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A family of yellow-crowned night herons, which typically breed in tropical and subtropical coastal areas like Florida and the Caribbean, have built a nest and hatched chicks on a Lindenwood co-op's fire escape, dazzling residents and intriguing environmentalists.



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MTA plans expanded bus, subway service Weekend routes added to M train and Q77 bus; restored on Q31 line by Michael Gannon Editor


MTA Chairman and Chief Executive Officer FILE PHOTO Thomas Prendergast

ov. Cuomo and the Metropolitan Tra nspor t at ion Author it y have announced that an increase in state funding will make the expansion or restoration of subway and bus service in Queens possible within the next 12 months. T h e s e r v i c e i m p r ove m e n t s we r e announced Monday in connection with the release of the MTA’s updated financial plan. The improvements include funding for upgrades to service on the G line, which runs between Court Square in Long Island City and Church Street in Brooklyn, and it will run every eight minutes rather than the current 10-minute schedule. The change was one of several recommendations in a comprehensive study of the G line by the MTA. The new timing will allow for better linking with the F train at Court Square, thus reducing waiting time for an estimated 51,600 weekday customers. Weekend service on the M train originating from Metropolitan Avenue runs to Myrtle Avenue in Brooklyn. Under the new proposal, it will run to Delancey and Essex streets in Manhattan, with the aim of reducing the number of transfers and shortening waiting times for about 37,000 passengers. Above ground, Eastern Queens will see restoration of weekend service on the Q31

bus line, which runs between Francis Lewis Boulevard and 27th Avenue in Bayside to the Long Island Rail Road station in Jamaica at Archer Avenue and Sutphin Boulevard. Weekend service on the Q31 was eliminated during the MTA’s financial struggles in 2010. In their joint statement, Cuomo and Thomas Prendergast, chairman and CEO of the MTA, also said the authority intends to institute Sunday service on the Q77 bus route. The Q77 runs between Springfield Boulevard and 145th Road in Laurelton to the 165th Street bus terminal in Jamaica. The new bus and subway service in Queens is part of an estimated $7.9 million slated to be invested throughout the city. An additional $5.9 million is being allocated for more cleaning of tracks and stations, better turnstile layout and more security cameras. About $4.3 million will be dedicated to service upgrades in the Long Island Rail Road and Metro-North systems. “We have listened to customers and we are responding with more bus, subway and commuter rail service, as well as enhancements to make that service more reliable and more enjoyable,” Prendergast said. He and Cuomo both added that the MTA is in a mode of historic and aggressive internal budget cuts, and that there are still

numerous financial challenges ahead. Nevertheless, advocates for commuters and mass transit were pleased in a joint statement issued on Monday afternoon. Gene Russianoff, staff attorney and chief spokesman for the Straphangers Campaign, had praise for Prendergast. “Today he is giving bus and subway riders what they want and need: more service,” Russianoff said. John Raskin, executive director of the Riders Alliance, said the increases could not have come at a better time. “More people are using the subways and buses now than at any time since 1950,” he said. “The subways are crowded and the buses seem few and far between. Chairman Prendergast and the board of the MTA are exactly right to prioritize restoring and increasing service.” Veronica Vanterpool, executive director of the Tri-State Transportation Campaign, said the moves are welcome, as the service cuts like those made three years ago hit those of limited means the hardest. Noah Budnick, deputy director of Transportation Alternatives, which focuses on reducing motor vehicle traffic in the city, praised the governor. “As head of the MTA, Gov. Cuomo recognizes that New York State doesn’t work Q without well-funded transit,” he said.

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Student Conservation Association does a needed post-Sandy cleanup by Domenick Rafter Editor

It may have been 91 degrees — at 9:30 a.m. no less — but the 40 high school students in blue shirts who spread out across Charles Park worked through the brutal mid-July weather, picking up garbage and flotsam junk from the beach, cleaning the dugouts in the baseball fields and painting the benches in a fresh coat of green. The breeze off Jamaica Bay provided some relief to the volunteers, who were there as part of the Student Conservation Association — a New Hampshire-based nonprofit that allows high school students to take part in environmental conservation projects. Using money — a total of $950,000 — from the federal $60 billion Sandy aid package that passed earlier this year, the SCA has acquired about 400 student volunteers to work at Gateway National Recreation Area, which was devastated by Hurricane Sandy last year. The crews have worked at Sandy Hook in New Jersey and Gateway’s parkland in Staten Island and Brooklyn. The students, who were joined by several city Parks Department workers, have been working in Charles Park and Hamilton Park

Volunteers from the Student Conservation Association paint benches in Charles Park last Friday. PHOTO BY DOMENICK RAFTER

across Hawtree Basin in Hamilton Beach for two weeks. They came in the morning hours when it’s the coolest, starting work around 8:30 a.m. and leaving around 12:30 p.m. They

tackled the garbage-covered beach, where during the winter, f lotsam — much of it pieces of structures destroyed in Sandy — washed up. For several weeks, that included a 20-foot boat.

They also cleaned the grass and dirt on the baseball diamonds, which sometimes double as a makeshift dog park, and filled in holes left behind by cars and other objects that Sandy’s storm surge pulled from the neighborhood as the water retreated. After the storm, cars, boats and pieces of homes were left scattered throughout the park. Many of the volunteers are from Queens, but some come from as far away as Long Island and New Jersey to help out. Treyson Nelson, 14, of Jamaica said he joined SCA after his older sister was unable to do it. “It’s something I really wanted to get involved in,” he said. “It’s been great so far.” Armed with a paintbrush and a small can of green paint, Treyson and three other volunteers worked in a shady spot in Charles Park’s playground painting the wooden benches that had faded and chipped while several feet away neighborhood children played in the sprinkler, periodically stopping to see what was going on. At the benches while he worked, Treyson chatted with his fellow volunteers. “Everybody I’ve met through this program is pretty cool,” he said. Koryne Cleare, 15, came from Islip, LI to continued on page 40

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Liberty Natural Gas seeks to build port Port Ambrose would receive fuel imports outside New York harbor by Laura Shepard Chronicle Contributor

Liberty Natural Gas plans to construct Port Ambrose about 20 miles offshore to import liquified natural gas. PHOTO COURTEST CLEAN OCEAN ACTION

coastal policy attorney from Clean Ocean Action, a nonprofit advocacy group. Groups and coalitions from all over New York that oppose hydrofracking are also against the port because natural gas exports would crank up the demand for fracking. Dixon said that while environmentalists once applauded natural gas because it burns cleaner than oil or coal, over the last continued on page 21

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While Liberty Natural Gas, LLC thinks a deepwater port about 20 miles from the entrance to New York Harbor is exactly what New York and New Jersey need to keep fuel prices down, residents and environmentalists believe the proposal is outrageous and a scam. Dan Mundy Jr., a member of the Jamaica Bay Ecowatch, strongly opposes the port. He called it a terrorist threat and an environmental disaster “with no benefit to the country.” Liberty Natural Gas submitted an application to the government to construct and operate Port Ambrose, a facility for importing liquified natural gas from Trinidad and Tobago. Specially designed vessels carrying liquified natural gas would regasify the fuel on-board and feed it into loading buoys and pipes which would link to the existing Transco pipeline, near Jacob Riis Park in the Rockaways. The project would cost $300 million. Liquified natural gas, or LNG, is primarily methane, cooled and condensed into liquid form, so that it is one six-hundredth of its usual volume, which makes it possible to ship. According to Roger Whelan, the president of Liberty Natural Gas, natural gas prices in New York spike during the winter and summer months and importing the gas would keep prices down. Whelan claims the port will save consumers $325 million per year. Opponents of the port, including Mundy, argue that there is no need to import natural gas as domestic production is at an all-time high and prices are lower than ever. Whelan said that it is difficult to build new pipelines across New York City and a ship-based operation costs less. “Our expectation is that we can replicate the Boston experi-

ence, where in recent winters new LNG projects reduced the winter price spikes by over 50 percent,” Whelan said. However, the two LNG ports outside Boston have been so underutilized that there are plans to close them. Liberty Natural Gas is owned by West Face Long Term Opportunities Global Master, a $3 billion Cayman Island Investment Fund, which is managed by a Toronto affiliate. Höegh LNG of Norway, a global shipping company, would operate the port and supply the vessels, which would transport the LNG. Environmental groups including Clean Ocean Action and the Surfriders Coalition contend that the entire proposal is a ruse and that the Liberty Natural Gas will convert Port Ambrose to an export facility to sell domestically produced natural gas abroad for a profit. “There is no truth to the claim,” Whelan countered. “No exports will occur from the project. The facilities will not have the cooling equipment that would be needed to liquify gas for exports, and the project permits would not allow exports to occur through the facility under any circumstances.” However, Höegh LNG’s website states that it is devoting substantial resources toward developing floating LNG solutions, to liquify the gas on the vessels for export. Meanwhile, nearly every Congressional hearing on liquified natural gas focuses on exports, and several LNG ports in the Gulf of Mexico and one in Oregon are seeking approval to convert from import to export facilities. If an import facility is constructed, Liberty would be able to petition the government to convert it without additional environmental review or public input, according to Sean Dixon, a

Fatal car crash in Woodhaven

Man kills wife, gets 18 years

A Nassau Cou nt y woma n was killed when the car she was driving struck a pole on Woodhaven Boulev a r d i n Wo o d h a v e n M o n d a y morning. At a rou nd 11: 4 0 a .m., p ol ic e responded to a report of a vehicle that struck a light pole at the corner of Woodhaven Boulevard and 89th Avenue near the Woodhaven Park Estates housing development. Police deter mined that Theresa Venezia, 66, of North Massapequa, LI was driving a 2012 Nissan Sentra northbound on Woodhaven Boulevard when she apparently lost control and hit the pole at the intersection. EMS also responded and transported Venezia to Jamaica Hospital Medical Center, where she was pro nounced dead on arrival. She was the only occupant of the vehicle and no other injuries were reported. The accident caused minor delays on the northbound side of Woodhaven Boulevard that lasted for several hours, at one point backing up traffic as far as Liberty Avenue. Q The investigation is ongoing.

A Richmond Hill man, who had an order of protection issued against him directing him to stay away from his wife, has been sentenced to 18 years in prison for fatally stabbing her last August. Ganesh Seelall, 40, of 117th Street pleaded guilty in April to first-degree manslaughter in the death of his wife, Samantha Seelall last summer. According to the criminal charges, while at home between the hours of 7:30 a.m. and 2:32 p.m. on Aug. 16, 2012, Seelall killed his wife. She suffered multiple stab wounds to her chest and to the left side of her head, neck compression and smothering. Police found the victim underneath the bed in the couple’s bedroom, naked with a blanket over her torso, and a black plastic bag with duct tape around her head and rags tied to both of her wrists. An order of protection had been issued on behalf of Samantha Seelall in January 2012 — which was in effect until January 2014 — and stated, among other things, that Ganesh Seelall was to refrain from assaulting, stalking, menacing, intimidating, threatening, or committing any other criminal offenses Q against her.


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106th Precinct construction The facade of the 106th Precinct is just like many other police stations in the city with its brick, art-deco exterior and iconic lamps on either side of the main entrance. But since last week, the building on 101st Street in Ozone Park has been wrapped in scaffolding, leaving nearby residents to wonder what was going on. Frank Dardani, president of the 106th Precinct Community Council, said he was not aware of any planned work and the NYPD did

not respond to requests for comment. But multiple sources say the work has something to do with cracks found in the building’s foundation. The precinct is located only steps from the A elevated line over Liberty Avenue and passing trains often shake the building, which can cause problems with foundations. The station house is still open and operational as the construction work continues. — Domenick Rafter


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t’s summertime in Queens — you’re not just sitting around the house, are you? Now that the heat’s eased up a bit, we hope you’re getting out there to hit some of the countless great spots and activities this borough has to offer. Saying there’s something for everyone would be an absolute understatement. You a hipster? Check out the growing arts and music scene in Ridgewood or some of the many galleries in Long Island City. There’ll be a flea market this Saturday and Sunday in Ridgewood with art, vintage and handmade items (, and LIC’s got everything from “Expo 1: New York,” an “exploration of ecological challenges in the context of the economic and sociopolitical instability of the early 21st century” ( to the “First Friday” art conversation and film at the Noguchi Museum on Aug. 2 ( More concerned about your hip than about being hip? There are senior club meetings and events geared toward the seasoned citizen held all over Queens all the time. Take a look at “What’s Happening” and the Community Calendar in our qboro section this week or any week to see just a few of them, everything from computer classes to exercise

programs, ballroom dancing and singles socials. The Queens Library’s 62 locations also have great programs for seniors, as well as everyone else ( Are you a lover of the classics? The Queens Symphony Orchestra is performing works by Verdi at St. John’s University next week and in Forest Park the week after that ( There are still a couple days left to see a fine version of “Macbeth” in LIC (, and there are free outdoor showings of “The Tempest” all over Queens through mid-August ( Need we mention the Mets? They may be struggling, but the games are still fun to watch, and they’re not doing much worse than those bums in the Bronx. Head up to Citi Field, and while you’re in the neighborhood take a stroll around our crown jewel, Flushing Meadows Corona Park, which has been the subject of so much controversy but still has that stunning Unisphere and several other attractions. There’s so much to do in Queens we could never list it all here. Walking tours, film screenings, poetry workshops, car shows, knitting classes, birdwatching treks ... if you can’t find stuff to do, you’re just not trying hard enough. One thing we hope you’ll do while you’re out and about

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Horrific incident Dear Editor: This is in reference to the extremely disturbing article appearing in the July 18th Queens Chronicle, “Dog attack leads to leash law questions” (multiple editions), which describes the horrific incident concerning an innocent family pet being attacked by an unleashed rottweiler who dashed across the street to fatally harm this pet. If the ferocious animal had been leashed the owner could have stopped it from crossing the street. Equally disturbing is the police response that “options” were limited because no officer witnessed the attack. Obviously, this poor pet did not have a chance with this greatly larger animal. No “witnessing” is necessary to compare the size of the large animal to the much smaller pet and what resulted. This certainly is not an isolated incident and is happening more often because the situation is left unattended. How many more pets have to pay the ultimate price of their lives because the powers that be evidently do not care enough to resolve this problem. Many friends and I have witnessed owners walking large leashed animals with great difficulty controlling their vicious dogs, so think how much worse an unleashed large dog is to anybody who happens to be walking by. Not only do the community residents have to worry about their beloved pets but they have to worry about © Copyright 2013 by MARK I PUBLICATIONS, INC. All rights reserved. Neither this newspaper nor any part thereof may be reproduced, copied, or transmitted in any form, electronic or mechanical, including photocopying, microfilming, recording or by any information retrieval system without the express written permission of the publishers. This copyright is extended to the design and text created for advertisements. Reproduction of said advertisement or any part thereof without the express written permission of MARK I PUBLICATIONS, INC. is strictly prohibited. This publication will not be responsible for errors in advertising beyond the cost of the space occupied by the error. Bylined articles represent the sole opinion of the writer and are not necessarily in accordance with the views of the QUEENS CHRONICLE. This Publication reserves the right to limit or refuse advertising it deems objectionable. The Queens Chronicle is published weekly by Mark I Publications, Inc. at a subscription rate of $19 per year and out of state, $25 per year. Periodicals Postage Paid (USPS0013-572) at Flushing, N.Y. POSTMASTER: Send address changes to Mark I Publications, Inc., 62-33 Woodhaven Boulevard, Rego Park, N.Y. 11374-7769.

is to visit South Queens and the Rockaways. You’ve heard all you need to hear about the destruction wrought by Hurricane Sandy, but the recovery is continuing every day, and you should be a part of it. The beach beckons. Small shops need your business. Resorts World is a ton of fun, as long as you know when to call it quits. The state has been promoting Sandy-struck areas with a series of ads, which is great, though the ones we’ve caught focus on Long Island and Coney Island — jumping right over Queens. But you don’t need ads to tell you how cool the Rockaways are. Get down there and you can check out live bands, rent everything from bicycles to kayaks and surfboards, see how the boardwalk rebuilding is coming along, and much more. Ella Fitzgerald sang about taking the A Train to Harlem; we say take it the other way, to Rockaway. It’s summertime in Queens. The world’s coolest city never sleeps, even here, in what was traditionally a bedroom borough but is much more than that now. Put on your board shorts, your dancing shoes, your Sunday best, your David Wright or Matt Harvey jersey — whatever; just get out there and enjoy all Queens has to offer. We sure are.


themselves being attacked by these completely uncontrollable unleashed animals. What used to be a joy to relax and walk in our own neighborhood has turned into absolute fear for ourselves as well. Where are our elected officials who happily pose for one reason or another in the newspapers but cannot address this ongoing problem? The only official mentioned in the article is Councilman Peter Vallone, Jr. who seems to advocate protection for pets from vicious animals. Vallone is following up and is “hopeful things will change next year.” Do we have to wait a year and possibly have more incidents before a resolution is met? Too long a time. Action should be taken immediately by our off icials and agencies of “dog experts.” It is difficult enough accepting the death of our pets from sickness but Chico’s killing was preventable and, therefore, unnecessary. Can anyone possibly imagine the utter horror pet parents experience by having to stand by helplessly and watch their devoted pet being mangled and shredded by a large, vicious animal whose owner allows it to roam unleashed, ready to attack.

To Pauline Blenner, I as well as the many people I have spoken to about this incident extend our deepest and heartfelt condolences to you and pray you will receive complete satisfaction regarding this most unfortunate incident which was unspeakably terrible. Jay Iarro Ozone Park

Kudos to Obama Dear Editor: I would like to applaud President Obama for speaking out for better race relations in America. He connected his remarks to the most sad event in the Trayvon Martin / George Zimmerman case. When the president said “Trayvon Martin could have been me 35 years ago,” Obama said he was profiled himself as a youth. He does speak the truth about that. I myself had worked for a number of retail chains both in the city and on Long Island in the 70s and was told to report any suspicious individuals who would be in my department and might be looking to steal. More often than not I would report more black individuals than whites. Now as I

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Support local business Dear Editor: Your front page headline “A Douglaston Downer” and accompanying story “Anchor store gone in Douglaston” (Liz Rhoades— July 18) sadly also applies to Little Neck where my wife and I shop and dine as well as it other neighborhoods. There are over a dozen vacant storefronts between the City Line and Marathon Parkway. Some have been empty for years. In these difficult economic times, it is especially important to patronize your local neighborhood businesses. There are so many great local businesses within the heart of you r lo c a l neig hborhood. ONLINE Leave your car Miss an editorial or at home and letter cited by a writer? avoid the major Want news from our c o m m e r c i a l other editions covering strips malls. Get the rest of Queens? Find some exercise past reports, news from by taking a walk across the borough and and shop local. more at Douglaston may have lost Giftalicious, but has gained Smokin’ Ace’s Championship BBQ. Smokin’ Ace’s is trying to survive at the same location formerly occupied by Stawberry’s Sports Grill. My wife and I don’t mind occasionally paying a little more to help our local businesses survive. Don’t forget your cook and server at your favorite local neighborhood restaurant. We try to tip 20 percent against the total bill including taxes. If it is an odd amount, we round up to the next dollar. If we can afford to eat out, we can afford an extra dollar tip. When ordering takeout, we always leave a dollar or two for the waiter or cook. It is appreciated. Remember these people are our neighbors. Our local entrepreneurs have continued to create new employment opportunities without the assistance of federally-funded taxpayers’ stimulus dollars. They work long hours, pay taxes and provide local employment especially to students during the summer. If we don’t patronize our local community stores and restaurants to shop and eat, they don’t eat either. Please join me and your neighbors in continuing to support the Queens Chronicle. Patronize their advertisers; they provide the continued on page 10



CSA—Stop and think Dear Editor: In their letters to the editor appearing in most of the local press, Councilmembers Jumaane Williams and Mark Weprin make a valiant effort trying to spin the Community Safety Act as measures that will not jeopardize public safety. Mr. Weprin says, “Intro. 1080 does not prevent police officers from using stop and frisk and would still permit the use of race, gender, age and other relevant information when pursuing criminal suspects.” What he doesn’t say is that doing so could result in finding those officers guilty of biased-based profiling if the crimefighting tactics employed by the police disproportionally impacts people on the basis of those very same characteristics. So how would this would work in the real world? Imagine a string of vehicle break-ins has victimized a middle-class community like Rosedale. A grainy security video that is inconclusive suggests that a group of white teen males may be responsible. While on night patrol a cop sees a white teen male in this predominately black neighborhood walking with no purpose, and looking into parked car windows. Although those actions are not illegal, common-sense tells us to stop and question this individual. Unfortunately, doing so would subject the police to biasbased profiling charges under this bill because the stop was based on the color, gender and age of the individual and not some other factor. Simple suspicion is not sufficient, so we can toss common-sense out the window. In another neighborhood, the police have responded to community concerns about a local bar that has been the scene of numerous gun and alcohol-related problems. In a proactive effort to stop this, every Friday and Saturday night for the next month the police have set up a vehicle checkpoint a block from the bar. After the first week, the bar patrons wise up to the police action and are on their best behavior when leaving. Although many were stopped, no arrests were made and the neighborhood finally gets needed relief. Unfortunately, these actions by the police subject them to biased-based profiling under the bill since most of the bar patrons are people of color and the police cannot prove that their police actions were definitively responsible for the reduction of crime. Proactive police actions such as these will soon end as the NYPD and individual officers come under challenge for bias-based profiling.

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Who owns what? Dear Editor: It was only after a visit to Communist Czechoslovakia to visit family that I began to appreciate freedom, the Constitution and the opportunities afforded me by virtue of my birth in America. My quality of life and standard of living stood out in stark contrast to my family’s priorities of subsisting, endu r ing rest r ictions and penalties on endeavors not approved by the government. America was born not by accident but conceived by deliberate design to guarantee freedom and liberty and to create an environment that nurtures creativity, self-reliance and responsibility. It is not by accident that America generated the highest standard of living on the planet. There is no doubt, however, that change is taking place. Instead of measuring the success of welfare programs by the decrease of participants, we promote, advertise and encourage participation in expanding entitlement programs. This environment nurtures dependency, disincentivizes self-reliance and personal responsibility and punishes success by limiting income and affluence. Guaranteed sustenance from a beneficent master creates dependency and a comfort zone with a false sense of security. For the recipients,

choosing self-reliance and self-sufficiency is not a priority; they are free from freedom. Redistribution of wealth sounds like a noble goal. It arises from the political notion that property is social, not individual. For over 100 years we have been conditioned to accept the theory that government can legitimately and justly tax and regulate for the sake of society because all property, including all persons and their wealth, lie at the government’s disposal. If a person does not own what he or she produces, then who does? If everyone owns everything and everyone’s wealth collectively, there will be continual conflicts about who gets what. The economic crisis cannot be ended without resolving the question of property rights. The incentive to produce and preserve wealth will deteriorate. Income and job opportunities will decline. We must protect and respect all citizens’ property rights in the wealth and income they generate, recog n i zi ng they r ig htly ow n what they produced —not other people, not society, not the government, not the state. Ed Konecnik Flushing

Correction Campaign finance filings for Chrissy Voskerichian, a Democrat seeking her party’s nomination for the City Council in the 19th District, were inadvertently omitted from a story titled “Big money flows in Big Apple races” in July 18 editions of the Queens Chronicle. As of the July 15 filing deadline, Voskerichian has raised a total of $20,035, and reported $10,020 cash in the bank.


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The entire Queens delegation in Congress, along with U.S. Senators Charles Schumer (D-NY) and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), have signed a letter urging the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey to create a regional Airport Advisory Committee. The Port Authority operates John F. Kennedy International and LaGuardia airports in Queens, and Newark Liberty International Airport in New Jersey along with smaller regional fields. The letter to PANY NJ Executive Director Patrick Foye, dated Tuesday, said no formal advisory committee exists for residents and business owners to express how they are affected by airport operations. “An official forum is necessary so that all concerns are heard and stakeholders can discuss viable solutions that will meet the needs of the aviation industry and our constituents,” the letter said. Members of the House of Representa-

tives who signed include Reps. Joe Crowley (D-Queens and Bronx), Grace Meng (D-Flushing), Steve Israel (D-Queens, LI), Carolyn Maloney (D-Manhattan and Queens), Gregory Meeks (D-Queens and Nassau), Hakeem Jeffries (D-Brooklyn and Queens), Carolyn McCarthy (D-Nassau), Jose Serrano (D-Bronx), Eliot Engel (D-Bronx and Westchester) and Jerrold Nadler (D-Manhattan and Brooklyn). “It is simple common sense to say that the largest metropolitan area in the country should have an airport advisory committee like the one we are proposing, a body that would help increase the quality of life for locals,” Schumer said. The letter states that similar committees are working with success in places like Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago, Louisville, Atlanta, Boston and Philadelphia. Israel, whose district abuts LaGuardia, said such a committee would give residents a seat at the table to address their concerns about noise, pollution, traffic Q and other matters.




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The final push for stop and frisk laws by Tess McRae Reporter

As the deadline to over ride Mayor Bloomberg’s recent veto of Intro. 1079 and 1080 — referred to as the Community Safety Act — looms over the city, Queens City Council members made a last minute push to ensure the bills stand. “While people are attempting to make a heated discussion about a simple problem, we in the City Council are here to say that we are affirming our commitment to the CSA,” Councilman Leroy Comrie (D-St. Albans) said at a CSA rally last Thursday. “We need to have a civil discussion about this and not have the hype and the vitriol going on by different entities that are either for or against this bill.” About 40 ralliers from the NAACP, the New York Civil Liberties Union, Make the Road, the Anti-Violence Project and other organizations attended the event in front of Borough Hall in Kew Gardens beneath the blistering sun. Many of the speakers made a point of bringing up the stop and frisk statistics that show people of color have been disproportionately stopped more than white people. “There is a problem in the city where, right now, we are stopping over 700,000 New Yorkers, 97 percent of them as innocent as everyone standing here, just walking around and living their lives,” Councilman Mark Weprin (D-Oakland Gardens) said, “that every black

Councilman Leroy Comrie, center, stands next to Council Members Jimmy Van Brammer, left, and Ruben Wills, right, at a rally supporting the Community Safety Act that will apply stricter PHOTO BY TESS MCRAE regulations on stop and frisk. member of the Council has either been stopped themselves or a member of their family has been stopped and every black and Latino person I meet has a story of how they were stopped or how a member of their family was stopped. That is outrageous.” Weprin has allegedly been pressured by Bloomberg to switch his vote. According to Weprin, Comrie and other representatives in attendance, the mayor has had f liers and advertisements placed throughout Weprin’s

district to get the councilman to flip his vote. The officials were confident though that the bill would hold up. Councilman Jumaane Williams (D-Brooklyn), a sponsor of the bill, made an appearance to boost the morale among ralliers. He was greeted with a tremendous amount of applause and cheers. “I’m going to reiterate this challenge to the police, to the mayor and to the [police] commissioner,” he said. “You point out in the bill where it says that you cannot use descriptions,

you point out where it says police officers may be financially harmed and I will pull the override vote. If you can’t do that, you should pull all of those ads and apologize to New York City. It’s time to put up or shut up.” Marc La Vorgna, the mayor’s press secretary, did not respond to Williams’ comments directly but said the mayor will veto the bill and that letters had been delivered to each of the Council members expressing the need to “protect law enforcement policies for our Police Department.” “It’s funny to hear Council members who circumvented the public hearing process and passed a bill in the dark of night to now suddenly want a hearing,” he said in an email. “The mayor will ... continue to make the case to members why it will inhibit police officers’ ability to keep people safe — a most fundamental right — particularly in minority communities.” The anti-crime policy which has been called a useful tool by those opposed to it and in favor of the CSA has also been framed as a battle between constitutional and civil rights and public safety. Last month, Bloomberg was heavily criticized for comments he made during his morning radio show: “One newspaper and one news service, they just keep saying, ‘Oh, it’s a disproportionate percentage of a particular ethnic group.’ That may be. But it’s not a disproportionate continued on page 37

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screeched to a stop. Flight 345 from Nashville landed at the The nose gear collapsed on a Southwest Elmhurst airport at 5:40 p.m. with faulty Airlines aircraft as it touched down at landing gear, officials said. There were no fatalities. LaGuardia Airport Monday evening, emitThe emergency response team treated ting a ball of f lame from its hull as it five passengers and three flight a t t e n d a n t s o n t h e r u nw ay, according to the airline. The 150 crew and passengers were evacuated from the plane using an emergency chute, according to the Port Authority. Passengers heard a loud bang and felt the abrupt jolt of an unusual landing. As the aircraft skidded, smoke began to seep into the cabin. “I can’t believe after today I ca n say I su r v ived a pla ne c r a s h ,” N e w Yo r k e r A n n a Ditchev tweeted at midnight. “Crazy.” The crew sprayed foam on the nose of the plane and shut down the airport during the incident. An emergency crew evacuated the 150 people on board LaGuardia was running normal PHOTO BY ANNA DITCHEV/TWITTER flight 345. Q by Tuesday morning.


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Birds of a feather flock to Lindenwood A family of herons has made a home on an 84th Street building by Domenick Rafter Editor

There’s a new family that has taken up residence in Lindenwood. They’re from the south, enjoy seafood and live on the fourth f loor of Heritage House South — one of the neighborhood’s high-rise condominiums. But you won’t see this family loading up a minivan at Waldbaum’s or playing in PS 232’s playground. If you want to meet Lindenwood’s newest family, just look up. A flock of yellow-crowned night herons have made a home in the community. The parent birds, which are also known as American night herons or squawks, built a nest in the fire escape on the fourth floor of Heritage House South at 151-35 84 St., directly across the street from the Lindenwood Shopping Center. There, the herons laid between three and six eggs, but the true total is not known because some of the eggs or hatchlings may have died. Tim Ruggio, a resident of the apartment building, said the birds first tried to build the nest in another part of the building before deciding on the fire escape early in the spring. The nest was fine until a few weeks ago when it fell from the fire escape crashing into a bush in a side yard of the building right near the corner of 153rd Avenue and 84th Street. Most of the nest remained intact in the bush. Ruggio said he did not know why the nest fell. The young herons, unable to fly, survived the fall and wandered around the yard and Ruggio said he was told by one of the building’s porters than a chick found its way into the street, where it was killed by a passing car on 84th Street. Fearing for the young birds’ lives, residents called the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge, who in turn contacted the American Littoral Society and its Northeast Chapter president, Don Riepe, a resident of Broad Channel who is familiar with the birds. “The herons are native to the south, but they’re starting to have a foothold around here,” he said. “There are around 50 nests in a housing project in Far Rockaway.” The herons are more common in the southern states, from South Carolina to Florida, and in parts of the Caribbean and Gulf of Mexico. The Lindenwood nest is the first time the birds have appeared on the “mainland.” Lisa Scheppke, a member of the American Littoral Society, went to Lindenwood and moved the heron chicks into a large tree near where the nest was, where they will remain until they are able to fly. The herons are rather large birds and the chicks themselves are about the size of a rooster.

A family of yellow-crowned night herons, including at least three chicks, like this one, has made a home in Lindenwood. PHOTO COURTESY DON RIEPE

“They’ll be alright up in the trees,” Riepe said. “The parent birds will bring them food.” Riepe said the herons favor constructing nests on tall buildings because the structures protect them from the elements and from animals that prey on their eggs and chicks, such as raccoons. The herons favor spots close to the marshland because that is where they find their food source. Herons eat crustaceans, small fish, aquatic insects and mollusks. Riepe said the birds probably get their food from the tidal marsh around Spring Creek on the western end of Lindenwood. “A favorite food of theirs is the fiddler crab,” he said. “They must have found a good source of food.” Ruggio said the birds have become an attraction for building residents and for others in the community. On Saturday afternoon, a mother and her two children stopped by to see if they could see the birds. “I heard they were here and wanted to see if I could see them,” she said. “I’ve never seen a heron before.” Ruggio said he often watches the parents fly around from his apartment. “The father bird has these big white feathers on top of his head,” he said. “I sit on the balcony sometimes and see him fly Q by. They’re pretty incredible.”

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Council votes to allow USTA expansion Association to donate $10.05 M by Josey Bartlett Editor


Cleanup on Cross Bay Blvd. If you were driving on Cross Bay Boulevard in Howard Beach around 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, you may have seen a dozen or so men in orange flack jackets on the boulevard’s center median armed with brooms. They were joined by a Sanitation van and a Sanitation truck. Sanitation Department spokesman Keith Mellis said the crew members on the job

were community service workers out doing street cleaning in the neighborhood, which has no designated street cleaning days. “They’re out there doing some tidying up on Cross Bay,” Mellis said. And at a good time too. Monday night’s heavy rain left behind quite a mess on the boulevard for the crews to clean. — Domenick Rafter

The long awaited vote has finally come. On Wednesday, the City Council approved a proposal 47-1 allowing the United States Tennis Association to use .68 acres of Flushing Meadows Corona parkland to expand its complex there in return for $10.05 million and 16 community programs. The vote is the last step in the Uniformed Land Use Review Procedure. The $500 million construction project calls for replacing the existing Louis Armstrong and Grandstand stadiums, expanding the public plazas and making general improvements adding space for 10,000 more spectators, the USTA said. The money will go to the park over 20 years to pay for programming and physical improvements, according to Councilwoman Julissa Ferreras (D-Corona). Additionally, the park tenant pledges to improve its communication with the community with a bimonthly newsletter as well as host an annual Queens day, tryouts for

the Open’s anthem performer, job fairs for the event and summer movie screenings. The space will also be available for schools to rent at cost for graduation and other events, something that will help overcrowded schools in Queens, Ferreras said. The association will also give away 5,000 tickets to its Arthur Ashe Kids Day. “We are pleased that today the USTA has agreed to a long-term commitment to be a meaningful partner with the community to improve FMCP,” said the Fairness Coalition of Queens. The USTA, Ferreras and community groups such as Make the Road New York, are still working to increase the percentage of people hired from Queens for the Open — now at 41 percent — and create a plan to stop drivers from parking on the grass. Queens Council members Danny Dromm (D-Jackson Heights) and Peter Vallone Jr. (D-Astoria), who originally opposed the plan, voted for the approval with the new concessions. Councilman Dan Halloran (R-WhitesQ tone) voted no.

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Brooklyn man busted in church burglaries Five borough houses of worship broken into over eight-day period by Michael Gannon Editor

A Brooklyn man may be praying for some serious forgiveness following his arrest and arraignment for burglarizing four churches this month and attempting to break into a fifth. David Spencer, 34, was arraigned in Queens Saturday on charges of third-degree burglary, third-degree attempted burglary, third- and fourth-degree criminal mischief, and third- and fourth-degree grand larceny,

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afternoon of July 14, there was a break-in at Harvest Revival Baptist Church in Cambria Heights. Another keyboard, this one valued at approximately $1,500, allegedly was reported missing to police. Spencer also is alleged to have used a photo ID to pawn the keyboards at a Brooklyn music store. He was reported to have received a total of $1,900 for the instruments. In a third complaint, Spencer is alleged to have attempted to burglarize Redemption Holy Tabernacle Church in South Ozone Park at some point during the night of July 16. A caretaker arriving at the church the next morning saw damage to the front and side doors to the church. Brown’s office said a security video allegedly showed Spencer trying to get into the building. After failing to get into the building Spencer is alleged to have broken into Rehoboth House of Praise in Jamaica some time during the night of July 16 or early the next morning. Upon his arrival at the church the morning of the 17th, the church’s pastor reported seeing that a flat-screen television had been removed from a wall and was lying on the floor. Another electronic musical keyboard was missing. A fifth complaint alleges that Spencer, between the morning of July 16 and the morning of July 17, had yet another keyboard in his haul after he broke into Grace Moravian Church in Jamaica. Brown’s office said a laptop computer, a movie projector and a sound system amplifier also were taken. The total estimated value was $1,800. Authorities are further alleging that a comparison of fingerprints obtained from both the television at Rehoboth House of Praise and windows at Grace Moravian Church showed them to match those of David Spencer. The District Attorney’s Office said that Spencer faces up to seven years in prison if Q convicted on all charges.

Midtown Tunnel construction The south tube of the Queens Midtown Tunnel leading into Manhattan will be closed to traffic beginning at 2 a.m. on Saturday through 5 a.m. on Monday, July 29, while construction work is undertaken. Drivers are advised to expect delays and if possible to seek an alternate route into Manhattan, including the RFK-Triborough Bridge or the Hugh L. Carey BrooklynBattery Tunnel. Two-way traffic operation will be in effect in the remaining tube for cars and New York City Transit buses. Commercial traffic must use an alternate route. Detours will be in place, and both traffic agents and signs will be in place to assist motorists. Q

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State Sen. Avella asks commission to reconsider decision; hold hearing by Josey Bartlett Editor

The city’s Landmark Preservation Commission denied a proposal by state Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) to designate Flushing Meadows Corona Park as a historical site. Now he’s asking for a do-over. Last Friday morning Avella, while standing in the park with three borough preservation activists, called on the commission to reconsider its decision and hold a public hearing about the issue. “At the ver y least, the residents of Queens deserve to have their voice heard,” said Avella, a borough president candidate. The senator pointed out that the 900-acre park hosted three historical events as reasons for the designation — two World Fairs in 1939 and 1964 and the general assembly of the United Nations from 1946 to 1950. Additionally the Unisphere, a relic from the 1964 Word Fair, located near the Queens Museum of Art in the park, is landmarked. The LPC denied the proposal, which Avella submitted last month, “because its design lacks cohesiveness and it’s been changed over time,” said LPC spokeswoman Elisabeth de Bourbon. Additionally, the commission said the park was not a typical example of the park’s

Preservationists Paul Graziano, left, and Henry Euler spoke out with state Sen. Tony Avella, center, on Friday about the Landmark Preservation Commission’s decision not to designate Flushing PHOTO BY JOSEY BARTLETT Meadows Corona Park as a scenic landmark. designer, landscape architect and engineer Gilmore Clarke.

Avella would also like to see the designation made to prevent future developments in

the park. Developers are eyeing the Mets’ parking lot, which is technically part of the park, as a location for a new mall. Additionally, the United States Tennis Association is looking to expand its footprint in the park by .68 acre and there were talks that Major League Soccer wanted a piece of the park for a stadium, but it seems the league has jumped borough borders to the Bronx. “The park has become a dumping ground for projects” said Paul Graziano, urban planning consultant and City Council Democratic candidate running for the seat occupie d by C ou nc i l m a n D a n H a l lo r a n (R-Whitestone). If designated all development proposals would be reviewed by the LPC before acted on. Queens places in the middle of the five boroughs — Brooklyn and Manhattan above and Staten Island and the Bronx below— in number of landmarked properties, according to the LPC. More than half of Queens designations were made in the last 11 years. The 843-acre Central Park and the 583acre Prospect Park both are designated by the city as a scenic landmark, which requires the land be a public park. There are 10 of these in the city — all in Manhattan and Brooklyn. In 2008 Morningside Park became a scenic landmark, the Q most recently out of the bunch.

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Boro president race comes to Jamaica EQA grills candidates on stop and frisk, airplane noise, city services by Michael Gannon Editor


eemingly no topic was out of bounds or went uncovered on July 18 in a freewheeling debate among the five remaining candidates for the office of Queens Borough president. The forum was sponsored by the Eastern Queens Alliance and included Republican Tony Arcabascio, State Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside), Democrat Everly Brown, former Democratic Council member and state Assemblywoman Melinda Katz, and Counc i l m a n P e t e r Va l l o n e J r . (D-Astoria). Candidates fielded questions from EQA moderators and from the audience of 70 people. Most had similar but nuanced responses to the question of the office’s primary function, and why they are best suited to fill the post. “It’s a very important role that people don’t give due credit,” Arcabascio said. “You have influence over land use, the education representative, the community boards — which I think have not been representative of their communities — and quality of life. “I’m not a politician. I’m a businessman,” he said, saying that mea ns complet i ng t ask s a nd assignments he undertakes. Avella pushed his experience at various levels of community service, starting as a community activist and former member of his community board to the City Council and his current post in the state Senate. He said that puts him in the best position to carry out the borough p r e sid e nt ’s job of s e c u r i n g Queens’ fair share of funding, personnel and services for things like schools, hospitals and parks. “Every letter that comes out of my office, I edit and I sign,” Avella said. “I have the experience as a hands-on person.” Brown cited parallel responsibilities over land use and the community boards, the latter of which he said were not advocating for their neighborhoods, and the former of which he said would play to his strength as a real estate developer. Katz, the former chairwoman of the council’s Land Use Committee w it h t h e D e m o c r a t ic p a r t y endorsement, said the office’s land use powers allow direct and indirect influence over things like job creation and infrastructure like sewers. “You also have to see that the borough is funded [by the city]

Democrat Everly Brown, center, makes a point Thursday night at the Jamaica Performing Arts Center during a forum for Queens Borough president candidates. Also participating were Republican Tony Arcabascio, left, and Democrats PHOTO BY MICHAEL GANNON state Sen. Tony Avella, Melinda Katz and Councilman Peter Vallone Jr. and funded fairly,” she said. Vallone struck that chord as well. “We have 30 percent of the city’s school children but get only 10 percent of the funding,” he said. Referring to has family’s law firm, Vallone said he is the only Democrat in the race that has run a small business, and pointed to his background as a former prosecutor and a parent of children who have gone through the public schools. Newly-passed bills regarding the NYPD’s stop and frisk policy a nd pu bl ic s a fet y ove r sig ht brought the f ull spect r u m of opinions. Vallone was adamant that both bills must be vetoed. He said stop and frisk can be done but acknowledged that it must be done legally. And he said both are anti-police bills that will accomplish little but to handcuff police. “Want to return to the good old days?” Vallone asked. “Last year we had just over 400 murders. If we went up to the same murder rate as Detroit we would have over 4,000.” Katz and Brown said the stop and frisk numbers speak for themselves, with 98 percent of all stops — predominantly in minority communities — turning up no guns and most coming up with no illegal activity. Katz said NYPD inspector general and so-called anti-profiling measures are useful for “starting the conversation.”

“Stop and frisk has to go,” Avella said. The EQA has been fighting noise and air pollution from John F. Kennedy International Airport for years, but with LaGuardia Airport to the north the concern is generally borough wide. Avella pointed to the success he has been seeing in recent months to get the Federal Aviation Administration and Port Authority, which runs the two airports, to come to the table with resident groups. All believe some sort of equNIMITY can be reach to balance out residents’ needs with the vast economic activity spurred by the airports. “Expansion of the air por ts makes sense — as long as Queens benefits from it,” Brown said. Vallone said he would favor sitting Down with other airport officials in the region, such as MacArthur Airport in Suffolk County to relieve some of the air traffic. “Why not reach out to places that want that economic development?” he said. “Without a voice at the table, the people’s voice won’t be heard,” Arcabascio said. “And that voice is the borough president’s.” With the Rockaways and parts of Southeast Queens devastated by Hurricane Sandy last October, four of the five candidates said the city’s weaknesses and overconfidence were exposed. “What you need is a plan, not

diagrams that will not work,” Arcabascio said. Then you need to go to Florida and New Orleans, people who deal with these storms all the time, and see what they do.” Vallone pointed to hearings he held as public safety chairman in 2005 and 2009, where he asked emergency management officials about hurricane preparedness. “I sat across from [Deputy Mayor] Cas Holloway and told him that we get hit with a hurricane every 100 years; we’re due,” Vallone said. “I was called Chicken Little.” Avella and Katz said the coordination of services before, during and after Sandy was completely inadequate. Katz said even little things beforehand can have a big impact. She, like Vallone, said there is no longer any excuse for city officials to be caught off guard with no plans in place well beforehand. “We’ve had three once-in-a-lifetime storms in the last 10 years,” Katz said. Vallone said Sandy relief money also has been mismanaged. “Down in the Rockaways they have built no barriers, no dunes, but they built a $4 million lifeguard shack,” Vallone said. “They told me ‘We have to open the beaches.’ I was a lifeguard. I need a small stand. I don’t need a $4 million lifeguard shack.” Only Brown was comfortable as is. “God is in charge of hurricanes,” Brown said, saying there

was little that could be done beyond prayer. All said their appointment to the Panel on Education Policy would have to be either an educator or a parent with first-hand k nowledge of the educational system. “And a loud voice,” Arcabascio said. “With mayoral control if that voice isn’t strong, it won’t be heard.”. Katz said her appointee will be an educator with the ability to advocate for high-tech education programs; and that she will reopen the educational “war room” kept in Borough Hall by former Borough President Claire Shulman. Vallone, who would appoint a parent, pointed to his record for protecting gifted and talented programs and advancing Science. Tech nolog y, Engineer ing and Math — or STEM — education. Avella pointed to his legislation to end co-location of schools, while Arcabascio said he does not generally approve of char ter schools. “Fix the public schools; they’re broken,” he said. Land use, alluded to by several of the candidates while discussing other subjects, brought Avella to what he said “may be the most controversial remark of the night.” Sp e ci f ica l ly, he c r it ici z e d Katz, who worked in land use for a high-powered law firm after she left government service, and Vallone, who has raised about double the campaign funds that Katz has, for accepting large sums of money from real estate interests, warning that they will be beholden to developers should the get elected. “Look at where their contributions come from,” Avella said. As of last week’s reporting date, Vallone had raised just over $1 million, Katz nearly $500,000, and Avella just over $70,000. B o t h f r o n t r u n n e r s we r e unapologetic. “In my eight years as chair of the Land Use Committee, we downzoned 6,000 blocks in this city,” Katz said. “Yes, we did upzone nearby commercial areas, and that created jobs. And I’m proud of that.” Vallone said the dollar amount, if large, is all relative to the size of his war chest. “I’ve raised over $1 million,” Vallone said. “It’s only about 10 percent of my total. You’re not going to see that at that end of the Q table.”

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continued from page 5 decade, studies have proven that the lifecycle impact of natural gas extraction exacerbate climate change more than coal and oil. He added that LNG is “dirtier” than regular natural gas because of the energy required to transport and regasify the fuel. Building the port would entail trenching 20 miles of ocean floor to build the pipeline, increasing underwater noise and dumping massive quantities of warm water, severely damaging the ocean habitat, where a variety of fishes, crustaceans, whales and dolphins live. Testing the pipe requires 3.5 million gallons of chemically-treated seawater each time. Whelan said that the damage to the seabed is temporary and that it will be restored once the pipe is laid. He also maintained that the port and pipeline construction will use “proven and safe technology,” that has been used elsewhere. Mundy said that the port would be a terrorist threat and that if the natural gas were to hit the warm ocean water, it would be like a “mini-nuclear bomb” and the plume of smoke would blow ashore. Port Ambrose would also require an exclusion zone in public waters, where no one will be able to boat, swim, dive or fish. The port will be in the “Collar of Angst,” a flourishing fish habitat, according to Mundy. The proposed area of interest for the Long Island-New York City Offshore Wind Collaborative, for which the New York

Power Authority filed a lease, overlaps with the site for Port Ambrose. “We believe this to be the preferred use for the site,” a NYPA spokeswoman said. Whelan thinks the two projects can coexist because the buoys at Port Ambrose and the exclusion zone only take up less than 1 percent of the 127-acre area identified for the wind farm. Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder (D-Rockaway Park) opposes the port and sent a letter to Cuomo, urging him to reject the plan. “This proposal would industrialize the pristine ocean area that is a staple of our community, while inflating natural gas prices by exporting the product to overseas markets — a burden our middle class families cannot afford,” Goldfeder wrote. He also mentioned that families in southern Queens and the Rockaways are recovering from Hurricane Sandy and said the project requires more investigation. The public comment period was extended until Aug. 22, after which the U.S. Coast Guard and Marine Administrator will draft an Environmental Impact Statement, in accordance with the Deepwater Port Act and the National Environmental Policy Act. Then there will be another round of public meetings, before the final EIS comes out. Then both governors, Cuomo and Chris Christie of New Jersey, will approve or disapprove the project and the marine adminisQ trator will make the final decision.


Congress members seek PA airport input Letter seeks area advisory committee by Michael Gannon Editor

The entire Queens delegation in Congress, along with U.S. Senators Charles Schumer (D-NY) and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), have signed a letter urging the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey to create a regional Airport Advisory Committee. The Port Authority operates John F. Kennedy International and LaGuardia airports in Queens, and Newark Liberty International Airport in New Jersey along with smaller regional fields. The letter to PANY NJ Executive Director Patrick Foye, dated Tuesday, said no formal advisory committee exists for residents and business owners to express how they are affected by airport operations. “An official forum is necessary so that all concerns are heard and stakeholders can discuss viable solutions that will meet the needs of the aviation industry and our constituents,” the letter said. Members of the House of Representa-



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Ice Jewelry: where the owners can relate to their clients

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Recently, a woman and her boyfriend went into an unassuming gold buying and cash loan shop on Queens Boulevard. She had a $35 offer on Their cash loans program is straightforward her ring from another area shop, but was looking and simple. “It’s a perfect solution for someone to get a better deal. In what may be viewed who has a bill due and a check on the way,” as poor business acumen, she told her new Goldberg said. “But we make sure they have a prospective buyer what her previous offer was. game plan to buy their jewelry back before the Still, after examining her piece, he offered her end of the term. Sometimes these are people’s $1,600. He did so, as he says, “...because that’s heirlooms we’re talking about and we respect what it was worth.” that.” The plight of the worker who’s hard-up for cash For those who are less Internet-savvy or in today’s economy is something that Arthur Elias just don’t have the time, Ice Jewelry Buying and Edward Goldberg can relate to firsthand, offers a convenient eBay sales service. If what having been laid off from their jobs in jewelry a customer has isn’t an item that Ice Jewelry manufacturing. They understand that people get Buying would purchase, like a handbag or antique into situations where they just need a little cash furniture, they can help find a buyer on their eBay fast to make the bills and Ice Jewelry Buying store. Elias consults with the customer to find a Service hopes to help out in the most honest way target price and let the Internet they can. auctioneers handle the rest. STORE HOURS “For this, I like to think we’re doing the community a service,” For anyone who has ever MON.-FRI. 11am - 7pm Elias said. “We’re in the business dealt with the hassle of selling SAT. 10am 5pm of helping people who are in a and shipping an item on eBay SUN. by Appointment tough spot. They can come to — all the forms involved in our store and know that we can setting up a user and paypal educate them on what they have and we’ll give account, the 10-15 percent fee that Ice Jewelry them what their items are worth. When that Buying charges to do all the work is really a woman told me her previous offer, it made me bargain deal. wonder how many times this happens — how “At the end of the day, I just want people to many people who really need that money get feel comfortable doing business with us. People taken advantage of?” have this conception of gold buying stores as Elias opened his Rego Park shop with Goldberg these slimy places with slimy people, and they’re less than a year ago, and already they’re seeing typically right. But we want to be different. I don’t a lot of repeat customers and referrals. This is think it’s cool to see someone buy a ring for a sign to them that they’re doing something right $200 and put it in their counter for $800. We — the pawn business typically deals in one-time don’t do that.” transactions but Elias is determined to break that Ice Jewelry Buying Service is located at mold, building a reputation on trust. 98-30 Queens Blvd. in Rego Park. Hours of “Everyone around here is buying gold these operation are Monday-Friday from 11 am to 7:00 days; you can go into the barber shop down the pm and Saturday 10 am to 5 pm; Sunday– private road and sell your jewelry. The problem with all appoinments are available. Call for more these places is they treat everything like it’s a Q information (718) 830-0030. one-shot deal and we don’t do that,” Elias said. - ADVERTISEMENT -


Developer gives up on redesign of property for unknown reasons by Tess McRae Reporter

Attempts to resuscitate the site of the old St. John’s Hospital are flat-lining as the latest developer has put the building back up for sale. The hospital, located on Queens Boulevard in Elmhurst, was bought by a Brooklyn-based developer called 89-52 Queens LLC for $14.35 million in 2009, shortly after Caritas Health Care, which ran the hospital, filed for bankruptcy, closing the hospital for good. Originally, the developer planned to use the space as a healthcare facility but due to a lack of interest from medical providers, the firm opted to build a commercial and residential space instead. “It was supposed to be all mixed,” Community Board 4 District Manager Christian Cassagnol said. “There was going to be a grocery store in the basement, commercial businesses on the first floor, offices on the floor above that and then residential all the way up. It was all being worked on. I don’t know what happened.” According to Massey Knakal Realty Services’ website, the building was officially put up for sale last week. “We don’t know why the seller is selling the property,” a Massey Knakal official said. “The building has been approved for mixed-use already, so it’s not that they can’t develop the property.” The asking price for the hospital is set at a whopping $55 million, almost triple the price the seller paid. “That’s just terrible,” one passerby said. “It’s an eyesore. I was thinking this would

be said and done within a year or two, but if they’re re-selling it, then this will take a lot longer than that. I promise you.” The listing also reports that the building has been completely gutted to the steel and concrete skeleton, but all windows have been replaced. “There are approved [Board of Standards and Appeals] plans to convert the property to a mixed-used building with retail on the ground floor and lower level, medical facilities on the second floor and residential on the remaining floors,” the listing reads. Rumors have surfaced that the firm is selling the property because it could not find vendors willing to pay such high rent rates though the company originally expected a huge influx of interested renters. “It would make sense that people don’t want to rent,” Heather McHale of Elmhurst said. “Rent is so high as it is so I don’t think they’re going to have much luck with it. I don’t know what the owner was thinking by buying this place up. They should just make it a hospital and leave it at that.” According to the Department of Buildings’ website, the listed owner is Jack Guttman, who could not be reached for comment on the matter. While the future of the former St. John’s Hospital remains unclear, the real estate company said it expects whoever ends up buying the property to create a development similar to what 89-52 Queens LLC had in mind. “We’re looking to keep it pretty much the same,” the real estate representative said. “We are looking to sell to a developer who will probably keep it a mixed-use property Q similar to the original plan.”

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Church hopes rebuilding of steeple will be completed by Thanksgiving by Mollie Galchus Chronicle Contributor

St. George’s Episcopal Church now estimates the construction of a new steeple will cost one million dollars. The original steeple of the landmark church located in Downtown Flushing was 157 years old when it was blown off on Sept. 16, 2010 during a freak tornado. In June of 2011, the Queens Chronicle reported that the new steeple was projected to cost $400,000 and construction would be completed that summer. That estimation has since escalated and the church is continuing to ask for donations. “There were lots of new discoveries made in the tower, repairs that needed to be made and adjustments to the original design that weren’t anticipated when the first architect came and drew up the plans for the reconstruction,” the Rev. Wilfredo Benitez explained. Although most funds will be covered by insurance and The New York Landmarks Conservancy has given the parish a $25,000 matching grant, the church does not have the necessary funds needed to complete the construction. Benitez said the church may hold a fundraiser at the end of the summer or fall. Founded in 1702, St. George’s is one of the oldest churches in the area. Francis Lewis, a signer of the Declaration of Independence, was a warden of the church between 1765 and 1790. In 2000, The

New York Landmarks Conservancy designated the church a landmark. Because St. George’s is a landmark, the new steeple will look the same as the old one while meeting current building codes to ensure that the steeple can withstand harsh weather. “It’s going to look the way it looked in 1854 when the church was built, except for the four finials that we can’t afford to reconstruct,” Benitez said. A letter from Benitez and churchwardens Kaity Chang and Lida Watson explained the progress of the steeple, and noted the uncertainty of when it will be finished. “We have about 50 more feet to go to replace the historic structure,” the letter stated. “Sadly, we are unsure about the completion of this project.” The letter continued, “Due to the need for necessary but unanticipated work and materials, we have incurred an additional expense of $130,000 to pay for our new spire. Our insurance will not cover the additional expense incurred.” However, the letter assures congregants that “In the midst of overdevelopment, St. George’s will remain a prominent, strong, tranquil monument to the past and present.” Benitez said he hopes the construction will be completed by Thanksgiving. To donate to the rebuilding, send a check paid to the order of St. George’s Church with “Spire Restoration Fund” on the memo line of the check. Mail to 135-32 38th Ave., Flushing, NY 11354. Q

Three years after a tornado blew the steeple off St. George’s Church, construction is hoped to be completed by this coming Thanksgiving.




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Islamic school will open in Flushing Lack of funds and seeking permits delayed the project for a year by Liz Rhoades Managing Editor

Although delayed a year, an Islamic elementary school is expected to open this fall on Parsons Boulevard in Flushing. Aftab Mannan, joint secretary of the Jamaica Muslim Center, confirmed to the Queens Chronicle on Monday that he hopes the school will open by September. “It all depends on the Department of Buildings,” Mannan said, citing permits and upcoming inspections. The Chronicle broke the story a year ago that the Muslim center bought the longabandoned properties at 78-31 and 78-39 Parsons Blvd. for a pre-kindergar ten through seventh grade school. It was to open last fall. “Things were delayed because everything was being paid for by donations that we had to raise and the large number of city permits needed for the project,” Mannan said. He said about 65 percent of the interior work on 78-31 Parsons has been completed. The school will house up to 160 students, most of whom will be bused from the JMC, where their classes are now held. It will use the same name as the current facility, Al’Mamoor School, and when more money is raised, the adjacent building will be renovated for school use.

Overgrown weeds and shrubs make for a dumping ground at 78-31 Parsons Blvd. and the adjacent building, not shown. Both were bought by the Jamaica Muslim Center to be converted into PHOTO BY LIZ RHOADES an elementary school. Ken Cohen, president of the nearby Flushing Suburban Civic Association, said the property has not been maintained well. “It’s a concern to us,” Cohen said. The shrubs are overgrown and tall weeds fill the area, which is also choked with paper refuse and even a book bag. Mannan said once the school opens the

site will be well maintained. “It will add beauty to the community,” he added. Cohen also noted that his group was never able to sit down with Muslim center officials to discuss the plans. “We have heard nothing about the school,” he said. City Councilman Jim Gennaro (D-Fresh Meadows) has been keeping abreast of the

MTA bans electronic cigs LIRR interpretation of smoking rule creates controversy by Mollie Galchus

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The MTA has officially included electronic cigarettes in products that are banned from being used on the Long Island Rail Road and Metro-North trains. LIRR Vice President, Joe Calderone, responded to a letter written by LIRR Com muter Council Chair man Mark Epstein that asked about the railroad’s policy on electronic cigarettes. Epstein specifically asked about “the applicability of the Rail Road’s smoking regulations to users of electronic cigarettes.” Calderone answered, “The LIRR’s Legal Department advises that we interpret the ban on lighted cigarettes on outdoor ticketing, boarding or platform areas of a terminal or station to apply to electronic cigarettes, and have so advised customers who have asked us this question.” The vice president pointed to 21 NYCRR, Part 1097(o) in the Rules and Regulations of the LIRR, which states “no person in a terminal, station or train shall: Burn a lighted cigarette, cigar, pipe, or any other matter or substance which contains tobacco or any tobacco substitute on a train or in any indoor area within a terminal or station, or in an outdoor ticketing, boarding

or platform area of a terminal or station.” These cigarettes produce a water vapor that usually contains nicotine, instead of tobacco smoke, and come in various flavors. A spokesman for the MTA added, “As a result of legislation passed in Albany, smoking was banned on all outdoor areas, platforms, ticket offices and on the Long Island Rail Road and Metro-North by state legislation. The MTA and the LIRR and Metro-North have interpreted it to include e-cigarettes being banned.” Audrey Silk, the founder of C.L.A.S.H., Citizens Lobbying Against Smoker Harassment, says that this interpretation is not legal. “What he’s done, the LIRR head, is unlawful. He’s interpreted what smoking is. It’s not to be interpreted. He read me a piece of correspondence with their wording of what the provision is — their wording is erroneous.” She added, “What the LIRR guys are saying is tobacco or a tobacco substitute. There’s no such language in the law. It has to burn and it has to contain tobacco.” But Silk emphasized that she believes the electronic cigarettes are not as harmful as suggested, saying, “Nobody is being harmed by water vapor.”

A statement from Queens-Smoke Free Partnership said, “Studies show that e-cigarettes emit vapor that holds toxic chemicals, and the FDA is concerned about their safety. Unlike nicotine gum and skin patches, e-cigarettes have not been evaluated for safety or effectiveness.” It continued, “While we await further information from the FDA to comment on broader use, we believe our children and teenagers should not be able to purchase electronic cigarettes. The Queens SmokeFree Partnership supports any measure that helps to prevent more of our young people f rom becom i ng add icted to nicotine.” A New York State law signed last year makes it illegal to smoke electronic cigarettes within 100 feet from schools or public building entrances, the same restrictions on regular cigarettes, while another New York State law makes it illegal to sell electronic cigarettes to minors. However, a spokeswoman for the city’s De pa r t ment of Healt h a nd Ment al Hygiene said that electronic cigarettes are not covered under the Smoke Free Air Act, and so individual organizations, like the MTA, are taking matters into their Q own hands regarding these devices.

situation, according to his spokesman Paul Leonard who said the councilman had met with the rabbi of Yeshiva Ketana, which is a block away from the planned school. Rabbi Yonason Karman, executive director of the yeshiva, was concerned about the facility adding congestion to the area. Aside from the yeshiva, there are two other schools nearby on Parsons Boulevard. Mannan does not consider it an issue since most of the Al’Mamoor children will be bused and won’t be dropped off separately. “It won’t be a problem with the other school [yeshiva],” he said. The two Parsons Boulevard properties bought by the Muslim center and a third at 160-40 78 Road were originally owned by Aurora Concept, a detox center. It opened in 1972 and offered 107 beds for long-term care and a large outpatient service. Due to alleged mismanagement of funds, the program sought help in 2006 from the state and it eventually was closed in 2007. The two Parsons properties then remained vacant until they were purchased last year. Cohen said the former Aurora Concept residential building on 78th Road is being converted into a medical complex by a developer, but that work hasn’t moved forward recently. “It’s off and on,” he said. Q “Maybe they ran out of money.”

Alzheimer’s fundraiser 8/9 New York Carousel Entertainment, LLC, operator of the Forest Park Carousel, will host the second annual fundraiser for the New York City Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association at the recently landmarked Forest Park Carousel on Friday, Aug. 9 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Visitors will have unlimited access to carousel rides and face painting for $10 and individual rides for $3 during the two-hour event. There will be refreshments provided and a magic show for children. The fundraiser will be held rain or shine. As with last year, New York Carousel, which hosted last year’s event during its first season operating the carousel, will be donating all proceeds to the chapter. There will also be a “Walk to End Alzheimer’s” on Sunday, Sept. 29 at 56th Avenue and 111th Street in Flushing Meadows Corona Park. The two-mile walk, which will be held rain or shine, will run from 9 a.m. to noon. Registration for this event can be done online at or call Q (800) 272-3900.

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Food pantry reopens The Jewish Community Council of the Rockaway Peninsula held a ribbon-cutting ceremony Monday for the newly retrofitted “Client Choice Pantry,” at 1525 Central Ave. in Far Rockaway, which was damaged in Hurricane Sandy. It was financed by a grant from the Food Bank for New York City. “It comes as no surprise that particularly after the devastating effects of Sandy, the food pantry at the JCCRP is seeing more clients than ever before,” said Nathan Krasnovsky, executive director of JCCRP. The pantry is designed for low-income residents to browse the pantry shelves, above, while providing a comfortable experience.

Additionally, the newly renovated space will enable the JCCRP to attract clients have shied away and could benefit from other services they have to offer in order to help them rebuild their lives. The pantry has attracted patrons from as far away as Rosedale and Howard Beach. Cutting the ribbon are Dominique Jones, top left, chief programs officer Food Bank For New York City; Camesha Grant, Food Bank For New York City’s senior director of member services; Councilman Donovan Richards; Krasnovsky; Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder; state Sen. Joe Addabbo Jr. and JCCRP Chairman Richard Altabe.

Backpacks for homeless kids America Works of New York, Inc., an employment company for hard-to-place individuals, and Volunteers of America are uniting for “Operation Backpack,” a program that aims to provide New York City children living in shelters with backpack s f u ll of school supplies for September. “We are delighted to help provide New York City’s disadvantaged children with some of the basic tools they need to succeed in school,” said Dr. Lee Bowes, chief executive officer of America Works of New York. “A mer ica

Works has always been deeply concerned with the homeless population in the city and we urge all New Yorkers to visit one of our five drop-off locations throughout the city and donate to this very worthy cause.” Backpacks and school supplies can be dropped off at any of America Works’ offices citywide. They have two Queens locations: 88-11 165th St., 9th Floor in Jamaica and 1600 Central Ave. 5th floor in Far Rockaway, The drive began on Monday and lasts Q through Aug. 9.

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Summertime gives Queens a break Longest heat wave in more than a decade finally broke last weekend by Domenick Rafter Editor

It was hot last week. Yes, it’s true we expect 90-degree weather in New York in July, but to have it for seven-straight days is something the city hasn’t seen in over a decade, and despite being near the cool ocean, Queens bore a significant brunt of it. The week-long heat wave — defined by meteorologists as three or more days with high temperatures over 90 degrees — began last Sunday July 14 and peaked Friday morning when the overnight low was a balmy 86 degrees at LaGuardia Airport. The high temperatures for both Thursday and Friday hit 100 degrees. That’s war mer than the 98-degree high and 83-degree low recorded in Central Park. It finally broke over the weekend as temperatures dropped into the mid 80s. The heat wave was the longest stretch of 90-degree days since August 2002 — though two back-to-back four-day heat waves in July 2011 were separated by one day where the high reached 88 degrees. Although most people see the hot weather as a good excuse to play hookie from work, go to the beach, wade in a pool or stay inside in the air conditioning and watch a movie, heat waves can be deadly. A seven-day-long heat wave in Chicago

Using a fire hydrant with a sprinkler cap that can be provided by local firehouses to beat the heat, as these people in Middle Village did last Thursday, is a traditional way to survive hot PHOTO BY DOMENICK RAFTER weather in New York City. in 1995 killed 750 people, making it one of the deadliest natural disasters in American history. Most of the fatalities were poor elderly residents in high-crime neighborhoods who didn’t have air conditioner, and did not want to open their windows. Ellen Borakove, a spokeswoman for the New York City Chief Medical Examiner’s

Office, said four people died in last week’s heat wave citywide as a result of the weather. One other person died from a short heat wave earlier this month. Most at risk during the hot weather are the elderly, children and those with respiratory illness, but anybody — even someone in good health — can quickly be overtaken

by heat stroke. To prevent heat-related illness, stay out of the sun as much as possible, wear loose, lightcolored clothing and keep hydrated. If you have any health issues already, it might be best to just stay inside in the air conditioning. Those cranked-up ACs last week helped set a new record for energy usage by Con Edison customers on Friday, reaching a peak of 13,214 megawatts at 2 p.m. The previous all-time peak record was 13,189 MW set on July 22, 2011, which was the secondhottest day in New York City history with a high temperature of 104 degrees. “Con Edison continues to urge customers to conserve energy as best as possible,” the utility company said in a statement Friday. “Meanwhile, Con Edison crews continue to work tirelessly in the intense heat conditions to restore customers impacted by scattered power outages.” One of those outages was in Fresh Meadows last Friday, when more than 1,800 customers were left in the dark for several hours. If you think this seven-day heat wave was long, keep in mind that it could be a lot worse. New York City’s longest streak of 90 degree days was 12 days back in 1953. And that happened in late August. There’s still a lot of summer left, so stay Q cool.

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ELIJAH FRANCIS SOUTH OZONE PARK “I stayed in front of three fans and just laid down.”

ANN SCHEAR RIDGEWOOD “I drank a lot of water and stayed in the apartment.”

JASMINE FORMOSO JAMAICA “I stayed in my house and I went to Rockaway Beach.”

RICARDO DURAN ELMHURST “I stayed home in the air conditioning and ordered food so I didn’t have to cook.”

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DOLORES CRISCIONE RICHMOND HILL “I didn’t even come out to the mall. The weather was terrible.”

GUSTAVO AIZPURUA EAST ELMHURST “I stayed inside of the mall.”

KEVIN MULDERRIG FRESH MEADOWS “I worked and I drank lots of water to stay hydrated.”

KEVIN HOPKINS SOUTH OZONE PARK “I stayed out here in the heat. I sweat to death and I got nauseous on Thursday.”

STEPHANIE PIETRI BROOKLYN “I went to the pool in Red Hook.”

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Hungry in Howard Beach? You’re in the right place this summer. No matter what meal you’re in the mood for, you can find it on Cross Bay Boulevard. One of southern Queens’ premier commercial strips, “the boulevard” has its share of shopping and commerce, but the key ingredient to what makes the boulevard work is its wide array of food choices that will satisfy just about every palate whatever time of day it is. They say breakfast is the most important meal of the day and many restaurateurs on Cross Bay Boulevard know that. If your morning is a quiet one, sit down for a stack of freshly made pancakes, fluffy eggs, a delectable muffin and freshlybrewed coffee at the newly-renovated Cross Bay Diner overlooking Shellbank Basin at 160-31 Cross Bay Blvd. If you’re on the run, grab a cup of joe and some hand-rolled fresh bagels at Bagel Cafe at 162-54 Cross Bay Blvd. A neighborhood favorite at the Bagel Cafe is the french toast bagel, which often goes quickly. If morning bagels aren’t your thing, why not try one for lunch at the Bagel Cafe, where BLTs, Reuben sandwiches and tuna melts are made in between two slices of a

favorite, but the bistro lounge also offers up delectable dishes from chicken satay to pineapple fried rice. Howard Beach’s iconic Lenny’s Clam Bar at 161-03 Cross Bay Blvd. also offers dining by the water. Owing to it’s name, Lenny’s is a popular place for seafood, but the eatery also offers an extensive menu featuring Italian favorites and popular summer BBQ items like ribs and shell steak. For a true Italian feast, make a reservation at Matteo’s at 155-10 Cross Bay Blvd. Situated at the very northern end of Howard Beach, Matteo’s is the perfect place for a family gathering where fratelli, sorelli and amici (brothers, sisters and friends) can pass around plates of chicken Sorrentino and fried portobello mushrooms, sip on a good wine and engage in good conversation. For many restaurants in Howard Beach, this summer is a time to get themselves on solid footing. Cross Bay Boulevard was devastated by Hurricane Sandy last October and a two-week power outage in the neighborhood left whatever eateries weren’t flooded closed for business. Now with the busy summer season in full swing, the doors are open, the stoves are on, the tables are set and Cross Bay Boulevard is ready to serve it’s most deliQ cious meals.

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Eating right in the neighborhood Restaurants are serving up the catch of the day for Queens foodies by Tess McRae Reporter

This summer in Queens, it’s all about the seafood. From Glendale to Briarwood, restaurateurs say that their most popular dishes during the dog days of summer are pulled right out of the cool ocean. “We sell a lot of fish normally but during the summer people tend to eat more sushi,” Peter Faccibene, owner of Shiro of Japan said. “Hibachi is really an all-year thing, but in the summer we definitely notice an increase in seafood and some of the lighter items. Our most popular sushi items are probably the lobster roll, spicy tuna rolls and our brown rice roll is getting more and more popular with people.” The hibachi restaurant that sits in the newly renovated Shops at Atlas Park at 80-40 Cooper Ave. in Glendale has a recently opened outdoor terrace where guests can sit and enjoy their sushi or sashimi al fresco. “We’re about bringing people together,” Faccibene said. “We’ve done bar mitzvahs, birthdays, all kinds of celebrations. People come here for an experience and in the summer, that continues.” O’Neill’s, the Maspeth staple located at 64-21 53 Drive that bur ned down two years ago, is preparing to reopen in two weeks and owner George O’Neill agreed

Queens is filled with great places to eat during the summer. While most restaurant owners say that seafood items are most popular during the hotter months, places like the Gyro Grill offer PHOTO BY TESS MCRAE those and much more. with Faccibene. “People usually don’t want to eat anything too heavy in the summer,” O’Neill said. “The popular dishes are the cold dishes, the antipasti and especially the fish. We have a lot of seafood specials during this time of year.”


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clam bar where people could get oysters and shrimp and cold shellfish.” A few miles east, you can sample twin lobster tails and gefilte fish at the Flagship Diner in Briarwood. The diner, located at 138-30 Queens Blvd., is open 24 hours and offers a plethora of Greek, Italian and American meals. If seafood isn’t your thing, you can just visit the Gyro Grill at 63-02 Woodhaven Blvd. in Rego Park where owner Lou Amorim and his team whip up traditional Mediterranean cuisine like their falafel sandwich, although they do serve shrimp. Falafel is a deep-fried ball or patty made from ground chickpeas, fava beans or both. It was first made in Egypt but has become a dish eaten throughout the Middle East. The Mediterranean food that is usually served in a pita — a flat bread that acts as a pocket — is often topped with salads, pickled vegetables, hot sauce and drizzled with tahinibased sauces. For foodies looking for good eats and good atmosphere, the possibilities are endless in Queens. So whether you’re looking to eat some stir fry, sample some spicy tuna rolls, suck down some clams or gobble up some falafel, the restaurants of Queens are sure to satisfy Q your cravings.

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Bacon and patios sizzle in Sunnyside Yelp’s new word map hones in on the neighborhood’s tastes by Josey Bartlett

Los Verdes, a Colombian restaurant at 46-26 Greenpoint Ave., which serves great chicharron, a thick cut of cured pork beloved in the south American country. His favorite patio is at The Gaslight — “When living in a concrete jungle, an outdoor space can often be hard to find,” he said. “But, what’s great about Sunnyside is that we have a large number of restaurants and pubs that offer outdoor dining options.” Another great spot is the Courtyard Ale House at 40-18 Queens Blvd. The bar doesn’t provide food, but has a grill on its outside patio that customers can use for free — just bring your own meat. “It’s a unique and inexpensive way for people to have a party,” owner Pat Burke said. “We have parties stop by before they hop on the 7 train to Citi Field.” Bar 43 on Queens Boulevard is one of only a handful of establishments in the neighborhood with a sidewalk cafe, unlike Astoria, which has about 55. Patrons can sip drinks and eat wings — owner Nick Murphy calls them the best wings in town — while watching Sunnyside life zoom by. Molly Blooms also has a cute patio/ minibeer garden that gives bacon a central roll on its breakfast menu. New York Style Eats, Foxy’s Diner and Pete’s Grill love bacon too— as any good Q Irish pub should.


Sunnysiders like bacon and patios and many times the two go hand in hand. At the beginning of the month, the business review website, Yelp, released heat maps that show with varying shades of red how much certain words such as hipster, yuppie, cheap, cocktails and hangover appear in its critiques. The darker the hue the more plugs the word received. Flushing rivals Santa Claus with its red dot for mentions of “noodles” and “kosher” makes frequent cameos in restaurant reviews in Rego Park and Kew Garden Hills. In Sunnyside a red dot for “bacon” and “patios” st raddles Queens Boulevard between 47th and 43rd avenues and from 40th to 43rd streets. “Hangover” hovers in a very light pink haze in the same vicinity, because it can be assumed bacon and sunshine help to heal a booze-filled brain. Posts on Yelp using “yuppie” begin to invade the neighborhood north of Queens Boulevard from 55th to 48th streets, but just barely stays in nearby Woodside. “I think that the diversity in our restaurants is the most unique aspect of dining in Sunnyside — it’s possible to hop from one type of cuisine to another,” said Rachel

Lots of Yelpers head to Sunnyside for bacon and patios. Theieme, Su n nyside Shines Business Improvement District executive director. But for now let’s focus on sunny enclaves and North America’s breakfast staple. The Meat Boutique, on the edge of the bacon dot at 43-15 Queens Blvd., and the Butcher Block, an Irish shop at 43-46 41st St., are two spots where shoppers can buy all their cured meat needs. (The Meat Botique is a double whammy in the Yelp word map


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Patrol car 4444 right after it collided with a 2013 Acura and a 2003 Dodge Caravan. PHOTO BY TESS MCRAE

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A three-car accident involving a patrol car from the 105th Precinct caused traffic to come to a halt at the intersection of Jamaica and Braddock avenues on July 17. “I just heard this huge bang, then another big bang with tires screeching and everything,” one bystander said. At 7:50 p.m., a 2013 Acura was traveling southbound when it struck patrol car 4444, which was traveling east on Jamaica Avenue. The collision caused car 4444 to hit an idle Dodge Caravan facing west on Jamaica Avenue at a red light. The sequence of events has been difficult to put together but as patrol car 4444 and the Dodge Caravan were both on Jamaica Avenue at the same intersection, they both had red lights. This scenario has led some witnesses to believe the police officer driving patrol car 4444 ran the light. “If you look at the way the cars are situated, there is no way that the van caused it because the van didn’t move at all during the accident,” a Bellerose resident named

Tony said. “The only cars that actually moved were the cop car and the silver car and that silver car had a green light.” Police confirmed that a collision did occur and that six people, including the officer driving the vehicle, were transported to Flushing Medical Center and North Shore LIJ. They were all treated for minor injuries. When asked if the patrol car ran the red light, an NYPD spokesman said that the incident was still under investigation and it was not clear who was in the wrong. “It had to be the cop,” one woman said at the scene of the accident. “Look at them. It was totally the cop’s fault which means it was nobody’s fault, because there is no way this officer is going to get punished for this. It’ll probably magically disappear.” Those involved in the accident were not able or preferred not to share their side of the story. More than an hour after the accident, officers and firefighters were still surveying the scene, while others made sure drivers didn’t slow down or stop to take photoQ graphs.

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munity since he had served as a priest at Our Lady of Mercy for more than 30 years. A representative of the church was unable to comment on Langelier’s death but outside reports say his funeral will take place on July 29 at 10:30 a.m. at OLM, the church he served for so long. “I didn’t know him really well,” one woman said on her way home from church. “I knew him from church and he always seemed so nice and kind. I can’t believe that he died like that, it’s almost Q unbelievable.” — Tess McRae

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Forest Hills priest found dead A monsignor at Our Lady of Mercy Roman Catholic Church in Forest Hills died after being found at the bottom of a pool at his Long Island home. Gerald Langelier, 78, was discovered unresponsive just before 5 p.m. last Friday. First responders included Sufolk County police and members of the Southold Fire Department. Unable to resuscitate him, they transported him to Eastern Long Island Hospital and he was pronounced dead on arrival. Langelier was well-known in the com-

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DOE backs off plan for Bayside school Community fought against proposal to build school at Keil Brothers site by Domenick Rafter Editor

The city Department of Education brought to a halt its plan to build an elementary school at a site now occupied by the Keil Brothers Garden Center on 48th Avenue in Bayside Hills last week and community leaders, who have being unyielding in their opposition to the plan since it was brought before Community Board 11 in the spring, took a cautious victory lap. State Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside), along with Assemblywoman Nily Rozic (D-Fresh Meadows) and community leaders such as Henry Euler of the Auburndale Improvement Association, announced at a rally across the street from the site on Friday afternoon that a scheduled hearing at the City Council for the school, which may have ultimately led to its quick approval, would be postponed for at least a month. “We’re happy to say in response to our opposition, the community board’s opposition and the phone calls that the homeowners made to the speaker and the chairman of the Landmarks, Public Siting and Maritime Uses Subcommittee, that the meeting has been taken off the agenda for at least a month,” Avella said. He added that the DOE has agreed to meet with him, Rozic and Councilman Mark Weprin (D-Oakland Gardens), as well as a representative from the Bayside Hills Civic Association, to discuss the proposal before bringing it back to the Council. Avella did object, however, to the DOE’s decision to not include a member of CB 11 in that meeting and he said he would fight for that. The plan is to construct a 416-seat school at 210-11 48 Ave., where the longtime garden store now stands and was put up for sale. But neighbors and community leaders argued the 3,000-square-foot site is not an appropriate place for a school because it directly abuts at least seven homes, is on an already-busy thoroughfare and is too close to PS 31, which is two blocks from the site, and MS 158, a middle school less than a block away.

The Department of Education was eyeing the site of Keil Brothers Garden Center at 210-11 48 Ave. in Bayside for a new elementary school, but neighborhood opposition led to the city putting the plan on hold for at least a month. PHOTO BY DOMENICK RAFTER

In May, CB 11 voted 25-3 with 9 abstentions against locating the school there after a raucous discussion between members and the School Construction Authority and DOE, but the city moved forward anyway, with the Council scheduling Monday’s hearing. That hearing would likely have led to swift approval of the school, perhaps by the end of the month, Avella warned. “The community has spoken loud and clear,” Rozic said. “We cannot afford to pit neighbor against neighbor, pushing through policies and projects that will have a significant impact on communitieswithout sound educational plans for their long-term success.” Residents who attended the rally Friday said repeatedly that they did not necessarily oppose another school in the

area, just not at that specific site. “You can see the buses coming down this street,” Euler said pointing to the traffic on 48th Avenue — a major secondary route between Flushing and Bayside Hills. “Do you really think this is an appropriate place for a school? I don’t. This is not the right site.” Toby Pagano, a homeowner who lives near the site, said the traffic problem on school days is already bad enough. “I know what it’s like to try to get my car off of that street at a quarter to eight in the morning when drivers taking students to school are barreling down the residential streets to get their kids to [MS 158 and PS 31],” she said. “We’re not against an additional school. We have a thriving, growing community, but this is not an appropriate place for it.” Pagano said she and other homeowners at the May CB 11 meeting were told that if a school wasn’t built on the Keil Brothers site, a homeless shelter or halfway house may be, which she took as a threat. “It was disgusting,” she said. According to the DOE’s five-year capital plan overview released in January, District 26 — which includes Bayside, Auburndale, Little Neck, Douglaston, Bellerose, Jamaica Estates, Fresh Meadows and Oakland Gardens — has funding for 416 extra seats. The SCA says the seats would be located in a brand new school in the Bayside/Auburndale area. At a January meeting of the Queens Parent Advisory Board in Borough Hall, Mary Laes, the SCA’s director of external affairs, said finding sites has been an issue in District 26. A decade ago, residents killed a plan to build a high school nearby. Avella said he has not suggested any alternative sites to the DOE and wants the agency to work with the community to find one. “I don’t like negotiating with myself,” he said. “They have to back off and then say ‘now we have to work with the community to find a site,’ and I’m sure we could because Q this community considers an education a priority.”

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City Comptroller and Democratic mayoral candidate John Liu released the results of an audit Monday that said the Department of Education’s Special Education Student Information System, that compiles information on the more than 221,000 students in special education programs citywide, is deficient. The DOE started using the $67 million database, known as SESIS, in 2010 in order to help its Special Education Program meet state and federal reporting requirements for receiving Medicaid funds. It replaced the two previous databases — the Child Assistance Program and Automate the Schools. Liu’s audit found that SESIS is not meeting its goal of providing a reliable and efficient online student database for instructors and administrative staff. “After spending four years and $67

million dollars on this technology, the DOE has stuck teacher and administrators with a costly lemon,” Liu said in a press release. “The city is losing hundreds of millions of dollars for Special Education because it can’t file accurate reimbursement claims. Enough is enough, we’ve already seen that the DOE does not provide one-quarter of the available direct student services; parents shouldn’t suffer further belt-tightening and subpar service because the DOE can’t manage its technology,” he said. The audit shows that SESIS has been plagued by errors in student data since the agency began transferring information over to it from the two predecessor databases. A total of 100,346 errors were found in April and 107,033 errors in March. But that is a dramatic decrease from 404,391 errors found in September 2012. In addition, hundreds of student records had to be manually deleted from SESIS

because they were wrongly duplicated in the new system, including 483 student records in April alone. The audit also found that three-quarters of its users were poorly trained and many complained about their lack of adequate training in using the system. “The system logs you off for no reason, says ‘timed out,’” said one user in a survey obtained from Liu’s office. “This is a major problem because it could take an hour to complete a task that should take five minutes.” Liu’s audit also identified numerous Internet server problems, recorded more than 500 calls a day to the program’s help desk and expressed concern about the safety of the information. In a statement released shortly after the audit, the DOE defended the program, saying that many of the problems found in the audit have been taken care of, and decried Liu’s probe as election-year poli-

tics meant to help his mayoral prospects. “ T he Sp e cia l E d uc at io n St u d e nt I n fo r m a t io n S y s t e m h a s r a d ic a l ly increased the availability and accuracy of student information, and has made it possible for educators and families to better serve our students with special needs,” the statement read. “The compt roller’s decision to waste t a xpayer money on a premature and shoddy audit is unfortunate, since it provided no new substantive recommendations on how SESIS could be improved. “There have been well-publicized issues with SESIS in past years, and we have worked to address them. In fact, we have already instituted the majority of the audit’s recommendations, which is one of several reasons that the audit is deficient. This is an election year and it is imperative that the agenda of candidates for higher office not affect the running of the Q school system,” the statement said.

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continued from page 12 percentage of those who witnesses and victims describe as committing the murders,� Bloomberg said. While the mayor has not apologized for the controversial statement, new data on NYPD stops released on Wednesday contradict many of the arguments Bloomberg has made. According to the NYPD, the numbers show that 6.9 percent of violent crime suspects were white despite whites making up 9.7 percent of the total number of people who have been stopped. However, if the number of nonviolent crimes — robbery, weapons and pot possession and criminal trespass — are included, white people make up 13.8 percent of all crime suspects in the city. By Bloomberg’s logic, these numbers show that white people are stopped too infrequently. Regardless, Council members said they want their constituents to live in the best city possible. “I want a safe city, every New Yorker wants a safe city, but I also want a city that is free of discrimination and I refuse to believe that those goals are mutually exclusive in the city of New York,� Councilman Jimmy Van Brammer (D-Sunnyside) said. “We can have a safe city and a just city and we will when we override this veto.�

One of the more emotional speeches was given by Johanna Vasquez, a Transgender Latina from Corona and member of Make the Road New York. “About two years ago I was arrested while waiting for a cab on a corner of Roosevelt Avenue. The officers did not tell me why, but after my case was processed I found out it was on a prostitution charge, because they had found condoms in my purse. The combination of false profiling, the use of condoms as evidence and excessive police abuse is putting our communities in danger,� she said. “Voting for the Community Safety Act is the right thing to do to protect people like me, who u njustly get cr iminalized because of who we are or how we look.� Though Bloomberg vetoed the CSA, he will still need one Council member to flip his or her decision in order to kill the bill. In the past few weeks, he said he has no problem buying a Council member who will either vote in opposition of the act or not show up on voting day. Most Queens officials said they will stay strong. “We are going through to support these bills to protect not just the civil rights of young men and women throughout the spectrum that have basically been abused but also that we take a step forward to healing the police relations within the communities,� Councilman Ruben Q Wills (D-Jamaica) said.

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Karen Batts, left, and Alexander Pope, right, are the two Queens residents competing in this season of “Project Runway.” Batts prides herself on her quirky and classic style while Pope is PHOTO COURTESY A AND E TELEVISION more avant garde and romantic.

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“Project Runway,” the hit reality-television competition, kicked off its new season on July 18 and this year two Queens residents are vying to be a top designer. Alexander Pope of Ridgewood and Karen Batts of Rego Park have revved up their sewing machines and are trying to “make it work” against 16 other designers in a world where you’re “in” one day and “out” the next. Though the two live nearby, they couldn’t be more different from one another. Pope, originally from Hollywood, is all about the “wow” factor, pairing bold colorblocking with romanticism for an avant garde feel rem iniscent of Alexander McQueen and Vivian Westwood — two of his idols. “I was really into fashion all my life but I fought it when I was younger and became a makeup artist instead,” Pope said. “But I still felt the pull into fashion.” Though his fashion is over the top, Pope doesn’t utilize too much color in his day-today life. “I wear black all of the time,” he said. “On hot days it can be tough but that’s what I like to wear. I’ll throw a pop of color in here and there but all black is just striking and contrasts well with my hair and skin color.” Pope moved to Ridgewood five months ago to be closer to his friends and to have the luxury of working from home. “To be in Manhattan, you sacrifice space and I really like to have my home also be my place of work and living in a loft in Ridgewood lets me do that,” he said. Batts, on the other hand is a bubbly ball of energy who is attracted to bright colors and classic looks along the lines of J. Crew. “I know people always say don’t design

for yourself but I definitely design for myself,” she said. “I am what I wear.” Batts, who works as a nanny, had applied for “Project Runway” last year but was turned down. “I was super nervous the f irst-time around,” Batts said. “This time I missed the paper application deadline so I had to go to a casting call and I went in with a completely different mind-set. I felt like showing my outgoing, crazy and funny personality was the best thing. I wanted to let them see who I am as a designer but let myself be the quirky person I am.” And while Batts doesn’t consider herself avant garde like Pope, she said there is beauty in simplicity. “I’m very much a classic and commercial person and that is how I design,” she said. “I can appreciate the look of a well-tailored pocket and find the intricate design of that breathtaking versus the ‘in your face’ stuff.” Pope, who has done costume work for a number of Broadway shows including “The Lion King” and “Wicked” said he’s not afraid to admit that his designs are extreme. “I try and design pieces that create emotions,” he said. “When I show my pieces to someone, I don’t get a ‘meh’ or a ‘that’s okay,’ I get an ‘I hate it’ or ‘I love it.’ It gets such strong feedback whether it’s good or bad.” Over the next few weeks, Pope, Batts and the other designers will compete for a prize package including $150,000 from GoBank, $50,000 of next generation technology from HP and Intel, a year’s supply of Resource spring water, a fashion spread in Marie Claire magazine and more. For information on Batts, visit her fashion line’s website at Information on Pope is available on his website at “Project Runway” airs every Thursday at Q 9 p.m. on Lifetime.

Six members of the City Council, none of them from Queens, asked Mayor Bloomberg last Thursday to hold a hearing on the Community Safety Act, made up of two NYPD oversight bills the mayor has vowed to veto. The six lawmakers, all sponsors of the measures, said in a letter that the mayor should listen to New Yorkers before he makes a final decision on the bills, which passed the Council by veto-proof majorities. Bloomberg reportedly is trying to get some members to change their minds to avoid having his veto overridden. The bills would create an inspector general to oversee the NYPD and make it easier for people who believe they were wrongly stopped, questioned and frisked to sue the department, though not for monetary damages. The mayor and police commissioner say they would reduce the city’s ability to combat crime. The Council members who requested the hearing are Jumaane Williams (D-Brooklyn), Brad Lander (D-Brooklyn), Fernando Cabrera (D-Bronx), Robert Jackson (D-Manhattan), Melissa Mark-Viverito (D-Manhattan) and Q Rosie Mendez (D-Manhattan).

Five Neighborhood Achievers in Queens Five people and organizations in Queens were winners of this year’s Neighborhood Achievement Awards, announced last week by Mayor Bloomberg. The awards honor “organizations, businesses and individuals that have demonstrated excellence in enhancing New York City neighborhoods by fostering economic opportunity.” The Queens winners were: • The Action Center, a community organization in Far Rockaway, which won the Helping Hand Award for its aid to the victims of Hurricane Sandy, which still continues; • Songza, a small business in Long Island City, which won a Small Business of the Year Award for producing an innovative app to stream music, creating 15 full-time jobs; • Laurel Brown, executive director of the


Jamaica Center Business Improvement District, who won a BID Leadership Award for her efforts to improve Jamaica Center’s appeal as a place to live, work and visit; • Gayle Baron, president of the Long Island City Partnership, who also won a BID Leadership Award for her work improving LIC’s business climate by working to create and expand its BID and attracting new companies; and • Stephanie Cruz, an account manager with the Workforce1 Industrial & Transportation Center in Jamaica, who won a Workforce Service Award for matching job seekers with employers in transport and manufacturing. Q

10,000 IDs issued to illegal aliens in NYC Foreign consulates have now issued 10,000 identification cards to undocumented immigrants in the city, Council Speaker Christine Quinn (D-Manhattan), a mayoral candidate, said last week as she celebrated the milestone with the New York Immigration Coalition. The IDs allow holders to enter public schools and other government buildings, obtain information to file income tax returns, open bank accounts, get library cards and ensure access to other public services, Quinn said. She credited NYIC workshops the Council has spent $400,000 funding over the last two years with making the card program a success. It was driven by the city rule that school visitors show Q ID, a problem for parents here illegally.

State to start tracking breast cancer cases The state will begin mapping cases of breast cancer under a bill Gov. Cuomo just signed, state Sen. Toby Stavisky (D-Flushing), who voted for the measure, announced last week. The law will create a database that doctors and researchers can use to examine environmental and socioeconomic factors that affect the incidence of the disease, Stavisky said, aiding new treatments and prevention practices. Approximately 15,000 women statewide battle breast cancer each year, according to Q Stavisky, with 2,600 dying from it. — compiled by Peter C. Mastrosimone

Korean War cease-fire event The Greater Ridgewood Historical Society and the Allied Veterans Memorial Committee of Ridgewood and Glendale are hosting a Korean War Cease-Fire commemoration on Saturday at 10 a.m. The event, celebrating the 60th anniversary of the cease-fire agreement that ended fighting during the Korean War, will be held at the Vande Ende Onderdonk House at 18-20 Flushing Ave. in Ridgewood. Former state Sen. and Korea War veteran Serphin Maltese will be the keynote speaker and the Mayor’s Office of Veter-

an Affairs Commissioner Terrance Holliday will also be in attendance. The society is planning a Korean War exhibit, entertainment and refreshments following the short program and the Onderdonk House museum and the picnic ground will remain open for the rest of the day. Tours of the Onderdonk House will also be available. To RSVP, contact Paul Schottenhamel by emailing him at with the number of members who plan to Q attend or visit

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Meet Queens’ new Air Force recruiter Staff Sgt. Jorge Ducos, an Ozone ing Air Force record. Ducos has previously been stationed Park native and alumnus of John Adams High School, has been assigned to the at Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland, where he United States Air served as a BioenviFo r c e r e c r u i t i n g ronmental engineero f f i c e a t 91 -31 i ng tech n icia n for Q u e e n s Blvd . i n the 779th Aerospace Elmhurst. Medical Squadron. Ducos, 30, attendI n that posit ion, ed John Adams from Ducos conducted 1997, graduating in health r isk assess2001. He is a recent ments for base pergraduate of the Air sonnel and worked Fo r c e Re c r u it i ng to prevent illnesses School in San Antofrom spreading nio, Texas, where he across the base. was trained in variIn his position as ous areas of study, recruiter, Ducos will i nclud i ng the job be available to help classif ication sysp ot e nt i a l r e c r u it s tem, testing and learn more about the enlistment processing procedures, as Staff Sgt. Jorge Ducos, the new recruit- USA F. He ca n be w e l l a s p u b l i c er for the United States Air Force in contacted at (718) 478-0845 or stop by speaking. He was Queens, is a native of Ozone Park. PHOTO BY DOMENICK RAFTER his Queens Bouleselected for a special vard office weekdays course and recruitQ ing duty as a volunteer with an outstand- between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m.

continued from page 5 the storm. “This dates back years, long before help. Her father is an NYPD officer and Sandy,” Michael said. “The hurricane, it found out about the program at work. “I said I would be more than happy to just made it worse.” Nevertheless, volunteers like Koryne do it because it’s for a good cause,” she said they ca n tell they’re ma k i ng said. Despite all the work that SCA did, progress. “Looking at the before and after is actuthere is still much to do. One Howard Beach resident, who ally one of the most amazing things I’ve identif ied himself only as Michael, done,” she said. “It’s much better than sitstopped and spoke with Laura Herrin, ting at home sleeping until two o’clock in SCA’s director of program innovation, the afternoon. When I look at the heat and for more than 15 minutes about the everything I work through, to see what’s Q park’s various problems, stemming from done is very fulfilling.” damaged fences to issues with his neighbor s who don’t cu rb their dogs. “Not to disrespect anything that’s going on here today,” Michael said. “But this park needs a lot more work.” H e m e n t io n e d t h e park’s lighting and bathrooms, which were completely f looded in the storm, had just recently reopened. Though the program was put together in the wake of Sandy, he pointed out the park has been Two volunteers pull a piece of wood from the beach at Charles a problem well before Park last Friday morning. PHOTO BY DOMENICK RAFTER




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of its “Warm Up” series. In fact this year they will be the only Queens group performing at the venue that can pull up to 6,000 wiggling music seekers. World’s Fair expects a “sexy and sophisticated” crowd, rapper Nasty Nigel said, and looks forward to the water misters and baby pools, DJ Thoth added. The guys met in childhood and as they grew up kept pulling in those who share their love of music, spinning together the group of 10, including their manager, Affan Arif. “We’re just friends,” rapper Prince SAMO said. “It wasn’t like, ‘Do you want to be in my group?’ We started riding our bikes together as grown men, passing bottles of liquor back and forth and showing up at parties all sweaty.” “We drink a lot, party a lot, curse,” Remy Banks said. “Laugh a lot and love a lot,”Lansky Jones said. They do laugh a lot. Continued onpage page45 continued on

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he rap group World’s Fair truly represents the borough. Last year the musicians, who grew up in Corona, Cambria Heights, Jamaica and Forest Hills, released C “Queens Revisited” under the name Children of the Night. Throughout their raps they named Queens N Boulevard, Roosevelt Avenue, side streets and hangB out spots like taking a World’s Fair led tour east of the o EEast River. Their album cover is a collage of all these tthings from the Queensboro Bridge to Citi Field and of ccourse the Unisphere. Their new album “Bastards of the Party,” with no sset release date, does the same with songs such as “Company Fair” — “Big city of dreams, levitating Queens with me. On top of the Koch Bridge, point to Q where I live,” the lyrics say. w And on Aug. 17 the group will be representing Queens in Long Island City at MoMA PS 1, which throws weekly outdoor concerts-dance parties as part

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children 9-12. $24. An introduction to the study of life and plants, concentrating on flowering plants. Preregistration required for all programs. Call (718) 229-4000 or visit

“Queens Surface” photography exhibition, Aug. 10-28, weekdays, Flushing Queens Library, 41-17 Main St. Free. Information: Michelle Cheikin, m@, (917) 669-0877.

Summer Sunrise Yoga, Wednesdays in July and August, 6-7:15 a.m., BambooMoves, 107-40 Queens Blvd., Suite 206, Forest Hills. Donation $5. Information: Melissa Seigel (347) 684-0451.

THEATRE The Golden Dragon Acrobats special pre-season event, through Sunday, July 28, Queens Theatre, 14 United Nations South, Flushing Meadows Corona Park. $28.95, family 4-pack $99. Thursday-Saturday, 1 p.m. and 7 p.m.; Sunday, 3 p.m.

Free hour-long yoga classes at: Astoria Park, 21 Hoyt Ave. N, Saturday, Aug. 24, 10 a.m.; Gantry Plaza State Park, 4-09 47 Rd., Long Island City, Sunday, Aug. 11, 11 a.m., Sunday, Sept. 8 5:30 p.m. Call the Yoga Room at (718) 274-0255.

The Queens Players, “Macbeth,” through Saturday, July 27, 8 p.m. The Secret Theatre, 44-02 23 St., Long Island City. $18., (718) 392-0722.

Maspeth Town Hall Community Center, 53-37 72 St., offers toddler playgroups in September, children 3 and under. Call (718) 335-6049.

“The Tempest” by Shakespeare, Hip to Hip Theater Company, Sunday, July 28, 8 p.m., Cunningham Park, 196 Street and Union Turnpike, Flushing. Free. The 1st annual UNFringed festival, The Secret Theatre, 44-02 23 St., Long Island City, Aug. 1-24. Information:, (718) 3920722, “Jesus Christ Superstar,” St. Gregory’s Theatre Group, Aug. 2, 3, 7-10, 8 p.m., Aug. 4 and 11, 2 p.m., Gregorian Hall, 244-44 87 Ave., Bellerose. $18, $15 seniors, $7 kids under 12. $2 extra at the door. Information:, (718) 989-2451. “Les Miserables,” ICC Theater, 7200-7250 Douglaston Pkwy.,Douglaston, Aug. 2, 3, 8, 9 and 10, 8 p.m., Aug. 4, 3 p.m., with a Sunday brunch at 1 p.m., additional $25. Tickets: $25, thejosephine, (516) 650-3231 Proceeds to benefit the Josephine Foundation.


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Queens World Film Festival free summer screenings, Saturdays and Sundays, through-Aug. 3, 78th Street Plaza at 34th Avenue, Jackson Heights. Contact: Katha Cato,, (718) 429-2579, “Prime Evil,” Aug. 1 at 10:30 p.m., Laughing Devil Comedy Club, 47-38 Vernon Blvd., Long Island City. $5. Information: Daniel Reynolds, devilscience@, (407) 276-6724, Movies at Cunningham Park, 193rd street and Union Turnpike, Fresh Meadows, Thursdays, starting at 8 p.m.: Aug. 8, “The Lorax;” Aug. 15, “North by Northwest;” Aug. 22, “Les Miserables;” Aug. 29, “Kinky Boots.” Free.

MUSIC JAMS under the stars, a free outdoor concert beginning the Jamaica Arts and Music Summer festival, Friday, Aug. 2, 6 p.m., Rufus King Park, Jamaica Avenue, between 150 and 153 streets, Jamaica. Information: Tyra Emerson, collaborative23@verizon. net, (718) 526-8700,

Coed mixed-level line dancing for adults, Cambria Heights Community Church, 116-02 220 St., Saturdays, Aug. 3, 17, Sept. 7, 21, 9:30 a.m.-10:40 a.m. $10 per session. Call (646) 229-0242.

The Community United Methodist Church is hosting a Dr. Seuss-themed carnival on Sunday, July 28. PHOTO COURTESY LIBRARY OF CONGRESS PRINTS AND PHOTOGRAPHS DIVISION/WIKIPEDIA

City Parks Foundation, Summerstage, free. Baisley Park Pond, North Conduit Ave., 116 Ave. between 150 St., Suptin Blvd., and Baisley Blvd. South: Sunday, July 28, 3 p.m., Byron Cage, Deon Kipping, Latice Crawford, Michael Pugh, Lenny Smith, the Greater Allen Cathedral Choir; Socrates Sculpture Park, 32-01 Vernon Blvd., Long Island City, Thursday, Aug. 1, 7 p.m., The Metropolitan Opera Summer Recital Series; 5Pointz, 45-46 Davis St., Long Island City, Sunday, Aug. 11, 5 p.m., Back to the Roots — Kool Herc at 5Points celebrating the 40th Anniversary of Hip-Hop.

The Ridgewood Youthmarket, an urban farmstand supplied by local farmers and operated by youths to provide fresh healthy foods to the community, intersection of Myrtle and Cypress avenues, Saturdays, 10 a.m.–3 p.m. until November 23.

Queens Symphony Orchestra performs: Tuesday, July 30, Verdi selections, St. Johns University, 8000 Utopia Pkwy., Flushing; and Sunday, Aug. 4, a follow-up performance at the Forest Park Bandshell. All concerts are free. Visit

Community blood drive, Midway Nursing Home, 69-95 Queens Midtown Expwy., Maspeth, Thursday, Aug. 1, 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m., in cooperation with New York Hospital. No appointment necessary. Call (718) 429-2200 ext. 308.

Jamaica Arts and Music Summer festival, Saturday, Aug. 3, 11 a.m.-7 p.m., Jamaica Avenue from Parsons Boulevard to 169th Street, Jamaica. Free. Information: Tyra Emerson,, (718) 526-8700,


Community welcome and musical concert, St. James Episcopal Chuch, 84-07 Broadway, Elmhurst, Saturday, Aug. 3, 4-6 p.m. Reception follows. Contact: (718) 592-2555.

HEALTH Hillside Polymedic free health fair, Friday, Aug. 2, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., 187-30 Hillside Avenue. Information: Debi Zvi,, (718) 264-1111,

Drama workshop with Scott Klavan at Central Queens YM and YWHA, 67-09 108 St., Forest Hills, Thursday, Aug. 15, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. $10, $8 members. Call (718) 268-5011.

FOR KIDS Alley Pond Environmental Center, 228-06 Northern Blvd., Douglaston, hosts: Fun in the Sand, Saturday, July 27, 1:30-3 p.m., ages 5-7. $18. Children play in a sand table, create colored sand pictures, meet sand-dwelling animals and have a snack. Young Discoverers Club — Radical Rainforest, Saturday, July 27, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., ages 8-12. $24. Meet animals, plants and people of the rainforest, make a rainforest animal and plant a rainforest plant. Preregistration required for all programs. Call (718) 229-4000 or visit Mario the Magician, magic and music, Queens Library at Cambria Heights, 218-13 Linden Blvd., Saturday, July 27, 3 p.m.

AARP Chapter 2889 meets on the first and third Wednesdays of each month at noon at the Knights of Columbus Hall, 69-60 Grand Ave., Maspeth.

Children’s workshop, Cunningham Park, 196 Street and Union Turnpike, Flushing, Sunday, July 28, 7:30 p.m. Free.

Howard Beach Metal Detecting Club, VFW Hall, 102-17 160 Ave., Howard Beach, Thursday, July 18, 8 p.m. Everyone is welcome. Contact: Keith,, (917) 599-6674.


Bix Beiderbecke Sunnyside Memorial concert, Saturday, Aug. 3, 12:30-7 p.m., 46th Street (Bliss Street) and Queens Boulevard, under the Sunnyside Arch. Free. Information:

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Ridgewood Market, art, vintage and handmade items, food, Saturday, July 27, 11 a.m.-7 p.m., Greater Ridgewood Youth Council, 59-03 Summerfield St. Contact: Sarah Feldman, contact@ridgewoodmarket. com, (718) 456-KIDS (5437),

Alley Pond Environmental Center, 228-06 Northern Blvd., Douglaston, hosts: Astronomer Mark Freilich discusses the stars while star gazing. Scientifically Speaking: Fruit and flower dissection, Saturday, July 27, 1-3 p.m., adults and

Oakland Little Neck Jewish Center, 49-10 Little Neck Parkway, Little Neck hosts: monthly Shabbat morning experience, Saturday, July 27, 9 a.m., breakfast and a Torah discussion.; Tot Shabbat, Saturday, July 27, 10:45 a.m., Shabbat service for 3-6 year olds.; 35th annual Thunderbird American Indian Mid-Summer Pow-Wow, Queens County Farm Museum, 73-50 Little Neck Parkway, Floral Park, Friday-Sunday, July 26-28. Friday, 6-10 p.m., Saturday, 10 a.m.-10 p.m., Sunday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Adults — $5, all weekend pass $15; children 12 and under, $5, all weekend pass, $7. Contact: (718) 347-3276,,

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This year’s participants learned some theater tips from Ellyn Marie Marsh of Broadway’s PHOTO BY KIM LARKIN “Kinky Boots” after a master class. acting and vocal coach Becki Santana, who was a CPSM participant for several years. “Practically everyone who works here went to the camp when they were younger for many years, so it doesn’t feel like

co-workers. It’s like theater family back together again,” McEnerney said. Though founder Kimberly Larkin didn’t plan on creating this family atmosphere, she said there is something special about continued on page 00 continued 46

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Queens rap group reps boro at MoMA PS 1 continued from from page page 00 41 continued “He always gets lost,” they said of Jones, adding that they want to put a tracker on him like one for finding lost keys. They joke about Prince SAMO’s fear of roller coasters and the dark. “I sleep with white Christmas lights on in my room,” Prince admitted. The group has grown a lot in the last few years. They now practice a few times every week, brainstorming rhymes as well as practicing their stage presence to ensure the crowd is being revved up and planning who has the mikes so not all six voices have the lime light at the same time. “We always felt like we didn’t fit in,” said Nigel Nasty, who describes their sound as alternative and as rebellious fun.

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continued from 43 the ability for a program to bring students together from all over the world who share the same passion. She sees returning students take on more of a leadership role and grow to another level as performers. Volunteer and former CPSM participant Robert Fischetti said, “I wanted to get the chance to teach some of the kids who I knew were going to be here because I wanted to see how my ideas would actually look if they were played out,” he said. Larkin focuses on teaching the process and technique, rather than on the performance, and helps boost the participants’ confidence along the way. “People often ask why I do not audition,” Larkin said, “and I say I am not looking to find talent to put into a show — this is the role of school and community theatre.” My goal each summer is to have every student leave the program at the highest level of skill they can attain in four week s in singing, ac ting and dance,” she added. “They leave with a monologue and song ready for auditions and an approach to studying a lead role after working on a character in a scene from a musical.”

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SENIOR ACTIVITIES Middle Village Adult Center, 69-10 75 St., offers: computer training classes, all levels, beginners to advanced, including: 21st Century Technology, starting July 29, teaching use of iPods, smartphones, e-readers, tablet computers, and other latest gadgets; and Microsoft Excel (separate class); fitness classes in Zumba, aerobics, line dancing, chair and mat yoga, tai chi, lower-body toning, sit and be fit; recreational activities (daily bingo, singing, watercolor painting, bus trips, daily meals and more). Call Hindy at (718) 894-3441 or visit the Center.

Current Broadway performers teach choreography from their respec tive shows in master classes, giving the students a chance to hear fun anecdotes about their careers. Participants also take headshots at a discounted price and go on weekly field trips to meet professionals. “Although the staff works to create an encouraging, noncompetitive yet professional and intense environment — it is the students that make that actually happen. It is that unexplainable spirit of this program that makes me want to dedicate every minute of my life to it each July and I love doing it more with each passing year,” Larkin said. One CPSM participant, Kayti White, already plans on returning as a counselor next year. “I can honestly say for the past five years this has been my home. I’ve never felt more comfortable anywhere else than I’ve felt here,” she said. She continued, “My favorite part about CPSM is the fact that everyone gets a solo song, everyone’s in a scene, and there’s three or four group numbers every year. It takes away the whole cattiness and competition of it because we know we all get our time to shine, and with 35 kids you can’t find that anywhere else. It’s a truly amazing, special thing to Q have a community like this.”

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The duo, who met at a 101 improv class at the city’s top club, Upright Citizens Brigade, saw a niche for a place for indie teams (a group put together by anyone, in improv lingo) and house teams (a group currated by the theater’s artistic director) to perform on a weekly basis. “There’s few oppor tunities for a weekly show,” said Cakiades, who performs on Thursday at the 9 p.m. QSIC at Heart show with team Frosting Hangover and Friday night at the six-team house show with Butter High. “You improve a lot if you perform regularly.” Everyone seems to get into improvisation for a different reason. Cakiades understands improv isn’t a way to make a living, but uses it as a way stay sharp for other auditions and become ingrained in the acting community. Others hope it will lead to an elusive comedy writing deal. The city’s three biggest clubs — UCB, the People’s Improv Theater and Magnet — are hard to book and if a team does they are likely to get a monthly instead of a weekly slot, Cakiades said. “Performing and practicing have very different dynamics and are both integral

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to the growth of an improv team. It’s important to have a regular schedule for shows just as much as practices and QSIC makes that a possibility,” Kwederis said. “Most serious improv teams practice weekly and ideally you should be performing just as much, if not more.” The teams range from performing together for years to just for a bit. Three QSIC teams have gone on to perform in the biggest improv festival, the Del Close Marathon. Moving forward the QSIC plans to add a musical improvisation night to S at urday ’s l in eup a n d a s how o n Q Wednesday.

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NOTICE OF FORMATION OF LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY. NAME: LAJ ENTERPRISES, LLC. Articles of Organization were filed with the Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 04/12/13. Office location: Queens County. SSNY has been designated as agent of the LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail a copy of process to the LLC, 189-17 Keeseville Avenue, Saint Albans, NY 11412. Purpose: For any lawful purpose.

M A RQUEE TA LENT MANAGEMENT LLC, a domestic LLC, Arts. of Org. filed with the SSNY on 6/20/13. Office location: Queens County. SSNY is designated as agent upon whom process against the LLC may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: The LLC, P.O. Box 750578, Forest Hills, NY 1113750578. General Purposes.

Notice of formation of New Da Tong Realty LLC. Art. of Org. filed w. Secy of State of NY (SSNY) on 03/18/2013. Office loc: Queens County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of process to the LLC, C/O William X. Zou, Esq., 136-20 38 Ave., Suite 10D, Flushing, NY 11354. Purpose: Any lawful activity.

Notice of Formation of Portia Properties VI LLC. Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 6/24/13. Office location: Queens County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: The LLC, 40-06 Warren St., Elmhurst, NY 11373. Purpose: any lawful activity.

Shady Rest Drive LLC. Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 4/30/13. Office in Queens County. SSNY designated agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to c/o Donna M. Zavattieri, 154-44 Riverside Dr, Whitestone, NY 11357. Purpose: General.

SECURITY FENCE OF NEW YORK LLC, a domestic LLC, Arts. of Org. filed with the SSNY on 6/6/13. Office location: Queens County. SSNY is designated as agent upon whom process against the LLC may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: The LLC, 56-10 Nurge Ave., Maspeth, NY 11378. General Purposes.

Manhattan Electric Global USA, LLC. Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 5/23/13. Office in Queens County. SSNY designated agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to 150-10 71st Ave., #6-C, Flushing, NY 113672122. Purpose: General.

NOTICE OF FORMATION OF LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY. NAME: MPF 2038 PROPERTIES LLC. Articles of Organization were filed with the Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 04/03/2013. Office location: Queens County. SSNY has been designated as agent of the LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail a copy of process to the LLC, 69-14 167th Street, Flushing, NY 11365. Purpose: For any lawful purpose.

PARKASH 1014 LLC Articles of Org. filed NY Sec. of State (SSNY) 5/9/13. Office in Queens Co. SSNY desig. agent of LLC upon whom process may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of process to 172-14 89th Ave., Jamaica, NY 11432, which is also the principal business location. Purpose: Any lawful purpose.

NOTICE OF FORMATION OF LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY. NAME: PRECISION POINT SECURITY LLC. Articles of Organization were filed with the Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 05/24/2013. Office location: Queens County. SSNY has been designated as agent of the LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail a copy of process to the LLC, 2060 STEINWAY ST., APT. 3L, ASTORIA, NY 11105. Purpose: For any lawful purpose.

NOTICE OF FORMATION OF LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY. NAME: W.V. CONTRACTORS LLC. Articles of Organization were filed with the Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 02/05/13. Office location: Queens County. SSNY has been designated as agent of the LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail a copy of process to the LLC, c/o Wilmer Elias Vindell, 87-59 126th Street, #2, Richmond Hill, New York 11418. Purpose: For any lawful purpose.

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SUPREME COURT QUEENS COUNTY MATTER OF THE APPLICATION OF KEVIN WONG, GUARDIAN OF THE PERSON AND PROPERTY FOR SAl KWAN WONG, AN INCAPACITATED PERSON INDEX NO. 20800/05 Pursuant to an Order of this Court dated July 9, 2013 by Hon. Lee A. Mayersohn, a Justice of this Court, an Application to Sell the Premises at 85-60 261st Street, Floral Park, New York being a plot 40’ X 100’ will be made on the 13th day of August, 2013 at 9:30 A.M. at I.A. Part 20 of the Supreme Court at 88-11 Sutphin Boulevard, Jamaica, New York 11435. Said Property is presently under Contract, subject to the approval of the Court for the price of $660,000.00. CONTACT ALFRED POLIZZOTTO, III, ESQ. OF POLIZZOTTO & POLIZZOTTO, LLC, ATTORNEY FOR THE GUARDIAN AT 6911 18TH AVENUE, BROOKLYN, NEW YORK 11204, TEL. NO. (718) 232-1250

Notice of Qualification of BRICKMAN 48TH AVE LIC LLC Authority filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 07/15/13. Office location: Queens County. LLC formed in Delaware (DE) on 05/28/13. Princ. office of LLC: 30-02 48th Ave., Long Island, NY 11101. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to c/o Brickman Associates, Attn: Steven H. Klein, 712 Fifth Ave., 6th Fl., NY, NY 10019. DE addr. of LLC: c/o Corporation Service Co., 2711 Centerville Rd., Ste. 400, Wilmington, DE 19808. Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of the State of DE, Div. of Corps., John G. Townsend Bldg., 401 Federal St., Ste. 4, Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: Any lawful activity.

168 J, LLC, a domestic LLC, Arts. of Org. filed with the SSNY on 4/19/13. Office location: Queens County. SSNY is designated as agent upon whom process against the LLC may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: The LLC, 73-14 178th St., Fresh Meadows, NY 11366. General Purposes.

36-02 28 Ave Realty LLC Arts of Org filed with NY Sec of State (SSNY) on 5/8/13. Office: Queens County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: 32-19 38th Ave., LIC, NY 11101. General Purposes.

Notice is hereby given that an on-premises license, #1271852, has been applied for by CJ BANQUETE LATINO CORP. for on- premises consumption of beer and wine under the Alcoholic Beverage Control Law at 56-41 59th St., Maspeth, NY 11378.

NOTICE OF FORMATION of 2 UP LLC. Article of Organization filed with the Secretary of State of NY (SSNY) on 06/22/2013. Office location: Queens County. SSNY has been designated as agent upon whom process against it may be served. The Post Office address to which the SSNY shall mail a copy of any process against the LLC served upon her is C/O the LLC 136-20 38th Avenue, Ste. 11G, Flushing NY 11354. Purpose of LLC: to engage in any lawful act or activity. Street address of Principal business location is: 7-15 119 Street, College Point, NY 11355.

Notice Of Formation of 8504 Management LLC. Articles of Organization filed with Secretary of State (SSNY) on 05/21/2013. Office location: Queens County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of process to: 42-30 Forley Street 2/ FL, Elmhurst, NY 11373. Purpose: any lawful activity.

DAC LEE LLC, a domestic LLC, Arts. of Org. filed with the SSNY on 5/2/13. Office location: Queens County. SSNY is designated as agent upon whom process against the LLC may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: Kwong L. Lee, Manager, 45-24 216th St., Bayside, NY 11361. General Purposes.

21 LINDEN PLACE LLC Articles of Org. filed NY Sec. of State (SSNY) 5/3/2013. Office in Queens Co. SSNY desig. agent of LLC upon whom process may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of process to 10702 Jamaica Ave., Richmond Hill, NY 11418. Purpose: Any lawful purpose.

BRADDOCK INDIA KITCHEN LLC, Arts. of Org. filed with the SSNY on 06/11/2013. Office loc: Queens County. SSNY has been designated as agent upon whom process against the LLC may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: 239-17 Braddock Ave, Bellerose, NY 11426. Purpose: Any Lawful Purpose.

Notice of Formation of DARALIZ REALTY LLC, a domestic or foreign Limited Liability Company (LLC). Articles of Organization filed with Secretary of State of NY (SSNY) on 02/08/2013. NY Office location: Queens County, SSNY is designated as agent upon whom process against the LLC may be served. Secretary of State shall mail a copy of any process against the LLC service upon him/ her to the LLC, 183-79 Liberty Avenue, St. Albans, NY 11412. Purpose: Any lawful activity.

CAD LEE LLC, a domestic LLC, Arts. of Org. filed with the SSNY on 5/2/13. Office location: Queens County. SSNY is designated as agent upon whom process against the LLC may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: Kwong L. Lee, Manager, 45-24 216th St., Bayside, NY 11361. General Purposes.

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SQ page 52 NOTICE OF SALE OF LAND FOR TAXES Having made lawful demand for the payment of taxes due me as Tax Collector of the Town of Sharon, Connecticut, and payment having been neglected and refused, I WILL SELL AT PUBLIC AUCTION the following properties to satisfy taxes due thereon as of April 30, 2013: 1. Douglas Road, Sharon, CT. Property assessed from October 1, 2005 through October 1, 2011, presently in the name of APRIL LI QINQIN to satisfy taxes, interest and other charges in the amount of $522.86, on property descdbed as Douglas Road, property unique ID number 00108600, as more fully described in the Sharon Land Records, Volume 175 at Page 130. Said sale will take place in the Meeting Room of the Sharon Town Hall, located at 63 Main Street, Sharon, Connecticut on Thursday, August 15, 2013, beginning at 11:00 a.m. NONE OF THE PROPERTIES BEING SOLD IS GUARANTEED BUILDABLE UNDER CURRENT ZONING REGULATIONS. ALL PROPERTIES ARE SUBJECT TO RESTRICTIONS, COVENANTS, AND APPURTENANCES AS OF RECORD. The town of Sharon makes no representation concerning the suitability or character of any property. All properties are subject to taxes, interest, fees and other charges authorized by law accruing subsequent to the date or this notice. Such will be added to the amounts indicated above as due and owing. TERMS OF SALE: This is a public auction and property will be sold to the highest bidder on each individual property. All interested bidders must preregister and have a $1,000.00 deposit in cash, bank or certified check or money order payable to the Tax Collector of the Town of Sharon on the day of the sale. Bid registration will begin at 10:30 a.m. on August 15, 2013. The balance of the purchase price is due by 4:00 p.m. Thursday, August 29, 2013, or the purchaser shall forfeit the deposit and the right to purchase the property. A Tax Collector’s Deed shall be lodged in the office of the Sharon Town Clerk and shall remain unrecorded for six months from the date of the sale. Additional information concerning this process may be found at Section 12-157 of the Connecticut General Statutes. Minimum bids will be announced by the Tax Collector’s Office after August 1, 2013, This notice hereby constitutes a legal levy of my tax collector’s warrant on the above described real estate. Dated at Sharon, Connecticut this 25th day of June, 2013. By Donna Christensen, Tax Collector.

NOTICE OF ACTION BEFORE THE BOARD OF MASSAGE THERAPY IN RE: The license to practice massage therapy of Zhen Ji Piao, L.M.T., 3733 College Point Boulevard, Apartment C1D, Flushing, New York 11354 CASE NO.: 2012-15662 LICENSE NO.: MA 63970 The Department of Health has filed an Administrative Complaint against you, a copy of which may be obtained by contacting Renee C. Harkins, Assistant General Counsel, Prosecution Services Unit, 4052 Bald Cypress Way, Bin #C65, Tallahassee, Florida 32399-3265, (850) 245-4444. If no contact has been made by you concerning the above by August 26, 2013, the matter of the Administrative Complaint will be presented at an ensuing meeting of the Board of Massage Therapy in an informal proceeding. In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, persons needing a special accommodation to participate in this proceeding should contact the individual or agency sending this notice not later than seven days prior to the proceeding at the address given on the notice. Telephone: (850) 2454444, 1-800-955-8771(TDD) or 1-800-955-8770 (V), via Florida Relay Service.

NOTICE OF FORMATION OF LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY. NAME: DeUrn LLC. Articles of Organization were filed with the Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 04/30/2013. Office location: Queens County. SSNY has been designated as agent of the LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail a copy of process to C/O UNITED STATES CORPORATION AGENTS, INC., 7014 13th Avenue, Suite 202, Brooklyn, NY 11228. Purpose: For any lawful purpose.

JDU Real Estate LLC Arts of Org filed with NY Sec of State (SSNY) on 2/21/13. Office: Queens County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: 84-20 55th Rd, Elmhurst, NY 11373. General Purposes.

NOTICE OF FORMATION OF LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY. NAME: ECOGROWTH HOLDING LLC. Articles of Organization were filed with the Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 05/24/2013. Office location: New York County. SSNY has been designated as agent of the LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail a copy of process to the LLC, 401 BROADWAY, NEW YORK, NY 10013. Purpose: For any lawful purpose.

Notice is hereby given that a license number 1271931 for an on-premises Liquor License has been applied for by the JUST BURGERS CORP. under the Alcoholic Beverage Control Law for premises located at 33-01 Ditmars Boulevard, Astoria, New York 11105, County of Queens, for on-premises consumption.

Hillside Hotel LLC Arts of Org. filed with SSNY on 05/15/2013. Office in Queens County. SSNY has been designated service of process. SSNY shall mail copy of process to Singh Harjinder, 74-35 Grand Ave., Elmhurst, NY 11373. Any lawful purpose.

Notice of Formation of Kedar Capital Management, LLC. Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 6/21/13. Office location: Queens County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: National Corporate Research, Ltd., 10 E. 40th St., 10th Fl., NY, NY 10016, the registered agent upon whom process may be served. Purpose: any lawful activity.

NOTICE OF ACTION BEFORE THE BOARD OF MASSAGE THERAPY IN RE: The license to practice massage therapy of Shu Yuan Sun, L.M.T., 144-31 41st Avenue, Flushing, NY. 11355 CASE NO.: 2013-05571 LICENSE NO.: MA 70942 The Department of Health has filed an Administrative Complaint against you, a copy of which may be obtained by contacting, R. Shaffer Claridge, Assistant General Counsel, Prosecution Services Unit, 4052 Bald Cypress Way, Bin #C65, Tallahassee, Florida 32399-3265, (850) 2454444. If no contact has been made by you concerning the above by September 5, 2013, the matter of the Administrative Complaint will be presented at an ensuing meeting of the Board of Massage Therapy in an informal proceeding. In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, persons needing a special accommodation to participate in this proceeding should contact the individual or agency sending this notice not later than seven days prior to the proceeding at the address given on the notice. Telephone: (850) 245-4444, 1-800-9558771(TDD) or 1-800-955-8770 (V), via Florida Relay Service.

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HRA program helps nurse remodel, and pay off her car “Wow, is this the same bathroom? ” friends of Patricia Keanes-Douglas ask when they visit her Brooklyn home. “Who did it? It’s beautiful!” Maybe it’s the shimmering Carrera White tiling on both the floor and walls that catches their eye. Maybe it’s the modern chromefinish Kohler fixtures and deepsoak drop-in bathtub. Or it might be the marble sink and clean white solid wood vanity below it. Then there’s the threebulb lighting fixture that lends such a crystal- clear glow to the whole room. More likely than not, it’s all these things, because everywhere you look, Keanes-Douglas’ new bathroom exhibits a refined elegance and style that looks modern but also will stand the test of time. “It’s very posh-looking,” she says. “It’s really light and airy, and it makes you want to stay in the bathroom. Even though the bathroom is small, it’s the kind of bathroom you see in a magazine. It’s beautiful.” Best of all, turning the bathroom from dated and drab to light and livable cost a lot less than you might think, thanks to the Housing Rehabilitation Assistance program, which specializes in helping homeowners do all kinds of remodeling while at the same time saving thousands of dollars. Keanes-Douglas, a nurse, and her daughter, Patricia, had been wanting to redo the bathroom in

their home on a quiet block near the Brooklyn Terminal Market for years, but the time never seemed quite right. Until, that is, they received an advertisement for the HRA and saw all the services its attentive staff offers. “My daughter is always looking to upgrade things,” KeanesDouglas explained. “She’s wanted to do the bathroom for a long time. I said, well, we’ve been here over 10 years, and we’ve done some things around the house. I hated that old bathroom. This seemed to be the right time to do it.” But the Keanes-Douglases didn’t want to call just any old contractor to do the job, which is where HRA comes in. The first step was to call the group’s toll-free number and set up an appointment with a representative who came by to explain all the benefits of the program, which include securing assistance and screening contractors to make sure only the best are brought in to do the work. Keanes-Douglas, like so many HRA clients, is thrilled with the results. Not only did she get a new bathroom for herself and her daughter, the refinancing allowed her to pay off her car loan, do some more work on the dining room and still come out ahead. I t was H R A r ep r es ent a tive Carlos Fontanez who first came to her home to detail the program. “When Carlos came he




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Brooklyn nurse Patricia Keanes-Douglas was tired of her bathroom’s outdated design, but had been putting off renovations — until the Housing Rehabilitation Assistance program put remodeling within reach. explained the whole thing to me,” said Keanes-Douglas, a native of Grenada who’s lived in the United States most of the last 42 years. “I don’t like to rush things. He took a lot of time explaining everything to me. Then I spoke to his supervisor, and he was really very thorough and informative. Once I got all the information and


“Not a pin was out of place. I would totally recommend them.” And the workers did a lot more than is visible to the eye, also redoing the bathroom’s plumbing and electrical systems. They even found the time, and the means within her budget, to do some much-needed work in the dining room attached to the back of her house, putting in new hardwood flooring, electricity and — for the first time — baseboard heating. All the work went smoothly. “There were no unexpected problems,” Keanes-Douglas said. “I had no complaints at all.” And she just can’t get over that new bathroom. “I love it,” she said. “The colors attract so much light. In the evening, with the light coming in, the bathroom is like a big ball of light.” To find out if you qualify for the Housing Rehabilitation Assistance program, just call HRA tollfree at 866-791-6302. Tell them you read about the great job they did for the Keanes-Douglases, and they’ll be sure to give you the same level of excellent service. HOUR-060444

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Patricia Keanes-Douglas can’t help but smile as she shows her HRA representative, Carlos Fontanez, what a great job her program-approved contractors did on her bathroom. A drop-in deep-soak tub with custom-tiled apron brings style, comfort and even tax savings, all thanks to the Housing Rehabilitation Assistance program.

read it over, I was very comfortable with the program.” The next step was to meet with the HRA-approved contractor w ho’d b e doing t he wor k. The program is very particular about who can do the jobs it’s involved with, requiring companies to demonstrate that they are licensed, bonded and insured for at least $100,000 per incident; registered with the Better Business Bureau, with a rating of an A or higher; on file with Consumer Affairs; and in business for at least 10 years with no name changes in their filings. The HRA’s standards ensure that only the best, most reputable home improvement firms are hired — and the program’s rules stipulate that they don’t even get paid until a client certifies the job has been done to his or her complete satisfaction. The selective process paid off for Keanes-Douglas, as it does for each HRA client, with the whole job done in about a week without any problems, and her house left spotless every day. “They cleaned up as they went along,” Keanes-Douglas said.




The newest Nets by Lloyd Carroll Chronicle Contributor

The Brooklyn Nets introduced the three iconic players that they acquired in a Draft Day trade last Thursday. Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce, and Jason Terry all dressed in similar dark suits that ref lected the Nets’ color scheme and all said the right things about wanting to win at least one last NBA championship. “Like nearly everyone else I don’t like change,” said Kevin Garnett, an eighteenyear NBA veteran when asked about having to uproot himself to a new city. He credited Paul Pierce, who had played his entire career in Boston, for convincing him to accept this new challenge rather than retire. Paul Pierce said that his first concern would be finding a place to live. The Nets complicate things for their players because while they play their home games at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center their workout facility is located in East Rutherford, a vestige from their days as the New Jersey Nets. “I will have to consult with my family and friends about schools as well as my CPA to discuss the tax implications of where I live,” he told me. Kevin Garnett was no nonsense when he was asked what it takes for a team to be a champion. “Everyone has to sacrifice. You can’t have one person taking all of the shots

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or having isolation plays (a fancy term for one-on-one basketball) drawn up for them,” he said. Nets general manager Billy King believes that the Nets will be one of the NBA’s premier teams for at least the next three years. He conceded that the criticism of the Nets striking a Faustian bargain by trading away their first-round draft picks for 2014, 2016, and 2018 for three players who are all at least 35 years old, has some merit. King told me that the Nets would not be handcuffed in future years because he believes that he’ll be able to make trades and that he knows that money is no object to his boss, Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov, when it comes to trying a win an NBA championship. Prokhorov made a rare appearance in Brooklyn last week to welcome both his new players and his new head coach, Jason Kidd. To his immense credit, he made himself available to anyone who wanted to chat with him. Since he has long been a force in Russian politics as well as industry, I asked Prokhorov if he thought that Edward Snowden would stay in Moscow. “I don’t know what will happen with him but I am sick of the all the spy stories between the US and Russia such as Snowden and Anna Chapman. “Our countries should concentrate on sports, culture, the arts and the Q trading of goods and services.”

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In May 1919 ground was broken for a $2 million project on five acres for a movie studio that could make 20 productions simultaneously with its own laboratories, carpenter shops and projection rooms. The Famous Players-Lasky Corp. was the brainstorm of Jesse L. Lasky (1880-1958). The company officially changed the name to Paramount Studios in 1927. It was here that Lasky established the movie industry’s first acting school. The Marx Brothers, W.C. Fields, Eddie Cantor, Clara Bow, Gloria Swanson, Lillian and Dorothy Gish are only a few of the many stars who made films on these stages. In 1927 Paramount moved most of its major productions to a larger West Coast studio. Astoria Studios continued doing Paramount Newsreels, short features and unit rehearsal shows. The famous WPA play “One Third of a Nation” was turned into a movie here with Sylvia Sidney and Sidney Lumet as late as 1938. In 1942, the studio was sold to the U.S. War Department as it was then called. From

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Astoria Studios, 34-12 36 St., LIC nearing the end of construction, summer of 1920. then until 1970, the Army Signal Corps made 300 training films a year there. Some notables who made films for the Army at Astoria were Stanley Kramer, Frank Capra, Charlton Heston, Lee Marvin and George Maharis. Maharis was born and raised in Astoria himself. Declaring the studio surplus in 1970, the federal government deeded the property to The City University of New York. Originally in 1972 it restricted its use to educational purposes only. After making several WNET/13 television programs the stages went dark. In 1976, the movie industry, the City of New York and the federal government reached new agreements to reactivate the Q stages for commercial purposes.


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