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CLEARVIEW GARDENS CORPORATION is a self-managed cooperative
residential housing development located in northeastern Queens,
NYC. It was built in the 1950's to help fill the need for affordable housing. A
housing cooperative - or home-ownership cooperative - is a group of residences
owned and operated by the families who live there. In a housing cooperative,
owners, members and occupants are, and must be, the same families. The entire
property, or community, is owned by the non-profit cooperative Corporation,
Clearview Gardens Corporation 1 through 6, the shareholders of which are solely
residents. The “shareholders” are thus their own landlords! The cooperative
Corporation holds title to the property and executes a blanket mortgage.
Each shareholder-occupant family of Clearview
Gardens has one vote in
all its corporate affairs. The shareholders elect a Board of Directors
(shareholders themselves), whose duties and powers are generally the same as
those of corporate boards. Two Directors are elected from each Corporation, who
are bound to work for the good of all Clearview shareholders, no matter which
Corporation they actually live in.
The Board of Directors hires a Manager and holds him
responsible for the maintenance and operation of the property. The Manager
conducts the day-to-day business affairs of the housing Corporation, but all
basic decisions are made either directly or through the elected Board of
Gardens is spread out
over 88 acres and consists of 1788 garden- style apartments. There are four different
sized apartments - 3½ rooms (1 bedroom), 4½ rooms (two bedrooms), 5 rooms (two
bedrooms) and 5½ rooms (3 bedrooms). There are garages and outdoor parking
spots available on the premises. There are laundry room facilities, storage
rooms and children’s play areas situated throughout the community.
Clearview Gardens is located within School
District 25, which is consistently rated one of the best in NYC
year after year. Public Schools 184 and 209 are the local elementary schools,
located within walking distance of many apartments. If safety is a concern you
can be at ease as Clearview
Gardens is located within
a low crime area and has private security patrolling the property 24 hours a
day, seven days a week.
Clearview Gardens is ideally situated nearby major highways
(the Clearview and Long Island Expressways and the Cross Island Parkway), and the Whitestone
and Throgs Neck
Bridges connect the area to the Bronx and northern NY. For those who prefer public
transportation, commuting to Manhattan
is a pleasure via the LIRR and the QM1 and QM2 express buses. Two city bus
lines connect the area to downtown Flushing, which has become a major shopping
destination, and the Flushing #7 subway then continues the trip into Manhattan. Other nearby
shopping areas include the Bay Terrace and Whitestone shopping centers; the
busy Bell Boulevard
restaurant scene is also minutes away.
Gardens is one of the
largest cooperative housing developments in the country. We are a self-managed
co-op, which means its employees work for the cooperative Corporation. It is
the responsibility of the Board to supervise operation of the development to
insure a sound financial situation in accordance with the By-Laws, and to
establish Rules & Regulations with the best interests of all in mind.
Shareholders are encouraged to attend Board meetings in the Kweller Board Room
on the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month (except July and August).
Perhaps you would even consider volunteering your time and running for office;
Clearview needs intelligent shareholders with good ideas to be part of running
our co-op. The Board periodically issues a newsletter and the Management Office
distributes information bulletins to keep shareholders informed on all
If you are thinking of purchasing an apartment in Clearview Gardens, all nearby real estate sales
offices and agents serve the community. Apartment sales are done by the
individual shareholders, not by the Corporation.
C.A.P. (Clearview Assistance Program) is a volunteer-run
program, created by Clearview residents, with one aim: to help Clearview
Gardens residents, particularly senior citizens. Clearview Gardens
is a NORC (Naturally Occuring Retirement Community), but any shareholder with a
need can request assistance. Residents reach out to other residents as “phone
buddies;” teen volunteers from local schools assist with shopping; the
professional social workers try to help shareholders obtain government services
they are entitled to. Also available are in-home nurse visits, buses to local
shopping areas and doctor’s offices, and informative ongoing programs which
include speakers, exercise classes, and more. With government grants and
assistance from the Samuel Field YM-YWHA, and support from the Clearview
Gardens Board of Directors, volunteers have “home-grown” a wonderful asset to
Garbage, refuse and recycling are removed by Clearview’s
private sanitation crew. Keeping the grounds adjacent to your building in good
condition, proper supervision of the activities of children and consideration
for the rights of your neighbors are all a necessary part of cooperative
living, and help to make life in Clearview a pleasant experience. Life in Clearview Gardens can be beautiful if we all
cooperate, as co-operators should!
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