Author: michaeldorgan

Five Below discount store opens in Ditmars section of Astoria

Five Below store, located at 22-13 31st St. in the Ditmars section of Astoria (Photo by Michael Dorgan)

Oct. 9, 2023 By Michael Dorgan A new Five Below discount store has opened in the Ditmars section of Astoria and residents have been flocking to the location to pick up products that are priced at $5 or less. The national discount retailer had its soft opening on Oct. 1 at 22-13 31st St., a… Read more »

Revelers brave the rain to march in Queens Columbus Day parade in Astoria

Queens Columbus Day parade (Photo by Walter Karling)

Oct. 9, 2023 By Michael Dorgan The annual Queens Columbus Day parade took place in Astoria on Saturday, Oct. 7, and it was well attended despite the heavy rain. The parade, now in its 45th year, celebrates the anniversary of Christopher Columbus’ arrival in the Americas on Oct. 12, 1492. It also coincides with Columbus… Read more »

Spilling the beans: Astoria diner featured on Gordon Ramsay’s TV show

Gordan Ramsay Bel Aire Diner

Oct. 4, 2023 By Michael Dorgan A well-known diner in Astoria has made some changes to its day-to-day operations after being blasted by Gordon Ramsay during the celebrity chef’s popular TV show ‘Kitchen Nightmares.’ Bel Aire Diner, an old-school diner located at 31-91 21st St., featured on an episode of the series that aired last… Read more »

Museum of Moving Image announces spooky lineup of fall events in Astoria

Oct. 2, 2023 By Michael Dorgan The Museum of the Moving Image (MoMI) in Astoria has announced a spooky lineup of events and programming, including a fascinating new exhibit, to celebrate the spirit of Halloween this fall. The programming will kick off on Oct. 4 at the media museum, located at 36-01 35th Ave., with… Read more »

Jackson Heights bodega sells $1 million Powerball lottery ticket

Sept. 28, 2023 By Michael Dorgan Check your ticket! A bodega in Jackson Heights has sold a $1 million winning lottery ticket, lottery officials said. The store, 37th Ave. Grocery Inc., is located at 82-06 37th Ave., and workers there sold the ticket for the Powerball draw on Wednesday, Sept. 27. The bodega is situated… Read more »

SEE IT: Video of high-octane police car chase through Astoria goes viral online

Sept. 26, 2023 Staff Report – Updated at 4:27 p.m. Wild video footage has been posted online showing police chasing a reckless sports car driver in Astoria as he dangerously runs through red lights, speeds down one-way streets and races across the RFK Bridge before barreling along motorway shoulders in the Bronx, reaching speeds of… Read more »