Tag: Quality Of Life


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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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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Take 2017 Survey of LIC Businesses and Organizations

Take 2017 Survey of LIC Businesses and Organizations

The Long Island City Partnership is calling all businesses and organizations located in Long Island City to tell them what they think about the future of the area by filling out an online survey.  This will help the partnership update LIC’s data and better inform policy decisions that shape...


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Pesticide Bill in Queens

Pesticide Bill in Queens

A bill mandating NYC parks and playgrounds be wiped down after pesticides are sprayed has passed the City Council.  This bill has been sponsored by Councilmember Jimmy Van Bramer of Long Island City/Sunnyside. This bill will require The Department of Parks and Recreation to wipe down the playgrounds 24...


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Keeping the arts alive in gentrifying neighborhoods

Keeping the arts alive in gentrifying neighborhoods

Chashama is a nonprofit organization that provides artists with affordable working space, living space, and presenting space throughout New York City. They reach out to local developers and solicitate primarily temporary space for artist workplaces. Historically as a neighborhood gentrifies, the artists that helped create the atmosphere that allows...


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OANA Advocating Parking Permit Program

OANA Advocating Parking Permit Program

OANA is backing a bill calling for the establishment of a parking permit program in East Elmhurst, and is advocating for it to be expanded to parts of Astoria. This would be a one-year pilot program where residents who live within a 2-mile radius of LaGuardia Airport would be...


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RESIDENTIAL PARKING PERMITS

RESIDENTIAL PARKING PERMITS

The Old Astoria Neighborhood Assn. has been a strong advocate for the establishment for Residential Parking Permits. Our local parking issues have a strong effect on our quality of life, from the extra pollution, waste of time, and the psychological frustrations we all face from cruising the neighborhood looking...


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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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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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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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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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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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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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OANA’s Position on N Subway Renovations

If you ride the N train in Astoria and you think the coming station upgrades should include elevators—or if you don’t ride the N train because of the lack of elevators in Astoria—we encourage you to attend the rally on October 23rd.  Set-up will begin at 10 am, with...


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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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