Category Archives: Neighborhoods

Cops Hunt Suspect Allegedly Tied to Commercial Burglaries; Auto Offenses Drive up Crime Statistics in 106th Precinct

Police are seeking the public’s assistance in tracking down a homegrown burglary suspect wanted in connection with two recent high-profile incidents on Cross Bay Boulevard. Hamilton Beach native Keith Kolm, 25, is wanted for his role in ripping out an automated teller machine from a Key Food store in the early morning hours of April 6. Investigators also believe that Kolm had a hand in cracking open an ATM and removing the safe from a KFC restaurant last Sunday. “Is … Continue reading

Community Goes All In for Autism Awareness at Poker Tournament

Dozens of poker players, from card-shark pros to naïve novices, rode the river last Friday night in Ozone Park in a Texas Hold ‘Em tournament sponsored by The Forum to benefit the New York Families for Autistic Children Foundation. Held at the Ozone Howard Little League clubhouse, the successful Texas Hold ‘Em tournament raised nearly $3,000 for the Cross Bay Boulevard organization which develops and institutes programs, services and training materials for families and professionals working with children diagnosed with … Continue reading

Conservation Group Leads Latest Cleanup of Charles Park Playground

The Charles Park Conservation Society last Saturday led a group of roughly 50 volunteers in an effort to spruce up the green space’s playground. The CPCS sponsored the 9 a.m. to noon cleanup session, which also featured a large contingent of area Boy Scouts. Dr. Joseph Campisi, CPCS president, indicated that Charles Park is an approved site for Scouts in Park Day. Greenthumbs trimmed overgrown bushes, while broken tree limbs were hustled off into waiting vehicles. Playground facilities, such as … Continue reading

Long-Abandoned House has Prospective Buyer, but Process Lags

A Howard Beach house that some say has been abandoned for the better part of a decade actually has a prospective buyer waiting in the wings—but the process seems to be in real-estate limbo. The exterior of the 92nd Street building shows significant signs of neglect and disrepair, and an official 8.5” x 11” document taped to the front door indicates that “the property inspector has determined this property is no longer occupied, appears vacant or has been abandoned. This … Continue reading

Katz Says South Ozone Park Needs Schools, Not Prisons; Opposes Proposed Location of Juvenile Detention Facility

Queens Borough President Melinda Katz this week weighed in on the controversial proposed juvenile detention center slated to open in the middle of a residential South Ozone Park, saying such communities “need schools, not prisons.” The limited secure placement facility, which would be housed in a newly constructed building on 127th Street, is part of the Administration for Children’s Services Close to Home initiative, which allows youth found to have committed a delinquent act to be placed by the city … Continue reading

Cop Arrested for Assaulting Woman

An off-duty city police officer last weekend was arrested for assaulting a woman who allegedly spat in his face, according to an NYPD spokeswoman and published reports. David Rodriguez, 35, was cuffed last Saturday evening by 102nd Precinct cops in Ozone Park and charged with assault after he allegedly punched the victim in the face, “causing bleeding and substantial pain,” the spokeswoman said. Cops indicated that Rodriguez, who was arraigned on Sunday, did not know the woman. Officials did not … Continue reading

CB 9 Pens Letter to DCP Opposing Rezoning Document

Community Board 9 this week sent a letter to the Department of City Planning indicating that it “has overwhelmingly voted to oppose the recently circulated ‘Zoning for Quality and Affordability’ Scoping Document.” The board, which represents the communities of Woodhaven, Ozone Park, Richmond Hill and Kew Gardens, attached a statement to the missive detailing the reasoning behind the decision. “Our current zoning is not at all ‘outdated,’ but is actually the result of painstaking efforts within the last 10 years … Continue reading

All American Bagel & Barista Company Opens in Lindenwood

The All American Bagel & Barista Company opened on Saturday in the Lindenwood Shopping Plaza with crowds of well wishers stopping by to say hi to the new owners  and sample some of what seems to have everyone in the community talking about. The store replaces the ill-fated Tuscany Deli which shut down several months ago. Rob Pisani, who currently operates All American Deli and Rocco’s Pizzeria and  is the former owner of Bayview Restaurant and Rock ’n’ Roll Deli, … Continue reading

Residents Urged to Attend Final Greenway Workshop

With the May 13 date of the final Jamaica Bay Greenway Project workshop fast approaching, an analyst for the plan on Tuesday urged area residents to attend the event and provide feedback. “This is probably the most important of the three meetings,” said Sanjay Seth, a Regional Plan Association research analyst, “because this is about the Draft [Implementation] Plan.” Seth delivered his remarks at the April meeting of the Howard Beach-Lindenwood Civic at St. Helen Catholic Academy. The project focuses on … Continue reading

Hit and Run Driver Nabbed

An unidentified motorcyclist from Ozone Park was struck and critically injured by a hit and run driver on Saturday evening shortly after 10 p.m., while travelling north on Woodhaven Blvd. The 35-year-old, male, Hispanic was rushed to Jamaica Hospital where he was admitted for multiple injuries, the most serious of those to his leg. Police were able to obtain a description and license plate number from a Good Samaritan who followed the SUV after the accident. The address corresponding with … Continue reading

Subway Historian Visits Richmond Hill Historical Society

City subway historian Joe Raskin last Friday delivered a lecture and slide presentation based on his 2013 tome, “The Routes not Taken: A Trip Through New York City’s Unbuilt Subway System,” during an open meeting of The Richmond Hill Historical Society at the Leonard Center on 112th Street. Raskin, a retired Metropolitan Transportation Authority assistant director of Government and Community Relations, is also an accomplished photographer.

Bowling for Autism

This past Saturday at Cozy Bowl Lanes, the Girl Scouts of NYFAC had their 1st Annual Bowlathon for Autism to raise money for the NYFAC foundation.  The Girls had an amazing time as well as raising money for a Great cause.

Jamaica Avenue Commerce Conditions Frustrate Some Residents

Some Woodhaven residents in recent weeks have expressed frustration with the current business conditions of Jamaica Avenue—specifically the proliferation of 99-cent stores, delis and the perception of vacancies along the historic commercial strip. In order to address these and any other concerns with the thoroughfare, the Woodhaven Residents’ Block Association last Saturday featured Woodhaven Business Improvement District Executive Director Maria Thomson as the guest speaker at the civic’s monthly meeting. Thomson, who is also a long-time member of Community Board … Continue reading

Community Takes S. Ozone Park Juvenile Jail Operator to Court

A south Queens community came together several months ago, united in its cause to fend off what it has characterized as an intruder. On Tuesday, that community took its fight to court. The South Ozone Park Civic Association West and three neighborhood residents on Tuesday filed a class action complaint against both the owner and the prospective operator of a proposed Administration for Children’s Services juvenile justice facility associated with its Close to Home program. According to the complaint, KAD … Continue reading

Howard Beach Toddler Now on Heart Transplant List; Valentina, 2, Back in The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia

A stricken Howard Beach toddler is now a candidate for a heart transplant following complications from her April 7 open-heart surgery to replace a leaky valve, the girl’s mother told The Forum this week. Valentina Allen, 2, was born with hypoplastic left heart syndrome, a rare congenital defect marked by a severely underdeveloped left ventricle. Valentina, who lives with mom Danielle, dad Ryan, and older sister Victoria, underwent her first open-heart surgery when she was just three days old. The … Continue reading