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Clare Doyle

Clare Doyle is a graduate of the M.A. program in Museum Studies at the University of Leicester, UK. She also holds a Graduate Diploma in Library and Information Studies as well as a B.A. in Archaeology and History from University Dublin, Ireland. She has worked for 30 years in library reference publishing in New York. Clare is the Vice President of Green Shores NYC, a non-profit group that advocates for a cleaner, greener and more connected waterfront in Astoria and Long Island City

The Floating Hospital’s Astoria Branch
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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...

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August 01, 2017
Aviation Job Fair on August 3rd
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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...

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August 01, 2017
FINAL MAP OF CITIBIKE ASTORIA LOCATIONS
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FINAL MAP OF CITIBIKE ASTORIA LOCATIONS

The final map of Citi Bike locations in Astoria has been released! After a community outreach program, the draft station siting plans were released by NYC DOT in April. Comments received from local stakeholders about...

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August 01, 2017
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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...

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July 27, 2017
NYC_Ferry_ route
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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...

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July 27, 2017
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August at the Noguchi Museum

It’s a busy month at the Noguchi Museum! On Friday August 4, it’s Free First Friday. Enjoy free admission and extended summer hours from 10 am to 8 pm. Stroll around the art, take a...

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July 25, 2017
Roosevelt Island Tram Renovations
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Roosevelt Island Tram Renovations

Do you take the tram from Roosevelt Island to Manhattan? As of Wednesday July 26, there will be only one tram cabin running every 15 minutes as a program of renovations to the RI tram...

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July 25, 2017
Durst Secures $1 Billion Loan Package
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Durst Secures $1 Billion Loan Package

The Durst Organization has secured a a $1 billion financing package from a group of lenders led by Citi Private Bank. The Real Deal reports that some of the $1 billion may be used for...

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July 19, 2017
Funding for Hallets Point Peninsula
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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...

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July 19, 2017
Mayor’s Town Hall Meeting
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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. The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. Doors close at...

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July 15, 2017
City Hall Resource Fair
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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...

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July 15, 2017
City of Water Day at Socrates Sculpture Park
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City of Water Day at Socrates Sculpture Park

On Saturday July 15, Socrates Sculpture Park is a partner for Waterfront Alliance’s City of Water Day 2017, an annual 5-borough event that is dedicated to fostering awareness, appreciation, and stewardship of our New York...

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July 11, 2017
Weeknight Summer Fun in Astoria Park
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Weeknight Summer Fun in Astoria Park

Almost time for Central Astoria LDC’s amazing Waterfront Concert and Movies on the Waterfront series in Astoria Park! The Waterfront Concerts will take place on Thursday evenings this summer at 7.30 pm. July 13, Strawberry...

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July 08, 2017
Astoria Park Pool is Open for Summer
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Astoria Park Pool is Open for Summer

When the temperature rises in the months of July and August, our neighborhood is fortunate to have the Astoria Park pool in which to cool off and swim away the heat of the summer. At...

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July 07, 2017
Whitey Ford Field Cleanup
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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...

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July 06, 2017
July at the Noguchi Museum
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July at the Noguchi Museum

The Noguchi Museum is getting July off to a good start with a Community Day on Sunday July 2nd. Admission is free all day, from 11 am to 6 pm. Families with kids aged from...

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June 30, 2017
Weeknight Summer Fun in Astoria Park
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Weeknight Summer Fun in Astoria Park

Save the dates for Central Astoria LDC’s amazing Waterfront Concert and Movies on the Waterfront series in Astoria Park! The Waterfront Concerts will take place on Thursday evenings this summer: July 13, 20 and 27...

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June 24, 2017
NYC Planning's Flood Zone Resiliency
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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...

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June 15, 2017
Halletts Point Traffic Circulation Changes
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Halletts Point Traffic Circulation Changes

At the May OANA meeting, Keith Dumanski from the Durst Organization gave us a valuable update on the traffic circulation changes that will be happening as Phase 2 of the Halletts Point Development project gets...

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June 06, 2017
LIC Arts Stroll on June 17th
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LIC Arts Stroll on June 17th

The Long Island City Cultural Alliance (LICCA) is hosting an Arts Stroll on Saturday, June 17th. The stroll features guided tours of Socrates Sculpture Park, including the special exhibition Nari Ward: G.O.A.T., again; and a...

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June 06, 2017
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Mount Sinai Queens Blood Drive

On Thursday June 27 from 7.30 am to 7.30 pm, you can help to save a life by donating blood. New York Blood Center vans will be across the street from Mount Sinai Queens all...

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June 06, 2017
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