Astoria Times

Monday, March 18, 2013


Queens achievers hailed on Int’l Women’s Day

State Assemblywoman Aravella Simotas (D-Astoria) and U.S. Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-Astoria) honored City Councilwoman Julissa Ferreras (D-East Elmhurst) and two other Queens women Friday for International Women’s Day. Comment.
Jackson Heights

Dromm, union battle Trade Fair over wages

City Councilman Daniel Dromm (D-Jackson Heights) threw his support behind a local union Tuesday in its labor negotiations with the Queens supermarket chain Trade Fair, going so far as to visit one of the Jackson Heights stores and speak to the employees facing loss of full-time work. Comments (4).

Three men rob Astoria business at gunpoint: NYPD

ASTORIA — The NYPD was reaching out for the public’s help in finding suspects wanted in connection with a gunpoint robbery, police said. Comments (4).

Sunday, March 17, 2013


Parks to hire 81 new officers

A firm advocate of increased policing, City Councilman Peter Vallone Jr. (D-Astoria) applauded the city Parks Department’s hiring of more parks enforcement patrol officers come the 2014 fiscal year. Comment.

Man stole bikes, laptop from Astoria garage: Police

ASTORIA — The NYPD was asking for the public’s help in finding a robbery suspect, police said. Comment.

Call it Correction

The city appears to be getting serious about lowering the rate of recidivism for criminals sentenced to up to a year at Rikers Island and all the other jails in the system. Comment.

Saturday, March 16, 2013


Astoria band brings the soul in Queens music match

The beat goes on. Comment.

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Two women swiped wallets from Woodside shoppers: NYPD

ASTORIA — The NYPD was looking for the public’s help in finding two women wanted in connection to three thefts, police said. Comment.

Innocent Until ICE Gets You

The City Council has passed legislation that would stop the city Department of Correction from handing over undocumented immigrants to U.S. Immigrant and Customs Enforcement if they are youthful offenders, do not have significant criminal records, have been accused of low-level offenses or have been convicted of some types of misdemeanor offenses. Comment.

No. 7 should service St. Pat’s parade

We are writing to request that the MTA reinstate No. 7 train service between Queensboro Plaza and Times Square March 16. Comment.

Friday, March 15, 2013


Dolphin seen swimming near Astoria

A bottlenose dolphin has been sighted swimming in the East River since Wednesday, but Friday marked the first time the marine mammal came to Queens. Comment.

Four Queens subway lines to close at night for maintenance

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority will introduce its Fastrack, subway maintenance service to Queens for the first time Monday. Comment.
East Elmhurst

Beep hopefuls tout endorsments

The endorsements are rolling in for candidates hoping to take the place of Queens Borough President Helen Marshall after this year’s elections. Comment.

Astoria rallies to save historic house

A diverse group of Astoria historians, elected officials, business leaders and artists have banded together to try to buy the Steinway Mansion and turn it into a museum. Comments (1).

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Long Island City

MTA will do 7 train work on day of St. Pat’s Parade

The City Council said it had received notice from the MTA that the agency would not be able to stop the scheduled No. 7 subway line work for the Manhattan St. Patrick’s Day Parade this Saturday. Comments (2).
Long Island City

Driver who killed teen in LIC uninsured: Cops

The driver in the Long Island City crash near LaGuardia Community College that killed a 16-year-old boy Monday was allegedly driving without insurance, the NYPD said. Comments (2).
Jackson Heights

Jax Hgts boy’s death inspires traffic forum

A block away from where an 11-year-old boy was run over by a dump truck in December, about 100 people attended City Councilman Daniel Dromm’s (D-Jackson Heights) forum Tuesday centered on improving traffic in Jackson Heights. Comment.

Police arrest suspect in Astoria library groping

ASTORIA — Police said they arrested and charged an Astoria man with forcibly touching a teenage girl inside a Queens library earlier this month. Comment.

Police hunt suspect who groped girl at Woodside train station [With Video of Suspect]

WOODSIDE — The NYPD was looking for the public’s help in finding a suspect wanted in connection with a forcible touching that happened earlier this month at the Woodside-61st Street subway station, police said. Comment.

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Long Island City

Driver in critical condition after collision with pole in LIC: Authorities

A driver whose SUV collided with a light pole by the Queens Midtown Tunnel Tuesday afternoon was listed in critical condition later that night, police said. Comments (1).

Monday, March 11, 2013

Long Island City

Van jumps curb near LaGuardia CC, killing teen

A teenage boy was killed Monday after the driver of a minivan lost control and hit five people on the sidewalk near LaGuardia Community College in Long Island City, the NYPD said. Comments (7).
Long Island City

Quinn asks MTA to restore No. 7 service for St. Patrick’s Day Parade

City Council Speaker Christine Quinn (D-Manhattan) and other city officials have appealed to transit officials to reinstate service on the No. 7 subway line for the Manhattan St. Patrick’s Day Parade on Saturday, March 16. Comment.

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