The iconic gantries of Gantry Plaza State Park // Eagle photo by Katie Finkowski

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TUESDAY, JULY 24, 2018 

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Queensboro Dance Festival Comes To Bliss Street Plaza

Travel to Sunnyside’s Bliss Street Plaza for a performance of the 2018 Queensboro Dance Festival tonight from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. underneath the 46th Street station stop on the 7 train. Attendees can expect performances from various Queensboro Dance Festival dance companies, followed by an open dance floor. The dance company line-up includes Sector Dance, Sheep Meadow Dance Theatre, Q&A Productions and Masala Bhangra. If dancing isn’t your thing, the event will also feature live music from the Queens Cartoonists, a group that specializes in playing music from classic cartoons and that features “multi-instrumental mayhem,” singing and comedy in their performances.

Rock Out In Long Island City Tonight

It’s all about the classics tonight, thanks to the Kupferberg Center for the Arts. Queens College’s premier performing arts center will present the third edition of the outdoor concert series, Live at the Gantries, this time featuring rock n’ roll classics performed by the band FDR Drive. Rock out at Long Island City’s Gantry Plaza State Park, located at 4-09 47th Rd, starting at 7 p.m. The Live at the Gantries free concert series is presented every Tuesday in July and August at Gantry Plaza State Park and features a diverse mix of Queens-based musicians performing everything from Latin and Balinese music to New Orleans blues and doo-wop.

Beware of Mailbox Theft On Myrtle Avenue

Police from the 104th Precinct are asking residents who use local mailboxes to practice caution when mailing out checks following a reported incident in the vicinity of Myrtle Avenue and 69th Street in Glendale. The precinct, which represents, Ridgewood, Glendale, Middle Village and Maspeth, announced via Twitter on Wednesday that thieves in the area are stealing mail to obtain checks, credit cards and personal information for the purposes of identity theft. Residents are asked to pick up incoming mail from their mailboxes as early and as frequently as possible and to avoid leaving outgoing mail in mailboxes over Sundays and holidays, when mail is not picked up.

Flagship Diner Closes Its Doors After 53 Years In Briarwood

A beloved Queens diner closed its doors on Sunday after 53 years of serving up food for residents of Briarwood. The Flagship Diner, located at 138-30 Queens Blvd, was valued by diners for a family-friendly atmosphere that welcomed children and adults alike. “The people, the staff, the owners, they treated us like family from day one,” longtime customer Ronald Turner told PIX11. The diner’s owners told PIX11 that they had been battling with the property’s landlord for a year and a half over a lease that was supposed to end in 2019 so it could be converted into a seven-story apartment building.

2 Queens Neighborhoods Reach $1 Million Median Home Sales

Two Queens neighborhoods crossed the $1 million mark for median sales price during the second quarter of 2018, thrusting them into the rarified air of trendy neighborhoods like Tribeca and DUMBO. According to a report published by PropertyShark, a real estate blog that tracks market trends, both Belle Harbor and Hunters Point topped the $1 million mark. Belle Harbor, located on the western half of the Rockaway Peninsula, saw a median sales price of $1.18 million, placing it in the top 20 most expensive neighborhoods in the city. Hunters Point saw 49 transactions with a media sales price of $1 million, a slight increase from the same time last year.

De Blasio Streamlines Rental Assistance Vouchers for City’s Homeless

Mayor Bill de Blasio announced Wednesday that New York City will consolidate the various and confusing ways homeless residents can apply for housing assistance to get back on their feet.
The new City Fighting Homelessness & Eviction Prevention Supplement, known as CityFHEPS, voucher program seeks to replace the seven housing voucher programs that the city currently operates and condense the requirements for each program into one simplified set. “Streamlining rental assistance will help New Yorkers experiencing homelessness obtain and remain in homes they deserve rather than on the streets or in shelter,” de Blasio said in a statement. “It’s one more tool we’re using to help turn the tide on this decades-long challenge.”

Ozone Park Residents Fight Shelter Site Pitched By DHS

A public hearing on a proposed homeless shelter in Ozone Park attracted hundreds of residents eager to confront the Department of Homeless Services last week. DHS officials defended their proposal to turn a former church into a shelter for homeless men with mental illness, but angry outbursts from residents and local lawmakers punctuated the evening. The crowd filled the auditorium of Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary church to confront DHS First Deputy Commissioner Jackie Bray and other officials over the proposal  to convert the former Christ Evangelical Lutheran Church, on 101st Avenue and 86th Street into a homeless shelter that will serve 113 homeless men with mental illness. The Queens Daily Eagle reported on the hearing. Check out more Queens Daily Eagle coverage.

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