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.
Over the last dozen years of Louis Armstrong’s life, the jazz legend liked to joke that Jack Bradley was his “white son.” The famous composer/singer/trumpeter didn’t have any biological children, and he was black. But he and Bradley, a professional photographer and avid sailor, became extremely close after meeting through a mutual friend in 1959. […]
Today local pols, the Department of Transportation, Sunnyside Shines and Community Board Two cut the ribbon on Sunnyside’s second public plaza to open this year. Lowery Plaza, located at 40th Street and Queens Boulevard under the elevated 7, now features plantings, tables and chairs. In the future, Sunnyside Shines will host neighborhood performances and programming […]
The old Jamaica Savings Bank, at 161-02 Jamaica Avenue, is slated (finally!) for a makeover. Queens Courier reports that United American Land, the owner of the 116-year-old landmark, filed a permit with the Landmarks Preservation Commission to “construct rear and side additions, replace doors, install awnings and infill window openings.” There’s no official word on […]
National Chemistry Week runs from October 19th to October 25th this year, and organizations across the country are promoting this discipline’s finer points. The 2014 theme is The Sweet Side of Chemistry – Candy, and scientists are tasked with explaining how ingredients undergo chemical transformations to become such beloved comestibles as chocolate, taffy, and gum. On October […]
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