12/19/12 10:00am

instagram-tos-changes-outrage

Image source: Arne Hulstein on Flickr – an example of the outrage after Instagram’s new TOS had been revealed

Seems like yesterday’s intertubes were full of opinion pieces, analysis, and outrage over Instagram’s changes in their Terms of Service (TOS), which go into effect on January 16, 2013. After much discussion all day by the news outlets and in user comments, Instagram says they will further adjust their TOS - seemed the biggest problem people had with the new TOS is that Instagram could sell user photos for advertising purposes without letting them know about it, but that (apparently) won’t be the case anymore. Also the thing about ads not being identified as ads also sticks in some people’s craw.

So tell us, will you stay with Instagram or will you abandon them for greener pastures – Flickr, perhaps? They have a nicely revamped photo app. There’s always Hipstamatic, too. We’d love to hear your thoughts on this. Leave us a comment here or via twitter at @queensnycity.

10/31/12 12:00pm

breezy-point-zone-a-queens

Image source: WNYC

Two places that got hit particularly hard during Hurricane Sandy were LIC and the Rockaways. Breezy Point was particularly hard hit (it is located on the west side of the Rockaway peninsula, and the western tip is known for its excellent birdwatching oportunities) with water and wind and fires. This morning, one woman we met from Sunnyside said that her parents’ house down there was not destroyed by fire (the fire stopped about 100 feet away from the house) but that the house was moved off its foundation by the water and wind.

It’s a heartbreaking scene down there. 111 homes burned to the ground, according to CBS. This image below is incredible – click to enlarge.

This aerial photo shows burned-out homes in the Breezy Point section of the Queens borough New York after a fire on Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2012. The tiny beachfront neighborhood told to evacuate before Sandy hit New York burned down as it was inundated by floodwaters, transforming a quaint corner of the Rockaways into a smoke-filled debris field. (AP Photo/Mike Groll)

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