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Queens’ Morning Roundup


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TODAY’S FORECAST

Thursday: Overcast with snow, then rain in the afternoon. High of 39 with a windchill as low as 21F. Windy. Winds from the North at 25 to 30 mph with gusts to 45 mph. Chance of precipitation 70% . Thursday night: Overcast with snow and rain, then snow after midnight. Low of 32 with a windchill as low as 21. Windy. Winds from the North at 20 to 25 mph with gusts to 40 mph. Chance of snow 80% with accumulations up to 2 in. possible.

EVENT OF THE DAY: World premiere of Robert Wuhl’s Hit-Lit

At the Queens Theatre on Thursday, March 7, world famous playwright Robert Wuhl debuts HIT-LIT, a mistaken-identity screwball comedy about an ambitious young editor who is searching for the next best seller. Runs until March 17. Click here for more info or to submit an event of your own

Broken Muni-Meters are giving Queens drivers more headaches

Finding a parking spot in some Queens neighborhoods is a tough enough task. But now drivers say they are battling testy Muni-Meters that cheat them out of precious minutes and reject their coins and credit cards. Read more: New York Daily News

Sandy-damaged coastal communities prepare for flooding as winter storm approaches tri-state

Already-battered Tri-State Area coastal communities are dealing with another hit in the form of a winter storm packing rain, snow and high winds. Read more: CBS New York

NYPD sitting on cash for surveillance cameras in Rockaways, stakeholders charge 

A plan to install extra sets of police eyes in the Rockaways has been blinded by red tape, local stakeholders say. Read more: New York Daily News

Cranked-up earbuds next on Mayor Bloomberg’s health hit list

After launching campaigns against the Big Gulp, “big” salt and “big” junk food, Mayor Michael Bloomberg is embarking on a new target. Read more: CBS New York

Police suspect flying object spotted near JFK was model plane 

As the FBI continues to look into a report of an unmanned aircraft spotted near JFK Airport on Monday, police think it may have been a model plane. Read more NY1

NY police eye return of crash suspect held in Pa.

Police in New York were awaiting the return of a man arrested in Pennsylvania in connection with a gruesome car crash that killed a pregnant woman and her husband on their way to a hospital. Read more: AP

Time running out on parking meters


| aaltman@queenscourier.com

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Cruisers of Queens, keep your quarters. The infamous blue muni-meters, sporadically popping up along sidewalks across the borough, may soon be the only way to keep pesky parking tickets at bay.

While many popular strips have ditched the vintage meters – including Steinway Street in Astoria – areas like Cross Bay Boulevard in Howard Beach and Queens Boulevard in Forest Hills have yet to make the jump.

According to the Department of Transportation (DOT), they began retiring old-fashioned meters in the outer boroughs during the summer of 2011 while replacing them with new muni-meters — claiming all original parking meters inQueenswill be defunct by June 2012.

Several reports forewarning a possible raise in muni-meter parking prices — 25 cents garnering only 10 minutes instead of the current 15 — have local community board leaders worried.

“This community would not be supportive of a raise in prices,” said Community Board 1 district manager Lucille Hartmann, who added that she felt an increase in parking costs would be bad for businesses in the Astoria area.

Several small company owners across the borough are against changing the meters, fearing that this alteration could take away business.

Kanu Patel, the owner of a grocery store on Cross Bay Boulevard between 161st and 162nd Avenues is opposed to the muni-meter swap.

“There’s nowhere to park now. If they change the meters, the people won’t stop here,” said Patel. “People don’t want to park because the traffic cops are always out there checking the meter.”

Many other stores along Cross Bay Boulevard have private lots behind their shops, eliminating the owner’s worry.

The DOT claims muni-meters offer advantages over their predecessors, including the convenience of a “pay-and-display” system, the elimination of unnecessary sidewalk juggernauts and a possible increase in curbside parking space.

With additional reporting by David Beltran