Astoria Times

Wednesday, April 30, 2014


GOP hopeful to challenge Maloney

U.S. Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-Astoria) will likely face a first-time Republican challenger in the general election this fall. Comment

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Dining Out

Locally sourced rules the menu at Crescent Grill

“What’s a nice restaurant like you doing in a place like this?” Comment

Support congestion pricing in city

I write in response to the April 5-11 “On Point” column “Drivers must fight city’s plan for congestion pricing.” Comments (2)

Monday, April 28, 2014


Van Bramer wants to reshape Board of Standards & Appeals

The City Council’s second most-powerful lawmaker would like to loosen City Hall’s grip over the panel that considers construction and renovation proposals that fall outside zoning regulations. Comments (1)

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Rental market heating up with Woodside buildings

Woodside is being mentioned in real estate circles as the next hot neighborhood in western Queens, and a new luxury apartment building called Icon 52 may be responsible for moniker. Comments (2)

Sunday, April 27, 2014

Jackson Heights

Pols demand funding for Jax Heights seniors

Several elected officials joined 150 senior citizens April 17 in Jackson Heights to demand city funding for three residence programs for older adults, two of them in Queens. Comment
Jackson Heights

Off-duty cop arrested on DWI charge: Police

WESTERN QUEENS — An off-duty cop was arrested last week on a drunk-driving charge, police said. Comments (2)
I Sit and Look Out

City school pupils need more education in the arts

In a column in October, I wrote about the loss of the arts in our schools. Comments (2)

Saturday, April 26, 2014


Filmakers hope to bring Astoria to the big screen

Two Astoria filmmakers launched a fund-raising campaign earlier this month to raise the money to create a feature-length film about their neighborhood. Comment

Friday, April 25, 2014


ASPCA euthanizes dog shot in Astoria

A tragic shooting in Astoria on April 12 has claimed a third life. Jack, a Yorkshire Terrier that was discovered wounded at the scene, has been euthanized an ASPCA spokeswoman said. Comments (2)

Ravenswood Houses to get new $4M lighting system

Residents of the Ravenswood Houses in Astoria are relieved to be getting a $4 million overhaul of the facility’s outdoor lighting system, something they say has been needed for decades. Comment
Long Island City

Final assignment for SJU artists

A lot of college officials like to talk about how they provide students with a real-world education which usually entails multiple internships. Comment

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Jackson Heights

Massive five-alarm blaze in Jackson Heights under investigation

The FDNY was still investigating Wednesday the cause of Monday’s massive five-alarm fire in Jackson Heights, which took more than 200 firefighters from 39 units over six hours to bring it under control, the Fire Department said. The Bruson Building at 74-09 37th Ave. remained closed to the public, but some business owners had been escorted inside to retrieve property from shops and offices on the first two floors. Comment
Long Island City

LIC real estate gathering draws record crowd

More than 200 movers and shakers gathered to discuss the latest developments and marketing trends in the Long Island City real estate market Wednesday morning at the Con Ed Learning Center. Comment

Wednesday, April 23, 2014


Motorcycle rider critically injured in Astoria accident: NYPD

An Elmhurst man was arrested and charged with driving a car without an ignition interlock following an Astoria accident in which a 29-year-old motorcycle rider was critically injured, police said. Comments (33)

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Jackson Heights

Five-alarm blaze rips through Bruson Building in Jackson Heights

Firefighters were still on the scene of a massive five-alarm blaze in Jackson Heights Tuesday morning with Tower Ladders 107 and 54 dousing the Bruson Building with water because of hot spots. Comment

Monday, April 21, 2014

Jackson Heights

Bravest battle four-alarm blaze in Jackson Heights

Firefighters were still battling a four-alarm Jackson Heights blaze Monday night nearly three hours after the first 911 call reporting the fire came in, a spokesman for the Fire Department said at around 8:40 p.m. Comment

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