Woodside apartments offering ‘affordable luxury’ hit market Feb.

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  1. me

    affordable housing???? O RIGHT!! for the hipsters that couldnt afford Manhattan then Williamsburg so now they will have a beautiful view of the cemetary across the street - also they were built
    so quickly they'll be falling apart in less than 10 years!

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  2. Just me

    I'm sorry....I think I'm reading the wrong article! Either that or I'm guessing the paper was in a funny, sarcastic mood when it stated 'affordable luxury'!
    It's Woodside, not a house Sunnyside gardens! You could get cheaper mortgages than renting a 2 bedroom here!

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  3. neverforget

    There have been a lot of comments referring to hipsters- who are they?

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  4. Pete

    @neverforget--good question. In New York culture, the "hipster" is always somebody other than oneself. It's usually a nebulous, vaguely menacing figure that brings some unspecified sense of change and therefore threat to the person who's deploying the term. It can be used as a more specific demographic term, but I find that more commonly it's a catch all term that sums up and embodies the various socio-economic-cultural anxieties of the speaker.

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  5. Plain Spoken

    F$$k you and your luxury Modern Spaces!

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  6. Webley

    Thanks for the commercial, now back to real news.

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  7. Krissi

    For "luxury", this is affordable. But not cheap.

    That being said I wouldn't pay these rents on Queens Boulevard in Woodside. It's a serious highway there, not a walkable area.

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  8. Native NYer

    That is a not the best location, at least right now.

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  9. Darth Sunnyside

    What's the matter Icon 52 owners? You can't afford to advertise on Yahoo?

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  10. Oldchool Sunnysider

    "Hipsters" are todays version of "Yuppie Scum"

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  11. yupster

    in this case it's the "yuppies", i.e. midtown-working business folk/young families getting priced out of LIC that MAYBE would consider this. You all can quit all the hipster-bashing because they wouldn't be caught dead at this location, still plenty of edgy neighborhoods in brooklyn to gentrify. For now.

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  12. Plain Spoken

    From Modern Spaces website (with some explanations):

    Welcome a new Icon to Woodside. Nestled (Nestled!! The building is nestled!!!) between Astoria and Sunnyside, it is also (2,000) steps from Long Island City and just (15-20) minutes away from (Grand Central) Manhattan.

    Bathrooms with Kohler deep soaking tubs provide a world of comfort with none of the cost (except for the very high rent you pay).

    The Icon 52 provides affordable (if you're rich) luxury in (more like near) a quiet neighborhood with considerable proximity to the city. (The din of traffic will be lessened as you soak in your tub…with the door closed and window shut.)

    Feel good about living in a certified GREEN building (you sanctimonious twits) with a live-in superintendent (I prefer he live in his own overpriced apartment) and virtual (Max Headroom?) doorman.

    Common rooftop terrace with relaxation pods (relaxation pods!!!) and BBQ areas is available to all residents.

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  13. Plain Spoken

    Here's the funniest thing of all from Modern Spaces: A 2 bedroom is 815 square feet!! They need to add "cozy" to apartment descriptions.

    "Cozy luxury!"

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  14. Darth Sunnyside

    It's got a beautiful view of ... the cemetery. Wake up everyday and get reminded of your final destination.

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  15. P-Dizzle

    Ummm No. Hipsters are the nouveau version of Hippies. Which were named after hypocrites for hating war yet indulging in the freedoms of random drug use. Although typical hippies were considered burn outs, hipsters are primarily liberal in thought and egotistical.

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  16. JaneGrissom

    Right on the Boulevard of Death and facing the cemetery! Perfect!

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  17. sunnysideposthatesme14

    Never Forget I was the one that exposed the truth about Sunnyside regarding Hipsters and Yuppies.

    You're welcome.

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  18. Time's Up

    Neverforget and Pete - I think we're cousins.

    Thanks to the former for raising the question and the latter for his perfect definition. Well played.

    As I always implore: please, please tell me exactly who this "hipster" person is so I know who to fear and hate. After all, considering these "hipsters" are purportedly responsible for 95% of the city's problems, they need to be identified and punished appropriately.

    And the funny thing is, despite your brilliant take-down, subsequent comments continue with this nonsense in earnest. As in drrrrrrr...hipsters are rich, drrrrrr...hipsters are all poor.....drrrr hipsters are all from the midewest...drrrrr hipsters are like hippies or something.....drrrr hipsters are like poor dirty yuppies or something.....drrrr hipsters are too lazy to work.....drrrrrr hipsters are stealing all our jobs.....And they don't get the irony.

    Anyway, $2350 for a brand new 2-BR two blocks away from a decent train stop sounds perfectly reasonable to me. If it were in Bushwick it'd be closer to $3350. And I'd take Woodside over many BK neighborhoods any day.

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  19. Bernie

    "affordable luxury" seriously ????? oxymoron material, or marketing doubletalk.

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  20. law2037

    I love the way they say affordable, 2300 for a two bedroom and 1500 for a studio yeah sure real affordable. That's it keep pushing the wirking class out so the rich could move in

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  21. Celtic Bark

    It's not as ugly and glassy as most of the new developments I've seen but that's not saying much.

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  22. Celtic Bark

    "Affordable" is a relative term.

    What's affordable to some Wall Street hot shot is exorbitant to bank teller.

    "Luxury" is relative too. To a homeless person, a cot in a crowded boarding house with running water is luxury. To spoiled rich people, flying commercial would be "deprivation."

    These real estate people give politicians a run for the money when it comes to the Orwellian bullshit.

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  23. Exhausted

    According to the Merrium Webster online dictionary:

    hip·ster noun ˈhip-stər
    : a person who follows the latest styles, fashions, etc. : a hip person

    We are all riding the Gentrification Wave Bloomberg promised us. I read all about the phenomenon in Wikipedia today because I was tired of living through it without adequate information.

    Check it out yourselves. Its happening all over the world, according the Wiki., and it ends up pitting neighbor against neighbor, neither of whom really profits, while developers and new business people make out like the bandits they really are.

    Just another example of the more powerful manipulating the less powerful for self-serving reasons.

    I wish I'd been born a 1%er so this dreary business didn't affect me. But it does. In the end the natives--me--lose.

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  24. Tequilla Mockingbird

    I agree with @Pete, that in Sunnyside Post comments, "hipsters" has its own meaning slightly different from the commonly accepted definition.

    It is basically a category of people who is not like "us".

    "Hipsters" are younger, liberal, educated and open-minded and have more disposable income than the original residents.
    Hence the visceral fear of being priced out of the neighborhood.

    It is also well known that "hipsters" are plotting to invade good old Sunnyside and turn it into an expensive trendy neighborhood with mixology bars, bike shops, organic restaurants and actual clothing stores. Scary!

    Hipsters are not here yet, so we can feel safe for the time being surrounded by 99c stores, fast food joints, pizza places, derelict empty storefronts and shops that look straight out of the 80s. Hopefully this won't change.

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  25. Celtic Bark

    My definition of "hipster" is anyone who would wait in line for a Cronut

    - or wait in line in front of Shake Shack

    - or wait in line to buy the latest iPhone

    - or wait in line to get into whatever night club Gothamist tells them is cool.

    Basically, a bunch of 20 somethings from the suburbs who are willing to wait in line for silly nonsense that no sensible, hard-boiled New Yorker ever would.

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  26. Anoymous

    Let Scott Cooper, Esq., Real Estate Broker for 26 years, located in Woodside, Queens know about this breakthrough. 718-729-6767. He has many people looking for apts. He does not co-broke on rentals. Cooper Real Estate & Law also manages buildings and does all the work easy, at no cost to the owner, i.e. credit and business checks on any potential tenants are necessary.

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  27. Really don't get it....

    I love how people on this site refer to anyone new living in the neighborhood as "hipsters" and demonize them for trying to improve the general quality of life for themselves and those around them.

    Can someone please explain to me how someone can view new restaurants and cafes, improved parks and increased property values as a bad thing?

    Seriously- this is a genuine question- how is it possible that improvements which would be welcomed by 99.99% are viewed by certain Sunnysiders as a bad thing?

    Please enlighten me……..

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  28. Frank

    What a dump! Those built-in AC units will be totally rusted in a couple of years. The whole place will be falling apart in 10 years. Crappy, depressing location, too.

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  29. Celtic Bark

    @Jane Grissom

    Good one.

    Perfect spot for the Addams Family house though. Not so much for "affordable luxury" apartments, as per your description.

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  30. What?

    @ Really don't get it--please read the wikipedia entry on "gentrification." Then you will get it.

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  31. nobody

    another one of these is going up in 43rd and skillman.

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  32. Oldchool Sunnysider

    "Hipsters" don't know a damn thing about having any class.
    They do as they are told, they buy what they are told to buy, they eat where they are told to eat. They are sheep. And sheep make mighty fine eating.

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  33. Oldchool Sunnysider

    KRISSI!!! "The Queen of Overdevelopment and First Lady of Landlords is speaking ill about a new property in the nabe? I am shocked! Shocked I say! But then, since she has NOTHING to do with this property and will make NOTHING in commissions, its not unexpected that she would have something negative to say about it. How very Republican and Reptillian! LOL!!!

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  34. Pickup Andropov the Russian cab river

    As homeowner I bought home here in 2001 hoping the new temporary MOMA branch would bring cafes artists and stylish hipsters and man I was right!!!! my place is worth 3x what I paid thanks to my bearded hipster friends!!!!

    back in motherland Russia i need to work 5 lifetimes at brothers casket making company to make this kiind of cash this fast.

    Thanks you hipsters and THANK YOU AMERICA!!!!!
    GOD ble$$ you all!!!

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  35. Guttersnipe

    Time's Up, What an adorable comment you make cupcake. Neverforget and Pete are most probably your cousins! Spawn out of the same hipster gene pool.

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  36. Yessir

    To What:

    Just read the Wikipedia entry on gentrificaton. BRING IT ON.

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  37. Reesie

    How about getting back to the article? This apartment complex is NOT conveniently located; a long walk to anything decent (unless you want to dine at Boston Market and KFC). The apartments are overpriced; you can get better rents in the walkups in Sunnyside, and are not roomy. I think this complex will have a rude awakening. The only plus side is that tenants will be able to actually get on the 7 train in the morning before is it bombarded by the 46th and 40th street stops. However, they miss the express train by 1 stop. The only hope is that with the introduction of this complex, something will be done to vitalize the area (though I think that is unlikely). I pity the fools who think this is a good deal...

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  38. Pete

    @ Guttersnipe: thanks for proving my point.

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  39. TRUTH

    yOU HAVE TO BE A MORON TO PAY 2350 FOR A 2 BEDROOM. A REAL MORON.

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  40. I forgot

    Truth, sure, why not live in mom's basement as a 40 year old virgin like yourself. Long live and prosper and may the force be with you.

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  41. TRUTH

    Iforgot, go ahead and flush your money down the toilet ,

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  42. rikki

    Where are these people getting all this money from? certainly not from real jobs..

    Its a pretty industrial area seems like rite aid is the closest "food store"

    But then again we so cat sitting visiting peoples pets while they are away and i notice people to dont have as much stuff as 10 year ago...you almost never see a wall full of records tapes cd's or books anymore...

    Plus lots seem to have futons or beds with underneath storage so no need for the humungous 9 drawer dressers..

    LCD computer monitors and big screen on the wall...but i did notice people seems to buy very nice expensive couches/ chairs....guess they seem to sit on them a lot....

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  43. South Side Johnny

    Anyone thinking of moving to this neighborhood should read the comments to this article first, so they can get an idea of who their neighbors are.

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  44. South

    @ Rikki
    Real jobs? Please explain what you think these high-paying"Fake Jobs" would be - Mermaid, Single-ball Juggler, etc?

    Sure, these apartments seem overpriced for the area, but there are tens of thousands of New Yorkers who can readily afford these silly Woodside apartments.

    According to Curbed NY, the median rent for a two-bedroom apt. in nearby Greenpoint is 3,150, and Astoria is 2,900. These apartments are just following suit.

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  45. 52nd Streeter

    This is actually on our block. I happen to love the area. Our 7 train station is 30 feet away, the Rite Aid is 2 blocks away, the Key Foods is maybe a 4 minute walk, and stores on Queens Blvd. and Skillman are less than a 10 minute walk. That being said, we pay $1550 for a one-bedroom, almost $200 less than the starting prices in this apartment building, and I'm sure that street parking is only going to get harder.

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  46. Sad to See My Hometown Sold Off

    Michael Bloomberg asked all the rich people in the world to move here and I guess they did.

    Hey, rich folks, please take good care of my Hometown. Try to love it as much as we have. Send postcards to trailer parks, where we will all be living if we are lucky since you've decided to upgrade the place for your own benefit, not ours.

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  47. Yessir

    All you complainers this site are incredible. You designate people with names like "yuppie" or "hipster" and whine about the neighborhood improving. Seriously it makes no sense. The amount of upgrading and progress that has occured in the last several years is remarkable and all positive.

    Don't begrudge those people who come here and spend hard earned money to improve the area. Progess is a good thing. Let's embrace Sunnyside's potential.

    We as existing Sunnysiders are the beneficiaries of these people coming here and I for one, welcome it.

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  48. Johnny

    REDRUM! REDRUM!

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  49. TRUTH

    Yesssir, you are a moron if you think bringing in people who have money is somehow going to make a neighborhood 'better'

    its that attitude we..the original sunnysiders loathe.

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  50. Native NYer

    "Rich"? The general rule of thumb is monthly rent X 40 should be less than annual income. The two-bedroom is 2350/mo X 40 = 94k annual income. Hardly "rich" by any means in NYC. A married couple of a fireman and schoolteacher make way more than that.

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  51. sunnysideSux

    NativeNYER is proof that people are completely out of touch with reality.

    if you think 94k for an apartment is reasonable, a good deal and affordable, you're either a lying sack of shill or completely delusional. Either way you're full of it.

    The rest of us clear thinkers know full well that even with a double income, considering the rest of the cost of living, 2000+ a month for renting an apartment is sheer lunacy.

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  52. Angray

    @SunnysideSux - Learn to read. NativeNYer is talking about what is affordable rent vs. income. 94k annual rent for an apt is some swanky 3 bdrm luxury building on CPW. We are talking about 2350/mo being afforable in a 94k annual household income (not hard as NativeNYer pointed out).

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  53. sunnysideSux

    Angray! YOU learn to read , My comments are for BOTH points. 94k is too much to pay for ANY apartment and 2000+ is too much for that neighborhood.

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  54. Craic Dealer

    Use the 40 rule to see if this icon52 is out of their minds. (Monthly rent)x(40) and that should be the annual income. People making +95K in Woodside... not THAT much. In lic... yes.

    This place will have ton's of vacancy and will become a dump. Give it 2 years.

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  55. Angray

    @sunnysidesux - While yes the 94k annual rent is expensive for us, it isn't for the multi millionaires.

    Back to the discussion at hand, it is all about perception. You may think it is expensive, but if you are used to paying 3500 for a 2 bdrm in Manhattan, this is a bargain.

    A teacher of 5 years+ in LI will make 90k. These salaries are posted publicly. Forget what the bankers are making. How are the prices not affordable?

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  56. Krissi

    I would say the closest comparison to a building like this would be the Elm on Queens Boulevard. I just looked up comparables and 570-650sf 1 bedrooms range in the $1600-$2,000 price point. This is rented units, not units currently on market. 2bd units rented in the $2300-$2600 price point. So this building is in line with what's currently out there.

    I personally wouldn't pay that much to live on a highway though. But if these "lux" units were in more prime neighborhoods, they'd be a lot pricier I'm sure.

    The fact of the matter is I think a lot of people on this site who are commenting don't really understand that incomes and therefore pricing is not what it used to be. A 1st grade teacher who is right out of college ($45k starting salary) who is married to a first year cop ($41k starting salary) make enough to afford a 2bd in this building. It's not that unaffordable. Comparably, they can afford a small studio or 1 bed in a walk up building in "not particularly prime" are in Manhattan (ie Yorkville or Harlem) at the similar price point.

    OldSchoolSunnyider

    At least I use my real name on this page unlike you. I've never worked on a building in Queens so opinions I give are always honest, based upon my 10+ years experience working on Manhattan buildings. And while there are disagreements on this page, I don't insult people. Why don't you try the same?

    Or are you too ashamed? You wouldn't say these things to my face?

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  57. NativeNYer

    @sunnysideSux: I did not write a rent of 94k, I said an annual INCOME of 94k could afford the rents the article listed. Perhaps if you could comprehend simple math you'd have a higher income?

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  58. Pirates vs Robots

    @Sunnysidesux

    Are you serious right now? READ THE POST AGAIN.

    There is nothing about rent being $94K. Not a thing.

    The accepted formula for figuring out how much rent one can/should be able to afford is whether his household INCOME is 40x the rent. So, if someone's INCOME is $94K, then the $2350/month rent is reasonable for him.

    You lose at reading comprehension.

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  59. Pat

    Anyway, what you will get as an extra FREE is lots of fumes in the summer and/or a high air conditioning bill in the warmer months.

    Who want to live on QB with all of that traffic.

    This is a middle income neighborhood, always was and I can't believe the rents people are being asked to pay ....

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  60. Local Resident

    52nd street and Queens Boulevard? Lol

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  61. Anonymous

    What's up with that huge apartment building near the Big 6, The Terrace Woodside?

    How many years now? 2? 3?

    The only tenant is a Deals, not a great sign....

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  62. GJ

    What's up with that huge apartment building near the Big 6, The Terrace Woodside?

    How many years now? 2? 3?

    The only tenant is a Deals, not a great sign....

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  63. Anonymous

    M$ to make $$ in W'side and Sunnyside without regards to the poor tenants. bling bling luxury

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Assemblywoman Cathy Nolan announced today that she wants to be the next speaker of the New York State Assembly.

Nolan’s announcement came shortly after Sheldon Silver, the longtime leader of the assembly, agreed to give up the position he has held for 21 years as a result of federal corruption charges.

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Cathy Nolan is being discussed as the next Assembly Speaker

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The Queens Democratic machine is starting to flex its muscles and is calling for Assemblywoman Cathy Nolan to be next speaker should Sheldon Speaker be toppled, according to the New York Observer.

Top officials with the Queens Democratic Party are calling Assembly members in Queens, Manhattan and Nassau County to support Nolan, who has represented Ridgewood, Sunnyside and Long Island City since 1984.

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Nolan is regarded as one of the shrewder lawmakers in the body, the Observer reports, and would be the first woman ever elected speaker in New York, no small significance to female Assembly members.

Nolan could not be reached for this article.

Meanwhile, Silver, who is trying to hang onto the speaker role as he fights federal corruption charges, is expected to announce today that the assembly will be jointly run by five Assembly Democrats—one of whom is Nolan.

The other four are Majority Leader Joseph Morelle (D-Rochester), Herman “Denny” Farrell (D-Manhattan), Joseph Lentol (D-Brooklyn) and Carl Heastie (D-Bronx).

Silver’s move will be deemed temporary, so he can focus on fighting the charges of kickbacks and corruption. However, there is still uncertainty as to whether Silver will be forced out.

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City council signs off on Luke Adams Way
Luke Adams (middle)

Luke Adams (middle)

Jan. 24, By Christian Murray

The city council passed legislation this week that included the co-naming of 46th Street in honor of the late Luke Adams.

Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer submitted Adams’ name Thursday and provided his council colleagues with a brief description of what Adams was like. “[Adams] was affectionately known as the Mayor of Sunnyside and a terrific man who led our Sunnyside Chamber of Commerce and did so much. In fact he helped build the Sunnyside Arch.”

The strip on 46th Street between Greenpoint Ave. and Queens Blvd (by the Arch) will be co-named Luke Adams Way.

Adams, who was a 40 year resident and local business owner, passed away from cardiac arrest on Nov. 10 at the age of 76. Just days after his death several people called out for a street to be named after him.

Adams, who was at one time the president of the Sunnyside Chamber of Commerce, was well known by the community for his work with the Sunnyside Woodside Lions Club and SunnysideArtists.org. Furthermore, he was the first recipient of the Sunnysider of the Year award, an award that is now named after him.

The street naming ceremony is expected to take place in spring. However, Van Bramer, Community Board 2 and the Adams’ family will be coordinating the details.

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Two cops receive award for saving LaGuardia professor’s life
Officer Sarro and Officer Caldarera

Officer William Caldarera and Officer Corey Sarro

Jan. 23, By Christian Murray

Two officers from the 108th received an award this week after being deemed heroes for saving the life of a LaGuardia professor last month.

Police Officers Corey Sarro and William Calderera were on routine patrol on Tuesday, Dec. 23, when they discovered a professor on the pavement outside the college.

The elderly professor had suffered from a heart attack and was not breathing when the officers arrived. He was lying motionless and he did not have a heartbeat.

The two officers went into action.

Officer Sarro began performing chest compressions while Officer Calderea retrieved a defibrillator. After two attempts to resuscitate the professor, they were able to revive him. EMS then transported the professor to Elmhurst General Hospital in stable condition.

Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer and Mayor Bill de Blasio awarded the officers with a Proclamation on behalf of the city council for saving the professor’s life.

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Sunnyside resident organizing fun run, aims to raise funds for the homeless

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Jan. 23, By Christian Murray

A Sunnyside resident is organizing a one mile fun run as part of her quest to raise funds for the Coalition for the Homeless.

Leonor White, who is originally from Spain, is planning to hold the event on May 31st and has already received the permits necessary from the NYPD to use the streets.

The event will start outside Lou Lodati Park on 43rd Street. Runners will then follow Barnett Avenue through to 52nd Street before finishing at Skillman Ave (44th Street). White aims to get 250 runners to participate.

“I think that this is a great way to bring the community together,” White said. “It is also a way to remind everyone of how many adults and children are homeless.”

White plans to make the event a competitive race as well as a fun run.

She said that there will be an adult race as well as one for children (below 16 years of age) .

Meanwhile for most, she said it will be a fun run or walk.

White said that there will be a nominal charge to participate—expecting it to be between $5 and $10.

Those funds will go toward the homeless. She is currently reaching out to local businesses to see whether they will help sponsor the event, which would generate additional funds to go toward the homeless.

She encourages others to get involved in helping put the race together. She can be contacted at leonorwhite@hotmail.com

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Leonor White (second from left

Leonor White (second from left)

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Former Dime Bank often used for TV/Movie shoots

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Jan. 23, By Christian Murray

Signage that went up at the former Dime Bank location on Queens Blvd Wednesday indicated that a new bank tenant was moving in.

Exterior signs read: “Fisher Bank,” and inside there were posters advertising retirement accounts and current interest rates.

The bank, however, was fictional. It was decked out as part of a set for the TV show Person of Interest, a sci-fi crime drama series.

Bank Queens Blvd SunnysideThe bank has been used for many TV shoots. Scenes for the crime-series Blue Bloods staring Tom Selleck and Donnie Wahlberg were shot there last year when a robbery was staged there as part of its 100th anniversary episode.

John Ciafone, the owner of the building, said that he gets a lot of interest from TV and film crews looking to use the bank space.

Late last year a small independent movie company also used the bank for it film.

Ciaphone said the bank will be used for movie and TV sets up until the time the building is demolished to make way for apartments. The building is expected to be demolished in the second half of this year.

Tom Selleck in Sunnyside last year (Photo: George Burles)

Tom Selleck in Sunnyside last year (Photo: George Burles)

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Two cops receive award for saving LaGuardia professor’s life
Officer Sarro and Officer Caldarera

Officer William Caldarera and Officer Corey Sarro

Jan. 23, By Christian Murray Two officers from the 108th received an award this week after being deemed heroes for saving the life of a LaGuardia professor last month. Police Officers Corey Sarro and William Calderera were on routine patrol on Tuesday, Dec. 23, when they discovered a professor on the pavement outside the college. The elderly professor had suffered from a heart attack and was not breathing when the officers arrived. He was lying motionless and he did not have a heartbeat. The two officers went into action. Officer Sarro began performing chest compressions while Officer Calderea retrieved a defibrillator. After two attempts to resuscitate the professor, they were able to revive him. EMS then transported the professor to Elmhurst General Hospital in stable condition. Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer and Mayor Bill de Blasio awarded the officers with a Proclamation on behalf of the city council for saving the professor’s life.
Sunnyside resident organizing fun run, aims to raise funds for the homeless
POSTER Jan. 23, By Christian Murray A Sunnyside resident is organizing a one mile fun run as part of her quest to raise funds for the Coalition for the Homeless. Leonor White, who is originally from Spain, is planning to hold the event on May 31st and has already received the permits necessary from the NYPD to use the streets. The event will start outside Lou Lodati Park on 43rd Street. Runners will then follow Barnett Avenue through to 52nd Street before finishing at Skillman Ave (44th Street). White aims to get 250 runners to participate. “I think that this is a great way to bring the community together,” White said. “It is also a way to remind everyone of how many adults and children are homeless.” White plans to make the event a competitive race as well as a fun run. She said that there will be an adult race as well as one for children (below 16 years of age) . Meanwhile for most, she said it will be a fun run or walk. White said that there will be a nominal charge to participate—expecting it to be between $5 and $10. Those funds will go toward the homeless. She is currently reaching out to local businesses to see whether they will help sponsor the event, which would generate additional funds to go toward the homeless. She encourages others to get involved in helping put the race together. She can be contacted at leonorwhite@hotmail.com Race map
Leonor White (second from left

Leonor White (second from left)

Former Dime Bank often used for TV/Movie shoots
IMG_0011(1) Jan. 23, By Christian Murray Signage that went up at the former Dime Bank location on Queens Blvd Wednesday indicated that a new bank tenant was moving in. Exterior signs read: “Fisher Bank,” and inside there were posters advertising retirement accounts and current interest rates. The bank, however, was fictional. It was decked out as part of a set for the TV show Person of Interest, a sci-fi crime drama series. Bank Queens Blvd SunnysideThe bank has been used for many TV shoots. Scenes for the crime-series Blue Bloods staring Tom Selleck and Donnie Wahlberg were shot there last year when a robbery was staged there as part of its 100th anniversary episode. John Ciafone, the owner of the building, said that he gets a lot of interest from TV and film crews looking to use the bank space. Late last year a small independent movie company also used the bank for it film. Ciaphone said the bank will be used for movie and TV sets up until the time the building is demolished to make way for apartments. The building is expected to be demolished in the second half of this year.
Tom Selleck in Sunnyside last year (Photo: George Burles)

Tom Selleck in Sunnyside last year (Photo: George Burles)

Sunnyside: Van Bramer issues report card, focuses on schools, parks and traffic safety
Van Bramer Jan. 22, By Christian Murray Sunnyside, NY: When he’s asked the tough questions, he typically doesn’t duck for cover. What are your thoughts on 5Pointz? Private property, he responds. What do you think of building on the Sunnyside Yards? Absolutely not. Do you believe in term limits for community board members? Yes. Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer, who darts from event-to-event, isn’t known for hedging his bets. Instead he is direct, fast on his feet, and very self assured. It’s this self confidence that leads him to release an annual self assessment—or report card—every January. It is a rare concept, as most council members don’t do it. “I like people to know what I’ve been doing,” Van Bramer often says, adding that people should know what their council person does. “I don’t want anyone asking: ‘Who is he? What does he do?” The 15-page report states in large font: “16,554 and counting” referring to the number of constituent cases Van Bramer and his staff have handled over the past five years. Furthermore, it said that in 2014, he served on six committees—including as chair of Cultural Affairs and Libraries-and had a “95.3% attendance record.” Van Bramer said that he has laid the groundwork for a number of Sunnyside/Woodside projects that will come to fruition this year. The $1. 3 million revamp of Thomas P. Noonan Park—located at the intersection of Greenpoint Avenue and 43rd Street-- is expected to be completed by summer; a new elementary school in Woodside will be opening in September; and further traffic safety measures are about to go into effect. The ribbon cutting at Thomas P. Noonan Park will come at a time when several other park developments are in the works. The Parks Department is currently drafting preliminary plans for a $2.2 million upgrade to Big Bush Park (behind the Big Six Towers) as well as the $500,000 revamp of Hart Playground on 37th Ave. in Woodside. Furthermore, a $500,000 upgrade to Windmuller park is coming that will cover the cost of building a new skateboard area, as well as fixing the band shell area that has been damaged by skateboarders performing their stunts. However, Van Bramer said that there has been one park project that has been delayed; the dog run at Doughboy Park, which is adjacent to PS 11. Van Bramer, who allocated $250,000 for the dog run in 2012, said that it is behind schedule due to the construction of a school annex at PS 11, which is located at 54-24 Skillman Avenue. He said that the contractor may need that the space where the dog run will go while construction takes place. Van Bramer takes pride in his quest to bring more classroom space—such as the the PS 11 annex-- to the area. “We have the first new school in 60 years coming to Woodside,” Van Bramer said, referring to PS 339 (located at 39-01 57th Street), which is scheduled to open in September with the capacity to serve 470 students. Meanwhile in Sunnyside, PS 343 (The Walter McCaffrey Campus) opened at 45-45 42nd St in September, which can cater to 434 students. In addition, construction of a 600-seat building at IS 125 (46-02 47 Ave.) is in the works, which is likely to lead to the removal of the trailers that are currently spread across the school grounds. “I will continue to build schools…and invest in parks,” Van Bramer said. Van Bramer secured $4.5 million in funding last year for the renovation and expansion of Thalia Spanish Theatre, which is located at 41-17 Greenpoint Avenue. The funds will double the theater’s seating capacity from 75 to 150. That section of Greenpoint Avenue in the past few years has been an area filled with vacancies. However, with the upgrade of the supermarket on the strip, the arrival of other businesses and the impending revamp of Thalia that section of Greenpoint Ave. is showing signs of improvement. Van Bramer said that the Sunnyside business district is on the upsurge in general. “There are very few vacant stores,” he said. He said that the acquisition—and likely development—of several parcels of property on Queens Blvd is largely the result of a booming real estate market coupled with Sunnyside being viewed as a vibrant and safe neighborhood. Meanwhile, a Woodside street cleaning program that involves two workers cleaning Roosevelt (51st to 61st Streets) and Woodside Avenues will continue. In addition, the graffiti cleanup program—where streets such as Broadway, Skillman Ave, 43rd Ave., Roosevelt Ave. and Woodside Ave. are cleaned monthly--has also been funded for this year. Slow zonesVan Bramer said that he has been working on many transportation issues since he has been in office—with the greatest number of constituent cases he and his staff have had to deal with being transportation concerns. While many of these issues have dealt with the No. 7 train and the MTA (which are overseen by the state), he hears from constituents about stop signs and dangerous driving. He said that he advocated for the 25 mph speed limit and slow zones within Sunnyside and Woodside. The slow zone in Sunnyside (south of Queens Blvd) is complete—with the Woodside (which includes northern Sunnyside) expected to be completed within the first half of this year. “People are concerned about the safety of their kids and families,” Van Bramer said, who put in an application with the Department of Transportation for the two slow zones. Van Bramer takes great pride in his strong support of Vision Zero—including his push for launching arterial slow zones on Northern and Queens Blvd. Furthermore, he received citywide attention for his “Justice for Hit and Run Victims Act,” which recently went into effect that imposes a hefty civil penalty on drivers who flee the scene of an accident. Van Bramer, who was named Majority Leader at the beginning of last year, also said that the position allows him to be a better advocate for the district. For instance, he said, he was in a better position to be able to reach out to the administration to let it be known that the Pepsi sign in Long Island City should not lose its place on the “Landmarks Preservation calendar.” Van Bramer is politically ambitious and does not hide it. He said that he will definitely run for city council again in 2017. He would not comment if he has speakership goals in mind—or whether a city-wide office would come after that. “The council speakership was determined over a period of a few weeks [in December 2013] so it is way too far away to start thinking about that,” Van Bramer said. “And then another four years after that…anything could happen by then.” For Van Bramer's report card, please click here: .
LIC: A strange caricature of a religious Muslim draws plenty of hate
anti-muslim Jan. 21, By Christian Murray A strange caricature of a religious Muslim accompanied by the words Je Ne suis Pas Charlie—has been placed on Jackson Avenue near the Court Square train station. The slogan Je Ne Suis Pas Charlie (I am Not Charlie) is a term adopted by some people following the massacre of 12 people at the French publication Charlie Hebdo. These people viewed Charlie Hedbo as a distasteful publication in the way it portrayed Muslims and other groups. The sign has several anti Muslim messages scribbled on it...such as "Islam stones women to death..." and "Muslims kill homo-sexuals." The messages are likely to have been written by a passerby who took exception to the poster. . muslim .
Two northern Italians open ‘Brick-Oven Pizzeria’ on Greenpoint Avenue
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Salvatore Olivella and Simone Apollonio

Jan. 18, By Christian Murray A new pizzeria opened on Greenpoint Avenue Thursday that offers thin-crust stone oven pizzas. The restaurant, called Nonna Gina Brick Oven Pizzeria is located at 43-24 Greenpoint Avenue, and is owned and operated by two northern Italian natives, who learned to make pizza in their home country. Salvatore Olivella, who is the chef, makes the pizza Naples style, in accordance with his grandmother Gina’s recipe. The pizzas come in a variety of different toppings. Olivella, who has worked in Little Italy and other Manhattan locations, makes 18 inch elongated pizzas (called Metro) as well as smaller round personal pies. The pizzeria is owned by Simone Apollonio, who is from Brescia. He has operated pizzerias from Britain to Australia. The restaurant also offers a variety of pasta dishes as well as salads. Hours: 11 am - 11 pm seven days. Phone number: 718-361-5503 (deliveries to start in next week or two) Pizza2 brick 005
Robber hits Chase bank in Woodside Saturday
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Suspect from surveillance camera (NYPD)

Jan. 18, Staff Report Chase Bank Woodside A man robbed the Woodside Chase branch Saturday and fled with cash, police said. The suspect walked into Chase Bank, located at 59-26 Woodside Avenue, approached the teller and demanded money at around 11:30 am on Jan. 17, according to police. The teller handed over an undetermined amount of money and then the robber fled. There were no reported injuries. The suspect is a white male, 6'2" tall weighing 200 pounds, according to police. Anyone with information in regards to this incident is asked to call the NYPD's Crime Stoppers Hotline at 800-577-TIPS.
Police: Man exposed himself to worker at 61st Street station
expose Jan. 16, Staff Report A man exposed himself to a 22-year-old woman who was working at a store inside a Woodside subway station, police said. The employee was working in the mezzanine area of the 61st Street and Woodside Avenue station at about 1 p.m. on Jan. 3 when the suspect entered the business. He then exposed himself to the woman, police said. The suspect fled when a customer entered the store. Police have released video footage of the suspect. They describe him as black, 25 to 30 years old and 6 feet tall with a thin build. Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 800-577-TIPS (8477).  
Updated Sunnyside map released, to be distributed to hotels, real estate offices and businesses
Sunnyside shines map Jan. 16, By Christian Murray Sunnyside’s 2015 neighborhood map has been updated and is about to be released. The Sunnyside map, produced by the Sunnyside Shines Business Improvement District (BID), in partnership with the Sunnyside Chamber of Commerce and LaGuardia Community College, features a full-color illustrated map of the neighborhood and an updated business directory. Fifteen thousand maps have been printed and will be distributed at hotels in western Queens, local real estate offices and businesses, and community events in an effort to draw newcomers and orient new residents to the neighborhood.  The map is updated each year with a new business directory, including businesses that are either members of the Sunnyside Shines BID or the Sunnyside Chamber of Commerce. The Sunnyside map was originally designed in 2013, and was the product of a design competition among students from LaGuardia Community College. The original and updated map features the winning artwork from former LaGuardia student Carmen Zhu. Students in the art and humanities department were tasked with creating artwork for a map that highlighted neighborhood landmarks and amenities. The map artwork was combined with a business directory and advertisements from local Sunnyside businesses, which funded the design and printing costs. “The Sunnyside map is a great piece to promote the neighborhood,” said Rachel Thieme, executive director of the Sunnyside Shines Business Improvement District. “I was glad to see how well it was received last year.” Linda Santini-Tripodis, owner of local business Merit Group Realty, said that she provides a copy of the map to all new residents looking to move into the neighborhood. “They love the map because it puts all of Sunnyside’s vendors at your fingertips!” Santini-Tripodis said.

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Pols. introduce community board term limits bill, aim to bring on new members as neighborhoods change
QNCB1 Jan. 14, By Christian Murray and Michael Florio The Chairman of Astoria’s Community Board 1 Vinicio Donato has held the top job since 1979. Meanwhile, all the leading figures on the Community Board 1 have been there since the 1980s—including those in charge of zoning and overseeing liquor licenses. The first vice chair George Stamatiades was appointed in 1982; second vice chair Norma Nieves-Blas was put on the board in 1987; the head of the Zoning & Variance Committee John Carusone joined in 1988; and the head of the public safety committee Antonio Meloni has been a member since 1988. This scenario of long-serving board members holding key posts is very common throughout the city-- and some legislators are looking to change that. Councilman Daniel Dromm (Jackson Heights) introduced legislation in December that would limit the amount of time a board member could serve to six two-year terms (12 years). The legislation would only apply to board members appointed after April 1, 2016. Existing board members would not be affected by the bill and would be able to stay as long as they desire—as long as their attendance records are in order. “I applaud those board members who have served for 30 or 40 years but I think we need to start thinking about changing things up a bit,” Dromm said. Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer, who represents Sunnyside/Woodside/LIC as well as a section of Astoria, is one of seven other legislators who has co-sponsored the bill. Councilman Costa Constantinides is not a co-sponsor and declined to comment on the legislation for this article. Dromm said that New York has undergone a great deal of change in the past 30 years and that should be reflected in terms of who sits on the community board. He said that when people sit on boards for three and four decades it creates a “huge power structure” that doesn’t always benefit a changing community. The same people stay in charge, he said, since the new members don’t want to challenge the long-serving chair person or executive board members. "While new members do get appointed to the [50 person] boards each year, they rarely get into powerful positions or on the executive board,” Dromm said. “These [chair] people wield a lot of power,” Dromm told the Sunnyside Post last year, since they decide who heads the committees and who is on them (see bylaws below). “They have a significant amount of power over the direction of the community.” Van Bramer, a former Community Board 2 member, said that the “changing of the guard is healthy and it represents good-government and democracy.” He said that council members are term limited and so too is the president of the United States. Therefore he believes that they should apply to community board members too. Van Bramer said that he supports the bill since it isn’t aimed at removing existing board members or punishing them. “We all value their volunteerism and what they have done.” However, Van Bramer said that more people should have an opportunity to serve on the board.
Daniel Dromm

Daniel Dromm

He noted that there are about 30 people looking to get on Community Board 2 yet only a few spots open up each year. Community Board members are appointed by the borough president, with half the nominees coming from the council member from a given district. Each board member has a two year term and then has to be reappointed by the borough president. The members are almost universally reappointed unless they have poor attendance records. The amount of work a member does on the board is not measured, nor is their attendance at committee meetings. Therefore, a member could go to most of the monthly meetings, say or doing little and still be reappointed. However, those opposed to Dromm’s bill argue that the long-serving members have accumulated an enormous amount of knowledge that helps the board tackle complex topics. “I am opposed to term limits because there is value in experience and the history of many issues that come before the board,” said Community Board 1 Chair Vinicio Donato in a statement. Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer, who served on Community Board 7, told the Gotham Gazette in December that developers often present boards with complicated land-use proposals and that it often takes experienced board members to grasp it all. Furthermore, Brewer said that seasoned board members are better able to negotiate with developers when it comes to affordable housing and other public amenities. "Without that kind of expertise, the developers will have a field day," Brewer told the Gazette. She does not support of the bill. Meanwhile, Queens Borough President Melinda Katz also opposes Dromm’s bill and does not believe in the concept of term limits for board members, according to her spokesman. Lisa Deller, who is the land use committee head at Community Board 2, told the SunnysidePost last year that it took her a long time to get up to speed with how the city planning process works as well as other city issues. She said that unless someone is a land-use attorney, it takes years to work out all the nuances. “I think [term limits] would diminish the power of the community board,” Deller said. She said it would increase participation but members would be term limited once they developed a level of expertise.” However, Dromm said that the community board managers have the institutional knowledge and contacts-- and that the board members should be able to confer with them. Furthermore, the senior members can help mentor the new members. Patrick O’Brien, who was recently voted in as the chairman of Community Board 2, said “like anything there are always two sides to every equation.” “Turnover and involvement of new people is always a good thing, whether it is due to term limits or other reasons, but the loss of quality people who have developed relationships over the years with agencies…would be missed.” He said that 12 years is "too long" for those board members who do little. However, “someone who has done a great deal and continues to do so in a really great way, well then 12 years is a hard limit—despite people thinking it is a good thing.” “In some scenarios term limits are a good. In others it would be a real loss to the community and the community board,” O’Brien said. .

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Public art goes up in Sunnyside, on vacant Greenpoint Ave. billboard
Keep Calm Sunnyside

Greenpoint Avenue

Jan. 13, By Christian Murray A piece of public art went up today on a large billboard on Greenpoint Avenue—between 45th and 46th Streets. The artwork has been installed by “14X48,” a non-profit organization that takes vacant billboards and then brightens them up through public art. The Greenpoint Avenue billboard is now covered with a collage of 80-plus posters that all start with the slogan “Keep Calm.” Each poster has a separate message, such as: “Keep Calm and Kiss Me,” or “Keep Calm and play basketball.” The slogan originated in Britain during WWII, with “Keep Calm and Carry On.” While the British did not use it, the slogan has since been used for marketing purposes. The artist, Margeaux Walter of Brooklyn, said that that she chose the slogan since it addressed the “overlap between individuality and commerce as well as the various guises of advertising and propaganda.” The artwork will be up for at least four weeks. The artist also invites people to tweet messages using the hashtag #keepcalm14x48. These tweets will be made into postcards and distributed along Greenpoint Avenue and at Ave. Coffee House. For more information, please click here.  

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