Astoria Times

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Jackson Heights

Cops seek man who pretended to be officer

JACKSON HEIGHTS — Cops were asking for the public’s assistance in identifying a suspect wanted for impersonating a police officer. Comment.
East Elmhurst

Two bikers killed as motorcycle slams into bus in East Elmhurst

Two men were killed when the motorcycle they were both riding on slammed into the front of a bus on 31st Avenue near 73rd Street in East Elmhurst Sunday evening, police said. Comments (5).

Monday, May 14, 2012


Nonprofit heads must give up perks

It is disappointing that City Councilmen David Greenfield (D-Brooklyn) and Jimmy Van Bramer (D-Sunnyside), in the April 19-25 story “Proposed bill blocks trash charge for culturals,” would prevent the city from charging so-called private nonprofit groups for paying for trash and recycling. Comment.

Intoxicated livery driver kills one in Sunnyside: Cops

A drunken livery cab driver hopped the sidewalk in Sunnyside Sunday morning, killing one man before plowing into a row of parked cars in front of a flower shop, according to eyewitnesses and police. Comment.

Sunday, May 13, 2012


Famed dance institute holds tryouts for kids in Queens (WITH VIDEO)

Hundreds of pint-sized dance hopefuls bounded into Astoria for a free audition with the School of American Ballet at the Frank Sinatra School of the Arts Sunday. Comment.

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Officials want Astoria Pool, high-dive restored for plays

It might not be filled with water, but the pool at Astoria Park filled with music Saturday as the city Parks Department organized an event to promote its refurbishment. Comment.

Two men robbed boro stores with guns: Cops

ST. ALBANS — Cops were asking for help identifying and locating two suspects wanted in connection with two gunpoint robberies at local businesses. Comment.
Long Island City

Western Queens filled with bicyclists during Five Boro Bike Tour

An estimated 32,000 cyclists rode in the TD Five Boro Bike last Sunday. Comment.

Sad Demise of Monserrate

It was with no pleasure that we watched last week as former state Sen. Hiram Monserrate pleaded guilty to misusing money to fund his unsuccessful 2006 campaign. Comment.

Saturday, May 12, 2012


Police need to ID two suspects in robberies (WITH VIDEO)

WOODSIDE — Cops need the public’s help in identifying a man wanted in connection with a robbery at gunpoint in Woodside. Comment.

Punishment Should Fit the Crime

Under standards imposed during the Bloomberg administration, the city can boot or tow cars of owners who owe as little as $350 or have five unpaid parking tickets in the course of one year, even if the tickets have not gone to judgment. Comment.

Garbage station does not belong near LGA runway

Queens is in the midst of an incredible period of economic growth, with billions of dollars in proposed construction and thousands of new residents expected in the next 20 years. The borough is home to two airports and they are the lifeblood of our local business community. Comment.

Friday, May 11, 2012

Jackson Heights

Bostonian admits assault on Jax Hts gay man: DA

A 28-year-old Boston man pleaded guilty to committing a hate crime last week after stabbing a gay man in Jackson Heights who was walking down the street with his boyfriend last year, the Queens district attorney’s office said. Comment.

Libyan nabbed in Astoria apt. stabbing death

A man described by his roommate as a recently divorced Libyan war refugee was arrested and charged with murder in the stabbing death of a 28-year-old man on Friday night, the NYPD said. Comments (1).

Death of woman, 79, prompts investigation

WOODSIDE — A 79-year-old Woodside woman was found dead in her Woodside home last week, police said. Comment.

Thursday, May 10, 2012


Special ed school locked down after gunman shoots one in broad daylight: NYPD

A high school for special education students was shut down Wednesday after a 41-year-old man was shot in broad daylight nearby, the NYPD and teachers said. Comments (1).
Long Island City

LIC’s Baccalaureate named best in state

The Baccalaureate School for Global Education in Long Island City has been named the best high school in New York state by U.S. News & World Report. Comments (1).

Monserrate admits guilt in 2006 fraud

In the final nail in the coffin of a notorious political career, former state Sen. and City Councilman Hiram Monserrate pleaded guilty in Manhattan federal court Friday to funneling taxpayer dollars through a nonprofit to finance his 2006 Senate campaign, the U.S. attorney’s office in Manhattan said. Comment.
Long Island City

Gianaris urges Koch Bridge check after 4th crash

State Sen. Michael Gianaris (D-Astoria) said he is asking the city Department of Transportation to do another comprehensive review of the Ed Koch-Queensborough Bridge off-ramps after a fourth car accident took place near the bridge last week. Comment.

Triangle in Elmhurst receives $200K grant

Leaders of the 82nd Street Partnership, a small business improvement organization, were pleased the borough president and mayor’s offices set aside $200,000 to improve the Dunningham Triangle, a vital piece of open space in the dense neighborhood. Comments (1).

Astoria film lot needs action

U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) visited Kaufman Astoria Studios Friday to demand the federal government kill a recommended review for an outdoor studio lot at the site so that the project could move ahead quickly. Comment.

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Jackson Heights

Rivera family, senior center to lead Pride Parade

City Councilman Daniel Dromm (D-Jackson Heights), who announced the marshals of the 2012 Queens Pride Parade Monday, looked back on how far the parade and the state had come since its inception 20 years ago. Comments (1).

Special ed school locked down after gunman shoots one in broad daylight: NYPD

A high school for special education students was shut down Wednesday after a 41-year-old man was shot in broad daylight nearby, the NYPD and teachers said. Comments (1).

Three men rob drugs from Astoria store: Cops

ASTORIA — The NYPD was asking for the public’s assistance in identifying three men wanted for a grand larceny on Steinway Street. Comment.

Sunday, May 6, 2012


Astoria man arrested in stabbing at apartment above hookah cafe: Police

Police arrested an Astoria man in the stabbing death of 28-year-old man in an apartment above a Steinway Street hookah cafe Friday night, the NYPD said. Comments (1).

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