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Avonte Oquendo’s family to hold March for Safety in Long Island City

| amatua@queenscourier.com

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To mark the second anniversary of the death of Avonte Oquendo, an autistic teenager who disappeared from The Riverview School in Long Island City, family members and friends will hold a March for Safety in his honor.

The march will be held on Oct. 10 at Hunters Point South Park in Long Island City from 1 to 3 p.m.

Oquendo,14, managed to run through a side door of the Center Boulevard school on Oct. 4, 2013. After an extensive three-month search, his remains were found washed up in College Point. The teen’s disappearance spurred elected officials to pass several bills including Avonte’s Law, which requires the city’s Department of Education to evaluate if schools should install alarms on their doors. More than 21,000 alarms are expected to be installed in schools across the city.

State Sen. Charles Schumer introduced a separate bill last January also called Avonte’s Law, which will create and fund a program providing voluntary tracking devices and increase support services for families of children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) or any other developmental conditions in which bolting is common. The program would only include children whose parents choose to use the devices.

Oquendo’s family attorney David Perecman said the march will be held to remember the “needless loss of a young life” and to remind the city to “stay the course” and finish installing alarms in each school that needs one. Perecman also said he hopes that the city and Department of Education hold up another requirement of the bill, which mandates that school safety plans and preventative measures are evaluated by the DOE to make sure an incident like this never happens again.

Perecman also said the march will “lend support to what is currently Senator Schumer’s effort to get Avonte’s Law passed on a federal level.”

Vanessa Fontaine, Oquendo’s mother has filed a wrongful death suit against the city, claiming the city, Department of Education and NYPD were neglectful when they allowed the teenager to leave the school unsupervised.


The Parc Hotel in Flushing set for March opening

| mchan@queenscourier.com

Photo rendering courtesy of Real Hospitality Group

A chic hotel nearing completion in Flushing is slated to open next month, officials announced last week.

The Parc Hotel, operated by Real Hospitality Group, is in its final construction stage and will open in March at 39-16 College Point Blvd., the Maryland-based company said.

The luxury hotel will have 96 guest rooms and suites, a private rooftop lounge that is 13 stories above street level, and even a dog spa.

Located near Main Street and Roosevelt Avenue, it is one of the many hotels currently being built in booming downtown Flushing.

An 18-story Westin Element hotel at 42-31 Union Street is almost complete.

Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. is looking to build a dual-hotel complex Flushing at 35th Avenue and 114th Street by September 2015.



The history of St. Patrick and his parade

By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com


By Will Sammon

On St. Patrick’s Day, almost everyone wants to be Irish, however, not everyone really knows why. New York City, from 44th Street to 86th Street, will be the biggest site of green attire and leprechaun attitude on March 17, the date of the annual holiday. But how does any of that, and all the beer drinking, relate to the importance of St. Patrick and the origin of the parade?

The History Behind St. Patrick

The answer, as you may have guessed, is nothing. But that is not to say you should not celebrate it, especially if you are of Irish descent.

The presumption that St. Patrick drove all the snakes out of Ireland is largely a myth, according to Seamus Boyle, national president of the Ancient Order of Hibernians in America, Inc. (AOH). He did, however, convert many Irish people to Catholicism. The Order is a Catholic Irish American fraternal organization founded in New York City in 1836. Within 200 years of Patrick’s arrival, Ireland was completely Christianized.

St. Patrick was born in Britain to wealthy parents near the turn of the 4th century. At the age of 16, Patrick was taken prisoner by a group of Irish raiders who attacked his family’s estate. They whisked him away to Ireland where he spent six years in captivity.

According to his writing, God’s voice told him to leave from Ireland, and after more than six years of being held captive, the saint escaped. He walked nearly 200 miles from County Mayo, where it is believed he was held, to the Irish coast.

After escaping to Britain, Patrick reported that he experienced a second revelation — an angel in a dream told him to return to Ireland as a missionary.

The Parade

The St. Patrick’s Day Parade marched for the first time on March 17, 1762, 14 years before the Declaration of Independence was adopted. Today, it is the largest parade in the world, according to parade secretary Hilary Beirne.

To this day, the St. Patrick’s Day Parade remains true to its roots by prohibiting floats, automobiles and other commercial aspects in the parade. Every year 150,000 to 250,000 marchers, many bagpipe bands, politicians and approximately two million spectators lining up on Fifth Avenue, are involved in the celebration, according to the parade committee.

The St. Patrick’s Day Parade is run by a private corporation, The New York St. Patrick’s Day Parade Committee. The parade workers and committee members are all volunteers.

The first St. Patrick’s Day Parade in New York was held on lower Broadway in 1762 by a band of homesick Irish expatriates and Irish military serving with the British Army stationed in the American colonies in New York City, according to Beirne. This was a time when the wearing of green was a sign of Irish pride and was banned in Ireland. The parade participants reveled in the freedom to speak Irish, wear the green, sing Irish songs and play the pipes to Irish tunes that were deeply meaningful to the Irish immigrants who had fled their homeland.

The Parade starts at 44th Street at 11 a.m. and is held every March 17, except when March 17 falls on a Sunday; it is celebrated the day before, because of religious observances. The parade marches up Fifth Avenue, past St. Patrick’s Cathedral at 50th Street, all the way up past the Metropolitan Museum of Art and American Irish Historical Society at 83rd Street to 86th Street, where the parade finishes around 4:30 to 5 p.m.


NYPD launches early morning raid and eviction of Occupy Wall Street protesters

| hchin@homereporternews.com

An unconfirmed number of Occupy Wall Street protesters have been arrested during a surprise early morning raid and eviction of Zuccotti Park, where protesters have been camped for two months.

It was shortly after 1 a.m. on Tuesday, November 15, when word began to spread that the New York Police Department had surrounded the park and used a long-range acoustic device (LRAD) to disperse the crowd. The announcement came in emails and text messages as press access was blocked, but live video feeds of the proceedings – which reportedly include tear gas and police in riot gear making individual arrests – were being broadcast online at http://www.livestream.com/occupynyc and www.livestream.com/occupy_liberty.

According to one Brooklynite, the “police have a multiple block radius sealed off around Liberty [Street]. There are supporters & witnesses at least on the north & south of the square but they’ve disallowed press in the square. [The] crowd [is] in good spirits. [There are] hundreds of police in full riot gear.”

According to the Associated Press, around 70 people were arrested overnight, including some who chained themselves together – reportedly by linking arms and also using chains on their neck to prevent abuse.

These arrests included reporters and photographers from the Associated Press and The New York Daily Newswho were detained hours after the raid in the general vicinity of Zuccotti Park.

The action came following the announcement on OWS’s website that they were planning to “shut down Wall Street” with a demonstration. The show of police force sparked immediate mobilization of supporters from across the city, including Brooklyn neighborhoods such as Sunset Park and Bedford-Stuyvesant, into Manhattan to see it for themselves, with thousands of others from around the world gathering online to express support.

Some time after 3 a.m., filmmaker Michael Moore sent a message via Twitter calling for Occupiers and their supporters to rally in Foley Square, north of City Hall and across from the U.S. Supreme Court building.

By 4:30 a.m., the gathered masses began to split between a spot near Broadway and Pine Street, and Foley Square.

At 6:30 a.m., a temporary restraining order was issued prohibiting the NYPD from making any more evictions from Liberty Park “unless lawful arrests for criminal offenses,” and allowing protesters back in with tents or other property previously utilized, and prohibiting the enforcement of “rules published after the occupation began.”

The restraining order was obtained with help from attorneys working with the New York City chapter of the National Lawyers Guild (NLG) who are working as the Liberty Park Working Group.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg has stated that the city will fight the restraining order in the interest of “protect[ing] public safety.”

Bloomberg also defended the surprise nighttime raid as being designed “to reduce the risk of confrontation in the park, and to minimize disruption to the surrounding neighborhood.”

Edison Place: Good eats in Glendale

| smosco@queenscourier.com


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The corner of 71st Place and Cooper Avenue in Glendale has a long history of good food and great beer — now that historic meeting spot is home to a new restaurant looking to carry on that tradition of revelry in the neighborhood.

Edison Place opened this past March with a nod to the past, but an eye to the future. It is the perfect neighborhood spot for a drink at the bar, dinner with family or a special date, and it features an eclectic menu that will please all eaters.

The menu is straightforward and to the point – it is wonderfully stark with just the right amount of appetizers and entrees, and is absent of the sloppy hodgepodge that crowds the menus of other restaurants and gastro-pubs.

All of the starters sound incredible, but definitely don’t miss the Crackling Pork Belly served with granny smith apple and jalapeno compote. The pork belly, unctuous and salty, will turn up the salivary glands while the compote cuts through and provides a balanced flavor. The Edison Place Crab Cakes are another wise decision – full of crab and very little cake, these starters are panko-breaded and served with Savoy cabbage slaw and a flavorful horseradish dill sauce.

Other enticing appetizers include Crispy Mushroom Tart, House Cured Salmon Gravlox and Grilled Duck and Cherry Sausage.

For entrées, each dish is more drool-inducing than the last – with hearty and meaty options just waiting to slow you down and stick to your ribs. The absolute must-eat entrée is without a doubt the Crispy Pork Shank. This monstrous meat dish looks and smells amazing – and it is even acoustically amazing as running a knife through it elicits an audible crackle. The meat is sinfully tender and as the juice runs down your chin, you’ll be awash in appreciation for life itself.

Those looking for something a little lighter should try the Pan Roasted Orange Roughy – a medium-sized fish with a tasty white flesh. It’s prepared with a surprising French finesse and served with julienned spring vegetables, shrimp dumplings and lemon chive beurre blance.

Other entrees include Herb Crusted Rack of Lamb, Duck Two Ways and Smoked Bacon-Wrapped Filet Mignon. Also, check out Edison’s daily specials: chicken pot pie on Monday, loin of pork on Tuesday, Yankee pot roast on Wednesday, turkey dinner on Thursday, lobster pot pie on Friday, Beef Wellington on Saturday and prime rib on Sunday.

Make sure you save room for dessert because Edison Place boasts options including Linzertorte pie, black forest cake and homemade apple strudel.

Edison Place is the perfect spot for all occasions. With 20 beers on tap, including local craft brews, and HD TVs, it’s a great hangout spot – but the food sets it apart and makes it a destination for eaters of all ages.

They also feature a dinner and a show once a month – the next one is a Murder Mystery Night on Friday, October 28.

Edison Place

71-28 Cooper Avenue

Glendale, NY 11385

P: 718-821-8401

Email: edisonplace.ny@gmail.com


Lunch Hours: Tuesday through Saturday, 11:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Dinner Hours: Monday through Thursday, 4:30 – 10 p.m.

Friday and Saturday, 4:30 p.m. – 1 a.m.

Sunday, 3:30 – 9 p.m.

Sunday Brunch: 11:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Bar Hours: Monday through Thursday until 2 a.m.

Friday and Saturday, until 4 a.m.

Take Out: Yes

All Major Credit Cards Accepted

Full Bar

Private Parties

Reservations recommended on weekends