A Pretty Hot Calendar

There might still be five months left in 2014, but during the hottest point of the year, the FDNY is releasing its 2015 Calendar of Heroes. Debuting at an event on Tuesday, the fundraising calendar features Queens firefighter Joseph Conforti, of Ladder Co. 163, on the cover. For info, check out www.FDNYFoundation.org.

Nobody’s Home At 5Pointz

The FDNY is knocking but nobody’s home. Long Island City’s former 5Pointz building, a 200,000 square foot factory structure once known as a “graffiti Mecca,” is currently scheduled for demolition so that residential towers can go up in its space. The whitewashing of the building last year caused an uproar from the artists who frequently […]

Port Authority Tests Responses At Airport

BY JACKIE STRAWBRIDGE Staff Writer Choreographed chaos broke out at LaGuardia Airport Saturday morning, for a yearly emergency response drill conducted by the Port Authority. Close to 150 volunteers, splattered with red paint, dirt and fake guts, acted as victims in an imagined Boeing 737 crash. Many were sprinkled across the pavement, some pretending to […]

Sunnyside Wary About FDNY Facility

BY JACKIE STRAWBRIDGE Staff Writer At the Community Board 2 monthly meeting last week, Sunnyside residents expressed trepidation about an FDNY plan to house spare vehicles on the vacant lot next to Lou Lodati playground. These concerns were echoed by Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer (D-Sunnyside) on Tuesday. The FDNY applied to purchase this property – […]

114th Pct.: Collision Investigation

COLLISION INVESTIGATION - At 1:40 p.m. on May 27, police responded to a call about a car explosion on the eastbound Grand Central parkway at Exit 4 for the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway. Upon arrival, officers were informed that a 2010 Toyota Highlander was traveling eastbound on the Grand Central Parkway when it ran over a piece […]

Gas Smell Forces School Evacuation

BY LUIS GRONDA Staff Writer A gasoline smell forced an evacuation of a Maspeth middle school on Monday morning. FDNY responded to a call of a gas odor at around 9 a.m. June 2 at the Martin Luther School on Maspeth Avenue. A FDNY spokesperson said they did not find a gas leak or the […]

BREAKING NEWS: F Train Derails In Woodside

BY JACKIE STRAWBRIDGE Staff Writer UPDATED An F train on the express track in Woodside derailed this morning just before 11 a.m., leaving 19 people injured, with 4 suffering potentially serious injuries, according to MTA chairman Tom Prendergast. The MTA estimated that around 1,000 people were on the train at the time. The train stopped […]

109th Pct.: Kidnap Attempt, Arrest & Robbery

ATTEMPTED KIDNAPPING – The NYPD is asking the public’s assistance locating the following suspect (left) wanted for an attempted kidnapping that occurred within the confines of the 109th Precinct. At 12:15 a.m. on April 27, the suspect, while driving a four-door sedan, approached an 18-year-old victim who was walking westbound on the northbound side of […]

114th Pct.: Collision Investigation

COLLISION INVESTIGATION – At 10:37 p.m. on April 4, police responded to a 911 call of a car in the water at 19th Avenue and 37th Street. Upon arrival, responding officers discovered an automobile submerged in Steinway Creek and a male, later identified as the driver of the car, stating that there were four people […]