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Suspects wanted for robbing, punching Queens F train riders


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Video courtesy of NYPD

Police are looking for two men wanted in a string of robberies on the F train in Queens, where they punch their victims as they try to take their property.

The first theft took place at the 169th Street stop on Sept. 2 at about 4:10 a.m. A 23-year-old man was walking up the stairs of the subway station when two men grabbed him from behind, authorities said. The suspects threw the victim to the ground, punched him in the face and took his wallet from his back pocket. The suspects then fled.

On Sept. 30, at about 9 a.m., a 30-year-old man was on a northbound F train when he was approached by two men, police said. One of the men punched the victim in the face and demanded his iPad. When the victim exited the train at the Sutphin Boulevard station, the suspects followed him, but fled without stealing anything.

During the latest incident, on Oct. 8, at about 1:40 p.m., the two suspects targeted a 33-year-old man as he was sitting on a southbound F train, according to authorities. The train was stopped at the Parsons Boulevard stop when one of the suspects grabbed the victim’s cellphone from his hand and fled. When the victim tried to chase him, a second man punched the victim in the face.


Police have released a video of the suspects and described them as two Hispanic men in their 20s.

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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Queens straphangers planning to sue over Woodside subway derailment: report


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Photo courtesy of MTA / Patrick Cashin


Several passengers who were on the subway train that derailed in Woodside this May are planning on suing the city for millions, claiming the accident left them traumatized and injured, according to a published report.

Queens resident Monifah Kidd filed a notice of claim shortly after the derailment, saying she still suffers from nightmares, the New York Post said. Kidd, who is planning to sue for $5 million, is also reportedly claiming she was left with permanent neck, back and head injuries.

A total of 29 people have filed notices of claim so far, the Post reported.

Those claimants also include a Little Neck lawyer who suffers from neck, back, leg and arm pain, and another Queens resident who claims she was left disabled and is planning to sue for $10 million, the Post said.

A Hunter College student from Queens filed a notice of claim last month, according to published reports, after the subway accident left her with panic attacks.

In the May 2 derailment, 19 people were hurt when the six center cars of an eight-car F train went off the express track near 65th Street and Broadway. Of those hurt, 15 suffered minor injuries and four were taken to the hospital.

 

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


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

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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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Broken rail not cause of May subway derailment: report


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

Photo: MTA / Patrick Cashin

The May subway derailment in Woodside, which injured 19 people and forced about 1,000 straphangers to evacuate, was not caused by the broken rail initially discovered by the MTA, according to a published report.

Although a preliminary investigation found that the rail had broken under the Brooklyn-bound F train, investigators are now suspecting that the derailment occurred from a sequence and combination of “other relatively minor substandard site and track-equipment conditions,” according to the New York Daily News.

Sources told the Daily News that investigators were looking at items such as rail fasteners, rail ties and plates.

The F train was on the express track when the six center cars of the eight-car train derailed, officials said. Of those 19 injured, 15 suffered minor injuries and four were taken to the hospital with potentially serious injuries.

According to published reports, the rail section was made by a longtime supplier for the MTA, and was installed after a “hairline crack” was found at the derailment location.

Rail manufactured from the same batch has been installed at other locations, and the transit agency is trying to figure out where those rail sections are and their condition, reports said.

In a May release, the MTA emphasized its safety record, as well as track and other maintenance efforts, and said the city’s subway system has experienced only 17 mainline derailments in the last decade.

 

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Subway delay alerts jump, F train shows most incidents


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The number of MTA electronic alerts cautioning riders about subway delays has jumped in the city, with the F train showing the most incidents in 2013, according to transit advocacy group Straphangers Campaign.

The group’s analysis found that the amount of alerts on delay-generating incidents went from 2,967 in 2011 to 3,998 in 2013, an increase of 35 percent.

“The increase in alerts is a troubling sign that subway service is deteriorating,” said Gene Russianoff, staff attorney for the Straphangers Campaign.

The analysis, which looked at 20 subway lines, but not any of the shuttles, examined only alerts that were deemed “controllable,” excluding incidents such as sick passengers and police activity. Data from 2012 was also eliminated because of Superstorm Sandy’s effect on the numbers.

With 326 controllable MTA alerts in 2013, the F line had the most delay-generating incidents that year.

The J/Z line had the fewest with 53 incidents. It was also the most improved line, with 9 percent fewer delay alerts between 2011 and 2013, and was also the only one to experience a reduction in delay alerts during that period.

The L line experienced the largest increase from 2011 to 2013, going from 96 to 183 delay alerts.

Despite the spike in alerts, Queens fared well compared to the other boroughs.

Queens had the second fewest delay-generating controllable incidents in 2013, with 604. The Bronx had the fewest, with 416. Queens also showed the smallest jump in alerts out of the four boroughs that the subways serve, going from 489 in 2011 to 604 in 2013, a 24 percent change.

Citywide, mechanical problems generated the most alerts and accounted for about 35 percent of them, followed by signals at 31 percent and track incidents at 13 percent.

The MTA has been issuing electronic alerts to riders via email and text message since November 2008. To sign up for the free service, visit www.mymtaalerts.com.

 

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Subway service returns to normal in Queens as derailment investigation continues


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Photo: MTA / Patrick Cashin

Updated Monday, May 5, 5:20 p.m.

As transit service returns to normal following a subway derailment in Woodside Friday, the MTA continues to investigate the derailment and why a section of rail at the accident site broke.

A preliminary investigation has found that the broken rail that was discovered where the train derailed was manufactured last November and installed this March, the MTA said.

“The MTA has not determined how or why the rail broke. Speed or human error do not appear to be a factor [in the derailment],” MTA spokesman Kevin Ortiz said.

The broken rail section will be sent for testing as the investigation into the derailment’s cause continues.

In a release Saturday, the transit agency emphasized its safety record, and track and other maintenance efforts, and said the city’s subway system has experienced only 17 mainline derailments in the last decade.

Crews spent the weekend removing the subway train that derailed about 10:25 a.m. Friday just south of the 65th and Broadway R and M local stop. By 5 a.m. Monday E, F, M and R service, which had been affected by the accident, had returned to normal along the Queens Boulevard line.

The Brooklyn-bound F train was on the express track when the six center cars of the eight-car train derailed, injuring 19 and forcing about a 1,000 riders to evacuate, officials said. Of those hurt, 15 suffered minor injuries and four were taken to the hospital with potentially serious injuries.

 

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Subway train derails in Woodside, injuring 19


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Photo: MTA / Patrick Cashin

Updated 5:05 p.m.

An F train derailed in Woodside Friday morning, injuring 19 people and forcing hundreds to evacuate, officials said.

The accident happened about 10:25 a.m. on the Brooklyn-bound express track near 65th Street and Broadway, the MTA said.

As the subway passed just south of the local R/M station, the six center cars of the eight-car train went off the tracks, according to the transit agency.

Photo: MTA / Patrick Cashin

It took about two hours to evacuate about 1,000 passengers. Fifteen people suffered minor injuries and four were taken to the hospital with potentially serious injuries, officials said.

The derailment also caused damage to the tracks and car equipment as well as delays and service changes across several lines, according to the agency.

There will be a detailed investigation into the cause of the derailment, including an examination of the tracks, signals and maintenance records, MTA Chairman and CEO Thomas F. Prendergast said at a briefing on the accident Friday afternoon.

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

“We run 8,000 trains a day and the system is very safe,” he said.

Riders should expect to continue to experience service changes as a result of the derailment. The MTA was able to restore local E and F service by the Friday evening rush hour, but express service remains suspended in both directions along the Queens Boulevard line until after the derailed train is removed from the tracks, according to the agency.

  • The M and R trains will not run along the Queens Boulevard line.
  • R trains will run between Whitehall St and 57 St-7 Av in Manhattan.
  • M trains will run between Metropolitan Av in Queens and Chambers St in Manhattan.
  • LIRR is cross-honoring valid MetroCards in both directions between Penn Station and Jamaica Station, including Kew Gardens, Forest Hills and Woodside, as well as stops between Atlantic Terminal and Jamaica.
  • All service will be suspended along the Queens Boulevard line from 10 p.m. Friday to 7 a.m. Saturday for the removal of the derailed train. Limited shuttle bus service will be provided but customers should use the 7 train as an alternate for some stops along the Queens Boulevard line or the MTA Long Island Rail Road.
  • Weekend construction work on the M, 7 and J lines has been canceled.

The MTA said there is no timetable for restoration of express service on the Queens Boulevard line.

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

 

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Woman throws coffee, punch at F train rider: cops


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Photo courtesy of NYPD

A 53-year-old woman received quite a jolt on a Queens subway train last week when a fellow rider threw coffee in her face before punching her, according to police.

The assault happened aboard an F train as it was traveling through the Rego Park/Forest Hills area on April 2, cops said.

The victim received minor injuries as a result of the attack, officials said.

Police have released a photo of the woman wanted in the assault and describe her as about 5 feet 1 inch tall.

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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Two wanted for allegedly assaulting woman videotaping anti-gay altercation on subway


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Photo courtesy of NYPD

A subway ride following Gay Pride festivities last month turned from celebration to hate when two men got into an altercation with a group of LGBTQ youth.

Police are looking for those two men for allegedly assaulting a woman as she videotaped the incident on her phone.

The victim has had her own alert out for the suspects since July 2. She posted the video of the June 30 incident to YouTube in hopes of identifying and catching the two men.

According to the description that accompanies the video, the woman said she was riding on a Queens-bound F Train around 11:45 p.m. following the Gay Pride celebration when she heard the two men making loud homophobic comments.

Warning: This video contains graphic language and may be disturbing to watch.

“When a group of queer youth got on the train, the men proceeded to harass them, stating that the teens made them want to puke and that they would be killed if they were in Iran. The first assailant then threatened to rape them, at which point I took out my phone to document the incident,” she wrote.

“Seeing that he was being recorded, the first assailant lunged at me, violently grabbing my arms while trying to steal away my phone. One of the youth took the phone from me temporarily to protect it and told the assailant he shouldn’t attack a woman. When the assailant threatened to punch me, I took the phone back and ran to the other side of the train to push the emergency button and alert the authorities. At this point the second assailant got up and came towards me, grabbing my body and hands to try and get the phone to destroy the evidence. I yelled and told him I was an attorney. An onlooker then got up and stood between the assailants and myself, and another person left to get the train conductor,” she also wrote.

Durring the struggle, the victim suffered minor injuries to her hands and the suspects exited the train at the Roosevelt Avenue station, said police.

In a statement, the New York City Anti-Violence Project (AVP) said it was “deeply disturbed” by the video footage and encourages the community to report any LGBTQ violence.

AVP also said it is contacting the Queens District Attorney’s Office, City Council Speaker Christine Quinn, Councilmember Ruben Wills and community partner Make the Road New York about 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 Crime Stoppers website or can text their tips to CRIMES (274637), then enter TIP577. All calls are strictly confidential.

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Subway performers sought in train assault


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Photos courtesy of NYPD

Police are looking for a trio of subway dancers who allegedly assaulted a passenger aboard a train in Queens.

The 28-year-old victim was on a Manhattan bound F train around 7:20 p.m. on May 7 when he got into a verbal argument with three men police describe as “dance show train performers.”

As the train entered the 21st Street-Queensbridge station, the suspects attacked the victim, striking him several times on his head and body, then fled, said officials.

The victim was taken to the hospital for medical attention.

Police describe the three suspects as black males, 17 to 19 years old.

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at (800) 577-TIPS (8477). The public can also submit their tips by logging onto Crime Stoppers website by texting their tips to CRIMES (274637), then enter TIP577. All calls are strictly confidential.

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Woman struck and killed at Queens subway station


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Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons

A woman was killed in Queens this morning when she jumped in front of an F train, said the FDNY.

The incident happened around 6:30 a.m.

She was struck at the Sutphin Boulevard and Hillside Avenue station in Jamaica, according to the MTA.

 

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Two men fatally struck by ‘F’ trains in Queens


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Wikimedia Commons/Photo by David Shankbone

Within a 24-hour period, two men jumped in front of “F” trains at Queens subway stations, said police.

Around 11:45 a.m. Wednesday an unidentified man leapt onto the subway tracks as a Brooklyn-bound train entered the Jackson Heights-Roosevelt Avenue stop.

Only a day later, another apparent suicide took place around 10:30 a.m. Thursday at the Briarwood-Van Wyck Boulevard station when a 39-year-man also jumped in front of an ‘F’ train.

Both men were pronounced dead at the scene and no criminality is suspected in either incident.

 

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Man wanted for series of subway cell phone thefts


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Photo courtesy of DCPI

Police are searching for a man wanted for snatching five electronic devices over the past month on trains in Queens and Brooklyn.

Four cell phones and an iPad were stolen in the incidents that all occurred E, F, or R trains as they entered the station, according to police. The five victims were all women between the ages of 16-28.

The most recent robbery took place on December 11 as the suspect exited the R train at the 67th Avenue station. The suspect punched a 16-year-old girl in the face before taking her phone.

Police described the suspect as a black man between 25-30 years old, standing 6-feet-1-inch tall and weighing between 180-190 pounds.

 

 

Schumer asks MTA to create “Nerd Bus” route connecting Queens to Cornell Tech campus


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Today Senator Chuck Schumer sent a letter to the MTA asking them to create a “Nerd Bus” route that connects the future Cornell Tech campus on Roosevelt Island with tech hubs in Queens and Brooklyn.

Last month the transit agency proposed two Brooklyn Tech Triangle routes that connects DUMBO with Downtown Brooklyn and the Navy Yard, and services the Williamsburg waterfront. Schumer wants the MTA to extend the Tech Triangle to L.I.C. and the Cornell campus.

“New York is seeing a major tech boom, with Brooklyn and Long Island City leading the way, and now the new Cornell Tech campus on Roosevelt Island is going to be a game changer that further cements New York’s position as a leader in tech,” said Schumer. “You don’t need a PhD to know that connecting these neighborhoods through a ‘Nerd Bus’ is a no-brainer. The only thing separating these neighborhoods in New York City is a lack of transit connections. We need a high-speed rapid transit connection between Roosevelt Island and the Brooklyn Tech Triangle, with stops at new hubs like Long Island City and the Navy Yard, and residential areas in Greenpoint and Williamsburg.”

But the F train, which stops in Roosevelt Island Downtown Brooklyn and Long Island City, has already been named the tech route of New York City. Earlier this week, a Crain’s New York Business article dubbed the line the “Silicon Subway,” and in speeches Cornell University President David Skorton often calls the line “the F-train tech corridor.” It stops

As of late Wednesday afternoon, the MTA had not received Schumer’s letter, said an MTA spokesperson. “We appreciate his interest. We constantly study ridership and growth to better serve our customers, as evidenced by the $29.5 million in service investments we announced last month.”