Traffic calming measures implemented in LIC/Sunnyside
Back in September we we told you about the frustration experienced by locals living near 39th Street in LIC/Sunnyside – apparently drivers would regularly drive the wrong way on 39th Street. They would do that after they approached the roadway to the LIE, realized that the traffic was nuts and would find an escape solution. Sadly, it was an illegal one, though that didn’t stop anyone. At the corner of 39th Street and 51st Ave, DOT installed a quick curb, which has made the area much safer. Happy to know this is the case.
Overheard in Astoria
“That Charlie Chaplin – he’s no Harold Lloyd!”
Overheard at Agnanti restaurant in Astoria, while Charlie Chaplin films were playing at the restaurant.
No tolls on the Cross Bay-Veterans Memorial Bridge? Many Rockaway residents would welcome this.
State Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder (D-Ozone Park) introduced legislation in the Assembly to abolish the tolls on the Cross Bay-Veterans Memorial Bridge. As you can imagine, many Rockaway residents embrace this idea. In order for them to take care of a number of basic needs – gas, drug store, church, bank, doctor’s office, post office – they are required to cross the bridge and pay a toll. State Senator Joseph Addabbo (D-Howard Beach) says the toll “slows the advancement of the peninsula.” It also discourages new businesses from opening, which has a negative effect on advancement of the peninsula. And if the city needs toll money during the summer season (the busiest, by far), Addabbo suggests maybe lifting the toll between Labor Day and Memorial Day.
A farmers market may come to the Hunters Point section of LIC
Good news for you greenmarket/farmers market fans out there – one may be coming to the Hunters Point section of LIC. It would be run by Down to Earth Farmers Markets, a company that runs 20 markets in Westchester County, Rockland County, and NYC. It will be located on 48th Avenue between Vernon Blvd and 5th Street. The dates/times it would be operational are mid-May to mid-November, probably on Saturdays, from 9am-4pm.
Salvaged Hurricane Sandy boardwalk pieces find love in Heartwalk
This is a very cool art installation that happened recently.
“Situ Studio, a Brooklyn design firm, won the fifth annual Times Square Valentine Heart Design competition. The design, Heartwalk, was inspired by Hurricane Sandy and how local communities persevered in a time of hardship. Situ Studio salvaged boardwalk pieces from Sandy’s aftermath—in Long Beach, New York; Sea Grit and Atlantic City, New Jersey; and Rockaways, Queens—to build the 34-feet in diameter installation.”
Image source: Times Ledger
There’s been talk again about getting rid of tolls on the Cross Bay-Veterans Memorial Bridge. This is the bridge that connects the Rockaway peninsula to the rest of the city. State Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder (D-Ozone Park) introduced legislation in the Assembly to abolish the toll, someone his predecessor, Audrey Pheffer (“We will never give up.”) was also passionate about.
Yesterday we came across this op-ed from the Queens Tribune that is in favor of putting tolls on the currently free East River bridges – the Queensborough, Williamsburg, Brooklyn, and Manhattan bridges. In the author’s words, “Instituting a toll on the various bridges within the City that are now toll-free could begin to fill the coffers for an infrastructure fund.”
What do you think? Do you favor tolls in these currently bridges to pay for improvements in infrastructure – specifically the subway? Let us know in the comments or via twitter at @queensnycity.