By Chanita Teitz

By now, we have all received our Notice of Property Value from the NYC Department of Finance for the 2019–2020 tax year. By giving a market value to your house, the DOF determines your real estate tax bill for the coming year.

On the first page of the NOPV you will see the market value of your house, the assessed value, any exemptions you have, and your estimated property tax. On the next page they give you explanations about how they arrived at the different calculations. The DOF uses comparables just like we do when we tell sellers what the listing price of their house should be. These “comps” are based on what other houses in your area are selling for.

Then they multiply the market value by a percentage, which is 6 percent for tax class 1 houses, and arrive at your assessed value. They do adjust this number since there are caps on how much your assessed value can increase each year. If you have done major renovation or construction, the caps don’t apply.

Once they have determined your assessed value, they divide that number by 6%. That figure becomes your effective market value and that is the amount that determines your actual tax. When challenging your market value to lower your real-estate taxes, you must prove that your market value is less than the effective market value.

You have until March 15 to appeal your market value with the DOF or your assessed value with the NYC Tax Commission. There is going to be a seminar on Friday, February 8 at the Kew Gardens Hills library from 10 a.m.– noon, sponsored by NY State Assemblyman Daniel Rosenthal. It will explain this in more detail and will give everyone who attends a chance to ask questions and to get help with the forms.

Beth Gavriel Men’s Mikveh Now Open

The Beth Gavriel Mikvah Team is proud to announce that the men’s mikveh, located at 6635 108th St., is now fully operational (towels are provided). The women’s mikveh will follow shortly.

The men’s mikveh is open Sunday–Thursday from 4 a.m.–11:45 a.m. and Friday from 4 a.m.–4:30 p.m. The men’s entrance is through the main shul entrance, then take the first door on the left and go through the basketball courts. The entrance from 108th St. will open shortly. Price and payment options are available at the mikveh entrance.

The entire project is coordinated closely with HaRav Yisraeli, the Bukharian chief rabbi, to ensure that the men’s and women’s mikvaot meet every standard and comply with the Sephardic tradition as described in the Shulchan Aruch. The project was overseen by Mikvah USA and Rabbi Trigor. The women’s mikveh has been designed to satisfy all deot, and is kosher for Sephardim, Ashkenazim, and Chassidim.

Please share the great news and join in beautifying the vital mitzvah of mikveh! For more information, call 718-268-7558 or e-mail

Upcoming Events

Halftime for Torah Messages from Rabbi Yoel Gold, Rabbi Eytan Feiner, and Rabbi YY Jacobson, Sunday, February 3. Presented by Chazaq, the White Shul, and Torah Anytime. Torah messages will be streamed during halftime on For more information call 718-285-9132, email, or visit

The Amen Group for Chodesh Adar Alef, Tuesday, February 5 at 8 a.m. at the Young Israel of Hillcrest, upstairs ballroom, 169-07 Jewel Ave. (Rabbi Sholem B. Kowalsky Way). Rena Perkal Greenberg will, iy’H, lead Hallel in her inimitable way. Berachah refreshments will be served as always. Open to all women of the extended Jewish community. Come and bring a friend — she’ll thank you. In memory of Pearl Beylus, Penina bas Yehoshua Yosef.

Queens Jewish Link and Bukharian Jewish Link yearly networking event, Wednesday, February 6 at the Young Israel of Kew Gardens Hills. Admission is $15 in advance and $20 at the door. Buffet dinner by Soy Sauce. Parking available in YCQ lot. For more information, call 718-880-2622 or email

Free lecture on Osteoporosis and Robotic Joint Surgery in the 21st Century, February 12 at 7:30 p.m. at Congregation Etz Chaim, 147-19 73rd Ave. Presented by Navigating the Medical System, with NYPQ/Cornell speakers and free healthy refreshments.

Chanita Teitz is a real-estate broker at Astor Brokerage in Kew Gardens Hills, serving the entire Queens vicinity. For all your real-estate needs, call her at 718-263-4500 or email


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