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Sanitation Walk Through Old Astoria
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Sanitation Walk Through Old Astoria

Richard Khuzami, president of Old Astoria Neighborhood Association, was privileged to be invited by Councilman Costa Constantinides to accompany him and NYC Sanitation Commissioner Kathryn Garcia on a tour of the streets of Old Astoria....

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October 26, 2018
Halloween Celebration in Astoria Park
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Halloween Celebration in Astoria Park

From 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.  Sunday Oct 21st, the Central Astoria Local Development corp will host their third annual “Batty over Halloween” celebration. Children performances, Pumpkin Crafts, Scavenger Hunts, Balloon Twisting, Face Painting and...

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October 18, 2018
Property Tax Reform Public Hearing in Queens
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Property Tax Reform Public Hearing in Queens

OANA has received the following from the Office of the Mayor of NY and the Speaker of the City Council. Mayor Bill de Blasio and City Council Speaker Corey Johnson have established an advisory commission...

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September 18, 2018
Big News from Durst on Hallets Point Development
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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...

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May 01, 2017
Whitey Ford Field, A Great American Diamond
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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...

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February 03, 2017
DOT: 27th Ave Speed Hump
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DOT: 27th Ave Speed Hump

We are pleased to announce that the NYC Department of Transportation, Queens Borough Commissioner has informed us that they’ve approved installation of a speed hump on 27th Avenue between 8th and 21st Streets. You can...

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October 04, 2016
DOT: 18th Street Speed Hump
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DOT: 18th Street Speed Hump

We are pleased to announce that the NYC Department of Transportation, Queens Borough Commissioner has informed us that they’ve approved installation of a speed hump on 18th Street between Hoyt Avenue and Astoria Boulevard. You...

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October 04, 2016
NYC To invest $150 Million in 5 City Parks
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NYC To invest $150 Million in 5 City Parks

Five New York City Parks are about to get upgrades that include new running tracks, hiking trails, baseball and soccer fields. Mayor Bill de Blasio recently unveiled plans to invest $150 million in 5 NYC...

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September 05, 2016
Cuomo 421a Property Tax Break Proposal
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Cuomo 421a Property Tax Break Proposal

Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s proposal to revive a property tax break may be essential to building new rental apartments in New York City, but it appears to be something identical to a City Hall plan from...

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September 05, 2016
NYC SAFE Disposal Event
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NYC SAFE Disposal Event

Time to get rid of those old car batteries, solvents, out-of-date medication and other items that it’s not safe to dispose of in the household trash. The New York City Department of Sanitation is holding...

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September 04, 2016
Aki Development Brings Luxury To Queens
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Aki Development Brings Luxury To Queens

Aki Todic and Brett Harris of Aki Development are both essential members of OANA, and have an impressive history of giving back to the community. Aki Todic has said that “Astoria, Queens, the best...

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September 04, 2016
Block Party for Earth Event
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Block Party for Earth Event

Big Reuse is throwing a block party in celebration of the planet we call home… Earth! Saturday, September 24 at 12 PM – 4 PM Astoria NY 11102 Between 3rd & 4th Streets Learn more...

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September 04, 2016
Queens Library job hunting program
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Queens Library job hunting program

Are you job hunting this summer, or looking to add skills to your resume that might help you with a job search? The Astoria Branch of the Queens Library has you covered with workshops this...

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July 26, 2016
BQX Connector Project Gets a Streetcar Czar
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BQX Connector Project Gets a Streetcar Czar

On July 15 2016, City Hall announced that Adam Giambrone had been appointed to lead Mayor de Blasio’s BQX Connector project. Giambrone spent years working on developing Transit City, a system of suburban streetcars, only...

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July 16, 2016
Coffeed Comes to Astoria
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Coffeed Comes to Astoria

A new coffee shop is coming to Astoria: the planned location is 26-08 Hoyt Avenue South, between Crescent St and 27th St. But not just any coffee shop: this is a new branch of COFFEED,...

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July 06, 2016
Independence Day Celebration in Astoria Park
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Independence Day Celebration in Astoria Park

The Central Astoria Development Association continued to delight the residents of Astoria with the annual Independence Day fireworks and concert in Astoria Park. Chairs and blankets covered the Great Lawn as neighbors listened to the...

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July 04, 2016
2017 Queens Art Funding
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2017 Queens Art Funding

Applications opened on July 1 for the 2017 Queens Arts Fund (QAF) funding cycle. Queens Council on the arts invites Queens-based individual artists and nonprofit organizations who produce cultural programming in all arts discipline and...

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July 02, 2016
New Department of Sanitation Location
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New Department of Sanitation Location

The New York City Department of Sanitation is looking for a new location for the Queens West One (QW1) Sanitation garage. DOD officials said that the present garage at 34-28 21st Street, which has housed...

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June 28, 2016
East River Bridge Tolls Proposals
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East River Bridge Tolls Proposals

Attention drivers! Legislation was introduced in the State Senate in June by State Senator Andrew Lanza of Staten Island that proposes a $5 toll (provided drivers have EZPass) on the Queensboro Bridge. Lanza’s plan would...

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June 23, 2016
Funding For Charybdis Playground
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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,...

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June 20, 2016
Brooklyn Queens Connector Meeting in Astoria
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Brooklyn Queens Connector Meeting in Astoria

On June 14, the first Brooklyn-Queens Connector (BQX) community meeting was held at the Variety Boys and Girls Club in Astoria. Residents had many questions about Mayor de Blasio’s street-car proposal, including what would be...

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June 15, 2016
Welling Court Mural Project
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Welling Court Mural Project

On June 11 the artists who participated in the Welling Court Mural Project chatted to local residents and discussed their art during a day-long event as 2016’s murals officially replaced last year’s. 140 colorful murals...

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June 12, 2016
Western Queens Waterfront Symposium
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Western Queens Waterfront Symposium

OANA chair Richard Khuzami took part in a valuable symposium on May 21st about the future of the Western Queens waterfront, an event co-sponsored by the Waterfront Alliance, the Greater Astoria Historical Society, and Green...

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May 22, 2016
Plan The Hell Gate Bridge’s Centennial
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Plan The Hell Gate Bridge’s Centennial

How would you throw a party for a bridge? Astoria residents are invited to share their ideas at a planning meeting for a celebration of the Hell Gate Bridge’s 100th Birthday. Here’s an email with...

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April 23, 2016
Astoria’s Parks Need More Officers
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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...

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April 22, 2016
TACKLING 21ST STREET TRAFFIC
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TACKLING 21ST STREET TRAFFIC

The Old Astoria Neighborhood Association has been calling for a comprehensive traffic study in our area since August of 2015. After a recent tragic hit-and-run fatality on 21st Street and 30th road, traffic safety in...

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April 21, 2016
NEW RESIDENTIAL BUILDING FOR WELLING COURT
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NEW RESIDENTIAL BUILDING FOR WELLING COURT

A new luxury apartment building is coming to Astoria’s Welling Court. The 7-story project, at 11-07 Welling Court, will feature apartments with glass balconies and stunning views of the East River. The site will be...

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April 15, 2016
AMC SERIES FILMING IN OLD ASTORIA
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AMC SERIES FILMING IN OLD ASTORIA

Local photographer Scott Young captured some shots of a television shoot in Old Astoria yesterday. Filming is underway on 18th Street for Feed the Beast, a new series premiering next month on AMC. The show...

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April 08, 2016
Astoria Grapples with Traffic Safety
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Astoria Grapples with Traffic Safety

Traffic safety has been a longtime concern for Astoria Residents. In August 2015, the Old Astoria Neighborhood Association passed the following resolution in reference to traffic flow and pedestrian/bicycle safety on roads surrounding Astoria Park.

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April 07, 2016
OANA investigates parking options
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OANA investigates parking options

At our March meeting, OANA President Richard Khuzami asked the group to look into the feasibility of residential parking permits for our neighborhood. Other cities in the U.S. and around the world have successfully used...

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April 03, 2016
1 EDC map of the new ferry routes
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Astoria Ferry Service Launching June 2017

The City announced today that new Citywide Ferry Service will begin in June 2017. For the price of just one subway ride, riders can travel from Astoria to East 34th street in approximately 22 minutes...

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March 16, 2016
RUMORS AND OPINIONS ABOUT NEW FERRY SERVICE
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RUMORS AND OPINIONS ABOUT NEW FERRY SERVICE

There’s no official word yet from the City, but rumors are swirling that the Economic Development Corporation has picked an operator for the new East River Ferry. Crain’s New York was the first to break...

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March 15, 2016
HELLGATE BRIDGE TURNING 100
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HELLGATE BRIDGE TURNING 100

This year marks the one hundredth birthday of one of Astoria’s most photographed structure: the Hell Gate Bridge. It was built to connect rail lines in New York with New England and later served as...

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March 05, 2016
NEW IDEAS FOR RIKERS ISLAND
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NEW IDEAS FOR RIKERS ISLAND

As the campaign to close the correctional facility on Rikers Island picks up steam, some people are turning their attention to future possibilities for the island. Rikers features 413 acres of waterfront land. Because the...

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March 02, 2016
STREETCAR FROM ASTORIA TO BROOKLYN PROPOSED
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STREETCAR FROM ASTORIA TO BROOKLYN PROPOSED

Have you heard about the BQX Connector? It’s a proposed streetcar line running from along the Brooklyn-Queens waterfront from Astoria to Sunset Park. When Mayor DiBlasio announced the project a few weeks ago he said...

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March 01, 2016
FEBRUARY OANA MEETING: UPDATES ON ASTORIA PARK
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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...

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February 24, 2016
OANA RESOLUTION ON SAFETY & SECURITY
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OANA RESOLUTION ON SAFETY & SECURITY

On October 13th, the Old Astoria Neighborhood Association Adopted the following resolution on safety and security in Hallets Point.” October 13, 2015 Resolution: Historically Hallets Peninsula has always had the most violent crime in the...

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October 23, 2015
OANA HONORS CREATOR OF BUGSY’S DOG RUN
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OANA HONORS CREATOR OF BUGSY’S DOG RUN

During its October meeting, the Old Astoria Neighborhood Association had the pleasure of honoring George “Tex” Cruikshank. In 1994 he created “Bugsy’s” dog run next to Astoria Park, and has maintained it since. Over the...

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October 22, 2015
ASTORIA PARK AMPHITHEATER
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Astoria Park Amphitheater

The long-awaited Astoria Park Amphitheater will include hundreds of seats, a new entrance and a tribute to the diving pool it is replacing, according to the Parks Department. The design plan was finalized in April.

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August 20, 2015
National Night Out Against Crime
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National Night Out Against Crime

National Night Out is an annual summer event sponsored by the National Association of Town Watches in which precincts organize anti-crime rallies with the participation of local business and civic organizations. National Night Out has...

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August 06, 2015
Push For Astoria Safety After Death
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Push For Astoria Safety After Death

After the tragic early-morning hit-and-run that left 21-year-old Astoria resident Betty Jean Dibiasio dead on Ditmars Boulevard and 19th Street on June 27, area leaders look to create permanent measures to stop the longtime issue...

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July 17, 2015