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Queens-bound lanes of Throgs Neck Bridge to close this weekend

By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

Photo by MTA / Marisa Baldeo

One Queens-bound lane will be closed on the Throgs Neck Bridge this weekend, from 10 p.m. Friday through 5 a.m. Monday, according to the MTA.

An additional Queens-bound lane will also be closed during overnight hours, from 10 p.m. to 7 a.m.

The closures are for binder and asphalt replacement work on the bridge.

Drivers should expect delays and use the Bronx-Whitestone Bridge or Robert F. Kennedy Bridge as an alternate.


Two lanes of Bronx-Whitestone Bridge to close overnight

By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

Photo by MTA / Patrick Cashin

The Bronx-Whitestone Bridge will have two northbound lanes to the Bronx closed between 11 p.m. and 8 a.m. from Friday, Sept. 5 to Sat., Sept. 6 while new concrete is poured, the MTA said.

Drivers should expect delays and are advised to use the Throgs Neck Bridge as an alternative.

During this weekend’s work at the Bronx-Whitestone Bridge, there will be two lanes open southbound into Queens and one lane northbound to the Bronx. One lane is closed around-the-clock for the Bronx-Whitestone Queens Approach widening and reconstruction project, according to the MTA.


Two Queens-bound lanes of Throgs Neck Bridge to close overnight this weekend

By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

Photo by Metropolitan Transportation Authority / Marisa Baldeo


Two of the three Queens-bound lanes on the Throgs Neck Bridge will be closed during overnight hours this weekend, while one lane will be closed during the day.

From Friday, Aug. 22 at 10 p.m. through Monday, Aug. 25, at 5 a.m., one lane to Queens will be closed due to construction. One additional lane will stay closed between 10 p.m. and 7 a.m. on all three days.

According to the MTA, these closures can cause delays in traffic movement, so motorists should use the Bronx-Whitestone Bridge or Robert F. Kennedy Bridge as an alternative.

This is the fourth of the seven non-consecutive weekends that the MTA needs to replace 90,000 square feet of binder and asphalt overlay to deliver on its promise of a smoother riding experience, according to the agency. All work is heavily dependent on good weather.

For up-to-date information on MTA service status visit www.mta.info.



Throgs Neck Bridge lanes to close overnight for seven weekends

By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

MTA/Photo by Patrick Cashin

Up to two of the Throgs Neck Bridge’s three Queens-bound lanes will be closed during overnight hours for a total of seven weekends this summer, according to the MTA.

Starting the weekend of June 20 through 23, only one Queens-bound lane will be open from the Bronx toll plaza south to the Bronx anchorage of the bridge from 10 p.m. Friday through 5 a.m. Monday. During daytime hours on the weekend two lanes to Queens will remain open.

The closures will allow 90,000 square feet of binder and asphalt overlay to be replaced, and will give drivers “a smoother, more-even riding surface,” the MTA said.

As an alternative, motorists can use the Robert F. Kennedy Bridge or the Bronx-Whitestone Bridge, which will have three lanes open southbound to Queens.

Work is heavily dependent on good weather and can be affected by rain or extreme humidity. As a result of the weather, it may not be done on consecutive weekends.

For up-to-date information on MTA service status visit, www.mta.info.



Two Queens-bound lanes of Throgs Neck Bridge to close for six to eight nights

By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

MTA/Photo by Patrick Cashin

Two of the three Queens-bound lanes on the Throgs Neck Bridge will be closed for six to eight nights beginning this Wednesday for milling, repaving and restriping work, according to the MTA.

The two lanes will be closed between 10 p.m. and 5 a.m. All work is dependent upon good weather and there will not be any work on Saturday or Sunday.

Motorists should expect delays, according to the MTA. Drivers are advised to use the Bronx-Whitestone Bridge as an alternate route.

For up-to-date information on MTA service status visit www.mta.info.



Queens legislators balk at plans to toll East River bridges

| mchan@queenscourier.com

THE COURIER/Photo by Melissa Chan

A plan to reduce five Queens bridge fares by nearly half is not worth tolling free city crossings, some borough lawmakers say.

Under a proposal by transportation coalition, Move NY, drivers in the cash lane would have to pay $7.50 one way and $15 round trip to travel across the Brooklyn, Manhattan, Williamsburg and Ed Koch Queensboro bridges. 

It would also cost the same amount to cross 60th Street in Manhattan, north and southbound.

As a trade-off, E-ZPass tolls on the Robert F. Kennedy Bridge, Bronx-Whitestone, Throgs Neck, Marine Parkway-Gil Hodges Memorial and Cross Bay Veterans Memorial bridges would be lowered by 47 percent. Cash fares on those bridges would go down by 33 percent.

“We toll nearly every single crossing between every borough in the five boroughs of New York City already, yet we’re giving over half a million folks a free ride,” said Move NY Director Alex Matthiessen. “It’s not fair to transit riders and certainly not fair to other drivers, who are paying through the nose in tolls.”

The electronic tolling plan, which would require no booths, would raise $1.5 billion in net revenue toward improving the state’s mass transit infrastructure, create 35,000 new jobs and restore bus service cut in 2010, Matthiessen said.

Motorists paying cash would be billed by mail, easing gridlock by dispersing traffic throughout the city, according to Matthiessen and Kendra Hems, president of the New York State Motor Truck Association.

But some Queens legislators balked at the idea.

“I am skeptical about tolling the free bridges because once the free bridges are tolled and the infrastructure is in place, we all know from experience that it would be very hard to reverse that,” said Assemblymember David Weprin.

The plan also failed to get support from Councilmember Eric Ulrich and State Senator Joseph Addabbo, who have been fighting to eliminate the $3.75 cash toll residents have to pay on the Cross Bay Bridge to enter the Rockaways.

“Imposing tolls on motorists on bridges that are currently free is not the right way to go,” Ulrich said. “The two are not mutually exclusive. It’s not ‘take this or that.’”

While the Cross Bay Bridge toll has been a “major thorn” in the community’s side, Addabbo said the swap is not enough.

“At this point, cutting it in half would ease the pain by half,” he said. “It would still be half the pain.”

It also costs residents on the peninsula the same amount to get into Brooklyn on the Gil Hodges.

State Senator Tony Avella said the rates, while discounted in the first year, would only increase annually. He plans to introduce a bill that would prohibit tolls on East River bridges.

“The two things for sure in this world are death and taxes,” he said.

Move NY is led by Sam Schwartz, a former city traffic commissioner. The ambitious tolling plan is in its drafting stage, officials said, and still requires public input.

“In a perfect world, we wouldn’t have tolls at all,” Hems said. “But, unfortunately, we do and we have this inequity right now.”

THE COURIER/File photo by Walter Karling



PHOTOS: Peregrine falcons hatched on Queens bridges

By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com



Six peregrine falcon chicks that hatched last month were recently fitted with tracking bands as part of the State Department of Environmental Conservation’s (DEC) nesting program. The chicks were hatched in nesting boxes installed by the MTA on the Throgs Neck Bridge and the Marine Parkway-Gil Hodges Memorial Bridge.

The nesting boxes for the peregrines were 215 feet high on the Marine Parkway’s Rockaway tower and 360 feet on the Throgs Neck’s Bronx tower. The MTA has been participating in the State DEC’s nesting program since it started in 1983, making this its 30th year.

Peregrine falcons were nearly wiped out in the 1960s due to pesticides that poisoned their food supply, and have remained on the State DEC’s endangered birds list since that time.

“Other than providing the nesting box, our primary goal during mating season and until the chicks leave the nest is to stay out of their way,” said Marine Parkway Maintenance Superintendent Carlton Cyrus.





Bronx-Whitestone Bridge to temporarily close overnight

By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com


The Bronx-Whitestone Bridge will be closed in both directions for approximately 15 minutes on Friday, April 5 and Saturday, April 6 for the installation and removal of overhead sign structures, said the MTA.

On Friday, the closure will take place between 1 a.m. and 3 a.m., and between 2 a.m. and 5 a.m. on Saturday.

One lane will also be closed in each direction on Thursday, April 4 at 11 p.m. until 5 a.m. on Friday, April 5 and from 12:01 a.m. until noon on Saturday, April 6.

Because of possible delays, drivers should consider using the Throgs Neck Bridge as an alternative route. The work is dependent on good weather.




Bronx-Whitestone Bridge closure advisory

By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

File photo

In order to install and remove overhead sign structures, the Bronx-Whitestone Bridge will be closed in both directions for about 15 minutes on Friday, March 22 and Saturday, March 23 for the installation and removal of overhead sign structures.

The full bridge closure will take place on Friday between 1 a.m. and 3 a.m. and on Saturday between 2 a.m. and 5 a.m., according to the MTA

One lane will also be closed in each direction Thursday, March 21 and on Friday, March 22 from 11 p.m. to 5 a.m.and, again from 12:01 a.m. until noon on Saturday, March 23.

Drivers should expect delays and consider using the Throgs Neck Bridge as an alternative.

The work is dependent on good weather.



Lane to be closed on Throgs Neck Bridge for 2-3 weeks

| brennison@queenscourier.com

Photo courtesy of MTA

Drivers planning to use the Throgs Neck Bridge over the next couple of weeks may want to find an alternate route as at least one lane of the crossing will be closed around the clock.

The roadway asphalt and binder will be replaced over the next two to three weeks, shutting down the Queens-bound center lane at all times and an adjacent lane between 10 p.m. and 5 a.m. Monday to Friday and 10 p.m. to 7 a.m. on weekends.

The closure begins Monday night at 10 p.m.

Rather than doing work only during off-peak hours, Bridges and Tunnels is using the Fastrack approach also used by New York City Transit allowing the work to be finished before cold weather sets in.

During the construction, drivers are urged to use the Bronx-Whitestone or the Robert F. Kennedy Bridge as an alternate route.

The road work involves removing two inches of asphalt, sand blasting the steel deck and then new roadway binder and asphalt. The work is dependent on moderate temperatures and good weather. Each step must be done consecutively since the steel cannot be left exposed, the agency said.

MTA announces fare and toll hike proposals

| ctumola@queenscourier.com

Photo courtesy of MTA

Today the Metropolitan Transit Authority officially announced its proposals for the fare and toll hikes that are planned for March.

The agency said that the increases will bring in “vitally needed revenue to support the New York region’s transportation system.”

The MTA is considering four options that would increase bus and subway rides.

On October 10, the New York Daily News published those options ahead of time. Though the MTA would not confirm whether those were its actual proposals, the ones it revealed today did reflect the ones the paper released.

Two options keep the base fare at $2.25; the other two raise it to $2.50.

If the base fare stays the same, the cost of a weekly unlimited MetroCard would go up from $29 to $34 and the monthly from $104 to $125. The seven percent discount for every $10 put on a MetroCard would be lowered to five percent.

The second option would raise unlimited rides to $32 and $119, but eliminate the discount.

If the MTA raises the base fare to $2.50, then straphangers would keep the seven percent discount, but pay more for an unlimited MetroCard ($30 and $112).

The final option would keep weekly unlimited MetroCards at $29, and only increase the monthly by $5, but the base fare would be $2.50, and there would be no discounts.

There are also four proposals for express buses. Again, two would keep the base fare, which is currently $5.50, and the two others would raise it 50 cents. The options would also have similar trade-offs for MetroCard discounts and unlimited rides.

Most of Long Island Railroad and Metro-North tickets would go up by 8.19 to 9.31 percent, said the MTA.

These hikes would be the fourth increase in five years for subway, bus and commuter rail fares and that is one too many said public transportation advocacy group, the Straphangers Campaign, following the MTA’s fare proposals announcement.

“Blocking or reducing the fare increase is possible, if we get more help from Albany,” said Straphangers spokesperson Gene Russianoff. “One promising plan is to generate new revenue by both raising and lowering tolls on city bridges and tunnels in line with where there is the most and least congestion.”

The proposals that the MTA announced Monday would raise the tolls for many area bridges and tunnels. Though E-ZPass customers would still pay less than other drivers, everyone will be paying more.

Those increases include raising the tolls for the Queens Midtown Tunnel, Robert F. Kennedy Bridge, Throgs Neck Bridge, Bronx-Whitestone Bridge and the Brooklyn-Battery Tunnel from $4.80 to $5.30 for E-ZPass holders and from $6.50 to $7.50 for other drivers.

Tolls for the Cross Bay Veterans Memorial Bridge would go up between 12 and 33 cents, depending on whether the driver has an EZ-Pass or is a Rockaway resident.

In November, a month before the MTA votes on how it’s going to raise tolls and fares, the agency is letting the public weigh in on the options in a series of public and video forums. It is also accepting public statements via email and regular mail.

“The public will have significant input into our decision-making process. In the spirit of transparency, the public will assist in shaping our fare policy,” said MTA chairman and CEO Joseph J. Lhota. “These proposals have been designed to balance our need for revenue with public involvement. We need to hear from the public. Feedback evaluating the specific alternatives we’ve put forward is particularly useful, but we value all our customers’ input, and we’ll consider changes to our proposals based on what we hear and read.”

Motorist dies of apparent suicide while driving on the Throgs Neck Bridge

| jlane@queenscourier.com

Graphic by Jay Lane

Motorist dies of apparent suicide while driving on the Throgs Neck Bridge

A 36-year-old man killed himself with a shot to the head while driving on the Throgs Neck Bridge on Monday night, police said. The man was heading northbound from Queens toward the Bronx in a 1999 Chevy Silverado when he took his own life just before he arrived at the tollbooth, cops said. After the driver pulled the trigger at 7:11 p.m., police said, the man’s silver pickup truck slammed into another car and then careened into a tollbooth entrance. Read More: Daily News

‘Junk-justice radar’ on high alert in Queens district attorney’s office conviction of Tejpal Singh

This is last week and two court officers lead convicted murderer Tejpal Singh into the Queens courtroom of the Honorable Michael B. Aloise, a courtroom jammed with Sikh men in turbans. They uncuff him at the defense table. Aloise oddly stands through loud arguments from high-powered defense attorney Stephen G. Murphy, who charges that in Singh’s case, the Queens district attorney’s office has convicted yet another in a parade of innocent people. Read More: Daily News

Sex suspect takes plunge

A depraved sicko nearly plunged to his death from a fourth-floor window after sexually attacking a young woman in her Queens apartment building, police sources said yesterday. Gustavo Avila, 20, was listed in critical condition at Elmhurst Hospital following Wednesday’s incident on 83rd Street in Jackson Heights, sources said. Read More: New York Post

Long Island man arrested in killing of young mom and her 2-year-old son

A Long Island man has been arrested for killing his one-time love interest and her 2-year-old son, whose little body was found in a freezer, police said. Jerry Lewis, 24, repeatedly stabbed Shakeela Planter, 21, on the morning of December 18 inside the North Bay Shore apartment they had been sharing, police said. Lewis did not spare Planter’s son, Jaiden Planter, police said. He beat the toddler, stuffed his body into a plastic bag and stashed him in his mother’s freezer, police said. Read More: Daily News

Miracle survivors

A Queens family of six driving upstate for the holidays “miraculously” survived a frightening accident that sent their SUV tumbling off the highway and launched the youngest of the clan out of the car. Although his entire family was hospitalized after the early-morning wreck yesterday near the town of Bethlehem, 42-year-old dad Eli Rowe sounded grateful that things didn’t turn out worse. He said their 2010 Mercedes veered off the rain-soaked New York Thruway and flipped over multiple times as they were headed from Flushing to Lake George for a family getaway. Read More: New York Post

Shoppers take it all back

With Christmas finally over, throngs of sale-crazy shoppers flocked to stores across New York yesterday in hopes of correcting Kris Kringle’s little mistakes and ringing in 2012 with huge savings. “It’s crazy how chaotic it is,” said Alex, a 27-year-old college student who was exchanging a $230 sweater for a $200 button-down shirt at Saks Fifth Avenue. He declined to give his last name in an apparent bid to spare the gift giver’s feelings. The Saks sale — in which many posh items at the high-end store were slashed up to 70 percent — led to “lots of pushing and shoving,” said one witness. Read More: New York Post

‘Double-dater’ teacher

Gerard Cassidy, a physical-education instructor at a Queens middle school, was caught in a love triangle and fired for having an “inappropriate relationship” with an ex-student — while dating her mom, The Post has learned. Cassidy, 44, who taught at MS 137 America’s School of Heroes in Ozone Park, lost a fight for his $83,600-a-year job even though the 16-year-old student recanted her claim that she had sex with the teacher, according to city Department of Education documents and court records. The age of consent in New York is 17. Cassidy denied any wrongdoing. Read More: New York Post

Comptroller: Last Year’s Christmas Blizzard Cost City About $2M In Settlements

The city is still paying the price for its sluggish response to the major blizzard from exactly one year ago, in the form of liability claims. The City Comptroller’s office says it has paid out nearly $2 million in liability claims so far, and there may be more to come. The biggest settlement so far was $150,000 for a man who fell in an icy parking lot that was not shoveled properly by the city. Another $100,000 thousand went to a Brooklyn cemetery where headstones were damaged by a falling fence after snow had been dumped against it. Read More: NY1

Felonies Sharply Increase This Year In The Rockaways

Even as police report that crime rates remain mostly flat around the city, statistics show felonies have spiked in parts of the Rockaways section of Queens. Burglaries in the 100th precinct, covering Broad Channel, Breezy Point and Belle Harbor, are up 144 percent this year. Felony assaults have jumped 66 percent, robberies are up 31 percent and grand larcenies 26 percent over last year. Residents in Belle Harbor who spoke with NY1 said they are aware of the increased crime in the area, but generally still feel safe. Read More: NY1

Elmhurst Fire Sends Two To The Hospital

Investigators say two people were hurt when a fire broke out inside the Martinique Plaza residential complex in Elmhurst on Sunday morning. The two victims were taken to Elmhurst Hospital, and two others with minor injuries were evaluated at the scene. The fire started on the second floor of the building, but firefighters put it out before it spread to other floors. Read More: NY1

Radio’s Lynn Samuels dies at 69

Lynn Samuels, longtime doyenne of New York’s talk-radio airwaves, died of a heart attack over the weekend. She was 69. An unabashed liberal, Samuels mixed searing political commentary with humor, sarcasm and at times profane observations about living in the Big Apple, attracting a loyal following over more than three decades on the air. Broadcast on SiriusXM satellite radio from her Woodside apartment, her distinctive voice — raspy with elongated vowels — instantly established her as a native New Yorker. Read More: New York Post