Morning Mayhem on the Van Wyck Kills Passenger and Nixon Stops by Southeast Queens

By Evan Rosen

Man Shot and Killed in Far Rockaway

A 28-year-old man who was shot in the chest Saturday night died in a Far Rockaway hospital this past weekend. Police say the shooting took place shortly before midnight Saturday night and the victim was driven by private car to St. John’s Hospital. The man’s identity has not been released. No arrests have been made and an investigation into who fatally shot the man is ongoing, Queens Patch reported.  “While the overall crime rate continues to fall in New York City, it remains our top priority to forcefully combat the spikes in murder and other crimes where we know persistent pockets of crime still exist,” said Police Commissioner James O’Neill in a statement. In Queens, specifically, the number of shootings had increased by 16 percent thus far in 2018, QNS reported.

Morning Mayhem on the Van Wyck Kills 1, Injures 4

Around 4:15 a.m. Saturday morning, a 29-year-old man in a 2011 Chevy lost control of his vehicle and slammed into a 2012 Acura sedan, which then flipped over the dividing median and crashed into another car traveling on the southbound side. A Ford pick-up truck then crashed into the overturned Acura sending the debris into the path of a Honda sedan also traveling southbound. But the mayhem did not end there. The driver who initiated the accident on the northbound side of the Van Wyck Expressway near Exit 12, continued north until he crashed into a 2012 Toyota SUV and a 2005 BMW, the New York Post reported. Amid the carnage, Jairo Castano, a 38-year-old man who was riding in the overturned Acura, sustained fatal injuries and was later pronounced dead at the scene. Four others were injured, including a man who was riding in the Chevy that initiated the accident, was taken to Queens New York Presbyterian Hospital in stable condition. Drivers of the Honda, Toyota, and BMW refused medical attention, and no arrests were made.


Firefighters Rescue Four in Queens Fire

More than 100 firefighters responded to an fire in the Jamaica, Saturday night. The two-story house on 130th street went up in flames with several people trapped inside. David Kusnitz, a 14-year veteran of the FDNY, said he saw one person shaking an air conditioner in their window to signal for help. Kusnitz was able to use the tip of his ladder to pry the air conditioner free and get the person out of the window. He then, “saw hands waving through heavy smoke in the attic,” he told NBCNewYork. Both individuals were helped out of the burning house and down the ladder. Another firefighter saw a person waving a flashlight on the second floor. He extended his ladder, but smoke rose from the first-floor window and made the rescue difficult. “I climbed up and was able to guide them feet-first down the ladder,” he said. A third firefighter, Matthew Madison, entered the basement where he encountered a “fire that was well-advanced with conditions deteriorating.” He found someone trapped between a bed and dresser, and was able to pull them out to safety.

To Bee or Not to Bee? The Annual Honey Harvest Festival Is Back

After all the hard work the bees have put in this summer, it’s finally time to harvest some honey at the Voelker Orth Museum in Flushing. The annual Honey Harvest Festival returns to the museum on Wednesday from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Attendees have a chance to get their hands sticky during interactive events and honey tastings. The Voelker Orth Museum’s beekeepers will demonstrating how they harvest honey. The festival will also feature opportunities to make bee-inspired art, as well as sample different types of honey from unique regions. If that’s not your speed, you can also learn what it takes to maintain a bee-friendly garden or enjoy Betty’s Zip Punch, a grape-punch made from the Voelker Orth Gardens right on site. Admission to the event is $4 per person, and $10 for a family. Children under 3 are admitted free.

Cynthia Nixon Stopped by Southeast Queens

Cynthia Nixon, the challenger in the race for Democratic nomination for governor, stopped by southeast Queens for State Sen. James Sanders’ monthly Community Clergy Breakfast at Bethel Gospel Tabernacle Church on Friday. “Your vote is an investment,” said Sanders, according to “You have to ask yourself, ‘How is the rate of return on my investment? Is it sufficiently benefiting the community?’ If it isn’t, then you have to consider looking at who is the manager of your investment.” Sanders, a pastor, has not yet endorsed a candidate in the primary. Nixon specifically pledged to increase the number of state contracts that go to Minority and Women-Owned Business Enterprises from 30 to 35 percent ahead of a multibillion dollar overhaul of nearby JFK Airport and the surrounding infrastructure.“The first thing I will do on JFK is to come here to southeast Queens and meet with the community to hear about local needs and local concerns and local priorities,” Nixon said. “In my administration these needs will be central to the redevelopment of JFK.”

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