Astoria Park gets new trees for green-friendly Five Boro Bike Tour


| aaltamirano@queenscourier.com

THE COURIER/Photo by Angy Altamirano

More than 30,000 bicyclists will pedal into a greener Astoria Park this May.

Read More ...

Vallone: Develop Astoria Park Pool area into ice skating rink


| aaltamirano@queenscourier.com

Photo courtesy of Councilmember Peter Vallone Jr.

Astoria Park could soon be the next site to go skating for the holidays. Councilmember Peter Vallone Jr. sent a letter to Parks Department Commissioner Veronica White on November 19, asking the agency to develop the Astoria Park Pool area into an ice skating rink. The area being proposed for the rink is next to […]

Read More ...

Homeless woman found guilty for 2010 Astoria Park murder


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

BY JOHANN HAMILTON A homeless woman has been found guilty of strangling and beating a man to death in Astoria Park. According to District Attorney Richard A. Brown, Kelly Harnett, 32, and her boyfriend Thomas Donovan, 34, were arrested on July 7, 2010, in connection with the murder of Ruben Angel Vargas, who police found […]

Read More ...

Dad arrested for allowing kids to shoot BB guns in Astoria park


| aaltamirano@queenscourier.com

handcuffs-with-color-web-size11111

An Astoria dad may receive more than just a slap on the wrist after allowing his children to play with loaded BB guns at a local park. According to District Attorney Richard A. Brown, Zbigniew Pawlowski, 54, allegedly went to Ditmars Park in Astoria on Tuesday, May 7 with his two children—the elder of whom […]

Read More ...

Star of Queens: Jules Corkery, co-chair of the Astoria Park Alliance


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

star of queens

BY ANTHONY O’REILLY COMMUNITY SERVICE: In order to ensure that Astoria Park is maintained properly, Jules Corkery, co-chair of the Astoria Park Alliance, works with all city agencies, including the Parks Department, to ensure necessary services are carried out. Expanding from south of the Triborough Bridge to north of the Hell Gate Bridge, the park is […]

Read More ...

Astoria Park pool to become performance space


| aaltamirano@queenscourier.com

Photos courtesy of the NYC Parks & Recreation

With its local arts community booming, the Astoria Park pool will now take a dive into becoming the first outdoor performance space in the neighborhood. “Artists in Astoria will finally have a fitting performance space,” said Councilmember Peter Vallone Jr., a musician himself who is glad the plan is finally moving forward and has provided […]

Read More ...

A history of Astoria Park


| info@astorialic.org

162-115-BarclayMansion2w

A good historian develops a keen sense of a time and lives in a world of four, rather than three, dimensions. It is something special. They can sense in any location not only the present, but many states of people and places long lost. For example, just north of the Hell Gate Bridge is a […]

Read More ...

USTA renovates Astoria Park courts


| mpantelidis@queenscourier.com

The United States Tennis Association (USTA) partnered with American Express to serve up renovated tennis courts to visitors of Astoria Park. Councilmember Peter F. Vallone Jr. joined USTA executive director and CEO Gordon Smith, tennis legend Chris Evert and Victoria Azarenka, the fifth ranked player in the world, to unveil three, fully restored tennis courts […]

Read More ...

Summer fun in Astoria Park


| mpantelidis@queenscourier.com

Aviation Development Council (ADC) is partnering with Councilmember Peter Vallone, Jr. to endorse City Parks Foundation’s (CPF) 2011 CityParks Tennis and Track & Field Program for Astoria Park. ADC, which is a bridge organization between the area’s aviation industry and the communities it assists, donated $5,000 to CPF at a check presentation event held on […]

Read More ...

NEWS YOU CAN USE: Fireworks at Astoria Park tonight


By Queens Courier Staff

NEWS YOU CAN USE Fireworks at Astoria Park Get an early start to your July 4 weekend with a fireworks display at Astoria Park tonight at 7:30 p.m – and get the chance to see fireworks over the East River. The Astoria Symphony Orchestra will complement the fireworks on the park’s great lawn. Councilmember Peter […]

Read More ...

Pair arrested for fatal beating in Astoria Park


By Queens Courier Staff

114th Precinct Astoria, Long Island City, Woodside, and Jackson Heights On Wednesday, July 7, police responded to a 9-1-1 call of a male being assaulted inside Astoria Park. Cops found 32-year-old Ruben Vargas lying on the ground unconscious with trauma to the body. EMS responded and pronounced Vargas dead. That same day, cops arrested Thomas […]

Read More ...

Astoria park named for 9/11 hero


By Queens Courier Staff

A brand new park in memory of a local paramedic who died in the line of duty on 9/11 opened officially on Thursday, October 2 at 76th Street and 21st Avenue, in Astoria. Carlos Lillo was only 37-years-old. “[He] was a credit to our community through his hard work as a paramedic long before September […]

Read More ...