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State Senate bill gives communities input on homeless shelters

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THE COURIER/Photo by Liam La Guerre

Communities will now have the chance to hear plans for proposed social service facility sites before they appear in their neighborhoods.

The Senate recently approved legislation co-sponsored by Senator Joseph Addabbo requiring a more transparent process when it comes to locating homeless shelters or other social service facilities in communities throughout the city.

“This legislation, while not avoiding or ignoring the crisis of homelessness, substance abuse or other serious social ills in our society, does provide a necessary means for community members to be fully involved from the get-go when homeless shelters or other social service facilities are planned for their neighborhoods,” Addabbo said.

“All too often, communities are finding that facilities are being virtually rammed down their throats, with no real thought given to whether the buildings are appropriate for the programs, whether the neighborhoods have adequate transit or other services, or whether the proposed operators have questionable track records that should be challenged,” he added.

Under the new legislation, social service providers would be required to notify community boards and the City Planning Commission (CPC) within 45 to 90 days of selecting a location for their facility. The CPC would then have to hold public hearings to gather local input on the proposed facilities.

Within 60 to 90 days of the public hearings, the CPC would have the final authority to approve, deny or modify the community-based programs.

Community boards may also request hearings be held within the same time frame if a provider is planning on renewing its lease. This allows for local input in cases where questions have been raised about the operation of the facility.

“The fact of the matter is that we need transparency, honesty and in-depth community conversations about these programs—before they happen, not after the fact,” Addaboo said.

The Senator pointed out the proposed homeless shelter planned for Cooper Avenue in Glendale as a prime example.

“This project appeared virtually out of thin air, with no opportunity for the community to raise legitimate concerns about the facility, the track record of the operators, or other very pertinent issues—which then fell on deaf ears when brought to the attention of city officials,” he added. “We can’t let this continue to happen. It’s not about trying to keep people in need out of our neighborhoods—it’s about bringing neighborhoods together, with all the information they require, to help determine the best outcomes for these same people in need.”

The bill is currently under consideration by the Assembly Committee on Cities.


‘The Blacklist’ films in Glendale

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Photo by Eric Liebowitz/NBC

Glendale is making a television cameo yet again, as another series films in the community.

The acclaimed NBC series “The Blacklist,” starring James Spader, filmed three scenes on Cooper Avenue on Monday.

The first two scenes took place near Cooper Avenue between 83rd Street and 80th Street between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m.

The third scene was filming at 82-10 Cooper Ave. from 2 to 10 p.m.

On Tuesday, the production company will be filming a controlled vehicle explosion between the hours of 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. in the vicinity of Cooper Avenue and 74th Street.


Glendale deli manufacturer closes down after more than 140 years in business

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THE COURIER/Photo by Eric Jankiewicz

A deli manufacturing business in Glendale announced that it’s closing for good after more than a century of providing deli meats.

Hansel N’ Gretel, which has been processing food on Cooper Avenue since 1970, ceased operations in June and is putting the site up for sale, according to a statement from the company.

“It was the last deli meat manufacturer in NY. When Mr. Rattner died in 2012 we knew it was only a matter of time before it closed,” Doreen Fleming wrote on Facebook when she heard that it was closing. “At least it didn’t go bankrupt. Sad because a great bunch of good people worked there.”

The owners of Hansel N’ Gretel, the Rattner family, offered no reason for closing and declined to discuss the matter.

A spokeswoman for the  family said that they would begin to auction off the manufacturing equipment in September.

The building sits on more then two acres of land and the area is an industrial zone, according to city records. Real estate agency Avison Young is brokering the sale of the site and they advertise it as  a “multi-purpose” plot.

Hansel N’ Gretel opened in 1872.  The company originally operated in Manhattan’s Meatpacking District and moved to Glendale in 1970 to accommodate the increase in work, according to a press release.



Escaped prisoner who struck cop in Ridgewood caught in Manhattan

By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

Photo Courtesy of NYPD


Updated Wednesday, June 18, 9:45 a.m. 

An escaped prisoner who struck a detective with an unmarked police van in Ridgewood as he attempted to flee Monday evening has been caught in Manhattan, cops said.

A Queens Narcotics Detective sustained an injury on his right leg at about 6:55 p.m. at Cooper Avenue and 59th Street while trying to catch 38-year-old Bryan McMenamin, an escaped prisoner who was arrested by Queens Narcotics for selling drugs within the confines of the 104th Precinct, police said.

McMenamin was apprehended at about 2:20 p.m. Tuesday inside an apartment on 15 Saint James Place in downtown Manhattan, according to officials.

In addition to facing charges for criminal sale of a controlled substance and criminal possession of a controlled substance in connection to his initial arrest, McMenamin faces charges of second-degree attempted murder, grand larceny, escape, resisting arrest and tampering with evidence following his escape, cops said.



Plans reveal new shopping center could come to Glendale

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Glendale Shopping Center

A 350,000-square-foot shopping center could be coming to Glendale, according to a brochure by Schuckman Realty obtained by The Courier.

The center will be located on 8200 Cooper Ave., next to The Shops at Atlas Park, and will be built in two phases.

Phase one, which is expected to be completed by fall 2015, consists of more than 137,000 square feet of retail, 133,650 square feet of storage, about 500 free parking spots and outdoor seating areas. While phase two will have about 80,000 square feet of retail and will be finished in spring 2016.

The proposed development will have three anchor tenants along with small stores, restaurants with outdoor seating and freestanding pad buildings with drive-thrus.

Some Glendale leaders and residents are worried the area will be inundated with traffic.

“I don’t think it is a very good spot to put more shops. There is too much traffic,” said Michelle Cook-Lopez, a member of the Glendale Property Owners Association. “Personally I think we need more manufacturing jobs. We are losing that in Glendale.”

Schuckman Realty did not return calls or emails for comment.

Glendale Shopping Center 8200 Cooper Av (1) by The Queens Courier



CB5 chair: Glendale homeless shelter could be environmental nightmare

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THE COURIER/photo by Billy Rennison

Community concern caused by a rumored homeless shelter in Glendale may have been premature.

The site in question, 78-16 Cooper Avenue, “does not meet Building Code requirements for residential occupancy and, due to the age and condition and previous occupancies, could be an environmental nightmare,” Community Board 5 said in a release.

Rumors began circulating last week that the owner of the property, Michael Wilner, was in talks with a nonprofit that could potentially use the site for a homeless shelter.

No application for a shelter has been submitted, the Department of Homeless Services (DHS) said.

“The building, which currently has several active Department of Building violations, may contain lead paint, asbestos and various PCB contaminants. The cost and time to convert this structure to a residential facility would be extensive and possibly twice as much as new construction,” Vincent Arcuri, chair of CB5 said.

The vacant factory currently has nine open Department of Building violations.

Prior occupants included an aircraft parts manufacturer, knitting mills, machine shops and Eastern Cabinet Company, Arcuri said, while adding there are rumors the facility was also used as part of the Manhattan Project.

“The site is located adjacent to a known Brownfield site and, due to its low elevation and location, may contain underground pockets of PERC (dry cleaning fluid) from the many defunct knitting mills in the area,” Arcuri said.

Councilmember Elizabeth Crowley came out against the site being used for a homeless shelter, saying the nearly 3 acre space should serve the community.

Wilner would not return requests for comment.

If Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced an emergency condition, the site may be able to be used, however.

Nine new shelters have opened in the city recently, prompted by the homeless population’s record numbers. There are 43,774 people currently in homeless shelters, according to the DHS.


Possible Glendale homeless shelter met with opposition

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THE COURIER/photo by Billy Rennison

A potential plan to house a homeless shelter in Glendale may be evicted before it even moves in.

Michael Wilner, the owner of the proposed site at 78-17 Cooper Avenue, has been in contact with a nonprofit agency, said Councilmember Elizabeth Crowley, with the idea of turning the former factory into a homeless shelter.

“The councilmember does not support any attempt to put a multiple dwelling shelter on Cooper Avenue and will do everything in her power to prevent it from opening,” said Lydon Sleeper, Crowley’s chief of staff. “Elizabeth has been pushing for that space to be a recreation and community center that serves the public and we will keep pursuing that with the city and the community.”

A Facebook page has also been created in opposition to the proposal.

The Department of Homeless Services (DHS) has yet to receive an application for the site and Community Board 5 said they have not been contacted regarding the shelter.

Wilner refused to answer questions at the site or when reached by phone.

Any plans to transform the factory into a shelter are still in its infancy, said a source with knowledge of the situation. The long-vacant factory would need significant work before it would be ready for occupants.

The factory, zoned M1-1 for manufacturing, sits on a nearly three acre plot of land south of Cooper Avenue. The zoning also allows for hotels, an exemption the city has used before for homeless shelters, Crowley said.

Nine new shelters have opened in the city recently, prompted by the homeless population’s record numbers. There are 43,774 people currently in homeless shelters, according to the DHS.

The city has maintained an open-ended Request for Proposal (RFP) since 2006 to meet capacity needs, a DHS spokesperson said. The proposals move forward based on the number of individuals seeking temporary shelter.

According to Department of Finance records, the estimated market value of the land is $1,160,000.

Kathy Masi, president of the Glendale Civic Association, said she is still waiting on concrete information on the plans, which she believes may be further along than anyone is letting on.

“We really have no idea what’s in store for us,” Masi said. “Our direction right now is to find out exactly what’s going on.”

Masi said the best use for the land would be a park, noting its proximity to schools and the Atlas Park shopping complex.

DOT presents plan for Glendale plaza

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Photo Courtesy of Department of Design and Construction

Some locals are worried a proposed pedestrian plaza won’t be a walk in the park for drivers.

Under the plan, a public space would be constructed between famed German restaurant Zum Stammtisch and the Glendale Veterans Triangle, closing off 70th Street between Myrtle and Cooper avenues. Benches, greenery and outdoor seating for Zum Stammtisch would be installed, with the Glendale Veterans Memorial standing in the center.
The project, first proposed in February, was presented to the Glendale community by Department of Transportation (DOT) representatives at a meeting on Wednesday, May 2 at Redeemer Lutheran, a block from the selected location.

Raising the concern of residents was the inability of drivers to turn onto Myrtle or Cooper Avenues at the intersection adjacent to the plaza, removing another central access point for the major arteries in the area with 70th Street to be closed.

“It’s a little bit of give and take, we’re not going to make everybody happy,” said Emily Weidenhof, project manager of public spaces.
Rich Huber, who is on the Transportation Committee of Community Board 5, said that while he does not think the plaza is a bad idea, he is worried about the congestion confused drivers and those circling for parking will cause.

“There will be an adjustment period,” said Borough Commissioner Maura McCarthy. “But as people get used to the closed street, they will find their way.”
Ted Renz, executive director of the Ridgewood Local Development Corporation (LDC), said the organization will be responsible for the upkeep of the plaza — sanitation, removing tables nightly and maintenance. The LDC provides a similar service for the Myrtle Avenue Business Improvement District in Ridgewood.

Community Board 5 (CB5) is still awaiting DOT revisions and the plaza’s final plans, said District Manager Gary Giordano, before making a recommendation.

“I think having a pedestrian plaza at that location could be a lovely addition to the neighborhood,” Giordano said. “But we need to make sure that traffic concerns, especially safety, are addressed and need to prepare for any security issues that might arise.”

Though the DOT said that no security cameras would be installed, Zum Stammtisch’s owners said they would place a surveillance camera outside the restaurant.
The approximately $1.5 million plan, which has not yet been finalized, must still be presented to CB5’s transportation committee, voted on and reviewed by the Public Design Commission.

If approved construction would not begin until the fall of 2013 or spring of 2014.

Edison Place: Good eats in Glendale

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The corner of 71st Place and Cooper Avenue in Glendale has a long history of good food and great beer — now that historic meeting spot is home to a new restaurant looking to carry on that tradition of revelry in the neighborhood.

Edison Place opened this past March with a nod to the past, but an eye to the future. It is the perfect neighborhood spot for a drink at the bar, dinner with family or a special date, and it features an eclectic menu that will please all eaters.

The menu is straightforward and to the point – it is wonderfully stark with just the right amount of appetizers and entrees, and is absent of the sloppy hodgepodge that crowds the menus of other restaurants and gastro-pubs.

All of the starters sound incredible, but definitely don’t miss the Crackling Pork Belly served with granny smith apple and jalapeno compote. The pork belly, unctuous and salty, will turn up the salivary glands while the compote cuts through and provides a balanced flavor. The Edison Place Crab Cakes are another wise decision – full of crab and very little cake, these starters are panko-breaded and served with Savoy cabbage slaw and a flavorful horseradish dill sauce.

Other enticing appetizers include Crispy Mushroom Tart, House Cured Salmon Gravlox and Grilled Duck and Cherry Sausage.

For entrées, each dish is more drool-inducing than the last – with hearty and meaty options just waiting to slow you down and stick to your ribs. The absolute must-eat entrée is without a doubt the Crispy Pork Shank. This monstrous meat dish looks and smells amazing – and it is even acoustically amazing as running a knife through it elicits an audible crackle. The meat is sinfully tender and as the juice runs down your chin, you’ll be awash in appreciation for life itself.

Those looking for something a little lighter should try the Pan Roasted Orange Roughy – a medium-sized fish with a tasty white flesh. It’s prepared with a surprising French finesse and served with julienned spring vegetables, shrimp dumplings and lemon chive beurre blance.

Other entrees include Herb Crusted Rack of Lamb, Duck Two Ways and Smoked Bacon-Wrapped Filet Mignon. Also, check out Edison’s daily specials: chicken pot pie on Monday, loin of pork on Tuesday, Yankee pot roast on Wednesday, turkey dinner on Thursday, lobster pot pie on Friday, Beef Wellington on Saturday and prime rib on Sunday.

Make sure you save room for dessert because Edison Place boasts options including Linzertorte pie, black forest cake and homemade apple strudel.

Edison Place is the perfect spot for all occasions. With 20 beers on tap, including local craft brews, and HD TVs, it’s a great hangout spot – but the food sets it apart and makes it a destination for eaters of all ages.

They also feature a dinner and a show once a month – the next one is a Murder Mystery Night on Friday, October 28.

Edison Place

71-28 Cooper Avenue

Glendale, NY 11385

P: 718-821-8401

Email: edisonplace.ny@gmail.com


Lunch Hours: Tuesday through Saturday, 11:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Dinner Hours: Monday through Thursday, 4:30 – 10 p.m.

Friday and Saturday, 4:30 p.m. – 1 a.m.

Sunday, 3:30 – 9 p.m.

Sunday Brunch: 11:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Bar Hours: Monday through Thursday until 2 a.m.

Friday and Saturday, until 4 a.m.

Take Out: Yes

All Major Credit Cards Accepted

Full Bar

Private Parties

Reservations recommended on weekends