Astoria Times

Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2013

Long Island City

Children’s clothing store has growth spurt

Jill Callan had a business plan. Comment

Monday, Dec. 2, 2013

Long Island City

LIC group provides offenders with a second act

Dressed in modern clothes and armed with cell phones and iPods, a troupe of Shakespearean actors jumped onto their makeshift stage in a nondescript office building on Northern Boulevard a couple of weeks ago. Comment

Sunday, Dec. 1, 2013

Long Island City

Volunteers at Shady Park replant their beloved trees

The trees have returned to Shady Park in Long Island City. Comment
No Holds Barred

Faith and State

Some time in my studies of history — probably in Miss Drummond’s course on European History at Newtown High School — I learned about the Holy Roman Empire. I also heard, whether in that class or later at City College, that some wag (who turned out to be Voltaire) had said the HRE was neither Holy, nor Roman nor an Empire. Comments (5)

November 1956 saw a rash of teens causing mischief

November brings to mind crisp autumn breezes, weekend football games and Thanksgiving turkey. In 1956, the nation sent President Dwight Eisenhower back to the White House that month, with only seven mostly Southern states backing Democratic contender Adlai Stevenson. Comment

Saturday, Nov. 30, 2013


State gives $4.6 million for SNAP gap

New York state will provide $4.6 million in grants to emergency food providers during the holiday season in a move that should help some families in Queens. Comments (2)

Wrestling champs visit Queens

The Big Event V brought together professional wrestlers and pro wrestling fans for four hours at Terrace on the Park earlier this month. Comment
I Sit and Look Out

City Opera had sets for ‘49 Puccini tribute built in Queens

The first opera I saw was “Faust” at a Saturday matinee of the New York City Opera in what had been the Masonic Temple on 55th Street. I was attending City College at night and working as a copy boy and then a clerk on the city desk of The New York Times. Comments (1)

Delay in Service

Commuting on the Long Island Rail Road from Queens to Manhattan can be a maddening experience. All too frequently train service is disrupted because of problems in the four East River tunnels connecting the borough and parts beyond to Penn Station. Comment

Friday, Nov. 29, 2013


Shoppers hit borough stores as holiday season kicks off

Shoppers braved bitter temperatures to head to the stores Thursday evening, with dozens waiting in line to score deals throughout the borough. Comments (1)
Long Island City

Rockrose cuts the ribbon on luxury high rise Linc LIC

Long Island City’s newest luxury high-rise had its grand opening Monday. Comments (1)
Long Island City

MTA will bring Nostalgia train to Queens Plaza in December

If it’s a ride back into the 1930s you’re looking for, why not take the Nostalgia Special from Long Island City to Manhattan during the first four Sundays next month? Comment

Thursday, Nov. 28, 2013


Queens hipster neighborhoods lucrative for landlords

While Brooklyn hipsters are increasingly paying Manhattan-like rents for their lofts, luxury apartments and luxury lofts, landlords looking to make a tidy profit on the skinny-jeans set need look no further than Queens. Comments (5)

Wednesday, Nov. 27, 2013

Long Island City

Eatery offers walls to 5Pointz artists

One Long Island City restaurant will open its doors and walls to the artists from 5Pointz. Comment
Jackson Heights

LaGuardia plane traffic draws hundreds as NE Queens activists speak

When City Councilman Daniel Dromm (D-Jackson Heights) convened a town hall meeting to address the sudden increase in airplane noise from LaGuardia Airport, he was hoping to inform the community how best to complain to authorities. Comments (8)

Woodside jiggle joint loses bid to be cabaret

A Woodside gentleman’s club was denied a cabaret license by Community Board 1 last week, meaning only two women will be able to dance at the same time. Comment

Vallone pushes for ice rink to be made in Astoria pool

Term limited City Councilman Peter Vallone Jr. (D-Astoria) wants a skating rink in Astoria Park. Comment

Man arrested in shooting death of Elmhurst mother

ELMHURST — Police made an arrest Wednesday in the shooting death of 29-year-old Carolina Cobena of Elmhurst, NYPD officials said. Comment

Sunnyside burglary suspect sought by cops: NYPD

SUNNYSIDE - Police from the 108th Precinct were searching for a suspect wanted in a Nov. 7 burglary inside a Sunnyside building on 44th Street near 43rd Avenue. Comments (1)

Tuesday, Nov. 26, 2013


Woman found dead with gunshot to head in Elmhurst

An unidentified 29-year-old woman was shot to death in Elmhurst early Tuesday, police said. Comments (1)


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