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Knife-wielding robbers target J line riders: cops

| rpozarycki@queenscourier.com

Photo courtesy of NYPD

Updated Tuesday, May 19, 10:02 a.m.

Detectives are asking the public’s help in finding four people wanted in connection with a series of knife point robberies on the J line in Richmond Hill and Brooklyn this month.

The first caper occurred in Richmond Hill at 2:40 p.m. on May 8, when a 25-year-old woman was robbed by a knife-wielding male crook while riding a Jamaica Center-bound J train as it approached the 121st Street station.

Authorities said the suspect displayed a knife and forcibly removed the victim’s cash and MetroCard; he then exited the train at the 121st Street stop and was last seen fleeing toward the station’s mezzanine.

Two days later, four suspects robbed and assaulted an 18-year-old man on a Jamaica Center-bound J train as it approached the 111th Street station in Richmond Hill at about 1:50 a.m. on May 10, police said.

The crooks — three men and one woman — reportedly displayed a knife, then punched the victim about the left side of the face, causing swelling. Law enforcement sources said the bandits took the victim’s iPhone 6 and a shopping bag containing a jacket, a Gucci belt and Air Jordan sneakers.

The third incident occurred four minutes later at 1:54 a.m. on May 10 in Cypress Hills, when a male suspect assaulted and robbed a 47-year-old man of his iPhone on a Jamaica Center-bound J train approaching the Cleveland Street station.

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.

Editor’s note: A previous version identified five suspects wanted in connection with the pattern. The NYPD has since revised its information indicating that just four individuals are sought.


LIC-based Row New York helps local teens build a positive future

| aaltamirano@queenscourier.com

Photos courtesy of Amanda Kraus/Row New York

For the past 11 years, Row New York has helped local teens row their way into a positive future. Now, the program has made it as a semi-finalist for the Nonprofit Excellence Awards.

Long Island City-based Row NY was founded in 2002 and has helped enable young people from under-resourced communities in New York City gain strength, confidence and follow excellence through competitive rowing.

For the past nine years, Row NY had focused its attention on Queens girls ranging from the seventh grade to their graduating year in high school. Last year it expanded into Manhattan to begin its first boys program out of the Peter Jay Sharp Boathouse.

On August 13, Row NY was announced as one of the 10 semifinalists for the 2013 New York Community Trust-New York Magazine Nonprofit Excellence Awards. In the fall, three of the semifinalists will be selected as winners and respectively receive cash awards of $30,000, $20,000 and $10,000.

“By showcasing inventive, innovative management at several nonprofits, we can help inspire hundreds of others to learn from best practices,” said Lorie Slutsky, president of The New York Community Trust.

Row NY was started after Amanda Kraus, founder and executive director, was inspired to begin a rowing program in Queens after working for Girls Row Boston as a graduate student, where she helped bring rowing to girls from underprivileged communities.

“I was like ‘this is amazing,’” said Kraus. “The idea was that I was from New York City and I thought this would be so amazing to have in my city.”

The program, which began with one boat and eight girls, now has 110 girls rowing six days a week on Meadow Lake in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park. There are also 110 participants in Manhattan. The students compete in an average of 12 races a year in the northeast and mid-Atlantic.

Along with competitive rowing, Row NY also offers summer camps and rowing sessions for children with disabilities. The program also conducts SAT and Regents prep, financial aid information sessions, and organizes college visits through the Long Island City office at 10-27 46th Avenue.

Kraus said the majority of the students stay in the program and graduate from high school and go onto college. Some even receive scholarships to continue their rowing.

“It makes them very attractive to college,” said Kraus. “The big focus is going to college and staying in college.”