Astoria Times

Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2013

Astoria

FOCUS ON QUEENS: Winter Pride honors Meng, Out Astoria

Queens Pride recently held its 20th Winter Pride gala at Astoria World Manor. The event helps to fund the Queens Pride Parade and Multicultural Festival and honors those who contribute to the causes and concerns of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer/Questioning (LGBTQ) Community in Queens. Comment.
Elmhurst

Dromm urges caution after 2nd gay man slain

Police arrested a 23-year-old man and charged him with the murder of Joseph Benzinger, who was found strangled in an Elmhurst hotel room last weekend, according to the NYPD. Comment.
Astoria

Astorian runs stationery biz from apartment

Astorian Gabriella Miyares was always interested in art printing. Comment.

Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2013

Long Island City

Department fines crane operator in LIC collapse

The city Department of Buildings issued $132,800 in fines last week to the operator, site safety manager and property owner in a January Long Island City crane collapse. Comments (1).
Long Island City

Spend romantic V-Day at Newtown Creek Plant

While many lovebirds will flock to one of the borough’s restaurants and parks for Valentine’s Day, more than 200 are expected to spend their day with their special someone on top of a wastewater treatment plant. Comment.

Monday, Feb. 11, 2013

Long Island City

Boat clubs in Facebook spat

A lawsuit over a Facebook Web page is putting the current leaders of the Long Island City Community Boathouse at odds with its founder. Comments (1).
Elmhurst

Middle Village man found strangled inside Elmhurst hotel room: NYPD

A 54-year-old Middle Village man was found strangled in an Elmhurst hotel room Saturday night, police sources said. Comment.
East Elmhurst

Hydrofracking, gun laws discussed at UCCA breakfast

The environment, gun control and education dominated the conversation at the United Communities Civic Association’s annual legislative breakfast last Friday. Comment.
Astoria

Police seeking missing Astoria man, 50

ASTORIA — Police were asking for the public’s assistance in locating a man reported missing in Astoria Saturday. Comment.
Astoria

Astoria musician treats fans to new material at club gig

Hell Gate Social in Long Island City has an unassuming exterior: The metal front has no windows, and even event coordinator April Rose Lucas likens it to a “closed garage door.” A step inside, however, reveals a candlelit bar with surreal wall portraits and a front-room screen for films or music videos. The bar maintains this low-key image to make people seek them out. Comment.
Editorial

Appeal to Moderate Republicans

Even though the city has been run by Republican mayors for the last 20 years, the party has not gained in numbers or influence. Comments (2).

Sunday, Feb. 10, 2013

Sunnyside

Construction starts on new Sunnyside school

In what is happily becoming a more common occurrence in the overcrowded school districts of western Queens, elected and school officials met in Sunnyside last week to break ground on a new kindergarten-to-fifth-grade school. Comment.

Saturday, Feb. 9, 2013

Jackson Heights

Jax Heights tour guide honors nabe’s best halal cart

To their surprise and confusion, a vendy operating at 74th Street near 37th Avenue received a lamb-topped trophy last week for being the best halal food cart in the Roosevelt Avenue area of Jackson Heights. Comment.
Sunnyside

MTA weighs new safety measures to cut subway deaths

The union representing subway operators maintains that slowing trains on approach to stations is the key to reducing the number of subway deaths, but an MTA official argued that such a move would disrupt the entire schedule and cause dangerous crowding on platforms. Comment.
Woodside

Woodside 10-year-old dies after collapsing in bath tub

Authorities were still unsure what caused a 10-year-old Woodside boy to slip into unconsciousness and die last week. Comment.

Friday, Feb. 8, 2013

Jackson Heights

Minority stop and frisks high in 115th, 103rd

An NYPD report released Monday revealed that the controversial stop-and-frisk tactic was used on Hispanics in the 115th Precinct in the Jackson Heights area and blacks in the 103rd Precinct in Jamaica at rates that outpaced their demographics in 2011. Comments (2).
Woodside

Police on the hunt for serial Woodside burglary suspect [With Video]

WOODSIDE — Cops were seeking the public’s assistance in identifying and apprehending a suspect wanted in connection with three burglaries in Woodside in December. Comment.

Thursday, Feb. 7, 2013

Queensbridge

Police hunt for suspect wanted in Queensbridge bodega slay [With Video]

Police released surveillance video of the gun-toting thug who shot and killed an Upper West Side man in front of a Queensbridge bodega Saturday night. Comments (2).
Elmhurst

Borough gears up for Year of the Snake celebrations

The Year of the Snake is nearly upon us, and Queens is crawling with Lunar New Year cultural shows, performances, parades and food. Comment.

Monday, Feb. 4, 2013

Queensbridge

[UPDATED WITH VIDEO] Queensbridge shooting claims life of Manhattan man

A Manhattan man was killed in front of a Queensbridge bodega Saturday night, police said. Comments (4).

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