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

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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.


See it: Meticulously restored Forest Hills home with wine cellar listed for $1.85M

By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

Photos courtesy of Terrace Sotheby's International Realty


The house at 69-36 Harrow St. in Forest Hills offers comfort and luxury with five bedrooms, four and a half bathrooms, a wood fireplace with an elegantly carved mantle, and a 750-bottle wine cellar.

With a main-floor speaker system, a family room, and a rec room on a lower level, this home is ideal for an owner who loves entertaining guests, whether for an evening or a weekend. A spacious backyard provides the perfect setting for a garden party, while a sleek, modern kitchen and roomy dining area come ready-made for hosting dinner parties. The top floor of the home is just the right size for a cozy guest room, while a two-car garage could store a family car and a visitor’s car.

For the owner themselves, the master bedroom is spacious, well-lit, and comes with his-and-hers closets.

Other amenities of the house include cable- and Internet-ready wiring, a security system that includes interior and exterior cameras, and a lawn sprinkler system.

The house is listed by Terrace Sotheby’s International Realty for a price of $1.85 million.


Tropical flavors in Forest Hills

By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com



The sleepy cobblestone and stately, Tudor-lined streets of Forest Hills are alive with panache and flavor thanks to Matiz, the newly opened bistro serving up Latin fusion cuisine in the heart of Queens at 110-72 Queens Blvd. off the 75th Avenue E/F subway station.

Co-owners Oscar Cano and Sigifredo Quesada opened Matiz two months ago. Quesada honed his craft and palette while running his family-owned restaurant in his native country, Costa Rica.
Inspired by their culture and upbringing, Quesada and Cano joined forces to bring their eclectic and flavorful Latin dishes to the culinary landscape of Forest Hills.

“We love the neighborhood,” Cano said. “We saw the potential because there are not that many Latin restaurants around here, so this is another option for the people.”

The cuisine at Matiz blends a multitude of flavor profiles and traditions from Latin countries such as Costa Rica, Venezuela, Colombia, Spain and Puerto Rico. Matiz chef Alex Jarcia, formerly of Calle Ocho in Manhattan, also imparts his own unique spin on Latin cuisine inspired by his Cuban heritage.

Matiz’s menu includes many familiar favorites, like tostones, arepas and empanadas, traditionally found in Latin restaurants. However, the entrees, or platos grandes, feature an impressive array of the eatery’s unique and savory signature dishes.

The pollo Matiz ($20) features succulent grilled chicken breast with asparagus, manchego cheese and rosemary potatoes bathed in lemon and white wine sauce.

Summer offerings include the paella Matiz ($26), a spicy mix of mussels, clams, chorizo, chicken, calamari, shrimp and scallops. Seafood lovers would also enjoy the taco de pescado ($10), a flavorful blend of Baja fish, chipotle aioli and fresh salsa verde. The delectable salmon tropical ($22) is served on a bed of quinoa grain and mango in a piquillo pepper sauce with a side of summer vegetable hash.

Meat lovers can satiate their appetites with the churrasco ($26), a marinated grilled skirt steak served with garlic spinach and papa rellena in a red chimichurri sauce.
Rainy summer days call for mofongo ($18), a traditional Puerto Rican stew featuring green plantain, mojo isleno and your choice of chicken, pork or shrimp.

Matiz also features several vegetarian options, as well as a two-course, $19.95 prix fixe brunch menu available on Sundays between 11:30 a.m. and 3 p.m.

Brunch offerings include an array of fresh salads, a breakfast burrito, salmon, and empanaditas. One star of Matiz’s brunch menu is the tosta colada. This coconut brioche french toast drizzled with pineapple marmalade is perfect for warm summer Sundays.

“Everything is made fresh daily,” Cano added. “We only use the best ingredients and organic produce.”

The seasonal menu will change every three months, with hearty soups and stews in store for the upcoming fall and winter seasons.

In the summer months, the storefront windows of Matiz are open, giving patrons the unique experience of dining al fresco. Diners can also opt to enjoy their meals by candlelight amid the bistro’s cozy, exotic interior.

Organic elements like the rich dark teak wood bar backsplash create an earthy balance against the sleek, modern grey bar and vibrant red walls. Edison lightbulb starburst chandeliers illuminate the bar, while soft globe pendant lights create an air of warmth and intimacy in the dining room.

“We wanted something modern yet elegant, something fancy where people can still feel comfortable,” Cano said.

Whether dining out with friends, enjoying brunch before shopping or having a cozy night on the town for two, Matiz is the perfect spot for both flavor and flair.

110-72 Queens Blvd.




Glendale author to be featured at Barnes & Noble book fair

| agiudice@ridgewoodtimes.com

Photo courtesy Rosaria Lucia Photography

In celebration of Get Pop-Cultured: Outlander Day, the Barnes & Noble bookstore in Forest Hills will host a book fair featuring Glendale author and founder of the Excalibur Reading Program, Angelica Harris.

The book fair will run from open to close (9 a.m. to 10 p.m.) on Sunday and proceeds will help benefit the Excalibur Reading Program, located at 80-17 78th Ave. in Glendale. Harris will be available to sign her latest book in the Excalibur series from 3 to 4:30 p.m.

“It is a fundraiser for the kids and the families that we service,” Harris said. “I’ll be signing my book, I’ll be talking about my reading program and the impact the program has made on my life and why I opened the Excalibur Reading Program.”

Harris is a successful author, poet laureate, entrepreneur, advocate and speaker. She will also be moderating the poetry and art contest to be held during the Fresh Pond Road street festival this September.

Since 2005, the Excalibur Reading Program has been conducting educational workshops and tutoring students in reading, writing and math. The program is geared to help all children, especially those of impoverished means or those who have special needs, to reach their academic and personal goals.

Barnes and Noble Bookfair Flyer

The Excalibur Reading Program partners with community organizations to mentor children who have been through domestic violence and sexual assault, as well as those who have been incarcerated. They also provide private tutoring lessons for students in kindergarten through college, creative writing workshops and blog and essay workshops, among other programs.

“I want to leave a legacy behind of good children that become good adults. This is the legacy I want to leave behind here,” Harris said of the Excalibur Reading Program. “This is what it’s all about: paying it forward.”

“The Barnes & Noble book fair, in conjunct with the Excalibur book series and reading program, invite children to come find their holy grail through fantasy and time travel and the journey of their legacy within,” Harris added.


More road work closures on Jackie Robinson Parkway this week

| rpozarycki@queenscourier.com

THE COURIER/Photo by Anthony Giudice

Ongoing renovations on the Jackie Robinson Parkway will cause even more headaches for drivers this week.

Portions of the eastbound lanes of the 5-mile parkway between Pennsylvania/Jamaica Avenues in Brooklyn and the Van Wyck Expressway will be closed overnight from 11 p.m. to 5:30 a.m. through Friday, July 3, as crews replace existing guardrails.

Additionally, the right lane of the eastbound parkway between the Woodhaven Boulevard overpass and Metropolitan Avenue will be shut down on weekdays from 10 a.m. through 2 p.m. through Thursday. The closure is needed as workers replace a retaining wall.

The closures are part of the state Department of Transportation’s efforts to upgrade the entire Jackie Robinson Parkway, which connects Kew Gardens to eastern Brooklyn and winds its way through Ridgewood, Glendale, Cypress Hills, Forest Hills and Kew Gardens.

Both sides of the parkway will be resurfaced in the $17 million project, which also includes the installation of new safety devices, lane markings and reflectors. The state DOT indicated in May that entire segments of the parkway would be closed to traffic on six separate weekends through the late summer.

Drivers are advised to use designated detour routes while closures are in effect. The DOT also reminds them to travel safely and slowly through work zones; by law, speeding fines are doubled in work zones, and convictions of two or more speeding violations in a work zone may result in a driver’s license suspension.


Uno Pizzeria and Grill in Forest Hills closes

| asuriel@queenscourier.com

Photo courtesy PropertyShark/Scott Bintner

Forest Hills residents will have to go somewhere else for their deep dish pizza fix.

The Uno Pizzeria and Grill on 107-16 70th Rd. has closed. Wednesday was the last time that Chicago-style deep dish pizza lovers were able to dine at the eatery, which had been at the location for over 25 years.

“We’re very sad and very surprised,” said Forest Hills Chamber of Commerce President Leslie Brown, who added that the chamber got notice of the restaurant’s closing on its last day of operation. “We held our monthly chamber meetings there, so it’s a double whammy for us.”

According to multiple online reports, parent company Uno Restaurant Holdings Corporation filed for bankruptcy in 2010 with a debt of $176.3 million after a failed menu redesign which aimed to move the company toward more varied and health-conscious food options.

In February 2015, the Boston Globe reported that the company has largely pulled itself out of debt and remodeled many of its franchises, even changing its name from Uno Chicago Grill to Uno Pizzeria and Grill, and reemphasized their signature deep dish pizza menu options.


Anti-bullying contest winners honored at 112th Precinct meeting in Forest Hills

By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

Photo via Facebook/112th Precinct Community Council


The four winners of the 112th Precinct Community Council’s anti-bullying script contest were honored during the council’s June 17 meeting in Forest Hills.

Precinct Council President Heidi Chain, Chief Diana Pizzuti of NYPD Patrol Borough Queens North, other officers in the precinct and children from the precinct’s youth council read the 31 scripts submitted to the contest and awarded the four winners with plaques and gift cards donated by Ridgewood Savings Bank.

“The people who wrote these scripts, you are all to be congratulated because you captured real life and I think when they do the production everybody who sees it will benefit because it will give a deeper understanding,” Chain said.

The winners, students from Kew Forest School and Russell Sage Middle School, will have their scripts combined and adapted by producer Jay Rogers and performed by participating students at Queens Theatre in August.

Kenia Torres, a seventh-grader from Russell Sage Middle School, was the first-place winner. Sofia Rubin, Annie Podedworny and Genesis Azor, who are ninth-graders from Kew Forest School, were second-, third- and fourth-place winners respectively.

In other news, Deputy Inspector Judith Harrison, the 112th Precinct’s commander, said that crime is down across all disciplines for the year and that the burglaries around Forest Hills High School have severely decreased in large part to increased patrols. The last burglary in the area occurred on May 26.

Harrison said the precinct is offering to survey specific houses and make recommendations for alarm systems and other preventative measures homeowners can take to secure their property.

Finally, Police Officers Wilking Nunez and Anthony Fallacaro and Sgt. Walter Padilla were awarded Cop of the Month honors for apprehending an individual who stole a vehicle. Nunez, who detected the stolen car with a plate reader on 71st Avenue, called Fallacaro and Padilla to the scene because they were in an unmarked car and dressed in plain clothes.

THE COURIER/Photo by Angela Matua

THE COURIER/Photo by Angela Matua

The perpetrator rented the 2015 Chevrolet Suburban from a Rent-A-Car at John F. Kennedy International Airport with a fraudulent Pennsylvania driver’s license and kept the car beyond the agreed upon time. Padilla and Fallacarro performed a screen observation and surveillance and were able to arrest the perpetrator when he tried getting into the car.


The New York Pops to call Forest Hills Stadium home this summer

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THE COURIER/Photo by Angy Altamirano

One symphonic orchestra, bringing a new take on popular music to thousands of ears, has found a home in Queens this summer and will be offering thousands of local kids the opportunity to enjoy live music for free.

The New York Pops, the only professional symphonic orchestra in New York City specializing in popular music, announced Thursday its inaugural season at its new summer home at Forest Hills Stadium.

“We are tremendously excited to be embarking on this new venture in such a fantastic, historic venue,” said Anne Swanson, executive director of NY Pops. “I cannot imagine a more wonderful summer home for The New York Pops.”

For their first performance on Aug. 6, The New York Pops will be joined by special guest award-winning actor, singer and dancer Sutton Foster. The following night on Aug. 7, the orchestra will be joined by the group Pink Martini.

These concerts are just the beginning of The New York Pops’ relationship with the borough of Queens, as the group plans to return the following summer and play exclusively at Forest Hills Stadium.

“With outdoor concerts I feel like it gives a lot more freedom amongst the audience members to be able to express themselves and engage in the music in a way that they normally cannot do in the confines of a concert hall,” said music director and conductor Steven Reineke. ”We’re all tremendously excited to get our first concerts underway here and I hope that it will be the beginning of a long and wonderful relationship with the Westside Tennis Club, the borough of Queens. The New York Pops is proud to call Forest Hills Stadium its new summer home.”

Along with offering the community the two upcoming concerts, The New York Pops will also expand its Kids in the Balcony program, which provides 100 students free tickets to each of the orchestra’s concerts at Carnegie Hall.

At Forest Hills Stadium, the group will offer 1,000 tickets per concert and work with local schools to reach as many students as they can.

Tickets range from $10 to $129 and can be purchased at foresthillsstadium.com.


Forest Hills triplets graduate at top of classes at Holy Cross High, Mary Louis Academy

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THE COURIER/Photo by Alina Suriel/Gallery courtesy of the Chow family

Three’s the magic number for the Chow family.

Forest Hills triplets Dylan, Brandon and Kylie Chow ended their final year of high school as academic superstars, with each being honored as a valedictorian or salutatorian in the graduating classes of their schools.

Two of the trio, Dylan and Brandon, both graduated on June 6 from the all-boys Holy Cross High School in Flushing. They had grade point averages only one point from each other, with valedictorian Dylan earning a yearly average of 105, and Brandon graduating with 104.

Kylie, the third of the Chow triplets, graduated as the 2015 salutatorian from The Mary Louis Academy, an all-girls Catholic school in Jamaica Estates that had a 100 percent college acceptance rate last year for the 2014 graduating class.

According to Nina and Jeffrey Chow, the brainy teens’ parents, all three are self-motivated to attain academic achievement and did not need any outside discipline imposed on them to get good grades.

“Mostly, I think it comes from within,” Nina Chow said, “and I think those are the people the succeed and do well.”

Even in elementary school, Dylan, Brandon and Kylie breezed through at the top of their classes, and all won full scholarships to attend private high schools. They say that their greatest scholarly competition was each other, and this proved to be a strong incentive toward their continued success.

“You don’t want to be the dumbest out of the three,” said Brandon, who could compare many of his own grades with marks earned by his brother in the same classes. Both he and Kylie plan to begin classes this fall in the business school of Villanova University in Pennsylvania.

Although what they have accomplished is a dream for many, the teens manage to stay humble.

“It’s nice to know that your hard work paid off,” said Kylie, who said she was surprised to be named for the salutatorian position because her grades were very nearly beat by another girl with whom she competed academically.

“I didn’t really care about being the best, just in doing my best,” said Dylan, who is set to attend the Macaulay Honors College at Baruch College. “I didn’t put too much pressure on myself, I just took it easy.”

While they are bursting with as much pride as any parent would be in their position, Nina and Jeffery Chow admit that even they are amazed at having all three of their youngest children graduate high school with such distinction. Their eldest daughter, Kaitlin, currently resides in Philadelphia and will turn 25 this month.

“They are different in personality, but for them all to accomplish the same thing, to us it’s just amazing,” Nina Chow said.

“It’s pretty incredible what they did,” Jeffrey Chow said. “We had some idea that they were somewhere near the top, but not the top.”


Would-be burglar fails to get into Forest Hills real estate office: NYPD

By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

Photo courtesy of NYPD

The 112th Precinct is looking for the suspect who unsuccessfully attempted to burglarize a real estate office in Forest Hills on Monday afternoon.

According to police, the perpetrator allegedly lifted the screen of an open window at the Garden Square Realty office located at 4 Dartmouth St. at about 2:25 p.m. An employee reportedly spotted the would-be burglar, who then took off through the nearby West Side Tennis Club and to an unknown location.

The NYPD describes the burglar as a black male in his 40s standing 6 foot 1 inch tall who was last seen wearing a blue, orange and white shirt; a black hat; blue jeans; and white sneakers.

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 800-577-TIPS (8477). The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the Crime Stoppers website or can text their tips to CRIMES (274637), then enter TIP577. All calls are strictly confidential.


First weekend closure of Jackie Robinson Parkway starts Friday

| rpozarycki@queenscourier.com

THE COURIER/Photo by Anthony Giudice

The first of six weekend shutdowns affecting segments of the Jackie Robinson Parkway will take place this Friday, according to the state Department of Transportation (DOT).

The parkway’s eastbound lanes between Jamaica Avenue in Brooklyn and the Metropolitan Avenue/Queens Boulevard exit (Exit 6) will be closed from 11 p.m. Friday until 5:30 a.m. the following Monday, June 8.

Westbound lanes, as well as the eastbound section between Exits 6 and 8 (Grand Central Parkway) will remain open.

The closure is required as the state DOT continues its $17 million resurfacing of the five-mile-long roadway between Brooklyn and Kew Gardens. All of the work is being done in phases, with the eastbound side occurring first.

Five additional closures of portions of the parkway will occur later this year, according to the DOT. Parkway segments will also be closed on weeknights from 11 p.m. to 5:30 a.m. the following morning.

Drivers will be advised to use the following designated eastbound detour routes through Cypress Hills, Woodhaven, Richmond Hill, Forest Hills and Kew Gardens:

  • Jamaica Avenue from Pennsylvania Avenue to Forest Parkway;
  • Forest Parkway from Jamaica Avenue to Park Lane South;
  • Park Lane South from Forest Parkway to Metropolitan Avenue; and
  • Metropolitan Avenue from Park Lane South to the Jackie Robinson Parkway.

For more details, visit the state DOT information website or call 511.


Queens students know the meaning of sportsmanship

| agiudice@ridgewoodtimes.com

Photo courtesy Aaron Finkel

Three students from Queens were among the winners of New York Sports Connection’s first annual New York City student sportsmanship essay contest, “What Sportsmanship Means to Me.”

The students were tasked with writing original 400- to 500-word essays on the topic of what sportsmanship means to them. The submissions were anonymously judged on originality, emotional appeal, use of the theme, grammar, spelling and writing skills. Entries were received from all five boroughs, and the finalists were selected from 10 different NYC public and private schools.

“We were overwhelmed by the response and impressed by the wonderful quality of the many essays we received,” said Aaron Finkel, New York Sports Connection founder.

Sifan Lu, 17, a Forest Hills resident and student at Stuyvesant High School, won the 11th- and 12th-grade category. Xavier High School student, Connor Mulvena, 16, a resident of Glendale, was named a finalist in that category.

Forest Hills resident Jennifer Yu, 15, was a finalist among the ninth- and 10th-graders. She is a ninth-grader at Stuyvesant Tech in Manhattan.

As a category winner, Lu will receive a $500 prize. Mulvena and Yu will each receive $100 for being finalists in their categories.

The essays were judged by a celebrity panel of judges, including WFAN radio sports talk personality Craig Carton; former New York Mets relief pitcher and team captain John Franco; Mike Puma, a sportswriter with the New York Post; and Luis Fernando Llosa, former Sports Illustrated associate editor.

“It was an honor to help judge New York Sports Connection’s First Annual Youth Essay Contest,” Franco said. “The essays submitted by the finalists showed a level of maturity way beyond their years, and were a testament to the amazing work done by parents, coaches and volunteers to ensure that our kids’ youth sports experience teaches real life lessons.”


Jackie Robinson Parkway shutdowns begin tonight

| rpozarycki@queenscourier.com

Photo via Wikimedia Commons/Jim Henderson

Portions of the Jackie Robinson Parkway will be closed beginning Monday night as the state Department of Transportation (DOT) begins resurfacing the five-mile-long and winding road between Kew Gardens and Brooklyn.

The work will begin tonight on the eastbound side from the parkway’s Brooklyn terminus at the corner of Jamaica and Pennsylvania avenues to the Cypress Hills Street exit. As reported in the Ridgewood Times, the project will be performed in segments, with the eastbound side completed first.

The $17 million project is expected to be finished in mid-August, barring any weather-related delays. Much of the work will be done during weeknight hours from 11 p.m. to 5:30 a.m. the next morning, but portions of the parkway will be shut down entirely on six weekends, from 11 p.m. Friday to 5:30 a.m. the following Monday.

The first two weekend closures will occur on June 5 through 8 and June 12 through 15. Drivers will be diverted through marked detour routes passing through neighboring Brooklyn, Ridgewood, Glendale, Woodhaven, Richmond Hill, Forest Hills and Kew Gardens.

During the project, crews from Tully Construction Company of Flushing — working on behalf of the state DOT — will remove the existing asphalt pavement and repair the concrete roadbed, then apply new asphalt and re-stripe the roadway with new lane markings. Various traffic safety devices, from reflectors to new signage, will also be installed.

“The Jackie Robinson Parkway is a critical connector between Brooklyn and Queens, carrying thousands of commuters each day and supporting the local economy,” state Transportation Commissioner Joan McDonald said in a statement. “[This] project will give more than 82,000 motorists who use the parkway each day a smoother, safer ride.”

“Motorists who use the Jackie Robinson Parkway can look forward to a better road experience thanks to this paving project and infrastructure enhancement,” added Queens Borough President Melinda Katz, who thanked the DOT and Governor Andrew Cuomo “for making the improvement of the parkway a priority.”

Drivers are reminded to travel safely and slowly through work zones; by law, speeding fines are doubled in work zones, and convictions of two or more speeding violations in a work zone may result in a driver’s license suspension.


Special event set to help save Forest Hills Barnes & Noble

| lguerre@queenscourier.com

THE COURIER/Photo by Angy Altamirano

The Forest Hills Barnes & Noble, which could close in January due to an expiring lease, will be hosting a customer appreciation day event on Sunday to draw attention to its fight to remain in the neighborhood.

Lease negotiations are still underway between Barnes & Noble and landlord Muss Development for the 22,000-square foot space at 70-00 Austin St., according to representatives of the landowner. Talks originally broke down when the bookstore chose not to exercise its option to renew the lease for five more years because of an increase in rents.

Local author and preservationist Michael Perlman started a petition to save the bookstore on Change.org, which now has approximately 4,600 signatures. After hitting the goal of 5,000 signatures, the petition will be sent to politicians, Barnes & Noble representatives and the landlord.

The event on Sunday starts at 10 a.m., when there will be a raffle contest for a new Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 Nook 7.0 device. Residents and patrons are encouraged to purchase books to support the effort to keep the store open and the first 200 customers will receive a Barnes & Noble tote bag.

Perlman will hold a book signing at 5 p.m. for his latest work “Legendary Locals of Forest Hills and Rego Park,” and there will be free food from local restaurants such as Knish Nosh.

Also, in the afternoon there will also be performances by a clown, and musicians Lou Michaels and Doug Leblang.

Both Barnes & Noble and Muss Development officials have told The Courier that they want to find to a solution. However, the landlord has already started marketing the space for a new tenant.


Forest Hills-based group brings together beer and Jewish New Yorkers

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Photo courtesy of Rebecca Dauer

A Forest Hills couple has founded a group that looks to bring together Jewish New Yorkers and their love for a cold glass of beer.

Rebecca Dauer and Michael Israel are the founders behind the group Jews and Brews NYC, which was started through Meetup.com over a year ago.

Jews and Brews NYC aims to bring Jewish New Yorkers closer together through creating friendships, romances and professional networking by having members engage in fun events and activities.

“There isn’t an agenda so people don’t feel like this is a religious event or dating event,” Dauer said. “It’s a group of Jewish people getting together that want to have a good time.”

The idea of the group came up when Dauer made the move to New York from Boston more than four years ago and found it was hard to find outlets in her new city that would connect her with other Jewish people without having to go on dating sites or dating meetups.

Dauer and her fiancé then started the group about a year ago and what first started as a small gathering has blown up to having close to 600 members from throughout the city.

“We’re really looking to build a community and have like-minded individuals come together,” she said. “When I started Jews and Brews, I was looking to make friends and I accomplished that while bringing people together.”

For the meetups, which take place once or twice per month and usually on Thursday nights, Dauer finds bars, beer halls and breweries throughout New York City where group members can sample draft and bottled beers.

The group plans to organize future events including festivals, Shabbat dinners, wine tastings and baseball games.

Although most events have taken place outside of Queens, Dauer plans to hosts more meetups in the borough she calls home. The group recently met up in Forest Hills and Dauer hopes to have an event scheduled for June in Astoria.

“Queens has so much to offer and because the group now is so close knit, if we do it in Queens people will absolutely make the trek over here,” Dauer said.

For more information or to sign up for Jews and Brews NYC visit www.meetup.com/Jews-and-Brews-NYC.