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Nine Queens neighborhoods among top 50 most expensive in NYC during second quarter of 2024: report
Nine Queens neighborhoods among top 50 most expensive in NYC during second quarter of 2024: report

Jul. 19, 2024 By Ethan Marshall

Nine neighborhoods in Queens were among the top 50 in most expensive median sale prices across New York City during the second quarter of 2024, according to a report by the real estate agency PropertyShark.

Hunters Point, Belle Harbor, Hollis Hills, Little Neck, Auburndale, Fresh Meadows, Queensboro Hill, DitmarsSteinway, and Rockwood Park, a subsection of Howard Beach, represented Queens on this list. However, none of them ranked within the top half of the list.

Hunters Point’s $1.147 million median sale price was the highest in Queens and the 27th-highest in New York City during the second quarter of 2024. This price was a slight increase from the $1.136 million Hunters Point had in the second quarter of 2023. However, the number of sales in this neighborhood has nearly been halved year over year, from 108 last year to 58 this year.

AG James announces dismantling of Queens-based ghost gun trafficking operation

New York Attorney General Letitia James announced Wednesday the takedown of a prolific Queens-based gun trafficking crew accused of selling firearms and ammo at an East Elmhurst playground, the Queens Center Mall and other locations around the borough.

James secured a 625-count indictment charging five men for participating in the gun smuggling ring, which involved selling dozens of ghost guns, assault weapons, high-capacity magazines and hundreds of rounds of ammunition.

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NYPD searching for burglary crew that targeted nearly 30 laundromats in Queens and others in Brooklyn and the Bronx

Police from the 110th Precinct in Elmhurst are looking for three masked men who broke into Susan’s Laundromat at 85-12 Grand Ave. at around 3:15 a.m. on Monday, June 24, while a fourth member of their crew acted as a lookout near their getaway car parked in front.

The burglars stole $1,800 in cash and removed a payment machine for the laundry room continuing an undetermined amount of cash.

Law enforcement ghost car crackdowns continue with dozens of vehicles seized on Whitestone Bridge: MTA

MTA Bridge and Tunnel officers, the NYPD and law enforcement partners impounded 55 vehicles from motorists crossing into Queens on the Whitestone Bridge on Monday, July 8, as a multi-agency crackdown continued unabated.

Governor Kathy Hochul announced on Tuesday that through 25 joint enforcement operations focusing on ghost plates and persistent toll violators on bridges and tunnels throughout New York City, 1,540 vehicles have been impounded, 339 arrests have been made and 12,007 summonses have been issued so far this year to drivers who owe more than $12.5 million in unpaid tolls and fees.

Forest Hills pharmacy owner sentenced for $18M COVID healthcare fraud and money laundering scheme: Feds

A Forest Hills man was sentenced in Brooklyn federal court to nearly nine years in prison for his role in an $18 million COVID-19 healthcare fraud and money laundering scheme. 

Peter Khaim, 44, conspired with his brother, Arkadiy Khaimov, 41, who also resides in Forest Hills. The brothers pleaded guilty in November 2022 to conspiracy to commit money laundering for using New York-area pharmacies to submit false and fraudulent Medicare claims and then laundering the criminal proceeds.

F train rider beaten, robbed by stranger in Atlanta Braves baseball cap in Kew Gardens: NYPD

An F train rider was assaulted and robbed by an apparent Atlanta Braves baseball fan in Kew Gardens last month, and the suspect remains at large more than two weeks later.

Police from the 112th Precinct in Forest Hills and Transit District 20 reported that the incident occurred during the morning of Saturday, June 22, aboard a southbound F train that was approaching the Kew Gardens-Union Turnpike subway station.

Advocating for Non-Public Schools: A Conversation with Teach Coalition’s Maury Litwack

Jul. 1, 2024 by Jill Carvajal

Maury Litwack, founder and CEO of Teach Coalition talks about his organization’s mission and impact. Teach Coalition advocates for funding and policy changes to support non-public schools, such as Jewish, Catholic, and Islamic schools. Litwack emphasizes the significant non-public school population and their need for resources like healthy lunches, STEM education, and school safety measures. He highlights three main areas of focus: advocating for laws that reimburse non-public schools for STEM teacher salaries, securing funding for security measures to ensure student safety, and providing essential services, such as nurses, that schools might otherwise not afford.