ctims of domestic violence often need long-term shelter on very short notice.
And when they seek relocation in the city’s public housing system, they can run out of time before the New York City Housing Authority is prepared to make them a priority.
A World’s Fair 50th anniversary event in April brought out thousands of visitors to the New York State Pavilion.
The convent of Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal in Ridgewood may soon house homeless mothers, and their children, who have either been victims of domestic violence and escaped from their abuser or been recently released from prison.
The proposed 125-family homeless residence in Glendale might not be the only place a mother down on her luck can go to seek shelter in west-central Queens in the coming months.
There are plans to turn the Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal Church’s convent at 62-81 60 Place in Ridgewood into a shelter for mothers with children running from an abusive relationship or who have been recently incarcerated.
Judith Loli came to the Oct. 8 meeting of the 106th Precinct Community Council with an unusual complaint — a beehive was on a tree branch by the side of her South Ozone Park home.
Loli, who lives on 114th Street, said the bees have taken up residence in the tree since the summer and haven’t left. Thankfully, she hasn’t been stung.
People United for Community Empowerment, an organization that aims to involve the communities of Southeast Queens in local and national political issues, had its second annual luncheon Saturday at the Astoria World Manor.
The event paid tribute to three honorees: Wilson Goode, Philadelphia’s first African-American mayor; Jestine Tina Brown, longtime community leader and founder of the Queens Community Cadet Corps; and Officer John Haynes of the 113th Precinct.
Burning candles, a bouquet of flowers and a photograph of Daniel Levitt and his girlfriend, Patricia Quinn, at the base of a lamppost at the corner of Menihan Street and Grandview Avenue in Ridgewood, where Levitt died in police custody last Wednesday.
Taped to a light pole at the intersection of Grandview Avenue and Menihan Street in Ridgewood is a card written by a woman named Patricia Quinn to her late boyfriend, Daniel Levitt.
In the note, between paragraphs of memories and declarations of eternal love, is a promise.
Terri Matassav as Masha, left, Louise Guinther as Olga and Lori Feren as Irina in the Gingerbread Players’ rendition of “Three Sisters.”
An unusually varied fall and winter community theater season is about to get under way on stages across the borough.
The schedule kicks off on Oct. 18 with Theatre Time Productions’ “Night Watch,” a suspense thriller by Lucille Fletcher. The play, under the direction of Kevin Vincent, enticingly suggests that “a murder has just been witnessed ... or has it???”
Brian McLaughlin is a free man.
The former Flushing assemblyman, who served six years for racketeering and other charges, was released Friday from Schuylkill Federal Correctional Institution in Pennsylvania.
Flushing Meadows Corona Park is the city’s largest green space, and also the one with the most crime.
So how many police officers are dedicated to patrolling it? Zero. That makes no sense and is just another piece of evidence that Queens doesn’t matter all that much to the Manhattan-Brooklyn cabal that calls the shots in this city.
PO Edward Byrne
Queens District Attorney Richard Brown on Tuesday announced that his office is in the process of collecting tens of thousands of signatures from people opposed to parole applications made by the men who murdered NYPD Officer Edward Byrne in South Jamaica in 1988.
Scott Cobb, Philip Copeland, David McClary and Todd Scott all were sentenced to 25 years to life in prison for killing Byrne on an early February morning as he guarded the house of a witness in a criminal drug prosecution.
The City Council Committee on Higher Education is slated to hold an oversight hearing on how city private and public colleges address cases of sexual assaults.
The move came in response to growing concerns nationwide, as women advocacy groups and sexual violence victims criticize college officials for their failure to investigate sexual assault cases.
Miguel Mejia-Ramos on Friday pleaded guilty to three counts of first-degree manslaughter in the January killing of Deisy Garcia, center, and their daughters Daniela, left, and Yoselin. He is expected to receive a sentence of 45 years in prison.
Crowds gather near Meadow Lake during the annual Hong Kong dragon boat races in August. Crime is low at many large gatherings like this in Flushing Meadows Park.
With a recent holdup at the Queens Zoo and hot rodders speeding at a Meadow Lake parking lot, crime at Flushing Meadows Park has been in the spotlight lately.
But talk to Parks Department and NYPD officials and you’d never know that Queens’ premier greenspace has been rated the worst for crime out of 30 parks throughout the city.
Just weeks after the City Council passed the Justice for Hit-and-Run Victims Act, sponsored by Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer (D-Sunnyside), a young man was critically injured by a driver who fled the scene in Woodside and the community is looking for justice.
“The days of Queens Boulevard being the ‘Boulevard of Death’ will no longer be tolerated,” Van Bramer said in a written statement. “Together with the NYPD and the community, we are sending a message directly to the driver who left a man clinging to his life, as well as all reckless drivers in the City of New York. We will track you down and punish you to the fullest extent of the law for your actions.”
The Civil Rights Division of the U.S Department of Justice has announced that it may launch a probe into the Police Department’s “broken windows” policy, which civil rights advocates say targets minorities for petty crimes.
The DOJ’s announcement came in response to a joint letter that six New York Congressional members sent to Washington in August. They urged the department to launch an investigation into the caught-on-camera chokehold death of Staten Island man Eric Garner and the broken windows policy they said Garner was a victim of.
Every 15 seconds, a woman in the United States is battered.
That adds up to more than 16,000 homicides and more than two million medically treated injuries due to intimate partner violence each year in this country.
There is a silence that shrouds most incidents of domestic violence — a deadly silence. October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month and we must work together more diligently to give a voice to countless victims and put an end to this silence once and for all.
The prevalence of domestic violence is alarming. In Queens, police responded to 55,993 incidents of domestic violence last year. Each day, the NYPD responds to almost 800 domestic violence incidents across the city, and one in four women nationwide will be victims of domestic violence at some point in their lives. My council district, which includes the 102nd and 104th precincts, has one of the highest rates of domestic violence in the county.
In the end, Miguel Mejia-Ramos apparently could not bring himself to face a jury, and the man who killed his wife and baby daughters in a rage last January will meekly go off to prison for 45 years when sentenced next month.
Mejia-Ramos pleaded guilty on Friday to three counts of first-degree manslaughter for the vicious stabbing deaths of his wife, Deisy Garcia, and two daughters on the night of Jan. 18.
A Queens man could be facing up to 15 years in prison for allegedly trying to steal a Laurelton woman’s home by creating a fake deed.
Darrell Beatty, 49, also of Laurelton, was arrested on charges of second-degree grand larceny, second- and fourth-degree criminal possession of stolen property, second-degree criminal possession of a forged instrument, first-degree falsifying business records and first-degree scheme to defraud according to a statement released by Queens District Attorney Richard Brown. Beatty had been fighting eviction from the property.
Police are searching for a man they say robbed two gas stations at gunpoint two weeks ago.
At 7:35 p.m. on Oct. 4, the suspect entered the Mobil station at 69-08 Eliot Ave. in Middle Village, displayed a firearm and demanded money. The cashier handed over approximately $800.