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OANA Supports New Community Greenspace

OANA Supports New Community Greenspace

OANA President Richard Khuzami attended a recent local event held by the new group Astoria Urban Agriculture Alliance (AUAA) who want to create a community garden and educational space on an unused lot on Hoyt Avenue North between 19th and 21st Streets. Richard told those gathered how good it...


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Socrates Sculpture Park: The beginnings

Socrates Sculpture Park: The beginnings

Socrates Sculpture Park, a Cultural Pillar of Old Astoria, has an interesting origin story, evolving out of a rat-infested illegal dumpsite to today’s hybrid Park and Museum which has been such an Oasis for all New Yorkers, especially during the Pandemic. To view this story, please join Socrates’s Director...


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APAC New Venue

APAC New Venue

OANA has received the following Press release from the Astoria Performing Arts Center regarding a new space for performances. Ever since they lost their home at the Good Shepard Church on Crescent St. they have been searching for a stable home. During these days when so many live performance...


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Ditmars COVID Outreach

Ditmars COVID Outreach

OANA Received the following from the Mayor’s office: They will be handing out literature and distributing masks………(They are not giving tests) “I hope all is well. We will be having a Get Tested Tuesday! outreach effort in Astoria next Tuesday, 11/24. We will be working to engage folks right...


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Citibike Town Hall Rescheduled

Citibike Town Hall Rescheduled

There was a Citibike Town Hall sponsored by the NYC DOT October 28th  that was beset by many technical issues. This town Hall discussed the expansion of Citibike in Western Queens. Therefore, another Town Hall has been scheduled for November 19th at 6 PM. For all those who participated...


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New 4-way Stop at Astoria Blvd 12th Street

New 4-way Stop at Astoria Blvd 12th Street

We at OANA would like to thank the NYC DOT, and especially our local planner John O’Neill for helping to expedite the creation of a 4-way stop and crosswalk at Astoria Blvd and 12th street. This is the culmination of a collaborative effort involving local organizations and elected officials...


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Retail Open Streets

Retail Open Streets

Mayor de Blasio has announced a new Open Storefronts initiative, which began on October 30th. This program will run through December 31st, affording a boost to retail for the Holiday Season. Retailers, and services such as repair shops, personal care and laundry can participate. Business owners can apply for...


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All You Need To Know About Masks

All You Need To Know About Masks

The NY Times has published an interesting article regarding masks, descriptions, how they work, what is effective. It is interesting reading for everyone. We hope it clarifies any questions you may have. Interesting information especially about how particles are blocked, and great graphics!


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NYC Ferry Winter Schedule & Changes to the East River Route

NYC Ferry Winter Schedule & Changes to the East River Route

The NYC Ferry winter schedule goes into effect on Monday, November 2, 2020. View the new schedules on ferry.nyc before you commute. Also on November 2, there will be a modification to the East River route which will re-order the East River landings. This change will increase seat capacity for...


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Hallets Cove Waterfront Revitalization

Hallets Cove Waterfront Revitalization

In very welcome news, it was recently announced that habitat restoration in Hallets Cove will begin in early 2021. The plan is to clean up trash from the East River, which has in the past been used as a dumping ground,, restore the riverbank’s ecology, and safely remove the...


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Titan Theater Virtual Season

Titan Theater Virtual Season

For the best in classic theater, please support Titan Theater in their upcoming virtual season. As all the performing arts wrestle with the new reality of virtual performance, let’s all do what we can to make sure our cultural institutions survive and thrive in the new environment. The Titan...


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Astoria Performing Arts Center Virtual Season

Astoria Performing Arts Center Virtual Season

Astoria’s award-winning community theater, Astoria Performing Arts Center (APAC) is opening its virtual season. OANA has been a long-time supporter, and we urge everyone to enjoy the performances as we all get used to these new virtual mediums for the performing arts! For more information on their theatrical piece,...


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Exhibition: Q100

Exhibition: Q100

The Q100 bus line has been running through the heart of Astoria for many years, but it is also a lifeline for the families of inmates at Riker’s Island. This line is the subject of a new photo exhibit currently on display in  Astoria Park.   Photographer Salvador Espinoza,...


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Citibike Expansion

Citibike Expansion

Citibike is expanding in our neighborhood, and they are looking for our input!!! Old Astoria will be participating in the “INFILL” process explained below (We already have a Citibike presence, it is just being augmented) They will have a virtual public town hall next Wednesday, October 28th @ 6 PM in conjunction...


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Noguchi Newsletter

One of our cultural gems on the waterfront, Noguchi Museum, has issued their latest newsletter on upcoming programs and events. The recent reopening of our cultural institutions is another important step towards normalcy We urge everyone to enjoy the programs and exhibitions of this wonderful institution, spend a wonderful...


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Astoria’s Socrates Sculpture Park Director To Step Down

Astoria’s Socrates Sculpture Park Director To Step Down

John Hatfield, executive director of Socrates Sculpture Park, will step down from his post, the nonprofit announced on Wednesday, October 14th. Executive director of the outdoor art space since 2012, Hatfield will leave the nonprofit as soon as its board of directors has chosen his successor, according to a...


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2020 Boroughwide Winter Coat Drive Announcement

2020 Boroughwide Winter Coat Drive Announcement

In partnership with all 14 Queens Community Boards, Acting Queens Borough President Sharon Lee has announced the launch of a boroughwide coat drive to support families in need as the cold weather months approach. From now through Friday, November 13th, community members can drop off new adult and children’s...


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Outdoor Dining Update from Mayor & NYC Hospitality Alliance

Outdoor Dining Update from Mayor & NYC Hospitality Alliance

Mayor Bill de Blasio joined the Department of Buildings (DOB), Department of Transportation (DOT), and the Fire Department of New York (FDNY) today to release thorough guidance for city restaurants planning to stay open and serve customers outdoors with heating devices this fall and winter. The announcement furthers New...


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APAC Kicks Off 20th Season with Online Benefit Performance

APAC Kicks Off 20th Season with Online Benefit Performance

Astoria Performing Arts Center (APAC) in association with Theater East is kicking off its 20th Anniversary season with American Arcana, an apocalyptic comedy by Cyndi Williams of survival and the fight for a better tomorrow. The show will feature recorded and live performances by an ensemble which includes several...


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In Memory of Whitey Ford, Astoria's Native Son

In Memory of Whitey Ford, Astoria’s Native Son

The Old Astoria Neighborhood Association and members of Friends of Whitey Ford Field would like to express our deepest condolences to Joan Ford, Whitey Ford’s wife of 69 years, and her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. Whitey and Joan met in Astoria and were married at St Patrick’s RC Church...


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Socrates Sculpture Park “MONUMENTS NOW – Part II: Call and Response” on Display This Saturday

Socrates Sculpture Park “MONUMENTS NOW – Part II: Call and Response” on Display This Saturday

MONUMENTS NOW, an exhibition examining the role of monuments in American society and championing underrepresented histories and marginalized peoples, continues at Socrates Sculpture Park this Saturday, October 10th, with the unveiling of ten new monuments projects by the Park’s 2020 Artist Fellows: Daniel Bejar, Fontaine Capel, Dionisio Cortes Ortega,...


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NY Port Authority Promotes AirTrain

NY Port Authority Promotes AirTrain

Days after a pair of public hearings, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey returned to making its case for an AirTrain between LaGuardia Airport and Willets Point. They made their case at Old Astoria Neighborhood Association’s last online meeting. The Federal Aviation Administration is reviewing a...


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De Marco Park Clean-Up on October 11

De Marco Park Clean-Up on October 11

Incanto Productions is hosting a litter clean-up at De Marco Park on Sunday, October 11, from 1-2:30 pm. The meeting location will be at 21st Ave and Shore Boulevard. NYC Parks will provide the material needed. OANA is proud to support Incanto Productions in keeping our environment clean and...


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BioBus to Create Permanent Site at Astoria Houses

BioBus to Create Permanent Site at Astoria Houses

Council Member Costa Constantinides and community leaders joined with BioBus on September 24th to announce the science education non-profit would set up a permanent installation at the NYCHA Astoria Houses. The announcement represents years of partnership between BioBus and the Astoria Houses, where it has focused on connecting young...


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Calling All Residents to Complete 2020 Census and Vote

Calling All Residents to Complete 2020 Census and Vote

With the October 5th deadline to complete the 2020 Census looming, don’t wait until it’s too late to help ensure Queens is fully and accurately counted. Your response to this 10-minute survey will help determine our next 10 years, from representation to resources for our schools, hospitals, infrastructure and...


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New Drive-In Movie Theater, Radical Park, Opens in Queens

New Drive-In Movie Theater, Radical Park, Opens in Queens

New York City has seen a resurgence in drive-in and outdoor movies during these socially distanced times. The latest drive-in, Radial Park, will be located at Hallets Point Play, a 50,000 square foot open-air cultural venue on the Astoria, Queens waterfront. Radial Park will specifically focus on Broadway theater...


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The Noguchi Museum Reopens To The Public

The Noguchi Museum reopened to the general public on Wednesday, September 23rd. Gov. Andrew Cuomo allowed indoor cultural institutions to welcome back visitors as of Aug. 24th, as long as they observe strict capacity limits and require face coverings. Similar to other New York City museums that have reopened,...


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Socrates Sculpture Park Reveals New Monument Series in October

Socrates Sculpture Park Reveals New Monument Series in October

Socrates Sculpture Park will expand its ongoing exhibition of monuments with 10 new works by artists. Entitled “MONUMENTS NOW: Call and Response,” the new collection of sculptures goes on view October 10th alongside a series of commissioned monuments by acclaimed artists Jeffrey Gibson, Paul Ramírez Jonas, and Xaviera Simmons...


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Covid Surcharge for Restaurants

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 have been advocating for. Believe it or not, NYC is the only jurisdiction in...


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New 18-Story Apartment Building Development in Astoria

New 18-Story Apartment Building Development in Astoria

An 18-story apartment building is set to be developed in the Hallets Point section of Astoria, according to plans filed this week with the NYC Department of Buildings. Developer Solomon Feder filed permits with the agency on Tuesday for a 165-unit residential building at 26-25 4th St after filing...


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Indoor Dining Approved for September 30th

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 is on an equal footing with the rest of New York State. We congratulate...


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Astoria Houses Seawall Reconstruction

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 important priority for Claudia Cogar, President of the Astoria Houses Residents Association, and we...


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Xaviera Simmons, ‘The structure the labor the foundation the escape the pause,’ 2020.

Xaviera Simmons on View at Socrates Sculpture Park

Artist Xaviera Simmons’ powerful three-part monument, The structure the labor the foundation the escape the pause, is now on view at the Park as part of Socrates Sculpture Park’s MONUMENTS NOW exhibition. Simmons’ installation considers, among many layers of conceptual and formal intent, the history and future of reparations...


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Citi Bike Expansion in Queens

Citi Bike Expansion in Queens

New York City’s Department of Transportation’s Bike Share Unit has informed OANA of the upcoming bike share expansion in Queens’ Community Board (CB) 1, which includes neighborhoods such as Ditmars-Steinway and Astoria Heights. This is a part of a five-year growth of New York City’s successful Citi Bike program....


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NYC Budget Input Needed

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 public hearing where you can submit your proposals on September 10th at 6 PM....


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NYC Ferry Press Conference

NYC Ferry Press Conference

Our President Richard Khuzami was pleased to be invited to participate in a Press Conference with Mayor Bill DeBlasio to celebrate the new direct ferry service between Astoria and the Upper East Side. Other speakers included Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney, NYC Councilman Ben Kallos, EDC Ferry Director James Wong, and...


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NYC Gyms Set to Reopen September 2nd

NYC Gyms Set to Reopen September 2nd

After hopes that gyms would reopen in August, Mayor Bill de Blasio confirmed that they’d be allowed to reopen in New York City on September 2nd. On WNYC, de Blasio clarified that while Governor Andrew Cuomo had announced that fitness centers would finally be able to reopen on August...


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REVEL Restarts Their Service Today 8/27/20

We have been notified that the REVEL Moped share service will resume services in NYC today, with new enhanced safety measures in place. Please see the Revel Safety Memo and the Press Release which is in English and Spanish. OANA was asked to give input on the newly implemented...


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OANA Open Restaurants Open Streets Initiative

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, and bars is paramount, and we are trying to do everything we can to...


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Stand Up and Be Counted: A Virtual Census Event

Stand Up and Be Counted: A Virtual Census Event

Please join LaGuardia Performing Arts Center (LPAC) in their upcoming census program, “Last Call: Stand up, Be Counted,” a virtual event scheduled for Thursday, September 3rd, from 7 pm until 9 pm. They will be going live on FaceBook for a webinar with census experts and community leaders who...


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Astoria Calls Community to Cleanup

Astoria Calls Community to Cleanup

OANA was privileged to be contacted recently by Sarah Abdalfatah, a local Civil and Environmental Engineer. We firmly believe that a community is only as strong as its individuals, especially those who take initiative to improve our quality of life. Having a good idea, and then ACTING on it,...


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New NYC Ferry Schedule with Astoria Route Modification

New NYC Ferry Schedule with Astoria Route Modification

An updated NYC Ferry Summer Schedule will go into effect Saturday, August 22nd, 2020. Earlier this week we received the great news that after 2 years of OANA advocating for direct ferry service between Astoria and the Upper East Side the service has been approved. Starting Saturday, August 22...


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The Noguchi Museum

The Noguchi Museum Reopens on September 23rd

The Noguchi Museum announced that it will reopen to the public on September 23rd, with two weeks of early access to members by advance reservation starting September 9th. The Museum will implement a number of new visitor policies and safety measures to prioritize the safety of their staff and...


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Astoria Book Fair on August 30th

Astoria Book Fair on August 30th

On August 30th, a free book fair will be held to provide books to the Astoria community—at no cost. With support from Astoria Mutual Aid Network and The People’s Bodega, all the books will be sourced from donations, and free snacks and beverages will also be available. The book...


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Noguchi Museum Offers Digital Features and Programs

The Isamu Noguchi Foundation and Garden Museum, founded under Isamu Noguchi’s art and legacy, has temporarily closed their doors and canceled their in-person events. However, the museum is offering digital features, films, and programs for those who are interested. Artist Nicholas Knight and Dakin Hart, Senior Curator, created a...


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As of Right Development Astoria Blvd Newtown Ave

As of Right Development Astoria Blvd Newtown Ave

An “As of Right” Development (No Zoning Changes Needed) will be erected in Old Astoria). The well known “Furniture Market” site at Newtown and Astoria Blvd will be home to this development, for a five-story mixed-use building at 22-02 Astoria Boulevard. This building housed a local institution, “The Furniture...


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Census 2020

Importance of the 2020 Census

There are officially 56 days until the end of the 2020 Census, and only 54.8% of New York City households have completed the census. OANA is urging the community to do better. U.S. Census Bureau enumerators, commonly known as “census takers,” have started going door-to-door to the homes of...


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Astoria Park Pool Reopening August 1

Astoria Park Pool Reopening August 1

Astoria Park Pool is set to reopen on Saturday, August 1st. It is one of 15 pools reopening in New York for the summer 2020 season with reduced capacity through September 7th. General guidelines concerning COVID-19 are set in place. Pool hours remain the same, from 11:00 a.m. until...


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Revel Moped

New York says goodbye to Revel, For Now

Revel, the electric moped sharing service, has suspended its services in New York City. On Tuesday, the company announced on Twitter that it would be suspended “until further notice.” The news follows the death of a 32 year old rider in Queens, the second death reported in weeks of...


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Elevators Open at the Astoria Bvd Station

Elevators Open at the Astoria Bvd Station

We are pleased to announce that the new elevators on the Astoria Blvd station of the N/W line are now open. This is the culmination of a long-term priority of the Old Astoria Neighborhood Association. We have advocated for greater accessibility for many years, including presentations by the MTA...


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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 to COVID 19. “Over the past 3 months, COVID-19 has taken the lives of...


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14th st 2-way conversion

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 is 44′ wide. There will be a double yellow line installed down the middle...


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Astoria Park Pool to OPEN!!!!!!!

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, and Haffen in the Bronx; Sunset, Betsy Head, and K-Pool in Brooklyn; Hamilton Fish,...


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Update on Open Restaurants

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 among the top 10 communities in terms of social distancing violations, with over 500...


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Hallets Cove Developement

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 buildings, with Building A having 266 units, B with 151 units, and C with...


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New Alternate Side Parking Rules

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 will be cleaned on the latest day posted on the sign. At this time,...


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Astoria Houses Scholarship Fund

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 the lead in both the physical and spiritual revitalization of our neighborhood, and we...


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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 an article on this same subject. We regret that the DOT states that there...


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Op-Ed: Restaurant Open Air Seating

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 vehicles on 30th Ave and Ditmars to accommodate restaurant and bar customers. The city plans...


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Application for restaurant outdoor open air seating

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 you must follow for compliance. As New York City prepares for phase 2 of...


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New Hallets Peninsula Development

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 subway station, serviced by the N and W trains. The owner is  Rukhsana Samdani of...


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Revel Moped

Moped access from Queens to Manhattan

At our OANA meeting on May 27,  we had a great presentation from Carol Antunez  of Revel Mopeds (Starting at 1 hr 38 min), the electric scooter-share company operating in 4 boroughs. We feel that this type of service will become more and more important in the near future....


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Opening Restaurants and Cafes in Astoria

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 also a sponsor of this legislation. We also just received the following from Speaker...


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Queens Mutual Aid Groups List

As we’ve mentioned in previous posts, it’s been inspiring to see the neighborly spirit of our Queens community during the current crisis, with individuals coming forward to support existing non-profits and/or starting their own groups. We’ve been given a list of mutual aid groups in Queens, and since there...


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Vote from Home

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 transfer of power, and policies that have popular support. However, because of the COVID...


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Alternate side Parking Temporarily restored

Alternate side Parking Temporarily restored

The City of NY has announced a temporary restoration of Alternate Side Parking Regulations from May 18th to May 24th. This has been done in order to facilitate a “Clean Sweep Week”. Because of the Covid 19 pandemic, streets have not been cleaned for an extended period of time....


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EMBCA Mother’s Day Concert

EMBCA Mother’s Day Concert

Please join EMBCA (the East Mediterranean Business Cultural Alliance, in Association with the AHEPA Hellenic Cultural Commission (HCC) and AHEPA District 6, for a special Mother’s Day Concert on Sunday, May 10, 2020 at 2 P.M. New York Time/ 9 P.M. Athens Time. Join at  https://youtu.be/1BrTrzJHoHs and let’s have...


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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, and there is enforcement by both the NYPD and Parks Enforcement Officers. We have...


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Protect your ZOOM meetings

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 become more and more a part of our daily lives, becoming familiar with best...


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Astoria Ferry Extension

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 first 2 of its EPA Tier 4 compliant vessels. Named H401 and Curiosity, the...


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Positive use of a closed Astoria Park Pool

Positive use of a closed Astoria Park Pool

OANA calls upon the Parks Department and Mayor Bill DeBlasio to consider doing much-needed repairs on the Astoria Pool if and when the pool is closed for the summer. This is a good example of making the best use of a bad solution. This would alleviate the closure of...


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“Astoria Arts Alive” Weekend Walk Postponed

“Astoria Arts Alive” Weekend Walk Postponed

We regret that, upon discussions with the NYC Department of Transportation, our Weekend Walk program, which a street is closed to motor vehicles, and features various entertainment, tabling, and exhibitions is postponed. OANA was a recipient of a grant to put on such a program. It was scheduled for...


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An Update from Mount Sinai Queens

An Update from Mount Sinai Queens

Our hospitals in New York City, and especially in Queens, are under extraordinary pressure in this unprecedented era. We at OANA would like to thank our health care workers for the vital and heroic work they are carrying out in sometimes very difficult circumstances. Mount Sinai Queens is rising...


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The Rough Draft Festival is Moving Online

The Rough Draft Festival is Moving Online

As New York City remains on PAUSE due to the COVID-19, many cultural institutions have been making performances available online to entertain us while we protect ourselves and others by remaining indoors. Now LaGuardia Community College’s Rough Draft Festival is moving online. Dates have been announced for the first...


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NYC Pools Closed

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 reference to beaches: “Lower expectations, just for everyone’s sanity”. He said the city probably...


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Shore Blvd

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 safety reasons for the general public. Pedestrians and bicyclists will still have access. During...


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New Building on Hallets Peninsula

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 also within a few minutes is the NYC Ferry Landing in Hallets Cove, Astoria....


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Social Distancing Astoria Park

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 on the track and soccer field. We don’t want to lose this also. With...


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More on Mortgage and rent in the COVID 19 era

More on Mortgage and rent in the COVID 19 era

After reading OANA’s piece on Mortgage Forbearance, BISNOW a Real Estate Publication reached out to our President, Richard Khuzami. They published an article, titled: Mom and Pop Landlords: We are in danger of going Bankrupt without Help”, which brings to light the issues that are facing small landlords during...


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Councilman Constantinides and COVID 19

Councilman Constantinides and COVID 19

OANA wants to give a great big shout out to our Councilman, Costa Constantinides during these trying days for him and his family. While we have known that Costa has been self- quarantining because of symptoms of COVID 19, we just found out that his wife Lori is has...


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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 are not taking a position for or against, as the primary need of these...


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IRS Economic Impact Payment

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 that most citizens would be eligible for a one-time payment of up to $1200.00....


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Astoria Park Police

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 COVID 19. We supported our Councilman Costa Constantinides’s call for increased enforcement by the...


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Astoria Mutual Aid Network

Helping Each Other During the Coronavirus Outbreak

We at OANA urge you to continue to observe the advice being given by NYC Department of Health and the CDC during the coronavirus pandemic: to wash hands, stay indoors as much as possible and practice social distancing (remaining 6 feet apart from others) when you need to go...


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Rainey Park

Social Distancing in Parks Saves Lives

As the number of confirmed cases and deaths from COVID-19 (coronavirus) in New York City continues to rise, there was nevertheless a little encouraging news this: the rate of growth in the number of cases hospitalized appears to be slowing. If this trend continues, it would indicate that the...


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Astoria Park

Responsible Use of Astoria Park during COVID 19

Councilman Costa Constantinides is calling on the city to temporarily close and increase police enforcement of social distancing on Shore Blvd. He has also called for increased enforcement in the Soccer, Running Track, Skateboard Park, and Parking Lot in Astoria Park. Astoria park running track Costa gave OANA the...


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OANA Request On Housing Cost During Covid 19

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. We ask that they take it to the next level! OANA thanks Governor Cuomo,...


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Mortgage and Rent Relief Directive

Mortgage and Rent Relief Directive

We are so very pleased that the issues we expressed in our recent op-ed about relief for landlords has been addressed! We ask that rents for tenants also be deferred so that no one is pressured to work in environments that could increase the spread of Covid 19. OANA...


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Relief For Small Property Owners

Relief For Small Property Owners

We request urgent action to address pressing mortgage payments for residential real estate, in light of the economic slowdown caused by COVID-19. Specifically, we’d like to emphasize such urgency as it pertains to single-family units, condos, co-ops and 1-3 multifamily buildings. We are fully supportive of relieving tenants from...


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Coronavirus Updates and Resources

Coronavirus Updates and Resources

As the situation in New York City regarding the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak is changing rapidly, we urge our friends and neighbors to follow the advice being given by the City on staying safe, practicing good hygiene, and helping to reduce the impact of the outbreak. As of Friday, March...


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NYC Street Tree Program Dollars are Being Sapped

Anyone who’s crossed a New York City street in the summer to take advantage of the shade on the other side appreciates our street trees. There are other significant benefits to planting trees—urban trees improve air quality, help prevent stormwater runoff and consequent pollution of our waterways, offer food...


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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 issue. We ask that this concept be expanded to include the real estate and...


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Homeward Bound at Hunting and Gathering

Another stellar production from Headwall Theatre Company, Hunting and Gathering will resonate with anyone who’s ever been through the emotional roller-coaster that is apartment-hunting in New York City. A comedy by Brooke Berman, directed by Michelle Pucci Orosz, who also directed Headwall’s production of The Other Place,, the characters...


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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 not able to attend because it conflicted with our OANA monthly meeting, but we...


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Alternate Side of the Street Parking Fines

Forgot to move your car? You may have to dig a little deeper into your wallet as of this week. A change to New York City’s Alternate Side Parking fine went into effect on Thursday, February 20th. Currently, Alternate Side Parking penalties are $65 in Manhattan below 96th Street...


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Hallet’s Cove Theater

We are lucky in Astoria and Long Island City to have a lively theater scene thanks to companies such as APAC (Astoria Performing Arts Center), Headwall Theatre, LaGuardia Performing Arts Center (LPAC), and the Secret Theatre. Another to add to your list is the Hallet’s Cove Theater in Astoria—and...


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Fandango for Butterflies (and Coyotes) Free Tickets

LaGuardia Performing Arts Center (LPAC) is very kindly offering free tickets to the OANA community and Family Church members for their upcoming show Fandango for Butterflies (and Coyotes) for tonight 2/19, or Thursday 2/20. Tickets for either show are available on a first-come, first-served basis. If you are interested,...


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NYC Goes Plastic Bag Free

On March 1, 2020 the Plastic Bag Waste Reduction Act will take effect in New York City. This law prohibits the distribution of “plastic carryout bags” by retailers in New York State. “Plastic carryout bags” are the bags given out by supermarkets, drugstores and other retailers, and which tend...


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Multicultural Celebration from Central Astoria LDC

Multicultural Celebration from Central Astoria LDC

Central Astoria LDC is bringing us another fabulous Multicultural Celebration on Sunday, February 16 from 12.30 to 4.30 pm. Enjoy performances by cultures from around the world and celebrate the diversity for which our borough is renowned! This free event is possible thanks to public funds from the New...


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Just Go See Jump

Jump, by Charly Evon Simpson, is currently having its New York premiere at The Astoria Performing Arts Center (APAC) in a pop-up venue at 28-21 Steinway St. The vacant storefront makes for a surprisingly intimate venue, while Devorah Kengmana’s lighting design and the sound design by Jeanne Travis effectively...


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Queens Bus Redesign and the Threatened Q103 Route Cancelation

Queens Bus Redesign and the Threatened Q103 Route Cancelation

Having studied the draft plan for the MTA’s Queens Bus Redesign, OANA has concerns that the proposed plan, eliminating entirely the current Q103 bus service, would negatively affect access to the Astoria/Long Island City waterfront along Vernon Boulevard. The Astoria/LIC waterfront is a prime destination for those visiting our...


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New Affordable Lottery Units in Old Astoria

New Affordable Lottery Units in Old Astoria

15 affordable units are available at the Amana Astoria, located at 14-47 29th Avenue. Qualifying New Yorkers earning 70, 80, and 130 percent of the area median income can apply for the apartments, which range from a $990/month studio to a $2,770/month two-bedroom. Amenities include indoor and outdoor recreational areas, on-site laundry,...


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Gather Up Some Tickets for Hunting and Gathering

Local theatre group Headwall Theatre Company will present Hunting and Gathering, a comedy by Brooke Berman on February 27-29th and March 5-7th at 7 pm (Thursday-Saturday) at the Greek Cultural Center, 26-80 30th St, B2, Astoria, NY 11102. Directions: Take the N / W to 30th Ave Station at...


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PS 171 Student Safe Zone

OANA, with the support of Principal Lisa Stone and Andre Stith of ZONE 126, has received word from the NYC DOT that our request for upgraded student to and from school has been acknowledged, and some aspects have been approved!. Principal Stone and Andre reached out to OANA to...


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LaGuardia Performing Arts Center Looking Forward to 2020

LaGuardia Performing Arts Center Looking Forward to 2020

It’s a new year and an action-packed agenda at LaGuardia Performing Arts Center (LPAC), the largest theater complex in Western Queens. Collaborating with LaGuardia Community College and their Humanities Department, LPAC is dedicated to producing diverse, innovative and inclusive programming. On Saturday February 1st at 2 pm, LPAC will...


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BQX Light Rail Project Outreach Meeting in Astoria

BQX Light Rail Project Outreach Meeting in Astoria

New York City has announced the first official step regarding public outreach for the Brooklyn Queens Connector (light rail) project. These public workshops are designed to engage residents with the project and familiarize them with the streetcar’s proposed route, as well as to solicit feedback on how aspects of...


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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 would also service Midwood, East New York, Bushwick, Middle Village and Elmhurst and crosses...


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A Fabulous February at the Noguchi Museum

February may be the shortest month but it’s packed with events and activities at the Noguchi Museum. (Unless otherwise noted, programs and events are free with museum admission). The collection installation Noguchi: Body-Space Devices, a selective survey of the strategies Isamu Noguchi used to implicate the body in his...


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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. This building will be approximately .7 of a mile from the 30th Ave station...


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Community Board Applications Open Up

QUEENS, NY —Applications for serviced on local Community Boards are now being accepted. The city charter directs the borough president to appoint all community board members in that borough, though half are nominated by local City Council representatives. “Civic engagement is a hallmark of our borough and city governance...


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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. Taft, managing director of acquisitions, for Jonathan Rose Cos. The property is a Mitchell-Lama...


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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 lines that move more than 714,000 weekday riders throughout Queens. Current plans call the...


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Astoria Blvd Station Has Reopened

Astoria Blvd Station Has Reopened

We are excited to let you know that the Astoria Blvd station has reopened. Over the course of the last nine months, there has been significant work completed on the station including: New mezzanine Strengthened column foundations Four new mezzanine to platform staircases Two new street to mezzanine staircases...


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Minority and Women-Owned Business Workshop

The Port Authority of NY/NJ is having a Minority and Women-Owned Business Enterprise Certification Workshop in Old Astoria Astoria Library of Astoria 14-01 Astoria Blvd Astoria NY 11102 Monday Dec 16th, 2019 5:30 to 7:30 PM Minority and Women-Owned Business Enterprise is defined as a small business that is...


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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 send us an email regarding this issue: “For over 30 years, our school bus...


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OANA Op Ed Bike Lanes and Traffic Controls

The Queens Daily Eagle has published an op-ed by OANA concerning the new 250 miles of Bike Lanes the city plans on installing. Because of the increase in alternative Vehicles (Bikes, Scooters, Skateboards, etc) the streets are getting more dangerous. Our members have experienced too many close calls recently, and we...


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Whitey Ford Field Comfort Station

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 a comfort station, use by women has been curtailed. We must have facilities equal...


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Astoria Blvd Subway Station Closures

Astoria Blvd Subway Station Closures

Work on the Astoria Blvd Station continues to progress. To accommodate the work, trains will run express in one direction between Ditmars Blvd and Queensboro Plaza on the following weekends: Nov 23-24 Ditmars-Bound Express Dec 7-8 Ditmars-Bound Express Dec 14-15 Manhattan-Bound Express Additionally, the intersection of Hoyt Av South and 31st Street is...


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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 Sculpture Park!! What do you think of their conclusions? What did they miss? One...


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Cornell Tech Initiates Partner Violence Program

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 collaboration with the New York City Mayor’s Office to End Domestic and Gender Based...


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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! Old Astorians are proud of the legacy of Isamu Noguchi and the fact that...


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Apply for Socrates Sculpture Park 2020 Fellowships

OANA is proud to support and promote Socrates Sculpture Park, one of the premier destinations for Old Astorians and those who love and support the arts! Socrates Sculpture Park is currently accepting applications for their 2020 Artist Fellowship. This year’s focus is on Public Monuments. Public Monuments have been...


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St Georges Episcopal Church Prayer Breakfast

OANA has enjoyed the support of St George’s Episcopal (Use of their Community Room). And in the spirit of friendship, we want to let everyone know of a great event coming up: St George’s Episcopal Church is hosting a Community Prayer Breakfast. Prayer, Singing, Meditation Anointing with Breakfast Buffet....


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Xerox Inventor Honored

OANA President Richard Khuzami has taken a real interest in the connection between Xerox Corp and Astoria, as manifested in the recent street naming in Astoria for the inventor of the Xerox copier. The corner of 37th Street and Broadway is now known as “Chester Carlson Way”. Chester Carlson...


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Writing Circle at Astoria Library

Writing Circle at Astoria Library

Queens Library Astoria Branch will be holding a writing circle over the next several months. The next session will take place on Saturday, October 26. In this creative writing and performance workshop series, anyone with a story to offer, an interesting/dramatic character to present, or an interest in connecting...


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November 5 Election Ballot Initiatives

The New York City 2019 Charter Revision Commission has put five initiatives on the ballot for the November 5th election. OANA implores all voters to go over these proposals, so they can make informed decisions. We have not yet taken any positions on this and look forward to receiving...


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NYC’s Repair of Tree damaged Sidewalks

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). However, the Parks specialist on the newly announced Sidewalk Repair program, (in which the...


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OANA October 2019 Monthly Meeting

Please join us: Find out about your neighbors, local issues, and ask questions of city agencies, local elected, and civic leaders. Our goal is to provide a voice to Old Astorians, and address the quality of life cultural, and economic issues that affect us all. Our next meeting is...


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OANA Seminars

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 to take the opportunity to amplify one of our mission statements, the education of...


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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 about the impact of renewable energy in addition cutting carbon emissions. 1.5 Million dollars...


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Noguchi Museum Stone Carving Studio

Noguchi Museum Stone Carving Studio

The Noguchi Museum is providing hands-on stone carving classes on October 6, 13, 20, & 27. 2:00 pm to 4:00 Pm Introductory stone carving techniques: Learn how to create forms and polish surfaces using hand tools. For ages 18 and older. Space is limited: Registration fee required. Photos: Katherine...


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CPR Instruction with OANA and East Hudson Realty

In our mission to educate and improve the quality of life in Old Astoria, OANA has partnered with East Hudson Realty to provide training in Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR). We invited the Fire Dept Emergency Medical Services (EMS) to provide instruction on this vital skill. There is no more...


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Immigration Advocacy Services 30th Anniversary Gala

Immigration Advocacy Services 30th Anniversary Gala

The Immigration Advocacy Services will be holding its 30th Anniversary Gala at Riccardo’s By The Bridge on October 5th, 2019. The event will include a Dinner Dance, Live Band and Full Bar all through the night. You can find out more about the event and purchase tickets here. The...


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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 the following: The fall webworm is native to our region and the impact of...


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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. Robert Oliveri, Community Coordinator with the NYC Dept of Environmental Protection present at our...


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Blessing of the Pets

St George’s Episcopal Church Presents the “Blessing of the Pets” Saturday, October 5th at 9 AM on the lawn All faiths welcomed! Pet catering by Chateau le Woof! For more info call 718 721 5154 or email stgeorge.astoria@gmail.com


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Weatherization Workshop

Weatherization Workshop

Free Energy Education and Weatherization Workshop Presented By the New York Power Authority and St George Episcopal Church 14-20 27th Ave Astoria NY 11102 Saturday Oct 26th, 10 am to 1:30 pm Or Sunday October 27th, 12:30 pm to 3 Pm Registration Required; Space limited to 30 people Online:...


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Street Cleaning Come to Old Astoria Sept 16th

Street Cleaning Come to Old Astoria Sept 16th

The new Street Cleaning signage is up! Street Cleaning will begin Sept 16th.  Please make sure you follow Alternate Side regulations. We are pleased that the local media has helped in notifying the neighborhood of upcoming changes in Parking Requirements in Old Astoria. We want to thank them for...


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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 (CPR) will be provided by the FDNY EMS. We urge everyone to join us....


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Hallett’s Point Alliance

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 residents of Hallets Peninsula, it will also act as a destination for all New...


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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 within the existing zoning parameters and does not need any special zoning changes to...


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Brooklyn Harvest Grand Opening on September 7th

Brooklyn Harvest is having their Grand Opening Festival on September 7th from 11 am to 7 PM! Their greatly anticipated supermarket, so badly needed on Hallets Peninsula, has proven to be a huge asset improving everyone’s quality of life. They have been supportive of many local organizations, such as...


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OANA September Monthly Meeting

Summer is winding down and we are beginning our season of community events. Please join us: Find out about your neighbors, local issues, and ask questions of city agencies, local elected, and civic leaders. Our goal is to provide a voice to Old Astorians, and address the quality of...


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Backpack Giveaway

Backpack Giveaway

Hope your summer has been going great so far! For those with kids, you may already be thinking about shopping for back-to-school. St. George’s Episcopal Church knows that this can be an expensive time of year for many families, so they are hosting a Backpack Giveaway on Saturday, August...


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New Street Cleaning Schedule in Old Astoria

New Street Cleaning Schedule in Old Astoria

A 20-year journey to establish Street Cleaning in Old Astoria has finally been realized. This Monday August 12th, new signage will be installed providing street cleaning 1 day per week per side (a total of 2 times per week) in Old Astoria. Not only will this contribute to cleanliness...


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Retail Business Taxes

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 are causing many businesses to fold. But the City needs to accept some responsibility...


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Waterfront Planning Camp

Waterfront Planning Camp

Please join the Department of City Planning (DCP) for their first ever visioning event! ‘Waterfront Planning Camp’ will take place on Saturday, August 17th on Governors Island, from 12 noon to 4 pm. Together with the artists of Works on Water, DCP will host an afternoon of fun activities,...


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National Night Out against Crime August 6th, 2019

National Night Out against Crime August 6th, 2019

Every summer, one of our neighborhoods great events is the National Night Out Against Crime. This year it is taking place on August 6th, 2019 from 5 to 8 PM at in the Astoria Park Great Lawn. “National Night Out Against Crime” (NNO)is a National Crime Prevention event. It is...


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The BioBus Comes to Hallets Cove

The BioBus Comes to Hallets Cove

Astoria students of all ages will have the opportunity to study marine life and science in Hallets Cove this summer. The NYC EDC’s BioBus Mobile Research Lab will be parked near the Astoria Houses Community Center to offer free educational programs. The schedule for the BioBus is Mondays from...


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