Category Archives: Ozone Park

Asaro Sentenced in ‘Goodfellas’ Ozone Park Hit

A Mafia scion recently was sentenced to more than seven years in federal prison for his role in a mob hit carried out in Ozone Park by a brutal gangster who was immortalized in the seminal film “Goodfellas,” according to published reports. Jerome Asaro, 56, pleaded guilty last October to accessory after the fact, and appeared in court in late March to receive his term for digging up the remains of mob associate Paul Katz, which had been interred under … Continue reading

Man Convicted of Sex Abuse in Ozone Park

A borough resident this week was convicted of having sexual contact with two pre-adolescence sisters on five separate occasions in their Ozone Park home in 2009 and 2013, according to Queens District Attorney Richard Brown. Melchor Evangelista, 42, was convicted on Monday of three counts of first-degree criminal sexual act and one count each of first-degree attempted rape, first-degree sexual abuse, first-degree attempted sexual abuse and endangering the welfare of a child. According to trial testimony, Evangelista engaged in a … Continue reading

Symphony Meets Cinema in Ozone Park

The Queens Symphony Orchestra on Saturday evening entertained Ozone Park and surrounding communities with a free concert at PS 316 on 101st Avenue.<br /> Last weekend’s event, titled “Night at the Cinema,” was the fourth of nine free borough shows in the QSO concert series, which is funded through the office of City Councilman Eric Ulrich (R-Ozone Park). Photo Courtesy of Councilman Ulrich’s Office.

Area Legislators Push to Legalize MMA in NY

For six consecutive years, the state Senate has passed bills legalizing the wildly popular sport of mixed martial arts in New York, only to see its efforts quashed in the Assembly. However, with former Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver (D-Manhattan)—long seen as one of the sport’s major obstacles in New York—resigning the leadership post at the end of January following his arrest on federal corruption charges, many believe this could be the year that the Empire State joins the rest of … Continue reading

The Hunt is On in Ozone Park

On Saturday, March 28, the Ozone Howard Little League and the Ozone Park Civic Association sponsored an Easter egg hunt for local children.  Photos with the Easter bunny and good times (despite the cold) were had by all, and each child left with a small gift.

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