Astoria Times

Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2013


Hail to the Students

Councilman Peter Vallone Jr. recently honored PS 122 students for their scores on New York state’s standardized tests. Pupils at the school in Astoria scored 71 percent at or above proficient in math and 69.7 percent at or above proficient in ELA – roughly 40 percent higher than both the city and state averages, Vallone said. Comment.

Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2013


Fun thrift shop opens latest branch in Astoria

A trendy new consignment shop in the Ditmars section of Astoria drew a crowd before it even opened its doors this weekend. Comment.

Sunnyside man charged with setting five fires: NYPD

A 22-year-old Sunnyside man was arrested and charged with setting five fires within a block of where he lives, police said Monday night. Comment.

A Calabrian fantasyland located right in Corona

It’s hard to say which is more impressive at Cucino A Modo Mio in Corona, the Calabrian-style Italian food or the site specific folk art installation that passes for decor here. It’s kitschy and wonderful, or maybe wonderfully kitschy. Comment.

Sunday, Aug. 18, 2013

Jackson Heights

Jackson Heights robbery suspects held up clerk with knife: Police

JACKSON HEIGHTS — Cops were reaching out for the public’s help in finding a duo who tried to hold up a deli clerk with a knife, the NYPD said. Comment.
Jackson Heights

Bicyclist from Queens dies after Palisades crash: Authorities

A Jackson Heights woman died after she crashed while riding her bicycle near the cliffs of the Palisades Cliffs in New Jersey, according to Palisades Interstate Parkway Police. Comment.

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Jackson Heights

Cellphone stolen from sleeping man in Jax Hts

JACKSON HEIGHTS — A 37-year-old man dozed off on a Jackson Heights bench and awoke to find his cellphone stolen, police said. Comment.

Saturday, Aug. 17, 2013

Long Island City

Outdoor cinema thrives in borough throughout the summer

Take advantage of the last warm summer nights with free outdoor movies across Queens. Comment.

B’side pizzeria owner stole taxpayer $$: DA

This piece of the pie was off limits. Comment.

Trio robs Astoria delivery man of cash, food: NYPD [With Video]

ASTORIA — Police were hoping for tips about the robbery of a Chinese food delivery man last month. Comments (1).

Fake workers rip off Astoria woman: NYPD

ASTORIA — Two men posing as electricians ripped off a 79-year-old woman who let them into her Astoria home, police said. Comment.

Woman used credit card swiped from 114th Precinct: NYPD

ASTORIA — The Police Department was looking for help in finding a suspect wanted in connection with a grand larceny within the 114th Precinct, cops said. Comment.

Friday, Aug. 16, 2013


Truck fire closes Queensboro bridge

A truck fire shut down traffic along the Ed Koch Queensboro Bridge Friday morning, fire officials said. Comment.
Long Island City

End may be near for famous graffitied warehouse

The city is scheduled to decide next week whether high-rise condos will replace the storied 5Pointz building in Long Island City. Comment.

Thieves break into Van Bramer’s Sunnyside home

A city councilman from Sunnyside said he would be working with the 108th Precinct to step up patrols in residential areas after his home joined the list of those that had been broken into recently. Comment.

Thursday, Aug. 15, 2013


USTA to build retractable roof over Arthur Ashe

The United States Tennis Association will install a retractable roof over its main stadium to curb Mother Nature’s influence over the US Open, officials announced this week. Comment.

Shutdown of Corona clinic causes uproar

At the height of the back-to-school vaccination rush and in a month dedicated to spreading immunization awareness, the city Department of Health is shutting down the only free-immunization clinic in Queens next week. Comment.

DOT plans to bring Citi Bikes into western Queens

The city Department of Transportation is including Long Island City, Astoria and Sunnyside in its multi-phase, CitiBike expansion plan after state Sen. Michael Gianaris (D-Astoria), City Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer (D-Sunnyside) and other community leaders pushed for the bikes to be brought to Queens. Comments (1).

Two fathers killed in Sunnyside motorcycle crash

Two fathers lost their lives in an early morning motorcycle crash on the “Boulevard of Death” Sunday, police and loved ones said. Comment.

College Pt developer to build Elmhurst eateries

A new agreement between the city and a northeast Queens developer will result in three sit-down chain restaurants near Queens Center Mall, though traffic improvements that were part of a decade old plan at the site will not be included this time around. Comment.

Wednesday, Aug. 14, 2013


Fires force evacuation of 50 in Astoria: FDNY

About 50 people were evacuated from eight buildings in Astoria Wednesday night after authorities received word of several manhole fires, the Fire Department said. Comment.

Tuesday, Aug. 13, 2013


Motorcyclist involved in fatal Sunnyside crash dies in hospital

A motorcyclist who had been in critical condition after fatally striking a pedestrian on the “Boulevard of Death” over the weekend has died, a spokesman for the NYPD said Tuesday. Comment.

Van Bramer sets out to fight pigeon waste on subway line

City Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer (D-Sunnyside) has declared war on the pigeons that have been leaving their droppings at three stops on the No. 7 line between 46th and 61st streets. Comment.

Monday, Aug. 12, 2013


Thieves break into home of Sunnyside councilman

City Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer (D-Sunnyside) returned from his overseas vacation this week to find his Queens home burglarized, the elected official said. Comments (1).
Jackson Heights

Man killed in Jackson Heights hit-and-run

A 25-year-old man was killed in a hit-and-run crash in Jackson Heights early Monday, police said. Comments (1).

Sunday, Aug. 11, 2013


Man crossing Queens Boulevard dies in motorcycle accident

A 50-year-old pedestrian was killed and a motorcyclist left in critical condition after a crash on the “Boulevard of Death” early Sunday, police said. Comment.

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