Astoria Times

Wednesday, April 16, 2014


Southern musician attracts fans in Sunnyside pubs

Few Queens musicians can boast that a Masters golf champion watched him or her perform, but Sunnyside resident Will McCranie can do that after Sandy Lyle caught his show Sunday night. Comments (2)
Long Island City

High school in LIC ranked 5th in Northeast: Report

The Baccalaureate School for Global Education in Long Island City has been ranked as the fifth best high school in the Northeast, according to The Washington Post. Comment

Tuesday, April 15, 2014


Costa calls Doe Fund to tackle trash troubles

After 90 days in office, City Councilman Costa Constantinides (D-Astoria) has crossed a major campaign promise off his “to-do” list. Comment

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Long Island City

Like Pagliacci did, they try to keep their sadness hid

Next week audiences will have the chance to travel to The City of Lights circa 1930 without ever leaving Queens. Comment

Monday, April 14, 2014

Jackson Heights

Peralta discusses bills to fight sex trafficking

Few politicians aspire to bring the ambiance of Times Square to their districts, but state Sen. Jose Peralta (D-East Elmhurst) said a stretch of Roosevelt Avenue that has grown saturated with prostitution could use some of the sterilization that transformed Times Square in the 1980s. Comments (3)

Anything goes at Astoria town hall meeting

For the ninth straight year, the Museum of the Moving Image opened its doors for a town hall meeting last Thursday. Comments (1)
East Elmhurst

Vaughn College finds new president in DeVivo

Vaughn College found a new president this week. Comment

Police search for missing Corona teen

CORONA — Police from the 110th Precinct were asking for the public’s help in locating 16-year-old Cesar Suazo of Corona. Comment

City must find better way of treating the mentally ill

This past February, a perfect storm of New York City’s failed policies on mental illness, homelessness, veterans services, criminal justice and corrections killed Jerome Murdough, a mentally ill, homeless former U.S. marine who was arrested and sent to Rikers Island for trespassing when he sought shelter from the winter cold in a city housing project stairwell. Comments (2)

Sunday, April 13, 2014


Pressure PA to do something about noise

Thank you for covering the airplane noise issue in our area. I live in Jackson Heights and have been enduring the loud airplane noise that blasts over our house on certain days and nights since we moved to our block a year ago. Sometimes it is truly unbearable. Comment

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Long Island City

Avonte tried to run away the day before

The day before Avonte Oquendo disappeared from his school in Long Island City, the teen tried to run away during his class’ lunch break, his family’s lawyer said new documents revealed. Comment
Long Island City

Artist who scaled Q-boro bridge surrenders: Cops

LONG ISLAND CITY — On March 24, 35-year-old Brendan Fagan allegedly climbed the Ed Koch-Queensboro Bridge and proceeded to display artwork on the bridge while videotaping the entire incident, police said. Comment

Artistic Decision

Earlier this week, Queens took another step out from the long shadow cast by Manhattan and the ever trendier borough next door, Brooklyn. Comment

Friday, April 11, 2014

East Elmhurst

Airport workers walk again for wages

More than 100 low-wage airport workers marched 10 miles from Kennedy and LaGuardia Airports Friday to commemorate the 46th anniversary of the assassination of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. while renewing their call for major air carriers to increase hourly pay, improve benefits and recognize MLK’s birthday as a paid holiday. Comments (1)
Long Island City

Arts group sent packing to make sale of building easier

The Center for Holographic Arts is being forced from its headquarters at the iconic Clock Tower in Long Island City later this month. Comment

Mayor taps boro for arts

In addition to sculptor and museum director, Tom Finkelpearl can now add government agency commissioner to his résumé. Comment

Thursday, April 10, 2014


Gay pride flag draws hate mail

The founder of the inclusive St. Pat’s For All Parade was appalled when he found out a Sunnyside restaurant owner has been harassed for flying a gay pride flag since the march last month. Mike Murphy has been getting anonymous phone calls and mailings at his Murphy’s Lobster Grill, at 48-20 Skillman Ave., and the NYPD is now investigating. Comments (1)

Relatives mourn four killed in Steinway Creek accident

Loved ones were mourning four East Elmhurst friends killed when a car plunged into Steinway Creek Friday night and became fully submerged in the Astoria waterway. Comment
Long Island City

5Pointz exhibition packs LIC gallery

The opening weekend of the 5Pointz artists’ “Whitewash” exhibit at the Jeffrey Leder Gallery was a smashing success. Comment

Safety review needed by DOT: Gianaris

The city Department of Transportation plans to review a request by a state lawmaker for the agency to check safety measures on roads leading up to bodies of water, a DOT spokesman said. State Sen. Michael Gianaris (D-Astoria) proposed the review two days after four young East Elmhurst residents were killed when the car they were riding careened into Steinway Creek, police said. Comment

Motorist leaves scene of second vehicle in water: Cops

The driver of a second car that veered into the water early Saturday morning not far from where four passengers drowned in Steinway Creek hours earlier was still on the lam, cops said. Comments (1)

Monday, April 7, 2014


Mayor appoints Queens Museum head as commissioner of cultural affairs

Mayor Bill de Blasio came to Queens Wednesday to tap Tom Finkelpearl as his commissioner of cultural affairs. Comment

Sunday, April 6, 2014


Decomposed woman’s body found on Astoria shoreline: Police

The decomposed body of a woman was discovered washed up on the shore near Astoria Park Saturday, police said. Comment

Gianaris calls for safety review after fatal Steinway Creek plunge

A state lawmaker is asking the city’s Department of Transportation to review safety measures on roads leading up to bodies of water two days after four East Elmhurst residents were killed when the car they were riding in plunged into the Steinway Creek, police said. Comments (3)

Saturday, April 5, 2014


Updated: Police ID four killed after car plunges into Steinway Creek

Police identified the four people, who authorities say were killed when a car plunged into Steinway Creek Friday night and became fully submerged in the Astoria waterway, as East Elmhurst residents. Comment

Friday, April 4, 2014


Updated: Four killed after car plunges into water in Astoria: Police

Update: Police ID creek plunge victims Comments (1)

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