Flushing groups urge city to seek community input on redevelopment plans


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Photo courtesy of Flushing BOA

Flushing is no stranger to development but local business owners and groups are skeptical about Mayor de Blasio’s recent announcement to turn an industrial and polluted section of Flushing into a residential area.

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Bayside electronics store not closing – just improving


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THE COURIER/Photo by Eric Jankiewicz

Bayside residents recently took to social media to bemoan the loss of an electronic store on Bell Boulevard, saying it marked the end of an era filled with 45 RPM records and the British Invasion. But the store isn’t closing — it’s just adding a modern repair shop.

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Queens churches celebrate priest’s 50th year


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pastor photo

St. Robert Bellarmine Parish congregants and trustees held a celebration on Nov. 16 to mark Monsignor Martin T. Geraghty’s 50th anniversary of priesthood. At 74, the pastor has served churches from Jackson Heights to Far Rockaway and now serves as the head of the Bayside church.

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Bayside’s small businesses tell film industry to take five


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Photo via Facebook/GreggSullivan

The Bayside Village Business Improvement District (BID) wants the city to put a temporary stop on granting filming permits to movie and show makers using Bayside as a shooting location.

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Bayside small businesses praised by feds


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Photo courtesy of the borough president's office

With more small businesses than big box stores on Bell Boulevard, the commercial strip was the perfect destination for the head of the federal Small Business Administration (SBA) when she made the trip to New York last week.

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