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Top vegan-friendly food places in Queens


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

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
facebook.com/GingerOrganicAstoria

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
rosevalleycakes.com

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
smileofthebeyond.com

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
oneness-fountain-heart.com

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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Suspect wanted in shooting outside South Richmond Hill club  


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Police are looking for a suspect who they say shot a 28-year-old man during a dispute outside a South Richmond Hill club early Saturday morning.

At about 3:55 a.m., the victim was standing outside of Vue Sky Lounge, at 123-07 Liberty Ave., when the suspect approached him, cops said. The pair started arguing and the suspect allegedly fired his gun, hitting the victim once in the torso. The suspect, who was wearing a hooded sweatshirt, then fled in a dark-colored SUV.

The victim was taken to Jamaica Hospital, where he is listed in serious condition.

It was not immediately clear whether the shooter knew the victim or what exactly led to the dispute, police said.

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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Queens doctor ordered to pay back more than $65K in insurance scheme


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One South Richmond Hill physician, who pleaded guilty to deceiving insurance companies and fraudulently billing medical tests he never performed, will now have to return more than $65,000, according to the district attorney’s office.

Dr. Rajpaul Singh, who ran Liberty Avenue Medical P.C. located at 133-13 Liberty Ave. until 2011, pleaded guilty in June to falsifying business records, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said. He was sentenced to a three-year conditional discharge, with one condition being that he would have to pay back amounts totaling $65,849.25.

According to the charges, various people who had been injured in vehicle accidents went to the medical clinic for treatment. Between March 2009 and March 2011, Singh billed the various insurance companies and the New York State Worker’s Compensation Board for procedures claimed to be performed on the patients.

These tests were never performed, and the test results were falsified by substituting them with old patient results, according to prosecutors. This led to the insurance companies making payments to Liberty Advance Medical.

“This case makes clear that law enforcement’s fight against insurance fraud is ongoing and that those who cheat will be held accountable,” Brown said.

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Suspects wanted for robberies targeting pedestrians in South Richmond Hill area


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Video courtesy of NYPD


Police are searching for two to four suspects wanted in a string of thefts around the South Richmond Hill area where the robbers assaulted pedestrians before stealing from them.

In all the incidents, the suspects targeted Asian victims, mostly around the area of Liberty Avenue on 125th and 126th streets, cops said.

The suspects first robbed a 34-year-old man near Liberty Avenue and 126th Street on April 10, according to police. They pushed the victim against the wall, demanded his property and took his watch, necklace, bracelet, wallet, ring, $80 and iPhone before fleeing on foot.

On Saturday, April 19, a 34-year-old male was approached by four suspects on Liberty Avenue near 125th Street, who punched him and removed his wallet containing $80 and other items, officials said.

Two days later, at the corner of Liberty Avenue and 125th Street, a 54-year-old woman was walking to a bus stop when she was approached by two suspects who pushed her against a fence and demanded that she give them her pocketbook, cops said. The suspects then took her wallet, $5 and her cell phone and fled in a black vehicle.

On April 30, on 126th Street near 95th Avenue, one suspect pushed a 56-year-old man while a second suspect removed his wallet containing $560, credit cards and a driver’s license. Both suspects then fled, according to police.

In the latest robbery, on Friday, near Rockaway Boulevard and 113th Street, one suspect followed a 55-year-old man and took his wallet containing $700, credit cards and a driver’s license while a second suspect struck the victim in the face. Both suspects fled eastbound on 111th Street in a black Kia Optima, officials said.

Police have released a video from Friday’s incident, and describe two of the suspects as men in their twenties. One is about five feet six inches tall and 150 pounds; the second suspect is around 5 feet 7 inches tall and 165 pounds.

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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3-alarm fire breaks out in South Richmond Hill home, damages second house


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Photos courtesy of Sara E. Diaz

A blaze broke out at a home in South Richmond Hill Sunday afternoon, damaging a neighboring home.

The fire started about 11:25 a.m. at an occupied residence on 120th Street and grew to a three-alarm blaze 20 minutes later, the FDNY said. It was under control by about 12:35 p.m., according to fire officials, but not before damaging an adjacent house.

There were no reported injuries and the cause of the blaze is under investigation, the FDNY said.

 

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Police release video of suspects in Queens rooftop break-ins


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Cops have released a video in connection to the burglaries of multiple Queens businesses.

The footage shows the suspects cashing in lottery tickets inside a Brooklyn bodega at 296 New Lots Ave on Feb. 27, according to police.

The suspects are wanted in connection to seven thefts that took place between Dec. 14 and Feb. 20 in the WoodhavenJamaicaSouth Richmond HillOzone Park and South Ozone Park sections of the borough, the NYPD said.

In each of the burglaries, one or more suspects break in through the roof or air conditioning vent and steal cash, according to police.  Lotto tickets and calling cards were also taken during some of the thefts.

Last month, police released a video from the latest burglary, which took place about 11 p.m. on Feb. 20 at the Pioneer Supermarket at 90-01 Jamaica Ave. in Woodhaven. A thousand dollars in cash and approximately $600 worth of phone cards went missing from the supermarket after the suspect broke in through the roof, cops said.

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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Charges reduced against Queens man accused of cop beating


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A grand jury has reduced charges against a Jamaica man who allegedly beat an off-duty NYPD sergeant in South Richmond Hill last year.

Hayden Holder, 29, was initially charged with second-degree attempted murder and first- and second-degree assault in connection to the incident, which was captured on video and uploaded to Facebook.

A grand jury indicted Holder Monday on just the assault charges, the Queens District Attorney’s office said.

Holder and Sergeant Mohamed Deen allegedly got into a verbal dispute at Liberty Avenue near Lefferts Boulevard just before 5 a.m. on Nov. 17, according to District Attorney Richard Brown. Holder is accused of punching Deen in the head, causing him to fall to the ground. He then repeatedly punched, kicked and slammed Deen’s head onto the sidewalk, Brown said.

Deen was taken to a local hospital with numerous facial fractures and hemorrhaging on his brain, according to the district attorney.

“We are very disappointed the charges were reduced,” Paul Capotosto, a representative from the NYPD’s Sergeants Benevolent Association said outside the courthouse, according to the New York Post.

 

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Police searching for suspect in series of Queens rooftop break-ins


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Video courtesy of NYPD

A suspect has been burglarizing multiple Queens businesses over the last two months by breaking in through the roof or air conditioning vent, the NYPD said.

The thefts all took place between Dec. 14 and Feb. 20 in the Woodhaven, JamaicaSouth Richmond Hill, Ozone Park and South Ozone Park sections of the borough.

In each of the seven burglaries, the suspect stole cash, ranging from $100 to $5,000. The suspect also swiped lotto tickets and calling cards during some of the thefts.

Police have released a video from the latest incident.

The burglary took place about 11 p.m. Thursday at the Pioneer Supermarket at 90-01 Jamaica Ave. in Woodhaven, according to the NYPD.

A thousand dollars in cash and approximately $600 worth of phone cards went missing from the supermarket after the suspect broke in through the roof, police said.

Last week cops also released a photo of the suspect, who was allegedly caught burglarizing businesses in South Richmond Hill and South Ozone Park on Jan. 31 and Feb. 5 by cutting a hole in their roofs.

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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Man wanted in two Queens rooftop break-ins


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Photo courtesy of NYPD

A man broke into two Queens businesses by cutting a hole in the roof and taking off with cash and other merchandise, police said.

The first burglary took place on Jan. 31 at 99 Cents Deal, located on Liberty Avenue in South Richmond Hill, cops said. After entering the business, the suspect stole cash.

On Feb. 5, the suspect took lottery tickets, calling cards and cash from the Super Pioneer Supermarket on 111th Avenue in South Ozone Park, police said.

The NYPD has released a photo of the suspect from the second break-in.

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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Cops looking for South Richmond Hill attempted burglary suspect


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Police are looking for a suspect in connection with an attempted burglary of a South Richmond Hill home.

A male perpetrator walked through the yard of a residence near 132nd Street and 101st Avenue, and tried to open the garage on January 17 at about 2 a.m., cops said.

But the home alarm activated and the man fled, authorities said.

Video surveillance that the NYPD released shows the man walking near the side of the house.

Anyone with information in regards to this incident is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 800-577-TIPS. The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the Crime Stoppers Website at WWW.NYPDCRIMESTOPPERS.COM or texting their tips to 274637(CRIMES) then enter TIP577.

 

 

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Cops looking for two suspects in Queens burglary spree


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Two suspects wanted in a September burglary of a Woodhaven bodega have been tied to eight more burglaries throughout the borough, police said.

The thefts date back to August 8, with the most recent incident taking place on November 26, police said.

Businesses the suspects targeted included Stop1 and Jamao Coffee Shop 7 in Jamaica, the Richmond Hill Deli and El Cran Canario Restaurant in Richmond Hill, Darbar’s Chicken & Ribs in South Richmond Hill, East Town restaurant in Maspeth and a Dunkin’ Donuts in Whitestone, according to the NYPD.

After breaking into the businesses the suspects stole cash, ranging from $30 to approximately $4,580, or possibly more. During some of the burglaries, the pair allegedly took merchandise, including scratch off lottery tickets, beer and cigarettes, police said.

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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South Richmond Hill man arrested for stabbing wife on Thanksgiving


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A man allegedly stabbed his wife after the two got into a Thanksgiving Day dispute at their South Richmond Hill home, according to police and published reports.

The incident occurred around 4:00 p.m. at the couple’s Lefferts Boulevard residence, cops said.

The victim, whose name was not immediately released, was taken to Jamaica Hospital with multiple stab wounds, where she is listed in stable condition, according to police.

Xavier Cabarcas, 31, was taken into custody at the scene and charged with assault and criminal possession of a weapon, cops said.

According to the New York Post, Cabarcas and the victim are married with three children, but their kids did not witness the stabbing.

 

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Jamaica man charged with attempted murder in alleged beating of off-duty police officer


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

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Updated Monday, November 18, 1:24 p.m.

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A Jamaica man has been charged with attempted murder in connection with a fight in South Richmond Hill that left an off-duty NYPD sergeant brutally wounded early Sunday morning.

Hayden Holder, 29, and Sergeant Mohamed Deen, allegedly got into a verbal argument near St. John’s Express Bar & Restaurant at 118-14 Liberty Avenue just before 5 a.m., according to District Attorney Richard Brown. Holder is accused of punching Deen in the head, causing him to fall to the ground. He then repeatedly punched, kicked and slammed Deen’s head onto the sidewalk, said Brown.

The incident was allegedly captured on video and uploaded to Facebook (WARNING: Video is extremely graphic).

Deen was taken to a local hospital with numerous facial fractures and hemorrhaging on his brain, according to the district attorney, and is presently in a medically-induced coma.

Holder was arraigned Monday morning and charged with second-degree attempted murder and first- and second-degree assault. He faces up to 25 years in prison if convicted.

 

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Suspect sought in South Richmond Hill restaurant burglary


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Photo courtesy of NYPD

The NYPD is searching for a suspect who burglarized a South Richmond Hill restaurant.

According to police, on September 10, around 8 p.m., the suspect broke the rear door of Darbars Halal Fried Chicken, located on Liberty Avenue near 126th Street, and took money from the restaurant’s cash register and ATM.

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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Identify this place in Queens


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

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Do you know where in Queens this photo was taken?

Guess by commenting below!

The answer will be revealed next Friday.

 

Last week’s answer to “Identify this Place”: Maha Lakshmi Mandir temple in South Richmond Hill