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New chair elected for Queens Community Board 1

Feb. 21, 2024 By Ethan Marshall Queens Community Board 1, which covers parts of Long Island City, Astoria and Woodside, elected Evie Hantzopoulos as its new chair during the most recent meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 21 at the Astoria World Manor, at 25-22 Astoria Blvd. Hantzopoulos has been a member of the community board since… Read more »

Permits filed for 7-story mixed-use building in Astoria

Feb. 13, 2024 By Ethan Marshall Permits have been filed for a 7-story mixed-use building at 28-08 21st St. in Astoria. According to the permits, the proposed development would be approximately 74 feet tall, with 17,096 square feet of residential space. A total of 25 residential units would be in the development. In addition to… Read more »

Melanie Safka, Astoria native who performed at Woodstock, dead at 76

Jan. 26, 2024 By Ethan Marshall Musician and Astoria native Melanie Safka, best known for her hit songs “Lay Down (Candles in the Rain)” and “Brand New Key,” died Tuesday at the age of 76, her family said in a statement on Facebook. Better known by her stage name “Melanie,” she was among those who… Read more »

Upcoming Astoria development now taking signups for priority renters’ list

Jan. 24, 2024 By Ethan Marshall Signups are now open for the priority renters’ list of a 354-unit multifamily development in Astoria expected to be completed in time for residents to move in during Fall 2024. Signing up for this list allows prospective tenants to receive updates on when units will be leased and the… Read more »

More than 1,000 protesters gather in western Queens calling for ceasefire in Gaza

Dec. 18, 2023 By Gabriele Holtermann More than 1,000 pro-Palestinian supporters rallied in Queens on Saturday, calling for a ceasefire in the ongoing Israel-Hamas war. The protest, dubbed Flood Queens for Gaza, kicked off in Astoria, with pitstops in Sunnyside and Long Island City, before making its way into Manhattan.   The crowd, chanting “From the River… Read more »

Astoria CVS manager honored with prestigious award 

  Nov. 22, 2023 By Rachel Butler Astoria CVS Store Manager Xavier Gilbert was awarded the 2023 Paragon Award from CVS Health on Nov. 9 for for his dedication to the company and his customers. Gilbert, who manages the CVS at 31-01 Ditmars Bvd. in Astoria, began his career journey with CVS when he started… Read more »