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MTA to provide extra service for All-Star Game festivities


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

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The MTA will provide extra service during MLB All-Star Game festivities on Sunday, July 14, Monday, July 15 and Tuesday, July 16, according to the transit agency.

LIRR Port Washington Branch trains will provide service every half hour -– and more frequently when necessary — to the Mets-Willets Point Station. For more information, visit, www.mta.info/lirr.

When necessary, there will also be extra No. 7 trains, which stop at the Mets-Willets Point Station right next to Citi Field, and special super-express No. 7 trains after the last out of the Home Run Derby and All- Star Game, with trains stopping at 61st St.-Woodside, Queensboro Plaza, Court Square, 42nd St. Grand Central, 5th Avenue-Bryant Park and Times Square-42nd St.

 

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Art project to transform space under 7 train


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Photo courtesy of Darren Goins

Darren Goins is taking his art to the street.

In a joint project with the Department of Transportation (DOT) and the Boys and Girls Clubs of Astoria and Sunnyside, Long Island City artist Goins will present his work underneath the No. 7 train at a pedestrian plaza. The project, located at 46th Street and Queens Boulevard, is part of DOT’s Urban Art program.

“It feels great and it’s great working with kids because they are incredibly creative,” said Goins.

The Urban Art program is a DOT partnership with community groups and artists to transform landscapes in all five boroughs. Projects transform public plazas, fences, barriers, footbridges and sidewalks into temporary canvases.

The idea for Goins’ project, entitled “Flexible,” came from an initiative to create a design both “physically and mentally interactive.” He was particularly inspired by the kind of workout equipment you would find at the gym.

“Working with the kids at the Boys and Girls Club, I put together workshops that included collage exercises, drawing and model building,” said Goins. “We found various ways to represent common forms into physically imagined interactive puzzles.”

Among the three sculptures being installed at the site, one is from those workshops.

“It was a learning experience,” said Goins. The children “learned a lot in the process, and I learned a lot from them.”

The completed project will feature three free-standing sculptures made of steel, paint and lumber. Working with the NYC Parks Department, the project will also feature rubber mats to keep participants safe.

Goins hopes to have the sculptures installed by mid-June. The project is scheduled to stay up for a full year.

 

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MTA worker busted for staging robbery at Queens subway station


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A MTA worker and her male accomplice have been arrested for stealing $4,000 in a staged robbery at a Queens subway station, announced District Attorney Richard Brown.

Tracy King, 48, of Queens, and Anthony Brown, 42, of Brooklyn, have been charged with grand larceny, defrauding the government and falsely reporting an incident.

As part of the duo’s alleged scheme, King claimed she was a victim of the Saturday, May 11 holdup at the 7 train station at 111th Street in Corona.

According to the charges, said the district attorney, King initially claimed that around 11:00 a.m. she was in the station’s break room when a man with a black revolver and stun gun came in, pointed them at her, and duct taped her hands and mouth. He then removed the keys to the ticket booth and took approximately $4,000 from inside of it.

Fellow MTA employees later found King duct taped inside the break room, and King was taken to a police local precinct to file a report.

But following an investigation, cops no longer believed King was the victim, but had instead agreed to split the stolen money with the robber.

Brown told police that King asked if he wanted to make some money and told him to come to the station on Saturday, said the district attorney.  She also told him to tie her up with the duct tape so cops would believe the robbery was real.

If convicted, King and Brown face up to seven years in prison.

 

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VIDEO: 7 train assault


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

Video courtesy of NYPD

The NYPD is asking for the public’s assistance in identifying a suspect and victim in an assault aboard the 7 train within the confines of the 108th Precinct. The Central Robbery Queens Transit Squad received a cell phone video on Friday, May 10, which captured an assault on the Queens bound train.

On Sunday,  May 5 at 1 a.m., an unidentified male punched the unidentified victim and exited the train at the 69th Street station.

The suspect is identified as white-Hispanic, approximately 5’9″ and 180 pounds, with brown eyes and long black hair. He was wearing a dark T-shirt and blue jeans, and had his hair in a pony tail.

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477), submit tips on the Crime Stoppers website, www.nypdcrimestoppers.com, or text 274637 (CRIMES) and enter TIP577. All calls are strictly confidential.

 

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App leads cops to Flushing cell phone thief


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

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A smartphone tracking app played a key role in arresting an alleged cell phone thief within 30 minutes of the crime, police said.

Jordan Osborne, 19, allegedly fled in Flushing after grabbing an iPhone 5 out of the hands of a 28-year-old woman, according to the 109th Precinct. The victim was walking on Main Street and 41st Avenue around noon on April 15, police said.

A witness attempted to chase Osborne and then called 9-1-1.

Police then used a tracking device on the victim’s phone to locate Osborne on the No. 7 train near Citi Field. The MTA stopped the train so officers could go car to car, police said.

Cops found the phone ringing in Osborne’s hand. He was arrested immediately.

The suspect has been arrested for assault three times.

-BY MELISSA CHAN AND ROSA KIM

 

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Queens’ Morning Roundup


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 TODAY’S FORECAST 

Thursday: Overcast in the morning, then mostly cloudy. Fog early. High of 59. Winds from the NE at 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 20%. Thursday night: Overcast with a chance of rain, then rain after midnight. Fog overnight. Low of 45. Breezy. Winds from the SE at 10 to 20 mph with gusts to 30 mph. Chance of rain 90%.

EVENT OF THE DAY: Taste of Ridgewood

The Ridgewood YMCA will host its first annual tasting event, “Taste of Ridgewood,” on Thursday, April 11. It will celebrate and feature different types of cuisines from restaurants all over Queens, and include exciting live music and fundraising that will benefit the kids and families of the borough. All proceeds will be donated to the YMCA Strong Kids Campaign. Click here for more info or to submit an event of your own

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A round of severe thunderstorms cut power, and brought lightning that struck a home and caused a fire in Queens on Wednesday evening. Read more: CBS New York

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Some parents want kids to opt out of standardized tests

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Mayor Bloomberg push to extend 7 train to Jersey is promptly derailed by the MTA

The Bloomberg administration’s hope of extending the 7 train to New Jersey is dead on arrival. Read more: New York Daily News

Background checks deal boosts odds for gun-control bill

A breakthrough agreement to expand background checks for gun buyers, announced on Wednesday by two senators, boosts the prospects the Senate will approve at least some of President Barack Obama’s proposed gun restrictions. Read more: Reuters

NYC subway, bus ridership highest in over 60 years


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

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BY ANTHONY O’REILLY

Total ridership for New York City Transit buses and trains are at their highest in more than 60 years, according to the MTA’s 2012 Ridership data report.

Total annual ridership increased 0.9 percent from 2011, despite a five day span of no service and free fares following Sandy.

Weekend ridership increased 3 percent from 2011, matching its highest ever level achieved back in 1946. Weekday ridership increased 1.8 percent, excluding the five day disruption following Sandy, from 2011, reaching its highest level since 1950.

According to the report, the busiest station in Queens was the Flushing-Main Street stop for the No. 7 train.

For specific data on ridership in different boroughs and stations, click here.

 

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Landscapes of industrial life in Long Island City


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Looking out every window in her life, Diane Sipprelle finds life, beauty and inspiration.

Born in Knoxville, Tennesse, the young southern artist made her way to the big apple in the early 1980s to chase her dreams of being an artist. After a few years of traveling, Sipprelle made her way into Long Island City where she was able to move into a “large, airy” apartment.

Once her surroundings blocked her views of the world around her, she moved looking for a larger space and views to Dobbs Ferry where she now overlooks the Hudson River.

“It’s important for me to have something I find interesting to paint from these windows. “ she said. “It’s like living in the painting.”

Working a day job, she finds it easier to be able to paint from her windows before and after work. During her time in Long Island City, her inspirations would come from the industrial landscape that surrounded her every day.

“I had such wonderful views of the 7 train which ran within a couple of arms lengths from my windows.” she said. “It was hilariously noisy but this was a perfect painting situation for me.”

Beginning her process of bringing the painting to life, she would take photos of the scenes that caught her eye, trace it onto a canvas, lay in the outlines and then color in like a coloring book.

“I particulary like oil paintings because you can change your mind, add and subtract layers as you feel more acquainted with your home view,” she said.

One of the works that can describe her best views from her Long Island City apartment is called “LIC Train Workers” and can now be found at the Diego Salazar Gallery. This oil painting, created straight out of her pajamas, details the hard work of train workers under a nice blue sky surrounded by the industrial city.

“It’s a reflection of me and me is a reflection of where I live, being a domestic person I was painting my life,” she said.

She recalls a specific mentor in her life in the early 1960s, who had a studio right off her kitchen. While the mentor would be cooking dinner for the present dinner party, she would also go about checking her painting in the studio.

“My first memories are of art and I always felt most in my element when I was with artists,” she said.

Among her inspirations are women who were considered to be eccentric and kept true to themselves in life and in their art works. Some of her influences include, Emily Carr, Alice Neel, Georgia O’Keef, Marjorie Portnow and many more.

“I’m a slow thinker and I mull things over and like to push things too far and then I can reconsider and rub that off and repaint. Push and pull.”

 

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Video released of suspect wanted for groping girl at Woodside station


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

Photo courtesy of NYPD

Police have released the video of a suspect wanted in connection with forcibly touching a 12-year-old girl on Friday, March 8.

According to the NYPD, the suspect approached the girl around 7:40 a.m. on the southbound 7 train platform of the Woodside station. He started to touch her from behind, then got on the train.

The suspect is described as a 28- to 35-year-old Hispanic man between 5’4″ and 5’6″, and was last seen with a red messenger bag.

Suspect wanted for forcibly touching girl at Woodside station


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Police are looking for a suspect wanted in connection with forcibly touching a 12-year-old girl.

The suspect approached the girl around 7:40 a.m. yesterday on the southbound 7 train platform of the Woodside station. He started to touch her from behind, police said, and then got on the train.

He’s described as a 28- to 35-year-old Hispanic man between 5’4″ and 5’6″, and was last seen with a red messenger bag.

Anyone with information on this matter is encouraged to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS.

 

Queens subway pusher indicted, found fit to stand trial


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The woman accused of shoving a 46-year-old man to his death at a Sunnyside subway platform last month has been indicted by a grand jury for second-degree murder as a hate crime and ruled mentally fit to stand trial, announced Queens District Attorney Richard Brown.

At the time of her arrest, Erika Menendez, 31, allegedly told investigators that she pushed Corona resident Sunando Sen into the path of a No. 7 train at the 40th Street-Lowery Street station because she hates Hindus and Muslims and has been beating them up since 2001 when “they put down the twin towers.”

Witnesses said they saw Menendez muttering to herself before shoving Sen off the platform.

On Monday, the same day that she was indicted, it was also announced that, following a court-ordered psychiatric exam, Menendez had been deemed fit to stand trial.

Despite the ruling, Menendez’s lawyers are expected to argue that even though she is mentally fit enough to understand the charges against her, she wasn’t mentally sound when she committed the December 27 crime, reported the Wall Street Journal.

Menendez, who faces up to 25 years to life in prison if convicted, is scheduled to return to court on January 29.


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Queens’ Morning Roundup


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TODAY’S FORECAST

Monday: Overcast. High of 37 with a windchill as low as 19F. Winds from the West at 10 to 15 mph. Chance of snow 20%. Monday night: Overcast with a chance of snow and a chance of rain, then a chance of snow after midnight. Low of 32F with a windchill as low as 25. Winds from the West at 10 to 15 mph. Chance of snow 20%.

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Two suspects were charged Sunday in connection with a shooting this weekend that left a 17-year-old boy dead outside a low-income housing development in Far Rockaway. Read more: CBS New York

Psychiatric test ordered for subway shove suspect

A woman accused of pushing a man to his death in front of a subway train told police she did so because she blamed Muslims for the Sept. 11 attacks, and because “I thought it would be cool,” prosecutors said at a court hearing. Read more: ABC New York/AP

President Obama’s determined to get a gun-control law in place early in his second term

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Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and Vice President Joe Biden made major progress toward a year-end tax bill overnight. Read more: Politico

Cops release sketch of suspect in subway push death


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A man was killed after being pushed in front of an approaching No. 7 train in Sunnyside last night, the second incident of its kind in New York City this month.

Sunando Sen was pushed as the Flushing-bound train approached the 40th Street station at approximately 8 p.m.

As the train pulled into the station, the suspect rose from a nearby bench and shoved the man, who did not notice her, witnesses said.

The suspect fled out of the station after pushing the victim and was caught on surveillance near the train. There are no security cameras in the station, a situation Councilmember Jimmy Van Bramer said he will push to change.

“It does strike me that in a post-9/11 world that there are no cameras at any stop,” Van Bramer said.

She is described as Hispanic, 5-feet-5-inches tall, weighing 190 pounds. She was last seen wearing a blue, gray and white jacket and Nike sneakers. Police are offering a $12,000 reward for capture.

The suspect reportedly was seen mumbling and pacing on the platform before shoving the man.

Ki-Suk Han, 58, of Elmhurst, was killed on December 3 when he was pushed in front of a Q train at the 49th Street-Seventh Avenue station.  Suspect Naeem Davis was arrested and charged with second-degree murder.

- Additional reporting by Maggie Hayes

Man kills wife, leaps off 7 train platform


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A Sunnyside man fatally stabbed his wife this morning before leaping off an elevated train platform along Queens Boulevard.

The domestic assault happened after 8 a.m. near 39th Place and 47th Avenue in Sunnyside, police said. The woman was taken to the hospital and pronounced dead.

Later in the morning, the husband leapt off the platform of the No. 7 train at 40th Street, according to authorities.

The suspect was taken to Elmhurst Hospital where he was later pronounced dead.

 

Residents to get relief from pigeon poop under No. 7 train


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Woodside resident Rosa Gil has been pelted with pigeon poop for the last time.

The 42-year-old Borough Hall employee and thousands of others living near the No. 7 train, who have long suffered through the splattered sidewalks, sickening stench and stained shirts, will soon receive relief along their commute, thanks to a push — and financing — from Councilmember Jimmy Van Bramer.

The official allocated $250,000 in discretionary funds for a new pigeon mitigation system, designed to deter the birds from roosting under the elevated subway tracks and littering the underlying walkways with their foul feces.

“My constituents have been living with this mess for decades and have been asking for a solution for just as long,” said Van Bramer. “It’s a serious quality of life issue.”

Van Bramer said the droppings, while smelly and unsightly, are also a serious public health issue. According to the councilmember, the entrance to the 52nd Street station is most in need of a cleanup.

Jihee Kim, a 35-year-old Woodside resident who works at her family’s nearby fruit market, is excited about the prospect of a cleaner neighborhood.

“I’m absolutely for it,” said Kim. “If we can approve a person making these efforts, I’m for it. I would support [Van Bramer] in any way I can.”

Van Bramer passed the funds along to the Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA) which will oversee the alterations.

Deirdre Parker, a representative, said the MTA plans to establish several pigeon-deterrent devices at various stations. According to Parker, the 46th Street and 61st Street stations are currently protected by spikes and netting and the 52nd Street stop’s Bird-B-Gone — a shock track electrical system — deters pigeons from parking.

Parker said the MTA is considering adding extra bird-repelling devices. At 46th Street, it will add 2,700 linear feet of pigeon-deterrent wire along and over the four entrances to the station. At 52nd Street, it will install bird spikes and slopes to prevent perching, bird netting and an ultrasonic device, silent to humans, that creates high-frequency waves, intended to repel birds. At 61st Street, the MTA wants to install a sound device, broadcasting recorded distress and predator calls of actual birds that would repeat every 10 minutes.

According to Parker, these alterations would cost an estimated $259,600. While the MTA has a general outline of changes it hopes to make, it has yet to establish a timeline for when these systems will be put in place.