Parks Department closes Oakland Lake Park for one year


| ejankiewicz@queenscourier.com

Photo courtesy of Edward Mertz

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.

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Man found dead in Oakland Lake


| brennison@queenscourier.com

A man was found floating in Oakland Lake on Sunday morning by a man out fishing, according to reports. The Asian man was pulled from the Alley Pond Park Lake after the fisherman called for help, reports said. The deceased man was wearing dark pants and a light-color shirt and looked as if he was in […]

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Oakland Lake Park path to receive much-needed work


| lguerre@queenscourier.com

Oakland Park

It took nearly two decades, but the makeover is almost complete. The Parks Department announced plans for a $1.6 million remodeling of the pathway around Oakland Lake Park at a recent Community Board 11 meeting, ending a 16-year initiative to revitalize the park and allowing locals to finally enjoy the wetland. “I’m very relieved,” said […]

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Oakland Lake Park restoration completed


By Queens Courier Staff

Oakland Lake Park’s rejuvenation is finally complete courtesy of the $2.5 million dollar Department of Environmental Protection Bluebelt program. The nationally acclaimed program which has been treating storm water runoff in Staten Island since the late 1980s manages to prevent the erosion that storm water causes while simultaneously allowing them to perform their task of […]

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Oakland Lake Photo is tops


| vmimoni@queenscourier.com

The New York City Department of Parks and Recreation (DOPR) has picked the winning photos for its exhibit “A Salute to Queens Parks,” and the Grand Prize photo depicts Oakland Lake in Bayside. Grand prize winner Spiro Fourniotis, 37, of Bayside, said he “felt fantastic” when he learned he’d won. “I’ve lived in Queens my […]

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Douglaston plaza opens near LIRR station


| ejankiewicz@queenscourier.com

Photo courtesy of Councilman Paul Vallone's office

The Douglaston pedestrian plaza has opened to the public. The completion of the project, near the LIRR station on 41st Avenue, was marked by a ribbon cutting ceremony on Friday with Councilman Paul Vallone and the Douglaston Local Development Corporation (LDC).

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Parks Department collecting bids to reconstruct Astoria’s Paul Raimonda Playground


| lguerre@queenscourier.com

Rendering courtesy of Department of Parks and Recreation 

The Parks Department is collecting bids to renovate Astoria’s Paul Raimonda Playground and expects to begin construction in the spring of 2015.

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Take a first look at new interior of Sandy-wrecked Peninsula library as construction is set to begin soon


| lguerre@queenscourier.com

Renderings courtesy of Queens Library

The long chapter of devastation is coming to an end for the Peninsula library in Rockaway Beach. The building on Beach 92nd Street and Rockaway Beach Boulevard was “the hardest hit” library in the borough by Hurricane Sandy, according to a Queens Library spokeswoman, and has yet to reopen after nearly two years.

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Community Board 11 to lose longtime leader, elect new chair


| mchan@queenscourier.com

THE COURIER/File photo

Community Board 11 will bid farewell to Jerry Iannece, who is term-limited due to the board’s bylaws. An election to replace him will take place March 3.

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Padavan vs. Avella should be race to watch


By Queens Courier Staff

Two weeks ago, former City Councilmember Tony Avella formally announced he was running for State Senate against Senator Frank Padavan. Avella left the City Council last year to run an unsuccessful race against Comptroller William Thompson in the Democratic mayoral primary. Padavan has a legendary reputation for providing stellar constituent services via his district office […]

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Happenings: Week of 4/01


By Queens Courier Staff

At 8 p.m. Queens Theatre in the Park: An Evening with Lucie Arnaz, in the Claire Shulman Playhouse Main Stage Theatre; the Golden Globe-nominated Broadway, stage and film veteran is the daughter of Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz; she performs a unique blend of standards and nostalgia. Tickets are $37; $31 Multi-Show Discount; $35 Senior […]

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Democratic Party assured Peralta win


By Queens Courier Staff

Jose Peralta’s win in the closely watched special election this week for the State Senate seat vacated by the expulsion of Hiram Monserrate is another example of the importance of the backing of the Queens Democratic Party in an overwhelmingly Democratic district. The election went on as scheduled following an appeals court ruling upholding the […]

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