Governor Andrew Cuomo announced over the weekend that all New York City Schools are permitted to reopen in September. The Governor announced the decision after determining that all 10 regions in New York State met the criteria to do so. Last month, Governor Cuomo stated that schools would only reopen in state regions where COVID-19…

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Image by Eleni Louca. Tropical Storm Isaias passed through New York City yesterday afternoon, leaving plenty of destruction in its path. In Astoria, dozens of trees were toppled leaving hundreds of neighborhood residents without power for hours. The storm, which has slammed the Eastern coast of the United States for much of the week, brought…

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Image by Mark DiConzo. The Grand and The Pomeroy were among 12 NYC bars that have lost liquor licenses after not following COVID-19 mandated guidance. The New York State Liquor Authority announced the decision, citing numerous violations at each establishment. The Grand was open past the 11PM, the official closing time for city bars and…

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Image via RaisingAstoria.com. Raising Astoria, the children’s educational center located at 26-11 23rd Ave., is closing permanently. The center’s closure was announced yesterday by its owners via email. The driving factor behind Raising Astoria’s closure was the financial uncertainty of COVID-19, along with high commercial rent and not knowing when public schools will reopen. Raising…

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Image by Best Market Astoria, via Google Maps. Best Market, located at 19-30 37th St., will soon be closing and changing into German supermarket chain Lidl. Best Market will close within the next three weeks, with all staff slated to keep their jobs once the store is remodeled into Lidl according to an article originally…

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Photo by Mark DiConzo. Two Astoria bar/restaurants have had their liquor licenses suspended by New York State: Brik Astoria (32-16 Steinway St.) and M.I.A. (27-35 21st St.) saw their liquor licenses revoked for violating COVID-19 guidelines. The decision came following a backlash on social media of videos of hundreds of partygoers not social distancing or…

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A 38 year old woman was slashed in the neck and hand on Monday, July 20th according to a report initially published by Patch. The victim was on 35th St. walking towards 36th Ave. when she was approached by a man who proceeded to attack her with a boxcutter. The victim was then taken to…

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Image design by Sara Amrozowicz. The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has created a domino effect, spanning every industry. One such heavily affected industry has been New York City’s Broadway and theater communities. Recently, Broadway announced it has made the difficult decision to keep theaters and productions closed until at least January 2021, leaving many without work…

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Image via Roberto Tobias’ GoFundMe. Astoria teen Roberto Tobias Jr., a rising senior at Frank McCourt High School, has launched a GoFundMe after losing both parents to COVID-19. Tobias’ entire family contracted the virus at the beginning of March with Roberto Tobias Sr. and Loida Tobias unfortunately losing their lives due to complications from COVID-19 in…

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Image via Google Maps. Astoria Key Food, located at 22-15 31st St., will be permanently closing its doors this October.  Unlike recent business closures in the neighborhood, Key Food will not be closing due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but rather because of an ongoing redevelopment proposal. According to an article published by The Real Deal,…

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