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Kaufman Arts Festival
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Kaufman Arts Festival

On June 24th and 25th, the Kaufman Arts District will host the first Backlot Arts Festival and the Astoria Post reports that there will be film screenings, art exhibits, workshops, performance art, music, and more....

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June 06, 2017
June at the Noguchi Museum
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June at the Noguchi Museum

The Bang on a Can Music Series returns to the Noguchi Museum on Sunday, June 11, from 3 pm – 4 pm with Innov Gnawa. Innov Gnawa is a young musical collective dedicated to exploring...

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June 05, 2017
Waterfront Bike Parade Returns
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Waterfront Bike Parade Returns

The popular LIC Bike Parade returns on Saturday June 10! The fun begins at Socrates Sculpture Park at 11 am, with bike decorating workshops and parade float-making, giveaways and bike repairs. The parade will leave...

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June 05, 2017
Jazz Series at Socrates Sculpture Park
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Jazz Series at Socrates Sculpture Park

Last year’s popular First Thursdays jazz series returns to Socrates Sculpture Park. From 6.30 to 8 pm on the first Thursday of each month this summer, relax after work to the mellow sounds of jazz...

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May 26, 2017
La La Land in Astoria Park
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La La Land in Astoria Park

On Friday June 9 from 8 to 10.30 pm, join the Astoria Park Alliance for APA Presents Movies Under the Stars: La La Land. Thanks to the generous partnership of Benedict Realty Group, there will...

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May 26, 2017
Share your ideas for Charybdis Playground
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Share your ideas for Charybdis Playground

Astoria Park was one of 5 parks chosen to receive $30 million for major improvements through New York City’s Anchor Parks program. The park’s track and field area is currently in the design stage, and...

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May 12, 2017
Clean-up on Astoria Cove site
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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...

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May 12, 2017
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Ahoy! NYC Ferry Service Launches

The merry month of May brought some extra joy to residents of the Rockaways as the new NYC Ferry service began connecting them to other boroughs. Astoria will welcome the new ferry service in August,...

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May 12, 2017
N Train Service Weekend Repairs This Summer
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N Train Service Weekend Repairs This Summer

IMPORTANT TRANSPORTATION news for Astoria residents: “N” subway service will be suspended for several weekends this summer for much needed repairs. DNAInfo’s Jeanmarie Evelly reports that on the weekends of May 20-22, Memorial Day Weekend...

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May 12, 2017
Welling Court Mural Project 2017
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Welling Court Mural Project 2017

The date has been announced for this year’s Welling Court Mural Project: it will be on Saturday June 10. Every year since 2010, artists have created site-specific works on the walls, gates and garage doors...

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May 03, 2017
Participatory Budgeting
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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...

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May 03, 2017
New Building at 26-19 2nd Street
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New Building at 26-19 2nd Street

According to YIMBY, an application has been filed for a six-story building at 26-19 2nd Street in Astoria. Despite its proximity to the Halletts Point development, this is a separate project, on a lot that...

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May 03, 2017
Astoria Park Alliance Spring Social
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Astoria Park Alliance Spring Social

Our friends at the Astoria Park Alliance are hosting a Spring Social and Fundraiser on Monday May 8 at 6pm. The venue is Vintage, at 23-14 Ditmars Boulevard, and the event will feature a silent...

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May 03, 2017
114th Precinct NCO Safety Summit
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114th Precinct NCO Safety Summit

On May 25th at 7 pm, 114th Precinct Sector David invites you to join your Neighborhood Coordination Officers at a Safety Summit where you can discuss concerns you may have and contribute ideas on keeping...

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April 26, 2017
An “Astoria Character” – Dominque Perrot
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An “Astoria Character” – Dominque Perrot

In case you missed it, Nancy Ruhling, who contributes the popular “Astoria Characters’ series to the Huffington Post, featured OANA’s own Dominique Perrot, a strong supporter of OANA, back in February. In this profile, Dominique...

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April 26, 2017
A Chance to Learn More About Ferries
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A Chance to Learn More About Ferries

With the new ferry service from Astoria due to start in August, now is the perfect time to learn more about ferries! The Worldwide Ferry Safety Association will hold a Ferry Safety and Technology conference,...

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April 26, 2017
The Evolution Of Bollywood
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The Evolution Of Bollywood

On Saturday May 6, the Queens Library’s Astoria branch will host the Payalia Dance Company as they present a performance of Bollywood dance, discuss various styles of dance, and invite the audience to join in...

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April 19, 2017
New Hotel in Ravenswood
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New Hotel in Ravenswood

A new hotel is coming to Ravenswood, on a lot at 37-10 24th Street that is currently cleared and awaiting construction. According to documents filed with the Department of Buildings, the new hotel, at 13...

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April 19, 2017
People’s Climate Rally
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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,...

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April 19, 2017
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Queensboro Bridge Gets Funds For Repairs

New York City has allocated an rehabilitation of the East River bridges through the end of 2019, bringing the total funding for the project to $936 million. The Queensboro Bridge will get $110 million of...

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April 19, 2017
Hell Gate Bridge Meeting
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Hell Gate Bridge Meeting

The next meeting of the Hell Gate Centenary Celebration Group at Riccardos on Thursday April 27th at 6:30 PM. Get updates on the plans for celebrating the Hell Gate’s 100th birthday, as well as the...

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April 19, 2017
LINK NYC Kiosks Seen in Astoria
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LINK NYC Kiosks Seen in Astoria

Some of our sharp-eyed neighbors have spotted new LINK NYC kiosks in our neighborhood. According to amNY, 150 new kiosks have recently installed, mainly in Queens and Brooklyn, and they will be activated soon. The...

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April 19, 2017
“Affordable New York” Program Approved
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“Affordable New York” Program Approved

A replacement for New York City’s 421-a program, which gave tax abatement’s to developers who included affordable housing units, has finally been approved by Albany. According to the Queens Chronicle, in Queens Community Boards 1...

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April 19, 2017
Demoliton And Closures On 1st Street
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Demoliton And Closures On 1st Street

Good news on the Halletts Point development: now that an Affordable Housing plan (replacing the old 421-a program) deal has been reached in Albany, Phase 2 of the building is moving ahead. The Durst Organization...

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April 19, 2017
“Textured Sights” Event at QCA
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“Textured Sights” Event at QCA

On Wednesday, April 19, 2017, from 6.30 to 8.30 pm, LAB at QCA presents “Textured Sights,” paintings by Shenna Vaughn. During the event, a series of works of art in progress will be shared that...

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April 08, 2017
Deal Reached in Albany to renew the 421 a tax abatement
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Deal Reached in Albany to renew the 421 a tax abatement

Following are the details in The Real Deal: this could finally allow our major developments such as Hallets Point to proceed. https://therealdeal.com/2017/04/05/lawmakers-reach-deal-over-421a-by-linking-it-to-rent-regulation/. However, the language of the measure has not been created, and it has...

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April 06, 2017
April Programs at the Noguchi Museum
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April Programs at the Noguchi Museum

On Wednesday April 5, join the Noguchi Museum for the Poems About Sculpture program, from 7 to 8 pm followed by a reception, with former U.S. Poet Laureate Robert Pinsky, sculptor Murray Dewart who edited...

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April 03, 2017
Astoria Cove Site on the Market
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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...

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April 03, 2017