Queens Today

By Evan Rosen

NYPD Scuba Divers Rescue 4 From Sinking Truck at Breezy Point

Police responding to a 911 call from Breezy Point Beach on Sunday night, arrived to find a pick-up truck stuck in the sand, partially submerged in water. A team of NYPD scuba divers, entered the water from a helicopter and managed to free the four passengers and bring them to safety, PIX11 reported. The passengers said they were driving the Chevrolet Silverado to the beach for a fishing trip, but when the tide began to rapidly rise, they were unable to escape. The 911 call was placed around 7:30 p.m. by one of the passengers as they sat helpless near Oceanside Avenue. The passengers include a 27-year-old man, a 58-year-old man, a 44-year-old man and  a 28-year-old woman. All received medical attention after the rescue and declined further aid at the scene. No immediate summonses or arrests were made that night, but police will continue investigating the incident.

Cops Search for Suspect in Queens Village Car Crash Robbery

One of the suspects involved in a Queens Village car crash-turned-robbery, remains at large, qns.com reports. Police say that on Aug. 23, two cars collided at the intersection of 209th Street and Hillside Avenue. After this accident, two suspects from one car approached the victim in the other and beat him. The suspects punched the victim in the face, took an unspecified amount of cash from his car and fled the scene. Ernest Duncan, 21, was identified as one of the suspects in the incident and was arrested and charged with robbery on Sept. 6. The other suspect is still on the loose, and the police are asking for the public’s help in locating him and bringing him to justice.

Local Residents Are Mad at the U.S. Open

After the conclusion of the U.S. Open, City Limits took a look at the impact the sporting event has had on its home borough as well as the response from local residents. “Screw the U.S Open!” said one 68-year-old man from Forest Hills. “I really think that the Open doesn’t care about the people who live here.” For years, activists and civic organizations have tried to attract attention to problems related to the U.S. Open, including the self-contained nature of the event. “They make no effort to partner with us and honestly I don’t even think the U.S. Open sees the local community,” says John Choe, executive director of the Greater Flushing Chamber of Commerce. Queensboro Hill Flushing Civic Association President Don Capalbi agreed. “The U.S Open displays so much economic disparity while they turn Flushing Meadows into a militarized camp.” Though the USTA touts data reporting that the tournament boosts the economy, City Limits said impact on Queens remains unclear.

Bayside Actor Is Now a Hollywood Fixture

Bayside native Peter Gaudio has become a fixture in Hollywood by carving out roles in hit mob films like “A Bronx Tale” and “Gotti.” Soon, Gaudio will appear as the “the muscle,” in the upcoming film “Cruise,” directed by Robert Siegel. “Cruise” tells the tale of a blue-collar, Italian-American (a role played by Spencer Boldman) who falls in love with a wealthy Jewish woman (Emily Ratajkowski) from Long Island in 1987. The film is set in Queens and hits theaters on Sept. 28. “I’ve lived this movie,” Gaudio told qns.com. “Everyone else comes to Queens and does their work and then goes back home to their mansions in Malibu. I still live in Bayside.” Gino Cafarelli, another Queens resident, also played a significant role in the project. Cafarelli was listed as one of the film’s executive producers and appears in the film as the father of the main character. Gaudio’s next project, a TV series, has him playing a member of the Brooklyn mob.

Community Boards Resume Monthly Meetings

After a summer hiatus, several community boards resume meeting this week. Community Board 5 holds its monthly meeting tonight at 7:30 p.m in the Christ the King High School cafeteria, located at 68-02 Metropolitan Avenue in Middle Village. Queens Community Board 6 meets tonight at 7:45 p.m. at their headquarters at 104-01 Metropolitan Avenue in Forest Hills. Community Board 8 meets tonight at 7:30 p.m. at their headquarters at 197-15 Hillside Avenue in Hollis.

East Elmhurst Street to Honor Community Mainstay

Council Member Francisco Moya announced that the city will memorialize East Elmhurst mainstay Patrick Beckles during a street co-naming ceremony Saturday. Beckles was a Guyanese immigrant who spent nearly 50 years serving New York City as a civil engineer for the Department of Environmental Protection and as an active member of the East Elmhurst community. In addition to leading several community organizations, Beckles founded the American Small Craft Association and was instrumental in revitalizing Flushing Bay. Moya will lead the ceremony the corner of Ditmars Boulevard and 31st Drive. Beckles died in February  2017.

Primary Day Is Tomorrow — Yes, Tomorrow — Sept. 13

Just a reminder: Primary Election Day is tomorrow, Thursday, Sept. 13. Today is the last day to apply in person for an absentee ballot and the last day to postmark an absentee ballot.

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