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




CB2 Newsletter


January 2015 

Website Address:

43-22 50th Street, 2nd Floor
Woodside, NY 11377
Telephone Number:   (718)533-8773
Fax Number:                (718) 533-8777
E-Mail Address:
Website Address:

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

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


City Services/Public Safety Committee
Environment Committee
Health & Human Services Committee
Land Use Committee
Transportation Committee
Veterans Committee





New Year’s Day – Thursday, January 1st, 2015

Martin Luther King’s Birthday – Monday, January 19th, 2015




The City suspends alternate side parking regulations, for both street cleaning purposes and traffic flow, on these legal and/or religious holidays in January 2015.  Accordingly, parking meters will not be in effect on major legal holidays*.

New Year’s Day – Thursday, January 1st                   Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Birthday  – Monday, January 19th



Date: Thursday, January 8th, 2015

Place:  Sunnyside Community Services

43-31 39th Street,

Ground Floor

Sunnyside, New York 11104

Time: 7:00 pm

SPECIAL GUEST:  Dept.of Sanitation to discuss new electronic recycling




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




Long Island CityTerry Adams, Andrew Anzalone, 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, Emilia Crotty, Lisa Deller, Rev. Joseph Jerome, Marie Konecko, Jordan Levine, Dominick Lippolis, Donald McCallian, Gertrude McDonald, 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                                                                                


January 2015 Applications            


43-17 Corp.                                          43-17 Queens Blvd., Woodside, NY On-Premises Liquor License

Sabana Restaurant Inc.

   d/b/a Kumbala                                 70-04 Roosevelt Avenue, Woodside, NY       On-Premises Liquor License

48-19 Vernon Kitchen LLC               48-19 Vernon Blvd., LIC, NY                           Wine and Beer License

D & D Bia Corp.                                  23-10 Jackson Avenue, LIC, NY                     On-Premises Liquor License

Kokoroko Corp.                                   47-55 47th Street, Woodside, NY                      Wine and Beer License

43-22 Trading Assoiciates Inc.

   Greenpoint Lounge                          43-22 Greenpoint Avenue, Sunnyside, NY     On-Premises Liquor License



Transfers /Alterations/Renewal


El Conquista Restaurant Inc.            63-04 Broadway, Woodside, NY                     On-Premises Liquor License

Sweatleaf LIC II Inc.                         46-15 Center Blvd., LIC, NY                            On-Premises Liquor License

Thai LIC Inc. d/b/a Tuk Tuk            49-06 Vernon Blvd., LIC, NY                           Wine and Beer Only

Oki Japanese Restaurant                   45-11 Queens Blvd., Sunnyside, NY                Beer License

61 Woodside Corp. Metro Kitchen  61-10/12 Roosevelt Avenue, Woodside, NY On-Premises Liquor License

Nickolas Deli Restaurant Corp.        9-45 51st Avenue, Woodside, NY                     Beer License

Ivy Wine and Liquor                          63-18 Roosevelt Avenue, Woodside, NY       On-Premises 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






40-39 54th Street (P.S. 11Q), Queens, NY













Joseph Conley and Patrick O’Brien


A Word from the District Manager …


We recognize and thank Joseph Conley for his 24 years of dedicated service to  Community Board 2.  We will miss his timeless day to day leadership and devotion as Chairman.  We look forward to continuing to work with Joe as he continues on as  Transportation Chair.


We congratulate our new incoming Chairman, Patrick O’Brien, as he embarks on his new journey.  We look forward to working with him and the community on resolving issues and maintaining good quality of life for all constituents. 


At our next CB2 meeting we will have our Department of Sanitation to discuss the new recycling of all electronics.








Debra Markell Kleinert

District Manager





The Sunnyside Chamber of Commerce luncheon will be on Tuesday, January 13th, 2015 at 12:30 pm.  This month the luncheon will be at Bliss Street Station located at 47-02 Greenpoint Avenue, 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




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

Tuesday, January 27th, 2015 @ 7:00 pm


43-31 39TH STREET, Ground Floor


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:


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, January 17th, 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


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.





Thursday, January 15th, 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










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 January 8th, 2015.



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



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 and follow the link to the webpage entitled “7 Line Weekend Accomplishments.”


NYC Department of Transportation

Traffic pattern change on Brooklyn Queens Expressway (I-278) during night hours in both directions

In both the Queens-bound and Brooklyn-bound directions, traffic will be reduced from the existing three lanes to one lane in each direction during night time hours only, from 11pm to 5am, through early January 2015.


In the Brooklyn-bound (westbound) direction, this change will begin before Exit 34 (Meeker/Morgan) and end before Exit 32B (Metropolitan Avenue)


In the Queens-bound (eastbound) direction, this change will start after Exit 33 (McGuinness Blvd. N/Humboldt Street) and end before Exit 35 (LIE (I-495)/48th Street).


For up-to-date travel information, call 511 or visit


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 and



NYC Department of Sanitation

Starting January 2015, it is illegal to discard electronics in the trash.

Visit for more information




The Official Web Address for New Yorkers has arrived.  The city is a part of you, and now it can be a part of your web address.  The .nyc web address is now available, and only New Yorkers can Own It.    .nyc is a new web address (, .net, and .org) specifically available to individuals, businesses or organizations with a physical address in the five boroughs.  Get your .nyc web address at :




HOPE 2015



Join thousands of volunteers across NYC to canvass streets, parks and subways to count the number of homeless people living unsheltered. Volunteers will be trained and work in teams. The results will be used by outreach workers to help homeless people leave the streets for a better life.

Past Results - Since the first annual street survey in 2005, the number of homeless individuals living in public places has decreased by 24% from 4,395 to 3,357. That’s more than 1,038 fewer New Yorkers sleeping on streets, in parks and in subways.

For more information, and to register to help, simply dial 311, or go to



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


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


Con Edison

Smell Gas. Act Fast.

  1. Smell – Natural gas smells like rotten eggs.
  2. Gas – If gas is in the air, a spark could cause an explosion.  Don’t light a match, smoke, flip a switch, ring a doorbell, or touch appliances or electronics, including phones.
  3. Run – If you suspect a gas leak, get everyone out immediately.
  4. Call – When you’re safe, call 911, Con Edison (1-800-75-CONED), or National Grid (1-718-643-4050)

Don’t assume someone else has already called.  You can report leaks anonymously.


NYC’s Paid Sick Leave Law


NYC’s new Paid Sick Leave Law applies to most employees in New York City and is now in effect.  Employees can start using earned sick leave on July 30, 2014.  If you work in NYC for more than 80 hours a year, you can earn up to 40 hours of sick leave each year to care for yourself or a family member.


For further information contact the Department of Consumer Affairs via Email at or call 311 or visit or visit their Paid Sick Leave Division at 42 Broadway, 11th Fl, NYC.


NYC Department of Transportation

DRIVE 25 MPH It’s The Law !!

Crashes Are Preventable.  Together Lives Can Be Saved !!!

·       The speed limit is changing to 25 MPH on November 7th, 2014

·       Drivers who  drive 25 MPH or slower are better able to avoid crashes

·       Pedestrians who are struck by vehicles traveling at 25 MPH are half as likely to die as pedestrians who are struck by vehicles at 30 MPH.


NYC Department of Consumer Affairs

Office of Financial Empowerment

Meet one-on-one with a Financial Empowerment Counselor who can help with:  your debt, your credit, create a budget, open a bank account; deal with debt collectors, save and plan for your future, etc.

Visit and search “Financial Empowerment Centers.”




The New York City Department of Transportation has notified CB2 of their plans to install a traffic signal at the following intersection:  


Skillman Avenue and 51st Street    


Installation is tentatively scheduled to be completed by March 31, 2015.


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.


Queens Botanical Garden

Electronic Waste (e-waste) recycling event

Sunday, January 11, 2015 from 10am-4pm

All are invited to bring unwanted or broken electronics, such as old phones, chargers, handheld toys, TVs, cameras, tangles of holiday lights and more.

Admission is FREE – please note that the Garden does not charge admission



NYC Department of Transportation

DOT's CityRacks provide free sidewalk bicycle parking racks throughout the five boroughs. CityRacks are a convenience for the entire cycling community. Also, the availability of CityRacks parking discourages cyclists from parking at mailboxes, parking meters, trees, and other sidewalk structures.


You can suggest a location for a new CityRack using their online form. Please note that because of the great interest in this program, DOT cannot respond for each suggestion. Bulk requests from Business Improvement Districts, civic associations or other groups of community members are encouraged and will be prioritized. DOT has standard guidelines for where bike racks can be cited.

Visit for further 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 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


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


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


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 or call the NYC – Domestic Violence hotline at 800-621-4673



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 for more information


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


Center for the Women of New York, Inc.

The Center for the Women of New York, Inc. has a variety of programs, workshops and activities.  For more information visit their website at




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  to register for an upcoming information session or call 212-727-4335




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.









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


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

Visit 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








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


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  Email:





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




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 , call (718) 533-8773 or Fax 718-533-8777



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