Sunnyside Shines (BID) hires new executive director

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  1. 86Mets

    They couldn't find anyone who actually lives in Sunnyside?

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  2. Oppressed Masses

    Best of luck to Ms. Thieme. It's very important to improve the Sunnyside BID's presence on social media (twitter, Facebook, etc) but also by other means to reach all segments of the community. There's no better time than right now as the holiday season moves into full gear.

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  3. 43rd Street Resident

    Thinks are looking up, not Jorsey like her predecessor. New executive director is a resident of Park Slope.

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  4. O'shea

    Typical. Carpetbagging, job stealing hipster....who happens to live in parkslope.

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  5. local

    I'm thrilled to have someone qualified and with relevant experience in this post. Best of luck to Ms. Thieme. Look forward to seeing what she does.

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  6. Ruben

    Come to Sunnyside! where you can enjoy 5 banks in a 5 block radius. You can also enjoy Mexican clubs that front as restaurants during the day like Arriba Arriba! While we're on the subject, if you're in the need of a nail salon or hair threading Sunnyside has got them a plenty. If you're on a tight budget so you and your hipster buddies can enjoy some overpriced Sushi at Ariyoshi then enjoy shopping at our numerous 99cent stores for some fine bargains.

    Please also enjoy our wonderful new benches we installed for you shoppers but are mostly used by our collection of homeless people that frequent our neighborhood.

    There...I just did her job.

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  7. Nick Shadyside

    No, they couldn't find anyone who lives in Sunnyside. And no, she's not from Park Slope, but Greenpoint (about a mile or two from here, if you'd bother to consult a map, rather than 6 miles from here), if it makes a difference to the dunderheaded old-timers who fantasizwe about ONLY irish immigrants or other folk that set down roots 40-60 years ago running this neighborhood, then please wake up.

    Guess what, old timers, this never was your neighborhood in the first place...in 1917, it was a tract of farm land until what's now the 7 train was built.. You had your time, and now your wretched kids whine and moan about the fate of the neighborhood...give me a break. They're a bunch of degenerates.

    The young 'white' people who move in (aka HIPSTERS) are not raising your rents--the immigrants are, and more power to them. Where is the discussion about that? Of the white "arty" people I know in the area, none is making as much money as these cab_drivers or store owners who are recent immigrants.

    And this is New York City, not Oklahoma City, so please stop bitchin' about the incursions on your particular way of life...if you're a "native" of sunnyside, then your parents displaced the previous order, so quit whining.

    There's no such thing as an indigenous neighborhood in this city, anywhere, so please, all, stop decrying and lamenting a foregone time that didn't' exist.

    If you're hung up on being an "original" Sunnysider, fine. Enjoy that; but it's not worth a lick unless you can show how that actuality 'bettered' the area. Your industry is dead; your skills are mute. So update yourself, or die, like the rest of America.

    Too often, I've encountered these heroic neighborhood saviors who've, in the end, had no connection to the 'hoods their trying to save. I suspect that's the case with a lot of you phony s'side saviors. ...

    Old-timers; please step aside, or at least realize your necessary limitations on this matter...........

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  8. Nick Shadyside

    O'shea:
    Get a life, and stop leaching off of others.
    Totally pathetic comment...

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  9. Nick Shadyside

    O'shea--you're the worst....seriously...you suck

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  10. Patriot

    O'Shea has it right. We need a real American from the Neighborhood

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  11. Long time sunnysider

    I would like u to tell me and the world what s a "real" American???

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  12. 86Mets

    @Nick Shadyside

    Nice name-calling tirade there: telling people you don't agree with to die.

    Keep it classy.

    Did it ever occur to you that if your job is promoting a product, in this case Sunnyside, you might be more credible if it's a product you use and are extremely familiar with? One could ask Ms. Thieme if she thinks Sunnyside is so wonderful, why didn't she move there?

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  13. Yuengling

    Counting by the number of Irish bars, the neighborhood is certainly still predominantly Irish. But where are all you Irish dudes opening barber shops, bakeries or yes-they're needed too-nail salons and grocery stores? Wake up people, this is New York!! The definition of cultural and social diversity. None of you "keep-it-as-it-always-was-sayers" can tell me that you don't enjoy the occasional burrito, pizza or gyro.
    I agree that it would be beneficial to have someone living in the neighborhood to do Ms. Thieme's job, I wish her best of luck.

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  14. O'shea

    @ Nick Shadyside
    Thanks for the complement :)
    For a man who comments at 4am ....you do have a life.
    Btw the young white hipsters are the ones raising the rents. You are just not seeing it.
    Nothing here against success.
    A good graduate degree and a six figure salary gives one the option to pay market rent, especially when you have been priced out of manhattan but need to be closer. The influx of hipsters has created a new demand shift for the neighborhood. We see this in the increase of specialty stores, demand for dog parks, better built schools, more expensive food items, and even our political leaders. This increased demand also creates more economic dead zones as commercial landlords holdout for bigger payouts. Just take a look at green point avenue and the empty stores on skillman.
    You feel these effects when you go shopping or watch landlords try to bully older citizens out of their apartments.
    Change for the better is good. 2 99c store blocks apart.......

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  15. 43rd Street Resident

    Sunnyside Shines BID new executive director qualifications. Actual working time spent in a position from 6 months to less then 1 year since 2007. Priceless

    She won't last !!

    Executive Director
    Sunnyside Shines Business Improvement District
    November 2012 – Present (1 month)
    Project Manager

    INIT, Innovations in Transportation, Inc.
    June 2010 – November 2012 (2 years 6 months) New York, NY
    Economic Development Consultant

    DragoBROOKLYN
    April 2010 – June 2010 (3 months) Brooklyn, NY
    Project Manager, Community Development

    Brooklyn Economic Development Corporation
    October 2009 – April 2010 (7 months) Brooklyn, NY
    Graduate Intern/Analyst

    Full Spectrum of NY
    2008 – 2008 (less than a year)
    Graduate Summer Intern

    NYC Dept of Citywide Admin. Services/Division of Real Estate Services
    2008 – 2008 (less than a year)
    Graduate Fellow

    Pratt Center for Community Development
    2007 – 2007 (less than a year)
    Program Manager

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  16. Long time resident

    One could ask Ms. Thieme if she thinks Sunnyside is so wonderful, why didn’t she move there?

    One could, but it's a rather silly question. Living in the neighborhood is not a requirement to perform the job, to understand the neighborhood, to enjoy a neighborhood, to see it's potential, run a BID, etc., and it seems rather foolish, insular, and narrow-minded to believe it is a requirement.

    Based on what I've read here, we have no reason to believe she knows nothing about the neighborhood. And based on what I've read here, it sounds like she's got the right background. So how about reserving negative judgment until there's actually a reason to judge negatively?

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  17. Matt C

    My day gets worse every time I actually read blog comments.

    Bunch of people who do nothing but chime in.

    Go outside and help a neighbor if you're such a model citizen.

    I'm sure this woman is perfectly nice and has every intention of doing her best.

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  18. The Old Oak Tree

    @NickShadyside You are a perfect model for why people who have lived peacefully in this neighborhood for most of their lives are suffering nighmares, migraines and dyspepsia. Your extreme degree of unctious self-satisfaction has been known to induce hives in perfectly healthy people across the globe. Not just this neighborhood, any neighborhood will recoil at having to include you.

    Thank goodness people like you don't last long, you leave in search of "the latest." What's cool this year won't be cool quite soon, and you will disappear from these sidewalks. Goodbye, and God Bless.

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  19. Preschool Teacher

    @43rd St Resident: Are you a Head Hunter or a Human Resources professional?? We don't know the nature of the positions she held. Perhaps these were short term assignments. Internships only last a few months. She is only 32 years old. Rachel may have worked in another field prior to this one. Give her a chance. As someone mentioned, this is NYC, everyone is from somewhere else.

    We are all very lucky in Sunnyside compared to others in our borough. We barely lost a light bulb in this Hurricane. So everybody just relax and examine your priorities in life!

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  20. 86Mets

    I will take the liberty of writing Sunnyside Shines latest press release.

    "We have hired an attractive young lady who has no connections to our cherished neighborhood to shout from the rooftops what a wonderful place Sunnyside is to live, work and shop in.

    She is sooooooooo totally committed to our community that she still prefers to live in another borough.

    But if you should have the audacity to point out that inconvenient fact, we will call you a narrow-minded old-timer or something similar."

    Sorry but she is has nothing to do with this neighborhood: just a pretty face with a college degree. A hired gun and probably a personal friend of somebody who had a say in hiring her. That would be my guess.

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  21. Tempus Fugit

    All the silliness aside, it does speak volumes that Sunnyside Shines thinks so little of its own residents that they couldn't find one local person to take this job.

    What the hell, we have a carpetbagger mayor for 3 terms, as well as a history of carpetbagger senators so maybe Sunnyside Shines is just getting with the program.

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  22. Longtime Resident

    @Preschool Teacher: If @43rd St. were a Head Hunter or an HR professional, that individual would probably not see the new head of Sunnyside BID's background as questionable.

    Someone worked in non-profits, came to New York about 5 years ago to earn a Master's degree in city planning and works in that field during a recession, and somehow her resume isn't up to snuff? Give me a break.

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  23. O'shea

    @ Tempus
    I wonder if there " are binders full of women " available for hiring qualified women from sunnyside.

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  24. Longtime Resident

    @86Mets: Is it completely scandalous if the head of the 34th St. Partnership doesn't live on 34th St.? What if whoever is the head of the Times Square Alliance doesn't actually live in Times Square? What if the head of the Chinatown BID actually lives in *gasp* the Lower East Side? What if the head of the Washington Heights Alliance lives in West Harlem?

    Do you actually think people should relocate - give up an apartment they may have been renting for years, decades, or sell a coop/condo or sublet - for a job they'll likely keep for a couple of years? That's pretty silly.

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  25. Longtime Resident

    it does speak volumes that Sunnyside Shines thinks so little of its own residents that they couldn’t find one local person to take this job.

    It does no such thing. You don't think they posted the job and people were able to submit resumes with cover letters? If there were any qualified local applications, why wouldn't they have been given due consideration? It's like you think Sunnyside Shine had a responsibility to find someone in the neighborhood, regardless of competency.

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  26. Tempus Fugit

    @Longtime Resident

    I'll meet you half way and say that perhaps it speaks volumes about Sunnyside itself that even in this economy where even very capable professionals are seeking work, that Sunnyside could not produce one competent individual for this position.

    Maybe I'm cynical but I've been in business enough in my 60 plus years that when I see a young, good looking woman getting a job that possibly should have gone to another that I suspect some hanky-panky somewhere along the line.

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  27. Longtime Resident

    that Sunnyside could not produce one competent individual for this position.

    It does not say that either. Have you never interviewed for a job or been a hiring manager? Do you think employers with open positions only find one possible candidate, interview them, offer that person the job, and are accepted 100 percent of the time? How do know there weren't people in Sunnyside with the skills & qualifications who weren't interested in the position and chose not to apply? How do you know there weren't people who lived in the neighborhood who interviewed, were offered the position and declined? You don't know anything, yet make loads of assumptions and judgments as if you know far more than you possibly could.

    Maybe I’m cynical but I’ve been in business enough in my 60 plus years that when I see a young, good looking woman getting a job that possibly should have gone to another that I suspect some hanky-panky somewhere along the line.

    You're not cynical. You're just a misogynist.

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  28. Tempus Fugit

    @Longtime

    And you're naive if you don't think attractive, young women have a certain advantage in business.

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  29. 43rd Street Resident

    Has anyone seen James Bray lately? Is he back to stocking shelves at Home Dept?

    Screws are needed in aisle 3, hoses in aisle 5 and plants need watering.

    Just an optimist at heart!

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  30. s-side doesn't shine on this blog

    these comments are why I'd never want to be featured on this site. Embarrassing

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  31. Oppressed Masses

    I wonder if after reading these comments Ms. Thorne will still want the job.

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  32. Oppressed Masses

    Err, that would be Ms. Thieme.

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  33. rook

    I'm surprised people are knocking her. There are many BIDs that are led by people that do not live in the designated area. I don't know her, but I know economic development and where she has worked. Her qualifications more than make up for this. Best of luck to her.

    BTW, if I recall, James Bray was in his early 20s, had no economic development experience prior to this position, and commuted from NJ. Not to knock Bray, but she seems like a vast improvement.

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  34. Longtime Resident

    And you’re naive if you don’t think attractive, young women have a certain advantage in business.</em?

    One would have to be rather a dunderhead to not recognize that attractive young women have an advantage in certain situation in business and also are at a disadvantage in certain situations in business for the very same reasons which gave them an advantage in another scenario. @Tempus seems incapable of recognizing the later. @Tempus also jumps to the conclusion that a young attractive woman got a job solely based on hanky panky, which makes @Tempus a misogynist who dismisses any possibility of the candidates actually being qualified to perform the job she was hired to do.

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  35. Tempus Fugit

    @Rook

    You do make a good point. Someone from Greenpoint is certainly better than someone from New Jersey.

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  36. Ruben

    See people? There are others FAR worse than me up in these forums. All I bitched about was a dirty bum and hipsters..oh..and terrorists.

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  37. JuliaJ.

    Nobody from the 'hood qualified for this job? Maybe she will tell us we need another nail salon. LOL!

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  38. Moneyside

    Was she here over Thanksgiving or did she go back home to whatever fly over state she's from to tell mommy & daddy all the financial support they gave her to live in Greenpoint paid off! She has a cool urban planning job in NYC, OMG!

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  39. O'shea

    @longtime resident
    Are you Captain save the women folk?
    One can't make a statement without being characterized a mysogynist?
    Enough of this pc crap. People have a right to voice their opinion in a public forum, irrespective of how silly it may be.
    Thieme is a new yorker by now. I am sure she has enough skin to withstand this light roasting.
    @ ruben
    You are by far the worst. A hipster watered down your haterade.

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  40. Tempus Fugit

    Would we be holding a Bix Beiderbecke memorial concert every year if he lived in another neighborhood? I doubt it.

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  41. JuliaJ.

    Moneyside- LOL!

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  42. Bijan

    Judging strictly by the comments section on this site, I can safely surmise that virtually everyone who lives in Sunnyside hates it with a fiery passion. The only thing they hate worse is everywhere else.

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  43. Ruben

    O'shea, its clear if you piss off a hipster or a yuppie they go after your money. You all cast the first stones against someone on a personal level. I'm surprised you all haven't commented if she's single or not, or what religion she is. All because she got a job you haters couldn't get? With all the other REAL issues we have in Sunnside you be worried about where this chick lives?

    and What have my comments been about? Comments on the current state of Sunnyside's North vs South issues which clearly hide some deep seeded racial sentimentality? My comment aimed to expose those feelings and you suckers fell for them. As a Latino myself I know first hand how it feels to be treated like a second class citizen in your own damn neighborhood.

    What other comments have I had? The growing number of homeless people in Sunnyside? You can't tell me you feel safe walking by unstable people or have you forgotten these are some of the SAME people who have pushed others into traffic and thrown acid into faces.

    What's another comment I've given? How You people ( the very same people ready to lynch this woman) are the same damn stuck up people who are too damn snotty to say hello to your neighbors and say thank you when they hold the door for you? You come into MY neighborhood , raise all the prices around me, walk your dogs leaving all your shit all over the block then move away in 6 months like a pack of well dressed nomads.

    You rats jump on an attack on a far greater level than I do...attacking peoples money. Typical passive aggressive elitist d-bags. If you want the job then apply for it. Otherwise sit on it and spin.

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  44. SunnysideUP

    Not cool people, not cool! Let the poor girl do her job which I assume she is qualified for and get over yourselves.You are not the center of the world (no one is)
    and hipsters (as you call them) or any other category (?) of people are not your problem. YOU are creating your own problems. Everybody is welcome in Sunnyside and most of the above comments only embarrass their writers and show how pathetic human beings can be. Really sad.
    Rachel Thleme if you have read the negative comments please don't get discourage. People in Sunnyside are nice and warm hearted who welcome everyone in the community and give equal opportunities to all newcomers. I suspect that the haters above are just a small small minority of this community. Please try to bring a bookstore or two in Sunnyside. Thank you and best of luck!.

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  45. Moneyside

    lol @ruben got trolled

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  46. Longtime Resident

    Are you Captain save the women folk?

    What women do you think are in need of saving? Certainly not the qualified individual with a background in non-profits, with experience as a project manager and in public planning, with a master's degree to boot in that area, who recently landed a job.

    One can’t make a statement without being characterized a mysogynist?

    Well of course one can. It happens all the time. And sometimes people make blatantly misogynistic statements questioning the validity of a woman's accomplishments while ignoring her qualification merely because she has the gall to be a woman, young, and attractive, and get called out on being a misogynist.

    Enough of this pc crap.
    1994 called. It said it wishes you wouldn't whine about political correctness. Something about how the early to mid-90s feels like it really owns that space.

    People have a right to voice their opinion in a public forum, irrespective of how silly it may be.
    Why is that people who voice this opinion (it's a free country! I can say what ever I want!) fail to recognize that it works both ways. People get to comment on their silly opinions.

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  47. disco mutha

    obviously female hipsters get people riled up. good thing for this carpetbagger the B24 still runs m-f. Sure she'll get off the bus with 'er coffee mug in hand, WORD totebag and all the other hipster dead giveaways. Damn hipsters!!

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  48. Thomas

    Stop the hate! Give this woman a chance. I've read about her qualifications...we are lucky to have her........ in yiddish she would be could a "maven" God bless!

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  49. Bliss & Skillman

    43rd Street Resident said:

    "Sunnyside Shines BID new executive director qualifications. Actual working time spent in a position from 6 months to less then 1 year since 2007."

    ... then shows us these entries from her resume:

    Executive Director
    Sunnyside Shines Business Improvement District
    November 2012 – Present (1 month)
    Project Manager

    INIT, Innovations in Transportation, Inc.
    June 2010 – November 2012 (2 years 6 months) New York, NY
    Economic Development Consultant

    It seems math really DOES suck for 43rd Street Resident! :)

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  50. Angray

    @Bliss & Skillman - Reading comprehension not his strong suit either...

    "Thinks are looking up, not Jorsey like her predecessor. New executive director is a resident of Park Slope."

    Article clearly says she is a resident of Greenpoint.

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  51. Krissi

    Well good luck to her!

    I actually think I might be good for this job... something to consider in the future :-)

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  52. 43rd Street Resident

    All the negative blogs have nothing to do with Ms. Thieme, just the fustration that is felt with Sunnyside Shines BID group everytime they bring in another stooge from the outside of our neighborhood.

    President Board of Director Vogt listed James Bray's annual salary was $41, 600 for his 2 1/2 years of work. I would like to see a show of hands if anyone believes he really did work, to go home after his tenure $100,000

    The Woodside/ Sunnyside Thanksgiving food pantry lines were 4 to 5 deep and several blocks long isn't there a better way to spend this money. If the President of BID would actively search he would see 1 Ph.d, masters and college graduates that are out of work.

    I just hope not to see annual Christmas parties at Dazies that home addresses are in majority Long Island, Forest Hills and one in Virginia who all they bring to the table is appetites. It does say something about the exclusivity of the area.

    Remember we all are watching!

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  53. Mike Novak

    Dear Ms. Thieme,

    Ignore the cowards and haters who hide behind false names.

    You have a mighty task ahead of you.

    Your predecessor was not the best of caretakers. I witnessed this firsthand at a meeting that I attended when he was asked is he would commit a small percentage of the revenue the BID collects to remove gaffitti from the storefronts in the BID.

    He said, "Thats the city's job. We are not spending any money on graffitti removal"

    That is only one of the many problems, and overall general bad feelings about the BID that you have inherited.

    I wish you the best of luck and I hope that you can evolve the BID into a successful one that cares more about the businesses and people of Sunnyside rather than just collecting fees and cashing paychecks.

    Thank you

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  54. Mike Novak

    Krissi,

    As someone who did not have a problem with, and even defended sleazy business owner Maluf, (former owner of the Bliss restaurant on 46th & Skillman) for lying to his landlord and passing bad checks as he screwed her out of nearly a years rent for his storefront space, you would the last person I would want running the BID.

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  55. 86Mets

    Can always count on Mike Novak to whip out the hate card when you don't agree with him.

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  56. Thomas

    Ruben....
    Where does this contempt for others come from? You stereotype people in the same manner by which you accuse them? Your rants seem to be manifestations of emotional or inferiority disorder. Its up to you to decide wether to welcome others and be a part of the Sunnyside community. Hannukah season is upon us along with Kwanzaa and other Holidays...its time to reflect.....good luck and God bless!

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  57. It's all True

    Mike Novak is stuck on Maluf! Again! Let it go, Mike. I predict the current holder of the Bid job will leave within one year.

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  58. Thomas

    Mr. Novak....
    Unless you were a party to the lease between Mr. Maluf and the "landlord" how can you cast aspersions on the reputation of someone based upon hearsay or one side of the story. A lease is a contract maybe both parties were at fault or Mr. Maluf simply could not afford to pay. Lets wish the new BID represetative the best of luck....maybe she will surprise you! Think and educate yourself on the issues!

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  59. Angray

    Things people get worked up about.

    Novak - Maluf & dog crap
    Oppressed - Dogs
    Duro - MTA & Dogs
    Ruben - Hipster/hippies, Latinos

    What I can remember off the bat.

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  60. Mike Novak

    Thomas "Last name unknown",

    I have been good friends with Dorothy Moorehead for thirty years. I know the facts of the case, its obvious that you do not.

    Have a nice day.

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  61. Thomas

    I assume 'Dorothy Moorehead" is the owner of the property? Therefore you prove my point that your biased in her favor. Maybe she made a bad deal or did'nt follow thru on her end of the bargain. Before I slander this "Maluf" I would like to hear his version.

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  62. thomas

    Mr. Novack
    why are you so compelled to interfere in a dispute of which you are not invovled? Are you a shill for the owner.....if she has a legitimate grievance let her addres it before the court. I feel sory for you that your life is so devoid of any pursuit that you must attach yourself to this futile slander.......

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“A doctor told me afterwards that less than two percent of people who collapse on the street actually survive without brain damage,” Brooks said. “I didn’t dodge a bullet, I dodged a bomb and it is all thanks to these guys.”

Brooks’ wife, Susan Gardner, was also in attendance to thank the officers.

“I can’t tell you how wonderful these officers were to me at a time when I was truly hysterical,” she said.

Gardner wanted to get the officers a gift, she said, until she was told it was against policy.

“But I realized there is no gift I could give them as great as the one that they gave me,” she said. “They have given me a chance to grow old with my husband. So, I thank them forever.”

The day of Brooks’ heart attack was the day he was retiring, according to Gardner.

Brooks spent 10 days at Elmhurst Hospital, before being transferred to NYU Hospital to undergo a triple bypass.

Now the doctors say Brooks, who is a lifelong handball player, will be playing again this summer, Gardner said.

Despite the decrease in crime, there was a murder reported on Vernon Blvd and 50th Street last month, the first murder reported this year. A man was struck and died when his head hit the ground.

The police arrested Kaheem Addison who now faces manslaughter charges.

“The [murder] investigation was spectacular and I couldn’t be happier with the detective squad,” he said. “I am very proud of them and the work they did in solving this homicide very quickly.”

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Snow, costumes and politics all on display at St. Pat’s for All Parade

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March 2, By Christian Murray

Kids from the Bronx, gay activists and even a horse, all turned out in the snow for The St Pat’s for All Parade in Sunnyside/Woodside on Sunday.

The parade, yet again, took on a very political flavor this year—with Mayor Bill de Blasio and several city council members all noting that they would boycott the St. Patrick’s Day parade on Fifth Avenue again this year unless it is more inclusive of gay groups.

There were more snowflakes than shamrocks this year and attendance was down from previous years. Nevertheless the message about equality and human rights came through loud and clear.

“This is what pride is all about,” de Blasio told the crowd at the beginning event. “Pride in the city, pride in everyone’s heritage and pride in being whatever you want to be.”

De Blasio said this parade “celebrates Irish heritage no matter who you are,” while the Fifth Avenue parade is not open to all. While one LGBT group, Out@NBCUniversal, has been approved to march in the Fifth Avenue parade, de Blasio said that it was not enough. He said he is hopeful that more gay groups will be included by the time the March 17 takes place.

Several other politicians echoed the mayor’s sentiments.

“We will continue to stand up and make sure that the bigger parade on Fifth Avenue is more inclusive,” said Melissa Mark-Viverito, the council speaker, who also said that she and the city council would not attend unless all groups could attend.

However, the parade did include members of the horse-drawn carriage industry who were there to protest de Blasio’s plan to put them out of business–based on animal rights. Signs were placed in store windows along Skillman Avenue in support of the industry—which has a deep link to the Irish community.

De Blasio, at the end of the event, acknowledged that the contentious horse-drawn carriage bill would be subject to a vigorous debate.

There were also some attendees who expressed displeasure about the Mayor’s proposal to build on Sunnyside Yards.

The mayor acknowledged he had heard attendees voice their concern about the Yards along the parade route, reported Capitol New York.

However, it “opens an opportunity for a huge amount of affordable housing so people can continue to live in Queens, many of whom are being forced out right now by rising prices,” de Blasio told Capitol New York.

Participants

Among this year’s participants were the Niall O’Leary School of Irish Dancers, who performed classic Irish jigs.

The pipe bands and traditional Irish musicians added to the Irish authenticity of the event; so, too, did an Irish language school and all the Irish flags. Even the local Sunnyside dog group, SUDSMUTS, marched, with their dogs dressed in an assortment of green regalia.

At the same time, there were also several children’s groups marching under a multitude of banners, such as the Shannon Gaels and the Marching Cobras.

A plethora of gay groups were also out in force. Among them were the Lesbian and Gay Democrats of Queens and the Queens Lesbian & Gay Pride Committee.
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Irish Music Festival takes place tomorrow–following parade

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Feb. 28, By Christian Murray

The St Pat’s for All Parade takes place on Skillman Avenue tomorrow and upon its conclusion many marchers and spectators are likely to head over to Queens Blvd. to participate in the third annual Sunnyside Irish Music Festival.

The festival, which officially starts at 3:00pm, is likely to draw hundreds of party goers to 11 neighborhood bar/restaurants, all located on or near Queens Blvd between 40th and 48th Streets.

In a coordinated effort, each venue will have live Irish music.

Fiddlers, accordion players, pipers, Irish dancers and guitarists will be performing throughout the neighborhood. Some pubs will have four-piece bands and others will have solo acts.

Each bar will have drink specials. Some bars will also offer authentic Irish food.

For a full list of bars/venues see below:

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Borough President Katz a big supporter of building over the Yards, despite western Queens leaders’ trepidation

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Feb. 27, By Christian Murray

Queens Borough President Melinda Katz has been a strong advocate for decking over the Sunnyside Yard for months—despite the cool reception it has received from western Queens leaders.

Katz began advocating for developing the yards in September, when she announced that they have the “potential for extraordinary development.”

Katz plays an important role in what ultimately happens to the Yards since the area would need to be rezoned before construction could begin. The community board and the borough president would get to weigh in on a rezoning—before it is shuffled along to the City Planning Commission for review and then the city council.

At the council level, Majority Leader Jimmy Van Bramer would have the ultimate say.

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Borough President Melinda Katz

In September, Katz released a 138-page strategic policy statement where she said that the “partial or complete decking of the Sunnyside Rail Yards has the potential for extraordinary development.” She added that it is the largest parcel of ‘vacant’ land remaining in the city.

At the October community board meeting, Queens residents became more aware of Katz’ position when former CB2 chairman Joe Conley said that he had been in discussions with her about building over the Yards. He then called on the board to write a letter to Katz calling for a feasibility study.

While many members of the board were caught off guard by Conley’s request, they were eventually swayed by him and voted in favor of sending Katz the letter.

Conley was then subject to heavy criticism for requesting the letter.

These letters are often used by public officials and city planners to move ahead with studies—allowing them to claim they have the community’s support. For example, Conley’s letter last year calling for affordable housing in Queens Plaza was cited as a reason why city planners are studying the area for a potential up zoning.

Katz is well versed in city real estate matters. She had worked at the law firm Greenberg Traurig from 2009-2012, where she was a land use adviser for real estate companies. She took that position after being a city council member from 2002-2009, where she chaired the land use committee.

On Feb. 10, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced in his State of the City address that he wanted to build 11,250 units above Sunnyside Yards, which received a frosty reception from western Queens leaders.

Katz, meanwhile, was publicly advocating for it. At the Queens Chamber of Commerce annual breakfast meeting Feb. 17, she said:

“We need to figure out how to utilize the property in a good way and I think housing is a great way,” reported the Queens Chronicle that covered the event. “Figuring out how to pay for it is the follow-up. … But it needs to be done carefully and it needs to be done in tandem with the community.”

De Blasio then announced last week that the city’s Economic Development Corporation (EDC) sought a consulting firm to undertake a one-year study to determine whether building over the Yards is feasible. The administration is seeking requests for proposal from firms that would essentially provide recommendations.

“This is the first step in understanding whether development of the Sunnyside Yards is possible, and what it can contribute to the city and surrounding communities,” de Blasio said in a statement.

Katz’ spokeswoman, in an e-mail Tuesday wrote: “This feasibility study is a step in the right direction, and Borough President Katz looks forward to engaging community input.”

The e-mail also said: “Borough President Katz recognizes that potential development above the Sunnyside Rail Yards is attractive given the current growth and development throughout Long Island City and western Queens.”

However, western Queens leaders have been alarmed by the plan.

CatherineNolan-250x250Assemblywoman Cathy Nolan was quick to announce that she had ‘grave concerns ’ about the plans. State Sen. Mike Gianaris was essentially against it—by saying only if it had community support, while Van Bramer continued to argue that the infrastructure would not be able to cope with it.

Nolan also said in a statement that such development would have “the potential to tremendously damage the middle class quality of life of our western Queens communities.”

Nolan then announced that she had hired local attorney Ira Greenberg on a part time basis to monitor de Blasio’s plan and to work with agencies, residents and other parties to make sure the community’s voice is heard.

State Sen. Mike Gianaris sent out a mailing to his constituents recently, which said that the building of new housing units should be secondary to meeting the community’s existing infrastructure needs.

Van Bramer, who has told the mayor that he supports the concept of affordable housing, has expressed doubts as to whether it should be in western Queens. He has consistently been saying that area is already in need of schools and parks—and continues to discuss the poor performing No. 7 train.

He said the Queensboro Plaza/Court Square area is likely to be rezoned that will bring affordable housing as well an influx of people.

“We have are a lot of challenges that we face today,” Van Bramer said at a recent civic association meeting, “let alone with a 100,000 more people.”

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Mardi Gras bar crawl planned for Skillman Avenue Saturday
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Feb. 27, By Michael Florio

Skillman Ave. will never be confused with Bourbon St. but this Saturday it will be alive with the sights, sounds and tastes of the Big Easy.

Nine Skillman Avenue establishments have organized the third annual Mardi Gras Bar & Restaurant Hop, which starts at 3:00 pm and goes late into the evening.

The event comes well after the official Feb. 17 Mardi Gras date. However, the bars will be sticking to the New Orleans traditions of beads, jazz and Cajun food.

Party goers are being asked to register at the Copper Kettle, located on the corner of Skillman Ave. and 51nd St., between 3:00 and 6pm. By registering, attendees will be able to get half-price beer specials.  The cost to register is $5, which will go to the local food pantries.

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No. 7 train is down for St. Pats for All parade

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Feb. 26, By Michael Florio

Two thousand participants—and countless spectators—are not enough to sway the MTA to keep the No. 7 train running this Sunday for the ‘St Pats for All’ parade.

The MTA is doing track work this weekend and the No. 7 train will not be operating between Times Square-42nd Street and 74th Street, from 12:30 AM Saturday through 4:30 AM Mon.

Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer and parade organizers have been calling on the MTA to postpone the work and to keep to its regular weekend schedule.

The MTA, however, claims that the parade doesn’t draw enough riders for it to postpone its track work.

“We looked at ridership during the parade from the past few years and it does not draw enough to warrant postponing the work,” Kevin Ortiz, an MTA spokesman, said.

Brendan Fay and Kathleen Walsh D’Arcy, co-chairs of the parade, were very disappointed with the MTA’s decision since many participants rely on the 7-train to get to the event.

“There are groups from all over the city now trying to figure out how to get to the parade,” Fay said. “People are very frustrated.”

7subway1The pair was hoping the MTA would reschedule service as it had done so for the Lunar New Year parade in Flushing.

Walsh D’Arcy said that it might reduce the number of attendees. Nevertheless, “I think most people will find other ways to the parade,” she said. “But it will be an inconvenience and costly.”

Van Bramer was clearly upset with the MTA.

“I’ve asked the MTA to suspend their work this weekend and allow the thousands who want to participate in this very important event to do so,” Van Bramer told NY1 Wednesday. “And they’ve said ‘No.’”

“They [the MTA] have made exceptions for other parades and culture events–it makes no sense. The MTA consistently fails the people of Western Queens.”

However, Ortiz said the Lunar parade generates ridership that the St. Pat’s for All parade simply cannot match.

“The Lunar parade brings ridership in the thousands and this parade is a couple of hundred,” he said.

Ortiz said parade goers can use alternative routes such as the Q32 and Q60 bus to the start of the parade. They can also take the R-train to 46th Street and jump on the Q104 bus.

Fay said that several participants have told him they plan on taking the LIRR to 61st Street, while others will take shuttle buses.

Walsh D’Arcy said she thinks many people will now drive, taking up a lot of neighborhood parking spaces.

Details

Parade Date: Sunday, March 1

Time: Speeches at 1pm; parade starts at 2pm

Starts: Corner of 43rd Street/Skillman Avenue

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Maggie Mae’s reopens today after extensive upgrade

Maggie-Maes1Feb. 26, By Christian Murray

Maggie Mae’s, the well known bar located at 41-15 Queens Blvd, reopens at 5:00 pm today after being closed for renovations for nearly a month.

The bar closed for construction on Feb. 1, and its owners have rebuilt much of the interior with 1800s reclaimed wood.

New floors have been put down. A new bar has been built, alongside new timber seats and tables.

“I just came in as an owner /partner last month and felt it was time for a revamp and I like the rustic look,” said James Moore, the former manager at Maggie Mae’s who now co-owns it with Sean Sorohan. “The neighborhood is also changing–there are a lot of new people coming to the area.”

The renovation is still not 100 percent complete but Moore said he is ready to reopen.

 

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New CB2 chair to roll out updated website, will provide access to public documents

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Feb. 25, By Christian Murray

Community Board 2 is in the midst of overhauling its website, as it aims provide residents with greater access to public documents.

The updated website will be much more comprehensive and is expected to be ready by spring. The public will have access to documents that deal with land use matters among others.

Pat O’Brien, the newly elected Community Board chair, said that he intends to upload as many documents as possible so the public is better informed.

“Any document that is public, we aim to put it out there,” O’Brien said. “I want people to know the facts so we can have a more informed discussion.”

He said that he plans to upload older documents in order to build archives. However, he said that will take time and resources are limited.

The board plans to create a Facebook page later this year that will be used to inform people of public meetings and events.

O’Brien said that his first priority, however, is getting the site ready.

 

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Precinct unites lost dog with owner through Twitter

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Feb. 24, By Michael Florio

The 108 Precinct was introduced to Twitter late last year– and today it was the tool that was used to unite a lost dog with its owner.

This morning officers found a dog–named Snowy– near Queens Boulevard and 46th Street and used twitter to track down the owner.
“#lostdog found around QB & 46thst this morning around 7 am help us find the owner,” the tweet said, along with the photo of the dog.

Five hours later the 108 Precinct took to Twitter and noted that it had reunited Snowy with its owner thanks to its Twitter followers.

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Maggie Mae’s reopens today after extensive upgrade
Maggie-Maes1Feb. 26, By Christian Murray Maggie Mae’s, the well known bar located at 41-15 Queens Blvd, reopens at 5:00 pm today after being closed for renovations for nearly a month. The bar closed for construction on Feb. 1, and its owners have rebuilt much of the interior with 1800s reclaimed wood. New floors have been put down. A new bar has been built, alongside new timber seats and tables. “I just came in as an owner /partner last month and felt it was time for a revamp and I like the rustic look,” said James Moore, the former manager at Maggie Mae's who now co-owns it with Sean Sorohan. “The neighborhood is also changing--there are a lot of new people coming to the area.” The renovation is still not 100 percent complete but Moore said he is ready to reopen.  
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Community-Board-21 Feb. 25, By Christian Murray Community Board 2 is in the midst of overhauling its website, as it aims provide residents with greater access to public documents. The updated website will be much more comprehensive and is expected to be ready by spring. The public will have access to documents that deal with land use matters among others. Pat O’Brien, the newly elected Community Board chair, said that he intends to upload as many documents as possible so the public is better informed. “Any document that is public, we aim to put it out there,” O’Brien said. “I want people to know the facts so we can have a more informed discussion.” He said that he plans to upload older documents in order to build archives. However, he said that will take time and resources are limited. The board plans to create a Facebook page later this year that will be used to inform people of public meetings and events. O’Brien said that his first priority, however, is getting the site ready.  
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doglost Feb. 24, By Michael Florio The 108 Precinct was introduced to Twitter late last year-- and today it was the tool that was used to unite a lost dog with its owner. This morning officers found a dog--named Snowy-- near Queens Boulevard and 46th Street and used twitter to track down the owner. "#lostdog found around QB & 46thst this morning around 7 am help us find the owner," the tweet said, along with the photo of the dog. Five hours later the 108 Precinct took to Twitter and noted that it had reunited Snowy with its owner thanks to its Twitter followers.
Poll: Residents may face hefty toll to use Queensboro Bridge, along with others
QueensboroFeb. 23, By Michael Florio A proposed plan that would charge commuters a toll for using the Queensboro bridge—and three other New York City bridges--was put forward last week by an advocacy group that includes the former NYC traffic commissioner. MoveNY, a group comprised of traffic experts, research planners and eco-friendly non-profit firms, claims the tolls would lower traffic congestion and raise funds for the MTA. Under the proposal, workers who commute to Manhattan via the Queensboro Bridge each day would have to pay about $60 a week. The tolls would also be placed on the Brooklyn, Manhattan and Williamsburg bridges. The toll on these four bridges would cost $5.54 each way if paid by E-ZPass and $8 each way for other drivers. There wouldn’t be a toll booth. Instead there would be a sensor that would charge E-ZPass drivers as they go over the bridge. For those without E-ZPass, a camera would take a photo of people’s license plates and they would receive a bill in the mail, according to Bart Robbett, Communications Advisor with MoveNY. The tolls on other MTA bridges—such as the Triborough and Whitestone-- would be lowered $2.50 each way. However, there are benefits for having a toll on the Queensboro Bridge for western Queens residents, Robbett said. For one, there would be fewer vehicles exiting the Grand Central Parkway and driving through residential neighborhoods to get to the bridge. “There would be fewer people going out of their way to get on the free bridge,” Robbett said. “These people are causing problems for [Western Queens] neighborhoods, by adding to the traffic.” “There would be less traffic at places such as Queens Plaza,” he said, where people start jockeying for position to get over the bridge. “They will have to pay, but they will see benefits,” he said. Samuel Schwartz, a former New York City Traffic Commissioner, developed the proposal after his research found that the streets near the free bridges were congested. The bridges with tolls, he found, had far less congestion. In addition to easing traffic congestion, MoveNY claims the new plan would generate $1.5 billion in revenue per year, which would go toward maintaining, expanding and modernizing the transit system and improving city bridges and roads. “I know we can do better — better with traffic flow, reducing traffic crashes and fatalities, and being fairer to drivers [who use other MTA bridges], especially in the outer parts of the city,” Schwartz said. State legislators would have to pass the proposal, since the state oversees the MTA.  
Sunnyside graffiti vandal blankets neighborhood with tag
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Feb. 23, By Christian Murray A graffiti vandal has been targeting the walls of Sunnyside spraying his tag SBR all over stores on 42nd Street, 43rd Street and 44th Street. The police are following up on it; Sunnyside Shines has been struggling to clean it; and Jimmy Van Bramer’s office has been brought into the loop. The likely perpetrator of these tags goes under fictitious Facebook handle Esayebeare Bereal, where he showcases some of his work. Despite his false name, he has many friends who follow his posts. The owner of an establishment on 43rd Street described the graffiti as "childish and ridiculous." “I don’t know what people get out of it? Some sort of high,” he said, without giving his name out of concern that his store might get tagged next. “I don’t know whether writing an article about him will encourage him, stop him or even help lead to his arrest,” the owner said. Esayebeare Bereal engaged in a Facebook chat with the Sunnyside Post last week (see full transcript below), where he admitted to doing it and said he does it to be famous. He said that he was raised in Sunnyside and admitted to tagging under the name SBR, which is not affiliated with a street gang or group. He was not prepared to be interviewed over the phone out of fear that he would get "locked up." He targets 42nd and 43rd Street, he said, since he knows people who live there. However, in the messages, he said that he is thinking about easing up on 43rd Street. "I'm done with 43rd street to many yuppies complaining about sunnyside. But they wasn"t here when it was a bad neighorhood." However, his work has annoyed many, including Sunnyside Shines. “It is frustrating that one individual is so intent on destroying small business property in our neighborhood,” said Rachel Thieme, the director of Sunnyside Shines. “We’re very much aware of the graffiti situation in Sunnyside right now, and are coordinating closely with Council Member Van Bramer’s office and the 108th Precinct, as well as our graffiti removal vendor to ensure graffiti is removed as soon as possible.” The freezing weather, however, has slowed down efforts to clean up the graffiti, Thieme said. Nevertheless, when Sunnyside Shines was able to clean off the graffiti outside Café Bene (42nd and Queens Blvd) recently, Esayebeare Bereal struck back again days later. Esayebeare Bereal argues that he is capable of doing quality artwork but is fearful of getting caught by the police and said that paint is expensive. Most don’t appreciate his graffiti in any form-- viewing it as nothing more than vandalism. .

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NYP: DeBlasio plows ahead with Sunnyside Yards plan
PRR-Sunnyside-Yard_viewW-1955_ArtHunekeFeb. 21, NY Post Mayor Bill de Blasio is moving ahead with the plan to develop the Sunnyside rail yards, according to the New York Post. On Friday — 17 days after Gov. Andrew Cuomo said the yards were off-limits — the city’s Economic Development Corporation issued a public notice seeking a yearlong feasibility study of the nearly 200-acre site. De Blasio proposed building 11,250 units of affordable apartments over the rail yards as a major initiative in his State of the City speech — only to be shot down within hours by Cuomo, who insisted the MTA needs the property for other uses. “It is not available for any other use in the near term,” Cuomo said in a statement immediately after de Blasio's State of the City Speech. But the mayor on Friday said it’s full speed ahead. “This is a tremendous opportunity to deliver on our vision of a more affordable city and smart development that responds to the needs of surrounding neighborhoods,” he said, calling the pending study only a “first step.” City Hall officials said the study will focus on the 113 acres owned by Amtrak — which is cooperating with the city — and another 44 acres where the land is owned by the MTA but the air rights belong to the city For the full story, please click here
Maggie Mae’s is undergoing a big makeover
Maggie-Maes1Feb. 20, By Christian Murray Maggie Mae’s, a well known bar located at 41-15 Queens Blvd, is undergoing a major revamp. The interior is being rebuilt from top to bottom with 1800s reclaimed wood from Pennsylvania. New floors are being put down. A new bar has been built, alongside new timber seats and tables. The bar closed for construction the day after the Super Bowl (Feb. 1) and its owners are planning on reopening it on Feb. 28. “I just came in as an owner /partner last month and felt it was time for a revamp and I like the rustic look,” said James Moore, the former manager at Maggie Mae's who now co-owns it with Sean Sorohan. “The neighborhood is also changing--there are a lot of new people coming to the area.” One of the walls has been removed and now the red brick that was behind it is exposed. Meanwhile, the popcorn ceiling is gone, and the old timber beams show through. The pool table and the duke box are gone for good. The games of beer pong will be no longer. And there will be just three TVs. The owners are also putting in a kitchen, which will begin serving food this summer. The menu is not expected to be extensive but items such as burgers, fish and chips will be served. This summer, the outside and front-door entrance will change significantly. There will be floor to ceiling windows and a whole new exterior sign. In the interim, the sign will change and the outside will be painted a different color. Moore said that the bar will have 18 beer lines when it reopens, with several craft beer options. Maggie Mae’s is also upgrading its large downstairs area that is typically used for parties. That space too is being rebuilt with 1800s reclaimed wood.
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Aluminaire House is wanted: Mayor of Palm Springs plans to bring it there
Aluminaire-HouseFeb. 19, By Christian Murray Sunnyside’s trash is about to become another city’s treasure. The 1931 Aluminaire House, which was going to be erected on the corner of 39th Avenue and 50th Street, is being transported to Palm Springs. The mayor of Palm Springs is a big supporter of relocating it there and has started a fundraising drive in order to do so, according to The Desert Sun. The structure appeared headed to Sunnyside Gardens, where architects in 2013 planned to build eight residential units behind the aluminum house on the former Phipps playground. The house was designed in 1931 and is deemed to be of architectural significance. It was designed to explore how materials like aluminum could be used to build low-cost housing. However, Sunnyside residents rejected the plan—and the house--and believed that the showpiece was out of character with the existing red-brick homes in the landmarked neighborhood. Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer, at the landmarks hearing that decided whether it could go up in the neighborhood, said that more than 350 people had contacted his office in opposition to the proposal, with only five voicing their support. State Sen. Mike Gianaris, at the same meeting, said: “I’ve been in public service for 13 years and I have seen community boards discuss all sort of things…but I have not seen such uniform opposition as with this project.” The Landmarks Commission rejected the plan in January 2014. However, the aluminum structure is very much wanted in Palm Springs. The Mayor of Palm Springs has raised $200,000 of the $600,000 needed to bring it there in just one month. The funds are needed to be transported the home, which is in a crate, and reassemble it. At a recent $250 per-person fundraiser to bring the structure to Palm Springs, the mayor of that city reportedly said: “If you have a product, that is an incredible product, people want to be a part of it. Hopefully, a year from now, we'll be having one heck of a party in downtown Palm Springs."  
Sunnyside gears up to celebrate ‘St Pat’s for All’
St Pats Feb. 18, By Christian Murray The 16th annual Sunnyside/Woodside 'St. Pat’s for All' parade is scheduled to take place on Sunday, March 1—and will feature puppets, stilt walkers and plenty of Irish music. The St. Pat’s For All parade is arguably this neighborhood’s most popular event. When it began 16 years ago, it was largely a gay-pride parade – organized by a number of Irish men and women who were not allowed to march in the St. Patrick’s Day parade on Fifth Ave under a gay banner. Today, the Sunnyside/Woodside parade draws plenty of seniors, children, minorities, to even the local dog group--Sunnyside United Dog Society. “We are the opening act for all the parades around the city that celebrate the fun and festivities of Ireland,” said Brendan Fay, a gay Irishman and co-chair of the event. The event, he said, always takes place on the first Sunday in March. Fay said he is expecting more than 2,000 people to participate this year. However, there could be more. He said that there is still time for community groups to sign up and that those interested just need to go to the St Pat’s for All website and register. The event this year will begin at Skillman Avenue and 43rd Street and will end at 56th and Skillman. Music and speeches will begin at 1 pm, with the parade kicking off at 2pm. The parade will feature many of the same groups that have been coming for years—such as the Niall O’Leary School of Irish Dance, the Shannon Gaels Gaelic Football Club, the girl scouts, Swim Strong, The Red Cross, and Sunnyside Community Services. This year, five marching bands have already signed up as well as several Irish musicians. Several well-known gay groups, such as Dignity NY, Lavender and Green Alliance (an Irish LGBT group), Stonewall Democrats of NYC and the Queens Lesbian & Gay Pride Committee are expected to march. This year’s parade comes at a time when the Fifth Avenue parade is allowing one gay group to march-- under the banner of the gay NBCUniversal employees. However, none of the Irish gay groups are permitted to march and gay activists will be protesting the event again this year. Fay, however, said that the Sunnyside-Woodside event would carry on even if gay groups were allowed to participate in the Fifth Avenue parade. “When it was announced that one gay group was allowed, I was asked what would happen to the our parade if it [the Fifth Avenue parade] were open to all gay groups,” Fay said. He said the Sunnyside/Woodside event would continue. Fay said that the parade is no longer a gay event but a community event, where all sorts of groups participate. “This parade is special,” Fay said. “Sunnyside and Woodside have increasingly embraced the parade as their own– and different groups continue to want to participate.” He said local businesses—such as bars and restaurants--have got behind the event. Ten bars and restaurants known as Sunnyside's Boulevard Bars are hosting a joint Irish music festival, where Irish bands will play at their respective pubs after the parade. Meanwhile, several bars/restaurants on Skillman Avenue are expected to be offering specials. For Kathleen Walsh D'Arcy, the other co-chair of the event, the parade is also about embracing immigrant groups and other cultures. There will be groups representing Turkey, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Romania—and several Jackson-Heights-based Muslim centers, D'Arcy said. This year’s two grand marshals are Kerry Kennedy, who is the president of the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights, and Brian F. O’Byrne, a well-known Broadway and movie actor. Fay said that the St. Pat’s For All parade has become a model for parades around the country—where various ethnic groups are celebrated and where there is inclusion of LGBT groups. However, the No. 7 train will not be running between Times Square and 74th Street on the weekend of the event. Fay said that they have reached out to the MTA to see whether its construction schedule can change on the day of the event. They have not heard back from the MTA. Details: Date: Sunday, March 1 Time: speeches at 1pm, parade kicks off at 2 pm Begins: Corner of Skillman Ave. and 43rd Street St-Pats    
Car crash on Queens Blvd leaves 9 people injured, 7 seriously
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Feb.14, By Christian Murray Nine people were injured following a multiple vehicle crash on the corner of Queens Boulevard and 43rd Street this morning, according to the FDNY. The crash took place at 4:03 am and seven people were taken to area hospitals in serious but stable condition. Two others were take to hospital after sustaining minor injuries, according to the FDNY. Details as to what caused the accident were not available. There were no reports that alcohol played a part in the accident.  The NYPD press office had not been notified about the crash by 10:15 am.
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New restaurant ‘Dumplings & Things’ opens Sunday
dumplings1 Feb. 13, By Christian Murray A new restaurant offering Chinese dumplings is opening on 46th Street this Sunday. Dumplings & Things, located near the Sunnyside Arch at 45-26 46th Street, will be offering five types of Chinese dumplings as well as a variety of noodles, soups, baos and rice platters (see menu). The restaurant is owned by siblings Lorraine Li and Sam Li, who have many years of experience. The family has a restaurant in Park Slope and this is their second venture. “We chose Sunnyside for its diversity and we think we can offer something new and different to the neighborhood,” said co-owner Lorraine Li. Dumplings & Things will be open seven days a week: Sundays – Thursdays from 11:30am – 10pm and Fridays – Saturdays from 11:30am – 11pm.

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