TUESDAY, May 29, 2018

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THE LEDE: Happy Tuesday, May 29, the 149th day of the year. A fire forced hundreds of Elmhurst residents from their homes, but no one was injured. The LIRR’s new countdown clocks are wrong, commuters say. Resorts World is eager to open a sportsbook. A Queens vet is improving healthcare for former soldiers, the Little Neck-Douglaston Memorial Day Parade honored homeless veterans and another taxi driver in deep debt committed suicide. Tonight, a band plays beneath the 7 train in Sunnyside, comedians perform for charity in Ridgewood and a rooftop restaurant serves up lobsters in LIC.

THE IMPRINT: This week’s Time cover features the “Modern Royals”


The Queens Rundown

Fire Forces Hundreds from Their Homes in Elmhurst

A fire that broke out on the top floor of a 300-unit Elmhurst apartment building forced hundreds of residents into the street late Sunday night. FDNY battled the blaze by cutting a hole in the roof. No one was injured, but heavy damage will prevent many residents from returning to their homes, an FDNY official said. The cause of the fire is still unknown.

LIRR’s New Countdown Clocks Are Confusing Customers

The LIRR’s new subway-style countdown clocks were designed to give a convenient and accurate estimate of arrival times. Instead, commuters say the clocks are confusing — and just plain wrong. Last week, the LIRR completed installation of the new clocks at 121 of 124 stations, excluding hubs at Penn Station, Atlantic Terminal and Jamaica. The new clocks rely on GPS and “timing points” to determine when trains will pull into stations. But, riders say, the new technology still has some kinks to work out.

Resorts World and Other Local Casinos Are Ready to Build Their Sportsbook

The Supreme Court’s recent decision to allow sports betting could be a game-changer for Resorts World and other local casinos. “As business opportunities go, this could be transformational,” the CEO of Resorts World’s parent company told Crain’s on Monday. Legalized sports gambling could also be a boon for the state. Tax revenues have decreased over the past two years, but experts say sports betting could produce $1 billion in new revenue.

A Queens Vet Is Changing Healthcare Delivery for Returning Soldiers With A Physician’s Guide

When Dennis Graham returned home to Far Rockaway after serving in the Vietnam War, few people talked to him about his experience. That silence made it harder to adjust to civilian life, he said. That’s why Graham started the nonprofit Center for Veterans Health, which issues a guide for doctors to best engage their veteran patients. The guide, known as SOLDIERS, provides a list of questions that help former soldiers discuss their military experience.

The Little Neck-Douglaston Memorial Day Parade Honored Homeless Veterans

The annual march through eastern Queens is one of the nation’s largest Memorial Day events and attracts an array of local lawmakers and other prominent residents. But this year’s parade also featured a special remembrance for individuals too often forgotten or ignored — veterans who died homeless. Members of the Francis Lewis High School Junior ROTC carried 125 folded casket flags that belonged to homeless veterans from Queens.

Missing Queens Cab Driver Committed Suicide, Family Says

Yu Mein Chow could not afford to repay the $700,000 loan he took out to purchase a taxi medallion in 2011 and that debt contributed to his suicide, family and friends say. Chow’s body appeared in the East River last week after he was reported missing on May 11. He is the fifth taxi driver in deep debt to commit suicide in the past five months.

City Begins $23 Million Project to Rescue Jamaica Bay

Last week, the Department of Environmental Protection announced the start of a $23 million project to upgrade the Rockaway Wastewater Treatment Plant in order to reduce the amount of nitrogen entering Jamaica Bay. Nitrogen produces algae blooms that can devastate ecosystems in waterways like Jamaica Bay, one of the city’s largest bodies of water.

Experience A Small Orchestra Performing Under the 7 Train in Sunnyside

Ali Bello and the Sweet Wire Band will take their multi-instrument mini orchestra to Bliss Plaza tonight from 4 pm to 7 pm. The free event is sponsored by the Sunnyside Shines Business Improvement District.

Savor a Lobster Meal at the Penthouse808 Rooftop Overlooking the East River

Between 5 pm and 9 pm tonight, Penthouse808 will serve up a dish of lobster, steamed little neck clams, baked red russet potatoes and corn on the cob for $38 dollars. Executive Chef Seth Levine prepares the meals, which include a beer or cocktail. Make reservations by calling (718) 289-6118.

5 Comedians Take the Footlight Stage to Benefit Homeless Outreach Mission

Five prominent comedians will perform at the Ridgewood bar Footlight tonight at 7 pm to raise money for the Hungry Monk Rescue Truck, a homeless outreach team that provides food and support to New Yorkers living on the street. Tonight’s lineup includes Dina Hashem, who as appeared on Conan; Dan Soder, who appears on Guy Code, Conan and Comedy Central specials; Usama Siddiquee from NBC, FusionTV; Santiago Angel, from the shows Ed and Fringe; and Melissa Diaz, who was recently named Breakthrough Artist by the Broadway comedy club Caroline’s.


Staff Picks

LONG READ: New York City’s Biggest ‘Food Swamps’ — City Limits

ANOTHER LONG READ: The 60-Year Downfall of Nuclear Energy in the US Has Left a Huge Mess — The Atlantic

VIRAL: A Malian migrant who scaled a building to rescue a dangling child and earned immediate French citizenship — via BBC

YUM: Enjoy a rooftop lobster bake at Penthouse808 next the to the Ed Koch Bridge tonight in Long Island City. The $38 Price Fixe menu includes a beer or cocktail, on whole Lobster, steamed little neck clams, baked red russet potatoes and corn on the cob.


NATIONAL NEWS:  Envoys from the US and North Korea are working to salvage a June 12 Summit — The New York Times . . . Cape Cod’s opioid epidemic continues to destroy lives — The Guardian

FOREIGN DISPATCHES: Amid political turmoil, Italian president names temporary PM — BBC . . . Venezuela released a US citizen from prison — CBS News



4:00 PM to 7:00 PM — Beats in Blissville with Ali Bello and the Sweet Wire Band Details

5:00 PM to 9:00 PM — Rooftop Lobster Fest at 808Penthouse in LIC Details

6:30 PM to 7:30 PM — Women in Action Reading Series at the Greater Astoria Historical Society Details

7:00 PM to 10:00 PM — Benefit Comedy Show at the Footlight in Ridgewood Details   


QUEENS SPORTS: For the second year in a row, critics demand transparency as MLB markets Memorial Day apparel that cashes in on the memory of fallen soldiers — via The Daily News___________________________    


Happy Birthday to Carmelo Anthony, Mel B, Noel Gallagher, Laverne Cox, Melissa Etheridge, Annette Bening, La Toya Jackson, Danny Elfman and John F. Kennedy.

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