Stephen A. Halsey: The Father of Astoria

BY JACKIE STRAWBRIDGE Staff Writer Although the neighborhood bears his name, Astoria owes little of its legacy and charm to John Jacob Astor. Rather, we have a fur trader named Stephen A. Halsey to thank for the community’s existence, according to Greater Astoria Historical Society executive director Bob Singleton. “[Halsey] would go home to Flushing […]

Steinway Mansion’s Tangled History

BY JACKIE STRAWBRIDGE Staff Writer Astoria’s iconic Steinway Mansion sits in an unglamorous corner of Ditmars, up a shady hill from concrete warehouses and next to a small junkyard. The mansion’s history, however, is much richer than its surroundings would suggest – and its recent purchase for $2.6 million dollars marks an important new chapter […]

Dutch Kills Artist Documents Shifting Surroundings

BY JACKIE STRAWBRIDGE Staff Writer Dutch Kills is the subject of Salvador Espinoza’s photography, and it refuses to sit still for a portrait. Espinoza, a Dutch Kills resident for more than 30 years, is a fine arts photographer, photojournalist and member of Long Island City Artists. His project, “We Will Be Here,” documents the changing […]

Historic Steinway Mansion Sold For $2.6M

BY JACKIE STRAWBRIDGE Staff Writer After a long search for a buyer, the historic Steinway Mansion in Astoria has been sold for $2.6 million. It was purchased by a pair of investors local to Astoria, under the name Steinway Mansion LLC. Friends of Steinway Mansion, a program of the Greater Astoria Historical Society, announced the […]

New Book Highlights History of Queens

BY LUIS GRONDA Staff Writer A recently-released book gives Queens residents and potential visitors a glimpse into what the Borough used to be like. In a continuation of the Images of America series, the Greater Astoria Historical Society and Kevin Walsh, author of the Forgotten New York blog, co-wrote a book called “Forgotten Queens.” The […]