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MTA bus fatally strikes man in Ridgewood


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A man crossing a street in Ridgewood early Thursday morning was struck and killed by an MTA bus, according to authorities.

The bus was traveling northbound on Wyckoff Avenue around 5:10 a.m, at the Brooklyn-Queens border, when it made a right turn to head onto Palmetto Street, police said. It then hit the pedestrian with its rear-wheel as he was crossing Palmetto Street.

The victim, who has yet to be identified by police but is believed to be in his 40s, was taken to Wyckoff Heights Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead.

Police said there have been no arrests and the investigation is ongoing.

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Ridgewood residents to host first ‘spooky bar crawl’


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THE COURIER/Photos by Salvatore Licata

As Ridgewood adults grew out of the trick-or-treating phase they found another way to have some fun in the festive spirit of Halloween this year.

A spooky bar crawl around the neighborhood will be happening on Saturday, Oct. 25. The crawl, which was put together by Ridgewood Social in concert with some local groups and bars, will start at 7 p.m. and run through many of the popular bars in the neighborhood.

“We want people to come out in costume and have fun,” said Sarah Feldman, a Ridgewood resident and operator of Ridgewood Social. “We are really looking forward to it.”

The bar crawl will start in Brooklyn by the Bushwick/Ridgewood border at the bar Old Stanley’s. It will then make its way into Ridgewood as its next stop will be Paradise, on Woodward Avenue.

After that, the crawlers will make their way to Windjammer, Gottscheer Hall, Bleachers, Cozy Corner, Cream and finally end at Queens Tavern.

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Along with the drinks, there will be contests, dancing and raffles.

To find out more, check out “Ridgewood Social” on Facebook.

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Ridgewood woman recounts childhood abduction to Egypt, escape in YouTube video


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Photos © Moral Courage Project 2014

She found the courage to escape. She then found the courage to share her story.

Nashwa El-Sayed was abducted to Egypt from Queens at the age of 2 by her father. After suffering from abuse, years of separation from her mother and an impending arranged marriage at the age of 17, she was finally able to leave the country and return to America.

El-Sayed, now 24, and living in Ridgewood, has since graduated from Queens College with a degree in international relations and recounted her tale, hoping others in her situation will do the same.

“Hopefully they see it as something that can change lives,” she said.

Though El-Sayed has shared her story before, she is telling it in a new medium: video.

The Moral Courage Project, an educational nonprofit started in 2008, posted a video of El-Sayed’s story, “Forced marriage in Egypt: How I escaped,” on its YouTube channel last month.

The nonprofit mentors, teaches and provides role models for people who want to build up moral courage, or do “the right thing in the face of your fears,” according to Adam Grannick, multimedia producer with the Moral Courage Project.

It showcases its role models through videos it creates for its YouTube channel, Moral Courage TV. They are “everyday people” from a middle-schooler facing a bully to corporate whistleblowers and everyone in between.

Launched in April 2012, the videos are accompanied by related social media posts to bring awareness to whatever issue they highlight and can each have their own look, depending on the story.

Since filmmakers didn’t have footage from El-Sayed’s childhood, her video featured animation.
“Animation usually takes away from the seriousness of a story, but this one was not the case,” El-Sayed said.

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El-Sayed’s story begins on Father’s Day 1993 — the day she was taken. She was living in Richmond Hill at the time, and her Egyptian father and American mother were in the process of filing for divorce.

“[My mother] knew deep down that she wasn’t going to see me again,” El-Sayed said in the video.

A couple of years after landing in Egypt, El-Sayed was living in Alexandria with her father and a stepmother who physically and emotionally abused her. She also had to be “a pious Muslim girl who should not be seen in public, who should not speak in public.”

At around age 9, she found some relief when her father divorced the woman. He soon married another woman who also tried to abuse El-Sayed, but she retaliated and the woman never tried it again.

Also at 9 years old, she saw her mother for the first time since she was abducted. That moment was when she knew there was another place she belonged to and that she could study what she wanted.

Her mother from then on would send her items from the U.S. — media, such as music from the Backstreet Boys; toys, such as Barbies; new gadgets, such as CD players; and school supplies, such as glitter.

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El-Sayed’s father promised she could go to college in America as long as she got good grades. But during her final year of high school, her father told her that he found her a husband and that she was going to meet him on her wedding day in four months.

“All of a sudden there is a major change in plans and that is when I decided it was time to go,” El-Sayed said.

She called her mother in April 2008, who contacted the appropriate authorities, and within a few months El-Sayed was touch with the FBI and American embassy to plan a way out of the country.

But after her father found out about a visit she made to the embassy, she was put on lockdown and became suicidal.

As she recounts in the video, El-Sayed, through luck and bravery, managed to escape while she was at a friend’s house in Cairo.

But El-Sayed’s story and her ups and downs didn’t end with her escape.

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Most of the Moral Courage Project videos are two to three minutes long, but El-Sayed’s is 10 minutes.

“I tried cutting it down but it just felt wrong to leave out a lot of it,” said Grannick, who wanted the video to discuss El-Sayed’s life after she returned to America.

Back living in Richmond Hill with her mother, El-Sayed went through a major depression the first year as she tried to figure out her purpose and why she went through what she did.

Her relationship with her mother, good for the first two years, became fractured when differences began to show between them, and they disagreed over El-Sayed’s publicly sharing her story, including a June 2013 Daily News article.

But she considers herself one of the lucky ones. Children around the world are abducted by parents every year, she said, and she is not only one of the few who has survived and is functional, but is one of the few who has also come out with her story and become an activist.

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After graduating from Queens College in the summer of 2013, El-Sayed now works with the school’s Ibrahim Leadership and Dialogue Program as the assistant manager. The program gives college students from a variety of religious backgrounds the opportunity to travel to the Middle East to interact with government officials, entrepreneurs, students, educators and philanthropists, create a dialogue and experience what the region is really like.

El-Sayed also works, through the Epic Theatre Ensemble, with a women’s group regarding issues in the Arab American community, and continues to work with the FBI to bring awareness to the issue of childhood abduction by parents.

“It is possible for you to survive,” she says to end the video. “It is possible for you to leave behind the stigmas and actually carry on and make something of yourself.”

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Ridgewood auto body shop owner charged after underreporting more than $1M in repair work: DA


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A Howard Beach man and his Ridgewood auto body shop have been charged after failing to pay more than $100,000 in collectible tax revenue, District Richard Brown said.

“According to the charges, the defendant and auto body business underreported $1,253,767.44 of taxable income over a three-year period,” Brown said. “Tax fraud doesn’t just cheat the city and state out of much-needed revenue, it makes every New Yorker a victim by denying funding for essential public services.”

Alfred D’Andrea, 45, a Howard Beach resident and president of Triangle Auto Body Inc., was arraigned Tuesday in Queens Criminal Court , where he was charged, along with his business, with grand larceny, criminal tax fraud, falsifying business records, offering a false instrument for filing and scheme to defraud, according to prosecutors.

D’Andrea’s auto body shop, located on 79th Avenue, allegedly received about $1.9 million for auto body repairs from various insurance companies between March 2008 and February 2011. But he only claimed $664,235 in taxable repairs, underreporting more than $1,253,000, Brown said.

In total, $54,852.33 in additional tax revenue was owed to New York State and $53,906.07 to New York City local municipalities.

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Man busted for storing illegal weapons in Ridgewood garage, apartment


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A man with a previous weapons conviction was arrested Tuesday after police found an arsenal of illegal guns and ammunition in his Ridgewood garage and bedroom, according to police.

Officers had received information that 51-year-old Victor Rivera was storing rifles and handguns in his garage and a second-floor apartment on 79th Avenue, authorities. They then came to the home to investigate on Oct. 21.

Inside the garage and a bedroom in the apartment, they discovered two shotguns, three rifles, two assault rifles, a TEC-9, a .45-caliber semi-automatic pistol, two .22-caliber revolvers and 700 rounds of ammunition for the weapons, according to police.

Rivera was charged with three counts of criminal possession of a loaded firearm; 20 counts of criminal possession of a weapon in the third degree for possessing defaced firearms, assault rifles and ammunition clips due to his prior conviction for possession of a weapon; three counts of criminal possession of a weapon in the fourth degree; and criminal possession of a controlled substance, authorities said.

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Woman starts coalition to bring artists together in Ridgewood


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Top: Photo courtesy of Colin C. Jorgensen (Cojo); Bottom: THE COURIER/ Photo by Salvatore Licata

As a newcomer to the neighborhood, Emily Heinz wanted to start a group to bring a community within the community of Ridgewood together.

Though she may not be a “traditional” artist, art is the field that she most closely relates to and out of her love for it came the new group, The Artist’s Coalition.

“The art community in Ridgewood has existed for a while and now it is growing,” said Heinz, a 22-year-old Denver native who moved to Ridgewood about five months ago. “But there is no real epicenter for it in the community, so I wanted to bring it together.”

The coalition, started in early September, had its first meeting on Oct. 11. The idea that Heinz had for the group was to bring some of the local artists together, discuss their pieces with one another and learn from each other. She figured painters and maybe some photographers would show up.

But when it was time for the meeting, she was overwhelmed by the diversity of artists who attended.

“So many different types of artists came out,” Heinz said. “There were some photographers, writers, painters, sculptors, musical and mixed media artists. It went so well, everyone felt really good about it.”

As the ongoing art scene continues to grow in Ridgewood, Heinz said she wanted the group to “better facilitate the migration of the group and make it a part of the neighborhood.”

As the art scene has now taken off in the neighboring towns of Bushwick and Williamsburg, she does not want people to get confused about her purpose for starting the group.

“I don’t want people to think the group will be invading the community. I’m not interested in that,” Heinz said. “We want it to be part of the community and help it grow.”

The group has strengthened its numbers to 31 members and is growing by the day, according to Heinz. She is excited to host the next meeting on Nov. 8, with the location still being determined.

“We want people that really feel a passion for what they are making; that’s an artist,” Heinz said. “My hope is to have really good conversations and to see other people’s work. I also want the members of the coalition to leave feeling they had something valuable come out of the meeting.”

To find out more about The Artist’s Coalition, visit Ridgewood Artist’s Coalition on Facebook.

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Legislation proposed to give Glendale its own ZIP code


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THE COURIER/Photo by Salvatore Licata

Is it Glendale or Ridgewood? You can’t tell from the ZIP code.

But the confusion may be a thing of the past if new legislation, introduced by U.S. Rep. Grace Meng, gets passed.

“For years, the residents of Glendale have sought to obtain a ZIP code for their community and now I join them in their fight,” Meng said. “Most areas in the borough are recognized by their neighborhood names, which provide a sense of identity and pride for local residents. That is true for Glendale, and it’s time for the Postal Service to accept and recognize that by creating a ZIP code that the community can finally call its own.”

The pleas for a Glendale ZIP code have been constant for over a decade but have continually fallen on deaf ears, according to published reports. The neighborhood currently shares its 11385 ZIP Code with Ridgewood.

In 2007, the U.S. Postal Service shot down Glendale’s plea for its own ZIP code because it would be too costly and would have an adverse effect on mail service, according to the Daily News.

But residents and elected officials are willing to give it another go and win their very own five-digit identity.

“The residents and business owners in Glendale have advocated for Glendale to have a unique ZIP code for many year,” said Brian Dooley, president of the Glendale Property Association.

“Glendale should be recognized as a truly unique place with its own identity, issues and strengths, separate and apart from our neighbors in Ridgewood.”

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Ridgewood bakery to celebrate 80th anniversary with original prices


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Photos courtesy of Rudy's Bakery & Cafe

An iconic Ridgewood bakery will be celebrating its 80th birthday with some sweet old-fashioned prices.

Rudy’s Bakery and Café, located at 905 Seneca Ave., has been at the same spot in Ridgewood since 1934. And for its anniversary, which it’s celebrating on Oct. 25 from noon to 5 p.m., the bakery is going back to its original prices.

“We’re a traditional bakery and we cater to customers whose families have lived in this neighborhood for generations,” said Antoinette “Toni” Binanti, who has owned the establishment since 1980 when her family took over from previous owner Kurt Schlegelmilch. “We love our customers and we’re happy to provide them with the baked goods that they remember from childhood.”

Among the baked goods that will be available for the original pricing of 80 cents apiece will be miniature jelly donuts, Linzer tarts, Black Forest cake, cheese and cherry strudel and danishes. Along with the discounted prices, Rudy’s is hosting a German band and pumpkin decorating for children, among other activities.

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Rudy’s first started servicing Ridgewood in the heart of the Great Depression, when the neighborhood was home to a large community of German immigrants.

While it has continued to serve traditional German treats, such as Bienenstich and strudel, Rudy’s has grown its menu to start serving sweets like gelato and iced Nutella lattes.

“Though we have evolved with the times to offer new confections, we feel we’re part of a tradition here and we’re honored to play a role in the milestones of so many families with the cakes and other sweets that are part of their special occasions,” Binanti said.

The bakery’s anniversary celebration will coincide with Ridgewood’s Seneca Avenue Oktoberfest Stroll.

To learn more about Rudy’s visit, “rudysbakery” on Facebook or @rudyspastryshop on Twitter.

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Man dies after fleeing police in Ridgewood


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Updated 2:53 p.m.

A 46-year-old man died following a police chase in Ridgewood Wednesday afternoon after he told officers that he was having trouble breathing, authorities said.

The man, Daniel Levitt, was sitting on a motorized scooter in front of a home on Grand View Avenue at about 2:10 p.m. when a sergeant and police officer spotted him, cops said.

After seeing the cops, the man, who had an active arrest warrant relating to a petit larceny incident, fled down Grandview Avenue in the wrong direction, according to police. The officers began to follow the man in their unmarked vehicle until he collided into the side view mirror of an SUV near Grand View Avenue and Bleecker Street.

He then fell off his scooter and tried to run, but the cops nabbed him down the block.

The man then told officers that he had a pre-existing medical condition and was having difficulty breathing, cops said. He also told them that he had medication for his condition and the officers then administered the medication.

According to published reports, he was asthmatic and also had a pacemaker. When he couldn’t breath, he asked the officers to administer his inhaler.

At that point, the man stood up and moments later he became unconscious. His handcuffs were then removed and the officer began chest compressions while EMS was called, authorities said.

He was taken to Wyckoff Heights Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead.

The medical examiner is determining the cause of death and the Internal Affairs Bureau is investigating the incident.

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Intellectually disabled man missing from Ridgewood since Friday found


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Photo courtesy of Stephanie Almache

The family of an intellectually disabled man who went missing in Ridgewood Friday night received good news Monday when he was found safe.

“We are all so happy. We are all crying with happiness. We are thankful he was finally found,” Stephanie Almache, the cousin of the missing man, Geovanny Gonzalez, told The Courier as she was on her way to be reunited with him at New York Hospital Queens.

Gonzalez, 26, was last seen on the corner of Grove Street and Wycoff Avenue on the border of Ridgewood and Bushwick on October 3 at around 6 p.m.

Gonzalez, who is on vacation in America from Ecuador and only speaks Spanish, has the mental capacity of a 10-year-old and also suffers from epilepsy, which he has not had his medication for since he went missing.

“We are all really worried and want him back,” Almache said shortly before he was found. “He is a great guy and a really good friend. We are all just devastated.”

Family members said that Gonzalez was having dinner when he suddenly ran off. They chased him through the streets but eventually lost sight of him near the M train stop on Grove Street and Wycoff Avenue.

Because he was here for two months this year, prior to this vacation, he vaguely knows the cityscape and may have tried to make his way into Manhattan, which is where he came from earlier that day, Almache said.

According to police, Gonzalez was found in good condition. Almache and authorities did not immediately have more details on how he was located.

-With additional reporting by Cristabelle Tumola

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Local resident starts writing group in Ridgewood


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THE COURIER/Photo by Salvatore Licata

A writer’s struggles can be daunting, but a Ridgewood writer hopes to help locals overcome difficulties with their literary labors.

Amy Wilson, who moved to the neighborhood from Michigan in July, founded Ridgewood Writers so local authors could offer each other support.

“I’m aware of how difficult it is for people to pursue their own writing careers,” Wilson said. “This will give myself and the members of the group a new perspective on our work and can help us grow as writers.”

The group was started at the beginning of September and already has seven members. They are having their first meeting this Saturday at 2:30 p.m. at The Spot, a restaurant located on Madison Avenue and Fresh Pond Road.

Wilson, 26, said that she already noticed how tight-knit Ridgewood is and believes the group would be a great way for her to get more involved and in tune with the community along with helping her begin a more serious writing experience.

“My personal goal for the group is to get a deeper connection to Ridgewood and grow a support network when writing,” Wilson said. “I am still working on a lot of different things and this group will give me the accountability I need to keep writing.”

She has written novels and poetry and is hoping to start a compilation of essays that will be based on her experiences.

Wilson said that between work and life she has yet to attempt to publish her work, but she is hoping that this group will help her and all of the other members get published.

She hopes that as they grow, the group will be able to work with local visual artists and start their own collection of writings and arts about Ridgewood.

Wilson encourages writers of all skill levels to become members and hopes to work with writers of varying styles.

“Don’t be intimidated to join the group based on your level of writing skills,” Wilson noted. “I want people to have a fun experience and want any writer who wishes for a more serious path in writing to join.”

To find out more about the Ridgewood Writers group, contact Amy Wilson at ridgewoodwriters@gmail.com.

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Suspect arrested in Ridgewood stabbing, carjacking of livery cab driver


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Photo courtesy of NYPD

Updated 2:35 p.m.

Police have arrested a man suspected of stabbing a 30-year-old livery cab driver and then stealing his car in Ridgewood last week.

Kenneth Suden, 41, of Ridgewood, has been charged with attempted murder, robbery, assault, and criminal possession of a weapon in connection with the brutal Sept. 25 attack, according to the Queens district attorney’s office.

The victim, Fernando Crespin-Santos, was dispatched to the Cypress Hills section of Brooklyn, where, at about 1:10 a.m. that day, he picked up Suden and was asked to drive him to Ridgewood, according to officials.

Once in the neighborhood, and several blocks from Suden’s home, Suden allegedly held a knife to Crespin-Santos’ throat and demanded money, prosecutors said. He is then accused of stabbing Crespin-Santos repeatedly in the arms, legs and chest before taking off in his vehicle.

Crespin-Santos was able to flee from the car before Suden drove off and was found near 70th Avenue and 60th Street, officials said. He was taken to Elmhurst Hospital, suffering from a collapsed lung, a severed stomach and a severed liver, the district attorney said.

The car was discovered illegally parked a short time later in Ridgewood not far from where Crespin-Santos was found, reports said.

The day of the incident, police released a photo of Suden, looking to question him in the stabbing and carjacking. He was arrested after he walked into a local hospital on Monday and hospital police recognized him and alerted authorities, police said.

Suden has also been charged with committing a knifepoint robbery at a Ridgewood grocery store on Putnam Avenue the night before the stabbing of the livery cab driver, according to the district attorney.

As of Tuesday afternoon, Suden was currently awaiting arraignment in Queens Criminal Court on a criminal complaint in each case. If convicted in both, he faces up to 50 years in prison.

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Man wanted in Ridgewood assault of 82-year-old woman


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Video courtesy of NYPD

Police have released surveillance footage of a man suspected of punching an elderly woman as she was walking in Ridgewood Thursday morning.

On Sept. 25 at about 6:35 a.m. the 82-year-old victim was walking near the intersection of Myrtle Avenue and Seneca Street when the suspect came up behind her and struck her to the side of her face with a closed fist, causing bruising and swelling, according to cops.

The suspect is described as a Hispanic or black man, between 25 to 30 years old and 5 feet 7 inches tall. He was wearing blue jeans and a black T-shirt with a design in white.

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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Top vegan-friendly food places in Queens


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Photos via Rose Valley Cakes Facebook page / Courtesy of Johnny Solo

BY ECLEEN CARABALLO 

PETA recently declared New York City as 2014’s “Most Vegan-Friendly City” for its numerous establishments that offer veggie lovers an array of options. We’ve compiled this list of food places in Queens that offer delicious cuisine along with vegan-friendly choices.

Co Co Lin Vegetarian House
64-19 Fresh Pond Rd., Ridgewood
718-416-1688
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This restaurant houses a wide array of vegetarian options that are made from a fuse of Chinese and Thai seasonings and flavors. Whether craving a smoothie or a simple vegan-friendly meal, Co Co Lin seems to have the right amount of options for both meat and veggie lovers alike.

Ginger Organic
37-01 30th Ave., Astoria
718-777-0626
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Connected to Astoria’s Grand Café, this organic juice and smoothie shop just opened a few months ago. The establishment offers all-organic smoothies and cold-pressed juices bottled on site, salads, kale chips and much more, which is all 100 percent vegan. Ginger also serves up organic liquors, wines and champagnes. Juices come packaged in recycled cardboard six-pack beer containers.

Happy Buddha
135-37 37th Ave., Flushing
718-358-0079
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This veggie-loving restaurant in downtown Flushing earned a place on SuperVegan’s list of “Top 5 Vegetarian Restaurants in Queens” with a nice list of reviews from customers who are pleased with the vegetarian option in the community. Happy Buddha aims to create a peaceful environment for guests, and create a fusion of “innovative vegetarian cuisine, Zen surroundings, and respect for all living things.”

Rose Valley Cakes
134-03 Liberty Ave., South Richmond Hill
718- 523-2253
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This bakery meets plenty of dietary needs with their unique focus on vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free baked goods. With impressive reviews and complex cake decorations, it has earned a 4-1/2 star rating on Yelp, and claims to be able to create “any confectionery creation you can think of.” Although it does offer specialty cakes of all sorts, it also sells bakery items that are available daily.

Simple Veggie Cuisine
95-26 Queens Blvd., Rego Park
718-830-0808
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Simple Veggie Cuisine keeps it simple with a wide array of options on their menu, and a promising amount of good reviews on Yelp. This restaurant offers Chinese food, with vegan options that are moderately priced and seemingly loved by the public.

Smile of the Beyond
8614 Parsons Blvd, Jamaica
718-739-7453
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This vegetarian diner located in Jamaica was established in 1972, making it the first vegetarian diner in New York City. The diner offers classic and unique breakfast and lunch items and vegan-friendly options, which include everything from a good hot cup of organic coffee to a tofu scramble and more.

The Oneness-Fountain Heart
157-19 72nd Ave., Flushing
718-591-3663
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This vegetarian restaurant has been in Flushing since 1998, and is committed to creating an environment where you can “enjoy food that nourishes the body, heart and soul.” With unique options on their menu, like Cashew Nut Paella, it has earned an impressive list of reviews on Yelp, and was mentioned in the Long Island Restaurant Review as well as The Restaurant Fairy and others.

Veggie Castle II
132-09 Liberty Ave., South Richmond Hill
718-641-8342

This hidden treasure in South Richmond Hill is a grab-and-go go-to for many veggie lovers because of its vegan-friendly options and juice bar that offers a well-reviewed green juice, as well as smoothies.

What do you think are the top vegan-friendly food places in Queens? Let us know by commenting below. 

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Passenger stabs livery cab driver, steals car in Ridgewood: police  


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Updated 8:35 p.m.

Police are searching for a man who allegedly stabbed a 30-year-old livery cab driver several times before driving off with his car in Ridgewood early Thursday morning.

The driver was dispatched to Hemlock Street and Jamaica Avenue in Brooklyn, where he picked up the suspect at about 1:10 a.m., and was asked to drive the man to Ridgewood, police said.

Around 1:35 a.m. a witness saw the livery cab hit a parked car then speed off at 69th Avenue and Fresh Pond Road, cops said. A short time later and just a few blocks away, the driver was found near 70th Avenue and 60th Street with stab wounds to the chest, arm and hands. His passenger had allegedly taken off with his 2012 gray Toyota Camry after the two got into an argument and the suspect stabbed him.

The cabbie was transported to Elmhurst Hospital, where he is listed in critical but stable condition.

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Police have released a photo of a man wanted for questioning in connection to the stabbing and stolen car, 41-year-old Kenneth Suden, and describe him as 5 feet 7 inches tall and 180 pounds. The vehicle has a New York registration number of T634876C.

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at (800) 577-TIPS (8477). The public can also submit their tips by logging ontothe Crime Stoppers website or can text their tips to CRIMES (274637), then enter TIP577. All calls are strictly confidential.

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