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The NYPD is seeking the public’s assistance in finding the man who attacked a 75-year-old woman in broad daylight on Queens Boulevard in Forest Hills on Jan. 12.

According to police in the 112th Precinct, the attack took place at about 1:30 p.m. on the sidewalk near 116-23 Queens Blvd. when the man approached the woman and tackled her for no apparent reason.

Police have arrested a suspect who is accused of attempting to rob two women at knifepoint in the elevators of Forest Hills apartment buildings in separate incidents on Dec. 17.

Ralph Toro, 62, was arrested at a shelter less than a half mile from the second attack, according to a press release issued by the office of Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz on Dec. 24.

The NYPD is asking for the public’s assistance in identifying the individual wanted for what the department is calling a sexually motivated attempted robbery in Forest Hills on Dec. 17.

According to the 112th Precinct, the attack took place at approximately 12:10 p.m., at an apartment building at the intersection of 62nd Drive and 108th Street.


A meeting with Long Island Rail Road officials requested last week by elected officials representing Forest Hills could go better than expected, according to railroad brass.

The letter to LIRR President Phil Eng, signed at the top by Assemblyman Andrew Hevesi (D-Forest Hills), requested a meeting on behalf of community residents and the Burns Street Alliance regarding not only needed improvements to the station but things like routine upkeep and maintenance.

Much has been made about the slowdown in services from the city Department of Sanitation in Staten Island and Brooklyn, but there have been widespread missed collections throughout Queens in 40 ZIP codes that encompass at least 29 neighborhoods throughout the borough, according to data from 311 provided to the Queens Chronicle for October 2021, compared to October 2020.

The data for the Rockaways and Western, Central, Northern, Southeast, Eastern, Northeast, South and the middle of Queens depict an uptick that ranges from 3 percent to 331 percent in missed collections, according to 311. The ZIP code that has seen the smallest uptick (3 percent) in missed collections (from 33 to 34) this year compared to last year was 11375 in Forest Hills in Central Queens. The ZIP code with the highest uptick was 11364 in Oakland Gardens (from 13 to 56) in Northeast Queens.

The NYPD announced an arrest on Friday afternoon in the vandalism that destroyed a pair of 84-year-old religious statues outside Our Lady of Mercy Church in Forest Hills on the morning of July 17.

Police said Jacqueline Nikiena, 23, of Olcott Street was charged with criminal mischief as a hate crime and aggravated harassment.


Mayor de Blasio was at Cadman Plaza in Manhattan on Thursday with Emergency Management Commissioner John Scrivani to announce an extension on the hours for city pools and that cooling centers are now open due a heat index of 106 degrees throughout today and tomorrow.

People across the city can find one of its 369 cooling centers by going online at or by calling 311, according to Scrivani. Pool hours are from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. at all of the Big Apple’s pools. Of the 369 cooling facilities, 121 have extended hours. New Yorkers can also dial (212) 639-9675 for Video Relay Service or (212) 504-4115 for text telephone for the hard of hearing.