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Breezy Point continues to rebuild

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THE COURIER/Photos by Maggie Hayes

Slowly but surely Breezy Point is coming back.

“We continue to push as hard as we can,” said Arthur Lighthall, General Manager of the Breezy Point Cooperative. “It’s a constant effort to get things expedited, processed, approved.”

The roar of bulldozers and banging of hammers can be heard around the once-silent streets of the sleepy beach town. After Sandy tore through the neighborhood, 350 homes were left uninhabitable, some due to fire.

Now, approaching the storm’s one year anniversary, Lighthall said the cooperative has received 85 sets of plans from various property owners and their architects, proposing a way to rebuild.

“These people spent the first several months after the storm just waiting to see what they could do,” Lighthall said, referring to new FEMA, insurance and city standards.

“This is not something that those 350 chose to do. These people are forced [to rebuild],” he continued.

The cooperative is the first to receive the architects’ plans to rebuild and restructure lost property, which are then sent to the borough’s Buildings Department. After the department approves the plan, the process to receive the appropriate city permits begins, and construction can start.

Lighthall estimates that roughly 20 applications have been approved in the city’s system.

During the storm, an electrical fire also decimated 135 homes. Of those, about six homes are beginning to rise from the sand.

However, nobody from the fire zone is back in their homes.

All new structures are set to be built higher to comply with FEMA standards in addition to the two feet the city added for flood elevation. Additionally, no house will have a basement, Lighthall said.

The majority of homeowners are still displaced, living in various places throughout the city. Some residents have taken a different approach to rebuilding; one family installed a two-story modular home on Reid Avenue to get back into Breezy.

Lighthall and the cooperative continue to work with city officials in such a way that he said will hopefully get plans approved as quickly as possible.

“It’s frustrating at times having to contend with the bureaucracy,” he said. “There’s a lot of interest in getting these people back in, and city officials to smooth and quicken the process.”



Primary guide: City Council District 32

By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com


As the clock ticks closer to city primaries on Tuesday, September 10, The Courier would like to provide you, the reader and the voter, with a fair, detailed guide of who is running. Here is a list of the City Council District 32 primary candidates (Belle Harbor, Breezy Point, Broad Channel, Hamilton Beach, Howard Beach, Lindenwood, Neponsit, Ozone Park, Rockaway Beach, Rockaway Park, South Ozone Park, South Richmond Hill and Woodhaven), who they are, what they stand for and what they want to continue to do if they go on to the general election in November.

Name: Lew M. Simon

Party: Democrat

Occupation: Private school teacher, Assembly District Leader

Personal Info: Simon was born and raised in Rockaway. He has been a community and civic leader for over 30 years. He works 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, helping all who need help.

Platform/Issues: To secure funding and build much-needed schools. Make school safety and stopping bullying a priority. Reduce busing and keep siblings together in neighborhood schools. Establish an HOV lane on Woodhaven and Cross Bay Boulevards during peak hours. See that every community has a good community hospital with a well-equipped emergency room. Will continue to fund all senior centers, Meals-on-Wheels and Access-A-Ride. Will increase funding for volunteer fire and ambulance departments. Increase the staffing levels so that each community board will have a building inspector. Will continue to fund the fight for additional firefighters and police officers. Support direct mass transit service to midtown Manhattan in less than 30 minutes (Rockaway Beach rail line). Clean up graffiti in Woodhaven and Ozone Park.

Name: William Ruiz

Party: Democrat

*The campaign for this candidate did not submit a profile as of press time



Queens’ Morning Roundup

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morning roundup


Friday: Mostly cloudy in the morning, then overcast. High of 84. Winds from the NNW at 10 to 15 mph. Friday night: Partly cloudy. Low of 66. Winds from the NE at 5 to 10 mph.

EVENT OF THE DAY: In the Mood for Love

The Museum of the Moving Image presents In the Mood for Love as part of a retrospective on Wong Kar-wai, the influential Hong Kong Second Wave filmmaker. This movie chronicles the intense friendship and sublimated desires between two mutually cuckolded neighbors in a tale of passion tragically thwarted. Starts at 7 p.m. Tickets for Friday evening screenings include admission to the Museum’s galleries, which are open until 8:00 p.m. Click here for more info or to submit an event of your own

Cops looking for suspect who struck officer in Astoria  

A police officer on patrol in Astoria Thursday night was injured when a vehicle suspected in a robbery struck him as it tried to speed away, according to published reports. Read more: The Queens Courier

Police say attack on interracial couple in LIC not a hate crime

Cops say the attack on an interracial couple in Long Island City this past weekend was not a hate crime. Read more: The Queens Courier

Sandy victims say they’re being scammed by contractors

Some Breezy Point residents whose homes were damaged by water and fire during superstorm Sandy say they’re being scammed by the people they hired to help them rebuild. Read more: CBS New York 

Eliot Spitzer, Scott Stringer argue over credibility in comptroller debate

Manhattan Borough President ScottStringer tried to convince voters that he is the most credible choice for city comptroller, while former Gov. Eliot Spitzer touted his resume in the capital markets during a Democratic debate that grew tense at times Thursday night. Read more: CBS New York

Nasdaq trading halted for 3 hours

A mysterious glitch halted trading on the Nasdaq for three hours Thursday in the latest major electronic breakdown on Wall Street, embarrassing the stock exchange that hosts the biggest names in technology, including Apple, Microsoft and Google. Read more: AP

Bradley Manning becomes Chelsea Manning

By asking to be known as a woman named Chelsea, Bradley Manning has created a host of possible challenges for the military as the soldier began serving a 35-year prison sentence for giving secrets to WikiLeaks. Read more: AP

Assemblymember Phillip Goldfeder to launch mobile office tour

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Photo courtesy of Assemblymember Phillip Goldfeder

Assemblymember Phillip Goldfeder is once again taking his office on the road.

“I understand residents don’t always have the time to drop by my district offices, especially as they rebuild after Sandy, which is why I’m bringing my office to them,” Goldfeder said.

The Assemblymember and his office will launch their mobile office tour across his district in Breezy Point, next to the “Head Over Heels” festival, on Thursday, July 25. The mobile office will offer assistance and provide locals with the opportunity to share their personal concerns.

Goldfeder’s tour last summer brought in “hundreds of people,” he said, and he looks forward to another “great round of visits.”

Dates, times and locations of the mobile office are:





Thursday, July 25


Breezy Point

Breezy Point, next    to ‘Head over Heels’ festival, by the baseball field

Thursday, Aug. 8


Far Rockaway

JASA-Brookdale Village Senior Center, 125th Beach 19th Street

Thursday, Aug. 15


Howard Beach

Waldbaums, 156-01 Cross Bay Blvd.

Thursday, Aug. 22



Lindenwood Shopping Center, 82-35 153rd Ave.

Tuesday, Aug. 27


Hamilton Beach

Riley’s Yacht Club 99-62 Russell Street, NY 11414

Tuesday, Sept. 3



Young Israel of Wavecrest and Bayswater, 27-16 Healy Ave.

Tuesday, Sept. 10


Broad Channel

Rock ‘n Roll Bagel, Corner of E.21st Rd. & Cross Bay Blvd.



Eight months after Sandy, Rockaway Theatre set to relaunch

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THE COURIER/Photo by Maggie Hayes

It is curtains up once more at the Rockaway Theatre.

The community theater, located in Breezy Point’s Fort Tilden, was completely destroyed during Sandy. But the show must go on, and the Rockaway group is officially ready to reopen its doors.

A production of “The Rockaway Café” will open on Friday, July 19 and run through early August. The cast has been rehearsing its comeback on a newly built, post-Sandy stage.

“We’re ready to reintroduce the whole theater to the community,” said Stephen Ryan, an actor in various theater productions.

Ryan was cast in the play “Brighton Beach Memoirs” that showed on Sunday, October 28, just one day before Sandy.

“We knew the storm was coming. I didn’t think it was going to be as bad as they were saying,” he said. “The show went on, but we just made a quick exit.”

“I assumed this place floated away,” he added.

Susan Jasper, the theater’s production manager, said she returned to the site after the storm to find water had come down through the audience’s section, washed over the stage and rushed back into the dressing room.

“This was a disaster in many ways,” Jasper said.

Floors and walls were replaced; the stage, built in 1942, was rebuilt; the dressing room was redone; props and sets were replaced and repairs are far from over. The building needed mold remediation as well.

Jasper estimates all of the damages amount to roughly $200,000. They have not received any help from FEMA or the Red Cross and are “back to square one” — not for the first time. The facility was completely rehabilitated when Jasper took over in 1997.

The theater’s children’s program is held typically every September through March. After the storm hit, Jasper had to cancel the program and refund parents. Additionally, the group had to postpone the production of “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” from November to March.

The show was instead shown at Our Lady of Grace in Howard Beach.

“The way I originally envisioned the production had to be drastically changed,” said Chaz Peacock, the show’s director.

Locals had to pull out due to their own homes’ damages, half of the production had to be recast and the actors performed on a much smaller stage.

Now, ready to reopen, “The Rockaway Café” is set as the theater’s annual variety show. Each year, the show has a specific genre of music. This year, the theater is “saluting the storm” with songs like “I Made it Through the Rain.”

“Act one is devastation, act two is uplifting,” Jasper said.

There will also be raffles at all matinee performances. Local merchants have donated gifts and gift certificates and the theater group is still accepting donations of any kind.

“The loyalty of people involved helped us get back,” Peacock said.

Admission to “The Rockaway Café” will be $20 for adults and $15 for seniors and children. All proceeds will help defray the costs of rebuilding. For information on how to help or showtimes, call 718-374-6400.



Wounded Warriors Adaptive Water Sports Festival will go on as planned

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The show will go on.

Assemblymember Phillip Goldfeder helped acquire the use of a new dock for the Wounded Warriors 10th annual Adaptive Water Sports Festival, so now the event can continue as planned.

Each year the water sports festival by the Wounded Warriors Project, an organization dedicated to empowered injured soldiers, provides the multi-day sports event in Breezy Point to treat veterans. But Sandy destroyed a necessary landing dock, which threatened to cancel parts or all of the festival.

“The neighborhood has been looking forward to this event to provide a much needed sense of normalcy,” said Flip Mullen of Wounded Warriors.

Goldfeder’s office got the ball rolling with the Wounded Warrior Project, Seastreak Ferry and the NYC Economic Development Corporation, to ensure veterans could use the new dock at Beach 108th Street so they can commute to and from the Rockaways.

“It has been eight months since Superstorm Sandy ravaged our community and we could not let the storm prevent us from continuing our traditions of celebrating our Wounded Warriors,” Goldfeder said.  “Our veterans fought to protect our country and we are proud to welcome them back to Rockaway.”

During the water sports festival injured veterans, many who have lost their limbs, will be able to water ski, kayak and learn to scuba dive.

The event will run from July 11 -13. The Wounded Warriors are scheduled to arrive at 7 p.m. on Thursday, July 11 at the Belle Harbor Yacht Club.



Queens’ Morning Roundup

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Wednesday: Overcast with a chance of rain, then a chance of a thunderstorm and a chance of rain in the afternoon. Fog early. High of 84. Winds from the SSW at 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 30%. Wednesday night: Mostly cloudy with a chance of a thunderstorm and a chance of rain. Low of 73. Winds from the SSW at 5 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 20%.

EVENT OF THE DAY: Outdoor Cinema Presents Our Nixon

Outdoor Cinema is an annual international film festival now in its 15th year. Outdoor Cinema 2013 will show eight films from around the world, all in their original language with English subtitles. Prior to the film there will be music, dance and food to enjoy. Our Nixon (U.S.A.): A documentary about Nixon’s presidency using never-before-seen footage shot by three of Nixon’s top aides with their home video cameras will be shown at Socrates Sculpture Park on Wednesday, July 3 at 7 p.m. Click here for more info or to submit an event of your own

Breezy Point homeowners sue over devastating loss during Sandy

Scores of Breezy Point homeowners have filed a major lawsuit against the Long Island Power Authority and National Grid. Read more: CBS New York

Crime decrease last year in 112th Precinct was actually an increase

It turns out crime was actually up — not down — last year in Forest Hills and Rego Park. Read more: New York Daily News

Emails appear to reveal officials knew of 911 system lost calls issue 

CBS 2 has obtained emails from Emergency Medical Services supervisors that address “lost calls” in the city’s 911 system, indicating officials knew of problems with the system early on. Read more: CBS New York

Hundreds more majestic Canada geese killed in name of airline safety in Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge

More than 260 geese were rounded up for slaughter at the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge Tuesday morning as part of an ongoing effort to reduce bird strikes at nearby JFK Airport. Read more: New York Daily News

New Yorkers’ new domain: ‘.nyc’ gets initial OK

New York City likes to think of itself as a domain like no other. Now it can boast as much on the web. Read more: NBC New York

U.S. to delay key health-reform provision to 2015

The Obama administration said on Tuesday it would not require employers to provide health insurance for their workers until 2015, delaying a key provision of President Barack Obama’s healthcare reform law by a year, to beyond the next election. Read more: Reuters 

National Grid makes recovery announcements in Breezy Point

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THE COURIER/Photo by Terence M. Cullen

Breezy Point is getting back on the grid.

As part of a cooperative effort with Habitat for Humanity, National Grid made a slew of recovery announcements on Friday, May 17 to benefit the neighborhood.

Company president Ken Daly announced the supplier has replaced 14 miles worth of gas lines in Breezy Point and given grants to three local businesses to continue rebuilding.

“This is not just about National Grid, and it’s not just about our employees,” Daly said. “It’s really about our extended family.”

One of the grant recipients was Kathy Dady, a 24-year Breezy Point resident who runs Breezy Point Lumber on West Market Street.

Although the lumber yard was damaged by the storm, Dady said the staff still took in orders for when deliveries could be made. The yard reopened three weeks after Sandy and has since contributed to many rebuilt homes. Dady expects to stay involved in the process.

“Everybody relies on the lumberyard,” she said. “Hopefully we’ll be [supplying lumber] for the houses that were burnt.”

Habitat for Humanity of Westchester County has worked in Breezy since the storm hit. Executive director James Killoran said while more than six months have passed, there is still a long road ahead for the community.

Killoran added that the Breezy Point community has the chance to become better, greener and more prepared for future storms.

“We’re not ready and we have to do something better,” he said. “Disaster doesn’t take a vacation, and neither do we.”



Council districts to get vote on city-funded community projects

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A million dollar decision is in the hands of some Queens residents.

Three City Council districts in the borough have a week, starting April 1, to vote on community projects they want the city to fund.

Part of an initiative called “Participatory Budgeting,” residents are allowed to develop ideas and then choose five physical infrastructure projects they want to see in their neighborhood. The total $10 million budget is composed of discretionary capital public money to be split between eight districts in the city.

“Participatory Budgeting gives the community an unprecedented opportunity to make decisions on how city dollars get spent in our community,” said Councilmember Mark Weprin.

Weprin and Councilmembers Dan Halloran and Eric Ulrich have each allocated $1 million to their respective districts.

Project items to be voted on include upgrading technology at schools and libraries, installing police and security cameras in high crime areas, and upgrading community facilities like the Poppenhusen Institute and Queens County Farm Museum.

Residents in Halloran’s district have proposed adding a dog run canopy and kayak launch at Little Bay Park and a bird watching platform at Parsons Beach.

“These projects are all worthwhile, especially because they came from the people,” Halloran said.

This is the second year of the city’s participatory budgeting.

The process was derailed by Sandy in the 32nd District, according to Councilmember Eric Ulrich’s office, since some ballot items involving the boardwalk and parks have become ineligible after the storm.

A vote was still scheduled for the first week of April as of press time.

Last year, residents in Ulrich’s district voted to build a bandstand space on Shore Front Parkway, install a library vending machine in Breezy Point and upgrade technology at local schools.

For ballots and voting locations in all three Queens districts, visit pbnyc.org.



Rockaway residents take to City Hall, demand say in Sandy rebuilding

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THE COURIER/Photos by Terence M. Cullen

By day 143, Rockaway residents had had enough.

Scores traveled to the steps of City Hall on Saturday, March 23 to call on Mayor Michael Bloomberg and the city to help residents rebuild after Sandy.

Shoulder to shoulder with elected officials and candidates for mayor and borough president, resident after resident told personal stories of their prolonged recovery and demanded a say in how the peninsula is rebuilt.

“Now, as community residents of the Rockaway peninsula and Broad Channel, we demand to always have our voices heard on what goes on with all future projects, and most importantly, to be part of the process when implementing them to protect our community from another Sandy, or any type of possible future disasters,” said Danny Ruscillo, president of the 100th Precinct Community Council. Ruscillo held a sign that became one of the chants during the hour-long press conference: “United we stand. Divided we drown.”

Senator Charles Schumer recently secured money to rebuild New York beaches, and take measures to prevent flooding.


The Army Corps of Engineers, which has been conducting surveys on protecting the beach-front community for more than a decade, recently said the study would take at least another year-and-a-half.

But residents like Margaret Wagner think that’s too long. Wagner said she took the trip to lower Manhattan while her husband was at home putting up sheetrock in their Broad Channel home.

“We want the studies to end tomorrow,” said Wagner. “Give us a plan today. Not a year-and-a-half from now.”
John Cori and Eddie Pastore, who run Friends of Rockaway Beach and organized the City Hall rally, have long campaigned to build better beach protection.

This was not the first time Rockaway residents have criticized Bloomberg and his administration for what they believed was a delayed reaction to the storm. On a visit to Breezy Point in November, Bloomberg was lambasted by a resident; spectators at the St. Patrick’s Day parade on March 2 booed him when he marched.

Councilmember Eric Ulrich and State Senator Joseph Addabbo both said it was crucial that those who live there have the final say in how the communities are rebuilt.

“These residents have to live with what’s left behind,” Addabbo said. “Let’s get to work for these people.”

“We heard about the federal money that Senator Schumer was able to secure and we’re very grateful for that,” Ulrich said. “But the community needs to be kept in the loop as to how that money is going to be spent.”




Councilmember Eric Ulrich

Queens’ Morning Roundup

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Monday: Mostly cloudy in the morning, then overcast with ice pellets. High of 36 with a windchill as low as 25F. Winds from the East at 10 to 15 mph. Chance of precipitation 90% . Monday night: Overcast with ice pellets and snow, then rain after midnight. Low of 36 with a windchill as low as 28F. Breezy. Winds from the East at 10 to 20 mph. Chance of precipitation 100% .

EVENT OF THE DAY: Paper Bag players

Starting at 10:30 a.m., the Paper Bag players will perform a set of short plays at the Queensborough Performing Arts Center, located at 222-05 56th Avenue in Bayside. In a show put on for kids, the story and musical numbers explore the Old West and The Life of a Bowling Pin and in the rousing finale set at a Country Fair two neighbors who can’t get along become the best of friends with the audiences help. Click here for more info or to submit an event of your own

School bus involved in accident on Grand Central Parkway

Authorities are investigating an accident involving a school bus and a car in Queens. Read more: NBC New York

Four off-duty NYPD busted amid St. Patrick’s Day weekend hijinks

Four off-duty NYPD employees have been arrested since Friday, including an officer accused of driving drunk and leaving the scene of an accident, officials said. Read more: New York Daily News

Teen charged with DUI in fatal accident on Grand Central Parkway

Authorities arrested a teen for DUI after he struck and killed a taxi driver on the Grand Central Parkway early Sunday morning, said police. Read more: The Queens Courier

Irish prime minister attends St. Patrick’s Day mass in Breezy Point

It’s a special day for Irish residents of Breezy Point, not just because it’s St. Patrick’s Day, or that they’re meeting the Taoiseach, or Prime Minister, of Ireland. Read more: NY1

Twitter co-founder eyes NYC mayor’s job

There may be another billionaire interested in New York City’s top job. Read more: Fox New York/AP

Top court to hear arguments over generic drugmaker liability

The Supreme Court will hear arguments on Tuesday in a case that could decide whether generic drugmakers can be held liable for alleged flaws in the designs of their medications, even though federal law requires generic manufacturers to copy the brand drugmaker’s design. Read more: Reuters


Queens’ Morning Roundup

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Friday: Mostly cloudy. High of 46. Winds from the NNW at 10 to 15 mph. Friday night: Overcast in the evening, then partly cloudy. Low of 32. Winds from the NW at 10 to 15 mph.

EVENT OF THE DAY: Sixth Annual Panorama Challenge NYC Team Trivia Game

At the Queens Museum of Art, participate in the world’s only geographical trivia-based game night involving the world’s largest architectural model The Panorama of the City of New York. This challenge involves audio clues and laser-pointers highlighting assorted NYC landmarks, bridges, neighborhoods, parks and more. $10 suggested donation with all proceeds supporting the City Reliquary Museum in Williamsburg. Click here for more info or to submit an event of your own

Two charged with murder, kidnapping for deadly South Richmond Hill fire

Authorities have arrested and charged two men in conjunction with the South Richmond Hill fire that revealed one man bound and shot. Read more: Queens Courier

Metro-North, LIRR fare hikes go into effect

The first round of MTA fare and toll hikes went into effect Friday morning. Read more: CBS New York

City Council wants Albany to give tax relief for Sandy homeowners

Homeowners who decide to rebuild after Hurricane Sandy may find that they are paying for the privilege. Read more: NY1

Breezy Point residents still planning Wounded Warriors event

Residents in Breezy Point are committed to hosting their annual Wounded Warriors event despite all the storm damage. Read more: Fox New York

Man arrested at LaGuardia after switchblades found in carry on, authorities say

Authorities at LaGuardia Airport arrested a man Wednesday that they say had three switchblades in his carry-on luggage. Read more: NY1

Obama to hold budget talks with congressional leaders

A fiscal deadline all but blown, President Obama says he once again wants to seek a big fiscal deal that would raise taxes and trim billions from expensive and ever growing entitlement programs. Read more: ABC New York/AP

Body found on Breezy Point beach identified as missing Queens woman

By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com


Police have identified the woman whose body washed up on a Breezy Point beach Saturday as 24-year-old Marisha Cheong, who went missing from her Jamaica residence two months ago, said the NYPD.

According to CBS New York, Cheong’s live-in boyfriend was supposed to pick her up at a Forest Hills subway station on December 19, but she never showed up.

There was no sign of the young women until her remains washed up just across from 121 Bayside Avenue  this weekend.

It’s unclear how she died, but the Office of the Medical Examiner is expected to release the cause of death within the next few days.



Queens’ Morning Roundup

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Monday: Clear. High of 37 with a windchill as low as 5F. Breezy. Winds from the WNW at 15 to 20 mph with gusts to 30 mph. Monday night: Clear in the evening, then partly cloudy. Low of 30. Winds from the SW at 5 to 10 mph.

EVENT OF THE DAY: Yelp Drinks Queens

A week long celebration of the finest libation worthy establishments makes for the best Happy Hour in Queens ever! Yelp is bringing you the 3rd edition of YELP DRINKS NYC, a city-wide chance to sample something cool at places locals love! Participating locations will feature at least three (3) adult beverages for 50% off all week long, giving you the perfect chance to check out why they are so highly-rated. Just go into any of the bars participating during business hours from Feb. 18-24 and mention Yelp Drinks to take advantage of the promotion. Click here for more info or to submit an event of your own

Crowded race for vacant City Council seat to be decided Tuesday

The free-for-all to fill a vacant City Council seat in southern Queens will come down to the wire on Tuesday. Read more: New York Daily News

Thieves brazenly steal $2 million worth of jewelry from Four Seasons Hotel

Thieves pulled off a stunning jewelry heist this weekend at one of the city’s most posh hotels. Read more: CBS New York

Both Democrats and Republicans say they don’t want Obama to push forward with his own immigration plans

Republicans and Democrats alike on Sunday predicted President Obama would fail if he pushed forward with his own effort to overhaul the nation’s immigration system. Read more: New York Daily News

Volunteers rebuild Breezy Point Sandy-damaged home

A 78-year-old cancer survivor was moved to tears upon discovering that her Superstorm-Sandy damaged New York home had been rebuilt by volunteers. Read more: ABC New York

Reports: Oscar-winning actor patted down by Manhattan deli employee

Academy Award-winning actor Forest Whitaker was reportedly patted down by a worker at a Morningside Heights deli after being accused of shoplifting. Read more: NY1

Singer Mindy McCready dead in apparent suicide

Perhaps there was one heartbreak too many for Mindy McCready. The former country star appears to have taken her own life Sunday afternoon in Heber Springs, Ark. Authorities say McCready died of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot to the head and an autopsy is planned. She was 37, the mother of two young sons. Read more: ABC New York

Woman’s remains wash ashore in Breezy Point

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A woman’s partially decomposed body was discovered on a beach in Breezy Point this morning, according to reports.

While only part of the woman’s skull remained intact, police said there were no obvious signs of trauma.

Her identity has not yet been discovered.

It is unclear how she died. The Office of the Medical Examiner will release the cause and whether any criminality is suspected in the next few days.