Ridgewood-based group launches online fundraiser to help victims of Italy earthquake
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As rescuers are working furiously to find survivors following the massive earthquake in Italy earlier this week, an Italian cultural organization based in Ridgewood is raising funds toward the rebuilding process. The Associazione Culturale Italiana di New York and Italian daily newspaper America Oggi have launched a GoFundMe page seeking cash donations for the earthquake […]

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Isis Hookah Lounge in Astoria changes its name to attract ‘more business,’ owner says
Photo courtesy of Frank Spotorno

A hookah lounge in Astoria that shares a name with a global terrorist organization has recently made a big change. The formerly named Isis Hookah Lounge, located at 23-52 Steinway St., began garnering media attention in 2014 when the Daily News interviewed the owner about the name’s origin. Owner Michil Gadalla, an Egyptian and Coptic Christian told the paper that he […]

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This suspect punched a guy in the face for his wallet at entrance to an Astoria apartment building
Inset photo: NYPD/ Photo: Google Maps

Police are looking for a man who punched another man to the ground before stealing his wallet in an Astoria apartment. On Aug. 13 at 4:45 a.m., a 51-year-old man was walking into a residential building on 23rd Street when the suspect approached him from behind and covered his mouth. He then punched the man […]

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Man punched 14-year-old before robbing him of $7 and an iPhone on an Astoria street
Inset Photo via NYPD/ Photo via Google Maps

Police are looking for a man who punched a 14-year-old boy in the face and stole $7 and an iPhone from him in Astoria. On July 26 at 7:50 a.m., a man approached the boy at Astoria Boulevard and 44th Street, punched him and stole his iPhone 4 and cash. He then fled eastbound on […]

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Take a look at these beautiful wooden creations made by Long Island City toymaker
Photos by Angela Matua

Ken Como did not originally set out to be a toymaker, but after losing his job as a furniture draftsman in 2009, he decided to turn his hobby into a career. As the owner of Noli Noli, a toy company based in Long Island City, Como makes his toys out of recycled and local wood. From […]

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