Man Stabbed to Death at Queens Rec Center Hours After Mayor Leaves

By Julie Shapiro on September 4, 2012 8:54pm 

A 31-year-old man was stabbed to death at the Al Oerter Recreation Center Sept. 4, 2012.
A 31-year-old man was stabbed to death at the Al Oerter Recreation Center Sept. 4, 2012.
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QUEENS — A man was stabbed to death at a Queens recreation center Tuesday, hours after Mayor Michael Bloomberg held a press conference there, police said.

The 31-year-old victim, who was not immediately identified, was found with a stab wound in his chest at the Al Oerter Recreation Center, 131-40 Fowler Ave., about 3:15 p.m. Tuesday, just a few hours after Bloomberg spoke about his large soda ban and anti-obesity initiative there, police said.

The victim was taken to New York Hospital Queens, where he was pronounced dead, police said.

Police caught a 51-year-old man nearby and took him into custody shortly afterward, the NYPD said.

Both the victim and the alleged attacker were seasonal Parks Department workers in Flushing Meadows Corona Park, officials said.

The Parks Department declined to comment, pending the outcome of the NYPD's investigation.

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