Times are tough, Mid Queens harder | Queenswide

The folks in Mid Queens might have taken a few hits in early 2021 – and we’re not even talking about Covid-19 – but there always seemed to be someone there to help someone save.


The Queens Place shopping center was evacuated over fears of a possible Tesla bomb, but police determined the threat was a hoax.

A riot at the United States Capitol led by a mob of President Trump supporters led to the evacuation and lockdown of the Capitol and five deaths.

“I just texted [my family] that I love them, ”Rep. Grace Meng (D-Flushing) told CNN. Meng said he heard rioters running through the halls shouting “USA! As she pushed as much furniture as possible against the door, turned off all the lights, and squatted for nearly six hours, after which she was removed by security.

Eduard Florea, 40, was arrested in Middle Village after the FBI discovered online threats against an armed trailer against the Capitol. Authorities said Florea would not be present at the Captiol riot earlier this month.

Brendan Hunt, 37, was also arrested in Ridgewood a week later for allegedly making online threats against high-ranking Democratic politicians.

Police shot a Maspeth man as he rushed towards them with a knife. The 41-year-old man, who police said was on crystal meth and hallucinating, went to a nearby hospital in critical condition. It was the third time in the week that the police responded to the address.

President Biden was sworn in and became the 46th President of the United States. “We must put an end to this uncivil war,” he declared.

City Councilor Jimmy Van Bramer (D-Sunnyside) has announced he will run in the Democratic primary for Borough President. Van Bramer, whose term would be limited at the end of the year, had abandoned the special elections for the race in 2020 to focus on his mother’s health.

The Fresh Pond Road Chamber of Commerce has been reactivated thanks to the impetus of several business owners.

“We’re trying to get all businesses to hold hands, to get every business to help each other,” said Liran Gross, branch manager for Federal Savings Bank Maspeth.

After weeks of area leaders trying to get him off the cold streets, a homeless man at Myrtle Avenue and Fresh Pond Road in Glendale left his place to go to the hospital.

“He was initially reluctant to go,” said Reverend Mike Lopez of All Saints Church. “He said he was happy because that’s where his community is and he didn’t want to go. Eventually we managed to convince him that it was not safe for him to continue staying there, either for himself or for the community.

Rogelio Vega, a deacon from Maspeth, was arrested for seeking to have sex with a teenager. Vega, 40, went to meet the 14-year-old to find out he was a detective.

Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 32 has moved its headquarters from Whitestone to Maspeth, as its home for the past decade has gone up for sale.


Indoor meals returned to restaurants across town at 25% capacity on February 12.

Two men have been charged with making a terrorist threat and other felony charges for allegedly planting a fake bomb on the roof of a car at Queens Place shopping center in January.

Louis Shenker, 22, of Amherst, Mass., And Taylor Lyne, 27, of Santa Rosa, Calif., Were arraigned on an indictment accusing them of placing a fake bomb or dangerous substance in a stadium or a sports arena, transit hub, or closed shopping mall, posing a terrorist threat and abandoning an animal.

An accused high trafficker and three others have been charged in connection with a dismantled large-scale heroin-packing plant in Ridgewood. Approximately 39 kilograms of suspected heroin with an estimated market value of $ 12 million, 1,000 fentanyl tablets and $ 200,000 in cash were recovered during the investigation. DEA Special Agent Ray Donovan said “it was like an opioid landmine capable of dispersing hundreds of thousands of doses of heroin through [the] Northeast.


Harry Lambros, the owner of Harry’s Hardware on Eliot Avenue in Middle Village, died on March 4 at age 80. Lambros suffered from pneumonia after contracting the coronavirus.

The city’s cinemas were allowed to reopen on March 5 at 25% capacity, with moviegoers wearing masks.

The city sheriff’s office closed an illegal rave at a Ridgewood warehouse on Irving Avenue on March 6. MPs found 142 people without masks partying at the site. Two security guards and a DJ were ticketed for defying orders.

Long-time education ministry employee Meisha Porter became the first black female school chancellor following the resignation of Richard Carranza. The outgoing chancellor said he stepped down to deal with the personal trauma inflicted by the pandemic.

Indoor meals at city restaurants increased to 50% capacity on March 19, and high schools resumed in-person learning three days later.

While major crimes have declined significantly since the start of the year in the 104th constituency in the first quarter of 2021, vehicle thefts have increased 175% from 12 to 33. Constituency officials said they saw keys left in the ignitions of older cars and fobs left inside newer vehicles.

World War II veteran Gerard Opitz who lived in Glendale for decades has died aged 97. While stationed in Norwich, England with the 8th Air Force 389th Bomber Group, 564th Squadron, Opitz, a sergeant, flew in B-24 Liberators consolidated as an aerial reconnaissance photographer.


Fans returned to Citi Field for baseball for the first time since 2019. With a capacity capped at 20 percent, more than 8,000 fans watched the Mets beat the Miami Marlins 3-2 on April 8.

The closed Modell’s sporting goods store at the Queens Center shopping mall in Elmhurst has become a Covid vaccination site. Originally, the Johnson and Johnson vaccine was to be distributed, but after a nationwide hiatus due to cases of blood clotting, the Moderna vaccine was distributed at the site.

Richard Rivera, who murdered Police Officer Robert Walsh in a 1981 Maspeth bar robbery, has been reported to serve on a police reform committee in the upstate. The panel was formed in response to an order from the then governor. Cuomo on police reform.

The Queens Chronicle received 10 awards, including three for first place, in the annual competition organized by the New York Press Association.

The family of the late Borough President, Claire Shulman, joined elected officials at Kew Gardens on April 26 to inaugurate City Hall with the keynote address from 1 Claire Shulman Way. In 1986, Shulman became the first woman to hold the post of President of the Borough of Queens, a post she held until 2002. She was 94 when she died of cancer last August. .

The state legislature on April 28 voted to overturn or reduce many of Cuomo’s restrictions on small businesses such as retail and restaurants.


Forest Park hosted a seven-hour tribute on May 1 to the more than 3,000 Queens residents lost in the Covid-19 pandemic. The darkest part was an exhibit of over 400 portraits of people lost in the seats of the park’s bandstand.

A major sewer construction project in Maspeth on and around the 70th Street corridor began on May 8. It also enabled the installation of 72-inch main water valves and backfill on 69th Street between 48th Avenue and Queens Boulevard.

Len Santoro, president of the 104th Precinct Community Council, announced at the group’s May 18 meeting that National Night Out Against Crime would return to its usual time on the first Tuesday in August after a forced one-year hiatus at Covid-19 .

Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio of the Diocese of Brooklyn has given a clear signal to the Roman Catholic churches in Brooklyn and Queens to resume services at full capacity, although a number of Covid-19 protocols remain in place to this day.

A vandal spray painted “Free Palestine” on a flag display created by the American Veterans Chapter 32 of Vietnam in the early morning hours of May 24th. The display was installed in a garden that veterans rehabilitated on 88th Street in Glendale. Ed Britton, a Florida resident – and Vietnamese-era veteran – who grew up in Flushing and read articles about vandalism in the online edition of The Chronicle, sent a new flag to the group.

And while neighborhoods in Queens still couldn’t accommodate their traditional parades on Memorial Day weekend due to Covid restrictions, American Legion Posts 104 and 562 in Glendale, Chapter 32 of Vietnam Veterans and d others may still have had small but powerful memories for those who fell into service in the United States.


Hateful swastikas and graffiti spray painted by vandals at the Queens Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Elmhurst Park on June 2. The damage included the phrases “fallen souls” and “baby killers”.

State Senator Joe Addabbo Jr. (D-Howard Beach) and Assembly Members Stacey Pheffer Amato (D-Rockaway Park) and Jenifer Rajkumar (D-Woodhaven) have teamed up to sponsor Fred’s Law, named after by Fred D’Amico of Middle Village.

D’Amico, who suffered from Asperger’s syndrome, was admitted to hospital with Covid-19 and on a ventilator. But her mother, who was also her primary caregiver, was forced to leave due to emergency restrictions. His condition worsened and his family was not informed until a few days later that he had been removed from the resuscitation system and died. Fred’s Law would allow people with disabilities to always have a caregiver present.

A long standing statue of Mary the Blessed Mother at St. Adalbert Roman Catholic parish in Elmhurst has been restored after being smashed in two by vandals in May. It was restored, in part, with the help of an officer from NYPD’s 110th Ward with knowledge of masonry.

Councilor Bob Holden (D-Middle Village) introduced a bill that would require owners of inactive constriction sites to replace wood fences with chain links after two years. The goal is to reduce graffiti and have more secure fences.

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