If Racks, a new restaurant and bar, wants to open up, waitresses will likely have to cover up. Community Board 1 (CB 1) voted not to recommend a liquor license for Racks on grounds its female servers will be wearing bikinis as uniforms. At the April 16 meeting, board members voted 17 to 15 against [...]
The top has come off for one Astoria bikini bar. Slinking under the guise of a regular lounge, Queen of Hearts’ thinly-veiled attempt to renew its liquor license, without alerting the State Liquor Authority (SLA) that it’s gone nearly-naked, has local leaders drafting legislation to expose them and similarly shady businesses. Initiated by Assemblymember Aravella [...]
TODAY’S FORECAST Thursday: Overcast. High of 43. Winds from the WNW at 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 20%. Thursday Night: Overcast with a chance of snow and a chance of rain. Low of 27 with a windchill as low as 19. Winds from the NNW at 5 to 15 mph. Chance of snow 30%. EVENT OF [...]
An extremist Greek political party’s plans to open a branch in Astoria have met opposition from local politicians. Golden Dawn, a right-wing, nationalistic group that garnered 18 seats in the Greek parliament during the last election, announced its desire to set up a New York City office on the group’s website. While Golden Dawn’s website [...]
Residents are worried that an uncovered bid for an Astoria bikini bar may be a scantily-clad plan to wiggle a strip club into their neighborhood. Racks, the club located at 19-26 Steinway Street, was recently leased to a company called 8G Inc. Formerly a billiard parlor, the establishment sits just half a block from homes, [...]
Assemblymember Aravella Simotas and her husband, John Katsanos, welcomed daughter Eleni into the world at 10:15 p.m. on Tuesday, August 7. The little girl is a healthy 8 pounds, 9 ounces and 21.5 inches long. According to a spokesperson, mom and baby are both doing well.
Businesses can now feel safe about being good Samaritans. Senator Michael Gianaris announced on December 22 that he has introduced new legislation aimed at expanding upon New York’s “Good Samaritan” laws. If passed, the legislation would protect businesses and non-profits offering themselves as safe havens to citizens in distress from being held liable for damages [...]
Crime may never sleep, but the residents of Astoria are planning to put it to bed. Following a wave of illegal activity that recently rolled through the neighborhood, members of the community and local elected officials united at an anti-crime rally on November 16. A variety of crimes were discussed at the gathering, held at [...]