More trash pickups coming to parts of NE Queens


Many commercial corridors in northeast Queens will see an increase in trash collection pick-up days, a local councilman announced.

The Department of Sanitation will increase corner basket collection in these commercial and residential areas:

  • Marathon Parkway from Northern Boulevard to 61st Avenue
  • Nassau Boulevard from Little Neck Parkway to Horace Harding Expressway
  • Horace Harding Expressway from Marathon Parkway to Douglaston Parkway
  • Springfield Boulevard from Jamaica Avenue to Francis Lewis Boulevard
  • Francis Lewis Boulevard from Hollis Avenue to Jamaica Avenue
  • Union Turnpike from Utopia Parkway to Francis Lewis Boulevard
  • Cloverdale Boulevard from Hoxie Drive to 56th Avenue
  • 56th Avenue from Springfield Boulevard to Cloverdale Boulevard
  • Springfield Boulevard from Horace Harding Expressway to 56th Avenue
  • Springfield Boulevard from Horace Harding to 86th Avenue
  • Horace Harding Expressway from 220th Street to 224th Street
  • Horace Harding Expressway from Springfield Boulevard to Bell Boulevard
  • Bell Boulevard from 73rd Avenue to 75th Place
  • 73rd Avenue from Bell Boulevard to 214th Place
  • Union Turnpike from Springfield Boulevard to Clearview Expressway
  • Douglaston Parkway from 61st Avenue to 65th Avenue

We Love Whitestone to host town meeting on November 28

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The next meeting of the We Love Whitestone civic association is set for Wednesday, November 28 at 7:30 p.m.

It will be located in the basement of the Holy Trinity Church Rectory, located at 14-51 143rd Street. Parking is available in the church lot.

On the agenda is an update from Councilman Paul Vallone, a recap of the helicopter meeting, updates from Deputy Inspector Shine and we’ll hear from Jessica Colligan from ClearCaptions LLC.

Donate to the annual holiday gift drive

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In the spirit of the holiday season, consider donating to the 8th Annual Holiday Gift Drive, hosted by Assemblyman Ed Braunstein.

His office is collecting gifts for hospitalized veterans and toys for needy and hospitalized children.

For the vets, you can donate items such as candy, pajamas, robes, slippers, socks, sweaters, shaving cream, toothbrushes, toothpaste, playing cards and puzzles.

All gifts will be given to the men and women at St. Albans VA Community Living Center and the Veterans’ Home at St. Albans.

For the children, consider giving unwrapped new toys.

All gifts should be delivered by Monday, December 17 to Braunstein’s office at 213-33 39th Avenue, the offices of Dr. William M. Duke at 35-01 202nd Street, or Community Board 11 at 46-21 Little Neck Parkway.

Roofing 102: Is Central Queens Really Hurricane Proof?

As a professional roofer I always tell my clients that seasonal roofing maintenance can be the difference between spending a few hundred dollars and yes, even a few hundred thousand dollars. Residents of Flushing, Queens are generally timid when it comes to shelling out money for roof upkeep when compared to their neighbors to the south of the borough. The reason for that is simple, historically when bad weather hits the area, specifically hurricanes, the southern areas of the borough are literally used to seeing their roofing fly off. On the contrary, areas like Flushing in the central part of the county seldom see such occurrences. So as a contractor known for his “Royal” roofing treatments in Queens who appreciates his clients hard earned money, I can definitely understand this faulty reasoning. Why Faulty? First off, even mild rain and snow can penetrate your homes waterproofing materials and roofing membranes if they are not maintained. This can cause significant damage to your roof and home. Second, the Flushing area is not immune to terrifying  weather that can tear a shaky roof into shreds. Let’s not forget that on October 29, 2017 Flushing Creek overflew as a result of Hurricane Sandy’s powerful storm surge. At that point, the difference between a well kept and high quality roof and an old rusty one could be the difference in a few hundred dollars or a few hundred thousand dollars. Chronic leaking of the sort we saw by Hurricane Sandy and faulty waterproofing can literally tear up your plumbing and homes infrastructure.

To make a long story short, a seasonal roof inspection and cleaning really does not cost so much when considering the long term benefits and protection involved. In fact, we would like to give the readers of this article 10% off any one of our “Royal” seasonal inspections.

Contact us today for a free estimate at: Royal Renovators Inc. 118-35 Queens Blvd Flushing, NY 11375 (718) 414-6067


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Estate & Elder Law: Securing Medicaid Coverage in Flushing, Queens

As the senior residents of Flushing, Queens get older, making sure that they receive the medical care they need is of vital importance. Paying for long term care can cost up to $15,000 per month, so planning ahead is crucial. Some seniors have purchased long term care insurance. Others have sufficient savings to afford in home care or even nursing home care. However, for the majority of Flushing residents who have not purchased long term care insurance or who can not (or do not wish to) spend thousands of dollars a month for long term care, Medicaid may become necessary at some point. If you have never thought enough about your long term healthcare options, it’s probably a good time to discuss the matter with a medicaid or elder lawyer. For now, I will try to share some valuable information regarding qualifying for medicaid in NY and help get you going.

       Medicaid is a joint state and federal program which provides medical and long term care coverage for residents below certain income and asset levels. More about qualifying for Medicaid can be found by clicking here. What New York residents may not know is that while Medicaid doesn’t count your home as a resource if you reside there, they will come after your home when you pass away, leaving your children with the bill. As such, it is important to consider the various options available in order to effectively protect your home from Medicaid liens and recovery. If planned properly, seniors can receive the car they need while protecting the assets they worked so hard for.  Such planning options include trusts and life estates, and should only be implemented in consultation with a qualified Queens elder lawyer.

Contributed by Roman Aminov:

Law Offices of Roman Aminov 147-17 Union Tpke, Flushing, NY 11367 (347) 766-2685

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Bayside House of the Week 11/10/18

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The Bayside House of the Week is a beautiful two-family colonial.

The house features two three-bedroom apartments on each floor with two full baths, living room, formal dining room and an eat-in-kitchen. There’s also a family room, full bathroom and 2-car garage on the ground floor.

The home is located next door to the LIRR (an easy commute!) and Bell Boulevard. It’s a must see!

This property is listed by Carollo Real Estate for $1,588,000.

NYC Aces Tennis holding tryouts this Sunday

NYC Aces Tryout Nov 11thIs your child interested in tennis? If so, you should take them to the NYC Aces Tennis Scholarship Program Tryouts. The program will allow your child to access high-quality tennis instruction at a low cost or for free.

The tryouts are open for pre-K through grade 3 students and no prior tennis experience is required. Loaner racquets are available.

The tryouts occur from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. at Queens College Indoor Tennis Center, which is located at 65-30 Kissena Blvd.

Tree planting at Alley Pond Park

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This Saturday, swing by Alley Pond Park for a tree planting event.

Volunteers with the Stewardship Team will help add more trees, which improve air quality, reduce pollution and lower energy costs.

All volunteers will be trained in proper planting techniques.

Attendees are encouraged to come dressed in sturdy boots or shoes, long pants and clothing you don’t mind getting dirty.

Bring your own water bottle as well.

Volunteers under 18 must have a chaperone.

Register for the event here.

Whitestone House of the Week 11/3/18

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The Whitestone House of the Week is a beautiful brick ranch on an oversized lot.
In addition to the 5,000-square-foot lot, there are hardwood floors throughout the home as well as a den with a working fireplace, a large master bedroom, an eat-in-kitchen, two bathrooms and a large entertaining finished basement with access to the garage.
The property is listed by Carollo Real Estate for $1,149,888.

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