Astoria Times

Wednesday, July 24, 2013


Colombian independence celebrated in Flushing Meadows

Councilwoman Julissa Ferreras hosted a 2013 Independence of Colombia Celebration at Queens Theatre last Thursday in collaboration with the Colombian consulate and Afro Colombia New York. Comment

La Rioja serves up flavors of Spain in Queens

Jose Rodriguez, a native Spaniard from that country’s Galicia region, imported all the right ingredients to make an authentic Spanish restaurant in the center of Astoria. Comment

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Long Island City

Youthmarket returns to Long Island City after hiatus

City Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer (D-Sunnyside) joined with nonprofit GrowNYC in Long Island City last week to celebrate the return of the neighborhood’s Youthmarket, an event that featured a fresh assortment of fruits and vegetables. Comment

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East Elmhurst

Two suspects rob East Elmhurst diner: Cops [With Videos]

EAST ELMHURST - Two suspects were wanted by the NYPD in connection with a burglary at a diner last week within the confines of the 114th Precinct. Comment

Monday, July 22, 2013

Long Island City

Vallone bill would reverse Ed Koch bridge naming

City Councilman Peter Vallone Jr. (D-Astoria) is drafting legislation to remove former Mayor Ed Koch’s name from the Queensboro Bridge, a measure he said is in demand among residents of Queens. Comments (2)

Police pursuing three suspects in boutique robbery

ASTORIA - Three men were wanted for allegedly robbing a clothing boutique last week in the confines of the 114th Precinct. Comments (4)

Sunday, July 21, 2013


Woodside Child Center names Donnelly COO

The Child Center of New York, a well-known Woodside nonprofit that helps at-risk children and young people across the city, officially appointed its new chief operating officer earlier this month, the organization said. Comment

Friday, July 19, 2013

Long Island City

Beep approves 5Pointz redevelopment plan

Borough President Helen Marshall approved a tweaked special permit application Tuesday for the 5Pointz redevelopment project that includes additional community benefits for Long Island City residents. Comment

Brooklyn man charged in robbing of 73-year-old blind man twice

A Brooklyn man was charged Thursday with robbing a 73-year-old blind man twice in two weeks at his home in the Queensbridge Houses, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said. Comments (1)

Queens Egyptians keep tabs on crisis in Cairo

Following the ouster of Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi by the Middle East nation’s army, his countrymen living in Queens are calling for immediate action to end a growing international crisis. Comment

Pol wants CitiBike to come to Astoria

In a letter to Mayor Michael Bloomberg and the city Department of Transportation, state Sen. Michael Gianaris (D-Astoria) has requested that CitiBike, New York City’s new bike-share program, be expanded into the neighborhoods of Astoria and Woodside. Comments (1)

Corona mom files federal suit against cop who shot her son

Corona resident Cecilia Reyes, whose 22-year-old son Noel Polanco was fatally shot by an NYPD detective during a traffic stop last year, filed a federal lawsuit Tuesday against New York City and the officer who gunned down the National Guardsman, according to court documents. Comments (1)
Long Island City

Comedy club in LIC lands on sales block

It’s no joke: The Laughing Devil, a beloved comedy club in Long Island City, has been put up for sale, its owners said last week. Comment
Jackson Heights

Jackson Heights is ready for its close-up

Growing up in Sunnyside, Mike Ordonez thought it odd that residents from other parts of the city always identified themselves by their borough and not, as in Queens, by their neighborhoods. Comment
Long Island City

MTA seeks to increase trains on G line

The MTA says the G train needs more service and other improvements, including abolition of the G Train Sprint, a maneuver involving passengers running in pursuit of trains that stop far from where straphangers wait. Comment

$5K offered for info about Woodside stabbing

Police were searching for the driver of a dark-colored, older model sedan who is suspected of stabbing a 26-year-old Astoria deejay to death and wounding another man in Woodside over the weekend. Comment

Thursday, July 18, 2013


McCaffrey, 64, laid to rest

More than 150 people attended the funeral Monday of Walter McCaffrey, a former city councilman who friends and officials described as a brilliant, warm and witty man dedicated to his community. Comment

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Long Island City

Something wicked this way comes to LIC

Watching a production of William Shakespeare’s “Macbeth” can often transport a viewer back to a 12th-grade English class. Comment

Monday, July 15, 2013

Long Island City

MTA recommends G train upgrades

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority has examined the G subway line at the request of two state senators and found what the MTA calls “opportunities to improve service.” Comment

NYPD looking for sedan driven by stabbing suspect in Woodside: Police

Police released surveillance video late Saturday of a vehicle believed to have been driven by a suspect in a fatal stabbing in Woodside hours earlier. Comment

Saturday, July 13, 2013


Hispanic group offers $5K for info in fatal stabbing of young father in Woodside

Two Hispanic men were stabbed - one fatally - in Woodside early Saturday morning, police said, and an outreach group is offering several thousands dollars as a reward for information about the killer. Comment

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