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Rain Barrel Giveaway at Chappetto Square
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Rain Barrel Giveaway at Chappetto Square

District 22 Council Member Costa Constantinides is partnering with Senator Michael Gianaris and Assemblywoman Aravella Simotas to host a rain barrel giveaway at Chappetto Square (Hoyt Avenue and 23rd Street) on Saturday, July 28th, starting...

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July 18, 2018
Blood-pressure-screening
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Mount Sinai Queens Events In July

When it comes to your health, Mount Sinai Queens believes that an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure! So they have the community covered with a wide range of health events in...

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July 13, 2018
Pedal for Parks courtesy of Friends of Astoria Heights Park
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Pedal for Parks On July 21

The Friends of Astoria Heights Park are partnering with Community Board 1, the 114th Precinct and Make Queens Safer in a Pedal for Parks event on Saturday July 21. This family-friendly bike ride to neighborhood...

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July 06, 2018
Engine 262, 21st_Street_Astoria
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FDNY 4th Annual Open House

This is an event our community won’t want to miss! On Saturday, June 16th, and Sunday, June 17th, the FDNY will host its 4th annual citywide Open House program. More than 200 firehouses and EMS...

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June 08, 2018
Family Fun At Rainey Park
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Family Fun At Rainey Park

Central Astoria LDC invites you to an afternoon of Family Fun at Rainey Park on Sunday June 3rd from 12 noon to 3 pm. There will be face painting, cotton candy, balloon art, crafts, and...

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May 10, 2018
Together In Teal Event On Roosevelt Island
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Together In Teal Event On Roosevelt Island

Together in Teal! On Saturday May 19, the National Ovarian Cancer Coalition is hosting the first New York City Run/Walk to break the silence on Ovarian Cancer. The event takes place on Firefighter’s Field, 405-425...

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May 10, 2018
Health and Wellness Block party
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Health and Wellness Block party

Please join our friends at Goodwill  for their Health and Wellness Block Party outside their location at 4-21 27th Avenue, on Saturday May 12 from 10 am to 3 pm. There will be food, music,...

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May 04, 2018
NYC Organics Recycling is Coming to Astoria
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NYC Organics Recycling is Coming to Astoria

Please join the Greater Astoria Historical Society on Monday May 7 at 7 pm for a presentation about NYC Organics Recycling, coming soon to our neighborhood. Whether you are a homeowner, renter or building manager,...

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May 03, 2018
International Cultural Fest 2018
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International Cultural Fest 2018

Please join Central Astoria LDC for International Cultural Fest 2018  on Sunday, April 29th from 12 noon to 5 pm at the street fair on Steinway Street, between Broadway and 31st Avenue. Enjoy music and...

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April 25, 2018
Jane’s Walk in Old Astoria, Saturday May 5
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Jane’s Walk in Old Astoria, Saturday May 5

Once a year, “Jane’s Walks” take place in cities across the country. Jane’s Walks are free tours/walking conversations inspired by the journalist and urban planning pioneer Jane Jacobs. Jane’s Walks encourage people to share stories...

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April 17, 2018
A New Field House for Queensbridge Park
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A New Field House for Queensbridge Park

Good news for Queensbridge Park—the dilapidated old Field House, closed for many years, is to be demolished and ground has been broken for a new, energy-efficient park house that will serve as a  community center...

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April 03, 2018
Tide Mill Conference
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Tide Mill Conference

On Saturday April 7 2018, the Tide Mill Institute and Greater Astoria Historical Society present a conference particularly interesting for residents of our waterfront community: A City of Tides: The Past and Future of New...

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March 28, 2018
NYC Ferry Jobs
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NYC Ferry Jobs

Last August saw the opening of the new ferry service to and from Astoria. With spring and summer bringing back full ferry service, NYC Ferry is hiring!  Check out job openings that range from deckhand and mechanic...

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March 28, 2018
MTA Sued over Station Accessibility
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MTA Sued over Station Accessibility

MTA Sued over Station Accessibility by US Attorney General for the Southern District of New York. As many of our members and friends know, OANA has taken a strong position on the need to improve...

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March 15, 2018
Withdrawal of Hallets Point Funding Probed
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Withdrawal of Hallets Point Funding Probed

The New York City Council is investigating the withdrawal of $43.5 million in financing from the affordable housing project at Hallets Point, that would also have provided money for boiler repairs at the nearby Astoria...

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February 20, 2018
Neptune Diner May Depart
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Neptune Diner May Depart

The future of the much-loved Neptune Diner, at the foot of the Astoria Boulevard N/W train station, is in doubt. The Astoria Post reports that the site, 31-05 Astoria Blvd., that houses the diner and...

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February 19, 2018
OANA President Interviewed by Queens Ledger
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OANA President Interviewed by Queens Ledger

The Queens Ledger recently published a profile of Richard Khuzami, President of OANA. The article depicts his family background, love of Astoria and community activism that goes back many years To quote the Queens Ledger,...

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February 12, 2018
Van Bramer’s City Council Appointments
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Van Bramer’s City Council Appointments

The New York City Council the City Council voted on committee assignments and leadership positions for the new term. District 26 Council Member Jimmy Van Bramer continues to serve as the Chair of the Cultural...

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January 14, 2018
NYC Free Tax Prep Program
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NYC Free Tax Prep Program

Are you a New Yorker who earned $66,000 or less in 2017? Good news! You may qualify for free tax preparation services. Those services could include free online filing and in-person filing with an IRS certified...

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January 09, 2018
MulchFest in Astoria Park
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MulchFest in Astoria Park

It’s time to take the Christmas tree down and New York City wants to turn your holiday greenery into mulch. The annual MulchFest event  will be held at various locations throughout the city, including Astoria...

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January 04, 2018
Astoria Wins the Curbed Cup 2017
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Astoria Wins the Curbed Cup 2017

The votes are in—and Astoria is the winner of the 2017 Curbed Cup! Astoria beat out the Manhattan finalist, Yorkville, with an impressive 60% of the vote in the final round. Curbed NY notes that...

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January 03, 2018
Awards for Astoria Architectural Developments
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Awards for Astoria Architectural Developments

The Graffiti House project at 11-07 Welling Court in Astoria was among those honored at the recent Queens Chamber of Commerce Annual Building Awards Gala.  Graffiti House received the Interior Design, mixed use, residential/commercial/industrial award...

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December 27, 2017
Tragic Discovery in the East River
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Tragic Discovery in the East River

The City Medical Examiner’s office is performing an autopsy on the body of a woman discovered floating in the waters of the East River beside Astoria Park on Sunday December 10. The Western Queens Gazette...

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December 13, 2017
Holiday Food Drive
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Holiday Food Drive

‘Tis the season when many of us flock to our local supermarkets to stock up on holiday foods and treats. But for some in our community, even basic staples may be beyond their means some...

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December 07, 2017
Astoria Market Returns to Bohemian Hall
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Astoria Market Returns to Bohemian Hall

Stressed out about holiday shopping? We have good news: the artisan Astoria Market is returning to Bohemian Hall, with handmade crafts, vintage items and baked goods to fulfill all your gift needs. The dates of...

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December 01, 2017
Shakespeare Live in LIC
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Shakespeare Live in LIC

What a treat for the holiday season: a staged dramatic reading of one of the Bard’s best-loved plays at the Long Island City Community Library on Monday December 4. William Shakespeare’s comedy Twelfth Night, or...

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December 01, 2017
OANA Advocating Parking Permit Program
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OANA Advocating Parking Permit Program

OANA is backing a bill calling for the establishment of a parking permit program in East Elmhurst, and is advocating for it to be expanded to parts of Astoria. This would be a one-year pilot...

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December 01, 2017
Rainey Park Walking Tour and Drop-In Session
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Rainey Park Walking Tour and Drop-In Session

Green Shore NYC, a non-profit organization that advocates for a cleaner, greener and more accessible East River waterfront in Astoria and Long Island City, is looking for feedback on Rainey Park (Vernon Blvd and 34th...

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November 29, 2017
Applications Open for NYC Kindergartens
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Applications Open for NYC Kindergartens

Online applications opened for NYC kindergartens on Tuesday November 28. If your child was born in the calendar year 2013, you can apply. Who Can Apply to Kindergarten? New York City residents Families with children...

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November 29, 2017
San Francisco Ferry Boat Visits New York
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San Francisco Ferry Boat Visits New York

The ferry Zelinsky, which started its career San Francisco Bay 30 years ago, was providing free ferry rides in New York City this week. The Mozilla company hired the Zelinsky from Hornblower Metro Fleet LLC...

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November 17, 2017
Represent Your Neighbors on Community Board 1
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Represent Your Neighbors on Community Board 1

Are you civic-minded and interested in playing a part in New York City’s governance? Why not apply to join your local community board? Queens Borough President Melinda Katz is accepting applications for new members of...

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November 15, 2017
Has NaNoWriMo Got You Down?
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Has NaNoWriMo Got You Down?

Every year all over the world, authors and would-be authors sign themselves up for National Novel Writing Month, otherwise known as NaNoWriMo. The goal is to write 50,000 words before November 30th—the average length of...

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November 08, 2017
Footloose at Last
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Footloose at Last

Our City Council, after many years of lobbying from those who have created New York City’s famous nightlife scene, has voted to repeal the Cabaret Law. This antiquated statute had long since ceased to be...

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November 08, 2017
Big Reuse is Closing Their Astoria Store
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Big Reuse is Closing Their Astoria Store

Big Reuse is closing their Queens store, which came to the Astoria waterfront more than a decade ago. In a letter on Big Reuse’s website, director Justin Finley said that “our landlord now wants to...

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November 06, 2017
Socrates Sculpture Park Wants You
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Socrates Sculpture Park Wants You

It’s that time of the year when Socrates Sculpture Park sends out an open call  artists to submit proposals for the 2018 Emerging Artist Fellowship (EAF), an annual residency program at this local treasure on...

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November 04, 2017
Film Screening at the Noguchi Museum
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Film Screening at the Noguchi Museum

On Wednesday November 15th, there will be a free film screening at the Noguchi Museum. The museum presents Membra Disjecta: Gonzalo Fonseca and the Heart of Stone, a new biographical film by Michael Gregory. The...

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November 03, 2017
Celebrating the Hellgate Photo Exhibit
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Celebrating the Hellgate Photo Exhibit

The Hellgate 100 Committee has been hard at work this year, organizing commemorative events such as the cleaning and painting of the Bridge’s supports and the vibrant murals “Liberty, Justice and Freedom” and “HellGate 100”...

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November 03, 2017
Asthma Legislation Introduced
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Asthma Legislation Introduced

District 22 Council Member Costa Constantinides has announced the introduction of a legislative package to combat asthma. Costa was joined in support by legislation co-sponsor and Council’s Health Committee Chair Councilman Corey Johnson, St. Mary’s...

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November 01, 2017
Astoria Kayak Launch Design Session
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Astoria Kayak Launch Design Session

The first visioning session for the Astoria Kayak Launch will take place on Thursday, November 2, from 7 to 8pm at the Astoria Houses Community Center. Join NYCEDC, NYC Department of Parks and Recreation, and...

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October 28, 2017
HALLOWEEN HARVEST FESTIVAL AT SOCRATES
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HALLOWEEN HARVEST FESTIVAL AT SOCRATES

It’s the spook-tacular finale to the season at Socrates Sculpture Park—the Halloween Harvest Festival on Saturday October 28th from 11AM to 3PM. This is a free event and no RSVP is required. 11AM – 2PM:...

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October 25, 2017
Ferry photo
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NYC Ferry’s Winter Schedule

If you are enjoying taking the new Astoria ferry service to work—or for pleasure excursions—it is likely that the winter service will be somewhat reduced to match an expected decrease in ridership, AMNY reports that...

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October 23, 2017
OFFICE RECYCLING 2.0
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OFFICE RECYCLING 2.0

If you run a business or you are a landlord leasing space to commercial tenants, you should be aware that the regulations for office recycling in New York City have recently changed. New rules now...

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October 23, 2017
Chappetto Square Community Input Meeting
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Chappetto Square Community Input Meeting

It was recently announced that Chappetto Square in Astoria was added to the Community Parks Initiative program and will therefore receive funding from the city for a renovation and upgrades. What will the renovation of...

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October 20, 2017
Your Phone Can Now Help You Park
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Your Phone Can Now Help You Park

If you follow OANA on Facebook, subscribe to our newsletter  or check this blog, you will have seen regular postings about some great community events in our neighborhood. But wait–you’ve left in good time and...

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October 16, 2017
A New Production from APAC
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A New Production from APAC

The crew at APAC (the Astoria Performing Arts Center) is rehearsing the world premiere production of Veil’d, a play by Monet Hurst-Mendoza, and the excitement about their new production is mounting! Veil’d tells the story...

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October 16, 2017
Takin’ It To the Streets
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Takin’ It To the Streets

It’s time for the Broadway Street Fair! On Sunday October 15th, join your neighbors from 11 am to 6 pm, stroll along Broadway and check out the many vendors and the activities for kids. The...

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October 07, 2017
NYC Ferry to Add Three New Boats
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NYC Ferry to Add Three New Boats

Good news for Astoria residents who are enjoying the new ferry service from Halletts Cove—and for those from other neighborhoods who want to ride the ferry out to explore the many attractions our community had...

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September 29, 2017
QUEENS FOOD DAY RETURNS
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QUEENS FOOD DAY RETURNS

On Saturday October 14, Socrates Sculpture Park is hosting the popular festival Queens Food Day. The day will feature fun activities and demonstrations relating to locally sourced food, gardening, urban farming nutrition and food justice....

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September 27, 2017
Notify NYC App is Live
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Notify NYC App is Live

The launch of the Notify NYC app will be a boon for those with smartphones who want to get notifications about weather emergencies like blizzards, transit problems, and suspensions of alternate side of the street...

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September 24, 2017
Cornell Tech Phase 1 Opens
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Cornell Tech Phase 1 Opens

Cornell Tech, a partnership between Cornell University and Technion-Israel Institute of Technology, opened the first phase of its new Roosevelt Island campus this week. DNAInfo reorts that Cornell Tech’s new 4-story academic center plans to...

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September 15, 2017
Two N Trains Stations To Close for 8 Months
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Two N Trains Stations To Close for 8 Months

Bad news for commuters in Astoria who were looking forward to having full train service back after a summer of weekends with no train service—the 36th Avenue and 30th Avenue stations will be shuttered for...

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September 15, 2017
Whitey Ford Field Clean-Up On Sept 17
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Whitey Ford Field Clean-Up On Sept 17

Please help Friends of Whitey Ford Field during their Volunteer Clean-Up Day on Sunday, September 17 from 10 am to 1 pm. Supplies and tools will be provided.  A couple of hours of your time...

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September 12, 2017
Shore Fest Returns on September 16
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Shore Fest Returns on September 16

On Saturday, September 16th, Astoria Park Alliance is once again hosting the ever-popular community event Shore Fest in the park.. The festivities will take place from 1 to 5 pm, on the Main Lawn adjacent...

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September 11, 2017
50-Unit Condo Building Planned for 27th Avenue
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50-Unit Condo Building Planned for 27th Avenue

An application has been filed by LIC developer Strategic Capital Metropolitan to develop a seven-story condo building at 3-11 27th Avenue. The application permit specifies 37,940 square feet of residential space, 7,991 square feet of...

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September 11, 2017
Asthma Awareness Back to School Fair
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Asthma Awareness Back to School Fair

Mount Sinai Hospital Queens, Council Member Costa Constantinides, St. Mary’s Healthcare System for Children, and Asthma Coalition of Queens are sponsoring an Asthma Awareness Back to School Fair on Thursday September 28 from 5.30 to...

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September 11, 2017
SAFE Disposal Event in Astoria Park, September 9
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SAFE Disposal Event in Astoria Park, September 9

To help residents dispose of harmful household products safely, DSNY hosts SAFE (Solvents, Automotive, Flammables, and Electronics) Disposal Events throughout the year in all five boroughs. On Saturday September 9, there will be a SAFE...

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September 07, 2017
Here Comes CitiBike!
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Here Comes CitiBike!

The popular bike sharing program CitiBike will cut the ribbon on new docking stations in Astoria, Long Island City, Harlem, Crown Heights and Prospect Heights starting next week, DNAInfo is reporting. A DOT spokesman said...

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September 06, 2017
Friends of Whitey Ford Field Get Grant from Costa
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Friends of Whitey Ford Field Get Grant from Costa

Councilman Costa Constantinides has allocated a $5,000 grant through the City Parks Foundation on behalf of the volunteer group Friends of Whitey Ford Field.  This allocation is part of the City Council’s Parks Equity Initiative,...

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August 28, 2017
Astoria Ferry Schedule
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Astoria Ferry Schedule

The schedule for the new Astoria Ferry Service has been released! You can find it here: https://www.ferry.nyc/routes-and-schedules/route/astoria/ or if you want to download a copy of the schedule, click here. It’s safe to say that...

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August 22, 2017
114th Precinct Meeting
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114th Precinct Meeting

There will be a 114th Precinct Summit Meeting this Thursday August 24 at 7 pm. This is a great chance for people in Sector David to meet the officers and air any concerns you may...

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August 22, 2017
Street Renamed for Betty Jean DiBiaso
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Street Renamed for Betty Jean DiBiaso

A light post at the intersection of Ditmars Blvd and 19th now bears the name of Betty Jean DiBiaso Way that’s a tribute to a young woman who was killed by a hit-and-run driver in...

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August 21, 2017
The Muppets Take Astoria
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The Muppets Take Astoria

Our neighborhood has been known for its association with the entertainment production world since the studio known today as Kaufman Astoria was opened by Adolph Zukor in 1920 and local fans hovered around the lots...

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August 21, 2017
Check the Front Seat
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Check the Front Seat

The 114th Precinct is warning drivers in Astoria to remember to lock their cars and check for valuables on the front seats and in the glove compartments. Deputy Inspector Peter Fortune says that there have...

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August 10, 2017
Hollywood East River
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Hollywood East River

John Turturro, the New York-born actor best known for his roles in The Big Lebowski, Barton Fink, Oh Brother Where Art Thou?, and the Transformers movies, will be at Socrates Sculpture Park on Wednesday August...

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August 08, 2017
The Floating Hospital’s Astoria Branch
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The Floating Hospital’s Astoria Branch

With health care much in the news these days, we wanted to remind Astoria residents that we now have a branch of the Floating Hospital right here In our neighborhood. The Floating Hospital was founded...

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August 01, 2017
Aviation Job Fair on August 3rd
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Aviation Job Fair on August 3rd

Job hunting? The Port Authority, Queens Borough President Melinda Katz, and the Council for Aviation Opportunity are sponsoring an Aviation Job Fair at Queens Borough Hall, 120-55 Queens Blvd, Kew Gardens, on Thursday August 3rd...

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August 01, 2017
FINAL MAP OF CITIBIKE ASTORIA LOCATIONS
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FINAL MAP OF CITIBIKE ASTORIA LOCATIONS

The final map of Citi Bike locations in Astoria has been released! After a community outreach program, the draft station siting plans were released by NYC DOT in April. Comments received from local stakeholders about...

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August 01, 2017
NYC_Ferry_Rockaway_Line_Disembarking
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A Sailor’s Life for You?

As Astoria awaits the launch of the new ferry line from Hallets Point Peninsula to Roosevelt Island, LIC and Manhattan, job seekers in our community should check this NY1 video: NYC Ferry is looking to...

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July 27, 2017
NYC_Ferry_ route
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Astoria Ferry Service Will Begin on August 29

Leaders of local Queens organizations and elected officials, including, amongst others, NYC Councilmen Costa Constantinides and Jimmy Van Bramer, CB1 District Manager Florence Koulouris, Astoria Houses Residents Association President Claudia Coger, and OANA President Richard...

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July 27, 2017
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August at the Noguchi Museum

It’s a busy month at the Noguchi Museum! On Friday August 4, it’s Free First Friday. Enjoy free admission and extended summer hours from 10 am to 8 pm. Stroll around the art, take a...

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July 25, 2017
Roosevelt Island Tram Renovations
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Roosevelt Island Tram Renovations

Do you take the tram from Roosevelt Island to Manhattan? As of Wednesday July 26, there will be only one tram cabin running every 15 minutes as a program of renovations to the RI tram...

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July 25, 2017
Durst Secures $1 Billion Loan Package
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Durst Secures $1 Billion Loan Package

The Durst Organization has secured a a $1 billion financing package from a group of lenders led by Citi Private Bank. The Real Deal reports that some of the $1 billion may be used for...

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July 19, 2017
Funding for Hallets Point Peninsula
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Funding for Hallets Point Peninsula

The Hallets Point Peninsula is due to get some major upgrades, courtesy of nearly $7.5 million in funding for capital projects, secured by District 22 Council Member Costa Constantinides. Constantinides secured $3 million for improvements...

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July 19, 2017
Mayor’s Town Hall Meeting
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Mayor’s Town Hall Meeting

On Wednesday July 19, Mayor de Blasio is holding a Town Hall meeting at P.S. 70, located at 30-44-43rd St., Astoria. Doors open at 6 p.m. The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. Doors close at...

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July 15, 2017
City Hall Resource Fair
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City Hall Resource Fair

Have you ever wished you could talk to the top officials at City Hall? Now is your chance: on Tuesday July 18 from 9 am to I pm, there will be a City Resource Fair...

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July 15, 2017
City of Water Day at Socrates Sculpture Park
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City of Water Day at Socrates Sculpture Park

On Saturday July 15, Socrates Sculpture Park is a partner for Waterfront Alliance’s City of Water Day 2017, an annual 5-borough event that is dedicated to fostering awareness, appreciation, and stewardship of our New York...

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July 11, 2017
Weeknight Summer Fun in Astoria Park
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Weeknight Summer Fun in Astoria Park

Almost time for Central Astoria LDC’s amazing Waterfront Concert and Movies on the Waterfront series in Astoria Park! The Waterfront Concerts will take place on Thursday evenings this summer at 7.30 pm. July 13, Strawberry...

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July 08, 2017
Astoria Park Pool is Open for Summer
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Astoria Park Pool is Open for Summer

When the temperature rises in the months of July and August, our neighborhood is fortunate to have the Astoria Park pool in which to cool off and swim away the heat of the summer. At...

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July 07, 2017
Whitey Ford Field Cleanup
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Whitey Ford Field Cleanup

On Saturday July 8th from 10 am to 1pm, join the Friends of Whitey Ford Field in a cleanup. The Friends will be picking up garbage, painting bleachers, and helping to beautify one of Astoria’s...

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July 06, 2017
July at the Noguchi Museum
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July at the Noguchi Museum

The Noguchi Museum is getting July off to a good start with a Community Day on Sunday July 2nd. Admission is free all day, from 11 am to 6 pm. Families with kids aged from...

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June 30, 2017
Weeknight Summer Fun in Astoria Park
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Weeknight Summer Fun in Astoria Park

Save the dates for Central Astoria LDC’s amazing Waterfront Concert and Movies on the Waterfront series in Astoria Park! The Waterfront Concerts will take place on Thursday evenings this summer: July 13, 20 and 27...

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June 24, 2017
NYC Planning's Flood Zone Resiliency
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NYC Planning’s Flood Zone Resiliency

We have an important presentation by Nilus Klingel from the NYC Department of City Planning: he will be talking about Flood Resiliency Planning and the Flood Resiliency Zoning Text Amendment (initially adopted in 2013 following Hurricane Sandy). City Planning will...

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June 15, 2017
Halletts Point Traffic Circulation Changes
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Halletts Point Traffic Circulation Changes

At the May OANA meeting, Keith Dumanski from the Durst Organization gave us a valuable update on the traffic circulation changes that will be happening as Phase 2 of the Halletts Point Development project gets...

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June 06, 2017
LIC Arts Stroll on June 17th
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LIC Arts Stroll on June 17th

The Long Island City Cultural Alliance (LICCA) is hosting an Arts Stroll on Saturday, June 17th. The stroll features guided tours of Socrates Sculpture Park, including the special exhibition Nari Ward: G.O.A.T., again; and a...

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June 06, 2017
Mount Sinai Queens Blood Drive
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Mount Sinai Queens Blood Drive

On Thursday June 27 from 7.30 am to 7.30 pm, you can help to save a life by donating blood. New York Blood Center vans will be across the street from Mount Sinai Queens all...

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June 06, 2017
Kaufman Arts Festival
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Kaufman Arts Festival

On June 24th and 25th, the Kaufman Arts District will host the first Backlot Arts Festival and the Astoria Post reports that there will be film screenings, art exhibits, workshops, performance art, music, and more....

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June 06, 2017
June at the Noguchi Museum
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June at the Noguchi Museum

The Bang on a Can Music Series returns to the Noguchi Museum on Sunday, June 11, from 3 pm – 4 pm with Innov Gnawa. Innov Gnawa is a young musical collective dedicated to exploring...

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June 05, 2017
Waterfront Bike Parade Returns
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Waterfront Bike Parade Returns

The popular LIC Bike Parade returns on Saturday June 10! The fun begins at Socrates Sculpture Park at 11 am, with bike decorating workshops and parade float-making, giveaways and bike repairs. The parade will leave...

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June 05, 2017
Jazz Series at Socrates Sculpture Park
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Jazz Series at Socrates Sculpture Park

Last year’s popular First Thursdays jazz series returns to Socrates Sculpture Park. From 6.30 to 8 pm on the first Thursday of each month this summer, relax after work to the mellow sounds of jazz...

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May 26, 2017
La La Land in Astoria Park
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La La Land in Astoria Park

On Friday June 9 from 8 to 10.30 pm, join the Astoria Park Alliance for APA Presents Movies Under the Stars: La La Land. Thanks to the generous partnership of Benedict Realty Group, there will...

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May 26, 2017
Share your ideas for Charybdis Playground
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Share your ideas for Charybdis Playground

Astoria Park was one of 5 parks chosen to receive $30 million for major improvements through New York City’s Anchor Parks program. The park’s track and field area is currently in the design stage, and...

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May 12, 2017
Clean-up on Astoria Cove site
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Clean-up on Astoria Cove site

If the faces in the picture of a clean-up at Astoria Cove/9th Street are familiar they should be: NYPD 114th Precinct Sector David Neighborhood Coordinating Officers Joseph Esposito and Keith Matthes are working with the...

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May 12, 2017
NYC Ferry boat
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Ahoy! NYC Ferry Service Launches

The merry month of May brought some extra joy to residents of the Rockaways as the new NYC Ferry service began connecting them to other boroughs. Astoria will welcome the new ferry service in August,...

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May 12, 2017
N Train Service Weekend Repairs This Summer
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N Train Service Weekend Repairs This Summer

IMPORTANT TRANSPORTATION news for Astoria residents: “N” subway service will be suspended for several weekends this summer for much needed repairs. DNAInfo’s Jeanmarie Evelly reports that on the weekends of May 20-22, Memorial Day Weekend...

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May 12, 2017
Welling Court Mural Project 2017
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Welling Court Mural Project 2017

The date has been announced for this year’s Welling Court Mural Project: it will be on Saturday June 10. Every year since 2010, artists have created site-specific works on the walls, gates and garage doors...

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May 03, 2017
Participatory Budgeting
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Participatory Budgeting

A record number of District 22 residents—over 3,600–voted in the Participatory Budgeting process this year. Local residents were able to select projects that would benefit from $1 million in the budget of our City Council...

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May 03, 2017
New Building at 26-19 2nd Street
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New Building at 26-19 2nd Street

According to YIMBY, an application has been filed for a six-story building at 26-19 2nd Street in Astoria. Despite its proximity to the Halletts Point development, this is a separate project, on a lot that...

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May 03, 2017
Astoria Park Alliance Spring Social
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Astoria Park Alliance Spring Social

Our friends at the Astoria Park Alliance are hosting a Spring Social and Fundraiser on Monday May 8 at 6pm. The venue is Vintage, at 23-14 Ditmars Boulevard, and the event will feature a silent...

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May 03, 2017
114th Precinct NCO Safety Summit
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114th Precinct NCO Safety Summit

On May 25th at 7 pm, 114th Precinct Sector David invites you to join your Neighborhood Coordination Officers at a Safety Summit where you can discuss concerns you may have and contribute ideas on keeping...

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April 26, 2017
An “Astoria Character” – Dominque Perrot
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An “Astoria Character” – Dominque Perrot

In case you missed it, Nancy Ruhling, who contributes the popular “Astoria Characters’ series to the Huffington Post, featured OANA’s own Dominique Perrot, a strong supporter of OANA, back in February. In this profile, Dominique...

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April 26, 2017
A Chance to Learn More About Ferries
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A Chance to Learn More About Ferries

With the new ferry service from Astoria due to start in August, now is the perfect time to learn more about ferries! The Worldwide Ferry Safety Association will hold a Ferry Safety and Technology conference,...

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April 26, 2017
The Evolution Of Bollywood
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The Evolution Of Bollywood

On Saturday May 6, the Queens Library’s Astoria branch will host the Payalia Dance Company as they present a performance of Bollywood dance, discuss various styles of dance, and invite the audience to join in...

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April 19, 2017
New Hotel in Ravenswood
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New Hotel in Ravenswood

A new hotel is coming to Ravenswood, on a lot at 37-10 24th Street that is currently cleared and awaiting construction. According to documents filed with the Department of Buildings, the new hotel, at 13...

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April 19, 2017
People’s Climate Rally
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People’s Climate Rally

On Friday April 28 at 6.30 pm there will be a People’s Climate Rally on the Great Lawn in Astoria Park. Hosted by District 22 Council Member Costa Constantinides and co-sponsored by Assemblywoman Aravella Simotas,...

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April 19, 2017
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Queensboro Bridge Gets Funds For Repairs

New York City has allocated an rehabilitation of the East River bridges through the end of 2019, bringing the total funding for the project to $936 million. The Queensboro Bridge will get $110 million of...

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April 19, 2017
Hell Gate Bridge Meeting
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Hell Gate Bridge Meeting

The next meeting of the Hell Gate Centenary Celebration Group at Riccardos on Thursday April 27th at 6:30 PM. Get updates on the plans for celebrating the Hell Gate’s 100th birthday, as well as the...

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April 19, 2017
LINK NYC Kiosks Seen in Astoria
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LINK NYC Kiosks Seen in Astoria

Some of our sharp-eyed neighbors have spotted new LINK NYC kiosks in our neighborhood. According to amNY, 150 new kiosks have recently installed, mainly in Queens and Brooklyn, and they will be activated soon. The...

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April 19, 2017
“Affordable New York” Program Approved
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“Affordable New York” Program Approved

A replacement for New York City’s 421-a program, which gave tax abatement’s to developers who included affordable housing units, has finally been approved by Albany. According to the Queens Chronicle, in Queens Community Boards 1...

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April 19, 2017
Demoliton And Closures On 1st Street
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Demoliton And Closures On 1st Street

Good news on the Halletts Point development: now that an Affordable Housing plan (replacing the old 421-a program) deal has been reached in Albany, Phase 2 of the building is moving ahead. The Durst Organization...

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April 19, 2017
“Textured Sights” Event at QCA
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“Textured Sights” Event at QCA

On Wednesday, April 19, 2017, from 6.30 to 8.30 pm, LAB at QCA presents “Textured Sights,” paintings by Shenna Vaughn. During the event, a series of works of art in progress will be shared that...

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April 08, 2017
Deal Reached in Albany to renew the 421 a tax abatement
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Deal Reached in Albany to renew the 421 a tax abatement

Following are the details in The Real Deal: this could finally allow our major developments such as Hallets Point to proceed. https://therealdeal.com/2017/04/05/lawmakers-reach-deal-over-421a-by-linking-it-to-rent-regulation/. However, the language of the measure has not been created, and it has...

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April 06, 2017
April Programs at the Noguchi Museum
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April Programs at the Noguchi Museum

On Wednesday April 5, join the Noguchi Museum for the Poems About Sculpture program, from 7 to 8 pm followed by a reception, with former U.S. Poet Laureate Robert Pinsky, sculptor Murray Dewart who edited...

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April 03, 2017
Astoria Cove Site on the Market
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Astoria Cove Site on the Market

According to Crains New York, a partnership headed by Alma has put Astoria Cove, an extensive development project on the East River, up for sale. New York City allowed zoning that would permit the construction...

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April 03, 2017