City Hall comes to Queens

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Mayor de Blasio is bringing City Hall to Queens next month.

De Blasio and Borough President Melinda Katz announced that the administration will run the city from Borough Hall for a week, starting on July 17.

They will host a cabinet meeting, resource fairs, town halls and other events focused on Queens.

“In Queens, we will continue focusing city resources on the borough’s most pressing needs,” de Blasio said.

Sunnyside Gardens in the storm


Yesterday’s stop-and-go thunderstorm caused all sorts of headaches for New Yorkers. Sunnyside was no different.

If you drove through Sunnyside Gardens yesterday afternoon, you may have seen a tree falling down to cause a traffic pileup. Residents ran through the street seeking shelter from the torrential downpour.

Right under the elevated Long Island Rail Road track near Barnett Avenue, a reporter caught this photo of the severe flooding. Cars proceeded through the area with caution as the rain came down in fits and starts.

What was your experience with yesterday’s thunderstorm? Let us know in the comments below.

New trash cans installed in western Queens


When you walk through Sunnyside and Woodside, you’ll see more green and less garbage.

Thanks to a $59,000 allocation from Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer, 108 new trash bins have been added to the area, including 32 in Woodside, 27 in Sunnyside, 34 in LIC and 15 in Dutch Kills.

“It will be easier than ever to throw trash in a bin rather than on the ground,” Van Bramer said, “keeping our streets clean for all.”

You can find the new trash bins on Queens Boulevard, Broadway, Northern Boulevard, Skillman Avenue, Greenpoint Avenue, Woodside Avenue and other major commercial corridors.

Woodside on the Move hosts walk-in immigration clinic


Do you have questions about your immigration status or fears about potential deportation?

What about if Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents come knocking on your door?

Woodside on the Move is providing some free immigration legal help. Angela Antonio Torregoza, an immigration attorney from CUNY Law School, is hosting a walk-in immigration counseling clinic for the community.

Angela will be at Woodside on the Move on Thursday, June 15 and Monday, June 19 from 4 to 7 p.m.

Drop by if you have any immigration concerns to ask Angela!

Thalia Spanish Theatre’s free outdoor festivals

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Thalia Spanish Theatre has already kicked off its 23rd annual free outdoors festival, all taking place this summer.

Each free performance, at Lance Corporal Thomas P. Noonan Playground in Sunnyside, take place on Sundays at 1 p.m.. Here are some of its upcoming performances:

  • June 18 – Afro-Puerto Rican Dance and Drum with Bombazo Dance Company
  • June 25 – Potpourri de Zarzuelas and Boleros – Latino romantic songs and Spanish Operettas

For more information, visit www.thaliatheatre.og.

Aspiring VFW Post commander inducted to Veteran’s Hall of Fame


A Queens veteran and Jackson Heights resident has been inducted to the New York State Senate’s Veterans Hall of Fame.

Luz M. Fernandez-Aviles, a Gulf War vet, was honored for her service by State Senator Jose Peralta. Fernandez-Aviles joined the Army Reserve in July 1988 and was honorably discharged in February 1997.

She was deployed to Saudi Arabia with her unit, the 142nd Transportation Det. Forscom Fc, in August 1990 for about eight months. She worked as a 77F Petroleum Supple Specialist.

Fernandez-Aviles has received an Army Commendation Medal (May 1991) a Certificate of Achievement (April and June 1991), an Army Achievement Medal (June 1993), a NYS Assembly Citation (June 2008) and a NYS Senate Liberty Award (June 2008).

“It means a lot to me to know that my service to this great country has been recognized,” she said. “I am truly grateful for this honor.”

Fernandez-Aviles continues serving veterans now at Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Post 2813 in Woodside, where she hopes to become a post commander.

Woodside Library a finalist for citywide award

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Queens Library at Woodside is among the 10 finalists competing in this year’s NYC Neighborhood Library Awards, often called the “Oscar of Libraries.”

The top five libraries that win the honor receive a $20,000 prize, while the remaining finalists will get $10,000 apiece.

This year, 24,000 New Yorkers nominated their favorite branches and what they mean to their lives. Three Queens libraries are among the finalists.

Bob, a neighborhood customer, said he once saw another patron in a wheelchair in tears because the elevator was out of order and she couldn’t get to her second-floor Korean class.

“When the staff found this out, they immediately discussed it with the Korean teacher and suggested to move the class to the ground floor,” he said. “It shows that the staff there really care for their patrons.”

Woodside Library has $7.2 million in capital needs.

State Senate passes bill to study lead paint level


The State Senate passed IDC Senator Jose Peralta’s bill to require the Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA) and the New York City Transit Authority (NYTC) to start a study on the amount of lead paint in elevated subway tracks.

If signed into law, the MTA will be required to write a written report on how to rid subway stations of any possible exposure of lead by paint chips falling from elevated stations. That will be followed by a review of some possible renovations to stations.

They will inspect and maintain the subway lines, according to the bill.

According to District 9 International Union of Painters and Allied Trades, the samples collected from paint chips that had fallen from the 7 train onto sidewalks was 49 times over the legal limit of 5,000 parts per million at 244,000 parts per million.

Last month, city and state lawmakers announced a lawsuit against the MTA to compel them to clean up the elevated lead paint.

Woodside community honors Dorothy Neary


The Woodside community honored the life of late civic activist Dorothy Neary over the weekend with a street re-naming ceremony.

Neary spent more than eight decades improving and advocating for a better quality of life for her neighborhood. She passed away in 2014 at the age of 94.

She was a former director and longtime newsletter editor for the United Forties Civic Association. Neary was also involved with the St. Teresa’s Rosary Society, Community Board 2 and the Girl Scouts.

Her daughter, Patricia Neary Boyd, attended the ceremony.

“Keep engaged with your community, get out there, go to everything,” Boyd said. “Please stay involved. This community is great.”

Read more about the street re-naming ceremony here.

Queens Chamber to host Sunnyside Yards discussion

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The Queens Chamber of Commerce the New York City Economic Development Corporation on Tuesday, June 6 at 8 a.m.

EDC will discuss the proposed Sunnyside Yards project and the feasibility study that the city released in February.

Sunnyside Yards is one of the busiest rail yards in the country and an important train storage yard and maintenance hub for Amtrak’s Northeast Corridor. New Jersey Transit and the Long Island Railroad also own a part of the rail yards.

The public discussion will take place at the Queens Chamber office at 75-20 Astoria Boulevard, Suite 140 (Bulova Corporate Center).

To register for the event, click here.