Jamaica Colosseum Mall selling for $45M


| lguerre@queenscourier.com

Photos courtesy of Jamaica Colosseum Mall

In another big sign that Jamaica is changing, the more than three-decade-old Jamaica Colosseum Mall known for its hip-hop clothing stores and huge jewelry exchange is being marketed for sale.

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Springfield Gardens father massacres his own family, killing three and wounding one before taking his own life


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

Photos courtesy of NYPD

A Springfield Gardens man inexplicably massacred his own family early Saturday morning when he methodically shot his two daughters, their mother and their grandmother, leaving three dead and a 12-year-old girl fighting for her life, police said.

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17 city-owned sites in Jamaica identified for new affordable housing


| lguerre@queenscourier.com

Photo courtesy of Christopher Bride/PropertyShark, Map courtesy of Google

The Department of Housing Preservation and Development released a list of vacant, city-owned properties for the construction of affordable housing across the five boroughs last week, including 17 sites in Jamaica, which are the only Queens locations.

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Arrest made in assault of off-duty cop outside St. Albans supermarket


| ctumola@queenscourier.com

Video and photo courtesy of NYPD

Police have arrested a man in the assault of an off-duty NYPD officer outside a St. Albans supermarket less than 24 hours after releasing video footage of the suspect.

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New York City’s first lady joins students at Hollis school for MLK Day activities


| ejankiewicz@queenscourier.com

THE COURIER/Photo by Eric Jankiewicz

Chirlane McCray dropped into workshops being held in the Junior High School, Susan B. Anthony Academy, mingling with pre-teens and discussing King’s emphasis on education.

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Five Jamaica small businesses to receive $95K city grant to upgrade facades


| lguerre@queenscourier.com

THE COURIER/Photos by Liam La Guerre

The Sutphin Boulevard Business Improvement District (BID) announced it will divide a $95,000 grant from the city’s Small Business Services department (SBS) among five businesses on the boulevard for projects that revitalize storefronts.

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Former bodyguard for Martin Luther King Jr. in Selma greets southeast Queens students


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THE COURIER/Photos by Salvatore Licata

He walked through the streets of Selma, Ala. with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. to spread a message of equality and love. And on Thursday, Dabney Montgomery, 92, spread that same message to some young minds in Queens.

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Councilman opens legal center in his Jamaica office aimed at helping immigrants


| slicata@queenscourier.com

THE COURIER/Photos by Salvatore Licata

Access to legal services, particularly for immigrants, just got a little easier in Jamaica thanks to Councilman Ruben Wills, who opened a new legal service annex in his Jamaica office for his constituents — and the services are all free.

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Man of the Year: Carlisle Towery


| lguerre@queenscourier.com

Photos courtesy of the Greater Jamaica Development Corp.

Over the course of four decades Towery has watched Jamaica as the head of the non-profit Greater Jamaica Development Corp (GJDC), and guided its regrowth as an emerging neighborhood.

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