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Cat rescued from Elmhurst tree finds home with Glendale grandmother and granddaughter


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Photos courtesy of Annet Artani

Dorothy has finally made it to a new home.

Dorothy Gale is a lovable cat who on Dec. 20 was rescued from a three-story-high tree in front of Newton High School in Elmhurst.

She had been stuck in the tree for three days and residents had attached a sign to the tree looking for help. Councilman Daniel Dromm’s office contacted animal advocacy organization NYCLASS and other animal advocates. Firefighters were then called to conduct the actual rescue.

After living temporarily with Annet Artani of Miney’s Rescue of Love, Dorothy was adopted on Jan. 13 by Glendale grandmother and granddaughter Danielle Dunn and Kathy Strong, whose family recently lost two of their three cats to old age. The third cat had become lonely and depressed, and the family decided Dorothy would be the best companion.

For Artani it is a bittersweet feeling having to let Dorothy go, after falling in love with her and bonding. She adds that even her dog Miney is moping around missing her.

Although still a bit shy, Artani says Dorothy is adjusting to her new environment and family well.

“Because my rescue is based out of my home, I have a different way of doing things than a shelter,” Artani said. “The bond I build with each animal I rescue is intense because I make sure they leave here knowing what a loving home feels like so they are ready for the next permanent one. But it always takes a toll.”

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Port Authority releases Tier 1 study of cross harbor freight program


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THE COURIER/Photo by Salvatore Licata

The Port Authority is looking for a better way to move freight through the New York metropolitan area including new proposals to boost rail traffic along a sleepy freight line through western Queens that could leave some homeowners shaking in their beds.

A new study, released at a Queens Borough Hall meeting on Jan. 12, outlined 10 different proposals for shipping rail freight across the harbor, from New Jersey to a rail line that stretches from the Brooklyn waterfront up to the Hellgate Bridge in Astoria. The line now carries an average of one freight train a day. If any of the proposals come to fruition, there would be many more — and larger — trains rolling down that track.

Among the hardest hit would be neighborhoods in the Glendale and Ridgewood area where the Fresh Pond train yard is located.

Proposals for a cross-harbor freight tunnel have been explored for almost a century. But the Port Authority, facing exploding growth of freight that is now moved through the city almost entirely by truck, needs another option to keep its bridges and tunnels from overflowing with truck traffic.

“We have to figure out a better way to move freight,” said Mark Hoffer, director of New Port Initiatives for the Port Authority. “We must analyze, study [the area] and come up with alternatives.”

Hoffer said that 90 percent of freight, nationally produced, comes in to the area by truck. By 2035, the Port Authority projected that over 300 million more tons of freight will have to come into the area. To meet that demand, the PA has come up with a range of options, from building a new tunnel to creating a water-borne shipping system that would carry rail cars across the harbor. Either proposal would boost freight rail through Brooklyn and Queens.

Currently, the closest rail crossing over the Hudson is in Selkirk, N.Y., about 150 miles north of the city. That means that the vast majority of freight shipped by rail from the west is unloaded in New Jersey and trucked across the river to New York City, Long Island, the northern suburbs and parts of New England.

“Using a rail option for this project would severely impact my district,” said Councilwomen Elizabeth Crowley, who covers the Glendale and Ridgewood area. She also said the noise pollution added by the influx of diesel-powered freight trains would hurt the quality of life of people in the area.

Hoffer did not deny the claim saying that it would affect some communities that are near the railway. But he was quick to say that the use of freight trains would be something that would benefit the area as a whole.

The Port Authority estimated that upgrading the rail system in the area, which could include building tunnels under water for freight to ship through, would cost anywhere from $7 to $11 billion and take about eight years to build. The waterborne options have been estimated to cost anywhere from $100 to $600 million and take two to four years to finish.

The next step for the Port Authority is to meet with local elected officials, community groups and other interested parties. They are also holding a public meeting to hear any concerns of residents in Queens on Jan. 29 from 4 to 8 p.m. at Queens Borough Hall.

Following that their initial study, the Port Authority will be publishing a Record of Decision, which will list a group of alternatives they will take into their next, more detailed, study.

“The population is growing and we are going to be consuming more. We have to do something, the question is finding the right something,” Hoffer said. “We don’t have a realistic option in doing nothing.”

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Longtime LIC auto shop moves to make room for 27-story rental building


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Photo courtesy of Scott Bintner/PropertyShark

A Long Island City auto repair shop that has been a fixture in the community for more than four decades has moved to make room for a tall residential building as the jostling for space continues in the burgeoning neighborhood.

The awning for LIC Auto Repair at 27-19 44th Dr. has been taken down, and there is now a sign on the door indicating the shop has moved to 83-12 Cooper Ave. in Glendale, according to The Court Square Blog.

The property’s new owner, Manhattan-based Twining Properties, filed permits to construct a new 27-story building with 165 units on the site late last year.

There will be 122,405 square feet of residential space in the building, according to the filing with the Buildings Department.

There will also be 2,124 square feet of commercial space in the new property, which is being designed by Handel Architects.

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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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New decorative lampposts to light the streets of Glendale


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Photos courtesy of state Sen. Joe Addabbo

The streets of Glendale are going to shine brighter thanks to new decorative lampposts that will be installed soon.

The residents of Glendale have been waiting for the new lighting for over a decade since former state Sen. Serphin Maltese began the initiative. The Department of Transportation (DOT) just approved the project, known as the Parkside Decorative Street Lighting Project, after a recent meeting with state Sen. Joe Addabbo.

“When I inherited this project after taking office, I knew we had to see it through,” Addabbo said. “Our city streets are a constant reminder of our history, but sometimes they need a little upgrade. These decorative lights will greatly improve the décor of the neighborhood as well as increase residents’ safety, thanks to the improved lighting.”

The new lampposts will be installed in the spring of 2015. When Addabbo took office he said he knew of the project and secured the funding for it while meeting with the DOT.

The project will ultimately see “teardrop-style” lampposts installed on Dovan, Rutledge, Aubrey, 74th and 75th avenues between Woodhaven Boulevard and Union Turnpike. Some, but not all, existing streetlights will be removed and replaced with “Type F” lampposts with 150 LED luminaire lighting. Before replacing the post, the foundation will be modified.

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Similar lampposts can be seen on 80th Street just past 73rd Place along Metropolitan Avenue.

Addabbo is excited to see this project finally coming to fruition.

“Not only will the new lighting be pleasing to look at, it will be pleasing to feel safe under the bright lights after dark,” he said. “Though of course we must continue to be aware of our surroundings, these new streetlights can bring a sense of ease to my constituents. I thank everyone who requested the new lighting, Serf for his work in office and the Department of Transportation for seeing the project through.”

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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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Funeral, wake for fallen NYPD officer held in Glendale as the world watched


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Photos by Dominick Totino Photography

The eyes of the nation were on Glendale this weekend as its streets were lined with more than 20,000 police officers in uniform for the wake and funeral of slain police officer Rafael Ramos, who was gunned down with his partner while on duty in Brooklyn on Dec. 20.

The funeral was attended by Vice President Joe Biden, along with virtually every city, state and federal official from New York, including Gov. Cuomo and Mayor de Blasio — raising security levels and forcing police to shut down streets and limit parking throughout the normally quiet community.

PO Rafael Ramos and his partner, Officer Wenjian Liu, were murdered by a deranged gunman while they were sitting in their patrol car on a Bedford-Stuyvesant Street. The gunman, who committed suicide after shooting both cops, had indicated he was going to kill police officers.

Ramos’ wake and funeral were held in Christ Tabernacle Church, located at 64-34 Myrtle Ave., on Dec. 26 and 27 respectively. Over 20,000 police officers made their way to the church along with law enforcement and elected officials from around the country.

Biden delivered a stirring, 14-minute eulogy in remembrance of Ramos.

“It is only when a tragedy like this occurs when all of their friends, neighbors and people who didn’t even know them become aware of and reminded of the sacrifices they make every single, solitary day to make our lives better,” Biden said. “Police officers are a different breed. Thank God for them, thank God for them.”

The day wasn’t without its controversy, when ranks of NYPD cops in uniform turned their backs toward the mayor as he spoke. The PBA and some of the rank and file from the NYPD are angry with de Blasio because they feel that he has sided with protesters more than with cops.

The city has been hit with daily protests since a Staten Island grand jury declined to bring charges against an NYPD cop in the death of Eric Garner.

Since the shootings, supporters of the police have emerged en masse.

Along Myrtle Avenue, joining the cops were residents of Glendale who came together to also show their support for the NYPD. The day before the wake, local residents tied blue ribbons to trees, utility poles and fences around the neighborhood.

“The sea of blue ribbons made my heart sing,” wrote one person on the Glendale Civic Association’s Facebook page.

Furthermore, the community hung a banner on Myrtle that read, “The Glendale Community Supports the 84 Precinct, the NYPD, and all Law Enforcement Officers. PO RAFAEL L. RAMOS PO WENJIAN LIU.”

“The tens of thousands of police officers who came to our district in Glendale to mourn hero NYPD Officer Rafael Ramos was overwhelming,” said U.S. Rep Grace Meng. “This giant sea of blue in our community will never be forgotten nor will Officer Ramos and his family. They will remain in our hearts and prayers forever.”


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Glendale man arrested after allegedly talking about killing cops


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

Photo courtesy of NYPD

Updated Dec. 29, 9:37 a.m.

BY CRISTABELLE TUMOLA AND ANGY ALTAMIRANO 

A Glendale man has been arrested on weapons charges after he was overheard saying that the officers murdered in last weekend’s shooting should have been white and he wanted to kill cops, authorities said.

A witness called police about 1:40 p.m. on Wednesday, informing them that while inside the TD Bank at 79-55 Metropolitan Ave. in Middle Village he had overheard a man having a cell phone conversation about killing cops before Christmas, and having firearms at his home. According to the Queens district attorney’s office, the witness also overheard the man say that during last weekend’s shooting, white officers should have been killed instead.

The suspect left the bank before cops arrived, but they were able to locate him entering a vehicle near 66-26 Metropolitan Ave., police said. They followed the car, and pulled it over at Metropolitan Avenue and Rentar Plaza for having dark tinted windows.

When the man got out of the car, police spotted a small plastic bag containing marijuana in the front seat and a metal pipe, authorities said.

The witness from the bank identified the car’s occupant as the person he overheard, and police placed the man, 38-year-old Elvin Payamps of Glendale, under arrest, according to authorities.

During a search of Payamps’ home, police recovered metal knuckles, a loaded pistol, a shotgun with a defaced serial number, ammunition and two bulletproof vests, according to District Attorney Richard Brown. One of the vests was labeled as being from the Brooklyn Detention Complex.

After his arrest, according to the district attorney, Payamps admitted to saying that the two officers shot and killed in Brooklyn last weekend should have been white instead of Hispanic and Asian, if the shooter wanted to send a message.

“Today, there will be a wake for one of the two officers brutally gunned down last weekend in Brooklyn,” Brown said on Friday. “We will not under any circumstances tolerate violence against anyone in our community, especially not against police officers who tirelessly protect and serve all of us.”

Payamps was arraigned Thursday night in Queens Criminal Court on two charges of criminal possession of a weapon, aggravated harassment, unlawful use of police uniformed emblem and unlawful possession of marijuana, authorities said. If convicted, he faces up to 15 years in prison.

Bail was set at $500,000 and Payamps’ next court date is on Jan. 7.

In an interview with the New York Post on Saturday, Payamps said that the alleged threats were misconstrued and his words were “free speech.”

“Whatever happened to free speech? I was only saying an opinion,” Payamps told the paper.

He said that he believes the witness, identified by the Post as an ex-NYPD officer, “twisted” his words and should be “prosecuted for lying.”

Payamps said he meant no harm by what he said, supports the police, and even planned on taking his 13-year-old son to slain Officer Rafael Ramos’ funeral, according to the Post.

At least six people have been arrested in the last week in connection to threats against the NYPD, reports said.

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Wake and funeral for slain cop in Glendale to shut down local streets


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Photo by Dominick Totino Photography

Glendale will become a sea of blue on Friday and Saturday when more than 10,000 police officers are expected to attend the wake and funeral service for slain Officer Rafael Ramos at Christ Tabernacle Church on Myrtle Avenue.

Joining the cops in uniform will be a legion of public officials, including Vice President Joe Biden, who will be attending the funeral on Saturday.

The NYPD is already warning motorists to avoid the neighborhood if possible, due to extensive street closings and no parking zones on both days.

Ramos and his partner, Officer Weijan Liu, were murdered by a deranged gunman while they were on duty, sitting in their patrol car on a Bedford-Stuyvesant Street on Dec. 20. The gunman, who committed suicide after shooting both cops, had indicated he was going to kill police officers.

Vigils have been held across the city and in neighborhoods around Queens in the aftermath of the murders and Mayor de Blasio has called on protests to be postponed until services for both slain officers are complete.

Ramos lived in Brooklyn, but worshipped at Christ Tabernacle Church at 64-34 Myrtle Ave., in Glendale where a wake will be held  from 2 to 9 p.m. on Friday. His funeral will be Saturday at 10 a.m.

There will be “No Parking” signs posted in designated areas and the surrounding streets will be subject to closures during those days, police officials have warned.

The following streets will be temporarily closed and or utilized during the viewing and funeral services for both Friday and Saturday.

Friday, Dec. 26, 12 to 10 p.m.

Street Closed (No Parking):

Myrtle Avenue between Fresh Pond Road and Cooper Avenue

Street Open (No Parking):

Central Avenue between Myrtle Avenue and 73rd Place

Otto Road between Cypress Hills Street and 69th Place

Stop N Shop Parking Lot will also be utilized for parking.

Saturday, Dec. 27 7 a.m. to 1 p.m.:

Street Closed (No Parking):

Myrtle Avenue between Fresh Pond Road and Cooper Avenue

67th Street between Myrtle Avenue and Cooper Avenue

67th Place between Myrtle Avenue and Cooper Avenue

Street Open (No Parking):

Central Avenue between Myrtle Avenue and 73rd Place

Otto Road between Cypress Hills Street and 69th Place

Metropolitan Avenue between Fresh Pond Road and 73rd Place

Stop N Shop Parking Lot will also be utilized for parking.

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Santa mailbox comes to Glendale for second year


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THE COURIER/Photos by Salvatore Licata

Santa Claus may not have arrived in Glendale yet, but that doesn’t mean children can’t get in touch with him there.

A Sprinkle of Fun, located at 79-05 Myrtle Ave., is hoping to spread a little Christmas spirit by putting a Santa mailbox outside of their store so children can get their letters to Santa shipped to the North Pole. Kimberly Hickey, the owner of the event hosting business, wanted to give residents of Glendale a local place to drop off their Santa letters.

“I saw a Santa mailbox when I was shopping one time,” said Hickey, who has owned the business since 2012. “I thought it would be a great idea to have one by the store.”

So, she decided to check out the price to buy one, but when she noticed it cost hundreds of dollars, she went the economical route and made one herself. This is the second year she put the mailbox outside of her store.

She has gotten about 15 letters from children since the mailbox was set up early this month. Hickey guarantees every child gets a return letter from “Santa” with a candy cane included.

“I wanted to do it because there is no there is no other mailbox like this in the area,” she said.

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A Sprinkle of Fun hosts events from children’s parties to baby showers. Hickey has all types of arts and crafts activities for the kids to do including sand art and painting. She has become so fond of making children happy that putting the mailbox out in front of the store was a no-brainer to get her message across.

“There is a magical thing about the way children believe in Christmas,” she said. “When I see kids run up with a smile on their face and put a letter in the mailbox, I just love it.”

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Coalition funds growing to combat ‘warehousing’ of homeless in Glendale


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Photo by Jeff Stone

Though donations have slowed down in recent weeks, the Glendale/Middle Village Coalition is continuing to raise money to pay for its legal battle to block a proposed homeless shelter.

The group has raised $70,000 for a fund to pay for legal fees in its lawsuit against the city on the proposed Glendale homeless shelter.

“We want to make it clear that we are not against helping homeless people,” said Dawn Scala, a member of the coalition. “We are against the warehousing of them in large facilities.”

Over 445 different people and groups have made donations to the community coalition. It was something that Brian Dooley, treasurer of the coalition, was proud of because of his concern with how the city handles the homeless.

“We should all be very proud of this number,” said Dooley.

Sal Crifasi, president of the coalition, said that donations have been coming in less and less over the past few weeks, but he remains optimistic that they will reach their goal of $130,000 as he believes the slow-down in donations of late is because of the holiday season.

“We used to get about 15 checks a day coming into the office, now we are getting two or three,” Crifasi said. “But every donation counts.”

Crifasi said most of the donations are coming from Glendale residents. But he wants to branch out into Middle Village as he believes the homeless shelter will affect that neighborhood just as much as, if not more than, Glendale.

At this point, the coalition has spent $15,000 on the Article 78 filed against the city, which was an appeal against the Environmental Assessment the city did on the land. They will have to spend another $15,000 on this first action, which will leave them with about $40,000 to work with, Dooley said.

The coalition’s members feel that the city did not take a “hard look” at the area in order to determine the impact of a homeless shelter at the site. They want a full Environmental Impact Study done.

“This is a bad spot and a bad idea,” said Fred Haller, a member of the coalition who is also a lawyer. “This has been a great effort by all the groups in the neighborhood. Legal fees are expensive and we are raising a lot of money.”

The city has until Dec. 12 to answer the Article 78 filed against them. Haller said that the coalition, along with their attorney, are discussing further lawsuits they could bring on city, state and federal levels.

“[The proposed shelter] is not the right answer for helping these people,” Dooley said. “We have a lot more fighting to do.”

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Broadway Stages to build massive sound studio and retail complex in Glendale


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Map via Google Maps

Glendale is ready for its close-up.

Brooklyn-based television and film production company Broadway Stages plans to build a massive film studio and retail complex in the neighborhood with existing warehouses.

The firm purchased Atlas Terminals, a huge industrial park with buildings adjacent to The Shops at Atlas Park mall, for $19.5 million, as first reported by The Courier on Monday.

“We’re excited to turn the existing warehouses at Atlas Terminals into some TV and film studios and create rental space for local mom and pop retail businesses,” said Jackie Kessel, Broadway Stages spokeswoman. “We look forward to working with local officials as we develop our plans to draw on all of the energy around Atlas Park, bringing new jobs, business growth and economic development to Queens.”

The site comprises 82-10, 82-04 and 81-80 Cooper Ave. There are 21 buildings and multiple parking areas on the site with about 500,000 square feet of building space.

Damon Hemmerdinger of ATCO Properties, which foreclosed on the Atlas Park Mall in 2009, sold the property to Broadway Stages. Hemmerdinger began shopping the 11-acre Atlas Terminals site in 2011.

The Broadway Stages representative did not say when the studios will open.

Public officials in the area are optimistic that the development of the site can boost the neighborhood.

“Though we only have preliminary information at this point, I am pleased to hear Broadway Stages could bring a film studio and industry services to our community,”  State Sen. Joseph Addabbo said. “In addition to the cultural advantages, the renovation and upkeep for a studio could provide job opportunities for my constituents. Also, the new studio’s location next to The Shops at Atlas Park could promote the Shops’ businesses, and overall contribute a boost to our local economy.”

 

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Brooklyn film studio Broadway Stages buys Glendale industrial park for $19.5M


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Queens may have another film studio in its future.

Brooklyn-based television production company Broadway Stages purchased Atlas Terminals, a huge industrial park with buildings adjacent to The Shops at Atlas Park mall, in Glendale for $19.5 million, according to property records filed Monday.

The property was sold by Damon Hemmerdinger of ATCO Properties, which foreclosed on the Atlas Park Mall in 2009.

Broadway Stages President Gina Argento signed on the sale of Atlas Terminals. Hemmerdinger began shopping the 11-acre Atlas Terminals site in 2011, according to The Real Deal.

The sale comprises 82-10, 82-04 and 81-80 Cooper Avenue. There are 21 buildings and multiple parking areas on the site with about 500,000 square feet of building space.

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Dog heartlessly thrown from car is put down


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Photo courtesy of Charlotte Butler

The sad tale of Dasher, a dog who was tossed from a moving car last month, came to an end late last week when the poor pooch was humanely euthanized by the ASPCA once it was determined she could not recover from her injuries and illnesses.

The female Rottweiler captivated the public’s attention after a firefighter discovered her wrapped in a sleeping bag at the intersection of Vermont and Cypress Avenue next to the Jackie Robinson Parkway on the night of Nov. 20. She received extensive medical treatment but was not responding to it, according to the ASPCA.

“Dasher, a senior Rottweiler, received extensive medical care for nearly a week at BluePearl Queens and the ASPCA Animal Hospital. After thorough examinations by multiple veterinary specialists and round-the-clock efforts to improve her delicate condition, Dasher was not responding to treatment,” APSCA officials said. “Due to several serious medical complications that were causing significant discomfort and leading to a poor quality of life, Dasher was humanely euthanized late last week to end her suffering.”

A fundraiser took place in her name on Nov. 26 to pay for the medical expenses for Dasher. Charlotte Butler, president of the Canine Korral Dog Run Friends of Forest Park, the organization that sponsored the fundraiser along with Neir’s Tavern, was heartbroken by news that the pooch had passed away.

“I was unbelievably saddened to find out she passed on,” Butler said.

At the event, they raised over $1,100 for the pup’s medical expenses. Butler is now in the process of figuring out the best place to donate the money.

This case is still under investigation by the NYPD and anyone with more information of this case is urged to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS.

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Fundraiser to help dog who was thrown from car


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Photo courtesy of Project Woodhaven

She was wrapped in a sleeping bag, thrown from a car in Glendale and left for dead.

Dasher, a young Rottweiler, had a bleak chance of survival when she was left at the intersection of Vermont and Cypress Avenue next to the Jackie Robinson Parkway on the night of Nov. 20, according to published reports.

But a quick response may have saved her life. She is currently seeking treatment at the New York City ASPCA but medical bills are racking up fast.

A firefighter at the scene decided that if Dasher survived he would adopt her.

To help the first responder pay for the medical bills, one local restaurant is holding a fundraiser on Wednesday.

Nier’s Tavern, located at 87-48 78th St. in Woodhaven, along with K9 Korral Inc. will be hosting the event from 5 to 9 p.m.

The event is called the “Let’s bring Dasher home fundraiser,” and a flyer is asking people to “Please come help this poor girl get better so she can get home.”

There will be food, raffles and entertainment throughout the night, and proceeds will help make sure Dasher finds her way home.

“We want to help get this dog a new home,” said Loycent Gordon, a firefighter and owner of Neir’s Tavern. “If we are not able to take care of pets that is a direct reflection of how we take care of each other.”

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