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Sometimes even a fur coat is not enough to allow a dog to cope with icy winter weather.
So on Saturday, the ASPCA and New York Cares joined forces with the NYPD to launch Operation Gimme Shelter, a pilot program with the aim of helping dog owners keep their pets just a little bit warmer in the winter.
In an attempt to identify hazards and improve pedestrian safety, Community Boards 7 in Flushing and 11 in Little Neck have submitted the most dangerous intersections in their areas to the Borough President’s Office.
Each community board has been asked to submit four problematic corridors based on police reports, high traffic volume and the number of turning lanes. In turn, Borough President Melinda Katz will collect the data and send it to the Mayor’s Office.
St. Patrick’s Day came early in Sunnyside. Children wearing bright green shamrock-shaped hats waved and smiled to the rainbow of people parading down Skillman Avenue in the St. Patrick’s Day for All Parade on Sunday. Though it was a cold March day, the spirit of love and equality fueled the crowds of dancers, marching bands, bagpipers, activists, politicians and spectators.
Many of the participants, including Mayor de Blasio, will not be marching up Manhattan’s Fifth Avenue on March 17 because lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and questioning people have been barred from openly partaking in the event with banners and as organized groups since 1991.
Though the contracts have been signed and the variance has been approved by the City Council, business owners in Willets Point are not giving up. They want action to be taken by the city, and they want it now.
A handful of owners told their stories while supporters sat with melancholy looks on their faces, somberly nodding when their peers pointed out the hardships they all face.
CFE-style lawsuit launched to raise school spending
TA coalition of advocates and individuals, including Community Education Council 28 in Central and Southeast Queens, and a parent from Far Rockaway, are suing the state to increase its funding for education.
The Medical Examiner’s Office reported on Feb. 27 that the cause of Avonte Oquendo’s death could not be determined.
Police officers who now patrol the streets where rookie cop Edward Byrne was killed in 1988 came out by the hundreds early Wednesday morning to pay tribute to him.
Police apprehended two suspected burglars last week, one of whom targeted both the living and the dead.
Randolph Ardila, 29, of 57th Drive in Maspeth, was arraigned on Sunday on seven different charges, including second-degree burglary and second-degree attempted burglary.
When Mayor de Blasio announced his “Vision Zero” plan, it was well received by most city officials.
Now that the official plan — that aims to eliminate traffic-related deaths within the next 10 years — has been put before the City Council Transportation and Public Safety Committees, it seems de Blasio and his Vision Zero task force may need to go back to the drawing board on some of his proposals.
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.
NYPD Chief Philip Banks III last week was named as the 13th recipient of the William Tucker Garvin Award, an honor given out every year by the office of Queens District Attorney Richard Brown.
The award is presented during Black History Month to an individual of African-American heritage in recognition of outstanding public service.
A thief stole a prestigious trophy from Aqueduct Race Track last week.
Police say a robber broke into the track’s grandstand last Thursday at around 8 p.m. and took two laptop computers, a flat-screen television and a flat-screen “photo finish” monitor from an office. Then the suspect entered a second-floor restaurant in the grandstand building and swiped the trophy from the 1985 Breeders Cup. The horse-shaped statue, which was worth $5,000 when it was awarded 29 years ago, was in an unsecured trophy case, according to published reports.
Three weeks into his new post as commanding officer of the NYPD’s Patrol Borough Queens South, Assistant Chief David Barrere dropped into the regular monthly meeting of Community Board 12.
It was probably the smallest surprise the chief delivered all night.
Children from the five boroughs came to the Police Athletic League Edward Byrne Center in South Jamaica on Feb. 19 to attend the annual PAL Games Day Tournament of Champions.
The day is designed to promote relationships and understanding by bringing together boys and girls of various ethnic and cultural backgrounds.
Officials eye higher fines, lower fines for not shoveling snow
The cost to property owners of not removing snow from sidewalks would go up under a bill before the City Council — and down, but only for some people, under a separate proposal.
Children from the five boroughs came to the Police Athletic League Edward Byrne Center in South Jamaica on Feb. 19 to attend the annual PAL Games Day Tournament of Champions. The day is designed to promote relationships and understanding by bringing together boys and girls of various ethnic and cultural backgrounds. The children, ages 5 to 13, compete in events that challenge them both physically and intellectually, including basketball and pingpong to the challenge of building structures that will stand and boas that will float. The center was named for NYPD Officer Edward Byrne, a patrolman in the 103rd Precinct who was a 22-year-old rookie when he was killed in the line of duty 26 years ago. — Michael Gannon
Andrew Jackson of the Langston Hughes Library in Corona told a story that both bemused and stunned the audience at Monday night’s meeting of the Community Council of the NYPD’s 113th Precinct in Jamaica.
“I recently had a student ask me ‘Why do we have a holiday for Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday because he had a dream? Everybody dreams,’” Jackson said. “When I am asked if we still need Black History Month, I say yes!”
Although no one has been charged yet, the Luzerne County Pa. coroner’s office said earlier this week that the death of Bayside resident Michael Deng, 19, has been ruled a homicide.
Deng, a freshman at Baruch College, was being initiated into a fraternity during a hazing weekend at a rented house in the Poconos. As part of the ritual, he was allegedly made to wear a heavy backpack and was blindfolded while he was repeatedly tackled by fraternity members. He suffered major brain trauma.
In the last two weeks, Mayor de Blasio has taken two giant steps toward fulfilling his campaign promise to change the makeup of and the culture at the beleaguered New York City Housing Authority.
Two weeks ago it was the appointment of new managers in three key housing positions, the most prominent being Shola Olatoye, tapped to replace the embattled former NYCHA Chairman John Rhea.
Two South Queens police precincts are teaming up to hold a seminar on preventing domestic violence, which has become a major crime issue in the area.
Domestic violence incidents in the 102nd and 106th Precincts have risen more than 50 percent in the past year. To help combat the spike, the precincts will hold a seminar on domestic violence Feb. 20 from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Fairfield Pavilion, 131-10 101 Ave. in Richmond Hill.
A 30-year-old South Ozone Park man died Tuesday after his brother allegedly beat him to death with cookware.
At about 3:20 p.m., police responded to a report of an assault inside of 115-18 122 St. When they arrived, officers discovered the victim, Jason Tolentino, lying on the ground with head trauma. EMS also responded and transported the victim to Jamaica Hospital Medical Center where he later died from serious head injuries.
The Jamaica man accused of stabbing his wife and toddler daughters to death before attempting to flee to Mexico has his next scheduled court date on Friday — St. Valentine’s Day.
A schedule provided by the office of Queens District Attorney Richard Brown says that Miguel Mejia-Ramos is scheduled for a return date, technically the time at which his lawyer has an opportunity to answer his client’s charges of murder in the deaths of his wife, Deisy Garcia, 21, and their daughters, Daniela, 2, and Yoselin, 1.
Rookie Port Authority Police Officers Lenny Guzman, left, and William Mudry are being credited with saving a 71-year-old woman from Texas who had no pulse and was not breathing when she collapsed at LaGuardia Airport Monday afternoon.
A Port Authority spokesman said the woman was stricken on the lower level of the United Airlines section of the Central Terminal.
There certainly have been safer times to be a resident of Central Queens.
The most violent crime of the last several weeks involved a Kew Gardens man who was charged with the attempted murder of his girlfriend on Sunday morning.
Community Board 9’s leadership is letting bygones be bygones.
Chairman Jim Coccovillo and District Manager Mary Ann Carey both offered olive branches to each other at Tuesday night’s meeting after months of quarreling that often led the board’s monthly meetings to descend into uncontrolled chaos.