2008-04-23 / Features

News Of The Neighborhoods


Parting Gift

Thirty-second Street between 24th Avenue and Astoria Boulevard got a makeover recently, to residents' delight.

Thanks to a budget request made by Community Board 1 District Manager George Delis, the street was recently redesigned to provide greater safety and convenience to residents.

Crews from the city Department of Transportation recently completed the $4.5 million project- building staircases and a walkway to accommodate pedestrian traffic on the street, which was formerly a dark and dingy dead end.

The project is one of the last to be completed before Delis retires on May 1.

Queens Animal Shelter Vies For Top $ Prize

A shelter for stray animals operated at JFK Airport by the rescue group known as Bobbi and the Strays, was recently named a finalist in a $1 million makeover contest sponsored by Zootoo.com.

Bobbi Giordano, founder and operator of Bobbi and the Strays, said the rescue group was thrilled to learn that the JFK shelter site was chosen as a finalist in the contest.

The winning shelter will receive a complete makeover, including redesign and equipment and materials needed to foster animals rescued from abusive owners, as well as animals that have been neglected or abandoned.

NYPD Cameras Coming To Queens Parks

Police and city Parks Department officials said recently that parks throughout the city, including Queens, will soon be equipped with surveillance cameras aimed at nabbing park predators.

Deputy Parks Commissioner Kevin Jeffrey told a recent City Council panel on park safety, "It's not a matter of if we are going to use the technology, but when we are going to use it."

Jeffrey said officials are searching for funding to pay for the cameras and for the best equipment. Cameras installed at city parks must be able to capture an image that will stand up in court, officials said.

A recent study released by the group New Yorkers for Parks shows that Flushing Meadows-Corona Park came in second to Central Park in major crimes reported between April 2006 and September 2007.

Statistics compiled by the NYPD indicate that 99 major crimes were committed in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park in that time period, including one murder.

Police and parks officials have stated in the past that the increase in violent crime in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park was the work of two individuals, since arrested, who preyed on the public in a series of robberies that led to one murder.

Sources said cameras installed in Queens parks would be clearly identified and would not be placed at locations that would invade the privacy of the public.

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