On the night of January 1, an individual or group of individuals drove through eastern Queens and threw homemade bombs at a Mosque, a bodega, and two homes – one believed to hose Hindu religious ceremonies - in what appears to be a hate crime.
It's an ugly way to start off the new year.
In Queens, the most ethnically diverse county in the United States, ethnic tensions can sometimes run high between neighbors, but these attacks take that tension to an entirely different level.
A criminal level.
Since 9/11, law-abiding members of New York City's Muslim community - and those that are mistaken as being part of the Muslim community, such as Hindus and Sikhs - have had to live in a state of fear. These latest attacks show their heightened anxiety is, unfortunately, justified.
In a statement on its website, the mosque that was targeted, the Imam Al-Khoei Foundation in Jamaica, issued a measured and restrained statement promising to serve the community and not react to hatred with more hatred.
If only other were as tolerant.