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Restaurants & Food / Re: Food Vendors & Fear of Deportation
« Last post by JHALUM on Yesterday at 10:27:54 PM »
I thought it was just a rumor that ICE would be conducting checkpoints on  random people outside. Do they actually  stop people on the street and ask for their ID and if they can't produce ID they are detained and deported?  What happens if you are on the street and are a legal resident but you can't produce your ID would they detain you until they can find out if you are legally in the country?
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Neighborhood Chat / Re: Save Terraza 7
« Last post by JA on Yesterday at 07:19:19 PM »
The latest from the Jackson Heights Post is that Terraza 7 looks like it's staying—certainly a surprising turn of events. Does not seem 100% certain quite yet though, as the new lease has not been signed; it's just "expected."

https://jacksonheightspost.com/terraza-7-looks-bright-future-new-lease-likely-opposed-wrecking-ball

I will wait to celebrate but hope this news is confirmed soon.

Freddy has confirmed that he will be open for at least another year, and hopefully 5 or more.
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Neighborhood Chat / Re: Prostitute
« Last post by dssjh on Yesterday at 05:14:50 PM »
call 311. call the cops if you feel really endangered.
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Neighborhood Chat / Re: Prostitute
« Last post by newjhuser on Yesterday at 05:12:02 PM »
How do you report one? Saw one actively soliciting on 78 and Roosevelt near blink
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Restaurants & Food / Re: Food Vendors & Fear of Deportation
« Last post by dssjh on Yesterday at 01:05:05 PM »
it's a horrible situation.

plenty of us have plenty to fear from the president's "base."

the time to fight back is now. by any means necessary.

https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/lgbtq-violence-trump_us_5a625035e4b002283002897b
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Restaurants & Food / Food Vendors & Fear of Deportation
« Last post by JHMNY on Yesterday 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 Yesterday 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 Yesterday 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 Yesterday 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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