Astoria Times

Wednesday, Aug. 28, 2013

Astoria

Astoria bike shop helps all riders get rolling

The whirring sound of tires spinning fills the back room of the bike shop, where Andres Jimenez is busy doing repairs. Comments (1).

Tuesday, Aug. 27, 2013

Astoria

Moms turn lemons into lemonade to push for gun control legislation

Moms around the country chose an unusual way to advocate for gun control over the weekend: lemonade. Comments (4).
Jackson Heights

Vallone pledges cleaner boro streets

City Councilman Peter Vallone Jr. (D-Astoria) would encourage small business owners to help manage the city’s overflowing garbage cans should be become borough president next year. Comment.

Monday, Aug. 26, 2013

Astoria

Astoria’s De Stefano centers campaign on safety

For the entire time Danielle De Stefano has lived in Astoria, her city councilman’s last name has been Vallone. Comment.
Astoria

Ciafone hopes to secure more funding for Astoria

Lawyer John Ciafone would like to bring Astoria its fair share of funding should he be elected the area’s next city councilman. Comment.
New Voices

Elmhurst group helps South Asians get ready for college

Many immigrant families face anxiety when preparing their children for college. Some families, which have children who will be the first in their family to pursue higher education, are woefully unaware of the process. Comment.

Sunday, Aug. 25, 2013

Queensbridge

Van Bramer calls on NYCHA to fix center at Queensbridge

A Queens lawmaker called on the city last Friday to repair a crumbling Long Island City community center. Comment.
Astoria

Astoria man charged with swiping prospective tenants’ deposits: DA

An Astoria landlord has been charged swindling tenants of tens of thousands of dollars through a bogus rent scam, the Queens DA said. Comment.
Long Island City

Armed man robs LIC video store: NYPD

LONG ISLAND CITY — The Police Department was asking for help to find a suspect wanted in connection with a robbery within the 108th Precinct, cops said. Comments (1).
QueensLine

Queens residents torn over Kinsey report in August ‘53

In August 1953, the Korean War truce was signed. Just returned to stateside, Airman First Class Raymond W. King, of Astoria, received the Distinguished Flying Cross for meritorious service over North Korea. As a flight engineer on a B-26 bomber, King was taking part in a reconnaissance mission the previous year when his crew spotted a convoy and destroyed 22 enemy vehicles. Comment.

Saturday, Aug. 24, 2013

Elmhurst

Elmhurst home burglarized twice: Police

ELMHURST — Keep your eyes open on Calamus Avenue. Comment.
Astoria

City sends Halletts Point project to final stage

The city voted to approve the $1 billion Halletts Point project that is slated to bring nearly 2,000 residential units to the Astoria waterfront. Comment.
Sunnyside

Flushing, Sunnyside hit in city robberies: NYPD

SUNNYSIDE — A string of 28 different robberies throughout the city included incidents in Sunnyside and Flushing, the Police Department said. Comments (1).

Friday, Aug. 23, 2013

Astoria

Cops hunt man involved in Astoria shootout

Cops were still hunting Friday for a suspect involved in a wild Astoria pursuit the night before, police said, where shots were fired, an was officer struck by a truck and the Ed Koch Queensboro Bridge was shut down to prevent the man’s escape into Manhattan. Comment.
Long Island City

For mindless fun, RSVP to ‘The Wedding Singer’

People who seek out live theater usually fall into one of two categories. Comment.
Long Island City

Interracial couple attacked in LIC

Elected officials throughout the city condemned an attack in Long Island City over the weekend on an interracial couple, which sent the neighborhood into shock. Comments (3).
Long Island City

Man exposes himself on No. 7 train: Cops

LONG ISLAND CITY — Cops were reaching out to the public with hopes of locating a man wanted for allegedly exposing himself on the subway, the NYPD said. Comment.
Astoria

Giants lineman reaches deal on DWI charge

ASTORIA — A New York Giants lineman was sentenced to a conditional discharge in connection to series of smashups in Astoria earlier this year, the New York Post reported. The ruling frees him from reimbursing any of the damages to several parked cars he drunkenly crashed into after a soccer match last summer, the Post reported. Comment.

Thursday, Aug. 22, 2013

Long Island City

City passes plan to tear down 5Pointz in LIC

The city approved a controversial plan Wednesday to tear down the graffiti mecca in Long Island City known as 5Pointz and allow a developer to build high rises in its stead. Comments (3).
Astoria

Investment firm to buy Steinway piano factory

New York-based investment firm Paulson & Co. Inc. agreed to purchase piano maker Steinway Musical Instruments Inc. for a little more than half a billion dollars last week. Comment.
Sunnyside

Cops charge Sunnyside man with arson spree: DA

A 22-year-old man from Sunnyside was arraigned on charges of setting multiple fires, which damaged three houses, a pizzeria and a former city councilman’s car, at five different locations within a three-block area of where he lives, District Attorney Richard Brown said. Comment.
Long Island City

Affordable workspace for artists opens in LIC

A modern dance troupe broke in a new, affordable performing arts workspace in Long Island City earlier this week with a dance number for Mayor Michael Bloomberg, and in turn hizzoner did a little performing of his own. Comments (1).
Corona

Suspects lifted items from Con Ed truck in Corona: NYPD

CORONA - The Police Department was asking for the public’s help in finding suspects wanted in connection with a burglary in Corona, cops said. Comment.

Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2013

Sunnyside

Sunnyside man charged with setting five fires: NYPD

A 22-year-old Sunnyside man was arrested and charged with setting five fires within a block of where he lives, police said Monday night. Comment.

Monday, Aug. 19, 2013

Long Island City

Hate Crime Unit investigating assault on interracial couple in LIC: Police

Elected officials throughout the city condemned an attack on an interracial couple in Long Island City over the weekend. Comment.
Sunnyside

Sunnyside arson suspect torched former councilman’s car: NYPD [With Video]

Police are on the lookout for a suspected arsonist in Sunnyside who may be linked to at least five different fires, including a blaze in a former city councilman’s SUV, cops said. Comments (2).

Sunday, Aug. 18, 2013

Jackson Heights

Bicyclist from Queens dies after Palisades crash: Authorities

A Jackson Heights woman died after she crashed while riding her bicycle near the cliffs of the Palisades Cliffs in New Jersey, according to Palisades Interstate Parkway Police. Comment.
Jackson Heights

Man killed by train in Jackson Heights: Police

An unidentified man was struck and killed early Sunday morning by a Manhattan-bound 7 train, police said. Comments (2).

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