Astoria Park bathroom sewage has been leaking into East River since 1930s
Photo courtesy of Flickr/Bill

Parents were dismayed earlier this month when they realized that the bathrooms in Astoria Park’s Charybdis Playground would be closed for a second summer due to plumbing problems. City workers discovered last spring that sewage from the playground and Astoria pool bathrooms had been seeping into the East River since the 1930’s, according to Queens Parks Commissioner […]

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Maspeth park redesign gets thumbs-up from CB 5 Parks Committee
RIDGEWOOD TIMES/Photo by Anthony Giudice

After months of meetings, proposals and arguments, the Community Board 5 (CB 5) Parks Committee made a decision Tuesday on plans to reconstruct the ballfields at Maspeth’s Frank Principe Park that they hope will please everyone. The Parks Department presented the committee with five design choices for the proposed soccer field and Little League/softball fields: three designs that have […]

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FIFA-sized soccer field is included in councilman’s goals for Astoria Park
Photo via Flickr/Travis Grathwell

Calling Astoria Park “the jewel in our neighborhood’s crown,” Councilman Costa Constantinides made a pitch in his State of the District address on Monday to improve the park, including adding a FIFA regulation-size soccer field. The nearly 60-acre park became official parkland in 1913 and is home to the city’s largest and oldest swimming pool, bocce […]

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Overcrowded Corona school will get permanent annex
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The Louis Armstrong Elementary School in Corona, an elementary school built to house 900 students but that currently accommodates 1,800, will no longer have to cram its students into temporary trailers. State Sen. Jose Peralta announced on Wednesday that the School Construction Authority and Department of Education (DOE) have agreed to build a permanent annex to the […]

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Springfield Gardens honors MLK Day with park cleanup
Photo courtesy of state Senator James Sanders Jr.

BY ERICA SIUDZINSKI Led by a local lawmaker, volunteers in Springfield Gardens spent Martin Luther King Jr. Day in service to the community by sprucing up an area park. In Dr. King’s spirit of community coalition-building, state Senator James Sanders Jr. joined 74 volunteers and the Parks Department to clean up the Idlewild Park Preserve […]

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