Assemblyman Brian Barnwell was just a kid when his neighbors began advocating for street safety measures around the Boulevard Gardens co-op complex in Woodside.
Some three decades later, Barnwell, who still lives in his lifelong home, was able to work with Councilman Costa Constantinides and the Department of Transportation (DOT) to install a traffic light at Hobart Street and 30th Avenue.
Earlier this week, DOT announced that the light will be installed by the end of the year.
“Thirty-five years of writing letters and making calls are finally over,” Constantinides said.
Over the years, the city tried different methods to slow down drivers in the area. They tried an all-way stop sign, and a blinking red light. Those measures failed.
Now, in addition to the traffic light, the DOT has implemented these other enhancements:
Installing a large concrete triangle at the tip of Strippoli Square (51st and 54th Streets at 31st Avenue)
Painting a large triangle section at Hobart and 51st Streets
Realigning and narrowing the moving lanes along Hobart Street
Extending the concrete curb at Hobart Street and 30th Avenue
Making all crossings ADA-compliant with pedestrian access ramps
It’s not everyday that a debuting network television show bears the name of your neighborhood!
That’s why we paid close attention last night as NBC’s “Sunnyside” premiered at 9:30 p.m.
For those who haven’t heard, “Sunnyside” stars Kal Penn as Garrett Modi, a rising star in the New York City Council whose career tumbled after being busted for public intoxication in a viral video.
Modi moves in with his sister and contemplates how it all went wrong.
But his life gets a second wind when a group of immigrants, aspiring to become American citizens, enlists Modi to help navigate the complicated citizenship process.
You can sort of guess where it goes from here. In fact, NBC’s website gives you a sense of what’s to come: it “gives him a new sense of purpose and a chance for redemption.”
Penn, of “Harold & Kumar” fame, is not only the lead in the show, but is also an executive producer, along with Matt Murray and Michael Schur, NBC comedy veterans who also made hits like “The Good Place” and “Brooklyn Nine-Nine.”
Befitting one of the core issues of our time, “Sunnyside” showcases the signature diversity that makes Queens so special. It features an especially diverse and talented ensemble cast.
We’re hopeful that as the rest of the season unfolds, “Sunnyside” will have staying power and will make our neighborhood proud.
Assemblyman Michael DenDekker’s office is hosting a mobile mammography van to conduct free breast cancer screenings on Saturday, September 28 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Jackson Heights Shopping Center.
The van, administered by Mount Sinai Hospital, will offer free mammograms to women over the age of 40.
The service is available to anyone over the age of 50, regardless of whether or not they have insurance.
Only women who have not had a mammogram within the past year will be eligible for the service.
Anyone seeking a breast cancer screening must pre-register with Mount Sinai Hospital by calling (844) EZMAMMO or (844) 396-2666.
You will be asked to leave a message, and after you leave a message, a staff member from Mount Sinai Hospital will return your call.