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Northwestern Queens rentals experience spike in new leases from March 2023 to March 2024: report
Northwestern Queens rentals experience spike in new leases from March 2023 to March 2024: report

Apr. 12, 2024 By Ethan Marshall

The number of new leases of residential units nearly doubled to the highest on record from March 2023 to March 2024, according to a report by the real estate agency Douglas Elliman. During the same period of time, the median rental price for units in northwestern Queens decreased slightly.

New leases in northwestern Queens, soared 41.6% year-over-year, from 497 in March 2023 to 704 in March 2024. Median rental prices, meanwhile, fell 3% year-over-year, from $3,300 in March 2023 to $3,200 in March 2024.

Every type of unit had an increase in new leases over this period of time. However, while studio, one-bedroom and two-bedroom units each experienced declines in median rental prices, units of three or more bedrooms ended up increasing in median rental price.

Op-ed: An urgent call for revising NY’s criminal justice reforms to protect public safety

Apr. 11, 2024 By Council Member Robert Holden

In 2019, the State Legislature and Governor Andrew Cuomo embarked on a controversial overhaul of New York’s criminal justice system by enacting several laws, including cashless bail and sweeping changes to discovery laws. Simultaneously, the New York City Council passed laws that compounded these challenges, notably the elimination of punitive segregation in city jails and qualified immunity for police officers. These actions have collectively undermined public safety and constrained law enforcement effectiveness.

Young man sought for scrawling swastika on an SUV in Middle Village: NYPD

The NYPD’s Hate Crimes Task Force is now looking for a suspect who allegedly drew a swastika on an SUV in Middle Village late last month.

Police from the 104th Precinct in Ridgewood reported that on the afternoon of Saturday, Mar. 30, an unidentified man approached a Honda Pilot parked in front of a home at 66-65 70th St., just north of All Saints Cemetery and drew the swastika on the rear bumper of the vehicle at around 5:45 p.m..

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City employee charged in fatal collision that killed a Middle Village woman in Elmhurst last month: NYPD

A truck driver for the city’s Department of Environmental Protection was arrested and charged in a fatal collision in Elmhurst last month.

Roderick Mitchell, 38, of Valley Stream, Long Island, turned himself in at the 110th Precinct in Elmhurst, where he was charged with failure to yield and failure to exercise due care for striking 43-year-old Natalia Garcia-Valencia of Middle Village on the morning of Tuesday, Mar. 12.