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Queens Home Team Awarded Top Team at Keller Williams Realty Landmark II for Most Units Sold in 2014!
Jan 29, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 13 13 recommendations | email to a friend
The Queens Home Team at Keller Williams Realty, led by George & Abigail Herrera, were recently honored at the Keller Williams Realty Landmark II awards ceremony in Astoria, NY. Out of 160 Agents, Q...
The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (also known as ObamaCare)
Jan 29, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 13 13 recommendations | email to a friend
Author; Donna Stefans Re:Obamacare The Health insurance reporting requirements on the 2014 tax return are a bit complicated. If you and your family were covered by an employer health care plan for ...
A Different Slant on Class-Based Hiring Discrimination
Jan 29, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend
Author: Stephen D. Hans Most employers are familiar with the pitfalls of discriminating against applicants in protected classes under Civil Rights laws. For the most part, African Americans, Hispan...
← How Do 2015 Minimum Wage Increases Affect NY Restaurants? Are Employers Free from Liability When Using Staffing Agencies to Terminate Employees?
Jan 23, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 24 24 recommendations | email to a friend
Companies often find that staffing agencies are valuable resources for helping them fill temporary or permanent positions and for handling human resources issues. However, recently, an outside staf...
How Do 2015 Minimum Wage Increases Affect NY Restaurants?
Jan 15, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 53 53 recommendations | email to a friend
Author: Stephen D. Hans Minimum wage increases took effect on December 31, 2014, raising the New York minimum wage from $8.00 to $8.75 per hour for employees who work based on hourly wages. By the ...
This Month in Queens Real Estate: JANUARY 2015
Jan 14, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 53 53 recommendations | email to a friend
January 2014 Queens NY Market Update  The pace of existing home sales increased in December, but remained below that in the same month of the previous year. Home prices declined as we moved in to t...
Negligence of Oregon Hospital Led to Wrongful Death of Patient
Jan 12, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 63 63 recommendations | email to a friend
Author:  Mark H. Sackstein, Esq. All it takes is one small mistake for a disaster to occur. No matter how much research is done when choosing a hospital, it is impossible to predict a situation suc...
Matching Workouts With the Results You Want
Jan 10, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 70 70 recommendations | email to a friend
I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard friends complain about not getting the results they want, despite how much energy they’re putting into their workout.  People who want bigger muscles go t...
How Do 2015 Minimum Wage Increases Affect NY Restaurants?
Jan 08, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 81 81 recommendations | email to a friend
Author: Stephen Hans Minimum wage increases took effect on December 31, 2014, raising the New York minimum wage from $8.00 to $8.75 per hour for employees who work based on hourly wages. By the way...
Immersed in ancient times; the performance of Aida at the Metropolitan Opera. A review.
Jan 03, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 131 131 recommendations | email to a friend
Written By:  Tiziano Thomas Dossena   Imagine being immersed in an ancient world, with colossal stone columns, palaces and images of deities, a marvelous music surrounding you and, thank God, no ce...

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The Brooklyn Bike Jumble is ready for this Saturday
All the gears are in place and ready to roll for the 3rd annual Fall Brooklyn Bike Jumble at the Old Stone House in Park Slope, Brooklyn on Saturday, September 24. The event will feature an all day...
Sep 22, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 33 33 recommendations | email to a friend
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Photography exhibit takes a closer look at Tony Bennett
Granddaughter and photographer, Kelsey, shoots moments wtih him and other big names
Sep 22, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 44 44 recommendations | email to a friend
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“The Wimbledon That Never Was”: For the competitor, enthusiast, fan
Tennis has a culture unlike any sport. Players with even moderate tennis skill need only find partners with similar ability to have an hour or two of exhilarating physical, mental and spiritual cha...
Sep 13, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 42 42 recommendations | email to a friend
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On the hunt for food with “Wildman,” Steve Brill
He talks about foraging, his tours and why he loves doing what he does
Sep 13, 2011 | 1 1 comments | 51 51 recommendations | email to a friend
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C is for Classic: A primer on the style always in fashion
“A girl should be two things: classy and fabulous.” - Coco Chanel You may have heard the saying that everything old is new again, but there are some things that just never go out of style. But what...
Sep 08, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 46 46 recommendations | email to a friend
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Queens rappers rock the stage at Rock the Bells on Governor's Island
Rock the Bells ended with a bang at Governor’s Island on Saturday, September 3rd, as Nas played songs of albums old and new, including the classic “Illmatic.” On stage speaking to thousands of fans...
Sep 08, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 149 149 recommendations | email to a friend
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Events to mark 9/11’s 10th Anniversary
THIS IS PERSONAL MICHAEL RAGSDALE’s 9/11 Tuesday, September 6 – Friday, October 14. After the tragedy of the September 11 terrorist attacks, Michael Ragsdale wandered throughout New York City, taki...
Sep 01, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 57 57 recommendations | email to a friend
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Two artists’ distinct styles converge into fluid works of art
“Free Range” of Brooklyn and a show in Queens
Sep 01, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 62 62 recommendations | email to a friend
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Expect a star-studded Afro-Punk Festival
The Afro-Punk Fest in Fort Greene will feature acts like Cee-Lo Greene and Santigold
Aug 23, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 58 58 recommendations | email to a friend
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An August Day chat with Bebel Gilberto
If Bebel Gilberto were to manifest in goddess form, she’d probably be Aphrodite, or Oshun, the Yoruba religion’s orisha who represents love, intimacy and beauty. It wouldn’t be any surprise since h...
Aug 23, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 78 78 recommendations | email to a friend
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A gold star for the Redd Tale Theatre Company
Astoria-based group skillfully commands the sci-fi stage
Aug 17, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 56 56 recommendations | email to a friend
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Contemporary artists go Green at Flushing Art Gallery
Going green may not be everyone’s cup of tea, but for six contemporary artists, it is the nature of their artwork and their muse. Held at the Crossing Art Gallery on the ground floor of Queens Cros...
Aug 17, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 186 186 recommendations | email to a friend
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A new kind of barbecue with Astoria’s MEXIQ
We often hear of American or Korean Barbecue. But Mexican Barbecue is new idea, thought of by Dimitri Paloumbis, the 37-year-old owner of MEXIQ Kitchen and Draught, a relatively new spot in Astoria...
Aug 10, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 63 63 recommendations | email to a friend
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Bodacious Brooklyn bike-riding fashions
From harem pants to petticoats, ride with comfort and style
Aug 10, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 47 47 recommendations | email to a friend
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Demand grows for Peruvian Pisco drink
When tasting the white frothy, slightly sweet concoction of Pisco Sour, one can’t help but slowly savor the foamy bits of this Peruvian national drink. And while the place is miles away that feelin...
Aug 05, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 54 54 recommendations | email to a friend
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Israel published tenders on Friday for the construction of 450 new housing units in occupied Palestinian territory, a move that critics denounced as a political gesture ahead of a March general election. Ariel Rosenberg, spokesman for Israel's Housing Ministry, said the government was simply remarketing tenders that had failed to sell when they were initially offered last year. Israel goes to the polls on March 17, with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu seeking a fourth term in office. "Once again, Palestinian lives, rights and lands are being violated in the service of Israeli election campaigns," said Hanan Ashrawi, a senior official of the Palestine Liberation Organization.
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In this Thursday Jan. 29, 2015 photo, a Kurdish peshmerga fighter fires a weapon towards positions of the Islamic State group who are 500 meters or half a mile away, overlooking the strategic town of Sinjar, northern Iraq. Peshmerga fighters representing the lawful authorities of Iraqi Kurdistan fume against what they see as the recklessness of their allies in militias drawn from neighboring Syria and Turkey making progress painful and raising doubts about whether these groups can work together. At stake is ownership of Sinjar, the town that once was home to many of Iraq’s Yazidi religious minority. (AP Photo/Bram Janssen)SINJAR, Iraq (AP) — Kurdish forces in recent weeks have retaken parts of the strategic Iraqi town of Sinjar, whose Yazidi population was driven out in a humanitarian disaster last year that triggered U.S. intervention. But sniping among Kurdish factions makes the hold on the town seem shaky and is threatening the wider fight against Islamic state militants.


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A pumpjack brings oil to the surface in the Monterey ShaleBy Barani Krishnan NEW YORK (Reuters) - Oil prices rocketed more than 8 percent higher on Friday, their biggest one-day gain in two and a half years, after data showed U.S. drillers were slamming the brakes on the shale drilling boom. In a rally that may spur speculation that a seven-month price collapse has ended, global benchmark Brent crude shot up to more than $53 per barrel, its highest in more than three weeks, after Baker Hughes data showed the number of rigs drilling for oil in the United States fell by 94 - or 7 percent - this week. Two weeks of relatively stable oil prices have helped shift sentiment after months of decline, setting the stage for the violent rebound on Friday afternoon. With drillers having idled about 24 percent of their oil drilling rigs since the summer, some traders may be betting that an anticipated slowdown in U.S. oil production is nearer than expected.


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