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Astoria Ferry Service, One Year On

Astoria Ferry Service, One Year On

It’s been a year since Astoria got its own ferry service, and it’s safe to say it  remains highly popular. (If you missed this video of the first day of ferry service,  it’s worth watching! A ferry ride offers a quick, picturesque and relaxing commute into other boroughs for...


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Cosmos FM interview with OANA President Richard Khuzami

Cosmos FM interview with OANA President Richard Khuzami

Old Astoria Neighborhood Association President Richard Khuzami was recently the subject of an hour -long interview on Cosmos FM, the Greek Radio Station (NYC: 91.5 FM). The hour was sponsored by the Eastern Mediterranean Business Culture Alliance (EMBCA), and was hosted by Louis Katsos. Following is the link to...


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District 22 Participatory Budgeting Call for Proposals

District 22 Participatory Budgeting Call for Proposals

Do you have a vision for a capital improvement project in District 22? Is there a playground, library, school or  street in our neighborhood you know of that needs a little TLC? Participatory Budgeting could make your great idea happen! In April 2018 District 22 Council Member Costa Constantinides...


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Elevators Will Go Up at Astoria Blvd Station

Elevators Will Go Up at Astoria Blvd Station

One of several nice features of living in Astoria is the quick commute into Manhattan and Brooklyn via the R, N and W train lines. But for many—parents with baby carriages, tourists wielding suitcases and people using mobility assistive devices such as walkers or crutches—access to the N/W line...


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Cosmos FM Radio Interview

Cosmos FM Radio Interview

On Wednesday August 8, Richard Khuzami, the President/founder of the Old Astoria Neighborhood Association, and the owner/founder of Dahdoo Productions, will be interviewed on Ilias S. Katsos’s East Mediterranean Business & Culture program on COSMOS FM at 7 to 8 P.M. (91.5 FM in New York, and on the internet cosmosfm.org)....


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Welcome to the New Noguchi Museum Director

Welcome to the New Noguchi Museum Director

Astoria groups, local officials and arts-minded community members gathered last week at the Noguchi Museum, in a courtyard housing magnificent examples of the work of the Japanese sculptor who located his studio in our neighborhood. Brett Littman, formerly Executive Director of The Drawing Center, succeeds Jenny Dixon, who led...


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NYC Ferry Update

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 certain times. Six ferries with a capacity of 350 (Current vessels carry approx 170)...


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Historical Map of the Astoria Waterfront

Historical Map of the Astoria Waterfront

A map of the Astoria waterfront from 1876 was donated to OANA by Firefighter Al Soto and Engine 262 on 21st St. We greatly appreciate their contribution. It is an interesting map, showing advertising at that time, plus name changes on the local streets. What is interesting is the...


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Free, Confidential Legal Advise

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 for all citizens is a healthy society. From the BP Office: “Borough President Melinda...


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Laguardia overpass completed

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 both in and around the Airport caused by construction. However, as each step nears...


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National Night Out Against Crime

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, , 14th Precinct Community Affairs, 114th Precinct Auxiliary Police, 114th Community Council, 114th Civ-op...


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Aviation Job Fair

Aviation Job Fair

Are you job-hunting? Queens Borough President Melinda Katz, and the Council for Airport Opportunity are sponsoring an Aviation Job Fair at the Helen Marshall Cultural Center, Queens Borough Hall, 120-55 Queens Blvd, Kew Gardens, on Thursday August 23rd from 10 am to 2 pm. Meet with companies who are...


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Free Book Bag Give-away

Free Book Bag Give-away

It may be hot and sunny out there, but back to school season is just around the calendar! St. George’s Episcopal Church wants to help your kids be organized this fall, so they are hosting a Book Bag Giveaway on Saturday, August 11, from 11 am to noon. 14-20...


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World Breastfeeding Week Event

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 Breastfeeding Together– will be on Wednesday, August 1 at 9am to 10am at Columbus...


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Update on LaGuardia Airport Construction

Update on LaGuardia Airport Construction

Everything is moving along well at LaGuardia Airport. As we ride down the Grand Central, we actually see the form taking shape, and it is an exciting transformation from a tired old airport to the birthing of what looks like a vibrant addition to our community. The LaGuardia Gateway...


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Development recap: Old Astoria

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 the existing zoning requirements. Because of this, they are not required to provide Affordable...


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Rain Barrel Giveaway at Chappetto Square

Rain Barrel Giveaway at Chappetto Square

District 22 Council Member Costa Constantinides is partnering with Senator Michael Gianaris and Assemblywoman Aravella Simotas to host a rain barrel giveaway at Chappetto Square (Hoyt Avenue and 23rd Street) on Saturday, July 28th, starting at 10 am. To RSVP, email mcorbett@council.nyc.gov by Monday, July 23rd. Reserved barrels will...


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Queens Midtown and Brooklyn Battery Tunnels

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 join Governor Cuomo for an announcement to mark a major milestone in the post-Sandy...


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Mount Sinai Queens Events In July

When it comes to your health, Mount Sinai Queens believes that an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure! So they have the community covered with a wide range of health events in July. Whether it’s vein and vascular screening, yoga, information sessions about weight loss surgery...


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Pedal for Parks courtesy of Friends of Astoria Heights Park

Pedal for Parks On July 21

The Friends of Astoria Heights Park are partnering with Community Board 1, the 114th Precinct and Make Queens Safer in a Pedal for Parks event on Saturday July 21. This family-friendly bike ride to neighborhood parks will start at 9.45 am at Astoria Heights Playground (45th St and 30th...


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Gen Slocum Plaque

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 depth article posted in 6sqft.com by Andrew Berman of the Greenwich Village Society for...


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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 over the waterfront. This event has traditionally brought all Astorians together in what is...


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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 E-ferry  offering a clean alternative to polluting diesel powerplants that power our current Ferry...


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FDNY 4th Annual Open House

This is an event our community won’t want to miss! On Saturday, June 16th, and Sunday, June 17th, the FDNY will host its 4th annual citywide Open House program. More than 200 firehouses and EMS Stations will open their doors to the public from 11 am to 1 pm...


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A Beach on the Astoria Waterfront

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 be no access to the water on the “Beach”. The site will be at...


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LGA Marine Air Terminal

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 we would post an article by the NY Times about this project! Landing Pages,...


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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. Enjoy Rides, Games, Food, it’s Fun for the whole family! at The Astoria Park...


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Help Paint a Mural at the Steinway Playground

**UPDATE** Due to poor weather conditions, the event has been cancelled on Monday and delayed until Tuesday per Brittany Baldwin. The New York City Parks Department is putting in a mural at Steinway Playground by Brittany Baldwin, a local Queens artist. Brittany wanted to offer a day for community...


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More action on Residential Parking Permits

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 position from State Senator Jorge Peralto we have supported in the past. The Old...


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proposed building in astoria

New 3 story residential bldg. 12-19 31st Dr.

Permits have been filed for a three-story residential building at 12-19 31st Drive, in Astoria, Queens. The site is close to the Astoria NYC Ferry pier and is 13 blocks away from the Broadway subway station, serviced by the N and W trains. This will be a 11,440 square...


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New NYC Ferry Summer 2018 Schedule

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, and a pleasant relaxing ride on the East River, nothing compares to the NYC...


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Fathers Day in Astoria Park

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 for Fathers Day than an afternoon with Live Music, Food, and Classic cars!!! Pre...


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Variety Boys & Girls Club Proposed Renovation

Variety Boys & Girls Club Proposed Renovation

An ambitious project which will allow for the expansion and renovation of the Variety Boys and Girls Club on 21st st in Astoria has been proposed. New renderings  have been unveiled for the 14-story mixed-use building proposed at 21-12 30th Road, in Queens. Please note that this is just...


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Socrates Sculpture Park 2018 schedule

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 performance. All Free Of Charge. And with the advent of the Astoria stop on...


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Astoria Park Tennis Courts Permits Available

Astoria Park Tennis Courts Permits Available

It’s a good time to remember that now’s the best time to get a permit to play on the city’s public tennis courts. The tennis season lasts from April to the Sunday before Thanksgiving, so picking up one now will get you the best bang for your buck. And if,...


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New Building at 21st st and 29th ave

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 square feet for commercial use. 11 apartments will be created, averaging 886 square feet...


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MTA Funding for Accessible Transit projects

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 million is allocated for station improvements, $200 million for enhancements such as elevators and...


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Durst and the Astoria Waterfront

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 of life in our neighborhood would be much more difficult. Rendering of the first...


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Family Fun At Rainey Park

Family Fun At Rainey Park

Central Astoria LDC invites you to an afternoon of Family Fun at Rainey Park on Sunday June 3rd from 12 noon to 3 pm. There will be face painting, cotton candy, balloon art, crafts, and an Interactive children’s performance. And of course beautiful views of our waterfront. Hope to...


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Together In Teal Event On Roosevelt Island

Together In Teal Event On Roosevelt Island

Together in Teal! On Saturday May 19, the National Ovarian Cancer Coalition is hosting the first New York City Run/Walk to break the silence on Ovarian Cancer. The event takes place on Firefighter’s Field, 405-425 Main Street, Roosevelt Island. Now that spring is here, you can also walk around...


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Street Cleaning in Old Astoria

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 this issue in the Public Eye. However, as far as being told by Crains...


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Health and Wellness Block party

Health and Wellness Block party

Please join our friends at Goodwill  for their Health and Wellness Block Party outside their location at 4-21 27th Avenue, on Saturday May 12 from 10 am to 3 pm. There will be food, music, art, wellness center giveaways, blood pressure checks and yoga. Get hugs from a life-size...


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NYC Organics Recycling is Coming to Astoria

NYC Organics Recycling is Coming to Astoria

Please join the Greater Astoria Historical Society on Monday May 7 at 7 pm for a presentation about NYC Organics Recycling, coming soon to our neighborhood. Whether you are a homeowner, renter or building manager, you will need to know about this important new city program. Presenter Mara Moss...


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Speed Bumps Approved

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 participation by neighbors requesting that these speed bumps be installed, and the support of...


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Movement on Residential Parking Permits

Movement on Residential Parking Permits

Some members of the NYC Council are embracing the idea of Residential Parking Permits. OANA has advocated for this for years, and we are heartened to see this idea take one more step to realization. Our last movement was the endorsement of this idea by NYS Senator Jorge Peralto...


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International Cultural Fest 2018

International Cultural Fest 2018

Please join Central Astoria LDC for International Cultural Fest 2018  on Sunday, April 29th from 12 noon to 5 pm at the street fair on Steinway Street, between Broadway and 31st Avenue. Enjoy music and dance from Bangladesh, Korea, Mexico, West Africa and other cultures. Let’s all come together...


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Target opens in Astoria

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 Heights, which will open in 2019. This 47,000-square-foot location will employ 100 people. Offered...


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Earth Day Festivities in Astoria Park

Earth Day Festivities in Astoria Park

On Sunday April 22nd, from 1 to 4 pm, Astoria Park Alliance is hosting a nature-themed Earth Day event on the main lawn of Astoria Park to kick off the 2018 season of events. This free and family-friendly event will feature live music, dance performances, environmental education and sustainability...


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Jane’s Walk in Old Astoria, Saturday May 5

Jane’s Walk in Old Astoria, Saturday May 5

Once a year, “Jane’s Walks” take place in cities across the country. Jane’s Walks are free tours/walking conversations inspired by the journalist and urban planning pioneer Jane Jacobs. Jane’s Walks encourage people to share stories about their neighborhoods, discover unseen aspects of their communities, and use walking as a...


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Open House at Historic St. George’s Church

Open House at Historic St. George’s Church

Historic St. George’s Church will be hosting an Open House on Saturday. May 5, from 11 am to 5pm. There will be tours of the church and cemetery. Come find out more about the history of the church whose connection with John Jacob Astor gave our neighborhood its name!...


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Astoria Blvd Station Renovations

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 of full closure and also include traffic diversions, including some closures of the Hoyt...


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Street Cleaning and Alternate Side Parking Old Astoria

Street Cleaning and Alternate Side Parking Old Astoria

OANA has taken a position regarding street cleaning and Alternate side Parking in Old Astoria. While we support using zoning as a tool to determine street sweeping standards, we understand there are other solutions that may alleviate an untenable situation, such as eliminating in its entirety the cleaning of...


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A New Field House for Queensbridge Park

A New Field House for Queensbridge Park

Good news for Queensbridge Park—the dilapidated old Field House, closed for many years, is to be demolished and ground has been broken for a new, energy-efficient park house that will serve as a  community center and will also house offices for Parks staff. The construction will cost $6.25 million...


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Tide Mill Conference

Tide Mill Conference

On Saturday April 7 2018, the Tide Mill Institute and Greater Astoria Historical Society present a conference particularly interesting for residents of our waterfront community: A City of Tides: The Past and Future of New York. The event is from 8.30 am to 4 pm. The Program: The ABC’s...


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NYC Ferry Jobs

NYC Ferry Jobs

Last August saw the opening of the new ferry service to and from Astoria. With spring and summer bringing back full ferry service, NYC Ferry is hiring!  Check out job openings that range from deckhand and mechanic to concessions and crowd control agents. Most positions start in spring or summer. The desired...


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Rendering of Queens Plaza Park courtesy of Durst Organization via SkyscraperPage

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 in a glass curtain wall, set back from the rear of the 90-year-old landmarked Clock...


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MTA Sued over Station Accessibility

MTA Sued over Station Accessibility

MTA Sued over Station Accessibility by US Attorney General for the Southern District of New York. As many of our members and friends know, OANA has taken a strong position on the need to improve accessibility and ADA compliance in the stations on the N/W train line. We were...


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Halletts Point Building One

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 at 60% of AMI. They also announced the launch of the lottery for the...


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NYC Free Tax Preparation

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, as well as online self-preparation at nyc.gov/taxprep. New Yorkers can take advantage of Free Tax...


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Seasonal, Part Time Positions- Aramark Citi Field

Seasonal, Part Time Positions- Aramark Citi Field

Aramark @ Citi Field is looking for energetic and self-motivated candidates with a proven track record in providing exemplary guest service in a fast paced and diverse environment, working as part of a team, to assist in the Food Service and Retail Operations at Citi Field. The ideal candidate...


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RENOVATION OF ASTORIA POOL TO COST 50 MILLION

RENOVATION OF ASTORIA POOL TO COST 50 MILLION

The cost to overhaul the Astoria Pool will be in excess of $50 million, according to Council member Costa Constantinides. Constantinides, who plans to fix the rundown pool wants the pool basin, the bleachers and deck surrounding the pool to be renovated. In addition, he wants the unkempt bathrooms...


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Noguchi Museum March News

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 anchor for OANA’s efforts to create a Waterfront Arts District. Please support their fine...


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NYS State wants NYC to use design-build

NYS State wants NYC to use design-build

Governor’s Cuomos office has advised the City of NY to try and institute Design /Build on its Capital Projects. This has proven to be a cost effective time saving process as proven by recent State Capital project, especially the construction of the new Tappen Zee (Mario Cuomo) and Kosciuszko...


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NYPD to crack down on ‘block-the-box’

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 out tickets to drivers who pull too far into the crosswalk at 50 busy...


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NYPD Sector David Safety Summit

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 an meeting to discuss neighborhood safety and quality of life issues in sector David....


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More developments coming to Old Astoria

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 street. The project includes 50 apartments, plus retail and medical offices. of (3,700 square...


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Increase Parking around Film Shoots

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 the economic health and visibility of our neighborhood. As residents, however, we often have...


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New Lower East Side Ferry Stop

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 the lower east side. The Lower East Side Route will serve nearly one million...


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New Generators for Astoria Houses

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 mitigate against damage and power outages from any future storms. The December 2015 FEMA...


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Mid Block Cross walks on Steinway St

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 on Steinway Street in his State of the District speech last year. Steinway Street, which...


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Central Astoria LDC’s Multicultural Celebration

Central Astoria LDC’s Multicultural Celebration

Many ethnic cultures contribute to the diversity for which our community is justly famous, and now Central Astoria LDC is bringing us a fabulous Multicultural Celebration on Sunday March 18th from 12.30 to 5 pm. Enjoy performances by cultures from around the world The event is hosted by the...


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Halletts Point update

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 aside their disputes, and come together for the good of our community. We have...


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Google and Goodwill Team up

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 development initiative with Goodwill Industries called the Goodwill Digital Career Accelerator – including $300,000...


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Arcadia Bar & Kitchen

Arcadia Bar & Kitchen

Arcadia is a new neighborhood bar coming to Old Astoria in the next couple of weeks. This project has been a year in the making with nothing but love and passion for what we do. Serving up craft cocktails, draft beer and a full kitchen, we are excited to...


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New Look Coming to the Triborough B playground

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 painted with a large-scale mural by Mark Paul Deren (AKA MADSTEEZ), paying homage to...


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Withdrawal of Hallets Point Funding Probed

Withdrawal of Hallets Point Funding Probed

The New York City Council is investigating the withdrawal of $43.5 million in financing from the affordable housing project at Hallets Point, that would also have provided money for boiler repairs at the nearby Astoria Houses, in November 2017, shortly after a public dispute between Mayor Bill de Blasio...


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Neptune Diner May Depart

Neptune Diner May Depart

The future of the much-loved Neptune Diner, at the foot of the Astoria Boulevard N/W train station, is in doubt. The Astoria Post reports that the site, 31-05 Astoria Blvd., that houses the diner and two adjacent lots are up for sale. The listing, by Eastern Consolidated, reports that...


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CLIMATE CHANGE: Is Your Home At Risk?

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 how rising sea levels would affect their neighborhoods and the tool shows that large...


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Astoria Diving Pool Project

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 as a diving pool, to reconstruction as a Theater, Performance Space, and Ice Rink,...


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NEW DEVELOPMENT BY THE ASTORIA FERRY

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 the Welling Court Mural Project. Also, the developer is addresses 2 great neighborhood needs:...


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Halletts Point Building one is nearly completion

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, will occupy the first floor. A fitness Center, Recreation Rooms for Kids, and Public...


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NOGUCHI HIRES NEW DIRECTOR

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 15 years at the helm. The Noguchi Museum is an important component of the...


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OANA President Interviewed by Queens Ledger

OANA President Interviewed by Queens Ledger

The Queens Ledger recently published a profile of Richard Khuzami, President of OANA. The article depicts his family background, love of Astoria and community activism that goes back many years To quote the Queens Ledger, “Khuzami’s latest effort is founding the Old Astoria Neighborhood Association, formed in 2014. The...


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Rally for Better Transit at the Ditmars Boulevard Station

Rally for Better Transit at the Ditmars Boulevard Station

Just when you thought the station renovations on the N/W line couldn’t be any more inconvenient, it’s just been announced that the Ditmars Boulevard station will be under reconstruction from April 2018 through June 2019. Thankfully the station won’t be completely closed, but construction materials will be stored on...


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New NYC Winter Ferry Schedule

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 new development, services, a shot in the arm for our cultural institutions, and a...


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Is Design Build the Answer to NYC Capital project Woes?

Is Design Build the Answer to NYC Capital project Woes?

Design build is an attempt to streamline the Capital project design and construction process. Currently, the process usually takes a minimum of 2 years just to reach the construction phase. This is because there are 2 separate processes: Design and permit is handled separately from construction. Also 2 separate...


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Councilman Costa Constantinides Has Been Re-appointed

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 remain his priority. The newly expanded committee now has more members and a widened...


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Approved Design Plans For Whitey Ford Field

Approved Design Plans For Whitey Ford Field

Community Board 1 in Astoria/LIC has approved design plans from the NYC Parks Department for the renovation of Whitey Ford Field! This is the culmination of extensive work done by CB1, The Friends of Whitey Ford Field, and The Old Astoria Neighborhood Association to bring this field, named after...


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Van Bramer’s City Council Appointments

Van Bramer’s City Council Appointments

The New York City Council the City Council voted on committee assignments and leadership positions for the new term. District 26 Council Member Jimmy Van Bramer continues to serve as the Chair of the Cultural Affairs and Libraries Committee. Jimmy said that “I love this committee and am so...


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Executive Director of BQX Stepped Down

Executive Director of BQX Stepped Down

The Friends of the BQX Executive Director, Ya-Ting Liu, stepped down on December 1st.  Ya-Ting stepped down just after unveiling the first-ever life-size prototype of the light rail car of the BQX. Ya-Ting was able to accomplish a lot while being the Executive Director. She was able to build...


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NYC Free Tax Prep Program

NYC Free Tax Prep Program

Are you a New Yorker who earned $66,000 or less in 2017? Good news! You may qualify for free tax preparation services. Those services could include free online filing and in-person filing with an IRS certified VITA/TCE volunteer preparer. NYC Free Tax Prep sites are operated by community-based organizations in...


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The BQX Timeline May be Shattered

The BQX Timeline May be Shattered

The Brooklyn-Queens Connector (BQX) is a proposed streetcar that would link Brooklyn and Queens along the waterfront of both boroughs.  The public-review process for the BQX was supposed to start by the end of 2017.  However, the start date has extended into this year.  According to The Crain’s report,...


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Deadline for 2018 ArtHotel Residency is January 8

Deadline for 2018 ArtHotel Residency is January 8

Attention artists! The deadline to apply for the Queens Council on the Arts (QCA) ArtHotel Residency program  is Monday January 8th at 5 pm. Emerging artists from all disciplines may apply; you must be 18 or over and must be a Queens resident. The QCA ArtHotel Residency program offers...


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MulchFest in Astoria Park

MulchFest in Astoria Park

It’s time to take the Christmas tree down and New York City wants to turn your holiday greenery into mulch. The annual MulchFest event  will be held at various locations throughout the city, including Astoria Park, on Saturday January 6 and Sunday January 7 from 10 a.m. to 2...


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Astoria Wins the Curbed Cup 2017

Astoria Wins the Curbed Cup 2017

The votes are in—and Astoria is the winner of the 2017 Curbed Cup! Astoria beat out the Manhattan finalist, Yorkville, with an impressive 60% of the vote in the final round. Curbed NY notes that that Astoria surged from its original 10th place seeding, defeating trendy newcomers like Hudson...


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Astoria Heights Park Potluck Brunch and Book Swap

Astoria Heights Park Potluck Brunch and Book Swap

On Saturday January 21st from 11 am to 2 pm, please join the Friends of Astoria Heights Park for their 5th Annual Potluck Brunch and Book Swap. Start your New Year’s resolution to de-clutter by bringing books to swap (in good condition) and bring a dish to share. This...


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Condos In Astoria Mock Storage Units

Condos In Astoria Mock Storage Units

The residents of the Shore Towers condo building are concerned for their safety after discovering that 5 apartments had been converted to 150 storage cages.  This is not only illegal, but it is also threatens the building’s fire safety because there are no smoke detectors or sprinklers within the...


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Curbed NY; New poll to determine NYC’s hot neighborhoods

Curbed NY; New poll to determine NYC’s hot neighborhoods

Curbed Cup NY 2017  is pitting 2 neighborhoods against each other for supremacy in their list of the best neighborhoods of NYC. Astoria, a diverse neighborhood known for its “Village” feel in an urban environment, versus “Yorkville”, home to the new Second Avenue subway. We urge all Astorians and...


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Take 2017 Survey of LIC Businesses and Organizations

Take 2017 Survey of LIC Businesses and Organizations

The Long Island City Partnership is calling all businesses and organizations located in Long Island City to tell them what they think about the future of the area by filling out an online survey.  This will help the partnership update LIC’s data and better inform policy decisions that shape...


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Win one for Friends of Whitey Ford Field

Win one for Friends of Whitey Ford Field

Congratulations to Friends of Whitey Ford Field on winning the “It’s My Park Photo Contest” hosted by the Partnerships for Parks.  This comes after the organization entered the contest by submitting a photo of their September 17 Clean Up at the field. They received 548 votes. 40 volunteer park...


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A New Director for a Veteran Performing Arts Center

A New Director for a Veteran Performing Arts Center

Astoria Performing Arts Center (APAC) has a large presence in the Astoria community.  Founded in 2001, it is APAC’s mission to the gift of high quality theater to Astoria, Queens and support its residents.  That is why they were happy to announce their new Executive Director, Jesse Machesse. Machesse...


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Awards for Astoria Architectural Developments

Awards for Astoria Architectural Developments

The Graffiti House project at 11-07 Welling Court in Astoria was among those honored at the recent Queens Chamber of Commerce Annual Building Awards Gala.  Graffiti House received the Interior Design, mixed use, residential/commercial/industrial award and the Best Landscape Design award. The architect is Architects Studio and the builder...


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Pesticide Bill in Queens

Pesticide Bill in Queens

A bill mandating NYC parks and playgrounds be wiped down after pesticides are sprayed has passed the City Council.  This bill has been sponsored by Councilmember Jimmy Van Bramer of Long Island City/Sunnyside. This bill will require The Department of Parks and Recreation to wipe down the playgrounds 24...


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An End to Larger Truck Traffic on Astoria Boulevard

An End to Larger Truck Traffic on Astoria Boulevard

New York State Assemblymember  Aravella Simotas announced that by the end of this year, larger trucks will be permitted to remain on the Brooklyn Queens Expressway (BQE) and will no longer be detoured onto local streets in Astoria. (Note: many people think of the roadway from the RFK Triborough...


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Cornell’s High-Tech Campus on Roosevelt Island

Cornell’s High-Tech Campus on Roosevelt Island

Tata Consultancy Services (TCS), an IT services, consulting and business solutions organization, announced on Dec. 4 a $50 million investment in Cornell Tech. The development and investment is to encourage more technology-based learning for students K-12 in New York City.  This will be an amazing opportunity for the companies,...


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Tragic Discovery in the East River

Tragic Discovery in the East River

The City Medical Examiner’s office is performing an autopsy on the body of a woman discovered floating in the waters of the East River beside Astoria Park on Sunday December 10. The Western Queens Gazette is reporting that the body was that of a dark-haired Asian woman in her...


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A New School To Be Constructed in Dutch Kills

A New School To Be Constructed in Dutch Kills

In 2015, the student population in Queens county was 2,301, 139.  This is about one teacher to every 22 students.  This seems like a decent distribution, but the suggested ratio is 1:18.  That is why the new school building in Long Island City is such a great new development....


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Keeping the arts alive in gentrifying neighborhoods

Keeping the arts alive in gentrifying neighborhoods

Chashama is a nonprofit organization that provides artists with affordable working space, living space, and presenting space throughout New York City. They reach out to local developers and solicitate primarily temporary space for artist workplaces. Historically as a neighborhood gentrifies, the artists that helped create the atmosphere that allows...


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114th Precinct Neighborhood Policing and Safety Meeting

114th Precinct Neighborhood Policing and Safety Meeting

The NYPD 114th Precinct invite you to meet the Sector David officers who are assigned to neighborhood policing in your community. On Thursday December 14th there will be a Neighborhood Policing and Safety Meeting at 6.30 pm (doors open at 6 pm for refreshments). The location is the LIC...


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Holiday Food Drive

Holiday Food Drive

‘Tis the season when many of us flock to our local supermarkets to stock up on holiday foods and treats. But for some in our community, even basic staples may be beyond their means some months. Council Majority Leader Jimmy Van Bramer is organizing his 8th Annual Food Drive...


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Mount Sinai Early Planning Medical Seminar

Mount Sinai Early Planning Medical Seminar

Have you been asked if you have a health care proxy or advanced directive when getting care at a hospital? What are these? Why are they important? What if I become incapacitated when seeking treatment? Mount Sinai is hosting a early planning medical seminar in Spanish on Thursday December...


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Councilman Costa Constantinides “Holiday Drive”

Councilman Costa Constantinides “Holiday Drive”

Councilman Constantinides is collecting unopened/unwrapped toys, toiletries, and winter coats. You can drop off your donation through December 15th at their office, 31-09 Newtown Ave., on weekdays from 9am-5pm. Coats will be donated to New York Cares, toys will be donated to Urban Upbound and Toys for Tots, and...


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Winter Snow Removal Jobs with Sanitation

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 as emergency snow laborers for the upcoming snow season should register at their local...


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Send In Ideas For Socrates Park Seating

Send In Ideas For Socrates Park Seating

Are you an architect?  Do you like to sit?  Then send in your ideas for new ideas for single or double movable outdoor seating for Old Astoria’s Socrates Sculpture Park.   The park wants an artist to construct outdoor seating for at least 25 people, have a life for...


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Astoria Park Alliance Fundraiser

Astoria Park Alliance Fundraiser

Do you love Astoria Park?  We do too!  A way you can help keep our park diverse, beautiful and sustainable is by attending the Astoria Park Alliance (APA) Friendraiser Winter Social. The Friendraiser will be held on December 6th from 6:30 PM to 10:30 PM at M.I.A (Made In...


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Astoria Market Returns to Bohemian Hall

Astoria Market Returns to Bohemian Hall

Stressed out about holiday shopping? We have good news: the artisan Astoria Market is returning to Bohemian Hall, with handmade crafts, vintage items and baked goods to fulfill all your gift needs. The dates of the Astoria Market are: Sunday, December 3rd, 2017 Sunday, December 10th, 2017 Sunday, December...


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Shakespeare Live in LIC

Shakespeare Live in LIC

What a treat for the holiday season: a staged dramatic reading of one of the Bard’s best-loved plays at the Long Island City Community Library on Monday December 4. William Shakespeare’s comedy Twelfth Night, or What You Will” is believed to have been written around 1601–02 as a Twelfth...


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OANA Advocating Parking Permit Program

OANA Advocating Parking Permit Program

OANA is backing a bill calling for the establishment of a parking permit program in East Elmhurst, and is advocating for it to be expanded to parts of Astoria. This would be a one-year pilot program where residents who live within a 2-mile radius of LaGuardia Airport would be...


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Rainey Park Walking Tour and Drop-In Session

Rainey Park Walking Tour and Drop-In Session

Green Shore NYC, a non-profit organization that advocates for a cleaner, greener and more accessible East River waterfront in Astoria and Long Island City, is looking for feedback on Rainey Park (Vernon Blvd and 34th Avenue). They are gathering information on how people use Rainey Park, how they feel...


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Applications Open for NYC Kindergartens

Applications Open for NYC Kindergartens

Online applications opened for NYC kindergartens on Tuesday November 28. If your child was born in the calendar year 2013, you can apply. Who Can Apply to Kindergarten? New York City residents Families with children born in 2013 Current pre-K students at public district schools, Pre-K Centers, NYC Early...


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Paper Factory Hotel Expands

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 on the roof with great views of Manhattan. The Paper Factory has been a...


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Long Island City High School Students Receive Computers

Long Island City High School Students Receive Computers

50 Long Island City High School students struck it big and were given computers thanks to the non-profit Technologies For Families in Need.  This organization started in 2013 and started distributing computers throughout communities in early 2016.  So far, the nonprofit has distributed 500 computers and is planning on...


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RESIDENTIAL PARKING PERMITS

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 of time, and the psychological frustrations we all face from cruising the neighborhood looking...


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Property Tax Management to enter the Digital Age

Property Tax Management to enter the Digital Age

OANA is supporting our Councilman Costa Constantinides’s bill to create website access for information on Property Taxes for NYC Property owners. This is an attempt to simplify a process which today is depended upon “SnailMail” in order to get timely information on property taxes. Councilman Constantinides states: “For too...


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Important news for holiday travel via Laguardia Airport

Important news for holiday travel via Laguardia Airport

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE November 16, 2017 CONTACT: Metropolitan Transportation Authority: 212-878-7440 Port Authority of New York and New Jersey: 212-435-7777 PORT AUTHORITY AND MTA ANNOUNCE FREE LAGUARDIA LINK Q70 SERVICE DURING THANKSGIVING HOLIDAY LaGuardia Link Q70 bus provides convenient connection to New York City Subway and Long Island Rail...


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BQX Connector Mock up

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 plan originally announced by Mayor DiBlasio, seeks to connect via streetcar Astoria with Sunset...


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Landlord Watchlist

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 do not meet housing standards is an important instrument in holding them accountable. It...


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

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 is our entire neighborhood. NYC Parks Dept. has received 2 million dollars in funding...


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Delayed Opening for Charybdis Playground Bathrooms

Delayed Opening for Charybdis Playground Bathrooms

NYC Parks Departments plan for renovating Charybdis Playground, phase 2 of Mayor DiBlasio’s Anchor Park Initiative, will include renovation of the Comfort Station. Because of this renovation, the facility will not reopen until 2020 (The completion of Phase 2). Initially closed because sewer lines were emptying directly into the...


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Separate Bike and Pedestrian Lanes on the Queensboro Bridge

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 feels that combining pedestrian and bicycle use in one lane is a safety hazard....


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San Francisco Ferry Boat Visits New York

San Francisco Ferry Boat Visits New York

The ferry Zelinsky, which started its career San Francisco Bay 30 years ago, was providing free ferry rides in New York City this week. The Mozilla company hired the Zelinsky from Hornblower Metro Fleet LLC (who operate the ferry service from Hallets Point in Astoria) to provide a free...


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Holiday Festival & Tree Lighting in Astoria Park

Holiday Festival & Tree Lighting in Astoria Park

On Saturday December 2nd, please join Central Astoria LDC for their 5th Annual Holiday Festival & Tree Lighting Celebration on the Great Lawn in Astoria Park from 2 to 5 pm. Join friends and neighbors for entertainment by the New York Holiday Choristers, Dave Cremins Out of This World...


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Represent Your Neighbors on Community Board 1

Represent Your Neighbors on Community Board 1

Are you civic-minded and interested in playing a part in New York City’s governance? Why not apply to join your local community board? Queens Borough President Melinda Katz is accepting applications for new members of the community boards. These are volunteer 2-year positions, and community board members attend monthly...


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Affordable Housing Units Open on the Astoria Waterfront

Affordable Housing Units Open on the Astoria Waterfront

Have you always dreamed of living near the East River waterfront? Applications are now open for 21 affordable units in Vernon Tower, at 11-06 31st Drive, an 8-story luxury building that overlooks Socrates Sculpture Park. QNS.com reports  that five units are studios, five are one-bedroom apartments and the remaining...


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Has NaNoWriMo Got You Down?

Has NaNoWriMo Got You Down?

Every year all over the world, authors and would-be authors sign themselves up for National Novel Writing Month, otherwise known as NaNoWriMo. The goal is to write 50,000 words before November 30th—the average length of a novel. If you have started that novel you always wanted to write, but...


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Footloose at Last

Footloose at Last

Our City Council, after many years of lobbying from those who have created New York City’s famous nightlife scene, has voted to repeal the Cabaret Law. This antiquated statute had long since ceased to be relevant. The bill passed by the City Council will require nightspots to ensure that...


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Direct Public transit between Outer Boroughs

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 in the Boroughs” as an overview of various options. As more and more residents...


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Big Reuse is Closing Their Astoria Store

Big Reuse is Closing Their Astoria Store

Big Reuse is closing their Queens store, which came to the Astoria waterfront more than a decade ago. In a letter on Big Reuse’s website, director Justin Finley said that “our landlord now wants to double our rent. We have to shut down our Queens location by November 30th....


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Socrates Sculpture Park Wants You

Socrates Sculpture Park Wants You

It’s that time of the year when Socrates Sculpture Park sends out an open call  artists to submit proposals for the 2018 Emerging Artist Fellowship (EAF), an annual residency program at this local treasure on the Astoria waterfront. EAF18 recipients will receive a $5,000 production grant to support their...


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Film Screening at the Noguchi Museum

Film Screening at the Noguchi Museum

On Wednesday November 15th, there will be a free film screening at the Noguchi Museum. The museum presents Membra Disjecta: Gonzalo Fonseca and the Heart of Stone, a new biographical film by Michael Gregory. The program begins at 6.30 pm and the film will be followed by a conversation...


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Celebrating the Hellgate Photo Exhibit

Celebrating the Hellgate Photo Exhibit

The Hellgate 100 Committee has been hard at work this year, organizing commemorative events such as the cleaning and painting of the Bridge’s supports and the vibrant murals “Liberty, Justice and Freedom” and “HellGate 100” that went up on Astoria Park’s Shore Blvd. Thanks are due to the artists...


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Community Input for Chappetto Square Renovation

Community Input for Chappetto Square Renovation

There was considerable enthusiasm for an upcoming local renovation project amongst the community members who turned out to tell the NYC Department of Parks and Recreation what they would like to see happen at local park  Chappetto Square during a recent visioning meeting at the Judge Charles F. Vallone...


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Asthma Legislation Introduced

Asthma Legislation Introduced

District 22 Council Member Costa Constantinides has announced the introduction of a legislative package to combat asthma. Costa was joined in support by legislation co-sponsor and Council’s Health Committee Chair Councilman Corey Johnson, St. Mary’s Hospital for Children, the Astoria Houses Tenants Association, the American Lung Association, the Asthma...


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Astoria Kayak Launch Design Session

Astoria Kayak Launch Design Session

The first visioning session for the Astoria Kayak Launch will take place on Thursday, November 2, from 7 to 8pm at the Astoria Houses Community Center. Join NYCEDC, NYC Department of Parks and Recreation, and Council Member Costa Constantinides in exploring ways to get Astoria residents down to the...


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Can You “Be-Leaf” It’s That Time of Year

Can You “Be-Leaf” It’s That Time of Year

Yes, the summer went quickly and the leaves are starting to turn color.  But they won’t stay on the trees for long! The Leaf Collection Schedule for Community Board 1 is Set out after 4 pm: Saturday, November 18 Saturday, December 2 Guidelines For Leaf Collection: –   Collect your...


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HALLOWEEN HARVEST FESTIVAL AT SOCRATES

HALLOWEEN HARVEST FESTIVAL AT SOCRATES

It’s the spook-tacular finale to the season at Socrates Sculpture Park—the Halloween Harvest Festival on Saturday October 28th from 11AM to 3PM. This is a free event and no RSVP is required. 11AM – 2PM: Costume and art-making workshops with Socrates artists, creating collaborative ‘exo-skeletons’ sculpture with Free Style...


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Ferry photo

NYC Ferry’s Winter Schedule

If you are enjoying taking the new Astoria ferry service to work—or for pleasure excursions—it is likely that the winter service will be somewhat reduced to match an expected decrease in ridership, AMNY reports that the City Council was told last week. While peak-hour ferry trips will not be...


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OFFICE RECYCLING 2.0

OFFICE RECYCLING 2.0

If you run a business or you are a landlord leasing space to commercial tenants, you should be aware that the regulations for office recycling in New York City have recently changed. New rules now require businesses to set up and label three-bin recycling stations throughout their offices: one...


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Chappetto Square Community Input Meeting

Chappetto Square Community Input Meeting

It was recently announced that Chappetto Square in Astoria was added to the Community Parks Initiative program and will therefore receive funding from the city for a renovation and upgrades. What will the renovation of Chappetto Square look like? The New York City Department of Parks and Recreation wants...


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Be A District 22 Participatory Budgeting Delegate

Be A District 22 Participatory Budgeting Delegate

It’s time to move on the next stage of Participatory Budgeting for District 22. Capital project ideas for how to invest $1 million in our community were recently collected at in-person Neighborhood Assemblies and online. If you’d like to be involved in the next stage of the process, you...


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Central Astoria’s Halloween Party Will Be Spook-Tacular Fun

Central Astoria’s Halloween Party Will Be Spook-Tacular Fun

Time to get out your vampire capes and Frankenstein costumes out of mothballs—it’s almost Halloween and Central Astoria LDC is putting on their 2nd Annual “Batty Over Halloween” Celebration on Sunday, October 29th, 2017 from 12 noon to 2.30 pm. Location: on the Great Lawn in Astoria Park. Activities...


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“Astoria Character” Neil Herdan is Pitching Whitey Ford Field

“Astoria Character” Neil Herdan is Pitching Whitey Ford Field

Nancy Ruhling’s “Astoria Characters” series in the Huffington Post  and collected on her own website, have featured a wide variety of people living in our community—a Tiffany glass curator,  a hairdresser,  the couple who own the Victory Sweet Shop and Victory Garden Cafe, the principal trombonist for the Astoria...


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Your Phone Can Now Help You Park

Your Phone Can Now Help You Park

If you follow OANA on Facebook, subscribe to our newsletter  or check this blog, you will have seen regular postings about some great community events in our neighborhood. But wait–you’ve left in good time and found a great parking spot—but you don’t have any quarters and you’ve left your...


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A New Production from APAC

A New Production from APAC

The crew at APAC (the Astoria Performing Arts Center) is rehearsing the world premiere production of Veil’d, a play by Monet Hurst-Mendoza, and the excitement about their new production is mounting! Veil’d tells the story of Dima, a 16-year old girl with a rare skin condition who gets by...


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A New Home for Academy of American Studies

A New Home for Academy of American Studies

The city will build a new school in Dutch Kills to house the students at Academy of American Studies, who currently have to share space with Newcomers High School at 28-01 41st Avenue.  DNAInfo is reporting that the new 4-story school will be located at 40-11 28th St and...


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Takin’ It To the Streets

Takin’ It To the Streets

It’s time for the Broadway Street Fair! On Sunday October 15th, join your neighbors from 11 am to 6 pm, stroll along Broadway and check out the many vendors and the activities for kids. The event runs the length of Broadway from Crescent St to Steinway St. and is...


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Astoria Sites Take Part in Open House NY Weekend

Astoria Sites Take Part in Open House NY Weekend

Every October hundreds of locations around the five boroughs offer behind-the-scenes tours to visitors. It’s called Open House New York Weekend, and this year it’s October 14 and 15. Some Open House New York tours require reservations, but three sites in Astoria are offering free tours for which no...


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Old Astoria Shop Owner Coins New Name for the Neighborhood

Old Astoria Shop Owner Coins New Name for the Neighborhood

Natassa Contini, owner of local business the pet store/café Chateau Le Woof, has a new name for the part of Astoria west of 21st Street, between Astoria Park and Broadway—it’s “Westoria.” DNAInfo reports that Contini started to use the hashtag #Westoria on Chateau Le Woof’s Instagram posts “as a...


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NYC Ferry to Add Three New Boats

NYC Ferry to Add Three New Boats

Good news for Astoria residents who are enjoying the new ferry service from Halletts Cove—and for those from other neighborhoods who want to ride the ferry out to explore the many attractions our community had to offer. AMNY is reporting that New York City’s Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC) is...


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Chappetto Square Joins the Community Parks Initiative

Chappetto Square Joins the Community Parks Initiative

Mayor Bill de Blasio has announced that Chappetto Square in Astoria will receive city funding and upgrades since it has just been added to the Community Parks Initiative. Founded in 2014, the Community Parks Initiative (CPI) focuses on improving parks in neighborhoods with dense and/or growing populations. Chappetto Square...


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QUEENS FOOD DAY RETURNS

QUEENS FOOD DAY RETURNS

On Saturday October 14, Socrates Sculpture Park is hosting the popular festival Queens Food Day. The day will feature fun activities and demonstrations relating to locally sourced food, gardening, urban farming nutrition and food justice. Co-hosts Queens Action Council (QuAC) will moderate a speaker’s panel featuring community representatives. Lauren...


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Notify NYC App is Live

Notify NYC App is Live

The launch of the Notify NYC app will be a boon for those with smartphones who want to get notifications about weather emergencies like blizzards, transit problems, and suspensions of alternate side of the street parking rules. In its report, Gothamist gave some examples of the kinds of alerts...


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Cornell Tech Phase 1 Opens

Cornell Tech Phase 1 Opens

Cornell Tech, a partnership between Cornell University and Technion-Israel Institute of Technology, opened the first phase of its new Roosevelt Island campus this week. DNAInfo reorts that Cornell Tech’s new 4-story academic center plans to be one of the country’s largest net-zero building, with all of its power being...


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Two N Trains Stations To Close for 8 Months

Two N Trains Stations To Close for 8 Months

Bad news for commuters in Astoria who were looking forward to having full train service back after a summer of weekends with no train service—the 36th Avenue and 30th Avenue stations will be shuttered for at least 8 months starting on October 23rd, DNAINfo is reporting. Whereas Summer’s weekend...


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Whitey Ford Field Clean-Up On Sept 17

Whitey Ford Field Clean-Up On Sept 17

Please help Friends of Whitey Ford Field during their Volunteer Clean-Up Day on Sunday, September 17 from 10 am to 1 pm. Supplies and tools will be provided.  A couple of hours of your time can make a big difference to this local park with a lot of heart!...


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Shore Fest Returns on September 16

Shore Fest Returns on September 16

On Saturday, September 16th, Astoria Park Alliance is once again hosting the ever-popular community event Shore Fest in the park.. The festivities will take place from 1 to 5 pm, on the Main Lawn adjacent to the Bocce Court off Shore Boulevard. Activities planned for this popular event will...


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