Astoria Times

Tuesday, June 25, 2013


Museum of Moving Image unveils brand new courtyard

Elected officials and representatives from the Museum of the Moving Image gathered Tuesday at a celebratory dedication ceremony for the museum’s newly completed outdoor courtyard, named in honor of George S. Kaufman, the chairman of Kaufman Astoria Studios and a MoMI trustee. Comment

All the world’s his stage

When Melissa Friedman witnessed Xavier Pacheco’s self-proclaimed first attempt at performing Shakespeare, she decided the then 14-year-old Corona freshman was either a skilled liar or a naturally talented actor. Comment

Monday, June 24, 2013

Long Island City

New rules to save boro homes

The city’s building code will probably be modified to better prepare for storms following recommendations unveiled last week by Mayor Michael Bloomberg and City Council Speaker Christine Quinn (D-Manhattan) in Long Island City. Comment

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Sunday, June 23, 2013


House defeats farm bill with provisions for food stamp cuts

The new Farm Bill was voted down by the House of Representatives Thursday by a vote of 234-195. Comment
Long Island City

LIC muggers punch, steal from victims: NYPD [With Video]

LONG ISLAND CITY — The city Police Department was reaching out to the public hoping to find suspects wanted in connection with a robbery pattern within the 114th Precinct, the NYPD said. Comment

Police release new photos of suspects in commercial robberies

SUNNYSIDE — Cops were looking for a pair of alleged thieves who knocked over two Queens businesses. Comment

Herbalife targets Latinos: Pol

I am writing to urge the FTC to take a look into Herbalife. Herbalife has been accused of operating an abusive pyramid scheme that targets minority groups, especially Latinos, by falsely promising large profits. As a New York City Council member in a heavily Hispanic district in Queens, I am concerned about the impact this company is having on my constituents and the Latino community in New York. Comments (7)

Saturday, June 22, 2013


Convicted killer of hoops star teenager faces sentencing

A Manhattan man convicted in the fatal shooting of Queensbridge native Tayshana “Chicken” Murphy is scheduled to be sentenced next week, but the slain teen’s father says there will never be justice even if those responsible for the basketball star’s untimely death are behind bars. Comment

Suspect breaks into car in Astoria, steals purse: Police [With Video]

ASTORIA — The NYPD was seeking information in identifying a suspect wanted for grand larceny within the confines of the 114th Precinct. Comment
The Civic Scene

DOB must do better job of cracking down on illegal apts.

For decades Queens civic associations have fought to preserve their quality of life by improving the enforcement of the zoning laws. People bought their homes or rented their apartments because of the ambiance in a community. When the zoning laws are violated and large, illegal buildings are built or illegal conversions take place, then more people are added to a neighborhood zoned for fewer people. Comments (1)

Friday, June 21, 2013

East Elmhurst

Mayoral hopefuls tackle Sandy at faith forum in East Elmhurst

Following Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s announcement of a $20 billion plan to protect the city from future storms, mayoral candidates were grilled last week on how they would leverage those funds to create jobs, expand affordable housing and invest in neighborhoods. Comment

Sheldon Silver rejects new Scaffold Law: Moya

State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver (D-Manhattan) killed proposed changes to the city’s Scaffold Law Tuesday, according to a spokeswoman for Assemblyman Francisco Moya (D-Jackson Heights). Comment

Thursday, June 20, 2013


Huang pleads guilty to illegal sales

Infamous Queens developer Tommy Huang has pleaded guilty to making illegal transactions under the table after the state ordered him to stop building and selling condos, the state attorney general said Wednesday. Comment
Long Island City

CitiBike may come to LIC to offset G closing

The MTA is in talks with the city’s Department of Transportation about expanding the CitiBike program to areas that will be affected by upcoming closures of the G train, including Long Island City and Greenpoint in Brooklyn. Comment

Queens Symphony to perform at June Astoria firework show

Astoria celebrates its independence early with the first firework celebration in the city this summer Monday. Central Astoria’s 31st annual Waterfront Independence celebration will feature the Queens Symphony Orchestra followed by a Grucci fireworks display over the East River. Comment

Weekend block party welcomes newest neighbor to Astoria

It’s a Queens-centric event and you’re invited. Comment

LIC captures cricket crown

There was an uneasy feeling on the Long Island City sideline, as a second straight city cricket title appeared to be slipping away. Comment

Wednesday, June 19, 2013


Tommy Huang pleads guilty to illegal condo sales in Elmhurst: AG

A notorious Queens developer pleaded guilty to developing and selling condos in Elmhurst after a 1999 court order banned them from the business, the state attorney general said. Comments (2)

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