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Rape Increases In Queens Following NYPD Campaign By ARIEL HERNANDEZ
Mayor Gives Skillman Avenue Bike Lanes Green Light By JON CRONIN
Mayor Bill de Blasio tweeted last week that he was instructing the city’s Department of Transportation (DOT) to begin implementation of a protected bike lane on Skillman and 43rd avenues in Sunnyside, despite objections from the neighborhood’s community board. On July 12, the mayor tweeted, “Nearly 300 people have been injured along Skillman and 43rd avenues in Queens. Two lives have been lost. NYC DOT has listened to voices across the community. I've instructed them to move forward with pedestrian safety and protected bike lanes that will save lives.” Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer (D-Sunnyside), who would not give his opinion on the matter until after a contentious Community Board 2 meeting in June, said this week that he supported the bike lanes. “I have always said that safety and saving lives has to be priority number one, and one thing I've worked closely with the mayor on is achieving Vision Zero, including supporting the Queens Boulevard redesign and its protected bike lane,” Van Bramer said. “I've always said that I support bike lanes and that I support protected bike lanes.” Regardless, Community Board 2 voted against the proposal on the grounds that it would negatively affect businesses along the corridor as a result of the loss of parking spaces for shoppers. > Continued on page 4
Queens’ Diversity Was On Full Display During The World Cup, As Immigrants And Fans From All Over The Borough Filled Bars And Restaurants For The Month
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The New York Police Department (NYPD) reported during a media briefing that although overall crime in the city is down, rape is up, specifically in Queens. The 110th Precinct – which covers Elmhurst and Corona – has seen a 257.1 percent increase in rape compared to this time last year. In 2017, there were only seven reported rapes from January through June within the precinct. However, there have already been 25 reported rapes from January through June of this year. Police Commissioner James O’Neill attributes this uptick to the NYPD’s Special Victim’s Unit’s latest campaign “The Call is Yours,” which was created to encourage sexual-assault survivors to come forward. “We’ve done a lot of work with the advocacy groups to make sure that people that survived sexual assault feel comfortable coming to police to report those crimes,” said O’Neill. “The increase [in reported rape] is a result of more reporting. As a result of our outreach, more people are coming forward. Survivors aren’t staying quiet anymore.” During the media briefing, NYPD Chief of Department Terrance Monahan said although rape is up, the NYPD isn’t looking to get the numbers down. “Rape has always been an underreported crime,” said Monahan. “We’ve been pushing people to come out and report it, to get this information and to know that our special victims’ squad is going to do investigations and make the arrests. We encourage people to come out and make these reports so when it goes up; it’s actually a good thing because more people are coming forward, especially in domestic violence cases.” “The Call is Yours” campaign is located throughout the city in both English and Spanish in subway cars, buses, in city taxis, on billboards and reads: “Reporting a sexual assault to the NYPD could bring the perpetrator to justice, prevent future assaults and connects you with important resources and services.” > Continued on page 8.
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The Week In Tweets @BeschlossDC Nixon and White House aides call Watergate investigation a “Political Witchhunt”—45 years ago this month
July 14th was the 45th anniversary of former President Richard Nixon’s calling the federal investigation into the break-in at the Watergate Hotel a political witch hunt. Carl Bernstein, who broke the Watergate story with Bob Woodward, recently told CNN that he believes the United States is in a “national security emergency” and that the GOP cannot be trusted with the security of the nation.
@macartney Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez biked with Transportation Alternatives through the borough. She noted in her own tweet that bike lanes are not a federal issue, but are “an important transition to a sustainable economy.” She called the ride “eye opening.”
A MILLION thanks to @Ocasio2018 for riding bikes with us today! I’m excited for a #NY14 rep who understands that safe streets *is* a social justice issue, & the fight to improve life in Queens means fighting for better walk & #bikeNYC infrastructure #SaferSkillman #fixQueensBlvd
@NYPDQueensNorth Today PBQN sworn in our youngest female police officer Aniya Ardon 9 yrs old & terminally ill w/ brain cancer Aniya❤ and supports NYPD female officers, so it was our pleasure to meet her today & bring a smile to her face Her presence meant more to us than she will ever realize
Members of the North Queens NYPD wore their hearts on their sleeves while celebrating the day with Officer For A Day Aniya Ardon, who suffers from terminal brain cancer. McGruff, the crime dog, stopped by, and together they took photos with officers and staff.
@keithhernandez Keith Hernandez is offering sage advice for Mets fans this week. The Mets are further behind this year than they have been in many years. A comeback at this point would truly be amazin’.
Time to divorce ourselves from Mets baseball for four days. Recharge our batteries. Music is perfect. Listen to the songs that make you happy, make you sad, make you cry, make you grateful. I know I’m lucky enough to be off for the next four normal workdays. And I’m thankful and
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The issue of bike lanes has been a contentious one in many parts of Queens. In Community Board 2, the fight was fierce between the board members, who said putting bike lanes on Skillman Avenue would hurt business and take away needed parking spots, and advocates for the lanes, who said they lead to safer streets for pedestrians, cyclists and drivers. This week, the advocates scored a major victory as the mayor’s office ignored the will of Community Board 2 and pushed forward with plans to implement the new bike lanes on the notoriously dangerous thoroughfare. This was a huge win for Transportation Alternatives, the group leading the movement for biking and walking in New York City. They are hopeful that this high-profile win will generate more initiatives to make the borough more bike-friendly in years to come. With a mayor hyperfocused on making streets safer with his Vision Zero plan, it’s a good bet that they will see success in other areas, even if community boards are opposed.
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Queens resident Noel Citron, the personal driver of President Donald Trump for more than two decades, has filed a lawsuit alleging that Trump failed to pay him thousands of hours of overtime wages. In the complaint filed by powerful law firm Davidoff Hutcher & Citron LLP, the attorneys don’t hold back, calling Trump callous, entitled and lacking nobility. Here’s an excerpt from the lawsuit:
President Trump’s further callousness and cupidity is further demonstrated by the fact that while he is purportedly a billionaire, he has not given his personal driver a meaningful raise in over 12 years!
This action seeks to recover overtime compensation, statutory penalties, compensatory and punitive damages, and counsel fees for the harm Plaintiff suffered while being employed by Trump.
While Trump has shirked its obligation to pay Plaintiff any overtime pay for over 20 years, Plaintiff recognizes that the applicable statute of limitations only allows him to make claims on overtime wages Defendants failed to pay for the past six years. With that in mind, Plaintiff has worked approximately 550 hours of uncompensated overtime per year for the past six years, totaling approximately 3,300 hours of uncompensated overtime at time and one-half.
NATURE OF THE ACTION
In an utterly callous display of unwarranted privilege and entitlement and without even a minimal sense of noblesse oblige President Donald Trump has, through the defendant entities, exploited and denied significant wages to his own longstanding personal driver.
Plaintiff served as President Trump’s personal driver for more than 20 years until the Secret Service recently undertook that role. During this time he was forced to work thousands of hours of overtime without compensation.
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Croatian Fans Packed Astoria Pubs As The Tiny Country Made An Improbable Run To The Final Story and photos by SASHA MASLOV
“Pride. In my own country. This opportunity to be with family, friends. To be in the final. Not many countries can say that.” TOMMY MARTINOVICH is a first-generation Croatian:
On Sunday, hundreds of people sporting red-and-white–checkered shirts crowded into Daly’s Pub in Astoria. While it sports a traditional Irish pub feel, during the 2018 World Cup it became a hangout for fans of the Croatian national team. The small nation of a little more than four million people shocked many in its run to the World Cup Final, but mostly left the crowd of Croatians, Croatian-Americans and adopted fans of the country proud of the team’s fight and resolve, even though it fell short to international powerhouse France, losing the captivating final game 4-2. For the past month, Astoria has been the place to escape for many fans of football (or soccer, as it’s known in the United States), with dozens of bars welcoming in fans of the beautiful game, and various supporter groups of different countries popping up. While all pockets of the diverse borough of Queens have been soccer-crazy since mid-June—from Mexican fans in Corona to Colombia’s supporters in Jackson Heights to South Korea backers in Flushing and to the passionate Poles in Ridgewood—Astoria has served as an epicenter, with beer gardens packed with hundreds of people and smaller establishments just as filled up with those seeking a more traditional pub setting many soccer fans prefer. Photojournalist Sasha Maslov stopped by several of Astoria’s hot spots on Sunday to capture the patrons’ joy and disappointment as the game played out. At Daly’s Pub, he spoke to several Croatian fans about the country’s historic run and the growing popularity of football.
“I love the Croatian culture, the history. I love it so much. Their pride for independence. In Hong Kong and Macau, people lost their identity or culture when it went from a British colony to a Chinese colony. But in Croatia they held on to their language and their self-identity. It is a motivating story, which is why a lot of people are supporting Croatia back in Hong Kong.” KENG LONG WONG is a member of the U.S. Navy stationed in Virginia. He took a nine-hour bus ride to New York City to watch the match with other Croatian fans
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JOE CROWLEY IS NOT RUNNING ON WFP LINE By JON CRONIN
Nearly a month after the shocking defeat of U.S. Rep. Joe Crowley (D-Jackson Heights) by Democratic Socialist Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the win continues to make waves as Crowley’s name remains on the ballot on the Working Families Party line for the November general election. Ocasio-Cortez won handily in the primary on June 23 and Crowley unequivocally stated that night that he would support her campaign. Yet, he is still on the ballot, but not campaigning. On July 12, Ocasio-Cortez retweeted a New York Times article about the complications of third-party lines and wrote, “@repjoecrowley stated on live TV that he would absolutely support my candidacy. Instead, he’s stood me up for all three scheduled concession calls. Now, he’s mounting a third party challenge against me and the Democratic Party—and against the will of @NYWFP.” That same day, Crowley tweeted in response, “Alexandria, the race is over and Democrats need to come together. I’ve made my support for you clear and the fact that I’m not running. We’ve scheduled phone calls and your team has not followed through. I’d like to connect, but I’m not willing to air grievances on Twitter.” Hours later, Crowley reiterated, “Lots questions about WFP line. Was honored to have their support. I’m not running. For [the] record, you can only be removed from the ballot if 1) you move out of NY; 2) die; 3) be convicted of a crime; 4) accept a nomination for another office (in a place I don’t live).” Later that same day, he tweeted about the situations that could result in his removal from the Working Families Party ballot: “I don’t plan on moving out of New York, have a clean record, hope God’s will is that I don’t die, and won’t commit what I honestly believe to be election fraud.” After the tense Twitter spat last week between Ocasio-Cortez, a Crowley campaign spokeswom-
an said, “Our teams are in touch and will be working together on behalf of the families for NY-14.” Jerry Goldfeder, an election lawyer with Strook & Strook & Lavan LLP in Manhattan, said that Crowley had done enough to show Ocasio-Cortez support. “He’s made it very clear that he supports her candidacy, so why continue the speculation?” He recalled that, in 2002, Andrew Cuomo was in the Democratic primary for governor, dropped out, and then supported Carl McCall as the Democratic nominee—and yet Cuomo remained on the Liberal party line. “He did not engage in any charade and stayed on the ballot,” Goldfeder said. “That’s what Crowley is doing, he’s supporting Ocasio.” He added that such situations happen with some frequency. “It’s gonna happen when [gubernatorial candidate Cynthia] Nixon loses the Democratic primary,” he said. “She’s on the Working Families Party line. She’s going to have make a choice as to whether to get off or stay on.” On July 17, former U.S Sen. Joe Lieberman wrote an op-ed in the Wall Street Journal suggesting that supporters of Israel should vote for Crowley on the Working Families Party line. He attacked Ocasio-Cortez’s platform, stating that it would “bankrupt the country” and said that he believes her foreign policies reflect those of the Democratic Socialists of America, including “reflexive criticism” of Israel as well as supporting socialist governments, even if they’re “dictatorial and corrupt.” A Crowley campaign spokeswoman stated that in a highly Democratic district, it is unlikely that Crowley would win on the Working Families Party line. She also said, “Joe Lieberman has every right to his opinion. Joe still isn’t running.” On Wednesday, Crowley tweeted, “Still not running.”
NONPROFIT AIMS TO MAKE HEALTHY FOOD MARKETABLE By TRONE DOWD
PERALTA HOLDS FUNDRAISING EDGE ON RAMOS IN CONTENTIOUS STATE SENATE BATTLE By MICHAEL GARETH JOHNSON
Public Health Solutions (PHS), the largest nonprofit focused on health and family issues in New York City, might have found a cheap and profitable way to make the borough’s most food-insecure communities healthy. In a yearlong study involving more than 130 bodegas in Jamaica, PHS concluded that making minor adjustments to the presentation of healthy foods in bodegas as well as increasing the visibility of these foods resulted in a significant uptick in healthy items sold. This discovery is a breakthrough for communities where food insecurity and such health-related issues as heart disease continue to be a problem. In an interview with the Queens Tribune, PHS president and CEO Lisa David said that the study was powered by the Greater Jamaica Development Corporation (GJDC) via a federal grant received in 2015. The GJDC is just one of many organizations that work to bring attention to this issue. “We do work with the help of a voluntary group of about 70 organizations trying to do initiatives that increase access to healthy foods,” David said. She said that Jamaica was one of two Queens neighborhoods—the other being Jackson Heights—that could be identified as a “food swamp,” which is an area where unhealthy food options, such as fast-food and junk-food outlets, heavily outweigh healthy alternatives. A PHS spokeswoman told the Queens Tribune that food swamps are distinct from food deserts—areas where healthy food options are few and far in between—and have only recently come under the scrutiny of health organizations and city agencies alike. After identifying these areas, the next part of the study involved focusing on the establishments that contribute to this issue. “The second part of the study was to focus on testing the large number of corner stores, our best asset available to people in that community,” David said. “We wanted to see if we could provide a relatively low-cost intervention that could make a difference on people having access and purchasing healthy food.” As explained by David, it was important that
the solution found an affordable way to benefit both the community and store owners, who often don’t see soaring profits from month to month. “[Bodega owners] are really entrepreneurs,” she said. “At the end of the day, they’re running a very challenging small business and many of them are immigrants.” Of the 139 bodegas involved in the study, more than half offered some sort of fresh fruit or vegetables to customers. However, canned veggies were more common at these establishments. The study also found that only 26 percent of these bodegas displayed healthy foods in prominent places where they would be visible within five seconds of entering the store. Lastly, PHS found that of the stores that offer hot and cold sandwiches, less than 20 percent of them displayed healthy options, such as wheat bread. While the study found concrete evidence of the impact of such issues, the phenomenon is not unprecedented, according to some health advocates. Ben Thomases, the executive director of Queens Community House, told the Queens Tribune that he was familiar with the issue of how healthy food is presented in these areas. “People want healthier food options, and I think sometimes business people misunderstand or make assumptions about the level of demand in communities for fresh and high-quality fruits and vegetables,” Thomases said. “I’m defi nitely familiar with the concept of making fresh foods more visible in the store. I know that’s especially a challenge in bodegas. When they do have them, where they’re placed in the store and how they’re presented are a turnoff to people.” Thomases said that teaching these stores how to better market the products is important for such communities as Jamaica, where Queens Community House hosts one of 40 different locations throughout the borough. Jerome Nathaniel, community engagement manager at City Harvest, seconded Thomases’ sentiment. He told the Queens Tribune that he and the organization noticed a correlation between the presentation of healthy foods and their marketability.
“I do outreach in Northwest Queens, which includes Long Island City, Astoria, parts of Woodside and parts of Sunnyside,” he said. “In this region, there are four major NYCHA [New York City Housing Authority] developments: Queensbridge, Astoria, Ravenswood and the Woodside Houses. A lot of people I speak with there, they point to there being limited options in terms of regular fruit and vegetables. And when they are, you think of the stereotypical image of the bruised apple on the cash register.” To assist these bodegas in righting these wrongs, PHS offered a variety of strategies, including signage, merchandisers, food preparation equipment, technical assistance and education about sourcing healthier items. Store owners were also provided countertop display baskets; flat display baskets; and large, freestanding, three-tiered floor baskets. According to the study’s recent report, the results were astounding. “It made a difference,” David said. “More than half of them saw an increased sale of fruit. One quarter of them reported an increase in the sale of vegetables and healthy deli combinations.” The study also found that 63 percent of the stores had to restock healthy foods more frequently than before. And lastly, eight of every nine stores found that organizing healthy foods and making them more prominent improved the overall appearance of the establishment and made it more inviting for customers. David said that she was proud of the study and PHS’ ultimate conclusion. And while the study came to fruition as the result of a federal grant provided by a third party, she said that PHS would be “delighted to do more of this.” Not only do the changes benefit local business, but they also have long-term effects. “Through our work in underserved communities, we’ve seen that increasing access to more nutritious food options for children can have immense impacts on their development and reduce their health risks as adults,” David said. “It was encouraging that our low-cost interventions made tangible differences for community members and corner-store owners.”
In the contentious Democratic primary for the 13th State Senate district, representing parts of Elmhurst, Jackson Heights and Corona, incumbent state Sen. Jose Peralta (D-Elmhurst) holds a substantial edge in cash-on-hand heading into the September primary. According to July campaign finance filings, Peralta has $181,629 in his campaign war chest, compared to Jessica Ramos’ total of $98,660. The Ramos campaign is spinning the story differently. In a press release, the campaign highlighted the 1,431 donors who gave to her campaign, totaling $129,137, and contrasted that total to the 238 donors who gave to Peralta. According to the filings, Peralta received the bulk of his campaign war chest, $113,500, from a transfer from the now-defunct Independent Democratic Conference (IDC). The IDC, a breakaway group of Democrats who worked with Senate Republicans on some issues, dissolved and rejoined the rest of the Democratic state Senate conference this year. Ramos’ campaign manager, Karina Jimenez, attacked Peralta’s fundraising in a statement: “Jessica Ramos is a true progressive—and that’s why thousands of grassroots supporters are rallying around her vision to fix the MTA, fully fund our public schools, and protect affordable housing in Queens. After empowering Republicans in Albany for years, Jose Peralta continues to disrespect the democratic process by funneling thousands of dollars in illegal campaign funds into his account.” In a written statement released one day earlier, Peralta touted the coalition of supporters he has built in the district: “Many of my donors come from right here in the district or from local businesses and labor unions representing thousands of my constituents. Over the upcoming weeks, I will be continuing to have meaningful conversations with people in our community about the future of our district and our state and look forward to having their support on Election Day.” Ramos’ campaign has been bolstered recently by endorsements from congressional Democratic primary winner Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and by Democratic gubernatorial challenger Cynthia Nixon.
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MAYOR GIVES SKILLMAN AVE BIKE LANES GREEN LIGHT “There is no question in my mind that this proposal will make 43rd Avenue and Skillman Avenue safer,” Van Bramer said “And while there remain concerns among business owners and some residents about the plan, I respect the mayor’s decision. As the local elected official, I’ll work with the Department of Transportation and the mayor’s office to see that the plan is implemented with the least amount of inconvenience as possible and will monitor its progress and its effect on small businesses.” Van Bramer said that the contentious issue has divided the community, but he believes that safety must be the first consideration. “While this process has been difficult and painful at times, the pain felt by family members who lose loved ones to crashes is so much greater,” he said. “We must continue to do everything we can to save lives on our streets.” Paul Steely White, the executive director of advocacy group Transportation Alternatives, noted that the implementation will connect Skillman Avenue and the bike lanes on Queens Boulevard in Rego Park and, eventually, Forest Hills. “This is the kind of bold leadership that is required in the age of Vision Zero,” White said. “If we’re going to eliminate traffic deaths in New York City, we can’t allow drivers to dictate the city’s transportation policy.” A request for comment from Community Board 2 was not returned as of press time. At the June Community Board 2 meeting, members of the board stated that they felt deceived by the DOT when the initial phase of the Queens Boulevard Vision Zero plan was presented because they were told that the plan could be tweaked with community board recommendations—and that never happened. Reach reporter Jon Cronin via email at jcronin@ queenstribune.com.
The Queens Tribune, Thursday, July 19, 2018
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Guatemalan Family Reunited
After spending months without her three children, a Guatemalan woman was reunited with her family on Friday. In April, President Donald Trump’s administration enacted a “zero tolerance” policy that separated children from their families who were crossing the border. More than 2,000 children were detained and then sent to shelter facilities and foster homes across the country, while their parents awaited their criminal cases. On June 20, Trump signed an executive order to end the policy. Yeni Gonzalez, a Guatemalan immigrant, was detained at the border and her children—Deyuin, 6; Jamelin, 9; and Lester, 11—were sent to a foster home in Astoria. Gonzalez had been staying with a host family in Astoria and would visit her chil-
dren regularly during supervised visits at the Cayuga Centers in the Bronx. With assistance from state Sen. Michael Gianaris’ (D-Astoria) office and Immigrant Families Together, Gonzalez and her children were reunited. “One family is back together, but thousands more remain separated,” said Gianaris. “Today’s success was due to compassionate New Yorkers who showed we are better than our federal government’s policies. New Yorkers showed we stand together in the fight to keep families together.” Gonzalez’s children are among hundreds who are still temporarily placed in New York City and waiting to be relocated with their families. - Ariel Hernandez
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82nd Street Rezoning Plan Withdrawn
Ribbon Cut On Big Bush Park Reconstruction
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Queens Artists Featured At Blanchard Building Long Island City’s Blanchard Building unveiled a new lobby and courtyard this week that feature works from artists with ties to Queens. Pieces by Mauricio Arenas, Serkan Altinoz and Demetrius Manouselis will be on display until July 20. Samadhi Advisors, the gallery operating the space, said it selected the artists’ work because it captured the neighborhood’s history as a home for creatives and dreamers. The artists also have connections to Long Island City. “Long Island City is a young and vibrant community, and quickly becoming one of New York’s most exciting places to live, work and play. Forward-thinking companies are looking at their real estate beyond just a space to house employees, but rather for employee attraction and retention,” said Patrick Sweeney, the Senior Vice President of Related Fund Management, owners of the building. The recently renovated seven-story structure, located on 51st Avenue, is one of two buildings that make up The Point, a commercial and retail community in the Hunter’s Point corridor of Long Island City. -Michael Gareth Johnson
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Workers’ Rights Hearing At LaGuardia Community College The city’s Department of Consumer Affairs’ (DCA) Office of Labor Policy and Standards (OLPS), Commission on Human Rights (CCHR) and the Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs (MOIA) held a public hearing at LaGuardia Community College on the state of workers’ rights. On Tuesday night, students and local immigrant workers gathered inside the college’s theater to hear four panels of workers speak on behalf of their unions and professions. Participants sought advice from the city’s agencies on how to prevent incidents of harassment and discrimination in the workplace. “Today, many workers across different industries continue to struggle to provide and care for their families because of irregular schedules and low wages,” said DCA Commissioner Lorelei Salas. “The city is committed to support workers’ rights to decent working conditions, to paid sick and safe leave, to fair wages and to predictable schedules that make it possible for workers and their families to plan their
budgets, their schedules and their lives.” During the testimonials, one immigrant woman shared that she worked as a nanny for a family with four children, whose ages ranged from 1 to 11. She said she would not only care for the children, but also cook and clean after the entire family. She said that her assignments were intense and draining. She added that she was only paid $350 for working 84 to 100 hours per week. Due to her the workload, she became sick and faced reproductive issues, the woman said. When she asked her employer to allow her to go to a doctor, she was told “no” and continued to work because she had a family for which she needed to provide. Later, she was informed that she has rights as a worker and sought help from the city. Salas responded to her testimony by informing the panel and audience that if they are faced with harmful working conditions, they should immediately reach out to the city. -Ariel Hernandez
Queens leaders cut the ribbon on a $1.8 million reconstruction of Woodside’s Big Bush Park that includes an upgrade playground, a spray shower and the addition of a permeable surface area. Additionally, paved areas in the north end of the park were reconstructed to better accommodate active play and passive recreation. Queens Borough President Melinda Katz joined Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer (D-Sunnyside) and Queens Borough Parks Commissioner Dorothy Lewandowski. “With $2 million in upgrades to its playground, adult exercise equipment, game tables and more, Big Bush Park is now a new and improved recreational space for the growing families of Woodside,” Katz said. “Designs for this project were in no small part due to input from the engaged community, and serves as a perfect example of how residents can have a significant impact in beautifying our neighborhoods.” Neighboring communities were involved in shaping the project by providing input. The park now features an entry plaza and seating area, two upgraded play areas featuring equipment for children between the ages of 5 and 12, a new swing set, a central spray-shower area, adult fitness equipment, a lawn and grove area, new walkways, pavement, accessible ramps, LED luminaires to improve lighting, and trees and shrubs that were planted to provide shade. - Nathan Duke
Jackson Heights and Elmhurst community leaders cheered the withdrawal this week of a plan to up-zone a site on 82nd Street following more than a year of advocacy against the redevelopment project. On Monday, developers Sun Equity Partners and the Heskel Group withdrew an application for 40-31 82nd St., which was the former site of the Jackson Heights Cinema. The proposal had called for a rezoning that would have allowed for the construction of a higher building at the site. Known as The Shoppes at 82nd Street, the site would have consisted of a 13-story building with 120 units, of which 30 percent would have been affordable housing. A Target chain store and other commercial space were planned for the building’s ground floor. Queens Borough President Melinda Katz and Councilman Francisco Moya (D-Corona) had initially backed the proposal, but Moya and Assemblywoman Ari Espinal (D-Jackson Heights) later called for the withdrawal of the application. “This is an important victory for our neighborhood because the rezoning would have set a dangerous precedent for other developers seeking to profit at the expense of our working-class immigrant communities,” said Shrima Pandey, a member of Queens Neighborhoods United, a grassroots organization that led the campaign against the rezoning and collected more than 500 signatures from residents and business owners for a petition. Hank Sheinkopf, a spokesman for the developers, confirmed that the application had been withdrawn. “After conversations with Councilmember Moya and Assemblywoman Espinal, and taking the borough president’s recommendations into consideration, we have decided to no longer pursue this rezoning application,” he said in a statement. “We are continuing with construction as permitted under the current rezoning.” However, the developers are still able to build a 10-story tower on 82nd Street with market-rate units as-of-right. - Nathan Duke
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Street Safety Conversions Near PS 163
Avella Wants Eyesore Home To Be Demolished
Queens elected officials praised the city’s Department of Transportation for the one-way conversions of two streets near PS 163 in Flushing. “Community Board 7 is pleased that this one-way conversion, which was long overdue, will increase safety for students by eliminating vehicle and pedestrian conflicts at the intersection of 59th Ave and 160th Street,” said Community Board 7 Chair Gene Kelty. The conversions were added as a response to traffic congestion caused by morning and afternoon pickups and dropoffs at PS 163. The street changes were scheduled to be implemented on July 17. Assemblywoman Nily Rozic (D- Flushing), state Sen. Toby Stavisky (D-Flushing) and Councilman Peter Koo (D-Flushing) collectively requested that a traffic study be completed to figure out how to feasibly increase safety around the school during morning and afternoon pickups and dropoffs. “This is a long time coming and will help ease the dangerous traffic conditions that our community contends with on a daily basis,” said Francine Marsaggi, the principal of PS 163. “I believe that these changes will allow for smoother and safer transitions during our morning ingress and our afternoon dismissal. On behalf of the families and staff of the P.S. 163 community, I want to thank Assemblywoman Rozic and her staff for making this happen.” Rozic said she was confident that the changes would ease congestion in the Queensboro Hill area. “This seemingly small change will create a safer environment for pedestrians and drivers,” Stavisky said. -Jon Cronin
State Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) has called for the demolition of a decrepit home in Murray Hill on 167th Street with unkempt land that has attracted a squatter who is harassing residents. Avella called for the demolition of the home after its rear collapsed and neighbors reported that the squatter was harassing women who live on the street and nearby. He noted that the property has been a source of complaints for nearly 20 years. The city Department of Buildings’ (DOB) website shows that the address has complaints dating back to 2001 that the owner has failed to maintain the property. On Feb. 3, it was reported to the DOB that people were going in and out of the house, and sleeping inside it. Then, on July 20, 2017, the agency reported that the roof had collapsed. A month prior to collapse, the DOB received a complaint stating, “The NYPD has filed a high priority referral reporting that this location is a repeat offender for squatters and local teens who illegally enter the building.” Avella said that residents made him aware of the property, and he has asked the departments of Buildings, Homeless Services, Sanitation, and Health and Mental Hygiene—as well as the NYPD—to investigate. According to the state senator’s office, the property owner came to the rally, but did not reveal a plan as to how or when the property would be cleaned and closed. Avella said that he plans to reach out to city agencies and the NYPD again to get the situation resolved. “The property owner has tried excuse after excuse and the community is tired of hearing it,” Avella said. “Nobody
Street Renamed After Activist Frank Skala On July 14, 40th Avenue and Bell Boulevard was co-named after the late civic leader, community activist and Community Board 11 member Frank Skala. The sign reads “Frank Skala Way,” and is located only a few blocks away from where Skala lived for 70 years. Councilman Paul Vallone’s (D-Bayside) office reported that numerous friends and family showed up on Saturday to view the ceremonial unveiling of the sign. “On behalf of my family, we thank all of you for joining us today,” said Skala’s daughter, Bonnie, on Saturday. “My father would be so excited about this. Today would have been Grandpa Frank’s 81st birthday, and my family would get together every year on his birthday, so it was important to us to have this ceremony on his day. To honor my father here today is really to honor the decades of volunteer work he did for his beloved hometown.” Skala was a community activist and civic leader. Before he died in August 2017, he was awarded the state Senate’s Liberty Medal, which is one of the state’s highest civilian honors, by state Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside). He was given the award along with three other northern Queens
civic leaders—Richard Hellenbrecht, Arlene Fleischman and Mandingo Tshaka—in June 2017. Skala was a retired teacher, a long-time member of Community Board 11 and the founder of the East Bayside Homeowners Association. He also created the first series of alumni books and the alumni association for Bayside High School. Skala co-founded the Friends of Bayside High School, which organized the Bell Boulevard Restoration Coalition, and was a member of the Coast Guard Restoration Advisory Board at Fort Totten. “Frank Skala was a fiercely dedicated community activist and civic leader,” Vallone said. “When it came to fighting for his community, you knew that he had to have it his way—the Frank Skala Way. His enormous and lasting impact on the community will be forever remembered, and I’m proud to have passed the legislation to co-name 40th Avenue and Bell Boulevard in his honor.” Skala was also known for playing the role of Santa Claus—and grew a long white beard as Christmas approached each year—at various functions, including the Queens Tribune’s annual holiday party. - Jon Cronin
should have to live next to a property in that condition, with raccoons, overgrown weeds and a squatter. It is unsafe for the community and enough is enough. I will be asking the appropriate city agencies to take every action in their power to fine the owner, and will be asking for this property to be demolished.” -Jon Cronin
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Metro Kmart To Close In Fall Sears Holdings will close the last Kmart in Queens this fall as the former department store juggernaut has decided to shutter its location on Metropolitan Avenue in Middle Village. A statement from Kmart read, “As part of our ongoing efforts to streamline the company’s operations and focus on our best stores, the company on July 12 informed associates at the Kmart store at 66-26 Metropolitan in Queens that it would be closing in mid-October 2018. Liquidation sales will begin as early as July 26. The number of associates is not available. Eligible associates impacted by the store closure will receive severance and will have the opportunity to apply for open positions at area Kmart or Sears stores.” In the spring, Sears Holdings announced its first round of closures. At the time, Sears noted, “We continue to evaluate our network of stores, which are a critical component in our transformation, and will make further adjustments as needed and as warranted.” In a statement on its website, Sears wrote that the closing is part of “[its] ongoing efforts to streamline the company’s operations and focus on our best stores.” In the spring, Sears identified 100 unprofitable stores that would close. -Jon Cronin
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A Step Towards Supervised Release At Rikers Island By ARIEL HERNANDEZ As the city examines plans to close Rikers Island—the 413-acre jail complex that sits on the East River between Queens and the Bronx—a study was recently released that addresses expanding the state’s supervisedrelease program. A study by the Independent Commission on New York City Criminal Justice and Incarceration Reform that was released last week stated that the supervised-release program, which would eliminate cash bail, could be expanded without state-level reform and possibly reduce Rikers Island’s jail population by nearly 2,000 inmates. “When combined with jail reduction strategies in other areas, supervised release can help to move the city towards a total jail population that falls from approximately 8,400 individuals today to fewer than 5,000 in the coming years, thus enabling the closure of Rikers,” the study reads. The city’s Criminal Justice Agency (CJA) implemented its first supervised-release program in Queens in 2009 and was expanded citywide in 2016. The data gathered during the study are from the current supervised-release program. The study examined the program as an alternative to bail, and how it allows for the city to develop strategies to ensure that eligible defendants are given supervised release, rather than being released on bail. The expansion of the program would provide supervised release for misdemeanor and nonviolent felony defendants, with the exception of those accused of domestic violence. However, select violent-felony defendants and misdemeanor domesticviolence defendants could be admitted into an enhanced supervised-release tract that provides supervision and would mandate that defendants attend intervention programs. Those who pose a high risk for future violence and are charged with the most serious violence felonies would not be eligible to participate in the program. As of May 31, 75 percent of the people held in city jails, the majority of whom were held in Rikers, were detained because they could not afford bail, according to the study. A total of 89 percent of the defendants are unable to secure payment, leaving them stuck in Rikers for years. “Way too many people are sitting on Rikers Island because they can’t afford to buy their freedom, whether it’s $5 or $5,000,” said Councilman Rory Lancman (D-Hillcrest), who is the chairman of the Committee on the
Justice System. Lancman said that when a person is granted bail, it is the court’s manner of saying that “you are free to walk the streets, if you can afford it.” According to Lancman, the program would be good for reducing the population on Rikers Island, and would benefit taxpayers. “This will prevent people from sitting on Rikers Island and wasting taxpayer money because they can’t come up with bail money,” said Lancman. “They will still be prosecuted for their crimes, and if they do not show up to their court proceedings, they will be issued a warrant and their supervised release will be canceled.” If a defendant is deemed eligible for supervised
release, his/her defense attorney will propose the option to the judge. If the judge agrees, the defendant is released and mandated to report back to the supervised-release agency until the case is resolved. During the supervised-release meeting, the defendant will meet with a social worker, who sets a check-in schedule and provides referrals for programs and services appropriate for the case. If the defendant is accused of a moresevere crime, the social worker might demand that they meet or have scheduled phone calls from one to four times per month. “New York City’s current supervised release program has been a success and we believe its use in lieu of bail should be expanded significantly,” the study reads. “In misdemeanor and nonviolent felony cases where release on recognizance is not appropriate, supervised release should replace bail as a fundamental policy matter. Although a large scale expansion of supervised release will require significant changes in practice and new funding for research, education and capacity, these investments would be money well spent. Reach Ariel Hernandez at (718) 357-7400 x 144, email@example.com or @reporter_ ariel.
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Police: Reported Rapes Increase In Queens Amid NYPD Campaign Sonia Chaves, a 42-year-old Elmhurst resident who only speaks Spanish, said that she saw the sign on the E train one day on her way home from work. Chaves said that she shared the information with her neighbor, a domestic violence victim, and although she doesn’t know if her neighbor called the Special Victims Unit, it made her feel good to know that she was able to pass on that information. “This initiative has been built off of our ‘Your City, Your Call,’ which is our Crime Stoppers initiative [and] has worked quite well for us,” said recently retired Chief of Detectives Robert Boyce. “We want everybody to know we’re going to investigate all complaints. I don’t want
anyone who knows someone who has been sexually assaulted to call (212) 267-7273, which is the department’s special victims 24-hour hotline. He also noted that the NYPD is working to make the special victims department “bigger and better.” “We put additional resources into the special victims unit,” said O’Neill. “We talked about bringing in 20 additional investigators, 14 for cold cases.” O’Neill said the department is in the process of finishing up its review of the special victims unit to see if additional personnel are needed. The commissioner’s announcement followed
“Rape has always been an underreported crime” anyone out there to think about the statute of limitations. It’s not relevant. We will determine that as we go forward.” The campaign, which launched in April, immediately led to an increase in victims’ speaking out. In May, there were 181 reported rapes in the city, compared to May 2017’s 121 reported rapes. Of the 181 rapes, 146 took place in 2018, while 18 occurred in 2017 and 12 took place five years ago, the NYPD said. In addition, the victims did not know their rapists in only 6 percent of the incidents. “The trend continues in terms of reporting,” said O’Neill. “More people are coming forward to report rapes happening this year and previous years.” O’Neill said that the NYPD is encouraging
the Department of Investigations’ (DOI) recently published report, which showed that the Special Victims Division had a staffing shortage that was allegedly ignored by the NYPD and resulted in only 67 detectives’ taking on 5,661 cases in 2017. With the reported number of rapes on the rise, O’Neill said that the department is determined to work on those cases and make arrests. Arrests for rape are up more than 37 percent in the city so far this year. “While crime is at a record low in New York City, there is still more work to do to ensure that every New Yorker feels safe in their neighborhood,” said Mayor Bill de Blasio. Reach Ariel Hernandez at firstname.lastname@example.org or @reporter_ariel.
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POLICE BLOTTER 104TH PRECINCT
Police are investigating the death of a man that occurred in an NYPD station house on July 13. Around 10:35 a.m., police transported the man—whose name has not yet been released— to the 104th Precinct, located at 64-02 Catalpa Ave., for trespassing at a residence in the vicinity of Jefferson and Wyckoff avenues. Upon arrival at the precinct, the man—who is believed to be between 30 and 40 years of age— complained of chest pains. EMS transported the man to Wyckoff Hospital, where he was pronounced dead. The city’s medical examiner will determine the cause of death and the investigation is ongoing by the NYPD’s Force Investigation Division.
A 26-year-old New Jersey man has been arrested in a Rosedale crash that killed a 30-year-old motorcyclist from Roosevelt, police said. Kardeem Thomas, of Irvington, New Jersey, was arrested on a charge of leaving the scene of a crash that resulted in a death, police said. On July 12, police responded around 1:11 a.m. to a 911 call of a motor vehicle crash on the Laurelton Parkway near 133rd Avenue. Upon arrival, police observed Keith Salley Jr. lying on the roadway with trauma about the body. EMS transported Salley to Franklin General Hospital, where he was pronounced dead. An investigation by the NYPD’s Highway Collision Investigation Squad determined that Salley was traveling northbound in the parkway’s right lane on a 2015 BMW motorcycle. As he was approaching 133rd Avenue, Thomas was driving a grey Kia sedan northbound on the parkway in the center lane. Thomas attempted to change lanes from the
center to right lane when he collided into Salley, who was ejected and came to rest on the roadway. Thomas was allegedly apprehended a short distance from the scene in Nassau County and taken into custody.
Around 12:10 p.m., the suspect entered the hospital, located at 56-45 Main St. in Flushing, through an employee entrance and removed a 38-year-old woman’s backpack, which contained a debit card and credit card. The suspect also removed a 31-year-old woman’s wallet, which contained four credit cards. The suspect is described as a black woman with a stocky build, long ponytail, dark complexion, black tank top, gray pants, black sunglasses and black pocketbook.
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Police said that they are searching for a woman who is wanted in connection with a grand larceny incident at New York Presbyterian Hospital on July 10.
This month, the Queens Tribune is launching a new endeavor to recognize a doctor and a nurse each month for their work providing high-quality healthcare to the people of Queens. We are proud to name Dr. Gabriel H. Jung, M.D., the Doctor of the Month for July. A graduate of the City College of New York and Albany Medical College, Dr. Jung is an award-winning oncologist and hematologist. He speaks fluent Korean and English and practices primarily in Flushing. The Queens Tribune spoke with him about his accomplishments and the current trends he is seeing in healthcare. The transcript has been lightly edited for clarity. Queens Tribune: What is your specialty as a doctor? Dr. Gabriel Jung: I am board certified in medical oncology and hematology.
Police are asking for the public’s assistance in locating an individual who is wanted in connection with a grand larceny incident at a subway station in Sunnyside on July 13. Around 1 p.m., an unidentified man accompanied an 85-year-old woman into the 46th StreetBliss Street 7 train subway station. He reached into her purse and removed the victim’s wallet, which contained $130 in cash, a debit card and personal papers. The suspect then fled the location in an unknown direction. The man was described as a five-foot Hispanic man who is believed to be in his 30s and weighs approximately 125 pounds. He has black hair and brown eyes and was last seen wearing blue jeans, a white T-shirt, dark colored shoes and a blue baseball cap.
DR. GABRIEL H. JUNG, M.D. Queens Medical Associates
A 21-year-old Brooklyn man has been arrested in a June 30 robbery of a parking garage attendant in Rego Park, police said. On July 11, police arrested Judah Pilgrim, of East 38th Street in Brooklyn, on robbery, grand larceny and unauthorized use of a vehicle charges. On June 30, Pilgrim allegedly approached a 59-year-old parking attendant inside of 92-77 Queens Blvd. and asked to take a vehicle. When the man told Pilgrim that he couldn’t take a car, he allegedly produced a handgun and told the victim that he was taking one of the cars. The victim then ran into one of the hallways of the garage and Pilgrim allegedly chased after him, struck him with the handgun and attempted to drag him back to the garage area, but was unsuccessful. Once back in the garage, Pilgrim allegedly found a vehicle with the keys inside it and drove away, westbound on Queens Boulevard. The victim suffered a laceration on his head and was treated at the scene by EMS.
QT: We often hear from people in the medical field that they treat the patient and not their tests, scans or file. But technology has definitely improved a lot in the past decade. How have the leaps in technology made you a better doctor? GJ: Yes, technology has helped. For example, I recently diagnosed and was able to start a patient with lung cancer on mutation-specific oral therapy based on liquid biopsy alone. This would not have been possible without improvement in liquid-biopsy technology. QT: Are there any trends or specific issues related to cancer and blood disorders that you are seeing more of in Queens than in other places in the nation? GJ: Given that Queens is diverse and composed of immigrants and children of recent immigrants, I see many cancers that may have been more preventable with screening measures. For example, we see more colon cancer because people have not received a preventative colonoscopy. Many immigrant communities are still not up to date with screening measures and guidelines. QT: Medicine is a constantly evolving field. What are the most striking changes in cancer
and blood disorder treatment you have observed during the last 10 years? GJ: I believe it is our ability to deliver more precision medicine that is “personalized” for the patient. Personalized medicine is truly becoming a reality for many patients based on decoding the mutations in individual tumors. QT: Queens is known for its diversity. How are you a better doctor because of your ability to speak two languages? GJ: Knowing multiple languages allows me to overcome cultural barriers in healthcare beliefs and practices. I can also understand some nuances of the native language better that could otherwise easily be lost in translation. QT: What tips do you give family and friends to stay healthy and cancer-free? GJ: The advice I give people is to eat healthy and exercise adequately to keep your health. And get screening measures such as mammograms and colonoscopies and pap smears as recommended by your primarycare physician. NOMINATIONS Each month, the Queens Tribune will recognize a doctor and a nurse from one of the many fine healthcare facilities in the borough. If you want to nominate a colleague for recognition, please email us at Nominations@queenstribune.com and include, as appropriate, either “Doctor of the Month” or “Nurse of the Month” in the subject line.
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MOVING THROUGH QUEENS
A look at transportation issues around the borough
On Friday and Saturday, Vernon Boulevard-Jackson Avenue and Hunters Point Av-
SPEED CAMERA PROGRAM TO EXPIRE
ing-bound ❼ trains will skip the 82nd, 90th, 103rd and 111th Street stations in Queens due to signal modernization from Friday at 11:45 p.m. to Sunday at 10 p.m.
enue-bound ❼ trains will board at the Flushing-bound platform due to signal maintenance between 12:40 a.m. and 5 a.m. Also, Flush-
There will be no A trains running to Far Rockaway-Mott Avenue or S train Rockaway Park Shuttle service at Broad Channel until September 3.
By ARIEL HERNANDEZ The city’s speed camera program, which launched in 2013, will expire in a week, leaving safety advocates, families and elected officials fearful that children could be unnecessarily placed in harm’s way. The city’s Department of Transportation (DOT) released a study that showed the Automated Speed Enforcement Program has saved the lives of pedestrians within the confines of school speed zones and decreased the number of speeding-related injuries in the city between January 2014 and December 2017. According to the report, the faster a vehicle is moving, the harder it is for the driver to avoid a crash. An illustration provided in the report is that a driver traveling at 40 miles per hour needs 300 feet to brake for an unexpected event, whereas a driver at 25 miles per hour requires 150 feet. “Speed is also a critical determinant of injury severity,” the report states. “A pedestrian who is struck by a vehicle traveling at 30 miles per hour is twice as likely to be killed as a pedestrian struck by a vehicle traveling at 25 miles per hour.” The speeding cameras, which operate only during school hours, have led to a 17 percent drop in injuries and 60 percent decrease in speeding violations in the proximity of the cameras, the report found. The cameras measure the speed of the vehicle traveling within the confines of the speed zones. If the system detects that a driver is
traveling at more than 10 miles per hour, a picture is taken of the rear of the vehicle and the license plate is sent to the DOT for further evaluation. If the technician verifies that the vehicle exceeded the speed limit, a notice of liability (NOL) is issued to the registered owner of the vehicle. While the speed camera program has decreased injuries during school hours and at school zones, it has several limitations: The state does not allow the city to issue violations to drivers speeding in school zones one hour or more before or after school hours. It also doesn’t allow NOLs to be given during school activities that don’t take place within school hours. In addition, if a speeding incident doesn’t take place within 1,320 feet of a school or on a street abutting a school building, entrance or exit, no violations may be issued. According to the study, from 2012 to 2016, 84 percent of fatal- and severe-injury crashes occurred in places or at times when the city is prohibited from using speed cameras. Moreover, the state only allows the cameras to be used in 140 of the city’s 2,300 school speed zones. In advance of the speed camera program’s expiration on July 25, state Sen. Jose Peralta (D-Elmhurst) and safety advocates called on the state to renew and expand the School Zone Speed Camera Program. A bill proposed by Peralta calling for the renewal of the program and the addition of 150
Due to signal modernization, Jamaica Center-bound E trains will run express from 21st Street-Queensbridge’s F train station to 71st Avenue from midnight on July 21 to 5 a.m. on July 23. more speed cameras to school zones was approved by the City Council and supported by the DOT and Mayor Bill de Blasio. But the state legislature has yet to pass it. The measure passed in the state Assembly, but the Republican-led state Senate did not vote on the measure before the end of its session in June. The legislative body is not slated to reconvene before the bill expires. “Are Republicans against protecting children?” said Peralta. “The school zone speed camera program saved countless lives, so there is no logical reason to let it expire. We cannot play politics with schoolchildren and New Yorkers’ lives, and this is why we must ensure we renew and expand the program. If the Republicans let this initiative expire, kids in summer school will travel to and from school on more dangerous streets. The same will occur when more than one million school children return to school after the summer vacation.” Earlier this year, de Blasio called on the state legislature to reauthorize and expand the program. “We need school zone speed-camera legisla-
tion extended and expanded immediately to prevent future tragedies on our streets,” said de Blasio. “Speed cameras save lives.” City leaders have asked Gov. Andrew Cuomo to call a special legislative session to address the issue. Cuomo declined, saying the move would likely be a waste of time unless state Senate Republicans tell him that they are ready to act on the bill. When the program expires next week, 140 school zones will lose their speed cameras. “There is no excuse for allowing politics to get in the way of saving lives,” said Lizi Rahman, the founder of Families for Safe Streets. “My son, Asif, would still be alive today were it not for a reckless driver. I have prayed and fought to save other families from this loss. No one has a right to speed and put our lives at risk. Speed safety cameras save lives, and I call upon the New York State Senate to reconvene and pass this bill now.” Reach Ariel Hernandez at (718) 357-7400, ext. 144, email@example.com or @reporter_ariel.
Jamaica-bound F trains will skip 75th Avenue, Briarwood and Sutphin Boulevard from 11:45 p.m. on Friday to 5 a.m. on Monday due to signal modernization. The Jamaica Center-bound J train platform at 121st Street is closed. The Broadway and 39th Avenue stations along the N and W lines are closed for station enhancements. And due to signal modernization, Forest Hills-bound R trains will run express from Queens Plaza to 71st Avenue.
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CHANGING LANDSCAPE OF QUEENS
A look at development and its impact on the borough
670 AFFORDABLE UNITS COMING TO FAR ROCKAWAY
REPAIRS COMING TO LEFFERTS BOULEVARD BRIDGE
By MICHAEL GARETH JOHNSON
By JON CRONIN
City officials announced last week that they have green-lit two projects to bring more than 670 units of affordable housing to Downtown Far Rockaway. The projects are part of the ongoing rezoning and redevelopment of the area. The majority of the units—a total of 457—will be located at the Far Rockaway Village project. The construction-financing deal struck by New York City’s Department of Housing Preserva-
tion and Development, and Housing Development Corporation, with Phipps Houses seeks to take an old shopping center and redevelop the space into a mixture of affordable housing, modern retail and public space that will serve as a center for the neighborhood. The project includes 46 units designated for formerly homeless households and 21 more unites for extremely low-income families. The first phase of the project is expected to be completed in late 2021. An additional 224 units of mixed-income affordable housing is also slated for a city-owned lot at Beach 21st Street that will be developed by The Community Builders, Inc., a nonprofit developer. Under the deal, 130 units will be allocated for households earning up to 60 percent of the area median income, which is currently around $30,000 or less. The new building will also include approximately 24,000 square feet of retail space and 8,000 square feet for community services and early-childhood education. “Today’s announcement is another step in the direction of progress for Downtown Far Rockaway,” said Councilman Donovan Richards (D-Laurelton), who represents the area. “The Beach 21st Street lot will be transformed into quality affordable housing for working families, along with retail and community space to help lift up residents and local nonprofits delivering services to our community.” Lawmakers estimate that the Beach 21st Street project will create more than 70 permanent jobs and more than 470 construction jobs.
To the great relief of the Lefferts Boulevard Bridge shop owners and Kew Gardens community, the MTA is planning to make close to $1 million in repairs to the bridge and the stores above it. The nearly century-old bridge and the stores that sit on it have been in need of repairs for many years. The funding was allocated by Councilwoman Karen Koslowitz (D-Forest Hills) in recent months, and the announcement was made at a meeting on July 11 with Long Island Rail Road (LIRR) President Phil Eng, Queens Borough President Melinda Katz, state Sen. Leroy Comrie (D-St. Albans) and Assemblyman Daniel Rosenthal (D-Flushing). The LIRR announced that it will soon contract out the work and plans to be finished by the end of 2019. Nathalie Reid, the owner of Thyme Natural Market & Cafe—which is located on the bridge—has been fighting the battle to get the bridge and stores repaired for more than three years. T:14” Reid, who was invited to the July 11 meeting as Comrie’s guest, noted that as she listened to the questions that Katz, Comrie and Rosenthal asked Eng, it was the first time she felt that her complaints had been heard
in three years. She added that Eng said the LIRR would fix the issues with the bridge and start to look at problems with the stores. Reid said that the MTA is still resolving issues with the management company that was contracted to take care of the buildings for the past nine years. Eng said in the meeting that the MTA is planning to discuss the issues with the contractor. In 2009, the MTA licensed Zoya Kapoor, of Zee N Kay Management, to run the properties. Her husband, Suresh Kapoor, is in charge of the day-to-day operations. The merchants on the bridge claim that Kapoor has failed to make the repairs required by the terms of the license. The MTA is still attempting to get Zee N Kay Management to make any fixes to which it is contractually obligated. Reid said that she is optimistic about what Eng said about saving the bridge. She added that she was “doubly optimistic” when he spoke about the restoration of the stores. She said she believed that it was “still kind of hanging in the air” whether the MTA would renew the stores’ leases in 2020, but Eng implied that the agency intended to do so. Reid said that Katz told Eng to go back to the
LIRR’s legal department and then return with a plan to protect the merchants. Eng agreed to follow through. “I was very happy sitting and listening to them,” Reid said. “It was almost like they were reading my mind and asking the questions I want answered. The [LIRR] didn’t answer all of them. It was a really, really good meeting. I was excited to be part of it.” Reid said she believes that Eng will rectify the problem. In a statement released to the press, Eng said, “We had initially asked for these funds so that we could conduct an engineering feasibility study. After many conversations with the community and elected officials convened by Borough President Katz, my team looked at this issue more carefully and we determined that the best use of the funds would be to directly repair the platforms. We look forward to continuing to work with the elected officials and local community to ensure this bridge’s future. The LIRR is an integral component of Queens and we understand the importance of these businesses to the character of Kew Gardens. So, we wanted to reevaluate all options.” Eng said that the agency is aiming to “expedite a procurement and have the interested parties bid both cost and schedule” so that the MTA can evaluate the “best-value proposition.” “The repairs we plan are significant and will make the platforms safe for continued retail use,” Eng said. The LIRR reported that the parts of the bridge owned by the agency on either side of the roadway and the street are maintained and owned by the city’s Department of Transportation. There are more than 10 shops on the bridge. “The structural repairs to be made by the LIRR will provide much-needed peace of mind to the business owners on and around the Lefferts Boulevard Bridge,” Katz said. And Koslowitz said she is relieved that the bridge will be fixed. “The demolition of the Lefferts Boulevard Bridge would have had a devastating effect on the Kew Gardens community,” she said.
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Outdoor International Film Series: Ecuador
As part of the Passport Thursdays series, the movie How Much Further (Que Tan Lejos) screens on the lawn. This road trip tale involves two girls who have to get to Cuenca during a bus strike. 7 p.m. Queens Museum, NYC Building, Flushing Meadows Corona Park.
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SPOTLIGHT OF THE WEEK
Louis Armstrong’s Wonderful World Concert
The Central Astoria LDC’s 2018 Waterfront Concert Series continues with a Doo Wop group extraordinaire. Free. 7:30 p.m. Astoria Park Great Lawn, Shore Boulevard between Hell Gate Bridge and Astoria Pool. ------------------------------------------------
Woodside Concert Series
The Chuck Braman Quintet plays jazz as part of an ongoing series. Free. 7 p.m. Sgt. Collins Park Triangle, 58th Street and Broadway, Woodside. ------------------------------------------------
This fifth annual festival features Forest Hills-born funkand-rap performer Action Bronson, the New Orleans eight-piece brass ensemble The Soul Rebels and Fu-Arkist-Ra. Free with VIP tickets available for sale. 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Festival Lawn near the NYS Pavilion, Flushing Meadows Corona Park.
“SHED” By Dr. K’s Motown Xiao Chuan Xie Colombian Independence Revue Day Celebration Using movement, sculpture, sound, and light, SHED is a durational performance piece. Free, but registration required. 8:30 p.m. Queens Botanical Garden, 43-50 Main St., Flushing.
St. Albans Jazz And R&B Festival
This 16th annual concert features Crown Heights Affair, Mel Holder and the Craig Crawford Players. Free. 4:30 p.m. St. Albans Park, Merrick Boulevard and Sayres Avenue. ------------------------------------------------
Solar Power Family Workshop
Learn about the Industrial Revolution, hydro power, solar power, wind power, electric energy and satellite/GPS systems. Suggested for junior high school students. 11 a.m. Queens Historical Society, 143-35 37th Ave., Flushing. ------------------------------------------------
Queensboro Dance Festival
Spaces of Fontana, Cole Collective, Tango for All, Flamenco Latino, Dancing Fish and Masala Bhangra. Free. 2 p.m. Juniper Valley Park, Athletic Courtyard at 80th Street, Middle Village. ------------------------------------------------
The FolkCOLOMBIA School of Dance and Music offers traditional music and dance genres, such as Carranga, Bambuco and Guabina from the Andean Region and Bunde from the Pacific Coast. 3 p.m. Queens Museum, NYC Building, Flushing Meadows Corona Park. ------------------------------------------------
Chhaya’s Annual South Asian Street Festival
This showcase of South Asian cultural heritage includes food, dance, music, ethnic goods and a Pani-Puri eating contest. Free. 12:30 p.m. 77th Street between Roosevelt and 37th avenues, Jackson Heights. ------------------------------------------------
Floral Design Workshop: Recycle Containers
Learn how to adapt containers that had a previous use to become a centerpiece. Bring a container or choose from a variety provided. Floral materials provided. 2 p.m. Queens Botanical Garden, 43-50 Main St., Flushing. ------------------------------------------------
This Motown cover band takes the stage as part of Queens Borough President Melinda Katz’s annual Katz Concert Series. Free. 6 p.m. Springfield Park, vicinity of Springfield Boulevard, 184th Street, and 146th Avenue.’ ------------------------------------------------
Art-Making Workshop with Cecile Chong
As part of her El Dorado exhibition, Chong teaches how to make an art installation. Free. 3 p.m. Lewis Howard Latimer House Museum, 34-41 137th St., Flushing. ------------------------------------------------
Queens Symphony Orchestra
As part of the Katz Concert Series, the ensemble offers “An Enchanted Summer’s Evening” with classically trained tenor Christopher Macchio and QSO Music Director Martin Majkut. Expect enchanting arias and songs by Macchio, plus lush and romantic symphonies by the orchestra. Free. 7 p.m. St. John’s University, 80-00 Utopia Pkwy., Jamaica. ------------------------------------------------
A fantastic classic rock ‘n’ roll band grooves as part of the two-month Live at the Gantries series. Free. 7 p.m. Gantry Plaza State Park, Center Boulevard and 48th Avenue, Long Island City. ------------------------------------------------
“The Wizard Of Oz”
A live, outdoor musical adapted from the famous movie. Free. 11 a.m. Playground for All Children, near 111th Street, Flushing Meadows Corona Park.
“Monsters University” Monsters University at The Shops at Atlas Park, Glendale
Screened as part of the Movies on the Green series, this animated Pixar film is about a kid monster who wants to become a scarer. Free. 8 p.m. The Shops at Atlas Park, 80-00 Cooper Ave., Glendale.
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Lifestyle: Pets Queens
Dog Parks ALLEY POND PARK OFF-LEASH AREA Address: Grand Central Parkway/ Winchester Boulevard/ Kingsbury Avenue Type: Off-Leash ASTORIA PARK OFF-LEASH AREA Type: Off-Leash BAISLEY POND PARK OFF-LEASH AREA 1 Address: Between 119th and 123rd avenues Type: Off-Leash BAISLEY POND PARK OFF-LEASH AREA 2 Address: Lakeview Lane between Foch Boulevard and Lakeview Lane East Type: Off-Leash BAYSWATER PARK OFF-LEASH AREA Type: Off-Leash CROCHERON PARK OFF-LEASH AREA Type: Off-Leash CUNNINGHAM PARK DOG RUN Address: 193rd Street between Aberdeen Road & Radnor Road Type: Run FLUSHING MEADOWS CORONA PARK OFF-LEASH AREA Type: Off-Leash FOREST PARK DOG RUN Address: Park Lane South & 85th Street Type: Run FOREST PARK OFF-LEASH AREA Address: 85 Street and 84 Street and Park Lane South Type: Off-Leash HUNTER'S POINT SOUTH PARK DOG RUN Type: Run JUNIPER VALLEY PARK OFF-LEASH AREA Type: Off-Leash LA GUARDIA LANDING LIGHTS OFF-LEASH AREA Type: Off-Leash
From fluffy puppies to stubborn cats to slippery snakes, people love their pets. This week, the Queens Tribune takes a look at how to keep your beloved family members cool in the summer heat; explores the many dog parks around the borough servicing the more than 17,000 licensed canines (though the actual number of dogs is likely much higher); breaks down the cityâ€™s new shelter law; and even delves into the world of exotic pets you are allowed to own.
LANDING LIGHTS OFF-LEASH AREA Address: Grand Central Parkway, 81 Street & 82 Street & Astoria Boulevard, 23 Avenue 84, 24 thru 30 Avenues, 77 Street through 81 Street Type: Off-Leash LITTLE BAY PARK DOG RUN Address: North side of the Cross Island Parkway &
Utopia Parkway Type: Run MACNEIL PARK OFF-LEASH AREA Type: Off-Leash QUEENSBRIDGE PARK OFFLEASH AREA Type: Off-Leash RAINEY PARK OFF-LEASH AREA Type: Off-Leash RALPH DEMARCO PARK OFF-LEASH AREA Type: Off-Leash ROCKAWAY COMMUNITY PARK OFFLEASH AREA Address: Almeda Avenue between Beach 51st Street and Beach 54th Street Type: Off-Leash ROCKAWAY FREEWAY DOG PARK Address: Rockaway Freeway and Beach 84th Street Type: Run SHERRY PARK DOG RUN Address: Queens Boulevard, 65 Place, and the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway Type: Run SPRINGFIELD PARK OFFLEASH AREA Type: Off-Leash TORSNEY/ LOU LODATI PLAYGROUND DOG RUN Address: 43rd Street & Skillman Avenue Type: Run UNDERBRIDGE PLAYGROUND DOG RUN Address: 64th Avenue/64th Road on Grand Central Parkway service road Type: Run VETERAN'S GROVE DOG RUN Address: Judge Street & Whitney Avenue (south side of Park) Type: Run WINDMULLER PARK DOG RUN (DOUGHBOY PLAZA) Address: Woodside Avenue, 54-56 streets Type: Run YELLOWSTONE PARK OFFLEASH AREA Address: Sitting area located at 68 Road and Yellowstone Boulevard. Type: Off-Leash Notes: Hours: 6:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. only
The Queens Tribune, Thursday, July 19, 2018
Keeping Your Pets Safe In The Heat
This popular and fun garden soirée celebrates summer in the grandeur of the gardens at Coe Hall Mansion. Enjoy plentiful hors d’oeuvres, desserts, champagne, craft beer and live Motown music!
By ARIEL HERNANDEZ
P L A N T I N G F I E L D S F O U N DAT I O N’ S
CHAMPAGNE PARTY Masquerade & Motown Garden Soirée
FRIDAY, AUGUST 3RD, 2018 / 7:00PM - 10:30PM COE HALL / PLANTING FIELDS ARBORETUM STATE HISTORIC PARK
With summer well underway and temperatures soaring past 90 degrees, it’s important for pet owners to take safety precautions for their four-legged friends. The first step a pet owner should take is to track the temperature and humidity. "It's important to remember that it's not just the ambient temperature, but also the humidity, that can affect your pet," said Dr. Barry Kellogg, a veterinarian at the Humane Society Veterinary Medical Association. "Animals pant to evaporate moisture from their lungs, which takes heat away from their body. If the humidity is too high, they are unable to cool themselves, and their temperature will skyrocket to dangerous levels very quickly." In the event that both the heat and humidity are too high, pet owners should keep their animals indoors with cool air and lots of water to keep them hydrated. If the temperature is higher than 75 degrees, do not leave your pet in your car without air conditioning. Even if you keep the windows open, the temperature inside a hot car is almost double the outside temperature. If you’re going somewhere that prohibits pets, leave yours at home. If you leave your pet in the car, you are not only risking its life, but also taking a chance of losing your pet if a passerby calls
Choose a mask and wear it well, so your true identity, no one can tell! Join us to celebrate and bring an air of mystery to this fun masquerade garden soirée!
Dance the night away under the stars to the live music of the energetic Motown sound of the City Sounds Music Experience, featuring a high-octane 8-piece ensemble with a horn section that emulates the Berry Gordy Sounds of Young America that swept the nation then and still keeps people Dancing in the Streets. Don’t be shy...just Ease on Down the Road to Coe Hall’s Brick House.
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$75 • Members of Planting Fields Foundation Members of Service (Police, Firefighters, EMS & Military) $100 • Non-Members
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Dog Parks Make For Good Canine Citizens
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the police. Also, if the weather is especially hot, it’s a good idea to do an indoor exercise with your pet, rather than take it for a walk. Exercise is crucial for all pets as it is for humans. However, pets get their cool air from their paws. When asphalt gets hot, it can burn your pet’s paws. If you have a dog, walk it either early in the morning or later in the evening when temperatures tend to be cooler. Although staying home might be the best option, there are still precautions to take indoors. Always keep your pet cool and hydrated. Fans might do the trick for you, but they do not always offer the same relief for pets. Consider purchasing a cooling vest, body wrap or mat, especially for older pets that are in jeopardy of sustaining heat stroke. Check your pet’s temperature. If it’s over 104 degrees, you should immediately take your pet to the vet. Pets, much like babies, are especially sensitive to heat, and they deserve the same care that a human receives during the season. Pet owners are encouraged to contact their local humane society with any questions relating to their pet and methods of keeping it safe during periods of high temperature.
Dog parks in Queens are important for everyone, not just our furry little loyal companions. EJ Sydell, a Kew Gardens resident and one of the founding members of the Forest Park Barking Lot, notes that for our dogs to be good canine citizens, “being off the leash is pretty important. It’s darn important.” The Forest Park Barking Lot is a dog park that was created in 2015 in the Overlook section of Forest Park at the corner of Union Turnpike and Park Lane in Kew Gardens. Sydell said that she and several of her neighbors all bought puppies around the same time and banded together to petition the city to get a local dog park approved. After the renovation of the Overlook section of Forest Park in the spring of 2015, their dream became a reality. She pointed out that at four months, puppies need to be socialized and meet other dogs. “They also need to get their energy out,” she said. In urban neighborhoods, residents often do not have a backyard for their dogs to run in an off-leash area, she added. “They need a place where dogs can run and be social,” she said. “A tired dog is a good dog. Not everybody wants a breed that’s lazy.” She noted that in the time since she and her husband picked up their Black Lab-Golden
Retriever-Shepherd mix, they have gotten into better shape. “Things happen at the dog park,” she said. “It’s nice community engagement that takes place there.” Even several years after the opening of the dog park, Sydell said that her situation is still in flux. She added that she hopes a new design for the park will be approved by the city’s Parks Department and that permanent fencing will replace the temporary mesh fencing that is currently at the site. “We’re still fighting to get what we need,” she said. The new dog park will have an available water source for dogs as well as a separate area for smaller dogs. Councilman Karen Koslowitz (D-Forest Hills) allocated $400,000 for upgrades at the park. Sydell added that members of the dog park sent in recommendations on the design for the new dog park six months ago. While they await a reply, they continue to mend the temporary fences at the site on their own and bring water from Parks’ headquarters, located a few hundred feet away, and their own supplies, such as poop bags, to the park. She said that the members of the dog park are performing maintenance at the site on their own and pointed out that in other cities, Parks employees are tasked with that job. The Forest Park Barking Lot members are looking forward to a permanent structure for supplies and a cement walkway through the park to the dog park. Sydell pointed out that the park recently hosted an event during which dogs were able to take a “canine good-citizen test.” The members invited a groomer, who painted the dogs’ nails and dyed their hair. They are hosting another event at the end of August. She recommended that dogs begin the socialization process before they are taken to the dog park.
The Queens Tribune, Thursday, July 19, 2018
Queens To Get Animal Shelter Within Six Years By NATHAN DUKE All five New York City boroughs will have a full-service animal shelter within the next six years following the passage last month of a bill by Councilman Paul Vallone (D-Bayside). In Queens and the Bronx, the shelters will replace “receiving centers,” which do not provide shelter or medical care for homeless animals or include a lost-and-found for missing pets. Animals brought to receiving centers, which have operated for the past seven years, are transported to full-service shelters in other boroughs. Vallone said that receiving centers are operating at maximum capacity and, as a result, many otherwise healthy pets are euthanized. “Only one option is acceptable for this city and the residents of Queens and the Bronx—a fully functional animal shelter with adoption, veterinary and educational services,” Vallone said. “Having animal shelters in every borough reflects our belief that all animals should be protected and given the opportunity to find a home.” In April, the mayor’s office announced that Queens’ receiving center in Rego Park, located at 92-29 Queens Blvd., would relocate to a larger location while the city searched for a spot to house a full-service animal shelter. A spokesman for Vallone said this week that the city was looking to lease property near Metro-
politan Avenue and 69th Street in Middle Village for a new, 1,400-square-foot pet admissions center. The Rego Park center is 750 square feet. However, he said it was too early in the process of locating a site for the full-service shelter to be able to give a timeline as to when it would open. In the five years since he introduced the legislation, Vallone has secured $10 million in capital funding from Mayor Bill de Blasio for the land acquisition and design necessary for the Queens and Bronx shelters. Earlier this year, the mayor announced that the city was moving forward with the construction of the Bronx shelter and had allocated $27.3 million to upgrade Brooklyn’s shelter. Michelle Villagomez, the senior legislative director of the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA), said that the key to saving homeless animals is not just providing shelter for them, but finding them a new home. “Even though the combined populations of Queens and the Bronx—nearly 3.6 million people—is more than that of every American city except Los Angeles and New York City itself, their animal receiving centers in no way serve the goal of adoption,” Villagomez said. Reach editor-in-chief Nathan Duke via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Strange Pets That You Can (Legally) Own By TRONE DOWD Most New Yorkers are accustomed to seeing Fido and Whiskers around their neighborhood. These common companions have become part of the nuclear family in many homes across the five boroughs. But considering the size of the animal kingdom, it comes as a surprise that more people aren’t branching out and domesticating less traditional animals. As it turns out, New York City is home to a number of critters that push the boundaries of what many would consider traditional pets. The Queens Tribune had a chance to speak with Mario Merlino, the assistant commissioner for Pest Control and Veterinary Services, and Norma Torres, the director of Veterinary Public Health of the city’s Department of Health, to speak about some of the lesser known pets one can own in the World’s Borough.
HORSES While the sound of hoofs clopping against New York City streets isn’t completely alien to most native New Yorkers, many might not know that it is completely for average residents to own these massive beasts as a pet. According to Merlino,
owning a horse in New York is legal as long as the owner has no plans of profiting off any equian activities. “As long as you don’t offer them up for any commercial activity—like horseback rides and that sort of thing, which requires a permit from [the Department of Health]—that’s perfectly fine,” he said. However, owning a horse in the five boroughs has some additional caveats, one of which could prevent most New Yorkers from owning a Seabiscuit of their own in the near future. “You have to have a home for the horse,” Merlino said. “That means a stable. There are people who have horses on their private property, and there are horse paths in many of the parks here in New York, where owners can ride them.” He said that there are stables throughout the city, including GallopNYC’s Sunrise Stables in Howard Beach.
SNAKES AND OTHER REPTILES Snakes, lizards, turtles and other reptiles have become one of the more common alternatives to your typical canines, felines and assortment of aquatic pets. But New York City has very clear guidelines as to what’s accepted in order to own a ravishing reptile of your own. “There is a prohibition for turtles and tortoises that are smaller than four inches,” Torres said. She explained that this measurement is taken from the animal’s carapace, or outer shell. If the turtle in question is smaller than the suggested cut off, the reptile has a higher chance of being a hazard. “While most reptiles carry salmonella, turtles are the common pet that children were putting in their mouths,” Torres said. As for everyone's’ favorite legless serpents, boa constrictors, pythons and other types of constrictors that are more powerful than the average human being are banned from ownership in the five boroughs. There is also a ban on all venomous snakes for obvious reasons. All other snakes are legal to own. Lizards are also a popular choice. Torres told the Queens Tribune that while Mexican Bearded Lizards and the domestic Gila Monster are banned for their dangerous nature, almost all other non-venomous lizards are fair game. “Any lizard that is sold alongside dogs and cats are safe to own,” she said.
PIGEONS AND CHICKENS While parakeets and other avian animals are commonly found in New York City households, many might be surprised to learn that chickens and pigeons are legal pets under New York City law. “Pigeon coops are OK as long as you don’t create a nuisance,” Merlino said. “Likewise with chickens, although they have to be hens.” According to New York City law, this is a very important distinction. Roosters, the hen’s male counterpart, are too noisy to respectfully own in close proximity of other residents. “All that early morning crowing is no good,” Merlino joked. RODENTS While most people spend a majority of their time in New York City avoiding rodents, there are a number of these animals that make for cute “apartment pets,” according to the Department of Health. “Fancy rats make for really good pets for kids,” Merlino said. “Same goes for gerbils, hamsters and other small rodents that you’d see in a pet store.” For more passionate rodent enthusiasts, this excludes squirrels, prairie dogs, European hedgehogs, weasels and other large and “wild” rodents. Merlino specified that ferrets, although rising in popularity around the world and legal in many other states, currently do not make the cut for legal ownership in New York City. BEES Perhaps the strangest of New York’s out-of-the ordinary animals that you can legally own are bees. “You can keep bees in New York City,” Merlino said. “However, if you keep bees in New York City, you have to register with the Department of Health.” Those looking to keep these eco-friendly insects as pets are limited to honey bees. This means Africanized bees or any other type of venomous or dangerous flying bugs are prohibited. The population of the friendly bees on the property must also be manageable and monitored closely by their owner. “If you have a bee infestation in your basement and you’re letting them get out of control, that’s a nuisance,” Merlino said. “But you’re allowed to have a hive and cultivate bees for the purposes of honey. There’s information on our website about the hive registration system and other pet practices if you were going to do that sort of thing.” For readers looking for additional information on what animals are legal and illegal to own in New York City, please call 311 for additional information.
The Queens Tribune, Thursday, July 19, 2018
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The Queens Tribune, Thursday, July 19, 2018 NOTICE OF SALE OF COLLATERAL RE: 255-22 75th Avenue, Unit No. GV50-H4-1, Glen Oaks, NY 11004 PLEASE TAKE NOTICE, that, pursuant to the New York Uniform Commercial Code, Wells Fargo Bank, N.A. (“Seller”), as secured creditor of Mark Eckstein and Barbara Eckstein, (“Debtor”), will sell all of the right, title and interest of the Debtor in the collateral described below at public sale. The collateral to be sold is described as follows: 1. UCC Financing Statement recorded on September 11, 2009 covering the Stock Certificate representing 160 shares of stock and Proprietary Lease for Unit No. GV50-H4-1 at 255-22 75th Avenue, Glen Oaks, NY 11004. 2. 160 shares of stock per the Stock Certificate and Power issued by Glen Oaks Village Owners, Inc. (“Corporation”) represented by Certificate number 013495 including all personal property of the Debtor, affixed to or used in connection with Unit No. GV50-H4-1, located at 255-22 75th Avenue, Glen Oaks, NY 11004, that are subject to the securing interest of the undersigned. 3. The estimated value is $314,348.00. 4. The unpaid principal balance is $129,990.52 (not including fees, costs, other recoverable amounts). The sale shall be conducted pursuant to all terms and conditions set forth in the Terms of Sale, specifically including but not limited to: Buyer responsibility for obtaining possession of the collateral, payment of any sums due the Corporation, obtaining any necessary approvals from the Corporation, any existing tenancy and prompt payment of the purchase price according to the Terms of Sale issued by Seller. The sale shall be “as is, where is and with all faults” and subject to any prior liens. No bid shall be accepted with any contingency of any nature. A deposit of ten percent (10%) of the bid amount must be paid at sale, in the form of a certified check payable to “Woods Oviatt Gilman LLP.” Seller makes no warranty or representation in connection with the sale, except that it has a security interest in the collateral and that the transfer is made free and clear of its security interest. The warranties of merchantability and fitness are expressly disclaimed. The sale shall be conducted without recourse to Seller, except for breach of an express warranty contained in this Notice of Sale. The Debtor is entitled to an accounting of the unpaid indebtedness. Transfer shall occur by secured creditor bill of sale made without representation or warranty, except as set forth above. The public sale shall take place on August 10, 2018 at 12pm on the steps of Queens Supreme Court 88-11 Sutphin Blvd, Jamaica, NY 11435. Such sale shall be conducted by Victor Rawner, Auctioneer as Agent. Lender hereby reserves the right to bid. Interested parties may contact the undersigned prior to the sale to obtain a copy of the Terms of Sale. Wells Fargo Bank, N.A. July 10, 2018 By: Natalie A. Grigg, Esq. Woods Oviatt Gilman LLP Attorney for Seller 2 State Street, 700 Crossroads Bldg. Rochester, New York 14614 855.227.5072 PUBLIC AUCTION NOTICE OF SALE OF COOPERATIVE APARTMENT SECURITY BY VIRTUE OF DEFAULT in a security agreement executed on March 20, 2009 by JORGE SARMIENTO, Debtor, and in accordance with its rights as holder of the security, NATIONSTAR MORTGAGE LLC D/B/A MR. COOPER, by Kim Carrino, Auctioneer, DCA # 1004275 will conduct a public sale of the security consisting of 1200 shares of common stock in WALLBAR OWNERS CORP., and all rights title and interest in and to a Proprietary Lease between said corporation and debtor for Unit 1D in a building known as and by the street address, 65-74 SAUNDERS STREET, UNIT 1D, QUEENS, NY 11374 together with fixtures and articles of personal property now or hereafter affixed to or used in connection with Unit 1D on August 2, 2018 at 9:00 AM on the front steps of the Queens County Supreme Court Building, 88-11 Sutphin Blvd., Jamaica, NY, in satisfaction of an indebtedness in the principal amount of
$192,725.84 plus interest from November 1, 2017 and costs, subject to open maintenance charges. The secured party reserves the right to bid. Ten percent (10%) deposit by bank or certified funds required at Auction, payable to the attorneys for the secured party. Closing within 30 days. Such sale shall be subject to the terms of sale. GROSS POLOWY, LLC 1775 Wehrle Drive, Suite 100 Williamsville, NY 14221 (716)204-1700 ATTORNEYS FOR SECURED CREDITOR 54945 PUBLIC AUCTION NOTICE OF SALE OF COOPERATIVE APARTMENT SECURITY BY VIRTUE OF DEFAULT in a security agreement executed on April 14, 2016 by John C. Ruzicka, Debtor, and in accordance with its rights as holder of the security, STERLING NATIONAL BANK, AS SUCCESSOR BY MERGER TO ASTORIA BANK, by Kim Carrino, Auctioneer, DCA # 1004275 will conduct a public sale of the security consisting of 186 shares of common stock in WP Owners Corp., and all rights title and interest in and to a Proprietary Lease between said corporation and debtor for Unit #2M in a building known as and by the street address, 75-25 210th Street, Unit 2M, Bayside, NY, 11364 together with fixtures and articles of personal property now or hereafter affixed to or used in connection with Unit #2M on August 2, 2018 at 10:00 AM on the front steps of the Queens County Supreme Court Building, 88-11 Sutphin Boulevard, Jamaica, New York, in satisfaction of an indebtedness in the principal amount of $97,784.74 plus interest from September 1, 2017 and costs, subject to open maintenance charges. The secured party reserves the right to bid. Ten percent (10%) deposit by bank or certified funds required at Auction, payable to the attorneys for the secured party. Closing within 30 days. Such sale shall be subject to the terms of sale. GROSS POLOWY, LLC 1775 Wehrle Drive, Suite 100 Williamsville, NY 14221 (716)204-1700 ATTORNEYS FOR SECURED CREDITOR 55040 S U P P L E M E N T A L SUMMONS Index No.: 717232/2017 Date of Filing: June 20, 2018 SUPREME COURT OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK COUNTY OF QUEENS HSBC BANK USA, N.A., Plaintiff, -againstKISHOR K. RAO, if living, or if either or all be dead, their wives, husbands, heirsat-law, next of kin, distributees, executors, administrators, assignees, lienors and generally all persons having or claiming under, by or through said KISHOR K. RAO, by purchase, inheritance, lien or otherwise, of any right, title or interest in and to the premises described in the complaint herein, and the respective husbands, wives, widow or widowers of them, if any, all of whose names are unknown to plaintiff; NEW YORK CITY PARKING VIOLATIONS BUREAU; NEW YORK CITY TRANSIT ADJUDICATION BUREAU; NEW YORK CITY ENVIRONMENTAL CONTROL BOARD; ‘’JOHN DOES’’ and ‘’JANE DOES’’, Said names 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, Defendants. TO THE ABOVE-NAMED DEFENDANTS: YOU ARE HEREBY SUMMONED to answer the complaint in this action and to serve a copy of your answer, or, if the complaint is not served with this summons, to serve a Notice of Appearance on the Plaintiff’s attorney(s) within twenty (20) days after the service of this summons, exclusive of the day of service, where service is made by delivery upon you personally within the State, or within thirty (30) days after completion of service where service is made in any other manner, and in case of your failure to appear or answer, judgment will be taken against you by default for the relief demanded in the complaint. NOTICE YOU ARE IN DANGER OF LOSING YOUR HOME
If you do not respond to this summons and complaint by serving a copy of the answer on the attorney for the mortgage company who filed this foreclosure proceeding against you and filing the answer with the court, a default judgment may be entered and you can lose your home. Speak to an attorney or go to the court where your case is pending for further information on how to answer the summons and protect your property. Sending a payment to your mortgage company will not stop this foreclosure action. YOU MUST RESPOND BY SERVING A COPY OF THE ANSWER ON THE ATTORNEY FOR THE PLAINTIFF (MORTGAGE COMPANY) AND FILING THE ANSWER WITH THE COURT. YOU ARE HEREBY PUT ON NOTICE THAT WE ARE ATTEMPTING TO COLLECT A DEBT, AND ANY INFORMATION OBTAINED WILL BE USED FOR THAT PURPOSE TO THE ABOVE-NAMED DEFENDANTS: The foregoing summons is served upon you by publication pursuant to an Order of the Honorable Timothy J. Dufficy of the Supreme Court of the State of New York, signed on June 6, 2018, and filed with supporting papers in the Office of the Clerk of the County of Queens, State of New York. The object of this action is to foreclose a mortgage upon the premises described below, executed by KISHOR K. RAO to MORTGAGE E L E C T R O N I C REGISTRATION SYSTEMS, INC., AS NOMINEE FOR HSBC MORTGAGE CORPORATION (USA), ITS SUCCESSORS AND ASSIGNS bearing the date June 27, 2008 and recorded in the City Register of the City of New York, County of Queens on July 10, 2008 in CRFN 2008000273771. Thereafter said mortgage was assigned to HSBC BANK USA, N.A., by assignment of mortgage dated May 19, 2017 and recorded in the City Register of the City of New York, County of Queens on June 5, 2017 in CRFN 2017000206839. Said premises being known as and by 112-05 103RD AVENUE, QUEENS, NY 11419, which is more fully described in the attached Schedule “A.” Date: May 15, 2018 Batavia, New York Megan Suttell, Esq. ROSICKI, ROSICKI & ASSOCIATES, P.C. Attorneys for Plaintiff Batavia Office 26 Harvester Avenue Batavia, NY 14020 585.815.0288 Help For Homeowners In Foreclosure New York State Law requires that we send you this notice about the foreclosure process. Please read it carefully. Mortgage foreclosure is a complex process. Some people may approach you about “saving” your home. You should be extremely careful about any such promises. The State encourages you to become informed about your options in foreclosure. There are government agencies, legal aid entities and other nonprofit organizations that you may contact for information about foreclosure while you are working with your lender during this process. To locate an entity near you, you may call the toll-free helpline maintained by the New York State Banking Department at 1-877B A N K N Y S (1-877-226-5697) or visit the Department’s website at w w w. b a n k i n g . st a te . ny. u s . The State does not guarantee the advice of these agencies. SUPREME COURT OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK COUNTY OF QUEENS INDEX # 710330/2017 S U P P L E M E N T A L SUMMONS AND NOTICE Plaintiff designates Queens County as the place of trial. Venue is based upon the County in which the mortgaged premises are situated. WELLS FARGO BANK, NATIONAL ASSOCIATION AS TRUSTEE FOR OPTION ONE MORTGAGE LOAN TRUST 2007-2, ASSET-BACKED CERTIFICATES, SERIES 2007-2, Plaintiff(s), against ROBERT BROSNAN, KATHLEEN BROSNAN, any possible unknown heirs at law of ROBERT BROSNAN and KATHLEEN BROSNAN, if living, and if any be dead, their respective heirs-at-law, next of kin, distributes, executors, administrators, trustees, devisees, legatees, assignees, lienors, creditors
and successors in interest, and generally all persons having or claiming under, by or through said defendants who may be deceased, by purchase, inheritance, lien or otherwise, any right, title or interest in and to the premises described in the complaint herein, NEW YORK STATE DEPARTMENT OF TAXATION AND FINANCE, “JOHN DOE #1” through “JOHN DOE #12,” the last twelve names being fictitious and unknown to plaintiff, the persons or parties intended being the tenants, occupants, persons or corporations, if any, having or claiming an interest in or lien upon the premises, described in the complaint, 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 served with this summons, to serve a notice of appearance on the Plaintiff’s attorney within 20 days after the service of this summons, exclusive of the day of service (or within 30 days after the service is complete if this summons is not personally delivered to you within the State of New York); 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 dated December 8, 2006, executed by ROBERT BROSNAN AND KATHLEEN BROSNAN to OPTION ONE MORTGAGE CORPORATION, A C A L I F O R N I A CORPORATION to secure the sum of $435,000.00 and recorded in Official Records at City Register File Number 2007000036777, in the Office of the CLERK of the County of QUEENS on January 19, 2007, which mortgage was thereafter modified. Said mortgage was ultimately assigned to WELLS FARGO BANK, NATIONAL ASSOCIATION AS TRUSTEE FOR OPTION ONE MORTGAGE LOAN TRUST 2007-2, ASSETBACKED CERTIFICATES, SERIES 2007-2, by assignment of mortgage executed on April 15, 2009. Said assignment was subject to corrective assignments of mortgage executed August 19, 2010 and February 1, 2012, covering premises known as 9969 164th Ave, Howard Beach, NY 11414 (Block 14245 and Lot 1437). The relief sought in the 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 a resettled order of the Hon. Rudolph E. Greco, Jr., Justice of the Supreme Court of the State of New York, and filed along with the supporting papers in the Office of the Clerk of the County of Queens on 05/15/2018. 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 at Hamilton Beach, in the Borough and County of Queens, City and State of
New York, Block 14245 and Lot 1437, said premises known as 9969 164th Ave, Howard Beach, NY 11414. YOU ARE HEREBY PUT ON NOTICE THAT WE ARE ATTEMPTING TO COLLECT A DEBT AND ANY INFORMATION OBTAINED WILL BE USED FOR THAT PURPOSE. There is now due and owing from the Borrower to the Plaintiff, the principal sum of $555,309.69 plus interest thereon from July 1, 2011, in addition to those accumulated late charges and those recoverable monies advanced by Plaintiff and/or Plaintiff’s predecessor-in-interest on behalf of ROBERT BROSNAN AND KATHLEEN BROSNAN together with all costs, including but not limited to, attorneys’ fees, disbursements, and further allowances provided pursuant to the underlying loan documents and applicable law in bringing any action to protect the Mortgagee’s interest in the Subject Property. 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 BANKRUPTCY COURT, YOU ARE NOT PERSONALLY LIABLE FOR THE UNDERLYING INDEBTEDNESS OWED TO PLAINTIFF/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 Department of Financial Services’ at 1-800-269-0990 or visit the Department’s website at h t t p : / / w w w. d f s . ny. gov 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. Leopold & Associates, PLLC, 80 Business Park Drive, Suite 110, Armonk, NY 10504 SUPREME COURT OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK COUNTY OF QUEENS INDEX # 715061/2017 .... FILED: 05/01/2018 S U P P L E M E N T A L SUMMONS AND NOTICE Plaintiff designates Queens County as the place of trial. Venue is based upon the County in which the mortgaged premise is situated. OCWEN LOAN SERVICING, LLC, Plaintiff(s), against ARSENIA CARMEN BRITO, JOSE BRITO, any possible unknown heirs at law of ARSENIA CARMEN BRITO and JOSE BRITO, if living, and if any be dead, their respective heirs-at-law, next of kin, distributes, executors, administrators, trustees, devisees, legatees, as-signees, lienors, creditors and successors in interest, and generally all persons having or claiming under, by or through said defendants who may be deceased, by purchase, inher-itance, lien or otherwise, any right, title or interest in and to the premises described in the complaint herein; NEW YORK STATE DEPARTMENT OF TAXATION & FINANCE, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA DEPARTMENT OF TREASURY - INTERNAL REVENUE SERVICE, CITY OF NEW YORK DEPARTMENT OF TR ANSPORTATION PARKING VIOLATIONS BUREAU, CITY OF NEW YORK ENVIRONMENTAL CONTROL BOARD, CITY OF NEW YORK TRANSIT AUTHORITY TRANSIT ADJUDICATION BUREAU, “JOHN DOE #1” through “JOHN DOE #12,” the last twelve names being fictitious and unknown to plaintiff, the persons or parties intended being the tenants, occupants, persons or corporations, if any, having or claiming an interest in or lien upon the premises, described in the complaint, 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 served with this summons, to serve a notice of appearance on the Plaintiff’s attorney within 20 days after the service of this summons, exclusive of the day of service (or within 30 days after the service is complete if this summons is not personally delivered to you within the State of New York); 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 dated May 10, 2010, executed by ARSENIA CARMEN BRITO AND JOSE BRITO to MORTGAGE E L E C T R O N I C REGISTRATION SYSTEMS, INC. AS NOMINEE FOR ALLY BANK CORP. FKA GMAC BANK, its successors
and/or assigns, to secure the sum of $449,357.00 and recorded in Official Records City Register File Number 2010000170876, in the Office of the CLERK of the County of QUEENS on May 21, 2010, which mortgage was thereafter modified. Said mortgage was later assigned to OCWEN LOAN SERVICING by assignment of mortgage executed on September 26, 2013, covering premises known as 81-35 Woodhaven Boulevard, Glendale, NY 11385 (Block 3879, Lot 25). The relief sought in the 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. Pam Jackman Brown, Justice of the Supreme Court of the State of New York, and filed along with the supporting papers in the office of the Clerk of the County of Queens on 04/25/2018. 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, City and State of New York, Block 3879, Lot 25, said premises known as 81-35 Woodhaven Boulevard, Glendale, NY 11385. YOU ARE HEREBY PUT ON NOTICE THAT WE ARE ATTEMPTING TO COLLECT A DEBT AND ANY INFORMATION OBTAINED WILL BE USED FOR THAT PURPOSE. There is now due and owing from the Borrower to the Plaintiff, the principal sum of $432,931.02 plus interest thereon from January 1, 2013, in addition to those accumulated late charges and those recoverable monies advanced by Plaintiff and/or Plaintiff’s predecessor-in-interest on behalf of ARSENIA CARMEN BRITO AND JOSE BRITO together with all costs, including but not limited to, attorneys’ fees, disbursements, and further allowanc-es provided pursuant to the underlying loan documents and applicable law in bringing any action to protect the Mortga-gee’s interest in the Subject Property. 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 BANKRUPTCY COURT, YOU ARE NOT PERSONALLY LIABLE FOR THE UNDERLYING INDEBTEDNESS OWED TO PLAINTIFF/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 Department of Financial Ser-vices’ at 1-800-269-0990 or visit the
Department’s website at h t t p : / / w w w. d f s . ny. gov 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 fore-closure 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. Leopold & Associates, PLLC, 80 Business Park Drive, Suite 301, Ar-monk, NY 10504 SUMMONS, NOTICE AND BRIEF STATEMENT OF NATURE OF ACTION CONSUMER CREDIT TRANSACTION SUPREME COURT OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK COUNTY OF QUEENS Index No. 704473/2013 NEWLANDS ASSET HOLDING TRUST, Plaintiff, -againstCARLOS TURCIOS; MYNOR LOPEZ; SERGIO LOPEZ; ET AL. Defendants. TO THE DEFENDANT(S): CARLOS TURCIOS and SERGIO LOPEZ YOU ARE HEREBY SUMMONED and required to serve upon plaintiff’s attorneys an answer to the complaint in this action within twenty (20) days after the service of this Supplemental Summons, exclusive of the day of service, or within thirty (30) days after service is complete if the Supplemental 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 answer or appear within sixty (60) days of service hereof. In case of your failure to answer, judgment will be taken against you for the relief demanded in the complaint. Trial is desired in the County of QUEENS. The basis of venue designated above is that the real property, which is the subject matter of this action, is located in the County of QUEENS, New York. NOTICE: YOU ARE IN DANGER OF LOSING YOUR HOME IF YOU DO NOT RESPOND TO THIS S U P P L E M E N T A L SUMMONS AND AMENDED COMPLAINT BY SERVING A COPY OF THE ANSWER ON THE ATTORNEY FOR THE MORTGAGE COMPANY WHO FILED THIS F O R E C L O S U R E PROCEEDING AGAINST YOU AND FILING THE ANSWER WITH THE COURT A DEFAULT JUDGMENT MAY BE ENTERED AND YOU CAN LOSE YOUR HOME. SPEAK TO AN ATTORNEY OR GO TO THE COURT WHERE YOUR CASE IS PENDING FOR FURTHER INFORMATION ON HOW TO ANSWER THE SUMMONS AND PROTECT YOUR PROPERTY. SENDING A PAYMENT TO YOUR MORTGAGE COMPANY WILL NOT STOP THIS FORECLOSURE ACTION. YOU MUST RESPOND BY SERVING A COPY OF THE ANSWER ON THE ATTORNEY FOR THE PLAINTIFF (MORTGAGE COMPANY) AND FILING THE ANSWER WITH THE COURT. The foregoing Supplemental Summons is served upon you by publication pursuant to an order of Hon. Robert J. McDonald, Justice of the Supreme Court of the State of New York, signed on June 11, 2018 Long Island City, New York and to be duly
entered in the QUEENS County Clerk’s Office, Queens, New York. The Nature of this action pertains to a note and mortgage held by Plaintiff on real property owned by the above named defendants as specified in the complaint filed in this action. The above named defendants have failed to comply with the terms and provisions of the said mortgage and said instruments secured by said mortgage, by failing and omitting to pay the balance due and owing and the Plaintiff has commenced a foreclosure action. Plaintiff is seeking a judgment foreclosing its mortgage against the real property and premises which situates in the Borough and County of Queens, City and State of New York and is commonly known as 40-26 Benham Street, Elmhurst, New York 11373 and all other relief as to the Court may seem just and equitable. DATED: June 14, 2018 SCHILLER, KNAPP, LEFKOWITZ & HERTZEL, LLP BY: WILLIAM B. SCHILLER, ESQ. Attorneys for Plaintiff 950 New Loudon Road Latham, New York 12110 Telephone: (518) 786-9069 55263 PROBATE CITATION File No. 2018-1581 SURROGATE’S COURT, QUEENS COUNTY CITATIONTHE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, By the Grace of God Free and Independent TO: The heirs at law, next of kin and distributees of Elaine Rosenfeld deceased, if living, and if any of them be dead to their heirs at law, next of kin, distributees, legatees, executors, administrators, assignees and successors in interest whose names are unknown and cannot be ascertained after due diligience. A petition having been duly filed by Michael Scarano and Donna Scarano who are domiciled at 26 Ray Street, Staten Island, New York 10312 and 26 Ray Street, Staten Island, New York 10312. YOU ARE HEREBY CITED TO SHOW CAUSE before the Surrogate’s Court, Queens County, at 88-11 Sutphin Blvd., Jamaica, New York on August 30, 2018, at 9:30 o’clock in the forenoon of that day, why a decree should not be made in the estate of Elaine Rosenfeld lately domiciled at 152-34 Jewel Avenue, Apt. 97A, Flushing, New York 11367, United States admitting to probate a Will dated July 6, 2016 as the Will of Elaine Rosenfeld deceased, relating to real and personal property, and directing that Letters Testamentary issue to: Michael Scarano and Donna Scarano. Dated, Attested and Sealed, June 27, 2018 HON. PETER J. KELLY, Surrogate, James Lim Becker, Chief Clerk, Anthony G. Capozzi, Attorney for Petitioners (718)-745-3300, 9201 4th Avenue, 7th floor, Brooklyn, NY 11209 (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.) SOLUTION TAXI LLC, Arts. of Org. filed with the SSNY on 07/03/2018. Office loc: Queens County. SSNY has been designated as agent upon whom process against the LLC may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: Ioanna D. Giovanis, 33-21 21 Street, Astoria, NY 11106. Purpose: Any Lawful Purpose. Notice of formation of LIXING 41 LLC. Articles of Org. filed with the Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 06/27/2018. 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: FU ZHENG 59-04 MAIN STREET FLUSHING, NY 11355. Purpose: Any lawful activity or purpose. NOTICE OF FORMATION OF LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY. NAME: S & P REALTY II, LLC. Articles of Organization were filed with the Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 06/27/18, 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 the process to the LLC, 14-72 161st Street, Whitestone, New York, 11357. Purpose: For any lawful purpose.
INDEX NO. 717307/2017 Plaintiff designates QUEENS as the place of trial situs of the real property S U P P L E M E N T A L SUMMONS Mortgaged Premises: 410 BEACH 44TH STREET FAR ROCKAWAY, NY 11691 District: Section: 4 Block: 15965 Lot: 8 SUPREME COURT OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK COUNTY OF QUEENS ________________________ JAMES B. NUTTER & COMPANY, Plaintiff, -againstMARC A. HUDSON, AS HEIR AND DISTRIBUTEE OF THE ESTATE OF ZENA HUDSON A/K/A ZENA J. HUDSON; ALTHEA HUDSON, AS HEIR AND DISTRIBUTEE OF THE ESTATE OF ZENA HUDSON A/K/A ZENA J. HUDSON; DELORES HUDSON AS HEIR AND DISTRIBUTEE OF THE ESTATE OF ZENA HUDSON A/K/A ZENA HUDSON; SYLVAN HUDSON AS HEIR AND DISTRIBUTEE OF THE ESTATE OF ZENA HUDSON A/K/A ZENA J HEDSON; UNKNOWN HEIRS AND DISTRIBUTEES OF THE ESTATE OF ZENA HUDSON A/K/A ZENA J. HUDSON any and all persons unknown to plaintiff, claiming, or who may claim to have an interest in, or general or specific lien upon the real property described in this action; such unknown persons being herein generally described and intended to be included in the following designation, namely: the wife, widow, husband, widower, heirs at law, next of kin, descendants, executors, administrators, devisees, legatees, creditors, trustees, committees, lienors, and assignees of such deceased, any and all persons deriving interest in or lien upon, or title to said real property by, through or under them, or either of them, and their respective wives, widows, husbands, widowers, heirs at law, next of kin, descendants, executors, administrators, devisees, legatees, creditors, trustees, committees, lienors and assigns, all of whom and whose names, except as stated, are unknown to plaintiff; SECRETARY OF HOUSING AND URBAN DEVELOPMENT; NEW YORK STATE
DEPARTMENT OF TAXATION AND FINANCE; UNITED STATES OF AMERICA INTERNAL REVENUE SERVICE, “JOHN DOE #1” through “JOHN DOE #12,” the last twelve names being fictitious and unknown to plaintiff, the persons or parties intended being the tenants, occupants, persons or corporations, if any, having or claiming an interest in or lien upon the premises, described in the complaint, Defendants. ________________________ To the above named Defendants ............. YOU ARE HEREBY SUMMONED to answer the complaint in this action and to serve a copy of your answer, or, if the complaint is not served with this summons, to serve a notice of appearance on the Plaintiff’s Attorney within 20 days after the service of this summons, exclusive of the day of service (or within 30 days after the service is complete if this summons is not personally delivered to you within the State of New York) in the event the United States of America is made a party defendant, the time to answer for the said United States of America shall not expire until (60) days after service of the Summons; and in case of your failure to appear or answer, judgment will be taken against you by default for the relief demanded in the complaint. NOTICE OF NATURE OF ACTION AND RELIEF SOUGHT THE OBJECT of the above caption action is to foreclose a Mortgage to secure the sum of $544,185.00 and interest, recorded on July 28, 2008, at Instrument number CRFN 2008000298110, of the Public Records of QUEENS County, New York, covering premises known as 410 BEACH 44TH STREET FAR ROCKAWAY, NY 11691. The relief sought in the within action is a final judgment directing the sale of the premises described above to satisfy the debt secured by the Mortgage described above. QUEENS County is designated as the place of trial because the real property affected by this action is located in said county. NOTICE YOU ARE IN DANGER OF LOSING YOUR HOME
The Queens Tribune, Thursday, July 19, 2018 If you do not respond to this summons and complaint by serving a copy of the answer on the attorney for the mortgage company who filed this foreclosure proceeding against you and filing the answer with the court, a default judgment may be entered and you can lose your home. Speak to an attorney or go to the court where your case is pending for further information on how to answer the summons and protect your property. Sending a payment to the mortgage company will not stop the foreclosure action. YOU MUST RESPOND BY SERVING A COPY OF THE ANSWER ON THE ATTORNEY FOR THE PLAINTIFF (MORTGAGE COMPANY) AND FILING THE ANSWER WITH THE COURT. Dated: April 3, 2018 RAS BORISKIN, LLC Attorney for Plaintiff BY: SELENA MARCHAN, ESQ. 900 Merchants Concourse, Suite 106 Westbury, NY 11590 516-280-7675 New York State Surrogate’s Court Form JA-6 New York State Bar Association Official OCA Forms Accounting Citation File No.2013-1682/C CITATION SURROGATE’S COURT, QUEENS COUNTY THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, By the Grace of God Free and Independent TO: Medicare Leslie Freij Delia Ann Rias a/k/a Delia Ann Harkrider if living and if dead, to their heirs at law, next of kin and distributees whose name and places of residence are unknown and if they died subsequent to the decedent herein, to their executors, administrators, legatees, devisees, assignees and successors in interest whose names, are unknown and cannot be ascertained after due diligence A petition having been duly filed by Issa Freij, who is domiciled at 315 Ocean Parkway, Apt. 1J, Brooklyn, New York 11218, United States. YOU ARE HEREBY CITED TO SHOW CAUSE before the Surrogate’s Court, Queens County, at 88-11 Sutphin Boulevard, Jamaica, New York, on August 2nd, 2018 , at 9:30 o’clock in the fore noon of that day, why the account of Issa
Freij, a copy of which has been served herewith, as Executor of the estate of JESSICA HARKRIDER, should not be judicially settled. [X] Further relief sought (if any): To discontinue the cause of action for wrongful death against all defendants; To allocate all the proceeds from the settlement of the cause of action to conscious pain and suffering; To pay Sweeney, Reich & Bolz, LLP, $33,760.00 for legal fees for the representation of Petitioner in the Surrogate’s Court probate proceeding and to reimburse Sweeney, Reich & Bolz , LLP $612.50 for disbursements; To pay $129,284.71 to Medicare Services in satisfaction of its Medicare lien; To distribute the net proceeds of the compromise pursuant to decedent’s Last Will & Testament dated July 16, 2008 as follows: Issa Freij 50% residuary beneficiary Leslie Freij 50% residuary beneficiary; To judicially settle and allow petitioner’s account with respect to the total settlement of $745,000.00and to grant such other and further relief as may be just and proper. Dated, Attested, and Sealed, .................................. June 22nd, 2018 Seal HON. PETER J. KELLY, Surrogate JAMES LIM BECKER, Chief Clerk SWEENEY, REICH & BOLZ LLP Firm 1981 Marcus Avenue, Suite 200, Lake Success, NY 11042 Address MINDY J. TREPEL, ESQ. Attorney Name (718) 459-9000 Telephone 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 that you do not object to the relief requested. You have a right to have an attorney appear for you, and you or your attorney may request a copy of the full account from the petitioner or petitioner’s attorney. Keit LLC, Arts of Org. filed with Sec. of State of NY (SSNY) 7/5/2017. Cty: Queens. SSNY desig. as agent upon whom process against may be served & shall mail process to Helen Keit, 253-43 Leith Rd., Little Neck, NY 11362. General Purpose.
42-07-20 LLC. Arts. of Org. filed with the SSNY on 06/13/18. Office: Queens County. SSNY designated as agent of the LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of process to the LLC, c/o Sanco Mechanical Inc., 19-10 Hazen Street, E. Elmhurst, NY 11370. Purpose: Any lawful purpose. Why Dough Productions LLC, Arts of Org. filed with Sec. of State of NY (SSNY) 6/15/2018. Cty: Queens. SSNY desig. as agent upon whom process against may be served & shall mail process to David Anthony Anerella, 37-28 63rd St., Apt. 2F, Woodside, NY 11377. General Purpose. Cactus 1041 Prospect LLC, Arts of Org. filed with Sec. of State of NY (SSNY) 11/15/2017. Cty: Queens. SSNY desig. as agent upon whom process against may be served & shall mail process to 47-05 Metropolitan Ave., Ridgewood, NY 11385. General Purpose. Cactus 814 Jamaica LLC, Arts of Org. filed with Sec. of State of NY (SSNY) 11/15/2017. Cty: Queens. SSNY desig. as agent upon whom process against may be served & shall mail process to 47-05 Metropolitan Ave., Ridgewood, NY 11385. General Purpose. CAIAZZA CAPITAL LLC Articles of Org. filed NY Sec. of State (SSNY) 6/1/2018. Office in Queens Co. SSNY desig. agent of LLC whom process may be served. SSNY shall mail process to 157-16 101st St., Howard Beach, NY 11414. Purpose: Any lawful purpose. 301D E 45TH ST LLC, Arts. of Org. filed with the SSNY on 06/14/2018. Office loc: Queens County. SSNY has been designated as agent upon whom process against the LLC may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: C/O Suzy Sokol, 127-25 Metropolitan Avenue, Kew Gardens, NY 11415. Purpose: Any Lawful Purpose. Babci, LLC, Arts of Org. filed with Sec. of State of NY (SSNY) 3/16/2018. Cty: Queens. SSNY desig. as agent upon whom process against may be served & shall mail process to 504 Rhonda Ct., Austin, TX 78745. General Purpose.
Notice of formation of ROYALTY CLEANING SERVICES LLC. Articles of Org. filed with the Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 05/25/2018. 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: SHANICCA CONYERS 145-89 182ND STREET SPRINGFIELD GARDENS, NY 11413. Purpose: Any lawful activity or purpose. Notice of formation of RBONILLA, LLC. Articles of Org. filed with the Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 05/07/2018. 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: RBONILLA, LLC 78-60 83RD STREET GLENDALE, NY 11385. Purpose: Any lawful activity or purpose. Notice of Qualification of MINKIN GST LMO 7, LLC Appl. for Auth. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 04/06/18. Office location: Queens County. LLC formed in Delaware (DE) on 04/04/18. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to c/o Corporation Service Co. (CSC), 80 State St., Albany, NY 12207-2543. DE addr. of LLC: c/o CSC, 251 Little Falls Dr., Wilmington, DE 19808. Cert. of Form. filed with Jeffrey W. Bullock, DE Secy. of State, Div. of Corps., 401 Federal St., Ste. 4, Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: Any lawful activity. Notice of formation of KMG BALTIC LLC. Articles of Org. filed with the Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 04/16/2018. 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: GRETA GOLZ 136-40 39TH AVE STE 508 FLUSHING, NY 11354. Purpose: Any lawful activity or purpose. Fzae Owners LLC, Arts of Org. filed with Sec. of State of NY (SSNY) 5/4/2018. Cty: Queens. SSNY desig. as agent upon whom process against may be served & shall mail process to Abdo Elmaliki, 109-50 111th St., South Ozone Park, NY 11420. General Purpose.
Notice of formation of AGAPI MUSIC, LLC. Articles of Org. filed with the Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 04/30/2018. 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: AGAPI MUSIC, LLC 3525 29TH ST APT B5 ASTORIA, NY 11106. Purpose: Any lawful activity or purpose.
NY. The month and year of my birth are December 1969. Assume the name of (First) DESPINA (Last) VAFIADES. My present name is (First) DESPINA (Last) MIKIL AKA DESPINA A. F. MIKIL, AKA DESPOINA MIKIL. The city and state of my present address are East Elmhurst, NY. My place of birth is CYPRUS. The month and year of my birth are May 1981.
2344 LLC, Arts. of Org. filed with the SSNY on 05/31/2018. Office loc: Queens County. SSNY has been designated as agent upon whom process against the LLC may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: The LLC, 80 Hillside Ave, Williston Park, NY 11596. Purpose: Any Lawful Purpose.
Notice is hereby given that an Order entered by the Civil Court, Queens County on May 16, 2018, bearing Index Number NC-000364-18/QU, a copy of which may be examined at the Office of the Clerk, located at 89-17 Sutphin Boulevard, Jamaica, New York, 11435, grants me the right to: Assume the name of (First) MASHA (Middle) ALEX (Last) POTEMKIN. My present name is (First) MARYIA (Middle) A. (Last) PATSIOMKINA AKA MARYIA PATSIOMKINA, AKA MARYIA ALIAKSEEYN PATSIOMKINA (infant). The city and state of my present address are Queens Village, NY. My place of birth is BELARUS. The month and year of my birth are September 2002.
SERVE FRESH CLEANING & RESTORATION, LLC, Arts. of Org. filed with the SSNY on 05/18/2018. Office loc: Queens County. SSNY has been designated as agent upon whom process against the LLC may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: The LLC, 136-84 Roosevelt A40, Flushing, NY 11354. Purpose: Any Lawful Purpose. Notice of Formation of THE GLASSER FAMILY LIMITED PARTNERSHIP II Cert. of LP filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 06/18/18. Office location: Queens County. Latest date on which the LP may dissolve is 12/31/2068. SSNY designated as agent of LP upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to the Partnership, 8828 Sutphin Blvd., Jamaica, NY 11435. Name and addr. of each general partner are available from SSNY. Purpose: Any lawful activity. Notice is hereby given that an Order entered by the Civil Court, Queens County on May 24, 2018, bearing Index Number NC-000166-18/QU, a copy of which may be examined at the Office of the Clerk, located at 89-17 Sutphin Boulevard, Jamaica, New York, 11435, grants me the right to: Assume the name of (First) CONSTANTINE (Last) VAFIADES. My present name is (First) CONSTANTINOS (Last) ADES AKA CONSTANTINE VAFIADES. The city and state of my present address are East Elmhurst, NY. My place of birth is QUEENS,
Notice is hereby given that an Order entered by the Civil Court, Queens County on June 14, 2018, bearing Index Number NC-000487-18/QU, a copy of which may be examined at the Office of the Clerk, located at 89-17 Sutphin Boulevard, Jamaica, New York, 11435, grants me the right to: Assume the name of (First) CORTNEY (Middle) MARIE (Last) ECHEVARRIA. My present name is (First) CORTNEY (Middle) MARIE (Last) RISPOLI AKA CORTNEY M. RISPOLI. The city and state of my present address are Flushing, NY. My place of birth is QUEENS, NY. The month and year of my birth are July 1984.
NATALIA FUZAYLOVA, AKA NATALYA VOLODYMYRIVNA KOLOBOVA, AKA NATALYA FUZAYLOVA, AKA NATALYA V L A D I M I R O V N A MOSKALENKO, AKA NATALIE KOLOBOVA. The city and state of my present address are Forest Hills, NY. My place of birth is UKRAINE. The month and year of my birth are December 1971.
Notice is hereby given that an Order entered by the Civil Court, Queens County on 5/21/18, bearing Index N u m b e r NC-000441-18/QU, a copy of which may be examined at the Office of the Clerk, located at 89-17 Sutphin Boulevard, Jamaica, New York, 11435, grants me the right to: Assume the name of (First) CHRISTIAN (Middle) TOMAS (Last) RIVERA. My present name is (First) CHRISTIAN (Middle) TOMAS (Last) MALDONADO. The city and state of my present address are Jamaica, NY. My place of birth is QUEENS, NY. The month and year of my birth are June 1994.
Notice is hereby given that an Order entered by the Civil Court, Queens County on June 14, 2018, bearing Index Number NC-000521-18/QU, a copy of which may be examined at the Office of the Clerk, located at 89-17 Sutphin Boulevard, Jamaica, New York, 11435, grants me the right to: Assume the name of (First) NATALIE (Last) VELES. My present name is (First) NATALIE (Last) FUZAYLOVA AKA
Notice is hereby given that an Order entered by the Civil Court, Queens County on 6/19/18, bearing Index N u m b e r NC-000541-18/QU, a copy of which may be examined at the Office of the Clerk, located at 89-17 Sutphin Boulevard, Jamaica, New York, 11435, grants me the right to: Assume the name of (First) DAMARIS (Last) ISRAEL. My present name is (First) DAMARIS (Last) PENA AKA DAMARIS ROBLES. The city and state of my present address are Ridgewood, NY. My place of birth is BROOKLYN, NY. The month and year of my birth are November 1972. Assume the name of (First) GABRIEL (Last) ISRAEL. My present name is (First) ARIEL (Last) PENA. The city and state of my present address are Ridgewood, NY. My place of birth is BROOKLYN, NY. The month and year of my birth are February 1980.
nominee for Fairmont Funding Ltd. by a gap assignment executed on April 15, 2016 and sent for recording in the City Register of the City of New York, Queens County. The mortgage was subsequently assigned by an assignment executed April 5, 2012 and recorded on April 20, 2012, in the Office of the City Register of the City of New York, Queens County at CRFN 2012000158440. The mortgage was subsequently assigned by an assignment executed June 18, 2013 and recorded on July 10, 2013, in the Office of the City Register of the City of New York, Queens County at CRFN 2013000271176.The property in question is described as follows: 145-28 123RD AVENUE, JAMAICA, NY 11436 NOTICE YOU ARE IN DANGER OF LOSING YOUR HOME If you do not respond to this summons and complaint by serving a copy of the answer on the attorney for the mortgage company who filed this foreclosure proceeding
against you and filing the answer with the court, a default judgment may be entered and you can lose your home. Speak to an attorney or go to the court where your case is pending for further information on how to answer the summons and protect your property. Sending a payment to your mortgage company will not stop this foreclosure action. YOU MUST RESPOND BY SERVING A COPY OF THE ANSWER ON THE ATTORNEY FOR THE PLAINTIFF (MORTGAGE COMPANY) AND FILING THE ANSWER WITH THE COURT. DATED: June 15, 2018 Gross Polowy, LLC Attorney(s) For Plaintiff(s) 1775 Wehrle Drive, Suite 100 Williamsville, NY 14221 The law firm of Gross Polowy, 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. 55353
PRESS OF SOUTHEAST QUEENS LEGAL NOTICES NOTICE OF SALE SUPREME COURT COUNTY OF QUEENS JPMorgan Chase Bank, National Association, Plaintiff AGAINST Matthews Simmons a/k/a Matthew Simmons a/k/a Matthews J. Simmons a/k/a Matthew J. Simmons a/k/a Mathews Simmons a/k/a Mathews J. Simmons a/k/a Mathew Simmons a/k/a Mathew J. Simmons; Grace R. Purvey a/k/a Grace Purvey; et al., Defendant(s) Pursuant to a Judgment of Foreclosure and Sale duly dated April 13, 2018 I, the undersigned Referee will sell at public auction at the Queens County Supreme Courthouse, Courtroom #25, 88-11 Sutphin Boulevard, Jamaica, New York on July 27, 2018 at 10:00AM, premises known as 146-50 230th Street a/k/a 14650 230th Street, Springfield Gardens, NY 11413. All that certain plot piece or parcel of land, with the buildings and improvements erected, situate, lying and being in the Borough and County of
Queens, City and State of NY, Block: 13463 Lot: 72. Approximate amount of judgment $939,348.21 plus interest and costs. Premises will be sold subject to provisions of filed Judgment Index# 5742/2013. William T. Driscoll, Esq., Referee Shapiro, DiCaro & Barak, LLC Attorney(s) for the Plaintiff 175 Mile Crossing Boulevard Rochester, New York 14624 (877) 759-1835 Dated: May 14, 2018 For sale information, please visit www.Auction.com or call (800) 280-2832 Supplemental Summons and Notice of Object of Action Supreme Court of the State Of New York County Of Queens Action to Foreclose a Mortgage Index #: 707280/2016 Ditech Financial LLC F/K/A Green Tree Servicing LLC Plaintiff, vs Keino Watson If Living, And If He/She Be Dead, Any And All Persons Unknown To Plaintiff, Claiming, Or Who May Claim To Have An Interest In, Or General Or Specific Lien Upon The
Real Property Described In This Action; Such Unknown Persons Being Herein Generally Described And Intended To Be Included In Wife, Widow, Husband, Widower, Heirs At Law, Next Of Kin, Descendants, Executors, Administrators, Devisees, Legatees, Creditors, Trustees, Committees, Lienors, And Assignees Of Such Deceased, Any And All Persons Deriving Interest In Or Lien Upon, Or Title To Said Real Property By, Through Or Under Them, Or Either Of Them, And Their Respective Wives, Widows, Husbands, Widowers, Heirs At Law, Next Of Kin, Descendants, Executors, Administrators, Devisees, Legatees, Creditors, Trustees, Committees, Lienors, And Assigns, All Of Whom And Whose Names, Except As Stated, Are Unknown To Plaintiff, Kareem Watson If Living, And If He/She Be Dead, Any And All Persons Unknown To Plaintiff, Claiming, Or Who May Claim To Have An Interest In, Or General Or Specific
Lien Upon The Real Property Described In This Action; Such Unknown Persons Being Herein Generally Described And Intended To Be Included In Wife, Widow, Husband, Widower, Heirs At Law, Next Of Kin, Descendants, Executors, Administrators, Devisees, Legatees, Creditors, Trustees, Committees, Lienors, And Assignees Of Such Deceased, Any And All Persons Deriving Interest In Or Lien Upon, Or Title To Said Real Property By, Through Or Under Them, Or Either Of Them, And Their Respective Wives, Widows, Husbands, Widowers, Heirs At Law, Next Of Kin, Descendants, Executors, Administrators, Devisees, Legatees, Creditors, Trustees, Committees, Lienors, And Assigns, All Of Whom And Whose Names, Except As Stated, Are Unknown To Plaintiff, City Builders Development Corp., Municipal Credit Union, New York State Department Of Taxation And Finance, New York City
Environmental Control Board, New York City Parking Violations Bureau, New York City Transit Adjudication Bureau, People Of The State Of New York, United States Of America Acting Through The IRS, John Doe (being fictitious, the names unknown to Plaintiff intended to be tenants, occupants, persons or corporations having or claiming an interest in or lien upon the property described in the complaint or their heirs at law, distributees, executors, administrators, trustees, guardians, assignees, creditors or successors.) Defendant(s). Mortgaged Premises: 145-28 123rd Avenue Jamaica, NY 11436 BL #: 12049 - 13 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 Supplemental Summons, to serve a notice of appearance, on the Plaintiff(s) attorney(s) within twenty days after the service
of this Supplemental Summons, exclusive of the day of service (or within 30 days after the service is complete if this Supplemental 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. TO Defendant in this Action. The foregoing Supplemental Summons is served upon you by publication, pursuant to an order of HON. Diccia T. Pineda-Kirwan of the Supreme Court of the State of New York, dated the Fourteenth day of June, 2018 and filed with the Complaint in the Office of the 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 dated January 29, 2007, executed by Keino Watson and Kareem Watson to secure the sum of $380,000.00. The Mortgage was recorded at CRFN 2007000082310 in the Office of the City Register of the City of New York, Queens County on February 12, 2007. The mortgage was subsequently assigned by an assignment executed January 28, 2008 and recorded on February 5, 2009, in the Office of the City Register of the City of New York, Queens County at CRFN 2009000034875. The mortgage was subsequently modified on April 6, 2008. The mortgage was subsequently assigned by an assignment executed April 21, 2009 and recorded on May 15, 2009, in the Office of the City Register of the City of New York, Queens County at CRFN 2009000144885. The mortgage was subsequently modified on August 12, 2010. The mortgage was subsequently assigned to Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems, Inc. as
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The Queens Tribune, Thursday, July 19, 2018
Queens County Not So Hot For Native Son?
Cuomo, Meet The New Queens
ov. Andrew Cuomo likes to talk about how he is a Queens guy— how he grew up in the borough, cruised up and down Queens Boulevard, went to Catholic schools here. There is no question that his formative experience in central Queens shaped his personality and worldview in many ways. But he should heed the comments from several Queens elected officials who told Gerson Borrero in this week’s “Bochinche” column that Cuomo may be a little out of touch with the borough’s changing landscape. The elected officials are all too afraid to speak on the record because they know they will suffer backlash from the administration that has infamously been self-described to operate under two speeds, get along or kill. But there is merit in what they are saying. You can’t rest on your laurels in the modern political world. You need to do the work. You need to be seen. You need to experience Queens for what it is now. Rep. Joe Crowley learned this the hard way. He is a progressive Democrat with a record of achievement, much like Gov. Cuomo. In
the end, he lost because Alexandria OcasioCortez was more present. She worked harder for the win. If elected officials who are likely to be some of Cuomo’s most vocal supporters are telling reporters that the governor is “out of touch” and he is not “exciting the base,” he should listen—especially since he has a clear record of success about which he can inform voters. The anecdotal evidence we are hearing on the streets and from elected officials has piqued our interest. The Queens Tribune will be going into the field with a poll in coming months, ahead of the primary, to see if the perceived lack of enthusiasm for Cuomo around the borough is true. And if so, where. In the meantime, we encourage Gov. Cuomo to consider reacquainting himself with the borough of his birth. Maybe ride the 7 train for a few stops. Or walk down Jamaica Avenue. Heck, even hop across the East River from his Manhattan office and see the growth of Long Island City. Normally, we’d suggest he take in a Mets game, but we are not cruel. We think he might be surprised at what he sees—and how much the voters appreciate the effort.
The World Cup is Over, But You Can Still Celebrate Queens’ Diversity
HE PAST MONTH has been an amazing time to be a resident of Queens. We talk a lot about how the borough is one of the most ethnically and culturally diverse places in the world, and the World Cup has been a great vessel to highlight immigrants eager to sport their home nations’ colors and pack bars and restaurants to cheer for their team. What’s even more amazing is how welcoming these groups are of bandwagon fans, or curious onlookers who want to learn more about the culture of a country they may only know as a place on the map, or by the uniform the national football team wears. The tournament may be over, but this general sentiment of acceptance of each other doesn’t need to end. In fact, we should learn from this tournament that our neighbors will gladly welcome others from different cultures into their restaurants and other establishments as long as you come with an open and interested mind. It’s easy to walk into a Croatian supporters’ bar for a
World Cup game, knowing that people will be happy you are cheering along with them. But if you go back this week and enjoy a Karlovačko beer or a Plavac Mali wine, you will likely be treated just as warmly. You’d likely find the same warm welcome if you stopped by a Korean karaoke bar in Flushing, a Guyanese cabana in Richmond Hill, a Mexican restaurant in Corona, or any one of the Asian or South American establishments that dot the streets, roads and avenues in Jackson Heights and Elmhurst. If you are looking for ideas, websites like EattheworldNYC.com and ediblequeens.com have some great suggestions. We live in a time of great division and constant worry over the future of our country. Under that cloud, the World Cup served as a shining light to celebrate our shared humanity and common interests, especially here in Queens, where we have always embraced an inclusive pluralistic society. Let’s hope that the light doesn’t go out now that the tournament is over.
F YOU THINK THAT this is about Queens native Donald J. Trump, you’re WRONG. Five elected officials from Andrew Cuomo’s Queens cuna have told me over the past 10 days that the governor may have “an enthusiasm problem” among voters in their respective Queens County districts. Two of the bochincheros who spoke to me separately indicated that “he’s [Cuomo] been out of touch for a while.” That statement, with slight variations, was also expressed by two black electeds. The other three—all Democrats, of course—expressed what went beyond bochinche about Cuomo: “He’s not exciting the base.” That statement was shared by the handful of bochincheros. “Everything is staged” was a complaint from two of the neglected Dems. “Cuomo’s
to Queens folks—well, at least not to the people in my district.” Maybe it’s time for Andrew to make some calls. Even better, maybe a visit to Queens, and not just for a staged event. As I was writing this, I called one of the bochincheros cited here and asked if that would work. After a cynical laugh, he said, “Hope springs eternal.” And then asked, “Gerson, would you care to bet a lunch or dinner that he’ll just continue to do things the way he’s been doing them?” No bet made. My momma didn’t raise a tonto.
been away for too long,” expressed one of the disenchanted politicos, who added, “and when you hear from his people with an invite to attend a particular political event, it’s not friendly.” Another who spoke of a similar experience added, “It’s more like an order than an ask.” He was pissed! The most frustrated of the bochinchero office holders said, “In the past two years I’ve called him about an issue and he’s never returned the call.” The disgruntled Democrat proceeded to tell me that he even wrote a letter to which the guv never responded. “They passed it on to an underling.” This bochinchero shared the details of the problem he had but asked that I not write them. “Then for sure, he and his goons will come after me.” Whoa! “I’m not even happy with the way the LaGuardia Airport project is going,” griped another bochinchero. “The jobs are not going
Gerson Borrero is an Editor-at-Large for Ocean Gold Media, the owners and operators of The Queens Tribune. His Bochinche email column is delivered weekly in thousands of inboxes, featuring exclusive gossip and insider tips about politics in New York State.
understanding of the long and enduring chain of great art that crosses cultures and eras, of which this book of 70 sonnets is the latest link. The poet’s variety of reference is wide and surprising, from Langston Hughes and Orpheus to Emily Dickinson and Jimi Hendrix. Hayes, who won a National Book Award in 2010 for his collection Lighthead, has a musician’s ear for tempo and cadence. His writing is agile, full of slant rhymes and unexpected line-breaks. But these skills, which he has in abundance, are but the garnish on the meal, not the meal itself. The power of American Sonnets for My Past and Future Assassin rests in Hayes’ ability to generate a world within each sonnet. The book’s title is also given as the title of each individual poem. An index in the back with first lines provides a useful reference (the index itself broken up into five 14-line sections that read as Ted Berrigan inspired cut-ups), but the sharing of names gives each sonnet an eerie sense of repetition without familiarity. Read in succession, a powerful momentum develops. Sonnets begin to reference back to one another, lines are reused and reconfigured, but never does a sense of expectation creep in, never a sense of having seen this or that trick before. One line that is a refrain throughout the book is “There has never been a black male hysteria”—a devastating observation in a climate tweaked so high with whitemale anxiety. It is hard not to juxtapose the line against another sonnet that includes a list of white men beginning with George Zimmerman and John Wilkes Booth and ending with the klansman Edgar Ray Killen. Killers all. But it would be foolish to assume these assassins are individual aberrations; the assassin of American Sonnets is ubiquitous: the banality of a group of white girls posing for selfies on a park bench, the gang that lynched Emmett Till, and America itself, “I carry a flag bearing a different / Nation on each side. I carry money bearing the face of my assassins.” After some of the naked hatred shown during the 2016 presidential campaign, it is easy to understand how Hayes could feel abandoned by his country, but his is an abandonment not filled with hatred but with longing. The relationship between country and citizen is likened to the relationship between father and son, the way in which the son can feel abandoned by the father, and the father can lose sight of the son.
“American Sonnets” By THOMAS MOODY
AST MONTH, THE NATIONAL Endowment for the Arts released its finditngs from the 2017 Survey of Public Participation in the Arts, the nation’s largest and most representative survey of patterns in adult participation in the arts. Noticeable among the numbers were the tremendous gains made by poetry. Nearly 12 percent of adults read poetry in the last year, which amounts to roughly 28 million Americans, up 5 percent from 2012. This rise can in large part be attributed to increased readership among minority communities. Over the same five-year period, poetry readership among AfricanAmericans jumped from 6.9 percent to 15.3 percent. Asian-Americans experienced even greater gains, almost tripling in number from 4.8 percent to 12.6 percent, as did nonwhite/non-Hispanics (4.7 percent to 13.5 percent), while Hispanic-American poetry readership almost doubled from 4.9 percent to 9.7 percent. This diversity in readership is a testimony to the strength and vitality of contemporary American poetry itself. American poetry reflects America in a way that other forms of literature, perhaps, currently do not. Upon being sworn in as Queens Poet Laureate in 2015, Queens native Maria Lisella echoed this sentiment when she made the connection between poetry and the World’s Borough. “To me, Queens epitomizes what New York City has always been: the first stop for immigrants in their quest for a new life…. Poetry is linked to human movement because all of our stories are renewed by the flow of cultures, and Queens has myriad stories to tell,” she said. This diverse range of voices is also mirrored at the national level. Of the last four poet laureates of the United States, two have been African-American women (Natasha Trethewey and Tracy K. Smith), and another a son of migrant farmers (Juan Felipe Herrera). Diversity is no longer the exception; it is very much the rule. It should come as no surprise, then, that Terrance Hayes’ astonishing new book of poems American Sonnets for My Past and Future Assassin is being hailed as the first great work of literature to address the current zeitgeist. Although written as a direct response to the election of Queens native Donald Trump to the presidency—Hayes sat down to draft his first sonnet on the morning of Nov. 9, 2016—the book is far more than a piece of mere political or social commentary. It is as much an investigation of the 21stcentury self as it is of the external pressures that constrain, liberate and often fetishize it; and leads us to understand that as individuals, one is both distinct from and wholly fastened to one’s family, tribe, country, history. “On some level,” writes Hayes, “every action is an affirmation / Of personality.” The “assassin” of Hayes’ sonnets is as much himself as it is his others. The book’s title is taken in part from Wanda Coleman’s American Sonnets, what the late poet called “jazz sonnets...with certain properties—progression, improvisation, mimicry, etc.” Hayes picks up on this spirit of improvisation and doubles down on it. For him, the American sonnet is a constraint, a
place to be locked in, or to lock someone else in, that is “part prison, part panic closet” and “part music box, part meat grinder.” But within these set of limitations, great invention is born. Mimetic of its form, one of the book’s continuing themes is the notion of constraint. As the sonnet must figure out how to resolve itself within its 14-line ceiling, so Hayes grapples with how to negotiate the America of 2018 as a son, a father, a man and, most importantly, a person of color. “Probably twilight makes blackness dangerous / Darkness” opens one sonnet, which quickly evolves into a litany of shootings of unarmed African-American men by police, and the disquieting recognition that “probably someone is prey in all of our encounters.” Hayes’ concern is, however, neither exclusively with race nor with gender, but with classifications that constrict us all, exploring the tension found in our assertions to want to do away with these constraints and our inevitable retreat back into them as forms of shelter. For Hayes, we live “as if a bird could grow without breaking its shell.”
There is also a generous amount of humor in American Sonnets for My Past and Future Assassin, some of it satire, some parody. President Trump is a frequent figure of fun, referred to as “Mister Trumpet” and described as having a “Dumpling of a body. Humpty-Dumpty. Frumpy.” But always underneath the surface of this humor is a reminder that we are living “in the land of a failed landlord.” Throughout the sonnets, Hayes traces the bizarre and profound parallels between the sitting president and contemporary rap culture, with the assertion made that Trump has a “people of color complex.” This is a double-edged line that cuts right through both cultures—“your gold is the yellow of ‘Lemonade’ by Gucci Mane,” he writes in one sonnet, wishing the president “the opposite of what Neruda said of lemons. May all the gold you touch burn, rot and rust.” The couplet is a clever inversion of the story of Midas, and displays what is evident throughout the book: Hayes’
Something in the metaphor of the bow Which is never close enough to see the arrow Hit its mark. I remain a mystery to my father. My father remains a mystery to me. Hayes goes on to note that there is nothing new in this desertion. “Christianity is a religion,” he writes, “built around a father who does not rescue his son.” This is an important book. It is also a challenging book, not in its ability to be understood, but in the troubling implications of the subjects it addresses. But as challenging as it is, it is equally funny, inventive and, ultimately, rewarding. It is also representative of what is good and worthwhile about American poetry, and why poetry is essential: American Sonnets for My Past and Future Assassin takes an archaic form and refashions it, invigorates it and revolutionizes it. It opens up a conversation between past and present, and allows history to speak to us in our own vernacular. As Hayes writes, the poet is someone “with a good memory and a better imagination.” In the same sonnet, Hayes goes on to ask the essential question of our moment: “Can we really be friends if we don’t believe in the same things, Assassin? Probably.” Let us hope so. Thomas Moody is a writer and commentator on literature. He is based in Brooklyn, New York.
The Queens Tribune, Thursday, July 19, 2018
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