Author: christianmurray

Venezuelan migrant at new Long Island City/Astoria shelter here to work for better life, as enraged locals fear for vitality of neighborhood

Aug. 16, 2023 By Michael Dorgan An economic migrant who recently moved into an upscale hotel-turned-shelter located on the boundary line of Astoria and Long Island City says he wants to work hard to give his family a better life while local residents and business owners, who are empathetic to his plight, say the opening… Read more »

Disgraced former Woodside deacon sentenced to 16 years in prison for having sex with three teenage boys: Feds

March 15, 2023 By Michael Dorgan A disgraced former Catholic deacon from Maspeth has been sentenced to 16 years in prison for having sex with three teenage boys, federal prosecutors announced Wednesday. Rogelio Vega, 52, — who previously served as a deacon at Saint Sebastian Church in Woodside — was sentenced in Brooklyn Federal court… Read more »

Ralph’s Italian ice cream shop reopens in Astoria after winter break

March 13, 2023 By Michael Dorgan A popular ice cream shop near the busy corner of 30th Avenue and 30th Street in Astoria has reopened after a short winter recess. Ralph’s Famous Italian Ices & Ice Cream, which has more than 80 shops across the tri-state area, reopened its 3002 30th St. location on Wednesday,… Read more »

Astoria Man Arrested for Fatal Stabbing of EMS Lieutenant in Ditmars Thursday

Sept. 30, 2022 By Michael Dorgan An Astoria man has been arrested and charged with murder for the brutal stabbing of an EMS lieutenant in the Ditmars section of the neighborhood Thursday afternoon. Peter Zisopoulos, 34, was arrested by police shortly after he allegedly stabbed 61-year-old Alison Russo-Elling to death at the 20th Avenue and… Read more »

National Night Out Against Crime to Take Place Across Queens Tuesday

Aug. 2, 2021 By Michael Dorgan Police precincts throughout Queens and across the city will celebrate the annual National Night Out Against Crime Aug. 3. Each precinct in Queens has an event planned where police officers will join residents to celebrate the neighborhood that they serve. Residents will get a chance to meet personnel from… Read more »