Community Board 5

Western Queens to get more bike lanes
Western Queens to get more bike lanes
Southwest Maggie Hayes 5/15/2013 at 11:51AM

Make way for the cyclists. Residents and members of Community Board (CB) 5 have been brainstorming where to install bike lanes. The Department of City Planning (DCP) met with CB 5 and residents of the neighborhood on Saturday, May 11. “A lot of western Queens is tough for bike routes, but we’re going to try [...]

New train engines to improve Queens air quality
New train engines to improve Queens air quality
Southwest Maggie Hayes 4/17/2013 at 1:13PM

Antiquated, high emission train engines have been a great concern for residents in the industrial areas of southwest Queens. But now, an upgrade is on the way. Freight trains passing through areas of Community Board 5 and 9 have been running past residential homes for years, causing the track’s neighbors to question any potential health [...]

Votes split on USTA expansion
Votes split on USTA expansion
Northeast Terence M. Cullen 3/19/2013 at 1:35PM

The votes are in on the much-debated expansions to the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park, and the results are mixed. Half of the six voting Community Boards are in favor of the US Tennis Association (USTA) moving 0.68 acres out of its current property — so long as the organization [...]

Carl Berner, Middle Village civic leader, dies days before 111th birthday
Carl Berner, Middle Village civic leader, dies days before 111th birthday
News Maggie Hayes 1/15/2013 at 12:14PM

Carl Berner was someone Middle Village residents affectionately remember as a civic leader, a Mr. Fix-It, and someone who put his community before himself. Berner died Monday, January 7 at 110 years old. He was born on January 27, 1902, and just missed his 111th birthday. “If you needed something, anything, with plumbing or even your [...]

Ridgewood plaza a reality
News Maggie Hayes 9/10/2012 at 12:24PM

The proposed plan for Ridgewood’s 71st Avenue Triangle will become a reality when a temporary pedestrian plaza is installed where the road meets Myrtle Avenue and Stephen Street. This project furthers Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s plan to create public, open plazas throughout the city. Ridgewood residents and area business owners met Tuesday night, September 4, with [...]

CB5 chair: Glendale homeless shelter could be environmental nightmare
CB5 chair: Glendale homeless shelter could be environmental nightmare
News Billy Rennison 8/17/2012 at 2:00PM

Community concern caused by a rumored homeless shelter in Glendale may have been premature. The site in question, 78-16 Cooper Avenue, “does not meet Building Code requirements for residential occupancy and, due to the age and condition and previous occupancies, could be an environmental nightmare,” Community Board 5 said in a release. Rumors began circulating [...]

Traffic plan divides Glendale
News Billy Rennison 7/22/2012 at 9:45AM

Glendale neighbors are at odds over a plan that will divert one block’s traffic to neighboring streets. For years, residents and officials have pleaded with the Department of Transportation (DOT) to put the brakes on vehicles speeding down Doran Avenue. Though DOT studies determined that cars were in fact speeding down the block, speed humps [...]

Pedestrian plaza proposed for Glendale
Pedestrian plaza proposed for Glendale
News Billy Rennison 2/21/2012 at 4:18PM

A proposed pedestrian plaza may be placed in Glendale, but not before plans are processed by pols and the public. The proposal from the Ridgewood Local Development Corporation would turn 70th Street between Myrtle and Cooper Avenues into a pedestrian plaza. The street runs next to famed German restaurant Zum Stammtisch — which said it [...]

Community Board discusses hydrofracking, new gym
News David Beltran 1/17/2012 at 12:34PM

There were several important issues brought up at Community Board (CB) 5’s first meeting of the new year, but none drew as much attention, or speakers, as the issue of hydrofracking. In the process of hydrofracking water, sand and chemicals are shot into the ground to push out natural gases. One of the many problems, [...]

Ridgewood park honors Anthony Venditti
Ridgewood park honors Anthony Venditti
News Billy Rennison 10/18/2011 at 10:12AM

At Detective Anthony J. Venditti Memorial Plaza’s rededication in 1995, a passage from the book of Ecclesiastes was quoted. Paul Kerzner of the Ridgewood Local Development Corporation echoed the same sentiments on Sunday, October 16 at the plaza honoring the slain police officer. “I have seen all matter of things; a just man perishing in [...]