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Teen robbery crew attacks pair at Parsons Boulevard station: NYPD


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Video courtesy of NYPD

Six teenagers targeted a pair of straphangers as they were at a Jamaica subway station last month, taking off with a cellphone after punching one of the 15-year-old victims in the face, police said.

The two male victims were on the mezzanine level of the Parsons Boulevard train station, located on Hillside Avenue, at about 10:40 a.m. on May 26 when the suspects — described as 15- to 17-year-old black males — approached them.

One of the suspects grabbed the phone from one of the victims and threw it the ground, according to authorities. Another robber punched the second victim in the face when he refused to hand over his phone.

The remaining suspects then held that victim while the others went through his pockets and took his phone.

Both victims refused medical attention at the scene.

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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Cops shoot and kill man suspected of firing gun inside Jamaica bar


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Photo courtesy of Property Shark/Christopher Bride

Updated Friday, April 24, 9:51 a.m.

Police shot and killed a man Wednesday night after he allegedly fired a gun inside a Jamaica bar and shot at cops as they tried to chase him down, authorities said.

Officers were called to the Irish Hillside Inn, at the corner of 168th Street and Hillside Avenue, at about 9:15 p.m. after they received a report of shots fired inside the bar.

According to published reports, the trouble began when 30-year-old Jonathan Efraim, who had been staying with his girlfriend just a few blocks away, walked into the establishment about an hour before cops were called. At one point, he started a conversation with a 72-year-old man, and the bartender, feeling the need the intervene, told the elderly patron that he had a cab waiting.

That’s when Efraim reportedly shouted, “No one’s going anywhere,” and fired a gunshot into the ceiling.

Officers encountered Efraim outside the bar and, when they identified themselves and told him to stop, he took off toward 168th Place and Highland Avenue, authorities said. That’s where he stopped, turned and shot at the officers.

Efraim then continued to flee down 168th Place towards Hillside Avenue, where he again stopped and pointed his weapon in the direction of the officers, police said. Two officers then fired in his direction a total of five times, striking him in the torso.

EMS rushed Efraim to Jamaica Hospital, where he died.

The two officers who discharged their weapons were taken to North Shore Medical Center for treatment of tinnitus. No other injuries were reported.

Photo courtesy of NYPD

Photo courtesy of NYPD

A loaded 9-mm Glock 9 handgun that police said belonged to Efraim was recovered at the scene.

Efraim served in the U.S. Marines from 2004 to 2007 and had a lengthy rap sheet, according to published reports. He had 16 prior arrests, and, The New York Times reported, had most recently been arrested in April 2012 in Staten Island and charged with criminal mischief and menacing a police officer. He also had a history of psychiatric issues, including a suicide attempt in 2003, The New York Times reported. According to The Wall Street Journal,  police had responded to five emotional disturbance calls from 1998 to 2014 involving Efraim.

Efraim’s death is reportedly the NYPD’s first fatal police-involved shooting of this year.

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Pedestrian critically injured in chain-reaction crash at Queens Village fruit stand


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

THE COURIER/Photos by Anthony Giudice

One person was seriously injured after a wild accident in Queens Village Friday morning involving a school bus, truck and fruit stand, according to authorities.

The incident occurred at about 11:45 a.m. at the corner of Hillside Avenue and Hollis Court Boulevard, near the southern end of the Clearview Expressway.

Police said a school bus with nearly 30 children on board suddenly lost control and struck a Penske truck parked outside the New Giant Farm fruit store at 211-14 Hillside Ave.

The impact caused the truck to mount the sidewalk and strike the fruit stand, causing structural damage to the building and an awning to collapse onto a pedestrian.

Paramedics brought the injured pedestrian to a local hospital in critical condition.

The children on board the bus were removed to Long Island Jewish Medical Center for observation, police said.

An investigation is ongoing.

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Fire truck and car collision in Briarwood leaves five injured


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

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A collision between a fire truck and car in Briarwood on Thursday night left five people, including two firefighters, hurt, the FDNY said.

The two vehicles crashed into each other at Hillside Avenue and Queens Boulevard about 6:30 p.m.

Three people were taken to Jamaica Hospital with serious, but non-life-threatening injuries, fire officials said.

Two firefighters, who suffered minor injuries, were transported to Queens Hospital Center.

The cause of the crash is reportedly under investigation.

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Bus fatally strikes pedestrian in Jamaica


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

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A 42-year-old woman died after she was hit by a Nassau Inter-County Express bus Thursday night as she was crossing Hillside Avenue in Jamaica, police said.

The bus driver was stopped at a red light about 9:20 p.m. on northbound 165th Street and when it turned green he made a right onto Hillside Avenue, cops said. The victim was walking across Hillside, from south to north, when she was struck by the right rear portion of the bus.

She was pronounced dead at the scene.

There have been no arrests and the investigation is ongoing.

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Suspect wanted for forcibly touching 12-year-old in Jamaica


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Video courtesy of NYPD

Police are looking for a suspect they say forcibly touched a 12-year-old girl as she walked down the street in Jamaica on Saturday night.

The victim was walking near 195th Street and Hillside Avenue about 8 p.m. when the suspect walked up behind her, pulled her toward him and made a comment about her body, cops said.

The girl was able to pull away from the man and flee. There were no reported injuries.

The suspected is described as a light skinned man and about 20 years old.

Police have released a surveillance video of the suspect before 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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Van fatally strikes 79-year-old in Glen Oaks


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A 79-year-old man was killed while trying to cross a Glen Oaks street on Saturday, cops said.

The victim, Edmund Chou, was struck by a Ford Econoline van about 5:15 p.m. on Hillside Avenue near 257th Street, about 10 blocks from his home, according to authorities.

He was attempting to walk from the north to south side of Hillside Avenue outside of the crosswalk when the vehicle hit him, cops said.

Chou was taken to Long Island Jewish Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

The van’s driver remained on the scene and police were investigating.

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Cupcake Kickstarter aims to open pastry shop in Bellerose


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Photos courtesy of Dawn White

In the cupcake world, Queens is a good place to start a business, according to Dawn White.
She is trying to break into the New York City cake scene by raising money to open a cupcake and pastry shop in Bellerose.

She hopes to raise $8,000 in Kickstarter donations by October, when she plans on opening her business, which she calls Cake Music NY.

“Places like Brooklyn and Manhattan are already overcrowded with these kinds of things, but Queens is a perfect spot to make my dream a reality,” White, 41, said.

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She said she hopes to find a storefront on Hillside Avenue or Jamaica Avenue.

“Jamaica Avenue is my number one choice because of the high demand [for baked goods] in the area,” she said.

White has been making cupcakes for the last eight years but she’s never owned a commercial kitchen.

Instead, she jumps around communal kitchens in Astoria and Brooklyn, making not only cupcakes, but also custom cakes for any occasion.

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She said she is also planning to take out a loan for about $80,000, hoping to turn her dream into a family business.

“I want to leave something to my daughter,” she said. “And this is my chance to do it.”
As for the business name, White said simply, “Everyone likes music.”

“It doesn’t actually have anything to do with music directly,” she said, “but there’s an appeal.”

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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


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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 COURIER/ Photo by Angy Altamirano

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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Photos Courtesy of NYPD

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


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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.