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Year in Review: Queens’ top stories from July 2022

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As 2022 wraps up and we look ahead to 2023, QNS takes a moment to remember the top stories of this past year. Below are short synopses of the top stories from July:

Report names 10 Queens neighborhoods in list of 50 most expensive in the city

A home in Douglaston (Photo via PropertyShark website)

PropertyShark, a site known for covering the real estate market and compiling reports on the state of the market, released its report on the top 50 most expensive NYC neighborhoods, which includes 10 in Queens.

The report, released last week, includes an overview of New York City’s residential market performance in the second quarter of 2022.

The report highlights that NYC’s property market is beginning to show early signs of a decline in price trends after almost two years of surging prices. However, sales activity has continued to rise, with an 11% year-over-year increase. 

MTA launches $61 million project to ease congestion at Flushing station

(Photo via Wikimedia Commons)

The MTA announced that a $61 million makeover at the Main Street subway station in Flushing is underway to improve overcrowding and congestion on the platform and street-level stairs and other upgrades to improve the passenger experience at one of the city’s busiest transit hubs.

The construction of eight new staircases will better accommodate both incoming and outgoing passengers west of Main Street while improving service for those using all stairs throughout the station.

Four new street-to-mezzanine stairs will be installed in addition to four new mezzanines to platform stairs. The new street-to-mezzanine stairs will be located on the north and south corners of Main Street and to the west of Main Street along both the north and south sides of Roosevelt Avenue.

Police cuff Bayside man who allegedly set fire to his Bay Club apartment

Photo courtesy of Oliver Gellerman

A resident of The Bay Club in Bayside was arrested in the early hours of Tuesday, July 5, after allegedly starting a fire in his apartment on the 15th floor, according to authorities.

Christopher McDonough, 39, of 2 Bay Club Dr., has been charged with reckless endangerment and harassment in connection with the incident, a police spokesperson told QNS.

FDNY personnel arrived to extinguish the blaze at the 21-story building at approximately 12:23 a.m. on July 5. The fire was put out by 1:24 a.m., according to an FDNY spokesperson, who added that seven people were later transported to area hospitals, with firefighters on the scene accounting for five of them.

Father, son among men indicted for running open-air drug market near school in Jamaica: DA

Drugs and guns seized from illegal Jamaica drug market. (Photo courtesy of the Queens DA’s office)

A father and son are among a group of five defendants that were indicted by a Queens grand jury for operating an open-air drug market on a dead-end street in Jamaica, Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz announced Tuesday.

The crew allegedly sold fentanyl, heroin and cocaine, and more than 10 kilos of narcotics and four guns were seized following a long-term investigation by the NYPD and the Queens DA’s office.

Four of the defendants were identified as Boris Ford, 57, of Roosevelt Island; his son Barshawn Ford, 29, of Jamaica; and Esau Daniels, 28, and Leon Spears, 60, both of Jamaica. A fifth defendant, Lonnie Scott, 50, also of Jamaica, is charged with possession of kilos of narcotics worth more than $75,000, according to the DA’s office.

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