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This Month in Queens Real Estate: DEC 2014
Dec 17, 2014 | 1 1 comments | 25 25 recommendations | email to a friend
Dec 2014 Queens NY Market Update  The pace of home sales continued to decrease in November and inventory continued to track below last year’s levels as well.  Sales are well below those seen in the...
NYC Employment Law — Pre-tax Transit Benefits
Dec 17, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 21 21 recommendations | email to a friend
As employers, sometimes it is difficult to keep with the employment law changes, which is why you should consult periodically with an employment defense lawyer and stay apprised of new laws. At the...
Wage and Hour Regulation Pitfalls
Dec 10, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 70 70 recommendations | email to a friend
Business owners can get themselves into trouble when not understanding wage and hours laws. What appears to be a bright idea that cuts corners and saves money is sometimes a violation that leads to...
In life, the glass is always half full! Exclusive interview with cartoonist Maria Scrivan
Dec 08, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 95 95 recommendations | email to a friend
Written By:  Tiziano Thomas Dossena   | 19 November 2014   Maria Scrivan’s cartoons are published in MAD Magazine, Parade Magazine, Prospect Magazine (UK), on Mashable.com, Salon.com. Funny Times a...
Zeffirelli's La Boheme at the Metropolitan Opera: a review
Dec 04, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 119 119 recommendations | email to a friend
  Written By:  Tiziano Thomas Dossena 3 December 2014 |     Zeffirelli’s production of La Boheme at the metropolitan Opera shines. A sample of the stage set up as performed in a preceding season. L...
Are You Staying on Top of Regulations that Affect Your Restaurant?
Dec 04, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 106 106 recommendations | email to a friend
A recent change in regulations predicted to arrive soon is that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) will release a national menu labeling standard for chain restaurants. The standard will addres...
The World Seen Through a Dog’s Point of View. An Exclusive Interview with Paul Gilligan, author of Pooch Café
Dec 03, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 115 115 recommendations | email to a friend
  Written By:  Tiziano Thomas Dossena 10 October 2014 |   Paul Gilligan with Poncho, the main character of Pooch Cafe According to his website, www.poochcafe.com, Paul Gilligan’s affair with art be...
What about Wellness Programs as Part of Health Coverage?
Nov 28, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 158 158 recommendations | email to a friend
Today many companies offering health insurance also provide wellness programs, which are a preventative medicine approach to health. Today, 94 percent of employers with more than 400 employees and ...
This Month in Queens Real Estate: NOV 2014 (Month's Supply: 6.3 Months)
Nov 14, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 235 235 recommendations | email to a friend
Oct 2014 Queens NY Market Update  Queens home sales are down for the third month in a row from August – October. Home sales are also remaining significantly below last year’s levels, according to t...
Forest Hills Food Crawl
Nov 10, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 246 246 recommendations | email to a friend
The Chamber and All The Tastes of New York would love to invite you to our first Forest Hills Food Crawl, a culinary journey through Forest Hills happening this Wednesday, November 12th ! A Food Cr...

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Q&A with Greenpoint-based songwriter Bay Uno
In just the last few years, former Los Angeles graffiti artist Bay Uno has taken the the local music scene by storm. Uno first moved to the city to take a job in graphic design. After dabbling in s...
Dec 16, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend
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Q&A with Brooklyn rock band The Meaning of Life
After answering a Craig’s List ad for a collaborative lead vocal role in a Brooklyn band back in 2012, Marta DeLeon has since made The Meaning of Life her creative home. Now the lead singer and bas...
Dec 11, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 13 13 recommendations | email to a friend
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Q&A with Astoria rapper Paco the G Train Bandit
Paco Hanlon is not your average middle-school math teacher. In his off time, the Astoria educator lives out another passion in his life - writing and performing hip-hop music. Known to his fans as ...
Dec 04, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 14 14 recommendations | email to a friend
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New Maspeth restaurant puts its own spin on weekend brunch
Although brunching has emerged as a trendy weekend meal event and many food establishments are offering brunch specials, only few do it right. Slide Bar-B-Q, located at 52-75 65th PL. Maspeth, is o...
Nov 28, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 15 15 recommendations | email to a friend
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Q&A with Astoria rocker Ashley Kervabon
Solo artist starts an all-female rock band
Nov 28, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 14 14 recommendations | email to a friend
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Q&A with the Bushwick-based rock band Glass Elephant
For the last three years, Bushwick rock band Glass Elephant has brought a rare, pure rock element to a digital-infused music scene. Russ Flynn, lead singer and guitar player, startede the band with...
Nov 28, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend
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Brooklyn’s Bugs in the Dark anticipate their upcoming EP
Husband and wife rockers Zach Glass and Karen Rockower-Glass have played music together in Brooklyn for the better part of the last 12 years. From humble beginning in their Bed-Stuy bar-turned-apar...
Nov 12, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 15 15 recommendations | email to a friend
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Q&A with NYC-artist Militia Vox
There isn’t much that Militia Vox cannot do. Since moving to New York, Vox has taken center stage as the front woman of Judas Priestess, an all-girl tribute to Judas Priest, the leading lady of Dee...
Nov 05, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 13 13 recommendations | email to a friend
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Vermont band Alpenglow brings folk roots to Brooklyn
In a small chapel tucked away in Brooklyn Heights, Vermont-born band Alpenglow brought a bit of the rolling beauty of the Green Mountains to the big city last weekend. In honor of their new EP, Cha...
Oct 29, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 14 14 recommendations | email to a friend
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Bushwick-based band The Attic Ends heading west
The Attic Ends have practiced, performed and lived the NYC music scene since they formed five years ago in Bushwick. Since day one, the four-piece indie rock band has strategically focused on build...
Oct 23, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend
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Brooklyn singer Shayna Steele to release second album
Former Broadway performer breaks out on her own
Oct 22, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend
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Q&A with NYC singer songwriter Tina Shafer
Tina Shafer, like many aspiring artists, first came to New York City when she was in her early 20’s to take advantage of the opportunity that simply could not be found where she was born. Through m...
Oct 17, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend
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Evil Arrows unveils the latest part of a yearlong EP series
Interview with Brooklyn-based frontman Bryan Scary
Oct 01, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 37 37 recommendations | email to a friend
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“Sound Syndrome” discusses the power of love and words
Off-Broadway debut features dancing and original music
Sep 18, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 33 33 recommendations | email to a friend
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Singer-songwriter Kat Quinn finds her place in Astoria
Kat Quinn moved to Astoria three years ago when she was told her music wasn’t country enough for Nashville. After discovering her talent for playing guitar and writing music while attending the Uni...
Sep 03, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 40 40 recommendations | email to a friend
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In this Dec. 13, 2014 photo provided by Katie Sullivan and James Marquis, they pose with their newly-apopted dog Octavia, a 2-year-old German shepherd featured in a segment of "Telethon Dogs" presented by Queen Latifah over the two-hour Thanksgiving night telecast, at their home in Costa Mesa, Calif. Producers say more than 4,400 people filed adoption papers for homeless dogs during what was billed as the first all-star dog adoption telethon. Director Michael Levitt says it would be huge if only half of the applications result in adoptions. Levitt also says he thinks anyone who watched the show would strongly consider a rescue next time they get a dog. Seventy dogs from rescues across the country were featured on the two-hour Thanksgiving night telecast — a show the producer hopes becomes a fixture in the future. More than 4 million people tuned in to the show, which was co-hosted by actresses Hilary Swank and Jane Lynch, and aired on donated time from the Fox Network.(AP Photo/Katie Sullivan and James Marquis)LOS ANGELES (AP) — Producers say more than 4,400 people filed adoption papers for homeless dogs during "Cause for Paws: An All-Star Dog Spectacular," billed as the first all-star dog adoption telethon.


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FILE - In this Thursday, Nov. 27, 2014 file photo, Giselle Basurto, of Mexico, shops at a Kmart store in New York on Thanksgiving Day. Retail sales rose 1.8 percent from Nov. 1 through Monday, Dec. 15, 2014 according to data provided from First Data Corp., which tracks purchases at 800,000 stores including online. The modest growth comes despite the heavy discounting customary throughout the season. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)NEW YORK (AP) — Despite an early start, sales data provided to The Associated Press show that stores may once again have to rely on procrastinators to save the holiday shopping season.


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Israeli border police detain a Palestinian protester following a prayer for Palestinian Cabinet minister Ziad Abu Ain, who collapsed shortly after a protest on Dec. 10 in the West Bank village of Turmus Aya, as they clash with the troops near the village outside of Ramallah, Friday, Dec. 19, 2014. Clashes erupted between Palestinian protesters and Israeli forces at a West Bank military checkpoint near Turmus Aya, where Abu Ain collapsed and later died en route to hospital. Palestinian and Israeli pathologists subsequently disagreed over the cause of Abu Ain's death. The Palestinian expert said the cause of death was a "blow," while his Israeli colleague said Abu Ain died of a heart attack. (AP Photo/Majdi Mohammed)JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel's military struck a Hamas site in the Gaza Strip early Saturday in its first airstrike on the Palestinian territory since this summer's war.


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