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Reopening Kaufman Astoria Studios: A Conversation with Hal Rosenbluth, President/CEO

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,…

Activism and Unity: A Conversation with Djibril Diakite

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…

Iggy Terranova: Running For The People

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…

Astoria Responds With Peaceful Protests to National Police Brutality Issue

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…

9 H.U.G.S. : Embracing Communities Around the World

During the current COVID-19 crisis, inspiring stories have emerged from around the world of communities coming together to help one another. One such organization is the New York-based 9 H.U.G.S. Established in 2013, 9 H.U.G.S has worked with nations around the world to benefit those who need it the most….

NYPD To Enforce Social Distancing in ‘Bar-Heavy’ NYC Neighborhoods, Including Astoria

Mayor Bill De Blasio announced that the NYPD will be enforcing social distancing measures in 9 ‘bar-heavy’ NYC neighborhoods, including Astoria. According to the Mayor, the neighborhoods in focus are Astoria, City Island, East Village, Hell’s Kitchen, Long Island City, Lower East Side, Upper East Side, West Village, and Williamsburg….

Monikas Cafe-Bar

Monika’s Cafe-Bar Is Closing

Image via Monika’s Cafe-Bar (@monikascafebar) Instagram. After over 20 years in business Monika’s Cafe-Bar, located at 32-90 36th St., is closing. Monika’s team announced the difficult decision to shut down on social media. The bar/restaurant has been closed since March 15th, when city restaurants were shut in order to prevent…

Amorelli Realty Astoria

Amorelli Realty Assures Us That Astoria Will Not Lose Its Value

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…

Martha's Country Bakery Astoria

Give Me Astoria has raised over $20,000 and has a special announcement!

Over the last two months, Give Me Astoria has been fundraising to support healthcare/essential workers and our neighborhood restaurants. As of today, we are proud to announce that we have raised over $20,000 in this effort! With the help of your donations, we provided dozens of meals to healthcare heroes…

Natalia Bougadellis & Emory Parker

Astoria-based Directors Finalists for the ‘Wear A Mask’ Ad Contest: Vote Now!

Image courtesy of Natalia Bougadellis & Emory Parker. Two Astoria-based filmmakers are finalists in the #NewYorkTough PSA contest. Natalia Bougadellis & Emory Parker’s video made it to the final 5, competing against 600 entries from throughout the state. Bougadellis & Parker are the Founders of Blue Slate Films and NXM…