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Queens neighborhoods experience decline in new homes entering contracts: report
Queens neighborhoods experience decline in new homes entering contracts: report

Jun. 22, 2024 By Ethan Marshall

While much of New York City saw an increase in homes entering contract from May 2023 to May 2024, Queens was an exception to this trend, according to a report by the real estate listing site StreetEasy. When a home is ‘in contract’, it means an offer to buy the home is accepted by the seller and a purchase and sale agreement is signed with the buyer.

The number of homes in Queens to enter contract decreased 2.3% year-over-year, from 1,874 in 2023 to 1,831 in 2024. This decline was heavily impacted by slower condo sales in Long Island City, dropping 33.5%, from 206 in 2023 to 137 in 2024. While both Astoria and Flushing experienced slight increases in homes entering contract, it was not enough to counteract the heavy drop in Long Island City.

Conversely, the boroughs of Manhattan and Brooklyn both saw increases in home entering contracts compared to the previous year. Manhattan saw a 2.6% jump, from 4,697 in 2023 to 4,819 in 2024. In Brooklyn, there was a 0.6% rise year-over-year, from 2,896 in 2023 to 2,913 in 2024.

Three muggers sought for punching and robbing an M train rider in Glendale: NYPD

Police from the 104th Precinct in Ridgewood are looking for three muggers who assaulted an M train rider at a Glendale subway station in the early morning hours of Sunday, June 16.

The 42-year-old man was standing on the platform inside the Seneca Avenue subway station just before 3 a.m. when the three strangers approached him and allegedly punched him multiple times in his face while forcibly removing his cell phone before running out of the station onto Palmetto Street, police said. The victim refused medical attention at the scene.

Cyclist sought for endangering the welfare of a child in Richmond Hill: NYPD

Police from the 102nd Precinct in Richmond Hill are looking for a cyclist who rode up alongside a 9-year-old girl and tried to engage her in conversation at around 8 a.m. on Thursday, June 13.

The encounter occurred in the vicinity of Jamaica Avenue and 104th Street while the youngster was walking to school. When the man asked the girl to join him on his bike, the girl sensed danger and took off, running to her school where she alerted authorities of the incident.

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Queens Borough Hall celebrates Pride Month

Jun. 18, 2024 By Gabriele Holtermann

The LGBTQIA+ community and allies joined Queens Borough President Donovan Richards to celebrate Queens’ vibrant and diverse LGBTQIA+ community at the Helen Marshall Cultural Center at Queens Borough Hall on June 13.   

Urgent manhunt underway for ‘animal’ who allegedly raped a 13-year-old girl in Flushing park on Thursday: NYPD

The NYPD announced a $10,000 reward is being offered for information that leads to the arrest of a Hispanic man who allegedly raped a 13-year-old girl in a wooded area of Kissena Corridor Park on Thursday afternoon.

More than sixty investigators were at the crime scene late into the night. During a press briefing by NYPD brass on Friday, Chief of Department Jeffrey Maddrey said that the manhunt was expanded city-wide and that the department would spare no expense until the suspect was apprehended.

Op-ed: Protecting Forest Hills Stadium

Jun. 14, 2024 By Thomas Grech

After more than a decade since its rebirth, it is unfathomable to consider Forest Hills without our venerable 101-year-old Forest Hills Stadium. The iconic venue is an asset to our community in so many ways – from creating jobs, to supporting local organizations, to providing invaluable links to our community’s rich history. Amazingly, a small band of unrealists who fail to understand that communities are constructed on the mutual grace and respect of our neighbors, want to shut down Forest Hills Stadium for good.

Op-ed: Congestion pricing would do much more harm than good for New Yorkers

Jun. 11, 2024 By Assemblymember David I. Weprin

Like many residents throughout the five boroughs and across the New York Metro Area, I was pleasantly surprised by Governor Kathy Hochul’s decision to “indefinitely pause” the implementation of Congestion Pricing. Rather than seeing this as a cynical calculation, as some have alleged, I see the Governor’s decision as a deeply pragmatic response to the crescendo of public concerns that I and many others have raised for years. As the countdown to the June 30 implementation date neared, everyday New Yorkers did what we do best: we spoke up for ourselves and said we won’t accept a bad deal! I applaud Governor Hochul for having the courage not just to listen to us but to take a tough stand against this misguided policy.

Forest Hills man busted by FBI for defrauding banks while serving in the de Blasio administration: Feds

A Forest Hills man was arrested by FBI agents on Thursday morning for participating in a multi-million dollar bank fraud scheme while he was a high-ranking official in the administration of former Mayor Bill de Blasio.

Tommy Lin, 41, was charged in a superseding indictment along with two co-defendants for defrauding financial institutions which resulted in the theft of over $10 million while serving as the Director of Constituent Services in the Community Affairs Unit.

Alabama man busted for 2021 fatal hit-and-run that killed a Forest Hills grandmother in Glendale: NYPD

A Queens grand jury indicted an Alabama man in connection to a September 2021 fatal hit-and-run collision in Glendale that killed a grandmother from Forest Hills.

Edward Garzon, 43, of Dothan, Alabama was arrested Thursday morning and booked at the 111th Precinct in Bayside, where he was charged with leaving the scene of an accident resulting in the death of 79-year-old Helena Conti, according to the NYPD. The senior lived on Dartmouth Street across from Forest Hills Stadium.

Venezuelan migrant awaiting arraignment for allegedly wounding two cops in East Elmhurst early Monday morning

A Venezuelan migrant is expected to be arraigned Wednesday morning for his alleged involvement in a shootout with police in East Elmhurst during the early morning hours of Monday, June 3. He will be criminally charged from his hospital bed at New York-Presbyterian where he is currently recovering from surgery after getting injured during the gunfight.

Charges are still pending against 19-year-old Bernardo Raul Castro Mato, according to an NYPD spokeswoman, who was shot in the foot after he allegedly shot Officer Richard Yarusso, 26, in his bullet-proof vest and his partner, Officer Christopher Abreu, also 26, in his leg, just before 2 a.m. on Monday.