Category Archives: Queens Tribune

Queens CB’s Say ‘No’ To Term Limits

Queens Community Board leaders are not fans of imposing term-limits on its members.

Last year, City Councilman Daniel Dromm (D-Jackson Heights) and Ben Kallos (D-Manhattan) proposed legislation to place term limits on all Community Board appointees, capping service at six consecutive two-year terms – a maximum of 12 years.

“I saw the impact that term-limits had on communities and particularly communities that were underrepresented,” Dromm told the Queens Tribune last December. “We need to have new blood and new people sharing their ideas. Communities change and so I think Community Boards should change.”

This story originally appeared in the May 7, 2015 edition of the Queens Tribune.

The Gift of Life: Trying To Stem The Tide In New York’s Organ Donation

Ranked last among the 50 states, New York’s organ donor numbers are at an all-time low.

To try and address this issue, LiveOnNY – a nonprofit, federally designated organ procurement organization dedicated to the recovery of organs and tissue for transplant in the greater New York-Metropolitan area – increased its outreach during the month of April to work to inform and encourage residents across the State to give the gift of life by registering to be an organ donor.

Nearly half of all transplanted organs in 2013 were kidneys. Nearly half of all transplanted organs in 2013 were kidneys.

According to LiveOnNY, another New Yorker dies every 15 hours while waiting for an organ transplant that can help save his or her life. At present, 22 percent of eligible New Yorkers – over the age of 18 – are registered donors, far below the national average of 47 percent.

This story originally appeared in the May 7, 2015 edition of the Queens Tribune.

Study Aims To Ease Bell Blvd. Parking Woes

Trying to park your car along Bell Boulevard in Bayside can be a daunting task. So, in an effort to address some of the parking woes along the boulevard, members of the Bayside Village Business Improvement District met on Tuesday evening to workshop some plausible short-term and long-term solutions to the problem.

“We want to balance the parking needs of businesses along Bell Boulevard and minimize congestion,” Lyle Sclair, executive director of the Bayside Village BID, stated as the reason behind the parking study.

This story originally appeared in the April 15, 2015 edition of the Queens Tribune

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Prank Shines New Light On Neglected Park

IMG_5014.JPGIt may have been an April Fool’s joke, but what made the prank work isn’t as funny.

On April 1, the blog ilovefreeconcerts.com, which serves as a calendar for free concerts in New York City, announced that the Walt Disney World Resort purchased the World’s Fair grounds at Flushing Meadows-Corona Park from the New York City Parks Department, with plans of hosting a yearly music and technology festival.

“I can’t believe anybody took that joke seriously,” Kim Ohanian, Community Board 7’s parks committee chairwoman, said.

This story originally appeared in the April 14, 2015 edition of the Queens Tribune. 

MTA Mulls Jamaica-Flushing Bus Plan

According to the MTA, a trip from Jamaica Center to Midtown Manhattan takes only 28 minutes via the E train, while a trip half the distance – from Jamaica Center to Flushing – takes more than 40 minutes by bus.

In an effort to remedy this commuter nightmare, the Department of Transportation has been working with the MTA and New York City Transit since January, on a proposed plan to bring a collective 23 miles of faster bus service to one of its highest ridership corridors.

Similar to recently announced plans for Woodhaven and Cross Bay Boulevards, the proposal would implement Select Bus Service between Jamaica and Downtown Flushing, thereby improving travel time and increasing comfort for more than 90,000 daily riders.

This story first appeared in the April 2, 2015 edition of the Queens Tribune.

Borough Staple Featured In ‘Deli Man’

If you were to ask Jay Parker, owner of Ben’s Best Kosher Gourmet Delicatessen in Rego Park, why he has devoted the last 31 years to serving customers in the community, he’d say it’s because of his ethical obligation – to provide thousands of New Yorkers with Kosher deli meats for any and every occasion.

Parker, along with his deli Ben’s Best, is one of more than 14 of New York City’s most elite delicatessens featured in “Deli Man,” a new documentary film from director Erik Greenberg Anjou, which gets right to the meat of how delis got their start in the United States.

“It’s a piece of deli history,” Parker said, after watching the film. “It gets right to the heart and soul of what makes delis, delis.”

This story originally appeared in the April 2, 2015 edition of the Queens Tribune. 

KAAGNY Ousts Prez Amid Controversy

Conflicts with the administration of the Korean American Association of Greater New York – a nonprofit organization serving 500,000 Korean-Americans living in the Tri-State area – culminated this week with the impeachment of Board President Sung K. Min.

The infighting developed after a new challenger, Ms. Minsun Kim, paid a $100,000 candidacy fee, with the intention of running against Min.

This story originally appeared in the April 2, 2015 edition of the Queens Tribune. 

Shifting Gears on RKO Theater Project

After three failed attempts to redevelop the historic RKO Keith’s Theatre in Flushing, plans have surfaced once again, which look to convert the dilapidated venue into luxury condominiums, while preserving the landmarked ticket booth and front lobby.

This week, members of Community Board 7 held a public hearing to discuss proposed modifications to plans approved by the Board of Standards and Appeals in 2005. The plan would construct a 17-story mixed-use structure with 357 rental apartment units and retail space at 135-35 Northern Blvd.
“After 10 years working on this project… I think we’re finally close to starting on construction,” the applicant’s attorney Howard Goldman, said.

Artist’s rendering of the proposed redevelopment of the RKO Keith’s Theatre in Flushing. Photo Courtesy of PEI, Cobb, Freed & Partners, LLC.

Originally appeared in the Queens Tribune on March 26, 2015.

Queensboro Symphony Orchestra Readies Debut

The “World’s Borough’s” newest ensemble, the Queensboro Symphony Orchestra, is gearing up for their first performance this Sunday, March 22.

Founded by Korean-born conductor Dong-Hyun Kim, the Queensboro Symphony Orchestra is the young maestro’s third time forming, sustaining and leading a full symphonic orchestra. He previously did the same with the Queens Philharmonia, who had their music featured on WNYC, and New York’s Nova Philharmonic, which presented innovative new programs like Mozart Meets Jazz.

“Their sound is energetic,” said Paul Joseph, a symphonic composer and pianist. “They are a young vibrant group and the conductor has his own way of doing things.”

This story originally appeared in the March 19, 2015 edition of the Queens Tribune.

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