Astoria Times

Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2013


Corona cart vendor nominated for culinary prize

For the past 26 years, Maria Teresa Crespo has been dishing up Ecuadorian specialities from a street corner in Corona, and she was recently recognized for her tasty treats as part of an annual food truck competition. Comment

Monday, Sept. 2, 2013


Prentzas promotes education overhaul in city

Gus Prentzas hopes to use his experience from the now-defunct school board to push for dramatic changes to the city’s education system if he is elected to succeed City Councilman Peter Vallone Jr. (D-Astoria). Comment

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Astoria’s Serpe seeks Vallone’s City Council seat

If there was any district in New York City where a Green Party candidate, independent of the political machine system, had the potential to get elected, it is in Astoria’s 22nd District, Lynne Serpe said. Comment

Sunday, Sept. 1, 2013


Family of Japanese student seeks info about his death

The family of a Japanese student who police say was run down by an NYPD cruiser in Long Island City six months ago is pleading for witnesses who are willing to testify about what they saw to come forward, their lawyer said. Comments (1)

Police search for missing Elmhurst man

ELMHURST — The New York Police Department was seeking help in finding a man who went missing within the 110th Precinct, cops said. Comment

Saturday, Aug. 31, 2013


Surprise inspections uncover safety hazards at city’s pools

The city comptroller’s office has inspected swimming pools citywide and found adequate maintenance and conditions in many, including Fort Totten in Bayside and PS 10 in Astoria Heights. Comment

Astoria landlord rented uninhabitable apartments to prospective tenants: Queens DA

ASTORIA — An Astoria landlord allegedly pocketed $44,050 from prospective tenants looking to rent unlivable apartments that the city Buildings Department had ordered vacated, the Queens district attorney said. Comment

Friday, Aug. 30, 2013

Jackson Heights

Jackson Hts. street renamed for activist

A former community board manager and local activist was honored this weekend when a Jackson Heights street was co-named for her. Comment
Dutch Kills

Roundup of shopping carts clears trash in Dutch Kills

Several western Queens residents are praising police from the 114th Precinct who they said teamed up with the city Sanitation Department to remove more than one dozen shopping carts stuffed with garbage around Dutch Kills. Comment

Hallets Point heads for final approval from city

The city voted last week to approve the $1 billion Hallets Point project that is slated to bring nearly 2,000 residential units to the Astoria waterfront. Comment
Long Island City

Park opens in Hunters Point South

Mayor Michael Bloomberg opened a new waterfront park in Long Island City Wednesday two days after City Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer (D-Sunnyside) announced the allocation of $2.5 million for the restoration of Queensbridge Park. Comment

Man charged in Astoria rape: Police

ASTORIA — An alleged rapist left a trail of his own blood from the crime scene after bursting through a window to evade police, the New York Post reported. Comment
Long Island City

Long Island City attack on interracial couple not a hate crime: NYPD

LONG ISLAND CITY — The Police Department determined an attack on an interracial couple in Long Island City was not a hate crime, cops said. Comment

Corrections officer charged with shooting son says he couldn’t see clearly: NY Post

WOODSIDE — A city correction officer said it was a case of mistaken identity that led him to shoot his son, but the teen called the incident an out-of-control example of tough love, the New York Post reported. Comments (1)

Thursday, Aug. 29, 2013


Police search for driver in Astoria faceoff with cops

A massive manhunt was underway for a Florida driver after two officers were injured trying to apprehend him during a wild chase in Astoria, police said. Comment

City co-names Astoria street for first female county clerk

There was no shortage of friends and relatives anxious to share their stories of the late Gloria D’Amico as they gathered on Shore Boulevard in Astoria to co-name a street in her memory. Comment

Vallone vows to keep boro safe as beep

City Councilman Peter Vallone Jr. (D-Astoria) is running for borough president on his record of public safety experience and small business know-how. Comment

Queens Museum to get $18M

As it moves into the last full month of a major expansion project, the Queens Museum learned Tuesday it will receive another monetary boost from the city toward paying the bill. Comment

Saturday, Aug. 24, 2013


Police looking for Florida man after wild chase with gunfire in Astoria

Police identified a suspect who allegedly struck a police officer with a stolen pickup truck in Astoria Thursday after cops tried to pull him over in connection with a purse snatching in East Elmhurst earlier in the day, the NYPD said. Comment

City sends Halletts Point project to final stage

The city voted to approve the $1 billion Halletts Point project that is slated to bring nearly 2,000 residential units to the Astoria waterfront. Comment

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