Cops looking for individual in Maspeth bank robbery

3367-16-104-pdu-robbery-11-28-16-photo-1Police are looking for an individual wanted for questioning in connection with a robbery at Valley National Bank in Maspeth.

According to police, a suspect entered the branch located at 64-01 Grand Avenue and approached the bank teller. The suspect then passed a note to the teller demanding money.

The teller complied with the request, turning over an undetermined amount of money before the suspect fled the scene.

The individual wanted for questioning is described as a male, 55 to 60 years old, 5’2″ in height, 220 pounds, with white hair and a white beard; last seen wearing a blue and grey baseball cap, blue and grey jacket, blue jeans and tan boots.

Anyone with information in regards to this incident is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) or for Spanish, 1-888-57-PISTA (74782). The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the Crime stoppers website at WWW.NYPDCRIMESTOPPERS.COM or by texting their tips to 274637 (CRIMES) then enter TIP577. All calls are strictly confidential.

Black Friday Weekend Sale at Lafyes Jewelry on Grand Ave.

Luis Flores, owner of Lafyes Jewelry on Grand Avenue, wants Maspeth residents to know about his 2-day Black Friday sale this Friday and Saturday.


Lafyes is offering 30-60% OFF selected items in store.

Lafyes carries a massive selection of jewelry, including: certified diamonds, engagement rings, wedding bands, bridal jewelry, diamond fashion jewelry, sterling jewelry, watches, and more…

Looking for something custom? If you dream it, Luis Flores can make it. Lafyes also offers jewelry and watch repair services.

“Happy Thanksgiving to all, and thank you to my Maspeth, Queens community for your support,” said Flores. “I hope to see you this weekend!”

Lafyes is located at 65-50 Grand Ave. in Maspeth. They can be reached at (718) 894-0360.

104th Precinct Community Council meeting Tuesday


The 104th Precinct Community Council is hosting its next community meeting on Tuesday, November 15th at 7:30 p.m.

The meeting will be held at Kowalinski Post, located at 61-57 Maspeth Avenue.

Speakers at the meeting will include 104th Pct. Commanding Officer Mark Wachter, the 104th’s new executive officer, a representative from the Civilian Complaint Review board and invited elected officials.

A representative from the Queens District Attorney’s office will also be speaking.

For those driving, parking will be available on Grand and Flushing avenues. Look for the signage.

Maspeth Resident, Michael LoCascio, to be recognized at event next Thursday (11/17)

Michael LoCascio, a leader in the Maspeth community, is being honored at the “Top 15 Movers & Shakers” event on Thursday, November 17th, from 6:30-8:30PM at Il Bacco Ristorante in Little Neck, Queens.

Buy tickets here


A member of Community Board 5 and an athletic representative for the CYO at St. Stanislaus School, LoCascio spearheaded the protest against the shelter that has since spread borough-wide, calling into question the city’s very use of hotels to house the homeless.

Through it all, LoCascio was a voice of reason. Behind the scenes, he worked the press and elected officials to change the narrative from a community in the throes of a NIMBY fight to a tangible discussion about the city’s homeless policies.


Facebook event link

Other Movers & Shakers to be recognized are:

Tom Grech (ED, Queens Chamber of Commerce), Chris Mullin (St. John’s), Michael Meyer (President F&T Group), Tyler Morse (CEO, MCR Development), Michael Mattone (VP & CFO Mattone Group), Gregory Brown (President, Queens County Bar Association), Rachel Thieme (Sunnyside Shines), John Choe (Flushing CC), Anthony Lopez (Zone 126), Hope Knight (Jamaica Development Corp.), Dennis Walcott (CEO Queens Library), Mike Luba (Forest Hills Stadium Concert Promoter), & Ya-Ting Liu (BQX)!


Maspeth resident wants DOT to fix 52nd Drive

52nd Drive between 70th and 69th streets

52nd Drive between 70th and 69th streets. Photo courtesy Google Maps

There has been plenty of community outrage after the Department of Transportation (DOT) converted 70th Street into a one-way last weekend.

For Maspeth resident Ann Marie McGee, it’s a recipe for disaster.

“There’s going to be a major accident,” she said. “They screwed us here big time.”

McGee is particularly fearful for the safety of her children and grandchildren. She said now, drivers have no choice other than 69th Street, which is already an incredibly busy thoroughfare.

The other day, she saw two vans coming down the street, and they couldn’t fit. One van had to go off the street while the other passed by.

“This is bad. It’s a matter of time,” McGee said. “We need help here and we need it fast.”

The Maspeth resident also identified 52nd Drive as a problematic road, especially now that 70th Street has been converted. She’s afraid there will be accidents there, too.

“We have issues with 52nd Drive,” she said. “They can’t just change one street and not do anything about the others.”

She wants the DOT to “figure out” 52nd Drive before it’s too late.

“This is about safety for all,” McGee said.

Maspeth woman busted in scheme that targeted elderly

Rosie Cristo

Rosie Cristo

Theresa Howard

Theresa Howard

Tony Cristo

Tony Cristo










A 32-year-old Maspeth woman was one of three arrested in a burglary pattern that allegedly preyed on elderly victims within the confines of the 104, 110, 111 and 115th precincts, police said yesterday.

According to police, the the three individuals would allegedly pose as utility workers or use children to gain entry into homes. Once inside, they would remove property from the residence.

The arrested individuals are:

  • Rosie Cristo, 32, of Maspeth. She’s charged with burglary-hate crime, burglary, grand larceny, criminal possession of stolen property and petit larceny.
  • Tony Cristo, 35, of Jamaica. He’s charged with burglary-hate crime, two counts of burglary, grand larceny, possession of a forged instrument, criminal possession of stolen property, petit larceny and aggravated unlicensed operator.
  • Theresa Howard, 36, of Staten Island. She’s charged with burglary-hate crime, burglary, grand larceny, criminal possession of stolen property, petit larceny and false personation.

Pursuant to an ongoing investigation, the New York Police Department is asking for the public’s assistance with information about similar incidents or may have come in contact with these individuals. Please contact the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) or for Spanish, 1-888-57-PISTA (74782).  The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the Crime stoppers website at WWW.NYPDCRIMESTOPPERS.COM or by texting their tips to 274637 (CRIMES) then enter TIP577