Municipal elected officials are the Grinch this holiday season


| lpenner@queenscourier.com

Once again this holiday season, out of work, part-time, single income, poor, seniors, working and middle-class residents looking for reasonable-priced holiday gifts will have to pay more. This is thanks to elected officials who believe they know what is best for you. Polls of ordinary New Yorkers continue year after year and now decade after […]

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Families forced from their homes for the holidays after 5-alarm fire in Ozone Park


| slicata@queenscourier.com

Photo courtesy of FDNY

This holiday season has been tinged with tragedy for dozens of families who were forced to flee their homes in an Ozone Park apartment building after a raging fire swept through the five-story building’s top two floors Dec. 18.

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New law permits schools to close for more religious and cultural holidays


| ejankiewicz@queenscourier.com

Photo via UrbanUrban_ru/Flickr

For decades, the city closed schools for Christian and Jewish holidays but other religions’ holidays — like Eid al-Fitr and Diwali — didn’t receive the same benefit. But the passage of a new law backed by elected officials in Flushing is changing that.

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High school students record holiday songs at Kaufman Astoria Studios


| aaltamirano@queenscourier.com

THE COURIER/ Photos by Angy Altamirano

Members of the Frank Sinatra School of the Arts a cappella concert choir were invited on Monday to record two holiday songs at one of Kaufman Astoria Studios’ recording studios and one of the largest in the city, KAS Music & Sound.

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Watch out, 5th Avenue! Sunnyside to host holiday window contest


| aaltamirano@queenscourier.com

Photos courtesy of Sunnyside Shines BID

Starting on Small Business Saturday on Nov. 29, the Sunnyside Shines Business Improvement District will be sponsoring the Holiday Window Contest, encouraging local stores to decorate their windows for the holidays.

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Sunnyside BID encourages residents to ‘shop local’ for holidays


| aaltamirano@queenscourier.com

THE COURIER/Photo by Angy Altamirano

The Sunnyside Shines BID is celebrating Small Business Saturday on Nov. 29 with a kickoff event in Bliss Plaza, one of two new pedestrian plazas under the elevated No. 7 train, and with the release of Sunnyside’s first-ever Shop Local Holiday Gift Guide.

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