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  1. Watch International Films Under the Stars at Queens FestivalRead the original story w/Photo

    Monday Jul 11 |

    Indie films from around the world will be screened as part of the Queens World Film Festival's summer series inside the borough's parks. Organizers Katha and Don Cato have partnered with two civic groups in Queens - the Queensboro Hill Neighborhood Association, Ltd. and the Northern Woodside Coalition - to present films through August.


  2. Future of 421-a Tax Break: What It Means for NYC HousingRead the original story w/Photo

    Jun 16, 2016 |

    As Albany wraps up its last session of 2016 on Thursday, the fate of the state's controversial 421-a program - a tax break for certain newly-built residential developments that expired in January - remains up in the air. While negotiations regarding a new version of the program continue, developers warned that the lack of a tax break program could have a major impact on the development of new rental housing in the city and put a dent in Mayor Bill de Blasio's plans to build 80,000 new units of affordable housing over the next decade.


  3. Kids Skipping School to Go to Beach Caught in NYPD DragnetRead the original story w/Photo

    May 25, 2016 |

    Students playing hooky from class to catch a city bus to Rockaway Beach were shut down by NYPD truancy officers who set up a dragnet Wednesday morning at the foot of the Joseph P. Addabbo Bridge, which connects Howard Beach and Broad Channel. At least seven NYPD school safety vans were lined up in the parking lot at the foot of the bridge, along with several NYPD cars, to snare the scofflaw students, according to officials at the scene.


  4. Realtor Busted After Scamming $76K From Renters, DA SaysRead the original story w/Photo

    May 17, 2016 |

    A realtor who allegedly scammed prospective tenants out of nearly $80,000 was arrested Monday at JFK airport after returning from the Ukraine, according to the Queens District Attorney' s office. Rosita Tsiklauri - who also went by the names Rosita Tinoco, Rosie Villegas, Rosy Villegas and Rosy Tinoco - allegedly took $76,820 in broker's fees and security deposits from at least 19 tenants between November 2014 and October 2015, without providing any of the clients an apartment.


  5. Rent Prices in LIC and Astoria Are Down, Report SaysRead the original story w/Photo

    May 16, 2016 |

    Rents in northwest Queens dropped slightly in April compared to the month and year before, a dip driven by an abundance of new development in the area that's surpassing demand, according to the market report from Douglas Elliman. The average rental price in the region - which includes Long Island City, Astoria, Woodside and Sunnyside - was down 3.5 percent in April compared to March, and down 1.6 percent compared to April of 2015, the report shows.


  6. Community Board To Vote on Next Phase of Queens Boulevard ChangesRead the original story w/Photo

    May 9, 2016 |

    Community Board 4 members are set to vote Tuesday on changes to a stretch of Queens Boulevard that includes pedestrian islands, traffic calming measures and bike lanes, according to officials. The plan is an extension of the changes made on Queens Boulevard in Woodside and Sunnyside , stretching from 74th Street to Eliot Avenue.


  7. New Cafe Brings Farm-Fresh Brunch and Himalayan Cuisine to WoodsideRead the original story w/Photo

    May 8, 2016 |

    A new restaurant and cafe on Skillman Avenue is serving up dual menus, offering seasonal American fare as well as authentic Himalayan cuisine. Dawa's , between 51st and 52nd streets, offers "new American" options - like brunch with pancakes, French toast and baked eggs - and a separate list of "ethnic plates" inspired by owner and chef Dawa Bhuti's native Nepal and India, where she grew up.


  8. City Rewards Grandparent School Volunteers With Free Broadway ShowRead the original story w/Photo

    Apr 26, 2016 |

    The Department of Education is giving out tickets to the Broadway show "The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time." MANHATTAN - While New York City students are getting to see the smash "Hamilton" on Broadway, their grandparents are getting treated to the Tony-winning, "The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time."


  9. Principal at Woodside Muslim School Urges Students to Be Civically-EngagedRead the original story

    Feb 21, 2016 |

    The 61-year-old educator is the principal at Razi School , a Muslim nonprofit private school on Queens Boulevard at 55th Street where he's worked since 2001. The schools serves roughly 250 students from kindergarten to 12th grade.


  10. Mayor 'Not Happy' with Snow Clearing in Queens After Historic StormRead the original story

    Jan 24, 2016 |

    The city did not do a good job plowing Queens, which saw nearly 3 feet of snow in some areas, Mayor Bill de Blasio admitted the day after the second largest snowstorm in New York City history. Mentioning the neighborhoods of Woodside, Sunnyside, Ridgewood, Jackson Heights, East Elmhurst and Corona, the mayor said he was not satisfied with the response from the city's sanitation department, which handles plowing - and promised to fix it.


  11. LIRR Hit by Delays and Cancellations During Evening Rush, MTA SaysRead the original story

    Jan 19, 2016 |

    There were delays and canceled trains on all Long Island Rail Road lines during the Tuesday evening commute because of a stalled train, according to the MTA . The service disruptions were affecting trains heading out of Penn Station and Atlantic Terminal in Brooklyn ahead of rush hour.


  12. Trendy Brooklyn's High Prices Pushing Buyers Deeper Into Borough and QueensRead the original story w/Photo

    Jan 14, 2016 |

    In the last quarter of 2015, high prices and limited inventory in many of Brooklyn's trendiest neighborhoods resulted in a "spillover effect" into parts of Queens and areas deeper into Kings County, real estate experts said. With the median sales price of $915,000 in uber-desirable Brownstone Brooklyn - which includes Brooklyn Heights, Carroll Gardens, Fort Greene and Park Slope - and the median price for Northwest Brooklyn's hip neighborhoods of Williamsburg and Greenpoint at $909,000, according to fourth-quarter data from Douglas Elliman, many house hunters are looking for more affordable alternatives.


  13. Bike Lanes on 'Boulevard of Death' Divide the NeighborhoodRead the original story

    Jan 11, 2016 |

    Residents are divided about Queens Boulevard's new bike lanes, with some hailing the paths as a lifesaver for cyclists while others blame the redesign as the cause of more congestion on the roadway. The lanes were installed this summer on Queens Boulevard - nicknamed the "Boulevard of Death" - between Roosevelt Avenue and 73rd Street, the first phase in a $100 million re-design of the street and a cornerstone of Mayor Bill de Blasio's " Vision Zero " initiative.


  14. Jamaica To Become the Next Hottest NYC Neighborhood, Report SaysRead the original story w/Photo

    Dec 16, 2015 |

    The Crossing, at 93-01 Sutphin Blvd., near the LIRR station, is one of the new developments planned for downtown Jamaica. In recent years, Jamaica, which previously lagged behind much of the city in terms of development, has undergone a fast-paced transformation with a number of new apartment buildings and hotels coming to the area.


  15. Kindergarten Applications Kick Off a Month Earlier Than UsualRead the original story

    Dec 7, 2015 |

    The Department of Education's Kindergarten Connect online application process - where families can rank up to 12 programs - kicked off Monday and will be open through Jan. 15, 2016. To align with the DOE's new timeline, charter schools are accepting kindergarten applications earlier, too.


  16. Kindergarten Applications Kick Off a Month Earlier Than UsualRead the original story w/Photo

    Dec 7, 2015 |

    The Department of Education's Kindergarten Connect online application process - where families can rank up to 12 programs - kicked off Monday and will be open through Jan. 15, 2016. To align with the DOE's new timeline, charter schools are accepting kindergarten applications earlier, too.


  17. More Riders Would Take Bus to LaGuardia if it Was Free, Group SaysRead the original story w/Photo

    Nov 23, 2015 |

    A grassroots transit group trying to encourage more riders to take advantage of the newly-created Q70 bus to LaGuardia Airport have a suggestion for the MTA: Make it free. The Riders Alliance released a study Monday that found the bus route - which picks up riders at the 61st-Woodside subway and LIRR station and at 74th Street-Broadway - only drew 1.2 million annual riders in 2014.


  18. Mayor's Affordable Housing Rezoning Voted Down by Queens Community BoardsRead the original story w/Photo

    Nov 17, 2015 |

    The members of the borough board of Queens rejected the city's two new zoning amendments Monday, citing concerns about overdevelopment and parking as a result of the large-scale rezoning. "We want to make sure our families come to Queens, move here, stay here, are able to raise their families in the borough of Queens, and housing of course is a big part of that," Borough President Melinda Katz said at Monday's meeting, before hearing concerns from the district managers of the Queens community boards.


  19. Bike-Riding Foodies Can Feast Along 7 Train Route During Weekend TourRead the original story w/Photo

    Nov 4, 2015 |

    Ride your bike while sampling food from some of the borough's best restaurants, food carts and markets this weekend as part of a tour that's pushing for better access for cyclists. The Queens Bike Initiative is organizing a special tour along the streets beneath the 7 train route from Long Island City to Flushing, hosted by borough food expert Joe DiStefano.


  20. PHOTOS: Mets Fans Celebrate Ahead of World Series at Queens RallyRead the original story w/Photo

    Oct 27, 2015 |

    The now infamous 'Will from Queens,' who tearfully called in to a sports radio show to talk about the Mets , brought his students from Russell Sage Junior High School in Forest Hills to the rally. They're selling special t-shirts in honor of the Mets and their teacher to help raise money for their math club.


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