Trio behind Queens Bookshop aims to raise money to open bookstore after last Barnes & Noble closed down
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The closure of Barnes & Noble in Forest Hills and Bayside sparked strong emotions among Queens residents who would no longer have a general purpose bookstore in the area. But three former employees are looking to open a bookstore that will fulfill every bibliophile’s needs. Vina Castillo, Natalie Noboa and Holly Nikodem all met and worked […]

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Sunnyside filmmakers use Queens as backdrop for a short film about comedian
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Emilie McDonald and Bruce Smolanoff have called Sunnyside home for 14 years and are now using the borough as the setting for “Muck,” a short film about a Queens comedian. The fictional narrative, which clocks in at 15 minutes, follows Mel, a 20-year-old aspiring comedian who lives with her loving but pessimistic mother after being abandoned by her father. Mel […]

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Queens Village man creates new take on empanadas
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What started out as a way to bring a family closer together has now become a business looking to add a new twist to a traditional food and give customers a one-of-a-kind experience. Jonathan Batista of Queens Village is the man behind YourPanadas, a business just started earlier this year with his wife, which takes the […]

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Astoria band captures audiences with unique electric beats
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When Distoria takes the stage, audience members are left wondering how just three members can make so much noise and create such a unique sound. In 2010, the Astoria alternative rock band was formed when frontwoman Helena Martin was invited to play as a solo act at B.O.M.B. Fest in Connecticut. Martin knew she wanted […]

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Queens filmmaker wows 2015 indie movie circuit
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“Zizi and Honeyboy” has just won the award for Best Biographical Drama at the Manhattan Film Festival,” writer, co-producer and star Andrew Koss announced to nearly 100 whooping and applauding friends and family members shortly before a private screening of the short movie at the North Shore Towers Cinema in late June. Based on “What […]

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