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Senator Simcha Felder Addresses
the Importance of Bike Safety

Senator Simcha Felder visited local day camps on August 18th to discuss the importance of wearing helmets while bicycling. The visits were part of the Senator’s “Wear a Helmet” Campaign, which was launched together with BINA Stroke and Brain Injury Assistance, in response to reports that Brooklyn’s 66th Police Precinct is the second most dangerous precinct in New York City
for cyclists.

“I was excited to talk to the children personally about helmet safety, and to hand out colorful activity books to them,” said Senator Felder. “It was so refreshing to be able to discuss the importance of wearing a helmet in a way that was enjoyable and educational.”

The activity books were co-sponsored by BINA, which provides guidance and assistance to survivors of stroke and brain injury, many of them children and young adults, and to their families, whose lives have been unexpectedly shattered by a brain injury. BINA addresses every need with rehabilitation referrals and discharge planning, case management, crisis intervention, support and education, allowing brain injury survivors to achieve every possible goal throughout the difficult journey to recovery.

Beginning Sunday, August 30th, and until Friday, September 4th, any child or teenager wearing a helmet while riding a bike may pick up a coupon for a free Klein’s ice cream or ices from the following participating neighborhood toy stores: Toys 4 You at 4510 13th Ave, Linicks at 4811 13th Ave, Double Play at 4115 14th Ave, Tree House at 5210 16th Ave, Toys 2 Discover at 5504 18th Ave, and Totally Toys at 1435 Coney Island Ave.

The coupons can then be redeemed at the Safety Sunday Extravaganza on Sunday, September 6th from 1-4pm at the Boro Park Ice Cream House, 2 Church Avenue. The event will feature entertainment and special appearances by the New York Police Department, the Fire Department, Hatzolah, Shomrim, and others. Children will be treated to balloons and a magician along with clowns and free prizes.

For a free copy of the activity book for your child, contact Senator Felder’s office at 718-253-2015.

Tallest Tower in New York City
Outside of Manhattan to Go Up in Queens

The image of the 800-plus-foot tall luxury condo at 29-37
41st Avenue in Long Island City reveals a glimmering tower in the sky, rivaling any of Manhattan’s “supertall” buildings, the New York Post reported.

Once completed in 2019, the 800-unit luxury condo, Queens Plaza Park, will be the tallest tower in New York City outside
of Manhattan.

The building will also incorporate Queens history, by wrapping itself around the landmarked Clock Tower, built in 1927.

The developers, Property Markets Group and the Hakim Organization, snagged air and development rights and fee parcels from the MTA for $56 million in June.

In return, they’ll build a public open space and commit to maintain it. They’ll also work on expanding subway access at the Queens Plaza station in Long Island City. Although none of its units will be affordable, the developers are expected to receive tax breaks to build.

Records show the developers have submitted plans to the Department of Buildings to build a 772-square-foot, 70-story building – but they are expected to amend the project to build much higher. The project is not within the direct flight path approach to LaGuardia Airport and is not restricted by airport zoning height limits, city sources said. But it will have to provide aircraft safety/warning lights above its water tanks or other obstructions on its roof.

The tower will likely fit in a category called “supertall,” defined as any tower 800 feet tall or higher. There are currently at least
16 “supertalls” that have broken ground in New York City.

LaGuardia Airport to be Completely Rebuilt

LaGuardia Airport is going to be completely torn down and rebuilt, the New York Post reports. The plan calls for a single, sleek new building as part of a $4 billion project aimed at drastically reducing flight
delays and getting the airport into the 21st century, officials announced Monday.

The extreme makeover will also add badly-needed AirTrain and high-speed ferry service to the overcrowded, delay-riddled gateway to the Big Apple.

Among the highlights:

•    A new, unified terminal that will be 600 feet closer to the Grand Central Parkway, providing 240 percent more space for runways and flight operations.

•   High-speed ferry service that will have boats docking at the existing Marine Terminal.

•   A state-of-the-art, post-9/11 security system that will be three times as large as the current operation, slashing wait times.

•   The reconfiguration of nearby roads to improve access for passengers and reduce traffic.

•   A new Central Hall with increased space for high-end amenities including retail shops and a 200-room boutique hotel.

•   Creation of 8,000 construction jobs and 18,000 permanent jobs both at the airport and in businesses that service the airport.

The stunning new airport will be paid for by a private-public partnership, with the Port Authority kicking in roughly 50 percent.

Amazingly, nearly as many planes will be able to fly in and out of the airport during construction as there are now, according to Patrick Foye, executive director of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.

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Greenfield’s Muni-Meter Law is in Effect

Councilman David G. Greenfield’s historic muni-meter legislation went into effect citywide on July 1st. The law has three parts: it allows drivers to pre-pay New York City’s
muni-meters up to one hour before the meter regulations go into effect, it forces meters to shut off and not accept payment when the driver is not required to pay for parking (like in the evening), and it shuts down muni-meters when they run out of paper receipts.

“Today marks an important day for driving New Yorkers,” said Councilman Greenfield on the new law. “This will save drivers time, money and immense frustration. After all, no New Yorker likes to get ripped off by a muni-meter – even if it’s only a quarter or two.”

Councilman Greenfield’s law, Local Law 49 of 2013, passed the City Council on June 13, 2013. Because of the complexities involved, Greenfield’s law gave the Department of Transportation two years from July 1, 2013 to update the muni-meter software to make these changes. As of July 1, 2015, all of the city’s muni-meters are now programmed for these changes, which will improve the quality of life for New York City drivers.

NYC Polystyrene Foam Ban Has Begun

As of July 1st, New York City food service establishments (including food carts) and stores are no longer able to sell, distribute or use certain expanded polystyrene (EPS) foam products. These items include polystyrene foam single-service cups, bowls, plates, takeout containers, trays and polystyrene loose fill packaging, known as packing peanuts.

Earlier this year, after consultation with corporations,
non-profits, vendors and other stakeholders, the Department of Sanitation (DSNY), determined that EPS foam cannot be recycled, which led to the ban. The provision includes a grace period from July 1, 2015 until January 1, 2016. Following the grace period, Notices of Violation will be issued.

EPS is a major source of neighborhood litter and is hazardous to marine life. EPS foam is lightweight material that can clog storm drains and end up on our beaches and in waterways. EPS containers can break down into smaller pieces, which marine animals may mistake for food.

The ban affects any business, agency, or institution that sells or uses EPS, and is located or operates within any of the five boroughs. Those using foam packaging should consider alternatives such as paper, plastic, aluminum, and biodegradable products.

Nonprofits and small businesses (not part of a chain) with less than $500,000 in yearly revenue may apply for a hardship exemption from the Department of Small Business Services if they can prove that the purchase of alternative products not composed of EPS would create undue financial hardship. Visit http://www.nyc.gov/foampackagingwaiver for more information.

EPS is already banned in Washington, DC, Minneapolis, San Francisco, Oakland, Portland, Albany, and Seattle. In total, more than 70 cities have banned foam, and businesses large and small have shifted to alternative products that are biodegradable or otherwise recyclable.

Summer Repaving Schedule

Councilmember Mark Treyger is pleased to announce that a number of streets throughout Bensonhurst, Gravesend and Coney Island will be resurfaced this summer.

Councilmember Treyger worked closely with Brooklyn Department of Transportation Commissioner Keith Bray to identify the streets across the 47th District that are most in need of repairs, based on road conditions and traffic volume. In addition, Councilmember Treyger secured $400,000 in this year’s city budget to include additional streets in this year’s repaving schedule. Residents should be on the lookout in the coming weeks for notices of parking restrictions as this work continues over the rest of the summer.

The following streets have been included in the DOT’s spring and summer resurfacing schedule:

• 28th Avenue from Bath Avenue to Cropsey Avenue

• Cropsey Avenue from Shore Parkway to Bay Parkway

• 25th Avenue from Bath Avenue to Stillwell Avenue

• Avenue U from McDonald Avenue to Coney Island Avenue

• 19th Avenue from 86th Street to 65th Street

• 80th Street from Bay Parkway to Stillwell Avenue

• West Street from Avenue Y to Shore Parkway

• West 28th Street from Neptune Avenue to Boardwalk

• West 29th Street from Neptune Avenue to Mermaid Avenue

• East 9th Street from Avenue P to Coney Island Avenue

• Murdock Court from West Street to Ocean Parkway

• Nixon Court from West Street to Ocean Parkway

Signs will be posted notifying residents of parking restrictions and street closures prior to the start of each individual project. Residents are urged to contact Councilmember Treyger’s office at (718) 307-7151 with any questions or concerns, or to report any unsafe street conditions in the district.

 

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