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Howard Beach resident starts petition to install lighting along Jamaica Bay Greenway path


| amatua@queenscourier.com

Photo courtesy of Valerie Lyn Brooks

Updated 3:50 p.m.

Lifelong Howard Beach resident Angelica Katz compares cycling along the Belt Parkway to entering a cave, with animals like raccoons and possums sporadically scurrying around you.

Katz, who has been riding her bike along Jamaica Bay since she was 14, started a petition on Aug. 20 to convince the Parks Department to install lights along the Jamaica Bay Greenway bike path to illuminate the way for bikers and pedestrians.

“It’s not just important; it’s completely necessary,” Katz said. “Once you get off the Marine Parkway Bridge, it is really desolate. It’s dark to the point where you feel like you just walked into a cave and you can’t even see your hand in front of you at night.”

Though the lack of lights has always been a problem, Katz said the recent Jamaica Bay Greenway plan that aims to revitalize the 19-mile route inspired her to start a petition. After contacting representatives associated with the plan, she found that the land consisting of the loop is Parks Department property and that the Department of Transportation (DOT) would be taking care of the construction. Katz was told installing lights along the loop is not in the plan.

“The whole road is going to look beautiful but you won’t be able to see any of it,” Katz said. “It just seems kind of ridiculous. That’s what pushed me over the edge.”

Her petition, which had 64 signatures as of Tuesday afternoon, asks the DOT, Regional Plan Association and National Parks service to “ensure this plan includes adequate path lighting that will create a safe environment for all cyclists and pedestrians while connecting the beautiful and unique parks, wetlands and beaches surrounding Jamaica Bay.”

After 100 people electronically sign the petition, Katz hopes to send it to community boards and parties associated with the plan to show the support that surrounding communities like Howard Beach, Rockaway and Broad Channel have for the plan.

Several people who signed the petition also expressed their concerns in the comments section, including Denise Sodano, a Belle Harbor resident who said she travels the route often and finds it “very dangerous.”

“It’s really comforting to know that it’s not just me, a resident waving my fist,” Katz said. “Everybody who uses the bike path feels like this.”

Planning meetings and workshops took place across communities in southeast Queens this summer to discuss the implementation of the plan and Katz hopes this petition is reflected in the final plan, which will be unveiled this fall.

“Safety is our first priority,” a spokesperson for the Parks Department said. “We are heartened by the enthusiasm for biking in this area, and we are open to exploring the feasibility of installing lights along this path with the Department of Transportation.”

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See it: Queens homes light up for the holidays


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

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Queens residents always go all out when decorating their homes for the holidays. This year is no different, and the 2014 light displays in the area do not disappoint.

The Queens Courier has found and photographed some of the best, so take a walk or drive around the area to spot these and other festive houses.

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PHOTOS: Queens homes light up for the holidays


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

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Though one Whitestone family recently won a national reality show for their home’s Christmas light display, they are not the only ones in the borough with impressive holiday decorations.

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Holiday houses of Queens


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

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Every December, Queens residents make their way to their attic to take down boxes of decorations. You can drive through almost any neighborhood in the borough and find a bevy of houses lit up with holiday lights and cheer. Check out our gallery of some of the best decorated houses the borough has to offer and upload any houses you think deserves recognition this holiday season.

Click here to see our gallery of holiday houses throughout the borough. 

Tower trees lit to kick off holiday season


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The night before Thanksgiving, North Shore Towers started to show its holiday cheer with a tree lighting event sponsored by Greenthal Property Sales.

In addition to lighting the outdoor lights, residents enjoyed refreshments and took part in some holiday karaoke.

To view more photos, see the North Shore Towers Courier’s December issue.