COVID-ravaged NY church reopens

After losing at least 74 parishioners to COVID-19, Saint Bartholomew Roman Catholic Church in Queens reopened for its first in-person services in nearly four months. In attendance was Claudia Balderas, who lost her brother to the coronavirus. (July 8)‪ ‬

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New York to allow hospital visits, host US Open

New York’s governor says hospitals and group homes can now allow visitors and the U.S. Open will be played in Queens from Aug. 31 to Sept. 13, but without fans in attendance. (June 16)

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Volunteers distribute food in New York as unemployment worsens in US | AFP

New Yorkers line up at a food pantry in the Elmhurst neighborhood of Queens, which was been heavily hit by COVID-19, as another 2.43 million US workers were put out of work last week amid the coronavirus pandemic, according to government data released on Thursday, bringing the total since mid-March to a massive 38.6 million. IMAGES

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New Yorkers talk about when to open economy

As governments grapple with when and how to reopen, people in the hard-hit Corona section of Queens were mixed on when they would feel safe opening up the ecomony. (14 April)

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Doctor offers glimpse inside NYC emergency room

New York’s Mt. Sinai Hospital is giving people a glimpse inside what doctors and nurses are facing inside an emergency room dealing with the coronavirus pandemic. Doctor Erik Blutinger recorded the video during a shift last week at the hospital in Queens. (April 12)

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Coronavirus: New Yorkers line up outside hospital for testing | AFP

New Yorkers wear face masks and abide by social distancing guidelines as they line up outside Elmhurst Hospital in the borough of Queens to get tested for the coronavirus. IMAGES

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Coronavirus: Bronx nurses protest working conditions in New York | AFP

Nurses from the Bronx, including one who tested positive to COVID-19 a few days ago, hold a protest in the borough of Queens in New York, to denounce their working conditions. “The government has abandoned us. Our hospitals have abandoned us,” says the President of the New York State Nurses Association during the protest.

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Empire State Building shines red and white to honor healthcare workers | AFP

New York’s Empire State Building, seen behind the Calvary Cemetery in Queens, shines white and red while a siren is displayed on its mast to honor healthcare workers battling the coronavirus pandemic.

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Coronavirus: people form long line for testing at NYC hospital | AFP

A line of people stand outside a New York City hospital to get tested for the coronavirus. Elmhurst hospital, in the borough of Queens, is at the center of the city’s coronavirus crisis after 13 patients are believed to have died here within 24 hours.

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Long snubbed, women of rap break old molds and claim their due | AFP

Long stereotyped as a boys’ club, the rap world is seeing a bevy of female stars reclaiming their space. Over the past decade, diverse talent has climbed up through hip-hop’s ranks, as women shun old ideas about what makes their acts marketable and the internet opens new avenues to stardom. Rapper Dai Burger from Queens, New York says platforms like YouTube and SoundCloud give women “an unfiltered chance,” and allows them to “be different”.

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NYC ‘Dreamer’ at center of Supreme Court case

A 29-year-old certified nursing assistant from Queens is a lead plaintiff in a lawsuit to preserve DACA that will be heard by the Supreme Court this week. Martin Batalla Vidal came to the U.S. from Mexico when he was seven-years-old. (Nov. 11)

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My First Festival: Heloise Letissier

Heloise Letissier of Christine and the Queens explains why her dancing confused the audience at her first-ever festival show. (July 30)

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web Heatwave eases in US | AFP

People cool off at a fountain at Flushing Meadow in the borough of Queens in New York City. The US is sweating through a weekend of extremely hot weather, with major cities including New York and Washington among the hardest hit.

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Trump 2020 bid: Floridians camp out while New Yorkers long for change | AFP

Dozens of Donald Trump supporters camp out on the sidewalks of downtown Orlando, a day before the US president kicks off election campaign. New Yorkers are still no fans of the Queens’ native, saying that they “can’t wait to vote for somebody else”.

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Cardi B leaves police precinct amid brawl probe

(1 Oct 2018) An attorney for the rapper Cardi B says she has received a summons in connection with a fight at a New York strip club last month. The rapper had no comment as she left a Queens police station Monday flanked by two body guards. (Oct. 1)

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This Is What An Ivory Bust In New York City Looks Like (HBO)

When the Department of Environmental Conservation’s Crimes Investigation Unit goes undercover, they do it in style — or at least they try to.

That’s what our crew learned when the unit allowed VICE News to tag along during an undercover mission to buy illegal ivory at an art gallery in Queens, New York.

The ivory trade in the U.S. is estimated to be a $23 billion dollar industry — and New York City is its hub. To discourage this, a 2014 law tightened restrictions by making the sale of undocumented elephant or even mammoth ivory completely illegal. The only sales allowed now are those where the dealer is selling articles that contain less than 20 percent ivory, and that have paperwork showing the items are more than 100 years old. Under any other circumstance, the sale of ivory is a crime.

The new law hasn’t stopped some dealers from trying, however — so the DEC is still conducting undercover operations. During the June mission at the Ro Gallery in Queens, DEC officers dressed as ivory-loving art connoisseurs. For Lieutenant Jesse Paluch, who headed the mission, that meant wearing a large ivory necklace and bracelet, as well as a linen shirt that he joked was designed to keep “a level of GQ.”

“There’s always a level of paranoia because you know who you are, so you automatically think that these people are going to know who you are,” he said. “The best thing to do is just hide in plain sight and act normal.”

The mission was successful; Paluch and a fellow officer purchased a statue, which they later authenticated as containing ivory. One month later, with a warrant in hand, the officers returned to raid the gallery. VICE News filmed the bust as well, which led to the seizure of three additional pieces of ivory, worth a total of $36,000, according to the DEC.

The case against the owner of the art gallery is now pending pre-indictment. We spoke to the owner, Robert Rogal, during an “ivory crush” held in Central Park this past August where the DEC publicly destroyed illegal ivory agents had seized.

“A lot of the items that they’re confiscating are vintage items that should go to a museum,” Rogal said. On Wednesday, he also disputed the DEC’s account of the items that were seized at his store, stating that they don’t contain ivory. He added that the statue that was purchased by the DEC officers contained less than 10 percent ivory and was over 100 years old. The case is “costing me my reputation over a ridiculous thing I wasn’t even aware of,” he said.

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New York’s Kosciusko Bridge demolished after 80 years

New Yorkers got to say a final farewell on Sunday to the old Kosciuszko Bridge which connected Brooklyn and Queens for nearly 80 years.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo officiated over the controlled implosions that took down sections of the old span of the bridge, leaving the new span intact amid blooms of dust clouds.

NBC News says the implosion will free up space to complete construction of the second span of the new bridge.

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