New restaurant coming to former Tapenade location

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  1. Pretentious Hipster

    Hopefully some establishment with better food takes its place.

    Lord knows we need better restaurants in Sunnyside.

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  2. Rick Duro

    We could use a GOOD bagel joint

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  3. local

    Yes, I second Rick! I'd love to see good bagels or a nice sit-down coffee spot, like the long-defunct Grind, or Espresso 77 in JH. Maybe even both?

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  4. TheRealRealRuben

    There's a bagel shop RIGHT ACROSS the st. It's called Dave's Bagels. a simple turn of the neck would reveal this.

    As for coffee, The Grind was a great spot. You hipsters should have supported it more.

    Sunnyside needs a 24 hour Taco Bell . Cheap eats for all the poor people who can't afford those 14 dollar lunches being pushed around the area.

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  5. Rick Duro

    I miss the Grind. I liked that place. That bagel store on Qns Blvd in the mid 40's is gross.

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  6. JuliaJ.

    I miss the Grind and the Rose. I was sad when they both closed.

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  7. sg

    bliss bistro was far better then tapenade. I've been to the bagel place on qns blvd a few times and it's a poor excuse for a bagel. While we are talking hipster lets get the ball rolling for a beer garden in the former foodtown!

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  8. Robert

    Chipotle

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  9. Rick Duro

    if Dave's Bagels is the one on Qns Blvd in the mid-40's and you think that is good Ruben, you haven't had very many GOOD bagels.

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  10. TheRealRubin

    Who is this imposter? I can't believe that anybody would want a taco bell around here. Only an ironic hipster would want that. We need more cheap eats like hate burgers or ignorant pizza, the only food The Real Rubin understands.
    Hate!

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  11. Rick Durex

    You want bagels head to the place near PS1 - old gas station converted into bagel place. Crunchy on the outside soft on the inside, damn good! and big! The bad thing about Sunnyside is for most things, if you want really GOOD versions, you gotta go outside the hood.

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  12. Rick Durex

    BTW, I used to take my son to Daves every weekend morning, constantly telling him to try not to put his hands on the skanky caked up dirty black chairs and table I had enough. Man, shouldnt that be a top priority at a food establishment? Cleanliness?

    Arms and fingers shouldnt stick to your table.

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  13. Meg

    You guys wouldn't be so nostalgic for The Grind if you had any idea what went on in that kitchen. Mike was more interested in his female employees than he was in maintaining a clean kitchen. He wouldn't replace rotten produce because "it'll taste fine if you cook it, it'll mix in with the other stuff."

    If you're looking for good bagels and coffee, I recommend Dave's! He used to supply the bagels for The Grind.

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  14. Sunnysider

    Whatever it is, I hope it's something unique. When are some of these businesses going to learn that if you don't provide something unique OR relatively high quality you're not going to last? Especially in an up and coming neighborhood like Sunnyside. I pass a lot of these new places every day and they're empty (for example the new Turkish place on 43rd and 43rd ave.) and I feel kind of sorry for them, but they should have known better

    Some things Sunnyside lacks - A high-end cafe, Vietnamese food, GREAT pizza (Sunnyside pizza on 40th is good but it's a little too far for most people living around the garden area), Italian food, good bagels (like others have said), etc...

    No more Turkish, Mexican, Thai or Chinese food please. It won't last unless it's REALLY good

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  15. Ram

    Please, not another Colombian restaurant!

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  16. Foodie

    So sick of all these grade pending establishments. If you are not serious, don't open up any place dealing with food.

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  17. TheRealRealRuben

    Come to think of it, I always ask for extra cream cheese in Dave's bagels and they never give me extra!!!!

    a new bagel place sounds good

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  18. Pretentious Hipster

    Yes a Vietnamese restaurant! I'd do it in a heartbeat if I had any clue about cooking or running a restaurant.

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  19. Jemma

    *fingers crossed* let's hope we get something good! I would like to see something healthier but that will never happen lol.

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  20. Marilyn

    Sunnysider, we have at least two nice cafes- Cafe Marlene and Auburgene. I agree that Sunnyside Pizza is very good but too far. Italian food- Daisy's (although I have never eaten there) and Donatos (hit or miss). Yeah, I guess you are right about Italian food.

    I also want to add that I am very disappointed in the Saffron Garden. I had high hopes after it reopened. I have gone there a few times just hoping that it would be tasty but no such luck. The last time I was there was with a Groupon. The voucher was supposed to be for an app., entre and a soda. They then charged me for things that normally accompany a meal like rice and condiments.

    Never again. I don't know how they are even still open since they are never busy.

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  21. I'm all out of bubble gum.

    A good Indonesian restaurant would be most welcome. I can't afford the flight to Bali at the moment.

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  22. Krissi

    TheRealRealRuben - Yeah I'm with the commenters. I think Key Food bagels are better than Dave's Bagels. We really don't have a decent bagel place in the area.

    Also, although we have Saffron Garden and Curry Point, neither is particularly that wonderful.

    As for pizza, I recently tried Verdecchio and REALLY liked it.

    Personally, I'm hoping for... hmm... either a bagel place or good Indian or maybe a noodle shop?

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  23. M

    Dave's bagels is great!! I've been getting my bagels there since I was a little kid. Fresh stuff!

    I'd like to see a good Italian restaurant open up with great wines or a nice Medittereanean spot. A seafood restaurant would be nice as well!

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  24. O'shea

    @Krissi
    You joke. Dave's bagels are at least made fresh. Keyfood's bagels come off a frozen truck, kept in a freezer for days and then reheated.

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  25. Rick Duro

    re: Grind.

    meh. Food tasted good, never got sick. We could use a nice grande cafe like that again. never had a bagel there, just the paninis.

    As for Dave's bagels...Blech. Terrible bagels, dirty joint.

    Essa Bagel, Pick-a-Bagel, H&H those were some amazing bagels.

    RD

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  26. TheRealRealRubin

    It's true. I'm too stupid to even know what a good bagel is. I think I'll just stick to what I know, Hate.

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  27. TheRealRealRuben

    Rubin - tsk tsk tsk, you are such a silly hypocrite. you cry about my hate toward things but you yourself are hating me. See how your left slanted and twisted hippie thinking works? In fact...your constant yammering toward me has almost reached stalkish levels as you already imagined meeting me and having "words" with me. Yes..and I am the one full of Hate...You're a hop skip away from reaching Erika Menendez levels.

    Good thing Sunnyside Post doesn't ask for personal profiles and protects us from unstable nut jobs like yourself.

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  28. Sunnysider

    Aubergine is nice but it's in Woodside, not Sunnyside. Having a really nice cafe along Queens Blvd. Would be nice. We do have Starbucks, but it's Starbucks

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  29. you all make me laugh

    Hooters. Get it Done.

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  30. rmr

    I just want to note that Bliss 46 Bistro has become one of my favorite new spots. Those looking for something new should give it a try.

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  31. Bliss & Skillman

    Seafood. With conch fritters and tropical drinks.

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  32. TheRealRealRuben

    Someone like me is so smart and brave to be so stupid and hateful on an anonymous site. I am ready to duel anyone. I am the real dumb Ruben!

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  33. JuliaJ.

    Cafe Marlene has good coffee but is otherwise overpriced. Aubergene's coffee is mediocre although the sandwiches are pretty good.

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  34. Joe D

    @TheRealRealRuben side note how many girls said you are cute don't count your mommy that you live off of at home and your big sister

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  35. Dorothy Morehead

    The new tenant hasn't yet been determined. It took a few weeks to get the restaurant ready after the eviction of the previous operators, but it's now ready to lease. Several well-established restauranteurs have expressed interest and we should know soon who will open there. Sorry, you all make me laugh--it won't be Hooters!

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  36. JuliaJ.

    Hooters has great fries!

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  37. Lucky Lu

    I did not like the Grind due to the staff and the high school kids who always occupied the place and made too much noise. The Grind was heavily staffed by teenagers and young adults who constantly played loud hip-hop and dance music, making the entire experience there completely miserable. It was no surprise that place went under, it was no better than a greasy fast food joint that kids hang out in after school (or when they are playing hooky). If another cafe opens up on Queens Blvd, the same thing will happen. Just take a look at the Starbucks, one of the most crowded Starbucks I have ever seen. I work in Midtown and the Starbucks are never that crowded in the city. Of course this is just relfective of how overcrowded Queens is overall. No room in Starbucks, no room on the 7 train.

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  38. Peggy G

    How about a five guys? Or Maybe a Dennys?

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  39. Get a Life

    Bring back The Rose!

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  40. Sunnysider

    Aubergine's coffee is definitely not mediocre. It's not amazing but it's very solid and way better than Starbucks

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  41. Mike Novak

    BWAHAHAHAHAAAAAA!!!!!
    GOODBYE MALUF!!!
    TWICE EVICTED LOSER!!!

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  42. SunnysideUP

    Bring a nice coffee shop or a cool restaurant. No more Irish pubs, pet stores, 99 cent stores, B grade establishments, subway stores or watery yogurt ice cream stores with SPECIAL coffee. :)

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  43. Dorothy Morehead

    Thrice, Mike. Basmati Table, Bliss Bistro and Tapenade.

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  44. Chipotle

    chipotle!!! please!!!

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Maggie-Maes1Feb. 20, By Christian Murray

Maggie Mae’s, a well known bar located at 41-15 Queens Blvd, is undergoing a major revamp.

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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.

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In the interim, the sign will change and the outside will be painted a different color.

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Sunnyside’s trash is about to become another city’s treasure.

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The Landmarks Commission rejected the plan in January 2014.

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The Mayor of Palm Springs has raised $200,000 of the $600,000 needed to bring it there in just one month.

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“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.”

 

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Sunnyside gears up to celebrate ‘St Pat’s for All’

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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

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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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Church on Skillman Avenue sells for $4 million
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Source: MLS

Feb. 12, 2014 A Sunnyside Church located at 40-05 Skillman Avenue has sold for $4 million, according to public records. Moak Yang Presbyterian Church, which moved to the location in 1992, sold the property to Elmhurst-based Eunhasu Corp. on Jan. 29 for $4 million. The property is zoned M1, which is for light industry—although offices, hotels and retail uses are permitted. Eunhasu Corp. has been very active in the real estate market in the past six months. The company bought a four story residential building in Hunters Point for $12 million in January. In October, the company sold a warehouse in Long Island City for $37 million.
De Blasio’s Sunnyside Yards plan might result in 70,000 units being built on top of tracks
sunnysideyard1 Feb. 12, By Christian Murray Seventy thousand units might need to be constructed over Sunnyside Yards if the Mayor’s plan to build 11,250 affordable units over the tracks is to be realized. Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer told members of the Hunters Point Civic Association on Tuesday that 70,000 to 80,000 units might need to be built in order to attract developers to construct the affordable units. “To get to the 11,200-odd…the number of units could be as high as 70,000 to 80,000 on Sunnyside Yards,” Van Bramer said, since developers typically require market rate apartments to offset the cost of constructing affordable units. This would result in “a massive, massive development on the scale we have never seen before in western Queens that will affect Long Island City, Astoria, Sunnyside and Woodside,” he said. However, he said no plan should move forward that doesn’t address the needs of the existing residents. “We can’t fit people on the 7 train today, we don’t have enough school seats for our children today, we don’t have enough green space in western Queens today [excluding Astoria Park and the waterfront in Hunters Point],” he said. “Adding 100,000 more people to our community is staggering,” he said.”The No. 7 train will not be able to house them all,” he added. “That is crazy.” In addition to the proposed Sunnyside Yards development, the city is also proposing a rezoning of the Queens Plaza, Jackson Avenue and Northern Blvd corridor. The potential up zoning would result in a significant increase in population-- as the zoning change would most likely make way for bigger buildings since the city will be mandating affordable units. Van Bramer, who represents 160,000 constituents, told the group: “I won’t go along with any plan that hurts our community. You know me I was born and raised here. I have your back and nothing is going to happen without involving everyone in this room.” Brent O’Leary, the president of the Hunters Point Civic Association who is also legal compliance counsel at Bloomberg LP, said after the meeting that he was not surprised by Van Bramer’s 70,000-unit projection for Sunnyside Yards. “The city will get a developer to build them and manage them [the affordable units]—and in return the developer will want to build as many market rate units as possible.” He said his group is opposed building on the Yards, calling for more green space. “We don’t have the infrastructure we need as it is.”
Winners of Hunters Point South lottery are starting to be notified
Hunters Point South building Feb. 11, By Christian Murray Some of the winners of the Hunters Point South affordable housing lottery have been notified and have been called in for an interview, according to the New York Housing Preservation & Development. HPD said that the tenant selection process is well on its way and that interview letters will be distributed in rounds until all the units are filled. More than 92,000 people applied for the 924 affordable affordable apartments on offer. The units are in two buildings--one at 1-50 50th Ave.; and the other at 1-55 Borden Ave. The building located at 1-50 50th Avenue will be a 37-story complex comprised of 619 permanently affordable units, 13,750 square feet of retail space, and a parking garage with approximately 220 spaces. The 1-55 Borden Ave. building will be 32-stories high comprised of 306 permanently affordable units and approximately 3,000 square feet of retail space. Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer told members of the Hunters Point Civic Association last night that some of the Hunters Point South lottery winners had been notified. He said that he had received a call from a lottery winner earlier this week who said that she had been called in for an interview. The notification period is expected to last for a number of months.
Modell’s to open Sunnyside/LIC store Thursday
modells Feb. 11, Staff Report Modell’s Sporting Goods is opening a new store on the border of Sunnyside and Long Island City. The official address is 3500 48th Street, located in the same mall area as Petland Discounts and National Wholesale Liquidators. Employees will be holding a grand opening event at the store Thursday.
NYPD sergeant arrested by local precinct for having underage sex with Bronx girl
handcuffs-250x2502Feb. 2, By Michael Florio An off duty NYPD sergeant was arrested last night within the confines of the 108 precinct for having sex with a minor. Sgt. Vladimir Krull, a 10-year NYPD veteran, faces a slew of charges including rape, criminal sex, endangering the welfare of a child, sex abuse, forcible touching and sexual misconduct, police said. Krull had sex with a 13-year-old Bronx girl six times between September 2013 and September 2014 at various locations, including her home, according to DNAinfo. Krull, 37, had been assigned the Midtown North Precinct. Krull had been lauded in December for played a key part in helping catch a bank robber in the act on Madison Avenue. Further details were not immediately available.
Man arrested for public lewdness, after ‘manipulating himself’ on R train
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Wilmer Busto

Feb. 10, Staff Report A man who allegedly “manipulated himself” on the R train near Queensboro Plaza has been arrested. Wilmer Busto, a 33-year-old Hispanic man who resides at 31-47 51 Street, has been charged with public lewdness. The police allege that Busto put his hands in his pants and started to manipulate himself after coming into contact with a 47-year-old woman while sitting on the train. The incident took place on Friday, Jan. 23 at 5:40 pm, according to police.. The photos were taken by the victim. .

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