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LIC community voices outrage against upcoming No. 7 train suspensions


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Long Island City residents and business owners are telling the MTA enough is enough.

The No. 7 train will soon be going through another round of suspensions causing it to not run in parts of western Queens and Manhattan for more than a dozen weekends this year, starting in the end of February, according to a notice from the MTA.

This news again upset residents, business owners and local politicians who gathered in front of the Vernon Boulevard-Jackson Avenue subway station on Friday to tell the MTA they are fed up with the constant disruptions and the lack of notice.

“Real people’s lives are affected in real ways here, this is not a game,” said Councilmember Jimmy Van Bramer. “This is about human beings, they’re trying to survive and the MTA is trying to kill us. We’ve got to stop this now.”

From February through July, there will be 13 weekend suspensions. Those dates are finalized, the transit agency said. There are nine tentative weekend shutdowns scheduled for August through November.

Business owners are tired of potential financial losses, residents are sick of longer commutes and local politicians just want the MTA to finally listen to their ideas and communicate with the neighborhood.

“It outrageous and all we are asking for is the opportunity to be heard, to present some common sense ideas that we have presented to them year after year after year,” said Senator Michael Gianaris, who has suggested the MTA offer a shuttle bus from Vernon Boulevard through the Queens Midtown Tunnel into the city. “The MTA needs to listen to us once and for all.”

Rebecca Trent, LIC resident and owner of The Creek and The Cave on Jackson Avenue, said the area has grown by 500 percent and the suspension will only make business owners’ jobs harder.

“I don’t know how I’m going to survive this, I do not know and neither do many of my neighbors,” Trent said holding back tears. “What they are trying to do to this neighborhood is disgusting, we deserve better, enough is enough.”

Along with the shuttle service through the Midtown tunnel, Trent also said that in order to compensate the Long Island City community for the “irresponsible shutdowns,” the MTA should give local businesses, who will suffer, free ad space at the E and G subway stations and on the trains.

Richard Mazda, artistic director for The Secret Theatre, said he has had to put up with the disruptions to his business every single year and has faced problems during the annual LIC Arts Open festival, with artists and friends not being able to attend.

“You must have known that you were going to do this work, you have stage managed the release of this information so that we couldn’t fight you, but we will,” Mazda said to the MTA. “This is like the worst movie you have ever seen.”

The latest round of work, including continued installation of Communications-Based Train Control (CBTC), replacement of critical track panels and reconstruction inside the Steinway Tube under the East River, is expected to modernize, improve a fortify the Flushing No. 7 line, according to the MTA. The work will also include tunnel duct reconstruction and replacement and improvements on components damaged during Superstorm Sandy.

“We understand that these service disruptions are inconvenient to the customers who depend on the No. 7 train and we appreciate their patience,” said MTA NYC Transit President Carmen Bianco. “We have made every effort to schedule these project simultaneously to get as much work done as we can during these periods.”

 

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Queens’ Morning Roundup


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Monday: Mainly sunny to start, then a few afternoon clouds. High 28. Winds WNW at 10 to 20 mph. Monday night: A few passing clouds. Low 23. Winds NW at 5 to 10 mph.

EVENT OF THE DAY: “Caught On Tape”

“Caught On Tape” starts at 9:30 p.m. at The Creek and the Cave at 10-93 Jackson Avenue in Long Island City. Join Ashley Brooke Roberts as she hosts a night of NYC best and brightest up and coming comics doing taped sets. The event is free. Click here for more info or to submit an event of your own

Federal Metro-North review begins; senators call for more money for inspections

Two U.S. senators on Sunday called for expanded national railroad safety inspections, a day before a special federal safety team arrives in New York for a 60-day probe into operations on the Metro-North Railroad commuter train after the deaths of four passengers. Read more: NBC New York

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A new report shows that “sanitary” violations issued against restaurants by city health inspectors were upheld 97 percent of the time in administrative court last year. The appeals are heard by an independent health tribunal. Read more: New York Post

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Bloomberg to push gun control efforts after term ends

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Peter O’Toole, the charismatic actor who achieved instant stardom as Lawrence of Arabia and was nominated eight times for an Academy Award, has died, his agent said Sunday. Fox New York

Newly formed LIC Restaurant Association wants neighborhood to stand out from other areas


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Photo courtesy of Tal Shpantzer Photography-talfoto.com

As Long Island City continues to thrive, more than a dozen restaurants have come together to support one another and send the message that they are one of a kind.

The eateries have formed the Long Island City Restaurant Association to promote the community, share stories, problems and tips to move forward.

“Community building, that’s what it is all about,” said Rebecca Trent, owner of The Creek and The Cave and the association’s creator and organizer. “Having the association allows us to have strength in numbers.”

The group, which held its first meeting on November 4, was created after Trent realized how many restaurants there are in the community and from her personal experience as a small business owner.

“It’s nice to know there are others in the trenches with you,” said Trent. “Being a restaurant owner is a unique job. It’s an incredibly rewarding experience.”

Monthly meetings will allow restaurant owners and managers to share common struggles, ideas and trends and also discuss what is going on in the area.

The group will also focus its attention on making sure incoming residents and those viewing Long Island City from the outside know the area is separate from any other neighborhoods.

“There are too many comparisons to Brooklyn for my taste,” said Trent. “Let us be Queens. Long Island City is very important to me. I’m just so excited about all the stuff going on in this neighborhood. I want it to be something that stands on its own.”

As the association grows, Trent said meetings will continue to take place monthly, with the hopes that business owners and managers, along with local elected officials, can attend three to four times a year.

“It’s all about sharing stories,” she said.

The next meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, November 26 at 10 a.m. The location will be announced later. For more information, email liceats@gmail.com.

 

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