More Trees, Please! Wealthy neighborhoods have the most trees!
by RachelleN
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May 02, 2015 | 5576 views | 0 0 comments | 211 211 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink

 "God has cared for these trees, saved them from drought, disease, avalanches, and a thousand tempests and floods. But he cannot save them from fools." ~John Muir


If you'd like to request a tree planting on your street or want to report illegal tree cutting or damage, visit this page:

http://www.nycgovparks.org/trees/street-tree-planting/request 

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Heroes 2015 Basketball Schedule updated Friday, May 1 8PM
May 01, 2015 | 587 views | 0 0 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Rainouts will be announced HERE at 5PM on the night of the game. If nothing is HERE after 5PM then games are on. There is no more texting service. Knee pads MUST be worn at all times - sorry no switching knee pads during games is allowed. Please arrive at games 15 minutes early and make sure you fill out the score sheet neatly so scorekeepers can get names spelled correctly for the Queens Ledger newspaper sports pages. Results and game summaries on this web site as well. Coaches will get emails when the next schedule is posted, planned for May 22 9pm. Please check this web site for any changes. Changes in games (although rare) will be marked by * or ** or # before the game on this schedule more than 24 hours before the game. We are very aware of conflicts EARLY in the season. Coaches gave conflicts before the season started so please don't assume we can change games. Crowley Park is on 57 Ave at 83 St in Elmhurst. Frontera Park is on the Eastbound Service Road of the LIE at Grand Avenue and 69 St. Maspeth. Team uniforms will be delivered to the park at your first game. Have fun! / / / BOYS 17 AND UNDER THU 5/7 Tune Squad Crazed Dogs Crowley 1 5:45 THU 5/7 Martin Luther Not In My League Crowley 1 6:45 MON 5/11 Martin Luther Hi Lo Pro Forklift Crowley 1 6:45 MON 5/11 Spartans Tune Squad Crowley 2 5:45 TUE 5/12 Crazed Dogs St Joe’s Crowley 2 5:45 TUE 5/12 Flushing Express Tune Squad Crowley 2 6:45 WED 5/13 Martin Luther Crazed Dogs Crowley 2 5:45 WED 5/13 Spartans Flushing Express Crowley 2 6:45 THU 5/14 St Joe’s Tune Squad Crowley 2 5:45 THU 5/14 Flushing Express Hi Lo Pro Forklift Crowley 2 6:45 MON 5/18 Spartans Tune Squad Crowley 2 5:45 TUE 5/19 St Joe’s Not In My League Crowley 2 6:45 WED 5/20 Crazed Dogs Spartans Crowley 1 5:45 WED 5/20 Hi Lo Pro Forklift Not In My League Crowley 2 5:45 THU 5/21 Flushing Express Martin Luther Crowley 1 6:45 / / / BOYS 14 AND UNDER WED 5/6 Veterans Worldwide Queens Elite Crowley 1 5:45 WED 5/6 Marino’s Ballers LIV Crowley 1 6:45 WED 5/6 Hoop Dogz Swift Renovations East Crowley 1 5:45 WED 5/6 Lollipop Spa Swift Renovations West Crowley 1 6:45 MON 5/11 Sacred Heart Hoop Dogz Crowley 1 5:45 TUE 5/12 BCAC Shamrocks Kingsbay Crowley 1 5:45 TUE 5/12 BCAC Shamrocks Marino’s Ballers Crowley 1 6:45 WED 5/13 LIV Kingsbay Crowley 2 5:45 WED 5/13 Veterans Worldwide Marino’s Ballers Crowley 2 6:45 THU 5/14 Swift Renovations East Queens Elite Crowley 1 5:45 THU 5/14 Lollipop Spa Sacred Heart Crowley 1 6:45 MON 5/18 Swift Renovations West Queens Elite Crowley 1 5:45 MON 5/18 Swift Renovations East LIV Crowley 2 6:45 TUE 5/19 BCAC Shamrocks Sacred Heart Crowley 1 5:45 TUE 5/19 BCAC Shamrocks Lollipop Spa Crowley 1 6:45 TUE 5/19 Hoops Dogz Marino’s Ballers Crowley 2 5:45 WED 5/20 Veterans Worldwide Lollipop Spa Crowley 1 6:45 WED 5/20 Kingsbay Swift Renovations West Crowley 2 6:45 THU 5/21 Queens Elite LIV Crowley 1 5:45 / / / BOYS 12 AND UNDER WED 5/6 The Avenue Bar Guess Who Frontera 1 5:45 WED 5/6 Hoop Dreams Queens Elite Frontera 1 6:45 THU 5/7 Queens Elite IHM Frontera 1 6:45 MON 5/11 Navilus Hoop Dreams Frontera 2 5:45 WED 5/13 Queens Elite The Avenue Bar Frontera 1 5:45 WED 5/13 Guess Who Brooklyn Ballers Frontera 2 5:45 THU 5/14 Guess Who Queens Elite Frontera 1 6:45 MON 5/18 Hoop Dreams Guess Who Frontera 1 5:45 MON 5/18 Brooklyn Ballers In The Zone Frontera 2 5:45 WED 5/20 The Avenue Bar Navilus Frontera 1 6:45 / / / BOYS 10 AND UNDER WED 5/6 Pro Met Bigamore Frontera 2 5:45 WED 5/6 *NY Future Queens Elite Frontera 2 6:45 MON 5/11 Queens Elite Demarco Law Frontera 1 5:45 MON 5/11 Bigamore IHM Frontera 1 6:45 MON 5/11 St Margaret’s Pro Met Frontera 2 6:45 WED 5/13 Pro Met Queens Elite Frontera 1 6:45 WED 5/13 IHM *NY Future Frontera 2 6:45 MON 5/18 Glendale Bagels Demarco Law Frontera 1 6:45 MON 5/18 Queens Elite IHM Frontera 2 6:45 WED 5/20 Bigamore St Margaret’s Frontera 1 5:45 end
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State Senator Tony Avella and residents of the Broadway-Flushing Homeowners Association protest outside a large single-family home on Thursday.
State Senator Tony Avella and residents of the Broadway-Flushing Homeowners Association protest outside a large single-family home on Thursday.
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Broadway-Flushing residents dubious about large 'single-family' home
by Patrick Kearns
Apr 30, 2015 | 309 views | 0 0 comments | 1 1 recommendations | email to a friend | print
State Senator Tony Avella and residents of the Broadway-Flushing Homeowners Association protest outside a large single-family home on Thursday.
State Senator Tony Avella and residents of the Broadway-Flushing Homeowners Association protest outside a large single-family home on Thursday.
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State Senator Tony Avella was joined by concerned residents and members of the Broadway-Flushing Homeowners Association to protest the construction of an alleged single-family home at 35-20 156th Street. The home, which is currently under a stop-work order due to minor building codes violations, will have 14 bedrooms and eight bathrooms, according to Avella. The fear: this site, once a hotel for transients, will be a hotel once again after construction is complete. “This has been the site of one continuous problem after another,” Avella said, standing in front of the home. Avella said there is, of course, a chance that it could be a single-family home, but he doesn’t believe that to be the case. “It’s more likely that we’re back to the original problem of a multi-family house or hotel,” he said. The property was originally cited in 2006 for operating as a transient hotel, but managed to remain open and functional by making minor adjustments, according to Avella. “The owner of this property has a history of breaking the law by continuing to use this house for whatever he pleases, rather than what zoning regulations mandate,” Avella said. “We will not stand by and watch this property be turned into an illegal hotel that disrupts the loves of each and every one of the residents in the neighborhood.” According to the New York City Department of Buildings’ website, the property has over 50 open complaints, 43 of which were prior to the current owner, Qiujian Yang, taking control of the property in October of 2013. In published reports, the Yang family has said that they plan to live there once the renovations are complete. The property sits within an R2 residential zone that allows for one-family houses. Paul Graziano, a local urban planning expert who’s looked over the plans, questioned one key aspect. “The first floor has a reception area.” Graziano said. “Single-family homes do not have a reception area.” Avella plans to introduce legislation in the State Seante that would allow the Department of Buildings in New York City to access to any structure when they receive a complaint. Currently, the department must get an access warrant after receiving a reported violation. The department has stated that they will take no further action against the project until it is complete and can be fully inspected, according to Avella. “It is obvious that [Department of Buildings] needs additional tools,” said Robert Hanophy, Jr., president of the Broadway-Flushing Homeowner’s Association. “They are powerless to inspect this structure that has a front desk, 14 guest rooms and eight bathrooms and are bound to accept the owner’s statement that it is a ‘single-family home’ when they have repeated violations over the years regarding its use as an illegal transient hotel.”
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Over 30s clinch division title for Shamrocks
Apr 30, 2015 | 343 views | 0 0 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The Shamrocks Over 30s clinched the East Division and top seed in the upcoming playoffs after Sunday’s 2-0 win over NY Dinamo at Randall’s Island. Another stunning strike from Danny Parkin was the highlight of the game, while top scorer Sean Riley was on the mark yet again, netting his 10th league goal of the season. “We’re delighted with the achievement,” said coach Paddy McCarry. “But we have to push on now and be ready for the battle ahead.” The Firsts and Reserves didn’t manage to enjoy their Sunday morning quite as much, with both teams losing crucial league ties at Polonia in McCarren Park. The first team lost 3-2 to league leaders Polonia and are now four points adrift with a game in hand. Polonia got ahead after 10 minutes following some awful defending by the Rocks. Polonia was up 2-0 after 20 minutes, as Polonia’s left winger kept the ball in neatly at the dead ball line and skipped by two Rocks defenders and finished neatly from six yards out. Rocks got one back before half-time from Nikle Guzijan with a bullet of a header from a Rocks corner. In the second half, Mohamed Fofana bagged his 17th goal of the season. On 60 minutes, some neat play down the left wing by Michael McCreevy allowed him to feed Sean Doran who swung a cross in which was finished neatly by Fofana from close range. With two minutes left on the clock, Polonia got a free kick. They swung it into the box and got a lucky flick on, which was finished from close range. “Heartbreaking,” said Wrafter afterwards, “but we have three important games to go starting with Iberia on Thursday night. We can still have a say in the destination of this league and we’ll press on.” The Rocks stay second, however, after the Ukrainians were surprisingly beaten 3-0 by Doxa. Stevie Doyle’s reserves may have ended up on the wrong end of a 2-1 result, but still fully control their own destiny. The Rocks outplayed Polonia in the first half and took the lead not long into the second half after Paul McDaid steamed through from midfield to finish a low shot to the back of the net. But Polonia never gave up and made the most of their only two opportunities - scoring a free kick from the edge of the box before an impressive goal sealed the win. Next week’s home game against NYPD is now a season-defining game with the winners surely in the driving seat for the league. Kickoff at St. Michaels will be at 1 p.m. followed by a 3 p.m. kickoff for the first team. Meanwhile, the Shamrocks women - missing several starters - battled well in a 3-0 defeat to Astoria.
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