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Highlights from Zoom General Membership Meeting March 25, 2021

The BFHA held their March General Membership Meeting on Thursday, March 25, 2021 via Zoom.  Here are some highlights of the meeting:

The Treasurer’s Report was given by Karen Barbieri.  We currently have 288 paid members and assets totaling $93,723.  There were no unusual expenses.

A donation was made to the Queens Historical Society’s porch renovation project in memory of Joe Brostek, who was both a QHS and BFHA board member.  His daughter, Jeanne, joined us to acknowledge her family’s appreciation.  By coincidence, she noted that it was the one year anniversary of his passing.

The BFHA board recently sent a letter to Maia Becce in support of her endeavor to rename 163 Street between 33rd and 35th Avenues to “Ferrigno Place” to honor the legacy of the Ferrignos who founded the BFHA.

To review and improve the FAA’s community response to aircraft noise, they initiated the Neighborhood Environmental Survey. We requested that our members consider filing comments by April 14, 2021 through one of the ways listed below:

* Federal eRulemaking Portal: Go to https://www.regulations.gov/ and follow the online instructions to send your comments electronically.

* via Mail: Send comments to Docket Operations
M-30; U.S. Department of Transportation
1200 New Jersey Ave, SE, Room W12-140
Washington, DC 20590-0001.

* FAX: Fax comments to Docket Operations at (202) 493-2251.

When commenting, please refer to docket number FAA-2021-0037


To  file a noise complaint with the FAA, you can visit this website:
Submit a Complaint | The Port Authority of New York & New Jersey (planenoise.com) Or, visit  Airnoise  and create a free account to easily file complaints.


The 109th precinct reports that hate crimes are on the rise, as are break-ins, vandalism and package theft. They encourage anyone with a security concern to reach out via email to 109precinctcc@gmail.com For information regarding the upcoming busway project where passenger cars will be prohibited on Main St. from Northern Blvd. to Sandford Ave. email aarcese@dot.nyc.gov


We received an update on the 33rd Avenue Sewer Project. Although the DEP recently experienced some delays due to problems burrowing under Clearview Expressway, the new water mains are set to be installed in the coming months. For more information you can reach the project manager, Letitia James, at 347-235-0412.


Vaccine eligibility has been changed to any adult over 30 years old.  Beginning April 6, the threshold will be 16 years and older. Also, New Yorkers age 75 and older plus one eligible New Yorker of any age can now get vaccinated together without appointments at three 24/7 city-run mass vaccination sites: Brooklyn Army Terminal, Bathgate and Citi Field. To qualify, the older New Yorkers must show proof of age upon arrival at the vaccination site. Their accompanying escort may be any age, but must also be eligible to receive the vaccine under state rules.

To Schedule a Vaccine:

NYS site: https://am-i-eligible.covid19vaccine.health.ny.govAls
NYC site: vaccinefinder.nyc.gov/locations nycvaccinelist.com/called
Vaccine Finder: vaccinefinder.nyc.gov

for New Yorkers to find their nearest vaccination location

City Sites
Phone Number: 877-VAX-4NYC (877-829-4692)
Website: vax4nyc.nyc.gov

State Sites
Phone Number: 1-833-697-4829
Website: am-i-eligible.covid19vaccine.health.ny.gov/

Demolition has begun on the two properties located at 35th Avenue between 157th and 158th Streets.  The owner has filed plans with the DOB to build a church and parking lot on the properties.  Currently, there are no violations to NYC zoning regulations or the Rickert Finley covenant.  We will continue to monitor the situation and have alerted the owner that the lots are covered by the covenant and that any development must conform to the restrictions it describes.  Stay tuned. In the meantime, please remember that Executive Board works hard to uphold the BFHA’s mission of maintaining the community of Broadway-Flushing, but we cannot do it alone. We need everyone to help us in this endeavor.  Here are some ways that you can do your part:

  • Keep an eye out and report any suspicious activity to the proper authorities
  • Alert the BFHA and 311 if you see a zoning violation
  • Educate your friends and neighbors about the Rickert-Finlay Covenant
  • Use certified Real Estate Agents
  • Know who you are selling your property to and how they intend to use it
  • Encourage your neighbors to join the BFHA

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