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Astoria street to be co-named after late community leader


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The dedication and hard work of one Astoria community leader, who passed away earlier this year, will live on in the neighborhood he helped flourish.

The City Council unanimously passed a bill Thursday that would co-name streets throughout the city, including 30th Avenue between 30th and 29th streets, which will be named in honor of Dennis Syntilas, who died on Jan. 7.

Syntilas, 85, was a civic leader and community organizer in Astoria who helped bring the culture of Greece to Queens. He was the founder of the community-based organization Greek-American Homeowners Association, which helps connect Greek-Americans with government resources and promotes civic engagement.

“I am proud to honor Dennis Syntilas and his family with this street co-naming. His contributions to his community have been longstanding. Syntilas worked to improve Astoria by promoting Hellenic and Democratic values through his founding of Athens Square and the Greek-American Homeowners Association,” said Councilman Costa Constantinides, who co-sponsored the co-naming bill. “He is a great example of civic engagement and responsibility throughout our community. This recognition will forever commemorate his tireless work and contributions to our city.”

Syntilas was also one of the forces behind the creation of Athens Square Park on 30th Avenue, where the street will be co-named Dennis Syntilas Way. The park serves as a public space functioning as both a cultural center and recreational site with a playground, amphitheater and numerous sculptures of ancient Greek figures.

“If Dennis was with us today, he would be proud to see how well his dream has come to life. It is an honor to continue his legacy through the addition of Dennis Syntilas Way,” state Senator Michael Gianaris said. “He made so many sacrifices not just for this park but for our entire community and all the immigrants who made their way here over the decades.”

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Identify this place in Queens


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IDENTIFY

Do you know where in Queens this photo was taken? Guess by commenting below! The answer will be revealed next week.

Last week’s answer to “Identify this Place”: 30th Avenue N train stop in Astoria

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The Doe Fund to help clean more Astoria streets


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THE COURIER/ Photos by Angy Altamirano

More Astoria streets are getting cleaner thanks to the “men in blue.”

After hearing positive feedback from residents and business owners, The Doe Fund, which was initially brought to the western Queens neighborhood in April, will now expand street sweeping services to Steinway Street, Newtown Road, Ditmars Boulevard and 23rd Avenue, Councilman Costa Constantinides announced Thursday.

“This will be a boon to residents and small business owners across Astoria. The ‘men in blue’ will continue to provide reinforcements and additional resources to help keep Astoria clean,” said Constantinides, who has allocated over $130,000 for street sweeping by The Doe Fund as part of the new city-wide initiative Clean NYC.

The nonprofit organization, which employs recently homeless or formerly incarcerated people as part of its Ready, Willing, and Able transitional work program, was keeping the sidewalks clean and clearing the corner trash cans along 30th Avenue, Broadway and 31st Street.

“This program will increase the quality of life in Astoria, that’s the most important. Clean the street, find new jobs and community come together to be concerned about the quality of life,” said Ahmed Jamil, president of the Muslim American Society. “At the end of the day [before] you [saw] the garbage on the streets and you now don’t see it anymore.”

Although the Department of Sanitation collects trash from corner trash cans once per day in Astoria, the expansion of The Doe Fund helps alleviate the trash and littered streets which have previously caused problems in the neighborhood, such as sidewalk accessibility and shopping issues, according to Constantinides.

“The Doe Fund, combined with community street and graffiti clean-ups, will continue to make a difference in our district and across the city,” said Constantinides, who has also allocated $30,000 in funding for graffiti removal services. “Clean streets and buildings make our neighborhood more enjoyable and inviting—a win for everyone.”

 

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Suspect wanted in Astoria attempted rape


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Photo courtesy of NYPD

A woman fought off an attempted rapist after the man attacked her as she was walking down an Astoria street Sunday, police said.

The 23-year-old victim was on 30th Avenue about 3:30 a.m. when the suspect approached her from behind and pushed her to the ground, cops said.

Once on the ground, the suspect attempted to rape the woman, according to police. She struggled with the man, who then fled.

The victim sustained cuts and scratched to her legs and buttocks during the incident, but refused medical attention on scene, the NYPD said.

Police describe the suspect as a Hispanic male in his early 30s, 5’7″ tall and 145 pounds.

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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R&B singer Trey Songz arrested for assaulting woman at Queens strip club


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R&B singer Trey Songz was arrested for throwing a wad of bills at a woman in a Woodside strip club this summer, according to the Daily News.

At the time of the August 22 incident, the 28-year-old was having an album release party at Club Perfection on 30th Avenue.

Donna McIntosh-Inoe, a 36-year-old Staten Island woman who paid $700 to sit with Songz, told the Daily News that during the party she took a cell phone picture of the musician, upsetting him.

When Songz couldn’t delete the photo, he allegedly threw a ball of money at McIntosh-Inoe’s face, giving her a black eye.

McIntosh-Inoe immediately reported the assault at a nearby police station.

According to court record, Songz, whose real name is Tremaine Neverson, was arrested on September 20 and charged with misdemeanor assault. He is scheduled to appear in court again on February 11.