Forest Park played host to what is becoming an annual tradition on Saturday — a Fall Festival.
Hosted and funded through allocations by Councilman Eric Ulrich (R-Ozone Park), the fair was attended by hundreds of children who enjoyed Halloween-themed bounce houses, shows and a hay maze completed with a pumpkin patch, where kids could pick a pumpkin and paint it.
Forest Park played host to what is becoming an annual tradition on Saturday — a Fall Festival. Hosted and funded through allocations by Councilman Eric Ulrich (R-Ozone Park), the fair was attended by hundreds of children who enjoyed Halloween-themed bounce houses, shows and a hay maze completed with a pumpkin patch, where kids could pick a pumpkin and paint it. The city Department of Transportation was on hand with one of its trucks, as were the FDNY and Sanitation Department. Across Woodhaven Boulevard, kids were able to ride the landmarked Carousel one last time before it closes for the winter. Ulrich said he hopes the festival, which expanded since last year, will become a yearly staple at the park.
St. Albans children John Kavanagh, 11, and his 6-year-old brother Andrew are believed to have been left alone last Monday in a house seemingly teeming with red flags before a fire took their lives, including unattended candles, too few smoke detectors and failure of the ones that were in place.
They died during National Fire Prevention Week, and members of FDNY were out in force at numerous public venues in Queens to hand out fire safety literature and answer questions from the public.
While other causes of home fires have decreased, the percentage of candle fires has tripled in the last 10 years.
Half those killed by candle fires are younger than 20, with most victims between the ages of 5 and 9. About 33 percent of all candle fires in homes are from abandoned or unattended candles.
A “larger than life” fire marshal who died of a heart attack two years ago was remembered Sunday at Fort Totten with the dedication of a playground in his honor.
Martin “Woody” McHale, 50, died of a heart attack on Christmas Eve, crashing his car into a neighbor’s tree a block from his own home in Hollis Hills.
A Long Island Rail Road locomotive derailed in Maspeth on Tuesday evening, sending gallons of diesel fuel spilling out of the tipped engine.
The incident occurred around 6:30 p.m. about a mile west of the Fresh Pond Rail Yard, near the intersection of Eliot Avenue and 60th Lane.
Unattended candles and smoke detectors both missing and inoperative are being blamed in the deaths Monday night of two St. Albans children who were alone when a fire broke out in their Tioga Drive home.
John Kavanagh, 11, and his 6-year-old brother, Andrew, were in cardiac arrest when firefighters reached them on the second floor of the wood frame house.
Don’t bother digging through your wallet and dusting off your library card just yet.
The new Elmhurst branch of the Queens Library, located at 86-01 Broadway, will not open this year, as previously reported.
Workers mold concrete and steel for what soon will take shape as the FDNY’s new EMS Station 50 in Hillcrest.
The 13,000-square-foot, $19 million project is located on Goethals Avenue on the Queens Hospital Center Campus.
There was some unexpected excitement on the first day of school at PS 63 in Ozone Park on Thursday.
A small fire broke out in an air-conditioning unit in a classroom of the school at 90-15 Sutter Ave. at around 10:50 a.m. just a few hours after students began their first classes.
Police say a verbal dispute led to a murder-suicide in Downtown Flushing Monday evening.
A small fire broke out in an air conditioning unit in a classroom of the school at 90-15 Sutter Ave. at around 10:50 a.m. just a few hours after students began their first classes.
Memories of the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center 13 years ago still run deep in Queens. The borough lost an estimated 283 people and they will not be forgotten.
Events in Queens to commemorate the anniversary will begin on Sunday and run through Saturday, Sept. 13.
Customers having a slice of pizza and a soda Monday afternoon were shocked and shaken as a blue Jeep slid by the window, sideswiped the building and crashed into the fence next to the shop taking with it the awning and some of the building’s bricks.
According to witnesses, the driver of the blue Jeep exited an auto maintenance shop where he works on DeSarc Road at 3 p.m. and allegedly going the wrong way on Gold Road before jumping the sidewalk and sliding into a fence next to the pizzeria.
If it goes off without a hitch, it may be the shining moment of Mayor de Blasio’s term in office so far. If it doesn’t, it could be a black eye to any chances of a second.
As summer winds down, a new school year prepares to start up, and with it, 50,000 new prekindergarten students, the first class of the city’s universal pre-K program who will be entering the classroom for the first time on Sept. 8.
The Aug. 14 article “Meet the FDNY’s new deputy commissioner” mentioned only one of two former African-American city fire commissioners.
The other, Augustus A. Beekman, served from 1978 to 1980.
Firefighters with the FDNY, top, investigate an accident that saw a car strike an apartment building in Jamaica on Tuesday morning.
The incident took place at about 10 a.m. at 88-15 168 Street. FDNY officials said victims sustained only minor injuries, and that the building is not believed to have sustained any structural damage in the impact.
Sorry to say, but all our students will be heading back to school!
In Woodhaven, we try to make it as painless as possible by the Woodhaven Business Improvement District-sponsored annual “Back to School Sales Day” on Jamaica Avenue on Saturday. Aug. 30. The WBID will bring music, face painters and free giveaways from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. along the strip.
A 55-year-old man from Suffolk County is facing hate crime charges for allegedly harassing a Sikh man in Ozone Park last month before intentionally running him over with his car.
Joseph Caleca, 55, of Setauket, LI was awaiting arraignment Tuesday in Queens Criminal Court on charges of second-degree attempted murder as a hate crime, first-degree assault as a hate crime and leaving the scene of an accident without reporting it.
Robert Turner II, a 36-year veteran of the FDNY from Flushing, who was honored for responding to a fire while off duty in 1984, was appointed First Deputy Commissioner on Tuesday.
After pushback from area residents and community leaders, the FDNY has dropped a plan to relocate the spare and reserve fire engine fleet to 43rd Street in Sunnyside.
According to the original plans, the department wanted to use the site at 39-34 43 St. — a mostly residential area near a playground — as a warehouse and administrative building for the Bureau of Fleet Services.
On Jan. 1, 1984, Firefighter Robert Turner II ran from his home into the frigid winter night without his shoes. The barefoot bravest did as he had been trained. He ran into the flames of a burning home in Flushing. Without any protective gear and acting on his own, Turner rescued three people from the fire and attempted to rescue a fourth. As a result of the fire, he suffered severe burns on his arms and a year later was honored with the Brooklyn Citizens Medal for his bravery.
Now Turner, who has been a member of the FDNY for 36 years, will be one of the ones handing out the awards.
A one-alarm residential fire on 34th Avenue in Jackson Heights on Aug. 9 resulted in the death of a woman.
At approximately 3:11 a.m., police responded to a 911 call of a reported fire on the sixth floor of an apartment building located at 85-10 34th Ave.
The city’s Community Emergency Response Teams, also known as CERT, are looking for volunteers who wish to be trained in disaster preparedness and emergency response.
CERT volunteers play a supporting role to the city’s first responders in the event of serious fires or explosions, major accidents and natural disasters.
Following through on a campaign pledge to ease the bureaucratic challenges faced by small businesses, Mayor de Blasio last Friday announced the creation of a task force designed to reduce their regulatory burden.
Called “Small Business First,” the initiative’s goals are to simplify regulations, help business owners complyt with them to reduce violations, focus enforcement more on education and flexibility and provide merchants with the resources they need to succeed, de Blasio said in announcing it.