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Extending Gingerbread Lane

Saturday, November 15th, 2014

Jon Lovitch’s candy-covered holiday village, “Gingerbread Lane,” made the Guinness Book of World Records last year with 157 gingerbread houses. This year, he’s back at the New York Hall of Science, with plans to break his record by expanding his gingerbread empire to 1,020 houses.

The holiday-themed village will close Jan. 11 when the sweet real estate will be given away.

Blind Marathoner’s Race to Help

Thursday, November 6th, 2014

A row of gleaming medals, suspended by colorful ribbons, hang along a wall in Nooria Nodrat’s Long Island City kitchen.

“There’s a lot,” Nodrat said, laughing.

Each medal represents a race she’s completed, despite being blind and suffering from severe asthma. The most recent award is from Sunday’s New York City Marathon.

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Keeping an Eye on Kids’ Sight

Tuesday, October 14th, 2014

At Steinway Eye Care in Queens, children’s glasses come in a wide variety of styles. 

“We’ve got rainbows, we’ve got balloons, we’ve got superheroes,” says Sam Pirozollo, the shop’s owner.

But for some kids who need glasses, the problem isn’t finding a pair they like, it’s about finding a pair they can afford. That’s where Tonya Daniels come in.

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Meet Queens’ ‘Qustodian’

Tuesday, April 29th, 2014

Jeff Orlick gives Jackson Heights food tours under the moniker Jeffrey Tastes. He also has a second alter ego: The Queens Qustodian.

He’s less a superhero than a one-man cleanup crew armed with a box cutter. His target: Illegal street signs, among other urban blemishes.

Orlick patrols the neighborhood with a can-do spirit that’s both nervy and nonchalant. He’ll use a car jack to break the lock on a long-abandoned bike chain. He’ll slap “you park like an a—–e” stickers on cars with rears jutting out into the street. Or he’ll shimmy up a highway sign to cut down illegally posted ads.

As the Queens Qustodian, he wears a one-piece jumpsuit and a hat customized by the graffiti crew behind the olf Five Pointz graffiti Mecca in Long Island City. When he’s not giving tasting tours, curating the Viva La Comida food festival or cleaning up the borough, Orlick works a late shift in the control room at CBS.

A ‘Maple Street’ For Queens

Tuesday, April 8th, 2014

Kosher Soup Kitchen Struggles

Monday, April 7th, 2014

Marking World’s Fair History

Monday, March 31st, 2014

Street Vendors Told to Hit Road

Friday, December 27th, 2013

A Flight from Sandy to Santa

Wednesday, December 4th, 2013