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Police save pup struck by car on Grand Central Parkway

| aaltamirano@queenscourier.com

Photos courtesy of the NYPD

Updated: Wednesday, Jan. 21 12:35 p.m.

One pit bull mix puppy, who found himself on the Grand Central Parkway Monday morning, proved that cats are not the only ones with extra lives thanks to help from local police.

Police Officers Melissa Mezzoiuso and George Morinia-Blocker of the 110th Precinct responded to a call at 8:21 a.m. of a “vicious dog” wandering in the westbound lane of the Grand Central Parkway, near the Long Island Expressway, according to police.

Upon getting to the scene, the officers saw the dog sitting motionless on the highway. Morinia-Blocker then maneuvered the car to keep Mezzoiuso safe as she got out of the car and went toward the puppy, who was not “vicious,” but instead scared and injured.

Photo courtesy of ASPCA

Mezzoiuso then picked up the dog, who could not move on his own, and carried him to the side of the road. The officers then placed the dog in their squad car and took him to the ASPCA office in Queens. It was then decided to take the dog to Animal Care & Control of NYC in Manhattan.

The 110th Precinct later tweeted that the almost 6-month-old dog, dubbed “Rocky” by Mezzoiuso and Morina-Blocker, had been struck by a car and had broken its leg.

The puppy has since been transferred to the ASPCA Animal Hospital in Manhattan.

According to the ASPCA, “Rocky” is resting comfortably at the hospital where he underwent surgery for the broken leg Tuesday. His fracture has since been fixed and he will continue to receive “around-the-clock care” and is expected to make a full recovery.

“We urge anyone with information about Rocky to please come forward,” an ASPCA spokeswoman said. “Thank you to the officers of the 110th Precinct who rescued a dog in need and brought him to safety at the ASPCA.”


Cops arrest Ridgewood and Middle Village graffiti vandals

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The next thing these vandals could be drawing is punishment.

Police arrested Joseph Guilfoyle, 43, of Ridgewood, and David Negron, 20, of Middle Village, for graffiti in numerous areas of Queens.

Guilfoyle was charged on Tuesday with eight complaints of graffiti in multiple precincts. He was wanted for vandalizing roadways, such as the Long Island Expressway, the Grand Central Parkway and the Van Wyck Expressway.

Negron was charged on Saturday with 21 individual acts of graffiti. He tagged just about anything he could find, according to police, including store fronts of local businesses, ATM machines, mailboxes, doors, emergency call boxes and payphones, mostly in Maspeth and Ridgewood.



Woman struck by Queens-bound No. 7 train at Grand Central

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A woman fell into the path of a No. 7 train at Grand Central Station Thursday night after she passed out, police said.

The 32-year-old was waiting for the subway about 9:30 p.m. when she was hit by a Queens-bound train, according to the NYPD.

She was taken to Bellevue Hospital in critical condition, police said.

No. 7 train service had to be suspended between Grand Central and Hunters Point Avenue because of the accident.



Crews complete LIRR tunnel

| aaltman@queenscourier.com


The burrow between two boroughs is complete.

Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) workers made contact at approximately 9:30 a.m. on Thursday, September 20, finishing a major tunnel of the East Side Access project and bringing Manhattan and Queens closer than ever. Workers broke through the final barrier, connecting the thoroughfare, just under Northern Boulevard and 41st Avenue in Long Island City.

According to MTA spokesperson Aaron Donovan, this 120-foot-long segment of tunnel cost $96.8 million to construct — just a sliver of the overall cost of the East Side Access project to connect the Long Island Rail Road (LIRR) to Grand Central Terminal, estimated at $8.24 billion. The tunnel connecting the two boroughs, which measures 60 feet wide and 40 feet tall and runs more than 3.5 miles long, will bring trains on the Long Island Railroad from the new station at 37th Street and Park Avenue to the Sunnyside Yard.

According to Donovan, the roughly 219,000 commuters from Queens and Long Island who rely on the LIRR daily to get to their jobs in Manhattan will have their commutes shortened by between 15 and 30 minutes per day.

“[Commuters] will no longer need to take a train to Penn Station, and backtrack to the East Side by walking or taking a subway or bus,” said Donovan. “In the future, from every LIRR station, you’ll have a choice about whether you want to take a train to Penn Station or a train to Grand Central. It’s the largest expansion of the LIRR in 100 years, a virtual ‘moon shot’ that will double the LIRR’s capacity to move people into and out of Manhattan.”

Gina Moffa currently spends an hour in transit to get from her home in Franklin Square, Long Island, to her Midtown Manhattan office. The People StyleWatch reporter, who admits she doesn’t know much about the ongoing expansion, is hopeful the extension will ease her commute. She believes the train’s arrival point of Grand Central instead of Penn Station will alleviate the extreme congestion that the west side terminus experiences.

“I am hopeful that it will ease my commute and reduce the time I spend on the train every morning,” said Moffa. “I’d be extremely happy if this expansion shed just 15 or 20 minutes off of my commute.”

Construction on the overall East Side Access project began in 2007 and the MTA was awarded the contract to build this segment of the tunnel in February 2010. The project is expected to be finished in August of 2019.