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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NYPD heightens security, asks for help to catch Forest Hills arsonist
THE COURIER/Photos by Angela Matua

A recent rash of fires in Forest Hills that have left construction sites charred is getting increased attention from the NYPD, which brought in its Arson Explosion Squad and Major Case Squad to help with the investigation. Police believe all the fires are connected to the same suspect. Five of the seven targeted properties are owned by Bukharian Jews, yet the […]

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At a Jamaica mosque, de Blasio calls for unity with city’s Muslim community
Photo courtesy of Demetrius Freeman/Mayoral Photography Office

An overflow crowd at the Jamaica Muslim Center greeted Mayor Bill de Blasio for a visit during evening prayers on Friday and applauded his vow that the city would work to strengthen its ties with Muslims across the five boroughs. “For the whole city, we know we have to do more, but we also have […]

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