Tag: Costa Constantinides


Rain Barrel Giveaway at Chappetto Square

Rain Barrel Giveaway at Chappetto Square

District 22 Council Member Costa Constantinides is partnering with Senator Michael Gianaris and Assemblywoman Aravella Simotas to host a rain barrel giveaway at Chappetto Square (Hoyt Avenue and 23rd Street) on Saturday, July 28th, starting at 10 am. To RSVP, email mcorbett@council.nyc.gov by Monday, July 23rd. Reserved barrels will...


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Speed Bumps Approved

Speed Bumps Approved

As many may be aware, OANA has been advocating for speed bumps on 18th st for many years. During our February meeting, we invited the NYC DOT’s Samantha Dolgoff to participate. Because of the tremendous participation by neighbors requesting that these speed bumps be installed, and the support of...


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Street Cleaning and Alternate Side Parking Old Astoria

Street Cleaning and Alternate Side Parking Old Astoria

OANA has taken a position regarding street cleaning and Alternate side Parking in Old Astoria. While we support using zoning as a tool to determine street sweeping standards, we understand there are other solutions that may alleviate an untenable situation, such as eliminating in its entirety the cleaning of...


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MTA Sued over Station Accessibility

MTA Sued over Station Accessibility

MTA Sued over Station Accessibility by US Attorney General for the Southern District of New York. As many of our members and friends know, OANA has taken a strong position on the need to improve accessibility and ADA compliance in the stations on the N/W train line. We were...


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RENOVATION OF ASTORIA POOL TO COST 50 MILLION

RENOVATION OF ASTORIA POOL TO COST 50 MILLION

The cost to overhaul the Astoria Pool will be in excess of $50 million, according to Council member Costa Constantinides. Constantinides, who plans to fix the rundown pool wants the pool basin, the bleachers and deck surrounding the pool to be renovated. In addition, he wants the unkempt bathrooms...


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Mid Block Cross walks on Steinway St

Mid Block Cross walks on Steinway St

Councilman Costa Constantinides and the DOT announced on Feb. 23 that three new mid-block crosswalks and traffic lights would be installed along the busy thoroughfare. Constantinides first announced his plan to add traffic mitigation measures on Steinway Street in his State of the District speech last year. Steinway Street, which...


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Rally For Better Transit at the Ditmars Boulevard Station

It’s just been announced that the Ditmars Boulevard station will be under reconstruction from April 2018 through June 2019.This Thursday, February 8 at 4.30 pm, join Costa, Assemblywoman Aravella Simotas, State Senator Michael Gianaris, other elected officials, and transit advocates at a Rally for Better Access and Service at...


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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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Costa Constantinides State of the District Address

Costa Constantinides will deliver his State of the District Address and discuss upcoming priorities. He’ll examine the progress the city has made over the last year and discuss his vision for the city’s future. RSVP to Mike Corbett at mcorbett@council.nyc.gov


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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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An End to Larger Truck Traffic on Astoria Boulevard

An End to Larger Truck Traffic on Astoria Boulevard

New York State Assemblymember  Aravella Simotas announced that by the end of this year, larger trucks will be permitted to remain on the Brooklyn Queens Expressway (BQE) and will no longer be detoured onto local streets in Astoria. (Note: many people think of the roadway from the RFK Triborough...


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114th Precinct Neighborhood Policing and Safety Meeting

114th Precinct Neighborhood Policing and Safety Meeting

The NYPD 114th Precinct invite you to meet the Sector David officers who are assigned to neighborhood policing in your community. On Thursday December 14th there will be a Neighborhood Policing and Safety Meeting at 6.30 pm (doors open at 6 pm for refreshments). The location is the LIC...


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Councilman Costa Constantinides “Holiday Drive”

Councilman Costa Constantinides “Holiday Drive”

Councilman Constantinides is collecting unopened/unwrapped toys, toiletries, and winter coats. You can drop off your donation through December 15th at their office, 31-09 Newtown Ave., on weekdays from 9am-5pm. Coats will be donated to New York Cares, toys will be donated to Urban Upbound and Toys for Tots, and...


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Property Tax Management to enter the Digital Age

Property Tax Management to enter the Digital Age

OANA is supporting our Councilman Costa Constantinides’s bill to create website access for information on Property Taxes for NYC Property owners. This is an attempt to simplify a process which today is depended upon “SnailMail” in order to get timely information on property taxes. Councilman Constantinides states: “For too...


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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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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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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 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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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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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. Find out more.


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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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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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Street Renamed for Betty Jean DiBiaso

Street Renamed for Betty Jean DiBiaso

A light post at the intersection of Ditmars Blvd and 19th now bears the name of Betty Jean DiBiaso Way that’s a tribute to a young woman who was killed by a hit-and-run driver in June 2015. In a street co-naming ceremony, family, friends and community leaders paid tribute...


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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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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.  Please RSVP, email townhallrsvp@cityhall.nyc.gov or call 212-748-0281 Learn More.


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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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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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International Cultural Fest: A Stunning Success

International Cultural Fest: A Stunning Success

Central Astoria Local Development Coalition’s International Cultural Fest on April 23rd St was a big hit with the crowds who flocked to Steinway Street to join in the community celebration that presented the cultures of many nations. Amazing performances by the Japanese Folk Dance Institute of NY, Ballet Los...


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Clean-up on Astoria Cove site

Clean-up on Astoria Cove site

If the faces in the picture of a clean-up at Astoria Cove/9th Street are familiar they should be: NYPD 114th Precinct Sector David Neighborhood Coordinating Officers Joseph Esposito and Keith Matthes are working with the community to clean up a site whose condition has been a cause of local...


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Participatory Budgeting

Participatory Budgeting

A record number of District 22 residents—over 3,600–voted in the Participatory Budgeting process this year. Local residents were able to select projects that would benefit from $1 million in the budget of our City Council Member, Costa Constantinides. DNAInfo reports that the most voted-for project was a program to...


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People’s Climate Rally

People’s Climate Rally

On Friday April 28 at 6.30 pm there will be a People’s Climate Rally on the Great Lawn in Astoria Park. Hosted by District 22 Council Member Costa Constantinides and co-sponsored by Assemblywoman Aravella Simotas, Astoria Park Alliance, Senator Michael Gianaris, and the National Resources Defense Council, this event...


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Celebrate Earth Day With The Astoria Park Alliance

Celebrate Earth Day With The Astoria Park Alliance

Join the Astoria Park Alliance on Saturday April 22 for an Earth Day Celebration on Shore Blvd! The day will feature volunteer opportunities and fun and educational programming. The timetable for the day: 9:00 – 1:00 Volunteer Planting, Raking & Gardening 1:00 – 2:30 Shoreline Cleanup: meet at the...


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Astoria Cove Site on the Market

Astoria Cove Site on the Market

According to Crains New York, a partnership headed by Alma has put Astoria Cove, an extensive development project on the East River, up for sale. New York City allowed zoning that would permit the construction of up to 1.7 million square feet of housing on the site, in return...


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Whitey Ford Field, A Great American Diamond

Whitey Ford Field, A Great American Diamond

There is a gem on Hallets Peninsula on the waterfront in Astoria. Next to the Durst Organization’s new Hallets Point development is a Great American Diamond, with a view of the Hell Gate: Whitey Ford Field. Named after Astoria Houses Native and Yankees star Whitey Ford, this baseball field...


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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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Astoria’s Parks Need More Officers

Astoria’s Parks Need More Officers

When the City recently announced funding for 67 additional Parks Enforcement Personnel (PEP Officers), Queens residents and elected officials cried foul over the fact that only 8 of those PEP officers were being assigned to Parks in Queens. PEP Officers, while not part of the NYPD, have the authority...


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PARTICIPATORY BUDGETING BRINGING IMPROVEMENTS TO ASTORIA PARK

PARTICIPATORY BUDGETING BRINGING IMPROVEMENTS TO ASTORIA PARK

Improvements are coming to Astoria Park as a result of Councilman Costa Constantinides’s 2016 Participatory Budgeting Process. Participatory Budgeting, introduced in 2015 by the New York City council, has been called “grassroots democracy at its best.” It lets local residents decide how their tax dollars are spent, by proposing...


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FEBRUARY OANA MEETING: UPDATES ON ASTORIA PARK

FEBRUARY OANA MEETING: UPDATES ON ASTORIA PARK

Councilman Costa Constantinides stopped by last night’s meeting of the Old Astoria Neighborhood Association with some updates on what’s happening in Astoria Park. First, some bad news: the transformation of Astoria Pool’s old diving pool into a new performance space will take longer than initially expected. It turns out...


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