Sunday, April 19, 2015

Meeting Planned for this Tuesday to Discuss Stadium Concerts


A meeting will be held this Tuesday evening about the concerts at the Forest Hills Stadium. Here is an email that is being sent to some residents by a group called "Concerned Citizens of Forest Hills" about the upcoming meeting:
The Forest Hills stadium just announced its full summer schedule – 8 concerts, possibly nine.  (See dates and details below).

A meeting about the concerts will be held this coming Tuesday  (April 21) at 7:00 pm at Our Lady of Mercy, 70-01 Kessel Street.  The meeting has been organized by the 112th Precinct, and the promoters, tennis club representatives, and local politicians will be there.

We urge everyone to attend.

Concerned Citizens of Forest Hills does not oppose the concerts.  But the number of concerts is growing significantly each year, and there are currently no clear limits of any kind.  We believe that the impact on the neighborhood should be minimized, the city's noise code obeyed, and people in the neighborhood who want to attend the concerts should be consistently offered advance access to tickets.

Here are some things you should know:

Three concerts in one weekend –  According to the schedule just announced, there will be concerts on  May 28th, 29th, and 30th

Two concerts on school nights --  Thursday May 28th and Sunday June 21st

Later start dates – Some of the scheduled concerts start at 7:30 p.m.  One  (The Who and Joan Jett) involves two different acts.  It is unclear how such events will end by  10 p.m. and whether that limit is still being enforced.

Noise Code violations  -  As a result of our efforts,  the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) took noise readings last year.  Copies of those readings obtained by attorney Doug Gilbert under the Freedom of Information Law show what we believe to be violations of the city’s noise code every single concert last season. But the promoters and the tennis club were cited only once for excessive decibel levels.

The promoters and tennis club have said they will install acoustical barriers to get the noise levels down this season.  We support that effort, but it is not clear how much work is actually being done and whether it will be effective.

Advance Ticket Purchase  Problems --  As a result of our efforts last year, the promoters agreed to an advance ticket purchase option for neighborhood residents.  But we have heard that some residents who registered last year did not receive emails offering them tickets for The Who and other concerts announced so far this season. If you have had such a problem, please let us know.

A Small Effort On Your Part Can Make a Big Difference

We believe the concert promoters have the financial and professional ability to do right by the neighborhood and still make a healthy profit. But they will only do so if you make your voice heard now.

So please -- come to the meeting.  It’s now clear that these events are going to have a profound effect on our neighborhood for many years to come. It is important that we get this right now, before it is too late.

If you would like to get involved and help us advocate on behalf of the neighborhood, please email us at this address: concernedcitizensofforesthills@gmail.com.   And please encourage your friends and neighbors to sign up for our mailing list by emailing us at this address.

Andy Court
Doug Gilbert
Ann Whyte
on behalf of Concerned Citizens of Forest Hills

List of concert dates:  (based on the Forest Hills stadium web site:)

05/28 ED SHEERAN
05/29 ED SHEERAN
05/30 THE WHO HITS 50!
06/19 VAN MORRISON WITH SPECIAL GUEST TAJ MAHAL
06/21 D'ANGELO AND THE VANGUARD
08/04   JAMES TAYLOR AND HIS ALL-STAR BAND
08/14 SANTANA
09/19 ALABAMA SHAKES WITH SPECIAL GUESTS DRIVE-BY TRUCKERS

A web site called jambands.com listed one additional concert not found on the forest hills stadium site:

August 6—New York Pops with Sutton Foster

Friday, April 17, 2015

Big New Names Added to Forest Hills Stadium 2015 Lineup!





 Forest Hills Stadium 2015 dates:

05/28 ED SHEERAN 
05/29 ED SHEERAN 
05/30 THE WHO HITS 50! 
06/19 VAN MORRISON WITH SPECIAL GUEST TAJ MAHAL 
06/21 D'ANGELO AND THE VANGUARD 
08/04 JAMES TAYLOR AND HIS ALL-STAR BAND 
08/14 SANTANA 
09/19 ALABAMA SHAKES WITH SPECIAL GUESTS DRIVE-BY TRUCKERS 


Tuesday, April 14, 2015

JFK TWA Terminal May Finally Become Hotel

This is kind of cool, for those of us who grew up in the area and used to go to JFK and actually use this TWA terminal. The Wall Street Journal is reporting today that Jet Blue has proposed turning it into a hotel.

JetBlue Wants to Turn Former TWA Terminal Into Hotel

New York-based airline would partner with developer to renovate jet age structure at JFK

 

JetBlue Airways Corp. is angling to get into the hotel business, joining the growing ranks of developers and investors looking for lodging opportunities inside major U.S. airports.
The low-cost airline and its partner, New York-based hotel developer MCR Development LLC, are in advanced negotiations with the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey for the rights to turn the iconic Trans World Airlines terminal at Kennedy Airport into a modern hotel, according to people familiar with the matter.





Monday, April 13, 2015

Forest Hills Jewish Center In Talks with Developers

Photo by Michael Perlman
I've been hearing for the past several weeks rumors about some development deal on the block where the Forest Hills Jewish Center is located. And I was made aware this morning that the FHJC is moving foward with a developer for its site which takes up the entire block along 69th Road from Queens Blvd. to Austin Street. I don't know any more than that at this point. If anyone has additional information, please email it to the blog at edgeofthecity@gmail.com

It's funny - I spent the afternoon in Williamsburg yesterday and as we walked around that amazing 'hood and experienced the miracle of urban renewal that it is, the conversation of course eventually turned to Forest Hills. And one of the things that came up was how the car dealer across from the Forest Hills Jewish Center location would make an awesome site for redevelopment for shopping, a condo, what have you. "What is a car dealership and garage doing in the middle of a prime New York City neighborhood?" we were pondering. And then I hear this news today...

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Voting for Participatory Budgeting Community Projects - April 11-19

Starting this Saturday, April 11th, residents of Forest Hills, Kew Gardens, Rego Park, and Richmond Hill will finally get their chance to vote on their favorite participatory budgeting community projects that will benefit their neighborhood.

Our City Councilwoman, Karen Koslowitz, has allotted $1 million to spend on capital projects that have been proposed by dozens of residents throughout her district. These projects have been narrowed down to thirteen.

Everyone now has a chance to vote for their five favorite ones.

The following is the list of projects and a calendar showing when and were voting will take place.