Man pushed to his death from 40th Street subway platform, perpetrator at large

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  1. Paul

    What next? Armed Cops at every station?!?

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  2. Bernie

    Paul -- they gonna take our arms away... Kidding asside I feel bad for the guy who got pushed, & the cops catch the pusher bitch. Probably a LOT more to this story

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  3. Message

    This sooo sad everybody is not thinking twice anymore before they push somebody to the train tracks ... May that guy's soul rest in peace with god now!

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  4. svjo

    this is not normal , its happening every month now .

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  5. svjo

    it makes me sick , we need cameras , I don't know why the 7 train is so neglected by the MTA

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  6. Ruben

    Hey Idiots! stop standing so close to the platform edge !

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  7. Kayla

    The description of the hispanic woman describes a million people. So sad.

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  8. Ruben

    What the hell are cameras going to do? What people need is more common SENSE. you see a train coming , something that can surely kill you in a brutal way...then you stand BACK. you stand against the wall so if someone wants to push you in the track they would have to pull you in kicking and screaming.

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  9. PG

    Lethal Injection for the bitch

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  10. Ryan

    This is sad. I feel terrible for the victim. We're now going to have to re-think the way we commute. No ipods, iphones, etc and standing far away from the subway tracks. After the incident in Manhattan earlier this month, I've also thought there's nothing to stop a crazy person from throwing someone from the platforms in Queens long the 7 onto the street.

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  11. Ryan

    This is sad. I feel terrible for the victim. We're now going to have to re-think the way we commute. No ipods, iphones, etc and standing far away from the subway tracks. After the incident in Manhattan earlier this month, I've also thought there's nothing to stop a crazy person from throwing someone from the platforms in Queens along the 7 onto the street.

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  12. Long time sunnysider

    Stay alert at all times whether taking the subway,bus or just walking the streets. Headphones are going to b the death of a lot of people. U must pay attention to what s going on around u. B safe everyone .

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  13. Lucky Lu

    Just this morning as I rode the 7 into Manhattan I reminded myself not to stand near the edge of the platform for this very reason. Ever since the incident last month, I have been extra cautious and paying attention to who is standing near me. I tried to get on the 7 train at Times Square this evening a little after 8, but a MTA employee told everyone the 7 train was not running between Times Sq and Queensborough Plaza due to a police investigation, and that we should take the N to QB Plaza to switch to the 7. I waited for the N at Times Sq and again felt paranoid about those around me, since I associate the term "police investigation" with a death or injury on the tracks. I purposely stood against the wall. The 7 was of course not running once I reached QB Plaza and I had to walk. I saw all of the police vehicles and news cameras and I just knew someone had been pushed. The cameras wouldn't show up for a jumper. It is so sad that we are in danger of our fellow human beings to do something so horrific to an unsuspecting, innocent person. It sounds like the poor victim was just in the wrong place at the wrong time. Ruben's comments are disgusting, and said as if he were always on his guard 100% of the time. Well let me tell you, Ruben, in a city of 8 million, you can't be on guard 100% of the time and sometimes you just have to trust that the people around you are not criminals intent on killing you. What happened to this man could have happened to you.

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  14. CircleK

    Get familiar with the term "homicidal akathisia", which refers to (the latter word) severe agitation or restlessness accompanied by loss of impulse control. This is a term Big Pharma fears you will learn and use in your everyday vocabulary when talking about their drugs. Consider that depression and other psychiatric disorders rarely resulted in violence until the advent of SSRIs, which are the widely prescribed antidepressants known to cause reactions "that can result in suicidality, violence, and other forms of extreme abnormal behavior" (Int'l Journal of Risk & Safety in Medicine 16). Consider that Big Pharma has settled thousands of lawsuits out of court and hush these stories by obtaining court orders to seal documents produced in litigation (not unlike the portrayal of Big Tobacco in Michael Mann's The Insider). Consider that at least fourteen recent school shootings were committed by those taking psychiatric drugs or withdrawing from them, which is known as "discontinuation syndrome". Now, when reading the article below, be sure to click on "list of tragedies" hyperlinked in the 3rd paragraph. You will be sent to a website that documents literally hundreds of horrific crimes involving SSRIs (the link is pre-sorted by "school" incidents). Once you're done, ask yourself if the pharmaceutical industry is telling us the truth, or are they simply profiting at the cost of violence in our communities?

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  15. CircleK

    Article here (list of tragedies in 3rd paragraph), or simply wiki "school shootings" and there is a whole chart now (since Sandy Hook) that draws this same similarity. I know this was no school shooting, but pay attention and follow up...be because you'd be surprised how many people commit such crimes while under the influence of SSRIs...

    http://c.washingtontimes.com/neighborhood/politics-blue-collar/2012/dec/17/columbine-newtown-virginia-tech-aurora-strong-case/

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  16. Anonymous

    How about small ladders every few feet or so that could give someone a fighting chance to get back on the platform. What a horrific incident.

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  17. anonymous

    something needs to be done to prevent tragedies like this from occurring again, but i doubt anything will be done.

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  18. Local Hamburgler

    Great posts CircleK, thanks for the read!

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  19. Skooh

    Over the last few weeks i notice a few Hispanic women on different occasions, rambling about "Diablo coming to get them". It's as if they are convinced by someone they are in danger from Satan. I was on the 46st station and went the other way while one of them said it loud and clear. I also had a woman sit behind me on the Q37 bus. I turned sideways to keep an eye on her movements. They should monitor the Hispanic churches and religious stores.

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  20. Local Hamburgler

    @Skooh

    By religious stores do you mean those Christian voodoo supplies shops?

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  21. JuliaJ.

    Terrible story. Can the 108th solve this crime or will they botch this one also? If you see something, say something should be changed to, GET THE BLANK OUT OF THE WAY if you see something because you really might get killed. The perpetrator sounds demented. I wonder if she lives in the Mets Houses as she was heading towards 47th Avenue.

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  22. Robert

    Why can't we put rails to prevent people from falling?

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  23. Sara vallejo

    Ok , everybody got very aggressive. The point is not blaming the victim for being stupid enough to step close to the train. The victim was in the 20's , a KID ! Basically. We can't leave in fear of psychos around the neighborhood, sunnyside is the most expensive neighborhood in queens to be dealing with this craziness. I moved here for safety, lately I've been thinking if it was worth it. The unsolved hate homicide, now a train pusher, a rapist.... What is going on !!!! This is a family neighborhood, and at least I have children to protect, it makes me really scared.

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  24. Sara vallejo

    Please if you see somebody crazy , screaming crazy stuff , be smart enough to take a pic and take it to the precinct. PLEASE, help you protect yourself and help us protect our neighborhood.

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  25. Jammy

    Stupid people everywhere!!!!

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  26. One question

    Do you know for sure that the victim was near the tracks?

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  27. sunnyside_south

    Ruben, not sure if you are just trolling or not, but can you honestly say that you have NEVER waited for a train near the edge or looked down to see if it was approaching? You seriously are that paranoid that you stand w your back against the wall every time? If so, then good for you, but you should at least have some respect in how you present your comments, and if not, you should consider that it could have been anyone who rides the 7 train, including you (assuming you do ride the subway).

    Finally, nobody argued that cameras would prevent this. However, don't you think cameras providing a clear image could help catch this person and prevent them from hurting or killing anyone else?

    Thoughts and prayers with the victim's family. It has been a rough few months for Sunnyside.

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  28. Local Hamburgler

    @Sara

    Hunter's Point is far more expensive and don't spread unfounded assumptions that the previous homicide was a hate crime.

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  29. john

    camera will not prevent a lunatic from doing crazy stuffs, but it will discourage not-so-lunatic people from committing a crime.

    ruben, you seem to be in a good mood when expressing your thoughts (or lack thereof).

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  30. O'Shea

    We need cameras everywhere !
    That's the usual response. Cameras do not solve or deter crime.
    Good ol police work and neighborhood information is what works.

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  31. O'Shea

    @john
    I enjoy reading ruben's "non-thoughts". He speaks the truth.

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  32. Webley

    Is there a button to ignore a poster because I just want to ignore certain poster above and most others would well benefit from ignoring him too because the comments he posts make no sense.

    There surely is something going on just like how NECC screwed up and gave hundreds of people meningitis. This is not normal, suddenly there are so many crazies walking around, shooting people, shoving and pushing people to their death?

    Cameras will not prevent but at least we can see what is going on and be prepared accordingly or make a clear case out of all these. Isn't there any cameras on the station? Really? Or were they just not working? Wasn't there anyone at all at the station to follow this woman and keep reporting, are we that scared to do anything now?

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  33. Ruben

    Listen up you pack of hippie Goobers, My comments speak truth. It's about personal responsibility.

    You got one guy asking for cameras. What good are cameras going to do? sure, catch someone but how unrealistic is it to ask for a camera in every corner in every area of the city? most of you heat heads keep supporting the MTA raising prices but don't demand stations with more security. I stopped taking trains a LONG time ago because they are moving coffins. Good luck getting help when something goes down, unless you're in one of the big money stations.

    You got another guy blaming big pharma like it's one big Mel Gibson/Dan Brown conspiracy. Careful Circle , next you'll be saying it was the one armed man!

    Then you got those who say "we shouldn't live in fear of psychos" umm..yes..you should! what world do you think you live in? I see dozens of you Sunnysiders pass that Chaaaange Bum and a few still give him money. You put your trust in the wrong things , you should be trusting your own judgement.

    This is about something that could have easily been avoided if these people used COMMON sense. The Asian man who got pushed can be seen arguing with the crazy black guy. Why would you argue with a crazy person? what are you going to win? His lack of common sense cost him his life, This kid who got pushed was a grown man, a young man but a man nonetheless, Who made a mistake who cost him his life, his mistake should be a reminder to everyone who takes the train that yes, you SHOULD be aware of your surroundings at all times and stop living in la la land.

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  34. Lisa

    Horrible news. I was wondering why the 40th Street station had so many police officers in it this morning. Please stay alert and be safe everyone.

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  35. Simon

    I agree with Robert.

    In a recent trip to Japan I saw this on their train lines and wondered why they don't do this in New York. It helps from being pushed onto the tracks, and it also helps crowd control, especially those people who try to push their way into the trains when people are still coming off.

    I think this would be a better investment than putting video camera's on the trains and buses to just add more big brother.

    http://www.dls-eikaiwa.com/ricky/wp-content/uploads//2012/10/sany00401.jpg

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  36. Robert

    Cameras deter crime when the perpetrator actually cares about their life and what will happen if they are caught. Homeless people, suicidal people (school shootings) and people who have nothing to lose (suicide bombers/terrorists) are almost impossible to stop. Cameras will help but lets look at the people here standing on the platform! A heavy set woman could not be run down by someone. Surely someone witnessed it according to reports this morning with a detailed description of her sneakers, etc. I mean was someone tweeting how cool her sneakers were or what they just witnessed...... do something about it! Everyone in this society wants 15 seconds of fame and 800 virtual friends but if you would have stepped up you would have been a real hero to society. This society really lacks respect and integrity and needs to pay attention to what is happening in front of them and not their phone. By the way, I am not 65 years old or something. I just turned 35, born and raised in Sunnyside but I really miss the old New York community. Don't depend on the cops, they don't want to be bothered.

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  37. Anonymous

    We have to start standing up as a neighborhood and take action so Sunnyside can continue to be a "safe, stable, family-oriented, middle and working class neighborhood." We can't just let crime continue to keep on stepping in-front of our neighborhood's doorstep and go on doing things out of the ordinary. We as a community should do something about it and stop crime from entering in our neighborhood and look after each other, respect, love, care, support, and do the right things instead of the things our parents told us not to do at all literally. If not, we will end up just like the other bad neighborhoods here in New York City. It's better to show and set an excellent and positive example rather than the opposite.

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  38. Know_where_to_run

    I don't know if this was the case in this incident but I see so many people on the subway with their headphones in their ears and their eyeballs glued to their electronic devices and have no clue what is happening around them. They are sitting ducks for thieves and psychos.

    And I will never understand why people have to stand right at the edge of the platform as the train comes barreling into the station as if they think there won't be enough time to walk the five or six feet from the back of the platform to the train after it stops.

    There will always be violent lunatics out there so at least take basic, common sense precautions to improve the odds in your favor.

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  39. Annie D

    He may not have been standing at the edge of the platform or wrapped up in his smartphone. The platforms aren't that deep, and an unexpected shove will push you 5 yards, easily. Stop calling the poor dead guy dumb...it's obvious you are just trying to convince yourself that you are invincible to random acts of violence,

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  40. JuliaJ.

    We could use the auxiliary police on the subways. The MTA fired a lot of the token booth clerks (although I think there is one at 40th) and that was a big mistake. We need eyes and ears and people to report things. I hope that people go to the next 108th police council meeting and demand answers. I take it that the guys in the photo with the "suits" are the detectives. Does anybody know what happened to Kendra's Law? That was the law that forced people to be medicated when they had a history of violence and had been prescribed meds to pacify them.

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  41. Know_where_to_run

    There will never be enough cops, cameras or other measures to stop every random attack like this. Th best way to stop them is for each person to know what crazy people are capable of and to stay alert at all times.

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  42. Pretentious Hipster

    Let's see if Jimmy Longjams holds a march to find this killer...

    Judging by the video she couldn't have run far.

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  43. Bijan

    To those complaining about Ruben:

    The dude's obviously an idiot who has nothing insightful, helpful or that shows even the slightest hint of intelligence to add. Just ignore him.

    Though this is awful, this is still only the 2nd time an incident like this has happened in recent memory (I could be wrong). If someone is going to randomly kill you, there are a lot more ways to do it instead of shoving you in front of a train. The reason this seems so awful and gets so much coverage is precisely because it *doesn't* happen very often. The fact remains that NYC is one of the safest large cities in America with a homicide rate that has dropped a whopping 83% in the past 20 years (in a nation where the homicide rate has dropped 51%).

    It's difficult to realize when such an awful thing happens to recognize the bigger picture. But the bigger picture is that you that the odds of something like this happening to you are virtually nil.

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  44. Know_where_to_run

    @Bijan

    "Virtually nil" perhaps but not much comfort to the victim in the terrifying last few seconds of his life or to his loved ones.

    Your comment sounds like a Bloomberg press release.

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  45. Ruben

    Hey Bijan,

    screw you, clearly asking people to take personal responsibility to STAY ALIVE goes over your head and is just stupid talk right?

    nothing insightful there. Just ask for more cameras and go after big medicine and all your problems will go away.

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  46. 86Mets

    When is the candle light vigil?

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  47. JuliaJ.

    If a crime like this happens once, it is ten times too many! Find the woman who did this - and fast! I wonder if Jimmy Van B. will hold a press conference about this?

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  48. Svjo

    I'm so sorry @local hamburger but Mr. Rispoli was a beloved leader in the gay comunity, he was brutally attacked with no reason. If that is not hate crime you tell me then what it is to be beaten to death, they didn't stole anything from him. I'm deeply sorry with everybody but our neighborhood safety is decreasing quite rapidly

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  49. Rothbard

    Enjoying the comments here.

    Here's a radical solution: Privatize the MTA (like it was originally)! Get it the hell out of the government's hands. Private industry wouldn't allow this nonsense to happen, for fear of losing shareholder value in lawsuits, reputation, lost business, boycotts, etc.

    They also wouldn't raise fares (like Lohta and his ilk are doing) in order to cover not train maintenance, not line improvements, but rising pension costs for MTA employees! What a joke!

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  50. Bijan

    @ Rothbard

    "Private industry wouldn’t allow this nonsense to happen, for fear of losing shareholder value in lawsuits, reputation, lost business, boycotts, etc."

    This is the single most illogical sentence ever written. It's not just incorrect, but hilariously naive.

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  51. CircleK

    Get over yourself, Ruben...

    I am not blaming Big Pharma. I am simply suggesting that, like many here looking for answers, the use of SSRI drugs could be involved. There have been controlled studies on this issue, and results are clear. Nonetheless, I did not suggest we blame Big Pharma or ban all SSRIs because they can cause violence in less than 1% of those using them. I am promoting a discussion about them and encouraging readers to demand that more studies are done on them. Fanapt, the drug spree killer Lanza was rumored to be on, has had only ONE 4-week study conducted on it.

    Generation Rx - A Prescription for Violence (documentary)
    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1355568/plotsummary

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  52. 86Mets

    I agree. There needs to be some discussion on the effects of the many pharmaceuticals people are taking these days. Problems usually have more than one cause or contributing factor. Why is it so unacceptable to some that we look into all the possibilities?

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  53. Webley

    MTA complains it would cost too much to do anything with the platforms. Government doesn't care about us, they care about the oil and war in middle east. One guy got pushed, who cares, there is someone stoning someone else in the middle of nowhere. It would not cost a billion dollars to fix our subway system, but they rather pay a billion dollar to fight a war that was not ours to begin with.. Don't get me started on gov expenses, and MTA has the nerve to ask for more money from riders for the crappy service they provide. Just go to Japan, Europe and some of the other more advanced transit systems. They could do the gates at air-train, why not at subway? Oh wait, we got unions, it will take them 10 years to bore a simple tunnel that would take China 6 months to drill.
    United States has "it has worked, let it work the way it's been working for 100 years" mentality. It will never change. This is why the major highways known to be accident spots, major intersections and ramps that are easily the most dangerous ones are never fixed. Nobody cares, nobody will. Unless it is an issue that will generate revenue, it will not change.

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  54. Get a Life

    Just read that the 108th knows who the perpetrator is and is looking for her in shelters and mental health clinics (where she should have been instead of on a platform).

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  55. Pete

    @Robert: I work with homeless people on a regular basis as a volunteer and they are usually decent people who appreciate the food we distribute to them as they have few alternatives. Yes, at times some of them are rude, smelly, intoxicated, or unappreciative and yes this is off-putting. And yes many of them have severe personal problems including addiction, mental illness, financial hardship, familial dysfunction, abuse, etc which contribute to their homelessness. But this doesn't automatically make them "suicidal" or "terrorist." Furthermore there is no indication at this time that the perpetrator is homeless. Be careful what you post folks. This is a horrible tragedy and we are understandably looking for answers but scapegoating and stereotyping won't bring this man back.

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  56. O'Shea

    Sunnyside is filled with nutters. I've said it and will continue to say it. This has nothing to do with homelessness. This criminally insane woman obviously has relatives or somewhere to rUN to.

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Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer said he supports those involved in the rally—such as Sullivan and Storck.

“I want them to know I am behind them and I will be amplifying their voices as their council member,” he said

Van Bramer encourages John Ciafone to come back to the negotiating table to see what can be done.

“I will be reaching out to John Ciafone and his family again,” he said.

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Two residents turning Sunnyside into a hub for comedy, with big show planned for Tuesday
Lindsay Goldwert

Lindsay Goldwert

Dec. 14, By Michael Florio

Two Sunnyside comedians are turning the neighborhood into a go-to place for comedy.

Comedians Lindsay Goldwert and Colin Samuel, who have formed Sunnyside Comedy, have already produced two local shows and are about to put on their biggest event yet.

The two will be hosting “The X-mas Comedy Show” at Murphy’s, located at 48-20 Skillman Avenue, this Tuesday (Dec. 16) and are bringing nine comedians to the venue. Tickets will be  $10 and will be sold at the door. The show starts at 8:30 pm.

“We have put a lot of work into the Christmas show and are excited about the comedians who we have performing,” Goldwert said. (see line up below)

The two teamed up and began hosting comedy shows together this fall, after meeting at an open mic night in Manhattan over the summer.

“We both live in Sunnyside and Colin told me he was trying to put together comedy shows in the neighborhood,” Goldwert said. “It is a lot of work for one person and when he asked me to join, I did.”

Samuel hosted one show over the summer prior to teaming up with Goldwert. However, their first show as a duo, took place in October at The Dog and Duck on Skillman Ave.

The two have hosted two shows since– another at The Dog and Duck and one at Marlene Tavern.

Goldwert said that each venue provides attendees with a different experience. The Dog and Duck is a more casual venue, where people can enjoy a drink and the show, while Marlene Tavern has the classic comedy club feel to it.

Goldwert has been doing standup for a year, while Samuel has been in the business for some time.

They decided to host shows in Sunnyside to help promote local businesses, while also fill a void in the community.

“We love living here and wanted to bring comedy to the community,” she said. “There is a growth of comedy in LIC and Astoria and we wanted to add to that by bringing comedy shows to Sunnyside.”

“We like the idea of bringing something new to the neighborhood,” she added.

The pair aims to promote local businesses by having them sponsor shows. Each show will feature giveaways, with prizes provided by local bars and businesses.

Goldwert said Sunnyside Comedy plans to host three shows a month, with each show being free unless otherwise noted. Two shows a month will be at The Dog and Duck with one at Marlene Tavern.

For more information on Sunnyside Comedy, go to Twitter at @ComedySunnyside or Facebook: https://facebook.com/puttinonthebliss

Photo source: ‘It’s in Queens’

The event was originally planned to take place at Marlene’s Tavern but has been changed to Murphy’s at 48-20 Skillman Avenue.

NOTE: the event is taking place at Murphy's Lobster Grill at 48-20 Skillman Avenue

NOTE: the event is taking place at Murphy’s Lobster Grill at 48-20 Skillman Avenue

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Sunnysiders plan rally and start petition drive to save Center Cinemas– as landlord offers six-month extension

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Dec. 11, By Christian Murray

A petition has formed and a rally is being planned as local residents try to save Sunnyside Center Cinemas from the wrecking ball.

An online petition started Wednesday that has already garnered more than 240 signatures. Meanwhile, Ty Sullivan and Jon Stork, two local activists, are already planning to hold a rally outside the theater that is tentatively scheduled for Dec. 21 (details to come).

The petition—called “Save the Sunnyside Theater”– is addressed to the property owner/developer John Ciafone. It reads, in part, “Save the movie theater from demolition and have a new lease extended.”

Meanwhile, Sullivan is reaching out to the media and various community groups as he plans the rally. He is designing posters, fliers and launching a social-media campaign to generate community interest.

This activism comes at a time when Ciafone has just offered the owner of the theater Rudy Prashad a six month extension to his lease. After the six months, he would operate on a month-to month basis.

Prashad, however, seeks a longer lease claiming that he has organized movers and contractors to remove all the seats from the theater as required. Furthermore he has already told his staff about the upcoming closure.

“I don’t want to be in the same position in six months time where I am now,” Prashad said. “Then I’m operating on a month-to-month basis when I can be kicked out any time.”

“I need a 5 year lease–although I would take something in between,” Prashad said. However, he has not dismissed Ciafone’s offer at this point.

Prashad said that he has been surprised by the community’s desire to keep the theater going. “It shows people have a passion for the community and that they are looking out for their children and their neighbor’s children.”

Ciafone said that he decided to offer Prashad an extension since he still has a lot of work to do before he can start construction. Asked if he could do better than offer Prashad a 6 month extension—he said “that’s the best I can do.”

Ciafone plans on building a 5-7 story building with about 60-70 apartments—with about 20 percent of those units being “affordable”. The building will also have ground floor retail and a community center on the second floor.

The building requires new foundations since it was not constructed with 5-7 stories in mind. Therefore, Ciafone said, the theater has to be demolished. Furthermore, there will be a need for underground parking.

“When I finished we could invite him [Prashad] back,” he said.

Ciafone was nonchalant about the “Save the theater” petition. “I could get a petition going with just as many signatures from people wanting affordable housing,” he said.

“The likely closure of the theater is a reflection of changing times,” said Community Board 2 Chair Pat O’Brien. “You want to see small businesses prevail and they are the backbone of the economy but if they don’t have lease then there is not much you can do.”

O’Brien said it is a shame what’s happening since the cinema is one of the last vestiges of old-fashion entertainment in the area. He said there used to be several theaters in the neighborhood at one time and also the Sunnyside Gardens Arena.

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Fire rips through four Woodside stores
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Dec. 11, By Michael Florio

A massive two-alarm fire erupted inside a Woodside store yesterday morning, requiring more than 100 firefighters to put out the flames, according to an FDNY spokeswoman.

The fire erupted at Don’s Professional Services, located at 38-05 69th Street, near Roosevelt Ave, just before 11 am on Wednesday morning. It then spread to three neighboring stores through a shared attic, according to the FDNY.

The fire was brought under control just before 11:45 am.

There were no reported injuries and the cause of the fire is still under investigation.

 

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Lonely Planet names Queens as the best place to visit in US next year
Long Island City waterfront

Long Island City waterfront

Dec. 10, Staff report

The borough of Queens was selected as the best tourism destination in the United States for 2015 by Lonely Planet, a leading news outlet that covers the travel industry.

Queens drew praise for its eating and drinking scene (including the four microbreweries that opened over the last 18 months), amazing diversity, high-quality hotels, exciting events, and unique, enchanting neighborhoods, such as art-filled Long Island City and surfboard-friendly Rockaway.

“Nowhere is the image of New York as the global melting pot truer than Queens. Browse New York’s biggest Chinatown in Flushing, shop for brilliantly colored saris in Jackson Heights, and inhale the heady aromas of coffee and hookahs in Astoria,” reads Lonely Planet’s editorial in its Best in the US list for 2015.

“The incomparable array of world cuisines makes Queens a destination for food lovers from all parts of New York City. For your art fix, ogle the new upgrades to the Queens Museum and the Museum of the Moving Image, look for the new Emerging Artists Festival (conceptionevents.com) in Long Island City, and stroll Astoria’s new 24-block arts district (kaufmanartsdistrict.org). If you prefer sand and surf to paint and canvas, head to Rockaway.”

Warm-Up_photo1“Don’t miss the prime eating and drinking scene that has popped up around the boardwalk — this is no cruddy carnival food: think succulent fish tacos, wood-fired pizzas, and wine bars.”

Western South Dakota came in second on Lonely Planet’s list. The other members of the top 10 were, in order, New Orleans (LA), the Colorado River, North Conway (NH), Indianapolis (IN), Greenville (SC), Oakland (CA), Duluth (MN), and the Mount Shasta Region (CA).

“I have always argued that we have the best hotels, restaurants, cultural organizations, parks, sporting events, and residents in the world and that our prices are very competitive for tourists,” said Seth Bornstein, executive director of the Queens Economic Development Corporation, after the announcement.

“It’s simply wonderful that Lonely Planet agrees, and our hospitality industry is waiting with open arms for all visitors. Come, you’ll like it.”

The annual top 10 destinations list is determined by Lonely Planet’s authors and editorial team to help travelers add to their wish lists for the coming year. Started in 1973, Lonely Planet has the biggest market share for guidebook sales in the world, having published more than 130 million guidebooks in its history. The media company also operates an award-winning website and a suite of mobile and digital travel products.

For the write up on Queens, please click here.


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Sunnysiders plan rally and start petition drive to save Center Cinemas– as landlord offers six-month extension
Sunnyside-Center-Cinemas-005-800x6002 Dec. 11, By Christian Murray A petition has formed and a rally is being planned as local residents try to save Sunnyside Center Cinemas from the wrecking ball. An online petition started Wednesday that has already garnered more than 240 signatures. Meanwhile, Ty Sullivan and Jon Stork, two local activists, are already planning to hold a rally outside the theater that is tentatively scheduled for Dec. 21 (details to come). The petition—called “Save the Sunnyside Theater”-- is addressed to the property owner/developer John Ciafone. It reads, in part, “Save the movie theater from demolition and have a new lease extended.” Meanwhile, Sullivan is reaching out to the media and various community groups as he plans the rally. He is designing posters, fliers and launching a social-media campaign to generate community interest. This activism comes at a time when Ciafone has just offered the owner of the theater Rudy Prashad a six month extension to his lease. After the six months, he would operate on a month-to month basis. Prashad, however, seeks a longer lease claiming that he has organized movers and contractors to remove all the seats from the theater as required. Furthermore he has already told his staff about the upcoming closure. “I don’t want to be in the same position in six months time where I am now,” Prashad said. “Then I’m operating on a month-to-month basis when I can be kicked out any time.” “I need a 5 year lease--although I would take something in between,” Prashad said. However, he has not dismissed Ciafone's offer at this point. Prashad said that he has been surprised by the community’s desire to keep the theater going. “It shows people have a passion for the community and that they are looking out for their children and their neighbor’s children.” Ciafone said that he decided to offer Prashad an extension since he still has a lot of work to do before he can start construction. Asked if he could do better than offer Prashad a 6 month extension—he said “that’s the best I can do.” Ciafone plans on building a 5-7 story building with about 60-70 apartments—with about 20 percent of those units being “affordable”. The building will also have ground floor retail and a community center on the second floor. The building requires new foundations since it was not constructed with 5-7 stories in mind. Therefore, Ciafone said, the theater has to be demolished. Furthermore, there will be a need for underground parking. “When I finished we could invite him [Prashad] back,” he said. Ciafone was nonchalant about the “Save the theater” petition. “I could get a petition going with just as many signatures from people wanting affordable housing,” he said. "The likely closure of the theater is a reflection of changing times," said Community Board 2 Chair Pat O’Brien. “You want to see small businesses prevail and they are the backbone of the economy but if they don’t have lease then there is not much you can do.” O’Brien said it is a shame what’s happening since the cinema is one of the last vestiges of old-fashion entertainment in the area. He said there used to be several theaters in the neighborhood at one time and also the Sunnyside Gardens Arena.
Fire rips through four Woodside stores
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Dec. 11, By Michael Florio A massive two-alarm fire erupted inside a Woodside store yesterday morning, requiring more than 100 firefighters to put out the flames, according to an FDNY spokeswoman. The fire erupted at Don’s Professional Services, located at 38-05 69th Street, near Roosevelt Ave, just before 11 am on Wednesday morning. It then spread to three neighboring stores through a shared attic, according to the FDNY. The fire was brought under control just before 11:45 am. There were no reported injuries and the cause of the fire is still under investigation.  
Lonely Planet names Queens as the best place to visit in US next year
Long Island City waterfront

Long Island City waterfront

Dec. 10, Staff report The borough of Queens was selected as the best tourism destination in the United States for 2015 by Lonely Planet, a leading news outlet that covers the travel industry. Queens drew praise for its eating and drinking scene (including the four microbreweries that opened over the last 18 months), amazing diversity, high-quality hotels, exciting events, and unique, enchanting neighborhoods, such as art-filled Long Island City and surfboard-friendly Rockaway. “Nowhere is the image of New York as the global melting pot truer than Queens. Browse New York’s biggest Chinatown in Flushing, shop for brilliantly colored saris in Jackson Heights, and inhale the heady aromas of coffee and hookahs in Astoria,” reads Lonely Planet’s editorial in its Best in the US list for 2015. “The incomparable array of world cuisines makes Queens a destination for food lovers from all parts of New York City. For your art fix, ogle the new upgrades to the Queens Museum and the Museum of the Moving Image, look for the new Emerging Artists Festival (conceptionevents.com) in Long Island City, and stroll Astoria’s new 24-block arts district (kaufmanartsdistrict.org). If you prefer sand and surf to paint and canvas, head to Rockaway.” Warm-Up_photo1“Don’t miss the prime eating and drinking scene that has popped up around the boardwalk — this is no cruddy carnival food: think succulent fish tacos, wood-fired pizzas, and wine bars.” Western South Dakota came in second on Lonely Planet’s list. The other members of the top 10 were, in order, New Orleans (LA), the Colorado River, North Conway (NH), Indianapolis (IN), Greenville (SC), Oakland (CA), Duluth (MN), and the Mount Shasta Region (CA). “I have always argued that we have the best hotels, restaurants, cultural organizations, parks, sporting events, and residents in the world and that our prices are very competitive for tourists,” said Seth Bornstein, executive director of the Queens Economic Development Corporation, after the announcement. “It’s simply wonderful that Lonely Planet agrees, and our hospitality industry is waiting with open arms for all visitors. Come, you’ll like it.” The annual top 10 destinations list is determined by Lonely Planet’s authors and editorial team to help travelers add to their wish lists for the coming year. Started in 1973, Lonely Planet has the biggest market share for guidebook sales in the world, having published more than 130 million guidebooks in its history. The media company also operates an award-winning website and a suite of mobile and digital travel products. For the write up on Queens, please click here.
Local opposition mounts against building on Sunnyside Yards, petition forms
PRR-Sunnyside-Yard_viewW-1955_ArtHuneke Dec. 9, By Christian Murray Call it a preemptive strike. A group of residents have put forward a petition voicing their opposition to the development of the Sunnyside Yards. A 12-person committee—which includes the President of the Sunnyside Chamber of Commerce—started the petition last week. The petition, which is both online and on paper, expresses their concern that plans are in motion to deck the yards. The petition, which is addressed to elected officials, has already generated about 100 signatures. Their petition comes in the wake of former Deputy Mayor Dan Doctoroff’s New York Times op-ed calling for the construction of a 3.1 million square foot convention city to be built over the yards, accompanied by nearly 14,000 resident units—of which 7,000 of them would be ‘affordable.” Furthermore, in October, the chairman of Amtrak, Anthony Coscia, said that the company was considering developing sections of the Yards. The company said that it might turn to investors as early as spring and that it had been in talks with the mayor’s office over its use. But the petitioners say not so fast. “Sunnyside and Long Island City's infrastructure cannot stand what we have now,” the petition reads. “The subways are overcrowded and our school district is one of the most overcrowded in New York City. There are already 5,000-10,000 units coming to LIC/Sunnyside as it is – and residents don 't know how the area will be able to absorb these incoming residents. Therefore, the idea of building over the yards - bringing more residents and commercial tenants – will be an extreme burden on all of us.” Furthermore, the petition reads: Our “biggest concern of all is that we residents seem be shut out of the process and an inner circle is making all these decisions.” Patricia Dorfman, one of the committee members and the author of the petition, said: "We are residents and taxpayers. This radical change in land use where we live should not happen behind closed doors and affordable housing should not be used as a Trojan Horse." Link: http://www.thepetitionsite.com/124/232/303/please-do-not-build-over-the-sunnyside-yards/?cid=FB_TAF
Sunnyside’s movie theater to close next month
Sunnyside-Center-Cinemas-005-800x600 Dec. 7, By Christian Murray Sunnyside Center Cinemas will be closing its doors on January 4 after screening movies in the neighborhood for decades, the theater's owner said Sunday. Theater owner, Rudy Prashad, said he was informed last week that John Ciafone, whose wife owns Broadway Stages, was not renewing his lease. His lease ends December 31 but he has been given to Jan. 10 to clear out of the building. Prashad said that he had been going back and forth with the property manager for months as he wondered what was happening to his lease. “They strung me along,” Prashad said, “But I guess it’s their building and they are free to do what they want.” “It is a very sad day,” Prashad said. “I was hoping that the cinema would stay and one day be landmarked.” Prashad said that he also felt sorry for some of the families in the neighborhood who will have to pay double to go to the movies elsewhere. “We haven’t changed our prices for years-- $5.00 for children and seniors, while $7.50 for adults,” he said. There is also the ‘kid combo,’ he said, which consists of a popcorn, soda, candy and a movie for $10. Before 5 pm each day, adults only pay $5. Prashad said that he had no ill will toward Ciafone and Broadway Stages. “I was disappointed with Dime Bank [the previous owner],” he said. “I was negotiating a 20-year lease with them and then they suddenly sold it.” Dime sold the property to Ciafone for $6.65 million in December 2012. Prashad had owned the theater for nine years and believes there has been a theater at that location since the 1940s. He said that he had been paying between $13,000 and $14,000 in rent per month and was always on time. Prashad said the theater is one of the last independent theaters left in Queens. There is an independent theater in Kew Gardens, which happens to be owned by Prashad.  He thinks that theater might be the only independent theater left in Queens playing American movies. There are one or two others, he said, but they cater to ethnic groups. pj1Prashad said that he would like to thank the residents of Sunnyside for their patronage over the years and plans on showing a free movie before he leaves. With Center Cinemas gone, Ciafone is now trying to lease the air rights to a developer to build residential apartments above the ground-floor retail space. The owner plans to keep the retail space while leasing 52,000 square feet of air rights to a developer. The developer would have to pay a ground lease of $750,000 per year for those rights. Ciafone plans to keep PJ Horgan’s as an on-going tenant, said Evan Daniel, a broker for Modern Spaces, which has the real estate listing. Daniel said that PJ Horgan’s is the only business with an existing lease and is well regarded by the community. When Ciafone purchased the building, PJ Horgan’s, Dime Bank, dentist Dr. Arthur Kubikian, and Center Cinemas were all tenants. PJ Horgan’s, which rents 1,300 square feet of space, has a lease through June 2018. “They are a good tenant that pay market rent,” Daniel said. The ground-floor retail space is likely to be completely refurbished, Daniel said. However, nothing will change that will impact PJ Horgan’s business. Correction: The property is owned by John Ciafone whose wife owns Broadway Stages-- not Broadway Stages the entity. Please Note: Center Cinemas and Modern Spaces advertise with this site  
New CB2 chairman elected after vigorous debate, as Conley steps aside
Joe Conley and Pat O'Brien (seated)

Joe Conley and Pat O'Brien (seated)

Dec. 5, By Christian Murray The Chairman of Community Board 2 Joe Conley received a standing ovation at last night’s community board meeting after officially announcing that he was stepping down. Conley said that after serving two decades as chairman that it was time to move on. “It’s been a great honor to be the voice of the board,” he said. “I have had a good run…and made life-long friends with the people in this room,” he added, as he began to choke up. Conley had notified board members two days prior to the meeting that he was resigning. The timing of the announcement came as a great surprise to many and was the cause of much debate, since last night was the date for the board’s annual elections. Several members said that they were caught off guard by Conley’s sudden announcement and wanted to delay the elections a month in order for all the board members to evaluate whether they wanted to run. Lisa Deller, the secretary of the board, however, presented a slate of candidates to take the executive board positions. All but one was on the executive board last year. The slate was Patrick O’Brien, chair; Stephen Cooper, first vice chairman; Denise Keehan-Smith, secretary; Lisa Deller, second vice chair; and Diane Ballek, treasurer. Conley said that board members were notified in October that they could put their names on the ballet to run--but no one had expressed interest. Furthermore, he said, people were free to nominate themselves for those spots last night. “We have looked for nominations and this is a very open process,” Conley said. However, some members said that the departure of Conley completely changed the course of the election. Others were perplexed why Conley only gave the board two days notice prior to the election. Sheila Lewandowski said that board members should be given time to decide whether they want to put them themselves on the slate. She, like many, advocated for postponing the vote. “We have had 2 days and many [board members] are not here to consider this. I think it would be responsible to be thoughtful and wait…this is big.” O’Brien said he was willing to put off the election a month if it made the board more comfortable. “I don’t want to walk into a situation …where there is a division among people,” he said. There were, however, several strong advocates who wanted the vote to take place last night. “If you want to run put you name forward now,” said one board member. The board put it to a vote to determine whether the election should be held last night. The majority won by an unofficial count of 19 for and 15 against. The election was then held and a slim majority voted in the slate. O'Brien was announced the new chair. Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer said this morning that he looks forward to working with O’Brien. “He is a good person with strong experience. I worked with him when I was on the board.” However, he said, he didn’t see the harm in waiting another month for people to think about the vote. “I m not sure it would have changed the result but the process is important,” he said. “How you come to decision-- especially if people are divided –is as important as the decision itself.” “Normally you would have a unanimous vote for these positions,” Van Bramer said. However, I think the “people who voted no were voting against the process.”  
Police arrest second man wanted for beating and robbing 81-year-old Sunnysider
Willliam Eichhorn

Willliam Eichhorn

Dec. 5, By Christian Murray The second suspect wanted for punching and robbing an 81-year-old Sunnyside resident on Oct. 26 at a Chase ATM has been arrested. Terrel Balanding, a 27-year-old from the Bronx, was arrested Dec. 3 and was charged with two counts of robbery. The arrest comes just one day after Thomas Fullwood, 29, was arrested for the same crime. Balanding and Fullwood approached William Eichhorn, 81, while he was withdrawing funds from the ATM machine at the Chase Bank branch at 46-10 Queens Boulevard. The men punched him in the face and then stole $100 in cash and his debit card while he was on the ground.
Joe Conley, Community Board 2 Chair, is stepping down
Joe Conley (third from left)

Joe Conley (third from left) at groundbreaking

Dec. 4, Christian Murray Joe Conley, the long-serving Community Board 2 chair, is stepping down. Multiple sources said that Conley, who has been chair for over 25 years, will be making the announcement tonight when Community Board 2 has its full monthly meeting. Conley’s departure from the community board will result in the biggest shake up the board has seen in nearly 30 years. For the past decade, the same leadership structure has been in place: Conley as chairman; Steve Cooper, first vice chairman; Patrick O'Brien, second vice chairman; Lisa Deller, secretary, and Diane Ballek, treasurer Tonight the board will be holding an election for all of these positions and at the very least there will be a new chairperson. At this point, the field is wide open, according to sources. Board members were only alerted to Conley’s departure yesterday. “It will be an interesting transition,” said Lisa Deller, who is the head of the land use committee. “Joe has contributed a lot. He has given his heart and soul to the board, and whether people are for or against what he has done…it should not be forgotten that he has gone above and beyond.” Joe-Conley-250x2501Conley could not be reached for comment. Conley, who has always been the recipient of great praise from his fellow board colleagues, was instrumental in turning the prostitute-ridden Long Island City into the thriving neighborhood it is today. He was also was the chair during the Sunnyside-Woodside rezoning. The chairperson has significant control of the board. He/she decides which members sit on what committees and who chairs them. The chair is also the one who runs the monthly meetings and is the public face of the board. While the community board is deemed advisory, it does have significant influence-- particularly on land use, liquor license and transportation issues. The new chair will take the helm at a time when there are many ongoing issues. There is the ongoing debate about backyard seating in Long Island City, the construction of affordable housing, continued development and the possible construction over the Sunnyside Yards.
Put on your santa suit, Sunnyside Boulevard Bars to host Santathon Bar Crawl
2012 Sanathon

2012 Santathon

Dec. 3, By Christian Murray Hundreds of Santas are going to be lining the streets of Sunnyside this Saturday as they participate in the neighborhood’s third annual Santathon/pub-crawl. Eleven bars along—or near—Queens Blvd are putting on the festive event, where attendees will go from bar-to-bar and will be able to buy $4 beers. Participants will be required to pay $10 for a wristband and wear a Santa costume (or at least a Santa hat) to get the $4 beers. The $10 wrist bands can be bought at any of the bars—from now until the time of event. The proceeds will be donated to children’s charities to buy toys for needy kids this holiday season. The bars are also accepting toys and monetary donations from now until Christmas. The pub crawl will begin at 3:00 pm and go until late.  Participants are able to begin their journey at any of the bars but must then follow the order of Santa’s route (see map). The participating bars are: Arriba Arriba, Bar 43, Maggie Mae's, Bliss Street Station, The Courtyard Ale House, McGuinness's Saloon, Molly Blooms, Sidetracks, Jack's Fire Dept., The Gaslight and PJ Horgan's. Last year’s Santathon raised more than $10,000 in monetary and new toy donations. “We really want this to be a big event, ” said Nick Murphy, the co-owner of Bar 43 & Grill. “We are all coming together to put on a great community event that will help raise money for charity.” The eleven bars are part of what’s known as Sunnyside Boulevard Bars, a group that was formed in 2012 and has held several events, such as the St. Patrick’s Day Music Festival. The organization has raised more than $25,000 for charity since its inception. The beneficiaries have included Sunnyside/Woodside Boys & Girls Club and the 51st Street Fire Station (Engine 325/Ladder 163). Details Saturday, Dec. 6 Time: 3 pm
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Police arrest man for beating and robbing 81-year-old Sunnysider, cops closing in on second suspect
Willliam Eichhorn

Willliam Eichhorn

Dec. 3, By Christian Murray One of the two men wanted for punching and robbing an 81-year-old Sunnyside resident on Oct. 26 at a Chase ATM has been arrested. Thomas Fullwood, a 29-year-old from the Bronx, was arrested Dec. 2 and was charged with two counts of robbery. The police are still searching for the other suspect. Fullwood and his accomplice approached William Eichhorn. 81, while he was withdrawing funds from the ATM machine at the Chase Bank branch at 46-10 Queens Boulevard. One of the men punched him in the face and then they both stole $100 in cash and his debit card while he was on the ground. According to sources, Fullwood has provided information to the police identifying the second individual involved in the attack.
The police are still searching for this suspect

The police are still searching for this suspect

Demolition permits filed as section of Greenpoint Ave. to be bulldozed
closing1 Dec. 2, By Christian Murray Demolition permits have been filed with the Building Dept. to demolish three Greenpoint Avenue stores and the accompanying upstairs dwelling units. The permits, which were filed and approved Nov. 18, provide the developer with the go-ahead to knock down the buildings that were occupied by King Boulevard, SSS Video and Azteca Restaurant. The filings do not state what the developer has in mind for the site. This strip of real estate (47-16 to 47-24 Greenpoint Ave.) was sold by Greisman Property in October to AB Capstone Development, a development company, for  $4.35 million. Mike Perez, who owned King Boulevard for 31 years, closed down his store at the end of October. closing

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