Friday, Dec 6, 2013

Deadline Nears for Public Input on Rockaways Pipeline

Deadline Nears for Public Input on Rockaways Pipeline

Federal regulators will soon decide whether to permit a pipeline to run under the Rockaway Inlet, connecting the Brooklyn-Queens natural gas grid to a transcontinental pipe three miles offshore.
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Lessons of Willets Point: Trading Parkland for Developer's Donation

In the second of part of our series on a development process that spanned much of the Bloomberg administration, we look at how parks fare under this deal—and others.

Lessons of Willets Point: Relocation Fears for Workers

In the final installment of our series, a look at the challenges facing workers at the businesses the Bloomberg administration has decided don't belong there anymore.

Lessons of Willets Point: Will A New Mayor Do Development Differently?

Perhaps no project embodied the Bloomberg administration's development style better than Willets Point. Will Joe Lhota or Bill de Blasio change that approach?

Why Do Some Parks Suffer? It’s Complicated

Inequities in city green space result from more than just outer-borough bias. A tight budget that affects everybody and private donations that benefit some areas over others are part of the picture.

When Campaign Aides Are Lobbyists, Questions Mount

Some of the top firms advising candidates for state and local office also lobby those offices for clients like corporations and unions. Some believe the potential conflict demands reform.

Willets Point Developers Pitched a Casino

The current development plan doesn't include a gaming facility. But the casino proposal sheds new light on the bid by Related Companies and Sterling Equities.

Hungry For Customers or Aid, Rockaways Businesses Struggle

By some estimates, two thirds of businesses on the peninsula are still closed after Hurricane Sandy. Some of those that are operating are suffering because their customer base has been displaced.

Reeling Before the Storm, Rockaways Complex Eyes Rescue

Ocean Village lost power after Sandy. But danger and deprivation were nothing new to its 1,000-plus residents, who hope a new owner and $110 million in public financing change the tide.

Ordeal Faced Rockaways Voters

Citizens in Sandy-struck areas of Queens battled through confusion and long commutes to get to the polls to vote in a presidential race and a hot state Senate contest.

Patience Prevails in Rockaway Beach

Amid news stories about New Yorkers losing their tempers in lines for gasoline, people waiting for diapers and granola bars in a debris-strewn parking lot in the Rockaways on Thursday remained calm, even cheerful.



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BLOG ENTRIES

Queens BP Wants Council Inquiry on Library Spending - Jarrett Murphy

Amid reports about big spending on salary and offices for the system's top exec, Melinda Katz endorsed calls for a Council probe and promised to do some digging of her own.

Legal Immigrants to Vote Tuesday in ‘Mock Election’ - Rachel Bryson-Brockmann

The event is designed to raise awareness that almost 1 million legal residents in New York City are ineligible to vote because they are not citizens.

Rockaway Businesses Still Treading Water Post-Sandy - Jarrett Murphy

Some 60 percent were still closed four or five months after the storm, thanks to long-standing challenges of economics and geography that hampered an already difficult recovery.

Hope for Relief from Flooding in Southeast Queens - Karen Loew

After months of pressure from residents of an area plagued by poor drainage and rising groundwater, the city recently announced a set of measures to keep Southeast Queens dry—or at least drier—this spring and summer.

Decision in the Rockaways: Stay, or Go? - Patrick Arden

Tina Parker tried to convince her neighbors to leave. “I’ve been in two hurricanes in Alabama, and I’m not taking a chance,” she said.

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MULTIMEDIA

1961 Shea Stadium Financing Bill

This law has become the focal point in a debate over whether a shopping mall proposed as part of a revised Willets Point redevelopment plan is on parkland, and whether a retail use is in line with the legal framework for the site.

Participatory Budgeting: District 32 Ideas List

Document listing proposals being considered by citizen delegates in a pilot participatory budgeting project.

FDNY report on fatal fire, June 17, 2001

The fatal fire investigation report on the deaths of Firefighter John J. Downing of Ladder 163 and Firefighters Brian D. Fahey and Harry S. Ford of Rescue 4 at 12-20/22 Astoria Boulevard, Queens.

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ANNOUNCEMENTS

2015 Queens Arts Fund: Funding for Queens Artists

Queens Council on the Arts (QCA) supports the hard work and contributions of the borough’s creative citizens with our Queens Arts Fund (QAF) grant program. These QAF grants help build the creative community in Queens.

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EVENTS

Seduction of Spirit

Signature Meditation & Yoga Retreat The Global Meditation Event of the Year August 3 - August 9, 2014 Westin Harbour Castle • Toronto, Ontario Join us for seven days of meditating with the world and help set the Guinness World record for the largest meditation gathering in history! We invite you to join us at the heart of a historic meditation gathering in Toronto this summer. Take a seven-day journey with Deepak Chopra and reconnect to what matters most, reclaiming inner and outer peace and prosperity. Each day, Deepak and master educators will lead you in reflective workshops, beautiful yoga practices, and guided meditations dedicated to increasing global consciousness and connection. - See more at: http://www.chopra.com/seduction-of-spirit/august-2014#sthash.oKQVUmZh.dpuf

Women Only Wet Plate Workshop

Join instructor Lisa Elmaleh as she takes on West Virginia and brings wet plate to the field! Learn the wet plate collodion process while getting back to nature. In this workshop, Lisa will teach students how to create glass negatives, tintypes and ambrotypes in camera. Students will learn the techniques of preparing the plate, pouring collodion, exposing, developing, fixing and varnishing as well as chemical mixing and safety. For further details email Lisa at: lisaelmaleh@gmail.com.

Performing Poetry Workshop with Ngoma Hill at Queens Council on the Arts

On Friday, August 15th, 3rd Space presents a Performing Poetry Workshop with Ngoma Hill. Designed particularly for Performance Poets this performance workshop enhances the poets’ ability to deliver poetry and develop stage presence through the use of drama techniques. Each participating poet should bring one memorized piece to workshop with Mr. Hill.

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Potential Oil Boom In SE Wyo. Raises Water Questions

This report, from the Wyoming-based investigative think tank, Wyo File, talks about the implications of hydraulic fracturing in Southeast Wyoming, a process currently being considered in Upstate New York with huge implications for the drinking water of New York City

Who will take care of the interests of the Crimean Tatar people?

Over recent years the leaders of Majlis practically have come out against interests of Crimean Tartar People. Mustafa Dzhemilev and some other leaders of Crimean Tartars try to mistake their own group objectives for the interests of the whole national group. Herein, the actions of disobedience of Crimean Tartars, instigated by the noted persons, are used actively, allegedly, for the sake of defending of their rights, but in actual for the purpose of creation conditions for carrying out pressure on Ukrainian leadership. All mentioned above happens when the Ukrainian leadership does its utmost to improve economic and social situation of the Crimean Tartars even in the conditions of world financial crisis, which has appreciably worsened and added to difficulties of economic situation in Ukraine.

Study: Too Few Contracts to Minority, Women Biz

Council members behind study say much more can be done; mayor's office says study doesn't include subcontracts to minority- and women-owned enterprises.

New York Communities Take on Foreclosures

A commentary from Nation Magazine editor Katrina vanden Heuvel highlights the foreclosure problem in New York City.

Agencies Almost Always Have The Last Word

Courts have little power to overturn decisions by agency hearing officers — as two evicted public housing tenants recently learned.

New York's Recovery Is Stronger Than Nation's, But Still Uneven

New York City has weathered the recession far better than was feared during the financial crisis, but outside of Manhattan the view is often bleaker.

One Simple Path To A Degree

This article examines a proposal by a California state legislator that would require community colleges to provide students with a clear path on how to acquire their degree.

New Bronx Resource Guide for Family Caregivers

The Office of Community Health at Montefiore Medical Center has just released "Caring for Yourself While Caregiving," a new resource guide for Bronx-based family caregivers. Available in English and Spanish, the guide provides 32 pages of helpful, low-cost resources in six unique categories for people caring for an aging parent, spouse, partner, elderly relative, child with an illness or disability, or another person close to them. To order a copy, call (718) 920-6576 or email PCareSupport@montefiore.org.

100,000 Homes for 100,000 Vulnerable Americans

Invisiblepeople.tv's Mark Horvath posts the following article on the launch of the "100,000 Homes Campaign", organized by Common Ground.

Will The Gowanus Ever Be Cleaned Up

For nearly a year, residents, politicians, businesspeople and others battled over the EPA’s consideration of the 1.8-mile waterway for a Superfund listing.

Brownstones and Bodegas

New York photoblog created by Brooklyn based Crown Heights photographer William Hogg.

Peace Now

Peace, Community, City life

We Have Risen Above

Pete Mroz is an independent artist that found funding through the creative site kickstarter.com. Truly is amazing in these tough economic times that people still rise to the challenge of helping the arts!

NYC BLOG

Beautiful Spheres of NYC

Sweat Equals Success

Tough workouts, good eats and crazy adventure in our beautiful city and beyond.

Inside Kenmore Hall

a tenants' eye view of life in an allegedly supportive housing S.R.O. managed by H.S.I. - it's a ghetto in the middle of Gramercy Park, and is supposed to be better than homelessness, but the level of illegal drug activity and violence inside the building is higher than on the surrounding streets or in shelters.

Child and Parent Welfare-My Encounters With ACS

Accounts of carelessness and laziness of ACS and ACS contract agency employees.

Bronx Entrepreneurs and Business Network

a blog by, for and about Bronx entrepreneurs and businesses

Bronx Latino

a lifestyle

NYx2 with Chris + Amber

"The New York times WE have" He's Australian, she's Canadian, he's gay, she's straight - they come from two very different worlds, and live very different lifestyles in the same city: New York City. You just might find humour and entertainment in their perceptions and experiences of life as foreigners living in New York. Follow them each week as they navigate their way through life here in the city. If not, well... at least their moms will be listening.