Author: michaeldorgan

Developer Seeks Zoning Change To Build 8-Story Astoria Apartment Complex

Oct. 7, 2019. By Shane O’Brien  A development team is seeking a zoning change in order to build an eight story apartment complex in Astoria and Community Board 1 will be holding a public hearing Thursday on the plans. Co-developers Mega Realty Holding LLC and Pancyprian Association have filed plans for an eight-story building consisting… Read more »

FDNY Holding Open Houses Across the City This Weekend

Oct. 2, 2019. By Shane O’Brien  More than 200 firehouses and EMS stations across New York City will be holding open houses this weekend as part of the FDNY’s fifth annual open house program. The firehouses will open their doors to the public from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and from 1 p.m. to 3… Read more »

Report Says NYC Ferry Mainly Used by Affluent, White New Yorkers

Oct. 1, 2019. By Shane O’Brien Riders of Mayor Bill de Blasio’s heavily subsidized NYC Ferry system are predominately white and wealthy New Yorkers, according to a report released by the city on Tuesday. The study, conducted by the Economic Development Corporation which runs the ferry along with private company Hornblower, was carried out over… Read more »

Man Beaten and Robbed by Police Impersonators: NYPD

Sept. 30, 2019. By Shane O’Brien  The NYPD is looking for two men who assaulted a motorist and stole his phone while impersonating undercover police officers in Astoria last month. The incident took place near the intersection of Hoyt Avenue North and 26th Street at about 4:15 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 24, according to the… Read more »

Contantinides Passes Bill That Aims to Reduce Traffic Congestion and Pollution

Sept. 27, 2019. By Shane O’Brien The New York City Council passed a bill on Wednesday introduced by Council Member Costa Constantinides that aims to ease congestion in the city by having city agencies make deliveries at night. The bill, one of a series passed Wednesday as part of Climate Week, will force city agencies… Read more »

Present Your Ideas on Rainey Park Revamp at Meeting Tonight

Sept. 26, 2019. By Shane O’Brien  Members of the public can weigh in on the redevelopment of the playground at Rainey Park in Astoria at a meeting on Thursday night. The public scoping meeting for the renovation of Rainey Park’s playground will take place at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 26 at the Noguchi Museum… Read more »

Simotas Bill Extending Statute of Limitations for Rape Becomes Law

Sept. 20, 2019 By Shane O’Brien  Governor Andrew Cuomo signed a Queens legislator’s bill into law Wednesday that extends the statute of limitations for certain sex crimes. The bill, which was sponsored in the assembly by Aravella Simotas, extends the statute of limitations for reporting second-degree rape to 20 years, while the period for third-degree… Read more »

DOT set to Install 50 Electric Car Charging Stations in New York Next Year

Sept. 17, 2019. By Shane O’Brien  The city is set to remove 100 parking spaces throughout New York City and replace them with charging stations for electric cars. The DOT will install 50 public charging stations across the city next year as part of a four-year pilot program. Each station will be able to charge… Read more »

Festival Featuring Dog Show Coming to Kaufman Studios This Saturday

Sept. 16, 2019 By Shane O’Brien A festival celebrating the arts, music and community of Astoria is coming to the Kaufman Studios this weekend and will feature a new dog show. Backlot Festival returns for its second year to the Kaufman Astoria Studios backlot at 34-12 36th St. from 2 p.m. until 8 p.m. on… Read more »