Astoria Times

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Long Island City

East River fireworks seen from some LIC perches

The annual Macy’s Fourth of July fireworks was back on the East River this year, but to see the spectacular, viewers needed to be creative. TimesLedger Newspapers’ intrepid photographer found a spot on the 42nd floor of a building in Long Island City. Comment.
East Elmhurst

Getting to LGA takes too long, costs too much: Airport group

If you are in a hurry to get to LaGuardia Airport, hailing a yellow cab might be your best bet. Comment.

Friday, July 11, 2014

Long Island City

Gantry set to host kayaking

Kayaking comes to Gantry State Park in Long Island City for the first time this week with free walk-up events Friday and Saturday. Comment.
Astoria

Police charge man in Astoria Houses shooting

Police said they caught up with an armed man fleeing from the scene of a double shooting at the Astoria Houses last Thursday afternoon after the car he was riding in slammed into another vehicle several blocks away. Comment.

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Elmhurst

Meng urges young immigrants to join anti-deportation program

U.S. Rep. Grace Meng (D-Flushing) spoke about the urgency for undocumented immigrants in New York to enroll or reapply for the Deportation Protection Program this week. Comments (1).
Elmhurst

Mother arrested in baby’s death: NYPD

ELMHURST — The mother of an 11-month-old boy, who was found dead in her Elmhurst apartment, was arrested Monday after she allegedly admitted to authorities that she suffocated the child, police said. Comments (7).

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Sunnyside

Art of business is on display in Sunnyside

Sunnyside has become a magnet for the arts. Comment.
Long Island City

Tip of the week

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Woodside

MTA asks Congress if it will intervene in an LIRR strike

MTA Chairman Thomas Prendergast Tuesday asked Congress whether it intends to intervene in the labor dispute involving the Long Island Rail Road and its workers, whose union has threatened to strike as early as July 20. Comments (1).
Elmhurst

Mother arrested in Elmhurst baby’s death: NYPD

The mother of an 11-month-old boy, who was found dead in her Elmhurst apartment, was arrested Monday after she allegedly admitted to authorities that she suffocated the child, police said. Comments (4).
Astoria

Funny business going on in Astoria

Former Mayor David Dinkins loved to spread the gospel of New York City’s eclectic makeup of cultures and people by referring to it as a “gorgeous mosaic.” Comment.

Monday, July 7, 2014

Elmhurst

Baby found dead in Elmhurst apartment: NYPD

An 11-month-old boy was found dead Sunday afternoon in the Elmhurst apartment where he lived with his mother, police said. Comment.
Jackson Heights

Jackson Heights town square gets cops in time for summer

Diversity Plaza now has a dedicated police presence. Comment.

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Jackson Heights

Florida man charged with DWI in Jax. Hts. crash: NYPD

A Florida man has been charged with vehicular manslaughter and driving while intoxicated in the early Saturday morning collision that killed a pedestrian crossing Roosevelt Avenue near 92nd Street, the NYPD said. Comment.
Jackson Heights

Florida man charged with DWI in Jax. Hts. crash: NYPD

A Florida man has been charged with vehicular manslaughter and driving while intoxicated in the early Saturday morning collision that killed a pedestrian crossing Roosevelt Avenue near 92nd Street, the NYPD said. Comment.
Astoria

Bikes swiped in Astoria break-ins [With Video]

ASTORIA — Police were trying to find suspects who allegedly stole bicycles in Astoria, NYPD said. Comment.

Saturday, July 5, 2014

Corona

Suspected drunk driver fatally strikes man with car in Corona: NYPD

An unidentified man was struck and killed by a suspected drunk driver while crossing Roosevelt Avenue near 92nd Street early Saturday morning, the NYPD said. Comment.

Friday, July 4, 2014

Astoria

Man charged in Astoria Houses shooting after getaway car crashes: NYPD

Police said they caught up with an armed man fleeing from the scene of a double shooting at the Astoria Houses in Thursday afternoon after the car he was riding in slammed into another vehicle several blocks away. Comments (1).
Astoria

Celebrating independence

The Central Astoria Local Development Coalition celebrated the Fourth of July early with a Grucci fireworks display Monday evening. Thousands packed Astoria park for the festivities. Comment.

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Astoria

Two shot at Astoria Houses: NYPD

Two people were shot at the Astoria Houses Thursday afternoon, the FDNY said. Comment.
Astoria

MTA expands Q103 service linking LIC with Astoria

The newly expanded Q103 bus service between Astoria and Long Island City will made its debut Sunday, providing a link between numerous cultural institutions near or along Vernon Boulevard. Comment.
Long Island City

5th Street in LIC will soon be one-way road

One of the most dangerous streets in Long Island City will begin to change July 7. Comments (2).
East Elmhurst

Airport workers rally for better wages

Several hundred airport workers rallied for fair wages and benefits at LaGuardia Airport Monday. Comment.
Corona

Louis Armstrong House plans birthday celebration

Although the actual day is still more than a month away, Louis Armstrong’s birthday festivities got under way this past weekend and continue through the Fourth of July. Comment.
Corona

Satchmo honored at festival

Fifty years after jazz legend Louis Armstrong performed at the 1964 World’s Fair, hundreds of people came out to honor his memory at the inaugural Louis Armstrong International Music Festival Sunday at Flushing Meadows Corona Park. Comment.

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Elmhurst

Elmhurst gets angrier at city over homeless

The anger and fear that has gripped Elmhurst since the city turned the Pan American Hotel into a shelter for homeless families was on full display at a hastily convened town hall meeting Monday evening. Comments (14).
Jackson Heights

Schoolgirl hit on Northern Boulevard

A 6-year-old kindergarten student at PS 228 in Jackson Heights will need many months to recover from injuries sustained when she and her mother were struck by a vehicle while crossing Northern Boulevard at 92nd Street one morning last week. Comments (1).

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Sunnyside

Sunnyside library is closed for the summer for repairs

The Sunnyside branch of Queens Library, at 43-06 Greenpoint Ave., is closed until mid-August while it gets a new roof installed. Comment.
Corona

Blood drive donator’s 5,000th pint nets VIP treatment at Mets game

The New York Mets have held blood drives even when Shea Stadium was still standing, but Monday was a special one. Comment.
Ditmars

Astoria eatery pairs sweet & savory on menu

Yogurt La Crepe opened its doors in Astoria just in time for the heat wave ushered in by the summer solstice. Comment.

Monday, June 30, 2014

Long Island City

LIC artist paints what he feels

Some people can paint as a hobby and dabble in their artwork when it is convenient. Comments (2).
QueensLine

‘26 summer heat wave caused more than 10 deaths in boro

The construction of the Flushing extension of the Corona “L” — today the No. 7 line — was completed from the east side of Flushing Creek to the station at Main Street. Comment.

Sunday, June 29, 2014

East Elmhurst

Port Authority simulates plane crash at LaGuardia

As smoke bellowed through the air Saturday morning at LaGuardia Airport, emergency personnel scrambled to tend to blood-soaked victims of a plane crash. Comment.

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Long Island City

Burglary suspect stole cash register with $20: NYPD

LONG ISLAND CITY — Police were searching for a man who they said stole $20 in cash from a pizzeria June 11. Comment.
Astoria

Two men in car shot, then robbed in Astoria [With Video]

ASTORIA — Police were hunting for whoever shot two men sitting in a car in Astoria, the NYPD said. Comment.

Friday, June 27, 2014

Woodside

Elmhurst man who was punched dies after Woodside street attack

A 56-year-old church-going Filipino man from Elmhurst died Tuesday morning at Elmhurst Hospital Center after he was brutally attacked around midnight in Woodside Saturday night, police say. Comments (3).
Long Island City

City bars film crews from shoots in LIC

The city declared a moratorium on film and television production on several streets in the Hunters Point section of Long Island City. Comments (3).

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Long Island City

Sightlines for fireworks in question for Queens

When the mayor announced in April that the Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks were moving back to the East River this year, there was excitement among business owners and elected officials that there would be an economic windfall along the Queens waterfront. Comments (1).
Woodside

Spain exits World Cup early

As the king of Spain was abdicating his throne in favor of his son, Spain’s national team in the World Cup was also abdicating its crown — unexpectedly early in the international tournament. Comment.
Elmhurst

Elmhurst to debate Pan Am shelter plan

Elmhurst and surrounding communities are poised to turn up the heat on City Hall for its decision to move homeless families into the 216-room Pan American Hotel on Queens Boulevard. Comments (1).
Astoria

CB 1 kicks back Astoria Cove plan

Developers of the massive Astoria Cove project were dealt a setback last week when Community Board 1 voted unanimously to recommend denial of the plan until a number of conditions were met. Comment.
Woodside

Mayor in Woodside signs pedestrian bills

Mayor Bill de Blasio signed a package of legislation, passed by the City Council in recent weeks, designed to further his Vision Zero plan to make streets safer for pedestrians and cyclists Monday in Woodside. Comment.

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Woodside

Man dies after being punched in the face in Woodside

A 56-year-old man died Tuesday morning at Elmhurst Hospital Center after he was brutally attacked around midnight in Woodside Saturday night, police say. Comments (2).

Monday, June 23, 2014

Woodside

Mayor signs traffic safety legislation to protect pedestrians

Mayor de Blasio’s Vision Zero plan took a major step forward Monday as he signed 11 life-saving traffic safety bills at PS 152 in Woodside. The legislation, passed by the City Council in recent weeks, enhances traffic data collection and enforcement efforts, codifies safety engineering commitments and updates the city’s legal code to toughen penalties for dangerous driving. Comments (1).

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Elmhurst

Man who shot at cops sought by NYPD: Police [With Video]

Police were looking for a suspect whogot in a shoot out with police in Elmhurst early Saturday morning, the NYPD said. Comment.

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