Maker Faire 2012 featured a fiery volcano. Photo by Jennifer Morrow.

World Maker Faire Coming to Flushing Meadows

The East Coast’s largest celebration of invention, creativity and curiosity is making its way to Queens later this month, bringing the “Maker Movement” within walking distance of the No. 7 train.

The New York Hall of Science, located in Flushing Meadows Corona Park, will host The World Maker Faire on Saturday, Sept. 22 and Sunday, Sept. 23, featuring everything from an exhibit on sustainable architecture to a live presentation hosted by Adam Savage, the former host of “Mythbusters,” as well as other special events that are sure to delight the borough’s tech heads.

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Ice cream trucks have wracked up hundreds of noise complaints to 311. // Eagle photo by Mary Frost

Ice Cream Headache: Jamaica Leads NYC In Jingle Complaints

Jamaica residents are fed up with ice trucks. And they’re giving the cold shoulder to Mr. Softee’s familiar tune.

At least according to 311 complaint information compiled by the New York City database Localize.city.

Roughly 1,279 complaints were filed throughout New York City between August 2017 and August 2018. The region around Captain Tilly Park in Jamaica had the highest number of complaints. Localize.city reported that residents around Captain Tilly Park — along with “clusters” around Highland Avenue and Ava Place and 170th Street near 89th and 90th Avenues —  filed ice-cream truck song complaints with 311 on 61 days over the past year.

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State Sen. Michael Gianaris of Astoria. Photo courtesy of Michael Gianaris.

Gianaris Bill Mandates More Frequent Lead Testing at Schools and Parks

State Sen. Michael Gianaris introduced a bill on Sept. 4 that would mandate more frequent lead inspections of sinks and water fountains at schools and — for the first time — parks across the state.

The proposed legislation comes after NYCHA revealed that at least 1160 children have tested positive for lead poisoning after encountering lead-contaminated paint in their apartments. Lead paint chips have flaked off stanchions along the No. 7 line and cities throughout the country — most notably Flint, Michigan — have grappled with lead contamination in their water infrastructure.

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Tribute Park in Rockaway Park, hosts a 9/11 memorial event this morning. Photo by Richard Santaga, Friends of Tribute Park via nyc.gov

Memorials Around Queens Honor 9/11 Victims This Week

Today, memorials throughout the borough will unite Queens residents and seek to remember the friends, loved ones, neighbors and colleagues who died.

Here are a few events taking place this week:

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The flag that draped Captain William Harry Thompson’s body when he was taken from ground zero and his official shield and the jewelry that was recovered with him. Photo courtesy of Joseph Baccellieri

Court Officers Honor Colleagues Who Died on 9/11

Seventeen years ago, court officers working out of the Manhattan criminal courts complex or the Beaver Street training academy heard that two planes had collided with the World Trade Center towers and sprang into action.

More than twenty officers ran into the building to rescue victims of the attack on Sept. 11, 2011. Three didn’t make it out.

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Margery Koveleski shows a picture of her family when they moved from New York City to Ohio, during an interview in the showroom of their store Design Sleep in Yellow Springs, Ohio on Thursday, Aug. 23, 2018. It was initially a challenge for the Koveleskis’ children to be the new, mixed-race kids in an area less diverse than Queens. And Michael struggled to find work in the shaky post-9/11 economy. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

‘Wake-up call’: 9/11 prompted some to move away to new lives

On 9/11, Stephen Feuerman saw the World Trade Center aflame through the window of his Empire State Building office and watched, transfixed, as a second fireball burst from the twin towers.

He ran through the 78th floor urging everyone to get out, thinking their skyscraper could be next. With transit hubs shut down, he couldn’t get home to his family in suburban Westchester for hours. Among the dead were someone he knew from college and people he recognized from his commuter train.

Feuerman had always seen himself as a New Yorker, but “everything changed that day,” he says.

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Court officer brass hold the street sign designating 29th Street and 21st Avenue in Astoria “Lt. Theodore Leoutsakos Way.” // Photo courtesy of NYSUCS

Court Officers Honor Colleagues Who Died on 9/11

By David Brand Seventeen years ago, court officers working out of the Manhattan criminal courts complex and the Beaver Street

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Emily Wexler, a singer and keyboardist, performs in "It Can Happen Here." // Photo courtesy of Judith Sloan

Queens Dramatist Asks Provocative Questions In New Play

By Clarissa Sosin When Queens-based playwright Judith Sloan finished reading Sinclair Lewis’s novel “It Can’t Happen Here,” she knew she

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