Kids can finish summer in the spotlight at free musical theater camp in Astoria
Photo: Bradley Hawks/Astoria Performing Arts Center

Every August, Astoria gets dazzled by a bit of Broadway — and we don’t mean the neighborhood’s subway stop. Queens kids ages 8 to 13 with a passion for performance can try out for Astoria Performing Arts Center (APAC)’s 14th annual Summer Stars program, a free musical theater camp running from Aug. 15 to 26 […]

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Owner of former Childs Restaurant in Astoria says his architect has ‘interesting ideas’ to preserve terra cotta
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After Astoria residents expressed concerns over alterations to a historic building that is now an expansion of a Deals & Discounts store, owner Morris Dweck has said his architect has proposed some “interesting ideas” on how to preserve the terra cotta. The building, located at 36-11 Broadway, was the site of a former Childs Restaurant. One of […]

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Astoria residents concerned over possible alterations to building of historic 1920’s restaurant
Photo via Google Maps

Scaffolding has appeared on Deals & Discounts store – formerly a Rite Aid – in Astoria, and some residents are worried that owners may be removing the decades-old terra cotta on the historic building. Located at 36-11 Broadway, the building was the site of a Childs Restaurant, according to Bob Singleton, executive director of the Greater […]

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Newly renovated Astoria playground gets a piano-shaped spray shower for kids
Courtesy of New York City Department of Parks & Recreation

The last time the Paul Raimonda Playground in Astoria received a makeover was in 1995. Finally, in 2016, it has a new look. Queens Parks Commissioner Dorothy Lewandowski joined Councilman Costa Constantinides on Tuesday to unveil the nearly $2 million reconstruction of the Astoria playground. These improvements include fitness equipment, a revamped sitting area, and a centerpiece shower spray […]

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That foul smell from Astoria’s wastewater plant could be removed with a $3M revamp
Photo courtesy of Councilman Costa Constantinides

Astoria residents have long been chronicling the disgusting aroma coming out of the Bowery Bay Wastewater Treatment Plant on Berrian Boulevard. Luckily, those days may soon be over. Councilman Costa Constantinides announced on Monday that a $3 million odor mitigation project would finally eliminate most of the putrid smells. The project includes the installation of aluminum covers and odor control […]

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