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Year in Pictures: Biggest, newest and a few firsts

In Juniper Valley Park, Middle Village, the final four teams in the borough-wide championship bocce tournament in September show that one of the oldest city sports is still looking for a next generation.
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If 2016 was the year Queens was named the No. 1 tourist destination in the U.S. — thanks Lonely Planet guidebooks, wherever your are — then 2017 will likely be remembered as the year real-estate developers discovered the borough is an awful nice place to live.

From a new airport to a thousands of new apartments in Western Queens and Flushing, building projects in the borough seemed to be taking off at a neck-snapping speed this year. Grab a shovel, if you want to fit in in 2018.

Here are TimesLedger’s best photos of the year, starting with a record-breaking snowstorm, through a picture-pefect summer, to a nervous autumn in the wake of the first, unthwarted terrorist attacks in New York City.

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