✈️ United Airlines To Suspend JFK Service +🍕Bellucci Pizza Food Fight

good morning, queens! 🌱

It’s getting cold, it’s staying rainy, and there’s only one thing I can think of that will help: today’s headlines. Let’s get into it, shall we?

  • 🛩 This may be good or bad news, depending on who you are, but… United Airlines is temporarily suspending service at JFK starting Oct. 29.
  • 🍕 There is an all-out pizza showdown happening in Queens between Bellucci Pizzeria and Bellucci Pizza. It’s as delicious as it is dramatic.
  • 🏠 The oldest private residence in all of New York City is in East Elmhurst. The farmhouse has been occupied since the 1650s.

🌧 Rain and drizzle; windy, cool. High: 56 Low: 53.

Here are the top stories today in Queens:

1. Starting on Oct. 29, United Airlines will temporarily suspend service at John F. Kennedy International Airport, saying its current schedule out of the airport is not competitive enough. United currently runs four flights per day out of JFK and had hoped to expand service to the Queens hub but was unable to reach an agreement with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). According to a memo from the airline, dated Sept. 30, the process of adding additional United capacity at JFK will take more time. “Given our current, too-small-to-be-competitive schedule out of JFK — coupled with the start of the winter season where more airlines will operate their slots as they resume JFK flying — United has made the difficult decision to temporarily suspend service at JFK,” the memo read. The airline will continue their pursuit of a more widely encompassing schedule.

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two. There is an ongoing pizza war occurring in Queens between two formidable foes who, like many enemies, were once the best of friends. Bellucci Pizzeria and Bellucci Pizza are located just eight blocks away from each other and are owned by men who used to be business partners: Andrew Bellucci and Leo Dakmak. The two are now embroiled in a federal civil suit against each other. “We had a lot of confusing people calling here and thinking, like, they are ordering from there or they’re here, and sometimes we make a pie, they don’t show up,” said Leo Dakmak, the owner of Bellucci Pizza . “There is room for another 20 pizzerias, but I don’t think there is room for the same name.” Dakmak sued, alleging that Bellucci had transferred the rights to his name over to Dakmak, thus making the Bellucci trademark Dakmak’s alone. Bellucci, however, makes a convincing point, though — it is his name.

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3. The oldest private residence in New York City is the Lent-Riker-Smith Homestead, a 17th-century farmhouse located in East Elmhurst, Queens. The charming house was built in the 1650s by Dutch settler Abraham Riker — whose family name is etched into the consciousness of most New Yorkers. The road to the Rikers Island jail complex is about 1,500 feet from the back door of the house, and the island itself used to be a part of Abraham Riker’s farm. The home is now owned by 82-year-old Marion Duckworth Smith, who offers tours of the downstairs of the home, the garden, and the 132-tombstone cemetery for $50 cash per person. The first time Smith entered the homestead, on her second date with a man she would go on to marry, she thought, “’Wow, this house has been waiting for me.’”

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4. Since arriving in New York in 2008, British artist Shantell Martin has shared her black-and-white line drawings with the public at a number of locations — including at The Seaside Playground in Queens next to PS 225. The dynamic, larger-than-life installation features a 16,000-square-foot, hand-painted mural intended to represent the vibrancy of the Rockaway Beach community. In a recent interview with Metropolis, Martin discussed her artistic practice, and an upcoming performance piece to be hosted by the Museum of the Moving Image.

Metropolis Magazine

5. Councilwoman Linda Lee joined Grubhub’s first-of-its-kind ‘Serving the City’ program to deliver 250 meals to older adult communities in eastern Queens in honor of Senior Appreciation Month. Lee helped to deliver meals to seniors Commonpoint Queens in Little Neck and homebound seniors at Deepdale CARES NORC. The Grubhub program is launching in all five boroughs of New York City and is partnering with City Council members to ensure that their resources are leveraged appropriately to address hyper-local food insecurity. “Eastern Queens is a transit desert with no rail service and limited access to bus lines that have always made it difficult for our seniors to travel to even the closest supermarkets and restaurants to obtain fresh food and produce to support their health and well-being, ” said Lee, chair of the Committee on Mental Health, Disabilities and Addictions. “As the weather gets cooler, we must ensure that our communities have all the resources necessary to support healthy living and combat the rising threat of food insecurity in our neighborhoods.”

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🗞 Hungry for more news? 🍴Snack on these headlines:

  • Queens Alzheimer’s Association walk raises more than $80,000 (Queens Courier)
  • NYC casino process moves ahead as key sitting board gets members (Gothamist)
  • Woodhaven brothers get jail time in conspiracy to smuggle turtles from Queens to Hong Kong (Queens Courier)
  • Firefighters, EMTs crowd Long Island funeral home to salute medic stabbed to death on Queens street (New York Daily News)
  • Mayor Adams Announces $7.1 Million in Funding to Expand Hours at Nine Recreation Centers Citywide (nyc.gov)
  • Queens Theater Announces 34th Season Lineup Featuring ‘The Three Musketeers,’ ‘Romeo and Juliet’ & More (Broadway World)

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🗓 To Do Today in Queens:

  • Elmhurst Greenmarket (8 am)
  • Volunteer at Queens Farm: Cultivator Crew (10 am)
  • The Heavy Weight of Being: A Photographic and Mixed-Media Exhibit (11 am)
  • Sunset Meditation (6 pm)
  • Lincoln on the Civil War, a Reading & Discussion Program at the Jamaica Center for Arts and Learning (6:30 pm)
  • Open Decks at Trans Pecos (7 pm)
  • “The Office” Trivia (7:30 pm)
  • Mario Cart Tournament (8 pm)

🗣 Queens Chatter:

  • 🎂 193 amazing years at Neirs Tavern: “Every community has its own community staple. But it’s tough to find one older, more iconic or more engrained in the fabric of its neighborhood than Neirs Tavern in #Woodhaven. Congrats on 193 amazing years, Neir’s! Great to celebrate with you on Saturday — here’s to 193 more!” (Queens Borough President Donovan Richards via Facebook)
  • 🍾 Did someone say gala?: “Who is ready for the 2022 Building Awards Gala?? For over 90 years, this marvelous tradition honors the architects, builders, engineers, lenders, interior designers and owners of buildings and building projects in Queens County. Our gala will once again be at the TWA Hotel at JFK, the Eero Saarinen’s landmark 1962 Flight Center at JFK.
    Get your tickets today! https://queenschamber.glueup.com/event/61645/ #queenschamberofcommerce #queenschamberevents #queenschamber #queensevents #buildingawards #annualbuildingawards #queenschambergala” (Queens Chamber of Commerce via Facebook)
  • 🕺Asian immigrants’ stories told through dance: “”Here We Root” performances will take place this Saturday, Oct. 8 at 4 and 5:30 pm Enjoy this contemporary dance inspired by Asian immigrants’ stories, focusing on the Chinese diaspora in Flushing, NY Register at link in bio or https ://qbghereweroot.eventbrite.com #HereWeRoot #ImmigrantStories#ChineseImmigrants #ContemporaryDance#AsianChoreographer #AsianArtist” (Queens Botanical Garden via Facebook)
  • Upcoming exhibition at the New York Hall of Science: “Opening Oct. 15 at #NYSCI: An exhibition that features the ways in which we use technologies to enhance human potential. Funded by the National Science Foundation, ‘Human Plus: Real Lives + Real Engineering’ showcases compelling stories from a unique field of engineering that helps people carry out their day-to-day routines AND realize lifelong dreams. Visit https://nysci.org?utm_campaign=NYSCI&utm_content=1664574000&utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook for tickets.” (New York Hall of Science via Facebook)
  • Bringing tech to Queens: “The tech industry is the fastest-growing industry in the world, and we’re making sure # queens is at the forefront of that movement. Introducing the Queens Tech + Innovation Challenge, which we announced this morning at @YorkCollegeCUNY. Here’s how it works…” (Queens Borough President Donovan Richards via Twitter)

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Now you’re in the loop and ready to start this Tuesday. I’ll be in your inbox tomorrow morning with your next update!

Emma Radu Fighera

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