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MAKING THEIR CASE Candidates for borough president including retired Assistant District Attorney Jim Quinn, left, Councilman Donovan Richards, former Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley, Councilman Costa Constantinides and retired NYPD Sgt. Anthony Miranda spoke to residents during a Q&A forum in Ozone Park on Tuesday.
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BP hopefuls are in the homestretch Candidates receive funds and endorsements as race heats up By Jason D. Antos Associate Editor
ith the special election for borough president less than three weeks away, candidates are touting the endorsements they have gained on the journey to the highest seat in the county, with three of them also qualifying for public matching campaign funds. As of Feb. 28, the city Campaign Finance Board issued public matching funds payments to those three candidates running for borough president totaling $923,422. The CFB has distributed those funds to candidates who have met a two-part fundraising threshold. Under the new limits and thresholds where borough president candidates are concerned the CFB provides public matching funds to qualifying candidates at a matching rate of 8-to-1 for the first $175 contributed by city residents. Each contribution from a city resident is eligible for a maximum matching funds payment of $1,400. The grand total including earlier contributions equals $1,897,914. To date, Councilman Costa Constantinides (D-Astoria) has received $584,079; former Assemblywoman Elizabeth Crowley $867,202 and Councilman Donovan Richards (D-Laurelton) $446,633. Constantinides has received endorsements by his peers including Assemblymembers Ron Kim (D-Flushing) and Aravellas Simotas (D-Astoria), state Sens. Michael Gianaris
Borough president candidates Councilman Donovan Richards, left, former Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley and Councilman Costa Constantinides all have earned public matching funds for PHOTO BY MICHAEL GANNON, LEFT: FILE PHOTOS their campaigns. (D-Astoria) and Jessica Ramos (D-East Elmhurst). The Astoria-born Constantinides, 45, represents western Queens and chairs the Committee on Environmental Protection. His legislative accomplishments include the Climate Mobilization Act, a Green New Deal for New York City including the ambitious 80 percent reduction by 2050 of carbon emissions commitment. He is running on a progressive Demo-
cratic platform. Additional endorsements, for the man who was once the manager of a KayBee toy store, include the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union, the Communications Workers of America Local 1106, which largely represents Verizon employees; UFCW Local 1500; Teamsters Local 814 and 553; the Stonewall Democrats of NYC and the New Queens Democrats. He also been endorsed by IUOE
Local 94 and Teamsters Joint Council 16, Crowley, of Glendale, has so far been endorsed by TWU Local 100, IBEW Local Union 3, UA Plumbers Local 1, Uniformed Firefighters Association, Uniformed Fire Officers Association, Sheet Metal Workers Local Union 28, CWA Local 1180, the New American Voters Association, former Congresswoman Elizabeth Holtzman and most recently the Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association. Crowley is fighting for what she calls a “21st-century transit system”in the borough. She also pledges to fight the surge in bias-related crimes and help clean up the borough’s water supply and air quality. And, she vows to be a champion for women’s empowerment. Richards has received support from the Queens County Democratic Party, New York Hotel Trades Council, United Federation of Teachers, 32BJ SEIU, DC 37, Local 372, the Council of School Supervisors and Administrators, the Alliance of South Asian American Labor, Cong ressman Hakeem Jeff r ies (D-Brooklyn, Queens), Assemblymembers Cathy Nolan (D-Sunnyside), Nily Rozic and David Weprin (D-Fresh Meadows). He also recently earned support from former Queens Borough President Claire Schulman. He is in favor of closing Riker’s Island, building affordable housing and improving transportation. continued on page 12 HOURS:
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Ozone Park meets the BP candidates Environment, crime and affordable housing all concerns at Q & A By Jason D. Antos Associate Editor
The heat for the borough presidency is on as the candidates make their rounds throughout the borough meeting with future constituents and civic leaders. With less then three weeks left to go in the race the five candidates came to the Our Neighbors Civic Association of Ozone Park for a candidate’s night Tuesday. Councilman Costa Constant i n id e s ( D -A s t or ia) , for me r Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley, Councilman Donovan Richards (D-Laurelton), Jim Quinn, former assistant district attorney, and retired NYPD Sgt. Anthony M i r a nd a ca me to t he Desh i Senior Center, 83-10 Rockaway Blvd. to discuss the issues and promises they plan to keep if elected. The meeting began with a moment of silence for victims of the coronavirus and the tornado which killed in 25 people in Tennessee. Quinn was the first to speak, boasting that he is family man with many grandchildren and wants to keep Rikers Island open because of rising crime citywide and throughout the borough. He blamed the Democrats for being soft on crime and is “fed up with
Candidates for borough president Jim Quinn, left, Councilman Donovan Richards, former Councilwoman Elizabeth PHOTO BY JASON D. ANTOS Crowley, Councilman Costa Constantinides and Anthony Miranda squared off in Ozone Park. the way crime is being handled.” M i r a nd a e cho e d a lot of Quin n’s sentiments, for merly being in law enforcement himself, stating that all the candidates are “promising the same old thing and we’ll just get the same old results.” His platform was not too clearly defined. Richards said that the office of
the borough president represents a huge oppor t u n it y t o help improve quality of life. Richards is in full support of closing Rikers Island stating that for decades there has been irreversible harm done by the abuse meted out at the prison. He also criticized Quinn’s comment stating that if he wants to focus on
law and order then he should run for district attorney. “We have done wonder f ul things for South Queens,” Richa rd s said. “We a re creat i ng affordable housing and helping those left behind get a second chance.” Richards also mentioned that he favors gun buyback programs
to help get weapons off the streets. He was involved in the first Queens gun buyback and collected almost 1,000 guns in one day. He will also help establish affordable housing and help youngsters f ind employment. Rikers Island is a big issue for Richards, saying that 90 percent of the people in Rikers Island look like him, meaning African American. Quinn responded that in fact 90 percent of the inmates on Rikers Island. “look just like me. They’re men.” The comment was met with some boos and some laughter. Crowley spoke about her childhood. Her father passed away when she was very young and she had to look to her mother for strength and guidance. Crowley stated that it is her plan, once elected, to help improve the environment, improve the transit system, namely trains, and focus on environmental issues. On the question of who was pro-life or pro-choice the candidates all remained silent. Constantinides said that his mission was to make the borough president’s office “a meaningful position and help transform the Q borough.”
Local historian and activist dies at 57 Richmond Hill preservationist and architect, Ivan Mrakovcic, mourned By Jason D. Antos For the latest news visit qchron.com
Residents of Richmond Hill were saddened to learn of the Feb. 27 passing of Ivan Mrakovcic, the co-founder and president of the Richmond Hill Historical Society. An advocate for preservation of his beloved community, Mrakovcic, 57, worked tirelessly to maintain the neighborhood’s historic character and charm. Years of perseverance finally paid off last year with the establishment of North Richmond Hill as a historic district. It was placed on both the New York State and National Historic registers in March 2019. “Ivan loved this community and worked tirelessly in so many ways to preserve its historic character and charm,” the historical society said in a Facebook post, adding that, “He was a dear friend to many and will be greatly missed. We will never forget his quirky humor, great Halloween costumes
and above all his friendship.” Mrakovcic died after a long battle with brain cancer. He is survived by his wife, Laura; two daughters, Hannah and Emma; syblings Maria Litvak and Suzanna Composto; nieces Liana, Mia, Ella and nephew Daniel. He was waked at Kearn’s Funeral Home in Rego Park and, after a funeral Mass at Holy Child Jesus Church in Richmond Hill, was cremated at Fresh Pond Crematory in Middle Village. Involved in many area organizations Mrakovcic served as treasurer for the Forest Park Trust and was chairman of Community Board 9 from 2002 through 2007. He was also a founding board member of the Friends of QueensWay park advocacy group. His love for local history was felt boroughwide. In 1996, Mrakovcic, along with the Queens Historical Society and its late president Stanley Cogan, helped create Queensmark. The handsome circular plaque
honoring historical preservation and architecture is used as a localized version of the more prestigious landmark designation award given by the city’s Landmarks Preservation Commission. The first homes to receive the Queensmark were in Richmond Hill. A graduate of the New York Institute of Architecture (class of ’86) with a bachelor’s degree in architecture, Mrakovcic worked at RAND Engineering and Architecture since 2001 as a senior architect. “He was close to so many people,” said Helen Day, vice president of the Richmond Hill Historical Society. “He was such a good person with a good sense of humor.” Mrakovcic co-founded the RHHS with the late Nancy Cataldi in 1997. As word of his passing spread, numerous Queens-based historical societies responded on social media honoring Mrakovcic’s contributions Q to preserving Queens history.
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State’s plastic bag ban takes effect Consumers are adjusting; manufacturers and businesses go to court by Michael Gannon Editor
The beginning of the state’s ban on most retail plastic bags finally arrived last Sunday, even if enforcement against stores won’t begin until April Fool’s Day. And after all the hullabaloo, shoppers have started bringing their own bags, stores are charging a nickel per paper bag for those who don’t and merchants and bag manufacturers are in court looking to get the law overturned. The ban does not apply to bags used for things like takeout food; unpackaged meat, fish and produce; newspapers and drycleaned clothing. Residents speaking with the Chronicle were taking the new law in stride. Alison Pascuzzi of Richmond Hill had forgotten the kickoff when she went into a CVS store in Middle Village before emerging with a paper bag. She had only one complaint. “They told me [about the bag charge] after I paid,” she said. “I know it’s better for the environment.” Down Metropolitan Avenue at a C-Town supermarket Jennifer Sutera also had her purchases in paper. “I forgot to bring my [reusable] bags,” she said. One man who did not give his name came out of C-Town with three bottles of water and juice and no bag whatsoever. “If it’s good for the environment, it’s good,” he said. Helen Varela of Briarwood was unabashedly prepared Tuesday morning upon arrival at the Target department store on Austin Street in Forest Hills, bringing a combination cart and heavy-duty floral print bag. Varela told the Chronicle she had just one concern when loading items into the bag. “I was worried they might think I was shoplifiting,” she said. Customers using SNAP or WIC benefits — food and nutritional assistance programs
Helen Varela, with a large bag and cart, came to Forest Hills ready to shop on Tuesday morning, two days after the state’s ban on most commercial shopping bags took effect. The state is profPHOTOS BY MICHAEL GANNON fering outreach and education rather than enforcement until April 1. for low-income residents — are exempt from any bag charges. March 1 had been a few years in coming for New York City residents. The aim of the ban is to have residents bring their own reusable bags, whether they be made of cloth, heavy-duty plastic or something in between, thus eliminating as much as possible the thin plastic-film bags that get stuck in trees, storm drains and landfills. Proponents have said the ban could save the city more than $12 million per year in bag disposal costs. The City Council had passed a 5-cent fee on bags that was set to go into effect in February 2017 before Gov. Cuomo and the state Legislature intervened, Cuomo creating a task force to examine a statewide ban. The new law was passed as part of last year’s
A discarded plastic bag blows in the wind on Metropolitan Avenue in Middle Village. Backers of a state ban on most such bags that went into effect on March 1 say the financial and environmental benefits are well worth it.
state budget. “But the idea there wasn’t to be punitive,” said Melissa DeRosa, secretary and top aide to Cuomo, in a quote from a recent press conference provided by the Department of Environmental Conservation. “It’s to transform how we’re actually using the bags in shopping areas, in grocery stores, et cetera. So, they’re allowing a grace period for people to ramp up. The idea isn’t to run out on day one and start smacking people with fees. It’s an education effort. We’re trying to help people transition and do it responsibly.” The DEC said some of the money collected from the 5-cent fee is to be used for the purpose of purchasing and distributing reusable bags, with priority given to distribution to low- and fixed-income communities. The DEC also said it is distributing more than 270,000 reusable bags, with a focus on
low- and moderate-income communities. Its outreach campaign includes TV and radio placements, ads on YouTube targeting New Yorkers, boosted social media placements, a Google ad campaign and video promotions at New York State Thruway rest stops and Department of Motor Vehicles locations. More outreach initiatives are anticipated over the next few months. But the bag ban still is the subject of a lawsuit filed Feb. 28 by plaintiffs that include Poly-Pk Industries, which manufactures plastic bags, and the Bodega and Small Business Association. Cuomo, the state DEC and DEC Commissioner Basil Seggos are named as defendants in the 20-page complaint. “We have repeatedly asked the state to adopt a compromise that would prevent the chaos and inconvenience we are now seeing,” said Matt Seaholm, executive director of the American Recyclable Plastic Alliance, in a statement provided to the Chronicle. “But DEC officials refused to heed the calls for a solution that is already in place in localities across New York, and instead went to the other extreme — exceeding their authority by issuing regulations that go much further than what the statute lays out. On this much, the industry and the environmental community agree.” Among the charges contained in the complaint is that the bag ban law both requires and prohibits the distribution of certain classes of reusable bags. The DEC, for its part, said in a statement to the Chronicle that it is pleased that the court in Albany did not issue a temporary restraining order against implementation of the law. A lba ny Supreme Cou r t Just ice L. Michael Mackey ordered the defendants to file paperwork in response to a call for a preliminary injunction against the bag ban Q on March 24.
Jennifer Sutera of Richmond Hill forgot her reusable bags on a trip to the supermarket on Monday and got charged a little extra for a paper bag. Plastic still is available for things like meat, fish and produce that does not come prepackaged.
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P Sunnyside plan so pricey EDITORIAL
he plan to build over Sunnyside Yard, the world’s busiest rail terminal, is incredibly ambitious and complex. It would see an entire neighborhood built from scratch, totaling 140 acres. By comparison, the Hudson Yards development on Manhattan’s West Side is all of 28 acres. In fact, all of Manhattan totals only 14,478 acres, barely more than 100 times the size of the planned neighborhood above Sunnyside Yard. So you know whatever gets built over the tracks is going to be very expensive. But a new master plan makes one wonder if the Sunnyside Yard project is actually worth the cost, at least when it comes to affordable housing. The plan, issued Tuesday by the city’s Economic Development Corp., says the development will include 12,000 units of housing, all of it designated affordable. But the cost of erecting a platform over the rail yard, the foundation upon which everything
else will be built, is projected to be $14.4 billion. That’s $14,400,000,000. And that means each of those 12,000 homes will cost $1.2 million, before one square inch of any actual building is constructed. You can get a pretty nice house for $1.2 million in Queens as is, along with much of the rest of the city. More affordable housing is certainly needed in the five boroughs, including here. People are losing their homes or leaving the city to avoid such a fate. And the goal of building over Sunnyside Yard is laudable: creating a whole new neighborhood of not just homes but schools, parks, libraries, stores and everything else. But $1.2 million per unit before mortar touches brick? That seems a bit cost-prohibitive, given all our aging infrastructure that needs repair. Maybe not all the housing above Sunnyside Yard needs to be affordable. Including market-rate homes might be one way to help ensure the project itself is at all affordable.
MTA mistreats Rockaway again
t took a decade for the Metropolitan Transportation Authority to agree to reimburse all Queens drivers for the tolls they had to pay to cross the Cross Bay Veterans. Refunds for the payments — which never should have had to be made in the first place — should begin anytime now. Let’s hope it won’t take 10 years for the MTA to see the error of its ways in another area in which it’s charging people living in or traveling to the Rockaways more than the rest of us. Under a new pilot program set to begin May 1, Queens residents taking the Long Island Rail Road will enjoy a 10 percent discount on daily tickets and a 20 percent break on monthly tickets. That’s only fair, given the cost disparities between LIRR tickets and the price of MetroCard rides on subways and buses.
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Bail reform failure Dear Editor: I n you r on li ne a r t icle of Ma rch 2 “NYPD’s Shea: Crime up in February,” Commissioner Dermot Shea, while attending a public safety meeting in St. Albans, reiterated his stance from a month ago that the increase in crime is tied to state bail reforms that kicked in on Jan. 1. “That’s two months in a row,” Shea said to an audience of more than 300 at the Robert Ross Johnson Family Life Center. “I stand 100 percent by what I said; there is a correlation … ”Two months in a row. And I’m not going to stand by until it’s five or eight months in a row before we react.” He says, “The good news is small fixes can clear it up and keep the things that needed to be fixed. I know a lot about policing New York City. I’ve been doing it a long time. There is absolutely a correlation between the increase in crime and bail reform. But we’ll fix it.” I agree with him, but who is this “we” who will fix it? Shea doesn’t have the authority to fix it. Only the Democrat leaders in Albany (Gov. Cuomo, Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins and Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie) have the power to fix it, and Heastie has made it crystal clear that nothing needs fixing. This “throw the baby out with the bathwater” extremism is what passes for progressive Dem© 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.
ocratic policy and leadership in New York in 2020. Instead of striking a balance between bail fairness and public safety, they have shown once again that they are more concerned with the “rights” of criminals and illegal aliens rather than the public safety of law-abiding citizens. Insanity is defined as doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results. New Yorkers keep electing politicians like these and still wonder why there’s not enough housing and the MTA can’t function. Sadly, we get the government we deserve. Martin Bender Flushing
Unfair to Rego Park Dear Editor: I did not intend to write to the Chronicle anymore to say goodbye because it seems that they do not want to print what I write about, but here I am again. I have lived in Rego Park my whole life and I
What’s not fair is that the discount will apply at every LIRR station in Queens, except Far Rockaway. The railroad’s excuse is that the Far Rockaway Branch runs through Nassau County. So what? The station is still in Queens. And the Far Rockaway Branch was established decades before Nassau County even existed. Trains were running along it when all of what is now Nassau was still part of Queens. Assemblywoman Stacey Pheffer Amato is leading the fight to get the new discount for those using the Rockaway station, too. As she says, it doesn’t matter that the trains run through Nassau, the Queens residents who use the station should get the same treatment as Queens residents who ride the LIRR elsewhere. We hope other officials will get aboard her effort to right this new wrong.
was appalled when I read in the Chronicle about the Forest Hills town hall meeting with the mayor that went on. Down here where I live, at the last leg of Rego Park, there were no fliers put up or out on 63rd Drive. No fliers in the stores. No fliers in the Rego Park Library? Why was Rego Park left out? Obviously some people knew about it, but how? I have asked my Councilwoman Karen Koslowitz to put my name on her email list, but I did not get anything from her office at all, and she knows who I am. I was dumbfounded when I read with interest about the bike lanes and how she wants them to be put in the median of Queens Boulevard so the city does not take away 238 parking spaces from her precious Forest Hills. She threw Rego Park under the bus with the bike lanes. She did not care one bit what happened down here until Ben’s Best went out of business and she showed some concern, but that did not last long. Now to the city and the mayor, it’s, “You can’t do that to my Forest Hills constituents.”
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It has been about two or three years now and I have not seen one bike lane put in her precious Forest Hills, but it took her two minutes to put them in down here. I have asked both Community Board 6 and the 112th Precinct Community Council to hold a meeting down here at the library to give us a chance to air our concerns. Nothing so far! Rego Park is part of your community also — not just Forest Hills. Kathleen Schatz Rego Park
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Dear Editor: How strange it is that anti-Semitism is Full-size fix needed known around the world and remains an underDear Editor: current within the United States. The reasons While renovating the transparent barrier for it are solely limited to the imagination of its around the New York City Panorama has advocates. cleared the clouded view of the exhibit from the I have been “instructed” that Jesus was not 1964 World’s Fair (“New Views Jewish. That his disciples were at New York City Panorama,” Israelis and therefore not Jewish. ONLINE Feb. 27, multiple editions), the That the Jews killed Jesus. No neglect of other artifacts from the one can explain in the police Miss an article or a fair has been much easier to see. letter cited by a writer? state that the Romans created in The decrepitude of the New Want breaking news Jerusalem how Peter and the othYork State Pavilion has long from all over Queens? ers escaped arrest if the local been visible when passing by Find the latest news, Jewish population were hateful Flushing Meadows Corona Park past reports from all of Jesus and his apostles. on the Long Island Expressway over the borough and Jews are less than 1 percent of or on the Q58 or Q88 buses. Its more at qchron.com. the world’s population. Yet there buildings are less of an eyesore are 54 world chess masters, 27 than they used to be thanks to a Noble physics laureates and 31 new coat of paint on part of their surface, but Nobel laureates of medicine who are Jewish. their vision of a better future deserves a much Jews have been able to hold on by accepting fuller restoration and emulation. their religious teaching unrelated to a physical Joel Schlosberg Bayside place or icon. The two destructions of the Temple in Jerusalem and the forced deportation of Jews from the Holy Land did not, nor could they, extinguish the religion. A Jew has faith What is diversity’s goal? that is enduring, incorruptible and optimistic. Dear Editor: There are far more Jews of meager means A lot has been said and done regarding the District 28 Diversity Plan, including communi- than who are wealthy. According to Forbes ty concerns raised regarding the nontransparen- magazine there are 1,426 billionaires in the cy of the process and the Working Group com- world, of which 165 are Jewish. The Koch position and selection. However, as our com- brothers, with $80 billion, have had a greater munity is lunged forward despite all of these impact upon American politics than George unanswered questions, a bigger picture ques- Soros, with $8 billion. Anne Frank on April 11, 1944 in her diary tion arises that we should be asking ourselves. wrote. “Who knows — it might even be our What is the ultimate goal of this plan? If the ultimate goal is to simply increase religion from which the world and all peoples diversity in our already-diverse schools to pre- learn good, and for that reason and that reason cisely match the district’s racial and economic alone do we now suffer.” Many groups have suffered hate and death, composition, then we should all be on the same page that this is the only outcome awaiting us, from those who had no reason but fear and jealwhich is not necessarily bad in theory, depend- ousy. Human history is replete with atrocities ing on how it is practically achieved. However, that should define us as far less than an people should not assume or be misled into advanced civilization. Perhaps hate and fear of thinking that precise diversity in the classroom the “other” is part of the human genetic code. Mostly those horrendous attacks have been isowill improve academic achievement. Improving academic achievement should lated yet Jews for millennium remain a target always be the main goal in any school system and the reasons remain incomprehensible. regardless of how diverse or nondiverse its Ed Horn body is. There is no emphasis in this plan on Baldwin, LI academic achievement; diversity seems to be the only goal with no specifics on how academic achievement will be improved for all stuWrite a Letter! dents in D28. And while diversity is important We want to hear from new voices! Letters and commendable, it should not be used for should be no longer than 300 words and social engineering purposes without any regard may be edited for length, clarity and other to the Department of Education’s real job of reasons. They may be emailed to letters@ improving our students’ education. qchron.com. Please include your phone Why can’t the DOE do its job and open a number, which will not be published. Those new desperately needed magnet middle school received anonymously are discarded. in D28 and create comparable honors programs
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Shea: crime up and challenges ahead NYPD commissioner stands by his bail reform criticism at St. Albans town hall by Michael Gannon
disagreements. “I’m right and they’re wrong,” he said, leading Richards to ask, City leaders and residents had “When’s that budget hearing?” var ying reactions last month to a round of laughter. when crime statistics for the But Shea said later they and month of January increased draall in the room have the univermatically. Speaking in St. Albans sal goal not only of diverting on Feb. 27, NYPD Commissioner youth from the criminal justice Dermot Shea said residents can system, but to make sure they expect them to be about as bad never need be exposed to it. when he and Mayor de Blasio But as he would later say of give the numbers for February. homelessness, Shea said police And with the chairmen of the cannot do it alone, and called on City Council’s Public Safety and businesses, churches, schools, Criminal Justice committees — nonprofits and elected officials Councilmen Donovan Richards to make sure youth have oppor(D-Laurelton) and Rory Lanctunities to do more than hang out man (D-Fresh Meadows) — in in a park or on a street corner attendance, Shea reiterated his with nothing to do. stance from a month ago that the He also praised the work of and increase is tied to state bail increased coordination with reforms that kicked in on Jan. 1. “That’s two months in a row,” Colleen Babb, left, of the Queens District Attorney’s Office, NYPD Commissioner Dermot Shea and Assistant Chief groups such as Life Camp that Shea said to an audience of more Ruben Beltran, commanding officer of Patrol Borough Queens South, met with neary 300 residents in St. Albans last offer a community-based response than 300 at the Rober t Ross week. \PHOTO BY MICHAEL GANNON to shootings or other incidents of violence. Johnson Family Life Center. “I “We have an incredible opportunity to stand 100 percent by what I said: There is Colleen Babb, executive assistant district cars aren’t stolen. a correlation ... Two months in a row. And attorney community partnerships. Com“Take a single mother with one or two make sure they never get into trouble,” he I’m not going to stand by until it’s five or manding officers or executive officers kids,” Shea said. “If there’s a shooting on said. “It’s an opportunity to change lives. eight months in a row before we react.” from each of the precincts in Queens South her street, even if no one is hit, how does Because if we don’t get this right, we’re Shea acknowledged that some bail reform were in attendance. Richards and Lancman she feel safe?” He said the department has going to be dealing with some of these kids for the next 30 years.” and pretrial discovery reform was necessary. both addressed the crowd, as did Council- taken great strides in the last six years. Topics raised by the audience included “If we commit the same crime and I members Adrienne Adams (D-Jamaica) “But we can’t be complacent, and we have more training for officers when dealing with have the money for bail, I get out,” Shea and Daneek Miller (D-St. Albans) and act- a high level of expectations in this area.” said, motioning to Assistant Chief Ruben ing Borough President Sharon Lee. Shea said the department’s focus has the homeless and people with mental illness. Shea said officers encountering homeBeltran, commanding officer of Patrol On other topics, Shea said community been on “small numbers of people who are Borough Queens South, seated next to him policing and the Neighborhood Coordina- driving crime in New York City,” citing less people now speak with them about a on the dais. The commissioner also said tion Officer program has been shown to be the example of arresting someone for a range of services available. Calls involving the mentally ill, especially those posing a someone sitting in jail who does not get to a tremendous success, citing as one exam- gun crime. know the evidence against him is at a great ple the creation of dedicated sector officers. “It’s probably not the first time he’s threat to themselves or others, now more often involve a response with a trained disadvantage. He said there is no denying there will be done it,” the commissioner said. “Maybe I take a plea [bargain] to get challenges ahead. He a lso sa id yout h out rea ch h a s mental heath personnel. “The person may have a weapon,” Shea out,” he said. “It was well-intentioned. “I believe we’ll met those challenges,” improved but needs to get better, express“The good news is small fixes can clear he said. “We have an opportunity to take ing high hopes for the NYPD’s planned said. “And if something goes wrong, it’s going to be on the 11 o’clock news.” it up and keep the things that needed to be neighborhood policing to a new level.” youth coordination officer program. He pointed to the thousands of times per fixed. I know a lot about policing New “We never get a complaint saying, ‘I’m “We’re not there yet — we want to do year that police officers — often the call of York City. I’ve been doing it a long time. tired of seeing the same officers every day,’” this right,” Shea said. There is absolutely a correlation between he said. “People like having beat cops.” The commissioner earlier in the eve- last resort — handle a problem, sometimes the increase in crime and bail reform. But Shea said the feeling of safety is impor- ning enjoyed some good-natured jousting at personal risk, with no one getting hurt. “So you know what doesn’t get on the we’ll fix it.” tant, and goes beyond making sure peo- with Richards and Lancman, with whom Q Shea and Beltran shared the dais with ple’s homes aren’t burglarized and their h e h a s h a d s o m e p r o f e s s i o n a l news?” he asked. Editor
MTA hosts bus plan reviews The Met ropolitan Transpor tation Authority is continuing presentations as it reviews plans to redraw bus routes in Queens. Members of the public are invited to attend. The remaining meetings as of this publication include: • 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 complete draft plan can be viewed and downloaded online at new.mta.info/ system_modernization /bus_network / queensbusredesign/draftplan. An overview, compete with a link to the full draft plan, can be seen at new.mta.info/ Q queensbusredesign.
Census assistance center open The 2020 Census Resource Assistance Center at Queens Borough Hall is open today, March 5, allowing residents the ability to access Census outreach materials, ask questions of trained volunteers and apply for 2020 Census-related jobs. Through July 31, it will be open Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Electronic devices will be available for residents to fill out the nine-question Census form online upon its launch on March 12. U.S. Census Bureau resources in more than a dozen languages will be available. No appointments are necessary
and walk-ins are welcome. The Census determines New York’s representation in the U.S. House of Representatives and how much federal funding the borough receives for schools, roads, bridges, health services and more. Documentation status will have no bearing on any resident’s ability to fully complete and submit a questionnaire. Not-for-profit organizations seeking state funding to conduct Census outreach across the borough can complete a prequ alif y i ng applicat ion by v isit i ng Q queensbp.org/2020Census.
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Far Rockaway will get no discount, says LIRR
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Borough president candidates continued from page 2 Ret i red N Y PD sergea nt A nt hony Miranda, of Fresh Meadows, has raised $70,000 and has been endorsed by the Community Alliance group and Voice of Pakistani Americans. Miranda wants to help right the wrongs created by the former administration. Jim Quinn, a former top Queens assistant district attorney, so far has raised $79,000. He pledges to keep Riker’s Island open stating that crime and the restoration of law and order are the biggest issues facing Queens. The Richmond Hill resident
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has been endorsed by the Queens County Republican Party, the Queens County Conservative Party, the Correction Officers Benevolent Association, Councilman Bob Holden (D-Middle Village) and former state Sen. Serf Maltese. Dao Yin, of Bayside, is a former corporate controller, and former executive general manager of a robotics company who has raised $60 thousand is endorsed by no one. Early voting for this election begins on Saturday, March 14, and continues through Sunday, March 22. Election Day is TuesQ day, March 24.
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by Michael Gannon Editor
Success Academy Charter Schools officials have confirmed that the Department of Education is weighing two temporary sites for a Queens-based middle school. “The chancellor told about 90 Success parents at a town hall last night that two temporary co-locations have been identified,” said Success spokeswoman Liz Baker in an email to the Chronicle on Tuesday. “We need specific information about room allotment and number of years for the colocation, as well as what the long-term plan for these students will be. Otherwise parents will be right back where they started, advocating for permanent space.” A source also has told the Chronicle that Chancellor Richard Carranza said at the meeting the DOE will continue to work with Success on a long-term option for a school located in the Rockaways, and that parents are “hoping he makes good on his commitment.” Success and the DOE have been at loggerheads for more than two years in the charter group’s search for a middle school. More than 200 Success students in Queens will be forced to either leave the charter’s system or leave the borough if there is not a middle school that opens in September. Success off icials and parents have accused the de Blasio administration and the DOE of dragging their feet during the search process. Eva Moskowitz, Success’ founder, and Mayor de Blasio have engaged in several contentious disputes over the issue, particularly within the last year. Success has told the Chronicle that this week is the deadline for getting the site of a new building on the April agenda for the DOE’s Panel for Education Policy, and the site must be approved six months in advance. The DOE has told the Chronicle that all students whose parents want them to continue with Success Academy this coming September will be able to do so. A source last week told the Chronicle that IS 238, the Susan B. Anthony Academy middle school in Hollis has been tapped as a possible site for co-location, but the school has not been confirmed by either
City Councilmembers Adrienne Adams (D-Jamaica), Daneek Miller (D-St. Albans) and Donovan Richards (D-Laurelton), along with state Attorney General Letitia James, will participate in a “Community Conversation” at the New Jerusalem Worship Center at 122-05 Smith St. in Jamaica on Wednesday, March 11. The doors will open at 6 p.m. for the event, with the program beginning at 6:30 p.m. International speaker and best-selling author Stacie N.C. Grant will moderate the event. Further information is available by calling Monica Abend at (212) 416-6405 or by email at Monica. Q Abend@ag.ny.gov.
Success officials or the DOE. Under state law, charter schools are considered pubic schools, and the DOE has the legal requirement to offer space to approved charters or pay for them to rent space. School sources have told the Chronicle, however, that the process for getting reimbursement can be a complicated one. De Blasio and Carranza have not hidden their dislike of charter schools. They also have argued that co-locating charters often can have a bad impact on the host school.
Success officials have countered that their co-locations in Queens have worked out very well. A rally last September in Roy Wilkins Park in St. Albans drew a reported 4,000 Success parents, staff and students wearing orange T-shirts and calling on the de Blasio ad m i n ist rat ion to move the process forward. Then in November the city offered Success the former Our Lady Catholic Academy in South Ozone Park.
But parents and school officials quickly rejected the site, saying that the building is too small and would require massive renovations. It also was said to be located in an area that is not conveniently accessible from other parts of Queens for parents with children at other Success schools. Ann Powell of Success Academy told the Chronicle last week that DOE officials admitted as much in a meeting in January. Success officials say that the city’s own records show six school buildings in Queens with space that could hold between Q 400 and nearly 1,000 students.
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New York coronavirus case confirmed U.S. sees first deaths; stock market reels; fear spreads by Katherine Donlevy Associate Editor
The coronavirus is in New York. “There is no cause for surprise — this was expected. As I said from the beginning, it was a matter of when, not if, there would be a positive case of novel coronavirus in New York,” Gov. Cuomo said i n a Ma rch 1 prepa red statement. The first state case was confirmed five days after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced an advisory for community spread of the disease, one day after it claimed its first American life in Washington state and one day after the Food and Drug Administration approved New York’s COVID-19 test. The first positive test was conf ir med by the Depar t ment of Health’s Wadsworth Lab in Albany, the site that was appointed to run the tests approved by Vice President Mike Pence and the FDA just the day before. On March 3, a Westchester man, who works in Manhattan, was diagnosed with the second New York case, followed by his three family members. On March 4, Gov. Cuomo announced additional Westchester cases, bringing the state total to 11. Cuomo announced March 2 that the Wadsworth Center, which has the capacity to run 200 COVID-19 tests per day, will partner with hospitals across the state to expand surge testing capacity to 1,000 tests per day. The center will provide the hospitals with instructions on how to replicate the state’s test, as well as help them purchase some of the equipment necessary to develop and validate the test. “We have the best health-care system in the world, and we are leveraging that system to help contain any potential spread of the
novel coronavirus in New York,” Cuomo said. “This isn’t our first rodeo — we are fully coordinated, we are fully mobilized, and we are fully prepared to deal with the situation as it develops.” While New York remains confident, Washington declared a state of emergency after an infected man died on Feb. 29. Nine total deaths have been reported since March 3, indicating that the disease may have been spreading throughout the West Coast state undetected for weeks. There are now 126 conf ir med cases of COV I D -19 a c r o s s t h e U. S., according to a live CNN count. In the face of the disease’s spread and in spite of elected officials’ urge for positivity, such as Mayor de Blasio’s consistent reassurance that “there is not a single reason for panic,” Americans are concerned, a response than can be most clearly seen through the sharp decline of the global economy. The stock market suffered a seven-day decline that turned out to be its weakest week since the 2008 financial crisis, mostly stemming from disrupted international trade and travel. After the disappointing week, the market surged 4.6 percent on March 2, the largest single day climb since 2009, before stabilizing. “It’s gone down very rapidly from a new high. It’s amongst the fastest that’s ever happened,” a central Queens institutional equities trader, who chose to remain a nony mou s, sa id b efore t he resurgence. “The threat of an uncontained virus and quarantine, and the fear become a potent cocktail against consumer spending,” the trader continued, stating that the market isn’t declining because stock holders are selling their shares, but because
New York confirmed its first positive COVID-19 case on March 1, one of 43 cases reported across the United States.
to make sure they’re donning and doffing correctly. The most important thing is that we’re handwashing thoroughly.” Amato said the hospital regularly runs drills on what to do when faced with a potential case followed by a debriefing on how to improve. The most impor tant aspect of the drill is identifying a potential case at any point of entry in the hospital after which the individual is immediately masked and put into isolation. “Forest Hills is right in the epicenter of two airports. We’ve dealt with this before with measles and Ebola,” she said. In preparation for the disease to hit, de Blasio announced there are Gov. Cuomo and Mayor de Blasio urge New Yorkers to remain calm in spite 1,200 beds throughout the city of rising coronavirus reports, including New York’s first confirmed case, at a available to those in the testing March 1 press conference. NYS PHOTO / FLICKR, ABOVE; FILE PHOTO BY TORE F / UNSPLASH process or those who test positive, which Amato says is a bit of a consumers are spending less money York elected officials. “We don’t misstatement. in restaurants and stores and on have our heads in the sand — “It’s ha rd to reser ve beds such things as hotels and airlines. we’re tackling it head on. Informa- because people are coming in with “People being locked in at home can tion is key,” he said. “My biggest other ailments, so we’re keeping a become a negatively reinforcing spi- concern is the advent of panic ... running inventory of available ral. I don’t want to suggest it’s going whenever you have a panic situa- beds,” Amato said that if one of to happen, but it’s a fear.’ tion, that’s when the trouble starts. the Northwell sites hits capacity, In spite of the falling market, We have an optimistic outlook, doctors will be able to transfer the trader sees no need for share- and we feel comfortable that we patients to a separate facility without risking exposure to other indiholders to worry. He advises all have this in hand.” In daily life, the DOH, CDC viduals and further infection. those with stakes in the market, from big shareholders to those who and other health officials continue A mato said that while not have 401k plans, to view the long- to remind individuals to take pre- enough is known about the virus to term effects because “the stock cautions as they would for any be certain, public health officials market is as likely to be up six other illness: Wash hands often expect COVID-19 to follow the months from now as it same path as the flu — is likely to be down six it will peter off in the months from now.” He spring through sums I said from the beginning, it was is confident it will be mer, but may make a restored to the heights comeback in the fall. a matter of when, not if, there it had seen just a week “I don’t think it’s would be a positive case of the before as long as peotime to panic,” said ple continue working A mato. “It’s OK to novel coronavirus in New York.” and spending money. have healthy concern. In Queens particuWhen talking about — Gov. Cuomo larly, the economy sufany infectious diseases fered a quick “blip,” which namely and thoroughly, keep a distance — take precaution. If you’re sick, occurred in Downtown Flushing. from those who may be sick and stay home. I would say cautious The mainly Asian neighborhood get tested at the earliest signs of worry is fine, but panic worry is suffered a 40 percent decrease in illness. Community spread, which not.” business between the end of Janu- the CDC defines as the circulation De Blasio called upon the CDC ary and early February, but follow- of the virus within a local area as to expand its testing regimen for ing a media event held by de Blasio well as the infection of those with- travelers beyond those coming out encouraging patronage of local out an obvious exposure to the dis- of China to travelers returning stores, Queens Chamber of Com- ease, such as contact with an from any location that’s seen a merce President and CEO Tom already-infected individual, is a major surge in cases, namely Hong Grech said the Flushing economy real concern. Kong, Iran, Italy, Japan, Singapore, “The concer n r ight now is South Korea, Taiwan and Thailand. saw a spike during Valentine’s Day weekend and returned to its previ- whether it can be spread airborne “No one should take the coronaand by droplet or through a sur- virus situation lightly,” the mayor ous condition. “I think the fundamentals of the face that you touch, so we’re said on Feb. 26. “The classic obviA me r ica n e c onomy a nd t he advising strict hygiene,” said Dr. ous advice, better safe than sorry; Queens economy in particular are Teresa Amato of Long Island Jew- if you may have it, if you’re worexceptionally strong,” said Grech, ish Forest Hills-Northwell Health, ried you may have it, act like you who expects the economy to who says the hospital is taking have it. Do not delay. Do not remain resilient, though admitting extra precautions because so little explain it away. Do not hesitate. that the long-ter m impacts of is known about the spread and Better safe than sorry.” COVID-19 are “to be determined.” infection of the novel disease. “We For regularly updated informaGrech said his concern lies with make sure that we’re doing the tion on the coronavirus, visit the Queens tourism in the summer strictest precautions, so staff C D C’s we b s it e a t c d c.gov / season, but he remains optimistic wears mask, face shield, gloves. coronavi r us /2019-ncov/i ndex. Q because of the quick action of New We have a second person watching html.
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Legislature to aid struggling owners, latest on rapidly spreading disease by Katherine Donlevy Associate Editor
While the country keeps count of coronavirus cases and deaths, some elected officials are looking to help small businesses who may be suffering as a result of the outbreak. Rep. Grace Meng (D-Flushing), along with Nydia Velázquez (D-Manhattan) and Judy Chu (D-California), has introduced The Small Business Relief From Communicable Disease Induced Economic Hardship Act of 2020, which would allow small businesses to access Economic Injury Disaster Loans of up to $2 million to help meet financial obligations and operating expenses, which would otherwise have been met if it were not for the virus’ spread. “Small businesses are the backbone of our economy in Queens and throughout New York Cit y,” said Meng. “T hey enhance our neighborhoods, bring investment and innovation to local communities, and provide jobs to area residents. But concerns about the coronavirus have hit many small businesses hard. In fact, I have heard from many Asian American-owned small business owners in my district that they are severely struggling. We cannot let them suffer. Government must be a strong partner in helping small businesses succeed and we must ... When small business-
es succeed, America succeeds!” The recent slowing of the economy has been linked to the coronavirus, which has weakened demand in travel and tourism. Patronage has declined, supply chains to China have been severed in some instances and employers are preparing for their workers to become infected, all struggles that the loans would provide assistance to small business owners for. The bill specifies that the loans would be interest free. Companies that are major employers could be potentially eligible for larger loans. The announcement of Men’g bill comes d ays a f t e r A sse mbly m a n Ron K i m’s (D-Flushing) request for Gov. Cuomo to extend his $40 million supplemental emergency fund to prepare for a possible coronavirus outbreak in New York, or to create an entirely separate fund that will provide relief grants for small businesses impacted by the virus. “Due to the fears surrounding the spread of this virus, hundreds of our workers and family-owned small businesses are suffering and on the verge of filing for bankruptcies,” Kim said in a prepared statement. “After weeks of declining business, often up to 50 percent in lost revenues, many New Yorkers are more scared of losing their jobs or livelihood than catching the coronavirus.” Cuomo’s emergency management authori-
Rep. Grace Meng introduced a bill to aid small business owners as they face repercussions of FILE PHOTO the novel coronavirus. zation was signed into law March 3, and will allow the state to hire additional staff and procure equipment and any other resources necessary to respond to the evolving situation. Cuomo also announced he will amend his Paid Sick Leave budget proposal to specifically protect quarantined or isolated individuals required to stay home from work from termination. Additonally, Cuomo announced that state institution students in study abroad programs in countries with high prevalence of
novel coronavirus will come home. “As the situation with the novel coronavirus continues to evolve, I want the people of New York State to know that their government is doing everything possible to confront and contain it,” Cuomo said. “While New York’s overall risk level remains low, these actions will provide our doctors, hospitals and first responders with the tools they need to ensure the health and safety of all New Yorkers, and to prepare for any possible scenario.” As a potential conduit for the disease’s spread, public subways and buses are under intense hygienic scrutiny. The MTA, seeking guidance and updates from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, closely monitors its employees who have been to countries where Coronavirus outbreaks have occurred, and has sent out a letter to its employees: “the best defense remains good hygiene.” The MTA reiterates what elected officials and public health officials have been advising —wash hands, use alcoholbased sanitizer, don’t touch your face and avoid contact with sick people. A Bronx school shut down after a positive case showed up in its community — SAR Academy and SAR High School said in a statement that it was a precautionary measure, following guidelines from the city Q Department of Health.
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Richards states his case in BP contest ‘Everything the borough president is tasked with doing, I’ve already done’ by Michael Gannon
He said committee chairmanships on Public Safety, Environmental Protection and Ask Councilman Donovan Richards Zoning and Franchises give him experience (D-Laurelton) why he is the best candidate his competitors lack. Richards says his drive to serve started for Queens Borough president and he parses in 2003 when his 19-year-old friend was no words. “You look at the record,” he said during a shot and killed in front of his home in recent interview with the editorial board at Jamaica. “I decided to get engaged,” he said. So the Queens Chronicle. “Everything the borough president is there’s a difference between wanting to run for everything and public service.” fo tasked with doing, I’ve already donee He met state Sen. James Sanders on the Council in a leading capaciJJr. (D-South Ozone Park) at a gun ty,” he said. “On the environment,, violence meeting and sought a v I helped the community rebound job. j after Hur ricane Sandy. The “I worked for him for 10 Rockaways were devastated. years literally in every capacity,” “There’s no one else in this Richards said. “I started out as a r a c e who ca n s ay t hey’ve man with a broom and dustpan.” secured $300 million for their He eventually worked his way community. There’s no one in this 2020 up to chief of staff and “caught the race who can say they’ve secured 6,000 units of affordable housing. And I’m talking bug” to run for office in 2010. He won the real affordability. No one can talk about the 31st District Council seat in a special amount of infrastructure we’ve brought in election in 2013 after Sanders was elected — over $2.2 billion in infrastructure to to the Senate. Richards was hesitant to tie an increase in solve systemic flooding issues that were a crime for the month of January to the state’s problem even before Hurricane Sandy.” On public safety he pointed to the new bail reform laws, an opinion in direct NYPD’s new 116th Precinct, which will be disagreement with Police Commissioner located in Rosedale in the southern half of Dermot Shea [see separate story in some editions or at qchron.com]. the 105th. Editor
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Here comes spring! Officially, I can now say that spring is almost here. I have been secretly uttering that one word for quite some time now and it is just a few weeks away. I can be certain the school crossing guards have been doing the same. Give them a nice smile when you see them. They protect our children each and every school day (cold and warm) and sometimes me too, crossing the streets of Woodhaven. I am friends with them as I see them almost every day. I can remember my kids loving them too, having a chat about their day while waiting patiently for the light to turn and the walk sign to emerge, usually on the way home from school. These crossing guards sometimes go unrecognized as they diligently stand at their posts, but please don’t forget them. Megan, one of our former workers here at the Greater Woodhaven Development Corp., is one. I usually text her during the worst weather and joke about how warm the office is here and how she is doing a great service for our neighborhood. Now keeping with the spring theme, we are doing a spring bunny promotion on Sat-
urday, April 4, from 1 to 3 p.m., where we will take free pics with the bunny and have a make-it-and-take-it craft table. The children will decorate a plastic Easter egg with funny bunny faces, similar to a Mr. Potato Head. I love having crafts for the kids and also for seniors. I do a craft class at two senior centers in Woodhaven and Ozone Park on my off days from the GWDC. Recently one of my regular students at the Woodhaven center passed away, and I spoke with her daughter-in-law shortly thereafter. She told me how much my craft class meant to her mother-in-law. She said she would love to show everyone what she made that day with Lisa. She kept it all and displayed it proudly. That made my day. If you are a senior, check out the centers. They are great fun. Not only do they do crafts but bingo, exercise classes, parties, lunches and more. Call them for more info. Some people don’t even realize how much these centers mean to our seniors. When I am a senior I’ll be going there too. Remember to wear your green for St. Paddy’s Day and be Irish for a day! See you in April, when we will discuss the upcoming GWDC annual meeting, open to all, and other events. Until then enjoy the last few days of that other word, “winter.” Q
and competition from the online vendors of the world. He would like to see some sort of rent and lease protection for small businesses, with tax incentives for landlords who agree to lock in minimal rent increases, much like rent control guarantees for residents in protected apartments. He also would like small businesses to have the guaranteed right to counsel that tenants now have during eviction proceedings in the city. The councilman favors both the rehabilitation of the old Rockaway Beach rail line that has sat dormant since 1962 and the Brooklyn Queens Connector, a proposed streetcar system running between Astoria and Brooklyn near the shoreline, saying Queens needs to upgrade Councilman and borough president candidate Dono- transportation. “Good ideas,” he said, acknowlvan Richards sat down last week to talk about the campaign with the editorial board of the Queens edging that residents have a right to PHOTO BY KATHERINE DONLEVY have reservations when they hear Chronicle. about such plans. “The city and state need to do a better job “Let’s start where we are in Queens, because the NYPD has done such a good job of neighborhood-based planning,” he said, of driving crime down that any uptick, citing the city’s recent efforts to rezone poryou’re going to feel it. They compete with tions of the Rockaways. “We had 100 meetings before the appliwhat they’ve done every single year. Last cations were made,” Richards said. “The year in January you had an uptick.” He said the numbers still are nowhere [Economic Development Corp.] met with people in their homes, sitting around their near where they were even five years ago. “The issue is that people are looking at table with friends. That’s the difference bail and not the root causes,” Richards between economic development and community development ... You have to bring said. He said there is a need to break up the residents in on the front end, not the back “I-95 pipeline” that brings guns purchased end.” Richards also wants to expand the Long in southern states to the streets of New York City, where younger and younger people are Island Rail Road’s Atlantic Ticket program, which allows Queens residents to go to the getting access to them. He was involved in the first Queens gun Atlantic Avenue ter minal from select buyback, one he said then-Queens District Queens stations at discounted prices. “And we have to get that to go to Penn Attorney Richard Brown had doubts about. “I said we’ll never know until we try,” Station,” he said. In regard to the person he hopes to sucRichards said. “We collected 900 guns in ceed, now-Queens District Attorney Melinsix hours.” Richards said the strides made by the da Katz, Richards said she proved very NYPD’s community outreach programs in resourceful at forming strategic partnerrecent years have been invaluable, and ships in an effort to get things done by comthat they must be st reng thened and bining economic resources that might be considered small individually. expanded. He still would like the office’s funding He believes community crisis intervention efforts, including those that include or procedures to be far more transparent, and are run by former gang members, also are favors adding participatory budgeting, a process by which residents in individual keys to reducing youth violence. But he also said economic development Council districts can vote on how to allocate itself is not always community develop- up to $1 million annually. Richards also is a backer of the new term ment. He cited the rehabilitation of a housi ng project i n the Rock aways as a n limits for community boards as a way of introducing new people and new ideas. example. He also favors getting the Borough Presi“We included 300,000 square feet of retail space,” the councilman said. “... The dent’s Office out of Borough Hall more and No. 1 driver of crime is poverty. If you into the communities, especially through don’t want a kid to steal f rom Home community board offices. And Richards said the March 24 election Goods, make sure he can work at Home was well-timed, given the recent swearing Goods.” Richards believes the city and state have in of his father, a native of Jamaica, as a not done enough to protect small businesses, United States citizen. “His first vote is going to be for me.” Q many of which are facing ever-rising rents
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Carranza says ‘no plan to integrate’ Chancellor wants to help diversify certain schools, make safety tops By Jason D. Antos Associate Editor
Schools Chancellor Richard Carranza came to Elmhurst for another town hall-style meeting under the tensions related to the Department of Education’s new diversity initiative. Protestors lined up outside IS 5 in Elmhurst wearing T-shirts that read “Fire Carranza” and chanted loudly, “Fire Carranza! Fire the racist!” The gathering inside, hosted by Community Education Council 24, was held in the school’s auditorium where more than 350 persons gathered for the hour-long Q & A session. The mood inside during the March 2 event was much less intense than outside as those in attendance listened to Carranza answer concerns especially on diversity and safety. The first question was on the hot issue of the hour, the coronavirus, and how the city Department of Education is handling the problem. “We are working hand in glove with the [Center of Disease Control and Prevention] and the Mayor’s Office to help protect our children against this new illness,” said Carranza. He said he had met with Mayor Bill de Blasio to discuss the coronavirus and further stated that the city advises parents, staff and students to wash their hands on a constant basis. There was a question asking if Carranza
Schools Chancellor Richard Carranza came to IS 5 in Elmhurst for a town hall meeting hosted by CEC 24. At the event, the chancellor entertained questions pertaining to school safety, diversity PHOTO BY JASON D. ANTOS initiatives and even the coronavirus. was going to cancel certain programs. “There is no plan whatsoever to get rid of gifted and talented programs despite what people might have heard. Show me the evidence and we can talk about it. Until then, there are no programs being cut.” Ending all G&T programs was one recommendation of a panel appointed by the mayor to address education issues. There were some protesters from Success
Academy in Jamaica and Rosedale advocating for a new middle school location. Carranza acknowledged them, stating that he “is for them and will support Success Academy in their mission.” The DOE recently offered the academy a defunct religious school, Our Lady’s Catholic Academy on Rockaway Blvd. in Ozone Park. According to Success officials, it would cost millions to renovate and wouldn’t fit enough
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students. The DOE then looked at other possible sites. Members of the districts 25 and 26 school boards also attended the town hall, along with Councilmembers Jimmy Van Bramer (D-Sunnyside), Danny Dromm (D-Jackson Heights) and Bob Holden (D-Middle Village). Two major questions were saved for last. The first asked if the DOE will hire more safety officers. Carranza was adamant that more safety officers are key to school safety but he is not in favor of armed security. “I am not in support of making a school look less like school and more like a jail,” Carranza said. “Armed officers are not a panacea. We need to work closely with the NYPD to ensure improved safety.” The last question for Carranza was “Why are you trying to push diversity and integrate our schools?” The DOE is working on a plan to diversify middle schools in District 28. “There is no such plan to integrate,” Carranza said. “I am simply taking the city’s least diversified schools and helping them introduce more diversity of various kinds.” The meeting concluded, and while most seemed satisfied others wanted more answers. “Systemic grade fraud is still a big problem,” said Holden. “The chancellor didn’t really touch on that issue even though he promised Q an investigation.”
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During Feb. 10th to 14th, Glen Morris Elementary School PS 100Q celebrated “Respect for All” week. The theme was “Be the I in Kind.” There were activities, presentations and school visits that addressed respect, diversity, acceptance and kindness. Each morning, students and staff members began their day with the school affirmation “I Dream Big. I Believe in Myself. I will Persist. I will Succeed.” A fifth-grader was chosen from each class to deliver a quote from a Black History Hero for Black History Month. Principal Laureen Fromberg gifted every classroom with the book “Say Something” by Peter Reynolds because it inspires every student to find their “voice.” Then, the children created their own message of kindness on a square to be featured in our “Be the I in Kind” mural.
On Tuesday, Feb. 11, Ready Girl and the Office of Emergency Management gave an assembly that helped to prepare students for an emergency. One of the highlights of the week was the charity student basketball game, “Victory for Vinitsky,” against the 106th Precinct on Wednesday, Feb. 12. In December, the precinct requested help to spread holiday cheer to Officer Vinitsky who had been hospitalized since August with ALS, after having suffered a heart attack. Every classroom contributed to a special card and treats that were delivered to him. The school “adopted” him for the year. For “Respect for All” week, the school basketball teams challenged the officers to a friendly game in honor of Officer Vinitsky. On Thursday, Feb. 14, the school auditorium was transformed
into a game show for our annual “Respect for All” Kahoot game. Two students from each class were selected to participate via Ipad during every lunch hour. The week ended Friday, Feb. 14th with the local middle school, Hawtree Creek, coming to PS 100Q for a “Buddy Read” with their Reading Rock Stars. Each kindergarten and first-grade class was visited by two Hawtree Creek students. The middle school students read a book the class selected about respect and kindness. Last stop on this visit has always culminated with a Q&A with the fifth-graders. Middle school students drop in on classrooms to share their experience and answer questions. These events continue to exemplify what makes PS 100Q so special to its students and community.
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Sunday a fun day at St. Pat’s for All
The parade grand marshals were Johanna Flores, left, and Sarah Murphy of Hour Children along with Mick Moloney, an Irish music concert producer. PHOTOS BY WALTER KARLING
Spectator Cathy King is surrounded by green, while elected city, state and federal officials including U.S. Rep. Carolyn Maloney, right, are all smiles.
The annual St. Pat’s for All parade marched through Sunnyside into Woodside on March 1, with everyone welcome to join in the fun. Among those getting a ride to the event were siblings Elizabeth and Stephen Kroski.
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At left, folks got to meet Sampson the horse at the parade. Above, parade Co-chairperson Kathleen Walsh-Darcy, left, Co-grand marshal Mick Moloney, parade founder and Co-Chairperson Brendan Fay and Irish Consul General Ciaran Madden welcome the parade-goers.
Elizabeth Van Bramer, left, is joined by her son, City Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer, U.S. Sen. Chuck Schumer, and the councilman’s husband, Dan Hendrick. Next to them are members of the County Cork Pipes and Drums.
The head of the parade’s line of march, where its banner was proudly carried.
Buddies Laurie Holden, left, Bibiana Parecki and Soraya Llinas enjoyed the parade, while JFK made a guest appearance with his pal William Jourdain.
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The late James Brown liked to call himself “the hardest working person in show business” because of his grueling recording and touring schedule. I’m certain the Godfather of Soul would respect the work ethic of Peter Noone, the lead singer of one of the biggest hitmaking bands from the 1960s British Invasion, Herman’s Hermits. Noone is now 72, and he must have made a Faustian bargain at some point in his life. His looks and voice seem unaffected by the passage of time. His live performance schedule would intimidate musicians one-third his age. In addition, he hosts a threehour Saturday afternoon show called “Something Good,” which airs on Sirius XM’s 60s on 6 channel. Noone performed four shows at Manhattan’s intimate music nightclub Iridium a few weeks ago in what was labeled an acoustic performance, as he was accompanied on stage only by renowned guitarist Vance Brescia, who grew up in Northport, LI. He opened his 70-minute show with Herman’s Hermits’ first big world-
wide hit, “I’m Into Something Good,” which was recorded when he was just 16 years old. He quickly segued into “Dandy,” a 1966 hit penned by Ray Davies of the Kinks. He eventually got around to Hermits classics such as “Mrs. Brown, You Have a Lovely Daughter,” “I’m Henry the VIII, I Am,” and “There’s a Kind of Hush.” Unlike when Noone plays with the current incarnation of Herman’s Hermits at fairgrounds across the country, performing at such an intimate venue as the Iridium allowed him to do away with a prepared set list and instead gave him a chance to be a raconteur. Admittedly some patrons may have preferred hearing the entire Herman’s Hermits catalog. While that is completely understandable, I liked the fact that he mixed the songs with an oral history of the British Invasion. In case you were wondering how he came up with his band’s name, a pub owner looked at a 15-year-old bespectacled Noone and said that he looked like Sherman from the classic “Rocky & Bullwinkle” cartoon. Except he mistakenly called him “Herman” and thought his backup band looked
like a bunch of hermits. The name stuck so well that John Lennon always af fectionately called him “Hermit” and never Peter. Noone attributed his success to Herman’s Hermits producer Mickie Most, who also was responsible for the hits made by Eric Burden & the Animals and the Scottish folk singer Donovan. The most sage advice Noone got from Most was to never be ashamed that his records might be considered lightweight by his fellow musicians. “Don’t worry about making records to impress musicians. The only thing that counts is making records that sound good on the radio.” Both he and Most were huge fans of the legendary soul singer Sam Cooke, who penned and recorded numerous classics. Both men were devastated when Cooke was killed under mysterious circumstances in a seedy Los Angeles motel in December 1964. Most immediately thought Noone should record a cover of “Wonderful World,” while Noone preferred to sing “Cupid.” “You are 17 years old and the pub-
lic will easily believe it when you sing the lyrics about not being a good high school student who is pining for the girl who likes her guys to get straight A’s!” Most was correct as the song went to No. 4 on the U.S. singles chart in the spring of 1965. There were so many successful British bands in that era that it was easy for overseas promoters to get them mixed up. Noone said it was not uncommon for concert promoters in Asia to list songs such as “Doo Wah Diddy” and “Love Potion #9” as Hermits hits on concert posters even though they Peter Noone in concert. COURTESY PHOTO were made famous by Manfred Mann and the Searchers, respec- the 1960s through, say, the early tively. Noone and his guys didn’t want 1990s, can play. Iridium and The to embarrass their impresarios so they Cutting Room are excellent small performed them. He told the Iridium Manhattan venues but they lack the audience that “Doo Wah Diddy” was a size to make pop concert economics work on a consistent basis. As westdumb song in his opinion. Since the closing of BB King’s in ern Queens continues to develop, Times Square there has not been a perhaps a club similar to BB King’s P venue where name performers from can open here.
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Social Security and Women’s History Month by Nilsa Henriquez
We base your benefits on your earnings, so In March, our nation celebrates Women’s we encourage you to create your personal my History Month. Today, more women work, pay Social Security account at www.ssa.gov/ Social Security taxes and earn credit toward myaccount and review your earnings to ensure they are correct. monthly retirement income than at If you find an error, gather any other time in our nation’s history. proof of your earnings, such as a Social Security has served a vital W-2 form, a tax return, a wage role in the lives of women for over 80 stub or pay slip or your own wage years. With longer life expectancies records, and contact us. than men, women tend to live more Read our publication “How to years in retirement and have a greatCorrect Your Social Security Earner chance of exhausting other sourcings Record” at www.ssa.gov/ es of income. With the national averpubs/EN-05-10081.pdf for more age life expectancy for women in the information. United States rising, many women Would you like to learn more have decades to enjoy retirement. Nilsa Henriquez about how we support According to the U.S. Census women? Check out our online Bureau, a female born today can expect to live more than 80 years. Women need b o o k le t , “ S o cial S ecur i t y : W ha t E ver y Woman Should Know”. You can find it at to plan early and wisely for retirement. Our benefits planner website at www.ssa. ssa.gov/pubs/EN-05-10127.pdf. Sharing it with family and friends could gov/planners provides detailed information about how marriage, widowhood, divorce, change their lives for the better. P self-employment, government service and other life or career events can affect your Nilsa Henriquez is a Social Security Public Social Security benefit. Affairs Specialist located in Queens.
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Sunnyside Yard plan released by the EDC Houses, parks, schools and a new LIRR station among the proposals by Michael Gannon Editor
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The city’s Economic Development Corp. has released a 455-page master plan for the future of PHOTO BY MICHAEL GANNON and above the Sunnyside Yard rail terminal.
The New York City Economic Development Cor p. on Tuesday released its long-awaited master plan for the future development of homes, businesses, parks and schools on platforms that would be built over Sunnyside Yard. And even at 455 pages, the master plan is not as long as the time it might take to bring the plan to completion over the busiest rail terminal in the world. Even supporters said the final stages might not be completed for 30 years or more. And the platform system alone is projected to cost $14.4 billion. The takeaways would be: • “100 % affordable housing” with 12,000 homes; • improved public transit, including a new Sunnyside station for the Long island Rail Road; • 60 acres of open space; and • schools, libraries, child care and healthcare facilities. All would have to be built and maintained while Sunnyside Yard continues to function as a rail terminal and any new construction fitting into the fabric and i n f r a s t r u c t u r e of t h e s u r r o u n d i n g neighborhoods. The proper t y is ow ned mostly by Amtrak, with the city and Metropolitan Transportation Authority having parcels as well. A total of 140 acres would be built out over the yard in stages. The plan’s conclusion calls for creation of a “nonprofit entity” to foster implementation, facilitate public participation and coordinate with city agencies on infrastructure improvements. In a statement included with the report, Anthony Coscia, chairman of the board for Amtrak, and Vicki Been, the city’s deputy mayor for Housing and Economic Development, said the proposal offers bold action on pressing issues. “How do we create new modes of affordable housing at scale to protect the diverse makeup of Queens and address our housing crisis? ” they wrote. “How should we rethin k and invest in our regional and local transportation networks? How do we grow in an environmentally sustainable way while helping communities cope with the effects of climate change?” The proposal has had vocal critics since it was first announced. Most recently, back in September, about 60 protesters ju mped up on t ables about half way through a workshop held in the cafeteria at Aviation High School in Long Island City. A mong thei r complai nts were the potential cost; the possible impacts on residents of surrounding communities; and the need for such a development in the first place. They said the money could be better
focused on things like fixing aging New York City Housing Authority buildings, schools and firehouses. The report said the continuous rail operations obviously force some accommodations that cannot be worked around. The high train volume, challenging track configuration and limited construction windows mean there will be no construction above the yard’s main line. Planners also will have to work extensively with the engineers from Amtrak and the MTA on the location of columns needed to support the deck structure; and the lowering and resuppor ting of the yard’s overhead cantilever system. The heights of the decks also would be dictated by the activity that would have to take place below them. Ventilation and life-safety systems below the deck would have to control temperatures and also be created to deal with heat, f umes, exhaust and other emissions. In a statement released Tuesday, U.S. Rep Carolyn Maloney (D-Manhattan, Queens, Brooklyn) said any development must be d r iven by the needs of the community. “The first step in this decades-long plan must prioritize infrastructure investments, and I am encouraged that the Master Plan includes the Sunnyside Station in its first phase,” Maloney wrote. “Long Island Rail Road, Amtrak and NJ Transit are already coming into Long Island City’s Sunnyside Yard, and with Penn Station Access under constr uction to bring Metro North through the Yard, it would be shortsighted to allow so many transit systems to converge without providing station access for passengers.” Maloney said creating a transportation hub will allow many new economic opportunities, while servicing a neighborh o o d t h a t s u f fe r s f r o m a l a c k of investment. Maloney also said the developers will have to be held to their promises for 100 percent affordable housing, along with the schools, libraries, green and public space. The master plan can be found online Q sunnysideyard.nyc/.
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American playwright Alfred Uhry has based several of his lauded works on his experiences as a Jew living in Atlanta. His most famous play, “Driving Miss Daisy,” won the Pulitzer Prize for drama in 1988, a year after it premiered off-Broadway. The following year, it became a popular Academy Award-winning film. Surprisingly, it would take another two decades for it to arrive on Broadway. The play has been performed locally, albeit on rare occasions, with the latest production coming from Douglaston Community Theatre, with two performances remaining, on March 6 and 7. It is most highly recommended. This three-character piece centers primarily on the relationship between an elderly Southern Jewish woman (the Daisy of the title) and her African-American chauffeur, Hoke. As the lights come up, the sounds of a car crash are heard, a good indication that Miss Daisy, a sprightly 72-year-old, should no longer be driving herself around. Against her will, her son, Boolie, hires Hoke to take over. At first, Miss Daisy is wary of the new hired hand, as is he of her. Both are stubborn and proud, so it comes as no surprise that a war of wills breaks out between them. It is a relationship that begins in 1948 and would last for the next 25 years. The play is told through a series of short, sometimes fragmented, scenes and, in this rendering, which runs a snappy 90 intermissionless minutes, on a stage totally devoid of scenery. A few set pieces, among them a rocking chair, a small desk and a steering wheel and two seats that serve as a series of automobiles, along with a simple but effective lighting scheme, are all that it takes to establish location. Director Vincent Scott maintains a fine balance between the play’s sentimentality and humor, both of which are in abundance. He is blessed with a trio of fine actors who bring much humanity to their respective roles. continued on page 29
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“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. Through Sun., April 12, Knockdown Center, 52-19 Flushing Ave., Maspeth. Free (for reception; $25-$35 for concert). Info: (718) 489-6285, knockdown.center.
A Night of Fearless Guitar, with artists Loren Connors, Suzanne Langille, Dora Bleu, Alan Licht and Ava Mendoza performing in various genres. Sun., March 15, 7:30 p.m. (doors open 7 p.m.), The Windjammer, 552 Grandview Ave., Ridgewood. $10. Info: (718) 456-5267, facebook.com/thewindjammerny.
“The Socrates Annual 2019,” with outdoor projects by multiple artists produced on-site and engaging their location and community. Through Sun., March 8, Socrates Sculpture Park, 32-01 Vernon Blvd., Long Island City. Free. Info: (718) 9561819, socratessculpturepark.org. “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.
Trinity Irish Dance Co., performing a fusion of the traditional Irish dance form and elements of American innovation. Sat., March 7, 2 and 8 p.m.; Sun., March 8, 3 p.m., Queens Theatre, 14 United Nations Ave. S., Flushing Meadows Corona Park. $20-$42. Info: (718) 760-0064, queenstheatre.org. The Trinity Irish Dance Co.’s blend of the Emerald Isle’s vibrant and longstanding style with American innovation will fly onto the Queens Theatre stage this Saturday and Sunday. PHOTO BY LOIS GREENFIELD See Dance. with limited income and roommate troubles, by Headwall Theatre Co. Thu.-Sat., March 5-7, 7 p.m., Greek Cultural Center, 26-80 30 St., Astoria. $20. Info: (718) 726-7329, headwalltheatrecompany.org.
“Creative Mosaic II,” with works in various media, as well as performance art, responding to Queens’ multifaceted texture, presented by Long Island City Artists. Through Sun., March 15 (closing party 3-5 p.m.), Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Blvd. $5 suggested; free students, teens. Info: (718) 4637700, flushingtownhall.org. “Colors in Black,” the 18th annual Southern Queens Park Association art show, with works in various media, honoring people of color as Black History Month ends and Women’s History Month . Through Sat., March 7, Roy Wilkins Park Family Center, 177-01 Baisley Blvd., St. Albans. Free. Info: (718) 276-4630, ext. 100, email@example.com.
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end of May, all 5-7 p.m., Jamaica AirTrain concourse level, 93-40 Sutphin Blvd. Free. Info: (718) 2912110, theairtrainjazzfestival.com.
“The Envelope, Please,” a revue of Academy Award-winning songs, and some that perhaps should have won, by Maggie’s Little Theater. Sat., March 14; Fri.-Sat., March 20-21, 8 p.m.; Sun., March 15 and 22, 2:30 p.m., St. Margaret Parish Hall, 66-05 79 Place, Middle Village. $20; $18 seniors, kids under 12. Info: (718) 579-5389, maggieslittletheater.org. “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., 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) 760-0064, queenstheatre.org. “Hunting and Gathering,” a comedy about four 20- and 30-somethings trying to find themselves amid the backdrop of apartment hunting in the city,
“The Lady of Ro,” a work casting a new light on a woman who became a Greek folk legend through hope, courage and tenderness. Sat., March 14, 7-10 p.m., Queens Theatre, 14 United Nations Ave. S., Flushing Meadows Corona Park. $35. Info: (718) 726-7329, greekculturalcenter.org.
“Paige in Full,” a “visual mix-tape” blending poetry, dance, visual arts and music to tell the tale of a multicultural girl growing up in Baltimore. Sat., March 7, 1 p.m. (hip-hop workshop); 2 p.m. (performance), Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Blvd. $14 performance only; $8 kids; $22 workshop and performance; $13 kids; both free teens. Info: (718) 463-7700, flushingtownhall.org. COURTESY PHOTO “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. “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., March 6, 8 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.
Global Mashup 2: Hungary Meets Ghana, with traditional, high-energy Hungarian folk band Eletfa and Ghana-drum-rhythm-inspired party-music group Kotoko Brass each playing a set and then jamming together; preceded by panel discussion on 1848 Austro-Hungarian uprisings and women’s suffrage in the U.S. Sat., March 14, 4 p.m. (panel discussion); 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.
COMEDY Can Women Read? A Women’s History Month Comedy Show, with women of the Muslim Otherhood, an ethnically diverse group “of people with asterisked identities,” trying their hand at comedy. Sun., March 8, 7 p.m. (doors open 6:30), QED, 27-16 23 Ave., Astoria. $10. Info: (347) 451-3873, qedastoria.com.
FILM First Look 2020, the ninth edition, with international films of various kinds including features and documentaries, live performances, artist talks and more. Wed.-Sun., March 11-15, various times, Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35 Ave., Astoria. $15 per screening; $11 seniors, students; $9 kids 3-17; packages available. Info: (718) 777-6888, movingimage.us. See It Big! Outer Space, with more than a dozen films of all kinds set in the cosmos, including “Gravity,” “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.
CLASSES/WORKSHOPS Mozart vs. Salieri, with the Queensboro Symphony Orchestra reviving the centuries-old rivalry between the two composers, featuring three of their works. Sun., March 8, 7:30 p.m., Mary’s Nativity Church, 46-02 Parsons Blvd., Flushing. Free-will offering. Info: (718) 359-5996, qbsymphony@yahoo. com, facebook.com/queensborosymphonyorchestra. JOSEPH WILLIBRORD MÄHLER, LEFT, AND BARBARA KRAFFT, VIA QSO
The AirTrain Jazz Festival, with different performers each week paying tribute to Jamaica’s jazz history. Thu., March 5 (Takeshi Ogura Trio), March 12 (Eric Divito Trio), March 19 (Willie Martinez), March 26 (Libby & Co.), others each Thu. through
Defensive driving, for better skills, insurance rates and license point reduction; and to cut down on accidents, by the National Safety Council. Sat., March 7, 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m., St. Margaret RC Church, 66-05 79 Place, Middle Village. $45. Info: (718) 326-1911. Mycopaper: Making and Unmaking with Mushrooms, with participants learning the importance of mushrooms in healing the planet and making paper from them. Sat., March 7, 2-5 p.m., Alley Pond Environmental Center, 224-75 76 Ave., Oakland Gardens (new address). $5. Info/pre-registration (required): (718) 229-4000, alleypond.com. continued on page 30
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Family ties blend with social commentary onstage Funerals are not generally looked upon as great sources of hilarity. But in “Chicken and Biscuits,” the new socially conscious play by Douglas Lyons, the laughs come steadily, beginning with a series of vignettes that introduce the characters and help set the relationships, and continuing through the service itself. For all its comic moments, of which there are plenty, the play, now being performed at Queens Theatre through March 22, offers serious commentaries on a wide variety of issues, among them the roles that women of color play in society; the importance of
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learning to accept others (as well as oneself) as they are; and the racial and sexual prejudices that still abound. It also explores how it feels to live in an oppressive society; what it means to be single after a certain age; the pitfalls of miscommunication; the realization that we sometimes don’t really know even those who are closest to us; and the importance of learning where true happiness lies. Each of these themes, and others, surfaces during the play’s breezy 95-minute running time, some more profoundly than others. But almost without exception they are handled with humor and humanity. All the characters except one are African Americans, the majority of them women. A note in the program indicates that Lyons felt compelled to write the play to honor the black women in his own family. “I firmly believe black women carry a rare magic that’s often overshadowed by narratives of oppression and stereotypes based in perception, not truth,” he says. The play, he concludes, is dedicated to the multilayered beauty of black life. It focuses on Baneatta (Jennifer Fouché) and her sister Beverly (Ebony Mar-
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SUPREME COURT OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK COUNTY OF QUEENS SUPPLEMENTAL SUMMONS AND NOTICE Index No. 713247/2015 Date Filed: 2/20/2020 Wells Fargo Bank, N.A., Plaintiff, -againstCarl Matthews, Individually and on behalf of the Estate of Marjorie Stitt a/k/a Marjorie H. Stitt; Wilhelmina Jones; Wayne Jakes; Sheridan Chopin; Ralph Jakes a/k/a Abdul Haleem Muhammad if he be living or dead, his spouse, heirs, devisees, distributees and successors in interest, all of whom and whose names and places of residence are unknown to Plaintiff; Any unknown heirs, devisees, distributees or successors in interest of the late Marjorie Stitt a/k/a Marjorie H. Stitt, if they be living or, if they be dead, their spouses, heirs, devisees, distributees and successors in interest, all of whom and whose names and places of residence are unknown to the Plaintiff; The United States of America acting through The Secretary of Housing and Urban Development; State of New York; City of New York Environmental Control Board; City of New York Parking Violations Bureau; City of New York Transit Adjudication Bureau and “JOHN DOE”, said name being fictitious, it being the intention of Plaintiff to designate any and all occupants of premises being foreclosed herein, and any parties, corporations or entities, if any, having or claiming an interest or lien upon the mortgaged premises, Defendants. PROPERTY ADDRESS: 97-17 147 Place, Jamaica, NY 11435 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 a notice of appearance on the attorneys for the Plaintiff within thirty (30) days after the service of this summons, exclusive of the day of service. The United States of America, if designated as a defendant in this action, may appear within sixty (60) days of service hereof. In case of your failure to appear or answer, judgment will be taken against you by default for the relief demanded in the complaint. TO THE ABOVE NAMED DEFENDANTS: The foregoing Summons is served upon you by publication pursuant to an Order of the Hon. Darrell L. Gavrin, a Justice of the Supreme Court, Queens County, entered Feb. 20, 2020 and filed with the complaint and other papers in the Queens County Clerk’s Office NOTICE OF NATURE OF ACTION AND RELIEF SOUGHT THE OBJECT of the above captioned action is to foreclose a Mortgage to secure $625,500.00 and interest, recorded in the Queens County Office of the City Register on December 8, 2008, in CRFN: 2008000467556 covering premises known as 97-17 147 Place, Jamaica, NY 11435 a/k/a Block 10032, Lot 130. 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. Plaintiff designates Queens County as the place of trial. Venue is based upon the County in which the mortgaged premises is situated. 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 YOUR MORTGAGE COMPANY WILL NOT STOP THIS 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. Dated: August 27, 2019, Frank M. Cassara, Esq., Senior Associate Attorney, SHAPIRO, DICARO & BARAK, LLC, Attorneys for Plaintiff, 175 Mile Crossing Boulevard, Rochester, New York 14624 (585) 247-9000 Fax: (585) 247-7380 Our File No. 15-048136 #98447
Not every Stop ‘N’ Swap will have a taxidermy cobra and mongoose, below, but people will find clothes, housewares, toys and other items — for free. PHOTOS COURTESY GROWNYC
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What is part garage sale, part swap meet, good for the environment and completely and absolutely free? On March 14, it will be a Stop ‘N’ Swap event at the Queens County Farm Museum, where people are invited to bring and drop off still-usable items and take what they want from what has been brought by other people. And you don’t have to donate items to drop by and see if anyone else’s discards are just the clothing, books, toys or housewares you are looking for. Christina Salvi, assistant director of Zero Waste Programs at GrowNYC, said the meets were founded in 2007 in an effort to keep perfectly good items out of the waste stream and landfills, that just took off. “We did it a couple of times a year,” Salvi said. “Then in 2012 the city reached
‘Stop ‘N’ Swap’ When: Sat., March 14, noon-3 p.m. Where: Queens County Farm Museum, 73-50 Little Neck Pkwy., Floral Park Entry: Free. (212) 788-7900, grownyc.org
out to us and wanted us to expand the program to encourage recycling.” With funding from the city, swaps are now held in each City Council district every year. All items are first-come, first-served. GrowNYC does ask that people not bring furniture — “It has to be something that people can carry away,” Salvi said — old picture-tube TV sets, torn clothing or toys and games that are incomplete or missing pieces. Residents also are asked to limit themselves to six swaps per calendar year so that everyone gets a fair chance. Swap Coordinators Cordelia Alquist and Anthony Kuo said they have a regular following, with up to 1,000 people showing up on a sunny summer day, and between 300 and 500 for indoor events. “And it’s fun,” Alquist said. “People use it as social event.” “Some people bring dates,” Kuo added. All events go off rain or shine. And what if you’re looking for something more exotic than a set of candlesticks, a crockpot or the boardgame “Stratego”? You just might find it there. “One time somebody brought a taxidermy cobra and mongoose,” Salvi said. Q “And somebody took it.”
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continued from page 25 Dan Bubbeo is Boolie, at once the doting son and a part-time referee between his mother and Hoke. Barbara Mavro, a longtime favorite on the DCT stage, creates one of her most memorable characters. She is at once young in spirit and old in body, a proud woman who doesn’t always understand her own feelings. She seems to age before the audience’s eyes, from self-reliant to feeble to a near-centenarian who drifts in and out of senility. And she accomplishes it all with the subtlest adjustments of voice, movement and gestures. Perhaps best of all is Denzel Hawker as Hoke, whose initial appearance is marked
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by a big, toothy grin that, in an instant, reveals his love of life, even when facing difficult times. Speaking in a voice that is reminiscent of comedian Chris Rock, often high-pitched and seemingly on the verge of cracking, he delivers his lines with precise timing, earning many of the evening’s laughs. A big hulk of a man, he is, in Miss Daisy’s presence, a gentle giant, wise, patient and dignified. Like Mavro, he ages most naturally as the evening progresses. At last Friday night’s opening, there were a few minor flubs (a forgotten prop or two and a dropped line here and there),
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C M SQ page 30 Y K 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.
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 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.
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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CLASSES/WORKSHOPS Live Drawing with Models, for those 18 and over, with a nude model, music and nonjudgmental environment. Mon., March 9, 6-9 p.m., Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Blvd. $16; $10 students; free teens. Info: (718) 463-7700, flushingtownhall.org.
Lifespire Foundation Bowl-a-thon, the 6th annual, to aid the group that helps people with intellectual and developmental disabilities realize their goals and dreams. Sun., March 15, 1-4 p.m., Jib Lanes, 67-19 Parsons Blvd., Flushing. $1,250 per lane for four-person team. Info: Tom Lydon, (917) 215-4839, firstname.lastname@example.org; Elia Cintron, (646) 739-4839, email@example.com.
LECTURES/TALKS After Rikers: Mic Check on Criminal Justice Reform, a panel discussion and open mic with free verse on the state’s new bail and discovery laws and the efforts to close down the Rikers Island jails. Sun., March 8, 2-4 p.m., Queens Museum, Flushing Meadows Corona Park. Free with admission: $8 suggested; $4 seniors; free students, children. Info: (718) 592-9700, queensmuseum.org. Witches of Old New York, with writer, editor and haunted tour guide Marie Carter talking about the women branded witches in old NYC and the city’s only witch trial. Sun., March 8, 3-4 p.m., QED, 27-16 23 Ave., Astoria. $10. Info: (347) 451-3873, qedastoria.com.
“The Very Hungry Caterpillar” and two other children’s favorites by Eric Carle, performed with puppets by Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia. Sun., March 15, 2:15 p.m. (in English) and 4:15 p.m. (in Mandarin), Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Blvd. $14; $8 kids; free teens. Info: (718) 463-7700, flushingtownhall.org. PHOTO COURTESY MERMAID THEATRE
SPECIAL EVENTS 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) 710-3924, gill.amanda@aol. com, facebook.com/gottscheerkuvny. STEM Night: Extraordinary Women in STEM, with hands-on activities, networking, panel discussion and more about women in science, technology, engineering and mathematics; and a screening of “Unladylike2020: Women Trailblazers in STEM,” a multimedia series on 26 historical women who broke barriers in maledominated fields. Fri., March 6, 5:30-8 p.m. (certain events at certain times), New York Hall of Science, 47-01 111 St., Corona. Free with RSVP. Info: (718) 699-0005, nysci.org. Women’s Suffrage Lectures, Exhibit and Concert, all celebrating the 100th Anniversary of the 19th Amendment, recognizing women’s right to vote. Sat., March 7, 2-3:45 p.m. (lectures), 4 p.m. (concert), Maple Grove Cemetery Celebration Hall, 127-15 Kew Gardens Road, Kew Gardens. Free with RSVP ($5 walk-in for concert). Info: (347) 878-6614, friendsofmaplegrove.org.
“The Emperor’s New Clothes”/“Las Nuevas Ropas de Emperador,” an interactive, bilingual live reimagining of the story about a royal obsessed with fashion, who ends up wearing silly long underwear, by Spark Movement Collective. Sat., March 7, 2:30 and 4:30 p.m., The Secret Theatre, 44-02 23 St., Long Island City. $10; $5 kids under 1. Info: (718) 392-0722, artful.ly/store/events/19643. “Princess Particular,” an interactive live performance about a girl who’s used to getting what she wants when she wants it, with fun tunes and important life lessons; audience costumes encouraged. Sat., March 14, 2:30 p.m. (and each second Sat. of the month), The Secret Theatre, 44-02 23 St., Long Island City. $20; $15 kids; $40 family 4-pack. Info: (718) 392-0722, secrettheatre.com. Hands-On History: Map Out Historic Jamaica!, with people of all ages learning what Jamaica looked like 200 years ago through maps of the 1800s and making their own to take home. Sat., March 7, 1-4 p.m., King Manor Museum, 150-03 Jamaica Ave., Jamaica. Free. Info: (718) 206-0545, kingmanor.org.
TOURS/HIKES Full Moon Hike, a nighttime walk teaching participants about nocturnal wildlife. Sun., March 8, 6:30-8 p.m., Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge Center, 175-10 Cross Bay Blvd., Broad Channel. Free. Info/ RSVP: (718) 318-4340, nps.gov/gate/planyourvisit. 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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DOWN 1 Extended fam. member 2 ”Choppers” 3 Hindu ascetic 4 Mexican peninsula 5 Exaggerate 6 White or Grable 7 One-on-one fight 8 Pismire 9 Bay State sch. 10 Multipurpose truck 11 Apiece
17 Start a garden 21 Regions 23 All-out attack 24 Carpet 25 Consumed 26 Solidify 28 That woman 30 Anger 31 Siesta 32 Praise in verse 33 Eggs 36 Unruly kid?
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full teenaged histrionic mode. Ashanti J’Aria makes a relatively brief but affecting mark on the proceedings. Fine work from the set (Nate Bertone), costume (Heather McDevitt Barton)and lighting (Adam Honoré) designers abets the production. Plush new pew-like seating, appropriate for a church setting, completes Q the experience.
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NOTICE OF SALE, SUPREME COURT QUEENS COUNTY, JPMORGAN CHASE BANK, NATIONAL ASSOCIATION, Plaintiff against HUGO VELASTEGUI, et al Defendants Attorney for Plaintiff(s) McCalla Raymer Leibert Pierce, LLC, 420 Lexington Avenue, Suite 840, New York, NY 10170, Attorney (s) for Plaintiff (s). Pursuant to a Judgment of Foreclosure and Sale entered December 27, 2019, I will sell at public auction to the highest bidder at the Queens County Supreme Court, Courtroom #25, 88-11 Sutphin Boulevard, Jamaica, NY 11435 on March 20, 2020 at 10:30 AM. Premises known as 103-12 104th Street, Ozone Park, New York 11417. Block 9507 Lot 12. All that certain plot, piece or parcel of land, with the buildings and improvements thereon erected, situate, lying and being in the Borough and County of Queens, City and State of New York. Approximate Amount of Judgment is $722,088.99 plus interest and costs. Premises will be sold subject to provisions of filed Judgment Index No 704393/2014. Charlane Brown, Esq., Referee 9926-4545
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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.
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NOTICE OF SALE Supreme Court County Of Queens Wilmington Savings Fund Society, FSB, D/B/A Christiana Trust as Owner Trustee of the Residential Credit Opportunities Trust V, Plaintiff AGAINST Sandra Franklin, et al, Defendant Pursuant to a Judgment of Foreclosure and Sale duly dated 10/17/2019 and entered on 12/12/2019, I, the undersigned Referee, will sell at public auction at the Queens County Courthouse, 88-11 Sutphin Blvd., Courtroom 25, Jamaica, NY on April 03, 2020 at 10:30 AM premises known as 140-58 160th Street, Jamaica, NY 11434. All that certain plot piece or parcel of land, with the buildings and improvements erected, situate, lying and being in the County of Queens, City and State of New York, BLOCK: 12315, LOT: 57. Approximate amount of judgment is $685,091.22 plus interests and costs. Premises will be sold subject to provisions of filed Judgment Index # 12356/2012. David Rosen, Referee FRENKEL LAMBERT WEISS WEISMAN & GORDON LLP 53 Gibson Street, Bay Shore, NY 11706
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Amazon confirms move to MidVille Online retail giant will use space at Rentar Plaza as a delivery station by David Russell Associate Editor
A delivery station for Amazon will be coming to Rentar Plaza at 66-26 Metropolitan Ave. this year, a company spokesman told the Chronicle Wednesday. It is not yet known when in 2020 the site will open or how many jobs there will be, though the spokesperson said generally there are “hundreds” working at delivery stations for the company. The spokesperson said the delivery stations are where packages come from fulfillment centers and are routed to be delivered to customers. “We are excited to increase our investment in Queens with a new delivery station to provide fast and efficient delivery for customers, and provide hundreds of job opportunities for the talented local workforce,” the spokesperson said in an email. Felice Bassin of Rentar Development Corp. told the Chronicle Wednesday she can’t comment because of a nondisclosure agreement with Amazon. The Commercial Observer, a real estate site, reported a 10-year lease for 300,000 square feet, citing a Trepp newsletter. Toys ‘R’ Us and Kmart used to occupy space at Metro Mall but both declared bankruptcy and left the premises.
Tom Grech, president of the Queens Chamber of Commerce, is happy to see the company coming to the borough. He noted the facility is not similar to the second company headquarters that was planned for Long Island City before Amazon withdrew after facing backlash from some elected officials and residents. “A job is a job is a job,” he said. “It’s a way up in the ladder and we’re very excited about Amazon coming for this particular opportunity in Queens.” Grech called the move “fantastic.” “Jobs are what it’s all about,” he said. “Jobs pay for all the social programs. Jobs pay for all the other things ... They gotta be paid by somebody and taxes that will be generated will go a long, long way to support the local economy. No question.” CB 5 member and Glendale Civic Association President Kathy Masi said she hopes the move will stimulate the area economy. “I think it was a mistake, what they did in Long Island City to block it,” she said. “I think people realize that now.” Dorothy Stepnowska of the Glendale Chamber of Commerce said she has mixed feelings about the move. “A lot of people are going out of business because everything is online right now through Amazon,” she said, acknowledging that it
would bring jobs in the area. Stepnowska said the area the company is moving to is isolated and will not bring people to businesses that aren’t near the site. “It’s not even going to help us in any way,” said Stepnowska, who sold her coffee shop on Myrtle Avenue in Ridgewood late last year. The move is the latest development in the company coming to Queens. In September 2017, Amazon announced it would form a second headquarters and accept proposals from interested cities. One month later, Gov. Cuomo and Mayor de Blasio announced proposals had been submitted for New York, touting the area and hoping for the 50,000 jobs Amazon would create. Amazon announced finalists for HQ2 in January 2018. In November, the online retail giant announced it would split the new headquarters between Long Island City and Crystal City, in Arlington, Va., with each city to get 25,000 jobs apiece. Critics of the project decried the company not working with the community as well as receiving $3 billion in breaks, though supporters pointed to the projected $27 billion in new revenue to the city and state. Opponents also criticized Amazon’s lack of labor use. Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer (D-Sunny-
Felice Bassin of Rentar Development Corp. will see Amazon come to Rentar Plaza at some FILE PHOTO BY DAVID RUSSELL point this year. side), state Sen. Mike Gianaris (D-Astoria) and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-Bronx, Queens) led the fight against the company, with many residents attending a number of rallies. On Feb. 14, 2019, Amazon announced it was backing out of Long Island City. The company did lease office space at Hudson Yards in Manhattan last year. Amazon is also looking to lease a site at 55-15 Grand Ave. Q in Maspeth for a warehouse.
Bridge to Life seeks help, new location Group that aids women in crisis pregnancies losing lease in 2021 by Michael Gannon
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The Bridge to Life has been offering help for New York City women and families in crisis pregnancies since 1992. Now it is the organization itself that needs help, facing the loss of its lease on its support center and office space on Sanford Avenue in Flushing. The group must be out of the house it shares with a day care center by May 2021. “We’re looking for someone who can donate money or space,” said Catherine Donohoe, president of the organization. The group was founded to offer pregnant women options to abortion with counseling, emotional and material support. “We’re the largest organization of our kind that serves women in all five boroughs,” Executive Director Francesca Yellico said. A tour of the Sanford Avenue site shows a small office off a room teeming with shelves stocked with layettes, diapers and hand-knitted baby blankets and sweaters with notes from the volunteers who craft them. Across the room are bins of donated clothing from infant on up sorted by size and item, giving the appearance of a mini Gap for children. “When the baby is born, we provide clothes for the baby and any siblings,” Donohoe said. “They can come back every three months until a child is up to a size 12.” Along a short hallway is a closet with donated strollers and car seats — the staff asks that anyone donating one be sure it conforms to current safety standards — and a shelf with books. At the end of the hallway, volunteers are sorting through baby food and baby formula — checking the expiration dates is a necessity — and stacking the containers in the food pantry. The room also holds racks of winter coats and other items of clothing for all children to adults. “All our clients are referrals from social workers,” Vice Presi-
Rose Dauge, Catherine Donohoe, Francesca Yellico and Julia Chitos with fundraising baby bottles and some of the clothing donated by the public at The Bridge to Life, which provides support and material assistance during and after crisis pregPHOTO BY MICHAEL GANNON nancies. dent Julia Chitos said. The clients can be single or married, a mother with other children or a young woman who could face being thrown out of her home or already has been because of her decision. The group serves women and families regardless of age, race, faith or marital status. It helps new or expectant mothers sign up for WIC, a food program for low-income residents, and other benefits and assistance. The Bridge to Life does not offer medical services, but can provide referrals.
“We want to empower these women,” Donohoe said. The group also offers counseling services for women who have opted for abortions. Yellico said the volunteers and staff themselves are often amazed and humbled by the people they serve. One woman, she said, comes from Brooklyn every three months to pick up clothes for her growing baby, and gets there by 7 a.m. so she can be at the head of the line. “She has to leave her home at about 4:30 a.m.,” Yellico said. “She’s always so happy. What if we didn’t provide these services?” She cited another example of women who traveled a great distance to Flushing. “I offered to help her carry the things downstairs,” Yellico said. “I asked, ‘Where is your car?’” The woman had walked several bocks from the subway station at Flushing-Main Street, and would be carrying clothes, food and other items back the same way for her trip home. She and others from other boroughs routinely do so for their babies even in the worst weather, sometimes with one or more children, a stroller and other things in tow. The Bridge to Life can be reached at (718) 463-1810 or at thebridgetolife.org. Aside from its donations of money, food, diapers and new or gently used clothing, the group now is attempting to raise $100,000 in a GoFundMe campaign, the link for which is available on its Facebook page. The group also has creative ways for raising money and collecting items. School groups and other organizations will have drives to fill baby bottles with cash and coins. Other groups and even individuals have held baby showers with the guests bringing items that soon will be helping women and children in the five boroughs. Q
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St. John’s 91-71 win over No. 10 Creighton last Sunday was not only notable because it was a blowout victory against one of the best teams in the nation. It was the first time since 1987 that St. John’s beat a top-10 team on campus, when they defeated No. 9 Pittsburgh. That was back when the Redmen played at Alumni Hall and were coached by Lou Carnesecca. He was at the game last Sunday, in the arena that is now named for him. The 4,260 fans were given T-shirts as part of a “whiteout.” And the fans went crazy as the Johnnies nailed 14 three-pointers, including seven from Greg Williams Jr. “I loved it,” Williams said. “The fans came through and had Carnesecca jumping. They are the sixth man and they helped us out today.” Broadcasting the game on Fox Sports 1, Len Elmore wondered aloud if the tight confines of the arena, with its capacity of 5,602, could have a negative impact on opponents. Madison Square Garden seats about four times as many fans and St. John’s athletic
director Mike Cragg has talked before about playing more games at the Mecca of basketball instead of on campus. St. John’s is 10-2 at Carnesecca this season, with both losses coming by two points. Granted, many of the wins were against weaker opponents. But MSG is not necessarily drawing fans in droves. Of course Villanova is a regular opponent at MSG. Meetings with Seton Hall bring fans of the Red Storm and Pirates alike, though even the rival from New Jersey played at Carnesecca five times between 2008 and 2015. And Connecticut should be a near sellout when the Huskies return to the Big East. But a matchup with DePaul drew fewer than 6,700 fans to the Garden. A meeting with Georgetown, coached by old rival and Knicks legend Patrick Ewing, saw 8,100 fans come out. Some fans have competing theories on how often the team should play at the Garden. One side says there should be more games at MSG only when St. John’s is
L.J. Figueroa goes in for the dunk during the Red Storm’s 91-71 win over No. 10 Creighton last Sunday at Carnesecca Arena. It was the first time St. John’s beat a top-10 opponent on campus PHOTO COURTESY ST. JOHN’S ATHLETICS since defeating No. 9 Pittsburgh in 1987. among the sport’s best again or playing a top team. Others believe that the campus facilities are inferior compared to conference opponents and that a way to stop acting small-time is with more games at MSG. There’s an old adage about the best home court advantage being the one where the best players are and that’s true. But while nothing beats a jam-packed MSG, Carnesecca Arena should be appreciated and not frowned upon. Williams didn’t play much under previous coach Chris Mullin — an average of 8.4 minutes per game — but has seen his game
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develop under Mike Anderson, who is spreading around the playing time. “He’s been making shots and he’s in the starting lineup for a reason,” Anderson said after the win. “Teams have to honor him. Teams are backing off him and he’s playing with a lot more confidence.” Williams gave his Red Storm teammates credit for the seven three-pointers. “My teammates were just finding me,” the guard said. “When we go and play for each other, play together, things like that can happen. When you find a hot hand it Q carries through.”
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257 Ainslie St, Williamsburg Free Market 5 Units (3 Family + Legal 2 Family Back House) $3,099,000
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CENTURY 21 AMIABLE II
Go get ’em, Guardians
82-17 153 RD Ave., Suite 202, Howard Beach, NY 11414
by Lloyd Carroll Chronicle Contributor
69-39 Myrtle Ave., Glendale, NY 11385
Spring professional football has always been an uphill fight even in a country where the appetite for the game appears to be insatiable. The United States Football League had some success in its run from 1983 through 1985 but it was done in when the New Jersey Generals owner, a guy named Donald Trump, made the league switch to a fall schedule to compete with the NFL. The USFL promptly folded. Fast forward to 2001 when Trump’s buddy, wrestling impresario Vince McMahon, launched the XFL and claimed it was going to be harder-hitting than the NFL. McMahon worked WWE talent Jesse Ventura into broadcasts and encouraged players to put bizarre nicknames on their uniforms. The play didn’t live up to the hype (the New York Hitmen were especially feeble) and the XFL disappeared after one year. In 2019, the Alliance of American Football folded during its maiden season. Last month the XFL relaunched, and last Saturday I attended the game at MetLife Stadium between the Los Angeles Wildcats and New York Guardians. Though many of the athletes I saw didn’t have the size one associates with the NFL, these guys were quality football players. A good case in point was 5-foot-6 running back Darius Victor, who accomplished at MetLife what Jets fans
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135-24 95th Street
• Rockwood Park •
• Lindenwood •
• Ozone Park • Detached 1 family home. 3 bedrooms, 1 car garage, off Linden Blvd.
Lovely 1 bedroom Garden Apartment on the 1st floor. Walk to buses and shopping. Park and schools nearby. Hardwood f loors, excellent condition, lots of closets.
Lovely Hi-Ranch Features: 1st floor open studio. laundry room, tiled floor, bath, 1 car garage, door to yard. 2nd floor has 3 bdrms, bath, EIK with granite countertops, SS appliances, updated cabinets, formal DR, LR, hardwood floors. 3rd floor attic. Close to shopping, gym, public transportation to Manhattan and schools.
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were hoping Le’Veon Bell could have last year. Guardians quarterback Luis Perez may not possess the arm strength of the Jets’ Sam Darnold or the Giants’ Daniel Jones but he showed smarts by not throwing any interceptions and was able to lead the Guardians to a 17-14 win. The Jets and Giants would be wise to think about signing Guardians kicker Matthew McCrane, who has shown an ability to reliably make field goals from longer than 50 yards. He seems far more dependable than the Jets’ Sam Ficken or the Giants’ Aldrick Rosas. The XFL is trying to be family-friendly as ticket prices start at $20 and only the lower bowl of MetLife was open so fans are close to the action. I like the idea of Saturday matinees, something the Mets haven’t done in years. Getting 12,000 fans to come out and watch a new league that hasn’t gotten a lot of coverage in the area daily newspapers and sports talk radio has to be considered encouraging. The Guardians would attract more fans if NJ Transit would run direct train service to the Meadowlands as it does for Jets and Giants games. It runs shuttle buses from Secaucus Junction. Coach USA also runs buses from the Port Authority to MetLife on Guardians game days. The XFL’s motto is “For the love of football.” I hope it succeeds. See the extended version of Sports Beat every week at qchron.com.
I HAVE OFTEN WALKED
Bayside’s Ted Bessell was that boy on ‘That Girl’
• Lindenwood •
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• Rockwood Park • Beautiful Custom Solid Brick Colonial. Features fireplace, master bedroom suite with terrace, 3 additional bedrooms, full and 1/2 baths thru-out. Custom woodwork, in-ground heated saltwater pool, full finished basement, gourmet kitchen for entertaining, alarmed and cameras.
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66-70 79th Street, 2D
160-09 86th Street
by Ron Marzlock Chronicle Contributor
• Lindenwood • • Middle Village • Prime Location Two Bedroom, Two Bath Condominium In Middle Village. Includes indoor parking space and large private storage area. Building has two outdoor common areas, and laundry in the building. Close proximity to Metropolitan Avenue shopping, transportation, and Juniper Valley Park. Low monthly common charge of $434.74. Pet friendly.
Excellent 4 family investment opportunity in the Lindenwood section of Howard Beach. This building is in great condition and generated $76,800 in income the previous year with plenty of upside potential. This property features two balconies, a large 3 bedroom, three 1 bedroom apartments, a full basement and a one car garage. Each apartment has a separate boiler and hot water heater with month to month leases for all four units. Minutes away from transportation, shopping centers, schools and much more. You don’t want to miss out on this rare opportunity!
• Rockwood Park • Updated Hi-Ranch on a 35x100 lot in prime New Howard location. Home features new kitchen appliances, cabinets and countertop. This Home has a lot of natural light throughout; central AC; large yard for entertaining.
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A 3 bed, 2 bath Condo, bursting with charm and plenty of style. An open concept features LR, DR and Kit perfect for entertaining. Access to bedroom and terrace right off the LR is delightful. Master bedroom, main bath & 2nd bedroom are tucked away down the hall. Master bedroom includes a full bath & terrace for extra outdoor space. Deeded garage.
Prime Location Two Bedroom, Pet Friendly Garden Cooperative In Howard Beach. This dogfriendly cooperative has great space with a formal living room, updated kitchen, dining room, large bedroom 14x15, second bedroom is 13x10. Great natural light and additional outside storage space. The monthly maintenance of $835.26 plus $25 per AC includes all utilities, heat, hot water, cooking gas and electricity. Located near shopping center, park, airport, major expressways and express bus to Midtown.
Howard Weston Bessell Jr. was born in Flushing on March 20, 1935, the son of Howard Sr., a toy manufacturing executive, and the former Matilde “Jo” Dainese. He was raised at 29-63 215 Place in Bayside. Bessell considered the priesthood at one time. But he decided to go to acting school, where he could play different characters to help find himself. The childhood home of actor Ted Bessell, 29-63 215 Place He married sexy model Janeen in Bayside, as it appeared in the 1940s. CBS TELEVISION PHOTO, INSET Darrah in 1963, but the marriage was brief. In 1966, he landed the role of Donald Hollinger, the ever- became the boyfriend of Mary Richards. The adoring boyfriend of Marlo Thomas in the hit public was upset, wanting her character to TV Show “That Girl.” At 31, Ted Bessell stay single and independent. In 1987, he went behind the camera and became a household name. The show ran directed “The Tracy Ullman Show” on Fox until 1971. Typecast and trapped in a nice guy image, and was responsible for many of the hilarious in the era of Woodstock he never grew out his sketches on the program. Bessell passed away at age 61 in October hair or loosed his necktie. In 1976, in the last Q days of “The Mary Tyler Moore Show,” he 1996, of an aortic aneurysm.
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Connexion Get Your House SOLD!
ARLENE OPEN PACCHIANO 7 DAYS Broker/Owner
REAL ESTATE 161-14A Crossbay Blvd.,
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MASPETH (Close to Juniper Valley Park)
Legal 2 fam, 28x80 lot. Total gut renovation with pvt. driveway, duplex 1st. fl, living room, new kitchen, 3 BRs, 2 new full baths upstairs, back apt. living rm, new kit, new full bath, duplex with basement, 2 more BRs, new full bath, new gas furnace & hot water heater, low taxes $4,526 Asking $698K
Waterfront, amazing views with boat slip and slip for jet skis. Large Colonial with 9 rooms, 3/4 BRs, 3 full baths, 53x100. Huge living room and dining room, 2 decks overlooking yard. Half in-ground pool on separate deck with water slide. 2 car garage, pavers in front, walk-in area leading to magnificient water view. Reduced $998K
Large Hi-Ranch, Brookfield style home, on 40x100, house 27x55, 4 BRs, 3 full baths. X-large eat-in-kitchen, sunken living room with hardwood floors, formal dining room. 1 car garage, pvt. dr., half brick, half frame. Reduced $879K
HOWARD BEACH/ROCKWOOD PARK
HOWARD BEACH/ROCKWOOD PARK
HOWARD BEACH/ROCKWOOD PARK
Mint AAA all new Raised Ranch on 38x113. Top floor features, all new kit., granite countertop, SS appl., new cherry cabinets, new full bth, hardwood floors throughout and attic, lower level finished, laundry room, utility room, sitting room with gas fireplace. Large pantry, slides to lg. backyard. Asking $799K
Mint Cape on 50X100. Featuring 4 BRs, 3 full baths. Partial dormer, extended family room, finished bsmt. and garage.
Beautiful Low-Ranch, 3 BRs, 2.5 baths. Manicured property with in-ground sprinklers. Pavers front and back yard. Extra large bath with shower and Jacuzzi. Granite tiles in living rm., large bsmt., side ent. Move-in condition. Asking $739K
HOWARD BEACH/ROCKWOOD PARK
HOWARD BEACH/ROCKWOOD PARK
HOWARD BEACH/ROCKWOOD PARK
HOWARD BEACH/ROCKWOOD PARK
Lovely High-Ranch (well taken care of) 5 BRs, 2 full baths, on 40x100. Priced to sell. Asking $789K
Updated Expanded Ranch on 50x100. New brick front, new stoop, 4 BRs, 2.5 full bths. Large walk-in with separate entrance, roof and PVC fencing 2 yrs, windows 5 yrs, paved driveway, large yard. Reduced $818K
Mint AAA Brookfield style High-Ranch, featuring 4 BRs, 3 new full baths. 44x100, Pella windows and doors. Inground sprinklers, cathedral ceiling in LR, wood floors, gas F.P. with built in recessed T.V. and surround sound. Beautiful kitchen w/marble countertops and SS appl., Sec. system and alarm. Sound system, crown moldings. Reduced $899K
HOWARD BEACH/ROCKWOOD PARK
Co-ops & Condos For Sale
Commercial Space For Rent
Mint - 3 1/2 Rm, 1 BR, garden. ................................................Reduced $219K Hi-Rise - 2 BR, 2 Bths ............. Reduced $239K Hi-Rise - Mint AAA, 2 BRs, 2 Bths & terrace. ................................................Reduced $298K
HOWARD BEACH Cross Bay Blvd., commercial space for rent, 2nd fl., 850 sq. ft., all new tiled office w/bath. .............................. $2,750/mo., plus electric
All brick, legal 2 fam, 2 BR, 1 bath over 2 bed, 1 bath. Full finished basement with sep entrance, 40x100 corner property. Reduced $939K
Mint AAA Corner High-Ranch, 4 BRs, 2 new full baths. Large foyer, living room with fireplace. New gas furnace and hot water heater. Sliding doors to paved yard with heated in-ground pool. 45x100 lot, 2nd fl., living room, dining area, EIK, 3 BRs, new bath, PVC fencing, Andersen windows, 3yr. old roof. Shed with electric. Asking $869K
Apartments For Rent
Old Howard Beach - 2 BRs, 1 bath, heat incl., ready May 1st. ................................................ $2,100 Howard Beach / Lindenwood - 3 BRs, 1 bath, heat incl., on 1st floor. ........................... $2,200
HOWARD BEACH Cross Bay Blvd., 2nd fl., 350 sq. ft. ............$1,500/mo., plus heat & electric Both good for attorney, mortgage company, accountant, trucking company, etc.
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Lovely all brick, very well-maintained home. 3 BRs, 2 full baths, formal dining room, EIK. Hardwood floors throughout, handicapped accessible, finished basmt., w/ outside rear entrance, covered patio off dining rm., det. 1 car garage w/ 1 pk. space. Close to express buses to Manhattan. Asking $789K
Cape on 50x90 lot, 4 BRs, 2 full baths. 1st floor, hardwood floors, living room w /fireplace, formal dining room, kitchen, 2 BRs, full bath, access to enclosed sunroom. 2nd floor, 2 BRs, full fin. bsmt., new gas furnace & hot water heater (4 yrs old), large den. Owner Motivated! Reduced $718K
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