Astoria Times

Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2015

Dining Out

Brazilian buffet offers Latino flavors in Jackson Heights

As anyone who has spent any time here knows, Queens can lay claim to innumerable good restaurants, and maybe even more than its fair share of great ones. Comments (2).

Monday, Oct. 5, 2015

Long Island City

NYCHA houses in western Queens to get their own NYPD unit

More than 400 residents of the Queensbridge Houses, fearing the loss of police officers from Public Service Area 9, signed a petition in recent weeks expressing outrage that the NYPD would change something that was working so well. Crimes such as shootings, murders, rapes and robberies fell 33 percent compared with the same period last year, according to their City Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer (D-Sunnyside). Comment.

Saturday, Oct. 3, 2015

Jackson Heights

Mobile clinic provides no-cost mammagrams to under-served women

The American-Italian Cancer Foundation’s Mobile Care Clinic was slated to stop in Arverne in Rockaway Friday providing no-cost digital mammograms and clinical breast exams for women 40 and over who have a New York City mailing address. Since 1980, the Mobile Care Clinic has traveled the five boroughs providing exams by a nurse practitioner and instruction on breast self-awareness for up to 40 women a day. Comment.

Friday, Oct. 2, 2015

Jackson Heights

Jackson Hts. town hall meeting to address LaGuardia plane noise

Airplane noise has become such a quality-of-life issue around Jackson Heights that a group of elected officials is hosting a town hall on the subject Sunday, Oct. 18. Comment.

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Astoria will gets its first dog park

More than a dozen dogs, and their owners staked a claim to an area below the RFK Bridge as the future home of Astoria’s first officially designated dog park last Friday. Comment.

Annual Maker Faire honors inventions at Hall of Science

The annual World Maker Faire brought 80,000 people from around the country to the New York Hall of Science in Corona last weekend to celebrate invention and creation—spanning areas such as arts, crafts, food, engineering, music, science and technology. Comment.

Thursday, Oct. 1, 2015


Astoria-based LGBT group invited to march in St. Patrick’s Parade

Astoria resident Brendan Fay got a phone call late Monday evening. One that he had been waiting a quarter of a century to get. Comment.
Long Island City

World art treasures find a home in Queens

From visually compelling textiles, to figurative objects and ceremonial items, to vessels and masks, ancient artisans across the globe crafted and weaved items that were not only functional but expressed their deep-rooted relationship with nature and cosmology, and mirrored what they saw around them. Comment.

Police looking for pair of thieves in Woodside robbery

WOODSIDE — Police from the 108th Precinct were searching for two suspects in an alleged Woodside robbery on Sept. 11. Comment.

Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2015


New pre-K site opens at Ravenswood

A new universal pre-K site is now open at the Queens Library in Ravenswood in Astoria after a last-minute reprieve from the borough president. Comment.
Long Island City

Car2Go service rolls into Queens

With subway service strained on several lines in western Queens, residents received some transportation alternatives last month. Comment.

Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2015

Long Island City

Court Square man leaps to his death: Cops

LONG ISLAND CITY - A 35-year-old man jumped to his death from a Court Square luxury apartment building Monday night, an NYPD spokesman said. Comments (1).

Monsignor McClancy becomes first in nation to pilot new science module

Monsignor McClancy Memorial High School in East Elmhurst became the first school in the country to pilot a new science education module designed to teach middle and high school students about infectious diseases with a special focus on sepsis. Comment.
Jackson Heights

The John Lennon Bus stops by PS 69 in Jackson Heights

The John Lennon Educational Bus Tour made a stop in Jackson Heights Monday and gave students from PS 69 the opportunity to write, perform, record and produce original songs, produce and shoot music videos and documentaries and complete a broadcast quality music video all in one day. Comment.

Monday, Sept. 28, 2015


Deadly shooting occurs outside Astoria hookah bar

A Brooklyn man was gunned down outside a Steinway Street hookah bar early Monday morning, police said. Comments (2).

Van Bramer allocates funding for cultural programs in parks

Jason and Joy Marr, residents of Sunnyside Gardens, will bring performances of Shakespeare to parks around Queens for the tenth summer of their Hip to Hip Theatre Company. Comment.
Long Island City

The Chain Theatre scores with a dark tale

Early in Variations Theatre Group’s new production of Martin McDonagh’s “The Pillowman,” the lead character, Katurian, talks about being a writer. Comment.

Saturday, Sept. 26, 2015

Jackson Heights

Viva la Comida returns to Jackson Heights for third year

The cultural and culinary diversity of Queens was on full display at the Viva La Comida! Festival in Jackson Heights last Saturday. The festival, now in its fifth year, is organized by the 82nd Street Partnership. This year’s edition featured a dizzying array of food trucks and live entertainment. Comment.

Friday, Sept. 25, 2015

Long Island City

New take on ‘Richard III’ questions what is disability?

Rachel Handler grew up in southern New Jersey, but with dreams of becoming an actor she always had her sights set on the Great White Way. Comment.

Gianaris brings MetroCard Van to the Big Six Towers, the Astoria Houses

The MTA MetroCard Van is coming to the Big Six Towers in Woodside and the Astoria Houses Tuesday, state Sen. Michael Gianaris (D-Astoria) announced Comment.

City Council wants all businesses to shut doors when air conditioning is on

All New York City businesses, large and small, will be required to keep their doors and windows closed when air conditioning is on or be subject to fines, if the City Council has its way. Comment.

Thursday, Sept. 24, 2015


7 train riders can’t believe their line was named best in city

Riders of the 7 train couldn’t believe what they were reading when the Straphangers Campaign’s annual rankings came out last week. For the second year in a row, and the eighth time in the last 17 years, the No. 7 subway line was named the city’s best in the advocacy group’s annual report card. Comment.

Fall Family Day at the Museum of Moving Image celebrates Jim Henson

The Museum of the Moving Image will celebrate Jim Henson’s birthday with a special Fall Family Day Saturday with screenings, puppet-making and other fun and educational activities for children of all ages. The late television, film and puppetry pioneer, who died in 1990, was best known for creating The Muppets. Comment.
Long Island City

MTA seeks community partner to repurpose 2 railroad bridges

For now the only activity atop a train trestle known as the LIRR Montauk Cutoff in Long Island City is a few feral cats hunting for field mice. That could change if the MTA finds a partner who would revamp and repurpose the twin elevated railroad tracks that have gone unused since the 1990s. Comment.

Ferreras introduces free feminine hygiene products at Corona high school

City Councilwoman Julissa Ferreras (D-East Elmhurst) unveiled the first dispenser of free feminine hygiene products at a public school Tuesday at the High School for Arts and Business in Corona. The pilot program, the only government initiative of its kind in the nation, is the start of Ferreras’ push to make such products available for free in middle schools, high schools and other public buildings across the city, including hospitals, parks and cultural institutions. Comment.

Man who claimed to buy Steinway Mansion fails to show at public meeting

Karl McNamara failed to attend a public meeting he requested at the Greater Astoria Historical Society Monday. McNamara wanted to discuss his plans for the Steinway Conservatory, a music school for disadvantaged youth he planned to establish at the historic Steinway Mansion, which he claimed he had purchased. Comments (1).

Monday, Sept. 21, 2015

Long Island City

Man charged with driving car on LIRR tracks in LIC

A 25-year-old Queens man who allegedly drove his car along Long Island Rail Road tracks in Long Island City for a mile has been arrested, the MTA said. Comments (1).

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