City Targets Atlantic Avenue for Speed Reduction Program

City officials have a message for motorists on Atlantic Avenue: Slow down. Atlantic Avenue will be the first major road in the city to undergo a speed reduction as part of Mayor Bill de Blasio’s “Vision Zero” plan to significantly curb traffic-related fatalities, city Department of Transportation Commissioner Polly Trottenberg said last week. The first of 25 planned arterial slow zones will be installed along eight miles of Atlantic Avenue, from Brooklyn Heights to Woodhaven, this month, and the speed … Continue reading

Veterans, Schumer Push for Parade Honoring Those Who Served in Afghanistan and Iraq

Standing along the historic “Canyon of Heroes” route in lower Manhattan, U.S. Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and a group of veterans this week urged the city to work with the U.S. Department of Defense to host a celebration welcoming home individuals who served their country in Afghanistan and Iraq. The legislator; Vincent McGowan, a Vietnam Marine veteran and founding president of the United War Veterans Council of New York; and representatives of the Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America, as … Continue reading

Play Ball! Woodhaven Kicks Off Little League Season

Hundreds of Woodhaven’s youngest athletes celebrated the 56th annual WORKS Little League Opening Day parade Saturday morning, when they marched down Jamaica Avenue and into Forest Park to kick off the much-anticipated season. Close to 800 people – including players, coaches, parents, and other volunteers – participated in the event, which has for more than half a century drawn individuals from throughout the neighborhood for a day filled with sportsmanship and camaraderie. Marchers gathered at PS 60 to begin the … Continue reading

Queens Residents ‘Cautiously Optimistic’ about Build It Back Turnaround

After Hurricane Sandy destroyed the Broad Channel home where Ed Phillips lived with his wife and young daughter, he was determined to rebuild. After all, he grew up in Broad Channel. Practically all of his family and friends live in the close-knit community. There was no other place he wanted to call home. But, after facing the initial shock that his house had been completely devastated by the storm, he quickly learned that the worst was yet to come: the … Continue reading

Woodhaven Residents Rejoice Over City’s Plan to Tear Down Collapsed Building

After pleading with the city Department of Buildings for a year to do something about a building that partially collapsed last April, driving a major neighborhood organization from its home and sparking major concerns about residents’ safety, area leaders cheered a decision by the city to tear down the structure. The city DOB ordered the demolition of the property at 78-19 Jamaica Ave. last week, after the owner of the site, George Kochabe, did not show up to an April … Continue reading

From a Sea of Blue, Saluting a Hero: Thousands Attend Funeral for NYPD Officer Dennis Guerra

With the coming of the summer, NYPD Officer Dennis Guerra could not wait to continue perfecting his barbecuing skills – famous throughout his Far Rockaway neighborhood – while spending time with those who mattered most to him: his four children, wife, and the countless other family and friends who he was constantly making laugh. He was going to keep teaching his youngest son, Zachary, 7, how to ride a bicycle; he was going to continue working for a job he … 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

CB 5 Green Lights Ridgewood Residential Development

Community Board 5 voted in favor of rezoning part of Ridgewood to make way for an upscale residential development, but not without a heated debate first. The 28-11 count did not come easily, with one member waiting until the last minute to cast their vote because of a drastic difference in opinion. One side argued rezoning would make for a more appropriate usage of the mostly vacant property, while others contended it would set a problematic precedent. “This development is … 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

City Approves Controversial Woodside School Plan Slammed by Parents

The city Panel for Educational Policy voted in favor of temporarily relocating hundreds of Woodside students to a school on the other side of the district in Astoria, disappointing parents and lawmakers who had long issued scathing criticism for the plan they were hoping Mayor de Blasio’s administration would overturn. Elected officials from all levels of government came out against the plan, which will send about 250 kindergarteners from PS 11 in Woodside to PS 171 in Astoria as their … Continue reading

104th Pct. Pens 23 Summonses in One Saturday

It took just one day for the Ridgewood-based 104th Precinct to issue more than 20 summonses, thanks to help from various city agencies. The MARCH – multi-agency response to community hotspots – went down Saturday, April 5 at various nightlife locations at the root of residents’ complaints, a spokesman for the 104th said. Officers marched through the precinct alongside the state liquor authority, Buildings Department, Mental Health and Hygiene Department, Fire Department, Environmental Protection Department, Police Department and legal bureau. … Continue reading

Queens Supermarket Donates 1,000 Pounds of Kosher Food

A supermarket on the border of Glendale and Forest Hills packaged more than 1,000 pounds of kosher food to make this year’s Passover a proud one. The Stop and Shop at 89-89 Union Tpke. collected the donations and redirected them to the most needy just in time for Passover, which started at sundown Monday. The Queens Jewish Community Council, a nonprofit based in Forest Hills, took on the task of distributing the 4,000 packages throughout the city, including some of … Continue reading

Special Meeting Scheduled to Study Glendale Shelter

Community leaders planned to set aside time for a special hearing in the coming weeks on a homeless shelter proposal in Glendale as opposition grows for the controversial facility. Gary Giordano, district manager for Community Board 5, said the board would announce the date of the meeting later this week after members agreed it would be a more appropriate means of organizing both sides of the issue instead of within the time frame of a monthly board meeting. The decision … Continue reading

Editorial: A Return to the ‘canyon of heroes’

When World War II ended, paper seemed to rain from the sky during the ticker-tape parade the city held for the veterans – a massive affair when what is known as the “Canyon of Heroes” in lower Manhattan was flooded with hundreds of thousands of people jubilantly celebrating. As about 5,438 tons of confetti poured from area office buildings onto the streets below, people danced and laughed in ways they probably hadn’t for years. But, most importantly, veterans understood they … Continue reading

To our readers: Regarding the printer’s error on our cover page this week

A printer’s error resulted in one of our client’s logos appearing in place of the photo that was scheduled to appear. There’s certainly no reason to be cautiously optimistic when dining at Enzo’s – you should do that without abandon. The photo that was scheduled to appear was of Ed Phillips, a resident who has been struggling to rebuild his house after Sandy. We are posting it below.