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Richard Khuzami

Mr. Khuzami has been a member of Community Board 1 in Astoria, NY for the last 20 years. He sits on the Zoning and parks Committees and is on the Executive Board. Previously, he served as Parks and Culture chair of Community Board 1 for eleven years and also chaired Capital and Expense priority Committee. He is a member of the Queens General Assembly and had been a panelist for grant submissions for the Queens Council on the Arts (QCA). Richard also is an officer of The Eastern Mediterranean Business Culture Alliance (EMBCA) and President of OANA.

Covid Surcharge for Restaurants
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Covid Surcharge for Restaurants

We received the following statement from the NYC Hospitality Alliance. Some good news for restaurants! “Today, the NYC Hospitality Alliance is very happy to announce that the City Council passed the COVID surcharge bill we...

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September 16, 2020
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Indoor Dining Approved for September 30th

Mayor De Blasio has released a statement advising that indoor dining will be permitted starting September 30th. Finally, with the entire industry and supporters of small business advocating for this, New York City’s small business...

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September 09, 2020
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Astoria Houses Seawall Reconstruction

OANA was recently advised that the reconstruction of the Astoria Houses Seawall will begin by the end of October. This marks the fulfillment of a major issue on Hallets Peninsula. This has been an especially...

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September 08, 2020
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NYC Budget Input Needed

The Budget Process for NYC for fiscal year 2022 is underway, and one of the first steps is for the public to advise what their needs are. Community Board 1 in Queens will hold their...

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August 31, 2020
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OANA Open Restaurants Open Streets Initiative

During the summer, we at OANA, in partnership with the 30th Avenue Business Association, organized and applied for the city’s Open Restaurants Open Streets program on 30th Avenue. The survival of our vibrant cafes, restaurants,...

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August 26, 2020
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OANA AOC COVID Recognition

OANA has received the following request from the Office of Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio Cortez. She has asked us to help in outreach to the community to recognize those whose lives and family suffered losses due...

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July 11, 2020
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14th st 2-way conversion

We received the following from the NYC Department of Transportation: “14th Street (Broadway to 30 Ave) will be converted to a two-way roadway on Tuesday 7/14/2020. The project will entail no parking removal. The road...

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July 03, 2020
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Astoria Park Pool to OPEN!!!!!!!

A great inclusion in the new city budget! The Astoria Park Pool will reopen on August 1.  15 of 53 currently closed pools will reopen, and the Astoria Pool is included! Others include Crotona, Mullaly,...

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July 01, 2020
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Update on Open Restaurants

Mayor DeBlasio recently announced the Open Streets Open Restaurants program and after a long-awaited return to indoor dining, we are now learning that it is all being put on hold. THREE ASTORIA ZIP CODES RANK...

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June 30, 2020
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New Development by Hallets Cove

A new development next to Hallets Cove (3077 Vernon Blvd) has begun foundation work recently. 534 rental units are being developed and will include an elective affordable component. This “as of right” development includes three...

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June 29, 2020
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New Alternate Side Parking Rules

New York City is initiating new Alternate Side Parking rules starting Monday, June 29th. When alternate side starts, streets will be cleaned no more than once per week. Streets that have multiple alternate side days...

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June 24, 2020
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Astoria Houses Scholarship Fund

Hope you are doing okay during this time! There is no more respected individual on Hallets peninsular, and for that matter, in Western Queens, than Astoria Houses Residents Association President Claudia Cogar. She has taken...

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June 23, 2020
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Mopeds on the Queensboro Bridge

We appreciate the Queens Gazette publishing our recent op-ed on allowing electric mopeds to utilize the Queensboro Bridge to provide service between Queens and Brooklyn to Manhattan. And we thank the Queens Chronicle for writing...

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June 19, 2020
Op-Ed: Restaurant Open Air Seating
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Op-Ed: Restaurant Open Air Seating

The city is preparing for the opening of outdoor dining for our restaurants. OANA, in partnership with the 30th Ave Business Association, is fortunate to have the NYC DOT investigate our proposals for blocks closed to...

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June 19, 2020
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Application for restaurant outdoor open air seating

We have been notified by the NYC DOT that, starting tomorrow, any restaurant or café interested in outdoor seating can start the application process through the following link: https://www1.nyc.gov/html/dot/html/pedestrians/openrestaurants.shtml The page also includes the parameters...

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June 18, 2020
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New Development on Hallets Peninsula

A six-story mixed-use building, located between 8th Street and 12th Street, at 8-29 Astoria Boulevard in Astoria, Queens has filed permits to begin construction.  The lot is close to the NYC Astoria Ferry Landing and the Astoria Boulevard...

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June 15, 2020
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Opening Restaurants and Cafes in Astoria

Yesterday was a good day in trying to establish pedestrian-only streets to allow social distancing for patrons of our cafes and restaurants. The City Council is streamlining rules for outdoor cafes! Note: Councilman Constantinides is...

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May 29, 2020
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Vote from Home

Voting is both a privilege and duty for all Americans. There is no more important facet of a citizen’s responsibilities to our country. And there is no other way for us to guarantee the peaceful...

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May 15, 2020
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No Group Sports in Astoria Park

We have just returned from the Track at Astoria Park, and it looks like there is a new policy that does not allow any group sports on the infield. The soccer goals have been removed,...

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April 26, 2020
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Protect your ZOOM meetings

We received an interesting article on how to protect against ZOOMBombing, when hackers infiltrate your Zoom meetings, causing chaos and embarrassment. Keep Zoombombing cybercriminals from dropping a load on your meetings As this platform has...

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April 23, 2020
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New Vessels for NYC Ferry

During this pandemic, we want to take an opportunity to report on an investment in a positive future for NYC and it’s transit system! The NYC Ferry  (operated by Hornblower), has taken delivery of its...

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April 23, 2020
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NYC Pools Closed

New York City’s outdoor public pools will be closed this year, and Mayor de Blasio advised that beaches could be shuttered for the summer too. All because of the COVID 19. The Mayor stated in...

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April 16, 2020
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Shore Blvd Closed

Community Affairs Officer Mujibulla Mashriqi has advised that Shore Blvd is now closed to vehicular traffic until further notice. The Commanding Officer of the 114th Precinct, Deputy Inspector Osvaldo Nuñez, has taken this action for...

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April 16, 2020
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New Building on Hallets Peninsula

A seven-story mixed-use building at 26-35 3rd Street (at the intersection of 27th Avenue and 3rd Street) in Astoria, Queens is coming. The closest Subway stop is the Astoria Blvd station of the N/W. It is...

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April 15, 2020
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Update on Astoria Park

The City of NY has closed the skate park and adult fitness area in Astoria Park. Obviously too many people disregarded social distancing, and now EVERYONE pays the price. We hope that people act responsibly...

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April 12, 2020
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Scooter Parking Study Initiated by DOT

Back in February, OANA proposed the idea of a study to see if no standing zones by intersections, (Daylighting), could be utilized to park scooters without effecting driver’s line of sight to oncoming traffic. We...

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April 09, 2020
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IRS Economic Impact Payment

The IRS has issued a pamphlet regarding the Economic Impact Program, part of the 2 Trillion Dollar Recovery program recently enacted by the Federal Government. Important reading for everyone! As you know, one aspect was...

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April 03, 2020
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Policing Distancing in Astoria Park

Updates: Social Distancing in Astoria Park As we discussed in a prior post, many users of the Astoria Park Track, Soccer Field, and Skate park have been ignoring the social distancing requirements for combating the...

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April 03, 2020
OANA Request On Housing Cost During Covid 19
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OANA Request On Housing Cost During Covid 19

Update: OANA request on Housing Costs during COVID 19 We appreciate the efforts of Governor Andrew Cuomo and Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney to address housing issues created by COVID 19 as expressed in today’s QNS.COM article....

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March 23, 2020
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Position letter on DOB Violations

OANA applauds the Mayor’s initiative “Fix it, Don’t Fine It” that will provide financial relief to small businesses. The goal is to eliminate fines for many first-time violations and create grace periods to fix the...

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March 02, 2020
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Bike Lane Update

On February 11th, the NYC DOT hosted a Public Workshop on the Queens Bike Network. In case you missed it, here is a link to the presentation that can read here. We at OANA were...

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February 21, 2020
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Passenger rail Link: Bay Ridge to Astoria?

The MTA has announced a $1.3 million-dollar study on the feasibility of an elevated light rail passenger service from Bay Ridge Brooklyn to Astoria. Officials announced Wednesday. An existing freight rail would be converted.  It...

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January 27, 2020
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New Residential Building in Old Astoria

A seven-story residential building at 14-54 31st Avenue in Astoria, Queens, 70-foot tall having 20,729 total square feet, with 17,597 square feet designated for residential space has filed for permits. The building will have 24 residences....

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January 12, 2020
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Goodwill Apartments Sold

Jonathan Rose Cos., has purchased the former Goodwill property at 27th ave and 4th st on Hallets Peninsula for 35 million. “We have come up with a program to protect current tenants,” advised Nathan D....

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January 08, 2020
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Queens Bus Routes Get Redesign

A major overhaul of Queens’ bus routes calls for cutting and combining some of the borough’s major routes The MTA on Monday released a draft of its plan to redesign the network of 107 bus...

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January 01, 2020
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School Bus Stop Signs

Gail Gualotuna from the Astoria Express school bus service attended our last meeting and had reached out for help. They have a problem with motorists ignoring the school bus stop signs and we requested she...

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November 23, 2019
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Whitey Ford Field Comfort Station

OANA has advocated for comfort stations at Whitey Ford Field. We feel this is an important issue that must be addressed. With the upcoming renovations, we expect usage of the field to increase dramatically. Without...

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November 13, 2019
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“Cool” Astoria

Insider.com has done a little research into why Astoria is the 8th Coolest neighborhood in the world. Looks like food to center stage! In Old Astoria, they discussed the Welling Court Mural project and Socrates...

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November 10, 2019
Cornell Tech Initiates Partner Violence Program
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Cornell Tech Initiates Partner Violence Program

Cornell Tech has initiated a Computer Security Clinic for Victims of Intimate Partner Violence.  “The Computer Security Clinic for Victims of Intimate Partner Violence will allow our talented research team to help more survivors in...

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November 07, 2019
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Noguchi at Night Fall Fundraiser

The Noguchi Museum is having their fall fundraiser on Nov. 18th, 2019 from 7-10 PM. OANA hopes that everyone who values the Arts can attend, and support one of the top Cultural Institutions in NYC!...

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November 04, 2019
NYC’s Repair of Tree damaged Sidewalks
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NYC’s Repair of Tree damaged Sidewalks

At our next OANA meeting on Oct. 8th, NYC Parks Forestry (Trees) will be joining us, and we look forward to an extremely interesting presentation (Note: NYS Assemblywoman Cathy Nolan will also be joining us)....

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October 05, 2019
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OANA Seminars

In the coming year, we at OANA would like to expand the services we are offering. A space for classes and symposia has been offered to us by our VP Kevin Hernandez, and we want...

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September 25, 2019
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PS 171 in Old Astoria gets Solar Power

PS 171 in Old Astoria is the first of six schools in Councilman Costa Constantinides District that will receive solar panels within the next two years. The installation of the green infrastructure will teach students...

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September 25, 2019
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Worms on our trees

This year it seems we have a lot of caterpillars on our trees. They are consuming most of the leaves, and some of our neighbors are concerned. We reached out to Parks, and were told...

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September 19, 2019
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Shore Blvd Flooding

As many of you know, the flooding on Shore Blvd reached extreme levels this summer. Cars were unable to pass, and some events had to be postponed or canceled. We were fortunate to have Mr....

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September 17, 2019
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CPR Training

East Hudson Realty and OANA have teamed up to present a special event that everyone who has a loved one or wants to be ready to help his neighbor should attend! Training in Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation...

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September 02, 2019
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Hallett’s Point Alliance

Hallett’s Peninsula has seen a lot of changes, from a Supermarket, New Residential Buildings, and now a performance and event space. This performance space will not only provide a much needed public facility to the...

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September 02, 2019
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New Development across from Hallets Cove

Over 500 new apartments are coming to the Astoria waterfront in the next few years. Cape Advisors has just released renderings of their new development. This development is “As of Right”, which means it is...

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September 02, 2019
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Retail Business Taxes

We read with interest an article in PATCH that shows, in addition to rents, the city’s tax on business is proving to be a real impediment to successful enterprise. We all know that rising rents...

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August 08, 2019
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Tour of Hallets Point Development

The Durst Organization has provided the following “Tour” on its first building for its Hallets Point Development. The 2 buildings, which sit at 26 Ave between 1st and 2nd St, are next to Whitey Ford...

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July 22, 2019
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Albany Gives NYC Design Build Authority

The highlight of this years NYS Legislative session, which OANA has supported over the years, is the authorization to allow NYC capital projects to be built under “Design Build” standards. This streamlines the process, allowing...

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June 21, 2019
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Street Cleaning Study Old Astoria

Last night at the Monthly OANA Meeting Councilman Costa Constantinides announced the NYC Department of Sanitation has completed a route study that would provide street cleaning throughout Old Astoria. [sanitation is studying 26 ave between...

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April 12, 2019
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Sunnyside Yards Public Meeting

The NYC Economic Development Corporation is presenting Public Meeting on the proposal to deck the Sunnyside Rail yards to create a new neighborhood in Queens. They are in the process of reaching out to the...

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March 14, 2019
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OANA requests Zoning Study

The Old Astoria Neighborhood Association has requested the City of NY do a Zoning Study of the area in Community District 1 that has not been rezoned since 1961. NY1 broadcast a piece on this...

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March 09, 2019
Astoria Blvd and Hoyt Avenue Closings
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Astoria Blvd and Hoyt Avenue Closings

We received a reminder from Howie Levine of the MTA that Astoria Blvd station will close for nine months beginning on March 17 at 10pm. While the official closure starts on March 17, the entire Astoria...

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March 05, 2019
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Hallets Point Building 1 Opens

The Durst Organization’s Hallets Point Development on the Astoria Waterfront has announced the opening of Building # 1. There have been numerous delays, political, financing, construction issues. OANA has looked forward to the completion of...

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February 16, 2019
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Astoria Blvd N/W subway line closure

Astoria Blvd station will close for nine months beginning on March 17 at 10pm. While the official closure starts on March 17, the entire Astoria line, including Astoria Blvd, will be closed for station work...

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February 16, 2019
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Astoria/LIC Ravenswood Rezoning Study

The Old Astoria Neighborhood Association requests that the City of New York authorize and fund the NYC Department of City Planning to conduct a rezoning of the area of CD1. This neighborhood has not been...

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February 13, 2019
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Accessibility and Luxury Housing

OANA Board Member Brett Harris is featured in today’s NY Times article. Accessibility, whether in our Transit System, housing, and any other public and private space that those with disabilities, seniors, or mothers with young...

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February 09, 2019
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Senior Property Tax

Nothing destroys a community more than when a senior citizens, who has lived in a neighborhood their whole life, are forced out because of inability to pay expenses. The history and wisdom they carry makes...

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February 04, 2019
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Jobs with the US Census

The U.S. Census Bureau is recruiting in Queens and across the country to fill temporary paid jobs as we inch closer to the 2020 census. To be eligible for a 2020 census job, candidates must...

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February 02, 2019
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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