Ridgewood woman recounts childhood abduction to Egypt, escape in YouTube video


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Photos © Moral Courage Project 2014

Nashwa El-Sayed was abducted to Egypt from Queens at the age of 2 by her father. After suffering from abuse, years of separation from her mother and an impending arranged marriage at the age of 17, she was finally able to leave the country and return to America.

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Residents clean up graffiti-stricken bridge in Hamilton Beach


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THE COURIER/Photos by Salvatore Licata

Graffiti has been a problem in Hamilton Beach for decades, creating eyesores all around the neighborhood. And the bridge that connects Hamilton Beach to Old Howard Beach over Hawtree Creek, known to residents as the “blue bridge,” is one of the most notorious spots for defacement.

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Dunkin’ Donuts, Japanese restaurant coming to new Ozone Park shopping center


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Rendering courtesy of Platinum Realty Associates 

A new shopping plaza in Ozone Park will have a wide variety of retailers and restaurants, including national brands, according to a representative for Queens-based Platinum Realty Associates, which owns the center.

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Sinking Lindenwood street being repaired


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THE COURIER/Photos by Salvatore Licata

A sinking street in Lindenwood that has caused hazardous situations for drivers and residents for years is now being repaired by the Department of Environmental Protection.

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Queens Hindus to celebrate Diwali


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

Photos courtesy of Buddy Singh

After a two-year hiatus, the annual motorcade in Richmond Hill celebrating the Hindu festival of Diwali will drive down Liberty Avenue on Saturday.

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Plans released for possible QueensWay


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Renderings courtesy of thequeensway.org

A 3.5-mile stretch of recreational, walking and biking trails is planned for central and southern Queens as part of a multi-million dollar proposal that has coined the name, QueensWay.

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New routes proposed in Howard Beach, Ozone Park for Jamaica Bay Greenway


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THE COURIER/Photo by Salvatore Licata

Howard Beach and Ozone Park will be home to new bike routes on the Jamaica Bay Greenway, according to the Department of Transportation.

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New ‘Welcome to Howard Beach’ sign donated by local organization


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Photo courtesy of Paul Ohana/ ADP USA

The old and beaten up Howard Beach welcome sign, located in the welcome triangle on Cross Bay Boulevard and 155th Avenue, will soon be replaced by a brand-new one, thanks to a donation by the Howard Beach Memorial Services.

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