Astoria Times

Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2014


Queens Museum celebrates Lunar New Year

The New York Chinese Cultural Center brought a taste of the Lunar New Year to Queens Museum last Sunday. Comment
Jackson Heights

Historic Jackson Heights church awarded $25K grant for repairs

A total of $200,000 was awarded in Sacred Sites Grants to 13 of New York’s historic religious properties through The New York Landmarks Conservancy. Comment

Tip of the week

Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2014

Long Island City

LIC Foundry owner pleads guilty over cheating artist Jasper Johns

A formerLong Island City foundry owner admitted to trying to sell phony knockoffs of famed artist Jasper Johns’ classic 1960 “Flag” piece for $11 million. Comment

Monday, Feb. 3, 2014


Alliance fights BID’s expansion into Corona

Opposition to the proposed expansion of the 82nd Street Partnership from Jackson Heights into Corona is gaining strength with the rise of the Roosevelt Avenue Community Alliance. Comments (3)

Sunday, Feb. 2, 2014


Elmhurst bookkeeper pleads guilty to stealing rent: DA

ELMHURST — A Westchester County woman, who formerly was a bookkeeper for an Elmhurst building management company, pleaded guilty to stealing $177,000 in rent payments from the company’s tenants, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said. Comment

Saturday, Feb. 1, 2014


Pet shop celebrates year in Sunnyside

A successful pet shop in Sunnyside celebrates its one-year anniversary this weekend, and the owner says it may not have been had he not seen a magazine article four years ago. Comment

Suspect burglarized Astoria home: Police [With Video]

ASTORIA — Police were hunting for a suspect who allegedly broke into an Astoria home through a window and stole an unknown amount of money, the NYPD said. Comments (1)

Suspect swiped $500 from flat in Woodside temple: Cops [With Video]

WOODSIDE — Police were searching for a suspect who allegedly burglarized an apartment in a Woodside temple, the NYPD said. Comment

Justice for Avonte

The city Department of Education must be held accountable for the death of Avonte Oquendo, who vanished from a special ed program at a Long Island City school without a trace in October until his remains washed up on College Point shores last week. Comments (7)
I Sit and Look Out

Act professional even when customer is wrong

If the word had been in use when I was a child, the phrase “The customer is always right” would have been called a mantra. Comment

Friday, Jan. 31, 2014


Astoria restaurant puts cork in wine bar

One of Astoria’s finest Italian restaurants is scaling back. Comments (2)

Pan American Hotel sale could be nearing its finish

The sale of the iconic Pan American Hotel is expected to be completed next week. Comments (4)

Costa plans to back Vision Zero to cut traffic deaths

Astoria’s new city councilman hopes to make his district safer, cleaner and greener, he told supporters during a ceremonial inauguration Sunday. Comments (1)

Queens Museum to showcase plays about prison, cocaine

The Queens Museum is hosting two plays performed by homeless people from Los Angeles about the California prison system and cocaine trafficking. Comment

Thursday, Jan. 30, 2014


Parents oppose DOE plan to bus PS 11 kids to Astoria

When the city Department of Education announced plans for a new annex at Woodside’s PS 11, the news was well-received, but with construction set to begin in June a new problem has arisen: What will they do with the children? Comment
East Elmhurst

Port Authority chief urges hike in JFK, LGA workers’ wages

A union leader who spearheaded the recent fight for better wages and working conditions for airport workers is pleased that the head of the Port Authority has come out with his own call for higher wages. Comment
East Elmhurst

Man charged in double slay of mother and daughter

The NYPD made a gruesome discovery when officers responded to a frantic 911 call from an attached brick home in East Elmhurst just past midnight Wednesday morning. Comments (3)
Jackson Heights

Workers blast new supermarket

Elected leaders joined union members to call on the Jackson Heights community to boycott the new Global Supermarket during a rally and news conference Wednesday, but the store did not open as planned. Comments (1)

Price of East Side Access could increase to $11B

Long Island Rail Road trains had been scheduled to arrive in Grand Central Terminal in 2019 at a cost of $8.l3 billion, but transit officials now say it is going to take more time and money to finish the gargantuan East Side Access project. Comment

Jamaica man charged with selling bogus Super Bowl tix: DA

ASTORIA — A Jamaica man is one of two suspects each facing more than 200 charges for allegedly selling counterfeit tickets to high-profile football games, including Super Bowl XLVIII, to be played this weekend in New Jersey, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said. Comments (1)

Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2014


Two women found murdered in Elmhurst apartment

The NYPD made a grisly discovery when officers responded to a call from an East Elmhurst home just past midnight Wednesday morning. Comments (1)

Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2014


Updated: Driver charged with heroin possession in Astoria crash with parked van: Police

Police charged a 33-year-old man with crashing his van into a parked vehicle in Astoria while allegedly under the influence of heroin and with a suspended license, a spokeswoman for the NYPD said. Comments (9)

Moving image museum plays ball

Late last week, Flushing resident Saul Zeitlin and his son, Jeremy, 3 1/2, hunkered down on the third floor of the Museum of the Moving Image to get a jump on Super Bowl XLVIII festivities. Comment

Sunnyside actor Brian P. Murphy hits the boards in new Off-Broadway play

When Sunnyside resident Brian P. Murphy decided he wanted to be an actor, he made sure no other career path would remain open to him. Comment

Monday, Jan. 27, 2014


Updated: Man’s body recovered from Astoria shore

Authorities pulled the body of an unidentified man from the rocky shoreline of the East River in Astoria Monday morning, a spokeswoman for the NYPD said. Comments (3)

East Side Access project over budget and late

The already long awaited day that Long Island Rail Road trains finally pull into Grand Central Terminal has crept even further into the future along with a higher price tag. Comment


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