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Restaurants & Food / Re: Small business woes
« Last post by dssjh on June 28, 2020, 11:32:05 AM »
but not operating doesn't wipe their rent away. they pay rent whether "on hold" or operating at 25 percent of normal business.
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Restaurants & Food / Re: Small business woes
« Last post by Jeffsayyes on June 28, 2020, 11:27:52 AM »
Is it worth it for restaurants to pay for rent until the spring? Seems like they can save a lot of money just by putting everything on hold
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Thank you for the information.  I visited the website and am enjoying it.  Would love to have a house tour or JH homes.
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Neighborhood Chat / Re: 34th Avenue "Open Street"
« Last post by JHResident on June 28, 2020, 10:43:22 AM »
Cars need to be moved everywhere.  Being back alternate side parking rules! The streets of JH are disgusting. I’ve never seen it so dirty

34th is disgusting with garbage on the street, side walks and center flower beds.  It needs to be closed for a day with all cars removes so it can be cleaned.  The streets between Northern and 34th are also filled with trash due to the heavy increase in foot traffic as people come from East Elmhurst to walk on 34th. Why isn't the city providing street cleaning?
Or how about the people who sponsored and requested this street closure actually clean the streets and center median and move the barricades when local traffic has to pass through. It seems like there is no one present until after 8 pm. If anyone wants to make this permanent, there has to be more community participation.
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Neighborhood Chat / Re: Estimated ConEd Bills
« Last post by Donald G on June 28, 2020, 10:41:00 AM »
Several years ago the Super of my building and his family went out of the country on vacation.  For 2 weeks I was the temporary Super assistant.  My job was to let utility people into 2 buildings for them to read meters.

During a Con Ed meter reading visit, the guy said that Con Ed was installing new meters on all buildings.  With the new meters, there would be no need for an individual to actually come inside the building.   They would only have to drive down the street in a van and point some sort of instrument to read the meters.  My understanding is that these new meters have not yet been installed.

FYI
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Neighborhood Chat / Re: 34th Avenue "Open Street"
« Last post by theplanesland on June 28, 2020, 09:25:44 AM »
  I would wait and see how the pandemic response goes. In my opinion, the smooth flow of traffic on 34th Ave under normal times makes all the other streets work in JH. If you upset this ecosystem, it may cost you in balance in other parts of the neighborhood with two major commercial streets and one heavily used bus route. I think this could work on a weekend as a street closure though, but during the school year, the many schools that are on or nearby 34th Ave would be nightmarish for people to navigate if there was a full time closure.

Also the bike lane on 34th Ave has been long established and is heavily used as a commuter and recreational bike route. Yes, we could use more space but wonder if we are accommodating the people who live in JH only or have we created a destination for people to be outdoors like LIC or Rockaway and do we really want that in this dense neighborhood at this time? I think there is a fair amount of concern and all voices need to be heard here, for and against.

So first of all, people do not generally drive to the schools on 34th Avenue - they're very much neighborhood schools (and IS145 isn't desirable enough to draw kids from far away ... sigh.) There are definitely school buses, but those can absolutely work with the "5mph only, turn off at the next block" rule without a problem.

I've been riding my bike on 34ave and that also seems totally compatible with the car-free street. No problems there.

I don't think people will come from far away, or are coming from far away, just to walk down a street with no other attractions or entertainment. There's no view, no seashore, no playfields. The success of 34ave speaks to how starved JH is for open space; anyone with a park will probably go to their park.
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Neighborhood Chat / Re: 34th Avenue "Open Street"
« Last post by abcdefghijk on June 28, 2020, 09:04:56 AM »
Hopefully they will eventually remove all cars from 34th, tear out the road and make the entire stretch a park.  There is a spot or two where you'd need a lane so buildings could have access to their garage and you might need to make a lane available for emergency vehicles on some blocks, but there's no reason the whole thing shouldn't be a green space and recreational area.  Obviously the city budget isn't going to be able to pay for that in the foreseeable future, but we should aim high. 
  I would wait and see how the pandemic response goes. In my opinion, the smooth flow of traffic on 34th Ave under normal times makes all the other streets work in JH. If you upset this ecosystem, it may cost you in balance in other parts of the neighborhood with two major commercial streets and one heavily used bus route. I think this could work on a weekend as a street closure though, but during the school year, the many schools that are on or nearby 34th Ave would be nightmarish for people to navigate if there was a full time closure.

Also the bike lane on 34th Ave has been long established and is heavily used as a commuter and recreational bike route. Yes, we could use more space but wonder if we are accommodating the people who live in JH only or have we created a destination for people to be outdoors like LIC or Rockaway and do we really want that in this dense neighborhood at this time? I think there is a fair amount of concern and all voices need to be heard here, for and against.

This is a great idea. And fear of outsiders coming in is no reason to not implement it.
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Neighborhood Chat / Re: 34th Avenue "Open Street"
« Last post by itsit on June 28, 2020, 07:23:18 AM »
Hopefully they will eventually remove all cars from 34th, tear out the road and make the entire stretch a park.  There is a spot or two where you'd need a lane so buildings could have access to their garage and you might need to make a lane available for emergency vehicles on some blocks, but there's no reason the whole thing shouldn't be a green space and recreational area.  Obviously the city budget isn't going to be able to pay for that in the foreseeable future, but we should aim high. 
  I would wait and see how the pandemic response goes. In my opinion, the smooth flow of traffic on 34th Ave under normal times makes all the other streets work in JH. If you upset this ecosystem, it may cost you in balance in other parts of the neighborhood with two major commercial streets and one heavily used bus route. I think this could work on a weekend as a street closure though, but during the school year, the many schools that are on or nearby 34th Ave would be nightmarish for people to navigate if there was a full time closure.

Also the bike lane on 34th Ave has been long established and is heavily used as a commuter and recreational bike route. Yes, we could use more space but wonder if we are accommodating the people who live in JH only or have we created a destination for people to be outdoors like LIC or Rockaway and do we really want that in this dense neighborhood at this time? I think there is a fair amount of concern and all voices need to be heard here, for and against.
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Neighborhood Chat / Re: 34th Avenue "Open Street"
« Last post by ShinjukuBaby on June 28, 2020, 05:53:20 AM »
Hopefully they will eventually remove all cars from 34th, tear out the road and make the entire stretch a park.  There is a spot or two where you'd need a lane so buildings could have access to their garage and you might need to make a lane available for emergency vehicles on some blocks, but there's no reason the whole thing shouldn't be a green space and recreational area.  Obviously the city budget isn't going to be able to pay for that in the foreseeable future, but we should aim high. 
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Neighborhood Chat / Re: 37th Avenue Closing to Cars on Sundays?
« Last post by ShinjukuBaby on June 28, 2020, 05:31:38 AM »
This would be great!  Let's hope it's true. 
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