In the sport of track and field, years of training often come down to a few tenths of a second, which was the case for Liberia’s Phobay Kutu-Akoi, a St. John’s alumna as she ran an 11.52-second 100-meter dash in her heat at the 2012 Olympic Games, less than 0.4 seconds behind the last semifinal qualifier in her group. Comment.
The city Landmarks Preservation Commission voted unanimously Tuesday to make Brinckerhoff Cemetery a landmark in a move that will protect the historic Fresh Meadows burial ground from development. Comment.
City Councilman James Gennaro (D-Fresh Meadows) thought Union Turnpike was in pretty bad shape. People were complaining about litter on the streets and garbage cans were overflowing, so he decided to allocate $30,000 to keep the commercial heart of Fresh Meadows looking clean. Comment.
As it commemorates its 150th birthday, Flushing Town Hall has gotten its artist members joining in on the celebrating. Dozens of members of the Flushing Council on Culture and the Arts, which operates the Town Hall, have contributed works to this year’s members’ exhibition, all tied to the theme of “celebration.” Comments (1).
An investigation by state Attorney General Eric Schneiderman has determined that the City Council rubber stamped the Bloomberg administration’s Willets Point plan after it had been illegally lobbied by the Flushing-Willets Point-Corona Local Development Corp., led by former Borough President Claire Shulman. Comment.
At first glance, the newly opened bike and walking path in the borough’s largest park might seem like just another pedestrian thoroughfare, but the underlying science behind its construction will alleviate chronic flooding along the eastern edge of Meadow Lake. Comment.
On June 22, students at Flushing’s PS 242 closed out the school year by teaming up with the Mitchell-Linden Civic Association for a Love Your Block event under a grant received by the MLCA from the Citizens Committee of New York City. Comment.
Photos by Joe Anuta and Christina Santucci and courtesy Ray Filmano
Democratic District Leader and longtime Flushing resident Martha Flores-Vazquez officially announced her campaign last week after collecting enough signatures to get on the ballot for the downtown state Assembly seat. Comment.
On June 12, Bernie Diamond was honored at a dinner at Hillcrest Jewish Center for his 35 years of service as a member of Community Board 8. Comments by people at the dinner and my conversation with Bernie have developed a picture of a man who has devoted his life to community service. Comment.
As 2012 moves along, our national economy is not moving at all. We continue to hear reassurances from President Barack Obama that the economy will begin to improve, but he has been telling the American people this for the last four years. Comment.
Controversial plans to build a 12-story hotel on a narrow residential street in Fresh Meadows have stalled because the application for the building has been disapproved by the city Department of Buildings. Comments (3).
John Messer announced Tuesday that he was dropping a Queens Supreme Court case that alleged his Democratic primary opponent, state Sen. Toby Stavisky (D-Whitestone), got on the ballot through fraudulent means. Comments (1).
The Republican candidate in the congressional race based around Flushing is calling on his Democratic opponent to release the names of people who collected her campaign donations in the wake of the arrest of former state Assemblyman Jimmy Meng. Comment.
Amid the blazing heat of summer in the city, the 22nd annual Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival launched Saturday and Sunday on Meadow Lake in Flushing Meadows Corona Park, with more than 180 teams vying for cash, prizes and the honor of claiming this year’s U.S. Dragon Boat Open Championship. Comment.
A week after torrential rain caused major flooding in several areas of Fresh Meadows, City Councilman James Gennaro (D-Fresh Meadows) was scheduled to meet with the city Department of Environmental Protection this week to discuss how area sewers can be improved to prevent similar problems in the future. Comment.