22TIMES • DECEMBER 31, 2015 FOR BREAKING NEWS VISIT www.qns.com s year in review GARDEN UNDER THE TRACKS IN RIDGEWOOD GONE Local supporters and volunteers created a community garden under the M train tracks at Woodward Avenue and Woodbine Street as a way to breathe life into the 2,250-squarefoot tract of derelict land. Supporters of the garden worked to clear and renovate the land, remediate the soil and install milk crate planters and planting beds for vegetables, herbs and flowers. The garden recently yielded small crops of cherry tomatoes, dill, peppers and zucchini sprouts. However, the MTA locked out the gardeners, noting that the land belonged to the authority. Though efforts were made to reach a compromise, none was struck, and the garden officially ended in August. STOP & SHOP BUYS LOCAL PATHMARKS & WALDBAUM’S Stop & Shop grabbed six Queens supermarkets off the clearance rack in July, acquiring 25 Pathmark, Waldbaum’s and A&P locations from the bankrupt Great Atlantic and Pacific Tea Company. The locations included the PathMark on Atlantic Avenue in Ozone Park and the Waldbaum’s on Cross Bay Boulevard in Howard Beach, both of which were renovated and reopened as Stop & Shop supermarkets. july CROWLEY GLENDALELIC PITCHES LIGHT RAIL LINE In an exclusive interview with the Ridgewood Times in July, City Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley discussed a plan to introduce light rail service between Glendale and Long Island City on the Long Island Rail Road’s Montauk branch, which currently offers only freight service west of Jamaica. She would later present the proposal to members of the Community Board 5 Transportation and Public Transit Committees, which favored the plan.
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