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Woman struck by Queens-bound No. 7 train at Grand Central


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A woman fell into the path of a No. 7 train at Grand Central Station Thursday night after she passed out, police said.

The 32-year-old was waiting for the subway about 9:30 p.m. when she was hit by a Queens-bound train, according to the NYPD.

She was taken to Bellevue Hospital in critical condition, police said.

No. 7 train service had to be suspended between Grand Central and Hunters Point Avenue because of the accident.

 

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Suspect wanted for groping on No. 7 train


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A man allegedly rubbed up against a 21-year-old woman and grabbed her buttocks on the No. 7 train, police said.

The incident occurred on Dec. 10 at 3:38 p.m. when the train was at the 74th Street and Roosevelt Avenue station, according to the NYPD.

After he groped the woman, the suspect then fled at the Main Street station in Flushing, cops said.

Police describe the suspect as a white male, 5 feet 10 inches tall and 200 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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MTA in talks to improve Jackson Heights subway station


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The future is starting to look brighter as the 82nd Street Partnership begins talks with the MTA on better conditions and lighting at a Jackson Heights subway station.

The Partnership met with representatives from MTA/New York City Transit on September 12 to discuss enhancements to the 82nd Street subway station, as well as along the underpass of the elevated No. 7 train on Roosevelt Avenue. The group discussed the condition and structure of the station and underpass.

“I think it went well,” said Cheryl Tse, project consultant for the 82nd Street Partnership. “It’s the beginning of a conversation of the improvements we can bring to the 82nd Street station and the No. 7 train line.”

In August, as Tse was on her commute home waiting on the No. 7 train platform at the 82nd Street and Roosevelt Avenue subway station, she found a total of four signs with an “e” missing on the word “Roosevelt.” Although the signs were fixed the next day, Tse told The Courier there are many other issues the MTA has to address to make it a better experience for commuters and pedestrians.

During the meeting, Tse, along with other members of the 82nd Street Partnership, expressed the community’s concerns with the station and the surrounding area. They also presented lighting designer Leni Schwendinger’s proposal of improving outdoor lighting and enhancing public spaces along Roosevelt Avenue and 82nd Street.

According to Tse, there will be a capital improvement project beginning in 2016 which will repaint support beams along the No. 7 line. The group was also directed to the MTA’s Arts for Transit program in order to explore potential opportunities of bringing art from local artists to the subway station.

“It was more to get everyone in the same room, to bring their attention to the issues at 82nd Street and along the No. 7 train,” said Tse. “We’re grateful the New York City Transit was able to meet with us to navigate channels and bring the change that we want. We’re hopeful.”

After also pinpointing noise pollution from the No. 7 line, Tse said the group was told new and quieter trains would soon be used. There was no exact date given.

Although the capital improvement project is not set to begin until 2016, the 82nd Street Partnership will organize workshops and community visioning events so residents and business owners can give their suggestions and designs. Schwendinger is also expected to present her final improved lighting proposal by mid-October.

If you have any ideas and feedback, contact the 82nd Street Partnership via Twitter @82ndStQueens or visit www.82ndstreet.org.

 

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Man wanted for masturbating on Queens subway


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Photo courtesy of NYPD

Cops are looking an alleged subway pervert who exposed himself and masturbated aboard a Queens-bound No. 7 train Thursday morning.

The incident happened around 9:45 a.m. as the train approached the Queens Borough Plaza station, said police.

Authorities describe the suspect as black, six feet tall and 180 pounds. He was last seen wearing a white shirt, blue jeans, black boots and sunglasses.

They have also released a cell phone photo taken by a straphanger who witnessed the lewd act.

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

 

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Misspelled signs highlight bigger issues at Jackson Heights subway station: neighborhood group


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Photo courtesy of Cheryl Tse

A spelling error was an easy fix, but according to the 82nd Street Partnership, there are bigger issues the MTA needs to look into at a Jackson Heights subway station.

On August 5, as Cheryl Tse, project consultant for the 82nd Street Partnership, was on her commute home waiting on the No. 7 train platform at the 82nd Street and Roosevelt Avenue subway station, she looked up to find an “e’” missing on the word “Roosevelt.”

“I just noticed it because it was such a beautiful day, I walked out and was enjoying the sun and I turned around and saw the sign,” said Tse, who then noticed the signs across the platform were also misspelled. “I couldn’t believe it.”

A total of four signs at the 82nd Street subway station misspelled the word “Roosevelt” as “Roosvelt” and were up for approximately one year, said the MTA.

“It showed lack of attention to detail,” said Tse.

After posting a photo on Twitter of her finding, word of the misspelling spread and made it to the MTA’s attention. By the afternoon the next day, the signs were fixed.

Yet Tse said that although this problem was an easy and quick fix there are many other issues the

MTA has to address to improve the subway station and underpass in order to make it a better experience for commuters and pedestrians.

The 82nd Street Partnership will meet with the MTA on September 12 to discuss enhancements to the 82nd Street subway station, as well as along the underpass of the elevated No. 7 train. The group will bring up the condition of the general station and structure of the station and underpass.

If you have any ideas and feedback you would like to share with the MTA, contact the 82nd Street Partnership via Twitter @82StQueens.

 

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Queens’ Morning Roundup


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TODAY’S FORECAST

Tuesday: Clear in the morning, then partly cloudy. High of 97. Winds from the North at 5 to 10 mph. Tuesday night: Clear. Low of 79. Winds less than 5 mph.

EVENT OF THE DAY: SummerStage -  Meli’sa Morgan/Fonda Rae/Alicia Myers/Marley Marl

SummerStage, New York’s largest free performing arts festival, runs in Queens thru August 11. On Tuesday, July 16, check out a concert with Meli’sa Morgan/Fonda Rae/Alicia Myers/Marley Marl, part of the “This is __Hip-Hop” Series, at Queensbridge Park at 7 p.m. Click here for more info or to submit an event of your own

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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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THE COURIER/Photo by Cristabelle Tumola

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


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Photo courtesy of Apple

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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NYC subway, bus ridership highest in over 60 years


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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.