Hate crime charges for Flushing man who targeted & beat Chinese women

A Flushing man is behind bars on high bail for allegedly assaulting and robbing two Chinese women in Flushing that were motivated by hate, according to prosecutors. Key S. Lee, 34, of Hawthorne Avenue was arrested soon after he mugged a woman on Wednesday as she walked toward the apartment building where she lives. Authorities […]

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What to do in Queens this weekend and beyond
Reservoir Dogs

Attend a screening of Quentin Tarantino’s “Reservoir Dogs,” learn how to properly prepare a cover letter, take part in an Afrikan dance workshop, attend a yoga class, and do more at these events around Queens! Saturday, Feb. 6 Is running your passion? Head over to Astoria Park at 9 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 6, and run like […]

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Man who beat Muslim store owner in Astoria rearrested on hate crime charge
Photo by Larry Mayberry

The alleged assailant who walked into Sarker Haque’s food store in Astoria and beat him last month was rearrested on New Year’s Day after police declared the assault a hate crime. The assault, which occurred on Dec. 5 in Fatima’s Food Market at 21-37 21st Ave., received attention after Haque revealed that his attacker — later identified as Piro Kolvani,55, […]

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Astoria pols, residents #standwithsarker and denounce hateful rhetoric
THE COURIER/Photos by Angela Matua

Since the San Bernardino massacre this month and one presidential candidate’s suggestion that Muslims be banned from America, a number of hate crimes targeting those of the Islamic faith have occurred nationwide, including one involving an Astoria store owner. On Thursday, local politicians and many Astoria residents gathered in front of Sarker Haque’s Fatima Food […]

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Astoria community starts Facebook group to support store owner after attack
Photo by Larry Mayberry

After an Astoria store owner was attacked in the neighborhood on Saturday, members of the community are rallying together to shower him with love and support. Sarker Haque, 52, owner of Fatima Food Market located at 21-37 21st Ave., was assaulted by Piro Kolvani, 55, of Jacksonville, Fla., police said. Kolvani hit Haque repeatedly in the face and […]

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