Enjoy free outdoor yoga at Atlas Park

Photo by lululemon athletica

Photo by lululemon athletica

New York Sports Club is offering a free outdoor yoga class every Saturday morning this summer.

The class runs from 9:30-10:30 a.m. on the center green. You do not need to be a member of the New York Sports Club to particpate.

In the event of rain, the class will be help inside New York Sports Club (entrance on the second level near TJ Maxx).


CBD-infused coffee shop coming to Glendale

Leighton Knowles, the Queens chef behind the secret prohibition-style CBD-infused dinner in Bushwick earlier this year announced he’ll be opening a CBD-infused coffee shop in Glendale. It will be the city’s first.

CBD is one of the cannaboids in marijuana, however it’s not what causes the “high” effect (that’s THC) and rather has a number of medical properties, according to a study by the National Institute on Drug Abuse. It’s currently unscheduled, meaning on its own, it’s legal to consume.

You can see Knowles’ full announcement on Facebook below:


Pol honors late Glendale firefighter


Congresswoman Grace Meng presented members of Engine Company 286/Ladder Company 135 with a Congressional Record that honored the life of late firefighter William Tolley.

Tolley was killed while battling a blaze in Ridgewood earlier this year.

The Congressional Record reads:

I rise today along with the support of my colleague, Congressman Suozzi, to honor the life, service, and bravery of New York City firefighter William Tolley, who was killed in the line of duty on April 20, 2017. Congressman Suozzi and I are saddened that New York has lost such a beloved hero.

William Tolley was a courageous firefighter with Ladder Company 135 in Glendale, Queens and a respected community member on Long Island. Thousands attended his funeral at St. Martin of Tours Church in Bethpage, Long Island, and many Long Island residents decorated their streets with red ribbons in remembrance.

William’s memory was also honored in Queens as the flag at the firehouse of Engine Company 286/Ladder Company 135 was flown at half-mast on the evening of his death. In addition, many Queens residents paid their respects with a makeshift memorial outside the firehouse on Myrtle Avenue. We believe that William’s dedication to protecting Queens citizens from harm and his service to the Queens community will never be forgotten.

As a heroic New York City Fire Department (FDNY) veteran for fourteen years, William not only risked his life in the line of duty for his profession, but he also volunteered at the Bethpage Fire Department on Long Island. Congressman Suozzi and I commend William’s unwavering selflessness that led him to dedicate both his career and free time to protecting fellow community members. William was not only a hero in the FDNY, but he was a beloved father, husband, brother, friend, and neighbor.

Outside of the uniform, William enjoyed being the drummer in a heavy metal band and being an active presence in his daughter’s school. William is survived by his wife, Marie, and his 8-year old daughter, Isabella. Congressman Suozzi and I offer our deepest condolences to William’s family, friends, and the FDNY during this difficult time.



Crowley pushes for FDNY gear enhancements

Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley at a rally to save fire companies in 2014.

Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley at a rally to save fire companies in 2014.

Glendale Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley is looking to protect the City’s bravest by budgeting for a second pair of boots in the City budget.

Currently, FDNY firefighters are given two jackets, two pairs of pants and two pairs of everything except for boots. In the City Council’s preliminary budget response, they called to provide $4 million for the boots, but Mayor Bill de Blasio excluded the expense from his budget.

“It’s crystal clear that our firefighters need this extra gear to better do their job and to better protect New Yorkers. Not only do these boots get weighed down when wet, but they collect contaminants and other debris that could potentially be trekked into a different location,” Crowley said. “The FDNY responds to hundreds of calls every day – we need them light on their feet to perform their best.”

The United Firefighters Association (UFA) is backing Crowley’s request.

“Numerous times when firefighters have to work through poor weather conditions and endure difficult and dangerous environments on the job, we are forced to wear wet and/or contaminated boots when duty calls,”said UFA President Gerard Fitzgerald.” “For us, having a second pair of boots is a matter of safety to ensure we are able to give our best on the job. We support Councilwoman Crowley’s efforts in advocating for a second pair of boots in the upcoming budget.”


Crowley, 104th Precinct Community Council to welcome commissioner

NYPD Police Chief James O'Neill.

NYPD Police Chief James O’Neill.

Police Commissioner James O’Neill will be stopping by next month’s 104th Precinct Community Council meeting in Glendale.

The invitation to the City’s top cop was extended by Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley.

“Keeping our communities safe and maintaining a strong partnership with our local police is always one of the highest priorities,” Crowley said. “Commissioner O’Neill is a dedicated and outstanding law enforcement leader, who has focused heavily on police-community relations, and I welcome him to meet with our local residents. I’m very grateful of the work we have done, hiring more police and improving the quality of our neighborhoods, and look forward to his visit.”

The meeting will be held on Tuesday, June 20 at 7:30 p.m. at Sacred Heart School, 84-05 78th Ave.

“The 104th Precinct Community Council is pleased to have this opportunity to have Police Commissioner O’Neill at our monthly meeting,” added Len Santoro, 104th Precinct Community Council President.  “Our volunteer Board and Community Affairs officers work extremely hard to assist in providing opportunities to the community to connect with our precinct in a positive way.”




Green space advocates unveil renderings for potential QueensWay

A rendering of the proposed Metropolitan Expeditionary Learning School entrance.

A rendering of the proposed Metropolitan Expeditionary Learning School entrance.

The Trust for Public Land and Friends of the QueensWay unveiled the schematic design for the first half-mile of their proposed 3.5 linear QueensWay park and trail.

The first phase – which covers parts of Forest Hills and Glendale – could be built and open to the public by 2020. Advocates say it will greatly improve access to Forest Park, running from Metropolitan Avenue south to Union Turnpike, where an existing path provides pedestrian and bike access to the park.

The proposed section would also provide learning gardens and outdoor classrooms.

“Today’s announcement is a tremendous step forward for the QueensWay, which would not have been possible without our partners in government and the community, who enthusiastically provided ideas for safe routes for biking and walking, outdoor classroom space, and enhancements to baseball fields,” Andy Stone, NC director of The Trust for Public Land, said. “The completion of a compelling design for the first phase will bring us that much closer to making the QueensWay a reality for hundreds of thousands of people who live within a 10-minute walk.”

Not all residents are in support of transforming the existing rail right-of-way infrastructure into a park. Some are pushing for the revival of the Rockaway Beach Rail line. Read about the two different ideas for the space in the Forest Hills Times. 

See more renderings, courtesy The QueensWay, below: