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Assemblyman Michael Simanowitz, center, flanked by Councilman Rory Lancman, state Sen. Toby Stavisky and a handful of seniors, calls for the 10 temporary senior-only spaces outside the Pomonok housing complex’s senior center to become permanent.
On cold, blustery days like last Friday, taking a long walk outside is far from an enjoyable experience.
Walking across Flushing’s Pomonok housing complex to the development’s senior center is difficult for many elderly residents, especially in the winter. However, changes in parking regulations are coming to the facility.
Owner Amanda D’Amico, front right kneeling, and the staff of Massage Envy of Rego Park celebrated their grand opening this past Saturday at the spa, located at 89-44 Metropolitan Ave., at the corner of Woodhaven Boulevard. The spa offers massages and facials in a relaxing atmosphere.
“Plymptoons,” short films and drawings by Bill Plympton, Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35 Ave., video screening amphitheater, thru Jan. 4. An hour-long selection of Plympton’s best short films, from 1987 to 2010, plus trailer for his new film, “Cheatin’,” Info: movingimage.us.
Score two for state Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) for getting the city Department of Transportation to take action on two problematic locations in Flushing and Little Neck.
The worst of the two is the area around the Flushing Commons construction project at the former municipal parking lot in Downtown Flushing. Avella and others, including the developer, have complained that lack of signage has backed up traffic on 37th and 39th avenues from Union to Main streets and on Union from Roosevelt Avenue to Northern Boulevard.
The new Mark Wahlberg film, “The Gambler,” is based on the 1974 movie of the same name that starred Sunnyside native James Caan, who was at the peak of his career coming off both “Brian’s Song” and “The Godfather.” In the film, Caan played Axel Freed, a literature professor at an unnamed New York college, who had a serious gambling addiction and found himself $44,000 in debt, which was very serious money during the Watergate era.
Fast forward 40 years and Wahlberg is Jim Bennett, an English prof at an unnamed Los Angeles university. Jim is a novelist manquÈ whose most recent book sold a paltry 17,000 copies, and it’s clear that its commercial failure has taken a toll on him, as he constantly berates his students. He does have a soft spot, however, for Amy Phillips (Brie Larson), a top student who is very attractive yet quite shy, and a star basketball player, Lamar Allen (Anthony Kelley), who has NBA aspirations and is a lot sharper than he lets on.
Financial assistance for Sandy-affected residents who must move into temporary housing while their homes are being repaired under the city’s Build it Back program is just one of multiple storm relief initiatives that are included in a federally funded $4.21 billion recovery plan, city officials announced last Friday.
“As we continue to build back a stronger and more resilient city after Sandy, it’s critical that we make every impacted family and small business whole again — and ensure they’re better protected next time they need to be,” Mayor de Blasio said in a written statement.
Gov. Cuomo last Wednesday vetoed a bill that would have delayed a plan to kill or remove every mute swan in the state. The Department of Environmental Conservation considers the birds an invasive species and wants all 2,200 of them that live in the state gone by 2025.
Following an uproar from faunitarians, or animal lovers, the DEC decided it would revise its plan. State Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) in the upper house and Assemblyman Steven Cymbrowitz (D-Brooklyn) in the lower chamber authored a bill that would have put a two-year moratorium on any swan slaughter. It also would have forced the agency to hold at least two public hearings in areas where mute swans live, and to include a public comment period of at least 45 days after the second one, before adopting any swan management plan.
The homeowner of the house at 107-55 108 St. in Ozone Park has once again been penalized by the Department of Buildings. The agency noted illegal conversions and an extension in the house after it exploded on Thanksgiving Day.
A Thanksgiving Day explosion at a South Ozone Park house was caused by the misuse of a stove inside an illegal apartment, according to Fire Department officials.
“The location of the explosion was an illegally renovated setback apartment,” an FDNY spokesman said in an email. “The explosion was caused by misuse of a stove on the premises.”
Close to a dozen people gathered at the intersection of Woodhaven Boulevard and Jamaica Avenue on Sunday to call on the city to improve transportation infrastructure.
“There’s nothing that we don’t disagree with when it comes to improved transportation in Queens,” said Phil McManus, president of the Queens Public Transit Committee.
You’re a mean one, Mrs. Grinch.
A Far Rockaway woman was charged last Thursday with stealing more than $56,000 in toys, electronics and clothing from the Toys “R” Us in the Rego Center mall at 61-35 Junction Blvd. in Rego Park, where she worked as a cashier.
Children pose with the man in the big red suit and tell him what they want for Christmas.
The executive board of the civic association poses for a picture with Santa Claus.
Christmas came early for the good boys and girls of Ozone Park.
The Ozone Park Civic Association hosted its annual free picture with Santa, aka state Sen. Joe Addabbo Jr., session on Dec. 6 from 11 to 11:30 a.m.
Can raising chickens in Queens be trending? Ruth Harrigan of Douglaston wouldn’t be surprised.
She has been raising chickens in her small 245th Street backyard for four years and says they make great pets. “They are very low-maintenance pets, like having a cat, except they lay eggs,” Harrigan said.
Residents of Rosedale, above, and other neighborhoods abutting John F. Kennedy International Airport believe that relocating a runway 700 feet closer to them will mean more planes flying lower over their homes, schools and parks. On Dec. 18 they argued for more comprehensive environmental studies in federal court.
The trade rumor that just won’t seem to die is the potential exchange of Colorado Rockies All-Star shortstop Troy Tulowitzki to the Mets for either Zack Wheeler or Noah Syndergaard, or perhaps even both in an expanded deal.
I can’t understand why the Mets would even contemplate this deal. I have a lot of respect for what Tulowitzki has accomplished in his career, but he is injury prone and has a long-term contract that comes with an obligation north of $100 million. That figure alone should have team CEO Fred Wilpon ending any thoughts about seeing him in a Mets uniform.
The funeral of Police Officer Rafael Ramos, assassinated along with Police Officer Wenjian Liu while sitting in their patrol car last Saturday, will take place in Glendale this weekend.
On Friday, a public viewing will be held from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Christ Tabernacle church at 64-34 Myrtle Ave.
The Rego Park Papa John’s pizzeria is just one of six Queens restaurants that are closed or sold, after its owners were sued by state Attorney General Eric Schneiderman for allegedly cheating employees on wages.
State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman filed a federal lawsuit last Monday alleging that the owners of six Queens Papa John’s pizzerias violated state labor laws by significantly underpaying their employees.
“Like every other business in New York, fast food employers must follow the law,” Schneiderman said in a written statement announcing the lawsuit. “Employers must pay for all hours worked — without shaving hours and without rounding down.”
A city bill regulating the use of drones has been proposed by Councilman Paul Vallone (D-Bayside), who is optimistic it will move forward quickly.
Another drone bill in the hopper has been proposed by Councilman Dan Garodnick (D-Manhattan). His would completely ban private drones, with the only exceptions for police and law enforcement with a warrant.