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Flushing, Whitestone and College
Point residents should take extra care
when locking up their bicycles, according
Offi cers from the 109th Precinct were
out in the community last weekend letting
cyclists know about a recent increase
in bicycle theft s in the area. Perpetrators
are oft en using bolt-cutting clippers, vicegrip
pliers or lengths of pipe or wood to
lift the property.
Residents should exercise care when
locking up their bicycles, offi cers said,
and be hesitant to leave it in one place
for too long.
A bicycle should be locked through its
frame and both wheels to an approved
parking rack — preferably one with a
thick frame. Cyclists who only lock the
front wheel to the rack have returned
to discover that was the only part of the
bicycle left behind, authorities said.
If locking a bicycle to a metal post,
which is another eff ective option, check
that there’s a street sign attached at the
top, as thieves could lift the bicycle up
and over an empty pole. Be sure to also
leave your bicycle in a well-lit area and
avoid storing your bicycle in a public
Th eft s should be reported to your local
precinct. Th e NYPD also off ers a Bicycle
Registration Program, which discourages
bicycle theft s by engraving a serial number
on the bike in a discreet location.
Call the 109th Precinct at 718-321-
2343 for more details.
New look, less seats
on E train in Queens
Queens residents who step into the E
train will fi nd that there are less seats.
Th e new design is a part of Chairman
Joseph Lhota’s Subway Action Plan,
which was announced in July. In the
plan, Lhota outlined an initiative to
remove seats to “allow greater standing
capacity by 25 customers per car.”
Th ough the design was scheduled to fi rst
appear in the 42nd Street shuttle and L
train, the agency unveiled the new cars
on the E train — which connects Jamaica
to the World Trade Center — on Oct. 3.
Th e trains also include new handrails,
LCD screens in all cars to provide passengers
with information, LED lighting
to decrease energy consumption and
exterior indicators to let people know
which cars have less seats.
Th ese R-160 cars are part of a 100-car
pilot that had their master controllers,
equipment that is responsible for breaking
and accelerating, replaced.
In addition to this new design, Lhota’s
plan will repair 1,300 signals, reduce
instances of water leaks and clogged
drains, clean the underground subway
network to reduce fi re hazards and dispatch
special teams to places with the
highest rates of track issues.
Photos by Suzanne Monteverdi/QNS
Cosmetics chain ‘Sephora’
offi cially opens in Bayside
BY SUZANNE MONTEVERDI
email@example.com / @smont76
Bayside beauty and makeup enthusiasts
Special pullout: New
Th is week’s issue features a 12-page
special advertorial supplement on the
upcoming New York State Constitutional
It was produced and paid for by
Eff ectiveNY, a nonprofi t organization
seeking passage of the referendum, which
is on the Nov. 7 general election ballot.
Th e supplement does include a reprint
of Th e Queens Courier’s editorial
endorsement of the referendum that was
published on Sept. 21. However, it should
be noted that the editorial and the contents
of the advertorial contains opinions
that may not necessarily be those of this
publication or its staff .
don’t have to go far for their next
Sephora celebrated its grand opening
on Sept. 29, at the Bay Terrace Shopping
Center. Th e new storefront is located
between Justice and Bath & Body Works.
For its opening day, the store ran
special deals for those Sephora Beauty
Insiders and “VIB”s who are part of the
chain’s rewards program.
Sephora, which has over 2,300 locations
worldwide, is known for its selection
of luxury beauty, skincare and fragrance
products from nearly 300 brands.
Th e Bay Terrace storefront was
the former home of clothing retailer
Aeropostale before it closed earlier this
year. According to schematics on the
shopping center’s website, the space is
approximately 4,161 square feet.
Store hours are 10 a.m. until 9 p.m. on
Mondays through Saturdays and 11 a.m.
until 6 p.m. on Sundays. Check out the
location’s webpage for the latest beauty
services, classes and store events.
Th e Bay Terrace Shopping Center
is located at 23rd Avenue and Bell
Boulevard and is owned by Cord Meyer
Sephora at Bay Terrace Shopping Center is now open.