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Star of Queens: Nan Khin May, CUNY service corps volunteer, New American Welcome Center at the Flushing YMCA


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

Nan Khin May

BY ROSS BELSKY

Background: Nan Khin May, 25, was born and raised in Yangon, Myanmar, and now lives in Fresh Meadows. She loves Queens because it is one of the most diverse places she’s ever been and a place where she can taste food from all around the globe. She also appreciates how much time she can save commuting easily to her college and her jobs.

Occupation: May works part time at the office of information technology at Queens College as an assistant, where she learns from her supervisors, coworkers and other students. She also works as an independent financial planner at World Financial Group in College Point, as she would like to become certified after graduating because she wants to help others who are planning to go to college.

Community Involvement: Currently, May is a CUNY service corps volunteer at the New American Welcome Center (NAWC) at the Flushing YMCA. NAWC serves the immigrant population by providing a range of services including ESL and computer classes. The goals for the immigrants are English literacy, cultural competence and self-sufficiency. May translates Chinese and Burmese for them, as well as conducts intakes of client information. The majority of students are adults from China, Korea and the Dominican Republic. In addition, May occasionally volunteers for the Mahasi Meditation Group.

Greatest Achievement: “I would consider getting the experiences of volunteering and giving the community what it needs to be both my greatest personal and professional achievement,” May said. “My 4-year-old niece told me ‘sharing is caring,’ and I couldn’t agree with her more.”

Biggest Challenge: “Going to college and getting all good grades because that is an important requirement in Asian families. Also, dealing with my father’s heart disease and elderly health issues.”

Inspiration: “My aunt. She is my mentor and best friend. She is a very strong woman and she takes care of her family. She loves me like her own daughter and has taught me since I was in Myanmar. With my parents’ support and her guidance, I am able to live here and succeed.”

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More Queens Library locations loaning mobile hot spots, tablets


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Photo courtesy of Queens Library

Having fun isn’t hard when you’ve got a library card, and now more cardholders will be able to stay connected while on the go.

The Queens Library announced Tuesday that it will be expanding its mobile technology lending program in the upcoming weeks to more libraries throughout the borough.

While using their Queens Library cards, customers will be able to borrow free mobile hot spots, providing Internet access anywhere to any Wi-Fi-enabled devices with cellphone reception. Customers will also have the chance to borrow free Google Nexus tablets.

The hot spots are available for one month, and there are three renewals available afterwards. First-time hot spot borrowers will have to sign an agreement and bring a photo ID.

Locations that have been offering the free mobile hot spots and tablets since last year include branches at 89-11 Merrick Blvd., Jamaica; 1637 Central Ave., Far Rockaway; 108-19 71st Ave., Forest Hills; 41-17 Main St., Flushing; and 35-51 81st St., Jackson Heights.

The new locations offering the hot spots include 214-20 Northern Blvd. in Bayside and 37-44 21st St. in Long Island City. They will also be available at the branch at 218-13 Linden Blvd. in Cambria Heights starting April 8; 193-20 Horace Harding Expressway in Fresh Meadows on April 15; and 169-09 137th Ave. in Rochdale Village on April 22.

The Google Nexus tablets are now available at Queens Library branches at 2012 Madison St. in Ridgewood; 128-16 Rockaway Blvd. in South Ozone Park; and 169-09 137th Ave. in Rochdale Village. Starting later this month, the tablets will be available at the following locations: 187-05 Union Turnpike in Hillcrest; 103-34 Lefferts Blvd. in Richmond Hill; and the Langston Hughes Community Library at 100-01 Northern Blvd.

A full list of borrowing sites is available at www.queenslibrary.org.

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Star of Queens: Mitch Karpp, program director, Youth and Camp Services at the Queens Central Y


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

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BY ROSS BELKSKY 

Background: Mitch Karpp, 45, lives in Fresh Meadows where he was born and raised. He loves Queens for its hybrid of suburban Long Island feel and Manhattan hustle and bustle. The eclectic composition of the borough is something he also appreciates, and he feels every few blocks offers an all-encompassing sample of a different culture.

Occupation: Karpp is the program director of Youth and Camp Services at the Queens Central Y at 67-09 108th St. in Forest Hills. He joined the Y family in 1984 as a camper before becoming the teen director in 1994, and finally moved up to his current post in 2010. His decision to stick with the organization was based on the evolution of its challenges that both intrigued him and gave him an opportunity to experience branching out into the community.

Community Involvement: Along with the many traditional services offered by a local Y in New York, Mitch is instrumental in running four ongoing programs including Kidz Korner, the after-school establishment in which Karpp has watched former kids become future staff members. Karpp designs activities with the objective of instilling a sense of respect, such as scavenger hunts that require cooperative problem solving. Recently Kidz Korner ran an extremely successful coat drive for this particularly brisk winter, as well as a book fair to benefit local nursery schools, and a costume party to raise money for their renovated gymnasium. Karpp works extensively with the Department of Youth and Community Development (DYCD) to ensure free after-school programming to over 160 kids, a major change from the prior fee for service program which only held 10 kids. In addition, Mitch’s efforts helped usher the New York State Education Department’s (NYSED) decision to provide two free after-school service programs in Flushing. In the summers, Karpp runs the camp in Long Island which is part of his family’s legacy, as it was previously run by his father and brother.

Greatest Achievement: “When I was promoted to program director. My idea of the success of Kidz Korner transformed when I realized I could expand the program and work with directors from all over to influence the larger community by diversifying.”

Biggest Challenge: “Not knowing every director at first on a hands-on, personal basis. The day-to-day operations are sometimes disconnected, but somehow we have to correspond concurrently.”

Inspiration: “My older brother. I learned a lot about this job from him, like the fact that patience is paramount and to you have to treat people from all walks with an even level of respect.”

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Fresh Meadows man stars on new reality show ‘Little Women: NY’


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Photos by Patrick Eccelsine

Jason Perez may be a little man, but he is representing the biggest borough on a new Lifetime reality show.

Perez, a 27-year-old Queens College student from Fresh Meadows, is starring on “Little Women: NY,” premiering Wednesday night.

Standing at 4 feet 4 inches tall, he is the only male cast member among seven little people whose lives are documented on the series, which takes a look at how the group of friends navigates the Big Apple.

lwny_gallery-jason_150112-pe-021“New York is one big city and we are little women…well, six little women and the one guy that can handle them,” the first episode starts.

“Little Women: NY” is a spin-off of the network’s hit reality show “Little Women: LA,” which just concluded its second season on March 18 and featured New York cast member Lila Call in several of its recent episodes.

A friend of “Little Women: LA” cast member and executive producer Terra Jolé, who is also an executive producer for the New York version, Perez was easily convinced to appear on the new show.

“I think it will be very enlightening, very educational. It will also take the stress of the day off,” he said, promising the one-hour program will bring as much reality show-style drama as its West Coast counterpart and a true look into the world of little people.

Born in Brooklyn to a close-knit Filipino family, Perez grew up in Ozone Park before moving to Fresh Meadows in 2000, where he attended St. Francis Prep.

Though he faced bullying because of his dwarfism and is the only little person in his family, he said his loved ones have always given him strength.

“They just took me as a regular person,” Perez said. His parents always told him to “cry but not for long” and to “just get up and keep moving.”


After high school, he earned a culinary arts degree and started working as a cook. But his childhood love for performing led him from the kitchen to a job as a singing server.

Today, he is studying political science and history at Queens College, but is still pursuing his passion for entertainment through performing, and voice, dance and acting lessons. He has even won several talent competitions, including at the MGM Grand Las Vegas and the Coney Island Talent Show, and has performed in Radio City’s Christmas Spectacular.

Perez is also hoping to entertain viewers on “Little Women: NY,” which he says will step it up a notch from its LA counterpart because of the challenges of fast-paced New York City, such as commuting on the subway, hailing cabs and traversing crowded streets.

Jason Perez with "Little Women: NY" co-stars Lila Call and Dawn Lang (Photo by Zach Dilgard)

Jason Perez with “Little Women: NY” co-stars Lila Call and Dawn Lang (Photo by Zach Dilgard)

“New York in itself is an animal and to survive you need to have skills,” Perez said.

The show will also look at some of Perez’s personal struggles — a sensitive issue he discusses with his conservative family while living at home and his difficulties in finding the right person to settle down with.

“We may be small but we have emotions like everyone else, we have ambitions like everyone,” he said. “Just because we look different doesn’t mean we are out of the loop.”

“Little Women: NY” airs Wednesdays at 10 p.m. on Lifetime. 

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Two six-story Marriott hotels coming to Fresh Meadows


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Renderings courtesy of East West United Realty Development

Fresh Meadows is seriously becoming a destination.

Two six-story hotels under the Marriott brand are being built in the neighborhood, marking another big hotel chain coming to the mostly residential area.

The Courier recently reported about the Mayflower Business Group’s 11-story Hilton hotel under construction in Fresh Meadows on 186th Street, which will target students and immigrants from China.

East West United Realty Development is working on this double Marriott project, which is on the other side of the Long Island Expressway, at 183-31 Horace Harding Expwy. The right building will be a Courtyard Hotel and the left will be Fairfield Inn and Suites, which are brands of Marriott hotels.

The hotels will offer a combined 218 rooms and underground parking.

Unlike Mayflower’s Hilton building, this double Marriott brand project will target all tourists coming to New York City, according to the representatives for the developer.

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They believe it will be attractive because it is relatively close to the borough’s airports and—located adjacent to the LIE—has easy access to one of Queens’ major thoroughfares.

Because it’s not in the immediate vicinity of the airports, the hotel could also offer cheaper rates, the representatives said, which will be attractive to guests.

Construction on the hotels recently began and the project is expected to be completed in 2016.

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New Fresh Meadows hotel expected to house students and immigrants from China


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Photo courtesy of Cross City Construction

A  new hotel in Fresh Meadows is positioning itself to be the 21st-century Ellis Island of Queens.

The hotel will serve as a stepping stone for Chinese immigrants and students looking to stay in the country or study here, according to several people close to the planning. The 11-story Hilton hotel on 186th Street is set to open in May 2016 and the developers, Mayflower Business Group of Great Neck, are positioning their hotel to serve a mixture of Chinese businesspeople, students and immigrants who can use the hotel as a base while house hunting.

“There’s something happening with the Asian community and, specifically, something happening in China. There’s something going on,” said George Frangoulis, a spokesman for the developer. “They’re bringing in a lot of wealth. They’re enhancing and stimulating the Queens economy. It’s good for America.”

The announcement of the hotel stirred controversy in 2014. Residents complained that the 11-story building is too tall for a neighborhood of mostly one- and two-family homes. They also said that the hotel would cause traffic on local streets and overload the sewer system. But the hotel does not violate any building or zoning codes, which left residents unable to block the project from going forward.

Frangoulis met with concerned neighbors over the year to try to mend community relationships. During one of these meetings between the Fresh Meadows Homeowners Association, state Sen. Tony Avella and the developers, residents learned that part of the hotel would be used by foreign exchange students from China who will be studying in nearby schools like St. John’s University.

“This doesn’t really make any sense to us because Fresh Meadows isn’t exactly close to many schools,” said Jim Gallagher, president of the homeowners association.

But Frangoulis said the hotel will not serve as a dorm and any students who stay there would just be considered as normal hotel customers.

“I comply with every safety code. I’m a good neighbor. I’ll do anything I have to do to accommodate the community,” he said. “I’m doing everything properly. I understand their concern.”

Frangoulis also said that due to Flushing’s overcrowding, Fresh Meadows served as a good place for Chinese immigrants who are coming to the country but don’t have a place to stay in Flushing’s hotels. Unlike the usual image of immigrants as poor and desperate, Frangoulis characterized this new wave of immigrants as affluent and ready to invest in central Queens’ economy.

But Avella remained unconvinced.

“I support the community’s position that these hotels are out of context,” he said. “I’m always concerned about overdevelopment. And the fact that it’s across the street from one-family homes bothers me.”

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Francis Lewis HS staff and students ‘Shake It Off’ in YouTube video


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Screenshot via YouTube

The staff and faculty at Francis Lewis High School are showing that Taylor Swift is not the only one who can “Shake It Off.”

What started off as a joke between teachers on a Friday morning has become a YouTube video garnering more than 5,000 hits in less than 24 hours.

In the video, the faculty of the high school located at 58-20 Utopia Pkwy. in Fresh Meadows is shown “shaking off” the stress of a long week of regents exams and snow by dancing to Taylor Swift’s hit “Shake It Off.”

“We had a little bit of a break and we are very big in school spirit and we thought it would be a great idea,” said Christina O’Connell, a teacher and coordinator for student activities at the school. “We thought it would be fun for the teachers to collaborate and spread school spirit.”

The video was recorded on Jan. 30 and was thought up after O’Connell and fellow faculty members saw a video of a teacher in Texas dancing to “Uptown Funk” with students.

They spread the idea to others in the building and even got an assistant principal to star in the beginning of the video. Teacher Marci Contino scouted the layout of the building and gave faculty direction as they moved around the school.


“As teachers in the middle of the year we feel a lot of stress, with the winter and especially the snow that week. So ‘shake it off’ seemed like an appropriate theme,” O’Connell added. “I think it brought us together as a faculty.”

The music video, later edited by Isai Serrano, the head of the virtual enterprise program at the school, features staff and faculty of the high school and the boys’ step team, Nu Gamma Psi.

O’Connell said that she initially had posted the video on YouTube Wednesday to be able to share it among teachers and staff, but when she woke up Thursday she found out that the video was blowing up online.

Students were surprised, saying they “didn’t know our teachers could dance,” and have even asked when they would be able to star in a video with their fellow classmates and teachers.

“School spirit is something that should be shared by everyone in the building and we thought this would be a good way to show it,” O’Connell said.

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Queens hookah bars caught putting tobacco in water pipes face closure


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THE COURIER/Photos by Angy Altamirano

The smoke is out.

Following an undercover investigation, the city’s Health Department announced it found 13 hookah bars in the city, including four in Queens, selling a pipe mix that included tobacco for their patrons to smoke on premises, violating the city’s Smoke-Free Air Act.

At hookah bars patrons smoke a substance called shisha, composed of herbs, molasses and, in some cases, tobacco. Serving shisha with tobacco violates the city’s 2002 law that prohibits smoking tobacco in a workplace, including restaurants and bars.

“These 13 hookah bars are knowingly flouting the law by serving tobacco-based shisha,” Health Commissioner Dr. Mary Bassett said. “Tobacco smoke is dangerous for the health of the smoker, patrons and those who work in these establishments.”

On Nov. 14, Health Department inspectors, working together with New York University students, went to the 13 bars and “discretely” took samples of the shisha being served. After being sent to be tested, it was found that all the shisha samples tested positive for nicotine.

The bars in Queens included two in Astoria: Fayrooz Hookah Lounge and Bar on 28-08 Steinway St. and Melody Lounge on 25-95 Steinway St.; and two in Fresh Meadows, just blocks from St. John’s University: Layla Hookah Lounge on 181-34 Union Turnpike and Cloud 9 on 179-22 Union Turnpike.

The Health Department is now beginning to take measures to revoke the permits of all 13 bars and restaurants.

“The American Heart Association is concerned about the evidence of illegal tobacco sales in hookah bars,” said Dr. Merle Myerson, director of the Mount Sinai Roosevelt and St. Luke’s Cardiovascular Disease Prevention Program & Lipid Clinic and a member of the American Heart Association’s Advocacy Committee. “At a time when more adults are smoking at higher rates and there are fewer services available for smokers who want to quit, we must protect New Yorkers from tobacco addiction in all settings.”

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Last day of the year marks the end for Fresh Meadows Barnes & Noble


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THE COURIER/ Photo by Eric Jankiewicz

While the world was saying goodbye to 2014, dozens of Queens shoppers bid a sad farewell to the Barnes & Noble bookstore in Fresh Meadows on its final day of business Wednesday.

The bookstore was quiet on its last day, with many clearance shelves already emptied out by bargain hunters. Workers piled leftover books on dollies to be delivered to the chain’s Forest Hills location. Customers picked through boxes of books that were marked down 50 percent.

During its decade in Fresh Meadows, residents and local leaders say the book retailer had become more than just a store. For many, the bookshop had been a community center complete with a coffee shop and children’s reading groups. The last customers lamented its passing.

“This library is a staple of the neighborhood,” said Veronica Sorrell, a longtime customer who came to the store on its last day. “And I never thought this place would close.”

Sorrell said the shop had become a quiet refuge for her and her family over the years.

“I practically raised my kids here,” she said. “When they were children I brought them to the story time sessions. And as they get older they slowly graduated to the fiction section. Now that’s all gone.”

Nearby, Sister Winifred Doyle searched for a puzzle book.

“I knew it was the last day,” she said. “And I knew I had to come in here one last time.”

She continued, “You know, I love a good puzzle, especially word puzzles. It doesn’t matter how difficult they are. I beat them. But, for the life of me, I can’t solve the puzzle of why this store is closing.”

The store has been in the area since 2004, and Barnes & Noble’s management will not be renewing its lease. The book chain’s management couldn’t reach an agreement over a lease extension earlier this year. A T.J. Maxx is set to replace the book store in 2015.

“We had discussions with the property owner to try to structure a lease extension, but were not able to come to an agreement,” said David Deason, the vice president of development for Barnes & Noble. “We enjoyed serving our St. John’s/Fresh Meadows-area customers for the last 10 years and look forward to continuing to serve them at the nearby Bayside location.”

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Hundreds attend Queens candlelight vigil for slain officers


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THE COURIER/Photo by Eric Jankiewicz

Hundreds of people gathered outside the 107th precinct on Tuesday night during a candlelight vigil for slain police Officers Wenjian Liu and Rafael Ramos.

Standing beside pictures of the two murdered officers and bracing themselves against the cold evening air, several elected officials addressed the crowd and urged them to commemorate the fallen cops through love and not use the incident as a political tool.

“We’re here to remember the lives of two brave police officers,” said Carolann Foley, president of the 107th Precinct’s Community Council and one of the organizers of the vigil. “We must come together during this time and comfort each other.”

The candlelight vigil in Fresh Meadows was one of the largest in the borough and it served as a call for an end to the disharmony that has rattled the city. The event was attended by officers forand community councils from the 100th, 101st, 102nd, 103rd, 105th, 106th, 107th and 113th precincts.

Assistant Chief David Barrere, commanding officer of Patrol Borough Queens South, the organization that coordinated the event, thanked people for coming out in the cold to show their support for the police. 

Across Queens, similar events have taken place.

In Hamilton Beach, residents, elected officials and police from the 106th Precinct got together on Tuesday to hang 200 blue ribbons on utility poles around the neighborhood, showing their support for the NYPD.

“I’m the daughter of a retired police officer,” said Charlene O’Dea, a Hamilton Beach resident. “I want to show my support for the NYPD.”

Over the weekend, Ramos’ wake and funeral were held in Glendale, with thousands of police and others in attendance and lining the streets.

Foley originally expected the candlelight vigil to only be attended by 200 people, but she soon realized that many more would be attending.

“This is the community doing this, not the police,” Foley said. “And all of these people are coming to simply pray. What could be better than that right now for the city?”

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Precincts across Queens to meet in Fresh Meadows for candlelight vigil in memory of slain officers


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Photo by Dominick Totino Photography

Police and members of the public will come together on Tuesday night in Fresh Meadows for what will likely be the largest candlelight vigil in the borough to date to honor two slain police officers and to call for an end to the disharmony that has rattled the city.

The joint ceremony organized for eight precinct councils from Queens will honor Officers Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu, murdered on a Brooklyn street on Dec. 20, and is also intended to mend the tension between the public and police, according to the organizers.

The candlelight vigil will be held just hours after Mayor de Blasio meets with police union leaders at the Police Academy in College Point in a bid to end the acrimony between union leaders, some rank and file officers and the city administration.

The vigil will be held at the 107th Precinct at 71-01 Parsons Blvd. in Fresh Meadows at 7 p.m., according to the organizers, Patrol Borough Queens South.

In keeping with the tone of reconciliation, event organizers stressed that the vigil would be about coming together as a community and leaving politics out of the ceremony.

“This is about bringing people together,” said Carolann Foley, president of the 107th Precinct’s community council and one of the organizers of the vigil. “This is going to be a positive thing and people’s politics are besides the point right now. That’s a conversation for another day.”

The event will be attended by officers and community councils from the 100th, 101st, 102nd, 103rd, 105th, 106th, 107th and 113th precincts. The flyer invites anyone from the public to join the vigil.

Across Queens, similar events have taken place but, according to resident Mike Sidell, the Tuesday event is expected to be the largest vigil.

In Hamilton Beach, residents elected officials and police from the 106th Precinct got together on Tuesday to hang 200 blue ribbons on utility poles around the neighborhood showing their support for the NYPD.

“I’m the daughter of a retired police officer,” said Charlene O’Dea, a Hamilton Beach resident. “I want to show my support for the NYPD.”

Over the weekend, Ramos’ wake and funeral were held in Glendale, with thousands of police and others in attendance and lining the streets.

Foley originally expected the event to only be attended by 200 people, but she soon realized that many more would be attending.

“This is the community doing this, not the police,” Foley said. “And all of these people are coming to simply pray. What could be better than that right now for the city?”

Additional reporting by Salvatore Licata

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Kids from Fresh Meadows gym perform with Harlem Globetrotters at Barclays


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Photos courtesy of My Gym in Queens

High-flying kids from a Fresh Meadows gym performed at a half time performance for the Harlem Globetrotters on Saturday.


The gymnasts from My Gym in Queens led led a half-time show at the Barclays Center, where audience members were dazzled with aerial stunts and feats in the style of a basketball performance. The children, between the ages of 4 and 11, met the Globetrotters and got the autographs of their favorite athletes.

In front of 15,000 audience members, the 15 kids performed routines that they had practiced for months, according to Meredith Coleman, the director of the gym.

“We thought they were going to be really nervous but they went out there like they did this for a living,” Coleman said.

The performance marks the end of a busy year for the gym kids. My Gym was featured in a Sesame Street episode about diversity in September.

The team is being invited back to the center for a performance in March during a college basketball game.

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Fresh Meadows residents and local pol tell city flooding must stop


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Photo courtesy of Jim Gallagher

Fresh Meadows residents have reached their saturation point.

For over a decade, a section of Utopia Parkway has been getting flooded every time it rains more than a few inches, and homes along the street end up with basements, bathrooms and garages overflowing with untreated sewage, according to residents and City Councilman Rory Lancman.

“This is something that’s been going on for many years,”  Lancman said, before going on to describe the issue as both “maddening” and “intolerable.”

The Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) conducted a study of the area and came up with several possible solutions, from raising the curb to installing green infrastructure like bioswales, which are plantings and landscape designs to filter and redirect polluted water.

The long-standing problem, according to residents and city documents, is geography. The area sits in a valley that naturally collects water, overwhelming the catch basins faster than in other areas.

“So it’s not as if the city can’t do anything to alleviate the problem,” Lancman said. “We can’t get the DEP to ultimately tell us what it’s willing to do.”

The councilman is meeting with the DEP next week to see if he can push the department to move ahead with a solution.

In the meantime, residents like Annette Shapiro who live in the problem area between 65th and 67th Avenue worry at the mere prospect of a heavy rainfall.

“Every time it rains, everybody freaks out,” she said. “It’s no way to live. I’m sick of it.”

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Fresh Meadows kids try to score a Harlem Globetrotters visit


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Screenshot via YouTube/Harlem Globetrotters

A group of young gymnasts in Fresh Meadows are just a dribble and a dunk away from getting the Harlem Globetrotters to visit their gym.

After My Gym was featured in a Sesame Street episode about diversity, the children from the gym were asked to perform an opening ceremony at Barclays Center for the Harlem Globetrotters. The performance will be held on Dec. 27, but the troupe might get a chance to see the basketball players in their home court on Dec. 17 if they can sell 100 tickets to the Brooklyn performance.

“We’ve never had something this big happen,” said Meredith Coleman, the gym’s director. “The kids are insanely excited.”

The deadline to sell the tickets is Dec. 12 and in the name of sales, Coleman turned the gym into a sales firm, channeling the excitement into the kids’ sales attempts. If the gym is successful, a couple of members of the basketball team will visit the gym on Union Turnpike for a private performance.

“The kids will get a chance to meet them and see them perform a few small tricks and get autographs,” Coleman said, noting that she wanted to invite as many people as possible from the Fresh Meadows area. “Meeting the Globetrotters is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for many people in Queens.”

Tickets can be bought on the gym’s website.

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Councilman promises to fund purchase of Fresh Meadows colonial cemetery


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Photo courtesy of Landmarks Preservation Commission

Fresh Meadows Councilman Rory Lancman pledged to fully fund the purchase of a historical cemetery on 182nd Avenue from the current private owner that has no intention of preserving the plot of land.

“Buying the cemetery is the easy part,” Lancman said about the Brinckerhoff Cemetery. “We need to make sure that an organization with the infrastructure can shoulder the responsibility of upkeeping and maintaining the cemetery.”

The 18th century cemetery was designated a landmark in 2012, thwarting the efforts of the owner, Linda Cai, to develop the land into housing or commercial property.

Lancman, whose coverage area includes Fresh Meadows, said that his office was in the process of looking for an organization that would be able to take care of the colonial cemetery.

The Friends of the The Brinckerhoff Colonial Cemetery, a nonprofit, helped the site gain the landmark status and is in the process of raising money to buy the cemetery. But so far, Lancman hasn’t offered to buy the property for the group because he isn’t sure if the organization

“I’m not going to make the decision unilaterally,” Lancman said. “We need to sit down with the community and figure it out.”

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