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Forest Hills News Update

July 7, 2010 Leave a comment

Some local news of interest:

The Daily News reports that the owners of a dilapidated home at 93-07 69th Ave. are being taken to court. The City recently deemed it an “unsafe building.” The owners have been using it for storage. http://www.nydailynews.com/ny_local/queens/2010/07/07/2010-07-07_owner_of_trashed_forest_hills_house_faces_hearing.html

And the Heat Wave is pushing the power grid to the limit. There have been outages in Forest Hills, and now Con Ed is reducing the voltage to parts of the area. http://www.ny1.com/content/top_stories/121672/heat-pushes-power-grid-to-the-limit

‘Cat Woman’ Thief on the Prowl

June 30, 2010 Leave a comment

First the Russian spies exchanging secrets at our LIRR station and now a woman wearing a cat mask making off with $500 from The Body Shop on Austin? As the saying goes, ‘You can’t make this stuff up.’

But yes, it’s true. The NYPD is asking if anyone recognizes the person in this video. She is accused of robbing The Body Shop here in Forest Hills and also an Arche shoe store in the East Village. She is reported to be in her 20s, 5’6″ and 115 lbs and may be of Middle Eastern descent. Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at (800) 577-TIPS (8477).

Moscow on Austin

June 28, 2010 Leave a comment

It’s always interesting living here in Forest Hills, ain’t it? So today we learn our LIRR station was the scene of secret Russian spy exchanges. The Hunt for Red October

From The NY Post: “Metzos turned over an orange bag of cash to a Russian government official in May 2004 when they passed one another on a stairway at the Forest Hills LIRR stop. Other hand-overs and meetings between spies occurred in coffee shops in midtown and Fort Greene, Brooklyn, a Sunnyside, Queens restaurant and a subway entrance at Columbus Circle.”

And I always thought those were local kids blocking my way as I tried to walk up the steps!

Read more: http://www.nypost.com/p/news/national/us_nabs_russians_accused_of_spying_5rbFZJrbLkgnRoXrJ5HlzL#ixzz0sCd8DxCl

More from today’s Times: “Secret exchanges were made at busy locations like the Long Island Railroad’s station in Forest Hills, Queens, where F.B.I. watchers in 2004 spotted one defendant who is still not in custody, Christopher R. Metzos, the charging papers say.” http://www.nytimes.com/2010/06/29/world/europe/29spy.html

By the way, didn’t the Cold War end a long time ago?

‘Homeless’ Group Shut Down

June 24, 2010 Leave a comment

The State Supreme Court has shut down The United Homeless Organization, the group you would see with the inverted water jugs asking for money for the homeless. I don’t recall ever seeing them in Forest Hills (which makes me think, what ever happened to that “ANIMAL RIGHTS!” lady?), but they were certainly all over Manhattan for many years. Apparently, they were not giving the money they collected in those jugs to the homeless. I think most New Yorkers probably figured as much. After all, you kinda thought a legit charity would’ve come up with a more trustworthy looking container than an inverted water jug after all these years. Didn’t ya?

http://cityroom.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/06/24/homeless-organization-is-shut-down/

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