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Richard Khuzami

New Renderings, 28-16 21st Street
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New Renderings, 28-16 21st Street

Falcon Pacific Builders has released a new rendering for a 50 unit rental and retail building located at 28-16 21st Street in Astoria. The announcement was made by Robert Goodman, Chief Operating Officer of Falcon...

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November 07, 2018
Making Business More Accessible
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Making Business More Accessible

UP-STAND is launching a Community Ramp Project to ease the restraints set up by single-step store entrances here in Astoria. These colorful ramps will be FREE to businesses, built by volunteer high school students, and make...

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October 23, 2018
Old Astoria Voting: Not good
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Old Astoria Voting: Not good

The Gothamist has created a program that lets you know how many in your neighborhood voted in 2014. Old Astoria was below the city average. We need to do better. OANA received many complaints especially...

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October 22, 2018
The 2018 DSNY Leaf Collection Program
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The 2018 DSNY Leaf Collection Program

The Department of Sanitation (DSNY) conducts special collections of leaves. The schedule for setting out leaves for fall collection in Old Astoria will be after 4 p.m. on two Saturdays, November 24 and December 8....

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October 20, 2018
NYC Charter Revision
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NYC Charter Revision

This November’s ballot will include referendums on changes to the New York City Charter. These changes are designed to boost civic engagement and reform the city’s local campaign finance system and community boards. The  Charter...

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October 01, 2018
Street Cleaning Event
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Street Cleaning Event

Old Astoria Neighborhood Association (OANA), the Family Church, Astoria Houses Residents Association, Councilman Costa Constantanides, Borough President Melinda Katz, State Senator Michael Gianaris, and Assemblywoman Aravella Simotas are joining forces to try and clean up...

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September 09, 2018
NYC Ferry Update
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NYC Ferry Update

Because of greater than expected consumer demand, NYC had purchased new high capacity ferrys for NYC Ferry. This will help alleviate some of the service disruptions caused by the over demand for certain routes at...

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August 05, 2018
Free, Confidential Legal Advise
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Free, Confidential Legal Advise

Old Astoria Neighborhood Association is happy to support BP Melinda Katz and the Legal Aid Society in providing opportunities to all residents in Queens free confidential advise! A society where the playing field is equal...

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August 04, 2018
Laguardia overpass completed
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Laguardia overpass completed

As the construction at LaGuardia advances, we are now starting to see the vision taking shape. It is indeed exciting to see what is coming, but it certainly has been a headache dealing the congestion...

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August 04, 2018
National Night Out Against Crime
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National Night Out Against Crime

This August 7th, the National Night Out Against Crime with be celebrated in 2 locations in Old Astoria. Astoria Park, on the Great Lawn by the Hells Gate Bridge. Sponsored by the NYPD 114th Precinct,...

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August 04, 2018
World Breastfeeding Week Event
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World Breastfeeding Week Event

NYS Assemblywoman Aravella Symotas is co-sponsoring an event with UP-STAND to bring attention to World Breastfeeding Week and urge passage of her bill — the Family Accommodations in Entertainment Act. The latch-on event – Sustaining...

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July 23, 2018
Development recap: Old Astoria
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Development recap: Old Astoria

The following developments are in the pipeline for the Old Astoria and surrounding Neighborhood! All of these are all As of Right. This means they do not require a zoning change. They are building within...

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July 18, 2018
Queens Midtown and Brooklyn Battery Tunnels
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Queens Midtown and Brooklyn Battery Tunnels

Gov. Cuomo address on Queens Midtown and Brooklyn Battery Tunnel reconstruction Hersh Parekh, who made a wonderful presentation at last January’s OANA Monthly meeting, has asked that we forward the following to our supporters: “Please...

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July 16, 2018
Gen Slocum Plaque
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General Slocum Sinking

Second worse disaster in NYC History Our Astoria Shore was witness to the worst maritime, and second worse overall disaster in NYC History: The sinking of the General Slocum Ferry in Hellsgate! In an in...

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June 29, 2018
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Fireworks in Astoria Park

This years Fireworks in Astoria Park will take place on Thursday, June 28th at 7:30 PM The event will feature a special performance by the Patriot Brass Ensemble, followed by a spectacular Gucci fireworks display...

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June 21, 2018
nyc ferry
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Environmentally Friendly Ferry

The next step in the growth of our Ferry System: Environmentally Friendly Vessels!!!! Following is a study to address the pollution issues deriving from our current Ferry System! Here is the story of European Union-funded...

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June 12, 2018
A Beach on the Astoria Waterfront
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A Beach on the Astoria Waterfront

Trying to make the best of a bad situation, the Durst Organization has announced plans to create a temporary Cultural Center and Beach Area on the site of the stalled Hallets Point project. There will...

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June 06, 2018
LGA Marine Air Terminal
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Public Art in Marine Air Terminal

We previously posted a request for artists in Queens to apply for a residency program in the Marine Terminal at LaGuardia Airport. The positions we awarded, and have been operating since May 2. We thought...

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June 04, 2018
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Astoria Park Carnival June 6-10,2018

Central Astoria Local Development Coalition is pleased to announce this year’s Astoria Park Carnival in the Parking lot area of Astoria Park. This has evolved in to tradition our neighborhood looks forward to every year....

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June 03, 2018
More action on Residential Parking Permits
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More action on Residential Parking Permits

Councilman Francisco Moya (D_Jackson Heights) introduced a pair of parking-related bills earlier this month, with the first seeking to create a residential permit system in East Elmhurst —This seems to be related to a similar...

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May 28, 2018
New NYC Ferry Summer 2018 Schedule
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New NYC Ferry Summer 2018 Schedule

The NYC Ferry has just released  its new schedule for summer 2018. For the NYC waterfront’s premier public transit alternative summer schedule, this is effective May 21, 2018. Remember, with fares equal to those on a MetroCard,...

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May 18, 2018
Fathers Day in Astoria Park
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Fathers Day in Astoria Park

June 17th, 2018 11 am to 3 pm The Old Astoria Neighborhood Assn is pleased to partner with the Astoria Park Alliance to sponsor a Fathers Day event in Astoria Park. What can be appropriate...

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May 17, 2018
Socrates Sculpture Park 2018 schedule
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Socrates Sculpture Park 2018 schedule

One of the Old Astoria Neighborhoods greatest assets is the Socrates Sculpture Park. With an attendance of over 100,000 annually, New Yorkers of all ages are exposed to a great program of the arts and...

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May 15, 2018
New Building at 21st st and 29th ave
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New Building at 21st st and 29th ave

Permits have been filed for a seven-story mixed-use building at 28-06 21st Street, in Astoria, Queens. The 74-foot tall structure will yield 11,360 square feet, with 9,750 square feet dedicated to residential use, and 1,610...

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May 13, 2018
MTA Funding for Accessible Transit projects
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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...

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May 13, 2018
Durst and the Astoria Waterfront
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Durst and the Astoria Waterfront

Following is an interesting interview with Helen Rose Durst on their investments in Queens. We at OANA want to acknowledge that without Durst’s commitment to the revitalization of our waterfront, the prospects of improved quality...

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May 13, 2018
Street Cleaning in Old Astoria
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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...

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May 10, 2018
Speed Bumps Approved
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Speed Bumps Approved

As many may be aware, OANA has been advocating for speed bumps on 18th st for many years. During our February meeting, we invited the NYC DOT’s Samantha Dolgoff to participate. Because of the tremendous...

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April 26, 2018
Target opens in Astoria
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Target opens in Astoria

A small-format Target will open in the Ditmars-Steinway section of Astoria in 2022. The location will be Target’s third small-format store in Queens with an existing location in Forest Hills and one planned for Jackson...

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April 23, 2018
Astoria Blvd Station Renovations
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Astoria Blvd Station Renovations

The MTA will add four elevators to the Astoria Boulevard station. The MTA has announced renovation of the Astoria Blvd stop on the N line in Astoria. This 29 month renovation will include 9 months...

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April 14, 2018
Rendering of Queens Plaza Park courtesy of Durst Organization via SkyscraperPage
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Durst Clock Tower

The first renderings of Queensboro Plaza skyscraper developed by the Durst Organization at 29-37 41st Avenue in Queens have been revealed. The 751-foot-tall building will  dwarf the clock tower at its base. The renderings show a massive concave tower, sheathed...

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March 28, 2018
Halletts Point Building One
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Halletts Point Building One

The Durst Organization has provided new renderings of Building One at 10 Halletts Point of the Halletts Point Development on the Astoria waterfront. This building has 405 units, 81 of which are “Affordable”, with rents...

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March 13, 2018
NYC Free Tax Preparation
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NYC Free Tax Preparation

Many New Yorkers qualify to file their taxes for free. The NYC Free Tax Prep program includes more than 200 Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA)/Tax Counseling for the Elderly (TCE) and AARP Tax-Aide sites citywide,...

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March 12, 2018
Noguchi Museum March News
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Noguchi Museum March News

Noguchi Museum is a long-standing cultural institution in Old Astoria. We strongly support their programming, and would like to take this opportunity to forward to everyone their March News and events. They are a strong...

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March 12, 2018
NYPD to crack down on ‘block-the-box’
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NYPD to crack down on ‘block-the-box’

NYPD to crack down on ‘block-the-box’ , New Commercial Loading restrictions in Jackson Heights BE AWARE Drivers who “block the box” at intersections could get a ticket for holding up traffic. Cops will be handing...

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March 11, 2018
NYPD Sector David Safety Summit
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NYPD Sector David Safety Summit

An important meeting will take place on March 22, 2018 at 6 PM Queens Library 37-44 21st st, Long Island City NY NYPD Precinct 114 Neighborhood Coordinating Officers Joe Esposito and Keith Matthes are hosting...

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March 11, 2018
More developments coming to Old Astoria
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More developments coming to Old Astoria

A six-story building is coming to 8-29 Astoria Boulevard, mid-block between 8th and 12th streets. Astoria Houses public housing project begins at the end of the block, and Two Coves Community Garden is across the...

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March 09, 2018
Increase Parking around Film Shoots
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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...

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March 06, 2018
New Lower East Side Ferry Stop
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New Lower East Side Ferry Stop

Mayor DiBlasio announces a new Ferry stop in the Lower East Side in Manhattan. While this stop is not on the Astoria Line, you can transfer free of charge in LIC to the line servicing...

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March 05, 2018
New Generators for Astoria Houses
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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...

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March 05, 2018
Mid Block Cross walks on Steinway St
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Mid Block Cross walks on Steinway St

Councilman Costa Constantinides and the DOT announced on Feb. 23 that three new mid-block crosswalks and traffic lights would be installed along the busy thoroughfare. Constantinides first announced his plan to add traffic mitigation measures...

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March 05, 2018
Halletts Point update
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Halletts Point update

The NY City Council has found that NYCHA was deprived of needed boiler improvements at their Astoria Houses campus. However, the Mayors office disputed this. Again, we at OANA ask that all parties involved put...

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February 27, 2018
Google and Goodwill Team up
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Google and Goodwill Team up

Goodwill of NY/NJ and Google have teamed up to provide workforce development for those residents looking to enhance their tech skills to increase their chances of meaningful employment. Google.org designated $10M in grants for a workforce...

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February 23, 2018
New Look Coming to the Triborough B playground
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New Look Coming to the Triborough B playground

The Big Ten Network, in celebration of this year’s Big Ten Men’s Basketball Tournament at Madison Square Garden, will be refurbishing the surface and basketball hoops of the full court basketball court in Triborough B playground!!! It will also be...

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February 22, 2018
CLIMATE CHANGE: Is Your Home At Risk?
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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...

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February 19, 2018
Astoria Diving Pool Project
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Astoria Diving Pool Project

Work has begun on creating a public space on the site of the currently closed Astoria Diving Pool. While the neighborhood has had a vibrant discussion on how to utilize this landmarked space, from renovation...

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February 18, 2018
NEW DEVELOPMENT BY THE ASTORIA FERRY
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NEW DEVELOPMENT BY THE ASTORIA FERRY

Permits have been filed for a seven-story, 29-unit apartment building at 11-16 Main Ave. Currently, the one-story building sits on a block with mostly low-rise industrial buildings, many of which are adorned with art as part of...

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February 18, 2018
Halletts Point Building one is nearly completion
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Halletts Point Building one is nearly completion

After 2 years of construction, Building One (At 10 Halletts Point) of the Durst Organization’s Halletts Point Development is nearing completion. Leasing is set to begin this summer! Also, a much-needed supermarket, Brooklyn Harvest Market,...

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February 18, 2018
NOGUCHI HIRES NEW DIRECTOR
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NOGUCHI HIRES NEW DIRECTOR

The Noguchi Museum in Long Island City has appointed a new director: Brett Littman, the current director of the Drawing Center. He will take over the job in May, succeeding Jenny Dixon, who retired after...

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February 13, 2018
New NYC Winter Ferry Schedule
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New NYC Winter Ferry Schedule

It has been an amazing initial year for the New York City Ferry….3 million passengers!!! And new stops are on the way for 2018!! The ferry has been a catalyst in Old Astoria, leading to...

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January 23, 2018
Councilman Costa Constantinides Has Been Re-appointed
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Councilman Costa Constantinides Has Been Re-appointed

Council Costa Constantinides: The New term!!!! Environmental Protection Committee and Budget Negotiating Team Councilman Costa Constantinides has been re-appointed to Chair of the Council’s newly strengthened Environmental Protection Committee. Making our city greener and more environmentally-friendly will...

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January 22, 2018
Winter Snow Removal Jobs with Sanitation
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Winter Snow Removal Jobs with Sanitation

DSNY is Now Hiring Emergency Snow Laborers Register Now to Help Clear Snow and Ice After Major Winter Storms The New York City Department of Sanitation has announced that starting today, people interested in working...

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December 06, 2017
Paper Factory Hotel Expands
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Paper Factory Hotel Expands

The Paper Factory Hotel will add 6 stories to their facility at 37-06 36th Street for a total of 11 stories with an additional 35000 Square ft floor space. Additional Green Space will be created...

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November 28, 2017
RESIDENTIAL PARKING PERMITS
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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...

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November 21, 2017
BQX Connector Mock up
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BQX Connector Mock up

Are we seeing the future of inter-borough transit? Housed in the Brooklyn Navy Yard, the Friends of the BQX, an advocacy group, has provided a mock up of what a streetcar might look like.  This...

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November 19, 2017
Landlord Watchlist
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Landlord Watchlist

It is extremely important that the public be aware of Landlords who do not meet their obligations in regards to their tenant’s quality of housing. The List of Landlords (provided by the Public Advocate) who...

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November 19, 2017
Whitey Ford Field, 26th ave btwn 1st and 2nd sts, Astoria NY
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Whitey Ford Field

Queens has been home to two of the NY Yankees most iconic players: Phil Rizzuto and Whitey Ford. Our Old Astoria neighborhood is home to the Whitey Ford Field, which is undergoing a renaissance, as...

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November 17, 2017
Separate Bike and Pedestrian Lanes on the Queensboro Bridge
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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...

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November 17, 2017
Direct Public transit between Outer Boroughs
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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...

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November 06, 2017