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).
Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney tweeted about the incident.
Sad to learn that this morning an Amtrak employee was shot in the leg at Sunnyside Yard in Queens. Wishing them a speedy recovery.
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.
What the hell is going on here?! For the second time in two weeks a piece of debris has come crashing down on a vehicle Below tracks on Roosevelt Ave., this time at 62nd street. The car was occupied and moving. No one injured but someone is going to get killed here @MTA! pic.twitter.com/WuoEU0XDfB
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.