Astoria Times

Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2013


Newtown Literary book gives boro scribes a home

It’s high time Queens had a literary voice of its own. With countless stories to tell, the borough of uber-diversity has brought forth Newtown Literary, an innovative semi-annual literary journal, showcasing a collection of works by 26 local writers. It’s chock-full of deep, heartfelt pieces that go beyond the realm of run-of-the-mill storytelling. Comment

Sunday, Jan. 20, 2013

Long Island City

Boro clashes over maps at redistricting hearing

The city Districting Commission held its third round of public hearings in Queens Monday night, and two Queens neighborhoods were the subject of a verbal tug of war. Comments (2)
Long Island City

Socrates Sculpture Park’s Emerging Artist Fellowship encourages sculptors to take risks

A 1965 Ford Mustang with braided racing stripes. A transparent Buddha floating just off the shore in the East River. The Virgin Mary cast in bird seed. These are just a few of the intriguing works a visitor will encounter while strolling through Socrates Sculpture Park in Long Island City. They are part of the organization’s latest Emerging Artists Fellowship Exhibition, an annual program it holds each year to spotlight some of the most creative and compelling emerging sculptors working. Comment

Constantinides begins 2013 Astoria council run

Astoria District Leader Costa Constantinides kicked off his campaign to be the neighborhood’s city councilman at Central Lounge last week. Comments (1)
Long Island City

Police seek suspect in Long Island City and Astoria iPhone robbery cases

LONG ISLAND CITY — The NYPD wants to question 19-year-old Karim Morle in connection with a series of eight iPhone robberies in Long Island City and Astoria, police said. Comments (3)

Friday, Jan. 18, 2013


Pub grub haven lives on as Woodside pair purchase bar

A pub food institution in Woodside will keep serving hearty cuisine after a pair of neighborhood guys bought the restaurant from the outgoing owner. Comment

New painkiller guidelines unveiled at Elmhurst Center

Mayor Michael Bloomberg visited Elmhurst Hospital Center last week to unveil what is expected to be the first step in a citywide campaign to combat prescription painkiller abuse. Comments (1)

TU urges drivers to slow subways as MTA issues a rebuke to union

The MTA has ordered union officials to cease distributing fliers urging subway motormen to cut their speed as they enter subway stations in the name of safety, suggesting it appeared more likely the union was trying an illegal slowdown tactic to improve its stance in labor negotiations. Comment

Thursday, Jan. 17, 2013


Subway pusher suspect sane

A Rego Park woman who allegedly thrust an Elmhurst man in front of an incoming No. 7 train in Sunnyside has been deemed mentally fit to stand trial and a homeless man was arraigned on charges of pushing another Elmhurst man in front of a Q train in Manhattan last month, prosecutors said. Comment
Long Island City

LIC crane picked up too large load: DOB

The crane on a construction site in Long Island City that collapsed and hurt seven workers last week had been carrying more than twice the weight it should have, the city Department of Buildings said. Comment

Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2013


Transit workers vow subway slowdown

In the aftermath of several recent subway fatalities, motormen have been advised by their union to slow down on approaches to train stations, but transit officials suggest it is more of a labor negotiations tactic than a safety first campaign. Comment


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