Astoria Times

Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015


Queens World Film Festival kicks off in Astoria

The 5th annual Queens World Film Festival is two months away, but the husband-and-wife co-founders, Don and Katha Cato, held their kickoff party Sunday in Astoria. Nearly a hundred filmmakers, actors, volunteers and alumni gathered at Monika’s Cafe Bar, across the street from the Kaufman Astoria Studios. Comment.

Monday, Jan. 26, 2015


Costa holds Learning Day for Astoria Cove job seekers

Two months after the massive Astoria Cove construction project got final approval by the City Council, nearly 150 people came to PS 85 to learn more about job opportunities the development will bring. Councilman Costa Constantinides (D-Astoria) hosted Astoria Cove Learning Day with the help of community groups such as Build Up NYC and Urban Upbound. Comment.

Sunday, Jan. 25, 2015


Museum of the Moving Image focuses on Julianne Moore

The frontrunner for this year’s Best Actress Oscar, Julianne Moore, was in Astoria last week to introduce her newest motion picture, “Still Alice,” at the Museum of the Moving Image. Comment.

Friday, Jan. 23, 2015

East Elmhurst

Airport workers march on LaGuardia in spirit of MLK

Nearly 1,000 airport workers marked Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday with a rally, march and a sit-in at LaGuardia Airport to demand better wages, benefits, working standards and the right to union representation. Unlike last year’s march where 37 union leaders, clergy and elected officials were arrested, the Jan. 14 civil disobedience came to an end after the first warning given by police. Comment.

Thursday, Jan. 22, 2015


Queens Boulevard workshop draws big crowd

Hoping to play a role in changing the “Boulevard of Death,” at least 200 people took part Wednesday in the first-ever Queens Boulevard Safety Workshop at PS 11 in Woodside. Comments (7).
Long Island City

LIC to be rezoned for more building taking onus off Sunnyside railyards

The building boom in Long Island City is expected to increase exponentially now that the city is in preliminary stages of rezoning Queens Plaza and Court Square for even more development that would ease the growing housing crisis. While the news set off alarms in LIC, it provides a relief for residents in neighboring Sunnyside who fear development of the 160-acre Sunnyside Yards. Comment.

Wednesday, Jan. 21, 2015

East Elmhurst

Solitary confinement on Riker Island to end for prisoners under 21

New York City will no longer use solitary confinement for all prisoners under the age of 21 in its prisons. The policy change was announced by Mayor de Blasio Tuesday following a vote by the Board of Correction.. Comment.

Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2015


Elmhurst resident keeps her life spicy

When Evelyn Banker arrived in Elmhurst more than 20 years ago, she brought part of her native India with her in the form of the flavorful, pungent and exotic spices she was raised on. Comment.

Fire safety campaign launched at LeFrak City after deadly blaze

Prevention can save lives. Comment.

Ferreras brings new cleanup crews to Corona

The streets of Corona are starting to look cleaner with the introduction of new cleaning crews as part of a new City Council Initiative. Councilwoman Julissa Ferreras (D-East Elmhurst) announced the start of Cleanup NYC at La Brisa Del Ciabo restaurant on 103rd Street. Comment.

Sunday, Jan. 18, 2015


Terrorism Risk Insurance Act passes as top priority of new Congress

The Terrorism Risk Insurance Act was passed overwhelmingly by the Senate last week and will head to President Barack Obama’s desk where it is expected to be signed soon. The reauthorization of TRIA through 2020 is essential to New York City’s economy providing crucial federal insurance for the owners of skyscrapers and other large projects that could be a target of terrorist strikes, elected officials said. Comment.

Friday, Jan. 16, 2015

Jackson Heights

Town Hall meeting planned on Bruson Building’s future

Several elected officials are convening a town hall meeting in Jackson Heights to discuss the future of the Bruson Building. Comment.
Jackson Heights

DOT Borough Commissioner Dalila Hall reassigned

The city Department of Transportation is making a change. Dalila Hall, the Queens Borough commissioner since April 2013, has been reassigned to another role at the DOT. Comments (3).

Astoria loses one of its great civic leaders

Astoria’s Greek community is mourning the loss of one of their greatest civic leaders. Comments (1).

Thursday, Jan. 15, 2015


Most Precious Blood school to close in June

After 58 years of serving the Astoria community, Most Precious Blood School will be closed permanently in June due to lack of financial resources to repair and continue the school. The announcement came as shock for parents, students, parish, alumni and community members. Comments (1).

Astoria teen arrested for roommate’s murder

A luxury Astoria apartment was turned into a crime scene Monday when an 18-year-old was arrested and charged with the murder of his roommate, authorities said. Comment.

Astoria dancer produces commercial for Super Bowl contest

A professional actor and dancer from Astoria has a shot at fame and a million dollars, but he’s going to need your vote. Comment.

Tuesday, Jan. 13, 2015


Astoria man charged with murder: NYPD

An 18-year-old man was arrested and charged in the murder of another man in his Astoria home, the NYPD said. Comments (1).

Monday, Jan. 12, 2015


Man struck, killed by Q train in Astoria: FDNY

A man was struck and killed by a northbound Q train in Astoria Friday evening, according to the FDNY. The man, who was in his 30s, was seen stumbling on the platform at the Broadway station just before 7 p.m. fire officials said, but it was not known how he ended up on the tracks before he was hit by the train. Comment.

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