Astoria 8-year-old wins young inventor award for monster toy line


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Photos courtesy of Black family

Lyla Black is the founder of Lyla Tov Monsters – plushy, handmade toys that are the “guardians of a good night’s sleep” – and on Nov. 21 she was awarded the Young Inventor of the Year at the 7th Annual Toy & Game Inventor Awards in Chicago, Illinois.

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New mixed-use LIC building at Vernon Boulevard partially revealed


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THE COURIER/Photos by Liam La Guerre

Construction work has already begun for a new mixed-use building at the corner of 50th Avenue and Vernon Boulevard in Long Island City, but now there’s a slightly clearer picture of what the structure will look like.

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City Council passes Astoria Cove development project


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Rendering courtesy of STUDIO V Architecture

The City Council voted overwhelmingly to approve the Astoria Cove mega development on Tuesday, clearing the way for the major land use project.

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Jackson Heights primary care program aimed at low-income, immigrant women


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Photos courtesy of Grameen PrimaCare

Grameen PrimaCare, a New York City-based organization looking to provide high-quality, affordable and comprehensive access to healthcare, opened its first primary care and health promotion program in Jackson Heights at 82-11 37th Ave. this past September.

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LIC Clock Tower and vacant site sell for $77M


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Photo courtesy of Scott Bintner/PropertyShark

Queens Plaza Park Development LLC bought the tower, which was the former Bank of Manhattan building, and an adjoining vacant site for a combined $77 million, according to property records filed with the city on Saturday.

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Construction progressing on boxy mixed-use building on Jackson Avenue


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THE COURIER/Photos by Liam La Guerre, renderings courtesy of ODA

Not long ago foundation work was completed for a 11-story mixed-use residential and retail building in Long Island City. Now construction work is moving on the ODA-designed project, and the lower levels of the 22-22 Jackson Ave. building are starting to take shape.

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Sunnyside BID encourages residents to ‘shop local’ for holidays


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THE COURIER/Photo by Angy Altamirano

The Sunnyside Shines BID is celebrating Small Business Saturday on Nov. 29 with a kickoff event in Bliss Plaza, one of two new pedestrian plazas under the elevated No. 7 train, and with the release of Sunnyside’s first-ever Shop Local Holiday Gift Guide.

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108th Precinct names new commanding officer


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Photo via Twitter/@NYPD110Pct

Captain John F. Travaglia has been named the new commanding officer of the 108th Precinct, which covers Long Island City, Sunnyside, Woodside and Maspeth.

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See it: Luxury LIC condos with near $3M price tags


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Photos and renderings courtesy of Modern Spaces

Modern Spaces is marketing multiple condos in Long Island City near the $3 million mark. The high luxury listings reflect surging prices in the neighborhood, according to Eric Benaim, CEO and founder of the real estate firm.

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Elmhurst woman writes Queens walking tour book


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Image courtesy of Adrienne Onofri

Adrienne Onofri is the author behind “Walking Queens,” a new book that features 30 detailed walking tours through the borough exploring architecture, distinct cultures in different neighborhoods, historical landmarks, celebrity homes and natural scenery.

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Astoria’s Cats Eye Marcom wins five awards in international competition


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Photo courtesy of Cats Eye Marcom

Cats Eye Marcom, a marketing, design and consulting firm based in the western Queens neighborhood, won five awards at the 12th Annual Horizon Interactive Awards, an international interactive media competition.

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