Community Board 5

Woodhaven Boulevard safety still in flux
Woodhaven Boulevard safety still in flux
Top Stories Liam La Guerre 11/26/2013 at 11:19AM

The city’s five-year study on Woodhaven Boulevard safety improvements show some solutions worked better than others. The thoroughfare, which connects Middle Village, Woodhaven and Ozone Park, among others, is one of the most trafficked in the borough and is prone to many accidents, according to the Department of Transportation (DOT). DOT officials collected feedback from [...]

Middle Village man has contentious plan to fix community parking issues
Middle Village man has contentious plan to fix community parking issues
Southwest Liam La Guerre 11/19/2013 at 1:35PM

One Middle Village resident is proposing a divisive plan to relieve parking problems in the community. Matthew Crafa will meet with Community Board 5’s Transportation Committee to present his idea, which involves changing the parking signs around the perimeter of Juniper Valley Park to open up new overnight spots. Parking is not allowed around most [...]

Second Myrtle Avenue pedestrian plaza gets community support
Second Myrtle Avenue pedestrian plaza gets community support
Top Stories Liam La Guerre 10/21/2013 at 4:22PM

Call it the Myrtle Avenue makeover. Community Board 5 (CB5) is in favor of the Department of Transportation’s (DOT) plan to transform the corner of Myrtle and 71st Avenues into a pedestrian plaza. The plan to makeover the space was almost fully accepted at the board’s most recent transportation committee meeting, except for a few [...]

Ridgewood Reservoir reopens after renovations
Ridgewood Reservoir reopens after renovations
Southwest Liam La Guerre 10/15/2013 at 5:08PM

The Ridgewood Reservoir has been resurrected. A crowd of politicians, civic leaders and members of the community oversaw the reservoir’s grand opening on Tuesday, which heralded the completion of phase one of the site’s revitalization plan. The nearly $7 million renovation included construction of new fencing, lighting, repaving of pathways and the addition of a [...]

More bike lanes coming to western Queens
More bike lanes coming to western Queens
Southwest Liam La Guerre 9/04/2013 at 4:31PM

The wheels are turning in the right direction for one community’s push to get more bike lanes. At a recent Community Board (CB5) Transportation Committee meeting, the Department of City Planning (DCP) revealed a list of streets that could have bike lanes in place by early 2014. The DCP is looking to add six potential [...]

Glendale rallies against proposed homeless shelter
Glendale rallies against proposed homeless shelter
Southwest Liam La Guerre 8/30/2013 at 5:12PM

A senior center, a school, maybe even a park is fine, but residents in Glendale want to shut the door on a proposed homeless shelter. Councilmember Peter Vallone Jr. led a protest on Friday in front a defunct factory at 78-16 Cooper Avenue, which nonprofit Samaritan Village plans to transform into transitional housing if its [...]

Glendale community to fight proposed homeless shelter
Glendale community to fight proposed homeless shelter
Southwest Liam La Guerre 8/13/2013 at 12:12PM

Not in my backyard. That’s the sentiment of residents, business owners, politicians and civic leaders about a proposed homeless shelter in an empty, rundown Glendale factory. The community is planning to prevent nonprofit Samaritan Village from buying the property at 78-16 Cooper Avenue and transforming it into transitional housing if the Department of Homeless Services [...]

Glendale, Middle Village still dealing with train noise, pollution
Southwest Liam La Guerre 7/05/2013 at 11:57AM

After years of drawing attention to the issue, Glendale and Middle Village residents say they are still waiting on promises from public officials to fix trains that disturb and pollute their neighborhoods. Residents say the trains loaded with garbage and construction debris wake people up on their way through Queens to a town upstate. They [...]

Committees approve Ridgewood industrial zone
Southwest Liam La Guerre 7/03/2013 at 11:10AM

Ridgewood may soon become more industrial. Community Board (CB) 5’s Zoning, Land Use and Special Economic Development Committees approved the idea of a proposed industrial business zone in the neighborhood at a July 1 meeting. “For as long as I can remember, that has been the legal use for those businesses in that zone,” said [...]

Star of Queens: Mercy Wong, Community Board 5 member, co-founder, We Love Ridgewood Theater
Star of Queens: Mercy Wong, Community Board 5 member, co-founder, We Love Ridgewood Theater
News Queens Courier Staff 6/03/2013 at 9:10AM

COMMUNITY SERVICE: Since Mercy Wong lives near the Ridgewood Theater, she is interested in how the community could use the now-shuttered establishment. As a member of Community Board (CB) 5, Wong is involved with the campaign to re-designate the theater for uses that would enhance her community. With the theater slated for sale, the focus [...]