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Schumer asks MTA to create “Nerd Bus” route connecting Queens to Cornell Tech campus


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Today Senator Chuck Schumer sent a letter to the MTA asking them to create a “Nerd Bus” route that connects the future Cornell Tech campus on Roosevelt Island with tech hubs in Queens and Brooklyn.

Last month the transit agency proposed two Brooklyn Tech Triangle routes that connects DUMBO with Downtown Brooklyn and the Navy Yard, and services the Williamsburg waterfront. Schumer wants the MTA to extend the Tech Triangle to L.I.C. and the Cornell campus.

“New York is seeing a major tech boom, with Brooklyn and Long Island City leading the way, and now the new Cornell Tech campus on Roosevelt Island is going to be a game changer that further cements New York’s position as a leader in tech,” said Schumer. “You don’t need a PhD to know that connecting these neighborhoods through a ‘Nerd Bus’ is a no-brainer. The only thing separating these neighborhoods in New York City is a lack of transit connections. We need a high-speed rapid transit connection between Roosevelt Island and the Brooklyn Tech Triangle, with stops at new hubs like Long Island City and the Navy Yard, and residential areas in Greenpoint and Williamsburg.”

But the F train, which stops in Roosevelt Island Downtown Brooklyn and Long Island City, has already been named the tech route of New York City. Earlier this week, a Crain’s New York Business article dubbed the line the “Silicon Subway,” and in speeches Cornell University President David Skorton often calls the line “the F-train tech corridor.” It stops

As of late Wednesday afternoon, the MTA had not received Schumer’s letter, said an MTA spokesperson. “We appreciate his interest. We constantly study ridership and growth to better serve our customers, as evidenced by the $29.5 million in service investments we announced last month.”

MTA Work Delays Manhattan-Bound E and F Trains from Queens


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MTA Work Delays Manhattan-Bound E and F Trains from Queens

Subway riders in Queens may need to give themselves extra time to make it into Manhattan, due to a big MTA project starting this weekend.

Maintenance on the Queens Boulevard Line will take the Manhattan-bound E and F local track out of service. Read more: NY1


FDNY: Poorly Disposed Cigarettes Cause of Queens Apartment Fire

City fire marshals say carelessly discarded cigarettes are to blame for a fast moving fire in Queens late Friday that sent a woman to the hospital.

The New York City Fire Department says it broke out around 11:15 a.m. in the bedroom of a fourth floor apartment located at 153-25 88th Street in Lindenwood. Read more: NY1 


Sea lion boys club at the Queens Zoo gets new members 

The sea lion pool at the Queens Zoo is still an all-boys club, but there are some new kids in town.

Phineus and Taylor, two young sea lions, are now sharing the pool with long-time resident, Butch. Read more: Daily News

 

Plea deal in Qns. deli slay

A Queens man pleaded guilty yesterday to a reduced charge for killing a hardworking deli owner who tried save his brother during a botched robbery. Read more: New York Post 

Jackson Heights pigeon poop a persistent problem


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A Jackson Heights politician is fed-up with the foul fowl feces that shroud the face of the neighborhood’s premier subway station.

Councilmember Daniel Dromm says he is perturbed by the pigeon poop problem casting a shadow over the 74th Street station on Roosevelt Avenue, which hosts the No. 7, “E,” “F,” “R” and “M” trains.

“The Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) has neglected its legal responsibility to clean the pigeon poop,” said the councilmember, who called the MTA’s behavior a disgrace. “We have complained about it and they still haven’t come out to clean it. They promised they would [on] Monday, November 28, but they didn’t. This is a serious case of neglect and abuse of the Jackson Heights community. They have been a bad neighbor. One has to wonder why they continue to ignore Jackson Heights when it is one of the busiest stations in the whole transit system.”

According to an MTA spokesperson, the authority is aware of the problem and examining a variety of different solutions, including placing jagged spikes on the structure, making it less conducive for squatting.

“There is no way for us to place nets above the area, and we are limited in what we can do to solve the pigeon problem, but we do try and clean the area regularly,” said the spokesperson. “We do clean it, but the pigeons come right back. This is one of the difficult situations that we don’t have a solution to. From what I’ve heard it is pretty awful. It is disgusting, but we do have a pigeon problem throughout the city and we try different things in different place. We will just have to keep trying until we find a solution.”

The station receives regular cleaning every other week, including on the night of the December 6, according to the spokesperson.

Dromm claims his constituents have “continuously complained about the lack of maintenance to the 74th Street station,” including the pigeon excrements covering it, garbage left on the sidewalks in front of it and vacant stores surrounding it. The councilmember also plans to test the paint chipping away from the subway tracks above Roosevelt Avenue for dangerous chemicals.

Dromm, who says he has attempted to attain a regular maintenance schedule for years, to no avail, believes the MTA’s negligence has also hurt the community financially.

“The MTA is the biggest impediment to economic development in Jackson Heights, because that station is the entrance to the neighborhood,” he said. “You have vacant stores around a pigeon poop covered, paint peeling and garbage strewn subway station. People come out from the subway, and the first thing they want to do is turn around and go home. [The pigeon poop] makes the entrance to Jackson Heights undesirable.”

During the daily bustle of rush hour, some Jackson Heights residents admit they don’t bother to look up and perceive the problem.
“I’ve never even noticed it before,” said one resident as he hurried to work.

Others agree with Dromm and believe the station has become a blight on the community.

“This is the MTA’s property, and they should clean it up,” said David Barrionuevo, who uses the 74th Street station daily. “It shows they don’t care. They probably took a lot of money from the city to build this, so the least they can do is upkeep. The pigeon poop gives the station a gritty look, and if you look at some of the other stations, especially some of the bigger ones, they look nicer than this. This station is relatively new also, which means the MTA hasn’t been taking care of it at all. It looks like there is years’ worth of [feces] here.”

This ride stinks!


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The subway in Kew Gardens smells like anything but a bed of roses.

Commuters waiting at the Union Turnpike “E” and “F” train station have complained recently of a revolting stench engulfing the platforms.

“The smell is really bad, like something crawled down here and died,” said Jamie Skipper, a Kew Gardens resident who utilizes the station each day. “It is nauseating down here. It smells like a port-a-potty. You see everyone covering their faces and practically gagging. It’s not a good way to start the morning.”

Other riders were not pleased with the odor considering the hefty prices they are forced to pay to ride the subway.

“I pay $4.50 each day and I come here and it smells horribly,” said Leo Aminov, an 18-year-old Hunter College student. “It smells like something died in here. You have to hold your breath because you can’t take the stink.”

Upon investigating the smell, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) quickly discovered the root of the problem.

In a statement released on Wednesday, September 21, the MTA said the stench was emanating from “a large amount of refuse” that was discovered in an unused utility room in the tunnel. According to MTA spokesperson Kevin Ortiz, two homeless people were found in the room, and it is believed they left the refuse, which was partially composed of rotting food. The two destitute people were removed, and the MTA is still unsure how the utility room was breached.

During a two-night cleanup on Tuesday and Wednesday, September 20 and 21, the MTA power washed and sanitized the room. A new security hasp will also be installed on the door to prevent a repeat occurrence.

Although commuters recognized an improvement, the smell continues to linger at the station.

“I can tell they are trying to cover it up,” Skipper said. “It is certainly not as bad as it was, but it is still here.”