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Convention center headed to Queens Developer seeks to build ‘largest conference building in eastern area’ by Tess McRae Associate Editor


he latest push to turn Queens into the city’s hotspot is a convention center, hotel and residential complex. Fleet Financial Group recently purchased the property at 112-21 Northern Blvd. — the former location of DiBlasi Ford — and has announced that it will begin construction on the 1.67-acre site in June. “We have two airports here and businesses need to hold conferences with people traveling from outside the city but when they land here, they go all the way to Manhattan to have these meetings,” Richard Xiu, the president of Fleet Financial Group said. “I see a great opportunity to keep those people here. If they land here anyway, why not have their conferences here?” According to the developer’s website, the project, when completed, will be 106,000 square feet, the “biggest convention center in the Eastern area,” though the Javits Center has 760,00 square feet of exhibition space. Xiu said “the largest conference center,” not convention center, is more accurate. “Manhattan has the Javits Center and it’s time for Queens to have its own convention center,” he said. The site sits across the way from Citi Field near the Grand Central, a stone-throw’s away from the $3 billion mammoth development

The convention center and hotel will feature a swimming pool, conference rooms, a green roof and possibly an Audi showroom. Though the developer is building as of right, some worry that the congested area will not be able to take on the project. PHOTO COURTESY FLEET FINANCIAL GROUP planned for Willets Point. “I think the two will work well together,” Xiu said. “The convention center will address more business people’s needs and the project at Willets Point will be more shopping.” According to Xiu, the FA A already approved the plans and he will not need to apply for a variance since the project will

be built as of right. City Planning professor at SUNY Stony Brook and member of the Jackson Heights Alliance Donovan Finn said he worries that too many developments in such a small radius may backfire. “I worry about it becoming a white elephant,” he said. “We have a lot of similar

developments being built in an untested area. There’s also a lot of congestion on the roads. Combining that with the lack of close transportation options makes it seem like it’s not well thought out.” Finn made it clear though that not all projects are bad. “I’m not against development,” he said. “I’m for smart development.” Councilwoman Julissa Ferreras (D-East Elmhurst) is hoping the convention center will be good neighbors to her district. “In the spirit of economic development, it is my hope that the new developers will be a good neighbor and bring a wealth of job opportunities to the local community,” Ferreras said. “I look forward to working with the developers to ensure that any potential zoning, environmental and traffic mitigation concerns are addressed as the development process continues to unfold.” Community Board 3 District Manager Giovanna Reid would not return repeated calls to com ment but Fer reras’ off ice reports they haven’t received any constituent complaints on the project. “We want to make the building modern and beautiful, even from the sky,” Xiu added. “If we can make something look good, people are going to want to stay.” There is no set completion date for the Q project.

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St. Mary Gate of Heaven community reacts in horror to vandalized saint by Domenick Rafter Editor

A statue of the Virgin Mary was discovered decapitated on the grounds of the Ozone Park parish named for her. The 4-foot statue behind the rectory of St. Mary Gate of Heaven Church at 104th Street and 101st Avenue was found desecrated around 10 a.m. Monday morning. Parish officials would not comment on the incident, but police from the 102nd Precinct were at the scene investigating Monday afternoon. An NYPD source said they were investigating the act of vandalism as a possible hate crime. “It’s horrible, it’s disgusting,” said one parishioner who did not identify herself as she walked by and saw the statue. “I’ve been here 50 years and I’ve never seen anything like this.” Rosemary Messina, who works at a beauty salon across the street from the church, said she was disgusted by the desecration. Messina’s son, husband and brother-in-law all attended St. Mary Gate of Heaven school. “Who would do this?” she asked after seeing the statue. “What kind of person would do this? I don’t understand.” Messina noted that the vandalism was discovered on Three Kings’ Day, the celebration of when the Three Wise Men visited Jesus in the Bethlehem manger he was born in 12 days

earlier. It is an especially important holiday to many Hispanic Catholics, who make up a large percentage of the ethnically diverse parish that includes a large number of newer Latino and West Indian immigrants mixed with Italian and Irish families who have lived in the neighborhood for decades. Police have no suspects, but the area around the church has been rife with issues in the past year, including a drug ring that was busted less than a block to the west of the parish and a foreclosed home that neighbors said had become a drug den on 101st Road, one block to the east. Neighbors who live close to the site on 104th Street say they have seen teenagers and young adults hang out in the area around the statue, which includes a parking lot that sits behind the church between 104th and 103rd streets. One resident who lived near the site did not want to be identified because she said she had called the police to report drug use in the area before. “It’s not really a new thing,” the resident, who has lived in the area since 1989, said. “It goes back as long as I’ve lived here. State Sen. Joe Addabbo Jr. (D-Howard Beach) said he was looking into the possibility that those responsible should face a stiffer penalty because the statue is religious. “It really is unacceptable,” he said. “And

whoever did this should face a penalty that is more than a slap on the wrist.” Under state law, it is a felony to deface or vandalize a religious building, such as a synagogue or church, but that does not necessarily include statues or items outside of a religious institution. The state Senate passed a law in 2010 that was supported by Addabbo which would explicitly include statues and other items on religious property, but that bill died in the state Assembly. The statue is located several yards from the garden’s entrance on 104th Street and only feet from the eastern entrance to the church on parish property. It sits in an outdoor garden between the parish’s rectory building and living quarters for the priests, next to a table and chairs often used by the fathers in the summer. According to several longtime parishioners, the statue was placed in its location by a beloved former pastor more than two decades ago. The Virgin Mary is the 110-year-old parish’s namesake saint. Every May, students gather to watch one of their own place a crown of flowers on a larger statue of Mary adjacent to the school on 104th Street, just steps from the desecrated sculpture. “She’s our symbol,” Messina said. “To see this done to her is just heartbreaking. It’s a slap Q in our face.”

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The statue of the Virgin Mary outside St. Mary Gate of Heaven Church in Ozone Park was found decapitated Monday. PHOTO BY DOMENICK RAFTER

Aqueduct Buffet at Resorts World shuts down Casino said the eatery was losing money; 175 workers laid off Monday by Domenick Rafter Editor

Resorts World Casino New York City closed its Aqueduct Buffet this week, causing roughly 175 employees to lose their jobs. FILE PHOTO

“We were willing to take included gratuity off the bills to bring down the prices,” she said. “We were willing to compromise. We had customers who used to come just to see us. It’s very sad and very frustrating.” State Sen. Joe Addabbo Jr. (D-Howard Beach) said he was

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Nearly 200 workers were laid off from Resorts World Casino New York City after the facility’s Aqueduct Buffet restaurant shut down this past weekend. “We have made the difficult decision to close the Aqueduct Buffet, which never caught on with our customers and has consistently lost money,” said casino President Ed Farrell in a statement. “We sincerely regret the impact this closure has on the buffet’s employees and are working closely with the Hotel Trades Council to ease this transition.” Multiple sources put the number of laid-off workers at 175, though the casino did not say how many exactly were let go. That number would be about 10 percent of its workforce. All the workers were those who worked in the buffet. One laid-off worker, who did not wish to be identified, blasted the casino and said she did not believe the buffet was not profitable. “There was no way they weren’t making money,” she said. “They were definitely making money.” The employee noted that the buffet prices rose after the casino was forced by an arbitrator to give its workers a pay raise in October. Resorts World did not fight the ruling. When it closed, the buffet’s prices were as high as $38 a person including taxes and gratuity. Nevertheless, the employee, who had worked as a server at the buffet since its grand opening, said the buffet was often crowded, including on New Year’s Eve when there was a line to get in and workers said they were willing to make compromises to help save money.

incredibly unhappy to hear about the buffet’s closure and had spoken to Farrell about the situation. “I can’t accept this decision by Resorts World when we see it as a job creator,” Addabbo said. “What made me more accepting of Resorts World and their plans is they weren’t offering us just slots. They were offering us an experience. You don’t have to go to Resorts World to just gamble.” He suggested that the casino could have averted the layoffs by reducing the hours the buffet was open or reverting back to the lower prices. “I’m guessing it was somewhat more profitable at $20 a plate than $40 a plate,” Addabbo said. “I understand the overhead may have increased because of [the pay raise], but then you do things differently.” The terminated employees were being given between one and five weeks severance pay and four months family healthcare, which sources say is more than required under their contracts as part of the Hotel Trades Council union that represents them. They will also be provided with job training and job placement services, according to Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder (D-Rockaway Park), who called the layoffs “upsetting.” “We want to make sure the people who lost their jobs are not left behind,” he said, noting that the casino still employs more than 1,500 people, a much higher number than originally planned when Genting, the parent company of Resorts World, won the bid to open the facility n 2010. John Turchiano, a spokesman for the Hotel Trades Council, said union representatives were to meet with casino continued on page 18

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Teen arrested for snow car robbery Cops say he helped victim clear vehicle, then stole it by Domenick Rafter Editor

A 19-year-old Ozone Park man trying to get his car out of the snow after last Friday’s storm was offered help by another teenager, who police say then carjacked and robbed him after asking for a ride. Police then chased the suspect through a Brooklyn neighborhood after he allegedly ditched the car when it got stuck in the snow while fleeing the scene. Police were called to the scene of the robbery at the corner of 75th Street and Pitkin Avenue on the Queens-Brooklyn border at around 3:32 p.m. on Friday. They discovered the victim had been shoveling to free his green 2001 Honda Civic from the snow on 75th Street in Ozone Park, when Gerardo Placenia, 18, offered to help push the car out of the snow while the victim was in the driver’s seat accelerating. As soon as they freed the vehicle from the snow, the suspect asked the victim for a ride to 75th Street and Pitkin Avenue, a short distance away. Upon arrival to the location, the suspect demanded the victim’s property at gunpoint. The victim handed over his iPhone5 and $60 and the suspect fled the location with the car.

Cops from both Brooklyn and Queens canvassed for the suspect in both boroughs. The stolen vehicle was discovered a short time later abandoned at Logan and Atlantic avenues in the Cypress Hills section of Brooklyn, about a mile away from the scene of the robbery. The car had apparently gotten stuck in the snow at that location. Cops believe Placenia traveled along North Conduit and Atlantic avenues from the scene of the crime deeper into Brooklyn to escape, possibly toward his home a few miles away in the borough’s Brownsville neighborhood. Police later obtained su r veillance video footage in the vicinity of where the suspect f led from the vehicle and observed him running on Logan Avenue towards Dinsmore Place, one block north of where he had allegedly abandoned the car. While tracing the route, officers discovered the weapon they believe was used in the robbery — a black 9 mm High Point gun — tossed aside at the corner of Dinsmore Place and Logan Street. As officers continued to canvass, a witness informed them that a male had

run into an auto body shop at 250 Richmond St., less than a block from where the gun was found. There, Placenia allegedly discarded his black jacket and fled wearing a red hooded sweatshirt with white cow-printed sleeves. Police later saw a Hispanic man inside a laundromat located at 204 Chestnut Street — one block away from the auto body shop — fitting the description of Placenia. He fled through the rear of the location, leaving his shoes behind when police entered. Brook ly n cops then joined the search and discovered the suspect two blocks away, in the basement of 115 Logan Street with most of his clothes off. The suspect was later positively identified by the victim and the suspect’s clothing, including the red hooded sweatshirt, was discovered in a garbage bag along with the victim’s cell phone. The suspect was removed to Jamaica Hospital Medical Center for treatment related to the cold weather conditions. He was later arrested on charges including first-degree robbery, two counts of criminal possession of a weapon, four counts of criminal possession of stolen property Q and one count of resisting arrest.

Group looks to free Sheehan The New York Prisoner Assistance Center, a support group for prisoners, is circulating an online petition on to push Gov. Cuomo to release Barbara Sheehan, the Howard Beach woman who killed her abusive husband in 2008. Sheehan was acquitted of murder in the killing of her husband, NYPD Sgt. Raymond Sheehan on the grounds that she had acted in self-defense after years of abuse. But a jury did convict her in 2011 of criminal possession of a weapon for using an illegal handgun in the shooting. The conviction has been appealed to the state’s highest court, the Court of Appeals. NYSPAC wants up to 25,000 signatures to pressure Cuomo to allow her to serve the rest of her sentence on parole under Jenna’s Law, which determines sentences of first-time violent felons who had suffered domestic violence abuse that played a factor in the commission of the crime. Sheehan began serving the last three years of a five-year sentence last su m mer af ter an appellate cou r t denied a request to reduce it. She had spent the first two years of the senQ tence out on bail. — Domenick Rafter

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Cuomo, not de Blasio, is right on taxes


here’s a battle shaping up in Albany between Gov. Cuomo, who wants to lower taxes and even eliminate some, and Mayor de Blasio, who wants the state to raise taxes on city residents earning more than $500,000 a year. While de Blasio wants to use new revenue for a worthy cause, universal prekindergarten classes for all 4-year-olds in the city, it’s Cuomo who’s got the right idea. It’s easy to say “tax the rich,” and there are instances in which marginally raising rates on high earners is indeed the best choice. We supported, for example, President Obama’s initiative to raise rates on those earning more than $400,000 from the Bush-era 35 percent to the 39.6 percent that had been in effect previously. But there are a number of reasons why that was the correct policy and why de Blasio’s plan is not. For one, the federal government was facing massive deficits, which Obama and Congress have since reduced. The city and state, in contrast, have balanced budgets, as they must under the law. The state even has a surplus of around $2 billion. Also, people are known to leave high-tax states and move to low-tax states, which is one of the prime reasons Florida is about to surpass New York in population. (Or someone might just move from, say, Douglaston to Great Neck to avoid the city income tax altogether.) Far fewer peo-

ple would be willing to leave the country because of a small tax hike. And, as Cuomo is glad to point out, it’s about time New York once again became an engine for economic growth. Just like us, he’s tired of hearing that ours is one of the least business-friendly states in the nation, as every study says it is — because of high taxes and overregulation. Cuomo wants to cut taxes on businesses and the estates of the deceased while giving a new tax credit to renters, who indirectly pay the property taxes levied on their landlords. He’d also freeze property taxes outside the city, where they’ve been skyrocketing for years. All these measures would return about $2 billion to the public — just the amount of the surplus, which is no accident. The governor previously had provided a tax break to certain businesses that opened up shop on or near college campuses, in an effort to boost not just the general economy but the tech industry. Cuomo said he would rather find money in the state budget to provide universal pre-K than to raise taxes. That’s when de Blasio revealed his true colors — saying he wants a tax hike whether the state funds early childhood education or not. That would be a mistake. Universal pre-K is worth establishing, but it should be done with existing revenue rather than new taxes. And we doubt de Blasio could convince Cuomo otherwise anyway.

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dog, cutting off the small path she had to cross the street. He said that was what he was told to do, and to call 311 if she had any problem. During the last major storms we had, the snow was loaded into Dumpsters and removed. Why wasn’t that done this time? Ray Hackinson Ozone Park

The chaplain’s insult Dear Editor: The Sanitation Department chaplain, the Rev. Fred Lucas Jr., outraged New Yorkers by calling our city a “plantation” during Mayor de Blasio’s inauguration. The media focused on his tasteless remark, but ignored a bigger outrage. Why does the Sanitation Department need a chaplain? Unlike cops and firefighters, sanitation workers don’t put their lives on the line when they do their job. Collecting garbage is a grueling job requiring strength, endurance and a strong tolerance for bad odors, but those who

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hat a disgrace. More than 100 people — 80 percent of them ex-cops and firefighters — caught allegedly scamming the Social Security Disability Insurance system. And many of them apparently falsely claiming trauma due to 9/11. This is what Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance Jr. revealed on Tuesday. Some of the defendants, all indicted on felony charges, were ripping off taxpayers for decades, he said. Well, now those who are guilty will be paying the price. Citing 9/11 as the reason for mental problems that don’t exist was a particular disgrace for these former first responders, as Police Commissioner Bill Bratton said. Just as we’re thrilled to see prosecutions of corrupt politicians, we’re glad to see this necessary case begin.

do it usually don’t risk sudden death or lifethreatening injury. They return home safely. Does Chaplain Lucas administer last rites to lower back pain victims or bless those suffering from torn ligaments? His job must be thrown out, just like the garbage his employer collects. Richard Reif Flushing

For the worker Dear Editor: Now that the New Year’s Eve parties are over, here are some sobering statistics for garden-variety wage slaves, many Chronicle readers included. They’ll dry out fast: 1) Fifty-seven of America’s largest companies on Standard and Poor’s 500 index, almost one in nine, paid an effective tax rate of zero percent or even lower, according to USA Today. Verizon, General Motors and News Corp. are among them. 2) “The typical corporation pays a lower

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Dear Editor: We have long advocated for universal pre-K for our kids. Mayor Bill de Blasio has admirably taken the leadership on this initiative, and his vision and fight for universal pre-K is laudable. He must ensure that it is not only universal but also economically integrated. Research confirms that state investments in early childhood education have significant benefits to our children’s development. The newly inaugurated mayor’s proposal of creating 48,000 new full-day pre-K seats by next fall 2014 will be a challenging order, and will require converting 38,000 existing halftime slots to full-time and adding 10,000 seats, all to the tune of $340 million. He proposes paying for this by raising taxes on New York’s wealthiest taxpayers, increasing the tax rate on income over $500,000 from 3.9 to 4.4 percent. Consequently, those making $500,000 to $1 million per year would contrib-

ute an annual tax increase by an average of $973 per year to society. His biggest hurdle toward achieving this goal will be to convince Gov. Cuomo and the state Legislature, who will need to sign onto any change in the city’s income tax, but they should be encouraged by the fact that this goal is in lockstep with President Obama’s proposal for universal pre-K in his last State of the Union address. This growing consensus in favor of universal pre-K is a huge step in the right direction. In providing universal access, as opposed to funding programs for high-needs students only, two big benefits will inure to all: shifting a significant financial burden from middleclass families who do not make the cut for means-tested programs, and improving the quality of early childhood education for all students by integrating classrooms. The mayor needs our universal support on this commendable initiative. Confucius, the great philosopher, was right when he said, “A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.” Universal pre-K is not nearly a thousand miles. We can do it if we try. Albert Baldeo Ozone Park


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effective tax rate that most middle-class families, and a far lower one than the statutory corporate tax rates ...” 3) “Getting to a zero percent tax rate despite turning a profit requires creative accounting, but not lawbreaking.” 4) “The U.S. tech giant (‘Apple Inc.’) not only avoided the American tax system, but manages to shelter about $100 billion in revenues from any taxes at all.” 5) “At its peak in 1968, the income from the minimum wage lifted a family of three out of poverty ... If it had kept pace with gains in productivity, [today] it would be more than $20 an hour.” Republican members of Congress not only oppose any increase in the minimum wage, but would actually vote to abolish any minimum wage whatsoever! One of these Dark Ages sentimentalists is Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), a frontrunner for his party’s presidential nomination. By the way, the after-taxes hourly minimum wage is just about enough to buy a Starbucks Grande (forget the blueberry scone). 6) “Newly hired federal employees would not be eligible for traditional pensions under a bill re-introduced by Sen. Richard Burr (R-NC) and two colleagues.” And who’s behind the above scheme and related plans to cut jobs, pay and collective bargaining rights? Why, it’s the chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, Darrell Issa — whose personal net worth is estimated at $450 million. These medieval views, unthinkable just decades ago, are now mainstream. Even more disturbing than the repudiation of the “social contract” and the mockery of the “American Dream” is that millions of people are not the slightest bit embarrassed about it, as though gross economic injustice were an expression of the rule of natural law and sanctioned by the Constitution. Note: All the direct quotations are from The Union Bulletin, Queens Area Local of the American Postal Workers Union, AFL-CIO, as are the paraphrased facts. The opinions are mine alone and have not been submitted for approval. Ron Isaac Fresh Meadows


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Mark-Viverito wins speaker’s election Dan Garodnick concedes, calls for Council unity before 51-0 vote by Domenick Rafter Editor

Councilwoman Melissa Mark-Viverito (D-Manhattan) was officially elected speaker of the New York City Council Wednesday afternoon. What was expected to be a contentious vote ended up being a scene of unification and reconciliation as the new Council walked on the f loor around 1 p.m. After being greeted by thunderous applause, Mark-Viverito’s last opponent, Councilman Dan Garodnick (D-Manhattan), formally conceded, praising the new speaker with a hug and congratulations. “Over a year ago, I offered myself as a candidate for speaker of this body,” he said. “Today that process comes to a conclusion and I want to formerly concede to the next speaker of the Council, my colleague Melissa Mark-Viverito. I look forward to working with Speaker Mark-Viverito. She is a smart and committed public servant and we have worked extremely well together over the years.” Garodnick also said he would do what he could to make sure the Council remains unified after the divisive battle. “I will do my point to resolve any rifts that this process may have caused among us,” he said. Mark-Viverito, who represents East Harlem and the South Bronx, was nominated by freshman Councilman Ritchie Torres (D-Bronx), the only Bronx member to buck the borough’s Democratic leader, Assemblyman Carl Heastie (D-Bronx), and endorse her last month. Her nomination was seconded by, among other members, Councilman Danny Dromm (D-Jackson Heights), who also bucked Queens Democratic Party Chairman Rep. Joe Crowley (D-Queens, Bronx), who had backed Garodnick. “She has proven to be a wonderful friend, colleague and mentor,” Dromm said. “I have witnessed her going up against powerful forces to do the right thing. She is a profile in courage.” Councilwoman Julissa Ferreras (D-East Elmhurst) also seconded her nomination. “New York City is calling for a more progressive government,” she said. “Melissa has a plan to create good jobs, expand opportunities and keep us safe.” In the end, Mark-Viverito won the vote of all 51 members, including full support from the three Republicans and the delegations from Queens and the Bronx. She already had the support of seven members from Queens: Dromm, Ferreras, Jimmy Van Bramer (D-Sunnyside), Antonio Reynoso (D-Brooklyn, Queens), who represents part of Ridgewood, Daneek Miller (D-St. Albans), Donovan Richards (D-Laurelton) and the borough’s lone Republican, Eric Ulrich (R-Ozone Park).

Councilwoman Melissa Mark-Viverito was elected New York City Council speaker unanimously after her opponent, Councilman Dan Garodnick, conceded before Wednesday’s official opening of PHOTOS COURTESY NYC COUNCIL the new Council session at City Hall. When casting his vote, Van Bramer alluded to his working-class parents. “It is with my mother in mind, who is a Melissa MarkViverito,” he said. Ulrich, who was later joined by the two other Republicans, Vincent Ignizio (R-Staten Island) and Steve Matteo (R-Staten Island), said his choice of Mark-Viverito, which had surprised many, was to help his district, especially after Hurricane Sandy. “While we may not agree on every issue, I know that I can count on Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito to work with me on important issues facing my district,” Ulrich said in a statement after the vote. “Many of my constituents are unemployed, still recovering from Hurricane Sandy or finding it harder than ever to simply make ends meet. I will make sure that these issues and the plight of the middle class are a top priority for the new speaker and Council. Like every decision I make, I do so based upon what I think is right for the people I represent, and this is no exception.” The rest of the Queens delegation, including two of Garodnick’s top supporters, Karen Koslowitz (D-Forest Hills) and former speaker candidate Mark Weprin (D-Oakland Gardens), threw their support behind Mark-Viverito after Garodnick’s concession.

In explaining his vote, Weprin alluded to the need for the body to be united and serve as a counterbalance to Mayor Bill de Blasio, striking at concerns that Mark-Viverito, de Blasio’s choice for speaker, would not be willing to take him on. “We need to be a united unit, working together, liking each other, because if we’re unified and respect each other, we can get things done,” he said. “We have to do our charter-mandated responsibility.” Several Democratic sources have said the unanimous vote came after a deal was struck that would keep key committee chairmanships in Queens and the Bronx. In the previous term, Queens held a number of key committee chairs including Land Use, Public Safety and Economic Development. Committee chairmanships will be handed out during the next week, sources said. The choice of Mark-Viverito was also controversial after news that she had not stood for the Pledge of Allegiance at Council sessions. There have also been questions over Mark-Viverito’s failure to declare income from rental properties she owns. The new speaker had said it was an oversight on her part that she would correct. She also failed to release her tax returns on the eve of her election to the speaker’s chair. The race was not nearly as contentious as the first one, held in 1986. In that race, Astoria Councilman Peter Vallone Sr. won the speaker’s gavel by a vote of 18-17. Vallone had been the underdog in the race against Brooklyn Councilman Samuel Horwitz. Vallone only emerged victorious when one councilman, Robert Dryfoos from Manhattan’s Upper East Side, changed his vote at the last minute. His son, Councilman Paul Vallone (D-Bayside), referenced his father when he stood up to cast his vote for Mark-Viverito. “The shoes, Madame Speaker, you’re about to fill were first filled by my father, the first speaker, Peter Vallone Sr.,” he said. Vallone’s brother, Peter Vallone Jr., represented Astoria from 2001 until last month. Mark-Viverito is the second woman and first Hispanic speaker. She is slated to serve through the end of 2017, but is term-limited and so would only serve one term as speaker. She is also the third consecutive Manhattan speaker after Christine Quinn and Gifford Miller and the first to represent part of the Bronx. The last time there was an open race for Council speaker was in 2006, when Quinn was elected only after her opponent dropped out so the vote would be unanimous. Q That opponent — Bill de Blasio.

Fariña makes more than Mayor de Blasio by Domenick Rafter Editor

Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña retired from the department she now runs in 2006 after four decades as a teacher, principal and superintendent with a pension worth $199,579 per year. Now that she’s back in the department as its chancellor, she’s also receiving the salary that goes with her position. When added together, that means Fariña is making more than her boss, Mayor de Blasio. When combined with the $212,614 salary

Chancellor collects pension and salary the schools chancellor gets, it means she takes home nearly twice the $225,000 amount the mayor makes, but he doesn’t appear to have a problem with that. “She’s earned her pension, and she’s worth every dime of her salary,” Phil Walzak, a spokesman for de Blasio, told the New York Post. Fariña’s salary is the same as her predecessor Dennis Walcott, but lower than the $250,000 that was given to former chan-

cellor Joel Klein and offered to his successor Cathie Black, though she left office after only three months. Fariña’s contract also allows her to opt out of benefits and receive a $1,000 bonus. Her pension already offers her benefits. Under state law, retired members of the NYC Teachers Retirement System under age 65 need a special waiver if they return to public service and are paid more than $30,000, but since Fariña is 70 years old,

she doesn’t fall into that category. Fariña was appointed by de Blasio to be schools chancellor only two days before he was inaugurated as mayor. She took office Jan. 1. She is the first chancellor since the 1990s to not need a waiver from the state Department of Education. Her predecessors — Walcott, Black and Klein — did not have a super intendent’s license, required under state law. Fariña was a superintendent in Brooklyn from 2001 through 2004, when she became a deputy Q chancellor under Klein.

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La Bella Vita catering hall in Ozone Park closed last month. Court documents show its owners had filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in federal court last spring and at least two PHOTO BY DOMENICK RAFTER parties booked for last month were abruptly canceled with no refunds.

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the party, she went directly to the place. “I saw the door padlocked and furniture had been taken out of the building,� Angie explained. She wasn’t the only one taken by surprise by the closing. On a YouTube page featuring a video of the “Pizza Dance,� Maria Coleman commented that she had a party booked last month and was looking for information. “Why is it closed?� she asked in her comment. “I have a party there on Dec. 28. I need answers. What is going on?� Both were still looking for management to get a refund on the money that had been paid for the parties that never occurred. A source close to the owners said they had been evicted suddenly in mid-December and Modica had attempted to stay open for the holidays, but was forced to close. It is also unknown if there was indeed a fire inside the building on Dec. 17 though an FDNY source said the department had not responded to any fire at the hall. Attempts to reach Modica at an email on his personal website, office number and a cellular phone number provided by a customer were unsuccessful. Opened in 1985, La Bella Vita became a popular location for weddings, birthdays, off ice par ties, communions and other events. It often hosted dinners with live music on weeknights, sometimes with Modica performing. The restaurant had not had a liquor license since September 2012, though Community Board 10 Chairwoman Betty Braton said last month it had applied for a new one. Modica also owned a pizzeria next door to the catering hall that closed a few years ago. Q

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But the low-lying bay front street is no stranger to flooding problems. Beach 84th Street suffered catastrophic f looding in Hur ricane Sandy and also flooded during Irene a year earlier. It often f loods during bad coastal storms. Residents on the block, which runs from Beach Channel Drive to a dead end at Jamaica Bay, have long complained of flooding and sinkhole concerns. Brett Scudder, a local community activist, said the problems on the street not only hamper the quality of life of the families, but also present serious risks to safety. “These families never know what, when and where these holes will open and floods will come,” he said. “There are many young children living in these homes and they can’t get to school sometimes or get out under these conditions should an emergency arise. Emergency services have been on-site numerous times but issues are get ting worse without a ny resolution.” He added that the block has suffered from a n u m b e r of s i n k h ol e s recently that have concerned residents. The street is locally famous for the dozen or so homes that jut out into the bay on a pier at the end of the block, reminiscent of a New England f ishing village. Those homes suffered a lot of Q damage in Sandy.

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The for mer St. Joh n’s Hospital on Queens Boulevard in Elmhurst and a parking garage across the street on 58th Avenue have been sold to a new developer for $47 million, the real estate firm that handled the deal announced Monday. The city has approved converting the old hospital into a mixed-use building that will have stores on the first floor and lower level, medical facilities on the second floor and housing on the remaining floors, according to the real estate company, Massey Knakal. Stephen Palmese, Massey K nakal’s senior executive vice president of sales,

Set for retail, medical, residential use who handled the transaction with broker Thomas Donovan, linked the sale to the increasing value of rental units in Queens. “For the first time, Queens is beginning to see a trickle-down effect of rising rents from primary neighborhoods, like Long Island City,” Palmese said in a statement announcing the deal. “This is similar to Williamsburg’s effect on Bushwick. As a result, secondary markets, like Elmhurst, which also have great transportation, are experiencing strong

increases in residential rents.” Massey Knakal noted that the site is across the street from the Queens Center and Queens Place malls, as well as being near the Long Island Expressway and other highways, numerous bus routes and the Queens Boulevard subway line. The firm did not say who the buyer is, but Crain’s New York Business reported that it is a group of Asian investors led by New York builder Steven Wu. Crain’s said Wu intends to spend $45 million

remodeling the building for its planned new uses. The seller was Jack Gut man, who bought the hospital for $14.3 million in 2009 after it was shut down. Gutman made renovations to the 266,322-squarefoot building and secured the zoning variances that will allow it to house stores, offices and apartments. The parking garage has 290 spots. St. John’s is one of several former hospitals around the city that are being conver ted into residential use, including Q Mary Immaculate in Jamaica. — Peter C. Mastrosimone

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De Blasio sworn in as 109th mayor The public invited to outdoor event on the steps of City Hall on New Year’s Day by Tess McRae Associate Editor

Though the wind was biting, hundreds of New Yorkers bundled in down coats and winter boots to witness Bill de Blasio, the 109th mayor of the City of New York, be sworn in on New Year’s Day. In a ceremony touted as “an inauguration for all New Yorkers,” the energy was optimistic when de Blasio placed his hand on a Bible that once belonged to Franklin D. Roosevelt. “He’s unlike any politician I’ve ever seen,” Tabitha Montgomery, a Sunnyside resident said as she eagerly sipped hot cider out of one of the complimentary Thermoses given out at the door. “We’ve seen the same faces for so long. It’s nice to have someone who you feel is finally on your side. To be included in this is just fantastic.” In fact, that was the theme of the Jan. 1 celebration: inclusion. From the beginning of his campaign to his swearing in, de Blasio said he has set out to bring New Yorkers together. “When I said we would take dead aim at the Tale of Two Cities, I meant it and we will do it,” he said after his swearing in — presided over by former President Bill Clinton. “I will honor the faith and trust you have placed in me and we will give life

Hundreds gathered to watch Bill de Blasio get sworn in as New York City’s newest mayor. The event was open to the public and was attended by city officials as well as former President Bill PHOTO BY TESS MCRAE Clinton and former Sen. Hillary Clinton among others. to the hope of so many in our city. We will succeed as one city.” The now former Mayor Bloomberg was in attendance though he did take some hits from several speakers, especially the new Public Advocate Letitia James.

“The growing gap between the haves and the have-nots undermines our city and tears at the fabric of our democracy,” James said. “We live in a gilded age of inequality where decrepit homeless shelters and housing developments stand in the

neglected shadow of gleaming multimillion-dollar condos.” She went on to criticize the NYPD’s controversial stop-and-frisk tactic, saying the police abuses “have been touted as ‘success stories’ as if crime can only be reduced by infringing on the civil liberties of people of color.” It wasn’t until Clinton spoke, about an hour into the ceremony, that Bloomberg was recognized for his work. De Blasio also briefly thanked him. “To say the least, you led our city through some extremely difficult times, and for that, we are all grateful,” de Blasio said. “Your passion on issues such as environmental protection and public health has built a noble legacy.” Throughout the speeches, Bloomberg remained stone-faced, politely clapping after each speaker but visibly unpleased. Newly inaugurated Comptroller Scott Stringer was a little less critical but assured the public that there would be changes made in the new government. “There will be those who say that we as a city cannot afford to tackle poverty and inequality,” Stringer said. “As comptroller, I say we can’t afford not to.” De Blasio, with wife Chirlane McCray and their children, Chiara and Dante, took continued on page 22


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Kew Gardens home continues to decay Historic former residence now houses just cement and memories by Christopher Barca

The windows have been sealed with concrete and a mysterious sign is taped to the A former resident of what he says is the inside of the front door’s glass windows, borough’s only Anglo-Japanese-style home warning any intrigued passersby to “stay is furious at the vacant building’s ongoing away,” that the property is “being watched” and any trespassers will be arrested. descent into decay and dilapidation. A phone number was on the sign, but a The home, located at 84-62 Beverly Road in Kew Gardens, looks more like the setting message saying the number is out of service of a horror movie than a historic, nearly was heard when called by the Chronicle. As spooky as the abandoned house 10 0 -y e a r- o l d p i e c e of s i g n i f i c a n t appears, its sealed, cement-filled windows architecture. can be easily explained. Two unsafe building violations were issued by the Department of Buildings on Sept. 26, 2009, but Mu n Chang, listed as the home’s ow ner si nce 1973, never appeared in court or attempted to fight the tickets. A court order to seal the home was issued on Jan. 6, 2010 and the Department of Housing Preser vation and Development closed the windows with cement shortly after. “ T he m a i n hou se a nd garage at this location were A sign warning people to stay away from the home or face sealed as a result of an unsafe arrest is taped to the inside of the front door. The listed phone building procedure initiated PHOTO BY CHRISTOPHER BARCA by the Department,” Buildnumber is no longer in service. Reporter

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Sentencing for Rich. Hill killer A Brooklyn man was sentenced Tuesday to 40 years to life in the shooting death of a man in a Richmond Hill barbershop bathroom in 2010, and for the attempted murder of another man there. Kereim Richardson, 34, was convicted last month of second-degree murder, second-degree attempted murder and second-degree criminal possession of a weapon. According to trial testimony, Richardson was playing dice with several other individuals — including the deceased victim, Gary Bowlin, and a surviving gunshot victim — in the back room of a barbershop located at 135-02 Liberty Ave. after midnight on Dec. 29. 2010. At some point, Richardson and Bowlin were in the barbershop bathroom at the same time when witnesses heard shots fired and then observed Bowlin on the bathroom f loor with gunshots to his head and torso. He died at the scene. When Richardson exited the bathroom, he was grabbed by one of the dice players and they tussled, during which time Richardson shot the surviving victim twice, once in the nose Q and a graze wound to the hip.

The decaying house at 84-62 Beverly Road in Kew Gardens was once the home of flower mogul Joseph Fleischmann’s daughter in the 1930s. Reportedly the only Anglo-Japanese-style home in PHOTO BY CHRISTOPHER BARCA; INSET COURTESY JAMES MELIKIAN Queens, it has sat vacant for years, inset. ings press secretary Kelly Magee said. “We initiated the proceeding and the Department of Housing Preservation and Development completed the work of sealing the building.” James Melikian, who lived in the home as a young child from 1956 to 1969 with his family, works to save historic buildings in Arizona, where he now lives.

Many from Queens tied to SSDI benefits scam Cops, firemen allegedly faked claims Seventeen Queens residents are among the 106 people — 80 percent of them former cops and firefighters —who have been charged with grand larceny for allegedly stealing hundreds of millions of dollars from U.S. taxpayers by faking disability claims. The defendants were all charged with grand larceny in the second degree and attempted grand larceny in the second degree. Four alleged ringleaders were also charged with first-degree grand larceny. The alleged perpetrators lied about supposed psychiatric conditions in order to qualify for Social Security disability insurance, according to Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance, who announced their indictments on Tuesday. They received an average of $30,000 to $50,000 a year in illgotten payments, Vance said. The ringleaders allegedly coached the other 102 defendants on how to lie about their state of mind in order to qualify for benefits. The SSDI applicants typically claimed to have depression, anxiety or posttraumatic stress disorder — many saying their condition was caused by the terror

attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. Police Commissioner Bill Bratton said they had “disgraced all first responders who perished” on 9/11, as well as those who later died from illnesses caused by the destruction of the World Trade Center. Almost all the disability applications contained common phrases such as “I nap on and off during the day” and “I’m up and down all night long,” according to Vance. But in fact the defendants were leading healthy, active lives, he said, with several employed in various jobs. The defendants are mostly residents of the city, Long Island and lower Upstate counties. Those from Queens are Michael Barton, 55; Tyrone Breeden, 56; John Byrne, 47; Artrailyes (aka Denise) Carter, 53; Jacqueline Connolly, 57; Karen Galimi, 49; Kevin Galimi, 50; Peter Inzerilla, 40; Jodi Isolano (aka Giudice), 35; Helen Krill, 58; Darrin Lamantia, 56; Peter Martin, 49; Kevin McCullagh, 55; John McGarry, 50; Arnold Moskowitz, 66; Michael Rocco, 54; and Samuel Rushing, 42. The four alleged Q ringleaders all live in Nassau County.

He told the Chronicle in an email that every time he visits Queens, he is upset to see his childhood home in shambles. “Whenever we visit New York City, we try to drive past our former Beverly Road home and are always saddened to see it in such disrepair after knowing its great history continued on page 26

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management Wednesday to discuss ways to help the laid-off workers. He added that the union is typically able to find other employment opportunities for workers in this situation. “This obviously isn’t the first food vendor to close because it wasn’t making money,” Turchiano said. “We certainly have enough hotels under contracts where there will hopefully be job openings available.” The Aqueduct Buffet opened with the casino in October 2011, but casino officials say it had never been a profitable enterprise, though the casino has garnered nearly $1 billion in revenue since it opened. It was located on the casino’s main floor — the Times Square Casino floor — and overlooked the racetrack. The casino has a number of other food options including a food court that features eateries like Popeye’s and Starbucks, a take-out venue and two sit-down restaurants: Genting Palace, which serves Chinese cuisine, and RW Prime, a steakhouse. Snacks can also be ordered at the casino’s main bar, Bar360. The casino said it did not have any immediate plans on what they will do with the buffet location, but Addabbo said he wanted to make sure it remained for food service and not for more slot Q machines.

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Angelica Harris, author of five books, paid a recent visit to John Adams High School, Ozone Park, to talk with students about her passion for writing and how important it is to paint a clear picture filled with details when they’re engaged in putting words to their papers. The creator of the sci-fi book trilogy, “Excalibur,” and her own memoir, “Living with Rage — A Quest for Solace,” truly appreciates the idea that readers can enter the worlds and characters she describes, from King Arthur, a royal monarch, and Merlin, a legendary Celtic sorcerer, to aspects of her own life. With her memoir, Ms. Harris writes about her childhood, and the time when she was sexually abused. Here, she was able to both express much of the pain and retell some of the haunting memories during that period. For a long time, Ms. Harris remained silent about the tragic experiences. However, at a special event in Washington, where she gave a speech in front of 300 people to speak about her personal struggles with different forms of abuse, she finally decided to write her memoir. With the book, she was able to and continues to inspire many individuals. Her story has touched readers from Queens, New York all the way to Saudi Arabia. During her visit, she spoke to students about the writing career she is devoted to – and where it all began. Ms. Harris talked about one family

Queens native Angelica Harris talks writing

Author and Queens resident Angelica Harris, left, came to John Adams to talk to students about something she truly enjoys – writing. Ms. Harris is also a strong advocate for victims of sexual abuse and domestic violence. Campus school news reporters Selena Arreola and Julie Torres had the wonderful opportunity to interview Ms. Harris at the end of her visit. (PHOTO BY ROB TROTTA) member whom she holds close to her heart, her father, a World War II veteran who stood as a role model for her to look up to. Her father inspired her to express her feelings with words, and that action has saved her.

“I wear my father’s ring proudly,” she stated. “It was his love and advice that got me to open up and tell my story.” Students were intrigued by Ms. Harris’ sincerity and creativity. For some of the classes,

she asked students to invent a plot and describe a character who would play a significant role in a fictional story. Many came up with different and unique features of their made-up character and what conflict that character was facing. Seeing the students’ enthusiasm with the task, Ms. Harris smiled and said, “See, writing is, and can be, fun.” “I was happy to be here,” she said, reflecting on her day at John Adams HS. “It was an amazing experience, and I hope to come back.” Ms. Harris, a Glendale resident, has also created a nonprofit crisis center for victims of abuse right here in our borough, called the Unicorn Project—Raven’s Hope. In addition, she also runs the Excalibur Reading Program, which teaches children with special needs, along with their families, how effectively writing can be used as a tool to allow them to express their emotions and thoughts. Ms. Harris, who is married and has two children, also has acting experience. But, more admirably, she has tremendous character. Angelica Harris accepts speaking engagements, guest blogging and other ventures that allow her to work with victims of domestic violence and sexual abuse. “Together,” she believes, “we can all become conquerors.” Written by John Adams students Selena Arreola and Julie Torres.

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Hispanic children use computers, smart phones and other electronic devices more than youths in other ethnic groups, according to a new study by Northwestern University and the National Center for Families Learning. It was published by the National Institute for Latino Policy. Young Latinos — part of one of the fastestgrowing immigrant groups in Queens as well as the nation — also watch more television and read more than their peers, the study says. While Hispanics may have fewer electronic devices than other groups due to having lower incomes, children in families that have computers, tablets, smart phones and televisions use them all more often, according to the report, which studied 663 Latino families with children under age 9. The children use computers 35 minutes a day, it found, compared to 22 minutes among other groups; smart phones 26 minutes, compared to 10 minutes; and tablets 34 minutes, compared to 23 minutes. They watch television two hours a day, compared to an hour and 31 minutes; and read for one hour and eight minutes, compared to 54 minutes among other groups. The study said Hispanic parents believe the use of electronic devices is helpful in improvQ ing their children’s learning.

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Christopher Miller, 7, suffocated before he could escape the inferno by Tess McRae Associate Editor

He was 7 years old, an age where days are filled with school lessons and baseball practice. Christopher Miller was fast asleep, upstairs with his 12-year-old brother, Matthew, in their family’s attached home in East Elmhurst. Downstairs, two family friends visiting from out of town decided to kindle a fire to keep warm and fell asleep. On New Year’s Day at 9 a.m., the two visitors, Christopher and Matthew woke up to a holiday inferno as Christmas decorations and home furnishings acted as a fuse, spreading the fire throughout the home. “It was all black smoke,” one neighbor said. “Just tons of smoke coming out of the house. You couldn’t see flames, only smoke.” According to reports, the out-of-towners possibly tried to extinguish the f lames themselves but it was no use. The majority of fire deaths are caused by smoke inhalation, not the actual flames, and since the house on 90th Street had no smoke detectors, the inhabitants probably had been breathing in smoke for a little while before waking up. Christopher and his brother were trying to make it to the door so they could get out of the house. They were breathing in the

A makeshift memorial dedicated to Christopher Miller in front of the home destroyed by a PHOTO BY TESS MCRAE massive fire. black smoke, limiting their oxygen supply and clogging their lungs. Christopher made it to the stairs before he was overcome with smoke and collapsed, according to the FDNY.

His brother Matthew had a bit more luck, narrowly escaping with the two family friends and his grandfather, who was in the basement. He had second-degree burns on his hands and neck and was transported to

Cornell Medical Center, where he was in stable condition. Matthew and Christopher’s mother was not home when the flames swallowed up the interior of her home. Almost a week later, the smell of smoke still cling to the air surrounding the boarded-up house. Black smudges stain the outside of windows and ripped caution tape still hangs on the iron and brick fence. In front, a shrine dedicated to Christopher lined the gates. His #2 Elmhurst Snowflake baseball jersey fluttered in the wind next to a Yankees foam finger, f lowers, Beanie Babies and a poem written by Astrid Sermiento: “You had to go, and yet I still can’t comprehend, I imagine your little face still, and the day that we first met, I can’t fathom the words, to describe the sadness, the pain lingers on, as I pray in silence” “They were good kids and a good family,” the neighbor said. “They used to play outside all the time and never caused any problems.” A memorial was held at the Blessed Sacrament Church in Jackson Heights on Tuesday for family and friends to honor Q Christopher.

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Cuomo gives State of the State Taxes, jobs and public safety top governor’s list by Michael Gannon Editor

Gov. Cuomo on Wednesday called for continued reform of education, taxes and government ethics in his annual State of the State address in Albany. Reviewing the last year, Cuomo pointed to things like an increased minimum wage, property tax caps, health insurance for 265,000 people and the formation of a Moreland Commission to root out public corruption at the state level. “We wanted a fairer New York,” he said. “We did what we said we would do. But we have much more to do.” Cuomo said the $10 billion deficit he inherited is slated to become a $2 billion surplus, which he said will enable tax relief. The reforms also would include reducing New York’s estate tax, cuts to business and corporate taxes and reform of regulations that he said would make New York more attractive for businesses and manufacturers. Following on a theme he struck Tuesday in an appearance with Vice President Joe Biden, Cuomo pledged to dedicate nearly $17 billion to protect the state from the effects of major storms. “When we built our subways, we didn’t envision f loods filling the system,” he said.

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Inauguration continued from page 16 the subway to the City Hall station, greeting bystanders who were unable to get a ticket to the outdoor event. “I love that he invited the public,” Dwayne Henderson of Douglaston said. “I think it sends a good message, a message I never got with Bloomberg in office. I see good things with de Blasio.” Members of the City Council’s Queens delegation were present, including Councilmen Jimmy Van Bramer (D-Sunnyside) and Donovan Richards (D-Laurelton). Reps. Carolyn Maloney (D-Manhattan, Brookly n , Q u e e n s) a n d G r a c e Me n g (D-Flushing) were also in attendance. Overall, the crowd seemed pumped up for change, hooting and hollering when speakers touched on topics they are passionate about. “I n a way this rem inds me of Obama,” Chelsea Klausner of Richmond Hill said. “Everything is fresh, everything is open and we’re all witnessing it. I know it’s kind of cheesy but it makes me feel cared for. It makes me feel that the city will be a better and more accepting place.” After the inauguration, the public was invited to shake hands with de Blasio, James and Stringer. A reception was held afterward in City Hall Q

He wants the state to install what he said would be most sophisticated weather forecasting equipment of any state. “We have not been getting the correct information early enough,” he said. He also wants to start a college that specializes in homeland security and terrorism issues. There were a few boos mixed in when he announced that former NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly has agreed to help with the state’s homeland security as a consultant. “He has phenomenal experience,” he said. Going back to the economy, Cuomo cited a 40 percent unemployment rate for inner city teens and young adults in calling for an extension of the New York Youth Works program, as well as job training initiatives. “Let’s get young people working,” he said. “Let’s give them a future.” Cuomo said more funding must be dedicated to similar programs for those getting out of prison. “Less crime means safer streets, and fewer tax dollars spent on incarceration,” he said. Cuomo confirmed that he wants to establish a trial program of 20 hospitals to prescribe medicinal marijuana for those such as cancer patients, a program he said would be subject to strict observation and review.

The governor proposed stricter penalties for drunk driving, calling for a five-year license suspension for anyone convicted of two offenses within two years, and permanent revocation for a third-time offender. He also wants tougher penalties for young drivers who text while driving. “For a young driver, a cell phone is more dangerous than a bottle of alcohol,” he said, asking legislators for a mandatory one-year license suspension upon conviction. With legislators present, Cuomo was u napologetic for the Moreland Commission. “We have a disagreement over the need for more ethic reform — I understand that,” Cuomo said. “... But there has been a string of bad acts. On almost a daily basis there are more and more stories of individual legislators who have done bad acts. And it reflects poorly on all of us, because people don’t see them as just an Assemblyman or a Senator or a Democrat or a Republican — they see them as just another state politician. And it is a problem for all of us.” He asked again for stronger bribery laws, public campaign financing and full disclosure of clients in legislators’ private business dealings who have business before the Q state.

Ulrich mourns grandfather Councilman Eric Ulrich’s (R-Ozone Park) grandfather Ronald Kulick passed away on Dec. 31 after a battle with lung cancer at Memorial SloanKettering Cancer Center in Manhattan, where he had been receiving treatment for his illness. According to Ulrich, his wife of 35 years, Rosemary, was by his side. The councilman announced his grandfather’s passing on his Facebook page on New Year’s Eve. “I honestly don’t think I would be who or what I am today if it were not for his love, devotion and support,” Ulrich wrote. Accord i ng to the cou ncil ma n, Kulick was “a proud Navy veteran, union steamfitter, and devoted family man.” He was a regular fixture on the campaign trail for his grandson in 2009 and helped out on his successful runs for the Council in the 2009 special and general elections. Kulick was waked last Friday at Romanelli Funeral Home and his funeral was held Saturday at Nativity BVM Church, both in Ozone Park, where he was living at the time of his Q death. — Domenick Rafter

Cuomo sounds storm alarm Seeks $16.7 billion to protect transportation, energy The city’s two airports and a handful of Queens neighborhoods are expected to benefit directly from a $16.7 billion initiative announced in Albany on Tuesday by Gov. Cuomo and Vice President Joe Biden. The title — “Reimagining New York for a New Reality” — is a mouthful. But it translates into state funding for energy, transportation and infrastructure to protect areas of the state that have proven vulnerable to major weather events since Cuomo took office in 2011. Cuomo said the proposal will completely transform the way New York builds and protects infrastructure, safeguards its energy supply and prepares both first responders and civilians. “The new reality in New York is we are getting hit by 100-year-storms every couple of years,” Cuomo said in a copy of his statement issued by his office. “We have to wake up to that new reality by completely reimagining our state to be ready for any future disaster.” Weather-related upgrades to

Vice President Biden and Gov. Cuomoin Albany on Tuesday. PHOTO COURTESY GOVERNOR’S OFFICE

the airports have been anticipated before Hurricane Sandy shut down John F. Kennedy International Airport and placed much of LaGuardia underwater in October 2012. Cuomo on Tuesday committed more than $257 million to the effort, which will include tidal gates, drainage upgrades, communication improvements and fuel supply protections at both airports. LaGuardia, which became inundated when Sandy crossed

Long Island Sound at high tide, also will receive a flood wall. Rosedale and Springf ield Gardens/Brookville are among 22 localities that the governor will add to the existing NY Rising Communities Reconstruction program. Inclusion on the list makes the communities eligible for federal disaster recovery block grants of up to $3 million apiece for the future preparation of “storm resiliency” plans. Cuomo also has earmarked

$1.9 billion for coastal protection, an effort that will involve the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the state’s departments of Environmental Protection and Parks. As expected, a Jamaica Bay/ Southeast Queens Flood Protection program is on the governor’s list. Cuomo’s outline includes the creation of natural bar riers along 150 acres in the Jamaica Bay/Spring Creek area. The Metropolitan Transportation Author it y already has embarked on a mission to harden its tunnels — both rail and automobile — subway stations and other infrastructure from a repeat of the flooding damage caused by Sandy. Cuomo called for $5.1 billion in state funds for the subways, including the rebuilding of six tunnels into and out of Manhattan. Studies already underway are examining the best ways to either seal tunnels and subway stations or better ways to drain or pump them out in the aftermath of a major storm event. Q

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Wild swings in the weather last week From blizzard to frigid to thaw and frigid again, all in only 100 hours by Domenick Rafter Editor

They say if you don’t like the weather in New England, wait five minutes. Well, Queens isn’t in New England, but it’s close enough. The weather this winter — and especially in the last week — has been, well, weird. Queens received anywhere from 8 to 12 inches of snow on Thursday night and Friday in what is so far the biggest snowfall of the year. Then the temperatures plummeted into the single digits, some of the coldest air in a decade. That was followed by a springlike thaw with temperatures hitting the midto-upper 50s with some rain, followed by a 50-degree drop in temperatures to the coldest air recorded in nine years. And that’s all in less than 100 hours. Last Friday’s snowstorm was not an uncommon occurrence. As with most snowstorms, it was born out of a coastal lowpressure system that formed off the MidAtlantic Coast and rushed into coastal Canada, spinning moisture around it. The storm created blizzard conditions at times in parts of Queens, but the hardest hit areas were Nassau and Suffolk counties. The storm was so serious that Gov. Cuomo shut down major highways, including the Long Island Expressway east of the Queens

A man digs out his car after a snowstorm Friday, left, but the snow was mostly gone by the time residents had to don umbrellas for Monday’s rainy conditions and 50-degree temperatures, center. That was followed by the a frigid Tuesday with wind chills of -14 degrees in the borough that PHOTOS BY DOMENICK RAFTER forced residents to bundle up for the coldest air in nine years, right. border, for eight hours. New York City schools got their first snow day of the year on Friday. The storm had a name, Hercules. It was part of a plan headed by The Weather Channel for the second year to name winter

storms like officials do hurricanes. The point of naming them is to avoid confusion between storms and make them easily identifiable for insurance purposes. For example, after Hurricane Sandy last year, New York was struck by a snowstorm

named Athena. The Parks Department used that name to identify trees lost in that storm versus those lost in Sandy. But the frigid cold conditions that followed Hercules were not common. It was some of the coldest air the city has seen in years. The low temperature on Friday at JFK Airport was 3 degrees — the coldest air in Queens since 2005. That didn’t last long, however. Sunday night, it was raining and the temperature at JFK Airport was 55 degrees — a 52 degree difference in less than that many hours. The temperatures then plummeted again Monday night, with temperatures on Tuesday morning falling to the single digits. For Tuesday’s record cold, which brought wind chills as low as -14 to JFK Airport, meteorologists are blaming a “polar vortex,” which has engulfed the eastern twothirds of North America. Temperatures as far south as Atlanta dropped to the single digits and freezing conditions were felt even in Central Florida and New Orleans. What caused the wild swings in the weather? Meteorologist John Homenuk said on his blog, New York Metro Weather, that very strong air masses were battling it out in the atmosphere over Queens: first, an arctic air mass from Canada, followed by warmer continued on page 28

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is it’s “Law & Order: SVU” - season 15, episode #14, and the episode is called “Wednesday’s Child.” With many pharmacies to choose from we are so excited that the director wanted us. What an exciting start to the New Year for Cross Bay Chemist!!! Cross Bay Chem ist / Howa rd Beach is conve n iently located at 158 -14 Cross Bay Blvd., Howard Beach, N.Y. 11414. We can be reached at 718-659-9500 or Our phar macy hours of operation are Monday- Friday : 9:00 am to 9:00 pm; Saturday : 9:00 am to 7:00 pm; and Sunday: 10:00 am to 5:00 pm. Written by: Frank P. Pantina Pharmacist/owner

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On some streets, the snow clearing did not mesh with city online claims by Domenick Rafter Editor

When last Friday’s snowstorm bore down on the city, questions arose — as in every snowstorm since the December 2010 blizzard that saw much of Queens go unplowed for days — on what the city’s response would be, especially under a new mayor. Since that 2010 storm, the city has instituted a system that tracks its plows and salt spreaders via GPS and provides information on a citywide map that shows when a plow or salt spreader has cleaned a specific street. The map also identifies primary, secondary and tertiary streets to give city residents an idea of what priority level their block is. But after Friday’s snowstorm, some residents caught what appear to be some inconsistencies with the maps. In one case, the map said 103rd Street between 103rd and Liberty avenues in Ozone Park was treated at 11:21 a.m. Friday, but the street, which is often one of the last in the neighborhood to be cleaned after a storm, did not see a plow until around 4 p.m. Residents on the block say during bigger storms, the street often doesn’t get plowed until after the snow stops due to its lower priority. The adjacent roads, 104th and 102nd streets are major thoroughfares between Rockaway Boulevard and Forest Park and are much busier. The map did identify the correct times 104th Street — classified a primary route through part of Ozone Park — saw a plow. Two plows, one at 2:25 p.m. and another at 3:25 p.m., cleared the street, and those times appeared on the map. In Bellerose, there was an issue on 86th Road between

A section of Bellerose, including 86th Road, as seen shortly after 4 p.m., on Friday, said the street had been cleared a few hours earlier though two residents said no plow had cleared MAP COURTESY NYC.GOV the street since the storm began. 241st Street and Cross Island Parkway. The small, one-blockroute was not plowed until late afternoon at best, according to residents — and one said it was never cleared at all. Sabrina Rosa, one of the residents, registered her complaints on Facebook on Friday after seeing the PlowNYC map. “It says serviced 0-1 hours ago,” Rosa wrote at 4 p.m. “We have not seen a plow.”

A neighbor of hers, Angela Lee, also denied a plow had gone up the block. “There was nothing,” she said. Rosa said she called 311 to report the discrepancy. The Sanitation Department did not respond to a request for comment on the map, but a pop-up note on the PlowNYC webside warns that the data may not be correct. “You may find that weather conditions, construction projects, closures, or other events may cause actual conditions to differ from the data,” the note read. “Moreover, the data may contain inaccurate or incomplete information due to the passage of time, changing circumstances, sources used and the nature of collecting comprehensive information, any of which may lead to incorrect results. For example, streets that have a ‘tertiary’ designation may be plowed by non-GPS equipped vehicles operated by private vendors in severe weather conditions and, as a result, all of their collective plowing efforts will not be reflected on this site.” The note doesn’t, however, specifically address the city claiming a street had been cleared when it had not. Bellerose resident Brian Caltabiano said two days after the storm no plow had gone up 86th Road at all. That many of the smaller streets were not plowed by the time the snow stopped Friday was not unexpected. Sanitation Commissioner John Doherty warned Friday that many secondary and tertiary streets would not be plowed for a while because the ferocity of the snow was so strong that plows had to keep clearing primary routes, like highways and main thoroughfares such as Woodhaven, Queens, Northern and Francis Lewis boulevards, before they could Q move to the smaller, less busy roads.

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Decaying Kew Gardens home continued from page 18 and distinct architectural beauty,” Melikian said. “This Anglo-Japanese-style house ... is the lone survivor of three such houses that stood at that intersection.” The plot containing Melikian’s childhood home is rich with over 75 years of history. The building was constructed by Joseph Fleischmann, a florist who became a millionaire after developing a flower shop franchise with stores in Chicago and Washington DC, for his daughter to live in, according to Queens historian Carl Ballenas. While Ballenas did not know the exact

year the home was built, he believes it has existed since before 1938. Originally, there were three such homes on the lot. The main one, called the Fleischmann Mansion, was torn down in 1939, and the surviving home’s sister structure was torn down in the mid-1960s. The house is described as Anglo-Japanese because of its meshing of 19th-century English and Japanese architecture, and is the only Queens building featuring such a design, according to Melikian. The lower half of the building features white stucco with black beams, reminiscent

of a rustic cottage in the English countryside, while the roof of the building features the signature curves often found in Japanese architecture. Collectively, the two distinct styles combine to form one of Kew Gardens’ most unique homes. “It has a Japanese temple look to it,” Ballenas said. “It must have been phenomenal to look at back in the day.” Today, the bricks of the walkway leading to the front entrance are cracked and out of place. Wires dangle from the home’s right side, while a gutter hangs loose and leaks water on the building’s left side. Through the window of the front door, a

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dirty, fraying wood floor can be seen, and the walls of the entryway appear blanketed in dust. Melikian, whose Queens ties date back 90 years to his father’s upbringing in Sunnyside and his mother’s immigrating to Forest Hills, has made a living off saving aging historic buildings in the Phoenix area. Unfortunately, it appears the home that holds chapters of his own personal history may be past the point of rescue. “We have seen many great historic homes and buildings lost here in Phoenix,” he said. “We hate to think that maybe one day ... the home that inspired our love of historic properties might join that list.” Q

The popular NBC prime time drama Law & Order: SVU will film a scene in Howard Beach this month. A scene from the Emmy award-winning show starring Mariska Hargitay and Ice-T will be shot both outside and inside of Cross Bay Chemist pharmacy at XXX=XX Cross Bay Blvd. on Monday, Jan. 13 between noon and 5 p.m. Frank Pantina, pharmacist and owner of Cross Bay Chemist said the production crew sought out his store as a location for scene that will connect to another part of the episode being filmed at the Surfside Motel a few blocks south of the store on Cross Bay Boulevard. He said the store will close on Jan. 13 from 3 to 5 p.m. while crews film inside. He did not know who, if any, of the main cast will be in the scene. The episode being filmed is called “Wednesday’s Child” and will be the 14th episode to air in the show’s 15th season, which began last fall. The air date has not yet been scheduled. “Law & Order: SV U” airs Q Wednesdays at 10 p.m. on NBC. — Domenick Rafter

LIE crash kills one, injures three The New Year was only a little more than two hours old when a car accident in Queens took a young man’s life. The victim, not immediately identified by police, was the front-seat passenger in a Nissan Xterra SUV that overturned on the eastbound Long Island Expressway at Parsons Boulevard at about 2:15 a.m. Jan. 1, according to police. The vehicle had struck the median, traveled across the traffic lanes, hit the curb next to the shoulder and flipped over, coming to a stop against a tree, the NYPD said. The driver, a 31-year-old man, and two rear-seat passengers were taken to New York Hospital Queens. The driver was in critical condition, with trauma to his head and body. The two passengers were in stable condition. EMS pronounced the frontQ seat passenger dead at the scene.

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Routine precautions make sense AAA is reminding drivers that a few simple precautions can greatly improve car performance and safety during the winter. “In snowy, cold weather, most calls to AAA are for dead batteries, flat tires, no traction, extrications and lockouts,” Robert Sinclair, manager of media relations for AAA New York said. “With this in mind, there are things drivers can do before and during the storm to ensure they make it through this potentially dangerous weather event,” Sinclair said. These include: • Have a qualified technician check the condition of the vehicle’s cooling, charging and exhaust systems with special attention paid to the battery, which can lose 30 percent of its power when the temperature hits freezing, and 60 percent power loss when the thermometer drops to zero. Make sure the vehicle has good wipers and topped-off windshield washer fluid. • When starting out in bad weather, test traction by jamming the brakes, with no other cars around, and seeing if the car slides.

• Don’t let all-wheel-drive create false security. Posted speed limits are for ideal conditions. During snowstorms, we all see “cowboys” in vehicles with all-wheel-drive and their superior traction speeding along. But, while AWD is great to get moving, the vehicles stop no better than other vehicles. Vehicles take up to nine times longer to stop in ice and snow compared to clear pavement. Slow down and leave extra following distance in snowy conditions. • Be prepared. A winter survival kit can mean just that, survival in potentially dangerous winter conditions. The kit should have: a flashlight, warm clothes and gloves, nonperishable snacks, a blanket, a small shovel and an abrasive like sand or nonclumping kitty litter. The most important kit items are a cell phone and car charger. • Clear the vehicle before starting the engine. Make sure the tailpipe is clear of any piled-up snow. Clear all snow from a vehicle so it doesn’t blow off and blind another driver. Further information is available online Q at

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January 15 will mark the second annual opening of the student Rush Gallery at Middle School 226, South Ozone Park, supported by the Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation. This is the second year that students at MS 226 have worked with artists and teachers from the foundation to create an on-site thematic art exhibition Through creating their own gallery, students become familiar with museum and gallery practices, such as curating and exhibition design, and also create a sense of community and pride throughout the arts. This year, the gallery is entitled “The Year of Justice,” and students will proudly present their work for the first time on January 15 from 12 to 2 p.m. MS 226 will also be holding a viewing for the public on January 31 from 6 to 8 p.m., and the gallery will be open all year long. (PHOTOS COURTESY OF MS 226)

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Julie Chu and Citi give back to kids Olympian hockey player visits LIC to discuss her nonprofit program by Tess McRae Associate Editor

Julie Chu, a four-time Olympian for women’s ice hockey, knows what it’s like to overcome adversity. Most think of hockey as a “man’s sport” much like football, but Chu said the game is changing and she’s working to ensure that change continues. “In a lot of ways, hockey is still considered a boys’ or men’s sport and I can say it’s changed 100 percent since I was 8 years old when it was my sister and me who were the only girls playing, and now if you walk into a rink there’s tons of girl teams there or coed teams and that was just nonexistent when I was younger,” Chu said during a Tuesday visit to the Citi building in Long Island City. “Do we still want it to be even bigger and grow more? Absolutely, but we’re on a good path.” Citibank has sponsored Team USA in the upcoming Olympic games and has asked seven athletes, including Chu, to pick a sports program as part of the “Every Step of the Way” program. Chu chose Try Hockey for Free, a nonprofit that gives kids the chance to come to a rink and learn the basics of ice hockey. The program provides equipment at no cost to the family.

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Wild weather continued from page 24 air pushing up from Florida, then the polar vortex slamming in behind a cold front Monday night that was as powerful as those that typically end brutal summer heat waves. “Ahead of a cold front, warm and moist air streamed northward on Monday bringing temperatures into the u p p e r 50 s w it h d e n s e fog,” he explained Tuesday. “Almost as if scripted, a thin line of thunderstorms surged eastward bringing heavy rain and gusty winds followed by a change in wind direction.” The wild weather this past week is an extension of a general patter n that’s been happening for months. A snowfall on Dec. 14 was followed by a warm spell a week later during which temperatures topped 70 degrees on Dec. 22. Two days later on Christmas Eve, temperatures were cold enough to offer some more snow. But the wild streak seems to be coming to an end — for now. The forecast over the next week calls for temperatures to hold steady in the 40s to 50s. Nevertheless, it’s early in the winter and Febr uar y and March — t wo months that have historically brought some of the worst and wildest weather Q to New York — lie ahead.

Julie Chu speaks with three Citibank employees in Long Island City to promote Try Hockey for Free, a nonprofit she is associated with. The bank will be donating $50,000 towards the PHOTO BY TESS MCRAE organization. “A lot of times hockey is not accessible,” Chu said. “It’s not one of those things where you can grab a $5 soccer ball and try soccer or baseball but it’s one of those things where gear could be, at least, a couple hundred dollars, maybe more. With the donation that Citi’s making, we’ll be able to purchase about 500 sets that can then go around to

these title events. “For me, if we can get a handful of these guys to fall in love with hockey, it’d be awesome.” Chu, a Queens native, met with employees at Citi Bank’s Long Island City branch and stressed the importance of getting kids involved and especially allowing girls to try

sports they may not otherwise consider. While fighting has become a commonality in professional hockey, Chu said there are plenty of good lessons to learn on the ice. “I know there is a sense that there is a lot of fighting in hockey but a lot of that happens in the NHL, not in youth games,” she said. “The great thing about hockey is you get to fall down a lot and you have to get up and just keep that resiliency.” Chu will be competing as co-captain of the USA women’s hockey team in the 2014 Winter Olympic in Sochi, and while she has less than a month before she will leave on a flight to Russia, she said it was important to take the time out to give back. “It’s so much bigger than just us as athletes,” she said. “I think if we didn’t have the opportunities as a young kid to try hockey, even though it was nonexistent for girls at that time, I don’t think I’d be sitting here. Giving back to the community is important to us.” If you would like to vote for Try Hockey for Free to receive $50,000, you can visit and click on Chu’s name. “These kids bring out the kids in us,” she said. “It’s an exciting time and we’re looking forward to the future and what will happen with these kids and, hopefully, all our Q work pays off.”

Kosciuszko contract coming State expects to award construction bid within weeks by Michael Gannon Editor

The state will be taking a step toward the long-anticipated replacement of the Kosciuszko Bridge in a matter of weeks. Beau Duffy, a spokesman for the state Department of Transportation, said the agency is finishing up the procurement phase. “We have four proposals from pre-qualified construction teams,” Duffy told the Chronicle on Tuesday. “They’re under review, and we’ll likely be granting an award for the project contract either later this month or sometime in February. After that, we’ll have a timeline for construction.” The truss bridge, which is famed in song, story and early-morning rush hour traffic reports, often is cursed by those who navigate it. It spans Newtown Creek between Maspet h a nd t he G reenpoi nt sect ion of Brooklyn. The bridge is 6,021 feet long and rises 125 feet over the creek. It was named for Gen. Tadeusz Kosciuszko, a Polish national who fought with the Americans in the Revolutionary War, rising to the rank of general. Gov. Cuomo fast-tracked funding for the project in 2012, moving up the process by a year or more. Initial estimates have placed the cost at between $515 and $550 million and completion time at about four years.

The state is moving ahead with plans to replace the Kosciuszko Bridge. The DOT opted for a cable-stayed design when the public preferred it to three other options. It also is considered the most expensive to build. A cable-stayed design has the towers bear the weight with cables running to them from the deck. A suspension bridge, such as the Throgs


Neck or Whitestone, has two main weightbearing cables that run between two towers. Smaller cables then connect the main cables to the bridge deck. The Brooklyn Bridge is considered a hybrid of suspension and cable-stayed design. The new bridge will be built alongside Q the existing one.

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Suicide in Kew Gardens A man was killed in a small explosion inside his home above Austin’s Ale House on 82-72 Austin St. in Kew Gardens on Monday in what police say was an apparent suicide. Police responded to 911 calls around 6 p.m. on Monday night and discovered the body of 70-year-old Alfred Mayo. He was dead when the officers arrived, according to police. Officials believe that he died after detonating a small, unidentified explosive device. There were no other weapons recovered

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by Christopher Barca The site of the former “The Triumph of Civic Virtue” statue outside Borough Hall will have to wait a little longer for a makeover. The pedestal is all that remains at the statue’s former site on Queens Boulevard, as the sculpture was relocated to Brooklyn’s Green-Wood Cemetery in December 2012. Councilwoman Karen Koslowitz (D-Forest Hills) has previously said that there will be no progress until after the new year, once the newly inaug u rated Melinda Katz assumes the borough presidency. On Tuesday, Koslowitz affirmed that any action at the site is still some ways away. “There’s been so much going on that it’s not the top priority right now,” Koslowitz said. “As soon as we get the opportunity, I would love to sit down with Melinda and discuss it. It’s really up to her schedule.” Ideas for the beautification of the site have been discussed as recently as October, when Koslowitz reiterated her support for a pedestrian plaza dedicated to inf luential women from Queens to be erected. A design of such a promenade was brought forth by the Parks Department to then-Borough President Helen Marshall, but she did not approve of it and requested a different one. A meeting to discuss a second design was canceled two weeks later, and the issue has been on hold ever since. Last April, however, a different design was created by the Department of Citywide Administrative Services. Described as a landscape folly, the original fountain base would serve as a planted ruin featuring wildflowers and other kinds of shrubbery. Community activist Jon Torodash, who ran against Koslowitz for her City Council seat in November, believes that both potential

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St. John’s poet at It’s not too late to mayoral ceremony get the flu vaccine Ramana reads her ode to the city Cases are increasing across the country and in New York State by Liz Rhoades Managing Editor

A freshman at St. John’s University in Jamaica read one of her poetry offerings at the swearing-in ceremony of Mayor di Blasio in Manhattan on Jan. 1. Ramya Ramana of Centereach, LI, was named the city’s youth poet laureate for 2014 in October and was selected to take part in the mayor’s inauguration. Her original poem, titled “New York City,” was dedicated to the new mayor and included such evocative lines about the city as, “It is coffee-colored children playing hop scotch on what is left of a sidewalk.” Ramana, 18, got rave reviews for her performance from the dailies with such lines as “a show-stopping perfor mance,” “The crowd was rapt” and she received “some of the loudest applause.” Aside from taking the youth poet laureate title last fall, Ramya also won the Kicks poetry slam, which awarded her a full scholarship to St. John’s. She is studying philosophy and government and politics. As youth poet laureate, Ramana will work this year with the city’s Campaign

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Margaret Tietz Center in conjunction with Samuel Field Y and the Queensboro Council for Social Welfare presents “Dementia: Research, Treatment and Caregiver Support,” a symposium for providers and caregivers of individuals dealing with Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia. This event will take place on Wednesday, Jan. 22 at Margaret Tietz Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, 164-11 Chapin Parkway, Jamaica Hills. Doors open at 9:30 a.m. with registration and breakfast. Keynote speakers are scheduled from 10 to 11:30 a.m.

With a growing population of seniors dealing with the onset of dementia and all the ensuing challenges, it is crucial for caregivers to be as educated as possible in order to provide their loved ones with the support and care they need. An estimated 5.2 million Americans of all ages have Alzheimer’s disease, and 80 percent of their care is provided by unpaid caregivers, usually family members. If you a re i nterested i n attending, RSVP to Linda Spiegel at (718) 298-7838. Valet parking will be Q available.


Photos from the 2013 Queens World Film Festival at the Museum of the Moving Image. This year, organizers are expanding the festival to five additional venues.


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The Queens World Film Festival proves that through tragedy comes triumph as what sprouted from a PR nightmare has now blossomed into one of the highest-regarded international film festivals in the borough. Originally, the QWFF was called the Queens International Film Festival and in 2010, founder Marie Castaldo was convicted of scamming vendors, volunteers and venues as well as animal cruelty. Katha Cato and husband Don were working as volunteers for Castaldo and recall how bad the experience was. j “It just blew up in everyone’s face in term terms of financing,” Cato said. h completely disappeared “She had and Don D and I had to close out the fe festival. It was pretty bad.” Rather than call it a day, they Rat founded a new festival that they found hoped would bring pride in film hope back to the borough. “We “W felt the borough deserved a new one,” Cato said. serv “So we spoke with Councilman ma Danny Dromm (D-Jackson Heights), who was just so sup supportive from the very beginning.” gin The last year of the festtival, which also featured films made by students, held a special screening aand donated the funds to help pay to care raised to the ASPCA A animals Castaldo had neglected. for the anima Since then, the Queens World Film Si h Festival has taken over, is entering its fourth year and is gaining momentum. “We had 330 submissions from all over the world,” Cato said. “There were films coming from places that have government sanctions against filmmakers, which shows that these people were willing to sacrifice so much just to have their film shown here in Queens.” But the festival isn’t only about honoring international films as the name suggests. About a dozen of the selected

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boro EXHIBITS Museum of the Moving Image, Indie Essentials: 25 Must-Play Video Games, 36-01 35 Ave., Astoria. Exhibition of 25 playable, independently produced games, through March 2. WednesdaysThursdays, 10:30 a.m.-5 p.m.; Fridays, 10:30 a.m.-8 p.m.; Saturdays-Sundays, 11:30 a.m.-7 p.m. $12 adults, $9 seniors over 65 and students with ID, $6 children 3-12, under 3 free.

W H AT ’ S H A P P E N I N G Malava Malka, featuring Israeli singer Avi Peretz, Congregation Machane Chodosh, 67-29 108 St., Forest Hills, Saturday, Jan. 18, 7:30 p.m. Dairy buffet served. Reserved tickets; $22 members, $25 nonmembers, $10 under 16 years old. Nonreserved tickets at the door, $28. Call (718) 793-5656.

Scot Bruce performs as young Elvis with Mike Albert at QPAC on Jan. 25.

Birthday of the Trees and PJ Library Launch, Hollis Hills Jewish Center, 210-10 Union Tpke., Sunday, January, 19, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Must preregister, RSVP: Nancy (718) 776-3500.



Winter Dance Party, Latin American Cultural Center of Queens and Sunday to Remember Program, El Paraiso Tropical, 102-11 42 Ave., Corona, Sunday, Jan. 26, 2:30-5 p.m. Free, donations welcome. RSVP: (718) 261-7664,

Blue Suede Birthday — The Elvis Bash, Queensborough Performing Arts Center, 222-05 56 Ave., Bayside, Saturday, Jan. 25, 8 p.m. Master performers Scot Bruce & Mike Albert deliver a superb Elvis experience. $40. Box Office: (718) 631-6311. Queens Secret Improv Club offers comedy every Wednesday-Saturday, approx. 7:30 p.m. $7, for the best improv in Queens. 44-02 23 St., Long Island City, Contact:

MUSIC Solo harp recital, Tomina Parvanova, First Presbyterian Church of Newtown, Corner of Queens Boulevard & 54th Avenue, Elmhurst, Sunday, January 19, 1:30 p.m. Music by Bach, Viotti, Hindemith, Grandjany and Tournier. $10, all proceeds donated for church repairs. Musica Reginae presents PUBLIQuartet, The Church-in-the-Gardens, 50 Ascan Avenue, Forest Hills, chamber classics with a modern spin, with reception/meet the artists after the concert, Saturday, January 25, 7:30 p.m. $20 adults, $15 seniors, $10 students (13-21), kids under 12, free with an adult.

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AUDITIONS Senior Theater Acting Reperatory, Queens Village Library, 94-11 217 St., Friday, Jan. 10. Open house; meet and greet & info on performing program & free classes, 11 a.m.-12 p.m.; auditions for performers, vocalists and musicians, 12-2 p.m. Contact:, (718) 776-0529. Forest Hills Symphony Orchestra, Forest Hills Jewish Center, 106-06 Queens Blvd. Rehearsals/ auditions, Wednesdays, 7:30-10 p.m. Contact: Franklin Verbsky, (718) 374-1627,

CLASSES Wednesday Night Singles Group, SFY Adult Center, 58-20 Little Neck Pkwy., Little Neck, second and fourth Wednesdays of each month, 7-9 p.m. Fee: $7 Adult Center members, $9 nonmembers.

SPECIAL EVENTS Yoga classes, Central Queens YM & YWHA, 67-09 108 St., Forest Hills, registration ongoing for winter series (14 classes), Mondays (intermediate/ open), 10:20-11:20 a.m.; Wednesdays (beginners/ seniors), 10:10-11:10 a.m.; Fridays, begins Jan. 10 (intermediate/advanced), 11:30 a.m.-12:40 p.m. $168 CQY members, $210 general public; seniors, $66 CQY members, $119 general public. Register: (718) 268-5011, Defensive Driving Course, Forest Hills Jewish Center, 106-08 Queens Blvd., sponsored by the National Safety Council. Sunday, Jan. 26, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Register: (718) 263-7000. Ballroom Dance Classes, Year ‘Round Social Dance Program, Monday & Friday evenings, Italian Charities of America, 83-20 Queens Blvd., Elmhurst. Call 718) 478-3100. Watercolor classes, National Art League, 44-21 Douglaston Pkwy. & Northern Blvd., 9:30 a.m.12:30 p.m., Wednesdays, $25/session. Instruction from award-winning artist. Call (718) 969-1128.


Arts & Crafts Class, Ridgewood YMCA, 69-02 64 St., Wednesdays, now-Feb. 23, 6-7 p.m., ages 5-12. $65 Members, $75 nonmembers. Contact: Sarah Feldman (212) 912-2180,

COMMUNITY Oakland Little Neck Jewish Center, 49-10 Little Neck Pkwy., Trivia Bowl, Saturday, Jan. 11, 8 p.m. An evening of games, fun, trivia and prizes. $15 at the door. Monthly Shabbat Morning Experience, Saturday, Jan. 25, 9 a.m., breakfast and Torah discussion. Sisterhood Shabbat, Saturday, Jan. 25, 3:30 p.m., women lead in prayer, D'var Torah, open to men and women. Contact: Lisa Pollack, (718) 224-0404, Volunteer Open House, Voelker Orth Museum, 149-19 38 Ave., Flushing, Wednesday, January, 15, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Meet staff and current volunteers. Free. Contact: (718) 359-6227, Queens County Bird Club, screening of “Birding Adventures TV,” starring James Currie, Alley Pond Environmental Center, 228-06 Northern Blvd., Douglaston, Wednesday, January 15, 8 p.m. Light refreshments, free. Contact:

Career in Visual Arts program, Arrow Park & Community Center, 35-30 35 St., Astoria, Tuesdays and Thursdays, 4-6 p.m.; Saturdays, 10 a.m.12 p.m, sponsored by the Latin American Cultural Center of Queens. Children 8-16, free. All materials provided. Contact: LACCQ (718) 261-7664,

Rego Park Jewish Center, 97-30 Queens Blvd., New Knitting Circle, Thursdays, Jan. 9 & 23, 2 p.m. All levels, plus crocheting, bring own knitting equipment, refreshments served. Free. Afternoon Bingo, every Tuesday, January-February, early game, 2 p.m., doors open at 1:30 p.m., everyone 18 & over. Call (718) 459-1000.

Wildlife Conservation Society’s Queens Zoo, Flushing, registration for 2013-2014 winter education programs, including teen zoo internship and meeting zoo keepers. Register: (718) 271-7361,,

Community Singers of Queens, Messiah Lutheran Church, 42-15 165 St., Flushing, Spring concert rehearsals resuming Monday, Jan. 13, 8 p.m. New members welcome. Call Ruth Amsterdam (718) 658-1021.

Auction, The Church on the Hill, 167-07 35 Ave., Flushing, Saturday, Jan. 11, view at 9:30 a.m., auction at 10 a.m. Free admission, door prizes, lunch, refreshments available. Contact: (718) 358-3671, Queens Botanical Garden, annual electronic waste event, “After the Holidays“ event in the QBG parking garden, 42-80 Crommelin St., Flushing, Sunday, Jan. 12, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Rain or shine. Shorewalker Walks: Bridgebagging the LIRR, Hunters Point to Woodside, Saturday, Jan. 11; Queens Waterfront, Sunday, Jan. 12; Hellgate Ferry Road (Astoria) to Newtown (Elmhurst), Saturday, Feb. 1; Three Lakes, Three Parks, Sunday, Apr. 13. Contact: Christine at (212) 787-1136, chryost@

MEETINGS Kiwanis Club of Bayside, Bourbon Street Restaurant, 40-12 Bell Blvd., meets 1st Wednesday of every month, 1 p.m. Contact: Mocha Moms of Queens, Presbyterian Church of St. Albans, 190-04 119 Ave., Occupy Schools Educational Forum, Saturday, Jan. 11, 4:15 p.m., Leaders from “A Better Chance,” Eagle Academy and Queens PTA reps. Moms only event, free. Monday Support Group & Playdate for Kids, NHSJ Multi-Services Center, 114-02 Guy R. Brewer Blvd., South Jamaica, Monday, Jan. 13, 1-3 p.m. Moms enjoy adult conversation, while the kids romp and play; free. American Legion, Continental Post, 107-15 Metropolitan Ave., Forest Hills. All veterans invited, enjoy camaraderie and support, every first Friday of the month, 7 p.m. Call Tom Long, (718) 704-4197. AARP Chapter 1405, Flushing, Bowne Street Community Church, 143-11 Roosevelt Ave., meets Mondays 1 p.m.

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Out of this world Steve Mellor performs “Muazzez,” about life on an asteroid, on a truly minimal set.

by Alessandra Malito qboro contributor

With just a table, chair and microphone, an actor on stage will take audience members out of the cold and into a whole other world. St eve M e l l o r w i l l b e p e r fo r m i ng “Muazzez,” one of a number of short stories in Mac Wellman’s book “A Chronicle of the

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Madness of Small Worlds,” at the Chocolate Factory Theater in Long Island City over the next week, in a show co-presented with Performance Space 122. It is in these short stories that Wellman explores the possibilities of a number of asteroids and planetoids. The author, also a playwright and poet, is known for his experimental style and has won numerous awards, including an Obie Award for Lifetime Achievement. He decided to do these stories on extraterrestrial life when he came across a list of thousands of asteroids. Aside from the outside worlds, he explores language in “Madness.”

“With these stories it’s quite germane to creating a world and making it a little odder than the kinds of stories you’d read in The New Yorker,” Wellman said. “I’m just kind of exploring the possibilities in our time, in our language.” Since World War II, writing in the United States ha s been about using short, simple sentences, he said, as well as simple vocabulary. But there are more than a million words in the English language and “not to be interested in that at all is to be foolish,” Wellman insists. In each of his stories, the characteristics of the asteroids are what set the scene.

In 2008, the Chocolate Factory Theater presented Wellman’s play “1965UU,” about a world that was very slippery. In “Muazzez,” named for asteroid 3396 Muazzez, discovered in 1915, the creatures are abandoned cigar factories. “This is not science fiction, it’s the farthest thing from that,” Wellman said. “It’s not science fiction, it’s something else, and it’s a real world but it’s a world that nobody has ever visited.” Wellman has been working with Mellor since the mid-’80s, and they have often collaborated on projects such as the production of “Muazzez.” continued on page 39 00 continued


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Festival aims to make Queens a film buff’s destination continued from page page 00 31 continued from films are made by Queens residents. Holding the festival in the city’s largest borough is important to Cato and her husband, who want to make Queens the go-to spot for film. “ We want the wor ld to come to Queens,” she said. “There are two airports in this borough so if you’re going to see a screening in Manhattan, you have to land in my backyard. Why not see a quality film here in the birthplace of the industry?” Long before Hollywood became what it is today, Queens — specifically Kaufman Studios — was the place for filmmaking. The Queens World Film Festival does have standards when choosing which films to screen. “We choose films that take a stand,” Cato said. “It has to take a stand and everything in the film has to relate to that stance.” One such film is the highly anticipated documentary “The Act of Killing,” about death squads in Indonesia, which is expecte d t o r e c e i ve a n A c a d e my Awa r d nomination. “We will be screening the never-beforeseen director’s cut,” Cato said. “We have

the festival at PS 69 and The Renaissance Charter in Jackson Heights, the Secret Theatre and Nesva Hotel in Long Island City, the Queens Museum in Flushing Meadows Corona Park, and the Museum of the Moving Image in Astoria. Films will be shown throughout January and February for little to no cost, leading up to the main festival event on March 4. “I eventually want March to be a month of film screenings where all of the borough’s hotels are booked and people are lining up to come to Queens, not to go to Manhattan,”Cato said. “We have everything here: great food, shopping and Q amazing filmmakers.”

Katha Cato looks on at the 2013 Queens World Film Festival Opening Night at the COURTESY PHOTO Museum of the Moving Image. things here that you can’t see anywhere else, which is a huge draw.” Films will be shown in thematic blocks including a women’s block, a block all about New York and an LGBTQ block. “The event is really equal parts industry

event, community celebration and cultural celebration,” Cato explained. “If you make a movie in Iran, for example, and you can’t show it in your country, you can show them in my borough.” Dozens of films will be shown during

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MEETINGS AARP Chapter 2889, Maspeth, American Legion Hall, 66-28 Grand Ave., meets 1st and 3rd Wednesdays of each month, noon. Call (718) 672-9890. AARP Chapter 4158, North Flushing, The Church on the Hill, 167-07 35 Ave., Tuesday, Jan. 14, noon. Speaker from “Hour Children,” new members and guests welcome. Call Carol Stenger, (718) 762-4824. AARP Chapter 4163, Ozone Park, Christ Lutheran Community Center, 85-15 101 Ave., meets last Tuesday of each month, noon. Next meeting, Jan. 28, new members welcome.

Thursdays at 11 a.m.; drawing and painting, Wednesdays at 9:30 a.m.; yoga, Wednesdays at 9:30 a.m.; bingo, Wednesdays at 12:45 p.m.; tai chi, Wednesdays at 2 p.m.; dance fitness Fridays at 10:45 a.m.; health education class, Tuesdays at 10 a.m.; fire prevention exercises, Wednesdays at 11 a.m.; mahjong/canasta, Wednesdays at 12:45 p.m.; stay well exercises, Thursdays at 9:30 a.m.; Music, Dance & Fitness, Thursdays at 1:30 p.m., Scrabble, Thursdays at 12:45 p.m.; Sculpture, Fridays at 1 p.m; current events, card playing and more. Call (718) 224-7888.



Pomonok Senior Center, 67-09 Kissena Blvd., Peer Support Group every Wednesday at 1 p.m. For more information call (718) 591-3377, Monday-Friday 8 a.m.-4 p.m.

Richmond Hill Flea Market, 117-09 Lefferts Blvd., off Jamaica Ave., every Sunday, 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Largest flea market in Queens, something for everyone.

Jamaica Service Program for Older Adults, 92-47 165 St., details its safety program about rent, Medicaid and food stamps. Call for an appointment at (718) 657-6500. Free.


Gam-Anon is a 12-step program for families of someone with a gambling problem. Call hot line (212) 606-8177.

The CCNS Bayside Senior Center, 221-15 Horrace Harding Expy., Monday through Friday, 8 a.m.-4 p.m., Saturday, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Kosher/ nonkosher lunch, 11:30 a.m. $2. Bingo 3 times a week. Adults 60+. Contact (718) 225-1144. The Ridgewood Older Adult Center, 59-14 70 Ave., Regular weekly hour-long classes: jewelry making, Mondays at 10:30 a.m.; Richard Simmons exercise, Mondays and Thursdays at 10:30; Eldercise, Tuesdays at 10:30 a.m.; massage therapy, Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m.; manicures, Thursdays at 12:30 p.m.; yoga, Fridays at 10:30 a.m. Movies every Monday, Tuesday and Friday at 1:15 p.m. MetroCard van, 4th Thursday of month. Monthly bus trips to Yonkers. Call Karen (718) 456-2000.

Wednesday Night Singles Group, SFY Adult Center, 58-20 Little Neck Pkwy., Little Neck, second and fourth Wednesdays of each month, 7-9 p.m. Fee: $7 Adult Center members, $9 non-members. Selfhelp Clearview Senior Center, 208-11 26 Ave., Bayside, activities include: Qi Gong, Mondays at 10:45 a.m.; Dance Aerobics, Mondays at 10 a.m. & Tuesdays at 9 a.m.; Wii time, Mondays and Wednesdays at 12:45 p.m.; Music with Dee, Mondays at 1 p.m.; beginner’s drawing, Tuesdays at 9:30 a.m.; aerobics, Tuesdays and

Bereavement groups for loss of a spouse, facilitated by a licensed social worker. Central Queens YM & YWHA, 67-09 108 St., Forest Hills. Call Pamela Leff: (718) 268-5011, ext. 621. The Lupus Alliance of Long Island and Queens meets once a month on Tuesdays, 7:30-9 p.m., Flushing. Register/information: (516) 802-3142. A fee of $10 per person for members and $15 for nonmembers includes a light breakfast, handouts and lunch. Call (516) 826-2058. Al-anon meets every Sunday at noon at Resurrection Ascension Pastoral Center basement, 85-18 61 Road, Rego Park.

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Hall needs an overhaul by Lloyd Carroll Chronicle Contributor

The National Baseball Hall of Fame announced its newest members for enshrinement yesterday afternoon, past press time for this column. The conventional wisdom was that two Atlanta Braves pitching greats who won 300 games each, Greg Maddux and Tom Glavine (who also pitched for the Mets), were shoo-ins, while slugger Frank Thomas and longtime Astros star Craig Biggio, who missed by a whisker last year, could get the necessary 75 percent from the curmudgeonly members of the Baseball Writers Association of America. Mike Piazza received a disappointing 57 percent of the vote last year, and while I hope I’m wrong my guess is he’ll get close to the magic percentage but won’t get over it this year because (a) a number of very qualified ballplayers are eligible, and (b) there are too many BBWAA members who believe that you’re guilty until proven innocent when it comes to using steroids. It should be noted that Mike never failed a drug test nor was he mentioned in the Mitchell Report, which fairly or not, gave names of reputed users of performanceenhancing drugs. He should have been elected in 2013, his first year of eligibility. If BBWAA members are obsessed with keeping players they suspect of using illegal supplements out of Cooperstown, they should

give reconsideration to players such as Dale Murphy, who won two MVP titles but played on awful teams and thus hurt his stats. Mets third baseman David Wright can identify. Last month the Hall of Fame Veterans Committee elected former managers Joe Torre, Tony La Russa and Bobby Cox for enshrinement. Now all three men were great at what they did but all also benefited from players who are widely acknowledged to have used PEDs. Alex Rodriguez, Jason Giambi, Roger Clemens and Andy Pettitte played for Torre; Jose Canseco and Mark McGwire were managed by La Russa; and finally, John Rocker and Paul Byrd were terrific relief pitchers for Cox. Nobody is asking if the managers should bear some responsibility for their players’ cheating. The Veterans Committee did not, however, see fit to let the late Major League Baseball Players Association executive director, Marvin Miller, enter the hallowed halls of Cooperstown. One of baseball’s great wits, Jim Bouton, noted that Miller’s old adversary, Commissioner Bowie Kuhn, already has a plaque. “That is like letting Wile E. Coyote into the Hall of Fame but keeping out the Road Runner!” Bouton said to sum up that absurdity. If you like grueling college hockey, check out Harvard vs. Yale this Saturday night at Madison Square Garden. The game is cleverly Q being billed as “Rivalry on Ice.”


More than 100 years of car sales by Ron Marzlock Chronicle Contributor

Almost since the invention of the automobile, the corner of Queens Boulevard and Hillside Avenue has been a valued spot for selling new cars. John P. Disbrow started selling The car dealership at 138-49 Hillside Ave., at the them here in 1900. He lived a short corner of Queens Boulevard, on April 7, 1932. distance away in Richmond Hill. By 1920, if not before, Disbrow was sell- Disbrow and the Nachmans switched to a ing Cadillacs, known as large, luxurious line of cheaper cars, the Essex-Terraplane. John E. (Jack) and Robert (Bob) Nachvehicles almost from their start in 1902. Cadillac was described in print ads as the man eventually bought out Disbrow and took over the dealership. Jack lived in Forest “World’s Most Wanted Car.” Also selling Caddies were the Nachman Hills and Bob at 25 Kew Gardens Road in Brothers, in business since 1919 at 94-15 Kew Gardens, where a bank now stands. Nachman Cadillac gave up its franchise Merrick Road in Jamaica. Moving to the high-profile corner of Hillside Avenue and in 1974, and the dealership became GoldQueens Boulevard, where Jamaica meets smith Cadillac. But by the 1980s the reign Briarwood, would boost their sales. They of Cadillac as a top-of-the-line make had partnered with Disbrow in 1932, selling ended. It was later reinvented with a new focus on performance, in response to comCadillacs and a related make, the LaSalle. But it was the Depression, and the 1932 petition from Europe and Japan. The old dealership has since become Cadillac did not do well. Few were made and even fewer were sold. Survivors can Lee’s Toyota. I wonder what Disbrow and the Nachmans would say about the imports command six figures today. Q In 1933 Cadillac sales were so poor that being sold on their old corner.

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“What’s great about Mac is he’s a playwright who likes to cast people who he likes,” Mellor said. “He’s always been that way with everybody he works with.” Aside from plays, Mellor has been on the big screen, having had parts in “Sleepless in Seattle” and “Mickey Blue Eyes.” For “Muazzez,” he and Wellman worked together on and off for years, rehearsing and playing with the way the story would be portrayed on stage. It was during one of the performances when they used nothing but a chair and microphone that they decided to abandon ideas of stage sets and props. “I just sat at a table and it was very effective,” Mellor said. “It seems to be the right way to do it.” Wellman, who coordinates the master’s playwriting program at Brooklyn College, has had a long relationship with the Chocolate Factory Theater and he, along with Artistic Director Brian Rogers, has been working on this production for two years. “Mac’s writing is singular. His voice is completely unique,” Rogers said in an email. “‘Muazzez’ is also special because

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Legal Notices Notice of Qualification of 35-16 34TH STREET, LLC. Authority filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 09/13/13. Office location: Queens County. LLC formed in Delaware (DE) on 09/11/13. Princ. office of LLC: c/o A & E Real Estate Holdings, LLC, 1065 Ave. of the Americas, NY, NY 10018. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to Douglas F. Eisenberg at the princ. office of the LLC. DE addr. of LLC: Corporation Service Co., 2711 Centerville Rd., Ste. 400, Wilmington, DE 19808. Cert. of Form. filed with Secy. of State, Div. of Corps., John G. Townsend Bldg., 401 Federal St., Ste. 4, Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: Any lawful activity. Notice of Qualification of 39-11 62ND STREET, LLC. Authority filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 09/13/13. Office location: Queens County. LLC formed in Delaware (DE) on 09/11/13. Princ. office of LLC: c/o A & E Real Estate Holdings, LLC, 1065 Ave. of the Americas, NY, NY 10018. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to Douglas F. Eisenberg at the princ. office of the LLC. DE addr. of LLC: Corporation Service Co., 2711 Centerville Rd., Ste. 400, Wilmington, DE 19808. Cert. of Form. filed with Secy. of State, Div. of Corps., John G. Townsend Bldg., 401 Federal St., Ste. 4, Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: Any lawful activity.

CITATION File No. 2013-4753, SURROGATE’S COURT, Queens COUNTY, THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, By the Grace of God Free and Independent TO: DONALD LAZAR, LAWRENCE LAZAR, BARBARA BLEIWESS, PUBLIC ADMINISTRATOR OF THE COUNTY OF QUEENS, and to the heirs at law, next of kin, and distributees of CLARA DUNLEAVY, deceased, if living, and if any of them be dead to their heirs at law, next of kin, distributees, legatees, executors, administrators, assignees and successors in interest whose names are unknown and cannot be ascertained after due diligence. A petition having been duly filed by Gregory L. Matalon who is/ are domiciled at 110-10 Queens Boulevard, Apt 22G, Forest Hills, New York 11375. YOU ARE HEREBY CITED TO SHOW CAUSE before the Surrogate’s Court Queens County, at 88-11 Sutphin Blvd., Jamaica , New York, on February 13, 2014 at 09:30 o’clock in the forenoon of that day, why a decree should not be made in the estate of CLARA DUNLEAVY lately domiciled at 35-20 Leverich St., Apt. B224, Jackson Heights, New York 11372, United States admitting to probate a Will dated May 14, 2008 (and Codicil(s), if any, dated__), a copy of which is attached, as the Will of CLARA DUNLEAVY, deceased, relating to real and personal property, and directing that: Letters Testamentary issue to Gregory L. Matalon. Dated, Attested and Sealed, Dec. 13, 2013. Hon. Peter J. Kelly, Surrogate; Margaret M. Gribbon, Chief Clerk; HOWARD CAPELL, Attorney. CAPELL BARNETT MATALON & SCHOENFELD LLP, 100 JERICHO QUADRANGLE, SUITE 233, JERICHO, New York 11753, (516) 931-8100. NOTE: This citation is served upon you as required by law. You are not required to appear. If you fail to appear it will be assumed you do not object to the relief requested. You have a right to have an attorney appear for you.

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BTS COLLECTIVE LLC , a domestic LLC, filed with the SSNY on 7/18/13. Office location: Queens County. SSNY is designated as agent upon whom process against the LLC may be served. SSNY shall mail process to C/O United States Corporation Agents, Apts. For Rent Inc., 7014 13th Ave., Ste. 202, Brooklyn, NY Howard Beach, exclusive agent 11228. General Purpose. for studios & 1 BR apts, absentee

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NEWLY CONSTRUCTED APARTMENTS FOR RENT Rufus King Court Apartments is pleased to announce that applications are now being accepted for 46 affordable housing rental apartments now under construction at 148-19 90th Avenue in the Jamaica section of Queens. This building is being constructed through the Low Income Housing Credit Program (LIHC) and the NYS Low Income Housing Tax Credit Program (SLIHC) of the New York State Homes and Community Renewal (HCR) and the Inclusionary Housing Program of New York City’s Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD). The size, rent and targeted income distribution for the 46 apartments are as follows: # Apts. Available

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Qualified Applicants will be required to meet income guidelines and additional selection criteria. Households may elect to submit an application by one of two methods: EITHER online OR by mail. To submit your application online now, please visit NYC Housing Connect at and select “Apply for Housing.” All online applications must be submitted by March 6, 2014. To request an application by mail, please mail a self-addressed envelope to: Rufus King Court Apartments, P.O. Box 390, Floral Park, New York 11002. All mailed applications must be returned by regular mail only (no priority, certified, registered, express, overnight or oversized mail will be accepted) to a post office box number that will be listed on the application, and must be postmarked by March 6, 2014. Applications will be selected by lottery; applicants who submit more than one application will be disqualified. Disqualified applications will not be accepted. A general preference will be given to New York City residents. Eligible households that include persons with mobility impairments will receive preference for 5% of the units; eligible persons that include persons with visual and/or hearing impairments will receive preference for 2% of the units. Current and eligible residents of Queens Community Board 12 will receive preference for 50% of the units. Eligible City of New York Municipal Employees will receive a 5% preference of the units.

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Conference play is where good teams can become great and great teams can become championship hopefuls. Big East play may be just two games old, but the Red Stor m looked like neither kind of team last week. They lost 70 - 60 to Xavier on the road and then were eviscerated in Washington, DC by Georgetown 77-60, dropping the Red Storm’s record to 9-5. On Dec. 31, the Johnnies flew to Cincinnati to battle Xavier in the premiere conference matchup between the two teams, as Xavier joined the Big East prior to the season. The highly anticipated showdown didn’t go as planned for the Johnnies. The Red Storm started hot, as they led by as much as nine points in the first half on the strength of solid three-point shooting. They took a 29-27 lead into halftime, but a 13-0 run by Xavier to open the second half gave the Musketeers an 11- point lead with 15 minutes to play. The Red Storm was able to chip away at the deficit, cutting it to just four points with five minutes remaining, but an 8-1 run by Xavier in the final minutes buried the Johnnies for good, sealing the team’s first Big East loss of 2014. Junior guard D’Angelo Harrison carried his hot shooting streak into the new year, as he scored a game-high 21 points and hit four of his five shots from three-point range. Freshman Rysheed Jordan started 2014 on the right foot as well, scoring a career-high 17 points, but no other player scored more than 10 points in the loss. On Jan. 4, the Johnnies traveled down to Georgetown to take on the rival Hoyas.

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70 60 Xavier defeats the Red Storm on Dec. 31. The two storied teams have played many a classic over the years, but the matchup soon t u r ned into a night mare for St. John’s. Star guard D’Vauntes Smith-Rivera, arguably Georgetown’s best player, came out of the gate firing, and within five minutes, he tallied 11 points. He outscored St. John’s for most of the first half and he recorded an eye-popping stat line of 20 points and five rebounds by halftime. Most of his damage came from long range, as he went six-for-seven from threepoint distance in the game, downing the Johnnies hopes for its first Big East win of the year. Smith-Rivera cooled off by his standards in the second half, as he finished the game with 31 points. Georgetown as a whole had the Johnnies on the ropes the entire game. St. John’s trailed by 14 points with 12 minutes left in the first half, and the Red Storm trailed 42-16 at halftime. It didn’t get much better in the second half, as the Hoyas extended its lead to 33 with 12 minutes to play. A late game run allowed St. John’s to climb to within 20, but the f inal score made the game seem much closer than it actually was. Harrison managed just four points a nd h it just one of h is 12 shots. Reserve player Max Hooper led the Red Storm with 13 points. “Georgetown dominated the first half,” St. John’s coach Steve Lavin said. “Clearly, we need to put two halves together if we expect to be able to win.” The Big East portion of the Red Storm’s schedule doesn’t get any easier, as the Johnnies retur n home to Madison Square Garden to play the 11th-ranked Villanova Wildcats on Q Saturday at 1 p.m.

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HOWARD BEACH/ OLD SIDE Mint Raised Ranch on 40x100, 3 BRs, 1 Bath, New H/W Fls, New CAC, Full Bsmnt, 1 Car Gar. Asking $499K




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HOWARD BEACH/ ROCKWOOD PARK Large Empire Style Hi-Ranch, JAMAICA 27x55 on 41x100 lot, 4/5 BRs, 3 Det Corner 1 Family Colonial, 2 Full Baths, New Boiler, Hot water BRs, 1 Bath, Pvt Dvwy, 1 Car Gar, heater, New CAC. Asking $639K Needs TLC. Asking $299K NEW LISTING OUR EXCLUSIVE! T AC TR T N AC CO TR N IN CO IN NEW LISTING

OLD HOWARD BEACH Large 2 Family on great block, 6 BRs, 2 Full Baths, Full Basement, Private Driveway. $589K

• Extra Large L-Shaped Studio, Updated, 2 to choose from! $72K • Mint 1 BR Hi-Rise ......... $93K • Mint 1 BR Co-op ......... $109K • Mint 1 BR Co-op ..........$110K • Mint XL 1 BR, EIK ........$115K • Mint 1 BR Garden, New Kit & Bath, 1st Fl, Low maint, Dogs Allowed..... REDUCED! $128K • Hi-Rise 2 BR 2 Bath, Move in Condition .................... $149K • Hi-Rise 2 BR/2 Baths with Terrace ........................$159K • 3 BR/1 Bath, Garden, converted to 2 BR w/DR ... $169,900

• "Elite Condo" - 1st Floor, Spacious 2 BRs, 2 Baths, Low common charges, Modern Kitchen and baths, Pets welcome!..............$299K







Mint AAA Hi-Ranch, All redone in 2004, 3/4 BRs, All new kit with S/S Appl, All new brick/stucco/windows/ Brick Wideline Cape, 50x100, 5 BRs, 2.5 kitchen/baths/pavers front and back, Baths, New Roof/Front Porch/Stairs, New roof, New gas boiler, CAC 200 Brand new fin bsmnt, Lots of upgrades, Amp, Solid wood doors upstairs & Manicured Yard. Asking $589K polished porcelin tiles. Asking $685K


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