CB1 Chair, District Manager to step down

CB1 Chair Vinicio Donato and District Manager Lucille Hartmann will be stepping down from their positions this summer. Donato is said to be stepping down in August, while Hartmann will be leaving in June.

“Together, Vinny and Lucille, cared deeply about the communities they served and worked hard every day to make Western Queens a better place,” said Council Member Jimmy Van Bramer in a statement.

MTA ridership soars in LIC

The MTA is out with a new study which shows a sharp increase in ridership in rapidly-developing LIC.

The study said the number of weekday riders increased by 12% last year, or 1,500 more customers a day, at the Vernon-Jackson 7 stop, and by 9.7% at the Court Sq. E,G,M,7 station.

Despite the influx of new riders in LIC, Queens experienced the least growth of all 5 boroughs, with a 1.9% total increase in weekday ridership, behind Brooklyn (2.7%), Manhattan (2.5%) and the Bronx (2.1%).

Overall, NYC ridership reached the highest levels in 65 years last year, with an average of 5.6 million people taking city subways each weekday.

 

Neighborhood ‘slow zone’ construction underway

The DOT has started work on a 50-block slow zone that incorporates the northern section of Sunnyside and parts of Woodside.

The DOT constructed a 100-block zone on the south side of Queens Blvd late last year—which it called the Sunnyside Slow Zone. The now called “Sunnyside Gardens-Woodside Slow Zone,” is the second area in the neighborhood being labeled as such.

“Nothing is more important than making our streets safer for children, seniors and residents,” said Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer, who requested the slow zones. “The best way to keep everyone safe is to slow traffic

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The Sunnyside Gardens/Woodside zone, which is expected to be completed by summer, will be by 43rd Street to the west; Queens Blvd and Roosevelt Avenue to the south; 38th Avenue and Barnett Ave to the north; and 58th Street to the east.

The zone will include 17 speed bumps in addition to the 13 that are now there. There will also be 19 entrances to the slow zone that will be marked by the large blue 20 mph gateway sign. Many of these signs have already gone up.

 

Median extension at Astoria Blvd. N completed

The DOT has completed a long-awaited traffic safety improvement at the intersection of 32nd Street, the Grand Central Parkway, and Astoria Boulevard North.

The renovation extends the existing median barrier between Astoria Blvd North and the Grand Central highway exit ramp to separate traffic through 31st Street.

“This intersection was dangerous and confusing,” Assemblymember Aravella Simotas said in a statement. “Motorists from the area dreaded crossing multiple lanes of traffic to get home and drivers new to the area had no idea how to get where they were going.”

 

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