Amid frequent outbursts that resulted in at least one attendee being given a police escort out, a crowd of an estimated 300 area residents, concerned about conversion of the Westway Motor Inn into a potentially permanent shelter for homeless families, filled the auditorium for a town hall meeting at the Museum of the Moving Image on Wednesday, but in the end many questions were left unanswered.
A pedestrian tunnel that connects both sides of Bellerose beneath the Cross Island Parkway at 88th Road has fallen into disrepair, and community leaders were out in force on July 17 to get the city to do something about it.
“It is clear that this tunnel is not being maintained,” said state Sen. Tony Avella, D-Bayside), who led a group of more than 30 residents and civic leaders at a rally by the tunnel’s eastern end.
Civil rights organizations, including some who prodded the city to reduce the searching of individuals police deem suspicious, are now demanding the NYPD abandon the broken windows theory of crimefighting, which they say unfairly targets minorities — the same argument they made against stop and frisk.
The criticism against broken-windows policing — which involves strict enforcement of minor crimes in order to deter, prevent or uncover bigger ones — follows the death last week of Eric Garner, a Staten Island man who died in police custody after resisting arrest. Garner was allegedly selling single cigarettes. Many, including Mayor de Blasio, said it appears as if one officer used an illegal chokehold on the overweight, asthmatic man, who told the police he couldn’t breathe before dying.
While the death of Eric Garner in police custody is a tragedy that must be fully investigated to see if it warrants criminal charges or at least disciplinary action, it should not be exploited to stir up fear and division among city residents. Nor should it be used as an excuse to attack yet another of the Police Department’s most successful tactics. Yet that’s exactly what appears to be happening.
Garner died last Thursday in Staten Island while resisting arrest for allegedly selling illegal, single cigarettes. One of the several officers trying to take him into custody apparently used a chokehold, a violation of Police Department policy. An asthmatic, overweight man, Garner told the cops he couldn’t breathe, but they didn’t seem too concerned about that. Neither did the Emergency Medical Service personnel who responded. Garner died where he fell.
As cats continue to disappear, people from around the world are demanding something be done.
Astoria7 was founded by Mary Witty, an Astoria resident and cat caretaker after seven of the feral cats she had been feeding disappeared.
The Police Department’s new class of cadets was sworn in by Mayor de Blasio July 9 at Queens College’s Colden Auditorium. De Blasio, at the podium at top right, was joined by the NYPD’s top officials, Commissioner Bill Bratton, next to the mayor, Chief of Department Phillip Banks III and Chief of Patrol James O’Neill, left, as well as more of the brass. The mayor told the recruits they are coming into the department at a critical time, as shootings are on the rise though murders are still down, and that they are entering the organization most responsible for the great reductions in crime the city has experienced.
The Police Department’s new class of cadets was sworn in by Mayor de Blasio July 9 at Queens College’s Colden Auditorium.
De Blasio, at the podium at top right, was joined by the NYPD’s top officials, Commissioner Bill Bratton, next to the mayor, Chief of Department Phillip Banks III and Chief of Patrol James O’Neill, left, as well as more of the brass.
Normally, anger at Community Board 5 meetings comes from residents who attend.
This month, it’s the board itself that is letting its emotions flow, both verbally and on paper.
An Elmhurst woman has been charged with killing her 11-month-old son, police announced Tuesday.
Supporters of the police tactic stop, question and frisk are getting ready to say “I told you so,” now that new statistics show a spike in shooting incidents.
According to the NYPD, shootings jumped 11 percent compared to the same time last year and this past weekend, there were 21 shootings alone, causing some to second-guess Mayor de Blasio’s decision to drop the city’s appeal against amendments added to stop and frisk.
Are they mothers and fathers searching for a bed for their children to sleep in at night or dangerous derelicts who will bring chaos and disorder to Elmhurst?
On Tuesday night, the answer differed depending on which side of Goldsmith Street you were standing on.
The screaming and sign-waving regarding the Pan American Hotel’s transformation last month into a homeless shelter wasn’t just limited to the sidewalks along Goldsmith Street in Elmhurst on Monday night.
Inside the Elks Lodge, the roars of the angry crowd outside were drowned out by residents and elected officials ripping the city for housing even more homeless families in their community.
Rabbi Menachem Schneerson sometimes appeared to be larger than life: always charismatic, sometimes controversial and a prolific writer and speaker on the Jewish faith, education and far broader subjects.
He had legions of devoted followers in the Chabad Lubavitch faith, and also had his critics. Others believe he could be God’s anointed Messiah.
The 115th Precinct has placed two officers near Diversity Plaza in Jackson Heights after complaints of loud music and safety issues.
The announcement was made at Community Board 3’s second annual outdoor meeting in the plaza held June 26, and residents expect the initiative to address their concerns with the open space.
The Fourth of July has special meaning for Easter Lynch Miles, but it has nothing to do with Independence Day. That’s the day 74 years ago that her father was killed in a bomb explosion at the World’s Fair in Flushing Meadows.
Miles was 10 at the time and in the hospital undergoing treatment for osteomyelitis, a chronic and painful bone infection. Her mother didn’t tell her about her father’s death until she returned home a month later.
The situation regarding the Pan American hotel's stealthy transformation into a homeless shelter earlier this month, which sent Elmhurst residents and elected officials into a frenzy, has taken an ugly turn
Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman and New York City Police Department (NYPD) Commissioner William J. Bratton today announced the indictment of 17 members of a criminal drug ring who allegedly flooded New York City, as well as other parts of New York State and parts of Massachusetts and Ohio, with several tons of khat, a plant containing controlled substances similar to amphetamines. The 215-count indictment unsealed in Brooklyn Supreme Court charges that the defendants obtained khat from Yemen, Kenya and Ethiopia; shipped it to the United States through countries including the United Kingdom, China, Holland and Belgium; and trafficked it around New York City and several other New York counties, as well as Massachusetts and Ohio.
The Police Department is seeking the public’s help in locating a female suspect, above, who is wanted in connection with a grand larceny at the Skyview Parc Center mall in Flushing on Dec. 18.
According to police the suspect removed a woman’s wallet from her purse in a stroller in a Famous Footwear store .
By all indications, Steven Frosch was a man who cared more about his family than anything else.
He even left his job as an NYPD officer in 1999 after five years for another city position in a safer line of work.
Hundreds of irate residents gathered in the cafeteria of St. Helen School Tuesday night to sound off at the New York City Department of Environmental Protection for what they believe is shoddy maintenance of Lindenwood’s catch basin, which they blame for the neighborhood’s flooding issues.
Many homeowners have had to deal with sewage backup in their houses in addition to flooding, rendering many basements disaster zones and health hazards, most notably after five inches of rain fell on April 30, flooding more than 2,700 homes in Lindenwood and adjacent Brooklyn neighborhoods were inundated with water. The DEP said the flooding occurred because the Spring Creek facility did not function the way it was designed to, causing the sewers in Lindenwood to backup.
You can now add the proposed Glendale homeless shelter’s next-door neighbor to the list of entities that vehemently oppose the city’s plan to house up to 125 families in the former factory at 78-16 Cooper Ave.
A driveway and a tall fence topped with barbed wire separates the Independent Chemical Co., which has operated at 79-51 Cooper Ave. for 60 years, and its sealed barrels of hydrochloric acid from the proposed shelter.
A crowd of about 1,000 concerned area residents brought a stretch of the service road of Queens Boulevard to a standstill on Tuesday evening while staging a protest against the opening of a homeless shelter in the now-shuttered Pan American Hotel in Elmhurst.
The redesignation by the Department of Homeless Services on June 6 caught elected officials, community board members and the public at large off guard.
Avonte’s Law, a bill proposed by Councilman Robert Cornegy Jr. (D-Brooklyn), was brought before the Education Committee on Thursday and almost every speaker and councilmember seemed on board, except the Department of Education.
“We have some concerns,” DOE deputy chancellor Kathleen Grimm said.
A Middle Village ice cream truck driver is facing sex abuse charges after he allegedly fondled an 11-year-old girl while operating his vehicle on Long Island last month.
The Suffolk County Police Department said Muhammad Chaudhry, 63, allegedly fondled the girl while she was purchasing ice cream from him in Wyandanch, about 35 miles from Middle Village, on May 21.