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Kaufman Astoria Studios opens NYC’s first outdoor film set
Kaufman Astoria Studios opens NYC’s first outdoor film set
Top Stories Angy Altamirano 12/03/2013 at 3:51PM

Queens is on its way to becoming the next Hollywood. Kaufman Astoria representatives, local and state elected officials, community leaders and the beloved Grover from Sesame Street gathered on Tuesday to cut the ribbon on New York City’s first outdoor film set at the Kaufman Astoria Studios on 36th Street between 34th and 35th Avenue. [...]

Family of Flushing Sandy victim officially files suit against city
Family of Flushing Sandy victim officially files suit against city
Northeast Melissa Chan 8/14/2013 at 3:32PM

The family of the Flushing man tragically killed by a felled tree during Sandy has officially filed a lawsuit against the city, legal sources said. “The city has completely ignored the situation with their trees in Queens,” said the family’s attorney, Rosemarie Arnold. Arnold filed a notice of claim in January on behalf of Tony [...]

UPDATE: One dead, another injured in Woodside stabbing
UPDATE: One dead, another injured in Woodside stabbing
Police Melissa Chan 7/13/2013 at 1:29PM

One man was stabbed to death in Woodside and another was found injured next to him early Saturday morning, police said. The identities of both victims were not yet released. They were taken to Elmhurst Hospital shortly before 5 a.m. on June 13, authorities said. A 26-year-old Hispanic male was stabbed in the chest and [...]

Hooters to reopen in Fresh Meadows
Hooters to reopen in Fresh Meadows
Northeast Melissa Chan 7/11/2013 at 10:20AM

Fresh Meadows will soon get its second helping of Hooters, but one where the busty wait staff might be clad in a new getup. The once popular neighborhood rack shack at 61-09 190th Street will reopen later this summer as a new franchise under Marc Phaneuf. Officials said the establishment closed last October after Hooters [...]

Marino’s Italian Ices founder passes away
Marino’s Italian Ices founder passes away
Top Stories Melissa Chan 7/10/2013 at 4:46PM

The founder of Marino’s Italian Ices who passed away last week leaves behind a sweet treat and a lasting legacy. Marinos Vourderis, who made his millions in Queens, died July 2 in his Jamaica Estates home, his family said. He was 97. “He was just an amazing man,” said his granddaughter Kristen Breglio. “He would [...]

60 Queens polling sites to have Bengali translations
Politics Melissa Chan 7/09/2013 at 12:56PM

Ballots at 60 Queens polling sites this year will have Bengali translations, officials said, but advocates for South Asian voters are skeptical the move will crystallize. “Our concern is that we were told in the past that Bengali ballots would be available, particularly for the November general election, and that did not happen,” said attorney [...]

Near collision over Queens points to increased air traffic: pol
News Melissa Chan 6/24/2013 at 4:16PM

Two planes nearly collided over Queens as one aircraft took off and another was completing a landing, officials said. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is investigating a June 13 incident in which a Delta Airlines Boeing 747 regional jet arriving at John F. Kennedy International Airport at 2:40 p.m. came perilously close to a Shuttle [...]

Audit finds city high school placement flawed
Audit finds city high school placement flawed
Education & Kids Melissa Chan 6/21/2013 at 10:54AM

The city’s high school placement system denied a handful of youngsters a chance at being admitted to a competitive Queens school, a comptroller’s audit found. Four middle school students were not ranked last year for possible enrollment at Townsend Harris High School’s Intensive Academic Humanities even though they were eligible, according to City Comptroller John [...]

BBQ restaurant to replace shuttered Douglaston sports bar Strawberry’s
BBQ restaurant to replace shuttered Douglaston sports bar Strawberry’s
Northeast Melissa Chan 5/23/2013 at 10:49AM

Order up! Queens foodies looking to pig out on a slab of ribs need go no further than Douglaston. Smokin’ Aces Championship BBQ is slated to open in the first week of June. It will replace Strawberry’s, a popular sports bar at 42-15 235th Street that abruptly closed last October. “Everything just kind of fell [...]

Amusement park coming to Flushing Meadows
Amusement park coming to Flushing Meadows
Top Stories Melissa Chan 5/14/2013 at 3:08PM

A carousel will spin and a coaster will hurtle later this month when Queens gets its own amusement park. Fantasy Forest, a new family attraction at Flushing Meadows-Corona Park, has already opened most of the five rides there, including a train and the borough’s only roller coaster. The amusement park’s grand opening is slated for [...]