2011-02-16 E-Edition

114th Precinct Seeks Mugger



The NYPD is seeking the public’s assistance with the whereabouts and identity of the following individual wanted in connection with a robbery in the confines of the 114th Precinct. On Thursday, February 10, at approximately 3:30 p.m. at 30-81 54th St., Astoria, a man grabbed money from a 96 year-old male victim’s hand and pushed him to the ground. The […]

Open House To Set Plans For Truck Removal On Maspeth Roads



Assemblymember Marge Markey (D-Maspeth) is reaching out to residents and businesses in Maspeth to urge them to attend an open house organized by the city Department of Transportation (DOT) to reveal plans for a permanent solution to the scourge of truck traffic through the commercial heart of the community. Markey revealed plans for the open house at a Community Board […]

A Rapidly Evolving Medical Landscape



Parts of medical science are highly developed areas where doctors can precisely nail down specific diseases and even sometimes eradicate them. The more vexing, and perhaps more interesting pieces of medical science, are those in which we still struggle to diagnose, let alone fully treat, major maladies. Mark Vonnegut, M.D., the son of famous writer Kurt Vonnegut, has a first-hand […]

Greening Western Queens Grants Announced



Western Queens will soon see an infusion of trees, green jobs and youth environmental programs thanks to over $3 million in grants distributed by North Star Fund. The grants mark the beginning of a three-year, $8 million initiative to create environmentally sustainable neighborhoods in Woodside, Sunnyside, Astoria and Long Island City. North Star was selected to be the distributor of […]

Egyptians Of Astoria Rejoice



BY JASON D. ANTOS The resignation of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak on February 11, set off a shockwave of celebration and jubilee felt not only on the streets of Cairo and Tahrir Square but on the streets of Astoria as well. Egyptian immigrants packed the local cafes, restaurants and hookah lounges of the “Little Egypt” community along Steinway Street anxiously […]

Track Replacement And Structure Painting To Begin In Astoria



The MTA has announced two major projects slated for Astoria in 2011 that will affect several weekend and some weekday schedules during off-peak hours. The first project involves a track panel installation at 36th Avenue. This work is scheduled for the following weekends of February 19, 20, 26, 27, March 5, 6, 12, 13, August 13, 14, 20 21, 27, […]

Bringing America’s Heritage Into Focus



Some years ago the birthdays of George Washington and Abraham Lincoln on February 12 and 22, respectively, were celebrated as two separate holidays. For a number of reasons, the two dates were made into a single federal holiday on the third Monday in February that celebrates the 44 terms of all 43 presidents. (The numbers and terms do not match […]

Letters to the Editor



Walmart Is Wanted Here To The Editor: Unfortunately, not everyone has the “Welcome Mat Out For Walmart” (I on Politics by John Toscano, Feb. 2, 2011). How disappointing that the New York City Council hosted, at taxpayers’ expense, another public hearing on February 3 for their friends and allies to testify against Walmart. NYC residents have been denied the opportunity […]

Parker Jewish Resident Turns 106