Astoria Times

Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2012

Long Island City

Non-Native English speakers can test their skills at LaGuardia Community College

LaGuardia Community College is currently offering testing of English speaking and listening skills through the Versant English Test, a computer-based exam that measures how well individuals use everyday English in a school or work environment. Comment

Monday, Jan. 23, 2012


Obama gives funds to kids

Zone 126, an organization created to get children who live in the Astoria Houses better access to education, has received a $500,000 planning grant from President Barack Obama’s administration to to broaden learning opportunities for the public housing complex’s children. Comment
Long Island City

Tip of the week

Sunday, Jan. 22, 2012


Cops seek man in Best Buy grand larceny

ELMHURST — Police have asked for the public’s assistance in locating a man wanted for questioning in a grand larceny that occurred at the Elmhurst Best Buy on Queens Boulevard. Comment

Saturday, Jan. 21, 2012


Crime up in 115th but down in 110th

There were 77 more crimes committed in the 115th Precinct in 2011 compared to the previous year, but incidents dropped by a small margin in the 110th Precinct, according to police statistics. Comment
Long Island City

Man, 26, hospitalized after jumping off bridge

LONG ISLAND CITY — Police said a young man was in stable condition at Cornell Hospital in Manhattan Sunday night after apparently jumping from the Queens side of the Queensborough Bridge, the New York Post reported. Comment

Friday, Jan. 20, 2012


Queens Center Mall owner must help neighboring area

As clergy leaders from Queens Congregations United for Action, we minister to families from all walks of life struggling to make ends meet. It is not just that we are living through hard economic times. Comment

Thursday, Jan. 19, 2012


Richard Italiano, CB 4 district manager, dies

Richard Italiano, the district manager and former chairman of Community Board 4, has died, Borough President Helen Marshall announced in a statement Thursday. Comments (2)
Long Island City

LIC employer Fresh Direct eyes N.J. move

A Long Island City online grocery company has filed for a large tax incentive program in New Jersey, but New York state and city agencies are hoping that Fresh Direct stays — if not in Queens, then at least in the city. Comment
Long Island City

Hunters Pt. South revisited

More than 200 people crowded into the foyer of MOMA PS1 in Long Island City last Thursday, many sitting in the aisles or standing along the walls, to get an update on Hunters Point South, a massive, middle-income, mixed-use development currently under construction at 50th Avenue and 2nd Street. Comments (1)
Long Island City

Queens dreads 11 weekends of 7 train outage

City Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer (D-Sunnyside) hosted a town hall meeting with representatives of the MTA last week about extensive renovation to the No. 7 line that will mean some Long Island City stops will be out of order for 11 straight weekends. Comment

CB 4 member resigns over Pledge of Allegiance

Right after Community Board 4 said the Pledge of Allegiance before its monthly meeting in Corona last week, a longtime member announced he would be stepping down because two other members would not salute the flag. Comments (2)
Long Island City

SLA rejects LIC strip club again

In keeping with the wishes of the Long Island City community, the State Liquor Authority rejected for a second time an application from the Gypsy Rose strip club on 21st Street. Comment

Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2012

East Elmhurst

Civilian, firefighter injured in East Elmhurst blaze

A firefighter suffered minor injuries at an East Elmhurst blaze Monday morning. One civilian also suffered minor burns to the head during the fire on Humphrey Street near 27th Avenue, according to fire officials. Firefighters first got the call at 9:47 a.m., and the blaze was under control by 10:25 a.m., according to a spokesman for the FDNY. Comment


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