Today, a group of Queens pols — Catherine Nolan, Nydia Velazquez, Elizabeth Crowley, Michael Miller, Grace Meng, Antonio Reynoso, Joseph Addabbo and Michael Gianaris — released a letter sent to Governor Cuomo in regards to the upcoming construction at Ridgewood Reservoir. The Parks Department plans to undertake a $6,000,000 project cutting culverts into the reservoir to address the threat of future flooding. Parks is required under state regulations to address the flooding threat by August, or the city could start receiving fines. Still, the plan upsets local residents and park advocates who believe the project is unnecessary, a waste of money, and could potentially cause harm to the existing ecosystem.
The letter also raises serious concerns about the construction project. Pols are asking for a waiver to delay construction, so that the area can first receive a wetland designation. (An application to designate the area as a wetland was submitted in 2010, nothing has been done about it.) They also ask the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation to consider how the project will harm the existing environment — the work requires building permanent access roads into the habitat, and cutting down at least 470 trees. The pols also believe the price tag of $6,000,000 is too high. As the letter states, “We believe that there are many other areas where the city can spend this money including building more schools, improving our infrastructure, upgrading our transportation system, and many other capital requests that our Community Boards have highlighted.”
The Hansel N’ Gretel manufacturing site, located along Cooper Avenue in Glendale, is now on the market. The deli meat producer, which opened back in 1872, moved to the neighborhood in 1970. The company ceased operations this past June, according to the Courier.
The real estate agency Avison Young will handle the property, which is more than two acres. It’s zoned for industrial use, but the brokerage will advertise it as a “multi-purpose” plot. Hansel N’ Gretel, who didn’t offer a reason for the closure, will begin auctioning off its equipment in September.
The pictures for this Glendale listing are just terrible, but that doesn’t mean we don’t like it. The 2,200-square-foot brick townhouse, located at 72-30 66th Place, is asking $699,000. From what we can tell, this home boasts lots of great details like fireplaces, wood floors and decorative molding. We have no idea what’s going on with that wood-paneled room, but the patio sure looks nice. Ultimately, we feel tempted enough to check the place out in person. How about you?
Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley chimed into the debate over opening a homeless shelter on Cooper Avenue in Glendale, proposing alternative uses for the building. In a letter to city officials, reports Queens Courier, she states the proposed shelter is “too close to chemicals, too far from public transportation and would pack an already overcrowded school district.”
She stands behind many community residents and Community Board 5 in asking for an alternative to the 125-person shelter. Her suggestion, also suggested by Mayor de Blasio, is to set aside affordable housing units for the homeless instead. The Department of Homeless Services already conducted an environmental review earlier this month and found the location suitable to be used as a shelter. A DHS rep said they are reviewing Crowley’s letter, but also planning to move ahead with the original plans for the site.
This month the NYC Department of Sanitation kicked off its curbside organics collection in the neighborhoods of Glendale, Middle Village and Maspeth. (The city announced the program would come to these neighborhoods early this year.) The date of the first collection in Glendale was Monday June, 2nd; the first collection in Middle Village and Maspeth will be Monday, June 16th. Collection will happen once a week on recycling day. This is a voluntary program where residents put out organic material like food waste, food-soiled paper, and leaf and yard waste, and it’s a city effort to reduce trash disposal costs and create renewable energy or compost. For more information, or to apply to participate, go here. The organics collection program already exists in areas of Manhattan, Staten Island, the Bronx and Brooklyn.
The Parks Department is planning to embark on a $6,000,000 plan to cut culverts into Ridgewood Reservoir to address the threat of future flooding. But the plan, now awaiting state environmental approvals, has upset local residents and park advocates. According to the New York Daily News, activists think the project is unnecessary, a waste of money, and could potentially cause harm to the existing ecosystem. (“It would have to rain 24 hours a day for months to reach capacity,” New York City Park Advocates Geoffrey Croft told the News.) The Parks Department says that if the work isn’t done they risk getting fined by the state, given that the reservoir is a flooding hazard. The Department also promised that the project won’t alter the reservoir or cut off public access to it.
The Ridgewood Reservoir is the site of doomed plans to turn the area into a park, due to lack of funding. The Parks Department did upgrade some areas of the reservoir last year. Many advocates would prefer to keep the reservoir as a natural preserve, and worry that the culverts project may lead to park development.
With about 130,000 residents, Queens is home to more war veterans than any other borough in New York City. This weekend various neighborhoods honor their war heroes with Memorial Day parades, including biggest one in the country (Little Neck/Douglaston).
The Maspeth Memorial Day Parade (Sunday, May 25th, at 1 pm) is always an emotional display of patriotism and gratitude. This year, it honors local veterans and women. Retired Capt. Laura Zimmermann is the speaker, and other honorees are Leo J. Wasil, who flew 35 combat missions as a radio operator, mechanic and gunner in World War II; Anthony Simone, who fought in the treacherous Mung Dung Valley during the Korean War; and Jane Crowley, who joined the United States Marine Corp Women’s Service in 1943. The parade begins at 1 pm at Walter A. Garlinge Memorial Park, 72nd Street and Grand Avenue, and proceeds down Grand to the Frank Kowalinski American Legion Post 4 and Knights of Columbus on 69th Lane, where there’s a memorial service at 2 pm.
Forest Hills, Sunday, May 25th, noon, starts at Ascan and Metropolitan avenues, proceeds to Trotting Course Lane, ending at St. John Cemetery. Grand marshals are Monsignor John McGuirl, pastor of Our Lady of Mercy Church; Community Board 6 Chair Joseph Hennessey; and Mayor’s Office of Veterans’ Affairs Commissioner Terrance Holliday.
College Point, Sunday, May 25th, 2 pm, starts at 28rd Avenue and College Point Boulevard and heads to 5th Avenue and 119th Street. State Senator Tony Avella is the grand marshal. Poppy Queen is Isabella Joan Hollaway.
Howard Beach, Monday, May 26th, 9:30 am, begins with Memorial Day Mass at Our Lady of Grace Church at 101st Street and 159th Avenue. The parade kicks off at 11 am in Coleman Square and takes its time-honored route through Old Howard Beach, visiting the Vietnam War memorial at 99th Street and 157th Avenue, the World War II memorial at Assembly of God Church at 158-31 99th Street and then St. Barnabas Church at 159-19 98 Street.
Laurelton, Monday, May 26th, 9 am, Francis Lewis and Merrick boulevards to the Veterans Memorial Triangle, 225thStreet and North Conduit Avenue.
Little Neck-Douglaston, Monday, May 26th, 2 pm, Northern Boulevard between Jayson Avenue and 245th Street, 2 pm.The closing ceremony is held in the parking lot of Saint Anastasia School, Northern Boulevard and Alameda Avenue, where awards are given, honorees are acknowledged, and refreshments are served. World War II heroes are the grand marshals, including Rocco Moretto and John McHugh Sr., who stormed the beaches of Normandy during D-Day; Thomas Dent; John W. Peterkin; and Lucy Salpeper, who joined the Navy Waves and cared for injured soldiers.
Ridgewood-Glendale, Monday, May 26th, 11 am, starting at the Ridgewood Memorial Triangle at Myrtle and Cypress avenues and ending at the Glendale War Monument at Myrtle and Cooper avenues. Charles Dunn, a member of Glendale’s VFW Sergeant Edward R. Miller Post 7336, is the grand marshal.
This Saturday, Finaback Brewery will open its tasting room in Glendale for the very first time. They’ll serve special priced pours and BBQ from 2 to 8 pm — all the event details live here. Finback debuted three different beers — the Finback IPA, the Double Sess Wit and the Puffin Smoked Porter — at different NYC bars earlier this year. Here is a look at their 13,000-square-foot brewery and tasting room while it was still under construction.
Get ready, Glendale: yesterday Finback Brewery announced on Twitter it will open on May 15th. More details are to come. The location in question is 78-01 77th Avenue, off Cooper Avenue. The 13,000-square-foot space will feature a large tasting room, a bar, backyard, and possibly an events room — check out photos of the in-progress brewery over here. Finback started serving its beers around NYC bars earlier this year.