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PHOTOS: Queens residents enjoy a fun ‘Night Out’ with New York’s Finest

By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

THE COURIER/Photo by Angy Altamirano

Promoting greater harmony between police and the people they serve, Tuesday’s National Night Out Against Crime brought thousands of Queens residents out to venues across the “World’s Borough” for family-friendly activities.

From Astoria to the Rockaway Peninsula, each Night Out event included free games and activities for children of all ages as well as refreshments, live music and other entertainment. Residents also had the opportunity to meet with the officers who serve their community and learn more about the NYPD’s various crime prevention programs.

Local elected officials, including Queens Borough President Melinda Katz and Queens District Attorney Richard A. Brown, attended each gathering and presented proclamations to the precinct commanders. Police Commissioner Bill Bratton, who made the rounds at Night Out events across the city, stopped by the 113th Precinct’s Night Out in Springfield Gardens.

The National Night Out Against Crime, founded by the National Association of Town Watch, aims to strengthen relationships between law enforcement and the communities. Millions of people across the U.S. and Canada were estimated to have participated in Night Out events Tuesday evening.


Enjoy a ‘Night Out’ with Queens’ Finest at fun events this August

| rpozarycki@queenscourier.com


Queens residents can enjoy fun activities while also supporting their local police during National Night Out Against Crime events scheduled to take place across the borough on Tuesday, Aug. 4.

Each precinct will host public gatherings featuring activities, such as free games and rides for children, free food and refreshments, music, award ceremonies, health information, crime prevention tips, and the opportunity for residents to meet with the officers who patrol their streets.

Observed across the U.S. and Canada, National Night Out Against Crime aims to promote safe communities and a strong bond between local law enforcement and the people it serves.

The events, scheduled to take place rain or shine, are as follows:

100th Precinct, Rockaway Beach
5 to 8 p.m.
Across from precinct stationhouse
92-24 Rockaway Beach Blvd.

101st Precinct, Far Rockaway
3 to 9 p.m.
O’Donohue Park
Beach 17th Street and Seagirt Boulevard

102nd Precinct, Richmond Hill
6 to 9 p.m.
Buddy Memorial at Forest Park
Myrtle Avenue and Park Lane South

103rd Precinct, Jamaica
5:30 to 9:30 p.m.
Rufus King Park
Jamaica Avenue between 150th and 153rd streets

104th Precinct, Middle Village
5:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Juniper Valley Park
80th Street and Juniper Boulevard North

105th Precinct, Cambria Heights
5 to 9 p.m.
Cabbell Park
Francis Lewis Boulevard and 121st Avenue

106th Precinct, South Ozone Park
6 to 9 p.m.
P.O. Edward Byrne Park
North Conduit Avenue between 131st and 134th streets

107th Precinct, Fresh Meadows
7 to 9 p.m.
Electchester Shopping Center
70-63 Parsons Blvd.

108th Precinct, Woodside
5 to 8 p.m.
Windmuller Park/Virgilio Playground
52nd Street and 39th Avenue

109th Precinct, Flushing
5 to 8 p.m.
P.S. 20
Union Street and Barclay Avenue

110th Precinct, Corona
5 to 8 p.m.
Flushing Meadows Corona Park
111th Street between 54th and 55th avenues

111th Precinct, Douglaston
6 to 9 p.m.
Douglaston Shopping Mall
61st Avenue and 242nd Street

112th Precinct, Forest Hills
4 to 6 p.m.
MacDonald Park
Queens and Yellowstone boulevards

113th Precinct, Springfield Gardens
6 to 9 p.m.
Baisley Pond Park
155th Street and Baisley Boulevard

114th Precinct, Astoria
5 to 8 p.m.
Astoria Park Great Lawn
Shore and Ditmars boulevards

115th Precinct, Jackson Heights
5 to 8 p.m.
Northern Playground
Northern Boulevard between 93rd and 94th streets





111th Precinct bids adieu to beloved community affairs officer

| mchan@queenscourier.com

THE COURIER/Photo by Melissa Chan

For 10 years, Community Affairs Officer Gary Poggiali has watched 120 officers accept their “Cops of the Month” awards from the back of the room.

Now he has plenty of plaques to call his own.

Community leaders gave a final salute to the retiring, beloved cop with an armful of plaques and an earful of praises at a farewell party on December 3.

“Gary is one of the good guys,” said Community Board 11 Chair Jerry Iannece. “He deals with us and all the issues in the community, and he does it with humor. He does it with pride, and he does it really well.”

Poggiali has served close to 20 years with the NYPD. After one year in the police academy, he spent five years with the 73rd Precinct in Brooklyn, three working patrol for the 111th Precinct and then a decade in community affairs.

“I know this community better than the community I grew up in,” Poggiali said. “I’ve spent a lot of time here.

It’s just another page. My mother used to say, ‘When one door closes, another one opens.’”

The precinct’s Community Council and a number of elected officials thanked him for his service, while poking jabs at him for “always eating.”

“No matter what, Gary was always there for us, always friendly, always went the extra mile to help our office out,” said Assemblymember Ed Braunstein.

Community Council President Jack Fried credited the affable Poggiali for the success of the precinct’s annual National Night Out Against Crime.

“If it [weren’t] for Gary, they wouldn’t be half as big as they were,” Fried said. “Gary really put everything into it.”
Poggiali, 50, plans to move and work security jobs down south in March. The new father welcomed his son Ryan to the world about two months ago.

His last day with the NYPD is in mid-February.

“This was a big piece of my life,” Poggiali said.

“I’ll look back and tell my kids stories of how I ran the neighborhood, how I was the commanding officer,” he joked.



Photos: 30th Annual National Night Out Against Crime in Queens

By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

THE COURIER/Photos by Maggie Hayes, Liam La Guerre, Melissa Chan and Johann Hamilton

The 30th Annual National Night Out Against Crime, on Tuesday, August 6, was a success, bringing together cops and the community. With food, fun and games, the evening fostered a sense of partnership and sent a message that people are coming “out against crime.”

See more photos from the event here.

102nd Precinct event 

104th Precinct event 

105th Precinct event 

106th Precinct event 

109th Precinct event 

113th Precinct event 

114 Precinct event 




National Night Out Against Crime in Queens

By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

THE COURIER/Photo by Mike DiBartolomeo

The 29th Annual National Night Out Against Crime, on Tuesday, August 7, was a success, bringing together cops and the community. With food, fun and games, the evening fostered a sense of partnership and sent a message that people are coming “out against crime.”

Click here for all the pictures