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Wednesday, June 5, 2013


Queens Tomorrow: Boro’s diversity empowers city

If New York City is the center of America’s melting pot, then Queens provides the flavor. Comment
Long Island City

Queens Tomorrow: Hotels pop up as tourism grows

There were more than 50 million visitors to New York City last year and as the tourism industry grows, Queens — with two airports and neighborhoods with rising cachet — is in the midst of a hotel-building boom aimed at grabbing the borough’s share of the $34 billion pie. Comments (1)

Tuesday, June 4, 2013


Astoria GI seeks home for his beloved pitbull

An Astoria soldier who had to give up his beloved blue brindle pitbull when he headed to boot camp is hoping his little crooner will find a new owner with help from an animal rescue coalition. Comment
Jackson Heights

Jax Hts. Bazaar offers taste of South Asia

Housed in the historic Eagle Theater, just off a new pedestrian plaza along 37th Road, is the Jackson Heights Bazaar, a grocery market and food court tailored to the neighborhood’s bustling South Asian community. It has also has found a home in the hearts of the wider population. Comment

Monday, June 3, 2013


Queens Tomorrow: Cornell campus expected to create visionary culture

Even though it will not be built in the same borough, Roosevelt Island’s soon-to-be hub of all things technology will still translate into new opportunities for startups in Queens, city and university leaders said. Comment

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Long Island City

LIC-based artist creates mixed-media collages

When one looks at any of Preston Trombly’s mixed-media collages from his “Sonatas” series, one gets the idea the artist had a very frustrating piano lesson, broke apart the piano with a hammer and then decided to put the parts of the instrument back together in an undefinable collection of bits and pieces. Comment

Carousel and amusement area open in Flushing Meadows

The Flushing Meadows Corona Park Carousel opened for the summer season last week in tandem with the opening of the new Fantasy Forest Amusement Area, which is operated by NY Carousel Entertainment and has four rides, including Queens’ only roller coaster. Comment

Sunday, June 2, 2013


Four contenders line up to take Vallone’s seat

Most City Council incumbents in western Queens are running unopposed, but four hopefuls are vying for the seat of term-limited Councilman Peter Vallone Jr. (D-Astoria). Comments (6)
Long Island City

Cops looking for missing 12-year-old girl in LIC

LONG ISLAND CITY — Police reached out to the public to learn the whereabouts of a girl who disappeared within the 114th Precinct, the NYPD said. Comments (1)

Saturday, June 1, 2013


Girl struck by van while crossing street in Corona: NY Post

CORONA — A 9-year-old girl was recovering in a hospital bed Monday after she was struck by a van a day earlier, the New York Post reported. Comment

Friday, May 31, 2013


Residents plan to sue DEP to end flooding

Lawmakers and homeowners fed up with flooding in southeast Queens are moving forward with legal means to try and force the city Department of Environmental Protection to alleviate the problem. Comments (1)
Long Island City

DA charges three men with LIC kidnapping

A man held captive in a Long Island City warehouse for more than a month was freed after his mother tipped off investigators to the kidnappers’ ransom demands, authorities said. Comment

Cutting-edge tunes at NYC’s musical saw fest

Those who think saws belong in tool sheds should stop by Astoria’s Trinity Lutheran Church on Saturday to see how some people can make them sing. Comments (2)

Much ado about something in Sunnyside comedic production ‘Secret Weapons of Fat Destruction’ at Thalia Spanish Theatre tackles life questions big and small

As my companion and I settled into our seats last Friday at the Thalia Spanish Theatre, we both scanned the office set recreated in front of the audience. Comment

Woodside celebrates its soldiers

Participants in the annual Woodside Memorial Day Parade started their procession at St. Sebastian’s Roman Catholic Church. Comment

Thursday, May 30, 2013

Jackson Heights

LGBT pride to parade through Jackson Heights

This year’s 21st annual Queens Pride Parade and Multicultural Festival will pack a special punch as it makes it way down 37th Avenue. Comment
Long Island City

5Pointz owner meets with criticism in building project

The future of a graffiti-ridden warehouse in Long Island City does not seem like the type of project that warrants contentious meetings packed with raucous residents — unless that warehouse is aerosol art haven 5Pointz. Comment
Long Island City

Innocent man talks about justice delayed at LaGuardia CC

Students at LaGuardia Community College Tuesday heard the firsthand account of a man who was freed from prison with help from another wrongly convicted man as well as his views on the criminal justice system that sent him to jail for nearly a quarter of a century for a murder he did not commit. Comments (1)

Astoria med center gets OK

The city granted a crucial permit to developers of a controversial Astoria medical facility last week against the wishes of neighbors who contend construction crews did irreparable damage to their property. Comments (1)

Police seek suspects in subway ‘dancers’ assault at Queensbridge

QUEENSBRIDGE — The city Police Department asked for help finding three suspects wanted in connection with an assault in the 114th Precinct, cops said. Comments (3)

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Long Island City SUMMER FUN

Bicyclists hit the road all across the borough

Biking in Queens offers something for every person. The health-conscious, the practical and the adventurous will all find what they are looking for on the streets of the city’s most expansive borough. Comment

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