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The Unisphere, the symbol of Queens and the 1964-65 World’s Fair, was all aglow on Sunday night as thousands came to Flushing Meadows Corona Park to celebrate five decades since the opening of the fair. The attractions included food, rides, live music, fireworks and even classic cars.




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CB chairs debate de Blasio’s housing plan Opposition to potentially legalizing basement apartments is at issue by Christopher Barca Reporter


ayor de Blasio’s dar ing new $41.1 billion plan to create or p r e s e r ve 2 0 0 ,0 0 0 u n i t s of affordable housing over the next decade was welcomed by many Queens elected officials earlier this month. However, Housing Preservation and Development Commissioner Vicki Been’s presentation on the plan wasn’t so warmly embraced at a meeting of the Queens Borough Board on Monday. According to the mayor’s plan, 120,000 of those affordable units would come from already existing spaces, including basement apartments. But instead of the plan’s hefty price tag, it was the potential legalization of such illegal residences that had various community board chairpersons such as CB 13 head Br yan Block demanding answers. According to Block, CB 13’s Land Use Committee was planning to pass a resolution against the mayor’s housing plan because of the basement apartment initiative, but he was able to convince the group to table the vote until he could ask Been about it himself. “Can we say the city is holding off on basement apartments until it’s looked at

fur ther? ” Block asked. “Is it moving forward?” Been was noncommittal when faced with the question, saying simply that the city will take an in-depth look at the situation before making any sort of decision. “We are not doing anything until we really study the issue to try and understand if there is any way to make these units safe, legal and keep them affordable,” Been said. “Unless we find ways to do that, we will not move forward.” While many civic leaders and elected officials such as state Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) and Councilman Rory Lancma n (D -Fresh Meadows), the lat ter inquiring about the issue at the meeting, have categorically denounced the possibility, Been defended the city’s study of legalizing such dwellings. “Of course we’re going to look at the issue,” she said. “To not look at it would be irresponsible.” When pressed on the issue by CB 14 Chairwoman Dolores Orr, CB 10 Chairwoman Betty Braton and CB 11 Chairwoman Christine Haider, Been expressed discontent at various Land Use Committees having voted against the plan. “My only suggestion is to wait to resolve something until we have something,” Been said. “You’re resolving

Borough President Melinda Katz, left, and Housing Preservation and Development Commissioner Vicki Been discuss Mayor de Blasio’s affordable housing plan with various community board PHOTO BY CHRISTOPHER BARCA chairpersons on Monday at Borough Hall. against us looking at the issue.” According to Been, the proposed city investment for the plan is approximately $ 8.2 billion and no specif ic locations where construction would take place have been decided on yet. While the mayor wishes for residential


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Officer Rosa Rodriguez was injured in Brooklyn blaze that killed her partner by Domenick Rafter Editor

The Lindenwood police officer who was seriously injured in a Brooklyn fire allegedly started intentionally by a bored teen is out of the hospital and back home with her family. Police Officer Rosa Rodriguez, 36, was released Monday afternoon from Weill Cornell Medical Center in Manhattan where she had been recovering from injuries resulting from a fire in a Coney Island high-rise on April 6. Rodriguez’ partner, Police Officer Dennis Guerra, 38, of Rockaway died from his injuries three days after the fire. Rodriguez suffered from smoke inhalation and a burned esophagus. She was in a coma for four days and was on a ventilator for a month in order to repair the damaged lining of her lungs. Mayor de Blasio and Police Commissioner Bill Bratton were present when she was released on Monday. An hour later, Rodriguez, with a police escort, pulled up in front of her 153rd Avenue home in Lindenwood. Neighbors peeked out of their front doors to see what was going on.

Family and friends carried flowers and balloons into the home as Rodriguez, who was still breathing with the help of a nasal cannula, emerged from the black van that drove her from the hospital. Dressed in a police jacket, she walked the steps into her home with her two daughters, age 9 and 11, by her side. Neither Rodriguez nor her family offered comments outside her home, but a police officer who was asked to comment for the family said Rodriguez was doing OK, but has a long recovery ahead of her. “She’s doing very well,” he said. “Right now, she and her family are happy to have her home. They’re talking about what they’re going to cook for dinner.” Rodriguez and Guerra had responded to the report of a fire at 2007 Surf Avenue in Coney Island. The pair took an elevator to the 13th floor, where the fire was reported, but when the doors opened, they were overcome by smoke. Guerra died from his injuries on April 9. His funeral was held April 14 in Rockaway Beach where he lived with his family. Rodriguez’s daughters attended Guerra’s wake in Ozone Park while their

mother recovered in the hospital. A police source said Guerra’s widow met with Rodriguez at the hospital before the officer’s release Monday. “They spent some time together alone talking,” the source said. Another source said Rodriguez wore a button with her partner’s face on it as she traveled home. “Police Officer Rosa Rodriguez is truly representative of what drives New York City police officers,” PBA President Patrick Lynch said in a statement. “She is strong, determined and confident. She is totally dedicated to her family and her city and that is what drives her return to health. We are gratified that she has recovered enough to return to the family she loves and we pray that she will continue to heal and one day be able to return to patrol.” Marcell Dockery, 16, is accused of starting the flames by setting fire to a mattress in the building’s hallway. He faces charges that include second-degree murder, assault and arson. Police say Dockery admitted to starting the fire because he was bored, but the suspect’s lawyer said the confession was Q coerced.

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Police Officer Rosa Rodriguez walks up the steps to her Lindenwood home on Monday after being released from the hospital, six weeks after she was injured in a fire in Brooklyn that killed her partner, Dennis Guerra, inset. PHOTO BY DOMENICK RAFTER/INSET FILE PHOTO

Residents plan to sue city over flooding Lindenwood homeowners say problem goes beyond faulty Spring Creek facility by Domenick Rafter Editor

DEP crews pump out floodwater in Lindenwood on May 1, the day after five inches of rain fell and according to the agency, failure at the Spring Creek sewer overflow facility caused the FILE PHOTO neighborhood to flood. sensors and transmitters are now used to determine when excess CSO needs to be released, based upon a number of criteria including the tidal elevations,” the agency said in the statement. “The DEP found that the new electronic system malfunctioned, and releases into the bay did not promptly occur. As a result, storm water and waste-

water backed up into streets and homes in parts of the New Lots and Lindenwood neighborhoods.” The facility seemed to work fine during last Friday’s rainstorm, during which more than an inch of rain fell, but the DEP was in the neighborhood cleaning catch basins and manned the plant in case of any malfunction.

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The city Department of Environmental Protection took responsibility for the April 30 flood that struck Lindenwood, claiming a failure with the Spring Creek sewer overflow facility, as residents prepare to file a lawsuit against the city, claiming negligence caused the inundation that damaged dozens of homes and some residents said was worse than Hurricane Sandy. According to the agency, the stor m caused two wastewater treatment facilities along Jamaica Bay — one in Brooklyn and one in JFK Airport — that deal with storm runoff from a section of city stretching from East Flatbush, Brooklyn to the Nassau County border, to reach capacity, as well as the Spring Creek location. That facility is designed to release untreated sewer water, called combined sewer outflow or CSO, directly into Jamaica Bay in the event all the of the tanks there are full and cannot handle more water, which happens only on rare occasions when rainfall is exceptionally heavy. But the system failed, the DEP said, causing the water to back up into homes both in Lindenwood and on the Brooklyn side. “The Spring Creek facility was recently modernized and a series of electronic level

The DEP further stated that the city was liable for the damage and residents should file claims with city Comptroller Scott Stringer within 90 days of the storm. But Lindenwood resident James Noto, on 81st Street and 153rd Avenue, has suffered flood damage several times over the past few years, including in a 2011 storm and after hurricanes Irene and Sandy, and several other residents retained or are seeking to retain Brooklyn lawyer Bruce Baron, who said he will file a lawsuit against the city for negligence, claiming the city knew the system would fail and took no steps to mitigate the problem before the April 30 flood. Noto said DEP crews out before last Friday’s storms told him personally that the catch basins around his home were defective and were not catching water correctly. “They told me the pitch was wrong,” he said. “They admitted this was the problem.” A DEP spokesman said after the April 30 storm that the sewer system is not at fault and is adequate enough to handle the drainage in the neighborhood. But Baron, who described the case as “sentimental” to him and “close to his heart,” because he grew up in Lindenwood, said he would pursue “aggressive” legal action against the city, stating that they continued on page 23

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Crowley moves Council office After five years in the City Council, Elizabeth Crowley (D-Glendale) is leaving Middle Village for greener pastures. At least her office is, anyway. On Friday, Crowley and her staff will officially make the move to a new, larger office at the Atlas Park mall in Glendale. The space, at 71-19 80 St., Suite 8-303 in Glendale, is almost 1,300 square feet and can be accessed by the Q47 and Q29 buses. The mall will provide an hour of free parking for constituents visiting her office. The new space is less than a mile away from her former office at 64-77 Dry Harbor Road in Middle Village. “Our new Community Office provides a larger and more centrally located space that will help my staff and I better serve the people of the 30th District,” Crowley said in a statement. Crowley will also host a soon-to-bescheduled open house to welcome constituents to the new office shortly after the move. The Shops at Atlas Park opened in 2006 and struggled to retain stores for years, but Crowley’s move comes at the same time as popular shops like Ulta and Foot Locker are opening locations at the Q complex.

Overhaul planned for Jackie Robinson Pkwy. $12M, two-year project to begin soon by Domenick Rafter Editor

A massive two-year project is slated to begin at the end of this year to completely overhaul the entire length of the Jackie Robinson Parkway. The $12 million project, announced at last week’s Community Board 5 meeting, will be done by the state Department of Transportation. The work includes resurfacing the entire length from Pennsylvania Avenue in Brooklyn to the Kew Gardens interchange, taking out the existing asphalt overlay and putting in a new one, changing all signs to make them more visible, more ref lective and more readable, putting reflectors on the outer guide rails and inner concrete barrier, which is especially important where the parkway makes sharp turns through the Glendale cemeteries, clearing some mounds to enhance drivers’ sight distance on the eastbound side at Metropolitan Avenue in Forest Hills and building a retaining wall there. The state DOT said the work will require closure of all lanes in particular

segments of the roadway at times. “This project will follow the principles of Gov. Cuomo’s Drivers First Initiative which focuses on minimizing the impact of roadway construction on traffic,” said NYSDOT spokeswoman Diane Park in an email. “To meet this goal, the department has specifically planned the work schedule so that construction will occur at night, when traffic volume is lowest.” According to Park, the work will be done one section at a time, permitting all other sections of the parkway to remain open and traffic will be detoured at the designated section. She said the department will post signs clearly directing drivers back to the parkway. Park said advanced warning signs will also be posted prior to the work zone, allowing drivers ample time to make decisions on alternative routes. The Jackie Robinson Parkway, called the Interborough Parkway before it was renamed for the baseball icon in 1997, was listed as one of the state’s most dangerous Q roads in 2007.

Najmi won’t run — for now The Glen Oaks attorney who had been considering a challenge against state Assemblyman David Weprin (D-Fresh Meadows) in this year’s Democratic primary has decided against making the run. Ali Najmi told the media on Monday that he will not go forward with his campaign, but said he will remain involved in the political process and indicated he will make a run for elective office someday. “Many people have encouraged me to run, and even to run this year,” Najmi said in an email. “However, I have decided that for this year the best thing for the community and for Queens is to help elect real Democrats to the State Senate and to strengthen the Democratic conference in Albany. “I started my campaign committee to start building a serious candidacy for the future to tackle the tough issues related to economic development, education, housing and seniors. “I have been raising money and will continue to do so. I will continue registering new voters and getting out the vote as I always have. I look forward to a career Q in public service in the near future.” — Peter C. Mastrosimone


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Dreaming of the World’s Fair, past and future


et’s hear it for Queens! We’re sure Chronicle contributor, semiretired teacher, actor and playwright Mark Lord of Forest Hills won’t mind if we borrow the name of his recent musical to sum up the pride we hope everyone in the borough feels after last Sunday’s spectacular World’s Fair Anniversary Festival in Flushing Meadows Corona Park. What an event. Thousands came out to relive the exuberance of both the 1939-40 and 1964-65 World’s Fairs that each, in its own way, helped put Queens on the map. There were musical and other performances, fireworks, a touching tribute to the man who designed the Unisphere that was attended by his widow, and, of course, Belgian waffles, those tasty treats that debuted at the fair 50 years ago and are still a hit with all ages. And that wasn’t all. For those who are old enough, the event brought back the memories of the extravaganza in the park they’ve never forgotten over the last 50 years — and, in some cases, 75 (at least one senior citizen brought her ticket book from the 1939-40 fair to show with pride that she had been there). For those who weren’t even born yet, it was a chance to imagine what it must have been like for Flushing Meadows

to have been filled with people day after day for months, to walk through what amounted to temporary towns highlighting the latest in human technology and understanding, towns of which now only a few remnants remain. More than one person told the Chronicle reporter at the festival — none other than that same Mark Lord — that they wished there could be another World’s Fair here. Which raises the simple question: Why not? No, there is no driving force today quite like Robert Moses, the legendary and controversial urban planner who was behind both fairs. And it often seems that we Americans simply think smaller than we did 50 or 75 years ago. But that doesn’t mean it couldn’t be done. We certainly would rather see Flushing Meadows host another temporary event such as a World’s Fair than be further developed permanently, as so many have tried to do. It was only just last year that public opposition defeated a plan to build a soccer stadium right on top of the Fountain of the Planets, one of the neglected remnants of the 196465 fair. And of course the Willets Point redevelopment project involves building on part of the park, albeit a part that’s now paved over for parking.

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Don’t forget 1939 Dear Editor: 1939 is a year that has much significance in the annals of history. It was the year that the Bronx-Whitestone Bridge was opened and the year the World’s Fair opened at Flushing Meadows Park, as well as the year that among the many motion pictures released were two of the world’s best loved classics: “The Wizard of Oz” and “Gone With the Wind.” 1939 was also the year that an innocent country was wantonly and viciously attacked by its neighbor. The country that was attacked was Poland, and the country that attacked it was Nazi Germany, on Sept. 1, 1939. That unprovoked attack marked the beginning of the world’s most devastating conflict, World War II. The world must never allow such a conflict to ever erupt again. If it were to happen, nobody would be the winner. Humanity would be the loser, forever. John Amato Fresh Meadows

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And we fear that if New York were to make another bid for the Olympics, an idea recently floated again, and if it were to actually win this time, the park would again be targeted for development. We don’t need that, we don’t want that, and the Olympics are almost always a financial disaster for their host city and nation anyway — just ask Russia or Great Britain. We much prefer the idea of billionaire businessman John Catsimatidis, who said both during his failed campaign for mayor last year and more recently that he would love to see another World’s Fair here. Crucially, Catsimatidis has also said publicly that he would be willing to help bankroll the restoration and repurposing of the New York State Pavilion, the most sadly neglected relic of the 1964-65 fair. Borough President Melinda Katz appears dedicated to the idea of saving the endangered parts of the pavilion, the Tent of Tomorrow and the Observation Towers. Katz is as serious a player in city politics and governance as Catsimatidis is in business. Maybe together Katz and Cats can actually save the pavilion. And maybe, just maybe, they could even see it put to use again for another World’s Fair. It’s worth dreaming about. Let’s hear it for Queens!


third-grade class. The school, Nativity of Our Blessed Lord, was in Bedford-Stuyvesant in Brooklyn. My class of about 40 children and I decided to go to the fair. We took the train from Brooklyn to Queens. The 8-year-olds listened to their young teacher well. They rode the train and walked in line safely. We looked forward to the sights and sounds of the fair but had very little money. We mainly attended free exhibits and events. There were many of these. Walking around and seeing the various pavilions was more than exciting for the children. Truly the best part of the fair was that it could be enjoyed by all ages, regardless of what one had to spend. After enjoying the fair for several hours with the exotic foreign pavilions and the unbelievable views of what was to come in the future, we returned to our Brooklyn school, with much to talk about and dream of for a long time. Barbara S. Glassman Sunnyside

The doctor shortage Dear Editor: A “residency bottleneck” exists. More and more students are enrolling into medical school and graduating, yet the number of residency slots available is capped. Graduates need these residencies to complete their training and become licensed physicians. But Congress, which controls funding for most residency programs, has frozen the number of subsidized spots since 1997. If we want to address the physician shortage, we need to fix this problem. Luckily, there is a solution. Rep. Joe Crowley (D-Bronx, Queens) supports legislation that would expand the current cap on the number of Medicare-funded training slots for doctors. The Resident Physician Shortage Reduction Act, backed by a record-high 100 bipartisan members, would increase the number of residencies nationwide by 15,000 over five years — a 15 percent increase from the number of spots open in 2013. It would provide enough funding for

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Our faith attacked II Dear Editor: The statue at the Bellmore Knights of Columbus Council of the Virgin Mary was decapitated last week. According to members of the council this is the fifth time the statue has been vandalized and last Christmas their Nativity scene was desecrated. As a past Grand Knight of St. Anastasia Knights of Columbus Council #5911 in Douglaston, I am appalled and outraged upon this attack on our Catholic faith. I

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Dear Editor: In his May 8 letter to the editor, “The Obama recovery,” reader Anthony Pilla mentioned the continued improvement in the unemployment rate. In order to put that in perspective it is necessary to note what impact any change in the Federal Reserve Participation Rate may have exerted. That rate is a measure of the number of people actively involved in the labor markets. A decline will have a downward effect on the unemployment rate. The Participation Rate has dropped a significant 3.2 percentage points from 2009 until April 2014 because so many people have given up looking for work, and that has played a major role in the drop of the unemployment rate. Mr. Pilla predicts the unemployment rate will drop to 5.5 percent by the end of Mr. Obama’s second term, and that may well happen, but not necessarily because things have improved but because more people have dropped out of the work force. Richard Melville Ozone Park

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Dear Editor: I am writing on behalf of billions of Catholic people regarding Mr. Robert LaRosa’s letter of May 8, “JP II was no saint.” Mr. LaRosa, you are the one who should be ashamed and embarrassed because you insulted not only Pope John Paul II but Catholic people all over the world in asking why he deserved to be named a saint. I guess you do not read enough. Examine more resources, then we’ll talk. Your letter was an unspeakable act of cruelty toward Catholic people and you deserve the nice warm seat that is waiting for you. Krystyna Sevilla Forest Hills

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New York State to train an estimated 500 additional residents annually. Dr. Darrell G. Kirch, president and CEO of the American Association of Medical Colleges, applauded lawmakers, saying the bill “would begin to alleviate the doctor shortage facing the nation by allowing medical schools and teaching hospitals to train between 3,000 and 4,000 more physicians a year.” But this is only one step toward addressing the physician shortage. This legislation falls short of addressing other problems such as the shortage of primary care physicians. The Association of American Medical Doctors projects that by 2020 there will be a shortage of 45,000 PCPs. Today only 30 percent of all physicians practice primary care (compared to about 70 percent in most other developed countries). Not many medical students are choosing to go into primary care because of low compensation compared to specialty care. If we are to endorse raising the caps of residency slots, we need to make sure the absolute numbers of PCP vs. specialist slots are close to even. There need to be incentives to push more medical centers and training hospitals to invest in PCP residency slots. We have an impending crisis on our hands. The demand for physicians is expected to increase, especially with the passage of the Affordable Care Act, adding 32 million Americans who will become newly insured and eligible for Medicare. Not to mention the aging population. Baby Boomer physicians are retiring and as the Baby Boomers age, more primary care is undoubtedly needed. Lifting the cap on Medicare-funded residency slots is a good start. Yet, more must be done. Katrina Abe Sunnyside


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The battle for dedicated mass-transit funding moved from the seats of government to the streets of Jamaica last week. Locals 1056 and 1179 of the Amalgamated Transit Union went to the Parsons Boulevard-Archer Avenue subway station in Jamaica on Friday to enlist public backing in their effort to get increased funding from the city, state and federal government for increased service and infrastructure. “We need the public’s support,” said Mark Henry, president of 1056, which represents bus drivers, mechanics and other personnel. “Public transportation is the backbone of this city. Increased investment in public transit creates jobs and supports our economy. It helps businesses, enhances our environment, reduces our carbon footprint and relieves gridlock.” Transit workers spoke with bus and subway riders and, asked them to contact their elected leaders and handed out literature citing the economic benefits of mass-transit investment. John Lyons, president of ATU Local 1179, spoke of how his membership made headlines before and after Hurricane Sandy in 2012, moving vast numbers of people out of and back to affected areas of the city. But he also said people should not overlook the importance of daily routine bus service. “Bus transit [also] offers a cost-effective means to expand public transit where none or insufficient options exist,” he said. Congressman Greg Meeks (D-Queens, Nassau) attended, as did Assemblyman David Weprin and City Councilmember Daneek Miller (D-St. Albans. Miller was Henry’s predecessor at ATU 1056.

Weprin said Lyons’ contention of buses as an inexpensive public transit solution is an accurate one, with much of his northeastern district bereft of subway service. “People don’t drive into Manhattan because they want to,” Weprin said. “My district is dependent on bus service.” Henry encouraged all Queens residents to contact their elected leaders at all levels to press the cause for more mass-transit funding, though he admitted it would be preaching to the choir with representatives like Meeks, Weprin, Miller and Councilmember Donovan Richards (D-Laurelton). In the U.S. House of Representatives, Republicans and Democrats from rural areas long have favored eliminating a separate, dedicated pool of federal dollars for mass-transit funding, preferring instead to use the money for highways and paying for mass-transit on a year-to-ear basis. Meeks even suggested that New Yorkers contact friends and relatives in rural areas in an effort to lobby for support. “The rural areas can have their highway funding, but we need to have mass transit,” he said. Congressman Joe Crowley (D-Queens, Bronx) was not at Friday’s rally, but has been fighting to keep the mass-transit funding as a separate account for more than two years. In a statement from his office, Crowley said he still hopes to convince rural and GOP representatives that investing in mass transit has returns far outside of New York and other big cities. “Not only do these investments mean an easier commute for workers of all stripes, it also means good-paying jobs for millions of Americans in construction and related Q industries,” he said.

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Despite crime drop, autos still targeted Car break-ins and thefts continue to plague 106th Precinct, CO says by Stephen Geffon Chronicle Contributor

Even though overall crime was down for the latest weekly and monthly periods compared to last year, auto thefts continued to trouble the 106th Precinct communities, Deputy Inspector Jeffrey Schiff, the precinct’s commander, said at the community council meeting on May 14. Burglaries and grand larcenies showed double-digit drops, according to NYPD crime statistics for the week ending May 11. However, auto thefts rose 33 percent for the week compared to last year and rose 64 percent for the year. Robberies jumped 75 percent for the week. Discussing auto crime, Schiff said Ford Econoline vans appear to be targeted the most because the parts are interchangeable with prior year models going back 20 years, and are often stolen to commit other crimes with. Schiff added that residents are still leaving their cars running with the keys in the ignition, which accounts for 36 percent of the car thefts in the precinct. “I don’t understand it,” Schiff said. “Please secure your vehicles.” Regarding the ongoing problem with noise at Gemini Field at Conduit Boulevard and 80th Street in Ozone Park, Schiff said officers have spoken to the individual they believe is responsible and, according to residents, the

loud music has ceased. He said that this summer the precinct will have two officers specifically assigned to address noise complaints. On another issue, Betty Braton, chairwoman of Community Board 10, said cars with out-of-state license plates have been parked inside a lot at the corner of Albert Road and Cohancy Street in Ozone Park, which is zoned residential. Braton said there appears to also be a zoning violation. Schiff said he would look into the situation. Howard Kamph, president of the Ozone Park Civic Association, complained about a homeless woman who hangs out in front of the Howard Beach Library and Waldbaum’s on Cross Bay Boulevard. Schiff said police know the woman and had taken her to an area hospital where staff deemed her sane and fit and released her. He added that at the present time she is not blocking the sidewalk and businesses have not made any complaints to police about her. “We’ll keep a close eye on her and if she gets to be out of control regarding the amount of bottles and things that she has and blocking the sidewalk, we’ll take care of that,” Schiff told Kamph. The commander also discussed some recent arrests. Four individuals driving their cars in the vicinity of 134th Street and 111th Avenue in

South Ozone Park were spotted by police allegedly shooting paintballs at each other from the moving vehicles on April 22 at around 8 p.m. One of the individuals and recovered three of the four paintball guns that were allegedly being used. The suspect was initially charged with felonious assault but pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct and was given a conditional discharge with three days of community service. In another incident, officers spotted an individual acting suspiciously with what appeared to be a firearm under his shirt on April 29 at 10 a.m. in the vicinity of 116th Street and Rockaway Boulevard in South Ozone Park. When the officers approached him he took off running leading to a pursuit through backyards. Although police were aided in their search for a weapon by K-9 and aviation units, they were not able to find one. The suspect was charged with criminal trespass and resisting arrest. Schiff said the suspect has five prior arrests, and plead ed guilty to disorderly conduct and was given a conditional discharge by the court. An Ozone Park resident near 97th Street and 137th Avenue confronted a man allegedly breaking into her car on April 16 at 3 a.m. The suspect allegedly told her to go back inside her house. The woman’s husband then came out of the house, chased and caught the alleged perpetrator. Police arrived soon after

Deputy Inspector Jeffrey Schiff, commander of the 106th Precinct, speaks at the community council meeting May 14. PHOTO BY STEPHEN GEFFON and arrested the suspect. Schiff said he had 15 prior arrests for larceny, burglary and robbery. The alleged perpetrator has since pleaded guilty to unlawful use of a vehicle and Q was sentenced to 10 days in jail.

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106th Pct. Cop of the Month Police Officer Vincent Brites — newly assigned to the 106th Precinct — was honored on May 14 as Cop of the Month for his arrest of an individual who police say allegedly assaulted a woman in South Ozone Park and the recovery of a gun allegedly belonging to the suspect. Deputy Inspector Jeffrey Schiff, commanding officer of the 106th Precinct, said the attack happened at Linden Boulevard and 131st Street on April 2 at 7 p.m. Brites and his partner spotted the suspect allegedly attacking the victim as they pulled up to the location after being called

there for an assault in progress and arrested the alleged perpetrator. Police believe the suspect, who was charged with assault, has attacked the victim before. After further investigation by Brites, police found the gun and the suspect was also charged with possession of the weapon. Schiff said the alleged perpetrator has 33 prior arrests, including for domestic violence and possession of illegal drugs. Awarding the honor to Brites are 106th Precinct Community Council President Frank Dardani, left, and Schiff. — Stephen Geffon

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Morgan Lancman, a lawyer and wife of Councilman Rory Lancman (D-Fresh Meadows), is the Queens Democratic Party’s choice for a Civil Court judgeship. Lancman, a graduate of New York Law School who has served as a court referee, a court secretary for several judges, and as an attorney at the City Comptroller’s Office, became the party’s designee for the post at the organization’s meeting Monday. The choice of Lancman, whose husband served in the state Assembly for six years representing a district that stretched from Bowne Park to Richmond Hill, surprised some observers. The now-councilman and the party establishment have not been very close. In 2012, he ran a primary for Congress against now-Rep. Grace Meng (D-Flushing), the party’s choice. But Councilman Lancman, who said he was “excited” about his wife’s race, noted he has had the party’s support in his Assembly and Council races and said the friction between them is “overdramatized.”

“People shouldn’t read too deeply into that,” he said. ““If one wants to see proof that the party and I have a good relationship, look at my [Assembly and Council] endorsements.” One source said Morgan Lancman’s legal career made her an obvious choice. “I’ve known Morgan longer than I’ve known Rory,” one Democratic district leader said. “She’s smart as a whip and knows the law. She’ll make a great judge.” The councilman said that he and his wife met in Queens College and knew they both wanted to be in public service. “While my path led me to run for office, hers was in the law field,” he said. Lancman was rated qualified to hold a judgeship by an independent committee several years ago. Democrats typically sweep judicial races in Queens, so the endorsement of Lancman all but ensures she will win. Democrats noted that Lancman, who is Jewish and of Iranian descent, would be the first Iranian-American judge in the Q state.

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Enough environmental protection for Gateway? First project slated for this summer as NPS, advocates discuss ecology by Christopher Barca Reporter

Over 40 years after Gateway National Recreation Area was established by Congress, the National Parks Service has laid out a “new vision” for the future of the park in a newly released general management plan and environmental impact statement. However, there is some debate among park advocates as to whether the plan includes too many recreational projects and not enough environmental preservation and protection programs. The NPS is still a few weeks away from finalizing its desired course of action, known as “Alternative B,” regarding the sprawling 27,025 acre park, but according to the general management plan, numerous land- and water-based recreational activities such as bicycle and hiking trails, camping and kayaking will be provided. The American Littoral Society’s Northeast Chapter president Don Riepe believes the plan isn’t focused enough on environmental preservation and enhanced recreation has the potential to har m the park’s delicate ecosystem. “We’re concerned about resource protection and enhancement more than an active push for recreation,” Riepe said. “We want a better balance to make sure the park is pro-

With the Lower Manhattan skyline behind them, two kayakers maneuver through the West Pond breach. According to the National Parks Service, an environmental assessment plan regarding PHOTO BY DOMENICK RAFTER potential repairs of the breach will begin this summer. tecting its resources. “Camping has been going on in the park for 25 years. They want to expand it,” he continued. “But they will expand it at what expense? We should be improving and creating habitats.” While Riepe notes that an enhanced public presence in the park, which includes the greater Jamaica Bay area and sections of Staten Island and Sandy Hook, NJ, may very

well lead to more people becoming environmental activists, he wishes it was the more nature-oriented “Alternative C” that was chosen as the course of action. “Management should be science driven instead of just promoting the park. We want to make sure they’re not loving the park to death,” he said. “We wanted the alternative that promoted the bay and provided recreation but within the framework of proper



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St. Mary Gate of Heaven School in Ozone Park held its spring show this past weekend. This year’s show was “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.” The show, as has every SMGH show for several decades now, was produced by Frank Gulluscio. It was directed by Vincent Napolitano and choreographed by Melissa Planty, both alumni of the school who performed in shows as students. The cast featured Nick Mejia as Joseph, right, and fifthgrader Jordan Molina, top right, as Pharaoh.

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DOT preps Woodhaven Boulevard bus lanes Signs going up in Rego Park, Middle Village by Domenick Rafter Editor


PS 146 kids learn fire safety The three kindergarten classes from PS 146 in Howard Beach took a school trip to the West Hamilton Beach Volunteer Fire Department firehouse on Davenport Court last Tuesday for a hands-on lesson in emergency response and fire safety. The children learned what to do if there

is an accident or fire in their home and to memorize their home address. During the visit, Mrs. Ljuba’s (center, wearing sunglasses) students were able to hold a fire hose and experience the water pressure firsthand with help from paramedic James McCabe, left, and fire captain Joseph Alana.

The city Department of Transportation is installing a number of new poles along Woodhaven Boulevard between Metropolitan and Eliot avenues, the first steps toward a dedicated bus lane that is expected to be installed on the corridor as plans for Select Bus Service between Woodside and the Rockaways move forward. The poles have been installed at a number of locations, mainly midblock. Some of the them include new streetlights on the southbound side of Woodhaven Boulevard next to St. John’s Cemetery, which currently lacks lighting. “This will be used to hang a large bus lane sign, which will make the recently announced bus lane regulations, to be installed this summer, clear to drivers,” said DOT spokesman Nicholas Mosquera in an email. “DOT is currently at the beginning of the SBS planning process, and will continue to work closely with the community on any proposals for the corridor.” The entire Woodhaven-Cross Bay Boulevard corridor is getting SBS. At the May 13 meeting of Community Board 9, Councilman

DOT workers install one of several poles along Woodhaven Boulevard in Rego Park, which the agency says will hold signs to announce new bus lane regulations later this summer. PHOTO BY DOMENICK RAFTER

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DA charges five with witness intimidation Case stems from attempted murder charge against alleged gang leader

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Five reputed gang members, including the alleged leader of the Every Body Killers street crew, have been charged with intimidating a witness in an attempted murder case. Queens District Attorney Richard Brown, in a joint statement with NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton, said Friday that Kamal Joseph 20, of Elmont, LI; Angel Alvarez, 21, Nadine Massillon, 24, and Brandon Ward, 21, all of Jamaica; and Christopher Baptiste,

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“that the witness in his attempted murder case should not appear before the grand jury hearing,” said that “Baptiste and Ward should talk to the witness.” The complaint alleges that in a phone conversation on Oct. 22, Joseph told an unidentified man to make sure people were outside the Queens Criminal Courthouse in Kew Gardens the following day; and that on Oct. 23, Ward, Baptiste, Alvarez and a number of other people gathered there “in an effort to intimidate the witness from testifying before the grand jury by instilling fear in the witness.” Later, after Joseph was indicted, Massillon allegedly told him that seven people were outside the courthouse but had not seen the witness. Ward then allegedly got on the phone to say he had called the witness twice. Massillon then allegedly threatened the witness three times in November and December 2013, while Alvarez is accused of attempting to bribe the witness in November. “Prospective witnesses must be protected from outside interference intended to prevent them from testifying at a grand jury or trial,” Brown said. “This office will not tolerate the intimidation of, or tampering with witnesses and is committed to the vigorous prosecution of those who engage in such conduct.” Joseph is charged with f irst-degree intimidating a victim or a witness, fifthdegree conspiracy and two counts of thirddegree tampering with a witness. Alvarez is charged with bribing a witness, first-degree intimidating a victim or witness, fifth-degree conspiracy and two counts of third-degree tampering with a witness. Massillon faces five counts of firstdegree intimidating a victim or witness; six of third-degree witness tampering, three of second-degree aggravated harassment and a single count of fifth-degree conspiracy. Baptiste and Ward have been charged with two counts of third-degree tampering with a witness and single counts of fifthdegree conspiracy and first-degree intimidating a witness. Joseph, Ward and Baptiste all are being held without bail, and face up to four years in prison if convicted on all charges. Alvarez, who faces up to seven years, had bail set at $50,000. Massillon faces up to four years and had bail set at either Q $25,000 cash or a $50,000 bond.


St. Helen School in Howard Beach is gathering information to update its alumni records. The Alumni Association wants to circulate news and upcoming events as well as plan social gatherings. If you are a graduate or are in touch with other graduates, please spread the word and join the Alumni Association. Email all information to Q

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Miller, Dromm have own outlooks in supporting a city minimum wage by Michael Gannon Editor

Councilmen Danny Dromm (D-Jackson Heights) and Daneek Miller (D-St. Albans) have different reasons for co-sponsoring a resolution they hope will result in the city being able to set its own minimum wage and have markedly different beliefs on how the city should proceed should the state Legislature grant the authority. Dromm, a retired school teacher, believes the current state rate of $8 per hour should increase to the $15 that fast-food workers have been asking for in a recent series of one-day job actions. Miller, the former transit union president who has seen his share of tough salary negotiations, said he does not yet have an exact dollar amount that he advocates. But both led a rally outside of City Hall last week prior to the Council passing the nonbinding resolution by a final vote of 44-4. And both believe it is imperative to the effort to elevate minimum-wage workers out of poverty

in the city. “People can’t live in New York City on $8 an hour,” Miller said. “I don’t have a specific level in mind yet. It would have to be someth i ng that would allow workers to make a living and would have to take into consideration what the city’s economy could bear.” Seattle this month passed a local law that would phase in a minimum wage of $15 per hour. The increase will take effect over a period of three to seven years, depending on the size of each business. The national minimum wage is $7.25 per hour. New York State’s will jump to $9 per hour on Jan. 1, 2016. Companion bills in the state Legislature, S.6516 and A.9036, if passed and signed into law, would allow municipalities to raise the minimum wage above the state minimum within their borders. In a report issued in February, the Congressional Budget Office stated that a proposal by President Obama and some congressional

leaders to lift the national minimum wage to $10.10 per hour would affect an estimated 16.5 million workers and lift approximately 900,000 people above the poverty level. It also forecast that there would be a corresponding 0.3 percent drop in employment, a figure the White House and critics of a wage increase dispute as too high or too low, respectively. Critics of an increase said a rise to $15 in the fast food industry — nearly double the current state minimum — could move restaurants in the city to replace workers with automation in order to offset increased labor costs, and that employers everywhere might reduce hours or just not hire as many people. D rom m, however, cited a study from San Francisco and other cities where increases of about 10 percent resulted in increased employment, happier employees and less turnover in return for an average increase of about 7 percent in menu prices. “Personally, I’d be willing to

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pay that,” Dromm said. He conceded that there would be some unknowns with a hike as steep as the proposed $15 per hour rate. Miller said the market would have to be taken into consideration because the city needs and

wants businesses to succeed and make a profit. Neither he nor Dromm believe that businesses would simply discard workers by the score. “This is a city that cares about Q people,” Miller said.

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Dems recruit Liu to run against Avella Ex-city comptroller to face member of breakaway Senate caucus in primary by Domenick Rafter Editor

The Queens Democratic Party endorsed former City Comptroller John Liu as their candidate in the 11th state Senate District, pitting the former councilman and mayoral candidate against a former colleague, incumbent state Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside), who angered his party when he joined the Independent Democratic Caucus — a group of breakaway Democrats who caucus with Republicans in state’s upper legislative body. Liu received the endorsement at the county organization’s meeting in Forest Hills on Monday morning. “When voters elect Democrats, they expect them to stay Democrats,” Rep. Joe Crowley (D-Queens, Bronx) said at Monday’s meeting, according to several sources. Liu did not respond to requests for comment, but tweeted just before the meeting: “The fight to protect our Democratic values is coming to Queens. Together we will move our city and state forward. Stay tuned.” Liu was elected to the City Council in 2001 — the same day as Avella, who represented an adjoining district. After being term-limited in 2009, Liu ran for and won the comptroller’s race, serving four years. But his political ambitions took a beating after his campaign finances were probed and two campaign aides went to jail after being convicted of various crimes in connection with a scheme to funnel money to Liu’s campaign through straw donors. Many Democrats felt Liu, who was never charged with any crime, was unfairly marred by the scandal. The city’s Campaign Finance Board denied Liu matching funds for his mayoral campaign. Liu finished fourth in the Democratic pri-

Former City Comptroller John Liu, left, is taking on state Sen. Tony Avella in September’s FILE PHOTOS Democratic primary and Liu has the backing of the county Democratic Party. mary for mayor last year, winning 7 percent of the vote, but much of his support came from Flushing and the surrounding areas. He also had the support of several powerful unions and sources say some of them are leaning towards backing Liu in this race. Avella, who has often had a rocky relationship with the Queens Democratic establishment, won the seat in 2010, defeating Republican incumbent Frank Padavan, who had held the seat for nearly 40 years. “In 2010, they let bygones be bygones for the sake of winning the seat,” said one Democratic source, who noted Avella’s victory that year made every one of Queens’ state legislative seats Democratic for the first time ever. Queens’ only other GOP state legislator to serve in the past decade, former state Sen. Serphin Maltese, was defeated by state Sen. Joe Addabbo Jr. (D-Howard Beach) in 2008. No

Republican has represented Queens in the State Assembly since 1996. But Avella’s joining of the IDC apparently reopened the old wounds. “The party doesn’t trust him and they’re not too worried about losing the seat,” the source said. The 11th district, which has been redrawn slightly since 2010, includes College Point, Whitestone, Bayside, Auburndale, Douglaston, Little Neck, Bellerose, Jamaica Estates and parts of Jamaica, Hollis, Queens Village and North Flushing. The district was made slightly more Democratic in the 2010 redistricting, adding Democratic precincts in Whitestone, Bay Terrace and Jamaica. It also has a fast-growing AsianAmerican population, whose votes Liu won in the mayoral primary by large margins. In a statement, Avella said he worked for his

constituents and not for “party bosses.” “I’m proud of my record — fighting for the working class residents of Queens and delivering on core Democratic legislation that makes a meaningful difference in their lives,” Avella said. “Whether it’s helping our seniors, passing marriage equality, or protecting our environment, I have always fought for the issues that matter most to the people of my district and I look forward to discussing my progressive record in the months ahead.” Republicans do not have a candidate for the seat as of yet, but one GOP source said they would look seriously at it “If Liu is running against Avella, it provides an opportunity for the GOP to win back the seat with a candidate who will actually put the district’s needs ahead of his personal political ambition,” the source said. Any Republican candidate would need to start organizing soon as petitioning is often more difficult for Republicans than Democrats because there are fewer registered GOP voters. Avella isn’t the only member of the IDC in the city to face a primary challenge. The leader of the group, state Sen. Jeff Klein (D-Bronx, Westchester), is facing a challenge from former Councilman and state Attorney General Oliver Koppell. Democratic incumbents Toby Ann Stavisky (D-Flushing) and Malcolm Smith (D-Hollis) are also both facing primary races this year. Stavisky is being opposed by Flushing businessman and activist S.J. Jung. Smith’s opponents are Deputy Borough President Leroy Comrie and former Assembly candidate Clyde Vanel. Smith was booted from the IDC, and is facing trial on charges that he attempted to buy his way on the GOP mayoral ballot. Q The primary is Sept. 9.

Lawmakers push library reform bill Almost all Queens councilmembers, and BP Katz, write state Legislature by Peter C. Mastrosimone For the latest news visit


The battle between the Queens Library and the borough’s elected city officials continued this week, as nearly all the lawmakers wrote their top state counterparts to press for passage of measures meant to reform the institution. The library responded by saying it had already implemented many of them. In a letter signed by Borough President Melinda Katz and all but one of Queens’ city councilmembers, the officials warned that trust in the library has been eroded, and that could have a negative impact on their willingness to provide it with the necessary funding. Starting by noting that the library has served the borough for more than 100 years and “is at the heart of every community in Queens,” Katz and the lawmakers said, “The Library’s continued success depends on the funding it receives from the City of New York, including the Mayoralty, the City Council and the Borough President’s Office. But in order for elected officials to continue allocating millions of dollars to the Library each year, we need to understand clearly how taxpayer money is being spent and we need to be confident that the Library adheres to the long standing

best practices which have been the cornerstone of good governance and transparency in the not-for-profit sector for many years.” In order to restore their faith, the authors said, the Legislature must pass legislation introduced by state Sen. Mike Gianaris (D-Astoria) and Assemblyman Jeff Aubry (D-Corona). The bill would allow members of the library board to be removed by the person who appointed them, reduce their terms from five years to three and require them to either live in Queens or own a business here, among other measures. The board infuriated Katz, City Comptroller Scott Stringer and Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer (D-Sunnyside), chairman of the top library oversight committee, when it voted against fully complying with Stringer’s demand for documents he wants for an audit of the library. The institution’s position is in keeping with a court settlement reached during a previous comptroller’s tenure. Stringer has gone to court to get the agreement voided. The letter was sent to Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver (D-Manhattan) and Senate Majority Coalition Leaders Dean Skelos (R-Nassau) and Jeff Klein (D-Bronx, Westchester). Aside from Katz, whose signature came first, it was

signed by the entire Queens delegation to the City Council except for Councilman Mark Weprin (D-Oakland Gardens). A Weprin spokesman said he could not say why the councilman was not a signatory and would ask, but he did not then provide the Chronicle with an answer. Library spokeswoman Joanne King provided a statement via email in response to the letter Wednesday morning. “The Board of Trustees of the Queens Library already has in place many of the policies in the proposed legislation, including policies on conflicts of interest, an audit committee, a labor relations committee, policies on financial disclosure for key personnel and outside employment,” King said. “The Board is already ahead of the curve in implementing the requirements of the State’s new Non-Profit Revitalization Act. We acknowledge the concerns of our public and private stakeholders in increasing accountability. We will move forward to continue to deliver the best public library service to the people of Queens, while keeping Queens Library, as a private not-for-profit, appropriately free of undue government and political control.” The library has been under criticism and investigation of its Q financial practices for the last several months.

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continued from page 5 Addabbo said he had heard about the knew what could happen and did nothing. proposed lawsuit, but noted that residents Though no widespread flooding was joining a class action suit may not be able reported Friday night, several residents left to recoup losses from the city through comments on the Facebook page of state Stringer’s office, and whether residents Sen. Joe Addabbo Jr. (D-Howard Beach), should join may depend on the timeframe who was on the ground in Lindenwood for reimbursements. “If the Comptroller’s during the rainstorm, comOffice tells us reimburseplaining of minor flooding me nt won’t c ome for situations. years, then I can underAddabbo said he didn’t stand residents wanting to see issues as bad as April join the lawsuit, but if that 30, but did compile a list money is coming in a few of problem locations from months, then it may be residents who made combetter than waiting for plaints, not only in Linlawsuits to work their way denwood, but also in Old through courts,” he said. Howard Beach and Hamil“That’s a decision individton Beach. ual homeowners will have He noted that several residents, especially on Br ooklyn at torney Bruce to make.” But Noto, who spent 79th Street in Linden- Baron, a Lindenwood native, wood, had told him the has been retained by resi- most of Friday night in his f looding problems in the dents for a lawsuit against garage monitor ing his neighborhood began to the city over flooding in the pump to make sure it didn’t become problematic only neighborhood. FILE PHOTO get overwhelmed, said the lawsuit was not ultimately af ter housing development, just across the border in Brooklyn about the money, but about forcing the city to make the necessary fixes. went up in the late 1990s. “This has been traumatic for my chilAccording to several residents, the developments were built on a gully run- dren and for this neighborhood,” he said. ning along the Brooklyn/Queens border “This needs to get fixed. I want the city to that served as a channel for stormwater to be so liable that they have to change these Q catch basins.” reach Spring Creek.

On Friday, May 9, at MS 202, the Robert H. Goddard School, Ozone Park, some of the biggest and brightest stars were out, and it wasn’t only in the sky. It was the fourth annual “Goddard’s Got Talent” show, featuring over 60 incredible performers with 30 amazing acts performing to over 400 eagerly waiting audience members. Trinity Clemente and Tony Jackson hosted the auspicious event. There was singing, dancing, instrumental music, impressionistic ballet and even beat boxing. The Goddard Cheerleaders put on special presentation, which had everyone rooting and excited. The Goddard Little



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Finance Committee. Whether it will make it to the floor for a full Senate vote is unknown. Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos (R-Nassau) has the power to keep it from the floor and reportedly has not said definitively what his position on it is. “Anybody who ever had a family member suffer from a debilitating disease learns very quickly the limitations of modern medicine at treating pain,” Savino said in a previous prepared statement on the bill. “Doctors and patients have documented that marijuana can offer very effective pain treatment where other medications have failed for many patients who suffer from other life-threatening or debilitating conditions.” A companion bill is sponsored by Assembly Health Committee Chairman Richard Gottfried (D-Manhattan). Gov. Cuomo has also offered a more limited plan to allow the use of Q medical marijuana.

Prostitution suspects to get condoms back In a move designed to protect public health by reducing the spread of sexually transmitted diseases, the Police Department announced last week that it will no longer hold on to condoms taken from suspected prostitutes to use as evidence of the crime, with some exceptions. When a prostitution suspect is found to have a number of condoms on his or her person, police traditionally have kept them as evidence. Now, except in cases such as sex trafficking and the promotion of prostitution, they will be returned to defendants along with their other Q possessions when they are released.

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two areas are quite different from the borough. According to a study by analyst and blogger Randy Olson, two areas in Alaska’s Aleutian Island chain are more ethnically diverse than Queens. A mix of people reportedly go to the two counties for the commercial fishing trade and, more recently, for oil exploration. The Q study is posted at — compiled by Peter C. Mastrosimone

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Mayor and Moses fought to build it for 1964-65 World’s Fair in Queens by Liz Rhoades

The Hall of Science also features an award-winning Science Playground and the Rocket Park Mini Golf with a 1960s look and science lessons interspersed between each of the nine holes. The museu m offers more than 400 exhibits that explore biology, chemistry and physics. The Great Hall is now undergoing a $25 million restoration that is expected to be finished in October, in time for its 50th anniversary. Dan Wempa, a Hall of Science spokesman, said the project includes stabilizing and repairing the exterior, renovating and modernizing the interior and repaving and improving the terrace. He promised the lighting will be better in the Great Hall, as will the sound system. The space will continue to be used for ongoing and traveling exhibitions and special events. Uses for the plaza are still being determined but will include outdoor space for classes. The hall’s first new permanent exhibit will be “Connected Worlds,” a display about global sustainability and sharing. Q This is the sixth in a series of stories commemorating the 50th anniversary of the World’s Fair at Flushing Meadows.

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ne of the few buildings left from the 1964-65 World’s Fair at Flushing Meadows almost never got built. The New York Hall of Science — now a premier hands-on exhibit space — had a rocky start, with several planners wanting a permanent science museum to be built in Manhattan. If not for the efforts of Mayor Robert Wagner and World’s Fair Corp. President Robert Moses, it may well have been situated in that other borough. Stories began to surface in 1963 that the building’s opening at the fair would be delayed. The New York Times reported then that opposition to the use of the hall as the core of a major, permanent science museum was causing concern over its future. “The opponents believe that the location and auspices are not propitious for creation of the great institution that they believe New York should have,” a Times story said. According to Hall of Science officials, there was opposition to the location in Flushing Meadows, despite the fact that the fairgrounds are at nearly the geographic center of the five boroughs. Some considered the site as too remote. Finally, the city OK’d a plan to build the pavilion for the fair and later convert and expand it into a permanent fixture. Because of the delays, the Hall of Science did not open at the start of the fair in April 1964. Two months before the fair opened, plans were revealed for a Great Hall where exhibits would show past and predict future events in all fields of science. Construction continued throughout the first summer of the fair, with the building finally opening on Sept. 9, 1964. The fair closed for the first season the following month.

The Hall of Science and Space Park were a late opener at the 1964 World’s Fair at Flushing Meadows. Since then, the museum has been greatly expanded and the rockets refurbished.

The undulating Great Hall was designed by Wallace Harrison, with walls that rose 100 feet. It featured a design technique called dalle de verre, in which small pieces of glass are set in a hard structure, in this case concrete. More than 5,000 panels were used on the building. The original exhibit there was called “Rendezvous in Space” a documentary film by director Frank Capra that wa s n a r r at e d by Danny Thomas and projected onto a suspended screen. At the end of the movie, two space modules performed a docking maneuver overhead. T here were 11 other exhibits downstairs for the 1965 port ion of the fai r, i ncludi ng “Atoms for K ids” a nd “T he Chemistry of Color.” Adjacent to the Great Hall, NASA installed one Titan II and one Atlas rocket to create a space park that was later donated to the Hall of Science. The Titan is topped with a Gemini space capsule simiThe Hall of Science’s Rocket Park Mini Golf with the lar to those used at the beginning of the U.S. space program. rocket park in the background.


The Atlas includes a Mercury capsule model similar to one that carried astronaut John Glenn into space in 1963. Other rocket pieces were added later to the park and the original Atlas and Titan were refurbished and reinstalled in 2003. After the fair closed, the hall was renovated and reopened as a permanent museum in 1966. It closed for five years in the 1980s for major remodeling, reopening in 1986, but not before another major confrontation with the city. I n 19 8 3 , C u l t u r a l Affairs Com missioner Bess Myerson called the hall a failure, cut city f u nd i ng a nd said she detested the location. But a deal was reached. T he museu m received par tial f u nding, a new board was picked and Alan Friedman, a physicist, was hired as director. When Friedman arrived in 1984, the building had an inch of water on the floor and all the exhibits had been given away. Even the light fixtures were gone. Friedman, who recently died, is credited with rejuvenating the hall, giving it permanence and respectability. Other expansions were carried out in 1996, doubling its space, and in 2004, with a 55,000-square-foot wing added.

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BLAST FROM THE PAST Fireworks capped off Sunday’s event at Flushing Meadows Corona Park. PHOTO BY STEVE MALECKI

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Dolores Clarke, the widow of Unisphere designer Gilmore D. Clarke, was an honored guest at the festival. Here Clarke is saluted by Queens Parks Commissioner Dorothy Lewandowski, left, Borough President Melinda Katz, Assemblywoman Marge Markey, Public Advocate Letitia James and Flushing PHOTO BY RICK MAIMAN Meadows Corona Park Administrator Janice Melnick.

In the middle of the dual 1939-40 and 1964-65 World’s Fair Anniversary Festival in Flushing Meadows Corona Park on Sunday, longtime Flushing resident Alan Sherman experienced what he called “the most amazing moment of my life.” It came as he sat in a Greyhound Escorter, a vehicle resembling an oversized golf cart that was built specially to transport visitors around the 1964 fair. “Sitting in it is more than a dream come true,” he said. Standing on the same grounds that have meant so much to him since he visited the fair as a 4-yearold child was “like reliving my past,” Sherman said. “I love this place. Now, my kids love this place.” The fair, he said, came to represent “a turning point in U.S. history,” and the anniversary celebration “brings back memories of a simpler, happier time.” For Sherman, visiting the site of

the New York State Pavilion was “like walking through ancient history, like walking through a modern ruin, like being in a time machine.” Spending the day with him was his son, Jonathan, 11, who has seen lots of photos and videos of the 196465 fair, courtesy of his father. “I think it’s cool. I wish I could have been there,” Jonathan said.

“I wish they’d have the World’s Fair again. It was a fabulous time.” — Richard Simon of Astoria

Many families, in fact, used the festival as an opportunity to bring generations together. Jay Woliner, 65, of Fresh Meadows, who was accompanied by his son, Justin, recalled going to the fair for the first time at the age of 16 with his school, traveling from the Bronx.

“It was such a thrilling experience,” Woliner said. Justin, 30, looked around the park and said, “I’m trying to get an understanding of what they actually featured here” during the fair. “I feel bad we can’t have something like that in my time.” It was the memory of the fair’s famous Belgian waffles that brought Queens native Susan Amato back to the park. “They were something new and exciting,” she said. “We want to relive the memory.” So, too, apparently, did lots of people. After waiting on line nearly half an hour, Amato was still about a block away from the front. With Amato was Astoria resident Richard Simon, who said he visited the fair no fewer than 175 times, sometimes more than once in a single day. “I wish they’d have the World’s Fair again,” Simon said. “It was a fabulous time. I was 12 or 13. You could see all these new things.” Being back at the fairgrounds all

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The musical stylings of Japanese drummers Soh Daiko were a big hit. At left, Christopher Tran, 5 of Flushing, with his PHOTOS BY RICK MAIMAN must have felt even more like Superman aboard Queens Officer Joe McCall’s police scooter. these years later “brings back a lot of memories,” he said. “You realize you came with people who are no longer here,” Amato added. For Adrian Luna, 21, of Flushing, Sunday was an opportunity to finally experience the atmosphere firsthand. “I’ve always loved looking at historic pictures. I loved looking at photos from the World’s Fair,” he said. As it had been during the fair, the Unisphere, the 300-ton globe in the center of the park, remains an iconic figure, representing the fair’s theme, “Peace Through Understanding.” It was designed by civil engineer and landscape architect Gilmore D. Clarke. Clarke’s widow, Dolores, was an

honored guest on Sunday. Obviously moved by the recognition accorded her husband, including proclamations from the Queens borough president and the state Assembly, she said, “I’m so thrilled. He deserves every honor. He was gifted. He was a totally dedicated human being.” Borough President Melinda Katz told Clarke, “We are thrilled to have you here in the Borough of Queens. Look at the excitement that has formed in the park. Every time you see the Borough of Queens, you see the Unisphere and the State Pavilion, both of which need to be here for generations to come. Were it not for your husband and his great foresight, we would not have the beauty we have here.”

Katz declared Sunday “Gilmore D. Clarke Day in the Borough of Queens.” Allan Smith, 75, of Woodhaven, a member of the board of the Queens Historical Society, said the Unisphere has always stood out “for the scale and the artistry behind the design. It’s a mark on the land and a landmark.” Richard Hourahan, curator for the Society, manned a booth at Sunday’s celebration that featured relics from the fairs, which served as “rites of passage” for some. Pointing to the drinking glasses representing various pavilions, license plates, serving trays and banners, he said, “These are things that people take away. It’s poignant.”


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Ridgewood lot may be developed into homes Residents fight variance for lot zoned for manufacturing on Decatur Street by Domenick Rafter

the surrounding neighborhood — including the entire north side of the block across the The owners of a lot in Ridgewood current- street — is industrial. The closest cross street to the lot is Irving ly zoned for manufacturing are seeking a variance to construct a six-family apartment Avenue and the next block across the borough structure on the site and residents are fighting line in Brooklyn is entirely residential. Friedman said the LLC that owns the propthe plan. Moshe Friedman, an engineer representing erty purchased it less than a year ago. Residents who live nearby and at least one the owners of 1504-1506 Decatur St., 11-01 Irving Ave. LLC, has filed an application civic leader are opposed to the variance. Ted Renz, executive with the Board of director of the RidgeStandards and Appeals for a variance e must fight the city’s wood Local Development Cor p. a nd a to allow a new threeefforts to change member of CB 5, said story residence to be the site needs to be built on the site, which manufacturing areas preserved for manuis zoned M1-4. The plot is currentinto residential areas.” facturing use. “We believe that ly vacant. In the past — Ted Renz, executive director of the manufacturing it was the site of a resRidgewood LDC and CB 5 member remains important to taurant and one-famiour neighborhood,” ly dwelling, according to a certificate of occupancy given by the he said. “We must fight the city’s efforts to change manufacturing areas into residencity in 1945. “This location is too small to do anything tial areas.” Rezoning of manufacturing to residential with manufacturing-wise,” Friedman told Community Board 5 during a public hearing in Ridgewood has divided the board recently. Last month, the board voted 28-11 in favor of on the application on May 14. He noted that building a residential struc- rezoning a small portion of Woodward Aveture wouldn’t be out of character as the lot is nue rom manufacturing to residential to allow surrounded by homes, though the majority of for two apartment buildings to be constructed Editor


The plot of land at 1504-1506 Decatur St. in Ridgewood is currently vacant and overgrown. The owners of the lot, which is zoned for manufacturing, want a variance to build a three-story residence there, which they argue fits because the site is surrounded by homes, though most of PHOTO BY DOMENICK RAFTER the community is industrial. at 176 Woodward Ave. and 1901 Starr St., respectively. Resident Raquel Namuche, who lives on Summerfield Street, a block away from the site, is also opposed to the Decatur Street variance. “Development needs to take into account all the residents of the community,” she said. Manny Jalonschi, another Ridgewood resi-


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Free UPK makes its way to private schools by Domenick Rafter Editor

As the city prepares to institute universal prekindergarten, private schools, some of which have long offered pre-K, are getting into the act and adding seats and new programs to fit the demand. Private and pariochial schools are offering an alternative location for expanded pre-K outside of overcrowded public schools, and at the same time presenting parents with an alternative to city schools for their childs' education beyond pre-K. Our Saviour Lutheran in Rego Park changed from a K-through-8 school to an Early Childhood Education center last year and put in a Request for Proposal to expand its UPK program this year. They were contracted by the Department of Education and will add three more classes to fit 54 more children. For Our Saviour Lutheran, the ability to offer free full-day pre-K in the area where they're located is important. The neighborhoods nearby, including Middle Village, Elmhurst and Glendale, sit in one of the city's most overcrowded school districts. Some public schools in the area had to shut down pre-K in past years to make room for more students in other grades,

according to Nich Comaianni, president of the community education council in District 24, which covers Ridgewood, Glendale, Maspeth, Middle Village, Elmhurst and Corona, and public schools worry about whether they can fit extra pre-K seats. "Community need for pre-K is extremely high," said Warren Castellani, director of school and operations at Our Saviour Lutheran. "A quality program where children can get a good start to a good education where parents who don't have the money to pay for pre-K don't have to pay is something that is sought after in this community. We're happy to provide that. Money should not trump a child’s education." Classes at the Rego Park school run from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., 40 minutes longer than city schools. According to the Diocese of Brooklyn, 17 of the 87 Catholic schools and academies in Brooklyn and Queens offer pre-K and seven more are currently applying. “Each school or academy makes its own decision along with their pastor or board chair in order to submit a RFP for pre-K,” said diocese spokeswoman Stefanie Gutierrez. And of the initial 17, most have been in

Our Saviour Lutheran in Rego Park is one of dozens of private schools offering more free universal PHOTO BY DOMENICK RAFTER prekindergarten seats as part of the city's expansion of UPK this year. contact with the DOE to add more seats St. Kevin's Catholic Academy in Flushing is one of the 17. It has been offering free pre-K for the past two years and is currently accepting applications for its third year, in which classes will be expanded to full day. Pre-K at St. Kevin's will be from 8:30 a.m. to 2:40 p.m. starting in September with arrivals available as early as 7 a.m. and pickups as late as 6 p.m. Some parents and school officials are hoping the expanded pre-K will help enrollment in private and religious schools, espe-

cially Catholic schools, which has seen its student population fall. Gutierrez said ultimately, the diocese sees pre-K as means to serve early childhood education needs, but would be happy if parents decide to keep their children in Catholic schools for their later education. “We’re certainly not looking at it as a recruiting tool, but if they decide to stay, we’d be happy to welcome them,” she said. Castellani said about 40 percent of Our Saviour Lutheran's students go on to private Q schools.

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B efo r e you k n ow it , summer will be here and parents will be sendi ng their kids off to summer camp. Camp is often something kids look forward to, and something they will fond ly recall long af ter they reach adulthood. For many kids, summer camp provides a first taste of independence, as youngsters spend significant time away from home without their parents for the first time in their lives. But as great an experience as summer camp can be for youngsters, it can be just as difficult an experience if parents don’t find the right fit for their children. The following are a few things parents should take into consideration when seeking a summer camp for Camp is often something kids look forward to and something their kids. • Staff: The right sum- they will fondly recall long after they reach adulthood. mer camp staff can make all the difference. Many children are understandably shy when f ull swing. Many parents want their ar r iving at a sum mer camp, as their youngsters to have a well-rounded experifriends from back home might not be ence, while others might want their kids joining them. That can make kids hesi- to attend a more specialized camp, whethtant to participate in activities or less er it’s a sports camp focusing on a particenthusiastic about those activities. But a ular sport or a music camp devoted to good staff will know how to make kids helping kids become better musicians. Reg a rd le s s of t h e feel welcome, wh ich type of camp parents should help them come a r e c o n s id e r i n g fo r out of their shells and their kids, they should make the most of their ask about what daily summer camp experilife at the camp is like. ences. Ask to see schedules The quality of staffs and check how strictly can vary significantly camps adhere to those depending on the camp, schedules. When conso it’s important that parside r i ng s p e cia l i z e d ents ask camp representatives about their staffs before making any camps, ask the staff representative if kids will have the chance to simply have a litcommitments. Ask how long the staff has been together tle fun and which types of recreational and the types of training new and even vet- activities are planned to give kids a break eran staff members undergo before the start from what are often rigorous schedules. • Camp goals: Another thing parents of camp season? Does the training include first aid and emergency medical training must consider before choosing a summer camp for their kids is the goals of each and certification? It’s also good to ask about the vetting individual camp. A camp should be dedicatprocess the camp employs before hiring ed to ensuring kids have fun, even when new staff, including the extent of its back- kids are attending more specialized camps ground checks. Are criminal background that tend to be more strict. In addition, parchecks conducted? How many references ents should look for a camp that wants its must potential staff members supply to be attendees to foster relationships with their considered for employment? A good camp fellow campers. Camp can be lonely for some youngwill be forthcoming with answers to all of your questions, so eliminate those that sters, especially those attending summer appear hesitant to share information about camp for the first time, but a summer camp that strives to promote friendship their staffs. • A day in the life: W hen vetting among its campers can reduce, if not camps for kids, parents should ask what a eliminate, any feelings of homesickness. Q — Metro Creative Connection typical day is like once the season hits

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Bike safety tips When it comes to buying your youngster a new bike, AAA’s Rhonda Shah says it’s vital that you find one that’s the proper size. You’ll know the bike fits the child when he or she can sit on the seat and balance the bicycle with the balls of both feet touching the ground and without leaning to one side or the other. If the bicycle seat is in the lowest position and the child cannot touch both feet to the ground, the bike is too large to be ridden safely. Measure the child’s inseam to the ground. The distance from the top of the bike’s horizontal bar (or where it would be on a girl’s bike) to the ground should be an inch or two shorter than that. Other safety suggestions • Consider brake design. Children’s bicycles typically have either hand brakes or coaster brakes, which engage when pedaling backwards. Keep in mind that hand brakes can be dangerous for younger children, who have smaller hands and less strength in the wrists. • Everyone, regardless of age or

skill level, should wear a bicycle helmet on every ride. Head injuries are the leading cause of death in bicycle crashes but wearing a properly fitted bicycle helmet has been shown to reduce the risk by up to 85 percent, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Just as a bike must be sized correctly, so should helmets. It’s best to try on a helmet, but if that’s not possible, measure around the recipient’s head at the forehead to determine which size to purchase. Make sure the helmet meets safety standards by looking for a sticker on the inside from the Snell Memorial Foundation, the Consumer Product Safety Commission, ASTM International or the American National Standards Institute. • Before taking a spin on a new bike, check that it’s put to gether securely and safety equipment, such as horns or lights, have been installed correctly and learn all safety rules. • For more safe bicycling tips, go to Q — NAPS

Keeping fit while having fun Today, childhood obesity tops the charts as one of the primary health concerns for parents. In fact, one in five American kids and teens is overweight or obese and, as a result, is at risk for serious health issues such as high blood pressure, asthma, type 2 diabetes, and sleep and hormonal disorders that would typically appear in adulthood. Dr. Shelley Armstrong, faculty member in the School of Health Sciences at Walden University and a certified health and physical educator, says, “Obesity is a very serious health and well-being issue and we can eliminate many of our kids’ physical, social, emotional and even academic challenges by keeping our kids fit. When parents put a value on health and physical activity, kids are more likely to emulate that.â€? Know Your Numbers: It’s important to become knowledgeable about the baseline numbers for each of your family members, such as body weight, body mass index, blood pressure and cholesterol levels. Ask your doctor to write these numbers down. Knowing these numbers will help you set goals for your family and work toward them. How To Get Started: Fortunately, there are many ways parents can build fun physical activity into their family’s routines, says Dr. Armstrong. Here are some tips: • Schedule family walks or bike rides several times a week. • Create family-friendly fitness competitions like family boot camps, exercise scavenger hunts, pickup basketball in the driveway or touch football. • Be young again. Get your young children outside for a game of tag or to climb trees to get their heart rates moving.

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Outdoor enthusiasts typically cannot wait to get outside and make the most of a beautiful day. But in their haste to enjoy the great outdoors, men and women can easily overlook safety precautions that protect them from potential hazards. Though it’s easy to get excited about a sunny day, it’s important to take safety seriously. No matter your activity, always bring adequate sunscreen to protect your skin from the sun and water to stay hydrated throughout the day. In addition to packing sunscreen and water, outdoor enthusiasts can employ various additional safety methods depending on which activity they choose to enjoy. Cycling: Cyclists must always be on alert for those with whom they are sharing the road. While many motorists respect cyclists, there are some who see cyclists as a nuisance and such motorists may drive recklessly around cyclists in an attempt to scare them off the road. Cyclists are oftentimes at the mercy of motorists, so it pays to stay as attentive as possible. Never listen to a music player while riding a bike. Such a distraction could prove deadly if it takes your attention away from the road. Alertness is important when cycling, as are the following precautionary measures: • Always wear a helmet and ref lective clothing that makes it easy for motorists to see you. • Obey the traffic laws. • Always ride with traffic. • Inspect your bicycle and address any mechanical issues before each ride. H i k i ng : W he n t he weat her per m its, few activities combine the b e n ef i t s of p hy s i c a l activity with the aesthetic appeal of nature as well as hiking does. Hikers should never hike on poorly developed trails or trails that are too difficult for them to handle, and they should have at least a basic understanding of the symptoms of altitude sickness. Always share your route with friends or family members before embarking on a hiking trip. This protects you if you should get lost or injured and you need a rescue team to find you. Hikers should also pack the following supplies before hitting the trails: • Compass • Flashlight and extra batteries • Whistle and signal mirror • Map of the park that includes the trails you plan to hike • Waterproof matches • First aid kit • Blanket Inline skat ing and skateboarding. Inline skating and skateboarding are popular activities for adults and children alike. But even though you may associate such activities with your childhood, that does not mean the risk of injury is insignificant. In

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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. Chronicle Contributor 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 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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St. John’s celebrates 2,800 new graduates Highlighted by compelling messages of faith, values and responsibility, a trio of commencement speakers — Hugh Evans, CEO of the Global Poverty Project; David Ushery, the WNBC-TV news anchor; and Simon Moller, St. John’s University’s vice provost for graduate education and research — celebrated SJU’s 144th commencement exercises this past weekend. The Rev. Joseph Levesque, SJU’s interim president, presided over ceremonies that saw 2,800 graduates receiving degrees at the Queens and Staten Island campuses. “We are St. John’s University,” Levesque said in his address to the graduates. “Go forward and out into this wonderful world and don’t be afraid. Live out your Vincentian spirit that you have learned here at St. John’s and c onsider the poor your responsibility.” More than 12,000 people gathered on

the Great Lawn at the Jamaica campus on Sunday to congratulate the degree recipients at the undergraduate ceremony, top. They were treated to the inspirational words of Evans, who delivered the commencement address. “Perseverance in the pursuit of great dreams pays off,” said Evans, above left, seen here receiving an honorary doctoral degree from Levesque. “In all fields, whether in business, in humanitarianism or academia, the pursuit of an idea in the face of all odds is what separates those who achieve great things. So in those moments when you think that all is lost, remember that something great is often waiting around the corner.” Moller addressed the graduate and post-grad students at a separate ceremony in Jamaica, while Ushery spoke at the Staten Island campus commencement.

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was implemented, such aspects that require that new vision, according to the NPS’ executive summary. “Gateway needs a new GMP now because new issues and ideas have emerged in recent years that the 1979 GMP does not address because they were not anticipated when the plan was prepared,” the summary reads. “None of the recent NPS policies related to management and planning for all national parks units are reflected in the 1979 GMP.” Nersesian said most of the funding for the various future projects will come from the federal level, with any additional funds coming from “outside partners,” dependQ ing on the project.

continued from page 14 potential negatives. “I’m optimistic that the plan as presented will be workable and that environmentally sensitive areas can be preserved from human impact,” Mundy said. “It’s going to give us an opportunity to educate people on the assets of the park and how to protect it. I think the education part of bringing people in can be very useful.” The general management plan comes 35 years, advances in technology and a devastating hurricane after the previous plan

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Union labor has to be a part of Housing NY plan by Rory Lancman


Jacob Riis community fair The Jacob A. Riis Neighborhood Settlement House — part of the Queensbridge Houses — celebrated its annual Community and Creativity Fair on Saturday. Assemblywoman Catherine Nolan (D-Sunnyside) is pictured with Executive Director Christopher Hanway, right, employee Aimee

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Housing New York — Mayor de Blasio’s recently released plan to comprehensively address the city’s affordable housing crisis — recognizes a vital truth: that those working on the city’s affordable housing projects should receive a fair and livable wage, safe working conditions and opportunities for advancement. In determining how to implement Housing New York, the city must deliver on jobs that do right by these workers, so that they can actually afford to live in the affordable housing they’re building. The city’s construction market is one of the most expensive in the country. Unions have largely been shut out of the city’s affordable housing projects in the past due to the higher cost of unionized workers, even though they deliver higher-quality work, faster. During the Bloomberg administration, many nonunion workers made $10 to $15 an hour on affordable housing construction jobs, compared with the livable wage that unionized workers received. The mayor has acknowledged this problem in Housing New York by placing an emphasis on jobs that help New Yorkers attain a quality wage. Over the next 10 years, Housing New York will pump a significant amount of capital into the construction and preservation of over 200,000 housing units. It will generate up to 194,000 new construction jobs; of those, 7,100 will be permanent building service positions. As outlined in its plan, Housing New York has committed to creating not only quality affordable housing, but also quality jobs for working New Yorkers across the city. Administering a project of such scope means the city should look to organized labor to cement its new, progressive agenda. Union construction jobs offer a rare pathway to the middle class for workers at all levels of education. Unionized construction workers have the opportunity to not only make a middle-class wage, giving them a

On June 10, Community Board 1 will hold a special meeting on the Halletts Point development project. Developers will present their finalized plans and inform the public of how the project will proceed. Halletts Point is a $ 1 billion development planned for the waterfront in Astoria. Developers from the Astoria Developers Group — which includes Queens-based Alma Realty — plans to create a five-building residential complex which would hold almost 1,700 units. The project got the green light from the

City Planning Department in April and will now begin a six-month public review process under which the CB 1 hearing falls. Groups including Build Up NYC — an alliance of working men and women who advocated for responsible development — and CB 1 are hoping developers will answer questions regarding union workers, time of completion and other plan specifics. The public will be allowed to give testimony at the meeting, which will take place at 6:30 p.m. at the Astoria World Manor Q located at 25-22 Astoria Blvd. — Tess McRae

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DCA reaching out to inform workers, businesses by Michael Gannon Editor

An informational meeting in Cambria Heights on the city’s new paid sick leave law did not attract the audience that the Department of Consumer Affairs likely would have wanted. But Maria Tepper of the DCA said the department is committed to continuing its outreach efforts to educate workers and business owners of their rights under the controversial new law, which went into effect on April 1. Under the law, part-time workers who work at least 80 hours per year can begin to accrue paid sick leave to deal with illness involving themselves, or to care for a child, spouse or partner, parent, sibling, grandparent or grandchild and not have to worry about replacing lost income or being replaced at work. “Your employer is not allowed to retaliate against you, said Tepper, general counsel and deputy commissioner of Legal Affairs for the DCA. New York City is the seventh municipality in the country to adopt such a law, and Tepper said officials have been able to learn from what others have done right and what they had to adjust.

The law applies to all businesses with f ive or more employees. Those with fewer than five must offer unpaid sick leave. Speaking with a small group that came to Mount Moriah AME Church, Tepper said qualifying workers accrue one hour for every 30 hours worked. An employer must provide up to 40 hours per year. She said workers who feel they are being denied proper leave or feel they have been subject to retaliation now have an avenue to file a complaint with the DCA , wh ich w ill en force t he new regulations. Employers subject to a formal complaint will be notified by the DCA and must reply within 30 days. The DCA will work to resolve the complaint, and, if necessar y help an employer come into compliance. While the city had a grace period for fines until October, a first offense can result in a fine of up to $500, a penalty that can increase for repeat offenders within given time periods. “Our hope is to get the word out, and then work with employers so that it doesn’t reach the level of enforcement,” Tepper said.

Tepper did say employers do have the right to require up to seven days notice for requested sick leave when the need is reasonably foreseeable. “Such as a scheduled doctor’s appointment,” she said. Should an employee use three days in a row, an employer is allowed to request documentation from a licensed healthcare provider. An employer is prohibited from requiring a specific medical reason. An employee also may carry over any unused sick leave into the following year, but is only entitled to the maximum of 40 hours in that next year. Tepper said the law also protects employers from employees who might want to use sick time in the middle of the summer to go to City Field or the beach. “An employee who abuses sick time can be subject to the same discipline as any other employee who violates workplace rules,” she said. Complaint forms are available online at, or by calling 311. The law does not apply to city agencies or to employees of the City Council, though Tepper said just about all those employees already have equal or better conditions under their union contracts. Q

continued from page 30 Halsey Street subway station on the L line. The site’s proximity to the L train has led some to believe the project is a sign of gentrification, which has overtaken the neighborhoods along that subway line, creeping eastward, as communities closer to Manhattan become less affordable. Areas further west on the L line, including East Williamsburg, Brooklyn and the section of Ridgewood closer to Flushing Avenue, have seen new developments rise recently, as have parts of Bushwick. “Do we really need more coffee shops or do we need more afterschool programs?” Namuche asked. “Talk to us. Talk to the people about what we want and what we need.” The feeling of gentrification moving eastward was also in the minds of workers in the area, who fear their places of employment would soon be pushed out. “It’s only a matter of time before this area becomes the new Williamsburg,” said Efrian Aldo, who works a few blocks from the site, when asked about the project last Thursday. “That’s what this is all about.” CB 5 Land Use Committee Chairman Walter Sanchez said the issue will come before the committee at its next Q meeting in early June.

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DOT plans redesign for Ridgewood intersection Interchange of Myrtle, Wyckoff aves. and Palmetto St. was the site of two deaths by Domenick Rafter Editor

A bevy of adjectives was used at last week’s Community Board 5 meeting to describe the intersection of Myrtle Avenue, Wyckoff Avenue and Palmetto Street in Ridgewood: busy, awkward, flawed. But perhaps the most notable one — and the reason it was on the agenda in the first place — was the adjective “deadly.” The intersection, which straddles the border of Ridgewood and Bushwick, Brooklyn, is more correctly described as a hub. At least half a dozen bus lines, serving both Brooklyn and Queens go through the intersection carrying passengers from as far away as Flushing, Jamaica and Canarsie, Brooklyn. Above and below the intersection are busy subway lines. Pedestrian traffic around the intersection is often as heavy as the traffic, and the two conf lict — a least t wice with fat al consequences. According to NYPD records, two people have been killed at the intersection since 2008. There are have been 29 other incidents ending with injuries, 15 of those being to pedestrians. As a response, DOT officials, including Queens Commissioner Dalia Hall, presented a plan to modernize the intersection in hopes

to make it safer. They presented the proposal to CB 5 on May 14. The proposal is part of Mayor de Blasio’s Vision Zero plan, which aims to eliminate pedestrian fatalities. Nichole Altmix, senior project manager at the DOT, said the agency has noticed a series of problems with the intersection, including the awkward angles at which the streets meet, creating longer crossings, dark conditions that make for bad visibility under the M train elevated trestle, especially at night, and pedestrian noncompliance. Five new curb extensions will be installed to shorten crossing times. A new crosswalk will be installed across Myrtle Avenue on the east side of Wyckoff Avenue because the DOT has noticed a desire for pedestrians to cross there. The department will also ban five turns at the intersection. Altmix said no turns into southbound Wyckoff Avenue from either direction on Myrtle Avenue will be allowed. Traffic heading north on Palmetto Street will not be allowed to make a right onto Myrtle Avenue and southbound traffic on Wyckoff Avenue will be barred from making a right turn onto Myrtle. Palmetto Street north of the intersection is closed off to all traffic except buses as it is the hub of the Ridgewood bus terminal opened in 2011.

Altmix said the five turns are not often made, but the DOT considered them to be the most dangerous. She also added that the intersection has 25 different movements, or turns that traffic can make, as opposed to the average of 12. Bus traffic would not be affected by any of the bans. The DOT will also work with the MTA to install flashing yellow lights on the M train elevated support poles to supplement the new lighting recently installed under the trestle, and undertake a public information campaign to educate people on pedestrian safety. Noting that both fatalities at the intersection involved pedestrians being hit by buses, CB 65 member Paul Kerzner asked why the DOT wasn’t looking at bus traffic there. Hall said altering bus routes would take a long time because they would have to work with the MTA, and the DOT doesn’t believe it would make as significant an impact. John Maier, CB 5’s Transportation Committee chair said that although the pedestrians were killed after being struck by buses, in at least one of the cases, there were other contributing factors. “The driver of the bus that hit that one pedestrian said he was distracted by a cab,” Maier said. “It’s not really a bus issue.” The DOT did not give any indication of when the changes would be implemented.

Queens DOT Commissioner Dalia Hall speaks to Community Board 5 on May 14 about modernizing the busy intersection near the Myrtle/Wyckoff avenues subway station in PHOTO BY DOMENICK RAFTER Ridgewood. Maier said there were still a number of issues he wanted to discuss with the agency, including the designation of Myrtle Avenue as a through-truck route in Queens, but local truck route in Brooklyn, which affects traffic Q at the intersection.

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This year’s show, “Luminocity,” features more than a dozen acts including acrobats, tightrope walkers and jugglers.


he circus, like a burger joint or neighborhood bar, is beloved because of its familiarity. The trapeze, acrobats and animal trainers are nothing new; in fact, quite the opposite. Slight variations of these types of performers can be seen in circuses around the world. Still, hundreds gather into a massive tent with glowing swords and wands each year and react in amazement when they see something remarkable. “One of my favorite things to do is to go see the circus,” John Kennedy Kane, the ringmaster for the Big Apple Circus, said. “I love watching the show the way the audience does and I’m always dying to know what they’re going to do next.” Kane, who stars in Big Apple’s newest show “Luminocity”— a homage to Times Square — has always loved the circus. He opted out of taking the SATs as a teen and ran away to become a performer under the big top; his family even calls him “Circ.” He’s not the typical strapping, young and beaming man that many ringmasters today are and he’s not afraid to be the first one to admit it. “I had a miniature circus in the basement when I was younger,” he said. “I wasn’t only the overweight kid in high school, I was the overweight kid who wanted to be in the circus. But over the years, I went from the weirdo brother to the interesting uncle.”


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Little Neck-Douglaston, Jayson Ave. & Northern Blvd., Mon. May 26, 2 p.m. Free. Whitestone, oldest Memorial Day parade in Queens, Mon., May 26, ceremony on field at 149th St. & 15th Drive, 12 p.m., followed by parade at 1 p.m. Free.


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“We Women Do It Better! (¡Nosotras lo hacemor mejor!),” Thalia Spanish Theatre, 41-17 Greenpoint Ave., Sunnyside, May 30-June 29. Performances en el Español; Fri., 8 p.m. & Sat., 3 p.m. Performances in Spanish: Sat., 8 p.m., Sun. 4 p.m. $27 adults, $25 students/seniors. Info/tickets: (718) 729-3880,

MUSIC Memorial Day parades salute the fallen, and all veterans, Sunday & Monday, May 25 & 26. “Women Composers,” Carol Sudhalter’s 13-piece Astoria Jazz Band, Sunnyside Reformed Church, 48-03 Skillman Ave., Sat. May 24, 7 p.m., donations accepted. Info: (718) 426-5997. “Wings of Song” concert series, jazz and swing, Broken Reed Saxophone Quintet, St. Luke’s Church, 85 Greenway South, Forest Hills, Sun., June 1, 3 p.m. Suggested donation: $12 adults, $10 students/seniors. Contact: (718) 268-7772,

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50th Anniversary Concert, Forest Hills Symphony Orchestra, Forest Hills Jewish Center, 106-06 Queens Blvd., Sun. June 8, 2 p.m. $5 adults, $3 students/seniors, available at the door. Contact: (718) 374-1627, “An Afternoon of Tangos,” Latin American Cultural Center of Queens and Sunday to Remember, performance by Quintet of the Americas, at El Paraiso, 102-11 42 Ave., Corona, Sun. May 25, 2:30 p.m. $5, suggested donation. Reservations req’d: (718) 261-7664,

CLASSES Defensive driving course, for insurance and point reduction, American Martyrs Church, 79-43 Bell Blvd., Bayside, Sat., May 31, 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. $45 pp. Info/register: (718) 360-9720. Watercolor classes, National Art League, 44-21 Douglaston Pkwy., Douglaston, Wed., 9:30 a.m.12:30 p.m. All techniques, beginner to advanced with demonstration. Call: (718) 969-1128. DJ classes, Mainline, 218-12 Hillside Ave., Queens Village, 1st & 2nd week of every month. Once a

week, four sessions, classes in beat mixing and MC techniques. Call: (718) 479-4848. Regents review classes, Maspeth Town Hall, 53-37 72 St. Register for June classes 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.

DANCE “Retrospectiva,” an evening of flamenco, Spanish classics & zarzuela by the American Bolero Dance Company, Tony Bennett Concert Hall at Frank Sinatra School of the Arts, 35-12 35 Ave., Astoria, Sat., May 31, 8 p.m. $28 adults, $20 seniors, $12 students/children. Contact: (718) 392-8888,

LECTURES Drinking History: A Pint of the Past, Beer & Home Brewing in 19th Century New York, King Manor Museum, 150-30 Jamaica Ave., Jamaica, Sun., June 29, 3 p.m. Free, reservations required. Contact: (718) 206-0545, ext. 13,,

After-School Environmental Science Enrichment Program, Eastern Queens Alliance, Idlewild Park Preserve Environmental Science Learning Center, Series of hands-on science workshops focusing on wetland and estuaries; 149-20 Springfield Lane, Rosedale; meets Mon., Wed., Fri., 3:30-5 p.m., thru June 14. Ages 8-12, $8 per session, $21 per week. Contact: (347) 824-2301, or science-in-the-park.html. Drama workshop, with instructor Lisa LaGrande. Poppenhusen Institute, ages 8-12; 114-04 14th Rd., College Point, Sat., thru June 28, 10-11:30 a.m., Free. Contact: (718) 358-0067. Boy Scout Troop #119, St. Margaret’s Parish Hall, 79 Place off Juniper Valley Rd., Middle Village, meets every Tues., 7:15-9 p.m. New members welcome.

SPECIAL EVENTS World’s Fair Train Show, watch model trains through a display which includes a mini World’s Fair Unisphere; Queens Botanical Garden, 43-50 Main St., Flushing, Sat.-Mon., May 24-26, 10 a.m.-5.p.m. Free with general admission. Contact: (718) 8863800,


National Women’s Health & Wellness Awareness Day, Queens Sickle Cell Advocacy Network, 207-08 Hollis Ave., Queens Village, Sat., May 31, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Info/register: (718) 712-0873,

LP FAM’s youth basketball program, Queens Transition Center, 142-10 Linden Blvd., South Ozone Park, every Sat., 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Boys/girls, ages 8-16. Contact: Mike Glasgow (917) 442-0479.

Comedy Night, featuring Moody McCarthy, Dave Konig & Jonny Lampert, Howard Beach Judea Center, 162-05 90 St., Howard Beach, Sat., May 31, 9 p.m. $36 in advance, $40 at door. RSVP: (718) 845-9443.

COMMUNITY Luau Party, hosted by Nativity B.V.M. Columbiettes, Church Hall, 91 St. & Rockaway Blvd., Ozone Park, Sat., May 24, 12 p.m. $15 includes buffet lunch, drinks, dessert. RSVP by May 19 to (718) 843-1046. Willets Point walking tour, Sun., May 25, 4 p.m., walk to the area from central Flushing to understand political, economic & ecological issues. Register: Bus to Empire Casino in Yonkers, St. Josaphat Leisure Club, 35th Ave. & 210th St., Bayside, Thurs., May 29, $25 pp. Call: Joy (917) 921-7631. 70th Anniversary of D-Day, Whitestone Memorial Field, 149th St. & 15th Drive, Fri., June 6, 11 a.m. Followed by luncheon for all veterans at Whitestone VFW Post 4787, 19-12 149 St. RSVP: (718) 746-0540. Grocery auction, Emanuel Church, 91st St. at Woodhaven Blvd., Woodhaven, Fri., June 6, 7:30 p.m. $8, includes fifty chances to win groceries of your choice! Info: (718) 849-1153. Doggie boot camp, Crocheron Park, Bayside, every Sat. thru Oct., 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Free. 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.

FLEA MARKETS St. Ann Church, Parish Hall, 142-30 58 Ave., Flushing, Mon., May 26, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. St. Raphael’s Church, outdoors, rummage sale, 35-20 Greenpoint Ave., Long Island City, Sun. June 1, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Info: (718) 729-8957. Richmond Hill, 117-09 Hillside Ave., every Sun., 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Largest flea market in Queens. St. Benedict the Moor Church, Merrick Blvd. at 110th Ave., every Sat., 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Vendors welcome. Contact: (718) 332-0026.

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Artists dig into family roots for inspiration by Victoria Zunitch qboro contributor

The idea of family inevitably calls to mind one’s own experiences, which we call “formative” because they power fully influence not only our lives but also our life’s work. For artists, this influence is usually indirect and sometimes unknowing. But in the Dorsky Gallery’s current exhibition, “She Was a Film Star Before She Was My Mother,” independent curator Sonel Breslav socks you right between the eyes with family.

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She seeks to raise questions about the perceived truth of family by gathering works of photography, video, performance and installation that explicitly arose from the personal family histories of the eight artists. “In this case, they are expressing their own personal histories, their family histories, as the subject of their art pieces,” said Noah Dorsky, who founded the not-forprofit Long Island City gallery along with two siblings. Rona Yefman’s installation, “Let It Bleed,” created in collaboration with sibling Gil Yefman, includes a poster that reads, “FAMILY The grey zone. something between gross and beauty.” One video sequence in the installation takes up the conversation of family with saucily vamping characters who dance through various clothing and accessory changes. Despite outsized wigs and frequent changes of clothing that are clearly coded “female,” neither the actual nor the stage gender of either character is immediately discernible. It is hard to determine if they are ridiculing or embracing actual, or stereotypical, femininity.

Rona Yefman’s installation, “Let It Bleed,” is one of many pieces in “She Was a Film Star PHOTO BY VICTORIA ZUNITCH Before She Was My Mother” at the Dorsky Gallery. The dancing is reminiscent of teenage boys who sometimes seem to feel the need to ridicule femininity as they begin their journey toward adult manhood. It is difficult to prove this was what the artist was saying, even unintentionally, but it is also hard to shake the takeaway completely.

Although this may not be the reaction the artist or the installation is trying to provoke, it seems to be precisely the type of response the gallery has in mind for this and other exhibitions. Dorsky said viewers should be able to understand the pieces by using their own continued on on page page 49 00 continued

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Joel Kim Booster builds a show for LGBT community by Tess McRae

said. “There are a few places that have a monthly event but there aren’t really any venues in Long Island City for For Joel Kim Booster, finding a place for the queer and the LGBT community.” queer-friendly community to perform stand-up was Though the show is about bringing the queer commuimportant. nity together, Booster said he isn’t about alienating “There are plenty of gay-themed shows in New York anyone. City but most take place in gay bars,” Booster said. “The bottom line is, everyone performing is funny,” he “These venues do play an important role, but I don’t want said. “I wasn’t specifically looking for comedians who to just do comedy in the back of a were all gay or had a joke that gay bar.” touches on the LGBT community. I He also didn’t want to have to was looking for a voice that would travel to Hell’s Kitchen or the Lower appeal to our community and the East Side just to perform at one of When: Thurs., May 29, 8 p.m. straight community. these shows either. “I just didn’t want a show where Where: Laughing Devil, So, Booster turned his sights on the punchline is ‘Isn’t it funny the 47-38 Vernon Blvd., LIC the Laughing Devil in Long Island person is gay?’” Tickets: $10, must be 16 or over City to create his own show for the The show, hosted by Booster, will queer community. feature several gay and straight per“They had been looking for some formers alike. new programming that was different The Brooklyn resident hopes the from the general showcases they do,” he said. “I had event will become a monthly regular at the Laughing Devil. thought a lot about putting up a show where the majority Booster does acknowledge the difficulties that came of the lineup had a lot of queer voices in it, so I pitched it.” with starting a new, niche show in New York City last “BRUCE: The Best Queer and Queer Friendly Comedy month. Show in Queens,” is exactly what it sounds like, a place “It’s a tough sell and a little hard to promote to the for the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community right audience,” Booster said. “We don’t want to scare and supporters to come together and laugh. anyone away but I wanted to put out there what the “There aren’t a lot of gay amenities in Queens,” Booster show is going to be.” qboro editor


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Booster anticipates a much larger crowd at this month’s show. “They best thing would be to see people in seats, Q laughing, that’s what I’m hoping for.”


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In October 1965 a liberalized immigration law known as the Hart-Celler Act was passed allowing immigrants to come to America and bring family along later without quota restrictions. Opponents of the bill said immigration would get out of hand and engulf and change communities overnight. Flushing was one such neigh- Two stores on 40th Road in Flushing on Aug. 31, borhood whose identity was changed and 1961 were Dan Schreiber’s kosher butcher shop at 135-38 and M.C. Avery Liquor at 135-40. lost overnight as predicted. In the early 20th century, 40th Road was a block of handyman shops. Rent was became the home of the M.C. Avery liquor cheaper here than on Main Street. It you store. That was another neighborhood staple. needed a locksmith, plumber, printer or even In 1962 it became Gem Liquor, which cona quick haircut, 40th Street was where you tinued to operate there until 1987. Today 40th Road is of course filled with would go for a good deal and fair prices. Other shops were there too. In the 1930s Asian-American shops, with most signs not came Shifman’s kosher butcher shop, which even written in English. Many people who come to America have later became Dan Schreiber’s kosher butcher shop, a staple for many years at 135-38 40 already studied our history. Perhaps the Road. Schreiber’s speciality was corned beef Bowne House, a symbol of freedom of religion located a short distance away, is one and pickled tongue. Next door, right on the corner with Main reason this neighborhood was chosen as the Street, was the Hy-Heat Coal Co. When coal favorite place to be for one wave of immiQ went out of favor as a fuel, the site became grants who came here.

Steve Kerr may turn out to be a terrific NBA head coach but I am wondering why he became the flavor of the month just because Knicks President Phil Jackson wanted him as his team’s next head coach. Although Kerr enjoyed a good career as a player in the NBA he was never a head coach in the league, though he was in charge of basketball operations for the Phoenix Suns from 2007 through 2010. They made the playoffs twice in that time and had a winning record for his entire tenure. Kerr spurned the Knicks last week as he decided to sign with the Golden State Warriors. Jackson must have known that Kerr would have ambivalent feelings about working in New York for reasons that had nothing to do with Madison Square Garden CEO James Dolan. Even when he was working for the Suns, Kerr would commute to Phoenix from his home in San Diego. If you have spent any time in that beautiful Southern California city then you would find it hard to fault him. Of course Knicks fans still don’t know if Jackson, who also enjoys the SoCal lifestyle, will be a regular on coast-to-coast red-eye flights. I was surprised the Warriors dismissed former Knicks and St. John’s University star Mark Jackson as their head coach. Mark did a fine job leading the Warriors to playoff appearances

in consecutive years for the first time since 1992. This year they won more than 50 games for the first time in 20 years. After Kerr decided against the Knicks I figured that Jackson would be a no-brainer for them. He grew up in Cambria Heights, was a local hoops hero and certainly would have no problems communicating with the New York media, given that he was an outstanding broadcaster on both the YES Network and ESPN. Mark must have felt a chill from Jackson as he decided to sign a three-year deal to return to ESPN. I expect him to be coaching in the NBA again before too long. Politics and business make for strange bedfellows. The biggest cheers for the Rangers as they battle the Canadiens for the right to compete for the Stanley Cup may be coming from Philadelphia, where Comcast, NBC’s parent corporation, makes its headquarters. You had better believe that Comcast executives are drooling at the thought of the ratings that would come from a Stanley Cup Final between a team from New York and one from either LA or Chicago. The Kings and Blackhawks are playing each other for the right to represent the NHL’s Western Conference. NBC doesn’t broadcast north of the border, so MonQ treal means little. See the extended version of Sports Beat every week at

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NOTICE OF FORMATION OF LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY. NAME: KIDS’ ATHLETICS, LLC. Articles of Organization were filed with the Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 5/12/14. 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 Carlos Vargas, 5308 32nd Avenue, 1st FLR, Woodside, NY 11377. Purpose: For any lawful purpose.

NOTICE OF FORMATION OF LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY. NAME: PKG 2813 LLC. Articles of Organization were filed with the Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 04/11/14. 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, 28-29 119th Street, Flushing, New York 11354. Purpose: For any lawful purpose.

NOTICE OF FORMATION OF LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY. NAME: RONA L. PLATT, PLLC. Articles of Organization were filed with the Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 04/09/2014. 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, 213-01 75th Avenue, #5A, Oakland Gardens, NY 11364. Purpose: For any lawful purpose.

NOTICE OF FORMATION OF LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY. NAME: SSAM BBQ LLC. Articles of Organization were filed with the Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 03/19/14. 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, 4545 Center Blvd., Apt. 2608, Long Island City, NY 11109. Purpose: For any lawful purpose.

NOTICE OF FORMATION OF LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY. NAME: URGENT TOV DRUGS LLC. Articles of Organization were filed with the Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 03/26/14. The latest date of dissolution is 12/31/2114. 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, c/o Kalb & Rosenfeld P.C., 283 Commack Road, Commack, New York 11725. Purpose: For any lawful purpose.

NOTICE OF FORMATION OF WANG HEE FAMILY ACUPUNCTURE PLLC. Articles of Organization were filed with the Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 03/14/2014. 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, 34-07 Murray Street, #3F, Flushing, NY 11354. Purpose: For any lawful purpose.

ONE BUTTON LLC, a domestic LLC, filed with the SSNY on 1/10/14. Office location: Queens County. SSNY is designated as agent upon whom process against the LLC may be served. SSNY shall mail process to Todd V. Lamb, Esq., 424 W. 49th St., Ste. 4B, NY, NY 10019. General Purpose.

Notice of Formation of Pushing Strings LLC. Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 9/26/13. Office location: Queens County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: 175-31 Devonshire Road, Jamaica Estates, NY 11432. Purpose: any lawful activity.

NOTICE OF FORM ATION OF L IMI T ED L I A BIL I T Y COMPANY. NAME: S. H MARKETING Articles of GROUP, LLC. Organization were filed with the Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 04/04/2014. 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, 15-24 College Point Blvd., College Point, NY 11356. Purpose: For any lawful purpose.

Notice of Formation of SURLAK TAXI, LLC. Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 4/1/14. Office location: Queens County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: Lakhwinder Singh, 82-01 255th St., Floral Park, NY 11004. Purpose: any lawful activity.

NOTICE OF FORMATION OF LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY. NAME: VIMSHOES4, LLC Articles of Org. filed NY Sec. of State (SSNY) 4/1/14. Office in Queens Co. SSNY design. Agent of LLC upon whom process may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of process to The LLC, 164-01 Jamaica Ave, Jamaica, NY 11432. Purpose: Any lawful activity.

NOTICE OF FORMATION OF LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY. NAME: WINE TRAIL IMPORTS, LLC. Articles of Organization were filed with the Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 04/25/2014. 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 Joseph S. McAlinden, 68-32 Ingram Street, Forest Hills, NY 11375. Purpose: For any lawful purpose.

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Old Howard Beach, 1 Fl, 2 BR, LR, kit, $1,500/mo, tenant pays electric & cooking gas. Owner NYCREAL ESTATE CLOSINGS 917-939-4735 $895.00. Expd Attorney, Real Estate Broker, ESTATES/CRIMI- Old Howard Beach, totally updatNAL MATTERS Richard H. Lovell, ed, 3 BR, DR, HW fls, plenty of P.C., 10748 Cross Bay, Ozone parking. Pam @ Connexion I RE, Park, NY 11417 718 835-9300. 917-755-9800

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NOTICE is hereby given that an Order entered by the Civil Court, Queens County on 3/26/2014, bearing Index Number NC-000102-14/QU, a copy of which may be examined at the Office of the Clerk, located at 89-17 Sutphin Blvd., Jamaica, NY 11435, grants me (us) the right to: Assume the name of (First) DANTE (Middle) OMAR (Last) GONZALEZ (Seniority) JR. My present name is (First) DANTE (Last) GONZALEZ (Seniority) JR (infant). My present address is 107-17 126 ST., South Richmond Hill, NY 11419. My place of birth is Queens, NY. My date of birth is January 17, 2008.

Notice is hereby given that a cabaret liquor license, #TBA, has been applied for by 7951 Albion, LLC to sell beer, wine and liquor at retail in a cabaret with one additional bar. For on-premises consumption under the ABC Law at 79-51 Albion Ave., Elmhurst, NY 11372.

NOTICE OF FORMATION OF LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY. NAME: GABRIEL & PELAEZ, PLLC. Articles of Organization were filed with the Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 01/24/2014. 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, 72-11 Austin Street, PMB No. 406, Forest Hills, NY 11375. Purpose: For any lawful purpose.

NOTICE OF FORMATION OF LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY. NAME: AMERICAN CENTER FOR INTERNATIONAL EDUCATIONAL EXCHANGE, LLC. Articles of Organization were filed with the Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 10/18/2013. 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, 61-11 159th Street, 1st Floor, Fresh Meadows, NY 11365. Purpose: For any lawful purpose.

NOTICE OF FORMATION OF LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY. NAME: GEORGETOWN APARTMENTS JAMAICA NY LLC. Articles of Org. filed NY Sec. of State (SSNY) 10/8/13. Office in Queens Co. SSNY design. Agent of LLC upon whom process may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of process to the registered agent at 9020 169th St., Jamaica, NY 11432. Purpose: Any lawful activity.

C & C MATH FACTORY L.L.C., Arts. of Org. filed with the SSNY on 04/25/2014. Office loc: Queens County. SSNY has been designated as agent upon whom process against the LLC may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: Craig Tan Chu and Charles Allen Mills, 11-02 49th Ave., Ste 4B, Long Island City, NY 11101. Purpose: Any Lawful Purpose.

IKARIA CONSTRUCTION LLC, a domestic LLC, filed with the SSNY on 1/30/14. 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, 87-22 254th St., Bellerose, NY 11426. General Purpose.

Notice of formation of CEMA, LLC Articles of organization filed with the Secretary of State of N.Y. (SSNY) on 1/30/2014. Office location: Queens County. SSNY has been designated as agent of the LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to Fang Zhou, 40-50 192nd Subscriptions are only $19 for a Street, Flushing, NY 11358. Purpose: Any lawful activity. full year!!! Call 718-205-8000

Jung & Yoo, CPA PLLC Arts of Org filed with NY Sec of State (SSNY) on 3/19/14. Office: Queens County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: 213-41 38th Ave, Bayside, NY 11361. Purposes: Public Accountancy.

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Notice of Formation of 15049 27TH AVENUE, LLC Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 04/01/14. Office location: Queens County. Princ. office of LLC: 38-40 Regatta Pl., Douglaston, NY 11363. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to the LLC at the addr. of its princ. office. Purpose: Real estate.

NOTICE OF SALE SUPREME COURT COUNTY OF QUEENS H & R Block Bank, a Federal Savings Bank, Plaintiff, against Jesus Guevara; et al., Defendant(s). Pursuant to a Judgment of Foreclosure and Sale duly dated February 5, 2014, I, the undersigned Referee, will sell at public auction in the Queens County Supreme Court, 88-11 Sutphin Blvd., Jamaica, New York 11435, in Courtroom #25 on June 20, 2014 at 10:00AM, premises known as 84-12 108th Avenue, Ozone Park, NY 11417 All that certain plot piece or parcel of land, with the buildings and improvements erected, situate, lying and being in Borough and County of Queens, City and State of NY, Block: 9143 Lot: 6. Approximate amount of judgment $447,206.67 plus interest and costs. Premises will be sold subject to provisions of filed Judgment Index# 17858/2012. Nicole Katsorhis, Esq., Referee; Shapiro, DiCaro & Barak, LLC Attorney(s) for the Plaintiff, 175 Mile Crossing Boulevard, Rochester, NY 14624 (877) 759-1835 Dated: May 8, 2014 1093828 5/22, 5/29, 6/5, 06/12/2014

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SUPPLEMENTAL SUMMONS Index No.: 8943/12 Date of Filing: April 8, 2014 SUPREME COURT OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK COUNTY OF QUEENS JPMORGAN CHASE BANK, NATIONAL ASSOCIATION, Plaintiff, -againstDONG CAI, if living, or if either or all be dead, their wives, husbands, heirsat-law, next of kin, distributees, executors, administrators, assignees, lienors and generally all persons having or claiming under, by or through said DONG CAI, by purchase, inheritance, lien or otherwise, of any right, title or interest in and to the premises described in the complaint herein, and the respective husbands, wives, widow or widowers of them, if any, all of whose names are unknown to plaintiff; MING KWOK, if living, or if either or all be dead, their wives, husbands, heirs-at-law, next of kin, distributees, executors, administrators, assignees, lienors and generally all persons having or claiming under, by or through said MING KWOK, by purchase, inheritance, lien or otherwise, of any right, title or interest in and to the premises described in the complaint herein, and the respective husbands, wives, widow or widowers of them, if any, all of whose names are unknown to plaintiff; NEW YORK CITY ENVIRONMENTAL CONTROL BOARD; NEW YORK CITY PARKING VIOLATIONS BUREAU; NEW YORK CITY TRANSIT ADJUDICATION BUREAU; STATE OF NEW YORK; UNITED STATES OF AMERICA; “JOHN DOES” and “JANE DOES”, said names being fictitious, parties intended being possible tenants or occupants of premises, and corporations, other entities or persons who claim, or may claim, a lien against the premises, Defendants. TO THE ABOVE-NAMED DEFENDANTS: YOU ARE HEREBY SUMMONED to answer the complaint in this action and to serve a copy of your answer, or, if the complaint is not served with this summons, to serve a Notice of Appearance on the Plaintiff’s attorney(s) within twenty (20) days after the service of this summons, exclusive of the day of service, where service is made by delivery upon you personally within the State, or within thirty (30) days after completion of service where service is made in any other manner, and in case of your failure to appear or answer, judgment will be taken against you by default for the relief demanded in the complaint. NOTICE: YOU ARE IN DANGER OF LOSING YOUR HOME. If you do not respond to this summons and complaint by serving a copy of the answer on the attorney for the mortgage company who filed this foreclosure proceeding against you and filing the answer with the court, a default judgment may be entered and you can lose your home. Speak to an attorney or go to the court where your case is pending for further information on how to answer the summons and protect your property. Sending a payment to your mortgage company will not stop this foreclosure action. YOU MUST RESPOND BY SERVING A COPY OF THE ANSWER ON THE ATTORNEY FOR THE PLAINTIFF (MORTGAGE COMPANY) AND FILING THE ANSWER WITH THE COURT. YOU ARE HEREBY PUT ON NOTICE THAT WE ARE ATTEMPTING TO COLLECT A DEBT, AND ANY INFORMATION OBTAINED WILL BE USED FOR THAT PURPOSE. TO THE ABOVE-NAMED DEFENDANTS: The foregoing summons is served upon you by publication pursuant to an Order of the Honorable Augustus C. Agate of the Supreme Court of the State of New York, signed on January 23, 2014, and filed with supporting papers in the Office of the Clerk of the County of Queens, State of New York. The object of this action is to foreclose a mortgage upon the premises described below, executed by DONG CAI and MING KWOK to WASHINGTON MUTUAL BANK, FA in the principal amount of $55,000.00, which mortgage was recorded in Queens County, State of New York, on December 5, 2003, as CRFN: 2003000491399. JPMorgan Chase Bank, National Association has purchased the loans and other assets of Washington Mutual Bank, formerly known as Washington Mutual Bank, FA (the “Savings Bank”) from the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, acting as receiver for the Savings Bank and pursuant to its authority under the Federal Deposit Insurance Act, 12 U.S.C. 1821 (d). Therefore, JPMorgan Chase Bank, National Association is now the real party in interest in the proceeding. Said premises being known as and by 6-05 BEACH 67TH ST, ARVERNE, NY 11692. Date: January 14, 2014. Batavia, New York, Tanisha Bramwell, Esq. ROSICKI, ROSICKI & ASSOCIATES, P.C. Attorneys for Plaintiff Batavia Office 26 Harvester Avenue Batavia, NY 14020 585.815.0288 Help For Homeowners In Foreclosure New York State Law requires that we send you this notice about the foreclosure process. Please read it carefully. Mortgage foreclosure is a complex process. Some people may approach you about “saving” your home. You should be extremely careful about any such promises. The State encourages you to become informed about your options in foreclosure. There are government agencies, legal aid entities and other non-profit organizations that you may contact for information about foreclosure while you are working with your lender during this process. To locate an entity near you, you may call the toll-free helpline maintained by the New York State Banking Department at 1-877-BANKNYS (1-877-226-5697) or visit the Department’s website at The State does not guarantee the advice of these agencies.

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Inside the Sept. 11 Memorial Museum Photos of those slain in the terror attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, at the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and in Pennsylvania, a pillar memorializing the first responders killed in New York, and a warped piece of one of the Twin Towers are among the sights at the museum.

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As a retired architect whose firm, Davis Brody Bond, was the lead designer of the National September 11 Memorial Museum, Steve Fisher of Middle Village was invited to tour the underground place of remembrance earlier this week, prior to its opening to the general public on Wednesday. “While I was an eyewitness to the destruction of the towers over a dozen years ago from the windows of our office building about a mile to the north, it felt like no time has passed since that terrible day,” Fisher, a Queens Chronicle contributing photographer, told the paper in an email. “And while I had had a chance to stand at the bottom, at ground zero, in 2006, when I stood in temporarily for one of DBB’s other

project managers, I was still not prepared for today. And while I had seen models of the proposed museum in DBB’s office for many of the years during the design process, the

enormity of the museum space still overwhelmed me today.” The Sept. 11, 2001 terror attacks against the United States killed 2,977 people immediately, exclud-

ing the perpetrators. Others died later from illnesses caused by the slaughter’s aftermath. See more photos at — Peter C. Mastrosimone

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