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Seems like a cry for attention. I doubt that the multitudes of KKK supporters in Middle Village would out themselves in such a diminished manner. Yes, I remember the hooded figures by the thousands marching through Juniper Valley Park in the 70's and 80's but it seems they have been on the down low as of late. Until this heinous act...


Usually, almost always, the person who "reports" that they found a hate symbol is the one who put it there. I am doubly suspicious in this case, because of Ms. Linzer's "nobody will silence me" Facebook post referring to the "current climate." She sounds like a crazy amateur left winger trying to blame this on the president.







I hope that the DOT will finish this by this Summer, given the lack of accountability and transparency towards the general public.




















Such governmental bureaucracy between the DOT and the unionized contractors and subcontractors, in which these projects will be late and over budget and us NYC taxpayer will pick up the tab. This could be a major domino effect on how does it impact gridlock ad shuttle bus service when the M train service along the BMT Myrtle Avenue Line will be shutting down for major repairs next summer. I hope that there will be a major cooperation between the MTA, the DOT, the businesses and the General Public. However, right now, we went nowhere.





Pedro, Actually the New York & Atlantic Railway has a much worse accident record than other railroads in its class. Newsday recently reported that since 2007 NYAR had 43 accidents/incidents compared to an average of 15 accidents/incidents for railroads in its class. Its accident/incident record is much worse than LIRR's own safety record. The Federal Railroad Administration's safety investigation of NYAR discovered that NYAR's practice was operating freight trains with unqualified crew. NYAR is a closely held private company. NYAR owns almost nothing -- a couple of Maintenance of Way trucks, their office equipment, one locomotive. NYAR wouldn't exist without their use of a public railroad and public subsidies. Public subsidies NYAR receives include new locomotives purchased with state funding, and millions in new infrastructure that is only used by NYAR. NYAR abused the public trust, broke federal law, cut corners, put public safety at risk to make more money for their two owners. NYAR's owners hide behind their money and connections and pay a lobbyist to talk to the press. You look at the repair NYAR made at Metropolitan Ave. and it's a cheap asphalt repair. For years NYAR didn't even do regular maintenance, damaging vehicles that had to use their crossings -- until the FRA had NYAR under the microscope and the railroad was concerned about renewing the Transfer Agreement. MTA and LIRR need to find another operator or operate their own freight railroad, as they did in the past.


Like any other commuter rail or freight operator across the northeast, I am not generally surprised there.

Thanks to rapid gentrification in the Northside of Williamsburg and now in Bushwick, more and more newer residents are coming to these neighborhoods, especially along the L train. It does make sense when the MTA could add more trains per week because these newer residents are flexible to go across NYC, anytime, anywhere, and not just to go to the 9 to 5 job anymore. It's a "double-edged" sword and a "Catch-22:" more service to relieve overcrowding, but more and more people are living along the L train in the future.






Beautiful Parade for our Veterans our Heroes plus great photos thanks for posting!












Select BS is going to create more gridlock for everyone including bus riders. Stealing traffic lanes, left turns, bus stops, speed limits, parking and putting bus riders on snowy medians is a recipe for disaster. It's time to get rid of Mayor Zero Vision and Select BS. Who ever our new Mayor is better reopen our roadways, railways, waterways and bring back our bus stops and speed limits. Queens needs faster and safer transportation not lies, gridlock and tickets. Say goodbye Mayor Chaos. Support the Queens Public Transit Committee at 718-679-5309 or www.qptc.org or PhilAMcManus@gmail.com


It is critical to have a major cooperation between the MTA and the DOT, in terms of getting the world out to the general public sooner rather than later, with the least inconvenienced number of commuters possible.



Pure bureaucracy at its worst by the NYC DOT.


Really happy to hear about this. Hoping for some full fledged bike lanes as opposed to shared lanes. There is very little cycling infrastructure in Ridgewood / Middle V - every bit will make streets safer for cycling and driving. Now if only we could start a conversation about Metropolitan Ave

Lets see, Bike Lanes, Bike Lanes, Bike Lanes, Shared Bike Lanes, Shared Bike Lanes, Shared Bike Lanes please enough is enough remember the invention of the motor vehicle many do.....






2017: The year that will be determine which project(s) will be the winner(s) and which one(s) will be the loser(s): Either the Queensrail, the Queensway, the SBS, or the NIMBYs?


Time for a shake up. Markey couldn't expect to keep getting re-elected and doing nothing. These politicians can't think they can keep getting paid and not even show up to a meeting. I even received a postcard to my home thanking me for nominating her !! do your homework, I didn't sign anything to put you on the ballot. Congrants to Brian Barnwell. The other one that needs a shake up is Crowley.

Maybe, just maybe, voters are fed up with the status quo, and with the politicians not listening to them, that they're going to start throwing ALL of the incumbents out, even the better ones, out of abject frustration with a failing system at all levels.











Everyone, they just changed hands. Give it time and allow the current owner to get everything up and running first. You can't fault the current owner since the past owner sold the property. The only person to blame here is the past owner for selling. Secondly, business wise he made a smart choice by buying the property. It will be nice to have more food options, organic is not a bad word people and yes better food costs more money. Where your food comes from does matter. Anyway, back to the conversation it will be nice to have better and more food options in the neighborhood, and if it's too much money then it's not like we don't have other stores in the area. In conclusion, if he sees businesses dipping then he will cut prices but like any owner you're going to test the water first and hey why not. Change is good.

What a disappointment this take over is. I recently went into Silver Barn on my weekly visit for my deli items and produce. While in the produce section I was shocked to overhear how one of the new owners was speaking to a long time employee. If that is how they speak to their employees I'll be shopping elsewhere. Also, there were no lower prices in sight only higher prices, no online coupons, no store card benefits. Highly disappointed with this new business!

I miss Silver Barn since moving. Hopefully they won't go all organic so that their regular shoppers who don't want to or can't spend a fortune don't have to. That's what was so great about Silver Barn, good quality with great prices and a great staff!


A competitor bought a market that many people preferred over Met Food and we already see the physical changes. Hmmm, wonder what's going on here. Because yes, so many of us happy Silver Barn customers who were spending less money vs Met Food were asking "if only we had higher priced organic goods here". If Bill Fani is serious about making Silver Barn successful ... we'll see.

Organic will mean higher prices. Many of us are skeptical that the new Village Barn, as we hear it'll be called, will actually deliver. I don't know if Silver Barn was making money. But many of us went there for 2 reasons: 1. lower prices vs Met Food and 2. better quality produce. Isn't it suspicious that the owner of Met Food bought his competitor? If the Village Barn fails ... he can sell the property and achieve the benefit of killing a competitor.

I'm looking forward to having a store with more organic produce & food. I wish we had a Whole Foods or Fair Way close to us because Trader Joe's really isnt the best. Maybe this will be our answer. Also. The produce at Met Foods has been lacking for quite some time now too. Im looking forward to it

oh boy, are you kidding? Silver Barn was a hit, the deli line was always there. Why tamper with success? Doesn't make sense.

Just horrible. A neighborhood staple like The Silver Barn falling for the big organic food scam. Lower prices my eye. What a shame. Now I have to find a new place to shop.






NYA lobbyist John Casellini's statements are shockingly disrespectful to State Assemblyman Mike Miller, who directly reached out to NYA on behalf of residents when he heard about NYA parking garbage cars by homes over the holiday. Casellini's tired excuses demonstrate (again!) Anacostia Rail Holdings-New York & Atlantic Railway's culture of contempt -- for the public, public costs, and NYA's failure to fulfill responsibilities under the Transfer Agreement with LIRR. Casellini's assertion that the near constant presence of giant 286,000 pound rail cars of garbage that emit dust, foul odors, and filthy stormwater, and host vectors -- such as mosquitoes -- in residential areas of NYC are the same as the occasional, stationary household dumpster outside a home is simply insulting. After being contacted by a State Assemblyman, NYA permitted its lobbyist say for publication that NYA could help if only citizens followed protocol is ridiculous and insulting. NYA knows exactly where all the cars they pick up come from and where they are stored by NYA for classification and eventual pick-up by CSX. Previously NYA has admitted to Assemblyman Miller in writing that "C&D" Residue rail cars can stink whether they are empty or full, so why is Casellini disputing this again now? What is at the bottom of this latest abusive incident is NYA's private owners Gilbertson and Lieberman/their employees don't want to spend money to do things right, even while their business is totally reliant on LIRR's public assets and many substantial public subsidies. The bottom line here is that once again ARH and NYA have proven that they are incapable of doing things right, don't care, and don't deserve a 10-year renewal of the Transfer Agreement for LIRR's freight railroad. The AHR-NYA PR charm offensive in this article and other publications is no substitute for safe performance that doesn't create unnecessary health, environmental, and quality of life problems for communities and MTA commuters (three derailments of garbage gondolas on MNR and LIRR in 2014-15, and LIRR billed NYA $1.1M+ to clear the 9-15-15 one off the Main Line). Casellini's assertions and ARH-PR charm offensive to secure their 10-year renewal tries to paper over years of unending problems that have only gotten worse in recent years. Shame!!


Did anyone complain about trashes are illegally dumped on the street or sidewalk? In the hot summer, these people open the Hydrants fully without the spray cap. And Palmetto Street from Woodward Ave to St Nicholas Ave needs to be paved not at the center but the side of the streets.




Personally, I don't think the dead mind; I certainly wouldn't but I'm not interested in being buried. Medical students can do with me whatever they want- I am their's for the taking, as long as there's no fighting.






Great use of technology. This video may be a valuable training resource for FDNY.




In the time where public transportation funding was scarce, I realistically believe that both the light rail project and the Queensrail project will be made after several years time. This is applied after some initial studies, project scoping, environmental impact statements, engineering studies, design studies, engineering studies, project construction, project testing, project implementation and project operation. This would cost at least $1B for each project. By the end of the day, it is all about advocating for better service and targeting the people and elected officials along the line.

I was about to tell you that the LIC and the LIRR were there before you. This still holds true, however, you have some good valid points about the LIRR and the NY&AR. I am from a railroading family and have sympathy for the problems of running a railroad today. Even though they were there first, they have to be good neighbors, and make reasonable efforts to make the area livable. Your requests certainly sound reasonable to me.







http://www.junipercivic.com/membership.asp

I'd like to know too!

how can I get a copy of the Juniper Berry book?




There is better be a major communication between the MTA the DOT and the Communities and the Electeds that are affected by both of these shutdowns, ASAP.









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Why I deserve to win a trip to Cancun: Well, this is a little embarrassing, but the point is to win the trip, right? So here it goes…I was in the military for over 21 years. I am proud of my service and love my country. But it has been at a price. So, how do I begin? I’ll start at Ground Zero. As a member of the US Army National Guard, my Military Police unit was mobilized for Ground Zero on 9-11-01. We spent nearly a month working there. Those apocalyptic images and emotions will forever be imbeded into my psyche. I thought I had just about seen the worst man can do to man, on a massive scale. But I was mistaken. Because 15 months later my unit was deployed again, to a place called…Iraq. Once again, I saw and experienced things that, sometimes I relieve in my nightmares. But I am blessed, because I am alive. I cane home. And I thank God for that, because so many of my brothers did not. And I will live with that for the rest of my life. Perhaps later, I will delete this post, I think maybe its self serving and perhaps its inappropriate. But it has taken me years to be able to express myself. And perhaps this is a good thing.







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