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The head of the company that owns the Woodhaven building that partially collapsed last year appeared in Queens Criminal Court last Friday and was ordered to immediately hire an architect and file for a work permit for the corner structure at 78-19 Jamaica Ave.
George Kochabe, the head officer of 78-19 Jamaica LLC, appeared in court after a warrant was issued for his arrest. A judge told him he must retain the architect and file for the work permit before his next court date on April 10 — almost a year to the day after the collapse occurred.
Community Board 11 voted against legalizing these four attached homes in Auburndale that never opened. Members fear there’s not enough room for FDNY equipment to get in and out.
Community Board 11 voted Monday to recommend that the city Board of Standards and Appeals disapprove the plan of a new owner to finish developing four attached brick houses on 47th Avenue off 198th Street in Auburndale, despite a longstanding effort to resolve what residents and board members have regarded for years as a potentially dangerous eyesore.
The site has access on 47th Avenue but uses a 198th Street address due to the configuration of the houses.
An elderly Ridgewood woman was killed on Monday when a fire erupted inside the first floor of a two-story residential building.
According to authorities, police responded to a 911 call of a fire at 18-68 Himrod St. around 10:30 a.m. and discovered 92-year-old Maria Tchinkel unconscious and unresponsive inside the residence.
Nearly three dozen people have been arrested as part of the ongoing investigation into Social Security and Disability insurance fraud, among them a prominent member of Community Board 9 and his father, who is one of the principal defendants.
Saverio “Sam” Esposito, 48, a longtime member of CB 9 from Ozone Park, was among 32 people arrested in an ongoing sting headed by Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance alleging millions of dollars in fraudulent claims against the federal Social Security Disability Insurance program. Espos
ito’s father, Joseph Esposito, 64, is one of four principal defendants, along with Raymond Lavallee, 83, Thomas Hale, 89, and John Minerva, 61, accused of directing SSDI applicants including many retirees of the NYPD, which the younger Esposito was a member of, and FDNY, to lie about their psychiatric conditions in order to obtain benefits to which they were not entitled. The operators of the scam allegedly received cash payments in return for coaching the applicants, who claimed that they suffered a psychiatric condition that prevented them from working, such as post-traumatic stress disorder, anxiety or depression. Some of the defendants allegedly used their association with the events of Sept. 11, 2001 as the ostensible cause of their psychiatric condition. Vance said the average annual payment per applicant was between $30,000 and $50,000 a year.
There were plenty of hot deals at the Queens Center and Rego Center malls earlier this week, just not in the way you would think.
Dereck Sumair, 23, of 160th Street in Jamaica, is facing a total of 41 charges after he was arrested for allegedly setting multiple small fires at both shopping centers within minutes of each other on Monday afternoon.
Woodhaven residents and civic leaders have had enough of the problems caused by a vacant building that collapsed on Jamaica Avenue last April.
It’s been more than 10 months since the structure at 78-19 Jamaica Ave. partially imploded after heavy rains, destroying a minivan and damaging the recently-renovated Woodhaven-Richmond Hill Volunteer Ambulance Corps next door.
A 23-year-old man is in custody after small fires broke out at both the Queens Center and Rego Center malls within minutes of each other on Monday afternoon, police said.
An early-morning fire on Monday injured four New York City firefighters and destroyed a South Ozone Park church.
The fire at the Deliverance Tabernacle Church on Sutter Avenue broke out in the basement just after 3 a.m. according to a statement issued by the FDNY.
The heavy wet snow that fell during last week’s storm is being blamed for the collapse of a Richmond Hill garage roof last Friday morning.
The incident happened at around 8:24 a.m at a private freestanding garage at 95-18 109 St., near PS 62, just as children were arriving at school.
Last year was the seventh busiest in the Fire Department’s 149-year history, in terms of the number of civilian emergencies members responded to, according to statistics recently released by the Uniformed Firefighters Association.
The FDNY answered 479,228 emergency calls in 2013, according to the union. The busiest year in its history was 2010, when it responded to 507,017.
The following is a transcript of Mayor de Blasio's State of the City Address, as prepared, sent to the media before the speech was delivered.
A recently renovated home in Howard Beach was damaged by a fast-moving fire before dawn last Thursday morning.
The FDNY was called to the scene at 5:47 a.m. after flames were reported on the second floor of the house at 156-07 102 St., adjacent to the A train subway line. More than 105 firefighters fought the blaze, which went to a second alarm and gutted both the first and second floor. The fire was declared under control at 6:35 a.m.
A 63-year-old man who died in a Murray Hill apartment fire has been identified as Richard Winckler.
Early last Friday morning, 60 firefighters responded to a 911 call for a fire in the basement of a four-story building at 43-06 159 St. in the Flushing neighborhood.
FDNY officials are crediting a 16-year-old Rosedale girl with saving her 3-year-old brother last Sunday when a fire tore through their home.
A report published in the Daily News stated that Delissa Jones of 253-08 Francis Lewis Blvd. pulled her brother, Demetrius, from their burning house and waited on the roof to their porch until firefighters arrived and could come to their rescue.
A two-alarm fire ripped through a vacant Department of Transportation garage early Thursday morning, destroying the one-story brick structure.
The fire started at 4:55 a.m. inside of the garage, located at 69-49 Sybilla St. in Forest Hills, and eventually ripped through the roof, according to an FDNY spokesman.
A 63-year-old man was found dead inside a Flushing apartment building Friday morning after the FDNY extinguished a fire there, police report.
Several more people have come forward to say that they paid in full for parties at the shuttered La Bella Vita catering hall only to have the owners take their money and run.
La Bella Vita, the popular Ozone Park catering hall at 106-09 Rockaway Blvd., abruptly closed last month after nearly three decades in business. After the closure, several people came forward to say they had paid for parties at the hall that were suddenly canceled and their money was not refunded. One of those included a holiday party for the Queens workers of the city Housing Authority.
FDNY firefighters battled a blaze from all directions on Saturday morning at a two-story house located at 129-13 135 Place in South Ozone Park.
No one was hurt in the two-alarm fire, and the FDNY said on Tuesday afternoon that the cause remained under investigation by the Fire Marshal’s office.
He was 7 years old, an age where days are filled with school lessons and baseball practice.
Christopher Miller was fast asleep, upstairs with his 12-year-old brother, Matthew, in their family’s attached home in East Elmhurst.
La Bella Vita catering hall, which closed last month after nearly 30 years in business, had been in financial trouble for some time and filed for bankruptcy in federal court in May. Now, at least two people are saying the company screwed them out of money they had paid for parties slated for December that never occurred.
The facility located at 106-02 Rockaway Blvd. shut down abruptly in mid-December. But documents filed in federal bankruptcy court from May show the catering hall had been in financial straits for some time.
The ongoing recovery from 2012’s Hurricane Sandy dominated life in South Queens for most of 2013 and was a factor in many other big stories, from the future of the abandoned Rockaway Beach LIRR line to the election battle between Councilman Eric Ulrich (R-Ozone Park) and his Democratic opponent Lew Simon.
But South Queens also dealt with a wide array of other issues in 2013, from crime at Forest Park to internal strife on Community Board 9.
The burned-up Marie’s Hot Dogs truck is inspected after the fire on Dec. 16 at a Mobil gas station in Bellerose. The FDNY is investigating the cause.
The new year often means a new beginning and that’s what Marie Emmi of Bellerose is seriously hoping for.
On Dec. 16, after 30 years in business, Emmi’s hot dog truck went up in flames, destroying the vehicle and temporarily shutting down her business.