Tag: Quality Of Life


Together in Teal! On Saturday May 19

The National Ovarian Cancer Coalition is hosting the first New York City Run/Walk to break the silence on Ovarian Cancer.  Event will take place at 405-425 Main Street, Roosevelt Island. More Info.


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MTA Funding for Accessible Transit projects

MTA Funding for Accessible Transit projects

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority has amended it’s capital plan to allocate at least $600 million for accessibility projects. They state this will “significantly increases the agency’s investment” in Americans With Disabilities Act accessibility projects. $300 million is allocated for station improvements, $200 million for enhancements such as elevators and...


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Goodwill Health and Wellness Block party

Please join our friends at Goodwill  for their Health and Wellness Block Party outside their location at 4-21 27th Avenue, on Saturday May 12 from 10 am to 3 pm. There will be food, music, art, wellness center giveaways, blood pressure checks and yoga. Get hugs from a life-size...


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Together In Teal Event On Roosevelt Island

Together In Teal Event On Roosevelt Island

Together in Teal! On Saturday May 19, the National Ovarian Cancer Coalition is hosting the first New York City Run/Walk to break the silence on Ovarian Cancer. The event takes place on Firefighter’s Field, 405-425 Main Street, Roosevelt Island. Now that spring is here, you can also walk around...


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Street Cleaning in Old Astoria

Street Cleaning in Old Astoria

We at Old Astoria Neighborhood Assn. (OANA) read with interest the op-ed in today’s Crains warning us to avoid street cleaning and Alternate Side parking (ASP). We greatly appreciate the fact that this helps keep this issue in the Public Eye. However, as far as being told by Crains...


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Health and Wellness Block party

Health and Wellness Block party

Please join our friends at Goodwill  for their Health and Wellness Block Party outside their location at 4-21 27th Avenue, on Saturday May 12 from 10 am to 3 pm. There will be food, music, art, wellness center giveaways, blood pressure checks and yoga. Get hugs from a life-size...


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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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Increase Parking around Film Shoots

Increase Parking around Film Shoots

Astoria/LIC has historically been the center of movie and TC+V Film shoots in NYC. Studios such as Kauffman Astoria and Silvercup had lead to a renaissance in this industry in NYC. greatly adding to both the economic health and visibility of our neighborhood. As residents, however, we often have...


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New Generators for Astoria Houses

New Generators for Astoria Houses

FEMA Funds secured for rehabilitation of NYCHA facilities because of Super Storm Sandy are funding new Surge protecting Generators to be installed on the roofs of some flood prone Astoria House buildings. These should help mitigate against damage and power outages from any future storms. The December 2015 FEMA...


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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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Whitey Ford Field Clean-Up

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. Find out more.


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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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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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114th Precinct Meeting

114th Precinct Meeting

There will be a 114th Precinct Summit Meeting this Thursday August 24 at 7 pm. This is a great chance for people in Sector David to meet the officers and air any concerns you may have. Sector David runs from Astoria Park South to Queens Plaza North and from...


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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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Register to Get Daffodil Bulbs, Starting August 14

Register to Get Daffodil Bulbs, Starting August 14

Daffodil Bulb Registration Opens in One Week! Don’t miss out on your chance to be a part of New Yorkers for Parks’ Daffodil Project! This is the sixteenth year of the Project, which was founded in 2001 as a living memorial of the events of September 11. To date,...


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Check the Front Seat

Check the Front Seat

The 114th Precinct is warning drivers in Astoria to remember to lock their cars and check for valuables on the front seats and in the glove compartments. Deputy Inspector Peter Fortune says that there have been more than a dozen cases of cars being broken into in the last...


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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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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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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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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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City Hall Resource Fair

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 and senior staff during scheduled office hours to address your questions and concerns. More about this event.


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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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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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NYC Planning's Flood Zone Resiliency

NYC Planning’s Flood Zone Resiliency

We have an important presentation by Nilus Klingel from the NYC Department of City Planning: he will be talking about Flood Resiliency Planning and the Flood Resiliency Zoning Text Amendment (initially adopted in 2013 following Hurricane Sandy). City Planning will be adopting a revised text amendment in 2018, and is looking for input from the...


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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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Sanitation Garage in Ravenswood to be Replaced

Sanitation Garage in Ravenswood to be Replaced

At a lively Town Hall Meeting in LIC on April 27, Mayor de Blasio announced that the DSNY garage at 34-28 21st St, which has been a source of complaints from local residents, will be relocated. $130 million has been allocated in the Mayor’s executive budget to pay for...


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Big News from Durst on Hallets Point Development

Big News from Durst on Hallets Point Development

The Durst Organization has a couple of important announcements about the Hallets Point Development! First Durst has awarded the operation of the Supermarket in Building one (Already under Construction) to Brooklyn Harvest market. They currently operate in Brooklyn. Services include: Full Service Deli Meat Department Fresh Produce Department Dairy...


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NYC Property Tax Assessments Favor Wealthy Neighborhoods

NYC Property Tax Assessments Favor Wealthy Neighborhoods

Lawsuit Alleges that NYC Property Tax Assessments Favor Wealthy Neighborhoods OANA supports equitable property taxes. Our Board members Diane Kontzoglou and Kevin Hernandez were thanked by Tax Equity Now NY for their “civic efforts in propelling this story.” How does New York City decide how much property tax you...


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