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NYC Had Its Safest July Ever — But Someone Still Got Shot in LIC. It’s Queens Today.

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FRIDAY, AUGUST 3, 2018 

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Queens Man Charged With Scamming Elderly Neighbor Out Of Home

A 58-year-old Jamaica man was hit with a slew of charges yesterday for allegedly filing a fake deed and stealing a home from his 101-year-old neighbor, Queens District Attorney Richard A. Brown announced. Ricardo Bentham, 58, of 118th Avenue, is accused of tricking the victim,  Woodrow Washington, into signing a quitclaim deed and transferring ownership of his house over to Bentham for a sale price of $0. Bentham, who is charged with second-degree grand larceny, second-degree criminal possession of stolen property, second-degree criminal possession of a forged instrument and first-degree offering a false instrument for filing, faces up to 15 years in prison if convicted. It’s just the latest example of schemes against the elderly in Queens lately.

Long Island City Gunman Shoots Man After Dispute

The NYPD is searching for suspect seen on surveillance video shooting at a man in Long Island City following an argument. The 24-year-old male victim allegedly got into a verbal dispute with the gunman while walking on the sidewalk in front of 42-15 Crescent Street at 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, July 31, according to authorities from the 108th Precinct. The gunman then brandished his firearm and shot at the victim, striking him in the left thigh, and then fled on foot. The victim was rushed to Elmhurst General Hospital, where he remains in stable condition. The suspect is described as a black man, in his mid 20s, with a medium complexion, medium build and black hair. Anyone with information in regards to the incident is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477).

July 2018 Was The Safest July On Record In New York City

July 2018 saw a two percent decrease in the total number of crimes reported in the city compared to July 2017. That means July 2018 was the city’s safest month of July on record, according to police. The milestone month puts the city on track to finish the year under a total of 100,000 index crimes—only the second time that the city has done so in the CompStat-era. There were only 24 murders in July, tied for the lowest number on record since 2013 and down from 38 in July 2017. “It’s our precise focus on the real drivers of crime that enables us to keep reducing the shootings and the murders,” Police Commissioner James P. O’Neill said in a statement.

LaGuardia Airport Is Soaring Into the Future, Cuomo Says

On Tuesday, Cuomo visited Queens to unveil a new overpass to the airport that he said will relieve congestion and facilitate easier access for travelers. The “flyover”—a road extension that rises above Grand Central Parkway at eastbound Exit 7—is part of the ongoing $8 billion LaGuardia modernization project, which includes untangling the confusing thoroughfares that lead to the airport. “This flyover is going to make a dramatic improvement on the traffic,” Cuomo said. “This road configuration as soon as you got off the Grand Central Parkway made no sense.” Read more about how the new overpass will benefit Queens residents here

‘Katz Concert’ Series Will Rock Fort Totten Sunday

Queens Borough President Melinda Katz will host another iteration of her “Katz Concert Series” this Sunday beginning at 6 p.m. Head to Fort Totten, locaated on Totten Avenue at Cross Island Parkway in Bayside, to rock out to the tunes of Alive N Kickin’, a Brooklyn-based pop rock band best known for their 1970 hit single, “Tighter, Tighter,” which hit No. 7 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart. The band will be covering all the hits from the 60’s to today. The free 90-minute concert is hosted in partnership with Queens College’s Kupferberg Center for the Arts and the NYC Parks Department.

A Festival Of Cinema At The Queens Museum

The Queens Museum will open its doors for the Kew Gardens Festival of Cinema beginning on Saturday, hosting an array of entertainment sure to satisfy any film lover. Starting at noon, support your local independent film scene by seeing a showing of Between Neighborhoods, a documentary, and “The Emoji Song,” a comedic music video. Starting at 2:30 p.m., see Nothing Changes: Art for Hank’s Sake, a documentary, as well as the music video “Shenidom Bahmeni” and the experimental short Pachinko. Frr film descriptions and to purchase tickets ($10) go to https://bit.ly/2AAFFNo. All films will be shown inside of the Queens Museum theater. After the show, stick around the area and visit the Queens Night Market, which features food from 80 countries.

Don’t Get Stranded In the City — Friday Night Subway Service Changes Are Here

Train service interruptions begin tonight in Queens as part of the MTA’s regular weekend maintenance. Starting tonight, E trains run via the F line in both directions between 21st Street-Queensbridge and Lexington Avenue/63rd Street, and via the R line between 57th Street-7th Avenue and Whitehall Street. Jamaica-bound E trains skip 75th Avenue and Briarwood. Coney Island-bound F trains run via the E from Roosevelt Avenue to 50th. Brooklyn-bound F trains will run via the E line from Roosevelt Avenue to 50th Street then via the A to Jay Street. Jamaica-bound F trains are re-routed via the E line after Rockefeller Center to Roosevelt Avenue.

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