The boundaries for the Creedmoor Civic Association are:
88th Ave on the north, both sides of Moline St. to the west, the north
side of Braddock Ave. to the south, and the Cross Island Parkway
road to the east.
don't own the house that I live in, I rent the house. Can I join?
Yes, tenants are welcome to join as a full member.
a tenant. I rent an apartment in your area. Am I eligible to join?
Absolutely. While there are few tenants that have actually
some have been members for many years. It's your neighborhood, too.
new just moved onto my block. What should I do?
Give us a call at 464-3369. Even if you don't know their
Just give us their address and the approximate date they moved in.
is the Welcome New Neighbor program? (Due to the lack of volunteers,
this program has been suspended.)
Sometimes people move into a new neighborhood, and they
left out or ignored. They don't know who to ask for help on when to put
out the trash and other items we all take for granted. We will deliver
a package to the new family. The package consists of important
about our neighborhood, some discount coupons that have been generously
donated by some of our local merchants, and of course, info about our
I eligible for the Welcome New Neighbor package?
If you've moved into this area within the last year, yes,
are. In fact, you can call us up and give us your own name. It's OK.
just moved into the neighborhood. How can I learn more about this area?
Obviously, the best way is to get to know your neighbors
ask them. We realize that sometimes it's hard to do that, so give us a
call at 464-3369 or write us at:
8801 Lyman St. Bellerose
We'll get back to you as quickly as possible.
Of course, you can always e-mail us at: info@NOSPAMcreedmoorcivic.org (Be sure to remove the "NOSPAM)
Your privacy is always protected, no matter how you
police precinct am I in?
Our precinct is the 105, one of the largest in NYC. It's
at: 92-08 222 St in Queens Village, only
few blocks from our area. In fact, it's within walking distance. Their
phone number is 776-9090.
community board am I in?
Our community board is Community Board 13. They are
located at: 219-41
Jamaica Ave. in Queens Village. Their phone number is: 464-9700.
school district am I in?
For most of our area, it's School District # 29. If you
on 88th Ave., your district is School District # 26.
what school would my kids be zoned for?
For District 29, grades Kindergarten through 5th is PS 33.
grades 6 through 8, it's IS 109.
For District 26, grades Kindergarten through 5th is PS 18.
6 through 8, it's IS 172.
is the zoning for this area? Any apartment buildings allowed here?
No. The vast majority of our civic area is zoned R3-A,
allows only 1 and 2 family homes. The west side of Moline St. is zoned
R4, and that allows 3 family homes.
I allowed to create an apartment in my basement?
Absolutely not. The homes in our area have cellars, NOT
This doesn't sound like there's much of a difference, but there is a
difference according to the Department of Buildings. To be a legal
apartment, the windows must be a certain minimum size to allow for
egress in the event of a fire. A certain amount of the basement must be
above grade. The lower levels of our homes cannot be legally converted,
and the Department of Buildings does not issue permits for our area.
an awful lot of people living in one house on my block. I think there's
an apartment in the basement, too. What should I do?
You can call the City of NY Hotline at 311.
You will not need to leave your name or phone number. Be sure to get a
reference number so you can call back at a later date for an update.
you call, gather as much information about the premises as you can
where is the entrance to the apartment, number of people living there,
evidence of additional mailboxes or doorbells, etc.). If you'd prefer,
you can call us at 464-3369. We will
the Dept. of Bldgs. and file the complaint under the civic association
name. Your name will never be given to others.
Note: We can only accept
complaints for our
own civic area. Please do not call for any area outside Bellerose Manor.
an apartment on the second floor of one of the homes on my block. Is
Possibly. Then again, maybe not. It all depends on whether
Certificate of Occupancy (C of 0) has been issued for a 2
family dwelling. Currently, it's possible, but difficult to determine
info on your own. To be converted from a one family to a two family,
are several items that must be followed.
One of the most important items, and also one of the
is the proper installation of fire stops. This entails the opening of
walls to install blocks of wood to prevent the spread of fire from the
first floor to the second. Of course, a proper Dept. of Buildings
must be obtained and prominently displayed so it can be seen from the
of the dwelling.
can never park in front of my house. Years ago, I was always able to.
someone else is always there first. Anything I can do?
Unfortunately, with the increase of illegal apartments and
to two and three family homes, parking spaces are becoming more and
scarce. There's also the situations where one family may have five or
vehicles. Parking spaces in New York City are not the property of a
whether they pay a mortgage or rent. While it's nice to come home and
a spot in front of your house, it's not a right.
neighbor's been parking his commercial van in front of his house at
He leaves early in the morning, but I think it looks terrible. What can
Call the NYC Hotline at 311 and be prepared to give the
the license plate number and the address that the vehicle is parked in
front of. Commercial vehicles may not be parked in the neighborhood for
more than three hours during the day, and not at all at night, unless
driver of the vehicles is actively performing a service.
The only exceptions to this rule are for oil company
perform heating services, and utility vehicles, such as Con Ed and the
neighbor's been parking his commercial vehicle in his driveway. Is this
No, this is not legal in most cases. The Department
Buildings has jursidication over this type of violation.
neighbor's been repairing cars on a regular basis in his garage. The
is horrible sometimes. I think he's running a business. Is this legal?
No, and the sooner you call us to let us know about it,
Residents on one block provided the association with enough information
that we were able to contact the proper departments to close down one
that repaired livery vans in his driveway. Cooperation amongst the
helped to prevent this situation from becoming more widespread.
next door neighbor just had a six foot stockade fence installed between
his yard and mine. Is there anything I can do about this? I thought he
had to have the "good side" face me. It's ugly!
As long as the fence is within his property boundaries,
is OK. While there are rules in certain other areas, such as some
and towns in Nassau County, that require residents to display the "good
side" of the fence towards their neighbors, there is no such rule in
kids (seven and ten) like to ride their bikes on the sidewalk. Someone
on the block tends to park his car so he blocks the sidewalk. The kids
can only go as far as his house, then they have to turn around. What
If you're not comfortable talking to the offending
this, contact the Community Affairs Office at the 105th Precinct.
Affairs' phone number is 776-9173. Be
to let them know that the children on the block are in danger because
are being forced into the street. Get the officer's name when you call,
and follow up if there is no improvement within a week.
would like to have a block party on my block this year. What should I
You will first need to make up a petition and have
than 50% of the residents on the block sign that they agree to have a
party on a specific date. Even if the person signing the petition isn't
going to be participating in the block party, by signing, they are
that it is OK with them. The wording can be as simple as something like
We, the residents of
the 88 block of Lyman
Street, agree to have a block party on Saturday, September 9, 2000,
a rain date of Sunday, September 10, 2000.
Make sure to get them to print
their last name,
sign their name, and also leave room for their address and phone number.
Bring the petition, along with a
for $ 15.00, to the Community Board 13 at 219-41 Jamaica Ave. The
must be filled out and delivered at least 60 days before the day of the
If you will be having amplified
music, a band
or a DJ, you must also get a sound permit. Bring a money order for $
to the police precinct at 92-08 222 St. Bring the permit number that
community board gave you.
have some neighbors that have very loud parties until 2 or 3 in the
They blast their stereo until the party ends. Who do I call?
If this is during the summer months, call the precinct at 776-9090
and tell the desk officer that you would like the "Party Patrol Car" (yes,
that's what they call it) to investigate a loud party.
is someone on my block that hasn't cut his grass all summer. Looks
as all heck. Can't we get the city to fine him?
There is a regulation called "Failure To Maintain" that is
used in New York City. To be honest, the property must be in extremely
bad shape, and a danger to others for a violation to be issued. The
Department may get involved if there is any indication of vermin.
neighbor never cleans up after his dog in the backyard. The runoff
a heavy rainfall is pretty nasty, to say the least. A lot of it makes
into my backyard. Who do I call?
You can call the NYC Health Department at 212
442-1838 (or the city Hotline at 311). You do not have to give
name. Be prepared to give them as much info as possible, such as the
number of dogs, the worst time for the accumulation of dog waste, etc.
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Updated December 1, 2007