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Designs unveiled for Woodside’s Big Bush Park $1.8M renovation

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THE COURIER/Photo by Angela Matua

Woodside residents both young and old will have a new and improved park in 2017 when $1.8 million renovations are unveiled at Big Bush Park.

Queens Borough President Melinda Katz, Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer and Parks Commissioner Dorothy Lewandowski joined community members at the Big Six Towers Community Center Friday morning to reveal the designs that will transform the 44-year-old park. Van Bramer allocated $800,000 to the project while Katz provided the remaining $1 million.

“I have a 4-year-old and a 7-year-old and my local parks are the life blood of my family,” Katz said. “We want to thank the Parks Department and everyone who was involved in this community generated and really oriented park design.”

The 2.5 acre park, bound by 61st and 64th streets, Queens Boulevard and the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway, has not been upgraded since the 1980s. The renovations will be focused on .9 acres of the park to add new swings, more shrubbery and plants, an interactive spray shower that is activated with a button to conserve water and an adult fitness area. The park will also include renovated benches and game tables for seniors.

Kevin Doyle, president of the board association at Big Six Towers, a co-op that is home to almost 1,000 families in Woodside, said the renovations are welcome, especially because the closest park for children in Woodside that’s close to Big Bush Park’s size is Juniper Valley Park in Middle Village.

Woodside residents can also choose to visit Nathan Weidenbaum Park but Doyle said its location across from the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway is not ideal for small children and seniors.

Big Bush

“We’ve been talking about it for a long time and people were raising concerns and also lately, there’s been a lot of homeless people there and it was just becoming an unsightly thing,” Doyle said. “If you look around here, there’s really not another park quite some distance. There’s a small city playground on the other side of the expressway but our kids really don’t go over there. You try to cross over there and you see why.”

The space is currently home to handball courts and a children’s play area. Three of the handball courts will be removed to make space for the new amenities. Construction is set to begin fall 2016 with a ribbon-cutting ceremony slated for some time in 2017.

To announce the renovations, pre-k students from Towers Play-N- Learn, a daycare center located in Woodside, were invited to learn more about the improved park in their community. 

“I’m thankful to the Parks Department to move this along and most especially grateful to the children today to remind us about why we do what we do,” Van Bramer said. “And everything we do in government is to make the lives of these children as good and as wonderful and as happy as they can be. And this park will do that.”


Suspect wanted for stealing from Woodside church

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Photo courtesy of NYPD

Police are looking for a suspect they say is wanted for entering a Woodside church last month and stealing a laptop.

On Saturday, Aug. 29, at 10:30 a.m. the man entered St. Nicholas Church at 45-03 48th Ave. and headed toward the office.

Once in the office, the suspect took a Toshiba laptop and fled the scene, according to police.

Authorities have released a surveillance video of the suspect.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 800-577-TIPS (8477), visit the Crime Stoppers website or text tips to 274637 (CRIMES) then enter TIP577. All calls will remain strictly confidential.


West Nile spraying scheduled for parts of Queens on Monday

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Photos courtesy of the Health Department

In continuing efforts to reduce mosquito activity and the risk of West Nile virus, the Health Department will spray pesticides in several parts of Queens next week.

Pesticide trucks will be out spraying on Monday, Sept. 21, between 8:30 p.m. and 6 a.m. the following morning. In case of inclement weather, spraying will be delayed until Monday, Sept. 28, during the same time frame.

The following areas in Queens are scheduled to be sprayed:

  • Parts of Astoria, Ditmars, Steinway and Woodside, bordered by 20th Avenue and 35th Street to the north; 28th Avenue, 43rd Street and Newtown Road to the west; Broadway and Northern Boulevard to the south; and Brooklyn-Queens Expressway, 30th Avenue, 78th Street, Astoria Boulevard, and 75th Street to the east.
  • Parts of Blissville, Elmhurst, Sunnyside, Maspeth, Middle Village, West Maspeth, Ridgewood, and Woodside, bordered by Queens Boulevard and Thomson Avenue to the north, 29th Street and Dutch Kills to the west; The Long Island Rail Road (LIRR) and Metropolitan Avenue to the south; and the LIRR to the east.
  • Parts of Forest Park, Richmond Hill, and Woodhaven, bordered by Metropolitan Avenue, Union Turnpike, and Myrtle Avenue to the north; Forest Park Drive, Park Lane South, and 88th Street in the west; 101st Avenue to the south; 104th Street, Jamaica Avenue, 115th Street, and Park Lane South to the east.

For the sprayings, the Health Department will use a very low concentration of Anvil 10+10, a synthetic pesticide. When properly used, the spray poses no significant risks to human health.

To minimize direct exposure to the spray, the Health Department suggests taking several precautions:

First, whenever possible, stay indoors during spraying. People with asthma or other respiratory conditions are encouraged to stay inside during spraying since direct exposure could worsen these conditions.

Air conditioners may remain on, but to reduce indoor exposure set the vent to closed. Remove children’s toys, outdoor equipment, and clothes from outdoor areas during spraying. If outdoor equipment and toys are exposed to pesticides, wash them with soap and water before using again. If exposed to pesticides, wash exposed skin and clothing with soap and water.


Woodside duo creates Instagram account about local eateries

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THE COURIER/Photo by Alina Suriel

These two have the inside scoop on the tasty side of Queens.

Woodside residents Ashley Copperstone and Brian Geraghty, both 23, created the Instagram account QueensEats together to highlight the hidden gems of small food businesses in Queens.

The page started in February of 2015, and the regular posts feature mouth-watering close-ups of every type of cuisine offered in the “World’s Borough,” along with information on where they can be found.

Copperstone and Geraghty say that many of their favorite restaurants are small operations that cannot afford to pay for marketing to build a strong customer base in the community. They use the blog to spread the word about great places that they want to stay in business.

“We know so many places in this borough that need word-of-mouth support,” Geraghty said. “And it costs us nothing to do that.”

Although they have garnered a considerable following on Instagram, the two behind QueensEats use their voice and growing influence to spread only positive reviews. They keep negative criticism to themselves, and disapprove of negativity which they say is pervasive in many restaurant review outlets.

“People will only really say something when they have something bad to say,” Geraghty said. “We are ardently opposed to that.”

Following the success of their Instagram account, Copperstone and Geraghty have teamed up with fellow blogger Ashley Dean of The Queen of Astoria to host regular supper clubs and happy hour events.

These outings work to take people out of their comfort zone to try new food, and can attract anywhere from 20 to 100 people. The next one planned is a Halloween happy hour at Rockaway Brewery in Long Island City.

While Internet fame might be a dream come true to most bloggers, the QueensEats foodies do not earn any money from their photo project and don’t intend to work on it as anything more than a hobby.

Both are passionate about their current jobs and intend to continue pursuing work in their respective fields. Copperstone works as a children’s special educator and Geraghty is a lab assistant at New York Presbyterian Hospital and is hoping to attend medical school.

“We love doing QueensEats; it’s super fun, we love the people we meet and the places we get to go,” said Copperstone. “But I love my job.”

A photo posted by QueensEats (@queenseats) on

A photo posted by QueensEats (@queenseats) on

A photo posted by QueensEats (@queenseats) on

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Man wanted in Woodside laundromat robbery

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Photos courtesy of NYPD

Police are asking for the public’s help in tracking down a man wanted for prying open a Woodside laundromat, stealing money and displaying a knife at the owner of the business before fleeing.

On Tuesday at 7:10 a.m., the suspect – described as a Hispanic man – forced open the front door of Lung Fai Laundromat at 58-07 Woodside Ave., according to authorities. He then went behind the shop counter and took about $20 from the cash drawer.

When confronted by the store owner, the suspect displayed a knife and then fled the site, cops said.

The suspect was last seen wearing a baseball cap, white sneakers and black jeans.

Police have released photos and video surveillance of the suspect.

Anyone with information in regards to this incident is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers hotline at 800-577-TIPS. The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the Crime Stoppers website or texting their tips to 274637 (CRIMES) then enter TIP577.


PHOTOS: New York Mets pay visit to Woodside firehouse

By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

Photos via Facebook/New York Mets

The hottest team in baseball took time out of their pursuit of a pennant Tuesday afternoon to visit members of Engine Co. 292 and Rescue 4 in Woodside.

New York Mets players Michael Cuddyer, Steven Matz, Daniel Murphy and Bobby Parnell joined the team’s chief operating officer, Jeff Wilpon, and Fire Commissioner Daniel Nigro for the visit to the Queens Boulevard firehouse, where they met with active and retired firefighters and family members.

The visit was part of the Mets’ ongoing support of the Fire Department and the FDNY Foundation. Since the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks — which claimed the lives of 343 firefighters — members of the club have made trips to firehouses in September to both mark the anniversary of the attacks and offer tokens of gratitude to New York’s Bravest.

During Tuesday’s trip, the Mets distributed T-shirts to firefighters and enjoyed lunch with them. They also paused at the 9/11 memorial within the firehouse to remember those who died in the attacks.

The Mets had their eight-game winning streak last night, but have an 8 1/2-game lead in the National League Eastern Division. They play the Miami Marlins tonight before a three-game series this weekend against their crosstown rival Yankees.


Habitat for Humanity’s first NYC ReStore shop opens in Woodside

By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

Photos by Kelly Marie Mancuso


Habitat for Humanity board members, volunteers and local elected officials gathered in Woodside on Saturday for a ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate the grand opening of the borough’s first ReStore shop, located at 62-01 Northern Blvd.

The newest 3,500-square-foot ReStore shop features new and gently used items for the home, including building materials, fixtures, appliances, furniture and home accents, at 60 to 80 percent off their original retail prices. The proceeds from the sale of their merchandise directly benefit Habitat for Humanity and help build homes for people in need.

While there are roughly 15 shops upstate and on Long Island, and more than 850 ReStores nationwide, the Woodside ReStore is the first of its kind in New York City.

“We’re really excited about Queens as the location for our first [New York City] ReStore,” explained Karen Haycox, chief executive officer for Habitat for Humanity New York City. “We’ve been working in Queens for the last several years, really focusing on our home building initiatives, but this takes  our relationship with the Queens area to a new level. We want to bring great retail opportunity to the Queens market, as well as build a customer base and awareness of Habitat and the work that we’re doing.”

In addition to offering discounted appliances and home goods, the Woodside ReStore will also host special workshops, do-it-yourself classes and family-oriented community meetings in the store’s upper level.

“It’s really a great way to deepen our engagement with the Queens citizenry, which is so important to us,” Haycox added.

“We also picked Queens because most of our construction projects are happening here in Queens,” said Sarah Fox Tracy, Habitat for Humanity NYC director of marketing and communications. “We have high hopes for expanding, maybe to Brooklyn eventually, but first things first.”


Woodside ReStore manager Frank Hinck (center) and his team

The ReStore merchandise is donated by individuals as well as local contractors, home improvement companies, architects and corporate donors like cosmetics retailer Sephora, which donated several tables to the new store. The store accepts drop-off donations and will even make arrangements to pick up larger furniture or appliances from donors’ homes.

The new store was filled with everything from paintbrushes and tools to couches, wall art, cabinet sets and washing machines. “The stock changes over so much so you have to keep coming back,” Haycox added. “That’s what’s so amazing about this. It’s a different handful of stuff every time you come in.”


Gary Gilbert, community liaison for Assemblyman DenDekker, issued a citation to Chief Executive Officer Karen Haycox

The ReStore Sept. 12 grand opening was celebrated with a special ribbon-cutting ceremony which included Habitat for Humanity board members and local elected officials. Deputy Borough President Melva Miller wished the store and organization continued success. Gary Gilbert, community liaison for Assemblyman Michael DenDekker, issued a special citation on behalf of the Assemblyman to Haycox, ReStore manager Frank Hinck and the organization for their efforts within the community.

“It’s a really successful model for us, and we also feel it helps spread the message of Habitat around the city,” Tracy added. “People can come in the store, shop and get to learn a little more about our mission, what we’re doing. It’s also really great for treasure hunters in the city.”


The new Habitat for Humanity ReStore shop, located at 62-01 Northern Blvd. in Woodside


Participatory budgeting for District 26 to begin Thursday

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THE COURIER/Photo by Angy Altamirano

Residents in Woodside, Astoria, Long Island City and Sunnyside will get a chance to decide how more than $1 million in capital discretionary funding will be used to improve their communities.

Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer is hosting a kickoff party to celebrate the second year of participatory budgeting in his district. Last year, $1.5 million was used to upgrade the Long Island City Bikeway, purchase a van for seniors living at the Jacob Riis Settlement House and fund playground upgrades in the Queensbridge houses, among other projects.

The kickoff party will take place Monday night at the Sunnyside Community Services located at 43-31 39th St. at 6:30 p.m.

“Last year our participatory budgeting initiative delivered over $1.5 million in real results to neighborhoods throughout the 26th District. This year we are aiming to broaden our outreach efforts to all neighborhoods and build on the success we had in the initiative’s inaugural year,” Van Bramer said in a statement. “Participatory budgeting gives all New Yorkers the ability to participate in a grassroots process that has and will continue to successfully allow residents to allocate millions of dollars directly to the projects they love the most.”

Beginning Sept. 17, Van Bramer will host 10 neighborhood assemblies throughout District 26 to educate residents about the participatory budgeting process and allow them to propose capital projects to improve their neighborhoods.

The following locations will be used for the neighborhood assemblies:

  • Sept. 17, Christ Lutheran Church, 33-57 58th St., Woodside, 6 to 8 p.m.
  • Sept. 22, P.S./I.S. 78, 46-08 5th St., Long Island City, 6 to 8 p.m.
  • Sept. 24, Community Room, Big Six Towers, 59-15 47th Ave., Woodside, 6 to 8 p.m.
  • Sept. 29, Woodside Library, 54-22 Skillman Ave., Woodside, 6 to 8 p.m.
  • Oct. 1, Broadway Library, 40-20 Broadway, Long Island City, 6 to 8 p.m.
  • Oct. 6, Sunnyside Library, 43-06 Greenpoint Ave., Sunnyside, 6 to 8 p.m.
  • Oct. 8, Long Island City Library, 37-44 21st St., Long Island City, 6 to 8 p.m.
  • Oct. 13, Woodside Houses Community Center, 50-19 Broadway, Woodside, 6 to 8 p.m.
  • Oct. 15, Ravenswood Houses, 35-40 21st St., Long Island City, 6 to 8 p.m.
  • Oct. 20, Jacob Riis Settlement House, 10-25 41st Ave., Queensbridge, 6 to 8 p.m.


Four injured after minivan slams into Woodside therapy center

| amatua@queenscourier.com

Photo via Google Maps

A minivan slammed into a therapy center on Queens Boulevard in Woodside on Thursday, injuring four people, according to the FDNY.

The green Honda Odyssey jumped the curb and hit the Hyperbaric Medicine & Wound Center of Queens at 65-35 Queens Blvd., shattering a window at about 9:21 a.m. Four people were taken to Elmhurst Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, the FDNY said.

According to published reports, the vehicle was trying to avoid hitting another car and swerved, causing the crash. The car knocked a hole into the wall and was wedged halfway inside.

Kids Time, a daycare center next door, was evacuated as a precaution, published reports indicated.


LIRR service slowly returning after power outage impedes morning rush

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Photo via Twitter/@Geno_TV_Yaz

The Long Island Rail Road is running with extensive delays after a power failure affecting its signal system caused all service to be suspended during the Wednesday morning rush hour.

Train service came to a halt at about 7:50 a.m. after a power outage east of the East River tunnels in Queens affected the LIRR signal system. Riders were directed to use MTA New York City Transit trains and buses, which cross-honored fares.

As of 9:45 a.m., according to an MTA spokesperson, the LIRR restored limited train service between Jamaica and Penn Station, with trains operating every 15 minutes in both directions. Trains are stopping at the Kew Gardens, Forest Hills and Woodside stations every 30 minutes.

On the Port Washington branch and all other LIRR branches east of Jamaica, service is running with delays of up to 80 minutes, the MTA spokesperson said.

The LIRR hopes to have service running normally by the afternoon rush hour. Click here for service updates.


Queens remembers victims of 9/11 attacks at upcoming ceremonies

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Fourteen years after the deadliest terrorist attacks in American history, residents across Queens will remember the victims of Sept. 11, 2001, at memorial vigils scheduled to take place over the next two weeks.

As in past years, family members of the 2,977 people who died either in or responding to the attacks on the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and United Airlines Flight 93 will gather at the National September 11 Memorial and Museum in Lower Manhattan on Friday morning, Sept. 11, for the city’s annual memorial service. A citywide moment of silence will be observed at 8:46 a.m., the time when the hijacked American Airlines Flight 11 crashed into the north tower of the World Trade Center.

In Queens, tributes to the attack victims will be held on Sept. 11 and in days preceding and following the anniversary. They include the following, listed in chronological order:


With the Manhattan skyline in the background, Maspeth Memorial Park again hosts the community’s annual 9/11 memorial ceremony on the morning of Wednesday, Sept. 9. The vigil will start at 11 a.m. in the park located at 69th Street and Grand Avenue, adjacent to the Maspeth Federal Savings bank. The program includes prayers, music and a wreath-laying at the park’s monument to the 9/11 victims.

Astoria Heights

Victims of the 9/11 attacks will be honored in a special way at the memorial service that the United Community Civic Association and the Port Authority will hold on the evening of Thursday, Sept. 10, at McManus Memorial Park in Astoria Heights. The annual tribute takes place at 7:30 p.m. in the park located on 81st Street at the Grand Central Parkway service road. Elected officials, religious leaders and members of the Port Authority and local law enforcement are expected to participate.


Members of three western Queens communities will honor the victims of the 9/11 attacks at a candlelight vigil on Sept. 11 at Doughboy Playground in Woodside. The event, organized jointly by the Hunters Point, United Forties and Woodside civic associations and Woodside on the Move, will occur from 6 to 9 p.m. at the park located on Woodside Avenue between 55th and 56th streets.

Bayside Hills

All are invited to join the Bayside Hills Civic Association in honoring the victims of 9/11 at its annual candlelight vigil on Sept. 11 at 7 p.m. at the corner of Bell Boulevard and Horace Harding Expressway.

Forest Hills

The Forest Hills Community and Civic Association will co-sponsor a candlelight vigil on Sept. 11 at 7:30 p.m. at Remsen Cemetery Park, located at the corner of Trotting Course Lane and Alderton Street, just north of Metropolitan Avenue. The annual vigil pays special tribute to three local residents who died on 9/11: firefighter Pete Nelson, Gregory Hoffman and Richard Allen Pearlman, a member of the Forest Hills Volunteer Ambulance Corps.

Middle Village

Juniper Valley Park will again play host to the annual Middle Village 9/11 Candlelight Vigil on Sept. 11 at 7:30 p.m. in the ballfields located near the park’s 9/11 memorial, off the intersection of 78th Street and Juniper Boulevard South. All attendees are asked to bring a lawn chair and a candle or a flashlight.

East Elmhurst

St. Michael’s Cemetery will again hold its annual “Remember Me Run” on Saturday afternoon, Sept. 12, to honor the first responders who died while responding to the World Trade Center attack. The 2-mile run through the cemetery, which raises funds to support the Christopher Santora Scholarship Fund, will begin promptly at 2 p.m. and conclude with a memorial service. Click here more information or to register for the run.


The 42 residents of Ridgewood, Glendale, Middle Village and Woodhaven who died in the World Trade Center attacks will be honored at the annual 9/11 remembrance ceremony in Glendale on Sunday, Sept. 13. The tribute takes place at 12:30 p.m. in the 9/11 Memorial Garden at Dry Harbor Playground, located at the corner of Myrtle Avenue and 80th Street. The ceremony will include prayers, music and a recitation of the 42 victims’ names.

Tribute in Light

Another tribute to the 9/11 victims will be visible to thousands of Queens residents at sundown on Sept. 11 when the Tribute In Light — twin beams of light representing the former Twin Towers’ place in the Manhattan skyline — will be illuminated from Lower Manhattan. The lights will remain on through the night before fading away at sunrise on Sept. 12.


BQE lane closures expected during cleaning, repainting of Woodside bridges

| aaltamirano@queenscourier.com

Images via Google Maps

Drivers will face some lane closures on the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway starting later this week, as two Woodside bridges get a face-lift.

Starting on or about Aug. 21 the city’s Department of Transportation will begin the steel cleaning and surface repainting of the 69th Street and Woodside Avenue bridges which cross over the BQE.

The work, which is expected to be completed by Oct. 31, will take place during daytime and nighttime hours with both single- and two-lane closures in each direction on the highway. The times of the closures will be the same for both bridges.

Two-lane closures on the BQE are scheduled Tuesday through Friday from 12:01 to 5 a.m.; Saturday from 12:01 to 6 a.m.; and Sunday 1 to 8 a.m.

Single-lane closures will occur Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. to 5 a.m.; Friday through Saturday 11 p.m. to 6 a.m.; and Sunday 12:01 a.m. to noon.

69th Street bridge

The work on the bridges is weather-dependent and the schedule may change as necessary, according to the DOT.

For more information, visit www.facebook.com/bridgepainting.


Pesticide spraying across many Queens neighborhoods set for Monday night

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Photo via Wikimedia Commons

Trucks will spray pesticide across nearly every corner in Queens this Monday night as part of the Health Department’s ongoing efforts to kill mosquitoes that may carry the West Nile virus.

Weather permitting, the spraying will begin at about 8:30 p.m. Monday and continue until 6 a.m. the next morning. In the event of inclement weather, the spraying will take place on Tuesday night into Wednesday morning at the same hours.

The spraying will occur in four clusters of Queens as follows:

  • Areas of Long Island City and Sunnyside generally bounded by 47th Avenue on the north; Dutch Kills on the west; Newtown Creek on south; and the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway and 43rd Street on the east.
  • Parts of Astoria and Woodside generally bounded by 20th Avenue and 30th Street on the north; 28th Avenue, 43rd Street and Newtown Road on the west; Broadway and Northern Boulevard on the south; and the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway, 30th Avenue, 78th Street, Astoria Boulevard and 75th Street on the east.
The northwest Queens spray zones. (Maps courtesy NYC Health Department)

The northwest Queens spray zones. (Maps courtesy NYC Health Department)

  • Areas of Fresh Meadows, Hollis, Hollis Hills, Holliswood and Oakland Gardens generally bounded by 73rd Avenue on the north; 188th Street on the west; Jamaica Avenue, 199th Street, Hillside Avenue, 212th Street and the Grand Central Parkway on the south; and Springfield Boulevard on the east.
  • Parts of Briarwood, Forest Hills, Glendale, Jamaica Hills, Kew Gardens, Middle Village, Richmond Hill and Woodhaven generally bounded by the Grand Central and Jackie Robinson parkways, Groton Street, Yellowstone and Woodhaven boulevards and Eliot Avenue on the north; Lutheran Avenue, 71st Street, Metropolitan Avenue, All Faiths Cemetery, 76th Street, Cypress Hills Cemetery and Cypress Hills Street on the west; Jamaica and 89th avenues on the south; and 169th Street on the east.
The central Queens spray zones (Maps courtesy NYC Health Department)

The central Queens spray zones (Maps courtesy NYC Health Department)

Though the pesticide used during these sprayings, Anvil 10+10, poses no significant health risks to humans, the Health Department advises residents in these areas — especially those with respiratory ailments — to stay indoors while spraying occurs. Windows should be kept closed; air conditioners may be used, but the vents should be closed to prevent possible indoor exposure to the pesticides.

Any toys, clothes and outdoor equipment should be moved inside prior to spraying; anything left outside while spraying occurs should be thoroughly washed before reuse. Produce grown in backyards should be washed before being consumed or cooked.

Persons exposed to the pesticide should thoroughly wash their skin with soap and water.

For more information, visit the Health Department’s website or call 311.


7 train seriously injures man leaning over platform edge in Woodside

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Photo via Wikimedia Commons/DanTD

A man was seriously injured Friday morning after being struck by a Flushing-bound 7 train in Woodside, authorities said.

The individual — who appears to have been wearing headphones – was leaning over the platform edge at the subway station on 61st Street when an arriving train hit him at about 8:40 a.m., according to the MTA.

He suffered head injuries and was taken to Elmhurst Hospital in serious but stable condition, the FDNY said.

Due to the incident, express 7 train service was suspended in both directions but resumed by 9:48 a.m.

The MTA said it urges straphangers to be aware of and pay attention to their surroundings, listen to announcements, and stay behind the yellow strip on the edge of the platform.


Car-sharing company car2go to make its move into western Queens

| aaltamirano@queenscourier.com

Images courtesy of car2go North America

Updated Tuesday, Aug. 11 12:05 p.m. 

Joining Citi Bike, which launched last week in Long Island City, a new company will soon call Queens home, giving residents another quick, easy way to get around.

Car2go, a car-sharing company that launched in Brooklyn last October, has announced that it will expand into Queens — primarily Long Island City and other western Queens neighborhoods – starting Aug. 29.

“Since the twilight of the trolley system many decades ago, there really hasn’t been a reliable option for New Yorkers to travel between Brooklyn and Queens without going all the way through Manhattan,” said car2go Brooklyn General Manager Tom McNeil. “Queens is a bustling hub of cultures, small businesses, international cuisine and affordable housing opportunities that have long been a challenge to access. We believe that with the rapid adoption of car2go in Brooklyn, we can help make it even easier for members to live and explore beyond the reach of the subway.”

The company, which was started in Germany, rents out a fleet of white and blue Smart cars that car2go cardholders can use by either using the company’s app or website, calling the customer call center or spotting one of the cars on the street. Once unlocking the car with a car2go card, users can use them for one-way or round trips at $0.41 a minute plus a $1 driver protection fee.


Once finished using the car, users can park at any unmetered space or residential neighborhood street within the car2go home area. Parking, fuel insurance and maintenance are included at no additional cost.

With the Aug. 29 expansion Long Island City, Astoria, Woodside and Sunnyside, car2go’s home area in the greater New York City area will grow from 8 square miles to 44 square miles. The expansion is expected to bring an additional 25,000 members and will add 100 Smart cars to the 450 in Brooklyn, totaling 550 cars in New York City.

“We’re excited to see car2go bring a sustainable and sensible transit option to Queens, extending the reach of public transit and helping our residents get the most out of our borough,” Queens Borough President Melinda Katz said.

For more information or to register to become a member, visit www.car2go.com or follow @car2goNewYork on Twitter.