Elected officials and others are scrambling to prevent mass evictions and foreclosures, which would only intensify a growing public health and economic crisis.
Almost 20 percent of the U.S. population has already been laid off, has no work, or has experienced reduced income because of the virus as of Saturday.
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce and others are calling for the government to suspend payments of all kinds, including rents, mortgages, loans, payroll taxes, sales tax and utilities.
According to the Queens Courier (and just about every other American publication) gas prices are at a two month low. So obviously it’s time to fill er up. We were wondering where we could get the cheapest gas in Queens, and it turns out that at this very moment, it’s at the Sunoco at 40-13 Astoria Blvd N. according to Gas Buddy. Gas there is reportedly $3.85 per gallon. Pump it up (while you can).
Nothing says Queens like zombies, amiright? This guy Richard does some pretty amazing animation for his new film, “Welcome to Year Zero.” He wants to raise $45,000 which is quite frankly a crazy amount of money. But really, if he wants to make a feature length zombie animation in New York City, it’s pretty small potatoes. Either way, his skills are worthy and his subject matter en vogue, but best of all, he’s not from Brooklyn.
To see more Queens projects, visit Kickstarter.
Why do so many people pay for the Internet when we could all be sharing? Apparently, we aren’t the only ones who have wondered this. The East River Development Alliance will be partnering with a company called KeyWiFi to help bridge the digital divide in Queensbridge through Internet sharing. The program will allow residents to use their neighbor’s WiFi networks for a low fee, and Key WiFi will take a cut for brokering the deal. The program, dubbed the Digital Futures Project, should help get low-income residents connected and may assist all of us in cutting our Internet bills in the future, according to Talking Points Memo.
Ah, police speak. So regal. Communities of Maspeth and Elmhurst together (COMET) reported Sunday that police from the 104th Precinct apprehended two men suspected of stealing tools and scrap metal from a yard located behind the Holiday Inn Express at 59-40 55th Rd. (GMAP). The neighborhood has been having its fire hydrant caps stolen, so community members are hoping the cops nabbed the responsible parties for those crimes as well. Too bad that in the arrest process, “Officer Ricottone did injure his leg and did go to Wyckoff hospital.”
If you can deal with school tours running through your 29 room mansion, being the caretaker of an historic house sounds pretty sweet. You live rent free, and did we mention, it’s 29 rooms? The NYT features a story on historic homes in our borough (and beyond) and their inhabitants. It’s like an exposé on how the other (really lucky) half lives. Who are we kidding, there are only 19 of these people in our entire city.
Image Source: Wikipedia- Vander Ende Onderdonk House in Ridgewood
Houses in Queens are not selling as fast as they once were, according to Prudential Douglas Elliman via Curbed. The site reports both a decline in price and inventory in the borough. In Northwest Queens, where many new developments are located, the median sale price fell 15.8 percent from last quarter—but the number of sales stayed steady, at 194 units.
The Queens Courier also reports that southeast Queens remains the epicenter of citywide foreclosures.
According to a spokesperson from Property Shark, the 82 newly-scheduled foreclosure auctions in Queens account for 39 percent of New York City’s total foreclosure activity.
Still, the paper says that foreclosures in the city are down 18 percent as a whole when compared with this same period last year.
Image Source: Wikipedia