6 DECEMBER 29, 2016 RIDGEWOOD TIMES WWW.QNS.COM 2016 Year in Review Crowded in Queens A February report by StreetEasy found that Queens had some of the most crowded neighborhoods in the city. Corona, East Elmhurst and Jackson Heights had overcrowding rates exceeding 20 percent based on 2013 census data. Coincidentally, these areas also had the highest percentage of immigrant residents. The U.S. Census Bureau defi nes a crowded household as having more than one person per room, and a severely crowded household as having more than 1.5 people per room. FEBRUARY Collateral Beauty fi lms in Glendale New Line Productions Inc. came to Glendale to fi lm scenes for the fi lm “Collateral Beauty,” a story of a New York man who is sent on a downward spiral by a tragic event. The fi lm debuted on Dec. 16 and stars Academy Award-winners Kate Winslet and Will Smith. Glendale has Transportation needs With Queens’ population growing by the year, both short- and long-term steps were announced in February to improve the ability for residents to get around town. The MTA announced it was bringing back the W train, which had been shelved in 2010. The weekday line supplements N train service between Queens and Manhattan, running from Ditmars Boulevard to Whitehall Street. The W made its offi cial return in November. Meanwhile, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced the proposed “Brooklyn-Queens Streetcar” (BQX), a light rail line running along the waterfront from Astoria to Sunset Park. Planning meetings have already begun, but the BQX likely will not be running for another few years. been the spot for a number of television and fi lm shoots, with much of the fi lming taking place at or near Broadway Stages’ studios at the former Atlas Terminals. Getting better all the time! Schneps Communications continued to grow as a company in February as it announced the acqusition of two online properties: Brokelyn.com and the Bethpage Best of Long Island. Brokelyn is one of the hottest entertainment and lifestyle blogs in Brooklyn with a theme of helping local residents with “living big on small change.” The Best of Long Island series highlights the best businesses and individuals that capture the spirit of Nassau and Suffolk counties, giving the public the opportunity to cast their votes for their favorites.
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