Strong Support For A School At Cooper Avenue Site. Also Dept. Of Buildings New Denial For Shelter Building

The week of August 12th was a busy one for the proposed Homeless Shelter for 125 families on Cooper Avenue in Glendale. State Senator Joe Addabbo fired off a letter to Schools Chancellor Farina and Homeless Services Commissioner Taylor asking for a school at the homeless site. Most understand that the school district is the most overcrowded in the city. Borough President Melinda Katz, Councilmember Liz Crowley and now State Senator Joe Addabbo support a school to be built at this site since it is not contaminated enough for the Homeless Shelter. “As far as I was concerned,” said Crowley earlier this month, “School Construction Authority said it was too contaminated. There is nobody better at sealing off a contaminated site and using it for people than is SCA,” she said.



Chancellor Carmen Farina, Tweed Courthouse, 52 Chambers Street, N.Y. 10004

Commissioner Gilbert Taylor, Department of Homeless Services, 33 Beaver Street, 17th, N Y, NY 10004

Re: Proposed Shelter at Cooper Avenue, Queens

Dear Chancellor Farina and Commissioner Taylor,

I hope this letter finds you well.

At this time, the location 78-16 Cooper Avenue in Glendale, Queens is being considered for a 125 family homeless shelter, operated by Samaritan Village and the Department of Homeless Services. Additionally, the location of the former Pan Am Hotel in Elmhurst is operational as a transitional facility for up to 200 families. Both of these sites are located in School District 24.

District 24 is one of the most overcrowded school districts in the City of New York. Having both of these locations operational as transitional housing could result in hundreds of more school children in an already congested school district. At this time, I urge the Department of Education and Department of Homeless Services to reconsider these options and the size of the locations for the sake of my constituents.

I look forward to your timely response. Thank you.

Very truly yours,

Joseph P. Addabbo, Jr.

New York State Senator, District 15


Also, the Department of Buildings issued another denial of the Plan for the shelter on August 12. See the screen shot of the DOB we page below.

August 12, 2014 Plan Disapproval

August 12, 2014 Plan Disapproval


Myrtle Avenue Street Fair Sunday

Heavenly Angels Pet Adoption and the FDNY Fire Safety Experience will appear at the Myrtle Avenue Street Fair Sunday, August 17th from noon till 6PM. Myrtle Avenue will be closed from Forest Avenue to Fresh Pond Road. The Kiwanis Club of Glendale is hosting the festival with rides, games, merchandise vendors and plenty of food. Stores on Myrtle will be open Sunday too.


ULTA Beauty grand opening at the Shops at Atlas Park

20140116_12423120140116_12423120140116_12423120140116_124231Atlas_park_pic_1_29The newest addition to the reviving Glendale shopping mall opens their doors this morning at 10 a.m. at 71-03 80th St.

ULTA Beauty owners boast the new store’s 10,000-sq.-ft. space with over 20,000 beauty products and salon services now available to shoppers.

“ULTA is all things beauty, all in once place,” said Kelly Smith, the manager of grand openings at ULTA Beauty. “We are truly a beauty destination for Glendale, and our ULTA Beauty expert are ready to help with all your beauty needs, from the basics to the perfect shade of lipstick to the newest hair tool.”

The first 100 guests to visit the store on Friday, Saturday and Sunday will receive $5 to $10 gift certificates and one customer will be entered for a chance to with a Pamper Me Pink box with ULTA products.

The new store comes in light of the Atlas mall’s most recent additions like Footlocker, Crazy 8, Payless ShoeSource and Auntie Anne’s.


Opposition To Glendale Shelter Growing As ‘Education Council’ Weighs In

Residents of Glendale seem to want a school at the property planned for a 125-family homeless shelter run by Samaritan Village. While numbers for past two decades show this school district as the most overcrowded in the city, the Homeless Shelter Glendale Blog homeless 8-14study done for the city showed that the added 300 children would not make a significant impact on those schools at IS 119 or PS 87. In fact the report listed IS 11 as being a school for 6, 7 and 8th grades. Meanwhile the school also includes grades 1 and 2.

At a meeting last week of the Community Education Council, residents discussed ways to stop the shelter. Nick Comaianni, president of CEC24 led the charge by calling the Department of Homeless Services negligent for overlooking the district’s overcrowding issue.

There is a full story on the Glendale Register.


104th Precinct arrests suspect for vehicular vandalism

According to a 104th Precinct representative, a suspect has been arrested for vandalizing several cars in Glendale recently.

Eric Lutz, 36, of Glendale, NY was arrested by the 104 Precinct Detective Squad on Tuesday, August 5, 2014 and charged with multiple counts of Criminal Mischief for vandalizing multiple vehicles in Glendale two weeks ago,” said an email from the 104th at 5:46 p.m. on Wed., August 6.

Just a few blocks from 104th Precinct Headquarters, some Glendale residents near the intersection of Myrtle Avenue and 70th Street woke up Wed., July 23, to find their not-so-perfect parking jobs had stirred the ire of a local vigilante vandal. “Hey scumbag park right!” read the scrawl on one car, while another read, “Learn to park sbag,” and a third similarly said, “Learn to park homo.”


Homeless shelter DOB apps put on hold

homelessshelter_blogInitial applications to renovate an abandoned warehouse at 78-16 Cooper Ave. for a proposed 125-family homeless shelter were put on hold this week.

In order to expand the warehouse and make room for the Samaritan Village transitional housing facility, the applicant submitted three necessary applications with the Department of Buildings (DOB) on July 11 to begin the renovation process.

The proposal; to expand, along with plumbing and mechanical fixtures applications, were sent back to the applicant by DOB on July 28.


Summer Events at Atlas Park Mall

UnknownAtlas Park Mall is a hidden gem tucked into Glendale, located at 8000 Cooper Ave.  The outdoor mall includes not only stores, restaurants, and movie theater, it will be hosting events almost everyday this summer on their lawn.

Atlas Park will be hosting Zumba classes, children’s story time, and free concerts just to name a few examples.  In the month of July and August there will be live music every Monday and Wednesday.  You can find the full list of events by logging onto


Monthly Meeting of Community Board 5, Queens Tonight

HNRH_landuse_4_17The next regular monthly meeting of CB5 Queens is tonight (Wednesday, July 9) at 7:30pm, at Christ the King in the CNL Room (Door # 10 on the 3rd Floor), located at 68-02 Metropolitan Avenue in Middle Village.

The meeting agenda includes a presentation regarding the upcoming capital project for the Glendale Branch Library, by Queens Public Library representatives and the project architects; public forum, the chairperson’s report; and committee reports.

Call the Board 5 office at (718) 366-1834 for additional information or to register to speak in advance.