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The Henry Apartments, a huge affordable and supportive housing complex in Ocean Hill, has officially kicked off construction at 1696-1712 Broadway. City officials and pols such as Deputy Borough President Diana Reyna and local City Council Member Darlene Mealy were on hand for the groundbreaking ceremony, which took place Friday, March 20, a spokesperson for the project let us know. (Check out the press release and photos here.)

Workers have been putting up a construction fence around the very large site for several weeks, and when we peeked through yesterday we could see the ground had been cleared and a hole had appeared close to the corner of Broadway and Rockaway. The site runs along Broadway between Rockaway and Decatur. Years ago there were apartments and stores here, but the property has been an empty lot for decades.

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Image source: Flushing BID – click to enlarge

We’ve learned about (and signed up for) the $7 express lunch from the Flushing Business Improvement District (BID) and our tummies are already rumbling. For $7 you can lunch at either Deluge, which is located in the Sheraton Hotel (135-20 39th Avenue – GMAP), or at 101 Taiwanese Cuisine (135-11 40th Road – GMAP).