VIDEO & PHOTOS: Thousands flocked to LIC waterfront for Fourth of July fireworks


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

Photo by Rafael Gonzalez/Video courtesy Mike Graver, IG: @jacksonheightsny

The Long Island City waterfront exploded with life this past weekend as thousands of people from near and far traveled to the neighborhood to catch the 39th Annual Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks.

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Seven Queens students accepted to the US service academies


| agiudice@ridgewoodtimes.com

Photo courtesy of Congresswoman Grace Meng's office

Seven recent high school graduates from Queens will be all they can be in their college years after being accepted into various U.S. military service academies with the assistance of Congresswoman Grace Meng.

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Plans for Willets Point mega mall blocked by appellate court


| asuriel@queenscourier.com

Rendering courtesy of NYCEDC

An appellate court blocked developers of proposed mega mall Willets West last week from using designated parkland without legislative approval, creating a major bump in the road to the project’s construction.

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Capture the second LIC HENGE this weekend


| aaltamirano@queenscourier.com

THE COURIER/Photo by Katrina Medoff

The Hunters Point Parks Conservancy (HPPC) will host its second LIC HENGE event on Sunday July 12, where visitors to the Long Island City waterfront will be able to catch the sun setting as it aligns itself down 42nd Street in Manhattan.

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LIC’s Silvercup Studios to expand into Bronx next year


| aaltamirano@queenscourier.com

THE COURIER/File photo

With the film and television industry continuing to grow in the Big Apple, the city’s leading independent film and television production studio is making sure to keep up with the demand.

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Donate blood and get free Mets tickets


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

File photo

Assemblyman Edward C. Braunstein is once again sponsoring a Bayside Community Blood Drive in conjunction with the New York Blood Center on Aug.13.

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Car crashes into store at Bay Terrace Shopping Center


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

Photo via Twitter/@NYPD109Pct

A woman crashed her car into an Aeropostale store at the Bay Terrace Shopping Center Sunday afternoon, shattering the front window and nearly taking out shoppers, according to officials.

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Op-ed: Highs and lows of the budget process


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

BY STATE SENATOR JOSEPH P. ADDABBO

Whether you want to call it “The Big Ugly,” “The Big Lovely,” or something in between, I think we can all agree that the end of the 2015 legislative session brought with it a number of successes and a number of failures, particularly with regard to the big-ticket items that were the focus of such intense negotiations over the last week.

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Four police precincts in Queens to roll out anti-stalking program


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

Photo via NYC Mayor Office's Flickr

The Mayor’s Office to Combat Domestic Violence will be cracking down on stalking as they expand their Coordinated Approach to Preventing Stalking program into Queens.

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Cambria Heights women arrested for operating pot farm in home


| ctumola@queenscourier.com

Photo via Flickr Creative Commons/MendezEnrique

Two women are accused of turning their Cambria Heights home into a pot farm and stealing more than $64,000 worth of electricity from Con Edison to help run their operation, prosecutors said.

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Human remains found in duffel bag on Far Rockaway shore identified


| ctumola@queenscourier.com

Image via Google maps

Three months after human remains were discovered in a black duffel bag along the Far Rockaway shoreline, police have identified the victim and are investigating the death as a homicide.

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