Glendale property owners talk congestion pricing

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The Glendale Property Owners Association held its monthly meeting last Thursday at St. Pancras Pfeiffer Hall.

Among their speakers was Assemblyman Mike Miller, who gave a summary of the New York State budget and other upcoming events.

Miller said many residents were concerned about congestion pricing.

“While we are still working on the details in Albany, some residents who travel to Manhattan are concerned about being charged twice, as well as potentially having to pay going over the Ed Koch Queensboro Bridge for being in the wrong lane and/or getting to the FDR Drive,” he said.

The Glendale assemblyman has been advocating for exemptions for seniors, yellow cab drivers, first responders and people going into the zone for doctor’s appointments.

The congestion pricing zone runs south of 60th Street in Manhattan, but excludes the FDR Drive and the West Side Highway.


Celebrate Easter at Breakfast with the Easter Bunny

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Have breakfast with the Easter Bunny at Sacred Heart Catholic Academy.

On Sunday, April 7, from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., enjoy pancakes, coffee and desserts with the local community. There will be games, crafts, raffles and an opportunity to take a photo with the Easter Bunny. If you make it to the breakfast, stick around for the Book Fair.

If you’d like to purchase tickets, respond by April 2 (look at the flyer above). Tickets won’t be sold at the door.

Prices are $15 per adult, $10 for children and those aged 2 and younger are free.



Holden calls for new school in District 30


School overcrowding is a persistent issue in western and central Queens, notably in School District 24.

To address the issue, Councilman Bob Holden has called on the Department of Education and the School Construction Authority to build a new high school within his council district.

With high school acceptance letters mailed out last week, Holden says his office has been inundated with phone calls from frustrated parents whose children aren’t placed in “certain schools that they live close to.”

“When parents are telling me their child has excellent grades and test scores but is not being accepted into the schools they desire, there is something fundamentally wrong with the placement system,” Holden says. “The students in my district deserve more quality school choices.”

The councilman has identified “multiple locations” that the SCA has expressed strong interest in, he says.

Throw in the fact that Queens schools are 16,654 seats over capacity, proving that it’s by far the most overcrowded borough in terms of schools seats.

“I am tired of Queens being overlooked when it comes to such important issues as education,” Holden says. “I demand better than this for our children.”


City to address flooding on Edsall Avenue


Some good news is coming to this part of Glendale that’s constantly flooded.

Late last month, Assemblyman Mike Miller and Councilman Bob Holden announced that the Department of Environmental Protection and Department of Transportation have developed a plan to ease flooding on Edsall Avenue.

The plan includes repaving and installing a curb and catch basin in the area to reconnect to the nearest sewer.

Community Board 5 has requested fixing this problem for many years, as have neighbors who have suffered anytime there’s flooding.

More information, including a timeline of the project, will be released soon. Stay tuned.


Join NYC H2O for Stewardship Day at Ridgewood Reservoir


Now that the Ridgewood Reservoir has more protections, it’s up to community members to make sure it’s kept clean.

Earlier this year, the reservoir was designated a protected wetland, adding an additional layer of protection for the threatened and endangered species there.

On March 10, NYC H2O, the organization that has been advocating for the reservoir, is hosting its first monthly stewardship day there.

They are asking for volunteers to help remove invasive plant species and plant native species in their place.

RSVP here if you plan on attending!


Borough president’s Lunar New Year celebration & photo contest

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Happy Year of the Pig!

On Wednesday, February 27, Queens Borough Hall is celebrating the Lunar New Year.

Borough President Melinda Katz also announced a photo contest, with the winners being displayed at the celebration.

This year’s photo contest theme is “New Year and Me.” Entrants’ photo must be submitted with their entry by 11:59 p.m. on Thursday, February 14.

Contest winners will be notified by February 19.

Contest rules and entry forms can be found online here.

The February 27 celebration is free and open to the public. RSVP here or call 718-286-2661.


Proposed daycare blocks away from potential shelter site

This sounds like a bad idea waiting to happen.

At next week’s Community Board 5 meeting, members will host a hearing for a special permit to build a 167-children daycare at 79-40 Cooper Avenue.

The owner of record is CS Cooper Avenue LLC, and they will be represented by Akerman LLP.

This proposed daycare is only one block away from 78-16 Cooper Avenue, the manufacturing site that’s long been rumored as a potential homeless shelter.

Though Councilman Bob Holden has maneuvered to transform the site into a school, the Glendale community remains restless.

Just a few weeks ago, residents caught workers illegally removing asbestos-laden tiles late at night. The illegal activity calls into question why work is being rushed there.

Could it have anything to do with transient hotels being allowed to be built in M1 light manufacturing zones?

Either way, opening a 167-person daycare at that location sounds troubling.

We’ll find out how CB5 members feel at the meeting on Wednesday, February 13th at 7:30 p.m. at Christ the King High School in Middle Village.


Sacred Heart to collect food, supplies for furloughed workers

State Senator Joe Addabbo dropping off food from the holiday drive at Sacred Heart Church.

State Senator Joe Addabbo dropping off food at Sacred Heart Church.

With the partial federal government shutdown entering its fifth week, State Senator Joe Addabbo is teaming up with local institutions to help out the 800,000 furloughed employees who are working without pay.

Starting this week, Addabbo’s district offices in Howard Beach (159-53 102nd Street) and Middle Village (66-85 73rd Place) are collecting food and toiletries for the workers.

Queens County Savings Bank locates at 156-02 Crossbay Boulevard and 156-32 Crossbay Boulevard also are taking supplies.

The drive will collect items like canned goods, pastas, cereals, soaps, detergents, toothpaste, feminine hygiene products and more.

The supplies will be distributed to Our Lady of Grace Church (100-05 159th Avenue) in Howard Beach and Sacred Heart food pantry (83-17 78th Avenue) in Glendale. These sites will also be drop-off locations.

To collect the supplies at the drop-off locations, federal works will need to display their federal IDs.

For more information, call Addabbo’s office at 718-738-1111.


Glendale House of the Week 1/19/19

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The Glendale House of the Week is a beautiful two-family home sitting on 5,300-square-feet of space.

The home has two apartments, a finished walk up attice and a gorgeous walk in basement. There’s also a private driveway with a three-car garage, a large patio area, hardwood floors and recessed lighting. Overall, there are five bedrooms and four full bathrooms.

The home is listed by Carollo Real Estate for $1,450,000.

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Apply now to serve on Community Board 5


Here’s your chance to get involved with the most local level of New York City government.

Borough President Melinda Katz is accepting applications for “qualified and civic-minded individuals” to serve on their local community boards.

CBs play an important advisory role on land use and zoning, safety, parks, libraries and other neighborhood concerns.

The membership application is available online here.

The deadline for applications to be completed, signed and notarized is Friday, February 8.

An appointed two-year term of service begins on April 1. Each member serves a two-year term.

In 2018, New York City passed a proposition to create term limits for community boards. Read about the proposal here.