western Queens

Op-ed: The western Queens renaissance: A burgeoning community on the rise
Opinion Op-Ed 12/02/2013 at 12:20PM

ASSEMBLYMEMBER ARAVELLA SIMOTAS At its core, western Queens is a community built by small businesses. From the time the Steinway brothers built their first factory in the U.S. in 1853 to the television and film production and high-tech enterprises we see flourishing today, this part of New York City is firmly grounded in innovation and [...]

Slow zones coming to western Queens
Slow zones coming to western Queens
Top Stories Angy Altamirano 11/07/2013 at 11:17AM

Residents in western Queens will soon be able to cross their streets more safely. The Department of Transportation (DOT) will install slow zones in Sunnyside Gardens, Woodside, and Sunnyside south of Queens Boulevard, according to Councilmember Jimmy Van Bramer. The slow zones, set for 2015, will be designed through input from the community. “By installing [...]

More bike lanes coming to western Queens
More bike lanes coming to western Queens
Southwest Liam La Guerre 9/04/2013 at 4:31PM

The wheels are turning in the right direction for one community’s push to get more bike lanes. At a recent Community Board (CB5) Transportation Committee meeting, the Department of City Planning (DCP) revealed a list of streets that could have bike lanes in place by early 2014. The DCP is looking to add six potential [...]

Citi Bike share program headed to Astoria
Citi Bike share program headed to Astoria
Top Stories Angy Altamirano 8/09/2013 at 4:07PM

Citi Bike is coming to Astoria. Although the Department of Transportation (DOT) has yet to set a timetable as to when the Citi Bike share program will be coming into Queens, Senator Michael Gianaris has announced he has worked with the DOT to include Astoria in the future plans. “Citi Bike will be a great [...]

Pols want to speed up bike share expansion in western Queens
Pols want to speed up bike share expansion in western Queens
Top Stories Angy Altamirano 5/17/2013 at 9:04AM

With the much-anticipated Citi Bike Share scheduled to begin by the end of the month, local politicians are calling on the Department of Transportation (DOT) to speed up expansion into western Queens. On May 9, DOT set the Citi Bike Share’s start for the week of Memorial Day for annual members who sign up by [...]

City breaks ground on Hunter’s Point South project
City breaks ground on Hunter’s Point South project
West Angy Altamirano 3/12/2013 at 2:25PM

The first shovelful of dirt was slung last week on what will be the city’s biggest new affordable housing complex since the 1970s. On Monday, March 4, Mayor Michael Bloomberg, public officials and representatives from firms involved in building Hunter’s Point South broke ground on the first phase of construction that will bring the first [...]

Kaufman Astoria Studios to expand, add outdoor movie set
Kaufman Astoria Studios to expand, add outdoor movie set
Entertainment Angy Altamirano 3/07/2013 at 11:04AM

Looking to bring more of Hollywood into the borough, Kaufman Astoria Studios is expanding this summer beyond its doors and into the outdoors. The expansion, which was part of a thought-out process since the 1980s, includes two new gates and an outdoor movie set, on 36th Street between 34th and 35th Avenues. It is the [...]

New schools to ease overcrowding in western Queens
New schools to ease overcrowding in western Queens
Education & Kids Angy Altamirano 3/06/2013 at 2:38PM

Two new schools will help alleviate overcrowding in Jackson Heights and Corona in the next two years, according to the School Construction Authority (SCA). The first school, P.S. 287, is scheduled to debut this September at 110-08 Northern Boulevard in Corona. Located in District 24, the four-story building will serve pre-K through fifth grade and [...]

Cuomo budget has $21 billion for Sandy relief
News Cristabelle Tumola 1/23/2013 at 2:25PM

Sandy, education and economic development were top priorities in Governor Andrew Cuomo’s executive budget, but despite the unexpected costs from the storm, the proposed plan eliminates a $1.3 billion gap with no new taxes or fees. “By making difficult decisions over the past two years we have brought stability, predictability, and common sense to the [...]