On the evening of October 30th, 2002, Jason Mizell, better known as Jam Master Jay of the hip hop group Run-DMC, was shot and killed, aged 37, at his recording studio in Jamaica, Queens, New York City.
Ronald Washington was identified by prosecutors in April 2007 as an accomplice in the murder, although it was alleged that he was accompanied by another individual who shot and killed Mizell. In 2018, almost sixteen years after the incident, Ronald Washington and Karl Jordan Jr. were indicted for Mizell’s murder, which the indictment alleges was linked to a disagreement over a cocaine deal.
Mizell was buried at Ferncliff Cemetery in Hartsdale, New York, following a funeral service at the Greater Allen Cathedral in Queens.
American Airlines Flight 587 crashed near Beach 131st Street and Newport Avenue in the residential neighborhood of Belle Harbor in Queens, New York City shortly after takeoff from nearby JFK Airport on November 12th, 2001.
All 260 passengers and crew were killed, along with 5 people on the ground, and the impact and ensuing fire destroyed several houses.
The NTSB concluded that the Airbus A300-600, en route to the Dominican Republic, encountered wake turbulence from a Boeing 747-400 that took off shortly before it. Flight 587’s first officer was said to have responded with aggressive use of the rudder controls which stressed the tail fin until it snapped off the plane. The plane’s engines broke off as it fell to the ground, with one landing in the parking area of a Texaco gas station on Beach 129th Street.
Shea Stadium was located in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park in Queens, New York City, on the site of what is now parking for Citi Field, the home field of the New York Mets baseball team.
Demolition of Shea Stadium started in October 2008 and the locations of its home plate, pitcher’s plate, and bases are marked in the parking lot.