Astoria residents question route and cost of proposed Brooklyn Queens Connector
QNS/Photo courtesy of Angela Matua

Astoria residents filled the Variety Boys & Girls Club on Monday to discuss the proposed Brooklyn Queens Connector, and many had differing opinions on where the car would run — and if it would be worth the effort. The packed room was split into eight groups where representatives from the Department of Transportation (DOT) and […]

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Officials call on Astoria residents to denounce attack on Muslim-American teen and to provide information on suspects
QNS/Photo by Angela Matua

Three suspects attacked a 19-year-old man in Astoria last week after shouting “Arab” and “ISIS,” and community leaders are asking residents to come forward with any information. Councilmen Jimmy Van Bramer and Costa Constantinides gathered at the intersection of 10th Street and 33rd Road on Friday morning to denounce the attack, saying it was not […]

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Here’s how your City Council member voted on the 5-cent grocery bag tax
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Updated 5:45 p.m., May 6 In a closer-than-anticipated vote, the City Council adopted on Thursday a bill instituting a 5-cent surcharge on grocery shoppers who opt for paper or plastic bags at the checkout counter. Twenty-eight members in all adopted the bill (Intro. 209-A), which charges customers 5 cents per paper or plastic bag used, while 20 […]

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Astoria park plagued with drug paraphernalia and used condoms will now be locked at night
Photo courtesy of Councilman Costa Constantinides

An Astoria park long known for being a nighttime hangout spot will now be locked every night to discourage trespassers. Councilman Costa Constantinides, Assemblywoman Aravella Simotas and state Senator Michael Gianaris announced on Monday that Park Enforcement Patrol (PEP) officers would now lock the gates of Sean’s Place every night and open them every morning. Though the […]

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Gaming tables, water fountains coming to Astoria Park along with other improvements in western Queens
Photo: Astoria Park Alliance

We won’t know the results of the presidential primaries in New York for several hours, but the results of another election have been announced. Residents in neighborhoods such as Astoria, Long Island City and Sunnyside cast their votes for several projects in the participatory budgeting process from March 26 through April 3. Councilmen Costa Constantinides and […]

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