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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
NYC Ferry’s Winter Schedule
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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
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