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Man struck with brick during attempted robbery at Court Square ATM: cops


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Photo courtesy of NYPD

An attacker used a brick stuffed into a pink stocking to hit a man in the head after he refused to hand over his cash at a Long Island City ATM, police said.

The 32-year-old victim was withdrawing money inside the vestibule area of the 1 Court Square Citibank about 4:15 a.m. on Monday when the suspect approached him, authorities said.

The suspect, while holding the stocking with the brick inside of it, then demanded money from the man.

When the victim would not hand over his cash, the suspect swung the brick at the man and struck him in the head, according to police. He fled without taking any money.

The victim refused medical attention.

Police describe the suspect as about 5 feet 8 inches tall and 230 pounds. He was last seen wearing a black hat and black jacket.

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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108th Precinct names new commanding officer


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Photo via Twitter/@NYPD110Pct

The 108th Precinct has a new top dog.

Captain John F. Travaglia has been named the new commanding officer of the police precinct that covers Long Island City, Sunnyside, Woodside and Maspeth.

He is replacing Captain Brian Hennessy, who on Nov. 6 became the commanding officer to the 115th Precinct.

Travaglia began his career in the NYPD in 1993 at the 105th Precinct. Throughout the years, he has also served in the 113th and 104th precincts, and Patrol Borough Queens South, Patrol Borough Queens North, Highway District, Highway 3 and Queens South Narcotics Division.

On Wednesday, Travaglia tweeted from the 108th Precinct’s Twitter account saying, “As the new Commanding Officer of the #108pct, I look forward to working with the wonderful communities of #LIC #Sunnyside #Woodside #Maspeth.”

The next 108th Community Council Meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, Nov. 25, at 7 a.m. at Sunnyside Community Services, 43-31 39th St. in Sunnyside.

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Get a pie at the Flea


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

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With the holidays just around the corner, this weekend the LIC Flea & Food will be hosting sweet giveaways.

The popular Long Island City flea market made its move indoors to the warehouse, connected to the original outdoor lot on the corner of Fifth Street and 46th Avenue, to launch the LIC Flea Holiday Market.

This Saturday and Sunday, Long Island City’s Cassey’s Cookies & Cobblers will sponsor the LIC Flea Holiday Pie Giveaway. With every purchase, shoppers will receive an entry with the chance to win a holiday pie every hour.

The East River Ferry has also partnered with the LIC Flea this weekend to offer one shopper a monthlong pass for the ferry.

Visitors can enter both giveaways on the second floor of the holiday market.

Shoppers can also enter the LIC Flea Black Friday challenge by stopping at the market and getting all their holiday shopping done before Dec. 1 for a chance to win $100 in Flea Bucks. See www.facebook.com/licflea for how to enter.

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

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

There will be great events in the weekends to come such as Lego building, cupcake making, pictures with Santa Claus and much more. Dandy Wellington and His Band will be performing this weekend at the flea market.

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

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

1. Drunken Meadow
www.drunkenmeadow.com
Drunken Meadow is a small tea company based in Brooklyn. They believe the process of making tea is an art form, the results shared with family and friends. Their philosophy is straightforward tea, carefully selected from family farms around the world. After all, you deserve better tea!

2. Lux Candle Shop
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Lux Candle Shop is a collection of handmade candles inspired by popular designer fragrance scents. A one-woman show based in Queens, the shop uses a modern yet simple design for candles that could easily work with anyone’s home décor. Available in both paraffin and soy-based candles, the shop offers 4oz and tea light varieties. Custom orders are welcome.

3. Little Poland Gallery
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The Little Poland Gallery, located at 240 Kent Ave. Unit 20 in Brooklyn, is happy to present a distinct variety of toys, artwork, jewelry and Christmas ornaments. All items are handmade by Polish artists based in Poland, as well as domestically in the United States. They invite you to visit them at their location in Williamsburg or at the LIC Holiday Flea Market any weekend between Nov. 22 through Dec. 21.

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24-Hour Repackathon set to break record


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Photo courtesy of City Harvest

With Thanksgiving just around the corner, one organization is looking to make a difference while also setting a new record.

City Harvest, a food rescue organization founded in 1982, will host its second annual 24-Hour Repackathon on Thursday in Long Island City with the mission to help feed hungry New Yorkers across the five boroughs over the winter and holidays.

“This is part of our initiative to keep shelves at food pantries stocked for the winter,” said Samantha Park, manager of communications for City Harvest. “For a lot of people they have to make the difficult choice between paying rent and putting food on the table for their children.”

During the event, which will be held at City Harvest’s LIC Food Rescue Facility located at 55-01 Second St., more than 300 volunteers will repack bulk food donations into family-sized packages for 24 hours straight.

Participants include members from corporations such as Bank of America, Credit Suisse, Wells Fargo and many others. Restaurants, including Astoria’s Butcher Bar, will also donate food for volunteers.

“It’s just a great way to give back. The holidays are around the corner and people are always thinking about ways they could help,” Park said. “These are big businesses in New York City giving back to the community.”


Starting at 5 p.m. Thursday, volunteers will arrive in groups of 50 for three-hour shifts in which they will repack packages that will go out to over 500 food pantries and soup kitchens across the city.

At last year’s inaugural 24-Hour Repackathon, City Harvest set a world record by repacking close to 215,000 pounds of food, according to Park. This year, the organization plans to surpass that record with the goal of repacking 225,000 pounds, enough to feed more than 2,000 families.

During the last shift on Friday, which will end at 5 p.m., special guest volunteers will include U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand and former New York Knicks player John Starks.

“There are times that we can all come together and help each other,” Park said. “That’s what our organization is all about, having New Yorkers come together and help each other out.”

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LIC beer hall delays opening to March


| lguerre@queenscourier.com

Renderings courtesy of Bierocracy

Owners of a new beer hall and restaurant in Long Island City called Bierocracy are now hoping to open in March after delays because of structural issues with the building.

Construction is currently underway for the 4,000-square-foot establishment, which will have 200 seats, including a 28-seat bar. The eatery will serve Central European food and a select mix of European beers.

The owners plan on making the beer hall a city chain, and decided on the 12-23 Jackson Ave. spot for their first location because of Long Island City’s status as a hot new neighborhood.

“The reason why we got into Long Island City is because it is an up-and-coming area and, quite frankly, it’s lacking something like this,” said Tom Rajic, an owner of Bierocracy. “We feel this is the right place.”

Bierocracy hopes to promote a social environment, where patrons will sit and interact with each other around community tables and a bar, without the distractions of televisions, Rajic said.


Currently the group is still searching for a head chef, and interior construction work is still ongoing.

The restaurant’s hours haven’t been fully decided, but lunch will also be served.

Construction going on at the building.

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Two floors of fun at the Flea


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com


The weather might be getting colder, but the LIC Flea & Food is staying hot indoors.

The popular Long Island City flea market made its move indoors to the warehouse, connected to the original outdoor lot on the corner of Fifth Street and 46th Avenue, to launch the LIC Flea Holiday Market.

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

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

There will be great events in the weekends to come such as Lego building, cupcake making, pictures with Santa Claus and much more. Dandy Wellington and His Band will be performing this weekend at the flea market.

Shoppers can also enter the LIC Flea Black Friday challenge by stopping at the market and getting all their holiday shopping done before Dec. 1 for a chance to win $100 in Flea Bucks. See www.facebook.com/licflea for how to enter.

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

As the LIC Flea Holiday Market hits its third week, here are some vendors to check out the next time you visit the popular indoor flea market.

1. Soap for Sinners
www.soapforsinners.com
Soap for Sinners is a local soap company offering a variety of bath and body products made with essential oils and plant-based ingredients. With a holiday-inspired line with names like “Lump of Coal” and “Pout Purifier,” you can find nourishing and playful gifts. Cleanse your body and soul with this fresh, eco-friendly and cruelty-free brand.

2. El Jefe’sNachoria
www.facebook/ElJefesNachoria
El Jefe’sNachoria offers satisfaction for “unsatisfied nacho connoisseurs.” They focus on simple, fresh ingredients with big flavor. Each order is built so that every bite has the right amount of “stuff.” El Jefe’sNachoria uses locally-made tortillas and flame toasts their chips to order. “El Jefe” has mastered the art of the nacho and is eager to share it with you!

3. Paradox Thrift Shop
www.paradoxthriftshop.com
The vintage jewelry and clothing collection at Paradox Thrift Shop features unique and timeless fashion at affordable prices. They specialize in bohemian drop necklaces, hippie earrings and retro cocktail rings, as well as one-of-a-kind casual, dress and outerwear for women and men. The “thrifty” vintage treasures are perfect for the eye-catching gift or a guiltless present for yourself.

4. QueensPopPhoto
www.queenspopphoto.com
QueensPopPhoto creates new and exciting photos of Astoria and LIC. The photos are saturated with unique colors, textures and graphics, resulting in vibrant and nostalgic images like nothing you’ve ever seen before!

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LIC Partnership annual luncheon focuses on the future


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The Long Island City Partnership’s 27th annual trade show and luncheon on Thursday highlighted the answer to the question on everyone’s mind — what now?

While the event celebrated the growth of the burgeoning neighborhood, keynote speaker Kenneth Adams, president and CEO of Empire State Development (ESD), emphasized state initiatives to help advance the area further, including a possible $100,000 state grant for a planning study of LIC.

The LIC Partnership has applied for the grant, and the state is currently reviewing about 2,600 projects for funds. The applications that win state funding will be announced in December, but the LIC planning study has been upgraded to a priority plan, Adams said, because members of the Regional Economic Development Council from the five boroughs support it.

“The study is necessary, because we have to make sure that there is the opportunity for small businesses to survive in this market because the cost of property has dramatically escalated and the cost of rents are following,” said Community Board 2 Chairman Joseph Conley, who received the William D. Modell Community Service Award at the event. “There needs to be this study to say what is the unintended consequences so far of development and zoning and how do we look forward to maintain that good balance of live, work and play.”

Adams said Long Island City and Astoria will also be affected by the incoming students, faculty, and researchers coming to the future Cornell Tech campus on Roosevelt Island, and that the ESD has provided funding to work on a tech incubator for the area with the advocacy group Coalition for Queens.

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Turning to past achievements, the LIC Partnership honored TF Cornerstone founders K. Thomas and Frederick Elghanayan for their investments in the neighborhood.

Recently, the firm completed its 10-year, $1.4 billion Center Boulevard project, which includes six residential towers on the Long Island City waterfront for a community of more than 6,000 people.

TF Cornerstone was also selected to develop two residential towers for the second phase of the city’s Hunter’s Point South mega affordable housing project.

The buildings will have 1,193 new apartments, 796 of which will be affordable, and the towers will also feature a gym, rooftop gardens and decks, and an on-site senior recreational center.

“It gives me great pleasure to come out to our Long Island City site and to see people pushing carriages around and riding bicycles. It’s like a small city,” Frederick said. “I think other [investors] are going to continue to come in, because it’s established now.”

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Video captures suspect who broke into Tequila Sunrise


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Video courtesy of NYPD

A man smashed the front door of a Long Island City Mexican restaurant before taking off with hundreds in cash, police said.

The suspect made his way into the eatery, Tequila Sunrise, at 40-01 Northern Blvd., about 3:15 a.m. on Oct. 24 after breaking the glass front door with an unspecified object, authorities said.

Once inside, he took about $350 from a cash register before fleeing.

Police have released video surveillance footage of the suspect taken inside the restaurant.

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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LIC filmmaker uses neighborhood as backdrop for fashion-themed movie


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

Photos by Troy Benson

BY ALAN CAPPER

Long Island City residents are used to film and television cameras on the street. Usually they are for network or TV companies who have now discovered LIC.

How exciting, therefore, for one of its own residents to be writing, producing and directing an independent feature film, much of which is being filmed in Long Island City.

Roberto Mitrotti, a television and film producer, has been a resident of LIC for well over a decade. For some years, he has produced and directed a number of travel films, including “The Compulsive Traveler” for CBS Television. His company probably has one of the largest libraries of travel footage held by a private company, RPM Media. His previous feature film involvement was in writing the script for “The Secret Diary of Sigmund Freud” distributed by 20th Century Fox.

Stealing Chanel” is a contemporary story about the coming of age of Giorgio, a young designer, set in the world of New York fashion brands and stores. Born poor and raised in Queens, he believes that fashion can improve people’s lives and wearing the right clothing is the only way to rise above his condition. So he shoplifts as a way to get close and live the magic of fashion.

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When arrested, he has to go through a brutal rehabilitation program with Chanel, an arrogant Park Avenue therapist who is a badly dressed heiress with class issues. As they struggle for control and reluctantly fall for each other, she helps him acknowledge his true talents as a designer and break into the professional fashion world. At the same time he uncovers the softer woman beneath the armor.

Mitrotti has wanted to film in Long Island City since he first moved there from Manhattan.
“When I first saw Long Island City, it made a huge impression on me and I thought it was one of the most photogenic locations in New York—even more now with all the recent developments.”

He has chosen locations like the court in Court Square, the spectacular waterfront, several charming side streets and even factory complexes near the canal.

Mitrotti was invited by designer Dennis Basso to film behind the scenes at New York Fashion Week at Lincoln Center in September.

“It adds an insider dimension of fashion to the background of the film which is all about the fashion world,” he said.

Mitrotti has been fortunate in bringing together a high-profile cast in the key roles. This includes supermodel Carol Alt, a Long Island native who began her career in modeling, appearing on the cover of over 500 magazines in the 80s including Harpers Bazaar and Sports Illustrated.

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In the film, Carol Alt’s character drives around in a spectacular yellow vintage Porsche convertible which was loaned by another LIC city resident, Robert Rogal, owner of auction house RoGallery.

Acting alongside Alt is Adam LaVorgna in the role of Giorgio, best known for his work in “7th Heaven” and “Outside Providence,” supermodel Lydia Hearst in the role of Chanel, Margaret Colin from “Independence Day” and “Gossip Girl,” and John Rothman from “The Devil Wears Prada.”

The film will be released in the fall of 2015.

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Blind LIC woman completes 10th NYC Marathon, fundraises for blind Afghanis


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

Photo by Jack D’Isidoro

BY JACK D’ISIDORO

A row of gleaming medals, suspended by colorful ribbons, hangs along a wall in Nooria Nodrat’s Long Island City kitchen.

“There’s a lot,” Nodrat said, laughing.

Each medal represents a race she’s completed, despite being blind and suffering from severe asthma. The most recent award is from the 2014 New York City Marathon — her 10th.

“I don’t have superpowers, I’m just persistent,” said the 53-year-old grandmother, who finished the 26.2-mile course in 8 hours, 26 minutes and 49 seconds.

But for Nodrat, the race isn’t over yet. The Afghanistan Blind Women and Children (ABWC) Foundation, a charity she started in 2009 to help the visually impaired in her native country, will be holding a fundraiser on Nov. 11 to celebrate its fifth anniversary. She hopes to raise $10,000 to buy educational supplies for five blind Afghan girls determined to attend college.

“The need of educating blind people is very severe in Afghanistan. I’m hoping we’re able to do something in their lives,” Nodrat said.

Nodrat has always run for charity, but ABWC is much more personal. Besides her own impairment, both her late husband and brother were blind. Some 400,000 Afghanis, or 2 percent of the population, are blind, according to the World Health Organization.

“I’m a New Yorker,” said Nodrat, who came to the city as a political refugee in 1991.

Six years later, she was attacked by a deranged woman while waiting on the subway platform. Nodrat’s head injuries were so severe that she eventually went blind. The perpetrator was never caught.

“When I lost my sight, I don’t want to say I was a good person,” Nodrat said. “But adaptation is very crucial. You have to accept who you are and that’s it.”

Nodrat started running in 2003 when a friend suggested she attend one of the weekly workouts that Achilles International, an organization that assists disabled athletes, sponsors in Central Park. Shortly after meeting Nicole Meyer, a volunteer guide, the two decided they’d run the marathon together.

Nodrat prepares in the two months leading up to the marathon by holding onto a tether — or sometimes even a dishrag — shared with different volunteers while they jog the park’s loops.

“She’s tough and doesn’t complain,” said Robert Cremin, an Achilles volunteer who guided Nodrat through Sunday’s race. “She really thinks with her heart, does what it takes to make her foundation a success, and gets up and does it again.”

Nodrat’s dream is to eventually establish schools for the blind in Afghanistan. There is currently only one in the entire country: a 200-student school in Kabul.

“I’m not a millionaire lady, but I have my physical strength and I try to use it,” said Nodrat. “I want to offer my support to people who really need it.”

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LIC Flea indoor holiday market kicks off this weekend


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

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Even as the weather gets colder, the LIC Flea & Food will continue to bring the fun to Long Island City.

The popular flea market, which was located at the outdoor lot on the corner of Fifth Street and 46th Avenue, will move indoors this weekend to the warehouse connected to the lot in order to launch the LIC Flea Holiday Market.

For the opening weekend, guests will be able to enjoy live jazz music by Dandy Wellington and His Band and spinning tunes by DJ Johnny Seriuss.

Every Saturday and Sunday through Dec. 21, the indoor holiday market will include a mix of LIC Flea favorite vendors with new faces offering local, handmade and uniquely curated items. Vendors will also be selling delicious treats and drinks.

The LIC Flea Beer Garden will remain open, offering selections from local breweries SingleCut Beersmiths, Queens Brewery, Finback Brewery and Rockaway Brewing Company.

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

The LIC Flea Holiday Market is open every Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

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

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Giant drill nearly pierces F train in Queens


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Photo via Wikimedia Commons

A drill struck the top of an occupied F train in Long Island City on Thursday, nearly missing the subway car, according to the MTA.

The drill, which had a 10-inch wide bit, according to published reports, was being used for a construction project involving the East Side Access project. It hit the train shortly before noon just outside of the 21st Street station.

The drill damaged the top of the car, but did not enter it, the transit agency said. No one was injured.

About 800 riders, who were on the train, had to be taken off and led back to the station.

The MTA is investigating the incident.

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60-year-old hit and killed by cement truck in LIC


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A cement truck fatally hit a 60-year-old pedestrian as the man was crossing Northern Boulevard Wednesday afternoon, police said.

The vehicle, a Mack cement truck, was driving westbound on Northern Boulevard at about 12:15 p.m. when it struck the man near 34th Street in Long Island City, authorities said.

The victim, who has yet to be identified by police, was taken to Mount Sinai Queens where he was pronounced dead.

According to police, the driver remained at the scene and the NYPD’s Highway District Collision Investigation Squad is investigating.

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Public art project to celebrate Queens’ diversity


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Photos by Fumi Nakamura

A new public art project is shining light on the diversity of the borough through stories captured in movement.

“MOVE WITH US” is a video created by artists Roshani Thakore from Elmhurst and Fumi Nakamura from Jackson Heights after they visited public spaces throughout Queens over the summer and photographed a total of 167 immigrants creating personal poses.

The final video, set to premiere next week, is a sequence of the images capturing “the most diverse borough in the nation,” according to the artists.

“We try to connect each individual with each pose and I feel like it’s kind of an archive of 2014 in Queens and the people who are making it the more diverse place in the nation,” Thakore said.

The project, funded by the Queens Council on the Arts (QCA), is scheduled to premiere on Nov. 7 at QCA located at 37-11 35th Ave. in Astoria.

Being a dance teacher of an Indian dance class at the Long Island City YMCA, Thakore felt that participants would be able to translate their personal experiences through body movements.

During the summer, Thakore and Nakamura visited public spaces, like the LIC YMCA and Corona Plaza, and spoke with residents in the spaces about living in Queens and their backgrounds. They also received help from a lot of volunteers from local groups.

Once the residents got comfortable, they would be asked to do unique poses expressing themselves and their stories and then Nakamura snapped the photos to capture the movements.

In one example, a man living in Corona shared his story on having worked on a sugar cane field in Mexico. During the conversation he started to do the movement he would do while cutting the canes and this was photographed as part of the project.

“It’s more about listening in a public space to a person’s story. Really understanding who our neighbors are, who are the community members and who makes up Queens,” Thakore said. “In terms of the project, originally it was being proud of your culture but the surprise that came out of it was being proud to be in Queens — Queens pride.”

Originally from Georgia and a daughter of immigrants from India, Thakore said there was not a lot of diversity in Georgia and not a lot of public resources. However, when she made the move to Queens, she said she was able to experience different parts and public institutions of the borough, especially through teaching dance.

“I really feel like in Queens I came home, because of the diversity and opportunities,” Thakore said.

Thakore added that, for both her and Nakamura, experiencing the diversity in Queens daily was what “fired up” the work on the project.

Although the actual video has no music, during its premiere at the Queens Council on the Arts, there will be music and food. All 167 participants of the project were invited to the event.

The premiere, which is free and open to the public, is scheduled from 6 to 9 p.m. To RSVP, click here.

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Fake home health service rep steals from elderly woman in LIC: cops


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Photo courtesy of NYPD

Police are looking for a suspect they say posed as a home health service representative and stole from a 75-year-old woman’s home in Long Island City.

On Oct. 13 the suspect, described as a 50-year-old woman, was allowed into the victim’s apartment, located inside the Queensbridge Houses at 40-09 12th St., at about 8:20 a.m. after posing as a representative from the victim’s home health service company, authorities said.

Once inside the apartment the suspect took the victim’s pocketbook and fled, according to police.

The NYPD has released a surveillance photo of the suspect.

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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