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Here are the real estate listings we’ve featured this week on QueensNYC. There are a couple of two family houses, a single family house, and a co-op.

38-14 47th Ave, Sunnyside, NY 11104 (GMAP) – This two family, 3 bed/3 bath attached house in Sunnyside is priced at $669,999. It is bright and sunny with hardwood and ceramic tile flooring. It also has a private back patio/garden space. It is convenient to the LIE and Queens Blvd.

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Image Source: Wagaung on Wikimedia Commons – Monhinga with Fritters, the national dish of Burma

Experience Burmese culture at the 17th Annual Funfair! There’s live music and raffle but the star of this event is the food. Not often found in restaurants, the offerings of Burmese cuisine here is lovingly homemade and authentic. Food tickets are $1 each and available for sale at the door, prices vary. Cash only.

17th Annual Funfair
First Baptist Church (GMAP)
Saturday, October 13, 2012
11am | Free Admission + Cost of Food

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Image source: Seth Tisue on Flickr

Passing through Queens on such major arteries such as the Long Island Expressway, the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway or the Jackie Robinson Parkway, you can’t help but notice an abundance of cemeteries in Queens. Although there are definitely more living than deceased residing in our borough, it’s staggering to know that millions of souls have been laid to rest here.

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You know things are serious when US Airways Capt. Chesley (Sully) Sullenberger weighs in and when mayoral spokesman, Marc La Vorgna uses the phrase “bird strike epidemic.”

Birds at LaGuardia Airport could save neighbors from the stinky smell of trash if community groups and civic leaders have their way. According to the Daily News, opponents of the North Shore Marine Transfer Station in College Point, say the trash will attract birds — which could prove hazardous for planes flying in and out of nearby LaGuardia.

US Airways Capt. Chesley (Sully) Sullenberger, who made an emergency landing on the Hudson River in 2009 after a bird strike, has also come out against the trash transfer station.

The Mayor’s Office dismissed the concerns, noting a waste station operated safely at the same site from 1954 until 2001.

“Was there a bird strike epidemic then? No,” mayoral spokesman Marc La Vorgna said in a statement. “And the new station will be even safer: a fully enclosed, state-of-the-art facility.”

The issue came to fore again when a Delta Air Lines flight to Los Angeles made an emergency landing on April 19 at Kennedy Airport after birds were sucked into the plane’s engine. Five days later, a JetBlue flight returned to the Westchester County Airport after two geese hit the aircraft’s windshield.

Planes carrying Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Vice President Joe Biden were both struck by birds on April 19. No one was hurt.

Image Source: Wikimedia Commons, by Alan D. Wilson

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Time to tell Timmy he won’t be going to school.

Waits are down citywide, but not in Queens, which saw a 7 percent spike in the number of unseated kindergartners. In Corona, 109 kindergarteners are waiting to get into P.S. 309. According to the NY Daily News, this is the city’s third longest kindergarten line.

P.S. 59 is in the same predicament. “I’m flattered that so many kids want to come to the school,” P.S. 59 principal Anthony Lombardi told the Daily News. “Last year, I was able to accommodate everybody. But we’ve become a very overcrowded school.” Lombardi has 57 students on his school’s kindergarten wait list.

Overall, nearly 1,000 Queens kindergartners are without seats. Maybe keep this link handy to get an early start for next year.