Astoria Times

Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2011


Tropical birds make it feel like summer at Queens Zoo

Two hyacinth macaws add a splash of color to the aviary at the Wildlife Conservation Society’s Queens Zoo. Although the famed aviary will remain open all winter, these macaws and the other tropical birds will be taken off the exhibit when the weather gets cold. Comments (1).

Van Bramer to marry partner of 12 years

Wedding bells will soon be ringing in western Queens for City Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer (D-Sunnyside), who announced via Facebook Monday that he became engaged to Dan Hendrick, his partner of 12 years. Comments (1).

Sunday, Nov. 20, 2011


Theatrical threads call Queens home

What do you do with 75,000 fabulous costumes when you have limited closet space at your expensive Manhattan address? Comment.
Long Island City

New hotels in Queens sign of tourism boom: Mayor

Surrounded by a spectacular rooftop view of Manhattan, Mayor Michael Bloomberg touted the increase in hotels in Long Island City and elsewhere in the five boroughs during a visit to Z NYC at 11th Street and 43rd Avenue, saying the tourism industry has earned the city $31 billion. Comment.

Saturday, Nov. 19, 2011


Arts and crafts exhibited at Greek cultural center

Paintings, prints and jewelry were on display during the annual arts and crafts exhibition at the Stathakion Center on 29th Street in Astoria Saturday of last week. The show was sponsored by the Culture Committee of the Federation of Hellenic Societies of Greater New York. Comment.

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Friday, Nov. 18, 2011


Cops give tips on keeping kids away from gangs at boro forum

City Councilwoman Julissa Ferreras (D-East Elmhurst) and representatives of the NYPD as well as the city Department of Education visited Elmhurst’s Pan American High School last week to teach parents how to prevent their children from falling in with gangs. Comment.

Being a Poundstone

Wearing her nifty signature suit and loud necktie, the bob-haired comedienne adjusts her mike and takes a swig from a can of Diet Pepsi as she gets ready for some serious joke-telling. Funnywoman Paula Poundstone’s off-kilter, improvisational comedy is as real and down-to-earth as it gets. Comment.

Motorcyclist killed after colliding with truck: Cops

WOODSIDE — Police said a 28-year-old man driving a motorcycle eastbound on the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway was killed when he crashed into the rear of a truck in the early morning hours of Sunday. Comment.

Salt & Fat: Sunnyside’s recession-friendly ‘Wow’

If I had a rating system for restaurants, I would have to rate Salt & Fat a qualified “WOW.” Qualified only because, although I adored it, it’s not everybody’s bucket of lard. Comment.

Thursday, Nov. 17, 2011

Jackson Heights

Jax Heights man drew swastikas on library: DA

A 40-year-old Jackson Heights man was arraigned in Queens Criminal Court Saturday on charges of spray painting graffiti on a library and religious buildings in Jackson Heights, the Queens district attorney’s office said. Comment.

Broadway building settles suit over race

An Astoria apartment building has agreed to pay $341,000 and institute fair housing measures as the result of a lawsuit by the nonprofit Fair Housing Justice Center alleging the building’s management discriminated against potential black tenants. Comment.

Trees planted in Astoria using money from Con Edison

Representatives of the City Parks Foundation and other nonprofits planted trees on and near the corner of 27th Street and 20th Avenue in Astoria Monday as part of an initiative to bring 850 new trees to western Queens in the next three years. Comment.

Dromm fights for vet centers

City Councilman Daniel Dromm (D-Jackson Heights) visited Elmhurst Memorial Hall last week to oppose various city fees levied on veterans organizations. Comment.

Social Security to merge LIC, Astoria offices

The U.S. Social Security Administration will be moving its offices from Steinway Street in Astoria and Crescent Street in Long Island City to a brand new building on 37th Avenue mere blocks from the N and Q lines. Comment.

Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2011


Woman crashes car into Rite Aid in Astoria: Cops

ASTORIA — The automatic glass door of a Rite Aid, at 33-01 30th Ave. in Astoria, was broken, a piece of the storefront had been knocked off and car parts lay about the corner after a car slammed into it Monday morning. Comment.
Jackson Heights

Pipia, McClancy get storybook ending ‘A’ title

Even in the toughest moments, Sal Pipia never had any doubts. Even when the Monsignor McClancy senior soccer star thought he wouldn’t play another high school game, he felt like his team would win the title. Comment.

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