03/22/13 2:00pm

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The LIRR line in question, when it was active

After hearing about the feasibility study RFPs issued by the Trust for Public Land, we’ve learned of a concerted push for the alternate plan for the abandoned rail line – turning it back into a working train line. Two Congressmen representing southern Queens - Representatives Hakeem Jeffries (D-Brooklyn) and Greg Meeks (D-Jamaica) plan to “endorse the proposal and push to allocate federal transportation subsidies to study a plan for bringing rail service back.”  (more…)

03/22/13 1:00pm

Here are some of the properties we’ve featured in QueensNYC this week – three co-ops and a condo in Bayside, Jackson Heights, Beechhurst, and LIC.

23-35 Bell Blvd

23-35 Bell Blvd, #5J, Bayside, NY 11360 (GMAP) - This 1 bed/1 bath co-op in the Bay Country community in Bayside is priced at $249,000. There is a lot of sunlight and newly refinished hardwood floors throughout the unit. The kitchen is a good size for a galley kitchen, with stainless steel appliances, and has an eat-in area, and a breakfast bar. There is also a separate dining room. The building even has its own tennis courts for residents to use. The unit has winter water views and has ownership of two parking spots. The building is right across the street from the big Bay Terrace shopping center, and is convenient to a numer of bus lines (Q13, Q28). It’s located a little over a mile from the Bayside LIRR station.

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03/22/13 11:00am

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Image source: Ranger Dave Taft, Gateway National Recreation Area

We learned via the Osprey’s Journey blog that Coley, the osprey that scientists have been tracking throughout the winter, has made it back to Jamaica Bay! He was in South America during the winter, but as of 5:20pm on March 20, Coley was spotted by Jamaica Bay naturalist Don Riepe. Coley was “sitting in the marsh by his nest with his mate while she was eating a fish.”

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03/22/13 10:00am

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The gorgeous library at The Oracle Club in LIC – lots of books!

It’s always fun to hear what people are reading these days. So what have you read lately? Are you a book fiend? Devoted to magazines (newsy and trashy alike)? Or maybe you’re fully online and you primarily read content on the web? Let us know – leave us a comment here or via twitter at @queensnycity!

03/22/13 9:30am

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Image source: Natalia Paruz Facebook page

Gothamist has put together a list of the 7 Best Buskers in NYC and we’re happy to say that buskers from Queens made the cut.

First up is Natalia Paruz, better known as The Saw Lady. You’ll find her playing her musical saw throughout the subway system, the hauntingly beautiful sounds emanating throughout any particular station. (more…)

03/21/13 3:00pm

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The good folks at Patch reported on an upcoming outreach program by US Representative Grace Meng (D-Flushing) called “Congress on Your Corner,” it will be a chance for neighbors to voice their concerns, discuss community issues on their mind, or just stop by and meet Representative Meng.

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03/21/13 2:00pm

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We can’t tell you how tickled we were to learn from CBS that long running game show Jeopardy! featured Queens in a big way this week. On Tuesday, they devoted an entire category to Queens in the second round. They called the category “The Queens English” (nice) and featured an airport (JFK) to Queens history (Peter Stuyvesant) to sports (John McEnroe).

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03/21/13 11:00am

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Image source: DNAinfo

DNAinfo reports that a community group, the Forest-Rego Compost Collective, a local non-profit, wants to turn the area behind the Home Depot on Woodhaven Boulevard (GMAP) into a community garden. Right now the space is unused and full of trash and gnarly poison ivy.  (more…)

03/21/13 10:00am

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Image source: Wikimedia Commons – bananas can do wonders when you’re sick

During this time of back and forth between mild weather and winter weather, it’s easy to get sick. And when you’re sick, life sucks. When some of us get sick, our appetites decrease and we don’t want to eat anything (or can’t keep it down), and getting back on the eating horse can been a shock to the system. What do you like to eat while sick? Are you a chicken soup kind of person? A warm Jello individual? Do you take on the BRAT diet (bananas, rice, applesauce, toast). Or maybe tea and toast is where you’re at. We’d love to know. Leave us a comment here or via twitter at @queensnycity.