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Restaurants & Food / Food Vendors & Fear of Deportation
« Last post by JHMNY on Today at 12:17:05 PM »
Fear of ICE and deportation...  Are we seeing an impact of the Trump administration's immigration policies in Jackson Heights?  I'm sure it's been affecting some vendors along Roosevelt Avenue.

Food for thought from NPR:

Fearing Deportation, Food Vendors Are Leaving New York City's Streets

"Within the first 100 days of Trump's presidency, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) arrested more than 41,000 people — an increase of 37.6 percent from the previous year. The surge in ICE arrests across the nation, coupled with other immigration policies of the Trump administration, have spurred a noticeable drop in vendors selling on New York City streets, as well as a decline in the number of street vendor customers."
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Any other recommendations for good accountants for individual tax prep, either in the neighborhood or somewhat nearby (Astoria, Long Island City, etc)?

I'd like someone experienced, competent, trustworthy, non-judgmental, efficient, and pleasant to work with. Ideally also someone who responds quickly to questions, and whose office doesn't feel like the DMV. If this person is a woman, even better—I've found many (not all) male accountants really talk down to female clients.

Personal recommendations really seem to be the ticket with things like this rather than online reviews, so many of which seem faked, so would love to hear from anyone on this board who has had a great (or terrible) experience with local accountants. Any details about why you're recommending would be helpful too. Thanks!
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Neighborhood Chat / Re: Storefronts in transition
« Last post by Shelby2 on Today at 10:00:46 AM »
Another thing I noticed today was the Vitamin Shoppe in the 82nd St./37th Ave corner location across from the Rite Aid now appears to be completely gone. All products and store furnishings had been removed as of today.

That's interesting because a week or two ago, I noticed a few emergency vehicles outside the Vitamin Shoppe—it seemed, from a distance, like the sprinklers had been activated, perhaps in error (I didn't see any smoke), and had been running for quite some time. (The sidewalk was flooded and blocked off.) I wonder if this caused significant damage and they decided to cut their losses, or if this was totally unrelated.

Maybe what I observed was just cleanup from some sort of flood or mishap, and perhaps they will be reopening after cleanup. But it did appear most things were torn out/down.
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Neighborhood Chat / Re: Storefronts in transition
« Last post by dssjh on Today at 09:30:35 AM »
that may be the case....last sunday (or perhaps the sunday before), i walked past and the gate was down, with a sign saying they'd be closed for one day, reopening on monday, and directing customers to the other queens stores.
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Neighborhood Chat / Re: Storefronts in transition
« Last post by the80s on Today at 09:17:21 AM »
Another thing I noticed today was the Vitamin Shoppe in the 82nd St./37th Ave corner location across from the Rite Aid now appears to be completely gone. All products and store furnishings had been removed as of today.

That's interesting because a week or two ago, I noticed a few emergency vehicles outside the Vitamin Shoppe—it seemed, from a distance, like the sprinklers had been activated, perhaps in error (I didn't see any smoke), and had been running for quite some time. (The sidewalk was flooded and blocked off.) I wonder if this caused significant damage and they decided to cut their losses, or if this was totally unrelated.
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(*Sorry if this appears as a double post!)

Attention Queens writers—both experienced and new-to-writing: free creative writing classes taught by the best writers in Queens!

Newtown Literary Alliance, a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting prose and poetry in Queens, in partnership with Queens Library and City Council Members Daniel Dromm and Elizabeth Crowley, is offering free creative writing classes.

We've had great engagement with the community during this free series so far. The next class will be led by Joseph O. Legaspi on Saturday, February 3rd from 2:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. at the Queens Library in Jackson Heights at 35-51 81st St:

There is Here: Place in Poetry

Every poem needs a strong sense of place, real or imaginary, organic or ethereal. This class will facilitate the writing of place, in turn, locating oneself in the writing of the poem. Participants will study exemplar pieces that'll help and hopefully inspire them. We'll tap into memory, autobiography, culture and history in devising our particular stories. A writing exercise will be given, concluding with the sharing and discussion of works, elaborating on intent and craft.

Joseph O. Legaspi, a Fulbright fellow, is the author of the poetry collections Threshold and Imago; and two chapbooks, Aviary, Bestiary, and Subways.

One student in each class will be randomly selected to receive a copy of the instructor’s latest book!

For more information, please visit newtownliterary.org/writingclasses. Hope to see you there!
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Attention Queens parents, teachers, and kids: FREE creative writing classes and writing contest for kids!

Newtown Literary Alliance, a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting writing and poetry in Queens, in partnership with Queens Library and City Council Members Daniel Dromm and Elizabeth Crowley, is offering free creative writing classes for kids and teens.

The next class is Saturday, February 24th at 3 p.m.–4:30 p.m. at Queens Library at Jackson Heights located at 35-51 81st St. for kids ages 8 through 12:

Twisted Tales: Re-telling Fairy Tales, Myths, and More

Some stories we all know: we’ve heard them told and re-told our entire lives. Retelling classic stories can be a great way to tell your own! In this 90-minute class, we’ll talk about what makes a good retelling (and a good story to retell). Through group and individual writing exercises, we’ll try our hands at a few different techniques for twisting well known stories from fairy tales, folklore, mythology, and the classics into our own brand new tales.

Heather Talty is a writer, editor and former librarian. She has fairy-tale inspired stories in several publications, most recently NonBinary Review.

One student in each class will be randomly selected to receive a free hardcover notebook to keep all their writing in!

For more information, visit newtownliterary.org/writingclassesforkids.

Newtown Literary is also running its biennial writing contest for Queens kids in grades 3 through 12: Queens Young Authors and Poets contest. The winners are published in Queens’s literary journal, Newtown Literary, and have the opportunity to read their work at the awards ceremony in June. The deadline to submit poetry or fiction is March 29, 2018. For more information, rules, and to submit, visit newtownliterary.org/qyap.
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Neighborhood Chat / Re: Storefronts in transition
« Last post by Shelby2 on Yesterday at 10:22:17 PM »
A few updates here:

The entire half block on 84th/85th north side is now empty. I assume this is because construction is due to start.

Another thing I noticed today was the Vitamin Shoppe in the 82nd St./37th Ave corner location across from the Rite Aid now appears to be completely gone. All products and store furnishings had been removed as of today.

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Neighborhood Chat / Re: Kiosk on 37
« Last post by ljr on Yesterday at 09:56:54 PM »
I think maybe Mr. Plaza meant his bought a toy car from that kiosk? I did see it open a few times and noticed candy being sold -- no newspapers at all. Don't know what else was there.
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Neighborhood Chat / Re: Kiosk on 37
« Last post by sl on Yesterday at 09:34:32 PM »
My toddler son once conned me into buying him a $1 toy car. Does that count as business?

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