A five-alarm fire with flames shooting two to three stories high burned for hours at a South Jamaica scrap metal yard owned by Victoria Gotti’s Three Sons Real Estate Group Monday morning, according to fire officials and city records. Comment.
Hurricane Sandy struck a devastating blow to New York City. It is going to be a long time before Far Rockaway, Breezy Point and Staten Island are going to be back to the way things were before Sandy. Comment.
Two events in the final weeks of 2012 have dampened the holiday season and will make this a year we will never forget. First was Hurricane Sandy, a storm that hit our shores and destroyed communities. The second was the Newtown, Conn., shooting that has shaken a nation. Comment.
During this holiday season, we can be proud and thankful that there was no shortage of caring individuals and actions of selflessness through Hurricane Sandy and its aftermath. The true spirit and resilience of New Yorkers shone through these past weeks. What was in apparent shortage, besides gas, was a coordinated response from the various levels of government, especially the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s response. Comment.
A plumber who has been working in the Rockaways and the south shore of Staten Island since Hurricane Sandy hit warns that unlicensed and poorly trained hacks posing as plumbers are incorrectly telling storm victims that it is safe to turn on their heat and hot water when any real plumber would know it is not. Comment.
Mayor Michael Bloomberg indicated that Howard Beach and other neighborhoods that were not told to evacuate before Hurricane Sandy but experienced devastating flooding might be among the first ordered to evacuate in the future in advance of potentially damaging storms. Comment.
Residents living in neighborhoods ravaged by Hurricane Sandy appeared confused about many aspects of applying for help from the city and federal governments on a tele-town hall with government officials Friday. Comment.
A 19-page booklet called PlaNYC was issued in 2006 by the mayor’s Sustainable Advisory Board as a special supplement from the city. Its purpose was to alert people to the needs of 2030. It warned that by 2015 our temperatures will have risen by half a degree and that by 2020 half of our power plants will be more than 50 years old. Comment.
Residents hit by Hurricane Sandy gathered at PS 146 in Howard Beach Monday to ask local attorneys about tax and legal considerations following the superstorm that left many with damaged or destroyed documents and struggling to navigate their insurance plans. Comments (1).
The residents of Meadowmere and Meadowmere Park, two tiny waterside communities off Rockaway Boulevard, are used to flooding, but Superstorm Sandy was unlike anything they had ever seen before. Comments (1).
Gov. Andrew Cuomo, President Barack Obama, Mayor Michael Bloomberg, the MTA and FEMA all get high marks on their performances after Hurricane Sandy struck, according to a poll less kind to the Long Island Power Authority. Comments (1).
Some flood insurance premiums are set to double after federal legislation was enacted over the summer, and portions of Queens residents recovering along the borough’s southern coast will be affected more than others. Comment.
The Rockaway community still waits for its share of federal aid after Mayor Michael Bloomberg visited Washington, D.C., last week to lobby for relief funds. Bloomberg said he met leaders from both houses of Congress and both parties to describe the recovery efforts and explain why the city needs $9.8 billion, backing Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s request for $42 billion in federal relief aid for the state. Comment.
I could not believe it: A massive tree trunk, measuring 5 feet in diameter, ripped out of the ground with roots and earth dangling in the air. Smashed and suffocated in the rubble by huge branches and leaves was a little red car. Comment.
A nutrition-oriented Whitestone nonprofit cooked Thanksgiving dinner for flood victims last Thursday, although disaster experts caution that there is a point where free grub can do more harm than good. Comment.
FRESH MEADOWS — Emergency officials responded to the scene of a car fire on 184th Street near the Long Island Expressway service road in Fresh Meadows at about 7:30 a.m. Sunday morning, the Breaking News Network reported. Comment.
Firefighters were searching houses for people in Breezy Point Wednesday after a six-alarm fire leveled more than 100 homes and severe flooding destroyed many more during the superstorm Sandy two days ago. Comment.
We think most Queens residents will agree that, with the exception of the service delays by Consolidated Edison and the Long Island Power Authority, the government’s response was remarkable. Compare that to the bumbling that occurred when Hurricane Katrina stuck the Gulf Coast in 2005. Comments (2).
Hurricane Sandy uprooted a more than 300-ton oak tree across the street, slamming it into a London plain maple tree in front of our home, causing it to crack open. These trees continued to loom over our home on live Consolidated Edison wires for 11 days before we received any physical help. Comment.
RICHMOND HILL — A 14-month-old girl, who had not been riding in a car seat, was in serious condition at Long Island Jewish Hospital after a two-car crash in Richmond Hill involving the minivan she was riding in Monday, according to a report in the New York Post. Comments (2).
Is it too soon to be honest? Can we continue reading about what should or could have happened? Surely there have to be reasons why things occur the way they do. Hurricane Sandy making headlines before it arrived provided warnings to all people living in its path. Comments (2).
The urgent need for federal help in the city following Hurricane Sandy has led to the creation of a federal disaster nerve center in a once bustling Forest Hills office building that used to house airline company JetBlue. Comment.
Volunteers combed through the 450 houses that comprise Hamilton Beach Saturday to take inventory of what residents still needed in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy, which inundated the sleepy island near John F. Kennedy International Airport with about 8 feet of water. Comments (1).
The Glen Oaks Volunteer Ambulance Corps. came to the rescue of stranded patients during the hurricane and afterward the group felt it was their duty to help out neighborhoods that bore the brunt of Sandy. Comment.
The relief effort organized by the government is carried out by a vast network of organizations where well-intentioned neighborhood groups often prove hard to incorporate and sometimes hamper relief efforts. Comments (1).
As we near Thanksgiving, we are grateful for the work done by first responders and volunteers helping Queens families survive Hurricane Sandy. Nevertheless, it is taking too long to get power back in parts of Queens. Comment.
While celebrities and elected officials display some post-Hurricane Sandy goodwill in hard-hit places like Far Rockaway and Staten Island, residents in a small Queens community are gutting their basements and wondering where to go from here. Comment.
The City Council authorized $500 million in emergency spending Tuesday to make repairs to public schools and hospitals damaged by Hurricane Sandy, coming on top of $134 million already approved by the city for the recovery effort and emergency services. Comments (1).
An elected official incorrectly said on the radio that the Long Island Power Authority told her it would take seven weeks to restore power to the Rockaways. A resident on the peninsula claimed the NYPD was turning back out-of-state power workers. Comment.
With most of the Rockaways still in the dark and the Long Island Power Authority facing an onslaught of criticism for its handling of Superstorm Sandy, the utility has announced its chief operating officer would step down at the end of the year. Comment.
Friends and family gathered at Frederick Funeral Home to grieve for a Queens man who died in a plane crash on Long Island after police said his beloved Globe Swift plummeted into the Moriches Inlet near Fire Island late last month. Comment.
Frank Magri, a Flushing resident who lives in the Pomonok Houses and is a member of Community Board 8, was recently honored at a CB 8 meeting for his heroic actions in defending a woman from an attacker in a subway car. Comment.
As the days dragged on since Hurricane Sandy bludgeoned the city and cut power to many communities in the Rockaways, some people took it upon themselves to feed and provide for their neighbors as they waited for city services to be restored. Comments (1).
Residents in Flushing, Whitestone and College Point were eager to help their neighbors to the south whose homes were wiped out by Superstorm Sandy, but gas shortages and the logistics of transporting a large amount of goods made the prospect farfetched until several groups stepped forward with big plans — and big trailers to match. Comments (2).
With thousands in the city still without heat and power more than a week after Hurricane Sandy devastated the region, many Queens officials are blasting utility companies for an inadequate response and demanding a speedier restoration. Comment.
Nearly one week after Hurricane Sandy swept through Little Neck downing trees and power lines, Richard Kops and his wife Marcia killed time outside their darkened home off 57th Avenue. The only scenery in front of them included unattended trees and power lines that had fallen days earlier. Comments (2).
A week after Superstorm Sandy plunged much of Queens into darkness, Con Edison and the Long Island Power Authority were estimating it could take another week to return power to thousands of customers in the borough, drawing scorn from places both high and low. Comment.
Western Queens elected officials say their offices have filled up with donations multiple times over from community members for south Queens neighborhoods devastated by Superstorm Sandy last week. Comment.
In Broad Channel, the American Legion has become the de facto center of the storm-ravaged island, with volunteers serving warm food to residents, handing out batteries and blankets and sorting through bundles of donated supplies, including stacks of clothes that literally reached the ceiling Monday evening. Comments (1).
As Rockaway residents struggled to clean their homes and belongings, find food and stay warm, frustration continued to mount Sunday during the sixth day the area was without power with no end in sight. Comments (2).
Residents of the Rockaways braved dropping temperatures and a line that wound through Conch Playground and a block down the bordering sidewalk to receive food, water and other supplies at an aid distribution point Friday. Many said they were thankful to have help but also questioned why it started to arrive four days after Hurricane Sandy devastated the area. Comments (1).
Some residents of the Rockaways who were hit hard by Hurricane Sandy and are without power and other city services have taken it upon themselves to provide for their community in the aftermath of the storm, cooking food and handing it out to people in need. Comment.
Christopher Wight, who is running against U.S. Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-Astoria), slammed the actions of his former campaign manager, who had admitted to writing messages on Twitter with inaccurate information about Hurricane Sandy during the storm. Comment.
Hundreds lost power in College Point and Whitestone after trees toppled throughout both neighborhoods, while northeast Queens marinas faced the harsh reality unleashed by Hurricane Sandy, according to Consolidated Edison. Comments (5).
The devastation and misery brought on by Hurricane Sandy will live on in the hearts and minds of Queens residents for decades to come. In modern times, it compares only to 2005’s Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans, which left 1,836 people dead. Comments (1).
Many people returned to Breezy Point for the first time after Hurricane Sandy to see if their houses were still standing Wednesday, two days after a six-alarm fire leveled more than 100 houses and catastrophic flooding destroyed many more. Comment.
No section of Queens completely escaped the wrath of Superstorm Sandy and emergency crews worked through the week to contain the smoldering cinders that once were Breezy Point homes, restore power to the roughly 112,000 customers without power and clear the thousands of trees that crushed cars and houses while blocking roads. Comment.
Residents in Rosedale said they were caught off guard by Hurricane Sandy’s fury Monday night when a creek separating Queens and Nassau County overflowed its banks, flooding a number of blocks in the neighborhood. Comments (1).
The family of a 29-year-old St. John’s University graduate received an outpouring of support after the Flushing resident was killed by a falling tree during Superstorm Sandy Monday night. Comments (3).
Mindful of greater problems elsewhere in the borough, northwestern Queens residents have been donating supplies for their neighbors in the Rockaways, but Astoria and Long Island City are still suffering transportation limits and power outages days after Superstorm Sandy ripped through the city. Comment.
With Con Edison projecting it could take up to another week to restore power to all of Queens, several of the borough’s elected officials Friday said the time line was unacceptable and called on the public utility to do everything and anything it could to expedite the process. Comments (1).
Outside the Rockaway home where a man died in his flooded basement during Hurricane Sandy, remnants of the storm were still apparent with mud thick on the streets and a nearby large felled tree. Comments (3).
Superstorm Sandy turned the streets of northeast Queens into a life-sized maze, downing trees to block off roads and tearing down power lines in a destructive series of events that created outages for nearly 20,000 customers around Flushing and Fresh Meadows, but for one Auburndale family, the ordeal went on for days. Comment.
While northwestern Queens was not hit as hard as other parts of the borough during Superstorm Sandy, residents were still feeling its effects after the waters receded and the skies cleared. Comments (1).
Scores lost power in the College Point and Whitestone areas after trees fell throughout both neighborhoods Monday and Tuesday, while northern Queens marinas faced the harsh reality unleashed by Hurricane Sandy. Comments (1).
A tree blown over by winds from Monday night’s superstorm fell onto a Flushing home, killing 29-year-old St. John’s University graduate Tony Laino, police said, and Tuesday afternoon friends and family gathered for an emotional reunion in front of the crushed residence. Comments (4).
Residents on 98th Street in Howard Beach said they heard an elderly woman yelling as storm surge waters filled the street Monday evening, but the current was too strong for them to rescue her. Comments (3).
The superstorm that slammed into Queens Monday night left at least 10 dead in New York City and about 80 homes in Breezy Point smoldering after a record storm surge inundated neighborhood streets and wind gusts downed trees, leaving about 100,000 Queens residents without power Tuesday morning. Comment.
Superstorm Sandy turned the streets of northeast Queens into a life-sized maze Monday night, downing trees to block off roads and tearing down power lines in a destructive series of events that created outages for nearly 20,000 customers around Auburndale and Fresh Meadows, but for one Auburndale family, the ordeal went on for days. Comments (1).
By Joe Anuta, Colin DeVries, Rebecca Henely and Christina Santucci
Hurricane Sandy has made landfall in the Northeast and state and local officials were taking all precautions to keep residents safe as the brunt of the storm swirled toward Queens Monday afternoon. Comment.
As preparations for Hurricane Sandy continued in Queens, city, state and federal officials announced mandatory evacuations of some coastal areas in the borough, a citywide shutdown of the public transit system, the planned closure of public schools Monday and additional assistance from the federal government. Comments (1).
Though the city has not yet ordered any evacuations in anticipation of the potentially dangerous Hurricane Sandy looming over the Northeast by the end of the weekend, various city agencies and leaders have started preparing for the worst. Comment.
Families and friends of a South Ozone Park teen, one of four Queens youths killed in a car crash in Long Island on Columbus Day, gathered at S.J. Romanelli Funeral Home at 114-30 Rockaway Blvd. for his service Friday. Comments (1).
As the elderly population grows at a fast rate in the borough and throughout the city, the city Office of Emergency Management is increasing its efforts to inform seniors who live in hurricane evacuation zones about what steps they need to take to remain safe during floods. Comment.
BAYSIDE — A north-bound vehicle overturned on Cross Island Parkway by Northern Boulevard on Sunday, the Breaking News Network reported. Eight people were injured in the crash, according to BNN. Comment.
A car carrying five Queens teens careened off a Long Island road and hit a number of trees, slicing the car in half and killing the passengers and injuring the driver over the Columbus Day weekend, state police said. Comment.
JAMAICA — Passengers aboard TAM Flight 8078 from Rio de Janeiro got the scare of their lives as their plane prepared to land at John F. Kennedy International Airport last Thursday, the New York Post reported. Comment.
Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said in a statement Friday his office and the NYPD’s Internal Affairs Division would be looking into a police detective’s shooting of an unarmed Corona man who was pulled over on the Grand Central Parkway for a traffic stop. Comments (2).
The Bayside man who threatened to set himself on fire in a Flushing garden last week is the latest associate of a Flushing state Assembly candidate to have a run-in with authorities, according to the NYPD. Comment.
ROCKAWAY — New York Police Department divers teamed up with the U.S. Coast Guard and other emergency responders to rescue an unidentified man trapped underneath a capsized boat near Rockaway Beach, police said. Comment.
The bus company that transported a Woodside teenager who died after sticking his head through a second-floor escape hatch said the vehicle fit easily under the underpass, but the New Jersey DOT said the bus may have been so large that it required a special permit, which it did not have. Comments (3).
Grieving friends and family of 16-year-old St. Francis Preparatory school student Daniel Fernandez, who died in an unimaginable accident on a party bus Friday, gathered at Kearns Funeral Home in Rego Park Monday to begin the difficult process of saying goodbye. Comment.
Hundreds of mourning students gathered at St. Francis Preparatory in Fresh Meadows Saturday night for a candlelight vigil in remembrance of Daniel Fernandez, a 16-year-old student who died in a horrific accident on a party bus the night before. Comment.
A 16-year-old boy from Woodside was killed Friday night while on a bus to a Sweet 16 party after sticking his head through an emergency hatch and smashing his head against an overpass, according to the Port Authority. Comments (66).
Neighbors surrounding the Douglaston home ravaged by fire earlier this month have returned to their soot-filled buildings over the last week, trying to make sense of how such a controversial project was not approached with more caution. Comments (3).
A three-alarm blaze tore through an extension to a home that was being built in Douglaston Tuesday evening, then spread into the house and threatened neighboring residences before it was put out, fire officials said. Comments (1).
The FDNY responded to a 911 call of a building collapse at 134-21 231st St. in Laurelton around 12:30 p.m. Friday, according to the Breaking News Network. Firefighters said there were two people trapped inside the building, according to BNN. Comment.
Emergency responders were called to Laurelton Tuesday afternoon at assist with a Jeep that was stuck in a ditch. According to a spokesman for the FDNY, fire officials assisted a woman out of her car at about 1 p.m. and took her to North Shore Long Island Jewish Health System.Photo by Ellis Kaplan Comment.
A raging fire engulfs the front half of a car along the northbound lanes of the Cross Island Parkway Monday night around 8 p.m. The burning vehicle was sitting north of Union Turnpike, emanating heat across the highway and snarling traffic behind it. Comment.
A three-alarm fire gutted a Flushing Laundromat early Monday morning, severely damaging a cluster of apartments above the store and injuring more than a dozen of the city’s Bravest as well as two tenants. Comment.
FLUSHING - Police and Fire Department personnel responded to a four-vehicle crash involving a motorcycle on the southbound Whitestone Expressway Tuesday morning near Northern Boulevard, according to a spokesman for the FDNY. Comment.
A worker unloading a truck in Woodside Monday morning was killed in an accident involving a school bus carrying special-needs children, according to police, witnesses, fellow employees and the man’s boss. Comment.
We are writing to request your intervention to combat an upsurge of 911 emergency calls from the part of the Creedmoor Psychiatric Center campus south of Union Turnpike in eastern Queens. Comments (1).
Emergency responders assist in the removal of a sailboat Aug. 4 from underneath the Roosevelt Island Bridge, which connects Long Island City to Roosevelt Avenue. According to the Breaking News Network, all of those aboard the boat were removed without incident. Comment.
Officials want to know how a Howard Beach jet skier breached security at John F. Kennedy International Airport Friday night and walked undetected through two runways and into a terminal after becoming stranded in Jamaica Bay on his vessel. Comment.
WHITESTONE — Three people were injured in an accident involving two vehicles at Francis Lewis Boulevard and 23rd Avenue in Whitestone Tuesday afternoon, a spokesman for the city Fire Department said. Comment.
The Sikh community in Queens reacted with shock and mourning in the wake of Sunday’s mass shooting at a Sikh temple in Oak Creek, Wis., that killed six people, including the uncle of a leader of the Sikh Cultural Society in Richmond Hill. Comment.
Oby Okoro, the woman the NYPD identified as the driver in a gruesome accident Sunday morning in Jamaica that left five passengers dead, told police she lost control of her Mercedes-Benz because the brakes failed, according to a report. Comment.
Members of a state agency assigned to investigate the role Consolidated Edison played in a deadly 2008 Queens gas explosion were secretly passing their findings onto a consultant for the utility, a report from the state inspector general alleged. Comment.
An SUV packed with family members on their way home from a Nigerian benefit early Sunday morning flipped over in Jamaica, killing five passengers and leaving three others in stable condition, police and family members said. Comment.
The driver who crashed a tour bus shuttling gamblers from a Connecticut casino to Flushing last week may be in trouble with the feds for not being able to speak English, according to state police. Comments (1).
The Independence Day holiday turned tragic when one child drowned in Douglas Manor and another had a close call in Glen Oaks. A toddler lost his life in a pool in Suffolk County on the same day. Comment.
The son of an Ozone Park cab driver killed in a three-vehicle crash on the Long Island Expressway early Saturday said his father had been worried about the weather a few hours before he died and thought about staying home. Comment.
BAYSIDE — Firefighters, members of the NYPD’s Emergency Service Unit and medics responded to Bell Boulevard at the corner of 41st Avenue Tuesday morning to assist with a woman injured by a car while crossing the street. Comment.
Four firefighters sustained minor injuries battling a two-alarm blaze in Bayside Tuesday afternoon and were taken to North Shore Long Island Jewish Health System to be treated, fire officials said. Comment.
State Sen. Michael Gianaris (D-Astoria) said he is asking the city Department of Transportation to do another comprehensive review of the Ed Koch-Queensborough Bridge off-ramps after a fourth car accident took place near the bridge last week. Comment.
Emergency responders were called to the intersection of 229th Street and Hoxey Drive in Bayside last Thursday, where an SUV collided with a utility pole. At least one person was taken to the hospital following the accident. Comment.
Firefighters responded to an accident at the corner of 141st Avenue and 241st Street in Rosedale Friday morning. According to an FDNY spokesman, three people, including two with minor injuries and one person who was in serious but stable condition, were injured in the multi-vehicle crash. Comment.
MASPETH — Police were looking for help in finding Pasquale “Lino” Canfora, who went missing within the 104th Precinct. He was last seen March 19 around 5:30 p.m. near 59-57 56th Drive, police said. Comment.
As construction equipment cleared debris along Hempstead Avenue Monday afternoon, Fire Department investigators searched for clues as to what set a Queens Village bodega ablaze earlier in the morning. Comment.
A pedestrian is in critical condition after being struck by an 89-year-old driver in Oakland Gardens, as was recently reported. The driver remained at the scene and no criminality was suspected. Comments (1).
KEW GARDENS HILLS — Police were asking for the public’s assistance in locating an elderly woman, who was reported missing from Kew Gardens Hills. Feng Huang, 82, was last seen leaving her home at about 7:30 a.m. Monday, according to police. Comment.
A troubled man stepped out of his South Jamaica home early last Thursday, crossed the street to his parked car, got inside and then set it ablaze in an apparent suicide, neighbors and the FDNY said. Comment.
SUNNYSIDE — A man was found dead when police said emergency responders found him lying unconscious on the ground of Calvary Cemetery, which sits on the border of Sunnyside and Maspeth, according to police reports. Comment.
ARVERNE — Police and city Department of Buildings officials were seeking answers in the collapse of the third floor of a Rockaway home during a 13-year-old’s birthday party Monday. The Breaking News Network first reported the collapse around 11 p.m. Comment.
The driver of a delivery truck who ran into some exposed electrical lines at Vaughn College last week did more than cause a small explosion and fire — that driver may have also destroyed spring break. Comment.
A large oil spill on the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway tied up traffic in the area of East Elmhurst for several hours Wednesday as emergency responders worked to clean the roadway and remove the remaining unspilled fuel from the truck. Comment.
More than 10 years after the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center, a Queens lawmaker and representatives from both the city’s Police and Fire departments praised the passage of a law they said would help first responders coordinate their efforts during emergencies like 9/11. Comment.
A beloved grandmother was killed in a house fire in South Jamaica Wednesday night. The woman’s family said they were downstairs and did not realize the second floor was in flames until their neighbors began pounding on the door. Comment.
The Glen Oaks Volunteer Ambulance Corps is looking for members of the Glen Oaks; Floral Park; Bellerose; Oakland Gardens; New Hyde Park, L.I.; and North Shore Towers communities to join its volunteer team. Comment.
Over the last few years, we have experienced tornados, snow and ice storms, hurricanes and major rain storms. During these events, power is often lost and power lines are down, making roads impassable and walking treacherous. Comment.
The FDNY said Tuesday it was still investigating a fire that killed a beloved grandmother in South Jamaica last week. The fire took place on the second floor of 146-03 120th Ave. while the woman’s family was downstairs. Comment.
Emergency responders survey the wreckage of a car involved in a two-vehicle crash on the westbound Jackie Robinson Parkway just east of Metropolitan Avenue in Forest Hills Sunday. Several people were taken to the hospital, officials at the scene said.Photo by Ellis Kaplan Comment.