Category Archives: Ozone Park

Car Slams Into Ozone Park Pizzeria

An out-of-control car slammed into an Ozone Park pizzeria earlier this week without injuring a single soul. The driver behind the wheel of a car making its way through the Crossbay Car Wash and Oil Change in Ozone Park slammed into a fence in front of the neighboring Romeo’s Pizzeria Monday, but luckily escape with only a small scratch. Police said the unidentified driver, who worked at the car wash, lost control of the 2006 Jeep Grand Cherokee around 3 … Continue reading

Ozone Park Biz Owners Decry Plaza Presence

Concerned Ozone Park entrepreneurs turned out last week at a Community Board 9 meeting to detail how they believe a pedestrian plaza has had a profoundly negative effect on their bottom lines. In addressing several CB 9 members, civic leaders, representatives from the city Department of Transportation and elected officials at Thursday’s Borough Hall confab, the business owners, all of whom run establishments near the dedicated open space on 101st Avenue at Drew Street and Liberty Avenue, returned consistently to two … Continue reading

Ulrich Unveils New Chief of Staff

City Councilman Eric Ulrich (R-Ozone Park) announced some changes in personnel out of his Ozone Park office this week. Salvatore Simonetti was named the councilman’s new chief of staff in place of Rudy Giuliani, who will be moving on as borough director at the Mayor’s Office of Housing Recovery Operations and the Build it Back Program, Ulrich said. Simonetti has already an active member of Ulrich’s staff and will now oversee constituent services and district operations, the councilman said. “Sal … Continue reading

Ozone Howard Baseball Claims Borough Cup

Call them the comeback kings. The Ozone Howard Rangers rallied their way to victory in this weekend’s Borough Cup citywide tournament, rallying back from a 5-0 deficit to beat the undefeated YSL Bombers of Brooklyn 7-6 in extra innings at MCU Park, home of the Brooklyn Cyclones. And they did it in true comeback fashion. The bases were loaded in the bottom of the 8th inning. Right fielder Jordan Bellman took to home plate, where he clocked in a line drive … Continue reading

Ozone Park Hit-and-Run Suspect in Custody: DA

Cops arrested a man suspected of being behind the wheel when his truck hit and dragged a Sikh father in Ozone Park before speeding off, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said. Joseph Caleca, 55, of Setauket, Long Island, was accused of using racial slurs, including calling 29-year-old Sandeep Singh “Osama,” before ramming his white Chevrolet pick-up truck into him, dragging his body along the street several feet near 101st Avenue and 99th Street before fleeing on July 30, police said. “The defendant … 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

CB 9 Looks for Progress at Ozone Park Pedestrian Plaza

Concerned residents in Ozone Park will be getting together next week to mull over potential plans to improve a controversial pedestrian plaza there after several complaints of it taking up valuable parking spaces nearby. Community Board 9 announced a special summer meeting for next Thursday, Aug. 21, where all stakeholders can get together and discuss various fixes to the plaza at Drew Street, 101st Avenue and Liberty Avenue, which the board voted in support of back at its October 2013 meeting. … Continue reading

Authorities search for missing Ozone Park man with autism

The state Division of Criminal Justice Services sent out a missing vulnerable adult alert for a missing autistic man from Ozone Park, authorities said. Saurav Banik, 20, went missing from Liberty Avenue and 121st Street in southern Queens over the weekend, authorities said, sparking a citywide search for the non-verbal autistic man. The city’s Office of Emergency Management described Banik as an Asian man standing 5-foot-7 with black hair and brown eyes, weighing 225 pounds, and may also be in … Continue reading

Shopping Center Slated for Ozone Park

A Forest Hills real estate developer mapped out plans for a new shopping center in Ozone Park. The site, located at the intersection of Cross Bay Bouelvard and North Conduit Avenue, will soon house a one-story plaza with up to 10 tenants, developer Platinum Realty said. Work on the site was expected to be finished by Dec. 1. Potential tenants at the site included a new supermarket among other community establishments, Platinum Realty said. No official tenants have been announced … Continue reading

Ozone Park couple charged with starving 12-year-old daughter: DA

A couple from Ozone Park was hit with multiple counts of assault and child endangerment Tuesday after Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said they allegedly starved and brutally beat their now 12-year-old daughter over the past two years. Sheetal and Rajesh Ranot of 96th Street in Ozone Park were accused of starving and beating their 12-year-old daughter Maya Ranot between December 2012 and July 2014, including one instance in which they allegedly hit her with a broken metal broom handle, … 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

Ozone Park Pegs Hit-and-Run as Hate Crime

As if the horrific hit-and-run incident in Ozone Park last week was not bad enough, members of the Sikh community have since argued it was a crime motivated by hate. Sandeep Singh, 29, was thrown into the center of a heated investigation last Wednesday when the driver of an unidentified white Chevrolet pickup truck allegedly called him a terrorist and told him to “go back to your country” before hitting him with the vehicle and dragging his body several feet, … Continue reading

Queens group commemorates Ramadan

With the end of Ramadan also came the beginning of a treasured Ozone Park gathering of friends and family members who marked Eid – the end of the holiday. Members of the United Bangladeshi American Youth Association and the Queens Borough Democratic Club came together Monday afternoon to celebrate the holiday alongside Bangladeshi leaders from both the Ozone Park and Brooklyn communities. Thousands of borough residents were treated to rides and other party-like festivities throughout the day at what organizers … Continue reading

Robbery turns fatal in Richmond Hill

Two men from south Queens were arrested and charged with murder on July 16 in the fatal beating and robbery of a Richmond Hill man, ending a crime spree by the suspects that began in early June, the district attorney’s office said. Nestor Rodriguez, 20, of Woodhaven, and Carlos Genno, 22, of Ozone Park, allegedly attacked Nazmul Islam, 55, a leader of the U.S chapter of the Bangladeshi ruling party, in Richmond Hill on July 9, Queens District Attorney Richard … Continue reading

Howard Beach kids kick it with Cosmos

Summertime for these young Howard Beach athletes means face time with some of the state’s top soccer pros. More than 50 kids between ages six and 15 teamed up with members of the New York Cosmos soccer club last week as part of the Our Lady of Grace Soccer Association’s summer camp program. Members of the North American Soccer League team ran through drills and taught lessons in teamwork all week long at the Pals Oval in Ozone Park, looking … Continue reading