Workshop on Woodhaven Blvd. SBS on Thursday, 4/23

The DOT and MTA are hosting the second community workshop tomorrow night (April 23) on the planned select bus service (SBS) which will run along Woodhaven Blvd. Tomorrow’s workshop will focus on the portion of Woodhaven which runs from Queens Blvd. to Union Turnpike, and will take place at Queens Metropolitan High School (91-30 Metropolitan Ave.) from 6-8 p.m.

Click here for a round-up of the first workshop, which took place last week at PS 306 in Woodhaven.

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Community meeting tonight about Forest Hills concerts

With concert season at the Forest Hills Tennis Stadium just around the corner, the 112th precinct will host a community meeting tonight to discuss the upcoming shows. Residents will be able to address questions to concert promoters, WSTC reps and to 112th precinct commanding officer, Deputy Inspector Judith Harrison.

The meeting will take place tonight (April 21st) at 7pm at Our Lady of Mercy (70-01 Kessel St.) Please see attached flyer for additional info.

The Stadium just announced its summer concert line-up, which will kick off on May 28 with English crooner Ed Sheeran, and will host bands such as Van Morrison and Santana throughout the summer.

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Reviving ancient mosaic art in Queens

GFGP_Perlman_pic_2Forest Hills resident Linda Belickis is a talented mosaic artist and teacher committed to sharing the artistry behind authentic Byzantine mosaics, one tile at a time.

“The history of the art is much like storytelling, similar to how antique tapestries portray a tale through the threads of delicate silk and cotton,” said Belickis, who feels that mosaic artwork has faded away, particularly in 21st century culture.

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Baroque Chamber Orchestra at the Church-in-the-Gardens

Head to the Church-in-the-Gardens this Friday evening for a Spring fundraiser with the Baroque Chamber Orchestra.

Hosted by Musica Reginae Productions, the orchestra will perform Vivaldi’s Four Seasons and Bach’s 5th Brandenberg Concerto.

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.


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 Ilio 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.