Health restaurant Create, on 29-21 Ditmars Blvd., has reopened its doors after the Department of Health closed them down on July 18th after a failed inspection. The restaurant had received a staggering 60 sanitary violation points for infractions, according to Astoria Post.   Have you had a bad experience at Create, Ditmars? The most critical violations,…

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For years garbage trucks operated by the Department of Sanitation that park by the Ravenswood Houses in Astoria have caused headaches and smells. According to QNS. Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer had first begun pressuring the city for an alternative site for the trucks to park at since 2010. “It’s a decades-long problem and the people…

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If you’re a Thai cuisine fan from Astoria there’s no doubt that you’ve either heard or been to Hero, although you might have been there when it was once known as EThree before making the change not too long ago. Now the Broadway restaurant is under new management – as of this year – and…

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Known as the longest-standing and oldest gay bar in Queens, Albatross used to be a lesbian hangout before changing ownership in 2014 and becoming a hot spot for the LGBTQ community. Tucked away on 3619 24th Ave, just off Broadway, Albatross has seen its fair share of crazy nights. Events are on usually every evening, and…

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Block by Block is a video series by the New York Times, showcasing neighborhoods across New York. The Astoria-Ditmars segment looks into the quiet area and its Greek background, along with the path that the neighborhood is on in a rapidly changing city. For more of the series, or to read the article from the…

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Looks like Astoria will be getting a Target. It was announced Tuesday that the small-format location will be opening its doors in 2022 at Ditmars-Steinway. It will be one of three small-format stores located in Queens, with the other in Forest Hills and one being planned for Jackson Heights in 2019. The Astoria store will…

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In honor of George Kaufman, the founder of Kaufman Astoria Studios who passed away just last month, the Astor Room – a speakeasy style restaurant attached to the studios – has re-opened under the new name George’s. In 1979, George Kaufman – heading up a non-profit organization – took over the studio after the US Government had…

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This will be the 2nd Spring crawl, and the 5th crawl in total. The Astoria community has rallied behind the collective events and it not only has the event increased overall business in Astoria, but the participants both businesses and the community have responded in kind, each year. Give Me Astoria is happy to promote…

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Socrates Sculpture Park is currently inviting artists to submit proposals for a chance to qualify for the Emerging Artist Fellowship (EAF), an annual residency program and The Socrates Annual exhibition. It will be awarded to 15 artists, allowing them to produce and exhibit their sculptures in the park. A wonderful opportunity, EAF’18 recipients will also receive a…

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