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Queens advocates join annual Brides’ March to end domestic violence

By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

Photos by Kelly Marie Mancuso


Domestic violence survivors, advocates, family members and community leaders led by Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley and City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito set out from Glendale Saturday to take part in the 15th annual Gladys Ricart and Victims of Domestic Violence Memorial Brides’ March in the Bronx.

“We’re bringing attention to the fact that women are getting killed at the hands of their lovers,” Crowley said. “Domestic violence is the number one call that our police will go on, but it’s a crime that people don’t like to talk about and very often it goes unreported. We want to make sure that we don’t have another woman die at the hands of her lover.”

The annual citywide march originally began in Manhattan back in 2001 to honor Gladys Ricart, a Dominican-American woman who was murdered in her wedding dress by her abusive ex-boyfriend shortly before she was to wed her fiancé on Sept. 26, 1999.

The inspiration for the march came from Josie Ashton, a young woman so moved by Ricart’s murder that she decided to make the 1,600-mile trek from New York to her home state of Florida on foot while wearing her wedding gown in 2001, marking the second anniversary of Ricart’s death.


Council Member Elizabeth Crowley

Saturday marked the first time a contingent from Queens participated in the Brides’ March.

“Domestic violence continues to be the highest reported crime in this precinct and in this borough,” Crowley said. “In this community alone, in the very neighborhood that you are standing in, there have been 2,649 reported cases of domestic violence this year alone. In all of Queens, there have been over 14,000 reported incidents this year, and those are just the reported cases. Nobody should feel trapped in their own home.”

“We need to have these events as a way of highlighting this problem and challenge in our community,” Mark-Viverito added. “The numbers are alarming. It’s happening throughout the city.”

New York City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito

New York City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito

Crowley and Mark-Viverito were joined by marchers clad in white bridal gowns and veils in Ricart’s memory. Many held signs calling for an end to domestic violence, while some shared their own personal experiences and stories of survival.

“I think that domestic violence is far too common,” explained local poet and singer Taina Delamar. “I grew up in a household that was full of domestic violence and unfortunately a lot of my family members have been affected by it. There’s a lot of stigma attached to it, and for that reason a lot of women are hesitant to speak out and ask for help.”

Domestic violence survivor and LifeWay Network coordinator Jasmine Ortiz also shared her story during the rally.

“Twenty years ago, I was in a violent relationship and there was no support like this,” Ortiz explained. “I almost died from staying in that relationship. He kicked me and tried to stab me, but I survived for my son. Absolutely no one would help me. It touches my heart to know that there’s help now.”

After the rally, Crowley led the group of marchers down Woodhaven Boulevard to Queens Center Mall, where the group boarded an R train to join the large Bride’s March in the Bronx.

Domestic violence survivor and LifeWay Network coordinator Jasmine Ortiz  shared her personal story

Domestic violence survivor and LifeWay Network coordinator Jasmine Ortiz shares her personal story.


First HomeGoods in Queens to open at Atlas Park

By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

Photos by Kelly Marie Mancuso

Updated Sept. 16, 5:59 p.m.


Queens’ first HomeGoods store is scheduled to open the doors to its location at The Shops at Atlas Park, located at 8000 Cooper Ave. in Glendale, on Sunday, Nov. 15.

The store will be located in the large space that was occupied by Amish Market and Rosetta Wine and Spirits nearly a decade ago. Much of it had been vacant since that time, though for a period, a Subway restaurant occupied a portion of the space.

“I think the HomeGoods is a great addition to Atlas Park and I am sure that many others feel the same way,” said Glendale Civic Association president Kathy Masi. “We have very limited places to find household goods in the area, and I look forward to the store’s opening. I am sure it will be successful as long as they have a good inventory.”

Crews have been hard at work uniting the two retail spaces into one large space for the superstore’s arrival. They were also spotted installing large store signs on the front and sides of the building, just above the artisan stained-glass awnings and lanterns.

“We look forward to a fall opening, before the holidays,” a source close to the project said.

The Nov. 15 grand opening was confirmed by HomeGoods spokeswoman Robyn Arvedon.


While many in the Glendale community are excited about the new HomeGoods opening, some voiced concerns over the possible implications the arrival of the discount housewares store could have on neighboring mom-and-pop home décor store The Fair, which has been a neighborhood fixture since 1938. The Fair operated on Myrtle Avenue for decades before relocating to Atlas Park in 2007.

Jake Gerson of The Fair told the Ridgewood Times on Wednesday he is confident that the two stores can co-exist and profit.

“We basically always had competition,” Gerson said. “HomeGoods is a good store and it will drive up traffic to Atlas Park, but there’s a lot of things we do that they don’t.”

Gerson said he believed The Fair’s strength lies with its customer service and following through the years: “We’ve been part of the community 80 years and we are very familiar with what the customers want.”

HomeGoods’ sister store, TJ Maxx, opened at Atlas Park in 2014 in the space once occupied by Borders bookstore. Both HomeGoods and TJ Maxx are owned by TJX Companies.

“We’re very excited to be the first HomeGoods in Queens,” said a source at Atlas Park. “It should be a great opening and we’re looking forward to it.”



‘The Great Gatsby’ director filming at new sound stages in Glendale’s Atlas Terminals

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Within just months of buying the Atlas Terminals industrial park, Brooklyn-based television and film production company Broadway Stages has set up working sound stages, some of which are currently being used for acclaimed movie director Baz Luhrmann’s first TV show.

Luhrmann, who is known for “Moulin Rouge” and “The Great Gatsby,” among many other movies, is working out of the new Glendale sound stages on “The Get Down,” a drama series that will run on online streaming service Netflix next year with 13 episodes.

“The Get Down” is based in the South Bronx in the 1970s and focuses on the birth of hip-hop. Depending on filming days, anywhere from 200 to 500 workers could be on site, according to sound stage manager Hernando Santana. This range includes film crews, actors and the staff that builds the sets.

It’s a turnaround in usage for the site, which was historically used as manufacturing space for multiple companies before Broadway Stages purchased it for nearly $20 million last year.

Damon Hemmerdinger of ATCO Properties, which developed the adjacent Atlas Park Mall that fell into foreclosure in 2009, began shopping the 11-acre Atlas Terminals site in 2011.

Broadway Stages promised not to destroy the old buildings on the site, but to transform them into new use for film production, further helping the booming industry in New York City.

“Broadway Stages is responsible for a lot of the filming in New York right now,” said Jamie Crowell, co-producer of “The Get Down.” “Because without the sound stages the jobs wouldn’t be able to come here.”

Today there are four new sound stages on the site, and there is space for more. Although the co-producer couldn’t reveal much about the plot of “The Get Down,” she said while some scenes will actually be filmed in the Bronx, in Glendale there will be sets for apartments and a club for reoccurring scenes from the show. “The Get Down” is using three of the sounds stages, while another upcoming show called “Billions” is being shot at the remaining one.

Besides the sounds stages, much of the Atlas Terminals property is used for “support space,” or lingo in the business for the offices, dressing rooms, practice space and areas used for constructing the sets.

When the property was bought, a Broadway Stages spokeswoman told The Courier that some of the space would be used for retail, but representatives couldn’t say more about that part of transforming Atlas Terminals yet.

Through its new sound stages use, film workers at the site are discovering the community as Broadway Stages encourages crews to use local retailers. Apparently, The Shops at Atlas Park is a hit.

“I’m a born and raised New Yorker and I’ve never been to Glendale, Queens,” Crowell said. “It’s fantastic. I love it. The mall is fantastic. You have all that stuff right there in one spot.”


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Glendale apartment building sells for $6.2 million

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Photo courtesy Nicholas Strini/ PropertyShark

A four-story, mixed-use apartment building in Glendale sold for $6,250,000 recently, feeding off a hot real estate market and its proximity to Ridgewood.

Because of a lack of access to train lines, property values and rental rates in Glendale have not skyrocketed like neighboring Ridgewood. However, because the economy is trending upwards and demand is high, the building at 72-06 69th St. sold near its high asking price, which was $6,499,000.

The sale price was higher than most transactions in Glendale – it sold for double its value before the recession – because the time and place was right, according to Simone Grimaldi, owner of Grimaldi Realty Corp., which handled the deal.

“If the market changes it wouldn’t get that kind of money,” said Grimaldi, a veteran broker in the area since 1989. “It’s not really Ridgewood, it’s Glendale. But it’s the beginning of Glendale. You can walk to the M train from there. It was the right time to sell. Who knows when they would have gotten that opportunity again?”

Another reason for the high sale price is the building’s rate of return. The property makes $483,000 annually through rental income from its 24 residential tenants and four ground-floor commercial stores, which include a laundromat and a nail salon.

“The way the market is today, it’s attractive, because there aren’t many properties like this available,” Grimaldi said. “For the area, it is a big sale.”

A much bigger sale in Glendale happened late last year, when Brooklyn-based television and film production company Broadway Stages purchased Atlas Terminals, a huge industrial park with buildings adjacent to The Shops at Atlas Park mall, for $19.5 million.

The film company plans to build a massive film studio and retail complex in the neighborhood with the existing warehouses.


Glendale Hansel ’n Gretel site will become storage and retail building

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The final chapter of the more than 140-year fairy tale run for food processor Hansel ‘n Gretel has come to an end.

Hansel ‘n Gretel Brand Inc. sold its Glendale manufacturing factory at 79-40 Cooper Ave. for $9.18 million after closing its business last year, according to Canada-based broker Avison Young. The company opened in Manhattan in 1872 and moved to Glendale in 1970 to expand operations.

The entire two-acre property, which includes a 50,000-square-foot industrial building, two attached residential buildings, two parking lots and vacant land, was such a sweet deal, it was divided and purchased by two investors.

Cayre Investments purchased most of the site, and plans to transform it into a 80,000-square-foot self-storage and retail building, according to Avison Young.

“Over the last few years, self-storage has been driven by robust demand, advanced management and new technology, and it continues to outperform other real estate sectors,” said Jason Meister, vice president of Avison Young. “Manhattan’s residential market continues to reach new heights, which in turn has driven demand for self-storage in the outer boroughs, and the buyer intends to capitalize on this trend.”

Meister and an Avison Young team of principals Vincent Carrega, Jon Epstein, Neil Helman and Charles Kingsley represented Hansel ‘n Gretel.

The Hansel ‘n Gretel site is located near to The Shops at Atlas Park, a mall with retail, dining and a cinema.

It is also close to Atlas Terminals, a former collection of industrial buildings that was purchased by production company Broadway Stages for nearly $20 million last year.

The company plans to transform the site into TV and film studios and create rental space for local mom and pop retail businesses, as The Courier first reported.


Future unclear for two Atlas Park stores damaged by burst pipes

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Two separate pipe bursts in The Shops at Atlas Park last month damaged five stores in the shopping center — and the future of some of those affected businesses is still unclear.

“There were two separate pipe bursts, one in Gymboree and one in Shiro of Japan, about 12 hours apart from each other,” said Peter DeLucia, a representative from The Shops at Atlas Park. “Some stores have since opened and some are still fixing up.”

The pipe that burst on Feb. 16 at Shiro of Japan damaged that store, along with Maidenform, J. Jill and Chico’s. Since the burst, Shiro and Maidenform have reopened, but the same could not be said for J. Jill and Chico’s.

According to DeLucia, both J. Jill and Chico’s are closed until further notice, and he said that he could not comment on whether they will re-open at this point.

But a source familiar with the situation claimed that those stores would not re-open. The stores have been cleared out and both store’s signs have been taken down.

The windows at Chico’s were covered in paper, barring passersby from peeking inside. Nothing covered J. Jill’s windows on Wednesday morning, and all anyone could see inside the shop were a few industrial fans.


Chico’s placed a sign at the location stating that it was temporarily closed, but a contact number on the sign — which they invited shoppers to use for questions — did not work.

J.Jill also sent an email to its customers stating the location at Atlas Park is closed. This was the only location of the store in Queens, according to the company website, whereas Chico’s has another location in Bayside in the Bay Terrace shopping center.

Gymboree’s pipe burst has left the store closed for more than two weeks, but its reopening is imminent, according to DeLucia.


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

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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.”



Pedestrian fatally hit by tractor-trailer in Glendale

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Updated 2:15 p.m.

A 46-year-old man is dead after a tractor-trailer struck him in Glendale Thursday morning, according to police.

The victim, Martin Srodin, was attempting to cross 80th Street, near The Shops at Atlas Park, at about 6:10 a.m., when he was hit, authorities said. According to a preliminary investigation, the vehicle struck Srodin with its rear tire as it was making a left turn from Cooper Avenue onto 80th Street.

Srodin, who lived less than 10 blocks from the accident site, was taken to Elmhurst Hospital where he was pronounced dead, police said.

The driver remained on the scene and the investigation is ongoing.


Fire restoration firm buys $3.8M Glendale warehouse for Queens move

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Photo courtesy of PropertyShark/Christopher Bride

American Fire Restoration, a Brooklyn-based firm that cleans and revitalizes properties damaged by fire, water or smoke, recently closed on an 18,400-square-foot Glendale warehouse for $3.8 million.

The company is making a move to Queens after purchasing the former woodworking shop on 71-02 80th St., according to Kalmon Dolgin Affiliates, which represented the firm in the transaction.

Gina Palone of National Brokerage Real Estate represented the seller, 71-02 80th Street Properties Inc.

The building is directly across the street from The Shops at Atlas Park, a mall with a number of retail stores, a movie theater and some community space.

American Fire Restoration, which also specializes in mold remediation and repairs, will use the building for office and warehouse space.


Eateries to offer free samples ahead of Queens Restaurant Week

By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

Photo courtesy of Queens Economic Development Corporation


Take your palate on an adventure as the Queens Restaurant Week kicks off with a free lunch on Oct. 6 at The Shops at Atlas Park in Glendale. Thirteen eateries will offer free samples of their dishes to everyone who attends, starting at noon.

The eateries participating in the kickoff include Agora Taverna, Austin’s Steak & Ale House, Bourbon Street, California Pizza Kitchen, Chili’s, Deluge, Family Restaurant, Fiamma 41, Neir’s Tavern, O’Neil’s, Shiro’s of Japan, The Fortune Society and Uncle Peters. The event will also include speeches by politicians such as Borough President Melinda Katz, City Council member Elizabeth Crowley and state Senator Joseph P. Addabbo Jr.

The 11th Annual Queens Restaurant Week officially begins on Oct. 13 in almost 30 neighborhoods across the borough. Cuisines of every variety, such as French, Greek, Uruguayan and Salvadorian foods, will be on offer with around 150 local restaurants participating. Specials and deals vary according to the eatery, but most of them will offer a three-course dinner for $25 per person and lunch for $14. It is also up to the restaurant’s discretion as to which days of the week they want to offer the specials. The Queens Restaurant Week will go on till Halloween.

If you have wanted to try a different cuisine without tearing up your wallet, here is your chance.

For a complete list of participating restaurants, click here.