Author Archives: Eric Jankiewicz

Fresh Meadows restaurant King Yum reopens after Health Department closes it down


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THE COURIER/Photo by Melissa Chan

The iconic 60-year-old eatery King Yum resumed business on Tuesday after the city’s Health Department closed the restaurant for having roaches roaming around, contaminated meat and other violations.

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Douglaston plaza opens near LIRR station


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Photo courtesy of Councilman Paul Vallone's office

The Douglaston pedestrian plaza has opened to the public. The completion of the project, near the LIRR station on 41st Avenue, was marked by a ribbon cutting ceremony on Friday with Councilman Paul Vallone and the Douglaston Local Development Corporation (LDC).

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Alternate side parking suspended for one week near Borough Hall


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Photo courtesy of the Department of Transportation

Alternate side parking will be suspended from Sept. 29 to Oct. 3 near Borough Hall in an effort to counter the increase in demand for parking after the municipal garage closed on Wednesday, according to a Department of Transportation spokeswoman.

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Little Neck Nursing Home to hold charity drive for rare neurological disorder


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Photo courtesy of Thomas Oelkers

The Little Neck Nursing Home may be a place for elderly care but in October it will be holding a charity drive for an 8-year-old girl with a little known, poorly understood neurological disorder called Rett Syndrome.

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Cupcake Kickstarter aims to open pastry shop in Bellerose


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Photos courtesy of Dawn White

In the cupcake world, Queens is a good place to start a business, according to Dawn White.
She is trying to break into the New York City cake scene by raising money to open a cupcake and pastry shop in Bellerose.

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Parks Department closes Oakland Lake Park for one year


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Photo courtesy of Edward Mertz

The Parks Department closed Oakland Lake Park in Bayside last week to begin a huge one-year construction project. The project will include the installation of stone swales (similar to bioswales), cleaning the drainage system and planting new native wetland plants, according to the Parks Department.

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Queens kids appear in Sesame Street episode on diversity


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A scene from the Sesame Street song "beautiful skin song" featuring a child from Fresh Meadows.

Sesame Street filmed an episode that celebrates diversity, and they filmed part of it in a Fresh Meadows children’s athletic center, My Gym. But the film crew used more than just the gym’s child-friendly space; they also asked the gym’s director, Meredith Coleman, if they could film the students for their athletics and aesthetic.

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Flushing students drink from the upstate nectar of maple syrup


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Photo courtesy of State Sen. Toby Ann Stavisky's office

Students from the upstate school Verona-Vernon-Sherrill High School traveled down to Flushing to meet students at John Bowne High School. The northern folk came with a sweet mission: exchange information about the science and technology behind modern maple production in New York with their fellow downstate students.

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BP Katz holds hearing on Bayside car dealership


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THE COURIER/Photo by Eric Jankiewicz

Members of the Bayside community urged Borough President Melinda Katz to uphold Community Board 11’s decision to remove a Star Toyota and Scion dealership from the area during a hearing Thursday morning.

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Vallone allocates $68K for Doe Fund to clean Bayside, College Point


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THE COURIER/Photo by Eric Jankiewicz

Councilman Paul Vallone allocated $68,000 to contract the Doe Fund to clean up the streets, according to the councilman’s spokesman.

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