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Meet RARE CUT: An Innovative Approach To Men’s Fashion

Anthony Orisses, Founder of RARE CUT. Photo by Davey King. Envision it: the good old days when folks were able to put on their best outfits and actually enjoy time out, whether for business or pleasure. For men in particular, fashion is either astronomically high priced or not as tailored…

Together Apart

Image/Eleni Louca When the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic first hit, everything was placed on pause. Within the course of 24 hours, our lives changed completely. At Give Me Astoria, specifically, we initially did not know what the future would hold. Friends in the neighborhood were closing their businesses left and right…

Astoria Resident In Police Custody After Bomb-Making Materials Found In Home

An Astoria man was taken into police custody following a fire at his Queens building. Reports indicate that hours after the fire, bomb-making materials were also found at the scene. At approximately 8PM last night, authorities were called to the two-story building located on 19th Street, near Astoria Park, when…

Leading Branding Agency O’Connor & Tate Wins Platinum Award!

Queens’ top branding agency, the Astoria-based O’Connor & Tate, has done it again with their platinum award win at the 2020 Hermes Creative Awards! O’Connor & Tate placed first in the category of ‘Print Media Publication- Content/Design/Branding/Marketing’. Winning selections are determined by the Association of Marketing and Communication Professionals. The branding…

A Waste-Free Astoria? Closer Than You Think!

Image/Nicole Grossberg It’s no secret: the trash problem across the city is growing. With many home from work, outdoor dining at an all-time high, and schools out, NYC’s trash problem is at an all-time high. Combine that with a 60% cut to the Department of Sanitation’s budget, and we have…

Rally In Support Of Small Businesses Happening Thursday

Image/30th Ave. Business Association Instagram A press conference/rally will be held this Thursday, September 10th, at 10AM in support of Astoria’s small businesses. The event will be held on Newtown & 30th Ave. next to Key Food’s 30th Avenue location. The rally comes after multiple small businesses throughout the neighborhood…

31st Avenue Stroll: Open Streets Provides A Safer Way To Gather

Photos/Evie Hantzopoulos Astoria residents are enjoying their tree-lined streets now more than ever. Open Streets, the citywide initiative is becoming more common to limit vehicle traffic and promote pedestrian activity. The 31st Ave Open Street Collective, led by Evie Hantzopoulos and Macartney Morris, blocked off a portion of 31st Avenue…

Riccardo’s By The Bridge Permanently Closing After Nearly 70 Years

Image/Riccardo’s By The Bridge Facebook Another Astoria institution has fallen victim to the long-term effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. Riccardo’s By The Bridge, located at 21-04 24th Ave., has closed permanently. Since 1951, Riccardo’s has hosted countless milestones for Astorians and more. From weddings and baptisms to birthdays and holiday…

Astoria Adds New Car-Free Street For Outdoor Dining

Image via Google Maps. New York City announced the opening of six more streets as part of its outdoor dining program, with one new location in Astoria. Ditmars Boulevard, between 33rd & 36th Streets, will now be car-free from 5-11PM on Fridays, and from 12PM-11PM on Saturdays and Sundays. According to…

Astoria Fridge Hosting Pop-Up Event This Sunday!

Image via Astoria Fridge (@astoriafridge) Instagram. Astoria Fridge, the 24/7 community fridge located on 8th St. & Astoria Blvd., is hosting a pop-up event this Sunday. The pop-up is part of the 31st Avenue Open Street initiative. On August 30th from 1-4PM, volunteers will be collecting food donations to stock…