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Sunnyside teen killed skateboarding while holding onto truck


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An 18-year-old skateboarder was killed Thursday while taking a ride on the side of truck.

Alexander Ciszewski was holding onto the passenger side of the truck while it was driving down 47th Avenue near 32nd Place around 11:30 a.m. yesterday when he lost control and fell underneath the rear wheel of the vehicle, said police.

Ciszewski, a Sunnyside resident, was taken to Elmhurst Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Police are looking for the truck driver involved in the accident.

His vehicle is described as a white 2005 GMC box truck.

 

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Jackson Heights park renamed after young advocate gone too soon


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THE COURIER/Photos by Angy Altamirano

Although he was taken at a young age, Rory Staunton’s dedication, integrity and innocence will continue to live on through a park he fought to save.

Family, friends, students, local elected officials and Parks Department representatives gathered on Monday in Jackson Heights to unveil the renaming of the acquired Parks Department athletic field at the Garden School as “Rory Staunton Field.”

“This is a special day for us because we see Rory’s dream come true,” said Ciaran Staunton, Rory’s father.

“We as a family believe that the Jackson Heights community deserved this field as an open space. Rory was keenly aware of his civic responsibility. He was a true leader. Rory’s favorite poem was a poem by Robert Frost, ‘The Road Not Taken.’ The road not taken, this was the life that Rory lived. True leadership demands inspiration, and in Rory many people found inspiration to do good things.”

The 12-year-old lost his life last April due to sepsis poisoning after falling while playing basketball in his school’s gym. What doctors initially believed to be a minor wound became infected and ultimately led to his death.

Rory was a student at the Garden School, located at 33-16 79th Street. Although he lived in Sunnyside with his father, mother Orlaith and sister Kathleen, he loved to help out in the Jackson Heights community. He enjoyed working side-by-side with his dad, a board member of the Garden School who was one of the main individuals who pushed for the field to be used as a park instead of developing it into a 10-story apartment building.

“After every board meeting I would come home and there would be a question-and-answer,” said Staunton. “And Rory would say ‘you cannot let it go dad, you gotta stick with it.’”

Rory Staunton (File photo)

In February, NYC Parks and the NYC Department of Citywide Administrative Service completed the $6 million acquisition of the 24,600-square-foot asphalt play yard owned by the Garden School.

The proposal of the property’s renaming was inspired by the hard work Rory and his father did to help save the greenspace for future generations.

“They [the Stauntons] were involved with this from the start, all of them, pushing to make it a reality,” said Dudley Stewart, president of the Jackson Heights Green Alliance. “Even when things looked most bleak, they were insistent that it could happen, that it would happen and it did happen. This is why we requested the new park be named after Rory, there could not be a more fitting memorial for him and today we have insured that his name will never be forgotten.”

Rory Staunton Field and Travers Park, located across the street, will undergo a $3.7 million renovation through funding from Councilmember Daniel Dromm and Borough President Helen Marshall.

Since their son’s passing, the Staunton family has worked hard to raise awareness of sepsis. Governor Andrew Cuomo dubbed legislation to fight sepsis, “Rory’s Regulations.” On Tuesday, September 24, the family also testified against sepsis in the Senate.

“Rory was a passionate advocate of truth, justice and fairness,” said Staunton. “He was and always will be an inspiration to us all. The name of Rory Staunton will shine and the spirit will be over this park, and this park will be one of everyone enjoying themselves, free of all kinds of bullying and all kinds of whatever else happens because his spirit will see to it.”

 

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Sunnyside street co-named for Queens basketball coach Jerry Ingenito


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Photo courtesy of Councilmember Jimmy Van Bramer

Jerry Ingenito devoted his life to young players off and on the basketball court, and now his name will forever live on in one of the many communities where he coached.

Family and residents joined Councilmember Jimmy Van Bramer on Saturday, September 21 to celebrate and honor the life of Ingenito, who coached young basketball players in the borough for more than 30 years, by co-naming the intersection of 38th Street and Greenpoint Avenue in Sunnyside “Jerry Ingenito Way.”

Ingenito coached at Saint Raphael’s Catholic Youth Organization in Sunnyside, Christ the King in Middle Village and Queens College in Flushing. His dedication to his career has helped influence the beginning stages of present and past NBA players including Lamar Odom, Craig “Speedy” Claxton, Derrick Phelps and Khalid Reeves.

Along with the street co-naming, Ingenito has been honored in other different venues since his passing in January. The Sunnyside/Woodside Boys and Girls Club named a summer basketball league at St. Theresa School in Woodside after Ingenito and the Bruns Summer basketball camp in Garden City offers two scholarships in his honor for young players from Sunnyside. The Cathedral High School summer camp, where Ingenito was a founder and director, also offers a scholarship in his honor.

 

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Sunnyside street named in honor of Sandy Hook victim


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THE COURIER/ Photo by Angy Altamirano

Sandy Hook victim Benjamin Wheeler’s name will live on forever next to the No. 7 train he loved to ride and the Sunnyside street where the world got its first look at him.

Ben, 6, originally from Sunnyside, was one of the 20 children who were killed in the gunfire at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut in December 2012. On September 7, he was honored and celebrated during a ceremony to co-name the intersection of 41st Street and Queens Boulevard “Benjamin Wheeler Place.” Ben’s older brother, Nate, unveiled the sign.

“It’s really special that we rename this street ‘Benjamin Wheeler Place’ and the No. 7 train will go back and forth, back and forth and it will be a very beautiful thing,” said Councilmember Jimmy Van Bramer. “They moved to Connecticut but the love they left behind still is so incredibly strong in the community.”

Family, friends and local officials gathered wearing green, Ben’s favorite color, at the corner of 41st Street, where he lived with his parents and brother. His parents, Francine and David, lived in Sunnyside until Ben was seven months old when they decided to move to Newtown.

“We are so incredibly grateful for the chance to thank our former Sunnyside neighbors whom we are very, very lucky enough to still call friends for their love and for their support in the months immediately following last December,” said David. “You quite literally have kept us standing.”

In honor of Ben’s love for The Beatles, Congressmember Joseph Crowley sang “Here Comes the Sun” to the family.

“Nothing more fitting that we can do [today], than honor Benjamin and the entire Wheeler family by naming the street on which he spent his first day and first months, so that we will always remember the valuable contribution that they have made and their love for Sunnyside,” said State Senator Michael Gianaris.

Francine was one of the founding member of Sunnymoms, a collective of local parents who share recipes, baby sitter recommendations and parenting tips. In February, Sunnymoms organized a fundraiser and concert for the Wheeler family to honor Ben’s memory and raise money for the family.

“Ben was six, he had just learned how to tie his shoes, that was his major accomplishment but frankly he hadn’t really perfected that either,” said David. “The sign will show us where we can eventually go as people. It is up to us to make our schools, our malls, our offices, our parks, our street corners safer for children everywhere.”

 

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More bike lanes coming to western Queens


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THE COURIER/Photo by Mike DiBartolomeo

The wheels are turning in the right direction for one community’s push to get more bike lanes.

At a recent Community Board (CB5) Transportation Committee meeting, the Department of City Planning (DCP) revealed a list of streets that could have bike lanes in place by early 2014.

The DCP is looking to add six potential new routes to the area and streets that are under consideration are Eliot Avenue, Juniper Boulevard South, Central Avenue, Cooper Avenue, Woodward Avenue, Onderdonk Avenue, 80th Street and 69th Street.

Currently, there are a few lanes in the district, which encompasses Maspeth, Ridgewood, Middle Village and Glendale, but hardly any at all that connect the bike-friendly neighborhoods surrounding the district to the north in Sunnyside and Long Island City, and parts of northern Brooklyn.

Map courtesy of DOT

“If you look at the bike map right now there is a big hole where Community Board 5 is,” said Donald Passantino, a member of the CB 5 Transportation Committee and an avid bike rider. “Part of this is that these [lanes] are supposed to connect with other neighborhoods.”

The board requested new lanes throughout the community last year through the Department of Transportation (DOT). The request was then turned over to City Planning, which has been assessing streets that the community recommended for new bike lanes.

Now the DCP will review bike planning practices with the DOT and continue to analyze the most practical streets for lanes, and then in the coming weeks meet with the community again to get additional input, according to a DCP representative.

“The real advantage of bike lanes more than anything else is that they calm traffic,” Passantino said. “The [street] looks narrower, which forces cars to drive slower and cuts down on deaths.”

City Planning will meet with the community board members again this month to talk about potential lanes.

Community Board 5 Bike Lane Street Design Presentation

 

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Star of Queens: Janet McCreesh, president, Broadway-Flushing Homeowners Association


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COMMUNITY SERVICE: Janet McCreesh serves as the president of the Broadway-Flushing Homeowners Association, which serves to unite and encourage all homeowners and residents to improve and maintain the community. In addition to her duties as president, McCreesh is also an executive assistant for a construction company in New York City. McCreesh is the mother of four children, and volunteers for the alumni association at their school, St. Andrew Avellino.

BACKGROUND: McCreesh has lived in Queens her whole life. Born and raised in Sunnyside, she attended school at St. Teresa’s in Woodside and later attended St. John’s University. For the last 16 years, McCreesh and her family have lived in North Flushing.

FAVORITE MEMORY: “My favorite memory was when City Planning wanted to upzone Northern Boulevard to allow buildings up to a height of six stories. I had been mostly uninvolved in the community and got together with some friends and we were able to get over 600 signatures on a petition to the city requesting they not change the zoning on Northern Boulevard,” explained McCreesh. “When the executive staff of the BFHA found out what we were doing they contacted me and they explained that we were going about it all wrong.  After that meeting the plan changed and we were able to negotiate with City Planning. Even though they changed the zoning, it was such a minor change that the community remained low density with low building heights.  It was a great success for our community and I realized people do make a difference,” said McCreesh. 

BIGGEST CHALLENGE: McCreesh says that her biggest challenge has been educating homeowners about the Rickert Finlay covenant that is attached to their deeds. “One of the most important ones is no fences within 20 feet of the property line.  The original developers of our neighborhood intended it to have open streetscapes with a suburban feel,” explained McCreesh. “We send newsletters and have regular meetings but there is always a greedy developer/individual lurking in the background trying to make a profit by subdividing lots (which is not permitted) just to get two houses and double their profits.”

INSPIRATION: “My inspiration has been the members of the Broadway-Flushing Homeowners Association,” said McCreesh. “I have never met a more passionate and hardworking group of people who volunteer their time, money and energy for the sole purpose of protecting and maintaining our beautiful community.”

 MELISSA FERRARI

 

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Sunnyside arson suspect charged


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Photo courtesy of NYPD

ANGY ALTAMIRANO AND CRISTABELLE TUMOLA

Police have arrested a man for allegedly setting a former councilmember’s vehicle on fire in Sunnyside over the weekend.

Devon Page, 22, has also been charged in connection to four other arson incidents within about a block from the car blaze and from Page’s own home, according to authorities. He allegedly set four trash fires in the vicinity of 49th and 50th streets and 39th Avenue.

All five fires were discovered around 5 a.m. There were no injuries reported.

Johnny Flores, 22, would has lived next door to Page for 10 years was surprised when he heard Page had been arrested for the fires.

“He seemed like a good kid,” said Flores. “I know he’s not like that.”

Gregory Conroy, 21, has known Page for three years and said he was always playing with lighters and fire but he never thought Page would commit any crimes.

“He didn’t seem that irrational to go burn a car especially close to where he lives,” said Conroy. “He was a really nice guy.”

The SUV reportedly belonged to Councilmember Eric Gioia, but police have said there is “no specific evidence” that Gioia’s vehicle was a target.

According to Gioia, he woke up on Sunday morning to a large thump noise which him and his wife thought had been one of their children. As he opened his son’s bedroom door to check on the noise  he saw large flames outside of the window. Gioia and his wife, who was six months pregnant, rushed out of their house with their three children.

The windows on the Gioia’s house were cracked and their front outdoor patio received some damages as well.

“This could have been far worse, we feel incredibly lucky, blessed and grateful.” said Gioia. “We certainly feel happy that it’s all over.”

Before setting fire to the car, Page allegedly also began a fire on 51st Street at Donato’s Restaurant & Pizzeria. According to surveillance cameras at the restaurant, Oswaldo Calle, owner of Donato’s, said Page set fire to his garbage can and the outdoor sidewalk partitions.

“It’s a quiet neighborhood, this never happens,” said Calle. “I was happy I had the cameras. Now we can sleep in peace.”

 

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Queens’ Morning Roundup


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TODAY’S FORECAST 

Monday: Overcast with a chance of a thunderstorm and a chance of rain in the afternoon. High of 79. Winds from the WSW at 5 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 20%. Monday night: Partly cloudy. Low of 70F. Winds from the West at 5 to 10 mph.

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Cops searching for Sunnyside arson suspect


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Photos and video courtesy of NYPD

Police are looking for a suspect who allegedly set an ex-councilmember’s car on fire in Sunnyside.

The SUV, a 2007 Mercury Mariner, was discovered on fire near 49th Street and 39th Avenue around 5 a.m. on Sunday, said authorities. Several trash fires were also found within about a block of the car blaze.

The vehicle belonged to former Councilmember Eric Gioia, according to published reports. Police said there was “no specific evidence” that Goia’s vehicle was a target.

There were no injuries reported, said cops.

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

 

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Citi Bike share program headed to Astoria


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THE COURIER/Photo by Cristabelle Tumola

Citi Bike is coming to Astoria.

Although the Department of Transportation (DOT) has yet to set a timetable as to when the Citi Bike share program will be coming into Queens, Senator Michael Gianaris has announced he has worked with the DOT to include Astoria in the future plans.

“Citi Bike will be a great addition to Astoria, which has a growing cycling community and is already one of the most bike-friendly neighborhoods in the city,” said Gianaris.

Astoria now joins Long Island City and Sunnyside as future locations in the borough for the Citi Bike share program.

Long Island City was supposed to be part of the Citi Bike’s initial phase which debuted in May but was pushed back after equipment damages from Superstorm Sandy caused a delay.

The DOT previously told The Courier that although the expansion into Long Island City was delayed, it is working to bring the Citi Bike stations to the neighborhood as soon as possible. “Bike share will allow people to enjoy the neighborhood in a fun and healthy way and will help people more easily travel around western Queens, an area in dire need of better mass transit,” said Gianaris.

 

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Tantalizing Turkish for under $10


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Photos by Bradley Hawks

It is a storefront you would walk past hundreds of times without noticing.  The clean white-table clothed interior is equally unassuming.  But the lunchtime crowds at Turkish Grill on Queens Boulevard are not simply there because of the $8.95 lunch special that includes a starter, entrée and soft drink.  The Mediterranean cuisine here is straightforward, fresh, and some of the most delicious in the neighborhood.  But yes, there is the incredible lunch special, which is difficult to pass up.

For starters, choose from a shepherd’s salad of cubed tomatoes, onions, cucumbers, peppers and parsley tossed in a light vinaigrette, or perhaps lentil soup, smoky babaganush or patlican salatasi (eggplant puree or salad), creamy hummus, lebni (dill yogurt with walnuts and garlic) or a generous portion of piyaz (white bean salad).  The tabouleh salad is crisp and cool, with specks of bulgur and shredded scallions and parsley in olive oil.  The dishes here are loaded with bright flavors that are refreshingly light on the stomach.

Entrée options include classic Turkish kebabs, from paprika-rich lamb adana, to herbed chicken, lamb doner shaved from the spit, cubed lamb shish kebabs, to ground lamb kofte—each accompanied with rice, grilled peppers, and pickled cabbage and onions.  Sandwich versions of each (without the appetizer and drink) are also available at lunch for just $5.

If you want to stray from the prix fixe, add an appetizer for the table or crave a beautiful vegetarian option, the mixed appetizer is a fantastic dip sampler, with generous portions of Lebini, humus, eggplant salad, Tabuleh, eggplant with sauce and Piyaz.

Other recommended add-ons include a Lahmacun for $3.75—a Turkish “pizza” with ground lamb and chopped vegetables, ideal for sharing.  The pide are also delicious, like pastry boats filled with Turkish kashar cheese and your choice of filling (go for the sucuklu with sliced Turkish sausage and mozzarella).

An entrée worthy of deviating from the lunch special is the Karides Guvec, a shrimp casserole loaded with mushrooms and vegetables, baked with a bubbling brown crust of cheese, and served with rice.

For dessert, the baklava is superb, and certain to satiate your sweet tooth.  Kunefe is also exceptional, a disc of molten cheese sandwiched between layers of shredded phyllo, drizzled with sweet warm syrup, and dusted with walnuts. Custard-lovers will enjoy a slice of kazan dibi, like Turkish flan with a caramelized top.

Come initially for the great deal and a fine introduction to Turkish cuisine at a reasonable price.

Return to explore the menu, and venture into some of the neighborhood’s tastiest Turkish cuisine.

Turkish Grill
42-03 Queens Boulevard, Sunnyside
718-392-3838
Open daily from 11 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.

BRADLEY HAWKS

 

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$250,000 to prevent pigeon poop under No. 7 train


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THE COURIER/ Photos by Benjamin Fang

Sunnyside and Woodside residents and commuters will soon be able to walk under the No. 7 train without having to dodge pigeon poop.

After hearing concerns from residents, Councilmember Jimmy Van Bramer announced he has allocated $250,000 in funding to install “state-of-the-art pigeon mitigation systems” along the No. 7 line at 46th Street-Bliss in Sunnyside, 52nd Street-Lincoln Avenue in Woodside and 61st Street-Woodside.

“Pigeon poop isn’t a joke,” said Van Bramer. “It is something that is terribly disgusting. It makes our neighborhood look unattractive and it is also a health hazard.”

The new alleviation systems, which will take three months to be fully installed, will include the addition of thin wiring and netting in nearby areas to the subway entrances, and installment of nylon spikes and angled edges on the ledges. New ultrasonic devices will also be installed releasing hawks’ and other predatory birds’ sounds that keep pigeons away but are silent to humans.

Chad Coleman, a Sunnyside resident, said the spikes will work as long as they are maintained well. He also said pigeons and rats flock to the area because people leave food around.

“Deterring pigeons from these areas will make a huge impact on the cleanliness of the spaces under the train, and will be a huge step forward to transform these spaces into true public places for pedestrians,” said Rachel Thieme, executive director of Sunnyside Shines Business Improvement District.

Additional reporting by Benjamin Fang

 

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Local bars, restaurants donate $3K to Sunnyside FDNY


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Photo courtesy of Melissa Navia/Sunnyside’s Boulevard Bars

Firefighters at the 51st Street Fire Station in Sunnyside will now be able to get extra training thanks to a donation from a group of local bars and restaurants.

On July 25, Sunnyside’s Boulevard Bars, a group of 10 bars and restaurants on and around Queens Boulevard, presented Engine 325/Ladder 163 of the 51st Street Fire Station with a $3,000 check.

The money was raised in March through the Leary Firefighters Foundation during the group’s Irish Music Festival. The event, sponsored by Guinness, featured live Irish music at the participating bars.

Actor Denis Leary started the Leary Firefighters Foundation in 2000 to raise funds for fire departments to get the best equipment, technology and training.

“Such enthusiastic support from everyone in the community made it possible for us to present Engine 325/Ladder 163 with a check for $3,000 that will go toward helping the firefighters with their training at the firehouse,” said Melissa Navia, writer and social media manager for Sunnyside’s Boulevard Bars.

Jim Duff, captain of Ladder Company 163, said the money will help build a bailout wall in the firehouse’s backyard, where firefighters will be able to practice jumping out of windows using a personal safety system.

Members of Sunnyside’s Boulevard Bars include The Courtyard, Bar 43, Maggie Mae’s, PJ Horgan’s, Sidetracks, Arriba Arriba, Bliss Street Station, McGuinness Pub, Molly Bloom’s and The Gaslight.

“Sunnyside’s Boulevard Bars was created out of a desire by local bar and restaurant owners to engage the neighborhood through year-round events and give back to organizations in the area whenever possible,” said Navia.

All the money raised at the group’s next event, the Halfway to St. Patrick’s Day Music Festival on September 7, will go towards the Sunnyside/Woodside Boys & Girls Club.

 

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Woodside street co-named after beloved community member Lou Rispoli


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THE COURIER/ Photos by Angy Altamirano

Louis Rispoli will always be remembered as a great husband, friend, mentor and important member of the Woodside community.

Rispoli, who was attacked in October 2012 in Sunnyside and died at Elmhurst Hospital Center days later, was honored and celebrated on July 27 during a ceremony to co-name 51st Street and 43rd Avenue “Louis Rispoli Way.”

“It’s so important to continuously recognize people who were special, people who were very important to our neighborhood, even if they weren’t famous,” said Councilmember Jimmy Van Bramer, a friend of Rispoli and his husband. “Lou meant so much to 51st Street. Lou meant so much to Woodside.”

Family, friends and local officials gathered at John Downing Square, one of Rispoli’s favorite spots, located in front of the home he shared with his husband of 32 years, Danyal Lawson.

“Everyone knew him and they loved him,” said Lawson. “He loved it here and I know he would be so proud to see his name on the street. In some ways, since Lou moved to Queens, this has always been Louis Rispoli Way, but now everyone knows it.”

During the ceremony, two sisters who Rispoli mentored performed a duet and another girl sang the song from the couple’s wedding day.

Rispoli was known for making everyone laugh and bringing joy to the lives of those close to him. He met

Van Bramer at a house party several years ago and later volunteered with Van Bramer’s 2009 campaign for City Council.

He also enjoyed frequenting many local restaurants and stores including Nunziato’s Florist, whose owner knew both Rispoli and his husband for over 25 years.

“For 25 years it was never just Lou or just Danyal, it was Lou and Danyal, and that goes for today,” said Mike Gioia, owner of Nunziato’s Florist.

He provided an arrangement for the ceremony with the words “Everbest,” which was how Rispoli signed off in letters.

“Lou and Danyal is truly the Louis Rispoli Way,” Gioia added.

There have been no arrests in connection with Rispoli’s death and the investigation is ongoing.

“This shows to Lou, who is up there, but also to the world, that we’ll never forget him,” said Van Bramer.

“We’ll never rest, we’ll never stop fighting for justice for Louis Rispoli.”

 

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Update: Two wanted in 10 Queens, Manhattan armed robberies


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Photos courtesy of NYPD

Cops are searching for two men suspected in 10 store robberies around Queens and Manhattan.

The thefts, seven of which took place in the Queens neighborhoods of Woodside, Astoria, Sunnyside, Elmhurst, Flushing and Woodhaven, occurred between May, 11 and July 25, according to police.

The businesses the men allegedly robbed include Woodside Liquors & Wines on Woodside Avenue, Shorna Variety and Grocery on 48th Street, Desai Convenience store on 43rd Avenue, a Gulf Gas Station on the Horace Harding Expressway, Beverage Depot on Northern Boulevard, M&N Deli Grocery on Atlantic Avenue and the Dhaka Mini Market on Grand Avenue.

In each incident, the suspects, one armed with a gun, entered the store and demanded money. There were no reported injuries during the robberies.

Th first suspect is described as Hispanic, 6 feet tall and 180 to 200 pounds. The second suspect is Hispanic, six feet tall, 180 to 190 pounds and has a tattoo on his left forearm.

Police have released a photo of the vehicle they fled in during the latest robbery at the Dhaka Mini Market, at 85-42 Grand Avenue, around 4:40 p.m., Thursday.

The min-van has front end passenger side damage and different wheel rims on the front and back passenger side wheels.

Updated, Saturday, July 27 

 

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