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Cops Bust Alleged Queens Heroin Dealer in Connection with OD Death

On Sunday, Nassau County police have arrested Corona resident Edward Gillespie for allegedly selling the heroin that resulted in the overdose death of a man in Massapequa Park. Cops said they identified Gillespie through the county’s “Operation Natalie,” an initiative to map high drug use areas and target dealers. At the time of his arrest, police said Gillespie was carrying several bags of heroin on him, the Daily News reports. Gillespie is being held on $200,000 bond or $100,000 cash bail.

Officers Are On The Lookout For a Violent Parking Garage Bandit

Yesterday afternoon, a man pointed a gun ata  parking garage attendant and stole a Kia Sportage from a Rego Park garage located at 92-77 Queens Boulevard, WPIX reports. After the attendant initially refused to let the suspect take a car, the suspect drew his gun, chased the 59-year-old attendant and pistol-whipped him. He then drove off with the stolen car. Police say the man is about 25 years old, measures 5-feet-7 inches tall, and weighs about around 160 pounds, with a goatee.

Iconic NY State Pavilion Renovation Hasn’t Started — Despite $14 Million Investment

It’s not just the setting for a climactic “Men in Black” scene. The New York State Pavilion was once a centerpiece of the 1964 World’s Fair and considered a “marvel of the Space Age.” Though the towers have fallen into disrepair, a $14 million investment in 2017 was supposed to address its structural problems. But more than a year later, work has not started. On Sunday, AM New York reported that the city has yet to receive viable bids from firms willing to take on the rehab work. “We certainly knew it was a complicated project, especially with the lighting element,” said Janice Melnick, administrator for Flushing Meadows-Corona Park. “We would have loved to have more bids come in. It’s such an important job and we want to make sure we get the right contractor to do it.”

Camp Out Under the Stars in Flushing

The Flushing Quaker Meeting House invites Queens families to join them tonight for a kid-friendly night of barbecuing and camping to celebrate the Fourth of July. The organization will charge campers $20 to cover the cost of food, drinks and s’mores. They ask that campers bring their own sleeping bags and tents if they plan to camp. Families are also welcome to participate in the barbecue without sleeping over. The event is hosted by the Queens Chamber of Commerce.

Colombia v. England — Live from Long Island City

The World Cup knockout stage match between Colombia and England is sure to energize our borough today at 2 pm. That’s because Queens County contains the highest concentration of Colombians and Colombian-Americans in the country. Meanwhile, the English National Team boasts a huge local following thanks to a slate of English Premier League matches televised each weekend. Head to Doha Night Club for the match and stick around for the after-party, which will last until 1 am. Doha is located at 3834 31st Street.

Afro-Latin Jazz Beats Spice Up Bliss Plaza

Kick off the 4th of July holiday early with Afro-Latin Jazz Beats under the 7-Train tracks in Bliss Plaza. At 5 pm, the band Sabor and the Afro-Latineers will perform as part of the weekly Beats in Bliss Plaza program, a music and dance series designed to extend free arts access to the Sunnyside community. Can’t get enough of Sabor and the Afro-Latineers? Check them out on July 10 at 6 pm in Brooklyn’s Cobble Hill Park.

MTA Shuts Down Two Astoria Subway Stations Ahead of Renovations

Commuters in Astoria encountered yet another series of subway service disruptions on Monday, as the MTA closed the Broadway and 39th Avenue stations on the N and W line for station enhancements. Trains will skip Broadway and 39th Avenue in both directions until at least February 2019, according to the MTA. As an alternative, customers can take the Q102 or Q104 buses, or use the nearby 30th Avenue, 36th Avenue, Steinway Street, or Queensboro Plaza stations. The closure will provide contractors time to fit the stations with improved lighting, charging stations, and structural improvements, among other upgrades, according to the MTA.

Federal Judge Extends Housing Assistance For Puerto Ricans Displaced By Hurricane Maria

Housing assistance for nearly 1,700 Puerto Rican hurricane-evacuees living in the United States, including some staying in Queens, has been extended thanks to a decision by a federal judge Saturday. U.S. District Judge Leo Sorokin of Massachusetts issued the decision after civil rights group LatinoJustice PRLDEF filed a lawsuit seeking further relief for the displaced Puerto Ricans, whose housing assistant vouchers issued through the Transitional Sheltering Assistance program were scheduled to expire on Sunday, the Associated Press reported. Sorokin’s order halts the agency from ending the program until midnight Tuesday at the earliest.

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