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LaGuardia and JFK airport design contests take flight


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The plan to modernize the borough’s airports is finally taking off.

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey is now accepting plans for the contests to redesign LaGuardia and John F. Kennedy International airports, which Gov. Andrew Cuomo first announced back in October.

Architects and designers can submit master plans for either or both airports. Final submissions are due on Jan. 30.

Cuomo hopes the plans submitted will be “bold and comprehensive.” Within the competition guidelines, emphasis is placed on certain design expectations for each airport.

Some interesting expectations mentioned include reviving ferry service to LaGuardia and creating an “Aerotropolis or Airport City” with office complexes, conference centers, and medical and warehousing facilities that have a nexus to JFK.

“Modern and accessible infrastructure is key to growing our state’s economy, and with this plan we’re bringing New York’s outdated airports into the 21st century,” Cuomo said. “By reimagining them from the ground up, we’re making an investment that will strengthen our state for years into the future.”

The Port of Authority board of commissioners will judge the contests. Following the Jan. 30 deadline, three finalists will be selected to make public presentations and each will receive up to $500,000 to further develop their plans.

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Three planes strike birds at LaGuardia Airport  


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Three planes reported striking birds as they approached LaGuardia Airport Wednesday morning, officials said.

The planes all landed safely, according to the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, and no injuries or damage to the aircraft were reported.

The bird strikes separately occurred from about 7:18 a.m. and 8:45 a.m. as the flights, Delta 4127, ExpressJet 5432 and ExpressJet 5400, were on their final approach to the same runway.

The FAA is investigating.

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Airline employee assaulted at LaGuardia Airport: police


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

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BY ASHA MAHADEVAN

A 22-year-old man was arrested Wednesday night for assaulting an airline employee at LaGuardia Airport after getting into a confrontation at baggage claim, officials said.

Antonio V. Sappleton, a resident of Yonkers, tried to claim his bag when the United Airlines employee asked to see his checked bag ticket.

According to Port Authority Police, Sappleton refused to show the ticket and punched the victim repeatedly. When the victim fell to the floor, he continued his assault by kicking him.

The 23-year-old airline employee was taken to Elmhurst Hospital to be treated for loose teeth, a split lip and contusions about his head and face, authorities said.

Police arrested Sappleton outside of the terminal. He was given a desk appearance ticket and ordered to appear in court on Sept. 30 on charges of assault and harassment, according to the Queens District Attorney’s office.

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LaGuardia Terminal B to get luxury upgrade


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

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PAULINA TAM

LaGuardia Airport, which Vice President Joseph Biden famously likened to the “Third World,” is getting a makeover that will include luxury spots like Tumi and a Centurion Club for American Express customers.

New department boutiques, eating establishments and infrastructure improvements will be added into LaGuardia Airport’s old Terminal B by the end of the year, airport retail developer MarketPlace Development announced on Tuesday.

“The Food & Shops program at LGA has won some of the most prestigious awards in the industry, and our goal is to continue to provide travelers with an exceptional shopping and dining experience and up-to-date amenities as a new terminal is being built,” MarketPlace Development President Paul McGinn said.

The remodeling will provide improved accommodations for a new terminal scheduled for construction in 2015.

Some of the new department stores will include America!, Desigual, Eddie Bauer, Lacoste, L’Occitane, Lick, Ruby Blue and Tumi. Refurbished eateries include Bowery Bay Café, Einstein Bros. Bagels, Piccolo Mercato, Six Block Bakery, Sorrentine and Villa Italian Kitchen. Some of the enhanced conveniences include Bank of America ATMs, The Centurion Lounge for American Express card members, and escalator and restroom upgrades.

 

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Queens mother-daughter TSA officers help keep passengers safe


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Photo courtesy of Lois Haynes

Working under the same roof as Mom could make some sons and daughters anxious, but it makes Monique Smith proud.

The 29-year-old Jamaica resident shares the same job, as a Transportation Security Administration (TSA) officer at LaGuardia Airport, with her mother, Lois Haynes.

“I have been at TSA a little longer than my mom, but she has introduced me to a lot of people at the airport,” Smith said. “Plus, my co-workers are a lot nicer when they find out who my mother is. Sometimes they call me ‘Lois Jr.’ and I don’t mind a bit.”

Smith encouraged her mother to apply for the gig not long after she started working at the airport, about five-and-a-half years ago, according to Haynes.

“It’s funny when co-workers first learn that we’re mother/daughter,” the 49-year-old Queens Village resident said.

They once worked the same shift and at the same check point, but now have different hours and are stationed at different locations within the airport.

“It’s been a pleasure” working with her daughter, Haynes said. She is also thankful that her daughter introduced her to a job she enjoys.

As a TSA officer, Haynes work includes screening passengers and luggage, and checking travel documents. Additionally, she is involved with the recertification of officers.

“I am a people person and I also like to mentor,” Haynes said.

When she’s not at the airport, Haynes spends her free time with her daughter going to boutiques and out to eat.

“We have a very close relationship outside of the job,” Haynes said. “She’s my muse, she picks out my clothes, tells me what looks ugly.”

Though the two have different schedules, this Mother’s Day, they both have off from work.

Haynes, who also has a 15-year-old son, is not exactly sure what her family is planning for Sunday, but she “heard they are going to be making [her] a nice seafood dinner.”

 

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Queens’ Morning Roundup


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TODAY’S FORECAST

Thursday: Cloudy. Periods of rain this morning. High 58. Winds SE at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain: Thursday night: Cloudy skies. Low 54. Winds ESE at 5 to 10 mph.

EVENT OF THE DAY:  A Double Feature with Griffin Dunne: The Discoverers and After Hours

Griffin Dunne, the actor and director best known for his starring role in Martin Scorsese’s After Hours, gives one of the finest performances of his career in the bittersweet new independent comedy The Discoverers, directed by Justin Schwarz. In this special double-feature at the Museum of the Moving Image, Dunne and Schwarz appear in person to discuss and watch these films. Thursday May, 8, 7 p.m.  Click here for more info or to submit an event of your own

Plane lands safely at LaGuardia after bird strike

A United flight from Chicago to LaGuardia Airport with 140 people on board landed safely after a bird strike Wednesday morning, authorities say. Read more: NBC New York

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It’s catchy and cute, but a newly released video has a serious message about safety. Read more: ABC New York

Queens D.A. says rape conviction underlines the importance of DNA evidence

A Queens man has been convicted of threatening, robbing, and sexually assaulting a teenage girl. Read more: CBS New York

Schumer: Police need money for bulletproof vests

Federal funds to reimburse local police departments for the cost of bulletproof vests have fallen significantly in recent years — a trend that U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer is urging Congress to reverse. Read more: New York Post

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Queens’ Morning Roundup


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TODAY’S FORECAST 

Wednesday: Rain. High 49. Winds E at 15 to 25 mph. Rainfall near a half an inch. Wednesday night: Periods of rain. Low 49. Winds SE at 15 to 25 mph. Rainfall near an inch.

EVENT OF THE DAY: Briarwood Town Hall Meeting

There will be a Briarwood Town Hall Meeting at 6 p.m. sponsored by Councilman Rory Lancman, Assemblyman Michael Simanowitz and Assemblyman David Weprin. It will feature a discussion with officials from:
MTA, NYC & NYS Departments of Transportation, NYC Department of Buildings, NYC Department of Sanitation  and 107th Police Precinct. The community meeting will feature a discussion on the Kew Gardens Interchange Project. Click here for more info or to submit an event of your own

Queens cop arrested on child pornography charges

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Bent metal on plane wing prompts return to LaGuardia Airport

Passengers on a New York-to-Miami flight Sunday were shocked to find a large piece of metal bent up on the wing of the aircraft. Read more: ABC New York 

Unions offer pay cuts for jobs in affordable-housing plan

Construction unions are so ­eager to get in on Mayor de Blasio’s plan to build 200,000 units of affordable housing that they’ve ­offered to take a pay cut, sources told The Post. Read more: The New York Post

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Queens Morning Roundup


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TODAY’S FORECAST

Monday: Sun and clouds mixed. High 68. Winds S at 20 to 30 mph. Monday night: Cloudy skies early then becoming foggy with periods of light rain late. Low near 55F. Winds S at 20 to 30 mph. Chance of rain 70%.

EVENT OF THE DAY: The LEGO Movie

Presented in Dolby Digital 3-D, this is an eye-popping, witty, fast-paced, and inventive stop-motion animated feature about Emmet, a rules-following, perfectly average LEGO mini-figure who is mistakenly identified as the “most special, most interesting, most extraordinary person” and the key to saving the world. Monday, April 14 – Friday, April 18, 1 p.m. daily at the Museum of the Moving Image. Click here for more info or to submit an event of your own

Fallen NYPD Officer, killed in Brooklyn fire, to be mourned at funeral today

A police officer who died last week after rushing into a burning building will be mourned Monday at his funeral. Read more: NBC New York

Flight to Nashville makes emergency landing at LaGuardia Airport

An American Eagle flight from LaGuardia to Nashville had to make an emergency landing on Sunday evening shortly after takeoff. Read more: ABC New York

Schumer: Afghanistan, Iraq War veterans deserve NYC parade

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FBI seeking Delta Air Lines laser attack suspect from Elmhurst


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The FBI is seeking help to identify the perpetrator behind a laser attack, which caused flash blindness and disrupted the vision of a Delta Air Lines pilot on Tuesday.

As the plane was approaching LaGuardia Airport to land just before 8 p.m., a green beam that came from Queens Boulevard in Elmhurst entered the cockpit twice, the FBI said.

The injured pilot continued to experience pain in his right eye for a while after the attacks.

“Laser incidents are often viewed as harmless. This couldn’t be further from the truth,” FBI Assistant Director in Charge George Venizelos said. “Our paramount concern is the safety of aircraft passengers, and we are asking anyone who knows anything to contact us.”

There have been various laser attacks that caused injury in pilots recently.

On January 25, a beam that originated from Staten Island blinded a United Airlines pilot as the flight was approaching LaGuardia Airport.

In another incident on December 26, 2013, a JetBlue pilot experience blurry vision for more than a week after being blinded by a laser while approaching JFK Airport.

Laser beam strikes targeting in-bound planes have increased 39 percent in the city, the FBI said recently. The number of incidents jumped to 99 in 2013 from 71 in 2012.

Anyone with information is asked to call the FBI at 212-384-1000. A $10,000 reward is available for information that leads to the arrest of anyone involved in these incidents. Tipsters may remain anonymous.

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Gov. announces measures to address Queens plane noise


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The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey will double its sound monitors and create an office to address soaring noise complaints, under a string of new orders announced by Governor Andrew Cuomo Monday.

“Airport noise is rightly an important concern for residents of Queens, the Bronx and Nassau County,” Cuomo said. “We will listen to local residents and ensure their input is used to make both JFK and LaGuardia airports better neighbors.”

Gripes have been pouring in since the Federal Aviation Administration approved a new flight pattern in 2012 that brought on a barrage of low-flying planes over parts of northeast Queens.

“There have been days I felt so hopeless,” said Susan Carroll, of Flushing. “I get the takeoff. I get the landing. Flushing never gets a break from the airplane noise. We never get any peace.”

Carroll said she lodges so many complaints with the Port Authority’s hotline — at least one a day, since last summer — operators mistake her for an aviation expert.

“I actually cried tears of joy when I heard the news,” she said. “This is tremendous for all of us.”

Within the next few months, the Port Authority will implement a series of new measures that include monitoring flight tracks online, establishing regular roundtables with elected and federal officials, and conducting extensive noise studies.

More portable noise monitors will be placed in communities currently without one, the governor said. And the new noise office’s seven-member staff will collect and review data while responding to community complaints.

“We are committed to working with all communities we operate in to address their concerns, while bringing JFK and LaGuardia airports into the 21st century and maintaining the viability of our airports as major economic engines for the metropolitan region,” Port Authority Executive Director Pat Foye said.

 

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Renderings show potential vision for LaGuardia Airport’s future


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Renderings courtesy of Global Gateway Alliance

Though it has faced recent criticism for its outdated look, LaGuardia Airport’s future appears to be modern and functional.

Advocacy group Global Gateway Alliance has released renderings, created by design firm Neoscape, showcasing its vision for the airport’s main terminal, which is slated to get a facelift.

“This comprehensive vision integrates a modern, efficient and innovative design, including the striking all-glass façade, into LaGuardia’s outdated main terminal said Joseph Sitt, founder and chairman of Global Gateway Alliance. “It maximizes the area’s significant space constraints while seamlessly connecting passengers to the city.”

Global Gateway Alliance hopes that by releasing the renderings it will generate excitement for the project and those bidding on the project, will take their ideas into consideration, a spokesperson for the group said.

The newly-designed terminal needs to feature easy access to transportation, including a bus rapid transit stop in front, and a play area, the spokesperson added.

In 2012, the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey announced a $3.6 billion makeover for the airport. The terminal, built in 1964, is set to undergo a series of developments over the next six to 10 years.

Governor Andrew Cuomo, in his State of the State address, this January, said the borough’s airports were in need of care, particularly LaGuardia, which he said was ranked as the worst airport in the country.

Cuomo proposed modernizing LaGuardia and John F. Kennedy International airports by having the state assume management responsibility from the Port Authority.

He is not alone in his negative assessment of the airport.

Vice President Joe Biden, while speaking about infrastructure in Philadelphia last month, said LaGuardia Airport was similar to a “third world country.”

 

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FBI: Laser beam strikes targeting planes increase in NYC airports


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A crime that can temporarily blind airplane pilots and put air passengers at risk is spiking in New York City airports, authorities said.

Laser beam strikes targeting in-bound planes have increased 39 percent in the city, the FBI said. The number of incidents jumped to 99 in 2013 from 71 in 2012.

Authorities believe youngsters on top of residential roofs are aiming the powerful light beams at airplane cockpits as a prank.

“Laser incidents are often viewed as harmless acts. This couldn’t be further from the truth,” said FBI Assistant Director in Charge George Venizelos. “A laser pointed at a plane’s cockpit could blind a pilot and down an aircraft.”

At least 35 pilots have been injured by laser strikes since last December, the FBI said.

In one instance, a JetBlue pilot flying into John F. Kennedy International Airport last December was temporarily blinded for more than a week, the bureau said.

The federal agency is offering up to $10,000 for information that leads to an arrest and is hoping its regional awareness campaign deters the felony, which is punishable by five years in jail.

“It is important that people understand that this is a criminal act with potentially deadly repercussions,” said Ron Hosko, assistant director of the FBI’s Criminal Investigative Division.

The pointers can be easily and legally purchased, authorities said, and the beams can travel further than one mile.

Anyone with information is asked to call the FBI at 212-384-1000.

 

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Queens’ Morning Roundup


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TODAY’S FORECAST

Tuesday: Cloudy with rain and snow this morning becoming foggy with light rain for the afternoon. High near 40. Winds S at 10 to 20 mph. Chance of rain 70%. Snow accumulations less than one inch. Tuesday night: A few passing clouds. Low 29. Winds WSW at 10 to 20 mph.

EVENT OF THE DAY: NYC Compost Project hosted by Queens Botanical Garden: I Heart Worms for Families

Did you know that worms have five pairs of hearts? This unique hands-on workshop introduces kids (ages 5 and up, accompanied by an adult) to the life of indoor composting (red wiggler) worms! Make heart-shaped compost cookies for your plants; be prepared to get your hands dirty! Registration required—compost@queensbotanical.org. Starts at 3 p.m. Click here for more info or to submit an event of your own

New York vows to remove registered sex offenders from housing near schools

The State of New York has vowed to fix a troubling issue. Convicted pedophiles have been housed near city schools in violation of a state law. Read more: CBS New York

Trash, ice line New York City streets as snow falls

New York City has suspended alternate-side parking through the weekend due to solid ice and uncollected trash that line the streets, all while nuisance snow falls across the region Tuesday. Read more: ABC New York

New York City teachers union president proclaims back pay is ‘a big issue’

The head of New York City’s teachers union made it clear Monday for the first time that he was pushing the city for back pay for his nearly 100,000 members. Read more: New York Daily News 

Passengers trapped on tarmac after fuel truck hits police cruiser at LaGuardia

Hundreds of passengers were reportedly trapped on the tarmac at LaGuardia Airport on Monday night. Read more: CBS New York

Bratton was kept in dark the night de Blasio’s buddy was sprung

Police Commissioner Bill Bratton was kept in the dark when Mayor de Blasio made a late-night call to an NYPD honcho on behalf of a political ally who’d been busted, sources told The Post. Read more: New York Post

 

De-icing vehicle hits plane at LaGuardia Airport


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

THE COURIER/Photo by Liam La Guerre

A de-icing vehicle struck a Delta Air Lines plane as it was about to take off at LaGuardia Airport Saturday night, according to published reports.

The flight to Orlando, Fla, with 149 passengers and crew on board, was on the runway about 6:30 p.m. when it was hit, reports said.

No one on the plane was injured in the accident, according to ABC New York and Fox 5. The flight was delayed about 90 minutes.

 

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Rookie Port Authority police officers save 71-year-old woman at LaGuardia Airport


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Just one month out of the Port Authority Police Department Academy, Officers Lenny Guzman and William Mudry put their newly learned skills to the test while saving a life Monday.

A 71-year-old woman collapsed to the floor on the lower level of United Airlines in the Central Terminal Building at LaGuardia Airport around 2:10 p.m. on Feb. 10, according to the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey.  She didn’t have a pulse and was not breathing. Guzman and Mudry responded to the scene and began performing CPR.

The officers then used an automated external defibrillator, to which the victim responded to after a second application. She was then transported to Elmhurst Hospital, where she is currently recovering, the Port Authority said.

“The equipment and training used by these officers today illustrate the value of both to the traveling public,” said Joe Pentangelo, a Port Authority spokesperson.

 

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