FOR BREAKING NEWS VISIT WWW.QNS.COM MAY 11, 2017 • THE QUEENS COURIER 3 ‘Seedy’ Whitestone spa gets shut A Whitestone massage parlor was shut down for allegedly off ering clients illicit services. Whitestone Spa, located at 14-10A Clintonville St., was shuttered by its landlord earlier this month. Previously identifi able only with a blue door wrap reading “SPA,” signage has been taken down and replaced with a “For Rent” sign at the location. According to a representative for Councilman Paul Vallone, the lawmaker’s offi ce received “a growing number of complaints from constituents about illegal activity occurring” at the site. Vallone contacted the NYPD’s Queens Vice unit, which investigates crimes including prostitution. Authorities then spoke to the property manager, who shut the spa down. “Our offi ce is proud to have expedited this request and have this illegal spa closed,” Vallone’s representative said. An online search for the Whitestone Spa showed the parlor listed on “RubMaps” — a site associated with illegal massage parlor listings and ratings. A spokesperson for the NYPD said the investigation is ongoing. Suzanne Monteverdi Help stem the opioid crisis in Queens Northeast Queens residents will have the opportunity to learn more about what they can do to combat the opioid crisis at a seminar in Douglaston tomorrow. On May 12, Councilman Paul Vallone will host an opioid overdose prevention seminar at the Community Church of Douglaston, located at 39-50 Douglaston Pkwy. Th e session is free and will begin at 7:30 p.m. Participants will have to opportunity to become a certifi ed opioid overdose responder, interact with health agencies and learn about clinic referrals from a group of experts. Th ey will also be provided with a free overdose rescue kit containing naloxone — a drug used to reverse opioid overdose. According to a report published last year by Governor Andrew Cuomo’s Heroin and Opioid Task Force, heroin overdose is now the leading cause of accidental death in New York State. In all, approximately 1.4 million New Yorkers suff er from a substance use disorder. Suzanne Monteverdi Adorable bear cub debuts at Queens Zoo Th e Wildlife Conservation Society’s (WCS) Queens Zoo debuted an adorable new addition on May 4. A male Andean bear cub, which has not been named yet, was born to mother Nicole, 4, and father Bouba, 6, last winter. Th is is the fi rst Andean bear cub to be born in New York City. Native to South America, the Andean bear is also known as the spectacled bear due to the markings on their faces that sometimes resemble glasses. Th ey have short faces and are characteristically smaller than other bears, with adult males weighing between 250 and 350 pounds and females weighing 200 pounds at most. Th e cub, now 25 pounds, is ready to explore the zoo’s bear habitat with his mother by his side. Exhibit times will vary until the cub becomes fully acclimated to its outdoor exhibit. Emily Davenport Photos: Suzanne Monteverdi/THE COURIER Bayside bar & restaurant will see new ownership, look and name this summer BY SUZANNE MONTEVERDI operations until then. email@example.com / @smont76 Located just off Bell Boulevard and next to the LIRR Bayside train A popular Bayside spot will see station at 213-10 41st Ave., the site new ownership, renovations and a will be closed briefl y for renovations, new name over the course of the Boccia said. And, in a nod to next couple of months. the past, the new spot will be called According to Mark Boccia, who is “One Station Plaza” — what the also part-owner of Bell Boulevard’s Bayside gathering place was named Bourbon Street, he and his business years prior. partners will take over the space that While much about the new bar is currently home to C.J. Sullivan’s and restaurant is still in the early American Grill, or “Sullivan’s,” next planning stages, Boccia said, he and month. Sullivan’s will continue its his partners are looking to create “a nice, comfortable atmosphere that suits the young and the old.” One Station Plaza will off er lunch, brunch, dinner and space for parties. Boccia also said that Bayside residents can took forward to seeing some throwback photos of the neighborhood posted at the location. Aft er renovations are complete, One Station Plaza will host a grand opening sometime over the summer, the part-owner said. Be sure to check Th e Courier for more details in the coming months. Sullivan’s Bar & Lounge in Bayside has been sold to the owners of nearby Bourbon Street.
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