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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


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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.

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


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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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Graffiti duo busted in Richmond Hill


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

Photo courtesy of the NYPD

Police busted two vandals in Richmond Hill on Saturday.

Sergeant Jimmy Conwall, Detective Christopher Diaz and P.O. Anthony D’Ascanio, dressed in plain clothes, spotted two people sitting on a subway bench at the Jamaica Avenue and 111th Street station around 1 a.m. on Jan. 11.

The pair, Tommy Martinez and Jeremy Cautin, was sitting near “fresh graffiti vandalism” on a J-train car, police said.

Diaz saw a knapsack stuffed with spray paint cans next to Martinez, 19, of Brooklyn. He tried to close the bag as the officers approached, according to police.

Diaz then saw Cautin, 21, of Richmond Hill, wearing one green latex glove and a spray paint can sticking out of his jacket pocket.

Later, cops determined the fresh graffiti belonged to the two. Cautin acted as a lookout while Martinez tagged “FEAL” on the subway car, 10 feet wide and over three feet high.

They were both arrested and charged with criminal mischief, making graffiti, 15 counts of possession of graffiti instrument and criminal trespassing.

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Santa visits the Richmond Hill Block Association


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Photo courtesy of RHBA

Santa is making his rounds through the borough and stopped at the Richmond Hill Block Association to bring holiday cheer to the neighborhood.

Children and their families gathered at the Block Association for the annual Santa Day on Saturday for an afternoon of treats and Christmas cheer.

Despite the snowy day, almost 300 area children, the RHBA board and volunteers came to the Jamaica Avenue spot and got a picture with Santa.

 

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Police looking for suspect in deadly Woodhaven hit-and-run


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Updated December 7, 3:57 p.m.

Police are looking for a suspect who fatally struck a man in Woodhaven Friday morning.

The victim, 35-year-old Yunior Antonio Perez Rodriguez, of Brooklyn, was struck by a car around 3:15 a.m. while attempting to cross Woodhaven Boulevard at Jamaica Avenue, said cops.

Rodriguez sustained severe trauma and was taken to Jamaica Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Police said they are looking for the driver, who was possibly driving a white Honda sedan and did not remain on 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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Man found murdered in Richmond Hill home


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Police are investigating the homicide of a man who was discovered dead in Richmond Hill Wednesday.

Officers found Noel Hidalgo, 58, inside of his Jamaica Avenue residence around 3:40 p.m. with trauma to his head, said cops.

He was pronounced dead at the scene.

 

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FDNY firefighter made fake 911 calls to steal money


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FDNY firefighter Joseph Keene pulled the false alarm, making phony calls to various firehouses. Once firefighters responded to the call, Keene crept into the fire stations and made off with others’ cash, according to a report released by the Department of Investigation (DOI).

The investigation shows that Keene, through a series of thefts, made several false 9-1-1 calls which initiated an FDNY response so that he could enter various firehouses and steal money from firefighters’ personal belongings.

Keene was reportedly interviewed last week and admitted to his crimes to the DOI.

In one incident in early June, a 9-1-1 call was made reporting a gas odor at Jamaica Avenue and Little Neck Parkway. Local Engine 251 responded to the area, but the call was determined unfounded. While the firetruck was out, Keene entered the firehouse and stole roughly $1,200.

During the investigation, video surveillance found an individual who appeared to be Keene exiting a car and entering the firehouse after the Engine Company had left. The car the individual traveled in was one similar to Keene’s.

Keene later admitted it was him in the video.

The investigation reports Keene having stolen over $2,000 from different firehouses throughout Queens County and Richmond County, in Staten Island.

Keene was charged Friday by the District Attorney with falsely reporting an incident, grand larceny and burglary, all felonies, as well as petit larceny. The Richmond County District Attorney will separately charge Keene as appropriate.

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Suspects swipe copper pipes in Woodhaven


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

Photos courtesy of NYPD

Police are looking a pair of copper pipe thieves in Woodhaven.

The two suspects entered a vacant residence at 75-09 Jamaica Avenue on Sunday, June 23 around 3:55 a.m. without permission or authority and removed the copper piping, 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 Crime Stoppers website or can text their tips to CRIMES (274637), then enter TIP577. All calls are strictly confidential.

 

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Community cleans up Jamaica Avenue graffiti


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

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On Sunday, April 21, the Richmond Hill Block Association, 102nd Precinct Officers Jose Severino and Joseph Martins and cadets from the John Bowne High School Air Force JROTC cleaned up graffiti along Jamaica Avenue. They painted over several problematic sites.

 

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One killed, one injured in attack on Jamaica Avenue


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

Police are investigating a Richmond Hill attack that left one man dead and another injured.

According to the NYPD, on Wednesday, March 6, around 3:30 p.m., authorities responded to a 9-1-1 call of a male stabbed on Jamaica Avenue near 127th Street. Upon arrival, officers discovered an unidentified man in his thirties who was stabbed in the back, and another victim, a 17-year-old male, who was hit in the shoulder with a rock.

EMS responded and transported the stabbing victim to Jamaica Hospital where he was pronounced dead. The second victim refused medical attention at the scene.

An initial investigation determined that the victims were walking in front of 126-19 Jamaica Avenue, the location where they were found by police, when a group of males attacked them. The investigation is still ongoing.

 

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