December, 2011


Bayside activist wants park’s name changed

Marie Curie Park in Bayside, like Francis Lewis and Bay Terrace playgrounds, contains basketball courts, fitness equipment and a playground. Comments (2).

Astoria dive pool being re-imagined

City Councilman Peter Vallone Jr. (D-Astoria) announced Tuesday that Astoria Park’s long-neglected diving pool will get a $1 million renovation and be converted into a first-class performance space by 2013. Comment.
Middle Village

Juniper Valley Park modernizes design

Elected officials, civic leaders and city Parks Department officials helped cut the ribbon earlier this month on $750,000 in renovations to the Juniper South Playground. Comment.

Crowley ruined St. Saviour’s deal

The people in western Maspeth have worked hard and prayed for a park at the former site of St. Saviour’s Church for more than five years. Comment.

Pol must back St. Saviour’s park

City Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley’s (D-Middle Village) single-handed nixing of the Crowley-St. Saviour’s park project felt like a sucker punch to its long-time supporters. Comment.
Jackson Heights

Jax Hts park marks 200th conversion from schoolyard in city

Mayor Michael Bloomberg visited Jackson Heights, the neighborhood most starved for park space in Queens, last week to celebrate the upcoming opening of PS 69’s student-designed playground, which comes complete with a human sundial and rock wall with “fossils.” Comment.

SNAP growing to care for seniors

The cover story about Services Now for Adult Persons expanding transportation to northeast Queens (“CB 11 approves Little League bleachers plan,” Bayside Times, Nov. 10-16) only took into account one small aspect of the real story, which is that the SNAP of Eastern Queens Senior Center was awarded the contract to become one of eight innovative senior centers in the city. Comment.
Bay Terrace

Little Bay Park improvements 7 years behind

When visitors come to Little Bay Park, where will they go? Comment.

Halloran, civic argue online over Whitestone sports field

As a Whitestone civic group fights to turn an overgrown, empty lot into a community sports complex, one resident’s innocuous post on Facebook has spawned a well-documented and surprisingly candid discussion into opinions on both sides of the fence. Comments (12).

November, 2011


Don’t put bleachers in Crocheron Pk

On March 29, 1995, an illiterate letter — replete with more than a dozen errors in grammar and spelling, including “bleaches” instead of “bleachers” — was sent to Community Board 11 by a person who called himself “Commissioner of Bayside Little League,” requesting that bleachers be installed in Crocheron Park, across from the residential area that had been represented by the East Bayside Homeowners Association for two decades at that time. Comments (8).

St. Saviour’s activists want state to release funds

Advocates for a park at the St. Saviour’s site in Maspeth are hoping the state will change its mind and provide crucial funds for the project’s future. Comment.

October, 2011

Springfield Gardens

Restored park honors civic from another era

Albert Montbellier dedicated most of his life to improving the quality of life in southeast Queens and the community has taken up his cause with an all-new, all different greenspace in the area. Comment.

Civic seeks unused funds

Warren Schreiber, president of the Bay Terrace Community Alliance, told Community Board 11 Monday night he was investigating a combined $5.42 million he claims has not been used by the city Parks Department after being allocated by U.S. Rep. Gary Ackerman (D-Bayside) and then-City Councilman Tony Avella for improvements in Little Bay Park more than seven years ago. Comment.

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Historic Flushing site gets much needed makeover

The Kingsland Homestead, a 226-year-old home in downtown Flushing, is getting a long-awaited face-lift this autumn, and its organizers hope the program will allow the site to continue its missions of historical education and preservation for many more years. Comment.

Lawmaker takes cue from kids on Sunnyside park revamp

Students from Sunnyside’s PS 199 spent their Monday morning in Lance Cpl. Thomas P. Noonan Jr. Playground drawing and writing on colored pieces of paper their ideas of what they would want to see in a planned renovation of the park. Comments (19).
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