Finding a missing child with autism is challenging, but ‘nobody is giving up on Avonte’

(Photo: National Center for Missing & Exploited Children via AP)

The search for 14-year-old Avonte Oquendo, a non-verbal autistic boy who vanished a week ago from his Queens, N.Y. school, continues.

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Welcome to Tofu Elementary! NYC school goes all-vegetarian

(Photo: Lalita Kovvuri / NYC Department of Education)

Braised black beans and plantains. Tofu roasted in Asian sesame sauce. Falafel and cucumber salad. These aren’t menu items from a high-end restaurant; they’re lunchtime grub for students at a Flushing, Queens, public school’s all-vegetarian cafeteria, the first in New York City to nix meat and believed to be one of the first public school in the nation to serve only vegetarian fare.

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Sandy-struck Breezy Point facing ‘greatest historical challenge’

(Photo: John Makely / NBC News)

BREEZY POINT, N.Y. — This private community, which has fended off previous existential threats, is now facing its “greatest historical challenge” as a result of Superstorm Sandy,  with some residents questioning whether they can afford to rebuild and others wondering if the resurrected beachside community will bear any resemblance to its bucolic former self.

A halting first step on what figures to be a long road back took place Thursday evening, when the Breezy Point Cooperative Inc. Board held its first post-Sandy shareholders meeting at a Catholic high school in Brooklyn.

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Hand-written signs convey desperation in Sandy’s aftermath

Women stand on a piece of the devastated Rockaway Beach boardwalk that was blown onto Beach 91st street by Hurricane Sandy in the Queens borough of New York on Nov. 1.

Wind, flames, Our Fathers: The inside story of Breezy Point’s terrible night

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BREEZY POINT, N.Y. —  As Hurricane Sandy turned the streets of this community into raging rivers on Monday evening, one company of volunteer firefighters ditched their rescue boats and sought refuge in the community center. Inside they found another bunch of volunteer firefighters, also stranded by rising water, who asked, “Are you here to rescue us?”

That was shortly before 70-mph winds blew embers the size of baseballs through the heart of this close-knit community on the Rockaway Peninsula in New York City’s Queens borough.

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Cleanup after Brooklyn, Queens twisters; most power back in D.C. area

(Photo Courtesy Caitlin Walsh)

Residents from New England to Washington, D.C., were cleaning up on a much-milder Sunday after storms spawned two New York City tornadoes and toppled thousands of trees as well as power lines, cutting electricity to tens of thousands.

PossibleTornado touches down in NYC area

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Updated at 2 p.m. ET: A tornado swept out of the sea and hit a beachfront neighborhood in New York City on Saturday, hurling debris in the air, toppling power lines and startling residents who once thought of twisters as a Midwestern phenomenon. .

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3 million bees seized from Queens, N.Y., man’s home

(Photo: Jeanne Noonan for New York Daily News)

Approximately 3 million bees were found swarming around a man’s Queens, N.Y., home on Wednesday night, and were confiscated —  to the relief of his neighbors.

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