Astoria Times

Monday, Feb. 20, 2012


Restaurant workers tell stories through Qns. Museum exhibit

Some 75 percent of Americans eat out at least once a week, though few get more than a passing glimpse into the lives of the people who cook, prepare and serve their meals, according to a new exhibit. Comment

Sunday, Feb. 19, 2012


Thanks, Governor, Sort Of

The good news is Fresh Direct has decided to relocate to the Bronx. The bad news is Queens will lose 2,000 jobs. Comments (1)

Saturday, Feb. 18, 2012

Jackson Heights

Dromm wants new drug law

When City Councilman Daniel Dromm (D-Jackson Heights) criticized Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s administration for the large number of marijuana possession arrests made on his watch and advocated for legalizing medical marijuana, he said he was not dismissing the drug’s ill effects. Comments (1)

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Ferreras touts plans to improve streets and tourism

City Councilwoman Julissa Ferreras (D-East Elmhurst) advocated for better streets and for making the neighborhoods she represents a destination at her State of the District address last Thursday. Comment

Redefining the Queens art scene

Reinvention is no easy feat — not even for a popular 35-year-old cultural landmark and local international art space nestled in Flushing Meadows Corona Park and only a stone’s throw from the Unisphere. Comment

Friday, Feb. 17, 2012


Borough drag queen debuts on national television

Drag queens from all around the country strive to win on “RuPaul’s Drag Race,” but it is only in Season 4 that fans have gotten to watch a queen from Queens. Comment
Long Island City

PS1 unveils otherworldly design for courtyard

Visitors to MoMA PS1 will be seeing stars this summer. The art institution announced on Feb. 8 that its courtyard will feature a giant star-shaped installation called “Wendy” as part of its annual Young Architects Program. Comment

Everyday errand leads to meeting with music great

It was a windy, cold January afternoon, and after battling Steinway Street traffic I finally found a parking spot. I had to remind myself that this challenge is always worth the effort when I am visiting my friend Zafar from Humza Studio to have my old 8 mm tapes transferred over to DVDs. Comment

Thursday, Feb. 16, 2012


Astoria husband charged in wife’s grisly murder

An Astoria man suspected in the beating death of his wife after a bloody note saying “I killed my best friend” was found in their apartment was returned to New York on murder charges Tuesday, the Queens district attorney’s office said. Comment
Long Island City

Fresh Direct exodus gets mixed reactions

A representative of a Long Island City business organization said he believed the neighborhood would be able to recover quickly from the move of online grocer Fresh Direct to the Bronx, although a local deli owner said the loss of its 2,000 employees would affect his business. Comment

Astoria Greeks track debt crisis

Astoria’s Greeks were pessimistic about the future of their home country after the Athens government Monday voted in favor of another round of austerity measures to stave off default that inspired demonstrations and riots. Comment

Community Board 4 chooses new leaders

While Community Board 4 has not yet hired a new district manager to replace Richard Italiano, who died of a heart attack last month, the board voted to name Louis Walker its chairman at its monthly meeting last week. Comment
Dishing with Dee

Annual cocktail party draws Dems from boro and beyond

Let me start this week’s column on a rather sad note. I wish to extend my deepest, heartfelt sympathy to the family of Marissa Roslyn Feldman. Comment

Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2012


Drunk driver killed Astoria grandpa: DA

An Astoria man has been charged with hitting and killing a beloved grandfather, who was a refugee from the Cuban Revolution, with an SUV while allegedly intoxicated, the Queens district attorney’s office said. Comment
East Elmhurst

JetBlue will add more flights from LaGuardia, Washington

JetBlue Airways plans to nearly double its flights from LaGuardia and Ronald Reagan National airports in Washington, D.C. Comment

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