05/23/14 1:00pm


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.

Information on the other parades follows:

  • Broad Channel, Sunday, May 25th, 1 pm, Cross Bay Boulevard.
  • 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, 225th Street 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.
  • The Rockaways, May 26th, noon, steps off at Beach 121st Street.
  • Whitestone, Monday, May 26th, noon, starts at Whitestone Memorial Park, 149th Street and 15th Drive and proceeds on 12th Avenue. Dr. David Copell, a Korean War vet, is the grand marshal.

Photo: The Whitestone Memorial Day Parade

01/14/14 11:00am


The only road that connects Douglaston and Little Neck north of Northern Boulevard runs between Douglas Road, at the eastern edge of Douglaston at Udall’s Cove Park, and Little Neck Parkway alongside the Long Island Rail Road. The city has never really settled on a name for the road, and thus it’s known by a variety of names depending on what part of the route you happen to be on.



Until Hagstrom listed it in the 1970s, it had never made city maps, either, which leads me to believe the road in its complete route is a relatively recent connection. Area residents have been calling it simply “the back road.”


THE QUEENS COURIER/Photo by Christina Santucci The Scobee Diner in Little Neck is located at the corner of Little Neck Parkway and Northern Boulevard.

Plans are moving ahead to build a two-story commercial and community structure at the Scobee Diner, which closed in 2010 in Little Neck. Queens Courier reports that the BSA just granted the developers a variance to build. The proposed building will hold a CitiBank on the first floor with a drive-through ATM and a dentist’s office on the second floor. There will also be 17 parking spaces. The plans will now move to the Department of Buildings, although there is no word on the construction timeline yet.

Scobee Diner Site Plans Move Forward [Queens Courier] GMAP

Photo by Queens Courier

12/10/13 11:00am


A walk through the neighborhoods of the northern part of Queens, College Point, Whitestone, even Bayside, will reward the urban enthusiast with glimpses of the small Long Island North Shore towns they used to be. There are town centers at 14th Avenue and 150th Street in Whitestone, along College Point Boulevard between 14th and 18th Avenue, and Bell Boulevard between Northern Boulevard and 35th Avenue. The spaces between these town centers, once meadows or farmland, have been filled with block after block of one and two-family homes and seem to have been thoroughly “folded” into a uniform Queens fabric: definitely not the dense, urban feel of a Soho or a Park Slope, but not the thoroughly suburban atmosphere of a Levittown or Hicksville.

The two “northeasternmost” of Queens’ neighborhoods, Douglaston and Little Neck, however, have a different tone: they somehow seem carved out of the rather exclusive, monied precincts of the Nassau County townships immediately to the east, Great Neck and Manhasset. Both neighborhoods are served by a short shopping strip along Northern Boulevard, and the area’s hilly topography doesn’t lend itself to block upon block of similar-looking ranch houses.

The Moderne bank at Little Neck Parkway and Northern Boulevard, with its formidable eagle, was designed in 1927 by Paul LaVelle, who had previously worked with Stanford White. Little Neck National Bank was initiated by local realtor Bryce Rea, William Hutton and the aforementioned William Van Nostrand. It has been a Chase branch for over 30 years.

Across the street from the Chase was the Scobee diner, where future CIA director George Tenet bussed tables back in the Super Seventies. The diner opened in 1965, but closed in 2010, citing a catastrophic rent increase from the landlord. The diner was finally demolished in 2013, and a Citibank will rise in its place.

11/05/13 12:00pm

252-42 Brattle Ave-LOTD

Man oh man, this house is ugly. It’s way out in Little Neck, at 252-42 Brattle Avenue. It’s asking $2,880,000. All we’ve got are photos of the exterior in all its glory — balconies, winding staircase, and some massive arched windows. Although there aren’t any interior photos, the listing tells us it is huge, and we can see the backyard’s sizable as well. But does all that space justify such a large price tag?

252-42 Brattle Avenue [Winzone Realty] GMAP

10/04/13 12:00pm

jhJackson Heights
33-12 85th Street
Broker: Re/max City
Price: $989,000
Sunday 3:00 – 5:00

westmorelandLittle Neck
44-04 Westmoreland Street
Broker: Charles Rutenberg Realty
Price: $579,000
Sunday 12:00 – 2:00

80-50 90th Road
Broker: Keller Williams
Price: $480,000
Saturday 1:00 – 3:00

86-05 60th Road
Broker: E Z Sell Realty
Price: $209,000
Saturday 1:00 – 3:00

09/06/13 12:00pm

LICLong Island City
45-18 11th Street
Broker: Modern Spaces
Price: $2,250,000
Sunday 11:30 – 1:00

rushmoreLittle Neck
249-35 Rushmore Terrace
Broker: Exit Realty Achieve
Price: $985,000
Saturday 1:00 – 3:00

50-21 Parsons Boulevard
Broker: Folan Real Estate Group Inc
Price: $975,000
Saturday 1:00 – 3:00

jhJackson Heights
72-17 34th Avenue
Broker: Joseph Souza
Price: $219,000
Sunday 1:00 – 4:00

05/24/13 5:33pm


Queens natives have given a lot to the military over the years. For example, Woodside’s zip code — 11377 — was home to more soldiers who died in the Vietnam War than any other zip code in the U.S. This weekend, the borough will honor its war heroes with countless Memorial Day parades, including biggest one in the country (Little Neck/Douglaston, pictured above). Here are the details: May 26 (Sunday), Forest Hills Memorial Day Parade, noon, Metropolitan and Ascan avenues; Maspeth Memorial Day Parade, 1 p.m., Grand Avenue and 72nd Street; and May 27 (Monday), Laurelton Memorial Day Parade, 9 a.m., Francis Lewis and Merrick boulevards; Howard Beach Memorial Day Parade, 11 a.m., Coleman Square; Glendale-Ridgewood Veterans Memorial Day Parade, 11 a.m., Glendale Memorial Triangle, located at Myrtle Avenue and 70th Street; Woodside Memorial Day Parade, 11 a.m., 58th Street and Woodside Avenue; Whitestone Memorial Day Parade, noon, 149th Street and 15th Road; Little Neck-Douglaston Memorial Day Parade, 2 p.m., Northern Boulevard and Jayson Avenue.

Image Source: Commons Wikimedia/Little Neck-Douglaston

04/24/13 11:00am

Juana Canton of Little Neck has been baking for family and friends for over 40 years, but just launched her own business to sell cookies in February 2013. Mama Juana’s Treats specializes in vegan, gluten-free, and low-glycemic cookies.

Mama Juana's Treats
Image Source: Mama Juana’s Treats

Tempting flavors like banana peanut butter, red velvet, and oatmeal cranberry chocolate chip are satisfying and flavorful, but are made with healthful ingredients like coconut oil, coconut sugar, agave syrup, flax seeds, carob, and organic beets for coloring. The cookies are currently being sold at Vitality & Health Natural Market in Astoria (GMAP), and they will soon hit the shelves at a Whole Foods in Jericho, in Nassau County.

Juana Canton

Canton has personal reasons for wanting to create healthier alternatives to the traditional treats everyone loves. First, she has been redesigning her own diet since being diagnosed with diverticulitis, and later, diabetes. She became vegetarian eight years ago, then went fully vegan, and follows a low-glycemic diet to control her diabetes. She wanted to continue baking, so found ways to make her recipes free of animal products and low in sugar.

Since changing her diet was so effective in improving her own health, Canton developed a passion for nutrition. At the middle school in Astoria where she works as a lunch coordinator, she enjoys helping students make healthier choices, and has introduced both a vegetarian meal and a gluten-free meal to the menu.

One of her cookies is inspired by an 8th grader named Carla, who came to her upset one day because she found out she had to start following a strict gluten-free diet. Now Mama Juana’s Treats puts out a gluten-free oatmeal cookie named after Carla. Just as she developed her first gluten-free product, Canton keeps finding new ways to make her recipes healthier, while maintaining their indulgent flavor.

04/24/13 10:00am

There’s something special about a bicycle shop. From the attentive service and professional advice, a pro bike shop can outfit you with the custom bipedal ride of your dreams. Proper fitting and selection is always an issue, so you want the right bike for the job at the right size whether off-roading, touring, or just a joyride. But let’s face it: frequent use can lead to a lot of wear and tear, sometimes wheels get dented or pedals fall off. Rest assure, most large and small shops are full service offering a variety of assistance after the sale from tune-ups to parts replacement and repair whether for adults, kids, or professional cyclists.

It doesn’t matter if you’re cycling the entire Queens Green Belt or simply commuting to work, there’s a professional bicycle shop each with it’s own style, specialization, and deals so shop around. The weather outside is getting warmer and it’s time to ride. Visit one of these shops for a great experience:

  • Roberts Bicycles. For over forty years Roberts Bicycles of Bayside has been outfitting the community with hand-built models and a wide selection from BMX to mountain bikes to baby bikes and everything in between. Roberts Bicycles has something to suit the most consummate tastes including helmets and apparel. Trained technicians are on staff to answer your questions and guide you through the selection process.



  • Peak Bikes. Offering free tune ups for life, Peak Bicycle Pro Shop of Douglaston focuses on the mountain bike crowd. Walk in and staff are eager to talk up bikes while the cycling community often gather here to organize rides in nearby Cunningham Park. Order a custom model, or restore your childhood cruiser.



  • Spin City Cycle. Located in Forest Hills, Spin City Cycles encourages customers to come in for a test ride on all of their models. With cycling being such a popular activity in Queens, sometimes a repair shop can be backlogged, so for those eager to get back in the saddle minus the wait, Spin City promises to repair your bicycle in 48 hours or less.



  • Bellitte Bicycles. You can’t go wrong shopping at the oldest bicycle store in the United States. Since 1918, Bellitte Bicycles of Jamaica has been family owned and operated offering 5,000 models to choose from. Service is a top priority at this huge shop but their low price guarantee is known to draw in customers for over 90 years.



  • Tony’s Bicycles. Tony’s Bicycles of Astoria has an excellent track record in the cycling community. All of their mechanics are factory trained and certified by companies like Trek, GT, Cannondale, Giant, and many more. Founded in the 1970’s, this bicycle shop is known for their commitment to value and service.

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  • Bike Stop. While visiting Bike Stop you’ll find a wide selection from BMX to road bikes, even bicycles built for two. An eclectic staff offers expertise from different specialties all the while promising the only thing you’ll have to worry about is peddling. The site offers a comprehensive newbies guide to just about every subject ranging from parts and accessories to how to guides such as a buyer’s guide to rechargeable lighting systems.

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