Flushing’s SkyView Center nearing full tenancy, two new stores coming next year


| lguerre@queenscourier.com

Photo courtesy of The Shops at SkyView Center 

Increased appeal of The Shops at SkyView Center has attracted a wave of new tenants, bringing Onex Real Estate closer to fully leasing the Flushing shopping mall, according to a representative.

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Man fatally hit on Cross Island after exiting moving vehicle, running across roadway: cops  


| ctumola@queenscourier.com

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A 54-year-old man was killed on the Cross Island Parkway Tuesday night after he exited his moving car and was struck by a van as he tried to cross the roadway, according to authorities.

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


| ejankiewicz@queenscourier.com

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


| ejankiewicz@queenscourier.com

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


| ejankiewicz@queenscourier.com

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


| ejankiewicz@queenscourier.com

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


| ejankiewicz@queenscourier.com

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


| 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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Flushing woman shares story in new immigration documentary


| aaltamirano@queenscourier.com

Photos courtesy of No Le Digas A Nadie Film

Since she was a young child, Angy Rivera has been told to keep quiet about many things in her life. But now she is sharing her story, hoping others can step out of the shadows.

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Flushing students drink from the upstate nectar of maple syrup


| ejankiewicz@queenscourier.com

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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