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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EVENTS

ClancyWorks Audition Call for Dancers

ClancyWorks is looking for strong and passionate dancers for the upcoming 2014-2015 Performance Season. Auditions to take place in NY, DC and Miami. * DC and Miami audition date to be announced.

GREEN SPACE PRESENTS CLANCYWORKS AND AUSTRALIAN ZETA DANCE GROUP

Maryland based ClancyWorks Dance Company has partnered with Australian company Zeta Dance Group to bring an exhilarating and thought- provoking performance not to be missed! Saturday, April 26 at 8:00 these two companies will transform the spacious Green Spaces Studio into an intimate and inspiring exchange between performers and audience as they delve into questions of identity, artistry, cooperation and competition.

Hartley House 4th Annual Spring Benefit

Now in its fourth year, the Spring Benefit is the largest event of Hartley House’s calendar, raising much-needed funds for its vital programming as well as celebrating the Hell’s Kitchen community and the Hartley House family. With live and silent auctions, raffles, performances, and inspiring remarks, the event offers something for everyone to get involved in support of the mission of Hartley House.

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