Astoria Times

Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2013


Educator visits Astoria school to review curriculum

The head of the state Education Department visited the Albert Shanker school in Astoria last week and said he is looking for students to make slow-and-steady gains this year on the state Common Core exams. Comment

Astoria’s Mar’s offers out-of-this-world cuisine

Aaaaarrrr. No, it’s not the punch line of a pirate joke, but the letter that must be found in the name of a month in which it’s safe to eat oysters. While that bit of folk wisdom is not necessarily true, it’s as good a reason as any to hit an oyster bar in September (or October or November, and so on). Mar’s, a newish Astoria watering hole offering mollusks and crustaceans, was our target. Comment

Sunday, Sept. 29, 2013


Cops in 110th, 115th precincts sold accident reports: Brown

Two city cops assigned to Queens precincts have been charged with accepting cash payments from $40 to $1,500 for supplying copies of official police accident reports, the Queens district attorney said. Comments (1)

Queens’ Gorman made his name playing Lenny Bruce

Longtime New Yorkers should remember character actor Cliff Gorman for his breakthrough stage roles as Emory in “The Boys in the Band” and as Lenny Bruce in the eponymous “Lenny.” Comment

Saturday, Sept. 28, 2013

Long Island City

Japanese comic storytelling bows in LIC

Tall and blond, Katsura Sunshine looks like he should be relating Nordic tales rather than funny Japanese stories. Comment

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Astoria dental lab owner admits to tax fraud

The owner of an Astoria dental lab knew what he was doing when he failed to collect employment taxes, court documents showed. Comment

Friday, Sept. 27, 2013


Skateboarding accident leaves Sunnyside teen dead: NYPD

An 18-year-old skateboarder who was attempting to hitch a ride on the side of a truck in Sunnyside died Thursday when he lost control and was crushed by the vehicle, the NYPD said. Comments (1)

Man in prison linked to 2009 Astoria slay by DNA: Queens DA

A 30-year-old former Queens man was indicted in the grisy 2009 rape and murder of an Astoria woman, the Queens district attorney said Thursday. Comments (1)
Jackson Heights

Jax Heights field renamed for boy who died from sepsis

Rory Staunton fought hard for his Jackson Heights community throughout his 12 short years before his untimely death from sepsis shock last year. His community fought just as hard to make sure his name would be never be forgotten. Comment

Queens basketball coach receives street co-naming

The father of a late western Queens basketball coach will see the corner bearing his son’s name each time he leaves his home on 38th Street. Comment

Month-long Astoria manhunt ends

The NYPD arrested the 61-year-old Florida man Monday who had been wanted for more than a month after he allegedly struck a police officer with a stolen truck, sparking a wild chase that led to the temporary closure of the Ed Koch-Queensboro Bridge in late August, police said. Comment
Jackson Heights

Supporters say BID expansion would improve quality of life

A proposal to expand the 82nd Partnership in Corona and Jackson Heights could greatly improve street conditions in the vibrant shopping district, the head of the organization says. Comments (2)

Astoria turns into one big performance

For the next couple of weeks, the public can take a break from all their worries and ride the N or 7 trains to the 2nd Annual Astoria Arts Festival. Comment

Thursday, Sept. 26, 2013


Trio stole from Corona Ambulance Corps: AG

A Corona volunteer ambulance service said it may have to close shop after state Attorney General Eric Schneiderman announced last week three former board members allegedly stole more than $300,000 from the nonprofit to fund lavish vacations and meals. Comments (2)

Steinway Mansion raises funds with music at bar

The evolution of modern Queens, New York City and even the entire United States can be traced to one house on 41st Street in Astoria, says Bob Singleton. Comments (1)
Jackson Heights

Police identify man found shot near Jax Hgts stabbing

Two days after state Sen. Jose Peralta (D-Jackson Heights) described Roosevelt Avenue as the city’s new version of once crime-ridden Times Square, a 33-year-old man was found with gunshot wounds to his head and neck just steps away from where the legislator had stood. Comment

Police search for Astoria grab suspect: NYPD

ASTORIA — The Police Department was looking for help in finding a suspect who allegedly grabbed a woman in Astoria, cops said. Comment

Tuesday, Sept. 24, 2013


Police charge Florida man with running over officer after month on lam: NYPD

The NYPD arrested the 61-year-old Florida man Monday who had been wanted for more than a month after he allegedly struck a police officer with a stolen truck — sparking a wild chase that led to the temporary closure of the Ed Koch Queensboro Bridge in late August, police said. Comment
Hunters Point

Body of man in his 30s found in East River off LIC: Police

A body was pulled from East River in Long Island City Monday night, authorities said. Comment

Sunday, Sept. 22, 2013

Jackson Heights

Man shot in head and neck found close to stabbing murder earlier in week: NYPD

A 33-year-old man was found with a gunshot wound to his head Friday evening less than a block from where a 69-year-old man was stabbed to death four days earlier, police said. Comment

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