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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Parc Hotel Coming To Flushing In Early 2014

BY JOE MARVILLI Staff Writer In a match made in heaven, a new hotel is coming to a major boulevard in Flushing. The Parc Hotel will be the latest addition to Flushing’s booming hotel scene when it opens at 39-16 College Point Blvd. in the first quarter of 2014. The 12-story structure is just blocks […]

New Mural For Rego Park Coming Next Year

BY LUIS GRONDA Staff Writer A new mural is in the works in Rego Park underneath the Long Island Rail Road underpass at 63rd Drive near Queens Boulevard. The art project will replace the current mural in that same area and display highlights of the neighborhood. According to Yvonne Shortt, executive director of the Rego […]

LIRR Riders Face Ticket Machine Scam

BY JOE MARVILLI Staff Writer The MTA Police Department has issued a warning to customers about a potential credit and debit card scam at Long Island Rail Road stations. Four ticket vending machines in Queens and Nassau County have been affected by the scam. In each case, tiny cameras were hidden on the underside of […]

MTA Includes Queens LIRR In Capital Plan

BY LUIS GRONDA Staff Writer Could the Metropolitan Transportation Authority possibly reactivate a defunct Long Island Rail Road line in the next two decades? That is what transit activists hope after reading the MTA’s Capital Needs Assessment from 2015-2034. In page 133 of the report, the agency lists possibly reviving the train line as a […]