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If you’ve visited PS1 in Long Island City recently, you might have noticed work going on at the corner of 21st Street and 46th Avenue and wondered what was happening. Turns out it’s a five-story, eight-unit residential project that’s actually been in the works for six years, although DOB only issued a permit for the new building this spring. In all, there will be about 5,500 square feet of residential space and another 1,150 square feet of commercial space. GMAP

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Stylish folks in Queens – Woodside and Forest Hills

We loved this TONY article, Most stylish New Yorkers 2013, which features two people from Queens – Marc Williamson, 42, Woodside; co-owner of JJ Hat Center and Pork Pie Hatters (a partnership with JJ Hat Center); and Julius Debruhl Lewis, “107”, Forest Hills; owner of Julius Debruhl Lewis Design Studio Inc.. Hats seem to be a constant here, with both wearing dapper head chapeaus. Congrats, fellas!

The Shady Lady in Astoria – what?

We Heart Astoria posted this photo of The Shady Lady, which is going into a long time papered up bar at the corner of 30th Ave and 36th Street in Astoria. Hmm… we think it will be a bar or an “eating and drinking establishment” since there have been no jobs to change anything filed for this address in the Department of Buildings.

Image source: We Heart Astoria

New momo cart in Jackson Heights – A&G Himalayan Fresh Food

Joe DiStefano scopes out a new momo cart in Jackson Heights – A&G Himalayan Fresh Food, which is located in close proximity to Potola Fresh Food, the area’s first momo cart. A&G, along with the momos, also sells a traditional flat bread called baklep. The momos also come with a free bowl of beef broth (here’s hoping it’s nourishing and made from actual bones). The conclusion is that they are both good but Potola’s are a bit juicier. Both sell 8 beef momos for $5. Soulds like it’s time for a field trip out to JH.

Did you know? Flushing had a flasher

Good news is that he’s been caught, so reports the NY Daily News. His name is Dagoberto Amaya, he’s 32 years old, and the cops caught him Wednesday night; that morning he had done something distasteful. We’re glad he got caught – he’s been charged with endangering the welfare of a child and public lewdness. What a jerk. Let’s hear it for New York’s Finest.

P.S.1 is bursting at the seams with art

Anne Shisler-Hughes shows us what’s up at P.S.1 right now, and the art sounds amazing. There’s sculpture, multi-media works, art from found-objects, some audio, paintings, and more. It’s a very exciting time right now at the museum. Plus you can have a meal at the M. Wells Dinette inside P.S.1.

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Whether your endgoal is providing gifts for nieces and nephews at Hanukkah (which starts the night of Dec. 8!), co-workers for Christmas, or dear friends for Kwanzaa, we’ve all got serious shopping to do. You may not be aware of the wealth of independently owned shops around Queens where you can find something unique and interesting while at the same time supporting your neighbors, so we’ve rounded a few up.

In Boutiques and Specialty Shops

SITE, located at 35-11 34th Avenue (GMAP), brings together the energy of Astoria with good taste in design. It’s a hub of the locally made and the otherwise carefully sourced and an all-around great spot for gifts sure to delight recipients and brighten rooms. Right now the store’s collection of holiday ornaments is inspired – colorful seated Buddhas, glittery clip-on mushrooms and running dinosaurs – but the shop carries a full array of items for the home, kitchen tools, exotic aromatic lotions, device cases, decorative prints, tasty goodies and fun wearables.