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Black Friday specials at the LIC Flea

By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com


Even with Black Friday over, you’ll still have enough time to catch some amazing sales at the LIC Flea Holiday Market this weekend.

Many vendors at the popular Long Island City flea market, which made its move to the warehouse connected to the original outdoor lot on the corner of Fifth Street and 46th Avenue, will be offering Black Friday deals on unique, handcrafted and curated items.

Every Saturday and Sunday through Dec. 21, the indoor holiday market will include two floors of a mix of LIC Flea favorite vendors and new faces. There are also two special boutique spots in the inner building. Shoppers will be able to find something for everyone on their lists.

This weekend will be the last time shoppers can enter the LIC Flea Black Friday challenge. Those who show $100 or more worth of receipts from the LIC Flea from the month of November will have a chance to win $100 in Flea Bucks to be spent in December. See www.facebook.com/licflea for how to enter.

The LIC Flea Beer Garden also remains open on the second floor of the warehouse. The beer garden offers wine and beer selections from local breweries SingleCut Beersmiths, Queens Brewery, Finback Brewery and Rockaway Brewing Company. Drink specials including $2 beer and $3 wine are available from 4 to 5 p.m.

There will be great events in the weekends to come such as Lego building, cupcake making, pictures with Santa Claus and much more.

The LIC Flea Holiday Market is open every Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. For more information visit www.licflea.com or www.facebook.com/licflea.

Here are some vendors to check out the next time you visit the popular indoor Long Island City flea market.

Lost Candor
Lost Candor specializes in curated handmade, vintage, one-of-a-kind accessories, women’s fashion, and home decor items from around the world for seekers of unique lifestyle essentials. Their mission is to bring exceptional items made with great skill and detail to their customers and their homes while also promoting intangible cultural heritage and preserving the craft of artisan communities. They seek out items from cultures with long traditions of quality, skilled craftsmanship, product integrity, aesthetics and intricate details.

Maggie & Moose
Maggie & Moose creates handmade dog apparel and accessories, including reversible fleece coats, rain coats, T-shirts, leashes and collars. Much of their line is made by up-cycling and repurposing existing human clothing into dog apparel. For example, leashes and collars are made from men’s ties. Additionally, Maggie & Moose offers custom sizing, so each garment fits perfectly. They can also personalize each shirt by adding a dog’s name or cute phrase. Everything is handmade by owners Lauren and Maranda. One dollar of every sale is donated to dog rescue organizations. For all of November and December, the featured charity is Broadway Barks, founded by Bernadette Peters and Mary Tyler Moore.

Krista Stained Glass
Krista Stained Glass is an Astoria-based shop and is making its debut at the LIC Flea & Food this holiday season. This is a one-woman shop. Krista’s love of stained glass started at the Smith Museum of Stained Glass Windows in Chicago leading her to take a class at Fredrick Stained Glass. She has been building stained glass items ever since.

Soul Socks
Launched in 2013, Soul Socks is quickly gaining traction with success both in stores and online. They make whimsical dress socks uniquely designed in New York and made of Peruvian Pima Cotton. Soul Socks started as a subscription sock club featured in The New York Times. They offer LIC visitors a fantastic deal of 1 sock for $10 or 3 for $25.


Great Neck Plaza to be turned into $2,500 scavenger hunt for Small Business Saturday

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Photo courtesy of the Great Neck Plaza Business Improvement District

Great Neck Plaza’s shopping district will be invaded by 5-foot-tall giraffes to celebrate small businesses over the Thanksgiving shopping weekend.

On Nov. 29, the Great Neck Plaza Business Improvement District (BID) will be holding a scavenger hunt in the shopping district to boost the local economy and celebrate Small Business Saturday, a capitalist holiday by American Express to encourage shoppers to go local and buy holiday gifts in smaller stores.

The first place winner of the scavenger hunt will be awarded $2,500 that can be used in any store in the Great Neck Plaza area.

“We thought a scavenger hunt would be fun and interesting,” said Ron Edelson, executive director of the Great Neck Plaza BID. “It’s a great way to engage the community and to get people into the downtown shopping center.”

The scavenger hunt will take place throughout the day on Saturday. Hunters must ultimately figure out a two-word phrase to win. The BID’s website will provide hints for people to find 14 giraffes placed across the shopping area. Each giraffe has a letter that’s part of the mystery phrase.

Along with a letter, the giraffes also contain clues to finding the next giraffe. A clue might tell you to visit a store that has been the chicken king for 50 years. With some knowledge of the neighborhood, hunters will know to go to the Poultry Mart on Middle Neck Road.

“We’ve made it easy enough to enter,” Edelson said, “but hard enough to keep people engaged.”


Black Friday and Small Business Saturday deals in Queens

By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

THE COURIER/Photo by Asha Mahadevan


A diamond ring, inexpensive designer bags and discounted flat-screen TVs are just some of the goods shoppers can expect to find in Queens on Black Friday and throughout Thanksgiving weekend.

Michael Kors is offering a 50 percent discount on their bags, Macy’s is selling a $1,300 diamond ring for $499 and Atlas Park shops are distributing free gifts.

Local shops are also jumping into the festivities on Small Business Saturday (Nov. 29) with shop owners offering massive discounts to encourage shoppers to go local.

We rounded up some of the best deals available:

Buy one full-priced item at Banana Republic at the Queens Center Mall at 90-15 Queens Blvd. until 1 p.m. on Black Friday and take 40 percent off all of your purchases all day. Take 50 percent off your entire purchase on Thanksgiving and Black Friday at the Gap in QCM and 40 percent off your entire purchase on Nov. 29. Craving that special Michael Kors bag all season? If you go to their boutique at QCM, take 50 percent off select styles and an additional 25 percent off all sale merchandise until 10 a.m. on Friday. Go on www.shopqueenscenter.com for a full listing of participating retailers.

Famed retailer Macy’s is also hosting a great Black Friday sale. The retailer at QCM is offering deals on all their departments. Purchase a three-stone diamond ring in 14-karat white gold that is regularly priced at $1,300 for $499. Save 60 percent off select designer coats from the women’s department. Take $100-150 off select Dyson vacuums. For kids, save 60 percent off select Carter’s playwear.

Do you have a craving for electronics and other select goodies that you cannot find at the malls? Target at 88-01 Queens Blvd. is offering door busters on their HDTVs. Save $302 on a 60-inch Samsung 1080 pixel Smart LED television. Receive a free Target gift card when you purchase any iPad mini or iPad Air. How about that GoPro HERO3+ Silver Edition? Only $249.99 with a gift card offer. Visit www.target.com to view their Black Friday weekly ads and start purchasing now. Other electronic giants like Costco at 3250 Vernon Blvd. offer $130 instant savings off a Nikon L830 Digital Camera. Save $150 on a HP Envy 15.6 inch TouchSmart laptop with Beats Audio.

Other centers like the Shops at Atlas Park at 8000 Cooper Ave. will distribute a free gift to the first 250 shoppers who arrive at the Atlas Park holiday table. Retailers within Atlas Park will open, the earliest by Toys R Us at 6 a.m. and the latest, J.Jill and Laila Rowe, at 10 a.m. Visit www.shopatlaspark.com/events/BlackFriday_2014 for a complete viewing of retailers and their hours.

The Sunnyside Shines Business Improvement District is having a free kick-off party from noon to 1 p.m. at Bliss Plaza on 46th Street and Queens Boulevard. Rachel Thieme, executive director of the BID, said that the organization is participating in Small Business Saturday because “the event raises our profile and we want to draw attention to the district.” She added, “We are also distributing the Shop Local Holiday Gift Guide featuring 22 shops in Sunnyside.”

Czarinna Andres, a board member of the BID and owner of Bing’s Hallmark at 45-15 Greenpoint Ave. in Sunnyside, said her store is offering quite a few special deals, such as free gifts with any $50 or $100 purchase.

“We have a lot of specially priced items exclusive for that weekend including all our boxed cards and gift ornaments at buy one, get the second 50 percent off,” Andres said. “We will also be offering free gift wrapping for any gift item purchased in-store.”

It’s a special day for Megan Siefert, manager of Demi Hair Salon at 4701 Queens Blvd. in Sunnyside because it is a way for the neighborhood “to get to know about our salon and products.”

“People go to CVS or Rite Aid for hair products because they think it is cheaper but sometimes, it is actually not,” she said. “The other plus of buying a product at our salon is that you can speak to a professional and get a product that’s right for your hair.” She is offering 20 percent off all services on that day, if clients mention the deal while making an appointment.

The Brass Owl, a boutique specializing in shoes, accessories and gifts at 3619 Ditmars Blvd., Astoria, is pulling out all the stops: owner Nicole Panettieri said that she is offering special deals, free gifts and “refreshments throughout the day.”

Robert Briskin, owner of Alicia’s Jewelers in the Bay Terrace Shopping Center, said some of the best holiday deals are at smaller shops like his.

“Small businesses suffer on Black Fridays because of the deals shoppers get in big box stores,” Briskin said. “On Saturdays, they come to their senses and realize that they can get better deals in smaller shops. We have low prices every day but on Small Business Saturday, we are offering 50 percent off on certain brands of watches such as Ebel, TechnoMarine and Bedat, among others.”

According to Rob MacKay, director of public relations, marketing and tourism, Queens Economic Development Corporation, “shop locally” is a very important concept.

“Local store owners are often extremely involved in their communities and invested in the success of their communities,” he said. “They tend to hire local people, support little leagues, organize cleanups, invest in improvements and even shop in the area themselves. They also pay taxes that municipalities need to provide services.”

Shopping locally is also a greener way to shop, he said. “You travel less when you go to the local store and burn less gas and waste less time.” Healthy stores attract other healthy stores, which is good for any neighborhood, he said.


Police prepare for Black Friday shopping rush in Flushing and College Point

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Photo courtesy of The Shops at SkyView Center

Police are preparing for Black Friday in Flushing and College Point by beefing up police presence and posting traffic officers on busy roads, according to authorities.

While there weren’t many crimes in the area during last year’s Black Friday, police at the 109th Precinct hope that the increase in police presence will prevent the possibility of shoppers getting robbed and stores being burglarized, according Detective Kevin O’Donnell.

“We’re expecting large crowds to be coming out to Flushing and College Point and we want everyone to have a safe Black Friday,” he said.

The police will be concentrating on two areas. The first location, The Shops at SkyView Center, will be particularly important to police because the Target housed in the mall will stay open all night on Friday into Saturday. The other area is in College Point on a section of 20th Avenue lined with strip malls. Just north of Flushing, the shopping center has several strip malls next to one another. And while there is parking, traffic backups from exit 15 off the Whitestone Expressway on regular weekends.

“Traffic is going to be a mess out there but we’re hoping to keep things as smooth as possible,” O’Donnell said.

Shoppers can expect to see an increase in police beginning on Thursday afternoon, a concentrated presence that will continue into Saturday.


Street Talk: Will you shop this Black Friday?

By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

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Angelica Diana

“Yes. I like the spirit of Black Friday. There are lots of sales.”
Angelica Diana

Hannah Wilcock

“No. I am working all day.”
Hannah Wilcock

Gabriela Meade

“No. I can’t stand crowds.”
Gabriela Meade

Maritza Uribe

“No. I work on Fridays and it’s crazy on Saturdays. The shops don’t care for their staff. Thanksgiving is a day for families to be together. The sales go against the spirit of Thanksgiving.”
Maritza Uribe

Marcelo Pinheiro

“No. The lines are too long. I want to do something that represents the meaning of the holiday. Shopping is completely opposite to that.”
Marcelo Pinheiro

Hazim Sadkahn

“Yes. I am looking for things for children. I have 10 nephews and I will buy gifts for them for Christmas.”
Hazim Sadkahn

Tristan Ortiz

“Yes. I am planning to buy electronics—that’s where the deals are.”
Tristan Ortiz

Lyle Borman

“No. I won’t be going to the stores. I never do.”
Lyle Borman



Queens Center to open at 6 p.m. on Thanksgiving

By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

THE COURIER/Photo by Liam La Guerre


No time for a second piece of pie at Thanksgiving this year.

For the first time, Queens Center is going to open at 6 p.m. the night of Thanksgiving, following a trend to start Black Friday earlier every year.

The move is prompted by the announcement this week that JCPenney and Macy’s are joining stores like Kmart and Walmart in being open on Thanksgiving night — getting a six-hour jump on the competition to start their first, big holiday sales.

“We always opened at midnight” for those stores that wanted to get the bargain rush going in the first hours of Black Friday, said John Scaturro, head of marketing for the Elmhurst mall. “But with stores like Sears opening early, now the big players are following suit.”

And since the two biggest stores in the mall are opening early, the owner of the mall, Macerich Co., has offered the chance to all the stores in the mall to open at 6 p.m. too.

“We project that 70 to 80 percent of our stores will elect to open Thanksgiving night,” Scaturro said. “Nobody is going to want to be closed in those first few hours.”

In the retail trade, the trend is being called “Black Friday creep,” a process that began more than a decade ago when big-box stores tested the idea of boosting sales by offering extraordinary bargains to die-hard shoppers willing to come to the stores at midnight.

Black Friday is the term used by retailers for the day after Thanksgiving — when people are off from work and the holiday shopping season officially began (and merchants could count on ending the day in the black).

But what started out as an experiment has taken off. Retailers — who have a bunch of bad years since economic crisis of 2007-8 — discovered shoppers have had enough football and family by nightfall on Thanksgiving and are itching to get out of the house.

“People always seem to be in very good spirits when they shop on those days. The truth is that, on Black Friday, we notice a lot of folks shopping for themselves — not for Christmas especially,” Scaturro said.

“Fall and winter clothes are the big items,” he said. “Shoe stores do very well on those days — and shoes are not something people buy for holiday shopping.”


Queens residents get jump on Black Friday with Thursday shopping

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THE COURIER/Photos by Liam La Guerre

Red sales tags were everywhere on Thursday ahead of Black Friday.

After thousands of Queens residents stuffed their faces with turkey, cranberry sauce and stuffing, they went to grab doorbuster deals from retailers around the borough.

Black Friday, which has become one of the most successful shopping days for stores nationwide, now starts on Thanksgiving Day and customers had no problem with that.

“The stressful part is actually the waiting,” said Brian Astacio, a Ridgewood resident. Astacio waited three hours in line for the Best Buy in Queens Place mall to open at 6 p.m. to buy electronics and a big-screen TV.

“It’s good in a way because you get things you always wanted for cheap,” he added.

For the first time ever Macy’s, one of the country’s largest and oldest department chains, opened on Thanksgiving day at 8 p.m.

The line for the retailer stretched to more than 200 people about 20 minutes before it was about to open in Queens Center Mall, and that was just on the first floor entrance. Another line with hundreds of shoppers waited near the doors on the second floor.

“It’s become more of a culture thing,” said Maspeth resident Maryam Wasef, who was first in line at the Macy’s. “It’s interesting, because its the only time of the year you could get everything and everyone just saves for it.”

Wasef said she was on the hunt for perfume and a jacket, or anything else that may have a great discount.

Around the Rego Park Center mall consumers were exiting with large bags from stores such as Toys“R”Us and Kohl’s.

But there isn’t a little Black Friday without a little craziness.

Some customers complained about the pushing and shoving from fellow shoppers and about people who brought young children out for the evening.

“Just rudeness. It’s chaos,” said Forest Hills resident Farrah Krenek.

The shopping continues today, as many stores will still be serving their deals from last night, followed by more discounts for Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday, the online shopping bonanza.


Cyber Monday: Avoid crowds with a click

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Photo screenshot/amazon.com

Those with an aversion to crowds and lines are opting to stay home and score deals with a simple mouse click.

Cyber Monday, coined in the mid-00s, quickly became one of the biggest online shopping days for retailers, offering the option of avoiding the angry mobs that grow outside of stores just hours after finishing their Thanksgiving meals.

According to published reports, 39 percent of the population plans to spend less than $100 on Cyber Monday, while 54 percent of adults expect to drop between $100 and $500. Only a small six percent of people said they would spend somewhere above $500.

Cyber Monday’s familiarity among the population is also on the rise. Sixty one percent of adults report they know what Cyber Monday is, up from 48 percent who said the same in a 2011 survey. Only 28 percent of the population said they did not know about Cyber Monday, with 12 percent remaining unsure.

According to Forbes, clothing is the top item purchased on Cyber Monday.

A manager at the Barnes and Noble store in Bayside said last week that while an increasing number of people are opting to shop online instead of braving crazy crowds, there would still be a line outside the store before opening hours.

“I do expect people to shop online more because of the convenience,” said the manager. “But I do still expect to see a crowd over the weekend.”

The manager said she did not think deals in the store would differ from deals online.

Some struggling under tough economic times have decided to forgo deal diving, regardless of its online ease.

“No, I’m not going shopping on Cyber Monday because I don’t have enough money,” said Gail Johnson from Bayside.

“Even though you get better deals on Cyber Monday than Black Friday.”

-Additional reporting by Melissa Mott

Queens’ Morning Roundup

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Monday: Partly cloudy. High of 46. Winds from the West at 5 to 10 mph. Monday night: Partly cloudy in the evening, then overcast with a chance of rain. Low of 36. Winds less than 5 mph. Chance of rain 50%.

EVENT of the DAY: Selections from “The Nutcracker” with the Ohman School of Ballet

Come to the Queens Library in Flushing for excerpts from Tchaikovsky’s Christmas ballet “The Nutcracker,” performed in full costume by the Ohman School of Ballet. Dances that will be performed include “Marzipan,” “The Sugarplum Fairy,” “Waltz of the Flowers,” “Mechanical Soldier” and more. Click here for more info or to submit an event of your own

Lowlife pigs robbed kids’ banks in Breezy Point

Sandy spared their children’s piggy banks. But some heartless crook did not. A Breezy Point, Queens, family still reeling from the superstorm returned home after Thanksgiving to find their ravaged bungalow ransacked. Read more: New York Daily News

Bronx man charged in Queens woman’s death

Police have charged a Bronx man with murder in connection to the death of a 22-year-old Queens woman who was unconscious in a parked car. Read more: Wall Street Journal

Damaged vacation homes not eligible for FEMA grants

Superstorm Sandy delivered the injury. Now comes the insult. Summer home owners, common in beach communities like the Rockaways, may be financially wiped out if they didn’t spring for pricey flood insurance because FEMA provides grants only for primary residences. Read more: New York Daily News

Cyber Monday likely to be busiest online sales day

Bye-bye Black Friday. So long Small Business Saturday. Now, it’s Cyber Monday’s turn. Read more: ABC New York

FEMA approves aver $664 million for Sandy recovery in New York state

The Federal Emergency Management Agency as of Sunday had approved more than $664 million to help New York state residents recover from Superstorm Sandy. Read more: CBS New York

LIRR, PATH and ferry service added

It’s getting a little easier to get to work in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy. Read more: Fox New York

Consumers to spend less if middle-class taxes rise: White House

A White House report says that if that Congress allows taxes to go up on middle-class families, consumers will spend $200 billion less in 2013. Read more: Reuters

Shoppers line up for savings on Black Friday

| brennison@queenscourier.com

THE COURIER/Photo by Billy Rennison

Fighting off the tryptophan, shoppers made their way out after Thanksgiving dinner eschewing sleep and leftovers for some early morning shopping.

Nearly 150 million people were expected to take advantage of Black Friday sales throughout the country this weekend, according to a National Retail Federation (NRF) survey.

For some, Black Friday has become a tradition with Thanksgiving dinner providing the necessary energy for the shopping spectacle waiting the next morning.

“You eat, relax a little and then you’re ready to shop,” said Marilyn Bloom as she waited online outside Macy’s in Queens Center.

An estimated $586.1 billion will be spent during the holiday season, according to the NRF, a 4.1 percent increase from last year.

“Though the Black Friday tradition is here to stay, there’s no question that it has changed in recent years; already there is a tremendous amount of excitement and anticipation surrounding retailers’ Thanksgiving and Black Friday promotions,” said NRF President and CEO Matthew Shay.

Many shoppers have begun to skip the long lines of Black Friday, instead opting for the ease of buying online on Cyber Monday. For others, the yearly practice of lining up the night of Thanksgiving has become a tradition.

“I do this every year. I prepare, check the deals and know exactly what I want. That’s how you have to do it, or you’ll be lost,” said Gabrielle Gandy, 37.

While Black Friday has begun to creep deeper into Thanksgiving – some national chains opened as early as 8 p.m. on Thursday – most stores in Queens Center waited for the stroke of midnight before opening their doors.

A DJ spinning records on the bottom floor provided the soundtrack to the party-like atmosphere in the Queens mall.

Z100’s Skeery Jones was also on hand giving customers a chance to win gift cards to the mall through a bevy of games.

As midnight approached, a New Year’s Eve like anticipation built outside Macy’s, which had the mall’s longest line, with customers even counting down the time until the doors would open.

“You have to get in there fast, but you don’t want to get stepped on,” said Erick Cruz as midnight approached.

Once crowded hallways emptied as shoppers flooded into stores as soon as the gates rose.

While some shops had hundreds of people lined up waiting to get in, others had none allowing shoppers to stock up on savings while avoiding the waiting and the crowds.

“It’s kind of crazy not to come. You’re paying less and there’s not even a line,” said Vic Calderon at Banana Republic, which no lines, but was offering 40 percent off.

A couple of blocks west at Queens Place, buyers looking to stock up on gadgets lined up outside the mall’s Best Buy hoping to score the hundreds of dollars of savings the electronics megastore was offering on televisions, computers and phones.

A floor up at Target, customers poured in at 9 p.m. to stock up on clothing, electronics and appliances.

Wielding multiple bags in each hand, Rachel Morales, 36, said however crazy it may get on Black Friday, the crowds are well worth it.

“I’m done Christmas shopping. Maybe just a couple of more small things,” she said. “Wait to the weekend before Christmas and then you’ll see craziness.”

Steinway Street Swarmed by Shoppers on Black Friday

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THE COURIER/Photos by Michael Pantelidis

Shoppers swarmed Steinway Street on November 25, searching to save some green on the “blackest” day of the year.

Black Friday took Astoria by storm, as hundreds of residents shopped at stores along one of the neighborhood’s premier streets. Among the shops that offered significant savings were P.C. Richard & Son, GameStop, Gap, Express, Foot Locker and Modell’s.  

“I think all the stores are doing really well this year,” said Renee Borys, who was shopping for clothes and toys for her nephews. “I’m very impressed with the deals. Hopefully I’ll save money today. I couldn’t get up really early this morning. I work in the city and I went to the Toys “R” Us in Times Square last night and it was crazy. It took two and a half hours to get into the electronics section. Black Friday on Steinway Street is way better, and Queens overall is better than the city.”

For some shoppers, Black Friday signals the start to “the most wonderful time of the year.”

“I’m hoping to get good deals here today,” said Martha Jacome, a resident of Ridgewood. “I love the excitement of Black Friday. For me, it means the beginning of Christmas.”

Others were unimpressed with the discount opportunities – treating one of the busiest shopping days of the year as if it were any other Friday.

“I don’t buy into this whole Black Friday thing – it is too crazy,” said Atlas Kalmeta, who was visiting P.C. Richard & Son to purchase touch-up paint. “Peoples’ priorities are all wrong. The commercialism is ridiculous. People are willing to kill each other for electronics. It is not a priority for me.”

Black Friday at The Shops at Atlas Park

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Shoppers on Black Friday expect big bargains – and bigger crowds.  At Glendale’s Shops at Atlas Park shoppers found sales minus the crowds.

Many of the Park’s stores opened their doors early – Jos. A. Bank opened at 5 a.m. – offering big savings.

“I came out because I figured some stores were having good sales and I knew the crowd wouldn’t be crazy,” said Ridgewood resident Lucinda Williams.

Coldwater Creek, Chico’s, Dresses & Denim, J. Jill, Jos. A. Bank, Maidenform and The Fair held Black Friday sales worth up to 50 percent off.

“I like to get my holiday shopping out of the way early,” said Margaret Paulsen of Middle Village.  “There were just a couple of things I wanted to grab and I wanted to beat the mobs.”

The shopping center, which opened on Cooper Avenue in 2006, allowed shoppers to skip the long lines often associated with the biggest shopping day of the year.

“I never go shopping on Black Friday. It’s not worth the hassle,” said Glendale resident Tori Scott.  “But there are no crowds [at Atlas Park], so it’s not a typical Black Friday experience.”

Hundreds rush Queens Center mall for Black Friday shopping

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THE COURIER/Photos by Melissa Chan.

There’s no time to nap for Fahad Azad.

The Black Friday shopper told The Courier he had been awake since 5 a.m., but still plans on spending the entire day hunting down good deals.

“We want to buy things,” he said. “This is the only day that we can get a big sale and where people can buy a lot of stuff. The electronic sales are way too good.

“These long lines are tiring, but it’s worth it,” he said, adding that he has already saved close to $100.

Like Azad, hundreds of eager, ambitious shoppers busted down the doors of Queens Center mall on Friday, November 25 at midnight with one thing in mind — sales, sales, sales.

“If you’re doing your entire Christmas shopping, and you’re spending close to a thousand dollars for the family, it’s definitely worth it to come out,” said Steven Steinerman.

He happily waited on an entire store-length long line to purchase a basketball on sale for $10, while his wife, Esther, took advantage of the “33 percent off any team item deal” at Modell’s.

“The long lines are a little bit inconvenient, but we’ll live through it,” Esther said. “The weather is nice, and I didn’t have to wake up at 5 in the morning to get a good deal.”


Thanksgiving Weekend Mass Transit Schedules

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Due to the Thanksgiving holiday, mass transit will be running special schedules between Wednesday, November 23 and Sunday, November 27 due to the Thanksgiving holiday.


Trains and buses will operate on a Sunday schedule on Thanksgiving.  On Black Friday, service will operate on a weekday schedule with some exceptions.  There will be less service, especially during rush hour and no Limited Stop service on the Q6, Q25 and Q65.  For more information visit www.mta.info

Long Island Rail Road

Additional trains will operate today, Wednesday, November 23, and on Thanksgiving.  There will be nine extra trains today departing Penn Station between 2:10 and 3:48 p.m.

Twenty-two extra trains have been added on Thanksgiving for those attending the Parade or visiting their families – including nine extra westbound and 13 extra eastbound trains. The extra east bound trains will depart Penn Station between 11:33 a.m. and 2:03 p.m.  Cars will also be added to select trains to accommodate holiday travelers.  Off-peak fares will be in effect for the entire weekend.  For more information visit www.mta.info/lirr

Metro-North Railroad

Extra trains on will begin departing Grand Central at 1 p.m. today.  During the evening peak several trains will be combined or eliminated due to decreased ridership.  On Thanksgiving Day, Metro-North will operate a holiday schedule with extra morning inbound service for those going to see the Macy’s Parade.  There will also be extra late morning and early afternoon outbound service.

On Black Friday, Metro-North will operate a Saturday schedule with extra service during the morning and evening peaks. Off-peak fares will be in effect for the entire four-day holiday weekend.  For more information visit http://www.mta.info/mnr/