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Teen charged in Cross Bay Boulevard crash

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A suspect has been arrested and charged in connection with a high-speed car crash in Broad Channel that left 10 people injured and snarled traffic along Cross Bay Boulevard.

Gurdip Multani, 17, was charged with reckless endangerment, assault and speeding, according to the DA, on Saturday.

He was arraigned the following day with bail set at $25,000.

Multani reportedly lost control of the white Honda he was driving on Cross Bay Boulevard, about a mile from the foot of the Joseph P. Addabbo Bridge, and crashed into two other cars.

According to a DA report, the driver was going more than 100 MPH when he careened over the grassy median before 5 p.m. on Friday, May 10. There were six people in the car, police said, one of whom suffered a broken arm, leg and hip.

Ten people were injured in the crash, with three victims reportedly hospitalized with critical injuries.

Multani’s Honda split in two. Windows in the car were blown out, with parts of the vehicle and personal items scattered along the roadway.

An orange work vest with an MTA logo was draped over the driver seat. A similar vest was folded on the ground near the car’s smashed trunk.

The two other vehicles, a Suzuki SX4 and a Dodge Charger, suffered less damage.

Southbound traffic on Cross Bay at 164th Street in Howard Beach was shut down for hours, Only foot traffic was allowed to cross the bridge. Northbound traffic toward Howard Beach was limited to one lane as drivers passed the crash site.

Multani is due back in court on June 10.



Multi-vehicle accident injures several, closes Cross Bay Boulevard in both directions

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THE COURIER/Photo by Terence Cullen

A multi-vehicle accident on Cross Bay Boulevard in Broad Channel has left several people injured and closed the roadway in both directions, according to media reports.

Three cars were involved in the accident and at least 10 people were hurt, said CBS New York.

Two people are in critical condition, three are in serious condition and five are stable, CBS also reported.

Petco, other shops overcome Sandy setbacks

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THE COURIER/Photos by Terence M. Cullen

As the days and months since Sandy tick by, businesses in south Queens are rising from the rubble and returning to normalcy.

There was “paws” for applause on Saturday, April 27 as the Howard Beach Petco reopened. It had closed six months ago due to damage from Sandy.

Animals both big and small—all the way down to crickets—were evacuated before the storm, according to general manager Victor Aponte. He regularly communicated with his corporate affiliates. They decided to move the animals and their habitats to other locations in Queens and Brooklyn.

By the time flood waters from Sandy had ebbed back into Jamaica Bay, Petco and many other Cross Bay Boulevard businesses were considerably damaged. Aponte said floors had to be ripped up and the whole shop was inspected for mold.

Before the storm, there were 15 staffers at Petco, many of them living in the community. They were not only worried about damage to their homes and properties. They also had concerns about their jobs. However, staffers were relocated to other stores in Utica and College Point.

Now that the store has reopened, staff and community members couldn’t be happier, Aponte said.

Shoppers and their four-legged friends came to the store all day Saturday, making use of special bonuses and grabbing giveaways.

Rich Naimoli of Ozone Park said he had been shopping at another pet store on Cross Bay Boulevard, but it did not compare to the variety and help at Petco. He added that he and his wife, who own three dogs, were thrilled the Howard Beach pet shop was up and running again.

“I’m just happy they’re back,” Naimoli said.

Aponte said while Petco was part of a corporate chain, he and the staff have tried to make it a community place where residents can get one-on-one help. There are now 17 staff members in all. The reopening, he said, was another step toward normalcy half a year after Sandy devastated the area.

“It’s just exciting to get the neighborhood back to where we were before the hurricane,” Aponte said. “We really feel we’re a neighborhood store.”

According to State Senator Joseph Addabbo’s office, eight businesses are still closed on Cross Bay Boulevard. Some were able to bounce back just weeks after floodwater caused thousands of dollars worth of damage. For others, it’s been a major struggle.

It remains to be seen whether 7-Eleven and Jennifer Convertibles will reopen, However, Cross Bay Diner is slated to come back.

Joe DeCandia, owner of Lenny’s Clam Bar, was back in business less than a month after the storm. He worked practically around the clock on repairs. Now, he said, the popular eatery along with most of the boulevard is in good shape.

“We’re doing pretty good,” he said. “We’re up and running. We’re doing okay, thank God.”



Suspect sought in cell phone store burglary

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The NYPD is looking for a man wanted in connection to the  burglary of a Verizon Wireless store in Ozone Park.

According to police, on Thursday, March 7, around 5:30 p.m., three suspects entered the business, located at 107-12 Cross Bay Boulevard, through a rear window and removed numerous cell phones, laptops and an undetermined amount of cash.

Authorities have released a photo of one of the suspects, who is described as a 35-year-old Hispanic male, 5’8” tall and 160 pounds. He was last seen wearing a sweatshirt and blue jeans.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477).  The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the Crime Stoppers website or by texting their tips to 274637 (CRIMES) then enter TIP577.



Doe Fund cleans up Broad Channel

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Broad Channel is seeing blue.

Nine workers from the Doe Fund, dubbed “the men in blue,” will help clean up a two-mile stretch of Cross Bay Boulevard in Broad Channel, as the island still continues to recover nearly four months after Sandy hit.

The cleanup effort, which officially began on Friday, February 15, will run from the foot of the Joseph P. Addabbo Memorial Bridge to the American Legion Post 1404.

The Doe Fund gives homeless men and women a second chance by providing jobs and starting a new life. Staten Island, Coney Island and the Rockaways have been other areas the Doe Fund has cleaned up in wake of the storm. The men will pick up the roadside trash and haul it on to Department of Sanitation trucks.

“The garbage and the litter and the debris are still here,” said Councilmember Eric Ulrich. “People are going to be so impressed. They’re [the workers] going to do a top-notch job.”

Ulrich said he reached out to Doe Fund chair George McDonald two weeks ago to help clean up Broad Channel’s main thoroughfare, which is still littered with debris. Flanked by Doe Fund members and representatives from the National Park Service and the Department of Sanitation, Ulrich said the “Men in Blue” would be on Cross Bay Boulevard, picking up trash until the job is done. The goal, he added, is to have Cross Bay back to its pre-storm look, if not better.

Cross Bay Boulevard is the first view of the Rockaways visitors get and the road needed to keep that vista positive, Ulrich said.

The relationship between the Doe Fund and south Queens goes back to long before the storm, according to Community Board 14 chair Dolores Orr. The organization helps clean up Beach 116th street, an economic hub in Rockaway, every spring, Orr said.

“It’s equally important for the residents trying to recover themselves,” Orr said.

McDonald, who’s also running as a Republican for mayor, said the men and women of the organization were hard workers and dedicated to getting their life back on track.

“It’s on behalf of all the citizens of New York that we come here and help clean up,” McDonald said. “We are thrilled to be able to give back. I know this partnership is going to do great things for this community and I thank Councilmember Ulrich for thinking of us.”



Queens couple stays strong through Sandy

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Photo courtesy of Frances and Peter Wilps

Frances and Peter Wilps of Broad Channel were selected as the winners of The Queens Courier Valentine’s Day Couples Contest:

In traditional wedding vows, the bride and groom often promise to love each other “in good times and in bad,” but for one Queens couple, it would have been more appropriate to say “in good weather and in bad.”

Natural disasters, however, were the last thing on Frances and Peter Wilps’ minds when they were matched on the dating website eHarmony.

Both were previously married with children, and for the first time decided to go online to find love.
Frances said she didn’t have high hopes of meeting someone, but thought, “what do I have to lose? Let me give it a whirl.”

Her first few dates were “a disaster,” but her first date with Peter was the opposite.

“Everything he said [on his online dating profile] seemed so sincere,” said Frances.

But that magical first meeting almost didn’t happen because Peter lived in Monmouth County, New Jersey and Frances resided in Broad Channel, a distance of one to two hours, depending on traffic.

“I thought, ‘I’m not going to go through with this. It’s a big waste of time, the commute seeing each other,’” said Frances.

Still, Peter was persistent and called her for a date, agreeing to meet her at Frenasia, an Asian restaurant on Cross Bay Boulevard in Howard Beach.

“[Frenasia] has kind of become our home. It’s our every Friday night thing,” said Frances.

About five months later, in August 2007, Frenasia was where Peter proposed.

It was also where the couple went to have a private moment following their wedding.

“We walked in there as husband and wife, and we sat down and someone sent us a bottle of champagne and we ate a little something,” said Frances.

Following the wedding, Peter moved to Frances’ home in Broad Channel, and the adjustment was easy. Like his wife, Peter grew up in Queens.

The real test of their marriage came a few years later when Irene hit New York City in August, 2011, followed by Sandy only 14 months later.

Their house sustained some water damage from Irene, but Sandy destroyed the Wilps’ entire first floor.

“We knew we would get water, but we never thought the magnitude of it would be what it was”, said Frances.

Though many personal items were lost, fortunately their wedding photos and other keepsakes were fine.

“On the mantle I had a bunch of pictures and my husband said take them off, bring them upstairs and I was questioning him, she said. “Thank God I listened.”

A few months later, they are slowly fixing their first floor, but there is still no heat, appliances or furniture in downstairs.
“You learn what you take for granted, that’s for sure,” said Frances.

For now, they are living in a bedroom and are dealing with the financial burden and rebuilding what they lost in the storm.

Sandy “has been very trying,” on their relationship, said Frances.

“We are on top of each other 24/7 and it’s tough, the stress of no money and the house is a mess,” she continued.
But along with adding stress, the disaster has also strengthened their marriage.

“The support from one another has been fabulous,” He’s just wonderful. When I need him, he’s always strong. And I’m there for him when he has his moments and he’s upset and he’s worried,” she said. “We’re each other’s backbone.”

As winners of The Courier’s contest the Wilps will receive a “King & Queens for a Day” spa package from Christie & Co. Salon * Spa in The Bay Terrace.



Howard Beach bank robbery suspect sought

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The NYPD is asking the public’s assistance identifying the suspect wanted for a bank robbery in Howard Beach.

On Thursday, January 17, the suspect walked into the Capital One Bank, located at 155-14 Cross Bay Boulevard and demanded money. The teller complied and the suspect fled with an undetermined amount of cash. There were no reported injuries.

Anyone with information in regards to this bank robbery is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 800-577-TIPS. The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the Crime Stoppers Website at WWW.NYPDCRIMESTOPPERS.COM or texting their tips to 274637(CRIMES) then enter TIP577.




Rite Aid reopens on Cross Bay Boulevard

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Photo Courtesy of Assemblymember Phillip Goldfeder

Life is getting back to normal in south Queens nearly two months after Sandy struck the area.

On Wednesday, December 12, staffers from the Cross Bay Boulevard Rite Aid, along with State Senator Joseph Addabbo and Assemblymember Phillip Goldfeder, officially cut the ribbon to reopen the store, which saw significant flooding as water from Jamaica Bay poured into Howard Beach.

With CVS still out and Duane Reade closed, the pharmacy has become the only stop for medical needs in the area, said Rite Aid employee Kathy Russo.

“We were up [after the storm],” Russo said. “And now we’re full-force up and running

A small section of Rite Aid was gutted, repaired and reopened as a make-shift pharmacy for people with prescriptions. Running off a generator, the store serviced not just Howard Beach residents, but people from Rockaway and Breezy Point, along with relief workers from FEMA and other organizations.

Four weeks after the storm, Rite Aid was completely back up and running on Thursday, November 29. The store beat its planned deadline of reopening by Monday, December 3. Because Duane Reade has completely closed and it is unknown when CVS will reopen, Russo said Rite Aid has covered most of the business in Howard Beach — adding that it has been busy but manageable.

“Duane Reade closed up and we bought their prescriptions out,” she said. “This store is the only store for the community…you’ve got to come in here to buy anything.”

South Queens shattered by Sandy

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Around 9 p.m., Lillian Reyes said she smelled smoke in her 95th Street home. She went outside – by that time she said the water was up to her thighs – to see smoke coming from her garage.

The next step was to go to her neighbor’s house to call 9-1-1, but the fire department did not come.

“Response time was nonexistent,” said the Howard Beach resident of the difficulty first responders had in getting to the scene.

Reyes was one of the south Queens residents who felt the brunt of Hurricane Sandy on Monday, October 29 as it devastated Howard Beach – just on the brink of what is labeled Zone A.

So, Reyes said, she watched her home burn down to the foundation as massive winds and flooding swept through Howard Beach.

“I was wet from head to toe,” she said, “They were like ‘come inside,’ but I couldn’t stop watching.”

She said she was wearing her daughter’s shoes, her granddaughter’s pants and was unable to take any personal belongings from her home.

At one point, she said, she held on to the fence and made her way over to nearby Cross Bay Boulevard, wading in close to five feet of water, to try and find help. A passerby with a large truck came by and started to move people out of the area as water surged higher and higher.

Her daughter, Frances Perez, was able to pick her up and brought her to her home in Middle Village.

“I just jumped in my clothes,” Perez said upon getting the call from her mom, “and I said ‘let’s go.’”

Perez said Reyes was calm, considering the circumstances, but “I was hysterical.”

Water from the canal began to flow onto Cross Bay around 8 p.m. on Monday and started flooding some of the landmark stores on the six-lane boulevard. Earlier that day, the stores had been boarded and sand bagged, but it could not stop some of the trauma. Winds swept and howled through the neighborhood, bringing with them water that quickly began to rise.

Michelangelo Turano lives on 97th Street and said water began to pour into his basement between 8 and 9 p.m., just as the lights started to flicker. Turano, 25, said he only had three to five inches of water in his basement, but his neighbors had up to five feet.

“Never in my life did I think New York City would be like this,” he said.

Councilmember Eric Ulrich visited Belle Harbor in Rockaway and the Broad Channel Islands on Tuesday, October 30 to assess some of the damage caused by the storm.

The scene, Ulrich said, was devastating.

Ulrich said Rockaway residents who opted to stay, despite a mandatory evacuation order from Mayor Michael Bloomberg, were now “walking around with a profound sense of sorrow.”

Streets on the peninsula, Ulrich said, had been struck not only by flooding, but fires that broke out in the area.

Fires and riots broke out on the Rockaway Peninsula, an official said, in the days following the storm. He said restoring order was a key priority.

More than 100 homes in Breezy Point caught fire. Officials said firefighters had to wade through chest-high water to battle the blaze. One of the homes belonged to Congressmember Bob Turner.

The next step, Ulrich said, was to assess the damage caused by Sandy — including loss of life — and then clean up and start rebuilding.

“Some of them have lost all of their earthly belongings,” he said.

State Senator Joseph Addabbo said on Tuesday morning that he was out in his district to survey the damage. Addabbo said that it was the worst storm anyone in the area had seen.

Addabbo said he had spoken to Governor Andrew Cuomo’s office and was coordinating relief efforts as the winds from the storm began to die down. That included working with FEMA to rebuild.

“We’re going to have a grocery list of things to give them,” Addabbo said.

Queens’ Morning Roundup

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Tuesday: Clear in the morning, then partly cloudy. High of 72. Winds from the SW at 10 to 15 mph. Tuesday Night: Partly cloudy in the evening, then mostly cloudy. Low of 59. Winds from the SSW at 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 20%.

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Pedestrian killed in Queens

The NYPD says a pedestrian was struck and killed by a BMW at an intersection in Queens. Police say the operator of the car was traveling southbound on Cross Bay Boulevard when he struck the male pedestrian crossing from the west side of the street. Read more: Fox New York/AP

Two Queens community colleges fight CUNY changes

The English departments at two Queens community colleges are fighting CUNY’s efforts to reduce their four-hour introductory writing classes to three hours. Read more: New York Daily News

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A woman who was pepper sprayed during an Occupy Wall Street protest last year has filed a civil suit against the New York Police Department and the officer involved. Read more: CBS New York/AP

Obama set to address UN General Assembly

Campaign politics shadowing every word, President Barack Obama on Tuesday will challenge the world to confront the root causes of rage exploding across the Muslim world, calling it a defining choice “between the forces that would drive us apart and the hopes we hold in common.” Read more: ABC New York/AP

Pols ask for $500G for Senior Housing Development in Howard Beach

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Photo courtesy of Assemblymember Goldfeder

A senior housing development currently under construction needs more funding to fix its failing façade.

Senator Joseph Addabbo and Assemblymember Phil Goldfeder recently sent a letter to Governor Andrew Cuomo asking him for an additional $500,000 from the Port Authority’s Regional Funds Account to repair the Senior Housing Development in Howard Beach.

The project, which is being developed by Catholic Charities Progress of Peoples Development Corporation (CCPOP), the affordable housing development division of Catholic Charities Brooklyn and Queens (CCBQ), has received millions in funding and grants, but the cost to fix the façade and rooftop parapet are much higher than originally anticipated.

“There was a lot of façade work that was done improperly in the original construction and they didn’t use the proper ties to place the brick structure,” said Monsignor Alfred LoPinto, Vicar for Human Services for CCBQ. “This is such an important project and at this point we’re just hoping to ensure that the building we developed will be secure and water tight, so we do not run into problems in the future that will be much more costly.”

“Thanks to Monsignor LoPinto and the great team at Catholic Charities the budget for this project has been stretched thin but unexpected damage to the facade needs to be corrected immediately in order to ensure quality senior housing,” said Goldfeder.

Located at 155-55 Cross Bay Boulevard, construction on the housing development began this January and is expected to finish at the end of 2014.

The structure was built in the 1960s as a hospital. Later it was used as the Bernard Fineson Developmental Disabilities Senior Office and in the 1980s a one-story addition was constructed, making it four stories.

According to the CCBQ, the renovated building will feature easy access for seniors, beautified grounds, a community room and several green elements in the apartments, including Energy Star air conditioning units and appliances.

At least 80 percent of the 96 units will be studio or one-bedroom apartments for low-to-moderate income senior citizens over the age of 60. The remaining units will be one-to-two bedroom apartments reserved for individuals supported by the New York State Office of Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities. Fifty percent of the senior apartments are earmarked for Community Board 10 residents, according to the board’s chair Elizabeth Braton.

“Additional funding is desirable because the building is going to serve a population that needs to be served,” she said. “I applaud this request.”

It’s natural that issues like the façade damage are going to pop up when working on an older building, Braton added, and if additional money is needed, then the state should certainly play a role, she said.

In December 2011 CCBQ secured $31 million in funding with a construction loan from JPMorgan Chase and federal and state low-income housing tax credit equity purchased by Morgan Stanley through syndicator Hudson Housing Capital.

Additionally, CCBQ received about $11 million in grant awards from the Housing Trust Fund Corporation, New York State Housing Finance Agency, City Housing Preservation and Development Agency, City Capital Funding, Federal Home Loan Bank of New York and a HOME block grant, as well as $3.5 million in discretionary funding from City Council Speaker Christine Quinn, Borough President Helen Marshall and Councilmember Eric Ulrich.

When Governor David Paterson was in office, local elected officials sent him a letter requesting funds for soundproofing the building against nearby JFK airplane noise. But a decision about the request wasn’t reached before Paterson left office. The money is still available.

If granted, the $500,000 would go towards covering the façade repairs and soundproofing, said Goldfeder. He anticipates that they will need to request more money, possibly from other places, to help cover the project’s construction because of more unexpected costs.


Father who left 10-month-old in car arrested

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Someone saw something and said something.

A father was arrested and charged after he left his 10-month-old daughter in the back of his car outside a laundromat in Ozone Park, officials said.

Robert Brown, 37, was picked up by police on Sunday, August 26 near a laundromat on Cross Bay Boulevard. In the back of his red Mitsubishi was his daughter, whom police say Brown left in the car while he was inside. Reports say the vehicle’s windows were rolled up and the air conditioner was off, though Brown had left a fan on.

He was charged with endangering the welfare of a child, according to a complaint from the district attorney’s office.

The owner of Cross Bay Laundromat, who would not give his name, said when he came in, he found a number of police cars at the back entrance. Beyond that, he said he still was not sure what happened.

“He [Brown] was washing in here and that’s it,” he said. “It all happened so fast. The good thing is the kid is okay.”

A woman who works there, who also declined to give her name, said a customer came in saying the girl was crying in the car. After that, someone called 9-1-1 and the police were there almost immediately, she said.

“Someone said the baby was crying,” the woman said.

At Brown’s home, no one answered the door, and as of press time it was not clear from the Administration for Children’s Services what would happen to the child.

Cops urge caution at Cross Bay ATMs

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Police have warned bank users on Cross Bay Boulevard to be careful the next time they go to take money out of the ATM after business hours.

Identity thieves have been using technology to hack into and empty bank accounts, police said. They have done so on at least two occasions at a bank on 156th Street and Cross Bay Boulevard. The first robbery happened about eight weeks ago, police said, with the second incident about a month later.

Police said the thieves have been placing skimming devices on door locks that require a debit card to enter the bank. All ATMs but one will then be disabled, police said, with a small camera focused on the machine’s pin pad. The thieves can then match the skimmer’s information with that of the PIN number.

ATM users are advised by police to take precautions such as covering the pin pad with their free hand when withdrawing or depositing money.

The crimes are classified as a grand larceny, police said, because of the amounts that have been taken out. A spokesperson from the 106th Precinct said the thieves have cleared out bank accounts nearly completely. Bank customers would sometimes not even notice that significant amounts had been taken out, the spokesperson said, until they received their monthly bank statements.

The identity thieves are very coordinated, police said, and will vary the areas they hit to avoid detection. Currently, police said they have surveillance video of the suspects. They are wearing hooded sweatshirts and never look directly at the camera and might be hard to identify, police said.

Twist It Top It Frozen Yogurt opens in Howard Beach

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Twist It Top It Frozen Yogurt, located at 158-18 Cross Bay Boulevard in Howard Beach, celebrated its grand opening on Tuesday, May 22. Featuring self-serve with up to 21 flavors and 40 toppings — from fruit to walnuts to Oreo cookies and marshmallows, even rainbow cookies — customers of Twist It Top It can also enjoy smoothies and espresso, custom cakes to order and even yogurt for home.

They feature outdoor seating, gift certificates and loyalty cards.

No matter what flavor is your favorite, all you have to do is “Twist it, top it, weigh it, pay it.”

Follow them on Facebook. Summer hours are 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. weekdays; midnight on the weekends. Call 718-323-8947 for more information.

MTA set to roll out bus route changes

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Commuters relying on bus service may be “en route” for some changes.

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) announced that the Q21 and Q52 busses will undergo several service alterations, beginning on Sunday, July 1.

A spokesperson from the MTA claimed these changes are part of the agency’s efforts to renew and improve service in response to changing ridership and market conditions within funding restraints, adding that these particular alterations reflect the continuing growth of longer-distance, limited-stop ridership on Cross Bay Boulevard,

Woodhaven Boulevard and the new residential development in Arverne.

The Q21 will be shortened, operating as far south as 164th Avenue and 92nd Street near Cross Bay Boulevard in Howard Beach and make local stops only between Howard Beach and Elmhurst. Hours of operation and frequency will remain the same as the current Q21 bus, as will service between Lindenwood and northern destinations.
Travelers aiming for Broad Channel and the Rockaway peninsula will be required to transfer to either the Q52 or the Q53.

Due to local roadway layout, customers heading northbound on Cross Bay Boulevard between 160th Avenue and 164th Avenue will need to board a Q52 or Q53 at 163rd

Avenue, take a southbound Q21 around the loop or a northbound Q21 at 160th Avenue and 92nd Street.

The line currently known as the part-time Q21 Limited will be renamed the Q52, continuing to operate full time on the same schedule as the current Q21 and using the same bus stops. Two new limited stops will also be added to this route at Cross Bay Boulevard and 163rd Avenue in Howard Beach and Cross Bay Boulevard and 5th Road in Broad Channel. This course will only see limited-stop access to and from the Rockaways.

The MTA alleged that transportation to the Rockaway peninsula would be greatly improved, including longer-distance service provided by full-time, limited-stop service.

Dan Mundy, Jr., President of the Broad Channel Civic Association, fears bus route alterations will cause delays and be detrimental to those travelling northbound.
“[These changes] will create a worse commute for people with the worst commute,” said Mundy. “We’re getting the short end of the deal here in terms of adequate service.”

Mundy alleged that the MTA had yet to reach out to the residents of both Far Rockaway and Broad Channel.

Betty Braton, Community Board 10 chair, insisted that these bus changes would not affect the people of Howard Beach. Braton added that the MTA also discussed the idea of possibly altering the Q41 bus line at the Board’s May 3 meeting, but they had not set concrete plans.

To get more information about your bus route and how it may be changing, check mta.info or call 5-1-1.