Well, the “Not in my backyard” (NIMBY) mentality is still alive and well in Glendale and Middle Village. I just read the Chronicle article about 300 people protesting a homeless shelter in their backyard (“Anti-shelter alliance readies to battle city,” Oct. 9, multiple editions). Robert Holden, one of the leaders in the forefront of this protest, is an opportunist who would probably like to run for public office. Does he think this issue will get him there? Maybe.
I live in Bay Terrace. One night a few years ago a neighbor had a massive fire in her townhouse. We all watched as she stood on the road in her fur coat hugging her important paperwork and jewels while her house was burning down. She became homeless, but she was lucky to have family members who took her and her homeless children in.
Do you protesters know how many young children are living in cars and washing in gas stations before they go to school? And feeling shame every day. Do you realize how many people have lost their jobs and housing in this economy? Do you know how desperately this city needs affordable housing? I bet
you don’t ... because you don’t care. Are you aware that the famous Tyler Perry was homeless and was made a star from the streets?
The Glendale/Middle Village protests bring back memories to me of the ’60s when Martin Luther King marched to end hate and discrimination. One can only wonder if you ever met, or even dared to speak to a homeless person, or family. I doubt it. The word homeless scares you just as the word integration scared the bigots in the ’60s. How about asking for a meeting to meet the homeless who are candidates for the shelter before you deny them a roof over their heads and keep them in cardboard boxes or steps on a church in the wind, rain and snow?
I wonder if senior citizens became a focus of discrimination and the young residents don’t want them in their community — would you then have feelings?
Karma is coming to the narrow-minded and ignorant in Glendale and Middle Village. Shame on all of you.
The first “person” you see when you walk into Rubies Costume Company at 120-08 Jamaica Ave. in Richmond Hill isn’t a store employee ready to assist you in your search for the perfect Halloween costume.
Not only is he not a sales associate, he’s not even human.
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Luis Valentin, left, said he periodically eats at Masbia, where Beau Heyen serves as chief operating officer. Its Rego Park location has served 23,000 meals so far this year.
A Magic Touch worker demostrates how the company removes graffiti outside Comco Plastics headquarters at 101st Street and Jamaica Avenue near the Richmond Hill-Woodhaven border on Wednesday.
Kristoffer Allen, left, Lamini Anaba and Leonardo Gonzalez, employed by the Doe Fund, will be helping Rosedale residents and their own futures.
Candidate Astorino, right, shakes hands with restaurant owner Jimmy Arias, left, during a voter meet-and-greet in Elmhurst, and addresses the media.
Borough President Melinda Katz, speaking at a meeting of Community Board 10 last Thursday, said she has “reservations” about a proposed soccer stadium at Aqueduct Race Track.
Volunteers such as Nick Dobre, left, Efna Plaza, Gaby Tubert and Michael Amster serve free kosher meals fi ve days a week at Masbia, a soup kitchen on Queens Boulevard that could easily be mistaken for a restaurant. And once a week they send people home with enough provisions for the weekend.
Mass transit advocates are praising this week’s vote by the City Council that could grant tax breaks to about 450,000 New Yorkers who ride mass transit to and from work.
The legislation, introduced by Councilman Dan Garodnick (D-Manhattan), will, if signed by Mayor de Blasio, require all companies with 20 or more workers to offer them the opportunity to set aside up to $130 per month for mass transit costs.
Ed Wendell, Martin Colberg and Alexander Blenkinsopp of the Woodhaven Residents’ Block Association stand outside the civic group’s Jamaica Avenue office with the tickets the organization has received from the Sanitation Department for illegal garbage outside their office that they say was left there in the middle of the night. Theirs is just one of at least half a dozen storefronts that have been ticketed for garbage that was not theirs before they had time to clean it up.
Several Jamaica Avenue storefronts, including the Woodhaven Residents’ Block Association’s office, have been fined by the Sanitation Department for garbage that had been dumped in front overnight, continuing an unfair practice that Mayor de Blasio himself said should end when he was public advocate.
Republican candidate for Governor Rob Astorino met with small business owners in Elmhurst on Tuesday to reach out to working-class and Hispanic voters.
“This is a mix of New York. Everything and everyone is here,” Astorino said of the Queens neighborhood. The candidate conversed with storeowners, restauranteurs and residents walking down the street in near-fluent Spanish.
Of all the campaign promises Mayor de Blasio made but has yet follow through on — and there are a few — he probably takes the most heat over not banning the horse-drawn carriages in Manhattan, an issue that arouses strong passion and good arguments on both sides.
But there’s another issue that has a more direct impact on far more people, even if it doesn’t get their blood boiling quite as much: the overregulation and excessive fining of small businesses. And in this case it’s not just that de Blasio has failed to do what he promised to do — reduce summonses for mostly petty infractions that don’t really affect New Yorkers’ health and safety — he’s actually doing the opposite, jacking up revenue from merchants.
The dedicated cluster of graffiti-fighters in Woodhaven and Richmond Hill are getting some professional reinforcements.
Councilman Eric Ulrich (R-Ozone Park) announced Wednesday that he has allocated $25,000 to the Queens Economic Development Corp. to hire a professional graffiti-removal service that will regularly clean graffiti along six corridors in the 32nd District.
The Department of City Planning released a new study Monday examining transportation in Western Queens and proposing potential ways to increase economic and residential development through improved transit routes.
Specifically, the study examined the corridor running from LaGuardia Airport south through Downtown Greenpoint and Williamsburg and Brooklyn’s Tech Triangle.
Gone are the days when soup kitchens were located primarily in lower-income neighborhoods, served only soup and, perhaps, a piece of bread, and conjured images of the Great Depression, with hungry, winter-coated men and women waiting in long lines on snow-covered sidewalks.
Case in point: the Masbia Soup Kitchen Network, which was founded just under a decade ago and opened its latest location, its third, at 98-08 Queens Blvd. in Rego Park in March 2010.
Borough President Melinda Katz is not on the Aqueduct soccer stadium bandwagon — at least not yet.
At Community Board 10 last Thursday in South Ozone Park, Katz said she “likes the idea” of a Major League Soccer stadium in Queens, but had “deep reservations” about siting it at Aqueduct, which she said is not easily accessible from other parts of the city.
Following the theory that nothing succeeds like success, workers from the Doe Fund will increase their presence and their footprint as they clean business and commercial corridors within the 31st Council District.
Councilman Donovan Richards (D-Laurelton) said the workers, who clean up litter and garbage from sidewalks and curbsides, have been such a success in Far Rockaway and along Francis Lewis Boulevard in Rosedale that his office has secured more funding to expand the program.
The Woodhaven Residents’ Block Association is fighting the Sanitation Department’s practice of issuing tickets to property owners in the middle of the night for garbage dumped outside their properties, an issue that has affected the civic organization personally.
The problem stems from a common nighttime occurrence — people dumping trash outside Jamaica Avenue storefronts. Then, Sanitation Department agents write summonses in the middle of the night, fining property owners for failing to dispose of this rubbish they never even had the chance to see because it had been dumped there after their businesses were closed for the day.
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