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New NYC Ferry Summer 2018 Schedule

New NYC Ferry Summer 2018 Schedule

The NYC Ferry has just released  its new schedule for summer 2018. For the NYC waterfront’s premier public transit alternative summer schedule, this is effective May 21, 2018. Remember, with fares equal to those on a MetroCard, and a pleasant relaxing ride on the East River, nothing compares to the NYC...


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Fathers Day in Astoria Park

Fathers Day in Astoria Park

June 17th, 2018 11 am to 3 pm The Old Astoria Neighborhood Assn is pleased to partner with the Astoria Park Alliance to sponsor a Fathers Day event in Astoria Park. What can be appropriate for Fathers Day than an afternoon with Live Music, Food, and Classic cars!!! Pre...


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Variety Boys & Girls Club Proposed Renovation

Variety Boys & Girls Club Proposed Renovation

An ambitious project which will allow for the expansion and renovation of the Variety Boys and Girls Club on 21st st in Astoria has been proposed. New renderings  have been unveiled for the 14-story mixed-use building proposed at 21-12 30th Road, in Queens. Please note that this is just...


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Socrates Sculpture Park 2018 schedule

Socrates Sculpture Park 2018 schedule

One of the Old Astoria Neighborhoods greatest assets is the Socrates Sculpture Park. With an attendance of over 100,000 annually, New Yorkers of all ages are exposed to a great program of the arts and performance. All Free Of Charge. And with the advent of the Astoria stop on...


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Astoria Park Tennis Courts Permits Available

Astoria Park Tennis Courts Permits Available

It’s a good time to remember that now’s the best time to get a permit to play on the city’s public tennis courts. The tennis season lasts from April to the Sunday before Thanksgiving, so picking up one now will get you the best bang for your buck. And if,...


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New Building at 21st st and 29th ave

New Building at 21st st and 29th ave

Permits have been filed for a seven-story mixed-use building at 28-06 21st Street, in Astoria, Queens. The 74-foot tall structure will yield 11,360 square feet, with 9,750 square feet dedicated to residential use, and 1,610 square feet for commercial use. 11 apartments will be created, averaging 886 square feet...


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MTA Funding for Accessible Transit projects

MTA Funding for Accessible Transit projects

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority has amended it’s capital plan to allocate at least $600 million for accessibility projects. They state this will “significantly increases the agency’s investment” in Americans With Disabilities Act accessibility projects. $300 million is allocated for station improvements, $200 million for enhancements such as elevators and...


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Durst and the Astoria Waterfront

Durst and the Astoria Waterfront

Following is an interesting interview with Helen Rose Durst on their investments in Queens. We at OANA want to acknowledge that without Durst’s commitment to the revitalization of our waterfront, the prospects of improved quality of life in our neighborhood would be much more difficult. Rendering of the first...


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Family Fun At Rainey Park

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 an Interactive children’s performance. And of course beautiful views of our waterfront. Hope to...


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Together In Teal Event On Roosevelt Island

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 Main Street, Roosevelt Island. Now that spring is here, you can also walk around...


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Street Cleaning in Old Astoria

Street Cleaning in Old Astoria

We at Old Astoria Neighborhood Assn. (OANA) read with interest the op-ed in today’s Crains warning us to avoid street cleaning and Alternate Side parking (ASP). We greatly appreciate the fact that this helps keep this issue in the Public Eye. However, as far as being told by Crains...


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Health and Wellness Block party

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, art, wellness center giveaways, blood pressure checks and yoga. Get hugs from a life-size...


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NYC Organics Recycling is Coming to Astoria

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, you will need to know about this important new city program. Presenter Mara Moss...


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Speed Bumps Approved

Speed Bumps Approved

As many may be aware, OANA has been advocating for speed bumps on 18th st for many years. During our February meeting, we invited the NYC DOT’s Samantha Dolgoff to participate. Because of the tremendous participation by neighbors requesting that these speed bumps be installed, and the support of...


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Movement on Residential Parking Permits

Movement on Residential Parking Permits

Some members of the NYC Council are embracing the idea of Residential Parking Permits. OANA has advocated for this for years, and we are heartened to see this idea take one more step to realization. Our last movement was the endorsement of this idea by NYS Senator Jorge Peralto...


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International Cultural Fest 2018

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 dance from Bangladesh, Korea, Mexico, West Africa and other cultures. Let’s all come together...


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Target opens in Astoria

Target opens in Astoria

A small-format Target will open in the Ditmars-Steinway section of Astoria in 2022. The location will be Target’s third small-format store in Queens with an existing location in Forest Hills and one planned for Jackson Heights, which will open in 2019. This 47,000-square-foot location will employ 100 people. Offered...


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Earth Day Festivities in Astoria Park

Earth Day Festivities in Astoria Park

On Sunday April 22nd, from 1 to 4 pm, Astoria Park Alliance is hosting a nature-themed Earth Day event on the main lawn of Astoria Park to kick off the 2018 season of events. This free and family-friendly event will feature live music, dance performances, environmental education and sustainability...


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Jane’s Walk in Old Astoria, Saturday May 5

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 about their neighborhoods, discover unseen aspects of their communities, and use walking as a...


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Open House at Historic St. George’s Church

Open House at Historic St. George’s Church

Historic St. George’s Church will be hosting an Open House on Saturday. May 5, from 11 am to 5pm. There will be tours of the church and cemetery. Come find out more about the history of the church whose connection with John Jacob Astor gave our neighborhood its name!...


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Astoria Blvd Station Renovations

Astoria Blvd Station Renovations

The MTA will add four elevators to the Astoria Boulevard station. The MTA has announced renovation of the Astoria Blvd stop on the N line in Astoria. This 29 month renovation will include 9 months of full closure and also include traffic diversions, including some closures of the Hoyt...


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Street Cleaning and Alternate Side Parking Old Astoria

Street Cleaning and Alternate Side Parking Old Astoria

OANA has taken a position regarding street cleaning and Alternate side Parking in Old Astoria. While we support using zoning as a tool to determine street sweeping standards, we understand there are other solutions that may alleviate an untenable situation, such as eliminating in its entirety the cleaning of...


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A New Field House for Queensbridge Park

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 and will also house offices for Parks staff. The construction will cost $6.25 million...


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Tide Mill Conference

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 York. The event is from 8.30 am to 4 pm. The Program: The ABC’s...


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NYC Ferry Jobs

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 to concessions and crowd control agents. Most positions start in spring or summer. The desired...


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Rendering of Queens Plaza Park courtesy of Durst Organization via SkyscraperPage

Durst Clock Tower

The first renderings of Queensboro Plaza skyscraper developed by the Durst Organization at 29-37 41st Avenue in Queens have been revealed. The 751-foot-tall building will  dwarf the clock tower at its base. The renderings show a massive concave tower, sheathed in a glass curtain wall, set back from the rear of the 90-year-old landmarked Clock...


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MTA Sued over Station Accessibility

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 accessibility and ADA compliance in the stations on the N/W train line. We were...


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Halletts Point Building One

Halletts Point Building One

The Durst Organization has provided new renderings of Building One at 10 Halletts Point of the Halletts Point Development on the Astoria waterfront. This building has 405 units, 81 of which are “Affordable”, with rents at 60% of AMI. They also announced the launch of the lottery for the...


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NYC Free Tax Preparation

NYC Free Tax Preparation

Many New Yorkers qualify to file their taxes for free. The NYC Free Tax Prep program includes more than 200 Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA)/Tax Counseling for the Elderly (TCE) and AARP Tax-Aide sites citywide, as well as online self-preparation at nyc.gov/taxprep. New Yorkers can take advantage of Free Tax...


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Seasonal, Part Time Positions- Aramark Citi Field

Seasonal, Part Time Positions- Aramark Citi Field

Aramark @ Citi Field is looking for energetic and self-motivated candidates with a proven track record in providing exemplary guest service in a fast paced and diverse environment, working as part of a team, to assist in the Food Service and Retail Operations at Citi Field. The ideal candidate...


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RENOVATION OF ASTORIA POOL TO COST 50 MILLION

RENOVATION OF ASTORIA POOL TO COST 50 MILLION

The cost to overhaul the Astoria Pool will be in excess of $50 million, according to Council member Costa Constantinides. Constantinides, who plans to fix the rundown pool wants the pool basin, the bleachers and deck surrounding the pool to be renovated. In addition, he wants the unkempt bathrooms...


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Noguchi Museum March News

Noguchi Museum March News

Noguchi Museum is a long-standing cultural institution in Old Astoria. We strongly support their programming, and would like to take this opportunity to forward to everyone their March News and events. They are a strong anchor for OANA’s efforts to create a Waterfront Arts District. Please support their fine...


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NYS State wants NYC to use design-build

NYS State wants NYC to use design-build

Governor’s Cuomos office has advised the City of NY to try and institute Design /Build on its Capital Projects. This has proven to be a cost effective time saving process as proven by recent State Capital project, especially the construction of the new Tappen Zee (Mario Cuomo) and Kosciuszko...


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NYPD to crack down on ‘block-the-box’

NYPD to crack down on ‘block-the-box’

NYPD to crack down on ‘block-the-box’ , New Commercial Loading restrictions in Jackson Heights BE AWARE Drivers who “block the box” at intersections could get a ticket for holding up traffic. Cops will be handing out tickets to drivers who pull too far into the crosswalk at 50 busy...


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NYPD Sector David Safety Summit

NYPD Sector David Safety Summit

An important meeting will take place on March 22, 2018 at 6 PM Queens Library 37-44 21st st, Long Island City NY NYPD Precinct 114 Neighborhood Coordinating Officers Joe Esposito and Keith Matthes are hosting an meeting to discuss neighborhood safety and quality of life issues in sector David....


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More developments coming to Old Astoria

More developments coming to Old Astoria

A six-story building is coming to 8-29 Astoria Boulevard, mid-block between 8th and 12th streets. Astoria Houses public housing project begins at the end of the block, and Two Coves Community Garden is across the street. The project includes 50 apartments, plus retail and medical offices. of (3,700 square...


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Increase Parking around Film Shoots

Increase Parking around Film Shoots

Astoria/LIC has historically been the center of movie and TC+V Film shoots in NYC. Studios such as Kauffman Astoria and Silvercup had lead to a renaissance in this industry in NYC. greatly adding to both the economic health and visibility of our neighborhood. As residents, however, we often have...


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New Lower East Side Ferry Stop

New Lower East Side Ferry Stop

Mayor DiBlasio announces a new Ferry stop in the Lower East Side in Manhattan. While this stop is not on the Astoria Line, you can transfer free of charge in LIC to the line servicing the lower east side. The Lower East Side Route will serve nearly one million...


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New Generators for Astoria Houses

New Generators for Astoria Houses

FEMA Funds secured for rehabilitation of NYCHA facilities because of Super Storm Sandy are funding new Surge protecting Generators to be installed on the roofs of some flood prone Astoria House buildings. These should help mitigate against damage and power outages from any future storms. The December 2015 FEMA...


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Mid Block Cross walks on Steinway St

Mid Block Cross walks on Steinway St

Councilman Costa Constantinides and the DOT announced on Feb. 23 that three new mid-block crosswalks and traffic lights would be installed along the busy thoroughfare. Constantinides first announced his plan to add traffic mitigation measures on Steinway Street in his State of the District speech last year. Steinway Street, which...


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Central Astoria LDC’s Multicultural Celebration

Central Astoria LDC’s Multicultural Celebration

Many ethnic cultures contribute to the diversity for which our community is justly famous, and now Central Astoria LDC is bringing us a fabulous Multicultural Celebration on Sunday March 18th from 12.30 to 5 pm. Enjoy performances by cultures from around the world The event is hosted by the...


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Halletts Point update

Halletts Point update

The NY City Council has found that NYCHA was deprived of needed boiler improvements at their Astoria Houses campus. However, the Mayors office disputed this. Again, we at OANA ask that all parties involved put aside their disputes, and come together for the good of our community. We have...


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Google and Goodwill Team up

Google and Goodwill Team up

Goodwill of NY/NJ and Google have teamed up to provide workforce development for those residents looking to enhance their tech skills to increase their chances of meaningful employment. Google.org designated $10M in grants for a workforce development initiative with Goodwill Industries called the Goodwill Digital Career Accelerator – including $300,000...


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Arcadia Bar & Kitchen

Arcadia Bar & Kitchen

Arcadia is a new neighborhood bar coming to Old Astoria in the next couple of weeks. This project has been a year in the making with nothing but love and passion for what we do. Serving up craft cocktails, draft beer and a full kitchen, we are excited to...


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New Look Coming to the Triborough B playground

New Look Coming to the Triborough B playground

The Big Ten Network, in celebration of this year’s Big Ten Men’s Basketball Tournament at Madison Square Garden, will be refurbishing the surface and basketball hoops of the full court basketball court in Triborough B playground!!! It will also be painted with a large-scale mural by Mark Paul Deren (AKA MADSTEEZ), paying homage to...


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Withdrawal of Hallets Point Funding Probed

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 Houses, in November 2017, shortly after a public dispute between Mayor Bill de Blasio...


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Neptune Diner May Depart

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 two adjacent lots are up for sale. The listing, by Eastern Consolidated, reports that...


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CLIMATE CHANGE: Is Your Home At Risk?

CLIMATE CHANGE: Is Your Home At Risk?

Old Astoria is a waterfront community. Because of this we should all be aware of the potential risks that climate change and rising sea levels provide. A new Google Earth plug-in allows users to explore how rising sea levels would affect their neighborhoods and the tool shows that large...


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Astoria Diving Pool Project

Astoria Diving Pool Project

Work has begun on creating a public space on the site of the currently closed Astoria Diving Pool. While the neighborhood has had a vibrant discussion on how to utilize this landmarked space, from renovation as a diving pool, to reconstruction as a Theater, Performance Space, and Ice Rink,...


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NEW DEVELOPMENT BY THE ASTORIA FERRY

NEW DEVELOPMENT BY THE ASTORIA FERRY

Permits have been filed for a seven-story, 29-unit apartment building at 11-16 Main Ave. Currently, the one-story building sits on a block with mostly low-rise industrial buildings, many of which are adorned with art as part of the Welling Court Mural Project. Also, the developer is addresses 2 great neighborhood needs:...


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Halletts Point Building one is nearly completion

Halletts Point Building one is nearly completion

After 2 years of construction, Building One (At 10 Halletts Point) of the Durst Organization’s Halletts Point Development is nearing completion. Leasing is set to begin this summer! Also, a much-needed supermarket, Brooklyn Harvest Market, will occupy the first floor. A fitness Center, Recreation Rooms for Kids, and Public...


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NOGUCHI HIRES NEW DIRECTOR

NOGUCHI HIRES NEW DIRECTOR

The Noguchi Museum in Long Island City has appointed a new director: Brett Littman, the current director of the Drawing Center. He will take over the job in May, succeeding Jenny Dixon, who retired after 15 years at the helm. The Noguchi Museum is an important component of the...


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OANA President Interviewed by Queens Ledger

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, “Khuzami’s latest effort is founding the Old Astoria Neighborhood Association, formed in 2014. The...


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Rally for Better Transit at the Ditmars Boulevard Station

Rally for Better Transit at the Ditmars Boulevard Station

Just when you thought the station renovations on the N/W line couldn’t be any more inconvenient, it’s just been announced that the Ditmars Boulevard station will be under reconstruction from April 2018 through June 2019. Thankfully the station won’t be completely closed, but construction materials will be stored on...


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New NYC Winter Ferry Schedule

New NYC Winter Ferry Schedule

It has been an amazing initial year for the New York City Ferry….3 million passengers!!! And new stops are on the way for 2018!! The ferry has been a catalyst in Old Astoria, leading to new development, services, a shot in the arm for our cultural institutions, and a...


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Is Design Build the Answer to NYC Capital project Woes?

Is Design Build the Answer to NYC Capital project Woes?

Design build is an attempt to streamline the Capital project design and construction process. Currently, the process usually takes a minimum of 2 years just to reach the construction phase. This is because there are 2 separate processes: Design and permit is handled separately from construction. Also 2 separate...


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Councilman Costa Constantinides Has Been Re-appointed

Councilman Costa Constantinides Has Been Re-appointed

Council Costa Constantinides: The New term!!!! Environmental Protection Committee and Budget Negotiating Team Councilman Costa Constantinides has been re-appointed to Chair of the Council’s newly strengthened Environmental Protection Committee. Making our city greener and more environmentally-friendly will remain his priority. The newly expanded committee now has more members and a widened...


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Approved Design Plans For Whitey Ford Field

Approved Design Plans For Whitey Ford Field

Community Board 1 in Astoria/LIC has approved design plans from the NYC Parks Department for the renovation of Whitey Ford Field! This is the culmination of extensive work done by CB1, The Friends of Whitey Ford Field, and The Old Astoria Neighborhood Association to bring this field, named after...


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Van Bramer’s City Council Appointments

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 Affairs and Libraries Committee. Jimmy said that “I love this committee and am so...


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Executive Director of BQX Stepped Down

Executive Director of BQX Stepped Down

The Friends of the BQX Executive Director, Ya-Ting Liu, stepped down on December 1st.  Ya-Ting stepped down just after unveiling the first-ever life-size prototype of the light rail car of the BQX. Ya-Ting was able to accomplish a lot while being the Executive Director. She was able to build...


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NYC Free Tax Prep Program

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 VITA/TCE volunteer preparer. NYC Free Tax Prep sites are operated by community-based organizations in...


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The BQX Timeline May be Shattered

The BQX Timeline May be Shattered

The Brooklyn-Queens Connector (BQX) is a proposed streetcar that would link Brooklyn and Queens along the waterfront of both boroughs.  The public-review process for the BQX was supposed to start by the end of 2017.  However, the start date has extended into this year.  According to The Crain’s report,...


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Deadline for 2018 ArtHotel Residency is January 8

Deadline for 2018 ArtHotel Residency is January 8

Attention artists! The deadline to apply for the Queens Council on the Arts (QCA) ArtHotel Residency program  is Monday January 8th at 5 pm. Emerging artists from all disciplines may apply; you must be 18 or over and must be a Queens resident. The QCA ArtHotel Residency program offers...


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MulchFest in Astoria Park

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 Park, on Saturday January 6 and Sunday January 7 from 10 a.m. to 2...


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Astoria Wins the Curbed Cup 2017

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 that Astoria surged from its original 10th place seeding, defeating trendy newcomers like Hudson...


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Astoria Heights Park Potluck Brunch and Book Swap

Astoria Heights Park Potluck Brunch and Book Swap

On Saturday January 21st from 11 am to 2 pm, please join the Friends of Astoria Heights Park for their 5th Annual Potluck Brunch and Book Swap. Start your New Year’s resolution to de-clutter by bringing books to swap (in good condition) and bring a dish to share. This...


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Condos In Astoria Mock Storage Units

Condos In Astoria Mock Storage Units

The residents of the Shore Towers condo building are concerned for their safety after discovering that 5 apartments had been converted to 150 storage cages.  This is not only illegal, but it is also threatens the building’s fire safety because there are no smoke detectors or sprinklers within the...


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Curbed NY; New poll to determine NYC’s hot neighborhoods

Curbed NY; New poll to determine NYC’s hot neighborhoods

Curbed Cup NY 2017  is pitting 2 neighborhoods against each other for supremacy in their list of the best neighborhoods of NYC. Astoria, a diverse neighborhood known for its “Village” feel in an urban environment, versus “Yorkville”, home to the new Second Avenue subway. We urge all Astorians and...


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Take 2017 Survey of LIC Businesses and Organizations

Take 2017 Survey of LIC Businesses and Organizations

The Long Island City Partnership is calling all businesses and organizations located in Long Island City to tell them what they think about the future of the area by filling out an online survey.  This will help the partnership update LIC’s data and better inform policy decisions that shape...


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