success

De-cluttering a home went from a chore to a way to go green and bring awareness and action to the phrase “reduce, reuse, recycle” on Sunday at the bi-annual Recycling Day in Forest Park. Since 2009, state Sen. Joseph Addabbo Jr. (D-Howard Beach) and Assemblyman Mike Miller (D-Woodhaven) have organized the recycling event twice a year for constituents and donators to recycle unwanted electronics, paper and household items in an effort to encourage their districts to become more environmentally friendly. … Continue reading

MTA Goes Bus Shopping, Plunks Down $80M on New Fleet

All aboard the (brand new) bus. The Metropolitan Transportation Authority on Wednesday approved more than $80 million in federally funded contracts awarded to a Minnesota bus manufacturer for the delivery of 120 new low-floor transit vehicles: 75 low floor 60-foot articulated diesel buses and 45 low floor 40-foot diesel buses to be used by MTA Bus Company. The combined total award to New Flyer of America is $80,072,520. The 40-foot bus costs $496,267 per bus, with the contract also providing … Continue reading

De Blasio Touts After-School Initiative in Richmond Hill

Bill de Blasio’s successful mayoral campaign was built around his “Tale of Two Cities,” which highlighted what he saw as unprecedented socioeconomic inequality facing the Big Apple. One of the ways in which he sought to bridge that pervasive gap was through education, particularly after-school programs, and last week he visited Richmond Hill to applaud the efforts of educators and raise awareness of enrollment applications for these enhanced after-school activities. De Blasio and city Department of Youth and Community Development … Continue reading

Ulrich calls for veteran counselors

A new piece of legislation is looking to link up veterans with benefit counselors across the city. City Councilman Eric Ulrich (R-Ozone Park) announced a bill last week that would provide veterans with benefit counselors in each borough through the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. The councilman said he launched the initiative with hopes of helping veterans get their hands on the benefits already at their disposal. “One of the biggest difficulties facing New York City’s veterans is access to … Continue reading

NYCHA neglects low-income New Yorkers: Stringer

A city Comptroller Scott Stringer audit singled out the city Housing Authority for failing to follow its own regulations in hiring low-income New Yorkers. NYCHA, the audit said, did not make sure that contractors working on its capital projects were following federal law – which coincided with the group’s own regulations – mandating the employment of NYCHA residents and low-income residents Stringer said. The misstep ended up costing low-income residents hundreds of thousands of dollars in potential wages, the comptroller … Continue reading

Howard Beach Loops for a Cure

One idea, a lot of hard work and determination, 250 cyclists, a sea of volunteers, a ton of donations, four local ambulance corps and a full compliment of NYPD officers from 5 precincts across Queens and Brooklyn–that’s what went into “The Loop”, a hugely successful cycling fund-raiser held in Howard Beach on Saturday . It began when Howard Beach resident Ann Marie Gurino was asked to assume a position on the Board of Directors of New York Families for Autistic … Continue reading

Howard Beach Neighbors Call for Help

Broken windows, overgrown grass and an unkempt front yard are only the beginning for residents living on 95th Street in Howard Beach. Complaints over unwanted – and sometimes illegal – activity have plagued neighbors living along the street for the better part of two years, and now residents there compiled a petition of more than 100 signatures over a period of less than two weeks pleading for help. “Something needs to be done,” said one neighbor, who did not want to … Continue reading

Demolition delayed in Woodhaven

Woodhaven residents were slapped with another delay as they waited for a partially collapsed building on Jamaica Avenue to come down. After being told that work would begin at the 78-19 Jamaica Ave. building by July 14, demolition plans were once again put on hold because of a lapse in communication between architects and the Metropolitan Transportation Authority as the agency reviews the plan. Now, a judge will have to set an entirely new timeline of events, officials said. Martin … Continue reading

Boro festival pays homage to Louis Armstrong

With the Unisphere hanging over the horizon and the New York State Pavilion standing tall besides the stage, close to 800 people came out to Fresh Meadows Corona Park for the first ever Louis Armstrong International Music Festival. Artists performed for much of the day Sunday in a celebration of Armstrong’s 1964 Singer Bowl concert and the jazz player’s love for all types of music. “On the World’s Fair grounds, on the 50th Anniversary of Louis Armstrong performance, we had … Continue reading

Panel approves annex plans for Richmond Hill HS

The city Panel for Educational Policy approved the Education Department’s controversial proposal to reform Richmond Hill High School’s usage of an annex that administrators argued has helped alleviate overcrowding there. Panel members met at Taft Educational Campus in the Bronx Tuesday night for the group’s monthly meeting, giving a seal of approval to a measure that would move nearly half of the 400 students from an annex back into the main building in order to make room for a new … Continue reading

Howard Beach, Broad Channel Land Millions in Federal Funding

Standing by Jamaica Bay in Broad Channel on Monday, U.S. Department of the Interior Secretary Sally Jewell announced the federal government is about to shell out more than $100 million in grant money to help communities along the eastern seaboard that are particularly prone to devastating damage by storms like Sandy – including Howard Beach and Broad Channel. The $102.7 million in grant money will support 54 projects along the Atlantic coast that aim to restore wetlands and other natural … Continue reading

City to Tackle Trash Problems at Coleman Square

A little more than a week after Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder (D-Rockaway Park) urged city officials to address the mounds of trash that can accumulate in Howard Beach’s Coleman Square, the Department of Sanitation announced it would tackle the problem. “After careful consideration, Sanitation Commissioner Kathryn Garcia has approved an additional litter basket collection for the Coleman Square Station in Howard Beach, Queens using existing department resources,” the department said in a prepared statement. “The litter basket collection service is now … Continue reading

Queens BP Allocates $1.1M for Commercial Corridor Improvements

Queens Borough President Melinda Katz announced Tuesday that she is allocating about $1.1 million in capital funds to pay for streetscape improvements along a number of main commercial strips throughout the borough, including in Woodhaven and Rockaway. Katz noted that the improvements are intended to revitalize shopping districts in an effort to jumpstart business development and investment in those areas, as well as encourage residents to patronize area establishments. “The commercial corridors found in the diverse neighborhoods throughout Queens are … Continue reading