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A large section of Spring Creek Park burned Saturday afternoon when the area’s largest brush fire in years broke out. Though firefighters say no homes were in jeopardy, the flames did come within several yards of houses on 83rd Street and 161st Avenue, creating some tense moments for residents.

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Dream Act fails to get past state Senate Supporters look to Gov. Cuomo to push legislation to floor once more by Tess McRae Associate Editor

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fter months of pushing and rallying, the Dream Act will remain just that, a dream. The legislation — which would allow undocumented immigrant students to receive aid through the Tuition Assistance Program — was rejected by the state Senate on Monday. It lost by two votes, 31-29. “We’re definitely disappointed but I have confidence that perseverance prevails,” state Sen. Jose Peralta (D-East Elmhurst) said. “The fact that it failed by only two votes shows that almost a majority of the senators are on board and when we get another chance to vote on this again, hopefully we can convince a handful to change their minds.” Peralta has worked on getting the Dream Act passed for much of his term. The majority whip has often debunked what he calls “misconceptions” on immigration and what the legislation would do. “There are definitely a lot of misconceptions out there and it’s interesting because I laid out answers to many of the Republicans’ concerns and they still stood up and raised those same concerns after the fact,” he said. Peralta and Assemblyman Francisco Moya (D-Jackson Heights) — who sponsors the sister bill — said many lawmakers and members of the public think the Dream Act will

State Sen. Jose Peralta, the sponsor of the Dream Act, said he is disappointed that the legislation was voted down by the Senate but remains hopeful that Gov. Cuomo will keep his word and make FILE PHOTO the issue a priority. block citizens from obtaining financial aid. “That is simply not true,” Moya said. “If you meet the qualifications, meaning you meet the financial threshold and the academic threshold, you will receive aid. The Tuition Assistance Program is not a handout.” The Dream Act would even add an addi-

tional $25 million into the pot. “Not one person would be harmed by an immigrant trying to get funds,” Peralta said. “There is no cap on the TAP tuition system. If we allocate $100 million one year but $101 million is asked of the state, we are mandated to find the extra $1 million dollars.”

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Peralta, Moya and the other lawmakers who stand by the Dream Act are now looking to Gov. Cuomo, who publicly stated that this issue is a top priority for him. Both Peralta and Moya seemed confident that Cuomo would include the legislation in his budget, thus forcing it back on the floor for a vote but the governor has not publicly commented since the vote. “We can’t control what he does,” Peralta said. “Governor Cuomo has stated that it is a priority and hopefully he will stand by his word but if not, the best way to have progressive legislation is to have a Democratic-controlled Senate. So when issues like this come up, they’ll be voted through.” While this is state legislation, Peralta said the overall responsibility for immigration reform is a federal issue. “This is the responsibility of the federal government,” Peralta said. “They have completely failed on immigration reform. They say it’s a priority and then it fizzles out. What we’re doing in this state is trying to take matters into our own hands and give everyone a fair shot at attending college.” For now, Peralta said he will be reaching out to Cuomo and targeting some of the senators who were on the fence. He would like to persuade them to stand with the bill should Cuomo bring the Dream Act back Q to the floor.

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Smoke from Saturday blaze in Howard Beach could be seen from Manhattan by Domenick Rafter Editor

A fire engulfed a large portion of Spring Creek Park in Howard Beach Saturday afternoon, shooting flames more than 10 feet high and creating plumes of thick black smoke that could be seen as far away as LaGuardia Airport, Manhattan and New Jersey. The fire, which took more than 100 firefighters over two hours to br ing u nder cont rol, came to within 50 feet of homes on 161st Avenue and 83rd Street, causing panic among residents who are still reeling from the effects of Hurricane Sandy 17 months ago. The fire broke out around 4:15 p.m. on Saturday around 161st Avenue and 78th Street in a section of parkland known as “the weeds.” It quickly engulfed several acres of brush, spreading east toward along 161st Avenue toward 83rd Street. Firef ighters lined trucks up along 83rd Street, creating a water

barricade against the fast moving flames. They were helped somewhat by the light winds, which fire officials say were not a problem. “The winds didn’t kick up the flames,” one FDNY official on the scene said. “What was the problem, the brush went up like a powder keg.” The West Hamilton Beach Volu nteer Fi re Depa r t ment also responded, sending a fire truck to assist in fighting the flames and two ambulances to stand by in case there were injuries, but none were reported. The cause of the fire is still under investigation. The blaze caused some concern at JFK Airport, where passengers waiting for flights posted pictures of the smoke on their Twitter accounts, some concerned that it was a plane accident. “What is going on at JFK? ” Rich Pellosie asked on Twitter along with a photo of the smoke seen from Terminal 8. Others posted pictures of the

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Firefighters pour water onto hot spots after a two-alarm fire in Spring Creek Park from a caravan of fire trucks lined up along 83rd Street in Howard Beach PHOTO BY DOMENICK RAFTER Saturday afternoon. I have a clear view of the new World Trade Center from my living room.” She also noted that the fire left the parkland so bare, it was possible to see Spring Creek from 83rd

Street for the first time in her memory. “I didn’t realize the water was that close,” she said. A nother resident noted the continued on page 18

Charter school eyes Woodhaven Circle Academy plans to open in former church in 2015 by Domenick Rafter Editor

A new charter school is proposed to open next year in Woodhaven. Circle Academy Charter School, whose main applicant is an Ozone Park resident, will submit its application to the New York State Board of Regents on March 28 and, if approved, will welcome its first students in September 2015 at the former Christ Congregational Church at 85-27 91 St., which has been closed for several years. According to the charter school’s application, the school will enroll K through 5 students during its initial charter term, starting with 88 kindergarten and 66 firstgrade students in 2015. Each year, CACS will take in 88 new kindergarten students through 2020, when it is slated to have 506 students in grades K through 5. The school then intends to expand to K through 8, adding one grade each year, should its charter be renewed. Preference for admission will be given to students in District 27, which covers Woodhaven, Ozone Park, Howard Beach, Richmond Hill, South Jamaica, Broad Channel and the Rockaways. The district only has two charter schools, both in the Rockaways and both with a long waiting list.

Michael Etsep, a spokesman for the charter school, said the district is in need of a new charter school option. “[The applicants] just thought it was a natural expansion of their efforts to meet the needs of kids of the district,” he said. The lead applicant for the school is Michelle Pascucci, whose address is listed as being in Ozone Park. According to the application to be submitted, Pascucci is a parent with 20 years experience in financial management and administration for large nonprof its and business management experience. The former church will be utilized for its first year and then the school will move into a building at 74-15 Jamaica Ave., where it will be housed permanently starting in 2016. “We knew our building won’t be ready until 2016, so we were looking for a temporary location,” Etsep said. “It will meet our needs acceptably for kindergarten and first grade.” Estep said there will be a public hearing in the spring run by the state Education Department for members of the community, and the school has been doing outreach. He was at the March 11 meeting of Community Board 9 to hand out literature to

board members. The state Board of Regents is expected to vote this summer on issuing the charter. He added that the charter school is not concerned about Mayor de Blasio’s recent opposition toward charters because CACS will not be seeking a co-location within a traditional school “We have never planned on co-location in our developments,” he said. Ed Wendell, former president of the Woodhaven Residents’ Block Association, lives next door to the church site and said he has been in contact with the leaders of the proposed school. He said reconstruction work has been going on at the church to turn it into a school and his main concern is to work with its leaders on issues related to an open alleyway between his home and the church that has been a problem. “They have been gutting the place out,” he said. “What I really want is to get something built to cover the alleyway between their building and mine.” Etsep confirmed that extensive repair work has been done in the church and it will be ready to accept students next year. “It will be all up to code for a structure of that size,” he said. “So it was a real find Q for us.”

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A 22-year-old woman was found dead inside a Howard Beach motel over the weekend and police are s e a r ch i ng fo r clu e s on how it happened. The woman, whom police have not yet publicly identified but say is from California, was found by a maid in a first-f loor room of the Surfside 3 Motel at 164-33 Cross Bay Blvd., around 11:24 a.m. on Saturday. Staff at the motel would not speak Saturday, but police sources say the woman was last seen checking in at around 3 a.m. with at least two men, neither of whom were present when the body was found. Police do not think the woman was murdered, but a source said they have not ruled out that possibility. The medical examiner will determine the cause of death. The motel, which is located just one block from the Joseph P. Addabbo Bridge, has rates for four-hour stays. It also housed evacuees during Hurricane Sandy, during which the f irst f loor was dest royed by the Q storm surge. — Domenick Rafter

black smoke rising from as far away as Flushing Meadows Corona Park, LaGuardia Airport and Battery Park in Lower Manhattan. Firefighters deployed special vehicles specifically used to combat brush fires to tackle the flames far into the park, which continued to pop up for two hours after the first fire was reported. The FDNY doused the last of the hot spots around 6:30 p.m. Though fire officials say they didn’t believe any homes were in i m m e d i a t e d a n g e r, t h e f i r e reached to just within 50 feet of some homes across 83rd Street and 161st Avenue — too close for comfort for some residents. One woman, who did not want to be named, surveyed the charred remains of the park as she walked her dog along 161st Avenue Saturday evening. A resident of 83rd Street, she praised firefighters for their work fighting the flames. “The FDNY did their job, they saved our homes,” she said. “Now

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Traffic, car thefts, top concerns in 102 Pct. Four cops who stopped robbery in progress honored at Tuesday meeting by Domenick Rafter Editor

Don’t double-park and don’t jaywalk. The 102nd Precinct’s commanding officer, Deputy Inspector Hank Sautner, delivered that warning to people at the precinct’s monthly community council meeting on Tuesday night at the Richmond Hill library. As part of Mayor de Blasio’s Vision Zero program, Sautner said his officers would be strictly enforcing traffic laws and busting cars that double-park, especially along Jamaica Avenue at subway stations where doubleparked cars are common. He said the cops would crack down on jaywalking as well. Sautner noted that pedestrian fatalities have been an issue in the precinct’s command. Five pedestrians were killed last year in the 102nd Precinct, two of them at Jamaica Avenue and Woodhaven Boulevard, where a Queens Patrol Borough South van has been parked for several weeks. A woman was killed after being hit by a car on Jamaica Avenue in Richmond Hill last month. “Bottom line, we know here as members of this community that traffic is a serious condition,” the commanding officer said. “We will enforce the laws especially where we’ve had problems already.” Sautner said there has been a problem in

Deputy Inspector Hank Sautner, left, honors March Cops of the Month Officers Ritchie Sagistano, Kenny Vencek, Sgt. Brian Tiernan, and Officer Antwone Trent, along with 102nd Precinct PHOTO BY DOMENICK RAFTER Community Council President Lachtman Budhai. Ozone Park and Woodhaven with luxury cars, especially newer model Range Rovers, being stolen at gunpoint. One such carjacking occurred on March 8 at 89th Street and Jamaica Avenue, where two suspects fled with a white Range Rover. “Be aware of your surroundings,” he said. “Especially when you’re parking your cars at night.”

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On the issue of graffiti, Sautner noted that it has been a huge problem in the precinct and the cops have been trying their hardest to crack down on it with little success. “We’ve taken 38 graffiti complaints in the past 28 days. We’ve made 24 arrests,” he said. “Whenever Queens South comes up with graffiti stats, the 102 is always up there.”

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Sautner also discussed the Phagwah parade on Sunday in Richmond Hill saying it was without incident, and he thanked the officers of the neighboring 106th Precinct, where the parade started, for their help. “It went off without a hitch,” he said. “It was a really nice time.” Sautner also awarded the Cop of the Month award to several officers who captured a robbery suspect earlier this month. Sgt. Brian Tiernan, the precinct’s anticrime sergeant, and officers Ritchie Sagistano, Antwone Trent, and Kenny Vencek received the award for capturing the suspect in an assault and robbery in Richmond Hill on March 12 while the crime was taking place. They had been on duty in the area to respond to a pattern of robberies and assaults at bars there. “It was just great work,” he said. Rep. Grace Meng (D-Flushing) also attended the meeting and announced she is introducing a law to ban “spoofing,” where callers redirect phone calls so that the caller ID of the person receiving the call changes to a number they’d be more willing to answer, such as the police or a utility company. She said it was already against the law to conduct “spoofing” in the country, but her bill would ban it for calls made from overQ seas as well.

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f course we want a Fire Department whose members look like the people they serve, of all races and ethnicities. But we’ve never bought into the claim that the city has purposely discriminated against minority applicants to the FDNY, as alleged in a federal lawsuit brought against the former administration back in 2007. Nor do we agree with the legal principle that the “disparate impact” some government practice has on minorities is discriminatory, as the federal Department of Justice said when it joined the suit. Now the case is going to be settled. And while the result is almost certainly going to be a more diverse Fire Department, it comes at a fairly high price. The first and most obvious part of that price is $98 million from the public. That’s how much the city is going to pay

out to minorities who took the test and either were not hired or were hired later than they might have been. The money includes “back pay, fringe benefits and interest,” according to the city. So people who did not qualify for the Fire Department because of low test scores will be paid. OK. Of course the cost does not end there. The city will also create a new position in the FDNY, reporting directly to the commissioner: a chief diversity and inclusion officer. That person — whose salary no doubt will be in the six figures — will then appoint a full-time diversity advocate, whose job will be to ensure fairness, transparency and respect for applicants and probationary firefighters. Presumably neither of these people will actually fight fires, but that’s what the rank and file are for. The city also will “use best efforts”

to recruit black applicants in numbers that reflect their proportion in the ageeligible population as a whole — plus 3 percent. We suspect it will either take more new hires, or the changing of some existing employees’ duties, to be so precise. It also will give city residents who graduate from the Fire Academy first priority for fire companies near where they live, which sounds fine. But what does it mean that the city will “engage with the Department of Education and New York City colleges to create opportunities that wil enhance the ability of minorities and women to pursue careers as firefighters”? It’s disappointing this lawsuit ever had to be filed, and obviously the settlement raises some questions. But at least now we can move on, and hope that the FDNY can focus on ... firefighting.

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Dear Editor: Our Congress seems loathe to raise the minimum wage. I would love to see them do it! Arguments against such a tiny raise are so specious as to be laughable. For fast-food emporia and other megarich companies to pay substandard wages for janitorial and other unskilled help is horrific. The genius of Henry Ford, to pay his workers enough so they could afford his cars, might be a good idea to follow. Walmart ads offering returning armed forces members jobs do not state that they can only work part-time for minimum wage. I for one will not shop where a store imposes its “values” against the needs of customers and denies workers a fair share in its extreme wealth. BK Brumberg Howard Beach

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you have an opportunity to distance yourself from Bloomberg’s abysmal record as aforesaid and to inform the public if you give great weight to the ULURP, park alienation requirements and if you favor the interests of real estate moguls over that of small businesses and the little people. A case in point is the Willets Point project. I am not referring to the original approved 2008 plan, but a scheme hatched by former Mayor Bloomberg and the Mets, their Related Companies and Sterling Equities, multibillionaires that not only violated the law circumventing park property alienation requirements and ULURP, but gave them the keys to the city treasury and the right to construct a 1.4 million-square-foot shipping mall on the Citi Field parking lot, which is in fact part of Flushing Meadows Corona Park. Litigation is now pending that would prevent the construction of the 1.4 million-square-foot shopping mall at Citi Field until there be full compliance with ULURP and park alienation legislation. It is to be noted if there be compli-

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ance with these requirements and the project approved, it could then proceed. But, it should not be permitted without full participation of all the affected community boards. You are not bound by the actions of former Mayor Bloomberg and you can direct your corporation counsel not to contest the litigation (New York State Supreme Court New York County index number 100101-2014). Mr. Mayor, let right be done, demonstrate your respect for the rights of our communities and disdain for any attempts to avoid ULURP and park alienation requirements and join in seeking judicial relief to accomplish that result. Benjamin M. Haber Flushing

True community leaders Dear Editor: I think most of us are aware of our elected officials and the job they do on behalf of our communities. But we should also recognize the contribution our community boards and civic


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Dear Editor: This year begins the 50th anniversary of the Worlds Fair of 1964-65 in Corona Queens. I remember attending the fair with my good friend Harry Weymer, in the summer of ’64. We were 13 and 14 years of age at the time. My friend’s father drove us there and told us to be careful and to have a good time, and we did. Harry and I walked around all day long to see and experience all that was there. Much was to be seen and to be remembered. There were crowds there that we had never seen anywhere else. We stood on long lines like the one for the

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Ma Bell exhibit, which showed the future when you could talk to someone and see his or her image on the other end. There were many others exhibits that showed space, culture and technological advancements of the future. Some of these advancements have come about and others have not occurred yet. It has been said that today’s science fiction is tomorrow’s reality. It was true then and it’s true today. Harry and I lost contact in the ’70s, but the other day, after about 45 years, Harry found me. He’s a retired schoolteacher in upstate New York and is helping establish a reunion of our eighth-grade class at Grace Lutheran Day School in Queens Village. We had a long conversation about that day at the World’s Fair. We talked about how our minds were open to the possibilities of a better world. Much has changed and much more needs to be done to better our world to help the many. The World’s Fair of ’64 is not to be forgotten. Frederick R. Bedell Jr. Glen Oaks

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Dear Editor: What a surprise! Ed Konecnik is in support of charter schools (“Charter schools break the educational monopoly,” Opinion, March 13, multiple editions). I wouldn’t expect anything less than for him to be on the wrong side of yet another issue. He lauds his 38 years as a teacher as if that gives his opinion more weight. The only thing it proves is that he has opined as a professional for 38 years. He complains that “the education bureaucracy’s monopoly mandates a one-size-fits-all curriculum requiring everyone to read approved textbooks.” I would think he’d approve since the content of the textbooks used throughout the United States is decided in Texas. That bastion of liberalism. He continues, “The education monopoly should be charged with ‘intellectual genocide.’” Konecnik should be wary of being accused of plagiarism. Isn’t “Intellectual Genocide” the new promo for Fox News? Or is that the platform for the GOP in the coming elections? Another note on charter schools: Eva Moskowitz filed suit to bar state Comptroller Thomas Di Napoli from auditing her 22 charter schools, all of which are publicly funded but also receive “private donations.” State Supreme Court Justice Thomas Breslin ruled that DiNapoli did not have the authority to audit any New York charters because the schools are not “technically” units of the state. So let me get this straight, the charters can use space in public schools rent-free and receive funding from the state but are not “technically” units of the state? Where are the private donations coming from? Anyone who thinks these donations are coming purely from individuals through the goodness of their hearts instead of an eye on future profits is kidding themselves. We already have a “for-profit” prison system. Wait, I think I see the big picture. Perhaps that’s where they want the kids who are unable to attend charter schools to end up. Bingo $$$. Robert LaRosa Whitestone

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Heavenly Angels needs a new home Rent is forcing Ozone Park rescue shelter out of its Liberty Avenue site by Domenick Rafter Editor

There are few pacific moments inside Heavenly Angels animal shelter. Even the screeching and clanging of the A trains overhead are drowned out by the noise of barking dogs and meowing cats. Inside the no-kill rescue shelter at 97-14 Liberty Ave. 110 dogs and cats rescued from the streets, abused owners or kill shelters or surrendered by owners who could not take care of them live in cages or in pens meticulously cleaned by a team of volunteers. The animals, of all breeds and ages, wait for new homes and are cared for by the team of volunteers, who come to play with them, take them for walks and keep their spirits up. Some of the pets are healthy, but many have a long list of problems. “Much of our budget goes toward veterinary bills,” Heavenly Angels founder Lori Carpino explained, noting that there are only two salaried employees at the shelter. “We make our money only off donations and the small adoption fees.” And then there’s the rent for the Liberty Avenue building, which Carpino said has now gone up to a level the group can no longer afford, adding to the facility’s concerns. The shelter, and its animals, will need to vacate the location it has been operating out of for nearly three years by March 31. Finding a new location is hard enough, but paying for it, and paying to move the dozens of animals and setting up a new facility, is an even bigger concern. Carpino said she is looking for new space, but expects the shelter will not find anything workable for a rent much

lower than the current location. Heavenly Angels is seeking donations to keep the shelter operating and cover the cost of the impending move. According to its petfinder.com profile, the shelter is seeking to raise $10,000. In January, the shelter raised $1,500 with the help of students at PS 65. Carpino said the shelter is vital to help the pet population in the area. Many of the dogs and cats were picked up off the streets as strays or were abandoned. Among the animals housed in the shelter are a female dog that had just given birth and was found, without its puppies, in a lot in East New York, Brooklyn. Another dog, a German shepherd, was found in the middle of Cross Bay Boulevard. After a short time in the shelter, the dog was adopted by a family in Howard Beach. “Many of our pets find good homes,” Carpino said. “We make sure of that.” The shelter’s landlord didn’t give a specific reason for the rent hike, but the section of Liberty Avenue between Rockaway Boulevard and 99th Street has seen a spur of development in the last decade that has made the area much more favorable for businesses. It started with the opening of a CVS Pharmacy franchise and a strip mall on former vacant lots in the mid 2000s. A TD Bank opened several years ago next to Heavenly Angels. The bank’s driveway opened up a route between Liberty Avenue and Rockaway Boulevard for pedestrians that some of Heavenly Angels’ neighbors said has brought more foot traffic to the avenue. Under the rezoning of Ozone Park approved in December, the strip along Liberty Avenue was upzoned to allow for more commercial development. Carpino, who previously worked at an animal shelter in

Geneva is one of the 110 dogs and cats living at the Heavenly Angels animal shelter on Liberty Avenue in Ozone Park, which is being forced to relocate because of a hike in the rent and is seeking a new location and funds to cover the cost of the PHOTO BY DOMENICK RAFTER move. Astoria, said she wanted to find a new home in the shelter in the South Queens community because it has become a staple there. Donors can give to the shelter either by PayPal, to harescue1@aol.com, by mailing a check to Heavenly Angels Animal Rescue, 97-14 Liberty Ave., Ozone Park, NY Q 11417, or by visiting the location in person.

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There is still more work to do regarding the Ridgewood Reservoir’s transformation into the centerpiece of Highland Park on the Queens-Brooklyn border. The Parks Department is seeking permits from the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation that would allow the bidding process for the decommissioning of the dam structures at the park to begin. Because of changes made to federal law surrounding the operation and maintenance of dams after Hurricane Katrina f looded much of New Orleans under up to 20 feet of water, the DEC has mandated the Parks Depar tment create culver ts inside the embankments between the three basins of the park. The purpose of the decommissioning is to prevent severe flooding in the instance of the embankments being destroyed or topped by floodwaters in a catastrophic rainstorm. According to Parks Department spokesperson Zach Feder, the permits should be issued by the DEC “soon” and the work should go out for bidding towards the end of the summer. The project is expected to take around two years to complete and the budget for the work is approximately $6 million.

The Ridgewood Reservoir, as seen last year, sits in the middle of Highland Park on the QueensBrooklyn border. The Parks Department is mandated by federal law to create a sizable breach FILE PHOTO along each embankment. The project should take two years to complete. “The scope of work for the dam decommissioning will require the removal of embankment fill materials in order to create breaches in the dam, clearing and grubbing of vegetation, removal of trees and replacement of removed trees in more appropriate locations,” Feder said. “It’s federal law.”

The culvert created in each embankment will be 11 feet tall and 14 feet wide, large enough to allow Parks Department vehicles to pass through. Additionally, water would rush through the openings into the other basins in a historic deluge to alleviate pressure on the embankments, instead of being contained in

a single basin, which could lead to a breach. A pond exists in the second basin, but the water would not be drained and many of the improvements made throughout the park such as walking paths would not be impacted in any way during the project. “It would not be touched at all,” Feder said of the pond. “A lot of what we’ve done in the previous phase with the park was to make it more accessible. We wouldn’t want to do anything that would go against that.” Community Board 5 District Manager Gary Giordano understands there is a legal mandate for the plan, but he does have some reser vat ions about the project nonetheless. “The question is whether or not there could be a flood where water could flow from basin one to basin two to basin three and over onto Vermont Place,” Giordano said. “Many of us think it would take rains like the ones that occurred during Noah’s Ark to make that happen.” Giordano, who reiterated the board’s wish to see a nature preserve at the reservoir, also speculated the large culverts may attract troublemakers as well. “There’s a concern that, if they have such large culverts, vandals could potentially get in there with non-Parks Department vehicles,” he said. “But basically, we took their Q word that this is what they had to do.”


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Wanted! The NYPD is asking the public’s assistance identifying the suspect wanted for a shoplifting incident that turned into an armed robbery in Woodhaven. Last Friday at 8:08 p.m., the suspect entered the Rite Aid drug store at 89-10 Jamaica Ave. and placed two cans of baby formula inside his duffle bag. When the manager confronted him, the suspect. a 6-foot-tall black man, pointed a firearm at him and fled. There were no reported injuries. Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1 (800) 577-TIPS (8477). The public can also submit tips by logging onto nypdcrimestoppers.com, or by texting 274637 (CRIMES), then entering TIP577. All tips are strictly confidential.

DA: Suspects took bribes from drivers Sixteen people, all employees of a Port Authority contractor in charge of taxi dispatching at JFK Airport, have been arrested for allegedly taking part in a scheme in which they took cash bribes in exchange for allowing taxi drivers to circumvent dispatching rules at the airport, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said. The suspects have been identified as Franklin Andrews, 36, Jessica Augilla, 24, Jean Legerme, 30, Ana Hernandez, 33, Rasheeda Lewis-Gordon, 37, Andrew Mayers, 60, Steffany Persaud, 23 and Manuel Roman, 31, all of Brooklyn; Duwayne Bayliss, 34, Kevin Dean, 52, Lennox Ifill, 62, Jahreme Joefield, 33, and Jaccain Montauban, 30, all of Jamiaca; Wag Yum Ng, 56, of Bayside; Natasha Stoute, 30, of Far Rockaway and Keisa Munroe, 36, of the Bronx. The alleged scheme was uncovered in December 2012 when the Port Authority Inspector General’s Office received an anonymous call alleging that dispatchers at JFK Airport were permitting cab driv-

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Fire guts Spring Creek Park continued from page 5 neighborhood had already taken several beatings from nature. “When not underwater or on fire, Howard Beach is a great place to live,” said resident Christina Marullo, referencing the flooding the neighborhood suffered in Sandy. Though brush fires in Spring Creek Park are common, Saturday’s was larger than many in the past. Several large fires in the park in 1999 burned several acres. Another large fire took place in 2005. A two-alarm blaze at 78th Street and 158th Avenue last March was deliberately set to cover up the murders of two men whose bodies were found there. The victims, both

City seeks flexibility for recipients by Michael Gannon

the first step toward permanent housing “The language was changed in the 2011Councilman Ruben Wills (D-Jamaica) 12 state budget,” Wills said in an interhas introduced a resolution that he hopes view on Monday. “Before that, we were able to move 4,000 famiwill lead to the restoralies a year into the transition of state money to tional process.” help the homeless enter He also said it would t ransitional housing offer the city leeway to programs. divert some money for T he resolut ion, if ot h e r s e r v ic e s wh ich passed and taken up by would make the transit he st at e L eg islat u re, tional process easier, such would change language in as programs to assist parthe current state budget ents or keep ch ild ren proposal that prohibits f rom h av i ng to move the use of state money for about between school disrent subsidy reimbursetricts during the academment and other programs. ic year. Wills said the city has “We’d like to have the a n e s t i m a t e d 53, 0 0 0 flexibility to tailor some homeless, including many Councilman Wills families with children. FILE PHOTO of the funding to individuals’ needs,” he said. The councilman said A hearing is scheduled for next week. the changes he wants would make it easier to take the homeless off waiting lists that Wills said Assemblywoman Michele Titus sometimes can carry over for years and (D-South Ozone Park) is willing to back get them out of the shelter system and into the measure in the state Assembly and he so-called transitional housing, which is is courting support in the state Senate. Q Editor

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The murder of Kitty Genovese in Kew Gardens 50 years ago is the inspiration for “Genovese Syndrome,” which sociologists say causes people in a crowd to disregard strangers in need because they expect someone else will. Yet Debbie Van Cura, an Astoria Historical Society board member, sees the murder as proof of the syndrome for precisely the opposite reason. Most of those who tried to help did so because they saw or heard the murder from within the privacy of their own apartments and had no way of knowing if there was any “crowd” gathering at the time. “They were all individuals. They were not in a group, they acted as individuals,” Van Cura said of the people who shouted out the window at Genovese’s murderer or called the police. Van Cura, who is also an adjunct lecturer in urban sociology at LaGuardia Community College, presented her analysis at an Astoria Historical Society lecture on March 15. She provided a guided tour of the murder and its fallout. In 1964, Catherine Susan Genovese, nicknamed Kitty, was a 28-year-old bartender working at Ev’s 11th Hour in Hollis. She was living in Kew Gardens with her roommate, Mary Ann Zielonko, who has since come out as Genovese’s girlfriend. Genovese parked in the Long Island Rail Road parking lot on Austin Street at about 3:15 a.m. on March 13 and began walking to her apartment in the adjacent building at 82-70 Austin St., taking a longer but better-lit route along Austin Street instead of through a back alley. She was stalked and stabbed in front of her building with a hunting knife by a man named Winston Moseley. A neighbor who heard Genovese screaming shouted out the window, “Leave that girl alone!” Moseley ran off and moved his car but came back looking for Genovese. She had

staggered around the corner of the building to the back alley, where Moseley found her, stabbed her several more times, and raped her. There are many reasons to upend the idea that the crime is an example of callous city neighbors, according to Van Cura. That characterization was drawn in a famous New York Times article that claimed there were 38 witnesses who failed to act. But the story was born at a lunch meeting between the Times’ ambitious new city editor A.M. Rosenthal and Police Commissioner Michael Murphy, both of whom were motivated by reasons that didn’t involve telling the story exactly as it happened, Van Cura said. Murphy was eager to distract attention from racial conflict that had begun in other cities and Rosenthal wanted to make his mark. It is now known that the number 38 represents not the number of eyewitnesses but the number who were questioned about the crime even if they hadn’t heard or said anything, Van Cura said. Countering the story that not one neighbor telephoned the police during the assault, Van Cura said that several people did try. “Some people reported that they were on hold for f ive minutes after calling the police,” Van Cura said. Calling the police in 1964 required knowing the precinct’s phone number or getting transferred by an operator, causing delays. And the first call reported an assault, not a “crime in progress,” causing further delay. The Genovese murder led directly to the establishment of the 911 system. And numerous accounts told the story of Sophie Farrar, a mother with a young baby at home who ran downstairs and held Genovese as she died. Even Karl Ross, a dog groomer and f riend of Genovese, who became famous for saying he didn’t want to get involved, wasted time calling two people continued on page 28

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Finding a home for each and every pet by Freja Dam Chronicle Contributor

An elderly woman grips Murphy awkwardly around his chest, leaving his hind paws dangling in the air, but the little white-andblack shih tzu takes it well. He neither whines nor wriggles. The woman says she’s looking for a small dog and has – her daughter adds – “so much love to give.” But that’s not enough for Bobbi Giordano. “You’re hurting him,” she says and gestures to a volunteer to grab Murphy. Half an hour later, the mother and daughter leave Giordano’s shelter without a dog. Roberta “Bobbi” Giordano, 69, founded a nonprofit no-kill animal rescue organization, called Bobbi and the Strays, in 1998 after witnessing a dog injured in a car accident in Brooklyn. She wasn’t able to save that dog, but decided to close and eventually sell her clothing store in Staten Island and devote herself to animals in need. She started by housing the animals in her apartment then boarded animals at Petco and later rented a space at JFK Airport. By 2007, the owners of the mall The Shops at Atlas Park donated space in Glendale. Today, Bobbi and the Strays operates the Glendale adoption center in addition to a shelter in Freeport, LI, where Giordano, her staff and more than 100 volunteers work to find loving homes for rescued cats and dogs. A short, sturdy blonde with a deep voice and a calm, authoritative air, Giordano looks like she can handle anything. But she leaves visits to the city shelter to her colleagues. “I get very upset, and I want them all,” she said. Bobbi and the Strays is part of New York City’s growing movement toward no-kill animal shelters. More than 150 rescue groups and no-kill shelters in New York City work with the umbrella organization the Mayor’s Alliance for

NYC’s Animals. The alliance’s goal is to transform New York City into a no-kill community by 2015. In comparison, Animal Care and Control, an open-admission shelter that takes in 30,000 animals each year, takes pride in euthanasia reductions, but “there’s more to do,” it says in a statement. “We continue to work toward our goal of ending the euthanasia of treatable animals.” The no-kill debate grew heated last spring, when the British tabloid The Daily Mail revealed that the animal rights organization PETA euthanized 90 percent of the cats and dogs taken to its headquarter shelter in Virginia. PETA defends its practices, saying that the animals it receives are often in such bad shape that euthanasia is the most humane option. “There is a fate worse than death for these animals,” says PETA campaign coordinator Kenneth Montville. Sick animals aside, the organization tries to transfer adoptable pets to open admission shelters, but there are just too many. “Between six and eight million animals enter shelters every year in the U.S., and half of them are euthanized because of lack of space,” Montville says. “This isn’t a crisis we can build enough shelters to get out of.” He calls euthanasia a “horrible necessity” and doesn’t believe nokill shelters provide a solution. “I think they’re well-intentioned, but they don’t take in the scope of the issue,” he says. “They have limited capacity. They have no more room, they can’t take in more animals and have to turn animals in need away.” Giordano’s only comment on PETA’s policy: “I don’t euthanize.” She agrees on the importance of spay and neuter; she has the animals she takes in sterilized and she has a trap-neuter-return team. But, she says, “nobody deserves to die.” Her motto: “Animals feel the same pain we feel, only they can’t talk.”

A puppy looks out across the street behind a chain-link fence at the Freeport Bobbi and the Strays location. PHOTO BY FREJA DAM

Although she turns animals down because of space limits every day, Bobbi protests the often-used argument that no-kill shelters turn their backs on the neediest to keep their survival rate high. “We take everything. We do not discriminate,” she said and shows pictures of her blind American eskimo dog – one of her own three pets – on her smartphone. “There’s a home for all of them. You just have to find it.” Bobbi and the Strays, whose shelters accommodate 370 animals, houses more than 600 cats and dogs a year — but could take at least twice as many if it had room, Giordano said. She employs 12 part-time workers at minimum wage and takes a modest $484 biweekly paycheck for herself. To keep the operation going, she charges an adoption fee of $100 for cats and $300-350 for dogs, relies heavily on volunteers and raises money from sponsors, fundraisers and donations. “We beg,” she says. The biggest cause of pet overpopulation in New York, she said, is irresponsible owners, who buy a puppy at Christmas and tire of the

responsibility, or let their pets breed without recognizing the consequences. She refuses to take animals from those who just want to get rid of pets, even if the animals then end up at city shelters. “I can’t handle the world,” she says. But she can handle Chauncey, a two-year-old black-and-white Japanese chin. “She is always so happy and her tail never stops wagging. A total love bug,” the description on Bobbi and the Stray’s website reads. Chauncey looks so adorable that Jennifer Vogt and David Lanzoni drove from Connecticut for a meetand-greet, bringing their chin Brian, adopted from another shelter. “A lot of dogs need good homes,” says Lanzoni, filling out the application while Vogt goes outside with the two dogs. “I don’t mind it’s not puppies. Brian is always a joy.” Returning to the office, Vogt is all smiles. “They got on great,” she says. Lanzoni puts Chauncey on his lap. “Oh my God, you’re such a beautiful girl,” he sighs, kissing her furry forehead. “Oh gosh.” Two d ay s l a t e r, t h e s t a f f r e moves C h au ncey f rom t he

website’s adoptable list. Good for her, because shelter life can be tough, says veterinarian Terry Eylers, who volunteers at the shelter. “It’s very stressful to be around all those animals and all that noise,” she says. “Animals need social interaction. They need people. The shelter walkers do what they can, but I’ve seen a lot of animals, when they’re adopted, they’re different animals.” But life at a shelter, Eylers thinks, is better than no life. “Ideally, we’d love to get all animals a home,” she says. “But at least the animals at Bobbi’s shelter are very well taken care off. They’re socialized as much as possible; they’re walked; they’re loved.” Giordano feeds the dogs bites of chicken one by one. “Good boy, Petey,” she says to a little whiteand-black terrier, a stray rescued by a fireman after living under a school bus for six months. Giordano’s face and voice go soft for the first time. “Animals are God’s creatures. They never get mad at you. They never answer you back. And they don’t leave you unless Q you leave them.”

State Senate budget offers pre-K funding by Domenick Rafter Editor

Mayor de Blasio may get the funds he wants to implement universal prekindergarten citywide this year, though he won’t get them the way he proposed. The state Senate, controlled by a coalition of Republicans, who are opposed to the mayor’s plan to raise taxes on city residents with incomes of $500,000 and over to fund pre-K, and Independent Democrats who back it, passed a budget proposal last Friday that excluded the tax hike, but included $540 million for pre-K in New

No tax increase, but significant money York City, the full amount de Blasio sought to raise with his tax hike. The Democratic-controlled state Assembly passed a budget that includes a provision allowing the city to implement the tax hike, though it is not likely to be included in any final agreement, which will be decided on by state Senate Co-leaders Jeff Klein (D-Bronx) and Dean Skelos (R-Nassau), Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver (D-Manhattan) and Gov. Cuomo.

In a statement, de Blasio praised the Senate’s proposal. “Under Conference Leaders Klein and Skelos, the state senate’s majority has put forward an unprecedented commitment to fund free, full-day pre-K for every child in New York City, and after-school programs for every middle schooler,” the statement said. “We will work closely with our state partners to ensure we have the sufficient, secure and ongoing resources needed to

invest in the children of this city.” The mayor further called on the Senate to back his tax hike plan. Cuomo has been opposed to the mayor’s plan and proposed $100 million in funds for statewide pre-K, far less than the Senate’s proposal. Several Senate sources say Cuomo has been lukewarm to the Senate’s funding proposal, which would be paid for by eliminating nearly $1 billion in corporate tax cuts favored by the governor. The state budget is due by April 1 and Cuomo, especially, is focused on preventing any delay in an election year. The budget has not been late since he took office in 2011. Q


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Mayor de Blasio announced on Tuesday that the city will settle a long-running, contentious lawsuit brought over alleged racism in testing for applicants to the Fire Department. The federal suit was brought against the city by the Vulcan Society, which represents black firefighters, and the U.S. Justice Department in 2007. It alleged that recent exams discriminated against black applicants, and resulted in a judge throwing out the results of those tests and threatening to impose ethnic quotas on FDNY hiring. As in the federal case made against the Police Department’s stop-and-frisk policy, de Blasio has a different view than former Mayor Bloomberg, who denied the charge of racism in both cases and fought the suits until leaving office. Under the settlement, the city will pay $98 million to some minority firefighters who it said were hired later than they might have been and to minority test takers who were not hired at all. It also will recruit black applicants in proportion to their share of the eligible population, plus 3 percent, and take other Q steps to diversify the department. — Peter C. Mastrosimone

Time to turn up the music in Forest Hills Zac Brown Band to perform June 21 by Christopher Barca Reporter

Rock ‘n’ roll will stop the traffic once again in Forest Hills this year. After Grammy award-winning folk rock band Mumford & Sons dazzled a sold-out crowd at the first concert hosted at the West Side Tennis Stadium in almost 20 years last August, the former US Open venue will play host to a series of concerts this summer. The Zac Brown Band, a popular country music act famous for chart-topping tunes such as “Chicken Fried” and “Goodbye in her Eyes,” will be hitting the stage on June 21, the first of a full concert series planned for the venue. Tickets will go on sale exclusively on ticketfly.com on Saturday at 10 a.m. and prices range between $79.50 and $104.50, slightly more expensive than tickets for last year’s Mumford & Sons concert. More musical acts for this year’s concert series will be announced over the coming weeks. The stadium played host to the US Open

60 times until the tournament moved to the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing in 1978 and legendary musical acts such as The Rolling Stones, Frank Sinatra, The Who and Jimi Hendrix, who was booed off stage, all played the venue. Nearly $3 million in renovations has taken place at the stadium over the last year, including the installation of new seats, walkways and other moder n amenities. Despite some Mumford & Sons ticket holders not being able to enter the venue due to overcrowding and complaints about the lack of adequate portable bathrooms for the approximately 16,000 attendees, the rousing test concert to see if the stadium and surrounding area could handle such an event was a success. In the days after the show, Community Board 6 Chairman Frank Gulluscio and Councilwoman Karen Koslowitz (D-Forest Hills) said they were pleased with the concert and their offices received very little negative feedback from the surrounding Q community.

City dredging Newtown Creek If you live near Newtown Creek and smell something like rotten eggs in the air, there’s a good chance it’s hydrogen sulfide — also known by the lovely name sewer gas — being released from the dredging of the waterway. The Department of Environmental Conservation plans to dredge the creek for the next six weeks. The work is necessary so that boats that transport sludge away from the Newtown Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant can navigate to a new dock at Whale Creek, next to the plant, as the Maspeth Industrial Business Association noted in an announcement last Friday. The old dock, located in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, was demolished to make room for new housing. Dredging operations are expected to start in Whale Creek and then move west along Newtown Creek toward the Pulaski Bridge to the mouth of Newtown Creek, according to the MIBA. The work will first be done from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. and then will go 24 hours a day. Questions and concerns can be directed to the DEP’s Shane Ojar at (718) 595-4148 or sojar@dep.nyc.gov. Q — Peter C. Mastrosimone

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WE PROVIDE CASH LOANS FOR AUTOS AND MOTORCYCLES! they treat everything like it’s a one-shot deal and we don’t do that,” Elias said. In addition to buying gold, silver, diamonds, watches Recently, a woman and her boyfriend went into and coins, Ice Jewelry Buying also offers instant cash an unassuming gold buying and cash loan shop on loans for jewelry and eBay selling services. Queens Boulevard. She had a $35 offer on her ring Their cash loans program is straightforward and from another area shop, but was looking to get a simple. “It’s a perfect solution for someone who better deal. In what may be viewed as poor business has a bill due and a check on the way,” Goldberg acumen, she told her new prospective buyer what said. “But we make sure they have a game plan to her previous offer was. Still, after examining her buy their jewelry back before the end of the term. piece, he offered her $1,600. He did so, as he says, Sometimes these are people’s heirlooms we’re “...because that’s what it was worth.” talking about and we respect that.” The plight of the worker who’s hard-up for cash For those who are less Internet-savvy or just don’t in today’s economy is something that Arthur Elias have the time, Ice Jewelry Buying offers a convenient and Edward Goldberg can relate to firsthand, eBay sales service. If what a customer has isn’t an having been laid off from their jobs in jewelry item that Ice Jewelry Buying would purchase, like manufacturing. They understand that people get a handbag or antique furniture, they can help find into situations where they just need a little cash fast a buyer on their eBay store. Elias consults with the to make the bills and Ice Jewelry Buying Service customer to find a target price hopes to help out in the most STORE HOURS and let the Internet auctioneers honest way they can. handle the rest. “For this, I like to think we’re MON.-FRI. 11am - 7pm For anyone who has ever doing the community a service,” SAT. 10am - 6pm SUN. by Appointment dealt with the hassle of selling Elias said. “We’re in the business of helping people who are in a tough icejewelrybuyingservice.com and shipping an item on eBay — all the forms involved in setting spot. They can come to our store up a user and paypal account, the 10-15 percent fee and know that we can educate them on what they that Ice Jewelry Buying charges to do all the work is have and we’ll give them what their items are worth. really a bargain deal. When that woman told me her previous offer, it made “At the end of the day, I just want people to feel me wonder how many times this happens — how comfortable doing business with us. People have many people who really need that money get taken this conception of gold buying stores as these slimy advantage of?” places with slimy people, and they’re typically right. Elias opened his Rego Park shop with Goldberg But we want to be different. I don’t think it’s cool to in 2009, and already they’re seeing a lot of repeat see someone buy a ring for $200 and put it in their customers and referrals. This is a sign to them that counter for $800. We don’t do that.” they’re doing something right — the pawn business Ice Jewelr y Buying Ser vice is located at typically deals in one-time transactions but Elias is 98-30 Queens Blvd. in Rego Park. Hours of operation determined to break that mold, building a reputation are Monday-Friday from 11 am to 7:00 pm and on trust. Saturday 10 am to 6 pm; Sunday – private “Everyone around here is buying gold these days; appoinments are available. Call for more information you can go into the barber shop down the road and Q (718) 830-0030. sell your jewelry. The problem with all these places is

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Citing a stigma that often causes poor students to go hungry rather than take advantage of programs that offer them free lunch at school, Public Advocate Letitia James is calling for the city to expand the program to all students, rich and poor. “Ever y child should be g uaranteed access to healthy food during the school day,” James said in a press release. “We know that when children are hungry, they are less likely to be attentive in class. I have spoken with the ad m i n ist ration regarding the need to explore resources that can pay for universal free lunch. Most significantly, we need to unlink school food to family income to make this program accessible to children citywide.” Already nearly half of the 1.1 million students in the school system — about 530,000 — already qualify for free or reduced-price lunch, offered to students from low-income households — but as many as 780,000 are eligible, according to Liz Accles, executive director of Community Food Advocates, a nonprof it that focuses on full utilization of public food programs. Up to two-thirds of all students in the school system would qualify for free lunch, she said. Families of four with an annual income below $30,615 are entitled to free lunch, while those whose family income is below $43,568 get reduced-price lunch. Children whose families receive food stamps or are on Medicaid or welfare automatically qualify for free meals. According to the Public Advocate’s office, the number of students who eat free or reduced-price school lunch drops from 81 percent of those eligible in elementary

school to 61 percent by middle school and 38 percent in high school. A big part of the issue is the stigma associated with eating school lunch. “These kids don’t want their classmates to know that they are on a free or reduced lunch program,” Accles said, adding that the stigma becomes more of a problem as a student gets older. She noted that it often leads to uncomfortable situations, such as when a student can’t afford lunch if they are not getting free lunch. At a town hall meeting at PS 154 in Flushing on March 5, Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña recognized the problem when responding to a parent’s question on the matter. Fariña said children not eating lunch in school because of fear of bullying over their qualifying for free or reducedprice lunch is a common problem citywide. “There’s a stigma about it and as a result a lot of students don’t eat or don’t even take part,” she said. According to James spokeswoman Aja Davis, expanding lunch to all students could cost $20 million more, but the public advocate expects the federal government would reimburse the cost. The federal government currently reimburses the cost of the free lunch program and the Obama administration has been suppor tive of expanding free lunch and have been promising incentives to do so. “The federal government has acknowledged that in a lot of states, this is a big issue,” Accles added. Some other cities, like Dallas, Chicago and Boston, have implemented a universal free lunch program with significant federal support. James said she is in discussion with the de Blasio administration about implementQ ing such a program.

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Says charter schools offer parents and students beneficial ed. options by Michael Gannon Editor

Congressman Gregory Meeks (D-Queens, Nassau) joined charter school parents and advocates in Jamaica on Tuesday in what he said is an effort to dispel some rumors surrounding the charter movement. “We want to make sure that all kids are educated, and that all are treated equally,” Meeks said on the steps of the New Jerusalem Baptist Church on Smith Street. The rally was sponsored by Families for Excellent Schools, and included about a dozen parents, many of them holding signs asking the city to treat charter schools equally when it comes to funding, especially for capital projects. The Rev. Calvin Rice, pastor of New Jerusalem and a co-founder of the Rochdale Early Advantage Charter School, said the church charges the school only what its own costs are to host it. And while Meeks stressed the need to find common ground, Rice believes charters are under attack

in New York City “If they had to pay market rent, they couldn’t survive,” he said. “But if the School Construction Authority had to pay the cost of building a new school for these children, the city would be paying $3,000 or $4,000 per student per year just for debt service.” The church has hosted the school since its inception in 2010. Char ter schools, especially some of the Success Academy charters operated by former Councilwoman Eva Moskowitz, have come under fire from Mayor de Blasio since he was a candidate; and from Schools Chancellor Carmen Farina. Th ree char ter co -location plans, including one at Jamaica’s Aug ust Mar ti n High School, recently were denied by the city after they had been agreed to by Mayor Bloomberg. More than a dozen others were approved, but parents in Harlem are going to court over one of the denials. Gov. Cuomo has promised to back the three booted charters, though the de Blasio administra-

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Charter school parents Priscilla Rivas, left, and Shamona Kirkland join the Rev. Calvin Rice and U.S. Rep. Gregory Meeks at a rally calling for fairness toward charter schools when it comes to space and funding. PHOTO BY MICHAEL GANNON tion subsequently agreed to find a new location for the Harlem school. “Some people want to paint this as the mayor against the governor

or public versus charters,” Meeks said. “It doesn’t have to be that way. I’m here to support charter schools. But I want to support all schools. My office has practically

adopted IS 59 to make sure they get everything they need for students to succeed. We want parents to have all options on the table” continued on page 27

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QueensWay’s first renderings The groups involved in the ongoing feasibility study for the proposed QueensWay park released renderings last Thursday of what the project, similar to Manhattan’s High Line, might look like should it come to fruition. Both renderings, which feature visions of the park proposed for the former right of way of the Rockaway Beach LIRR line, will be featured in two workshops that will be held on the proposal on Monday, March 24 at the Metropolitan E xpeditionar y Learning School at 91-30 Metropolitan Ave. in Forest Hills and Wednesday, March 26 at the High School for Construction Trades, Architecture and Engineering at 94-06 104 St. in Ozone Park. Both will begin at 7 p.m. The Trust for Public Land, a national urban parks advocacy group, is leading the study, which is largely funded with $467,000 in money from the state. The renderings and the next round of workshops are part of the next phase of the study. During the first round of workshops last fall, The Trust for Public Land and other consultant groups taking part in the study offered up examples of similar projects around the world. In this month’s work-

shops, TPL says it will discuss safety and security, connections to adjacent facilities like little league fields in Forest Hills and Glendale and safe routes to connect the QueensWay to Woodhaven Boulevard, which the park would run parallel to for its entire length. If built in its entirety, the QueensWay will stretch along the right of way between Rego Park and Ozone Park and be elevated for much of its run, similar to the High Line, except in Forest Park, where it would be in a sunken ravine. The proposal is in competition with another one, favored by many in the Rockaways and South Queens, to reactivate rail service along the line, which was fully abandoned in 1962. Supporters of the QueensWay, as well as the competing transit plan, both face strong opposition from many residents who live along the line, especially in Woodhaven, Glendale and Forest Hills where the right of way abuts properties. During a public workshop for the QueensWay in November in Woodhaven, a number of residents expressed their staunch opposition to the plan. — Domenick Rafter


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O ngoi ng con st r uct ion might not result in the only change coming to the Briarwood-Van Wyck Boulevard subway stop this year. Legislation put forth by st at e Se n. Tony Avel la (D-Bayside) last Thursday would require the MTA to remove the reference to Van Wyck Boulevard in the station’s name, instead calling it just “Briarwood.” The legislation is identical to that introduced by Assemblyman David Weprin (D-Fresh Meadows) in January 2013, which has f loundered in the legislative body ever since. Avella believes the nonsensical name of the station has needed an alteration for years and changing it now, Commuters enter and exit the Briarwood-Van Wyck Blvd. subway wh ile const r uction on a station on Tuesday evening. State Sen. Tony Avella proposed new entrance continues, is legislation last week to remove Van Wyck Blvd. from the station’s the perfect time to do so. name, puzzling an area civic leader. PHOTO BY CHRISTOPHER BARCA “There’s no connection Vernon acknowledged that some resianyway to the Van Wyck Boulevard. The road doesn’t exist,” Avella said. “I think dents have clamored for the change in it’s appropriate to have it called just Briar- recent years, but that its current name is wood. While we’re doing the construction, still accurate, despite the original boulevard not being in existence for decades. we might as well make the change.” “It’s still relatively geog raphically The station, or iginally named Van Wyck Boulevard, opened in 1937 and accurate,” she said. “To call it the Briarserves the F train, as well as the E train on wood station, I don’t think it’s a particular improvement.” nights and weekends. If Avella’s bill becomes law, the MTA Construction of the Van Wyck Expressway involved paving over the boulevard in will go through with renaming the station, the 1950s, but the station’s name remained a c c o r d i n g t o s p o ke s wo m a n M a r i s a the same until the 1990s, when the word Baldeo. However, the mosaic tiling featuring Briarwood was added. Avella says the legislation, which would the original name of the station will not require the MTA to change all signage and change due to cost factors. The signs bearing the station’s name on maps referring to the station’s name, has a “reasonable chance” of passing during the the staircase leading to the platform and current legislative session, and the funds the signage on the columns on the platrequired for the project should not be sizable. form itself will be the ones subject to “The cost would be minimal at this alteration. “The request is under consideration,” time. This should be a priority while we’re doing construction,” he said. “The old Ba ld e o s a id i n a s t at e me nt . “O nc e name has no real connection to the com- approved and funds become available, New York City Transit will change all munity, the new name actually would.” Briarwood Action Network President metal signs in the station to Briarwood.” The opening of the subway station’s Aida Vernon disagrees with Avella, saying that any amount of time or money new entrance was supposed to occur in spent changing the name would be better Febr uar y, about one month ahead of schedule. used in another fashion. But the recent string of snowstorms and “I’m not sure why it’s going through the state Senate. It has to do with transit and the cold weather has delayed it until May, MTA,” Vernon said. “It does not strike me as according to Vernon. Q “Let’s hope it’s May,” she said. the most pressing issue in the Briarwood area.”


C M SQ page 27 Y K a school beyond 100 percent capacity. They should not force children to be educated in trailers. You don’t want elementary school children co-located in a high school? Fine. Let’s find another place for them. Let’s just talk about it. We can figure it out.” Numerous parents in Southeast Queens were highly critical last fall when the Panel for Educational Policy — then under the control of Mayor Bloomberg — approved numerous charter co-locations at their children’s schools with just weeks to go before de Blasio took office. And their complaints were not limited to putting elementary and high school students together in close quarters.

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in 2004. The school’s board has come under scrutiny in the press recently for its finances and some other dealings. Published reports said Meeks and others resigned from the school’s board several years ago over concerns involving a real estate deal. Meeks said Tuesday that he left the board at the time because he could no longer dedicate the time that was necessary for meetings and other functions. Meeks said he was troubled by recent media reports. Without singling out Merrick or any other school, he said it is just another point in an argument for absolute fairness, and the need to deal with charters on their individual merit. “If the schools are successful, fine,” he said. “If they are not doing the job, shut Q them down.”

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continued from page 23 Lena Richardson, principal at the Rochdale charter, said she has 193 students in grades K through 4, and that grade 5 is coming next year. She said the students’ achievement levels compare well to those at similar schools, with a B rating under the grading system enacted under Mayor Bloomberg And she said accusations that charters handpick only those students who will do well enough to keep test scores afloat simply are untrue. “We fill slots with a public lottery,” she said, citing a waiting list of more than 300. “No parents here have seen any evidence of cherry-picking.” Parent Priscilla Rivas of Elmhurst said her child is thriving at a Success Academy school in Harlem, because it was the closest available at the time. “You should not have to go to Manhattan or Brooklyn to educate your child,” she said. Parent Shamona Kirkland said the mayor’s talk of booting some co-located charters or charging them rent — they are not entitled to city capital funding for facilities — is unjust. “Public charters only serve 70,000 students, but they are still public schools,” she said. “Every public school should be treated fairly in New York City.” Meeks fully acknowledged that some charter opponents’ concerns are genuine. He referenced a recent meeting with city clergy that also was attended by Public Advocate Letitia James. James is party to a lawsuit to stop 30 colocations, and wants the schools’ admission lotteries suspended. “She said things that we agree with,” Meeks said. “She said schools need the voice of parents. We agree. She said they should not be in schools that are overcrowded ... We agree. No co-location should push

Parents at established schools, including some who had attended the schools themselves as children, felt the new schools and new students in established buildings would be competing for funding, equipment and use of limited common spaces such as gyms, libraries and cafeterias. Meeks said the Eagle Academy, a school opened by One Hundred Black Men in 2010, is a n ideal exa mple of a tempora r y co-location. The school was designed to serve at-risk boys and young adults from inner-city populations. It now has its own building on Linden Boulevard in St. Albans. “They knew that they wanted to expand,” he said. Meeks himself was instrumental in the founding of the Merrick Academy in Jamaica

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Genovese continued from page 19 to ask what he should do. He eventually called police, drunk and frightened, after climbing through a window to use a neighborâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s phone. Van Cura noted that one person who is truly known to have completely turned a blind eye to the crime was Joseph Fink, an assistant superintendent who worked in the Mowbray apartments across the street who later shrugged when police asked why he didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t act. The best counter-example to the Genovese Syndrome in Van Curaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s eyes is the capture of Moseley, which came about because a suspicious neighbor questioned him during his attempted burglary of an apartment in another neighborhood. That neighbor got involved by tampering with the wires in Moseleyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s car, delaying his departure until police arrived. Moseley, who readily admitted to killing Genovese and two other women before that, is serving a life sentence. During his imprisonment, he brief ly escaped custody in 1968 and spent his time on the loose holding hostages and raping a woman while her husband was tied up. He was returned to custody, where he took part in the Attica prison riots in 1971. He has been described as a necrophiliac in psychological evaluations. His next chance for parole will be Q next year.

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On Wednesday, at 12:20 a.m., police responded to a 911 call of a car accident on the eastbound upper level of the Queensboro Bridge. Upon arrival, officers observed the operator of a 2009 Ford Escape medallion taxi u nconscious and unresponsive in the driver’s seat. EMS transported the driver, 50-yearold Vadro Kone, to Mt. Sinai Hospital of Queens where he was pronounced dead on arrival. Further investigation revealed that Kone and the driver of a 2008 Lincoln Town Car were both traveling eastbound on the upper level of the bridge and were on the ramp. Kone was in the right lane and the town car was in the left lane. At this point, Kone suffered a health condition rendering him incapacitated. The vehicle struck the wall area of the ramp, prior to striking the town car towards the bottom of the ramp. The driver of the town car and the rear passenger of Kone’s car were both removed by EMS and taken to Elmhurst General Hospital where they were listed in stable condition. Q

Pavilion task force meets One month after touring the aging New York State Pavilion and promising to form a group dedicated to protecting the icon, Borough President Melinda Katz chaired the first meeting of the task force Friday. People for the Pavilion co-founder Matthew Silva said in an email Tuesday his preservation group was “invigorated” by the

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Up to 1,000 tenants given hot plates to cook for unknown time by Liz Rhoades Managing Editor

A gas leak at the Pomonok Houses in Flushing has left up to 1,000 tenants without the ability to cook a meal and it could last for months. Officials from the New York City Housing Authority, which runs the 35-building complex, notified Con Edison last Thursday night they smelled gas. A defective gas line was found and the utility cut off cooking gas to 259 apartments in the four affected buildings. Monica Corbett, president of the Pomonok Residents Association, estimates between 750 and 1,000 tenants are affected by the cutoff. Her apartment on Kissena Boulevard is affected and she said NYCHA distributed two-burner hot plates to the apartments involved. “We’re not mad the gas was turned off, not after the explosion last week in Harlem, but I think tenants need more appliances to cook with than just a hot plate,” said Corbett, who has an electric griddle and more. She would like to see residents given such griddles, crockpots or toaster ovens to make cooking easier, saying, “With Easter and Passover coming, it’s going to be difficult to cook a meal.” She noted that none of the tenants want to spend extra money for food by dining out or

Still life of a kitchen in the Pomonok Houses in Flushing, where the gas to stoves has been turned off. Residents were given two-burner hot plates, but it’s hard to cook a meal on them so PHOTO BY RICK MAIMAN they have to buy electric skillets and other appliances to make do bringing in. “I’ve told people they have to be more creative by using other appliances. At least we still have heat,” Corbett said. Tenants met with officials Monday night and were not given an estimated time for repairs to be made. Con Ed spokesman Bob McGee said NYCHA is responsible for making the repairs. Once that is completed, the

utility inspects the work and then turns the gas back on. After the gas leak was discovered, officials led Corbett and other tenants to believe that the project could take six weeks to three months to complete. “They told us they are working as fast as they can to replace the gas line, but it will be a long process,” she said.

“No one is hostile about the situation,” Corbett added. “We’re grateful they are taking precautions.” The Pomonok Houses were built in 1952 and few improvements have been made since then, according to the president, who has lived there for more than 15 years. “There have been no major upgrades except for new windows,” she said. When questioned about the cooking situation, NYCHA officials issued the following statement: “Late Thursday night, Con Edison shut down gas service at Pomonok Houses due to a gas main leak. Heat and hot water services were not affected; only cooking gas. The gas outage affects 4 out of 35 buildings (259 apartments out of 2,070). “NYCHA staff has been on site since day one working to restore service. NYCHA staff notified residents and distributed hot plates. While we cannot estimate when gas will be restored at this point, NYCHA staff are working to restore service as soon as possible. We will keep residents informed.” Corbett said tenants understand the situation, “but they should give us other appliances.” This is not the first time NYCHA tenants in Flushing have been given hot plates when gas was turned off. Eighty households in the Bland Houses were without gas for more Q than eight weeks in 2010.

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No easing up on library oversight: JVB Councilman says he is aggressively pursuing spending controversy by Peter C. Mastrosimone

tions on a 24-hour cycle. “The President’s mandate is to When Queens Library President meet the expectations of the Board and CEO Tom Galante invited of Trustees and the job requiremembers of the borough’s press me nt s. T h is h a s b e e n done corps to the Central Library for a successfully.” Van Bramer, the Cou ncil’s roundtable discussion, he boasted that he works “probably close to majority leader, chairs the Commit100 hours a week” for the institu- tee on Cultural Affairs, Libraries tion, even while he does another 20 and International Intergroup Relations. Ferreras chairs the Finance or 25 hours at his side job. When asked in writing by two Committee. The existence of the library’s members of the City Council how many hours he works for the response to the Council members’ library, Galante dropped the esti- 19 questions, and many more submate a little, saying he puts in questions, was revealed to the between 70 and 80 hours a week Queens Chronicle in an exclusive interview with Van Bramer last on average. The question was one of many Thursday, a conversation that lasted asked of Galante in a Feb. 20 letter more than an hour and was about nothing but the sent to the library situation. library by CounGalante has cilman Jimmy he institution faced public Va n B r a m e r criticism and at (D-Sunnyside) serves the people least one lawa nd C ou nci lof Queens, and the maker’s call for woman Julissa his resignation Ferreras (D-East people of Queens since the Daily Elmhurst). The answer came in need their library.” News revealed in late January a point-by-point — City Councilman that he makes response sent Jimmy Van Bramer nearly $400,000 March 7. a year as head of “The President & CEO’s position is, of course, the library, a private, nonprofit more than a full time position and organization that performs its requires many long and frequently municipal service under a contract unusual hours, including events and with the city. Further reporting by the News work related activities on evenings and weekends,” the librar y’s and other media outlets, and a response, signed by Galante, said. Council hearing Van Bramer called “On average, the President works as soon as he saw the first story, an estimated 70-80 hours a week have shown Galante’s compensafor the library during varying hours tion, including benefits, to be just including; early morning work, at under $450,000. He also had his late evening events, on weekends, office remodeled as part of a renoand attending many meetings with vation of the Central Library, at a the Board of Trustee[s] and its com- cost of $140,000 and, according to mittees. Indeed, the library func- the News, has ties to a Long Island Editor-in-Chief

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Library President Tom Galante and Van Bramer at a 2010 gala for the Queens Library Foundation, which supports the institution through private donations.

construction manager handling many of the library’s projects. Most recently, agents with the Federal Bureau of Investigation and city Department of Investigation issued subpoenas to the library, indicating a criminal probe. Van Bramer said the hearing he called, which was held Feb. 5, was no walk in the park. “We reacted very swiftly and strongly,” he said during last week’s interview. “That oversight hearing on Feb. 5 was the toughest oversight hearing I have ever witnessed in the 15 years I have been around government and the City Council.” Before winning his seat in 2009, Van Bramer worked for the library for about 11 years, starting as a community organizer and community relations specialist and ending as chief external affairs officer, charged with building public support for the library. He said that his connection to the institution has not caused him to pull his punches during the controversy at all, and in fact has been beneficial to his oversight role. “I would actually argue I’m the most well-positioned to do a good and thorough job because I understand libraries more than most,” he said, adding that he immediately called the “emergency” hearing after reading the Daily News story, forcing Galante to face hours of “grueling” questions. “The record is one that speaks for itself,” he said. “I care first and foremost about the institution. I care about the institution’s longterm health and survival, and that is because the institution serves the people of Queens, and the people of Queens need their library.” Asked if he believes Galante can survive the controversy, Van Bramer would not say yes or no. “There are multiple investigations going on at this point,” he said. “We need to allow those investigations to proceed and conclude before we make any declarative statement on that.” That reasoning, he said, is also why he has not issued unsolicited statements about the library controversy since the “incredibly strong and incredibly forceful” one he put out when the story broke. In that statement he said reports about the library “cause me great concern” and added that he was “deeply offended” by comments Galante had made about the library’s janitorial staff. Van Bramer’s stepfather was a school custodian. Under Galante — and the city budget cuts of recent years — the library has

Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer, seen in a 2012 visit to the Queens Chronicle, says the fact he used to work for the library is an asset, not a detriment, in his PHOTOS BY PETER C. MASTROSIMONE role chairing the committee that oversees it. reduced its full-time janitorial staff and farmed out some of the work. “I was paying $35 an hour to janitors to mop floors, and now we’re paying $15,” the library chief had told the Daily News. Van Bramer — whose office issues more press advisories, statements and press releases than just about any elected official in Queens — said no one should get the impression from his lack of public statements on the library that he is not working hard to address the controversy. He hasn’t wanted to issue “knee-jerk responses” to issues raised by the media and in the oversight hearing, he said. “I do care about this and I’m probably going to introduce some pieces of legislation that are aimed at reform and transparency, and that are aimed not just at the Queens Library,” he said. “I’m doing a lot of work behind the scenes that folks don’t see. Trust me, I’ve been active on this since Jan. 27, when I saw the Daily News and my jaw dropped.” Q ueens Boroug h P resident Melinda Katz has been pressing the library for reforms more openly, sending to the media a series of letters she has written to its Board of Trustees and the mayor without prompting. Asked if Van Bramer has been working with her office, Katz spokesman Michael Scholl issued a statement saying, “The Borough President and other elected officials are all working together through their different offices to restore public confidence in the Library’s governance.”

The borough president appoints seven of the library board’s 14 regular members and is one of its five ex-officio members. The statement noted that Katz is using her role to press for certain reform measures, as well as working with Assemblyman Jeff Aubrey (D-Corona) and state Sen. Mike Gianaris (D-Astoria) to codify some of them through legislation. “The City Council has a different but important oversight role over the Library,” the statement continued, noting not only Van Bramer’s oversight hearing but a more recent regular budget hearing, at which some lawmakers, especially Councilwoma n Eli zabeth Crowley (D-Middle Village) again hit Galante hard over financial questions. Among the many questions related to funding and governance in the Van Bramer-Ferreras letter to the library was one on a different topic: smoking. Galante smokes, and as part of his office renovations had an outdoor seating area built, which some have decried as his “smoke deck” — though the library says it is for meetings. “Is the QBPL a smoke-free facility, including its outdoor areas?” the lawmakers asked, using the initialism for Queens Borough Public Library. “If not, in which areas is smoking allowed?” The library chose not to answer directly. “The Library complies with all applicable New York City and State Laws,” it said. Van Bramer did say some questions would require following up. Q


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De Blasio’s approval rating dips, poll says Public approval of how Mayor de Blasio is handling his job has dropped eight points since mid-January, while disapproval has risen 20 points, according to a new survey by Quinnipiac University’s Polling Institute. Forty-five percent of respondents said they approve of de Blasio’s performance as mayor, compared to 53 percent on Jan. 16, the poll found. Thirty-four percent disapprove, com-

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Cops plan crackdown over double-parking Police are warning against double-parking by distributing fliers to people they see doing it, and will be writing more tickets, in what they call “Operation Move Along.” Officers are especially targeting one particular street in each borough command, which means two in Queens. They are Main Street between Northern Boulevard and Booth Memorial Avenue, and Jamaica Avenue between the Van Wyck Expressway and Eldert Lane, chosen due to their frequent accidents. Q

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New York State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli does not have the right to audit charter schools, the state Supreme Court ruled last week. Although charters are considered public schools, they technically are not units of the state, unlike traditional schools, and therefore are not subject to state audits, Manhattan Supreme Court Justice Thomas Breslin ruled. Charters are publicly funded but privately operated and also receive donations. DiNapoli had been auditing charters under a 2009 law that gave him the authority to do so. But Eva Moskowitz, founder of the Success Academy chain of charters, sued to block him from auditing her institution. Breslin determined that the law establishing charters in the first place overrode the 2009 auditing law. City Comptroller Scott Stringer said in response that he will audit charter schools. The case is one of several involving charters, which supporters laud as an option for students who otherwise would be stuck in failing traditional schools, and critics disparage as profiteering enterprises that take funds from regular schools. Parents at one Success Academy are suing the city in federal court over Mayor de Blasio’s revocation of a charter school co-location plan that had been approved under the Bloomberg administration. And Public Advocate Letitia James is suing in state court to block dozens of charter co-locations in regular schools that de Blasio did not reverse. Q

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The Red Storm’s disappointing season ends in blowout fashion in NIT opener by Christopher Barca Reporter

The passionate St. John’s fan base deserves so much more than what their favorite college basketball team gave them on Tuesday night as well as throughout the entire 2013-14 season For the third straight season, the Red Storm men’s team failed to make the NCAA tournament. For the second consecutive year, they failed to live up to the preseason predictions of postseason success placed on them by college basketball experts across the country. After ending the regular season on a blistering tear, the Johnnies fell short in this year’s Big East tournament opener, missing the big dance and ending up in the consolation bracket known as the NIT. With nothing but pride to play for, an extraordinarily inferior Robert Morris University squad came to Queens on Tuesday and blew the doors off the Red Storm on their home court, leaving some spectators in attendance to boo the Johnnies off the floor and take to social media to let off steam. An 89-78 loss might not look terrible on the scoreboard, thanks to a late rally by the Red Storm that cut the deficit from humiliating to just bad, but the hilariously putrid spectacle that was St. John’s for the majority of the contest should rightfully embarrass anyone and everyone involved with and rooting for the storied program. And St. John’s fans don’t deserve that kind of disappointment. Karvel Anderson and Lucky Jones combined to score 32 points per game this season for Robert Morris, but Anderson hung a shocking 38 points on the Johnnies alone, while Jones added 25 points. The Colonials led 49-27 at halftime and were in front by as much as 26 points over the Red Storm early in the second half. The Johnnies went on a 24-6 run towards the end of the game, but it wasn’t enough to earn a come-from-behind win. Struggling early before mounting a furious comeback that proves to be too little, too late, it was a perfect encapsulation of the Johnnies’ season. I was a sophomore at St. John’s University when the Red Storm hired former UCLA head man Steve Lavin to replace the unpopular Norm Roberts as coach in 2010. Once the consistently inconsistent Johnnies started knocking off top-tier squads like Duke and Connecticut that winter, “Lavinmania” swept across cam-

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pus like a winter gale. A big “Lavinwood” sign could be seen in the student section of every home game on the Red Storm’s march to the NCAA tournament, their first in years. But that was four seasons ago. Since then, the undermanned and new-look Johnnies struggled in 2011-2012 and failed to realize their promise last year. Some, if not most, of that falls on their players not performing up to standard, but a third straight season of inconsistency and disappointing results is nearly inexcusable. Lavin and St. John’s have been reportedly discussing a lengthy contract extension over the last few months. And while many would argue that Lavin hasn’t had enough time to turn the formerly floundering Johnnies around, the case can certainly be made that the slick-haired leader might not be the right man for the job. Lavin is known as one of the nicest, most caring coaches (and people) in sports today. In a sport where loose cannon coaches like Bobby Knight and Frank Martin often garner headlines for their brutal sideline antics, Lavin sees his players as human beings first, students second and players third, and he deser ves to be applauded for that. But despite his ability to foster relationships with his players, the questions over whether he can fully extract the limitless talent from his potent team will never go away. That is, unless, the Red Storm do next year like they were supposed to this season: make the NCAA tournament and wreak havoc once they get there. It’s going to be a long offseason for Red Storm fans left with a bitter taste in their mouths, but with nearly every major player returning to school next year, hope will continue to spring eternal in the minds of Q the Johnnies in the fall.

The Johnnies qualified for the NCAA tournament for the fifth straight year by Christopher Barca Reporter

The St. John’s men’s basketball team may have disappointed scores of fans by missing out on the NCAA tournament this year, but the university can still do damage come March Madness. Going dancing will be the St. John’s women’s basketball squad, as the Red Storm earned an eight-seed in the NCAA tournament and a date with the nine-seed University of Southern California Trojans in the first round of the dance. The contest will take place on Saturday at 6:30 p.m. in Knoxville, Tenn., and air on ESPN2. St. John’s enters the tournament with a 22-10 record and an appearance in the Big East Tour nament championship game, where they lost to DePaul, under its belt.

The Red Storm didn’t exactly earn an easy draw when the bracket was announced on Monday, as St. John’s will most likely have to play the top-seeded Tennessee Volunteers on Monday, should the Johnnies escape their battle with the Trojans. This is the f ifth straight trip to the NCAA tournament for the Johnnies, and the second straight under coach Joe Tartamella, who replaced Kim Barnes Arico after she left for the University of Michigan, following the Red Storm’s Sweet 16 appearance in 2012. The Johnnies are led by sophomore Aliyyah Handford, who averaged 16 points and five rebounds per game. The guard broke the school record for most points as a sophomore in one season with 517. The NCAA championship game will be Q played on April 8 in Nashville, Tenn.

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A juried exhibition of dreams, memories and thoughts to one of art’s deepest roots: painting. “I dream of painting, then I paint my dream,” Vincent Van Gogh, one of the most famous painters in history, said. “International Painting” is a wonderfully refreshing yet familiar experience that shows a wide variety of artists and styles. Memorable pieces include Christine Karapetian’s “Night Sounds,” which is filled with bright shapes and dark shadows and was constructed on the back of a desk drawer. She has another piece, “Water from Stones,” that was made using the same method. But what makes each piece even more interesting has nothing to do with the media

with which they were created but the context they have been placed in. The Jeffrey Leder Gallery doubles as a home for the venue’s namesake, who in no way tries to hide that fact, as proven by the soft “click-clacks” that echo from room to room as Leder’s corgi greets visitors with a sassy bark. The homey vibe mimics what one might feel sitting in an art collector’s salon rather than the constricting and cold warehouses many galleries choose to hang their pieces in. Adding to the comfort, many of the artists featured in the show come by to discuss their work with viewers and engage in off-topic conversation. Continued onpage page continued on 41

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own 45th Road, in Long Island City, tucked between by two brownstones is the Tess McRae home of Jeffrey Leder. The interior is plain but warm: wooden floors give off a golden glow from the track lighting and the cream-colored walls have an inviting feel. Despite the cozy feel, there is no furniture; no trace of the inhabitant. Instead, the home is covered in art. The Jeffrey Leder Gallery is hosting a juried exhibit entitled: “International Painting NYC III” and unlike many of today’s exhibits, the show features no video, audio or photographic art. Instead, the collection goes back


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EXHIBITS “Loves,” a Participatory GumHearts Installation, by NY-based artist Niizeki Hiromi, the Center at Maple Grove Cemetery, 127-15 Kew Gardens Road, Kew Gardens, now thru Saturday, March 29, 2-5 p.m. RSVP to Bonnie Thompson Dixon: (718) 709-0390, bonnie@maplegrovecenter.org.

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

The Moscow Festival Ballet will perform Tchaikovsky’s “Swan Lake,” at the Queensborough Performing Arts Center on Sunday, March 30.

Spring Fashion Show Luncheon, Italian Charities of America, 83-20 Queens Blvd., Elmhurst, Sunday, Mar. 23, 2 p.m. $20 pp. Saturday Night Dances, Saturday, Mar. 29, 8-12 p.m. Contact: (718) 478-3100.

Mixed Media Exhibit, Rockaway Artists Alliance, Fort Tilden, on the Rockaway side of the Marine Park Bridge, Saturdays & Sundays, 12-4 p.m., until March 23. Local artists on display: watercolor, oil painting, sculpture, photography and more.

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“The Gemini Killer,” Theatre Time Productions, The Colonial Church of Bayside, 54-02 217 St., Friday, Apr. 4 & Saturdays, Mar. 29, Apr. 5 at 8 p.m.; Sundays, Mar. 30, Apr. 6, 3 p.m. $16 adults, $14 seniors. Contact: (347) 358-8102. Queens Secret Improv Club, Queens’ only allimprov comedy theater, 44-02 23 St., Long Island City. Indie teams: Wednesdays & Thursdays, 7, 8 & 9 p.m., $5. House teams: Fridays, 7:30, 8:30 & 9:30 p.m., $7 for the whole night. Contact: secrettheatre.org.

MUSIC 1960s Vegas-style lounge-jazz show, Queensborough Performing Arts Center, 222-05 56 Ave., Bayside. Saturday, Mar. 22, 8 p.m. $35. Contact/ tickets: (718) 631-6311, visitqpac.org. St. Patrick’s Day Jazz, Paul Joseph Quartet, Mary’s Nativity Church, 46-02 Parsons Blvd., Flushing (enter on Jasmine Ave.), Sunday, Mar. 23, 1 p.m. $10 in advance, $15 at door. Contact: (718) 359-5996, pauljoseph.com. Sacred Music Chorale of Richmond Hill, Spring Concert, St. John’s Lutheran Church, 86-20 114 St., Sunday, Mar. 30, 3 p.m. $15, $12 seniors/students/advance. Reception to follow. Contact: richmondhillny.com.

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LECTURE Talking About History, “Poking Fun: Political Puns and Social Satire in the Genre Paintings of William Sidney Mount,” York College, 94-20 Guy Brewer Blvd., Room 4D01, Jamaica, Thursday, Mar. 27, 12 p.m. Presented by King Manor Museum, and Elizabeth Kahn Kaplan. Free, RSVP recommended. Contact: (718) 206-0545, ext. 13, programs@kingmanor.org.

DANCE Tchaikovsky’s “Swan Lake,” Moscow Festival Ballet, Queensborough Performing Arts Center, 222-05 56 Ave., Bayside, Sunday, Mar. 30, 3 p.m. Contact: QPAC Box Office (718) 631-6311, qcc.cuny.edu/qpac/boxoffice.asp.

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Tango Dance Workshop, Thalia Spanish Theatre, 41-17 Greenpoint Ave., Sunnyside, Fridays & Saturdays, 5-6 p.m., now-March 22. Taught by Yaisuri Salamanca & John Hernan Raigosa, for men/ women, no experience needed. $150 for 15 classes, $100 for 5 classes, $25 per class. Contact: (718) 729-3880, thaliatheatre.org.

Blood Drive, Secular Franciscan Fraternity at St. Adalbert Parish. 52-29 83 St. (enter on 84 St., Elmhurst, Sunday, Mar. 23, 8:30 a.m.-2:15 p.m. Contact: Carolyn Talento (718) 821-1875, medical questions to 1 (800) 933-2566, nybloodcenter.org.

English & ESOL/Civics Class, Flushing Jewish Community Council, two locations: Sheba USA, 72-32 Broadway, Jackson Heights, starting Wednesday, Mar. 19, 6-9 p.m.; ongoing classes, 43-43 Bowne St., Flushing, 6-8 p.m. Intermediate & advanced ESOL, Mon-Thu. 9:15 a.m-12:15 & 1-3 p.m. Register: (718) 463-0434. Defensive Driving Courses, St. Margaret Church, 66-05 79 Pl., Middle Village, Saturday, Mar. 22, 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. $45 pp. Contact/register: (718) 326-1911. Holy Family Parish, 175-20 74 Ave., Flushing, Saturday, Mar. 29, 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. $45 pp. Contact/register: (631) 360-9720. Dance with Instruction, Italian Charities of America, 83-20 Queens Blvd., Elmhurst, every Monday and Friday, 7:15-8 p.m., social dance follows at 8 p.m. $10. Contact: (718) 478-3100. Regents Review Classes, Maspeth Town Hall, 53-37 72 St. Register now for classes in June in: integrated algebra, geometry, global history & geography, living environment/biology, chemistry, Earth science, physics, U.S. history & government, algebra 1, algebra 2/ trig. Contact: (718) 335-6049, between 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Nature Workshops, Queens Botanical Garden, 43-50 Main St., Flushing, Wildlife Photography with Shari Romar, Saturday, Mar. 22, 1-3:30 p.m. Flower & Macro Photography with H. David Stein, Saturday, Mar. 29, 1-3:30 p.m. $10/one workshop; $18 both photo workshops; advance registration required (limited to 12 people). Sundial Craft, Sunday, Mar. 23, 1 p.m. Free (while supplies last). Make a sundial pendant. Contact: (718) 886-3800, ext. 230, queensbotanical.org.

Volunteer youth baseball/football coaches, LP Fam's Youth Organization, baseball ages 5-14, football ages 9-12, teams play in spring, summer and fall, 2014. Contact: Derik Braswell (917) 6924775 or Paul Cox (917) 607-2421. Flushing House Open House, “March into Spring,” Saturday, Mar. 22, 2-4 p.m. & Monday, Mar. 24, 6-8 p.m. Experience all that’s new at New York State’s largest not-for-profit, “Independent Living” retirement community offering: fun, safety, socialization, convenience and freedom of choice. Meet and greet the management team and enjoy music, appetizers and refreshments. Free, seating is limited. Call to RSVP: (718) 7623198, ext. 3014. Oratorio Society of Queens Bowling Fun Night, San-Dee Lanes, 342 Hempstead Ave., Malverne, Saturday, Mar. 22, 7:30 p.m. $30 pp (incl. food & 3 games, shoe rental); cash bar. Tickets: (718) 279-3006.

Hands-on-History: Weaving History, King Manor Museum, 150-30 Jamaica Ave., Jamaica, Saturday, Mar. 22, 1-3 p.m. Free. Create weavings out of cloth and paper; families with children of all ages. Contact: (718) 206-0545, ext. 13, kingmanor.org. After-School Environmental Science Enrichment Program, the Eastern Queens Alliance, Idlewild Park Preserve Environmental Science Learning Center, 149-20 Springfield Lane, Rosedale, begins Monday, Mar. 31. 10-week series of hands-on science workshops focusing on wetland and estuaries meets Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays thru June 14. Ages 8-12, $8 per session, $21 per week. Contact: (347) 824-2301, info@easternqueensalliance.org or eqa-ippc.com/science-in-the-park.html. Baseball 2014 registration, Dunton Presbyterian Church, 109-29 135 St., South Ozone Park, Saturdays, now-Apr. 19, 12-3 p.m. Boys/girls, ages 5-14. Proof of age (birth certificate, passport, school record). $100 registration includes uniform, insurance, weekly training, games, trophies. Contact: Derik Braswell (917) 692-4775, Ted Jones (917) 375-6185 or Paul Cox (917) 607-2421.

SPECIAL EVENTS Chili Cook-Off, Martin Luther School, 60-02 Maspeth Ave., Saturday, Mar. 22, doors open at 4 p.m., $10, includes a tasting of each chili entry plus house chili and chips. Contact: (718) 894-4000 x133, info@ martinlutherNYC.org.

Ladies Fitness Night Out, Central Queens YM & YWHA, 67-09 108 St., Forest Hills, Wednesday, Mar. 26, 7:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m. Zumba, Pilates, Body Pump and more mini-classes. $10 in advance, $15 at door. RSVP by Mar. 19 to cgy.org/LadiesNight.

March for the Earth, Queens Botanical Garden, 43-50 Main St., Flushing, Sunday, Mar. 23, 10 a.m-1 p.m., celebrate vernal equinox with volunteering and unity at QBG, followed by a festive march to the Unisphere. Free, advance registration required. Contact: (718) 886-3800, rforlenza@ queensbotanical.org.

International Day, 34th annual event at Archbishop Molloy High School, 83-53 Manton St., Briarwood, Sunday, Mar. 30, doors open at 1:30 p.m. $10 pp, $5 kids (10 & under). Info: molloyhs.org.

St. Josaphat Leisure Club bus to Empire City Casino, St. Josaphat Church, 34-32 210 St., Bayside, Thursday, Mar. 27, bus leaves at 9 a.m., leaves casino at 4 p.m. $25. Register: Joy (917) 921-7631.

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The GIFs of the MoMI by Domenick Rafter

plicated to make and used mainly in computer programming, they had never been If you are an expert user of social familiar to the general user. media, then you’ve probably heard of — In recent years, however, the format or used — a GIF. has become popular on the internet An acronym for graphic interchange for- because of its low file size, which makes mat, a GIF is a short video clip, usually GIFS easy to store and post on websites or only a second or two long. They date back social medial pages. to the 1980s, but because they were comSpecifically on Facebook, Twitter and on blogs, the GIF — usually pronounced with a soft ‘g” — has emerged as a means of commenting without words. The short video, featuring a character conveying a motion or gesture, is used to express the poster’s feelings on a topic. GIFs are often When: Wed., Thurs., 10:30 a.m.-5 p.m., posted in response to comments or Fridays 10:30 a.m.-8 p.m., as commentary on a particular subSat. & Suns., 11:30 a.m.-7 p.m., ject in a blog post, Facebook status through May 15. or Tweet. Where: Museum of the Moving Image The Museum of the Moving 36-01 35 Ave., Astoria Image in Astoria has 37 of the Tickets: $12 adults, $9 seniors over age most popular reac tion GIFs on 65 and students with ID. $3 view on the museum’s trademark children ages 3-13, Children white wall display in the lobby. under 3 free, movingimage.us Organized by Associate Curator of Digital Media Jason Eppink, the exhibit, which was put together editor

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The Reaction GIF exhibit at the Museum of the Moving Image in Astoria. PHOTO BY DOMENICK RAFTER

through crowdsourcing on the social media website Reddit, shows how the GIF emerged as a new form of communication. Each GIF includes an explanation of what it’s meant to represent written by the Reddit poster who suggested it for viewing. “Some reaction GIFs have entered a common lexicon af ter being regularly reposted in online communities,” said

Eppink. “In ‘The Reaction GIF: Moving Image as Gesture,’ the animated GIF is understood not as an artistic medium but as an element of nonverbal communication: as performed language.” The most widely used GIFs are often culled from popular movies and television shows. Many of the GIFs in the exhibit, which continued on on page page 43 00 continued

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Notice of Formation of HSHMUL Taxi, LLC. Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 2/18/14. Office location: Queens County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: Sukhpreet Singh, 9267 240th Street, Bellerose, NY 11426. Purpose: any lawful activity.

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Notice of Formation of LENOBLE PROPERTIES LLC Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 02/25/14. Office location: Queens County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to Corporation Service Co., 80 State St., Albany, NY 12207. Purpose: Any lawful activity.

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Notice of Formation of SelDon Group, LLC. Arts. of Org. filed with NY Dept. of State on 9/11/13. Office location: Queens County. Sec. of State designated agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served and shall mail process to: The LLC, 195-11 Linden Blvd., St. Albans, NY 11412, principal business address. Purpose: any lawful activity.

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NOTICE OF FORMATION OF LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY. NAME: X & 3W LLC Articles of Organization were filed with the Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 11/22/2013. 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 c/o United States Corporation Agents, Inc., 7014 13th Avenue, Suite 202, Brooklyn, NY 11228. Purpose: For any lawful purpose.

NOTICE OF FORMATION OF LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY. NAME: Kevin Painting & Home Improvement LLC Arts of Org. filed NY Secy of State (SSNY) 1/10/14. Office: Queens Co. SSNY design. agent of LLC upon whom process may be served and shall mail copy to 101-38 113th St., S. Richmond Hill, NY 11419. Purpose: any lawful activity.

NOTICE OF FORMATION OF LUXURY AUTO OF QUEENS BLVD., LLC. Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 02/12/14. Office location: Queeens County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to The LLC, 900 Merchants Concourse, Ste. 305, Westbury, NY 11590. Purpose: Any lawful activity.

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Notice of Qualification of STW LAGUARDIA LLC. App. for Auth. filed Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) 2/18/14. Off. loc.: Queens County. LLC formed in Delaware (DE): on 10/17/13. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: c/o Kee & LauKee, PLLC, 354 Broome St., Ste. 1, NY, NY 10013. DE address of LLC: United Corporate Services, Inc., 874 Walker Rd., Ste. C, Dover, DE 19904. Arts. of Org. filed DE Secy. of State, 401 Federal St., Ste. 4, Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: any lawful activity.

NOTICE OF FORMATION OF LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY. NAME: THE SUPER MOOKIN FIENDS LLC. Articles of Organization were filed with the Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 12/09/2013. 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, P.O. Box 737112, Rego Park, NY 11373. Purpose: For any lawful purpose.

NOTICE is hereby given that an Order entered by the Civil Court, Queens County on August 22, 2013, bearing Index Number NC-000863-12/QU, a copy of which may be examined at the Office of the Clerk, located at 89-17 Sutphin Blvd., Jamaica, NY 11435, grants me the right to: Assume the name of (First) GIOVANNI (Last) D’OSSIE. My present name is ( First) OSWALDO (Middle) GEOVANNI (Last) ALVARADO REYES AKA OSWALDO G ALVARADO, AKA OSWALDO GEOVANNY ALVARADO. My present address is 5615 Waldron St., 1st Fl., Corona, NY 11368. My place of birth is Ecuador. My date of birth is September 10, 1969.


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NOTICE OF FORMATION OF LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY. NAME: 340 MELROSE LLC, a domestic LLC, filed with the SSNY on 2/20/14. Office location: Queens County. SSNY is designated as agent upon whom process against the LLC may be served. SSNY shall mail process to The LLC, P.O. Box 620800, Little Neck, NY 11362. General Purpose.

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FAMILY COURT OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, COUNTY OF QUEENS. In the Matter of a Custody/Visitation Proceeding. File #: 131307. Docket #: V-04413-13. V-0441213. Andrea Serrano, Petitioner against - Ruben Rojas, Respondent. SUMMONS (Publication). IN THE NAME OF THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK: TO: Ruben Rojas (address unkown). A petition under Article 6 of the Family Court Act having been filed with this Court requesting the following relief: Custody; YOU ARE HEREBY SUMMONED to appear before this Court on Date/Time: June 2, 2014 at 9:30 AM. Purpose: Return of Process. Part: 43. Floor 4/Room 480. Presiding: Francine Seiden, Referee. Location: Queens County, 151-20 Jamaica Avenue, Jamaica, NY 11432 to answer the petition and to be dealt with in accordance with Article 6 of the Family Court Act. On your failure to appear as herein directed, a warrant may be issued for your arrest. Dated: March 13, 2014. Vaunda L. Strachan, Clerk of Court. TO THE ABOVE-NAMED RESPONDENT: The foregoing summons is served upon you by publication pursuant to an Order of Francine Seiden, Referee of the Family Court, Queens County, dated and filed with the petition and other papers in the Office of the Clerk of the Family Court, Queens County.


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New York City may be a lot of things, but even our biggest boosters must concede it’s not a big college sports town. It’s been nearly 30 years since the St. John’s men’s basketball team made it to the Final Four and 15 years since it reached the Elite Eight quarter-finals. Long Island University and Manhattan College have had flashes of hoops success but have not had any kind of consistency. The less said about Fordham and Columbia, the better (though in fairness, the Columbia Lions finished third in the Ivy League this year, a marked improvement over recent years, and nearly all of their players will be returning). The lack of a strong hometown college team may actually be a plus, however, for college conferences to stage their various March tournaments here. Madison Square Garden has been the postseason home for the Big East since 1979. Last year the Atlantic 10 moved its big year-end event from Atlantic City to Brooklyn’s Barclays Center. The A-10 doesn’t have the same number of big-name schools as the Big East, so it’s not surprising the attendance for its playoff games at Barclays is less than half of what the Big East draws at MSG. The Garden will be playing host to the NCAA East Regionals the last week of March. It is the first time since 1961 that any part of

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“The Big Dance” is taking place there. Of course that was at the old 50th Street Garden, which is a far cry from the just-renovated “World’s Most Famous Arena” on 33rd Street. Word leaked out last week that officials from the Atlantic Coast Conference, arguably college basketball’s best, are negotiating to have their 2017 and 2018 tournaments take place at the Barclays Center. A number of former powerhouse Big East colleges are now part of the ACC. The rumors of the ACC invading the Big Apple in the near future certainly did not go unnoticed by Big East Commissioner Val Ackerman. Last Friday, the Big East held a media event in Manhattan that featured iconic WNBC sports anchor Bruce Beck interviewing new NBA Commissioner Adam Stern, while Brooklyn Nets general manager Billy King was part of a roundtable talk on the state of college basketball and its relationship with the NBA. The purpose of the event was to remind the media that even the reconstituted Big East, sans its big-name former schools, still has clout. You can be sure that Ackerman, who was the first commissioner of the WNBA, and did a great job there (certainly when compared with her successors), called in a few markers Q for this event. See the extended version of Sports Beat every week at qchron.com.

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Among all the communities in Queens, Long Island City is the only one that actually was a city once, from 1870 to 1898. It retains the name but of course has not been its own municipality since the five boroughs became the greater City of New York in 1898. Until then, Queens also included the towns of Hempstead, North Hempstead and Oyster Bay, but, Queensboro Plaza, Long Island City, December 1929. unlike Newtown, Jamaica and Flushing, they voted not to be included in stretch of Queens Boulevard that ran the merger and split off to form the new through the plaza was called Diagonal Street County of Nassau in 1899. (The Rockaways, back then. Confusion over the name led to it being dropped in the 1920s. however, left Hempstead to join Queens.) When much of the rest of Queens was LIC had valuable waterfront property, and its businesses prospered. Queensboro still sleepy farmland, businesses in the plaza Plaza contained the Queens Chamber of were involved in formulating development Commerce, several real estate firms, the plans for the borough’s future. Now Queens is mostly built up. Today it’s Corn Exchange Bank, the Long Island City LIC that’s being developed, as many factoSavings Bank, and the Rotary Club. The bustling business hub is also known ries have moved away but newcomers find it just as Queens Plaza, and to some as Bridge a great place to live, due to its proximity to Plaza North and Bridge Plaza South. The Manhattan and convenient mass transit. Q


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Expanded Cape on 70x100. 5/6 BRs, 2 baths. Full unfinished basement. Hardwood floors. Garage, 3-car driveway. Asking $699K

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3 BRs, Master BR Suite W/Full Bath & Steam Rm, Dressing Rm, Walk-in His & Her Closets, 2.5 Baths, Full Bsmt, and More! COME AND SEE IT!!

Contact Glenda 646-325-3627 or John Hamel 718-207-2656

HOWARD BEACH No Flood Damage!! X-Large Lot 40 X 119, Hi-Ranch Style Home, 5 BRs, 3 F/Baths, New Kitchen, Great Backyard For Entertaining.

Call Carolyn Defalco At 917-208-9176

BROOKLYN

S. OZONE PARK This Exquisite Det. 2 Family Home Is Totally Renovated. It Features LR, Kits W/Granite Countertops, Stainless Steel Appliances, 7 BRs, 4 F/Baths, Hardwood Floors Throughout, 2 Sep. Boilers & Hot Water Tank, Huge Backyard, Dvwy & Full Fin. Bsmt, Conveniently Located Close To Transportation & All Other Amenities.

Call Ali Rashid 646-981-3829

RIDGEWOOD 2 Family Semi Detached, Pty Driveway, 1 Car Garage, Lot Size 25 X 127. Zoning M1-4D.

Call Teddy Navarrete For More Info 917-513-6621

BELLE HARBOR 1 BR Condo, X-Large Living Room, Full Bath, Ocean View, Appointment Anytime,

Call Pedro or Cecilia 646-552-4422

Mixed Use Commercial Property in the magnificent Cobble Hill Area! Two gut renovated 2-BR apartments and one commercial store front with walk-in freezer & restaurant hood. Close to Barclays Center. Priced to sell! Asking $1,700,000 Call Jumaanah Graham 917 698-1687 or Michael Carroll 347-987-8365

OZONE PARK

UNIONDALE

HOWARD BEACH

For Sale Church Building and Single Family Brick Cape Next Door. Call Rene Rose For More Info 718-848-4700

Unique Garden Co-op Apt, 3 BR/1 Bath Conerted To 2 BR, 1 Bath, “Open Layout” with Multiple Updates.

Call Paul Deo For More Info 347-581-9863

Call Theresa 347-531-9060 or Maryann 917-838-2624

HOWARD BEACH Det. 1 Family on Double Lot 60X80. No Flood In Main Living Quarters. Updated Kitchen & Bath, Side Deck and Pool!

Call Carolyn Defalco 917-208-9176

OZONE PARK

RIDGEWOOD

RIDGEWOOD

HOWARD BEACH

2 Family Brick, Duplex Apt, Finished Basement, Near Everything!

Condo 3 BR, LR, DR, Kitchen, Bath, Laundry and Parking For One Car.

Large Hi-Ranch On Nice Block, Newly Refinished 1st Floor with Brand New Kitchen and Bath

Charming Det. 3 BR Colonial In Mint AAA Condition. Fully Updated, Corner Property, New Kit, New Bath, Pvt Rear Yard, W/Deck & Useful Carport, Convenient To All.

Call Broker John Dibs For More Info 718-848-4700

Call Maryann 917-838-2624 or Theresa @ 347-931-9060

Call Gladys Martinez For More Info 917-443-0097

Call Pedro or Cecilia Duarte 646-552-4422

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