David Blaine performs for children and staff at Wyckoff Heights Medical Center


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THE COURIER/Photos by Salvatore Licata

David Blaine, one of the most famous illusionists in the world, came to Wyckoff Heights Medical Center this week to visit some of the children in the pediatric ward — and he wound up putting on a magic show for the hospital staff as well in a sign of gratitude for all they do.

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Queens HS student wins US Congressional Award Gold Medal


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Photo courtesy of the Garden School

Astoria resident Julia McKenna, a senior at the Garden School in Jackson Heights, was one of 13 New York State students to win the 2014 US Congressional Award Gold Medal.

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Long Island City parking lot to be converted into 428-unit residential tower


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The trend of converting parking facilities into new sites for residential development has reached Alert Garage Corp.’s massive lot in Long Island City.

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Op-ed: Where would we be without our local small businesses?


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

BY STATE SEN. JOSEPH P. ADDABBO JR.

It has been said small businesses are the backbone of our communities here in Queens, and I am certainly one to reiterate that sentiment. The small businesses, many of which I frequent myself — convenient stores, delis, restaurants and more — are what keep so many of our borough’s commercial corridors going.

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Great Neck Plaza to be turned into $2,500 scavenger hunt for Small Business Saturday


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Photo courtesy of the Great Neck Plaza Business Improvement District

On Nov. 29, the Great Neck Plaza Business Improvement District (BID) will be holding a scavenger hunt in the shopping district to boost the local economy and celebrate Small Business Saturday, an initiative by American Express to encourage shoppers to go local and buy holiday gifts in smaller stores.

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Pearl Jam fans to hold fundraiser at Kew Gardens bar in ongoing efforts to bring band to Queens


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Pearl Jam fans are holding a fundraiser at Austin’s Ale House in January , as part of a push to raise money for a crowdfunded attempt to get the 90s band to play at Forest Hills Stadium.

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Astoria 8-year-old wins young inventor award for monster toy line


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Photos courtesy of Black family

Lyla Black is the founder of Lyla Tov Monsters – plushy, handmade toys that are the “guardians of a good night’s sleep” – and on Nov. 21 she was awarded the Young Inventor of the Year at the 7th Annual Toy & Game Inventor Awards in Chicago, Illinois.

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