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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…

Astoria’s Blue Community Aims To Keep The Neighborhood Litter-Free!

Astoria Blue Community flyer by Sarah Abd Alfatah. Over the last few months, Astorians have repeatedly voiced their concern about the trash problem in the neighborhood. Every corner of the neighborhood has seemingly become an outdoor receptacle for garbage. One Astorian who was fed up with the growing trash problem…

Astoria Book Fair: Making Literature Accessible to All

Image courtesy of the Astoria Book Fair. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Astorians banded together to support the community in many different ways. One such initiative is the Astoria Book Fair, a free book fair aimed to provide literature to all Astorians. On Sunday, August 30th from 1-4PM the…

John Brown Smokehouse To Close, Reopen at Mothership Meat Company Location

Image via John Brown Smokehouse Facebook. John Brown Smokehouse, located at 10-43 44th Drive, is slated to close after eight years in business. The restaurant’s owner, Josh Bowen, released an announcement via social media that the Long Island City location would close and open at the location of his second restaurant,…

Quadruple Shooting Near Ravenswood Houses

With shooting rates skyrocketing across New York, Astoria has become the latest neighborhood in the city to experience violent crime. At approximately 4:45PM yesterday evening four victims were shot, including 3 teenagers. One 21-year-old remains in critical condition with life-threatening injuries. Reports indicate that the men were standing outside when…

Trader Joe’s LIC Opening Pushed to 2021

The Prime Building; image via Queens Post/LIC Post. The wait for the much-anticipated Trader Joe’s in Long Island City has been extended a bit longer: to 2021. The Real Deal reports that Trader Joe’s second Queens location will likely open within the first quarter of next year. The store’s location is…

Three Additional Astoria Establishments Have Liquor License Suspended, Including Bohemian Hall & Beer Garden

Image via Bohemian Hall & Beer Garden Facebook. The New York State Liquor Authority has announced the suspension of liquor licenses at multiple Queens-based establishments. Three of those establishments are in Astoria, and include Aliada, Bohemian Hall & Beer Garden, and Dominie’s. The suspension of Bohemian Hall’s liquor license came…

New Development Set For Steinway

Image via Google Maps, December 2017. A new development is set to come to Steinway Street, as per a report initially published by the Astoria Post. The project, which is planned for 20-18 Steinway St., is slated to be 4 stories and 26 total units. As reported by Astoria Post, the building…

NYC Schools Permitted to Reopen Next Month

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…