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Astoria woman starts social media campaign to find beloved travel dinosaur ‘Walter’


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Photos courtesy of Tori Piper

One Astoria woman has turned to social media to find something that seems worthless but according to her has sentimental value.

The moment the sky over the Long Island City lit up with fireworks this weekend, Tori Piper’s heart sunk as she realized Walter, a dinosaur figurine that has been her travel companion for the past four years, was no longer with her.

Walter is a 3- to 4-inch-tall T. rex figure that was given to Piper as a present from a friend who knew of her love for dinosaurs. The Astoria resident has been collecting anything related to dinosaurs since she was a child.

During her first trip abroad to Russia during the winter Olympics, she decided to take Walter with her because he was small enough to travel with and helped her feel calm during the trip.

“It was my first time out of the country and I was really nervous. It was a whole new experience and I kind of needed a calming totem, something that I loved and could be with me. He was a little piece of home that was with me no matter what,” Piper said.

Since then, Walter and Piper have been inseparable, and Piper has even started an Instagram account documenting everywhere Walter has traveled. They have traveled to Russia, Ireland, and other parts of the United States, and the figurine even travels with Piper during her job in television and film.

“I can’t imagine traveling without him; I haven’t since I’ve had him,” Piper said. “When you travel you think, ‘Do I have my passport, the money that I need and my dinosaur?’ He is right there next to my passport.”

She even decided to take Walter along with her on July 4 to catch the Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks on the Long Island City waterfront. The last time she saw her beloved friend was at the LIC Flea & Food.

Once the fireworks started, Piper said she knew she had to get a photo with Walter, but she couldn’t find him. She tried to find him that day and even searched the area days after but still has had no success .

“I would have rather lost my phone or wallet,” Piper said. “You can’t replace him; he’s my little buddy.”

Piper added that a lot of people know how much Walter means to her and friends have started to spread the news on social media in hopes of finding the dinosaur. They have also been using the hashtag “#WheresWalter.” Piper said she hopes somebody picked Walter up and she is willing to trade another of her dinosaurs for him.

Walter is described as being light brown in color, 3 to 4 inches tall and the tip of his tail is broken off. Piper plans to head to the LIC Flea this weekend and also hand out fliers asking for help in finding him.

“Hopefully I’ll find him before that. I’m not stopping until he comes back,” she said.

If you have any information, email Piper at tori.piper@yahoo.com.

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VIDEO & PHOTOS: Thousands flocked to LIC waterfront for Fourth of July fireworks


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

Photo by Rafael Gonzalez/Video courtesy Mike Graver, IG: @jacksonheightsny

The Long Island City waterfront exploded with life this past weekend as thousands of people from near and far traveled to the neighborhood to catch the 39th Annual Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks.

This year the fireworks — the nation’s largest Independence Day pyrotechnic display — were launched from two locations in the East River: in Midtown and within the South Street Seaport historic district.

As the light show made its return to Queens, Hunters Point South Park was used as Macy’s private viewing and NBC’s broadcast compound.

Although Hunters Point South Park was closed off to the public, spectators filled Gantry Plaza State Park to watch the fireworks light up the sky over the East River.

The big day also brought in big business for local establishments in Long Island City, as some venues — such as Penthouse 808, Riverview Restaurant/Lounge, Z NYC Hotel, and Vista Sky Lounge and Rooftop Bar — held events and specials to celebrate the Fourth of July.


The LIC Flea & Food also ran a Night Market, extending its house from 6 p.m. until 10:30 p.m., where visitors were able to hang out at the LIC Flea Beer Garden and purchase food from vendors.

“The Fourth of July is a day for family, friends and fireworks. It is also a day to celebrate the freedoms we have earned through our commitment to the Declaration of Independence that promises life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness to every American,” said Mayor Bill de Blasio. “Let us also rejoice in the special knowledge that in this nation each and every one of us is entitled to equal opportunity and equal protection under the law.

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MTA service for Fourth of July holiday


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

Photo by MTA / Patrick Cashin

The MTA will offer extra railroad service on Thursday, July 3, to allow customers to get a head start on the Fourth of July holiday. On Friday, July 4, subways, buses, the LIRR, Metro-North and the Staten Island Railway will operate on a Saturday schedule. More details are below.

Long Island Rail Road and Metro-North Railroad

The LIRR and Metro-North will provide additional early-afternoon service from Manhattan on Thursday, July 2. Between noon and 4 p.m., 18 extra trains will depart Grand Central Terminal, 10 extra trains will depart from Penn Station, and two extra New York State-bound trains will depart Hoboken Terminal. And the LIRR is offering plenty of extra train service to the East End over the extended Independence Day Weekend, including an extra Cannonball to Montauk on top of the Railroad’s already enhanced summer Montauk Branch schedule.

On Friday, July 3, the LIRR will operate on a normal Friday schedule, and Metro-North will operate on a Saturday schedule.

New York City subway

On Friday, July 3, subways will operate on a Saturday schedule.  There will be no 5 train service south of E 180 Street; 1 service is suspended between 14th St and South Ferry; 2,3 trains run local between 34th St-Penn Station and Chambers St.  Customers are encouraged to use the Bowling Green 4 and Fulton St 2, 3, 4, A, C stations, or buses between Chambers St and South Ferry. There will be increased subway service on the 4, 7, A, C, F, and S 42nd Street Shuttle prior to and following the Macy’s fireworks celebration, which will originate from five barges on the East River: four between 23rd and 37th streets, and one south of the Brooklyn Bridge at Pier 19 (near John Street) from 9:20 p.m. to 9:45 p.m.

New York City buses

Buses operated by MTA New York City Transit and the MTA Bus Company will operate on a Saturday schedule on Friday, July 3. There are many routes that either do not operate on Saturdays or do not run on part of the route at certain hours. Customers traveling on the Fourth of July should check Saturday schedules, lines and routes.  The following bus routes may be affected by delays and detours:  M5; M8; M9; M14 A/D; M15 SBS; M20; M21; M22; M31; M34 SBS; M42; M50; M57; M103; M104; B6; B24; B25; B32; B61; B62; B63; B67; B69; B103; Q32; Q59; Q60; Q101; Q103.

Staten Island Railway

Staten Island Railway customers looking to get a head start on the Fourth of July holiday will be able to catch earlier afternoon express train service on Thursday, July 2 with MTA Staten Island Railway’s Early Departure Getaway schedule. Extra SIR trains will be added earlier in the afternoon beginning at 2:30 p.m. from the St. George Ferry Terminal. There will be one express train and one local train awaiting every boat until 7:50 p.m. On the Fourth of July, SIR will operate on a Saturday schedule. Staten Island Railway is prepared to add additional service prior to and after the fireworks, as needed.

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PHOTOS: An early Independence Day fireworks show on the Astoria waterfront


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

Photos by Dominick Totino Photography

The Astoria waterfront shined bright Tuesday night, as the neighborhood celebrated the nation’s birthday a few days early.

Thousands gathered at Astoria Park, between the RFK-Triborough and Hell Gate bridges, to take part in the Central Astoria Local Development Coalition’s Annual Independence Day Celebration.

The celebration included patriotic and Big Band music from the United States Military Academy’s West Point Band.

After the performance, the sky lit up with a fireworks display presented by the Grucci Family.

The annual Independence Day Celebration is part of Central Astoria’s 33rd Annual Waterfront Concert Series at Astoria Park which accompanies the summer season of events there, including the Carnival and the Movies on the Waterfront Series.

The show was sponsored by Central Astoria LDC with the support of Councilmen Costa Constantinides and Jimmy Van Bramer, the city Department of Cultural Affairs and corporate sponsors including NRG and Kaufman Astoria Studios.


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LIC Flea & Food to hold night market on Fourth of July


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

Photo by Diana Robinson/Mayoral Photography Office

Visitors enjoying the Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks on the Long Island City waterfront will have another spot to stop by both before and after the show.

The LIC Flea & Food, located at the outdoor lot by the waterfront at the corner of Fifth Street and 46th Avenue, has announced it will be holding a night market on July 4 running until 10:30 p.m.

Visitors will be able to hang out at the LIC Flea Beer Garden, which is the only venue serving all six Queens-brewed beers from local breweries including Big Alice Brewing, Rockaway Brewing Company, Queens Brewery, Finback Brewery, Bridge and Tunnel Brewery, and SingleCut Beersmiths.

Along with shopping at over 80 vendors offering items such as jewelry, clothing and arts and crafts, visitors will also be able to purchase food from vendors and take it with them to the waterfront as they enjoy the fireworks.

LIC Flea & Food runs every Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. through the end of October. For Saturday, July 4 hours for the market will run from noon to 10:30 p.m.

For updates on the LIC Flea & Food market, follow on Facebook.com/LICFleaInstagram.com/LICFlea and @LICFlea on Twitter.

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Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks returning to Queens waterfront


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Photo by Diana Robinson/Mayoral Photography Office

The Queens waterfront will once again explode with excitement this Fourth of July.

On Wednesday, Macy’s and Mayor Bill de Blasio announced that this Independence Day, the 39th annual Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks will launch from two locations in the East River — in Midtown and within the South Street Seaport historic district, starting at about 9:20 p.m.

There will be four barges positioned between 23rd and 37th streets in Midtown and one double-barge positioned below the Brooklyn Bridge. The Midtown barges will be visible from the Long Island City waterfront.

After moving to the Hudson River in 2009, Macy’s and de Blasio announced last year that the department store’s annual 4th of July Fireworks show would return to the East River that summer. But the initial excitement and potential revenue that the festivities could bring to Long Island City was squashed when residents and business owners realized that the launch point, from the Brooklyn Bridge and from barges positioned on the lower East River, would not be a prime viewing spot for Queens.

This year, however, will be different, and could bring back big bucks to the waterfront area.

“Once again the Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks spectacular will light up the East River skyline,” said Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer said in a statement. “I have advocated tirelessly for years alongside Mayor de Blasio to bring the fireworks back to the borough of Queens. Today we are delivering on our promise and bringing borough residents an opportunity to enjoy one of our nation’s most spectacular events. Residents from Hunters Point in Long Island City and all of western Queens will rejoice welcoming thousands into their neighborhoods to celebrate. Staging the fireworks along the East River will give our local small businesses a boost and draw attention to all we have to offer here in Long Island City. I want to thank Mayor de Blasio and Macy’s for helping us keep this promise and making this day a reality.”

The country’s largest Independence Day pyrotechnic display, Macy’s are the only fireworks that borough residents can watch locally on the actual holiday. But for the first time this year, Fort Totten will be having a fireworks celebration to mark the nation’s birthday on July 1. The annual Astoria Park fireworks will take place on June 30.

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Where to celebrate the Fourth of July around Queens


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

Photo courtesy of Macy’s

Friday makes the 238th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence and, weather permitting, Queens residents can celebrate the country’s birthday with a boom.

The Macy’s fireworks extravaganza has moved back to the East River after a five-year hiatus, but the show is centered downriver in Brooklyn.

Still, there are many spots to view the fireworks — but not all of them are free.

Z Hotel in Long Island City is selling tickets to watch the fireworks show from their rooftop lounge. Tickets go for $66.56 for kids and $166.03 for adults.

On Center Boulevard, LIC Landing by Coffeed will be hosting an all-you-can-eat barbecue with a view of the fireworks for $100 a ticket.

The Starstream VIII, which sails from the Flushing Marina, is having a waterborne viewing party that includes dinner and a cash bar for $125.

Cheaper options include Resorts World Casino, which is hosting a free viewing event at Bar360 and on their sixth-floor parking lot.

Another free option is the Gantry Plaza State Park in Long Island City on the East River.

And baseball fans will be treated to a fireworks display at Citi Field as the Mets host the Texas Rangers.

But the baseball may be a washout and the fireworks may fizzle as Hurricane Arthur took aim at North Carolina Thursday and is expected to impact much of the East Coast.

 

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MTA service for the July 4 holiday


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

Photo by MTA / Patrick Cashin

The MTA will offer extra railroad service on Thursday, July 3 for the Fourth of July weekend. On Friday, July 4, subways, buses, the LIRR and the Staten Island Railway will operate on a Saturday schedule, and Metro-North Railroad will operate on a Sunday/holiday schedule with extra trains added. More details are below, according to the transit agency.

Long Island Rail Road and Metro-North Railroad

The LIRR and Metro-North will provide additional early-afternoon service from Manhattan on Thursday, July 3, for customers planning an early getaway for the start of the Independence Day holiday. Seventeen extra trains will depart Grand Central Terminal between noon and 4 p.m., and eight extra trains will depart from Penn Station between 2 and 4 p.m.  Train service that normally operates to the Hamptons and Montauk only on Fridays, including The Cannonball, will run on Thursday, July 3, instead.

For more details from the Long Island Rail Road click here and Metro-North Railroad click here.

NYC Subway

On Friday, July 4, subways will operate on a Saturday schedule. There will be no R Subway Line Icon service below Canal St. Customers are encouraged to use the Bowling Green 4, 5 and Fulton St 2, 3, 4, 5 A, C stations. There will be increased subway service on the 5, A, C, F, N and S 42nd Street Shuttle prior to and following the Macy’s fireworks celebration, which will originate from three barges located between The Manhattan Bridge and Pier 9 (near Old Slip) from 9:25 p.m. to 9:55 p.m.

NYC Buses

Buses operated by MTA New York City Transit and the MTA Bus Company will operate on a Saturday schedule on Friday, July 4. There are many routes that either do not operate on Saturdays or do not run on part of the route at certain hours. Customers traveling on the Fourth of July should check Saturday schedules, lines and routes.  The following bus routes may be affected by delays and detours:  M5; M15 SBS; M20; B25 and B63.

Staten Island Railway

Staten Island Railway customers looking to get a head start on the Fourth of July holiday will be able to catch earlier afternoon express train service on Thursday, July 3 with MTA Staten Island Railway’s Early Departure Getaway schedule. Extra SIR trains will be added earlier in the afternoon beginning at 2:30 p.m. from the St. George Ferry Terminal. There will be one express train and one local train awaiting every boat until 7:50 p.m. On the Fourth of July, SIR will operate on a Saturday schedule. Staten Island Railway is prepared to add additional service prior to and after the fireworks, as needed.

MTA Bridges and Tunnels

MTA Bridges and Tunnels will suspend all routine construction work at its seven bridges and two tunnels beginning 1 p.m. on Thursday, July 3, through Monday morning, July 7.

 

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Astoria’s The POP BAR to debut with July 4 bash, hot dog eating contest


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THE COURIER/ Photos by Angy Altamirano


Something new is popping in Astoria.

This Fourth of July, The POP BAR, located at 12-21 Astoria Blvd., is making its debut in the western Queens neighborhood during a grand opening “Backyard Bash,” including live music, cold drinks and a hot dog eating contest.

Visitors to the establishment, owned by Astoria resident Jeremy B. Osslund, will be welcomed by a one-of-a-kind colorful façade designed by 5Pointz aerosol artist Shiro.

Inside, more large work from the Japanese artist covers the wall above the door and spreads onto surrounding walls over seating booths. The bar top was done by graffiti artist YESONE, and in front of the bar, another wall is covered in over 700 pages ripped out of “Betty and Veronica” comic books.

“I’ve always sort of had a little bit of obsession with graffiti and 5Pointz and it has a special place in my heart,” Osslund said. “When I reached out to Meres, it was right after 5Pointz got whitewashed and I was like, ‘Let’s have a place where graffiti artists in general can actually come and put their work up.’ And celebrate the entire artistic history of Long Island City and Astoria.”

The POP BAR also features a gallery in the front, which until the end of August will include work by Shiro, YESONE, and Jonathan “Meres One” Cohen, curator and CEO of 5Pointz. All pieces are available for sale, and every two months, the gallery will change to feature different art forms by various artists.

Osslund, originally from Arizona, previously had worked as a consultant helping people open their own hospitality or food establishments. However, he then decided to follow what he was passionate about since a young age and opened his own location in the community he has called home for the past five years.

“There’s a future here, a very bright future,” said Osslund, who hopes opening The POP BAR will only be the beginning to building the neighborhood. “I’m really excited to show people my idea of what a good menu and drinks and a good time is, and hopefully everyone agrees.”

The establishment’s food is what Osslund calls “Pacific surf inspired” and mostly uses ingredients purchased from local vendors. The drink menu includes selections like a “Pimms Cup” that uses mint leaves grown right in the backyard of the bar. Along with indoor seating, the site also features a backyard seating area.

Along with the artwork up front, The POP BAR will also have movies playing on the backyard every day, with no sound, and on weekends will turn the sound up to show movies and an array of ‘90s TV shows.

Keeping up with the emphasis on pop culture, Tuesdays, which will be known as Tequila Tuesday, will offer $5 shots of tequila called “Bill Murrays” and movies with the actor will be show all day.

“POP is a word, it’s a verb, it’s an adjective, it’s everything. What is pop?” Osslund said. “Pop is a feeling you get, it’s the excitement when you are waiting for a bottle of champagne to pop, it’s after it pops and the thrill. Pop can be anything.”

The July 4 Backyard Bash begins at 5 p.m. and will feature music from the local band Another Dead Clown and a hot-dog-eating contest starting at 8:30 p.m. Artists will be present as well.

The POP BAR will be opened from 5 p.m. to 2 a.m. on weekdays, and 5 p.m. to 4 a.m. on weekends. For more information visit www.thepopbar.com.

 

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Returning July Fourth fireworks could mean big biz for LIC waterfront


| ctumola@queenscourier.com

Photo courtesy of Macy’s

It could be an explosive Independence Day for businesses around the Long Island City waterfront.

After moving to the Hudson River in 2009, Macy’s and Bill de Blasio announced Monday that the department store’s annual 4th of July Fireworks show is returning to the East River this summer.

The location change is expected to benefit restaurants, bars and other establishments along the river that previously saw increased traffic during the festivities.

“It was actually an emptiness that the East River had. It was basically a tradition we had lost for five years,” said Tony Raouf, owner of Riverview Restaurant & Lounge.

Located close to Gantry Plaza State Park, a popular fireworks viewing spot in years past, Riverview is planning on having a celebration with a band this year.

Waterfront Crab House, another Long Island City eatery near the East River, on Borden Avenue, used to close the street down during the holiday and hold a fundraiser for children’s cancer before the fireworks moved.

Parking changes and construction no longer make the closure possible, according to Barbara Heden, the restaurant’s manager.

“[This July Fourth] probably won’t be like it used to be, but will bring us business,” she said.

Heden expects business will quadruple compared to last year. She also said the newly-created Hunter’s Point South Park, which is located on Center Boulevard between 50th and 54th avenues and did not exist when the fireworks were formerly on the East River, will help bring in more crowds.

Z NYC Hotel, opened in 2011 at 43rd Avenue and 11th Street, is already developing special July Fourth events and programming for the holiday that it will be announcing soon, according to Lisa Gneo, director of sales and marketing.

“This will be a great opportunity for many businesses in Long Island City and another way to generate tremendous revenue for our hotel and the community,” she said.

The country’s largest pyrotechnic July Fourth display, the fireworks will be launched from the Brooklyn Bridge for the first time and from barges positioned on the lower East River.

Amy Kule, executive producer of Macy’s events, said at the announcement that the move to the East River is not permanent.

“I’m sure when there’s something else to celebrate — or a reason to move — we will look to do so,” she said.

But the mayor said he would do everything possible “to make [the East River location] as typical as possible — as frequent as possible.”

 

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Fourth of July fireworks returning to East River


| ctumola@queenscourier.com

Photo: Ed Reed for the Office of Mayor Bill de Blasio

Updated 2:35 p.m.

A boom is coming back to the Queens waterfront this Independence Day.

After moving to the Hudson River in 2009, the Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks show is returning to the East River this summer, the department store and Mayor Bill de Blasio announced Monday.

The country’s largest pyrotechnic July Fourth display, the fireworks will be launched from the Brooklyn Bridge and from barges positioned on the lower East River.

“What this means, the fact that fireworks come back to the East River, means that countless more New Yorkers will now be able to enjoy what is really the greatest annual fireworks show in the country,”  de Blasio said. “From Brooklyn to western Queens to the East Side of Manhattan, many more New Yorkers will be able to take part in this celebration, in their neighborhoods, on their rooftops, along the shoreline.”

The 2009 move not only left Queens residents without a place in the borough to watch fireworks on the holiday, but hurt businesses along the East River that saw increased traffic during the festivities.

“For too long, residents of our neighborhoods have been left out of what is not only a citywide, but a national event,” state Sen. Michael Gianaris said in a statement. “Once again, the Queens waterfront will be a participant in the grandest Independence Day celebration in the United States.”

 

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Macy’s, local pols to meet about moving fireworks back to East River


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Macy’s executives are planning on meeting with local politicians, including Councilmember Peter Vallone Jr., to discuss moving its Fourth of July fireworks back to the East River. The meeting was scheduled for today, but was cancelled, said Vallone.

This July 4 was the fourth year in a row that the Macy’s fireworks display was on the Hudson River, leaving nowhere in Queens to see fireworks on the holiday.

Joining Vallone will be New York City Public Advocate Bill de Blasio, Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz and State Senator Daniel Squadron of Brooklyn. To help their case, they will present Macy’s with a petition to return the fireworks to the East River. Since it was launched on June 28, over 3,000 people have signed the petition, said Squadron spokesperson Amy Spitalnick.

Vallone has been urging the department store to return the fireworks to the East River for years, but with de Blasio and Squadron’s help, Macy’s has finally agreed to sit down and discuss the move. “The East River is the heart of New York City and the people of Queens and Brooklyn should have front row seats,” he said. “Having it here on the East River helps Queens and Brooklyn businesses.”

Though Vallone would prefer that the fireworks were on the East River each year, Macy’s is likely to agree to alternating them between the Hudson and East rivers.

 

4-year-old boy drowns at Fourth of July party


| brennison@queenscourier.com

A Fourth of July party ended with tragedy after a 4-year-old drowned in a relative’s pool, according to authorities.

Police received a call at 6 p.m. of an unconscious child at a Douglas Manor home after he was found in the home’s pool.

The victim, Christos Voulkoudis, 4, was rushed to North Shore University Hospital where he was pronounced dead on arrival.

Police said no criminality is suspected in the tragedy.

 

Queens’ Morning Roundup


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Fireworks light up the night as New Yorkers celebrate Independence Day 

Millions of New Yorkers and tourists alike celebrated the nation’s birthday Wednesday night with the 36th annual Macy’s Fourth of July fireworks show. An estimated 40,000 fireworks lit up the sky over the five boroughs, propelled from two barges on the Hudson River in what was billed as the largest display in the country. The event was the culmination of days of preparations. Read more: [NY1] 

Beloved grandmother, a victim of callous hit-and-run in Queens, slowly recovering from horrific wounds

A beloved grandmother who was mowed down and left for dead on a Queens street last month is slowly recovering — but the callous driver is still at large. Bidi Kahn, 65, a widowed mother of six with “a bunch” of grandchildren, has been surrounded by her family at Jamaica Hospital as her face heals from the horrific wounds she endured in the hit-and-run nightmare. She said the support of her family has been keeping her going. Read more: [New York Daily News] 

Saving the day just part of the daily rounds for MTA bus driver

Call him the Astounding Busman. The temperature plunged to 13 degrees at 6 a.m. that snowy Feb. 6, 2004, when Glen Moyles pulled his Q12 bus out of Casey Stengel Depot on Roosevelt Ave. in Queens and groaned over the Northern Blvd. overpass above icy Flushing Bay. Up ahead in the swirling white haze Moyles spotted an idling car parked in the right lane. Read more: [New York Daily News] 

Queens-bound tour bus crash injures 23; no charges filed 

Police are investigating a tour bus crash in Westchester County that sent nearly two dozen people to the hospital Wednesday. New York State Police say the bus was traveling from Foxwoods Resort Casino in Connecticut to Queens just before 6:30 a.m. when the driver lost control on I-95. Read more: [NY1] 

Queens boy, 4, drowns in relatives’ backyard pool 

A 4-year-old boy drowned in relatives’ backyard pool during a Fourth of July party last night in Queens, authorities said. Firefighters arrived at the Beverly Road home in the Douglas Manor neighborhood just before 6 p.m. to find the unconscious child, identified by police as Christos Voulkoudis, lying next to the pool after he was pulled out by family members. Read more: [New York Post]

MTA cop shoots, kills psycho who stabbed him in the eye in unprovoked attack

An MTA cop who survived two wars as a Navy officer was stabbed in the eye by a police-hating lunatic at an LIRR station — but the bleeding officer managed to shoot his attacker dead before the man could strike again. “He’s a real hero,” MTA chief Joe Lhota said of Officer John Barnett, who has also served with the NYPD. Read more: [New York Post] 

What to do in Queens: July 4 holiday


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Even though you can’t see fireworks in Queens, there are still plenty of fun things to do around the borough this Fourth of July holiday.

 

TUESDAY, JULY 3

Fireworks at Citi Field
Following the 7:10 p.m. Mets game vs. the Phillies, the Mets will have its annual fireworks night at Citi Field. Don’t have tickets to the game? You can catch a great view of the fireworks from other location near the stadium, including the Home Depot parking lot, located at 131-35 Avery Avenue.

 

WEDNESDAY, JULY 4

Independence Day Festival in Queens Village
Starts at 10 a.m. at Sanford Avenue between Main Street and Union Street

Louis Armstrong Birthday Tours 
Louis always celebrated his birthday on the Fourth of July. The Louis Armstrong House Museum honors him by remaining open  from 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.  for special tours that include celebratory birthday photos, audio clips and a complimentary cupcake for kids 12 years old and under.

Skyline Princess NYC Fourth of July Fireworks Cruise
Skyline Princess’s Fourth of July Dinner cruise features a five hour cruise with a front row seat for the famous Macy’s fireworks display in New York Harbor. The cruise boards  from the World’s Fair Marina in  Flushing Meadows at 5:30 pm. Sailing time: is at 6:00 p.m. and it returns at 11:00 p.m.

Free Summer Movie at Socrates Sculpture Park
Celebrate July 4th with a program of short films that is funny, revelatory, dramatic and all-American. “The American Experience” starts at 7:00 p.m.


THURSDAY, JULY5

Chinese Golden Dragon Acrobats
The Chinese Golden Dragon Acrobats are coming back to Queens Theatre, located at 14 United Nations Avenue South, Flushing Corona Park in Flushing. There is a new cast, new acts and new thrills! Performances will include a combination of acrobatics, traditional dance, costumes, ancient/contemporary music and theatrical techniques.

Sissy McGinty’s Trivia Night
Sissy McGinty’s, located at 25-67 Steinway Street in Astoria, is holding their weekly Trivia Night from 9 p.m. – 11:45 p.m. This week, they will be celebrating the Fourth of July and there will be drink prize for the round winners and a bar tab for the champion.

 

FRIDAY, JULY 6

First Fridays at the the Noguchi Museum
The Noguchi Museum, located at 9-01 33rd Road in Long Island City, has a First Fridays feature which includes a pay what you wish admission with an extended evening hours (5:30 p.m. – 8 p.m.). Beer and wine will be offered at the cash bar and a special programming will include “Center of Attention,” and others.

Rocky McBride’s Neon 80’s & 90’s Party
Rocky McBride’s, located at 27-01 23rd Avenue in Astoria, will be hosting a Neon 80’s & 90’s party f rom 7 p.m. – 3 a.m. Come out wearing your favorite neon and enjoy the night with drink specials and more!

Mariachi Flor de Toloache
The Mariachi Flor de Toloache, the all-female mariachi band, will be performing at the Queens Kickshaw, located at 40-17 Broadway in Astoria, from 9 p.m. – 11:30 p.m..

 

SATURDAY, JULY 7

Warm Up at MoMA PS1
Every Saturday this summer, starting July 7, MoMA PS1, located at 22-25 Jackson Avenue in Long Island City, has an outdoor series that features  live music, sound, performance and DJs. It is held at their courtyard. From 2 p.m. – 9 p.m., the admission fee is $15 and this includes access to all exhibitions and Warm Up.