A Richmond Hill man was beaten to death, and two men are now under arrest accused of his murder— which allegedly began as a fight over lost car keys.
On July 9 at 4:34 a.m., police were called to 76th Street and Atlantic Avenue in City Line. They found Nazmul Islam, 55, unconscious and unresponsive on the sidewalk. He was pronounced dead at the scene, though police said there were no apparent signs of trauma to the body.
A Richmond Hill man was beaten to death, and two men are now under arrest accused of his murder — which allegedly began as a fight over lost car keys.
At least nine bus stops in South Queens will be fitted with countdown clocks that will tell passengers how long until the next bus arrives.
The clocks, which each costs about $20,000, use GPS to track buses and estimate their time of arrival. The city Department of Transportation is spearheading the program to install them at major bus stops across the city. Currently only two have been erected, both in Staten Island.
An accident created late rush-hour chaos along Cross Bay Boulevard in Ozone Park Tuesday night.
At least two cars were involved in the crash at Sutter Avenue at around 8 p.m. At least one car was likely totaled by the accident.
The city Department of Transportation’s plans to build dedicated bus lanes along Woodhaven and Cross Bay boulevards — and perhaps bring select bus service along the route in the future — was met with some concern and even hard-line opposition last week.
Some residents from Woodhaven and other communities who attended a forum on the plan at PS 306 last Wednesday were not so keen on the proposal.
The clock tower of the former Lalance & Grosjean factory on Atlantic Avenue pokes through the trees along 92nd Street. It may technically be in Ozone Park, but the tower is considered a Woodhaven landmark.
In 2003, a British newspaper writing about the surprise Academy Award victory for actor Adrien Brody described him as being from “Woodhaven, a New York City suburb about ten kilometers east of Manhattan.”
They were wrong of course — Woodhaven is a neighborhood within, not a suburb of, New York City — but anyone who has been to the community could easily forgive their mistake.
This summer, the San Francisco-based Trust for Public Land will issue its plan for turning the abandoned Rockaway branch of the Long Island Rail Road into a 3.5-mile-long “QueensWay” bike and pedestrian trail.
But the study won’t answer several basic questions.
A former North Carolina man was sentenced to 110 years in state prison on Thursday for a 2010 armed robbery spree during which two men were shot.
Shawn Peace, 26, also a former Jamaica resident, was convicted in February of second-degree attempted murder, first-degree assault, first-degree robbery and second-degree criminal possession of a weapon.
A possible contender for Assemblyman David Weprin’s District 24 seat has emerged, though he will not yet confirm he’s running.
Fellow Democrat Ali Najmi, an attorney from Glen Oaks, is holding a fundraiser in Manhattan on May 19 that he has posted on Facebook. The invitation mentions the state Legislature and four issues Najmi wants to address in Albany: economic development, education, housing and senior citizens.
The Woodhaven Residents’ Block Association addressed several issues, many of them ongoing, that have been affecting the area during its last meeting.
Community Affairs Bureau Officers Jose Severino and Brendan Noonan of the 102nd Precinct cautioned against scammers who continue to prey on the elderly and vulnerable, particularly immigrants, with promises of winning lottery tickets and manufactured threats.
It is impossible to express one’s love for the woman who raised us and made us who we are today through one day of recognition and a gift. Nonetheless we should all put a little thought into a thank you even though mom will probably say that it’s not necessary.
Woodside native Jim McCann started what has become the most famous name in the floral industry, 1800Flowers, in 1971. Back then the idea of purchasing floral arrangements through a toll-free phone call was revolutionary. Over the years, McCann has expanded his business to include all kinds of gift baskets.
During the seemingly endless winter of 2014, you’ve undoubtedly fantasized about getting away from it all — perhaps by surfing on Kauai, or biking along Colorado’s mountain trails, or getting in touch with nature at a national wildlife refuge in Florida.
Whatever escape you may dream about, you’re likely to find at least a touch of it in your own backyard ... much of it available for free or at a fraction of what you might have expected to pay.
Salvatore Congemi has lived in Woodhaven for more than 10 years. Rowdy kids from nearby JHS 210 are not a new problem around his corner home at 89th Avenue and 92nd Street, but lately, things have gotten way out of hand.
“We’ve always had fights and stuff,” he said. “But never anything like this.”
In response to BCA President Schwartz’ testimonial, “Pure Briarwood,” (Letters, March 27), I would like to point out that the sign posted states that the “mall” was sponsored by the Briarwood Community Association. This euphemistic “Queens Boulevard Promenade” runs from 84th Drive to 87th Avenue down the center of Queens Boulevard and consists of 8 park benches without backs and about 75 big concrete balls of neither practical nor aesthetic functionality. The Briarwood Mall, which is an authentic mall of 120 stores (shopping outlets, restaurants, hotel) is in Ann Arbor, Michigan, not in Briarwood, NY (a postal finance station of Jamaica).
Further, renaming the E/F subway station “Briarwood,” with deletion of Van Wyck Blvd., would serve no accurate geographic purpose for subway riders, since it would indicate no streets. An inspection of the MTA map shows that every other station along this line is either a hyphenated street/community (Jackson Heights-Roosevelt Avenue, 63rd Drive-Rego Park, Forest Hills-71st Avenue, Kew Gardens-Union Turnpike, Jamaica-179th Street) or a street alone.
This stop is located across from Maple Grove Cemetery and is not the center of Briarwood. I propose the name be renamed Briarwood-Main Street, since this places it accurately at the intersection of Main Street and Queens Blvd., or Briarwood-Maple Grove Cemetery (the only historic site here).
But when you disembark the F train, don’t expect much “searching the promenades, seeking a clue” (Ellington/Strayhorn, Something To Live For), but the Briarwood mall of balls, paid for by city grants. Schwartz’ “vibrant ... community?” I have yet to see Duke Ellington’s jazz band on this “Promenade,” or the Atlantic City, USA Beauty Pageant contestants walking this dull strip.
Now through May 18, Queens residents will be able to pick up free trees as part of the city’s MillionTreesNYC program to plant 1 million over a 10-year period.
Former Mayor Bloomberg started the initiative in 2007 to help provide cleaner air, cooler temperatures and to offset climate change. New York Restoration Project, a nonprofit group, is the leading private partner with the city for the program.
The consortium of organizations led by urban parks advocacy group The Trust for Public Land displayed the first renderings and ideas for the proposed QueensWay, the High Line-inspired park and trail that advocates want to construct along the former Rockaway Beach LIRR line between Rego Park and Ozone Park.
At two public workshops last week, one in Forest Hills on March 24 and another in Ozone Park on March 26, members of the public got their first direct looks at proposals for the park, including concepts for activities and connections to the surrounding neighborhoods and already-existing infrastructure. Adam Lubinsky, managing principal at WXY Architecture + Urban Design, one of the groups taking part in the QueensWay feasibility study, said the concept and the ideas came from three earlier workshops held last fall.
In the back room of the Woodhaven Residents’ Block Association headquarters at 84-20 Jamaica Ave., the civic group’s former president Ed Wendell stood watch over a cardboard box that was once used to transport printer paper.
The box was decorated with the words “Ballot Box” and stickers similar to the “I Voted” ones you get on a typical election day. Next to the box, ballots — printed on paper that perhaps came in the box — were stacked. On the ballots was a list of nine proposed projects that were drafted as part of the participatory budgeting process, sponsored by Councilman Eric Ulrich (R-Ozone Park).
Residents of Community Board 9 in Councilman Eric Ulrich’s (R-Ozone Park) district will get to cast a vote on $1 million in capital funding for projects in the Council district.
Ulrich is one of several Council members conducting participatory budgeting, a process in which the lawmaker’s budget allocation is decided by residents in the district.