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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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Your Phone Can Now Help You Park

Your Phone Can Now Help You Park

If you follow OANA on Facebook, subscribe to our newsletter  or check this blog, you will have seen regular postings about some great community events in our neighborhood. But wait–you’ve left in good time and found a great parking spot—but you don’t have any quarters and you’ve left your...


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A New Production from APAC

A New Production from APAC

The crew at APAC (the Astoria Performing Arts Center) is rehearsing the world premiere production of Veil’d, a play by Monet Hurst-Mendoza, and the excitement about their new production is mounting! Veil’d tells the story of Dima, a 16-year old girl with a rare skin condition who gets by...


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A New Home for Academy of American Studies

A New Home for Academy of American Studies

The city will build a new school in Dutch Kills to house the students at Academy of American Studies, who currently have to share space with Newcomers High School at 28-01 41st Avenue.  DNAInfo is reporting that the new 4-story school will be located at 40-11 28th St and...


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Takin’ It To the Streets

Takin’ It To the Streets

It’s time for the Broadway Street Fair! On Sunday October 15th, join your neighbors from 11 am to 6 pm, stroll along Broadway and check out the many vendors and the activities for kids. The event runs the length of Broadway from Crescent St to Steinway St. and is...


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Astoria Sites Take Part in Open House NY Weekend

Astoria Sites Take Part in Open House NY Weekend

Every October hundreds of locations around the five boroughs offer behind-the-scenes tours to visitors. It’s called Open House New York Weekend, and this year it’s October 14 and 15. Some Open House New York tours require reservations, but three sites in Astoria are offering free tours for which no...


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Old Astoria Shop Owner Coins New Name for the Neighborhood

Old Astoria Shop Owner Coins New Name for the Neighborhood

Natassa Contini, owner of local business the pet store/café Chateau Le Woof, has a new name for the part of Astoria west of 21st Street, between Astoria Park and Broadway—it’s “Westoria.” DNAInfo reports that Contini started to use the hashtag #Westoria on Chateau Le Woof’s Instagram posts “as a...


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NYC Ferry to Add Three New Boats

NYC Ferry to Add Three New Boats

Good news for Astoria residents who are enjoying the new ferry service from Halletts Cove—and for those from other neighborhoods who want to ride the ferry out to explore the many attractions our community had to offer. AMNY is reporting that New York City’s Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC) is...


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Chappetto Square Joins the Community Parks Initiative

Chappetto Square Joins the Community Parks Initiative

Mayor Bill de Blasio has announced that Chappetto Square in Astoria will receive city funding and upgrades since it has just been added to the Community Parks Initiative. Founded in 2014, the Community Parks Initiative (CPI) focuses on improving parks in neighborhoods with dense and/or growing populations. Chappetto Square...


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QUEENS FOOD DAY RETURNS

QUEENS FOOD DAY RETURNS

On Saturday October 14, Socrates Sculpture Park is hosting the popular festival Queens Food Day. The day will feature fun activities and demonstrations relating to locally sourced food, gardening, urban farming nutrition and food justice. Co-hosts Queens Action Council (QuAC) will moderate a speaker’s panel featuring community representatives. Lauren...


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Notify NYC App is Live

Notify NYC App is Live

The launch of the Notify NYC app will be a boon for those with smartphones who want to get notifications about weather emergencies like blizzards, transit problems, and suspensions of alternate side of the street parking rules. In its report, Gothamist gave some examples of the kinds of alerts...


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Cornell Tech Phase 1 Opens

Cornell Tech Phase 1 Opens

Cornell Tech, a partnership between Cornell University and Technion-Israel Institute of Technology, opened the first phase of its new Roosevelt Island campus this week. DNAInfo reorts that Cornell Tech’s new 4-story academic center plans to be one of the country’s largest net-zero building, with all of its power being...


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Two N Trains Stations To Close for 8 Months

Two N Trains Stations To Close for 8 Months

Bad news for commuters in Astoria who were looking forward to having full train service back after a summer of weekends with no train service—the 36th Avenue and 30th Avenue stations will be shuttered for at least 8 months starting on October 23rd, DNAINfo is reporting. Whereas Summer’s weekend...


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Whitey Ford Field Clean-Up On Sept 17

Whitey Ford Field Clean-Up On Sept 17

Please help Friends of Whitey Ford Field during their Volunteer Clean-Up Day on Sunday, September 17 from 10 am to 1 pm. Supplies and tools will be provided.  A couple of hours of your time can make a big difference to this local park with a lot of heart!...


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Shore Fest Returns on September 16

Shore Fest Returns on September 16

On Saturday, September 16th, Astoria Park Alliance is once again hosting the ever-popular community event Shore Fest in the park.. The festivities will take place from 1 to 5 pm, on the Main Lawn adjacent to the Bocce Court off Shore Boulevard. Activities planned for this popular event will...


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50-Unit Condo Building Planned for 27th Avenue

50-Unit Condo Building Planned for 27th Avenue

An application has been filed by LIC developer Strategic Capital Metropolitan to develop a seven-story condo building at 3-11 27th Avenue. The application permit specifies 37,940 square feet of residential space, 7,991 square feet of retail and a 12,656-square-foot “community facility”, which will include space for a day care...


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Asthma Awareness Back to School Fair

Asthma Awareness Back to School Fair

Mount Sinai Hospital Queens, Council Member Costa Constantinides, St. Mary’s Healthcare System for Children, and Asthma Coalition of Queens are sponsoring an Asthma Awareness Back to School Fair on Thursday September 28 from 5.30 to 7 pm at Variety Boys and Girls Club. Celebrate the new school year with...


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SAFE Disposal Event in Astoria Park, September 9

SAFE Disposal Event in Astoria Park, September 9

To help residents dispose of harmful household products safely, DSNY hosts SAFE (Solvents, Automotive, Flammables, and Electronics) Disposal Events throughout the year in all five boroughs. On Saturday September 9, there will be a SAFE disposal event in the parking lot of Astoria Park, from 10 am to 4...


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Here Comes CitiBike!

Here Comes CitiBike!

The popular bike sharing program CitiBike will cut the ribbon on new docking stations in Astoria, Long Island City, Harlem, Crown Heights and Prospect Heights starting next week, DNAInfo is reporting. A DOT spokesman said that building of the new stations will begin on September 12, starting first in...


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Friends of Whitey Ford Field Get Grant from Costa

Friends of Whitey Ford Field Get Grant from Costa

Councilman Costa Constantinides has allocated a $5,000 grant through the City Parks Foundation on behalf of the volunteer group Friends of Whitey Ford Field.  This allocation is part of the City Council’s Parks Equity Initiative, which supports community programming in smaller neighborhood parks. Friends of Whitey Ford Field Chairperson...


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Support Socrates Sculpture Park at Their Annual Benefit Gala

Support Socrates Sculpture Park at Their Annual Benefit Gala

Socrates Sculpture Park is hosting their Annual Benefit Gala on Wednesday, September 27, 2017. The event will be hosted at Mark di Suvero’s waterfront studio in Long Island City, where guests can mingle on the pier or enjoy a boat excursion on the East River. A special limited edition by artist Roxy...


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