It’s West Nile season from April to October, and birdbaths all over the city are under attack according to the NYT. In Astoria, Joseph Pomares was fined $2000 for leaving water out for the birds because the bath could have become a breeding ground for disease-carrying mosquitoes. Pomares and 698 other New Yorkers were fined last year for standing water violations, but most penalties were levied against construction sites or unsanitary swimming pools. Still, according to the city’s website, any amount of standing water is too much. Time to drain your fish pond.

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If you didn’t manage to pick up your copies of this week’s papers at Associated, we’re here for you, and we can save you the trouble of recycling.

This week in Queens, Rebecca Henley of TimesLedger fame lets us know that

about three-fourths of Elmhurst straphangers were interested in the neighborhood having its own station on the Long Island Rail Road, although just as many had not heard of the proposal….

It seems a new station is still in its pipe dream phase, but with Councilman Danny Dromm (D-Jackson Heights) on the case, it could eventually become a reality.

In Corona, you all heard about the little girl who was forgotten on the school bus.

Police told the TimesLedger that [bus driver Sandra] Garcia missed the girl while checking the bus, locked up and went home. Officers called to the scene broke a bus window to get to the child, who they believe was left in the bus for about 15 minutes.

An Astoria restaurant was jacked [TimesLedger]

And Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer (D-Sunnyside) continues his crusade against blight in his district, targeting massage parlors in Dutch Kills including Smile Dawa.

The voice mailbox for Smile Dawa was full when TimesLedger Newspapers called. The manager for Asian Body Work was not available for comment.

The Queens Ledger reports on a little boy in Woodside who is allergic to everything.

KeVaughn “K.E.” Plunkett, now in fourth grade at P.S. 229, suffers from a rare medical condition called eosinophilic gastrointestinal disorder, in which his white blood cells attack food as if it is a parasite.

K.E. lives through a feeding tube in his stomach, and currently has only five safe foods – potatoes, rice, apples, corn and some pork. He survives mostly on a formula called Elecare.

However, he will soon try his first hamburger, said his mother Colleen Plunkett


At Tuesday night’s Community Board 2 meeting, reports The Local, board members voted in favor of the planned renovation of Commodore Barry Park on the Fort Greene/Downtown Brooklyn border. The ten-acre park, which is located between the Brooklyn Navy Yard and the Ingersoll and Whitman housing projects, is “extremely critical to the community and neighborhood in which it is located,” noted Parks committee chair Andrew Lastowecky. Phase 1 of the project, which would restore the lawn and walkways on the eastern end of the park, is expected to cost $2,300,000 and be completed by next spring.
CB 2: Get Your Flu Shot [Local/NYT]


The Bloomberg administration announced yesterday that it was creating a six-person panel charged with formulating a plan to honor Brooklyn’s role in the abolitionist movement. The formation of the $2 million panel is largely a response to the controversy surrounding the EDC’s plan to seize and demolish six Duffield Street row houses that are believed to have ties to the Underground Railroad, but it leaves the future of those houses unclear. In fact, the city’s press release yesterday affirms that an EDC-funded study did not directly connect Underground Railroad activity to the houses, but it did confirm a great deal of abolitionist activity in the area. While the city’s announcement is unlikely to stanch community outcry about the EDC’s plans, blogger Duffield Street Underground notes that If the new panel has some real power, then there is hope to develop Downtown Brooklyn through the promoting of the Abolitionist history at 227 Duffield. Sounds to us like the city’s just throwing a bone, albeit a $2 million bone, to the pesky preservationists to push them out of the way. Do you think this has a chance of silencing the protesters?
Mayor Appeases on Underground Railroad Rancor [NY Observer]
Panel to Honor Brooklyn’s Role in Abolition [City Room]
Honoring Brooklyn’s Role in Ending Slavery [Duffield St. Underground]
Busy Day for Brooklyn’s Underground Railroad History [Gowanus Lounge]
Underground Movement on Duffield [NY Post]
Duffield Preservationists Fight Back with Lawsuit [Brownstoner]
LPC Turns Its Back on Underground Railroad Houses [Brownstoner]
Undergound RR: Consultants Caught In Another Lie [Brownstoner]
LPC Head Tries To Save Underground RR Site [Brownstoner]