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See it: Contemporary Bayside Gables mansion selling for $6.5M

By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

Photo courtesy of Douglas Elliman Real Estate and MLSLI


With a full-sound recording studio, media room and bar, the contemporary house at 214-40 27th Ave. in Bayside is a musician’s dream and an entertainer’s delight.

This house, which is listed by Douglas Elliman Real Estate for a price of $6.5 million, offers six bedrooms and five and a half bathrooms, and a total of nearly 20 granite-floored rooms.

An open floorplan kitchen and formal dining room on the first floor are ideal for anyone who loves to cook and prepare delectable meals for family and friends. For those who prefer more solitary dining, as well as outdoor seating, there’s a kitchenette and two private terraces to choose from on the second floor. Residents of this house can stay in shape with a third-floor gym, and cool off with a swim in the backyard in-ground pool.

Other features of this house include a laundry room, five fireplaces, a four-car garage, and an in-ground sprinkler system.


Latin fusion spot set to open on Bayside’s Bell Boulevard

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THE COURIER/Photo by Alina Suriel

Bell Boulevard will be getting a new restaurant to add to its strong culinary lineup with the arrival of Sol, a two-level bar and lounge with Latin fusion cuisine.

Owner Paul Rhee and legal counsel Dev Viswanath, both Queens natives born into multicultural backgrounds, aim to have Sol open by mid- to late August.

According to Viswanath, the cuisine at Sol, located at 40-09 Bell Blvd., will reflect their heritage as a fusion of Latin flavors with Korean and Indian influences. He said that now was a good time to start a fusion restaurant because modern consumers have come to respond very well to unusual flavor pairings.

“It’s a product of Queens,” said Viswanath, who grew up in Holliswood and currently lives in Hollis Hills. “We’re in a new, sort of post-ethnic world now where it’s not uncommon to find fusion dishes. It’s not uncommon to find several types of things on a menu.”

The interior design of Sol will carry on the theme of contrasting elements coming together. Both levels will have a bar, and each floor will follow a theme inspired by opposing forces of the sun or the moon. The downstairs is planned to have a warmer and more casual ambiance, and the upstairs area, dubbed the “Luna Lounge,” will have modern and sexy decor to create a sophisticated vibe.

Rhee, who grew up in Whitestone and has lived in Bayside and Jackson Heights before moving to Woodside, is very familiar with the Bell Boulevard scene, having formerly worked at Chase Bank near the LIRR station. Rhee had been a patron of several eateries that were previously located at the site of Sol, including former bar and lounge Conga’s, which closed in late 2014.


Stop & Shop to buy out Pathmark, Waldbaum’s supermarkets in Queens

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THE COURIER/File photo

Updated, July 21, 2 p.m.

Stop & Shop is looking to grab six Queens supermarkets off the clearance rack.

The company announced Monday it is acquiring local Pathmark and Waldbaum’s supermarkets from the struggling Great Atlantic and Pacific Tea Company (A&P), which filed for bankruptcy. In all, Stop & Shop is purchasing 25 Pathmark, Waldbaum’s and A&P locations in the tri-state area from the grocery giant for $146 million. The deal is subject to court approval, but is expected to be finalized before the end of this calendar year.

On Sunday, A&P announced it was filing for federal Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, its second such filing in five years, according to The Wall Street Journal. A&P reportedly racked up $2.3 billion in debts versus $1.6 billion in assets, according to its bankruptcy filing. Reportedly, the company lost $300 million between February 2014 and February 2015.

A Stop & Shop spokesperson said the acquired locations will remain open and become integrated into the national supermarket chain, and all of its employees would be retained.

“Stop & Shop is always looking for convenient locations to better serve our customers,” said Don Sussman, president of the company’s New York Metro Division. “We are very happy to have the opportunity to expand our presence in greater New York and serve new customers.”

Stop & Shop currently has five locations in Queens, including on Myrtle Avenue in Glendale; on Union Turnpike on the Glendale/Forest Hills border; on Northern Boulevard in Little Neck; and on 48th Street in Long Island City.

The chain will more than double its presence in the “World’s Borough” with the addition of three Waldbaum’s stores on 26th Avenue in Bayside, Beach Channel Drive in Belle Harbor and Cross Bay Boulevard in Howard Beach, as well as three Pathmark locations on Farrington Street in Flushing, Atlantic Avenue in Ozone Park and Springfield Boulevard in Springfield Gardens.

The 19 other Waldbaum’s and Pathmark locations that Stop & Shop purchased are in Nassau, Suffolk and Westchester counties, Staten Island, Brooklyn, the Bronx and New Jersey.

The 25 stores Stop & Shop acquired represent about 10 percent of A&P’s 296 stores nationwide. As part of the bankruptcy filing, A&P put up 120 supermarkets for sale at a combined $600 million, which will be tested at an upcoming auction. The company is closing 25 other locations immediately; none of those stores are in Queens.

Stop & Shop has 395 stores from New Jersey to Massachusetts employing over 59,000 workers.


Parking meters upgraded along Bayside’s Bell Boulevard

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THE COURIER/Photo by Alina Suriel

Bell Boulevard in Bayside has had new “pay-and-display” parking meters installed as part of a citywide update.

According to Community Board 11 District Manager Susan Seinfeld, all meters in New York City will eventually be switched to a new model being used as part of an upgraded system.

The new hardware has a similar appearance to the old meters with the exception of a more compact, rectangular shape. Solar panels are built directly onto the top of the meter, instead of attached to a separate upward-facing platform as before.

The old meters will remain on the street until the new ones can be completely integrated into the system, but are not usable.

To patrons of the commercial Bayside commercial stretch, the switch is a major improvement over the old meters, which were frequently broken or out-of-service.

Bell Boulevard shopper Eileen Anderson said she once found three broken meters in a row on Bell Boulevard, and had to go to a meter on a completely different corner than where she parked her car.

“I was a little frustrated,” said Eileen Anderson, “I was annoyed.”

Local food service worker Juan Carmona said he often saw meters with red lights on to warn users of malfunction and has also experienced difficulty with meters not accepting payment cards or just not working.

“It frustrates me, but I work right here so it doesn’t make me late.”


Bayside Paint Place moving into former McDonald’s site

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THE COURIER/Photos by Alina Suriel

Bayside Paint Place will be moving to a new, larger store on Bell Boulevard to accommodate an expanded inventory set to include wallpaper and window treatments.

The store is currently located at 41-23 Bell Blvd. and will be moving only two spaces down to the larger corner spot at 41-27 Bell Blvd., which formerly housed a McDonald’s franchise.

Peter Ha, who has served as general manager of Bayside Paint Place for seven years, told The Courier that there is very good business to be done as a home improvement store on Bell Boulevard. While the Bayside commercial stretch is rich in dining and nightlife options, there is little local competition for a paint or home decorating store.

“When you look at Bell Boulevard, you can see restaurants and food and you have choices,” Ha said, “but when it comes to decorating in the neighborhood and stuff like that, over here you don’t see any, and nobody really does it.”

The abundance of single-family homes in Bayside and northeast Queens generate a constant demand for custom home decorating supplies, and according to Ha, customers often came into the store asking for more than just paint. Wallpaper in particular was a popular request for its classic style, and the store also received frequent inquiries on window treatments.


Jimmy Bougadis, a loyal patron of Bayside Paint Place, said that Ha has given him great advice on how to complete construction projects and that his customer service is also at a much higher level than at other stores.

“In the other stores, you go in and ask a question, but they’re very busy and don’t give you any attention,” Bougadis said. “Peter smiles to you and says good morning. It makes me feel good.”


Where to celebrate Bastille Day in Queens this weekend

By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

Photo courtesy of Aperitif Bistro


Francophiles looking to indulge in French food and culture without the large city crowds can trade the Arc de Triomphe for the iconic Sunnyside Arch and celebrate Bastille weekend (July 11-12) in the heart of Queens.

Several Queens restaurants are holding early celebrations of Bastille Day, the holiday marking the start of the French Revolution on July 14, 1789.

One such location is the Tournesol Bistro Francais (50-12 Vernon Blvd. in Long Island City, off the Vernon Blvd./Jackson Ave. 7 train station). Tournesol (French for “sunflower”) serves up French favorites like quiche Lorraine ($9), salade Nicoise ($12), brie panini with apples ($9.50) and croque monsieur ($9.50), a decadent grilled ham and cheese sandwich with bechamel sauce.

Adventurous eaters can try the escargots l’estragon ($9.50), a dish of sauteed snails in tarragon sauce. The magret de canard ($22) features succulent duck breast with celery puree in honey sauce.

Tournesol boasts an extensive wine list categorized by region in France. The Cotes de Provence Cuvee du Cep d’Or, a refreshing rose wine, is perfect for summer afternoons ($8/glass).

To celebrate Bastille Weekend, Tournesol will host a free petanque tournament on Saturday, July 11, from noon to 8 p.m. Petanque is similar to horseshoes but is played with metal “boules,” or balls.

Francophiles can also head over to Sunnyside and celebrate Bastille Day at the Bliss 46 Bistro (43-45 46th St. off the 46th St. and Bliss St. station). Bliss 46 was voted Best French Restaurant in Queens for 2015 by Courier readers in the Best of the Boro competition. The family-owned establishment is run by owner Deodoro Monge and his daughter, Melissa.

Bastille Weekend revelers will want to try their classic coq au vin ($15), a savory chicken stew with red wine, bacon and mashed potatoes, or the steak d’onglet ($19) with garlic butter, vegetables and fries.

Those seeking classic French crepes can find them at Cafe Triskell (33-04 36th Ave. in Astoria off the 36th Ave. N/Q station).

Founded in 2007 by chef, owner and Bretange native Phillipe Fallait, Cafe Triskell offers several varieties of both sweet and savory crepes. Standouts include the French aged goat cheese and herbs crepes ($9), banana with chocolate jam ($6) and the poached pear with homemade chocolate sauce, toasted almonds and whipped cream ($8).

The final stop on the Queens Bastille weekend journey is Aperitif Bistro (213-41 39th Ave. in Bayside). Black and gold pinstripe banquets and vintage globe lanterns give this Queens eatery a French flea market flair.

At Aperitif, patrons can indulge on filet mignon sliders ($14), steak tartare ($17) and prosciutto and figs with blue cheese and pears in a balsamic reduction ($7). Mascarpone crepes with fresh fruit ($16) provide a sweet finish to this French feast.


Enjoy these free summer concerts across Queens parks

| ctumola@queenscourier.com

Photo via queensbp.org/katzconcerts

With the summer heating up, Borough President Melinda Katz announced on Monday a series of free concerts at parks around Queens — from a Beatles cover band in Bayside to reggae in the Rockaways — starting July 12.

“The concert lineup we have arranged for July and August features a wide array of talent that is sure to be enjoyed by Queens residents and visitors alike,” Katz said.

The outdoor music events, dubbed the “Katz Concert Series,” will take place at the following places and dates:

THE TEE-TONES – Motown Concert
Sunday, July 12, at 5 p.m. at East Elmhurst Playground, 100th Street between 24th and 25th avenues in East Elmhurst
In partnership with Kupferberg Center for the Arts and City Council member Julissa Ferreras

YESTERDAY AND TODAY – Beatles Tribute Concert
Sunday, July 19, at 5 p.m. at Crocheron Park, 35th Avenue between Corbett Road and Cross Island Parkway in Bayside
In partnership with Kupferberg Center for the Arts and City Council member Paul Vallone

YESTERDAY AND TODAY – Beatles Tribute Concert
Sunday, July 26, at 5 p.m. at Tudor Park, 133rd Avenue between 81st and 82nd streets in Ozone Park
In partnership with Kupferberg Center for the Arts and City Council member Eric Ulrich

Sunday, Aug. 9, at 5 p.m. at Forest Park (George Seuffert Bandshell), Woodhaven Boulevard and Forest Park Drive in Woodhaven

THE TEE-TONES – Doo-Wop Concert
Sunday, Aug. 9, at 5 p.m. at Little Bay Park, Totten Avenue at Cross Island Parkway in Bayside
In partnership with Kupferberg Center for the Arts and City Council member Paul Vallone

Saturday, Aug.15, at 6 p.m. at Rockaway Beach Park, Seagirt Boulevard and Beach 17th Street in Far Rockaway
In partnership with Kupferberg Center for the Arts and City Council member Donovan Richards Jr.

Sunday, Aug. 23, at 5 p.m. at Springfield Park, Springfield Boulevard between 146th and 147th avenues in Springfield Gardens
In partnership with Kupferberg Center for the Arts and City Council member Donovan Richards Jr.

DDENDYL from Season 6 of NBC’s “The Voice” – American Blues Concert
Thursday, Aug. 27, at 6:30 p.m. at Tribute Park, Beach 116th Street at Beach Channel Drive in Rockaway Park
In partnership with Friends of Tribute Park

MOTOR CITY REVUE – Motown Concert
Sunday, Aug. 30, at 5 p.m. at Astoria Park (Great Lawn), 19th Street between Astoria Park South and Ditmars Boulevard in Astoria
In partnership with Kupferberg Center for the Arts and City Council member Costa Constantinides

Lawn chairs and/or blankets are recommended at the concerts.






Donate blood and get free Mets tickets

By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

File photo

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

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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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VIDEO & PHOTOS: First Fort Totten Independence Day fireworks show

By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

Photos by Dominick Totino Photography / Video courtesy of Personal Touch Video & Photo Production

The rockets red glare — and other colors, too — burst in the air above Fort Totten during an early Independence Day pyrotechnic extravaganza Wednesday night.

Hundreds of residents from Bayside and surrounding communities gathered on the fort’s parade grounds to watch the light show that the Bayside Historical Society and City Councilman Paul Vallone presented.

The festivities began before sunset with musical performances from the MichelleMarie RockBand Camp and the Phil Costa and Something Special Band. Vallone along with other elected officials — including Public Advocate Letitia James, Queens Borough President Melinda Katz, Rep. Grace Meng and Assemblyman Ed Braunstein — were among those in attendance.

Shortly after sundown, the Long Island-based Fireworks by Grucci lit up the night sky with a 15-minute pyrotechnic show set to patriotic music.



Mother, young daughter killed in two-car Bayside crash

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A family car ride turned tragic in Bayside Wednesday night when a Flushing mother and her 10-year-old child were killed after a speeding car collided with their vehicle, police said.

The crash, on 210th Street near 64th Avenue, also sent 42-year-old Susana Ha’s parents and her 8-year-old daughter to the hospital, according to authorities.

An investigation by police determined that the crash happened at about 6 p.m. as a Ford Explorer driven by a 46-year-old woman started speeding northbound on 210th Street, veered to the left and crossed the double yellow line, striking the left side of the family’s Toyota Camry.

The Camry, with Ha’s 74-year-old father behind the wheel, then mounted the sidewalk before striking a tree stump and then a fire hydrant, police said.

All five occupants of the Camry’s occupants were taken to Long Island Jewish Medical Center, where Ha and her daughter, Angelica Ung, were pronounced dead. Ha’s father is listed in stable condition, while her 67-year-old mother and 8-year-old daughter are in critical condition.

The driver of the Ford Explorer was also transported to Long Island Jewish Medical Center, where she is listed in stable condition.

Police are continuing to investigate the crash and have made no arrests.




Video: Burglar takes $40K from Bayside gas station

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Video and photo courtesy of NYPD

A burglar filled up his vehicle with a load of cash after breaking into a Bayside gas station over the weekend, according to police.

The burglary happened about 12:30 a.m. on Saturday at the Gulf station at 79-10 Springfield Blvd., near 50th Avenue.

1551-15 111 PCT BURGLARY Vehicle

After the suspect — a black male — exited his gray vehicle, he walked up to the station, forcibly entered the office and took $40,000, authorities said. The suspect then fled in the car with another unknown male.

Police have released video footage of the break-in and the car used by the suspect.


Anyone with information regarding the incident is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 800-577-TIPS, visit their website or send a text message to 274637 (CRIMES), then enter TIP577. All calls and messages are kept confidential.


Dog stolen from Bayside park found dead

| aaltamirano@queenscourier.com

Photos courtesy of Lora

Updated Wednesday, July 1 11:13 a.m.

The search for Ginger, the 5-year-old cocker spaniel that was stolen from a Bayside park Sunday night, ended in tragedy Tuesday as the owner confirmed to The Courier that the dog was found dead.

The beloved pet was discovered by park workers within Crocheron Park, located at 214th Street and 35th Avenue, where on Sunday at about 10 p.m. she was stolen from her owner, Lora, who did not want to give her last name.

According to the Bayside resident, two men approached Lora and Ginger near the stairs leading toward the pond. One of the two men pretended to be interested in the dog and bent down to pet her while asking questions about the dog, according to Lora.

“I didn’t really think anything of it because people stop and look at my dog all the time,” she said.

The second man, who was larger than the other and stayed quiet the whole time, then punched Lora in the stomach and the two men ran away with Ginger.

The owner, who found it difficult to get up from the attack, said she ran after them after catching her breath and was screaming her dog’s name. Lora said she heard a car “peeling out” right after but wasn’t sure it was the men’s car.

“I mean it’s Bayside,” she said. “I didn’t think anything like that could happen. I never felt unsafe in the area.”

Fliers asking for the public’s help were taped all down Bell Boulevard Monday afternoon and posts were also put up on Facebook, Craigslist and Reddit asking for help in bringing Ginger home.

“I just want her back safely with my family,” she previously told The Courier.

According to Lora, who has had the dog since it was 4 months old, Ginger was wearing a Star Wars Yoda collar with green, yellow and brown checkers and had a black leash with multicolor peace signs on it.

“I just want her back. I just feel so guilty for not protecting her,” Lora previously said. “It doesn’t even feel real. I feel like I’m going to wake up and she’s going to be in bed with me. I feel like it’s a really, really bad dream. It’s not right. I don’t know how anyone can do that.”

Lora filed a police report with the 111th Precinct on Sunday and now the Detective Squad of the precinct will investigate the dog’s death.

Police said they caution dog owners to be careful when walking their dogs and also add that people should not be in public parks after 9 p.m.


PHOTOS: Baby seal spotted at Bayside Marina

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Photos courtesy of the Bayside Marina

There was a loose seal spotting in Bayside on Sunday.

A baby seal was observed at the Bayside Marina at around noon near the water off the boat slip. According to marina manager Eric Pesa, the little guy was spotted by a jogger, and after a crowd of people began to gather around him someone called 911 to help the animal.

Upon their arrival, police, the Department of Environmental Protection, and nonprofit the Riverhead Foundation for Marine Research kept a wide berth around the seal until it finally flopped into the water on its own at around 6 p.m.

Pesa said that authorities informed the crowd that the animal’s mother was likely to be somewhere in the area, as baby seals would usually not travel alone.

“It was quite a show. There were people taking pictures,” said Pesa. “First time I’ve seen one.”


New York Eye and Ear Infirmary of Mount Sinai opens practice in Bayside

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THE COURIER/Photo by Liam La Guerre

The New York Eye and Ear Infirmary (NYEE) of Mount Sinai has opened a new care center in Bayside.

The new Bayside practice, located at 45-64 Francis Lewis Blvd., offers a wide range of ear and eye services, including general ear and eye care, consultations for laser eye surgery and evaluations of head, neck and thyroid masses.

“NYEE is excited to continue to expand our services to the residents of Queens as part of our ongoing commitment to care for those who need us in their communities,” said James Tsai, MD, president of the New York Eye and Ear Infirmary of Mount Sinai. “We hope to make NYEE’s renowned care more easily accessible to patients across the region and look forward to partnering with local physicians in the community in caring for their residents.”

New York Eye and Ear Infirmary has more than 600 affiliated physicians, 15 satellite offices, and two ambulatory surgery offices throughout the tri-state area with board-certified specialists.

The hospital also has a practice site in Forest Hills at 108-12 72nd Ave.