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STORY: Modell’s Sporting Goods at Douglaston shopping mall set to
close early next year
SUMMARY: Modell’s Sporting Goods, located in the open-air mall
at 242-02 61st Ave. in Douglaston, will be going out of business by
January 2019, according to a current employee.
REACH: 15,009 people (as of 11/18/18)
“Th e city that never sleeps” managed to get caught fl at-footed by a sudden
burst of snow on Nov. 15 that brought traffi c to a grinding, slippery halt.
Th e snowfall ranged from 2 to 6 inches, depending on where you were,
but that didn’t matter. You couldn’t fi nd a plow or a salt spreader during the
height of the aft ernoon rush hour, when the storm was at its worst.
Vehicles across Queens skidded and crawled across the snowy landscape.
Public transit was a mess; the buses lacked snow chains and couldn’t navigate
the slick terrain. It took commuters young and old hours to get home
Th e next day, Mayor Bill de Blasio promised a full audit of the city’s
response (or lack thereof) to the small snowstorm that crippled the big city.
We’ve been here before.
In 2016, Queens got the brunt end of a major blizzard that dumped
upwards of 30 inches of snow across the borough. Th at storm hit on a
Saturday, and residents started digging out on Sunday. But most residential
streets in Queens wouldn’t be plowed until Sunday aft ernoon or Monday
Th e same thing happened in 2010, under a diff erent mayor, when the borough
was walloped by a post-Christmas blizzard that similarly paralyzed
Queens and left roads unplowed for one to two days.
Still, aft er the Nov. 15 debacle, de Blasio had an excuse: too much snow fell
at the wrong time, and there was no way the city could have prepared for it.
Yes, the storm surprised even the best forecasters, but how could the city
not even have plows or salt spreaders at the ready well in advance of the
storm — just in case the storm turned out worse than predicted?
“Winter is coming,” Jon Snow famously said. Th e city must stand more
ready in its “game of thrones” against the snow to come.
Queens families of all backgrounds once again gather around the table
today (Th ursday) to celebrate Th anksgiving — a uniquely American holiday
where we celebrate all that we have and all that makes us a truly fortunate
Along with enjoying the holiday with family and friends, let’s remember
those among us who aren’t as fortunate — and let’s fi nd a way to comfort
We can do our part by supporting local food pantries and organizations
who tend to the needy all year long. If you know someone who’s struggling
in other ways that charity cannot provide, then give of yourself. Spend time
to talk with them, give them a hug, tell them things are going to be okay, and
that you’ve got their back.
From our family to yours, have a special Th anksgiving and a wonderful
holiday season ahead!