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Some good news on Queens foreclosures Report cites significant drops year-to-year in new legal proceedings by Michael Gannon Editor


oreclosures have continued to hit Queens harder than just about anywhere in the country since the collapse of the housing market in 2008. But a report issued Tuesday showed some long overdue good news for the borough for the third quarter of 2019., a website that tracks residential and commercial real estate in the country’s major markets, reported that Queens saw 272 properties undergo foreclosure from July through September. While that was the highest total in the five boroughs, it also represented steep declines from both the second quarter of 2019 and the third quarter of 2018. The number represents a 16 percent drop from the 303 registered from July through September 2018, and a 10 percent drop in unique or new cases, according to the report written by Robert Demeter. The dropoff from the second quarter of this year was even more drastic, falling 24 percent from the 324 that were registered April through June. A total of 720 lis pendens, the notifications needed to begin legal actions leading up to foreclosure, represented a 13 percent drop in Queens from the third quarter of 2018.

Queens saw significant drops in first-time foreclosure proceedings in the second quarter of this year dropping significantly from both last quarter and the same time period in 2018. But it still GRAPHIC COURTESY PROPERTYSHARK.COM had the highest numbers in the city. Not all the news was good. “The 11434 zip-code, encompassing Jamaica, South Jamaica, Rochdale and St. Albans neighborhoods, had 23 new foreclosure cases — the most in the borough,” Demeter wrote. The number is higher than the 252 registered in Queens in the fourth quarter of 2018, but it also marks the second time in

the last seven quarters that Queens fell below 300 The World’s Borough did buck the trend of the city as a whole, which saw a 1 percent uptick over the third quarter last year to 723. “The Bronx, Brooklyn and Queens continue the downward trend they’ve been on since 2018,” Demeter wrote.

The Bronx was the only borough to have better percentages than Queens, with its 68 first-time foreclosures marking a 51 percent drop from last year. The quarter-to-quarter drop was 29 percent. Brooklyn dropped 2 percent year-to-year, falling from 203 to 199. The number was down 16 percent from this year’s second quarter. Staten Island and Manhattan saw staggering percentage increases, though in Manhattan the figure involves a far lower number of total properties. Manhattan saw what was reported as a 118-percent spike over last year, but that represented an increase from 22 properties in the last quarter last year to 48, a number PropertyShark says the borough had not seen since the fourth quarter of 2016. Staten Island was hit hard in the last quarter, going from 48 unique cases this time last year to 136, an increase of 183 percent. It did register a drop from the 159 filed last quarter. The report attributes the dynamic to a high number of lis pendens filed in the borough during the third quarter of 2018, many of which went on to become foreclosure proceedings. The entire repor t can be found on Q





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Pricey but possible, rail study concludes Estimate for reviving abandoned train line starts at $6.7 billion by Michael Shain Editor

A 25-minute commuter train ride from Howard Beach to Midtown Manhattan? Sounds too good to be true. But, a much- delayed MTA repor t, released last Monday, on the feasibility of restarting train service on the old Rockaway Beach Branch right of way says it’s possible. However, there’s a catch. It’ll cost a small fortune, according to the MTA. The cost to reopen the line as a spur of the Long Island Rail Road is estimated at $6.7 billion. If the MTA converts the right of way to a new subway line, the cost would jump to $9 billion — about the same cost as building the recently completed portion of the Second Avenue subway in Manhattan. The subway ride would take about 45 minutes, the report estimates. Commissioned in 2016 and released nearly two years after it was first promised, the report is a “sketch planning level” engineering assessment of what it would take to rebuild the 3.6-mile LIRR line originally built in the 1880s and closed in 1962 for lack of ridership. Remnants of the old line from Forest Hills to Howard Beach are still visible — mostly as rusty, graffiti-covered train bridges that run parallel to Woodhaven Boulevard. The right of way is now overgrown with

The Rockaway Beach Branch rail line has been reclaimed by nature since it was abandoned by the LIRR more than 50 years ago. Putting it back into service as a train route would be hugely expensive but could cut commuting time to Manhattan by half, says a study. PHOTO BY MICHAEL SHAIN trees and brush and is visited these days only by intrepid, urban hikers. “This is really a big step,” said former state Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder, who commissioned the report. “It’s the first time in a really long time we have the chance to create a new line,” he said. “On any rail system, the most valuable

asset is the right of way. And that we have. We don’t have to acquire any land, put anyone out of their homes. “This is not only feasible,” Goldfeder said, “but the only way to improve public transportation in Queens.” Transit advocates, however, are not the only ones with designs on the right of way. A powerful lobby has grown in the past

few years advocating that the land be made into a linear park, similar to the High Line in Manhattan. Dubbed “Queensway,” the park would create a biking and hiking green space accessible to people living in Rego Park, Woodhaven, Richmond Hill and Ozone Park. The final decision will be up to Gov. Cuomo, who so far has avoided saying whether he favors a park or a train line. The report — written by the MTA, a state agency under Cuomo’s control — is steadfastly noncommittal too. After years of engineering study and cost estimates it called the train proposal simply “an option.” Reopening the line would require replacing 21 bridges along the right of way as well as all the track. The MTA would also have to rebuild four or five passenger stations and install power stations and a new signal system, the report concluded. The report was released without comment or any of the other fanfare that usually accompanies a long-awaited study such as this. Asked to comment on the report’s findings, an MTA spokesman declined to respond. Meanwhile, the agency released a companion report at the same time, estimating the cost of a so-called “one-seat ride” — continued on page 16

40 years of looking out for neighbors Betty Braton singled out during evening for community boards by Michael Shain

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Betty Braton runs a community board meeting the same way Moses ran the Exodus from Egypt. You get everybody moving in the same direction and keep reassuring them that, sooner or later, they’ll all reach the Promised Land. Her CB meetings move briskly enough that everyone is home in time to see the 10 o’clock news, a rarity in the civic business. “That’s the schoolteacher in me,” the chairwoman of CB 10 admitted. She has been doing civic meetings for 40 years, the last 29 as the head of the CB that covers Howard Beach and Ozone Park. Now, she has the commendation to prove it. It was presented to her last week by Borough President Melinda Katz at the annual Community Board Service Awards Ceremony at Borough Hall. In Howard Beach, it is hard to find anyone who can remember a time before Betty was head of CB 10.

She is one of those rare people in the neighborhood who is instantly recognizable by her first name alone — as in: “Did Betty tell you that?” or “I’ll bet Betty knows.” She calls herself “a liberal in Trump country.” But for 28 years in a row, she has been re-elected unopposed. Not since the first time she ran for the top spot in 1990 — when a neighbor named John Marus also vied for the open seat — did Braton have a contested election. (After the election, she asked Marus to be her vice chair.) She is the longest-serving community board chairperson in the borough. “Nobody wants to throw me out yet,” she said. Braton, the daughter of a New York City firefighter, lives in the same house in Old Howard Beach she was raised in with her twin sister and older brother. “I grew up in a family where you were taught to get involved,” she said. “I learned young because my father was involved.” Howard Beach in the 1950s and ’60s was “the best of everything,” she recalled. continued on page 16

Betty Braton, left, accepted an award from Borough President Melinda Katz last week at the swearing-in ceremony for Queens’ Community Board members. She was cited for 40 years of PHOTO COURTESY BOROUGH PRESIDENT service on South Queens’ CB 10, the last 29 as chairwoman.

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Katz talks DA race, reform and Rikers Borough president makes case for Nov. 5 win in Chronicle interview by David Russell

misdemeanor and nonviolent felony jail, citing the large size and lack of offenses, with the laws going into community input. “It made no sense to me,” she said, Borough President Melinda Katz was triumphant in the effect in January 2020. Katz believes a “lot of issues” will explaining that the jail would have tightly contested Democratic primary for district attorney over space for far more detainees than it is Tiffany Cabán, in an election that concluded more than five be taken care of by the new bail laws. “I still fully believe bail is meant to expected to hold. “The math didn’t weeks after voting. add up.” Katz, in a sitdown interview with the Chronicle editorial be a punishment for the poor,” she Katz added that it didn’t make board last Thursday, noted that most of the candidates in the said. She said she’s interested to see how sense to knock down the municipal seven-person field for the Democratic primary agreed that the laws will be implemented as a DA parking lot that was recently conthere should be justice reform. structed at the site. “The difference would be I would prosecute some crimes,” on Jan. 1. Katz spoke of certain priorities she She believes the new bail laws she said. should take effect before buildings are On Nov. 5, voters will choose between Katz and Joe Murray, will pursue if elected. For one, she would send an investigator to every knocked down. the cop-turned-attorney Republican candidate. “The problem, I think, with the way A large part of her campaign is that she already knows workplace accident site to investigate. that this has gone is that everybody Queens communities because of her current role and that a And she would start recruiting for a thinks, ‘There’s an easy answer. We’ll newcomer wouldn’t have the same kind of trust earned in the conviction integrity unit. The DA Off ice’s cur rent just knock down Rikers and put it up area. largely selected by the somewhere else.’ That’s not the issue r Will she have the trust of some areas she didn’t win ens vote regime, e u s late Richard Brown, the with Rikers,” Katz said. in the primary? Q Queens DA from 1991 Borough President Melinda Katz speaks to the She said the issues are that the com“I think that the communities most impacted by through 2019, is seemingly Chronicle in a sitdown interview about her run plex is too large, too unyielding and the inequality and injustice of the criminal justice for district attorney. PHOTO BY PETER C. MASTROSIMONE prone to a lot of violence. on the way out, she said. [system] are the ones who are my largest supporters Katz visited Rikers a few weeks “I think that there will because they know that I actually want equity in the be a wholesale change in the leadership,” Katz ago, her first trip in about 25 years. She spoke to a dozen men system,” Katz said. 201 9 individually and they told her how they want to get out, go to said. If she’s triumphant in November, Katz said, she will She said she has respect for Brown and knew him since schools and tell students that there’s a better path than crime. try to find justice for victims and defendants, while keepBut, she said, nobody is coming out of Rikers better than she was a kid but that “things change.” ing communities safe. “You usually want your own people at the top leadership when they went in. “I think you can do it all,” she said. “Why not? Why aren’t we giving the resources to people As candidates in the primary spoke about reforming the sys- positions,” she said. An issue Katz has been questioned about in both her capaci- that are in there to come out better? I think you can do both,” tem, Katz said the question became which crimes would candity as borough president and as a candidate for district attorney Katz said. “They’re not preclusive of each other.” dates prosecute, because that’s the DA’s role. According to Katz, many of the inmates at Rikers are either But she said a prosecutor’s job is “first and foremost trying is Mayor de Blasio’s plan to replace the Rikers Island complex with four borough-based jails. One would be at 126-02 82 Ave. awaiting trial because they couldn’t pay bail, were sentenced to to lower the crime rate.” Katz spoke about working with partnerships for crime by the Queens Criminal Courthouse, where the old House of less than a year for a crime or haven’t been indicted yet. “I’d like to think almost anyone’s reformable that’s in there,” Detention stands. The new 1,150-bed facility is planned to hold prevention. she said. “I truly believe the best way to lower crime is to make sure all of the city’s female inmates as well as males from Queens. While she is no fan of Rikers, Katz couldn’t vote for the borIn September, the City Planning Commission voted 9-3 in that we keep guns out of people’s hands as opposed to getting ough-based jails, saying the mayor’s plan amounts to replacing them caught up in the system and figuring out how to punish,” favor of the plan. Katz is for closing Rikers Island — she noted the value of one large, bad institution with four bad ones “without any other she said. Q In April, the state Legislature eliminated cash bail for most detainees being close to home — but voted against the Queens answers.” Associate Editor

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Acting Queens District Attorney John Ryan will be stepping down when the new DA takes office in 2020, according to a spokesperson. Ryan was DA Richard Brown’s second-in-command from COURTESY PHOTO 1997 until Brown’s death in May.

Acting Queens District Attorney John Ryan plans on stepping down at the beginning of 2020, according to a spokesperson for the DA’s office. There hasn’t been a formal announcement yet but he will look to clear the way for the new district attorney. Democratic Borough President Melinda Katz is running against cop-turned-lawyer Joe Murray, who is on the Republican line. The election is Nov. 5 and the new DA will take office Jan. 1. Ryan said he is willing to assist if needed, while Katz has stated her desire to reform the office if she is victorious. I n M a r c h 2 019, R i c h a r d B r ow n announced he would retire in June and Ryan would take over. Brown died in May. Ryan interned at the DA’s office in the early 1970s. Upon graduating St. John’s

Law School, he was appointed as a criminal law investigator and then an assistant district attorney when he was admitted to the New York State Bar the following year. He went to work for the state Attorney General’s Off ice but ret u r ned to the Queens DA’s office in 1991. For six years he was the senior executive assistant district attorney. In 1997, he was promoted to chief assistant district attorney and spent t h e n e x t 2 2 y e a r s a s B r o w n ’s second-in-command. In 2016, Brown honored Ryan with the office’s Gene Kelly Award, saying that “Serving the people of Queens County and the cause of justice always has been the only reward he needs.” According to Ryan’s biography on the Queens DA website, he says the same thing to every new ADA: “Welcome to the Q best job you will ever have.”

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Reimagining Rikers with a ferry ride Architects draw up a proposal that doesn’t include any borough jails by Michael Shain Editor

Can ferry boats be the way to stop a bruising battle over New York City’s jail problem? A group of designers and engineers who live and work in Downtown Manhattan unveiled a plan last week that outlines in detail how to rebuild Rikers Island and use secure buses aboard ferries to transport prisoners to and from court. It is one of the first specific, workable alternatives put forward by opponents to Mayor de Blasio’s sweeping plan to replace Rikers with four borough-based jails, including one in Kew Gardens behind the Queens Criminal Court building. The City Council has scheduled a crucial vote on the mayor’s jail plan for next Thursday. At bottom, the 49-page ferry proposal was drawn to upend the mayor’s $11-billion plan — $9 billion for the jails, plus $2 billion to repurpose Rikers as a multiuse city facility — that would take a decade to complete. Local groups are bitterly opposed to the proposal that calls for the new jails in largely residential neighborhoods, as are criminal-justice reformers who want to

see Rikers closed but oppose constructing new lockups. The reimagining of Rikers calls for the city to demolish “every building” on the island and build a series of smaller, low-rise jails — each with a different level of security. Renderings for a reconfigured Rikers include open spaces, sports facilities, a family center and a small farm. Connecting a rebuilt island jail system with the boroughs by ferry “liberates Rikers” from the necessity of moving hundreds of prisoners being held on charges before conviction each day on long bus rides through city streets to the courts, said a rch itect Bill Bialosk y, a spokesman for the group. A group of about a dozen volunteer architects and engineers has been working on the plan for about a month, meeting regularly at the Lin Sing Association, the century-old ChineseAmerican organization on Mott Street, with community leaders. “Everyone lives in the neighborhood of the proposed White Street jail” in Manhattan’s Chinatown where the city proposes to build a 45-story jail, said Bialosky. The Lin Sing Association and Council-

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As an alternative to closing Rikers Island, a group of architects drew up plans to rebuild it and connect it to the boroughs with secure ferries that would transport detainees to the courthousRENDERING COURTESY BILL BIALOSKY ; FILE PHOTO es, left, in half the time. man Bob Holden (D-Middle Village), a staunch advocate for reforming Rikers and keeping it open, unveiled the proposal at a press conference last Thursday. The plan calls for detainees to be loaded each morning onto secure buses, as they are now, and driving the buses onto a

city-owned ferry. The ferry would stop at dedicated terminals in the four boroughs and the buses driven off. Such a system would cut travel time by as much as half, according to the proposal. Ferries, said Bialosky, are “the answer to Q the problem.”

Guilty plea in subway hate crime attack by Michael Gannon



The Queens Public Library is taking steps to fix an accessibility problem at its brand-new Hunters Point branch. While the $41 million, high-design library, which opened last month, is mostly wheelchair-accessible, some users have complained they cannot get to a portion of the shelves that holds f iction and magazines. The culprit is a major piece of the design — a long, two-story staircase leading from the lobby entrance to the library’s third floor. The staircase is a distinctive feature of the building’s design by New York architect Steven Holl. While the building has elevators and is in compliance with Americans with Disabilities Act regulations, some shelves are accessible only from the staircase. Public projects in New York City are not requi red to make ever y par t wheelchair-accessible. “Our goal is to be inclusive and provide access and opportunity to all,” Queens Public Library President Dennis Walcott

A Manhattan resident is facing up to three years in prison after pleading guilty to attacking a woman on a subway train in Queens last year because he believed her to be gay. Allasheed Allah, 54, pleaded guilty Thursday morning to one count of thirddegree assault as a hate crime for the Nov. 20 attack on Manhattan-bound E train at the 71st Avenue station in Forest Hills according to a statement issued by the Queens District Attorney’s Office. Allah confronted the 20-year-old victim after a friend kissed her on the cheek. He followed the women off the train and screamed a homophobic slur at the victim before striking her on the head and chest. He then shoved her into a post, causing her to suffer multiple back and head injuries. According to the criminal complaint, Allah admitted to attacking the woman when being questioned by police because she was “disrespecting me with all that gay (expletive).” “In pleading guilty, the defendant has

The library’s trademark stairway leaves FILE PHOTO shelves out of reach to some. said in a statement. “We will move the books to another location in the library and provide regular updates to the community.” The library, located on the East River waterfront in Long Island City, took nearly a decade to build. Its unusual design and magnificent Manhattan water views have been a hit with architecture critics and most library patrons. Nearly 1,400 people came to take a first look on the library’s opening day. Q

“This kind of hateinspired assault is intolerable and we won’t stand for it here in Queens County.” — Acting District Attorney John Ryan

admitted to attacking a woman solely based on his belief that she was gay,” acting Queens District Attorney John Ryan said in a statement issued by his office. “This kind of hate-inspired assault is intolerable and we won’t stand for it here in Queens County — the most diverse county in the country. The defendant will go to prison as a result of this vicious attack. The victim, I am happy to say, has recovered and hopefully will be able to put this horrible incident behind her forever.” Allah is scheduled to be sentenced by Queens Criminal Court Judge Mary Q Bejarano on Nov. 7.

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his plan might just be crazy enough to work! How many times have you heard that before — on TV shows, in movies, even in real life? Now it’s time to hear it on a serious matter of public policy — thwarting the city’s unwise plan to shut down the detention centers on Rikers Island and then build new jails in four of the five boroughs. The alternative plan, unfortunately offered at the 11th hour by an organization that heretofore has not been a part of the heated debate over Rikers, is multifaceted. But the bottom line is this: It would keep those people the city has determined should be behind bars on the island, instead of scattering them among new jails in communities that don’t want them. It would do that, and still achieve the goal of getting them to court in a more efficient and less costly manner, by using one or more ferries. The inmates would be taken from Rikers to the courthouses on secured buses that would be driven right onto the boats and then the rest of the way to their destinations. The idea seems like one that just might work — except in Queens, where the status quo would essentially remain in effect — because for the most part, the courthouses to which the inmates would be taken are not far from the water. That doesn’t mean Rikers would not be reformed and

rebuilt, something upon which nearly everyone agrees. While there always will be violent criminal defendants, there are ways to reduce the chance for physical encounters, and even some of the motivation behind them, with more modern facilities. There’s no reason those cannot be built one at a time at Rikers, without removing the people detained there. And the island can be made much more humane for the inmates, not all of whom are guilty of the allegations against them. Those who are should be at least given the chance to reform, and new facilities can help a great deal with that, too. The new proposal — unveiled by the Lin Sing Association, a Chinese-American organization in Manhattan, along with Councilman Bob Holden of Middle Village, a staunch opponent of the four-borough jail plan — calls for a new hospital and wellness center, education and technology hub, family center, sports complexes and farm to be built at Rikers. It’s too bad this idea wasn’t put out there earlier. The City Council is set to vote on the administration’s plan in just a week. Approval would take us one step closer to a new, larger jail in Kew Gardens. We can only hope Holden’s colleagues find it’s worth a delay to think outside the box and consider an idea that could well be safer for innocent city residents.

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Mets’ loss, radio’s win Dear Editor: The Mets fired manager Mickey Callaway after two seasons because his team failed to win a wild card spot in the playoffs. As a Mets fan since 1964, I was thrilled when they won the 1969 and 1986 World Series. I’m delighted that rookie Pete Alonso set a new MLB home run record. But I’m glad that the Mets didn’t make it to 2019’s postseason because my favorite radio station, WCBS-AM, can now return to its regular all-news format. Under new ownership by Entercom, Radio 880 this year began airing play-by-play broadcasts of all Mets games, including spring training contests. This annoyed many listeners like me, who want the latest news when we tune in. Why air games on radio when Mets fans can see them on TV, computers or phones? Radio play-by-play broadcasts are as outdated as rotary dial phones and black-and-white TV. Richard Reif Kew Gardens Hills

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ive Mayor de Blasio credit for admitting he was wrong to insist two weeks ago that his IDNYC cards are valid proof of age for buying alcohol, and for apologizing to those he misled with his ill-informed comments on WNYC. But he still thinks they should be accepted at bars and restaurants, bodegas and liquor stores, sports arenas and gas stations, and wherever else adult beverages are sold. Not gonna happen. Selling alcohol only to those old enough to buy it is serious business. The State Liquor Authority and the Alcoholic Beverage Control Law are not to be taken lightly. People lose their livelihoods by selling to underage people. Allowing IDNYC cards as proof would require a change in state law. There’s no way de Blasio could persuade the Legislature and his nemesis, Gov. Cuomo, to do that. He was unable to get the tax hikes he’s wanted. He was unable to get permanent mayoral control of schools. There’s no chance Albany would back an inconsequential pet project of his like this.

they are doing just the opposite. In one secluded section of the 71st Avenue station there were two floor-to-ceiling turnstiles that fare beaters could not use. They were recently replaced with three new turnstiles with only a bar needed to be pushed to get through. I assume this was done to speed rush-hour traffic, which was really never that bad. It is not hard for someone to jump over or crawl under the bar. In the past, I noticed many fare beaters using the emergency exit door to successfully sneak in even though it is in view of the token booth attendant. Why does the MTA need to make it even easier for fare beaters by giving them an easy to use isolated spot to cheat the system? The next time the MTA wants to raise fares I hope readers will remember all the lost revenue they are giving up. My apologies to Larry Penner, who always writes excellent informative letters on transportation issues, for encroaching on his territory. It is just that when I see something so stupid I

have to point it out so people will know how much mismanagement is going on. Lenny Rodin Forest Hills

GOP vs. the Constitution Dear Editor: Regardless of political affiliation, the refusal of Republicans to support congressional oversight of the executive is frightening. If permitted the role of Congress as a co-equal part of government will be diminished to meaningless. The Founders created our political system with checks and balances. Congress, the judiciary and the executive have coequal status in the Constitution. Though there have been past conflicts between these entities the balance of power has always prevailed, proving the elasticity and genius of the Founders in drafting a living, viable Constitution. If Trump is permitted to deny Congress its

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Abortion on the docket Dear Editor: The State of Louisiana enacted a law that required doctors who perform abortions to have admitting privileges in a nearby hospital. Opponents to the law claimed only one doctor in a single clinic in Louisiana has been able to meet the requirements. In short it would be extremely difficult to have an abortion. It was further pointed out the law is virtually identical to one in Texas that was struck down in 2016 by the Supreme Court when Justice Anthony Kennedy was still on the court and sided with four other justices. Since that decision two other right-wing justices (Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh) have joined the court. A divided three-judge panel of the federal appeals court in New Orleans upheld the Louisiana law, notwithstanding the 2016 Texas law decision. The Louisiana case is now before the Supreme Court, but will not be heard until next winter, and a decision not rendered until next June. In that respect a motion was made to seek a stay of the law until a decision on the merits is rendered. In a 5-4 decision, a stay was granted with Justices Gorsuch and Kavanaugh in the minority opposing a stay. Had a stay not been granted, it would have meant the Louisiana law would have gone into effect for almost a year until a formal decision was rendered by the court. At Justice Kavanaugh’s Senate confirmation hearings, he stated: “ As a general proposition, I understand the importance of the precedent set forth in Roe v. Wade.” He also told Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) he agrees with Chief Justice John Roberts, who called Roe v. Wade settled law. Having stated Roe v. Wade is not only settled law but that he is also a believer in stare decisis, the principal of following precedent, and since the current Louisiana law now before the Supreme Court is virtually identical to the one in Texas struck down in 2016, his refusal in the Louisiana case to grant a stay until the case is heard raises serious questions about Justice Kavanaugh’s previous statements. It is true a justice’s refusal to go along with a stay until a case is heard does not indicate how he or she would vote when the case is fully heard and decided. But when all is said and done, I believe it would be a surprise if Justice Kavanaugh follows stare decisis (the Texas decision) and that Roe v. Wade is settled law, having opposed a stay, would vote to strike down the Louisiana law. Unless Chief Justice Roberts assumes the robe of retired Justice Kennedy, abortion supporters have much to be concerned about. It is also unlikely Justice Kavanaugh and some of the other justices will follow the legal principle that what cannot be done directly cannot be done indirectly. Benjamin M. Haber Flushing • Graduations • Business Meetings • Engagement Parties • Cocktail Parties • Funerals

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Dear Editor: Ed Konecnik says Democrats are blinded by hatred of Trump (“Dems blinded by the hate,” Letters, Oct. 3). Well, since the GOP refuses to accept the abundance of evidence against Trump, it’s obvious that Repugnantcans are blinded by facts. They must live in terror of turning on the television and finding it not tuned to Fox. Supporters in Trump’s administration are actually saying that they don’t trust the FBI or CIA. Yet they trust Vladimir Putin, Kim Jong Un and Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. Disgraceful. Now a second whistleblower has come forward in the Ukraine scandal. If Trump’s inquiry pertaining to Biden was simply a legitimate investigation of “corruption,” why didn’t he go through all the official agencies at his disposal instead of using three private lawyers? State Department? No, Rudy Giuliani. Yes, the same Rudy Giuliani who has been subpoenaed by three different House committees. The president asked for a quid pro quo, the White House tried to cover it up and they got caught. That’s it. Trump has blatantly called for Russia, Ukraine, China and Australia to “assist” in his re-election. To borrow from CNN’s Jim Sciutto, China and Russia are authoritarian countries with no credible rule of law, which imprison and kill political opponents. For a U.S. president to call on such countries to investigate an American is incredible. The phone call between President Donald Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky demonstrates “both criminal and impeachable behavior.” Is that my opinion? No. That’s a quote from Fox News’ senior judicial analyst, Andrew Napolitano. Trump said Nancy Pelosi was “no longer the Speaker of the House because she’d been taken



constitutional powers it is not hard to consider he would do the same to a Supreme Court ruling. If Congress must depend upon the court to confirm its coequal powers, Congress is a paper tiger. Republicans may rejoice that Trump has stymied Congress. Trump’s clear violations in seeking foreign intervention in our democracy, if unchecked, empower him to commit other forbidden acts. Future presidents may act with the impunity Republicans have rewarded Trump with by freeing him of any restrictions. One day a Democrat president may violate the Constitution as Trump has. A defending future administration would rely upon the defenses the Republicans are providing to Trump. A future president in violation of his constitutional obligations would play the videos of Congressman Jim Jordan, Sen. Marco Rubio, Sen. Lindsey Graham and other Republicans defending Trump’s impeachable acts. Ed Horn Baldwin, LI


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Cheers and jeers over shelter plan ‘I hope somebody’s gonna burn the place down,’ says one resident by David Russell Associate Editor

A public hearing about the planned homeless shelter for 200 single men to be housed at 78-16 Cooper Ave. saw speakers for and against the plan, but the loudest cheers were for area resident Isabella Cinelli, who said, “I hope somebody’s gonna burn the place down.” A raucous crowd filled Christ the King High School on Monday night for an emotional 90-minute meeting featuring officials from the Department of Homeless Services and Westhab, the operator of the shelter. Matt Borden, assistant commissioner for government affairs at DHS, interrupted her. “I’m sorry. I can’t abide by that,” he said. “You can’t threaten to bomb a shelter where there are people living ... I refuse to accept that a New Yorker would say that.” Annabel Palma, deputy commissioner of strategic initiatives at the Department of Social Services, added, “Our clients are not criminals and shelters are not bad for our community.” Area residents lined up outside the school to get into the highly anticipated hearing about the on-again, off-again shelter, which the city plans to have in place in the first quarter of 2020 despite much community objection and protest. Jim Coughlin, senior vice president of services for Westhab, said finding people employment is the goal from day one and that shelters offer a sense of permanent housing though the stays are no longer than nine months. “When you walk into the building you don’t feel like you’re in a shelter,” he said. “It’s so important that you have the sense of community within the shelter. That you have a sense of safety in the shelter and you get t h at f rom d ay one i n ou r programs.” Coughlin also said there will be a community advisory board for the project. He received plenty of feedback Monday, such as Nicole Albergo’s suggestion to “Put them in a desolate area away from society.” “I worry about all the females in this area, including myself, while walking my dog, whether I have to be beaten and raped, and my poor dog killed by these men,” Albergo said. She also referenced the idea that a school for special needs students could come to the site instead. Albergo said that she hopes the “right decision” is made for District 75 students “rather than the homeless lowlife pieces of crap that my tax dollars pay for.” Albergo had a final message for the officials on stage: “I’m going to continue to fight against you people. I don’t want you here. At all. You’re not welcome in Middle Village and Glendale.” Raquel Namuche of the Ridgewood

A public hearing about the planned shelter at 78-16 Cooper Ave. on Monday at Christ the King High School saw officials from the city and nonprofit provider Westhab discuss the plan with area residents. Annabel Palma, left, deputy commissioner of Strategic Initiatives at the Department of Social Services; Iris Rodriguez, deputy commissioner for the Department of Homeless Services; Matt Borden, DHS assistant commissioner for government affairs; Jim Coughlin, Westhab’s senior vice president of services; Valerie Smith, Westhab’s assistant vice president of NYC housing; Daniel Liles, Westhab’s director of security; Gary Giordano, district manager for Community Board 5; Walter Sanchez, CB 5’s Land Use Committee Chairman; and CB 5 Chairman PHOTO BY DAVID RUSSELL Vinny Arcuri Jr. took the stage. Tenants Union asked people in the audience to raise their hands if they care about the com mu n it y’s safet y a nd if they believe the mayor and governor should do more for “our communities.” “If you raised your hands, you should all be working together to fight City Hall to build housing for our communities,” she said, which was met with jeers. “I don’t understand why anyone here would disagree with building housing for people that need it.” Namuche said shelters are not the solution and that they should be working together to fight City Hall, while also bl a m i n g C o u n c i l m a n B o b H ol d e n (D-Middle Village), who opposes the plan and wants the school instead, for “dividing” people. “We all have a common enemy,” she said. “The common enemy is Mayor de Blasio and our governor.” Holden was challenged about some of the statements speakers made, including the one from Cinelli, and tweeted in response Tuesday morning. “I understand that my neighbors are frustrated, but comments like this are dangerous and uncalled for,” he said. “Making such threats serves nobody, and I’m ver y disappointed with how this meeting is being portrayed as a result.” Mayor de Blasio also took to Twitter Tuesday, criticizing the language used. “This kind of vitriol and demonization of our neighbors is dangerous and we won’t stand for it,” he said. “There are people in need of safe and humane shelter in our city. We’re going to take care of them whether hateful voices like it or not.” De Blasio added, “Every community in this city has a right to express legitimate concerns about how services, safety and

communication with the public will be handled at a new shelter. The work is never easy. And we have to get it right every single time.” Community Board 5 member Crystal Wolfe had little success reaching the crowd. Wolfe, the founder of Catering for the Homeless and author of a book about them, looked to alleviate concerns of the community but was shouted down with cries of “Put them in your home.” The ringing bell announcing her speaking time was th rough was met with applause from the crowd. Assemblyman Andrew Hevesi (D-Forest Hills) said he spent an hour and a half at a vigil in Manhattan for four homeless men slain in an attack early Saturday morning in Chinatown — hecklers yelled that the suspect is also homeless. Hevesi said the victims had their heads cracked in “only because they were homeless. So for those of you who are yelling, saying they’re all cr im inals, saying

they’re all sexu al pred ators, sayi ng they’re all horrible people as opposed to human beings like us, who lost their apartment, shame on you.” The shelter is to be for men who are employed or seeking work. Coughlin said a job developer will be responsible for going out into the community to find spots with local employers. “What’s exciting about this particular program is the ability for us to do a lot of job training on-site, is the ability for us to bring vocational schools on-site, to bring educational schools on-site,” he said. Valerie Smith, Westhab’s assistant vice president of NYC housing programs, said, “We are not willing to push our clients back in the community when we know that they’re not ready.” Coughlin said vans will transport people to trains and, in some cases, to and from work. DHS Deputy Commissioner Iris Rodriguez said the percentage of homeless residents housed now who come straight from the prison system is “very low.” She also said if it’s determined the shelter can’t help someone there, the person would be transferred. Another issue raised by many is the abundance of schools in the area. Borden said the impact on those is considered in an environmental assessment statement for a shelter for families and children, but it’s not a factor for one with single men. The owner of nearby Triumph Gymnastics, Cristina, noted that the entrance to her location is visible from the shelter and that the men could see the girls entering and leaving. Practice ends at 8:30 p.m. “Our coaches, athletes, families will no longer be safe walking to their cars,” she said. Daniel Liles, Westhab’s director of security, said the organization’s approach allows it to manage the behavior of residents and keep incidents to a minimum. “We don’t manage shelters,” he said. “We manage communities where resident s a re t reat ed w it h d ig n it y a nd Q respect.”

EQA hosts JFK-area meeting Environmental issues in neighborhoods surrounding John F. Kennedy International Airport and how those communities can benefit from the planned $14 billion airport reconstruction will be the topics of a discussion hosted by the Eastern Queens Alliance at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 10, at St. Peter’s Lutheran Chu rch in Brookville. Topics will also include the impacts of air and noise pollution on homes, schools and the environment. The presentation also will feature a discussion of the community benefits pack-

age that the JFK Airport Committee of the New York Community Aviation Roundtable is seeking from the state and federal officials and the Port Authority as part of the airport reconstruction planning. Proposed benefits include soundproofing of houses and schools in areas with the most noise; health and pollution studies; jobs and job training; and a reduction of nighttime flights over populated areas. St. Peter’s Lutheran Church is located at 224-10 147 Ave. Additional inform a t i on is ava i lable v ia e m a i l at Q

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Free Queens senior transit program returns It can be used for medical appointments The service ends when the funding runs out. To make an appointment, seniors can call the Selfhelp Clearview Senior Center at (718) 224-7888 between the hours of 9 a.m. and noon to schedule their next-day rides. Those who use the service will need to fill out a basic application with demographic information and an emergency contact and provide their destination. When ready for pickup, the senior will call again for the return trip. “Since we began the program four years ago, thousands of rides to and from important medical appointments have been provided to our borough’s seniors — at no cost to them,” Vallone said in a prepared statement. “In just a few years, we’ve been able to nearly quadruple funding amounts for the program, enabling us to provide this vital service to seniors throughout Queens.” “Investments by government, including through this program, enable older New Yorkers to continue to age with independence and dignity in the City they call home,” Myers said in her own statement. Q


A program that provides Queens seniors with free transportation for medical appointments will start again today, Oct. 10. City Councilman Paul Vallone (D-Bayside) and Selfhelp Vice President of External Relations and Communications Sandy Myers made the announcement on Monday at the Clearview Senior Center in Bay Terrace. The program first launched in 2017, with $40,000 in funding from Vallone, and originally served only seniors in his northeast Queens district. It had a second run last year, when it was expanded to the entire borough. Funding for the program has dramatically increased since 2017. This year, Vallone allocated $90,000 for the program to serve seniors in his district. And, at the request of the Council’s Queens delegation, Speaker Corey Johnson (D-Manhattan) provided an additional $50,000 for it to serve seniors in all of Queens. Borough President Melinda Katz also allocated $10,000 for the program.

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Reviving Rockaway rail line continued from page 4 meaning a trip with no transfers — from Midtown Manhattan to JFK International Airport. The projected cost is an additional $10 billion, the report said, for a total of $19 billion. That’s equivalent to one-third of the MTA’s entire capital budget for the next five years. While essentially an engineering study to determine if it was possible to build a new line, the report is also a political document that will be the basis for future

debate on whether it would be worth the cost. “It looks like they made the cost high so that people will dismiss it,” said Rick Horan, director of Queens Rail, an advocacy group. “It’s a ridiculous number.” “I knew it was going to be a big-B number,” Assemblywoman Stacey Pheffer Amato (D-Rockaway Beach), who succeeded Goldfeder, said of the projected costs. “But I ignored that part and focused on the 25 minutes,” she said. “I’m excited.” Q

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teacher, working in city schools for 34 years, balancing her job with an outsized appetite for community work. “You name it, I was on it,” she said with a laugh. As CB 10 chairwoman, she is perhaps proudest of the early backing she built for constructing the AirTrain. “People thought it was a terrible idea and that no one was going to use it,” she said. “Would I have loved to see them build a transportation line all the way to the city? Yes. But I knew it was going to serve a purpose and people were going to use it. “The one thing I’m good at is seeing the possibilities of things. I’m not an either-or Q person.”

continued from page 4 “It was a small town in a big city. You knew everybody, and the water was our playground.” Straight out of college, she stumbled into the business of local civic work. “Somebody died or quit — I don’t remember — and the community board couldn’t find someone to be recording secretary,” she said. “The job was taking notes during the meetings. I was just out of college and that was something I could do.” Eventually, Braton became a sixth-grade

All green thumbs Until last Saturday, parts of Charles Park hadn’t seen a shovel since the Howard Beach facility was opened in 1972. So when more than 80 volunteers began to replant the entrance and main walkway, the work of turning over soil that had been compacted over five decades, the work proved tough. But the job got done — 6,000 plants,

native species to the Jamaica Bay area, were replanted in 15,000 square feet of borders in single day. “Some areas were tougher than others, but it’s a challenging place to put a shovel into,” said Alex Zablocki, executive director of the Jamaica Bay-Rockaway Parks Conservancy, which sponsored the event. — Michael Shain

Trunk or Treat at OLG Last year, the Howard Beach Lindenwood Civic Association held its first Trunk or Treat fundraiser at St. Helen Catholic Academy and more than 60 cars showed up. So it’s time to do it again — Oct. 31, Halloween night, at Our Lady of Grace Roman Catholic Church in Old Howard Beach. At Trunk or Treat parties, kids walk through a gathering of cars with elaborately decorated trunks or hatch backs, and collect candy. “It’s an alternative to the children

going door to door,” said Joann Ariola Shanks, president of the civic association. “It was something we tried for the first time last year and, frankly, we were surprised at how popular it was.” Cars make a $10 donation to join the event and parents are asked for a $2 per child donation at the door. “Every last penny goes to the OLG school,” said Ariola Shanks. The treating begins at 3:45 p.m. and runs to 6 p.m. Q OLG is located at 158-20 101 St. — Michael Shain

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No meeting of the minds on Success DOE says space for a charter middle school will be ID’d; Eva says stalling by Michael Gannon Editor

The mutual love and affection between the de Blasio administration and Success Academy Charter Schools suffered another strain Tuesday after a meeting between officials from Success and the city’s Department of Education. A DOE spokesman called the meeting productive and said in an email that they will have space ready for a new Success middle school in Queens next fall. But Success officials in a press release of their own said they were “shut out” at the meeting. At issue is Success’ request for space that will allow more than 220 fourth-graders in Queens to stay at the charter and in the borough after they graduate next spring. Success has five schools in Queens but its existing middle school in Springfield Gardens is at or over capacity already. Charter schools are considered public schools and the city by law must either provide them with space in existing school buildings or assist them with rent for private facilities. Eva Moskowitz, the founder of Success and one of de Blasio’s most frequent sparring partners, has asserted that the mayor has been promising a new middle school site for two years, and that time is running short. And while both the mayor and Schools

C h a n c el lo r R ich a r d C a r r a n z a h ave expressed their dislike for charters, a DOE spokesman said all is in motion in an email on Tuesday. “We had a productive conversation with Success Academy representatives today, and they will have the middle school space they need in Queens next year, either in public space or in private space with rental assistance provided under state law,” he said. “We’re working on our standard timeline — we have conversations with both district and charter school communities in the fall, and then we present school space proposals after the community has had a chance to give feedback.” Success, in a press release, also cited Carranza in a Sept. 25 interview on NY1 as saying there will be a middle school. “Despite proclaiming that Success Academy families in Southeast Queens would get a middle school (and not to worry), city officials showed up to their own meeting at Tweed Courthouse [Tuesday] without a single potential site for a permanent middle school,” Success officials said in a press release. “Thus, 227 Queens scholars remain stranded. If the administration does not fulfill its promise, these children will have to return to district schools, where on average only one in three students is able to read or

Schools Chancellor Richard Carranza, left, is promising that Success Academy will have a site for a new Queens middle school next year, but Success founder Eva Moskowitz is accusing him FILE PHOTOS and the de Blasio administration of continuing to drag their feet. do math at grade level.” They quoted de Blasio during his abortive campaign for president as saying he “hates” charters. City officials have told the Chronicle in the past that Success, like any other charter, has the right to obtain space in a private building, with the city required under state

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Music for Thursday evening commutes returns The sixth season of the AirTrain Jazz Festival, presented by the Supthin Boulevard Business Improvement District and A Better Jamaica, is underway, and will be bringing 34 live evening shows to the AirTrain concourse at the Long Island Rail Road’s Jamaica Station every Thursday through May 28. The festival was begun as a tribute to the Jamaica region’s historic ties to the singers, musicians and band leaders from jazz’s golden era. The performances, offered during evening rush hours, also entertain both travelers going to and from their destinations and those who find the time to stop and take in the music. Greg Mays, founder of A Better Jamaica, pointed to the tributes to the jazz greats in the building in a press release sent out with the Sutphin Boulevard BID. “Ever yone who passes through the AirTrain Jamaica station should know about the rich history of jazz in the area,” said Glenn Greenidge, executive director of the BID. This year’s artists who are scheduled to include Thomas Morimoto, Anthony Wonsey, Craig Haynes, Chuk Fowler, Ron Jackson, Yoichi Uzeki, Kells Nollenberger, Tony Lewis, Steve Palmore, James Rohlehr, Amanda Monaco, Alon Nechushtan, Ed Jackson, John Gray, Agustin Grasso, Corey

The Mark Wade Trio in a March 2016 performance, is scheduled to return to the AirTrain conFILE PHOTO course at the Long Island Rail Road’s Jamaica Station. Garcia, Bobby Sexton, Kevin McNeal, Reggie Woods, Bruce Edwards, Camille Jones, Takeshi Ogura, Eric Divito, Willie Martinez, Libby Richman, Sharp Radway, Mark Wade, Freddy Dugard, Keith Jordan, Michelle Nestor, George Gray, Dale Toliver, Tyr Morris and Gil Chimes. Additional sponsors include The Port

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law to provide rental assistance. Success has countered that there already are seven school buildings in Queens with space for between 450 and 700-plus students that could be made available. “We are not going away,” Moskowitz said in the press release. “Our kids, our families, Q deserve a great middle school.”

Council OKs Kew Gardens Hills rezoning The City Council voted unanimously late last month to approve rezoning residential parts of Kew Gardens Hills for slightly higher density. Parts of the area previously designated R2 are now R2X. Residents of the largely Orthodox Jewish community proposed to allow them to build larger homes to raise families in. Community Board 8 had decided last year to sponsor the application, a decision that relieved the residents behind the rezoning plan of having to pay the high legal fees required for seeing its approval through. The floor area ratio of R2X districts is 0.825; it’s 0.5 in R2 ones. Homes in R2X areas must have a minimum rear yard depth of only 20 feet between them and the edge of their rear yard; the minimum rear-yard depth for R2 zones is 30 feet. City Councilman Rory Lancman (D-Fresh Meadows) supported the residents behind the rezoning application and helped to get it passed. “Doing everything we can to help #nyc families stay in #nyc,” he tweeted Q upon the rezoning’s approval. — Ryan Brady

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De Blasio acknowledges IDNYC cards can’t be used to buy alcohol by David Russell Associate Editor

Never mind. Mayor de Blasio said he would advise bars and clubs to accept IDNYC as proof of age on WNYC’s “The Brian Lehrer Show� on Sept. 27, unaware that the State Liquor Authority does not recognize it as valid identification to purchase alcohol. Last Friday he backtracked. “I thought, based on everything I had understood previously about IDNYC, that it would be acceptable proof of age in bars,� de Blasio told Lehrer’s audience during his regular weekly appearance. “It turns out — the lawyers tell me I’m wrong.� His first comments came after a caller to the show, Nick from Astoria, asked what he should do after being turned away by a bouncer and denied entry at a bar after showing his IDNYC card. “I will have our nightlife office make sure to alert all the bars, restaurants, night clubs that it is a valid ID and it should be respected,� de Blasio said of the identification card that was launched in January 2015. “But I’m surprised, that’s the first time I’ve ever heard of anyone turned away from a bar.� He sang a different tune last week, when he explained, “I hate to tell you this but I reacted out of common sense last week on an interest-

Mayor de Blasio backtracked on previous comments he made about bars being able to accept IDNYC cards. The state doesn’t view them as valid ID to buy alcohol, though de Blasio said they should be. FILE ILLUSTRATION The Queens Chronicle had the news on some of its front pages last week. ing issue and I did not have all the facts and I provided the wrong information so I want to apologize for that.� On the Frequently Asked Questions page for IDNYC, there is a section for “What can I not do with my card?�

One of the answers: “The IDNYC card does not authorize cardholders to purchase alcohol or tobacco products, receive public assistance benefits, or travel on an airplane.� This is not the end of the IDNYC issue in bars as the mayor said he will still attempt to

make them valid to purchase alcohol. “We are going to work to try and fix that,� he said. “I think that’s a ridiculous loophole given how much care is taken in getting people an IDNYC and certifying their information. So we’re going to try and get that state law fixed in the upcoming session so that people can use them in fact, in bars, but unfortunately we’re not there yet. Proper forms of identification to buy alcohol include a valid driver’s license from one of the 50 states or Canada, valid ID issued by the New York Department of Motor Vehicles such as a nondriver ID card, valid U.S. military identification or a valid passport or visa from the United States or any other country. Any change to add a new form of identification would need to be done through legislation, according to SLA spokesman William Crowley. Other limits on IDNYC include its not authorizing people to drive and not being accepted as proof of identity to obtain a driver’s license. The card does not confer immigration status or provide work authorization either. Benefits of obtaining a card, according to the FAQ section, include cardholders being able to enter all city buildings and access city services. Cardholders can use it to apply for jobs when submitted with proof of work authorization. Police officers accept the card as valid Q identification.

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Neir’s Tavern — for sure, the oldest drinking establishment in Queens and perhaps all of New York City — looks young for its age. A neighborhood bar that can trace it lineage back to a time when the War of 1812 was still fresh in people’s minds has certain bragging rights. The Woodhaven bar’s 190th birthday bash last Saturday, Oct. 5, spilled out onto 88th Avenue at 78th Street for a

block party that included hot dogs and hamburgers, popcorn and cotton candy and a string of bouncy houses. The crowd at the bar, left, meanwhile was three deep. Neir’s owner Loycent Gordon, right in gray shirt, posed with some regulars, when he wasn’t busy accepting special citations from Assemblyman Mike Miller, Councilman Bob Holden and Community Board 9 Chairman Kenichi Wilson. Word of the anniversary lured former Woodhaven residents


back to the neighborhood, including Gary Heck, left at top center, now of Merrick, LI, and Maureen and Bill Scharen, now of Bethpage. A vintage black Dodge with the hood open was parked out front for the day, a reminder that scenes from the 1990 movie classic “Goodfellas” were shot there (as in: “Did you hear what I said? Don’t buy anything.”). — Michael Shain



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80th Street and the carnival rides and games nearby. Food trucks featuring gyros, Spanish and Ecuadorian dishes, Italian sausage, zeppoles, fried ice cream, roasted corn, cannolis, duck and dumplings will be there too, said Lisa Komninos, executive director of the Greater Woodhaven Development Corp.

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Summer in the Borough Photo Contest!

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Another season gone by, another fantastic flood of entries Check out more SEE for the Queens Chronicle’s Summer in the Borough Photo great Summer in Contest! The winners are getting harder and harder to MORE select, but this year we went with Steve Agman’s dynamic the Borough Photo Contest entries at PHOTOS shot of a surfer at Beach 67th Street in Rockaway. You can! practically taste the salt spray in the air! Steve will get free ONLINE passes to a family-friendly play or other event in or around the city as his prize. You too can win — watch out for our Holiday Photo Contest next, starting in November!

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A sunflower by Richard Melnick and a bench with some wide-mouthed rubber toys on it in Charles Park in Howard Beach by Donna Faiella.

A couple at Fort Totten by Linda Silverman and Filipe B. on his bike in Astoria Park, by Tati Vitsic.

A view from the Crossbay North Channel Bridge kayak launch area, facing generally east-southeast, by Brian Millan.

Tiger lilies, purple liatris and black-eyed Susans livening up Glendale, by Peggy Rehberger; a bike overlooking Jamaica Bay by Mike McGevna; and a stunning morning sky over Cunningham Park in Fresh Meadows by Joseph Schneider.

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Meeks, Jeffries and Meng support probe; Trump lawyer says ‘invalid’ by Richard Heaton Chronicle Contributor

This fall marks the fourth time in U.S. history that impeachment proceedings have begun against a U.S. president. President Trump, through White House Counsel Pat Cipollone, told congressional leaders on Tuesday that he will not cooperate with the investigation absent a vote for a formal inquiry on the House floor. In the past, such as during the impeachment of Bill Clinton, a formal vote was taken. That was more than 20 years ago, and this time proceedings are continuing without the House first holding a vote. This week three Queens congressional members told the Chronicle that their leadership’s chosen track is a legal one. “There is no requirement for a cosmetic procedural vote,” said U.S. Rep Hakeem Jeffries (D-Brooklyn, Queens). Jeffries believes that because there has been overwhelming support in favor of the inquiry by politicians and voters alike. “A majority of the House of Representatives supports the impeachment inquiry,” he said. Democrats hold a 235-197 advantage over the GOP in the House, with one independent and two vacancies. According to a poll conducted by The Washington Post and the SCHAR School of

Policy and Government from Oct. 1 through 6, a 1,007-voter sample found that 58 percent agreed that the proceedings should begin. On July 1, 2019 the Post conducted the same poll with ABC News and only 37 percent agreed with an inquiry. At the time, 46 percent strongly believed that there should not be an inquiry. Cipollone’s eight-page letter goes directly to the administration’s point. “Your inquiry is invalid and a violation of due process,” the letter states, accusing Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) of having political motives. The letter accuses House leadership of trying to undo the 2016 election. Rep. Gregory Meeks (D-Queens, Nassau), in a statement to the Chronicle, did not concur. “They are unable to come up with a defense of this President that can withstand even the most moderate of scrutiny, because the evidence is already public and irrefutable,” he said. Both Meeks and Jeffries agree that because there doesn’t need to be a vote, the entire procedure could very well be over with rapidly. “Impeachment, I believe, will come for a vote swiftly,” said Meeks. Jeffries echoed that statement. “We are going to proceed expeditiously.

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Queens Congressional members Gregory Meeks, second from left, Hakeem Jeffries and Grace Meng believe the House of Representatives is taking the right path on the impeachment process, as opposed to objections stated in a letter by White House counsel representing President FILE PHOTOS Trump, left. We’re going to proceed fairly. We’re going to proceed comprehensively,” he said. Rep. Grace Meng (D-Flushing) told the Chronicle in a statement issued Wednesday that she also favors going forward. “The American people deserve the truth, and the President deserves the consequences of his actions,” Meng said, adding, “The President cannot be trusted and he will continue to undermine our democracy and risk our national security.” Meng also dismissed the White House’s procedural argument. “A vote on an impeachment inquiry is not

required, although the Speaker has not ruled it out,” she said. Calling for a full House vote hasn’t been the only measure Trump has taken against the impeachment process. On Oct. 8, 2019, Gordon Sondland, the United States ambassador to the European Union, was scheduled to appear for a deposition where he would testify against Trump, denouncing his involvement with Ukraine. Shortly before it was scheduled to take place, the State Department barred Sondland from appearing, tweeting that he would be Q testifying before a “kangaroo court.”

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RELIGIOUS HIGH SCHOOLS • 2019 OPEN HOUSE DATES ARCHBISHOP MOLLOY HIGH SCHOOL: 83-53 Manton St., Briar wood. SECTION (718) 441-2100, ext. 155. Open House: Sunday, Oct. 20, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Website: molloyhs. org. Co-ed, challenging college preparatory program; honors and Advanced Placement Courses (including Computer Science); expansive college credit program offering numerous courses with SJU and Seton Hall University; advanced science research program and Science Olympiad Team; competitive athletic and intramural teams; wide range of unique extracurricular and service programs.


CATHEDRAL PREPARATORY SCHOOL AND SEMINARY: 56-25 92 St., Elmhurst (718) 592-6800, ext. 137. Open House: Sunday, Oct. 20, 1 to 4 p.m. Website: Only all-male Catholic high school in Brooklyn and Queens. Excellence in Catholic education. All Cathedral men learn to listen to God’s voice and to carefully discern their vocation whether it be to priesthood, married or single life. One hundred percent college placement at the nation’s top colleges and universities. Class of 2018 earned over $9 million in schlorships. State-of-the-art Media Center, advanced science, advanced college courses. Brand new state-of-the art STEM lab.

DOMINICAN ACADEMY: 44 E. 68 St., N.Y. (212) 744-0195. Open House: Saturday, Oct. 19, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Website: All girls, honors, college prep, 17 A.P. courses, student-faculty ratio of 8:1, over 35 clubs, tennis and 9 varsity teams, performing arts, service learning. HOLY CROSS HIGH SCHOOL: 26-20 Francis Lewis Blvd., Flushing. (718) 8867250, ext. 558. Open House: Sunday, Oct. 20, 12 to 4 p.m. Website: Co-ed, Advanced Placement courses; STREAM Program; 1:1 Google Chromebook program; SJU College Advantage program; honors program; Advanced Placement program; three-year science research program; SAT/ACT prep, television production; service learning program; co-curricular and athletic programs. LA SALLE ACADEMY: 215 East 6 St., between 2nd Avenue and Bowery, N.Y. (212) 475-8940, ext. 240. Open House: Saturday, Oct. 26, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Website: Action-based learning program, internship program, partnerships with Cooper Union, NYU and Manhattan College, digital learning partnership with Microsoft Corp. Championship-winning sports programs. One hundred percent college acceptance rate.

MONSIGNOR MCCLANCY MEMORIAL HIGH SCHOOL: 71-06 31 Ave., East Elmhurst. (718) 898-3800. Open House: Saturday, Oct. 12, 12 to 4 p.m. Website: Co-ed, academic college preparatory; honors programs; AP Programs; college credit programs (36 credits available); STEAM; performing arts and music program; service program; extensive extracurricular and athletics program. ST. AGNES ACADEMIC SCHOOL: 13-20 124 St., College Point. (718) 353-6276. Open House: Saturday, Oct. 19, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Website: Female, college preparatory; Advanced Placement; SJU College Advantage program; college credit courses; honors program; H.S. Scholars and DREAM Big W/ Molloy College; science research; STEM; performing arts program; Chromebook program; extracurricular activities and athletic programs. ST. EDMUND PREPARATORY HIGH SCHOOL: 2474 Ocean Ave., Brooklyn. (718) 743-6100. Open House: Saturday, Oct. 19, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.; Tuesday, Oct. 29, 7 p.m. Website: Co-ed college preparatory school with an inter national baccalaureate program; Advanced Placement; International World Scholars honors program and a SJU College Advantage program, robotics.

S T. F R A N C I S P R E PA R AT O RY SCHOOL: 6100 Francis Lewis Blvd., Fresh Meadows. (718) 423-8810, ext. 229. Open House: Saturday, Oct. 19, 12 to 4 p.m. Website: Co-ed, college preparatory; 17 A.P. courses; 33 college credit classes; honor courses; extensive visual arts, performing arts and music; three foreign languages; three-year science research program; over 70 extracurricular activities; over 40 athletic programs and service programs; 1:1 iPad program; academic support and 1:1 college counseling. ST. JOHN’S PREPARATORY SCHOOL: 21-21 Crescent St., Astoria. (718) 721-7200. Open House: Saturday, Oct. 19, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Website: Co-ed, baccalaureate program with St. John’s University; College Advantage programs with SJU; Advanced Placement courses; honors courses; religious retreat college credit courses; performing arts program; athletic and extracurricular programs. THE MARY LOUIS ACADEMY: 176-21 Wexford Terrace, Jamaica Estates. (718) 297-2120. Open House: Sunday, Oct. 20, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Website: Female, college preparatory; College Advantage program; Advanced Placement and honors courses in all disciplines including art and music; extensive extracurricular programs. — courtesy and

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Preparing children for college and life The 18 Catholic high schools located in Queens offer four years of rigorous college preparatory programs coupled with individualized attention and support to ensure that students reach their full potential. One hundred percent of their seniors graduate, compared to the approximate 60 percent of New York City public school students and 98 percent of their graduates go on to college. Catholic school students have been accepted to the most competitive colleges in the country and have received approximately $350 million in scholarships. Because the schools SECTION believe in educating the whole person, they offer dozens of outstanding cultural activities and competitive athletic teams, successful art and music programs, afterschool clubs and international travel, as well as challenging classes that include Honors, Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate and coursework at local colleges and universities. High school values The schools’education and formation programs are based on religious beliefs and values that enable students to grow in their understanding of themselves, their relationship with God and their relationship with others. Catholic high schools promote the education of young people to their full potential;

their teachers respect and encourage individual development to responsible adulthood. Students acquire knowledge and develop the skills necessary for success in higher educational pursuits and a wide range of careers. They also offer a community environment in which students can discuss and live out the values upon which their education is based. They are encouraged to contribute to society and to assume leadership roles in shaping public attitudes and programs as well as becoming faith-filled and faithful citizens. In Catholic high schools, you ng people learn to question, to establish confidence in their own good choices in life and to experience the sense of accomplishment that stems from individual achievement and responsibility. Catholic High Schools: • build character; • foster community service; • encourage involvement; • develop real-world skills; • shape leaders; • reward achievement; • reinforce values; • allow for spiritual growth; • embrace differences; • raise standards;


Catholic schools teach young people to think critically, establish confidence in their own good choices in life and to experience the sense of accomplishment that stems from individual achievePHOTO COURTESY CATHOLICSCHOOLSBQ.ORG/HIGH-SCHOOL/ ment and responsibility. • empower each student; and • celebrate school spirit. Every one of these schools offers an outstanding faith-based education and encourages students to form their own personality and provide them with a slightly different learning environment. Catholic high schools are safe places for children to learn; there are security systems

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Catholic College Preparatory School for Girls DOMINICAN IDENTITY: Since 1897, Dominican Academy (D.A.) has consistently represented the best in allgirls Catholic education in NYC. Sponsored by the Dominican Sisters of Peace, D.A. provides an environment that is both nurturing and challenging. Our enrollment for 2019-2020 is 250 students, with over 30 percent of students commuting from Brooklyn and Queens! D.A. is located on East 68th Street and Park Avenue and is easily accessible by the E/F, N/Q/R, 4/5/6 trains.

University, the College of the Holy Cross, Cornell University, Fordham University, Georgetown University, New York University and Princeton University. 2019 graduates averaged over $360,000 in merit scholarships. EXTRACURRICULARS: There are 35+ clubs, plus intramural tennis and the following varsity sports: basketball, soccer, softball, swimming, cross country, track and volleyball. Over 50 percent of D.A. students are members of at least one sports team! Our student-athletes compete in the CHSAA. Some of our clubs for 20192020 include Art Club, Dance Club, Student Newspaper, Yearbook, Drama Club, Culinary Club, Literary Journal, Girls Who Code and Pre-Med Society.

ACADEMIC EXCELLENCE: D.A. is the only all-honors high school for girls in NYS. All classes are either Honors or Advanced Placement level. We offer 20+ electives and 17 AP classes. All students take two years minimum of both Latin and either French, Mandarin or Spanish. Service Learning is integrated into all Theology courses. All students participate OPEN HOUSE: in annual retreats and days of service. Learn more at our Open House on October 19, 2019 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Contact COLLEGE SUCCESS: Each year, 100 percent of our graduates at- Madeleine Metzler, ‘07, director of admistend four-year colleges and universities such sions, at 212-744-0195, ext. 131 or mmetzler@ as Barnard College, Boston College, Brown with any questions. – ADVERTORIAL –

FAMILY COURT OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK COUNTY OF QUEENS In the Matter of a Custody/Visitation Proceeding File #: 192355 Judith Ramirez, Docket #: V-18802-19 Petitioner, -againstAdmin. for Children’s Services-Queens, SUMMONS Antonio Alvaro Dector, Respondents. IN THE NAME OF THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK: To: Antonio Alvaro Dector Unknown. BRONX, NY 00000 A petition under Article 6 of the Family Court Act having been ďŹ led with this Court, and annexed hereto YOU ARE HEREBY SUMMONED to appear before this court on Date/Time: November 13, 2019 at 3:30 PM Purpose: Fact Finding Part: 5 Floor/Room: Floor 2/Room 250 Presiding: Hon. Joan L. Piccirillo Location: Queens County 151-20 Jamaica Avenue Jamaica, NY 11432 to answer the petition and to be dealt with in accordance with the Family Court Act. Your failure to appear as herein directed will result in an Order of Custody to the Petitioner on default. On your failure to appear as herein directed, a warrant may be issued for your arrest. Dated: September 24, 2019 Robert Ratanski, Clerk of Court NOTICE: Family Court §154(c) provides that petitions brought pursuant to Articles 4, 5, 6, 8 and 10 of the Family Court Act, in which an order of protection is sought or in which a violation of an order of protection is alleged, may be served outside the State of New York upon a Respondent who is not a resident or domiciliary of the State of New York. If no other grounds for obtaining personal jurisdiction over the Respondent exist aside from the application of this provision, the exercise of personal jurisdiction over the respondent is limited to the issue of the request for, or alleged violation of, the order of protection. Where the Respondent has been served with this summons and petition does not appear, the Family Court may proceed to a hearing with respect to issuance or enforcement of the order of protection.

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by Anthony O’Reilly A few years ago, Jeff Orlick made frequent trips to a Jackson Heights momo shop — but he wasn’t there just for the popular Himalayan street food. “I thought the girl behind the counter was cute,” Orlick said. “So, I went there as a way to get to know her.” Although a romance with the momo worker didn’t blossom, Orlick’s admiration for the South Asian dumpling stayed with him. He’s the founder and main

organizer of the Jackson Heights Momo Crawl, an annual event that’s brought hundreds of foodies to western Queens to sample the best momos in New York City. As if that wasn’t enough, he’s now created a way to expose more people to the momo. Orlick and his friend and fellow momo lover Chris Auyeung, a software engineer, recently launched “The Momo App,” a free smartphone program that has everything you need to know about the savory dough-covered packages. The Momo App is available on iPhones and Androids, and can be found in the respective marketplaces for both devices. Its biggest feature is an interactive map that shows all eateries in the five boroughs that offer momos — Jackson Heights, because of its large South Asian population, has the most of any neighborhood but you can also find some in other parts of Queens, as well as in Brooklyn

and Manhattan. There are also tabs dedicated to explaining the history and cultural significance of the momo, a message board where foodies can discuss their favorite locations and new eateries and more. “It’s just a fun way for people to connect and talk about momos,” Orlick said. Additionally, anyone who discovers a momo place not on the app can contact Orlick, who will reimburse them for their momos. Just about every culture has some variety of dough filled with meat or vegetables — the Polish have pierogies, the empanada can be found in Hispanic countries and dumplings, of course, are found throughout Asia. Momos are native to South Asia, primarily in Tibet and elsewhere in the Himalaya s. Although they’ve been around for centuries, momos have only become ma ins trea m in Continued page continued ononpage 35

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University Marillac Hall, 8000 Utopia Pkwy., Jamaica. $42-$48. Info: (718) 631-6311,

“It’s Not About You, It’s About Us,” with works in a variety of media produced within the New New Yorkers program, designed to enrich the lives of recent immigrants and give them a safe space for creative expression. Through Sun., Oct. 27, Queens Museum, Flushing Meadows Corona Park. Free with admission: $8 suggested; $4 seniors; free students, children. Info: (718) 592-9700,


“Time to Leave,” with works by Queens artist and poet Aileen Bassis on people forced to emigrate from their homelands, in Myanmar, the Middle East, Central America and elsewhere. Sat., Oct. 12 (opening reception 5-7 p.m.)-Fri., Dec. 13, Lewis H. Latimer House Museum, 34-41 137 St., Flushing. Free. Info: (718) 961-8585, Paintings by Eric Scott Horn, with works by the artist and archaeologist often relating to ancient myths, gods and goddesses, in a display dedicated to archaeologist Major Charles Cook, interred at Maple Grove Cemetery. Sat., Oct. 19 (opening reception 6-7:30 p.m.)-mid Nov., The Center at Maple Grove, 127-15 Kew Gardens Road, Kew Gardens. Free. Info: (347) 878-6614, NY Latin American Art Triennial, with works by artists from NYC, the Caribbean and Central and South America on the theme of “progressive transition” and reflecting notions of civilization, culture and more; with related exhibits in Manhattan and the Bronx. Through Tue., Nov. 5, Queens College Art Center, Rosenthal Library, 6th floor, 65-30 Kissena Blvd., Flushing. Free. Info: (718) 997-4803, “Creative Mosaic,” with artists working in multiple media responding to the sounds, flavors, colors and traditions of innumerable cultures that make up Queens. Through Sun., Oct. 13, The Plaxall Gallery, 5-25 46 Ave., Long Island City. Free. Info: (347) 8480030,

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Democratic Debate Watch Party — Mystery Science Theater 3000-style, with comedians adding their two cents to the event as it’s held, hosted by Frank Conniff, “TV’s Frank,” of MST3K, with preshow comedy by Christian Finnegan of “Best Week Ever” and “Chappelle’s Show.” Tue., Oct. 15, 7:30-11 p.m., QED, 27-16 23 Ave., Astoria. $10. Info: (347) 4513873,

“Historic Hudson River — Artistic Visions,” with scenic views of the river and its surroundings by an artist and several photographers inspired by its geological past, such as Michael Washburn, who took this shot that includes West Point at right, from Boscobel House and Gardens in Garrison, NY. Through Sun., Nov. 3, New York Hall of Science, 47-01 111 St., Corona. Free with admission: $16; $13 seniors, students, kids. Info: (718) 699-0005, PHOTO BY MICHAEL WASHBURN “Bari — Know Your Place,” with illustrations and writing by Symin Adive exploring the hierarchies of family, class, race and more in the life of a young immigrant, inspired by a style of 15th- to 18th-century paintings in Southeast Asia. Fri., Through Sun.,

FILM See it Big! Ghost Stories, with haunted favorites ranging from “Beetlejuice” to “Poltergeist.” Through Sun., Oct. 20, various dates and times, Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35 Ave., Astoria. $15; $11 seniors, students; $9 kids 3-17; includes museum admission. Info: (718) 777-6888, The Queens Botanical Garden celebrates the season Sunday with its Harvest Fest 2019, featuring fun events for the whole family, from face painting and a petting zoo to live music and a beer and wine garden. See Special Events. PHOTO BY JESS BREY Oct. 20, Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Blvd. $5 suggested; free students. Info: (718) 463-7700, “Diplomacy,” with works by 11 international artists responding to the architecture and Cold War history of Sun Yat Sen Memorial Hall, along with photos, plans and other ephemera related to it. Through Fri., Nov. 22, Dr. M.T. Geoffrey Yeh Art Gallery, Sun Yat Sen Memorial Hall, St. John’s University, 8000 Utopia Pkwy., Jamaica. Free. Info: (718) 990-7476, “Honoring Your Vision,” with about 30 paintings and photos by nine artists on what is in front of us but may be overlooked, including “Then and Now” images of historical area architecture by Cheryl Cuddeback. Through Fri., Nov. 29, Red Pipe Café, 71-60 Austin St., Forest Hills. Free. Info: (718) 224-8359.

Thu.-Sat., Oct. 24-26, 7:30 p.m.; Sun., Oct. 13, 20 and 27, 4 p.m., Queens Theatre, 14 United Nations Ave. S., Flushing Meadows Corona Park. $20. Info: (718) 7600064,,

MUSIC French Horn Recital: Frank Donaruma, with the Broadway veteran and principal French horn for the American Ballet Theatre and Queens Symphony orchestras performing four works. Sun., Oct. 13, 5 p.m., Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Blvd. Free. Info: (718) 463-7700,


Kobo Town, with the Juno Award-winning group fronted by Drew Gonsalves, left, playing their blend of calypso, dancehall reggae and trombone-heavy brass. Fri., Oct. 11, 8 p.m. (interactive calypso workshop 7 p.m.), Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Blvd. $16; $10 students; free teens. Info: (718) 463-7700, COURTESY PHOTO

“Painted Alice — The Musical,” an adaptation of “Alice in Wonderland” for adults, about an artist who falls through her canvas into a dark and comical world. Through Sun., Dec. 1, various dates and times, The Plaxall Gallery, 5-25 46 Ave., Long Island City. $25-$45. Info: (347) 848-0030,

Daniel Rodriguez — “The Singing Cop,” who performed “God Bless America” at Yankee Stadium after 9/11 and is now a world-renowned tenor. Fri., Oct. 18, 7 p.m., St. Kevin’s Church, 195 St. and 45 Ave., Flushing. Free-will offering. Info: (718) 357-8888,,

“Tartuffe,” a new take on Moliere’s classic 1664 comedy about a falsely pious impostor and the family he targets with his deception, with an all-female cast, by Titan Theatre Co. Fri.-Sat., Oct. 11-12; 18-19;

Carole’s Kings, an all-male Carole King tribute group performing hits like “The Locomotion” and “I Feel the Earth Move,” with lush orchestrations and witty banter. Sun., Oct. 20, 2 p.m., St. John’s

“The Socrates Annual 2019,” with outdoor projects by multiple artists produced on-site and engaging their location and community. Through Sun., March 8, 2020, Socrates Sculpture Park, 32-01 Vernon Blvd., Long Island City. Free. Info: (718) 956-1819,

LECTURES/TALKS “Invasion of the Tree Snatchers,” with Jason Stein of NYC Parks’ Super Stewards program teaching how non-native vines such as bittersweet and porcelainberry are killing young trees and how to be trained to combat them in parks. Wed., Oct. 16, 8 p.m., Alley Pond Environmental Center, 228-06 Northern Blvd., Douglaston. Free. Info: (718) 229-4000, COURTESY QUEENS COUNTY BIRD CLUB Book talk and signing: “The Magnificent Bridges of New York City,” with photographer Dave Frieder, “The Bridge Man,” who climbs atop them for his shots, talking about his book that was more than 20 years in the making, and selling and signing copies. Tue., Oct. 15, 7-9 p.m., Rocco Moretto VFW Post 2348, 31-35 41 St., Astoria. $5; $10 at door; $60 more for book. Info: (718) 278-0700, astorialic. org,

SPECIAL EVENTS “Can we get to know each other?,” a performance work and installation consisting of a small dance studio in public settings “to offer opportunities of exchange for people through dance,” by artist Eleni Theodora Zaharopoulos. Sat.-Sun., Oct. 12-13, 12-6 p.m., Francis Lewis Park, 3 Ave. between 147 St. and Whitestone Expy. service road, Whitestone; Sat., Oct. 19, 12-4 p.m., Socrates Sculpture Park, 32-01 Vernon Blvd., Long Island City; Sun., Oct. 20 and Sat., Oct. 26, 12-6 p.m., Powell’s Cove Park, 130 St. by 11 Ave., Whitestone. Free. Info: (347) 505-3018, calendar, continued on page 36

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The poet Kahlil Gibran said “Work is love made visible.” The quote seems to apply perfectly to “A Piece of Yourself: Gift Giving in Self-Taught Art,” the exhibit now showing at the American Folk Art Museum’s SelfTaught Genius Gallery in Long Island City. “The museum is dedicated to self-taught artists with no formal education,” curator Steffi Duarte says. The collection spans the mid-18th century to the early 2000s. Ranging from paintings, quilts and handcrafted metal to furniture and carved animals, the works come with back stories often as compelling, sweetly sentimental (and sometimes

‘A Piece of Yourself: Gift Giving in Self-Taught Art’ When: Through Tue., Dec. 31 Where: American Folk Art Museum’s Self-Taught Genius Gallery, 47-29 32 Place, Long Island City Entry: Free. (212) 595-9533,

startling) as the pieces themselves. Whether passed down to family members or exchanged between friends and colleagues, they also reflect the values of labor, keen skill and hard work, intangible and priceless gifts within gifts. “Lion,” created by Pennsylvanian John Bell for his niece in glazed red earthenware in the mid-1800s, is a charming sweet king of the jungle, posed with chest proudly out, tail fused to his back to form a teapot. Some wear and tear by the ears resulted from said niece, who adored the lion and at some point conducted some explorations into its head. Intricately detailed letters to love partners called love tokens were popular in the Early American and Victorian eras. “Love Token For Sarah Newlin,” created by an unknown admirer in 1799, displays a blushing terracotta pinkish heart in ink and watercolor on paper with text radiating out from the center of the page. The envelope is nearly a separate work in and of itself, with artwork so meticulously rendered it’s as much tapestry as it is text. A hands-and-heart motif was a popular style of the time as reflected by “Heart-

Not-So-Scary, Kid-Friendly Tours Begin Saturday, October 12, at Fear Manor Fear Manor also provides discounted admission for veterans and first responders. Any day during the 2019 season, veterans and first responders with valid I.D. receive 20 percent off general admission for their entire group. On Sundays and Thursdays, Fear Manor hosts College Night, allowing college students with valid I.D. to get $3 off general admission. Fear Manor is open Fridays in October, Halloween Night and November 1 from 7:30 p.m. – 11:00 p.m., Saturdays in October and November 2 from 7:00 p.m. – 12:00 a.m., and every Sunday in October plus Monday, October 14 from 7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. For an even scarier experience, Fear Manor has Blackout Thursdays on October 10, 17, 24 and 30 from 7:30 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. During Black Out dates, guests are led through the dark with only one glow stick per group. Fear Manor tickets cost $25 for General Admission and $40 for a VIP ticket and $60 for a No Wait ticket. The Queens Haunted House also offers Unlimited Passes for $100 each, allowing guests unlimited entry into Fear Manor during normal operating hours. To learn more about Fear Manor’s special dates and admission prices visit Fear Manor Haunted House is located at The Shops at Atlas Park Mall, 8000 Cooper Ave., Glendale, NY, 11385, directly across the street from a cemetery.


Works now on display at the American Folk Art Museum’s Self-Taught Genius Gallery PHOTOS BY JORDANA LANDRES range from “Rising Star Variation Quilt” to “Seated Tiger.” and-Hand Love Token” from the mid1800s, rendered in ink and varnish on cut paper. It was a custom to celebrate 10th, or tin, anniversaries in the 19th century by giving gifts of made of the metal. In the late 1800s, an unidentified artist in Michigan made a tin top hat, eyeglasses, a bonnet

with neck ribbon with attached metal curls and worn tin slippers for his beloved, a pair of tin eyeglasses completing the ensemble. The whimsical humor is carried even further by a tin hoop skirt with a serrated saw blade bottom edge, the artist also unidentified. Textiles and fabric artwork highlight continued on page 36

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Fear Manor, Queen’s premier haunted destination, is hosting a not-so-scary experience of the premier haunted attraction on select dates throughout the season starting Saturday. While Fear Manor’s regular haunted attractions are not recommended for younger children, it will offer chaperoned, kid-friendly tours on October 12, 14, 19 and 26 from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. for guests ages 3 through 12. Admission for all Not-So-Scary dates is only $10 per person. Fear Manor opened its doors to bloodcurdling screams and unforgettable times of laughter last Friday evening. The indoor haunt is Queens’ only haunted house bringing terrifying nightmares to life and welcomes victims to look horror right between its eyes. Fear Manor is an indoor haunt with an inside waiting area, where guests learn the legend of the first gravedigger at Queens cemetery, Harland Kraven. He resided on the crypt covered property for many decades and worked the graveyard shift in solitude. The townspeople claimed to see his deformed shadow dig up corpses, then take them back to the house deemed as Fear Manor. It is rumored he would taunt, “My shovel is sharp and shall be put to task. My lantern engulfed when each one of you pass. Heads shall be severed souls shall be gathered. My prisoners forever here at Fear Manor.” In addition to the special kid-friendly dates,

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The tennis star who grew up in Woodhaven by Ron Marzlock Chronicle Contributor

Vitas Gerulaitis Sr. was born in Galkiemis, Lithuania on Feb. 16, 1915. After World War II he was a displaced person in a resettlement camp in Hamburg, Germany. On Feb. 18, 1949 he left for America on a transport ship named Marine Shark. After arriving in the United States, he met and married Aldona Cenkus, a nurse who came to America from a resettlement camp in Augsburg, Germany. They lived on Logan Street in the East New York section of Brooklyn. Their first child, a boy, Vitas Jr., was born on July 26, 1954. Vitas Sr. was naturalized a few months later on Nov. 11, 1954. A year later they were blessed with a baby girl named Ruta, on Nov. 18, 1955. In 1961, they moved to 94-10 Jamaica Ave. in Woodhaven. Vitas Sr. opened up a store selling insurance and ran a travel agency there. The family lived above the store. Vitas Sr., who loved tennis, also instilled this passion in both children at an early age. Vitas Jr., after graduating from Archbishop Molloy High School, went on to Columbia University and turned pro in 1971. Best

The childhood home of tennis pro great Vitas Gerulaitis, 94-10 Jamaica Ave., Woodhaven, as it looked around 1950. remembered for his incredible reflex and footspeed, he also gained notoriety for his after-hours life. After his retirement in 1984 he went into the broadcasters’ booth. His mentor and father passed away in 1991. Tragically, he himself died in 1994, in a guest house at the Southampton home of real estate tycoon Martin Raynes, due to carbon monoxide poisoning caused by a faulty vent pipe. He was 40. He is still remembered and missed by his tennis budQ dies as well as his many fans.

Marlon Brando directed and starred in “One-Eyed Jacks,” which will be screened at the CRITERION PHOTO Museum of the Moving Image on Oct. 19.

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restoration of the movie and has introduced it at different film festivals. Brando was different than most of his peers, according to Mann, in that he didn’t play the Hollywood game because fame didn’t matter to him. Not everyone was a fan. When Brando appeared as Jor-El in the 1978 blockbuster “Superman: The Movie,” he was paid nearly $4 million plus a percentage of the box office for less than two weeks of work. Still, he wouldn’t bother to remember his lines, instead reading them off cue cards. Star Christopher Reeve wasn’t impressed with the work ethic. “For Marlon, there were more important things in life than ‘Am I going to give Jor-El the correct method interpretation of acting here?’ I feel like his priorities were on much more straight than for a lot of actors of his generation,” Mann said. But it’s tough to argue with the results. “Even though Brando kind of disparaged the art of acting, he never gave a bad performance. He always knew how to turn it Q on,” Mann said.

Marlon Brando’s legendar y acting career lasted for more than a half-century but he only got behind the camera to direct once. His 1961 western “One-Eyed Jacks” starred himself and Karl Malden. The two had worked together in “A Streetcar Named Desire,” which earned Malden an Academy Award, and “On the Waterfront,” which earned one for Brando. “One-Eyed Jacks” failed at the box office but in 2018, it was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress. It will be shown at the Museum of the Moving Image in Astoria Oct. 19. William Mann will sign copies of his book “The Contender: The Story of Marlon Brando” (HarperCollins) after the screening. Mann said Brando wasn’t happy with Paramount, which produced the film and used a different ending from Brando’s. “This was the moment in his career, in his time in Hollywood, where he turned against film, he turned against the art of acting,” Mann said. He added that the process demoralized the star and marked a turning point in his When: Sat., Oct. 19, 1:30 p.m. career. Where: Museum of the Moving Image, “It was a period of time where he was 36-01 35 Ave., Astoria transitioning out of being a cooperative, Tickets: $15; $11 seniors, students; box office leading man to the more rebel$9 kids 3-17; includes museum lious figure we remember better,” he said. admission. (718) 777-6888, Mann credits legendary director Martin Scorsese for renewing interest in “OneEyed Jacks.” Scorsese helped oversee a

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continued from page 31 America in recent years, thanks in large part to the immigration of thousands of South Asians to places like Queens. “I think it’s because it’s familiar, but also exotic,” Orlick said while describing the popularit y of momos. “It’s associated with the Himalayas, which is the pinnacle of exoticness. It’s some faraway place that most people here have never been to.” Orlick met Auyeung through their mutual love of the momo — at a prior Momo Crawl, the software developer signed up to help out with future festivals. “I was actually the only one who signed up,” he added. Auyeung’s company, W&CO, specializes in digital wayfinding, or helping people find their way through spaces with digital tools — e.g., creating a map to find the nearest restaurant with momos. To design the app, Auyeung took all the information and photos

Chicken jhol momo, left, is just one of many varieties available in Queens, where you can now find the spots selling the South Asian dumplings on a new app. On the cover: App creators Chris Auyeung, left, and Jeff Orlick, with momos in Diversity Plaza; and their map. PHOTOS BY ANTHONY O’REILLY; SCREENSHOTS compiled by Orlick and integrated them into an easy-to-navigate program. “It had to be easy for Jeff to update it,” he explained, “but also

easy enough so that everyone could use it without any problems.” Orlick said the app is more than a way to allow people to

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discover tasty food — it’s also a platform to expose foodies to immigrant-owned businesses. “This also helps them as well,” he said. The Jackson Heights’

resident’s venture was supported by funding from the Business Center for New Americans, which helps immigrants build businesses Q in New York City.

Plaza College Partners with Northwell Health for Clinical Student Externships Plaza College is pleased to announce that Northwell Health is its newest partner for clinical student externships! Plaza College offers programs on both the associate and baccalaureate levels that are designed to keep pace with current healthcare trends and prepare our students for successful careers in the medical community. As New York State’s largest healthcare provider, Northwell Health displays characteristics that prove it to be a strong partner for Plaza’s School of Allied Health. With over 69,000 employees across 23 hospitals and 750 outpatient facilities, Northwell has an abundance of resources to provide students with the experience of a lifetime during their externship. This 180-hour experience will help them grow in the medical field as well as present opportunities postgraduation.

Education Programs (CAAHEP), and all program graduates are Registered Medical Assistants (RMAs), working side-by-side with doctors to treat patients and keep healthcare centers running efficiently. Among many other responsibilities, RMAs are tasked with performing life-saving procedures, assisting doctors with patient exams, executing blood draws and laboratory tests, and entering data into the Electronic Medical Record (EMR). Through its School of Allied Health, Plaza College also offers a diverse curriculum designed to ready students for careers in Health Information Technology, Healthcare Management, and Patient Information Management.

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SPECIAL EVENTS Harvest Fest 2019, with live music, puppet shows, live music, food, crafts, demonstrations, petting zoo, pumpkin patch and more. Sun., Oct. 13, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. (certain events at certain times), Queens Botanical Garden, 43-50 Main St., Flushing. $15; $13 kids over 3; $15 parking; $6 pumpkins. Info: (718) 886-3800, Howlloween Masquerade Ball, with fourcourse dinner, drinks, entertainment, dancing, raffles, prizes for best costumes (optional) and more, to benefit Bobbi and the Strays animal rescue group. Thu., Oct. 24, Russo’s On The Bay, 162-45 Cross Bay Blvd., Howard Beach. $100. Info: Bobbi, (718) 845-0779, (917) 213-9840, Veterans Car Show, with all kinds of classic rides, trophies, live DJ and more, to benefit Toys for Tots and St. Mary’s Healthcare System for Children. Sun., Oct. 13, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. (Veterans Ceremony at 1 p.m.), Maspeth Federal Savings parking lot, 69 St. off Grand Ave., Maspeth (next show Sun. Oct. 20, same time and place). Free; donations welcome; $20 to show a car. Info: (917) 3852322, (917) 682-5362, Harvest Weekends, a celebration of autumn with apples, cider, pies, mums, pumpkins and more available for sale. Each Sat.-Sun., 11 a.m.4:30 p.m., thru Sat., Oct. 26; also Mon., Oct. 14, Queens County Farm Museum, 73-50 Little Neck Pkwy., Floral Park. Free. Info: (718) 347-3276,

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Sunnyside Family Fun Bike Ride, a casual ride celebrating the protected bike lanes on Skillman and 43rd aves., with kids of all ages and skills welcome, Queens Library Bookcycle browsing, free pizza and more. Sat., Oct. 12, 12-1:30 p.m., starting at Lou Lodati Playground entrance, 41-15 Skillman Ave. Free. Info: Alan Baglia, (917) 7499395,, Harvest Festival, with free pumpkins for the first 500 kids, DJ Frank, Nollaig the Wizard, crafts, games, marketplace, adult cider and more. Sun., Oct. 13, 12-6 p.m., Onderdonk House (inside tour included), 1820 Flushing Ave., Ridgewood. $5; free kids under 12. Info: (718) 456-1776,

The Amazing Maize Maze, a labyrinth of corn to make your way through while finding clues and solving puzzles too. Each Sat.-Sun., 11 a.m.4:30 p.m., thru Sat., Oct. 26; also Mon., Oct. 14; special Maze by Moonlight Sat., Oct. 12 and 19, 4:30-9 p.m., Queens County Farm Museum, 73-50 Little Neck Pkwy., Floral Park. $10; $15 at door; $5 kids 4-11; $8 at door; kids under 4 free (Maze by Moonlight $12; $17 at door; $7 kids 4-11; $10 at door; kids under 4 free). Info: (718) 347-3276,

TOURS/HIKES Audubon Bird Walks, spotting and ID’ing feathered friends and learning how the Queens Botanical Garden provides them with resources like food and shelter. Sun., Oct. 20; Sat., Oct. 26, 9:30-10:30 a.m., at the garden, 43-50 Main St., Flushing. Free with admission: $6; $4 seniors; $4 students, $2 children over 3. Info/registration (preferred): (718) 886-3800, Old Astoria Village, with participants walking on streets older than Wall St., past the sites of Native American villages, the city’s greatest maritime disaster and more, led by Bob Singleton of the Greater Astoria Historical Society. Sun., Oct. 13, 11 a.m.-1 p.m., location TBA with registration. Info: Info: (212) 935–3960, (718) 278-0700,, Discovering (the new) America, a walk from Flushing Meadows Corona Park to Corona, Elmhurst and Jackson Heights, home to various immigrants. Mon., Oct. 14, 12-2 p.m., starting at the Unisphere. $20. Info: (718) 961-8406,,

KIDS/TEENS Kid Flicks: New York International Children’s Film Festival 2019, with short movies of various kinds from the festival, shown in blocks. Sat.-Sun., Oct. 12-13 and 19-20, 12 p.m., Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35 Ave., Astoria. $15 per day; $11 seniors, students; $9 kids 3-17; includes museum admission. Info: (718) 777-6888,


Women on the Rise Forum & Expo, the 6th annual, with guest speakers, panel discussions, networking, awards and more. Fri.-Sat., Oct. 18-19, LaGuardia Plaza Hotel, 104-04 Ditmars Blvd., East Elmhurst. $99-$199. Info: (917) 9404395,

Defensive driving, for better skills, insurance rates and license point reduction; and to cut down on accidents, by the National Safety Council. Sat., Oct. 19, 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m., St. Margaret RC Church, 66-05 79 Place, Middle Village. $45. Info: (718) 326-1911.

Jamaica Bay Raptorama, a celebration of hawks, falcons, eagles and other birds of prey, with slide programs, presentation of live birds and visit to the hawk watch platform at Fort Tilden (participants must provide their own transportation). Sun., Oct. 20, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge Center, 175-10 Cross Bay Blvd., Broad Channel. Free. Info: (718) 318-4340,

MARKETS Autumn Treasure Bake & Book Sale, also with clothes, household items, one-of-a-kind items, toys and more. Sat., Oct. 12, 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.; Sun., Oct. 13, 11:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Church of the Resurrection, 85-09 118 St., Richmond Hill. Info: (718) 847-2649.

King Crossword Puzzle ACROSS 1 Bar order 5 Stick out 8 String tie 12 Incite 13 Blonde shade 14 Disney’s “-- and the Detectives” 15 O or W 17 Even, as a score 18 “-- Abner” 19 Gap 21 Charley horse 24 Military status 25 Tatters 26 Quite attractive 30 Past 31 Paycheck extra 32 Altar affirmative 33 Artist Rene 35 Toppled 36 Commotions 37 Jaunty chapeau 38 Tray 41 Help 42 Neighborhood 43 Mississippi flower 48 “The View” alumna Lisa 49 Gorilla 50 St. Louis team 51 Shakespeare’s shrew 52 Bow the head 53 Pumps up the volume

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‘A Piece of Yourself’ continued from page 33 quilting, which was a popular and widespread social activity during the 1800s. Elsey A. Halstead’s “Rising Star Variation Quilt,” made in Minisink (now Middletown), NY, in March of 1848, is a masterwork of embroidery with stars enclosed by circles and bordered by trees on either side. The stitching and pattern are so exquisitely meticulous the piece could be perceived as human-machine made. A metal lid makes an edgy canvas for “New Jerusalem,” painted by Sister Gertrude Morgan in the 1970s in acrylic and tempera, commemorating her devotion and spiritual marriage to Jesus, a union she left her own husband and children for when she heeded a calling to become a street evan“ Hear t-and - H and Love gelist in New Token” utilized a motif Orleans. The common in the mid-1800s. scene depicts her preachPHOTO BY JORDANA LANDRES

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ing to her congregation as the spirits of the dead appear to rise from gravestones running along the bottom edge of the painting. More recent works include a carved sheep and tiger made in 1970 by New Mexico artist Felipe Archuleta. The sheep is constructed of cottonwood, sheep wool and glass marble. The seated and charmingly rakish tiger is made of cottonwood and paint. “Papercut for Eliza Earp” was made by a convict for a prison guard’s daughter in Walnut Street Prison in Pennsylvania in 1830. The convict utilized woven paper and a layered design to create a delicate, variegated lacelike effect, the gift recipient’s name on a Q small shingle punctuating the piece.

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Peace Luke Acupuncture PLLC Arts of Org filed with NY Sec of State (SSNY) on 8/30/19. Office: Queens County. SSNY designated as agent of PLLC upon whom process may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of process to: 171-13 Northern Blvd., Flushing, NY 11358. Purpose: Acupuncture. Notice of Formation of Stay Weird and Fit LLC Articles of Organization were filed with the Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 07/30/2019. Office location: Queens County. SSNY has been designated as agent of the LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail a copy of process to: Dana Vickers, 220-04 138th Avenue, Laurelton, NY 11413. Purpose: For any lawful purpose. Notice of Formation of TIGER’S NEST LOGISTICS LLC Articles of Organization were filed with the Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 08/08/2019. Office location: Queens County. SSNY has been designated as agent of the LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail a copy of process to: TIGER’S NEST LOGISTICS LLC, 41-14 MAIN STREET, I-16, FLUSHING, NY 11355. Purpose: For any lawful purpose.

Notice of Formation of Wortman 1031 LLC. Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 9/10/19. Office location: Queens County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: 145-05 Rockaway Beach Boulevard, Neponsit, NY 11694. Purpose: any lawful activity.

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SUPREME COURT OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK COUNTY OF QUEENS INDEX NO. 711368/2015 Plaintiff designates QUEENS as the place of trial situs of the real property SUPPLEMENTAL SUMMONS Mortgaged Premises: 145-90 226TH STREET JAMAICA, NY 11413 BANK OF AMERICA, N.A., Plaintiff, vs. SHARRON SMITH A/K/A SHARON SMITH, AS ADMINISTRATOR AND AS HEIR AND DISTRIBUTEE OF THE ESTATE OF WINIFRED SMITH A/K/A WINIFRED L. SMITH A/K/A WINIFRED LOUISE SMITH; TREVOR SMITH, AS HEIR AND DISTRIBUTEE OF THE ESTATE OF WINIFRED SMITH A/K/A WINIFRED L. SMITH A/K/A WINIFRED LOUISE SMITH; DEBORAH SMITH, AS HEIR AND DISTRIBUTEE OF THE ESTATE OF WINIFRED SMITH A/K/A WINIFRED L. SMITH A/K/A WINIFRED LOUISE SMITH; PAULINE WILLIAMS, AS HEIR AND DISTRIBUTEE OF THE ESTATE OF WINIFRED SMITH A/K/A WINIFRED L. SMITH A/K/A WINIFRED LOUISE SMITH; ERIC HUGH STEPHENS, AS HEIR AND DISTRIBUTEE OF THE ESTATE OF WINIFRED SMITH A/K/A WINIFRED L. SMITH A/K/A WINIFRED LOUISE SMITH; BALFOUR MICHAEL SMITH, AS HEIR AND DISTRIBUTEE OF THE ESTATE OF WINIFRED SMITH A/K/A WINIFRED L. SMITH A/K/A WINIFRED LOUISE SMITH, if living, and if she/he be dead, any and all persons unknown to plaintiff, claiming, or who may claim to have an interest in, or general or specific lien upon the real property described in this action; such unknown persons being herein generally described and intended to be included in the following designation, namely: the wife, widow, husband, widower, heirs at law, next of kin, descendants, executors, administrators, devisees, legatees, creditors, trustees, committees, lienors, and assignees of such deceased, any and all persons deriving interest in or lien upon, or title to said real property by, through or under them, or either of them, and their respective wives, widows, husbands, widowers, heirs at law, next of kin, descendants, executors, administrators, devisees, legatees, creditors, trustees, committees, lienors and assigns, all of whom and whose names, except as stated, are unknown to plaintiff; UNKNOWN HEIRS OF THE ESTATE OF WINIFRED SMITH A/K/A WINIFRED L. SMITH A/K/A WINIFRED LOUISE SMITH; any and all persons unknown to plaintiff, claiming, or who may claim to have an interest in, or general or specific lien upon the real property described in this action; such unknown persons being herein generally described and intended to be included in the following designation, namely: the wife, widow, husband, widower, heirs at law, next of kin, descendants, executors, administrators, devisees, legatees, creditors, trustees, committees, lienors, and assignees of such deceased, any and all persons deriving interest in or lien upon, or title to said real property by, through or under them, or either of them, and their respective wives, widows, husbands, widowers, heirs at law, next of kin, descendants, executors, administrators, devisees, legatees, creditors, trustees, committees, lienors and assigns, all of whom and whose names, except as stated, are unknown to plaintiff; SECRETARY OF HOUSING AND URBAN DEVELOPMENT; UNITED STATES OF AMERICA; NEW YORK STATE DEPARTMENT OF TAXATION AND FINANCE; NEW YORK CITY ENVIRONMENTAL CONTROL BOARD; NEW YORK CITY PARKING VIOLATIONS BUREAU; NEW YORK CITY TRANSIT ADJUDICATION BUREAU; CRIMINAL COURT OF THE CITY OF NEW YORK; AMERICAN EXPRESS CENTURION BANK; CAVALRY PORTFOLIO SERVICES LLC AS ASSIGNEE OF CAVALRY SPV 1 LLC AS ASSIGNEE OF HSBC BANK NEVADA N.A.; DISCOVER BANK; HILCO RECEIVABLES LLC; CAPITAL ONE BANK (USA), N.A.; BROOKLYN UNION GAS COMPANY D/B/A NATIONAL GRID NEW YORK; “John Doe #1” through “John Doe #10”, the last ten names being fictitious and unknown to the plaintiff, the person or parties intended being the persons or parties, if any, having or claiming an interest in or lien upon the mortgaged premises described in the complaint, Defendants. To the above named Defendants YOU ARE HEREBY SUMMONED to answer the complaint in this action and to serve a copy of your answer, or, if the complaint is not served with this summons, to serve a notice of appearance on the Plaintiff’s Attorney within 20 days after the service of this summons, exclusive of the day of service (or within 30 days after the service is complete if this summons is not personally delivered to you within the State of New York) in the event the United States of America is made a party defendant, the time to answer for the said United States of America shall not expire until (60) days after service of the Summons; and in case of your failure to appear or answer, judgment will be taken against you by default for the relief demanded in the complaint. NOTICE OF NATURE OF ACTION AND RELIEF SOUGHT THE OBJECT of the above caption action is to foreclose a Mortgage to secure the sum of $544,185.00 and interest, recorded on November 12, 2008, at Liber Page, of the Public Records of QUEENS County, New York, covering premises known as 145-90 226TH STREET JAMAICA, NY 11413. The relief sought in the within action is a final judgment directing the sale of the premises described above to satisfy the debt secured by the Mortgage described above. QUEENS County is designated as the place of trial because the real property affected by this action is located in said county. NOTICE YOU ARE IN DANGER OF LOSING YOUR HOME If you do not respond to this summons and complaint by serving a copy of the answer on the attorney for the mortgage company who filed this foreclosure proceeding against you and filing the answer with the court, a default judgment may be entered and you can lose your home. Speak to an attorney or go to the court where your case is pending for further information on how to answer the summons and protect your property. Sending a payment to the mortgage company will not stop the foreclosure action. YOU MUST RESPOND BY SERVING A COPY OF THE ANSWER ON THE ATTORNEY FOR THE PLAINTIFF (MORTGAGE COMPANY) AND FILING THE ANSWER WITH THE COURT. RAS BORISKIN, LLC, Attorney for Plaintiff, BY: DANIEL GREENBAUM, ESQ., 900 Merchants Concourse, Suite 310, Westbury, NY 11590 516-280-7675.

Supreme Court, County of Queens; Matter of Gertrude Gonesh, an Incapacitated Person, Index #6477/2012; Pursuant to an Order of this Court, dated October 2, 2019, by the Hon. Lee A. Mayersohn, an application to sell premises known as 122-53 Nellis Street, Springfield Gardens, NY 11413, will be made on the 12th day of November 2019, at 9:30 a.m., at an IAS Part 22G, at the Supreme Court, Queens County, 88-11 Sutphin Boulevard, Jamaica, NY 11435. Best offer over $365,000.00. Contact: Robert Cannon, Esq. (718) 581-5072.

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SUPPLEMENTAL SUMMONS Index No. 700098/2017 STATE OF NEW YORK SUPREME COURT – COUNTY OF QUEENS HOUSEHOLD FINANCE REALTY CORPORATION OF NEW YORK, Plaintiff, -vs- THE HEIRS AT LARGE OF HILBERT LAYNE, deceased, and all persons who are husbands, widows, grantees, mortgagees, lienors, heirs, devisees, distributees, successors in interest of such of them as may be dead, and their husbands and wives, heirs, devisees, distributees and successors of interest of all of whom and whose names and places are unknown to Plaintiff; DEBORAH A. CHASTEN; SANDRA LAYNE COLE; KEVIN ANTHONY LAYNE; BRYAN M. LAYNE, SEAN MCDONALD LAYNE; CHENELLE GBAJUMO; CITY OF NEW YORK DEPARTMENT OF FINANCE PARKING VIOLATIONS BUREAU PAYMENT AND ADJUDICATION CENTER OF QUEENS; UNITED STATES OF AMERICA; NEW YORK STATE DEPARTMENT OF TAXATION AND FINANCE; “JOHN DOE” AND “JANE DOE” said names being fictitious, it being the intention of Plaintiff to designate any and all occupants of premises being foreclosed herein, Defendants. Mortgaged Premises: 122-17 Nellis Street a/k/a 12217 Nellis Street, Springfield Gardens NY 11413. TO THE ABOVE NAMED DEFENDANT(S): YOU ARE HEREBY SUMMONED to answer the Complaint in the above entitled action and to serve a copy of your Answer on the plaintiff’s attorney within twenty (20) days of the service of this Summons, exclusive of the day of service, or within thirty (30) days after service of the same is complete where service is made in any manner other than by personal delivery within the State. The United States of America, if designated as a defendant in this action, may answer or appear within sixty (60) days of service hereof. Your failure to appear or answer will result in a judgment against you by default for the relief demanded in the Complaint. In the event that a deficiency balance remains from the sale proceeds, a judgment may be entered against you, unless the Defendant obtained a bankruptcy discharge and such other or further relief as may be just and equitable. 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 to 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 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. These pleadings are being amended to include the Heirs at Large of Hilbert Layne, deceased, Deborah A. Chasten, Sandra Layne Cole, Kevin Anthony Layne, Bryan M. Layne, Sean McDonald Layne and Chenelle Gbajumo, as possible heirs to the Estate of Hilbert Layne, deceased. These pleadings are also being amended to include New York State Department of Taxation and Finance. QUEENS County is designated as the place of trial. The basis of venue is the location of the mortgaged premises. Dated: September 11, 2019, Mark K. Broyles, Esq., FEIN SUCH & CRANE, LLP, Attorneys for Plaintiff, Office and P.O. Address 28 East Main Street, Suite 1800, Rochester, New York 14614, Telephone No. (585) 232-7400, Block: 12702 Lot: 30. NATURE AND OBJECT OF ACTION The object of the above action is to foreclose a mortgage held by the Plaintiff recorded in the County of QUEENS, State of New York as more particularly described in the Complaint herein. TO THE DEFENDANT, the plaintiff makes no personal claim against you in this action. To the above named defendants: The foregoing summons is served upon you by publication pursuant to an order of HON. DAVID ELLIOT, Justice of the SUPREME Court of the State of New York, dated September 23, 2019 and filed along with the supporting papers in the QUEENS County Clerk’s Office. This is an action to foreclose a Mortgage. ALL that certain plot piece or parcel of land, situate, lying and being in the Borough and County of Queens, City and State of New York, bounded and described as follows: ALL that certain plot, piece or parcel of land, situate, lying and being in the Borough and County of Queens, City and State of New York, bounded and described as follows: BEGINNING at a point on the Easterly side of Nellis Street, distant 153.74 feet Southerly from the corner formed by the intersection of the Easterly side of Neliis Street, with the Southerly side of 122nd Avenue; RUNNING THENCE Easterly, at right angles to Nellis Street, 102.50 feet; THENCE Southerly, parallel with Nellis Street, 31 feet; THENCE Westerly, again at right angles to Nellis Street, 102.50 feet to the Easterly side of Nellis Street; THENCE Northerly, along the Easterly side of Nellis Street, 31 feet to the point or place of BEGINNING. Mortgaged Premises: 122-17 Nellis Street a/k/a 12217 Nellis Street, Springfield Gardens, NY 11413, Tax Map/Parcel ID No.: Block: 12702 Lot: 30 of the BOROUGH of QUEENS, NY 11413

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Woodhaven/Howard Beach, furn Rego Park, 63-118 Woodhaven rooms for rent, all utilities Blvd, Rego Park. Corner retail store, 1,750 SF with basement. included. Call, 718-772-6127 Monthly base rent $3,000/mo. Heavy traffic area, 60,000 cars per day. Owner, 516-295-3930. Howard Beach/Lindenwood, 2 BR, Evenings, 516-238-3611 2 bath, Hi-Rise Co-op, move-in condition! terrace, $289K. Connexion I RE, 718-845-1136 Notice of Formation of ZIMPOL LLC Articles of Organization were filed Howard Beach/Lindenwood, One with the Secretary of State of New of a kind Janet Ann duplex Condo, York (SSNY) on 09/16/2019. Office 2 BR, 1 1/2 baths, renovated, location: Queens County. SSNY has granite, S/S appliances, W/D, terr. Asking $370K. Connexion I RE, been designated as agent of the 718-845-1136 LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail a copy of process to: MIGUEL ANGEL Howard Beach/Rockwood Park, SANCHEZ MORALES, 5064 42nd Cape on 50x90 lot, 4 BR, 2 full ST., Long Island City, NY 11104. baths, 1st fl, HW fls, LR w/fire- Purpose: For any lawful purpose. place, FDR, kit, 2 BR, full bath, acess to enclosed sun room. 2nd fl, 2 BR, full fin bsmnt, new gas furn ace & hot water heater, lg den. Owner motivated! Connexion I RE, 718-845-1136

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SUPREME COURT – COUNTY OF QUEENS POLISH & SLAVIC FEDERAL CREDIT UNION, Plaintiff against KAMA PROPERTY GROUP CORP., et al Defendant(s). Pursuant to a Judgment of Foreclosure and Sale entered on March 4, 2019. I, the undersigned Referee will sell at public auction at the Queens County Supreme Courthouse, 88-11 Sutphin Boulevard, Court Room # 25, Jamaica, N.Y. on the 8th day of November, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. Lying and being in the Borough of Queens and State of New York. In the condominium known as “BRIARWOOD AT FOREST PARK CONDOMINIUM.” Together with an undivided 1/48th% interest in the Common Elements. Said premises known as 8474 98th Street, Unit 9, Woodhaven, N.Y. 11421. (Block: 3907, Lot: 1009). Approximate amount of lien $320,506.37 plus interest and costs. Premises will be sold subject to provisions of filed judgment and terms of sale. Index No. 70933417. Regine P. Severe, Esq., Referee. STEVENS & LEE, P.C. Attorney(s) for Plaintiff, 485 Madison Avenue, 20th Floor, New York, N.Y. 10022, (212) 537-0423

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Although he was fired as manager by New York Mets general manager Brodie Van Wagenen several days after the season ended, Mickey Callaway can hold his head high. Yes, he made a few blunders with respect to in-game strategy, as do all managers, but there is no denying that Mets players gave it their all for him. They could easily have mailed it in when the team’s record was a lousy 40-50. Instead they rallied to finish with an 86-76 record. It was only the third time in 10 years that the Mets posted a winning record. Callaway was hired by former GM Sandy Alderson, so it’s not surprising that Van Wagenen wanted to hire his own man. He was reluctant to discuss Callaway’s situation during his final scrum with reporters. When I mentioned that I thought that the season was successful, he quickly replied, “I appreciate that” but it was clear he didn’t want to hear anything favorable about Callaway. Not a single sportswriter from a daily newspaper that I read urged Van Wagenen to keep Callaway nor did any give him credit for the Mets’ record in spite of a disastrous bullpen that could’ve qualified for FEMA assistance. Callaway’s biggest miscue was losing his temper at Newsday beat reporter Tim Healey for misinterpreting his “See you tomorrow”

postgame farewell as sarcasm following a tough loss to the Chicago Cubs. It’s clear that the Baseball Writers Association of America members had it in for him after that. To his immense credit, Callaway ignored baseball’s media caste system as he was always accessible to chat with reporters from smaller outlets during batting practice. If I had my hand up to raise a question at a pre- or postgame press conference Callaway wouldn’t let the moderator from the Mets media relations department end it without letting me ask even if the emcee was ready to shut it down after the writers from the dailies had asked all theirs. Callaway’s concern for treating all media members with respect probably didn’t endear himself to some around Citi Field. I think that he knew but couldn’t care less. He deserves another chance to manage in the big leagues. Former major league pitcher and longtime Forest Hills resident Bob Tufts, whom I profiled in the Queens Chronicle in 2016, lost his decade-long battle with myeloma last Friday. Bob received his bachelor’s degree from Princeton and his MBA from Columbia. He could have been a titan of industry but instead devoted his life to advocating for patient rights and to teaching. My condolences to his wife, Q Suzanne, and daughter, Abigail. See the extended version of Sports Beat every week at

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• Rockwood Park • Beautiful Custom Solid Brick Colonial. Features fireplace, master bedroom suite with terrace, 3 additional bedrooms, full and 1/2 baths thru-out. Custom woodwork, in-ground heated saltwater pool, full finished basement, gourmet kitchen for entertaining, alarmed and cameras.

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Beautiful Townhouse, 2 terraces, 3 BRs, 2 full baths, 2 half baths. Kitchen with SS appl., granite counters and table. Deck, AG pool, tiled floors, all renovated, 2 car driveway, garage, view of water from front balcony.

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Stunning Huge All Brick Colonial on 80x100. House totally gutted and redone last 3 years, 5,000 sq. ft., 3 level house, 49x45. 5 BRs, 5.5 bths. Legal maid's quarters, 3 new kit, oversized 2 car garage (900 sq. ft.). In-ground heated pool, 2 balconies, sun room & 600 sq. ft. private deck. New roof, solar, parking for 7 cars, woodburning fireplace, Pella windows, new electric. Exclusive New Listing.


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