Driver with flat tire killed on BQE


A 49-year-old woman who pulled over to fix a flat tire on the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway right over Apollo Street was struck and killed on Monday afternoon.

Police say that Aissatou Diallo, from Staten Island, had left her 2005 Chevy to fix her flat tire. A good Samaritan driving a 1997 Toyota Rav4 pulled up to help Diallo out.

While they were standing outside their cars, a 43-year-old driver, later identified as Vladimir Menin from Fort Lee, New Jersey, struck the Chevy from behind, which then hit the pedestrians.

Diallo was thrown over the highway barrier and into the roadway in Greenpoint.

Police found Diallo’s body on the pavement on Meeker Avenue, and she was immediately taken to Elmhurst General Hospital, where she was pronounced dead.

Meanwhile, Menin’s car, a 2011 BMW, continued to hit the Toyota Rav4 before it stopped. Menin was taken to Woodhull Hospital, where he was treated for non-life threatening injuries.

He has been charged with manslaughter, aggravated vehicular homicide, DWI (driving while intoxicated), reckless driving and aggravated unlicensed operator vehicle.

The NYPD’s Collision Investigation Squad continues to investigate the incident.

Caring for Java Street trees


Here’s your chance to help make your community more green.

Greenpoint organizations are working together for a volunteer event on Java Street next Thursday evening. Volunteers will be given all the tools and supplies needed to wed and mulch street tree beds.

Afterward, volunteers can head over to Oak & Iron for happy hour and socializing.

To RSVP, contact Kathleen Martin at

Argument leads to skull bashing

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Police are looking for a man who fractured another man’s skull after a verbal dispute.

On Thursday, August 4, at about 8 p.m., the 33-year-old victim was arguing with the suspect in front of 188 Bedford Avenue. The suspect, pictured above, went to go get a tire iron from a car nearby. He struck the victim in the head with the iron.

The victim was transferred by ambulance to Bellevue Hospital. He has a skull fracture, authorities say.

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 submit their tips by logging onto the Crime Stoppers website at WWW.NYPDCRIMESTOPPERS.COM.

Shooting on Rodney Street

Police are looking for a man wanted in connection to a shooting yesterday at 4:35 a.m..

Authorities say a 31-year-old man was shot in his right leg near South 4th Street and Rodney Street in Williamsburg.

The victim was brought to a local hospital and is now in stable condition, police said.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) or submit their tips by logging onto the Crime stoppers website at WWW.NYPDCRIMESTOPPERS.COM.

Summer Restaurant Week on Grand Street!


It’s time to get your grub on.

This week, Grand Street’s restaurants are offering amazing deals as part of its Summer Restaurant Week, thanks to the Grand Street BID.

Grab a two-course lunch for just $11 at Los Tacos-Mcondo or three-course dinner at Forcella for $25.

Take advantage of these affordable deals before they end!

Star Wars: The Force Awakens at Transmitter Park


You may remember that Luke Skywalker saved the world from the evil Darth Vader and the Galatic Empire, but a new force has troubled a land far, far way.

A screening of Star War: The Force Awakens will be showing at Transmitter Park tonight at 8 p.m. You’ll be introduced to new heroes as they take on the evil forces of the First Order.

TONIGHT: National Night Out with 94th Pct!


Join the 94th Precinct and the Greenpoint community in celebrating National Night Out, an event to introduce members of the local police force to our children and neighbors.

The event will be kid-friendly and well-protected. It starts at 6 p.m. at Lorimer Street and Meserole Avenue!

Investors Bank Promotion

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Only a month in and Investors Bank is already offering promotions.

Check out their grand opening promotion, where you can win prizes like a 40-inch LDC television, iPad Air, Kindle Fire, Apple Watch, Nepressors and BBQ grill.

For more information, contact branch manager Debbie Hootam at 718-389-1531.

Newtown Creek Walking Tour Next Week

Flickr/Dan DeLuca
Flickr/Dan DeLuca

NYC H20 is hosting a walking tour of Newtown Creek on August 3 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Organizers are meeting attendees in front of St. Anthony’s Church at 862 Manhattan Avenue.

On this tour, historian Mitch Waxman will show how the use of New York’s ancient streams created the contemporary landscape, including real estate development, environmental hazards and the re-emergence of the creek’s natural environment. The tour will cover the creek’s pollution history, spillage from oil refineries and what ultimately led to Superfund status.

Organizers advise you to bring your camera, be prepared for rough terrain, dress and pack appropriately for hiking and hot weather. Closed-toe shoes are recommended, and you might want to go to the bathroom before the tour.

To register, please click here.