Category Archives: Feature

Cop of the Month Thwarts Thief, Gets Gun off 106th Precinct Streets

With one arrest, the 106th Precinct Cop of the Month for November stopped a robbery in progress and took an illegal handgun off the street. According to Dep. Inspector Jeffrey Schiff, the commanding officer of the 106th Precinct, veteran Police Officer Andres Gonzalez and Sgt. Joseph Mascia were in plainclothes, working Anticrime in an unmarked vehicle when the radio chirped about a 911 call regarding a possible burglary at a private residence on Lefferts Boulevard. Gonzalez and Mascia responded to … Continue reading

Mayor Signs Bills into Law

Mayor Bill de Blasio last week signed into law Intro 361-A, in relation to shelter eligibility, Intros 493-A, in relation to voter registration, and Intro 216-B, in relation to accessible pedestrian signals. Intro 361-A requires the Department of Homeless Services to grant a presumption of eligibility for applicants to the shelter systems who are exiting Human Resources Administration domestic violence shelters.  The legislation allows, by granting a presumption of eligibility, a smoother and quicker transition to permanent housing for New … Continue reading

Goldfeder ‘Deeply Disappointed’ with Funding of QueensWay Park Proposal

An area elected official this week said he was “deeply disappointed” with the state Regional Economic Development Council’s recent decision to grant funding for the QueensWay park proposal on the Rockaway Beach Rail Line right-of-way, but vowed to continue the fight to reactivate the abandoned line. Reacting to last Thursday’s news that the Trust for Public Land, a national non-profit organization working to create parks, had been tapped by the REDC to receive more than $443,000 to design the first … Continue reading

Travel Guide Names Queens the Top Destination for 2015

Citing a new crop of microbreweries, boutique hotels, a reinvigorated Rockaway seaside and global food culture, The Lonely Planet travel publisher recently named Queens the best travel destination in the U.S. for 2015. “We’ve had our eye on Queens for a while and have watched it become an exciting destination for travelers,” said Rana Friedman, who heads marketing for the Oakland, Calif.-based Lonely Planet. “Queens’ neighborhoods can be explored for days on end and the borough is one of the … Continue reading

Six-Car Crash in Woodhaven Leaves Nine Injured

Vincent Leone has just come out of the woods after spending several days in critical condition at Jamaica Hospital Medical Center following a massive, six-car accident on Woodhaven Boulevard near Atlantic Avenue last Saturday evening. The 51-year-old Ozone Park resident was one of nine people who suffered injuries as result of the crash, which occurred around 6:15 p.m. on the northbound side of the boulevard. A source who was on the scene within minutes of the accident said he observed … Continue reading


The Greater Woodhaven Development Corporation celebrated this week after two perpetrators who allegedly stole the wreath and American flag from the World War II monument at the Forest Parkway Plaza in the hear of Woodhaven were apprehended. The group spread the news via Facebook and issued a press release to express their thanks to all who helped with the apprehension, as well as dismay over the fact that the alleged bandits are residents of Woodhaven. GWDC commended the 102nd Precinct … Continue reading

Community Leader Continues to Deliver for Diabetes Research

Joe Mure is in demand. It’s a windy, bitter-cold December evening in Neponsit Beach. Steps from the sprawling brick corner home where Mure hangs his hat, thousands of parents and children of all ages mill about the street, some with their gaze fixed on the brightly lit stage in the middle of the intersection, others on his home, which has been transformed into its own holiday attraction, as it has been every year for the past two decades. “Joe Mure … Continue reading

Unconventional Holiday Shopping

Does the notion of taking a trip to the mall to do your holiday shopping give you the heebie jeebies? Are there people on your gift list who seemingly have it all? Shopping for gifts can be a challenge at any time of the year, but around the holidays, it’s downright exhausting. That’s why it can be helpful to start your shopping earlier in the year (and during after-Christmas sales is not too early!) and to expand your horizons when … Continue reading

Thousands Flock to Little North Pole in Rockaway

Nearly three thousand revelers last Sunday night bundled up and descended on Beach 144th Street and Neponsit Avenue for the 19th Annual Little North Pole spectacular to benefit the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. Community leader Joe Mure produces the event each year with the help of dozens of volunteers. Originally scheduled for Saturday, the 2014 edition of LNP was postponed until Sunday due to inclement weather. Hosted by radio personalities Joe Causi and Goumba Johnny, last weekend’s blowout built on … Continue reading

De Blasio Unveils $130M Criminal Justice Action Plan

Fresh on the heels of glowing CompStat reports that indicated that the city just experienced the safest August through November period since modern crime statistics begin in 1993, Mayor Bill de Blasio this week released the report of his Task Force on Behavioral Health and the Criminal Justice System, which he called “a comprehensive roadmap to continue to drive down crime while also reducing the number of people with behavioral health issues needlessly cycling through the criminal justice system.” The $130 … Continue reading

Despite Efforts, Rescued Rottweiler Ultimately Euthanized

Dasher, the resilient Rottweiler who survived being tossed from a moving car in Ridgewood, was humanely put down late last week by veterinarians at the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Hospital in Manhattan. The 7-year-old female was rescued the night of the incident two weeks ago by good Samaritans and city firefighters. A “Bring Dasher Home” fundraiser, co-sponsored by K9-Korral Dog Run, was held last Wednesday night at historic Neir’s Tavern in Woodhaven, and a crowdfunding … Continue reading

CB 9 Executive Committee Meeting Reveals Rift

A meeting of the Executive Committee of Community Board 9 on Tuesday evening at Borough Hall devolved into an emotional back-and-forth that revealed a rift in the organization’s hierarchy, and frayed relationships between long-time board members. The internal conflict began shortly after Chairman Ralph Gonzalez turned the committee’s attention toward conflict of interest issues. In addressing possible COI issues, Gonzalez, reading from a document he penned, called into question the actions of board members Rabbi Daniel Pollack, who was not … Continue reading

House Explosion Rocks South Ozone Park Block

A Thanksgiving-day home explosion rocked a South Ozone Park block, sending one person to the hospital with serious burns, according to the city Fire Department. An FDNY spokesman said the 911 call for a possible explosion at a two-story private residence on 108th Street came in around 1:45 p.m. Officials determined that a gas explosion had occurred in the rear setback portion of the property. Approximately 12 units and 60 firefighters responded, with one patient being transported with serious burns … Continue reading

City Marks Safest August — November Period in Modern Crime-Statistics Era

Following his landslide election victory a little over year ago, Mayor Bill de Blasio pledged to improve police-community relations across the city, which he believed had been frayed, in part, by an overzealous Bloomberg administration that relied too much on the tactic known as Stop, Question and Frisk. And De Blasio said he knew the perfect man for the job—former NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton. It seems that that choice has paid large dividends in the administration’s first year. De Blasio … Continue reading

Goldfeder Pushes Port Authority, Gets Noise Monitors

In a continuing effort to effectively monitor noise caused by planes flying in and out of JFK Airport, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey has agreed to install additional sound monitors in Bayswater and Broad Channel, Queens.  Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder (D-Ozone Park) was aggressive in his pursuit of these monitors and wrote a letter to the FAA and Port Authority in September. Beyond the additional monitors, the Port Authority offers a tracking system on its website, so … Continue reading