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Two police officers were injured in a car accident in South Richmond Hill on Wednesday while responding to the robbery of a nearby cellular phone store.
A 48-year-old Jamaica man was shot and killed early Tuesday morning near his home on 173rd Street.
Police said Mohamed Hamwi was found by officers responding to a 911 call at about 12:15 a.m. at the corner of 173rd Street and 105th Avenue. He had been shot once in the head and once in the torso in what may have been a botched robbery attempt.
The Greater Jamaica Development Corp. last week announced completion of a deal that will bring a 400-unit residential and commercial building to the intersection of Sutphin Boulevard and Archer Avenue.
Congressman Gregory Meeks (D-Jamaica) was on hand when the GJDC announced its contract with BRP Companies, a Manhattan-based development, contracting and property management firm that specializes in affordable, mixed-income and market-rate housing and commercial development.
Adel Place, now Kingston Place, and Hillside Avenue, at the edge of Jamaica Estates, on March 30 1931.
In the early 1900s, 503 acres with a natural park-like setting similar to Woodhaven’s Forest Park were purchased from the city by private developers. It was an area of almost one square mile, covered with hardwood trees such as oak, maple, elm and chestnut, and had an elevation ranging from 65 to 100 feet.
The developers were Timothy Woodruff, the former lieutenant governor of New York under Gov. Theodore Roosevelt, and Michael Degnon, the noted engineer who help build the first New York subway in 1904. They called their development “Jamaica Estates” and set its boundaries as Utopia Parkway on the west, Hillside Avenue on the south, 188th Street on the east and Union Turnpike to the north.
A 20-year-old man who lives in a group home in South Ozone Park went missing after visiting his mother in Astoria, the second time he has disappeared in a year.
Christopher Hill was last seen on Sunday at approximately 2:45 p.m. at 34-01 Broadway in Astoria, while on a home visit with his mother.
Community Board 9 elected a new slate of leaders on Tuesday night in Ozone Park in what ended up being a rather anticlimactic vote after weeks of rumors of a brawl between incumbent chairman Jim Coccovillo and his opposition on the board.
Coccovillo opted not to seek a second term as chairman, instead nominating Ralph Gonzalez of Ozone Park — whose name had been mentioned by several members as a potential opponent of Coccovillo’s. Gonzalez won the chairmanship unopposed. Raj Rampershad, the board’s executive secretary, was elected first vice chairman unopposed.
The state-backed committee tasked with coming up with more than $18 million in recovery plans after Hurricane Sandy in Howard Beach presented its proposals to the public on Tuesday in the next step toward making those ideas a reality.
Armed with nine plans, including flood remediation, establishing relief centers and funding resiliency programs, the committee, part of the statewide New York Rising program, allowed members of the public to vote for their favorite ideas at a six-hour open house at Russo’s on The Bay.
Supporters of restoring rail service along the old Rockaway Beach LIRR line held a “drive-by rally” Sunday along Woodhaven Boulevard, which parallels the right of way.
Stopping at Queens Boulevard, above, Metropolitan Avenue, Jamaica Avenue and Liberty Avenue, the advocates, including Rockaway resident Phil McManus, who created a group called the Queens Public Transit Committee, called not only for the reactivation of the former rail line, which connected Rego Park to the Rockaways, but also for more bus service in the borough, especially in southern Queens and the Rockaways.
Plans to relieve some of the bus traffic around the historic St. George’s Episcopal Church in Flushing will require drivers on two routes to turn right on 39th Avenue instead of left.
And six months.
I was wondering if any other readers’ postal delivery has been as careless as mine.
My local post office is for ZIP code 11418, and the post office is located at 122nd Street and Jamaica Avenue. For about eight years now (excluding 2.5 years when we had an assigned postman; kudos to Terrence) we’ve had mail that’s been carelessly left outside the front door or on an open ledge like a takeout menu. I have two signs on the front door at eye level that read, “Please put mail in the letter slot behind the door.” Over those years, the cumulative amount of mail that suspiciously seems to have not been delivered is troublesome. I once had an overseas package with delivery confirmation. The package was delivered, just not to me!
I’ve gone to the post office numerous times, and every time I’m speaking to another supervisor. When I bring photos showing the signs and the letter slot and where the mail is left, even the supervisor can’t argue with me. They all tell me that my block doesn’t have a committ
ed mail person, and that they’ll talk to whomever did the route that day. Now, sometimes the delivery person takes care, sometimes it’s someone who doesn’t care — it’s a crap shoot who’s going to deliver your mail that day.
The post office has all these signs that explain the consequences of tampering with the mail. Some days, the person who delivers my mail does everything except put a sign pointing to my loose mail saying, “Take me”!
The NYPD is seeking the public’s assistance in identifying three men who have staged 10 early-morning robberies in laundries and chicken restaurants since Jan. 19.
Police said in all the incidents, one of the men brandishes a gun as all three, wearing masks and gloves, enter the business.
The fight over the future of education in New York City headed up the Thruway Tuesday to Albany, where dueling rallies with some crossover support between them and high-profile speakers brought some heat to the frozen state capital.
Lobbying the state Legislature for his plan to raise taxes on high-income earners to fund universal prekindergarten citywide, Mayor de Blasio held a rally with several members of the City Council in Albany on Tuesday.
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.
A grand jury on Monday indicted the man accused of brutally beating a cop nearly to death on Liberty Avenue last year on a lesser charge than he originally faced.
Hayden Holder was charged with felony assault rather than first-degree attempted murder, for the beating of NYPD Sgt. Mohammed Deen on Nov. 17 outside a restaurant on Liberty Avenue in South Richmond Hill. The fight allegedly stemmed from an earlier argument between Holder and Dean at a nightclub on Jamaica Avenue.
Floral tributes, including a replica of Byrne’s badge 14072, adorned the corner of Inwood Street and 107th Avenue in South Jamaica’s 103rd Precinct. The NYPD has vowed that the ceremony will take place every year.
The formation of Richmond Hill came about as a result of the 1869 purchase of the Lefferts and Welling farms by Albon Platt Man, a prominent New York attorney.
In the very early days of the community folks were connected by a post office in Jacob Van Wicklen’s store on Myrtle Avenue. At that time it was referred to as the Clarenceville Post Office. In 1872, it was replaced by the new Richmond Hill Post Office, located near the “triangle” where Park Street (now Hillside Avenue) and Myrtle Avenue meet.
This has been a “roller coaster” winter with heavy snowstorms, rain and warm, beautiful days as we enjoyed this last weekend. Now the forecast is for more frigid weather and snow this week.
As I stated in my last article in regard to the collapsed building at 78-19 Jamaica Ave. — which is next to the home to the Woodhaven Richmond Hill Ambulance Corps and the Woodhaven Senior Citizen Center — we are thankful that this property has not collapsed further with all the heavy snow. Before it does it should be demolished.
More than 100 police officers gathered in South Jamaica early Wednesday morning as the NYPD and the 103rd Precinct kept their promise to Edward Byrne and his family.
Wednesday morning marked the 26th anniversary of Byrne’s murder. The 22-year-old rookie was shot five times killed on the orders of an imprisoned drug kingpin as he was protecting a man known only as “Arjune” who was a witness in a narcotics case.
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.
Longtime Woodhaven civic leader Maria Thomson announced last week she would be stepping down from the executive board of the Woodhaven Residents’ Block Association, which she has been a member of for four decades and where she once served as president for four years.
Thomson, who serves as executive director of the Woodhaven Business Improvement District and the Greater Woodhaven Development Corporation, announced she would step down from the WRBA board last Friday in an email and officially tendered her resignation at Saturday’s monthly meeting where she received a standing ovation from fellow. She said she will continue to serve as a member of the block association.
A Richmond Hill woman was killed after she was struck by a car allegedly driven by a neighbor in a hit and run on Jamaica Avenue around dawn last Thursday.
At around 6:32 a.m. at the intersection of Jamaica Avenue and 131st Street, police responded to a call of a person hit by a car.