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MAYORAL MAELSTROM De Blasio talks tough topics in Queens town hall PAGES 2, 8, AND 10 Mayor de Blasio, here with Councilwoman Karen Koslowitz, addressed a whirlwind of issues including crime, bike lanes and homeless shelters last Wednesday at a town hall meeting in Forest Hills.




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Mayor will consider Koz bike lane plan Cyclists unhappy with pols as Phase IV of Queens Blvd. was to start soon by David Russell Associate Editor


ayor de Blasio announced he would look at an alternative option for Phase IV of the cont roversial Queens Boulevard bike lanes during a town hall last Wednesday at Russell Sage JHS 190 in Forest Hills. He said Councilwoman Karen Koslowitz (D-Forest Hills) asked him to consider a different plan for the remaining stretch. “Our transportation commissioner is right here. Commissioner, I am asking you to formally review this proposal,” de Blasio said. “DOT has a proposal. I want this to be given absolute, total consideration. I want to see both proposals. I will make the ultimate decision.” What the Koslowitz “proposal” entails was unclear. Regarding specifics, her spokesman Michael Cohen told the Chronicle Tuesday she doesn’t want to give out any details until she s p e a k s w it h t he D e pa r t me nt of Transportation. “The general theme is going to be, the plan needs to incorporate an effort to minimize the loss of parking and to ensure the safety of bike riders,” Cohen said. Phase IV of the plan will see the roadway’s bike lanes extended eastbound beyond Yellowstone Boulevard to Union Turnpike. DOT outreach for Phase IV began in October 2017


Mayor de Blasio said he will consider a different option for Phase IV of the Queens Boulevard bike lanes redesign. Councilwoman Karen Koslowitz has decried the loss of parking spots along FILE PHOTO the boulevard and the impact on businesses. and the plan was slated to be implemented in 2018, but h a s b e e n delayed w it hout explanation. Cyclists have been decrying the lack of progress, saying the delay endangers lives and pointing to the boulevard’s improved safety record as proof bike lanes have a positive impact on all road users.

But many residents in the area have complained about bike lanes leading to the removal of parking spaces and having a negative impact on businesses. “I am not against bike lanes,” Koslowitz said at the meeting. “What I am not for are the bike lanes along Queens Boulevard that are taking away hundreds of hundreds of parking spots.”

She said she wants to see bike lanes on Queens Boulevard not in the service road but rather in the middle of the thoroughfare, with protection from traffic. “I can’t go into a store without someone saying to me, ‘What are you doing with the parking?’” she said. A DOT spokesperson said work on the boulevard redesign will begin in the summer and is expected to be finished by the end of the year, in an email sent to the Chronicle Friday. Appearing last Thursday on WNYC’s “The Brian Lehrer Show,” de Blasio said the work will not be delayed, just that the alternative will be considered on the same schedule. “I don’t see any delay,” he said. “I’m going to look at more than one option of how to get the same thing done.” Cycling advocates were infuriated by the mayor’s announcement. Laura Shepard of Bike New York said it was “shameful of Mayor de Blasio and Councilmember Koslowitz to renege on what’s been promised to people of Queens.” She said moving the bike lanes to the center of the roadway would create conflicts with left-turning vehicles, making it more difficult for riders to get in and out of the pathway. “We deserve the safest plan,” Shepard Q said.



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Ozone Park man robbed at gunpoint NYPD increases patrols as concerns grow over rising crime wave in area By Jason D. Antos Associate Editor

Civic leaders and residents of Ozone Park are growing concerned as the increasing presence of crime reared its head once again on Feb. 20, this time at the A-train station on Liberty Avenue. It was just before 5:30 p.m. when a perpetrator brandishing a handgun approached his victim, an unidentified 22-year-old male as he went to pay for a MetroCard at the A train’s 80th Street-Hudson Street station at the corner of 80th Street and Liberty Avenue. The suspect, who has been described as a black male about 5 feet, 10 inches tall and weighing 140 lbs., got away with $30 and was last seen fleeing south on 77th Street toward Glenmore Avenue. The victim escaped the situation unharmed, police said. “The community is living in fear,” said Sam Espostio, president of the Ozone Park Residents Block Association. According to Esposito the area is being well served by the 102nd Precinct, however, there are concerns about the 106th Precinct and what some area residents feel is a lack of involvement despite the fact that the incident occurred within the latter’s territory. In an effort to stop the random acts of crime and violence, the 102nd Precicnt has established a patrol car canvassing of 101st and Liberty avenues from 88th Street up to

The Liberty Avenue and 80th Street stop on the A train where a 22-year-old Ozone Park man was GOOGLE STREET VIEW IMAGE robbed at gunpoint. the Brooklyn border, Esposito said. There will also be an increase in the deployment of auxiliary officers in that area as well. “We have not heard from the 106 Precinct as of yet, and we will once again reach out to the Mayor’s Office to instill in the mayor that we need everyone’s full cooperation,” Esposito said. “We will not accept second

rate service or bow down to another ZIP code because we live in Ozone Park.” Esposito urged his fellow community members via OPRBA’s Facebook page to report every crime they see no matter “how trivial it may be.” In recent weeks other crimes have affected the area. On Feb. 5 a group of

youngsters approached a 28-year-old man from behind as he was walking to his car near 125th Street and Liberty Avenue around 5:30 p.m. The suspects proceeded to punch and kick him about the face and body before stealing his cell phone and AirPods. And on February 11, Ozone Park resident Shahab Uddin was brutally beaten while walking home along Liberty Avenue and 76th Street. Assemblyman Mike Miller (D-Woodhaven) has also been working hard to help stop the crime wave that is plaguing the Ozone Park, the Cityline area in particular. “My office has reached out to Mayor de Blasio because something needs to be done,” Miller said. The assemblyman added that he had also contacted Fausto Pichardo, N YPD chief of pat rol, for assistance. The 106th Precinct has since added more patrols along with the 102nd Precinct, the NYPD said. The department even installed bright spotlights at the Liberty Avenue subway stops where the assaults and robberies have been occurring. Miller has even contacted the New York State Police to help provide additional coverage of the area. Additionally, two weeks ago the Cityline Ozone Park Civilian Pat rol was launched to help patrol the area by the Q Brooklyn border.

Success Academy coming to Hollis? Susan B. Anthony intermediate school a possible site for charter by Michael Gannon

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A source has told the Chronicle that IS 238, the Susan B. Anthony Academy in Hollis, has been selected as at least the temporary location for a new Queensbased Success Academy middle school. Success Academy officials did not return calls Wednesday evening seeking com ment. A spokeswoma n for the Department of Education, reached after business hours, said via email that she was at a community meeting but would look into the matter. Success officials told the Chronicle as late as Wednesday afternoon that they had one week to get the site for a new school on the April agenda of the city Department of Education’s Panel for Educational Policy. Failure to do so, they said, would prevent them from opening a new facility on time in September. The effort for a new middle school site

has been the subject of often acrimonious with Success in the fall will have the exchanges between Mayor de Blasio and opportunity to do so, and we’re continuSuccess founder Eva Moskowitz for two ing our conversations with Success about years. Moskowitz and Success parents the best siting options,” a DOE spokeshave repeatedly accused de Blasio of woman said in an email to the Chronicle on Wednesday morning. stalling the selection process. With the deadline approaching, SucSuccess has more than 200 students in c e s s p a r e nt s la s t its existing Queens week were out in elementary schools force at a debate who would either he city appears to have among candid ates have to leave the Queens borough borough or re-enter found a site in Hollis for for president. district schools this posted coming September if a new Success Academy o nAnt himage e Success the city and Success Academy Ch a r t er Ac a d e my d o n o t middle school. Schools Facebook reach an agreement page on Wednesday on a new space. Under state law, New York City charter morning appeared to poke fun at Mayor schools are public schools. The city is de Blasio’s reputation for sleeping in with required to provide them with space in an alarm clock exhorting him to wake up. Thousands of Success parents and stuexisting schools or pay their expenses for dents rallied in Roy Wilkins Park in St. renting a private site. “Every student that wishes to continue Albans last September to call on de Blasio


and the DOE to provide a space that the city has been promising for two years. In November the city proposed the former Our Lady Catholic Academy in South Ozone Park. But parents and school officials said that the building is too small and would require massive renovations. Ann Powell of Success Academy said DOE officials admitted as much in a meeting in January. She said six existing school buildings in Queens have room for at least 400 students. “One has room for 990 students,” Powell said. “Those aren’t my numbers — those are the Board of Education’s.” But de Blasio and Chancellor Richard Carranza have been no fan of charters, with the city stating that co-location in existing buildings is detrimental to the schools already set in place. Powell in phone interviews in the last week said Success’ existing co-locations Q in Queens are working out well.

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Howard Beach ‘Flag Man’ was 93 Dominick Papa remembered for his love of flag, country, neighborhood By Jason D. Antos Associate Editor

For more than 40 years Dominick Papa of Howard Beach had been show i ng h is love for cou nt r y through a very interesting hobby. K now n affectionately as the “Flag Man” of Howard Beach, Papa passed away on Feb. 18. He was 93. It was in 1975 when Papa moved to the Lindenwood section from his native Pittsburgh. Around this time the World War II veteran began donating American f lags to local businesses, fire houses and police precincts. It began with one, then four and then ultimately 4,000 flags. “I love it,” Papa once told the Chronicle. “This is from my heart and my soul. I don’t get paid for this. The only thing I get is the satisfaction of seeing these f lags flown.” Papa shared his passion for Old Glory around the borough, traveling to locations in Whitestone, Flushing, Jamaica and even Bayside. Papa was responsible for donating hundreds of casket flags to police precincts and fire houses as well as

churches in Queens. He became so well known that widows of former servicemen would even request that Papa take the flags to Calverton National Cemetery on Long Island, where many veterans are buried. Papa himself served in World War II in the Navy Seabees and was decorated four times. He was also a member of the Moose Lodge and the Holy Name Society. Cruising around in his car with the license plate Flagman 1, Papa would spend his downtime from his job looking for storefronts that had damaged flags or even no flags at all. Either way that establishment was soon in store for a new $3 flag it could proudly display. “The community was blessed to have known him,” said state Sen. Joe Addabbo Jr. (D-Howard Beach). “You hear of the first flag donated and think ‘wow’ and then more and more flags appear.” Papa worked for Heritage North & South in Lindenwood as superintendent for 30 years. “I am saddened to hear about Dominick’s passing,” said Chronicle

Publisher Mark Weidler. “I visited him and Theresa last year to pick up two flags and got to spend time with them reminiscing about the past.” His passion and love for the American flag was just as strong in his 90s as it was when he first started the hobby. The Chronicle was honored to run a list of flag donations Dominick put together for more than 10 years. His widow, Theresa, said that he was beloved by the community and that she will “miss him so much.” She was too grief stricken to comment further. Papa is survived by five children: Denise Scotti, Stephen Papa, Anthony Papa, Donna Colonna and William Papa, as well as seven grandchildren. Papa’s memorial service was adorned with flowers including a 3-by-4-foot floral arrangement in the shape of an American flag. “His patriotism was unbelievable,” said Addabbo. Papa was laid to rest at Calverton, the same resting place where for years Papa had donated flags to be placed upon the coffins and at the gravesites of those who had proudly Q served the nation.

Dominick Papa was affectionately known as the “Flag Man” of Howard Beach. Papa, who donated more than 4,000 American flags to residents, businesses and other entities, passed away on FILE PHOTO Feb. 18. He was 93.

Flu is up in Queens and across the state Boro rate highest in 4 years despite recent decline; Cuomo urges shots by Katherine Donlevy

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Even with more than 13 weeks left in the season, Queens already has reported the highest number of flu cases since at least the 2016-17 season. According to the weekly updated state Department of Health f lu tracker, as of Feb. 20 Queens has reported 17,485 influenza cases thus far this season, which began on Oct. 5 and ends in the third week of May. The Queens cases this flu season so far is 182.3 percent higher than the 2016-17 season, which accounted for 6,194 cases, and the difference continues to grow. Statistics for the borough prior to the 2016-17 season were not available on the DOH flu tracker site. The spike in Queens f lu cases is a ref lection of the increase occurring throughout the state — Gov. Cuomo has been urging his constituents to take precautions against the illness as flu cases in the state this season are expected to set record-high levels since the DOH began tracking them Gov. Cuomo warns of spiking flu rates that may reach a record during the 1998-99 season. high for the last two decades. Queens flu reports have already The borough reached its peak of 2,425 cases between surpassed recorded cases in the past four years. FILE PHOTO Jan. 25 and Feb. 1, and they have been slowly declining Initial concer ns over the novel coronavir us, also since — the most recent update between the week of Feb. 9 and 15 reported 1,746 cases — but reported cases in other known as COVID19, overshadowed the rising inf luenza rates, but with zero confirmed cases in the state elected counties across the state continue to rise. “As flu season has not yet peaked across New York, I leaders urge New Yorkers to turn their attention to the urge everyone to remain vigilant and take simple precau- rapidly spreading flu. The DOH issued a statewide health advisory alerting tions to protect themselves and their families,” Cuomo said in a Feb 13 released statement. “I encourage all New healthcare providers to the dramatic increase in flu activYorkers older than six months to get their flu shot — it’s ity across the state on Jan. 3, the same week that Queens saw a 149 percent increase in cases from the same week a not too late.”

year prior. Since 2016, Queens has typically reported an overwhelming number of inf luenza Type A cases compared to Type B, but this season Type A makes up approximately 53.5 percent of cases while about 46.4 percent are Type B. Fewer than 1 percent are unspecified cases. Queens reported the third-highest number of cases in the state, following Brooklyn with 18,640 and the Bronx with 17,712. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the DOH urge New Yorkers to receive an influenza vaccine and to continue safe practices such as washing hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds and avoiding touching eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands. Individuals are also encouraged to avoid close contact with sick people, to clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces and to take precautions for others if one were to become ill, such as staying home if feeling unwell and covering a cough or sneeze with a tissue that should then be immediately discarded. The vaccine is especially important for people at high risk for complications from influenza, including children under age 2, pregnant women and adults over age 65, according to the CDC. People with pre-existing conditions, such as asthma and heart disease, are also at greater risk, as are individuals with weakened immune systems due to disease or medications such as chemotherapy or chronic steroid use. The inf luenza virus can spread easily by coughing or sneezing, so it is also important that family members and people in regular contact with high-risk indiQ viduals get the vaccine.

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P Blaz late on bike lanes EDITORIAL


f course Mayor de Blasio was late to the party — hizzoner’s late to everything. And of course he made a mess of things once he did arrive. Pick a topic, any topic, and the above is true, but this week we’re talking about the Queens Boulevard bike lanes. The lanes have been installed in phases, ever expanding eastward, over several years. As they go they eat up travel lanes and parking spaces like some kind of green Pac-Man, racking up points for cyclists and their government allies prosecuting the War on Cars. Phase IV, starting where Phase III left off at Yellowstone Boulevard in Forest Hills, was supposed to have been done two years ago. Store owners, shoppers, delivery drivers, cabbies and everyone else who drives and parks along the boulevard got a reprieve from the change to come. Finally, Transportation Commissioner Polly Trottenberg said the work would be done this summer.


Hours later, de Blasio threw poor Trottenberg under the bus, declaring at the Feb. 19 town hall in Forest Hills that he would consider an alternate idea for the lanes from area Councilwoman Karen Koslowitz. She would move them from the edge of the roadway to somewhere in the middle, with protection from traffic. How this would be done is unclear (this page once suggested putting them where the medians between the main and service roads are now). And what would be done to shift the lanes at Yellowstone, already a messy intersection, is a mystery. We did not look forward to the further social disruption expanded bike lanes would bring. We value the private automobile. And we hope a better way can be found. But two years of leaving people hanging and then embarrassing a top lieutenant in public while announcing a change of plans? Does de Blasio think he’s President Trump now? No, he’s just de Blasio, late as usual.

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City lied to us again Dear Editor: Is this an example of the “transparency” that Steven Banks, head of the Department of Homeless Services, promised us (“Glendale shelter open after years of battle,” Feb. 20, multiple editions; “Homeless dept. shady in G’dale,” Editorial, Feb. 20)? After years of being criticized for acting in secrecy, the DHS said that it would communicate with the elected officials along with the community about all of their plans. Yet, on Valentine’s Day, Feb. 14, the city began moving residents into the former warehouse without notifying anyone. Councilman Bob Holden found out when people saw activity at the building and called his office. When the city renewed the idea to create a homeless shelter in Glendale, the community and local politicians worked together to dispute it, going about it the proper and legal way. Community Board 5 did a thorough investigation and voted against it. The Glendale-Middle Village Coalition initiated two lawsuits. And Councilman Holden offered them alternative sites that would be smaller (a model that has proven to be both more effective and fit better into a neighborhood) and much less expensive. Then we sat back expecting the process to be fair and just. We were hoping for too much. On Jan. 31, Westhab (the nonprofit organization the city selected to run the shelter) began © Copyright 2020 by MARK I PUBLICATIONS, INC. All rights reserved. Neither this newspaper nor any part thereof may be reproduced, copied, or transmitted in any form, electronic or mechanical, including photocopying, microfilming, recording or by any information retrieval system without the express written permission of the publishers. This copyright is extended to the design and text created for advertisements. Reproduction of said advertisement or any part thereof without the express written permission of MARK I PUBLICATIONS, INC. is strictly prohibited. This publication will not be responsiblefor errors in advertising beyond the cost of the space occupied by the error. Bylined articles represent the sole opinion of the writer and are not necessarily in accordance with the views of the QUEENS CHRONICLE. This Publication reserves the right to limit or refuse advertising it deems objectionable. The Queens Chronicle is published weekly by Mark I Publications, Inc.at a subscription rate of $19 per year and out of state, $25 per year. Periodicals Postage Paid (USPS0013-572) at Flushing, N.Y. POSTMASTER: Send address changes to Mark I Publications, Inc., 71-19 80th St., Suite 8-201, Glendale, NY 11385.


interviewing and hiring people to work at the building. Remember that there was no signed contract or certificate of occupancy approved by the city comptroller yet. Then, a few days later, one of the lawsuits was dismissed by the judge. The suit accused the city of not conducting a fair and unbiased study of the environmental impact a shelter housing 200 men would have on the surrounding neighborhood. The judge denied the lawsuit, saying that the DHS did its own study and concluded that the shelter would not have a significant impact on the environment. Imagine that — the DHS approved its own plans. Never saw that coming. Next, less than two weeks later, the shelter opened. Apparently they were given a temporary certificate of occupancy and believed a contract was ready to be signed, though the comptroller denied that. And once again, the DHS has lied straight through its teeth to us. Lee Rottenberg Middle Village

covered it all up prior to tearing the buildings down and redeveloping the site, as planned all along, who had to pay up. “I let them go for 25 years, one after the other, after the other, and then I wanted to build my building,” he told the Chronicle this week. But, when it came time to build, the art world squealed. So he showed them, destroying their prized works. Now, the 21 artists will get an average payout of $321,428.57. Not a bad deal, is it? The lesson, as the artists see it, is that graffiti has been elevated and is now seen as a legitimate form of art (does that mean the MTA should stop scrubbing it off subway cars?). Another lesson may be that if your property is vandalized, nip it in the bud and don’t let the result become legitimized. It won’t be your property anymore, even in a court of law.

LIRR’s unfair fares Dear Editor: I frequently travel between New Hyde Park and Kew Gardens. The off-peak round-trip fare between New Hyde Park and Jamaica is $12 but the extra one-stop, five-minute ride to Kew Gardens ups the fare to $18.50. This is the fare to Penn Station. Why must I pay the fare to Manhattan if I’m not going to Manhattan? In the other direction, if I continue beyond New Hyde Park to Mineola there is no extra charge. Why? Bill Herbert Kew Gardens

Lancman punishes police Dear Editor: NYPD Commissioner Dermot Shea blamed anti-police rhetoric for the recent attempted assassination of cops in the Bronx’s 41st Precinct (New York Post, Feb. 11). One source of

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that rhetoric is 24th District City Councilman Rory Lancman (D-Fresh Meadows), who has assailed cops since becoming chairman of the Council’s Justice System Committee. Lancman accused police of racial profiling in fare beating arrests. Fare beating is a crime costing the MTA $300 million a year. It hurts service for riders of all races, including his constituents. Some of those arrested carried concealed weapons and faced warrants for violent crimes. Lancman condemned the MTA’s criminal database, which led to the arrests and prosecution of violent street gang members. Should the cops use a list of suspects approved by the ACLU instead? He backed the bail “reform” bill that puts violent repeat offenders back on the streets to menace civilians and police. Lancman is part of a legion of lunatic legislators who want to empty all jails and prisons. He owes cops and his constituents an apology. I await his response. Richard Reif Kew Gardens Hills

Business deals, really Dear Editor: When Anthony G. Pilla calls for “a new Bloomberg Great Deal” as a successor to the Square Deal, New Deal and Fair Deal (“Bloomberg all the way!” Letters, Feb. 20), he inadvertently confirms what Murray Rothbard noted in “The Great Society: A Libertarian Critique”: that while “all of these assorted Deals constituted a basic and fundamental shift in American life,” “big businessmen … are curiously exempt” in the popular understanding of which groups are responsible for, and benefit from, such programs, as documented by such historians as Gabriel Kolko. Rothbard concludes that while such Deals are promoted “as a great boon and benefit to the poor; in reality, when we cut through the frothy appearances to the cold reality underneath, the poor are the major victims.” Joel Schlosberg Bayside

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Manhattan — that Snoopy doesn’t sit on? That exorbitant thing comes out of premiums as well. Maybe if we started with a cap on salaries and the cost of doing business, maybe, just maybe, we can start bringing down insurance premiums and healthcare costs. Stew Frimer Forest Hills

Coronavirus cure Dear Editor: Bulletin: The Trump School for Advanced Medicine has just announced that hot air from the president will wipe out coronavirus in America by April 1. Really, on April Fool’s Day? Anthony G. Pilla Forest Hills

Trump backers vs. U.S. Dear Editor: The following facts are indisputable: Our democratic republic is dying and Trump supporters are to blame. The attorney general of the United States is acting as Trump’s personal attorney. Trump: “I have the legal right to tell Barr what to do, but I have so far chosen not to.” He’s lying. Again. After the four prosecutors involved in the case recommended a seven-to-nine-year sentence for Roger Stone, Trump tweeted his outrage. And Barr promptly ordered the sentence to be “downgraded.” The four honorable prosecutors immediately resigned in protest and left the Department of Justice. It must have been hard for them to find the exit considering Bar r has relocated the Justice Department up Trump’s rear. Then a few days later Barr ordered a “review” of Michael Flynn’s case. Yes, the same Flynn who admitted to lying to the FBI. The same Flynn who was Trump’s national security advisor! How long before Paul Manafort receives a full pardon? But Barr did show some “backbone” when he protested Trump’s tweets. Not their content, just the fact that (as Barr put it) the tweets “make it impossible for me to do my job.” Kudos to Barr for trying to maintain the illusion of independence while bowing to Trump’s whims 100 percent of the time. And in another show of “support” for our armed forces, Trump pulled funding in his 2021 budget for Stars and Stripes, the U.S. military newspaper continuously published since World War II for troops stationed around the world. Trump says the $15.5 million was “trimmed to invest that money into higher-priority issues.” Like what? Another section of border wall that can be penetrated in 10 minutes with a reciprocating saw purchased at Home Depot for $150? A $705 billion budget? And not 1 cent to keep the troops informed? How patriotic. Finally, Trump recently tweeted about himself (pertaining to the impeachment), “When you strike at the king, you must kill him.” In November he will be “dethroned.” Robert LaRosa Whitestone


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Dear Editor: One of the things that I don’t think is getting enough attention regarding healthcare costs is the compensation for CEOs of insurance companies. For example: In 2016 David Cordani of Cigna got $49 million, Stephen Hemsley of United HealthCare $66 million, Michael Neidorff of Centene $22 million, Mark Bertolini of Aetna $28 million, Joseph Swedish of Anthem $16 million. This comes out of premiums. One more thing … the Met Life building — that beautiful building in


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Facing critics, Blaz talks schools, crime Mayor defends his policies during town hall meeting in Forest Hills by David Russell Associate Editor

Toward the end of Wednesday’s town hall at Russell Sage JHS 190 in Forest Hills, one man told Mayor de Blasio, “You are the worst mayor that New York City’s ever seen.” “How nice of you,” de Blasio said. “I’m sure you’re very proud of yourself.” The speaker had questioned the mayor’s support of Schools Chancellor Richard Carranza, calling Carranza a “racist” before being escorted out of the standing-room-only meeting in the school’s gym. De Blasio said Carranza has spent his life educating children, including in San Francisco, a city with a large Asian community. In New York, Asian-American families have been among the chancellor’s harshest critics, especially over his focus on ethnicity in the classroom. “I just don’t accept this notion that because someone like Chancellor Carranza, who is trying to serve every child, does something someone disagrees with, then they call him a racist,” the mayor said. “That’s not fair. There’s no evidence of that whatsoever.” Plans to scrap the school’s Specialized High Schools Admissions Test were vehemently fought by critics. Edwin Wong, president of the Forest Hills Asian Association, told de Blasio, “Many in the

Mayor de Blasio addressed a variety of topics during a town hall discussion at Russell Sage JHS 190 in Forest Hills last Wednesday. Residents asked him about schools and crime, among other PHOTO BY DAVID RUSSELL topics during the evening. Asian community and the Asian-American community do not feel that the current chancellor has their back.” De Blasio told Wong, “If you feel it, I can’t tell you ‘don’t feel something.’” But the mayor did ask Wong to think about what would happen if the shoe was on the other foot. “If you looked at Stuyvesant High School and it was 2 percent Asian and you thought there was a structural reason why, you would

protest, rightfully,” he said. De Blasio was also asked about the plan to diversify middle schools in District 28, including Forest Hills, Rego Park, Kew Gardens and Jamaica. The Department of Education last week revealed the names of the working group that will write and approve the final diversity report. Community Education Council District 28 President Vijah Ramjattan asked de Blasio if he would “squash” the plan and start over with a

working group made up of parents. The mayor suggested a hybrid of the names already put forward with new ones. “Let’s add whatever names we need to truly represent the different views in the community,” he said, adding that there is “no foregone conclusion.” But, the mayor said, he wants the CEC to be on board. “We don’t want it to move unless the CEC has bought into it,” de Blasio said. “It’s not a legal requirement but it’s the right thing to do.” One parent said she was “excited” about the plan to integrate the schools, saying, “We all benefit from learning together.” De Blasio responded, saying, “The more people get to know each other and their cultures, the more we overcome a lot of the divisions that still face us.” He said the schools have a segregation problem as a result of decades and decades of economic discrimination. “I believe the ideal is to maximize diversity because it’s not just about everyone getting the best education, it’s also about what it helps us do as a society,” de Blasio said. Among other topics discussed during the evening were the Queens Boulevard bike lanes, the recently opened homeless shelter on Cooper Avenue in Glendale, the addition of school seats continued on page 13

De Blasio, Banks defend new shelter Critics blast newly opened site for 200 on Cooper Avenue in Glendale by David Russell

working people, these are working people —” De Blasio was interrupted by a pair of people Mayor de Blasio fielded criticism from a in the crowd speaking out against the shelter as speaker during a town hall last Wednesday in they were removed by police. “We don’t do what the West Coast does,” he Forest Hills who called it “disgusting” that he “shoved” a homeless shelter for 200 men into said. “On the West Coast you’ve got tens of thousands of people on the streets.” 78-16 Cooper Ave. in Glendale. De Blasio added, “I am not going to see “We know that there are a lot of underhandsomeone who needs a ed deals that went into home and is on the this and now there are street not have a shel200 men near schools, his has been a problem ter, not have a roof near churches,” she that’s built up over 40 over their head. Our said, adding that she job is to get them “has to buy more locks years. It didn’t start six back on their feet and and a security system.” get t hem out of The mayor defendyears ago.” shelter.” ed the site, where the The Cooper Rapid newly opened shelter — Department of Homeless Services Rehou si ng C e nt e r had been on and off Commissioner Steven Banks opened on Feb. 14. for years. “It is not a place where people are going to “You don’t want a homeless shelter in your neighborhood,” he said. “But then you think be warehoused,” said Department of Homeyou know, ‘Oh, there’s deals and there’s fixes’. less Services Commissioner Steven Banks, during the town hall. It’s just false.” The commissioner said the homeless issue The mayor said while he understands the woman doesn’t want a shelter in her neighbor- dates back long before de Blasio took office hood, he can “go all over the city” and hear the in 2014. “This has been a problem that’s built up same thing. “Why are we doing this? Because we think over 40 years,” Banks said. “It didn’t start it’s fun? No,” de Blasio said. “Because we think six years ago.” He said many shelter residents have lost it’s easy? No. Because we have people, who are Associate Editor

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Mayor de Blasio and Department of Homeless Services Commissioner Steven Banks defended the Cooper Avenue homeless shelter in Glendale during a town hall in Forest Hills last WednesPHOTO BY DAVID RUSSELL day. The shelter opened on Feb. 14. housing due to economic reasons as a rise in income hasn’t been able to match a rise in rental prices. As part of de Blasio’s “Turning the Tide” plan to fight homelessness, 90 new shelters will be built. More than 60 have opened, Banks said,

including the Cooper Avenue site. Community residents voiced concern and anger repeatedly over the project. A number of residents wanted a District 75 school for special needs students at the location continued on page 13

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From ADA to BP? Quinn’s candidacy Seeks to reverse bail reform, keep Riker’s open, bring in big business by Katherine Donlevy Associate Editor

“Why do I think I’m the best candidate? Because I think New York City is at a crossroads when it comes to criminal justice and one of the most important things for any government to do is maintain safety,” said Queens borough president hopeful Jim Quinn, who has adamantly opposed the new bail and discovery laws as well as the closing of Rikers Island since he joined the race on Jan. 1. “Those are two very dangerous things and very irresponsible things that the city and state are doing, and I think that I’m the best one to intelligently ... rationally and statistically change bail laws and to stop the closing of Rikers Island.” Quinn, a lifelong Queens resident who grew up in the Ravenswood Housing Projects, worked in the Queens District Attorney’s Office since 1977, retiring at the start of this year. He began as a line assistant, worked as a deputy chief of the homicide investigations bureau and chief of the narcotics bureau before ultimately becoming a senior executive assistant district attorney, essentially working as the No. 3 man in the office. His time in the DA’s Office barred him from becoming involved in politics, which Quinn believes will help him in his candidacy against career politicians. The nonpartisan special election for borough president is set for Tuesday, March 24. “[The other candidates will] tell people what they want to hear rather than what they need to hear,” Quinn said in a sitdown interview with the Chronicle on Feb. 24. “I don’t want to say it’s a bad thing [to be a career politician], but sometimes you get encased in a bubble of the political world and I don’t think that’s good ... I have the experience to talk about these things ... I can bring these issues to the forefront and we can send a message to the political class that we’re fed up.” In what Quinn describes as a “people’s campaign,” he is highlighting what he believes is the borough’s largest concern: the rise in crime and release of prisoners under the new bail law.

Queens borough president hopeful Jim Quinn opposes the Jan. 1 bail reform laws and the closing of Rikers Island. PHOTO BY DAVID RUSSELL “The Jim Quinn voter is the normal people in Queens. They’re not radicals, they’re not normally involved in politics, but they see what’s going on around them and they see the city starting to fall apart,” said Quinn, who has met with voters who have considered moving out of the city to escape the “everyday horror story of someone who was let out on bail and committed another crime.” The closing of Rikers Island to build smaller jails throughout the city is another of Quinn’s major concerns, and he believes t he t wo issues a re “ i next r icably interwoven.” “They can’t build the Rikers jails unless they get the population down to 3,300 because that’s what they’ve sold everybody on ... they can’t get the jail population down to 3,300 unless they release thousands of people from Rikers Island, which they’ve started under these new bail laws — that’s one of the mechanisms used to lower the population ... The point is it’s so irresponsible to do this and to reduce the population artificially.” The decision to close Rikers Island is not one that the Queens borough president can

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weigh in on, but Quinn is looking into business is to reduce cost.” One of Quinn’s largest concerns with other ways to thwart the already-approved plan, one of which includes declaring the how politics are conducted is that topics are municipal parking lot where the city will no longer discussed rationally, and that build the smaller jail in Kew Gardens as “everyone’s yelling and screaming and nothing really gets accomplished. It’s the people public space. “You could theoretically ... have the plan- with the loudest voices who get what they ning board pass a zoning request to [have want.” In order to “bring rationality and reality the lot] be a public space where you couldn’t put up a detention facility. I would sign back to politics,” Quinn wants to hold public hearings that invite constituents to speak on that,” said Quinn. e issues concerning themselves. TypiQuinn’s other objectives as Queenss is cally, these hearings are held at borough president include building g c community board meetings, but the economy and improving qualic Quinn believes those are “local, ty of life, which he believes can Q I’m looking at how everything be accomplished by bringing in affects Queens.” big businesses like Amazon, a “What I would like to do is not company he says would have hold one of these show hearings helped the community and small 2020 where you bring supporters in and businesses. have a big rally, but to bring people in and Big businesses would also provide enormous contributions in taxes for the borough, describe what is happening under the new which could then be funneled into schools bail laws and let people know whether crime and other commodities that would benefit is going up or down,” said Quinn, who believes that gathering together is the clearresidents, said Quinn. “Amazon coming in would have meant est way to see how legislation affects the enormous benefits to a number of small busi- borough. Quinn said that despite the borough presiness owners around where the headquarters were going to be built,” said Quinn. “There dency being k nown as a “ceremonial office,” he expects to would be 2,500 peoaccomplish real ple coming in every change in the nine day buying lu nch, can bring these issues months of his adminge t t i n g t h ei r d r y istration, should he cleaning done, shopto the forefront and we be elected, which he pi ng i n t he loca l expects to be. Anothstores ... that would can send a message to er election will be have been a g reat the political class that held in the fall for a time for the small new borough presibusiness in the area.” we’re fed up.” dent to take over in Q u i n n look s to January. help small business — Jim Quinn “People shouldn’t ow ner s i n ot her be afraid to leave their houses or send their ways, such as reducing the cost to operate. “You know, if you own a restaurant in kids to school, but that’s what’s happening, New York City and you want to put a table and no one in the political class seems to outside your restaurant, which could increase legitimately care about it and that’s frightenyour income by 25 percent, you have to apply ing,” said Quinn. “I understand that it’s a lot to the city, you have to get a permit and you of ‘Rah-rah,’ boost up the borough ... and have to get landscape architect sketches for that would be an important part of my it,” said Quinn. “Why do we put those things administration, but right now I’m focused Q on small business? The best thing for small on the issues that I’m focused on.”


Meet the candidates March 3 Residents can get to know the candidates for Queens borough president at the Our Neighbors Civic Association of Ozone Park candidates’ night next week. All are welcome to join the community as the civic welcomes Councilman Donovan Richards (D-Laurelton), Councilman Costa Constantinides (D-Astoria), former Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley, former Queens Senior Executive Assistant District Attorney Jim Quinn, Chairman of the National Latino Officers Association and retired NYPD Sgt. Anthony Miranda and former exec-

utive general manager of a robotics company Dao Yin. The event will be held Tuesday, March 3, at the Deshi Senior Center, at 83-10 Rockaway Blvd., from 7 to 9 p.m. The nonpartisan special election, open to all registered voters in the borough, is set for Tuesday, March 24, with early voting beginning March 14. The six candidates will discuss important issues facing the Queens community with a focus on Ozone Park and its environs. For more information call civic President Joe Caruana (917) 589-5555.

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continued from page 10 in the district and the Rego Park Library [see separate stories in some editions or at qchron.com]. The mayor also spoke about crime, saying New York is still the safest big city in America, as concerns have been raised following an increase in crime in January. “There are people and organizations in this city that are trying to tell you New York City is not safe. They are trying to tell you we are declining, going back to the ’70s,” he said, adding, “If you believe that, God bless you. Then that means you do not

listen to the facts.” Another woman criticized de Blasio and Councilwoman Karen Koslowitz (D-Forest Hills) for backing the plan to close Rikers Island in favor of four borough-based jails, including one in Kew Gardens. “I think both of you have no clue what goes on in regular people’s lives,” the speaker said. She also voiced concern about how police officers allegedly are walking away from incidents targeting them, such as when water was being poured on them in occurrences last year. “They don’t just walk away when someone breaks the law,” de Blasio said, calling Q the claim “right-wing propaganda.”

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to suspend funding for the US Army Corps of Engineers’ $19 million study on storm protection measures that would protect our coastlines from rising sea levels and storms like Super Storm Sandy, which devastated parts of my district, is not only wrong, it is terribly irresponsible,” state Sen. Joe Addabbo Jr. said in a released statement. He added that he hopes to see the study resumed so the area is protected if another massive storm hits. The barrier had drawn criticism since it addressed flooding only from storm surges and not from rising sea levels or runoff. Q


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continued from page 10 instead, as did area Councilman Bob Holden (D-Middle Village). Opponents of the shelter have cited safety concerns, pointing to the number of schools and businesses aimed for children in the nearby area, including Artistic Stitch Complex, Triumph Gymnastics, Party Sellers Entertainment and Elite Dance Academy. Chief Fausto Pichardo, NYPD chief of patrol, looked to calm people’s fears during the town hall. He said the department’s homeless services police went to the facility and gave input regarding the site. Pichardo also said the department’s neighborhood policing policy plays a “pivotal” role “because our neighborhood coordination officers are going to be visiting that location, are going to be working hand-in-hand with residents of the shelter and the area itself.” He said the neighborhood coordination officers will give out their phone numbers and email addresses. “They’re there to protect everyone,” Pichardo said. Capt. Victoria Perry, commanding officer of the 104th Precinct, said at a community council meeting in November that the precinct can reach out to the commanding officer of Patrol Borough Queens North for more patrol strength if needed and that politicians will not be shy about pressing the police for assistance if necessary. “I want the children to be safe,” Perry said. “I want the corridors [around the shelter] to be safe. I want the people in the shelter to be safe. I want people to feel they can come and go here safely whenQ ever they want.”

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Constantinides: green path on Boro Hall bid Councilman says BP’s budget and bully pulpit can fight climate change by Michael Gannon

He said there is precedent from his own “The water has to go somewhere,” district, where he said every school will have the councilman said, pointing to what Cou ncil m a n Cost a Con st a nt i n ides some solar capability and can incorporate it would be the surrounding neighbor(D-Astoria) admits he’ll miss the City Council into its STEM education by the end of his cur- hoods on his improvised map. rent term. “Who were they building that resilwhen he is no longer able to serve there. Questioned about the overall subject of iency for?” But he sees running for Queens borough Constantinides is similarly doubtful president as a way of continuing to advocate major development projects, whether it be for and put into place programs and initiatives YourLIC’s efforts around Anable Basin, the of the BQX project and its potential to Flushing waterfront, the proposed AirTrain to gentrify neighborhoods on the outlying he believes to be important. “I’m not running on my resume,” Constan- LaGuardia Airport or the Brooklyn Queens streets along the proposed 11-mile cortinides said last week in a sitdown interview Connector streetcar, Constantinides prefaced ridor — if it gets built. He said not all with the editorial board of the Chronicle. “I’m or concluded just about each answer with a the increased property taxes needed to single question: pay the proposed $2.7 billion startup running to do things I can actually get done.” “Who does the project benefit?” costs will come from luxury waterfront Constantinides says the post of borough He would like to see, for example, developments in Long Island City. president often is seen as ceremonial, but ut how “What about the people on 12th h proponents of the AirTrain say it that it can be a very influential post onn would benefit residents of East Street?” he asked. “Fourteenth and w things like land use Elmhurst. 18th streets? Thirty-second, 33rd and “Any [housing] development on “Are people really going to pay 34th streets?” city-owned land should be 100 per$8 to get to work?” he asked. “Or On other environmental issues, Concent affordable, built with union is this just for people passing stantinides fully supports redeveloping labor,” he said. through Queens with their luggage?” Rikers Island as a green complex comPointing to his own neighborhood When asked, he said an extension of plete with a 100-acre solar farm and a of Astoria, he said there are 22,000 2020 the elevated N/W subway line to the air- wastewater and sewage treatment plant, Councilman Costa Constantinides said he would use seniors in need of affordable housing. “We shouldn’t be giving city-owned land port could only be done if, among other simultaneously producing cleaner ener- the borough president’s bully pulpit and funding to things, it did not impact existing homeowners. gy for the city and reducing the amount foster more housing and green development. away to developers,” he said. PHOTO BY PETER C. MASTROSIMONE “Do it in a way that makes sense.” of raw sewage overflow into bodies of Constantinides said the borough president He also favors looking into ferry service to water such as Flushing Bay. can hold great sway over land use through “Last year there were 5 billion gallons Nassau County line, Constantinides said appointments to community boards, and said Queens’ two airports. “We are a city surrounded by water and dumped into Flushing Bay,” he said, adding Queens must get more than just event-day he would change the appointment process to borough surrounded by water,” he said. that it might allow the city to shut down up traffic out of the project. accomplish that. With the Anable Basin project, Constan- to four aged treatment plants rather than “Hopefully, we get better hockey,” he “It would be more like a job interview,” he tinides said he spending hun- quipped, before saying that he would push for said. “Not who you know.” dreds of mil- Nassau County, the city and the state to proA special election for the borough presiden- wants to see concrete benelions of dol- vide things such as increased mass transit on cy is set for Tuesday, March 24. ho does the project benefit?” lars renovat- event days. The chairman of the Council’s Committee fits for nearby — Councilman Costa Constantinides on proposals for On some of the office’s more basic servicing them. on the Environment, Constantinides has a residents such major building proposals H e s a i d es, Constantinides said Manhattan Borough broad, deep environmental agenda, and said as those in the e n e r g y a l s o President Gail Brewer, with a main office as strong land use policies and a bully pulpit Queensbridge could be created on-site with the construction well as a satellite office in Harlem, does not would not be the only tools in his toolbox for Houses and other NYCHA buildings. “How do you make sure the people living of a station that would use mechanical and confine herself or staff to one location, and furthering it. He said first that he would appoint a deputy there are at the table with a strong enough biological processes to break down organic neither should the Queens BP. He believes there should be satellite offices in Southeast food waste. borough president for sustainability. He also voice?” he asked. Using a cell phone and notebook, he demWhile the capacity for taking on wastewa- and northwestern Queens, given its status as wants to add solar energy capability to every city-owned building in the borough, and said onstrated one of the proposals for the with- ter and sewage could be limited by geography, the borough with the most land. drawn Amazon HQ2 project in Long Island Constantinides believes a food waste-to-enerAside from brick-and-mortar sites, he said he would have the ability to accomplish it. “The borough president has a discretionary City, which would have had resilience guards gy operation might be capable of taking all the $5 million operations budget and 60 employees could be deployed on a rotating budget of between $40 million and $70 mil- along the East River to protect against storm such waste in the city. Off to the east, though the new pro hockey basis to libraries, houses of worship and other lion per year,” the councilman said. “That’s surges or rising water levels, running both $160 to $280 million in four years — a quarter hands along either side of the mock Amazon arena and concert venue being built on the sites to bring Borough Hall to the residents Q campus. grounds of Belmont Park is just across the paying the bills. of a billion dollars.” Editor

Town hall with NYPD’s Shea NYPD Commissioner Dermot Shea will be the featured speaker at a public safety town hall meeting at the Robert Ross Johnson Community Life Center in St. Albans from 7 to 9:30 p.m. tonight, Feb. 27. Shea succeeded former Commissioner James O’Neill in December. The event is being sponsored by the offices of Councilmembers Donovan Richards (D-Laurelton), who serves as chairman of the Public Safety Committee, Councilwoman Adrienne Adams (D-Jamaica), Daneek Miller (D-St. Albans) and Ror y Lancman (D-Fresh Meadows).

Residents will have the opportunity to meet Shea and discuss concerns they have about public safety in the community and about the NYPD in general. The center is located at 172-17 Linden Blvd. Other sponsors include the offices of acting Borough President Sharon Lee, U.S. Rep. Gregory Meeks (D-Queens, Nassau), state Sens. Leroy Comrie (D-St. Albans) and James Sanders Jr. (D-South Ozone Park) and Assemblymembers Alicia Hyndman (D-Springfield Gardens), Clyde Vanel (D-Queens Village) and Vivian Cook Q (D-Jamaica).

Kiwanians donate socks Members of the Kiwanis Club of Howard Beach were thrilled to make a donation of 1,200 pairs of socks during the boroughwide Queens Week of Service donation drive supporting local veterans and homeless children. “Kiwanis is a verb. We are about Serving Our Community any way we can,” said Club President Abe J. Garcia, left, here standing with Secretar y Dino Bono and Vice President Charles Butera.


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Residents of western Queens, left, get a briefing on how planning for the proposed Brooklyn Queens Connector is progressing during an open house and workshop held Tuesday at the Museum of PHOTOS BY MICHAEL GANNON the Moving Image. Attendees at the presentation visit with some opponents of the project at the Museum of the Moving Image.

EDC states its case for the BQX at MoMI Backers cite transportation, economic benefits; $1B+ in funding still an issue by Michael Gannon Editor

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The Museum of the Moving Image was an interesting choice for an open house on a transit project that has been stalling since Mayor de Blasio first backed it four years ago. But well over 100 people — both supporters and opponents — attended the town hall and community workshop during which the New York City Economic Development Corp. presented the first formal update on the Brooklyn Queens Connector in 18 months. As drawn up now, the 11-mile, $2.73 billion streetcar project would run from just north of 27th Street in Astoria to Red Hook, stopping north of the Gowanus Canal. The original plans called for a route of up to 16 miles stretching farther into Brooklyn. One part of the presentation allowed people to visit numerous stations with charts, photos and other information about various aspects of the proposal, known as the BQX. A second room hosted multiple tabletop workshops where residents could sit down with maps, magic markers and stickers to give input about what they would like to see. The project would not come under the auspices of the Metropolitan Transportation

Authority, though the city has been saying since 2016 that any fare would match that of city buses and subways, and that it would like to see free transfers. The city will seek “an experienced operator” to design, build, operate and maintain the system through a franchise agreement. “Right now the BQX is a dotted line on a map,” Rebecca Gafvert, vice president of development with the EDC, said. “We’re working to determine just where to place that line.” If no more unforeseen challenges come up — and if the EDC can secure at least $1.3 to $1.4 billion in federal transportation funding — construction would start in 2024 with the first passengers on board in 2029. Both dates are five years later than de Blasio originally forecast in 2016. The city first conceded in August 2018 that federal funding would be needed after saying repeatedly that the BQX would be self-funding. The EDC is in the early stages of an environmental review. A draft environmental impact statement is due in spring 2021 with the final report expected by the following fall. Waiting outside MoMI for the event to open, Symphony Davis of Astoria said she would prefer upgraded bus service.

MTA hosts bus plan reviews The Met ropolitan Transpor tation Authority is continuing presentations as it reviews plans to redraw bus routes in Queens. The remaining meetings include: • Thu., Feb. 27, 7-8:30 p.m., Cross Island YMCA, 238-10 Hillside Ave., Bellerose; • Wed., March 4, 6-8 p.m., NYC Health + Hospitals, 79-01 Broadway, Elmhurst; • Thu., March 5, 7-8:30 p.m., Poppenhusen Institute, 114-4 14 Road, College Point; • Thu., March 12, 6:30-8:30 p.m. (workshop), August Martin High School, 156-10 Baisley Blvd., Jamaica; • Mon., March 16, 7-8:30 p.m., Queens

Community Board 8 Transportation Committee, Hillcrest Jewish Center, 183-02 Union Tpke., Hillcrest; • Wed., March 18, 7-8:30 p.m., Holy Cross Greek Orthodox Church of Whitestone, 12-01 150 St., Whitestone; and • Thu., March 19, 7-8:30 p.m., North Shore Towers, 272-48 Grand Central Pkwy., Floral Park. The draft plan can be viewed and downloaded at new.mta.info/system_modernization/bus_network/queensbusredesign/ draftplan. An overview can be seen at new. Q mta.info/queensbusredesign.

“They just recently added weekends and more hours to the Q103; now they’re taking that away,” Davis said in reference to the MTA’s draft proposal to redraw the Queens busing map. Another resident outside the building said the $7 million spent on the preliminary studies would have been better spent on existing mass transit. Protesters inside also called for the money to be diverted to subways and buses, saying the city could offer no guarantees of things like free transfers. While the city and the group Friends of the BQX state that the route could serve well more than 300,000 who live or work along the proposed route, critics such as Stan Morse of the Justice for All Coalition believe it is intended as a boon for real estate developers “The route runs right past land developers own along the waterfront,” Morse said. The city said its share of the money would come from value capture, or the anticipated increase in property tax revenue once land and buildings near the route are improved and property values along the corridor rise. “Value capture assumes some property taxes will go up,” Gafvert acknowledged.

Some of the posters held by protesters even referred to the project as the “gentrification express,” increasing the risk of higher property taxes and rents. The Rev. Bishop Mitchell Taylor, who supports the project, believes there would be some balance, particularly if north-south transportation between Queens and Brooklyn could be faster and more efficient. “This would expand economic opportunities,” Taylor said. “This would bring unprecedented access and opportunities.” The route as presently drawn runs along 21st Street past NYCHA’s Ravenswood Houses in Astoria and on the eastern boundary of the Queensbridge Houses in Long Island City. Taylor is not among those fear ing gentrification. “I own a house in Long Island City, where property taxes have already gone up in recent years,” he acknowledged. “But I think the city could do something to protect people who own one- and two-family homes. I don’t think the city would want to turn a good thing into a bad thing.” Another meeting is scheduled at 6:30 p.m. on March 10 at the City University of New York Law School at 2 Court Square Q West in LIC.

Most oppose no-bail law: poll Support for the state’s new law preventing judges from imposing bail on people facing misdemeanor and many felony charges has collapsed since it was implemented Jan. 1, a new poll says. Only 33 percent of respondents said the law is good for New York, while 59 percent said it is bad, according to the Siena College Poll, released Monday. A month ago 37 percent said it was good for the state and 49 percent bad. And in April 2019, when the law was passed, 55 percent said it would be good for New York, with 38 percent saying it would be bad. The

numbers are now reversed. “Support for the new bail law — which took effect in January after passage as part of the budget last year — continues to plummet,” Siena College pollster Steven Greenberg said in announcing the results. The poll question said the law bars “monetary bail for people facing misdemeanor and nonviolent felony charges.” The law, however, prevents judges from imposing jail on a variety of crimes many people consider violent, such as aggravated vehicular homiQ cide assault in the third degree. — Peter C. Mastrosimone

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but to no avail. On Feb. 20, in a press conference, Cuomo was quoted by multiple Editor The objections of Queens residents and news outlets as saying, “I’m not holding my elected officials who opposed congestion breath waiting for them to approve congespricing may well have been rendered unnec- tion pricing. ... Will they hold congestion essary — at least for the time being — by the pricing hostage? Yes. That’s how they do business.” Trump administration. “That’s how they do business,” echoed Gov. Cuomo certainly thinks so, speculating that several major transportation projects Councilman Barry Grodenchik (D-Oakland in the state could be held up in retaliation for Gardens) in a telephone interview last week. New York State adopting legislation last year, And Grodenchik, who represents a district known as the Green Light law, that allows without subway or Long Island Rail Road staillegal immigrants age 16 or older to apply for tions, actually was one of the more vocal opponents of the new tolls. driver’s licenses. “And it’s not just congestion pricing,” he Back on Feb. 5 the U.S. Department of Homeland Security announced that New York said, ticking off projects such as the new rail tunnel needed State residents were between New York being barred from its Global Entr y prot’s how they do business. and New Jersey, the potential AirTrain gram, which allows And it’s not just project to LaGuardia pre-cleared residents Airport and others. to speed their way congestion pricing.” “Congestion pricth rough customs ing aside, I’m a fan of when re-entering the — Councilman Barry Grodenchik on the the governor,” Grocountry. Trump administration denchik said. “And Published reports have quoted the DHS as saying that provi- I’m not a fan of the president.” The MTA is taking the congestion pricing sions of the Green Light law deny it the necessary level of access to state Department of existing stalemate in stride. “The federal government determines the Motor Vehicles records, provisions that were implemented in an attempt to prevent the fed- approval process and the MTA is ready to act eral government from using the data to pur- expeditiously on whatever environmental review [the Federal Highway Administration] sue illegal immigrants. Congestion pricing will, when enacted, decides is required as we have already held charge a toll for drivers entering Midtown or over a dozen meetings with them and Downtown Manhattan. Among its stated responded to every request for supplemental aims are to reduce traffic congestion, reduce information,” said Abbey Collins, chief compollution and raise $15 billion for the Metro- munications officer for the MTA, in an email politan Transportation Authority, money to the Chronicle. She did add that federal inaction would ostensibly to be put toward improving the result in “continued congestion on city streets, city’s mass transit system. Originally intended to go into effect next harmful air pollution and a $15 billion hole in January, the plan needs federal approval and the MTA’s historic Capital Plan that is needed an as-yet-unspecified but federally mandated to continue the forward progress we have achieved.” environmental review. The White House press office did not Cuomo, in a meeting with Trump on Feb. Q 13, offered a compromise on DMV access, respond to a request for comment.

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RKO Richmond Hill sold? ister of Historic Places. The owner of the property refused to have the building listed. “These theaters are special callbacks to our history,” said Ed Wendell, president of the Woodhaven Historical Society. Wendell had noticed very recently that trucks were parked out in front loading boxes from the theater. The word is that the building has been sold for $1 million and will become a house of worship. The owner could not be Q reached. — Jason D. Antos

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The historic RKO Keith’s Theater in Richmond Hill may be up for sale. Calls to Community Board 9 could neither confirm nor deny if a claim of a sale was true. Designed by architect R. Thomas Short and built in 1929 in the neo-classic style, the theater closed in 1968 and since that time has been a bingo hall and f lea market. The theater, located at 117-09 Hillside Ave., was listed on New York’s State Register of Historic Places in 2003 and soon after was a candidate for the National Reg-

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Prepare your child . . . and yourself — for camp! For parents, the most heart-racing, adrenalin pumping moments happen when you let go and watch your child try something on his or her own. The moment the training wheels come off, the first trip down the driveway on the skateboard, the time our children ride the school bus – these are more than just memories, these are critical moments that define growth and change. For many families, the first time they send their child to camp is one of the biggest “let go, hold your breath, and watch them soar” moments in childhood. In today’s world of hightech kids and families who have a constant connection to each other, it’s essential to take the time to emotionally prepare for camp. It is, of course, important to prepare the first-time camper, but families need to make sure that mom, dad, younger siblings at home – virtually everyone – is ready to adjust to camp life. The American Camp Association® provides the following tips to help ease first-time families into the camp experience: • Parents – As parents, it is important to focus on the positive aspects of camp. Remember that separation is natural, necessary and inevitable – what better place to have that first experience than in a caring and nurturing environment designed specifi-

cally for children? Parents can also focus on the amazing benefits of camp – an experiential education like no other teaching valuable 21st century survival skills like leadership, teamwork, problem-solving and interpersonal communication. • Siblings - Bob Ditter, family therapist and one of the nation’s leading experts on camp, cautions it is likely that the child left at home will experience separation anxiety and truly miss his or her sibling. To help them prepare, be sure to talk about the upcoming separation. Before the eldest child leaves for camp take a picture of your children together that the sibling can keep in their room or carry around. Remind your children about the communication they can have with each other through letters and postcards. • Other family members – Be sure that everyone is aware of the upcoming experience. Let family members know how to contact the camper if they are interested through letters and care packages — make sure they are aware of any communication policies the camp may have, i.e., no phone calls or restrictions on what can be sent in a care package. In addition, an increasing number

of camps are using websites to display photos or videos during the camp session. According to ACA’s 2011 Emerging Issues Survey, 75 percent of responding camps indicate that they post photos or videos to a website for families to view. Forty-five percent indicate that they post information, photos and videos to social media outlets like Facebook. Families should be sure to ask camp directors about these options. Camp is an equal opportunity life-changer. By sending a child to camp, families are truly giving a gift that lasts a lifetime. By taking steps to mentally prepare for camp, families not only keep from getting “kidsick” for their camper, but they can stay positive about the camp experience – which goes a long way toward helping first-time campers adjust to life at camp. And just like taking off the training wheels, the moment families see their camper radiating confidence and joy they will feel that burst of pride and gratitude that they allowed their child this experience. For more information about preparing for the summer camp experience, or to Find A Camp, parents can visit www. ACAcamps.org. This online resource for families includes expert advice, information on health and safety, and ACA’s searchable database of over 2,400 ACAAccredited® camps. — The American Camp Association

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New views at New York City Panorama Board member’s donation allows visitors to clearly see miniature city by Katherine Donlevy Associate Editor

The Panorama at the Queen’s Museum just got an upgrade thanks to museum Director and founder and Chairperson of Crystal Windows Thomas Chen. Chen donated the resources to replace the visitor walkway that surrounds the Panorama of the City of New York, which was created for the 1964 World’s Fair and is the largest scale model in the world. After years of use, the glass that allows visitors to see the 10,000-squarefoot replica of New York City below their feet had become obscured, scratched and discolored, b u t C h e n’s d o n a t i o n saved the museum hund red s of t hou sa nd s of dollars in capital expense to replace it. “I’ve been a board member for years ... and they asked me if I could donate and I could just not refuse. That’s it!” Chen told the Chronicle. Chen said that he isn’t sure of the exact dollar amount of his donation, but it isn’t a major concern for the businessman, who was more than happy to contribute to the

museum he admires so much. “What I like the most about the museum is that point,” Chen said, referring to the lobby just a few feet from the entrance to the Panorama, which provides a perfect view of the Unisphere right outside the museum doors. “From that point you can see exactly the center of the globe.” The museum’s Board of Directors celebrated the donation with a ribbon cutting on Tuesday, Feb. 25 to show their appreciation for Chen’s donation and to show off the new glass surrounding the perimeter of the Panorama. “It’s difficult to overstate the generosity you’ve given to this museum; we’re so grateful to you,” President and Executive Director of the Queens Museum Sally Tallant told Chen. “Today we’re here to celebrate an absolutely priceless gift.” According to Tallant, Chen has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for the museum’s programming outside of his contributions to the Panorama over his 10-year board membership Thanks to Chen’s donations, visitors can see the Bronx clearly and up close for the

Queens Museum Board of Directors member Thomas Chen, second from right, along with a Crystal Windows representative, prepares to cut the ribbon on his new addition to the Panorama, along with fellow Director Seth Kupferberg, left, City Councilmember Barry Grodenchik and museum President and Executive Director Sally Tallant. A dedication to Chen’s company is disPHOTOS BY KATHERINE DONLEVY played on the glass banister surrounding the Panorama, far left. first time and gain the experience of viewing the city from above. “The Panorama welcomes hundreds of thousands of people each year and it is the City of New York in miniature, and actually the whole city shines through because of

your gift, so thank you,” said Tallant. To show their appreciation for the donation, Seth Kupferberg, on behalf of the board, presented Chen with a framed photograph of the Panorama version of Crystal Q Windows’ office in Flushing.

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Never forgotten The NYPD’s 103rd Precinct on Wednesday marked the 32nd anniversary of the assassination of rookie Police Officer Edward Byrne, who died protecting a witness in a major drug investigation. His murder was ordered by a drug dealer. The witness had received numerous threats and his home had been firebombed. Byrne, who had turned 22 five days earlier,

was sitting across the street in his patrol car at 107th Avenue and Inwood Street in Jamaica when he was approached by four men on Feb. 26, 1988. One got Byrne’s attention as another crept up behind him and shot him five times. Byrne’s killers still are in state prison. The drug lord is serving life with no hope of parole in federal prison.

Amazon will take about 300,000 square feet at Rentar Plaza at 66-26 Metropolitan Ave. in Middle Village, real estate website The Real Deal reported Tuesday, citing the loan database TreppWire. Councilman Bob Holden (D-Middle Village) said in an email he was “thrilled” to learn of the news, saying that the Plaza is “in desperate need of revitalization. I actually suggested this location to Amazon two years ago. My hope is that this brings hundreds more jobs and renewed commercial activity to the area, which will be extremely valuable to our community for years to come.” The servicer on the $132 million loan backed by the complex submitted a note to TreppWire saying the online retail giant would be taking over the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s 109,000-square-foot space, plus the remaining 190,000 square feet of vacant space in the property. In recent years, Toys ‘R’ Us and Kmart filed for bankruptcy and no longer occupied the building. Rentar Development owns the 1.6 mil-

Amazon will take up roughly 300,000 square feet of space at Rentar Plaza in FILE PHOTO BY MICHAEL SHAIN Middle Village. lion-square-foot office, retail and warehouse complex. Amazon backed out of plans to build a second headquarters in Long Island City in February 2019 after facing opposition from area politicians and some residents. Amazon and Rentar did not immediately respond to requests for comment. Q

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Every night is ladies’ night at 29 QED 30 this 31 month

“There are a lot of women in the industry who are the gatekeepers of comedy,” said QED’s owner and lead curator Kambri Crews. “Traditionally comedy has been a male-dominated field.” As a child, Crews put on puppet shows in her bedroom, complete with stage, tickets and concession stand, joking last week that, “That’s what QED is right now — it’s a big old puppet show!” Crews worked various jobs, such

as a racetrack night manager, bank teller and public relations consultant, before landing in the world of comedy. “I never thought of comedy being a career or anything on the stage. It didn’t occur to me when I wa s producing a puppet show that that was a job,” said Crews. “I’m doing everything that I love doing, which is taking inventory, and doing PR and marketing to sell ticket s to this puppet show and creat ing the concession stand. That’s a job, I just didn’t know it.”

Since opening what she refers to as a “performance venue and learning center” — where the motto is “A place to show and tell” — in 2014, Crews says, she has subcons c i o u s l y b o o ke d p r og r a m m i ng skewed toward women because she believes producers “book what you know.” “I became curious and questioned what is the representation here? ... I just started crunching the numbers ... and it ended up being 65 percent of our shows were helmed by women. That ’s pret t y unusual.”

Crews said she came to the realization in 2017, the same year she decided to take women’s representation one step further and dedicate progra mming dur ing Ma rch to Women’s History Month. Crews said the number jumped to 70 percent the following year, and she expects it to be roughly the same in 2020. QED offers a packed agenda during the 31 days of March with programs that range from comedy to lectures to classes, all of which are women-driven. continued on page 25

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“Driving Miss Daisy,” the Pulitzer Prize-winning drama about the relationship between an elderly Southern Jewish woman and her African-American chauffeur, by Douglaston Community Theatre. Fri.Sat., Feb. 28-29; Fri., March 6, 8 p.m., Sun., March 1, 3 p.m.; Sat., March 7, 2 p.m., Zion Episcopal Church, Church Street off Douglaston Pkwy., 243-01 Northern Blvd. $19; $17 seniors, students. Info: (718) 482-3332, dctonline.org.

“Dakota Gearhart: The Sextant of the Rose” and “Catalina Ouyang: it has always been the perfect instrument,” with new video and sculpture works that deal with themes such as control and power dynamics; and “Quad Relay,” a mural by Laurel Sparks based on the sestina form of mathematical poetry. Sat., Feb. 29, 5-8 p.m. (followed by multiartist concert (see Music), Knockdown Center, 52-19 Flushing Ave., Maspeth. Free (for reception; $25-$35 for concert). Info: (718) 489-6285, knockdown.center.

“Something Unspoken” and “The Spiral Staircase,” a drama and a thriller presented as a double feature by the Parkside Players. Fri.-Sat., 28-29, 8 p.m., Grace Lutheran Church, 103-15 Union Tpke., Forest Hills. $18; $15 seniors, students. Info: (718) 353-7388, parksideplayers.com.

“Claytopian New York,” with sculptors expressing the beauty, diversity and wonder of life in an idealized metropolis; and “Back to the Table,” with ceramic artists reclaiming the dinner table as a place for human connection at a time when meals are often eaten elsewhere. Through Sun., March 15, The Plaxall Gallery, 5-25 46 Ave., Long Island City. Free. Info: (347) 848-0030, licartists.org. “Survival: The Exhibition,” an interactive setting providing science-based techniques to prepare visitors of all ages to stay alive in various environments, with an adventure zone including a zip line, ropes course and more. Through Sun., Sept. 13, New York Hall of Science, 47-01 111 St., Corona. $7 plus admission: $20; $15 seniors, kids, students. Info: (718) 699-0005, nysci.org. “Race and Revolution: Home/Land,” with works by several artists that pair true stories of slaves facing the 1850 Fugitive Slave Act with the control of Immigration and Customs Enforcement over immigrants and refugees today, in a look at systemic American racism. Through Sun., June 14, Lewis H. Latimer House Museum, 34-41 137 St., Flushing. Free. Info: (718) 961-8585, latimernow.org.

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“Creative Mosaic II,” with works in various media, including Junyi Liu’s oil painting “Beauty Won’t Hurt You,” left, as well as performance art, responding to Queens’ multifaceted texture, presented by Long Island City Artists. Fri., Feb. 28 (opening reception 6-8 p.m.)-Sun., March 15 (closing party 3-5 p.m.), Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Blvd. $5 suggested; free students, teens. Info: (718) 463-7700, flushingtownhall.org. JUNYI LIU “Fresh Meadows Camera Club Retrospective, with photos by members and group officers as they celebrate their 73rd anniversary. Through Sat., Feb. 29, Glen Oaks Library, 256-04 Union Tpke. Free. Info: (718) 831-8636, queenslibrary.org, freshmeadowscameraclub.org. “Colors in Black,” the 18th annual Southern Queens Park Association art show, with works in various media, honoring people of color as Black


Global Mashup is back at Flushing Town Hall, with Saturday’s kickoff in the series featuring Venezuelan Afro-Soul band Betsayda Machado y Parranda El Clavo jamming with Klezmer clarinetist Michael Winograd, inset, and the Honorable Mentshn. See Music.

Bound: Eating Disorder Awareness Show, the 4th annual, with dance, music, spoken word, comedy and more, by Borne Dance Co. guest artists, with most proceeds going to the National Eating Disorder Association. Fri.-Sat., Feb. 28-29, 7 p.m., The Secret Theatre, 44-02 23 St., Long Island City. $20 suggested. Info: (718) 392-0722, secrettheatre. com, bornedance.com.


History Month ends and Women’s History Month begins. Sun., March 1 (opening reception 2-6 p.m.)Sat., March 7, Roy Wilkins Park Family Center, 177-01 Baisley Blvd., St. Albans. Free. Info: (718) 276-4630, ext. 100, mryland@sqpa.org. “Theater of Operations: The Gulf Wars 19912011,” with more than 300 works in various media by 80 artists, many based in Iraq or its diasporas, on the 1991 Persian Gulf War, the sanctions that followed and the 2003 Iraq War. Through Sun., March 1, MoMA PS1, 22-25 Jackson Ave., Long Island City. Free with admission: $10; $5 students; free kids under 17. Info: (718) 7842084, momaps1.org.

MUSIC Outline: Winter, with multiple artists performing in various genres, headlined by avant-pop stylist John Maus, alongside two new art exhibits. Sat., Feb. 29, 8 p.m., Knockdown Center, 52-19 Flushing Ave., Maspeth. $25-$35. Info: (718) 489-6285, knockdown.center. Kegelbaenetrioen: The Kegelstatt Trio, with Danish chamber music on clarinet, viola and piano. Tue., March 3, 7:30 p.m., Flushing Town Hall, 13735 Northern Blvd. Free. Info: (718) 463-7700, flushingtownhall.org. Jazz Jam Celebrating the Legacy of Louis Armstrong, the monthly event led by saxophonist Carol Sudhalter, with all musicians and vocalists welcome to join in. Wed., March 4, 7 p.m., Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Blvd. Free to play or sing; $10 to listen; free students, teens. Info: (718) 463-7700, flushingtownhall.org.

Global Mashup: Klezmer Meets Venezuela, with Michael Winograd and the Honorable Mentshn and Betsayda Machado y Parranda El Clavo each playing a set and then jamming together. Sat., Feb. 29, 7:15 p.m. (dance lessons); 8 p.m. (concert), Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Blvd. $18; $12 students; free teens. Info: (718) 463-7700, flushingtownhall.org.

THEATRE “Chicken and Biscuits,” a new family comedy “with lots of love, shade and prayer,” about two African-American sisters who discover at their father’s funeral that he had a third daughter. Fri.-Sun., Feb. 28-March 1, March 6-8, 13-15 and 20-22, varying times; Mon., March 9, 7:30 p.m., Queens Theatre, 14 United Nations Ave. S., Flushing Meadows Corona Park. $25; $23 seniors, students. Info: (718) 7600064, queenstheatre.org. “Steel Magnolias,” a comedy-drama depicting the bonds that form among a group of Southern women who gather at an in-home beauty parlor, by Theatre By The Bay NY. Sat., March 7, 14 and 21, 8:30 p.m.; Sun., March 8, 15 and 22, 3 p.m., Bay Terrace Garden Jewish Center, 1300 209 St. $25; $22 seniors, kids; $2 more at door. Info: (718) 4286363, theatrebythebayny.com. “Hunting and Gathering,” a comedy about four 20- and 30-somethings trying to find themselves amid the backdrop of apartment hunting in the city, with limited income and roommate troubles, by Headwall Theatre Co. Thu.-Sat., Feb. 27-29 and March 5-7, 7 p.m., Greek Cultural Center, 26-80 30 St., Astoria. $20. Info: (718) 726-7329, headwalltheatrecompany.org.

FILM See It Big! Outer Space, with more than a dozen films of all kinds set in the cosmos, including “Alien,” “The Right Stuff” and “Star Trek: The Motion Picture.” Through Sun., April 19, various times, Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35 Ave., Astoria. $15; $11 seniors, students; $9 kids 3-17; $10 more for admission to “Envisioning 2001” exhibit. Info: (718) 777-6888, movingimage.us. “The Journey,” the 2019 documentary about women who immigrated to New York from the Istrian region, once a part of Italy and then part of Yugoslavia after World War II, directed by Olivia Rutigliano and produced by Maria Santalesa, president of the Histria Association for Women; to celebrate Women’s History Month. Sun., March 1, 2-4 p.m., Bayside Historical Society, The Castle, 208 Totten Ave., Fort Totten. $10. Info: (718) 352-1548, baysidehistorical.org. MARIA SANTALESA

CLASSES/WORKSHOPS Make Something! Baby Quilt, with participants learning the basics of quilting to sew a 36-by-36-inch quilt; supplies included. Each Tue., March 3-May 5, 6:30 p.m., Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Blvd. $125; $100 students; free teens (with $25 supplies fee). Info: (718) 463-7700, flushingtownhall.org. continued on page 26

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Park Ranger Charles Markis, program manager for arts and culture at Gateway National Recreation Area, is responsible for its publications and exhibits. His mission is to tell the story of the park, especially to engage young people, about its history, culture and the animals. A recent Sunday marked the opening reception for “Exploring Gateway,” an exhibit at the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge Center that invited nine photographers to capture “locations, worlds and points of time” at the park. Markis, a photography enthusiast himself, takes daily walks to photograph a bridge in its various lights and col-

‘Exploring Gateway’ When: Through mid-April Where: Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge Center, 175-10 Cross Bay Blvd., Broad Channel Entry: Free. (718) 318-4340, nps.gov/gate/planyourvisit

ors. Assisted by Park Ranger Brenda Ling, a public affairs officer, he also organizes five or six programs at the center per year. Several of the featured artists were in attendance to greet guests and discuss their work. Among them was Jeff Mondlock of Staten Island. He grew up in Chicago, where at an early age he became an avid birder. He then moved to Tennessee as a broadcast news journalist for Great Smoky Mountains National Park, often hiking in Knoxville and developing an appreciation of nature. For five years he has lived in New York City, and he combines his love of nature with his photography. Fort Wadsworth on Staten Island has become a favorite subject for his photographs.

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Photographers Jeff Mondlock, left, Anisha Kall and John Eng are joined at the opening of the “Exploring Gateway” exhibit by Park Ranger Brenda Ling. At left, visitor Alex PHOTOS BY STEVE FISHER Spielberg examines the photos on display. Two other photographers at the opening reception are from Queens: Lucy Cooper of Middle Village and John Eng of Forest Hills. Cooper is a graphic designer and is passionate about photography as a pastime.

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First Look returns to the Museum of the Moving Image March 11, as the ninth edition of the festival of new international cinema will include a wide range of programs. Perhaps the most anticipated film at the festival is “Epicentro,” Hubert Sauper’s documentary on Cuba, which won the World Cinema Grand Jury Prize for documentary at the 2020 edition of the Sundance Film Festival and is making its New York premiere. The movie “challenges viewers to get beyond received notions of a society ambered and isolated in time — notions that locals are more than familiar with — by following wise young people who are

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angling for a future,” as the synopsis says. Sauper will be at the screening at 8 p.m. on March 11. Also screening at the festival is the 2009 documentary “October Country,” looking at a poverty-stricken New York City family living with an array of emotional problems, including teen pregnancy, spousal and child abuse and memories of war. The closing night film is “Nina Wu,” about a struggling actress receiving her break with a leading role in a spy thriller though she has to deal with predatory filmmakers. Her movie is a breakthrough, but personal problems have her rushing back home. Director Midi Z and actress Ke-Xi Wu, who co-wrote it, will attend the screening on March 15 at 8 p.m. In addition to the more than two dozen films that will be screened, there will be “Working on It” workshops on each of the five days. On March 12, editor Nels Bangerter will spend an afternoon editing a short film on the spot and in public at the Bartos Theater from 1 to 5 p.m. Then the on-the-spot creation will be unveiled. Meanwhile, Zeshawn Ali, director of “Two Gods,” a story of a Muslim casket maker

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March at QED is all about the ladies continued from page 21 Astoria Women’s Improv, composed of all women and mostly mothers, is scheduled for March 2 and is one of the many comedy shows to feature during the month, while “Witches of Old New York,� a history lecture on the times when women were considered witches because of their ability to make money and maintain autonomy in their business practices, debuts just a few days later on March 8. Crews says the “Ask for More� salary negotiation seminar will educate women on how to bridge the salary gap in the wo r kp lac e a n d wi l l t a ke p lac e o n March 18. “Women notoriously, and studies have proven, ask for less in interviews and salary negotiations and things like that. That [class] is on the more serious side,� Crews said, hoping the pay gap is something that will change in the near future. Despite the programs’ being geared toward women, Crews made it clear that most of the QED events during Women’s History Month, though not all, are welcoming to anyone. Crews molded the establishment’s vibes

after what she would have liked to be a part of growing up as a young, poor girl in rural Texas, the hearing daughter of two deaf parents. “It would have been this tremendous life saver, to have this creative space to be where I felt welcome, where I was part of a community and didn’t have to spend a whole lot of money,� Crews said. Crews experienced more than her fair share of tragedy — her mother became a victim of a murder attempt with a knife at the hands of Crews’ father, and was then diagnosed with cancer a few years later. Crews overcame every obstacle, refuses to feel shame for any of it and uses the experiences as fuel. “Carrie Fischer has a quote, ‘If my life isn’t funny it would just be true and that’s unacceptable,’� Crews said. “I’ve got to turn this into something funny.� QED and its programs replicate these feelings of empowerment and therapy through forms of community, which is why Crews works hard to keep it accessible to all. For low cover charges and no drink minimums, QED is open to all, and Crews is happy to see guests come early for the

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ABIBA IMAM DYUTI EARNS SCHOLARSHIP TO HARVARD! Abiba Imam Dyuti is a Bangladeshi-American senior at Richmond Hill High School. She has been awarded a full scholarship to Harvard University where she plans to double major in Economics and Political Science and minor in Theater. It was the staff and programs such as the College & Career Placement Center and Ms. Dyuti’s hard work which made this happen. She is actually the second student to be accepted to Harvard from Richmond Hill High School. Some of her extracurricular activities in Richmond Hill High School have been as captain of the soccer team which won her the Most Valuable Soccer Player Award, junior class president, senior class secretary, editor-in-chief of the school newspaper and managing editor of the senior yearbook. Even in middle school she was active as editor-inchief of the school yearbook and captain of the soccer team. Academically, she was awarded the Rensselaer Medal Scholarship of $100,000, is a POSSE Semi-Finalist and won the Excellence in Mathematics Award. She has taken five Advanced Placement college-level classes in her school in world history, English literature, English language and Calculus AB and won the AP Scholar Award, which is given to a student receiving a 4 or higher, 5 is the highest grade, in at least three AP classes. Outside of high school, Dyuti loves to sing, play the guitar, the ukulele and the piano, and plans to learn the violin in college, performs at Bangladeshi cultural events in her community where she does drama, music, recitation and dance. She also works with a


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Candlelight Evening, with tours of the historic Onderdonk House by candlelight and music by the Brooklyn Blue Grass Collective. Sat., March 7, 6-9 p.m., 1820 Flushing Ave., Ridgewood. $10. Info: (718) 456-1776, onderdonkhouse.org.


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Black History Month Cultural Gala Weekend, with performance by the Fanike African Dance Troupe, above, kids’ and adults’ classes, vendors and more. Sat., Feb. 29, 7:30 p.m. (dance performance)-Sun., March 1, 3 p.m. (kids’ workshop and dance class); 4:30 p.m. (adults’ master dance class), Jamaica Performing Arts Center, 153-10 Jamaica Ave. Performance $25; $30 at door; kids’ class $10; adults’ class $15. Info: (917) 704-0051, (917) 836-6982, fanikeafricandance.com/contact. COURTESY PHOTO

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Taste of the World OLQM International Food Festival, the 9th annual, with sample plates from some of the most popular restaurants in Forest Hills and nearby areas, plus raffles. Sun., March 8, 2:30-5 p.m., Our Lady Queen of Martyrs Roman Catholic Church McLaughlin Hall, 110-06 Queens Blvd., Forest Hills. $30; $35 at door; $10 kids. Info: (718) 268-6251, ourladyqueenofmartyrs.org. Bauernball German dinner dance, the 119th annual, with meal of roast pork, mashed potatoes, wurst and more, with music by the Heimat Klänge Orchestra, dancing and auction, by Gottscheer Kranken Unterstützungs Verein von Gross New York. Sun., March 8, 12:30 p.m., Gottscheer Hall, 657 Fairview Ave., Ridgewood. $65. Info: Gillian Guile, (917) 7103924, gil.amanda@aol.com, facebook.com/ gottscheerkuvny. St. Gregory the Great Theatre Group Leap Day Soirée, with food by culinary arts students, wine, beer, open mic/karaoke, games and more. Sat., Feb. 29, 7:30 p.m., St. Gregory the Great Church Oak Room, 242-20 88 Ave., Bellerose. $30; free for Leap Day babies. Info/

Salsa Brunch March, with food, drinks, Latin music and dancing. Sun., March 1, 12-4 p.m., Juquila Kitchen-Bar & Lounge, 39-05 29 St., Long Island City. $10 minimum food and drink purchase; $20 with table. Info: (718) 482-0033, salsabrunch.com.

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continued from page 23 Refuge; with an eye for patterns, color and composition she captures images of whatever of interest crosses her lens. John Eng was born in upstate New York but has been a city dweller since he was a year old. Asked if he was first a birder or a naturalist, he quickly replied, “Birder first, nature second.” He explained that birds are the big draw to Gateway, and a newcomer can then get a better idea of all else that the park has to offer. What he likes best about photographing nature is that “you don’t need permission ... you can practice a lot without intruding on anyone.” Having my own personal experience with the difficulty of capturing images of birds in flight, I asked John if he

had any secrets. His answer: patience, a lot of patience. You must be willing to wait and then rely on a camera that permits a quick sequence of shots. Then perhaps you can get one photo that you’re happy with. Among the guests in attendance, I spoke with Alex and Betty Jean Spielberg. They often visit the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge. Alex, a photography buff himself, said he’s been taking photographs since he was 14 years old. He and Betty Jean are instilling that love of photography in their daughter, who won an award from Channel 13 for her videography. This free exhibit will run for two months. Q Come and explore.

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Notice of Formation of Camagu Creations LLC Articles of Organization were filed with the Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 05/21/2019. Office location: Queens County. SSNY has been designated as agent of the LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail a copy of process to: ASHLEY ST JULES, 115-92 227TH STREET, CAMBRIA HEIGHTS, NY 11411. Purpose: For any lawful purpose.

Notice of Formation of DEXTER, DAVID PUBLISHING LC Articles of Organization were filed with the Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 12/26/2019. Office location: Queens County. SSNY has been designated as agent of the LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail a copy of process to: THE LLC, 127-19 140TH STREET, JAMAICA, NY 11436. Purpose: For any lawful purpose.

Notice of Formation of Kellzslay LLC Articles of Organization were filed with the Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 11/22/2019. Office location: Queens County. SSNY has been designated as agent of the LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail a copy of process to: KELLZSLAY LLC, 10736 219TH ST., QUEENS VILLAGE, NY 11429. Purpose: For any lawful purpose.

Notice of formation of MOONLIGHT RIVER LLC, a limited liability company. Art of Org. filed with the Sec. of State of NY (SSNY) on 01/14/2020. Office located in Queens. SSNY has been designated for service of process. SSNY shall mail a copy of any process served against the LLC to c/o Nicholas R. Huang, 21306 29TH AVE BAYSIDE, NY 11360. Purpose: any lawful activity.

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Notice of Formation of Treats By J LLC Articles of Organization were filed with the Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 11/18/2019. Office location: Queens County. SSNY has been designated as agent of the LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail a copy of process to: JASON SKINNER, 18632 DORMANS ROAD, SAINT ALBANS, NY 11412. Purpose: For any lawful purpose.

Notice of Formation of CORREMOTO MANAGEMENT L.L.C. Articles of Organization were filed with the Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 01/02/2020. Office location: Queens County. SSNY has been designated as agent of the LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail a copy of process to: EDWING RAMHARACK-MEDINA, 87-70 173RD STREET, APT. 1L, JAMAICA, NY 11432. Purpose: For any lawful purpose.

Notice of Formation of EAE PLUMBING & ELECTRICAL SUPPLIES, LLC Articles of Organization were filed with the Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 01/13/2020. Office location: Queens County. SSNY has been designated as agent of the LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail a copy of process to: EAE PLUMBING & ELECTRICAL SUPPLIES, LLC, 104-46 200TH STREET, ST. ALBANS, NY 11412. Purpose: For any lawful purpose.

Notice of Formation of KIDS DELI LLC Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 02/18/20. Office location: Queens County. Princ. office of LLC: 150-39 14th Ave., Whitestone, NY 11357. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to the LLC at the addr. of its princ. office. Purpose: Any lawful activity.

Notice of Formation of Multi State Communication LLC Articles of Organization were filed with the Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 12/17/2019. Office location: Queens County. SSNY has been designated as agent of the LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail a copy of process to: WILLIAM LANGROCK, 145-06 14TH AVE, WHITESTONE, NY 11357. Purpose: For any lawful purpose.

Notice of Formation of Specifications Consultants, LLC Articles of Organization were filed with the Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 01/06/2020. Office location: Queens County. SSNY has been designated as agent of the LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail a copy of process to: WILLIAM LEUNG, 2539 36TH ST, ASTORIA, NY 11103. Purpose: For any lawful purpose.

Notice of Formation of VIND COMPANY LLC Articles of Organization were filed with the Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 11/20/2019. Office location: Queens County. SSNY has been designated as agent of the LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail a copy of process to: VIND COMPANY LLC, 4212 28TH STREET APT 14H, LONG ISLAND CITY, NY 11101. Purpose: For any lawful purpose.

filed with the SSNY on 04/18/19. Office: Queens County. SSNY designated as agent of the LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of process to the LLC, 15-31 146th Place, Whitestone, NY




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NOTICE is hereby given that an Order entered by the Civil Court, Queens County on 01-16-20, bearing Index Number NC-001075-19/QU, a copy of which may be examined at the Offi ce of the Clerk, located at 89-17 Sutphin Blvd., Jamaica, NY 11435, grants me (us) the right to: Assume the name of (First) MOHAMMAD (Middle) TAYMUR HOSSAIN (Last) SHAYAAN. My present name is (First) MOHAMMAD (Middle) SHAYAAN (Last) HOSSAIN (infant). The city and state of my present address are Jamaica, NY. My place of birth is Queens, NY. The month and year of my birth are August 2019.

NOTICE is hereby given that an Order entered by the Civil Court, Queens County on 01-24-20, bearing Index Number NC-000029-20/QU, a copy of which may be examined at the Offi ce of the Clerk, located at 89-17 Sutphin Blvd., Jamaica, NY 11435, grants me (us) the right to: Assume the name of (First) SAMANTHA (Middle) KATHLEEN (Last) ARANDA. My present name is (First) SAMANTHA (Middle) KATHLEEN (Last) ALMEIDA AKA SAMANTHA ALMEIDA. The city and state of my present address are Elmhurst, NY. My place of birth is QUEENS, NEW YORK. The month and year of my birth are December 2001.

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NC-000752-19/QU, a copy of which may be examined at the Office of the Clerk, located at 89-17 Sutphin Blvd., Jamaica, NY 11435, grants me (us) the right to: Assume the name of (First) VITRA (Middle) KRYSTAL (Last) RAMPERSAD. My present name is (First) VITRA (Middle) KRYSTAL (Last) RAMPERSAD AKA KRYSTAL V RAMPERSAD AKA VITRA KRYSTAL RAMBAHAL AKA KRYSTAL V RAMBAHAL. The city and state of my present address are South Richmond Hill, NY. My place of birth is TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO. The month and year of my birth are October 1981.

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NOTICE is hereby given that an Order entered by the Civil Court, Queens County on 02-13-20, bearing Index Number NC-000091-20/QU, a copy of which may be examined at the Office of the Clerk, located at 89-17 Sutphin Blvd., Jamaica, NY 11435, grants me (us) the right to: Assume the name of (First) MATTHEW (Middle) CHRISTOPHER (Last) TAYLOR. My present name is (First) RICHARD (Last) ZHANG. The city and state of my present address are Oakland Gardens, NY. My place of birth is QUEENS, N.Y. The month and year of my birth are January 2002.

NOTICE OF SALE - SUPREME COURT COUNTY OF Queens, RIdgewood Savings Bank, Plaintiff, vs. Renotti M. Hill Alexander, ET AL., Defendant(s). Pursuant to an Order Confirming Referee Report and Judgment of Foreclosure and Sale duly filed on October 31, 2019, I, the undersigned Referee will sell at public auction at the Queens County Supreme Court, Courtroom 25, 88-11 Sutphin Boulevard, Jamaica, NY on March 13, 2020 at 10:30 a.m., premises known as 17623 127th Avenue, Jamaica, NY 11434 A/K/A 17623 127th Avenue, Addisleigh Park, NY 11434 A/K/A 17623 127th Avenue, Rochdale Village, NY 11434. All that certain plot, piece or parcel of land, with the buildings and improvements thereon erected, situate, lying and being in the Borough of Queens, County of Queens, City and State of New York, Block 12526 and Lot 24. Approximate amount of judgment is $196,953.21 plus interest and costs. Premises will be sold subject to provisions of filed Judgment Index # 701087/2018. If the sale is set aside for any reason, the Purchaser at the sale shall be entitled only to a return of the deposit paid. The Purchaser shall have no further recourse against the Mortgagor, the Mortgagee, the Mortgagee’s attorney, or the Referee.Lamont Ramsay Bailey, Esq., Referee, Roach & Lin, P.C. FKA Peter T. Roach & Associates, P.C., 6901 Jericho Turnpike, Suite 240, Syosset, New York 11791, Attorneys for Plaintiff.

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SUPREME COURT OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK COUNTY OF QUEENS SUPPLEMENTAL SUMMONS, INDEX NO. 714560/2017, Mortgaged Premises: 146-58 181ST STREET SPRINGFIELD GARDENS, NY 11413, District: Section: Block: 13353 Lot: 6, Plaintiff designates QUEENS as the place of trial situs of the real property. NATIONSTAR MORTGAGE LLC D/B/A MR. COOPER, Plaintiff, vs. GLENNA DEVEAUX; KENO DECOSTA, HEIR AND DISTRIBUTEE OF THE ESTATE OF MARCIA BECKFORD ALLEN; AKEAM WAYNE, HEIR AND DISTRIBUTEE OF THE ESTATE OF MARCIA BECKFORD ALLEN; UNKNOWN HEIRS AND DISTRIBUTEES OF THE ESTATE OF MARCIA BECKFORD ALLEN; any and all persons unknown to plaintiff, claiming, or who may claim to have an interest in, or general or specific lien upon the real property described in this action; such unknown persons being herein generally described and intended to be included in the following designation, namely: the wife, widow, husband, widower, heirs at law, next of kin, descendants, executors, administrators, devisees, legatees, creditors, trustees, committees, lienors, and assignees of such deceased, any and all persons deriving interest in or lien upon, or title to said real property by, through or under them, or either of them, and their respective wives, widows, husbands, widowers, heirs at law, next of kin, descendants, executors, administrators, devisees, legatees, creditors, trustees, committees, lienors and assigns, all of whom and whose names, except as stated, are unknown to plaintiff; JOANNA “DOE”, EDMUND “DOE; SHERYL “DOE”; SHEENA “DOE”; KEVIN “DOE”; TISHA SINCLAIR; MARC WATSON; SHENESA SINCLAIR; JENEIVE SINCLAIR; NEW YORK STATE DEPARTMENT OF TAXATION AND FINANCE; UNITED STATES OF AMERICA; LONG ISLAND JEWISH MEDICAL CENTER; NEW YORK CITY PARKING VIOLATIONS BUREAU; NEW YORK CITY ENVIRONMENTAL CONTROL BOARD, “JOHN DOE #11” through “JOHN DOE #12,” the last two names being fictitious and unknown to plaintiff, the persons or parties intended being the tenants, occupants, persons or corporations, if any, having or claiming an interest in or lien upon the premises, described in the complaint, Defendants. To the above named Defendants: YOU ARE HEREBY SUMMONED to answer the complaint in this action and to serve a copy of your answer, or, if the complaint is not served with this summons, to serve a notice of appearance on the Plaintiff’s Attorney within 20 days after the service of this summons, exclusive of the day of service (or within 30 days after the service is complete if this summons is not personally delivered to you within the State of New York) in the event the United States of America is made a party defendant, the time to answer for the said United States of America shall not expire until (60) days after service of the Summons; and in case of your failure to appear or answer, judgment will be taken against you by default for the relief demanded in the complaint. NOTICE OF NATURE OF ACTION AND RELIEF SOUGHT, THE OBJECT of the above caption action is to foreclose a Mortgage to secure the sum of $390,211.00 and interest, recorded on November 24, 2008, at Liber 2008000452744 Page, of the Public Records of QUEENS County, New York, covering premises known as 146-58 181ST STREET, SPRINGFIELD GARDENS, NY 11413. The relief sought in the within action is a final judgment directing the sale of the premises described above to satisfy the debt secured by the Mortgage described above. QUEENS County is designated as the place of trial because the real property affected by this action is located in said county. NOTICE YOU ARE IN DANGER OF LOSING YOUR HOME If you do not respond to this summons and complaint by serving a copy of the answer on the attorney for the mortgage company who filed this foreclosure proceeding against you and filing the answer with the court, a default judgment may be entered and you can lose your home. Speak to an attorney or go to the court where your case is pending for further information on how to answer the summons and protect your property. Sending a payment to the mortgage company will not stop the foreclosure action. YOU MUST RESPOND BY SERVING A COPY OF THE ANSWER ON THE ATTORNEY FOR THE PLAINTIFF (MORTGAGE COMPANY) AND FILING THE ANSWER WITH THE COURT. RAS BORISKIN, LLC, Attorney for Plaintiff, 900 Merchants Concourse, Suite 106, Westbury, NY 11590

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City, OSHA probing building collapse Worker, 50, killed at demolition job site on 94th Avenue in Jamaica by Michael Gannon Editor

City and federal officials are continuing their investigations into the death of a construction worker who was killed last Thursday when a building undergoing demolition in Jamaica partially collapsed. David Johnson, was working on a building at 147-07 94 Ave., located between Sutphin Boulevard and 148th Street. The site is around the corner from the Long Island Rail Road’s Jamaica Station. Another worker was injured in the collapse The city’s Department of Buildings has issued a stop-work order for the site. “Any loss of life on a construction site is a tragedy, and our engineers and inspectors are already on-site conducting a thorough investigation,” DOB Commissioner Melanie La Rocca said in statement emailed to the Chronicle the day of the incident. “We want to assure the families of the victims that we will hold all responsible parties accountable to the fullest extent of the law.” Investigators from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, an agency under the U.S. Department of Labor, also responded immediately to the

scene according to OSHA spokesman James Lally. “OSHA was notified of this incident and has opened inspections with general contractor Artimus Construction and subcontractor Cole Partners Inc.,” Lally told the Chronicle in an email. “The purpose of an OSHA inspection is to determine whether or not there have been any violations of OSHA workplace safety and health standards.” Lally wrote that the agency does not comment on the status of open cases, and that the agency has up to six months to complete its investigation. Demolition of the three-story building was first permitted on Nov. 25 of last year According to the DOB a stop-work order at a neighboring lot, located at 14705 94 Ave., did not prevent the demolition from taking place. The site where the accident occurred also is classified as a so-called Site Safety Job, where under city law all workers must have at least 30 hours of safety training. City property tax records state that the property is owned by Land & Sea Development Corp. The website openleis.com lists the corporation’s registered address as the building undergoing demolition, and a Jamaica post office box as its head-

Firefighters gather outside the scene in Jamaica where a 50-year-old demolition worker was killed on Feb. 20 in a building collapse in Jamaica. City and federal investigators both have open PHOTO BY RICHARD HEATON cases. quarters address. A message left with Cole Partners Inc. was not returned. The accident comes after the DOB

reported a reduction of more than 20 percent in construction site incidents and worker injuries in 2019 compared to 2018. Q Richard Heaton contributed to this story

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When a sweater defined one of the best rivalries The sporting world turned its attention to Madison Square Garden on Feb. 27, 1985 as No. 1 St. John’s hosted No. 2 Georgetown. The Redmen had defeated the seemingly invincible defending-champion Hoyas a month earlier to rise to the top of the polls. On the court, Chris Mullin was taking St. John’s to new heights. On the sidelines, head coach Lou Carnesecca was wearing a hideous sweater that he began to sport on a cold night in Pittsburgh on the advice of his wife but, because the Johnnies won, he had to keep wearing. “It was really ugly,” he said in “From Redmen to Red Storm,” a video history of the program. “Nobody could describe it. It didn’t have any composition. It was just a wild one.” St. John’s won 13 straight games with Carnesecca wearing the brown sweater with red and blue chevrons he was given by an Italian national coach. Then Georgetown, led by Patrick Ewing, arrived in New York, looking to avenge the 66-65 loss several weeks earlier.

“We just hated Georgetown. I don’t think I spoke a word to Patrick in four years,” Mullin said in “From Redmen to Red Storm.” “And if I did, I couldn’t say what they were.” As Carnesecca went to shake hands with Georgetown head coach John Thompson before the game, Thompson opened his jacket and revealed a replica sweater. After the laughter died down, Georgetown went out and dominated St. John’s in an 85-69 win. Ewing finished with 20 points and six blocks. Hoyas forward Reggie Williams scored a game-high 25 points as St. John’s focused its attention on Ewing. The ESPN telecast was the highest-rated and most-watched in network history. Georgetown would stand in St. Johns’ way twice more. The teams met again in the Big East championship game, with the Hoyas again winning at MSG. In the Final Four, the Redmen fell to the Hoyas again. St. John’s finished the season 31-4, with three losses to Georgetown. The basketball landscape changed. Ewing was drafted by the Knicks and became a fan

St. John’s head coach Lou Carnesecca, left, saw Georgetown coach John Thompson take a page from his book — and his wardrobe — before the teams played in February 1985. Georgetown 30 FOR 30 PHOTO / TWITTER won in a game featuring the top two teams in the country. favorite at MSG. Mullin played for the Warriors and Pacers, though he would return to coach his old school, as did Ewing. But the memories of the sweater game remained in the minds of fans. In 2009, the sweater game was named the No. 9 college basketball moment at MSG to celebrate the 75th anniversary of college basketball at the arena. In 2013, St. John’s handed out Carnesecca bobbleheads to fans attending a game. The bobblehead had the coach holding a basketball and wearing his famous sweater. “Requiem for the Big East” was a 2014

documentary as part of the network’s “30 For 30” series. In its look at the glory days of the competitive conference, the sweater game was revisited. “I didn’t mind him upstaging me with the sweater but when he beat me that really hurt,” Carnesecca said. The lobby of Carnesecca Arena has displays for the men’s and women’s basketball teams, including a sweater. “Here, I thought I was a great tactician,” Carnesecca said in ‘“From Redmen to Red Storm.” “A great strategist. The sweater Q won all the ballgames.”

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‘Fats’ Waller made his way to Addisleigh Park by Ron Marzlock Chronicle Contributor

Thomas Wright Waller was born in New York City on May 21, 1904, the seventh of 11 children. His father, Edward, had a successful trucking business and his mother Adeline was a pianist; both came from Virginia. Census records show they married in 1890. Thomas, known as “Fats” on the street because of his size, was a musical prodigy. By age 6 he could play piano, and soon expanded to harmonica, pipe organ and violin. He could duplicate movements just through observation, and was recording music by age 18. He soon added composer to his resume and became a prolific and ultimately legendary one, also writing for Broadway and even other jazz artists. In 1938, he challenged the racially restrictive covenants in the exclusive, upscale neighborhood of Addisleigh Park in St. Albans. He purchased 173-19 Sayres Ave. from Chas Bearchell, an adjutant in The Salvation Army. This opened up the gates for other entertainers like Count Basie, Lena Horne, Ella Fitzgerald and John Coltrane to pur-

The “Fats” Waller house at 173-19 Sayres Ave. in Addisleigh Park, as it looked when he bought it in 1938. INSET PHOTO LIBRARY OF CONGRESS chase homes in the community. Waller died in December 1943 at age 39, due to pneumonia. His ashes were released and scattered by airplane over Harlem. His home’s exterior remains in its original condiQ tion today with very little alteration.



Ces media mess by Lloyd Carroll Chronicle Contributor

Considering it has been almost two years since he last played a game in the majors, coupled with that crazy story of getting hurt by a wild boar on his Florida ranch which cost him at least $20 million of guaranteed salary in the final year of his contract, you would think that Yoenis Cespedes would be on his best behavior going into the season. You’d be wrong. Last Monday, the Mets outfielder informed the media he would not be speaking to any reporters during the 2020 season. My first reaction was, “Would Cespedes display such boorish behavior if he were playing for the Yankees?” The answer is that there is no way that CEO Hal Steinbrenner would ever tolerate that from even his best player. Mets executives should have read Cespedes the riot act. Of course that’s not in keeping with the Mets corporate culture. Cespedes is slated to be a free agent after the 2020 season and his representatives at CAA/ Roc Nation must have been reaching for the antacids when they learned of his media moratorium. Baseball owners are hesitant to shell out big-money contracts to players whom they deem to be head cases, particularly if they are 35 years old, which is ancient for athletes. His reps must have gotten through to him because he spoke with the press six days later.

More media flare-ups are bound to ensue. Baseball writers received the gift of the Astros’ sign-stealing cheating scandal to make their spring training assignment lives easier. Beat reporters and columnists talked to players who never wore an Astros uniform to write one column after another about how outraged they were and how ineffectual Commissioner Rob Manfred was for not suspending or even fining players who took part in it. It would have made for a better story to find a player who had no problem with what the Astros did in 2017. The upcoming Ben Affleck movie, “The Way Back,” has him starring as Jack Cunningham, a fictional California high school basketball legend. Instead of enjoying a pro hoops career, he has to work in construction because of poor decisions and a family tragedy that exacerbated his alcohol dependency. He gets a shot at redemption when the principal at his old high school offers him a coaching job. The film is not easy viewing by any means and is a bit melodramatic in too many spots, but it does shine a light on mental health and chemical dependency. At the press screening I attended last week, onetime Mets ace Dwight Gooden spoke to the audience and described how he faced many of the same issues that Affleck’s character did. See the extended version of Sports Beat every week at qchron.com.

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