Author: zgewelb

Sheriff’s Office raids illegal smoke shop across street from Astoria church

Oct. 20, 2023 By Bill Parry Members of the NYC Sheriff’s Office raided an illegal smoke shop across the street from Trinity Lutheran Church on Friday, Oct. 20. Officers entered the Gazzo Convenience shop located at 37-01 31st Ave. at around 10:30 a.m. and began a search of the premises. Officers found 400 to 500… Read more »

Legal Cannabis Shop Cleared To Open in Astoria After Two-Month Battle

  By John Schilling Ozone Park resident Jeremy Rivera sat at home back in April, nervously awaiting an email that could change his life as he knew it.  A three-time convicted felon on various drug charges who reinvented himself as the head of a construction company post-incarceration, Rivera sought a new beginning for himself once… Read more »

New Burlington store to open in Ditmars section of Astoria later this fall

Oct. 3, 2023 By Michael Dorgan A new Burlington clothes and home décor store will open in the Dimars section of Astoria later this fall, providing opportunities for customers to shop their favorite brands at discounted prices, the company has announced. The national off-price retailer will open at 22-13 31st St., a new development situated… Read more »

Astoria McDonald’s manager named Ray Kroc Award recipient


Sept. 29, 2023 By Ethan Marshall Maria Isabel Ramirez, the general manager of the McDonald’s at 31-67 Steinway St. in Astoria, was named one of the winners of the 2024 Ray Kroc Award. This accolade is given to the top 1% of McDonald’s managers around the world. A celebration was held at the restaurant Aug…. Read more »

Queens organizations secure nearly $1.9 million in funding for revitalization efforts

Sept. 15, 2023 By Michael Dorgan Several Community-Based Development Organizations (CBDOs) and Business Improvement Districts (BIDs) in Queens have secured nearly $1.9 million in grants to help revitalize and improve the neighborhoods where they operate. The Queens organizations, which include groups such as Woodside on the Move and the Long Island City Partnership, are among… Read more »

Indulge in big portions and tons of flavor at Stuff’d in Astoria

Sept. 11, 2023 By Jessica Militello On Aug. 21, Stuff’d launched a soft opening on Broadway in Astoria in an effort to get the neighborhood familiar with its flavorful and decadent sandwiches. “We know that in Astoria there’s a lot of different people from different countries,” said Luis Ramos, the restaurant’s head chef who came… Read more »

Astoria native among participants in apprenticeship program at Queens County Farm Museum

Sept. 7, 2023 By Ethan Marshall Astoria resident Xochitl Fernandez was one of four college students selected to take part in an apprenticeship during the summer at the Queens County Farm Museum. Fernandez, who currently attends New York City College of Technology, received the apprenticeship through the Anne Saxelby Legacy Fund. The apprenticeship program’s main… Read more »

Gunman remains at large after shooting man in the back in Astoria: NYPD

Aug. 25, 2023 By Zach Gewelb Police are looking for the gunman who shot a 21-year-old man in the back in Astoria on Thursday night. The victim was walking near 19-11 22nd Road — within the confines of the 114th Precinct — at approximately 8:20 p.m. on Aug. 24, when he heard a gunshot and… Read more »

Modern Spaces second quarter real estate report shows rise in sales of units

Aug. 10, 2023 By Ethan Marshall Modern Spaces LIC’s recently released sales report on the second quarter of 2023 indicates a strong performance when it comes to sales and bodes well for the next quarter to trend in a similar direction. According to Modern Spaces President and CEO Eric Benaim, despite economic issues like inflation… Read more »