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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Police seek initial suspect for seven fires at Forest Hills construction sites
Photo courtesy of NYPD

The NYPD is asking for the public’s help in identifying a serial arsonist wanted in connection to a slew of construction site fires in Forest Hills. After releasing a photo of a potential motorcycle-riding suspect this past weekend, police said they are turning their investigation back to an initial suspect, who appeared in a surveillance video on Nov. […]

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Jackson Heights rally highlights violence against transgender community
THE COURIER/Photos by Angela Matua

A vicious attack of a transgender woman in Jackson Heights Sunday morning spurred a community to hold a rally in support of her and trans people throughout New York City. Kathy Perez, 35, was attacked outside of her Jackson Heights home at 4 a.m. on Sunday, where she was repeatedly struck in the head and face […]

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Man beaten, sexually assaulted in Jackson Heights hate crime
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A 23-year-old Jackson Heights man was followed down several blocks before he was beaten and sexually assaulted by three men, police said. The suspects hurled anti-gay slurs at the victim when he walked out of a restaurant on 81st Street and Roosevelt Avenue just after midnight on Monday. The assailants continued to verbally harass him until they reached 37th […]

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