Astoria Times

Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2013


From zipper factory to Academy Awards

When Lilia Skala arrived in Sunnyside, Queens in 1939 she spoke not one word of English, but a little more than two decades later she would star alongside Sidney Poitier in “Lilies of the Field” and receive an Academy Award nomination for her performance. Comment

Monday, Oct. 21, 2013

Jackson Heights

El Chivito D’Oro serves Uruguayan cuisine well done

Always on the lookout for a new cuisine to sample, I was intrigued when a friend with connections to South America raved over El Chivito D’Oro, a restaurant which he described as a Uruguayan steak house. Comments (1)

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Jackson Heights

Dromm delivers $500K for Jax Hgts Diversity Plaza

Jackson Heights’ Diversity Plaza will soon be sporting new benches, improved lighting and location maps thanks to $500,000 in funding from City Councilman Daniel Dromm’s (D-Sunnyside) discretionary fund. Comment

Sunday, Oct. 20, 2013


Police hunting for three suspects in iPhone theft: NYPD [With Video of Suspects]

ASTORIA — Police were looking for three people who allegedly stole a woman’s iPhone as she was walking down the street, the NYPD said.. Comment
Jackson Heights

Man robbed Jax Hts. Citibank of $800: Cops

JACKSON HEIGHTS — The NYPD was on the lookout for a man who allegedly robbed a Citibank branch on Roosevelt Avenue earlier this month, police said. Comment

Saturday, Oct. 19, 2013


Sir Paul McCartney makes Astoria stop

A buzz swept through Astoria’s cultural campus last week when international pop star Paul McCartney played a surprise concert for 400 students at the Frank Sinatra High School of the Performing Arts. Comment

Elmhurst man accused of aiding terrorist groups in Afghanistan

Two men were arrested and charged in Queens Criminal Court with raising money to fund terrorist activities last week, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said. Comment

Perv films up woman’s skirt in Corona: Cops

CORONA — The New York Police Department was asking for the public’s assistance in finding a suspect wanted in connection with an unlawful surveillance incident within the 115th Precinct, cops said. Comment

Friday, Oct. 18, 2013

Long Island City

Judge halts 5Pointz demolition for 10 days

The artists from 5Pointz got what they were hoping for when they took developer G & M Realty to court Thursday, a 10-day temporary restraining order meaning their artwork cannot be touched and the building may not be destroyed, for now. After the owners of the Long Island City property, David and Jerry Wolkoff, received unanimous approval from the City Council last week to demolish the complex, the graffiti artists took them to court. Comment

Astoria bystanders scares off sexual predator

An Astoria man is being hailed as a hero Friday after breaking up what the NYPD is calling an attempted rape. Comment

Drunk driver kills child on Corona street: Cops

A Corona lawmaker has set up a bank account to help pay for the funeral of a toddler, who police said was killed by a suspected drunk driver as he crossed the street with his pregnant mother Friday night. Comment
Mayoral Spin Cycle

Increase voter turnout with non-partisan elections

As the old saying goes, democracy is the second worst form of government — everything else is tied for first. Comments (1)

Thursday, Oct. 17, 2013

Long Island City

Artists sue to save 5Pointz

The artists at Long Island City’s 5Pointz will not go away quietly. Comment

Graffiti artist Banksy creates mural on Woodside wall

After work Monday, Flatbush resident Ten Sodeinde opted to take the long way home from Manhattan so he could make an artistic pilgrimage to Woodside. Comments (2)

Police crack 22-yr-old Baby Hope case

Neighbors of Margarita Castillo said they knew little about the tragic cold case of Baby Hope, let alone suspected that the woman who lives in their Elmhurst apartment building was the mother of the 4-year-old girl whose murder baffled investigators for more than two decades. Comments (2)
Long Island City

Boro vendors to headline new Long Island City market

A new indoor market is set to make its debut in the historic Standard Motor Parts Building in Long Island City and showcase Queens’ creative spirit in everything from food to furniture. Comment
Long Island City

Authorities keep up search for autistic Rego Park teen

The massive search moved into the second week for Avonte Oquendo, the autistic Rego Park teen who disappeared when he ran out of his Long Island City school earlier this month. Comment

Fed workers at Maloney rally decry shutdown

Scores of federal employees described the negative impact of the federal shutdown on their families and finances in a Columbus Day demonstration in Manhattan organized by U.S. Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-Astoria). Comments (1)

Woman found guilty in Astoria Park slay

ASTORIA — A transient Astoria woman was convicted of murder and other charges after a six-week jury trial for attacking a 32-year-old man at Astoria Park in 2010, the Queens district attorney said. Comment
Long Island City

Draw keeps Bryant ahead of Aviation in A division

Despite a hard-fought tie with rival Aviation, Bryant remains in control of its own destiny in PSAL Queens A West soccer. Comment

Monday, Oct. 14, 2013


Police crack 22-year-old cold case of Astoria girl’s death

With the help of an anonymous tip and DNA evidence, detectives identified a 4-year-old Astoria girl as the nameless murder victim who for more than two decades was known only as Baby Hope and arrested the man they say allegedly brought her young life to a gruesome, tragic end. Comments (1)

Graffiti artist Banksy makes an art stop in Woodside

Although at its core the nature of Banksy’s work is temporary, he probably hoped his Queens piece would last more than a day before being vandalized. Comments (3)

Government employees join Maloney in shutdown protest

Scores of idled Internal Revenue Service workers and other government employees demonstrated Monday in Midtown Manhattan in an appeal for an end to the congressional stalemate that has shut down the federal government and shared stories of the resulting financial strain. Comment

Sunday, Oct. 13, 2013


Man charged with DWI after SUV hits and kills Corona toddler: NYPD

Police charged a South Ozone Park SUV man with drinking and driving after a Corona toddler crossing the street with his pregnant mother was struck and killed on Junction Boulevard Friday night, the NYPD said. Comments (2)

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