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Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Long Island City

Don Tapas opens at the Falchi Building in Long Island City

A young couple from Maspeth has created a new buzz with “grab-and-go” tapas at the Food Box, the Falchi Building’s hip culinary spot for vendors. Berta Emilia Vivas, a graduate of the French Culinary Institute, and her fiance Diego Alejandro Rivera, a line cook at Irving Plaza’s Casa Mono, started Don Tapas last month. Comment
Flushing

Chinese bookstore celebrates nearly 20 years of service

Next year, Flushing’s Chung Hwa Bookstore will celebrate two decades in business as a pioneer in bringing a second source of Asian culture to the area. Comments (2)

Friday, March 6, 2015

Corona

Plans for convention center in Corona scaled back to a conference hotel

When the Fleet Financial Group purchased the DiBlasi Ford Dealership in Corona for $17 million in December 2013, it announced it would build the borough’s first convention center. The $200 million project called for a 106,000-square-foot-complex that would “rival the Javits Center” and include a 25-story hotel, residential apartments and plenty of retail space. Comments (3)
Astoria

Award winning gin to be produced in first Queens distillery since Prohibition

An Astoria man is planning to open the first craft spirits distillery in Queens since the Prohibition era back in the 1920s. Chris Murillo, the founder of the Astoria Distillery Co., has been making his award-winning gin Queens Courage at an upstate Rochester-area facility and he is negotiating for a space to manufacture in western Queens. Comment
Bayside

Consumer Affairs, banks offer affordable bank account to NYers

For New Yorkers who have been relying on check-cashing services as an alternative to bank accounts, the city Department of Consumer Affairs has partnered with financial institutions to offer an affordable bank account. Comment

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