The mammoth Astoria Cove residential complex is now in the home stretch of the public approval process after 10 out of 13 commissioners on the City Planning Commission voted their support Monday. The project features five mixed-use buildings with nearly 1,700 units that will take a decade to construct on Hallets Point if the City Council gives final approval. Comment.
With the swimming season over at city beaches, the city Parks Department released data that showed more than 4 million people visited Rockaway Beach this year. While that figure marks a 25 percent increase over last year, it’s half the number of beachgoers Rockaway had in 2012 before Sandy tore through the peninsula. Comment.
The community opposition was not enough to prevent developers, which includes the church that owns the land, from erecting an affordable housing five-story building on Farmers Boulevard in St. Albans. Comments (2).
Only days before a woman was injured while riding a commuter van in southeast Queens, City Councilman I. Daneek Miller (D-St. Albans), at a Primary Day campaign event in downtown Jamaica, asked one of his aides, “Did you see that? Take photos.” Comments (2).
Calling them “extreme conservatives,” Gov. Andrew Cuomo blasted conservative Republican New Yorkers earlier this year, telling them they have no place in New York state. More recently Nancy Pelosi said: “Civilization as we know it today would be in jeopardy if the Republicans win the Senate.” In ugly campaign ads and lies, the NYS Democratic Party has repeatedly slammed Republican gubernatorial candidate Rob Astorino as an “extremist” and perhaps it won’t be long before congressional candidate Grant Lally is labeled a rightwing extremist. Comments (3).
U.S. Rep. Joe Crowley (D-Jackson Heights) announced plans to introduce legislation named after a Sunnyside schoolboy who died two years ago. Rory Staunton was just 12 years old when a scrape became infected and caused his death from sepsis after doctors failed to diagnose it in time. Comment.
Last week I announced a way to reduce excessive standardized tests as part of Common Core while preserving the quality of learning and teaching in our classrooms. My proposal was developed over the course of several months by school superintendents and educators throughout our communities. Comments (1).
In the recently concluded Democratic Party primary election in the 11th State Senate district of northeast Queens in which incumbent Tony Avella won by 568 votes, not including proxy votes, the race had several important aspects to it. Comments (1).
Vice President Joe Biden caused a stir in Queens and beyond with his pronouncement a few months ago that LaGuardia is a Third World airport. But he must not be a frequent traveler to Kennedy Airport, which sometimes welcomes arriving passengers with the kind of service expected in a developing nation. Comments (3).