A man accused of spitting on and menacing an teenage girl on a bus while making anti-Muslim statements has been picked up by police.
The loss of Police Officer and now Detective First-grade Dennis Guerra was not far from the minds of the 102nd Precinct Community Council Tuesday night. When the council’s president, Latchman Budhai, opened the meeting with a moment of silence — as he regularly does for soldiers serving overseas — he also included Guerra and his seriously injured partner Police Officer Rosa Rodriguez.
Deputy Inspector Hank Sautner, the 102nd Precinct’s commanding officer, was solemn and at times choked up, as he spoke about Guerra and Rodriguez, who were overcome in a Brooklyn fire. Though he didn’t know Guerra, he said he did attend his wake, which took place at a funeral home in his command.
Gabino Abraham Castelan Solo Show, in collaboration with Mano a Mano, Space Art Gallery, 29-09 39 Ave., Long Island City, now thru Apr. 25.
Although the rash of burglaries that hit Howard Beach during the week of March 22 has now ended, Deputy Inspector Jeffery Schiff, commanding officer of the 106th Precinct, said the additional police presence continues.
Schiff told the audience at the precinct council meeting on April 9 in Ozone Park that since March 26, when police flooded the community with more than 60 officers and a command post vehicle, there have been no reported burglaries in Howard Beach. Asked by a resident how many police officers are continuing to patrol the area, Schiff would not be pinned down to an exact number, saying only, “It’s a lot,” and includes detectives, community affairs, plainclothes, uniformed and auxiliary police officers.
When construction begins on the new Alley Pond Environmental Center, staff offices and classes will have to be relocated to trailers on the Douglaston property.
That’s the latest situation for Executive Director Irene Scheid, who is going to have to arrange scheduling and events around the new setup.
Community Board 5 often votes in unison when it comes to controversial issues like Maspeth’s Knockdown Center or the proposed homeless shelter in Glendale.
That wasn’t the case last Wednesday.
Try to think of good uses for a decent-size parcel of land in Maspeth and a few things might come to mind. A park, for a community that has too little green space. A school, in a district that’s desperately overcrowded and is likely to only see more children come in. More manufacturing, to produce things people need and provide better jobs than the retail or service industries.
It’s unlikely your first choice would be a massive hipster haven best known for wild parties attended by thousands of young people, many of them using illegal drugs. And yet that almost certainly would be the result if the city and state approve pending applications for the old factory known as the Knockdown Center.
Spring means it’s time for trees and flowers to bloom.
And if you don’t have any trees in front of your home, it might mean it’s time for the city to plant one — apparently even if you don’t want one.
A Brooklyn man was sentenced to 10 years in prison last Thursday for eleven home burglaries across Queens since 2011.
Mario Girau, 28, was arrested on Sept. 19, 2013, after he was caught breaking into a home on Tahoe Street in Ozone Park.
Just weeks after the venerable Joe Abbracciamento Restaurant on the Rego Park-Middle Village border closed, the company planning to build apartments on the block it occupies has filed for a demolition permit to tear down the northern half of the structure. At least some of the other businesses there are not pleased.
Weeks after the last bottle of wine was uncorked and the final steak was seasoned, the only thing on the menu for the building that housed the recently closed Joe Abbracciamento Restaurant is the wrecking ball.
According to documents filed with and approved by the Department of Buildings last Wednesday, at least part of the building at 62-96 Woodhaven Blvd. containing the famous former Rego Park eatery is set to be demolished.
Next to the sea of blue, another sea of blue gathered to say goodbye to one of their own.
Thousands of cops from around the city, and even from other states, descended on the Rockaway Peninsula Monday for the funeral of Police Officer Dennis Guerra, who died April 9 from injuries he sustained in a fire in Coney Island that was allegedly started by a bored teenager.
Former GOP mayoral candidate John Catsimatidis was fined more than $11,000 by the city’s Campaign Finance Board April 10 for a mailer against Councilman Eric Ulrich (R-Ozone Park) during the latter’s re-election campaign last year.
The CFB fined him $1,473 for not including a “paid for by” notice on a mailer attacking Ulrich during Ulrich’s re-election campaign last year.
It was 1964, the height of the Cold War and Americans were still reeling from the loss of their young president a year earlier. The perfect antidote was a World’s Fair.
Although not a financial success, the two-year event at Flushing Meadows buoyed spirits in a time when that was much needed.
Going to a violin concert may not sound like an ideal way for kids to spend their weekend but last Saturday was different.
Hundreds of people of all races, ethnicities and ages crammed into the newly renovated Flushing Town Hall to listen to some classical violin music “with some stank on it.”
It will be a happier Passover for people relying on the Queens Jewish Community Council’s food pantry to enjoy the holiday.
Sticking with a tradition that has gone on for the last eight years, Stop & Shop is donating one ton of food and drink to the Queens Jewish Community Council in order to make up for the group’s shortfall this Passover.
Dancers part of Astoria Stand Up perform at Bohemian Beer Hall to raise money for the film “Astoria Park.”
It was a day nothing seemed to go according to plan. Trains weren’t running properly and large numbers of people weren’t allowed to gather in the park without a permit.
With various logistical problems springing up, Astoria Stand Up organizers cancelled plans for a mass march last Saturday to Bohemian Hall but would not cancel the show at the beer garden that celebrated the Astoria neighborhood.
Several items were on the agenda as Community Board 6 held its monthly meeting on April 9, but it was clear that the unusually large crowd of spectators was on hand out of concern for the high number of traffic accidents along Queens Boulevard.
Despite additional parking lanes, fences to discourage jaywalking and other changes made in an effort to cut down on fatalities along the so-called “Boulevard of Death,” the thoroughfare remains among the deadliest in the city.
Mayor de Blasio announced Monday that the Macy’s 4th of July fireworks display will return to the East River this year, a change he pushed for as public advocate, after several years in the Hudson.
The pyrotechnics will not be fired off near the Queens shore, however. The show will instead be centered in the lower part of the river around the Brooklyn Bridge, but will be viewable from much of the borough. Macy’s said the fireworks will be launched directly from the 131-year-old Brooklyn Bridge.
Long considered taboo throughout much of the city’s Asian population, acknowledgment of the existence of domestic violence and sexual assault is gradually becoming acceptable, as evidenced by the Korean American Family Service Center’s First Annual Rally Against Sexual Assault on the steps of Queens Borough Hall last Friday evening, with several dignitaries and hundreds of young people on hand.
The event, held to coincide with National Crime Victims’ Rights Week, was spearheaded by the KAFSC’s Youth Community Project Team.
The cherry trees are in bloom at Flushing Meadows Corona Park, marking the arrival of spring as surely as the Mets Opening Day or the call of the robin.
Chronicle reader and fine art photographer Natali S. Bravo of Elmhurst captured their beauty in this expertly framed shot with the New York State Pavilion’s iconic Observation Towers rising behind them — showing the works of both nature and mankind reaching earnestly into the sky.
Last weekend’s annual Spartan Race at Citi Field went off without a hitch, with a little help from youngsters from Rhode Island who stayed, and dined, in South Queens.
The group came a day before Saturday’s race and help set up the physically challenging course.
They were a long time in coming.
So when the New York City Housing Authority began installing security cameras at the crime-ridden Hammel Houses in Rockaway Beach on April 4, Councilman Donovan Richards (D-Laurelton) and his predecessor, state Sen. James Sanders (D-South Ozone Park), made sure to be on hand.
Youngsters gathered last Saturday at Bowne Park in Flushing to take part in the Northeast Queens Republican Club’s Easter egg hunt.
Free baskets were provided for the first 150 children. Hundreds of eggs were hidden in the park and were stuffed with prizes.