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CB 2 Debates Outdoor Seating and Police Precinct

At the November Community Board 2 meeting, three Sunnyside and Woodside restaurants were approved for sidewalk status.

The three establishments were Bucharest, a Romanian restaurant at 43-45 40th St.; Manolo’s, a Mexican restaurant at 46-26 Greenpoint Ave.; and Riz Bagels, at 57-20 Woodside Ave.

Bucharest was approved to set up four tables and 16 seats just around the corner from Queens Boulevard; Manolo’s was given the thumbs up to install 12 tables and 24 seats along 47th Street. Meanwhile, Riz Bagels, at 57-20 Woodside Ave., where the avenue and 58th Street meet, got the green light to continue operating its enclosed sidewalk café that happens to be attached to a McDonald’s on Roosevelt Avenue.

At the board meeting, Board Chairman Joseph Conley expressed a desire to move the 108th Police Precinct headquarters to a more centrally located place. Currently, it is located on 50th Avenue, in the heart of Long Island City. (As an aside, Assemblywoman Cathy Nolan has expressed a desire for a satellite office outside of LIC)

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There were a bunch in the neighborhood last night at 7:30ish. But like Sunnyside South said, unless it’s response to a situation, they’re scarce in the nabe.


I agree that the area needs a more centrally-located stationhouse. It’s simply unfair to the residents of Sunnyside and Woodside to not have adequate and equal police presence. There currently is almost zero presence in Sunnyside – you maybe see a patrol car in the area every few days, at most.


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