Diagnosing the future of health care in Queens requires plenty of reflection on the past— an examination of hospital closures and overflowing emergency rooms, followed by a prescription for viable solutions. Comment.
There were more than 50 million visitors to New York City last year and as the tourism industry grows, Queens — with two airports and neighborhoods with rising cachet — is in the midst of a hotel-building boom aimed at grabbing the borough’s share of the $34 billion pie. Comments (1).
Today’s Queens Library is much more than a place to merely find a book or do some research. More and more, the library has become a place where people can go to look for a job, brush up on computer skills and even find out how to become an American citizen. Comment.
PS 130, at 200-01 42nd Ave. in Bayside, currently mainly serves District 25 students. The school, however, is geographically in District 26 and historically was a K-6 and K-8 school for students living on the Auburndale-Bayside border. Comment.
An Astoria soldier who had to give up his beloved blue brindle pitbull when he headed to boot camp is hoping his little crooner will find a new owner with help from an animal rescue coalition. Comment.
More than six months after Hurricane Sandy hit, there has been much talk about reshaping the city’s coasts to make them more impervious to storms and floods. But though the city is exploring numerous options to that end, from modifying building codes to flood mitigation projects, few concrete plans are yet in place, leaving the future landscape of southern Queens a question mark. Comment.
Housed in the historic Eagle Theater, just off a new pedestrian plaza along 37th Road, is the Jackson Heights Bazaar, a grocery market and food court tailored to the neighborhood’s bustling South Asian community. It has also has found a home in the hearts of the wider population. Comment.
In the aftermath of the Boston Marathon bombings, we are reminded of the importance of re-evaluating our security procedures, but we also must be conscious of another challenge: the threat to our personal information from cyber attacks. Comment.
Even though it will not be built in the same borough, Roosevelt Island’s soon-to-be hub of all things technology will still translate into new opportunities for startups in Queens, city and university leaders said. Comment.
When one looks at any of Preston Trombly’s mixed-media collages from his “Sonatas” series, one gets the idea the artist had a very frustrating piano lesson, broke apart the piano with a hammer and then decided to put the parts of the instrument back together in an undefinable collection of bits and pieces. Comment.
The Flushing Meadows Corona Park Carousel opened for the summer season last week in tandem with the opening of the new Fantasy Forest Amusement Area, which is operated by NY Carousel Entertainment and has four rides, including Queens’ only roller coaster. Comment.
Northeast Queens has its fair share of turnover with four City Council races in November, but one crowded district has been making headlines since its incumbent was arrested on corruption charges in early April. Comments (1).
Our planet’s climate is changing. The impact on our daily weather has been extreme. Look at the tornado that hit northeast Queens, Hurricane Sandy, the amount and severity of recent tornados in Oklahoma and other parts of our country, serious drought in some areas like Mississippi, huge snowfalls in other states and gale force winds causing fires to spread. Comment.
In recognition of Memorial Day, state Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) invited four decorated veterans into his northeast Queens district office with resolutions in hand to honor them for their service. Comment.
Hunger is a daunting and sometimes invisible problem in Queens. Even in some of the borough’s more affluent neighborhoods, working couples and single mothers struggle to feed their families — another statistic among the data showing that one in six Americans suffers from what the government calls “food insufficiency.” Comment.
A devoted father was shot and killed Friday morning as he waited outside South Jamaica’s 40 Projects to pick his young daughter up and take her to school, the victim’s grieving family said. Comments (27).
Lawmakers and homeowners fed up with flooding in southeast Queens are moving forward with legal means to try and force the city Department of Environmental Protection to alleviate the problem. Comments (1).
Michelle Lamelza makes most of her money working as a restaurant manager at Bayside’s Donovan’s Grill & Tavern, but she might have found an extra $100,000 thousands of miles away in the islands of Fiji. Comments (1).
More than two dozen residents, lawmakers and civic association leaders gathered at Auburndale’s Star Nissan Service Center last week to demand the dealership be held accountable for hacking branches and removing bark from 22 trees around its property. Comments (24).
Delta celebrated one of its largest investments in the metropolitan area last week when the company cut the ribbon on the $1.2 billion first phase of the expansion of JFK’s Terminal 4, and the airline has more in store. Comments (2).
A group of concerned elected officials and business leaders gathered on the steps of Borough Hall in Kew Gardens this week to urge the governor to reconsider rolling the dice on table gaming in the city. Comments (1).
With the return of the A train, Mayor Michael Bloomberg has also announced an extension of ferry service as the Rockaways edge toward recovery from Hurricane Sandy. He also said weekend ferry service in the Rockaways would start July 4. Comment.
After a seven-month suspension of A train service to and from the Rockaway peninsula, the subway has started running on its full line again – and transit officials commemorated the occasion in style Thursday. Comment.
Six candidates for borough president disclosed the contents of their war chests earlier this month, but those at the front of the pack did not necessarily raise the most money in the borough they seek to represent. Comments (1).
Two southeast Queens parent groups will host an education debate Monday featuring five of the candidates vying to replace City Councilman Leroy Comrie (D-St. Albans), who must leave his post in City Hall next year because of term limits. Comments (1).
The future of a graffiti-ridden warehouse in Long Island City does not seem like the type of project that warrants contentious meetings packed with raucous residents — unless that warehouse is aerosol art haven 5Pointz. Comment.
Students at LaGuardia Community College Tuesday heard the firsthand account of a man who was freed from prison with help from another wrongly convicted man as well as his views on the criminal justice system that sent him to jail for nearly a quarter of a century for a murder he did not commit. Comments (1).
The city granted a crucial permit to developers of a controversial Astoria medical facility last week against the wishes of neighbors who contend construction crews did irreparable damage to their property. Comments (1).
An enormous gas explosion and ensuing second-alarm blaze at a private home in Howard Beach damaged during Hurricane Sandy sent one woman to the hospital with burns, the New York Post reported. Comment.
Hundreds lined the block around St. Albans’ Greater Allen A.M.E. Cathedral last week to remember D’aja Robinson as police continue to investigate the 14-year-old’s senseless killing on a city bus. Comments (2).
HOWARD BEACH — An appellate court Wednesday upheld the sentence of a Howard Beach woman acquitted of murder but convicted on gun possession charges in the 2011 shooting death of her husband, the Queens district attorney said. Comments (1).
Biking in Queens offers something for every person. The health-conscious, the practical and the adventurous will all find what they are looking for on the streets of the city’s most expansive borough. Comment.
Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced Tuesday the Rockaway ferry, filling in for the hurricane-damaged transit system, will operate for at least six more weeks and possibly through Labor Day. Comments (1).