Captain Reports Recent Crimes in 104th Precinct


Captain Christopher Manson in his office in 104th precinct.

Officers in the 104th Precinct made a slew of arrests last week, Captain Christopher Manson told the press during a media briefing on Monday afternoon.

On Aug. 20, Danny Miranda, 20, Angelo Padron, 57, and Manjinder Kahlon, 20, were arrested for burglary, criminal mischie20140116_125405f, and possession stolen property and burglary tools after they were spotted looking into locked cars on Juniper Blvd. by a resident.

According to police, one man was waiting in a car while two of them walked down the block carrying $1,500 in rolled up coins and small bills when they were caught. They were wearing ski masks and holding flashlights. “Not real hard to figure out that something is going on,” Manson said. After investigators reviewed videotape from a nearby supermarket, they learned that they were the same men who robbed it of $1,500 earlier that night.

On Aug. 23, Walter Dunphy Swiftwater, 20, was arrested for criminal trespassing after he broke into a victim’s house through an open window just before 6:30 a.m.

Officers said the suspect woke up a sleeping resident. Manson said the victim questioned why he was in his apartment, to which he replied by asking, “Do you know where the train station is?” 

Manson said the resident showed the suspected burglar to the door, after which he fled on foot.

Following a deeper investigation, police suspect that Swiftwater took a knife from the victim’s kitchen and carried it inside the bedroom before the confrontation, however he left it on a nearby table.

Officers say that he was eventually caught by the police five or six blocks away from the building, and found with stolen jewelry, prescription medication and a cellphone in his pockets. 

Police said that he “appeared high” when arrested. 

On Aug. 23, Rafael Betances, 19, was arrested for four counts of theft, after police say he snatched a woman’s cell phone while riding his bike on 78th Street. Rafael did three more of these 

Bentances is a repeat offender, pulling the same crime three other times— twice in Ridgewood, one in Liberty Park, and the latest in Middle Village – according to the police. 




CB5 committee supports plan for school at homeless shelter site

homelessshelter_blogAfter the School Construction Authority (SCA) recently showed a revived interested in developing on the proposed site of a new transitional housing facility on Cooper Avenue in Glendale, Community Board 5 will hear a motion in support of a school campus at its next meeting on September 10.

At a CB5 joint Land Use and Education committee meeting Monday, August 25, originally to compose a letter to Borough President Melinda Katz on the school proposal brought to the table by Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley in July, it was decided the they would bring up a resolution of their support for a potential school to a vote.

The proposal comes on the heels of heated criticism from the community over the remediation and $27 million proposal for a 125-family homeless shelter at 78-16 Cooper Ave.

Check out the full story on the Glendale Register.


Strong Support For A School At Cooper Avenue Site. Also Dept. Of Buildings New Denial For Shelter Building

The week of August 12th was a busy one for the proposed Homeless Shelter for 125 families on Cooper Avenue in Glendale. State Senator Joe Addabbo fired off a letter to Schools Chancellor Farina and Homeless Services Commissioner Taylor asking for a school at the homeless site. Most understand that the school district is the most overcrowded in the city. Borough President Melinda Katz, Councilmember Liz Crowley and now State Senator Joe Addabbo support a school to be built at this site since it is not contaminated enough for the Homeless Shelter. “As far as I was concerned,” said Crowley earlier this month, “School Construction Authority said it was too contaminated. There is nobody better at sealing off a contaminated site and using it for people than is SCA,” she said.



Chancellor Carmen Farina, Tweed Courthouse, 52 Chambers Street, N.Y. 10004

Commissioner Gilbert Taylor, Department of Homeless Services, 33 Beaver Street, 17th, N Y, NY 10004

Re: Proposed Shelter at Cooper Avenue, Queens

Dear Chancellor Farina and Commissioner Taylor,

I hope this letter finds you well.

At this time, the location 78-16 Cooper Avenue in Glendale, Queens is being considered for a 125 family homeless shelter, operated by Samaritan Village and the Department of Homeless Services. Additionally, the location of the former Pan Am Hotel in Elmhurst is operational as a transitional facility for up to 200 families. Both of these sites are located in School District 24.

District 24 is one of the most overcrowded school districts in the City of New York. Having both of these locations operational as transitional housing could result in hundreds of more school children in an already congested school district. At this time, I urge the Department of Education and Department of Homeless Services to reconsider these options and the size of the locations for the sake of my constituents.

I look forward to your timely response. Thank you.

Very truly yours,

Joseph P. Addabbo, Jr.

New York State Senator, District 15


Also, the Department of Buildings issued another denial of the Plan for the shelter on August 12. See the screen shot of the DOB we page below.

August 12, 2014 Plan Disapproval

August 12, 2014 Plan Disapproval


Myrtle Avenue Street Fair Sunday

Heavenly Angels Pet Adoption and the FDNY Fire Safety Experience will appear at the Myrtle Avenue Street Fair Sunday, August 17th from noon till 6PM. Myrtle Avenue will be closed from Forest Avenue to Fresh Pond Road. The Kiwanis Club of Glendale is hosting the festival with rides, games, merchandise vendors and plenty of food. Stores on Myrtle will be open Sunday too.


ULTA Beauty grand opening at the Shops at Atlas Park

20140116_12423120140116_12423120140116_12423120140116_124231Atlas_park_pic_1_29The newest addition to the reviving Glendale shopping mall opens their doors this morning at 10 a.m. at 71-03 80th St.

ULTA Beauty owners boast the new store’s 10,000-sq.-ft. space with over 20,000 beauty products and salon services now available to shoppers.

“ULTA is all things beauty, all in once place,” said Kelly Smith, the manager of grand openings at ULTA Beauty. “We are truly a beauty destination for Glendale, and our ULTA Beauty expert are ready to help with all your beauty needs, from the basics to the perfect shade of lipstick to the newest hair tool.”

The first 100 guests to visit the store on Friday, Saturday and Sunday will receive $5 to $10 gift certificates and one customer will be entered for a chance to with a Pamper Me Pink box with ULTA products.

The new store comes in light of the Atlas mall’s most recent additions like Footlocker, Crazy 8, Payless ShoeSource and Auntie Anne’s.


Opposition To Glendale Shelter Growing As ‘Education Council’ Weighs In

Residents of Glendale seem to want a school at the property planned for a 125-family homeless shelter run by Samaritan Village. While numbers for past two decades show this school district as the most overcrowded in the city, the Homeless Shelter Glendale Blog homeless 8-14study done for the city showed that the added 300 children would not make a significant impact on those schools at IS 119 or PS 87. In fact the report listed IS 11 as being a school for 6, 7 and 8th grades. Meanwhile the school also includes grades 1 and 2.

At a meeting last week of the Community Education Council, residents discussed ways to stop the shelter. Nick Comaianni, president of CEC24 led the charge by calling the Department of Homeless Services negligent for overlooking the district’s overcrowding issue.

There is a full story on the Glendale Register.


104th Precinct arrests suspect for vehicular vandalism

According to a 104th Precinct representative, a suspect has been arrested for vandalizing several cars in Glendale recently.

Eric Lutz, 36, of Glendale, NY was arrested by the 104 Precinct Detective Squad on Tuesday, August 5, 2014 and charged with multiple counts of Criminal Mischief for vandalizing multiple vehicles in Glendale two weeks ago,” said an email from the 104th at 5:46 p.m. on Wed., August 6.

Just a few blocks from 104th Precinct Headquarters, some Glendale residents near the intersection of Myrtle Avenue and 70th Street woke up Wed., July 23, to find their not-so-perfect parking jobs had stirred the ire of a local vigilante vandal. “Hey scumbag park right!” read the scrawl on one car, while another read, “Learn to park sbag,” and a third similarly said, “Learn to park homo.”


Homeless shelter DOB apps put on hold

homelessshelter_blogInitial applications to renovate an abandoned warehouse at 78-16 Cooper Ave. for a proposed 125-family homeless shelter were put on hold this week.

In order to expand the warehouse and make room for the Samaritan Village transitional housing facility, the applicant submitted three necessary applications with the Department of Buildings (DOB) on July 11 to begin the renovation process.

The proposal; to expand, along with plumbing and mechanical fixtures applications, were sent back to the applicant by DOB on July 28.


Summer Events at Atlas Park Mall

UnknownAtlas Park Mall is a hidden gem tucked into Glendale, located at 8000 Cooper Ave.  The outdoor mall includes not only stores, restaurants, and movie theater, it will be hosting events almost everyday this summer on their lawn.

Atlas Park will be hosting Zumba classes, children’s story time, and free concerts just to name a few examples.  In the month of July and August there will be live music every Monday and Wednesday.  You can find the full list of events by logging onto