Councilmember Elizabeth Crowley

Maspeth residents and leaders are split over arts center
Maspeth residents and leaders are split over arts center
Top Stories Liam La Guerre 10/09/2013 at 3:49PM

Maspeth leaders and residents are ready to rumble over the Knockdown Center. The center, a former glass and door factory turned arts hall, has hosted everything from weddings, Tiki Disco parties and even a mini-golf art exhibition since last year. Now, owners are applying for a license from the State’s Liquor Authority (SLA) to serve [...]

Community leaders trash railroad garbage expansion plan
Community leaders trash railroad garbage expansion plan
Top Stories Liam La Guerre 10/08/2013 at 5:22PM

Residents and community leaders are trashing a company’s plan to increase garbage export from Long Island through their neighborhoods. One World Recycling, which processes garbage in Lindenhurst, Long Island that is hauled by New York and Atlantic Railway through tracks in Middle Village, Ridgewood and Glendale, has applied to the state’s Department of Environmental Conservation [...]

Crash near Maspeth school prompts talk of safety improvements
Crash near Maspeth school prompts talk of safety improvements
Southwest Liam La Guerre 9/17/2013 at 4:38PM

While on a safety tour around Grand Avenue near P.S. 58 and Maspeth High School, one parent suddenly said, “You don’t even see the sign that there is a school here. It’s hidden behind a tree.” Another joined in and said “the ‘school x-ing’ [markings] have faded away.” The parents were walking around the street, [...]

Cops put the brakes on illegal truck activity in southwest Queens
Cops put the brakes on illegal truck activity in southwest Queens
Southwest Liam La Guerre 8/20/2013 at 1:12PM

The 104th Precinct recently conducted a Truck Enforcement Operation that stalled about 80 law-breaking vehicles. The precinct directed the program within neighborhoods it oversees — Middle Village, Maspeth, Ridgewood and Glendale. Some streets in these areas are notorious for truck traffic, such as Grand Avenue in Maspeth, where local civic leaders and elected officials have [...]

Local leaders unhappy over rumored Ridgewood Walmart
Local leaders unhappy over rumored Ridgewood Walmart
Southwest Liam La Guerre 7/30/2013 at 3:56PM

Local leaders pledged to stonewall Walmart amid rumors the retail giant is eyeing Ridgewood for its first New York City location. The company has tried to open a location in the city for years, but resistance from public officials and civic leaders has forced it to reconsider. Recent reports have hinted that the company is [...]

Forest Park Carousel becomes official landmark
Forest Park Carousel becomes official landmark
Top Stories Liam La Guerre 6/26/2013 at 12:15PM

The century-old Forest Park Carousel will be ridden for many generations to come now that it is an official New York City landmark. The Landmark Preservation Commission (LPC) made the classic Woodhaven ride a city treasure and ensured its preservation with a unanimous 8-0 vote on Tuesday, June 25. “This designation is long overdue, but [...]

Pols push for sewer upgrades as Queens homes take on water
Pols push for sewer upgrades as Queens homes take on water
Top Stories Melissa Chan 6/11/2013 at 1:18PM

An outdated sewer system is leaving large swathes of Queens vulnerable to serious flooding, according to a pair of elected officials. “Year after year, Queens residents have been fighting the trauma and financial burden of flood damage to their homes and lives,” said Assemblymember Nily Rozic. “We cannot continue to let our working families weather [...]

Community activist Craig Caruana kicks off Republican run in District 30 Council race
Community activist Craig Caruana kicks off Republican run in District 30 Council race
Politics Maggie Hayes 5/08/2013 at 9:57AM

The race to represent District 30 on the City Council is on, with community activist and Middle Village native Craig Caruana throwing his hat in the ring for the Republican ticket. Caruana is a member of organizations including the Knights of Columbus at Resurrection Ascension Parish, the Kiwanis Club of Glendale and the Juniper Park [...]

Glendale underpass fix will ease flood problem
Southwest Maggie Hayes 5/03/2013 at 12:56PM

A deteriorating Glendale underpass is getting a makeover. Come summer, it will be safer for both cars passing underneath and trains chugging overhead. However, the community says there are still issues in the area that need to be addressed. The Department of Design and Construction (DDC) took on the current $6 million capital reconstruction project [...]

Street signs unveiled in Ridgewood North Historic District
Street signs unveiled in Ridgewood North Historic District
Southwest Maggie Hayes 4/23/2013 at 3:26PM

New street signs indicate that Ridgewood North is making history. The area, constructed at the turn of the 20th century, consists of nearly 100 apartment buildings commonly referred to as the Mathews Flats. At the time of their construction, the buildings were seen as a step forward from the overcrowded, unsanitary conditions associated with Manhattan [...]