Earlier this week the Ridgewood community met with the Department of Transportation about a long-term redesign for the 71st Avenue plaza. DOT had originally installed the triangular plaza, at the the intersection of 71st Avenue at Stephen Street and Myrtle Avenue, on a temporary basis last year. DOT is moving forward to make the plaza permanent — they have collected community feedback on plantings, pedestrian lighting and other design-related matters. According to an agency rep, DOT is now reviewing that feedback and will present an updated plan to the community board next week. The permanent plaza will feature lots of fun stuff the temporary one doesn’t have: stone block seating, expanded planting areas, new concrete, a drinking fountain, two permanent chess tables, bike racks, and a rain garden. You can see DOT’s full proposal here. If the community board gives its blessing to the project, DOT will seek approval from the Public Design Commission and then move forward with construction.
2014 brought plenty of shutdowns for the 7 train, and apparently the MTA isn’t wasting any time as we head into the new year. They released the schedule for the first five months of 2015 and, as LIC Post first reported, “The No. 7 train will be out of service between Times Square and Queensboro […]
The T Building, a 10-story Art Moderne structure at the Queens Hospital Center in Jamaica, is on track for redevelopment. Queens Courier shares news that the city restarted the process to transform the building — a former tuberculosis center — into 206 units of affordable housing. Plans to redevelop the T Building go back to […]
After a petition circulated to keep the Sunnyside Famers Market open all year round, the greenmarket will now open every Saturday from 8am to 3pm for the entire year. Previously, the market only stayed open May through December, but more than 1,000 residents as well as the community board pushed to extend it. Sunnyside Post […]
The legend lives on, but it won’t be pigeonholed. Trumpeter Theo Croker is both a bold newcomer on the jazz-soul scene and the grandson of arch-traditionalist trumpet legend Doc Cheatham, whose seven-decade, award-filled career ended on his death in 1997. Still in his twenties, Croker is deeply immersed in jazz , but he also writes and produces […]
Last week, the well-respected Lonely Planet travel media company selected Queens as the best tourism destination of 2015. The stakes seem a bit higher now. Luckily, this week is jam-packed with awe-inspiring, unique, and enriching activities… and things will only get better next year. Here’s the rundown, broken down into education, arts and holiday events. […]