5Pointz Demo May Come This Month

BY JACKIE STRAWBRIDGE Staff Writer Long Island City’s once iconic, now whitewashed, graffiti mecca 5Pointz is approaching its date with the wrecking ball. According to David Wolkoff of G&M Realty, whose family owns the property, demolition of 5Pointz is slated to begin in the next three or four weeks. The building could be completely leveled […]

More Affordable Housing At Astoria Cove

BY JACKIE STRAWBRIDGE Staff Writer At a public hearing in Borough President Melinda Katz’s office last Thursday, Alma Realty announced that the number of affordable housing units at their proposed Astoria Cove development has been increased to 345. This number represents 20 percent of the entire project, up from 17 percent. Last month, CB1 rejected […]

QCulture: Big Changes In Area LGBT Nightlife

BY JACKIE STRAWBRIDGE Staff Writer While some of Astoria’s newest LBGT bars already shuttered their windows, the neighborhood’s oldest changes hands. On 24th Avenue and 37th Street, the oldest gay bar in Astoria will soon be under new management. Nathan Finnegan, who worked previously as a bartender in Manhattan, will take over Albatross Bar from […]

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 […]

No Deal Yet Between LIRR And Unions

BY JACKIE STRAWBRIDGE Staff Writer Days before a possible LIRR strike would commence, negotiations between the MTA and LIRR workers came to a standstill Monday. The strike would begin Sunday at 12:01 a.m. and would impact about 300,000 commuters. According to State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli, a strike could cost $50 million in lost economic activity […]

Public Advocate James Talks Development In Astoria

BY JACKIE STRAWBRIDGE Staff Writer Public Advocate Letitia James stopped by Hallets Cove playground on Saturday, where community volunteers were giving the grounds a facelift. Hallets Cove playground serves the residents of NYCHA’s Astoria Houses. Councilman Costa Constantinides (D-Astoria) hosted a cleanup event attended by representatives of Partnerships for Parks and Goodwill Industries, where Astoria […]

More Residences Set To Rise In Dutch Kills

BY JACKIE STRAWBRIDGE Staff Writer Changes to the Dutch Kills landscape show no signs of slowing down. Last Friday, Eastern Consolidated Real Estate announced the $6.5 million sale of an 18,000-square-foot, one-story warehouse located at 37-10 Crescent St. The building currently houses the Paris limousine company. The buyer is Ranger Properties, according to property records. […]