Astoria Times

Monday, Nov. 25, 2013


Officials break ground at Woodside school site

Officials broke ground last week for the first new public school to be built in Woodside in more than 60 years, and the construction will bring relief to a crushing overcrowding problem that has plagued School District 30 for decades. Comment.

Zombies march through Astoria

Dozens of costumed ghouls took to the streets of Astoria for the annual Queens Thanksgiving Zombie Walk. Organizers said they had to make a last-minute switch from Bud’s Ale House, which closed down, to Applebee’s for the event’s meetup location. Comment.

Sunday, Nov. 24, 2013


Man gets 25 to life for killing toddler: Brown

CORONA — A Brooklyn man was sentenced to 25 years to life in prison last week for killing his girlfriend’s toddler daughter in her 103rd Street apartment, the Queens district attorney said. Comment.

Police searching for suspect in $7K check theft: Cops

ELMHURST - The NYPD was trying to identify and locate a suspect in a grand larceny within the 110th Precinct. Comments (1).

Saturday, Nov. 23, 2013

Long Island City

Amtrak announces fix for East River Tunnels

U.S. Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) revealed a new Amtrak plan Monday aimed at lessening disruptions in its East River tunnels for travel between Long Island and Penn Station. Comment.
East Elmhurst

$37M upgrade to fight flooding at LaGuardia

Gov. Andrew Cuomo has announced a $37.5 million project to protect LaGuardia Airport from flooding from storms like Hurricane Sandy, which a year ago shut down the airport at a cost of $54 million a day. Comments (1).

Suspect snatched woman’s phone at Queensbridge station: Police

LONG ISLAND CITY - The NYPD was searching for a suspect wanted in a grand larceny at the Queensbridge subway station at 21st Street. Comment.

Obliterated Art

New York finds itself in the perpetual balancing act of bolstering its income through commerce without sacrificing the public benefits of artistic endeavors. Comments (1).

Friday, Nov. 22, 2013

Jackson Heights

Queens World Film Fest set to return for fourth year

When the 4th Annual Queens World Film Festival returns March 4, the organizers will depend on donations to run some of their programs this year. The festival’s director Katha Cato has had a bad year medically and the bills have piled up, forcing her and her husband Don to become fund-raisers. Comment.
Long Island City

High school for adults celebrates new LIC digs

A school with an adult student body celebrated its new home with a ribbon-cutting ceremony in Long Island City Monday. Comment.

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Long Island City

Self-published books showcase western Queens scenes

Two photographers in western Queens have released photo books about their neighborhoods, and both are self-published but at different ends of the spectrum. Using an online platform called Blurb, they have produced interesting looks at Long Island City and neighboring Sunnyside. Comment.
Long Island City

LIC burglary suspect uses rocks to break in: Police

LONG ISLAND CITY - The NYPD was searching for a suspect wanted for questioning in five Long Island City burglaries, according to cops. Comment.

Thursday, Nov. 21, 2013

Long Island City

Artists hold vigil to commemorate loss of 5Pointz graffiti mecca

Hundreds gathered at 5Pointz after sundown Tuesday for a candlelight vigil to mourn the loss of iconic graffiti that was painted over on the building’s outer walls during the early morning hours under the orders of property owner Jerry Wolkoff. Comments (1).

Woodside Filipinos raise thousands in typhoon aid

Woodside’s Bayanihan Filipino Community Center continues to be at the heart of the neighborhood Typhoon Haiyan relief efforts. Comment.

Astoria residence to house 90 low-income seniors

Community members and elected officials gathered for a ribbon-cutting ceremony at Astoria’s newest affordable senior residence Friday. Comment.
Long Island City

Buildings Dept. shuts new Cliffs gym in LIC

A Long Island City climbing gym has given new meaning to an open-and-shut case. Comments (1).

Red Storm claim volleyball crown

Winning three straight diocesan championships is never easy, but St. John’s Prep’s girls’ volleyball Coach Jen Cocchi believes her team’s work ethic and determination have been the difference. Comment.

Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2013

Long Island City

5Pointz graffiti covered over at night

5Pointz was whitewashed overnight. The graffiti that covered the iconic warehouse in Long Island City was covered with white paint by an army of workers under the cover of darkness Monday night. “I went in there and painted it all at once,” said property owner Jerry Wolkoff, “It’s like taking medicine, get it over with all at once. Now it’s done, the torture is over.” Comment.

Monday, Nov. 18, 2013

East Elmhurst

La Guardia Airport to get anti-flooding protection

Gov. Andrew Cuomo has announced that $37.5 million has been set aside to provide anti-flooding measures to prevent a repeat of the shutdown of LaGuardia airport that occurred a year ago when Hurricane Sandy struck. Comment.

Terrace on the Park hosts trade fair for LIC businesses

Thousands of business people took part in the 25th annual LIC Partnership Trade Show at Corona’s Terrace on the Park Wednesday. Comment.

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