Astoria Times

Tuesday, Dec. 20, 2011

Astoria

Teacher charged illegally high interest: Nassau DA

LONG ISLAND — An Astoria gym teacher was charged with loan sharking last week after he allegedly floated money at an annual interest rate more than four times the legal limit, the Nassau County district attorney said. Comments (1).

Monday, Dec. 19, 2011

Jackson Heights

Police on lookout for Jax Hts. bank robber

JACKSON HEIGHTS — Police have released a photo of a man wanted in connection with a bank robbery last month. Comments (2).
Jackson Heights

Police catch suspect in Jax Hts cop shooting

Antonio Olmeda, 53, has been arrested in connection with the attempted murder of two police officers in Jackson Heights earlier this month, NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly said Monday afternoon. Comments (1).
Astoria

Q58 wins Pokey Award as slowest bus in Queens

Santas and elves rode the N-Q train last weekend from Astoria - rather then a sleigh - to Santacon, an annual pub crawl described by organizers as “non-denominational, non-commercial, non-political and non-sensical.” Comment.
Long Island City

Trendy LIC hotel offers luxury at low cost

Henry Zilberman, owner of the newly opened Z Hotel at 11-01 43rd Ave. in Long Island City, designed the 10-story building with comfort and coolness in mind. Comment.

Sunday, Dec. 18, 2011

Jackson Heights

Police try to track wannabe cop killer

The group Citizens Outraged at Police Being Shot is offering a $10,000 reward for information leading to the capture of the disguised man who shot at two officers on a Jackson Heights street earlier this month, police said. Comment.
Long Island City

Whitestone coach notches 500th win

John Demas got into coaching to help kids — not to win championships, not to win hundreds of games, not to make a name for himself. Comment.
Editorial

Welcome Film Crews

Community Board 2 Chairman Joe Conley wants to meet with Mayor Michael Bloomberg to discuss the problems that arise when film crews come to work in his district, which includes Long Island City, Sunnyside, Woodside and parts of Maspeth. Comments (2).

Saturday, Dec. 17, 2011

Jackson Heights

Jax Hts. stabbing might be gang-related: Brown

JACKSON HEIGHTS — A man was stabbed several times in his Jackson Heights apartment by a group of men, including one teen, in a possible gang-related incident, according to documents from the Queens district attorney. Comment.

Friday, Dec. 16, 2011

Long Island City

Bloomy slams Sebelius on Plan B decision

Mayor Michael Bloomberg criticized U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius for making the morning-after pill unavailable to women younger than 17 at a LaGuardia Community College event Monday morning. Comment.

Thursday, Dec. 15, 2011

Woodside

Fire victims get Christmas help

City Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer (D-Sunnyside) called upon the Woodside community Monday to donate food, necessities and toys for the tenants displaced by a 61st Street house fire that killed one person and injured four others. Comment.
Long Island City

Queensborough Bridge accident driver sues city

Lawsuits are coming down the pipeline involving three devastating accidents that took place earlier this year on the off-ramp from the Ed Koch-Queensboro Bridge to Queens Plaza South. Comments (1).
East Elmhurst

Pols push for TSA changes

U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) and State Sen. Michael Gianaris (D-Astoria) pushed the Transportation Security Administration to designate a “passenger advocate” who would help customers who feel they have been mishandled by agents at John F. Kennedy Airport Sunday. Comments (3).

Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2011

East Elmhurst

Town hall goers peeved at plaza in E. Elmhurst

A town hall hosted by the staff of state Sen. Jose Peralta (D-East Elmhurst) last week grew heated early when a man confronted a city Department of Transportation representative over the conversion of 37th Road between Broadway and 74th Street into a pedestrian plaza. Comments (3).
Sunnyside

Man shot, injured in Sunnyside eatery

Police released a photo of the man suspected of wounding another when he fired off a few rounds outside a Sunnyside Mexican restaurant early Saturday morning. Comment.
Ditmars

Three suspects sought in two Ditmars robberies

ASTORIA — Police were searching for three individuals wanted in connection with two robberies that occurred on the same day on Ditmars Boulevard three blocks away from each other. Comment.

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