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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.
“Ebb and Flow,” designed by Jessica Shoemaker of Albuquerque, NM, won the student prize and featured a rendering of the QueensWay at PS 65 on 99th Street between 103rd and Liberty avenues.
The articulated buses running on the Q10 line are continuing to cause problems, according to Community Board 9’s Transportation Committee chairwoman.
During her committee report at the board’s Feb. 11 meeting, Andrea Crawford said businesses and residents have been complaining about the longer buses that have been serving the Q10 route between Kew Gardens and JFK Airport since last April. The MTA said ridership is the reason they decided to run the buses on the line, which is often used by airport workers and commuters accessing the subway or LIRR in Kew Gardens.
In an effort to reduce car break-ins in the 106th Precinct community, the precinct commanding officer, Deputy Inspector Jeffrey Schiff, recently launched a new program meant to alert car owners about the risks they take when giving thieves an easy view of their valuables.
Called “Spot It to Secure It,” the preemptive measure targets areas in the precinct where car break-ins have been prominent.
Business owners are proposing a business improvement district for Liberty Avenue in Richmond Hill and Ozone Park which, if established under the proposed boundaries, would be one of the largest in the city.
The 106th Precinct community was hit by a rash of car thefts in January – 21 for the past 28 days compared to 12 reported for the same period last year, according to the Precinct’s commanding officer, Deputy Inspector Jeffrey Schiff. He revealed the statistics in an emailed statement issued last Sunday. Most of the thefts have occurred in Ozone Park and South Ozone Park.
Schiff said that 20 of the car thefts have occurred north of the Belt Parkway and within a block or two of Cross Bay Boulevard, Liberty Avenue, Rockaway Boulevard, Lefferts Boulevard or North Conduit Avenue. One theft occurred one block south of South Conduit Avenue. He said the sites of the robberies suggest the thieves were scouting locations where fleeing the neighborhood would easy.
The long-planned renovation work on the A subway line over Liberty Avenue will kick off soon, after a number of delays.
MTA spokesman Kevin Ortiz said design work for the project, which includes an overhaul of five stations and a new elevator at the Lefferts Boulevard stop, is completed and bids will go out soon.
Merchants along one of the borough’s busiest and longest commercial strips are moving ahead with plans to create a business improvement district.
Liberty Avenue business owners have proposed a BID for the shopping district stretching from the Van Wyck Expressway in Richmond Hill to Cross Bay Boulevard in Ozone Park — a distance of about 40 blocks. That would make it one of the city’s longest.
There are few things more authentic in New York City than the pizzeria and in South Queens, there is no shortage of them.
In a one-square-mile area, including all of Ozone Park and parts of Richmond Hill, South Ozone Park and Howard Beach, there are 18 pizzerias.
Community Board 9’s first meeting of 2014 didn’t stray far from the issues that paralyzed the board last year.
During her monthly report at Tuesday’s session in Richmond Hill, District Manager Mary Ann Carey shocked some board members and many in the audience when she took a direct shot at CB 9’s chairman, Jim Coccovillo, who was absent from the meeting due to an illness. She said he often hangs around the board’s office in Borough Hall and is intimidating.
When last Friday’s snowstorm bore down on the city, questions arose — as in every snowstorm since the December 2010 blizzard that saw much of Queens go unplowed for days — on what the city’s response would be, especially under a new mayor.
Since that 2010 storm, the city has instituted a system that tracks its plows and salt spreaders via GPS and provides information on a citywide map that shows when a plow or salt spreader has cleaned a specific street.
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.
A Richmond Hill native was shot and killed near a nightclub on Liberty Avenue early Sunday morning.
Gerrard Edwards, 23, was walking down Liberty Avenue near 112th Street at around 3:30 a.m. when his killer attacked him and shot him several times in the chest.
Howard Beach residents packed the 106th Precinct Community Council meeting in Ozone Park on Dec. 11 demanding more police in response to two recent gunpoint carjackings and a spike in robberies.
Police said that on Nov. 26 at 11 p.m. on 91st Street and 159th Avenue, one block west of Cross Bay Boulevard, a gunman carjacked a man and stole his white Porsche Cayenne. Two weeks earlier another driver was carjacked a block away.
Police Officer Vincent Siraco was honored on Dec. 11 with the 106th Precinct’s Cop of the Month award for his arrest of an individual who allegedly brutally beat NYPD Sgt. Mohammed Deen, an off-duty cop, in South Richmond Hill on Nov. 17, leaving him unconscious.
Capt. John Ganley, the precinct’s executive officer, said that at 4:40 a.m. the day of the incident, Siraco, a member of the precinct’s Midnight Conditions Team, was deployed in the area of Liberty Avenue and 118th Street in response to a robbery pattern around Liberty Avenue’s bars and nightclubs.
The City Council gave its final stamp of approval to the rezoning of 530 blocks in South Queens Tuesday. The unanimous vote puts the plan into motion immediately,
There was little opposition to the plan, which aimed to protect the characteristics of residential homes in the neighborhood.
Three Queens juries returned guilty verdicts in separate murder trials last Thursday.
Damel Burton, 36, of Foch Boulevard in Jamaica now faces 50 years to life in prison for shooting three men, two of whom died, in Dec. 2, 2011 attacks in an apartment building and on a Q111 bus.
Had enough of driving to the malls or searching the internet for the best gifts this holiday season? Then take a few minutes, maybe on your way home from work, to shop at your local commercial district this holiday season?
For over a century, Jamaica Avenue has attracted shoppers from Woodhaven and surrounding neighborhoods.
Only a little more than a month after Community Board 9 gave its approval to South Queens’ first pedestrian plaza, the space is open and functioning.
The open plaza, located on Drew Street between 101st and Liberty avenues and the south side of 101st Avenue in City Line, was constructed in late October.
In a screenshot from an eyewitness video, two men, alleged to be Holder, left, and Deen, argue before Deen was brutally beaten on Liberty Avenue early Sunday.
A Q7 articulated bus at Cross Bay Boulevard and Liberty Avenue.