Astoria Times

Tuesday, May 5, 2015


Council passes first ever Cultural Plan

The City Council passed legislation, by a unanimous vote, to enhance access to arts and culture by implementing the city’s first-ever comprehensive cultural plan. The bill is aimed at keeping New York an artist friendly city in a time of skyrocketing rents and a variety of economic pressures. Comment.

Sunday, May 3, 2015

Jackson Heights

Flushing Town Hall is looking for a few good LGBTQ artists

As the spectrum of diversity in Queens evolves, the concept of “vive la difference” is redefined, and throughout LGBTQ communities everyone is celebrated for who they are. Comments (1).

Queens Theatre honors NYHQ, Astoria Bank execs at gala

The heads of Astoria Bank and New York Hospital Queens were honored for their contributions to the Queens Theatre at the theater’s annual gala Monday night. Comments (1).
Long Island City

25th hotel opens in Long Island City

A new Hilton Garden Inn opened last Friday on Queens Plaza North, becoming the 25th hotel in Long Island City, according to the Queens Tourism Council. Just seven years ago there was only one hotel in LIC. Comments (1).

Friday, May 1, 2015


Astoria loses police commander and CB1 leadership announce they’ll leave too

The commanding officer at the 114th Precinct in Astoria has moved on after just 18 months on the job. Deputy Inspector Kevin Maloney was promoted to a new squad dedicated to police officer-involved shootings that operates out of the First Deputy Commissioner’s office at One Police Plaza. Comments (2).

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Dance floor heats up with flamenco in Sunnyside

Flamenco has come to Queens. Comment.

Attorney General sues owner of Woodside cab company

The owner of four taxicab companies, including one based in Sunnyside, is being sued by the state, according to Attorney General Eric Schneiderman. Evgeny “Gene” Freidman alledgedly violated taxi drivers’ rights and breached a settlement agreement he reached with the Attorney General in December 2013. Comment.

Thursday, April 30, 2015


Let’s start at the very ending: ‘Merrily We Roll Along’ opens tonight at APAC

For her first production as the Astoria Performing Arts Center’s artistic director, Dev Bondarin opted to dust off a legendary Broadway flop. Comment.

Rat problem could harm homeless shelter’s permanent status at Pan American hotel

The owner of an auto repair shop might derail permanent status for the homeless shelter at the old Pan American Hotel in Elmhurst. Samuel Velez, the owner of Aamco Transmissions, at 79-14 Queens Blvd., says he has a problem with rats and it’s the shelter’s fault. Comments (11).

New traffic light installed at dangerous Woodside intersection

Patrick Tunney has seen a lot of “scary accidents” from the windows of his restaurant over the last 20 years. The Copper Kettle sits at the corner of 51st Street and Skillman Avenue and until this week that intersection didn’t have a traffic light. Comment.
Jackson Heights

Queens Nepali community reacts to tragedy with prayer and fund-raising

The 40,000 Nepali immigrants in New York City were hit hard by the catastrophic 7.8 earthquake that devastated their homeland last Saturday, with a death toll that passed 5,200 by Wednesday. Nepalese prime minister Sushil Koirala warned that the death toll could climb past 10,000. Comments (1).
East Elmhurst

Ferreras weds and gets named on a list of the city’s most powerful

Last week was a memorable one for Julissa Ferreras (D-East Elmhurst). The city councilwoman made a select list of the most powerful people in the city and she married her longtime boyfriend in a City Hall ceremony last Friday. Comments (1).

Wednesday, April 29, 2015


Sunnyside pet store owner opens pharmacy in Astoria

The owner of a popular Sunnyside pet store has expanded, opening a second location in Astoria last month. Wespaw Pet Pharmacy, located at 37-15 23rd Ave., brings pet owners quality medication with excellent customer service. Comments (1).
East Elmhurst

Moya named to transparency work group

New York Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie (D-Bronx) has created a new work group that will seek to bolster transparency and public participation in the Assembly. Comments (1).

Tuesday, April 28, 2015


The big tent under the 7 is back for Taste of Sunnyside 2015

Last year’s Taste of Sunnyside was so well received, even by critics of the idea, that the block-long festival tent under the No. 7 subway will return for another go May 19. Tickets for the popular annual neighborhood restaurant promotion inside the went on sale last week and are already selling at a faster rate than in 2014. Comments (2).

Monday, April 27, 2015

Jackson Heights

Solidarity for Nepal at Jackson Height’s Diversity PLaza

Several hundred people gathered at Diversity Plaza in Jackson Heights Sunday in a show of solidarity with the people of Nepal. Comment.
Hunters Point

Outdoor movie series begins at LIC waterfront park

The Skyline Cinema Waterfront Series returns to Hunters Point South Park in Long Island City with one for the kids Saturday. To celebrate the end of the long, cold winter the Hunters Point Park Conservancy is screening the most popular animated movie of all time, “Frozen,” to kick off its monthly cinema in the park series. Comments (2).
Long Island City

New dog run under construction in Long Island City

Construction is underway on a new dog run in Long Island City, near Center Boulevard between the Queens West Sports Field and PS 78. When completed in July, it will be the neighborhood’s fifth dog run with others located at Anabel Basin, Murray Playground, Hunters Point South and Vernon Boulevard at 48th Avenue. Comment.

Friday, April 24, 2015


More trespassing at the World’s Fair observation decks

For the second time in a month, a group of youngsters was caught sneaking into the World’s Fair observation towers at Flushing Meadow Corona Park. On April 14, officers from Parks Enforcement Patrol saw that the lock on the door to the towers had been clipped and heard people speaking from the platform. Comments (4).

Bike lanes on the Greenpoint Avenue Bridge get nod from CB2

The city Department of Transportation will begin building bike lanes on the Greenpoint Avenue Bridge in late spring or early summer after the plans were approved by Community Board 2 earlier this month. When completed, cyclists will have six-foot bike lanes on both side of the bridge with four-foot buffers from automotive traffic. Comments (4).

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Long Island City

The Clock Tower one step closer to landmark status

The iconic Clock Tower building in Long Island City is one step closer to official landmark status. The city Landmarks Preservation Commission set a date for a formal vote following a public hearing Tuesday. Comments (2).
Long Island City

LIC Partnership crunches numbers at annual real estate breakfast

Hundreds of real estate industry professionals gathered at the Con Edison Learning Center on Vernon Boulevard for the Long Island City Partnership’s 9th Annual Real Estate Breakfast Wednesday. Comments (1).

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