Sunday, October 18, 2020

Food pantry lines are getting more populated in Ozone Park

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Queens Chronicle

The weekly food pantry that began in a Rockaway Boulevard parking lot in Ozone Park last summer passed a sobering benchmark this week.

For the first time, more than 1,000 people showed up for food.

“There’s a need, that’s all I can tell you,” said Sam Esposito, founder of the upstart Ozone Park Residents Block Association, which, with the local Kiwanis Club and members of the civilian patrol group, started the Saturday-morning food pantry last July.

“Think about it — people don’t start lining up at 6 o’clock in the morning unless there is a need. There’s a lot of unemployment,” he said. “Everybody hits bottom.”

When the pantry first opened, barely 100 people showed up for food allotments, much of it bought from local supermarkets, according to Esposito.

Since the beginning of the pandemic last March, established food pantries across Queens have seen the numbers of the people they serve skyrocket.

Food operations sponsored by churches and civic groups were nearly overwhelmed by needy families who turned to them by the thousands following the layoffs and business shutdowns of May and June.

In some parts of Queens, new food operations sprang up to help meet the need.

The new pantries could not get certified by the city fast enough to tap into the established distribution system that helps supply the older operations.

Since August, larger, city-sanctioned pantries in Brooklyn and Queens have quietly been supplying the Ozone Park pantry with fresh produce, milk, packaged food, necessities like baby diapers and the like, said Mohammad Kahn, OZPKRBA’s executive director.

“All the pantries order extra for us,” said Esposito. “Every Tuesday and Wednesday, they call and say come and get it.

“Other than that, no one wants to help us.”

 Thought I put this out there too:

But on Sundays, volunteers organize pop-up pantries at different locations around Ozone Park to distribute hundreds of so-called “Trump boxes” — food boxes, each containing a letter signed by the president bought and distributed under a $4-billion U.S. Department of Agriculture program since last August.

This is what's messed up about the guy. Providing these services shows he's helping the poor get through this pandemic, there's absolutely no need for self-promotion. Be humble, Mr. President.

 

Super spreader party busted in South Ozone Park catering hall

The Queens Luxe Banquet Hall, where the Sheriff's office busted up a 200-plus person gathering.

 

Gothamist

A 200-plus-person party was busted at a Queens banquet hall early Saturday morning, according to the Sheriff's office.

At 1:40 a.m. Saturday, the Sheriff's office discovered approximately 215 people at the Queens Luxe Banquet Hall on Rockaway Boulevard in Queens.

The owner and three employees were given criminal court appearance tickets for violating emergency orders related to COVID-19, according to Sheriff Joe Fucito.

Partiers inside the hall were allegedly seen dancing, drinking alcohol without food, and smoking hookah without social distancing or mask-wearing.

Indoor gatherings with more than 50 people are prohibited under state coronavirus rules.

 

NYPD claims they didn't see protesters stealing flags while pursuing them in Maspeth


QNS

Captain Louron Hall, the NYPD’s 104th Precinct new commanding officer, told QNS officers didn’t stop last Tuesday’s protesters from taking flags off of Maspeth residents’ homes — which resulted in them burning them — because they didn’t witness it as it was happening.

“We were instructed to allow people to exercise their first amendment rights, but also to make sure no violence or vandalism took place,” Captain Hall said.

The protest was scheduled to take place from Brooklyn to Maspeth, and had about 100 individuals marching against police unions and QAnon on Tuesday, Oct. 6.

Before the protest began, Captain Hall said the 104th Precinct received information that it would begin at the 108th Precinct and head toward the 104th.

That evening, the Jefferson L train station stop was being skipped while police barricaded the exits and entrances. Before the protest took off, an altercation between maskless police officers and a protester inside of his pickup truck took place, which culminated in the driver getting a summons for leaving their car door slightly open.

Throughout the march toward Maspeth, where protesters claimed President of the Sergeants Benevolent Association Ed Mullins either lived or had property, several police cars as well as police on bikes trailed them.

Captain Hall said that because police officers trailed behind the protesters, they didn’t witness when some of them began to take the U.S. flags from residents’ homes.

“I will tell you this, if officers would have seen the actual taking of the flags, they would have intervened in the way they did when they set them on fire,” Captain Hall said. “The mere burning of the flags, regardless how poor it looks, is their first amendment right. [But] officers took issue with it because of the danger it poses to everyone.”

Before protesters could light a large fire, police on bikes swooped in, causing the protest to disband.

What the hell is going on at the NYPD? This new police captain is as befuddled as Baghdad Bob describing what happened at this botched protest. Seems like Commissioner Shea's gaslighter spin control methods describing these protests have trickled down or are policy now.

Saturday, October 17, 2020

77,000

 Mayor Bill de Blasio (right) and Schools Chancellor Richard Carranza (center) tour New Bridges Elementary in August to observe the school’s PPE delivery and reopening preparations.

 

Gothamist

New York City Public Schools are still lacking 77,000 learning devices like tablets and laptops, nearly a month after classes began, and fewer than 15% of students attending schools in person have consented to getting randomly tested for COVID-19.

These details on the rocky reopening of public schools across the five boroughs came from a long-awaited City Council hearing held by the Education and Health committees on Friday. It was the first such hearing that Schools Chancellor Richard Carranza testified at since schools reopened on a staggered basis beginning on September 21st. Councilmember Mark Treyger, chair of the education committee, was forced to delay the hearing that was originally scheduled on September 29th, the day middle school children were returning to school.

"How many requests are you in receipt of as of this moment for devices and internet as of today?" Treyger asked Department of Education deputy chief operating officer Lauren Siciliano.

"As of this moment we have about 77,000 requests, but again we then go and verify the need for the school so it's a constant evolving number," Siciliano replied.

Data released by the DOE on Thursday showed that schools comprised of more Black and Hispanic students had low student engagement during the spring when they transitioned completely to remote learning. In some cases, the devices are the only way for children to learn given that more than half of the city's one million public school students have opted for remote learning only.

"We engage with the school and to better understand which is a device that is needed in the hands of a student, which is a device that has been requested to replenish supply, and it's not uniform across the entire DOE," said Carranza.

Treyger pointed out that Mayor Bill de Blasio had been saying for weeks that every student who needed a device had gotten one.

"The fact that thousands of our kids, particularly from under-resourced communities still don't have a device is unacceptable and shameful. And I want to lay the fault squarely with the mayor and his office for being in denial about the severity of this issue," he said.

Friday, October 16, 2020

Lincoln Restler gets arrested during environmental protest against a pipeline in Williamsburg

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Brooklyn Paper 

Police arrested four protesters who locked themselves to a controversial National Grid fracked gas pipeline construction site in Williamsburg on Thursday morning.

Two environmental advocates fastened each other to the underground tube for three hours while two more activists secured themselves to the active building site at the corner of Manhattan and Montrose avenues at around 9 am, protesting the utility company’s seven-mile fossil fuel pipe.

“They don’t care about us. They never asked for our consent to come in here so we need to stop it because no politician is doing it for us,” said Pati Rodriguez, who linked herself with a makeshift cardboard pipe to the pipeline with fellow protester Benny Woodard on Oct. 15.

About 30 protesters with groups like the No North Brooklyn Pipeline Coalition and Frack Outta Brooklyn cheered on the subterranean stunt as dozens of cops with the Special Operations and Technical Assistance Response units showed up and cordoned off the block.

The demonstrators live-streamed their underground action, while another protester held a dance session above the construction site.

Just before noon, police went down and hoisted them out, cuffing the duo along with the two other protesters who were locked against the construction fence — including local Council candidate Lincoln Restler. 

Cops drove the four arrestees to the 73rd Precinct in Brownsville for trespassing onto the site, although they have yet to be formally charged, a police spokesman said. They were yet to be formally charged and were still at the eastern Brooklyn station house as of Thursday evening, a Department spokeswoman said. 

Looks like Lincoln is taking a page from the de Blasio cosplay protester campaigning playbook.

As for this environmental group, where were they when this pipeline started three years ago? Why did they and most importantly Lincoln wait until the last phase of construction was happening in their neighborhood? NIMBY much?

 

Bad Architect Chapter 2, Steinway warehouse

 

 

 George the Atheist

 Latest views of the neighboring warehouse construction just immediately south of the landmarked Steinway Mansion

That tree is going down.  

A cocuzza grows in Whitestone

 


Thursday, October 15, 2020

Bad Architect

 

 

According to a Crap reader who sent this incredible PDF

This crook is still on the community board. You got to be kidding me. 

 

 

 

Mayor de Blasio just made another one of his donors richer with our tax dollars

 

 NY Post

No kids? No problem!

The Department of Education is bailing out a school bus company owned by a major donor in one of Mayor Bill de Blasio’s biggest campaign finance scandals, agreeing to take over the firm for an undisclosed price.

Under the deal announced by City Hall on Tuesday, the DOE will take ownership of Reliant Transportation’s fleet of 1,000 school buses, other vehicles and related functions.

“This move raises all sorts of questions, including, how can the city afford it in the face of huge budget shortfalls?” said Leonie Haimson, a longtime parent advocate who heads the nonprofit Class Size Matters. “Why are they adding more city employees while threatening to lay off thousands of others?”

“And,” she added, “why move to acquire this company now, when we have no idea how long school buildings will remain open and whether any busing will actually be needed?”

Reliant’s current employees will all be offered new positions after the takeover at the city-established nonprofit formed to operate Reliant’s former business.

The nonprofit — New York City School Bus Umbrella Services, Inc. — will also be responsible for Reliant’s pension obligations, which a source in August pegged at $150 million.

Officials described the deal as “tentative” and refused to provide additional details as they spun the purchase as “a long-term investment in school bus transportation that will provide greater stability, flexibility, and oversight in school bus service in the years ahead.”

“We are doing everything we can to guarantee safe, fast, and reliable bus service for the students who need it most,” de Blasio claimed in a statement. “This agreement delivers on that promise and makes a lasting investment in our school communities for years to come.”

Reliant’s parent company is partially owned by Alex Lodde, a key donor to de Blasio’s failed 2014 effort to bankroll a Democratic majority in the state Senate, who was its longtime chief executive and remains on the firm’s board of directors.

Lodde gave $100,000 to an upstate Democratic county party in de Blasio’s effort to skirt campaign finance laws, which resulted in a probe and scalding report from state regulators.

 Gothamist

The city Department of Education has signed a new deal with the city’s biggest school bus operator Reliant Transportation to acquire its 1,000-vehicle fleet and all related equipment in a contract city officials hailed as a “long-term investment.”

The amount of the contract was not revealed by the DOE, which said it’s a “tentative agreement.” It’s expected to be finalized in the first half of 2021.

New York City usually spends about $1.25 billion dollars every year on providing school bus service for about 150,000 public school students.

The Daily News reported last year that Reliant Transportation had a $120 million annual contract in the last fiscal year, though the company has been beset by complaints of delays and bus breakdowns.

Tuesday, October 13, 2020

Phipps Houses looking to get rezoning approval for affordable housing development

 

 

 

  

Queens Post

Phipps Houses has filed plans to rezone its Barnett Avenue property and build a seven-story, 167-unit building.

The non-profit developer applied for a zoning change earlier this year and the application was certified by the Dept. of City Planning on Oct. 5– officially kicking off the public review process. Phipps needs to rezone its site from manufacturing to residential in order to proceed with the project that would go up at 50-25 Barnett Ave.

The plans call for a mixed use building on the north side of Barnett Avenue between 50th and 52nd streets. The building would consist of 167 units that would all be deemed affordable–subject to income restrictions. The units would be 1, 2 and 3 bedroom apartments and there would be no studios.

The development would also include room for a community facility as well as 170 attended parking spaces, of which 111 would be made available for the public.

The application comes four years after Phipps abandoned a more ambitious rezoning plan for the site after facing fierce community opposition.

The current plans are about to go before Community Board 2 for review. The board is expected to hold a public hearing in November before it renders an advisory opinion. The plans will then go to the Queens Borough President’s office, the City Planning Commission and then the city council for a vote. The whole public review process is expected to take about seven months.

The proposal is smaller than what Phipps put forward in 2016, when it sought a rezoning to build a 10-story, 209-unit building. The units in that plan would have all been affordable, although at higher income brackets.

The affordable units in Phipps’ latest plan would target households earning significantly less.

It does seem nice that Phipps was persuaded to bring down the size and the rents. A welcome change to how they operate their other buildings.

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Luxury hotel coming soon to Resorts World

 

NY Post

This is a real gamble.

Many New York hotels are sitting largely empty because of lost business due to the coronavirus pandemic.

But the owner of Resorts World Casino NYC at Aqueduct in Queens announced plans Monday to open a new $400 million Hyatt Regency-run hotel next to its gambling facility, which is located near JFK airport.

The hotel will be called Hyatt Regency JFK at Resorts World New York

Malaysian-based Genting Americas always envisioned opening a hotel adjacent to its casino when it opened a decade ago. The casino sits next to Aqueduct race track.

Genting’s strong global ties — particularly in Asia — could help woo more customers from JFK airport to its casino resort.

Resorts World at Aqueduct also has been severely impacted by the COVID-outbreak, having been forced to close for months and then only allowed to reopen at limited capacity.

The plan calls for an eight-story, 400-room, “four-star” hotel to open in 2021.

The hotel will also include new restaurants, state-of-the-art conference and meeting spaces, retail stores, and additional gaming areas.

Monday, October 12, 2020

Some progress made by abandoned house dumping ground in Jamaica

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Queens Chronicle

Within days of the Chronicle paying another visit to one of Jamaica’s more infamous eyesore properties, there was some limited action taken on behalf of neighbors who have been living with the abandoned house and frequent dumping ground for nearly nine years.

But just how long the corner property and its boarded-up house at 107-58 164 St. will remain clean or if the city will take any further action remains to be seen.

“There was cleanup,” neighborhood advocate Pamela Hazel said in a telephone interview on Tuesday. “They cleaned the yard. A big red couch I saw last time I went by was gone. I hope it stays that way.”

The Chronicle on Oct. 1 took several photos of the property. Trash was strewn throughout the front yard, as per usual. The seemingly omnipresent pile of dumped trash and debris in the backyard also was there, though the red couch, tree limbs and brush were a different and larger pile than the Chronicle photographed back in June.

While the building is under a full vacate order following a fire last winter, clean, sharp holes have since been cut in some window boards and walls, cuts that from the sidewalk appeared to be sharp and precise enough to have been made by hand or power tools.

The paper last week forwarded the photos, along with others from June, from November 2016 and from 2013, to the city’s Departments of Buildings, Health and Mental Hygiene, Law and Environmental Protection seeking comment as to what possibly might be done to find a permanent solution.

Emails also went out to the offices of Mayor de Blasio, Council Speaker Corey Johnson (D-Manhattan), Councilman Daneek Miller (D-St. Albans), Public Advocate Jumaane Williams and state Attorney General Letitia James.

The Department of Buildings, where records show complaints about the property were first filed in 2012, said in an email Tuesday that inspectors had visited he property since Friday.

“Our inspectors did find excessive debris in the yard of the property, and a short garden wall around the property that was in a state of disrepair,” the email said. “As a result we issued two violations to the property owner for failure to properly maintain the property.”

City tax records list the owner of the property as Resource Capital Group LLC with an address of 99 Wall St. in Manhattan.

Friday, October 9, 2020

CB2 approves mixed use tower...down by the river

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YIMBY

Last week, Queens Community Board 2 voted to approve a 21-story mixed-use development at 42-11 9th Street in Long Island City. The commercial building with comprise 70,000 square feet of industrial space within the podium, 270,000 square feet of commercial office space, and 2,900 square feet of ground-level retail. A partnership between Titan Machine and RXR Realty is responsible for this project that will create over a thousand new jobs in the Long Island City’s Industrial Business Zone.

The site is currently occupied by the Titan elevator manufacturing and repair company facility.

Community board approval is the first formal step for the development in the city’s Uniform Land Use Review Procedure (ULURP), a public review process. Next, the project will go before the Queens borough president for view. The ULURP application seeks to designate the project site as an industrial business incentive area (IBIA), a mechanism developed by the city to encourage private development of new industrial space.

Thursday, October 8, 2020

5 Pointz emerges victorious, 6.75 million dollar case is settled.


 Queens Post

It’s time to pay up.

The U.S. Supreme Court has refused to hear an appeal from a New York developer who had been ordered to pay $6.75 million to 21 aerosol artists in 2018 for destroying their work that was on the famous 5Pointz warehouse.

The decision ends a long saga between the artists and G & M Realty, which argued that the company was not liable for destroying the aerosol artwork since it was on their building that has since been demolished.

The dispute began soon after Jerry Wolkoff, the owner of G & M who died in July, announced in 2012 that he planned to flatten the 5Pointz warehouse to build two luxury rental towers. The announcement led to heated protests by hundreds of aerosol artists and their supporters who had turned 5Pointz into a major New York destination.

 he artists filed suit in Brooklyn federal court in the summer of 2013 to stop him from demolishing the building, alleging that Wolkoff would violate their rights under the Visual Artists Rights Act. The 1990 law aimed to protect public art of “recognized stature” even if it is on someone else’s property.

However, in November 2013 Wolkoff hired painters to whitewash the artwork in the middle of night to put the dispute to an end. He banned the artists from the site and refused to allow them to recover any work that could be removed, according to court records.

Wolkoff maintained that the works were temporary and not protected by law, and that he had the right to do as he wished on his property. The warehouse was demolished in 2014 and two residential towers have gone up on the site that are almost complete.

A federal jury ruled in favor of the artists in November 2017, and found that Wolkoff had “willfully” disregarded his requirement under the VARA. He was required to provide the artists with “90 days notice before destroying their work.

 

Wednesday, October 7, 2020

Sunnyside Drag City

Revved up engines, screeching tires and the din of loud music booming out of car windows are among the sounds that are waking up residents throughout Sunnyside late at night.

The noise stems from drag racers who have been tearing up and down the streets and avenues of Sunnyside late at night—often on their way to empty parking lots on 48th Street by Northern Boulevard to burn rubber with hundreds of onlookers.

“It’s been happening every weekend, and two or three random nights during the week,” said Monica Hall, a born and bred Sunnysider who lives on 49th Street by 39th Avenue. “It’s so loud my dogs hide behind the furniture.”

The complaints about drag racing have been piling up in the past two months, with the trouble spots including 39th Avenue, Skillman Avenue, 43rd Avenue as well as 43rd and 48th Streets.

There have been 32 complaints about drag racing in the 11101 and 11104 ZIP codes from Sept.1 through Oct. 5, according to 311 data analyzed by the Queens Post.  For the same period last year, there were just two for those zip codes.

The data also shows that 25 of 32 complaints concern incidents in Sunnyside Gardens and in the Long Island City area near the Home Depot parking by Northern Boulevard, a popular venue for drag racers.

Antoin O’Duibhir, who lives on 39th Avenue by 48th Street, said that the noise has become too much. He says that many of the drag racers tear up local streets with their souped-up cars and then go down to the Home Depot parking lot.

“It’s been going on for weeks,” O’Duibhir said. “It’s like shotguns going off out the back of them. You hear these big pops going off.”

O’Duibhir, fed up by what’s been going on, did some investigative work and checked out what was happening at the Home Depot parking lot on Saturday night.

“I went down there at midnight and there were crowds and crowds of people,” he said. “I would say 500 people and lots of cars too.”

He said that he was stunned by the number of attendees and how organized it was. He said there was even drone capturing footage of the event.

“They have nice cars, souped-up Mercedes and BMWs,” he said. “All have nice wheels, mufflers and dark windows.”

The cars take turns ripping donuts, he said. In one instance, which he recorded, the driver was doing a spin while a passenger was hanging out the car window trying to get the crowd to cheer him on.

“It’s dangerous,” he said, adding that someone will get killed. He said the vehicles spin so close to the spectators.

 

 
 

 

The mayor suddenly wants to rezone Soho to make it "affordable" to live in

 


NY Daily News

“Affordable” and “SoHo” aren’t words New Yorkers are used to hearing in the same sentence, but if Mayor de Blasio gets his way, things could change in the upscale neighborhood.

The city would rezone SoHo and NoHo with the goal of getting 800 units of affordable housing built there, under a plan Hizzoner announced Wednesday.

The proposal targets a square bound by Canal St., Sixth Ave., W. Houston St. and Lafayette St., with a sliver of blocks leading up to Astor Pl. The area was last zoned in the 1970s with the intention of helping turn vacant manufacturing sites into lofts for artists and others, according to de Blasio’s office.

Since then, SoHo has became one of the most expensive neighborhoods in the city, replete with luxury apartments and fancy boutiques for international brands.

 De Blasio’s proposal would pave the way for 3,200 new homes and include requirements for developers to construct affordable units.

It has already been confirmed that the word "affordable" has been redefined in de Blasio's segregation based affordable housing program. Plus this proposal comes much too late. Besides, after 6.10 years of Blaz gaslighting and narrative control, who can actually believe him now?

BLM marches through wrong nabe, steals & burns American flags

Something both disturbing and hilariously stupid went down last night, which means it belongs on this blog.

So, Bayside BLM put out a call to its brainwashed to gather in Bushwick to protest "police unions and Q anon". Right off the bat you know this is going to head in the wrong direction. And it literally did!
The fearless black clad chanters marched their outraged tuchuses to Maspeth, to protest outside the home of Ed Mullins, the President of the NYC Sergeants' Benevolent Association:
There's only one problem: THAT Ed Mullins doesn't live there. Someone with the same name does. That didn't stop Lucha Libre! You may remember this bigoted bloated bloviating bloke from Bayside BLM's Pat Lynch protest.
BLM then continued their march, and when they came to a patriotic block where homeowners were proudly displaying Old Glory, they stole the flags.
And then set them on fire.
They then proceeded to the town square, where a 9/11 memorial stands, to carry on with the hissy fit. (FYI: Holden's family doesn't look very white. The Sunnyside protest was organized by the 108th Pct Community Council. Holden demanded that the Glendale shelter be closed. There currently isn't one in Maspeth. But why let facts get in the way when you've come this far on a Wrong Way Corrigan mission?)
Holden's opponent, meanwhile, was cheering them on from the sidelines.

A quick Google search found Mullins' bio, which reveals the following:

He and his wife Angela a former NYPD detective, have twin sons and reside in Nassau County...He is a member of the Board of Directors for Building Bridges of Long Island, Mercy College School of Business and the National Football League Players Alumni Association where he serves as Treasurer; he has served as a volunteer firefighter in Nassau County, head coach of the men’s ice hockey team at New York University and is a member of the American College Hockey Coaches Association, the Amateur Hockey Coaches Association, USA Hockey and the National Association of Fitness Professionals. In addition to coaching at the collegiate level he continues to dedicate countless hours to youth hockey in the Long Island Amateur Hockey League in New York.

So, they were not just at the wrong house or in the wrong neighborhood. They weren't even in the right county! I guess the fact that the long time president of a police union is not likely to live in a mixed use industrial-residential section of Queens didn't dawn on these geniuses. They also didn't even have the correct union boss on their flyer...

NYC Housing announces new affordable luxury apartments in Long Island City are available for lottery applications

 

 

Queens Post

More than three dozen “affordable” apartments in a newly constructed building in Long Island City are up for grabs through the city’s affordable housing lottery.

The building, called “The Cove,” is located at 43-12 Hunter St. and 37 “affordable” housing units are available for those who earn at least $68,000 a year.

The Cove, developed by Rockrose, is 18 stories and consist of 123 units, with 86 being market rate.

Applications for the “affordable” units are now open and applicants are required to apply on the NYC Housing Connect website. The lottery is open until Dec. 4.

There is a mix of studio, one-bedroom and two-bedroom “affordable” units on offer.

There are 19 studio apartments available for $1,990 a month to households of one or two people who earn between $68,229 and $118,300 combined annually.

Additionally, there are 13 one-bedroom units on offer for $2,345 a month to households of one to three people who make between $80,400 and $133,120 combined annually.

Five two-bedroom units are available for $3,072 a month to households of two to five people who make between $105,326 and $159,640 combined annually.

  

Queens Post

The affordable housing lottery has opened for TF Cornerstone’s two-tower development that is part of the Hunters Point South 5,000-unit mega plan.

TF Cornerstone announced today that applications are now being accepted for 185 of the 719 affordable units that are being built. Applicants are required to apply on the NYC Housing Connect website and the lottery is open until Nov. 23.

The 185 units will be in the south tower of the development that is going up at 52-41 Center Boulevard.

There are 80 units at 50 percent Area Median Income up for grabs, as well as 65 units at 130 percent Area Median Income and 40 units at 165 AMI (see chart below).

The units are going to be in demand.

In 2014 when the lottery was held for 925 affordable units as part of Phase 1 of the Hunters Point South development 93,000 people applied. The apartments were built by Related Companies on what’s known as Parcels A and B of the seven-parcel HPS development.

 
 


Tuesday, October 6, 2020

The city named a boulevard after Floyd Flake

 

QNS

  The name of Merrick Boulevard in Queens was taken from the word “Meroke” mean oyster bed. So a portion of it in St. Albans was appropriately renamed Saturday for what admirers say is the “pearl of the community,” in honor of the Rev. Dr. Floyd H. Flake. (Blech, what a write up)

Nearly a thousand residents and city elected officials jammed the streets near his beloved church, the Greater Allen African Methodist Episcopal (A.M.E.) Cathedral, on Oct. 3 for the dedication.

Elected officials and the community fully supported the renaming of the street “Floyd H. Flake Boulevard,” passed by the City Council and signed by Mayor Bill de Blasio to honor the former Congressman and civil rights activist. Saturday’s huge ceremony was full of speeches by top leaders and filled with the pomp of powerful gospel music and dancing that is the hallmark of his 23,000-member church.

 A marching band led a long white limousine with his family to the open field where he was accompanied by his wife Margaret Elaine McCollins and his four children — his two sons Robert Rasheed, Harold Hasan and his two daughters Aliya and Nailah Flake-Brown — who held his arm right up to his seat.

The city is broke and taxpayer money was set aside for a ostentatious and undeserved parade for and lionization of a crooked politician. Also a ceremony of collective democrat establishment cognitive dissonance. 


 

And don't forget that this city approved gathering was arranged and happened as schools and restaurants are closing in districts where covid cases rose and there's the arrogant defiant Floyd walking around with his mask under his nose and then off in close proximity with his adoring allies and fans.










Disgusting. 

Update:

A commentator of a recent post brought up a story that makes this street renaming in the honor of Floyd more unjustified and reprehensible. Two men were involved in teenage sex trafficking, holding two girls hostage and pimping them out in a senior citizen residential building tied to the Allen Church where this dedication took place that was attended by the current mayor of New York City and New York State attorney general and the minority leader of the U.S. Senate.

Queens Chronicle

Two Queens men have been arrested in separate cases in which they are accused of kidnapping teenage girls and forcing them to work as prostitutes.

According to the office of Queens District Attorney Richard Brown, Joseph Gilbert, 24, of St. Albans was indicted on an 87-count complaint charging him with holding a 15-year-old girl at a senior housing complex, which has been identified by the Daily News as the Greater Allen Cathedral Senior Residence.

Gilbert was charged with first- and second-degree kidnapping, compelling prostitution, sex trafficking, second-degree promoting prostitution, second- and third-degree assault, third-degree rape, third-degree criminal sexual act and endangering the welfare of a child.

Brown added that Gilbert is accused of threatening and beating the girl, and allegedly forcing her to take drugs to stay awake in order to bring in more money.

Church officials did not respond to a request for comment prior to the Chronicle’s deadline.

In a separate case, Reagan Conception, 28, of Jamaica, was arraigned on June 2 on a 76-count indictment accusing him of kidnapping and raping a 14-year-old girl and forcing her to work as a prostitute between September and November of last year.

Conception was charged with first- and second-degree kidnapping, first- and second-degree rape, first- and second-degree criminal sexual act, sex trafficking, compelling prostitution, first-, second- and third-degree promoting prostitution, second- and third-degree assault and endangering the welfare of a child.

“I want to stress that prostitution is not a victimless crime and that sex trafficking is an incessant act of brutality and degradation,” Brown said in a statement issued last Friday. “This teenage girl was finally freed but she will have to live with this horrible experience for the rest of her life.”

 I repeat, disgusting. 

Monday, October 5, 2020

Caption de Blasio and the little girl

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Update:

Most of the captions have been great so far, but I can't wait any longer so I made an obligatory meme.

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Sunday, October 4, 2020

Businesses and schools in Kew Gardens and Far Rockaway will have to shut down for a month because of rise of COVID-19 infections

 


 

NY Daily News

New York City is moving to shut down schools, restaurant dining and nonessential businesses in nine Brooklyn and Queens neighborhoods undergoing a surge in COVID-19 cases, Mayor de Blasio said Sunday.

The shutdown — which would mark a significant reversal to the painstaking, months-long process of reopening the city — will start Wednesday pending state approval, he added.

“The goal here is to do everything we can to stop something bigger from happening right now,” Hizzoner said at a press conference.

“It will require sacrifice. We’re talking about people who have been through so much,” he continued. “But it’s something that we believe is necessary to keep this city from going backwards towards where we were months ago.”

The city is targeting nine areas, including predominantly Orthodox Jewish neighborhoods, where cases began to flare up last month. Those include Bensonhurst, Borough Park, Gravesend, Midwood and Sheepshead Bay in Brooklyn, along with Far Rockaway and Kew Gardens in Queens.

If the state approves de Blasio’s plan, students in those areas will be able attend public and private school in person on Monday and Tuesday, but will have to shift to online-only learning starting Wednesday.

“Those two days are going to give us crucial time to make sure students have the devices they need for the remote learning tenure they will have,” said Schools Chancellor Richard Carranza. “They’ll allow us also to communicate with families, to set up schedules for remote learning.”

Both indoor and outdoor dining would be banned, but houses of worship will be allowed to stay open for now.

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Most New York City schools haven’t even been open a full week, and already Mayor Bill de Blasio’s plans have hit a major setback: He wants to shut down campuses as of Wednesday in nine ZIP codes where coronavirus positivity rates had surpassed a 3% over at least the past seven days.

The closures, which de Blasio announced Sunday, would affect about 100 public schools in Far Rockaway, Southern Brooklyn, and Central Queens neighborhoods. Some 200 private schools in those areas are also slated to close.

Children in closed schools will begin learning remotely on Wednesday, less than a week after all but one district building officially reopened for hybrid learning, a model that allows students to learn in-person one to three days a week in socially distanced classrooms, while learning remotely the rest of the time.

Schools will be allowed to stay open through Tuesday so teachers can help students prepare for fully virtual learning and hand out additional devices, de Blasio said.

That decision immediately prompted outcry from some city lawmakers and educators who wondered why they need to be closed imminently but are safe enough to stay open for the next three days.

The mayor “just announced that it’s NOT safe to go to school in 9 zip codes, but is encouraging kids to get 1 more day inside school before they close,” tweeted Councilman Mark Treyger, who is the chairman of the city council’s education committee.

Friday, October 2, 2020

President Trump and Melania Trump have coronavirus

 

NY Daily News

The coronavirus pandemic has hit home for President Trump.

After downplaying the severity of COVID-19 for months, the president and First Lady Melania Trump both tested positive early Friday for the respiratory virus that’s killed more than 200,000 Americans and infected millions more.

The 74-year-old president, who could be at high risk of serious complications from the virus because of his age and body weight, announced the diagnoses in a tweet shortly before 1 a.m., as the November election loomed just 32 days away.

“Tonight, FLOTUS and I tested positive for COVID-19," Trump posted, using an acronym for his wife’s position. “We will begin our quarantine and recovery process immediately. We will get through this TOGETHER!”

Melania Trump, 50, said she and her husband are “feeling good.”

“I have postponed all upcoming engagements. Please be sure you are staying safe and we will all get through this together,” she tweeted.

Sean Conley, Trump’s personal physician, confirmed in a letter issued by the White House that the president and first lady “are both well at this time.”

“They plan to remain at home within the White House during their convalescence,” Conley wrote.

It can take upward of six days for a COVID-19 patient to display symptoms.

Symptoms can include fever, cough and breathing trouble. Most people develop only mild symptoms, but some, usually those who are older or have preexisting medical complications, develop more severe symptoms, including pneumonia, which can be fatal.

It was not immediately clear if Vice President Mike Pence will step in to take over any of Trump’s duties while he recovers.

Conley suggested Pence won’t have to.

“I expect the president to continue carrying out his duties without disruption while recovering, and I will keep you updated on any future developments,” the doctor wrote.

Pence offered “love and prayers” to Trump and the first lady.

 

Thursday, October 1, 2020

It took only one day

 John F. Kennedy Jr. School Queens 

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  A Queens school has closed due to the coronavirus for the first time this year, officials announced Thursday.

The John F. Kennedy Jr. School in Elmhurst became the first city school to prompt a 14-day quarantine protocol after two unrelated coronavirus cases were confirmed among staff or students.

The DOE could not immediately disclosed who was infected.

According to the Department of Education, action would be taken when two or more COVID-19 infections were confirmed at the same school with no links between the infected students.

“We hope to return to the building on Wednesday, October 13,” a letter from school officials said.

Lincoln Restler announces run for City Council

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To all those who have been reading the Queens Crap, you all know what he's all about.  

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 Mr. Lincoln has really moved up in the city. The only thing "progressive" about this hack is his career trajectory.





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As for Lincoln's record? As the old saying goes, you got to look forward and not backward.

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Cuomo denies his own doctrine on nursing homes


 

Finger Lakes Daily News  

This is America's pandemic sweetheart talking here. 

"The premise of your question is factually wrong"

 "We never needed nursing home beds, we had hospital beds. We had extra beds at Javits. It just never happened that we needed a nursing home to take a COVID positive person. It just never happened."

 “I put my head on the pillow at night saying I saved lives, that’s how I sleep at night.”

Update:

"That is not quite true"

CNN

 New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo argued that nursing homes "never needed" to accept Covid-positive patients from hospitals in the state.

During a press call Wednesday, Finger Lakes News Radio asked Cuomo about his administration's advisory in late March requiring that nursing homes accept the readmission of patients from hospitals, even if they were positive for Covid-19.
 
Cuomo argued that the advisory was a precaution if hospitals became overwhelmed -- calling it an "anticipatory rule" -- which he said didn't happen.
 
"We never needed nursing home beds because we always had hospital beds," Cuomo told Finger Lakes News. "So it just never happened in New York where we needed to say to a nursing home, 'We need you to take this person even though they're Covid-positive.' It never happened."
 
Facts First: Cuomo's assertion that "it never happened" is false. According to a report from the New York State Department of Health, "6,326 COVID-positive residents were admitted to [nursing home] facilities" following Cuomo's mandate that nursing homes accept the readmission of Covid-positive patients from hospitals. Whether or not this was "needed," it did in fact happen.
 
 On March 25, the state's Health Department issued an advisory requiring nursing homes to accept "the expedited receipt of residents returning from hospitals" if the patients were deemed medically stable.
"No resident shall be denied re-admission or admission to the [nursing home] solely based on a confirmed or suspected diagnosis of COVID-19," the advisory stated. "[Nursing homes] are prohibited from requiring a hospitalized resident who is determined medically stable to be tested for COVID-19 prior to admission or readmission."