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Queens ‘Zombie Ride’ to encourage safe biking


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Photo courtesy of Kidical Mass NYC

Wheels big and small will be going round and round this weekend through western Queens.

Advocacy organization Kidical Mass NYC will be hosting its third family bike ride and the first in Queens on Saturday, Oct. 25, through parts of Long Island City and Astoria.

The event, called “Zombie Ride,” will be a five-mile bike ride starting at the waterfront at Gantry Plaza State Park at the intersection of Center Boulevard and 47th Avenue.

The ride is open to intermediate-level bike riders or children ages 7 and up with good street-riding skills. Children in baby seats and on cargo bikes are also welcome to be a part of the event. 

“[We want to] make an opportunity to get kids to go around a city you walk, ride buses and drive in. It’s another way to get around,” said Hilda Cohen, one of the co-founders of Kidical Mass NYC.  “A lot of parents want to do this but are intimidated about it. It’s really a great way to see your city.”

The ride, which is named in the spirit of Halloween, will then continue through the Long Island City neighborhood and make its first stop at the rooftop garden Brooklyn Grange. After taking a rest stop at coffee shop COFFEED, the group will pass the Museum of the Moving Image and head back toward the waterfront to finish the ride at Socrates Sculpture Park, which will be hosting its Fall Festival. 

The young participants will also receive “spooky” treats such as zombie tattoos. 

“The name [of the event] has nothing to do with anything dangerous,” Cohen said. 

Kidical Mass NYC, which is the New York-based branch of the original Kidical Mass founded in Oregon, pays tribute to the national cycling event called Critical Mass.

Since starting in August, rides have taken place once a month in Brooklyn and Manhattan, bringing together about 40 participants, including adults and children. Now organizers have expanded the reach into Queens, hoping to attract residents from the other boroughs.

“Queens is the next big borough,” said Cristina Furlong of the organization Makes Queens Safer, who is helping Kidical Mass NYC organize the Queens event. “Queens is starting to get noticed.”

Members of the 108th and 114th precincts will also be in attendance on Saturday to provide extra security for the riders. 

“By being visible, I hope we influence some people that might be considering [cycling with their children] and show them that it’s safe,” Furlong said.

According to Cohen, although the event aims to show families that biking through their neighborhoods is a safe alternative to driving, the main goal of the day is to have fun. 

“We’re trying to make everything fun and exciting, which is exactly what biking is and it shouldn’t be something dangerous,” Cohen said. “This is just a means to enjoy our city with our kids.”

The “Zombie Ride” will begin at 10 a.m., with riders beginning to gather at 9:30 a.m. Cohen encourages those interested in participating to RSVP via the group’s Facebook page in order for every participant to receive their Halloween treats. Helmets are required for children 13 years old and under by law, and are recommended for everyone else, according to organizers. 

For more information visit www.facebook.com/kidicalmassnyc.

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Community rallies to find driver in Queens Boulevard hit-and-run


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THE COURIER/Photos by Angy Altamirano

The Woodside community is looking for the driver involved in a hit-and-run on Queens Boulevard that has left one man clinging to life.

According to officials, on Thursday at about 1:35 a.m., the victim, who is still unidentified, was struck on the westbound center lane of Queens Boulevard and 60th Street by a dark-colored Ford SUV as he attempted to cross the thoroughfare. The driver fled the scene.

Currently the victim, described as a Hispanic male in his 20s or 30s, is in critical but stable condition at Elmhurst Hospital, authorities said.

Members of the surrounding Woodside neighborhood gathered on Friday at the intersection to call on the public to help identify the driver involved in the incident.

“The person that struck the young man and left him to die on this street should turn themselves in right away and face the consequences of his/her actions, because what this person did was leave a young man to die,” Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer said. “It’s one of the worst things that one human being can do to another.”

 

Van Bramer’s Justice for Hit-and-Run Victims Act, created after the councilman’s district faced three fatal hit-and-runs last year, was signed into law on Monday by Mayor Bill de Blasio. It allows the city to establish civil penalties of up to $10,000 to drivers who are found guilty of fleeing the scene of a hit-and-run. The bill will take effect starting Dec. 29.

Students of the Towers Play-N-Learn nursery school cross Queens Boulevard where a man was critically injured in a hit-and-run early Thursday morning.

Students of the Towers Play-N-Learn nursery school cross Queens Boulevard where a man was critically injured in a hit-and-run early Thursday morning.

“Accidents are horrible and terribly unfortunate,” said Jerry LoMonte, resident of the Big Six Towers co-op apartment buildings, located across the street from the collision site. “[Leaving] the scene of the accident is horrible and criminal, and we need to protect ourselves against that.”

Also present at the Friday morning rally was Elizabeth O’Hara, director of Towers Play-N-Learn nursery school, which is also located across the street of where the hit-and-run occurred. She was joined by six students holding signs that read “Please Slow Down, I have small feet,” and “Please stop at the crosswalk.”

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O’Hara asked drivers to slow down while driving on Queens Boulevard and to stop at the crosswalk before getting to the red light.

“At various times Queens Boulevard has been referred to as the Boulevard of Death but the truth is Queens Boulevard is surrounded by life,” Van Bramer said. “We have got to come to a place where this boulevard is no longer viewed as the Boulevard of Death but instead the Boulevard of Life.”

The hit-and-run investigation is still ongoing.

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 800-577-TIPS (8477). The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the Crime Stoppers website or can text their tips to CRIMES (274637), then enter TIP577. All calls are strictly confidential.

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Overturned cement truck makes mess on LIE


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

Photo via Twitter/@TrafficAdvisory

BY ANGY ALTAMIRANO AND CRISTABELLE TUMOLA

Updated Tuesday, Sept. 16, 7:02 a.m.

Commuters going westbound on the Long Island Expressway Monday afternoon faced a messy situation as an overturned cement truck spilled debris on the road.

The incident, which happened at about 12:28 p.m., occurred at Maurice Avenue near the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway, according to the FDNY. The driver was taken to Elmhurst Hospital in stable condition, officials and reports said.

Photo courtesy of NYC Fire Wire

Photo courtesy of NYC Fire Wire

The accident caused delays on the LIE for several hours, and all westbound traffic had to be detoured at Maurice Avenue to the lower LIE level. Eastbound traffic also experienced delays.

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Sunnyside’s Boulevard Bars makes $10K donation to local charities, groups after holiday pub crawl


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Photos Courtesy of Sunnyside’s Boulevard Bars

Less than a week after the Santas came to Sunnyside, the first wave of toys was donated to local charities and groups.

Sunnyside’s Boulevard Bars, a collective of 10 bars and restaurants on and around Queens Boulevard, held their Second Annual Sunnyside Santathon pub crawl for charity on December 7 where they raised $10,000 in monetary and toy donations.

The participating bars were Bar 43, The Courtyard Ale House, Maggie Mae’s, The Gaslight, Arriba Arriba, Sidetracks, Molly Blooms, PJ Horgan’s, McGuinness Pub and Bliss Street Station.

The collective made their first donation Thursday at the United Forties Civic Association Holiday Party at St. Teresa’s Church in Woodside where they were joined by representatives from the church, St. Raphael’s Church, 108th Precinct Captain Brian Hennessy and Councilmember Jimmy Van Bramer. The group also donated money to the food pantries at both churches.

“It just feels fantastic to be able to give back to the community,” said Liz Taylor, manager of Bliss Street Station. “The little kids will wake up Christmas morning and have something to play with.”

The organizations receiving toys include St. Teresa’s and St. Raphael’s Church, the 108th Precinct Toy Drive, MercyFirst Angel Guardian Orphanage in Brooklyn and Metro Homeless Shelter.

This year’s donations doubled from the inaugural Santathon last year. All who took part this year were dressed in their best Santa attire, and some even came as Santa’s little helpers.

“It was great to get together,” said Patrick Burke, owner of The Courtyard Ale House. “It shows the hard work we did really paid off. It was tremendous, we exceeded our expectation.”

Monetary and new, unwrapped toy donations are still being accepted at the 10 bars of Sunnyside’s Boulevard Bars up until Christmas.




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Santas come to Sunnyside for charity pub crawl


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THE COURIER/ Photo by Angy Altamirano

The Santas arrived in Sunnyside to celebrate a festive night for charity.

Sunnyside’s Boulevard Bars, a collective of 10 bars and restaurants on and around Queens Boulevard, held their Second Annual Sunnyside Santathon pub crawl for charity on Saturday.

All who took part in this year’s Santathon were dressed in their best Santa attire, and some even came as Santa’s little helpers.

During the event, participants picked up $10 wristbands from the 10 participating bars, providing them with $3 drink specials.

The participating bars were Bar 43, The Courtyard Ale House, Maggie Mae’s, The Gaslight, Arriba Arriba, Sidetracks, Molly Blooms, PJ Horgan’s, McGuinness Pub and Bliss Street Station.

Brian Scutch, 27, from Bayside heard about the holiday event from his friend Travis Silverstein, 29, who lives in Sunnyside. The two friends decided to put on their best Santa hats and start their crawl at Bar 43.

“Who wouldn’t participate?” said Scutch, 27. “You’re given the opportunity to drink with fellow Santas.”

Silverstein knew he had attend this year’s Santathon after moving in to the neighborhood too late last year to join the inaugural pub crawl.

“I love Christmas,” said Silverstein. “Christmas is one of my favorite holidays of the year.”

All money raised at this year’s festive bar crawl will go to buy toys for local kids in need during the holiday season. During the next few weeks the group plans to go out to buy the toys and personally donate them to local organizations.

“When you see the smiles on kids’ faces, you know it’s all for a good cause,” said Nicholas Murphy, general manager at Bar 43, who hopes to surpass the almost $5,000 collected during last year’s Santathon. “We want to try to keep it clean and no trouble. We want to have fun and raise money for the children.”

Each bar is also collecting new, unwrapped toy donations until Christmas.

“Honestly it’s all for the kids to get toys for Christmas,” said Patrick Burke, owner of The Courtyard Ale House, who saw the amount of participants triple this year. “It’s growing, which is great to see. It’s a lot of fun, I’m really looking forward to the night.”

During last year’s inaugural Santathon, Sunnyside’s Boulevard Bars collected almost $5,000 and hundreds of toys. Toys were donated to St. Teresa’s in Woodside, St. Raphael’s in Sunnyside, the 108th Precinct, the Metro homeless shelter on Queens Boulevard, Hour Children Center in Long Island City and more.

For more information on Sunnyside’s Boulevard Bars, click here.

 

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Sunnyside bars, restaurants to host Santathon pub crawl for charity


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Map Courtesy of Sunnyside's Boulevard Bars

The Santas are coming to town.

Sunnyside’s Boulevard Bars, a collective of 10 bars and restaurants on and around Queens Boulevard, will be holding their Second Annual Sunnyside Santathon pub crawl for charity on Saturday starting at 3 p.m.

Whoever wants to participate must be dressed in their best Santa attire and can pick up $10 wristbands at any of the participating bars. Wristbands will allow participants to purchase $3 drink specials throughout the event. Any Santa can also submit their email address to be entered to win various gift vouchers to any of the 10 bars.

The participating bars are Bar 43, The Courtyard Ale House, Maggie Mae’s, The Gaslight, Arriba Arriba, Sidetracks, Molly Blooms, PJ Horgan’s, McGuinness Pub and Bliss Street Station.

All money raised at this year’s festive bar crawl will go to buy toys for local kids in need during the holiday season.

Each bar is also collecting new, unwrapped toy donations until Christmas.

“We formed Sunnyside’s Boulevard Bars to create events as a group that would bring more business to the area, really make it a destination spot and highlight what a great neighborhood we have here,” said Pat Burke, owner of The Courtyard Ale House. “Once we got together, we also saw the opportunity to raise funds for charities, specifically local organizations. Our group is still relatively new, but we are excited about what we have done and will continue to do to promote Sunnyside and give back to the community.”

During last year’s inaugural Santathon, Sunnyside’s Boulevard Bars collected almost $5,000 and collected hundreds of toys. Toys were donated to St. Teresa’s in Woodside, St. Raphael’s in Sunnyside, the 108th Precinct, the Metro homeless shelter on Queens Boulevard, Hour Children Center in Long Island City and more.

For more information on Sunnyside’s Boulevard Bars, click here.

Sunnyside’s Santathon is just a week shy from the annual SantaCon which takes place on Saturday, December 14 in Manhattan and hops over to Brooklyn. SantaCon was under some harsh criticisms from residents complaining the participants drink too much and disturb the peace.

Yet, according to reports, the organizers of the pub crawl plan on giving the NYPD and elected officials a map of the event and will have volunteers make sure all participants behave.

 

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Teen pedestrian killed by hit-and-run driver


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Luis Bravo was walking on Broadway at 58th Street when a car driving by struck and killed him.

Saturday, September 28 around 11 p.m., police responded to a 9-1-1 call of a car accident involving Bravo, 19, police said, within the confines of the 108th Precinct.

Upon arrival, police found Bravo unconscious and unresponsive, with severe trauma about the body. He was transported to Elmhurst Hospital, where he was pronounced dead on arrival.

The driver, traveling southbound on Broadway in a dark colored sedan, fled the scene.

There are no arrests, and the investigation is ongoing.

 

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Body found in trunk identified as missing Queens woman


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

Photo courtesy of NYPD

Updated  9:27 p.m.

Police have confirmed the body found in the trunk of a car in Woodside is 42-year-old Young Joo Byun, a Flushing woman who went missing last week.

Her death has been ruled a homicide and is still under investigation, the NYPD said.

Byun was last seen leaving her Maspeth workplace around 4:30 a.m. on Friday, possibly driving a dark blue Honda Civic, according to police.

Officers on patrol from the 108th Precinct found the woman’s body inside a vehicle on 61st Street near Queens Boulevard around 3:15 p.m. on Monday.




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Officer from Queens precinct kills child, boyfriend in apparent murder-suicide


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An off-duty police officer who was recently assigned to a Queens precinct shot her boyfriend and their one-year-old son before killing herself at their home in Brooklyn, according to published reports.

The officer, identified as Rosette M. Samuel, 43, had reportedly become part of the police force in September 2000 and was currently working at the 108th Precinct, which covers Long Island City, Sunnyside and Hunters Point.

According to reports, the body of Samuel’s boyfriend was found lying in the front hallway of the home, while Samuel and her child were found face up on a bed in a bedroom inside the family’s first- floor apartment home located on East 56th  Street in East Flatbush.

Samuel’s 19-year-old son from a previous relationship escaped through a bedroom window from the house  after hearing gunshots and called 911 at around 8:30 a.m., reported the New York Times.

According to the Daily News, cops did not find a suicide note at the scene.

 

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Queens’ Morning Roundup


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UPDATE: Queens woman who vanished Sunday found alive and well in Texas

A missing 26-year-old Queens woman, who may have run away to escape plans for an arranged marriage, been found alive and well in Texas, law enforcement sources said Thursday. Rajwinder Kaur’s family was thankful and relieved she had been located, but shot down the idea of planned nuptials. Read more: [New York Daily News]

Madrid-bound plane returns to JFK after suspicious device found 

A plane that was supposed to travel to Madrid, Spain returned to John F. Kennedy Airport Thursday following a report of a suspicious device on board. Sources told NY1 that suspicious wires were found in a bathroom aboard Delta Flight 126, which was in the air for about two hours Thursday night. Read more: [NY1] 

Misdemeanor sexual assault reports more than doubled in western Queens in 2012 

A sharp spike in reported misdemeanor sexual assaults in western Queens this year may seem at first a cause for alarm. But lawmakers and crime experts suggest that the grim statistics could also have a silver lining — a greater willingness by victims to report crimes such as gropings. The crime stats for the week ending July 1 in the 108th Precinct show a 125% jump in reported misdemeanor sex crimes compared to the same period last year, up from 16 to 36. Year-to-date hikes also jumped 50% for both the 110th and 115th precincts. Read more: [New York Daily News] 

Chicken running afowl near LIRR station in Forest Hills, Queens 

Why did the chicken cross the road? Apparently to stop traffic along 71st Avenue and amuse residents in Queens. Locals told 1010 WINS’ Eileen Lehpamer that the bird has been running afowl, wandering near the Forest Hills Long Island Rail Road station. Read more: [1010wins]

Former teachers, parents call conditions at MS 318 chaotic 

Parents and former teachers at a Rockaway Park middle school are calling for the ouster of the principal, citing “mayhem” in the building. They say Principal Linda Munro of the Waterside School for Leadership, also known as Middle School 318, doesn’t have the experience to run the institution. Former staffers said fights break out weekly between students, teachers claim they were bullied by Munro and female students said they were groped. Read more: [New York Daily News] 

Police look for alleged Queens attempted burglary suspects 

Police are looking for two men they say attempted to burglarize a home in Queens over the weekend. Just before 3 p.m. Saturday afternoon, police allege the suspects tried to break into a Jackson Heights home through the garage door. The men did not take any property before fleeing, according to police. Read more: [NY1] 

Courier Police Blotter


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THE COURIER/Photo by Nargas Karimi

111th Precinct

Bayside, Douglaston, Little Neck, Auburndale, Hollis Hills and Fresh Meadows

Last Precinct Council meeting of 2011

 The 111th Precinct held its last Council Meeting of the year, updating residents on crime stats and honoring December’s “Cop of the Month.”

“This year we’re down nine percent in crime. We’re down in every category, except for murder. We had two murders for the year,” said Commanding Officer Ronald D. Leyson.

Grand larceny was up 2.3 percent for a total of eight crimes for the year, noted Leyson.

“Thirty-two percent, not a small number, during the 28-day period for grand larcenies is due to property left in people’s vehicles and their property getting stolen. It’s frustrating because it’s a preventable crime,” said Leyson.

The 111th Precinct is also down in robberies. There were three robberies in the course of the 28-day period, as opposed to 10 last year, noted the Captain.

“We were struggling throughout most of the year with robberies and a lot had to with non-traditional robberies, where they came from other areas off the highway and did commercial robberies,” said Leyson.

Also during the meeting, Leyson and Precinct Council President Jack Fried honored Officer Jimmy Tropiano as “Cop of the Month” for completing numerous reports and analyzing complaints in the Crime Analysis Unit.

“He’s our computer guy. He has created databases that have helped with the day-to-day analysis of crimes,” said Leyson.

District Attorney Richard A. Brown also made an appearance and wished everyone a very happy holiday season.

                                                                                                        - BY NARGAS KARIMI

 

108th Precinct

Long Island City, Sunnyside and Woodside

See shooter

Police are on the lookout for a suspect involved in a Woodside shooting over the weekend.

Eladio Espejo, 26, became involved in an argument with the victim inside 47-16 Greenpoint Avenue at approximately 5:40 a.m. on Saturday, December 10, according to police. After the dispute, the suspect left. When the victim, a 32-year-old Hispanic man, left the establishment, Espejo shot him in the thigh and arm, police said. The victim was taken to Elmhurst Hospital where he was treated and released.

The suspect is described as 5’ 9″ tall and weighs between 160 and 200 pounds.

Anyone with information in regards to this shooting is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers hotline at 800-577-TIPS.

 

Police are on the lookout for Eladio Espejo, 26, in connection with a shooting.

 

Attempted robber sought

The NYPD is asking for the public’s assistance in locating and identifying the suspect wanted in connection with an attempted robbery.

On Monday, November 21, the victim, a 37-year-old woman, was approached from behind as she entered her apartment building in the vicinity of 65th Place and Woodside Avenue. She was thrown to the floor by the suspect, who then unsuccessfully tried to pull the victim’s purse off her shoulder before fleeing.

The suspect is described as a male, black or Hispanic, light complexion, 5’2″ to 5’3″, in his late teens to early 20’s, with black, shoulder-length hair.

Anyone with information in regards to this incident is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 800-577-TIPS.

 

A skecth of the man police say tried to rob a woman of her purse.

 

Man snatched iPhone

Police are looking for a man who allegedly stole a woman’s iPhone as she rode the “E” train.

Cops say the incident happened on Tuesday, November 22 as the Queens-bound train was approaching the Queens Plaza subway station. There were no injuries sustained to the victim as a result of this incident.

The suspect is described as male, black, 17 to 20 years old.

If you have information in regards to this incident, call Crime Stoppers at 800-577-TIPS.

 

This man stole a woman’s iPhone as she rode the subway.

 

 

109th Precinct

Downtown Flushing, East Flushing, Queensboro Hill, College Point, Malba, Whitestone, Beechhurst and Bay Terrace

Help find missing woman

Police are looking for a woman who went missing on Wednesday, December 7.

Judy Nam, 28, of Roosevelt Avenue in Flushing, was last seen leaving her residence wearing blue jeans, a T-shirt and sneakers. She is 5’8″ tall and weighs 135 pounds.

Anyone with information as to her whereabouts is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 800-577-TIPS.

 

Judy Nam, 28, of Roosevelt Avenue in Flushing is missing.

 

 

114th Precinct

Astoria, Long Island City, Woodside, and Jackson Heights

Cops seek robbers

The NYPD is asking for the public’s help in locating and identifying the three suspects wanted in connection with two robberies.

On Thursday, December 1, the suspects approached the victim, a 33-year-old woman, at 27th Street and Ditmars Boulevard, displayed a black semi-automatic handgun and demanded cash and her cell phone. There were no injuries and the suspects fled southbound on 27th Street.

That same day, the suspects approached a second victim, a 25-year-old man, at 24th Street and Ditmars Boulevard, again displayed a handgun and demanded his cash and cell phone. There were no injuries and the suspects fled southbound on 24th Street.

If you have any information in regards to these incidents, call Crime Stoppers at 800-577-TIPS.

 

115th Precinct

East Elmhurst, North Corona and Jackson Heights

Man shot at cops, fled

A man who was acting suspiciously and shot at cops is being sought.

It was on Friday, December 2 when two uniformed officers were patrolling on foot in the vicinity of 76th Street and Roosevelt Avenue. They were alerted by a passerby of a male acting suspiciously at the corner of 37th Road and 76th Street. The officers walked to the location and observed the male wearing a black trench coat with a fake beard, a hat and dark glasses. When the officers approached the individual, they asked him for identification, at which time the man removed his hands from his pockets, pulled out a black revolver and fired twice at the officers before fleeing southbound on 77th Street.

The officers pursued the male but were unable to apprehend him. The fake beard, hat and glasses were recovered during the foot pursuit. No injuries were sustained by either of the officers.

The suspect is described as a man in his 30s, approximately 5’9″ tall with a thin build.

If you recognize him, police say to call Crime Stoppers at 800-577-TIPS.

 

This photo, from video surveillance, shows the man police say shot at two cops.

Suspects wanted for Himalayan Mini Market burglary


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The NYPD is asking for your help in finding two individuals wanted in connection with a commercial burglary in Woodside.

On Sunday, October 30, the two suspects entered the Himalayan Mini Market at 39-02 64th Street and took cash, calling cards and cigarettes.  Both suspects fled on foot.

Suspect number one is a male black in his 40s, approximately 5’6”; suspect number two is also a male black in his 40s, approximately 5’8”.

Anyone with information in regards to this incident is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 800-577-TIPS.

Sunnyside and Woodside concerned over sex attacks


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Photo Courtesy of Councilmember Jimmy Van Bramer

For the past month, women in Sunnyside and Woodside have been looking over their shoulders for a predator on pedals.

With incidents of sexual assault rising across the five boroughs, the neighboring communities are the most recent areas to experience repeated sexual attacks on women.

Beginning September 15, five women and one 12-year-old girl have reported being groped from behind by a man riding a black mountain bicycle. The pervert has been described as a Hispanic male between the ages of 30 and 40.

Councilmember Jimmy Van Bramer joined local elected officials on October 17 on 46th Street and Queens Boulevard in Sunnyside in order to alert the public of the predator’s existence.

“Sunnyside and Woodside are safe neighborhoods but one assault against women is one too many,” said Van Bramer. “We will track down this cowardly criminal and make sure he is punished and put away. We must be vigilant as a community as the 108th Precinct pursues leads in the case, and I will do all I can to assist the NYPD in getting this sexual predator off our streets.”

The first attack occurred on the morning of September 15, and the most recent incident happened at 8 a.m. on October 7 on 39th Avenue and 46th Street. The suspect reportedly strikes in the same general vicinity, with incidents usually occurring only a few blocks apart, say police.

“We must have zero tolerance for the recent rash of groping incidents in our neighborhoods,” said Senator Michael Gianaris, who has introduced legislation that would make the groping of a child a felony requiring mandatory jail time. “In addition to the passage of my bill that would increase penalties for gropers, we must band together as a community to keep our streets safe and free from sexual predators.”

A full-scale investigation by the NYPD and 108th Precinct is already underway. Police are asking for the public’s assistance in catching the criminal, and a surveillance video, which was taken October 6 and depicts the suspect riding his bicycle down the street, has been released.

“The women of our community should not have to walk through our neighborhoods in fear of being attacked,” said Congressmember Joseph Crowley. “I urge everyone to take a good look at the surveillance tape and contact the authorities if you recognize the suspect, as well as report any suspicious activity. This is a time when our community can work together to help ensure our family, friends and neighbors are safe and to help bring the person responsible for these attacks to justice.”