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Op-Ed: Where are we one year later?


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BY STATE SENATOR JOSEPH ADDABBO JR.

On any particular day, whether I’m working, getting a cup of coffee, shopping or having dinner in the district, people detail their experiences involving Superstorm Sandy in many different ways. A year later, many still get tears in their eyes, others remain frustrated about the lack of progress, while some see it as a chance to make improvements and some are optimistic about community improvements. One storm, a year later, still causes many emotions.

While we can’t control the weather, we can take steps to control the level of our preparedness and what direction our government takes in addressing the next storm. We’ve learned a lot from Sandy, and I would urge my constituents to think ahead and make sure they have detailed emergency plans in place: know how to contact one another in case of an emergency; have adequate supplies of canned goods, medicines, batteries, flashlights and water on hand; know what to do to help secure your homes and properties to minimize risks during a storm. Useful hurricane preparedness information may be found at this NYS Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Services website: http://www.dhses.ny.gov/oem/event/hurricane-safety.cfm.

I, along with other elected officials, have been advocating for adequate funding and needed legislation to help the district address the many serious human, economic and other consequences resulting from Sandy. As a member of the New York State Senate Bipartisan Task Force on Hurricane Sandy, I look forward to continuing the effort of our state in responding to Sandy’s devastation and obtaining assistance for those in need.  Currently, our city’s and state’s portion of the federal funding of $61 billion to help Sandy victims is being distributed through NYC Build It Back program, and the state’s utilization of community leaders in its NY Rising Community Reconstruction program aimed at improving our infrastructure.

A range of bills aimed at addressing various aspects of Sandy’s impact were passed by the state legislature and have been recently signed into law by the governor. Some topics include rebates of real property taxes, assisting Breezy Point residents with street frontage issues unique to Breezy Point, exemptions to filing fees related to federal Small Business Administration Disaster Loans, and the implementation of improved tornado warning systems.

This year’s Atlantic Hurricane Season is not yet over. We have learned a lot from Sandy and a year later are still dealing with its aftermath. It’s OK to share our emotions, feelings and sentiments about Sandy, knowing also that by working together we can rebuild and be prepared better than ever.

Senator Joseph Addabbo represents the 15th Senatorial District encompassing the communities – in whole or in part – of Broad Channel, Elmhurst, Forest Hills, Glendale, Hamilton Beach, Howard Beach, Kew Gardens, Kew Gardens Hills, Maspeth, Middle Village, Ozone Park, Rego Park, Richmond Hill, Ridgewood, South Ozone Park, Woodhaven, Woodside and the Rockaways.

 

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Op-Ed: Simple measures for park safety


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Late last week, the NYPD revealed that the suspect being sought in the late August attack of a 69-year old jogger in Forest Park is allegedly responsible for five previous attacks in and around the 538-acre park. Police presence has been increased with a temporary command center being set up at the intersection of Myrtle Avenue and Park Lane South in Richmond Hill.

But this is a temporary measure, one that we’ve seen before. And in a few weeks it will be decided that the resources are needed elsewhere and it’ll be back to business as usual. Back in the 1970s, Assemblymember Frederick D. Schmidt called on the city to make Forest Park a separate police precinct – it’s an idea worth reconsidering.

The 102nd Precinct is currently responsible for Kew Gardens, Richmond Hill East, Richmond Hill, Woodhaven, and the northern part of Ozone Park. The precinct includes a number of busy commercial districts (including Queens Boulevard, 101st Avenue and Jamaica Avenue) and several major roadways. That’s a large area, made even larger by the need to also patrol Forest Park.

A small precinct, or substation, with officers trained on and equipped with all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) for regular patrolling of the many trails within the park, would make it safer for all who use it. Even a shopping mall has its own security base – why not one of our city’s largest public attractions?

In other words, if it’s such a necessary step after a woman is attacked, why not make it permanent in an effort to prevent future attacks?

Apart from an increase in police, the city needs to do a better job of keeping the streetlights in and around Forest Park in proper working condition. We have been reporting major outages in well-trafficked areas and there does not appear to be any sense of urgency to get them repaired.

During the early morning hours on Forest Park Drive, we have seen people walking or jogging carrying flashlights, meaning the lights have been out long enough for people to learn that they need to come prepared.

Ultimately, there is no one to blame for these attacks apart from the sick animal that commits them. He will be caught, though whatever punishment he receives will never be enough. But that does not mean we can’t take precautions so as not to give this animal any tactical advantages.

Whenever possible, try not to run or walk alone. Reach out to friends and neighbors; try to make it a social activity that can be enjoyed as a group. Avoid isolated trails; remember that you do not have to go deep into the park to be alone and that just because you can see a main road from the woods does not mean that people traveling on that road can see you.

Forest Park is a wonderful place that hosts many thousand residents and visitors each year. Let’s all do everything we can to make it the safest experience possible.

Edward K. Wendell
President
Woodhaven Residents’ Block Association


Video via YouTube/Edward Wendell

 

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Queens centenarians celebrate birthdays


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

THE COURIER/Photo by Melissa Ferrari

MELISSA FERRARI

Woman celebrates turning 102 at local cafe

Maria Biancaniello celebrated turning 102 surrounded by family and friends.

On Friday, July 5, Caffe Italia in Whitestone hosted Biancaniello’s 102nd birthday party. The energy in Biancaniello’s favorite restaurant was joyous as her family gathered to celebrate her life. The turnout included Biancaniello’s three children, nine grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren. When her cake arrived, Biancaniello’s youngest son, Anthony Bianco, played “Happy Birthday” on the violin for her while everyone in attendance sang along.

The Whitestone resident visits Caffe Italia as often as she can. She enjoys treating herself to her favorite pastry, the “lulu,” so it was no wonder that Biancaniello’s family chose this bakery to commemorate her birthday.

Born in Nusco, Italy in 1911, Biancaniello’s primary language is Italian. A lifelong Catholic, she received her first Holy Communion from the famous priest Padre Pio in Italy. She immigrated to America with her husband, Pietro, and her four children in 1955, and spent time working in a doll factory. Widowed in 1995,

Biancaniello moved to Whitestone from Long Island City in 1998. Biancaniello attributed her longevity to the great company she has kept. Her children and grandchildren brimmed with pride while discussing memories of her cooking, wit, great sense of humor and her love of being around other people.

Woman reflects on 100 years

Anne Certner has a century’s worth of stories, memories and experiences.

Certner was born in Union City, New Jersey on May 26, 1913. Prior to meeting her late husband Simon, she was valedictorian of Union Hills High School. She briefly attended New Jersey State Teachers College, but had to end her studies due to the hardships of the Great Depression.

In 1937, Certner wed her husband. They moved to the Bronx, where they raised their children Naomi and Joel.

In 1955, the family moved to Kew Gardens, where Certner was a piano teacher. She also went back to school to study music at Queens College. After receiving her degree, she began teaching elementary school music at P.S 81 in Ridgewood.

In the 1970s, Certner was able to showcase her musicality when she sang with the Dessoff Choir in Carnegie Hall.

Today Certner enjoys the company of her three grandchildren, who call her every day, as well as her three great-grandchildren. She plays duplicate bridge at Pride of Judea in Douglaston every week and has many other passions, including reading, crossword puzzles, gambling, horse races and the New York Knicks.

Naomi credits her mother’s aging well to “keeping her mind sharp” and the company that she has had over the years, especially her cat Yianni. Naomi feels the pet has been an instrumental part of keeping her mother as “joyful” as she is.

 

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Worker rescued from trench collapse in Kew Gardens


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Photos courtesy of Twitter/@FDNY

The FDNY rescued a construction worker after he became trapped in a collapsed Kew Gardens trench.

He was partially buried in the trench, which was 25 feet below the surface. Fire officials had to secure an unstable crane at the site before they could free the worker, an FDNY spokesperson said.

The collapse occurred around 4:30 p.m. at 83rd Avenue near Abingdon Road on Tuesday, June 18.

About two hours later, the FDNY freed the man. Con Edison also used a backhoe to assist in the rescue.

The worker was taken to Jamaica Hospital in stable condition, said the FDNY.

According to reports, construction work was underway at the site during Tuesday’s accident even though a stop-work order was in effect. The Department of Buildings is investigating.

 

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Police searching for Kew Gardens robbery suspect


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RMA# 653-13 Robbery 112 pct

Police are looking for a suspect connected to a robbery in an elevator Thursday.

The suspect followed a 14-year-old victim into the elevator around 3:40 p.m. of a building near Union Turnpike and Queens Boulevard, police said. He asked the victim for her jewelry, cell phone and any money she had.

Police said the suspect groped the victim while gathering her belongings. He then took the girl’s cellphone and left the elevator.

The suspect is described as a black male in his 30s, about 6’3″ and 180 pounds. He was last seen wearing a red hooded sweatshirt, dark pants and carrying a dark-colored backpack.

Anyone with information is encouraged to call 1-800-577-TIPS.

 

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Real estate spotlight: Forest Hills, Kew Gardens and Rego Park


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listings

Forest Hills, Kew Gardens and Rego Park offer a wide range of housing opportunities with price ranges from under $500,000 to over $3 million. Information and photos listed are courtesy of www.mlsli.com.

240 Greenway North in Forest Hills
There’s plenty of space to roam in this stately Tudor home, which features three bedrooms, two and a half baths, two patios, a private terrace, a sun room and a garage. The detached single-family house was built by Grosvenor Atterbury as a model story book home with its four fireplaces, a basement spa equipped with a Jacuzzi steam shower and a sauna. The property also has a separate carriage house. It is selling for $1,649,000.

20 Norden Road in Forest Hills
If you are looking for a spacious abode in a prestigious, private community, check out this roomy single-family grand Tudor home. There are six bedrooms, four full and two half baths, a stone fireplace, a sundrenched solarium, two garages, a private driveway and over 3,000 square feet of living space. With four flours, including a huge basement with storage rooms and a stand-in attic, this home costs $1,849,500.

191 Ascan Avenue in Forest Hills
This brick colonial home has four bedrooms and three and a half baths. Located on a corner lot, it is being sold as-is and needs work. The single-family home features beautiful hardwood floors and a new heating system. Only cash offers are currently being considered. It is selling for $1,499,000.

118-02 84th Avenue in Kew Gardens
Beautifully renovated and landscaped, this stucco finished two-family home boasts four bedrooms, three new bathrooms, two new kitchens, a two car private driveway with a garage and two fireplaces. The colonial home also features hardwood floors, high-end appliances and cabinets and a finished entertainment basement. The listing price is $949,000.

85-26 125th Street in Kew Gardens
This charming colonial three-family house has a backyard deck surrounded by beautiful flowers and greenery. There are four bedrooms, three bathrooms and an attached one-car garage in a private driveway. The main apartment is in pristine condition and is nicely decorated, and there are two vacant rental apartments in move-in condition. Buy this brick home for $679,000.

68-33 Alderton Street in Rego Park
Located in the middle of a quiet block, this single-family colonial home has three bedrooms, one and a half bathrooms, a back porch and a detached garage. The brick home is close to shopping areas and public transportation. It is selling for $598,500.

65-33 Cromwell Crescent in Rego Park
This cape house has four bedrooms, two and a half baths, a nice backyard and a balcony on the second floor. With a washer, dryer, dishwasher and a formal dining room, this brick home is selling for $876,000.

67-17 Alderton Street in Rego Park
This single-family ranch home boasts two bedrooms, one full bath, a private driveway with a garage, a front porch and a location close to shopping, restaurants and transportation. The listing price is $548,000.

Where to eat and shop in Forest Hills, Kew Gardens and Rego Park


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THECOURIER/Photos By Angy Altamirano

WHERE TO EAT

Dallas BBQ
Rego Park Center
718-592-9000
For the past 15 years, Dallas BBQ has offered the best BBQ ribs, chicken and steak in New York City. Coming together with other dining shops at the Rego Park Center, Dallas BBQ is there to offer customers a dining experience amongst friends after a long day of shopping. Dallas BBQ also offers seafood, salads, burgers and catering specials.

Panera Bread
Providing baked bread fresh out of the over every day, Panera has expanded quickly across North America into Queens. The Panera Bread at Rego Park Center offers comfortable seating for its guests and two menus to choose from. Their bakery menu includes fresh baked breads, bagels, pastries and sweets while their café menu offers sandwiches, soups, hand-tossed salads and beverages.

BAGELS for YOU
113-29 Queens Boulevard
718-793-9200

Serving customers in Kew Gardens for the past eight years, BAGELS for YOU offers more than just a plain toasted bagel with cream cheese. This corner bagel shop provides breakfast from open to close, cold-cut sandwiches and a buffet-salad bar. BAGELS for YOU also offers a variety of baked goods, hot coffee or hot chocolate and a menu full of sandwiches.

Keuka Kafe Wine Bar
112-04 Queens Boulevard
718-880-1478
New to the neighborhood, Keuka Kafe offers its customers a menu composed of dishes created from local produce and with the freshest ingredients. This wine bar is named after Keuka Lake in the Finger Lakes region, best know for its wineries and cheese. Bringing in wine from that region and the rest of the world, Keuka Kafe’s menu also includes combinations of meats and cheeses, appetizers, salads, and cool and warm sandwiches.

Tango Argentine Steak House
111-08 Queens Boulevard
718-520-6488
This family-owned restaurant has been providing the Kew Gardens community with more than 20 years of fine Argentine dining and entertainment. Specializing in steak and traditional Argentine dishes, Tango takes its customers’ taste buds to a trip to South America. On the weekends, Tango puts on a show with live music for its diners, bringing the sounds and traditional dances of Argentina to Queens. This restaurant provides all in one, a spot to dine and enjoy the beauties of a Latin culture.

Bareburger
71-49 Austin Street
718-275-2273
Started in an underground Brooklyn kitchen in 2002, Bareburger was created to bring organic, all-natural and locally sourced ingredients to guests of the music venue, Sputnik. Nine years later, the idea has become a micro-chain of organic burger restaurants with ten locations in Brooklyn, Manhattan and Queens. Along with “mouth-watering organic burgers and sandwiches, Bareburger also offers fresh salads, shakes, organic beer and wine, and snacks you can share amongst a group of friends.

OKO
71-44 Austin Street
718-268-6010
Starting off with only offering frozen yogurt, Oko has now updated its menu to include traditional Korean dishes such as bibimbop, u-dong and soon dubu jigae. Besides being one of the only Korean dining spots in Forest Hills, Oko also provides its customers with natural fresh juices, sandwiches, wraps and salads.

Ripe Juice Bar & Grill
70-13 Austin Street
718-261-2881
Opened in 2008 by Peter Kambitsis and Elias Kalogiros, Ripe was created to make sure customers could find a dining spot with healthy food and juices. What started with the intention of being just a juice bar for the “gym-goer customers,” Ripe began to bring in every day customers who, along with eating fresh and healthy, also loved the taste of the food. Without missing out on the flavor, Ripe offers made-to-order wraps, salads, lean burgers, grilled entrees and squeezed-to order juices and smoothies.

Queens Center Mall
90-15 Queens Boulevard
718-592-3900

After a long day of shopping, Queens Center Mall offers its guests fast food dining options such as McDonald’s, Noodle House and Nathan’s. For the customers looking to enjoy a sit in lunch or dinner, Applebee’s is located on the first floor from opening to close hours of the mall. Along with full meals, Queens Center Mall feeds the sweet tooth of all its shoppers with ice cream from Baskin Robbins or signature cupcakes at Crumbs Bake Shop.

WHERE TO SHOP

Rego Park Center
61-35 Junction Boulevard
With 26 thriving shops located on the lower and upper levels of the Rego Park Shopping Center, customers have a variety of options to choose from when it comes to shopping and dining. Opened in March 2010, this shopping center started off with only a handful of the shops currently available to the public. Home to large clothing stores like Century 21, Kohl’s and TJ Maxx, the Rego Park Center is becoming a second home to customers not far away at Queens Center Mall.

Century 21
Rego Park Center
718-699-2121
The “legendary” New York city retailers that first opened its doors in downtown Manhattan in 1961 has brought its incredibly low prices in top designer fashions to Queens. While keeping customers in the latest trends in fashion from clothes to shoes, Century 21 also offers household appliances, handbags, luggage, cosmetics, and trends and toys for children. This department store offers top designer names for unbeatable and affordable prices.

Aldi Food Market
Rego Park Center

718-699-5230
With its unique ways of keeping carts in a appropriate location, bagging and checking out, Aldi Food Market looks to help customers “save up to 50% over supermarket prices.” This food market provides its customers with dairy, frozen, pantry, bakery, snacks and sweets, beverages and household products.

Ulta Beauty Store
Rego Park Center
718-699-9004

This beauty retailer was founded in 1990 looking to better satisfy how women wanted to shop for beauty products. ULTA provides one-stop shopping for prestige salon products and salon services in a convenient location. ULTA offers over 20,000 beauty products including cosmetics, fragrances, haircare, skincare, body products and salon styling tools.

Queens Center Mall
90-15 Queens Boulevard 
718-592-3900
Queens Center Mall is home to around 150 shops providing men and women clothing, accessories, footwear, skincare and household appliances. Stores range from offering a large collection of children’s shoes in Stride Rite to young women’s accessories at Claire’s. In addition to the individual diverse shops, Queens Center Mall also offers the sales of both large department stores, Macy’s and JCPenney.

Dana’s Flower Shop
118-01 Queens Boulevard
718-263-3558
This family-owned and operated flower shop has served the community with providing fresh cut floral arrangements and gifts. Dana’s offers festive bouquets, arrangements or plants for the holiday season, birthdays, anniversaries and another other special occasions. This corner flower shops delivers the orders upon request to Forest Hills or even nationwide.

Le Pitou Pets II
113-24 Queens Boulevard
718-896-3333
Opening its first location in 2009 in Forest Hills, Le Pitou now provides its animal care in salon spa and boarding to animal residents of Kew Gardens. This animal-friendly boutique offers a wide variety of treats, clothing, accessories and services for the four-legged friends of the community. Along with these items, Le Pitou II is also a daycare for pets.

Austin Street
The merchants of Forest Hills have the motto “We are large enough to serve you and small enough to know.” Offering over 200 one of a kind shops including upscale shopping and fine dining, Austin Street depicts the surrounding vibrant and diverse private community of Forest Hills. Shoppers who walk down Austin Street can find designers clothes for women, men and children and satisfy their taste buds with dishes from Cuba, Japan and other parts of the world. Austin Street even offers marketplaces and bakeries, such as Martha’s Bakery, where shoppers can satisfy their sweet tooth.

Magic Corsets & Lingerie
70-10 Austin Street
718-261-6999
Providing “everything that a woman needs” for the past 17 years, Magic Corset specializes in fitting women into corsets for everyday use and special occasions, including weddings and prom. Magic Corsets also offers a wide variety of bras, girdles, nightgowns, lingerie and swimsuits for every shape and size, making sure each customer receives full service attention as they leave with their perfect fit.

OZ Boutique
70-09 Austin Street
718-544-1087
For 20 years, OZ Boutique has been providing women with the latest trends in evening and glamour wear and everything needed to accessorize. Offering prom, evening, sweet sixteen and cocktail gowns, OZ Boutique offers items coming from overseas unique to their shop and buyers. No beautiful dress would be complete without the perfect handbag, jewelry and shoes and this boutique makes sure their customers leave with the whole dazzling package.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jon Torodash explores City Council run against incumbent Koslowitz


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Photo courtesy of Jon Torodash 2013

Jon Torodash wants to bring “Civic Virtue” back to Queens.

The Kew Gardens resident has begun exploring a run as an independent against incumbent Councilmember Karen Koslowitz, a Democrat, for City Council District 29.

Born and raised in Forest Hills, Torodash, 31, returned to Queens about five years ago and said he would run a campaign based on government transparency. This platform, and his decision to possibly run, was inspired by his experience as a local advocate in the last few months.

Torodash, a software engineer, fought to keep the statue “Triumph of Civic Virtue” on Queens Boulevard in Kew Gardens.

The effort failed, however, as the statue was hoisted from its pedestal last December. But Torodash said the exposure showed him the inner workings of government and things he wanted to change.

There are three issues that stand out on Torodash’s platform: transportation, safety and education.

Bus transit is one of the biggest problems for District 29, he said, with long waits leaving riders out in the cold. Torodash says he will explore new options, especially around Queens Center mall, including making bus schedules more consistent.

“There are a lot of common sense proposals that need to be looked at here,” he said.

If elected, Torodash said he wants to focus on safety boroughwide.

Torodash runs a test-prep business for teachers and taught Latin and English for three years. He said the Department of Education is unorganized and that the current education system does not empower parents and teachers.

Opting to run as an independent, he hopes his run will inspire other people to seek public office to affect change. While he said he has no quarrels with either the Democratic or Republican party, Torodash said a lack of history with either party might discourage the ordinary citizen from seeking office.

“I think that many people would get discouraged because they don’t have a party history,” he said.

 

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Where to watch the Super Bowl in Queens


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

File photo

BY ANTHONY O’REILLY

While the Harbaugh brothers try to coach their teams to victory in the “HarBowl”, you can enjoy the game at one of Queens’ many bars, offering various drink and food specials throughout the night, along with free giveaways.

Bourbon Street, Bayside

For $45 per person, enjoy a hot and cold buffet, unlimited mixed drinks, bottled and tap beer, wine and soda during the game. Raffles and prize drawings will also be held during the event, which starts at 6 p.m.  Reservations and deposit required.

Bohemian Hall & Beer Garden, Astoria

“The Biggest Tailgating Party in Astoria,” offers free admission, free hot dogs, wing specials and $10 pitchers on select beers and the game is played on a 200-inch high-definition screen. The event will start at 6 p.m.

Studio Square NYC, Astoria

Starting at 4 p.m., enjoy unlimited draft beers, red & white sangria, loaded lemonade and red stag iced tea as well as an in-game buffet from the garden grill and shot specials during the game. Auction on past Super Bowl memorabilia and several raffles will be held for the chance to win an 80” led screen. Watch the game on more than three dozen 60” flat screen TV’s. Tickets are $40 online (studiosquarenyc.com) and $45 at the door.

Austin’s Ale House, Kew Gardens

For $50 per person enjoy bottled beer, top-shelf cocktails, half-time buffet and raffles & prize drawings. Order wings by Feb. 1.

Resorts World Casino, South Ozone Park 

Watch the game on a huge 16’x28’ flat screen TV, along with several other screens around the circular bar. Two packages are available. $25 per person gets you six wings and two domestic draft beers. The VIP package, priced at $60 per person (must order 25 tickets for a grand total of $1500), gets you 150 wings and 50 draft domestic beers.

Play, Elmhurst

Starting at 5 p.m., guests can enjoy a five hour open bar and watch the game on one of 16 flat screen TV’s for $25 per person. A mechanical bull, billiards, bowling and ping-pong and more also available. VIP tables are also available by calling 718-476-2828. VIP options include a bottle of liquor of your choice and two food platters or a la carte food and beverage service. After party will be held until 4 a.m. Tickets are required. Visit play.ticketleap.com to order.

 

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Central and southern Queens to receive water main upgrade


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Photo courtesy of DEP

A $14 million upgrade to replace the borough’s aging water system will soon flow into portions of central and southern Queens, authorities said.

About 13 miles of new ductile iron water mains will be installed to replace old unlined cast ones in Forest Hills, Kew Gardens, Richmond Hill and Far Rockaway, according to the city’s Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) and Department of Design and Construction (DDC).

The infrastructure improvement project is expected to improve water quality, pressure and distribution in residential and commercial areas of the neighborhoods by retiring mains that are over 60 years old, the DEP said.

“Public health and the future growth of New York City are contingent on having an adequate supply of high quality water,” DEP Commissioner Carter Strickland said. “By installing nearly 13 miles of new water mains, we will ensure adequate water pressure for firefighting, basic sanitation and clean drinking water for these Queens neighborhoods for decades to come.”

The new water mains will be installed in locations near Union Turnpike, Queens Boulevard, Kew Garden Road, Park Lane South, Myrtle Avenue, Metropolitan Avenue, Hillside Avenue, Jamaica Avenue and Beach 9th Street.

Construction will be done in phases, beginning March 2013, with expected completion in 2015.

Where to find last minute gifts in Queens


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

OKG

THE POTTER’S WHEEL
20-33 83rd Avenue, Kew Gardens, 718-441-6614
Handmade items make great holiday gifts. Our gallery offers many one-of-a-kind treasures made by passionate, local artists. With over thirty years of experience, our studio exhibits many styles from which to choose. Gift certificates for classes make great gifts, too. Get Creative! Make your own gift!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MIEKA
45 Glen Cove Road, Greenvale, NY, 516-367-8755
Woodbury Common, 8285 Jericho Turnpike, Woodbury, NY, 516-367-8755

ELEGANT JEWELRY
45-31B Bell Boulevard, Bayside, 718-225.5000
Give Elegance this season! Pop the question with a custom made engagement ring from Elegant Jewelry and make the holidays sparkle! Specializing in designing engagement rings and wedding bands since 1983.

BELL FAMILY JEWELERS
40-21 Bell Boulevard, Bayside, 718-279-3035

LA BELLA BASKETS
Ameena Rodriguez (Gift Consultant # 6080), 888-809-9113
Beautiful gifts for a beautiful cause, including gift baskets, flower arrangements and cookie bouquets.

 

OKG JEWELRY
248-25 Northern Blvd. Little Neck, 718-423-2526

SHOE VILLAGE
45-22 162nd Street, Flushing, 718-762-1990
This winter get your loved one the gift of warmth and comfort with a pair of UGG AustraliaClassic Short Dylyn. This boot is made with premium genuine twin faced Sheepskin. UGG Australia has boots, shoes and slippers for women, men and kids.

Civic Virtue statue leaves Queens


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THE COURIER/Photo by Terence Cullen

The controversial statue, officially called “Triumph of Civic Virtue,” which stirred debate for the last few years, was hoisted from its pedestal on Queens Boulevard just before 5 p.m. on Saturday, December 15 as bystanders looked on — many of whom were saddened by the action.

It has been moved to Green-Wood Cemetery in Brooklyn effectively leaving the borough on loan to the cemetery. Many have opposed the move for several reasons, particularly though for its artistic value and the manner in which it was moved.

A week before the move, which took close to 10 hours of preparation, Councilmembers Peter Vallone and Elizabeth Crowley joined with Community Board 9 and Triumph of Civic Virtue to rally against the move. The coalition alleged that those opposed had purposely been stymied from attending a November 13 hearing on the move to Green-Wood.

And just days before, Community Board 9 voted to oppose the planned move, also citing that the aged statue was a work of public art, given to Queens more than 70 years ago and should be preserved as such. The statue should have been restored and kept in Queens, said Community Board 9 chair Andrea Crawford.

See more photos of the statue’s removal

    

Queens’ Morning Roundup


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TODAY’S FORECAST

Wednesday: Partly cloudy. High of 61. Winds from the ESE at 5 to 10 mph. Wednesday night: Mostly cloudy in the evening, then clear. Low of 55. Winds from the SSE at 5 to 10 mph.

EVENT of the DAY: The Platinum Band

The Platinum Band is once again performing on the Resorts World Casino New York City’s Bar 360 Stage. The band, which boasts a heavy rotation of reggae music, takes you back to an era of Bob Marley and the Wailers. Click here for more info or to submit an event of your own

Students sickened after pepper spray is released in Queens school

One student was hospitalized, and 10 more had to be sent home, after pepper spray was discharged in a school lunchroom in South Ozone Park, Queens. Read more: CBS New York

Makeover for Queens traffic hub is underway

Pedestrian plazas and a gleaming stainless steel elevator are coming to Queens Blvd. and the Van Wyck Expressway but completion of the massive Kew Garden Interchange project is still years away. Read more: New York Daily News

Baggage handler who smuggled cocaine in planes is sentenced to life

An airline baggage handler who was convicted of trafficking millions of dollars’ worth of drugs in the bellies of commercial jets was sentenced to life in prison on Tuesday, putting an emphatic stamp on a case that revealed rampant theft and corruption by some airline employees. Read more: New York Times

Union officials ask Queens district attorney for fair investigation of cop in fatal shooting of unarmed man on Grand Central Parkway

Union officals for the NYPD detective who shot an unarmed man to death on the Grand Central Parkway met Tuesday with the Queens district attorney to ask for a fair and impartial investigation. Read more: New York Daily News

NYC cabbie suspended after tossing passenger

A New York City cab driver has had his license suspended after a hearing in which he was shown on video shoving and pushing a passenger out of his cab. Read more: NBC New York

Face to face: Obama, Romney in crackling debate

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Queens’ Morning Roundup


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TODAY’S FORECAST

Wednesday: Partly cloudy in the morning, then mostly cloudy. High of 75. Breezy. Winds from the SSW at 15 to 20 mph. Chance of rain 30%. Wednesday night: Mostly cloudy with thunderstorms and rain showers in the evening, then partly cloudy with a chance of rain. Low of 63. Winds from the WSW at 10 to 15 mph shifting to the NW after midnight. Chance of rain 60%.

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City plans to open 5 new homeless shelters

New York City plans to open at least five new homeless shelters by the end of the year. The expansion is in response to a sharp increase in the homeless population. Read more: NBC New York

MTA announces schedule for potential fare hike public hearings

The MTA announced Tuesday scheduled dates for public hearings on its plan to raise fares. Read more: NY1

Controversial pro-Israel subway ads immediately defaced, stamped as hate speech

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Obama urges UN to confront roots of Muslim rage

President Barack Obama told world leaders Tuesday that attacks on U.S. citizens in Libya “were attacks on America,” and he called on them to join in confronting the root causes of the rage across the Muslim world. Read more: AP

 

 

Dining and drinking al fresco in Queens


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

Photo courtesy of Water’s Edge

BY SWEETINA KAKAR

Now that the summer heat is gone, but it’s still nice enough to sit outdoors, it’s a great time to dine or drink al fresco at one of these spots in Queens. 

Austin Steak and Ale House
82-70 Austin Street, Kew Gardens, 718-849-3939

The pub-styled restaurant in the Kew Gardens neighborhood allows for a casual dining and lounging experience. Austin Steak and Ale House serves comfort foods along with a large selection of spirits and domestic and imported beer. The menu consists of variety of options for lunch or dinner, along with brunch only available on Sundays. The outdoor seating area, a patio and garden, features fresh plants, trees and table umbrellas. It offers private dining for events or large parties. The restaurant’s operation hours are Sunday and Monday 12 p.m. to 11 p.m. and Tuesday to Saturday 12 p.m. to 1 a.m.

Bohemian Hall & Beer Garden
29-19 24th Avenue, Astoria, 718-274-4925

With long picnic tables, benches and outdoor grills under a large tent, this restaurant allows for a casual night out in the neighborhood of Astoria. Bohemian Hall & Beer Garden serves a homely outdoor and indoor environment along with a full course Czech dinner and grill menu and large selection of domestic and imported beer. They open their doors Monday through Thursday at 5 p.m., Friday at 3 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday at noon. Their services are available until 1 a.m. Monday through Thursday and Sunday, and until 3 a.m. on Friday and Saturday.

Cávo Café Lounge and Garden
42-18 31st Avenue, Astoria, 718-721-1001

A popular night scene in Astoria is also known for its Greek inspired dinner menu. With two rooms, a second floor and outdoor seating, Cávo Café accommodates most dinning preferences such as private parties, intimate dinners to eating at a party with a DJ. The restaurant has three large full bars located at both ends and outside. The large chandeliers, drapes hanging from the ceiling, fresh plants and dim lighting give the restaurant a classy yet cozy atmosphere. Thursday night Cávo offers free dinner for women and every evening from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. kids eat for free as well. The restaurant’s operation hours are Tuesday through Thursday and Sunday 5 p.m. to 2 a.m., and Friday and Saturday 5 p.m. to 4 a.m.

Il Bacco
253-24 Northern Boulevard, Little Neck, 718-224-7657

This authentic Italian restaurant in Little Neck offers 27 years of experience in Italian cuisine and hospitality. The restaurant is decorated with warm colors, dark wood, heavy drapes, mosaic tiles and chandeliers for a cozy yet sophisticated environment. The rooftop garden is inspired by a Tuscan-style villa accompanied by fresh plants and flowers. The restaurant is equipped with two full bars, one outdoors and another indoors, with a wide variety of red and white wines. The restaurant opens every day at 11:30 a.m.. except for Sunday at 1 p.m., and closes at 10 p.m. Sunday through Wednesday, and 11 p.m. Thursday through Saturday.

Jade Eatery and Lounge
1 Station Square, Forest Hills, 718-793-2203

Jade Eatery and Lounge is located in the neighborhood of Forest Hills. With its tranquil décor, a waterfall, ponds, inspirational quotes on the walls and a large Buddha, Jade is a popular dining spot for authentic Indo-Asian cuisine. Its menu features a full sushi bar and dishes inspired from Japanese, Vietnamese, Chinese, Thai, Indian and Korea cuisines. Jade features an Aged Copper Lounge with a full bar, Private Moroccan-style Lounge for special events, a DJ and an art gallery with rotating exhibits. The restaurant has both outdoor and indoor seating from noon to 9 p.m. everyday, except Sundays, when it closes at 8 p.m.

LIC Bar
45-58 Vernon Boulevard., Long Island City, 718-786-5400

The 100-year-old bar, with its antique wood bar, tin ceilings, brick walls and outdoor area, is a casual and relaxing hangout in the very busy neighborhood of Long Island City. Adding to the mellow environment, acoustic bands perform live every Sunday evening. The full bar selections includes draft beers, single-malt scotch and mixed drinks. The garden is decorated with willow trees and heat lamps for chilly nights. LIC Bar is open for business Monday through Friday at 4 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday at 1 p.m.

Oasis Café and Bakery
196-30 Northern Boulevard, Flushing, 718-357-4843

Greek owned and inspired Oasis Café and Bakery serves more than bakery goods but breakfast, lunch and dinner entrees, also inspired by Greek cuisine, in the Flushing area. The outdoor garden features a Greek design with trees, a wooden deck, a sculpted water fountain, and pebbled ground. With three sections to the café, customers can either quickly come in to pick up their bakery goods or decided to sit indoors or outdoors for the entire Oasis experience. The indoor décor consists of neon colored lights and wall art for a modern and Greek infusion. The café includes two full bars, one indoor and one outdoors. The hours of operation are 7:30 a.m. to 2 a.m. every day.

Omonia Café
32-20 Broadway, Astoria, 718-274-6650

Omonia Café, established more than 30 years ago and located in Astoria, has a modern fun atmosphere with its colorfully lit ceiling and bar, dim lighting, spacious floor design and intriguing art. The café is enclosed by windows during cooler weather, continuing with the spacious pattern. The windows are opened up for the warmer seasons. The café serves brunch, lunch and dinner with a wide variety of European-influenced food. It’s equipped with a full bar and bakery, and is opened from 6 a.m. to 3 a.m. every day.

Penthouse808
8-08 Queens Plaza South, Long Island City, 718-289-6118

Penthouse808 is a rooftop located above Ravel Hotel in Long Island City, which overlooks the Midtown skyline and the Queensboro Bridge. Indoors or outdoors, there is a view of  the skyline through its large windows. The restaurant includes a full bar and serves Pan Asian cuisine with a sushi bar for dinner. The restaurant offers private dining for events and large parties. On weekends, during after dining hours, the restaurant becomes a popular bar and lounge with a DJ. Dinning hours are from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. Tuesday to Sunday.

Riverview
2-01 50th Avenue, Long Island City, 718-392-5000

With a warm yet classy interior, Riverview is one of Long Island City’s most popular dinner and drinks restaurants. The restaurant is a road apart from the river giving you the view of the Midtown skyline while seated either outdoors or indoors. Riverview serves from late morning brunches to late night after dinner drinks in their lounge area. Their menu includes pasta and salad dishes along with signature seafood appetizers and entrees, which they offer to deliver to the neighborhood of L.I.C. With it’s spacious interior set-up Riverview allows private parties while still being able to seat other reservations. The dining hall is open every morning at 11 a.m. and closes as late as 1 a.m. Friday and Saturdays. The lounge is open every night until 1 a.m., except for Friday and Saturday as it stays open for an hour later.

Water’s Edge
401 44th Drive, Long Island City, 718-482-0033

Just at the edge of Queens in Long Island City on the water, overlooking the Midtown skyline, is well known restaurant Water’s Edge. The off the ground restaurant has dinning seats on a second floor along with outdoor seating on its same floor terrace. The modern interior and large windows, allow you to embrace the city vibe, even across a river. The restaurant’s menu consists of pasta and salad to seafood along with sandwiches and meat entrees. Water’s Edge serves lunch, opening at noon, Monday through Friday, but serves dinner Monday through Saturday until 11 p.m. and is closed on Sunday.