Does Crowley live in northern Virginia or Woodside?

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  1. Funnyside

    It doesn't really matter. Most DC pols live in the bizarro universe.

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  2. sunnysider

    It is really a double standard. His kids in my opinon should attend school in ny. He is here enouigh to represent here. He needs to be in dc to work in washington. Why not due everythng here in queens and just go to dc when you need to.

    Should be a law? How about that?

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  3. Me

    LIAR! LIAR! LIAR! All of the Crowleys lie like crazy

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  4. Rocky Balboa

    Crowley looks down on those of us who actually live here and whose kids go to school here. Can't we finally get rid of him? He has no connection to Queens as his kids go to school in Virginia. He got caught with his pants down. I hope he has a primary from somebody who actually lives here.

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  5. Rocky Balboa

    Note the quote "I live in Queens, I live in Woodside" - not with those Virginia license plates, Crowley! What a phony! Kick him out! Now!

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  6. Neighborhood Observer

    Thanks for the story, Sunnyside Post, I would have missed it. Does he really have Virginia plates? Do other congress people move their entire families? If he lives here, what is his address? I've never seen him around town.

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  7. pomme1200

    He works in Washington, DC. That is where he is required to spend most of his time to represent his district. Some in Congress move their families near DC, so they can see their kids not just on weekends. It's a personal choice. Crowley is at many events in Queens, since I see him around. His office responds very promptly to any call I've made. What's the problem? He maintains a residence in Queens.

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  8. Raquel

    He "maintains a residence in Queens' - yeah, like I maintain a residence in the Bahamas! He does not live here. He lives in Virginia and he is an anomaly in that most congressmen do not move their families to the DC area. I guess the Woodside neighborhood is not good enough for the Crowley brood. His car has Virginia plates. Kick him out, please! He is "at many events in Queens". Yes, and I am "at many events in South America" - when I go on vacation! I guess somebody from his office felt the need to defend him.

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  9. David Brown

    I'll stay out of the debate on whether or not Congressmen should move their families, as frankly I don't really care either way... It's how they vote that matters to me.

    What is pretty clear is the choice of timing on this article. This "leaking" to the Post within dayd of the Democrats selecting Weprin to run for Weiner's seat is no accident. I imagine the GOP will try and paint him as an illegitimate insider candidate (meanwhile the Republican candidate will have been selected in the same manner.)

    Again I'm making no judgements here (I don't know much about Weprin, nor do I live in that district), it's just interesting to watch how the game is played.

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  10. Raquel

    Crowley was handpicked by Manton. Manton is probably turning in his grave over the way Crowley has turned out. Manton was a former police officer and a staunch pro lifer. Crowley is an avid supporter of abortion on demand. Manton stuck to his guns on the life issue. Crowley may maintain a home here for the sake of appearances, but that is as far as it goes. He and his family live in Virginia and his kids go to school there.

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  11. Funnyside

    Term limits!

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  12. Raquel

    Funnyside, you are correct! Term limit all of them - make them get REAL JOBS!

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  13. Funnyside

    raquel...

    career politicians are like royalty - they're not capable of anything but lecturing, primping, preening and spending your hard earned money like it was nothing. Most of them could not run a lemonade stand on a hot august day.

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  14. Raquel

    Funnyside for congress! Somebody who gets it!

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  15. sunnysider

    Raquel why not run for brammers seat in 2 years you sound very into carng about our town

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  16. David Brown

    We have term limits, it's called voting. It happens every two years.

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  17. Raquel

    David, incumbency has its privileges: most people are sheep, especially Democrats in NYC. The Democratic party has created a base that depends on it for their survival.

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  18. sartke

    He could live in Australia for all I care, as long as he supported Queens-interests in Congress. The fact that we have a relatively influential Congressperson is something we should be happy about.

    David Brown is right in that this is not news - you can't 'leak' something that was already freely available information. This is a political ad, not a news story.

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  19. Raquel

    Sartke, Cowley is not happy at being exposed as living in Virginia. He does not understand the needs of his constituents, those pesky people who pay taxes and send their kids to schools in WOODSIDE, something he clearly does not do. He is "influential" in a negative way. He is a demagogue and an elitist phony who disdains the people whom he "represents". He does not support Queens' interests in in Congress.

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  20. John K. Wilson

    I don't understand what the point of this story is; as a member of Congress, of course he lives in DC...that's where his job is. His family lives with him? His children go to school there? I should hope so. It is a given that he has an address in Woodside; if he didn't, his opposition would take steps to remove him from office on that basis, and, that hasn't happened. (For the record, I think we can do much better than Joe Crowley as our rep in Congress...Marvin Jeffcoat comes to mind; but that's another story.)

    Secondly, as it has come up, I am AGAINST "term limits", too. As "David Brown" indicates, we already have term limits; they are called "terms". Being for term limits, to me, is like saying, "I can't be inconvenienced to participate in my democracy; please do it for me." I reject that.

    As "Raquel" points out, incumbents do have many advantages in their efforts to remain in office (believe me, I know). Replacing them is very difficult. But, so what? That's the deal. If we don't like the manner that our elected officials represent us, the only option is to get involved, with your neighbors, and work to replace them. That can mean running for office one's self (as I have done/am doing), or, working for someone else who is. Political involvement can be fun; but, mostly, it is a tedious slog. Sometimes, some of your neighbors, who approve of the status quo, may attack your character (as "sartke" has done to me...he calls me a "political wacko") So what? That's deal. Just because a thing is difficult doesn't mean that we shouldn't attempt it. Democracy, in our Republic, ain't necessarily pretty.

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  21. John K. Wilson

    ...should read, "that THE deal"

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  22. Neighborhood Observer

    It is too tough a game for me. But thanks John K. Wilson for participating.

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  23. sartke

    Raquel, I'm not gonna bother. Please seek professional help.

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  24. sartke

    And yes, term limits don't need to exist in a democracy. If we can't trust our own decision making capability, what's the point of even voting?

    In addition, congresspeople need to learn how to legislate and they need to be specialists on certain issues due to committees/local issues/etc. Putting up someone new every 2 years is a good way to ensure that we'll be electing people who don't have the political influence to get anything substantial for Queens and who don't have an in-depth grasp on the issues or political process.

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  25. Raquel

    Sartke - get professional help yourself - even unprofessional help - you need it! Term limits stop political corruption - Charles Rangel comes to mind as does JOE CROWLEY - and he lives in Virginia!

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  26. Raquel

    Mr. Wilson: it is the INCUMBENCY PROTECTION RACKET that needs to be stopped and the answer is term limits - for everybody!

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  27. Raquel

    Congress is a part time job - Crowley can actually LIVE in Woodside and commute to D.C. but obviously he prefers the tony Arlington area to his poor unfortunate neighbors in Woodside! And you can imagine what he thinks of the Woodside schools! He got caught and he doesn't like it. too bad!

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  28. Angus Grieve-Smith

    Lots of Woodside residents have cars registered in Virginia, Florida or North Carolina, just look at the plates. It's an insurance scam. We could take care of it if we had residential parking permits.

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  29. Funnyside

    If the presidency has term limits, why not congress?

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  30. Queens is the new Brooklyn is the New Manhattan

    I still can't figure out if Raquel is a man or a woman. Sounds like a woman's name but most likely Raquel is a man.

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  31. WhiskeyTangoFoxtrotter

    Raquel

    You are a fine and dandy pro-Life Lady and it's a JOY to read your comments here

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  32. Funnyside

    Queens is the new....whatever....

    Mostly likely you are a d-bag.

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  33. David Brown

    "If the presidency has term limits, why not congress?"

    I think the general idea is that the executive branch is occupied by an individual, which could lead to an overwhelming accumulation of national power. While the legislative branch is greater in numbers, preventing one individual from accumulating too much power over national affairs.

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  34. 43rd@43rd

    "If the presidency has term limits, why not congress?"

    Even the mayor of NYC has term limits... right? ;D

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  35. Funnyside

    Re: term limits....

    Let me put it like this.

    Politicians and a baby's diaper need to be changed frequently and for the exact same reason.

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  36. John K. Wilson

    Raquel,
    I agree that the "INCUMBENCY PROTECTION RACKET" needs to be stopped; but, I believe that you are wrong on the necessity of term "limits", for the reasons that I stated above. "Term Limits" are yet another government intrusion into what we are allowed to do: who we can elect...and who we can't. And, we already HAVE the POWER! Just go to the polls...and vote for someone else!

    You may remember that Benjamin Franklin was asked, by a citizen/onlooker, as he left the Constitutional Convention, "What kind of Government have you given us?" Franklin said, "We have given the people a Republic...IF they can keep it."

    How do we keep it?
    Get educated. Get passionate. Get involved. Get busy.

    BTW...Raquel, I don't think you are a bigot. I think you take a great deal more heat than is necessary from those who disagree with you. Some of your opponents here on these posts are just natural-born jerks; and, some others, who are your opponents, are obviously good people, with an opposing view, who have an adverse chemical reaction to your "in your face" style.
    I say, just keep being yourself. You provoke a great deal of thought, and force others to refine their thinking.

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  37. John K. Wilson

    sartke,

    How gratified I was to see that you'd written,

    "...term limits don't need to exist in a democracy. If we can't trust our own decision making capability, what's the point of even voting?"

    But, my pleasure was short-lived; in the next sentence, you write of the "need" for "congresspeople" to "be specialists on certain issues...."
    Really?

    Lincoln, in his Gettysburg Address, did not speak of "Government, of the SPECIALISTS, for the SPECIALISTS, by the SPECIALISTS"; he spoke of "Government...of...for...and by...the PEOPLE." And, the type of "specialization" that you speak of the need for would almost certainly change over time...and would probably change in less than two years. In that instance, would we replace our "specialist congresspeople" with yet newer "specialist congresspeople" when a need for a new "specialization" arose? Who would make these determinations? If "specialists" are "needed" in Congress, do we need "specialist voters", too. Aren't we supposed to "trust our own decision making capability"?

    sartke, you have revealed yourself as an Elitist. Many Liberals are; they believe that only they have the brainpower to "help" and/or "save" others. I reject this nonsense. Virtually all people will make better decisions for themselves than any government can..or will...make for them. Damn Elitism, and damn Big Government.

    William F. Buckley once (famously) remarked that he would much rather be governed by the first 535 names in the phone book (there being 535 members of Congress: 100 Senators and 435 Representatives) than the kind of people who willingly seek to be elected. I tend to agree with that. Just as most juries, composed of average people, almost always rise to the seriousness of the occasion; so, too, would randomly selected Americans rise to the issues at hand in Congress. As "David Brown" points out, the influence of those few yahoos who would reveal themselves would be negated by the numbers involved. Viva the Common People!

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  38. Raquel

    Term limits: the corrupt Rangel is a great example of why we need term limits for congress. Several states have term limits for governor - Virginia I believe allows ONLY ONE TERM, which I think is actually overkill, but I understand the idea. Bloomberg and his crew overturned the two term term limits referendum because of their chronic need to be in control and their narcissistic belief that the "public needs" them. We saw how well that worked out during the blizzard in December. I say enough of these professional politicians whose sole goal is their own REELECTION! I am putting Crowley in that crew because he obviously looks down upon his own congressional district and will not send his kids to school here. In Florida, former Congressman Wexler was forced to admit that he actually lives in Maryland rather than Florida and ended up giving up his seat. People don't like it when their elected reps look down on them. As for Sartke, yes, I am a woman: you are just not used to strong conservative women.

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  39. sartke

    John, congresspeople become specialists out of necessity and almost by default. I'm not saying that only people with PhDs should enter government, I'm saying that having experience with certain complicated niche political issues is a good thing. Not very many congresspeople are experts in national transportation policy and also experts in trade with South America, but with on-the-job experience, committee placement, local interests, etc. some will be experts in one or the other. That's an added benefit to the system.

    Raquel, if you reread the posts, I never questioned whether or not you were a woman. I understand that schizophrenia makes having internet debates difficult for you - but in fact you are screaming at multiple people on this site. And no, trust me I realize that there are plenty of loud, loony, bigoted conservative women these days...hey have you considered running for president?

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  40. Raquel

    Sartke, stay as sweet as you are with your ad hominen attacks. You just have no tolerance for anybody who dares to disagree with you. "Bigoted conservative women" - yup, the foxes on Fox put the babe in babe! You always have Helen Thomas to look up to! Or Barbra Streisand! Or the lovely Joy Behar.

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  41. Mike Novak

    Angus, I agree with you 100%!

    Residential parking stickers are the way to go!

    Folks who live here and register their cars in another state are breaking the law.

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  42. SPQR

    John Wilson: I did not know that you are running next year for congress. If it is true, I am delighted. You have the charisma to make things happen. Congressman Manton was an example of a true representative of the people. He had very high principles and held on to them. He was indeed for his people. Another great man possessing this high standard was Tip O'Neill, who was always there for his people and also kept his standards high. Now I know they were both Democrates, but the standards they upheld and the loyalty to their people was outstanding and these qualities go beyond the individual party. We need so badly a fresh breath of air in our community as the present representatives have been there much too long and forgotten about the man on the streets of Woodside & Sunnyside, etc. They look to be stale, without principle, back slappers getting their pictures into the local newspapers with smiles and kisses and otherwise empty. They are feeding off the system!! Please run in 2012 and win!! Walk the streets, talk to the people, drop by the pubs and have a beer and explain why you are running. We need your freshness and courage and you will have our backing and most of all our prayers.

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The Sunnyside store is spacious—with a lounge area that has couches. There is also a special area where iPads are provided, so people can surf the web while they eat their yogurt.

Meanwhile, in other news, Mediterraneo, the popular pizzeria located at 46-21 Queens Blvd, closed at the end of last month. The owner closed for personal reasons, according to sources.

In other news, Safra Bistro, a Turkish restaurant located on the corner of 43rd Avenue and 43rd Street, is up for sale. The restaurant, which opened a year ago, is on the market for $139,000. The owner is seeking a quick sale.

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Fire broke out on 51st Street last night, no serious injuries
fire51st Street Nov. 20, By Michael Florio A fire broke out in a Sunnyside apartment building last night. The blaze took place on the fifth floor at 41-36 51st Street. The FDNY received a call just before 7 pm and the fire was brought under control by 7:30 pm, according to the FDNY. The fire was contained to one apartment and one person, believed to be the tenant, was taken to a local hospital with serious, but non-life threatening injuries. The victim was believed to have been unconscious when he was removed from his apartment. A neighboring tenant, who didn’t want to be named, showed up during the fire. She said the fire was first noticed by a passerby, who saw flames shooting out the window. “This was traumatizing for everyone,” the neighboring tenant said. “Everyone here was freaked out.” The apartment that caught fire is completely destroyed. The apartment above may have been damaged as well, and the apartment below suffered severe water damage. The apartment that caught fire was rented by a younger man, according to a neighboring tenant, who moved into the building earlier this year. He was known for having parties. “We [the occupants] were worried something like this would happen,” the neighbor said. The FDNY is still investigating what caused the fire. fire51st Street1
Police release PHOTO of one of the suspects wanted for beating and robbing 81-year-old
Suspect

Suspect

Nov. 19, By Christian Murray The police have released another photo of one of the two men suspected of beating and robbing an 81-year-old Sunnysider at the Chase Bank branch at 46-10 Queens Blvd last month. The two men allegedly approached the victim inside the Chase bank ATM area at about 9:30 am on Sunday, October 26, before punching him in the face and removing $100 and his debit card from his pocket. The victim was William Eichhorn, who has lived in the Phipps Houses for the past 50 years. Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) For previous coverage, click here
Previous photo of suspect

Previous photo of a suspect

 
Previous photo

Previous photo of a suspect

UPDATE: 4 Squared Flavors to be closed for winter, to reopen March 1
Flavor Nov. 18, By Christian Murray The frozen yogurt store 4 Squared Flavors has closed for winter and will reopen March 1, according to co-owner Khalil Nayl, Nayl said that landlord is supportive of the store and is by providing discounted rent during the winter months. Nayl's announcement came less than an hour after he was asked why the store had been closed all month. “We are exploring our options,” Nayl said at about 3:30 pm, when asked whether the 45-12 Greenpoint Avenue store had closed for good. "I will get back to you when we have made a final decision.” Nayl had been asked the question several times during the month and provided the same response. The store has had a tough go of it from the get-go. It was supposed to open in October 2013 but the owners had issues with the contractor and it opened in March. Nevertheless, Nayl is hoping to get the support of Sunnysiders when he reopens. He still plans to open other 4 Squared Flavors in other locations. The Sunnyside store is spacious—with a lounge area that has couches. There is also a special area where iPads are provided, so people can surf the web while they eat their yogurt. Meanwhile, in other news, Mediterraneo, the popular pizzeria located at 46-21 Queens Blvd, closed at the end of last month. The owner closed for personal reasons, according to sources. In other news, Safra Bistro, a Turkish restaurant located on the corner of 43rd Avenue and 43rd Street, is up for sale. The restaurant, which opened a year ago, is on the market for $139,000. The owner is seeking a quick sale. Med
Two rescue dogs and one cat find homes at Sunnyside adoption event
James Abram with Hercules

James Abram with Hercules

Nov. 17, By Christian Murray Hercules, Daffodil and Robin all found homes Sunday. The three animals were adopted by Sunnyside residents who attended an adoption event outside of Wespaw Pets—located at 44-05 Queens Blvd-- on Sunday. The Sean Casey Animal Rescue group in conjunction with the North Shore Animal League parked a large truck filled with dogs and cats that are currently in shelters outside the pet store. The dogs were of all ages—puppies to seniors—with one particularly disfigured due to a cruel past owner. The dogs varied in breeds-- with pit bulls, pit bull terrier mixes, poodles and even a pomeranian. The cats ranged in age too. The first animal to be adopted was Hercules, a young pit bull, by James Abram. While the dogs had been vaccinated and checked over prior to the event, a volunteer veterinarian was on hand to help the new owners—and current dog owners—with questions. “People continue to ask about adoption events,” said a Wespaw Pets representative. “While we have had them before this is the biggest one we have had so far.” The next dog to find a home was Daffodil, an older dog who was adopted by a young couple. Later in the day, a mother with her young daughter adopted a cat called Robin. Several of the cats were brought to the event by LIC Ferals & Friends. Some of the other pets might still be adopted, according to a Wespaw representative, since a few couples are thinking it over. Sam, the owner of Wespaw Pets, was encouraged by the day. “Sometimes you can have events like these and no dogs or cats get adopted,” he said. adoption1  
Couple adopts Dafodil

Couple adopts Daffodil

Robin the cat

Robin the cat

Strong turnout for Sunnyside Artists’ craft show
Alexio Gessa (Peter Wing)

Alexio Gessa (Photo: Peter Wing)

Nov. 17, By Christian Murray The third annual Crafts & Arts Show took place in Sunnyside on Sunday, with 35 crafters offering items—from jewelry to illustrations--to hundreds of attendees who showed up over the course of the day. The event was held at the Queen of Angels Church parish center—from 10 am through 5 pm-- and attendees came in waves. The numbers swelled whenever a church service ended at Queen of Angels Church. “At 1 pm (when a church service ended) it was so crowded that some people decided to come back later,” said Manny Gomez, the president of Sunnyside Artists. Gomez said he was happy with the overall turnout—which was similar to previous years. He said the cold weather didn’t dissuade people from coming. This year’s main organizer Patricia Dorfman, the founder of Sunnyside Artists, was not in attendance due to an illness in her family. Meanwhile, Luke Adams, who had also helped put together the event in the past, passed away last week. Gomez said that Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer attended the event at about 2 pm and there was a moment of silence in honor of Adams. Michael Gurrado, who made several items carved from wood, was a particularly popular over the course of the day. So, too, was Kris Czerniachowich who sold handmade Christmas ornaments. Meanwhile, Alexio Gessa, a comic-book artist & illustrator, also fared well—with Van Bramer buying a poster from him.
Jimmy Van Bramer (source: Peter Wing)

Jimmy Van Bramer (Photo:Peter Wing)

Source Peter Wing

(Photo: Peter Wing)

DOT likely to reduce speed limit on Queens Blvd to 25 mph by year end
Van BramerFATAL By Christian Murray The Department of Transportation plans to reduce the speed limit on Queens Blvd to 25 mph, down from 30 mph, by the end of the year. The DOT tweeted that Commissioner Polly “Trottenberg anticipates reducing the speed limit to 25 mph by he end of the year.” Queens Boulevard was not included as part of the 25 mph city wide speed limit that went into effect Nov. 7 since it was deemed a big street designed to accommodate faster speeds. “Queens Boulevard has been known as the Boulevard of Death for far too long, and our work towards Vision Zero would not be complete without addressing this street that has too often proven fatal,” said State Sen. Mike Gianaris in a statement. “ I am glad DOT plans to make Queens Boulevard safer and I hope that with time this major street will come to be known for its pedestrian plazas and great restaurants, rather than traffic fatalities."
Man follows Sunnyside woman home, robs her at knifepoint
Suspect

Suspect

A 40-year old woman was followed into her Sunnyside apartment building last month before a man pulled out a knife and demanded her cell phone. The perpetrator followed the woman into the lobby of her 42nd Street apartment building (near Skillman Ave.) just before midnight on Saturday Oct.25. He then pulled out a knife and demanded her phone. The victim complied. The man then fled. The police released a photo and video footage of the suspect today. The suspect is described as a male black, approximately 30 years of age, who had dreadlocks containing yellow beads on the night of the attack. He was also wearing a long black trench coat. Anyone with information in regards to this incident is asked to call Crime stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477). 
With 18 restaurants expected, ‘Taste of Woodside’ to take place Nov. 20
Taste-of-Woodside-475x3561 Nov. 13, By Michael Florio Get ready to sample the diverse food of Woodside. Woodside on the Move, a local non-profit, will be putting on its third annual “Taste of Woodside” on Nov. 20, with the goal of showcasing about 18 restaurants. The goal of the event is to provide attendees with the ability to sample each restaurant’s food so they are able to get an appreciation of the quality of Woodside’s cuisine. This year’s event will be taking place at the St. Sebastian’s School auditorium, located at 39-76 58th Street. The event will cost $25. “The restaurants will provide samples of the type of food they offer,” said Adriana Beltran with Woodside on the Move. The list of participating restaurants will be released shortly. This year’s event is expected to attract about 100 attendees, Beltran said. Last year, 80 people attended.   Beltran said a new feature this year will be a photo exhibit called The Woodsider. The exhibit will be hung around the auditorium and will feature Woodside businesses. Details: Date: Nov. 20 Time: 6 pm-9pm Location: St. Sebastian's School auditorium Admission price: $25
Sunnyside Artists to hold craft fair at Queen of Angels Church Sunday
craftsfair2013 Nov. 12, By Michael Florio The third annual Crafts & Arts Show takes place in Sunnyside on Sunday, with 34 crafters offering items as varied as leather goods, handmade jewelry and pottery. The event, which is being held at the Queen of Angels Church parish center, opens at 10 am. Food will be sold throughout the day that includes meatball sliders, vodka penne and various desserts. “We hope everyone will stop by and perhaps buy their holiday gifts at good prices which supports our local artists,” said Manny Gomez, the president of Sunnyside Artists whose group organizes the annual event. Several participants from last year’s craft fair are back—including photographer Don Soules and Emily Dunne, an artist who does witty photo assemblages. There will also be some new faces this year that include Michael Gurrado, who works with wood, and Kris Czerniachowich who makes handmade Christmas ornaments. “Batman” is expected to appear in costume, accompanying comic strip artwork. Luke Adams, VP of Sunnyside Artists, will be absent for the first time. He passed away on Monday. There will be a moment of silence in his honor. DETAILS: Date/Time: Sunday, Nov. 16 (10 am- 5 pm) Location: Queen of Angels Church parish center (corner of 44th Street and Skillman Ave.) Admission is free
Luke Adams, long-time Sunnysider, died last night
Source: Pat Dorfman

Source: Pat Dorfman

lukesp-259x425Nov. 11, By Christian Murray Luke Adams, a long-serving volunteer and former Sunnyside business owner, passed away from cardiac arrest last night at 8 pm. He was 76. Adams, who was at one time the president of the Sunnyside Chamber of Commerce, was well known by the community for his work with the Sunnyside Woodside Lions Club and SunnysideArtists.org. Furthermore, he was the first recipient of the Sunnysider of the Year award, which is named after him. “Luke Adams is a local treasure,” said Pat Dorfman, at a fundraiser in honor of him earlier this year. “He is the best promoter in Queens and loyal to a fault,” she said at the time. Adams had lived in Sunnyside for more than 40 years. He owned a travel agency on 43rd Street for many years. He also had a vast collection of photographs that showcased Sunnyside and its history. "We are all saddened by the news that Luke Adams has passed away, said Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer in a statement. "Luke loved Sunnyside like no other person could." State Sen. Mike Gianaris echoed these sentiments. "Luke Adams was a Sunnyside icon who dedicated his life to making his neighborhood a better place, and he will be deeply missed," he said in a statement. There will be a wake at Lynch Funeral Home on Thursday and a funeral mass at St Raphaels on Friday at 11am. (click for details)
Sushi pioneer brings top-quality fish to neighborhood
Robin Kawada

Robin Kawada

Nov. 9, By Kim Brown Reiner Although Takesushi opened in Sunnyside a little more than two years ago, food experts claim its owner established the first sushi restaurant in New York City nearly three decades ago. Woodside resident, chef and owner Robin Kawada--who at one time owned Takesushi restaurants in Manhattan, Washington D.C., Toronto and on Long Island-- is quick to back up that claim. “I have been in the restaurant business for 40 years,” said Kawada, 66. “Takesushi was the first sushi restaurant in Manhattan in 1975.” Food expert and author of “The Secret Life of Sushi,” Trevor Corson, brought up that idea at a food panel in 2010. At the time it caused quite a stir, others claimed the distinction belonged to Hatsuhana or Nippon. Whatever the truth, Takesushi, which means bamboo, was one of the first sushi restaurants in New York City. The current iteration opened in Sunnyside “accidentally” according to Kawada. When the lease on his Woodmere, Long Island restaurant was up, Kawada looked for a place in Manhattan but couldn’t find the proper venue. At the time, Transylvania, at 43-46 42nd Street, had closed its doors so Kawada thought, “Why not Queens?” He soon found out what Queens was like. Business was slow, his restaurant has yet to be reviewed by a major publication and he has had to lower prices by 20%. Omakase, for example, a large variety of chef selected specialty sushi, like sea urchin, scallop and eel, costs $58 as opposed to $100 for a comparable dish in Manhattan. Most dishes are far less expensive. But for Kawada, everything is secondary to the quality of fish, even profit. “I’m open not to make money, but at least not to use up my savings,” he said. Reverence for fish is something he learned growing up in Japan. “In Japan each fish has a shrine,” he said. “Each fisherman prays for their fish. They live with that fish. They don’t want to waste it.” takesushifrontWhen he first moved to the United States in 1968, he worked in import/export and as a restaurant cashier, eventually running his own distribution business at the Fulton Fish Market until 9-11. For more than a decade afterwards, he had a business processing sea urchin in Maspeth and shipping it to Japan. The success of his first distribution venture allowed him to open the original Takesushi and import not only high-quality fish, but a well-established chef from Japan. Working alongside the chef, Kawada received his own training. “There is no school for fish. You cut it, you touch it, you taste it,” he said. Back then, as now, his fish was praised for its excellent quality, but also simplicity. “Each fish has a special taste. So many restaurants put something on the fish, like mayonnaise. It may taste good in your mouth, but it’s not good for this fish.” More than forty-five years after starting to work at the Fulton Fish Market, Kawada stills goes to the New Fulton Fish Market in the Bronx every day to buy and clean fresh fish, not farmed fish, for Takesushi. He also works at the restaurant seven days a week, and has not taken a day off in 500 days, he said. In addition, he owns a 15-seat restaurant in Japan. Decades in the restaurant and fish distribution business have made Kawada more comfortable rattling off details about seasonal fish and his restaurant than his own four children, at least with this reporter. Tuna is best at this time of year. In the summer, after a fish lays eggs, she is not as tasty. The November menu includes blowfish tempura, monkfish liver, and Miyazaki beef, delicacies rarely eaten outside of Japan. His passion for quality food has frustrated him with people who care more about low prices and appearances. “Anytime fish looks nice people think it’s good,” he said. And the desire for cheap prices has led to misunderstandings about the art of sushi. “Some people think they don’t like sea urchin because they have never had good sea urchin,” he said. Occasionally, customers will sit at the sushi bar and spend $300, but it’s rare. Moreover, Kawada is unimpressed with competitors who don’t take the same pride he does in buying, cleaning and storing quality fish. “Maybe they all wear gloves because they don’t know how to prepare fish,” he said. The single-minded drive to serve quality fish has earned him a name among foodies on websites like Urbanspoon and Chowhound, as well as loyal customers throughout Queens. A woman at the sushi bar on Tuesday night said she was a regular for a decade in Manhattan and has been at the new Takesushi every week since it opened in 2012. Another regular said it was important to mention Kawada’s fine character, in addition to his fine fish. But quality fish above all else may be what’s keeping Kawada from mainstream success. He does not care about the decorations in his restaurant--a fish net, some scarecrows, and witches in the window--or even the dishware. “I don’t spend money on decorations because that means less for fish. I use cheap plates. I don’t use extra flowers,” he said. “I’m 66. Maybe the service is no good, but the fish is OK.” The service is just fine. The Michelin Guide may have skipped over Takesushi, however, because it doesn’t offer fine dining service. While that omission is fine by Kawada, the lack of media interest is more confounding. “I know I make the best quality food, I know it,” he said. “But no one comes to review it.” Reviews usually mean more customers, which means more money to buy better quality fish, which is all that matters in the end. “I try to use the best fish to make the best quality sushi,” he said. “That is all.” sushi6
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