Glendale/Middle Village Coalition homeless shelter fundraiser tonight

The newly formed Glendale/Middle Village Coalition invites residents in opposition of the planed transitional housing facility on Cooper Avenue to join together for a legal fight against the city.

In order to “stop the plan to warehouse homeless families on Cooper Avenue,” organizers have a set a $100,000 goal to pursue any legal means necessary. So far the group has reported raising more than $30,000 and started a GoFundMe page, which has so far seen a little more than $2,000 in donations.

Join the group this Wednesday, October 1 at the Christ the King High School cafeteria, located at 68-02 Metropolitan Ave., at 7 p.m. for an informational meeting on the issue and to contribute to the cause.


Deadly motorcycle crash in Glendale

It was reported this morning that a 38-year-old motorcyclist was killed after crashing into another biker on Cypress Avenue in Glendale early Sunday morning.

According to reports, David Malave was riding eastbound on Cypress Avenue at 4:10 a.m. when he hit the curb and crashed into a 43-year-old motorcyclist stopped at the light at the corner of Cypress Avenue and Cypress Hills Street.

Both were rushed to Jamaica Hospital where Malave was pronounced dead on arrival.

The 43-year-old man was not injured in the crash. [Courier]


Musica Reginae fundraiser at Finback this weekend!

Musica Reginae, a Queens-based nonprofit devoted to promoting contemporary classical music, is partnering with the newly opened Finback Brewery in Glendale for a fundraising event this weekend.

The “brewery takeover” invites donors to an evening of beer tasting, a brewery tour and a night of classical music on Sunday, September 28, at 7 p.m. at Finback Brewery, 78-01 77th Avenue. Tickets are $35 per person and $65 for couples.

“It’s a wonderful time in Queens where we can have fresh beer from these new breweries that have popped up, but we also have fresh music from some local composers,” said Musica Reginae president Dan Olson.

In preparation of the group’s 14th season and a performance by The Kronos Quartet in May, Olson said he hopes the event this weekend will help attract a younger audience to the genre.

“This is the modern face of trying to take classical music and market it to a younger audience,” he said.

In addition to the night of beer sampling, raffles and other activities, food will also be available from Gendale’s Zum Stammtisch.

Finback Brewery co-founder Basil Lee said their corporate sponsorship with Musica Reginae is just the beginning of the brewery’s community outreach.

“I think it is really important to be a part of your neighborhood and your community, and I think beer often goes well with that,” Lee said.

He added that the brewery helped raise $500 for the Walk to End Alzheimer’s organization with a special fundraising event at their tasting room just last weekend.

“We are definitely looking to do more things locally,” he added.

Space is limited so be sure to RSVP at or (718) 689-9390. [GR]



CB5 votes for a school but the city still has “no interest”

Despite interest in pursuing a school campus at and around 78-16 Cooper Avenue by Community Board 5 and Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley, the Department of Education remains unmoved.

“We appreciate the CB’s work in putting forth a resolution, but we have no interest in this site,” said DOE representative Marge Feinberg.

Similarly, a Department of Homeless Services spokesman said plans to house families with children at the site will move forward. [GR]


GoFundMe fundraiser to stop the Glendale homeless shelter

10636170_10203671836090895_8867293851383516310_nThe Glendale Middle Village Coalition announced they have raised $14,000 in legal fees to “prevent the warehousing of homeless families” at the proposed transitional housing facility site at 78-16 Cooper Ave. in Glendale, however they are looking to raise significantly more.

Formed to create a united voice against the proposed shelter, the group started a GoFundMe site to raise $100,000, which they say would be enough to “protect” the community. The website currently shows the group has only raised $900.

For more information, the GMVC has scheduled a meeting for Oct. 1 at 7:30 p.m. at the Christ the King High School cafeteria, located at 68-02 Metropolitan Ave.


Glendale set to receive $7 million sewer upgrade.

Screen Shot 2014-09-11 at 9.58.42 AMAt the monthly meeting of Community Board 5 on Wednesday at Christ the King H.S., Gary Giordano announced that the Department of Environmental Protection will be upgrading the sewer lines under 69th Street from Calamus Avenue to Queens Boulevard, with the project beginning sometime near the end of the month.

“This is a $20 million plus project,” Giordano said.

One of the challenges to the project, according to Giordano, is that, “Con Ed’s got a lot of electrical lines to move up there.”

Giordano also mentioned a planned $7 million sewer renovation project that will come to Glendale soon. He said members of CB5 met with DEP about the need for a more accommodating sewer system shortly after storms caused significant flooding on Aug. 8, 2007. In that meeting, the agency told him and his colleagues that they were working towards upgrading the system from the bottom up, and there would likely be no work completed in Middle Village until at least 2015.

“Glendale is connected to, I believe, or flows to three different sewage treatment plants,” Giordano explained, saying that this situation made the system in Glendale more complicated than other systems in the area.

While he was appreciative of the efforts made to alleviate sewage flow issues in CB5 to date, he looks forward to the day when DEP comes up with a long-term plan.

“They’ve cleaned out a lot of the sewer lines, the catch basins, but they have not yet found a permanent solution,” Giordano said.