Astoria bar to host “butt ugly” Christmas sweater party
THE COURIER/Photo by Angy Altamirano / Flyer courtesy of The POP BAR

‘Tis the season to dig into your closet and find that Christmas sweater grandma gave you and get ready to party in Astoria. The POP BAR, located at 12-21 Astoria Blvd., will be teaming up this Sunday with the blog Give Me Astoria and Toys for Tots to host The Butt Ugly Xmas Sweater Party. […]

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Owner of Smitty’s Hot Dog truck celebrates 25 years with $1 wieners
THE COURIER/Photo by Salvatore Licata

SALVATORE LICATA During the dog days of summer, there’s one spot in Ozone Park where people can get relief—not from high temperatures but from high food prices. The owner of Smitty’s Hot Dog and Italian Sausage truck, located on 149th Avenue and Cross Bay Boulevard in Ozone Park, is celebrating 25 years at the location […]

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Famous Famiglia opens at Jackson Heights subway station
THE COURIER/ Photo by Angy Altamirano

A new famiglia has come to Jackson Heights. Famous Famiglia opened its doors on Monday at the subway station on 75th Street and Roosevelt Avenue together with local elected officials, family and friends. The pizza chain beat out a total of 12 other proposals which vied to call the vacant 4,000-square-foot space home in 2010, […]

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Bayside teen to vie for Miss New York Teen USA 2014
Photo courtesy of Rachel Xing

It would be a dream come true, literally, if Rachel Xing wins Miss New York Teen USA next year. The 16-year-old from Bayside is entering her first pageant in January to fulfill a possible prophecy her mother had while five months pregnant with her. “When I was really little, my mom told me she had […]

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Students at Howard Beach’s P.S./M.S. 207 celebrate ‘kindness’ with Toys for Tots
THE COURIER/Photo by Maggie Hayes

Howard Beach’s P.S./M.S. 207 is getting into the spirit of giving this holiday season. Marine Corps Sergeants Mike Roy and Miguel Villalobos brought the Toys for Tots donation program to the 88th Street school on Friday. “A lot of [kids] don’t even know about the program,” Villalobos said. “Doing a little outreach opens their minds.” In […]

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