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Man punches ex while she’s holding baby on Queens E train: cops


| ctumola@queenscourier.com

Photo courtesy of NYPD

A man repeatedly punched his ex-girlfriend on a Queens subway train earlier this week while she had her baby daughter harnessed to her chest, authorities said.

The assault happened during a dispute between the suspect, identified by police as Marqual Ward, and his ex on a Manhattan-bound E train at about 7:45 p.m. on Monday, cops said.

As they were arguing somewhere between the Sutphin Boulevard-Archer Avenue and Roosevelt Avenue stations the victim tried to walk away and Ward punched her several times in the face, causing substantial pain and bruising.

At the time, the victim had her 2-month-old daughter strapped to her chest, according to police, who could not say if the Ward was the child’s father.

Authorities have released a photo of Ward and describe him as black, 22 years old, 5 feet 5 inches tall, 170 pounds, with brown eyes and long blonde dreadlocks. He has tattoos of a teardrop and red star on his face.

Anyone with information in regards to this incident 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 by texting their tips to 274637 (CRIMES) then enter TIP577. All calls are strictly confidential.

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Crook steals bags from sleeping woman in Queens Plaza station


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Photos courtesy of NYPD

Police are looking for a man who swiped valuables from a 61-year-old woman who fell asleep on a bench inside the Queens Plaza subway station earlier this month.

The theft occurred at 6:15 a.m. on July 7 in on the mezzanine level above the E train tracks at the station located below Jackson Avenue and Queens Boulevard in Long Island City.

According to authorities, the perpetrator — described as a black man between 30 and 35 years of age, standing 5 foot 8 inches tall and weighing 160 pounds — walked up to the victim after she nodded off and removed her bags, which contained her cellphone, jewelry and papers.

The crook was last seen wearing a black hooded sweatshirt, a navy V-neck sweater and light-colored pants.

Anyone with information regarding the suspect’s whereabouts is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 800-577-TIPS, visit their website or send a text message to 274637 (CRIMES), then enter TIP577. All calls and messages will be kept confidential.

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‘Commuter Composting’ coming to Ridgewood and Kew Gardens


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

Photo via Wikimedia Commons

BY ANGELA MATUA

Queens residents will soon have “Commuter Composting” in order to properly dispose of their household food waste, according to the Department of Sanitation (DSNY).

The DSNY is expanding its curbside organic waste recycling program and also adding 11 new food scrap drop-off locations. Residents will also see 19 more seasonal sites this summer, for a total of 64 sites throughout the city. The drop-off program offers composting opportunities for New Yorkers in neighborhoods or buildings that do not receive curbside collection of organic waste.

The “Commuter Composting” program will be offered in Ridgewood outside the Fresh Pond Road M train station, located on Fresh Pond Road near Putnam Avenue, on Wednesdays from 8 to 10 a.m.; and in Kew Gardens outside the Union Turnpike E/F train station, on Kew Gardens Road between 80th and 81st avenues, on Thursdays from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m.

The collected compost will be distributed to local greening groups such as urban farmers, community gardeners and street tree stewards to improve the quality of the soil.

Sanitation Commissioner Kathryn Garcia said the program will help redirect organic material from ending up in landfills.  Last week, the DSNY announced it would expand its household organics collection program in Maspeth, Middle Village and other areas of the city.

“Organic material makes up about a third of our city’s trash,” Garcia said. “We are excited to be able to provide more opportunities for New Yorkers to recycle their food waste. By increasing the number of food scrap drop-off sites, more organic material can be composted instead of going to landfills.”

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Repairs to disrupt service on E, F, M, R lines in Queens


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

Photo by Marc A. Hermann / MTA New York City Transit

The MTA’s Fastrack late-night repair and maintenance program will return to the E, F, M and R lines in Manhattan and Queens the next two weeks, causing disruptions on all four subway lines.

The disruptions will take place on four consecutive weeknights this upcoming week from Monday, March 30, through Thursday, April 2; and the following week from Monday, April 6 through early Friday morning, April 10, at the same time. All service changes will take place from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. the next morning.

During the disruptions, E trains will only operate in Queens between Jamaica Center and 74th Street-Roosevelt Avenue. Meanwhile, F trains will operate in two sections: between Jamaica-179th Street and 74th Street-Roosevelt Avenue; and between 21st Street-Queensbridge and Coney Island-Stillwell Avenue.

M trains will end service early between Essex Street in Lower Manhattan and Forest Hills-71 Avenue. During the disruptions, M trains will operate shuttle service between Metropolitan Avenue in Middle Village and Myrtle Avenue-Broadway in Bushwick.

R trains will end service early between 36th Street in Brooklyn and Forest Hills-71 Avenue. The trains will operate shuttle service in Brooklyn only between 36th Street and 95th Street.

For alternate service between Manhattan and Queens, take the 7 train, available at the 74th Street-Roosevelt Avenue or Queensboro Plaza station. The N train is also available at Queensboro Plaza.

Free shuttle buses will also operate in place of trains in Queens between Queensboro Plaza and 74th Street-Roosevelt Avenue, stopping at all affected stations including Queens Plaza, 36th Street, Steinway Street, 46th Street, Northern Boulevard and 65th Street.

The MTA previously disrupted service on the Queens Boulevard local and express lines in November for Fastrack maintenance. Crews cleaned debris and made repairs to station and tunnel infrastructures, signal equipment, tracks and the third rail.

Visit the MTA’s website for additional information and updates.

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Man found dead on Queens E train


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Photo via Wikimedia Commons/Adam E. Moreira

Police are investigating the death of a 55-year-old man who was found unresponsive early Sunday morning on an E train at the Jamaica Center subway station.

Responding to a 911 call of an unresponsive person inside a subway car, police found the man just after 7 a.m., authorities said. He had no obvious signs of trauma on his body, and was pronounced dead at the scene.

The Jamaica Center station is the last stop on the E line and it’s not clear how long the man was dead on the train before he was discovered.

The man’s identity hasn’t been released by police.

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Subway entrance renovations under Kew Gardens Interchange completed


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Photos courtesy of New York State Department of Transportation

The state completed reconstruction of the Briarwood-Van Wyck subway entrance on Tuesday as part of a $265 million project to improve an area where four highways intertwine and 500,000 vehicles pass through every day.

While much of the overall project is focused on reconstructing the Van Wyck Expressway, the Commissioner for the New York State Department of Transportation called the improvements to the subway “critical” to improving commuter flow in an area known as the Kew Gardens Interchange.

“The Kew Gardens Interchange project will enhance traffic mobility, improve travel speeds and reduce travel times for the entire Van Wyck Expressway corridor and for traffic heading to and from JFK Airport,” Commissioner Joan McDonald said. “For the many residents in this area who rely on mass transit, the project also includes improved access to the Briarwood-Van Wyck subway station.”

The new subway entrance for the E and F lines features a glass and stainless steel canopy, a widened staircase, enhanced tunnel lighting and new tile walls and flooring.

Future work on the Briarwood-Van Wyck subway entrance will include new landscaping, sidewalks, concrete pavement, lighting and an elevator.

By 2016, the state hopes to complete a part of the project that would completely reconstruct a half-mile section of the Van Wyck Expressway just south of the Interchange and six bridges over the Van Wyck Expressway.

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Police looking for man who exposed himself on Queens-bound E train


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Photo courtesy of NYPD


A straphanger exposed himself to a woman on an E train as it was approaching a stop in Richmond Hill on Tuesday morning, cops said.

The Queens-bound train was about to enter the station around 10:30 a.m. when the 48-year-old woman noticed the man sitting in front of her and committing the lewd act, police said. After arriving at the Jamaica-Van Wyck stop, the man fled.

Police describe the suspect as black, about 35 to 40 years old and around 5 feet 8 inches tall. He was last seen wearing a black hat, and a black and white spotted button-down shirt.

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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Toddler, mom hurt after stroller falls onto Jamaica subway tracks


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A pair of quick-thinking maintenance workers saved a mother and her young child at a Jamaica subway station Monday morning when the two-year-old’s stroller tumbled onto the tracks, cops said.

The 39-year-old mother was throwing away some trash on the Parsons Boulevard and Archer Avenue station’s eastbound E train platform around 11:15 a.m. when the stroller fell, according to police.

She jumped onto the tracks to try and save the girl, and sprained her ankle.

Two maintenance workers was then able to pull the child and her mother to safety, officials said.

The two-year-old suffered minor bruising to her eye. Both the toddler and mother were taken to Long Island Jewish Medical Center in stable condition, police said.

 

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Overnight service disruptions on E, F, M, R trains this week


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

THE COURIER/File Photo

Starting Monday, July 21, there will be service disruptions on the E, F, M and R lines between the hours of 10 p.m. and 5 a.m. in Queens and Manhattan for four consecutive weeknights, as part of the MTA’s Fastrack maintenance program:

  • E service will be suspended between Roosevelt Avenue and World Trade Center.
  • F service will be suspended between Roosevelt Avenue and 21 Street-Queensbridge.
  • M service will end early between 71 Avenue and Essex Street each night.
  • R service will end early between 71 Avenue and Whitehall Street each night.

Travel alternatives

  • Take the 7 between Manhattan and 74 St-Roosevelt Avenue or Queensboro Plaza.
  • Take the N between Manhattan and Queensboro Plaza.
  • In Manhattan, transfer at 5 Avenue/42 Street-Bryant Park 7/D/F, Times Square-42 Street/Port Authority 7/A, and 34 Street-Herald Square D/F/N.
  • Take the R between Queens Plaza and 71 Avenue. When R service ends, E trains run local between Queens Plaza and 71 Avenue until 10 p.m. After 10 PM, take the E Local between Roosevelt Avenue and 71 Avenue.
  • In Manhattan along 8th Avenue, take the A Local or C instead of the E.
  • Along 53 Street, use the D or nearby 6 and N stations instead.
  • Free shuttle buses run local between Queensboro Plaza and 74 Street-Roosevelt Avenue making station stops at Queens Plaza, 36 Street, Steinway Street, 46 Street, Northern Boulevard, and 65 Street.
  • In Queens, transfer between shuttle buses and trains at 74 Street-Roosevelt Avenue 7/E/F or Queensboro Plaza 7/N.

 

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Man stabbed in face at Kew Gardens subway station


| ctumola@queenscourier.com

Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons/David Shankbone

A man was stabbed in the face during a dispute at a Kew Gardens subway stop Sunday afternoon, cops said.

The argument took place on the Union Turnpike station’s E train platform at about 2:15 p.m., according to police.

After the suspect stabbed the man, he fled and boarded a bus. Police stopped the bus, but he took off again on foot, cops said. The NYPD, using its canine unit, was eventually able to track the 35-year-old suspect to a backyard, and apprehend him.

The 26-year-old victim was taken to Jamaica Hospital in stable condition, according to officials.

 

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Two wanted for assaulting woman inside Queens Plaza subway station


| ctumola@queenscourier.com

Video courtesy of NYPD

Police are looking for a man and a woman who allegedly beat up a 51-year-old woman inside the Queens Plaza E subway station, the NYPD said.

On Tuesday, December 24, at about 3:20 p.m., the two suspects pushed, kicked and shoved the victim, and the female suspect struck the victim in the face with her purse causing bruising and swelling to the victim’s face, police said.

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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Overnight service disruptions on E, F, M, R trains this week


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

Photo courtesy of MTA

Starting Monday night, there will be service disruptions on the E, F, M and R lines between the hours of 10 p.m. and 5 a.m. in Queens and Manhattan for four consecutive weeknights, as part of the MTA’s Fastrack maintenance program:

  • E service will be suspended between Roosevelt Avenue and World Trade Center.
  • F service will be suspended between Roosevelt Avenue and 21 Street-Queensbridge.
  • M service will end early between 71 Avenue and Essex Street each night.
  • R service will end early between 71 Avenue and Whitehall Street each night.

Travel alternatives

  • Take the 7 between Manhattan and 74 St/Roosevelt Av or Queensboro Plaza.
  • Take the N between Manhattan and Queensboro Plaza.
  • In Manhattan, transfer at 5 Avenue/42 Street-Bryant Park 7/D/F, Times Square-42 Street/Port Authority 7/A, and 34 Street-Herald Square D/F/N.
  • Take the R between Queens Plaza and 71 Avenue. When R service ends, E trains run local between Queens Plaza and 71 Avenue until 10 p.m. After 10 PM, take the E Local between Roosevelt Avenue and 71 Avenue.
  • In Manhattan along 8th Avenue, take the A Local or C instead of the E.
  • Along 53 Street, use the D or nearby 6 and N stations instead.
  • Free shuttle buses run local between Queensboro Plaza and 74 Street-Roosevelt Avenue making station stops at Queens Plaza, 36 Street, Steinway Street, 46 Street, Northern Boulevard, and 65 Street.
  • In Queens, transfer between shuttle buses and trains at 74 Street-Roosevelt Avenue 7/E/F or Queensboro Plaza 7/N.

 

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LIC community voices outrage against upcoming No. 7 train suspensions


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THE COURIER/ Photo by Angy Altamirano

Long Island City residents and business owners are telling the MTA enough is enough.

The No. 7 train will soon be going through another round of suspensions causing it to not run in parts of western Queens and Manhattan for more than a dozen weekends this year, starting in the end of February, according to a notice from the MTA.

This news again upset residents, business owners and local politicians who gathered in front of the Vernon Boulevard-Jackson Avenue subway station on Friday to tell the MTA they are fed up with the constant disruptions and the lack of notice.

“Real people’s lives are affected in real ways here, this is not a game,” said Councilmember Jimmy Van Bramer. “This is about human beings, they’re trying to survive and the MTA is trying to kill us. We’ve got to stop this now.”

From February through July, there will be 13 weekend suspensions. Those dates are finalized, the transit agency said. There are nine tentative weekend shutdowns scheduled for August through November.

Business owners are tired of potential financial losses, residents are sick of longer commutes and local politicians just want the MTA to finally listen to their ideas and communicate with the neighborhood.

“It outrageous and all we are asking for is the opportunity to be heard, to present some common sense ideas that we have presented to them year after year after year,” said Senator Michael Gianaris, who has suggested the MTA offer a shuttle bus from Vernon Boulevard through the Queens Midtown Tunnel into the city. “The MTA needs to listen to us once and for all.”

Rebecca Trent, LIC resident and owner of The Creek and The Cave on Jackson Avenue, said the area has grown by 500 percent and the suspension will only make business owners’ jobs harder.

“I don’t know how I’m going to survive this, I do not know and neither do many of my neighbors,” Trent said holding back tears. “What they are trying to do to this neighborhood is disgusting, we deserve better, enough is enough.”

Along with the shuttle service through the Midtown tunnel, Trent also said that in order to compensate the Long Island City community for the “irresponsible shutdowns,” the MTA should give local businesses, who will suffer, free ad space at the E and G subway stations and on the trains.

Richard Mazda, artistic director for The Secret Theatre, said he has had to put up with the disruptions to his business every single year and has faced problems during the annual LIC Arts Open festival, with artists and friends not being able to attend.

“You must have known that you were going to do this work, you have stage managed the release of this information so that we couldn’t fight you, but we will,” Mazda said to the MTA. “This is like the worst movie you have ever seen.”

The latest round of work, including continued installation of Communications-Based Train Control (CBTC), replacement of critical track panels and reconstruction inside the Steinway Tube under the East River, is expected to modernize, improve a fortify the Flushing No. 7 line, according to the MTA. The work will also include tunnel duct reconstruction and replacement and improvements on components damaged during Superstorm Sandy.

“We understand that these service disruptions are inconvenient to the customers who depend on the No. 7 train and we appreciate their patience,” said MTA NYC Transit President Carmen Bianco. “We have made every effort to schedule these project simultaneously to get as much work done as we can during these periods.”

 

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Cops looking for E train rider who groped woman


| ctumola@queenscourier.com

Photo courtesy of NYPD

Police are searching for a suspect who they say groped a woman onboard a subway train near Roosevelt Avenue Tuesday.

The 33-year-old victim was on a southbound E train around 1 p.m. when the suspect approached the woman, then forcibly touched her, said cops.

No injuries were reported from the incident.

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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Straphanger wanted for punching woman on Queens E train


| ctumola@queenscourier.com

Photo courtesy of NYPD

A woman was allegedly punched in the face and elbowed after she told a man to stop touching her leg on a Queens subway train.

Police are now looking for the person who assaulted her.

The incident happened aboard a Manhattan-bound E train near the Court Square-23rd Street station at 7:50 a.m. on May 30, said the NYPD.

After the suspect assaulted the 46-year-old victim, he detrained and fled at that stop.

The victim received bruising to her face and refused medical attention at the scene, said police.

The suspect is described as black, 40 to 50 years old, 6′ tall, 200 to 210 pounds and has an accent.

Anyone with information in regards to this incident 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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