Strike Averted; MTA And Unions Make Deal

BY JACKIE STRAWBRIDGE Staff Writer The MTA and LIRR union representatives have reached a tentative contract agreement, averting a strike. The announcement was first made in a statement on the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 589 website. The post read, “A STRIKE HAS BEEN AVERTED! A tentative agreement has been reached. Details to follow.” […]

Resume Talks Now

The potential for disaster with the impending Long Island Rail Road strike over the weekend is a far-reaching situation that would damage not only municipal revenue, but the earning potential for everyone who relies on the LIRR to get to work every day. While the MTA has released suggested “contingency plans” to get around without […]

Sunnyside Wary About FDNY Facility

BY JACKIE STRAWBRIDGE Staff Writer At the Community Board 2 monthly meeting last week, Sunnyside residents expressed trepidation about an FDNY plan to house spare vehicles on the vacant lot next to Lou Lodati playground. These concerns were echoed by Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer (D-Sunnyside) on Tuesday. The FDNY applied to purchase this property – […]

DOT: 149th Street Bridge To Be Rebuilt

BY JACKIE STRAWBRIDGE Staff Writer A small, cracked concrete path across the LIRR tracks in Murray Hill – otherwise known as the 149th Street Bridge – must be demolished and rebuilt. Originally closed for demolition and construction in 2010, the bridge on 149th street at Roosevelt Avenue and 41st Avenue was scheduled to reopen in […]

Well That Was Awkward

A workshop discussing the QueensWay last week produced an awkward moment during the presentation. As last week’s presentation began, Adam Lubinsky, representing WXY Studio, one of the companies involved in designing the proposed pedestrian path, introduced Neil Giannelli, a staffer for State Senator Joe Addabbo, as representing the senator at last Wednesday’s meeting in Richmond […]

Renderings Of QueensWay Released

BY LUIS GRONDA Staff Writer With another round of public hearings on the horizon, the first glance of what the QueensWay could look like was unveiled last week. The Trust for Public Land and the Friends of the QueensWay came out with the first renderings of the proposed pedestrian bike path that would run from […]

Jamaica Sees Historic Investment

Jamaica Sees Historic Investment

Assemblyman William Scarborough (left) praised the efforts of Greater Jamaica in helping to bring the largest private investment in Jamaica in decades. Carlisle Towery (right), president of Greater Jamaica, was brought to tears while reflecting on the 12 years it took to bring the historic development to the area. BY NATALIA KOZIKOWSKA Staff Writer Last […]

MTA To Renovate Flushing LIRR Station

BY JOE MARVILLI Staff Writer A plan to renovate the entrances to the Flushing-Main Street Long Island Rail Road station has been approved. On Jan. 29, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority Board unanimously voted in favor of an effort by the MTA and LIRR to acquire the property at 40-36 Main St. using the New York […]