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BUILD THE BLOCK REMINDER

BUILD THE BLOCK REMINDER

OANA would like to let everyone know that the NYPD 114th Precinct Sector David “Build the Block”, presented by the NCO (Neighborhood Coordination Officers), will take place on Tuesday May 11th virtually on zoom. Please join them to discover local community issues and concerns. Thank you and be safe....


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Dirt Bike Pack In Astoria Park

Dirt Bike Pack In Astoria Park

OANA would like to give a great big shout-out to the Astoria Park Alliance for their initiative in dealing with Dirt Bike and Motorcycle issues in the park… Their tweets made the entire city aware of what we are dealing with locally, especially since the Pandemic! They reach out...


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New Noguchi Museum Program - Useless Architecture

New Noguchi Museum Program – Useless Architecture

Noguchi Museum Presents: NOGUCHI: Useless Architecture Using Architecture to reimagine Sculpture Exhibition dates: May 19, 2021 – May 8, 2022 Noguchi has announced their new exhibition for the coming season. “Useless Architecture” For a concise explanation, please see their website. Photo: Isamu Noguchi, Capital, 1939. Georgia marble. Collection of...


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Real Estate Development, Affordable Housing and Finance

Real Estate Development, Affordable Housing and Finance

Nothing gets built without Financing! Whether public or private, funds to cover construction costs of projects is the most important aspect of how our communities grow. And whether a developer enlists Banks or other formal lending institutions, Private lenders, Capital Investors, Govt and Unions pension Funds, etc.), or public...


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Open Streets Open Restaurants - Spring in Astoria

Open Streets Open Restaurants – Spring in Astoria

Since the pandemic started, OANA has partnered with the 30th Avenue Business Association to try to help our small businesses, especially restaurants survive in the trying environment. One of the tools we have tried to apply is Open Streets Open Restaurants. This is the city program that closes streets...


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Astoria West! New Development across from Hallets Cove

Astoria West! New Development across from Hallets Cove

OANA was invited to the topping off of a new “As of Right” development on the Astoria Waterfront! Across from Hallets Cove, these apartments should prove to be an asset to our community. From the developer: “Astoria West sits on a prime stretch of land along Astoria’s burgeoning waterfront,...


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Sanitation Budget Cuts Reversed

Sanitation Budget Cuts Reversed

OANA has received a press release  regarding the proposed cuts to the Sanitation budget Mayor Bill de Blasio has established 3 initiatives to provide resources in hard-hit neighborhoods. Clean streets are an important public-private responsibility. With the previously proposed cuts, our local quality of life was at risk. Now...


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Costa Constantinides Moves On

Costa Constantinides Moves On

Councilman Costa Constantinides has accepted a position with the Variety Boys and Girls Club in  Astoria. This is consistent with his desire to work for our Community, and we are lucky that he has decided to continue with this essential organization. In an era when most politicians, after they...


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21st Street Transit Priority and Safety Study

21st Street Transit Priority and Safety Study

Plan to create expedited bus service on 21st street The NYC DOT is beginning the process of obtaining community input on the creation of bus lanes on 21st street from Hoyt Avenue North to Queens Plaza North. The goal of these bus lanes will be to create expedited public...


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A New 18th Story Building On Hallets Peninsula

A New 18th Story Building On Hallets Peninsula

External renderings have been released of a new 18-story residential building located at 26-25 Fourth Street,in Astoria, Queens. The architect is J Frankl Associates.   The building will contain 165 apartments and a suite of amenity spaces that include on-site parking, a communal lounge, fitness and co-working facilities, a children’s playroom, and...


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Whitey Ford Field ground breaking ceremony with Queens Borough President Donovan Richards, Councilmember Costa Constantinides​, Community Board Chair Marie Torniali and Queens parks Commissioner Michael Dockett.

Whitey Ford Field Renovations Break Ground

After years of neglect, which lead to unsafe and dangerous conditions, a 2.9 Million dollar renovation is starting on Whitey Ford Field on Halletts Peninsula on the Astoria Waterfront. The ceremony included Queens Borough President Donovan Richards, Councilmember Costa Constantinides​, Community Board Chair Marie Torniali, and Queens Parks Commissioner...


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In-Home Vaccinations for Fully Homebound New York City Residents Only

In-Home Vaccinations for Fully Homebound New York City Residents Only

OANA received the following updates on vaccination efforts in nyc. Please forward this information to anyone you think may benefit from the services described below. Please see below for information on an in-home vaccination interest form, transportation assistance options for seniors, and job opportunities to support vaccination efforts.  ...


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PUBLIC HEARING: REVERSE SANITATION BUDGET CUTS

PUBLIC HEARING: REVERSE SANITATION BUDGET CUTS

As you know, one major mission of the Old Astoria Neighborhood Association is to advocate for quality of life issues. We have used advocacy, both written and physical, to meet goals. One of our most successful was to get the city to begin street cleaning in Old Astoria a...


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Rendering of 37-24 10th Street

New Waterfront Project to include a Community Center

Old Astoria Neighborhood Association has received word of a new project on our waterfront that seems at first glance to meet so many critical needs locally according to an article from New York Yimby With a 14-story mixed-use building near the waterfront edge of Long Island City, Node Architecture has revealed...


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REVEL Updates Their Service and Products

REVEL Updates Their Service and Products

Revel, the MOPED service provider for New York City, has continued to enhance their services and products. OANA has supported REVEL, especially since they voluntarily suspended service last year to enhance their safety procedures. To our knowledge, these safety enhancements, including taking a picture of your helmet properly placed...


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Queens Library at Astoria, 1401 Astoria Blvd, Astoria

Astoria Library Renovation

The NYC Design and Construction agency presented their designs for the upcoming renovations of the Astoria Library, at the corner of 14th street and Astoria Blvd in Old Astoria. This Carnegie Library has been an essential part of our neighborhood, and with the accessibility improvements, will become an even...


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Baby Queensbridge Park Visioning

Baby Queensbridge Park Visioning

OANA’s president Richard Khuzami attended the recent visioning for Baby Queensbridge Park. The Queens Daily Eagle recently wrote an article that mentioned him and other local residents. One note, however: An important issue regarding the BIG REUSE and their mulching facility currently in use under the Queensboro Bridge: Parks...


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Mount Sinai Queens Covid19 Update

Mount Sinai Queens Covid19 Update

OANA has received the below update from Mount Sinai Queens in regards to the latest news about COVID-19. While numbers of patients testing positive for COVID-19 and those needing hospitalization continue to rise, Mount Sinai Queens is fully prepared to take care of all of our patients. We learned...


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NYC Ferry Contactless ticketing starting February 1, 2021

NYC Ferry Contactless ticketing starting February 1, 2021

OANA received some vital information regarding ticketing on the NYC Ferry. Changes are coming: For everyone’s safety and convenience: Contactless ticketing and boarding! NYC Ferry is moving to completely contactless ticketing starting February 1, 2021. What does this mean for you? While the changes are relatively minor, here are...


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Riccardo’s Site Has Been Sold

Riccardo’s Site Has Been Sold

The Iconic Riccardo’s site has been sold for $6.4 million, according to Alexander Pereira, a real estate broker with Douglas Elliman. The new owner also purchased another adjacent site at 23-91 21st Street. This is the latest major change in the neighborhood. In 2006, the Eagle Electric Mfg building across...


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Community Board Applications Are Now Online

Community Board Applications Are Now Online

Applications to serve on one of the Queens’s 14 community boards are now online. The process is now fully digitized. Criteria are “qualified and civic-minded individuals” to represent the neighborhoods where they live or work as a member of their local community board, according to a news release. Prospective...


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Dept Sanitation

Sanitation Garage Move Closer to Reality

The NYC Uniform Land Use Procedure (ULURP), which governs most land-use changes, also governs the moving of the Sanitation Facility on 21st street to 19th Avenue in LIC/Astoria. OANA is pleased to advise that the ULURP procedure has been successfully completed, and the move of the Sanitation Facility from...


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Eight Story Building Coming to Broadway

Eight Story Building Coming to Broadway

A new residential and Commercial building will soon begin construction in front of LIC High School. Ter lot at 14-41 Broadway is currently vacant, under the ownership of Steven Rogogiannis. The 79 ft tall project will consist of a new mixed-use (residential and commercial) building. The building will give...


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Christmas Tree-cycling

Christmas Tree-cycling

OANA would like to share the following from the NYC Dept of sanitation. “Best Smelling Collection Trucks in the City” – It’s Time for Christmas “Tree-cycling” Using Curbside Collection? – Please, “Naked” Trees Only – No Bags or Decorations! The New York City Department of Sanitation has announced its...


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Christmas Holiday Schedule For New York Waterway Ferries

Christmas Holiday Schedule For New York Waterway Ferries

NY Waterway will operate on modified weekday service on Christmas Eve (Thursday, December 24). Service will not run on Christmas Day (Friday, December 25). Normal weekend service will run December 26 and 27 for passengers traveling to or from both Midtown (39th Street Terminal) and Downtown (Brookfield Place). For...


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New Building on 21st Street

New Building on 21st Street

The 21st street corridor in Old Astoria is getting a new Mixed-Use building! The lot has been purchased by “30-75 21ST Street LLC” of Darien Ct. with funding from ERG Commercial Real Estate. Permits were pulled at the Dept of Buildings to demolish 30-75 21st St. (corner of 30th...


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Whitey Ford Street Renaming

Whitey Ford Street Renaming

The Old Astoria Neighborhood Association, The Friends of Whitey Ford Field, and especially the family of Whitey Ford want to thank Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer for facilitating the renaming of 43rd St at 34th avenue for a favorite son of Astoria, Yankees great Edward Charles “Whitey” Ford. Whitey spent...


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Outdoor Performances Permitted

Outdoor Performances Permitted

The Old Astoria Neighborhood Association applauds a recent bill passed by the City Council that will allow Artists to hold performances open streets. And they will be able to charge for these events. OANA has long advocated for this, as expressed in a recent post about bringing back performing...


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Save our Community Compost Processing Sites

Save our Community Compost Processing Sites

OANA supports the effort to save the Big Reuse compost site under the Queensboro Bridge new Queensbridge Baby Park. The City wants to convert it to a parking lot. See below to see how you can support the effort to keep the Compost Site alive. ============================ Information from Justin...


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Bringing Back Performing Arts

Bringing Back Performing Arts

No sector of our economy has been hit harder by the COVID 19 pandemic than the Performing Arts: Dance, Music, Theater, Poetry. Even restaurants have had some economic activity. The Arts are being treated as third-class……the least “essential” workers in New York. From what we understand, live performances that...


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No Questions Asked Gun Buy Back Program

No Questions Asked Gun Buy Back Program

OANA fully supports the initiative from the Queens District Attorneys Office for a Gun Buy Back program locally administered. No Questions Asked! December 5th, 2020 10 am to 4 pm Our Lady of Mt Carmel Church Mt Carmel Institute Building 23-20 Newtown Ave Long Island City, Astoria NY 11102...


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COVID-19 and Eye Care

COVID-19 and Eye Care

On Thursday December 10 at noon, Mount Sinai Queens is hosting a free online event that will be discussing eye care as it relates to the pandemic. Dr. Varun Pawar, Assistant Professor of Clinical Ophthalmology, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, answers questions such as: How does the...


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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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Noguchi Sculpture Garden

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 Moped

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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NYC Parking Sign

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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Stage set for Life Hacks With Miss Havisham

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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Platic bag Ban

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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Jump

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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Hunting and Gathering Postcard

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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PS171 Safety Zone

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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Existing Bay Ridge freight line

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 astoria

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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NYC Community Districts

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 Apt

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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MTA Bus

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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