The residents of Glendale and Middle Village have stepped up their efforts to prevent the planned Cooper Avenue homeless shelter from coming to fruition.
A group called the Glendale/Middle Village Coalition has formed this month, with the goal of taking legal action against the Department of Homeless Services and the City of New York in mind.
On the heels of numerous reported complaints about senior citizens facing evictions and the legal process that undocumented immigrants are confronted with, the City Council created a new Committee on Courts and Legal Services and appointed Councilman Rory Lancman (D-Fresh Meadows) as chairman.
The committee, created last week, will oversee city courts and legal services and ensure that New Yorkers are given equitable, free or affordable legal representation within the court system, from eviction cases, incarceration or other legal problems.
A cop stands in the doorway of the Dreamland Deli & Grocery at 104-02 Liberty Ave. in Ozone Park where a fight broke out Friday afternoon that may have begun as an attempted robbery.
A convenience store in Ozone Park was left in shambles after a scuffle broke out inside late Friday afternoon that might have stemmed from an attempted robbery gone awry.
The incident happened around 4:30 p.m. at the Dreamland Deli and Grocery at 104-02 Liberty Ave., adjacent to the 104th Street-Oxford Avenue subway station. Police and EMS rushed to the scene, shutting down Liberty Avenue and 104th Street for a half hour. A helicopter hovered low over the location for several minutes, alarming nearby residents who rushed to the intersection to see what was going on.
School is back in session and the 110 thPrecinct is back on the streets, keeping an eye out for drivers passing stopped school buses.
“With the new Vision Zero policy, there’s going to be a very expensive summons for passing a school bus with flashing red lights,” the precinct’s Commanding Officer Deputy Inspector Ronald Leyson told Community Board 4 on Sept. 10. “I’m warning you, I’m telling you, I’m not hiding it from you.”
The 106th Precinct has not recorded a single shooting since June.
Attendees at the Sept. 10 meeting of the 106th Precinct Community Council in Ozone Park received good news from the precinct’s commanding officer, Deputy Inspector Jeffrey Schiff — crime was down almost 3 percent so far this year compared to the same period last year — though there was a small jump in the first week of September — and there hasn’t been a shooting in three months.
But cops at the 106th have still been busy.
Before fast-food restaurants became common, entrepreneurs would convert old Pullman trains and trolley cars into restaurants. We had one such roadside gem right here in Queens.
After Hillside Avenue was zoned commercial, an old Pullman was set up in front of a mansion at 182-45 Hillside Ave. in the late 1920s and called the Hillside Diner. German-American Charles Koegerl served liquor, beer, steaks and fish. It was a great success for decades. After World War II the old Board of Transportation (now the MTA) announced it would be expanding the last stop on the IND Subway from 169th Street to 179th Street. With this massive project, the diner was on the chopping block. Under eminent domain law it was bought by the city and condemned. With nowhere to move to, it was torn down and we lost another piece of roadside America.
The 104th Precinct Community Council, at the urging of secretary Len Santoro, left, passed a resolution supporting the Glendale/Middle Village Coalition. Capt. Chris Manson, center, also detailed a significant crime drop in the precinct.
The newly formed Glendale/Middle Village Coalition has garnered the support of another influential community group.
The 104th Precinct Community Council unanimously passed a motion on Tuesday to support the newly formed confederation of area civic groups fighting the proposed homeless shelter at 78-16 Cooper Ave.
Nearly three million undocumented immigrants could be granted amnesty if a controversial new bill is approved by the state Legislature and signed into law.
The New York is Home Act would allow illegal aliens living in the state to apply for professional licenses, serve on juries, vote in local and state elections, and apply for driver’s licenses if they can prove they’ve been living in New York for at least three years and have paid taxes to the state.
Deputy Inspector Jose Severino, second from right, accepts a certificate of appreciation from Councilman Eric Ulrich for his service to the community on Tuesday night, with J. Richard Smith, secretary of the community council, left, Redmond Haskins representing Ulrich, 102nd Precinct Officer Andrew Goldenberg and Latchman Budhai, the community council's president.
The 102nd Precinct has had a safe, but not so quiet, summer.
At the first community council meeting since June on Tuesday night at the Richmond Hill Library, Officer Andrew Goldenberg, the precinct’s top traffic enforcer who was standing in for Deputy Inspector Hank Sautner, told the audience that crime in the precinct had plummeted in the last month across the board.
The Board of Trustees for the Queens Library placed CEO Tom Galante on administrative leave effective immediately on Sept. 11.
Chief Operating Officer Bridget Quinn-Carey was named interim CEO.
Law enforcement officials on Wednesday announced the indictment of 31 alleged members of violent Southeast Queens street gangs.
In a joint statement, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown and NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton said the defendants, ranging in age from 15 to 22, are suspected members of the affiliated SNOW, Loyalty Over Everything and Young Bosses street gangs.
October is national Domestic Violence Awareness Month.
And while it may or may not have to do with recent headlines out of the National Football League, the NYPD’s 113th Precinct decided to get a three-week head start Monday night at the monthly meeting of its Community Council.
At the St. John’s forum are Andrew Taranto, left, Assistant Vice President for Government Relations Brian Browne, Erica Andriamaherimanama, Councilman Rory Lancman, Matthew Larkins, and Daniel Cahill.
St. John’s students Daniel Cahill and Matthew Larkins discuss the “Broken Windows” theory.
Just nine months into his first term, it appears likely that the legacy of Mayor de Blasio will largely rest on an important issue: his ability to improve relations between the Police Department and the city’s communities of color.
A panel discussion titled “Broken Windows ... Broken Theory?” held at St. John’s University on Monday delved into race relations.
An abandoned cardboard box, milk jug, bicycle, metal folding chair and garbage can are among the many pieces of debris left behind by homeless individuals who sleep in O’Connor park in Elmhurst.
With the growing number of homeless shelters popping up in Queens, less attention has been paid to those who live on the street, but at last week’s Community Board 4 meeting, residents said enough was enough.
At the O’Connor playground on Broadway, directly across the street from Elmhurst Hospital, there has been an ongoing issue involving homeless individuals sleeping on benches and urinating in public.
Police are searching for three armed men they say committed two robberies within the confines of the 104th and 112th precincts over the last month.
Shortly after noon on Aug. 16, authorities said one suspect entered a jewelry store at 69-31 Myrtle Ave. in Ridgewood and displayed a firearm.
Following a summer hiatus, Community Board 6 held its first monthly meeting of the new session on Sept. 10, highlighted by an introduction to participatory budgeting.
As defined in the presentation by Christina Prince, representing Councilmember Karen Koslowitz (D-Forest Hills), who is spearheading the process in District 29, participatory budgeting is “a democratic process in which community members decide how to spend part of a public budget.”
A Jamaica man was arrested last Thursday for the alleged theft of more than $19,000 in cash from a duty-free shop at Terminal 4 at JFK Airport.
Joe Pentangelo, a spokesman for the Port Authority Police Department, identified the alleged culprit as Tyrone Simmons, 19, employed as a cashier at the shop.
Queens District Attorney Richard Brown announced on Tuesday that a Queens man, who had thousands of images and hundreds of videos of child sex abuse on his home computer and data storage drives, has been sentenced to two to six years in prison.
“Child pornography strikes at the heart of innocence — sexually victimizing the youngest and most vulnerable members of our society,” Brown said in a written statement. “The videos and images on the defendant’s computer and portable hard drives were vile and extremely disturbing.”