Category Archives: Ozone Park

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

West Nile spotted in boro

Mosquitoes around parts of northeast Queens were found to be carrying West Nile Virus, the city Health Department reported, but posed no threat to the residents living in the southern part of the borough. It was the first West Nile detection of the season, the city said, mostly emanating from Douglaston and College Point as well as part of Staten Island. No human cases of the virus were reported, the DOH said, and there was no cause for alarm just … Continue reading

Boro calls for bike share

Queens wants its fair share of city wheels. Lawmakers and transportation advocates rallied around legislation that would help accelerate the Citi Bike share program into Queens, where demand has already proven its presence. U.S. Rep. Joe Crowley (D-Jackson Heights) spearheaded the Bike to Work Act of 2014, which would give pre-tax commuter benefits to workers. “Thousands of New Yorkers have already embraced the city’s bike share program as a viable, environmentally friendly and cost-effective form of public transportation,” Crowley said. … Continue reading

Calls for cleaner streets in Howard Beach, Woodhaven

Community advocates are calling out the city to clean up its act. Public eyesores including graffiti, litter and other junk have become a consistent burden across civic groups and elected officials perusing the streets of neighborhoods like Howard Beach and Woodhaven and officials there picked up the pace this week. Lawmakers from both the city and state came out in support of new initiatives to help make borough streets shine. In Howard Beach, state Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder (D-Rockaway Park) singled … Continue reading

No new cops coming to 106th Pct.

The 106th Precinct in Ozone Park, along with precincts across the rest of the borough, will not see any of the city’s 1,000 new cops hitting the streets this summer due to a more severe need for officers in city districts with higher crime. Under the terms of the city budget agreement reached in June, 200 civilian workers will be hired for desk jobs that are currently held by officers so they can return to patrol. Another 600 officers were … Continue reading

Top cop honored at 106th Precinct

Good deeds do not go unrewarded at the 106th Precinct. Officer Matthew Peters was presented with the June cop of the month award during a crowded 106th Precinct community council meeting on July 9 for swiftly catching a robber and returning an elderly victim’s stolen bags to her. Peters, 34, was one of two officers sent out to look for an alleged perpetrator after they heard a 65-year-old woman had been robbed. While canvassing, Peters said he saw a man fitting … Continue reading