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Cops seek potential witness in Queens Village homicide


| ctumola@queenscourier.com

Video courtesy of NYPD

Police are looking for a man who could possibly help them solve the fatal shooting of a Queens Village resident who was found dead in his apartment Wednesday.

On Wednesday night, the NYPD released video footage of a man walking across the street from the homicide location at 211-77 Jamaica Ave., near 212th Street. Detectives would like to interview the unknown person to find out if he saw anything while walking down the street.

Authorities discovered Jermain Gladimer, 25, inside his basement apartment on Aug. 5 at about 1:15 a.m. According to police, he had gunshot wounds to his head and torso and was pronounced dead at the scene.

There have been no arrests.

Anyone who can identify the witness or has any other information about the incident 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 are kept confidential.


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Police investigating deadly shooting inside Queens Village apartment


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Photo via Google Maps

A 25-year-old man was shot to death at his Queens Village home early Wednesday morning, according to authorities.

Police found Jermain Gladimer inside his basement apartment on Jamaica Avenue near 212th Street at about 1:15 a.m., cops said. He had gunshot wounds to head and torso and was pronounced dead at the scene.

There have been no arrests and the investigation is ongoing.

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Jamaica JAMS to rock 10 blocks this weekend


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Photo courtesy of  Cultural Collaborative Jamaica

Two decades ago, a group of residents and community leaders got together to discuss ways to promote their neighborhood and spur economic development. They decided to organize an outdoor event to celebrate the area’s cultural diversity, culinary competence and creative talent.

The result was the Jamaica Arts & Music Summer Festival or JAMS, which attracted about 7,000 people to its debut in 1996. Since then, the annual event has grown into one of New York City’s biggest summer destinations with almost 200,000 revelers filling 10 blocks of Jamaica Avenue and enjoying live performances, fashion, arts and more than 500 vendors.

This year, the fun begins on Friday, Aug. 7, with a free concert — JAMS Under the Stars — at Rufus King Park in the vicinity of 153rd Street and 89th Avenue from 5 to 10 p.m. Scheduled performers include Toni Ann Semple, a powerful singer who blends the nuances of her African and Native American heritages into soul, funk and jazz; DJ Jordan Knoxx, a mixologist from nearby Hollis; and Dallas Forte, a Christian crooner who hails from Guyana.

On the second day of JAMS, Aug. 8, organizers say that “an extra special artist” will present. They want this person’s identity to be a secret until stage time, but attendees can expect rap, R&B and even a martial arts demonstration by the Resobox Japanese Cultural Center. The stretch on Jamaica Avenue from Parsons Boulevard to 170th Street will be a pedestrian-free zone divided into sections.

A “kid safe play area” will host face-painting, arts and crafts, and a climbing wall, while a health expo will provide access to check-ups and wellness activities. There will also be a seniors pavilion and a classic car show.

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Commuter groped near Woodhaven Boulevard J train station


| rpozarycki@queenscourier.com

Photo courtesy of NYPD

Police released a video and photo Friday afternoon of a man who allegedly groped a woman near a Woodhaven train station last month.

The perpetrator — described as a black male in his 20s, standing 5 foot 10 inches tall and weighing 160 pounds — forcibly touched the 28-year-old woman in the area of Jamaica Avenue and Woodhaven Boulevard at around 2 a.m. on June 27.

He reportedly groped the woman’s breasts and buttocks, then fled the location on foot.

The incident was later reported to the NYPD Transit Bureau and the 102nd Precinct; the woman was not injured.

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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Woodhaven shooting victim isn’t helping investigation: cops


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Police continue to look for information regarding a shooting at the corner of Jamaica Avenue and 89th Street in Woodhaven Saturday night.

A 23-year-old man shot at a Woodhaven intersection on Saturday night isn’t doing much to help authorities find the person who pulled the trigger on him, police sources said.

The man was shot once in the abdomen at the corner of Jamaica Avenue and 89th Street at about 9:53 p.m. on June 6, authorities said.

According to police, the man was involved in a dispute with a group of unidentified individuals seconds before the shooting. After a member of the group pulled out a gun and opened fire on him, the injured man reportedly managed to run to the corner of 85th Street and Jamaica Avenue, where police were contacted.

Officers from the 102nd Precinct and EMS units rushed to the scene. The man was taken to Jamaica Hospital Medical Center and was listed in stable condition.

A police source described the victim as being uncooperative with detectives investigating the shooting.

Anyone with information regarding the shooting 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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Man shot on Woodhaven street


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Photo via Google Maps

Detectives are looking for answers in the shooting of a 23-year-old man on a Woodhaven street Saturday night.

The victim was shot once in the abdomen by an unidentified perpetrator at the corner of Jamaica Avenue and 89th Street at about 9:53 p.m. Saturday, according to police.

Officers from the 102nd Precinct and EMS units responded to the scene. The victim was taken to Jamaica Hospital Medical Center and was listed in stable condition.

As of Sunday, details regarding the shooting were not known and remained under investigation.

Anyone with information regarding the shooting 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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Identify this place in Queens


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

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Do you know where in Queens this photo was taken? Guess by commenting below! The answer will be revealed next week.

Last week’s answer to “Identify this Place”: Jamaica Avenue and Sutphin Boulevard in Jamaica 

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Pre-K to replace coin arcade game warehouse in Richmond Hill


| lguerre@queenscourier.com

Photo courtesy Kalmon Dolgin Associates

There will be no more games at this former warehouse, because class is almost in session.

The School Construction Authority signed a 10-year lease for a one-story Richmond Hill building, and it plans to create space for a pre-kindergarten at the site, which was formerly a warehouse for arcade vending machine supplier Bay Coin Distributors.

The arcade business is moving its operations blocks away to a smaller location, according to real estate firm Kalmon Dolgin Affiliates, which handled the transaction.

The school will take up the entire warehouse building at 132-10 Jamaica Ave., which has 12,400 square feet of space, and will seat 100 students when completed.

The site had an asking price of $30 per square foot.

Construction has already begun to transform the building into the new school, a representative for the real estate firm said.

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Bones discovered in Richmond Hill  


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Authorities are investigating unidentified bones that were unearthed by a utility worker in Richmond Hill Tuesday morning.

A National Grid subcontractor was digging a trench at a site on 108th Street near Jamaica Avenue at about 11:10 a.m. when he found five pieces of bone that appear to be human, cops said.

Police were called and the medical examiner is investigating.

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Cupcake Kickstarter aims to open pastry shop in Bellerose


| ejankiewicz@queenscourier.com

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.

Courtesy of Dawn White

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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Woodhaven ‘eyesore’ will not be knocked down


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THE COURIER/Photo by Eric Jankiewicz

The owners of a partially collapsed Woodhaven building have prevented the city from demolishing their building by coming to a settlement to repair the collapsed roof by Oct. 15, according to court records and the lawyer representing its owners.

The building on 78-19 Jamaica Ave., considered an eyesore by many in the community, had originally been given a stay of demolition which expired on July 16. But the owners were able to prevent a demolition of the building after they sued the city for “arbitrary and capricious” conduct. The owners settled, agreeing to have the building fixed and completed by October.

“The engineer is working diligently to comply with the Department of Buildings,” , said Elio Forcina, the owners’ lawyer. “Once the building is finished, it will be very beautiful and the community will love it.”

The building was originally occupied by a furniture store until it was vacated in April 2013 when the middle of the roof collapsed. It is now wrapped in scaffolding and its next-door neighbors, The Catholic Charities Woodhaven-Richmond Hill Senior Center, also had to closed, relocating to the nearby American Legion Post 118 building.

During a meeting on the issue, held by the Woodhaven Residents’ Block Association, Department of Buildings (DOB) representative Kenneth Lazar told residents that construction would begin after Independence Day, according to the DOB.

But after Forcina sued the DOB and Department of Housing Preservation and Development, the two settled on the October completion date.

“As of now, my client’s done everything he can,” Forcino said.

The building had been deemed unsafe by the DOB, prompting the call for demolition, but Forcino said that the dilapidated building didn’t pose any public health risk and therefore it wasn’t fair that the city was going to demolish the structure.

“We felt that the city was being capricious because this was never a public safety issue.”

 

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Woman killed in Queens Village motorcycle crash


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A 31-year-old woman was killed Sunday night after she was struck by a car while riding her motorcycle in Queens Village, police said.

The victim, who has yet to be identified by police, was traveling eastbound on Jamaica Avenue around 10:20 p.m. when the accident occurred, according to officials.

A Nissan Maxima driving westbound on Jamaica Avenue struck the motorcyclist as the car was attempting to make a left onto Springfield Boulevard, cops said.

The motorcyclist was taken to Long Island Jewish Medical Center where she was pronounced dead.

The 22-year-old driver, who was not injured in the crash, remained on the scene of the accident and investigation is ongoing, police said.

 

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Woodhaven’s New Pop’s Restaurant gets new owner


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THE COURIER/ Photo by Eric Jankiewicz

New Pop’s Restaurant, a diner that has been in Woodhaven for more than 20 years, is set to open on Father’s Day weekend after having been closed for more than a month, according to the diner’s new owner George Alexiov.

“I like this neighborhood,” Alexiov said. “I’ve been trying to find a business to run for the past seven years and now I’m very excited that I will be serving the people here.”

Alexiov has kept the interior design the same and in the last two weeks, after signing a 20-year lease on the Jamaica Avenue storefront, he’s been busy restoring the walls and tiles in the diner.

The menu, which is traditional diner fare, also hasn’t been altered. To mark the grand opening, Alexiov said he plans on giving customers a free glass of wine or beer.

“Looking forward to see what the new owners do,” Grace Cangiola said on Facebook about the new management. “I haven’t been there for quite a while. There’s not a lot of choices to eat at on the [a]venue, it will be nice to have it back.”

Alexiov, who is originally from Greece, has had experience with running food businesses in Brooklyn and said he plans on hiring six workers.

 

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Police looking for Richmond Hill serial burglar


| lguerre@queenscourier.com

Photo courtesy NYPD

Cops are looking for a serial burglar who has broken into at least three Richmond Hill apartments within the last month and stolen thousands of dollars in cash and property.

The suspect’s latest burglary occurred on May 6 at about 11:30 a.m. near Jamaica Avenue and 113th Street, authorities said. He entered the apartment and removed $1,000, a laptop, two watches and a Samsung tablet.

A week earlier, on May 2, the suspect entered a residence near Jamaica Avenue and 108th Street at about 9 a.m. and took $2,000, a wedding band and comic books, cops said.

Police also said the suspect broke into an apartment near Jamaica Avenue and 123rd street at 8:50 a.m. on April 24 and stole two watches, a necklace and earrings.

None of the victims were home during the robberies, cops 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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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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