Astoria Times

Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2012


Queens Zoo seeks volunteers

The Wildlife Conservation Society is looking for volunteers at the Queens Zoo to teach visitors about the zoo and give tours. Comment

Monday, Dec. 17, 2012


CB 1 wants to improve response to future disasters

During this holiday season, we can be proud and thankful that there was no shortage of caring individuals and actions of selflessness through Hurricane Sandy and its aftermath. The true spirit and resilience of New Yorkers shone through these past weeks. What was in apparent shortage, besides gas, was a coordinated response from the various levels of government, especially the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s response. Comment

Sunday, Dec. 16, 2012


Queens Library celebrates Kwanzaa in East Elmhurst

Kwanzaa is a seven-day celebration of African-American culture, so it is more than fitting that for the past 28 years the Langston Hughes Community Library and Cultural Center in East Elmhurst has observed the holiday. Comment

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Cops seeking missing man from Astoria, 42

ASTORIA — The police were asking for the public’s help in locating a 42-year-old man who went missing last week. Comment

NYPD searching for missing man, 76

ROOSEVELT ISLAND — The police were asking for the public to help locate an elderly man who went missing last week. Comment

Saturday, Dec. 15, 2012


Auto dealer busted in finance scam: DA

The Long Island owners of a Woodside car dealership were charged last week with holding onto about $730,000 in sales taxes while the dealership’s ex-finance manager allegedly defrauded customers out of $115,000 in cash through a fake refinancing scheme, the Queens district attorney’s office said. Comment

Two youth assaulted victims in Corona: Cops

CORONA — The police were looking for two young men wanted for questioning about two assaults last month. Comment
Long Island City

Elementary students take a LeAp into the arts

To commemorate their 11th annual student art exhibit, Learning through an Expanded Arts Program held a “milk and cookies” reception at the Citigroup Building in Long Island City earlier this month. Comment

Liu of ‘McBeal’ called Jax Hts. home before becoming a star

Born Dec. 2, 1968, to Chinese immigrants, Lucy Alexis Liu skyrocketed to fame in the late 1990s with a role in the TV series “Ally McBeal,” followed by starring spots in the action films “Charlie’s Angels” and “Kill Bill.” Comment

Friday, Dec. 14, 2012


Sunnysiders rally to keep food in town

City Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer (D-Sunnyside) led a protest with Sunnyside residents last Thursday against the landlord of a Foodtown supermarket on Greenpoint Avenue who has decided to boot the store despite its requests to renegotiate the lease or buy the property. Comment
Jackson Heights

Jax Hts group blasts Walmart after Bangladeshi factory blaze

About 40 Bangladeshi activists and their allies gathered at the Jackson Heights plaza on 37th Road and 74th Street to condemn retail giant Walmart for its ties with a clothing factory in Bangladesh, where at least 117 workers died in a fire. Comment

The Lessons of Sandy

Was the destruction brought by Hurricane Sandy along the Eastern Coast a freak accident that resulted because the storm happened to hit at a bad time or was it a warning about the dangers of global warming? Comments (1)

Thursday, Dec. 13, 2012


Sex trafficking moved to Queens on 7 line

The advocates paint a picture as similar as it is horrific: women and girls — some as young as 12 — fall into the clutches of pimps who subject them to verbal and sexual abuse, force them to have sex with men for money and then when the authorities find them, they are considered criminals. Comments (1)

Group rallies against stadium in Flushing Meadows park

A coalition composed of various community, immigrants’ rights and environmental groups marched to Flushing Meadows Corona Park over the weekend to protest three proposed developments they say would deprive the park of its civic nature. Comment

Amtrak repairs restore rush-hour LIRR trains

It took less than two weeks for Amtrak to live up to its promise and expedite repairs on its East River tunnels, putting the Long Island Rail Road back on track with full peak service before the holiday rush. Comment

Monserrate gets two years

Former City Councilman and State Sen. Hiram Monserrate was sentenced to 24 months in prison and ordered to pay almost $80,000 in restitution for fraudulently using City Council funds Tuesday to underwrite his own election campaign in the latest chapter in the East Elmhurst politician’s fall from grace. Comment

Boro botches human rights

As far as human rights are concerned, the Urban Justice Center gave the Queens City Council delegation a C-plus, landing it second to last in a report card surveying all five boroughs. Comment

Building a community through jazz

With roots in New Orleans that are over a century old, jazz music began as a communal phenomenon inclusive to musicians and members of a unique artistic affiliation. Comment

Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2012


Vallone challenges field for boro prez

Throwing his hat into a crowded field, City Councilman Peter Vallone Jr. (D-Astoria) announced Tuesday he would be running for borough president. Comment
Long Island City

Life expectancy reaches new high in city: Mayor

Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced Tuesday that life expectancy for New Yorkers is at an all-time high, outpacing life expectancy gains made in the rest of the country. Comments (5)

Man climbed into house and raped woman: Police

ELMHURST — The police were looking for a man who used a ladder to climb into a woman’s bathroom window last weekend and then rape her. Comment

Two stabbed, one dead in Elmhurst home: Cops

ELMHURST — Police responding to a call of a foul odor Sunday found an older woman dead and her alleged killer with a stab wound. Comment

Korean group helping Hans

A Flushing organization has been collecting donations to assist the family of Ki-Suk Han, a 58-year-old Elmhurst resident who was pushed in front of a downtown Manhattan-bound Q train last week, leaving his disabled wife and young daughter heartbroken. Comment

Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2012


Monserrate receives 24 months in prison, $80K fine

Former City Councilman and state Sen. Hiram Monserrate was sentenced Tuesday to 24 months in prison and three years of supervised release and ordered to pay $80,000 in restitution for fraudulently using Council funds to underwrite his own election campaign. Comment

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