Just Call Him AARP Daddy

At this month’s Community Board 12 meeting, City Comptroller Scott Stringer may have shared a little too much with his constituents. While discussing issues important to seniors, Stringer reassured those in attendance that he has the energy for the job by insinuating he has still the energy for something else… “I am 53 years old […]

Luxury Apartments Proposed In Ridgewood

BY LUIS GRONDA Staff Writer A plan to bring upscale apartments to a Ridgewood neighborhood drew mixed reactions at last week’s Community Board 5 meeting. Representatives from Aufgang Architects presented their plan to redevelop a site at 176 Woodward Ave., Ridgewood, right on the border of Bushwick. The proposal is a 90,000-square-foot residential building with […]

Get Involved With Civics

To The Editor: I think that most of us are aware of our elected officials and the job that they do on behalf of our communities. But we should also recognize the contribution that our community boards and civic associations make in affecting conditions in our neighborhoods. As a member of Community Board 11, I […]

CB 5 Opposes Knockdown Center Liquor License

BY LUIS GRONDA Staff Writer The Knockdown Center has applied for its liquor license and Community Board 5 was not shy about its opposition last week. The Maspeth-based arts center is attempting to get a cabaret liquor license for the establishment. State Liquor Authority records show that the establishment applied for the license on March […]

Funding For IBZs Currently Not Included In Budget

BY LUIS GRONDA Staff Writer The funding for the Industrial Business Zones is currently not in the City’s budget, leaving uncertainty for IBZs like those in Maspeth and Ridgewood. The Mayor’s budget eliminates a $1 million allocation for the program, which is a designated area for manufacturing businesses and jobs and is not rezoned for […]

MVB, P-Tech Co-Location Moves Forward

BY NATALIA KOZIKOWSKA Staff Writer Despite much protest, the Dept. of Education is moving forward with its plans to co-locate Martin Van Buren School with a new six-year technology high school this fall. Starting September 2014, the new P-Tech school will gradually phase into Martin Van Buren while Martin Van Buren scales back enrollment. The […]