Clothing bins facing new DSNY regulations

You may have seen the growing number of charitable clothing bins popping up around the borough. But there have been constant issues regarding the sanitation of the drop-off points as well as illegal or misrepresented bins.

The concerns regarding the legality of the bins were posed by members of the public as well as city officials. Recently, the Department of Sanitation (DSNY) announced that the clothing bin regulations were about to change.

The DSNY will now be able to immediately remove illegal clothing collection bins on public property.
Local residents support the new regulations.

“As a volunteer supervisor of the four-star WhyHungry charity, I am always concerned about profit-making groups that disguise themselves as charities,” said Forest Hills resident Alan Seltzer. “Even some well-meaning charities seem to have trouble maintaining their bins in a timely manner, so more needs to be done about that.”

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Former Parkway Hospital is up for sale

After closing its doors as a hospital in 2008, the former Parkway Hospital building in Forest Hills is up for sale.

There isn’t an official asking price, but developer Iilo Mavlyanov has put the building on the market as a residential conversion on a 1.3-acre site at 70-35 113th St. The property is expected to sell somewhere in the mid-$20 million range.

Mavlyanov’s Jasper Venture Group acquired the 107,000 square-foot building in 2012. As recently as last year, the group planned to do a condo conversion themselves, but they’ve decided to list now.

Once sold, the former Parkway Hospital building seems like it would be heading in the same direction as Jamaica’s former Mary Immaculate Hospital residential conversion.


Awards Night at Kew Forest School

The Kew Forest School held an awards night for Middle School and Varsity Basketball with over 125 people in attendance on Friday, February 20th, 2015.

Senior Sebastian Archer received the most prestige’s award from the coaching staff  “The Leadership Award”oklVVgxI43mn48lgMG6ioOMgX5yVMHAj2_Z8zM8P7o_gHm72KG8zyXupeQDWz2rH9o6eWQ=w1876-h852

Leadership is the ability to inspire or influence others in a positive direction, has core values, does well in school is part of the community and leads by example and understands the Team comes first.

“Leader is someone who can take a group of people to a place they don’t think they can go. Leadership is we, not me,” Sebastian told a Forest Hills Times reporter.

It was a great evening as all the student athletes celebrated their season.


The 7th annual ReelAbilities Film Festival kicks off

The 7th annual ReelAbilities Film Festival kicked off in Forest Hills today at the Central Queens Y.

The festival presents eight films from around the world which focuses on people with disabilities who overcome a variety of challenges. Following each screening, there will be a discussion with filmmakers, social workers or others involved in the films’ production.

Directed by Chares Jones, the U.S. film Austistic Like Me: A Father’s Perspective, tries to dispel the notion that “big boys don’t cry” when a group of fathers and male caregivers discuss the hardships and acceptance of caring for autistic children.

Hear This!, a short film directed by Soulaima El Khaldi and filmed in The Netherlands, shows the story of a young deaf boy who has to convince his community that he is capable of playing competitive soccer.

The festival ends with Guest Room, a short movie directed by Joshua Tate. The film follows a young woman with Down Syndrome, Glee’s Lauren Potter, and her struggle with an unplanned pregnancy.

What: 7th annual ReelAbilities Film Festival
When: From Thursday, March 12 to Monday, March 16
Where: Central Queens Y, 67-09 108 St.
Cost: $8 recommended donation

For tickets, click here or call 718-268-5011 ext. 151


Spice up your meals with Forest Hills workshop

Cookbook author Evelyn Banker will be hosting a workshop, “Cooking Vegan with Evelyn,” at the Central Queens Y in Forest Hills this Monday.

book1Banker, who wrote “The Magic of Spices/A Touch of Turmeric,” is a firm believer that spices aren’t only delicious, they’re also good for your health.

The 57-year-old had problems with her knees a few years back, but she said after using turmeric in her meals, her problems began to subside.

She claims that turmeric works to prevent and treat Alzheimer’s, and also can stop bleeding.

Her workshop will involve Banker preparing a pea soup and tea, using about ten different spices in the process. The tea will actually be made entirely of spices and not include any tea leaves.book2

Attendees will get the chance to taste both at the end of the evening.

The workshop will run from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. at the Central Queens Y (67-09 108th St.) on March 2 and is free for members, $3 for non-members. Register by calling 718-268-5011 ext. 160 or email


Piano duo to perform at the Church-in-the-Gardens

Head to the Church-in-the-Gardens this Saturday evening for a world-renowned piano duo team concert.

Hosted by Musica Reginae Productions, the duo Stephanie & Saar is sure to be a great show for all ages.

The show starts at 7:30 p.m. at 50 Ascan Ave. — concert-goers are asked to arrive 15 minutes early.

Tickets are $22 for adults and can be purchased here. Student tickets are $12. Children age 12 and under are admitted free when accompanied by a ticket-holding adult.