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RESIDENTS DISCUSS IDEAS FOR ASTORIA HEALTH PLAYGROUND

RESIDENTS DISCUSS IDEAS FOR ASTORIA HEALTH PLAYGROUND

Astoria residents and members and officers of the Old Astoria Neighborhood Association gathered last week to share their ideas for renovating the Astoria Health Playground, on 14th Street and 31st Drive. The workshop, sponsored by the NYC Parks Department was part of the City’s Community Parks Initiative, which has...


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NEW RESIDENTIAL BUILDING FOR WELLING COURT

NEW RESIDENTIAL BUILDING FOR WELLING COURT

A new luxury apartment building is coming to Astoria’s Welling Court. The 7-story project, at 11-07 Welling Court, will feature apartments with glass balconies and stunning views of the East River. The site will be just steps away from the new Astoria ferry landing and is surrounded by the...


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AMC SERIES FILMING IN OLD ASTORIA

AMC SERIES FILMING IN OLD ASTORIA

Local photographer Scott Young captured some shots of a television shoot in Old Astoria yesterday. Filming is underway on 18th Street for Feed the Beast, a new series premiering next month on AMC. The show is about two longtime friends who decide to open an upscale Greek restaurant in...


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Astoria Grapples with Traffic Safety

Astoria Grapples with Traffic Safety

Traffic safety has been a longtime concern for Astoria Residents. In August 2015, the Old Astoria Neighborhood Association passed the following resolution in reference to traffic flow and pedestrian/bicycle safety on roads surrounding Astoria Park.


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OANA investigates parking options

OANA investigates parking options

At our March meeting, OANA President Richard Khuzami asked the group to look into the feasibility of residential parking permits for our neighborhood. Other cities in the U.S. and around the world have successfully used residential parking permits and Khuzami believes now is a good time to look into...


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Astoria Ferry Service Launching June 2017

The City announced today that new Citywide Ferry Service will begin in June 2017. For the price of just one subway ride, riders can travel from Astoria to East 34th street in approximately 22 minutes and from Astoria to Wall Street in about 40 minutes. The boats will carry


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RUMORS AND OPINIONS ABOUT NEW FERRY SERVICE

RUMORS AND OPINIONS ABOUT NEW FERRY SERVICE

There’s no official word yet from the City, but rumors are swirling that the Economic Development Corporation has picked an operator for the new East River Ferry. Crain’s New York was the first to break the news that Hornblower Cruises will get the contract to run the new ferries...


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HELLGATE BRIDGE TURNING 100

HELLGATE BRIDGE TURNING 100

This year marks the one hundredth birthday of one of Astoria’s most photographed structure: the Hell Gate Bridge. It was built to connect rail lines in New York with New England and later served as the model for Australia’s famous Sydney Harbor Bridge. To mark the anniversary, several local...


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NEW IDEAS FOR RIKERS ISLAND

NEW IDEAS FOR RIKERS ISLAND

As the campaign to close the correctional facility on Rikers Island picks up steam, some people are turning their attention to future possibilities for the island. Rikers features 413 acres of waterfront land. Because the only way to access the island is over the bridge from Queens, any development...


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STREETCAR FROM ASTORIA TO BROOKLYN PROPOSED

STREETCAR FROM ASTORIA TO BROOKLYN PROPOSED

Have you heard about the BQX Connector? It’s a proposed streetcar line running from along the Brooklyn-Queens waterfront from Astoria to Sunset Park. When Mayor DiBlasio announced the project a few weeks ago he said that a ride from Astoria to Williamsburg would take about 27 minutes and cost...


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NEW APARTMENT BUILDING PLANNED NEAR ASTORIA HOUSES

NEW APARTMENT BUILDING PLANNED NEAR ASTORIA HOUSES

Details are scarce, but the Astoria Post reports that another new building is on its way to the Astoria Waterfront. Plans for the site, near Hallet’s Cove and Astoria Houses, call for a seven story building with sixty five residential units. It will also have ground floor retail space,...


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Hallets Point Project Breaks Ground, But Future Is In Doubt

Hallets Point Project Breaks Ground, But Future Is In Doubt

Mayor Bill diBlasio, Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney and other officials were on hand for the groundbreaking of the Halletts Point mega development on the Astoria Peninsula. Plans for Halletts Point call for seven buildings (which will include 483 affordable apartments), a supermarket and other retail, space for a new public...


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FEBRUARY OANA MEETING: UPDATES ON ASTORIA PARK

FEBRUARY OANA MEETING: UPDATES ON ASTORIA PARK

Councilman Costa Constantinides stopped by last night’s meeting of the Old Astoria Neighborhood Association with some updates on what’s happening in Astoria Park. First, some bad news: the transformation of Astoria Pool’s old diving pool into a new performance space will take longer than initially expected. It turns out...


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OANA RESOLUTION ON SAFETY & SECURITY

OANA RESOLUTION ON SAFETY & SECURITY

On October 13th, the Old Astoria Neighborhood Association Adopted the following resolution on safety and security in Hallets Point.” October 13, 2015 Resolution: Historically Hallets Peninsula has always had the most violent crime in the 114th Precinct. Just recently, there were shooting within the Astoria Houses, gunplay on 2nd...


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OANA HONORS CREATOR OF BUGSY’S DOG RUN

OANA HONORS CREATOR OF BUGSY’S DOG RUN

During its October meeting, the Old Astoria Neighborhood Association had the pleasure of honoring George “Tex” Cruikshank. In 1994 he created “Bugsy’s” dog run next to Astoria Park, and has maintained it since. Over the years, no one has been a more devoted advocate for the Dogs in our...


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ASTORIA PARK AMPHITHEATER

Astoria Park Amphitheater

The long-awaited Astoria Park Amphitheater will include hundreds of seats, a new entrance and a tribute to the diving pool it is replacing, according to the Parks Department. The design plan was finalized in April.


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National Night Out Against Crime

National Night Out Against Crime

National Night Out is an annual summer event sponsored by the National Association of Town Watches in which precincts organize anti-crime rallies with the participation of local business and civic organizations. National Night Out has proven to be an effective and enjoyable police/community partnership. It is held on the...


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Push For Astoria Safety After Death

Push For Astoria Safety After Death

After the tragic early-morning hit-and-run that left 21-year-old Astoria resident Betty Jean Dibiasio dead on Ditmars Boulevard and 19th Street on June 27, area leaders look to create permanent measures to stop the longtime issue of speeding in Western Astoria. Shortly after Dibiasio’s death, in which police said 24-year-old...


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