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Long Island City, Astoria bike lanes to get makeover
Long Island City, Astoria bike lanes to get makeover
Top Stories Angy Altamirano 6/12/2013 at 3:45PM

Vernon Boulevard’s bike lanes are set to get a makeover this summer to provide extra safety for riders and more space for drivers. According to a plan the Department of Transportation (DOT) presented to Community Board 2 on June 6, the two one-way bike paths on each side of Vernon Boulevard would become a two-way [...]

Astoria residents say developer damaged their homes
Astoria residents say developer damaged their homes
Top Stories Melissa Chan 5/30/2013 at 11:06AM

A towering medical center being built in Astoria has received a key permit from the city — despite complaints by neighbors who say the construction has caused their homes’ foundations to crumble. “There are cracks everywhere, in every room, from the ceilings to walls,” said Robert Draghi, who lives behind the site of a future [...]

Board approves Hallets Point development
Board approves Hallets Point development
Top Stories Angy Altamirano 5/24/2013 at 12:04PM

Hallets Point, home to the NYCHA Astoria Houses on the Astoria waterfront, is one step closer to getting thousands of residential apartments, retail space and parkland. On Tuesday, Community Board 1 voted unanimously to approve the plan by Lincoln Equities Group to bring 11 buildings to the area. The developer is applying for zoning changes in [...]

Council District 22 candidate Tony Meloni drops out of race
Council District 22 candidate Tony Meloni drops out of race
Politics Angy Altamirano 5/16/2013 at 10:28AM

Tony Meloni, one of the first candidates to enter the Democratic race for Peter Vallone Jr.’s City Council seat, announced he is dropping out. Meloni confirmed he is ending his campaign to represent District 22 in Astoria so he can focus on his family and work in the community. “It was a really hard decision,” [...]

No booze for Queens bikini bar
West Angy Altamirano 4/25/2013 at 1:47PM

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 [...]

Fake website takes aim at Astoria community board members
Fake website takes aim at Astoria community board members
Top Stories Angy Altamirano 3/28/2013 at 11:34AM

A website passing itself off as the site for Astoria’s Community Board 1 is claiming its board members are out of touch with the community it serves. “Cb1queens.org” is a parody website that at first glance can be mistaken to be the official website address for Community Board 1 with its “formal” design and information, [...]

Bikini bar gets fierce opposition from leaders, locals
Bikini bar gets fierce opposition from leaders, locals
News Alexa Altman 10/01/2012 at 3:20PM

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, [...]

Astoria passes on a proposed pedestrian plaza
Astoria passes on a proposed pedestrian plaza
News Alexa Altman 9/19/2012 at 7:23AM

Opposition by Astoria merchants pushed Community Board 1 to pass on a proposed pedestrian plaza, to the dismay of many local residents. During the group’s monthly meeting, Community Board 1 members voted 25 to 7 against the Department of Transportation (DOT) initiated venture, which would have installed a pedestrian plaza at the intersection of Newtown [...]

One day plaza met with mixed feelings
One day plaza met with mixed feelings
News Alexa Altman 8/30/2012 at 10:47AM

Walk this way, just for a day. On Saturday, August 25, the Department of Transportation (DOT) set up a temporary pedestrian plaza in Astoria, allowing residents to relax, stroll and sample their neighborhood with more open space, after locals expressed mixed feelings about the proposed piazza. DOT officials set up tables, chairs, umbrellas and planters [...]

Star of Queens: Edward Babor
Star of Queens: Edward Babor
Stars Gregory Giaconelli 8/20/2012 at 7:39AM

Edward Babor Member, Community Board 1 COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT: Edward Babor has been a member of Community Board 1 for 10 years. He is also a board member of the Astoria Civic Association and has served as president of the Taminent Regular Democratic Club for the past 15 years. He sits on the board at the [...]