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SERVING SUNNYSIDE-WOODSIDE AND LONG ISLAND CITY VOL. 86, NO. 33

WOODSIDE, L.I.C., N.Y. FRIDAY, AUGUST 16, 2019

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LESSONS LEARNED: A FISH STINKS FROM THE HEAD by Dr. Sharon M. Cadiz

In the not too distant past, residents of 35th Avenue between 21st Street and 12th Street in Long Island City, fought the good fight to assert their right to have a block free of garbage trucks. The battle took all of twenty or more years to resolve concluding with a 2018 victory over this horrendous practice of parking and idling garbage trucks from the wee hours of the morning, and leaving the trucks lined up for residents to squeeze between; all the while smelling the noxious odors emitted from the trucks. Holidays were no exception to this practice and before the fight was won, a small concession was made to render the block truck free on Sundays. Having enjoyed that small victory, the battle waged on to get them completely removed. I personally took the fight directly to the Mayor and his Sanitation Commissioner at a summer Town Hall Meeting when he was traveling the outer boroughs concurrently campaigning to retain his office for a second term. I highlighted the fact that the block was a “default depot” and promises were made for a September 2017 pullout. September came and went and the trucks were still there. By January 2018, I and my neighbors had had enough. The support of other local elected officials, local newspapers like the Woodside Herald and The Western Queens Gazette, Channel 11 Arnold Diaz and his “Shame on You” feature, along with personal invitations to visit the block, the tide turned. So with the exception of the occasional garbage truck that can be seen along the block, there are no more garbage trucks on 35th Avenue, and a promise of a $140 million new depot is said to be in development to house the trucks. Well, just last week, a dear friend and neighbor alerted me to a newspaper article describing the same saga unfolding in the East Village. In a flash of total recall, I saw all the same dynamics and the same cast of characters including the Mayor and his Sanitation Commissioner presiding over the mess which one resident describes as “a wall of stench as you approach 10th Street.” As I read the August 4th article entitled “Foul-smelling garbage trucks are ruining this NYC block,” I marveled at how similar the details were to the 35th Avenue situation. It said: “DeBlasio promised to clean up the problem by September.” A resident of the East Village said: “The trucks contribute to the entire street smelling like trash.” Suddenly, the similarities ended when I read that they are going to war about “four garbage trucks that sit on East 10th Street, between First and Second

Avenues” and that they have been at it “for nearly a year,” compared to over twenty trucks that regularly lined our block and a twenty plus year fight to get them to go away. Here is where I would like to render a civics lesson and rally support for equity in the delivery and maintenance of municipal services. As a taxpayer, citizen and voter, I cannot accept that quality of life and the provision of services is a neighborhood or block-by-block situation. While I have sympathy for the plight of the East Village residents, I also suspect that they will get prompter attention for their demands. Whereas, having a sanitation depot in close proximity on 35th Avenue should have guaranteed us the cleanest block in the city, instead the garbage piled up; and adding insult to injury, we had to make our way around garbage trucks that looked like mating elephants just to get across the street. The safety hazards implicit in trying to walk between trucks did not raise concern enough to stop the practice and when asked why NYCHA porters and staff are responsible for garbage in the developments (a plan hatched under a different Mayor), the response was a vague description of some sort of austerity measure that was somehow seen as a positive thing. Hence, we see the creation of a lax standard of cleanliness; disparate treatment and an inherent lack of accountability along a uniform standard. If City Hall is the “head” and the block stinks, the life lesson requires that we start to recognize that “foul smelling garbage trucks” are not good for any community and we should not have to campaign, cajole or convince an elected official to correct this problem. When we start treating all New Yorkers as worthy of the dignity of a clean community, recognizing that this is a partnership and residents must do their part, we will be going a long way in terms of the equity and unity that creates great communities, cities and ultimately a great country. Partial benefits and uneven accountability creates a caste system predicated on privilege and tells the rest of the folks that they don’t matter. This is exhausting and even so, when I finish writing this, I will have to go to work on finding out why our block which has potholes that look like bombs were dropped into the street, is not slated for paving for another year; even though surrounding blocks are currently being paved. We can be patient and abide in the understanding that everything can’t be done at once, but history has shown that when something “stinks” the stench usually comes from upper level decision-making.

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NY GIANTS SEASON TIX! SEC 315, ROW 24 4 seats PLUS 1 Parking Pass available at cost. Call Paul @ (718) 224-0205 IT’S IN QUEENS Yikes! A few summer-long programs host their final concert, film or activity this week. But don’t give up and shop for school supplies, there are still plenty of fun things to do in Queens, including a honey festival, a cocktail expo, silent disco, and beach lessons. AUG. 16, SILENT DISCO, 10PM Dancers rent headphones that transmit music by three live deejays. They can switch deejays by pushing the buttons on their sets. Bohemian Hall & Beer Garden, 29-19 24th Ave., Astoria.

AUG 17, A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM, 7PM The Hip to Hip Theatre Company presents a family-friendly version of this Shakespeare comedy about the duke of Athens and the Amazon queen. Gantry Plaza State Park, 4-09 47th Rd., LIC.

AUG. 18, NEW YORK COCKTAIL EXPO, 3PM Six hours of cocktails, spirits, beer, cider, a rum room, and a tiki throw down. Melrose Ballroom, 36-08 33rd St., LIC.

AUG. 18, HAMLET (1996), AUG. 25 An epic take on a Shakespeare classic that stars Robin Williams, Billy Crystal, Kate Winslet, Charlton Heston, and Gérard Depardieu. It’s 238 minutes with an intermission. Three screenings on Aug. 18 and Aug. 24 at 4:30 pm and Aug. 25 at 2 pm. Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35th Ave., Astoria’s Kaufman Arts District.

AUG. 20, LIVE AT THE GANTRIES, 7PM The Akoko Nante Ensemble plays African Diaspora music using indigenous techniques filtered through a uniquely African American execution. Gantry Plaza State Park, vicinity of Center Boulevard and 47th Road.

AUG. 21, SPIRITED AWAY, AUG. 25 This 2001 Japanese film won an Oscar for Best Animated Feature. After Chihiro’s family explores an abandoned village, her parents undergo a mysterious transformation and she is whisked into a world of fantastic spirits ruled by a sorceress. The five screenings are on Aug. 21-23 at noon and Aug. 24-25 at 11:30 am. Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35th Ave., Astoria’s Kaufman Arts District.

AUG. 21, OUTDOOR CINEMA, 7 PM Watch the French documentary “March of the Penguins,” which follows emperor penguins as they travel hundreds of miles from the sea to inland mating grounds in Antarctica. Beforehand, Jazz star Eleanor Dubinsky performs with Benhur Oliveira and Wesley Amorim. Socrates Sculpture Park, 32-01 Vernon Blvd., LIC.

AUG. 21, IN SEARCH OF CONTOURED PLAYGROUND & MODELS FOR SPACES, FEB. 2 Opening for two exhibitions that explore Isamu Noguchi’s designs for public spaces and his conviction that sculpture is about shaping the experience of space. The Noguchi Museum, 9-01 33rd Rd., LIC.

THE DARK CRYSTAL, UNTIL AUG. 18 Daily noon screenings of this 1982 Jim Henson film, a mix of puppetry, animatronics, special effects, and more. On a remote planet, an elfin creature embarks on a quest to find the missing shard of a magical crystal in an attempt to restore order to his world. Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35th Ave., Astoria’s Kaufman Arts District. The “It’s In Queens” column is produced by the Queens Tourism Council with the hope that readers will enjoy the borough’s wonderful attractions. More info at www.itsinqueens.com.

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CAROL SUDHALTER PLAYS BRYANT PARK by Dr. Sharon M. Cadiz

If you’re looking for something fun and entertaining to do this weekend, check out jazz musician Carol Sudhalter at Bryant Park. This local musician recently performed at the Sunnyside Reformed Church with her Big Band celebrating the music of women composers. Carol plays venues all over the city and she is a recognized talent in jazz. On Saturday, August 17 she will be appearing in Bryant Park at noon. This free outdoor concert will feature Carol on the tenor sax in a tribute to Sonny Rollins. Look for “The Reading Room” which is located outdoors in Bryant Park on 42nd Street between the back of the New York Public Library (NYPL) and 6th Avenue. There will be yellow and white umbrellas and a tent set up for use during mists or light rain. In the event of severe weather, the program will move indoors to the NYPL Children’s Library at 42nd Street and 5th Avenue. Jump on the train or bus and come out to support our local talent with a great turnout. See you there.

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