Category Archives: Richmond Hill

Friends of Queensway Present New Design Concepts

The Friends of the QueensWay and the Trust for Public Land rolled out a new series of design concepts in anticipation of the group’s upcoming public workshops in Forest Hills and Richmond Hill. The group announced its second round of community workshops earlier this month as part of the QueensWay feasibility and planning project with hopes of engaging the public in plans to transform an abandoned 3.5-mile stretch of railway into a 47-acre linear park and cultural greenway. A series … Continue reading

As reports of domestic violence increase in South Queens, police reach out to community

The number of reported domestic violence cases has increased dramatically in South Queens – but police said such a spike is only the tip of the iceberg to representing the magnitude of the crime in the area, and officers are urging victims to speak up about what they said is an epidemic that has taken root across not just the borough, but the entire country. The plea for victims to reach out – whether it’s to police or a variety … Continue reading

Elderly pedestrian killed in Richmond Hill

A 73-year-old woman was struck and killed by a hit-and-run driver on Jamaica Avenue in Richmond Hill last Thursday, police said, becoming the 20th pedestrian to die in a year marked by tragedy. Kaneez Hussein, 73, of Richmond Hill, was walking in the middle of Jamaica Avenue at 131st Street around 6:30 a.m. when she a Nissan Altima plowed into her, according to the NYPD. She was rushed to Jamaica Hospital Medical Center with head trauma and a broken leg … Continue reading

From Richmond Hill, stories of what it means to be an Afghan woman

One writer had a simple request: for women to be able to drive cars, taxis and buses. Another wrote about how she felt she had lost her freedom once she hit adolescence. And another told of her struggles of wearing a burqa: she believed if she did not wear it, she would be stoned. Queens residents gathered Monday at the Richmond Hill library to hear the firsthand accounts of life in Afghanistan by women who live there. Friends of the … Continue reading

Afghan Women Writers to Speak with New Voice at Richmond Hill Library

Queens residents will have the opportunity to hear intimate, first-person accounts of life in Afghanistan read aloud next month at the Richmond Hill branch of the Queens library. The library will be hosting the Afghan Women’s Writing Project for a special reading featuring the work of Afghan women writers. The event will take place Jan. 13 at 6:30 p.m. The library is located at 118-14 Hillside Ave. Admission is free. The AWWP is an organization through which Afghan women who … Continue reading

Hundreds of Children Flock to Santa in Richmond Hill

When it came to Santa, no snow could stop hundreds of children from meeting with St. Nick in Richmond Hill last Saturday. The Richmond Hill Block Association’s “Santa Day” drew more than 230 children to Jamaica Avenue, where the youngsters and their families took free photos with Mr. Claus, received holiday goody bags, and enjoyed a variety of treats. The day has long been an annual tradition in Richmond Hill, with families saying they are delighted to spend time with … Continue reading

After Richmond Hill Man’s Beating Death, Cops Search for Suspect

Police are searching for the individual wanted for the murder of a Richmond Hill man last week. Noel Hidalgo, 58, was found beaten to death inside his studio apartment on Jamaica Avenue near 108th Street, according to the NYPD. Hidalgo’s nephew reportedly discovered his uncle on the floor with his hands tied behind his back around 3:40 p.m. on Dec. 4, according to police and other published reports. He was pronounced dead at the scene, police said. The police have … Continue reading

Thanksgiving Stabbing Sends Woman to Hospital

A South Richmond Hill man was arrested after allegedly stabbing his wife repeatedly during a fight at their home on Thanksgiving, according to police. Xavier Cabarcas, 31, was arrested and slapped with charges of assault and criminal possession of a weapon, the NYPD said. While Cabarcas and his wife, who was not named by police, were fighting at their South Richmond Hill home on Lefferts Boulevard around 4 p.m. last Thursday, the 31-year-old male allegedly attacked her with a kitchen … Continue reading

At Richmond Hill Library’s Christmas Tree Lighting, Illuminating the Need for Change at the Beloved Facility

Their eyes fixed upon the building that has for more than a century been home to everyone from bookworms and students to the unemployed seeking help with job searches and resumes, the area residents who gathered for the Richmond Hill Library’s annual Christmas tree lighting Tuesday evening said the newly twinkling branches do more than illuminate the facility built with funds from the industrialist and philanthropist Andrew Carnegie: They light the way to a space that has long played a … Continue reading

Education Leader Urges de Blasio to Overturn PEP’s Vote on Richmond Hill HS

After the city Panel for Educational Policy voted last week to approve the city’s proposal to relocate Richmond Hill High School ninth grade students from their current location in an annex to a trailer, as well as the facility’s main building, a Queens education leader is urging Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio to void the PEP’s action once he assumes office Jan. 1. “Hopefully Mayor-elect de Blasio will put a moratorium on this,” said Dmytro Fedkowskyj, Queens Borough President Helen Marshall’s … Continue reading

In South Queens, Seeing ‘The Face of Hunger’ Change – Richmond Hill’s River Fund hands out 1,000 turkeys to residents in need

For hours, they stood in line, shivering in the cold that has descended upon November. Patiently, they – the young and the old, the employed and the jobless – waited to make their way to the front of a modest looking house in Richmond Hill, where they filled carts with a Thanksgiving turkey, fresh vegetables, bread, and more. They were veterans, retired teachers, school children. Those standing in line – some silently, their eyes downcast and hands shoved deep into … Continue reading

Faced With Unthinkable Disaster, Richmond Hill Church Raises Funds for Typhoon Victims

When Pastor Reuben Cedino and members of his Richmond Hill church – many of whom are from the Philippines and still have family and friends there – started seeing images of the utter devastation Typhoon Haiyan wreaked upon their home country earlier this month, it was hard to believe any of it was real: The place where many of them grew up now looked like a war zone. As Queens’ numerous Filipino residents – many of whom live in Woodside, … Continue reading

Richmond Hill-South Ozone Park Lions Club Celebrates First Anniversary

The Richmond Hill-South Ozone Park Lions Club recently celebrated the community service organization’s first anniversary with an elegant function at the Villa Russo Catering Hall on Lefferts Boulevard. Billed as the club’s First Year of Service Celebration, the Nov. 10 event drew more than 150 members and supporters, including several senior Lions from other districts and prominent residents of Richmond Hill and South Ozone Park. The Richmond Hill-South Ozone Park Lions Club was chartered just about one year ago, with … Continue reading

Viscious Beating of Off-Duty Cop in Richmond Hill

An off-duty NYPD sergeant out with his wife for the night on Saturday, is being treated for multiple facial lacerations as well as hemorrhaging on the brain in a medically induced coma at Jamaica Hospital after he was brutally beaten over the weekend. The incident took place outside the St. John’s Express Diner on Liberty Avenue just off Lefferts Boulevard in Richmond Hill around 4:40 a.m. on Sunday morning. Unconfirmed sources say that the incident began earlier at the Maracas Lounge … Continue reading

At Richmond Hill Library, A Reading Series is Born

“It’s nice to bring friends together to listen to good work,” Deborah Emin said during Monday’s launch of the first reading series at the Richmond Hill Library, where about 15 book lovers gathered in the basement auditorium to hear biographer Justin Martin and poet Liza Charlesworth share their work. The event was sponsored by The Friends of the Richmond Hill Library. “Since we have no other libraries or bookstores in the area, this is very significant,” said Emin, who has … Continue reading