Mt. Sinai Queens opens new infusion center

Elected officials joined Mount Sinai Queens doctors on Friday to unveil the Astoria hospital’s new state-of-the-art infusion center. An extension of the hospital’s Tisch Cancer Institute, the outpatient facility will be used to provide chemotherapy as well as a wide range of transfusion services. Caryn A. Schwab, executive director of Mount Sinai Queens, said the new center could allow Mt. Sinai doctors to provide care to hundreds more patients annually.


“With this center, and larger [extension] plans, we’re finally going to give the community what they deserve—the most up-to-date quality care we can provide,” said Mt. Sinai physician Luis Isola, M.D.


The facility is one in an extensive series of renovations and modernizations the hospital has been undergoing since 2013. The $125 expansion plan includes a new six-floor building with 7 new operating rooms, new advanced imaging services and a larger emergency department. The renovated emergency department will open before the end of the year, Schwab said, while the remainder of the renovations should be completed in 2016.


“[Years ago] I realized medical oncology was becoming more complex,” said Howard Greenberg, M.D. “We could cure the incurable, we could provide longer remission times. But those services were only being provided across the river. Because of [these renovations], we’re able to fill the need in the community. It provides us the best of both worlds—world-class medical care from the comfort of your own community.”Transfusion_Center_pic_1

Queensboro Bridge Toll Plan Proposed

A plan that would charge commuters a toll for using the Queensboro bridge—and three other New York City bridges–was put forward last week by an advocacy group that includes the former NYC traffic commissioner, the LIC Post reported.

Under the proposal, workers who commute to Manhattan via the Queensboro Bridge each day would have to pay about $60 a week.


The tolls would also be placed on the Brooklyn, Manhattan and Williamsburg bridges.

The toll on these four bridges would cost $5.54 each way if paid by E-ZPass and $8 each way for other drivers.



There wouldn’t be a toll booth. Instead there would be a sensor that would charge E-ZPass drivers as they go over the bridge. For those without E-ZPass, a camera would take a photo of people’s license plates and they would receive a bill in the mail, according to Bart Robbett, Communications Advisor with MoveNY.

MoveNY, a group comprised of traffic experts, research planners and eco-friendly non-profit firms, claims the tolls would lower traffic congestion and raise funds for the MTA.

In addition to easing traffic congestion, MoveNY claims the new plan would generate $1.5 billion in revenue per year, which would go toward maintaining, expanding and modernizing the transit system and improving city bridges and roads.

State legislators would have to pass the proposal, since the state oversees the MTA.

63 year-old Astoria man Philip Arabadjis missing since Thursday

Search efforts are under way for local Astoria man Philip Arabadjis, who went missing from his home on 20th Ave. and 20th St. last Thursday, February 12. He was last seen wearing a blue flannel shirt with black sweatpants, and was not wearing shoes or a jacket and was not carrying ID.

Arabadjis has a medical history of schizophrenia and diabetes, and shows signs of Alzheimers. He does not know his name or home address, and may be unresponsive to questions.

His family is offering a $10,000 reward for any information which leads to finding him. Call 911 and reference case #2015-349 with any information.


$200,000 unaccounted for at a L.I.C high school

Teachers and parents at an Astoria high school are demanding administrators account for almost $200,000 in missing money it collected from students.

The city Department of Education, in response to a Freedom of Information request, said it could findhqdefault no receipts for such purchases from the school store from 2011 to 2013 — and only some from 2014, a local newspaper reported.

Gym teacher Peter Maliarakis said Principal Namita Dwarka has refused to account for the sales —
the profits from which are supposed to pay for student activities and phys-ed equipment.

Bleachers in a school gym are cracked and missing sections, and mats for wrestling and gymnastics are mildewed and peeling, Maliarakis told the local paper.

The DOE said it will investigate.

The Sunnyside Event Space

Picture 7The Sunnyside Event Space offers an attractive, spacious venue with a flexible range of seating plans and room arrangements – at very reasonable rates.

Accommodating up to 200 guests, it’s the perfect place for your parties, presentations, meetings and networking events.

And we’re close to public transportation and municipal parking; just minutes away from midtown Manhattan and Long Island City.

For more information or to reserve your space for a Saturday or Sunday, please call (718) 784-6173 x 399 or x 402.

Think you’re a word nerd? Test your vocabulary…. drunk.

This Saturday, Astoria Coffee is kicking off their new menu — featuring a wine and beer selection — with the first-ever Drunk Vocab Bee!dictionary640

If you think you’ve got a big vocabulary, or if you think you can make up the most creative definitions when you don’t know a word, this event is for you.

“We’ll begin with a written round, followed by 4 rounds of oral vocab quizzing,” the event’s Facebook page reads. “A panel of three totally unbiased and incorruptible judges will hand out scores for technical merit and artistic presentation, with prizes awarded to the top scorers, including gift certificates to Astoria Coffee and the Astoria Bookshop.”

The vocab bee is co-sponsored by the Astoria Bookshop and Trivia NYC, who will help judge and MC.

Sign-up begins at 7 p.m., and the first 15 people to register will be the contestants for the evening (which means get there early).

The event will be hosted at Astoria Coffee, located at 30-04 30th St.