Astoria Times

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

East Elmhurst

Wrestling stars visit Queens

The Big Event 6 wrestling convention was held last Saturday at the Marriott Courtyard LaGuardia Airport in East Elmhurst. Comments (1)

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Long Island City

Something’s brewing in Queens

While overall per capita beer consumption in the United States has gone flat, craft beers have been experiencing heady growth. Comments (1)

Monday, March 17, 2014

Remember the Date

Life of Irish St. Patrick shrouded in myth and legend

May the luck of the Irish be with you — particularly this coming March 17, when the world will celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, more commonly known to the Irish as St. Paddy’s Day. (Not “St. Patty’s Day,” as it is often mistakenly called in the United States). Comment

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Sunnyside senior last seen on Queens Boulevard

SUNNYSIDE - Police were seeking help in locating an 80-year-old woman from Sunnyside who was reported missing March 10, the NYPD said. Ortansa Tornescu was last seen at 47-11 Queens Blvd., which several blocks from where she lives, according to cops. Comment

Sunday, March 16, 2014


Constantinides tackles potholes with new bill

A city councilman believes the city’s war on potholes can be waged more efficiently. Comment

Sen. Gillibrand guests at Ferreras women’s brunch

City Councilwoman Julissa Ferreras’ (D-East Elmhurst) fledgling Women’s Leadership and Empowerment Brunch drew the star-power of U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) Sunday afternoon. Comment

Stolen card used to buy box drills in Woodside: NYPD

ASTORIA — Police from the 114th Precinct were trying to find whoever swiped a credit card from a gym in Astoria, the NYPD said. Comment

Singer, activist Belafonte once lived in E. Elmhurst

Born March 1, 1927, at the Lying-in Hospital in Harlem, Harold George Bellafanti Jr. is a singer, actor and political and civil rights activist whose unforgettable presence on the American stage has spanned seven decades. Comment

Saturday, March 15, 2014


Maloney meets Ukrainians from Queens upset over crisis

Ukraine’s interim prime minister is on a whirlwind tour of Washington, D.C., and New York for talks with President Barack Obama and U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry in an attempt to raise loan guarantees that would bolster a collapsing economy. Comments (1)

Authorities looking for missing South Ozone Park man

SOUTH OZONE PARK — Police were searching for a man they say went missing after a visit with his mother in western Queens. Comment
I Sit and Look Out

De Blasio must do more to promote a greener agenda

As my readers know, I have been active in environmental and educational matters for many years. I have served on boards of nonprofits in those areas, including some in Queens. I have waved the flag for them and hope to continue to do so for a long time. Comments (3)

Friday, March 14, 2014

Long Island City

Finger-pointing follows first weekend of No. 7 shutdown

Harsh words and bad feelings toward the MTA have begun anew following the first of 22 weekends of suspended service on the No. 7 subway line into and out of Long Island City. Comment
Long Island City

Long Island City waterfront parks get some new blood

A new stewardship group is forming to care for the greenspace in Long Island City’s waterfront parks. The Hunters Point Conservancy will be a microcosm of what LIC has become — a mix of older, long-term residents with a new, more youthful dynamic. Comment

Brief shutdowns of RFK Bridge ramps planned for repairs

The MTA Bridges and Tunnels agency will carry out multiple shutdowns of the Robert F. Kennedy bridge ramp leading from Manhattan to Queens Thursday, March 20, through Friday, April 4. Comment
Long Island City

Funeral planned for LIC hit-and-run victim

A Richmond Hill family was mourning its patriarch, who police say was mowed down by a hit-and-run driver while crossing the street in Long Island City last Friday night. Comment

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Long Island City

More than half of city’s worst roads located in Queens: Report

Queens is the location of five of the nine worst maintained roads in New York City, according to the Center for an Urban Future, a city planning agency. Comments (2)
Long Island City

5Pointz owner defends move to gentrify area

An anti-gentrification banner found hanging along the front of the doomed 5Pointz warehouse on Jackson Avenue in Long Island City did not faze the building’s owner, Jerry Wolkoff. Comments (1)
Jackson Heights

Ad warns of Nazi living in Jax Hts

A Brooklyn state assemblyman has launched a new advertising campaign to warn Jackson Heights residents that there is a former Nazi prison guard living among them. Comments (4)

Tuesday, March 11, 2014


Homeless man arrested in attempted abduction of 12-year-old in Astoria: NYPD

A homeless man was arrested Monday night in the attempted abduction of a 12-year-old Astoria girl, the NYPD said. Comments (2)

Monday, March 10, 2014

Long Island City

Protest banner hung on 5Pointz

A statement-in-art about gentrification and the impending end of 5Pointz appeared on the building that had hosted the graffiti display Sunday morning. Comment

Sunday, March 9, 2014

Long Island City

Relatives of Richmond Hill man killed in LIC hit-and-run hope driver is found

A Richmond Hill man fatally mowed down by a hit-and-run driver while crossing the street in Long Island City Friday night had been headed to his second day of work, police and heartbroken relatives said. Comment

Maloney joined by Queens Ukrainians to push U.S. assistance to Ukraine

U.S. Rep Carolyn Maloney (D-Astoria) met with members of New York City’s Ukrainian community on Saturday to discuss the American efforts to support the fledgling government of Ukraine in their crisis with Russia. Comments (4)

Saturday, March 8, 2014

Long Island City

Richmond Hill man killed in hit-and-run on Northern Boulevard: NYPD

Authorities were looking for a dark-colored vehicle that fatally struck a Richmond Hill man Friday night in Long Island City and drove off, the NYPD said. Comment

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