MORNING BUZZ (3/6): Abbracciamento sign too old to move, Close encounter with a train in Glendale & Thursday events

Your 3 minute daily read on the M, 7 or J train at 8 a.m. 20 news items people will be talking about all day.

Thursday, March 6

Weather
• Partly cloudy with a high of 43.

Top Stories
• Vladimir Putin has been nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize, along with Pope Francis and Edward Snowden.

• A mysterious skin infection has been linked to a seafood market in Chinatowns in Manhattan, Brooklyn & Queens.

• One of New York’s most exclusive restaurants is putting the “C” in classy, according to the Department of Health.

• A new stunning photo from atop the Freedom Tower offers a 360-degree view of the city.

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Queens News
• Iconic neon sign of Joe Abbracciamento Restaurant, which closed for good Sunday, is too old to move, says co-owner.

• State audit revealed roughly $1 million in questionable costs by Samaritan Village, the organization proposing a homeless shelter in Glendale.

• A Glendale business owner had a close encounter with a freight train when an 88th St. rail signal was not triggered. 

• Jackson Heights residents are getting fed up with Starbucks trash.

Entertainment
• A TV agent plead guilty to stealing from his clients to the tune of $500,000 in a Manhattan court. 

• An NYC artist couple has taken to living in a human hamster wheel.

Opinion
• The New Jersey Star-Ledger’s editorial board has taken exception to attacks on the legislative committee overseeing the ‘Bridgegate’ trials.

• Harry Siegel gives Spike Lee and other gentrification bashers the what for.

Scoreboard
• The Islanders will battle the Edmonton Oilers in Alberta tonight at 9:30 p.m., after defeating the Winnipeg Jets, 3-2, on Tuesday.

• After suffering a 3-2 loss at the hands of the Toronto Maple Leafs, the Rangers will face the Carolina Hurricanes tomorrow at 7 p.m. in Raleigh.

• Coming off a win against the Timberwolves, the Knicks will face the Utah Jazz tomorrow at 7:30 p.m. at home.

• After a win against the Memphis Grizzlies, the Nets will face the Boston Celtics tomorrow at 7:30 p.m. away.

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Real Estate
• Latest news - The designer of Queens’ first passive house in LIC goes on the offensive.

• For sale – Maspeth - Three-unit building. Two large apts over pizzeria. Large garage plus two private parking spots. Great income. Asking $849,000
Okane Realty 

• For sale – Astoria - Semi-detached, brick three family home. Features four bedrooms in total. Two car garage and full basement. Two blocks from subway station. Asking $989,000.
Crifasi Real Estate
• Sold – Briarwood – A five-bedroom, three-bathroom, 1,581-square-foot home at 85-40 149 Street for $528,000.  

Family/Parenting
• Tiger mom Amy Chua warns against reducing rigor in the American education system while on the trail promoting her latest book.

• A new Portland, Oregon, water-birthing center delivered its first baby in a blue bathtub.

Events

• LIC - All Day – Fourth Annual Invitational in concert with The Art of Fashion Arts League. Artist Run Gallery, 36-31 22nd St.

• Kew Gardens - 10:30 a.m. - Queens Borough President Melinda Katz holds land use hearing, Queens Borough Hall, 120-55 Queens Blvd.

• Astoria - 10:30 a.m. - Behind the Screens features materials gathered from over 1,000 production shoots. Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35 Ave.

• Jamaica - 2 p.m. - Classic Films Series: Ninotchka. Queens Library, 89-11 Merrick Blvd.

• Corona - 3:30 – 5 p.m. - Family Adventures: Sense It! NY Hall of Science, 47-01 111 St., Corona.

• Forest Hills - 6 p.m. -  Learn beginners Chinese with Lin San. North Forest Park Library, 98-27 Metropolitan Ave.

• Sunnyside - 7 p.m. - Community Board 2 Monthly meeting. Sunnyside Community Service, 43-31 39th Street, Ground Floor.

• Bellerose - 7:30 p.m.- Republican congressional candidate Grant Lally addresses the Queens Village Republican Club. Trattoria Lucia Italian Restaurant, 247-63 Jericho Turnpike.

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