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Queens Jail Turned Film Set Has Role in Rikers Closure

Over the past 16 years, it seems that everyone in Queens has proposed a new use for the vacant Queens House of Detention near the Criminal Courthouse in Kew Gardens. In 2014, Queens County District Attorney Richard A. Brown said it should be used for DA office space. That same year, former District 30 Council Member Elizabeth Crowley said it should be used to detain teenagers removed from Rikers Island. In 2017, a former intern to the district attorney said, in an op-ed for City Limits, that it should be repurposed as a homeless shelter. Today, the city’s website says it “is a wonderful place to stage your production,” having hosted scenes from “Orange Is the New Black” and other series. After all that brainstorming, the future of the Queens House of Detention has finally begun to crystallize as the mayor and local lawmakers rely on the jail as part of a plan to close Rikers. Read more about of our coverage on the proposal and community response

Shooter at Hooters But Lamar Odom ‘OK’

Former NBA star and Christ the King alum Lamar Odom says he is “OK” following a shooting at a Hooters in Fresh Meadows. Odom sat at one of the eatery’s outdoor tables when one his friends allegedly got into an argument with another group at around 12:30 a.m. last Thursday, The New York Post reported. Witnesses told police that they saw a man from the group pull out a gun and open fire before fleeing. “I was near the scene when it just happened and not involved in any way,” Odom wrote on Instagram Tuesday. The South Jamaica native last played professionally in 2013.

Serial Bank Robber Indicted For 9 Heists, Including 2 In Queens

A Brooklyn man was indicted on Tuesday for a string of bank robberies in Queens, Brooklyn, and Manhattan over the course of a month, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of New York said Tuesday. Richard Wardell Johnson, 63, held up a Chase Bank in an unidentified neighborhood of Queens on April 23, 2018 and another Chase Bank in Queens on April 30. In addition, he held up seven other banks throughout the city before being arrested while attempting to rob an M&T bank branch in Brooklyn on May 18. During his final robbery attempt, Johnson passed a note to the teller, stating “DON’T TOUCH THAT ALARM! $2000.00 NO DUMMY PACK. IF I SHOOT SOMEONE ITS ON YOU!” Johnson will be arraigned at a later date.

Cops Seek Attempted Rape Suspect Who Attacked Ozone Park Woman

Police from the 106th Precinct are looking for a suspect wanted for trying to rape a woman in Ozone Park last Friday. The 30-year-old victim was walking in the vicinity of Glenmore Avenue and 79th Street at around 2:30 a.m. when the male suspect began following her, cops said on Tuesday. He then grabbed the victim by the neck and attempted to push her to the ground, but the victim was able to fight back, yell for help and run away uninjured. The suspect is described as being black, 20-30 years old, 6 feet tall and 170 lbs. He was last seen wearing a t-shirt and dark pants. Cops ask anyone with information related to the incident to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477).

Queens Museum Releases List Of Artists For Upcoming Biennial

The Queens Museum revealed on Wednesday a list of 43 artists and art collectives participating in its upcoming biennial event, which opens on Oct 7. The exhibit, entitled “Volumes,” will feature artists from 15 different neighborhoods. A majority of the featured artists are women. “Many artworks in the exhibition address the analog and digital, but they aren’t about nostalgia vs. the status quo,” Sophia Marisa Lucas, assistant curator at the Queens Museum, said in a statement. “These artists propose analogues within those frameworks, they exacerbate or collapse those distinctions, and conjure opportunities for integration. There is a lot of possibility and speculation, but there is also a specter of pathos and futility.”

Health Department Targets Mosquitoes in South Queens

The Health Department will soon begin spraying pesticides across parts of Brookville, Cambria Heights, Laurelton, Rosedale, Saint Albans and Springfield Gardens in an effort to exterminate the area’s mosquito population. The spraying will begin today at 9 p.m. and will continue until 6 a.m. Trucks will spray within an area bordered by Farmers Boulevard, Belt Parkway, 225th Street, Merrick Boulevard and Farmers Boulevard to the West, 119th Avenue to the North, Cross Island Parkway, Hook Creek Boulevard, and Hook Creek to the East, and Rockaway Boulevard to the South. Although the pesticide has low risks for people and pet, the Health Department still urges residents to stay indoors whenever possible throughout the duration of the spraying.

Cops Charge Three With Assault After Queens Center Mall Stabbing

Three people are facing assault charges for their involvement in a Queens Center Mall fracas that left one man stabbed in the head on Friday. The incident began around 7 p.m. in the mall’s food court, when two brothers in their 20s were approached by five individuals and eventually began arguing, WABC-TV reported. This led to a large fight between the groups during which one suspect stabbed a 27-year-old man in the head. Police from the 110th Precinct responded to the scene and arrested Joshua Adams, 21, of Astoria and Dorell James, 20 and Shakema James, 27, of Salisbury, North Carolina at the corner of 92nd Street and 57th Avenue. All three were charged with second- and third-degree assault and second-degree harassment, according to police.

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