Astoria Times

Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2016


How to spend an un-Valentine’s Day

If roses, chocolates and sipping champagne do not sound like your idea of how to spend Valentine’s Day, Q.E.D. in Astoria wants you to know there are plenty of other ways to spend Sunday, Feb. 14. Comment.

Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2016


No. 7 straphangers demand better service from the MTA

Angry No. 7 train riders in Sunnyside rallied beneath the 40th Street station during Tuesday’s morning rush to demand better service on the beleaguered subway line. City Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer (D-Sunnyside) called on the MTA to perform Full-Line Reviews on the No. 7 line, a top-to-bottom study that resulted in improvements on the A, C, F, G and L trains. Comments (2).
Jackson Heights

East Elmhurst jogger slashed in Jackson Heights

A 19-year-old East Elmhurst woman was slashed while jogging Sunday morning in Jackson Heights, according to the NYPD. The victim was at the corner of 79th Street and 25th Avenue just after 11 a.m. when a man ran up beside her and slashed her in the left thigh with an unknown weapon, police said. Comments (1).
East Elmhurst

MTA bans hoverboards

Hoverboards are officially banned from subways, buses, railroads and even Access-A-Rides, according to the MTA. The popular personal transportation devices are even barred from subway stations because they have been known to burst into flames and blow up due to their lithium batteries. Comments (1).

Monday, Feb. 8, 2016


Falafel King has grand opening for new eatery

Faras “Freddy” Zeideia, known as “King of Falafel,” was smiling from ear to ear as his cash register rang up sales from a long line of hungry folks Saturday, the opening day of his restaurant at 30-15 Broadway in Astoria. “I feel good,” Zeideia said between customers. Comment.

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Costa invests in technology upgrades at Astoria schools

In his State of the District address last week, City Councilman Costa Constantinides (D-Astoria) went back to his old school, PS 122, to map out his commitment to improving education in District 22’s 17 schools. His plan, called the Science 2050 Learning Initiative, will make sure students have the latest technology in their classrooms. Comments (1).
East Elmhurst

Peralta hosts seventh annual coat drive

Just days after Winter Storm Jonas basted Jackson Heights with 34 inches of snow, state Sen. Jose Peralta (D-East Elmhurst) and Woodside on the Move donated more than 1,700 winter coats to area community and faith-based organizations, which will distribute them to needy families and individuals. This was Peralta’s seventh annual coat drive. Comment.
Long Island City

The Chain Theatre says goodbye for now

Long Island City’s The Chain Theatre went out with a bang not a whimper with its final performance Saturday night. Comment.

Sunday, Feb. 7, 2016

Jackson Heights

Queens Big Bro honored at ceremony

Mark Zustovich was honored last week by Big Brothers Big Sisters of New York City and a host of elected officials as ‘Queens Big Brother of the Year,’ for his commitment to his “Little Brother,” Spencer Ford. Comment.

Saturday, Feb. 6, 2016

Jackson Heights

Two arrested in $14M heroin bust in Jackson Heights

State Sen. Jose Peralta (D-East Elmhurst) is applauding law enforcement for a huge drug bust in his district last week. Comments (2).

Friday, Feb. 5, 2016


Lil BUB the cat comes to Astoria

Hundreds of people lined up last Saturday at the Museum of the Moving Image in Astoria to meet Internet sensation Lil BUB the cat and hear her story. Comments (1).

Bothers sentenced for sex trafficking and promoting prostitution at Woodside motel: Queens DA

A Corona man, and his brother from Brooklyn were sentenced to prison lastThursday in a 2014 gunpoint sex trafficking case in which a 25-year-old woman was allegedly “sold” to them for $200 and then held against her will for a week during which she was forced to have sex for money, according to prosecutors. Comments (1).
Hunters Point

Hunters Point set for massive street reconstruction project

Long Island City is known for its shiny steel and glass residential towers on Center Boulevard, its three dozen arts and cultural institutions and venues, and it’s waterfront parks along the East River. It’s also known for its broken roadways, a remnant of the neighborhood’s industrial past. Comment.

Thursday, Feb. 4, 2016

Long Island City

Protest by Uber drivers in Long Island City draws TLC attention

The city listened to the angry chants of several hundred striking Uber drivers who massed outside the company’s Long Island City headquarters Monday. Organizers from the New York Taxi Workers Alliance called for the job action after the app-based service slashed its prices by 15 percent last Friday, and when main competitor Lyft followed suit with a reduction of its own, the Taxi and Limousine Commission was monitoring the situation.. Comments (3).
Long Island City

The Secret Theatre provides one singular sensation with ‘A Chorus Line’

It is no coincidence that “A Chorus Line” opens with the actors’ backs to the audience. Comment.

Carmen Electra sues Corona strip club

A Corona strip club is being sued by ‘90s pop star Carmen Electra. The singer-actress filed a federal lawsuit against La Oficina Bar, located at 39-20 104th St., for using her image in a nightclub advertisement on its Instagram account. Comment.

Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2016


Two men attack CVS employee while trying to steal ice cream: Police

ASTORIA — Police from the 114th Precinct were searching for two men who attempted to steal ice cream from a CVS Pharmacy, and then beat up the employee who confronted them, police said. Comments (3).

Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2016


Shore Boulevard to become one-way in DOT safety plan for Astoria Park

The city wants to make Shore Boulevard a one-way street as part of the Department of Transportation’s redsign of traffic patterns in and around Astoria Park. The proposal, presented to Community Board 1last week, also includes new protected bike lanes in the area. Comments (1).

Monday, Feb. 1, 2016

Jackson Heights

Julio Rivera film gets world premiere in Jackson Heights

A documentary film exploring the brutal anti-gay murder of Julio Rivera in 1990 will have its world premiere during the Queens World Film Festival in March. Comments (1).

Q70 bus to run around the clock to LaGuardia

Transit officials plan to add service to the popular Q70 bus, which links LaGuardia Airport with regional transit hubs in Woodside and Jackson Heights, and ultimately introduce Select Bus Service on the line. Comment.

Celebrate Black History Month at the movies

After a rather inauspicious beginning during the second week of February 1926, Black History Month was finally recognized by the federal government in 1976. Comments (1).

Friday, Jan. 29, 2016


Internet star Lil BUB appears at Museum of the Moving Image fund-raiser Saturday

Internet sensation Lil BUB, the tiny celebrity cat with huge eyes and a dangling tongue, will appear at a special benefit for special needs pets at the Museum of the Moving Image Saturday. MoMI will present “The Story of Lil BUB” featuring the feline and her owner, Mike Bridavsky, in the Sumner M. Redstone Theater beginning at 1 p.m. Comment.

Thursday, Jan. 28, 2016


Rego Park woman is first patient at borough’s first medical marijuana dispensary

As a medical professional for more than 20 years, 52-year-old Emily Taylor of Rego Park was very much against drug use and never tried marijuana in her life. Than she began suffering from multiple neuropathies with chronic stabbing pains all over her body beginning six years ago. Comments (3).

Friday, Jan. 22, 2016


Medical marijuana dispensary opens in Elmhurst

The borough’s first medical marijuana dispensary opened its doors Friday near the Queens Center Mall in Elmhurst. Comment.

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