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Queens’ Morning Roundup


| lguerre@queenscourier.com

morning roundup

EVENT of the DAY: A tale of two stadiums

Shea Stadium and Yankee Stadium disappear under “the slow precision of giant machinery whose operators’ hands were not unlike skilled surgeons choreographing a dinosaur ballet.” The exhibit shows the changing face of New York through the eyes and viewpoints of three photographers: Rich Scarpitta, Steve Spak and Rob Yasinac.

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Police search for livery cab driver who allegedly tried to rape passenger 

Police are looking for a livery cab driver who allegedly tried to rape a passenger in Queens. They allege the driver followed the 20-year-old into her Astoria building after she got out of the cab Friday morning. Investigators said he grabbed her and tried to rape her. Read more: [NY1] 

City Board of Standards and Appeals green-lights large Mormon church in Flushing 

The Mormon church’s prayers to build a huge chapel in Flushing have been answered. The city Board of Standards and Appeals voted unanimously on Tuesday to approve construction of a church that is more than one-and-a-half times what is permitted under current zoning. The new chapel will be built on land owned by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints at 145-13 33rd Ave. Read more: [New York Daily News] 

Secret plan would move the controversial Civic Virtue statue from Queens to Brooklyn 

The city has hatched a secret plan to move a controversial, crumbling public statue out of Queens and into Green-Wood Cemetery in Brooklyn, the Daily News has learned. The Triumph of Civic Virtue, which sits near Queens Borough Hall in Kew Gardens, has been both hailed as a priceless piece of public art worthy of restoration and derided as a sexist eyesore that should be trashed. Read more: [New York Daily News] 

City, federal gov’ts to work together to improve Jamaica Bay 

Nat Diaz visits Jamaica Bay often but he has other, less frequent visitors on his mind. “They’re not taking care of it,” he said. “They should be taking care of it a little more.” He’s not talking about just the city. It’s the federal government, too. Oversight of Jamaica Bay, its trails and beaches, are split between the two, which sometimes leads to, well, miscommunication. Read more: [NY1] 

JFK jet in laser scare 

A lunatic aimed a powerful laser beam at an airliner flying over Long Island on its way into JFK — sending the pilot to the hospital and endangering the lives of the 84 people aboard. The first officer on JetBlue Flight 657 from Syracuse was treated for injuries to both eyes after the blinding flash of light lit up the cockpit Sunday night — as the FBI and Suffolk cops hunted for the person responsible. He could face federal prison time. Read more: [New York Post] 

College Point spa issue is a steamer


| aaltman@queenscourier.com

Local officials are not warming up to the idea of a luxury spa in College Point.

Community Board 7 voted overwhelmingly against the project, with 25 members against and only five in favor. Borough President Helen Marshall will now review the plan before it goes to the New York City Board of Standards and Appeals and a final decision is made.

“They usually take three weeks to digest the testimony and make a decision,” said spokesperson Dan Andrews.

According to Andrews, the building request was submitted by architect and engineer H. Irving Sigman of S&I Property Management, who presented the plans at a Land Use Hearing at the borough president’s office on Thursday, November 17.

The spa would be installed in a previously existing structure, and according to Andrews, would generate two-and-a-half times more tax revenue than is currently generated in College Point. The facility, to be located at 31st Avenue and the Whitestone Expressway, would potentially have amenities such as a rooftop pool, a yoga studio, a beauty salon and food store.

Andrews alleged that the main reason many board members opposed the spa was because of the rooftop pool, which would be open from 6 a.m. to midnight.

“We are currently making some revisions to our plans,” said Sigman. “There are some changes that are required in the design, and then we’ll submit those to a public hearing.”

Sigman alleged that there was concern among board members about the soil and the foundation surrounding the potential building site. According to Sigman, they felt that the ground was too weak to support such an endeavor. Sigman also alleged that the board was concerned about the credentials of the possible builder, Kwang Park, who is new to construction but has previous business experience. The board asked about Park’s background and a resume was presented at the meeting.

Sigman believes that the spa would be good for the area, boosting business and providing for the community.

“It’s available to everyone and it’s in good proximity to residential areas. We think it will attract a lot of customers,” said Sigman.

Within the next few weeks, the borough president and the community board will review the information and the fate of the luxury spa will be determined.