Astoria Times

Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2011

Long Island City

East and West cuisine meet at LIC eatery

In creating the menu for her new Long Island City restaurant Bear, at 12-14 31st Ave., Chef Natasha Pogrebinsky has drawn from the sum of her experiences. Comment.

Sunday, Nov. 27, 2011


Astoria leaders push new laws after crime rise

A spike in criminal incidents in Astoria, ranging from gropings to smashed car windows to attempted rape, has led three elected officials representing the neighborhood to introduce legislation to prevent crime in the area. Comment.

Astoria native Schwimmer also one of our ‘Friends’

Born in Astoria Nov. 2, 1966, actor and director David Lawrence Schwimmer is best known as the hopeless romantic Ross Geller in the 1990s sitcom “Friends.” Born to attorneys Arthur and Arlene Schwimmer, he, his older sister Ellie and his parents moved to California when David was 2. Comment.

Saturday, Nov. 26, 2011

Jackson Heights

North Queens civic celebrates 70 years

More than 100 people and elected officials past and present turned out at the Lexington School for the Deaf in Jackson Heights last Thursday to honor the North Queens Homeowners Association for its 70th anniversary. Comments (1).
East Elmhurst

Jury convicts E. Elmhurst teen in stabbing death

East Elmhurst resident John Katehis, 19, has been convicted in Brooklyn State Supreme Court of murdering 47-year-old ABC radio reporter George Weber in a 2009 hookup gone wrong, the Kings County district attorney’s office said last week. Comment.

Police seek Astoria man gone missing from home

ASTORIA — Police have asked for the public’s help in finding a man who went missing from his home last week. Comment.

Friday, Nov. 25, 2011


Comrie hosts foreclosure talk

City Councilman Leroy Comrie (D-St. Albans) and two of his fellow City Hall members gathered in Corona last Thursday to give borough homeowners a helping hand in dealing with the ongoing housing crisis. Comment.

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Thursday, Nov. 24, 2011


Zombies invade Astoria WITH VIDEO

The zombie apocalypse descended on Astoria Saturday, but instead of an insatiable hunger for brains, these walking dead had a craving for brews. Comments (2).

Wednesday, Nov. 23, 2011

Jackson Heights

Jax Hts’ pre-recession economy grew three times that of city

State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli painted a mostly positive portrait of Jackson Heights and its surrounding neighborhoods’ economy on a visit to the community last week, saying small businesses owned by immigrants bring in much money and the area has enormous potential growth. Comment.

Giuliani says county job growth hangs on enough energy supply

Former Mayor Rudy Giuliani spoke at an energy symposium in Astoria Friday to discuss which area will power New York City in the future, and some panelists said it should not be Queens. Comment.

Woodside fire kills one man, injures four

A deadly, two-alarm fire in Woodside raged for nearly three hours early Friday morning, leaving one dead, four injured and neighbors turning to each other in search of ways to cope with the tragedy after the smoke had cleared. Comment.

Like father, like son

Héctor Colón was only 13 years old when he first became enamored with the prospect of becoming a trumpet player. Comment.

Four people sent to hospital in LIE accident

SUNNYSIDE — A Flushing driver was arrested Saturday after he allegedly caused a severe accident on the Long Island Expressway that sent him and four passengers to the hospital, police said. Comment.

Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2011


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).

Authorities discover more than 5,000 untaxed cigarettes in western Queens: DA

A Woodside man was arraigned in Queens Criminal Court last Thursday on counterfeiting and other charges after NYPD officers allegedly found 5,000 untaxed cartons of cigarettes and $96,000 in cash at his residence and at two locations in Jackson Heights, the Queens district attorney’s office said. Comment.

Fight in boro bar leads to hospital stay for 4: Post

ASTORIA — Authorities said four men were injured early Sunday when a car careened through a brawl outside an Astoria nightclub, the New York Post reported. Comment.

Friday, Nov. 18, 2011


Woodside man dies in house fire

A Woodside man was killed and three others are in serious but stable condition after their home burst into flames early Friday morning, fire officials and neighbors said. Comment.

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.

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