Category Archives: Ozone Park

Two Men Plead Guilty to Robbery Charges in Antoniello Murder

Two of the men involved in the 2009 botched home invasion that resulted in the murder of a beloved Ozone Park native pleaded guilty this week to robbery charges in connection with the homicide that rocked a community, according to Preet Bharara, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York. Both Antoine Burroughs and Leon Whitfield on Monday pleaded guilty to one count of robbery conspiracy and one count of attempted robbery. They are scheduled to be sentenced on … Continue reading

Re-upping in Ozone Park: Sonny’s Auto Collision makes major investment, commits to current location

It’s hard to pin down whether it’s the outstanding workmanship or the uncompromised service that has made Sonny’s the uncontested choice when it comes to auto body repair in the Ozone Park, Howard Beach, and Richmond Hill communities. In fact, the reach of Sonny’s extends far past those original boundaries the shop served when their doors opened nearly 70 years ago. And despite the many things that have changed throughout the surrounding neighborhoods, Sonny’s has remained a constant that customers … Continue reading

Tattoo Festival Draws Thousands to Resorts World Casino

For years now, tattoo culture has been gaining in popularity in the city; and last weekend’s United Ink Tattoo Festival only served to underscore that trend as the show drew thousands to Resorts World Casino in South Ozone Park. The festival, held from last Friday through Sunday, featured a bit of everything from the world of body art, including world-renowned tattoo artists, live tattooing and piercing, magicians, music, freak-show style entertainers and daily tattoo contests. “United Ink is one of … Continue reading

Ozone Park Student Athlete Passionate About Polo

Chris Jordan said he was maybe 2 or 3 years old at the time, in daycare in Forest Hills, still exploring the enormous world around him, still mesmerized by what the 17-year-old would probably consider mundane these days. It was at this age, he has been told time and again, that his blue eyes first locked on to the site of a horse—and never let go. Jordan said he would stare out of the windows of the daycare facility at … Continue reading

Jail Protesters Push Message at de Blasio Event

A small but spirited contingent of the South Ozone Park Civic Association West last Thursday afternoon set up a demonstration across the street from Richmond Hill High School, hoping to catch the eye of the Very Important Person who was visiting the 114th Street campus. That VIP? Mayor Bill de Blasio. As they waited on the brisk but clear afternoon for hizzoner to emerge from the building—he toured RHHS and touted its progress as a Renewal School—the community group held … Continue reading

The Long Road to Valor: Ozone Park Vet Waits Nearly 50 Years for Medal

It took a long time. In fact, it took 16,900 days.  A loaf of bread was .22, a gallon of milk was $1.03 and you could get a new car for $2,425—that’s how long ago it was.  It was 47 years to be exact, but in the end, on Thursday night, March 12, 2015, a standing room only crowd packed the American Legion Post 632, to pay tribute to a hero who was made many years before. Ozone Park resident, … Continue reading

Teachers, Students Blast Cuomo Education Policy

Dozens of Public School 64 students, teachers, support staff, and parents last Thursday afternoon rallied outside the Ozone Park building, blasting Gov. Andrew Cuomo for his education policy. The demonstration—one of nearly 200 across the city—was part of a “Protect Our Schools” mobilization aimed at Cuomo’s proposed school reforms in this year’s budget. Toting small signs with messages including “Show us the money,” “Less TESTING More TEACHING,” and “Fair student funding,” they marched briskly around the block a few times, … Continue reading

Woman Burned in Fire Incident at Ozone Park Temple

A woman last Sunday was rushed to the hospital after her clothes caught fire inside an Ozone Park Hindu temple, according to the Fire Department and published reports. Firefighters were called around noon to the Shri Trimurti Bhavan on 97th Avenue responding to reports of a small fire on the first floor of the temple. An FDNY spokeswoman said an Emergency Medical Services unit transported the woman, who reportedly suffered burns to a leg, to New York-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center. … Continue reading

LI Man Indicted on Hate Crime Charges in Ozone Park Incident

A Queens grand jury has indicted a Long Island man on hate crime charges for a July, 2014 incident in which he allegedly called a Sikh man “Osama” and then intentionally rammed his pick-up truck into the victim and dragged his body along an Ozone Park street before fleeing, according to Queens District Attorney Richard Brown. Joseph Caleca, 55, was arraigned last Wednesday on a nine-count indictment charging him with one count of second-degree attempted murder as a hate crime, … Continue reading

Opponents of S. Ozone Park Jail Project Voice Concerns at CB 9 Meeting

Nearly a dozen distressed residents of South Ozone Park on Tuesday night turned out at Community Board 9’s general meeting in Kew Gardens to galvanize support for their efforts to halt construction of a juvenile detention center on 127th Street and to publically confront a member of the board who the residents believe is the owner of the land on which the facility is being built. The property at 133-23 127th St. has been leased by the Administration for Children’s … Continue reading

Howard Beach Artist Displays Iconic Borough Scenes at Casino Exhibit

Despite the fact that Howard Beach artist Madeline Lovallo was raised in Brooklyn, some of her best known works depict locales and scenes that are uniquely Queens, from the landmarked Forest Park Carousel to Oak Ridge and Lewis’ of Woodhaven. Lovallo, who has been painting for the better part of five decades, now has her work on display at Resorts World Casino in South Ozone Park (Red Gallery Wall, 2nd Floor) through March 9th. “As a child, I always loved … Continue reading

CB 11 Continues Push for Smoke-Free Housing

The push for smoke-free buildings across the city made its way last week to Community Board 10’s general meeting in South Ozone Park. Eileen Miller, the 3rd vice-chairwoman of Community Board 11, brought a resolution that has been passed at several Queens community boards for members of CB 10 to review. With the “Smoke-free Multiple Housing Resolution” proponents seek to expand the smoking restrictions already in place in the Big Apple, and protect the health of others by recommending to … Continue reading

MTA Reopens Stations Along Liberty Avenue

It was a sight for sore south Queens straphanger eyes. On Monday morning, following five months of renovation and rehabilitation, A-train customers regained access to the Manhattan-bound sides of the 104th Street and 88th Street stations along the Liberty Avenue line in Ozone Park. The station renewal program is part of a major $39 million capital project that will see the complete overhaul of five stations along the Liberty Avenue A line, according to the Metropolitan Transportation Authority. “For these stations, originally opened in the … 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

Queens DOT Chief Discusses Issues with Ulrich

Acting city Department of Transportation Queens Borough Commissioner Jeff Lynch this week met with City Councilman Eric Ulrich (R-Ozone Park) to discuss solutions to some of the problems plaguing south Queens and the Rockaways. According to Ulrich, who convened the Monday meeting at his district office on 101st Avenue, Lynch detailed new DOT projects for the Rockaway Beach Boulevard corridor in the Hammels section of the peninsula, and addressed issues concerning repaving, resurfacing, bicycle lanes, and transit safety around area … Continue reading