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Two arrested after bikers, ATV riders drive recklessly on Van Wyck Expressway: cops


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Police arrested a motorcyclist and an ATV rider on the Van Wyck Expressway near the Kew Gardens area on Saturday after a group of bikers were caught driving recklessly, cops said.

Omid Bedi, 30, and Equilla Ross, 39, were riding on the Van Wyck Expressway at about 5 p.m. when cops came to the roadway in response to several complaints about a large group of dirt bikes and ATV motorcycles driving recklessly, authorities said.

Police found the bikers on both sides of the expressway near Hillside Avenue, and observed one four-wheeled ATV driving the wrong way on the highway. They also said they saw some of the motorcyclists lift their bikes over the expressway median before fleeing and leaving behind two ATVs and a dirt bike. Bedi and Ross were apprehended at the scene.

Bedi, a Queens resident, who was riding a blue Yamaha ATV, has been charged with reckless endangerment, criminal nuisance, reckless driving, unregistered motorcycle and improper license violation. Ross, a resident of Mount Vernon, who was driving a red Honda motorcycle, has been charged with two counts of criminal nuisance.

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Rendering reveals seven-story apartment building coming to Jamaica


| lguerre@queenscourier.com

Rendering courtesy TCX Development

Development in Jamaica is about to pick up and bring big changes to the New York City real estate scene, according to a firm building new apartments in the area.

TCX Development, a Great Neck-based firm, is working on a seven-story, 21-unit apartment building on Hillside Avenue near 191st Street. TCX officials believe they are ahead of the wave of development they feel is coming to the neighborhood because of its zoning, extensive public transportation network and massive downtown shopping district.

“We really believe in this area. We’ve done a lot of research and we are sure that this area is due for a lot of development soon,” said Joshua Asherian of TCX Development. “The zoning is already there and the retail is already there, It’s only a matter of time.”

TCX released renderings for the project last week, as New York YIMBY revealed, and the building is expected to be completed in 2015.

The exterior of the 15,000-square-foot building will be designed with black brick and metal siding with large windows. The interior will have a modern finish with key card access. There will also be 11 enclosed parking spots.

The building will mostly be comprised of one-bedroom apartments for $1,600 a month, which Asherian said will be attractive compared to Brooklyn and Manhattan prices for comparable rooms. There will also be one three-bedroom penthouse.

 

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DOT to implement Slow Zones on Northern and Queens boulevards


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The city’s Vision Zero traffic safety plan will be implemented at two highly trafficked Queens thoroughfares where collisions have claimed more than 20 lives in the last six years, officials said.

The Department of Transportation (DOT) announced Thursday that Northern and Queens boulevards would become part of 25 planned Arterial Slow Zones implemented throughout the five boroughs.

“I am pleased to bring the Arterial Slow Zone program to Northern Boulevard where long crosswalks and high speeds have been an unnecessary reality for too many Queens residents,” DOT Commissioner Polly Trottenberg said.

The first phase of a Slow Zone for Northern Boulevard will run 4.2 miles long from 40th Road to 114th Street. Starting later this month, the speed limit will be lowered to 25 mph and traffic signals will be retimed.

Since 2008, there have been five fatalities on Northern Boulevard, according to the DOT. One of the recent accidents involved 8-year-old Noshat Nahian, who was fatally struck by a truck on his way to school on Northern Boulevard and 61st Street.

Last month the DOT announced it would install two pedestrian safety islands at the intersection, and remove the westbound left turn bay and signal on Northern Boulevard to eliminate possible vehicle and pedestrian collisions.

“Bringing an arterial slow zone to Northern Boulevard is a huge victory for our entire community,” Councilwoman Julissa Ferreras said.

In July, the DOT will implement a Slow Zone on Queens Boulevard, which has seen 23 deaths in the past six years. The Slow Zone will stretch 7.4 miles from Jackson Avenue to Hillside Avenue.

“I am thrilled to be here on Northern Boulevard with Commissioner Trottenberg announcing safety improvements, rather than with a grieving family begging the city to take actions,” state Sen. Michael Gianaris said. “Too many lives have been lost on Northern and Queens Boulevard, and many other dangerous roads throughout our city.”

The city agency also announced Slow Zones would go up on Jamaica Avenue later this month, and Rockaway Boulevard in August.

For more information on the Slow Zones, visit www.nyc.gov/dot or www.nyc.gov/visionzero.

 

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Police looking for two suspects in three gas station robberies


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The NYPD is trying to find two suspects for three robberies of two gas stations in Jamaica and one in Flushing.

According to police, in each incident the suspects drove to the gas station in a dark colored minivan, then the driver exited the vehicle, watched the locations and returned to the minivan. Afterwards, the second suspect exited the vehicle, entered the location and either displayed a black handgun or simulated having a gun under his shirt and demanded money from the register and cigarettes.

On Saturday, March 16 at 5:40 a.m. one of the suspects simulated a firearm under his shirt as he robbed the Gulf Gas Station located at 241-15 Hillside Avenue in Jamaica.

On Tuesday, March 19 at 4 a.m. one suspect displayed a black firearm while robbing the Exxon Gas Station located at 137-21 Liberty Avenue in Jamaica.

On Wednesday, March 20 at 6:22 a.m. one of the suspects displayed a black handgun as he robbed the Mobil Gas Station located at 133-11 Roosevelt Avenue in Flushing.

Both suspects are described as Hispanic males, one suspect is 5’10″ to 6′ tall, large build and with a  moustache and the second suspect is  5’7″ to 5’9″ tall, medium build, with facial hair and wearing a black hooded jacket

Authorities have released photos for both suspects and a surveillance video of one of the suspects.

Anyone with information in regards to these incidents 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. All calls are strictly confidential.

 

 

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Man shot early Sunday; second fatal shooting in Queens over weekend


| tcullen@queenscourier.com

Photos by Robert Stridiron

A man was shot multiple times and killed early Sunday outside of the Flavor Lounge on Hillside Avenue – becoming the second fatal shooting in Queens over the weekend.

Police said they found Kwasi Olatunji, 36, outside of the establishment around 3:30 a.m. with several gunshot wounds to the torso. EMS transported Olatunji to Jamaica Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

A second victim, 27, was taken to the hospital for a stab wound to the leg. The stab victim is in stable condition, police said.

The investigation is ongoing and no arrests have been made.


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Dynamic Events: Handling every detail with care


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Dynamic Events, a full-service event planning group offering both on and off premise catering and party planning services, is striving to handle each client’s preference with care.

Keith Senzer and Robert Kanowitz, the two principal owners of the newly-opened New Hyde Park venue, decided to share the success of their Syosset Kosher Catering Hall with clients looking for something a bit more low-key and clubby.

“We decided rather than compete with this type of clientele, we would rather be able to accommodate them; so we decided to open a venue that would cater to their needs,” said Senzer.

Senzer and Kanowitz’s jobs consist of a variety of things.

“We handle just about everything-from booking parties, to organizing and planning them, menu development, and just the standard business practices needed to run a successful operation,” said Senzer.

Their Hillside Lounge serves as a venue for all occasions, including bar/bat mitzvahs, communions, sweet sixteens, weddings, corporate events, as well as intimate family gatherings.

“Much of this business is word of mouth, but we first need to get people in the door so they have something to rave about,” said Senzer.

While the business is still rather new, Senzer and Kanowitz are planning ahead.

“Our business plans are in the works, but we felt we needed focus first on getting this operation running seamlessly before we take on more,” Senzer said. “I am a true believer that slow and steady wins the race and if you perfect one thing at a time, you will achieve greater success than trying to perfect a bunch of things at once.”

With more than 50 years of experience in handling catering with expertise, Dynamic Events serves to handle every detail, so clients can enjoy their affairs.

“In the future, we would like Dynamic Events to mature into not only the Hillside Lounge location, but off-premise catering and full service party planning as well,” said Senzer.

Dynamic Events is located at 33-15 Hillside Avenue. To learn more, call 516-294-0900, or visit www.dynamiceventsny.com.

Police search for Queens Village armed robbery suspect


| brennison@queenscourier.com

Photo courtesy of the NYPD

Police are on the lookout for a suspect wanted in connection with an armed robbery of a Queens bank.

HSBC Bank on Hillside Avenue in Queens Village was robbed on Friday, May 25 when the suspect passed a note to the teller demanding money, police said. The note also indicated he had a gun.

After receiving an undetermined amount of money, the suspect fled the bank.

Police described the suspect as a black male between 30 and 40 years old, 6-feet-5-inches tall and 200 pounds.

He was last seen wearing a black jacket, a hooded sweatshirt, blue baseball cap with “KC” logo and white gloves with blue colored palms.

Anyone with information regarding 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 atWWW.NYPDCRIMESTOPPERS.COM or by texting their tips to 274637 (CRIMES) then enter TIP577. All calls are strictly confidential.

 

Neighbors protest meat market


| mchan@queenscourier.com

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Neighboring residents of a local meat market in Bellerose rallied to shut the market down on Monday, September 19.

Dozens of angry nearby homeowners protested alongside New York State Senator Tony Avella outside the store. They said Super Halal Meat Market, located at 253-06 Hillside Avenue, defies building and health codes and severely impacts the neighborhood’s quality of life.

“It’s about two American dreams colliding,” said neighbor Jennifer Newsom. “He is here in America and he wants a business. We’re here in America because we want the American Dream of a home with a white picket fence — in quiet.”

Newsom, who lives two doors down, said that among “a lot of different things,” she’s concerned about the noise from the air conditioner, the smell from the garbage and meat and the traffic jams on the street.
“I’m sad that the community has come to this. Now we have a divide in the community where it doesn’t need to be,” she said.

According to the Department of Agriculture and Markets, Super Halal Meat Market has failed three inspections since they opened last October. During this month’s inspection, the market was pinned for two critical deficiencies. The meat in the cooler was not cold enough — destroying 162 pounds of meat — and flies were present in the meat processing area, said spokesperson Michael Moran.

“No matter who you are in this city or state, if you run a business, you have to be a good neighbor and you have to follow the law,” Avella said. “It’s clear the owner of Super Halal Meat Market thinks he can fail on both counts. He’s not a good neighbor and he’s not following the law.”

The market has also racked up over $25,000 in total violation fines from the Department of Agriculture and Markets, the Department of Buildings and the Environmental Control Board.

The fines have not been paid as of Monday, Moran said.

“There comes a point where you realize these people have no interest in resolving the complaints. I’ve decided it’s time to get the agencies to close them down,” Avella said.

Market owner Sheraz Khan said he is paying “pending fines” but still has to go to court for each violation. He said he has paid about $10,000 already.

“I never received any other bills. They were never fines. They were just warnings,” he said. “It’s pretty unfair. A lot of things have changed. We messed up in the beginning, but I’m fixing all the mistakes that were made. It’s not like I’m ignoring them. It doesn’t mean that we should be harassed.”

For neighbor Cecil Outram, besides the fact that traffic blocks the street and noisy trucks come “at all hours,” he said he doesn’t mind having the store across the street.

“It brightens the area in a way. They’re open 24 hours a day and I take the bus at 4 o’clock in the morning. It makes it safer,” he said. “They have to make a living too.”