Astoria Times

Saturday, Dec. 27, 2014

Astoria

Queens pols praise fracking ban

Queens lawmakers are saying the potential health risks associated with hydraulic fracturing outweigh the benefits after Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced a ban on the procedure last week. Comment.

Friday, Dec. 26, 2014

Sunnyside

Novel set in Queens riding high in the literary world

A first-time novelist raised in Jackson Heights has plenty to celebrate this holiday season. Comment.
Long Island City

Police save life of LaGuardia prof the day he retires

Two officers from the 108th Precinct are being hailed as heroes for saving the life of a LaGuardia Community College Professor Tuesday, his last day of teaching before retirement this summer. Comment.
Long Island City

Unique cooking school opens in LIC

A Long Island City man is taking his love of cooking and turning it into a second career, right in his own home on Crescent Street. After traveling the world for 30 years, Dan Dolgin decided to quit his job as vice president of Global Sourcing for Vanity Fair and open a culinary school. Comment.
Long Island City

NAACP hosts solidarity march

Some 50 elected leaders, pastors and Queensbridge residents marched peacefully in Long Island City to protest the grand jury decision to not indict a white police officer in the death of black Staten Island resident Eric Garner in August. Comments (1).

Thursday, Dec. 25, 2014

Corona

Putting a new twist on the blind date

Singles, here’s a radical concept to help meet that someone special and get to know them on a spiritual level — paper bag dating. Comment.

Wednesday, Dec. 24, 2014

Long Island City

LIC residents support 108th Pct. during candlelight vigil

As they filed out of the 108th Precinct, the hard and angry expressions on the faces of the NYPD officers and detectives began to soften as they looked at the crowd that gathered outside their stationhouse. Hundreds of Long Island City residents turned out in a cold and misty rain to stand with the police following the assassinations of two of their own Saturday. Comments (1).
Corona

Cubans in boro speak of new Cuba-USA relations

The Cuban community in the borough was caught by surprise when President Barack Obama announced moves to restore diplomatic and commercial relations with the island after more than half a century of Cold War tension. Comments (1).
Astoria

City Hall has surprise party for Peter Vallone Sr.’s 80th

Mayor Bill de Blasio, former Mayor David Dinkins, and hundreds of current and former city leaders, family and friends joined Peter Vallone, Sr. to celebrate his 80th birthday with a surprise party at City Hall. The first and longest serving City Council speaker was overjoyed to see his former colleagues. Comment.
Sunnyside

Sunnyside rallies to save movie theater

Roughly 170 residents and community leaders rallied in front of the Sunnyside Theater Sunday afternoon to protest the theater’s closing despite the owner’s rejection of a six-month lease extension. Comment.

Tuesday, Dec. 23, 2014

Corona

Bratton refuses to consolidate Roosevelt Avenue under single precint

A proposal to unite Roosevelt Avenue under one precinct command has been rejected by Police Commissioner Bill Bratton. Comments (1).

Sunday, Dec. 21, 2014

Ditmars

Watermain leak floods Ditmars basements

A torrent streamed out of a Ditmars watermain Saturday, caking several basements with water, mud and debris that quickly solidified into a deluge of insurance queries. Comment.
Long Island City

City finds new way to invest in safety at public housing

The city has found a unique way to finance enhanced security at some of the most dangerous public housing developments. Comment.

Saturday, Dec. 20, 2014

Jackson Heights

$6 million in federal funds to combat domestic violence

Gov. Andrew Cuomo said the state received more than $6 million in federal funds that would allow community organizations, hospitals, police departments and district attorneys’ offices to increase services and protections for domestic violence or sexual assault victims. Comment.

Friday, Dec. 19, 2014

Long Island City

Police save life of LaGuardia prof the day he retires

Two officers from the 108th Precinct are being hailed as heroes for saving the life of a LaGuardia Community College Professor Tuesday on the day he was to retire. Comments (3).
Long Island City

Van Bramer drafts law to give community greater voice in public art projects

A city agency’s plan to install an expensive sculpture in Long Island City has angered members of the neighborhood’s art scene and Community Board 2. Now City Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer (D-Sunnyside), the chairman of the Cultural Affairs Committee, is drafting new legislation that would change the way the agency’s Percent for Art initiative works and increase the public’s involvement with future projects. Comments (2).
Astoria

Maloney decries Senate failure to renew terrorist insurance act

A bill to extend the expiring Terrorism Insurance Act effectively died Tuesday when the U.S. Senate failed to reach an agreement to hold a vote before Congress heads home for the long holiday break. The program was created following the Sept. 11 attacks providing crucial federal insurance for the owners of skyscrapers and other large projects that could be the target of terrorist strikes. Comments (1).

Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014

Long Island City

Lonely Planet names Queens nation’s top travel spot

Lonely Planet crowned Queens the top U.S. tourist destination in its annual list, but the travel publishing outlet apparently found the borough’s lodging less than regal. Comments (4).
Elmhurst

Avella joins with Elmhurst United to stop city from making homeless shelter permanent

Members of the Elmhurst United Civic Association approached state Sen. Tony Avella (D-Flushing) to enlist his help in fighting against permanent status for the homeless shelter in the former Pan American Hotel at 79-00 Queens Blvd. Comments (3).
Elmhurst

Elmhurst kid center of media storm after stock market fib

An Elmhurst teenager is apologizing for a fib that swept him, and a buddy, into a media firestorm this week. Mohammed Islam, 17, is admitting that he made up a story about making $72 million trading stocks at school, but not before a magazine article generated headlines around the world with the release of its issue Sunday. Comments (1).
Sunnyside

Rally for Sunnyside Theater goes on despite rejection of six-month extension

The organizer behind Sunday’s rally to save the Sunnyside Center Cinemas from a date with the wrecking ball says the protest will go on despite the theater owner’s rejection of a six-month lease extension. Community activist Ty Sullivan hopes a huge turnout at the neighborhood’s only movie theater at 12:30 p.m. will bring the two sides together for more negotiations. Comment.
Woodside

MTA blames four workers for missing derailment clues

The MTA blames three maintenance supervisors and a track inspector for their roles in an F train derailment in Woodside back in May that injured 30 riders. Comments (1).

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