Astoria Times

Wednesday, July 31, 2013


Vallone city grant funds PS 17 academic program for summer

City Councilman Peter Vallone Jr. (D-Astoria) and Astoria nonprofit Zone 126 teamed up in early July to fund PS 17’s summer learning program for students, the organization said. Comments (5)

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Long Island City

LIC’s Citiview Connections Clubhouse gets new home

The Citiview Connections Clubhouse, a Long Island City center for adults with psychiatric disabilities, has a new location and the recent move has helped generate interest about its mission and professional services, the center’s director said. Comments (28)
Dutch Kills

Dangerous traffic conditions spark concern across LIC

Elected officials and residents gathered in Dutch Kills in Long Island City last week to demand that the city Department of Transportation take immediate action in addressing unsafe traffic conditions in the neighborhood. Comment

Monday, July 29, 2013


Constantinides touts plan to clean Astoria

Astoria District Leader and City Council candidate Costa Constantinides announced a comprehensive five-point plan last week to clean up Astoria’s streets and parks, a plan he believes will benefit businesses and the community. Comments (1)

MP Taverna brings Mediterranean to Astoria

MP Taverna has replaced Mezzo-Mezzo on Ditmars Boulevard in Astoria. When initials are presumed to produce recognition it’s a clue that the restaurateur has achieved celebrity chefdom. In this case, the media darling is Michael Psilakis, a winner of culinary awards, a TV personality and a cookbook author. The Astoria location is the latest addition to his restaurant empire consisting of three places in Manhattan, one in Westchester and one in Roslyn. The MP moniker seems to be reserved for restaurants outside of Manhattan. Comment

Corona boy missing since last week: Police

CORONA — Police were seeking assistance in finding a boy who went missing last week in Corona.The NYPD said 14-year-old Xavier Molina disappeared July 19 and was last seen around 8:30 p.m. the day before near 60th Avenue and 99th Street. He was wearing a white shirt and tan shorts. Comment
New Voices

Workers in South Asian community hit hard by recession

Though most Queens residents have felt the impact of the recession, not all are affected equally. The South Asian community, especially new immigrants, have not fared well in this economic climate. Comment

Sunday, July 28, 2013


Pols call for repairs at Woodside Houses

Tina Ferguson has lived in the Woodside Houses all her life, but the 54-year-old says she now often spends the night with her mother in Jamaica because she cannot stand the state of disrepair in her first-floor apartment. Comment
Jackson Heights

Cops search for Jackson Heights robber: NYPD

JACKSON HEIGHTS — The Police Department seeking help in finding a man wanted in connection with an armed robbery in Jackson Heights, cops said. Comment

Police hunt suspect in Elmhursy break-in

ELMHURST — The NYPD was searching for a suspect in an Elmhurst burglary. Comments (1)
I Sit and Look Out

Sports more concerned with business, not competition

For many years, I used to say I had two forms of exercise: walking and jumping to conclusions. Comment

Saturday, July 27, 2013


Teen possibly faces jail for All-Star stunt: DA

CORONA — The Long Island teenager who rushed the field during last week’s All-Star game at Citi Field could end up warming the bench in prison, authorities said. Comment
Jackson Heights

Cops hunt suspects in Jackson Heights wallet theft

JACKSON HEIGHTS - Police were searching for two suspects who allegedly robbed a man inside a Jackson Heights bank last month, the NYPD said. Comment

Light at the Subway Tunnel’s End

Queens, the stepchild of the city transit system, is finally getting attention from the powers-that-be at the MTA and the governor. Comments (1)

Friday, July 26, 2013


World Peace joins Knicks

Metta World Peace is coming home. Comment

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Long Island City

Queens Midtown Tunnel’s south tube to close for weekend construction

The MTA announced this week that the Queens-Midtown Tunnel’s Queens-bound tube (south) will be shut down for construction work this weekend. Comment
East Elmhurst

Cops pursuing group who kidnapped woman in East Elmhurst

EAST ELMHURST - The NYPD is searching for a group of suspects who allegedly kidnapped a woman off the street over the weekend in East Elmhurst. Comment

USTA pledges $10M to park for expansion

The City Council voted Wednesday to allow the United States Tennis Association to expand in Flushing Meadows Corona Park following an 11th-hour agreement that will pump about $10 million into the shabby greenspace. Comment

Police make arrest in robberies of Queensbridge blind man

A Brooklyn man was arrested last week on charges of robbing a 73-year-old blind man twice in two weeks at his home in the Queensbridge Houses, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said. Comment
Long Island City

Marshall OKs 5Pointz redevelopment project

Borough President Helen Marshall approved a tweaked special permit application last week for the 5Pointz redevelopment project that includes additional community benefits for Long Island City residents. Comment
East Elmhurst

LGA grinds to halt after landing gear malfunction

EAST ELMHURST — National safety regulators are eyeing the Southwest Airlines flight that skidded across a LaGuardia Airport runway Monday evening after its front landing gear collapsed shortly after touching down. Comment

Monday, July 22, 2013

East Elmhurst

LaGuardia grinds to halt after landing gear malfunction: BNN

EAST ELMHURST — LaGuardia Airport was shut down Monday evening after the front landing gear of a Southwest Airlines flight collapsed after touching down, the Breaking News Network reported. Comment

Woman faints at outdoor Woodside news event

It took emergency responders far less time to respond to a call about a woman fainting at a steamy news conference in Woodside Monday than it had for an ambulance to arrive at one in Brooklyn where an intern collapsed last week. Comment


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