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BQX Connector Mock up

BQX Connector Mock up

Are we seeing the future of inter-borough transit? Housed in the Brooklyn Navy Yard, the Friends of the BQX, an advocacy group, has provided a mock up of what a streetcar might look like.  This plan originally announced by Mayor DiBlasio, seeks to connect via streetcar Astoria with Sunset...


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Landlord Watchlist

Landlord Watchlist

It is extremely important that the public be aware of Landlords who do not meet their obligations in regards to their tenant’s quality of housing. The List of Landlords (provided by the Public Advocate) who do not meet housing standards is an important instrument in holding them accountable. It...


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Whitey Ford Field, 26th ave btwn 1st and 2nd sts, Astoria NY

Whitey Ford Field

Queens has been home to two of the NY Yankees most iconic players: Phil Rizzuto and Whitey Ford. Our Old Astoria neighborhood is home to the Whitey Ford Field, which is undergoing a renaissance, as is our entire neighborhood. NYC Parks Dept. has received 2 million dollars in funding...


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Delayed Opening for Charybdis Playground Bathrooms

Delayed Opening for Charybdis Playground Bathrooms

NYC Parks Departments plan for renovating Charybdis Playground, phase 2 of Mayor DiBlasio’s Anchor Park Initiative, will include renovation of the Comfort Station. Because of this renovation, the facility will not reopen until 2020 (The completion of Phase 2). Initially closed because sewer lines were emptying directly into the...


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Separate Bike and Pedestrian Lanes on the Queensboro Bridge

Separate Bike and Pedestrian Lanes on the Queensboro Bridge

Transportation Alternatives are asking that the Queensborough  Bridge outbound lower roadway exterior lane be converted from automobiles use to Pedestrian/Bicycle use. Currently the inbound lower roadway exterior lane is reserved for pedestrian/bicycle use. Transportation Alternatives feels that combining pedestrian and bicycle use in one lane is a safety hazard....


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San Francisco Ferry Boat Visits New York

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 (who operate the ferry service from Hallets Point in Astoria) to provide a free...


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Holiday Festival & Tree Lighting in Astoria Park

Holiday Festival & Tree Lighting in Astoria Park

On Saturday December 2nd, please join Central Astoria LDC for their 5th Annual Holiday Festival & Tree Lighting Celebration on the Great Lawn in Astoria Park from 2 to 5 pm. Join friends and neighbors for entertainment by the New York Holiday Choristers, Dave Cremins Out of This World...


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Represent Your Neighbors on Community Board 1

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 the community boards. These are volunteer 2-year positions, and community board members attend monthly...


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Affordable Housing Units Open on the Astoria Waterfront

Affordable Housing Units Open on the Astoria Waterfront

Have you always dreamed of living near the East River waterfront? Applications are now open for 21 affordable units in Vernon Tower, at 11-06 31st Drive, an 8-story luxury building that overlooks Socrates Sculpture Park. QNS.com reports  that five units are studios, five are one-bedroom apartments and the remaining...


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Has NaNoWriMo Got You Down?

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 a novel. If you have started that novel you always wanted to write, but...


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Footloose at Last

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 relevant. The bill passed by the City Council will require nightspots to ensure that...


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Direct Public transit between Outer Boroughs

Direct Public transit between Outer Boroughs

Public Transportation in NYC has always been Manhattan Centric. Travel between the outer boroughs almost always includes being diverted to Manhattan. There are very few direct options. Regional Plan Association has created “The Triboro: Transit in the Boroughs” as an overview of various options. As more and more residents...


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Big Reuse is Closing Their Astoria Store

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 double our rent. We have to shut down our Queens location by November 30th....


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Socrates Sculpture Park Wants You

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 the Astoria waterfront. EAF18 recipients will receive a $5,000 production grant to support their...


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Film Screening at the Noguchi Museum

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 program begins at 6.30 pm and the film will be followed by a conversation...


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Celebrating the Hellgate Photo Exhibit

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” that went up on Astoria Park’s Shore Blvd. Thanks are due to the artists...


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Community Input for Chappetto Square Renovation

Community Input for Chappetto Square Renovation

There was considerable enthusiasm for an upcoming local renovation project amongst the community members who turned out to tell the NYC Department of Parks and Recreation what they would like to see happen at local park  Chappetto Square during a recent visioning meeting at the Judge Charles F. Vallone...


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Asthma Legislation Introduced

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 Hospital for Children, the Astoria Houses Tenants Association, the American Lung Association, the Asthma...


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Astoria Kayak Launch Design Session

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 Council Member Costa Constantinides in exploring ways to get Astoria residents down to the...


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Can You “Be-Leaf” It’s That Time of Year

Can You “Be-Leaf” It’s That Time of Year

Yes, the summer went quickly and the leaves are starting to turn color.  But they won’t stay on the trees for long! The Leaf Collection Schedule for Community Board 1 is Set out after 4 pm: Saturday, November 18 Saturday, December 2 Guidelines For Leaf Collection: –   Collect your...


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HALLOWEEN HARVEST FESTIVAL AT SOCRATES

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: Costume and art-making workshops with Socrates artists, creating collaborative ‘exo-skeletons’ sculpture with Free Style...


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NYC Ferry’s Winter Schedule

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 the City Council was told last week. While peak-hour ferry trips will not be...


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OFFICE RECYCLING 2.0

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 require businesses to set up and label three-bin recycling stations throughout their offices: one...


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Chappetto Square Community Input Meeting

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 Chappetto Square look like? The New York City Department of Parks and Recreation wants...


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Be A District 22 Participatory Budgeting Delegate

Be A District 22 Participatory Budgeting Delegate

It’s time to move on the next stage of Participatory Budgeting for District 22. Capital project ideas for how to invest $1 million in our community were recently collected at in-person Neighborhood Assemblies and online. If you’d like to be involved in the next stage of the process, you...


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Central Astoria’s Halloween Party Will Be Spook-Tacular Fun

Central Astoria’s Halloween Party Will Be Spook-Tacular Fun

Time to get out your vampire capes and Frankenstein costumes out of mothballs—it’s almost Halloween and Central Astoria LDC is putting on their 2nd Annual “Batty Over Halloween” Celebration on Sunday, October 29th, 2017 from 12 noon to 2.30 pm. Location: on the Great Lawn in Astoria Park. Activities...


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“Astoria Character” Neil Herdan is Pitching Whitey Ford Field

“Astoria Character” Neil Herdan is Pitching Whitey Ford Field

Nancy Ruhling’s “Astoria Characters” series in the Huffington Post  and collected on her own website, have featured a wide variety of people living in our community—a Tiffany glass curator,  a hairdresser,  the couple who own the Victory Sweet Shop and Victory Garden Cafe, the principal trombonist for the Astoria...


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