Astoria Times

Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2013

Long Island City

Put 1% of city budget to cultural groups: Van Bramer

At MoMA PS1, one of Long Island City’s several artistic meccas, City Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer (D-Sunnyside) announced Tuesday that he and 245 organizations were calling upon the city to increase funding to arts and cultural institutions. Comment

Monday, Jan. 14, 2013


Ferreras holds birthday fete

Councilwoman Julissa Ferreras recently held a birthday function at La Gloria in Jackson Heights Comment

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Sunday, Jan. 13, 2013


Takesushi: Rare Japanese cuisine shines in Sunnyside

Compared to the former occupants, nothing seemed scary about Takesushi, a Japanese restaurant taking over the space previously occupied by Transylvania, a Romanian one. No more cheesy vampire jokes. Then we scanned the menu at Takesushi and saw FUGU!!! That’s something scary for real—a fish that can kill you if not properly prepared. The organs of fugu, aka puffer fish or blowfish, contain a potentially lethal poison, tetrodotoxin, which must be removed by an expert to prevent dire consequences. Comment

Filmmaker Ed Burns grew up in Woodside, Valley Stream

Actor, writer and director Edward Burns was born Jan. 29, 1968, and raised in Woodside and Valley Stream, L.I. Burns is known for his role as Pvt. Richard Reiben in “Saving Private Ryan” and for later directing shoestring budget romantic comedies such as “Nice Guy Johnny” and “Newlyweds.” Comment

Saturday, Jan. 12, 2013


New 350-seat annex set for overcrowded PS 11

After a decade and a half of waiting, Woodside’s PS 11 will at last be getting an annex to replace its worn-out modular units. Comment
Jackson Heights

Jax Hgts rallies for subway hate crime victim

Members of the South Asian community and their allies gathered at the Jackson Heights pedestrian plaza Tuesday to mourn the murder of an Elmhurst man who was pushed in front of the No. 7 train last month allegedly by a woman who told police she hated Hindus and Muslims. Comment
The Play’s the Thing

Groups raise the curtain on LIC musical theater

A lot is happening in Long Island City. Once a mostly industrial enclave in far west Queens, it’s now in the midst of gentrifying with the rise of several new residential buildings, and its main thoroughfares of Vernon Blvd., Jackson Ave. and Borden Ave. are sprucing up with amenities for the new inhabitants. Comment

Friday, Jan. 11, 2013

Jackson Heights

PS 145 mourns student run over by dump truck

The IS 145 community gathered together to say goodbye to Miguel Torres this week, an 11-year-old Jackson Heights resident who was killed when a dump truck hit him not far from his school. Comment
Long Island City

Crane in LIC falls and injures seven workers

LONG ISLAND CITY — Seven workers were injured when a mobile boom crane fell onto a construction site in Long Island City, the NYPD said. Comment

Two men sought in Sunnyside robbery

SUNNYSIDE — The New York Police Department was looking for help locating two suspects wanted in connection with armed robbery within the 108th Precinct, police said. Comment

Thursday, Jan. 10, 2013

Long Island City

Arrest man in No. 7 grope case

LONG ISLAND CITY — An arrest has been made in connection with a forcible touching incident on a Manhattan-bound No. 7 train, the New York Police Department said. Comment

Child sexually assaulted in Elmhurst: Police

ELMHURST — The New York Police Department was looking for help locating a suspect wanted in the sexual assault of a child within the 110th Precinct, police said. Comment

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