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OV. ANDREW CUOMO AND New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio are rarely on the same page, but they are repeating the same talking point about the deal to bring Amazon’s new corporate headquarters to Long Island City. That talking point is 9 to 1. The governor and mayor say the nearly $3 billion in tax breaks, grants and other incentives will get paid back to the city and the state ninefold, creating an estimated $27.5 billion in total revenue during the next 25 years. “This is the largest economic development initiative ever done by city or state or the city and state together,” Cuomo said at a press conference in Manhattan on Tuesday. “This costs us nothing. We make money doing this,” Cuomo added. The message was echoed by de Blasio, who said this deal is going to improve the quality of living in Queens and New York City as a whole. “We don’t measure success in corpo-

rate profits. We measure success in how many everyday people are bettered. This plan will better many people’s lives,” de Blasio said. The deal as structured in a memorandum of understanding (MOU) between Amazon and both the New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC) and the Empire State Developments (ESD) says the state will offer $1.5 billion in state incentives in exchange for Amazon’s pledge to invest $2.5 billion and create 25,000 jobs in the next 10 years. The deal expands to $1.7 billion in state incentives if Amazon creates 40,000 jobs and invests close to $3.7 billion over 15 years. Additionally, the city will provide up to $1.285 billion in incentives. The estimated average salary for each job is more than $150,000. The state incentives include $505 million in grants, which are tied to money spent by Amazon to develop sites along the East River. According to the MOU, those incentives will start next year, with Amazon pledging to invest $64.5 million and receiving a $33.4 million grant. During the next five

years, Amazon is looking to spend roughly $1.1 billion and will receive roughly $168 million in state grants. Over a period of 25 years, the state is also expected to give Amazon $1.2 billion in excelsior tax cuts. The city would chip in $897 million through its Relocation and Employment Assistance Program (REAP), and another $388 million through its Industrial & Commercial Abatement Program (ICAP). The governor and mayor estimate that the total number of jobs created over the next 25 years would be 107,089 when factoring in direct employment at Amazon and indirect jobs created through Amazon’s influx in investment. John Schoettler, Amazon VP for Global Real Estate and Facilities, said the deciding factor for the company was being in a place where it had access to diverse talent. “When we start hiring next year, we will be able to hire top-tier talent,” he said. De Blasio added that the city projects the job creation will add $13.5 billion

in tax revenue during the next 25 years. “We are a city that believes in lifting people up. We need resources to keep doing that. $13.5 billion—that’s how we do this,” de Blasio said. While the deal is basically already done and agreed to, two powerful local lawmakers are still standing in the way. City Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer and state Sen. Michael Gianaris—who is about to become one of the most powerful lawmakers in Albany with Democrats’ winning a comfortable majority in the Chamber—said the following in a joint statement: “New Yorkers have real unmet needs from their government. Our subways are crumbling, our children lack school seats, and too many of our neighbors lack adequate healthcare. It is unfathomable that we would sign a $3 billion check to Amazon in the face of these challenges. “We are witness to a cynical game in which Amazon duped New York into offering unprecedented amounts of tax dollars to one of the wealthiest companies on Earth for a promise of jobs that would represent less than 3 percent of the jobs typically created in our city over a 10-year period.” Other elected officials and community leaders have echoed these statements, arguing that the people who live in western Queens have been intentionally kept out of the loop. Cuomo and de Blasio have countered by saying that in order to persuade Amazon to come to Long Island City, the deal had to be expedited—which will happen through ESD’s general project plans, circumventing the city’s often-tedious ULURP (Uniform Land Use Review Procedure) for land use. Emil Skandul, founder of Manhattan-based technology firm Capitol Foundry LLC, suggested opponents should take a closer look at the deal, and its implications, before attempting to shut it down. “I think they are missing the larger picture. Opposition is shortsighted. As we lose more jobs to automation, we have to reinvent ourselves.” Skandul, who has worked on various tech development projects in New York City, finds the Amazon deal in line with what has been offered to other companies in the past. “I don’t think that Amazon has received any sort of super-generous package. What it is in the MOU is what any other corporation would have received. There hasn’t really been a special project offered to Amazon,” Skandul said. Cuomo echoed these sentiments at the Tuesday press conference, saying the state and city are always competing to lure businesses to the Empire State. Both the governor and mayor argued that giving Amazon an incentive-laced deal is important because it’s on the cutting edge of a growing industry. Continues on page 4

QUEENS COUNTS! KATZ HOSTS 2020 CENSUS TOWN HALL By ARIEL HERNANDEZ While the actual counting of Queens residents as part of the 2020 U.S. Census won’t be carried out for a few more years, the fight to make sure the borough is accurately counted has already started. In 2010, the census count for Queens was challenged by the city when the federal agency determined that the borough had only grown by a few thousand people. Elected officials want to make sure that won’t happen again. Right now, their biggest concern is the Trump administration’s push to add a citizenship question to the census. Many believe doing so would arouse fear in Queens residents who are immigrants, a demographic widely believed to comprise more than half the borough’s population. Elected officials worry that the citizenship question would prompt those resident immigrants to avoid the census, potentially creating a dramatic miscount. “Washington wants to sow fear to keep people in the shadows so that they feel alone and powerless,” said New York City Deputy Mayor J. Phillip Thompson. “But New Yorkers, including immigrant New Yorkers, are not powerless. Making sure that every New Yorker stands up for each other and stands up to be counted sends a strong message that we will not stop fighting.” Borough President Melinda Katz held a Queens 2020 Census town hall on Tuesday night to encourage the borough, particularly the community leaders in attendance, to go back to their neighbors and assure them that they should not allow their fear to stop them from completing their census form. “The Census impacts everything we do here in Queens, and we have so much at stake,” said Katz. “It determines how much representation we will have in the U.S. House of Representatives; how much funding we will receive for infrastructure and health services and for our schools over the next decade; and much more. In our ever-growing city and boroughs, it is imperative that we Continues on page 5


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Check out for all the details. Last Friday night at Carnesecca Arena, fans saw glimpses of the potential the talented St. John’s Men’s Basketball team has this year. At times, the Red Storm’s offense was unstoppable. Shamorie Ponds’ ability to use dribble drive at will created open space for his teammates, allowing them easy looks from three-point range and uncontested layups. Auburn-transfer Mustapha Heron led all scorers with 26 and made it look easy, knocking down open looks and getting to the foul line with efficiency. Those were the positives from Friday’s game against Bowling Green, which a team of St. John’s caliber should handle easily. There were an equal number of negatives: In the first half, the Falcons frustrated Ponds, holding him to just five points. The NBA-bound guard’s lackluster play made the offense congested, leading to challenged shots and turnovers from the Johnnies. Heading into halftime, St. John’s trailed 39-37, despite leading by nine points earlier in the half, when their offense was humming. The start of the second half was the worst period for the Red Storm. They struggled to find consistency on offense, and were outhustled for the first five minutes of the period, falling behind by 11 points, with 16:24 left to play. During this poor stretch, Bowling Green took advantage of their size,

dominating on the glass, creating matchup problems for St. John’s defense and stifling the Red Storm on offense by protecting the rim. Right when it seemed like St. John’s was heading toward a disappointing defeat, head coach Chris Mullin adjusted, putting pressure on Bowling Green higher up the court and working in an occasional zone defense to keep the Falcons off balance. It worked, creating turnovers and disrupting Bowling Green’s rhythm. The improved defense led to easy buckets on offense. A steal and layup by LJ Figueroa, while getting fouled with 9:10 left in the game, put St. John’s back in the lead. From that point on, the athletic ability and offensive talent of St. John’s took over. With a couple of minutes left in the game, the Red Storm held on to a nine-point lead. Then the team punished their fans who stuck around for those final few minutes—letting Bowling Green claw their way back into it with some lax defense and missed free throws. With 10 seconds left in the game, Bowling Green cut the lead to 81-80, following a nine-point– to–one-point run that started with 2:04 left in the game. St. John’s righted the ship after that, with Mustapha Heron making one free throw, and then stealing the ball and making two more free throws to bring the final score to 84-80. There is no doubt that this team has talent. It is also clear that the players are still getting comfortable with each other. Friday’s game clearly illustrated that the potential for the Red Storm is a deep run in the NCAA Tournament in March. To get there, they need to gel quickly. This upcoming week, we will see if they have learned from Friday’s rocky win as they play in the Legend’s Classic at Barclays Center, taking on California on Monday. They will then play VCU or Temple on Tuesday, depending on who wins Monday’s games.

KEEPING SCORE Highway Star Wins At The Big A There were several stakes races at Aqueduct Racetrack this weekend, headlined by a return to the track for millionaire New York-Bred mare Highway Star. The horse, bred and owned by Chester and Mary Broman, won Sunday’s feature race, the New York Stallion Series Staten Island, besting a field of 11 horses by four lengths. It was a quick turnaround for the mare, who finished eighth in the Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Sprint just one week ago. This Saturday’s card is headlined by the Grade III, $200,000 Red Smith (for older horses), contested at 1⅜ miles on the turf.

DeGrom Captures NL Cy Young The Mets may have had a miserable season, but the performance of their ace starting pitcher Jacob deGrom didn’t go unnoticed by baseball writers, who awarded him the National League Cy Young this week. DeGrom had a record of 10 wins and 9 losses, which are hardly Cy Young-worthy stats. But the rest of his stat line were simply superb. He had an earned run average (ERA) of 1.70, the lowest in Major League Baseball. He gave up less home runs per 9 innings than any other pitcher. His WHIP (walks plus hits per inning pitched) was .91, one of the lowest in the MLB. His Wins Above Replacement (WAR), a stat often sighted in determining a players overall value, was 9.6 — second highest among pitchers. This basically means the Mets would have lost as many as 10 more games if deGrom was replaced by the average pitcher in the National League — which would have left them with a 67-95 record instead of their 77-85 mark. The 30-year-old superstar is currently in negotiations with the Mets about extending his contract, which runs through the 2020 season.

Who Won The Week ELIZABETH LUSSKIN President, Long Island City Partnership

There were lots of winners who came out of Tuesday’s announcement that Amazon was bringing one of its new headquarters to Long Island City, but the name that kept coming up was Lusskin’s. The president of the LIC Partnership was instrumental in organizing local stakeholders into a pitch for Amazon that the governor and mayor were all too eager to back. While close followers of the tech industry always thought New York City was going to get the Amazon HQ2, it wasn’t a foregone conclusion that it would land in Queens. Lusskin, and other local voices she organized, definitely helped land the corporate behemoth—which is why she won the week.

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By THOMAS MOODY This past Saturday, the Queens International stretched out beyond the borders of the Queens Museum for the first time in the exhibition’s history, with the opening of installations in three branches of the Queens Library. QI 2018 Volumes, which launched its museum-wide show early last month, and examines the concept of collecting, accumulating and distributing information, further explored the relationship between museums and libraries with site-specific artworks in the Central, LeFrack and Flushing branches. Dennis Walcott, the President of

Queens Library, was joined by Volumes curator and assistant curator of the Queens Museum, Sophia Marisa Lucas and QI 2018 co-curator Baseera Khan, in introducing the partnership between the two institutions of knowledge-sharing, at the Central (Jamaica) branch, one which will run through February 24, 2019. The three works each invite visitors to the library to engage with art in a novel and unconventional setting. Jackson Heights-based artist, Patrick Killoran’s Passage, located in the Central branch, creates a viewing portal within stacks of books, carving out a tunnel of space so visitors can see from one side of the room to the oth-

er, creating a distant, mirage-like aspect that transcends the library. The work acknowledges the physicality of its setting, and provides a frame for relations in the library: unlike the internet, which is often accessed in isolation, a library is place of social exchange and physical endeavor: one must actively look for books. The work mimics the choreography of looking for a book, however, instead of being greeted by the spine of a hard-cover, there is no limit to what the viewer might encounter, a long tunnel of space, or perhaps even a face looking back, mirroring their action. Passage, cutting through the stacks of books as it does, also requires the assistance of a librarian to be found, again drawing parallels to the books it is replacing. In the LeFrack branch, former Queens Poet Laureate Paolo Javier and musician David Mason launched their interactive multimedia installation Fel Santos: I of Newtown. The artwork spans film, video, sound poetry and music that explores the elusive identity of Woodside poet Fel Santos. Santos’ work in sound poetry is rooted in his immigrant Pilipinx history, the occult, and his mother’s own private language. His utterances, which are not about communication, “are fundamentally subjective aural experiences” he told Javier in a feature in Tripwire magazine, offering “abstract expression for the speaker and open interpretation for the listener.” The recordings of Santos’ sound poetry and Mason’s music, listened to through a series of headphones placed around the room, are matched to screens playing cut-up black and white films, and a series of various abstracted images. The films provide a place for


the sound to exist in outside the listeners own mind; that is, they do not correlate to the recordings under any narrative structure, but they merely ground the utterances in a visual location. Santos, Javier and Mason are all immigrants, and Fel Santos: I of Newtown very much reflects the space the immigrant occupies, of always existing between two languages, of searching for language that is incomplete. A workshop organized by Brian Droitcour and Christine Wong Yap was held, in which the instructors asked viewers of the work to transcribe the sounds they had heard and revealed the uncanny nature of the artwork. One workshop participant said that she could understand the sounds, but could not transcribe them, highlighting the power of Santos’ sound poetry, and the limitations of the English language. In the Flushing branch, Mo Kong presented his installation Black Cloud, Thin Ice, which explores the creation of identity through the prism of the “American” honeybee. The work highlights the natural and innate phenomenon of migration by considering the origin of the American honeybee, which is not native to North America, but Italy. Kong, who was born in ShanXi, China, researched the migration patterns of bees and the commerce of importing and branding Chinese honey in America. Taking imagery from his research, the artist addresses notions of belonging and selfhood. Taking inspiration from Kong’s work, a family art workshop: Journey Through the Honeybee took place. Led by Queens Museum teaching artist Yan Cynthia Chen, the workshop in-

vited families to create a story of migration through the making of their own transportation vehicle. Accompanying each installation, the Queens International continued with their project “From the Library Of.” Participating artists choose books which have had a significant influence on them, and place them on show for viewers to draw inspiration of their own from. What made these three iterations of the project interesting is that they created a library inside a library. The Queens Library is the most used library system in the City, and the extension of their partnership with the Queens Museum is fertile grounds to introduce those who are often intimidated by or uninterested in art to engage with it in a familiar environment. The three installations are intelligently curated to each specific site, and deservedly extend the reach of the important and brilliant Volumes exhibition. It is worth a visit to the Queens library for the art alone, but who knows, you might stumble upon a book or two worth checking out.

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FULFILLMENT FOR “Who is attracting the businesses of tomorrow today? That is the city, state, region that will flourish in the future. Either you are creating jobs or losing jobs,” Cuomo said. “This is about being a part of the economy of tomorrow. And Amazon is a big asset in the entire tech space. I think there will be a positive synergy with the other tech companies in New York.” One person excited about the announcement is LaGuardia Community College President Gail Mellow. One of Long Island City’s top selling points to Amazon was a well-trained and diverse workplace, which the college has, with people of color making up more than 80 percent of the student body, including more than 40 percent Hispanic students. “To be in an ecosystem where those students can immediately access jobs with a huge and visionary company like Amazon is truly exciting,” Mellow said. “A local and a diverse workforce: That is exactly who the students of LaGuardia College are.” Mellow praised Long Island City Partnership President Elizabeth Lusskin and Assemblywoman Cathy Nolan for bringing together stakeholders in western Queens to pitch Amazon on a vision for the area as a place where people could live and work. According to the T:14” MOU, Amazon will begin building out a presence in Queens next year, investing $64.5 million and creating 700 jobs. By the end of 2023, the company hopes to create 11,900 jobs and invest nearly $1.1 billion in the area.\


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AMAZON BY THE NUMBERS Over 25 years, per Gov. Cuomo and Mayor de Blasio: -NYS Excelsior tax credit — $1.2 billion -NYS Grant — $505 million -NYC REAP — $897 million -NYC ICAP — $386 million -Expected revenue to state and city — $27.5 billion -Tax Revenue-to-Incentive Ratio — 9:1 Over 25 years, per Gov. Cuomo and Mayor de Blasio: -107,089 direct and indirect jobs -$186 billion in total economic impact created -$13.5 billion in tax revenue for New York City AMAZON PLEDGES: -Total investment of $3.6 billion -Between 4 million square feet and 8 million square feet of development over the next 15 years -Estimated average salary of over $150,000


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By MICHAEL GARETH JOHNSON The election of Letitia “Tish” James as the next attorney general of New York State has set up a political game of dominoes, with dozens eyeing a run for her current position—public advocate of New York City—when she vacates the office come January. Once James resigns the seat and is sworn in as the next AG, Mayor Bill de Blasio will have three days to announce the date of a special election to fill the vacancy—likely to occur in mid-February. Candidates will then have 12 days to gather signatures to get on the ballot. Since the process to get on the ballot is so easy, it is expected that at least a dozen names will make the final ballot. A couple of them could be Queens politicians. As reported by Queens Tribune editor-at-large Gerson Borrero in his weekly online “Bochinche” column, Queens Assemblywoman Ari Espinal is one person eyeing the office. The incumbent lawmaker recently lost a primary to Catalina Cruz. While Espinal has not announced her candidacy, many others have. Brooklyn Councilman Jumaane Williams, who recently ran for lt. governor and narrowly lost to Kathy Hochul, is one of the leading

contenders. Several of his City Council colleagues are also eyeing the seat, including Rafael Espinal (cousin of Ari Espinal), Ydanis Rodríguez and Robert Cornegy. Assembly members Michael Blake and Danny O’Donnell have also launched a bid. On Monday, the New York Progressive Action Network (NYPAN) held a candidates forum at which invited prospective candidates spoke. Attendees were City Council members Espinal, Cornegy, Williams and Rodríguez; Assembly members Blake and O’Donnell; Columbia University professor David Eisenbach; journalist Nomiki Konst; activist Theo Chino; Democratic state committeeman Benjamin Yee; and Dawn Smalls, a former member of the Obama administration and a Clinton 2016 campaign political director who now works at Boies Schiller Flexner LLP. Adding another wrinkle to the race is a recent bill put forth by a few City Council members calling for the elimination of the office. The bill is being pushed by three Bronx lawmakers: Ruben Díaz Sr., Mark Gjonaj and Ritchie Torres.

KATZ HOSTS 2020 CENSUS TOWN HALL be counted fully. An undercount means underfunding and underrepresentation, with real damages and real costs that will hurt communities across America and certainly here in Queens. Everyone is urged to join the discussions to learn about the proposed changes and how you can help ensure your neighborhood is accurately counted.” The town hall contained a panel of speakers including Deputy Mayor Thompson, Department of City Planning Population Division Director Dr. Joseph Salvo, New York Regional Director of the U.S. Census Bureau Jeff Behler and MinKwon Center for Community Action Executive Director John Park. Katz said it’s important for all to partake in the U.S. Census so that Queens can receive the appropriate amount of funding

targeted to the borough’s needs, such as more schools to alleviate overcrowding. “What happens when the U.S. has a census and we’re not counted?” Katz asked. “We need to get the funds that have been owed to us for years.” Behler addressed the fear in the 47.9 percent of undocumented immigrants officially known to be residing in Queens. “The census is safe, easy and important,” said Behler. “Responses are protected by the federal law. We do not and cannot release that information. Anyone that has access to census data is sworn for life and can be fined up to $52,000 and imprisoned for five years if any of that information is shared.” Behler said that anyone who has taken the U.S. Census Bureau to court has lost. He also shared that for the first time in history, the census can be filled out in four ways: online, over the phone, by mail on paper or by a personal home visit from a representative of the bureau. Both the online and over-the-phone messages will offer the option to choose from 12 languages in addition to English, ensuring that everyone, regardless of ethnic background, can participate. To get the word out, 13 recruiting offices will be set up throughout New York City. Residents of the city seeking employment can visit to apply for positions that would include working at tables in subway stations, visiting schools to educate residents about the census, making phone calls, etc. Thompson said the fear many New Yorkers have when it comes to the specific questions about their ethnicities and backgrounds is understandable. He said the fear is why residents should make sure they fill out the census and prove that they want their voices to count. “We need to make a statement,” said Thompson. “Having honesty in government to say who’s here and to distribute money and resources based on who’s here, that evokes accountability in government. Queens is the most diverse county in the United States. It’s a challenge every census. This year even more so is a challenge. It’s not just immigrants who have historically failed to fill out the census enough; it’s also the black community. Southeast Queens


historically has low rates of filling out the census.” Salvo gave an in-depth presentation of Queens’ demographics and stats on its participation in the census. “What Queens is experiencing is a shift,” said Salvo. “South Asians are replacing the Afro Caribbean population. There has been a decrease in Queens Village and Cambria Heights because the black community is leaving and yet there hasn’t been a known replacement.” One of the questions a member of the audience asked is how the city plans to reach the black community. Thompson said he plans to visit local churches and senior and community centers. Another member asked if there are any efforts to target millennials. Behler said the bureau plans to use social media to target millennials—in addition to offering jobs paying $15 an hour through the city’s summer youth program for ages 16 through 24—to get the youth involved in the census process and to educate them on how democracy works. “We want to try to get them involved as a trusted voice,” Behler said. With embedded housing units a common phenomenon in Queens, especially given the lack of affordable housing and the high rents, a resident asked how the census will collect data on people who are living in basement apartments. Behler said they will work with the community to determine how best to count everyone living in one house so that everyone gets counted. During the town hall, Katz announced the formation of her Queens Complete Count Committee, which will be responsible for strategizing and maximizing participation in the 2020 Census. Katz said people interested in becoming a member of the committee should contact her office. Katz also stated that Tuesday’s town hall was just one of the many efforts her office will put forth as year 2020 approaches, ensuring that everyone participates and gets counted.

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New Deputy BP Appointed Borough President Melinda Katz announced the appointment of Sharon Lee, former communications director, as the new deputy borough president. Lee began working for the Katz administration in November 2014. She has since played a pivotal role in projects such as the restoration of the New York State Pavilion; the Jamaica NOW Action Plan; the Vietnam Veterans Memorial of Queens; the Western Queens Tech Zone Strategic Plan; and the redevelopment of Willets Point, LaGuardia Airport and John F. Kennedy Airport. “Sharon has been a trusted member of my senior leadership team for years, and I could not think of a more prepared or knowledgeable person to serve as deputy borough president,” said Katz. “Her vast experience in New York City government; her deep relationships across the full spectrum of Queens communities; and her passion for inclusion, equal opportunity,

Nauman After Dark On Friday night, MOMA P.S.1 hosted Night at the Museum: Nauman After Dark, an after-hours party in which attendees were able to view the brilliant retrospective Bruce Nauman: Disappearing Acts in a nocturnal setting, allowing for Nauman’s challenging neons to shine ever more piercingly. Accompanying


the exhibition was a set from DJ BB Basura and screenings of the documentary The Bruce Nauman Story. Partygoers braved the cold and wet weather in great numbers, enjoying the art, music and cocktails on offer. Disappearing Acts, which runs until Feb. 25, is a must-see, if you haven’t already seen it.


Bike Lane Celebration Residents of Sunnyside and Woodside gathered at Lou Lodati Playground, located at 4115 Skillman Ave., to celebrate the installation of protected bike lanes on Skillman and 43rd avenues. The celebration consisted of a three-mile bike ride down the protected bike lanes, for which residents have advocated and which the Department of Transportation (DOT) delivered. “This bike ride is an opportunity to teach our kids that we can transform city streets and make them safe and fun,” said Woodside parent and ride organizer Alan Baglia. “When the city provides ample protection from vehicles, biking becomes a logical and enjoyable



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solution for local family transportation.” Paul Roer, a Sunnyside resident, said he had been biking his kids to school for the past four years and had experienced a number of close calls both with cars and pedestrians. “Having a protected lane makes that commute a lot less stressful and teaches our children how to be safe as a cyclist, pedestrian and driver,” said Roer. In addition to the protected bike lanes, the DOT’s Sunnyside street redesign, which includes shorter pedestrian crossings and narrower roads to reduce speeding, is complete.

A man has been arrested in connection to a hitand-run that took place on Sunday evening in Forest Hills, leaving a 29-year-old man dead. According to police, Niklas Ahern was crossing Continental Avenue and Slocum Crescent at approximately 5:30 p.m. when he was hit. Irving Duran, the driver, allegedly hit Ahern so hard that he fell out of his sneakers. Duran then sped off northbound on Continental Avenue. Upon arrival at the scene, EMS found Ahern with severe trauma to his head and body. Ahern was transported to a nearby hospital but could not be saved. Duran was charged with leaving the scene of a vehicular accident resulting in death.

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fairness and justice will prove invaluable for the future and direction of our great borough.” Lee has also been open about her position on controversial issues such as immigration, hate crimes, education, governance and other public works. Prior to serving the Queens community, Lee served the city as a whole as the senior adviser and press secretary to former City Comptroller John Liu back in 2010. Her prominent work in her community led to her appointment. “I am humbled by their [the Katz administration’s] confidence and this new opportunity to serve,” said Lee. “The future of New York is Queens, and I share Borough President Katz’s vision and commitment to empowering the many global communities that call Queens home.”

City officials and community leaders gathered in Belle Harbor on Monday to remember the 265 lives lost in the tragic plane crash 17 years ago. It was Nov. 12, 2001, when Flight 587, which had just departed from John F. Kennedy Airport heading to the Dominican Republic,

crashed into Jamaica Bay, just two months after the city suffered the 9/11 terrorist attacks. All 260 people on the flight died, in addition to five people on the ground. According to investigators, the plane’s tail detached in midair due to problems with the plane’s rudder, an event that led to the mass redesign of plane steering systems so that pilots could have better control of the tail rudder. Although it’s been almost two decades since the tragedy, the city still mourns the lives lost. On the anniversary every year it holds a memorial that begins with the ringing of a bell at 9:15 a.m., which is when the plane made impact. “Nov. 12, 2001, started out like any other morning and then tragedy struck,” said Mayor Bill de Blasio. “New York City still feels the grief and sense of loss that has pervaded since the crash of Flight 587. We will never forget the friends, family and neighbors we lost.” -Ariel Hernandez


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MOVING THROUGH QUEENS A look at transportation issues around the borough





Schumer Pressures FAA For Bigger Seats New York’s senior U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer is calling on the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to start looking at the shrinking size of airplane seats. According to a report in Fortune, the average size of airplane seats has shrunk from 35 inches in the 1970s to about 31 inches today. Earlier this summer, Schumer introduced legislation forcing the FAA to tackle the issue, but in a press conference this past weekend he said the authority has yet to look into the issue. “The number-one travel complaint I get from airline customers is shrinking seats and—like the seats themselves—the FAA’s timeline to tackle this issue is getting smaller and smaller with each passing day,” Schumer said in a statement. “If the predictions hold true, this Thanksgiving will be amongst the busiest we have ever seen in our New York airports. That means tens of thousands of air travelers’ being forced to sit in a seat that—not too long ago—was many inches larger. That’s why I wrote the law to combat the sardine-like packing of people, and why I am demanding the FAA get to work on the plan to rein in the shrinking once and for all,” Schumer added. Schumer’s seat-size provision was part of the larger FAA reauthorization that passed this September. The law Schumer authored gives the FAA a year to address shrinking seats and provide notice and opportunity for the public to weigh in.

Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) Chairman Joe Lhota announced his retirement this week, at a time when the future of the MTA is being hotly debated. Lhota served in the role since June of 2017, when he took over in the middle of a transit crisis after a series of derailments that left passengers injured and caused massive delays. At the time, Gov. Andrew Cuomo tasked Lhota with developing a reorganization plan for the subways within 30 days. Lhota’s immediate response was to invest in short-term fi xes, including maintenance to the subways’ signal system, which is more than a century old. Following Lhota’s resignation, Cuomo took time during a radio interview to praise the MTA chairman for his service. “A great man on every level, personally he’s great, tremendous skills, tremendous talent. He’s been in government; he’s been in the private sector. He, as frankly a favor to me and the people of the state of New York, came in to develop a transition plan for the New York City subway system, which needs a lot of help. And he is one of the most experienced government professionals—we’re talking about a person who can get the job done and not just talk the talk. He’s not a pol, you know; he’s not a politician,” Cuomo said. “But the original understanding was he would just help out for a period and then do his substantial work that he’s doing in the private sector. He fulfilled that commitment to me

and he’s going to resign as chair of the MTA,” Cuomo added. Queens City Councilman I. Daneek Miller (D-Jamaica) was less effusive in his praise, suggesting Lhota brought too much baggage to the job. “In hindsight, Mr. Lhota’s decision to reoccupy his post at the Authority was ill advised given his numerous affiliations with entities whose interests conflicted with those of MTA riders and local residents. I nonetheless thank him for his service during this critical period for our transit system, and wish him well in his return to the private sector.” Meanwhile, transportation advocates have al-

ready started to outline some of the attributes they would like to see in the next chairperson. “The chairman’s job is important, but the person who will really determine the future of public transit was just re-elected on Tuesday. Governor Cuomo needs to appoint a capable chair, but most importantly he has to pass a funding package that will make the MTA’s Fast Forward modernization plan a reality,” said John Raskin, executive director of the Riders Alliance. This was Lhota’s second stint in the position. He also served in the role in 2012, overseeing the agency for one year before resigning to run for mayor of New York City in 2013.

Due to Signal Maintenance 7 trains will board at Flushing-bound platforms at Hunters Point Ave and Vernon Blvd-Jackson Ave every Wednesday, Friday and Saturday from 12:40 a.m. to 5 a.m. Because of signal modernization Jamaica Center-bound E trains will run express from Queens Plaza to 71 Ave from 12:01 a.m. Saturday to 5 a.m. Monday. Due to signal modernization, Jamaica Center-bound E trains will skip 75 Ave and Briarwood and Jamaica-bound F trains will skip 75 Ave, Briarwood and Sutphin Blvd in Queens from 11:45 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday. For structural improvements, J service between Crescent St. in Brooklyn and Jamaica Center in Queens is replaced by E trains and free shuttle buses from 3:45 a.m. Saturday to 10 p.m. on Sunday. Due to a station renovation, J Z trains will run at a slower speed in both directions in the area of the 104 St. Station in Queens until 10 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 18. Because of station enhancements, Astoria-bound N trains will skip 36 Ave and 30 Ave in Queens from 9:45 p.m. on Friday to 5 a.m. on Monday. Due to signal modernization, Jamaica-bound R trains will run express from Queens Plaza to 71 Ave in Queens on Saturday and Sunday.

CHANGING LANDSCAPE OF QUEENS A look at development and its impact on the borough

WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT LIC, BEFORE AMAZON ARRIVES 1. Long Island City is by far the No. 1 neighborhood in the city for new development. New units are opening at a fast clip right now in the neighborhood. Roughly 3,000 units were completed in the first half of 2018, and another 3,300 units are expected to hit the market between now and 2020, according to a analysis of New York City Department of Buildings (DOB) data. That represented 20 percent of all the new units (containing at least four units) expected to be built in the five boroughs by 2020, data scientists noted. 2. And the furious pace of construction continues. Looking beyond 2020, the neighborhood will remain the No. 1 area for construction. Another 1,500 units are in the pipeline, based on permits filed within the past 12 months, and another wave is expected: Permits have been filed—but not yet approved—for at least 2,600 more units, found.

3. Long Island City also leads the boroughs in the highest number of units rising in the f loodplain. Nearly 2,000 apartments currently under construction are in the city’s 100-year f lood zone, so named because there’s a 1 percent risk of a f lood event each year, according to a analysis of f lood-prone areas based on FEMA’s 2015 Preliminary Flood Insurance Rate Map and DOB permit data.

decade to build and would better connect Astoria, Long Island City and Sunnyside. 6. The city is considering rezoning an area to the north of Sunnyside Yards to spur mixed-use high-rise development. The rezoning could transform the areas along Northern Boulevard, Jackson Avenue and 41st Avenue, where industrial buildings, self-storage units and parking lots would make way for mixed-use towers.

4. Newtown Creek, the Superfund site on the area’s southern border, won’t be cleaned up until at least 2029. The creek, once the city’s epicenter for petroleum refining, left behind a legacy of pesticides, metals and other toxins. Thousands of residents are moving in near the contaminated waterway before it’s cleaned up. Making matters worse, much of the area’s waterfront is at high risk of f looding during major storms. This combination of major f lood risk and polluted waters could mean toxic sludge f lowing into streets and homes during the next major storm.

7. There’s still a shortage of essential amenities, but more shops and restaurants are coming. Groceries and pharmacies are still scarce, and publicly accessible gyms may be in short supply because they’re included as amenities within many private developments. But more retail is on the horizon: Roughly 500,000 square feet is expected by the early 2020s. Much of it may skew toward chain stores, large grocers and movie theaters.

5. A massive new neighborhood might rise atop Sunnyside Yards. The neighborhood would be six times bigger than Manhattan’s Hudson Yards, with up to 24 ,000 units of housing, 52 acres of parks, 19 schools and more than one million square feet of retail and office space, officials have said. It would take at least a

8. Long Island City had the most parking complaints per resident in the five boroughs. The area saw more than 4 ,000 parking-related complaints in one year, according to a May analysis from Localize. city. The area, a commercial and industrial hub where a major construction boom is underway, also saw the largest increase in parking-related complaints over five years.

“Tensions over parking have revved up in Long Island City as more people have moved into the neighborhood,” Localize. city data scientist Michal Eisenberg said. “Long Island City saw a 254 percent in-

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News of Amazon’s bringing one of its corporate headquarters to Long Island City has jump-started a discussion about the future of western Queens. The data specialists at Localize.City have compiled a list of things everyone should know about the future home of the retail giant. Here are eight things you should know about western Queens:


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End The Public Advocate’s Office Most New Yorkers don’t know what the public advocate of New York City does, or who that person is in any given year. The current public advocate of New York City, Leticia James, is only the second person of color to hold citywide office. She is now the attorney general-elect of New York State. The last public advocate, Bill de Blasio, ran for mayor and is now in his second term. Betsy Gotbaum was a two-term public advocate who brought a clear sense of good government values to the office, and turned down a third term after Mayor Bloomberg and Christine Quinn conspired to extend term limits. She is now the executive director of Citizens Union. Add Mark J. Green to the mix as the only other person to serve in this office, and you have a group of well-respected, progressive Democrats whose résumés are sure to impress. But the office is pointless, other than to serve as an official title for politicians between jobs. Constitutionally, the office holder is second in line to the mayor—so there is an incredibly outside chance that public advocates will hit the political lottery and be catapulted into a position of immense power—but they’re more likely to get struck by lightning. While there may be some solid policy papers written by public-advocate staff— lawsuits that act as a thorn in the side of powerful public- and private-sector folks; and fiery press conferences that lead to zip ties and nightly news spots—

the office has no teeth. There is no reason the City Council speaker, or other elected officials, can’t take up the mantle of being an ombudsman for the citizens of New York City. Isn’t that the responsibility of all elected officials everywhere? With the sitting public advocate on her way to making history as the first person of color to be elected as attorney general of New York State, there are seemingly dozens of people vying to replace her in what will be a circus of a special election. We understand the budget for the office is de minimis, and that having someone fight for the rights of everyday New Yorkers is important. And there are too many underprivileged and underrepresented New Yorkers who feel like they don’t have a voice. But the annual budget of the public advocate’s office is less than $4 million per year. It’s not enough to be upset about government waste, but not even close to the amount of money needed to operate a true watchdog within city government with some real teeth. We believe the office should be shuttered, and the money earmarked for nonprofits like the Citizens Budget Commission (CBC) or Citizens Union, or a collection of groups that spend every dollar fighting for regular New Yorkers. If we can’t get people on board with eliminating the office, then give it some more money and a real portfolio.

An Amazon Wish List For Progressives On the face of it, it sounds ridiculous— giving nearly $3 billion in deals to one of the richest companies in the world. If you judge this book by its cover—as many progressive Democrats already have done—it is easy to conclude that this is a bad deal for the people. We’ve seen these takes fly around social media: people calling for this $3 billion to be spent on the subways, or on relieving student debt. These are noble ideas. There are real concerns, being echoed from Seattle to the City Council chambers. The problem is that they are coming from an assumption that Amazon is already screwing over the city and the state. It is not. And it won’t if elected officials who are up in arms start playing a more strategic game. It starts with those officials’ coming up with their Amazon wish list. At this week’s press conference, Mayor Bill de Blasio said Amazon will bring in $13.5 billion in tax revenue over the next 25 years. Instead of complaining about being shut out of the process, City Council members should start spending that money. If you want to provide college graduates with student debt relief, work it into next-year’s budget. If you want better subways, put forth a 10-year plan that spends the incoming revenue

from the expanded tax base and economic impact of Amazon and its employees. You want Amazon to hire local talent and provide mentorship programs within and throughout the local and ethnically diverse neighborhoods of western Queens? Then make it easier for the company to do so by giving it specifics about how to go about it—and make it clear you will blast it publicly if it doesn’t. Opposing Amazon outright increasingly seems like a lost cause, considering the lengths the governor and mayor have gone to win the company and circumvent the normal practices of state and city government. Many of the city’s politicians seem to have come to this same conclusion, falling back on the general idea that they are upset about the lack of transparency and worried about Amazon’s history of treating its workers poorly. This is a fight they can’t win. So if they want to win the larger battle against corporate subsidies, they should start thinking a few steps ahead. We suggest the first step should be developing an Amazon wish list for the next decade. Over the next several months, the Tribune will be working to create a platform for community, government and business interests to discuss the best pathway forward.

Dawn Of The 21st Century By EDDIE BORGES


MAZON IS NOT A social services agency. It does not run school systems. It does not provide job training. It does not offer solutions to poverty, homelessness, mental illness, or alcohol and drug abuse. Amazon is a tech company. It started out by selling books online. Now Amazon sells everything from shoes to prescriptions to furniture online. It houses 34 percent of cloud servers on this planet; produces and streams all kinds of entertainment, from audio books to films; and sells advertising and groceries. Yet some of our well-paid elected officials—who actually are responsible for social services; running our schools; providing job training; and developing solutions to poverty, homelessness, mental illness, and alcohol and drug abuse—are saying that Amazon should now be responsible for resolving these urban woes in Long Island City. Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer, who initially supported bringing Amazon to LIC, is now asking what the company is going to do for the residents of Queensbridge Houses, the largest public housing project in the nation, which is in his district. That raises the question: What has Councilman Van Bramer done for the residents of Queensbridge Houses during his tenure? As deputy leader, Van Bramer is the third– highest-ranked member of the Council. He had his pick of committees he could chair. Yet he didn’t choose to lead the committee on public housing. Instead, he chose to serve as chairman of the Council’s Committee on Cultural Affairs, Libraries, and International Intergroup Relations. The biography on his Council website touts that Van Bramer “has fought hard to secure over $1 billion for our City’s libraries and the arts.” There is no mention of job training or job placement programs for the residents of the Queensbridge Houses among the 1,300 words of that biography. But now that Amazon got a $1.7 billion deal with the state that bypasses the City Council, Van Bramer and everyone else who wasn’t involved in putting it together, have their hands out. Literally, overnight, the concerns of the residents of the Queensbridge Houses and what Amazon

is going to do for them have for the first time became a top priority. We’ve all seen this before. But I don’t remember seeing any ballot measures when I was in the voting booth last week that would dissolve local government and contract out services to Amazon. If there had been, I probably would have voted for it. I am confident that if Amazon offered any of the services traditionally provided by our local government, it would do a better job than New York City. For example, if Amazon was running the New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) and a boiler went out today, I’d feel confident that a new boiler would be delivered and installed by this afternoon if I put in my order before noon, or by tomorrow if I clicked to complete my order within the next two minutes. Imagine if Amazon ran the MTA. As I left the house in the morning, Alexa would tell me when the next train or bus to work would arrive at my local stop. When I arrived at my station or stop, I would simply have to board my train or bus, and it would recognize my mobile phone and deduct the fare from my Amazon Prime account. To continue to grow, invent and deliver new products and services, Amazon needs the smartest and most creative people it can hire—and is willing to pay them a lot of money. Historically, some of the smartest and most creative people in this nation—and on this planet—live in New York, or want to live in New York. An untold number of books, plays and films share the sentiment expressed in the lyrics from Annie, “No other town has the Empire State…. The shimmer of Times Square.” That’s why Amazon is bringing 25,000 of the best and brightest highly educated tech people in the world to work in Long Island City, and paying them on average $150,000 a year, while Google is adding 12,000 new jobs in the West Village. Can you imagine the impact nearly 40,000 highly educated tech people walking the streets of the city, taking the subways and buses, and sending their children to public schools will have on this city—and the Northeast megalopolis that runs from Boston to Washington, D.C.?

New York City has the largest concentration of psychotherapists in the nation because between the world wars of the last century, Jewish psychiatrists f leeing Europe were offered teaching positions at the New School. In no time, they were seeing patients. There were a lot fewer than 40,000 of them, yet their long-term inf luence in the city and this nation’s culture runs deep. I am confident that 100 years from now, historians will point to this critical mass of smart and creative people moving to New York City within a two-year period as the trigger for a 21st-century renaissance. That’s why Amazon is moving here. Most of our nation’s population live in cities. If Amazon is going to produce solutions for everyday living in cities, you’re not going to put the people tasked with developing those solutions out in the middle of a field. I can’t begin to imagine what this renaissance will produce, but look at just one of the unintended consequences this deal has already had: At a press conference announcing the deal, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, who for five years could not stand each other, were like giddy schoolgirls who had won first place in a national cheerleaders’ competition. Unbeknownst to most of us, they had been on the phone one on one over the past year hatching plans on how to woo Jeff Bezos to their table in the high school cafeteria. After each call, the governor and mayor must have practiced the grimaces they would have to put on in public when someone mentioned the other’s name so that no one would figure out that they were actually in cahoots. In the movie, Cuomo and de Blasio will be played by Tina Fey and Amy Poehler. Realizing what they can accomplish by working together instead of against each other, Cuomo and de Blasio will be, potentially, unstoppable at figuring out and piloting solutions to some of the urban woes New York and a lot of other municipalities are facing. And for help, they’re going to have a braintrust in the form of Amazon to turn to that is unmatched in the history of Western civilization. That guy who wrote last summer about the death of a once great city? Fuhgeddaboutit.


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By THOMAS MOODY Last week, The New York Times ran an article addressing Amazon’s imminent move to Long Island City with the title,“What Amazon May Mean for Queens: Gentrification and (More) Packed Trains.” While the piece discussed at length the problems the MTA will face with the stress of an additional 25,000 workers cramming an already-overworked 7 line, it gave short shrift to the threat high-earning young tech workers pose to communities in LIC and Queens. “But not everyone is ready to roll out a welcome mat,” Times reporters wrote. “Community groups said Amazon should pay a gentrification tax to offset the anticipated effect of the new work force...” What is this anticipated effect? Jeremiah Moss is the pen name of writer Griffin Hansbury, who has been documenting the deleterious consequences of 21st-century gentrification in New York City on his blog Vanishing New York since 2007. His book, published last year by Dey Street Books—Vanishing New York: How a Great City Lost Its Soul—is both a taxonomy of New York gentrification and a passionate, detailed and extraordinarily sad history of how and why it occurred. According to Moss, Queens will enter a period of “hyper-gentrification,” which

encapsulates “not only the real estate deals, the movement of money, and the displacement of lower-income people and small, local businesses. It’s the whole megillah. It’s the return of the white-flight suburbanites’ grandchildren and their appetite for a ‘geography of nowhere’... in which monotonous chain stores nullify the streets. It’s cupcakes, cronuts, and hundred-dollar doughnuts dipped in 24-karat gold. It’s the ugly extravaganza of what New York, and too many other cities, have become—playgrounds for the ultra nouveau riche, orchestrated by oligarchs in sky-high towers, the streets stripped of character, whitewashed and varnished until they look like Anywhere, USA. It’s the displacement of the working class and the poor, people of color, artists and oddballs. And it’s the changed psychic climate. A city once famously neurotic is becoming malignantly narcissistic. Hyper-gentrification has a character—and it’s a sociopathic one. Intelligent, malevolent, and directed, it is shot up with rage and vengeance.” The hyper-gentrification of the 21st century, which Amazon’s proposed move most certainly represents, differs from the relatively benign gentrification of the 1980s and 1990s—which included “neighborhood revitalization” by local businesses and community boards—in that it is a concerted effort by municipal govern-

ment and large private money to redesign and repurpose entire swaths of the city. (Take for example, Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s and Mayor Bill de Blasio’s blatant prostitution of Long Island City in their attempt to attract Amazon, with Cuomo joking that he would rename Newtown Creek the “Amazon River.”) In this arrangement, residents and businesses that have been the bedrock of their communities for decades are forced to cede space, property and culture to the ruling class. This disruption of a community’s “emotional ecosystem” causes trauma—a trauma Mindy Thompson, professor of Clinical Psychiatry and Public Health at Columbia University, calls the “root shock,” a traumatic stress reaction that can increase anxiety and depression in those who have been displaced (either physically or culturally) by sudden change in their community. Moss provides a comprehensive and fervent litany of examples of how and where hyper-gentrification took place, including moving elegies for the East Village, the Bowery and the West Side of Manhattan, with a focus on the ultra-fashionable High Line and the western blocks of Bleecker Street. His chapter on Queens is relatively brief, in part, he writes, because as a borough with large immigrant populations, it has been relatively resistant to gentrification. Moss does, however, track the fate of Long Island City as “The Next Hot Neighborhood,” as declared in 1980 by New York magazine, along with the opening of “the scrappy” P.S. 1 in 1976 and its partnering with MoMA in 1997, as well as a lengthy lament on the regrettable demise of the 5 Pointz mural. He also warns that the borough is “on the cusp of change, where gentrification is happening sporadically.” Some of it, Moss argues, is designed by City Hall, and some of it is “indirect, spillover from rezoned, redeveloped Brooklyn, the endless push of Manifest Destiny. These days, we hear most often about Ridgewood Queens. Its borders touch three of Brooklyn’s most gentrified neighborhoods—Greenpoint, Williamsburg and Bushwick—and the L train, that hipster express, skirts its lower regions. Just looking at a map, you can see it was only a matter of time before the Williamsburg diaspora crossed the line.” Vanishing New York gives a one-sided account of the effects of gentrification, but it is an imperative account nonetheless. Moss is an evangelist of the unconventional and aberrant: the weird, the queer, the working class, the immigrant, the idiosyncrasies and eccentricities that make a city like New York distinct from any other place in the world. He is also a cartographer of the dark underbelly of corporate America and the neoliberal ideology that dominates contemporary society. “Gentrification is just the fin above water,” Moss quotes author Rebecca Solnit, who saw hyper-gentrification coming to

San Francisco as early as 2000, as saying. “Below is the rest of the shark: a new American economy in which most of us will be poorer, a few will be far richer, and everything will be faster, more homogeneous and more controlled or controllable.” Some will object to Moss’ interpretation of the history of 21st-century New York, and will claim that all cities change all the time; that gentrification has resulted in cleaner, safer and more economically robust neighborhoods. Amazon will likely bring with it more businesses to the area to service its 25,000-strong staff. But will the holders of these jobs be able to live in Queens themselves? Eileen Myles, the poet who once attended Queens College and whom Moss quotes throughout Vanishing New York, writes in Inferno, her own memoir of the changing city, “The story [of old New York] becomes sort of an arch for the older person to talk under and the new people to stand around there and listen. And then step through and walk on….Always the new city grows as the old one is shrinking and a person’s ability to arrive in some comfortable state with both cities has a lot to do with money.” Myles was writing about the relatively slowly evolving New York of the 1970s, ’80s and ’90s. The difference with the hyper-gentrification experienced in the 2000s is that the new city has not organically grown over the old; it has buried it alive: The new high-rise apartment buildings that have sprung up from Williamsburg to Long Island City can be viewed as glass nails in the giant coffin of a once ethnically, culturally, sexually and economically diverse city, hammered in by the rich and the homogeneous. Part of the joy and the fright in reading Vanishing New York is that Moss knows the level of his passion and the possibilities of distortion this may lead to. Is he overreacting? Is he a gentrification alarmist? It depends on how we want our city to be. All things come at a cost, including both diversity and gentrification. The problem is that hyper-gentrification takes away all possibility of choice. Anticipating his detractors from the outset, Moss opens the book with a chilling epigraph from Solnit’s Hollow City, one we should remember as we see the high-rises continue to sprout out of the gentrification-fertile ground of Long Island City. “Every city changes, and walking through a slowly changing city is like walking through an organic landscape during various seasons; leaves and even trees fall, birds migrate, but the forest stands: familiarity anchors the changes. But as the pace of change accelerates, a disjuncture between memory and actuality arises and one moves through a city of phantoms, of the disappeared, a city that is lonely and disorienting; one becomes... an exile at home.”

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macy, and intimacy with people is always a risk,” Durif notes at one point in the essay. “Or, as Bourdain put it, good food is about danger. But this danger is not a matter of physical threat; it is, rather, an act of generosity and openness: ‘I am not afraid of what you offer,’ he seemed to say, ‘even though it is different from what I offer. In fact, I receive your gift with curiosity and gratitude.’ This is a huge deal. People who have the privilege not to think about their own difference—and we can acknowledge that, in many ways, Anthony Bourdain enjoyed this privilege—tend not to take such risks. Perhaps they do not risk intimacy with anyone. It is easier to succumb to the fear of difference or, seeing its power, to steal it and profit from it.” Read this essay and share it.

BRIEFLY NOTED Brown, Kevin Young (Alfred A. Knopf) Brown, Kevin Young’s astonishing new collection of poetry, is an important excursion through the complex layers of the poet’s experience with culture: how that culture shapes the individual, and how the individual (in the case of these poems, a young boy at sports practice after school in “Practice,” aging to a middle-aged man taking a pilgrimage to the site of Emmett Till’s lynching in “Money Road”) views that very same culture. There is a constant tension in these poems that highlights the clash between the vast contributions that African Americans have made to American culture, and the way in which

American culture often regards African Americans. Young, who is the director of the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture and the poetry editor of the New Yorker, dodges artfully between cultural references, traveling with ease between poems, and within poems, from Howlin’ Wolf to Ol’ Dirty Bastard; from Hank Aaron to “Doc Martens;” and of course, James Brown, John Brown, Brown v. Board of Education. Many of the poems find their origin in the detailed minutiae of the poet’s life, but grow outward, like a camera zooming away its focus without ever losing that focus, to pass a watchful and often critical eye over the whole of the culture. In the poem “History,” Young begins by describing his high school history teacher, Mr. W., as a “Pillar of my high school”. The poem then brilliantly expands into a litany of historical events: “We spent the Sixties / minus Malcolm X, or Watts, / barely a March on Washington— / all April & much / of May we waited for Woodstock / & answers & assassinations

ONLINE READ OF THE WEEK “Pouring One Out for Anthony Bourdain” by Olivia Durif Los Angeles Review of Books: Anthony Bourdain was a “professional visitor,” a man with an insatiable appetite for foreign foods and cultures. “His work involved entering an unfamiliar space with respect,” Olivia Durif writes in her touching tribute to the late television host. In this time of increasing xenophobia, when much of the world is marking its territory as definitively as possible, Bourdain showed the power of sharing—a meal, a drink, a joke—in breaking down cultural and economic barriers. “Eating food with others is an act of inti-



Last Sunday marked the 100th anniversary of the signing of the armistice by the Allied forces and Germany—at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month—in 1918 at the cessation of the hostilities of World War 1. “The War to End All Wars,” as it was known, is remembered for its devastating casualty numbers and the brutality of its trench warfare along the Western Front; the first use of chemical weaponry in conflict; the establishment of total mobilization (the mobilization of all of a nation’s resources towards the war effort); and its poetry. In the way much of the most-revered music and films of the 1960s and ’70s addressed the war in Vietnam, the poetry of the second half of the 1910s frequently reflected upon the Great War and its rivers of bloody attritional trenches. What is remarkable is that some of the best of this poetry was written in the trenches by combatants themselves. Wilfred Owen, a young lieutenant in the English Army who served along the Western Front, is perhaps the best known and most highly regarded of these poets. His work addressed the horrors he witnessed in the trenches, including gas warfare and the waste of life, so absolute, of the young men sent to die for no urgent need. His best known poems include “Dulce et Decorum est,” “Anthem for Doomed Youth,” “Futility,” “Spring Offensive,” and “Strange Meeting.” However, I have always found his most devastating poem to be “The Parable of the Old Man and the Young.” In it, Owen recounts the story of Abraham and Isaac at Mt. Moriah, where God orders the faithful father to kill his only son. Owen twists the story around to reflect the travesties of WWI, ending on the crushing couplet, “But the old man would not so, but slew his son, / And half the seed of Europe, one by one.” Owen died on the frontline on Nov. 4, 1918, a week before the armistice was signed. His mother received the letter informing her of her son’s death a week later, as the town’s church bells rang out in celebration of the end of hostilities.


The Art in the Parks: Alliance for Flushing Meadows Corona Park Grant is offering two grants for the creation of site-specific artworks by Queens-based artists for two designated locations within Flushing Meadows Corona Park. Each grantee will receive an award of $5,000 to create his/her proposed artwork. The proposed artworks should address the theme of Flushing Meadows Corona Park: A Park for the Future. The grant will help transform the sites into art destinations through a series of rotating exhibitions, with supporting events and programs. The program, which is in its inaugural year, offers the following locations as possible sites: Meridian Road and Meadow Lake Road - west entrance; Roosevelt Avenue entrance; 111th Street at 49th Avenue entrance; College Point Boulevard and 58th Road entrance; Corona Avenue and Horace Harding Expressway entrance; Lawns around Meadow Lake; Meridian Road and Meadow Lake Road. The deadline for proposals is Dec. 16, 2018. Go to the NYC Parks website for full details.


Queens Today

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The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee


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The Parkside Players presents a musical comedy about an eclectic group of six mid-pubescents competing for the spelling championship of a lifetime. While candidly disclosing hilarious and touching stories from their home lives, the tweens spell their way through a series of (potentially made-up) words. Shows are Fridays and Saturdays at 8 pm and Sundays at 2 pm. Grace Lutheran Church, 103-15 Union Tpke., Forest Hills. ------------------------------------------------

¡CORÓNATE! An afternoon with Danza Azteca, Mariachi Tapatío de Alvaro Paulino, Ecuadorian dance and music with Sisa Pakari, Storytime in Spanish, Cuban performer Yesenia Selier, and Los Cumpleaños, which plays tropical rhythms from Colombia washed in psychedelic soundscapes. From 11 am to 4:15 pm. Plus, origami, piñata-making, crochet, embroidery, hula hoops, handmade Mexican clothes, and jewelry. Corona Plaza, 40-04 National St.



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One Bites the Dust.” Starts at 8pm. Colden Auditorium, Queens College, 153-49 Reeves Ave., Flushing.

Speaking in the Language of Double Feature Jazz Live Event


Five NEA Jazz Masters -- Slide Hampton, Barry Harris, Jimmy Cobb, Jimmy Heath, and Jimmy Owens -- jam with veteran bassist Paul West. This annual concert showcases the love and friendship between men who have devoted their lives to jazz. Starts at 8pm. Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Blvd.


Peaches & Herb Herb Fame has remained as “Herb” since the duo was created in 1966, but seven different women have filled the role of “Peaches,” most notably Francine Hurd Barker, who died on Aug. 13, 2005. Expect hits like “Shake Your Groove Thing (1978)” and “Reunited (1979).” Starts at 11pm. Resorts World Casino New York City, 110-00 Rockaway Blvd., South Jamaica. ------------------------------------------------

Of Fathers and Sons Talal Derki gained the trust of a radical Islamist family in Syria, sharing their daily life for more than two years. This documentary provides insight into growing up with a father who dreams of establishing an Islamic caliphate. One son seems ready for jihad, but the other wants to get an education. Shows are Nov. 16, 7:30 pm; Nov. 17, 1 pm; Nov. 17, 7 pm; Nov. 18, 3 pm; Nov. 18, 7 pm; Nov. 21, 3 pm; Nov. 23, 5 pm; Nov. 24, 1 pm; Nov. 25, 1 pm ; and Dec. 2, 7 pm. Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35th Ave., Astoria’s Kaufman Arts District. ------------------------------------------------

Take Root

Dancers present experimental and developing work at 8 pm both nights. Catey Ott Dance Collective’s “Effervescence” embodies the spirit of positive energy within an external world of chaos. David Appel’s new, as-yet-untitled piece, looks at the existence and activity of three people in a space. Green Space, 37-24 24th St., LIC. ------------------------------------------------


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Two Thai movies with the director, Anocha Suwichakornpong, in person. “Mundane History” is about a paralyzed filmmaker and the male nurse who tends to him. It takes on astronomy, Buddhism, and politics. “By the Time It Gets Dark” is about a young filmmaker writing and directing a movie about the 1976 Thammasat University massacre. Starts at 5pm. Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35th Ave., Astoria’s Kaufman Arts District.

In conjunction with the current exhibition “Complicated Territory,” curator and scholar Kathy Battista interviews artist Alex McQuilkin about her work, which includes painting, video, and sculptural installations that deal with female psychology. Starts at 3:30pm. Dorsky Gallery, 11-03 45th Ave., LIC.



Zero-Waste Thanksgiving

Printmaking Spend time examining the surface textures and shapes of Isamu Noguchi’s sculptures in the permanent collection and the special exhibition “Akari: Sculpture by Other Means.” Then, learn basic linocut printmaking techniques using ink and linoleum blocks. Starts at 1pm. Noguchi Museum, 9-01 33rd Rd., LIC.

The NYC Compost Project presents a special guest from All.Things.Cooked who offers kitchen tips for a zero-waste Thanksgiving, from carrots to turkey bone. This includes demo-delicious and eco-friendly recipes. Starts at 1pm. Queens Botanical Garden, 4350 Main St., Flushing.



Cooking Demo Hugue Dufour, chef at M Wells, prepares a dish from the greenmarket’s bounty with samples for all. Starts at 10am. LIC Youth Market, 46th Avenue and Center Boulevard.

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This show tells the story of India’s transition to modernity through dance. It’s an explosion of colors and energy and a stunning visual display that fuses dance, theater, and special effects. Begins at 3pm. Queensborough Performing Arts Center, 222-05 56th Ave., Bayside.

Fertile Ground This monthly series is for emerging choreographers and experimenting, established professionals. 5 or 6 artists present a work-in-progress with a postperformance discussion with wine. Starts at 7pm. Green Space, 37-24 24th St., LIC.


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Food Review

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OLD DAYS CORP. By JARED COHEE Dispatch from 150th Street, Murray Hill:

The Long Island Rail Road’s most northern branch to Port Washington rumbles below street level every few minutes, but not out of sight. The station shares its name with a Manhattan neighborhood, but the two places could hardly be more different. In that borough, the avenues are lined with bars where patrons sporting backwards baseball caps play beer pong and order rounds of anonymous shots at what might appear to be a fraternity party. The Queens version of Murray Hill is much more quiet on its surface, with most businesses using Korean script, revealing the newer demographics of what traditionally was an Irish and Italian neighborhood. The beer and shots flow freely here as well, but soju is the spirit of choice rather than cheap well whiskey and tequila. Korea, after all, is one of the most pro-drinking cultures on the planet; some studies conclude that it is home to the world’s heaviest drinkers. This of course has negative impacts, with a high rate of addiction and a company-mandated excess that requires many employees to eat and drink after work as part of their job. Like anything else, however, the Korean drinking culture is best when enjoyed in moderation, and Murray Hill provides the opportunity to proceed at a rate that feels comfortable. The best part about drinking in Korea or with Koreans is that food is always an essential, and central, part of the night. As with most Asian cultures, people do not go out just to get wasted. Even the most casual night out with friends will take place at a pojangmacha or pocha, a tented food stand sometimes outdoors that is a place to go and eat and drink late into the night. This concept seems to be the visual style here at Old Days Corp., which also goes by the English name “Back Lane” on its takeout menu. A friend’s translation of the Korean name is “Alley of Memories,” and maybe somewhere among all three is the true spirit of this intimate space. To evoke these tented carts in the second-floor space, fishnet covers the ceiling and has been accessorized over time with the caps of used soju bottles. The walls are covered with the colorful graffiti of guests, with love notes written in both English and Korean next to games of hangman.

In addition to expansive lists of beer and soju (always a bit more expensive on Friday and Saturday nights), there is an even longer list of dishes offered by an unseen kitchen. Everything is served family style on massive platters, many of which come to the table sizzling and still heated from fire underneath. The aluminum pots speak of a long history in a busy kitchen, full of dents and charred edges. Anytime you order food, a tabletop stove immediately arrives with an egg, kimchi, and a package of Korean ramen to cook yourself free of charge. Since the array of small dishes known as banchan is not served here, this seems to take the place of offering something right away for hungry guests. This also helps you not get too far into rounds of soju before getting some food in your stomach. The distinct green bottles never seem to pack a hard punch—with alcohol levels just under 20 percent—but it goes down easily and always has a way of catching up if you are not careful. When orders do start arriving, they will seem like perfect matches for drinking, and this is by design. The house-special spicy Black Angus beef ribs come on a hot stone plate and seem to be the most popular item on every table. The spice level is high but subtle as it mingles with the sweetness of the sauce and tender meat falls off the bone before you can get it to your plate. Korean rice cake dishes known as tteokbokki might be the ultimate drinking food: chewy pieces in spicy gochujang chili paste and combined with your choice of fish cakes, seafood, cheese or a combination of everything. A range of warming hearty soups gets chosen more as temperatures drop, of which the most popular for drinking is budae jjigae, usually called “army stew” in English because of its use of the awful ingredients brought by U.S. soldiers during the war. With packaged ramen noodles, find generous chunks of Spam and hot dogs, beans and kimchi, and of course gochujang again to make it spicy. Our favorite might be the kimchi soup with pork belly, another spicy red mixture that works well to help you forget it might start snowing soon. Omelettes over rice, various versions of fried chicken, and an array of dishes under each category of meat are also available. It would take quite some time to sample everything on the menu, the oddest of which start seeming more tempting


The main dining room underneath a canopy of used soju caps

after a certain number of empty bottles populate the table. Interestingly, regardless of how late you try to start here, the place will be more crowded when you leave than when you arrive. Koreans always go out later than you, no matter how hard you try. Come before 7 p.m. or so and you may be the first group to arrive, but take comfort in the fact that they will not be closing before 3 a.m. on any given night. The world might be swirling on your way out, so hold the railing as you descend the stairs back out onto the streets of Murray Hill. A karaoke joint is still open underneath the restaurant if you have not had enough, but otherwise another level down is that trusty train rumbling through.

Old Days Corp. 41-13 150th St., 2nd Fl. 11355 Sun.-Thu. 5:00 p.m.-3:00 a.m., Fri.-Sat. 5:00 p.m.-4:00 a.m. MC, Visa and cash House special spicy black angus beef ribs behind kimchi soup.

FAC T S & FI G U RE S Since 1953, the Korean Peninsula has been split into two, with South Korea maintaining a close relationship with the United States ever since. Roughly 23,000 American military members are currently stationed in South Korea. South Korea is slightly smaller than the state of Pennsylvania. In February, the South Korean city of Pyeongchang hosted the XXIII Olympic Winter Games. Ethnic Koreans began moving to Flushing in large numbers in the 1980s, settling mostly near Union Street. In the 1990s their numbers grew, with businesses expanding down Northern Boulevard. Today, Korean restaurants are prominent from downtown Flushing all the way to Nassau County. The area around the Murray Hill Long Island Rail Road stop is often referred to as Meokja Golmok, or the restaurant street, because of the large number of restaurants, shops and karaoke joints.

Empty bottles are the theme of every table’s night.

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Whether it is Thanksgiving, Christmas, Hanukkah or Kwanzaa, the holiday season is about families coming together and communities gathering to support each other. Queens’ diverse community has so much to offer at this time of the year, with nonprofits making sure all residents get a warm meal, religious groups holding a host of celebrations, and the city government providing services to make sure residents have a happy and safe season. During the next few weeks, we will be looking at all the ways the holidays are special in Queens.

Here’s a list of some of the events coming up: Young Chefs Give Thanks for the Sixth Year at Alley Pond Environmental Center from 10:30 a.m. to noon on Nov. 17 Zero-Waste Thanksgiving at Queens Botanical Garden. 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. on Nov. 17 Floral Design: Holiday Centerpiece at Queens Botanical Garden from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Nov. 18 Turkey Bowl: Friends, Family and Football at Al Oerter Recreation Center in Flushing Meadows Corona Park from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Nov. 23 Holiday Cookies & Crafts at Bayside Historical Society. Noon to 2 p.m. on Dec. 1

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The Queens Tribune, Thursday, November 15, 2018 CITATION File No. 2017-3935/A SURROGATE’S COURT, QUEENS COUNTY THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, By the Grace of God Free and Independent TO: Public Administrator Queens County, the heirs at law, next of kin, and distributees of Evelyn Seroy, 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 diligence, Bruce Povman A petition having been duly filed by Ronnie Sue Maibaum who is/are domiciled at 3131 Mott Avenue, Far Rockaway, New York 11691 YOU ARE HEREBY CITED TO SHOW CAUSE before the Surrogate’s Court, Queens County, at 88-11 Sutphin Boulevard, Jamaica, New York on December 13, 2018, at 09:30 o’clock in the fore noon of that day, why a decree should not be made in the estate of Evelyn Seroy lately domiciled at 70-31 108th Street Apt 14A, Forest Hills, New York 11375, United States admitting to probate a Will dated April 13, 2016 a copy of which is attached, as the Will of Evelyn Seroy deceased, relating to real and personal property, and directing that: Letters Testamentary issue to Ronnie Sue Maibaum. Dated, Attested and Sealed, Oct 12 2018 Seal HON. Peter J. Kelly Surrogate James Lim Becker Chief Clerk Charles E. Lapp, III Print Name of Attorney Lapp & Lapp Firm 100 Cedarhurst Avenue P.O. Box 435 Cedarhurst, New York 11516-0435 Address (516)295-3344 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 you do not object to the relief requested. You have a right to have an attorney appear for you. Notice of Formation of HEALTH PIONEERS LLC Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 10/31/18. Office location: Queens County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to Christina Valencia, 309 Fifth Ave., Apt. #32B, NYC, NY 10016, regd. agent upon whom and at which process may be served. Purpose: Any lawful activity. Notice of formation of J JACE TRANSPORT LLC. Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. Of State of NY (SSNY) on 07/19/2018, Office location: Queens County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: JACE TRANSPORT LLC 4857 N. 2017TH ST. BAYSIDE, NY 11364. Purpose: any lawful activities. Notice of Formation of 3xL LLC. Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 10/17/18. Office location: Queens County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: 136-20 38th Avenue, 12th Fl., Flushing, NY 11354. Purpose: any lawful activity. Notice of formation of J AND ERIC’S PAINTING SERVICES, LLC. Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. Of State of NY (SSNY) on 05/25/2018, Office location: Queens County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: J AND ERIC’S PAINTING SERVICES, LLC., 3817 111th Street, Apt. 1B, Corona, NY 11368. Purpose: any lawful activities RESET REALTY LLC. Arts. of Org. filed with the SSNY on 01/30/18. Latest date to dissovle: 12/31/2117. 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, 660 Seneca Avenue, Ridgewood, NY 11385. Purpose: Any lawful purpose.

Notice of Formation of 62-55 AUSTIN PARK STREET, LLC, a NYS limited liability company. Formation filed with SSNY on 10/03/2018. Office location Queens County. SSNY des. as agt. of LLC, upon whom process may be served. SSNY shall mail a copy of process to 112 BOWERY 1 FL, NEW YORK, NY 10013. Purpose: All lawful purposes. 56 Avenue LLC, Arts of Org. filed with Sec. of State of NY (SSNY) 7/13/2018. Cty: Queens. SSNY desig. as agent upon whom process against may be served & shall mail process to: Antoni Perlicki, 59-40 56th Ave., Maspeth, NY 11378. General Purpose. Notice of formation of OAK REGO LLC. Arts of Org filed with Secy of State of NY (SSNY) on 10/23/18. Office location: Queens County. SSNY designated as agent upon whom process may be served and shall mail copy of process against LLC to: 40-22 College Point Blvd., Flushing, NY 11354. Purpose: any lawful act. 37-74 104 LLC. Arts. of Org. filed with the SSNY on 10/12/18. 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, 86-22 Broadway, 2Fl, Elmnhurst, NY 11373. Purpose: Any lawful purpose.

Notice of Formation of 926 EAST 99 STREET LLC Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 10/15/18. Office location: Queens County. Latest date on which the LLC may dissolve is 10/11/2117. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to Tuchman, Korngold, Weiss, Leibman & Gelles LLP, 6 E. 45th St., NY, NY 10017. Purpose: Any lawful activity. Sundrine LLC, Arts of Org. filed with Sec. of State of NY (SSNY) 10/2/2018. Cty: Queens. SSNY desig. as agent upon whom process against may be served & shall mail process to: Attn: Zhao Jie Chen, 44-10 Ketcham St., Apt. 4E, Elmhurst, NY 11373. General Purpose.

Notice of Formation of DESIGN & PROCUREMENT LLC Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 10/02/18. Office location: Queens County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to c/o Cohen & Cohen, LLP, 767 Third Ave., 31st Fl., NY, NY 10017. The regd. agent of the company upon whom and at which process against the company can be served is Richard N. Cohen, Esq., c/o Cohen & Cohen, LLP, 767 Third Ave., 31st Fl., NY, NY 10017. Purpose: Any lawful activity.

Notice of formation of TAMACO FASHION LLC. Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. Of State of NY (SSNY) on 09/26/2018, Office location: Queens County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: TAMACO FASHION LLC 8219 LITTLE NECK PARKWAY GLEN OAKS, NY 11004. Purpose: any lawful activities

...... Notice of formation of INDEED REALTY GROUP 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: INDEED REALTY GROUP LLC 36-36 PRINCE STREET UNIT 308 FLUSHING, NY 11354. Purpose: Any lawful activity or purpose.

Notice of Formation of Euclid Glenmore JV Associates LLC. Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 10/1/18. Office location: Queens County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: c/o Mega Contracting Group LLC, 48-02 25th St., Ste. 400, Astoria, NY 11103. Purpose: any lawful activity.

GIANNIS TAXI LLC, Arts. of Org. filed with the SSNY on 10/11/2018. Office loc: Queens County. SSNY has been designated as agent upon whom process against the LLC may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: John Giovanis, 33-21 21 Street, Astoria, NY 11106. Purpose: Any Lawful Purpose.

136-68 ROOSEVELT PROPERTY LLC Articles of Org. filed NY Sec. of State (SSNY) 5/14/18. Office in Queens Co. SSNY design. Agent of LLC upon whom process may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of process to Lai Yi Li C/O Raymond Chan Architech PC 136-68 Roosevelt Ave Ste. 6C Flushing NY, 11354. Purpose: Any lawful activity.

PFC & SRJ Culture LLC Arts of Org filed with NY Sec of State (SSNY) on 10/4/18. Office: Queens County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: 136-33 37th Ave, #8B, Flushing, NY 11354. General Purposes.

Notice of Formation of Forest Hills Lash, LLC. Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 9/20/18. Office location: Queens County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: 1430 Horseshoe Drive, Bellmore, NY 11710. Purpose: any lawful activity.

Notice of formation of J TAILORED BEAST LLC. Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. Of State of NY (SSNY) on 09/26/2018, Office location: Queens County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: TAILORED BEAST LLC 40-33 69TH STREET, APT. 10A WOODSIDE, NY 11377. Purpose: any lawful activities. 64-14 MYRTLE AVENUE LLC. Arts. of Org. filed with the SSNY on 09/27/18. 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, 14 Danton Lane North, Lattingtown, NY 11560. Purpose: Any lawful purpose. 47-40 197th STREET LLC. Arts. of Org. filed with the SSNY on 08/10/18. 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, 23-58 26th Street, Astoria, NY 11105. Purpose: Any lawful purpose. Antares Realty LLC, Arts of Org. filed with Sec. of State of NY (SSNY) 9/17/2018. Cty: Queens. SSNY desig. as agent upon whom process against may be served & shall mail process to 2417 Crescent St., Astoria, NY 11102. General Purpose.

Notice of formation of MERRICK CONSULTING LLC. Art. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 07/02/2018. Office location: Queens County. SSNY designated as service for process. SSNY shall mail process to: MERRICK CONSULTING LLC 13155 224TH ST. LAURELTON, NY 11413. Purpose: any lawful purpose. IT’S PERSONAL BABY LLC, Arts. of Org. filed with the SSNY on 09/28/2018. Office loc: Queens County. SSNY has been designated as agent upon whom process against the LLC may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: Elena Louca, 23-43 35th Street, Astoria, NY 11105. Purpose: Any Lawful Purpose. Notice is hereby given that a license, number 1314251 for wine, beer and cider has been applied for by the undersigned to sell wine, beer and cider at retail in a restaurant and pizzeria under the Alcoholic Beverage Control Law at 57-27 61st Street, Maspeth, Queens County, NY, for on premises consumption. WALL BROTHERS PIZZA RESTAURANT CORP., d/b/a WB PIZZA RESTAURANT. Notice is hereby given that a license, number 1312894 for an “On Premises Liquor License” has been applied for by the undersigned to serve Liquor at retail in the restaurant under the Alcohol

Beverage Control Law at Guan Fu Inc., located at 39-16 Prince Street, Unit G01, Flushing, NY 11354 for on premises consumption:

(infant). The city and state of my present address are Jamaica, NY. My place of birth is MANHATTAN, NY. The month and year of my birth are January 2017.

Notice is hereby given that an Order entered by the Civil Court, Queens County on October 12, 2018. bearing Index Number NC-000930-18/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) JUSTIN (Middle) JONATHAN (Last) XANGUAL. My present name is (First) JUSTIN (Middle) JORGE LUIS (Last) MANGUAL. The city and state of my present address are College Point, NY. My place of birth is BROOKLYN, NY. The month and year of my birth are March 1999.

Notice is hereby given that an Order entered by the Civil Court, Queens County on September 5, 2018 bearing Index Number NC-000708-18/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) MAXIMILIAN (Middle) LUC (Last) CARMONA ORTIZ. My present name is (First) MAXIMILIAN (Middle) LUC (Last) ORTIZ (infant). The city and state of my present address are Long Island City, NY. My place of birth is MANHATTAN, NY. The month and year of my birth are June 2017.

Notice is hereby given that an Order entered by the Civil Court, Queens County on October 12, 2018. bearing Index Number NC-000926-18/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) MICHEAL (Middle) OMAR CHAVONNE (Last) JACKSON. My present name is (First) MICHEAL (Middle) OMAR CHAVONNE (Last) JACKSON TAYLOR AKA MICHAEL OMAR JACKSON, AKA MICHEAL OMAR CHAVONNE JACKSON The city and state of my present address are Springfield Gardens, NY. My place of birth is QUEENS, NY. The month and year of my birth are July 1992. Notice is hereby given that an Order entered by the Civil Court, Queens County on September 20, 2018, bearing Index Number NC-000803-18/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) THEODORE (Middle) MICHAEL AIDEN (Last) RESPASS. My present name is (First) AIDEN (Middle) OMARI (Last) JORDAN

Notice is hereby given that an Order entered by the Civil Court, Queens County on October 5, 2018, bearing Index Number NC-000890-18/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) ISAAC (Middle) AARON (Last) ESTEVEZ. My present name is (First) ISAAC (Last) BEJARANO. The city and state of my present address are Long Island City, NY. My place of birth is QUEENS, NY. The month and year of my birth are December 1996. FAMILY COURT OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK COUNTY OF QUEENS GF2 8/2002 In the Matter of a Custody/Visitation Proceeding Estephani Rodriguez, Petitioner, against - Michael Landers, Respondent. File #: 181805 Docket #: V-11955-18 SUMMONS IN THE NAME OF THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK: To: Michael Landers (Address Unknown) A petition under Article 6 of the Family Court Act having been filed with this Court, and annexed hereto YOU ARE HEREBY SUMMONED to appear before this court on Date/Time: January 14,


2019 at 9:00 AM Purpose: Return of Process Part: 5 Floor/Room: Floor 2/Room 250 Presiding: Hon. Joan L. Piccirillo Location: Queens County 151-20 Jamaica Avenue Jamaica, NY 11432 to answer the petition and to be dealt with in accordance with the Family Court Act. On your failure to appear as herein directed, a warrant may be issued for your arrest. Dated: October 24, 2018 Robert Ratanski, Clerk of Court NOTICE: Family Court §154(c) provides that petitions brought pursuant to Article 4, 5, 6, 8 and 10 of the Family Court Act, in which an order of protection is sought or in which a violation of an order of protection is alleged, may be served outside the State of New York upon a Respondent who is not a resident or domiciliary of the State of New York. If no other grounds for obtaining personal jurisdiction over the Respondent exist aside from the application of this provision, the exercise of personal jurisdiction over the respondent is limited to the issue of the request for, or alleged violation of, the order of protection. Where the Respondent has been served with this summons and petition does not appear, the Family Court may proceed to a hearing with respect to issuance or enforcement of the order of protection. NATURE OF ACTION: Action for custody of the child, Sainclair Landers filed by petitioner, Estephani Rodriguez against respondent, Michael Landers. RELIEF SOUGHT: Order of custody of the child, Sainclair Landers in favor of the petitioner, Estephani Rodriguez.

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