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Coffeed Comes to Astoria

Coffeed Comes to Astoria

A new coffee shop is coming to Astoria: the planned location is 26-08 Hoyt Avenue South, between Crescent St and 27th St. But not just any coffee shop: this is a new branch of COFFEED, a company that gives a portion of its profits to local non-profits. A percentage...


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Independence Day Celebration in Astoria Park

Independence Day Celebration in Astoria Park

The Central Astoria Development Association continued to delight the residents of Astoria with the annual Independence Day fireworks and concert in Astoria Park. Chairs and blankets covered the Great Lawn as neighbors listened to the patriotic music of the Queens Symphony Orchestra and watched the spectacular Gucci fireworks light...


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2017 Queens Art Funding

2017 Queens Art Funding

Applications opened on July 1 for the 2017 Queens Arts Fund (QAF) funding cycle. Queens Council on the arts invites Queens-based individual artists and nonprofit organizations who produce cultural programming in all arts discipline and who meet the eligibility requirements to apply to the 2017 QAF grant program. All...


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New Department of Sanitation Location

New Department of Sanitation Location

The New York City Department of Sanitation is looking for a new location for the Queens West One (QW1) Sanitation garage. DOD officials said that the present garage at 34-28 21st Street, which has housed QW1 for some 80 years, is in such bad condition that it is in...


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East River Bridge Tolls Proposals

East River Bridge Tolls Proposals

Attention drivers! Legislation was introduced in the State Senate in June by State Senator Andrew Lanza of Staten Island that proposes a $5 toll (provided drivers have EZPass) on the Queensboro Bridge. Lanza’s plan would also involve reducing charges on other bridges that are currently tolled, such as the...


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Funding For Charybdis Playground

Funding For Charybdis Playground

Astoria Park’s popular Charybdis Playground, which has not been renovated in many years, is to receive $1 million for improvements. Council Member Costa Constanides, when announcing that he had allocated these funds in the budget, said that the extra funds would go to expanding the play area, new play...


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Halletts Point Development Stalled by Albany Stand-Off

Halletts Point Development Stalled by Albany Stand-Off

Although the construction of Building 1 in the Halletts Point housing development is going ahead, the rest of the project is on hold due to the expiration of the program known as 421-a. Launched during New York City’s fiscal crisis of the 1970s, 421-a encouraged the building of residential...


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Art in Astoria: Summer 2016 Movies, Concerts, and More

Art in Astoria: Summer 2016 Movies, Concerts, and More

2016 Roundup of Summer Arts and Culture in Astoria This summer, Astoria residents and visitors to the neighborhood can enjoy outdoor movies, concerts, art exhibits, and performances almost every day of the week. Mondays: Bring a blanket and a picnic to Astoria Park’s great lawn for family-friendly flicks like...


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Brooklyn Queens Connector Meeting in Astoria

Brooklyn Queens Connector Meeting in Astoria

On June 14, the first Brooklyn-Queens Connector (BQX) community meeting was held at the Variety Boys and Girls Club in Astoria. Residents had many questions about Mayor de Blasio’s street-car proposal, including what would be the best street for such a venture, how much the project would cost, and...


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