Notes For Neighbors

From Old Astoria Neighborhood Association

The following are some interesting notes and highlights from the Old Astoria Neighborhood Association (OANA):

We’re officially the best neighborhood in New York. Astoria beats out heavy-hitting competition to win the Curbed Cup 2017!

The Graffiti House project at 11-07 Welling Court was among those honored at the Queens Chamber of Commerce Annual Building Awards gala. The architect is Architects Studio and the builder is AKI Development.

The retrospective exhibition, “The Sculpture of Gonzalo Fonseca,” continues at the Noguchi Museum until March 11. Fonseca was a major figure in the evolution of Latin American art and this is the first museum exhibition of his work in New York since 1971. On Friday, February 2 the museum will hold its monthly Free First Friday with free admission from 10 am to 5 pm. (9-01 33rd Road)

Don’t miss Socrates Sculpture Park’s Annual, extended until March 25, featuring the work of 15 artists chosen through an open-call process. From 3-6 pm. (32- 01 Vernon Blvd.)

Join St. George’s Episcopal Church on Sunday, February 11 for a Pre-Lenten Pancake Breakfast Buffet from 11 am to 12:30 pm. Tickets are $8, under 5, free. All proceeds will benefit the church ministry. For more information, call the church office at 718-721-5154 or contact them by e-mail at (Info: 14-20 27th Avenue)

The New York Road Runners Open Run in Astoria Park continues on Saturdays at 9 am at the track in Astoria Park, a free open run. Participants are encouraged to arrive 15 minutes before the start of the run and to leave their valuables at home—bag check is not provided. No registration needed, just show up. Open to all ages, experience levels, walkers, strollers, and dogs— all welcome!

It’s been a great start for the new ferry service to and from Astoria, adding another transit option for our neighborhood. We look forward to more stops being added in 2018. Check out the Winter Schedule before you head down to the water.

The MTA Board has temporarily shelved Governor Cuomo’s $1 billion station renovation project; board members questioned the price tag of the purely cosmetic refurbishments, while structural needs are going unaddressed.

MTA critics also commented on the lack of elevators in the planned renovations, something to which OANA took a strong position when the station renovations began last year.

Council Member Costa Constantinides has been reappointed as Chair of the City Council’s newly strengthened Environmental Protection Committee.

Community Board 1 has approved design plans submitted by the NYC Department of Parks and Recreation for the renovation of Whitey Ford Field. Congratulations to all involved in the project!

On Tuesday, February 20 at 6:30 pm, Community Board 1 will hold its next monthly meeting at Astoria World Manor (25-22 Astoria Blvd.)

Is Design Build the answer to New York City’s capital project woes? (Visit for the full story.)

The Executive Director of the Brooklyn-Queens Connector project (BQX) has stepped down.

Local Astoria businesses have NYS Assembly Member Aravella Simotas to thank for three new bills that will help them catch a break.

It’s been a busy winter so check out OANA’s website for more Old Astoria news you may have missed and further details on the above highlights:

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