Astoria Times

Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2014

Long Island City

B’klyn company supplies boro businesses

M. Fine Lumber Co. may be in Brooklyn, but its best customers are in western Queens. Comment

Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2014


New way to order sushi in Astoria

Astoria’s restaurant row on 30th Avenue has a new addition with the soft opening of Pink Nori this week. Comment
New Voices

Proposal would legalize some basement apartments

A dearth of affordable housing, as well as a proliferation of converted — and “unapproved” — basement apartments, has led a coalition of Queens community groups and professionals to pursue changes to the way city government defines a legal rental unit. Comments (11)

Monday, Jan. 27, 2014


Queens Council on the Arts celebrates grant winners

The Queens Council on the Arts will host an open house Wednesday to honor those artists selected for the 2014 Queens Arts Fund and Seniors Partnering with Artists Citywide program Comment

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Sunday, Jan. 26, 2014


Police looking for missing Corona teen

CORONA — Police were searching for a missing teen girl. Comment

Saturday, Jan. 25, 2014

East Elmhurst

Mayor calls for fairer wage

Mayor Bill de Blasio expressed support for airport workers in their struggle against poor working conditions and unfair wages following a rally and protest on Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Comments (1)

Cops searching for missing Elmhurst girl

ELMHURST — Police from the 114th Precinct were asking the public’s help in finding a missing 12-year-old girl. Comment

Focus on Queens: MLK lunch held in Astoria

The Astoria/LIC NAACP held its Martin Luther King Jr. Freedom Fund Luncheon at Riccardo’s in Astoria. Comment

Friday, Jan. 24, 2014

Long Island City

‘This Prison Where I Live’ examines a life lived in the now

On the surface, Angela Iannone’s play, “This Prison Where I Live,” appears to be little more than an historical ghost story, but underneath it asks tough questions about ambition, forgiveness and redemption. Comment
Long Island City

LIC blasts MTA on 7 line shutdowns

Passions ran high at a recent Long Island City rally. Comment
Long Island City

Avonte’s funeral set for Saturday

New York City will say goodbye to Avonte Oquendo Saturday. Comment

Constantinides calls for safety on 21st Street

Costa Constantinides (D-Astoria) held his first press event as the new city councilman for District 22 in Astoria Friday, tapping into the borough’s hot-button topic of the month: traffic safety. Comment

Landmarks blocks Aluminaire House

A controversial proposal to move an all-aluminum house, built in the 1930s, to Sunnyside Gardens has been quashed by the city Landmarks Preservation Commission. Comments (1)

Two men wanted in Astoria shooting: NYPD

Police released a new surveillance image of two suspects in an Astoria shooting earlier this month. Comments (13)

Thursday, Jan. 23, 2014


Van Bramer, Ferreras land key spots

City Council members Jimmy Van Bramer (D-Sunnyside) and Julissa Ferreras (D-East Elmhurst) came out as big winners in the Council sweepstakes when Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito (D-Manhattan) named the two Progressive Caucus members to a pair of top positions Wednesday. Comment

Suspect held up Ditmars wine shop at gunpoint: NYPD [With Video]

ASTORIA — Police from the 114th Precinct were trying to find a ski-mask wearing suspect who allegedly held up Doctors Wine and Spirits, at 46-16 Ditmars Blvd. on Jan. 17, the NYPD said. Comments (2)

Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2014


Speaker expected to announce Council leadership spots

The new City Council will take further shape tomorrow as Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito (D-Manhattan) is expected to dole out key leadership positions that will define the legislative body’s power structure for the next four years. Comments (1)

Monday, Jan. 20, 2014

East Elmhurst

Elected officials and workers protest at LaGuardia Airport with civil disobedience

Dozens of protesters were arrested by the NYPD Monday for closing down an the 94th Street Bridge leading into LaGuardia Airport. U.S. Rep. Charles Rangel (D-Manhattan), City Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer (D-Sunnyside) and several union leaders and workers were cuffed and taken into custody for failing to heed orders to disperse. Comment

Sunday, Jan. 19, 2014


Hate Crimes unit investigating Astoria diner fight

Authorities were investigating whether a dispute inside the Neptune Diner earlier this month was an anti-gay assault, the NYPD said. Comment
Long Island City

Fastrack maintence on four Queens subway lines to begin Jan. 20

The MTA will carry out its Fastrack maintenance starting Monday, Jan. 20, on the E. F, M, and R subway lines in Queens and Manhattan. Comment

Saturday, Jan. 18, 2014

Jackson Heights

Suspect sought in No. 7 groping: Cops

Authorities are hunting for a man who allegedly groped a 16-year-old girl on a train at a No. 7 station in Jackson Heights Thursday morning, police said. Comment
East Elmhurst

One hurt in GCP accident: FDNY

One person was seriously injured in a crash that launched two vehicles through a fence and on top of a guardrail along the Grand Central Parkway in East Elmhurst Friday morning, a spokesman for the Fire Department said. Comment

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