The Parks Department closed Oakland Lake Park in Bayside last week to begin a huge one-year construction project. The project will include the installation of stone swales (similar to bioswales), cleaning the drainage system and planting new native wetland plants, according to the Parks Department.
The city’s Parks Department presented plans this week for the crumbling but iconic New York State Pavilion. An option to tear down the deteriorating 1964-65 World’s Fair figure, which is in need of an inordinate amount of internal and external fixes, could cost $14 million. But a plan to restore the site could cost $73 […]
Patrizia’s of Bayside, the former site of Caffe on the Green and Valentino’s on the Green, has found a new operator, according to Queens Parks Commissioner Dorothy Lewandowski. “We are very excited that a new concessionaire will be operating the former Valentino’s on the Green and look forward to the reopening,” said Lewandowski. The new […]
The New York City Department of Parks and Recreation recently endured a procedure that can send chills down the spine of any American — an audit. City Comptroller John Liu announced on December 5 that an assessment of the Parks Department’s control over recreational, dining and retail concessions from July 1, 2008 through June 30, […]
We all have a lot to be proud of, seeing the many improvements in our Queens parks, but I must say, I believe we have been betrayed by the city’s Parks Department Franchise Division. It’s their responsibility to select the operators of the many facilities owned by the city, but leased to private companies. One […]
The Walt Disney Company is sponsoring a summer project with the Parks Department to introduce moveable elements like sand water and “loose parts” including building blocks, shovels and pails to two Queens parks. Bayswater Park, located on Beach Channel Drive and Norton Avenue in Far Rockaway, and Liberty Park, at 173rd Street and 106th Avenue […]
Two on-duty uniformed Parks Department employees were involved in a dispute inside the Boathouse in Forest Park on June 27. One of the workers, a 32-year-old woman, was injured after being struck by her co-worker with a garbage pick. The victim was taken to Jamaica Hospital in stable condition. Stacey Illery, 37, was arrested for […]
The Parks Department has come into Howard Beach for a second round of tree removal. This is a continuation of the previous tree removal process that took place in September. All Sandy-stricken trees that the Parks Department feels are too far gone and not likely to survive will be cut down and replaced, according to the agency.
The Queens Courier is taking a look back at the year gone by, from the inauguration of a new mayor to the horrifying derailment of an F train under Queens Boulevard. The year saw more political ups and downs, tragedies and celebrations. Our high school basketball teams were champions and Queens was named the best place to visit in the nation.