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Queens’ Morning Roundup


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TODAY’S FORECAST

Tuesday: Overcast with a chance of a thunderstorm and a chance of rain, then a chance of a thunderstorm and rain showers in the afternoon. High of 79. Breezy. Winds from the SW at 10 to 20 mph. Chance of rain 60%. Tuesday night: Partly cloudy with a chance of rain. Low of 64. Winds from the WNW at 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 50%.

EVENT OF THE DAY: A Mouse in the City: A Puppet Musical of ‘Ginormouse’ Proportions

Starting at 4 p.m. children ages 3-13 years old can enjoy a performance of “A Mouse in the City: A Puppet Musical of ‘Ginormouse’ Proportions.” The show follows the tale of a mouse on his journey to the big city. Taking place at the Flushing Library at 41-17 Main Street. Click here for more info or to submit an event of your own

Father and son attacked by pit bull mix

A father and son were viciously attacked by a pit bull mix in Queens. Read more: ABC New York

Huntley: I’m still AG Schneiderman’s target even though I’m prison-bound

Former state Sen. Shirley Huntley may be headed to federal prison, but she claims state Attorney General Eric Schneiderman isn’t through with her yet. Read more: New York Daily News 

New York City soda ban appeal heads to court Tuesday

The next step in the not-so-sweet battle over New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s war against obesity moves to a state appellate court Tuesday. Read more: AP

Sleeping guards at JFK raise major red flags about security

Protecting some of the world’s most strategically important sites in the New York area – including the airports, bridges and the new World Trade Center and memorial site – is a matter of vital concern and large sums of money. Read more: CBS New York

Scientists warn of larger flood zone, extreme heat for NYC

The projections paint an unsettling picture of New York’s future: A city where by the 2050s, 800,000 people could be living in a flood zone that would cover a quarter of the land, and there are as many 90-degree days as is now normal for Birmingham, Ala. Read more: AP

Federal government to comply with order allowing morning after pill for all ages

The federal government on Monday told a judge in Brooklyn that it will reverse course, and take steps to comply with his order to allow girls of any age to buy emergency contraception without prescriptions. Read more: CBS New York/AP

Queens’ Morning Roundup


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TODAY’S FORECAST

Monday: Overcast. High of 55. Breezy. Winds from the ENE at 15 to 25 mph with gusts to 30 mph shifting to the North in the afternoon. Monday night: Overcast in the evening, then mostly cloudy with a chance of rain. Low of 43. Breezy. Winds from the ENE at 15 to 25 mph. Chance of rain 20%.

EVENT OF THE DAY: Better Homes

SculptureCenter is pleased to announce the group exhibition Better Homes. The exhibit brings together a group of artists who examine the construction of the interior through design and homemaking from critical perspectives. Click here for more info or to submit an event of your own

Boston marks week from Marathon bombs with silence

Seven days after the Boston Marathon bombings, the city planned to mark the traumatic week with mournful silence and a return to its bustling commute. Read more: AP

CBS News: Boston bombing suspect conscious, talking to authorities

Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was conscious Sunday night, and was responding in writing to authorities, CBS News has confirmed with law enforcement officials. Read more: CBSNewYork/AP

First real test of FAA furloughs

Experts say the first real test of FAA furloughs is Monday. Read more: Fox New York/AP

NYPD: JFK terminal all clear after report of suspicious package

The NYPD bomb squad has given the all clear after a terminal at John F. Kennedy International Airport was briefly evacuated Sunday afternoon because of a suspicious package. Read more: NBC New York

Security remains tight in New York City after Boston bombings

New York City remains on high alert despite the capture of the second suspect in the Boston Marathon bombings. Read more: ABC New York

All-electric cabs hit New York City streets Monday

New York City’s taxi of tomorrow won’t be on the streets for another six months, but one way to mark Earth Day is to show off the coming technology. Read more: ABC New York

 

Queens’ Morning Roundup


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TODAY’S FORECAST

Wednesday: Overcast in the morning, then mostly cloudy. High of 64. Winds from the NNE at 5 to 10 mph. Wednesday night: Mostly cloudy. Low of 50. Winds from the SE at 5 to 10 mph.

EVENT OF THE DAY: “Every Day Is a Holiday” 

Starting at 6 p.m., come view the film “Every Day is a Holiday” at the Flushing Library. Join filmmaker Theresa Loong for a discussion and screening of her film (in English with Chinese subtitles) that tells the story of a Chinese prisoner of war, taken by the Japanese, and his quest to become a United States citizen. Click here for more info or to submit an event of your own

Bombs used in Boston Marathon attack said to be made from pressure cookers

One of the explosive devices used in the bombings of the Boston Marathon appeared to have been in a metal pressure cooker packed with nails and ball bearings, CBS News reported. Read more: CBS New York/AP

John Liu campaign fund-raisers begin corruption conspiracy trial

The conspiracy trial of two allies to mayoral hopeful John Liu opened Tuesday with federal prosecutors casting the pair as crooks bent on skirting campaign finance laws. Read more: New York Daily News

Over 5,000 register for NYC bike sharing program

New York City’s Department of Transportation says more than 5,000 people have registered this week for a bike-sharing program that launches in May. Read more: Fox New York/AP

JFK Airport finch pincher Marlon Hariram gets 6 months in prison

A birdbrained smuggler nabbed at Kennedy Airport with nine singing finches from Guyana hidden up his sleeve was sentenced Tuesday to six months in prison. Read more: New York Daily News

Cuomo holds steady in poll but fares poorly on corruption

Gov. Cuomo can exhale. A new poll shows his job approval ratings held steady between March and April after dropping since he signed New York’s controversial new gun control law in January. Read more: New York Post

Pat Summerall voice of NFL dies at 82

Pat Summerall, the NFL player-turned-broadcaster whose deep, resonate voice called games for more than 40 years, has died at the age of 82. Read more: ABC New York/AP

Boxing champ arrested at JFK for gun possession


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BY ANTHONY O’REILLY

A professional boxer is getting ready for a fight with the judicial system after being arrested at John F. Kennedy International Airport.

Robert Guerrero, current WBC welterweight champion, was arrested on Thursday after he presented a locked gun box to a JFK ticket agent containing a pistol and three high capacity bullet magazines, all of which were unloaded at the time.

Guerrero is charged with one count of criminal possession of a firearm and three counts of third-degree criminal possession of a weapon, according to Queens District Attorney Richard Brown.

“I hope that Mr. Guerrero fights better than he thinks. For anyone who hasn’t gotten the message, let me be crystal clear. You cannot bring an unlicensed weapon – loaded or unloaded – into this county or this city. And if you do you will be arrested and face felony charges,” Brown said in a statement.

Earlier this year, New York passed the New York Secure Ammunition and Firearms Enforcement Act of 2013, one of the strictest gun laws passed in the country. Under the law, it is a penalty to illegally possess an unloaded firearm in the state.

“It is therefore more important than ever that if a passenger chooses to travel with a weapon, they should first acquaint themselves with the weapon laws of the jurisdiction that they are visiting and comply with any and all legal requirements,” Brown said. “Otherwise, they may find themselves being arrested and charged with a felony, as is what occurred in this case.”

Guerrero, 30 of Gilroy, California,was released on his own recognizance and will appear in court on May 14. If convicted he faces up to seven years in prison.

 

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Man accused of sexually assaulting Queens woman arrested at JFK with stun gun


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BY ANTHONY O’REILLY

A 23-year old Greek national was arrested on charges of sexual assaulting a Queens woman, the Queens District Attorney’s Office announced.

The defendant, Promdromos Vasilopoulos, of Athens, was arrested at John F. Kennedy International Airport while trying to board a plane to London. Vasilopoulos was found with a stun gun, which the Queens DA believes was used during the attack.

The unnamed victim is a former girlfriend of Vasilopoulos. According to District Attorney Richard Brown, Vasilopoulos made approximately 200 calls to the victim, during a one-week period, in which he said she would pay for breaking up with him.

“The facts alleged in this case chronicle a frightening ordeal of mental, physical and sexual violence,” Brown said. “Hopefully, the young woman who was brutally victimized will rest easier in knowing that her alleged rapist has been brought to justice and will be vigorously prosecuted.”

According to Brown, Vasilopoulos knocked on the door of the woman’s residence and jolted her with a stun gun on her neck and stomach.

Vasilopoulos reportedly then proceeded to attack and sexually assault the woman.

The woman was treated at a local hospital for her injuries.

Vasilopoulos is being charged with one criminal complaint with predatory sexual assault, first-degree burglary, second-degree assault, strangulation and second-degree criminal possession of a weapon, and in a second complaint with second-degree aggravated harassment and second-degree harassment. If convicted, he faces up to 25 years to life in prison.

 

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Shake Shack coming to JFK


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Renderings courtesy of SSP America

Terminal 4 at JFK International Airport is about to get a “shake” up.

City favorites Shake Shack and Blue Smoke will soon set up shop in the terminal as it goes under renovation, announced food and beverage operator SSP America. The first phase of the restaurant upgrades will be ready by May 2013.

The expansion will cost $28 million and is partially inspired by a larger Delta Airlines expansion at the terminal.

“These new restaurant offerings, which complement the exciting renovations made by SSP  just a few years ago, demonstrate that Terminal 4 is again raising the bar, “said Alain Maca, president of JFK Airport.

Along with offshoots of the popular NYC hotspots, other new eateries include: Uptown Brasserie, Street Food by Marcus Samuelsson, La Brea Bakery, Dunkin’ Donuts, Central Diner, McDonald’s, Le Grand Comptoir, Asobu, Camden food co., The Palm Bar & Grille and Buffalo Wild Wings.

 

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Pilot spots drone near JFK


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Look up in the air! It’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s…a drone?

An Alitalia pilot reported sighting a drone near his jumbo jet Monday afternoon has he neared JFK Airport, according to news sources. Now federal agents are investigating who the drone belonged to, and what it was doing just about three miles from the airport.

While the reported mini-aircraft did not come too close to the plane, or cause any damage, other pilots nearing the airport were warned, it was reported.

“We saw a drone,” the pilot told the control tower. “A drone aircraft.”

It has not been confirmed if the drone belongs to the military or a hobbyist, but the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is not taking the siting lightly. FAA and FBI agents are investigating the source of the one-meter aircraft.

Personal drone owners are capped off at flying their aircraft at 400 feet, according to The LA Times. The Alitalia pilot, however, reported seeing the drone at about 1,500 feet.

 

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Queens’ Morning Roundup


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TODAY’S FORECAST

Tuesday: Partly cloudy in the morning, then overcast. High of 46. Winds from the North at 5 to 15 mph. Tuesday night: Mostly cloudy with a chance of rain after midnight. Low of 36. Winds from the ENE at 5 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 40%.

EVENT OF THE DAY: 3rd Annual Queens World Film Festival

The 3rd Annual Queens World Film Festival, which brings together international and local filmmakers, will take place from March 5 – March 10 and feature 104 films, with 19 works from Queens. The films include shorts and feature lengths, documentaries, animation, fantasies, LGBT, “regular ol’ boy meets girl” and many more. Click here for more info or to submit an event of your own

Midweek storm threatens tri-state with snow, wind, coastal flooding

A storm is threatening the tri-state Thursday, with two weather models showing two different outcomes for our area. Read more: NBC New York

A Drone? A really big bird? A UFO? What did Alitalia pilot see near JFK?

A mystery in the sky over New York City on Monday got one commercial airline pilot’s attention. Read more: CBS New York

Rev. Floyd Flake endorses Melinda Katz for Queens Borough President

Influential Queens pastor Floyd Flake has thrown his support behind Democratic borough president hopeful Melinda Katz, the Daily News has learned. Read more: New York Daily News

Tot’s killer is caged

An angry judge threw the book at a brutal Queens father yesterday, sentencing him to 5 to 15 years in jail for the violent shaking death of his infant daughter. Read more: New York Post

Arverne by the Sea residents say beach bathrooms are a bad call

Years before surfers and foodies rediscovered Rockaway and made it a hip place to visit, a group of homeowners took a chance. Read more: New York Daily News 

Napolitano: Airports feel impact from spending cuts

Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano on Monday cautioned airline passengers to get to the airport extra early because U.S. spending cuts have already led to long lines at some security checkpoints, and said the coming furloughs will only make the situation worse. Read more: Reuters 

 

Art thief accused of stealing Dalí painting busted at JFK Airport


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Photo courtesy of the New York County District Attorney's Office

BY ADJANI SHAH

A man wanted for swiping a valuable Salvador Dalí painting from a Madison Avenue art gallery was arrested at JFK Airport and indicted Tuesday for grand larceny, announced Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance.

According to court documents and statements, Phivos Istavrioglou, 29, of Milan, walked into the Venus Over Manhattan gallery on June 19 where he the lifted the $150,000 watercolor painting off the wall and placed it into a shopping bag, in perfect range of surveillance cameras.

“It was almost surreal how the theft was committed,” said Vance.

A little over a week later,  on June 28, the NYPD discovered the watercolor in a cardboard shipping tube at JFK Airport, intercepting it from Greece.

Istavrioglou was identified by matching a finger print found in the Salvador Dalí theft with that found on a Blueprint juice that was shoplifted last year from a Manhattan Whole Foods.

He was then detained on February 16 upon arrival at JFK, after he was duped by an undercover detective who posed as a business manager for an art gallery.

 

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Queens’ Morning


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TODAY’S FORECAST

Thursday: Partly cloudy in the morning, then clear. High of 43. Winds from the NNW at 5 to 10 mph shifting to the West in the afternoon. Thursday night: Partly cloudy. Low of 37. Winds from the SW at 5 to 10 mph.

EVENT OF THE DAY: Much Ado About Nothing

On opening night of Much Ado About Nothing at The Secret Theatre in LIC, patrons receive chocolates, a rose and two glasses of pink bubbly in a two-for-$30 deal. Show runs from February 14 to March 2. Click here for more info or to submit an event of your own

Bloomberg to propose more electric  car parking, Styrofoam ban

On the eve of his State of the City address, Mayor Michael Bloomberg had a new ban in store, as well as a parking proposal that might drive some New Yorkers crazy. Read more: CBS New York

NYS audit finds MTA is sitting on $90M

A New York State audit finds that the MTA overlooked over $90 million sitting in various bank accounts. Read more: Fox New York

Queens officials request meeting with FAA to discuss noise created by new flight patterns

Queens elected officials are urging the FAA to redesign flight patterns to curb aircraft noise around its two airports. Read more: New York Daily News

Rebuilt Rockaway beaches need more than a big dose of sand, locals say

There’s a whole lot of sand coming to storm-ravaged Rockaway Beach this year, but locals are worried it’s not enough to stave off another attack from Mother Nature. Read more: New York Daily News

DOE to allow students to transfer out of public schools getting phased out

Department Of Education officials announced Wednesday that they will allow families to transfer their children out of 61 public schools deemed by city officials to be failing. Read more: NY1

American Airlines, US Airways announce $11 billion merger

American Airlines and US Airways say they’re merging in a deal they value at $11 billion, creating the world’s biggest airline. Read more: ABC New York

 

Update on Nemo cleanup


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THE COURIER/Photo by Alexa Altman

The  city is swiftly bouncing back after the blizzard dubbed “Nemo” swept through the Northeast last night.

The “Big 4″ lines – Babylon, Huntington, Port Washington and Ronkonkoma – of the LIRR are running on every two hours, the MTA announced. Service on other branches will be restored when rail travel is safe again.

While snow falls dwindled by noon today, the Office of Emergency Management advises that winds can still pick up and cause snow drifts throughout the area.

Snow plows have been clearing and salting streets. To see when the last time your street was plowed, click here.

Queens got comparatively less snow than other parts of Long Island, such as Suffolk County. Governor Andrew Cuomo said he has requested Mayor Michael Bloomberg send any additional snow plows to help ease the two-plus feet of snow in Suffolk. The plows won’t go out until after the city is completely plowed, Cuomo said.

Drivers should stay off the road today, the governor advised, as first responders are still trying to clean up from the storm.

“I’ve been all over the metropolitan area and it is dangerous to be on the roads,” Cuomo said. “This is not the day to be out and about.”

Both LaGuardia and JFK International airports are open, according to the Port Authority. Travelers should check with their airlines to check the status of their flight.

Delta to build first outdoor airport terrace at JFK


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Photo courtesy of Delta

Some Delta passengers will soon be able to see the skies before boarding their flights at JFK.

This May a stylish Sky Deck will open at the airport’s Delta Sky Club as part of its $1.2 billion Terminal 4 expansion, the airline recently announced. Delta is also building another open-air space at the Hartsfield–Jackson Atlanta International Airport. Both will be the airline’s first outdoor airport terraces.

“Sky Deck represents our continuing effort to offer Delta customers exclusive experiences and amenities they value,” said Tim Mapes, Delta’s senior vice president of marketing. “The new outdoor terraces will do just that – provide distinctive spaces with unprecedented outdoor runway views at two of the most globally significant airports in the world.”

As Mapes points out, the view won’t be the only thing to admire.

Partnering with Delta, Architectural Digest selected designer Thom Filicia, formerly of the reality show “Queer Eye for the Straight Guy,” to create a chic yet relaxing feel for travelers.

“Amid the hustle and bustle of the airport experience, we seek to create a refuge, which represents Delta’s dedication to elevated design and pays homage to an elegant lifestyle of travel and the spirit of flight,” said Filicia.

Delta’s Sky Deck is one of several JFK airport renovations that bring together style and an enhanced traveling experience.

This fall, JetBlue broke ground on its eco-friendly Terminal 5 expansion, which will consolidate the airline’s domestic and international flight operations under one roof.

 

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LI man arrested for pointing laser at plane heading to JFK


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BY ANTHONY O’REILLY

A Long Island man was arrested Wednesday for pointing a laser beam at two aircraft this summer, risking the lives of passengers and potentially people on the ground, said the FBI.

According to court records, on August 21, Angel Rivas, of Shirley, directed a laser pointer at a plane headed to John F. Kennedy International Airport and a Suffolk County Police Department helicopter that was sent to investigate the incident.

Rivas was released on $10,000 bond, according to media reports, after his arraignment in front of United States Magistrate Judge Arlene R. Lindsay in a U.S. State Courthouse in Central Islip on January 23.

“Pointing a laser at an aircraft is not a prank,” Assistant Director in Charge of the FBI said in a press release. “It is a federal crime with penalties befitting its seriousness.”

In February of 2012, President Barack Obama signed the FAA Modernization and Reform Act, which explicitly prohibited pointing lasers at aircraft.

If convicted, Rivas faces a maximum sentence of five years in jail and a maximum fine of $250,000.

 

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Queens’ Morning Roundup


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TODAY’S FORECAST 

Tuesday: Mostly cloudy with snow showers in the morning, then overcast with snow showers. High of 28 with a windchill as low as 9. Breezy. Winds from the WNW at 20 to 25 mph. Chance of snow 20%. Tuesday night: Overcast in the evening, then partly cloudy. Low of 18F with a windchill as low as 5. Breezy. Winds from the WNW at 10 to 20 mph.

EVENT OF THE DAY: Rockwell Blocks

Bring your budding builder, artist or inventor to the New York Hall of Science and set them loose among these oversized foam blocks. Kids of all ages can use the foam blocks to build structures and sculptures, tear them down, and then start all over again. Free with NYSCI admission. January 22 – 24,  10:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. Click here for more info or to submit an event of your own

Still no heat in parts of Rockaways after Sandy

It’s a sound you wouldn’t expect to hear three months after Superstorm Sandy, generators providing power to buildings with electrical systems beyond repair. Read more: ABC New York

Five pedestrians hurt after car loses control in Queens

Five pedestrians were hurt when a speeding car lost control and crashed into several parked cars in Queens Monday, witnesses and police said. Read more: NBC New York

Snow, coldest air in 2 years for to tri-State area this week

The balmy temperatures and dry sidewalks in recent days may have led New Yorkers to forget that it is, in fact, winter. Read more: CBS New York

JFK flier ‘packing’ heat: TSA

A man heading for a vacation in Cancun was arrested at JFK Airport yesterday for allegedly carrying a loaded semiautomatic handgun. Read more: New York Post

Sandy-battered Rockaway business robbed as owners try to rebuild

A second wave of disaster — this one man-made — has struck a Sandy-battered business in the Rockaways. Read more: New York Daily News

Queens school damaged by Sandy finally reopens

On the road to recovery, a Catholic school in the Rockaways that sustained significant damage during Superstorm Sandy is finally reopening. Read more: ABC New York

Tuesday marks 40 years since historic Roe v. Wade ruling

By today’s politically polarized standards, the Supreme Court’s momentous Roe v. Wade ruling was a landslide. By a 7-2 vote on Jan. 22, 1973, the justices established a nationwide right to abortion. Read more: ABC New York

Confident Obama lays out battle plan as he launches second term

A confident President Barack Obama kicked off his second term on Monday with an impassioned call for a more inclusive America that rejects partisan rancor and embraces immigration reform, gay rights and the fight against climate change. Read more: Reuters

 

Queens’ Morning Roundup


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TODAY’S FORECAST

Monday: Overcast with a chance of rain. Fog early. High of 63. Winds from the West at 10 to 15 mph shifting to the NNW in the afternoon. Chance of rain 30%. Monday Night: Overcast with a chance of rain. Low of 36. Winds from the NNW at 5 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 30%.

EVENT OF THE DAY: Double Life exhibition

SculptureCenter in Long Island City is pleased to present the exhibition Double Life, which brings together a group of artists that share a performance-based approach to sculpture. Common strategies include inhabiting the physical site of exhibition, leaving indexical marks on images of their own making, and re-contextualizing or re-animating various objects, images and readymades. Click here for more info or to submit an event of your own

Flu shot supply dwindling as New York faces public health emergency

With the flu epidemic hitting the Tri-State Area hard, many pharmacies have begun to run out of flu shot supplies. Read more: CBS New York

Bus strike threat looms over NYC schools

A continuing dispute over job protections for New York City school bus drivers means the threat of a strike is still looming, potentially disrupting transportation for about 152,000 students as soon as this week. Read more: NBC New York

Flushing apartment building fire sends one person to hospital

According to the FDNY, the fire started in a bathroom ceiling fan on the top floor of a seven-story building at 42-02 Kissena Boulevard shortly after 10 p.m. Read more: NY1

Weekend bird hits force 2 jets to return to JFK

Authorities say bird strikes forced two planes to return to Kennedy Airport shortly after takeoff over the weekend. Read more: Fox New York

Rare large parcel of property near Citi Field hits the market

Property near Citi Field is hotter than ever right now with proposals for a state-of-the-art new mall and a $300 million Major League Soccer stadium to be constructed nearby. Read more: New York Daily News

Life after Sandy: Businesses still waiting for relief in the Rockaways

Despite all the fund raising and promises of recovery, when it comes to getting small businesses in Queens up and running after Sandy, the federal government has approved 37 loans for the entire borough, while the city has given out only 28. In the Rockaways, where much of the area was without heat and power for weeks after the storm, it’s given 9 loans. Read more: WYNC

‘Argo” scores sweet Golden Globe victory with two top awards

Iran hostage drama “Argo” scored a sweet double victory at the Golden Globe awards on Sunday, winning best movie drama – the night’s top prize – and best director for Ben Affleck on a night that left front-runner “Lincoln” with just one trophy. Read more: Reuters