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HBL-Civic blasts bus lane proposal

Department of Transportation and MTA representatives touted their Select Bus Service plan for the Woodhaven-Cross Bay Boulevard corridor to members of the Howard Beach-Lindenwood Civic on Tuesday, saying it will provide commuters with faster bus service, improved connections and simpler, safer streets — but some members, as well as the police, were not sold on the idea.DOT Senior Project Manager Taylor Reiss Gouge said the Woodhaven-Cross Bay Boulevard SBS would place a dedicated bus lane for the Q52 and Q53 bus routes along the 14-mile corridor, running from Woodside to the Rockaway peninsula.

Thursday 07/02/2015
DOT rolls out details for 111th St. upgrades
Updated: July 02, 2015 - 12:15 pm

The city’s Department of Transportation on Tuesday trotted out its most extensive presentation yet on a proposal that would narrow 111th Street in Elmhurst to one lane in each direction between 46th and Corona avenues, while increasing safety and accessibility for walkers and bikers in and around Flushing Meadows Corona Park.

The meeting, sponsored by Councilwoman Julissa Ferreras (D-East Elmhurst), took place in the park at the New York Hall of Science, which is located just south of where the north-south road already narrows to one lane in each direction at 46th Avenue.

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Manhattan man held for JFK bomb threats
Posted: July 02, 2015

A 64-year-old Manhattan man has been arrested for allegedly calling in nearly a dozen bomb threats at John F. Kennedy International Airport this month.

Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said Monday that Philip Ngom of West 116 Street was arraigned last Saturday on 11 counts of falsely reporting an incident and making a terroristic threat before Queens Criminal Court Judge Deborah Stevens Modica.

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Richards lands big gig on zoning panel
Updated: July 02, 2015 - 12:25 pm

The City Council’s subcommittee on Zoning and Franchises would not at first glance seem to have the cache of assignments like education, public safety or budget.

But with control over the city’s zoning agenda, it can be influential, particularly in the early stages of Mayor de Blasio’s ambitious but controversial plan to build or preserve 200,000 affordable housing units in the next 10 years.

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Thursday 06/25/2015
GoSmart NYC launches in Community Board 5
Updated: July 02, 2015 - 12:06 pm

The Department of Transportation is urging residents of Maspeth, Middle Village, Ridgewood and Glendale to give up the gas guzzler, grab their MetroCards and get to where they’re going by means other than their personal vehicles.

And some prizes may await for those who play along.

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Thursday 06/18/2015
Residents welcome noise study outreach
Updated: June 25, 2015 - 11:53 am

The Port Authority opened its cabin doors to the community this week, laying out its plan to study the airplane noise impact that many Queens residents say is ruining their lives.

Officials from the Port Authority, Federal Aviation Administration and the firm that will conduct the two studies, one for each area airport, held an open house event Tuesday night at the LaGuardia Marriott. A similar event for communities near Kennedy Airport was set for Wednesday evening, and the Port Authority addressed the Borough Board Monday.

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Port Authority details Part 150 study plans
Updated: June 25, 2015 - 11:53 am

The next three years are going to be quite busy for the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey and its web of consultants.

Representatives from the agency that operates both LaGuardia and John F. Kennedy airports gave a detailed presentation to the Borough Board on Monday, describing the dual Part 150 studies it will submit to the Federal Aviation Administration on airplane noise throughout Queens.

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Beloved scout leader honored with sign
Updated: June 25, 2015 - 11:52 am

“The Robert C. Lohnes way is the right way.”

That’s what the 50 Eagle Scouts and other Boy Scouts of Troop 235 who were mentored by the late Whitestone resident Robert. Lohnes said about their Scout leader after his death in 2014 from cancer.

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Slight increase in crime, Schiff says
Updated: June 25, 2015 - 11:53 am

Crime in the 106th Precinct, which had been on a downward trend in the past few months, has gone up 2 percent so far this year compared to last year, according to Deputy Inspector Jeffrey Schiff, the precinct’s commanding officer.

“Obviously, any increase is not acceptable and we are working to do better,” he said.

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Riders Alliance starts SBS survey
Updated: June 25, 2015 - 11:53 am

Volunteers with the Riders Alliance — a transportation advocacy group — last Thursday were surveying small business owners in the Rego Park section of Woodhaven Boulevard on how they feel about the city’s plan to place a dedicated bus lane along the corridor and make other changes to it.

One of the volunteers was spotted by two Queens Chronicle reporters at the J&J Superstar Deli, a storefront located on the same block as the newspaper’s office.

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