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A to Z Liquor, located at Union Turnpike and 185 Street in Fresh Meadows, celebrated its grand opening under new ownership with a ribbon-cutting ceremony Nov. 21. To observe the occasion, the store put out a spread of refreshments that included kosher food, in recognition of its diverse clientele.
Sam Zirkiev holds up an area map at a Community Board 8 meeting last week. His proposal to rezone the location near Union Turnpike and Parsons Boulevard was approved and he plans to construct a four-story apartment building.
Two alleged illegal massage parlors, one in Flushing and the other in Fresh Meadows, were raided recently by police.
The Queens Chronicle wrote about one of the locations at 75-05 Parsons Blvd., in Flushing last August. Area residents have been trying to get it closed since it opened in March. The other operation is at 179-07 Union Tpke.
Assemblyman David Weprin is sponsoring a holiday toy drive now through Dec. 18 for youngsters at the Lifeline Center for Child Development in Queens Village.
Work is nearly halfway done on the Kew Gardens Interchange and the project may actually finish ahead of schedule.
In a presentation to the Borough Board on Monday night, Department of Transportation Director of Government Relations Charles O’Shea and construction supervisor Craig Ruyle laid out the construction plans for the coming winter months and gave an update on the project’s status.
Following public commentary and a lengthy discussion among board members at their monthly meeting on Nov. 13, Community Board 8 voted 17-14 to approve a change in zoning that would allow a developer to build a four-story residential building on Union Turnpike near Parsons Boulevard.
The affirmative vote appeared to reflect concern by board members that without the rezoning, a 10-story pyramid-shaped structure for medical offices could be built at the site.
A rendering shows the proposed 10-story pyramid-shaped building on Union Turnpike next door to a detox center, right.
A proposal to build a four-story building on Union Turnpike near Parsons Boulevard is looking more appealing to some community members when the alternative is a 10-story pyramid-shaped structure.
But not all agree concerning the site at 158-15 Union Turnpike, which is up for rezoning and will be voted on by Community Board 8 at its next meeting, set for 7:30 p.m. Nov. 13 at the Hillcrest Jewish Center, 183-02 Union Turnpike.
A Community Board 8 committee rejected a proposed rezoning of Union Turnpike, which would allow a four-story building for commercial and residential use on a lot bounded by Parsons Boulevard and 79th Avenue, with a vote of 6-1 at a public hearing on Tuesday evening at Hillside Manor.
The board raised concerns about parking and traffic on Union Turnpike, as well as sewage, schools and the shadows that would be cast by the building, which would house a ground floor for commercial use and three floors composed of 39 residential units in total. In the basement there would be 71 parking spaces.
A planned Islamic school on Parsons Boulevard in South Flushing is still not open, nearly two months after it was due to begin accepting students — and some in the community want to know what’s going on with the site.
In July, Aftab Mannan, joint secretary of the Jamaica Muslim Center, told the Queens Chronicle that the school, to be housed in two buildings at 78-31 and 78-39 Parsons Blvd. respectively, was to open in September as long as the city issued a certificate of occupancy to the organization, more than a year after the school was first announced.
Forest Hills Tower at 118-35 Queens Blvd. will be the new home of Plaza College in September 2014.
Plaza, a private college founded in 1916 and offering market-relevant associate and baccalaureate degrees through its schools of Allied Health and Business & Technology, will utilize the tower’s “building within a building” option and have a dedicated entrance on Queens Boulevard.
The former site of the “Triumph of Civic Virtue” statue continues to lay dormant outside of Borough Hall in Kew Gardens, with little in the way of development planned.
Plans to turn the area near the intersection of Queens Boulevard and Union Turnpike into a pedestrian plaza honoring historically important Queens women were in development even before the statue was taken down and moved to Green-Wood Cemetery in Brooklyn last December. Since the statue’s removal, the fenced-in site has become a target for graffiti and controversy.
Community Board 8 members discussed a variety of issues during their meeting on Oct. 9 at the Hillcrest Jewish Center, where they also approved their capital and expense budget priorities.
Free immigration assistance from a lawyer, a new service for the CB 8 area, will be provided on the first and third Fridays at its office at 197-15 Hillside Ave. in Hollis, through June. Funding came from Councilman Mark Weprin (D-Oakland Gardens) and CUNY Citizenship Now.
Volunteers are needed for a park cleanup and tree giveaway program at Cunningham Park on Saturday, Oct. 19 from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
The Friends of Cunningham Park are looking for participants to help clean up, plant and beautify the park. Volunteers are also needed for the city’s Million Tree program. Participants can earn community service credit.
It was business as usual at the monthly meeting of Community Board 11 in Bayside on Monday night.
Members of the Transportation Committee reported that several relevant issues had been discussed their recent meeting, including a proposed speed hump on 36th Avenue between 218th and 219th streets members deemed “not a good idea” because it “would only divert the drivers to 38th Avenue.”
Curtains are going to rise all over the borough as the community theater fall-winter season begins, promising a varied selection of entertainments including two big-scale Broadway musicals, a little-known straight play, a dash of William Shakespeare and a couple of holiday-themed productions.
Beginning Nov. 2, the Gingerbread Players will stage their seventh Shakespearean outing since the group’s founding in 1971 with the comedy “Love’s Labor’s Lost.” A battle of both wits and the sexes, the play has been described as the Bard’s “rehearsal for ‘Much Ado About Nothing,’“ a better-known work.
Cars traveling on 75th Avenue, between 164th Street and Utopia Parkway, often speed through the winding, residential neighborhood to avoid traffic on Union Turnpike. Residents and elected officials fear for the safety of pedestrians.
Kids have enough to worry about these days — statewide tests, wearing the “right” clothes and fitting in. They shouldn’t have to be concerned about their safety going to and from school, but that’s the case in Fresh Meadows where speeding motorists endanger them.
The school is Holy Family, with an enrollment of 260 students. It is located at 74-15 175 St., a block away from 75th Avenue, where the hot rodding occurs.
When the Glen Oaks Library celebrated the grand opening of its new facility on Sept. 2, three generations of the same family came together.
Thankamma Thampi, left, her daughter, Sharlene Thampi, and Sharlene’s sons, Mathew Kurian, 3, and Melvin Kurian, 4, all visited the new library.
A new synagogue, Congregation Bet-El Sephardic Center, officially opened Sunday in Jamaica Estates.
The center was organized in 2007 and with the help of member Avi Dishi, purchased a house at 180-01 Union Turnpike. It took several years for the congregation to raise funds to extend the building and it was necessary to get a zoning variance for a larger structure.
A typical late summer day in Forest Park doesn’t look the least bit threatening. Joggers and bikers scurry along Forest Park Drive with little care. Casual strollers take in the last of the mild summer air, while workers in business suits cut through the park to get home, enjoying the last days of late sunsets that make such a commute safe.
But signs that all is not well under the green canopy can be seen at every corner. Cop cars, with their multicolored dome lights flashing, sit at every entrance to the park and cops lean against the vehicles, holding sheets of paper with a sketch of a man they desperately want.
The man wanted in the rape of a woman in Forest Park last month is also wanted for the attempted attack on a jogger there in March and four other sex attacks in and around Forest Park dating back to 2011 and police said Thursday authorities are offering a $22,000 award for his captur
A 69-year-old woman who was jogging in Forest Park last Monday afternoon was attacked by a man with a stun gun and raped — the second such attack in the park this year — and police are vigorously searching for the man who assaulted her.
The attack happened around 4:30 p.m. on Aug. 26 in a remote area of the park near Myrtle Avenue and Forest Park Drive. The woman was approached by the suspect who then tased her, pushed her to the ground, and raped her. The victim was treated and released from Queens Hospital Center.
The 12th anniversary of the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center will be remembered throughout the borough that lost so many people starting Saturday and running through Wednesday.
Although there was never an official count of those from Queens who lost their lives that day, the Chronicle confirmed at least 283 victims lived in the borough.
After almost four years of waiting for it to be ready, residents of Glen Oaks can now visit their new branch library at 256-04 Union Turnpike.
The $18.1 million three-level building, which replaces the 50-year-old 10,000-square-foot facility, is almost twice as large at 18,000 square feet.