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Photo Courtesy Councilmember Peter F. Vallone Jr.
Councilmember Peter F. Vallone Jr. and Senator Michael Gianaris joined local community leaders to celebrate the new, replica 1964 World’s Fair benches on Steinway Street.

Astoria’s green initiative is also beautifying the neighborhood.

Councilmember Peter F. Vallone Jr., Senator Michael Gianaris, Department of Transportation Queens Borough Commissioner Maura McCarthy and members of the Steinway Astoria Partnership united on September 15 for the unveiling of several environmentally-friendly additions to Steinway Street.

Among the improvements are new plants and flower baskets lining the street, and benches composed of recycled plastic that are replicas of those used during the 1964 World’s Fair.

“It’s fitting that the heart of Astoria’s shopping district, lined with both individually-owned shops and chain stores, would receive replica 1964 World’s Fair benches made of recycled materials,” said Vallone. “Steinway Street preserves small business values from a past era, with a modern twist.

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