Astoria Times

Tuesday, Aug. 5, 2008

Jackson Heights

Subway report ranks 7 city’s second-best, W worst

The transit advocacy agency Straphangers Campaign has designated the L subway line as the city's finest — with the No. 7 runner-up and the W line as the worst. Comment.
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Dining Out

With oil prices and the economy being what they are, the timing is certainly right for a cheap dinner-date spot. Casa de Elián, the new homestyle Mexican eatery on Metropolitan Avenue in Forest Hills, is right on the mark. It's a no-frills kind of place with prices to match. Comment.
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St. Louis man critical after falling from Shea escalator

FLUSHING — A St. Louis medical student was in critical condition after he fell from a Shea Stadium escalator Saturday, the New York Post reported. Comment.
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Police seek man missing from Roosevelt Island

ROOSEVELT ISLAND—Police are searching for man who they say has been reporting missing since July 21. Comment.

Hold MTA chief accountable for unfair hikes

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority has proposed a fare increase of 13 percent and a toll increase. This is highway robbery. Comment.

Fare increase would be another costly burden

It is disgraceful that the Metropolitan Transportation Authority wants to raise fares. The people of this city are already overburdened with the high prices of gas, food and rent and high property taxes and mortgages. Comment.

Expert’s views on Falun Gong distorted group’s mission

I am writing regarding the July 10 article "Flushing Falun Gong rallies a ploy: Prof" in which your reporter interviewed a Professor Yan Sun from Queens College. Comment.

Everyone should feel for gas attendants

My heart goes out to those gas station attendants who went out in all kinds of weather, sometimes twice a day, to change the prices of gas upward, reflecting the rising cost of a barrel of oil. Comment.

Democrats must stop courting opposition

The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee and U.S. Sen. Barrack Obama (D-Ill.) should scrub their donor lists or at least update them more carefully. Comment.

Campaign contributions article misleads readers

As a former TimesLedger columnist, I have higher expectations of their reporters than last week's article "Friedrich 2nd in Money Race for Weprin's Seat." Comment.

Ban on unsolicited ads effective next month

Property owners know the feeling. They come home after work or back from vacation to find piles of unsolicited advertising material on their lawns. This unwelcome material, which homeowners have no choice but to pick up, can be more than an annoyance and a waste of paper. Comment.

You Pay, but You’re Not Invited

In a speech last week to the Independence Party in Minnesota, Mayor Michael Bloomberg, an independent since last June, noted that 700,000 New Yorkers were left out in the cold on primary day because they are neither Democrats nor Republicans. Comment.
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Putting trip to England on hold prompts reminiscing

The English woman is so refined. She has no bosom and no behind. (Florence Smith). Comment.
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Petition challenges heat up race for Ackerman’s seat

The contest to decide the Republican U.S. House of Representatives candidate for the 5th Congressional District in northeast Queens and northwest Nassau County this year is taking a new turn with multiple petition challenges and two primary elections. Comment.
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Crowley fund-raiser attended by many Queens officials

The big event this week was a fund-raiser for U.S. Rep. Joe Crowley (D-Jackson Heights) at Astoria's beautiful Cavo restaurant. For those who have never been there, it has a magnificent outdoor garden. It is one of the loveliest places to eat or drink on a warm summer day. The place was filled to capacity. Comment.
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American society should integrate illegal workers

Immigration will be a hot topic in this year's political campaign. In a series of columns, which this one concludes, I have attempted to set out the problems and possible solutions to the question of some 12 million illegal immigrants in this country. Comment.
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Sunnyside health store offers more

When Sunnyside resident Claire Carsen opened Nourish NYC last fall, she wanted it to be more than the average health food store. Comment.
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How’s Business?

If you are a small business owner or own a business and do a lot of volume in Queens, then you know the country is in a recession. As a Queens business owner, you ask yourself how much to charge for goods and services. With that, you face one question: Do you raise rates for goods and services on existing and future customers? Comment.
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Weiner buys e-mail list from Ferrer for $1,000

U.S. Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-Forest Hills) has gotten a boost in his 2009 campaign for mayor, buying the voter list of his former rival, Fernando Ferrer, federal records show. Comment.
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Weekend drownings leave mark on Queens

A 10-year-old Queens girl who attended an Oakland Gardens elementary school was still missing Tuesday after she was swept up in the waves off Coney Island over the weekend, according to published reports. Comment.
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Three vie for Katz’s seat as she eyes comptroller spot

City Councilwoman Melinda Katz (D-Forest Hills) led the field of contenders in the city comptroller race as of the most recent filing deadline July 15, raking in $2,111,835, much of it from the developers with whom she has done business since 2001. Comment.
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Three-cushion billiards showcased in Flushing

The obscure game of three-cushion billiards took center stage at a Flushing pool hall Saturday, as three borough players joined 17 others from around the world for the finals of a tournament held in honor of a Korean immigrant from Queens who had a dream of seeing the sport join the mainstream. Comment.
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State agency approves new home for St. Savior’s

The historic St. Savior's Church got one step closer to its new home after the state Cemeteries Division approved its relocation to All Faiths Lutheran Cemetery in June. Comment.
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Riis lifeguard warns swimmers not to panic if caught in riptide

A Riis Park lifeguard offered tips Monday for swimmers caught in riptides, minutes after the body believed to be that of a man who was swept away from the park's waters was recovered. Comment.
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Quinn seeks more awareness of boro food stamp eligibility

A recent city study found that nearly 200,000 Queens families enrolled for Medicaid are also eligible for food stamps but do not receive the government subsidies, City Council Speaker Christine Quinn (D-Manhattan) said. Comment.
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Port Authority OKs runway, taxiway upgrades at Kennedy

A plan to spend $68 million in order to save $116 million each year just might fly within the friendly skies. Comment.
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Paterson sees transit fare hike as last resort

Gov. David Paterson, who has spoken out against a fare hike by the cash-strapped MTA, went on television Tuesday to call the legislature into emergency session to deal with what he called "harsh" financial times. Comment.
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Huang breaks zoning: DOB

A controversial Maspeth apartment house looks a lot different after the city Department of Buildings forced notorious developer Tommy Huang to make major changes. Comment.
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Dilapidated elevators removed from World’s Fair towers

What once went up has now come down at one of the relics of the 1964 World's Fair in Flushing Meadows Corona Park. The city Parks Department last week started removing the Sky Streak elevators to the observation towers at the New York State Pavilion. Comment.
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Consumers need a utility bill of rights: Gianaris

State Assemblyman Michael Gianaris (D-Astoria) is calling on the state to create an energy consumers' bill of rights to combat misleading tactics used by energy companies to get customers to switch to their services. Comment.
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Burned out tenants seek Red Cross help

City fire officials combed through the remains of a gutted Flushing apartment building this week, trying to determine what caused an apparent gas explosion that injured 17 and left dozens homeless Friday afternoon. Comment.
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Boro-based supermarket group gives pupils $85K

The National Supermarket Association awarded $85,000 in scholarships last Thursday to more than 80 inner-city students from the five boroughs and New Jersey during its annual banquet at Flushing's Terrace on the Park. Comment.
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Anger, suspicion follow explosion

Mired in anguish and anger, several residents of the 37 apartments damaged by Friday's gas explosion on Sanford Avenue said they have been left in the dark by the city and the property manager, who have taken control of their gutted building. Comment.
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Abuse claim hits HS hoops coach

The coach of Christ the King's powerhouse high school basketball team is battling allegations that he sexually abused a teenager more than 30 years ago. Comment.
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‘Daily Show’’s Mandvi finds food, love in boro for new film

The opening of a new Indian restaurant in Jackson Heights may not raise eyebrows — that is, unless it does not actually serve food and its owner is "Daily Show" correspondent and actor Aasif Mandvi. Comment.
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New Latin beat

Queens Theatre in the Park's annual Latino Cultural Festival, running for its 12th consecutive year, focuses on international icons and new voices, bringing rarely heard and U.S.-debut talent to the stage. While the festival's events encompass a broad range of musical styles, from salsa to flamenco, there is a heavy bent this year on the African influence in Latin American music. Comment.
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World tour comes to Queens for Passport Fridays at QMA

Passport Fridays have begun at the Queens Museum of Art and are taking us on a trip across the globe to magical, wondrous places like China, Ecuador, India and Mexico. Comment.
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St. Gregory’s likes it hot for summertime shows

Summertime, the living is easy, and most local theater companies are taking a break. Although plans are being made for the new season and some audition dates have been set, almost no shows will reach the stage until the autumnal equinox. Comment.
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Astorian enjoys chance at cabaret talent showdown

Athens-born and Astoria-raised singer George Costacos seems to have been in just about everything except "My Big Fat Greek Wedding." In 2004 he was part of the opening ceremonies for the Athens Olympics. He's been featured in PBS' "The Greek Americans" and starred in his own musical play, "Greek Gifts." He's performed all over the world. Comment.

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