Tag Archives: resorts world casino

Six injured after bus crashes into Rego Park building


| aaltamirano@queenscourier.com

Photos by Aaron Amrhein

Updated Tuesday, Aug. 25 10:37 a.m. 

Six people were injured after a Resorts World Casino bus crashed into a Rego Park building Monday afternoon after trying to avoid hitting another vehicle, authorities said.

Fire officials responded to a call at 2:24 p.m. of a bus transporting people slamming into a two-story building located at 87-17 63rd Ave., the FDNY said.

According to officials, six people were hurt in the crash, including one person who was inside the building, and were taken to Jamaica Hospital and NewYork-Presbyterian/Queens.

The 39-year-old driver of the bus — who was the most seriously injured and taken to NewYork-Presbyterian/Queens with cuts and bruises on his face and hands — was trying to avoid a Toyota that made a sharp right turn in front of him at the intersection of 63rd Avenue and Woodhaven Boulevard before losing control, according to police.

The bus, which was traveling on a designated bus lane on Woodhaven Boulevard, then hit the Toyota before going into the building and also striking a second vehicle that was parked.

The 37-year-old driver of the Toyota, who was not injured, was later issued a summons for an improper turn, according to police.

An investigation to determine the cause of the accident is still ongoing.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with those impacted by the bus accident,” Resorts World said in a statement following the crash. “We are cooperating fully with the authorities in the investigation.”

RECOMMENDED STORIES

FDNY triumphs over NYPD at first annual Resorts World cook-off


| aaltamirano@queenscourier.com

Photos courtesy of Resorts World Casino

Mouths watered and cooking skills were put to the test this weekend as the city’s Finest and Bravest battled it out over the grill.

Members of the FDNY and NYPD participated in the Battle of the Badges: FDNY vs. NYPD Cook-Off this Sunday at Resorts World Casino, located at 110-00 Rockaway Blvd.

The contest, which was hosted by former FDNY firefighter and host of PBS’s “Firehouse Kitchen” Ray Cooney, featured dishes cooked by 10 members of each team.

After going head to head and putting all their hard work on their individual dishes, one firefighter came out the top dog in the competition.

Khalid Baylor of Ladder 14 in East Harlem won the Battle of the Badges Cook-Off alongside his son after grilling up Tennessee apple smoked ribs, served with apple coleslaw and roasted sweet potato.

Celebrity judges for the event included Queens Borough President Melinda Katz; Robert Clarke, CEO of Irie Jam Radio; Chef Bruno Egea, executive chef for Resorts World Casino; Cedric Dew, executive director of the Jamaica YMCA; entertainer George Lamond; and Deputy Inspector Matthew Galvin French, a Culinary Institute graduate who has appeared on shows with Bobby Flay and Rachael Ray.

The contest was part of Resorts World Casino’s Community Fun Day filled with family-friendly activities.


RECOMMENDED STORIES

FDNY, NYPD to face off at Resorts World cooking competition


| aaltamirano@queenscourier.com

Image courtesy of Resorts World Casino

The city’s Finest and Bravest are putting on their aprons, turning on the stoves and going head-to-head this weekend to see who has what it takes to be crowned a top chef.

Members of the FDNY and NYPD will show off their cooking skills this Sunday at Resorts World Casino, located at 110-00 Rockaway Blvd., for the Battle of the Badges: FDNY vs. NYPD Cook-off.

The contest, which will take place from noon to 5 p.m. and is free to the public, will be hosted by Ray Cooney, a former FDNY firefighter and host of PBS’s “Firehouse Kitchen” and will feature dishes prepared by 10 members of each team.

Celebrity judges for the event include Queens Borough President Melinda Katz; Robert Clarke, CEO of Irie Jam Radio; Chef Bruno Egea, executive chef for Resorts World Casino; Cedric Dew, executive director of the Jamaica YMCA; entertainer George Lamond; and Deputy Inspector Matthew Galvin French, a Culinary Institute graduate who has appeared on shows with Bobby Flay and Rachael Ray.

The winner of the cook-off will receive a Weber grill and a trip to Resorts World Casino Bimini in the Bahamas.

The contest is part of Resorts World Casino’s Community Fun Day on Sunday which features family-friendly activities, food trucks, musical entertainment, face painting, pony rides and games for all ages.

RECOMMENDED STORIES

Thief steals $2K from Resorts World slot player: NYPD


| ctumola@queenscourier.com

File photo / Video courtesy of NYPD

A casino customer playing the slots at Resorts World last week lost a load of cash, but not from gambling, according to police.

A 54-year-old man was at a slot machine inside the South Ozone Park casino at 110-00 Rockaway Blvd. about 11:30 p.m. on July 2 when he was approached by the suspect, authorities said.

The suspect — described as a light-skinned male, 20 to 25 years old with a thin build — then took about $2,000 in cash from the man’s hand as he was playing the machine.

Police released video footage of the perpetrator showing him swiping the money and fleeing the scene.

Anyone with information regarding 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.


RECOMMENDED STORIES

 

 

Disco legends Village People to perform at Resorts World Casino


| aaltamirano@queenscourier.com

Photo courtesy of Resorts World Casino

South Ozone Park will welcome a group of macho men this weekend that let everyone know in the 1970s that it was fun to stay at the Y.M.C.A.

For one night only, Resorts World Casino, located at 110-00 Rockaway Blvd. will present the legendary disco band Village People on Saturday from 8:30 to 10 p.m.

The six-man group, which is considered one of the most influential disco icons of all time, will hit the stage to perform their beloved hits such “Macho Man,” “Y.M.C.A.,” and “In the Navy.” The band is known for their costumes that range from a Native American to a police officer.

Doors open at 7:30 p.m. for the show, which is for guests 21 years old or over, and tickets start at $25. Tickets can be purchased online here or at the Resorts World Casino gift shop.

RECOMMENDED STORIES

Alleged Resorts World Casino killer fatally shot by cops in Brooklyn


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

File Photo

Updated 2:28 p.m.

BY ANGY ALTAMIRANO AND ROBERT POZARYCKI

A 51-year-old woman was shot and killed in the parking lot at the Resorts World Casino early Tuesday morning by her ex-boyfriend, who was later killed in a shootout with police in Brooklyn, according to authorities.

The victim – Patricia Mohammed of East 39th Street in Flatbush – was shot multiple times in the torso by 51-year-old Dalton Branch at 110-00 Rockaway Blvd. in South Ozone Park at about 2:20 a.m., police said. She was later transported to Jamaica Hospital, where she was pronounced dead on arrival.

According to the Daily News, the incident occurred after Branch– a Bedford-Stuyvesant resident who was the victim’s ex-boyfriend and works for a charter bus affiliated with the casino– saw the 51-year-old woman kiss her new boyfriend in the casino’s parking lot.

Branch then reportedly opened fired at the woman and her boyfriend, who managed to escape unharmed, before heading back into his white Dodge Charger and fleeing to Brooklyn.

Officers assigned to the Queens Warrant Squad, while traveling in a white unmarked van, reportedly spotted Branch’s vehicle in a parking lot in the area of Stanley and Pennsylvania avenues at about 5:53 a.m.

When the three officers approached the car, Branch displayed a gun and fired several shots at the van, police said. The officers then exchanged fire, striking Branch multiple times about the body.

Paramedics rushed Branch to Brookdale University Hospital, where he was pronounced dead on arrival.

Police recovered a .380-caliber firearm and additional bullets at the scene.

The three officers involved in the shooting were treated at Jamaica Hospital for tinnitus.

An investigation is ongoing.

“Resorts World is heartbroken by the tragedy that occurred earlier this morning in the casino’s parking lot. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the victim’s family. We are fully cooperating with the NYPD in the investigation into this incident,” said a Resorts World Casino New York City spokesperson.

RECOMMENDED STORIES

Suspect arrested for firing shots outside Resorts World Casino


| agiudice@ridgewoodtimes.com

Photo courtesy NYPD

A Brooklyn man suspected of firing shots at Resorts World Casino amid a brawl at the South Ozone Park establishment on Friday night has been arrested, police reported.

Jaquan Roberts, 22, was charged in connection with firing a gun in the casino’s parking lot moments after the fracas erupted inside the casino’s Fat Tuesday daiquiri bar.

The fight took place on the night of April 3, when patrons, waiting to get into the bar during its grand opening, began throwing punches and chairs, allegedly causing thousands of dollars in damage. Video of the brawl went viral after being posted on YouTube.

Three others were arrested following the brawl, and several individuals were hospitalized with minor injuries.

Roberts is being charged with two counts of assault, criminal possession of a weapon in the second and third degree and first-degree reckless endangerment.

RECOMMENDED STORIES

Suspect wanted for firing shots in parking lot outside Resorts World brawl


| agiudice@ridgewoodtimes.com

Photo courtesy NYPD

Police are looking for a man who allegedly fired shots in the parking lot of Resorts World around the time a massive fight broke out in the casino Friday night.

At about 10:50 p.m., during the brawl at the South Ozone Park casino, which occurred at the grand opening of a daiquiri bar called Fat Tuesday, police responded to a 911 call of shots fired in the parking lot, authorities said. Officers searched the parking lot and area hospitals for a victim with a gunshot wound, but none was found.

Using surveillance footage of the area and inside of the casino, facial recognition technology and a license plate reader, police were able to identify the suspect as 22-year-old Jaquan Roberts, authorities said.

Roberts is described as a black male, about 6 feet tall and 180 pounds. According to police, he was arrested in 2010 for possession of a loaded .22-caliber American Arms revolver after he shot himself in the right leg.

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.

RECOMMENDED STORIES

Robber followed 88-year-old home from Resorts World, stole casino winnings: DA


| ctumola@queenscourier.com

File photo

An 88-year-old East Elmhurst man who had just won $1,000 at Resorts World Casino was followed home, assaulted and robbed of his winnings, District Attorney Richard Brown said.

Video footage and eyewitness accounts show Gregory Hillman, 57, of the Bronx, trailing the elderly man for more than an hour and a half and 10 miles before taking the cash, the district attorney said.

Hillman spotted the victim at the South Ozone Park casino on the afternoon of Oct. 31 as he was counting the $1,000 he had just won, according to Brown. He then followed the victim through the casino, onto a shuttle bus, through the subway system, into a supermarket, onto a Q47 bus and finally to his apartment building.

He allegedly came up behind the victim outside of the building to take his money. The two struggled and Hillman pushed the victim to the ground, causing him to hit his head on the pavement and eventually black out, the district attorney said. Hillman then grabbed his wallet, which contained the casino winnings, an additional $10 in cash and a credit card.

The victim was taken to a local hospital where he was treated for contusions and welts, a bump on his forehead and face, and scratches on his hands.

Hillman was arraigned on Saturday in Queens Criminal Court on robbery, assault and grand larceny charges, according to prosecutors. If convicted, he faces up to 15 years in prison.

RECOMMENDED STORIES

New Hamilton Beach playground has its grand opening ceremony


| slicata@queenscourier.com

THE COURIER/Photo by Salvatore Licata

It was a fun-filled day for the residents of Hamilton Beach on Sunday, as the neighborhood’s brand-new playground was officially opened to the public.

“It’s almost two years to the day that this community, along with many others, was hit with Hurricane Sandy. Not long after Sandy, I was contacted about the playground in Hamilton Beach,” said Roger Gendron, president of the New Hamilton Beach Civic Association. “After many months of planning, I’m happy to say that the children in this community now have a new playground.”

The grand opening event consisted of a bouncy castle, pumpkin patch, balloon clown, popcorn and cotton candy makers and a station for children to paint Stars of Hope, which were displayed all around the neighborhood of Hamilton Beach after Hurricane Sandy struck.

The playground set and project funds were donated by Resorts World Casino. In total, the cost was $40,000 to take down the old Sandy-stricken set, replace it with the new one, add two new benches to the play area, take off the old matting and replace it with new matting.

Gendron was contacted by Councilman Erich Ulrich, who told him Resorts World wanted to come in and rebuild the playground, soon after Sandy virtually destroyed it. They then got together with Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder and state Sen. Joe Addabbo, who worked with the National Parks Service and Local 1010 of the Pavers and Road Union to have the playground built.

The project was started in mid-August and was totally finished just last week, but Gendron and the New Hamilton Beach Civic Association wanted to hold a grand opening to thank all those who helped make the project possible.

On behalf of our entire community, I want to thank Resorts World for everything you’ve done for us,” Gendron said. “Resorts World has shown their generosity to Hamilton Beach over and over again and I just want them to know that we truly appreciate everything they’ve done for us.”

RECOMMENDED STORIES

 

 

Queens’ Morning Roundup


| ctumola@queenscourier.com

morning roundup

TODAY’S FORECAST

Wednesday: Light snow this morning giving way to partly cloudy conditions this afternoon. High near 30. Winds WNW at 15 to 25 mph. Chance of snow 50%. Snow accumulations less than one inch. Wednesday night: Clear skies. Low around 15. Winds N at 5 to 10 mph.

EVENT OF THE DAY: Mid-Winter Taste for City Harvest

This food tasting event at  Resorts World Casino showcases over 30 food purveyors, and all proceeds will benefit City Harvest. Entry at 7 p.m. Click here for more info or to submit an event of your own

NY Assembly passes Dream Act providing tuition aid

New York’s Assembly passed a bill Tuesday that would open state tuition assistance programs to students in the country illegally, and now the measure moves to an uncertain future in the Senate. Read more: AP

NYC Council follows mayor’s Lead, steps away from St. Patrick’s Parade

New York City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito said the council won’t have an official presence at this year’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade because of rules that prevent gay and lesbian groups from identifying themselves while marching. Read more: CBS New York/AP

New Yorkers favor letting cities boost local minimum wage

A new statewide poll shows a large majority of New Yorkers support giving municipalities authority to raise the minimum wage locally, something Gov. Cuomo opposes. Read more: New York Post

NY Assembly contracts for $210K outside counsel on sexual harassment policy

The state Assembly has entered into two contracts worth $210,000 for an outside counsel to handle sexual harassment policy development and investigations after a high-profile scandal. Read more: NBC New York

Snow likely every day for the next 3 days, then again on the weekend

Snow is likely to fall every day for the next three days as arctic air settles over the tri-state region, where it will stick around through the weekend. Read more: NBC New York

 

Pol: Racino money should go to Aqueduct


| mhayes@queenscourier.com

Photo courtesy of Assemblymember Goldfeder

Following years of neglect and two recent crimes, one Queens pol wants to turn the Aqueduct Racetrack from a “national disgrace” back into a community gem.

“It’s unacceptable that this once national treasure has become an eyesore and serious danger to our families and neighbors in southern Queens,” said Assemblymember Phillip Goldfeder.

Goldfeder  introduced new legislation Monday that would require an existing $30 million, generated by neighboring Resorts World Casino, go directly to Aqueduct.

Earlier this month, a mentally handicapped 40-year-old woman was found naked in the racetrack’s bathroom stall after being sexually abused by Frank Wood of Pennsylvania, according to District Attorney Richard Brown.

Additionally, just this week the 1985 Breeders’ Cup trophy and several electronic items were stolen from the site, police said.

Goldfeder said his proposal would bring in funds to significantly upgrade security as well as give current employees the tools needed to combat crime. It would also go toward general upgrades for the facility.

The $30 million from Resorts World accounts for 4 percent of the racino’s yearly revenue. It is allotted to capital expenditures for maintaining and upgrading New York Racing Association (NYRA) facilities.

Currently, NYRA uses the funds at the Saratoga and Belmont racing sites.

Eric Wing, a NYRA spokesperson, said revenue received is diverted to Saratoga, Belmont and Aqueduct depending on what is needed in capital improvements.

“In the past year, we’ve spent well over $5 million just on upgrades at Aqueduct,” Wing said. “Everyone who comes can easily get a firsthand look at the many improvements that have been made.”

He said NYRA has a “responsibility to all three of our racetracks” and upgrades will continue to be made at the borough’s track.

 

RECOMMENDED STORIES

Resorts World Casino welcomes new and free Red Express buses


| mhayes@queenscourier.com

PHOTOS COURTESY OF RESORTS WORLD

Resorts World Casino welcomed a new bus fleet, the Red Express, which will take patrons from Manhattan to the South Ozone Park gambling spot.

Casino president Edward Farrell, Community Board 10 chair Betty Bratton and State Senator Joseph Addabbo greeted the Red Express buses as they pulled into Resorts World, coming in from their first trip down from Manhattan’s Lincoln Center.

The luxury buses will run every 30 to 45 minutes from 10 a.m. to midnight Monday through Sunday. They are free of charge and can hold up to 40 passengers.

The West Side route begins at 96th Street and Columbus Avenue, and goes straight down to Central Park and Madison Avenue. The East Side route begins at 96th Street and Lexington Avenue, and goes straight down to Madison Avenue and Central Park South.

Additionally, the Midtown route starts at 42nd Street and Lexington Avenue and runs through 6th Avenue and 50th Street.

All routes end, of course, at Resorts World Casino on Rockaway Boulevard.

 

RECOMMENDED STORIES

 

 

‘Peace officers’ may be coming to Resorts World Casino


| mhayes@queenscourier.com

One pol wants to keep the peace at Resorts World Casino.

State Senator Joseph Addabbo has been advancing legislation to create “peace officers” at the casino – security officers who would have the power to make arrests.

Currently, the casino has security guards that are not authorized to make arrests. They instead must detain any criminal offenders and wait for local NYPD officers to arrive on the scene before carrying out any arrests.

“I think that the threat of an immediate arrest might serve as a greater deterrent to those who are seeking to cause trouble in the area, and peace officers would have that authority,” Addabbo said.

The peace officers would be unarmed but would provide added law enforcement presence at the casino.

The legislation recently cleared the Senate Committee on Racing, Gaming and Wagering, of which Addabbo is a ranking member. After being cleared by the whole Senate, it will go under consideration by the Assembly’s Codes Committee.

Queens’ Morning Roundup


| lguerre@queenscourier.com

morning roundup

TODAY’S FORECAST  Thursday: Partly sunny with a breeze. High of 68. Winds from west at 13 mph. Thursday night: Clear. Low of 52. Winds from west at 3 mph.

EVENT OF THE DAY: Galactic Drive-In

As part of the multimedia installation and outdoor theater presented by the New York Hall of Science, Empire Drive-In, celebrate campy science fiction and do-it-yourself merrymaking led by Captain Riterleff and the Flux Factory, a nonprofit Queens art organization. The evening’s featured film will be “Planet Nine from Outer Space.” Doors open at 6 p.m. Event starts at 7 p.m. Click here for more info or to submit an event of your own

U.S. Congress ends default threat, Obama signs debt bill 

The U.S. Congress on Wednesday approved an 11th-hour deal to end a partial government shutdown and pull the world’s biggest economy back from the brink of a historic debt default that could have threatened financial calamity. Read more: Reuters 

Cory Booker wins U.S. Senate special election in New Jersey 

Newark Mayor Cory Booker won a special election Wednesday to represent New Jersey in the U.S. Senate, giving the rising Democratic star a bigger political stage after a race against conservative Steve Lonegan, a former small-town mayor. Read more: Fox New York 

Woman Sought for Questioning in Disappearance, Death of Queens College Student: NYPD 

Police are looking for an unidentified woman who was spotted on surveillance tape with a college student woman whose body washed up on a Queens beach in February. Read more: NBC New York 

‘Piano Man’ Billy Joel plays benefit show 

The Piano Man returned to play on his home turf. Billy Joel performed a benefit show Wednesday night at the Paramount Theater in Huntington. The Long Island native raised money for Long Island Cares – The Harry Chapin Food Bank. Read more: Fox New York

Gamblers get free ride to Queens racino 

On Wednesday, the racino, which includes a race track, will be rolling out 12 buses that will run from Monday though Sunday from 10 A.M. to 12 A.M. every 30 to 45 minutes from central destinations, including Times Square, Rockefeller Center, Columbus Circle and several hotels. They will run continuously between Manhattan and Queens. Read more: Crain’s