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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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