Astoria Times

Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2011

Long Island City

Electeds announce high school enrollment fair

City Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer (D-Sunnyside) and state Assemblywoman Cathy Nolan (D-Ridgewood) are inviting the community to participate in a high school enrollment fair at the Long Island City YMCA Nov. 16. Comment.

Sunday, Nov. 13, 2011


Corona shop sold uninspected poultry to groceries: Feds

A Corona halal slaughterhouse has been barred from selling uninspected poultry after it was found to have been marketing its wares to supermarkets and groceries in Queens instead of to individuals, U.S. attorney in Brooklyn said last week. Comment.

Two men rob Woodside mini mart

WOODSIDE — Police were asking for the public’s help in finding two fugitives who they say burglarized a mini mart last week. Comment.

No Room for Hatred

In the dark of night, a vandal or vandals armed with a spray paint can committed a despicable act when they painted swastikas on two Queens libraries and a synagogue in Jackson Heights. Comment.

Saturday, Nov. 12, 2011

Long Island City

DEC uses Newtown funds for Dutch Kills waterfront

Long Island City officials praised the state Department of Environmental Conservation’s decision in October to set aside $2 million of settlement money so it can be used to acquire land from private owners near the Dutch Kills waterway for improvements and a park. Comment.

Teen from Woodside robbed of iPod: Brown

CORONA — A Woodside teen was arrested last week for allegedly mugging a person on the street in the middle of the day, the Queens district attorney’s office said. Comment.

Queens man lifted dress, groped woman: Police

MANHATTAN — Police arrested an Elmhurst man who they say sexually abused a straphanger more than two weeks ago. Comment.
The Play’s the Thing

Drawing a crowd: Not like it used to be in theater

It’s not a good sign when there are more people on stage than in the audience. Our dedicated reviewer, Arlene McKanic, found that to be the case on a recent assignment at the Secret Theatre in Long Island City. Sometimes, no matter what you do to publicize your show, it just isn’t good enough. Comment.

Friday, Nov. 11, 2011


Police looking for attempted rape suspect in Astoria

ASTORIA — Police were on the lookout for a man suspected of attempting to rape two women in Astoria last week. Comments (2).

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‘’S Wonderful’ musical featuring classic Gershwin

The crew of the new renovated Queens Theatre is a doughty lot. They came in to work even during that freak October snowstorm of a couple of Saturdays ago. Unfortunately, QT’s executive director Ray Cullom couldn’t come thanks to a downed tree, but he still spoke with TimesLedger about their show, “‘S Wonderful,” a review chock full of absolutely delicious George and Ira Gershwin tunes. It will run through Nov. 13. Comment.
Long Island City

Marathon makes way through LIC

As thousands of people running in this year’s marathon made their way through Queens, they were greeted by crowds of supporters. Comment.

Thursday, Nov. 10, 2011

East Elmhurst

City fields suggestions on new routes to LGA

Civic activists, representatives of elected officials and LaGuardia Airport employees drew potential new bus routes to and from the airport and voted on what improvements they would like to see done to bus service as part of a study to improve transportation there. Comments (1).

Astoria’s Greek population welcomes government turnover

Astoria’s Greek population was optimistic Monday after news that George Papandreou would resign as prime minister and a unity government would run Greece until early elections could be held, viewing the decision as a step toward ending the debt crisis that has gripped the country since 2009. Comment.
Long Island City

LIC High scheduling mixup angers community

Officials at the city Department of Education and in government met last week to try to fix a monstrous scheduling mess at Long Island City High School that resulted in 900 students being forced to discontinue one of their electives while 120 other courses were combined. Comment.

Mother missing since 2002

City Councilman Daniel Dromm (D-Jackson Heights) and former Elmhurst resident Jena Liang called upon the NYPD last week to reinvestigate the 2002 disappearance and possible murder of her mother, 52-year-old Lian Fang Feng. Comment.
East Elmhurst

Suspects sought for pointing lasers at planes

LAGUARDIA AIRPORT — The Federal Aviation Administration is seeking information on who pointed lasers at six airlines that were arriving in Queens over the weekend. Comment.

LIC woman admits killing sister: Brown

A Queensbridge woman pleaded guilty in Queens Supreme Court to fatally shooting her sister at her sibling’s 27th birthday last Thursday, the Queens district attorney’s office said. Comment.
Long Island City

A Portraitist Behind the Lens

Long Island City painter Betsy Ashton has never been one to back away from a challenge. During the 1970s and ‘80s she was a radio and television news reporter in an era when very few women worked in the field. She began her journalism career in Washington, reporting on the emerging women’s movement, and was the only reporter — to her knowledge — to ever do her own courtroom sketches. She moved to New York City in 1982 to become a reporter and, eventually, editor of the CBS Morning News. Comments (5).

St. John’s Prep girls’ first title since 1988

It was the set that didn’t want to end. Comment.

Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2011


Wild car chase leaves 35th St. all smashed up

A 20-year-old Bayside man is accused of leading officers on a wild chase and destroying more than a dozen cars in Astoria early Sunday morning, investigators said. Comment.
Jackson Heights

Reward issued in swastika hate crimes

The culprits who defaced two Queens libraries and a synagogue with swastika graffiti last week were still at large, but police said they were aggressively looking for leads. Comment.

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