Category Archives: Glendale

Ozone Park Teen Allegedly Lured Man into Murder Trap

An Ozone Park girl this week was remanded into custody after she was charged with first-degree manslaughter for her alleged role in the shooting death of a man on a Glendale street early Sunday morning, according to authorities and published reports. Jordan Paulino, 17, was additionally arraigned Monday night on one count of second-degree hindering prosecution and one count of conspiracy in the fourth degree. Paulino was allegedly sitting in the passenger seat of Jordan Santos’s Lexus SUV when a … Continue reading

Simon Property Group Eyes Queens Center and Atlas Park

Despite the fact that large-scale shopping malls have generally struggled to find customers in recent years, two major Queens retail destinations—the Queens Center Mall in Elmhurst and The Shops at Atlas Park in Glendale; both Macerich Company-owned properties—have maintained a steady rate of progress. The retail successes have not gone unnoticed. The Simon Property Group, widely recognized as the top mall owner/operator in the country, with annual retail sales topping $60 billion, last week made an unsolicited, or “hostile” bid, … Continue reading

Maspeth Man Pleads Guilty to Burglaries

A Maspeth man last week pleaded guilty to one count of second-degree burglary and will serve a six-year prison sentence stemming from his participation in a series of residential break-ins last February, including one in which a box containing the cremated remains of an Ozone Park resident’s mother was stolen, according to Queens District Attorney Richard Brown. Randolph Ardila, 30, who has been held on Rikers Island in lieu of $150,000 bail since his arrest in February, formally entered a … Continue reading

Cops and Communities Come Together in Glendale to Honor Slain Detective

Tens of thousands of mourners last Saturday morning turned out in Glendale to pay their last respects to a city police officer who along with his partner was gunned down in Brooklyn on Dec. 20. City cops, community members and law enforcement officials from across the country packed Christ Tabernacle Church and surrounding streets for the funeral of Rafael Ramos, 40, who was posthumously promoted to detective first grade by NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton. Ramos and his partner, Wenjian Liu, … Continue reading

Glendale Man Charged with Making Death Threats to Cops

A Glendale man this week remained on Rikers Island on $500,000 bail following his Christmas Day arraignment on multiple counts of criminal possession of a weapon, aggravated harassment and other charges after he was allegedly overheard telling someone that he was going to kill police officers and a cache of guns, ammunition and bulletproof vests were found in his home, according to Queens District Attorney Richard Brown. Elvin Payamps, 38, of Edsall Avenue, was overheard talking on a cell phone … Continue reading

New MTA Report Calls for Expansion of City Rail Capacity

A recently released Metropolitan Transportation Authority Reinvention Commission report calls for the “aggressive expansion” of the city’s rail capacity through means including the reactivation of unused rail rights-of-way. And Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder (D-Howard Beach) this week seized on the development as support for the reactivation of the abandoned Rockaway Beach Rail Line. The report recommends seven strategies for improving transportation in the city. Among these is the recommendation for expansion of the existing transit system to meet the needs of … Continue reading

Goldfeder Calls on Cuomo to Use Part of Surplus on Rail Line

Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder (D-Ozone Park) this week ramped up efforts to help fund the revitalization of the defunct Rockaway Beach Rail Line by penning a letter to Gov. Andrew Cuomo, urging him to direct a portion of the $5 billion in state dollars from the budget surplus, created by settlements and fines from major financial firms, to restore the line. Last week, Goldfeder helped detail the findings of a Queens College study that surveyed thousands of residents and researched available … Continue reading

Addabbo, Jr. Seeking Fourth Term in State Senate

With the midterm elections less than a week away, state Sen. Joe Addabbo, Jr. (D-Howard Beach) is hoping that he can turn his three-term run in the 15th District into an even four. Addabbo, 50, who served seven years on the City Council before being elected to the Senate in 2008, has the decided advantage of name recognition over his relatively unknown GOP challenger, Rego Park resident Michael Conigliaro, who was urged to run against Addabbo by City Councilman Eric … Continue reading

Pols, Advocates Call on MTA to Bring Bus Rapid Transit to Borough

With the push for a permanent Rockaway ferry still dominating the south Queens transportation conversation, elected officials and transit advocacy groups this week rallied on the steps of City Hall, calling on the Metropolitan Transportation Authority to bring high-quality bus rapid transit to a patch of the borough that historically has been bereft of public transit options. City Councilman Donovan Richards (D-Laurelton) hosted the Tuesday morning event, announcing support from fellow councilmembers and bus riders, and unveiling a “BRT For … Continue reading

QueensWay Draws Raves, but Some Still Oppose Park Plan

Friends of the QueensWay and the Trust for Public Land this week released the much-anticipated QueensWay Plan, a study which both groups jointly characterized as “a blueprint for the QueensWay—New York City’s next great park.” The project involves converting the long-abandoned Rockaway Beach Branch line of the Long Island Rail Road—a 3.5-mile swath of the borough, from Rego Park to Ozone Park—into a $120 million public park boasting trails and many amenities. According to the study, the QueensWay will “provide … Continue reading

Richmond Hill Vet Relishes Top Honor

Robert Finnerty, husband of Richmond Hill South Civic President Margaret Finnerty, was elected national executive officer to represent New York with the National Disabled Veterans group. He will serve for a two-year term after already garnering experience as a past New York state commander as well as department commander. Robert also served as a commander for Chapter 118 of the DAV in Glendale. In addition to Finnerty, Nancy Rivera was also elected national executive officer to represent New York over … Continue reading

Howard Beach’s Quinn for the Win: Waging War Against ALS

To us, it is known as the ice bucket challenge. But to Howard Beach resident Patt Quinn, it is an effort to use a limited time window to raise awareness about ALS. A nomination. Ice water. A bucket. Pat Quinn. In 2012, 29-year-old former Boston College Eagles baseball team captain Pete Frates was diagnosed with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, also known as ALS or Lou Gehrig’s disease. Just a year later, Howard Beach resident Pat Quinn was also diagnosed. After his diagnosis, he sought … Continue reading

‘Night Out’ Brings Party to Precincts

There were parties all over the city Tuesday night and southern Queens came out in big numbers to support the police precincts that patrol the region. The city Police Department hosted its annual National Night Out Against Crime this week with well-attended festivities planned in countless precincts throughout all five boroughs. Central and southern Queens precincts, including the 102nd, 104th, 106th and 112th, were no exception. The 102nd Precinct, which oversees communities like Kew Gardens, Richmond Hill and Woodhaven, kicked off its … Continue reading

Boro precincts brace for National Night Out

Central and southern Queens police precincts rolled out their plans for this year’s National Night Out against crime, scheduled for Tuesday, Aug. 5. Area precincts, including the 100th, 102nd, 104th,  106th and 112th, all announced unique events in their respective beats across the borough as the Police Department continued its summer celebration tradition. Precincts and their respective community councils citywide have been coming together for years once a year in recognition of the Night Out festivities with events featuring barbecues, games … Continue reading

Doe Fund Partnership Gives Glendale, Maspeth, Ridgewood Streets a Cleaning Boost

Local politicians, residents and community activists alike agree that keeping main thoroughfares, such as Myrtle Avenue in Glendale and Grand Avenue in Maspeth, clean and tidy, is no easy task. But, thanks to Council Member Elizabeth Crowley (D-Middle Village), help is on the way. Crowley secured $61,800 in discretionary funding in this year’s budget to pay for The Doe Fund’s Ready, Willing and Able Program’s street cleaning crews.  The crews will pick up trash on Myrtle Avenue from Cooper Avenue … Continue reading