Dispute leads to shooting in Sunnyside

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A dispute between two men at around 8 a.m. in Sunnyside led to a shooting and a manhunt before the suspect killed himself.

According to several reports, two Amtrak workers were arguing before one man was shot in the left leg inside his truck at Sunnyside Yards near 39th Street. He managed to drive out onto 39th Street and was eventually taken by ambulance to Elmhurst Hospital.

The suspect fled the scene in a black Cadillac Escalade and was later found by police parked in the parking lot of the Rite Aid near 51st Street and Roosevelt Avenue. He apparently shot himself in the driver’s seat.

The video below was taken by resident Cesar Villalobos Ochoa and shows the moment the SWAT team approached the suspect’s vehicle (around 18:30 into the video).

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Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney tweeted about the incident.

This is a developing story. Stay tuned for more details.

Pick your favorite local projects for Participatory Budgeting 2019

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From March 30 to April 7, residents ages 11 and up in the 26th Council District (Long Island City, Sunnyside, Woodside, Astoria) can vote for their favorite projects in this year’s participatory budgeting.

After months of community engagement, the ballot has been narrowed down to 13 final projects:

  • Technology Upgrades for Libraries ($450,000)
    • Location: Sunnyside, Woodside, Broadway, LIC and Court Square Libraries
    • Description: Technology upgrades (PC, printer, simple scan, A/V, presentation screens, etc.) for all five libraries in the district.
  • Technology Updates for Schools ($400,000)
    • Location: PS 112, PS 150, PS 166 and Academy of American Studies
    • Description: Laptop carts, computers, projects and interactive boards
  • Academy of American Studies/Newcomers HS Auditorium Upgrade ($450,000)
    • Location: Academy of American Studies and Newcomers High School
    • Description: Upgrade stage lighting to replace broken lights to create a better learning environment for both schools’ students.
  • PS 150 Hydroponics Science Lab ($200,000)
    • Location: PS 150
    • Description: STEM classroom where 1,000+ students will grow food, learn hands-on about nutrition, land use and sustainability.
  • PS 112 Bathroom Renovations ($200,000)
    • Location: PS 112
    • Description: Repairs, upgrades and efficiency enhancements to four bathrooms.
  • Accessibility Improvements ($120,000)
    • Location: Borden Avenue Veterans Residence (LIC)
    • Description: Enhance disabled access to veterans’ service center by installing a sliding front glass door.
  • Garden Beautification in Ravenswood ($300,000)
    • Location: Ravenswood Houses
    • Description: Create new raised garden area near Community Center and make beautification improvements to adjacent outdoor seating area.
  • Lighting and Beautification in Woodside ($300,000)
    • Location: Woodside Houses
    • Description: Improve lighting near the Community Center, install benches and install better fencing around existing garden area.
  • Beautification in Queensbridge ($300,000)
    • Location: Queensbridge Houses
    • Description: Comprehensive project including improved benches, signs, outdoor space, benches and permanent flower pots.
  • Community Center Bathroom Upgrades ($600,000)
    • Location: Ravenswood Houses
    • Description: Renovate bathrooms, which are currently in state of disrepair. Includes energy saving improvements.
  • Add Green Space to Lou Lodati Park ($650,000)
    • Location: Lou Lodati Park (Sunnyside)
    • Description: Add green space to certain areas in Lou Lodati Park including turf in the baseball and volleyball fields.
  • Renovate Sixteen Oaks Grove ($600,000)
    • Location: Sixteen Oaks Grove Park (LIC)
    • Description: Renovate Sixteen Oaks Grove by adding trees, plants and benches. Urban green space benefits people and communities.
  • Bus-Time Countdown Clocks ($200,000)
    • Location: Throughout District 26
    • Description: This addresses the need to provide groups that cannot rely on or utilize the subway system with in-time bus information.

CEC 24 April meeting at PS 343

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Save the date!

Community Education Council for District 24 is meeting on April 9 at 7 p.m. at PS 343 in Sunnyside.

Among the topics that will be discussed are fire safety, cyber security and more.

The CEC will also hand out staff member recognition awards to celebrate outstanding work.

For more information, email CEC24@schools.nyc.gov.

More debris rains down below 7 train

In the second time in two weeks, a piece of debris has fallen down from the elevated 7 train structure onto the streets below.

Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer tweeted this afternoon that the debris fell at 62nd Street and Roosevelt Avenue in Woodside. It hit a moving car.

Luckily, no one was injured (again). But if it keeps happening, there definitely could be injuries ahead.

Pols have referenced these dangerous incidents as examples of why the state needs to pass congestion pricing.

The funding mechanism, they say, will fix the MTA’s crumbling infrastructure.

Enter in Senator Gianaris’s Earth Day poster contest

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Help celebrate our world this Earth Day by participating in State Senator Michael Gianaris’s Earth Day poster contest.

Submissions to the contest, meant to raise awareness on environmental issues, can be made on Gianaris’s website here: www.gianaris.nysenate.gov.

The deadline is April 17, 2019.

“Protecting our environment for the next generation is critical, and it’s best to involve them in raising awareness,” Gianaris says. “The New York State Senate is proud to take a stand against climate change and I want the young people of western Queens to dive into these challenges firsthand and learn about building a more sustainable future.”

The theme for the poster contest is “Reduce, Reuse and Recycle.

All participants will receive a certificate signed by the state senator. Posters will be posted online.

7 train beam crashes through car windshield

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Courtesy of Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer

This is a scary scene to behold.

On Thursday afternoon, a wooden beam or other debris from the 7 train came crashing down onto the road below at Roosevelt Avenue and 65th Street.

The beam pierced through the windshield of a car.

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The photos were taken by witnesses, and shared by Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer, who shared a statement posted below:

This is horrifying. Thankfully the driver was not injured, but someone could have been killed. There must be an investigation into how something this dangerous could happen. [The] MTA must answer for our crumbling subway infrastructure before a tragedy occurs.”

Attending this upcoming women’s empowerment event in Woodside

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On Wednesday afternoon, join Assemblyman Brian Barnwell and women’s advocacy groups for a women’s empowerment info session at the Woodside Library.

Partnering organizations include Girls for Gender Equity, Her Justice, Legal Momentum, Womankind and Voces Latinas.

The event will provide information about services and resources offered by these community groups.

For more information, contact Barnwell’s office at 718-651-3185.

Borough president’s Lunar New Year celebration & photo contest

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Happy Year of the Pig!

On Wednesday, February 27, Queens Borough Hall is celebrating the Lunar New Year.

Borough President Melinda Katz also announced a photo contest, with the winners being displayed at the celebration.

This year’s photo contest theme is “New Year and Me.” Entrants’ photo must be submitted with their entry by 11:59 p.m. on Thursday, February 14.

Contest winners will be notified by February 19.

Contest rules and entry forms can be found online here.

The February 27 celebration is free and open to the public. RSVP here or call 718-286-2661.

Join the Sunnyside bike lane litter clean-up this Saturday

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In an effort to clean up the litter on the bike lanes at Skillman and 43rd avenues, a group of volunteers is organizing an event on Saturday, February 2 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Volunteers will meet at Lou Lodati Playground, located at 41-15 Skillman Avenue, to kick off the clean-up.

According to the cyclists, stretches of the protected bike lane have been hit with trash, particularly near the rail yards.

Yellow vests will be donated by Transportation Alternatives. Cleaning supplies like gloves, trash bags, trash barrels, brooms, shovels and rakes are being donated by the Jackson Heights Beautification Group.

Afterward, enjoy hot chocolate, courtesy of the organizers of this event.

The Department of Sanitation will pick up the full trash bags at the intersection of Skillman and 43rd avenues, near 33rd Street, at about 1:30 p.m.

Travel advisory issued for tonight, Wednesday

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With a wintry mix of snow and rain expected in the next few days, the city is issuing a travel advisory for commuters.

Light snow is already coming down today, which will transition into rain in the afternoon.

The temperatures are expected to plummet Tuesday night, causing for a messy commute.

The cold could produce spots of black ice on the road.

“We advise New Yorkers to take mass transit where possible, exercise caution and allow for extra travel time,” said Emergency Management Commissioner Joe Esposito. “Frigid temperatures will also return. Stay indoors as much as possible. If you have to go outdoors, limit your time and bundle up.”

Temperatures are expected to go back to the 40s by Sunday, and even 50 on Monday.