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What to do in Queens: July 4 holiday


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Even though you can’t see fireworks in Queens, there are still plenty of fun things to do around the borough this Fourth of July holiday.

 

TUESDAY, JULY 3

Fireworks at Citi Field
Following the 7:10 p.m. Mets game vs. the Phillies, the Mets will have its annual fireworks night at Citi Field. Don’t have tickets to the game? You can catch a great view of the fireworks from other location near the stadium, including the Home Depot parking lot, located at 131-35 Avery Avenue.

 

WEDNESDAY, JULY 4

Independence Day Festival in Queens Village
Starts at 10 a.m. at Sanford Avenue between Main Street and Union Street

Louis Armstrong Birthday Tours 
Louis always celebrated his birthday on the Fourth of July. The Louis Armstrong House Museum honors him by remaining open  from 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.  for special tours that include celebratory birthday photos, audio clips and a complimentary cupcake for kids 12 years old and under.

Skyline Princess NYC Fourth of July Fireworks Cruise
Skyline Princess’s Fourth of July Dinner cruise features a five hour cruise with a front row seat for the famous Macy’s fireworks display in New York Harbor. The cruise boards  from the World’s Fair Marina in  Flushing Meadows at 5:30 pm. Sailing time: is at 6:00 p.m. and it returns at 11:00 p.m.

Free Summer Movie at Socrates Sculpture Park
Celebrate July 4th with a program of short films that is funny, revelatory, dramatic and all-American. “The American Experience” starts at 7:00 p.m.


THURSDAY, JULY5

Chinese Golden Dragon Acrobats
The Chinese Golden Dragon Acrobats are coming back to Queens Theatre, located at 14 United Nations Avenue South, Flushing Corona Park in Flushing. There is a new cast, new acts and new thrills! Performances will include a combination of acrobatics, traditional dance, costumes, ancient/contemporary music and theatrical techniques.

Sissy McGinty’s Trivia Night
Sissy McGinty’s, located at 25-67 Steinway Street in Astoria, is holding their weekly Trivia Night from 9 p.m. – 11:45 p.m. This week, they will be celebrating the Fourth of July and there will be drink prize for the round winners and a bar tab for the champion.

 

FRIDAY, JULY 6

First Fridays at the the Noguchi Museum
The Noguchi Museum, located at 9-01 33rd Road in Long Island City, has a First Fridays feature which includes a pay what you wish admission with an extended evening hours (5:30 p.m. – 8 p.m.). Beer and wine will be offered at the cash bar and a special programming will include “Center of Attention,” and others.

Rocky McBride’s Neon 80’s & 90’s Party
Rocky McBride’s, located at 27-01 23rd Avenue in Astoria, will be hosting a Neon 80’s & 90’s party f rom 7 p.m. – 3 a.m. Come out wearing your favorite neon and enjoy the night with drink specials and more!

Mariachi Flor de Toloache
The Mariachi Flor de Toloache, the all-female mariachi band, will be performing at the Queens Kickshaw, located at 40-17 Broadway in Astoria, from 9 p.m. – 11:30 p.m..

 

SATURDAY, JULY 7

Warm Up at MoMA PS1
Every Saturday this summer, starting July 7, MoMA PS1, located at 22-25 Jackson Avenue in Long Island City, has an outdoor series that features  live music, sound, performance and DJs. It is held at their courtyard. From 2 p.m. – 9 p.m., the admission fee is $15 and this includes access to all exhibitions and Warm Up.

 

 

 

‘Failing’ Van Buren principal replaced


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An unpopular principal of a failing Queens Village high school, who local leaders and parents rallied to remove in February, has been replaced, according to the Department of Education.

Principal Marilyn Shevell — called an “ineffective leader” by members of the PTA and community — retired from Martin Van Buren High School, education officials said. Sam Sochet will take over as the interim acting principal, effective July 1.

“The change in leadership at Martin Van Buren is a long time coming, but it is a necessary step to prevent another one of our neighborhood schools from failing,” said State Senator Tony Avella.

Martin Van Buren received a “D” in the most recent Department of Education (DOE) progress report, which is based on student progress toward graduation, performance on standardized tests and coursework and student attendance. It scored a “C” in the last two years as well.

Shevell took over in 2002, which PTA officials said turned the school into a site of plummeting morale.

A C-30 process will commence early in the next school year to find a permanent principal, said Marge Feinberg, a spokesperson for the DOE.

Queens communities facing brownouts


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Several Queens communities face a voltage reduction from Con Edison due to electrical equipment problems.

The 100 degree heat has many residents blasting air conditioners to stay cool.

Con Ed said the neighborhoods affected will have a 5 percent voltage reduction.  This was done in an effort to prevent a significant outage, a spokesperson from the company said.

There are about 20 individual  outages in Queens right now according to Con Edison’s outage map.

The reduction will occur in Bellerose, Cambria Heights, Floral Park, Forest Hills, Glendale, Glen Oaks, Hollis, Jamaica, Jamaica Hills, Laurelton, Middle Village, Queens Village, South Jamaica, Springfield Gardens and St. Albans.

Con Edison asked customers in these areas to conserve electricity and turn off nonessential electric equipment, such as TVs, computers, air conditioners, washers, dryers, and microwaves.

To report power outages or service problems visit www.conEd.com or call 800-75-CONED (6633). When reporting an outage, customers should have their Con Edison account number available, if possible, and report whether their neighbors also have lost power.

 

Police search for Queens Village armed robbery suspect


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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.

 

Queens’ Morning Roundup


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Cop drug-plant denial

A former NYPD narcotics detective yesterday took the stand at his Queens perjury trial to vehemently deny planting drugs on innocent citizens. “No, no, no. Absolutely not!” Adolph Osback, 40, maintained when asked if he ever “faked a sale.” Read more: [New York Post]

 

Grace Meng wins endorsement of Rep. Gary Ackerman

They weren’t quite separated at birth, but retiring Rep. Gary Ackerman said he saw enough of himself in Grace Meng to endorse her for the newly redrawn 6th Congressional District seat. The 30-year incumbent stunned his supporters in March when he announced that he wouldn’t be seeking a 16th term, and decided to rattle a few more by making an endorsement on Tuesday in the hotly contested Democratic primary. Read more: [New York Daily News]

 

Sick Mom stabs kid: cops

A 9-year-old girl is fighting for her life after her mentally troubled mother stabbed her four times with a chef’s knife yesterday in Queens, authorities said. Ann Carimbocas stabbed her daughter in her head, shoulder and back in a home yesterday morning on 176th Street near 145th Avenue in Springfield Gardens, police sources and Carimbocas’ friends said. Read more: [New York Post]

 

Commuter Problems: Reduced AC At Penn, LIRR Delays In Queens

The hot weather is wreaking havoc for commuters waiting at Penn Station as the station’s air conditioning isn’t working. New Jersey Transit says an AC problem at Penn is pushing indoor temperatures into the 90s. Read more: [NY1]

 

Queens Village Man Allegedly Stabs, Kills Wife At Home

Police are investigating after a 68-year-old Queens man allegedly stabbed and killed his 65-year-old wife. Police said they responded to a report of a person stabbed inside of 222-18 93rd Avenue just after 2 p.m. Tuesday. Read more: [NY1]

 

Queens man rides for pancreatic cancer research 

Ever since his father’s death, a Middle Village man has been on a two-wheeled crusade to raise cash to fight cancer. Brian Davis, whose father Dennis died in 2008 from pancreatic cancer, has been organizing an annual tri-borough bike ride to fund research. Read more: [New York Daily News] 

This Morning’s Headlines


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Graphic by Jay Lane

Trayvon shooter Zimmerman walks out of jail on $150K bond

George Zimmerman, the neighborhood-watch volunteer who shot and killed unarmed teen Trayvon Martin, has been sprung from jail. Zimmerman, wearing a beige jacket and jeans and carrying a large brown bag, walked out of the John E. Polk Correctional Facility at midnight on $150,000 bond. He ignored shouted questions from the half- dozen reporters waiting outside, where he was met by five cars — a white BMW SUV and four green and white Town Cars belonging to the Sheriff’s Department. Read More: New York Post

 

Queens bridge shops sue city over crashes

Two Queens shops shuttered after out-of-control cars plowed into their storefronts not once but twice — and within just nine days of each other — have filed a $1 million lawsuit, blaming a 59th Street Bridge exit ramp. Espinal Caribbean Restaurant II had been open four years in Long Island City when the first crash happened in March 2011. “It was a major setback and years of work evaporated,’’ owner Tony Espinal said. “But then the second crash! “And then the third crash!” he said, referring to yet another in which a car sped toward the shops, only to be stopped by scaffolding erected after the earlier accidents. Read More: New York Post

 

Flood Watch In Effect As Spring Nor’easter Soaks City

New Yorkers are getting plenty of use out of their raincoats and umbrellas as a spring Nor’Easter continues to whip up some serious precipitation. A flood watch remains in effect through Monday morning for the entire city as up to three inches of rain could fall in some parts. Meteorologists say the worst of the storm will likely arrive early in the overnight hours and could bring wind gusts between 30 and 40 miles per hour. As of early Sunday evening, no major flooding had been reported. The city’s flash flood plan was activated on Thursday and crews began cleaning catch basins last week. Read More: NY1

 

 City Earth Day Events Take On Different Shades Of Green

New Yorkers gathered for events to “green” up the city all day Sunday as part of Earth Day 2012. In addition to the first annual Harlem Earth Day being held, there were also plantings and discussions on green development in Morningside Park, Marcus Garvey Park and Central Park. The first-ever Earth Day on the High Line featured a giant salad preparation and the chance to meet one-on-one with the elevated park’s gardeners. The performance art piece was the brain child of artist Alison Knowles, who first did the performance 50 years ago. Read More: NY1

 

 

Mystery grows in death of Michael Lin, 27-year-old clubgoer who died early Saturday

New details emerged Sunday about what happened to a 27-year-old Queens man who suffered fatal injuries while at a midtown club early Saturday. Michael Lin appeared to have had a broken jaw and bruises on his body when cops found him outside Koreatown hotspot District 36 about 3 a.m. Saturday, police said previously. He died at Bellevue Medical Center an hour later. Investigators now believe Lin had tried to leave the W. 36th St. party joint to smoke a cigarette, using a second-floor emergency exit, police sources said. Read More: Daily News

Hammer-armed rapist arrested: cops

A Queens teenager has been arrested for attacking two women in Brooklyn in which he used a hammer to threaten them, police said Friday. Anthony Moore, 19, of Queens Village, allegedly raped an 18-year-old after threatening her with a hammer and forcing her to a desolate spot in Brownsville about 12:40 a.m. on April 9, cops said. Later that day, around 11 a.m., Moore approached a 22-year-old woman near Stone Ave. and tried to threaten her with a hammer, but she fought him off, cops said. Read More: Daily News

Queens Courier Happenings


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 Go to the “Events Calendar” section of our web site, www.queenscourier.com/news/regional/courier, and click on “Submit your event” to let us know about your happening. We select from reader submissions to list on our happenings page.

 

EDITOR’S PICK

Wednesday, December 28,

11 a.m. Pomonok Library: “Wimpy” Wednesday!; Celebrate the publication of Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Cabin Feverwith a day filled with activities related to Greg, Rodrick and the rest of the “Wimpy Kid” characters. Enjoy the magic of Greg and Rodrick on screen as the library will have two showings of the popular movies based on the books by author Jeff Kinney. Noted storyteller Carol Goldman will introduce the popular series to avid fans with a chapter reading. Enjoy board games, trivia games, coloring pages and puzzles; call 718-591-4343.

 Friday, December 23

3:30 p.m. Queensboro Hill Library: Yu-Gi-Oh Tournament; Children and teens between the ages of seven and 14 can enjoy participating in this tournament; call 718-359-8332.

 

WEEKEND EVENTS

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 23

10:30 a.m. Briarwood Library: Mother Goose Time; Children ages 10 to 18 months are invited for playtime, nursery rhymes and music; call 718-658-1680.

 

10:30 a.m. Queens Village Library: STARs: Senior Theater Acting Repertory; Join the library’s galaxy of STARs in performing theatrical works. Brush up on your acting chops and meet new friends; call 718-776-6800.

 

2:30 p.m. Long Island City: Tween Zone Inspiration Fridays (TZIF); Children in grades five to eight can come every Friday for fun, books, games and art; 718-752-3700.

 

3:30 p.m. Queensboro Hill Library: Yu-Gi-Oh Tournament; Children and teens between the ages of seven and 14 can enjoy participating in this tournament; call 718-359-8332.

 

MONDAY, DECEMBER 26

 

3 p.m. Corona Library: Homework Help; Students in grades kindergarten through sixth can come and receive help with assignments; call 718-426-2844.

 

6:15 p.m. Long Island City Library: Lego Builders Club; If you like building with Legos, come join the club and build with other kids; call 718-752-3700.

 

6:30 Forest Hills Library: Ballroom Dancing with Jing Chen; Jing Chen studied dance at the school founded by internationally-acclaimed dancers Mr. and Mrs. Lu Ming Da. Chen is a skilled instructor who will give lessons in ballroom basics for beginners and offer training for more advanced students; call 718-268-7934.

 

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 27

 

1 p.m. Hillcrest Library: Canned Food Drive; Make a difference this holiday season by helping to feed the needy. Bring in cans of non-perishable food to the library and it will be distributed to the needy in the surrounding area. Donations will be accepted until January 11, 2012; call 718-454-2786.

 

2 p.m. Broadway Library: Winter Mural; Add your touch to a manga-style “mural” depicting the beauty of the winter season. Participants will paint with acrylics on an oversized canvas; call 718-721-2462.

 

2 p.m. Poppenhusen Library: Winning Winter Crafts; Kids can join every day during their winter break for fun crafts. If under grade three, the child must be accompanied by an adult; call 718-359-1102.

 

3 – 6 p.m. Cambria Heights: BOOST Homework Help; Children can receive help with assignments from BOOST staff Monday through Friday; call 718-528-3535.

 

4 p.m. Glen Oaks: Winter Wonderland; Children ages eight and up can experience the mystery of snowflakes in this arts and crafts program; call 718-831-8636.

 

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 28

 

11 a.m. Pomonok Library: “Wimpy” Wednesday!; Celebrate the publication of Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Cabin Fever with a day filled with activities related to Greg, Rodrick and the rest of the “Wimpy Kid” characters. Enjoy the magic of Greg and Rodrick on screen as the library will have two showings of the popular movies based on the books by author Jeff Kinney. Noted storyteller Carol Goldman will introduce the popular series to avid fans with a chapter reading. Enjoy board games, trivia games, coloring pages and puzzles; call 718-591-4343.

 

1:30 p.m. Forest Hills: Baby Crawl; Babies four to 17 months are invited to exercise their minds and bodies in the Story Hour Room; call 718-268-7934.

 

2:30 p.m. Bayside Library: Holiday Game Show Afternoon; If you think you have what it takes to be a trivia contestant, sign up for the library’s game show. There will be two sessions – one for fifth to eighth graders and another for ninth to 12th graders.

 

2:30 p.m. St. Albans Library: Origami for a Snowy Day with Karen Wellington; Come and create toys you can enjoy at home when it’s cold outside in this craft class inspired by Ezra Jack Keats’ “The Snowy Day.” Children ages six to 12 will learn how to make a snowball, a snow angel and a dog just like Peter’s. Preregistration is required; call 718-528-8196.

 

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 29

 

1:30 p.m. Bay Terrace Library: Great Music from the ’30s to the ’70s; Guitarist Eddie Lee Isaacs and Friends bring back memories with favorites like “Autumn Leaves,” “Misty” and “Body and Soul” by performers Louis Prima, Ray Charles and Willie Nelson; call 718-423-7004.

 

2 p.m. Pomonok Library: Drumbeats for Kwanzaa with Freddy Dugard; Freddy Dugard will introduce various rhythms and beats and encourage the audience to participate in creating dynamic sounds for a festive Kwanzaa celebration; call 718-591-4343.

 

 

FUTURE EVENTS

Friday at 7:30 p.m.; Sunday at 3 p.m. Queens Theatre’s Immigrant Voices Project in the Studio Theatre; Listen to the trials and tales of a colorful cast from the melting pot of New York City, including a Bangladeshi insomniac and a Columbian drag queen. Tickets are $20.

 

SATURDAY, FEB. 4

5 p.m. and 8 p.m.COCKTAILS WITH LARRY MILLER: Little League, Adultery and Other Bad Ideas; Actor and comedian Larry Miller takes to the stage in this hilarious one-man show, part of Queens Theatre’s Celebrity Series. Regular tickets are $44, and tickets in the Producer’s Circle are $60.

Eastern Queens joining together to be less divided


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Eastern Queens is uniting in a fight to make district lines dividing the community disappear.

A group of civic associations, local leaders and concerned residents from Glen Oaks, Floral Park, New Hyde Park, Bellerose and Queens Village have joined forces to form Eastern Queens United, a coalition demanding their neighborhoods be rejoined in the same congressional and assembly districts.

“We need district lines that will unite us, not divide us,” said Bob Friedrich, president of Glen Oaks Village. “Regardless of color, nationality, religion or cultural identity, we all care about our families, our schools, our jobs, our safety and our community. This is the glue of commonality that keeps us together.”

Eastern Queens United is urging the Legislative Task Force on Demographic Research and Reapportionment (LATFOR) to undo what the group calls the “gerrymandering” of the neighborhoods between Assembly Districts 24,26 and 33 and unite the area into a single district. The coalition also wants the division of the community between Congressional Districts 5 and 6 to be resolved. The neighborhoods are currently united in a single state Senate and city council district.

“We are a single ‘community of interest’ that needs to stay united in all legislative districts,” said Ali Najmi, an attorney, lead organizer and counsel to Eastern Queens United. “LATFOR must not divide us.”

To gather supporters for their cause, Eastern Queens United is planning a community meeting and rally in the near future.

The group argues that the dividing lines are detrimental to the community, separating residents and preventing them from improving the standard of living in the neighborhoods.

“For those of us on the front lines fighting for quality-of-life issues, reduced property taxes and other issues that affect us every day, we know how important these district lines are,” said Angela Augugliaro, president of Queens Colony Civic Association. “We have a unique community that can only have its interest served if we are united within the same legislative districts.”

LATFOR will make recommendations to the New York State Legislature regarding district lines early next year, after which its proposal must be voted upon and approved by Governor Andrew Cuomo.

The neighborhoods were separated roughly 10 years ago, and Friedrich says if the group is unable to foster change, the communities will remain divided for another decade. “We want to make sure they don’t do to us what they did 10 years ago,” he said. “These lines were drawn for political considerations only, and not for what is best for the community. District lines run right through some communities, which is confusing and detrimental to the neighborhood. We will not accept district lines that slice and dice us as if we are on some legislative committee’s chopping block.”

Queens schools score on DOE progress reports


| mchan@queenscourier.com

Students at The Academy of Finance and Enterprise spend the last two periods of the day participating in a “virtual enterprise,” trading stocks and being the CEO of their own company.

Queens high schools can hang their good report cards on the fridge.

This year, according to the Department of Education’s (DOE) annual high school progress report, 19 high schools in Queens received the coveted “A” letter grade, and there were no failing schools in the borough.

The annual report awards public high schools letter grades from “A” to “F” based on student progress toward graduation, performance on standardized tests and coursework and student attendance. They also take into account surveys from parents, students and teachers about their schools and the academic progress made with students with disabilities.

New this year, the report measures how many students in each high school perform well in advanced courses and go on to enroll in college, as well as the progress and graduation rates of black and Latino male students.

The Academy of Finance and Enterprise in Long Island City scored the highest in the borough with a grade of 89.5 percent. The top scoring grade places the school in the top 98.5 percentile of all surveyed high schools in the city.

“This couldn’t have happened if the teachers, staff and students didn’t come together to make sure they succeed,” said Assistant Principal Victoria Armano. “We are a caring community who treats all our children with respect. We provide them with extra support. We want them to get their diploma and go beyond.”
Student Sylwia Baj is not surprised at her school’s success. The senior said her school has done a good job preparing her for the real world.

“For juniors specifically, the school strives to prepare us for the SATs. There are a lot of extra opportunities for us to get help in school,” she said.
Still, not all schools made the grade.

The Law, Government and Community Service High School in Cambria Heights was the lowest scoring school, with an overall total score of 40.9 percent. The school received a “D” and falls in the bottom 6.7 percentile of city high schools.

“It’s not really surprising,” said Malik, a senior who is transferring out of the school. “I feel like the teachers could work a little bit harder with the kids. I don’t think they show us enough attention. They let us do a lot of other stuff in class instead of work. I’m not coming back.”
Students from Humanities and the Arts High School — who share the same Campus Magnet High School building with students from Law and Government — said the score was expected.

“They don’t do any work. They don’t go to class. They stay in the hallway all the time,” said Malcolm, a senior at Humanities and the Arts. “There are also a lot of fights. It’s pretty obvious that it’s not a good school, and once you go to the school, you find out it’s horrible.”
Officials from the high school declined to comment.

Among the other five schools that received a “D” are Flushing High School, Richmond Hill High School, August Martin High School in Jamaica, Martin Van Buren High School in Queens Village and Pan American International High School in Elmhurst.

According to data from the DOE, of the 54 high schools surveyed this year, 16 high schools in Queens earned a “B” and 13 received a “C.”
For more information or to find a specific school’s progress report, visit http://schools.nyc.gov/ProgressReport.

Queens’ Morning Roundup – 11/1/2011: Queens Library’s busy Elmhurst branch set to be torn down


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The Round Up
Queens Library’s busy Elmhurst branch set to be torn  down to make way for new state -of-the-art-facility 

The Queens Library’s second busiest branch is being torn down to make way for a new state-of-the-art facility. The Elmhurst Library, which hosted almost half a million visitors during the last fiscal year, will close on Nov. 7. And even though visitors will have to contend with a makeshift library of modular units for more two years, they say it’s worth the wait. Read More: Daily News

 

 

Attacks on NYC subway workers up 16% this year,  mirroring assaults on bus drivers

It’s not just bus drivers who are getting assaulted more frequently – attacks on subway workers also are up this year, officials said Monday. Assaults on conductors, cleaners and other subway staffers are up nearly 16% January through October compared to the same stretch last year, MTA officials said at a joint meeting of the City Council transportation and labor committees.  Councilman Eric Ulrich (R-Queens) urged the MTA to ask the NYPD to target the most troublesome bus routes with uniformed and undercover police officers. Read More: Daily News

 

NYPD combats bullying

The New York Police Department (NYPD) is aiming to take the fight out of bullies.
Officers of the NYPD Community Outreach Division joined Assemblymember Andrew Hevesi at P.S. 144 in Forest Hills on October 24 to present a police program designed to combat bullying in schools across the city. “Bullying is a real problem, and it can’t be ignored,” said Hevesi. “The NYPD did an outstanding job engaging the students in a discussion about bullying. The officers related to the students as they performed, and made them feel the emotional consequences of bullying.” Read More: Queens Courier

 

Richmond Hill Block Association gives residents a fighting chance against attack

Richmond Hill residents now have a fighting chance against sexual predators who have been terrorizing women in southeast Queens. In light of the recent patterns of sexual attacks in the surrounding areas, Sensei Ricky Singh of Dojo Warriors equipped a little more than a dozen women and men with vital keys to self-defense at the Richmond Hill Block Association’s monthly meeting on October 26. Of the countless sexual attacks in Queens, a 44-year-old female was assaulted on September 22 while she entered her home in Queens Village. Read More: Queens Courier

 

Downed Trees, Outages Remain After Weekend Snowstorm

New Yorkers were still feeling on Monday the effects of Saturday’s snow storm. Consolidated Edison said hundreds of city customers remained without power, and most of them were in the Bronx.The utility company said the delayed restoring of power is due to the extent of the damage from downed trees and wires in the borough. Meanwhile, tree cleanup was underway in all of the city’s parks on Monday. Read More: NY1

 

Mets To Alter Citi Field Walls To Try To Increase Scoring

The New York Mets are taking action to increase scoring at their home park, by bringing in and lowering the walls at Citi Field, hoping to turn a pitchers’ park into a neutral one. The new dimensions will add roughly 140 seats to the stadium, including 100 field-level seats in left field. A new left field wall will be about four feet closer to the plate, and the fence in left-center field will be brought 12 feet closer. Read More: NY1

Police arrest sexual assault suspect


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Police arrested a suspect wanted for several recent sexual attacks after he was fingered in multiple lineups, according to published reports.

Cops took a 15 year old into custody on Sunday, October 23 and arrested him hours later after he was picked out of multiple lineups, according to the New York Post. A source also tols the paper the teenager made confessions.

There have been five assaults over the past month, with the most recent attack coming on October 16 in Laurelton. Two other attacks also occurred in Rosedale and two more in Queens Village.

Creedmoor won’t be site of college campus


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THE COURIER/Photo by Bob Doda The Creedmoor site could prove to provide an economic boost for the surrounding community.

A group looking to repurpose the Creedmoor Psychiatric Center site in Queens Village as an applied sciences and engineering college campus received an “incomplete” from the city’s Economic Development Corporation (EDC).

Jim Trent, vice president of the Bellerose Business District Development Corporation, proposed that Creedmoor be added to the list of possible sites for a college in an effort to revive the local economy, but a meeting with the EDC revealed to Trent that school’s out for Creedmoor.

“They wanted to get this thing moving quickly, and the best way to do that is to offer sites the city already owned,” said Trent, who is also the treasurer of the Queens Civic Congress. “Right now we are going to regroup and come up with the kind of tenant that would be appropriate and would facilitate an economic spill off to the surrounding community.”

The EDC issued a request for proposal (RFP) for an applied sciences and engineering campus in July and is looking to attract universities from around the country to build a campus in the New York City area. More than two dozen schools have responded to the RFP, with Cornell and Stanford said to be two of the better known schools to apply.

Trent said that the EDC was very courteous and he appreciated that they were given ample time to make a presentation.

The sites currently being considered are sites on Governor’s Island, Roosevelt Island and the Brooklyn Navy Yard. In addition to these sites, the EDC said that respondents are able to propose private sites as well and that the deadline for such proposals is October 28.

“In addition to the three city-owned sites that have been offered through the RFP process, respondents are able to propose private sites,” said a spokesperson for the EDC. “Once all the proposals come in later this month we intend to review them carefully, with selection ultimately based on the proposal that yields the greatest benefit to the people and businesses of the city for the lowest commitment of city resources.”

Trent is still hopeful that Creedmoor has a chance to house a campus at some point and said that the high number of universities that submitted RFPs makes him think that this is not over.

“If 27 universities have shown interest in coming to New York City, are you really going to tell 26 that they can’t?” he said. “New York is a great college city. And really, anywhere in Queens would be great for Queens.”

Currently, the Creedmoor property houses a number of non-profit organizations, including SNAP of Eastern Queens, the Bernard Fineson Center, and the Creedmoor Psychiatric Center, which Trent said do not stimulate Bellerose’s economy.

“A college could give us 300 professors who might live, shop and eat in the area; 2,000 students who would spend money here,” he said. “More mental health facilities and non-profits do not have economic spill off into the neighboring communities. It’s up to us to find the right tenant for this property.”