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The Broadway Flushing Homeowners’ Association honored Mrs. Susan Kennedy’s retirement as a second grade teacher at St. Andrew Avellino School at the October 27 General Membership Meeting at Church-on-the-Hill. Mrs. Kennedy was presented with a National and New York State Register bronze plaque by the members of BFHA, and a Community Citation presented by Lionel Morales on behalf of Councilmember Paul Vallone.

The audience listened intently about Mrs. Kennedy’s involvement in the Broadway-Flushing community and her career at the school. They marveled about her teaching second grade at St. Andrew’s since 1970, and has prepared hundreds of children to receive First Holy Communion. She has watched former students become parents and send their own children back to her class. Mrs. Kennedy was awarded the 2015 Hometown Heroes in Education in New York by the New York Daily News. Her advice to teachers about how to have a successful career is simple. “You have to love children,” she said.

Presenting the plaque to Mrs. Kennedy is BFHA President Janet McCreesh and Maria Becce. Presenting the Community Citation from Councilmember Vallone is Lionel Morales, a former student of Mrs. Kennedy. He is joined by other former students Michael Pompasello and Matthew Becce.

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The Broadway-Flushing Homeowners’ Association honored former Community Board 7 District Manager Marilyn Bitterman’s retirement at the October 27 General Membership Meeting at Church-on-the-Hill.  The audience heard about some of the highlights of Ms. Bitterman’s four decades of service on the board.  The former district manager talked about the satisfaction from working with BFHA over the years and assured everyone that the CB7 office would have a smooth transition with her absence.  Celebrating here are Karen Barbieri, Joseph Brostek, Tyler Cassell of the Queens Civic Congress, Marilyn Bitterman, Kevin Morris, BFHA President Janet McCreesh, Maria Becce, Martha Pirone and Dennis Occhino.

Such a wonderful ceremony in Bowne Park on October 20 with Park’s Commissioner Mitchell Silver, Borough President Melinda Katz, Councilmember Paul Vallone, Community Board 7 officials, other NYC Parks Department officials, and representatives from Broadway Flushing Homeowners’ Association and Bowne Park Civic –

The first phase of the park renovation which includes the playground, park house, and basketball courts, is expected to be completed by next year. Afterwards, the renovation of the lake will commence – everyone appreciates the efforts of Commissioner Silver, BP Katz and Councilmember Vallone for refurbishing Bowne Park, the centerpiece and pride of our neighborhood! Commissioner Silver is excited to return for the ribbon cutting ceremony next fall in 2017.

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BFHA sponsored a “Cop of the Month” award at the October 12, 2016 meeting of the NYPD 109th Community Council held at the precinct.  (L to R) Precinct Commander Deputy Inspector Judith Harrison, Council President (and BFHA member) Vana Partridge, Community member Maria Torres, BFHA 2nd VP Joe Brostek, Award winners Officers Colleen Quinn and Daniel Song and NYC Councilman Peter Koo. The officers went well beyond the call of duty in their gentle and proper handling of a homeless couple that was in a Flushing park.

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NEW YORK — Dangerously large groups of people are being crammed into “rentals of doom” through Airbnb across the city, according to a report by state Sen.Jeff Klein and the Independent Democratic Conference.

State Sen. Jeff Klein has come out with a report that is extremely critical of Airbnb.

 

The investigation, entitled “Tourist Tenements in the Making,” focuses on Airbnb advertisements for short-term lodging in New York City where hosts say they can accommodate 13 guests or more, which forces them to put beds in places like kitchens and laundry rooms, according to Klein’s office.

“This truly is a case of Airbnb and the rentals of doom,” Klein said in a statement. “It’s frightening to see listings where guests are offered dangerous accommodations that violate state and city housing codes.”

The investigation found 110 hosts throughout the city who offered up their places for groups of 13 or more people and accommodated them by lining up air mattresses on kitchen floors, putting beds in laundry rooms and putting bunk beds in a dining room.

It also found that 91 of the 110 rentals advertised themselves as spots for overnight stays, while the rest promoted themselves as venues for parties and movie sets.

A majority of the posts said their rentals could accommodate 16 people or more, while one said it could fit 32, and although such postings try to make their spaces look inviting, they actually put people in danger and represent potentially devastating fire hazards, according to the report.

“Putting 16 or more tourists in a unit designed for a couple of families is a recipe for tragedy,” the investigation reads.

Most ads were found in Brooklyn, followed by Manhattan, Queens and The Bronx, Klein’s office said.

“Cramming tourists into kitchens lined with air mattresses or lining up beds next to washers and dryers is nonsensical,” State Sen. Diane Savino said in a statement. “It might be a cheap way to stay in New York City, but it certainly isn’t legal or safe.”

The report claims that these rentals violate the state’s Multiple Dwelling Law and the city’s Housing Maintenance Code, and the Independent Democratic Conference plans to introduce two pieces of legislation in response to its safety concerns.

The laws would make it illegal for one- and two-family homes to host short term rentals and fine Airbnb for any postings that advertise illegal units.

“The fact that Airbnb allows such ads to be on its website highlights the irresponsibility of the company and the need for legislative action to curb such acts,” the report reads.

Airbnb has removed almost 3,000 listings in the past year for not meeting its standards and monitors its site consistently for illegal hotels and commercial operators, according to the company.

“The overwhelming majority of hosts in New York share their own home as a way to earn a bit of extra money and keep up with the rising cost of living in the city,” Airbnb spokesman Peter Schottenfels said in a statement. “We are eager to work with lawmakers, including the IDC, to find a sensible solution that will allow New Yorkers to responsibly share their primary home and crack down on commercial operators.”

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Event: Holiday Lighting in Bowne Park
Date: December 18, 2016
Time: 3:30-5:00 PM
Location: Bowne Park

Date: November 12, 2016
Time: 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Event: Harvest Festival
Where: Church on the Hill
Description: Old Fashioned Country Store, assorted cheeses and nuts, Homemade jams and jellies, Homemade frozen food delicacies, Christmas crafts and gifts, Jewelry tables, raffles, Home baked goods.

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Joe Brostek is 2nd VP of the Broadway-Flushing Homeowners’ Association and also a Trustee of the Queens Historical Society. He has just created an exhibit at the Society headquarters in the Landmarked Kingsland Homestead in close-by Weeping Beech Park in Flushing.

Entitled “Toys & Games from the Attic & Beyond!”, the exhibit is in rooms loaded with displays and panels describing the origins and histories of Legos, Frisbees, Matchbook Cars, Barbie Dolls, Rubik’s Cube, etc.

There are Star Wars collectables, Lionel trains, Hess Trucks and antique games. We thought it very appropriate to share this information with our members who might like to enjoy a nostalgic afternoon. (There are also many toys on loan from BFHA members.) Children and grandchildren will really love the exhibition!

The address: 143-35 37th Ave.

Museum hours: Tues., Sat. & Sun. 2:30 – 4:30 PM. There is a very modest admission donation. Limited street parking. Public transportation is suggested. Many buses stop at the corner of Northern & Parsons Boulevards – just one block away. A Municipal parking lot is within walking distance.

Website:  Queenshistoricalsociety.org
The exhibit will run through June 2017.

Here is a photo of Borough President Melinda Katz opening the exhibit and welcoming guests into the 230-year-old Homestead with a 150-year-old school bell. L-R, QHS President Patricia B. Sherwood, Borough President Melinda Katz, Joseph Brostek, Trustee/Curator and NYC Councilman Peter Koo.

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