Goodbye Driveable Flushing

To The Editor: There was a goundbreaking ceremony at the Flushing Commons site that is replacing Parking Lot Number 1 last week. Many think this new behemoth project is good for Flushing, others are skeptical or are against it all together.  Mayor Bloomberg and developers pushed hard for the project with building renditions of grandeur […]

Flushing Commons Breaks Ground

BY JOE MARVILLI Staff Writer After years of discussions and delays, the Flushing Commons project finally broke ground this week. On June 30, several stakeholders, elected officials and community leaders met in the heart of downtown Flushing for the groundbreaking ceremony. Set on the former site of Municipal Lot 1, many comments from the event […]

Do Not Allow Illegal Conversions

To The Editor: Mayor de Blasio and other City officials are floating the idea of legalizing illegal basement apartments and other units as a way of dealing with the need for more affordable housing in our city. The outgoing chair of the City Planning Commission, Amanda Burden, has stated that we must accept an increase […]

New Flushing Lot Owners Raise Rates

BY JOE MARVILLI Staff Writer Although it has yet to break ground, the Flushing Commons project is due to cause headaches for Queens drivers starting next week. Given that the Flushing Commons complex is going to take over Municipal Parking Lot 1, found between Union Street and 138th Street as well as 37th and 39th […]

DiNapoli: Queens A New York ‘Success Story’

BY TRISHA SAKHUJA Staff Writer Despite a recession and the effects of Superstorm Sandy, a State official called Queens a “classic New York success story that is well-positioned for the future.” On Dec. 13, New York State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli joined actor Michael J. Fox and local elected leaders to present an economic snapshot of […]

Flushing Commons Delayed Until End Of Year

BY JOE MARVILLI Staff Writer Another day, another delay for the Flushing Commons project. While construction was due to begin this fall, the deadline for the start date has been pushed back once again. The developers for the $850 million project, Rockefeller Development Corporation of Manhattan and TDC Development and Construction Corporation, initially had to […]

2013 ELECTIONS: District 20

Flushing Incumbent Facing Three Challengers Three challengers have risen in Council District 20, each hoping to defeat Councilman Peter Koo (D-Flushing) in his bid for re-election. Green Party candidate Evergreen Chou, Jobs and Education candidate Martha Flores-Vasquez and Reform candidate Sunny Hahn have all thrown their names into the ring, facing off against the incumbent […]