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Upcoming events for pet owners, movie lovers planned at Douglaston Plaza


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Summer might be coming to an end but there are still a few outdoor events to enjoy in Douglaston.

The Douglaston Local Development Corporation (DLDC) is calling all pet owners to the Douglaston Station Plaza for Pets in the Plaza, an event for animal lovers to shop and play on Saturday, Aug. 15.

The event has no admission charge and will take place from 10:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m at 235th Street and 41st Avenue.

Participants will be crossing their fingers in hopes of being a lucky winner in raffles and prize give-aways, and attendees will also be encouraged to give back to the community by bringing unused and gently used pet supplies to the DLDC information booth to donate and exchange. Canine and feline enthusiasts alike will also be able to enjoy crafts and activities for kids and peruse the wares of on-site dog trainers, vendors selling food, refreshments, healthy pet food and pet services.

The crown jewel of the event is sure to be the best-dressed pet show at 12 p.m. Participants can register with their stylish pets before the show.

Following its Pets in the Plaza event, on Friday, Aug. 21 the DLDC will also be screening cult classic “Ghostbusters” for the first night of its Plaza Movie Series at the Douglaston Station Plaza.

The event — which is presented by the DLDC with S.G. Custom Sound—will begin at 7:30 p.m., and the movie is slated for 8 p.m. Raffles and door prizes will be given away, and food and refreshments will be available for purchase.

The Aug. 21 “Ghostbusters” screening is the first of three planned dates for the movie series. The following screenings are planned for Sept. 11 and Oct. 2. The movies to be shown on those dates have yet to be announced.

For more information on either of these events, call the DLDC at (718) 279-4800 or email contact@dougldc.org.

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Douglaston station street plaza gets green light


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Photos courtesy the Department of Transportation

After months of negotiating, the Douglaston community will soon see its first street plaza.

Community Board 11 voted on Monday, June 16, to approve the Department of Transportation’s (DOT) plan to implement the plaza near the LIRR station on 41st Avenue in July. The agency will extend the sidewalk into the turnaround where 235th Street and 41st Avenue meet to create the public plaza, while saving the traffic loop — which was a deal-breaker with the community.

The Douglaston Local Development Corporation (LDC) contacted the DOT last year for the street plaza, hoping that it would revitalize the businesses in the community by giving pedestrians a place to walk and rest while shopping and eating.

“I don’t think it’s going to be an instant solution,” said Dorothy Matinale, president of the Douglaston Village Chamber of Commerce and a board member of the LDC. “We’ve spent the last five years trying to figure out what we can do. Now, there will be some actual fruits of our labor.”

The plan eliminates about seven parking spaces, but adds 3,000 square feet of public space, new crosswalks, plants, umbrellas with movable tables and chairs, plants and granite blocks.

The LDC will be charged with maintaining the new plaza, and they plan to do so through fundraisers and private donations.
Despite the enthusiasm surrounding the plaza by many, some in the community voiced their opposition and concern. They fear traffic in the turnaround, which will be narrower after its makeover, could be slowed or backed up.

“It appears to me that there will be enough room in the turnaround for one car to turn around and leave,” said Eliot Socci, a resident of the neighborhood for 35 years and Douglaston Civic Association president. “By clipping the edges it might back up the traffic.”

 

 

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