$780m Willets Point Football Stadium + National Network Addresses Concerns
Hello, Queens! 👑
- ⚽️ The New York Soccer Club has reached a $780 million deal to build a 25,000 seat soccer stadium in Willets Point, Queens.
- 🌱 National Grid responds to concerns about their paving on grass strips in Queens.
- 🏞 Construction is finally underway on a long-promised $16.6 million Maspeth Park located on the Queens side of the new Kosciuszko Bridge.
🍃 Airy; ☔️ rain this morning. High: 53 Low: 37.
Here are the top stories in Queens today:
1. The city’s first professional soccer stadium, a $780 million, 25,000-seat arena for New York City Football Club, will be built in Willets Point, Queens, and is expected to be completed by 2027. The stadium will be the centerpiece of a 23-acre mixed-use development that will include a 250-room hotel and 2,500 accommodations. The project will transform a long underused industrial area of Willets Point, once a thriving conglomeration of body shops, into a sports and entertainment site.
2. In response to a letter sent by counselor Robert Holden in October, national grid Chairman Rudolph Wynter has raised concerns about the utility company’s paving on strips of grass in Queens, which Holden said added to the neighborhood’s flooding problems, and also may not be legal. “City agencies and their contractors should be aware of the need to maintain grass and soil that can absorb stormwater during construction on city streets and sidewalks.” In response to Holden’s concerns, National Grid and the Environmental Protection Department conducted a review and inspection of 77th, 78th and 79th streets and is currently working with contractors, construction crews, cobblers and National Grid environmental engineers to find effective solutions to address the affected area.
3. Construction is finally underway on a long-promised $16.6 million Maspeth Park on the Queens side of the new Kosciuszko Bridge. New York officials determined the space for the new park more than a decade ago, but construction is just beginning and will be complete by summer 2023. The new Queens park will include expanded green spaces and recreational facilities including a basketball court, game tables, and a skate plaza.
4. Queens resident Trevor Rheams, 49, a motor vehicle driver with the city medical examiner’s office, was arrested for allegedly stealing a designer handbag from the home of a deceased whose body was under the custody and custody of the Office of the Medical Examiner (OCME). According to the criminal complaint, Rheams was tasked with driving an OCME vehicle on August 9 to transport the deceased from their homes to the OCME headquarters in Manhattan. At the apartment where the robbery took place, which Rheams entered with another OCME employee and an NYPD officer, the officer’s body camera showed a Louis Vuitton bag in the kitchen. The following day, that same Louis Vuitton bag – with a tag bearing the same last name as the deceased – was found by another employee in the OCME vehicle that Rheams had driven the day before. Rheams has been employed by the OCME since May 2007 and has been on modified duty since August 10.
5. A live bird market in Queens has been depopulated after chickens, ducks and guinea fowl there tested positive for bird flu, according to the USDA, whose lab confirmed the outbreak Nov. 12. About 170 birds were killed and their carcasses disposed of in a sanitary manner, according to the New York Department of Agriculture and Markets. As a precaution against the spread of the virus, other New York live bird markets have been ordered to clean and disinfect, and all markets will be tested. As of last year, NYC had more than 80 of New York State’s 87 live bird markets. This current outbreak of a highly pathogenic strain of bird flu is one of the worst in US history and has killed 50 million birds in 46 states.
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- Forest Hills Addabbo named “Political Maker of the Year” by Gambling Group (Patch)
- Woman lands up at JFK with cocaine worth $450,000 in wheelchair (Patch)
- Queens child, 3, dies at homeless shelter in apparent homicide (AM New York Subway)
- An Astoria resident is opening a new restaurant serving neapolitan pizza, homemade pasta (Queen’s Mail)
- What happened to Claire? An Irish family offers a $35,000 reward in Astoria Death Mystery (NBC New York)
🗓 Things to do today in Queens:
- Volunteer at 9 Million Reasons / Evangel Food Pantry (8:45 am)
- Free admission to the Queens County Farm Museum on Wednesday (9 am)
- Queens Farm (11 a.m.)
- Community Volunteer Days for Bagging Compost (1 p.m.)
- Community Vinyasa Yoga Classes! (2:30 p.m.)
- Family craft evening (6 p.m.)
- Children’s Book Club (6 p.m.)
- Improvisation tonight at QED (8:30 p.m.)
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— Emma Radu Fighera
About me: Emma Radu Fighera is a journalist born and raised in Queens, New York. She studied literature and studio art at Hamilton College, where she helped run the campus’ only daily publication, The Daily Bull newsletter. Last spring, she earned her master’s degree from Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.
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