Dozens of Rockaway beaches closed for swimming due to lack of lifeguards, Sandy damages


| editorial@queenscourier.com

Photo by Salvatore Licata

As of June 19, only 29 of the more than 100 beaches in the Rocakaways are open to swimming because of damage caused by Superstorm Sandy coupled with a dearth of lifeguards, the Parks Department said.

Read More ...

Man gets 25 years for fatal stabbing of fellow parks worker in Flushing Meadows


| ctumola@queenscourier.com


A former city Parks Department worker was sentenced to 25 years in prison for stabbing another employee to death during a fight at a Flushing recreation center.

Read More ...

Parks Dept. hosts snow activities in Juniper Valley Park


| lguerre@queenscourier.com

THE COURIER/Photos by Liam La Guerre

The Parks Department hosted free snow sports and activities in Juniper Valley Park in Middle Village, courtesy of massive amounts of snow from Winter Storm Hercules.

Read More ...

Pol wants quicker Sandy recovery from state agency


| mhayes@queenscourier.com

File Photo

The push for quicker Sandy recovery continues, and now the pressure is on the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYS DEC). Assemblymember Phillip Goldfeder requested Joe Martens, DEC Commissioner, and the agency expedite all “permits related to recovery projects in the Sandy-damaged communities of southern Queens” to “wherever possible.” “Our families are working […]

Read More ...

Council approves law increasing number of parks where crime is reported


| ctumola@queenscourier.com

File photo

The City Council unanimously passed an amendment Thursday that would require the NYPD to submit to the Council crime reports for all city parks and playgrounds larger than one acre. Currently, crimes are only reported in the city’s 31 largest green spaces. The NYPD would also be required to post this data on the department’s […]

Read More ...

Pol: Report crime stats for more parks


| ctumola@queenscourier.com

File photo

Here in the largest city in the country, crimes are only reported in 31 parks. Councilmember Peter Vallone Jr. wants to fix that problem. Vallone, chair of the City Council’s Public Safety Committee, held a hearing on November 22 in connection with his proposed law that would require the NYPD to submit to the Council […]

Read More ...

USTA to give back land for National Tennis Center expansion


| tcullen@queenscourier.com

THE COURIER/File photo

It’s a land-for-land deal. The U.S. Tennis Association (USTA) has agreed to give up some of its rented land in exchange for the 0.68 acres the organization needs to expand the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. Two pieces of land make up the 1.56 acres that USTA will give back to Flushing Meadows-Corona Park, […]

Read More ...

Six months after Sandy, Charles Park gets clean-up


| tcullen@queenscourier.com

THE COURIER/File phoot

Frank M. Charles Memorial Park is getting spruced up. With Sandy debris lingering nearly six months after the storm, Councilmember Eric Ulrich has partnered with the Doe Fund to help clean up the community park, which is run under the auspices of by Gateway National Recreation Area. Nine “men in blue” from the Doe Fund, […]

Read More ...

Parks employee dead after fight with coworker at Flushing Meadows


| tcullen@queenscourier.com


One Parks worker is dead and another is in custody after the two got into an argument, police said. Ezra Black, 31, was fatally stabbed once in the chest around 4 p.m. in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park on Tuesday, September 4, after he got into a dispute with fellow Parks staffer Robert Swann. Police responded to […]

Read More ...

Timers will save thousands of gallons of water at city parks


| brennison@queenscourier.com

THE COURIER/photo by Billy Rennison

On most cool, rainy days throughout the summer, city sprinklers run continuously, pouring thousands of gallons of water — and money — down the drain. But a joint project between the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) and the Department of Parks and Recreation is looking to put an end to this water waste through timed […]

Read More ...

Free summer activities in Queens parks


| ctumola@queenscourier.com

File photo

In addition to outdoor movies and SummerStage performing arts events, the NYC Department of Parks & Recreation offers other free activities in Queens parks this summer. July 30 Fort Totten Park Fit Walk (Step Out) 9:00 a.m. “Join us for a free fitness walking program for adults at Fort Totten Park!” Mommy, Music, & Me 10:30 a.m.–11:30 […]

Read More ...

Former park administrator Estelle Cooper indicted on grand larceny


| mchan@queenscourier.com

File Photo

Former Queens Parks Commissioner Estelle Cooper has been indicted on grand larceny charges for allegedly stealing over $50,000 from a nonprofit conservancy group she helped start, according to the district attorney. Cooper, 82, of Whitestone was arraigned on Tuesday, July 17 in Queens Supreme Court on a two-count indictment charging her with second- and third-degree […]

Read More ...

Cooper resigns from Queens parks


| aaltman@queenscourier.com


Having planted the seeds for a flourishing Parks Department, Estelle Cooper, assistant commissioner of the Queens Department of Parks and Recreation and Flushing Meadows-Corona Park administrator, has resigned. Under Cooper’s 18-year tenure, Flushing Meadows-Corona Park transformed. She advocated for the installation of a set of synthetic soccer fields, the construction of the Aquatic Center and […]

Read More ...

Audit finds Parks Department lost green


| mpantelidis@queenscourier.com


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, […]

Read More ...

Residents approve of smoke free parks


|


The recently released NY1-Marist poll showing that the vast majority of city residents approve of the new smoke free parks and beaches law is welcome news. Secondhand smoke is not just a nuisance; it’s deadly. The U.S. Surgeon General has declared that there is no safe level of secondhand smoke. Secondhand smoke worsens asthma conditions […]

Read More ...