Our first-ever #GiveMeSpring photography contest winner has been determined! With a combined total of 610 votes, the winner is: ‘Reflections of Spring’ by Gracie Coston! Our award ceremony will be held once it is safe to do so in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. Nominees can look out for an email in the (hopefully) near…

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Image by Tim Savage. New York City is set to begin its Phase 2 reopening today, June 22nd. The city has reached another milestone in the decline in positive COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations and can therefore enact Phase 2. Industries that will be back to business include hair salons, retail, and business offices. However, proper…

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Image via Kaufman Astoria Studios Facebook. Kaufman Astoria Studios (KAS), located at 34-12 36th St., has become one of Hollywood’s go-to destinations for some of the largest names in the film and television industry. Today, KAS offers industry professionals over 500,000 sq.ft. of space for sound stages, production, and service, and employs thousands. So, as…

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Image by @kennyrodz. Activism has long been a part of American history. From the Civil Rights Movement to the Stonewall Riots, protest has long been woven into the fabric of American culture. In response to the current police brutality issue sweeping the nation, activism has once more been brought to the forefront. One such peaceful…

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Image courtesy of Iggy Terranova, Democrat Nominee for New York State Senator. Iggy Terranova is no stranger to serving his community. For over 20 years, Terranova worked for the New York Department of Sanitation where he worked his way up from sanitation worker to the Citywide Community Affairs Officer. In this position, Terranova represented both…

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Image via @karensinthewild Instagram. NYC Bagel & Coffee House (NYCBCH) has formally issued a response to the now viral video of an incident that took place on its Broadway location on Saturday, June 6th. As previously, ALL CUSTOMERS ENTERING NYCBCH WILL BE REQUIRED TO WEAR A FACE MASK. Masks will also be on hand for staff to…

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Following months of a statewide shutdown, New York City starts Phase 1 of reopening today! The reopening follows a steady decline in the number of positive COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations throughout the city. As of today, an estimated 400,000 New Yorkers are headed back to work. Industries gearing up again include construction, manufacturing, and select…

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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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Image by Jon Taylor. Astoria has been the location of a handful of peaceful protests against police brutality and the killing of George Floyd. The protests took place at Astoria Park, Steinway St., and nearby Astoria’s 114th Precinct. Hundreds gathered to peacefully voice their support for Black Lives Matter, and chanted the names of George…

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