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Cops looking for suspect in Long Island City department store groping


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A man groped a 55-year-old woman inside a Marshalls at a Long Island City shopping center on Saturday, according to authorities.

The suspect was inside the store on Northern Boulevard near 48th Street around 6:40 p.m. when he approached the victim, police said. He then touched her chest with both hands before fleeing the store.

Authorities describe the suspect as black, in his 20s, about 5 feet 8 inches tall and 160 pounds. He was last seen wearing red pants, a black T-shirt and tan boots, and was carrying a black book bag.

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

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Four bystanders shot outside LIC nightclub: NYPD


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Police are looking for two suspects in a shooting outside a Long Island City nightclub over the weekend that left four people injured.

The two suspects were outside of Allure Club and Lounge, at 33-02 Queens Blvd., around 10:45 p.m. Sunday when they both pulled out guns and started firing at each other, police said.

During the gunfire, a 37-year-old man was struck once in the chest, and a 19-year-old woman, a 28-year-old man and a 23-year-old man were each struck once in the leg, authorities said. Each victim went to area hospitals for medical treatment.

Police have released surveillance video of one of the suspects.

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

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Queens ‘Zombie Ride’ to encourage safe biking


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Wheels big and small will be going round and round this weekend through western Queens.

Advocacy organization Kidical Mass NYC will be hosting its third family bike ride and the first in Queens on Saturday, Oct. 25, through parts of Long Island City and Astoria.

The event, called “Zombie Ride,” will be a five-mile bike ride starting at the waterfront at Gantry Plaza State Park at the intersection of Center Boulevard and 47th Avenue.

The ride is open to intermediate-level bike riders or children ages 7 and up with good street-riding skills. Children in baby seats and on cargo bikes are also welcome to be a part of the event. 

“[We want to] make an opportunity to get kids to go around a city you walk, ride buses and drive in. It’s another way to get around,” said Hilda Cohen, one of the co-founders of Kidical Mass NYC.  “A lot of parents want to do this but are intimidated about it. It’s really a great way to see your city.”

The ride, which is named in the spirit of Halloween, will then continue through the Long Island City neighborhood and make its first stop at the rooftop garden Brooklyn Grange. After taking a rest stop at coffee shop COFFEED, the group will pass the Museum of the Moving Image and head back toward the waterfront to finish the ride at Socrates Sculpture Park, which will be hosting its Fall Festival. 

The young participants will also receive “spooky” treats such as zombie tattoos. 

“The name [of the event] has nothing to do with anything dangerous,” Cohen said. 

Kidical Mass NYC, which is the New York-based branch of the original Kidical Mass founded in Oregon, pays tribute to the national cycling event called Critical Mass.

Since starting in August, rides have taken place once a month in Brooklyn and Manhattan, bringing together about 40 participants, including adults and children. Now organizers have expanded the reach into Queens, hoping to attract residents from the other boroughs.

“Queens is the next big borough,” said Cristina Furlong of the organization Makes Queens Safer, who is helping Kidical Mass NYC organize the Queens event. “Queens is starting to get noticed.”

Members of the 108th and 114th precincts will also be in attendance on Saturday to provide extra security for the riders. 

“By being visible, I hope we influence some people that might be considering [cycling with their children] and show them that it’s safe,” Furlong said.

According to Cohen, although the event aims to show families that biking through their neighborhoods is a safe alternative to driving, the main goal of the day is to have fun. 

“We’re trying to make everything fun and exciting, which is exactly what biking is and it shouldn’t be something dangerous,” Cohen said. “This is just a means to enjoy our city with our kids.”

The “Zombie Ride” will begin at 10 a.m., with riders beginning to gather at 9:30 a.m. Cohen encourages those interested in participating to RSVP via the group’s Facebook page in order for every participant to receive their Halloween treats. Helmets are required for children 13 years old and under by law, and are recommended for everyone else, according to organizers. 

For more information visit www.facebook.com/kidicalmassnyc.

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LIC startup offers independent musicians feedback from public


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

Photos courtesy of Audiokite

BY ASHA MAHADEVAN

Think music startups and you don’t usually think Queens. However, for Long Island City resident Alex Jae Mitchell, basing his business in Queens was a no-brainer.

“The low rent costs help me put everything I have into my business,” said Mitchell, 24, who moved here seven years ago from Washington, D.C.

That business is a website called Audiokite.com, a startup offering independent musicians feedback on their songs from the public. He founded the website six months ago and a month later launched out of a co-working space, Create NY Space.

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Alex Jae Mitchell

“The way the music industry works, feedback comes down to being the opinion of the taste-makers, not what the public wants,” Mitchell said.

Audiokite uses Amazon’s Mechanical Turk service to bring independent musicians’ works to a section of the public for a review. The reviewers listen to the songs and then answer a questionnaire that is customized according to the needs of the musician. Their feedback helps musicians get a better idea of how their audience reacts to a song.

The song is evaluated on the basis of vocals, lyrics, beat, song structure and even the name of the song and the band name. Reviewers answer questions such as “How likely are you to stream this song?” and “How likely are you to attend a live show of the artist if they were playing in your area?”

“This is some measure of objectivity in a subjective field,” said Mitchell. “We are not saying a song is good or bad.”

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If a song does exceptionally well among the reviewers, then Audiokite, for no extra charge, will put the artist in touch with people in the industry who can offer them better opportunities.

“I have seen how difficult and unfair the industry is toward independent artists,” Mitchell said. He started his artistic career as an electric violinist and now works as an audio producer. “There is a huge base of talent and the artists are not being developed.”

Mitchell said that reaching out to audiences can be prohibitively expensive for independent musicians, but Audiokite makes it possible for them to get feedback at a far cheaper rate.

Being in Queens, instead of Brooklyn or downtown Manhattan, means he can keep costs low and “offer more value at lower prices to the musicians,” he said.“It helps us be fair to artists, which is important in a business like this.”

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Pumpkins and more at LIC Flea


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

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It’s time to celebrate Halloween at the LIC Flea & Food.

This weekend, attend the Long Island City market in your Halloween costume to get you a discount of $2 off your first beer. And that’s not all. The market, located at the outdoor lot on the corner of Fifth Street and 46th Avenue, is also hosting special events for children with prizes.

On Saturday, Oct. 18, adults can have a photograph taken of their children in their Halloween costumes for a chance to win exciting prizes. The contest is open for a limited time of two hours, starting at 10 a.m. On Sunday, Oct. 19, the competition is open only for costumed pets. Visitors who get their costumed pet photographed will be eligible for a prize. This contest is only open for a limited time, between noon and 3 p.m.

The main attraction, however, is a special pumpkin patch featuring Halloween pumpkins straight from the farm.

The regular vendors selling food, antiques, art, fashion and collectibles will also be at the market.

LIC Flea & Food is open every Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and will run through the end of the year. The LIC Flea Beer Garden is open during the hours of operation of the flea market.

For more information visit www.licflea.com or www.facebook.com/licflea.

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Man punches employee at Long Island City food store: cops


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Photo courtesy of NYPD

A man slugged a 65-year-old worker at a Long Island City food store last month while he was in the checkout line, according to police.

The suspect was in a checkout line of the ENC Market, a deli and grocery located at 5 Court Sq., at about 10:50 p.m. when he asked the victim for the phone number to a car service, authorities said. The store employee told the suspect he did not have a number and continued about his business.

Police said the suspect then became upset and punched the employee in the face, causing swelling to his left cheek and eye.

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

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7 train weekend service suspensions continue through the fall


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No. 7 train riders will not get any relief as service disruptions continue starting this weekend.

The first of five planned service suspensions for the line this fall between Queensboro Plaza and Times Square will start on Saturday, Oct. 18, according to the MTA.

This weekend, October 18-20 and the weekend of October 25-27, 7 trains will be suspended between Times Square-42 St and Queensboro Plaza in both directions from 2:00 a.m. Saturday, through 5 a.m. Monday.

During the weekends of November 8-10, November 15-17, and November 22-24, service will be suspended between Times Square-42 St and Queensboro Plaza in both directions from 11:30 p.m. Friday through 5:00 a.m. Monday.

The E, F, N, Q and S lines, and free shuttle buses will provide alternate service.

During the service suspensions, the MTA is advising customers to use the E, F, N or Q trains to travel between Manhattan and Queens. They can transfer between the 7 and E, F and R trains at 74 St-Roosevelt Av. Q service will be extended to and from Astoria-Ditmars Boulevard on Saturday from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. and on Sunday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Free shuttle buses will operate between Vernon Boulevard-Jackson Avenue and Queensboro Plaza, making stops at Hunters Point Av, Court Sq and Queens Plaza.
In Manhattan, the 42 St S shuttle will also operate throughout the weekend from 12:01 a.m. Saturday night, to 6:00 a.m. Monday morning.

As another alternate, the Long Island Rail Road will cross honor and will accept displayed MetroCards from customers traveling in both directions between Penn Station and Woodside.

The suspensions are just the latest in a number of service disruptions along the same portion of the line that have taken place during the weekend this year and during many in past years, upsetting residents and business owners in the Long Island City area.

“The ongoing work on the 7 remains absolutely critical to the line’s reliability, safety and longevity. We understand that these service disruptions are inconvenient to the customers who depend on the 7 train and we appreciate their patience,” said MTA NYC Transit President Carmen Bianco in a statement. “When completed, this work will result in a more reliable subway line with the ability to run more trains and improve performance for growing neighborhoods in Queens.”

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Brews and tunes at the Flea


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

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Visitors will be dancing into the LIC Flea & Food this weekend for more Oktoberfest fun.

The popular Long Island City market, located at the outdoor lot on the corner of Fifth Street and 46th Avenue, will continue with its fall celebrations featuring a pumpkin patch with pumpkins straight from the farm.

This weekend will be Brews & Tunes with vendors selling vinyl records and vinyl record art.

There will be guest DJs spinning tunes as visitors shop.

The LIC Flea Beer Garden, which is set up along the basin in the back of the market with views of the Manhattan skyline and outdoor seating, will have a 2-for-1 beer and wine special from 4 to 4:30 p.m. both Saturday and Sunday. Beer selections come from SingleCut Beersmiths, Queens Brewery, Finback Brewery and Rockaway Brewing Company.

Some LIC Flea vendors will also be featuring special Oktoberfest menu items just in time for the fall festivities.

LIC Flea & Food is open every Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and will run through the end of the year. The LIC Flea Beer Garden is open during the hours of operation of the flea market.

For more information visit www.licflea.com or www.facebook.com/licflea.

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Pair robbed in LIC park


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Photo courtesy of NYPD

Cops are looking for two suspects who robbed a man and a woman at gunpoint in a Long Island City park.

The victims, both 22, were at Murray Playground, located on 45th Avenue and 21st Street, at about 2:10 a.m. on Sept. 15 when the robbery occurred, authorities said.

The two male suspects approached the victims, pulled out a gun and demanded money from them, police said. They then took a Samsung Galaxy cell phone, a debit card and $5 in cash from the man, and an iPhone and debit card from the woman.

Police have released a photo of one of the suspects using the male victim’s debit card at a Bank of America ATM at 2680 Broadway in Manhattan.

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

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New Yorkers brave rain for LIC Instagram meetup


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Even through the downpour, Instagrammers flocked to Long Island City for an early morning celebration this weekend.

Just two days before Instagram’s four-year anniversary, members of the photo-sharing app met up in different cities around the world on Saturday to snap mobile photos and share stories for the 10th Worldwide Instameet using the hashtag #WWIM10.

According to organizers, about 70 Instagrammers from the tri-state area put on their rain boots, got out their umbrellas and met up bright and early Saturday at the Pepsi Sign in Gantry Plaza State Park.

Photographers David Krugman and Jose Silva captured the moment on their separate Instagram profiles. Both accounts also feature short videos of the day.

“Torrential rain couldn’t hold us down,” wrote Silva in one photo showing the group of Instagrammers standing in the rain at Hunter’s Point South Park, right next to Gantry Plaza.

For more photos check out Krugman and Silva on Instagram.

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LIC poet set to release second book


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One Long Island City resident has turned her heartache into poetry and will soon be releasing her second book.

Audrey Dimola, who has been living in the western Queens neighborhood all her life, is set to release her book “Traversals,” a collection of poetry and prose, on Nov. 3.

Unlike her first book called “Decisions We Make While We Dream,” a collection spanning 12 years of poetry and prose released in 2012, her new book reflects on specific events in her life that took place between the fall of 2011 and present day.

“That’s why I ended up calling it ‘Traversals’ because it ends up being about the journey, survival and going through heartbreak, going through loss and losing yourself and then finding yourself,” Dimola said. “My motto after that became to turn your ache into art.”

In the 176-page self-published book, Dimola uses poetry and prose to reflect on the hardships she faced in losing a loved one, ending a long-term relationship and then growing from the obstacles.

“It makes me pull back and realize that everything has a purpose and everything happens for a reason. And I wouldn’t be in this wonderful place that I am in right now if all those things wouldn’t have happened,” Dimola said. “I hope to be able to help other people.”

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The poet also said putting the book together was an emotional experience, as she looked back on the events in her life. However, she sees the book as a way to honor the events and people that were a part of them.

“[The book] is the beginning of becoming the person that I am, breaking out of the shell and breaking out of myself,” Dimola said. “It’s just a wonderful milestone.”

Strongly involved in the Queens literary community, Dimola recently took part in open mic nights as part of the series The Inspired Word at COFFEED in Long Island City. She said she sees the art community growing and thinks it is important for artists not to be afraid of putting their work out there.

“I just want to stress to artists to not be afraid. In this day and age it is a lot easier to get your work out,” she said. “It is important to support each other, keeping the [art] community up and being brave.”

A formal release party of “Traversals” is scheduled for Nov. 13 at Q.E.D., located at 27-16 23rd. Ave. in Astoria, from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. The launch party will also feature poetic, musical and dance performances by other artists.

For more information visit www.audreydimola.com.

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Oktoberfest at the Flea


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

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Fall has arrived and is making its comeback at the LIC Flea & Food.

This weekend the popular Long Island City flea market, located at the outdoor lot on the corner of Fifth Street and 46th Avenue, will begin its Oktoberfest celebrations.

To start the festivities, the LIC Flea will have a pumpkin patch with pumpkins straight from the farm.

Oktoberfest beers will be available from the local breweries at the LIC Flea Beer Garden, which is set up along the basin in the back of the market with views of the Manhattan skyline and outdoor seating. Beer selections come from SingleCut Beersmiths, Queens Brewery, Finback Brewery and Rockaway Brewing Company.

Some LIC Flea vendors will also be featuring special menu items just in time for the celebrations.

Vendor Oconomi will be offering Japanese Berkshire pork kurobuta sausage with Karashi (Japanese mustard). The Chia Jar will have a harvest pumpkin spice chia jar and carrot cake chia jar.

Frittering Away will be offering a non-alcoholic gluhwein (mulled pomegranate) and Petalouda Bakery will have a coconut farina cake “revani.”

Another special menu item will be an “Oktoberbratbeercheesefest” hand pie from Love.Grit.Cook. It is a stuffed pie with locally made bratwurst from Ridgewood’s Morscher’s Pork Store, Gruyere, cheddar and beer cheese sauce, caramelized onions and a crunchy pretzel crust. It will be served with a schmear of beer mustard.

Finally, vendor Sweet Muse will offer special edition brownies such as stout fudge brownie, beer and pretzel brownie, and pumpkin swirl fudge brownie.

LIC Flea & Food is open every Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and will run through the end of the year. The LIC Flea Beer Garden is open during the hours of operation of the flea market.

For more information visit www.licflea.com or www.facebook.com/licflea.

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Instagrammers to celebrate 4th anniversary at LIC meetup


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Instagrammers from all over the world will be capturing a special moment this weekend as they come together for the 10th Worldwide Instameet — and you can be a part of it.

Days before Instagram’s four-year-anniversary on Oct. 6, members of the photo sharing app will meet up in different cities around the world to snap mobile photos of surrounding communities and share stories via the app using the hashtag #WWIM10.

This year, Instagrammers from New York City will be meeting up in Long Island City on Saturday with mobile photographer David Krugman for sunrise at 6:30 a.m. The meeting point, rain or shine, is the Pepsi Sign in Gantry Plaza State Park.

Anyone interested in attending can email Krugman at davekrugman@gmail.com or direct message him with any questions on Instagram at @dave.krugman or @jnsilva.

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Four Queens restaurants awarded Michelin stars


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

Photos by Bradley Hawks

BY ASHA MAHADEVAN

The Michelin Guide announced which New York restaurants made it to its 2015 list as it hit bookstores on Wednesday. Of the 874 local restaurants featured in the guide, four of them are based in Queens and were awarded one star each.

The lucky eateries are Casa Enrique and M. Wells Steakhouse in Long Island City, Danny Brown Wine Bar and Kitchen in Forest Hills and Zabb Elee in Jackson Heights. Getting one Michelin star indicates “a very good restaurant in its category, offering cuisine prepared to a consistently high standard,” according to the official Michelin website.

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Casa Enrique’s chorizo tacos

Danny Brown is a mix of a French and Italian wine bars with a Spanish Tapas bar and a restaurant. Zabb Elee has a Thai menu, while Casa Enrique offers Mexican food. At M. Wells Steakhouse, the name says it all.

The 2015 list marks the first Michelin distinction for Casa Enrique, M. Wells Steakhouse and Zabb Elee. Danny Brown first received a Michelin star in 2011, according to the restaurant’s website. Zabb Elee was rated as being comfortable, while the other three received the higher rating of two spoons, indicating “quite comfortable,” with the steakhouse getting an additional thumbs up with a “more pleasant” rating.

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Sweet time at the Flea


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

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Visitors at the LIC Flea & Food were in for a sweet time this past weekend.

The popular Long Island City market, located at the outdoor lot on the corner of Fifth Street and 46th Avenue, hosted a Sweets Festival highlighting vendors that hit every visitor’s sweet tooth.

During the festival, LIC Flea vendor Ice & Vice was awarded the judges’ pick, and vendor This Pie Is Nuts! was picked as the visitors’ favorite.

The LIC Flea Beer Garden, which is set up along the basin in the back of the market with views of the Manhattan skyline and outdoor seating, continues to offer beer selections from SingleCut Beersmiths, Queens Brewery, Finback Brewery and Rockaway Brewing Company.

In addition, visitors will now also be able to enjoy New York-made red and white wines, as well as mimosas made using lemonade from LIC Flea vendor Frittering Away.

LIC Flea & Food is open every Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and will run through the end of the year. The LIC Flea Beer Garden is open during the hours of operation of the flea market.

For more information visit www.licflea.com or www.facebook.com/licflea.

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