Astoria Times

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Astoria

Three western Queens HSs axed

Western Queens officials were disheartened and angry after the city Panel for Educational Policy voted last week to close three high schools in the area. Comments (1).

Monday, April 30, 2012

Astoria

Officials support Astoria repowering to grow jobs

In an effort to get the support of Gov. Andrew Cuomo, a group of Queens elected officials and groups have banded together to form a coalition in support of NRG Astoria Power LLC’s plan to repower one of its plants, holding up the plan as one that improves the environment and creates jobs. Comment.
Astoria

Faithful celebrate Greek Orthodox Great Friday with procession

Dozens of people attended the Holy Metropolis Greek Orthodox Church of America Cathedral of Markella’s Procession of the Epitaphios in Astoria Friday evening. The religious service commemorates the Greek Orthodox holiday of Great Friday, which marks Christ’s death before His ascension on Easter. Comment.
Long Island City

Tip of the week

Sunday, April 29, 2012

Elmhurst

New Elmhurst charter targets immigrants learning English

Bringing recent immigrant children to the United States up to the same learning levels as their American-born counterparts has always been a struggle across the city, but a new charter school in Elmhurst hopes to meet their unique needs. Comment.
Astoria

Vallone wants pencil-pushing cops patrolling neighborhoods instead

City Councilman Peter Vallone Jr. (D-Astoria) and the union DC 37 Local 1549, which represents the city’s clerical and administrative employees, called upon the New York Police Department last week to turn over 500 desk job positions to civilians. Comment.

Saturday, April 28, 2012

Long Island City

Olympians make stop in LIC ahead of London Games

In anticipation of the 2012 Summer Olympics, two athletes visited the Citi building in Long Island City last week to share their stories as they prepare to go to the Games in London. Comment.
Woodside

PS 11 rallies for expansion

City Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer (D-Sunnyside) and members of the PS 11 family called upon the city School Construction Authority to make the expansion of the school a priority once again. Comment.
Astoria

A cyclist’s dream come true

Ask any apartment-dweller about space and the answer is always the same: “There isn’t enough of it!” Comment.
Long Island City

American Studies conquers top rival

The Academy of American Studies players were fired up. The Eagles have cruised in league play, but last week they got a chance to play Bronx Science in a non-league match featuring two of the city’s top teams. American Studies came in ranked No. 1 in New York City by the New York Post and Science was No. 2. Comment.

Friday, April 27, 2012

Jackson Heights

Debate still rages over Jax Hts. plaza

Business owners on 37th Road and their allies have continued to lobby government officials to get rid of the pedestrian plaza on the road between 73rd and 74th streets, but others in the community insist the plaza brings needed open space to Jackson Heights. Comment.
Jackson Heights

Seeking slices of silence in a bustling Jax Hts.

In the old days, the garden community of Jackson Heights was considered a respite from stressful city life. Today, the high-density area is a veritable mixing bowl of cultures, where 138 languages are spoken. Comment.
Editorial

‘Turnaround’ Bloomberg

The people living in western Queens are rightly angry. Following its unpopular “turnaround” model, the city Department of Education is planning to close Long Island City High School and put another high school with some fancy name in its place. Comment.

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Astoria

Wife of diplomat from Sudan shot by teen in Astoria: Police

An Ozone Park teenager has been arrested in the shooting of the wife of a Sudanese diplomat in Astoria near Long Island City High School, police said. Comment.
Long Island City

LIC shops sue after two cars slam storefronts

Two Long Island City stores that were destroyed in two eerily identical car crashes near the Ed Koch-Queensborough Bridge a year ago have filed suit against multiple city agencies and the drivers for damages they estimate to be in excess of $1 million. Comment.
Woodside

Street rename honors Woodsider

As a youngster, Alejandro Nino made friends playing stickball outside his home on 49th Street in Woodside, and an indelible mark he left behind can be seen there today. Comments (2).
Long Island City

Jury convicts man for killing Mayor of LIC

A Queens Supreme Court jury found Eric Cherry, 47, guilty Monday of the September 2008 killing of Long Island City community leader Nicolas Nowillo, known as “The Mayor of Long Island City.” Comment.
Sunnyside

Romantic intrigue comes to Sunnyside theater

The Thalia Theatre, tucked between mom-and-pop stores on a triangular street in Sunnyside, will be celebrating its 35th anniversary this year. Right now, the cast of “La Callas y Medea” is rehearsing for their May 18 world premiere. Comments (2).

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