Sierra Shields’s remains found

A missing poster for Sierra Shields.

A missing poster for Sierra Shields.

One of the more bizarre, confounding and mysterious cases of a lost person has come to a sad end.

Sierra Shields, a 30-year-old Astoria resident, went missing in January. She was last seen leaving LaGuardia Airport, where she worked, on foot. She was wearing a navy blue dress.

Her family and community were searching for Shields for months, to no avail. On September 16, the NYPD reported that they found her remains.

On Wednesday, September 14, at approximately 3:10 p.m., human remains were found at the shore of Riker’s Island West. Detectives from the 114th Precinct and the Medical Examiner responded to investigate.

Based on the examination, they determined that the body was that of the missing Shields.

TOMORROW: NYCHA breaks ground on resiliency project


Tomorrow at 4 p.m., NYCHA is announcing the start of construction on a $88 million recovery and resiliency project at the Astoria Houses, funded by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

This will be the third major funded project as part of a $3 billion FEMA grant for Sandy recovery assistance. It was secured after three years of negotiations and support from New York’s Congressional Delegation and Mayor Bill de Blasio.

The project will include roof replacements, stand-by generators for back-up power and security upgrades for the 3,100 residents of Astoria Houses.

The groundbreaking will take place at 27-05 1st Street, on the corner of 27th Avenue at 4 p.m.

PHOTO: Councilman removes graffiti on 23rd Street fence

graffiti removal

Councilman Costa Constantinides used a power washer on Wednesday to help remove graffiti from a fence on 23rd Street. He joined the Queens Economic Development Corporation (QEDC) for their graffiti removal services, which they provide in Astoria and other neighborhoods in Queens.

Two weeks ago, Constantinides announced he was allocating more than $200,000 to multiple efforts to keep Astoria clean, including graffiti removal and additional trash pickups by the Department of Sanitation (DSNY).

Part of that investment includes $21,000 given to QEDC for its on-demand graffiti removal services.

“As I have heard from residents in this area, this fence on 23rd Street has been plagued by graffiti for years,” Constantinides said. “It is gratifying to be able to help remove this blight from this residential block. Caring for our neighborhood and keeping it clean for residents and visitors is a top priority for us.”

If local residents wish to report graffiti in their area, call Councilman Constantinides’s office at 718-274-4500 to have it removed.

Hunters Point Community Unity Street Party


Join the Hunters Point Civic Association and the Hunters Point Community Development Corporation for its 21st annual Community Unity Event on Wednesday, September 7th from 5 to 8 p.m.

There will be a clown, face painting, a bouncy castle, games for kids, free food courtesy of local restaurants and a DJ playing salsa, tango and Irish step dance performances.

The street party will take place at John Andrews Playground, also known as Shady Park, on 49th Avenue between Vernon Blvd. and 5th Street.

See you all there!

Gianaris to honor WWII vet during Italian Night


In May, State Senator Michael Gianaris selected World War II veteran and longtime Mets usher Luke Gasparre to join the New York State Senate Veterans’ Hall of Fame.

Tomorrow night, the vet will be honored at the Federation of Italian-American Organization (FIAO) Italian Night at Athens Square Park.

Born in 1924 and a lifelong Astoria resident, Gasparre fought in the Battle of the Bulge and received a Bronze Star and Purple Heart. He was also awarded the French Purple Heart, recognizing battle injuries and bravery in the face of danger.

The ceremony will be tomorrow night at 7:30 p.m. at Athens Square Park, on 30th Avenue and 29th Street.