Astoria Comic Con kickoff party to include ticket, comic book giveaways


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Photo via Twitter/@KatchAstoria

Katch Astoria, located at 31-19 Newton Ave., will host a Comic Con Kickoff Party on Oct. 3, one week before the four-day New York Comic Con (NYCC) takes over the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in Manhattan.

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Modern Spaces set to open new Astoria office in October


| lguerre@queenscourier.com

Logo courtesy of Modern Spaces  

Real estate firm Modern Spaces, which Eric Benaim launched in Long Island City in 2008, announced Monday that it is opening its sixth location in six years and its second in Astoria in October, hoping to hit a home run with the area as it did with its original neighborhood.

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Astoria Cove developers pay $43.5 million for remaining land


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Rendering courtesy of STUDIO V Architecture

Astoria Cove developers recently finalized the sale for the final bits of the land designated for the mega project, although they have yet to win any steps in the project’s land use case.

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‘The Blacklist’ films bank robbery scene in Astoria


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

Photos by Asha Mahadevan

As season 2 of “The Blacklist” is set to premiere on Sept. 22, the cast and crew were hard at work in Astoria filming a bank robbery scene for the season’s fourth episode.

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Free event offers behind-the-scenes look at moviemaking in Astoria


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

Photo by Pat Alvarado/Museum of the Moving Image

The Museum of the Moving Image, Theatrical Teamsters Local 817 and Kaufman Astoria Studios is once again hosting New York on Location.

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New legislation to protect Astoria school from ‘disruptive’ subway noise


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THE COURIER/ Photos by Angy Altamirano

Members of one Astoria school, located about 50 feet away from a subway platform, are hoping a new proposed bill will help bring “peaceful learning.”

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Astoria church to celebrate 90 years of faith


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THE COURIER/ Photo by Angy Altamirano

The Immaculate Conception Church, located at 21-47 29th St., will be marking 90 years since it held its first Mass in 1924.

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Community-driven Astoria resident celebrates 100th birthday


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THE COURIER/Photo by Angy Altamirano

Being active, spending time with loved ones, and eating “very good Italian food” are the keys to a long and happy life, according to 100-year-old Frances Lopresto.

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Astoria consignment shop opens to bring community high-quality, affordable items


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THE COURIER/ Photos by Angy Altamirano

Sofia’s Consignment Shop, located at 32-20 34th Ave., opened its doors two months ago and offers customers clothing, jewelry and children’s, household, collector and designer items — and much more.

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Annual ‘Celebrate Astoria Day’ to kick off Sept. 28, 2015


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

Astoria now has its own day to shine.

The neighborhood will be celebrated during an annual festival set to kick off on Sept. 28, 2015, known as “Celebrate Astoria Day.”

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The Doe Fund to help clean more Astoria streets


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THE COURIER/ Photos by Angy Altamirano

After hearing positive feedback from residents and business owners, The Doe Fund will now expand street sweeping services to Steinway Street, Newtown Road, Ditmars Boulevard and 23rd Avenue, Councilman Costa Constantinides announced Thursday.

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