Community Board 2, Queens
Serving the Communities of Long Island City, Sunnyside,
Woodside and Maspeth
   
 

 

 

 

CB2 Newsletter

COMMUNITY BOARD 2 NEWSLETTER

April 2014 

Website Address: CB2Queens.org


DISTRICT OFFICE:
43-22 50th Street, 2nd Floor
Woodside, NY 11377
Telephone Number:   (718)533-8773
Fax Number:                (718) 533-8777
E-Mail Address:         qn02@cb.nyc.gov
Website Address:     www.CB2Queens.org
                                       
 




OFFICERS:
Chairman: Joseph Conley
First Vice Chair: Stephen Cooper
Second Vice Chair: Patrick O’Brien
Treasurer: Diane Ballek
Secretary: Lisa Deller




STAFF:
Debbie Markell Kleinert, District Manager
MaryAnn Gurrado
Joan Bergman
Kim Waber

 


COMMITTEE STRUCTURE:
City Services/Public Safety Committee
Environment Committee
Health & Human Services Committee
Land Use Committee
Transportation Committee
Veterans Committee
Education Committee
 

  

 

STREET CLEANING RULES WILL BE SUSPENDED ON:

 

The City suspends alternate side parking regulations, for both street cleaning purposes and traffic flow, on these legal and/or religious holidays in April  2014.  Accordingly, parking meters will not be in effect on major legal holidays*.

Passover   (1st/2nd days)                                 -            Tues. & Wed., April 15-16

Holy Thursday (also Orthodox)                    -           Thursday, April 17

Good Friday (also Orthodox)                                    -           Friday, April 18

Passover (7th/8th Days)                                  -           Mon. & Tues., April 21-22

 

NEXT BOARD MEETING

Date: Thursday, April 3rd, 2014

Place:  Sunnyside Community Services

43-31 39th Street,

Ground Floor

Sunnyside, New York 11104

Time: 7:00 pm

*BOARD MEMBERS WHO ARE UNABLE TO ATTEND THIS MEETING, PLEASE NOTIFY THE COMMUNITY BOARD 2 OFFICE.

 

 

Serving the Communities of Long Island City, Sunnyside, Woodside and Maspeth”

 

 

 

 

ADRESSES WITHIN CB 2 SCHEDULED FOR DEMOLITION:

21-16 44th Drive, Queens, NY  11101

42-12 28th Street, Queens, NY

46-36 54th Road, Queens, NY

 

 

 

 

 

The Board has received Notice of the following license applications:

 

NEW APPLICATIONS – ON PREMISES LIQUOR LICENSES AND RESTAURANT WINE BEER LICENSES                                                                                

 

April  2014 Applications 

 

LIC Comedy LLC                               47-38 Vernon Boulevard, LIC, NY                  Corporate Change

 

Transfers /Alterations/Renewal

 

Gus 927 Inc. d/b/a Masso                 47-25 Vernon Blvd., LIC, NY                           On-Premises Liquor License

Woodside Café Inc. d/b/a

  Woodside Café                                  60-06 Woodside Avenue, Woodside, NY       On-Premises Liquor License

Coscar                                                   32-44 Queens Blvd., LIC, NY                           Wine & Beer

 

We invite comments from the community regarding any of the applications.  If you have any such comments or questions, please call Community Board 2 at (718) 533-8773 or email at qn02@cb.nyc.gov

 

 

 

Community Board 2 Newsletter

 

Just a note:  If you would like to submit an event flyer or a special meeting for the community, please do so by the third week of the month for the following month’s newsletter.  If any organization would like to announce a guest speaker to be placed in our newsletter or a meeting change, please notify CB2 via email at qn02@cb.nyc.gov or call (718) 533-8773.

 

 

 

 

C&C Apartment Management LLC

Jackson Ave Owner LLC

Brand New Housing Community in the Long Island City Neighborhood of Queens

Jackson Ave is a brand new housing community constructed at 26-14 Jackson in the Long Island City neighborhood of Queens.  They are currently marketing 20 affordable housing units; studios, one, two & three bedroom apartments.  Applications will be selected by lottery.  For more details about Jackson Ave Owner, we encourage you to contact our office at (212) 348-3248 or visit our website www.jacksonaverental.com   Applications received once building is fully occupied will be used to create a waitlist.

 

 

 

 

A Word from the District Manager …

 

Con Edison

Know the signs of a gas leak:

 

Smell – an unpleasant odor like rotten eggs

Sight – a white cloud, mist, fog, or bubbles in standing water

Sound – roaring, hissing, or whistling

 

If you smell a strong gas odor inside, leave immediately and take others with you.  If the odor is faint, open a window before leaving.

 

If you are outside, move away from where you think there might be a leak.

 

DO NOT use a phone, light a match, start a car, turn on or off lights, flashlights, appliances, or anything else that could create a spark and cause the gas to explode.

 

When you are safely away from the area, Con Edison customers call 1-800-752-6633 National Grid customers call 718-643-4050.

 

Report Gas Leaks and all emergencies to 911 as well.

 

Wishing everyone a Happy Passover & a Joyous Easter !

Spring is finally here !

Sincerely,

 

Debra Markell Kleinert

 

 

MTA New York City Transit

 

MTA Bus Time is now available in Brooklyn and Queens.  MTA Bus Time uses Global Positioning System (GPS) hardware and wireless communications technology to track the real-time location of buses.  You can use a desktop, smartphone or cellphone to enter the bus route, intersection, or bus stop code; which can be found online at http://www.mta/info/bustime or at bus stops on the posted Guide-A-Ride schedules.  Please note that the installation of MTA Bus Time Guide-A-Ride canisters is currently in progress and will continue until May due to the vast number of bus stops in Brooklyn and Queens.  MTA Bus Time will show you how many stops away the next bus is. 

SUNNYSIDE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE LUNCHEON DATES

 

The Sunnyside Chamber of Commerce luncheons are held on the 2nd Tuesday of every month at

12:30 pm at Dazie’s Restaurant located at 39-41 Queens Boulevard, Sunnyside, NY.  The next meeting is

scheduled for April 8th, 2014.  Sunnyside Chamber of Commerce is an active part of the community, seeking to further connect business owners and community leaders for the shared mutual benefit of improving the events, activities, and relationships that make the neighborhood thrive. Sunnyside Chamber of Commerce offers membership not only to local business owners, but to property owners as well. To learn more about Sunnyside Chamber of Commerce visit their website at www.sunnysidechamberofcommerce.org

 

108TH COMMUNITY COUNCIL MEETING

 

The next meeting of the 108th Community Council will be held on:

 

Tuesday, April 29th,  2014 @ 7:00 pm

SUNNYSIDE COMMUNITY SERVICES

43-31 39TH STREET, Ground Floor

SUNNYSIDE, NY  11104

 

Please make every effort to show your support for the 108th Police Precinct by attending this informative and important meeting.

 

John V. Daniels, Jr. Post No. 2813

47-53 43rd Street

 

Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States 47-53 43rd Street, Sunnyside,  NY.  Please note the address change of the new Post home.  Post meetings are always held the third Saturday of the month. Their next meeting will be Saturday, April 19th,  2014 at 2 pm.   For further information please call (718) 335-0700.

 

UNITED FORTIES CIVIC ASSOCIATION, INC.

 

Thursday, April 10th, 2014 at 7:00 pm

St. Teresa’s Parish Center

50-22 44th Street, Woodside, NY  11377

Parking off 44th St. – yard adjoining the church

 

NYC Environmental Protection

“Weekly Pipeline”

If there are any issues you would like to address regarding the environment, the NYC Environmental Protection newsletter “Weekly Pipeline” welcomes your feedback.  To submit an announcement or suggestion, please email at:  newsletter@dep.nyc.gov

 

NYPD Community Affairs Bureau

 

Crime Prevention Section - Tips and information are available on their website at www.nypdcommunityaffairs.org 

 

New York City Fire Department

 

To request a fire safety lecture or presentation, free of charge, contact the FDNY Fire Safety Education Unit

at 718-281-3870.  A minimum of two week’s notice is required.

 

 

                                     2014 MEETING DATES

                             DUTCH KILLS CIVIC ASSOCIATION

 

The Dutch Kills Civic Association holds their monthly meetings on the 2nd Thursday of every month, with the exception of January, July and August.  Meetings are held at the Growing Up Green Charter School, 39-37 28th Street at 7:30 pm. Anyone interested in the association is welcome and encouraged to attend. The next meeting is April 10th, 2014.

 

Queens Library

Queens Library’s Older Adult Outreach Network is committed to reaching all senior centers, nursing homes and adult day-care facilities in Queens, New York through their free Baby-Boomers & Golden Generation Newsletter (BBG in Action! Newsletter).  If you would like to receive issues by e-mail , please contact Marva Varnar-Haynes, Older Adult Outreach Specialist at (718) 990-5156 or e-mail mvhayes@queenslibrary.org

 

 

LIC Flea & Food

Reopening for the 2014 Season       

Saturday, April 5 & Sunday, April 6

Astoria Flea & Food at Kaufman

36th Street Between 34th & 35th Avenues

Opening Sunday May 4th

LIC Flea & Food will run every Saturday and Sunday from 10 am to 6 pm at the corner of 5th Street and 46th Avenue.  There will be vendors selling food and drinks, collectibles, antiques, arts and crafts, fashion and more.  It is free to the public and vendors can still apply to sell at the market through the LIC Flea website www.licflea.com   Astoria Flea & Food will be open for eight consecutive Sundays.

 

Woodside on the Move

Third Annual Youth Festival

Music, Soccer, Dance, Art Exhibits and more …

Saturday, April 12th, 2014 – 11am- 3pm

Windmuller Park Woodside (52nd St & 39th Dr)

For more information please contact Adriana at 718-476-8449 Ext. 12.

 

Greening Western Queens Library

 

April 5th FREE TREE GIVEAWAY @ Woodside Library, 1-3pm

Queens Library, in partnership with New York Restoration Project (NYRP), will be giving away free trees to be planted in New York City while supplies last. For more information and to reserve your FREE TREE, visit: www.nyrp.org/treegiveaways

 

April 12th - ShredFest 2014 @ Sunnyside and Broadway Library

Trained, licensed professionals will shred and recycle your personal papers free of charge. Bring as little or as much as you would like to recycle.

Sunnyside Library 10:30am-12:15pm

Broadway Library 1:00pm-3:00pm

 

WEEKLY COMPOSTING SITES - VOLUNTEER WITH US! 

Please email me with "compost volunteer" in subject header

w/ partners Build It GreenCompost
Bring your frozen food scraps (fruit and vegetable scraps; coffee grounds, including paper filter; tea bags; egg and nut shells; bread and pasta with no toppings) to our weekly food waste drop-off outside Queens Library. No meat, dairy, bones, or oily foods, and please do not drop off outside the times listed below!


-Woodside Library -  Every Tuesday, 5:15-6:30pm
-Sunnyside Library - Every Saturday, 10:30-Noon
-Broadway Library - Every Saturday, 1-3pm

-Steinway Library - Every Monday, 8:00-11:00am (except 2/17)

 

NEW: GREEN JOBS SERIES

We will be holding a series of Green Jobs related programming starting in February through April, hopefully culminating in a Green Jobs Fair in May.

 

Please visit greening.queenslibrary.org for a complete list of upcoming programs, especially those for kids and teens. We have regular programs such as "Earth Hour" and "Exploring Nature with your child" and "Nature Kids" and "Eco-Jewelry" and "Eco-Agents."

 

Notify NYC

Get Notified ! about emergencies (Severe Weather; School Closures; Subway Disruptions; Traffic Advisories, etc.) via email, phone, text and Twitter.  Sign up now FREE for the City’s Official Emergency Notification System at NYC.gov, call 311, or follow @NotifyNYC.

 

NYC Administration for Children’s Services

Citywide Conference for Families of Students with Disabilities

Saturday, April 5, 2014, 8am to 2pm

High School of Art and Design, 245 East 56th Street, NYC

Learn about special education – Share your experience – Connect with families and experts.  Join the NYC Dept. of Education (DOE) for a day of learning and community building.   Families will have the opportunity to attend workshops, speak with experts, participate in a resource fair with Community Based Organizations and meet families from across the five boroughs.  For further information contact www.nyc.gov/acs

 

NYC Department of Consumer Affairs

The Department of Consumer Affairs is coordinating the City’s public education and outreach campaign to help employers and employees understand their responsibilities and rights.  Under the New York City’s Earned Sick Time Act (Paid Sick Leave Law), certain employers must give their employees sick leave, which employees can use for the care and treatment of themselves or a family member.  Employers must comply with the law starting April 1, 2014.  Visit www.nyc.gov/PaidSickLeave for information, including one-page overviews for employers and employees, FAQs, and required Notice of Employee Rights.  Learn also about training sessions for staff personnel at the above website.

 

NYC Environmental Protection

Nationwide, household leaks can waste more than 1 trillion gallons of water annually, equal to the annual water use of more than 11 million homes.  Leaks are not only wasteful they can also be very expensive for homeowners.  In New York City, a running toilet can waste between 30 and 4,000 gallons of water each day and cost homeowners up to $50 per day.  Common types of leaks found in the home include worn toilet flappers, dripping faucets, and other leaking values.  The Department of Environmental Protection has created a brief public service announcement about detecting leaky toilets that can be viewed on YouTube.  All are easily correctable and making simple repairs can save homeowners on their water bills.  For more information visit www.nyc.gov/dep

 

 

Community Affairs Bureau’s

Juvenile Justice Division presents 2014 Youth Summits

Monday, April 28th, 2014 – 5pm – 7pm

Long Island City High School, 14-30 Broadway, LIC, Queens

Youth Summits are held in communities throughout NYC to inform the public about potential dangers and consequences of Social Media.  Also addressed are topics on Youth Crews and trends in their respective neighborhoods.  All are invited to this free forum open to the public. 

For more information contact:  Juvenile Justice Division – 212-343-3707

 

Shapeup NYC

FREE fitness classes in 50+ locations across New York City.  All are welcome, no registration is required. Visit www.nyc.gov for locations or call 311

 

 

Sunnyside Community Serices

Sunnyside Up Pre-Kindergarten

Free morning and afternoon sessions are available now.

Children born in the year 2009 are eligible for this free half-day program.  A meal is included with each session.  For more information and an application packet, call 718-784-6173 Ext. 410 or email prek@scsny.org

 

American Red Cross

The American Red Cross helps to provide the care and comfort needed to communities when the unthinkable occurs.  Each year, more than one million Americans work with the Red Cross as volunteers serving local community needs.  Every day, these volunteers provide care and comfort helping victims of fires, floods, storms, and other disasters.  The more severe the disaster, the more volunteers that are needed, sometimes at a moment’s notice.  The American Red Cross wants people with various backgrounds, talents and skill levels.  Everyone has something special to offer.  For more information about volunteering with the American Red Cross visit http://www.redcross.org/mobile-apps/volunteer-app  or call 212-875-2396

 

2014 Playstreets

 

2014 Play Street applications due date is April 1st.  The review process can take up to 8 weeks.  The earlier your application is submitted the earlier you may receive a response.  You will also need to obtain signatures from your local Community Board and Police Precinct.   Applications for Play Streets can be found at the Department of Transportation website.

 

 

New York City Council Member/Majority Leader

Jimmy Van Bramer

Offers Free Legal Assistance on Wednesdays 5-8pm

at Sunnyside Community Services – 43-31 39th St., Sunnyside

Through their partnership with the Community Legal Resource Network at the CUNY School of Law, a qualified lawyer will be available to provide general assistance with legal concerns.  For more information and to make an appointment please call (718) 383-9566

 

 

NYC Parks

Through MillionTreesNYC, the City, with the help of thousands of volunteers, community groups and businesses, has planted a total of over 834,000 trees to date.  MillionTreesNYC will once again be working with local contractors to plant street trees in communities throughout New York City per individual requests from residents and prioritization through their block planting program with the goal of increasing tree canopy within the public right-of-way.  Spring tree planting runs from March 15 to June 30.  For further information visit www.nyc.gov/parks.

 

LaGuardia Community College

Justice Community & Justice Community PLUS Programs offer:

Community Benefit Projects & Civic Engagement;

Transferrable Job Skills to Help Build Resume; and

Mentoring & Leadership Opportunities.

Participants MUST be between the ages of 16 and 24 with recent criminal court involvement.  Contact Vanessa Jarvis @ 718-482-5171 for further information.

 

Department of Sanitation -Community Clean-Ups

Any volunteer community group planning a community clean-up must notify the Department of Sanitation of their plan to conduct such a clean-up at least four (4) weeks in advance.  Tools are available by applying to the Department of Sanitation Volunteer Clean-up Program.  For further information and to obtain an application and guidelines contact the Department’s Community Liaison Unit at (646) 885-3769 (DSNY) or E-mail:  Jhudson1@dsny.nyc.gov or fax (212) 334-1341.                                               

 

 

Queens Botanical Garden

Sat. & Sun. April 5 & 6 – Opening Weekend

Sat. April 19 – Spring Egg-stravaganza – Pre-registration required for either of the 2 sessions:  12 noon to 1:30 and 2 to 3:30pm Fee: $5 per child

Sun. April 27 – Arbor Festival 11am to 6pm

World’s Fair Poster Contest:  Envisioning the Garden of Tomorrow-watch for details on their website beginning April 1.  www.queensbotanical.org

 

 

Queens Urban Market

37-18 Northern Blvd.

(Inside the historic Standard Motor Parts Building)

Fridays 5-9pm / Saturdays 11am – 6pm

Vendors will be selling food, jewelry, arts & crafts, photography, furniture, etc.  The market will also host events that will showcase entrepreneurs in food, drink and technology who will share their start-up stories and teach short lessons about their craft.   The market will be open year round.  Visit www.qnsurganmkt.com for more information.

 

Sunnyside Shines

SAVE THE DATE !!

The New Taste of Sunnyside

May 20, 2014 / 5:30pm – 8:30pm

This year’s Taste of Sunnyside event will take place under the 7 train along Queens Boulevard from 45th Street to 46th Street.  It will be a neighborhood food festival, with entertainment and the best of Sunnyside’s restaurants and food markets.  To find out about Sponsorship and Business opportunities contact Rachel Thieme at (718) 606-1800

 

If you are looking for the latest tips on neighborhood events and local businesses, please visit the re-designed www.sunnysideshines.org website.  The re-designed website fully integrates Sunnyside Shines’ social media accounts and hosts an individual page for each business located with the BID.   Sunnyside Shines has a new real estate page on their website.  Please visit http://www.sunnysideshines.org/real-estate

 

 

 

 

EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES

 

School Crossing Guard - The NYC Police Department is seeking recruitment of School Crossing Guards.  Please contact the 108th Precinct at 718-784-5420 for further information.

 

Boys Hope Girls Hope of NY – is a college preparatory and youth development non-profit organization that operates a boarding program in partnership with two highly regarded private schools.  They are  currently looking for young men to fill two Residential Counselor positions.  Please contact Jean-Yves Lafond at (718) 638-5200 for further information.

 

Elmcor Youth & Adult Activities, Inc. – is presently looking for an Executive Director.  Elmcor’s mission is to enrich the lives of individuals and families and to build a better Queens community by providing quality recreation, education and social service programs.  To apply forward your cover letter, resume and salary history to jobs@elmcor.org attention Elmcor Executive Director Search Committee with the title “Executive Director” referenced in the subject line.

 

 

 

SERVICES

 

HANAC – Western Queens Caregivers Network – Are you caring for a parent, spouse, or friend with Alzheimer’s, dementia or another chronic illness?  Weekly caregivers support group, counseling sessions, information and referrals.  For further information call (718) 777-6941.

 

AmericaWorks – For over 25 years America Works uses a work-first approach, putting Veterans back to work.  Rigorously recruits, screens and supports qualified individuals throughout the employment process, from job readiness training through job retention.  For more information visit the website www.americaworks.com or call 212-599-5627

 

 

 

 

TRAINING OPPORTUNITIES

 

Queens Workforce 1 Career Center                   LaGuardia Workforce 1 Career Center

168-25 Jamaica Avenue, 2nd Fl.             29-10 Thomson Avenue, Rm. C-400, 4 Fl

Jamaica, NY  11432                                          LIC, NY  11101

Tel:  718-557-6755                                             Tel:  718-609-2130

Website:  www.nyc.gov/workforce1                  Website

 

Green Jobs Training Program at LaGuardia Community College – Applications are now being accepted for Green Building Operations and Maintenance & OSHA training in April.  To apply, interested applicants must visit the website at www.greenworkforcenyc.org

 

 

 

EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES

 

For Veterans Only FREE Evening College Prep and GED classes at LaGuardia Community College.  Call (718) 482-5386/5231 and ask for Elizabeth Allen, Program Assistant or visit www.lagcc.cuny.edu/veterans  Email: vets@laggcc.cuny.edu

Home to Work Center for Displaced Homemakers - The Home to Work Center provides comprehensive assessment, individual counseling and group support, referrals to community services, career counseling, job readiness workshops, personal development workshops, economic self-sufficiency workshops, computer & vocational training, job search & placement assistance, and job retention counseling and support.  For further information, please contact them at (718) 482-5171 or (718) 482-5351 or email at vjarvis@lagcc.cuny.edu or wfrancis@lagcc.cunuy.edu

 

 

Local Food Pantries

 

BVM Help of Christians: Every Thursday 9:30am – Noon

70-31 48th Avenue, Woodside, NY

For further information contact Lourdes LaPolla at 718-672-4848 Ext. 11

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St. Raphaels  -  Every Thursday 10:30am to 12:00pm and Saturday 1:30pm – 3:00pm

35-20 Greenpoint Avenue, Long Island City, NY

Basement Rectory – only cans and dry food

*First timers please bring picture ID. 

For further information contact Susy at            718-729-8957

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St. Teresa – Every Tuesday 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm

50-20 45th Street, Woodside, NY

For further information contact Norberto Saldana at 718-784-2123 Ext. 22

 

MTA

 

  • Visit Planned Service Changes on www.mta.info for information on service changes in the No. 7 Transit line
  • Check out www.mta.info on Fridays for “The Weekender”, MTA’s innovative, interactive guide to getting around from late Friday to early Monday.
  • Sign-up for free email and text alerts at www.mta.info
  • Look for posters in stations and listen to your local news program to get transit updates.
  • Or, call 511.

MTA

 

www.mta.info

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

 

Million Trees NYC – A PlaNYC initiative with NYC Parks and New York Restoration Project.  Trees make up a very important part of our urban ecosystem, especially in areas where residents have less access to green space.  Trees also mean clean air and water, lower energy bills and higher property values.  Tree beds that demonstrate signs of stewardship, including regular watering, litter removal, flower plantings, and tree guards are over four times as likely to survive as those that exhibit no signs of care.  For more information and to learn how you can get involved, contact Million TreesNYC Outreach Coordinator for Queens, Katina Boutis at 212-360-8191 or email Katina.Boutis@parks.nyc.gov

 

Community Service Society

Volunteers 55+ needed to become a Public Benefit Counselor.  The training is to help members of your community obtain the benefits and services they need.  For more information call Edwina Osborne at (212) 614-5412 or Yvonne Pena at (212) 614-5467 or visit their website at http://www.cssny.org

 

 

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