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

 

 

 

CB2 Newsletter

COMMUNITY BOARD 2 NEWSLETTER

March 2015 

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: Patrick O'Brien
First Vice Chair: Stephen Cooper
Second Vice Chair: Lisa Deller
Treasurer: Diane Ballek
Secretary: Denise Keehan-Smith




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
 
 

  

 

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 March 2015.  Accordingly, parking meters will not be in effect on major legal holidays*.

Purim - Thursday, March 5th

 

NEXT BOARD MEETING

Date: Thursday, March 5th, 2015

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”

 

 

 

 

 

BOARD MEMBERS BY AREA

 

Long Island CityTerry Adams, Shampa Chanda, Dana Frankel, William Garrett, Kenneth Greenberg, Sheila Lewandowski, Charles Markey, Patrick O’Brien, Elliot Park, Moitri Chowdhury Savard, Michael Son, Rebecca Trent, Santiago Vargas

 

Sunnyside – Diane Ballek, Sandra Bigitschke, Anna Thea Bridge, Stephen Cooper, Lisa Deller, Rev. Joseph Jerome, Marie Konecko, Jordan Levine, Dominick Lippolis, Donald McCallian, Taina Hernandez McShane, Dorothy Morehead, Patrick Murray, Regina Shanley, David C. Shin, Lauren Springer, Karolina Tosi

 

Woodside -  Bessie Cassaro, Barbara Coleman, Joseph Conley, Mary English, Richard Gundlach, Anne Hart, Mohammed Z. Choudhury Jewel, Ellen Kang, Denise Keehan-Smith, Norberto Saldana, Elba Santiago, Carol Terrano, Nick Troya, Anthony Tudela, Al Volpe

 

The Board has received Notice of the following license applications:

 

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

 

March 2015 Applications               

 

JAKK LLC                                            43-02 43rd Avenue, Sunnyside, NY                  On-Premises Liquor License

LisaMonling LLC d/b/a Dumplings

  And Things                                         45-26 46th Street, Sunnyside, NY                      On-Premises Liquor License

Aramark Services Inc.                        1 Court Square, 50th Fl., LIC, NY                     On-Premises Liquor License

Head Over Meals LLC                       45-14 48th Avenue, Sunnyside, NY                  Wine and Beer License

 

Transfers /Alterations/Renewal

 

Red Ribbon Pastry Shop Inc.            58-28 Roosevelt Avenue, Woodside, NY       Wine and Beer License

Salt and Fat, Inc.                                 41-16 Queens Blvd., Sunnyside, NY                Wine and Beer License

Velazquez Grocery Store                   65-24 Laurel Hill Blvd., Woodside, NY           Beer License

Seattle Bake Shop Inc.                       32-02 Queens Blvd., LIC, NY                           Wine and Beer License

Guitart & Jones                                    10-09 50th Avenue, LIC, NY                             On-Premises Liquor License

Anable Basin Sailing Inc.                   4-40 44th Drive, LIC, NY                                    On-Premises Liquor License

Guanche Grocery Corp.                     46-01 48th Avenue, Woodside, NY                   Wine and Beer License

K of New York LLC d/b/a

  Cloud Catering                                   42-81 Hunter Street, LIC, NY                           On-Premises Liquor License

49-14 Queens Group Inc. d/b/a

  Gold Fingers/Secrets                          49-14 Queens Blvd., Woodside, NY On-Premises Liquor License

John V. Daniels, Jr. Post 2813           47-53 43rd Street, Sunnyside, NY                     On-Premises Liquor License

TQ Pizzeria Corp.                44-08 Greenpoint Avenue, Sunnyside, NY     Wine and Beer License

John Eugene Wallace American

  Legion #1630                                     52-24 35th Street, LIC, NY                                 Liquor License

 

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

 

 

ADRESSES WITHIN CB 2 SCHEDULED FOR DEMOLITION/

EXCAVATION NOTICE/ VACATE/ EMERGENCY DECLARATION

                              

21-30 44th Drive, Queens, NY

27-21 44th Drive, Queens, NY

67-19 Roosevelt Avenue, Queens, NY

9-03 44th Road, Queens, NY

42-83 Hunter Street, Queens, NY

 

Doughboy Park, Woodside  

 

A Word from the District Manager …

 

 

PROTECT YOUR WATER METER AND PIPES FROM FREEZINGmost water meters and pipes are in basements, crawl spaces, and other unheated areas, where cold winter temperatures could cause them to freeze.

HOMEOWNERS ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR PROTECTING METERS AND PIPES FROM FREEZINGif the meter freezes and breaks because you failed to take reasonable steps to protect it, DEP will repair or replace the meter and bill you for the cost.; if the service line or piping freezes and breaks, it is the homeowner’s responsibility to have repairs made by a licensed plumber.

SOME TIPS AND SUGGESTIONS TO PREVENT FREEZING -  repair broken and cracked windows, doors and walls; tightly close doors and windows to the outside; install storm windows or plastic sheeting over basement windows; turn off the water to outside faucets, remove hoses and drain the pipes; ask your local plumbing supplier about materials to insulate pipes and meters.  If your meter is installed in a unheated garage, take extra care to ensure the meter is insulated; if the pipes or the meter are in a closed cabinet against an outside wall, insulate the wall and open the cabinet to allow warmer air to reach them; if you are not going to be home for several days during cold weather, arrange to have someone visit periodically and turn on a faucet to ensure that the water is still flowing.

IF YOUR SERVICE LINE, PIPES, OR METERS FREEZEopen a faucet near the frozen point to release vapor from melting ice; direct a hair dryer or heat lamp at the frozen section, or put a small space heater nearby; and NEVER thaw a frozen pipe or meter with an open flame.  This is not only a fire hazard but could also cause a steam explosion.

 

If you are unable to thaw the frozen pipes, consult a licensed plumber.  If you meter is damaged by the cold, call 311.  Visit www.nyc.gov for further information. Please call CB 2 for more information.  We are here to assist you with all of your issues.

 

Sincerely,

 

Debra Markell Kleinert

District Manager

 

NYC Office of Immigrant Affairs

New York City Municipal ID

The NYC municipal ID program will improve access to the City’s benefits and attractions for all, including those who have been left out of those benefits due to the lack of basic government-issued identification.  For example, adults re-entering after incarceration, foster care youth, homeless, undocumented immigrants, and transgender individuals), and it will also benefit New Yorkers who wish to take advantage of discounts and other incentive programs to city attractions and businesses.  Nearly 50% of adult NYC residents do not have a NYS driver’s license, and can benefit from a municipal ID.  You can find more information at www.nyc.gov/idnyc 

 

 

SUNNYSIDE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE LUNCHEON DATES

 

The Sunnyside Chamber of Commerce luncheon will be on Wednesday, March 25th, 2015 at

12:30 pm.  This month the luncheon will be at Sidetracks Restaurant located at 45-08 Queens Blvd., Sunnyside, NY.  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, March 31st, 2015 @ 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.

 

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

 

John V. Daniels, Jr. Post No. 2813

47-53 43rd Street

 

Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States 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, March 21st, 2015 at 2 pm. For further information please call (718) 335-0700.

 

 

NYPD Community Affairs Bureau

 

Crime Prevention Section – ATM “Skimming” Tips – an illegal activity that involves a device at ATM machines; more information is 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.

 

 

UNITED FORTIES CIVIC ASSOCIATION, INC.

 

Thursday, March 19th, 2015 at 7:00 pm

St. Teresa’s Parish Center

50-22 44th Street, Woodside, NY  11377

Parking off 44th St. – yard adjoining the church

 

 

 

 

 

 

2015 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 March 12th, 2015.

 

Queens Library

Queens Library Offers Free Tax Preparation Assistance

Queens Library invites the community to attend tax counseling and E-filing workshops this session.  IRS-trained counselors will be available to help community members complete 2014 personal income tax returns at several Library branches.  All sessions are free.  For further information on times of counseling visit www.queenslibrary.org or call 718-990-0700

 

St. Pat’s For All Parade

Sunday, March 1st – 1pm Assembly & Remarks –

2pm Parade Step-Off

Skillman Avenue and 43rd Street

For more information visit www.stpatsforall.com

 

Wynwoode Gardens Home Owners Association, Inc.

The next meeting is Monday, March 9th, 2015 at 7pm – All are welcome !

St. Mary’s Parish Hall

70th Street and 47th Avenue, Woodside

For further information please call (718) 424-0461

 

Sunnyside Community Services

MAKE A FRIEND

Volunteer with the SCS Friendly Visiting Program and connect with a senior in your community.  We connect interested and eligible volunteers with homebound older adults who would enjoy companionship.  Matches are based on geography and shared interests.  Call (718) 784-6173 Ext. 479 for more information.

 

NYC Police Department

NYPD Ride-Along Program provides the public an opportunity to observe police officers on patrol.  Applicants must be 18 years or older; they must be a bona fide resident of NYS; all applications are subject to approval and a background check by the NYPD.  For more information e-mail Officer Diaz at Luis.Diaz@nypd.org or call 718-784-5420.

 

To become a 108th  Precinct Auxiliary Officer call 718-784-5420 for further information.

 

To join the NYPD Explorer Program, you must be between the ages of 14 and 20.  For more information contact Officer Mendez @ 718-784-5448

 

Please follow the 108th Precinct’s Official Twitter Feed:  @NYPD108PCT

 

Con Edison

 

Con Edison will be upgrading electric service on 29th Street between Queens Plaza Nt. & 41st Avenue in Long Island City.   They will be working weekdays from 7am until 6pm and started on Monday, February 23, 2015 thru Friday, March 13, 2015.  This work will requires full closure of the roadway on 29th Street between Queens Plaza Nt. And 41st Avenue.

 

NYC Mayor’s Office to Combat Domestic Violence

New York City Family Justice Centers

One-stop service centers for domestic violence help

The New York City Family Justice Centers are walk-in centers for victims of domestic violence, elder abuse, and sex trafficking.  To make it easier to get help, many agencies are located at each Center.   Services are free and someone is there to help no matter what language you speak.  For further information visit www.nyc.gov/domesticviolence or call the NYC – Domestic Violence hotline at 800-621-4673

 

NYC Fire Department     

 

One of the fundamental missions of the Fire Department is to protect the lives and property of New York City residents and visitors through fire safety education.    The FDNY Fire Safety Education Unit provides educational literature intended to educate New Yorkers from every walk of life on safe practices and techniques.  Fire Safety Publications can be found in multiple languages, and can be accessed via the following website  http://www.nyc.gov/html/safety/fire_safety_downloads.shtml

 

2015 Playstreets

2015 Play Street applications due date is May 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.   Information for Play Streets can be found at the www.nyc.gov/sapo website.

 

Notify NYC

Get notified about emergencies via email, phone, text and twitter.  Sign up for FREE for the City’s Official Emergency Notification System regarding subway disruptions, school closures, severe weather and traffic advisories at www.nyc.gov

 

MTA New York City Transit

2015 Flushing 7 Line Schedule of Work

The MTA New York City Transit (NYCT) has been making capital improvements on the Flushing 7 line over the past several years to improve the entire line’s long-term capacity and reliability.  This work has involved three major, multi-year projects:  the implementation of Communications-Based Train Control, the replacement of elevated track panels, and the reconstruction and fortification of the Steinway Tubes.  Work will be continuing on these projects into 2015, which means that NYCT will require new service suspensions and disruptions on the 7 line while this work is performed.  For a more detailed account of NYCT’s progress on these projects and more, visit www.MTA.info and follow the link to the webpage entitled “7 Line Weekend Accomplishments.”

 

NYC Department of Transportation

Ed Koch Queensboro Bridge

Queens-bound Upper Roadway – Right Lane Closed

Weeknights, 12:01am – 5am One or Two Nights a Week, through May 30th

due to a steel truss repair – one lane will remain open to traffic at all times.  Visit www.nyc.gov/dot for further information.

 

NYC Department of Sanitation

As of January 2015, it is illegal to discard electronics in the trash.  Below are some options for working & non-working electronics:

  1. DSNY’s e-cycleNYC program – Apartment building with more than 10 units can enroll for this free and convenient pickup service.
  2. Retail drop-off programs – For example, drop off electronics (no purchase required) at any Goodwill, Salvation Army, Best Buy, Staples (no TVs), or the Gowanus E-Waste Warehouse.
  3. Mail-back and pickup options – For residents who live in smaller buildings and are not able to bring their electronics to a drop-off location or event, the following options are available:

Ø  Best Buy will remove an appliance or TV free of charge from a customer’s home when a new product is purchased and delivered by Best Buy.

Ø  Staples offers free shipping through their technology trade-in program.

Ø  Dell will pick up any Dell product for free through their FedEx Package Return Program.

Ø  If none of these options work, please contact the manufacturer of your item.  The NYS Department of Environmental Conservation maintains a list of electronic equipment manufacturers registered I NYS.

  1. Electronics recycling events.  Bring to events furn by organizations such as Lower East Side Ecology Center, or DSNY’s SAFE Disposal Events.
  2. Donate or sell working electronics.  Visit the NYC Stuff Exchange to find place to buy, sell or donate electronics.

Visit www.nyc.gov/electronics for more information

 

Queens Greenmarket

Sunnyside – Saturdays

Skillman Avenue & 43rd Street – 8am to 3pm

9am- 1pm:  Textile & rechargeable battery recycling

10am-1pm:  Food scrap collection (by BIG! COMPOST)

Visit www.grownyc.org for more information

 

NYC Department of Education

 

Referral Centers for High School Alternatives are part of the NYC Department of Education. They are located in every borough to help high school aged students navigate their educational options.    They assist students who have recently arrived to NYC, who want to recommit to school, or who want to earn their high school equivalency diploma.  For more information about the programs, locations, and contact information  visit http://pathtograd.org/referralcenters

 

College Goal New York Events

FAFSA Completion Events for New York State Students

FAFSA Completion Events are set to take place during the months of January, February and March 2015 to help college-bound students complete the most important tool in securing financial aid, the Free Application for Federal Student Aid – the FAFSA form.  To find out more about College Goal visit http://collegegoalny.org/event-locations

 

“The Wendy Williams Show”

 

The Wendy Williams Show is looking to hire interns that want to gain experience in the television industry.  This internship is for college credit and is located in NYC.  Ideal candidates will be those pursuing careers in television production and at least 18 years old.  For more details and/or to apply for the internship program, visit:  www.findinternships.com/2015/01/the-wendy-williams-show-internship.html

 

Sunnyside Woodside Lions Club

The Sunnyside Woodside Lions Club meets the last Wednesday of each month at Queen of Angels Parish Hall located at 44th Street and Skillman Avenue, Sunnyside, NY at 7:00 pm.

 

 

Western Queens Recovery Services

62-07 Woodside Avenue, 4th Fl., Woodside, NY

A Medically Supervised Alcohol/Substance Abuse Out-patient Clinic licensed by New York State – Insurance, Medicaid and Sliding Scale Accepted – Open 6 Days a Week – Evening and Saturday Appointments Available – Bilingual Staff:  Services offered in English and Spanish.  For more information call (718) 898-5085

 

EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES

 

Amerivents Catering – is currently looking for a few part-time cooks and cashiers @$11 an hour to work at the New York Hall of Science (nysci.org).  If you are interested, please submit your resume and cover letter to mowens@amerivents.com with the Subject line “CAFÉ”.  For further information on Amerivents Catering visit www.amerivents.com

 

Re Serve is offering paid, part-time positions to serve as afternoon Tutors through the MS ExTRA program with the NYC Dept of Education and The After-School Corporation.  Tutors will provide daily guided reading instruction to middle school students in a small group setting, to supplement and enhance in-class reading assignments.  To learn more, email your name and phone number to tutoring@reserveinc.org  to register for an upcoming information session or call 212-727-4335

 

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.

TRAINING OPPORTUNITIES

 

Veterans – Become a Certified Technician in the Network Cabling Industry – Job Placement Assistance Available  - Information Session – Tuesday, March 3 @ 3pm – LaGuardia Community College  RSVP call (718) 482-5386

 

Veterans Family (spouse or dependent)Career counseling.  Academic/college Prep & Training – Get into college.  Get job training.  Call (718) 482-5386 or visit www.lagcc.cuny.edu/veterans

 

Yearup is an intensive, one-year program that combines hands-on skill development, college credits, and internships at some of America’s top companies, preparing students for success in careers in IT or Financial Operations, and in higher education.  For further information visit www.yearup.org

 

LaGuardia Community College Green Jobs Training Program – To obtain skills for a job in Green Cleaning & Waste Management or Building Operations & Maintenance. 

Visit www.greenworkforcenyc.org or call 718-663-8407

 

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                   

 

EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES

 

The State Education Department – Office of Adult Career and Continuing Education Services Vocational Rehabilitation – if you have a disability, are unemployed and looking for work contact ACCES-VR at 347-510-3100 for further information and visit www.acces.nysed.gov

 

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

 

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 Board 2 Newsletter

If you would like to submit a flyer or a special meeting notice for the community, please do so by the third week of the month for the following month’s newsletter.  E-mail at qn02@cb.nyc.gov , call (718) 533-8773 or Fax 718-533-8777

 

 

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