As much as we love to keep our readers happy, several news stories this week were extremely on the sad side.
A landmark movie house RKO Keith’s in Flushing, purchased for $66 million, will be converted into a an upscale condo complex. Devastating stories across Queens included a Flushing man who was beaten to death after a road rage accident, and the currently most watched story in New York: A murder of Karina Vetrano, young woman was also brutally raped and strangled to death, as she jogged in a park in Howard Beach.
Check out these top 10 stories of this week:
- The historic RKO Keith’s Theater that has stood in Flushing since 1928 was sold for $66 million to Xinyuan Real Estate. The landmark will be transformed into multimillion-dollar condos in the near future.
- An elderly Flushing man who was viciously assaulted and hospitalized last month has died of his injuries. The victim was beaten by a motorist after the two collided in a minor car accident.
- A Howard Beach woman was raped and strangled mercilessly, as she jogged in a nearby park in broad daylight. The victim’s body was identified by her distraught father on Tuesday and police, now joined by FBI, are still searching for her killer.
- A former substitute teacher who lived in Bayside was found guilty after attempting to perform oral sex on a minor for $500 cash. He was slapped with a slew of charges including second-degree attempted criminal sexual act and may serve up to four years in jail if convicted.
- This three-alarm blaze swept through the Strawberry Farms grocery store in Whitestone, along with a laundromat and dry cleaners next door. The cause of the fire is still under investigation.
- A Maspeth burglary suspect took a bullet to his groin and a woman was discovered with head injuries.
- Western Queens neighborhoods such as Long Island City, Maspeth, Sunnyside and Woodside were be sprayed from a truck to minimize the threat of Zika virus through mosquitoes.
- A Fresh Meadows woman was found dead in a Pomonok apartment on Monday night. Her death is being ruled as a homicide.
- A new homeless shelter may be moving to Maspeth. According to authorities, the home will only take 220 individuals who are over 18 years old.
- John Gotti Jr., grandson of the infamous crime boss John Gotti, was arrested for drug dealing after police raided his Howard Beach home on Thursday morning. Police recovered over $240,000 in cash, more than 850 Oxycodone and Xanax pills, drug ledgers and other records.