“Blue Bloods” production crew back into tree, sparking neighborhood anger

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  1. Chrisavelli

    get a life...I see a torn branch, not a down tree.

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  2. Evan

    The honorable thing for them to do would be to plant one or several replacements nearby in the neighborhood.

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  3. CelticWinnie

    Send a payment to the Park Department? Good grief....

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  4. There, Their, They're

    These production crews are blocking off the parking spots well over a full day day before the first truck or trailer even shows up and well before the time stated on the notices posted on the street. They are really taking advantage of us and have zero respect for the people who live here.

    Look at the size of that truck. It's not meant to be parked on a residential street.

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  5. CelticWarrior

    if the tree belonged to a union, then theyre really in trouble....

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  6. Celtic Bark

    Didn't the city recently just give the Kaufman Studio in Astoria an entire city street that is now gated off and closed to the public, so they could film outdoor scenes?

    How much, if anything, did they pay for that?

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  7. SuperWittySmitty

    These folks film around here often and they're generally unobtrusive and respectful. I've never seen anyone leave a mess, and if there's truly any anger, it from a very small segment of the population. My sister-in-law loves this show, and I'm glad they like Sunnyside!

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  8. pathetic sheep

    I dont believe the hype that these crews help the economies of the neighborhoods that they film in. They come with pre-loaded food trucks (bearing out of state plates) and everything else they need. Where is their $ being spent in Sunnyside? We dont need the 'advertising' the show provides us. We get nothing accept block after block of unusable parking spaces, many more than they could ever need.

    2 summers ago, a production crew took out 2 newly planted trees with their trucks on the west side of 43rd st btw Skillman and 43rd Ave. I called the production company, city, nothing was done.

    With regard to parking, here is a simple solution. These prod co's should pay the city X amount to cover the expenses of people having to park (and pay) under the 7 train, making it free. Seems like a fair trade.

    We are lucky we have the parking under the train, imagine other areas that dont have that conveniece, where the hell do they park?

    PS

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  9. Ignorance is Bliss Street

    They also have a nasty habit of blocking fire hydrants with their trucks, trailers and personal vehicles. They're not just inconveniencing us, they are putting our lives and property in danger. SuperWitty, that's not my idea of "generally unobtrusive."

    God forbid there is a fire or some other emergency, such as the tragic gas explosion in East Harlem the other day, and firefighters need immediate access to the hydrants.

    Those generator trucks with all the cables hooked up to it and those gigantic wardrobe and dressing room trailers take a lot of time to pack up and move. The parking permits the studios are granted does NOT include parking in front of fire hydrants.

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  10. Craic Dealer

    Just eat their food (Caterer's). I do it all the time. They're in OUR neighborhood.

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  11. Pete

    @pathetic sheep: the studios pay fees to film on private property in the neighborhood. They shot one scene in my building a couple of months ago. The shooting lasted a total of about 18 hours (counting set up, filming, and clean up), and we were paid a $7,000 fee. I'd say that's pretty generous.

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  12. David I

    A few weeks ago they were shooting The Good Wife on my street. Signs went up saying not to park after 12PM on Thursday or get towed. The day before on Wednesday morning, workers were already blocking parking spots with cones. I don't take shit from anybody, so I moved their cones out of the way and parked my car. What do you know, two thugs from the company came out and tried to intimidate me into moving my car. I pointed to the sign, then the dash cams in my car (one in front, one in back) and told them to f**k off.

    Long story short-- they will get away with as much as you let them. These people are scum, take your neighborhood back from them. There is no benefit to the residents at all of having these film shoots here. Furthermore, the city has implemented tax breaks for these companies to incentivize them to come here. They are not shopping here, and no tax dollars are left here so WHY THE HELL are we accommodating them?

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  13. Mobo

    Geez...people just complain about everything. How often do they film in this particular area? Every single day, every week, every month?
    I could see if it were a regular occurrence, but it isn't. I'm sure the production company will make good on the tree, and then maybe they can find a community that will get a kick out of having them film in their neighborhood.

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  14. Ignorance is Bliss Street

    @Mobo, I've lost count of how many film shoots there have been just in my immediate area alone in the last year or so. This past summer/fall I'd say it was every 2-3 weeks. There are 3 shows that film regularly in this area: Blue Bloods, Elementary and Person of Interest and one or two others a bit less often. A few years back, Rescue Me was here all the damn time it seemed. So yeah, it is a regular occurrence and the novelty of seeing the neighborhood on TV wore off for many of us a long time ago.

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  15. Craic Dealer

    @Mobo: ...are you seriously complaining about how people complain?

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  16. Kramden's Delicious Marshall

    In fairness to the show, Tom Selleck has always been gentlemanly and respectful towards local residents the times he filmed here.

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  17. SuperWittySmitty

    Hey Ignorance, yes, there was that story last year about one of their trucks blocking a hydrant. That was it. Show me that it's still happening. I know you'll find something to complain about. They were around here these past few days and everything went extremely smooth. No hydrants were blockede, and the city earned revenue.

    Too bad for the minority of Sunnyside residents who have a car; most of us DO NOT. Yet so much of our city is given over to the personal automobile. But it's not enough, apparently.

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  18. Mind your Bizness

    I've seen the craft food folks buying eggs and bagels and veggies at Met Food on an early morning. Just sayin. Some shopping gets done

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  19. Preschool Teacher

    I work by the Met Life/Jet Blue building in LIC. "The Good Wife" shoots there LITERALLY every week. I've watched the show. They don't even film outdoors. Can't they do this at Silvercup?!! Film sets/studios are completely self contained and self sufficient. They don't spend a nickel in these neighborhoods. I hope someone in the community is seeing some money for this.

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  20. Ignorance is Bliss Street

    @Super Witty

    I seem to recall the story had more than one hydrant blocked, and I have personally seen several others blocked since then.

    Are you seriously that star-struck you are willing to compromise people's safety?

    And guess what. Even non car-owners are at risk when the hydrants are blocked.

    Maybe Donnie Wahlberg will blow you a kiss and make it all worth it.

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  21. Ignorance is Bliss Street

    @Super Witty

    PS. You obviously have a grudge against people with personal automobiles. BUT you seem to have no problem with the film crews parking THEIR personal automobiles here.

    Why the double standard?

    You're against cars in the city, unless of course, the motorists are in show business apparently.

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  22. sunniestside

    Isn't 43rd St & 48th Ave in Sunnyside??

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  23. Doge

    They filmed on 42nd and 43rd ave a few months ago and took up 2 square blocks worth of parking. Where are all these cars supposed to park? What do residents get out of it? NOTHING!

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  24. More Champagne for Lulu

    Sunnyside residents are so warm and welcoming as demonstrated by those comments.

    No wonder film crews keep coming back to shoot here.

    The legendary laid-back and open attitude of Sunnysiders.

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  25. celticparker

    why don't the city cancel the streetcleaning rules when the show is being filmed

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  26. SuperWittySmitty

    It's true, I'm not a big fan of cars. They take up too much room, they're operated dangerously by too many drivers, some of these things are noisy and/or dirty. All the black soot on the snow that you've seen came from all the traffic that surrounds us. Most people around here do not even need a car but we have to sacrifice so much.

    If you are using the roads to be productive (like the workers and their equipment making this show,) that's good. For many, it's just a convenience at the expense of others.

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  27. ointment for grandma's goiter

    good for building and residents, brings lots o cash!
    blue booods has been good for sunnyside and my bldg

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  28. Lunar

    If they damaged something then they are responsible to pay for the replacement or repairs. In this case replanting a new tree if the damage to the tree is too severe for it to live and/or remain where it is without being a danger to those walking under it.

    They are obligated to do this under keeping a good reputation with the community for themselves the next time they want to film here. As well as any future production companies who want to film here.

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  29. Ignorance is Bliss Street

    @Super Witty

    I have respected your opinion in the past even when i was in in disagreement with it.

    But you have show your true colors.

    How dare you you accuse of people in the neighborhood who drive cars who aren't in the TV production business as being non productive.

    Seriously man, go eff yourself.

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  30. 6ft Peanut Butter Elvis

    Trees belong to the man himself, GOD!
    Only GOD can judge the TV dude who can't drive
    All others, go back to complaining about hipsters and Squirtz

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  31. Sunnysidehatesme14

    I said before that Tree's don't belong in Cities. They always fall on people and property. Get rid of em all.

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  32. Anonymous

    I've worked in the industry for years. All of my coworkers are NYC residents. Many of them live in sunnyside. There's millions of dollars brought to this economy and tens of thousands of local people that now have jobs and health insurance.

    Despite what you may think about Hollywood and the studio system, i can tell you, other than the main actors and directors, everybody else that works on the shows and movies in nyc lives here, is from here, and they love NYC. Chances are one of your neighbors works in the industry. You going to prevent the man from working because you need a place to park? And just because you don't see the money in your pocket doesn't mean the productions aren't paying hefty fees to the city for the permits. We are. You should ask the city for your cut if you don't think it's fair, they're the bad guy here.

    And our trucks have out of state plates, cause they are rentals. Have you never rented a car before?

    To the point about the one block outdoor space at Kaufman. I shouldn't even say this but have you ever watched television? How boring would it be if ever show every outdoor scene took place on the same block. You'd have batman and Hannah Montana on the same street. That's just ignorant. The story dictates where we shoot. We're telling stories here people.

    Sorry about the branch. That's messed up.

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  33. CelticWinnie

    TO 'Anonymous' working in the industry.. Thank you for the intelligent comment. It seems most people feel everyone owes them something... . And without spending too much time on this, i bet they watch TV and enjoy it as much as anyone else. So lets not complain about the occasional inconvenience to create said tv shows. Really, people. Get a hobby.

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  34. pathetic sheep

    "And our trucks have out of state plates, cause they are rentals. Have you never rented a car before?"

    Yes, I have. IN NYC. Why are they not rented in the city?

    Vans rented from out of state, food from outside the city.

    These video shoots do nothing to help the communities they are in.
    I have seen trash left behind, fire hydrants blocked, trees damaged (this is not the first time), loud noises/fumes all night as they run their trucks overnight and no one going into any of the local stores.

    Do the right thing and pay for folks to park under the train when filming in our area. It's simple. Oh, I forgot Hollywood's mantra 'Greed is Good'.

    PS

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  35. pathetic sheep

    as a college kid I worked for Enterprise RAC. Not every car has out of state plates. Stop attempting to come up with excuses for these production companies.

    I keep reading how these same workers live in our area, w/i NYC. I doubt that is the case. I bet most are from outside the city, as they probably are not paid well enough to afford NYC rents. I'll believe it when I see it proof, stats.

    Simple solutions: 1. Be respectful of the neighborhoods you work in.
    2. cover the cost (w/ NYCDOT) for free parking under the 7 train during shoot.

    Not everyone can take mass transit to work for lots of different reasons, thus, a car is a necessity.

    I remember someone telling me I couldnt walk down my street because they were filming. I laughed, walked right through. We cant be prisoners in our own apts to some B TV show. Use CGI, green screens like everyone else.

    PS

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  36. Jack in Warwick

    To Sunniestside

    43St. &48 Ave is Woodside.

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  37. Dirty Harry

    Did anyone even stop to see the tree branch was rotten and maybe just maybe the nice truck driver did the residents a favor by removing the unseen threat. That branch could have landed on some poor persons head. PS did anyone see the truck knock down the branch or is everyone just assuming that because there parking was interrupted and they just need a reason to complain ?

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  38. CelticWinnie

    43rd st and 48 ave is woodside as a post office zoning technicality only.

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  39. Putin wouldn't wear mom jeans

    Can't they just replace it with a fake one? I'm sure they got a warehouse of em, and better looking too

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  40. Henry

    Anonymous is right. I know a few people who work in the film and TV business in NY and they are all hard working locals who have families to support. Some are production coordinators or assistants and others work in supporting industries like a small local food caterer.

    Like many of us freelancers these days if they don't have a production or show to work on they don't earn income. When they have a project they earn a living, feed their families, get health insurance, and spend their money in and around NY and pay NY taxes.

    While you may not see the money in your pockets, by supporting the local production shoots we are supporting the local economy by "buying local". It's ok to be angry or annoyed about the inconveniences but we should be sure to separate our opinions from economic facts. "The motion picture and television industry is responsible for 91,608 direct jobs and $8.2 billion in wages in New York, including both production and distribution-related jobs. Nearly 49,000 of the jobs are production-related. "*

    The vast majority of the crew are local New Yorkers and if locals are working and earning it's better for the local economy. That's simple economics. Today there is more and more production going on in other states like North Carolina, and other countries like Canada.

    *source: http://www.mpaa.org/policy/state-by-state.

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  41. Elizabeth

    As a Sunnyside resident and television production accountant working in Greenpoint I have to 100% agree with Henry's comment above.

    There are many hard working families in Sunnyside, including my own, that depend upon production able to shoot on location in New York. Without outdoor location shooting most of these shows would move to other states or Canada and we would be out of jobs.

    I realize it is incredibly inconvenient to lose parking and damage to occur, but it is my experience that any damage is quickly fixed by the production and the benefit the city and the borough receives is far more precious than the sporadic inconvenience we might experience.

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  42. Filmbuff

    I have lived in Sunnyside all my life and I welcome the film crews. It makes parking hard, but that's NY. Also, I have a number of friends who make their living from this industry and I did too, for a while but I couldn't take the hours. Most of the people who do this for a living work incredibly hard. I know that all the rentals/equipment and employees absolutely contribute to our economy. Usually, the companies affiliated with shows are really honorable and take care of their damages. It wouldn't surprise me to know that Blue Bloods has already paid the community to replace these trees. It sucks to lose parking and no one wants to wake up to a film crew at their doorstep first thing in the morning but, frankly, construction companies are worse.

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  43. eneg09

    I've lived in Sunnyside all of my life (65 years), and it makes me feel proud to think that the film and TV industry find it suitable to shoot programs in my neighborhood. They did Spiderman on my rooftop and not too long ago they did that show Unforgettable in front of my building. Say what you may but I personally love the whole idea and I would give anything to catch a glimpse of Tom Selleck in person. I have been a huge fan for over 40 years. Keep the shows coming!!!

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Park Smart is not a program that typically goes into effect overnight as the DOT typically evaluates each street to determine whether the parking times and rates need to be modified.

Furthermore it is typically implemented as a pilot program before becoming permanent.

The programs were made permanent in Park Slope and Greenwich Village, after they were deemed effective, according to the DOT.

However, the pilot program on Madison Avenue and East 86th Street was brought to a halt after it was viewed as being ineffective, according to published reports.

For more information on Park Smart click here

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Sunnyside building winds up on ‘Worst Landlord Watch List’
 43-15 46th Street

43-15 46th Street

Oct. 16, By Christian Murray

New York’s annual “Worst Landlord Watch List” was released last week and it included a poorly-run building in Sunnyside and one in Woodside.

The list, released by Public Advocate Letitia James, reported that the third worst building in Queens—in terms of violations—is located at 43-15 46th Street.

The building, which is a 6-story 88-unit complex, has 271 outstanding violations, according to the report. While the building is a coop, it has several renters—although the exact number is not known.

The original landlord, who took the building coop about 25 years ago, rents several units, according to published reports.

The violations, which have been filed with HPD, deal with water leaks, missing smoke detectors, loose bathroom tiles, mold and defective faucets.

The managing agent of the building is Aras Properties, which is located in Cedarhurst. The head officer is Kevin Kane, who could not be reached for comment.

Meanwhile, the landlord who runs a Woodside building has the fifth worst record in Queens, with 223 violations.

The building, located at 39-30 59th Street, is a 6-story 78 unit complex.

The violations include complaint about roaches, defective plastered surfaces, broken stoves, mold and missing smoke detectors.

The owner of the building is Harry Silverstein. Silverstein could not be reached for comment.

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Sunnyside Restaurant Week kicks off Monday
Salt & Fat

Salt & Fat

Oct. 19, By Christian Murray Sunnyside’s second annual restaurant week kicks off Monday and 33 restaurants have signed up to participate. The event, organized by Sunnyside Shines, aims to showcase Sunnyside as a destination for high-quality cuisine. Its goal is tempt residents to try new places and draw foodies from other parts of New York City. Furthermore, there will also be artwork on display at five participating restaurant—with three of those pieces coming from Sunnyside artists. On Monday, there will be a reception held at 7pm at Salt and Fat (41-16 Queens Boulevard) to mark restaurant week. The reception will include a guided tour of the five art installations as well as a movie screening at Dazies. The art is being curated by No Longer Empty, a Manhattan-based contemporary art organization. The work will be on display at Bucharest Restaurant, Los Verdes, PJ Horgan’s, Salt & Fat and Venturo. However, for many, the main attraction won’t be the art—it will be the food. Each restaurant will serve a three course dinner menu for $25—from lunchtime Monday through Friday Oct. 24. The participating restaurants span the globe. There will be Japanese, Turkish, Irish, Italian, Romanian, Mexican, Peruvian, French, Colombian, Filipino, Paraguayan, Tibetan, Thai, and Seasonal American food on offer. Restaurants from Skillman Avenue through 47th Avenue have signed up this year. Last November, when Sunnyside Restaurant Week was launched, 17 restaurants took part. “Last year’s event was a big success for neighborhood restaurants,” said Rachel Thieme, executive director, of Sunnyside Shines. “I am proud that we have doubled the number.” Participating restaurants will also include newcomers to the Sunnyside scene—such as Tibetan Dumpling Café and Blu Orchid. Venturo and Salt & Fat, which were recently recognized as Michelin “Bib Gourmands,” will be participating again this year. Sunnyside Shines has listed the 33 restaurants on its website. Most have put together a special menu just for Sunnyside Restaurant Week.
All this for $25.

Takesushi: All this for $25.

Parking costs might rise in Sunnyside/Woodside, as DOT has preliminary plans to introduce ‘Park Smart’
meters Oct. 17, By Christian Murray Representatives from the Department of Transportation attended a Community Board 2 meeting last week and introduced a preliminary plan to introduce “Park Smart”-- a program that aims to free up parking spaces--in Sunnyside, Woodside and Long Island City. The program attempts to reduce the time it takes for motorists to find parking in business districts-- by changing meter rates, extending park hours and modifying commercial parking zones. The program was first introduced in Queens in 2013, with the implementation of a pilot program in Jackson Heights. The program typically focuses on changing the meter rates to encourage short-term parking through “progressive” rates. For instance on certain streets in Jackson Heights, it now costs 50 cents to park for 30 minutes, $1:50 for an hour, $2:50 for 90 minutes and $4 for 2 hours. However, in some cases, the parking period has been extended on certain streets. For instance, one hour limits have been increased to two. Park Smart typically aims to change the commercial parking and delivery zones. “Early Morning Delivery Zones” are often established to provide loading space before the meters turn on at 10 a.m., and “Paid Commercial Parking Zones” reserve daytime metered spaces for commercial uses. The Department of Transportation will not introduce the system unless business owners opt into the program. The DOT representatives told the Community Board 2 that it will reach out to Sunnyside Shines Business Improvement District, the Long Island City Partnership and Woodside on the Move to get their feedback. Those groups are likely to conduct a survey of local businesses to get their feedback. Park Smart is not a program that typically goes into effect overnight as the DOT typically evaluates each street to determine whether the parking times and rates need to be modified. Furthermore it is typically implemented as a pilot program before becoming permanent. The programs were made permanent in Park Slope and Greenwich Village, after they were deemed effective, according to the DOT. However, the pilot program on Madison Avenue and East 86th Street was brought to a halt after it was viewed as being ineffective, according to published reports. For more information on Park Smart click here https://www.scribd.com/doc/243356677/Jackson-Heights-PARK-Smart
Sunnyside building winds up on ‘Worst Landlord Watch List’
 43-15 46th Street

43-15 46th Street

Oct. 16, By Christian Murray New York’s annual "Worst Landlord Watch List" was released last week and it included a poorly-run building in Sunnyside and one in Woodside. The list, released by Public Advocate Letitia James, reported that the third worst building in Queens—in terms of violations—is located at 43-15 46th Street. The building, which is a 6-story 88-unit complex, has 271 outstanding violations, according to the report. While the building is a coop, it has several renters—although the exact number is not known. The original landlord, who took the building coop about 25 years ago, rents several units, according to published reports. The violations, which have been filed with HPD, deal with water leaks, missing smoke detectors, loose bathroom tiles, mold and defective faucets. The managing agent of the building is Aras Properties, which is located in Cedarhurst. The head officer is Kevin Kane, who could not be reached for comment. Meanwhile, the landlord who runs a Woodside building has the fifth worst record in Queens, with 223 violations. The building, located at 39-30 59th Street, is a 6-story 78 unit complex. The violations include complaint about roaches, defective plastered surfaces, broken stoves, mold and missing smoke detectors. The owner of the building is Harry Silverstein. Silverstein could not be reached for comment. Click here for the Worst Landlord List Click here to look up the violations in any building
 43-15 46th Street.

43-15 46th Street.

 
Application period for Hunters Point South has begun
Hunters Point South building Oct. 15, By Christian Murray The application period for the apartments at the Hunters Point South Development in Long Island City went live today. The application forms can be filled out on line at New York Housing Connect, which requires applicants to provide details such as their income and apartment sought. Those interested have until December 15 to submit an application. There are 925 apartments up for grabs, with 186 apartments available to those applicants who fall into the “low income” bracket. To qualify as low income, an applicant seeking a studio cannot make more than $30,000—while a family seeking a 3 bedroom unit must earn less than $50,000 per year. For those who qualify for the “low income” bracket, the rents would range in price from $494 per month for a studio to as high as $959 for a three bedroom. However, the limits are significantly higher for the 738 “moderate income” apartments on offer. The maximum income permitted to be eligible for a studio is a little over $130,000, while the maximum household income for a 3 bedroom unit is about $225,000. The rents for “moderate income” earners will range from $1,561-$1997 for a studio, $1,965-2,509 for a one bedroom, $2,366-$3,300 for a 2 bedroom and $2,729-$4,346 for a three bedroom. Preference will be given to applicants who live within the Community Board 2 district, which covers Sunnyside, Woodside and Long Island City. affordablerents affordablehousingmoderate income
Village Voice declares Salt & Fat Sunnyside’s best restaurant
saltfat-350x263 Oct 15, Staff Report The Village Voice has just named Salt & Fat as the best restaurant in Sunnyside. The write up starts as follows: "Salt & Fat looks like it could be in Brooklyn — reclaimed wood for the storefront sign, artfully arranged small plates that feature New American decadence — but owner Daniel Yi is a local boy. Born in Seoul and raised in Sunnyside, Yi has crafted a nation-hopping menu that reflects the area's diversity. A meal begins with a complimentary starter — popcorn cooked in bacon fat, as American as can be — and finishes with little bottles of Yakult, a tangy-sweet Japanese yogurt drink." For the rest of the Village Voice Article, please click here.  
Dumplings & Noodle eatery to open on 46th Street
Noodles By Christian Murray A dumplings and noodles eatery will be opening on 46th Street next door to Pio Pio Riko. The restaurant, which will be located at 45-24 46th Street, is expected to open in late December, according to its owner, who was reluctant to provide too many details at this point. The eatery will consist of about 30 seats and there will not be table service. The owner described it as "fast casual." The menu will consist of soup, baos (steamed buns filled with pork/beef/vegetables), and a wide selection of noodles and dumplings (both steamed and fried). The food will include a mix of Chinese and other Asian flavors. There are also plans to get a liquor license. The owner has another restaurant—offering the same style of food—in Park Slope. The business owner was attracted to Sunnyside due to its diverse population.  “I like the mixed neighborhood and there are few [restaurants] like this in the area.” The restaurant is moving into a portion of the space that was once occupied by Grand 99 Cent Store, which left about 2 years ago. The other portion of the site was leased to  Signature Paint & Home Center, which opened this summer.
Grand 99 Cent Store (2012)

Grand 99 Cent Store (2012)

Cathy Nolan’s opponent for Assembly a long shot
JohnKwilsonThis November’s election for Assembly District 37 is practically a formality. Assemblywoman Cathy Nolan (D), who has been in office representing a large portion of Western Queens since 1984, faces a contender who has run against her twice before and was thumped each time. Nolan has name recognition, the benefit of incumbency, strong party backing and has raised more than $130,000 in campaign funds since 2010 (Friends of Catherine Nolan and Nolan for Assembly). She has moved up the ranks over the years, where she has chaired the Banking as well as Labor committees. She is currently the chair of the Education Committee. Meanwhile, her challenger John K. Wilson, a Sunnyside barman/actor, has raised $10,000 in campaign funds (Committee to elect John K Wilson) since 2010 and has virtually no name recognition. His best effort against Nolan came in 2010 when he generated 16% of the vote, after he ran a confrontational—and at times—negative campaign (see website). Wilson said he is running in order to introduce term limits and bring an end to the Queens Democratic machine. “There is too much power in too few hands,” he said. “Six years in office should be the limit,” Wilson said. “I want to put an end to career politicians.” “The longer someone is in power the less work they do for the people,” he said. “They take the job for granted and focus on moving up within the party.” Wilson, who ran as a Republican in his past two campaigns, is running for office as a Libertarian this year. He switched parties, he said, so people would listen to his positions. “When I ran as a Republican [in 2010 and 2012], people would shut the door in my face and not even listen to my ideas,” he said. “People associate you as Dick Cheney, which is not the case. This time, some people might tell me they are Cathy [Nolan] supporters but at least they will listen to me.” His platform is based around free market economics. He said businesses are over regulated, over taxed and subject to too much bureaucracy. “New York State is very unfriendly to business and that is why many are leaving to go to other states.” He cited the battle in Long Island City over the use of back yard space as an example of unnecessary bureaucracy. “Local restaurants hire people, want to do what is right by the community and are losing revenue,” he said. “These owners don’t want to be bad neighbors,” he said. “It is not in their interest to have loud noise at night. Why not a compromise?” He said that he opposes the concept of affordable housing, which he views as a “buzzword” to make it appear as though elected officials are “helping the little people.” He said the term “affordable” has never been defined and believes that market forces are the answer. Wilson, who supports gay marriage and is pro-choice, said that he wants the number of charter schools to be expanded. He said charter schools benefit poor and minority students and many parents want to send their children to these schools since they provide the best chance these children have for success. He also said that the state needs to cut spending and focus more on reducing taxes."Lower taxes equal more jobs," he said. Most of all, Wilson said that voters need a choice come Election Day (Nov. 4) and said it is disappointing that many legislators are running unopposed. “Without a choice we enter into Soviet style government,” he said.
Police Precinct 108 takes to the streets
Hennessy Oct. 12, By Christian Murray Captain Brian Hennessy, the commanding officer of the 108 Police Precinct, aims to forge closer ties with the community. Earlier this month, he started a new initiative called “Community Friday,” where he and a group of officers (many off duty) go to a neighborhood to clean graffiti, pick up garbage and address quality-of-life issues. While the 108 Precinct has been doing cleanups periodically, Hennessy decided recently to turn it into a formal program. “I thought I would start this program because it is important that we do things with the community…to show we care,” Hennessy said. “It is the best part of policing.” On Friday Oct. 3, Hennessy’s team tackled their first job by 43rd Street/Laurel Hill Boulevard—next to the Long Island Expressway. Hennessy had been told at a meeting hosted by the United 40s Civic Association, a group of about 60 Woodside/Sunnyside residents, that there was a homeless problem by the expressway and that the area was filthy and covered with graffiti. Hennessy, accompanied by a group of about 15 officers (some auxiliary officers), went to the neighborhood and brought with him a worker from the Department of Homeless Services to help out the homeless. However, on that afternoon, the homeless were not there. The police, dressed in white overalls, picked up garbage on the sidewalk and grass, and painted over graffiti. The event took place between the 4 pm and 6pm. On Oct. 10, Hennessy and his crew went to Maspeth to clean up the graffiti down by 70th Street and 48th Avenue and to tackle the persistent problem of abandoned vehicles that the community has brought to his attention. Since he took command in May 2013, Hennessy has been an active participant in community events. He has organized basketball games between cops and high school students. In summer, he organized volleyball games at Hunters Point South Park down by LIC Landing. In terms of the new program, Hennessy is hopeful that his crew will get to work with the community throughout the entire Sunnyside/Woodside and Long Island City area. He said he welcomes people’s feedback as to locations where his crew should go.
Rally to find driver responsible for Woodside Hit-and-Run
Van BramerFATAL Oct. 12, By Christian Murray Less than 48 hours after a hit-and-run incident on Queens Blvd, community leaders held a rally calling on the public for tips to find out who was responsible. The rally was held at the intersection of 60th Street and Queens Blvd at the scene where an unidentified Hispanic man in his 30s was struck by a dark-colored Ford SUV around 1:30 a.m. Thursday while crossing the intersection. The driver fled the scene. The victim was taken to Elmhurst Hospital in critical condition and—as of Friday afternoon—had yet to be identified. “To leave someone lying in the street and offer no assistance is an outrage,” said Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer. “Someone out there has a guilty conscience and should turn themselves in.” “We are calling on anyone who has information on this case to call the authorities,” he said. A large road sign had been placed on the side of Queens Blvd calling on motorists to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS if they had any information on the incident. The rally, however, was also held to remind people that they must stop after a collision. “You have to stop no matter how serious, whether it's a fender bender or someone is lying in the street injured, you must stop. That is the law. And if you don't you will be brought to justice,” Van Bramer said. Van Bramer said that the recently passed Hit-and-Run Victims Act, which he sponsored, will go into effect December 29. With that law, a perpetrator of a hit and run can be fined up to $10,000--on top of any criminal charges imposed by the state. Van Bramer said the new law is about increasing the public’s awareness that this will not be tolerated. “We want to change the culture. When people see the full weight of the law is coming down they might think twice,” he said. Should the incident prove fatal, it would be the first traffic-related death this year in the 108 Police precinct, which covers Sunnyside, Woodside and Long Island City. This time last year, there had been 8 deaths, including five pedestrians. Van Bramer said that the Vision Zero campaign has been a large factor in keeping traffic deaths down, which has included the redesign of dangerous streets to greater enforcement. The 108 Precinct has issued 30% more speeding tickets this year compared to the same period in 2013. The police also doubled the number of drunk drivers arrests, with 112 people arrested so far this year compared to 52 for the same period in 2013.
Brooklyn man arrested in connection to Woodside murder
queenspalace Oct. 10, By Michael Florio A Brooklyn man was arrested Thursday for allegedly killing a man outside a Woodside party hall in July. Jorge Navarro, 20, was arrested in connection to the July 26th death of Eduardo Rojas, who was killed after being struck in the head. The incident occurred outside of Queens Palace, located at 37-27 57th Street, when a fight broke out. In the melee gun shots were also fired. The 108 precinct responded to a 911 call just after 1 am and discovered a 25-year-old man with a gunshot wound to his left leg and back, as well Rojas, who was dead. Navarro is facing charges of murder, manslaughter and gang assault. He has not been charged for the shooting.
Another hit-and-run in Woodside leaves man in critical condition
ambulance Oct. 9, By Michael Florio Another pedestrian has fallen victim to a hit-and-run in Woodside. A 20-to-30 year old male was struck in the early hours today while crossing the intersection at Queens Blvd and 60th Street. A dark colored SUV was traveling westbound along Queens Blvd when it struck the victim at about 1:30 am, according to an NYPD spokesperson. The vehicle did not stop and continued westbound toward the Queensboro Bridge. Upon arrival, officers discovered the victim to be unconscious. He was taken to Elmhurst Hospital in critical condition. The investigation is ongoing.

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