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A couple of the Queens newspapers — Queens Courier and Queens Chronicle — have reported this week on the planned cleanup of a toxic material left behind from the previous industrial usage of an area that is home to eight storage bays situated beneath the former Ozone Park LIRR station. At a community board meeting exchanges between residents and CB9 officials, it seems, got kinda heated when residents expressed numerous safety concerns that — based on the reporting we read — will likely cause the projects planners to go back to the drawing board.


Photos courtesy of Forgotten NY

In addition to being the subject of this toxic cleanup story, the Ozone Park LIRR station has been in the news for its part in the proposed Queensway, an elevated park built upon decommissioned railroad tracks. The linear park’s route would run directly above the contaminated area in question.

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From a MOMI press release:

Sumner M. Redstone, a film and media industry pioneer and Executive Chairman of Viacom Inc. and CBS Corporation, has made a $3 million gift to the Museum of the Moving Image, which is celebrating its 25th anniversary.  In recognition of the gift from the Sumner M. Redstone Charitable Foundation, the Museum’s state-of-the-art main theater will be named the Sumner M. Redstone Theater beginning in May 2013. The announcement was made today by Museum of the Moving Image Board Chairman Herbert S. Schlosser and Executive Director Carl Goodman.

Mr. Schlosser said, “The naming of the Sumner M. Redstone Theater will forge a permanent bond between a visionary entertainment industry leader, whose contributions to the advancement of film and media are unrivaled, and the Museum, which is the nation’s only cultural institution devoted to educating the general public, including 50,000 middle and high school students per year, about the art, history, and technology of film and digital media. Mr. Redstone’s gift will allow the Museum to advance and expand its important mission as we enter our 25th year. We cannot thank him enough for this transformative gift.”

Mr. Redstone said, “I am proud to support the work of this iconic cultural center which so skillfully melds my two lifelong loves—of entertainment and learning. The moving image in all its forms has a deep connection for me, from my lifelong love of film and television; to my family’s theatrical exhibition business, National Amusements; to my role as Chair of two of the top global media entertainment companies, CBS and Viacom, whose Paramount Pictures is Hollywood’s oldest motion picture studio.  It is a great honor for me to add my name to all the distinguished patrons of the Museum as it continues to spread the art of film and media.”

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From a Press release from NYS Senator Joseph P. Addabbo, Jr.:

To help bring Earth Day a little closer to home for his constituents, Addabbo and Assemblyman Mike Miller will be holding another Recycling Day from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday, April 28, to help local residents dispose of unwanted recyclable household items. The event will be held at the George Seuffert, Sr. Bandshell Parking Lot in Forest Park on Forest Park Drive, one block west of Woodhaven Boulevard in Woodhaven.

“This will be our eighth recycling event,” said Addabbo, “and the last one held resulted in the recycling of roughly 20 tons of unwanted household items. That was a record for us, and it’s one we’re hoping to break on April 28th!”

Items that may be recycled at the event include clothing and textiles, electronics (including televisions, computers and air conditioners), paper (which may be shredded at the event for safety), carpeting, eyeglasses, and a variety of household goods. Additionally, old, tattered American flags will be collected at the event. Interested residents should call the Senator’s office at 1-718-738-1111 for more detailed information.

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Alobar (GMAP) is petitioning CB2 to get outdoor seating. if you are a fan and want to support their effort, you can add your signature to their petition. (Note: there were 239 signature  as of 1030am on 4/13).

Since it began Alobar Restaurant has worked hard to become a service to the community. We have proven ourselves to be quiet, respectful  and good neighbors. We have been told that what we give to Long Island City is a world class experience integral to LIC itself. To be allowed to use our beautiful walled outdoor cafe is extremely important for us to continue to be such a major part of this wonderful community of Hunters Point, Long Island City. Without it we will not be able to compete in the summer months, with so many other restaurants that already have outdoor seating.

Previous coverage of Alobar [QNYC]

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Image Source: Entrepreneur Space

The Entrepreneur Space is running out of space! On April 11, the LIC-based food-and-business incubator received more than 20 boxes of cookware, silverware, bakeware, cutlery and just about everything else a kitchen could want, thanks to a donation from Princess House, a party-plan, direct-selling company that promotes female entrepreneurship. Located at 36-46 37th St., the E-Space is a 12,500-sq.-ft., NYC Economic Development Corporation-sponsored hub with a fully equipped commercial kitchen, offices and classrooms that entrepreneurs can rent at below-market rates as they build their businesses. Consultant Kathrine Gregory (at right in photo with Princess House President and CEO Connie Tang) noted that this donation — valued at over $12,000 — will be put to extremely good use as the E-Space currently has roughly 170 clients who make everything from gluten-free baked goods to Greek garlic dip to designer marshmallows.

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Cities all have their curiosities. One of NYC’s curiosities is Hart Island’s Potter’s Field cemetery, where the unclaimed dead are buried. More than 850,000 have been buried here since 1869. Hart Island is part of The Bronx, but its run by the NYC Department of Correction, which is pretty much a Queens thing.


Source: GMAP

From the NY Times:

For more than a century, to be buried on Hart Island, off the coast of the Bronx, was to be essentially forgotten.

A man run over by a train with no family to claim his body. A homeless woman who froze to death on a bitterly cold winter’s night with no loved ones to find their way to her. A stillborn baby born to a woman who could not afford to pay for a burial. These are among the approximately 850,000 forlorn souls who since 1869 have been buried in the city’s potter’s field, a 101-acre cemetery just east of City Island.

Now the City and the DOC has developed a website that provides information about some of the people buried on Hart Island.

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The Queens Examiner reports that Kissena Park (GMAP) has finally gotten a bathroom. Since 1981 a number of local residents pushed to make this happen.

Looks like people won’t have to bother local businesses any more.. or hide behind trees… to do what they gotta do.

Congrats to all involved!

NYC Comptroller John Lui was on site for the ribbon cutting.

Image Source: Queens Examiner

Kissena Velodrome, the only bicycle track in New York [QNYC]

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Images Source: Fred Cantor

Brooklyn might have the “hip” factor, but Queens now has the “Qool” factor. Fresh Meadows native Fred Cantor is selling black baseball caps that read “Queens = Qool” on the front. The retired lawyer wants to make some profit, of course, but he is also hoping to improve the borough’s image and help a venerable local institution. He donates $2 from every $21.90 cap sale to the Queens Library Foundation. This entrepreneur might be familiar to some Queens enthusiasts because he co-wrote Arcadia Publishing’s Images of America: Fresh Meadows book in 2011. Check out the merchandise here.

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According to a presentation given recently by the NYC Department of Environmental Protection at a Newtown Creek Community Advisory Group meeting the phase out a 800,000-gallon sludge storage tank and dock in Greenpoint is moving forward. DEC will replace the dock and tank, which has been in place since 1967, with new infrastructure that is around the corner from the Greenpoint dock on the Newtown Creek and is much closer to the wastewater treatment plant that produces the sludge. This move makes room for an expanded Newtown Park and is a step in the the much larger Greenpoint Williamsburg Waterfront Access Plan.

Google has captured a good picture of a DEP boat docked at the storage tank in Greenpoint (GMAP).

 

You’ve seen the DEP sludge boats a million times going up and down the East River.


 Photo Courtesy Mitch Waxman