Photo via NYC Parks (@nycparks) Instagram. Fifteen outdoor swimming pools are scheduled to open up within the five boroughs including our very own in Astoria starting August 1st. Originally Mayor Deblasio had announced that due to the corona virus and the $2 billion in cuts to the new city budget, that city pools would fall…

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A week into Phase 2 of reopening in Astoria, and there seems to be tons of mixed opinions amongst our community members. Let’s look at this old school debate style, and get out everyone’s pros and cons on the table. On the positive side, people are excited to finally be back to some kind of…

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Owner/Chef of The Thirsty Koala, Katherine Fuchs. As phase two begins in Astoria, there seems to be a lack of direction and divided opinions in regards to the COVID19 situation. Thirsty Koalas owner Katherine Fuchs describes these frustrations as additional difficulties in keeping a business alive during the pandemic. The rules and regulations of reopening…

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Image courtesy of RiverCrest. After months of being open only for pickup and delivery, Rivercrest has opened their outdoor seating during phase two re-openings. The team at Rivercrest is being as diligent as they can to keep everyone as safe as possible during this time. To avoid too much handling of paper menus, they have…

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Image courtesy of Trattoria L’Incontro (@trattoria_lincontro) Instagram. Trattoria L’Incontro’s owner Rocco Sacramone’s mission has been to make his restaurant a place where you receive a dining experience. When you are limited to only offering take-out, it becomes an additional challenge of trying to reinvent yourself. With take-out, you can’t express yourself on the plate. There…

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Astoria is such a special place with so much to offer. Awesome food, great entertainment, and above all this AMAZING community. We have certainly all faced difficult times during the COVID19 pandemic, yet this community has remained so generous, engaging, and supportive of one another. You have exceeded all expectations and have truly shown everyone…

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The Yard Astoria

Image courtesy of The Yard. With the support of the community and their loyal employees, The Yard is up and running despite some of the difficulties created by the COVID19 situation. Although they have had to limit store hours and restructure certain aspects of the business, The Yard has still maintained their affordable prices and…

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Antika Astoria

Image via Antika (@antikaastoria) Instagram. With so much fear and uncertainty, there has been a need now more than ever to provide to our neighbors. Antika’s owner Jerry Sbarro along with one chef, and one pizza chef, have been committed to doing everything they can to stay open and support everyone in the community, especially…

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Amorelli Realty Astoria

Image courtesy of Joe Vaccaro/Amorelli Realty. COVID19 has had a significant impact on all aspects of people’s lives. People have lost family members, jobs, money. With such a high level of uncertainty, the overall impact and trajectory of the pandemics effects are hard to forecast, however Joe Vaccaro from Amorelli Real Estate believes the Astoria…

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