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The Floating Hospital’s Astoria Branch

The Floating Hospital’s Astoria Branch

With health care much in the news these days, we wanted to remind Astoria residents that we now have a branch of the Floating Hospital right here In our neighborhood. The Floating Hospital was founded in the 19th century and originally ran ships that frequently New York Harbor and...


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Aviation Job Fair on August 3rd

Aviation Job Fair on August 3rd

Job hunting? The Port Authority, Queens Borough President Melinda Katz, and the Council for Aviation Opportunity are sponsoring an Aviation Job Fair at Queens Borough Hall, 120-55 Queens Blvd, Kew Gardens, on Thursday August 3rd from 10 am to 2 pm.  Meet with companies who are hiring! Bring multiple...


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FINAL MAP OF CITIBIKE ASTORIA LOCATIONS

FINAL MAP OF CITIBIKE ASTORIA LOCATIONS

The final map of Citi Bike locations in Astoria has been released! After a community outreach program, the draft station siting plans were released by NYC DOT in April. Comments received from local stakeholders about proposed locations were reviewed by DOT, and as a result nine stations were relocated...


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A Sailor’s Life for You?

A Sailor’s Life for You?

As Astoria awaits the launch of the new ferry line from Hallets Point Peninsula to Roosevelt Island, LIC and Manhattan, job seekers in our community should check this NY1 video: NYC Ferry is looking to hire deckhands. Previous maritime experience is not needed, but you should have good communication...


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Astoria Ferry Service Will Begin on August 29

Astoria Ferry Service Will Begin on August 29

Leaders of local Queens organizations and elected officials, including, amongst others, NYC Councilmen Costa Constantinides and Jimmy Van Bramer, CB1 District Manager Florence Koulouris, Astoria Houses Residents Association President Claudia Coger, and OANA President Richard Khuzami, joined Mayor Bill de Blasio on the waterfront at Hallets Point at a...


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August at the Noguchi Museum

It’s a busy month at the Noguchi Museum! On Friday August 4, it’s Free First Friday. Enjoy free admission and extended summer hours from 10 am to 8 pm. Stroll around the art, take a tour and sip evening drinks in the relaxing ambience of the sculpture garden! (Cash...


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Roosevelt Island Tram Renovations

Roosevelt Island Tram Renovations

Do you take the tram from Roosevelt Island to Manhattan? As of Wednesday July 26, there will be only one tram cabin running every 15 minutes as a program of renovations to the RI tram service platforms begins, according to NY 1 News. Thanks to OANA’s own Neil Herdan...


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Greek Movie Night at Socrates Sculpture Park on July 26

Greek Movie Night at Socrates Sculpture Park on July 26

Socrates Sculpture Park’s Wednesday Movie Night has a Greek theme on Wednesday July 26, when there will be a screening of the hilarious comedy Chevalier (Greece, 2016, directed by Athina Rachel Tsangari). The event will be an homage to the long history of Greek American culture in our community,...


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NYC Rent Freeze Program is Under the Radar

NYC Rent Freeze Program is Under the Radar

If you are over the age of 62 and make less than $50,000 per year, you may be able to enroll in SCRIE, the Senior Citizen Rent Increase Exemption Program, which can freeze seniors’ rent at a third of their income and relieves them from future rent increases. The...


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Durst Secures $1 Billion Loan Package

Durst Secures $1 Billion Loan Package

The Durst Organization has secured a a $1 billion financing package from a group of lenders led by Citi Private Bank. The Real Deal reports that some of the $1 billion may be used for property acquisitions. Durst has recently acquired the $175 million Clocktower development site in Long...


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Funding for Hallets Point Peninsula

Funding for Hallets Point Peninsula

The Hallets Point Peninsula is due to get some major upgrades, courtesy of nearly $7.5 million in funding for capital projects, secured by District 22 Council Member Costa Constantinides. Constantinides secured $3 million for improvements at Hallets Cove Playground that will convert the current blacktop into a multi-purpose ball...


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Mayor’s Town Hall Meeting

Mayor’s Town Hall Meeting

On Wednesday July 19, Mayor de Blasio is holding a Town Hall meeting at P.S. 70, located at 30-44-43rd St., Astoria. Doors open at 6 p.m. The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. Doors close at 7:30 p.m. Space is limited so please RSVP, email townhallrsvp@cityhall.nyc.gov or call 212-748-0281. The...


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City Hall Resource Fair

City Hall Resource Fair

Have you ever wished you could talk to the top officials at City Hall? Now is your chance: on Tuesday July 18 from 9 am to I pm, there will be a City Resource Fair at Queens Borough Hall, 120-55 Queens Blvd., Kew Gardens. Meet with top city commissioners...


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City of Water Day at Socrates Sculpture Park

City of Water Day at Socrates Sculpture Park

On Saturday July 15, Socrates Sculpture Park is a partner for Waterfront Alliance’s City of Water Day 2017, an annual 5-borough event that is dedicated to fostering awareness, appreciation, and stewardship of our New York City waterfronts and waterways. There will be many fun aquatic activities: a river-themed Bangla...


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Weeknight Summer Fun in Astoria Park

Weeknight Summer Fun in Astoria Park

Almost time for Central Astoria LDC’s amazing Waterfront Concert and Movies on the Waterfront series in Astoria Park! The Waterfront Concerts will take place on Thursday evenings this summer at 7.30 pm. July 13, Strawberry Fields-The Ultimate Beatles Tribute Band; July 20 New York Bee Gees July 27  STREETFIGHTER!...


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Durst Organization Building at 29-55 Northern Blvd

Durst Organization Building at 29-55 Northern Blvd

Would you love to live close to the LIC waterfront and steps away from the N and R subway lines? New York YIMBY reports  that the Durst Organization has filed applications for a 63-story, 763-unnit mixed-use building at 29-55 Northern Boulevard. The Handel Architects project will include rental residential  units from...


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Astoria Park Pool is Open for Summer

Astoria Park Pool is Open for Summer

When the temperature rises in the months of July and August, our neighborhood is fortunate to have the Astoria Park pool in which to cool off and swim away the heat of the summer. At the opening of the Astoria park pool, NYC Parks Commissioner Mitchell Silver said: “We’re...


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Whitey Ford Field Cleanup

Whitey Ford Field Cleanup

On Saturday July 8th from 10 am to 1pm, join the Friends of Whitey Ford Field in a cleanup. The Friends will be picking up garbage, painting bleachers, and helping to beautify one of Astoria’s greatest green and recreation spaces. T-shirts and supplies provided by Partnerships for Parks. All...


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July at the Noguchi Museum

July at the Noguchi Museum

The Noguchi Museum is getting July off to a good start with a Community Day on Sunday July 2nd. Admission is free all day, from 11 am to 6 pm. Families with kids aged from 2 to 11 can participate in Open Studio, a drop-in program that includes gallery...


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Weeknight Summer Fun in Astoria Park

Weeknight Summer Fun in Astoria Park

Save the dates for Central Astoria LDC’s amazing Waterfront Concert and Movies on the Waterfront series in Astoria Park! The Waterfront Concerts will take place on Thursday evenings this summer: July 13, 20 and 27 and August 3, 10, 17, all at 7.30, bands TBA. The movies will take...


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New Ferry Service Feeling the Heat as Demand Surges

New Ferry Service Feeling the Heat as Demand Surges

As warmer weather finally arrived in June, NYC Ferry found itself trying to cope with unexpectedly high demand on its new route to the Rockaways as New Yorkers tried to get to the beach. Would-be commuters took to Twitter to complain that after long waits on line, they were...


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Summer Solstice Party At Socrates Sculpture Park

Summer Solstice Party At Socrates Sculpture Park

Hard to believe that we are at the halfway point in the year, but on Wednesday June 21 it’s time to celebrate the longest day of the year at Socrates Sculpture Park from 5 pm to dusk. Performances on stage will include local breakdancers curated by Muta NYC and...


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New York City Department of Small Business Services

New York City Department of Small Business Services

OANA will have a speaker from the New York City Department of Small Business Services, whose mission is to help small businesses start, operate and expand in New York City. From pro bono review of legal documents and business planning assistance to training, certification and funding–if you are a...


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