Category Archives: Howard Beach

Squatters Kicked to the Curb as Cops Padlock House of Horrors

“And don’t come back!” Two well-known area vagrants were treated to that chorus by more than one neighbor last Thursday night as they ambled off the block after authorities forced them out of the Howard Beach house that area residents said has been a haven for prostitution, drug dealing, violence and other crimes for the past two years. Vice cops from the 106th Precinct and Queens District Attorney’s Office investigators, performing a nuisance abatement around 9 p.m., booted Amanda Miller, … Continue reading

Marred Mailboxes Are Community Eyesores

At least two blue US Postal Service mailboxes have become sources of disdain in the communities of Ozone Park and Howard Beach, and the agency pledged to the Forum this week to make them right again. The mailbox located on the corner of 97th Street and 133rd Avenue in Ozone Park is covered in bird feces, nearly from top to bottom, and a bird carcass was left this week right next to it. The condition of the mailbox and the … Continue reading

DOT Pledges to Beautify Lindenwood Walkway

After months of pleading with officials, Howard Beach and Lindenwood community leaders can claim victory this week as the city Department of Transportation has promised to beautify the Lindenwood pedestrian walkway from 80th to 84th Street between 157th Avenue and Shore Parkway. The popular strip has become a neighborhood eyesore, replete with rundown, graffiti-covered walls, garbage strewn all over and broken overpass lights, which has made the area a safety concern for pedestrians. The DOT has agreed to clean the … Continue reading

Borough Rental Prices on the Rise

Despite rental prices in Queens decreasing in August, long-term projections say that prices will increase steadily, according to data from the Queens Rental Market Report, which compares changes in the borough’s rental data on a monthly basis. The report compared data for the neighborhoods of Long Island City, Astoria, Ridgewood, Flushing, Rego Park, Forest Hills and Jackson Heights. And, while prices vary depending on factors such as number of bedrooms and other amenities, the report showed pricing trends that were … Continue reading

Brazen Crook Robs Cross Bay Capital One Bank

Cops on Wednesday were still searching for a bold thief the day after he robbed an area bank branch in broad daylight. The suspect walked into the Capital One bank on Cross Bay Boulevard near 156th Avenue on Tuesday around 11 a.m. and passed a threatening note to a teller before fleeing the bank and driving away in a car that was double-parked outside of the branch, according to Police Officer Sophia Mason. He stole several thousand dollars in cash … Continue reading

Ulrich, Howard Beach Seniors Laud Bus Program

Flanked by area seniors and non-profit staff, City Councilman Eric Ulrich (R-Ozone Park) officially announced on Monday that his office has helped to allocate funds to support senior shuttle bus service. The vehicle will serve four Catholic Charities senior centers throughout Ulrich’s district: Howard Beach, Woodhaven, Rockaway Beach and Ozone Park. The councilman’s office secured $25,000 for a driver to transport older adults from their homes to the senior center for activities, classes and workshops; and day trips to shopping centers, … Continue reading

Memoir is Love Letter to Broad Channel & Howard Beach

Marguerite Rocholl’s dad, photojournalist Edward Clarity, many moons ago helped the New York Daily News nab a Pulitzer Prize. And on the plaque that was given to him to commemorate the award was a short note from the publisher, which read: “We couldn’t have done it without you Ed.” The same can be said of his daughter’s book debut, “Before You Were Born.” Rocholl admits that the tome, a paean to her childhood in Broad Channel and raising her own … Continue reading

Excited Community Welcomes Key Food

As a palpable buzz filled the thick late-summer air on Friday, eager shoppers, elected officials and community leaders packed the sun-splashed sidewalks of Cross Bay Boulevard to help welcome a new Key Food supermarket to Howard Beach. The store, located on the old Duane Reade pharmacy site between 163rd and 164th avenues, incurred tremendous damage from Superstorm Sandy, which ultimately delayed its grand opening. “This is very deeply overwhelming, I’ll be honest with you,” said owner Frank Almonte after helping … Continue reading

106th Reports Recidivist Alert

The 106th Precinct wants southern Queens residents to keep a vigilant eye out. Deputy Inspector Jeffrey Schiff told the southern Queens community to be on high alert for Howard Beach native Joseph Quick, 35, who already had a list of offenses under his belt. “[Quick] is a prolific criminal who has committed multiple crimes in our and other communities with approximately 12 arrests,” Schiff said. “These arrests include burglary, criminal tresspass, menacing, larceny, assault, drugs, and criminal possession of stolen … Continue reading

South Queens Seniors Cash In on State Funding

A total $15,000 in state funding will help senior centers in Howard Beach and Rockaway Park press on.   State Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder (D-Rockaway Park) allocated the funding in an effort to ensure senior citizens maintain the services they need through the centers, which he described as a vital resource that connects them with essential community programs. “The services offered by our local senior centers are not luxuries but an important necessity for our growing senior population trying to stay … Continue reading

106th Nabs Native Eyeing Parked Cars

A Howard Beach resident was spotted posting phony flyers onto parked cars’ windshields in order to scope out the vehicles’ insides, the 106th Precinct said.   Charles Marino, 34, was arrested Friday morning when plain clothes officers caught him trying to break into multiple cars in the Centreville area of Ozone Park, officers said. Authorities accused the man of eyeing the insides of parked cars while placing flyers on their windshields in an effort to blend into the community.   … Continue reading

106th Pct., DA Help Secure High Bail for Lindenwood Car Thief

An alleged area auto thief is stewing in jail this week thanks largely to the high bail set by the presiding judge at arraignment. Richard Hobbs, 27, was arrested last Monday afternoon after plainclothes officers observed the Lindenwood man passed out behind the wheel of a stolen vehicle at the intersection of 88th Street and 97th Avenue, according to the NYPD. Hobbs had allegedly pilfered the car that morning on Woodhaven Boulevard. Bail was set at $30,000 or $60,000 bond. “We conferred … Continue reading

Howard Beach Patrol Gets New Wheels

Howard Beach’s newest civilian observation patrol rolled out a new ride as volunteers took to the streets to provide an extra set of eyes and ears to the 106th Precinct. Joseph Thompson, president of the HBCOP, said his aunt stepped up to donate her own car to the volunteer group as it started hitting the pavement last week. Thompson helped start the group earlier this summer and has spent the ensuing weeks growing his organization while working alongside the 106th … Continue reading

Howard Beach Lets Loose at ‘Fun Day’

The community came out in big numbers last Thursday for one last hurrah at PS/MS 146 as the Reach for the Stars daycare program partied on at 98th Street and 159th Avenue in Howard Beach. Community Fun Day, hosted by the STARS Youth Center in Howard Beach, featured inflatable fun along with a rock-climbing wall, balloon animals, face painting and much more for the entire family to enjoy. Residents from all over the community came out to celebrate and the … Continue reading

106th Catches Lindenwood Car Thief: Schiff

A Lindenwood man was caught redhanded behind the wheel of a stolen car earlier this week, hopefully putting an end to a string of related crimes in southern Queens, Deputy Inspector Jeffrey Schiff said.   Richard Hobbs, 27, was arrested Monday after cops alleged he stole an unattended running vehicle early in the morning in Ozone Park. Plain-clothes officers spotted the suspect soon after his description hit police radio waves and arrested him to find out he was already a … Continue reading