Another Astoria waterfront warehouse for sale, likely to become condos


| lguerre@queenscourier.com

Photo courtesy of Massey Knakal

The owner of another Astoria waterfront site with potential for a large development could sell the property for four times its last selling price as the neighborhood continues its hot streak.

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Astoria face and body painter brings out inner child with colorful designs


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Photos courtesy of The Cheeky Chipmunk

Lenore Koppelman, 39, is the owner and artist behind The Cheeky Chipmunk, offering face and body painting for every occasion from birthdays to corporate events.

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Manhattan man faces 11 years in prison for robbing three elderly Queens women


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A Manhattan man will soon be sentenced to 11 years in prison after pleading guilty to two separate Queens home invasions, involving three women, one as old as 97, according to the district attorney’s office.

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Western Queens gets greener: park officials


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Photo by Valerie Medoff

Western Queens has gotten greener these past four years with a project that has planted more than 1,000 new trees — and the program will just keep growing.

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The challenge of buying in Jackson Heights: Q&A with Michael Carfagna


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THE COURIER/Photo by Liam La Guerre

Michael Carfagna, principal and founder of MPC Properties LLC, has been selling real estate in Jackson Heights for the past 16 years. He recently spoke to Real Estate Editor Liam La Guerre about the inventory issue in the neighborhood.

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Astoria rental prices drop in November: report


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Chart courtesy of MNS Real Estate 

While the overall average rates of rents in Queens increased for a second consecutive month, prices in Astoria saw a decline in November for various sizes of apartments, according to MNS Real Estate’s monthly Queens Rental Market Report.

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Bringing down rents can raise income for landlords


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

Photo courtesy of Modern Spaces

BY MINAS STYPONIAS

Fall marks a time when everyone enjoys the changes in the surrounding foliage— everyone except homeowners with pending apartment vacancies. For them, fall and winter is a time when rental inventory builds and rental prospects thin out.

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Sunnyside school to be renamed after former councilman, CB 2 chair


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THE COURIER/Photos by Angy Altamirano

A new Sunnyside school, which opened its doors this September, will be named after a man who officials and residents call a “great advocate” of the western Queens community.

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Sen. Avella calls conditions at proposed Pan Am permanent shelter ‘horrendous’


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THE COURIER/Photo by Angy Altamirano

State Sen. Tony Avella has joined the opposition to the planned conversion of an emergency homeless shelter at the former Pan American Hotel into a permanent facility due to what he called “horrendous” conditions at the site.

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RoGallery: A leader in art auctions


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

Photos courtesy of RoGallery

In Long Island City, RoGallery, an auction house founded more than 30 years ago by Robert Rogal, now the director of business and operations, occupies a 10,000-square-foot building that holds the gallery’s collection of modern and contemporary art including paintings, print, photographs and sculpture.

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