Auto Palace owners face tax fraud charges

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  1. you all make me laugh

    Let Em' Rot!

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  2. Ruben

    why would you buy a car if you live in the city you have the great and reliable transit system and tons of bike lanes? for Hipsters is a regular smorgasburg of opportunity to talk to strangers!

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  3. Oppressed Masses

    Much more interesting stories in the LIC Post. Current headline reports on the arrest of a local exotic dancer arrested for a murder committed in Louisiana in 1984. These car dealer guys are nothing but scum and when convicted should be sentenced to hunt for rats at Zabar's.

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  4. Ruben

    I would like to take this opportunity to highlight something completely unrelated.

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/12/04/q-train-murder-suspect-arrested-in-fatal-shoving-of-ki-suk-han-onto-subway-tracks-as-train-arrived_n_2239961.html

    Another crazy person pushes someone into the train tracks. Stop giving the Chaaange bum money you dumbass enablers. Stop giving him pizza and butcher block food and drinks and MONEY. just STOP.

    HE is the one who is shitting all under the train.
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/89175843@N07/8122274567

    You don't pick up after your dog you get fined and a nice note from an angry passive aggressive tenant. but if a grown man shits in the street its ignored. disgusting and pathetic. Take back your town from this terrorizing dangerous nut bag.

    Ye have been warned.

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  5. John

    I worked for this place for a few months and quickly got out of there once I saw what they do to their customers. After the finance manager Joe left (who was always honest and a great guy and carried that dealership on his back for years) the place went downhill. They have pre-printed out carfax reports... I have seen them be the bank where the customer is desperate for a car and makes insanely high payments to the dealership on vehicles only worth 3 or 4 grand. I saw a sales person take 10's of thousands in deposits promising the customer they would get a 30k car for only 15k - and bounced with the cash and because the customer conspired with the salesman to basically steal (no matter what the salesman told them its still theft) there was nothing the cops could do. Danny and his handsome wife had this coming ever since they told that first customer "the car is PERFECT no accidents" - every car there had at LEAST one accident. Please people READ what your signing and walk away from anyone who talks too fast or makes promises to you they will fulfill and refinance the loan for a better rate in 6 months ... Print out YOUR OWN CAR FAX - I have even seen FAKE carfax sites where the sales person logs on to a site looking like carfax. Anyone scammed by this place was those who were flying on the high of driving outta there in that Benz and will sign and agree to whatever just so they can get the keys and pick up their friends in the new ride. Also anyone offering you a deal that is impossible to get anywhere else, it usually means your the only one who will be sorry in the end. Danny (owner) pretends to not know what's going on but he is the one buying the garbage vehicles and his wife makes the carfax reports. People come to this country and became millionaires because of the opportunities here and yet you got greedy and wanted more so ... I hope you have someone to put money on your books while mr and mrs Danny are upstate for 25yrs. Rot ... You deserve it

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  6. Ruben

    Hey post, stop censoring MY posts. You want to have a forum go ahead but understand this you are a news site. The minute you start censoring topics that don't break any rules of conduct and you become a slanted biased agenda ridden site.

    The same freedom of speech you enjoy to report is the same freedom I am exercising to post.

    That being said, Remove my post again and I won't be visiting this site again.

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  7. Ruben

    I apologize, It seems my original post was hidden in there somewhere. I take all I said back. I was not censored.

    I am man enough to admit my error.

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  8. Ruben

    awesome John...just awesome.

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  9. O'shea

    @John
    Handsome wife. :)
    U made my day.

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  10. tempus fugit

    Cash for clunkers isn't just another government scam apparently.

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  11. local

    Thanks to the Sunnyside Post for the great reporting on this story.

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  12. John

    Yeah her masculine looks are gonna be a hit in the men's prison showers... picture a gerbil with child baring hips and a mullet for a hair style... The was Jenny... spit when she spoke and would mark her territory by rubbing against the vehicles in the lot as to leave that fresh musty scent to warn off other primates in the area.... good times it was

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  13. BRENDA LARKIN

    I Hope all is well @ least for the finance mngr.Cause he did help me with my loan & i got copy's of all my paper work..In the beginning of my loan i had some doubtfull question's in respect to my loan but he took time out to explain everything to me & for that i was very greatfull..Even though i got a WE OWE FORM from the dealer promising me a extra key/a navigation disk & a CD Changer that was promised to me by the owner DANNY.Even though my husband told me not to belive anything he said cause he smelled like pure alchohol...P.S.I'm still waiting on my stuff...God Willing one day they will deliver them.....

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  14. STEVE

    I worked for this guy 'DANNY' FOR 3YRS,What i took away from that place was scars that i will carry for the rest of my life..Not only was he & his wife stealling TAX-WARRANTY-WINDOW ETCHING-PROCESSING FEE'S-LO JACK FEE'S,They was also stealing from there employes,we never got paid on the books,we nevver got any bonuses we did not even have hot water there.for god sake we were not even able to call in sick cause we would get deducted from our misly $100 salary for the day what ever mood him or jenny were in..one day a co'woker of mine got hurt & she was not allowed to call the ambulance from there she had to say that she got hurt across the street if not she would be terminated..if the cars did not pass inspections it didnt matter cause danny had inspections in his drawer..my other co'woker bought a a lemon from danny cash AkA PAID IN FULL & JENNY & DANNY PUT A LIEN ON IT CAUSE HE LEFT TO WORK WIS HIS COMPETITION...IF A CUSTOMER BOUGHT A CAR CASH THEY WERE NOT ALLOWED TO GET A BILL OF SALE FROM JENNY CAUSE THEY WOULD HAVE THE CUSTOMER SIGN A DMV-8821 FORM IN JENNY'S OFFICE TO KEEP SOME IF NOT ALL OF THE SALE'S TAX..I GOT kickrd out of my aparment that i had in sunny side for 15yrs cause he did not give me my rent money..DANNY OR JENNY DOES NOT CARE ABOUT ANYONE BUT THEM SELF & I MEAN ANYONE EVEN THERE KIDS WERE ALWAYS LEFT ALONE IN THE HOUSE ALL DAY & NIGHT WHILE THEY WERE ROBBING EVERYONE OF THERE $$$$$$ & TIME..I'M ASHAME TO CALL THEM MY COUNTRY MEN...

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  15. DAVE

    DANNY AND HIS HIDEOUS WIFE ARE THIEVES!! DANNY IS A PIECE OF CRAP DRUNK THAT ONLY BOUGHT "FRAME DAMAGED" CARS AS WE SAY IN THE BUSINESS WHICH MENT THE STRUCTURAL INTEGRITY OF THE CAR HAD BEEN COMPRAMISED DUE TO AN ACCIDENT! MEAN WHILE ALL THE ACCIDENT REPORTS FROM THE CARFAXES HAD BEEN PHOTO-SHOPPED OUT! ALL HIS CARS HAVE, HAD, AND WILL HAVE MECHANICAL PROBLEMS TOO. THE DMV, IRS, FBI, & CONSUMER AFFAIRS HAVE BEEN AFTER HIS SLEEZY ASS FOR YEARS! COPS WERE CALLED EVERYDAY TO THE DEALERSHIP, NOT TOO MENTION THE DOZENS OF COURT CASES AGAINST THEM. THEY STOLE SALES TAX MONEY, FAKE WARRANTY MONEY, FAKE WINDOW ETCHING FEES, AND THE LIST GOES ON. THEY BRIBED EVERYONE, YES BRIBED (TOP OFFICIALS)!! ANYONE WHO DEALT WITH HIM AS GONE OUT OF BUSINESS OR WERE PUT OUT OF BUSINESS! AKA FAKE NY STATE INSPECTIONS AND THE LIST GOES ON & ON.. IF HOOSHMAND (DANNY) WASN'T DRUNK HE WAS WHORING AROUND WITH NO DISREGARD FOR ANYTHING! THANKS TO ALL THE FRAUD DEALINGS THAT JAY (FINANCE MANAGER) DID FOR THEM, HOOSHMAND CURRENTLY OWNS A HUGE HOUSE IN KINGS POINT A VERY UPPER SCALE VILLAGE IN GREAT NECK ALONG WITH A FEW INCOME PROPERTIES IN OR AROUND THE SAME NEIGHBORHOOD. ALL PROBABLY PURCHASED IN CASH FROM ALL THAT MONEY HE STOLE! KARAM IS A BITCH HOOOOSHY I HOPE YOU GET ALL THAT'S COMING TO YOU AND THEN SOME!!

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  16. Dion Toliver

    Got' em!!!!!!!! You reap what you sow, you dirtbags!!!!!!!! I will be there to maximize whatever punishment those f*cks get! they stung me last year and the Most High has rendered His judgement!

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  17. Ingrid

    I went to this dealer to get a car i deposit 2000 as a dowmpayment. They told me The payment would be 316 at The end came out to be almost 800 a month, Now They dont want to get me back my money. Does anybody knows when court is cuzz i want my money back. Thanks

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  18. B

    They did the same to me, one one of the 23. I wanna know when the court date are because I would love you go and see these scumbag go to jail!

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  19. hellohello

    if anyone got there money taken from these people. please contact the quens distrect attorneys office and ask for detective ed sirkos hes the detective working on the case with the da s office

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  20. B

    So how do people like us get our money back?

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  21. NEW YORK

    My parents were financing a car for appx $10,000 (not sure) and put a down payment of $3,500... I went to meet them at the Auto Palace dealership the day to pick up the car, and 2 hrs later the car shut down on the highway-- already problems!! A red flag there they decided to bring the car back for a check up (did it ever pass inspection???) they said everything was OK with the car and again my father kept the car... This January they received a $6,000 FEE (NO ONE KNOWS FOR WHAT) and they Immediatly returned the car but were supposed to get their down-payment as agreed on their contract ($3,500) TODAY 1/31/13 my father went to get his $$$ money back and they are NO WHERE TO BE FOUND!!!! If anyone can HELP regarding this situation please EMAIL>>> newyork8877@yahoo.com <<<

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  22. O

    I bought a car from them back in 2010. It was a nightmare!!! Joe Torrez should do more then 7 years!!! I wish i could be in court when they put him away!!! I had to fight !!! I called cops I did everything from calling my attorney to get my money back!! He was pissed off he even crused me out!!! Luckly the bank did not want to approve the loan because they were many red flags on the loan... He stated in the loan that the car had many extras and was trying to keep the down payment of $10,000.00.

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  23. Amanda

    Jay Torres is a comete douche bag. He basically robbed $10,000 from my fiance by taking his $10,000 cash down payment and putting it in his pocket and then ADDED the 10,000 to our loan!!!! I guess our money is gone and its our loss but 7 years is not enough for him. He steels hard working peoples money. Put his ass away for life and I hope he gets raped everyday the same way he screwed so many innocent people for their money!!

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  24. E.C

    I am so happy to hear that all of (USA Auto Park a.k.a Auto Palace) have finally got caught up in there scandal. I have purchased a vehicle back in 2001 and have experienced the same in the so call refinancing and carfax B.S which messed up my credit. Danny and Jenny have always played the roll of not knowing what is going on in the dealership the same for those that work for them. It is all a team effort to jerk people to make fast cash because before they would finance anyone in house they would have to see Danny or jenny before the deal is made. I have learned a lot from my previous ordeals with this dealership.

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No. 7 train service resumes– after commuters faced morning delays

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Riders on the No. 7 train faced rush-hour delays this morning that lasted about 90 minutes–following FDNY activity at the 5th Avenue station.

The MTA stopped train service between Times Square and Hunters Point Avenue (in both directions), and riders were advised to take the N,R, Q, F and E lines.

Many No. 7 trains were just sitting in stations as commuters tried to squeeze into trains. The MTA also told many commuters to take the bus.

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Sunnyside Shines reviews 2014, looks ahead at annual meeting

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March 4, By Christian Murray

Sunnyside Shines held its annual meeting Monday and focused heavily on its beautification projects as well as it events.

The BID provided an overview of its 2014 achievements—spotlighting the opening of the plazas at 46th and 40th Streets; its tree planting and tree-guards program ; the Taste of Sunnyside; Sunnyside Restaurant Week; as well the effectiveness of its sanitation and graffiti-cleanup programs.

The meeting did not cover items such as the Sunnyside Yards proposal or real estate development.

Rachel Thieme, the executive director of the BID, put together a PowerPoint presentation and went through each item in front of about 60 attendees.

Bliss PlazaThieme said that the plazas have proven to be a big success–often bustling with people eating lunch or hanging out with friends.

“We felt that those areas [by the station] were being underutilized,” Thieme said. She said they needed to look more welcoming—and the addition of tables, chairs and planters have made a significant improvement.

Thieme said that plenty of people walk through the upgraded plazas each day. Citing MTA statistics, she said that the 46th Street turnstiles were swiped 4.64 million times in 2013–while the 40th Street turnstiles were swiped 3.39 million times.

Thieme said that the BID started a five-year plan last year to make certain that every block within the district has trees and tree guards.

“Some blocks have lots of trees… with plenty of greenery, while others have just one or none,” she said.

In 2014, the BID installed 27 new tree guards. This spring, the BID will be adding 27 new trees and tree guards, care of funding it received through Queens Borough President Melinda Katz.

After the Katz expenditure, the BID will have 153 trees and 54 tree guards.

Thieme said that the BID cleaned 156 instances of graffiti from storefronts and gates in 2014. She urged landlords and business owners to reach out to her office and let her know what needed to be cleaned.

The BID reported that it collected more than 2,000 bags of trash each month and that it would soon be getting more trash cans.

Thieme said that about 600 people attended the Taste of Sunnyside last May, with more than 30 restaurants participating. She said that holding it under the 7 train proved a success, since it was such a visible location.

The event will be held under the 7 train again this year—with the date planned for May 19.

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The BID also organized Sunnyside Restaurant Week in October, where 33 restaurants offered specials for a week; summer strolls—providing a jazz concert as well as arts & crafts; and contests such as the Sunnyside Holiday Window Contest, for the store most decked out for the season.

These events will all continue this year.

The BID held its annual election on Monday and the same board members and chairman John Vogt were reelected. The board, however, was expanded from 17 to 19 members—with the addition of Francine Israel (property owner) and Giuseppe Falco (a commercial tenant).

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Frozen yogurt store ‘4 Squared Flavors’ reopens after being closed for winter

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March 3, By Christian Murray

The frozen yogurt store 4 Squared Flavors reopened March 1st after being closed for winter.

Khalil Nayl, the co-owner of the 45-12 Greenpoint Avenue store, said its business as usual after being closed since November 1st.

Nayl said that the landlord was very supportive of the store during the winter months, providing a discounted rent.

4 Squared Flavors, which officially opened in March 2014, continues to offer 16 flavors, including: Irish mint, mango tango sorbet, red velvet cake, pistachio, very strawberry, cookies ‘n cream, New York cheesecake, and blueberry.

The store’s walls remain the same–painted pink and green.

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Crime rate tumbles year-to-date
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March 2, By Michael Florio

The crime rate has taken a nosedive this year throughout the 108 Police Precinct, which covers Sunnyside, Woodside and Long Island City.

Captain John Travaglia, the commanding officer of the 108 Precinct, said that the number of reported crimes for the year through Feb. 22 has dropped 25 percent compared to the same period a year ago.

The decline has been driven by the fall in property-related crimes, with there being 22 reported burglaries so far this year compared to 37 for the same time period a year ago. Furthermore, there have been 60 grand larcenies reported this year, compared to 87 a year ago.

“Burglaries have historically been a problem in this precinct and we are down 40 percent on the year,” Travaglia said. “We are very happy to report those numbers.”

The number of robberies reported so far this year is down–from 22 to nine.

Travaglia, who was spoke at the Community Board Council meeting in Sunnyside last Tuesday, spent a significant portion of the hour-long meeting paying tribute to his officers—particular William Caldarera and Corey Sarro.

The two officers received an award for saving the life of Bruce Brooks, a 66-year-old LaGuardia College professor.

Brooks suffered a heart attack and collapsed outside the college at 29-10 Thomson Avenue. The officers, who were on routine patrol, saw the professor lying motionless on the sidewalk, without a pulse.

Sarro began performing chest compressions, while Caldarera retrieved a defibrillator. After two attempts, the pair revived him and then EMS transported him to Elmhurst Hospital in stable condition.

Brooks, who was in attendance at the precinct meeting, presented the officers with a plaque that he had specially made.

“How can you thank someone for saving your life,” Brooks said.

“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.

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Parade Date: Sunday, March 1

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

Starts: Corner of 43rd Street/Skillman Avenue

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