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New owner buys Queens’ tallest building


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THE COURIER/Photo by Liam La Guerre

The tallest building in Queens— and New York State outside of Manhattan— has a new owner.

Savanna, a real estate investment firm, announced on Monday that together with a partnering company it acquired a controlling interest in One Court Square, the 51-story building in Long Island City occupied by Citibank.

“We are thrilled to announce the acquisition of this terrific asset in Long Island City,” said Nicholas Bienstock, managing partner of Savanna. “One Court Square not only features attractive building amenities and convenient transportation access, but is also located in the heart of Long Island City, which has transformed over the past 10 years into one of the most attractive up-and-coming residential and office markets in the city.”

The group of investors led by David Werner, who previously owned the 1.5 million-square-foot building, will remain a smaller partner of the building.

Savanna did not release the price it paid for the tower, but Crain’s reported that the purchase would have been a much greater value than the nearly $500 million that Werner paid for it in 2011.

One Court Square was designed by Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP, and built by Turner Construction in 1989.

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Man wanted in Roosevelt Avenue ATM robbery


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Photo courtesy of NYPD

A suspect got away with $200 after he robbed a man at a Jackson Heights Citibank, cops said.

On Jan. 21, at about 1:20 a.m., the suspect entered the bank at 80-19 Roosevelt Ave., approached the 40 year-old male victim and forcefully removed his cash as he was making an ATM withdrawal, the NYPD said.

The victim resisted, but the suspect managed to free himself and flee with the money, according to police.

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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Jackson Heights bank robbery suspect wanted


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Police are looking for a man who robbed a Jackson Heights bank.

According to cops, on Wednesday, October 2 at approximately 9:36 a.m., the suspect enter the Citibank, located at 80-19 Roosevelt Avenue, and approached a teller and passed her a note. The note said the suspect had a firearm and was demanding cash. The teller did what the note said and the suspect fled with close to $800. No injuries were sustained during the robbery.

The suspect is described as a white male, between 25 to 30 years old, 5’8”tall, slim build, and at the time wearing a black winter coat, sunglasses, a grey knitted hat and carrying a black guitar case.

Police have released a photo of the suspect.

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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Police seek suspects in Queens bank robberies


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The NYPD is seeking information about three different bank robberies that occurred in Queens over the last three weeks. Though unrelated, they each occurred on a weekday morning and resulted in no injuries, according to police. In only one incident, the suspect left with cash.

On Friday, August 31, around 11:45 a.m., a man entered a Citibank at 107-01 71st Avenue in Forest Hills. He handed a note to a bank teller, but fled without any money, said police. He is described as a white male in his thirties, 5’7″ tall and 180 pounds. He was last seen wearing a white t-shirt, shorts, sunglasses and was holding a white towel.

A man entered a Chase Bank location at 138-02 Queens Boulevard in Jamaica on Friday, September 14 around 9 a.m. and passed a demand note to a teller, said police. He then fled on foot with an undetermined amount of money. The suspect is described as a black male in his early thirties, and was last seen wearing a white t-shirt, dark pants, black backpack and a black baseball cap.

On Monday, September 17, around 10:30 a.m., a man entered a Capital One Bank at 122-03 14th Avenue in College Point and passed a brown bag to a teller, demanding money. When the teller refused to hand over cash, the suspect retrieved the brown bag and fled on foot eastbound on Van Wyck Expressway Service Road towards Queens Boulevard. The suspect is described as a white male in his thirties, 5’9″ tall, medium build and clean shaven. He was last seen wearing a brown jacket, blue jeans, dark sunglasses and a gray cap.

Anyone with information in regards to these incidents is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477). The public can also submit tips by logging onto the Crime Stoppers website at WWW.NYPDCRIMESTOPPERS.COM or by texting their tips to 274637 (CRIMES) then enter TIP577. All calls are strictly confidential.

 

Citibank cuts ribbon on new branch


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THE COURIER/Photos by Mike DiBartolomeo

Citibank, which is expanding in the five boroughs, recently cut the ribbon on its new Forest Hills North branch, located on the corner of 108th Street and 64th Road.

Anthony Granda, branch manager of the Forest Hills North branch, has 17 years of banking experience and is a seven year resident of the community. He is joined by Assistant Branch Manager Gladys Mati, a Forest Hills resident with 10 years of banking experience. Personal Bankers Irma Zizva, Shaheen Khan and Irina Shaulov also bring years of banking experience to the community, as do tellers Romina Campuzano, Surayyah Mohammed, Artem Meslshin and Ramzi Shakir. The team speaks many languages to serve the community including English, Russian, Georgian, Bukharian, Hindi, Bengali, Urdu, Arabic, Persian and Tagalog.