Members of Community Board 5 met Tuesday evening in Glendale to discuss community updates, including several ongoing capital projects.
A big topic was revitalizing the Rockaway Beach rail line, which John Rozankowski and Philip McManus of the Queens Public Transit Committee said would reduce long commutes for residents of southern Queens, and alleviate traffic congestion in northern Queens.
Normally, anger at Community Board 5 meetings comes from residents who attend.
This month, it’s the board itself that is letting its emotions flow, both verbally and on paper.
The sparring match between the Knockdown Center and the community over the arts and entertainment venue’s liquor license application is over, for now, with the opposing residents and elected officials winning by way of knockout.
The State Liquor Authority denied the cabaret liquor license application from the Knockdown Center, the controversial former factory at 52-19 Flushing Ave. in Maspeth, on Tuesday afternoon, with the overwhelming community opposition to the venue cited as the main reason for denial.
The mail box for Department of Homeless Services Commissioner Gilbert Taylor must be overflowing by now.
Borough President Melinda Katz became the most recent elected official to oppose the proposed 125-family homeless shelter at 78-16 Cooper Ave. in Glendale, as she penned a letter dated Jan. 27, detailing her concerns about the plan.
The Department of Homeless Services will move forward with the proposed 125-family homeless shelter at 78-16 Cooper Ave. in Glendale, but elected officials and civic leaders alike made their opposition known at a Dec. 12 public hearing.
After being given notice of the hearing just four days earlier, Assemblymen Andrew Hevesi (D-Forest Hills) and Mike Miller (D-Woodhaven) joined Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley (D-Middle Village) and state Sen. Joe Addabbo Jr. (D-Howard Beach) in testifying at the public hearing of the Mayor’s Office of Contract Services.
While the Knockdown Center is on its way to acquiring a place of assembly permit for 5,000 people, its manager feels that its attempt at garnering a 600-plus person liquor license has been the subject of some confusion.
Tyler Myers, the arts venue’s manager, believes that some of its detractors are under the impression that the Knockdown Center only plans to serve up to 600 people if it gets the liquor license it seeks.
Last week, Community Board 5 received a letter from Samaritan Village, a nonprofit agency that intends to turn a vacant building on Cooper Avenue in Glendale into a homeless shelter.
One week later, residents, elected officials and community leaders are furious about the proposal.
The Greater Ridgewood Youth Council has had a good year so far, and to celebrate that, elected officials and members of the community were invited to take in student performances last Thursday at the group’s headquarters at 59-03 Summerfield St.
“I love the City Council members that comprise the Queens County delegation,” said GRYC President Bob Monahan. “They prioritized the capital budget we put in for to purchase this building and now we have $1.66 million to buy this building.”
Plans to establish a homeless shelter in Glendale that came to the attention of some residents a year ago are on the cusp of being made official.
Samaritan Village, a social service organization based in Briarwood, notified Community Board 5 on Tuesday that it wants to discuss its plan with the members soon. The group wants to provide transitional housing for 125 families at a vacant factory site at 78-16 Cooper Ave., right down the street from the Shops at Atlas Park.
You and Chronicle Contributor Ron Marzlock owe the people of Ridgewood a serious apology. Mr. Marlock’s closing line in his treatise in the Feb. 28 issue of the Chronicle, “Nazis in Ridgewood rallied for Hitler,” smears the hardworking immigrant legacy of Ridgewood when he states: “How many of the new immigrants of Ridgewood today know of its Nazi history?”
This is an insulting, race-baiting denigration of the hardworking people of Ridgewood during the Depression and World War II. Most of those people were loyal Americans and even despised the Nazi movement. Would one be politically correct to accuse our newer immigrants from Eastern Europe of having a “Communist history” or those from the Middle East of being sympathetic to the Taliban? I think not, and an apology is necessary.
Politics in middle and southwestern Queens was the favorite sport outside of Citi Field in 2012, and the worst storm to hit the region in 74 years devastated some while causing others just a few flickers of their lights.
As the year began, the city filed an appeal of a ruling by federal Judge Nicholas Garaufus that found discrimination on the part of the FDNY against African-American firefighters in the testing and hiring process.
Every September, Principal Philip Ciani welcomes new and returning students to St. Pancras School in Glendale.
And every September his frustration grows with the city’s inaction on what he and community leaders have been saying for years is a serious traffic hazard one block south of his school.
The combined noise of LaGuardia takeoffs and landings is not an environmental issue and a flight pattern test that officials had not been told had begun has, in fact, been completed.
Representatives of the Federal Aviation Administration made both statements to the Queens Borough Board on Monday night in regard to a growing number of complaints about the growing levels of airport noise near LaGuardia Airport in recent months.
The chairman of Community Board 5 has released a statement saying that numerous legal and technical difficulties would await any developer seeking to convert an old factory in Glendale into a homeless shelter, as has been rumored for the last two weeks.
Vincent Arcuri Jr., in a statement issued on Friday, said that the board has not received any proposal for a shelter at 78-16 Cooper Ave. He also said that existing zoning for the site would not allow a so-called community residence facility, though “if Mayor Bloomberg declared that an emergency situation existed, the City of New York may be able to place such a facility here, there or anywhere else.”
A proposal by the city’s Department of Transportation to reduce speeding on Doran Avenue in eastern Glendale which got a heated reception from residents of surrounding streets has been rejected by the Transportation Committee at Community Board 5.
Doran now runs one way west from Woodhaven Boulevard. The DOT proposal would have split it into two one-way segments at 89th Street, running from 89th to 88th Street, and east from 89th to Woodhaven.
The Glendale Kiwanis Club inducted new member Ed Long, one of the proprietors of Edison Place restaurant in Glendale, at its weekly luncheon last Thursday.
More than 50 members of the service organization and their guests marked the event with a traditional Irish St. Patrick’s Day lunch. Joining Long above, center, to celebrate are club President Kenny Dunn, left; past President Bob Kueber; member and Community Board 5 Chairman Vincent Arcuri Jr.; and club First Vice President Gerry Gonzalez.
Applause filled the room before Geline Canayon could finish her high school’s list of accomplishments when she spoke during Community Board 5’s meeting on Feb. 8, held at Christ the King High School in Middle Village.
When the applause ceased, Canayon, Grover Cleveland High School student association president, ended a rundown of the school’s recent accomplishments that included several medals for scientific work.
Queens Borough Department of Transportation Commissioner Maura McCarthy laid out the city’s case Tuesday night for the most controversial element of the plan to renovate the Cooper Avenue underpass in Glendale.
But residents and business owners in the area told members of Community Board 5’s Transportation Committee that plans to redirect 74th Street from its present one-way south to one-way north will not fulfill the city’s stated aim of protecting school children, and will disrupt an already delicate traffic situation.
At the Community Board 5 meeting on Jan. 11, Glendale resident Gary Jannazzo said he hasn’t been able to open his windows and his kids haven’t played in the yard for weeks because construction next door is dispersing asbestos.
“They have been working there with zero permits,” Jannazzo said during the meeting’s public forum.
The new owner of a stalled house extension project on 58th Avenue in Maspeth said last week that everyone wins should he get permission to finish his building from the city’s Board of Standards and Appeals.
At issue is a mostly-completed extension to the house at 68-10 58 Ave., where the former owner received approval in 2005 to extend two floors and add on basement area for six apartments in addition to the nine already in place.
Clinton Diner owner Nick Diamantis, at podium, discusses how he feels the updated Maspeth Bypass plan will affect his business as CB 5 Chairman Vincent Arcuri Jr. listens.
Community Board 5 last Wednesday unanimously approved the plan for a sidewalk cafe at Joe and John’s Pizzeria in Ridgewood, the first of its kind for the area.
Attorney Michael Kelly, representing the Myrtle Avenue eatery, said the unenclosed addition would feature 20 tables and 43 seats across three rows, and occupy approximately 7 feet of space from the front of the pizzeria, leaving about 10 feet for sidewalk traffic on the bustling strip. Nothing in the plans, which have been submitted to the Department of Consumer Affairs, calls for any sort of canopy or table umbrellas. The pizza shop’s business hours are from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
In a nation focused on horrendous oil spills, ineffective if not dysfunctional government and terrorists trying to damage New York City and elsewhere, we sometimes wonder how anything positive gets done.
In a one-on-one competition for service to one’s community, Glendale’s Vincent Arcuri Jr. would undoubtedly run rings around most people — even those who are half his age.Now in his early 70s, he boasts leadership roles in at least a dozen community-based organizations.
The anthropologist Margaret Mead famously said, “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.”