It’s Queens The Magazine • Summer 2014

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A great deal of the community buzz this summer in Queens is going to be about dealing with the city’s homeless. It seems that a few of our neighborhoods in western Queens are being eyed by the de Blasio administration for large homeless shelters. We call them Homeless Depot.

Even though Samaritan Village seems to be constantly under investigation for some kind of misuse of taxpayer funds, the Department of Homeless Services has pegged them to put 125 families in a warehouse in Glendale. In a manufacturing zone, with chemical storage plants next door, the site was turned down as too contaminated for a community facility and a school. But it’s okay for the homeless.

The Pan Am Motor Inn on Queens Boulevard in Elmhurst is now a homeless facility for dozens of families, with hundreds more on the way. While Elmhurst might be a bit less organized in its civic involvement, protests are planned throughout the summer.

After listening to civics and legislators about the future of neighborhoods after a Homeless Depot arrives, residents are truly frightened. Meanwhile, studies on the issue seem to point away from housing the homeless in large shelters like the ones proposed.

And it might very well save millions to fix up houses in areas ravaged by the mortgage crisis. Placing the homeless in private houses that allow for a safer way of life is preferable for everyone. Spending upwards of $20 million to restore a contaminated building site far from public transportation to house 125 families in a hotel-like situation borders on abuse.

Now on to some features in this issue of It’s Queens…

Karaoke Bars are still quite popular and Queens has some top-notch establishments. We give you the five best

Let’s face it, when people talk shopping they mean going to the mall. There are obvious advantages of going to a mall to hit a dozen or more shops in a quick and easy time period. But we suggest in this issue that the business strips in Queens are some of the best in the city. We picked Jackson Heights as our top choice because you realize what Queens is all about after spending 10 minutes there.

It’s a fact that Long Island City to the Rockaways, there has always been a demand for a nice cold brew. Well, now there’s local supply! In this issue of It’s Queens we give the five best beers being brewed right in our own back yard.

Who says nobody reads books anymore? Well, we’ve never heard anyone say, “I went to sleep with a good Nook last night.” The book industry might have changed a bit, but there’s still nothing that beats a good hardcover book. We have some great bookstores in Queens you should visit.


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