Queens kids appear in Sesame Street episode on diversity


| ejankiewicz@queenscourier.com

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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First Miss Queens Pageant to be held in Long Island City


| aaltamirano@queenscourier.com

THE COURIER/Photo by Angy Altamirano

For the first time, the borough will have an official Miss America preliminary competition, called the Miss Queens Pageant, held on Oct. 12 at RESOBOX located at 41-26 27th St. in Long Island City.

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Selfhelp unveils new Flushing senior housing development


| lguerre@queenscourier.com

Photos courtesy of Selfhelp Community Services

Selfhelp Community Services hosted a grand opening Tuesday of Selfhelp Associates, a new development in Flushing, which looks to ease the need for more affordable housing for seniors.

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Middle Village, local 10-year-old featured in soon-to-be-released movie


| ctumola@queenscourier.com

Photos by Kelsey Bennett

Middle Village is ready for its close-up. The neighborhood is the backdrop for a soon-to-be-released film focusing on an ex-mafia captain (“capo”) as he comes to grips with how his former life has changed after spending the last 20 years in federal prison

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Astoria Comic Con kickoff party to include ticket, comic book giveaways


| aaltamirano@queenscourier.com

Photo via Twitter/@KatchAstoria

Katch Astoria, located at 31-19 Newton Ave., will host a Comic Con Kickoff Party on Oct. 3, one week before the four-day New York Comic Con (NYCC) takes over the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in Manhattan.

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Modern Spaces set to open new Astoria office in October


| lguerre@queenscourier.com

Logo courtesy of Modern Spaces  

Real estate firm Modern Spaces, which Eric Benaim launched in Long Island City in 2008, announced Monday that it is opening its sixth location in six years and its second in Astoria in October, hoping to hit a home run with the area as it did with its original neighborhood.

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Guns, ammo, 33 pounds of pot found in woman’s luggage at JFK: officials


| ctumola@queenscourier.com

Photos courtesy of @TSAmedia_LisaF

A Canadian woman was busted at John F. Kennedy International Airport Sunday morning after TSA officers discovered guns, ammunition and 58 bricks of marijuana hidden among cat litter, drink mixes and household items inside her baggage, officials said.

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Two Glendale residents searching for kidney transplants


| slicata@queenscourier.com

THE COURIER/Photo by Salvatore Licata

When the workday ends for Debbie Zeni, she returns to her Glendale home to her husband and two children, Ava, 8, and Dario, 9. But before she can spend time with them, she has to meet with another member of the household: Nancy #3.

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