Category Archives: Rego Park

Council Reps Look to Refresh Jewish Caucus

Three Queens lawmakers were named to the City Council’s Jewish Caucus as its newest chair set out to revitalize its influence in government. Councilman Mark Levine (D-Manhattan) was elected chair of the caucus in March and laid out a roadmap to readiness focusing on issues of social service, education, and poverty throughout the city. Council members Rory Lancman (D-Fresh Meadows), Karen Koslowitz (D-Forest Hills) and Mark Weprin (D-Oakland Gardens) were the three borough lawmakers tapped to help make up the … Continue reading

CB 6 Zeroes in on ‘Boulevard of Death’

Community leaders in central Queens are hoping to breathe new life into the “Boulevard of Death.” Pedestrian safety continued its streak of being one of the borough’s hottest buzzwords this week as Community Board 6 grappled at its meeting last week with ways to make Queens Boulevard safer than its grim nickname suggests. Officials discussed a bunch of potential fixes, included protected bike lanes and wider medians in order to coincide with Mayor Bill de Blasio’s “Vision Zero” initiative to … Continue reading

After Shooting, Security Strengthened at City Jewish Centers

The city Police Department beefed up its presence throughout the city’s synagogues after a tragic shooting outside Jewish facilities left three dead in Kansas City. Authorities identified the gunman as former Ku Klux Klan leader Frazier Glenn Cross, 73, of Aurora, Mo. and charged him with murder after he allegedly started shooting inside a Jewish Community Center in a suburb of Kansas City on Sunday. And with Passover approaching, Mayor Bill de Blasio said the city had taken steps to … Continue reading

Investigation Shows Schools’ Missteps in Autistic Rego Park Teen’s Disappearance

Fourteen-year-old Avonte Oquendo’s mother made sure his teacher was aware that he might run away, but that information was not shared among other school administrators, according to a 12-page report on his October disappearance. City Special Commissioner of Investigation Richard J. Condon put out the report last week detailing his investigation into the autistic teen from Rego Park’s disappearance after he wandered away from PS 277, the Riverview School, in Long Island City. The boy remained at large until January, … Continue reading

Juniper Civic grapples with unsightly eyesores

A Middle Village civic group called on the city to step up its enforcement in order to combat a series of eyesores, including graffiti and other community hazards. Juniper Park Civic Association President Bob Holden said his group zeroed in on several properties in the Queens community at the group’s meeting last week with hopes of coaxing the Buildings Department to bulk up its response to negligent property owners. Issues like illegally parked vehicles, graffiti and vacant buildings have become … Continue reading

Abbracciamento building may become residential housing: Developer

The building of a beloved Rego Park restaurant might be sold to make way for residential housing, officials said. Long Island City-based developer Criterion Group filed paperwork with the city Department of Buildings last week proposing to build a seven-story residential building where the recently shuttered Joe Abbracciamento Restaurant currently sits. The famed eatery at 62-96 Woodhaven Blvd. closed its doors for good this month after more than 60 years in business and owner John Abbracciamento said he was in … Continue reading

Peralta pushes for more pedestrian safety near PS 206

Pedestrian safety has become a hot topic in Queens, and state Sen. Jose Peralta (D-East Elmhurst) used the opportunity to renew his push for safer streets outside a public school in Rego Park. Peralta has been calling for safety reforms, such as speed cameras and assigning a new crossing guard to PS 206, for the better part of the past year. And with recent launching of Mayor Bill de Blasio’s Vision Zero initiative to curb traffic fatalities throughout the city, … Continue reading

Joe Abbracciamento Restaurant bids Rego Park farewell

The Abbracciamento family is much bigger today than it was when their restaurant started in Rego Park 65 years ago. Joe Abbracciamento Restaurant cooked up its final dish over the weekend before the community staple closed its doors for good Sunday. Owner John Abbracciamento said the amount of emotional support was overwhelming at times and left him feeling like everyone was part of the family. Abbracciamento said it would take a few more days for the reality to hit him, … Continue reading

Man arrested for string of Queens mall fires: NYPD

Police arrested a 23-year-old man alleged to have started fires over several days in at least six stores in two Queens malls, including Macy’s and Sears, the NYPD said. Dereck Sumair, 23, of Jamaica, was accused of being behind the blaze at Elmhurst’s Queens Center Mall on Monday as well as a separate fire started nearby at the Rego Center Mall, where he was caught, cops said. Police said he first hit the Macy’s at the Queens Center Mall at … Continue reading

Home sales on the rise in Queens, new report says

  The real estate market throughout Queens – including the borough’s southern neighborhoods – enjoyed a lucrative end to 2013 with record-setting numbers, a Douglas Elliman report said. The group’s quarterly survey of residential sales throughout the borough showed 2013’s inventory and absorption rates fell to the lowest level since that information was tracked in mid-2005, while sales skyrocketed when compared to the same time in the year prior. “With the surge in sales, the absorption rate – the number … Continue reading

Woodhaven Speaks Up Against Railway Plans

The rules were clear as Woodhaven residents filed into their block association’s public forum Monday evening. “We want to hear from the Woodhaven residents first,” said Alex Blenkinsopp, the Woodhaven Residents’ Block Association’s communications director, as members scrawled their names onto the speakers list. The association invited all Woodhaven denizens to the Emanuel United Church of Christ Tuesday night to sound off regarding proposals for a set of abandoned railroad tracks that once ran from Rockaway to Rego Park. The … Continue reading

Chabad of Rego Park Celebrates Hanukkah with Grand Menorah Lighting

Chabad of Rego Park, a Jewish Russian community center, hosted a menorah lighting on Sunday at Federoff Triangle. While Hanukkah began on the evening of Wednesday, Nov. 27, the group waited until Sunday so they could celebrate with the fifth candle. Rabbi Eli Blokh, founder of the organization, explained the importance of celebrating the fifth day of Hanukkah. He said for those who celebrate, the fifth night represents “a deeper level to affiliation and commitment.” Hanukkah, also known as the … Continue reading

Forest Hills, Rego Park Residents Air Complaints About Green Taxis

Forest Hills and Rego Park citizens are using the five borough taxi program but some residents raised concerns at a Community Board 6 meeting last Wednesday about the cabs’ lack of regulation enforcement as compared to traditional yellow taxis. In an attempt to reach the outer boroughs with legal and accessible taxi services, the city Department of Transportation has created the all-borough taxi, which is like a yellow cab but light green in color and can pick up street hails … Continue reading

MTA Report Gives Hope to Residents Crossing Their Fingers for a New Rail Line

Supporters of reactivating a rail line that, decades ago, ran from Rockaway to Rego Park were buoyed by the news that the Metropolitan Transportation Authority included rejuvenating the long dormant travel corridor in its plans for the future, while others panned the MTA’s report and said a lack of funding will bar the line’s reactivation from ever becoming a reality. The MTA released its 20-Year Capital Needs Assessment last week, which included the restoration of the Rockaway Beach Rail Line … Continue reading

Woman Raped and Robbed After Being Thrown Down Stairs In Rego Park, Police Say

A 52-year-old woman was violently attacked in Rego Park last Friday, and police are hunting down the man who allegedly harassed the female before throwing her down the stairs and raping the woman he followed from the R-train stop at 63rd Drive, the NYPD said. The suspect, who goes by Junior and whose picture cops said was caught on security camera footage, allegedly began making sexual advances on the woman after she exited the R-train station near Queens Boulevard at … Continue reading