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Two crooks wanted for robberies
in Elmhurst and Jackson Heights
BY EMILY DAVENPORT
Cops are looking for a pair of crooks
behind a recent series of robberies across
Elmhurst and Jackson Heights.
Police said that the pattern started on
Aug. 2. At 5 a.m. that day, a 34-year-old man
was walking home near the corner of 42nd
Avenue and Warren Street in Elmhurst,
when two unidentifi ed males came from
behind and knocked him to the ground.
Th e men proceeded to punch and kick
him before taking his wallet, which contained
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cash and credit cards, law enforcement
sources noted. Th e suspects then
fl ed in unknown direction.
Th e victim sustained minor injuries as
a result of the incident, police reported.
Authorities said the pair struck again
two weeks later on Aug. 16. At 4:30 a.m.,
they approached a 52-year-old man from
behind, who was walking home in front of
a home on 87th Street near 35th Avenue
in Jackson Heights.
According to police, the crooks pushed
the man to the ground and proceeded
to punch and kick him before taking off
with his cellphone and $40. Th e victim
suff ered minor injuries and was treated
at the scene.
Th e pattern continued at 1 a.m. on Aug.
17. During this time, authorities noted,
the suspects attacked a 36-year-old man
from behind in front of a home on 91st
Street between 37th and Elmhurst avenues
in Jackson Heights.
Aft er knocking him to the ground, cops
said, the thieves stole the victim’s necklace
and fl ed in an unknown direction. EMS
arrived at the scene and took the victim
to NYC Health & Hospitals/Elmhurst in
Police said that the next incident took
place at 3 a.m. on Aug. 18. Th e suspects
grabbed a 57-year-old man from behind
in front of a residence on Elmhurst
Avenue off 91st Street, threw him to the
ground and took his cellphone and credit
cards. Th e victim was not seriously
injured as a result of this incident.
Finally, at 3:20 a.m. on Aug. 22, the
crooks approached a 37-year-old male
victim behind a home on 92nd Street off
Elmhurst Avenue and removed his cellphone
from his back pocket. When the
victim tried to retrieve his phone, the suspects
punched him and removed his wallet
in the process.
Th e pair fl ed the location with $200 as
well as the cellphone. Th e victim was not
seriously injured as a result of this incident.
Police released photos of the suspects
taken at a bodega in the Bronx, located
at 585 Southern Blvd., where they used a
victim’s credit card.
Anyone with information in regard to
the identity of these males is asked to
call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline
at 800-577-TIPS (8477) or for Spanish,
888-57-PISTA (74782). Th e public can
also submit their tips by logging onto the
Crime Stoppers website or on Twitter @
NYPDTips. All calls are kept strictly confi
dential. Photos courtesy of the NYPD
Astoria’s Hallets Cove Playground to get makeover
BY BILL PARRY
Hallets Cove Playground, at the southeast
corner of the Astoria Houses, is getting
a $2.2 million extreme makeover.
City Parks Commissioner Mitchell
Silver joined elected offi cials and community
leaders at a groundbreaking ceremony
on Sept. 5 at the playground along
Vernon Boulevard near the NYC Ferry
“Hallets Cove Playground is being completely
reimagined with enhanced access to
outdoor play,” NYC Silver said. “With new
play equipment, seating and entryways, the
project is a remarkable investment in this
waterfront neighborhood resource.”
Th e Hallets Cove Playground project
will completely redesign the playground
with safety surfacing, water spray
features, site furnishings, planting beds,
fencing and pavement. A new ADA ramp
will welcome visitors from the sidewalk
level into the playground.
“Th is reconstruction will bring new
play equipment, improved entry and
seating areas and many other desirable
amenities to Hallets Cove Playground
that will make it an even more enjoyable
place to visit,” Queens Borough President
Melinda Katz said. “Th e reimagined
Hallets Cove Playground, with its breathtaking
waterfront views, will be a valuable
public space for decades to come and
help make Hallets Cove a great place to
live and raise a family.”
Katz allocated $1.3 million for the project,
Mayor Bill de Blasio added $673,000
and the City Council allocated an additional
$210,000 in funding.
“I am so excited to see work begin
on a new Hallets Cove Playground,”
Councilman Costa Constantinides said.
“Renovations will refl ect the needs of
a community long overdue for new,
constructive park space. Together, the
Astoria community has secured $26 million
since we took offi ce in 2014 to
improve life for those who live on Hallets
A separate project to reconstruct and
repair segments of the concrete seawall
is also in procurement. Th e playground
project is expected to be completed in