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Graphic by Jay Lane
Graphic by Jay Lane

Mob rap for wiseguy in name only

A longtime restaurateur has filed an $8 million lawsuit against the city and the Queens District Attorney’s Office, claiming he was wrongly accused of being involved in a mob-run gambling ring because he has a common Italian name. “The other guys told the detectives that I was the wrong Cono, and they didn’t listen,” said Cono Natale Jr., owner of the since-shuttered Cono & Sons O’Pescatore Restaurant in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, who filed the suit in Queens Supreme Court. Read More: New York Post


Woman slams driver by hanging ‘Tony Q69’ fliers along his Queens bus route

A scorned straphanger who claims a married Queens bus driver hit on her has spent months letting the whole neighborhood know just how she feels about him, plastering his Q69 Astoria route with fliers addressed to the “womanizer bastard.” The mystery lady doesn’t identify herself in the typewritten, boldfaced missives, but has plenty of ammo for “Mr. One Night Stand,” whom she also calls “Tony Q69.” “No one wants you Tony!!!!!” she writes. “You are so full of yourself.” Read More: New York Post


Two Vintage Queens Carousels Get New Operators In Time For Summer

Two vintage carousels in Queens have stayed idle for years, the Forest Park carousel and the Flushing Meadows Corona Park carousel, now have new operators for the summer season, thanks to the Parks Department. Read More: NY1


Dog Owners Hit The Park To Raise Money For Strays

New Yorkers laced up their sneakers Saturday to raise money for homeless animals at the fourth annual Walk for Paws in Alley Pond Park in Queens. The nonprofit recently acquired a shelter in Freeport, Long Island, so the group can help even more animals, but volunteers say it needs a lot of work. Read More: NY1


Queens crime inching up as grand larcenies spike boroughwide

Queens has seen a significant jump in grand larcenies in the first four months of 2012, police statistics show. The high-end thefts were up 12% boroughwide as perpetrators continue to steal gadgets including iPhones and iPads at an alarming rate, according to NYPD statistics through April 22. Meanwhile, total reported complaints of major crimes have seen a 3% uptick boroughwide compared to 2011, numbers show. Read More: Daily News

Brooklyn boy, 12, crushed to death while playing on parking lot gate

A 12-year-old Brooklyn boy playing “chicken” on a parking lot gate was crushed to death Sunday when the gate rose and his arm became stuck, police and witnesses said. Yakim McDaniels, horsing around with five other children, climbed onto the 20-foot iron electronic gate at Lott Ave. near Watkins St. in Brownsville, family and witnesses said. “It’s a game. Kids are always on that gate,” said neighbor Anthony Figueroa. “They play chicken to see who can hang on the longest.” Read More: Daily News