A flyover of Jamaica Bay, from a plan approaching or departing JFK. (Source: felix.castor/Flickr)
A planned expansion of John F. Kennedy Internation airport has environmentalists and outdoor enthusiasts livid, as proposals call for development on portions of the federally protected Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge.
The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey recently announced plans to expand capacity at Newark Liberty, LaGuardia and JFK airports, and the varying options include one, at JFK, that includes filling in – or to “reclaim” – nearly 400 acres of Jamaica Bay, an important part of the National Parks System filled with plant and fish life.
THE COMMUTE: The NYC Department of Transportation (DOT) will insist the reason we have so many potholes is due to the weather. Of course, constant freezing and thawing of the roadway is the major cause of potholes. But there are other contributing factors that DOT does not want you to know about because, unlike the weather, they arein the city’s control.
State Senator Carl Kruger pushing a bill banning pedestrians from using iPods and other devices when crossing the street, but the mother of a man killed is outraged that the politician is using her son as a poster boy for the initiative.
When nolastname took this photo, she didn’t see any dog. But I’m sure it would’ve been one of those Disney moments where he shares with them, and then licks them clean. When animal control comes by later to take the dog to the pound, they all would’ve teamed up to hatch an escape plan. I’m pretty sure of it.
Friends and family blanketed the front steps to 20-year-old Yelena Bulchenko’s East 24th Street home with flowers, photos and other tributes to the life of a girl – and her mother, Anna – tragically cut short on Friday.
At the other scenes of death from Maksim Gelman’s rampage, much appeared to be returning to usual. His home on East 27th Street and Emmons Avenue, where he took his first victim – his stepfather, Aleksandr Kuznetsov - was almost indistinguishable from any other, save for the news van outside. At the scene where he ran down an elderly man, killing him, there was nothing.
I can’t speak for others, but I find comfort to be taken in the fact that New York City continues to rumble forward. Some lives, certainly, will never be the same, but on we go, keeping in mind that a random act of violence, though tragic, was indeed random.
It’s not clear if it’s a tasteless joke or an actual attempt to garner support for Maksim Gelman, but a “Free Maksim Gelman Now” group launched on Facebook shortly after his arrest.
There’s little information about the group or who started it, but it’s slowly picking up supporters to, presumably, release the man accused of four murders and seven stabbings – not to mention an attempt to hijack a subway train and the theft of several cars.
Perhaps the only sign of sanity is that the reaction from Facebook users has not been particularly welcoming, with almost every comment condemning the group’s creation. We’d quote a sampling of them, but the amount of expletives involved is a little much even for Sheepshead Bites.
Meanwhile, friends, family and community members are turning to Facebook to reflect on the man who made our neighborhood into a terror-filled killing ground for more than a day, as well as commiserate on the death of 20-year-old Yelena Bulchenko.
Maksim Gelman, the Sheepshead Bay resident behind Friday’s vicious rampage, was charged with four counts of murder, one count of attempted murder, robbery charges and two counts of criminal possession of a weapon. But outside of the 61st Precinct Sunday morning, Gelman told a jeering crowd, “This was a setup, man. This is bullshit.”