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NYC college students to vie for spot in Red Bull’s worldwide paper plane competition


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New York City college students are getting wings this weekend in Long Island City.

On Sunday, over 250 students from seven city universities and colleges will try to earn a spot in the worldwide competition called Red Bull Paper Wings.

Participants from Manhattan College, and New York, Columbia, St. John’s, Hofstra, Fordham, and Rutgers universities will get together at Studio Square to create paper planes and compete to join 75 other students from around the nation in May at Red Bull’s competition in Austria.

Students from the schools can sign up at www.redbullpaperwings.com and on Sunday will receive the materials to build their planes on-site.

Professional skydiver and Red Bull athlete Jeff Provenzano will be judging the competition to see which design goes the farthest.

The event will take place Sunday from 1 to 3 p.m. on the fifth floor event space at Studio Square, located at 35-44 37th St.

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Plans for tallest Queens building move forward as MTA sells development rights


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Photo courtesy of Google Maps

The MTA board voted Wednesday to transfer unused development rights from a Queens site it owns for $56 million to a firm that plans to construct the largest building in the borough, according to published reports.

Developer Property Markets Group filed to construct a 70-story, 930-apartment building at 29-37 41st Ave.  on March 11. But current zoning at the site wouldn’t allow for such a large project.

However, the MTA will transfer 478,000 square feet from a lot at Northern Boulevard and 40th Road to the developer, which will allow the firm to build up to 77-stories on the lot, according to DNAInfo. The sale is expected to be completed soon.

Property Markets Group also purchased the Long Island City clock tower building adjoining the development site for $30 million last year.

Construction plans have yet to be released for the clock tower, but the city is considering landmarking the building.

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LIC teens move on to robotics world championship


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Photos courtesy of RoboTigers

One group of tigers from Long Island City has shown that they are fierce and on the way to the top.

The robotics team at Queens Vocational and Technical High School called “RoboTigers” and their robot “Based-God Trap Love” became Regional Winners at last weekend’s NYC FIRST 15th Annual Robotics NYC Regional Competition & Expo at the Jacob Javits Convention Center in Manhattan.

Becoming Regional Winners means the team, made up of 32 students from the Long Island City high school ranging from freshmen to seniors, will be heading to the FIRST World Championship on April 22 to 25 in St. Louis, Missouri.

“It was a great experience, I never expected it to be like that,” said Maricarmen Ramirez, a 15-year-old sophomore in her first year on the team who worked in creating the robot in 3D. “I met a lot of people and it was a lot of fun.”

Based-God Trap Love on the field.

The “RoboTigers” were one of more than 160 teams, including New York and international teams, to compete during the event that took place from March 13 to 15.

According to Peter Beninati, one of the mentors on the team, the team has grown from six students when it started a few years ago to over 30 this year. Beninati was a team member and student at the school when the team took home a win in 2009.

“Every year we’re growing,” Beninati said. “Winning in 2009 and going to competition as a student made me realize that every student should have the opportunity to be on the team and see what it has to offer.”

During the competition, students had to battle with their custom-built robots and try to come on top during specific challenges throughout the weekend.

“I wasn’t expecting [the win]. We had mixed emotions throughout the day. It was quite surprising that we were able to make it on top,” said ninth-grader Toma Suciu, who works as a programmer on the team. “It’s definitely an interesting experience and I’m able to take in all the information around me and hopefully apply that to a future career.”

Queens Vocational and Technical High School’s Principal Melissa Burg said she is proud to see how far the students went during the competition and sees the team building and problem solving as important aspects that the students will be able to carry with them even after graduating.

“I go to the matches and support them and get excited and I love to watch them get excited,” Burg said. “The joy on their faces when they win is amazing.”

The “RoboTigers” were not the only Queens team to move on forward; the “Steel Hawks” from Townsend Harris High School in Flushing won the Engineering Inspiration Award and will also be heading to the world championship.

The Long Island City students will also be heading to the 16th Annual SBPLI Long Island Regional FIRST Robotics Competition on March 27 at Hofstra University.

“These students have worked so hard to get to the competition, from researching real-world programs to designing new inventions through robotics and using the engineering skills they’ve acquired,” said Pat Daly, executive director of NYC FIRST. “Year after year, we see the positive impact our programs have had on the lives of these students, and it’s beyond rewarding to see their excitement and passion develop with each season.”

NYC FIRST is the city-based nonprofit affiliate of FIRST, the international nonprofit mentoring organization created to get young people excited about science and technology.

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Community feedback leads to permanent bus service expansion along Vernon Boulevard


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THE COURIER/ Photo by Angy Altamirano

As they say, ask and you shall receive. Due to an immense amount of support from community members, it will now be easier to access the western Queens waterfront.

The MTA announced on Friday that weekend and increased weeknight service on the Q103 route, which runs down Vernon Boulevard between Astoria and Long Island City, will be permanently added after a successful pilot program started last June.

The service additions made during the experimental program include extending weeknight hours from 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m., and adding service on Saturdays and Sundays from about 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.

During a public hearing in December on the increased service, community support was unanimous, according to the MTA.

Local leaders and business owners saw the need to expand the Q103’s service as crucial to the growing neighborhoods, which have seen a rise in new residential developments and expanded cultural attractions.

Some of the cultural spots that the bus serves include the Noguchi Museum and Socrates Sculpture Park.

“I am thrilled the MTA heeded my call to make Q103 service expansion permanent. Western Queens has long needed better bus service, so it is gratifying that the MTA responded to our concerns,” state Senator Michael Gianaris said. “There is so much happening throughout western Queens that our need for better methods of traveling between our neighborhoods has never been more pressing. This service expansion represents a hard-fought victory, but I will never stop fighting for improved transit service in our community.”

The Q103 bus line also serves as the public’s only option to connect areas to subway stations such as the F line at 21 St–Queensbridge and the 7 line at Vernon Blvd–Jackson Av.

During the pilot program, ridership levels increased by 6.8 percent on weekdays compared to the five-month period before the trial, and by 30 percent compared to average weekday use in 2012, the MTA said. Currently weekday ridership is 1,100 customers, the average Saturday ridership is about 300, and on Sundays it is about 250.

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Artists gather at MoMA PS1 for Cultural Town Hall


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Photo courtesy Jimmy Van Bramer's office

Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer hosted a Cultural Town Hall meeting at MoMA PS1 in Long Island City on Wednesday, featuring Commissioner of the Department of Cultural Affairs (DCA) Tom Finkelpearl, regarding plans to increase the number of affordable housing for artists.

Van Bramer and Finkelpearl also discussed recently proposed legislation to develop a cultural plan in New York City and enhancing the city’s Percent for Art program to grow community engagement.

Being an artist and living in New York is no easy task. Many of the artists in attendance for the town hall meeting said they are finding it tougher and tougher to be able to afford the rising cost of rent to stay and work in New York City. The fear is that this is leading to artists packing up and moving out of New York, and if the trend is not stopped, the city will be left without any artists.

“This administration has recently unveiled an affordable housing plan that includes 1,500 units for artists, dedicated units for artists,” Van Bramer said. “We’re making sure that artists can continue to live and create and make some money here in New York City.”

“The mayor announced that in 10 years we’re going to build 1,500 units…of affordable housing for artists, and 500 units of affordable studio spaces, which is also very important,” Finkelpearl said.

A really good example of affordable housing for artists is P.S. 109 in East Harlem, which is an old school building that has been converted into 89 units of affordable live/work spaces for artists, Finkelpearl explained. “It’s the first, new, affordable workspace for artists in a generation in New York City,” he said.

Aside from making New York a better place for artists to live and work, Van Bramer said that New York City has no comprehensive cultural plan, but that may soon change.

“We are, I believe, very close, we could be just a month or two away from passing the first ever comprehensive cultural plan in the city of New York,” Van Bramer said.

The piece of legislation requires the city to look at their current cultural priorities, determine how communities are being served and how they propose to better those services. The plan will study the condition of artists and plan how to remain an artist-friendly city. The city will go to communities and find out what they want and need in a cultural plan and incorporate what they hear into the plan.

“I think we’re really ready to embrace this,” said Finkelpearl, a former director of the Queens Museum of Art.

Creating a public art plan for New York will bring more art to the communities, but the Percent for Art program will procure the funding for public art works. The Percent for Art program is a law that was established in 1982 and requires one percent of the budget for eligible city-funded construction projects be allocated to public artwork. Since its inception, the Percent for Art program, managed by the DCA, has commissioned hundreds of site-specific projects throughout New York City.

“I think the more public art that we have in the city of New York, the better,” Van Bramer said.

One way to increase community involvement is to get them involved in the Percent for Art program process.

“Do you see an opportunity for more community engagement?” Van Bramer asked Finkelpearl.

“In general the procedures and regulations that the law has spawned, I think, are quite effective, but that doesn’t mean we can’t get better,” Finkelpearl responded.

“I’m thrilled to have this conversation,” on pubic art and about its perception, Van Bramer said.

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Suspect punches LIC construction worker, steals tools: NYPD


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Video courtesy of NYPD

A robber surprised a construction worker while he was at a job site in Long Island City last week, punching the man before taking off with his tools, police said.

The 29-year-old victim was working at a Euda Construction Company site located on 10th Street near 38th Avenue just after 2 p.m. on March 12 when the suspect approached him, cops said.

The suspect, who was pushing a grocery cart, then punched the construction worker, took a Hilti drill, Milwaukee camera and two nail guns, and fled.


Police have released video footage of the alleged robber and describe the man as black, about 6 feet tall and 200 pounds. He was last seen wearing a black hat, blue jeans and a brown coat.

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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First Queens Doughnut Plant ready for business


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Photos courtesy of Doughnut Plant 

Queens doughnut lovers can now experience a whole new menu of the classic treat from a popular city-based store without having to leave the borough.

Manhattan-based Doughnut Plant opened its first Queens location in Long Island City on Tuesday, complete with doughnut-shaped stools.

The store, which signed a 10-year lease for a 8,500-square-foot space in the Falchi Building at 31-00 47th Ave. last year, will be the second production home for the company, which also has a 4,000-square-foot space in the Lower East Side.

Doughnut Plant is holding off on a grand opening ceremony for the location as the bakery isn’t fully completed, but during its soft opening, patrons can try the full range of menu options at the store, including doughnuts, coffee, tea, milk and juices. The store will be open from 6:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily.

Established in 1994 by Mark Isreal, Doughnut Plant products are now sold at various retailers throughout the city, including at some Shake Shack and Dean and DeLuca locations.


The firm also opened a location in Japan in 2004, and has since expanded to nine spots in the “Land of the Rising Sun,” and one in Seoul, Korea.

Take a look at the Doughnut Plant official website by clicking here see the various flavors and types of doughnuts the company offers.

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Queens World Film Festival celebrates fifth year’s opening night


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THE COURIER/Photos by Angy Altamirano

With the luck of the Irish, the Queens World Film Festival kicked off its fifth year of helping bring independent films to the big screen.

The six-day festival, which gives international and local filmmakers the opportunity to screen their films in Queens, celebrated its opening night on St. Patrick’s Day at the Museum of the Moving Image in Astoria.

Opening night featured five films, including two from local Queens filmmakers Jamil Lahham and Lisa Melodia. The films ranged from animation to short narratives. The night also included a bonus screening of Sundance Film Festival-winning film “World of Tomorrow,” which filled the room with laughter.

“I love this film festival because I love Queens, and everything and anything that is good starts right here in my home borough of Queens County. We do it right,” said Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer. “I admire and respect and really have come to love Don and Katha Cato because you can tell they pour everything, their heart and soul, into this festival.”

The Queens World Film Festival, which will run through March 22, is organized by husband-and-wife duo of Don and Katha Cato, and this year will feature a total of 117 films, with 19 works from Queens. The films include feature narratives, documentaries and LGBT pieces.

Through the week, the films will be sorted out into different blocks based on subject and will be shown at venues such as The Secret Theatre in Long Island City, P.S. 69 in Jackson Heights and the Museum of the Moving Image.

“[Katha and Don] have literally catapulted this festival to heights that not many folks could have foreseen when they first started this,” said Borough President Melinda Katz. “Katha and Don and all the folks that are involved in the arts have truly been using the diversity that we bring to this borough to catapult us in tourism.”

Opening night also recognized director Leon Ichaso, known for movies such as “El Cantante,” “Ali” and “Hendrix,” as a “Spirit of Queens” honoree. Don Cato said Ichaso, who has been called the “poet of Latin New York,” was receiving the awards for his artistry, integrity and humanity.

The festival will also present Ichaso’s film “Bitter Sugar” on Wednesday at the Museum of the Moving Image.

“To all the filmmakers that are here please don’t lose the hope, it’s a hard world making movies,[but] it’s worth it,” Ichaso said. “It is festivals like this that in that journey we can take a rest, we can show what we do, we can meet each other and thank God they exist and thank God for the Queens World Film Festival.”

Closing night of the festival will feature a screening of the film “Dukhtar (Daughter)” by Afia Nathaniel, followed by an award ceremony at the Museum of the Moving Image.

“Experience these films during our festival, talk about them,” said Don at the end of the night. “The films are the stars of this festival.”

For a full schedule of the festival and to purchase tickets, visit www.queensworldfilmfestival.com.

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Suspect arrested in string of LIC, Astoria restaurant break-ins


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Screenshot via NYPD

One man’s burglary spree has come to an end, as officers of the 114th and 108th precincts worked together to arrest him for allegedly breaking into businesses overnight in Long Island City and Astoria dating back to last June.

According to court records, each time 40-year-old Shameek Dunbar would break into the establishments through either a door or window, and once inside would take money, ranging from $20 to $1,000, from cash registers.

Dunbar was arrested on Feb. 25 at his home in Queensbridge when forensics evidence linked him to one of four burglaries in the confines of the 114th Precinct, a police source said.

Subsequent investigation linked him to seven more burglaries, these in the confines of the 108th Precinct.

“This was fantastic detective work,” said Capt. John Travaglia, commanding officer of the 108th Precinct. “It was good working together from both precincts.”

Criminal complaints detailed nine of the 11 incidents:

  • Between June 10, 2014, at 9 p.m. and June 11 at 9:30 a.m., Dunbar broke into Andres Pizza located at 25-19 40th Ave. through a glass door. He is observed through surveillance footage cutting wires on a cash register, worth about $450. The store owner alleges that $20 was taken from the register.
  • On Oct. 24, 2014, Dunbar broke into Tequila Sunrise located at 40-01 Northern Blvd. through a side window. The owner alleged $350 was taken from a cash register.
  • Between Dec. 8 at 7 p.m. and Dec. 9 at 3:12 a.m., the suspect entered Barista at 11-11 44th Rd. through a front glass door. Surveillance footage shows Dunbar throwing a rock at the door. He later took money.
  • On Jan. 2 between 3:04 and 4:18 a.m. Dunbar entered Hu Department Store located at 47-09 Northern Blvd. through the front door. Although the store owner alleged $1,000 was missing from the register, Dunbar said he tried to open the register but couldn’t and then left.
  • Between Jan. 18 at 11 p.m. and Jan. 19 at 4 a.m. Dunbar entered a business at 47-29 Vernon Blvd. through a window and surveillance shows him trying to pry open a register.
  • On Jan. 24 between 3:35 a.m. and 4:05 a.m. Dunbar broke into Pachanga Patterson located at 33-17 31st Ave. The store owner alleges $200 was missing from a cash register.
  • Between Jan. 31 at 10 p.m. and Feb. 1 at 3:17 a.m. the suspect broke into Petey’s Burger at 46-46 Vernon Blvd. through a side window. Surveillance footage shows him prying open a register and taking money.
  • Between Feb. 12 at 8:30 a.m. and Feb. 13 at 11:45 a.m., the suspect entered Breadbox Café at 47-11 11th St. through a door. He the used a screwdriver to pry open a register and took $300.
  • Between Feb. 21 at 7 p.m. and Feb. 22 at 3:45 a.m. the suspect entered Mix Nail Salon at 44-68 21st St. through the glass front door. Surveillance video shows the suspect entering the location, prying open a register and taking money.

Dunbar is facing charges of burglary, criminal mischief, possession of burglar tools, petit larceny, and for one of the incidents a charge of grand larceny.

He is due back in Queens Criminal Court on April 9. 

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Small bites…big flavors


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

Photo by Bradley Hawks

BY BRADLEY HAWKS

It’s Friday at the Falchi Building, and that means a bold new menu of ceviche from the team that opened their stand in the Food Box last month.

Mimi and Diego may have been running their lunch counter, Don Tapas, for just a month — and they may have even gotten engaged just two months ago — but their story goes back even further by nearly two and half years.

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The lovers met while they were line cooks at William Hallet in Astoria, where they worked the brunch shift together for one and a half years. Turns out poaching eggs is a surefire recipe for success.

Though the two have amicably parted ways with their former employer, they carry with them much of what they learned. In fact, Diego still cooks for Mario Batali at Casa Mono when he isn’t preparing his own dishes. And the owner of William Hallet was even consulted for a tasting of the new tapas dishes. When it comes to the kitchen, it’s an all around love affair.

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“Everything we do is made with love,” explains Diego. It’s the kind of love that the customers can taste. Striped bass soaks in a traditional Peruvian salsa creola of cilantro, onions, mandarin and lime. Shrimp and calamari take on ginger, star anise, yuzu and sesame seeds topped with wonton strips in a Japanese-Peruvian fusion known as Nekki. The leftover leche de tigre is just as delicious as the ceviche, so customers are encouraged to shoot the juice when finished.

Next is a plate called pan con tamate — literally bread with tomatoes — the first in a series of what Diego refers to as montadito, or a tapas-sized roll topped with anything. The next baguette is sliced open and stuffed with homemade meatballs, imported manchego and peppers. My personal favorite is loaded with plump slices of mildly spicy chorizo sausage, caramelized onions and piquillo peppers.

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The aim of Don Papas is to offer savory morsels, tapas-style, from around the world, and this couple has nailed it. Mimi is from Venezuela, while Diego moved here from Columbia in ’99. The two have gathered a refined collective palate along the way, as well as a respect for fresh, locally sourced goods.

“We use only the highest-quality ingredients, and we love to support local businesses,” explains Mimi. The bread is custom-baked from Rollo Mio in Maspeth, and the meats come from Despaña in Woodside. “We have a passion for bringing people together to try new and amazing things” — things like their tortilla Española, which is a delicate omelet with garlic, onions and potatoes topped with a smear of aioli dulce made from roasted garlic poached in sweet sherry wine.

Everything at Don Tapas is tiny, affordable, and tasty. Now that’s the kind of meal you will want to sink your teeth into.

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Food Box at The Falchi Building
31-00 47th Ave., Long Island City
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70-story skyscraper planned for Long Island City, set to be tallest in Queens


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Photo courtesy of Google Maps

Construction plans for a Long Island City tower that would become Queens’ tallest building were filed with the Department of Buildings on Wednesday.

The skyline-changing structure at 29-37 41st Ave. will have 70 floors in 772 feet, according to the filings, and will be located near the Queensboro Plaza subway station.

Real estate firm Property Markets Group is constructing the tower and bought the vacant land last year for about $46.3 million. The firm also bought the Long Island City clock tower building adjoining the site for $30 million.

There will be 830,000 square feet of space in the building, which will contain 930 apartments. The skyscraper will be a mixed-use structure and have nearly 15,000 square feet of commercial space on the ground floor.

Amenities, including a pool and a health club, will be part of the building, according to the The Real Deal.

SLCE Architects, which is designing a 54-story skyscraper for Rockrose at 43-22 Queens St., is the architect on this project as well.

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Sunnyside comedy group to hold fundraiser for LIC community farm


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Images courtesy of Sunnyside Comedy

A Sunnyside comedy organization is hoping laughter can help one Long Island City community farm grow.

Sunnyside Comedy, a group that brings stand-up comedy from throughout the city to Queens, is getting together with Long Island City urban community farm Smiling Hogshead Ranch, located at 26 Davis Ct.,  to put on a stand-up comedy fundraiser called “Funny by Nature” on March 27 at the Flux Factory located at 39-31 29th St. in LIC.

The event will serve as a benefit for Smiling Hogshead Ranch, as all proceeds from the show will go toward funding the farm’s infrastructure improvements, insurance and free programming in 2015.

“Smiling Hogshead Ranch helps cultivate community by gathering people around shared interests,” said Gil Lopez, co-founder of the Ranch. “Many of these interests are outside of gardening, and this comedy show is a perfect example. We hope to discover other common threads and encourage guests to explore the art on the gallery walls, our newly published zine ‘The Feed’ and talk to our members to learn more about what Smiling Hogshead Ranch is all about.”

The fundraiser, which starts at 8 p.m., will feature acts from a lineup of New York City comics, many of whom live in Queens and have appeared on late night shows such as “Conan,” “Late Night with David Letterman” and specials on Comedy Central.

The comedians taking part in the event are Ted Alexandro, Aparna Nancherla, Joyelle Johnson, Charles McBee, Harrison Greenbaum, Frank Liotti and Katherine Williams. The show will be hosted by Liz Magee.

The night will also feature themed raffles and prizes, and refreshments from city craft breweries.

“The whole point of Sunnyside Comedy is to bring laughs and promote all that’s wonderful in western Queens,” said Colin Anton Samuel, who co-founded Sunnyside Comedy with Lindsay Goldwert. “This fundraiser is the perfect embodiment of everything Lindsay and I want to do.”

Tickets for the show are $20 online at www.SunnysideComedy.nyc or funnybynature.brownpapertickets.com and $25 at the door, which opens at 7:30 p.m. on March 27.

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LIC high school students look for win in regional robotics competition


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Photos courtesy of Queens Vocational and Technical High School

One Long Island City high school is looking to put their skills to the test and take their robot to the top, while also having fun.

The robotics team at Queens Vocational and Technical High School called the “Robo Tigers” is one of more than 160 teams taking part in this weekend’s NYC FIRST 15th Annual Robotics NYC Regional Competition & Expo at the Jacob Javits Convention Center in Manhattan.

NYC FIRST is the city-based nonprofit affiliate of FIRST, the international nonprofit mentoring organization created to get young people excited about science and technology.

Winners from this weekend’s three-day event will move on to the FIRST World Championship Tournament in St. Louis, Missouri.

“These students have worked so hard to get to where they are, from researching real-world programs to designing new inventions through robotics and using the engineering skills they’ve acquired,” said Pat Daly, executive director of NYC FIRST. “Year after year, we see the positive impact our programs have had on the lives of these students, and it’s beyond rewarding to see their excitement and passion develop with each season.”

The “Robo Tigers” are made up of 32 students from the high school ranging from freshmen to seniors. These students will battle with others from the NYC area, as well as internationally from countries such as Brazil, Turkey and China.

The students will have to battle with their custom-built robots and try to come on top during specific challenges throughout the competition.

According to Brian Green, a mentor for the Queens Vocational and Technical High School’s robotics team and an alumni and former member of the team, the team allows students to work together and use what they have learned in their classrooms at the school.

Although the plan is to bring home another win – with the team becoming regional winners in 2009, 2012 and 2013 – Green said the trip to the competition is a great experience for the students.

“It’s a great networking experience. [The students] interact with engineers and industry professional that are actually out there,” Green said.

Guadalupe Juarez, a junior who has been part of the team since her freshman year, works on the “drive train,” which focuses on what helps the robot moves. She said she has had an interest in robotics since middle school and is excited to go to the competition for a third year in a row.

“I’m really excited because the environment is really entertaining and fun,” Juarez said. “The main goal is to have fun and enjoy the competition because winning isn’t everything.”

The NYC FIRST 15th Annual Robotics NYC Regional Competition & Expo will take place from March 13 to 15 from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at 655 West 34th St. The event is free and open to the public.

“Robotics is not just about coming in and building and competing, it’s a way of life,” Green said. “Robotic are not what I do, it’s who I am.”

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Residential and manufacturing balance in new LIC residential building


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Rendering courtesy of Fogarty Finger 

Old industrial buildings in Long Island City are often converted into residential exclusive projects as the housing boom continues in the burgeoning neighborhood.

But due to an old mixed-use industrial zoning, a new residential building that will replace an old warehouse on Crescent Street was designed with a manufacturing space.

Architects for 37-10 Crescent St. recently revealed the new building’s renderings. The first floor of the building will be reserved for manufacturing, which will be used by a contractor, New York YIMBY reported. Ranger Properties, which purchased the 18,000-square-foot one-story building for $6.5 million last year, is developing it.

The project will be a six-story building with 55 residential units in the remaining five floors. It is set to open in 2016. There will also be parking spaces in the basement level, which are mandated by the old zoning code.

The façade of the building is “clad in a lightweight cement board rain screen,” according to the architect.

Demolition permits were filed last month for the one-story warehouse currently at the site.

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Mention Manhattan in listings for quickest Queens home sales


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Photo courtesy of Modern Spaces

For many, the 7 train is synonymous with sudden delays and shutdowns, but mentioning the line in a real estate listing could put the property on the fast track to a sale.

Queens homes listed with references of easy access to Manhattan, such as the “7 train,” “minutes away,” and “Midtown Manhattan,” sell quicker than others, according to a report by real estate website StreetEasy.com, indicating that many home buyers prioritize access across the East River.

“Getting around easily is top of mind for Queens home buyers,” said StreetEasy data scientist Alan Lightfeldt. “The borough’s larger units, new development buzz and relatively lower sales prices are major draws, but buyers jump at listings that highlight a relatively easy commute to the city.”

The firm analyzed thousands of listings to find which word pairs were associated with the fastest selling properties. “Subway lines” and “short walk” were also among the list of words that contributed to the fastest selling properties in Queens.

StreetEasy also performed an analysis to find the best months to lists homes in the borough for the quickest turnaround.

March is the best time for sellers to list their properties, according to the analysis, which is based on past supply, demand and sales data on StreetEasy.com.

Lightfeldt said historically highest demand for properties in New York City is in April, while top supply is in June. He added that listings sell faster before demand and supply peak.

“Properties listed before supply and demand both peak are the ones that hit the sweet spot,” Lightfeldt said. “The discount rate is historically low in March as well, meaning the seller may get a greater share of their original asking price if they list now.”

Click here to see the full report.

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