Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Car crashes into Flushing Pathmark

From WPIX:

Multiple people were injured after an SUV crashed into a Queens Pathmark Tuesday evening.

Firefighters responded to the scene at 31-06 Farrington St. in Flushing around 6 p.m., for a car into the building.

The crash caused part of the ceiling to collapse.

Five people were injured in the crash. One person is in serious condition.

Vision Zero is a net zero

From the Daily News:

The News’ analysis focused on 12 major thoroughfares where many of Vision Zero’s high-profile policies — increased enforcement, improved signage and, in most cases, a reduced 25-mph speed limit — were first implemented.

The News compared the stats for the roads in the months following the rollout, from September through December 2014, with the same period in 2012, which was a statistically average year for traffic-related fatalities. The News found:

Some roads saw huge drops in the number of wrecks that resulted in an injury or fatality — such as a stretch of Broadway in Manhattan, from 125 to 95, and Forest Ave. on Staten Island, from 33 to 17.

But on half of the roads, the carnage actually increased. Fifty people were injured or killed on E. Gun Hill Road in the Bronx during the months following the speed limit reduction, compared with 33 during the same time period two years prior. On Southern Blvd. in the Bronx, casualties jumped from 21 to 31.

Overall, the number of wrecks remained virtually unchanged on those problem corridors, and casualties fell only 4%.

Citywide, The News found there wasn’t a marked decrease in the number of wrecks during 2014, compared with the prior year and a half. And March of this year was among the months with the most wrecks between July 2012 and March 2015 with 17,410 — including nearly 2,600 that resulted in an injury or death.

Real estate scam artist busted by Arnold Diaz

From PIX 11:

“I’m calling the police right now. I’m calling the police. You have no right to be here,” said Phivos Ioannou. He ordered PIX11 to leave his office at Astoria First Realty where we’d come after getting a complaint from Erica Rosen and her fiancĂ©, Marine vet Miguel Rodriguez.

The couple had seen a listing online for a two-bedroom apartment for $2,500 a month. They met with Dino Ioannou, Phiovos’ son, who showed them the apartment. They loved it and gave Dino a $5,000 cash deposit for security and broker’s fee. The couple says Dino told them “the apartment was ours.”

But when they didn’t hear from Dino for a week, Erica Rosen says “we got in contact with the owner of the building and the owner said he never knew anything about us, and the apartment was never ours and he has five other applicants for it. He said he wants nothing else to do with us.” Miguel says “at that point we asked for our money back and Dino never wanted to give us our money back.”

Yes, we've seen this guy before.

Juvie jail opposed in Queens Village

From the Queens Courier:

Residents and community leaders in Queens Village are strongly opposed to a plan to convert a former school into a facility for delinquent children who have committed crimes as part of the state’s “Close to Home” law.

The law, enacted in 2012 by the Cuomo administration, seeks to bring young offenders from facilities upstate closer to their families and lawyers in the city.

The city’s Administration of Children’s Services (ACS) has targeted the building at 207-01 Jamaica Ave., the former home of the Merrick Academy charter school, to be the facility for troubled city youngsters, who have been arrested before they turned 16 years old and are considered “at-risk.” The city agency is hoping to house 18 youth offenders at the site in a “group home” setting, and The Children’s Village will operate the site under a contract with ACS.

However, Queens Village residents said they have not been adequately informed about the plan and don’t want teens with criminal backgrounds in their residential neighborhood, fearing they could escape and harm the community.

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Murder at Resorts World

From NBC:

A woman was shot and killed at the Resorts World Casino in Queens early Tuesday morning, according to police.

Authorities said a male suspect shot the woman multiple times in the body following some kind of confrontation in the casino parking lot in South Ozone Park at about 2:30 a.m.

The police sewed this one up quickly.

Regulating motorized scooters

From CBS New York:

Two New York lawmakers from Queens have introduced bills to regulate motorized bicycles used commercially with safety and insurance requirements.

Sen. Jose Peralta and Assembly member Aravella Simotas are pushing for the Department of Motor Vehicles to maintain a registry, establish safety regulations, and set minimum liability insurance coverage.

Under the bills, drivers would have to register them with the DMV and traffic infractions would be punishable by fines of $25 to $100.

The scooters, according to the lawmakers, have become part of the fabric of small businessesmaking deliveries throughout New York City. They said attempts to ban them haven’t worked, and accidents can create big liability issues.

Simotas said she’s heard from too many people about near misses and being hit by riders.

Peralta told 1010 WINS the City Council banned delivery scooters in 2004, but since then the number of scooters has actually increased.

Forest Park's memorial trees rediscovered and rededicated

"The story of the Memorial Trees in Woodhaven. With music from, royalty-free music. "Bullets and Bayonets" and "Comrades of the Legion" by John Philip Sousa. Special thanks to American legion Post 118; the Ladies Auxiliary; Junior Air Force ROTC of Franklin K. Lane Campus under the leadership of Air Force Master Sgt. Eddie Carr and Army Reserve Sgt. David Valentin; the St. Thomas the Apostle Woodhaven History Club led by teacher Patty Eggers; the Woodhaven Cultural & Historical Society; with special thanks to Allan Smith, Edwin Gardiner, Jr., CM Elizabeth Crowley, CM Eric Ulrich, Assemblyman Mike Miller, Senator Joe Addabbo, Pam & Walter Steffens, The Avenue Diner (Woodhaven), The Woodhaven Athletic Club, the NYC Parks Department, The Forest Park Administration at Oak Ridge and the Leader-Observer. Photos and video by Josephine Wendell."

(I apologize for not posting this yesterday. - QC)

Loud parties continue at Flushing Meadows

Hello Queens Crap,

I live near Bowne Park and every weekend in the summer from 11pm to the wee hours of the morning I hear LOUD, blaring, bass-filled reggaeton/rap/latin music. It is so loud that even when I wear ear plugs, I can still feel the base. I can even hear the lyrics!

This happens EVERY summer. You even have multiple articles on it. However, NOTHING is getting done. I emailed stinky aka Paul Vallone, but he said there is nothing he can do about it. What?! Why not? There has got to be some law against this! My 4 and 7 year old daughters wake up nearly every weekend complaining of the noise.

I have tried calling 311, using their app, and even calling the 110th Precinct. Nothing is getting done. A few times after I called, the music stopped and my 311 app said "multiple summonses were issued', but this is obviously not enough, because the next week, or even hours later it will begin again.

As you can see, I am desperate. PLEASE HELP!! It is driving me crazy.

Flushing is down the drain



Monday, May 25, 2015

Petition against new Flushing high school

Just wanted to make you aware of this petition against building a school in Flushing:

A new 481 seat High School is being planned for 30-48 Linden Place. This is where the Board of Education building now stands. The Mitchell-Linden Civic Association has already notified our legislators that this location is absolutely unacceptable for the following reasons: Directly across the street is a car wash, and two hotels. It is adjacent to the Whitestone Bowling Alley and only ½ block from an early child hood school. Within one to three blocks are two Nursery schools, two Senior Centers, and P.S. 214. This is the most congested and grid locked location in our entire community. It is also the pathway to the Pathmark Shopping Center.

I'm still trying to figure out why, since the birth rate has been low for quite some time, do we need a school built on every other block?

Maspeth church selling off excess property

Trinity-St. Andrew's Church in Maspeth has a for sale sign on its property. I believe it's just for the parish house, but would anyone be surprised if the whole shebang was developed?
Here's the listing.

Long Island fears becoming Queens

From Crains:

A surprising solution for city’s housing dilemma” (May 4) correctly addresses a growing regional cohesion forming across Nassau and Suffolk counties concerning transit-oriented projects. The issue, however, is that the transit-oriented approach isn’t a one-size-fits-all solution. Each Long Island Rail Road station and downtown that surrounds it has a variety of factors and infrastructure limitations—beyond a NIMBY mentality that fears "Queensification" — that prevent the allowance of density.

Long Island’s locally sourced zoning is in place thanks to our area’s reliance upon a sole-source aquifer system that provides our drinking water and limited wastewater treatment options. Density is being increased in areas that can handle such growth and kept to a minimum in places where our antiquated roads and cesspools cannot mitigate against the impacts of development.

Long Island historically has fueled city growth by providing suburban living and an educated workforce. By thinking regionally, we can cohesively deal with our affordable-housing shortage, but we must respect the factors that make Nassau and Suffolk both challenging to develop in and appealing to their residents.

Rich Murdocco
Syosset, N.Y.

Isn't it comforting to know that there's a term called "Queensification" that basically means "crap"? And it dates at least as far back to 2005...
We all know exactly what it means, and this person unfortunately nailed it.

Dopey lock fetish comes to Bayside

I'm not even going to pretend I understand the point of this.
Photos by the Flushing Phantom