There’s just one more day until 2011 is officially in the past. Today, Douglaston Patch is taking a look back at the 10 biggest stories we covered during the past year.
Without further ado, here are 2011’s top news stories.
1. Mother Nature was not always kind to northeast Queens in 2011. The year started with the remnants of a that covered the city in late 2010. Councilman Dan Halloran, R-Whitestone, after alleging that the city’s Department of Sanitation purposely slowed down its cleanup process.
In the summer, than they had in 34 years. But in late August, the five boroughs were as she made her path up the East Coast.
Then, on Halloween, .
2. Douglaston leaders retained an architectural consulting firm for the for the village’s shopping strip. Two were held in the fall.
3. In May, the city completed a in northeast Queens and filter overflow from Douglaston’s sewers following rainstorms.
4. Little Neck’s Caleb Ahn, 16, is , 28, in Flushing on March 14.
5. The , a popular spot for morning coffee and lunch along 235th Street, shuts its doors on April 19 following an inspection by the city’s Department of Health.
6. One market closes and another opens. The long-awaited at the Douglaston Shopping Plaza on Nov. 16.
7. In June, in the traffic circle at the neighborhood’s Long Island Rail Road station. Community leaders say they believe the market will be instrumental to Douglaston Village’s proposed revitalization project.
8. The community turns out in droves for the annual along Northern Boulevard, the and the .
9. U.S. Rep. , prompting state Assemblyman , D-Little Neck, to run for his seat. But he is , R-Forest Hills.
10. The is commemorated and the memorial honoring the victims of that day are honored with a Ground Zero memorial, which was .
Just four months prior to the anniversary, 9/11 orchestrator , prompting a .