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An Expo for Soon-To-Be-Brides and Wedding Planners in Queens

1/18/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO building back a water damage property. Flood damage property in Queens is no joke. Call the professionals of SERVPRO for the water damage services needed to handle the problem.

Don't miss your chance to see the latest fashions and trends for 2021 weddings.

The annual Great Bridal Expo puts expectant brides and wedding planners with some of the wedding business's top names. You can get assistance and guidance through some of the most complicated facets of planning your big day and beyond, including interfacing with companies supplying decorations for the wedding, helping you get away on the honeymoon, and settle into your new life together.

Don't miss your opportunity to witness the stunning bridal show and enter for your chance at fabulous prizes and giveaways. The event is happening Tuesday, January 26th, 2021, at the New York Marriott Marquis. You can contact the event host directly at 1-800-422-3976 for more information. 

Flood damage in your Queens home can ruin any big day, but our SERVPRO of Long Island City team can help. We have efficient extraction and cleaning strategies, as well as experienced professionals to relocate damaged contents to make flood losses "Like it never even happened." We have experienced flood restorers available 24/7 when you call (718) 440-6994.  

Honor Your New Year’s Resolution to Learn to Dance in Queens

1/11/2021 (Permalink)

Building back property from fire damage SERVPRO of Queens has your home covered from any size fire. We have the technicians and experience for the job.

Take the opportunity to grab lessons from a renowned Latin dance studio in Queens.

Many people have made resolutions to learn something they never thought was possible, and a great way to achieve this is through beginner classes of salsa dancing. The courses are still happening live with an instructor, following strict guidelines and regulations regarding distancing and sanitization.

Take advantage of the experience of renowned salsa/bachata styles Thursday, January 21st, 2021, from 8 PM to 9 PM. You can double up on the course by also catching another lesson Sunday, January 24th, from 4 PM to 5 PM. If you want to make these classes a regular thing to eventually master facets of Latin dancing, you can contact (347) 669-3589 for packages.

When the fire is on more than the dance floor, you can count on our SERVPRO of Long Island City team for fire damage in Queens homes and apartments. We have efficient cleaning, mitigation, and restoration practices we can begin right away. Give us a call when disasters strike at (718) 440-6994.

How a Fast Water Damage Response Protects the Treasures of Queens

1/4/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO technician in full gear cleaning building Water disasters may stop business totally. Call the professionals at SERVPRO for the water mitigation services for your company.

Our experienced professionals can reach damaged Queens businesses quickly when water damages occur. 

From Spiderman to rappers like 50 Cent and NAS, Queens is as much a borough of New York City as it is a standalone community with an attitude and image that has influenced the entire country. With this borough's incredible history and heritage, we as restoration professionals understand the value of a fast response when emergencies occur. Many of the tallest buildings in the area have been a long-standing part of the skyline, including structures along the border in Long Island City. Knowing how diverse the community is, it is no great surprise that our area is heavily visited throughout the year both for business and pleasure. We have an impressive number of attractions and landmarks, making Queens among the most populated and heavily traveled portions of New York City. 

The Higher Education Facilities of Queens 

One of the areas where the borough has excelled for the greater community is through long-standing secondary education institutions available to residents and the rest of the country. Some of these colleges and universities boast the most complete and unrivaled programs in the country, making them sought after for many others throughout the state and local region of the country, as much as for the appropriate portion of our more than two million residents. Even though many of these colleges could make the list among the most active and long-standing for the community, a few of the top post-high school education opportunities for Queens residents that wish to stay local include: 

  • Queens College - With many colleges and universities throughout the borough a part of the City University of New York network, these schools can share resources and personnel to offer a much more diverse assortment of courses and majors. While a public school, Queens college has been an elite educational experience for no more than 18,500 students on average every year. 
  • St. John's University - While many throughout the country might recognize this university for its competitive men's basketball team on the national stage, it is also one of the most renowned colleges in Queens and all of New York City. Each semester, the college provides an education to more than 20,000 students and offers more than 100 bachelor, master, and doctoral degree programs. 
  • La Guardia Community College - Despite being a community college that offers multiple different Bachelor and Associate degrees for area residents, this institution often has clothes to 18,000 students enrolled on their nearing two million-square-foot campus in Long Island City. The school has been up and running since 1967 and offers various majors, including Business, Technology, Health Sciences, and many others. 

Skyscrapers That Define the Skyline

While Queens is not home to some of the tallest structures globally, high rises are undoubtedly a part of our everyday skyline. When disasters strike like water and fire loss situations, restores must appreciate the necessary tools and strategies required when the damage exists on these massive structures' upper floors. Some of the buildings that have been constructed (or are currently being constructed) in the borough are welcomed additions to the city, and some of the tallest of these include: 

  • Skyline Tower - While skyline tower is currently still under construction in the Long Island City neighborhood here in Queens, the building has already topped out at a higher point than any other structure throughout our borough. This residential building will be home to 68 floors of residents in varying sized accommodations. 
  • Queens Plaza Park - This is yet another one of the residential properties that are currently under construction between 29 and 27 Queens Plaza North. At 755 feet tall, this is the second tallest building in Queens behind skyline towers 778 feet. Not only will this skyscraper include residences for locals, but it will also incorporate the Chase Manhattan Bank Building.
  • One Court Square - More commonly, this is known as the Citigroup building, and it is an impressive 673 feet tall. It is the tallest office tower and Queens. Until recent developments, this 50-story construct was the tallest in the borough and was home to many offices and more than 1.4 million square feet of floor space. It has been a staple of the skyline of our city since 1990. 

Removing Water Damage Effects from Queens Businesses 

Between the sprawling commercial structures that are tens of thousands of square feet to our incredible skyscrapers that are dozens of stories tall, protecting and restoring Queens businesses after water damage requires several advanced tools and techniques. As with all water disasters, mitigation plays the most significant part in reducing losses for area companies, especially when standing water presents risks to stock and wares. 

Removing standing water and pooling from the surface involves multiple extraction tools and machines in our recovery inventory. It is vital to determine the necessary equipment as soon as possible, as varying commercial properties will require different strategies to overcome the surface water threats. For example, an enormous warehouse might require truck-mount extractors and submersible pumps to remove several inches of standing water in the property. In contrast, high rise structures require specialty water removal tools like our high-pressure pumps to deal with the need for a longer discharge line. 

Our Content Claims and Inventory Service (CCIS) is a vital aspect of our recovery in water restoration services we provide area businesses. We can appreciate how quickly water damages can impact your wares, stock, and essential documents. We have cleaning technicians available to address these concerns through actions like on-site cleaning, relocation, and off-site restoration and recovery when necessary. 

Water disasters can get out of control quickly, especially in some of the massive commercial properties you can find in Queens. Home and business owners can trust our SERVPRO of Long Island City water restoration technicians' fast and knowledgeable response to help. Give us a call today at (718) 440-6994. 

What Is One Thing Moms and Dads Run Short of as the Holidays Approach in Long Island City?

12/14/2020 (Permalink)

a pile of wrapped Christmas gifts It will be exciting to see the community at the Alley Pond Environmental Center!

Alley Pond Environmental Center Knows the Answer and Offers Parents Night Out -- Gift of Time to Long Island City Parents

Parents of young children know the pressures as holiday deadlines loom. Alley Pond Environmental Center (APEC) throws crazy-busy Long Island City families a lifeline a week before Christmas. APEC invites parents a Parents Night Out -- Gift of Time.

Wrap up your shopping or gifts without probing eyes, or enjoy a leisurely meal. Whether you take care of preparations or relationships, the Educators at APEC keep the kiddos busy with:

  • Storytime
  • Night hikes 
  • Winter crafts
  • Stem activities
  • Nature-themed games, animal encounters

Children 6 or older need a bagged dinner, snacks, & water bottle.

The cost is $45 per child. Masks are required.

  • When:      December 18, 20205:30 pm – 9:00 pm
  • Where:        Alley Pond Environmental Center

        224-65 76th Ave

        Oakland Gardens, NY 11364

  • Contact:    (718) 229-4000

Borough residents benefit from good partnerships with area businesses, why SERVPRO of Long Island City is your first call for mold remediation. Contact our team at (718) 440-6994 for an honest assessment.

Queens Families Seeking a Holiday Mood Find Their Vibe at a Festive Poppenhusen Institute Songfest

12/11/2020 (Permalink)

colorful music notes with Christmas decoration around them SERVPRO is looking forward to seeing the troubadour sing!

Take Delight in the Seasonal Tunes of Queens Own Holiday Troubadour, a Diverse Selection Certain to Make You Smile

Nothing creates a holiday ambiance quite as effectively as songs of the season. This time of year offers many traditions among which to choose, but Richard Stillman provides an inclusive range honoring the cultures that share this holiday time. Expect to hear the music of Christmas, Kwanzaa, Hanukkah, and more. Treasure old favorites and open your heart and mind to new experiences.

The fun doesn’t end after the troubadour sings. Rumor has it the man in red is a music lover. Prepare the young ones for the thrill of a visit with Santa, adjusted a bit this year for appropriate social distancing.

  • Date:         December 12, 2020
  • Time:         1:00 pm
  • Location:     Poppenhusen Institute

114-04 14th Rd

College Point, NY 11356

718-358-0067

  • Price:         $5.00

Everyone is welcome, but obtain tickets in advance. Call the Poppenhusen Institute for details on reservations and tickets.

Water mitigation professionals from SERVPRO of Long Island City are always ready to respond. Call (718) 440-6994 to schedule a prompt assessment, music to the ears of homeowners who struggle with a water loss during the holidays.

Does Making an Informed Choice Among Queens Fire Loss Recovery Companies Improve the Outcome?

12/6/2020 (Permalink)

fire damaged stove in a kitchen Regardless of which room has been damaged by the fire, team SERVPRO can help. Call up right away for effective services.

Customer Confidence in Queens Fire Damage Recovery Is Not Assumed but Earned: Why Your Local SERVPRO Commits to Comprehensive Fire Damage Training Plus Investment in Cutting Edge Equipment

Devotion to the highest standards of care, diligence, professionalism, and skill is essential to many industries, none more so than the crafting of superlative pianos. Steinway is the name synonymous with excellence in the keyboard realm. And they are crafted in Astoria, Queens.

Who Founded Steinway & Sons?

Henry Steinweg (later Steinway) branched out from cabinet making to small instruments like zithers and guitars before moving on to pianos while learning his trade in Germany. His first piano, a small and square model, was a present to his wife Juliane for their wedding in 1835. He made his first grand piano the next year in his kitchen. Known as “the kitchen piano,” it is on display at the New York Metropolitan Museum of Art with a Steinweg 1836 square piano. Steinway brought his piano and cabinet-making skills with him after his 1850 emigration to New York from his home in Goslar, Germany.

How Did a Piano Manufacturer Develop the Astoria Neighborhood in Queens?

Steinway opened his first shop on Varick Street in the West Village in 1853. After gaining recognition as a rising maker of fine pianos, Steinway & Sons determined to find a space for the factory and other buildings with room to grow and for the family to prosper. The Steinways also were aware of a growing labor movement in Manhattan and were eager to move the firm’s workers away from those perceived pressures. They hoped to meet the workers’ needs for comfort and security differently. As the pathway to personal and professional goals, William Steinway, Henry’s fourth son, bought 400 acres of farmland in Astoria. The company used the land to build a state of the art foundry to cast piano frames, a sawmill to prepare the lumber needed for piano cabinetry, and a production space to create the instruments. Last but not least, the remaining area provided space to create Steinway Village.

What Was Steinway Village?

Steinway purchased the Pike family’s mansion on Long Island Sound for personal use. Later and still known as the Steinway Mansion, it was placed on the  National Register of Historic Places in 1983. The workers who accompanied the company from Manhattan also needed adequate housing. William Steinway had a plan to build Steinway Village to meet the various needs of workers and their families, which included:

  • Preliminary street surveys
  • Construction of employee housing 
  • Provision of fresh water
  • Public school facilities
  • Firehouse
  • Post office 
  • Donation of land for the building of a Protestant church
  • Public bath with fifty dressing rooms
  • Parkland

Did Steinway Village Provide What William Steinway Hoped?

William Steinway had a vision of the workers of the family piano business living in relative comfort, strolling under the spreading boulevard trees in front of their homes on Steinway Street. After the economic downturn in the early 1870s, Steinway Village developed as envisioned. By 1879, Steinway was able to offer the homes for purchase to his workers. Unlike the dreary tenements in Manhattan, Steinway Village homes were open and airy, with windows for adequate ventilation. Attached brick houses were home for factory workers. Single-family freestanding houses on surrounding streets were intended for supervisory staff. Many of these structures still stand in Astoria.

Was Steinway & Sons Involved in Transportation Enhancements in Astoria?

To connect the factory to other areas in the city, William Steinway invested in options whose footprint remains in Queens. Mirroring the opportunities available at the time, Steinway & Sons started with a network of :

  • Horse-car railroads
  • Streetcars
  • Trolleys -- using the Rikers power plant to electrify these cars
  • Ferries

Not only did these investments offer safe and efficient ways for workers to make their way to the Steinway factory, but they gave many the freedom of reliable transportation. Fees paid for the trips provided revenue to make this burgeoning transportation system sustainable. In 1930 at the corner of Steinway Street and Broadway in nearby Long Island City, Steinway Station was built to honor William Steinway’s transportation efforts.

What Did Steinway & Sons Build for Fun?

Eventually called North Beach Amusement Park, the Steinways set aside a seaside venue to offer their workers a Coney Island alternative. Evening events illuminated by the new electrical lighting technology at North Beach were the talk of Steinway Village.

What Is the Status of Steinway Village Today?

Steinway Street and Steinway Place are still thoroughfares near the operating piano factory. Steinway Playground and many businesses use the name Steinway. The “company town” faded after the Great Depression, but the neighborhood is still vital.

Can a Queens  Homeowner Manage Fire Cleanup Alone?

The aftermath of a fire is traumatizing. You might want to try to regain some control over your Queen’s dwelling by digging and starting the cleanup. A DIY approach is contraindicated for a broad range of reasons:

  • Water damage from firefighting efforts often causes structural hazards -- professionals can most safely do removal.
  • Fire residues are toxic and require specialized products and protocols for appropriate removal.
  • Airborne residues can result in poor air quality and require sophisticated equipment operated by trained technicians to contain and vent the contaminated atmosphere.

Why SERVPRO? Our Skills and Experience Deliver Results for Queens Residents

Fire damage scenarios in Queens have many different causes. Fire residues, charring, odors, and damage from heat present a set of interrelated and complicated problems. Resolving all of the aspects needs a highly-qualified fire and smoke restoration company team.

Can One Fire Restoration Company Handle It All?

Over the years, we have invested the best people, training, and equipment, why SERVPRO can manage a fire scene from assessment to rebuilding. Avoid the need to hire a series of contractors by entrusting your fire loss recovery to our wrap-around approach.

Our trained, well equipped, and experienced managers and technicians are why SERVPRO of Long Island City should be your first call. After suffering fire damage, knowledgeable homeowners dial up (718) 440-6994 and expect our crews to arrive promptly.

Benner’s Farm Fall Harvest in Long Island City

11/20/2020 (Permalink)

fire damaged bedroom SERVPRO is looking forward to having fun this fall in Long Island!

Fall Fun for Long Island City Families from September Through November

The Bremmer family homestead began farming in the 1700s. It is a privately-owned 15-acre homestead. Today it hosts thousands of families each year. This seventh generation of Bremmers are still working the soil as they have for centuries.

Step Back in Time

When you visit the farm, it is like taking a step back in time and experiencing farm life of past centuries. An organic farm they have gardens and strawberry farms. Bremmer’s holds workshops and other fun events throughout the year.  During November, you can enjoy a variety of fall fun. You can also arrange a private tour and hayride.

Part of the Community

SERVPRO of Long Island City is proud to provide fire odor cleanup in Long Island City. We are proud to belong to this fantastic, diverse community. Fall is upon us, and it’s time to enjoy the upcoming holidays. We want our neighbors to stay safe and healthy this fall season. Visit Bremmer’s and enjoy the cooler weather.

Flushing Meadows Corona Park in Queens

11/13/2020 (Permalink)

flooded lawn with water leaking into house It will be exciting to see the community enjoying the Queens Park and tours!

Enjoy the Park in Queens at Your Leisure or Book a Tour

Flushing Meadows-Corona Park was home to two World Fairs. It is home to the Queens Wildlife Conservation Center and is a favorite place of New Yorkers. When you visit this delightful area, you can enjoy:

  • Historic walks
  • Scenic trails
  • A beautiful carousel
  • Recreation center & indoor pool
  • Bike
  • Kayak
  • Cultural and civic institutions
  • Sports such as baseball, tennis, soccer, and more

The park has areas for picnics and barbecues along with golf courses. The entire family can enjoy the park, even your four-legged members. Fishing and boating are warm-weather activities that are available. When cold weather hits, the ice-skating rinks open. There are playgrounds, skate parks, and handball courts. Zoos and aquariums are in the area as well. So head on over to Grand Central Pkwy, Van Wyck Exwy, Queens, and enjoy Flushing Meadows Corona Park.

SERVPRO of Long Island City team members enjoys spending the day in the park. We also like helping the community by providing flood water removal in Queens. Contact us at (718) 440-6994.

SERVPRO is Dedicated to Helping Queens Homes During Floods

11/8/2020 (Permalink)

flooded kitchen flooring in front of washing machine Regardless of how the water intrusion entered your home, team SERVPRO can help. Contact our technicians right away for water removal efforts.

Water Restoration Services in Queens is Done Professionally with Qualified Technicians

In 1683 Queens became one of the 12 original counties in the Province of New York. Named for an English queen, it was included in Nassau County until 1899.  The original settlers were of Dutch and English descent and members of the New Netherland settlement. Other settlements followed over the years. The colony was captured by the English and, in 1664, was renamed New York. When New York became consolidated in 1898, it became a borough of the city.

The Flushing Remonstrance

New York played an essential role in the early years of the United States. In 1657 the colonists penned the Flushing Remonstrance. It was a powerful document protesting the Dutch colonial authorities. They were persecuting the Quakers in the area that is now Queens. This document is thought to be the forerunner to the freedom of religion portion in the Bill of Rights.

The Revolutionary War

Brooklyn played a more significant role in the Revolutionary War than Queens, but it still was heavily involved. It remained under British occupation until the Battle of Long Island, which took place in 1776. The British soldiers took up residence in any public inns or buildings uninhabited under the Quartering Act. The American patriot, Nathan Hale, was captured along Flushing Bay. He was hanged in Manhattan.

The Five Towns of Queens County

Until 1784, Queens County was made up of five towns. They included:

  •   Flushing
  •   Hempstead
  •   Jamaica
  •   Newton
  •   Oyster Bay

Another town, North Hempstead, was added in 1784. Many buildings were destroyed by the British and had to be rebuilt after the war.

A Colorful History

Over the years, Queens has had an exciting history. The boundaries and what consisted of what is now Queens were assessed and clarified. Land surveys were carried out in 1899 because of the definition of where Queens was in conjunction with the channel between Rockaway Beach and Shelter Island. Other historical events include:

  •   The Long Island Rail Road was electrified between 1905 – 1908.
  •   Queensboro Bridge was finished in 1909, opening up transportation.
  •   Queens is connected by the New York City Subway from 1915 onward.
  •   The Steinway Tunnel was constructed in 1915.
  •   With the expansion of automobile usage in the 1920s, the Queens population exploded.
  •   In 1939 and 1964, the city hosted New York World’s Fair.
  •   LaGuardia Airport opened in 1939.
  •   JFK Airport, originally known as Idlewild Airport, opened in 1948.

This is just a sampling of the historical events that have taken place in this area of New York.

Making a Big Impact

Today Queens is the largest borough of New York City. This diverse city has the second largest population out of the five boroughs that make up New York City. It is second in the population count out of all the counties in New York. What is interesting is that 47% of the residents are from other countries. It is known to be the most linguistically diverse area in the entire world.

There are many famous landmarks in Queens, including the Aqueduct Racetrack, Flushing Meadows-Corona Park, and the Kaufman Astoria Studios. The diversity of thriving businesses has a serious impact on the economy of New York overall.

Neighborhoods Are Diverse

The people that live in Queens strongly identify with local neighborhoods. While many have no distinct boundaries, residents know which one they belong to. Flushing is one of the biggest and is home to many Asian families. Other neighborhoods include:

  •   Flushing Chinatown
  •   Howard beach, Middle Village, and Whitestone are primarily Italian Americans.
  •   Ozone and South Ozone park consist of Italian, Hispanic, and Guyanese.
  •   Rockaway Beach consists of Irish Americans.
  •   Astoria has one of the largest Greek communities but is also home to Spanish and Italian Americans. 

There are also Romanian, Polish, Albanian, and Serbian communities. It’s an amazingly diverse city.

Hurricane Sandy

Queens is a coastal town, and storms and flooding can occur at any time.  In October of 2012, the impact of Hurricane Sandy was felt in the town. Queens’ Breezy Point area was devastated by a six-alarm fire that broke out due to the hurricane.

Known as Superstorm Sandy, it was one of the most destructive hurricanes in history.  233 people in eight countries were killed, and approximately $70 million in damages occurred. It became the largest Atlantic hurricane to be recorded. The storm surge slammed into NYC on October 29. Streets were flooded, tunnels and subways were submersed, and power lines went down all around the city. Water restoration became a top priority after the flooding. Companies such as SERVPRO were on hand to assist residents when possible.

SERVPRO Mitigates Flood Damage With EPA-Registered Cleaning Products

The sea-level rise is increasing across the shores of coastal cities. This means the risk of flooding increases as well. When a storm like Hurricane Sandy hits, it sends millions gallons of contaminated flood water surging into homes. Professional water restoration is needed at this point.

Our technicians use a proprietary cleaning agent known as SERVPROXIDE. Floodwater, also known as blackwater, is highly contaminated. It is full of chemical waste, bacteria, debris, and dirt. Many factors impact flood cleanup, including:

  •   How deep is the standing water?
  •   What are the contaminants in the water? Is it salt water?
  •   To what extent is the home affected?
  •   How fast can remediation begin?

Whenever possible, we use non-toxic chemicals. SERVPROXIDE is a hospital-grade disinfectant. It is a stabilized chlorine dioxide-based agent that is a powerful microbial. We are proud of its low toxicity rating from the EPA. It dissipates rapidly and is practically odorless.

SERVPRO® Industries, Inc. is a proud member of the EPA’s Design for Environment (EPA/DFE) initiative. We use other environmentally cleaning agents as well. These include Carpet & Upholstery Green Clean, All Surface Green Clean, and Window Green Clean. What this means is SERVPRO of Long Island City can clean and restore while keeping the earth safe at the same time. Contact us for water restoration services in Queens at (718) 440-6994.

Why Should You Check for Mold Damage in Your Queens Storage Units?

10/29/2020 (Permalink)

mold growing on wall For help keeping your storage units free of mold, call SERVPRO of Long Island City at (718) 440-6994.

Your Queens Customers do not Want Mold Damage to Their Items

Queens is a busy area, with many people moving to and from the location all the time. Those people often look for storage units to keep their belongings while they move home. Other people look for storage units to keep all the items they cannot fit in their homes.

Mold damage in your Queens storage business is bad news. If your customers discover mold, they will be unhappy and might demand their money back. Your reputation is also at stake.

How do you know if you have mold in your storage units?
Keep an eye out for the following signs:
    •    Patches of mold growing in the units
    •    Water leaks of any kind – these can give fungus the moisture it needs to grow
    •    Moldy smells even if you cannot see the source

If you notice one of these signs, call us at once. We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster, and we can get your business Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned.

How can SERVPRO help?
We can remove visible mold growth with dry scrubbing and wet cleaning. We can also use media blasting on more robust surfaces like wood or metal.

Because mold spores are microscopic, we do not rely on sight alone. We use air scrubbers and HEPA vacuums to catch the spores and stop them from spreading. We also use dehumidifiers to dry out your storage unit because decreasing the moisture level is the only reliable way to reduce the chance of regrowth.

When we are done, we will deodorize the units to get rid of moldy smells.

Can you prevent mold in your storage units?
There are steps you can take to prevent fungal growth:
    •    Keep your units well ventilated
    •    Invest in dehumidifiers
    •    Investigate and fix leaks immediately
    •    Install shelving that keeps customers’ items away from the floor

Are you advising your customers about mold?
When customers bring their belongings for storage, they are probably not thinking about mold. You can help them by having informational leaflets, putting something on your website, or even having a staff member talk to them. Let them know that proper sturdy storage boxes and bubble wrap are much more mold resistant than garbage bags. Remind them to store items away from walls and not packed too tightly together.

For help keeping your storage units free of mold, call SERVPRO of Long Island City at (718) 440-6994.