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Howard Beach focus of storm resilience report


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Photo courtesy of The Nature Conservancy

Howard Beach was the focus of a Nature Conservancy report meant to study how nature-based defenses and man-made infrastructure can be used to protect communities from the impacts of climate change.

The Urban Coastal Resilience Report, which focused on Howard Beach because the neighborhood is low-lying and densely populated, found that combining nature-based features like mussel beds and restored marsh with “gray” defenses such as seawalls and flood gates could result in avoided losses in Howard Beach of up to $244 million.

“Man-made infrastructure used to be the default for most discussions about protecting at-risk communities,” said Bill Ulfeder, executive director of The Nature Conservancy in New York. “Now, science is showing us that natural defenses like dunes, wetlands, mussel beds, forests and oyster reefs can help to keep us safe from future disasters by absorbing floodwaters, reducing wave energy and helping defend against storm surges.”

Approximately 1,958 homes, 38 businesses and two schools in Howard Beach suffered damage when Hurricane Sandy struck the Northeast in October 2012. In the months that followed, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced a resiliency project along Spring Creek and Jamaica Bay to protect homes and businesses from storm surges.

According to the report, New York is likely to face more intense and frequent rainstorms by 2050 and sea levels are projected to rise by 11 to 30 inches. If these projected numbers become a reality, Howard Beach could be at risk of daily or weekly tidal inundation even without a storm.

The 250-page report includes five suggestions for reducing damage sustained by storms. The fourth option, which is the most cost-effective at $45.5 million, includes adding restored marsh habitat on the coast, hard toe mussel beds along the shoreline, floodgates along the Belt Parkway to protect against storm surge and rising sea levels, and rock groins on the shoreline to help prevent erosion.

Though Howard Beach was the focus of the study, the five solutions can act as templates for all neighborhoods looking to mitigate dangerous and costly damage as a result of natural disasters.

“The type of analysis in the Urban Coastal Resilience report complements the work done in OneNYC, New York City’s strategic plan, and is a great example of how the public, private and nonprofit sectors can be ready to withstand and emerge stronger from the impacts of climate change and other 21st century threats,” said Daniel Zarrilli, director of the NYC Mayor’s Office of Recovery and Resiliency.

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Cuomo seeks Breezy Point elevation study, signs bill blocking ‘red tape’


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Photo via Twitter/@NYGovCuomo

Along with signing a bill to keep “red tape” from strangling continued efforts to recover from Hurricane Sandy, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced in Breezy Point on Friday that the state would embark on an elevation study for the area.

Located on the western tip of the Rockaway Peninsula, Breezy Point was one of the communities hardest hit by Hurricane Sandy in October 2012. The neighborhood was flooded by the superstorm’s surge, and over 100 homes were destroyed by a wind-fueled inferno that firefighters were unable to reach and fight.

The community is still recovering nearly three years later, Cuomo noted, and the state is working to help fortify the shoreline with stronger dunes and seawalls. Even so, with weather patterns changing across the globe, the governor stressed that further planning and preparation are needed to prevent a repeat of Sandy’s destruction.

“I would love to be able to say to you that Sandy was one in a million and it’s never going to happen again. The problem is, I don’t believe that,” Cuomo said. “We are seeing weather patterns we have never seen before…I don’t care what you call it, but let’s prepare for it.”

Cuomo said he would seek funding for an elevation study to examine Breezy Point and see “what it would take to actually elevate the homes to a point where, if this happens again, we don’t have the same type of damage.”

“Let’s build back, but let’s build back better than before,” Cuomo added.

In the interim, Cuomo penned on Friday a bill granting a two-year extension to legislation waiving the city’s Board of Standards and Appeals (BSA) requirements for Breezy Point homeowners still rebuilding their damaged properties. The bill — sponsored by Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder and state Senator Joseph Addabbo — releases homeowners from being subject to an extensive review process that could take up to 18 months to complete.

Cuomo initially signed the bill in 2013, and last year penned his signature to a one-year extension. Goldfeder hopes that this two-year extension will allow Breezy Point “to finally nip this thing in the bud.”

“Nobody in Breezy Point has to worry about the red tape,” he said.

“We have businesses that are coming back. We have people coming back to their homes,” Addabbo added. “We are moving forward, but there is so much more to do.”

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Riley’s Yacht Club in Hamilton Beach holding raffle for repairs


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THE COURIER/Photo by Angela Matua/Gallery photos courtesy of Richard Brew

Riley’s Yacht Club, which has been a staple in the Hamilton Beach community since 1965, is asking residents for a helping hand.

The club is looking to raise money through a raffle for damage sustained by Hurricane Sandy, since the club delayed fixing the damage in an effort to provide relief to storm victims.

The yacht club was closed for three days following the storm but re-opened as a pop-up relief center that served food and hosted events like a Christmas party for children in the neighborhood. The relief center ran through January 2013.

“We kept the place going and we neglected our damages and eventually we thought like everybody else did, we thought we were going to get insurance, we thought we would be covered by FEMA,” said Richard Brew, the commodore for the yacht club. “We were covered by nothing.”

Brew said the club has repaired a few damages with money from their pockets but is looking for help from the community to replace the rotting floorboards, the damaged kitchen and to push their deck back into place. The plumbing and wiring for the building also needs to be replaced.

Each raffle ticket costs $100 and only 200 tickets will be available for purchase. The first-, second- and third-place winners will go home with $7,500, $2,000 and $500 respectively. The deadline to buy tickets is Sept. 8 and everyone who purchases a raffle ticket is invited to Riley’s Yacht Club on Sept. 12 for a party to announce the winners.

State Senator Joseph P. Addabbo worked with Riley’s Yacht Club to host pop-up relief centers and said the club has always been crucial in providing a space and support for the community, long before and after Hurricane Sandy.

“Riley’s being a slightly higher elevation, Riley’s became a very integral part of the recovery for Hamilton Beach,” Addabbo said. “It became that site where people can get information, food, clothing and now it’s essential for the recovery effort. We’re forever grateful for that and to get financial assistance for Riley’s is the right thing to do.”

In addition to being a cheaper alternative for boat owners to park their vehicles, Riley’s Yacht Club is the host of Hamilton Beach Civic meetings and a site for city officials from FEMA and other Sandy relief agencies to share crucial information with residents.

“The offered us hot food, warm clothes and sometimes a shoulder to cry on but no matter what, they were here for us,” Roger Gendron, Hamilton Beach Civic Association president, said in a Facebook post. “Now is our time to be there for one of them. Let’s give back to those who gave so much to us.”


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Homeowners urged to complete Build it Back applications before deadline


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

THE COURIER/File photo

BY ANGELA MATUA

Queens residents who have not fully completed Build it Back applications have until Tuesday, June 30, to submit any pending paperwork needed to receive funds for construction on new homes.

State Senator Joseph P. Addabbo is urging homeowners to schedule their damage assessment and complete the application process. The initiative, which began in 2012 to assist homeowners whose property was destroyed during Hurricane Sandy, is responsible for rebuilding 262 Queens homes since 2014.

Another 461 houses are authorized to begin construction in Queens and 1,428 reimbursement checks have been sent to Sandy victims from Queens.

Though some residents have expressed frustration with the program, Addabbo said Build it Back is getting better at handling the volume of requests and the processing of paperwork and reimbursements. He said it still remains the best way for homeowners to deal with the devastation.

“It is truly one of the only mechanisms we have to get financial assistance directly to the homeowner who was affected by Superstorm Sandy,” Addabbo said. “Eventually Build it Back will fade into the sunset. While it’s still around we want people to work through the process so they can [receive] any financial assistance they can get.”

Homeowners have the option of choosing their own contractor or using the city-selected developer, Arverne by the Sea LLC. Homeowners who choose the city-selected developer option will have pre-approved designs, architects and contractors chosen for them by the developer.

If homeowners choose their own contractor, they will need to seek out designs from an architect and submit budgets and the proposed architect and contractor to the city for approval before any funds can be provided.

Several changes have been made to the program in the past year, according to a spokesperson for the Mayor’s Office of Housing Recovery, and these changes should make it easier for homeowners to rebuild their homes.

Three new construction managers have been added to the rebuilding effort, including Tishman Construction in Queens. They will focus on elevations and will deploy block-wide and neighborhood-wide reconstruction plans to resolve problems like the elevation of attached homes.

Temporary rental assistance is also now available to homeowners who have been displaced because of Built it Back construction and is meant to encourage people who might have decided against using the program because of prohibitive rental costs.

“When overhauling Build it Back last year, Mayor de Blasio recognized the two keys to pushing the pace of construction: first, eliminating red tape from the intake process so that homeowners could select their program pathway more easily, and second, adding enough design and construction capacity to ensure we are reaching every homeowner in the program,” said Amy Peterson, director of the Mayor’s Office of Housing Recovery. “And in the past year we have made both things happen, making an offer to almost every homeowner and delivering relief to thousands, and quadrupling our design and construction capacity to get relief to many more.”

Homeowners who need help with any step of the process can call Senator Addabbo in his Howard Beach office at 718-738-1111 or in his Rockaway office at 718-318-0702. They can also reach the Mayor’s Office of Housing Recovery at 212-615-8329 or email them at housing@recovery.nyc.gov.

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Volunteers restore salt marshes of Alley Pond Park


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Photos courtesy of the Natural Areas Conservancy

A volunteer effort on Saturday organized by the Natural Areas Conservancy worked to restore the salt marsh of Alley Pond Park.

More than 30 people of all ages attended the event from all over the city and even Nassau County. An entire 20-foot dumpster was filled with debris after the first cleanup stage, primarily with lumber fallen during major storms.

After clearing out the targeted area, participants planted native grasses in the site, which has suffered severe damage from scattered debris and trash from storms such as Hurricane Sandy in 2012. Over 1,000 grass plants were transplanted into the ground as part of the revitalization effort.

The new vegetation was specially chosen because it can adapt to live in salt water and flooded conditions, and the area will provide a habitat for local wildlife and add recreational value to the community.

Alley Pond Park is the second largest park in Queens, and has varied natural features such as freshwater and saltwater wetlands, tidal flats, meadows and forests. It is named for The Alley, a commercial and manufacturing center which had been located there during the 18th century.

The Natural Areas Conservancy is an nonprofit organization that works with the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation to protect, restore and manage expansive natural areas already within the city’s urban park system.


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BP Katz approves zoning amendment to speed up post-Sandy recovery


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THE COURIER/File photo

More help is on the way for Queens residents affected by Hurricane Sandy trying to rebuild their homes.

Borough President Melinda Katz recently approved amendments to citywide zoning codes, which will allow more Sandy-affected homeowners to rebuild their homes faster and to return them to how they were before the storm instead of having to alter them to fit current regulations.

The zoning change is a result of Mayor Bill de Blasio’s overhaul of the city’s Build it Back program, which has started construction on 412 homes in Queens to date, and completed construction on 222.

“This is a vital text amendment that will finally relieve the red tape that had burdened entire neighborhoods and prevented thousands of homes from fully rebuilding since Hurricane Sandy,” Katz said. “Thanks to joint inter-agency collaboration, home and property owners will soon be able to rebuild their homes to their original form prior to the storm, with improved flood resiliency elements.”

The amendment was also approved by Sandy-impacted community boards 10, 13 and 14. It would allow, among other things, more residents to rebuilt their homes faster by waiving document requirements.

Under current laws, before reconstruction can begin on residences, homeowners are supposed to provide documents to show changes made to homes since 1961, which is difficult for most people since their homes probably traded hands since then or documents were destroyed in the storm.

Also, some homes could be required to be constructed much taller than others in the neighborhood because of current zoning. The amendment will create zoning pockets, which will allow homeowners to build shorter and wider homes, which are prevalent in surrounding neighborhoods.

Now with support from Katz, the amendment must be approved next by the Department of City Planning and then the City Council before it can go into effect.

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New signs to point south Queens community in the right direction


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

Photo courtesy of Phil Goldfeder

BY ANGELA MATUA

Whenever the next coastal emergency strikes, south Queens residents will no longer experience confusion when driving to their nearest evacuation center.

New York City Emergency Management (NYCEM) and the Department of Transportation (DOT) have installed new coastal evacuation center signage in south Queens and the Rockaways to direct residents to their designated evacuation center at John Adams High School in South Ozone Park, instead of Aqueduct Racetrack.

Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder contacted the DOT last May after residents were led in two different directions when trying to reach an evacuation center during Hurricane Sandy in October 2012.

Aqueduct Racetrack previously acted as the evacuation center before Resorts World Casino was opened in October 2011. After the casino was constructed, the center was changed to John Adams High School.

Though emergency personnel directed people to John Adams High School, the existing signage still pointed to Aqueduct. City evacuation plans and NYCEM city flood maps list John Adams High School as the zoned evacuation center but signage did not reflect the change.

Goldfeder reached out to the DOT Commissioner Polly Trottenberg to request that the agency update and maintain designated evacuation routes and signs.

Signage was updated and installed in early April at 28 locations including cross sections on Beach Channel Drive, Cross Bay Boulevard, Rockaway Boulevard and Belt Parkway and will be maintained regularly by the DOT, according to an NYCEM spokesperson.

Goldfeder said these signs are crucial in ensuring the safety of all residents and thanked NYCEM Commissioner Joseph Esposito for playing a role in the installations.

“This change to our emergency evacuation route signage will save thousands of lives by helping direct families in the event of major disasters,” Goldfeder said. “Our community has had two major evacuations in the last four years. The vital information these signs provide is the key to keeping our families safe during emergencies.”

The repairs were done in time for the Atlantic hurricane season and NYCEM is preparing to relaunch the “Know Your Zone” hurricane campaign to encourage New Yorkers to find out if they live in a hurricane zone and what steps to take to plan ahead.

“Hurricane season is around the corner, and we want every New Yorker to be aware of what hurricane evacuation zone they live in and how they can get to their nearest evacuation center if necessary,” NYCEM Commissioner Joseph Esposito said.

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FEMA approves $28M in flood protection projects for LaGuardia Airport


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THE COURIER/Photo by Liam La Guerre

LaGuardia Airport is receiving a new level of protection to keep the facility and travelers safe from future storms such as Hurricane Sandy.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Thursday that FEMA approved over $28 million in Hazard Mitigation Grant Program funds to go toward helping LaGuardia Airport achieve post-Hurricane Sandy flood mitigation and resiliency initiatives.

“Hurricane Sandy caused significant damage to LaGuardia Airport, but today we are taking an important step toward strengthening its infrastructure so that it is more resilient than ever before,” Cuomo said. “To face the new pattern of extreme weather, we must ensure that vital transportation hubs and economic engines like LaGuardia Airport are ready for the next major storm.”

When Sandy hit the city, LaGuardia’s airfield suffered severe flooding from water rising from Flushing Bay. The airport had to remain closed for three days due to damage to key electrical airfield infrastructure. 

The over $28 million in funds will go toward projects, expected to continue through the end of 2016, such as the construction of a flood wall and rainwater pumping system, and development of two gravity drainage systems on the airfield to advance removal of water in case of flooding. 

The money will also fund upgrades to bring the airport’s backup electrical substations into the primary power system. There will also be improvements to existing emergency generators and installation of new backup generators throughout the airport. 

“We must do everything we can to ensure that LaGuardia is able to withstand extreme weather and resume flight operations as quickly as possible,” said Pat Foye, Port Authority of New York and New Jersey executive director. 

Since Sandy hit in 2012, resources have been put forth to protect the airfield runways, electrical systems and aeronautical equipment. FEMA’s new grant of $28,148,625 adds onto the agency’s previous grants of more than $2 million.

“While we continue to help communities across New York recover from the devastating impact of Hurricane Sandy, it is equally as important to make much-needed investments in our infrastructure to ensure our city is prepared to face the challenges of any future storms,” U.S. Rep. Joseph Crowely said. “There is no question that one of those investments must include LaGuardia Airport, which serves tens of thousands of passengers a day and contributes greatly to our local economy.”

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New bills proposed by state Sen. Avella would address abandoned homes


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THE COURIER/Photo by Salvatore Licata

Abandoned homes have been a problem in Queens neighborhoods since Superstorm Sandy and the recession. But a breakaway group of state Senate Democrats, including Senator Tony Avella, has introduced a proposal they claim will solve much of the problem.

A bill they’ve called the “Zombie Property Act” would force lenders, including banks, to maintain abandoned homes in New York so that neighborhoods are not dotted with dilapidated properties abandoned by the owners and taken over by mortgage holders.

The measure is one of several bills that are being put forward by the state Senate’s Independent Democratic Conference, of which Avella is one of five members, as part of the group’s “Invest New York” agenda.

“We’re catching squatters and kids going in these abandoned homes,” said Joe Thompson, who runs a civilian patrol in Howard Beach. The neighborhood is ailed with dozens of destroyed homes that were abandoned after Sandy.

“These squatters are getting in there and doing drugs and high school aged kids are putting graffiti all over the place,” Thompson said. The homes pose a danger to people in the area, he said, and they also severely reduce the value of neighboring homes.

“It was kind of like their playhouse,” he said. Last year Thompson tackled the problem by investing his own money in cleaning and maintaining a home on 155th Avenue and 77th Street. He boarded the windows, cleaned the surrounding lawn and even enlisted another resident to power wash the walls.

If the zombie bill, which is co-sponsored by Avella, passes, lenders that hold mortgages on the abandoned properties would be given the responsibility of doing what Thompson is doing.

“These abandoned homes are a waste of resources that could be developed into great things,” Avella said.

Within the Invest New York agenda, Avella will be tasked with pushing through bills that address paid family leave, providing affordable housing for veterans and a proposal that would grant seniors a 10 percent discount on any DMV transaction.

“I’ve always worked toward these things,” Avella said. “This will help people because these are people issues.”

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Flushing firm awarded $282M to repair Sandy-damaged Hugh L. Carey Tunnel


| lguerre@queenscourier.com

Rendering courtesy of MTA Bridges and Tunnels

A third-generation Flushing construction firm was awarded a contract worth $282.5 million to repair the Hugh L. Carey Tunnel from damage it suffered during Superstorm Sandy.

Tully Construction beat out 24 companies for the contract to work on the former Brooklyn-Battery Tunnel. The contract is the largest ever awarded to a construction company from the MTA Bridges and Tunnels division, the organization announced Monday.

The project is expected to take four years.

“We learned just how vital the HLC Tunnel is to the region in 2012 after Superstorm Sandy flooded the tunnel with approximately 60 million gallons of brackish water, compromising the life safety systems in the tunnel,” MTA Bridges and Tunnels President James Ferrara said. “This project will increase the level of resiliency against future weather events.”

Tully Construction will replace the traffic control and communications systems, add new lighting, replace the drainage system, do concrete repairs, add new wall titles, rehabilitate the Brooklyn toll plaza, repave the tunnel, and conduct a clean-up of salt, oil and other contaminants from Sandy flooding.

Real estate roundup: City and Astoria Cove developers at odds ahead of Council vote


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

Rendering courtesy of STUDIO V Architecture

Old Politics Hamper City’s New Approach on Affordable Housing

“The 2.2-million-square-foot project is at risk of being voted down by the City Council’s land-use committee, which must vote by Wednesday on it, according to City Council officials and the developer. The full council is expected to follow the committee’s lead.” Read more [The Wall Street Journal]

Residents told to repay aid funds given to them two years ago

“The disabled, elderly and mostly poor residents of an assisted-living center in Queens spent four miserable months in shelters after Hurricane Sandy, and now they’re getting hammered again — by the federal government.” Read more [The New York Post]

Quiet Island, With Change Coming

“When Yarin and Talia Katz first came to the United States from Israel, they spent a year sampling various parts of New York City and New Jersey with monthly rentals. In 2011, when they were ready to settle down, Mr. Katz said, ‘We pretty much knew we wanted to move to Roosevelt Island.’” Read more [The New York Times]

 

 

$232M Arverne View Rockaway housing development reopens two years after Sandy


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Photos courtesy HDC and Kevin J. Laccone

Rockaway seems even more resilient with the return of one of its large residential complexes.

Real estate firm L+M Development Partners and the city Housing Development Corporation cut the ribbon on the $232.3 million Arverne View housing complex in Rockaway on Monday, two years after the buildings were devastated by flooding from Superstorm Sandy.

The 13-acre complex, consisting of 1,093 units throughout 11 buildings, features affordable housing for low- and moderate-income families and has a daycare center, a community center, a supermarket, more than 10,000 square feet of on-site retail space, laundry facilities, 24-hour security, management office and parking.

In October 2012, days before L+M was about to buy what was then known as the Ocean Village housing complex, which had many buildings in need of repairs, Sandy wrecked the community. L+M continued with the purchase in November and committed to rebuilding the housing development. The buildings underwent a $60 million interior and exterior rehabilitation, funded by federal, city and private partnerships, and new storm-proofing and resiliency measures were installed.

“The devastation caused by Superstorm Sandy just two years ago left many of my neighbors in the Rockaways without adequate shelter. I applaud both the public and private partnerships that came together to rebuild and restore Arverne View,” said state Sen. James Sanders Jr.

Ribbon Cutting

The ribbon cutting was only ceremonial as renovations were completed in March.

The apartments range in size from studios to five bedrooms in the buildings, which vary in height from four stories to a 19-story tower.

Originally built in 1974 for low-income families, Arverne View remained affordable housing by accepting individuals and families earning no more than 80 percent of the area median income of $66,400 annually for a family of four. And 25 percent of units in the buildings were reserved for those earning no more than 60 percent of the area median income.

“Throughout the rehabilitation of Arverne View, our goal was to provide quality homes in a great setting and at the same time preserve affordable housing for the many New Yorkers that need it,” said Ron Moelis, CEO of L+M. “Standing here on the second anniversary of Hurricane Sandy among these beautifully renovated buildings truly makes you appreciate just how much we’ve accomplished.”

 

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Real estate roundup: Landmark LIC clock tower, Breezy Point chooses to rebuild


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

Photo courtesy of Scott Bintner/ PropertyShark 

Locals Look to Landmark Clock Tower Building in Queens Plaza

“Residents who live near the former Bank of Manhattan building in Queens Plaza — known for its clock tower — are pushing to see the structure landmarked.” Read more [DNAinfo]

Breezy Point Residents Choose to Remain and Rebuild

“In the two years since Hurricane Sandy devastated New York’s waterfront, the city has undergone a painful recovery process. In Breezy Point, Sea Gate, Ocean Breeze and Oakwood Beach—some of the neighborhoods hit hardest by the storm—residents have struggled to choose between rebuilding or retreating from the water.” Read more [Curbed]

Half of Illegal Home Subdivision Complaints Are in Queens

“Half of city’s complaints about illegal apartment conversions or subdivisions are in Queens, prompting an aggressive approach by the Department of Buildings in the borough, according to a representative from the agency.” Read more [DNAinfo]

Full Reveal: Planned Parenthood at 21-41 45th Road

“Scaffolding is down at 21-41 45th Road, the future home of Planned Parenthood.” Read more [The Court Square Blog]

 

 

Real estate roundup: The Crossing in downtown Jamaica revealed, friends return to Sandy damaged house


| lguerre@queenscourier.com

Rendering courtesy of BRP Companies

93-01 Sutphin Boulevard Revealed

“BRP Companies have released renderings of their 25- and 14-story mixed-use development project at 93-01 Sutphin Boulevard, in Downtown Jamaica. Dubbed The Crossing, the complex will contain 580 residential units and 100,000 square feet of retail space.” Read more [New York YIMBY]

After 50 years in business, Frankie’s Pizzeria has closed

“The operators of Frankie’s Pizza, which is located at 22-56 31st Street, left a note in the window that read: Dear Costumers! Thank you for your loyalty and support after 50 years of business– Frankie’s Pizza is closing!” Read more [Astoria Post]

Organic Coffee Shop with Vegetarian Menu Opens in Forest Hills

“A new coffee shop featuring organic and vegetarian menu opened this week in Forest Hills, a neighborhood that has been primarily served by coffee shop chains, including Starbucks and Dunkin’ Donuts.” Read more [DNAinfo]

Rockaway Park Friends Return To Homes Damaged In Superstorm Sandy

“Nearly two years after Superstorm Sandy, two friends in a Queens neighborhood are finally back in their own homes.” Read more [CBS]

Real estate roundup: Transformation of Jamaica, Brooklyn residents join Astoria Cove protests


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

THE COURIER/Photo by Liam La Guerre 

Luxury Residence Among Buildings Changing the Face of Jamaica

Jamaica, once an overlooked and crime-ridden area in Southeast Queens, has been undergoing a transformation into a vibrant neighborhood, with a slew of new upscale apartment buildings, hotels and stores.” Read more [DNAinfo]

Battered bulkheads and seawall spell danger for some Rockaway residents

“Jamaica Bay’s crumbling seawalls are putting some Queens residents in jeopardy of flooding. City Councilman Donovan Richards and other officials called on the city to repair Hurricane Sandy-damaged bulkheads in order to protect Arverne streets and homes from the bay’s deluge.” Read more [New York Daily News]

Protesters Link a Queens Project to Brooklyn Rents

“Negotiations over the fate of Astoria Cove, the first new city development to opt into Mayor Bill de Blasio’s affordable housing program, have attracted no shortage of advocates and critics hoping to influence the process.” Read more [New York Times]

Borough Keeping Buildings Department Busy

“It seems that Queens continues to keep the city Department of Buildings very busy. That was the story Tuesday night at the Community Board 9 meeting as DOB officials detailed how active the borough is with complaints, inspections and penalties.” Read more [The Forum]