Queens’ Morning Roundup


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EVENT of the DAY: Outdoor Cinema at Socrates Sculpture Park

Socrates Sculpture Park, in collaboration with the Museum of the Moving Image and Rooftop Films, presents this annual international film festival focused on a different country or culture each Wednesday evening. Tonight’s feature is  the Japanese film “Summer Wars,” (PG) winner of the Japan Academy prize for animation.

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City rejects plans for 12-story Fresh Meadows hotel; locals fear developer may try again 

The city has shot down a controversial proposal to erect a 12-story hotel on a residential block in Fresh Meadows — a decision being hailed by many nearby homeowners.The Mayflower Business Group had proposed building the hotel at 61-27 186th St., across the street from several one- and two-family homes. Read more: New York Daily News

Cops say woman pulled dead from the water at Queens’ Fort Totten Park may have killed herself 

The body of a young woman was pulled from the waters off Fort Totten Park in Queens on Tuesday, cops said. The unidentified woman, believed to be in her 20s, was found just off the shore of Little Bay at about 10:15 a.m., cops said. Read more: New York Daily News

Chocolates, empanadas used to smuggle drugs from Ecuador

Six New Yorkers were charged with smuggling drugs from Ecuador to John F. Kennedy International Airport concealed in empanadas and chocolate treats — and even soaked into scuba diving diplomas to be extracted later. Read More: Wall Street Journal

One Mother’’s quest to stop the gun violence

Kevin Miller Jr.’s graduation portrait hangs at a Queens intersection for all the wrong reasons. This is where the promising 13-year old was gunned down almost three years ago, a victim of senseless gun violence. Kevin’s death forever changed his mother’s life and her focus. Read More: Pix11

Tech’s boom taps Queens

New York’s technology boom has a new beachhead, and it’s in Queens. The challenge of meeting steep rents in Manhattan’s tech-oriented Chelsea, SoHo and Flatiron neighborhoods has already pushed the start-up scene into parts of Brooklyn. Now, efforts under way in Long Island City aim to turn the waterfront area into a silicon sliver. Read More: Wall Street Journal