2016-03-02 E-Edition

Bridge Needs A Facelift



U.S. Reps. Joe Crowley (D-Queens, the Bronx) and Carolyn Maloney (D-Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens), along with state Senator Michael Gianaris (D-Astoria), Assemblywoman Aravella Simotas (D-Astoria), and Councilman Costa Constantinides (D-Astoria), announced on February 25 they sent a letter to Amtrak calling on the agency to repaint the Hell Gate Bridge which will celebrate its centennial in September. “…despite its superior design […]

Van Bramer Helps Install ‘People’s Stop Sign’



The cold rain and wind couldn’t stop several parents and their children from gathering with Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer on February 26 at 5th Street and 46th Avenue in Hunters Point, across from PS/IS 78, to protest both the lack of a stop signs at the corner and the city Department of Transportation’s (DOT) continued refusal to install one “This […]

Super Tuesday! Bonanza Or Bust?



Yesterday was Super Tuesday, the day that 22 presidential primary elections were held in the U.S. – 11 by Democrats and 11 by Republicans At the end of a very busy day, there was a good chance that voters in 22 states had cast ballots that resulted with Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump emerging as the Democratic and Republican candidates […]

Verve Nerve: Hundreds Of Shelter 911 Calls



Crime statistics released last week by NYPD officials clearly demonstrate how criminal activity is seeping through cracks in the management of a Long Island City homeless shelter and into the Dutch Kills community. Capt. Peter Fortune, Commanding Officer of the 114th Precinct, presented the startling statistics before a panel of local lawmakers and representatives from the FDNY, Mayor Bill de […]

Vallone Holds Town Hall Meeting With Mayor



The Beatles Get Symphonic Treatment At St. Michael’s



The beautiful sounds of violinist Olga Tourkina and pianist Philipp Petkov serenaded 130 guests at St. Michael’s Cemetery who came to hear classical renditions of The Beatles music and from Russian symphony. The combined talents of Tourkina and Petkov performed many standards, including sonatas by Handel, Mozart and Dvorak. They performed several Beatles hits including “Hey Jude”, “And I Love […]

Billy Chrissochos



Billy Chrissochos was born in Astoria, but grew up in Athens, Greece. There he fell in love with his ancestral culture – and heavy metal. First competing and performing in a symphonic band on the alto saxophone, he eventually fell under the spell of the electric guitar. In 1998, he founded the New Yorkbased group Phoenix Reign and by 2007 […]

Let’s Keep It The Safest



New York City is still the safest large city in America, according to the Brennan Center for Justice at New York University School of Law, and in the top 10 of the safest cities in the world, as reported in CNN.com about a year ago, and that is good, but why not try for Number One? Tokyo is the world’s […]

Letters to the Editor



Red Light Cameras To The Editor: I wish I knew why the judge on February 18, 2016 dismissed the charge against me that I “owned a car that went through a red light” eight-tenths of a second after it turned red on January 12, 2016. Was it because I said that my “view of the red light was obstructed by […]