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Suspect robs Forest Hills video game store: cops

By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

Photo courtesy of NYPD

An armed suspect took $250 from a Forest Hills video game store on June 6, police said.

The robbery took place at about 10:20 a.m. at a GameStop located on 71st Avenue near Queens Boulevard, according to officials.

After entering the business, the suspect displayed a gun, then took the cash from an opened safe underneath the counter before fleeing, cops said.

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.



Queens gamers wait hours in line for new Sony PlayStation 4

| lguerre@queenscourier.com

THE COURIER/Photos by Liam La Guerre

Christmas came early for local electronic stores.

The new Sony PlayStation 4 (PS4) video game console was released at midnight Thursday in stores in Queens and around the country, and residents and gamers everywhere lined up to get it first.

“I have been waiting since the day I was born,” said Fresh Meadows resident Zack Abid, who was one of the first people to walk out of the Queens Place mall’s Best Buy store in Elmhurst with the new game system. “We’ve got new games, new consoles and we are about to enjoy them.”

The release of the new video game system was well received, despite the steep $400 price tag. Various electronic retailers had large crowds and long lines.

Many people reserved the video game online weeks ahead and came to pick it up at 12 a.m., while others who wanted to avoid pre-ordering fees, began lining up at the stores to buy any leftover game consoles.

The line at the Queens Place Best Buy had more than 90 people trying to buy the device without pre-ordering.

The GameStop in Flushing on Roosevelt Avenue had a line of more than 50 people on the sidewalk from about 6 p.m., collecting preorders for the new device. The store sold out within the hour.

“It’s one of the most anticipated days of the year [for sales],” said the GameStop store manager.

Various game critics in the industry have given the new console rave reviews. The system has advanced graphics and processing power over its predecessor, Play Station 3 (PS3), and the new DualShock 4 controller has a touchpad and a share button, which allows users to upload videos of their games to social media sites.

Although many are criticizing the new system because it can’t play PS3 games, many are excited to play newer games.

“I still have my PS3, I feel like it didn’t really sway me either way. It would have been nice though,” said College Point resident Andy Medina, who was buying his system from the Flushing GameStop. “I really enjoyed my PS3 so I figured this is the next best thing.”

Some were not so lucky to get the game though. Just around 12:30 a.m. the Queens Place Best Buy announced that they ran out of PS4s for customers that didn’t preorder and dozens of people were turned away.

However, the console craze isn’t over yet. This time next week electronic stores will host midnight launches again, as they prepare for the release of Microsoft’s Xbox One, the successor to the popular Xbox 360 game system, on November 22.



Queens’ Morning Roundup

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Friday: Overcast with rain in the morning, then partly cloudy. High of 55. Winds from the WNW at 5 to 20 mph. Chance of rain 60%. Friday night: Clear. Low of 34. Breezy. Winds from the NNW at 10 to 20 mph with gusts to 30 mph.

EVENT OF THE DAY:  First Friday Film Series at the Noguchi Museum

The Noguchi Museum will continue its First Friday Film Series. Episodes are selected to complement the exhibition Hammer, Chisel, Drill: Noguchi’s Studio Practice and will feature the works of various contemporary artists. Visitors can enjoy extended evening hours from 5 to 8 p.m. with free admission, cash bar and special programming.  Click here for more info or to submit an event of your own

Man injured when façade collapses at Queens GameStop

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Elected officials are pressuring the city to put more parks enforcement officers on patrol after a woman was sexually assaulted in Forest Park last week. Read more: New York Daily News

Major security breach at JFK investigated

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NYC fast food workers picket, want restaurants to pay $15 per hour

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Film critic Roger Ebert dies after cancer battle

Roger Ebert could be tough on filmmakers, but unlike many critics, he earned their respect. Read more: AP/ABC New York

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Steinway Street Swarmed by Shoppers on Black Friday

| mpantelidis@queenscourier.com

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.”