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Muslims hold prayer service in Sunnyside/Woodside in celebration of Eid

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Muslims around Sunnyside and Woodside are celebrating Eid al-Fitr, which marks the end of Ramadan, the Islamic holy month of fasting.

A large prayer service was held this morning at 47th Av and 39 Place– as well as other locations around the neighborhood.

The observation of Ramadan month marks the anniversary of the Quran being revealed to the Prophet Mohammed.

Thanks to Michael Muchmore for the photo

Please note: This site aims to deal with local issues– as opposed to Gaza and the Middle East.

McDonald’s to sublease Greenpoint store, after being vacant for five years


July 27, By Christian Murray

In November 2009, Green Point Furniture, located at 46-06 Greenpoint Avenue closed, after being in operation for seven years.

Since then the property—arguably, prime retail space—has just sat empty with its front gates down and its interior left unkempt.

However, in the past week, a construction crew has started working on the space and a property manager who was inside the location Saturday said he was getting it ready to be rented. A tenant has yet to be found.

McDonald’s Corp., according to real estate records, is currently in possession of the property and is looking to sublease it.

McDonald’s entered into an agreement in 1998 to lease all the space from Metro PCS to its fast-food restaurant on Greenpoint Avenue (bet. 45th and 46th) for 20 years. The owner, New York-based Greenpoint 45 LLC, granted McDonald’s the right to sublease it.

On Saturday, the employee working for the property management firm was unsure why the property had sat empty for so long. “Hey, those decisions are made by the big corporations.”


50-year-old shot dead near Woodside Houses

Woodside Houses

Woodside Houses

July 26, By Christian Murray

Two men got into a heated argument in the vicinity of the Woodside Houses last night that left a 50-year-old man shot dead and a 32-year-old with minor stab wounds, according to police.

The two men got into dispute shortly after 11 pm that escalated to a point where the 50-year-old man stabbed the 32-year-old. During the melee, the 32-year-old shot the 50-year-old, according to police.

The police received calls at 11:16pm that shots had been fired near 50-30 Broadway.

Both men were taken to Elmhurst Hospital where the 50-year-old was pronounced dead on arrival and the 32-year-old was listed in stable condition.

The name of the deceased has not been released and the investigation into the incident remains ongoing.

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Woodside man pleads guilty to child porn charges and endangering his 9-year-old relative

pornJuly 25, By Christian Murray

A Woodside man who shared Internet files of children performing sex acts and, separately, inappropriately touched a young female relative, pleaded guilty to sex crimes charges today, according to the Queens District Attorney’s Office.

Winston Baker, 26, of Woodside, pleaded guilty to “promoting a sexual performance by a child,” after he was arrested in April 2013 for possessing 1,629 illegal images on a shared computer drive, with each image depicting a female between the ages of two and eleven in a sexual manner or performing sexual acts.

Baker accumulated the images between August 10, 2011 and March 29, 2013, according to the District Attorney’s office.

When Baker was arrested on the child pornography charge, he admitted that he had inappropriately touched his nine-year-old female relative between July 1, 2011, and August 31, 2011. He was arrested on that charge in June 2013.

Baker was released on $15,000 bail following his April 2013 arrest on child pornography charges and was out on $20,000 bail following his June 2013 arrest on child endangerment charges.

Baker is scheduled to be sentenced on Sept. 29, at which time he is expected to receive two to six years in prison following the child pornography case and a concurrent one-year prison term for endangering the welfare of a child.

“It is important for the public to remember that the images being exchanged are, for all intents and purposes, crime scene photos as they depict real children being cruelly victimized both physically and emotionally,” said District Attorney Richard A. Brown in a statement.


Sunnyside Shines releases data on graffiti removal program, cleans 250 + instances of graffiti

47th Street (by Greenpoint Ave.)

47th Street (by Greenpoint Ave.)

July 25, By Christian Murray

Sunnyside Shines, a business improvement group that promotes this neighborhood’s commercial district, announced this week that it was responsible for cleaning more than 250 instances of graffiti for the fiscal year ending June 30.

The BID, which spent $6,600 on the program, cleaned up graffiti from storefronts, security gates and sidewalks within its boundaries, which covers Queens Boulevard (from 38th to 50th Streets) and Greenpoint Avenue (42nd Street to Queens Boulevard).

Rachel Thieme, the executive director of Sunnyside Shines, said that removing graffiti contributes “to a better-looking neighborhood in which to live, shop and do business.”

Thieme said that taggers have historically targeted the wall by Rite Aid at Greenpoint Avenue and 46th Street, as well as the wall next to Metro PCS, located at the corner of 45th and Greenpoint.

“We have had to paint those walls several times,” Thieme said. However, she said, in recent times taggers have left those walls alone.

Thieme said that the BID sends an employee out with a clipboard on an ongoing basis to write down the locations of the graffiti before notifying a contractor to paint over them.

She said that she is hoping that business owners and residents will call her office (718) 383-0566 or Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer’s office (718) 383-9566 to notify the BID of any instances that they see.

Van Bramer’s office has allocated about a quarter of the funds to cover the BID graffiti program. His office also has an anti-graffiti hotline that people can call to take care of graffiti throughout the neighborhood—not just within the BID boundaries.

In a statement, Van Bramer said he was proud to support the BID’s program and “its success, in conjunction with my office’s anti-graffiti initiative has kept hundreds of local business and residential properties clean.”

To report graffiti and get it cleaned, Van Bramer’s hotline is 718-383-9566

Brazen thieves lift Sunnyside resident’s wheels

Skillman Avenue (btw. 40th and 41st Streets)

Skillman Avenue (btw. 40th and 41st Streets)

The tire and rim thieves are back.

This car was spotted on Skillman Avenue (btw. 40th and 41st Streets) this morning with its tires and rims missing.

The owner of the vehicle, pictured, came out to move his vehicle–due to alternate side parking– only to find it on blocks. He had parked his car at that location last night.

To reduce the chances of being targeted by thieves, the police recommend that residents cut their front wheels toward the curb when they park.

Truck crashes through grocery store on 45th Street

July 24, By Christian Murray

A truck crashed through a grocery store on the corner of 45th Street and 48th Avenue yesterday leaving two people seriously hurt and one with minor injuries.

Witnesses said that a truck went barreling into Path’s Grocery store after hitting a SUV that had run through a stop sign.

The FDNY, which had few details on the incident, said it was called to the scene at about 1pm. The FDNY confirmed the incident and said three people hurt were taken to Elmhurst Hospital, although none with life-threatening injuries.

The FDNY was unable to provide details as to how the accident occurred.

Several firefighters were on the scene yesterday afternoon clearing debris and broken glass.

Thanks to George Burles and Steven Roman for photos and tip.

Source: K Torrione

Source: K Torrione


90-year-old robbed outside Stop and Shop on 48th Street



stop and shopJuly 22, By Michael Florio

The police are seeking the public’s assistance in finding a suspect who they say robbed a 90-year-old man’s wallet, before making him drive to two ATM machines and take out money.

The incident occurred on Friday in front of a Stop and Shop located at 34-51 48<sup>th</sup> Street. The victim was walking to his car at 10:45 am when the suspect grabbed him by his neck and demanded his wallet.

The suspect then demanded the victim’s PIN number and that he drive to two locations where the victim was forced to remove money from an ATM machine, according to the NYPD.

The victim was not injured.

Police are asking the public for any information leading them to the suspect, who is described as a man in his 30s with braids.

<em>Anyone with information should call Crime Stoppers at <a href=”tel:1-800-577-8477″>1-800-577-8477</a>.</em>

Sunnyside library to reopen Thursday, a month ahead of schedule

Sunnyside library

Sunnyside library

Jimmy Van Bramer

Jimmy Van Bramer

July 21, By Christian Murray

The installation of a new roof at Sunnyside library has been completed—about a month faster than officials had originally anticipated.

The library, located at 43-06 Greenpoint Ave., will reopen Thursday after being closed since June 24 to allow for the construction of the new roof. At the time, Queens library officials anticipated that it would take until mid August to complete.

The closure, while necessary, came at a difficult time for many children.

Thomas P. Noonan Playground, which is located across the street, was closed and is expected to remain so until next summer when its $2.2 million renovation is complete.

However, the speed in which it took to put up the new roof proved to be a win-win for Sunnyside, according to Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer. “We now have a roof that will last a generation and a library that will be open for most of summer,” he said.

Van Bramer said that with Thomas P Noonan Playground being closed, he made it clear that he wanted the new roof to go up as quickly as possible.

Van Bramer, however, said that the closure did put greater pressure on the Woodside branch, since it has had to handle the overflow of Sunnyside members.

Van Bramer said he is pushing to have the Woodside branch’s hours increased from five day to six day service—along with other Queens branches.

The installation of the new roof comes five years after the Sunnyside library underwent a $2.3 million renovation, which included interior and exterior improvements.

Van Bramer, who allocated $600,000 for the installation of the roof in 2013, said that the roof was not done as part of the $2.3 million renovation. He said that there were growing concerns in recent times that it was going to leak.

Cell phone store to open on Queens Blvd at former E-Bike location

E-Bike store on Queens Blvd. Sunnyside

July 21, By Christian Murray

A cell phone store will be opening in the space that was previously occupied by E-Bike at 41-25 Queens Boulevard.
Building Department records filed July 17 indicate that the new tenant is spending $10,000 on interior work in order to open the cell phone store.
The location was once a T-Mobile dealership in 2011 before closing after being in business for about a year.
E-Bike took over the spot in March 2012 before closing in May.

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