DHS has again proposed turning an abandoned factory at 78-17 Cooper Ave. into a homeless shelter // Eagle photo by David Brand

Sunnyside Sign Shines, Holden Fights Shelter Site and Moped Share Hits Queens Today


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TUESDAY, JULY 31, 2018 

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Sunnyside Sign Shines Again

The famous Sunnyside sign shines again at the corner of 46th Street and Queens Boulevard thanks to $15,000 of discretionary funds diverted to the project by Council Member Jimmy Van Bramer. “This is a small but significant victory for our community,” Van Bramer said at the ceremony, according to the Sunnyside Post. “It’s the little things that add to our quality of life and in this case a sign that brings great pride. When people come off the 7 train—or pass by on the train—they will see the beautiful lights.”

Queens Leads NYC in New Apartment Development

A new report by New York YIMBY reveals that Queens leads the way in New York City real estate development. Each borough has seen an increase in the number of new units built in the first half of 2018 compared to the same time last year, but Queens has seen the most dramatic rise. In the first six months of 2017 Queens had 1,867 units filed with the Department of Buildings. That number increased to 4,536 this year — an increase of 243 percent. Much of that new development has taken place in Long Island City.

Broad Channel Man Arrested After Terrifying Road Rage Attack

Broad Channel resident Kevin McClean, 46, was arrested after video emerged of him slashing a box cutter toward another motorist in the middle of McGuiness Blvd. in a berserk display of road rage. When the driver, 24, got out of his vehicle, McClean pinned him against a van with his car. McClean was released on $100,000 bail. He faces charges of attempted murder, robbery, assault, reckless endangerment, menacing and leaving the scene of an accident. “It’s not what it looks like,” McClean told the Daily News.

Digital Art Wall Transforms 165th Street Mall

An innovative new illuminated art wall is coming to the 165th Street Mall in Jamaica. The first-of-its-kind installation will feature a rotating roster of artists, including Queens-based street artist Jocelyn M. Goode of Culture Cocoa ArtHouse. Goode created the inaugural piece based on the theme Jamaica on the Move, which was inspired by a half-day street art session held in May with local students, residents, workers, and passerbys illustrating their interpretation of Jamaica on the Move. Their ideas are woven throughout the piece on display. “This art represents the residents whose humanity becomes more apparent when we take a moment to slow down and inhale all that makes Jamaica so special,” Goode said, adding that the project demonstrates a deep commitment to promoting and securing Jamaica’s rich cultural history and legacy.” Council Member Rory Lancman cosponsored the project.

Modern Dance with a Splash Near the Waterfront

The Kupferberg Center for the Arts at Queens College has presented high-quality, free concerts to Queens residents all summer long and tonight is no different. The weekly Live at the Gantries series returns to Gantry Plaza State Park at 7 pm with a performance by Valerie Green Dance Entropy and Modern Dance with a Splash. The performances feature local artists and celebrate the diversity of Queens through varied musical genres, including Latin, Balinese, Traditional Irish, Blue-Jazz, Traditional Mexican music, New Orleans Blues, Doo Wop, and Fusion World Jazz.

Holden Blasts Familiar Shelter Proposal

On Friday, the Queens Daily Eagle first reported on a renewed shelter fight that will sound familiar to Glendale residents. For the second time since 2013, the Department of Homeless Services again proposed turning a vacant factory at 78-16 Cooper Avenue into a shelter for men experiencing homelessness. Now the proposal is becoming clearer as Council Member Robert Holden continues to announce his opposition. Roughly 60,000 homeless people, including about 25,000 children, stay in the New York City shelter system. Community District 5 does not have a single homeless shelter. The district does include a commercial hotel used to shelter homeless families, but the city has committed to phasing out the use of commercial hotels. “After speaking to DHS Commissioner Steven Banks on Friday morning, and on Friday night, and with Mayor de Blasio on Sunday, I relayed that area residents would in no way accept a large out-of-character homeless shelter at the proposed location,” Holden said in statement last night. “Rest assured: I will do everything in my power to defeat this senseless and inappropriate proposal to place a men’s homeless shelter in Glendale.”

Electric Moped-Sharing Comes to Queens

Queens has already embraced car- and bike-share services like Zipcar and Citi Bike. Now, a new mode of shared transportation has come to the borough. On Monday, a startup called Revel Transit launched the city’s first-ever shared electric moped service — but there’s a catch. The mopeds are only available in Brooklyn and Queens. Moped riders who scoot over the Queensboro Bridge will be hit with a fine. Founders Frank Reig and Paul Suhey demonstrated the company’s shiny new Torrot models — one of the most popular brands in Europe, they say — at a press conference in Bushwick yesterday. The pair said that 20 mopeds were already parked on the streets of Northern Brooklyn and 48 more will be distributed within the next couple of days.

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