Parks Department

Little Neck neighbors want problem tree removed
Little Neck neighbors want problem tree removed
News Melissa Chan 7/03/2012 at 11:29AM

Neighbors in Little Neck say a rotted tree rooted on a popular pathway is on its last leg and poses a danger to pedestrians passing beneath its falling limbs. “I walk on the street. I’m so afraid of walking under this tree that I make a detour,” said Vicky Cosgrove, 61, pointing to a problematic [...]

Fight for more park land in Maspeth
Fight for more park land in Maspeth
News Billy Rennison 6/22/2012 at 8:34AM

As the search for a new home for St. Saviour’s Church continues, officials are looking into turning the former site into a park — possibly through the use of Eminent Domain. A warehouse currently sits on a corner of the one-and-a-half acre plot in Maspeth, which is owned by Maspeth Development, while the rest of [...]

Janice Melnick named head of Flushing Meadows-Corona Park
Janice Melnick named head of Flushing Meadows-Corona Park
News Billy Rennison 6/06/2012 at 9:43AM

Janice Melnick is excited about the challenge and potential of taking over Flushing Meadows-Corona Park. Since former Flushing Meadows-Corona Park administrator Estelle Cooper retired in January, Melnick had held the job in the interim, but now has officially taken over the job. This is not the first time Melnick, who has worked at the Parks [...]

The Forest Park Carousel rides again
The Forest Park Carousel rides again
News Billy Rennison 5/24/2012 at 2:16PM

After nearly four years, children — and adults — were able to rush the Forest Park Carousel, choose their favorite horse and take a spin on the historic ride. The Forest Park Carousel, shuttered since 2008, hosted St. John Evangelical Lutheran School students, politicians and civic leaders who fought to save the carousel to enjoy [...]

Homeowners get free tree help
Homeowners get free tree help
News Crystal Hudson 3/27/2012 at 11:46AM

Thanks to a $1.1 million grant from Councilmember Eric Ulrich, 317 people are going to get brand new sidewalks for free. The Trees and Sidewalks program, started in 2005 by the New York City Department of Parks & Recreation, repairs sidewalks throughout the city that have been damaged by overgrown tree roots. The Parks Department [...]

A flourishing future for Queens parks
A flourishing future for Queens parks
Opinion Queens Courier Staff 1/13/2012 at 1:06PM

BY DOROTHY LEWANDOWSKI Under Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Borough President Helen Marshall and all of our Queens elected officials, we are continuing to benefit from the largest period of park renovation and expansion since the 1930s. Over the past decade, almost half a billion dollars has been allocated for more than 600 upcoming and completed projects [...]

Queens School Bus Accident Injures Six
Queens School Bus Accident Injures Six
News Jay Lane 1/13/2012 at 9:21AM

Queens School Bus Accident Injures Six A mangled school bus across from a just as badly damaged car was the resulting wreckage from an accident in Queens Thursday, a testament to how close the collision came to being deadly. A driver of a Nissan Altima struck a bus on Glassboro Avenue and Liverpool Street in [...]

Audit finds Parks Department lost green
News Michael Pantelidis 12/14/2011 at 11:52AM

The New York City Department of Parks and Recreation recently endured a procedure that can send chills down the spine of any American — an audit. City Comptroller John Liu announced on December 5 that an assessment of the Parks Department’s control over recreational, dining and retail concessions from July 1, 2008 through June 30, [...]

Shirley Huntley’s Niece, Senior Aide Among Those Indicted In Nonprofit Scheme
Shirley Huntley’s Niece, Senior Aide Among Those Indicted In Nonprofit Scheme
News Jay Lane 12/09/2011 at 9:00AM

Southeast Queens serial rapist eyed in three attacks  A stocky rape suspect brutally pounced on a Queens woman from behind, put her in a choke hold on a residential street and tried to rape her, a chilling police video shows. The Wednesday attack happened in southeast Queens around 2 a.m. when the suspect — described [...]

Jackson Heights schoolyard is 200th to become playground
Jackson Heights schoolyard is 200th to become playground
News Michael Pantelidis 12/07/2011 at 1:29PM

One of the city’s most congested communities is getting a little extra room to breathe. Schoolyards at P.S. 69 and I.S. 145 in Jackson Heights are being transformed into student-designed playgrounds that will be open to the public on weekdays after school until dusk and on weekends from 8 a.m. to dusk. The renovations aim [...]