Here’s a Twitter shot taken today of the 7-Eleven under construction on Queens Boulevard, right next to the Red Mango outpost at 70th Road. Edge of the City hears that the mega chain will open at this location in February. GMAP
Queens Boulevard is a notoriously dangerous thoroughfare, but after a Bangladeshi immigrant was killed there last week activists are pushing hard for bike lanes, speed humps and speed indicators. DNAinfo reports that Transportation Alternatives started a petition — which already has 1,392 signatures — for the changes. Here’s what it states: “T.A.’s Queens Activist Committee is calling for protected bike lanes, pedestrian safety improvements and Select Bus Service on Queens Boulevard. These critical improvements will save lives, boost local business and dramatically improve local quality of life along the boulevard.” This Saturday, Transportation Alternatives plans to take to the streets of Forest Hills to gather support of residents and business owners. The city enacted some improvements already, including fences and countdown signals. But Transportation Alternatives argues that compared to thoroughfares like Eastern Parkway, Queens Boulevard dedicates a much larger amount of space to cars. More than 70 pedestrians were killed on the boulevard from 1993 to 2001.
Activists Push for More Safety Measures on Queens Blvd After Fatal Crash [DNAinfo]
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The Department of Education has proposed to rezone District 24, which serves Glendale, Ridgewood, Elmhurst, Maspeth, Middle Village and Corona, to address problems of school overcrowding. But some parents worry that the rezoning will force many students into a dangerous commute. According to the Queens Courier, “Based on the plans, students would have to cross Queens Boulevard, the so-called “Boulevard of Death,” to get to P.S. 229 from the newly expanded northern area. Also, some children that formerly would be zoned for P.S. 229 will be instead moved to P.S. 153, which may force them to cross the Long Island Expressway via Maurice Avenue.” Parents are particularly cautious after a recent incident in which an SUV jumped the curb on Grand Avenue and injured five students. The DOE staffers plan to reconfigure the proposal and meet with parents again on September 24th. The zoning change, which will adjust school zones based on neighborhood populations, affects the kindergarten class of the 2014-2015 school year — current students won’t have to change schools.
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QNYC, the Queens Tourism Council and Applebee’s are partnering to raise money for the Rockaways. Tomorrow, December 22, four borough Applebee’s will host Breakfast with Santa, and patrons will get a Polaroid photo with the Man in Red and a buffet including scrambled eggs, potatoes, sausage, pancakes, bacon, toast, orange juice and coffee or tea. All the proceeds will go to the Rockaway Waterfront Alliance, a nonprofit which responded to Hurricane Sandy by giving homebound residents hot meals and providing emergency food and clothing from a firehouse. Volunteers then delivered emergency supplies door-to-door. Currently, RWA has been clearing streets by removing sand and debris. For years, Applebee’s has hosted Breakfast with Santa events on Staten Island. This is its first venture into Queens. Let’s show our community spirit and love of a good breakfast with a good man.
Breakfast with Santa
Bayside, 213-29 26th Ave.; Rego Park, 95-25 Queens Blvd.; Astoria, 38-01 35th Ave; and Fresh Meadows, 61-48 188th St.
Saturday, December 22
8:30am – 10 am | $10