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ANNIVERSARY EDITION Profiles of Queens businesses that have withstood the test of time and have been around for as long as we can remember.
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Since the first issue in 1970, the Queens Tribune has provided readers with the news that is important to Queens. As we celebrate another year covering this great Borough, we wanted to profile some of the businesses that have become staples to their communities, through decades of service to their customers.
Table of Contents Kane’s Diner.......................................... Page 5 Garden World ........................................ Page 6 Poppenhusen Institute ........................... Page 9 North Shore Animal Hospital ................ Page 11 Robert Mann Dance Centre .................. Page 13 Brother’s Pizzeria ................................ Page 15 Cara Mia ............................................. Page 17 King Yum ............................................. Page 19 Eddie’s Sweet Shop.............................. Page 21 Neir’s Tavern........................................ Page 23 Worksman Cycles................................. Page 25 Bohemian Hall and Beer Garden ........... Page 25 Jahn’s Ice Cream Parlor........................ Page 27 Rudy’s Bakery...................................... Page 29 Lemon Ice King of Corona ..................... Page 31 Platz Hardware .................................... Page 32 Silver Bell Bakery................................. Page 32 Weisman ............................................. Page 35 Rubie’s Costume Company ................... Page 37 This Week’s Trib Deadline ............................................. Page 39 Edit & Letters ...................................... Page 40 Op Ed by Anthony Weiner ...................... Page 41 Trib Pix ................................................ Page 42 Leisure ................................................ Page 44 Queens Today ...................................... Page 46 QConﬁdential ...................................... Page 58
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44 Years Of Quality Dining In Flushing BY LUIS GRONDA Staff Writer Sitting in the heart of Flushing, Kane’s Diner is one of the last reminders of the more industrial neighborhood it used to be and its adaptation to the influx of immigrants and business into the area. Kane’s opened the same year the Queens Tribune was founded, in 1970, and is also celebrating its 44th anniversary this year. It has been in the Kane family for its entire existence. George Kanes, the current owner of the antique-style diner, took over operations 29 years ago, but worked alongside his father, Ernest, since he was five years old. He attributes the diner’s longevity to the way it treats its customers who are treated like friends and family, and its ability to persevere and remain in the area. Kanes said many of the businesses that used to be around in the 1970s and 80s have gone out of business because of the rising property values in Flushing. A lot of the industrial establishments have made way for shopping centers, namely the Sky View Center, and bars to
attract younger people. “You leave here better “You’ve got to be really than when you walked in,” he said. resilient because life and Pictures of the many business throw you curfamous people that have veballs everyday,” he said. eaten in Kane’s are pep“Every day is a battle. It’s pered throughout the diner, like a boxing match.” including Mayor Bill de BlaThe addition of the sio, former mayor Michael Skyview Center has added Bloomberg and news ana tremendous amount of chor Brian Williams. business to the area and Among the community has shifted the economic work the diner has done hub in Flushing closer to in the past includes donatwhere the diner is located ing food to churches in on College Point Boulevard the area, as well as other between Maple and Pople neighborhoods, such as Avenues. This, in turn, St. Demetrios Church in has helped his business, Photo by Joe Marvilli Jamaica. with the eatery being only The diner used to be a short drive away from Kane’s Diner in Flushing first opened in 1970 and is celcalled “the funny flag diner” the economic center in ebrating its 44th anniversary this year. according to Kanes bethe area. “This is considered downtown pasta and pork chops. Their most cause of the 30 American flags that Flushing now,” Kanes said. “It’s a famous dish is the steak and eggs used to fly above the eatery. Now there are only five flags, but they much more commercial area. We combo, which only costs $9. Kanes said that while much of remain a key feature in the diner’s were in the boondocks back in the the food can be bought at any other appearance. day.” “On the day we sell, I got to take They have adapted their menu diner in the City, it is the personal to fit the influx of people that have service and the old-school look the flags with me,” he said. Reach Luis Gronda at (718) 357moved into the neighborhood, Kanes Kane’s has that separates it from said, offering many different types of the rest of the 24-hour eateries in 7400, Ext. 127, email@example.com, or @luisgronda. food, including various quesadillas, the five boroughs.
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Giving Your Garden A Home For Years BY TRISHA SAKHUJA Staff Writer Garden World of Flushing is a large supplier of everything you need to keep your garden looking healthy and colorful for the past 65 years. Christopher Leicht, the owner, said the secret to their success is a combination of a few factors: the quality of their products, the service they provide, the selection of flowers and trees they offer, the friendless of their staff and their affordable prices. “All of those items, when you add them all together, lead to a 65 year tradition,” Leicht said. “We are friendly to all and we offer products that everyone is looking for.” To add to the longstanding tradition of Garden World, Leicht was proud to mention their recent acquisition of Keil Brothers, a garden center and nursery in Bayside that recently went out of business. This gives Garden World the opportunity to offer an expanded selection in the garden center, nursery, greenhouse and florist shop, he said. Over the years, Leicht said they
“the community at large have been very consishas been good to us.” tent in selling an array of “They’ve all been loyal gardening supplies, with and we appreciate their a large nursery to choose loyalty,” he said. from and many accesOne way that Garsories for plant lovers and den World likes to thank amateur gardeners. their customers, Leicht “It’s one of the largest said, is by offering the garden centers in all of Garden World Bloomers Queens,” he said. “We have Club card, which is a everything you would need membership program for to be a gardener. We buy Photo by Joe Marvilli their most loyal customfrom all over the country to find the best items at the Garden World, located in Flushing, has been serving the ers to receive discounts, community’s need for gardening supplies for 65 years. reward points and special best prices.” shopping incentives. Leicht said they sell As for the future, Leicht said they trees, house plants, fertilizers, tools, “Garden World sells all over the grass seeds, pottery, cleaning sup- country,” he said. “We have also are here to stay and will continue to serve the community. plies, watering goods, gardening done some business overseas.” “We look forward to serving them ornaments and chemicals. In addition to their website, LeAs a bonus, he said they also sell icht said they also do business on the next 20, 30, 40 and 50 years,” he said. propane gas and run a full-service eBay.com and Amazon.com. Garden World, located at Francis floral shop. “We are always looking for more While customers shop at Garden ways to make it easier for people to Lewis Blvd. and 46th Ave., is open seven days a week, from 9 a.m. World, Leicht said it is important buy our products,” he said. they ask questions to the knowlAs for the evolving neighbor- until 5 p.m. To learn more about Garden edgeable and friendly staff. hood, Leicht said Flushing has Because of the age of the In- become very diverse with many World, visit www.igardenworld.com ternet, Garden World runs a large families from Asian, European and or www.nygardenworld.com. Reach Trisha Sakhuja at (718) ecommerce website where it be- Hispanic descent. comes accessible to buy their prodRegardless of the demographics 357-7400, Ext. 128, tsakhuja@queenucts from any location. of the neighborhood, Leicht said stribune.com, or @Tsakhuja13.
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Notice of formation of JD REALT Y MANAGEMENT LLC. Articles of Organization filed with the Secretary of State of New York SSNY on December 05, 2013. Office location in Queens. SSNY has been designated for service of process. SSNY shall mail copy of any process served against the LLC 37-20 Prince Street, Suite 3E Flushing, NY 11354. Purpose: any lawful purpose. ________________________ Notice of Formation of NTM Properties, LLC, Art. of Org. filed Sec’y of State (SSNY) 6/21/11. 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 20841 15th Dr., Bayside, NY 11360. Purpose: any lawful activities. ________________________ NOTICE OF FORMATION OF LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY. NAME: CAPITOL FIRE SPRINKLER OF NEW YORK, LLC. Articles of Organization were filed with the Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 01/31/14. Office location: Queens County. SSNY has been designated as agent of the LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail a copy of process to the LLC, 401 Broad Hollow Road, Melville, New York 11747. Purpose: For any lawful purpose. ________________________ SUPREME COURT OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK – COUNTY OF QUEENS INDEX# 24970/2009 FILED: 9/11/2013 Plaintiff designates Queens County as the place of trial. Venue is based upon the County in which the mortgage premise is situated. PENNY MAC LOAN SERVICES, LLC, Plaintiff against LEONARD GOGGINS, if they be living and if they be dead, the respective heirs-at-law, next of kin, distributees, executors, administrators, trustees, devisees, legatees, assignees, lienors, creditors and successors in interest, and generally all persons having or claiming under, by or through said defendant who may be deceased, by purchase, inheritance, lien or inheritance, any right, title or interest in or to the real property described in the complaint, NYC ENVIRONMENTAL CONTROL BOARD, and “JOHN DOE” and “JANE DOE , “ the last two names being fictitious and said parties intended being tenants, or occupants, if any, having or claiming an interest in, or lien upon the premises, described in the complaint, NEW YORK STATE DEPARTMENT OF TAXATION AND FINANCE, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA,
Defendant(s) TO THE ABOVE NAMED DEFENDANTS: NOTICE YOU ARE IN DANGER OF LOSING YOUR HOME IF YOU DO NOT RESPOND TO THIS SUMMONS AND COMPLAINT BY SERVING A COPY OF THE ANSWER ON THE ATTORNEYS FOR THE MORTGAGE COMPANY WHO FILED THIS FORECLOSURE PROCEEDING AGAINST YOU AND FILING THE ANSWER WITH THE COURT, A DEFAULT JUDGMENT MAY BE ENTERED AND YOU CAN LOSE YOUR HOME. SPEAK TO AN ATTORNEY OR GO TO THE COURT WHERE YOU CASE IS PENDING FOR FURTHER INFORMATION ON HOW TO ANSWER THE SUMMONS AND PROTECT YOUR PROPERTY. SENDING A PAYMENT TO YOUR MORTGAGE COMPANY WILL NOT STOP THIS FORECLOSURE ACTION. YOU MUST RESPOND BY SERVING A COPY OF THE ANSWER ON THE ATTORNEY FOR THE PLAINTIFF (MORTGAGE COMPANY) AND FILING THE ANSWER WITH THE COURT. YOU ARE HEREBY SUMMONED to answer the complaint in this action and to serve a copy of your answer, or, if the complaint is not serviced with this summons, to serve a notice of appearance on the Plaintiff’s attorney within 20 days after the service of this summons, exclusive of the day of service (or within 30 days after the service is complete if this summons is not personally delivered to you within the State of New York); The United States of America, if designated as a Defendant in this action, may appear within (60) days of service thereof and in case of your failure to appear or answer, judgment will be taken against you by default for the relief demanded in the complaint. NOTICE OF NATURE OF ACTION AND RELIEF SOUGHT: THE OBJECT of the above captioned action is to foreclose on a mortgage that was recorded in the Office of the Clerk of the County of Queens on March 13, 2008 in CRFN: 2008000103127 and was then assigned to the plaintiff by way of assignment dated September 11, 2009 to be recorded in the Queens Clerk. Plaintiff is the holder and the owner of the aforesaid NOTE and MORTGAGE, covering premises known as 538 Beach 68th Street, Far Rockaway, NY 11692. (Block 16034 Lot 18). The relief sought within action is a final judgment directing the sale of the premises described above to satisfy the debt described above. To the above named Defendants:
The foregoing summons is served upon you by publication pursuant to an order of the Hon. Sidney F. Strauss, J.S.C. , a Justice of the Supreme Court of the State of New York, filed along with the supporting papers in the office of the Clerk of the Count y of QUEENS on 12/30/2013. This is an action to foreclose on a mortgage. ALL that certain plot, piece or parcel of land, with the buildings and improvements thereon erected, situate, lying and being in the Borough and County of Queens and City and State of New York (Block 16034 Lot 18). Said premises known as 538 Beach 68th Street, Far Rockaway, NY 11692. YOU ARE HEREBY PUT ON NOTICE THAT WE ARE ATTEMPTING TO COLLECT A DEBT AND ANY INFORMATION OBTAINED WILL BE USED FOR THAT PURPOSE. By reason of the default in the payment of the monthly installment of principal and interest, among other things, as hereinafter set forth, Plaintiff, the holder and owner of the aforementioned note and mortgage, or their agents have elected and hereby accelerate the mortgage and declare the entire mortgage indebtedness immediately due and payable. The following amounts are now due and owing on said mortgage, no part of any of which has been paid although duly demanded: By virtue thereof, plaintiff has heretofore elected and by these presents hereby elects to accelerate the entire unpaid principal balance of $408,500.00 to be immediately due and payable under the mortgage herein foreclosed, with accrued interest at 8.825% per annum from July 1, 2007. Plaintiff is also entitled to a reasonable attorneys’ fees in the amount of $4,500.00, plus costs and disbursements, for which demand is hereby made UNLESS YOU DISPUTE THE VALIDITY OF THE DEBT, OR ANY PORTION THEREOF, WITHIN THIRTY (30) DAYS AFTER YOUR RECEIPT HEREOF THAT THE DEBT, OR ANY PORTION THEREOF, IS DISPUTED, THE DEBTOR JUDGMENT AGAINST YOU AND A COPY OF SUCH VERIFICATION OR JUDGMENT WILL BE MAILED TO YOU BY THE HEREIN DEBT COLLECTOR. IF APPLICABLE, UPON YOUR WRITTEN REQUEST, WITHIN SAID THIRTY (30) DAY PERIOD, THE HEREIN DEBT COLLECTOR WILL PROVIDE YOU WITH THE NAME AND ADDRESS OF THE ORIGINAL CREDITOR. IF YOU HAVE RECEIVED A DISCHARGE FROM THE UNITED STATES BANKRUPTC Y COURT,
YOU ARE NOT PERSONALLY LIABLE FOR THE UNDERLYING INDEBTEDNESS OWED TO PL AINTIFF/ CREDITOR AND THIS NOTICE/DISCLOSURE IS FOR COMPLIANCE AND INFORMATIONAL PURPOSES ONLY. HELP FOR HOMEOWNERS IN FORECLOSURE New York State requires that we send you this notice about the foreclosure process. Please read it carefully. SUMMONS AND COMPLAINT You are in danger of losing your home. If you fail to respond to the summons and complaint in this foreclosure action, you may lose your home. Please read the summons and complaint carefully. You should immediately contact an attorney or your local legal aid office to obtain advice on how to protect yourself. SOURCES OF INFORMATION AND ASSISTANCE The State encourages you to become informed about your options in foreclosure. In addition to seeking assistance from an attorney or legal aid, there are government agencies, and non-profit organizations that you may contact for information about possible options, including trying to work with your lender during this process. To locate an entity near you, you may call the toll-free helpline maintained by New York state Banking Department at 1-877-Bank-NYS or visit the Department’s website at www.banking.state.ny.us FORECLOSURE RESCUE SCAMS Be careful of people who approach you with offers to “save” your home. There are individuals who watch for notices of foreclosure actions in order to unfairly profit from a homeowner’s distress. You should be extremely careful about any such promises and any suggestions that you pay them a fee or sign over your deed. State law requires anyone offering such services for profit to enter into a contract which fully describes the services they will perform and fees they will charge, and which prohibits them from taking any money from you until they have completed all such promised services. Section 1303 NOTICE YOU ARE IN DANGER OF LOSING YOUR HOME If you do not respond to this summons and complaint by serving the copy of the answer on the attorney for the mortgage company who filed this foreclosure proceeding against you and filing the answer with the court, a default judgment may be entered and you may lose your home. Speak to an attorney or go to the court where your case is pending for further information on how to answer the summons
and protect your property. Sending a payment to your mortgage company will not stop this foreclosure action. YOU MUST RESPOND BY SERVING A COPY OF THE ANSWER ON THE ATTORNEY FOR THE PLAINTIFF MORTGAGE COMPANY) AND FILING AN ANSWER WITH THE COURT. Kozeny, McCubbin & Katz, LLP. Attorneys for the Plaintiff, 395 N. Service Road, Suite 401, Melville, NY 11747 Our File 12144 ________________________ T WIST AND SMASH’D SPORTS LLC, Arts. of Org. filed with the SSNY on 02/03/2014. Office loc: Queens County. SSNY has been designated as agent upon whom process against the LLC may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: 43-42 10th Street, Long Island City, NY 11101. Purpose: Any Lawful Purpose. _______________________ A.A.A. STAR LLC, a domestic LLC, filed with the SSNY on 10/11/13. Office location: Queens County. SSNY is designated as agent upon whom process against the LLC may be served. SSNY shall mail process to Amalia Escobar, 109-10 215th St., Queens Village, NY 11429. General Purpose. ________________________ ENLAI STAR REALTY LLC, a domestic Limited Liability Company (LLC) filed with the Sec of State of NY on 02/05/2014. NY Office location: Queens County. SSNY is designated as agent upon whom process against the LLC may be served. SSNY shall mail a copy of any process against the LLC served upon him/her to THE LLC 146-11 BEECH AVENUE, FLUSHING NY 11355. General Purposes. ________________________ Notice of Qualification of 3725 81ST STREET, LLC Authority filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 09/13/13. Office location: Queens County. LLC formed in Delaware (DE) on 09/11/13. Princ. office of LLC: c/o A & E Real Estate Holdings, LLC, 1065 Ave. of the Americas, NY, NY 10018. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to Douglas F. Eisenberg at the princ. office of the LLC. DE addr. of LLC: Corporation Service Co., 2711 Centerville Rd., Ste. 400, Wilmington, DE 19808. Cert. of Form. filed with Secy. of State, Div. of Corps., John G. Townsend Bldg., 401 Federal St., Ste. 4, Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: Any lawful activity. ________________________ NOTICE OF FORMATION OF A DOMESTIC LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY. Name:
THE GIZZI GROUP, LLC. Articles of organization filed with the secretary of state of NY (SSNY) on January 21, 2014.Office Location: Queens County, SSNY has been designated as agent of the LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to the LLC, 163-34 87 Street, Howard Beach, NY 11414 Purpose: any lawful purpose. ________________________ REN & CHEN’S PROPERTY LLC Articles of Org. filed NY Sec. of State (SSNY) 1/13/14. Office in Queens Co. SSNY design. Agent of LLC upon whom process may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of process to De Sheng Chen 51-30 Codwise PL Elmhurst, NY 11373. Purpose: Any lawful activity. ________________________ P.M.H. ACCOUNTING SERVICES, LLC, a domestic LLC, filed with the SSNY on 1/14/14. Office location: Queens County. SSNY is designated as agent upon whom process against the LLC may be served. SSNY shall mail process to Patricia M. Hans, 60-14 68th St., Maspeth, NY 11378. General Purpose. ________________________ NOTICE OF FORMATION OF LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY. NAME: LJE HOLDING LLC. Articles of Organization were filed with the Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 02/11/14. Office location: Queens County. SSNY has been designated as agent of the LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail a copy of process to the LLC, 56-48 Oceania Street, Oakland Gardens, New York 11364. Purpose: For any lawful purpose. ________________________ Notice of formation of The Law Office of Edwards & Bentham, LLP. Articles of Org. filed with the Secretary of State of the State of New York (SSNY) on 11/12/03, exist date 1/1/14. Office located in Queens County. SSNY has been designated for service of process. SSNY shall mail copy of any process served against the LLP to: The Partnership,175-20 Wexford Terrace, Suite D1, Jamaica Estates, NY 11432. Purpose: Any lawful activity or purpose. ________________________ I n te r n a t i o n s N YC L LC Arts of Org. filed NY Secy of State (SSNY) 2/3/14. Office:Queens Co. SSNY design. agent of LLC upon whom process may be served and shall mail copy to 95-60 Queens Blvd. #319 Rego Park, NY 11374. Purpose: any lawful activity
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A City Landmark Serving The Borough
BY JOE MARVILLI Staff Writer When it comes to community establishments in Queens, there are few as long-lasting or as influential as the Poppenhusen Institute. The Poppenhusen Institute was constructed 146 years ago, in 1868, with funds donated by Conrad Poppenhusen, the benefactor and founder of College Point. The original charter of the institute said that it should give people the opportunity to improve their lives. The institute was established for vocational training and served to advance Poppenhusen’s interest in providing educational opportunities for industrial workers. “He became a rich man but was not born rich. He believed in passing on his wealth and helping others,” executive director Susan Brustmann said. “He believed in education.” That belief in education led to Poppenhusen establishing the first free kindergarten program in the country at the institute. The concept, originally from Germany, was brought to America with the first classes taking place on July 1, 1870.
Due to its histor y and its staff and volunteers have worked Victorian style architecture, the to find new fundraising opportunities, such as an auction held last Institute became a City landmark June and a haunted house during in 1970 and was added to the NaHalloween. tional Register of Historic Places Poppenhusen also got a boost in 1973. Despite this designation, last year when it was voted as Poppenhusen was threatened the top pick for Council District with sale and demolition in 1980. 19’s par ticipator y budgeting Due to the work of its volunteers, practice. The structural restorathe community group and a Sution won 52.48 percent of the preme Court case, this action was vote, meaning that $250,000 of prevented. Photo by Joe Marvilli discretionary funds went towards “That was the beginning of many good things to come,” The Poppenhusen Institute in College Point has its upgrades. In spite of these recent hardBrustmann said. “It was nice to offered educational and entertaining programs ships, Poppenhusen is still moving know that when you believe in for nearly 150 years. forward to serve its community the something and you work at it, it toric exhibits, tours, 12-step meetcan come to pass.” ings and E. Phoenix Idealis, the best it can. Those who would like to donate According to Brustmann, the resident theatre company. While the building originally survived due to troupe was originally commissioned can do so by using PayPal on its the importance of the services it to perform, they eventually became website, http://poppenhuseninstitute.org, or by sending a check to provided the neighborhood. Now, partners of Poppenhusen. more than a century later, its ser“They are a dedicated group of P.O. Box 91, College Point, NY. “It is our goal to be around anvices remain an essential part, but individuals,” Brustmann said. “We’re it is also renowned for its historical very proud to have them as part of other 150 years,” Brustmann said. The Poppenhusen Institute can significance. The work the institute the institute.” does continually changes over time Despite its long-serving role in be found at 114-04 14th Road, Colto match the needs of the com- the community, Poppenhusen has lege Point. To learn more about its munity. been struggling financially as of programs, call (718) 358-0067. Reach Joe Marvilli at (718) 357Those programs include lec- late. In 2008, the institute lost all of tures, workshops for kids, stress its State funding. With 40 percent 7400, Ext. 125, jmarvilli@queenstriworkshops, summer concerts, his- of their funding gone, the center’s bune.com, or @Joey788.
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North Shore Animal Hospital:
Animal Assistance For More Than 70 Years BY JOE MARVILLI Staff Writer While people and organizations often honor doctors and facilities that take care of humans, those who take care of our pets are occasionally overlooked. Luckily, there are places like North Shore Animal Hospital, which has become a steadfast part of the community it has been serving for 75 years. Throughout its lifetime, North Shore has become a pioneer and trusted source for small animal veterinary care. With a wide array of services and a small team of medical experts, the Bayside hospital has established itself as the go-to place for pet care in northeast Queens. Dr. Robert Ferber, a veterinarian who graduated from Cornell University in 1939, started the hospital in the same year in his home neighborhood of Bayside. Although he had developed his love of animals while spending time in one of Flushing’s many horse stables, he built the clinic for small animal care and placed it in between the growing towns of Flushing and Great Neck. During its early years, North Shore was closed temporarily when
Robert went to serve in the michael, Long Island’s U.S. Army Veterinary Corps only board-certified veterinary dentist. in 1942. He retur ned and North Shore has an reopened the clinic in 1946, in-house lab for dermoving it over a few blocks to m a t o l o g i c p r o bl e m s its present location in 1948. It like treating bacterial was around this time that his and fungal disease. It brother, Leonard, joined the also has in-house blood practice. analyzers for internal As time went on, the clinic medicine. The hospibecame a multi-generational tal is equipped for any family business, as Robert’s ophthalmologic needs, son, Alan, joined the practice whether it is glaucoma, in 1970. After Robert retired a surgical issue or conin the mid-1980s, Alan took genital eyelid malformaover and remained there until tions. his retirement in 2004. Now, Photo by Joe Marvilli The clinic also has Alan’s son, Michael, is part North Shore Animal Hospital has established itself as a of the practice as the chief of pioneer and trusted source for small veterinary care in brand new ultrasound and electrocardiography surgery. northeast Queens. machines to make the Towards the start of the diagnosis as accurate 21st century, Nor th Shore decided to expand its reach, open- are given if needed to the pet by the as possible. North Shore Animal Hospital is ing the South Bellmore Veterinary experienced hospital staff. Those Group as a satellite clinic, in order pets that have been there a week or located at 42-02 215th St., Bayside. It is open seven days a week. to bring its quality care to the south more get a complementary bath. shore of Long Island. In terms of dentistry, its dental To make an appointment with the North Shore offers nearly every machine is equipped with an ultra- clinic, call (718) 701-8379. Visit type of service a pet or animal would sonic scaler and polisher, a high- www.queens-animal-hospital.com need within its walls. The care avail- speed drill and a digital dental x-ray for more information. Reach Joe Marvilli at (718) 357able at North Shore includes board- unit. In order to provide the best ing for direct observation. Special dental care possible, North Shore’s 7400, Ext. 125, jmarvilli@queenstridiets, medications and treatments staff was trained by Dr. Daniel Car- bune.com, or @Joey788.
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Notice of Guardianship sale of real property pursuant to the Order of the Hon. Lee A Mayersohn entered in the Supreme Court, Queens County, New York on February 27, 2014, a copy of which may be examined at the Office of the Clerk at 88-11 Sutphin Boulevard, Jamaica, NY 11435, bearing Index No. 16927/2012 of all that certain plot, piece or parcel of land with the buildings and improvements erected situate, lying and being at 43-07 Crommelin Street, Flushing, New York 11355, Block 5113, Lot 5 owned by Florence Y.P. Tso, are to be sold by the Co-Guardians of Florence Y.P. Tso, Christopher P. Chow and Linda Moon-Ying Chow on April 8, 2014 at 9:30 AM subject to a contract of sale. An auction will be held at which time others may bid beside the contract vendee. Premises will be sold subject to the Courts consent and provisions of the Order before the Justice presiding at an IAS Part 22G of the Supreme Court held in the County of Queens at the Courthouse, 88-11 Sutphin Boulevard, Jamaica, New York 11435. ________________________ At IAS Part 18, Room 41 of the Supreme Court of the State of New York for the County of Queens, 88-11 Sutphin Boulevard, Jamaica, New York, March 14, 2014 PRESENT HON. DUANE A. HART SUPREME COURT OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK COUNTY OF QUEENS Index No.: 4036/14 Assigned Justice: ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE SEEKING: a) INJUNCTION UNDER BCL § 1115; b) RECEIVER UNDER BCL §§ 1008(a), 1113, AND 1203; c) DISSOLUTION UNDER BCL §1104-a; d) JUDICIAL SUPERVISION UNDER BCL §1008(a); e) DISTRIBUTION OF PROPERTY UNDER BCL §1111(c), AND f) BOOKS AND RECORDS UNDER BCL §§ 624 and 1104-a(c) Petitioner’s Address: 10 West Broadway, Apt. 7J, Long Beach, New York Venus Basis: Situs of Transaction and Respondents’ Principal Place of Business In the Matter of the Application of Patrick Quadrozzi, Petitioner, for the Judicial Dissolution of BAY 32ND PLACE DEVELOPMENT CORP., BEACH CHANNEL DRIVE LAND ENTERPRISES, INC., AMSTEL RECYCLING AND CONCRETE CORP., QUALITY ASSURANCE CONCRETE CORP., QUALITY CONCRETE OF N E W YO R K , I N C . , QUADROZZI ENTERPRISES INC., GOWANUS INDUSTRIAL PARK, INC., MASPETH CO N C R E T E LOA D I N G CORP., QUEENS CONCRETE DELIVERY & LEASING CORP., and RED HOOK CONCRETE
LOADING CORP., pursuant to Business Corporation Law § 1104-a, and for the Judicial Supervision Pursuant to Business Corporation Law § 1008(a) of the Winding Up of the Affairs of QUADROZZI EQUIPMENT LEASING CORP., QUADROZZI REA LT Y CORP and QUADROZZI ACQUISITION CORPORATION, dissolved corporations, Respondents, and THE ESTATE OF JOHN QUADROZZI, THERESA (TESS) QUADROZZI, BOTH INDIVIDUALLY AND AS EXECUTRIX OF THE ESTATE OF JOHN QUADROZZI, JOHN QUADROZZI, JR., CATHERINE QUADROZZI, THERESA QUADROZZI, (JR.), REGINA QUADROZZI, AND J U L I A N N A F O R T N E Y, CROPSEY AVENUE LAND ENTERPRISES, LLC, FAE HOLDINGS 390783R, LLC, CONCRETE MANUFACTURING COMPANY LLC, SOUTH RED HOOK WORKS CORP., QUADROZZI NUTR AX CORP., QUADROZZI STUDIOS, INC., and QUADROZZI URBAN ENTERPRISES, INC. Additional Respondents. ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE UPON review and consideration of: (i) the Verified Petition for Judicial Dissolution, dated March 14, 2014 (the “Petition”), and the accompanying exhibits; (ii) the Memorandum of Law dated March 14, 2014; and (iii) upon all other papers and proceedings heretofore had and filed herein, LET the Respondents and the Additional Respondents show cause at Part 18, Room 41 of the Supreme Court of the State of New York for the County of Queens, 88-11 Sutphin Boulevard, Jamaica, New York, to be held on the 2nd day of April, 2014 at 2:15 PM, or as soon thereafter as counsel can be heard, (the “Hearing Date”) why an Order should not be made and entered, as follows: (1) pursuant to New York Business Corporation Law (“BCL”) §1115, a temporary restraining order, preliminary and permanent injunction enjoining and restraining the respondents and additional respondents Estate of John Quadrozzi, Theresa (Tess) Quadrozzi, both individually and as Executrix of the Estate of John Quadrozzi, John Quadrozzi, Jr., Catherine Quadrozzi, Theresa Quadrozzi, (Jr.), Regina Quadrozzi, and Julianna Fortney (collectively, the “Majority”) and BAY 32ND PL ACE DE VELOPMENT CORP., BEACH CHANNEL DRIVE LAND ENTERPRISES, INC., AMSTEL RECYCLING AND CONCRETE CORP., QUALIT Y ASSUR ANCE CONCRETE CORP., QUALI-
TY CONCRETE OF NEW YORK, INC., QUADROZZI ENTERPRISES INC., GOWANUS INDUSTRIAL PARK, INC., MASPETH CONCRETE LOADING CORP., QUEENS CONCRETE DELIVERY & LEASING CORP., RED HOOK CO N C R E T E LOA D I N G CORP., (collectively, the “Active Corporations”), QUADROZZI EQUIPMENT LEASING C O R P. , Q U A D RO Z Z I R E A LT Y CORP. (including its wholly owned entity Cropsey Avenue Land Enterprises LLC, and FAE Holdings 390783R, LLC, to the extent this entity holds any interest in 1705 Hart Place, Brooklyn, New York a/k/a 3068 Cropsey Avenue, Brooklyn, New York [the “Cropsey Property”]), and QUADROZZI ACQUISITION CORPORATION (collectively, the “Inactive Corporations,” and, along with the Active Corporations, collectively, the “Corporations’), and CONCRETE MANUFACTURING COMPANY LLC, SOUTH RED HOOK WORKS CORP., QUADROZZI NUT R A X C O R P. , a n d QUADROZZI STUDIOS, INC., and QUADROZZI URBAN ENTERPRISES, INC. (collectively, the “Diversion Corporations”), together with their respective employees, agents, attorneys, servants, and all persons acting on their behalf, at their request, or with their knowledge, without the express written consent of the Petitioner, the Court, or a receiver appointed by the Court, from: a) utilizing the funds of the Corporations or the Diversion Corporations to pay counsel fees for the Majority or the Diversion Corporations incurred in the defense of the instant Petition; b)transacting any business or exercising any corporate powers and/or authority on behalf of the Corporations or the Diversion Corporations without the express written consent of Petitioner, the Court, or a receiver appointed by the Court; c) collecting or receiving any assets, debts, or property of the Corporations or the Diversion Corporations and from paying out or otherwise transferring or delivering any assets or property of the Corporations or the Diversion Corporations; and/or d) selling, transferring, leasing, assigning, encumbering, dissipating, or otherwise diverting any assets of the Corporations or the Diversion Corporation and/or e) selling, transferring, leasing, assigning, encumbering, dissipating, or otherwise diverting the Cropsey Property, unless the proceeds of the sale of the Cropsey Property are deposited into the attorney escrow account of the Peti-
tioner’s counsel; (2) pursuant to BCL § 1104-a, dissolving the Active Corporations; (3) pursuant to BCL § 1008(a), subjecting the Inactive Corporations to this Court’s judicial supervision of the winding up of their affairs; (4) pursuant to BCL §§ 1008(a), 1113, and 1203, appointing ___________ as a temporary/ interim receiver to manage the affairs of the Corporations pendente lite and pending the dissolution of the Active Corporations and the judicial supervision of the Inactive Corporations; (5) pursuant to BCL § 624 and 1104-a(c), directing the Respondents and the Additional Respondents to immediately make available to Petitioner: a) for inspection and copying, all of the books and records of the Corporations and the Diversion Corporations for the last three years, including all minutes of shareholder meetings and current annual balance sheets and profit and loss statements and; b) for inspection, all of the real properties, buildings, and/or equipment pertaining thereto, owned and/or leased by the Corporations and the Diversion Corporations; (6) pursuant to BCL § 1111(c), ordering the distribution of property of all the Corporations, according to the respective rights of the shareholders; and (7) granting to Petitioner such other and further relief as this Court deems just and proper. SUFFICIENT CAUSE APPEARING, it is hereby ORDERED that, pursuant to New York Business Corporation Law §1115, pending hearing and determination of the Verified Petition for Judicial Dissolution, dated December 5, 2013, the Estate of John Quadrozzi, Theresa (Tess) Quadrozzi, both individually and as Executrix of the Estate of John Quadrozzi, John Quadrozzi, Jr., Catherine Quadrozzi, Theresa Quadrozzi, (Jr.), Regina Quadrozzi, and Julianna Fortney (collectively, the “Majority”) and BAY 32ND PL ACE DE VELOPMENT CORP., BEACH CHANNEL DRIVE LAND ENTERPRISES, INC., AMSTEL RECYCLING AND CONCRETE CORP., QUALIT Y ASSUR ANCE CONCRETE CORP., QUALITY CONCRETE OF NEW YORK, INC., QUADROZZI ENTERPRISES INC., GOWANUS INDUSTRIAL PARK, INC., MASPETH CONCRETE LOADING CORP., QUEENS CONCRETE DELIVERY & LEASING CORP., RED HOOK CO N C R E T E LOA D I N G CORP., (collectively, the “Active Corporations”), QUADROZZI EQUIPMENT LEASING C O R P. , QUADROZZI REALTY CORP. (including its wholly owned
entity Cropsey Avenue Land Enterprises LLC, and, FAE Holdings 390783R, LLC, to the extent it holds any interest in 1705 Hart Place, Brooklyn, New York a/k/a 3068 Cropsey Avenue, Brooklyn, New York [the “Cropsey Property”], and QUADROZZI ACQUISITION CORPORATION (collectively, the “Inactive Corporations,” and along with the Active Corporations, collectively, the “Corporations”), and CONCRETE MANUFACTURING COMPANY LLC, SOUTH RED HOOK WORKS CORP., QUADROZZI NUTRAX CORP., QUADROZZI STUDIOS, INC., and QUADROZZI URBAN ENTERPRISES, INC. (collectively, the “Diversion Corporations”), together with all of their respective employees, agents, attorneys, servants, and all persons acting on their behalf, at their request, or with their knowledge, are immediately restrained and enjoined, without the express written consent of the Petitioner, the Court, or a receiver appointed by the Court, from: a) utilizing the funds of the Corporations or the Diversion Corporations to pay counsel fees for the Majority or the Diversion Corporations incurred in the defense of the instant Petition; b) transacting any business or exercising any corporate powers and/or authority on behalf of the Corporations or the Diversion Corporations without the express written consent of Petitioner, the Court, or a receiver appointed by the Court; c) collecting or receiving any assets, debts, or property of the Corporations or the Diversion Corporations and from paying out or otherwise transferring or delivering any assets or property of the Corporations or the Diversion Corporations; d) selling, transferring, leasing, assigning, encumbering, dissipating, or otherwise diverting any assets of the Corporations or the Diversion Corporations; and/or e) selling, transferring, leasing, assigning, encumbering,dissipating, or otherwise diverting the Cropsey Property, unless the proceeds of the sale of the Cropsey Property are deposited into the attorney escrow account of the Petitioner’s counsel. [NOTE: The Court bracketed this section of the Order with “NOTE” to reflect the Court’s Order during the hearing that all of the Respondents and Additional Respondents are enjoined and restrained from transferring any asset of the Corporations or the Diversion Corporations in excess of $1,000 and any motor vehicle or truck belonging to the Corporations or Diversion Corporations in escess of $500. See March 14, 2014 Transcript of Pro-
ceedings.] and it is further, ORDERED that a copy of this Order be published in the Queens Tribune, a newspaper with a general circulation that includes Queens county, once a week on each of the three (3) weeks immediately preceding the return date of this Order to Show Cause, and that a copy of this Order also be served upon: a) the Department of Taxation and Finance (Office of Counsel, W. A. Harriman Campus Building, Albany, NY 12227); and b) the Office of the Attorney General (The Capitol, Albany, NY 12224-0341) by mail, at least twenty (20) days before the return date of this Order to Show Cause; and it is further ORDERED that service of a copy of this Order to Show Cause and all the papers which this Order is based and the Verified Petition shall be made upon: a) Julianna Fortney, Regina Quadrozzi, and Theresa Quadrozzi (Jr.); and b) counsel for all other Respondents and Additional Respondents (Joseph Paykin, Esq., Hinman Howard & Kattell 185 Madison Avenue, 7th Floor, New York, NY 10016) in the same manner as provided by law for the service of a Summons, all on or before the __ day of March, 2014, and such service shall be deemed good and sufficient service and notice of this application; and it is further ENTER, DUANE A. HART J.S.C. HON. DUANE A. HART MAR 14 2014 To the best of the undersigned’s knowledge, information and belief formed after an inquiry reasonable under the circumstances, the within document(s) and contentions contained herein are not frivolous as defined in 22 NYCRR § 130-1.1(c). By: Pia E. Riverso Matthew V. Spero RIVKIN RADLER LLP Attorneys for Patrick Quadrozzi 926 RXR Plaza Uniondale, New York 11556-0926 (516) 357-3000 ________________________ 7601 QUEENS, LLC Articles of Org. filed NY Sec. of State (SSNY) 3/3/2014. Office in Queens Co. SSNY desig. agent of LLC upon whom process may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of process to 7601 113th St., Ste. 4D, Forest Hills, NY 11375. Purpose: Any lawful purpose. ________________________ Notice of Formation of PINC International LLC. Articles of Organization filed with the Secretary of State of New York SSNY on 1/14/2014. Office located in Queens County. SSNY has designated for service of process. SSNY shall mail copy of any process served against the LLC to: 108-24 63rd Road, Forest Hills, NY 11375. Purpose: any lawful purpose.
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Robert Mann Dance Centre:
Dancing In Bayside For Nearly 50 Years BY JOE MARVILLI Staff Writer For nearly half a century, Robert Mann Dance Centre has been teaching techniques and showing steps to students of all ages. Founded in 1965 by Rober t Mann, the Bayside studio takes the art of dance very seriously, stressing the importance of high-quality dance education in a way that gives the student the best experience possible. Their efforts have paid off, as hundreds of the program’s graduates have won awards and scholarships to the top dance schools in the City. Mann put together the dance studio for one simple reason; he wanted to teach and share his passion with others who wanted to learn. “I just wanted to share my knowledge of dance and my love of dance with students in the area,” he said. Since it started, the center has ballooned to the point where it now has more than 400 students, taught by seven faculty members selected by Mann himself. The studio covers nearly every
style of dance under the Robert Mann Dance Company, sun, with graded classes if they meet the requirements. from beginner to profesStudents must be enrolled in a sional levels for children and minimum of three classes per adults in aerobatics modweek, with one of them being ern, ballet, ballroom, jazz, ballet. They must be in a level 3 lyrical/contemporary, pointe, class or higher in each subject, stretch, tap, theatre dance must have attended the dance and Zumba. intensive and must attend all A lot of effort is put into classes, rehearsals, competimaking sure students are in tions and events. the right class. The classes “It enhances those who are are divided first by technical serious about their dance trainproficiency, second by pering,” Mann said. “It gives them The Robert Mann Dance Centre works to make sure formance quality and then performance opportunities.” students are placed in the right class, where they by age. Having been in the comwill learn the most effectively. “A lot of the schools that munity for 49 years, Mann said we’ve been associated with or re- they have learned over the last few that Bayside and the studio have ceived students from, they’re put in months. This year’s recital will take been a good fit for each other. no age category, no ability category. place on May 24, with shows at 11 “I have many third-generation They’re just lumped together be- a.m., 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. [students] in the school right now. All of this work pays off in the end Not only were the parents satisfied, cause that’s the class they fit into,” Mann said. “That’s not the way to for those students who are looking their grandparents were satisfied,” teach. We grade them by age and to take their dance education fur- he said. “Bayside has been very ther. Graduates of the program have supportive of the arts.” ability.” The classes are structured with been accepted into LaGuardia High The Robert Mann Dance Centre time for warm-ups, center floor work, School of Performing Arts, Frank is located at 214-10 41st Ave., Baytraveling movements, combinations, Sinatra High School of Performing side. For more information about its Arts, Queens College and the Jul- classes, call (718) 225-3696. routines and cool-downs. At the end of the season, there is liard School. Reach Joe Marvilli at (718) 357Students of the Dance Centre 7400, Ext. 125, jmarvilli@queenstria dance recital where the students get the chance to show off what also have the chance to join the bune.com, or @Joey788.
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The Finest Pizza In The Borough BY TRISHA SAKHUJA Staff Writer Brother’s Pizzeria, located at 185-04 Horace Harding Expy., is one of the neighborhood’s longstanding traditions. The local pizzeria in Fresh Meadows is one that everyone knows to go to when they are craving a good, cheese slice. Since the original owners opened the doors 51 years ago, Megan Haring, one of the newest owners, said “We have kept the same recipes, so nothing has changed at all.” One of the only changes that took place at the restaurant is that the original owner retired and sold his beloved pizzeria to Dennis Koines, Haring said. Haring said Koines started to work at the pizzeria as a delivery boy, 18 years ago and when the opportunity arose to buy the restaurant, he did not hesitate. “It was a very easy transition for all those involved,” she said. “All the customers already knew him.” Even though Haring took part ownership of the restaurant only four years ago, she said she has fit very well with the dynamics of the pizzeria.
“It’s great,” she said. “I love dealing with all of the customers.” Both Haring and Koines work together to keep the restaurant’s recipes a staple of their business, Haring said. Fa m i l i e s h a v e come back for generations because of the “comfort level and the hominess of the place,” Haring said. Overall, she said families come here to “feel relaxed and eat good food.” Photo by Joe Marvilli In its 51 years, Haring said, “Every- Brother’s Pizzeria had kept its recipe the same for 51 body knows every- years. body by name.” Even though the restaurant ofHaring said the secret to their success is in the hands of their fers a variety of Italian-American dishes, their most sold pizza is a pizza maker, Joe. “Joe, our pizza maker, has been traditional New York-style slice. “Just a regular standard slice here for over 40 years,” Haring said. “He’s from Italy. He remembers has been the biggest seller and it’s people when they were little kids been the same since they opened the doors,” she said. and now they are grandparents.”
Some of other favorites at Brother’s Pizzeria include their pasta dishes, such as spaghetti, baked ziti, ravioli, baked stuff shells, manicotti and baked lasagna, Haring said. They also offer hot and cold heroes, she said. The selection of cold heroes includes salami, provolone, lettuce and tomato. Among the choices for hot heroes are chicken cutlet parmigiana, veal cutlet parmigiana, sausage parmigiana, meatball parmigiana, eggplant parmigiana and more. Haring spoke highly of their appetizers, especially their baked clams. As for their homemade soup, Haring said that is a must have with every meal. The pizzeria is open from Sunday to Thursday, from 10 a.m. until 10 p.m. On Friday and Saturday, it is open from 11 a.m. until 11 p.m. They only accept cash and they offer delivery with a minimum order of $10. They also offer take out and catering services. Reach Trisha Sakhuja at (718) 357-7400, Ext. 128, tsakhuja@ queenstribune.com, or @Tsakhuja13.
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A Taste Of Old Italy In Your Backyard BY NATALIA KOZIKOWSKA Staff Writer Queens residents do not need to fly to Europe to enjoy some of the finest authentic Italian cuisine with Cara Mia right in their backward. Today, Cara Mia is a well-known establishment in the Borough, offering locals a massive variety of quality Italian dishes. But much like all great family-run businesses, the restaurant had humble beginnings. It all began many years ago in Broccostella, Italy – a small city located just 100 kilometers east of Rome. It was there that couple Tomaso and Armada DeCiantis worked on a small farm, both aspiring to migrate to the United States to open up their own business. It was not until the late 1960s that Tomaso and Armada were able to migrate to America to fulfill their dream, arriving at Ellis Island with their three children, Larry, Anna and Carlo, who is now the owner of Cara Mia. After much persistence and hard work, in 1970, the DeCiantis family opened Cara Mia on Hillside Avenue in Queens Village. Although their culinary experience was scarce,
the couple was committed to learning all they could about Italian cuisine so their patrons could experience authentic meals. In its early years, all of the family members helped out in the restaurant – each gaining the strong work ethic and cooking skills needed to operate a successful restaurant. “I’ve been working here since I was a kid,” Carlo DeCiantis said. “It was always a family operation and a family effort. When I worked there as a kid, I used to do some prep, wash dishes, make salads, make pizzas and eventually, I started cooking.” Carlo would eventually inherit and take over the business in the late 1990s so that his parents could retire. But even after their son took over the business, Tomaso and Armada were always in Cara Mia’s kitchen, preparing fresh Photo by Joe Marvilli ravioli, gnocchi and meatballs, Cara Mia has been in business for more than much like they did decades 40 years and has become an essential family- ago. run restaurant in the Borough. “We have customers that
lived around Queens Village and moved, but they always come back. They like to return to their roots,” Carlo said. As Cara Mia continued to grow in popularity among Queens’ residents, in 2006, Cara Mia opened up a second location in Seaford, Long Island. Keeping true to its family values, Carlo’s son, Sergio DeCiantis, manages the second location. When asked what he loves most about working at Cara Mia, Carlo, who now has decades of culinary experience under his belt, said he loves being able to serve his customers some of his tasty Italian creations. “I love it when my customers are happy with the food. It makes me feel good,” he said. “I also really enjoy cooking. I’ve been doing it since I was 12, so I’ve gotten pretty good at it.” Cara Mia is located at 220-20 Hillside Ave., Queens Village and 39-35 Merrick Road, Seaford. For more information, call (718) 7409118 or visit www.caramiarestaurant.com. Reach Natalia Kozikowska at (718)357-7400 Ext. 123 or firstname.lastname@example.org or @nkozikowska
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CORONA 103 PROPERTIES LLC Arts of Org filed with NY Secretary of state (SSNY) On 10/29/2013. Office: Queens County. SSNY Designated as agent of LLC upon Whom Process May be served. SSNY shall mail Process to 9126 Corona Ave Elmhurst, NY 11373. Purpose: any lawful activity. ________________________ Notice of Formation of DOCTORS PLASTIC SURGERY, PLLC Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 01/17/14. Office location: Queens County. Princ. office of PLLC: 36-36 33rd St., Ste. 204, Long Island City, NY 11106. SSNY designated as agent of PLLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to Corporation Service Co., 80 State St., Albany, NY 12207-2543. Purpose: The practice of medicine and any and all lawful business for which professional limited liability companies organized for the practice of medicine may engage under the New York Limited Liability Company Law, as amended. ________________________ SUPREME COURT - COUNTY OF QUEENS EAST WEST BANK, as Assignee of the FDIC as Receiver of United Commercial Bank, Plaintiff against 7128 FRESH MEADOWS, LLC, et al Defendant(s). Pursuant to a Judgment of Foreclosure and Sale dated December 12, 2013 and entered January 7, 2014, I, the undersigned Referee will sell at public auction at the Queens County Supreme Courthouse, 88-11 Sutphin Blvd., in Courtroom #25, Jamaica, NY on the 11th day of April, 2014 at 10:00 AM premises situate, lying and being in the Borough and Count y of Queens, City and State of New York, BEGINNING at a point on the westerly side of 163rd Street, distant 272.81 feet southerly from the corner formed by the intersection of the westerly side of 163rd Street with the southerly side of 71st Avenue; RUNNING THENCE westerly at right angles to 163rd Street, 99.58 feet; THENCE southerly parallel with 163rd Street, 40 feet; THENCE easterly at right angles to 163rd Street, 99.58 feet to the westerly side of 163rd Street; THENCE northerly along the westerly side of 163rd Street, 40 feet to the point or place of beginning. EXCEPTING ONLY: The Unit known as apartment 2B and The Unit known as apartment 3A. The mortgaged property being known as Block 6801, Lots 1101-1104 and 11071110 (f/k/a Lot 57) in the Borough of Queens, County of Queens, State of New York. Said premises known
as 71-28 163RD STREET, FRESH MEADOWS, NY Approximate amount of lien $ 3,272,758.00 plus interest & costs. Premises will be sold subject to provisions of filed judgment and terms of sale. Index Number 22138/10. WILLIAM T. DRISCOLL, ESQ., Referee. Lowenstein Sandler LLP Attorney(s) for Plaintiff 65 Livingston Avenue, Roseland, NJ 07068 ________________________ File No.: 2012-734/C CITATION THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK BY THE GRACE OF GOD, FREE AND INDEPENDENT To: Virginia Keurentjes-Datcu, Aurel Datcu, Maria Mies,Ioan Datcu, Ana Ghinea, Victoria Mihu, Aurel Datcu, Vasili Datcu, Sofia Huzu, Petru Datcu, Maria Rus, Nicolae Bogdan Datcu, Mihai Datcu, Nicolae Datcu, Victoria Datcu, Lucretia Paraschiv, Attorney General of the State of New York The unknown distributees, legatees, devisees, heirs at law and assignees of VICTORIA DATCU, deceased, or their estates, if any there be, whose names, places of residence and post office addresses are unknown to the petitioner and cannot with due diligence be ascertained. SEND GREETING: Upon the petition of LOIS M. ROSENBLATT, Public Administrator of Queens County, who maintains her office at 88-11 Sutphin Boulevard, Jamaica, Queens County, New York 11435, as Temporary Administrator of the Estate ofVICTORIA DATCU, deceased, you and each of you are hereby cited to show cause before the Surrogate at the Surrogate’s Court of the County of Queens, to be held at the Queens General Courthouse, 6th Floor, 88-11 Sutphin Boulevard, Jamaica, City and State of New York, on the 24 day of April, 2014 at 9:30 o’clock in the forenoon, why the Account of Proceedings of the Public Administrator of Queens County, as Temporary Administrator of the Estate of said deceased, a copy of which is attached, should not be judicially settled, and why the Surrogate should not fix and allow a reasonable amount of compensation to GERARD J. SWEENEY, ESQ., for legal services rendered to petitioner herein in the amount of $8,281.48 and that the Court fix the fair and reasonable additional fee for any services to be rendered by GERARD J. SWEENEY, ESQ., hereafter in connection with proceedings on kinship, claims etc., prior to entry of a final Decree on this accounting in the amount of 6% of assets or income collected after the date of the within accounting; and why the
Surrogate should not fix and allow an amount equal to one percent on said Schedules of the total assets on Schedules A, A1, and A2 plus any additional monies received subsequent to the date of this account, as the fair and reasonable amount payable to the Office of the Public Administrator for the expenses of said office pursuant to S.C.P.A. §1106(4); and why the Last Will and Testament dated March 3, 1983 should not be admitted to probate as an ancient document; and why Temporary Letters of Administration duly issued by the Surrogate’s Court on May 3, 2012 should not be revoked; and why Letters of CTA should not be issued to the Public Administrator of Queens County; and why the net distributable estate should not be paid as per the Last Will and Testament dated March 3, 1983 as follows: 100% to Virginia Keurentjes-Datcu, Dated, Attested and Sealed 27th day of February, 2014 HON. PETER J. KELLY Surrogate, Queens County Margaret M. Gribbon Clerk of the Surrogate’s Court GERARD J. SWEENEY, ESQ. (718) 459-9000 95-25 Queens Boulevard 11th Floor Rego Park, New York 11374 This citation is served upon you as required by law. You are not obliged to appear in person. If you fail to appear it will be assumed that you do not object to the relief requested unless you file formal legal, verified objections. You have a right to have an attorney-at-law appear for you. Accounting Citation ________________________ Notice of formation of Z & L ORIENTAL SKY, LLC. Articles of Organization filed with Secy. Of State of NY (SSNY) on 08/02/2013 Office location: Queens County. SSNY has been designated for service of process. SSNY shall mail copy of any process served against the LLC. SSNY shall mail process to 39-15 Main ST Suite 301, Flushing, NY 11354. Purpose: any lawful activities. ________________________ PIONEER ASIAN CULTURAL EXCHANGE, LLC Articles of Org. filed NY Sec. of State (SSNY) 2/18/14. Office in Queens Co. SSNY design. Agent of LLC upon whom process may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of process to The LLC 91-06 Whitney Ave #2A Elmhurst, NY 11373. Purpose: Any lawful activity. ________________________ James S. Hasselbacher Estate File No.: 2014-70 SURROGATE’S COURT – ONTARIO COUNTY AMENDED CITATION THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK By the Grace of God, Free and
Independent To: Unknowns (whose names and whereabouts are unknown), hereby intending to designate the paternal and maternal aunts, uncles, and cousins of the decedent, who may be the heirs at law, next of kin, of James S. Hasselbacher, deceased, Jasons DiPonzio, Esq., as Guardian and litem on behalf of the unknowns and Audrey Cooper, Assistant Attorney General of the State of New York, 144 Exchange Blvd., Suite 200, Rochester, NY 14614 A Petition having been duly filed by Gary G. Baxter, whose post office address is 15 Greenhurst Avenue, Geneva, New York 14456, YOU ARE HEREBY CITED TO SHOW CAUSE before the Surrogate’s Court, Ontario Count y, at the Courthouse, located at 27 N. Main Street, Room 123, in the City of Canandaigua, on April 15, 2014, at 1:30 o’clock in the afternoon of that day why a decree should not be made in the Estate of James S. Hasselbacher, lately domiciled at 301 Gibson Street, Canandaigua, Ontario County, New York, granting Letters of Administration upon the estate of the decedent to Gary G. Baxter or to such other person as may be entitled thereto. Hon. Frederick G. Reed, Ontario County Surrogate Elizabeth T. Simpson, Chief Clerk Dated, Attested and Sealed, March 7, 2014 Attorney for Petitioner: Timothy J. Buckley, Esq. P.O. Box 308, 117 Washington Street Geneva, New York 14456 Telephone # (315) 781-1455 Fax # (315) 7811397 [Note: This citation is served upon you as required by law. You are not required to appear. If you fail to appear it will be assumed you do not object to the relief requested. You have a right to have an attorney appear for you.] ________________________ Notice of Formation of Gerlin Contracting and Development LLC. Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State on NY ( SSNY) on 2/7/14. Office Location: Queens County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to Gerlin Contracting and Development to 134-44 Francis Lewis Blvd. Purpose: Any lawful purpose or activities. ________________________ Notice of formation of Bluerock Property Management LLC, a limited liability company. Article of organization filed with the secretary of state of New York SSNY on 3/10/2014. Office located in Queens. SSNY has been designated for service of process. SSNY shall mail copy of any process served against the LLC to 6768 Groton ST, Forest
Hills NY 11375. Purpose: any lawful purpose. ________________________ Notice of formation of The Screening Group LLC Art. of Org. filed with SSNY on 2/18/2010 location: Queens County SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to :108-41 Corona Avenue Flushing, NY 11368 Purpose: any lawful activity. ________________________ CENTRAL HEALTH CHOICE, LLC, Arts. of Org. filed with the SSNY on 08/16/2012. Office loc: Queens County. SSNY has been designated as agent upon whom process against the LLC may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: Corporation Service Company, 80 State Street, Albany, NY 12207. Purpose: Any Lawful Purpose. ________________________ Name of LLC: Africa USA LLC. Arts. of Org. filed with NY Dept. of State: 3/3/14. Office loc.: Queens Co. Sec. of State designated agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served and shall mail process to: Business Filings Inc., 187 Wolf Rd., Ste. 101, Albany, NY 12205, regd. agt. upon whom process may be served. Purpose: any lawful act. ________________________ Notice of Formation of DGF ENGINEERING LLC. Articles of Organization filed with the Secretary of State of New York SSNY on 1/15/2014. Office located in Queens County. SSNY has been designated for service of process. SSNY shall mail copy of any process served against the LLC to 4601 39th Ave Apt 608 Sunnyside, NY 11104. Purpose: any lawful purpose. _______________________ Notice is hereby given that an Order entered by the Civil Court, Queens County on NOV 25 2013 bearing Index Number NC-00106313/QU, a copy of which may be examined at the Office of the Clerk, located at 89-17 Sutphin Boulevard, Jamaica, NY 11435, grants me the right to: Assume the name of (First) Vladimir (Middle) Sean (Last) Morone My present name is (First) Vlademir (Middle) Sean (Last) Moron aka Vladimir S. Morone, aka Vladimir Morone My present address is 114-59 225th Street, Cambria Heights, NY 11411-1227 My place of birth is Queens, NY My date of birth is March 24, 1988 ________________________ Notice is hereby given that an Order entered by the Civil Court, Queens County on MAR 11 2014 bearing Index Number NC-000063-14/ QU, a copy of which may be examined at the Office
of the Clerk, located at 89-17 Sutphin Boulevard, Jamaica, NY 11435, grants me the right to: Assume the name of (First) Maryam (Middle) Hamidieh (Last) Firoozan My present name is (First) Maryam (Last) Hamidieh Firoozan aka Maryam H. Firoozan My present address is 73-21 197th Street, Flushing, NY 11366-1814 My place of birth is Iran My date of birth is December 03, 1962 ________________________ Notice is hereby given that an Order entered by the Civil Court, Queens County, on MAR 11 2014, BEARING THE Index Number NC 37/14, a copy of which may be examined at the Office of the Clerk, located at 89-17 Sutphin Blvd., Jamaica, New York, in Room 357, grants Cecilia Clemencia Coloma a/k/a Cecilia Clemencia Bertini a/k/a Cecilia Coloma f/k/a Cecilia Clemencia Bertini Hurtado the right to assume the name, Cecilia Clemencia Bertini. Her present name is Cecilia Clemencia Coloma a/k/a Cecilia Clemencia Bertini a/k/a Cecilia Coloma f/k/a Cecilia Clemencia Bertini Hurtado. The date of birth is November 22, 1958. The place of birth is Peru. Her present address is 156-14 71 Avenue, Apt. A, Flushing, New York 11367. ________________________ Notice of Formation of 4248 AMG LLC. Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 3/6/14. Office location: Queens County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: 136-19 Franklin Ave., #6A, Flushing, NY 11355. Purpose: any lawful activity. ________________________ Notice of Formation of W 407 LLC. Arts. of Org. filed with NY Dept. of State on 2/20/2014. Office location: Queens County. Princ. bus. addr.: 451 Seneca Ave., Ridgewood, NY 11385. Sec. of State designated agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served and shall mail process to: c/o CT Corporation System, 111 8th Ave., NY, NY 10011, regd. agent upon whom process may be served. Term: until 12/31/2099. Purpose: all lawful purposes.
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Second Generation Fresh Meadows Fare
BY JOE MARVILLI Staff Writer When it comes to delicious Chinese culinary favorites, this Fresh Meadows restaurant is the king. King Yum has been in business under the same family for 61 years, making it the oldest continuously serving Chinese restaurant in Queens. With a second-generation owner, the restaurant has been a long-time favorite for those looking for old-style Cantonese comfort foods, Szechwan cuisine and Hunan dishes. Jimmy Eng founded the eatery in 1953, presiding over it until 2008, when he died at the age of 87. The responsibilities of King Yum were passed on to his son, Robin Eng, who still owns and works at the restaurant to this day. “When he came to the United States, he was working at his father’s laundry and he decided to get into the restaurant business,” Robin said. “He started working in a restaurant, saw this place was for sale and he grabbed it.” King Yum specializes in a type of Cantonese comfort food that was the prevalent style when the restaurant was founded. As the
decades have gone on, food Robin said is helping to attract options and preferred cooking customers. “I find the Internet is quite techniques have changed, an important tool to bring in but King Yum remains. It still business these days,” he said. offers the lunch and dinner “Younger people all go online meals that made it famous, to check out the restaurant like the classic wonton, sucbefore they come in.” culent ribs and Cantonese Robin added that his “dedilobster. cated staff” deserves some of “That was the main Chithe credit for the restaurant’s lonnese food at the time and at gevity and prosperity as well. this point, it’s a dying breed,” W i t h d e l i c i o u s m e a l s, Robin said. “This is old-school friendly service and one eye Chinese food.” This does not mean that Photo by Joe Marvilli on the past with one eye on the King Yum is stuck in the past. King Yum Restaurant, located in Fresh Meadows, present, it should come as no Instead, it combines long-time is the oldest continuously serving Chinese eatery surprise that King Yum remains a neighborhood favorite. favorites with an expansive in Queens. “We have a lot of faithful old menu that aims to please all tastes and dietary needs, includ- rant redemption program until they customers that started bringing their ing those who prefer their meals started filming,” Robin said. “It was kids. Now their kids are bringing a nice change.” their kids in. It’s not unusual to see gluten-free. Besides its food, King Yum is three generations at a table,” Robin Last year, King Yum even appeared on the premiere episode of known for its Friday night karaoke said. “A lot of these people are more the Cooking Channel’s “Restaurant sessions, which Jimmy started be- like family than just customers.” King Yum is located at 181-08 Redemption,” where chef and host cause he likes to sing. “It’s a great way for people to Union Tpke., Fresh Meadows. It is Ching-He Huang helped Robin revitalize the menu and renovate parts of celebrate birthdays and whatever open seven days a week. For more the restaurant to give it a fresh look. occasions they want to celebrate,” information, call (718) 380-1918 or visit www.kingyumrestaurant.com. “It was very good exposure. Robin said. King Yum is also very active on Reach Joe Marvilli at (718) 357They reached out to us and they didn’t let us know what was going social media, regularly posting to 7400, Ext. 125, jmarvilli@queenstrion. I didn’t know it was a restau- Facebook and Twitter, a method that bune.com, or @Joey788.
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Eddie’s Sweet Shop:
Going Strong More Than 100 Years Later
BY LUIS GRONDA Staff Writer When it comes to getting ice cream in Queens, one of the first places that come to mind is Eddie’s Sweet Shop. The Forest Hills-based ice cream shop has been a member of the community and the Borough since it opened in 1909, switching ownership four different times but still serving the same delicious ice cream that many have come to love. Vito Citrano, the current owner of the shop, said they have maintained their longevity because they have kept all of the traditional flavors that people have come to know and love when they go to Eddie’s. “Everything is the same as it was in the 1920s and 1930s,” said Citrano, whose father Giuseppe bought the store in 1968. The shop offers about 20 different flavors, including chocolate, vanilla and rum raisin, and has stuck to more traditional flavors instead of experimental flavors that other ice cream stores offer. Citrano said they have added about eight to 10 flavors to the shop since becoming the owners. All of the ice cream, including
all of the toppings and Sage High School, and syrups you can add to he has recommended it to his friends and cusyour purchase, is made tomers. on-premise, according Over the years, peoto Citrano. ple have been in Eddie’s The store has been Sweet Shop for special involved in the commumoments in their lives. nity that it calls home Citrano said one over the years as well. couple videotaped their One recent example engagement at the store. of that is the store held A film crew was present an ice cream eating pretending to shoot a contest at St. Jude Chilvideo about the store dren’s Hospital to raise itself and its history. But money for the health much to the surprise of facility. He said they raised about $1,000 Photo by Luis Gronda the bride, the male was during that event to pay Eddie’s Sweet Shop, located at 105-29 Metropolitan Ave., has actually proposing to his for some of the hospi- been serving the same high-quality ice cream to its customers future wife in their favorite ice cream store. tal’s costs. for generations. On the other end of Another community event that they will be offering were injured while fighting in the the spectrum, customers have also visited the shop after attending a again this year is the Ultimate military. American ice cream flavor. In a Citrano said the flavor was popu- funeral to reminisce about the loved 27-ounce cup, you get blueberry, lar when they offered it last year and one they lost. In either case, Citrano said he is strawberry and vanilla ice cream they will offer it again around July honored that many people choose topped with red, white and blue 4 this year. whipped cream. As far as how Forest Hills has Eddie’s in times of happiness and Proceeds from every purchase changed over the years, Citrano sadness. “It’s all very touching,” he said. of that special made ice cream is said it is still a beautiful neighborReach Luis Gronda at (718) 357donated to the Wounded Warrior hood with terrific schools. He said Project, a service organization that his kids attended schools in the 7400, Ext. 127, lgronda@queenstrioffers programs for veterans who area, namely PS 101 and Russell bune.com, or @luisgronda.
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185 Years Of Greatness In Woodhaven BY LUIS GRONDA Staff Writer Neir’s Tavern is often called “the most famous bar you’ve never heard of.” It may not have national recognition, but it is definitely a landmark in Woodhaven. Having opened in 1829, Neir’s is one of the last remaining relics in the Borough, staying true to its roots as a watering hole, but adding a few amenities to spruce up the establishment. Loy Gordon, who has owned the bar since 2010, said he could feel the history of Neir’s when he walked in and toured the area when he was considering buying it. He said he never thought to be in the business of running a bar. Gordon was a musician trying to make it in that industry, but when he heard the place was up for sale, he felt he had to step up to the plate. Gordon said he could not let an old relic like Neir’s go out of business and be converted to something like apartments. He and his partners, who combined to purchase the property four years ago, hit the ground running as far as managing the bar, because of their lack of experience. “We had no idea about this business and we had to learn real quick,” Gordon said. Although they kept most of Neir’s’ traditional look, some new additions included a kitchen, which allowed them to serve a full bar menu for the first time, including chicken marsala, steak and ham-
Photo by Luis Gronda
Photos courtesy of Woodhaven Historical Society
From the late 1800s (top left) to the 1930s (left) to today (above), Neir’s Tavern has remained a part of Woodhaven.
burgers, and a small stage where bands can perform. Gordon said he made these additions in order to boost business for the bar, as well as give more incentive for people to come to Neir’s, other than to hang out at the bar and drink alcohol. “It gives people more options. They can still stay local and have a good time,” he said. “We really wanted it to be a Woodhaven meeting place.” Neir’s has been used to film movie scenes in the past. Scenes of the bar were filmed for “Goodfellas,” one of the most highly-acclaimed mobster movies in film history. All of the film’s stars, including Robert DeNiro, Joe Pesci
and Ray Liotta, were seen going in and out of Neir’s and many of its regulars would point out the bar whenever it was shown, according to Neir’s’ website. A more recent film, “Tower Heist,” was shot in Neir’s a year after Gordon took over in 2011. Ben Stiller and Tea Leoni were at the bar as they closed down the watering hole for four days to film scenes. Gordon said they loved the place for the antique feel it had to it. According to Gordon, the movie’s director, Brett Ratner, loved the bar so much that he put the Neir’s name in the movie, instead of creating a fake name for the bar, a common practice in movies. “He told me ‘I’m going to make
Photo by Luis Gronda
A few old artifacts from over the decades remain at Neir’s Tavern, a reminder of the bar’s long legacy that has continued for nearly 200 years.
sure you see Neir’s in the movie,’” Gordon said. “It was a true complement.” Although he has not been in the neighborhood for long time, Gordon said Woodhaven has the potential to become a much more prominent neighborhood because of the strong civic leadership that it has, led by the Woodhaven Residents’ Block Association. He added that crime has gone down in the area due to residents becoming a much tighter group. These features could draw more people to Woodhaven. Over the course of its existence, there are some old artifacts that still remain at Neir’s. For example, there is a set of encyclopedias in a cabinet at the bar. Gordon said he first had no idea why the books would be at a bar. Later, a long-time patron told him his parents, who also used to frequent Neir’s years ago, donated the books as a way for people to settle arguments they had back then. There were no smartphones back then, so they turned to an encyclopedia to resolve a discussion. One mystery that Gordon is still trying to figure out is a 1920s U.S. Open second place trophy. He said he has no idea how the trophy got to Neir’s. The tennis tournament used to be held in Forest Hills before moving to Flushing. Gordon said he has asked many people who have walked through Neir’s but no one knows about the trophy. “I still don’t know, but one day I’ll find out for sure,” he said. “I’m waiting for the story to surface.” Reach Luis Gronda at (718) 3577400, Ext. 127, firstname.lastname@example.org, or @luisgronda.
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America’s Surviving Bike Manufacturer
BY TRISHA SAKHUJA Staff Writer What started as a small business on the footprint of the World Trade Center in 1898 is now the only large-scale bicycle manufacturer in the country. Bruce Weinreb, the marketing and sales manager at Worksman Cycles, said an overwhelming number of bicycles come from China and a small number of more up-scale bikes are exported from England and Taiwan, but they are “the last people to have a factory dedicated to making bicycles in the country.” “We are very proud of that,” he added. Worksman Cycles moved to its current location at 94-15 100th St., in Ozone Park in 1978, Weinreb said. “As the business grew, it needed more space,” he said. “When you need more space, Manhattan got pricier, so we jumped over the river to Brooklyn, and then eventually came to Queens.” Queens gives you real advantages like proximity to shipping and air, Weinreb said.
“It’s very accessible to the airof more Vietnamese and Indian ports and the ports,” he added. people. “We have a great, new workWeinreb said Worksman Cycles force of men,” he said. “They are supplies super, heavy-duty bicycles hardworking people.” and tricycles that are used in large Another change Weinreb automotive and airplane factories spoke about is the difference in and oil fields. the neighborhood’s crime rate. He said these factories buy “It’s a nicer and safer neighhundreds of their bicycles, inborhood,” he said. stead of using golf carts. Looking to the future, WeinAs for bikes for the every-day reb said the demand for bicycles cyclist, Weinreb said they also will continue to grow, not only make simple bikes that are long because of more people leanlasting. “We make good solid, kind Worksman Cycles has been building industrial ing towards a healthy and enviof old-fashioned steel bikes, tricycles for years. It is now the only large- ronmentally conscious lifestyle, but also because many young because many people just want scale bicycle manufacturer in the country. people are living in urban areas a bike,” he said. “They are not where a bike is deemed more that concerned with the latest features. They just want something the quality of their bikes, Weinreb useful than a car. said. “Bike ridership is returning to simple to ride and maintain.” “After 115 years, you get good what it originally was, because it He said they also make mobile always was a good and inexpensive food vending equipment, such as at what you do,” he added. In terms of their workforce, way of getting around, as opposed hot dog carts and food trucks that Weinreb mentioned the increasing to it just being a sport,” he said. roam the City. “They are used all over, but New number of them who walk or ride “Another thing is, more and more York City has a greater demand,” he their bikes to work, which is also people are going to work with jeans, said. “This is a niche business with a reflection of the neighborhood’s rather than a tie and suit.” Reach Trisha Sakhuja at (718) competition coming and going over demographics. He said years ago, more em- 357-7400, Ext. 128, tsakhuja@ the years, but we always seem to ployees were of Greek and Italian queenstribune.com, or outlast them.” The secret to their success is descent and now it is comprised @Tsakhuja13.
Bohemian Hall and Beer Garden:
A Century Of Good Drinks And Good Times BY JOE MARVILLI Staff Writer Unlike similar venues, Bohemian Hall and Beer Garden does not focus on spor ts, music or even specialty beers. Instead, this century-old location is dedicated to the neighborhood and has been for the entirety of its history. Bohemian Hall and Beer Garden is the oldest beer garden in New York City. Established in 1910, it has been around for 104 years. It was founded and is still owned by the Bohemian Citizens’ Benevolent Society of Astoria. This group supports and maintains schools, dramatics, lectures and libraries for Czech and Slovak children. The society, founded in 1892, began raising funds in 1910 for a home for the Czech people in the local community. Two adjacent lots that were part of a farm were purchased and the cornerstone of Bohemian Hall was laid on Oct. 1 that year. The hall was built in three sections. The smaller building that now serves as the main bar and the entrance is the original hall, with the larger building and the garden being added when the society realized
100 residents donating in support of the center to get it through this tough time. It was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2001. Nowadays, the Bohemian Beer Garden has become one of the most famous locales of western Queens, drawing New Yorkers from across the City into Astoria. Besides its long Photo by Trisha Sakhuja history, the site remains Bohemian Hall and Beer Garden has been serving popular as an open and drinks and holding community events since it was inviting community wafounded in 1910. tering hole. The bar’s tap selection ranges from standard fare like that more room was needed. The outside bar and park was Blue Moon, Stella Artois and Sam completed in 1919, one year before Adams to more exotic selections the 18th Amendment put Prohibition like Krusovice, Leinenkugel’s and into effect for the next 13 years. Franziskaner Weissber. In addition Bohemian weathered Prohibition to the beers that are available by better than many of its fellow beer the glass or the pitcher, Bohemian gardens, since its focus was on also has a full menu that combines social activities and the community typical bar food with Czech specialties. Some of the favorites on aspect, rather than the alcohol. Bohemian also faced challenges the menu are potato pancakes, in the early 1990s, when a lack of beef goulash with dumplings and funds threatened to shut its doors. utopenec, a cold and spicy sauIt took a community effort of about sage.
While it is known as a beer garden, Bohemian is still a cultural center. The Czech and Slovakian School, located in Bohemian Hall, is an educational facility that offers a tuition-free, comprehensive approach for school-aged children to learn a modern Czech and Slovak ian language. It takes place every Friday from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and is intended for children between 5 and 14 years of age. Bohemian’s cultural calendar includes the occasional live band performance as well as Thursday night karaoke on its garden stage. On April 6, the beer garden will hold a “Vinyl Revolution Record Show” from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. The market is free to enter and will feature Laura Rebel Angel spinning records all day. Bohemian Hall and Beer Garden is located at 29-19 24th Ave., Astoria. For more information, call (718) 274-4925 or email email@example.com. It opens at 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and noon on Saturday and Sunday. Reach Joe Marvilli at (718) 3577400, Ext. 125, firstname.lastname@example.org, or @Joey788.
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SUMMONS AND NOTICE OF OBJECT OF ACTION SUPREME COURT OF THE STATE OF NE W YORK COUNT Y OF QUEENS ACTION TO FORECLOSE A MORTGAGE INDEX NO. 14854/10 WELLS FARGO BANK, NA, Plaintiff, vs. JUAN C. GREGORY A/K/A JUAN CARLOS GREGORY, TERESA GREGORY, CRIMINAL COURT OF THE CITY OF NEW YORK, DAVID RODRIGUEZ, NEW YORK CIT Y ENVIRONMENTAL CONTROL BOARD, NEW YORK CITY PARKING VIOLATIONS BUREAU, NEW YORK CITY TRANSIT ADJUDICATION BUREAU, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA ACTING THROUGH THE IRS, GREGORY RAMOS, PEDRO BERA, JOHN DOE (Said name being fictitious, it being the intention of Plaintiff to designate any and all occupants of premises being foreclosed herein, and any parties, corporations or entities, if any, having or claiming an interest or lien upon the mortgaged premises.), Defendant(s). MORTGAGED PREMISES: 37-29 98TH STREET, Corona, NY 11368 BLOCK 1761 LOT
56 TO THE ABOVE NAMED DEFENDANT: You are hereby summoned to answer the Complaint in this action, and to serve a copy of your answer, or if the Complaint is not served with this Summons, to serve a notice of appearance, on the Plaintiff(s) attorney(s) within twenty days after the service of this Summons, exclusive of the day of service (or within 30 days after the service is complete if this Summons is not personally delivered to you within the State of New York). In case of your failure to appear or answer, judgment will be taken against you by default for the relief demanded in the Complaint. The Attorney for Plaintiff has an office for business in the County of Erie. Trial to be held in the County of Queens. The basis of the venue designated above is the location of the Mortgaged Premises. Dated this 21st day of March, 2014, Gross, Polowy & Orlans, LLC Attorney(s) for Plaintiff(s), 25 Northpointe Parkway, Suite 25, Amherst, NY 14228 TO: DAVID RODRIGUEZ, Defendant(s) In this Action. The foregoing Summons is served upon you by publica-
tion, pursuant to an order of HON. DAVID ELLIOT of the Supreme Court of the State of New York, dated the 27th day of February, 2014 and filed with the Complaint in the Office of Clerk of the County of Queens, in the City of Jamaica. The object of this action is to foreclose a mortgage upon the premises described below, executed by Juan C. Gregory A/K/A Juan Carlos Gregory and Teresa Gregory dated the 18th day of September, 2001, to secure the sum of $332,920.00 and recorded at Liber 6060 of Mortgages at Page 2378 in the Office of County of Queens, on the 29th day of October, 2001; which mortgage was duly assigned by assignment dated the 7th day of June, 2010, and sent for recording in the Office of the of the Clerk of Queens County. The property in question is described as follows: 37-29 98TH STREET, Corona, NY 11368 SEE FOLLOWING DESCRIPTION Block 1761 and Lot 56 ALL that certain plot, piece or parcel of land, with the buildings and improvements thereon erected, situate, lying and being in the Borough and
County of Queens, City and State of New York, known and designated as and by the Lot No. 123 on a certain map entitled “Map of Property in the Town of Newtown, Queens County, Long Island, belonging to Daniel B. Taylor, surveyed June 1854, drawn November 1854, Van Alst and Messerole, C.E. and C.S.” and filed in the Queens County Clerk’s Office on February. 23, 1856 as Old Map No. 364, New Map No. 2468, bounded and described as follows: BEGINNING at a point on the Easterly side of 98th Street, formerly known as 41st Street and Evergreen Avenue, distant 375 feet Northerly from the corner formed by the intersection of the Easterly side of 98th Street with the Northerly side of 38th Avenue, formerly known as Washington Place; RUNNING THENCE Easterly at right angles to the Easterly side of 98th Street, 100 feet; THENCE Northerly parallel with the Easterly side of 98th Street, 25 feet; THENCE Westerly again at right angles to the Easterly side of 98th Street, 100 feet to the Easterly side of 98th Street; THENCE Southerly along the Easterly
side of 98th Street, 25 feet to the point or place of BEGINNING. Premises known as 37-29 98th Street, Corona, New York DATED: March 21, 2014 Gross Polowy Orlans, LLC Attorney(s) for Plaintiff(s) 25 Northpointe Parkway, Suite 25 Amherst, NY 14228. The law firm of Gross Polowy Orlans, LLC and the attorneys whom it employs are debt collectors who are attempting to collect a debt. Any information obtained by them will be used for that purpose. 223430 ________________________
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Jahn’s Ice Cream Parlor:
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One Stop Shop for Food and Ice Cream BY TRISHA SAKHUJA Staff Writer Jahn’s Ice Cream Parlor in Jackson Heights is one of the longest standing restaurants in the neighborhood, having been in business for 117 years. This particular location at 81-04 37th Ave. has been in the same family for more than 40 years, Peter Moukas, one of the owners said. Peter said he and his brother, Nick Moukas, have taken on the leadership of the restaurant for the past 15 years. At one point in time, Peter said there were approximately 26 Jahn’s Ice Cream Parlors spread across the City, but the one in Jackson Heights is the only one remaining. Peter said the secret to their ongoing success is “great food and great service.” He said they have seen the neighborhood at its worst in the late 1980s and early 1990s. “But, it’s been getting better ever since,” he said. “It’s a great place to work and live.” As the neighborhood has become safer, Peter said the demographics have also changed.
He said during the 1960s Italia omelet and many more. and 1970s, more restaurantIn addition to the omelets, Peter said they also serve the goers were of Irish, Italian and “Jahn’s Big Breakfast,” which Jewish descent, and now it is includes three eggs, a double predominantly Hispanic. order of bacon, ham or sauThe change in demographics sage, served with three butdoes not matter, because Peter termilk pancakes or potatoes said, “we cater to everybody.” and toast. “We love the neighborhood After your hearty meal is and our customers,” he added. complete, you must try their ice As for their menu, they have cream, Peter said. a diner-style menu that offers a “Ice cream does well mostly variety of breakfast, lunch and over weekends,” he said. “The dinner specials. sales are not as good as they Peter said their most popuused to be in the 60s and the lar items include their burgers Photo by Trisha Sakhuja 70s, but it is very still popular.” and sandwiches. Their selection of ice creams Some of the burgers that Jahn’s Ice Cream Parlor has been a member of Peter said were must-try include the Jackson Heights community for more than come with unique names, such as the Kitchen Sink, which intheir standard hamburger, Swiss 100 years. cludes 30 scoops of ice cream burger, fondue burger, pizza burger, bacon cheeseburger, turkey include the Elmhurst, Woodside for a serving size of eight. Jahn’s is open Monday to Thursburger, vegetable burger, BBQ burger and Astoria. and the English-style burger. As for their breakfast specials, day, from 6 a.m. until 9:30 p.m. On Their sandwiches come with Peter said, “Our breakfast is a big Saturday, it is open from 7 a.m. names associated to different hit because we have a variety of until 10:30 p.m. and then it reopens Sunday morning at 7 and closes at neighborhoods in Queens, such omelets.” as the Jackson Heights sandwich, Their never-ending list of omelets 9:30 p.m. Reach Trisha Sakhuja at (718) which contains grilled chicken includes their American cheese ombreast with cheddar cheese, bacon, elet, Swiss cheese omelet, Spanish 357-7400, Ext. 128, tsakhuja@ lettuce tomato and French fries. omelet, sausage and cheese om- queenstribune.com, or @TsakhuOther sandwiches on the menu elet, spinach omelet, Greek omelet, ja13.
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A Ridgewood Mainstay For 40 Years
BY LUIS GRONDA Staff Writer Rudy’s Baker y has become a Ridgewood institution since it opened 80 years ago. The Seneca Avenue bakery has sold delicious cakes, cookies and pastries to its customers since it opened in 1934 and has become a neighborhood landmark. Toni Binatti, who has owned the bakery for the past 34 years, said its longevity can be attributed to the business evolving with the current times, especially in the three decades that she has owned the popular pastry shop. She said with new technology and a quickly changing neighborhood, they have had to evolve as well. This includes selling their delicious cakes in individual slices instead of an entire cake. They have switched to this method, Binatti said, because people have more varied work schedules than in the past, and they might not have time to have cake or dinner with their family. Other new additions include free Wi-Fi to allow their customers to surf the Internet on their
smartphones while dining Nastasi used to be in the store. a pastry chef at Chef of the Cafes in Manhattan “A lot of people eat nowbefore coming over to adays and don’t always Rudy’s. She has also have the time for a big family added vegan and glutenmeal,” Binatti said. free desserts, which were She said a younger clinot sold at the store until entele now visit the bakery recently. more often than in the past, Binatti recalled one including younger couples time when former mayor who are just starting famiEd Koch visited Rudy’s lies. during a campaign stop. As one of the most wellHe ate the apple strudel known businesses in the and nuts strudel while area, Binatti has made sure at Rudy’s and it put her to keep a large presence in the community. Photo by Trisha Sakhuja store, and those dishes, She is the secretary of Rudy’s Bakery first opened in 1934. Since then, it has on the map. “It became the number the Myrtle Avenue Business become a popular destination in Ridgewood. one seller because Ed Improvement District, an organization made up of businesses have to. It’s my community,” she Koch ate it,” she said. Rudy’s continues to be popuin the area who advocate for more said. Rudy’s Bakery is best-known for lar because of its loyal customfunding and services. She has also held multiple fundraisers in the its cheese danishes, butter cookies ers, Binatti said, who come every area, including helping to feed the and black forest cake. Binatti said day to eat and converse about homeless at St. Matthias Church all of the pastries are baked on site things going on in the neighborand made fresh daily. hood. every year. Although she does much of the “I’m getting to be the grandmothBinatti said she stays involved because she wants to help Ridge- work herself, she has added an ex- er of Ridgewood,” she said. Reach Luis Gronda at (718) 357wood in other ways besides selling pert pastry chef, Christina Nastasi, to help with the daily preparing and 7400, Ext. 127, lgronda@queenstritheir delicious pastries. bune.com, or @luisgronda. “I’m here for three decades, I baking of their delicious cuisine.
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The Lemon Ice King Of Corona:
Takes The Queens Crown In Italian Ices BY NATALIA KOZIKOWSKA Staff Writer For more than 60 years, The Lemon Ice King of Corona has truly lived up to its name, offering both locals and tourists an authentic Italianstyle ice at an unbeatable price. In 1944, shortly after World War II, Peter Benfaremo began selling ices in Corona out of a small ice stand. Back then, Benfaremo sold only three different flavors of ices – lemon, pineapple and chocolate, but business was booming and soon, a business was born. The business would eventually move to its current location on 108th Street in Corona, debuting in 1964 on the same day that Flushing Meadows Corona Park opened the World’s Fair. Some 20 years ago, in 1993, business partners Vincent Barbaccia and Michael Zampino bought the business and have since been keeping the legacy of the original ‘ice king,’ Benfaremo, alive. And it was not all too difficult to stay true to the businesses name, considering Barbaccia and Zampino used to work for the ‘ice king’ when they were kids. “I love it here because I grew up
“We make everything from in this area, I grew up in this scratch. We have our own fruits neighborhood – I grew up – we squeeze lemons, we here as a kid and now I’m squeeze oranges in the winworking here as an adult,” tertime and we bottle them in a said Barbaccia, the co-ownfreezer. We don’t use artificial er. “You see the kids grow up flavors or coloring, so you’re literally in front of you and getting top-shelf stuff,” he said. you see them bringing up “We feel we make the best Italtheir kids now to get ices. It’s ian ices in the world. We don’t just that type of a place.” sell any other products here Ever since Corona wel– there are no shakes or ice comed the Lemon Ice King cream cones. You want Italian to the neighborhood, it has ices, this is where you come.” become a true staple in the When asked what he loves community. You may even most about The Lemon Ice recognize the business from King of Corona, Barbaccia said the opening credits of the he enjoys the relationship he popular TV sitcom, “The King Photo by Trisha Sakhuja of Queens.” The Lemon Ice King of Corona has been a neighbor- has built with the community’s children. “We’ve had a lot of press hood favorite for more than six decades. “The kids we hire are from from that. We have a lot of tourists coming from Germany and King of Corona has been able to keep the neighborhood,” he said. “For a lot of these kids, working here was England. Over there, in Europe, the their ices budget-friendly. “We still have the old-fashioned one of their first jobs.” show is in its first run,” Barbaccia said. The Lemon Ice King of Corona is “They come here and take pictures flavor and the old-fashioned prices. A in front of the store because they are $1.50 for a small cup – you can’t find located at 52-02 108th St., Corona. familiar with the show and have seen a $1.50 anything today,” he said. “You For more information, call (718) can come to this establishment – 699-5133. Lemon Ice King.” Reach Natalia Kozikowska Though the business has grown in you, your wife and your two kids and at (718)357-7400 Ext. 123 or popularity and now serves more than buy ices for everyone under $10.” The quality of the ices has also re- email@example.com 40 different unique flavors, Barbaccia said he is proud that The Lemon Ice mained unchanged, Barbaccia said. or @nkozikowska.
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A Long Time Staple In The Neighborhood BY TRISHA SAKHUJA Staff Writer David and Peter Lee of Platz Hardware say the secret to their success is balancing between the old and new ways. “We are really trying to maintain the mom-and-pop feel,” David said. The local hardware shop is one that all the locals know in the Ridgewood area because it has been around for the past 110 years. David spoke highly of what his and his brother’s shop has to offer the community, located at 62-25 Forest Ave., Ridgewood. He said he was intrigued to buy the store 15 years ago because he visited the shop as a child with his family. Being that Platz is a full-line hardware store, David said they carry everything from simple nuts and bolts to plumbing and electrical supplies. They also carry painting supplies, hand tools, garden supplies, housewares and fixtures. “We carry pretty much everything that we are expected to have,” he said. The hardware store carries a
large selection of do-ityourself supplies that can be used to spruce up parts of the house over the weekend, David said. Since the times are changing, David said they do offer many new products that are friendly to the new digital era. “We have increased the type of items sold, but we are still maintaining the old,” he said. “We have kept a balance Photo by Trisha Sakhuja between the old and the new.” Platz Hardware Store in Ridgewood has played The goal at Platz an essential role in the community’s hardware Hardware, David said, needs. is to try and turn the He said that nowadays there is a throw-it-away mentality to the fixgreater demand for electronics and and-salvage mentality. David said the customer service gardening materials and supplies. “A lot of people are going to selfthey offer is most important to their sustaining practices, like growing success. “That’s what sets us apart from their own vegetables,” David said. Looking to the future, Peter said the box stores,” he said. “It’s the willingness to help in person. It’s they do not see themselves going not just about pushing numbers, it’s anywhere, since they have been in actually caring about what they are the neighborhood since the turn of the century. trying to achieve and making.”
“Even with new technologies coming in, I don’t believe it’s possible to change ever ything so abruptly,” he said. David said they are offering a 10 percent coupon with a purchase of $50 or more. To retrieve the coupon, visit http://www.platzhardware. com. The shop is open daily from Monday to Saturday, from 10 a.m. until 7 p.m. Reach Trisha Sakhuja at (718) 357-7400, Ext. 128, tsakhuja@ queenstribune.com, or @Tsakhuja13.
Silver Bell Bakery:
Keeping Eastern European Tradition Alive BY NATALIA KOZIKOWSKA decided to move the business to community. Today, Silver Bell is a Staff Writer Middle Village, where there was wholesale bakery with a retail loSilver Bell Bakery has been giv- a very strong Eastern European cation and services more than 500 stores in the Tri-State area. ing Americans of Eastern European presence. Though Silver Bell Bakery may “It has grown, developed and decent a slice of tradition for more have begun as a small bakery, the redeveloped several times,” Radzithan a century. The bakery, which first opened family-owned business has since unas said. Radziunas attributes the sucits doors in 1882, was founded by grown to be a staple in the Queens cess of Silver Bell to his owner Albert Radziunas’ grandfamily’s commitment of father, a Lithuanian immigrant. keeping the traditions of It had humble beginnings on “Old World” baking alive. Stagg Street in Williamsburg, Each of their authentic Brooklyn, and sought to serve breads and pastries are the fast-growing Eastern Euromade from scratch with pean population in the area. only the finest ingredi“It was established back ents. then by my grandfather who “ T h e b a ke r y i s a started baking breads for the long-established bakery. ethnic community – the GerWe’re different from a man, Polish and the Lithuanian lot of other bakeries,” community in Williamsburg,” Radziunas said. “We Radziunas said. make all our breads from In an effort to expand the scratch using natural business, in 1969, Silver Bell flours – it’s a three-day Bakery moved to a new locaprocess. There are not tion on Junction Boulevard in that many bakeries that Corona, Queens. Though the Photo by Trisha Sakhuja do that, even in New business was well-received by the community, in 1996, the Silver Bell Bakery in Middle Village has been in business York. If you’re looking for an authentic, dense and Radziunas family ultimately for more than a century.
hearty product, that’s what we do.” Radziunas, who now runs the business, said that he always knew Silver Bell Bakery was “in his blood.” When he was a child, he often helped his father with the business and began to become passionate about the art of baking. “I did everything from sweeping the floor to helping people at the door with products,” he said. When asked what he loves most about working at Silver Bell Bakery, Radziunas said he enjoys researching new recipes and products to bring to his customers. “I love getting behind the counter and developing new products,” he said. “I am always trying to do some research development on new products and artisan breads.” Silver Bell Bakery is located at 64-06 Admiral Ave., Middle Village. For more information about products and services, visit www. bake4u.com Reach Natalia Kozikowska at (718)357-7400 Ext. 123 or firstname.lastname@example.org or @nkozikowska.
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Weisman Home Outlets:
Serving Blue-Collar Locals For Seven Decades BY NATALIA KOZIKOWSKA Staff Writer For more than 70 years, the Weisman family has been serving Queens’ hard-working blue-collar residents by offering them quality products at discounted prices. Today, Weisman Home Outlets has three locations and has become a staple in the communities in which it serves. The discount mega-store has an exceptional selection of quality materials for all renovation needs. But long before Weisman Home Outlets grew to be the successful company it is today, it had humble beginnings in Queens. Weisman Home Outlets started as a lumberyard in the Rockaways and was founded by Leonard Weisman’s grandmother in the 1920s. Sticking true to family values, Weisman’s grandmother passed the business along to her son who would eventually pass down the business to Leonard Weisman, now the co-owner and co-partner. Sometime in the 1980s, the lumberyard evolved into a salvage and surplus yard. Their expansion was well-received by the community so, when the Weisman family saw that there was a need for a home outlet
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Weisman Home Outlets began as a lumberyard in the 1920s and is now one of the most recognized home improvement businesses in the Borough.
that offered products at reasonable prices, the company evolved once more. “Based on the economy, they realized that there weren’t enough closeout stores where people could buy discounted home products,” said Skip Abrams, president and copartner of Weisman Home Outlets. Abrams now manages and oversees Weisman Home Outlet’s day-to-day operations as the president of the store and a partner of Leonard Weisman’s. He has served in that capacity for five years after
working under Weisman for more than 20 years. “I started at the counter at the lumber yard as a salesperson and worked my way up and eventually got to where I am now, where I run the company,” he said. “I’ve learned everything I know from [Leonard]. He was a mentor, as far as the business, and that grew into a friendship to him being a father figure. He is the reason we are where we are as a business.” While the company may have seen significant growth in the last
seven decades, Weisman Home Outlet’s goal of serving hard-working middle-class residents has remained unchanged. “Our mission is to provide the best value with the best price possible. We understand our business and we have our niche,” Abrams said. “We’re middle-class, bluecollar and we try to provide a fair price to the people that work really hard for their money.” When asked what he loves most about working at Weisman Home Outlets, Abrams said he truly enjoys getting to know his customers. “We’re not a national company. We are a neighborhood store and we know our customers,” he said. “I enjoy the fact that Weisman is still run like a family business. As a neighborhood company, we know most of our customers by name.” Weisman Home Outlets is located at 218-01 Merrick Blvd., Springfield Gardens and 63-27 Metropolitan Ave., Middle Village. For more information, visit www. weismanhomeoutlets.com. Reach Natalia Kozikowska at (718)357-7400 Ext. 123 or email@example.com or @nkozikowska.
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Now, your doctors in
are part of New York Hospital Queens New York Hospital Queens now provides access to a higher level of primary and specialty care services at Bayside Primary Care right here in Bayside. Formerly known as Barra, Coman and Rawlings, now these same physicians you know and trust with your health â€“ Peter R. Barra, M.D., John C. Coman, M.D., Ion Oltean, M.D., Grigoriy Shatenfeld, M.D., Sherban Pavlovici, Jr., M.D., Svetlana Fuzaylova, M.D., and Calina Lia Pavlovici, M.D., are part of New York Hospital Queens. New York Hospital Queens is proud to be associated with these expert physicians, and we support their commitment to protect and promote the health of our Bayside community. Whether you have known these physicians and the office staff for years, or you need a new primary care doctor for you or your family, please give the office a call at (718) 631-0500 and schedule an appointment.
Now called, Bayside Primary Care, we are still conveniently located at 44-02 Francis Lewis Blvd, Suite A, right here in Bayside.
You can also reach these physicians, or another NYHQ-affiliated physician, with a free call to (800) 282-6684, and by using our online physician directory found on nyhq.org.
This practice is a member of the NYHQ Physician Group, New York Queens Medicine and Surgery, P.C.
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Rubie’s Costume Company:
All Your Costume Needs, Big And Small BY NATALIA KOZIKOWSKA Staff Writer From the 1930s to the late 1980s, Ben Cooper Inc. was one of the three largest Halloween costume manufacturers in the United States. The company’s inexpensive plastic masks and vinyl smocks were an iconic symbol of Halloween. Despite Ben Cooper Inc.’s success, the company suffered heavy financial losses and in 1991, the owner, Ben Cooper, filed for bankruptcy. Just one year later, the company was purchased by Rubie’s Costume Company. Under this new ownership, a new costume megagiant was born. Rubie’s may now be an internationally-recognized brand, but the costume store had humble beginnings in Queens as a small mom-and-pop shop. The first location opened in 1951 as Rubie’s Candy Store in Woodhaven by Marc Beige’s parents – Tillie and Rubin. Back then, the original store sold everything from newspapers to cigarettes. With dreams of growing the business, Beige’s parents decided to take a leap of faith and give the
Rubie’s Costume has you covHalloween costume industry a ered. The company is always shot. They started off small – evolving and is dedicated to selling knickknacks and plastic creating trendsetting costumes masks, but soon realized the that keep up with ever-changing potential of the industry. demands. Just a few years later, in Rubie’s Costume Company 1959, the Beiges moved a has a number of store locablock away to a larger locations throughout the country, tion and renamed the store to including two locations in Rubie’s Fun House. Their misQueens. Both of these Borsion slowly started to change ough locations are located and overtime, Rubie’s began conveniently close to a train manufacturing costumes for rental companies. Photo by Natalia Kozikowska station, giving locals easy acIn 1972, Rubin Beige passed Rubie’s Costume Company had humble beginnings cess to their stores. In addition to its many retail away, leaving the company to as a mom-and-pop shop in Queens. stores, including locations in his wife and his son, Marc, who The 60-year-old family-owned Canada, Rubie’s products are diswas only 23 at the time. Expanding on his father’s vision, in 1973, Marc, business has an extensive line of tributed wherever Halloween and now president and CEO, and his products for people of all ages. Their masquerade costumes are sold. mother Tillie continued to grow the vast collection extends far beyond Rubie’s licensed costumes can be brand by offering customers full- Halloween by offering unique cos- purchased in Asia, Australia, South tumes suitable for Easter, Mardi America and Europe. length costumes. Rubie’s Costume is located at Today, Rubie’s Costume Com- Gras, St. Patrick’s Day and Christpany is the world’s largest designer, mas festivities. Rubie’s also has a 120-08 Jamaica Ave., Jamaica and manufacturer and distributor of Hal- large variety of costumes for ani- 1 Rubie Plaza, Richmond Hill. For loween costumes and accessories. mals, ensuring your furry friend can more information, call (718) 8461008 or visit www.rubies.com. While the company has seen tre- partake in the all the fun. Whether you want to be SuperReach Natalia Kozikowska mendous growth, Rubie’s remains true to the iconic Ben Cooper brand man, a 1920s flapper, a Barbie doll, at (718)357-7400 Ext. 123 or and legend as the premier one-stop- a princess from a far away land or firstname.lastname@example.org an astronaut this Halloween season, or @nkozikowska. shop for all your costume needs.
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UPS Workers Rally For Their Jobs By Luis Gronda Staff Writer The United Parcel Service drivers sent a loud and clear message to the company they work for: Rehire the 250 workers they fired. UPS workers rallied outside of the Maspeth facility last Friday, demanding that the package company sit down with the union representing its drivers, Local 804, and give the 250 drivers they fired their jobs back. The company fired those drivers after they staged a protest against the termination of another former employee, Jairo Reyes, late last month. Reyes, who attended Friday morning’s rally, said he was let go on Valentine’s Day for what UPS called “admitted dishonesty” for starting his shift earlier than the normal start time. Reyes said a superior gave the okay when he asked to begin working sooner than his scheduled time. But his contract stated that start time was based on seniority and he was shown the pink slip despite he and two other workers filing a grievance against the company.
participate in an unauthorized work stoppage. They said that an arbitrator ruled in 2011 that a future walkout, like the one that occurred on Feb. 26, could result in the workers losing their job. Friday’s rally asked the company to sit down with the union once Photo by Luis Gronda again to hash out uPs workers rallied on Friday morning calling its differences and for the delivery company to rehire the 250 driv- to give the workers ers they fired last month. their jobs back. “The message has to be sent to Once word got out that Reyes was fired almost two weeks later, the 250 this company, we have a contract, workers staged a 90-minute protest they want us to hold up our end, they outside the facility before returning to need to hold up their end. They signed that contract too,” said Tim Sylveswork. UPS told the Tribune last week they ter, president of the Local 804. “They were fired for organizing an illegal and agreed to innocent until proven guilty, unauthorized protest and their collectively bargained agreement states that an employee can be fired if they
they agreed to dignity and respect and that’s what this is all about.” A number of elected officials stood with the workers to show their support, including Public Advocate Letitia James. “We’re here to say that you deliver the packages but we’re here to deliver a message to UPS, that you cannot treat these workers with disrespect and it’s not over, this is just the beginning,” she said. Reyes, who was an employee for 24 years, said he and the other fired workers would like their jobs back but both sides need to come to an equal ground so that disputes like this do not happen again. “I’ve dedicated a lot of years to the company, I’ve given them my everything, my passion, my life, that would be good to have my job back,” he said. Reach Luis Gronda at (718) 3577400, Ext. 127, email@example.com, or @luisgronda.
LIC Bars Battle Cuomo Pushes For Over Their Name Plane Noise Relief By JoE MarViLLi Staff Writer After years of struggling with jet engines roaring above their heads, Queens residents may soon have some relief. Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced on March 24 that he has sent multiple directives to the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, asking it to put more effort into monitoring airplane noise at LaGuardia and John F. Kennedy airports. According to the governor’s office, the Port Authority’s overall focus will be on addressing noise concerns as well as supporting growth at the airports. “We will listen to local residents and ensure their input is used to make both JFK and LaGuardia airports better neighbors,” Cuomo said. The Port Authority plans to help alleviate noise pollution in communities like Flushing, Bayside, Corona and Jamaica by doubling the amount of existing noise monitors to 16, placing them in neighborhoods that have gone without them so far. These monitors will let the Port Authority keep a closer eye on noise violations and increase fines on those who exceed the noise limit. Additionally, a new Aviation Noise Office is being established and will be staffed by a team dedicated to collecting data and responding to commu-
nity complaints. The Port Authority also streamlined its noise complaint hotline. If you have a problem with airplane noise in your area, you can call (800) 225-1071. Community leaders and elected officials were pleased to hear that further steps were being taken to help monitor and reduce noise in the area. “We want to make sure the horrible noise we’re dealing with is matched by a comprehensive noise monitoring system,” Queens Quiet Skies vice president Robert Whitehair said. “We have very high expectations going forward.” Whitehair added that he hopes the community roundtable discussions that were promised will move forward soon as well. U.S. Rep. Grace Meng (D-Flushing) said she was happy that her district’s complaints about the noise may be leading to real results. “By responding to the concerns that we raised, the governor has moved us further down the road in our community’s fight against airport-related issues that impact the quality of life in Queens,” she said. U.S. Rep. Steve Israel (D-Melville) added that collaboration between the government and affected citizens was essential to resolving the problem. Reach Joe Marvilli at (718) 3577400, Ext. 125, firstname.lastname@example.org, or @Joey788.
By Trisha sakhuJa Staff Writer
A local bar in Long Island City is battling for the authenticity of its name with a neighboring bar that opened last fall. Mixologist Richard Boccato, owner of a bar called Dutch Kills, located at 27-24 Jackson Ave., recently filed a lawsuit in Brooklyn Federal Court against Dominic Stiller, one of the owner’s of a bar called Dutch Kills Centraal, located at 38-40 29th St., in Long Island City. According to the complaint, Boccato, who regularly consults bars and restaurants on physical design and cocktail and ice programs, opened Dutch Kills five years ago, said he has been “contacted on countless occasions by confused patrons” because they are under the false impression that the two bars are affiliated. Stiller, president of the Dutch Kills Civic Association, said he opened Dutch Kills Centraal with the goal of it becoming “a gathering place for the community.” The lawsuit argues that because Dutch Kills has received a lot of unsolicited media attention and awards, the Dutch Kills mark “has become well-known by the general public.” Therefore, Boccato has developed a common law rights to the name. Boccato’s trademark application
for the name “Dutch Kills” is still pending, according to Boccato’s attorney David DeStefano. The lawsuit bans further use of the name by another party. The suit seeks monetary damages for trademark infringement, unfair competition and deceptive ads and practices. Since Dutch Kills is trying to gain exclusive legal rights to the name “Dutch Kills,” Stiller said “by claiming a common law trademark of the term Dutch Kills, Dutch Kills (the bar) is trying to gain the exclusive legal rights by forcing Dutch Kills Centraal to change its name.” He went on to say that if Boccato is granted authority over the name “Dutch Kills,” then he would legally be able to prohibit the existence of any hotel, deli, restaurant, bar, or bakery from using the name “Dutch Kills.” A trademark application for the entire name “Dutch Kills Centraal” is also pending, but Stiller said Boccato “should not expect exclusive use of a descriptive neighborhood name.” DeStefano declined to make a comment since the case in pending in court. Calls made to Boccato were not returned in time for press. Reach Trisha Sakhuja at (718) 357-7400, Ext. 128, email@example.com, or @Tsakhuja13.
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Change Direction On Willets Pt.
In Our OpInIOn
Time To Work Things Out Once again, a dispute between a company and the union that represents its workers is causing havoc with the lives of hundreds of workers who relied on the job to put food on their tables. The recent firing of 250 UPS workers after a protest is a reminder that even with the protection of a union, both sides must maintain an agreement in order to conduct business continuously. As is frequently the case in union disputes, both sides feel they are in the right, and both sides believe the other violated the terms of their contract. Regardless of the cause of the dispute, and even which side is in the right, the ongoing battle can do irreparable harm to both sides: the workers miss out on their regular paychecks while the firing undoubtedly harms UPS from a public relations perspective. It is important both for the Maspeth facility and the workers who have lost their jobs that both sides sit down and iron out an agreement. We hope that both sides walk in to a negotiation in good faith and can realize that sometimes concessions need to be made. Standing firm to your own agenda can be admirable, but it can also ruin any chance for reconciliation. We hope that UPS and the workers represented by Local 804 can come to an agreement soon, as this situation has likely already gone on long enough.
In YOur OpInIOn A Catholic Solution to Education
To The Editor: n view of public education in New York City, I would like to propose two steps to solve the problems. First, Mayoral Control of the public schools should be abolished. Second, management of the school districts should be directed by the superintendents of the Roman Catholic parochial schools of the Archdiocese of New York and
the Diocese of Brooklyn, and operated by religious orders of the Catholic Church, such as the Franciscan Brothers of Brooklyn and the Christian Brothers of the Schools. Both orders of educators have a track record of excellence for hundreds of years and are inspired by their respective Franciscan and Lasallian pedagogic models and the authenticity of their motivations to educate
An Event Not To Be Forgotten
To The Editor; his year is the 50th anniversary of the World’s Fair of 1964/65 in Corona. I myself remember attending the fair with my good friend Harry Weymer, in the summer of 1964. We were 13 and 14 years of age at the time. My friend’s father drove us there and told us to be careful and to have a good time and we did. We stood on long lines like the Ma Bell exhibit, which showed the future where you could talk to someone and see
their image on the other end. There were many other exhibits that showed space, culture and technological advancements of the future. Some of these advancement have come about and others have not occurred yet. It has been said that today’s science fiction is tomorrow’s reality, well it was true than and is so true today. Harry and I lost contact in the 1970s but the other day after about 45 years, Harry found me. Harry is a retired school teacher in upstate New York
the whole person - spiritually, intellectually, emotionally and physically. These religious brothers (and orders for women religious, such as the Sisters of Mercy) are the only solution to the present academic failure of public schools, as well as the only sound holistic perspective on the need of persons in their temporal and eternal ends. Joseph N. Manago, Briarwood
and is helping establish a class reunion of our eighth grade class at Grace Lutheran Day School in Queens Village. We had a long conversation about that day at the World’s Fair. We talk about how our minds were open to the possibilities of a better world. Much has changed and much more needs to be done to better our world to help the many. The World’s Fair of 64 was one to be remembered and not to be forgotten. Frederick R. Bedell Jr., Glen Oaks Village
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An open letter to Mayor Bill DiBlasio: he Bloomberg Administration ignored small businesses and the needs of the little people, pursuing instead a long romance with real estate moguls. It also did not take the Uniform Land Use Review Procedure (ULURP) seriously nor the public trust doctrine which requires approval of the State Legislature before any parkland is given over to a non-park use. In the early stages of your administration, you have an opportunity to distance yourself from Bloomberg’s abysmal record as aforesaid and to inform the public if you give great weight to the ULURP pro ce dure, p ark alienation requirements and if you favor the interests of real estate moguls over that of small businesses and the little people. A case in point is the Willets Point project which the Queens Tribune, in an editorial in its Feb. 13-19, 2014 edition, rightfully described as a fiasco. I am not referring to the original approved 2008 plan, but a scheme hatched by former Mayor Bloomberg and the Mets, its Related Companies and Sterling Equities, multibillionaires that not only
Why Sign Vick?
To The Editor: hile Michael Vick is a talented football player, he has been cruel to animals. There was no reason at all for him to be involved in illegal activities, involving dog fighting, which resulted in the death and injury of these innocent animals. It is an absolute abomination that this man has now been signed by the Jets for the upcoming football season. Fans should boycott the games and also not watch them on television. How can Mr. Vick live with
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violated the law circumventing park property alienation requirements and ULURP, but gave them the keys to the City Treasury and the right to construct a 1.4-million-squarefoot shopping mall on the Citi Field parking lot, which is in fact part of Flushing Meadows Corona Park. Litigation is now pending that would prevent the construction of the 1.4-millionsquare-foot shopping mall at Citi Field until there be full compliance with ULURP and park alienation legislation. It is to be noted if there be compliance with these requirements and the project approved, it could then proceed. But, it should not be permitted without full participation of all the affected Community Boards. You are not bound by the actions of former Mayor Bloomberg and you can direct your Corporation Counsel not to contest the litigation. Mr. Mayor, let right be done, demonstrate your respect for the rights of our communities and disdain for any attempts to avoid ULURP and park alienation requirements and join in seeking judicial relief to accomplish that result. Benjamin M. Haber, Flushing
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himself, after what he did to those poor animals? What kind of a person is he? Certainly not one with compassion and care for animals! John Amato, Fresh Meadows
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Giving Readers What They Want In A Newspaper By Anthony Weiner Maybe it’s because I don’t like to leave New York City much that it seems that half the world is trying to figure out how we are all going to get our news in the years to come. Broadsheet and tabloid newspapers are struggling to survive in the Internet age. Fewer and fewer Americans are getting information from the nightly newscasts and the notion of “yesterday’s news” has been replaced by a whole new timeline of expired information. Now a story that broke an hour ago is likely to be dated in the torrent of instant updates. But within these pages appears to be the answer to at least part of the question of what citizens want. For 44 years, the Tribune has been providing news and opinion about Queens neighborhoods and Queens people in a serious and professional way, and readers have been eating it up. When any enterprise endures for as long as the Tribune has, there is a tendency to try to figure out the formula, especially when so much about Queens itself has changed in the last generation. But to those of us who read the paper and particularly those of us who have seen the paper as an essential part of our jobs, when we look
Anthony Weiner during a recent trip to the Queens Tribune offices. at the success of the Tribune, there isn’t much mystery. It starts with an understanding that like politics, the issues that folks care to read about the most are the ones on their street; in their schools; that affect their families. They may gather around the water cooler at work and chat about things in Washington or across the globe, but the abandoned work site on their corner or the rezoning of their daughter’s elementary
school just seems more important a lot of the time. The Tribune honors this idea by drilling into local stories and treating them as important. It does so by giving its mostly young cadre of reporters a sense of the value of what they are doing. As someone who had nearly daily interactions with Tribune reporters for more than 15 years, I can tell you they are what you would hope all re-
porters would be: dedicated to getting the story correct; deeply caring about the human beings behind the stories, and respectful of the vital role they play in our democracy. When I had the extraordinary honor of serving Queens in Congress, I prided myself on how available I was to my constituents via Town Hall meetings, door-to-door walking tours, even giant conference calls that I invited all my neighbors to join. I did it because it was my job to hear what citizens were saying. But right there at every turn, keeping the conversation honest, was the Tribune. Giving me and my colleagues both a platform to speak to Queens and a loud and honest voice coming back. For 44 years, the Queens Tribune has been giving us the information we really want and served as the scaffolding for the lively debate that makes representative government tick. If we are lucky, no matter what else goes on in the future in the changing world of news, the Queens Tribune will be right there serving it up for us the way we like it. Anthony Weiner is a former elected official, representing Queens in the City Council and the House of Representatives. Last year, he ran for Mayor in the Democratic primary.
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Teamsters President Honored For Public Service
The American Friends of Yitzhak Rabin Center honored Gregory Floyd, president of Teamsters Local 237, during a March 19 ceremony at the Museum of the Moving Image in Astoria. Pictured at left, James P. Hoffa, general president of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, presents Floyd with the 2014 Yitzhak Rabin Leadership and Public Service Award. Center, Stuart Davidson, chairman of the AFYRC, speaks during the gala. Pictured at right, Rabbi Michael Miller of the Jewish Community Relations Council speaks.
Meeting At The Inner Circle
PIX Time For A Clean-Up
Queens Borough President Melinda Katz (left) and her partner, Curtis Sliwa (right) join Mayor Bill de Blasio and his wife, Chirlane McCray, backstage at the Inner Cicle Show, held on Saturday at the New York Hilton. The Inner Circle is a group of current and former New York City political reporters who put on an annual black-tie dinner and musical comedy show that lampoons the Mayor and other local and national officials.
Spring Fashions in Elmhurst
U.S. Rep. Steve Israel (D-Melville, left) joined student volunteers from Great Neck and Port Washington to clean up the Little Neck Bay shoreline.
Health And Wellness
Italian Charities of America held its annual Spring Fashion Show on Queens Boulevard in Elmhurst on Sunday. The benefit was held to raise funds for a new elevator in the group’s building, which is used for senior activities and community events. Pictured at the event (from left) are Barbara Egas, ICA board member; volunteer models Marie Aveni, Samantha Calderone and Amelia Belcastro; Rose Sproviero, ICA president and event organizer; models Joey D’Ambrosio, Ana Rivera and Maria Thomasand; and Dress Barm Assistant Manager Rodica Soos. Photo by Walter Karling.
Volunteers from Aramark visited the Sunnyside Community Center last week to teach seniors lessons about health and wellness through better eating as part of Global Volunteer Day.
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Armstrong’s Ambassador Series Available Online
BY JOE MARVILLI Staff Writer
Fans of Louis Armstrong around the world now have the opportunity to own some rare recordings by the legendary jazz musician. The Louis Armstrong House Museum is making all 16 of his Ambassador Series discs available online for the first time. Previously, these recordings were only available to purchase at the museum itself. They are not available with any other retailer. “We have such interesting projects you can only get at our brick-and-mortar store,” Jennifer Walden, the museum’s director of marketing, said. “The idea was to make that available worldwide.” The discs can be purchased at the newly launched shop.louisarmstronghouse.org. Each entry in the series costs $14.95 and features rare broadcasts and live performances from throughout Armstrong’s career, an addition that many music collectors would love to have. “Volume 1” has recordings from 1935, including “I’m in the Mood for Love,” “Shoe Shine Boy” and “Solitude.” “Volume 2,” covering 1936, includes rare broadcasts of “Swing That Music” and “The Skeleton in the Closet.” “Volume 3,” running between 1936 and 1937, opens with Armstrong’s Hawaiian sessions and includes his first work with the Mills Brothers. Included in “Volume 4” are four
All 16 of Louis Armstrong’s Ambassador Series CDs can be bought at the Louis Armstrong House Museum’s online store.
spiritual numbers by Armstrong, with the backing of Lyn Murray’s Choir. The highlight of “Volume 5,” 1938 to 1939, is a jam session featuring Fats Waller, Jack Teagarden and Bud Freeman. “Volume 6,” running from 1939 to 1940, sees Armstrong playing up-todate arrangements of past classics, like a performance of “What Is This Thing Called Swing” from Carnegie Hall. “Volume 7” is from 1940 to 1941 and includes collaborations with the Mills Brothers and New Orleans reed master Sidney Bechet. “Volume 8,” 1941 to 1942, is chockfull of performances with Armstrong’s Hot Seven band. “Volume 9” stretches from 1944 to 1949, as Armstrong’s recordings slowed down. It
has appearances by Ella Fitzgerald and Billie Holiday. One of the CDs contains performances from the Cotton Club between 1939 and 1943. Another disc features Armstrong’s work in Philadelphia in 1948. There is also his Carnegie Hall Concert from 1947. “Heavenly Music 1949-1957” is a compilation of some of Armstrong’s most beautiful performances, with many arrangements by Gordon Jenkins. “Because of You 1950-1953” is a collection of Armstrong’s most-loved pop singles and duets with Bing Crosby, Louis Jordan and Fitzgerald. “Moments to Remember 1952-1956” gathers together Armstrong’s rare recordings of the 1950s, including his 1953 collaboration with The Commanders. “When You and I Were Young, Maggie” takes some great material from the early editions of the All Stars with Teagarden, Earl Hines and either Sid Catlett or Cozy Cole. These recordings are only available as discs and cannot be bought in a digital format. In addition to the Ambassador series, everything in the museum’s brick-and-mortar store can be bought online as well. The Louis Armstrong House Museum is located at 34-56 107th St., Corona. Reach Joe Marvilli at (718) 357-7400, Ext. 125, email@example.com, or @Joey788.
The Astoria Symphony Orchestra Celebrates An End To An Era BY TRIshA sAkhuJA Staff Writer After conducting concerts, education programs and musical community outreach for more than a decade, Maestro Silas Huff will conduct his last concert on March 30. The Astoria Symphony Orchestra’s last concert under the direction of Huff will also be a celebration of his time and contributions. A native of San Antonio, Texas, Huff moved to Astoria after 10 years of experience in music and founded the ASO in 2002, because he said he witnessed “a musical community with no anchor.” “I moved to New York with no job, no money and no connections,” Huff said, “But every day, I met great musicians who wanted to make music in Astoria. So we made music.” After he formed the ASO, musicians came from all five boroughs, Connecticut and New Jersey to play music in Astoria, Huff said.
Within two years of its inception, the musicians had evolved from unpaid hobbyists to aspiring professionals that were paid a small stipend. The group later developed into a professional ensemble. “Since then, we have performed more than 140 concerts together,” Huff said. Huff said his long journey conducting with the ASO has been a great one. “I still don’t know where it ends,” Huff said. “The Astoria Symphony Orchestra is a big part of my history and success. I feel like a proud parent—I will miss this group badly, but I know the ASO’s brilliant musicians will continue to do great work without me.” Board President Alex Lauren said that with Huff ’s leadership and experience, the ASO has become an important musical force in Queens. “Our patrons come to concerts and support local businesses that support us, and we contract musicians who spend
their hard-earned money in Queens,” she said. “To date, we have paid over $480,000 to local musicians.” Huff ’s final concert will include Richard Wagner’s “Siegfried Idyll,” excerpts from Felix Mendelssohn’s “Elijah” and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s “‘Great’ Mass” in C minor. The Astoria Symphonic Choir, under the direction of Adam Eggleston, will accompany the ASO and soloists, including Megan Pachecano (soprano), Emily Ross-Johnson (soprano), Byron Singleton (tenor) and Matthew Singer (baritone). The concert will start at 5 p.m. at the Mount Carmel Institute, located at 23-20 Newtown Ave., in Astoria. The concert will close with a free reception in Huff ’s honor. To order discounted tickets or to learn how to support the Astoria Music Society, visit www.AstoriaMusic.org. Reach Trisha Sakhuja at (718) 3577400, Ext. 128, tsakhuja@queenstribune. com, or @Tsakhuja13.
Beer Week Comes To Queens BY TRIshA sAkhuJA Staff Writer Queens residents will not have to travel over the bridge or through a tunnel to taste the City’s finest beer this April. The first annual Queens Beer Week has been announced for April 19-27. The nine day series of events are becoming a reality due to organizer Dan Bronson, a beverage consultant, who runs the beer program at Astoria’s Crescent and Vine. Bronson said the celebration of beer and local breweries is an idea he came up with the owners of Queens Kickshaw and Sunswick, two other craft beer bars in Astoria. “It’s really a celebration of the most rapidly growing beer scene in Queens,” he said. The week kicks off with an open invitation party at SingleCut Beersmith, located at 19-33 37th St., Astoria, on April 19 at 8 p.m. The first event will feature all of the Borough’s breweries, as well as specialty local vendors, with no cover charge. “All of the Queens breweries will be there, so if you only go to one event, that’s going to be the one,” he said. The party continues with more than 30 beer-centric events, spread across the Borough, Bronson said. The events will include chocolate and beer pairings, a course on tasting beer and wine, brewery demonstrations, open houses, and a chance to debut some brand new Queens breweries. QBW is a completely free event, community driven, with no cost to participate for establishments, and totally pay-as-you-go for attendees, Bronson said. While planning for the series of events, Bronson said “all of the local bars and breweries are relieved that this is finally happening.” Since he has traveled to many other beer events across the City, such as New York Craft Beer Week, Bronson’s goal in planning QBW was to bring that same energy and fun to the “home turf.” “Queens is a borough of great hard working people who are a little bit tired of having to leave there home to have a good time,” he said. A full calendar of events and venues will be announced on April 1. To learn more about QBW, visit http:// www.queensbeerweek.com/. Reach Trisha Sakhuja at (718) 357-7400, Ext. 128, firstname.lastname@example.org, or @Tsakhuja13.
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AN EVENING WITH GROUCHO
RON CARTER QUARTET
American jazz doublebassist Ron Carter will perform with his quartet at Flushing Town Hall, starting at 8 p.m. The Grammy-award winning musician is considered to be one of the most influential in the genre, with more than 2,000 albums to his credit. Pianist Renee Rosnes, drummer Payton Crossley and percussionist Rolando Morales-Matos will round out his quartet. Tickets are $40 for general admission, $32 for members and $20 for students. Flushing Town Hall is located at 137-35 Northern Blvd.
SATURDAY 3/29 COOLITUDE
The Queens Museum will explore current IndoCaribbean writers and artists who are turning to the history of indenture as a muse and subject for interrogation in their own work. “Coolitude” combines a reading from Gaiutra Bahadur’s book Coolie Woman, a sculptural performance by artist Andil Gosine, performance poetry by Rajiv Mohabir and a screening of Ian Harnarine’s short film “Doubles with Slight Pepper.” The event runs from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.
“THE GEMINI KILLER”
Theatre Time Productions will hold a staging of a new play, “The Gemini Killer.” Written and directed by Tom Williams, this mystery thriller will be held at the Colonial Church of Bayside, located at 54-02 217th St. It will start at 8 p.m. and repeat on March 30 at 3 p.m. Tickets are $16 for general admission and $14 for seniors and children. Call (347) 358-8102 or visit www.theatretime.org for tickets.
PEACE THROUGH UNDERSTANDING
SCREENING ANNIE HALL Watch the screening of “Annie Hall” at the Museum of Moving Image, starting at 7 p.m. Directed
The Greater Astoria Historical Society will present its Long Island City Forum Lecture Series on the film “Peace Through Understanding – the 1964 World’s Fair,” 1:30 p.m. at 35-20 Broadway, fourth floor, Long Island City. For
SPOTLIGHT OF THE WEEK MONDAY 3/31
The New York Mets will kick of f their 2014 baseball season with a home opener at Citi Field. The game will start at 1:10 p.m. The Amazin’ Mets will go up against the Washington Nationals. All fans in attendance will receive a magnetic schedule, presented by Hyundai. Tickets start at $45 and can be bought at http://newyork.mets. mlb.com/ticketing/?c_id=nym. information, call (718) 2780700 or visit www.astorialic. org.
D.B. Rielly and his band will perform a collection of Americana music, spanning several genres, including roots, Zydeco, blues and alt-country, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at McLaughlin’s, 31-06 Broadway, Astoria. For information, visit www. dbrielly.com.
Queens Historical Society, to view the exhibit “Practicing Equality, Quakers in Queens” and enjoy light refreshments. Reservations are required, with a $15 to $20 fee. Email Jack Eichenbaum at email@example.com to reserve your spot.
DYING FOR BEAUTY
The Bayside Historical Society will hold a lecture on women’s fashions in the Victorian era. In that era, techniques and chemicals that were used to enhance beauty often had unwanted, dangerous effects. The lecture will start at 2 p.m. and will be given by Dr. Harriet Davis-Kram. Call (718) 3521548 for more information.
Gustavo Casenave, a 2012 Latin Grammy nominee, pianist, educator and the current Composer in Residence at Flushing Town Hall, will present a lecture/ demonstration on composition and improvisation at the venue. The free event will take place at 2 p.m. For more information, call Flushing Town Hall at (718) 463-7700.
The Moscow Festival Ballet will come to the Queensborough Performing Arts Center for a performance of “Swan Lake.” The ballet, with music by Tchaikovsky, is based on a German fairy tale and follows the heroic young Prince Siegfried as he labors to free the delicately beautiful swan maiden, Odette, from an evil sorcerer’s spell. The show starts at 3 p.m. Tickets range between $39 and $42. For tickets, call the box office at (718) 631-6311. QPAC is located at 222-05 56th Ave., Bayside.
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Go back in time with this walking tour from the Queens Historical Society. Between 12 p.m. and 2:30 p.m., visit the 1694 Quaker Meeting House, Bowne House, the sites of the Remonstrance and George Fox’s monument. The tour will end at Kingsland Manor, home to the
Join the free event and come to learn the Quechua/ Kichwa language at the Queens Museum in collaboration with Quechua at NYU, from 3 p.m. until 6 p.m. They invite you to participate in a variety of activities where all ages are welcome, and no prior experience with the Quechua language
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Award-winning actor/ director/playwright Frank Ferrante will recreate his portrayal of the legendary Groucho Marx at the Queens Theatre. “An Evening With Groucho” will feature Ferrante improvising as well as performing some of Marx’s best bits. The show repeats on Saturday and Sunday. Friday’s show is at 2 p.m. Saturday has performances at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. Sunday’s show is at 3 p.m. Tickets range between $25 and $49. Call the box office at (718) 760-0064 for more information.
by Woody Allen in 1977, the film stars Diane Keaton and Woody Allen. Allen’s groundbreaking romantic comedy bridged the gap between the filmmaker’s early slapstick comedies and his more dramatic period. Yet despite the poignancy and psychological depth in this fragmented, nonchronological portrait of a failed relationship, “Annie Hall” is as wall-to-wall funny as anything Allen ever made, and in the title role, Keaton is pure neurotic magic.Tickets for the Friday evening screenings are $12, $9 for senior citizens and students and free for the Museum members. Admission includes Museum’s galleries, which are open until 8:00 p.m.
is necessary. Some of the activities include A Quechua/ Kichwa language lesson with Elva Ambia (NY Quechua Initiative) and Segundo Aucanshala (Immigrant Movement International). Another event will include mural and bracelet making with Elva Navarro and Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies (CLACS) at NYU. Also, listen to a collective “Rimasun” podcast recording with podcast series producers. For more information, visit http://www.queensmuseum. org/events.
The Astoria Symphony Orchestra and Astoria Symphonic Choir will perform at 5 p.m. at Saint Joseph’s Church of Astoria, 43-19 30th Ave., Astoria. The orchestra and choir will join forces to present Germanic masterpieces and dichotomies. At 4:30 p.m., conductor Silas Huff will discuss the program. Tickets cost $20, $15 for students/seniors. For information, visit www.astoriamusic.org.
ONGOING “THE BOY FRIEND”
The Gingerbread Players of St. Luke’s Church in Forest Hills will revive the Broadway musical “The Boy Friend,” opening at the church with a 2:30 p.m. performance. Performances will continue through April 6. Tickets cost a suggested donation of $12. For showtimes, visit www. gingerbreadplayers.org.
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ENTERTAINMENT EVENING W/GROUCHO Friday, Saturday and Sunday, March 28-30 Queens Theatre in the Park. 760-0064. MOVIE MATINEES Fridays through April 25 Rosedale library at 2:30. PROTEST SONGS Friday, March 28 Hollis library at 2. OPEN MIC Friday, March 28 Lefferts library at 4. LIFE OF PI Friday, March 28 movie at the McGoldrick library at 4:30. CELEBRATE TANGO Saturday, March 29 Flushing library at 1:30. DIRTY DANCING Saturday. March 29 Karaoke at the Movies at Queensborough Community College. $5. 631-6311. BANGLADESH MUSIC Saturday, March 29 Central library at 3. SWAN LAKE Sunday, March 30 Queensborough Community College. 631-6311. BAGGAGE CLAIM Sunday, March 30 Film at the Central library at 2. REBEL W/O CAUSE Monday, March 31 film at Sunnyside library at 3.
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TEENS & KIDS CLOUDY MEATBALLS 2 Friday, March 28 film at the Ozone Park library at 4. PROJECT ART Friday, March 28 Corona library. Register. TEENS GOT TALENT Friday, March 28 Rosedale library at 3:30. LEGO BUILDERS Friday, March 28 Glendale library at 4. SCIENCE TELLERS Friday, March 28 Jackson Heights library at 4. Ages 6-12. MOVIE MATINEES Fridays through April 25 Rosedale library at 2:30. MOVIE TIME Fridays through April 25 Laurelton library at 3:30. WHAT’S THAT SOUND? S a t u r d ay, M a r c h 2 9 Queens Symph ony Or chestra performance and instrument-making workshop for those 6 and up a t t h e F l u s h i n g l i b ra r y at 11. TODDLER CRAFTS Monday, March 31 Steinway library at 11. FAMILY STORYTIME Monday, March 31 Auburndale library at 3:30. FAMILY STORYTIME Mondays Auburndale library at 3:30. Pre-K to 2. HUNGER GAMES 1 Tuesday, April 1 Richmond
SENIORS DRIVER SAFETY Friday, March 28 Glen Oaks library. Register. CREATIVE AGING Monday, March 31 Queens Village library. Register. TAX PREP HELP Mondays through March 31 Pomonok library at 11:30. BRAIN GAMES Tuesdays, April 1, 8 Pomonok Senior Center. 5914343 to register. TAX COUNSELING Tuesdays through April 15 Auburndale library at 1. COMPUTERS Wednesday, April 2 Sunnyside and Central library. Register. TAX COUNSELING Wednesday, April 2 Whitestone and Windsor Park library at 1. AARP TAX PREP Thursday, April 3 North Forest Park library 12-4 and Fresh Meadows library at 1. TAX HELP Wednesdays through April 9 Laurelton library at 11. ELDER LAW Thursday, April 3 Central library at 6. DIGITAL PHOTO. Thursday, April 3 Pomonok library. Register.
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Tati Ana’s music is full of spine-tingling moments. From the dark, electronic atmospherics she conjures up to her ghostly wail, made even more evocative when echoed with itself, the Astoria musician has something that many others look for: an original voice. Although her music is electronic, Tatiana Kochkareva is influenced by jazz and rock music. It was her time in the studio that led her to start trying out different sounds and techniques, making her way towards the digital soundscapes she now creates. “I think it started with me experimenting with sounds in the studio. Once I recorded music, I wanted to figure out how to do it live. Which made me very interested in software, synthetic sounds and that whole part of music. I get really excited about live setups,” she said. That excitement is what set Tati Ana on the career of being a musician. She decided when she was 14 that music was the path she wanted to take.
A former Northeast Queens City Council candidate stuck his head in to an event that had nothing to do with what he complained about. Jo e C on c a n n on crashed U.S. Rep. Steve Israel’s Small Business bill tour last week in Glen Oaks. The Congressman was touring the area to announce a bill that would let businesses with less than 50 full-time employees deposit up to 10 percent of their gross profits per year into a special savings account. While on the tour, Concannon popped into one of the stops to complain to Israel
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At this month’s Community Board 12 meeting, City Comptroller Scott Stringer may have shared a little too much with his constituents. While discussing issues important to seniors, Stringer reassured those in attendance that he has the energy for the job by insinuating he has still the energy for something else… “I am 53-years-old and I have a two-year-old and I have a nine-month old. And I’m 53,
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according to Tati Ana. “I'd say the main challenge is you have no idea how each venue is going to sound like. So each time you have to adjust,” she said. “Also technology is incredibly unreliable. I have weird problems all the time.” Still, despite the difficulties, Tati Ana can often be seen playing venues throughout the City and nearby her home of Astoria. The musician said that the Queens neighborhood has been a positive influence on her songwriting. “I like that it's relatively calm, has lots of great food and it's pretty diverse,” she said. One of her most recent performances was in the Battle of the Boroughs competition at the Greene Space in Manhattan. While Tati Ana was not the Queens winner, she did make it into the top five. Her next upcoming concert will take place at Rockwood Music Hall, Stage 2, on May 28 at 8 p.m. The show is for the release of her upcoming EP. The venue is located at 196 Allen St., New York.
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Although she is originally from Russia, Tati Ana said her home country’s impact on her is similar to any other immigrant who grew up in two different places. “It did influence me, but I wouldn't say I am that different from anyone else who moved here from a different country,” she said. “Musically, I did get exposed to Russian folk and classical music, which I'm sure has influenced me in some way. I do think that there is a lot of melancholy in Russian culture. I relate to that.” That melancholy comes through in industrial, haunting songs like “Four Walls.” Her soulful vocals and jazzy piano are also utilized often, on tracks like “Cold Water.” Both of those songs can be downloaded for free on her website, http://ilovetatiana.com. “I just write what I feel and hear and hope that others will like it as well,” Tati Ana said. While using technology in the studio becomes easier and easier each year, the difficulties of translating those sounds to a live setting remain,
that’s right,” he joked. “Now, I have the energy for this job, so when I turned 50, I got the AARP card.” “You can call me AARP daddy,” he added. “It’s after the election, so I want to tell you this.” Despite the crude nature of his joke, those in attendance seemed to enjoy his sense of humor. His comments were followed by a healthy combination of laughter and applause.
about the Affordable Care Act. He told Israel to repeal the ACA because it’s decreasing jobs in America, calling it “the biggest job killer in America.” Concannon quickly left after sticking his head in the tour, but still handed out pamphlets while the event was ongoing. Israel quipped back with a comment of his own, though, saying there are anger management classes offered not too far from where the tour was. Nice comeback Congressman. As for Concannon, you may want to take up Israel’s suggestion. It might help you mellow out just a bit.
Inner Circle Gets Out When the Inner Circle gets together, interesting things end up happening. Like what, you may ask? How about Mayor Bill de Blasio rockin' an afro, much like his son Dante's famous 'do? The Inner Circle Show, an annual charity variety show in which City Hall press corps roasts the present Mayor, was in full gear as de Blasio kept up with tradition with his own comedic act.
Instead of the lavish Broadway actors that former Mayor Michael Bloomberg was fond of choosing, de Blasio opted for a low-key ensemble by asking his celebrity friends to join him on stage along with the City Hall press corps. Some of the jokes recounted during the night took on the City’s struggle to clean up the snow after the big storms that hit earlier this year and de Blasio’s chronic lateness during press conferences.
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