CONSTRUCTION FENCE INSTALLED AT HOLLISWOOD HOSPITAL

As per the photos below, the installation of a construction fence around the property lines at the Hospital was completed on August 17th.  It is a result from our efforts in negotiating with the owner Mr. Cheung to erect a fence for security purposes.  So far, Mr. Cheung’s applications at the Department of Buildings are in a process of being reviewed.  Nothing has been approved yet.

The Description of work on the fence Permit reads:

Alternation type 3 – construction equipment – fence based on the elected officials and community members’ request, for safety reason and security reason due to constantly trespassing onto the property, install 8’ high construction fence along the perimeters of the entire property.  No change to use, occupancy or egress. (review is requested under Building Code: 2014).

The security provision was terminated by the owner when the fence installation was in progress starting August 14th.   Please send us your observations when occur at the Hospital.  We will continue monitoring the situation at the Hospital and will send you update when available.

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CEASE & DESIST PROGRAM

If you wish not be bothered by real estate brokers seeking your permission to sell you home, it is imperative that you send any and all brochures, circulars, postcards, business cards or any other forms of solicitation to Holliswood Civic Association.  You can drop these off at the Valentino home, 198-12 Romeo Court.  Make sure that your address is printed on the solicitation.  These will then be used by Senator Tony Avella to include Holliswood on the Cease and Desist program.  This program is administered by the State prevents real estate brokers from bothering homeowners who have registered under the Cease and Desist program.  It is important to show that we have many solicitations proliferating the neighborhood.

Currently, we are not protected by this program and thus we must establish that Holliswood is the target of persuasive and annoying attempts by real estate brokers to induce owners to sell.

For your convenience, you can drop this forms off at the Valentino home, 198-12 Romeo Court.

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HOLLISWOOD HOSPITAL SECURITY

Dear Resident,

Please observe the Holliswood Hospital property for security presence provided by the owner Mr. Cheung.  Senator Avella strongly suggested to Mr. Cheung that he provide 24/7 security patrol to ensure the safety of his property and his neighbors’.  Note the time and day, whether there is a security guard or not and any incidents that you observe.  Email the information to holliswoodcivic@gmail.com as soon as possible.

The Civic Association needs everyone’s cooperation and input.  Please help us to keep Holliswood the wonderful neighborhood it has always been.  Your vigilance helps to protect the property values in our neighborhood.  We fought long and hard years ago to upgrade the zoning designation for Holliswood and if we do not remain on guard, developers will take advantage of our complacency.

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PRESS CONFERENCE AT HOLLISWOOD HOSPITAL

Assembly Member David Weprin holds a press conference tomorrow, June 23, 2017 at 12 noon in front of the former Holliswood Hospital. 

He is bringing attention to the Hospital because of the swastikas teens put on the building.  He would also point up the deplorable state of the grounds and building.

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March 23, 2017 press release: http://www1.nyc.gov/assets/dsny/about/press-releases/pr2017/03232017.shtml.

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DSNY Announces Major Expansion of NYC Organics Program

By End of 2017, Curbside Collection of Food Scraps, Food-Soiled Paper and Yard Waste will Reach 3.3 Million City Residents

Today, the New York City Department of Sanitation announced a major expansion of its curbside food scrap and yard waste collection program. This year, the program, which collects “organic” waste and turns it into usable compost or renewable energy, will be made available to more than two million additional city residents. The program began as a pilot for 3,200 residents in spring 2013 and is already available to nearly one million residents citywide.

This expansion is the Department’s latest effort to make food scrap, food-soiled paper and yard waste recycling available to all New Yorkers by the end of 2018, with either curbside service or convenient neighborhood drop-off sites.

The first districts to receive service as part of this year’s expansion are Brooklyn community boards 1 and 16 in May. Brooklyn community boards 2, 13 and 15 will also receive service in June.

“Organic material – food scraps, food-soiled paper and yard waste – make up about a third of what we throw away, but it’s not trash,” said Sanitation Commissioner Kathryn Garcia. “Putting your food scraps and yard waste to good use decreases the amount of garbage going to landfills and helps create a greener and healthier New York City. We thank all of the residents currently participating in organic waste collection, and look forward to welcoming millions more New Yorkers to the program this year.”

The curbside program will continue to expand through the summer and into the fall including community boards:

  • Brooklyn 7                                                 
  • Brooklyn 11
  • Bronx 8
  • Bronx 10
  • Bronx 11
  • Bronx 12
  • Queens 2
  • Queens 7
  • Queens 8
  • Queens 9
  • Queens 14

To find your community board, click here.

Who is included?
All single-family homes and buildings with nine or fewer residential units are automatically enrolled in the voluntary program. Residential buildings with 10 or more units may apply to participate. Building managers may find more information on the application process at http://on.nyc.gov/request-organics.

How does it work?
All eligible households will receive a starter kit which includes an indoor kitchen container, an instruction brochure, and either their own outdoor brown bin or a larger one to share for the building. Residents place food scraps and food-soiled paper products into their kitchen container. Residents then transfer the material to their outdoor bin for DSNY collection on their pick up day. Yard waste may be placed directly in the bin, or placed at the curb in open, unlined containers or in paper lawn and leaf bags.

What happens to the material?
The collected material is managed locally and regionally. Some organic waste is turned into compost, and used locally by greening groups, such as urban farmers, community gardeners, and street tree stewards to rebuild the City’s soil.

Other options for food scraps:
Residents who do not currently receive curbside collection may visit food scrap drop-off sites offered throughout all five boroughs. To help bring the program to all residents by the end of 2018, the drop off programs will be expanded this year. For more information, visit nyc.gov/organics.

La Casita Verde, a Brooklyn neighborhood garden that receives some of the compost produced through the city’s program, hosted the announcement. “We believe the only way to advance composting in New York City is to develop collaborations between local communities, city government and businesses. We are committed to working with residents and businesses in our neighborhood to teach people about composting and help turn our food waste into soil, not greenhouse gases. Our robust compost program is expanding every year,” said Brooke Singer , founding member of La Casita Verde.

“This is very exciting stuff. We’ve been doing a pilot of this program in community board 10. In an area like ours that’s so directly affected by climate change, it’s great for me and my neighbors to literally be able to contribute to energy generation using leftovers from our kitchens and leaves from our lawns. I expect this to be a popular program throughout NYC, and I applaud DSNY on this initiative,” said Senator Joseph Addabbo.

“The devastation and death caused by Hurricane Sandy in 2012 underscored the urgent need for New Yorkers to improve our carbon footprints and reduce waste. As the only Latina in the State Senate, I understand that environmental issues are especially impactful to communities of color. By recycling food scraps and other waste into compost and renewable energy, the Department of Sanitation is taking decisive action to reduce the tons of wasted food and organic material that ends up in landfills each year. This saves on the CO2 emissions caused by transportation of this material and binds excess carbon to the soil, keeping it from exercising harmful greenhouse effects,” said Senator Marisol Alcantara.

“I commend the Department of Sanitation for their innovative Organics Recycling Program,” said Senator Simcha Felder.

“Recycling food and waste is an efficient way, not only to protect the environment, but to keep our neighborhoods clean. Organic collections turn garbage into compost or renewable energy, so it is vital that the communities get involved in these programs. I want to thank Commissioner Garcia and the Department of Sanitation for the efforts and implementation of this new organics recycling program,” said Senator Jose Peralta.

“We should be doing all we can to protect the environment, not only for ourselves, but for future generations, whether it is through recycling paper and plastic, using rain barrels to re-use water, or composting organic materials like vegetable matter, eggshells, coffee grinds or tea bags. Over time organic materials can produce a soil rich in vitamins that can grow healthy plants and ward off harmful pests. I fully support the DSNY’s Organics Recycling Program and look forward to it being expanded citywide,” said Senator James Sanders, Jr.

“After the success of New York City’s organics recycling program into Community Board 10, I am thrilled that they are following through on its expansion to the rest of my district by including the communities in CB 7 and CB 11. I hope the residents of Sunset Park, Bensonhurst and the surrounding areas participate and educate themselves on this program to continue its success,” said Assembly Member Peter Abbate.

“I am thrilled that the Department of Sanitation is introducing the Organics Recycling Program into a portion of our District. As a former member of DSNY, I know firsthand how important it is that we reduce the amount of garbage that goes into our waste management system. Organics recycling reduces that waste and is an easy way to help create a cleaner environment. When the Department of Sanitation collects food scraps and yard waste from residents, it can use that to make compost or renewable energy – it is cost-effective, good for our communities, and good for our planet. I thank Commissioner Garcia for her commitment to this issue and for expanding the Organics Recycling Program,” said Assembly Member Michael DenDekker.

“A cleaner New York is up to us. I welcome this new program to help collect food scraps, food-soiled paper, and yard waste from residents in and turn it into compost or renewable energy. Our streets will be cleaner and the environment more livable,” said Assembly Member Félix W. Ortiz.

“When I last joined the New York City Department of Sanitation (DSNY) and Commissioner Kathryn Garcia, I was celebrating the start of the Organics Recycling Program coming to my district in Queens Community District 11. Today, I am delighted to celebrate the program’s expansion into my entire district as it comes to Queens Community Districts 7 and 8. I look forward to collaborating with DSNY and Commissioner Garcia as organics collection covers all of Assembly District 25 and brings more sustainable waste practices to all of New York City,” said Assembly Member Nily Rozic.

“I would like to thank the Department of Sanitation (DSNY) for introducing the new Organic Recycling Program to our district”, said Assemblywoman Titus. “On a daily basis, restaurants, cafeterias, grocery stores and residents generate tons of waste that can otherwise be put to productive use. Organic waste can be converted into useful products like compost and mulch. Also, diverting solid waste material from our already overburden landfills should realize significant savings which is great for our community and for our environment as well,” said Assembly Member Michele R. Titus.

“Climate change is real and environmental sustainability must be our top priority,” said Council Member Rafael Espinal . “In the past few years, we have seen record high temperatures and increased burning of fossil fuels. Unfortunately, consumer food waste supercharges these negative consequences. About 32 million metric tons of food ends up in municipal landfills, resulting in a cost of about $1.5 billion a year to local governments and the emission of dangerous methane gas. That is why I have introduced legislation in the City Council to rescue food that would otherwise be thrown out from wasting in landfills to ending on the tables of hungry New Yorkers. And, that is why I applaud Commissioner Garcia and DSNY on their steadfast efforts to promote composting and environmentally conscious habits amongst New Yorkers. These behaviors must start with us.”

“An ineffective waste management undermines the sustainable development of our city. Through the NYC Organics Collection pilot program, DSNY helps to keep nutrients in the community, produce renewable energy, and most importantly, raise public awareness about reducing greenhouse gas emission. Today’s announcement on expanding the collection service is another step toward implementing NYC’s “zero waste” goal. I welcome this excellent program to Queens and encourage all residents to seize the opportunity,” says Council Member Peter Koo.

“I am very excited to have curbside organics collection expand to cover all of Community Board 1, and I urge everyone who can to participate in this program. It’s a great opportunity to easily help keep waste out of landfills and make our city more sustainable. I want to thank the Department of Sanitation for bringing this program to all of Williamsburg!,” said Council Member Antonio Reynoso.

“Every year, New York City sends four million tons of waste to landfill – nearly a third of which is food waste,” said Council Member Eric A. Ulrich . “I commend the Dept. of Sanitation and Commissioner Garcia on the expansion of this initiative, which will benefit both our environment and community.”

About La Casita Verde

La Casita Verde is a GreenThumb, NYC Parks community garden established in November 2013. The founding members came together to transform a derelict lot that had been abandoned for over four decades into a community space for people to participate in the soil food web (or the system that sustains our body and environment). Members and visitors learn together how to make rich soil, grow healthy food and use the values of permaculture — all through the union of community, art, science and fun.

About the New York City Department of Sanitation

The Department of Sanitation (DSNY) keeps New York City healthy, safe and clean by collecting, recycling and disposing of waste, cleaning streets and vacant lots, and clearing snow and ice. The Department operates 59 district garages and manages a fleet of more than 2,000 rear-loading collection trucks, 450 mechanical brooms and 689 salt/sand spreaders. The Department clears litter, snow and ice from approximately 6,500 miles of City streets and removes debris from vacant lots as well as abandoned vehicles from City streets.

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INFORMATION FROM KEVIN SELIG OF PARKS DEPARTMENT REGARDING FARMERS’ MARKET AT CUNNINGHAM PARK

Holliswood Civic Association has just been notified by the Parks Department that:

“All the vendors at the market will be local (mostly from NY State), i.e. local farmers or food producers using local grown products . The market is planning to have vendors selling produce, meat, cheese, eggs, prepared foods, pickles, and other related items. They are still in the process of recruiting vendors and finalizing the list of vendors for the market.  The market will begin May 28th and take place every Sunday until November 19th from 9am-2pm.”

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HeartShare Group Home on Pompeii Road

The following videos were taken on September 16th beginning at 8:25 a.m. when a resident from HeartShare Group Home on Pompeii Road was disturbing the next door neighbor.

 

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DEVELOPER PLANS TO BUILD 20 HOMES AND A 31-UNIT CONDO

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PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE

This message is being sent to update you on the plans for the recently purchased Holliswood Hospital.

On December 16, 2015, the entire Board of Holliswood Civic Association met with Senator Avella at his office to listen to the plans of the owner of the former Holliswood Hospital.

In addition to the members of the Board, the meeting was attended by Assemblyman David Weprin and Harbachan Singh, both of whom are Holliswood residents.  Mr. Singh is also the President of the Queens Civic Congress.  Marie Adam-Ovide, the District Manager of Community Board 8 also attended this meeting.

Mr. Steve Cheung, a well-known developer in Flushing and Long Island City, has purchased and plans to build 20 homes WITHOUT GARAGES on the HOLLISWOOD HOSPITAL site.  He also wants to turn the existing building into a 31-unit condo with a Community Center and outside parking spots.  All this outside parking will make the area look like a parking lot or used car dealership.

As you will note from the proposed plan which is included as part of this communication, this project will negatively affect the homes that surround the HOLLISWOOD HOSPITAL site. The proposed condo is a MAJOR distortion of the character of HOLLISWOOD.

The plan calls for the inclusion of several private streets.  This is the problem we faced years ago with the seven houses on Santiago Street built on one property lot.  It was that construction that prompted us to upgrade our zoning designation so that houses must be built on 60 x 100 foot plots instead of 40 x 90.  It took several years to accomplish this and this new development would be a terrible downgrade to HOLLISWOOD.

It is IMPERATIVE that all HOLLISWOOD residents unite to oppose this project as it currently stands.  In my opinion, it constitutes a substantial deterioration of our bucolic Queens neighborhood.  As presently contemplated, this cookie- cutter project will definitely bring noise, pollution and congestion to the area.

At this time, we would like to know if anyone in our community is a licensed architect and/or a real estate appraiser.  We could use your services to evaluate the owner’s proposed sale price of $2.7 million per home and to determine what, in your professional assessment, would be a reasonable sale number for each unit.

Help us fight to downscale this project and eliminate the 31-unit condo and community center proposal.

I especially want to reach out to the resident homes surrounding the Hospital.  Yours will be the most negatively affected homes in HOLLISWOOD.

ALL RESIDENTS SHOULD READ AND RETURN THE ENCLOSED PETITION TO THE CIVIC ASSOCIATION AS SOON AS POSSIBLE (P.O. Box 230250). We plan to bring these letters to the Department of Buildings, the Borough President’s Office and the Board of Standards and Appeals and to the elected officials who can be of aid to us.

The more voices we have and the louder we speak will make all the difference in this very crucial matter.

HOLLISWOOD RESIDENTS, please don’t let us down!!

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PARTICIPATED IN TOY DRIVE HOSTED BY ASSEMBLY MEMBER DAVID WEPRIN

Our Association participated in the annual Toy Drive hosted by Assembly Member David Weprin and received the following thank-you-note and photos on December 29th, 2015.thankyounote toy1 toy2

 

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THE PASSING OF JOE PUGLISI, OUR LONG-TIME RESIDENT AND MEMBER

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One of our long-time residents and member of Holliswood Civic Association, Joe Puglisi, has passed away.  We wanted to express our sympathy and condolences on his passing.  His concern and interest prevailed even to a recent email he sent from his rehab facility with regard to the Holliswood Hospital Proposal.

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