Category Archives: Ozone Park

Family and Friends Mourn the Ink King of Queens

  Pete was gone. It was the news to which Cubo, one of his closest friends and business partners, awoke last Thursday morning—the news that jabs, hard, like a cold tattoo needle on goose-bumped skin. “I love him,” said Cubo. “And I miss him.” Pete Giaquinto, the legendary Ozone Park tattoo artist who co-owned and operated Pete & Cubo’s Tattoos & Piercing, died on Sept. 11, 2014. He was 68 years old. “He was my best friend,” Billy Altstatt, Giaquinto’s … Continue reading

Neighbors Fed Up With Foul Factory

Genesys Diaz won’t allow her 2-year-old daughter to play in their yard. Iris Gonzalez has her husband escort her to her car in the rear of her property early each morning. Robin Abdul-Wahhab won’t leave her home after 6 p.m. Frustrated neighbors of a long-defunct Ozone Park factory detailed this week how the property’s abhorrent conditions have taken a significant toll on their daily lives. Nearly a dozen exasperated homeowners attended Tuesday night’s Community Board 9 meeting to draw attention … 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

Ulrich, Communities Prep for Participatory Budgeting

While formal meetings to discuss proposals and vote are still several months in the offing, City Councilman Eric Ulrich (R-Ozone Park) and community leaders talked to The Forum this week about the participatory budgeting process and how it has impacted the concept of local governance. Last year, Community Board 9 was introduced to the participatory budgeting initiative—an optional “democratic process in which community members directly decide how to spend part of a public budget. In other words, the people who pay … 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

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