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33 two-family townhouses set to rise in Bayside
BY JENNA BAGCAL
Cord Meyer Development Company
recently announced that 33 two-family
townhouses will soon come to Bayside.
Th e Forest Hills-based developer confi
rmed that the residential buildings
will occupy prime space at 212th Street
and 23rd Avenue near the Bay Terrace
According to Cord Meyer, the Bay Lane
Estates will be “fi nely appointed with
high-end features” including higher-end
appliance packages and several diff erent
fl oor plans. Each resident will have a twocar
garage and sizes of the homes range
from 3,500 to 4,000 square feet.
Th e property will also undergo new
landscaping, according to Cord Meyer.
Manhattan-based company Anthony
Morali Architects is in charge of designing
the townhouses. Th e fi rm has
designed several properties in Queens,
including the Bayside Mercedes-Benz
Showroom, the Astoria City View residence
and condos in College Point.
Th e 33 townhouses will be situated
near the Bay Terrace Shopping Center,
which Cord Meyer also owns. According
to the open-air mall’s store directory,
it contains nearly fi ve dozen businesses
including clothing retailers, banks,
restaurants, a grocery store and a post
BY EMILY DAVENPORT
Police released photos of the vehicle
that was involved in a hit-and-run
in the Oakland Gardens section of
Bayside earlier this week.
According to authorities, at 10:51
p.m. on June 11, the 111th Precinct
responded to a 911 call regarding a
female pedestrian struck at the intersection
of 64th Avenue and 223rd
Upon their arrival, offi cers found the
victim, identifi ed in published reports
as 47-year-old Nabeela Aziz, who had
suff ered head trauma as a result of
being struck by a car.
EMS rushed the victim to North
Shore University Hospital in critical
condition. An NYPD spokesperson
indicated that the victim suff ered serious
head trauma and bleeding to the
An investigation found that the
driver of a white 2016-2019 Subaru
Crosstrek was traveling northbound on
223rd Place and made a left turn onto
westbound 64th Avenue, striking the
victim as she crossed south to north
at the intersection. Th e vehicle did not
stay at the scene following the incident.
Cops said the vehicle was seen traveling
northbound on Springfield
Boulevard in the vicinity of 64th
Avenue shortly aft er the incident.
Anyone with information in regard
to this incident is asked to call the
NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at
800-577-TIPS (8477) or for Spanish,
888-57-PISTA (74782). All calls and
messages are kept confi dential.
SICK HOAX IN BAYSIDE
Community alarmed by ‘dead baby’ scare in park
BY JENNA BAGCAL
An infant who was allegedly found dead
in Bayside’s Crocheron Park turned out to
be a lifelike doll set up by a sick prankster,
according to police.
Multiple sources confi rmed that what
was initially believed to be the body of a
deceased infant was actually a doll “made
to look like it was decomposing.”
At around 8:15 a.m. on June 18, offi -
cers from the 111th Precinct responded
to a call about a baby who was unconscious
and unresponsive in the vicinity of
215th Street and 35th Avenue. A runner
had reportedly stumbled upon the baby’s
body around 7:40 a.m.
Th e report triggered a massive response
by the NYPD and the Fire Department.
Nearby residents were alarmed by the
response. People in Bayside who heard
about what had allegedly occurred took
to social media to express their shock and
But then the truth was uncovered.
Reports later confi rmed that the “baby”
was actually a doll that was colored pink
and blue, which police described as “very
realistic.” Th e fake baby was so realistic
that it initially fooled NYPD and EMS
personnel who responded to the scene.
It’s not clear, at this point in the investigation,
who planted the doll in the park
and called in the “dead baby” report, nor
did police know of a possible motive for
the sick ruse. Th ey are currently searching
for cameras in the park to see if they can
catch the culprit.
Before investigators determined it was
all a prank, residents living near the scene
expressed shock by the initial report that
a baby’s body had been found in the park.
“I was walking my dog here 1:00 in the
morning and I didn’t see anything,” said
Jackie Matuk, 51. “Th is park is fi lled with
kids all the time … people walking their
dogs. It’s a family park. Whatever the circumstances,
it must’ve been super painful
for the person who left the baby probably
was suff ering.”
“It’s upsetting and especially right by a
school, I’m worried about what the kids
will hear,” she added.
Carlotta Mohamed and Robert Pozarycki
contributed to this report.
Photos courtesy of the NYPD
Rendering courtesy of Cord Meyer
A rendering of the Bay Lane Estates in Bayside
Photo: Carlotta Mohamed/QNS
Police offi cers at the scene near Crocheron Park in Bayside on June 18.