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Kitten rescued in Middle Village looks for permanent home

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Photo courtesy BluePearl Veterinary Partners

This cat is looking for a new lease on her nine lives.

Officers from the 104th Precinct worked for several hours to rescue a kitten from a drainage pipe at 72nd Street and Penelope Avenue in Middle Village on Monday night. The feline was transported to BluePearl Veterinary Partners hospital in Forest Hills for examination.

The kitten, named Penelope after the street where she was found, was released from BluePearl Veterinary Partners on Tuesday afternoon into the temporary care of Phyllis Taiano, president of animal rescue organization Four Paws Sake NYC.

Taiano is currently caring for Penelope until she can find a permanent home.

“I will bring her home and foster her until she can be adopted,” Taiano said.

A man walking his dog heard the distressed kitten crying from inside the storm drain, prompting him to alert the authorities via Twitter. Officers and an emergency services unit responded to the scene and tried to coax the kitten out of the drainage pipe. Eventually cops were able to scare Penelope out of the pipe by making noise in an adjacent drain pipe.

“She’s adoptable,” Taiano said. “There’s no hissing, there’s no clawing, she’s totally accepting love.”

For more information on how to adopt Penelope, visit the Four Paws Sake NYC website.


PHOTOS: Queens celebrates the Feast of St. Francis with the blessing of pets

By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

Photos by Kelly Marie Mancuso


All creatures great and small gathered on the church lawn at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, located at 85 Greenway South in Forest Hills, on Sunday for the annual Blessing of the Animals in honor of the feast of St. Francis of Assisi, patron saint of animals and the environment.

Reverend Thomas F. Reese, accompanied by the church choir, led a short prayer service for the group of pets and pet parents.

He then bestowed a special blessing upon each pet tailored to their individual needs and intentions.

Special gift baskets containing gluten-free apple and Parmesan biscuits were provided by church members.

K-9 Caterers of Glendale also donated bowls of pet treats for the four-legged parishioners.


PHOTOS: ‘Gotham’ star greets fans in Forest Hills

By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

Photos by Kelly Marie Mancuso


“Gotham” star David Mazouz made a special appearance on Sunday at local Forest Hills comic book shop Royal Collectibles as part of a Batman Day celebration.

The breakout star of the hit Fox drama plays a young, pre-Batman Bruce Wayne struggling to solve the mystery of his parents’ murder.

When asked what it was like to assume the mantle of the Dark Knight, Mazouz explained that he approached the part with a mix of both excitement and trepidation.

“When I first stepped into the role, it was a little nerve-wracking because it is such an iconic character,” he said. “When you have a show that is a comic-based TV show, you’re stepping into an already existing universe, as opposed to creating one like most shows do. There’s already a built-in fan base, a built-in following and expectations. That can be a good thing or a bad thing. I was nervous, but the pressure ended up being good because it motivated me to want to do my very best.”

Judging by the hundreds of enthusiastic fans who lined up to meet him, it would be safe to say that Mazouz’s turn as Bruce Wayne has been very well received. Loyal “Gotham” viewers and fans of the Dark Knight lined up around the corner for their chance to grab an autograph and a selfie with Mazouz.


Mazouz (center) with Royal Collectibles co-owner Michale Giordano and Diane Lazauskas

Sunday’s event was held in honor of Batman Day, an annual occurrence celebrating the first appearance of Bob Kane’s legendary character in “Detective Comics” No. 27 back in 1939. The staff at Royal parlayed the celebration into Batman Weekend and offered fans free comic books along with a host of Batman merchandise. Even Mazous, a true fan of the genre, left with an impressive haul of newly purchased comics and trade paperbacks.

“So far, I think my favorite is Hush,” he explained, referring to the 2002 Batman storyline by Jeph Loeb.

Fans of all ages dressed in Batman-themed T-shirts and caps, while some chose to arrive to the shop in costume. One fan was dressed as the Joker’s paramour Harley Quinn, complete with a spot-on impression of the lovelorn DC villainess.

Royal Collectibles own Bob Lazauskas even got into the act, morphing into the comic book version of the stoic Commissioner James Gordon, complete with glasses, a fake GCPD badge and a pipe.

Although complimentary glossy photos of Mazouz on the “Gotham” set were given out to fans, many chose to bring items and comics from home for the star to sign. Lindenwood resident Kenny Behler, a young artist and fan of the show, presented Mazouz with an original portrait he drew of his character with Batman drawn in haunting silhouette in the background.

“It’s incredible,” Mazouz said of the outpouring of fans. “That’s why we make the show, so people could watch it and enjoy it. And so, when they do, that’s just so good.”


Man wanted for stealing a collection box from Forest Hills synagogue

| asuriel@queenscourier.com

Photos courtesy of the NYPD

The NYPD is asking for the public’s assistance in locating and identifying a man wanted for breaking into a Forest Hills synagogue on Monday.

The man removed a collection box containing approximately $300 from the Beth Gavriel Synagogue at 66-35 108th St. on Sept. 21, according to police. He was able to enter the house of worship from an unlocked back door at around 12:40 a.m, and fled to parts unknown after the theft.

Officers from the 112th Precinct responded to calls about the break-in.

The suspect is described as a partially bald white male with a beard. He is believed to be approximately 46-years-old and was last seen wearing a black t-shirt with white lettering on the front of the shirt, blue jeans and white sneakers.

2365-15 112 Pct Commercial Burglary 9-21-15 photo #2 of suspect

Anyone with information in regards to this incident is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 800-577-TIPS. The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the Crime Stoppers website or texting their tips to 274637(CRIMES) then enter TIP577. All calls and messages are kept confidential.


Sweet new beginning for an iconic Forest Hills candy shop

By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

Photos by Kelly Marie Mancuso


When Aigner’s Chocolates, located at 103-02 Metropolitan Ave. in Forest Hills, closed its gates during the summer, a ripple of sadness and disbelief went through the community.

This feeling did not last long, however, as shop owners Peter and Pia Aigner announced that their 85-year long tradition of candy making would continue through a partnership with new owner Mark Libertini and his family, starting with a grand re-opening celebration of Aigner’s Chocolates on Oct. 22.

“It’s nice to see a tradition continue,” Peter Aigner said. “Mark knows his stuff with chocolate. He has a great confectionery background and he’s going to master all of the skills that I have mastered. It will be great for the neighborhood and all of Queens.”

The shop was originally founded by Alfred Krause in 1930. Aigner’s father developed a partnership with Krause after answering his advertisement seeking a professional European chocolatier. Aigner’s family had established roots in the community, with his grandparents already living in Ridgewood.

The Aigner family purchased the business from Krause in 1960 and has served the community from their enchanting Forest Hills storefront for the past 50 years.

“It’s definitely old-world candy making recipes that we use here,” Pia Aigner added. “Everything is made from scratch, no shortcuts.”

The Aigners have been busy passing on their Austrian family recipes, techniques and traditions to Libertini in advance of the store’s re-opening and the upcoming holiday season. The confectioners have been hard at work creating Halloween-themed sweets, including jack-o’-lantern lollipops, chocolate witches and nut cluster cups with ghosts piped onto them.


Peter Aigner and Mark Libertini creating a batch of the shop’s best-selling marzipan.

Libertini also has a long and successful history of crafting sweet treats and confections. He graduated culinary school in 1992 and went on to manage and own several successful eateries. He honed his craft while working as the manager of Buttercup Bakeshop, an offshoot of the popular Magnolia Bakery, in Manhattan. He went on to open Little Cupcake Bakeshop in Bay Ridge, as well as a tapas restaurant shortly thereafter.

On a recent visit to Forest Hills intending to pick up some chocolate at Aigner’s, Libertini saw that the shop was closed. He contacted the family and met with them the same day. According to Libertini, they immediately hit it off and finalized the deal last week.

“I always wanted a chocolate shop,” he explained. “I thought it was a unique opportunity to take over a well-established brand with an 85-year history.”

Despite the new ownership, Libertini promised to keep the Aigner’s menu, traditions and name alive, while also adding his own personal touch to the shop once he becomes more settled.

“The idea for me is to keep the Aigner’s brand and recipes the same,” he explained. “They have a great, rich tradition which I’d like to maintain.”


Some of the Halloween-themed confections available Oct. 22.

While Libertini does plan to do some light redecorating, he vows to keep the original equipment and machinery used by the Aigners for decades.

“This is unique because all of the equipment here is from the 1940s and 1950s,” he explained. “Most chocolate shops don’t have this type of equipment. I like the tradition. It’s almost like a confectionary museum. You can’t find this anymore.”

Libertini hopes to introduce some new menu items next year, including chocolate showpieces and his own intricate, hand-piped chocolate cards. He will also be expanding the shop’s coffee menu and hopes to add café tables, making Aigner’s a sweet, intimate date night destination.

“I’m really happy to be here,” Libertini said. “It’s a joy for me to see people’s happiness in the things that I’ve created.”


Queens chef to host book signing at Forest Hills Barnes & Noble

By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

Photo courtesy of Melanie Underwood


Queens-based cookbook author and acclaimed chef-instructor Melanie Underwood will be signing copies of her new cookbook “Making Artisan Cheesecake” at the Barnes & Noble, located at  70-00 Austin St. in Forest Hills, on Thursday at 6:30 p.m.

In her new book, Underwood elevates the classic dessert staple to a higher level. She devotes an entire chapter to exploring recipes and techniques for making traditional cheesecake, including the classic New York-, Philadelphia- and Chicago-style varieties.

What makes Underwood’s book unique are her recipes that combine exotic flavors and ingredients, such as her saffron cheesecake with sauteed pineapple, an avocado cheesecake with almond brittle and her delicious goat cheese and rose cheesecake.

Underwood also offers several gluten-free and vegan options for those on restricted diets looking to indulge. Her vegan maple banana and gluten-free triple chocolate cheesecakes are rich, flavorful alternatives to the traditional dessert.

“I am inspired by other cultures and cuisines, by my students at the Institute of Culinary Education,” Underwood explained. “I also think of what is visually appealing, delicious, but fairly easy to find ingredients. I know people have very limited time and my goal with any of my recipes is to make them easy and straightforward. People want to make foods and desserts that look spectacular but are simple – and that is one of my goals.”

With fall approaching and pumpkin spice season in full swing, Underwood’s caramel apple crumb, spiced pumpkin, pecan praline and hot chocolate varieties of cheesecake make the perfect seasonal desserts for any sweet tooth.

Underwood also devotes a chapter to uniquely flavored savory cheesecake. Unexpected flavor combinations such as her chive pesto, black olive and herb, and blue cheese with candied walnut cheesecakes are meant to be served as a main course or, as Underwood writes, “with green salad or sauteed greens.”

The Sept. 17 book signing is bittersweet for Underwood in light of the news that the Forest Hills Barnes & Noble bookstore will be closing its doors in January 2016.

The closing of Barnes & Noble is very tragic for Forest Hills,” she explained. “I know I personally shop here at least once a week. They are such an important part of our community. They support local authors, schools, fundraisers. I know I am hoping they can find another venue to open another store here.”

Community members and dessert enthusiasts alike are invited to attend Underwood’s book signing on Thursday night in an effort to help support the bookstore while also picking up some sweet recipes from this accomplished local author. Underwood’s other books “Baking Artisan Bread” and “The Sweet Book of Candy Making” are also available.


See It: Roomy brick house in Forest Hills a delightful deal at about $1.8M

By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

Photos courtesy of Terrace Sotheby's International Realty

With six bedrooms and 3 1/2 bathrooms, a Forest Hills home on the market for $1,888,000 offers more than enough room for a large family seeking suburban comfort in the city.

Terrace Sotheby’s International Realty offers the brick home, which was constructed in 1920, at 71-45 Harrow St., a short distance from Forest Hills Gardens.

It features some original architecture such as crown moldings and a brick wood-burning fireplace as well as modern amenities including custom cabinetry, appliances and a heated attached garage.

Measuring at 2,904 square feet, the spacious home has a side vestibule entrance that leads into a large center foyer. A master bedroom on the second floor has two cedar-lined closets and a private balcony, and a finished basement features storage closets, a pantry, a maid’s room and a full bathroom.

Located on a quiet block, the home is nonetheless within a short walk of the 71-Continental Avenues subway station and the Forest Hills Long Island Rail Road stop — and just a 16-minute train ride from the heart of Manhattan. It’s also close to the vibrant Austin Street shopping district and the West Side Tennis Club.

Visit Terrace Sotheby’s website for more information.


PHOTOS: Queens remembers Sept. 11 attacks at anniversary vigils

By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

THE COURIER/Photo by Robert Pozarycki

Through prayers and patriotic music, residents across Queens marked the 14th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks through somber vigils over the last week.

Each ceremony paid tribute to the nearly 3,000 people who died in the coordinated attacks on the World Trade Center’s Twin Towers and subsequent collapse of the buildings as well as the attacks on the Pentagon and the hijacked United Airlines Flight 93, which crashed in Pennsylvania.

As family members of the victims gathered at the National September 11 Memorial in Lower Manhattan on Friday morning, police precincts in Queens observed the citywide moment of silence at 8:46 a.m. with memorial services of their own outside their respective stationhouses.

The officers honored the 37 NYPD members who perished in the World Trade Center attacks along with the scores of New York City firefighters, emergency service personnel and Port Authority Police Department members who also died on that day of infamy.

Local police officers and firefighters joined elected officials at vigils in Bayside Hills, Glendale, Middle Village and other communities to remember 9/11.

Clergy members at each ceremony offered prayers and words of comfort, names of local victims of the terrorist attacks were read and American flags were waved as patriotic music played.


Stavisky, Koslowitz hand out Rosh Hashanah food donations in Flushing

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Photo courtesy of state Senator Toby Stavisky's office

Some Queens families in need will have a joyous new year with the help of two local lawmakers.

State Senator Toby Ann Stavisky and Councilwoman Karen Koslowitz of Forest Hills visited the Queens Jewish Community Council food pantry in Flushing Tuesday to help hand out food to needy families for Rosh Hashanah, the start of the Jewish New Year.

The bags were filled with produce, noodles and other food and will help many families prepare meals for the holiday, which falls this year on Sept. 13 to 15.

Stavisky said that seeing the smiles on the faces of recipients was truly a rewarding experience.

“Even though we are an affluent county, there are many people for whom this will be the main meal for the Jewish New Year,” Stavisky said. “Many of those to whom we handed out food parcels were immigrants from the former Soviet Union and we have an obligation to help those less fortunate.”

Queens Jewish Community Council Executive Director Cynthia Zalisky said that the donations ensure everyone can celebrate the New Year without the worry of securing enough food.

“The Queens Jewish Community Council (QJCC) understands how expensive the Jewish High Holiday special ceremonial products are to the members of the community that are having a difficult time making ends meet,” Zalisky said. “QJCC, therefore conducts a Rosh Hashanah food distribution drive to provide some of those items to ensure that our families have an enjoyable and sweet new year.”


Westbound lanes of Jackie Robinson Parkway to close for repaving

| rpozarycki@queenscourier.com

THE COURIER/Photo by Anthony Giudice

With work on the eastbound side now complete, crews are ready to resurface the westbound lanes of the Jackie Robinson Parkway — a process that will lead to road closures beginning this evening.

Portions of the parkway’s westbound side will shut down on weeknights, Monday through Friday, from 11 p.m. until 5:30 a.m. the next morning, with the first closure scheduled for this evening. Additionally, segments of the parkway’s westbound lanes will be completely closed the next two weekends, Sept. 11 to 14 and Sept. 18 to 21, from 11 p.m. Friday until 5 a.m. the following Monday morning.

The state Department of Transportation (DOT) is moving into the second half of its $17 million renovation of the 5-mile-long roadway between Jamaica and Pennsylvania avenues in Brooklyn and the Grand Central Parkway in Kew Gardens. Crews will remove the existing asphalt and make roadbed repairs where necessary, then apply a new layer of asphalt along with new markings and safety features such as reflectors.

Work on the eastbound side began in June and was completed last month.

Motorists who rely on the parkway will be directed to use detour routes and follow signs to exit and re-enter the parkway. The detour route — which runs through Kew Gardens, Forest Hills, Glendale, Woodhaven and Ridgewood — includes the following segments:

  • Union Turnpike between the Grand Central Parkway and Myrtle Avenue;
  • Myrtle Avenue between Union Turnpike and Cooper Avenue;
  • Cooper Avenue between Myrtle Avenue and Cypress Hills Street;
  • Cypress Hills Street between Cooper and Cypress avenues;
  • Cypress Avenue between Cypress Hills Street and Cooper Avenue;
  • Cooper Avenue and Cooper Street (in Brooklyn) between Cypress and Bushwick avenues; and
  • Bushwick Avenue between Cooper Street and Pennsylvania Avenue.

All work is scheduled to be completed by November. For more information, call 511 or visit the DOT’s website.


LIRR service slowly returning after power outage impedes morning rush

| rpozarycki@queenscourier.com

Photo via Twitter/@Geno_TV_Yaz

The Long Island Rail Road is running with extensive delays after a power failure affecting its signal system caused all service to be suspended during the Wednesday morning rush hour.

Train service came to a halt at about 7:50 a.m. after a power outage east of the East River tunnels in Queens affected the LIRR signal system. Riders were directed to use MTA New York City Transit trains and buses, which cross-honored fares.

As of 9:45 a.m., according to an MTA spokesperson, the LIRR restored limited train service between Jamaica and Penn Station, with trains operating every 15 minutes in both directions. Trains are stopping at the Kew Gardens, Forest Hills and Woodside stations every 30 minutes.

On the Port Washington branch and all other LIRR branches east of Jamaica, service is running with delays of up to 80 minutes, the MTA spokesperson said.

The LIRR hopes to have service running normally by the afternoon rush hour. Click here for service updates.


Car crashes into Forest Hills rooftop parking wall

| aaltamirano@queenscourier.com

Photo by Robinson Velasco

A Forest Hills rooftop parking lot is now in need of repair after a driver crashed into one of the walls facing the street, according to authorities.

The FDNY responded to a call at 8:05 p.m. on Sunday of a crash at the parking lot located on the rooftop at the intersection at 70th Road and Austin Street.

According to published reports, the accident, which sent bricks onto the sidewalk below, occurred after the driver of the car accidentally hit the accelerator instead of the brakes.

The driver of the vehicle refused medical assistance at the scene, authorities said.

Police had the sidewalk under the scene of the accident sealed off Monday morning.


Queens remembers victims of 9/11 attacks at upcoming ceremonies

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Fourteen years after the deadliest terrorist attacks in American history, residents across Queens will remember the victims of Sept. 11, 2001, at memorial vigils scheduled to take place over the next two weeks.

As in past years, family members of the 2,977 people who died either in or responding to the attacks on the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and United Airlines Flight 93 will gather at the National September 11 Memorial and Museum in Lower Manhattan on Friday morning, Sept. 11, for the city’s annual memorial service. A citywide moment of silence will be observed at 8:46 a.m., the time when the hijacked American Airlines Flight 11 crashed into the north tower of the World Trade Center.

In Queens, tributes to the attack victims will be held on Sept. 11 and in days preceding and following the anniversary. They include the following, listed in chronological order:


With the Manhattan skyline in the background, Maspeth Memorial Park again hosts the community’s annual 9/11 memorial ceremony on the morning of Wednesday, Sept. 9. The vigil will start at 11 a.m. in the park located at 69th Street and Grand Avenue, adjacent to the Maspeth Federal Savings bank. The program includes prayers, music and a wreath-laying at the park’s monument to the 9/11 victims.

Astoria Heights

Victims of the 9/11 attacks will be honored in a special way at the memorial service that the United Community Civic Association and the Port Authority will hold on the evening of Thursday, Sept. 10, at McManus Memorial Park in Astoria Heights. The annual tribute takes place at 7:30 p.m. in the park located on 81st Street at the Grand Central Parkway service road. Elected officials, religious leaders and members of the Port Authority and local law enforcement are expected to participate.


Members of three western Queens communities will honor the victims of the 9/11 attacks at a candlelight vigil on Sept. 11 at Doughboy Playground in Woodside. The event, organized jointly by the Hunters Point, United Forties and Woodside civic associations and Woodside on the Move, will occur from 6 to 9 p.m. at the park located on Woodside Avenue between 55th and 56th streets.

Bayside Hills

All are invited to join the Bayside Hills Civic Association in honoring the victims of 9/11 at its annual candlelight vigil on Sept. 11 at 7 p.m. at the corner of Bell Boulevard and Horace Harding Expressway.

Forest Hills

The Forest Hills Community and Civic Association will co-sponsor a candlelight vigil on Sept. 11 at 7:30 p.m. at Remsen Cemetery Park, located at the corner of Trotting Course Lane and Alderton Street, just north of Metropolitan Avenue. The annual vigil pays special tribute to three local residents who died on 9/11: firefighter Pete Nelson, Gregory Hoffman and Richard Allen Pearlman, a member of the Forest Hills Volunteer Ambulance Corps.

Middle Village

Juniper Valley Park will again play host to the annual Middle Village 9/11 Candlelight Vigil on Sept. 11 at 7:30 p.m. in the ballfields located near the park’s 9/11 memorial, off the intersection of 78th Street and Juniper Boulevard South. All attendees are asked to bring a lawn chair and a candle or a flashlight.

East Elmhurst

St. Michael’s Cemetery will again hold its annual “Remember Me Run” on Saturday afternoon, Sept. 12, to honor the first responders who died while responding to the World Trade Center attack. The 2-mile run through the cemetery, which raises funds to support the Christopher Santora Scholarship Fund, will begin promptly at 2 p.m. and conclude with a memorial service. Click here more information or to register for the run.


The 42 residents of Ridgewood, Glendale, Middle Village and Woodhaven who died in the World Trade Center attacks will be honored at the annual 9/11 remembrance ceremony in Glendale on Sunday, Sept. 13. The tribute takes place at 12:30 p.m. in the 9/11 Memorial Garden at Dry Harbor Playground, located at the corner of Myrtle Avenue and 80th Street. The ceremony will include prayers, music and a recitation of the 42 victims’ names.

Tribute in Light

Another tribute to the 9/11 victims will be visible to thousands of Queens residents at sundown on Sept. 11 when the Tribute In Light — twin beams of light representing the former Twin Towers’ place in the Manhattan skyline — will be illuminated from Lower Manhattan. The lights will remain on through the night before fading away at sunrise on Sept. 12.


Police nab homeless man in Forest Hills burglary spree

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Image via Google maps

A homeless man was interrupted while using a spoon to jam open the cash register of a Peruvian restaurant early Wednesday in his fourth Forest Hills burglary, cops said.

The suspect — whom police did not identify — was observed by the 112th Precinct’s Anti-Crime team breaking a window in the front door of Cuzco Peru Restaurant at 98-102 Queens Blvd. at 2:25 a.m. on Wednesday.

The 60-year-old perpetrator entered the establishment by opening the front door through the window and police followed him into the restaurant shortly after, authorities said. The man was interrupted while attempting to use a spoon to open the cash register, and he managed to escape through a back entrance in the building before being apprehended by officers.

The man was arraigned on a charge of burglary in the third degree and three counts of criminal mischief. He was held on bail or bond of $50,000.

Upon further investigation by the 112th Precinct Detective Squad, the suspected burglar was also arrested in connection with three other August burglaries in Forest Hills.

According to police, the three other commercial establishments the man is believed to have broken into are Hannah Medtrans Pharmacy in Forest Hills on Aug. 14, Trinity Tax and Financial Solutions at 116-16 Queens Blvd. on Aug. 17 and Health Professionals NYC at 116-20 Queens Blvd. on Aug. 18.

He is believed to have collectively stolen a television set and medical supplies including saline solution from the locations, but no cash. The investigation is ongoing.


All remaining Barnes & Noble locations closing in Queens

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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.