Astoria Times

Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2013


Plan was made in 1959 for boro to secede from N.Y. over taxes

In 1959, the City Planning Commission formally received plans for the Big Six Towers Feb. 2, a proposed cooperative apartment housing complex sponsored by New York Typographical Union No. 6. Comment.

Monday, Feb. 18, 2013

Long Island City

Cops search for teen missing from Long Island City school

LONG ISLAND CITY — Police have released a photo of a teen who disappeared in Long Island City Feb. 7. Comment.

Saturday, Feb. 16, 2013


Council tackles subway deaths

City Councilman James Vacca (D-Bronx) convened a public hearing last week to try to determine what can be done to reduce the number of people struck by subway trains, declaring “one death on our city’s subway tracks is one death too many.” Comment.

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Friday, Feb. 15, 2013


Giants’ Diehl admits drunk driving: Brown

New York Giants offensive lineman David Diehl pleaded guilty in Queens Criminal Court Monday to driving under the influence of alcohol in Astoria last year, the Queens district attorney’s office said. Comment.
Long Island City

Catsimatidis slams No. 7 shutdown

Republican mayoral hopeful John Catsimatidis visited Queens Plaza last week to demand the MTA halt work on the No. 7 train for the weekends of the Lunar New Year. Comment.

Thursday, Feb. 14, 2013

East Elmhurst

Jury clears officer in death of Corona Guardsman

A Queens grand jury has decided that no criminal charges should be filed against Hassan Hamdy, an NYPD detective who shot and killed an unarmed Corona National Guardsman during a traffic stop in October, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said in a statement Thursday. Comment.

Man arrested in strangling death of gay man in Elmhurst hotel

Police arrested a 23-year-old man and charged him with the murder of Joseph Benzinger, who was found strangled in an Elmhurst hotel room last weekend, the NYPD said Thursday. Comment.

Family holds service for toddler who fell from 5th-floor window

The family of a 3-year-old girl who fell out a window of a Woodside apartment held a funeral Tuesday night. Comment.

Sunnyside hosting benefit for Newtown family

A social group co-founded by a mother who lost her youngest son in the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre is holding a benefit Feb. 23 to help the former Sunnyside family. Comment.

Queensbridge seeking killer of Upper West Side man [With Video]

Western Queens elected officials and public housing residents implored the Long Island City community last week to come forward with any information about the shooter of an Upper West Side man who was gunned down in front of a Queensbridge bodega earlier this month. Comments (2).

iPhone swiped on No. 7: Police [With Video]

CORONA — A woman had her iPhone swiped from her hand on the No. 7 train earlier this month, police said. Comment.

Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2013


Dromm urges caution after 2nd gay man slain

Police arrested a 23-year-old man and charged him with the murder of Joseph Benzinger, who was found strangled in an Elmhurst hotel room last weekend, according to the NYPD. Comment.

Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2013

Long Island City

Spend romantic V-Day at Newtown Creek Plant

While many lovebirds will flock to one of the borough’s restaurants and parks for Valentine’s Day, more than 200 are expected to spend their day with their special someone on top of a wastewater treatment plant. Comment.

Monday, Feb. 11, 2013


3-year-old falls to death from Woodside window: NYPD

A three-year-old girl died Sunday after falling out a third-floor window of a Woodside building, police said. Comment.

Middle Village man found strangled inside Elmhurst hotel room: NYPD

A 54-year-old Middle Village man was found strangled in an Elmhurst hotel room Saturday night, police sources said. Comment.

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