Star of Queens: Aida Vernon, president, Briarwood Action Network


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

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Meet this week’s Star of Queens: Aida Vernon, president of Briarwood Action Network, a civic association that addresses problems in the Briarwood community.

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Police searching for suspects in Flushing, Briarwood robberies


| aaltamirano@queenscourier.com

Video Courtesy NYPD

Police are looking for two men wanted in connection with two robberies on Saturday. According to the NYPD, the first robbery occurred at approximately 12:25 a.m. in the vicinity of 58th Road and 138th Street in Flushing. The two suspects approached a 22-year-old male victim, placed him in a chokehold, displayed a firearm and then […]

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DOT addressing construction concerns in Briarwood


| mchan@queenscourier.com

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Commuters in Briarwood say poor planning by the state has left them hanging two years after ongoing construction at a major subway station first started marring the community. Civic leaders in the area called for better communication from the state’s Department of Transportation (DOT), during an August 25 rally at the Briarwood-Van Wyck subway station […]

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Briarwood deli hit with violation for selling “loosie” cigarettes


| mchan@queenscourier.com

THE COURIER/Photo by Melissa Chan

A city investigation pinned a previously problematic deli grocery store in Briarwood with only one violation after multiple residents complained the store was selling “loosie” cigarettes and packs of smokes to minors. Community Board 8 filed a complaint against the 84th Deli Grocery to the city’s Department of Consumer Affairs (DCA) this April, according to […]

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Briarwood Organization: 100 years of solid foundation


| tcullen@queenscourier.com

COURIER PHOTO/Photo by Terence M. Cullen

An antique picture of Luigi Riso sits in his grandson Raymond’s office in Bayside. The mustached Riso is well-dressed in the fading photo. Riso, an Italian immigrant who came to New York by way of Argentina, was working as a carpenter when he started L. Riso & Sons Co. Inc. in 1912. His sons, Vincent […]

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Briarwood Organization breaks new ground


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

Highlighting a century of progress, the Briarwood Organization continues its work on important new projects. To mark its first 100 years, the fourth-generation, family-owned company has begun construction on Briarwood Plaza II, a Class-A office building located at 36-29 Bell Boulevard, with 24,000-square-feet of prime space. “Our first office building, Briarwood Plaza at 36-35 Bell […]

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Street lights added in Briarwood


By Queens Courier Staff

The New York City Department of Transportation (DOT) will add new street lights to parts of Briarwood including around the subway station to prevent future acts of property crime in the neighborhood. The addition set to occur in the fourth quarter of 2011, was initiated by City Councilmember James F. Gennaro of the 24th district […]

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Green giants to guard Briarwood school kids


| vmimoni@queenscourier.com

Councilmember James F. Gennaro made good on a promise recently, and presided over the symbolic planting of street trees which should grow to 50 feet tall on the thoroughfare between two schools in Briarwood. The ceremonial groundbreaking, on a cold and drizzly morning of Friday, November 9 brought Gennaro, Assemblymember Rory Lancman, parent and civic […]

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Magic moments in Briarwood


By Queens Courier Staff

Councilmember James F. Gennaro (center) good-naturedly dons a funny hat and becomes a magician’s assistant for entertainer Philip Levy (right) at the Community Board 8 Youth Committee’s Magic Show. The show was on Tuesday, July 31, at the Briarwood Library, 85-12 Main Street. It featured Levy, who bills himself as “Theatricks by Phil,” assisted by […]

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REAL ESTATE New Briarwood Terrace Condominium a hot commodity


| zbraziller@queenscourier.com

Maria Carr wouldn't say she was shocked, because when new construction is offered in a burgeoning yet affordable neighborhood such as Briarwood, there is always intrigue. But the amount of calls and interest she is receiving regarding the new Briarwood Terrace Condominium that hasn't even been completed, was at least a bit surprising. “We've been […]

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