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Queens buses fare well on annual survey

By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

THE COURIER/Photo by Danielle Petrovich

The NYPIRG’s Straphangers Campaign and Transportation Alternatives just gave out two awards for the poorest bus service in the city, but only a few Queens buses were cited as slow or unreliable.

The first, called the “Pokey”award, is for the slowest route and determined by volunteers who ride 34 bus lines that are renowned for their high volume of riders and history of delayed rides.

This year there was a tie for first place—the M66 and M42 buses.  Both are crosstown Manhattan routes and had an average speed of 3.9 mph at noon on a weekday.

“The M66 and M42 are excruciatingly slow,” said Gene Russianoff, attorney for NYPIRG’s Straphangers Campaign. “[They] would lose a race to an amusement park bumper car — and be a lot less fun! A bumper car can go 4.3 miles per hour compared to the 3.9 miles of the Pokey award winning buses.”

In Queens, the Q58 was the 25th slowest bus in the city, at 7 mph, followed by the Q44 LTD at 9.5 mph and the Q27 at 9.9 mph.

Although the Q58 is faster than many other NYC buses, some Queens riders were unhappy with its service.

“I have to leave for work extra early just for the bus. It’s so slow; it takes forever to get to my stop,” said Flushing resident Tanya, a frequent passenger on the Q58.

“The bus is always so inconsistent. It never comes at the same times every day,” said Tom of Fresh Meadows.

The second award given out, the “Schleppie,” which measures how well buses keep to scheduled intervals, and is based off of official transit statistics, didn’t include any Queens buses.

First place went to the M4, which runs from Upper Manhattan to Penn Station on Fifth and Madison Avenues and Broadway. Nearly 30 percent of  its arrivals were bunched together or had big gaps in service. Close behind it were the M101/2/3, S78 and S74  lines, all having an unreliability rating over 20 percent.

Video released of suspect in deadly Midtown shooting

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The NYPD has released the video of the suspect in Monday’s Midtown execution-style shooting that left a man dead.

Brandon Lincoln Woodard, 31, of Los Angeles, was killed around 2 p.m. yesterday when an unidentified man shot him from behind in the head at close range with one round from a silver semiautomatic handgun as both walked westbound on West 58th Street between Broadway and Seventh Avenue, near Columbus Circle, said police.

After shooting the victim, the gunman turned around and entered the front passenger seat of a parked vehicle, a late model Lincoln sedan that was possibly light gray or silver in color.

The car then drove off eastbound on West 58th Street and south on Seventh Avenue.

The released footage, which is from 10 minutes before the incident, shows the suspect exiting a car, then walking down the sidewalk and pulling the hood of his dark colored coat over his head.

Police describe the suspect as a black male  who appears to be bald and may have a beard. He was also wearing khaki pants at the time of the shooting.

Also on Tuesday, police released new information about the weapon used in the shooting.

The same 9mm firearm was involved in a 2009 incident in southeast Queens.

On November 22 of that year, two men fired 12 rounds at a Saint Albans residence located at 189-11 Mangin Avenue. No one was hurt, but several windows, a door frame and siding were damaged. Police made no arrests in connection to that shooting.


Suspect in deadly subway pushing charged with murder

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The suspect who allegedly pushed a Queens man to his death at a Midtown subway station has been charged with intentional murder in the second degree and depraved indifference murder in the second degree, said the NYPD.

Naeem Davis, 30, who is currently homeless, but according to the New York Post lived in Queens until six months ago, was picked up by police for questioning Tuesday near the vicinity of the West 49th Street and 7th Avenue station where the incident occurred.

While in custody, he reportedly made statements implicating himself.

In a video taken on the subway platform right before the shoving incident, the suspect was seen cursing and yelling at the victim, Ki-Suck Han, 58, of Elmhurst.

The alleged subway pusher was also caught on camera as authorities took him in for questioning.

Though the police’s description of the suspect said that he was wearing dreads, in the footage from yesterday, Davis is bald and may have shaved his head following the incident.

Video: NBC New York

Queens man pushed to death at Midtown subway station

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Police are looking for a suspect who pushed an Elmhurst man onto the subway tracks of a Midtown station Monday, killing the victim when an approaching train struck him.

Authorities have classified the death as a homicide, and have released a video of the incident, which happened around 12:30 p.m. at the West 49th Street and 7th Avenue station.

In the footage, the suspect, using expletives, tells the victim, Ki-Suck Han, 58,  to leave him alone and go wait for the train.

The suspect then shoved Han onto the tracks, where he was hit by a Brooklyn bound “R” train that was entering the station, said police.

The victim was taken to St. Luke’s Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

According to multiple media reports, witnesses said that the suspect was talking to himself before he began arguing with Han, and may have been emotionally disturbed.

Authorities describe the suspect as a black male with dreadlocks, and was last seen wearing a dark jacket, gray T-shirt and cap.

Anyone with information in regard to this homicide is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477).  The public can also submit tips by logging onto the Crime Stoppers website or by texting their tips to 274637 (CRIMES) then enter TIP577.  All calls are strictly confidential.


Queens’ Morning Roundup

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Tuesday: Overcast in the morning, then mostly cloudy. High of 61. Winds from the South at 5 to 10 mph. Tuesday night: Mostly cloudy in the evening, then overcast with a chance of rain. Low of 52. Winds from the SW at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 40%.

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