Respecting the past, Building the future

Whitey Ford Field

Queens has been home to two of the NY Yankees most iconic players: Phil Rizzuto and Whitey Ford. Our Old Astoria neighborhood is home to the Whitey Ford Field, which is undergoing a renaissance, as is our entire neighborhood. NYC Parks Dept. has received 2 million dollars in funding to renovate the field from Councilman Costas Constantinides and Borough President Melinda Katz and a new advocacy and volunteer group has been established: Friends of Whitey Ford Field.

The Queens Chronicle has published an interesting article on these Queens natives. This is indeed an example of OANA’s motto: “Respecting the Past, Building the future”. A renovated Whitey Ford Field, with its magnificent views of the Triborough and Hellgate bridges, and easy access via the EastRiver Ferry, will help make Old Astoria a destination of choice for all New Yorkers.

Whitey Ford Field: Photo by Steve Young

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

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