On The Beach… With Beverly Baxter
Did you know, or rather, no you wouldn't know because it is by invitation only and has not been publicly advertised. However, The Newman Real Estate Institute of Baruch College, in collaboration with Borough President Claire Schulman's office, is hosting their annual Roundtable on Development and Preservation Alternatives for the "New Queens".
The Roundtable is designed as a seminar and will be divided into three different days with discussions on three different areas of the county: western Queens, Flushing and South Jamaica, and Rockaway, with its focus on building large scale housing in Arverne.
Those invited and slated to speak on various topics regarding the development of Arverne are: Senator Chuck Schumer, Assemblywoman Audrey Pheffer, Eric Bluestone of the Bluestone Development Organization, Joshua Muss of the Muss Development Company, Rosalie Genevro, Director of the Architectural League of New York, who will background on the History of Arverne Development Proposals; Jonathan Gaska, District Manager, Community Board 14, who will give a Profile of Community Needs; Liz Sulik, President, Rockaway Chamber of Commerce, who will discuss a Citywide Vision for Arverne; Vincent Riso, President, Briarwood Organization; Jerilyn Perrine, Commissioner, Department of Housing Preservation and Development who will discuss a Developer's Agenda; Rev. Floyd Flake, Pastor, Allen A.M.E Cathedral, who will discuss Queens As A Citywide Resource; and Steven Spinola, President of The Real Estate Board of New York.
The Roundtable discussion on Arverne will take place on Friday, June 15, from 8 to 11:30am at The Newman Institute at Baruch College. You may call the institute directly at 212-802-5940 to obtain an invitation to this important event regarding the future of our peninsula.
***I was talking with Liz Sulik recently, and she told me about many exciting endeavors of the chamber. "Artists Park" has been recently approved and regular open meetings will begin to take place during the month of June. Liz is actively soliciting input into the project from the community; and anyone, whether they be a member of the chamber or not, is invited to attend. Please contact the chamber of commerce to be advised of their meeting schedule. Liz is very excited about the development of the park, and she believes it will make wonderful use of an area of the bayfront at Beach 116 Street that has long been neglected.
The park will be lit and landscaped and it will serve as an inspiring place for artists to paint, sculpt, or photograph, and it will be a great spot for those who wish to view our extraordinary bayscape and skyline. Liz attributes the basic concept for the park to John Baxter and welcomes his further input as this vision is realized.
***The Rockaway Chamber of Commerce has a website, and it will display a list of community events that are offered free of charge to the community. If you have an event that you'd like to be included on the chamber's calendar, you may e-mail Liz at firstname.lastname@example.org
***They say that the way you get to Carnegie Hall is to "practice". Well, the Chamber of Commerce is planning to bring Carnegie Hall to you! Through their Neighborhood Concert Series 2201/2002, Carnegie Hall will perform here at Beach Channel High School. There will be one concert in the Fall and another scheduled for the spring. That's exciting!
***It's Official! According to the New York Times and other sources, Audrey Pheffer has abandoned her bid for the Borough Presidency. It seems that officials within the Democratic Party have been lobbying her to step aside so that they could officially endorse Councilwoman Helen Marshall for the seat. In a press interview Audrey stated that although she believes that the numbers are there and favor her as a formidable candidate, this was not her time. As you may know, Councilman Stabile has stated that he is a candidate for the seat. This election year should be very interesting to watch!
***Yes, Howie, there really is a Kosher Deli in our town! Belle Harbor Glatt Kosher on Beach 116 Street is a much-welcomed eatery whose day has finally come! Although it is a little bit pricey, the food is delicious! You'll crave their potato pancakes, knishes, pastrami and corned beef sandwiches. Also try their homemade matzo ball soup, kasha, and noodle pudding. Stop in each time and try something new. Good luck to the owners and Welcome!
***Have a wonderful Memorial Day, enjoy the parade, and I'll see you...On