Astoria Times

Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2013


Willets developers tout affordable housing at forum

Lawyers representing the developers of the $3 billion Willets Point project answered questions about why a shopping mall and hotel are scheduled to be built in the Iron Triangle before affordable housing Tuesday night during a presentation to the Queens Housing Coalition. Comment.

Sunday, Feb. 3, 2013

Jackson Heights

Cops looking for suspects in $80K Jackson Heights jewelry shop robbery

JACKSON HEIGHTS — Police were looking for help in identifying and arrested three suspects wanted in connection with a robbery within the 115th Precinct, the NYPD said. Comment.

Father gets 20 years for shaking baby daughter

An Elmhurst man is set to spend 20 years in prison for shaking his 2-month-old baby last year, giving her brain damage that has put her on life support since the incident, the Queens district attorney’s office said. Comment.

Hope for Immigration Reform

Reports that a bipartisan group of U.S. senators has made progress on a plan to overhaul the nation’s immigration system should be welcome news not only to the thousands of illegal immigrants living in Queens, but to everyone who has a heart. Comment.

Friday, Feb. 1, 2013

Long Island City

Former Mayor Ed Koch dies at 88

Queens mourned the loss of former Mayor Ed Koch Friday after the charismatic lawmaker succumbed to a heart condition overnight. He was 88. Comment.

110th, 115th precincts see rise in murder rate

The 110th Precinct saw a huge spike in homicides and an uptick in crime overall in 2012, although its neighboring precinct to the north, the 115th, had a drop in crime but a small increase in murders, NYPD statistics showed. Comment.

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Woodside boy, 10, collapses and dies at hospital

Authorities were still unsure what caused a 10-year-old Woodside boy to slip into unconsciousness and die Thursday evening. Comment.

Cops seek man who sexually assaulted girl, 9

ELMHURST — Police were looking for help in identifying a suspect wanted for sexually abusing a little girl within the 110th Precinct, the NYPD said. Comment.
Jackson Heights

Direct from Queens

Queens’ native Marcos Siega is hoping that his latest TV directorial project, Fox Network’s “The Following,” develops just that: a loyal following. Comment.

Thursday, Jan. 31, 2013

Jackson Heights

PS 219 teacher found dead

City Councilman Daniel Dromm (D-Jackson Heights) said Wednesday the murder of a 53-year-old teacher has the elements of an anti-gay attack. Comments (3).

Sunnyside looks for gay activist’s killers

City Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer (D-Sunnyside), along with the husband and friends of a Sunnyside man who was fatally beaten in October, distributed fliers at three subway stops Tuesday alerting the neighborhood to new police sketches of the man’s murderers. Comment.

Worker at building site in Astoria dies from fall

City and federal agencies are investigating an accident at an Astoria construction site last week in which a worker fell and later died at the hospital from head trauma. Comment.
Dutch Kills

Astoria restaurant caters to steak lovers

As the chef for S Prime, a new steakhouse in the Dutch Kills area of Astoria/Long Island City, Joel Reiss said he strives to maintain a restaurant that serves high-quality food while being intimate and customer-friendly. Comment.

Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2013


Delays expected on RFK-Triborough Bridge

The MTA Department of Bridges and Tunnels says work on maintenance lifts could cause overnight delays Feb. 1 on the Robert F. Kennedy-Triborough Bridge’s Harlem River lift span. Comment.

Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2013

Jackson Heights

PS 219 teacher killed in Jax Hgts home

The city medical examiner said Tuesday the death of a 53-year-old man in his Jackson Heights home was a homicide. Comment.

Monday, Jan. 28, 2013


Four-alarm fire in Corona damages three buildings

Three buildings on Northern Boulevard near 104th Street in Corona were involved in a four-alarm fire Sunday night, but there were no fatalities and only one injury, an FDNY spokesman said. Comment.

Friday, Feb. 3, 2012


Firefighters look into cause of 4-alarm blaze in Corona

CORONA — The FDNY said the cause of a four-alarm fire that damaged three buildings in Corona Sunday night is still under investigation. Comment.

New western Queens districts create faux state Senate fight

The new proposed state Senate district lines would set Sen. Michael Gianaris (D-Astoria) against Sen. Jose Peralta (D-East Elmhurst), but the longtime friends say they have no plans to duke it out at the polls. Comment.

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