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Petition started to save Bayside Barnes & Noble

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THE COURIER/Photo by Angy Altamirano

A local woman is hoping that through an online petition aimed to keep the Barnes & Noble in Bayside open, the voices of an outraged community will be heard.

Vasiliki Gliagias has been living in Bayside for 15 years and lives only a couple of blocks away from the Bay Terrace shopping center, which is home to one of the last remaining Barnes & Noble locations in Queens.

Gliagias, along with many other book lovers, was shocked and upset when she heard that the Bayside site would meet the same fate as the Barnes & Noble in Forest Hills — which will become a Target by July 2016 — leaving Queens without the retailer.

“I have so many memories of going to Barnes & Noble and browsing through books I could read over the summer, choosing books for school from a reading list, even just getting magazines with friends,” Gliagias said. “I knew that I could not be the only one upset about such a thing. I thought about other families I see with kids in the children’s section of the store.”

Out of this anger, Gliagias launched the Facebook page “Keep Barnes & Noble Open in Queens” as a way to inform fellow Queens residents about the closings. In just the first day the page garnered 400 likes, and the following day shot up to 1,000 likes and just kept growing.

Through this page, a commenter made Gliagias aware of a similar situation in the Bronx where a Barnes & Noble location was slated to close because the company had not renewed the lease. After the community started a petition, elected officials hopped onto the issue and in the end helped the store stay at the location.

After hearing this and seeing all the comments and people’s shared frustrations, Gliagias started on a petition on Change.org – which has garnered 744 supporters in less than 24 hours — with hopes that they will gain support from local elected officials and ultimately save the bookstore.

“The Queens community is not kidding around. It’s easy to shut down retail stores who are not able to pay their lease, but a special consideration should be made for educational centers like Barnes & Noble that are so important to foster a well-rounded community. Those with families insist that actual books are better learning tools for children,” Gliagias said.

The petition, which has a goal of 1,000 signatures, will be sent to property owner Cord Meyer Development calling on them to keep the Bayside Barnes & Noble open.

According to a representative from Cord Meyer Development, a HomeGoods store will take over the Bayside Barnes & Noble. The representative said that the property owner made repeated attempts at securing a long-term contract with the bookstore, but that Barnes & Noble decided not to exercise the option to renew the lease.

“Cord Meyer has not closed the book on B&N, and would welcome the bookstore back as a tenant in Bay Terrace, once they develop a business plan that would work in our shopping center,” the representative said.

Along with the Forest Hills and Bayside locations, a Barnes & Noble in Fresh Meadows, near St. John’s University, closed its doors at the end of last year after failing to negotiate a lease extension, and a T.J. Maxx will take over the site.


All remaining Barnes & Noble locations closing in Queens

| amatua@queenscourier.com

THE COURIER/Photo by Angy Altamirano

It’s the final chapter for Barnes & Noble in Queens, as the bookstore is shuttering its remaining location in The Bay Terrace shopping center in Bayside.

A representative from Barnes & Noble declined to reveal the official closing date or who is expected to take over the property but did admit that the property owner declined to renew the company’s lease.

“With Bayside, when our lease came back up for renewal the property owner notified us that they chose a tenant who was willing to pay rents far in excess of what we were willing to pay,” said David Deason, vice president of Barnes & Noble development. “The Queens community is extremely important to us and as a result we are aggressively looking at new locations and expect to have a new store there in the future.”

According to a representative from the property owner Cord Meyer Development, a HomeGoods store will take over the Barnes & Noble. The representative said that the property owner made repeated attempts at securing a long-term contract with the bookstore, but that Barnes & Noble decided not to exercise the option to renew the lease.

“Cord Meyer has not closed the book on B&N, and would welcome the bookstore back as a tenant in Bay Terrace, once they develop a business plan that would work in our shopping center,” the representative said.

This news comes days after it was announced that a Target would take over the Forest Hills location of Barnes & Noble. Forest Hills residents tried desperately to keep it open, starting a petition to vocalize the importance of the community’s only bookstore.

A Barnes & Noble in Fresh Meadows, near St. John’s University, also closed at the beginning of this year after failing to negotiate a lease extension.

Queens residents can hop over to Manhattan or Brooklyn if they want their Barnes & Noble fix.


Donate blood and get free Mets tickets

By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

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It’s time to step up to the plate for the New York Blood Center.

Assemblyman Edward C. Braunstein is once again sponsoring a Bayside Community Blood Drive in conjunction with the New York Blood Center on Thursday, Aug. 13.

The drive will take place from 2:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Bay Terrace Shopping Center at 212th Street and 26th Avenue.

Each donor will receive by mail a pair of tickets to a 2015 Mets game courtesy of the center. The first 60 donors will also receive a voucher for a free pint of soup from Ben’s Kosher Deli as part of its Pint for a Pint program. Additionally, all donors will get free pastries courtesy of Panera Bread and complimentary beverages provided by Waldbaums.

“Each donation helps to save up to three lives,” Braunstein said. “Our hospitals are in need of your assistance, so I hope you will take the time to share this lifesaving gift.”

Eligibility criteria:

  • Bring ID with photo or signature
  • Minimum weight 110 pounds
  • Age 16 to 75 (16-year-olds need parental permission and ages 76 and over need a doctor’s note)
  • Eat well (low fat) and drink plenty of fluids before donating
  • No new tattoos in the last 12 months
  • For medical questions concerning blood donations call 800-688-0900
  • Walk-ins are welcome

For more information on this drive, please call Braunstein’s office at 718-357-3588.


Car crashes into store at Bay Terrace Shopping Center

| amatua@queenscourier.com

Photo via Twitter/@NYPD109Pct

Updated 1:44 p.m.

A woman crashed her car into an Aeropostale store at the Bay Terrace Shopping Center Sunday afternoon, shattering the front window and nearly taking out shoppers, according to officials.

The FDNY said the crash happened at about 4:30 p.m. on Bell Boulevard and 23rd Street in Bayside. Only minor injuries were reported, according to the 109th Precinct’s Twitter page.

According to published reports, there were 14 people inside the store when the collision occurred. Three large clothing shelves reportedly flew to the back of the store as a result.

The manager of the store was reportedly taken to the hospital after experiencing a panic attack. A witness said the 90-year-old driver was trying to park and accidentally accelerated instead, according to reports.

An investigation is ongoing.

@slugs718 drive thru? Thank god no one got hurt

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Where to park and watch first Fort Totten Independence Day fireworks show

| lguerre@queenscourier.com

Photo via Jon Sullivan/ Wikimedia Commons. Maps via Office of Councilman Paul Vallone

No doubt about it, excitement for the first-ever Fort Totten Independence Day fireworks show is exploding.

The July 1 fireworks show, which is the brainchild of Councilman Paul Vallone and the Bayside Historical Society (BHS), is expected to draw thousands of residents from around northeast Queens and may ignite an annual tradition.

Vallone and BHS began blasting new details to the public on Monday about the event, such as where to watch the fireworks and where to park vehicles, hoping the information will help to launch the fireworks show without a hitch and provide family-friendly fun for the community.

“I can’t imagine a better way to kick-start the summer than with a fireworks show and concert in Fort Totten,” Vallone said. “For the first time, residents in northeast Queens won’t have to travel far for world-class fireworks.”

The event will begin at 6 p.m. with performances from the MichelleMarie RockBand Camp, and then the Phil Costa & Something Special Band. The pyrotechnics show by Long Island-based Fireworks by Grucci will begin at 9:15 and last 15 minutes.

The fireworks will shoot up from the soccer fields, also known as the Parade Grounds, and about 2,000 residents should be able to fit in the lawn near the pool for prime viewing area. However, because the fireworks will be so high, many areas around Fort Totten will provide good views. Vallone said even Bronx residents will be able to see the show.

Take a look at the map of north Queens and the Bronx below for other visibility areas. The purple locations indicate viewing spots. 

Guests can park their vehicles at Little Bay Parking Lot, along Bell Boulevard, and beginning at 5 p.m. the Clearview Golf Course and the Bay Terrace Shopping Center parking lots. Shuttle bus service provided by Vallo Transportation will then take residents to Fort Totten from the golf course and shopping center. Vallo will have return buses to the lots from Fort Totten following the event.

Residents are asked to bring blankets, lawn chairs and picnic items to the event, however, alcohol is prohibited because Fort Totten is a park and security will check bags and storage devices, such as coolers.

Vending trucks will be on site with snacks and drinks, including roasted corn, lemonade, funnel cakes and corn dogs.

During the show, the BHS will announce the winner of its bee-naming silent auction.

BHS has two new beehives and two winning bidders will have the chance to have the queen bees named after themselves. The winners will also receive a Swarovski crystal tiara, a sash, a certificate, a gift basket with skin care products, a jar of local honey, and family membership to the BHS for one year. The starting bid is $250. To enter, email a bid to info@baysidehistorical.org.

Also, the BHS will extend hours to its castle so guests can view exhibitions, giving them a sense of the past of the community.

“We’ll be making history on July 1,” said Alison McKay, executive director of the BHS. “Hosting an Independence Day celebration right outside our front door is a great way for the community to link the past with the present.”


Forest Hills Barnes & Noble may close, leaving just one branch in Queens

| lguerre@queenscourier.com

THE COURIER/Photo by Angy Altamirano

Updated 3:10 p.m.

Bookseller Barnes & Noble could shutter one of its two remaining locations in Queens if it doesn’t renew its lease.

The 22,000-square-foot location at 70-00 Austin St. in Forest Hills, which has been there for more than 20 years, may close when its lease expires in January. The bookstore declined to extend its lease five more years at the location, according to representatives of landlord Muss Development.

If it does close, the once-prominent bookstore chain will have just one location in Queens, which is in the Bay Terrace Shopping Center in Bayside. Last year, the company closed its Fresh Meadows branch near to St. John’s University.

Representatives for the firm said they are hoping to keep the Forest Hills location open.

“We’re having current discussions with the property owner regarding an extension of lease at Forest Hills,” said David Deason, vice president of development at Barnes & Noble. “We have clearly and consistently communicated to the property owner that we would extend long term, but at rents very close to what we are currently paying. We have been in business there for over 20 years, and hope that we can come to terms that are acceptable to both parties.”

However, an executive from Muss Development, which is prepared to put the space on the market, confirmed to The Courier that they have not received word from Barnes & Noble representatives that they want to sign a new long-term lease or even a one-year extension.

“I would love to keep Barnes & Noble if they have an interest in a long-term deal,” said Jeff Kay, COO of Muss Development. “We got no indication from them that they want to stay long term.”


Bayside Medical Arts Center on sale for $9 million

| lguerre@queenscourier.com

Photo courtesy of Massey Knakal 

The Bayside Medical Arts Center, anchored by a division of North Shore-LIJ for decades, has been listed for $9 million.

A member of the family firm C.B.R., LLC, which owns the building at 23-19 Bell Blvd. in Bay Terrace, plans to retire and another family member no longer wants to manage the building, according to Stephen Preuss of Massey Knakal, who is marketing the property.

Preuss added that the approximately 15,000-square-foot property would be a great investment as the offices are well-attended by many patients, the building is in great condition and the “tenancy is extremely strong.”

There are 12 units throughout the building and only one vacancy. There are also 20 parking spaces for patients and staff.

Other tenants in the building range from dentists to pediatricians and other medical specialists.

The building is located directly across from the Bay Terrace Shopping Center, which is home to large chains such as The Gap, Waldbaum’s, Barnes & Nobles, an AMC Loews Theater and Applebee’s, as well as local brands.


Watch: Queens Courier publisher completes ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

THE COURIER/Photo by Angy Altamirano

Victoria Schneps, publisher of The Queens Courier, participated in the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge at Christie & Co. Salon & Spa, at 23-64 Bell Blvd, in Bayside’s Bay Terrace Shopping Center on Friday afternoon.



Courier publisher to take ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com


Help fund scientific research into the disease amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). The Queens Courier and Christie Salon are sponsoring the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge on Friday, Sept. 12 at 3 p.m.

The challenge will take place at Christie & Co. Salon & Spa, at  23-64 Bell Blvd, in Bayside, and all Bay Terrace Shopping Center employees are invited. Victoria Schneps, publisher of The Queens Courier, will also participate in the Ice Bucket Challenge, and she challenges her readers to come and join in. Donations are welcome and Lois Christie has offered a free blowout at her salon to anyone who participates in the new ritual of pouring freezing water over one’s head in the name of fighting a progressive neurodegenerative disease.

Call The Queens Courier at 718-224-5863 in order to participate.




Bayside arcade closes after nearly 30 years

| mchan@queenscourier.com

THE COURIER/Photo by Melissa Chan

Game over.

Peter Pan Games, a popular arcade in the Bay Terrace Shopping Center, has closed after nearly 30 years.

The owner of the video game house, who could not be reached, chose not to renew his lease, officials said.

“It appears with all of the latest technology with games, so many younger folks are able to play at home,” said Mary Hughes, vice president of leasing at Cord Meyer Development, which rents the space.

“We are sad to see the doors close,” Hughes said.

Peter Pan Games was located at 212-93 26th Avenue on the upper level of the shopping center. Gamers enjoyed crazes like Dance Dance Revolution there as well as classic Skee Ball, Pac Man, claw machines and air hockey.

“It’s a shame,” said 13-year-old Shawn Choi. “A lot of people have fun there. There are no arcades around here.”

Smiles Entertainment Center in College Point went out of business years ago.

An online search showed only two operating mom-and-pop Queens arcades: Funtopia at 66-26 Metropolitan Avenue in Middle Village and Kids Fun House at 62-73 Fresh Pond Road in Ridgewood.

There are also two Chuck E. Cheese’s franchise arcades in Flushing and Long Island City.

“I’m sad it closed,” said Dylan Morrow, 23. “I used to go there all the time. But I haven’t gone in a while now that I got older. That’s a bummer. All these kids are playing video games in their houses now with their crazy Xboxes.”



Back-to-school sales and deals

| ctumola@queenscourier.com

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School is about to start and for parents that means buying new clothes, school supplies and more. Here’s a list of some local back-to-school deals that you can shop for around Queens or online.


Carter’s Children’s Wear
(Bay Terrace Shopping Center, Bell Blvd. & 26th Ave., Bayside)
Now through Aug. 29

  • Save up to 50% off on back-to-school favorites, such as dresses, tunics, leggings, polos, hoodies and more in stores and online.

Modell Sporting Goods
(various locations in Queens)
Now through Aug. 30

  • Men’s Polo’s 4 for $20
  • 40% off Men’s Classic Jersey Pants, Fleece, or Cargo Pants
  • 50% off Vortex Backpacks
  • Women’s Russell Fleece Separates Buy 1, get 1 free
  • 20% off Entire Stock of Moret Ultra Separates
  • Fila Workout Capris or Leggings $15
  • Boys’ Tricot or Soft Poly Windpants $10
  • 40% off classic fleece pant or Pullover Hood MSRP $35 Now $21

Old Navy
(various locations in Queens)

Now through Aug. 29

  • All jeans on sale for the entire family.

Now through Sept. 5

  • All uniforms on sale.
Shoe Village
(45-22 162nd St., Flushing)
Now through Sept. 8
  • Buy one pair and get one 50% off. (Located at

Stride Rite
(Queens Center, 90-15 Queens Blvd., Elmhurst)
Now through Sept. 4

  • BOGO: Buy one pair and get another for 50% off.

The Children’s Place
(various locations in Queens)
Now through Sept. 10

  • For every $40 spent of merchandise (excluding Gift Cards) on a single order, before taxes, shipping fees and after any discounts, you will earn one (1) $20 PLACE cash coupon redeemable on your next in store or online purchase off $40 or more between September 11, 2012 and September 23, 2012.



Apple Store
(various locations in Long Island & Manhattan)
Now through  Sept. 21

  • Buy the new iPad for college through September 21 and receive a $50 Back to School gift card to use on apps, books, music, and movies. Or buy a Mac and get $100 Back to School Gift Card. And if you choose a Mac, save even more with Apple Education Pricing.

Best Buy
(various locations in Queens)

  • Power up for college with savings in every department.

(various locations in Queens)
Now through Sept. 15

  • Buy a Back to School Savings Pass for $10 and save on hundreds of school supplies. For more back to school deals at Staples, click here.



(Queens Center, 90-15 Queens Blvd., Elmhurst)
Now through Aug. 31

  • Free haircuts for kids in K-6th grade.
  • Kid’s Eyeglasses Sale: Children 16 and under can get a complete pair of glasses, including frames (valued at up to $120), polycarbonate lens and an eyeglass protection plan for only $25 throughout the month of August.

188th St., Fresh Meadows; 61-35 Junction Blvd., Elmhurst)
Now through Sept. 1

  • 30%-50% off All Collections, Dressy Skirts, Dresses & Dressy Bottoms
  • 30-40% off All Tops For Juniors
  • Buy 1, Get 1 Half off On All Socks For Her
  • Buy 1, Get 1 half Off All Basics for Men * Packaged Socks & Underwear for Boys 4-20
  • 40% off All Urban Pipeline Apparel
  • All chaps School Uniforms Buy 1, Get One for $1
  • 25-30% off All Fashion Jewelry
  • 30-40% off Handbags

(13505 20th Ave. College Point; 8801 Queens Blvd. Elmhurst)
Now through Sept. 29

  • Sale on select backpacks. For more back to school savings, click here.



Christie & Co. Salon Spa
(2364 Bell Blvd., Bayside)
Now through Sept. 14

  • Students and teachers with ID can get a BTS Mini Makeover or BTS Mini Spa for $99, or a BTS Hi-Lites Makeover for $150.

Pearle Vision
(various locations in Queens)

  • 50% off kids’ lenses with frame purchase
  • Buy one get one free
  • Save up to $100 on daily disposable contact lenses

Triboro Pharmacy
(37-20 Ditmars Blvd., Astoria)
Now through August 31

  • $5.00 off any purchase over $25 with coupon – available in the Queens Courier.

Asian cuisine at its best

| padler@queenscourier.com

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Asian Terrace serves amazing Asian fusion fare in The Bay Terrace shopping center in Bayside. It has a spectacular setting and delicious dishes.

The handsome wooden doors open onto a large space whose focal point is a gorgeous fountain. The interior, which was formerly the site of the restaurant Tofu, has been completely redone, from the unique painted floors to the gentle lighting emanating from handsome fixtures. The colors and tones are subdued, allowing the brightly colored fountain to to be the centerpiece of the room.

In the rear is a sushi bar featuring a seascape mural. There is a handsome, well-stocked bar at the front that allows for drinking or dining.

Friends joined us so we could sample multiple dishes. We began our meal with traditional edamame, a nice accompaniment to our drinks. We also enjoyed fall-off-the-bone tender Asian baby back ribs smoked with jasmine tea. Their Cajun seared white tuna with a creamy red wine tarragon sauce had an added flavor of fig truffle and soy. It was a unique and delicious combination.

As a cold appetizer we also enjoyed the seven spice salmon, which is prepared with black and green olives, asparagus, pine nuts, mango jelly and gochujang miso sauce. So different and so good!

There are multiple soups offered, with my favorite being the seafood miso, chock full of shrimp, scallops and clams.

We shared some of the chef’s special rolls. Different and delicious was the Eensy Weensy, soft shell crab tempura with avocado and topped with spicy, crunchy kani masago and sweet soy.

There are old favorites like sesame chicken done with just the right crispness, and the best fried rice with pulled pork I ever ate! We also enjoyed the crispy red snapper.

Of course we couldn’t resist dessert. A creamy tartufo was so good it disappeared minutes after it was served.

The warm and friendly owner and her staff are welcoming and professional in their service.

The restaurant offers free delivery, so whether you experience the stunning setting or eat at your home or office, try Asian Terrace, you’ll love it. It is, as they claim, Asian cuisine at its best!


Asian Terrace

The Bay Terrace shopping center

26th Avenue and Bell Boulevard Bayside


Open seven days for lunch and dinner

Handicap accessible