This is in response to Joyce Shepard’s comments that residents of Glendale and Middle Village are bigoted (“Bigoted residents,” Letters, Oct. 16). How can she make such a comment when she doesn’t live or probably knows anyone in the area? Does she know the details why the residents of Glendale and Middle Village do not want the homeless shelter in their area? I doubt it!
If Joyce has a problem with the issue I have a suggestion for her ... have the shelter established in Bayside Terrace, which I am sure has less of a racial mix than Glendale and Middle Village. I propose she come to the location where the proposed shelter will be and let her see if it is a suitable site. Let her get away from her upper-class neighborhood.
Yes, people are losing their jobs and homes and you can only blame the government with its out-of-control spending and out national debt now nearing $18 trillion and going up $2.5 billion a day. Also blame the government for making companies have to pay a burger flipper or other low-level employee $
15 an hour. The owners of that type of business will have to let some workers go or raise prices to offset their operating expenses. Ms. Shepard would be the first one to complain about prices going up for her daily coffee at Starbucks.
Over 8,000 people watched the Phil Lesh Band as they closed out the concert season this past Sunday at Forest Hills Stadium.
Lesh, former bass player and founding member of The Grateful Dead, jammed with his band for close to four hours.
Fall isn’t always a season people look forward to. Kids go back to school and the days get cooler and shorter.
But if there is one thing to be excited over, it’s the delicious comfort food that comes along with the browning leaves and long sweaters.
A self-guided tour around his old Rego Park neighborhood draws Bruce Levy first to the place he called home until he was 27 years old.
As he approaches the intersection of Saunders Street and 63rd Drive on a recent overcast day, he pauses, points to a fifth floor window — the one that now has a flower box in it — in the corner building, and says, “That was my room,” quickly adding, “I’m not an emotional person. It’s part of history, part of my life.”
The two-story retail structure, as seen in this rendering, is scheduled to be completed late next spring, despite an existing stop-work order at the site. It is rumored that a Starbucks and Retro Fitness will be two of the building’s tenants.
A long-shuttered Rego Park strip club may be giving way to even more retail space along busy Queens Boulevard next year.
According to plans on the Department of Buildings’ website and the Winick Realty Group, a two-story, 20,000-square-foot retail building is planned for the site of the former Goldfingers strip club at 92-77 Queens Blvd.
It is impossible to truly thank the people who most shaped your life, but Father’s Day is certainly an occasion to express appreciation for one of them, dad.
Getting a tie may be a cliche but it doesn’t have to be that way now thanks to the Esquire line available at Men’s Wearhouse as well as the limitless choices that can be found at ties.com.
High School to Art School Spring Exhibition, Queens Council on the Arts, 37-11 35 Ave., Astoria, Sat., May 10, 2-4 p.m. Free. queenscouncilarts.org.
“Knarr,”Benjamin Rosenthal Library, level six, Queens College, 65-30 Kissena Blvd., Flushing, group exhibition: drawing, painting, sculpture and photography, Queens College Art Center, Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., closed weekends, thru May 8.
Gabino Abraham Castelan Solo Show, in collaboration with Mano a Mano, Space Art Gallery, 29-09 39 Ave., Long Island City, now thru Apr. 25.
Councilman Danny Dromm and residents gather in front of Starbucks Coffee in Jackson Heights. The coffee chain reportedly leaves mounds of trash on residential 79th Street resulting in foul odors and vermin.
A crowd huddled in front of Starbucks on Friday in Jackson Heights and it wasn’t to sample a caramel macchiato.
According to city officials and residents, the Starbucks on the corner of 37th Avenue and 79th Street regularly leaves mounds of garbage on a residential street rather than in front of the store along the commercial corridor.
Now that the New Year’s Eve parties are over, here are some sobering statistics for garden-variety wage slaves, many Chronicle readers included. They’ll dry out fast:
1) Fifty-seven of America’s largest companies on Standard and Poor’s 500 index, almost one in nine, paid an effective tax rate of zero percent or even lower, according to USA Today. Verizon, General Motors and News Corp. are among them.
2) “The typical corporation pays a lower effective tax rate that most middle-class families, and a far lower one than the statutory corporate tax rates ...”
3) “Getting to a zero percent tax rate despite turning a profit requires creative accounting, but not lawbreaking.”
4) “The U.S. tech giant (‘Apple Inc.’) not only avoided the American tax system, but manages to shelter about $100 billion in revenues from any taxes at all.”
5) “At its peak in 1968, the income from the minimum wage lifted a family of three out of poverty ... If it had kept pace with gains in productivity, [today] it would be more than $20 an hour.”
Republican members of Congress not only oppose any increase in the minimum wage, but would actually vote to abolish any minimum wage whatsoever! One of these Dark Ages sentimentalists is Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), a frontrunner for his party’s presidential nomination. By the way, the after-taxes hourly minimum wage is just about enough to buy a Starbucks Grande (forget the blueberry scone).
6) “Newly hired federal employees would not be eligible for traditional pensions under a bill re-introduced by Sen. Richard Burr (R-NC) and two colleagues.”
And who’s behind the above scheme and related plans to cut jobs, pay and collective bargaining rights? Why, it’s the chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, Darrell Issa — whose personal net worth is estimated at $450 million.
These medieval views, unthinkable just decades ago, are now mainstream.
Even more disturbing than the repudiation of the “social contract” and the mockery of the “American Dream” is that millions of people are not the slightest bit embarrassed about it, as though gross economic injustice were an expression of the rule of natural law and sanctioned by the Constitution.
Note: All the direct quotations are from The Union Bulletin, Queens Area Local of the American Postal Workers Union, AFL-CIO, as are the paraphrased facts. The opinions are mine alone and have not been submitted for approval.
Nearly 200 workers were laid off from Resorts World Casino New York City after the facility’s Aqueduct Buffet restaurant shut down this past weekend.
“We have made the difficult decision to close the Aqueduct Buffet, which never caught on with our customers and has consistently lost money,” said casino President Ed Farrell in a statement. “We sincerely regret the impact this closure has on the buffet’s employees and are working closely with the Hotel Trades Council to ease this transition.”
“Coming to America” was a box-office blockbuster, but the mixed-use building planned for the former site of the Wendy’s used in the film isn’t a hit with the Buildings Department.
The construction permit for the proposed seven-story building, dubbed “Elm West,” at 51-35 Reeder St. in Elmhurst has been denied by the DOB due to 70 minor objections to the construction plans.
(StatePoint) Local communities nationwide are feeling a negative impact from funding cuts to national parks, which are hurting local businesses.
Autumn may be upon us, but Howard Beach children are already preparing for the springtime.
On Sunday, Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder joined with Girl Scouts Troop #4286 and Troop #4165 to beautify the entrance to the neighborhood by planting over a hundred daffodil bulbs at the welcome sign on Cross Bay Boulevard and the Belt Parkway.
Going out on your own is never easy, whether a freshman in your first dorm, or leaving your folks’ home for your first apartment. There are a number of consumer goods out there to make your life a bit easier.
We are supposed to spend eight hours a day getting sleep in order to be at our healthiest. IKEA and Crate & Barrel specialize in beds that are designed for close quarters. Some of their models have drawers under the mattress so that you can store clothing and other items.
Both Kaufman Astoria and Silvercup studios are part of real estate development businesses.
The Suna brothers, Stuart and Allen, both trained architects, of Silvercup have developed several residential properties around Queens and continue to shop around for more sites.
It’s unlikely that the Mets will be playing meaningful games this coming September, but starting pitcher Matt Harvey has singlehandedly given the Flushing faithful a commodity they have lacked for a long time — hope.
Harvey was the Mets’ top pick (seventh overall) in the 2010 Major League baseball amateur draft. Of course, given the team’s checkered history with “can’t miss prospects,” it’s understandable to take a wait-and-see attitude. He came up for the proverbial cup of coffee with the Mets in August 2012 and was far more impressive than his three-win, five-loss record showed.
About a dozen trees were being chopped down as patrons and passersby at The Shops at Atlas Park mall in Glendale looked on, on Tuesday morning.
The outdoor shopping center is redesigning its signature Center Green and taking in two new clothing stores.
TD Bank’s Cross Bay Boulevard branch reopened in temporary trailers in the parking lot a few weeks after Hurricane Sandy while they repair their office, above.
The big chain stores that line Cross Bay Boulevard are slowly coming back, though at least one store shut down for good.
Every commerical space along the boulevard was hit by the storm surge and many chain stores have been closed for weeks.
Theresa Punzi looked through a box full of hair-styling supplies, putting them back into a cabinet. Behind her, the ear-splitting noise of a tile saw caused the walls of her beauty salon, Claudine’s, located at 162-26 Cross Bay Blvd to shake.
When Hurricane Sandy blew through the community on Oct. 29, the 5-foot storm surge that submerged Cross Bay Boulevard flooded businesses, including Claudine’s. The salon’s furniture, wood floor and equipment were all destroyed. Punzi, who owns the salon with her husband Vincent, said they were able to reopen as soon as the power came back — which still took over two weeks — but even more than a month later, the salon is still a construction site.
Going out on your own is never easy, whether it be as a freshman in your first dorm, or leaving your folks’ home for your first apartment. There are a number of consumer goods out there to make your life a bit easier.