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Friday, May 10, 2013

3rd avenue exit Whitestone Bridge

With the closure of the third avenue exit off of the Whitestone Expressway, there has been no major increase in traffic on the other highway exits.

Children riding their bikes on the sidewalk without fear of a car or truck accidentally running a stop sign and or driving on the sidewalk.

Crime within the Malba Gardens area has decreased significantly.

No more strangers ringing our bells all hours of the day and night looking for water and or a jump because of a "breakdown".

No more bags of garbage and used fast food bags along with other used items left behind by animals that have no respect for our community.

No more sidewalk/street mechanics working on broken down cars on our streets leaving behind their empty corona bottles along with all the other garbage left behind by "mechanics".

The 3rd avenue exit closure has been a Blessing for the Malba Gardens community, as well as Whitestone as a whole.

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Save Flushing Meadows Corona Park

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Another day of peace

Headed home during the height of rush hour today and there was yet again NO traffic backup.

All streets in our community are now calm and safer.

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Day 2

Another day of peace and safety on 5th avenue as well as every other avenue in our community  and guess what?

You guessed it,  NO traffic back up anywhere.


Tuesday, January 8, 2013

First full day and guess what??

Today was the first full day of the 3rd avenue exit closure before the Whitestone Bridge and guess what.  No major traffic back ups to 20th avenue and beyond (I feel like Buzz Lightyear) , as was the gloom and doom doctor of cb 7 trying to sell us. Enough of Dr. Gloom and Doom from now on I swear.

Anyway, there is traffic back up to 20th avenue or the Throgs Neck Bridge if coming from the other direction..

What has changed is the safety and improved Quality of Life for the residents of 5th avenue.  It is not taking longer to get home, as a matter of fact, several of our neighbors have reported that getting off the Cross Island Parkway exit as more efficient.

We will keep you posted. 

Monday, January 7, 2013


So today they closed the third avenue exit.

What was usually 107 cars an hour (as per DOT study) was a mere TOTAL of 25 cars for the ENTIRE DAY!

There was no "major back up all the way past 20th avenue or the Throgs Neck Bridge" as predicted by Doom and Gloom master community board 7 head.

As a matter of fact, traffic was lighter than normal for a Monday. 

I have a feeling that this will continue to be the case. 

As for the residents of 5th avenue who have been fighting since 1997, when DOT ILLEGALLY extended a concrete divider , in effect limiting cars from the option of turning onto 6th avenue (an option that was available from 1939 to 1997). I say to you ENJOY this reprieve and keep up the pressure.  Something needs to be done and you will get it done.

Enjoy for now and Good Luck in your quest for Quality of Life and Safety.