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BP secures $250K for new pre-K program at Queens Library in Ravenswood Houses


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Photo courtesy of BP Melinda Katz's office

More than 30 seats are being added to School District 30, as Queens Borough President Melinda Katz secured funding for a new pre-K program at a Queens Library branch at one Astoria housing development.

Katz announced Tuesday she will be allocating discretionary capital funding to create a new, free, full-day pre-K program at the Ravenswood library located within the NYCHA Ravenswood Houses at 35-32 21st St.

This new program will add 36 seats to District 30, which is known for being overcrowded and having one of the largest pre-K seat shortages in the borough for the upcoming school year. The Ravenswood site was approved last year by the Department of Buildings to operate a pre-K program.

“Addressing the pre-K seat shortage for the upcoming school year has been a priority, especially in Districts 30 and 24,” Katz said. “The Queens Library has taken one of the more creative initiatives we’ve seen to launch pre-K programs at our beloved libraries throughout the borough. Our libraries are treasured, safe community hubs for enrichment and lifelong learning, and starting the educational pathway from pre-K here is a natural fit.”

The cost to modify the Ravenswood library into the new pre-K program is estimated at $572,000, according to the Department of Design and Construction. An initial $250,000 was committed by the Shoolman Foundation, as well as $72,000 from the Department of Education.

Katz will be securing the remaining $250,000 allowing the program to become a reality.

“This funding is great news for the Ravenswood community and for the children of western Queens,” said state Senator Michael Gianaris. “We know that pre-K makes a huge difference in the lives of our young students and I am glad that we are adding space in an area that so desperately needs more school seats.”

The Ravenswood library’s entire space will be used to run the pre-K program from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on weekdays. During non-school hours, the library will be used as a Family Literacy Learning Center, offering ESL courses and other classes for adults.

“The Ravenswood library is a prime location to house and expand our city’s already successful universal pre-kindergarten program,” Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer said. “With the addition of two UPK classes we can provide more children a head start in getting the education they rightfully deserve.”

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Five smallest condos in Queens for sale  


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Photos courtesy StreetEasy and Modern Spaces

Condos are becoming more popular in western Queens neighborhoods, such as Long Island City and Astoria, as developers seek to maximize profits in a market with increasing land values and high construction costs.

In an effort to keep homes prices lower, developers are building smaller condos in buildings with more amenities and common spaces.

Studio condos are naturally smaller apartments and although these homes typically don’t offer enough space for families, it could be right for individuals or first-time homebuyers.

Here is a list of the five smallest condos on the market in Queens now, which was provided by the data team at StreetEasy.com. Not surprisingly, they are all studios in western Queens, and building amenities play a big role in the prices.

1. 14-43 28th Ave., #4B, Astoria

For: $329,000
Size: 400 square feet
Broker: Azure Realty NY LLC

This studio unit in The Astorian, a five-story, 10-year-old building with 38 units, comes with a private balcony, stainless steel appliances and — here’s the best part — a fold-up Murphy bed. It is a short walk away from the N and Q train station on 30th Avenue, which is approximately a 15-minute ride to Manhattan. The building also has a rooftop common space for events and barbecues with views of the neighborhood.


2. 25-40 Shore Blvd., #7, Astoria

For: $475,000
Size: 475 square feet
Broker: Markou Living LLC

Another studio in Astoria takes second place, but this apartment is in Shore Towers — a 23-floor, 407-unit amenity-laden building near the waterfront with views of Robert F. Kennedy Bridge. The building comes with a fitness room, indoor pool, free parking, tennis courts, a 24-hour doorman, and a free shuttle bus to and from the Astoria Blvd. N and Q train station — making for a 20-minute commute to Manhattan. Not to mention, it is also close to Astoria Park. Not far away from the building, the Durst Organization is set to revitalize the area for its mega Hallets Point development, which could increase prices in the neighborhood as demand increases.


3. 11-25 45th Ave., #2H, Long Island City

For: $619,000
Size: 479 square feet
Broker: Modern Spaces

Although listed as having just 479 square feet, as a disclaimer, the actual size of this studio unit in the Hunters Point section of Long Island City, is 946 square feet when including its massive balcony. The exterior space is the key to this home’s value. The owner of this unit will have the space to host get-togethers on this large private outdoor deck. The unit is in a six-story building called One Murray Park, which has 45 units. It is located across from Murray Playground and features a fitness center, a common roof deck, a library and bike storage. There is a variety of public transit lines nearby, including the G, E, M and 7 train lines at the Court Square subway station.


4. 44-27 Purves St., #6E, Long Island City

For: $519,000
Size: 484 square feet
Broker: Blu Realty Group

There are a few buildings under construction or planned for Purves Street, a dead-end strip off Jackson Avenue, such as a 35-story, eco-friendly rental with commercial space on the ground floor. But 44-27, a 14-story building with 64 units, was built nearly a decade ago on Purves Street before Long Island City became as hot as it is now. In 2006 the 6E unit was listed for about $262,000. In a telltale sign of how hot the neighborhood is, today it’s about double the price. The unit features a 50-square-foot balcony with large windows and has a washer and dryer hook-up. The building offers a range of amenities, such as free Wi-Fi, a gym, a sauna, a children’s playroom, a bike room and a roof deck. It is near the G, E, M and 7 train lines at the Court Square subway station.


5. 5-27 51st Ave., #4H, Long Island City

For: $605,000
Size: 490 square feet
Broker: Nest Seekers

The final condo on this list comes from the newest building. Five27, a five-story, 27-unit building in Long Island City, was completed in 2012. The unit features oak wood flooring and large windows for lots of natural light, and comes with a dishwasher and washer and dryer. Building amenities include a doorman, an outdoor common terrace, bike storage, a fitness center and a lounge for relaxing or hosting parties. Living in this unit would also put the owner close to Manhattan, which is one stop away on the 7 train.

 

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Dining: Artichoke Basille’s Pizza


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

Photo by Bradley Hawks

BY BRADLEY HAWKS 

With a pizzeria on every few blocks, how do you know where to get the perfect slice? One test is longevity. If a pizzeria has stood the test of time, it’s probably a pretty safe bet. Another marker of success is if the pizza quality is worthy of expansion into new neighborhoods and locations.
22-56 31st St. has been home to a pizzeria for 50 years, so when longtime tenant Frankie’s Pizza folded up shop, it only seemed appropriate for another pizza-maker to take over the address.

There was certainly a fair amount of celebration when it was announced that the next occupant would be the maker of one of Manhattan’s most celebrated pies — Artichoke Basille’s — which opened its first pizza spot on 14th Street in 2008.

Astoria marks the company’s second location in Queens, with the first at LaGuardia Airport. Tucked just behind the stairway to the elevated train at the Ditmars Station, the renovated space is home to Artichoke Basille’s most popular pies and slices, as well as a selection of salads and “not pizza” items, as well as a variety of beer and wine.

Whole pizzas run around $30, with slices priced around $4.50, but the thickness and crunch of the crust, size of the pie, and abundance of premium-quality toppings stand in defense of the higher prices.

Their namesake pizza is piled with plump, tender artichoke hearts, spinach, lumps of mozzarella, a velvety cream sauce and pecorino romano cheese. The result is like eating a slice of crisp garlic toast topped with a decadent spinach artichoke dip, all crusted with bubbling mozzarella.

Another popular pie is slathered with a rosé crab sauce, fresh mozzarella, and panko breaded surimi crab meat (which is just a fancy way of saying artificial crab meat).
With the exception of the anchovy pie, each version is available as a whole pizza or by the slice. Be warned that they certainly aren’t worried by sodium or calories, as the pizza can lean on the salty side, and boasts a remarkably high calorie count. Delivery also leaves a little to be desired.

On three separate occasions, the pizza arrived with the toppings slid into one corner and the crust folded onto itself. That having been said, we still kept ordering it for delivery.

The dine-in experience was much more pleasant, with friendly counter service and ample seating space. I imagine for those in a rush headed to the subway, and those craving a quick bite on the way home from work, this location will do a pretty good business. And I will certainly attempt ordering delivery again, once they have been open a bit longer and settled into a comfortable rhythm. For now, I will simply have to head to the store when I want a slice.

Artichoke Basille’s Pizza
22-56 31st St., Astoria
718-215-8100
Delivery seven days a week, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.

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New renderings for Hallets Point development revealed


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Renderings courtesy Dattner Architects

Renderings and details for the first building of the Durst Organization’s Hallets Point development project in Astoria were revealed.

The structure will consist of two 20-story structures emerging from a podium, as reported by New York YIMBY. The Dattner Architects-designed buildings will feature views of the waterfront and a large-scale rooftop space for residents. The first structure has a 2017 opening date.

The overall 2.5-million-square-foot Hallets Point project includes 2,400 units with 483 affordable apartments in multiple residential buildings, with retail space, a supermarket, a school and a public waterfront promenade.

Durst purchased a controlling interest in the project from Lincoln Equities Group, the original developer, for more than $100 million last year. The company paid $15 million for the final parcel of land at 1-02 26th Ave. which it needed for the huge project, according to city records filed in February.

The Hallets Point project is one of two mega developments on the Astoria waterfront. The other, called Astoria Cove, was passed by the City Council last year. It includes more than 1,700 units, of which 27 percent will be affordable housing.

New Hallets Point renderings 1
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Celebrated violinist rocks Astoria high schoolers with golden violin and his message


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THE COURIER/Photos by Liam La Guerre

Award-winning violinist Alexander Markov gave a free concert to students at Frank Sinatra School of the Arts Wednesday as a part of his effort to spread classical music to youngsters.

Ahead of his Carnegie Hall concert on June 5, Markov played pieces by Bach and Paganini for about 50 students of an orchestra class at the Astoria high school.

The free performance was the latest of his series of outreach trips to city performing art schools.

“Nowadays if you go to classical concerts there aren’t many young people coming,” Markov said. “What I’m hoping is with this school outreach I’m doing before big concerts kids realize good music is good music.”

Markov took questions from the students and lectured them on a variety of subjects, such as how long to practice each day and about finding their own style.


Students enjoyed the violinist’s visit not only because of his performance, but also because he made jokes and surprised them.

For example, when someone asked about his bow, he pulled out one that lit up bright red like a light saber wielded by a villain from the dark side of the Force in the Star Wars universe, to their amazement.

They had the same reaction when Markov took out his custom gold-plated electric violin, which he uses for his “Rock Concerto” shows. It makes a sound similar to a rock guitar and reflects how he blends the classical and modern eras, showing students how to be open to a wide variety of music.

“That’s his style. It’s very attractive,” said Logan Vrankovic, a senior, who wants to be a composer and conductor. “He carved his own path and it’s a really inspiring message for young musicians.”

Although Markov stopped by to teach the children, he ended up learning something himself.

“The main thing I’m learning is that music should be fun,” he said. “If you do it right, it’s fun, you enjoy it and it becomes one big party.”

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Participatory budgeting winners announced in western Queens


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THE COURIER/File Photo

The residents of western Queens have spoken and the results are in regarding where they would like to see $1 million spent in each community.

Councilmen Costa Constantinides and Jimmy Van Bramer announced the winning projects of this year’s participatory budgeting process, where residents in each individual district were able to cast their vote on where they want city funding to be spent.

In Constantinides’ District 22, which covers Astoria and parts of Woodside, East Elmhurst and Jackson Heights, 2,204 residents came out to vote last month and three projects were chosen as the winners.

A total of 825 residents voted on the first project that will spend $245,000 in district-wide public school technology upgrades. Through this project, $35,000 will be spent each for P.S. 84, P.S. 122, P.S. 234, I.S. 235, P.S. 17, P.S. 2 and I.S. 141.

The second project, which brought in 773 votes, is $500,000 to go toward turning a lot under the RFK Bridge, located at Hoyt Avenue between 23rd and 24th streets, which is currently empty, into a dog run.

The final project, with 715 votes, will transform I.S. 126’s parking lot in Astoria into a recreational playground for the school and community.

With the third project the total comes out to $1,245,000, so Constantinides plans to allocate more funding from his discretionary budget to fully support the projects.

“The entire process has been community-driven, inclusive, and engaging. I am excited to see the strong voter response that gave everyone a voice in the city budgeting process,” Constantinides said. “The technology upgrades across the district, a new dog run in a neighborhood that currently lacks even one, and a playground [where] students have no official schoolyard will enrich the lives of families and children throughout Astoria.”

Photo via Twitter/@JimmyVanBramer

Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer announced the results of this year’s participatory budgeting process for District 26 on Wednesday night at LIC Bar. (Photo via Twitter/@JimmyVanBramer)

In Van Bramer’s District 26, covering Woodside, Sunnyside, LIC and parts of Astoria, the winning projects include a Long Island City Bikeway, a 10-person van for the Jacob Riis Settlement House for seniors and a playground upgrade at Queensbridge.

A total of $500,000 would go toward the Long Island City Bikeway, which would be an improved, safe and reliable bikeway system in the neighborhood. The Jacob Riis Settlement House van is a $55,000 project that would help transport seniors to and from programs. The third project is a $500,000 upgrade at a playground in the Queensbridge housing development that would replace rubber matting in five jungle gym areas.

During the announcement of the winners Wednesday night, Van Bramer also announced that because of the large voter turnout his office would be funding five more projects. These include $50,000 in accessibility improvements each for the Sunnyside and Woodside libraries, $200,000 for the Woodside Reforestry project, $100,000 for district-wide real-time passenger bus countdown clocks and $75,000 in technology upgrades for P.S./I.S. 78 in LIC.

In total, Van Bremer will be dedicating over $1.5 million in funding for projects chosen by the community.

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Coyote spotted near LaGuardia Airport


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Photo courtesy of Brian Porter/Laura Süpper

The coyote sightings are continuing to grow in Queens as one of the wild creatures was spotted around LaGuardia Airport early Thursday morning.

According to a Port Authority Police Department spokesman, a USPS delivery person saw the animal in the vicinity of 82nd Street and Ditmars Boulevard, at the edge of the airport, at about 2 a.m.

Port Authority and NYPD units responded and reported that the coyote ran toward Elmjack Field, just west of airport grounds. The Port Authority and NYPD currently had no further information on any more sightings.

This is one of several coyote sightings in the borough in recent weeks.

On March 30, one was spotted on the rooftop of a Long Island City bar. Police and animal control tried to capture it, but it escaped.

And just last week, a coyote was caught in Middle Village. The 4-year-old female evaded capture the first day it was spotted, but was nabbed the following night in a local backyard.

Queens isn’t the only borough to experience a spike in coyote sightings.

Coyotes have also been seen in the last month running around Manhattan — including the Upper West Side, Chelsea and most recently Battery Park, where it was trapped after briefly running loose in the Lower Manhattan neighborhood.

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Astoria veteran featured in documentary honoring Army cameramen


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Photo courtesy of Don Fedynak/ Gallery by Jim Saller, 221st Signal Company

For one Astoria veteran, the time has finally arrived when he, along with hundreds of other soldiers, will be recognized for putting their lives on the line to capture the Vietnam War on camera.

Don Fedynak, an Astoria resident for over 40 years who served on the 221st Signal Company during the Vietnam War, is featured in the documentary “Unseen Warriors: Army Combat Cameramen in the Vietnam War.”

The four-hour-long film, created by Ellen Holzman and Meredith Vezina of Traditions Military Videos in California, focuses on the stories of combat cameramen who documented the Vietnam War and showcases their photos and films, many of which have never before been seen by the public.

The idea of the film surfaced after Holzman said they realized that for years they had been obtaining raw film footage from the National Archives, but they were never able to credit the cameramen themselves.

“We’re kind of getting to a point that we are looking ahead and we realized that all this time we had never really given credit to individual combat cameraman who took that footage and risked their lives to do that,” Holzman said. “We felt that it was time to give back.”

“Unseen Warriors” tells the stories of soldiers from different groups of Army combat cameramen such as the Department of the Army Special Photo Office, the 69th Signal Photo Platoon, and the 221st Signal Company. These soldiers took film footage on the field in Vietnam which would later be sent back to the United States for members of the chain of command to view.

Don Fedynak

Don Fedynak

Fedynak, who served in Vietnam from 1969 to 1970 and received a Bronze Star for meritorious service, said his group was excited when they were contacted to be a part of the documentary because they had always felt they never got the recognition they deserved.

“Cameramen, in particular Army cameramen, never got credit for what they shot,” Fedynak said. “Cameramen are screen hogs. We like to see our names in lights, but in the military we never did.”

Before being drafted into the Army, Fedynak worked as an assistant film editor and volunteered to part of the 221st Signal Company because he knew they were responsible for capturing what was taking place overseas.

“People always see pictures of World War II and Korea and someone should be wondering, ‘Someone had to be there taking those shots,’” Fedynak said. “It was quite a unique experience. This was like another job, but I was wearing a green suit at the time and occasionally people shot at you.”

In one chapter of the documentary, which is made up of 12 chapters, Don was interviewed on the 1969 attack on the Vietnam headquarters of the 221st Signal Company.

“It’s kind of emotional. It’s not just the glory and recognition; it’s honoring those guys who some gave the ultimate sacrifice. In a sense we can honor them as well,” Fedynak said about the documentary.

This Saturday members of the 221st Signal Company will come together in Washington, D.C., for a reunion and ceremony honoring fallen soldiers.

For more information or to purchase the DVD set of “Unseen Warriors,” visit militaryvideo.com or call 800-277-1977.


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Local artist to donate ceramic tile installation to Astoria Heights Park


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Photos courtesy of Penelope Eleni

A mother of three is making her way back into the art world by creating an art installation that will bloom at a local Astoria community park.

Penelope Eleni, a sculptor and ceramist from Astoria, is coming together to with the city’s Parks Department and the Friends of Astoria Heights Park to present a temporary installation of ten ceramic tiles at the western Queens park.

The installation, which will be on view through November, will be located at Astoria Heights Park’s Butterfly Garden at 30th Road and 46th Street.

Last year, Eleni won a grant from the Queens Council on the Arts to create a public installation and she has decided to donate it to the group of neighbors that make up Friends of Astoria Heights Park.

She said she wanted to make artwork that was accessible to the community and aimed at children, who would be able to touch and explore the tiles.

“[Friends of Astoria Heights Park ] were so friendly and willing to work for me and they’ve done so many great things for the park and I couldn’t have done it without them,” Eleni said.

Along with helping beautify Astoria Heights Park, this art installation also serves as a way for Eleni to get back into creating art after having to put everything on hold while raising her son and twin daughters.

Eleni is a former professor of art and elementary school art teacher with a Master of Fine Arts in ceramics.

“They gave me a gift to get back into it,” Eleni said. “They gave me permission to become an artist again, it meant more to me at this point of my life than it would have coming out of graduate school.”

The tiles that make up the installation illustrate the story written by Eleni about her visit to Socrates Sculpture Park during the Halloween Harvest Festival. Each tile depicts encounters with men in funny hats, dogs in costume, dancing, and her children playing with other kids.

“The whole piece all around is all about the years I spent sitting on my living room floor changing diapers and taking long strolls through New York with my kids,” Eleni said.

A celebration of Eleni’s installation is expected to take place on May 30 from 11 a.m. to noon at the park’s playground at 30th Road and 46th Street.

For more information, visit www.facebook.com/PenelopeEleni.

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Astoria Flea & Food at Kaufman Astoria Studios to pop up again this summer


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

THE COURIER/File Photo

Something is ready to pop up in Astoria this summer.

The organizers of the Astoria Flea & Food at Kaufman Astoria Studios, which launched last year as the city’s first-ever backlot market, have announced that the market is expected to make its grand return.

The Astoria Flea, a partnership between the LIC Flea & Food and Kaufman Astoria Studios, will operate from the studios’ outdoor lot, the first off its kind in the city.

This year, instead of running for a consecutive number of weeks, the Astoria Flea will be popping up at the studios’ lot on different dates.

Upon arrival at the Astoria Flea entrance at 36th Street and 35th Avenue, visitors will be welcomed by a 40-foot-high steel gate, designed by David Rockwell and the Rockwell Group.

Visitors of all ages and from all over the city will be able to enjoy the best in food vendors, antiques, collectibles, arts, crafts, fashion and much more.

Anyone looking to be a vendor at the Astoria Flea can apply at www.licflea.com.

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Man groped 12-year-old boy on N train: NYPD


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Sketch courtesy of NYPD

A man groped a 12-year-old boy aboard an N train last week before fleeing at an Astoria subway station, police said.

The suspect — described as a white male with a full beard, a spider tattoo on his left hand and a silver stud piercing by his right eye — approached the victim on a northbound N train just before 4 p.m. on April 23 and grabbed the boy’s genital area, authorities said. He then exited the train at the 36th Avenue stop.

Police have released a sketch of the suspect who was last seen wearing black sunglasses, a Mets baseball hat, red hooded sweatshirt, gray jeans and black boots.

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 800-577-TIPS (8477). The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the Crime Stoppers website or can text their tips to CRIMES (274637), then enter TIP577. All calls are strictly confidential.

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Cops searching for bicycling groper in Astoria


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Video courtesy of NYPD

A bicyclist is slapping and grabbing women’s buttocks as he’s riding around the streets of Astoria, according to police.

The suspect — described as a Hispanic male, 5 feet 4 inches to 5 feet 8 inches tall and with a medium to stocky build — is wanted in three incidents starting earlier this month.

He is first suspected of grabbing a 33-year-old woman’s behind at about 11 a.m. on April 2, near 34th Avenue and 35th Street as he was bicycling.

On April 15, at about 8:45 p.m., the suspect approached a 29-year-old woman while riding a bicycle near 35th Avenue and 41st Street and struck her in the behind with his hand, cops said.

Police say the same bicyclist also slapped the buttocks of a 30-year-old woman the following day at about 11 a.m. around 36th Avenue and 34th Street.

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 800-577-TIPS (8477). The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the Crime Stoppers website or can text their tips to CRIMES (274637), then enter TIP577. All calls are strictly confidential.

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Suspect wanted in gunpoint robbery at Astoria cellphone store


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Photo/video courtesy of NYPD

Police are looking for a man who robbed an Astoria cellphone store last week at gunpoint and then fled in a black Audi.

On April 17 at about 3:55 p.m., the unidentified suspect entered the T-Mobile store at 31-05 36th Ave. and displayed a firearm, according to authorities. He then demanded an employee fill a duffel bag with various boxed cellphones and he also took about $200 from the cash register.

The man then fled the store in a black Audi. No injuries were reported in the incident.


Police have released surveillance video and a photo of the suspect.

The suspect is described as a black man, about 35 years old, 6 feet tall, 275 pounds, and with black hair. He was last seen wearing a brown hooded sweatshirt, black sneakers and blue jeans.

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 800-577-TIPS (8477). The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the Crime Stoppers website or can text their tips to CRIMES (274637), then enter TIP577. All calls are strictly confidential.

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CB 1 chair, district manager to retire in the summer after almost four decades of service


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Map via CB1 Website

Astoria will soon say goodbye to two Community Board 1 leaders as they get ready to retire from their posts after nearly eight decades of combined service to the area.

Vinicio Donato, chair of CB 1, and Lucille Hartmann, district manager of the board, have announced they will both be retiring. Donato will stay on the board until August, while Hartmann will remain until July. 

Donato has been chair of the community board, which covers all of Astoria, and parts of Long Island City and Woodside, since 1979 and in January was re-elected to the position without any opposition. 

Hartmann has been on the board for about 38 years, during which she left for a brief period of time to work for the mayor’s office. 

However, the decision to announce their retirement at the same time was a coincidence and was made because it was just time for both of them to make the move, according to a community board representative. 

Lucille Hartmann (File Photo)

Lucille Hartmann (File photo)

Local elected officials thanked both Donato and Hartmann for their service and dedication to the community.

“Vinny and Lucille deserve our thanks for their long and dedicated service to our neighborhood,” state Senator Michael Gianaris said. “I have worked hand in hand with both of these community leaders throughout my career in public service and am proud to have stood side by side with them as we fought to make Astoria the wonderful place it is today. I wish both Vinny and Lucille the best in all that they do in the future.”

Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer also thanked both of the community leaders for their commitment over the years.

“I thank Vinicio Donato for his four-plus decades of public service with Community Board 1 and acknowledge him for his commitment as an educator while at I.S. 10, where I attended as a kid,” Van Bramer said. “I commend Lucille Hartmann for her dedication to the communities of Community Board 1. Together, Vinny and Lucille cared deeply about the communities they served and worked hard every day to make western Queens a better place.”

Community Board 1 is expected to elect a new chairman at its September meeting after returning from the summer break.

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Identify this place in Queens


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

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Do you know where in Queens this photo was taken? Guess by commenting below! The answer will be revealed next week.

Last week’s answer to “Identify this Place”: Newtown Road near 47th Street in Astoria
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