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National Grid to install natural gas lines along Lefferts Boulevard

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National Grid’s efforts to modernize its gas system in Queens will affect drivers and residents on Lefferts Boulevard in the weeks ahead.

National Grid and its contractor, Network Infrastructure, have now begun work to install a new gas main along 84th Avenue between 115th Street and Lefferts Boulevard. Due to this construction, 84th Avenue between 115th and 116th streets will be closed to through traffic and on-street parking will be unavailable from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturdays.

It is part of the Queens Gas Reliability Project, a $100 million effort by National Grid scheduled to be completed in spring 2016. The construction will take between five and six weeks to complete.

“We are working closely with the local community to minimize the disruption and we thank them for their patience and cooperation during this complex construction project,” said Mike Ruiz, director of community and customer management at National Grid. “The Queens Gas Reliability Project is important to strengthening the network for our Queens customers and it’s a good example of our Connect 21 vision to modernize our energy delivery system and to help customers take more control of their energy use.”

New gas mains have already been installed in South Ozone Park, Richmond Hill and Kew Gardens.

National Grid will install more than 6 miles of gas mains through central and south Queens and once the installation is complete, crews will work in neighborhoods along the route, spanning from Rockaway Boulevard to Long Island Expressway, to upgrade the natural gas service in the local communities.

The Queens Gas Reliability Project is part of National Grid’s $1.3 billion investment focused on replacing aging gas mains; installing new mains and other facilities to accommodate customers requesting natural gas service; and ensuring that natural gas supplies can meet increasing customer demand.


Man found dead in Richmond Hill house following fire

By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

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An unidentified man was discovered dead in a vacant Richmond Hill house early Wednesday morning after a fire broke out in the home, authorities said.

The blaze started at about 1:15 a.m. in the attic of the three-story residence on Lefferts Boulevard, near 95th Avenue, according to the FDNY.

Firefighters were able to control the flames by 1:50 a.m., and EMS soon found an unconscious man inside the home, authorities said. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.



Identify this place in Queens

By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com


Do you know where in Queens this photo was taken? Guess by commenting below! The answer will be revealed next week.

Last week’s answer to “Identify this Place”: Lefferts Boulevard A train station 

Lefferts Blvd A train station





South Richmond Hill man arrested for stabbing wife on Thanksgiving

| ctumola@queenscourier.com

A man allegedly stabbed his wife after the two got into a Thanksgiving Day dispute at their South Richmond Hill home, according to police and published reports.

The incident occurred around 4:00 p.m. at the couple’s Lefferts Boulevard residence, cops said.

The victim, whose name was not immediately released, was taken to Jamaica Hospital with multiple stab wounds, where she is listed in stable condition, according to police.

Xavier Cabarcas, 31, was taken into custody at the scene and charged with assault and criminal possession of a weapon, cops said.

According to the New York Post, Cabarcas and the victim are married with three children, but their kids did not witness the stabbing.



Community Board 9 votes down block conversion

| tcullen@queenscourier.com

Residents living on a stretch of 84th Avenue have reason to rejoice.

Community Board 9 unanimously voted on Tuesday, October 9 in opposition to a Department of Transportation (DOT) proposal to convert the street between Myrtle Avenue and Lefferts Boulevard from a two-way to a one-way eastbound street.

“Let’s get a rational study by the DOT,” said Andrea Crawford, the board’s transportation committee chair, when introducing the vote.

At the board’s September meeting, 84th Avenue residents spoke in opposition to the proposal, saying the DOT had not conducted a proper study on the street. By becoming a one-way, they said, the street could become a thoroughfare for speeders and divert traffic to other streets. Several residents returned, along with new speakers, for the October meeting to ask the board again to oppose the block conversion.

DOT representatives were not able to respond to requests at press time regarding the next step. A spokesperson said in Septemberthat an analysis from the agency showed the conversion was feasible, but DOT was waiting for the board’s vote before moving forward.

Residents, on the other hand, didn’t seem to agree with the feasibility, and are happy their community took a stand against it.

Laurence Levy lives on 84th Avenue and spoke to the board last week about his unhappiness with the DOT’s proposal for the block.

“I felt that we were pretty persuasive at the meeting,” he said afterward.

Levy noted that by changing the street to a one-way, it would only divert traffic to other blocks, causing an even bigger problem for more residents.

Should the street have changed, drivers would feel more inclined to speed and threaten the families and elderly living on the street.

“It’s a safety issue number one. You would make a dangerous situation, now already dangerous, by increasing the speed of the cars coming up the road,” Levy said. “Basically we would be making it easier for everybody in South Richmond Hill, Ozone Park to get where they want quicker. The burden would be on us essentially by sacrificing a direction in the road.”

The reroute would have also pushed traffic to other surrounding blocks, he said, and not really offering a solution.

“All you would be doing is shuffling the deck,” he said.

Traffic fix proposed for Lefferts Blvd.

| tcullen@queenscourier.com

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Slow down, folks.

The Department of Transportation (DOT) is planning to remove a lane of traffic from each side of Lefferts Boulevard between 135th and 149th Avenues.

This one-block stretch of Lefferts has been plagued with traffic problems, including up to 20 accidents, double parking and speeding, said Nichole Altmix, a DOT project manager, at the Thursday, October 4 Community Board 10 meeting. By narrowing this stretch of the pavement to a single lane each way, DOT officials believe drivers will be less inclined to speed, Altmix said. The lanes would not be physically eliminated, Altmix added, but instead painted over with yellow striping.

Although the number of lanes would be halved, Altmix said the single lane can carry close to 500 cars per day without backing up.

“One lane can carry 495 vehicles very easily,” she said.

Parking lanes on either side of Lefferts would be expanded from seven feet to 14 feet as a means to combat double parking. DOT Queens Commissioner Maura McCarthy acknowledged that, while it is illegal to double park and is strongly discouraged, drivers and shoppers will block in other cars and hold up traffic. By doubling the width of the parking lane, inevitable double parkers would not block an entire lane of traffic.

Some community board members who live near, or travel on, this stretch are wary, however, that this proposal will really fix the problem.

Peter Granickas disagreed with the DOT’s current plan, and likened it to the recent changes at the intersection of Rockaway Boulevard and Cross Bay Boulevard.

Other board members suggested alternatives to the striping — as drivers will sometimes use it as a thoroughfare during backed up traffic.

Community Board 10 cannot vote for or against the suggested changes, according to chair Elizabeth Braton. The presentation was to get feedback from residents on what can or cannot work for this project.