Author: ishkurhan

Japanese food festival to take place in Astoria Sunday

June 28, 2024 By Iryna Shkurhan This weekend, New Yorkers can venture through Japan’s expansive culinary world without having to leave Queens at what is considered the world’s biggest Japanese festival.  On Sunday, June 30, dozens of vendors selling traditional and inventive Japanese food and drinks will be in Astoria. They will line Broadway from… Read more »

Fireworks returning to Astoria Park this Thursday for 40th anniversary

June 26, 2024 By Iryna Shkurhan On Thursday, June 27, fireworks will light up the Astoria waterfront to mark the 40th anniversary of the neighborhood’s Independence Day celebration. Central Astoria Local Development Coalition, a non-profit organization dedicated to preserving and enhancing the Astoria community, organizes the free event. The area’s City Council Member, Tiffany Cabán,… Read more »

Queens restaurants to receive federal boost for outdoor dining as city program becomes permanent

June 24, 2024 By Iryna Shkurhan  As the nation’s largest outdoor dining program pivots from a temporary pandemic-era program to a permanent fixture across the city, new federal funding will help some Queens restaurant owners jumpstart their participation.  Congresswoman Grace Meng, in partnership with the city’s Small Business Services (SBS) and the Department of Transportation… Read more »

Lifelong Dutch Kills resident and devoted nun honored with a street renaming

June 18, 2024 By Iryna Shkurhan The street in front of where Sister Flora Marinelli lived as a devout member of the Sisters of St. Joseph for 35 years is now co-named in her honor.  Long Island City Council Member Julie Won was joined by Marinelli’s family, her fellow sisters and representatives from St. Patrick’s… Read more »

Long Island City eyes community projects with $10 million state grant

June 17, 2024 By Iryna Shkurhan With Long Island City set to receive $10 million in state funding through an economic development grant, the next step is identifying potential projects the community would like to see.  Last week, Queens Borough President Donovan Richards and the Queens Chamber of Commerce announced the launch of the public… Read more »

New protected bike lanes likely coming to Astoria this year: DOT

June 3, 2024 By Iryna Shkurhan At a community meeting in Astoria on Thursday, dozens of locals erupted in applause after the Department of Transportation (DOT) outlined its proposed changes to a major chunk of 31st Avenue.  The biggest potential change is an approximately mile-long stretch of parking-protected bike lanes. Converting the corridor to a… Read more »

Astoria’s 31st Ave Open Street Collective secures more stable future with nonprofit status

May 15, 2024 By Iryna Shkurhan  Initially created with emergency authorization from the city during the pandemic, the 31st Ave Open Street Collective is cementing its status as a permanent fixture in the Astoria community.  After a year-long effort, the organization recently obtained a tax-exempt nonprofit status just as its fifth season of operation was… Read more »