Category Archives: South Ozone Park

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

Build It Back Lambasted as Deeply Flawed

Sixteen months after Hurricane Sandy slammed into New York City, some Queens residents still have not been able to return to their homes devastated in the storm because of bureaucratic red tape that is strangling them financially and emotionally, borough residents and lawmakers said this week. While thousands of people whose lives were overturned during Sandy have applied to the Build it Back program – a city initiative launched in June that is using hundreds of millions of dollars in … Continue reading

South Queens leaders slam NYRA over a ‘dangerous’ Aqueduct

After deteriorating for decades, Aqueduct Racetrack in South Ozone Park is a dangerous eyesore that is a growing concern for those in the facility and residents in the surrounding area, said state Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder (D-Rockaway Park) – who announced Monday that he is authoring a bill that would require millions of dollars for capital improvement projects at the decaying venue. “There’s currently a great race going on and, sadly, Aqueduct is finishing last,” Goldfeder said. The South Queens lawmaker … Continue reading

At Ozone Park school, remembering Roman Pirozek with memorial scholarship

Anyone who knew Roman Pirozek, Jr. understood that to say he loved flying was an understatement. The Woodhaven teen rarely went a day without operating a remote-control helicopter – and he frequently spoke about ultimately immersing himself in a career flying a plane. His world, it seemed, belonged in the air. After Pirozek died at the age of 19 in September, when he was struck by a remote-control helicopter in Calvert Vaux Park in Gravesend, Brooklyn, those who knew him … Continue reading

Spikes in flood insurance premiums could be delayed with Senate vote expected this month

A bipartisan group of federal lawmakers, including U.S. Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY), announced this week that relief could be headed the way of South Queens if legislators soon pass a bill that would delay flood insurance rates from increasing so dramatically that many civic leaders have said it would drive residents from their homes in the wake of being unable to afford skyrocketing insurance costs, creating ghost towns in coastal communities across the country. According to Schumer, the Senate is … Continue reading

NYPD on Hunt for Man Who Attempted to Rape S. Ozone Park Woman

Police are searching for a man who broke into a woman’s South Ozone Park apartment in broad daylight Friday and attempted to rape the 27-year-old at knifepoint, according to the NYPD. The attacker,described as being in his early 20s, approximately 5-foot-10, and 180 pounds, followed the woman into her building after she took out the trash around 10 a.m. Friday morning, police said. He then reportedly ordered the woman to undress while holding a knife to her throat, according to … Continue reading

Gunmen Target Three Stores Over Weekend – Ozone Park, South Ozone Park hit, cops look for connection

Three commercial robberies in two days at the end of last week have the 106 precinct again stepping up their patrol against the plague of thieves that continue to infiltrate the precinct. Two of the incidents were in Ozone Park with the third in South Ozone Park. Police are currently investigating all three incidents and have not determined definitively, as of yet, if they are connected. The first incident took place last Saturday around 3:30 p.m., when three male blacks … 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

South Ozone Park Man Found Tied Up, Beaten To Death – Investigation is open

Police made a grizzly discovery inside a South Ozone Park home around 5 a.m. on Tuesday morning when where they found the body of a man tied up and apparently dead from blunt force trauma wounds caused by being beaten with a brick about the head. The victim remains unidentified as of yet and was found in the basement apartment of a house at 120-46 131 Street. In addition to the head trauma, he had been tied up and stabbed … Continue reading

CB 10 Members Hold Off on Hotel Vote

Community Board 10 members expressed serious reservations at their meeting last week about a proposal to build a hotel at 132-10 149th Ave., with a number of individuals citing concerns that the facility would be across the street from a homeless shelter. If the plan is approved, the hotel that would likely be built at the spot would be a Quality Inn, according to Patrick Jones, who spoke on behalf of the property owner at the CB 10 meeting at … Continue reading

5-Year-Old Hit By Van In South Ozone Park

A 5-year-old boy was rushed to the hospital last Thursday after he was struck by a van in front of 114-36 115th St. in South Ozone Park, officials said. The child sustained a major head injury and was transported to Long Island Jewish Hospital, according to the FDNY. The driver of the van that hit him stayed at the scene. Witnesses told NYPD officers that the driver was allegedly going very fast in the residential area. Photos by Richard York

South Ozone Park Murderer Could Spend Life in Prison

A South Ozone Park man was sentenced to 17 years to life in prison for murdering a man who he and a livery cab driver also robbed when the cabbie was supposed to be bringing the drunk patron home from an Ozone Park bar, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said this week. Alex Gobardhan, 22, was sentenced Tuesday after being convicted in late July of murder, robbery and criminal possession of stolen property, according to Brown. The livery cab driver, … Continue reading

Unico Spring Celebrates 40 Years Of Serving The Community

Perched on the front desk in its usual position, the photo of Rocco Sangiamo is a constant reminder of a man who, 40 years ago, founded the Unico Spring Corporation that has become a staple in the South Ozone Park community. It is under the steady gaze of Sangiamo, who passed away at the age of 83 in 2007, that his family members who now run the business draw inspiration to continue growing the company that has evolved from employing … Continue reading

Man Rushed To Hospital After Car Falls On Head

A South Ozone Park man was rushed to the hospital this week after the car he was working on fell onto his head, emergency responders said. The individual was removed from under a light green Honda Prelude, which fell onto his head after the jack-lift failed while he was working on it around 6 p.m. on Sunday in the driveway of a house near 116th Avenue and 131st Street in South Ozone Park. Firefighters and EMTs treated the victim, who … Continue reading

South Ozone Park Man Guilty of Murder – Will face 25 to life when sentenced later this month

A South Ozone Park man who acted as an accomplice of the livery cab driver who was called to an Ozone Park bar to drive home an intoxicated patron has been convicted in the robbery and murder of a 58-year-old man from Brooklyn that was found dead in the street outside 89-12 Arion Road in Ozone Park in August 2010. Alex Gobardhan, 22, of 104-43 106 Street was convicted of second-degree murder, second-degree robbery and three counts of fifth-degree criminal … Continue reading