06/25/13 10:00am

WalkNYC LIC

The Department of Transportation kicked off a new pedestrian wayfinding sign system called WalkNYC on Monday. The first phase of the program will include a total of around 100 interactive maps in Manhattan’s Chinatown and Midtown, Long Island City, Prospect Heights and Crown Heights, starting with four locations in Chinatown. The signs will be installed in Long Island City in August. The system was funded with federal grants and parrtners that included local Business Improvement Districts. The maps will be located on sidewalks, including at Citi Bike stations, and in subway stations. The program was first announced back in January.

“As Long Island City is integrated into the launch of this wonderful system we will be able to highlight one of New York City’s hottest neighborhoods for all to see. With some of the city’s best cultural institutions and arts organizations, Western Queens offers a wide array of venues that will once and for all put Long Island City on the map for good,” said local Council Member Jimmy Van Bramer in a statement.

Map: DOT

10/30/12 3:29pm

The Sunnyside Gardens area of Sunnyside is known for the large, beautiful trees that line its streets. Unfortunately, Hurricane Sandy found many of these trees last night and they were ripped out at the roots, wreaking havoc on cars, sidewalks, and yards. Most homeowners got lucky, though, and did not see any damage from the fallen trunks and branches.

On 47th Street, two huge trees and a lamppost lay across the road.

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Between 47th and 48th Streets, a tree went down in someone’s backyard, and yanked the square edge of the yard up with it.  (more…)

09/17/12 3:00pm

Whether you’re looking for your dream home or just want to go on a scenic stroll, here is our guide to what we think are the five most beautiful streets in the entire borough. They have five different looks and vibes, but all feature lush greenery, appealing architecture, and historic charm – and most of them have been granted landmark status, so they’re bound to stay pretty for decades to come.

1. Bow Street, Forest Hills (GMAP)

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Wandering around Forest Hills Gardens gives you that “it’s hard to believe I’m in NYC right now” feeling. The curved, privately owned streets, palatial homes, and features like the private tennis club seem odd, considering how close they are to Queens Boulevard and the subway. (more…)