Astoria Times

Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2012


New street name honors Woodside civic founder

The Woodside neighborhood honored one of its fiercest advocates at a street renaming Sunday. Comment

Japanese cuisine with a side of American

Japanese restaurants are a common sight on Ditmars Boulevard in Astoria, but Aji Sushi House serves dishes from the Land of the Rising Sun with an American twist. Comments (1)

Monday, Oct. 8, 2012


Tip of the week

Sunday, Oct. 7, 2012

Jackson Heights

Untaxed cigs found on Jax Hgts man: DA

A Jackson Heights man has been charged with possessing thousands of untaxed cigarettes and counterfeit tax stamps, the Queens district attorney’s office said. Comment


State Assemblyman Francisco Moya took a bold stand. Comment

Saturday, Oct. 6, 2012


Queens DA investigating fatal shooting of Corona man in traffic stop

Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said in a statement Friday his office and the NYPD’s Internal Affairs Division would be looking into a police detective’s shooting of an unarmed Corona man who was pulled over on the Grand Central Parkway for a traffic stop. Comments (2)

Simotas slams ‘bikini bar’ for Astoria

With her infant daughter in tow, state Assemblywoman Aravella Simotas (D-Astoria) led a protest in Woodtree Playground last Thursday against a proposed bikini bar within a minute’s walk. Comments (1)
Long Island City

Big bucks from Marshall help LaGuardia library expand

LaGuardia Community College is expanding its library to include a new, technologically-advanced second floor and nearly double the student seating, thanks in part to a $6 million donation from Borough President Helen Marshall. Comment

Friday, Oct. 5, 2012


Soccer stadium plans announced for Flushing Meadows Corona Park

The commissioner of Major League Soccer met with the Queens press corps Friday morning to discuss the outfit’s plans to build a 25,000-seat stadium on city-owned land in Flushing Meadows Corona Park. Comments (1)

Astoria native’s romance novel takes readers from streets of neighborhood to the canals of Venice

Author Rosanna Chiofalo’s debut novel, “Bella Fortuna” takes place in the Astoria of her childhood. A warm tribute to her heritage, the book brings to life colorful scenes from her past as a first-generation Italian American daughter of Sicilian parents who emigrated to America in the 1960s. Comment

Thursday, Oct. 4, 2012

East Elmhurst

Officer shoots driver after stop on GCP: NYPD

A detective, who pulled over a car which police said had been driving erratically on the Grand Central Parkway early Thursday, ended up delivering a fatal shot to the driver, the NYPD said. Comment

Vallone slams corrupt pols

In the wake of charges that outgoing state Sen. Shirley Huntley (D-Jamaica) misused taxpayer dollars, City Councilman Peter Vallone Jr. (D-Astoria) said every nonprofit connected to an elected official should be the subject of scrutiny. Comment

Astoria pols face GOP rivals

While longtime U.S. Reps. Carolyn Maloney (D-Astoria) and Joseph Crowley (D-Jackson Heights) did not have to contend with a primary contest, both will have challengers in November’s general election for their redrawn districts. Comment
Long Island City

No horse meat at M. Wells

Sarah Obraitis, half of the team behind the much-mourned French-Quebecois diner M. Wells, is furious over a controversy spurred after she and husband Hugue Dufor had considered adding horse meat dishes to their new spot at art institution MoMA PS1. Comments (1)

Queensbridge teen’s coach fired after trying to memorialize her

Kasim Alston has been fired as the Bishop Loughlin varsity girls’ basketball coach after leading the school to the state Federation Class A title last season, he told TimesLedger Newspapers. Assistant Coach Chez Williams was promoted to the head job. Comment

Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2012


Queensbridge shooting victim comes home

A 15-year-old Queensbridge girl who was shot in the hand by a stray bullet Sept. 23 was welcomed home Monday afternoon with a march against gun violence in her community. Comment

Gotti Jr. attends fund-raiser for Astoria senate hopeful

A fund-raiser for Republican Astoria state Senate candidate Aurelio “Tony” Arcabascio, held this weekend at a Long Island pizzeria, had a visitor in John Gotti Jr., son of the notorious Gambino crime family mob boss. Comment


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