112th Precinct Cautions Against Deception Burglaries

The 112th Precinct just tweeted out a picture explaining how deception burglaries work, and what you can do to avoid getting duped. Take a minute or two to read over it–may come in handy one day!

Here’s a summary of the poster’s contents.


  • Often target elderly victims
  • Operate during normal business hours (9 a.m. — 5 p.m.)
  • Use false covers (e.g. utility companies, delivery companies, plumbing/electrical companies)
  • Once victim allows access, perpetrator manipulates and distracts victim to acquire valuable objects or information



  • Stay inside house and do not open door
  • Do not let anyone inside house while verifying ‘work order’
  • Keep list of phone numbers of utility companies in convenient location

Request ID

  • Verify ID through view finder (peephole)


  • Contact company where he/she claims to be employed by to verify legitimacy

Report It

  • Immediately report theft or suspicious behavior to the NYPD by calling 911. Even if no theft occurs, if you cannot verify ID, feel unsafe, or suspect criminal activity, call 911 immediately.



Celebrity Chef Opens Italian Restaurant on Metropolitan Ave.

The interior of Tazzina, a newly-opened Italian restaurant and bar.

A new Italian restaurant and bar, Tazzina, opened  last Thursday on August 21st on 102-15 Metropolitan Ave. Jason Zukas, who has appeared on the Food Network show “Chopped,” moved the restaurant from its Glendale location to its roomier venue on Metropolitan Ave.

The restaurant mainly features comfort Italian food, but with a twist. The food ranges from classic dishes like gnocchi and risottos to novelties like roasted bone marrow and tripe.

As for the atmosphere, Zukas described it as “very romantic, chic and definitely very sexy,” but balanced with “an old school feel.”

On Yelp, the restaurant has received 5 stars–from seven reviews–and two dollar signs so far. Valet parking is available for customers. Learn more information from the Tazzina Facebook page here!




New Footwear Store Opening Before Schools Begin

A new footwear retail store, Moe’s Sneaker Spot, will set up shop on 110-50 Queens Blvd. this summer before schools begin, representatives said. The location had been vacant ever since Spin City Cycle left the space for Rego Park around three years ago. Moe Sneaker Spot, which also has locations in Jamaica, Astoria, and Glendale, sells sells an assortment of mainly athletic footwear. [DNAinfo]


EB fundraiser returns to West Side

839_Perlman_picPhilanthropic events surrounding the sport of tennis are on the rise at Forest HIlls’ West Side Tennis Club.

The latest will take place on August 27 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. with the 2nd Annual Mats Wilander Foundation Tennis Pro-Am. For every ticket purchased, the public can help bring DebRA (Dystrophic Epidermolysis Bullosa Research Association) of America a step closer to finding a cure and treating epidermolysis bullosa (EB), a very rare yet debilitating disease often referred to as “the worst disease you’ve never heard of.”

Each ticket includes a team competition, instructional clinics, a pro meet-and-greet and food and drinks. Attendees will also have the chance to play with Mats Wilander.

Read more at the Forest Hills Times.


City to spray for West Nile in Forest Hills

west-nile-symptomsIt was announced this week that parts of of Forest Hills and the surrounding neighborhoods would be doused with a fresh coat of pesticides as part of the most recent citywide bug-control initiative.

The NYC Department of Health announced they would begin spraying on Tue., Aug. 19 at 8:15 p.m. and 6 a.m. on the following morning in areas along 99th Street, 67th Avenue and Austin Street in order to kill mosquitoes that could potentially carry the West Nile virus [TNW].

The DOH has advised that residents stay indoors during spraying to avoid contact with the chemicals, to turn off air conditioners in order to reduce the chance for indoor exposure, remove children’s toys and clothing from outdoors and to wash exposed skin and clothing with soap and water.

Call 311 or visit www.nyc.gov/health for more information.


Forest Hills Stadium Lineup

imagesThe Forest Hills Stadium has proven itself successful this year, with many big names planned to perform. This 100 year-old stadium has been home to many iconic performers such as The Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan, The Beatles and many more, so it is only right for the stadium to continue fostering talent.

There were many people debating against the continuation and reconstruction of the stadium in the beginning of the summer, due to the fear that the concerts would bring a rowdy audience and create trouble for the neighborhood. Despite fears, the supporters of the stadium prevailed.

After 20 years, the stadium was renovated and has showcased bands such as the Zac Brown Band and Mumford & Sons. There have been no complications regarding the audience during the shows. The lineup for this summer seems to be very solid and getting a lot of attention. The shows will be taking place in August and early September.

On August 9th, indie/punk rock bands Modest Mouse and Brand New will be playing alongside one another, while on August 19th, popular rappers Drake and Lil Wayne will perform as apart of their partnered tour. On September 19th, pioneers of alternative rock, The Replacements will play a solo show.

Tickets are on sale for these upcoming shows, with a four ticket limit per order. Having a local concert stadium proves to be a success, with anticipation for future artists.


Phil Lesh and Friends announce FHTS concert

Image of Phil Lesh courtesy Steven Limentani Photography

Forest Hills jam band fans have something to be grateful for, as Phil Lesh & Friends have announced they will be performing at the Forest Hills Tennis Stadium on Sept. 21 at 6 p.m.

Formed around former Grateful Dead bass man Phil Lesh, the jam band has a rotating membership, though officials announced that Lesh will be joined by guitarists Warren Haynes and Jimmy Herring, drummer John Molo and keyboardist Rob Barraco for the September show. 

The concert will be the first performed by the group in 11 years, and comes just two days after The Replacements, Deer Tick and the Hold Steady perform at the venue. Other musicians to perform at the venue this summer include the Zac Brown Band, Drake, Lil’ Wayne, Modest Mouse and Brand New.

The summer of concerts is the first in several decades for the stadium, and promoters hope that the venue will become a regular summer stop for influential artists.


Night out against crime

To bring the community together, the 112th Precinct Community Council and the officers of the precinct are co-hosting a Night Out Against Crime at MacDonald Park on Tues., August 5.

The National Night Out will take place from 6 to 9 p.m. and will feature free live music, barbecue and other foods, and safety information and demonstrations for residents.

In the event of rain, the night out will be a night in at the Forest Hills Jewish Center.


Go Go For Jazz

Where are all of the Forest Hills Jazz lovers?  The Forest Hills Chamber of Commerce has asked for your help to donate to their “Save Jazz Thursdays” campaign.  Jazz Thursdays consists of two Thursdays in August which feature world class performers.  This is a must see for families and allows you to be as comfortable as possible, whether you prefer to bring blankets or chairs.

For this year’s 10th anniversary, which kicks off on August 7th and takes place on 70th Rd., the Forest Hills committee is hoping to increase their number of performances from two nights to three with your help.

They have launched an indiegogo campaign with a goal of raising $8,000.  So far they have managed to raise $700.

Click here to donate to their campaign which ends tonight at midnight.


Former political operative convicted of stealing from Bloomberg loses appeal

One of Azi Paybarah's March 15, 2009 photos of John Haggerty with the former mayor.

One of Azi Paybarah’s March 15, 2009 photos of John Haggerty with the former mayor.

John F. Haggerty, Jr., a former Bloomberg political operative who bought his deceased grandfather’s home in the Gardens with money meant for election day ballot security and poll watching lost his appeal with the state’s highest court on Monday, the Wall Street Journal reports.

Haggerty was convicted in 2011 for misallocating $1.1 million of the $1.2 million he was given by then-Mayor Bloomberg for the state Independence Party while on the campaign trail in 2009. Flickr user Azi Paybarah has a few snaps of Haggerty and Bloomberg hamming it up on March 15, 2009, at around the same period the embezzlement is said to occur. The court ruled unanimously against his appeal.

On Sept. 30, 2011, the NY Times’ City Room blog posted a photo of the “shabby” Haggerty house on a hill, located at Greenway North and Puritan Avenue. A neighbor told the blog that he “keeps it that way [shabby] so it looks like no one is home.” And apparently when the set director for HBO’s miniseries ‘Mildred Pierce’ hired a landscaper to clean up the yard while they were shooting next door, Haggerty was upset about it, much in the way that children get angry when you point out their flaws in public.

One interesting little tidbit in this case is that Haggerty, Jr., was buying out his brother’s share in the home from his own father, a move that not only allowed his family to maintain ownership of their property, but also to – in effect – increase his family’s net worth by several hundred thousand dollars.

Mashid Mohadjerin took this photo of the Haggerty home for The New York Times‘ City Room blog in 2011.