Avella hopes to stop plans of overdevelopment on massive Whitestone vacant sites
Photo courtesy of Christopher Bride/PropertyShark 

Winter may be coming to an end, but state Sen. Tony Avella isn’t planning a warm welcome for anyone who purchases a controversial site in Whitestone if they plan on overdeveloping the property or building something that doesn’t comply with zoning. The large property, which comprises six acres of vacant land near the intersection of 150th Street […]

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Queens celebrates National Pancake Day with free flapjacks at IHOP
THE COURIER/ Photo by Angy Altamirano

BY ANGY ALTAMIRANO AND CRISTABELLE TUMOLA Pancake lovers came together in Queens to celebrate the 10th anniversary of National Pancake Day by feasting on free stacks of their favorite breakfast food at their local IHOP. The giveaway was started by the national restaurant chain in 2006 and not only honors the classic morning staple but also […]

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Rego Park teacher pleads guilty to sexually abusing boys, won’t see prison time
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A Rego Park elementary school computer teacher will be sentenced to 10 years of probation after he pleaded guilty to sexual conduct with minors in his classroom over the course of four years, according to District Attorney Richard Brown. Wilbert Cortez, 52, admitted to one count of first-degree sex abuse and three counts of endangering the […]

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Selling point: Joe Abbracciamento site sells again and more big sales
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The closing and sale of the nearly seven-decade-old Joe Abbracciamento Restaurant in Rego Park caused an emotional stir in the neighborhood last year. The buyer, Criterion Group, had plans to demolish and build on the property, but nearly one year after the eatery closed, the new owner has sold the property. That transaction is just […]

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Local movie maker brings piece of Jackson Heights to Queens World Film Festival
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One Jackson Heights filmmaker is keeping a promise and taking it to the big screen. Producer and Jackson Heights resident Michael Lieber met screenwriter Joseph P. Vasquez in California during the mid-1990s and started to work on a screenplay called “The House That Jack Built,” written by Vasquez. But before the project was complete, Vasquez, […]

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