Astoria’s 30th Ave. station among city’s worst


A new study released by non-profit civic organization Citizens Budget Commission says Astoria’s 30th Ave. station has some of the poorest infrastructure in the city.

The study honed in on the state of stations’ structural components like stairs, platform edges, and ventilators. On the 30th Ave. station, which services the N and Q, the study found that 72% of the stations’ structural components were not in good repair.

The study cited the worst station as the 52nd St. stop on the 7 line, at which 79% of structural components weren’t in good repair. Overall, half of the worst stations were in Queens.



Congresswoman Maloney makes recommendations for money transfers to Greece


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Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney announced on Wednesday recommendations on how Greeks can skirt the daily €60 withdraw limit imposed by banks amidst the economic crisis. The capital controls have drawn  frustration stateside as transfers to friends and family in the cash-strapped country remain largely inaccessible save for the nominal allotment.

Joined by Councilman Costa Constantinides and Assemblywoman Aravella Simotas, both Greek-American, and leaders of Astoria’s Greek community at the Atlantic Bank, Congresswoman Maloney recommended that remittances be made through either foreign-owned banks, or via retail offices of foreign-owned money transfer companies in Greece, such as Western Union. The €60 capital control will not apply in either situation, she said.

The two recommendations were made by the U.S. Treasury Department last week at the urging of Congresswoman Maloney, a co-chair of the Congressional Hellenic Caucus, after constituents brought to her attention the difficulties Greek loved ones had had accessing money transferred to them.

“One woman told me that her family sent her thousands of dollars for an operation, but she can only take the money out in bits at a time,” she said. “Greece is in an economic crisis, and people in the United States want to help by sending money to their friends and family.”

LIC penthouse sale could set new record for borough



Renderings of the apartment’s living room, courtesy of Curbed.


As Queens heats up as a tourist destination, people are starting to fork over some serious cash to put down roots in the borough as well.

Curbed is reporting Queens’ priciest listing of all time, an LIC three-bedroom with a wraparound terrace and sky-high ceilings, has sold. The sellers were asking $5.4 million, and while it’s not clear what the final price was, it’s said to have been the borough’s highest sale thus far.

Man shot and set on fire near Astoria Blvd.



DNAinfo is reporting that Dawn Mcintosh has been charged in the murder of her boyfriend Shawn McWhorter, whose body was found fatally shot and burnt beyond recognition on Sunday in an alleyway at 14th St. and Astoria Boulevard.

Police allege Mcintosh fatally shot McWhorter in an alleyway near 27th Avenue. She and her 21 year-old brother, Donte Watkins, later lit his body on fire around 7 a.m. on Saturday.

Mcintosh and Watkins were arrested at 2 p.m. on Sunday at the 114th precinct. Mcintosh has been charged with murder, weapons possession and tampering with evidence.


The Post reported that the body of an unidentified man was found burnt beyond recognition this past Saturday morning in Astoria.

A neighbor discovered the disturbing scene and called 911.

According to the Post, first responders arrived at the flame engulfed corpse in an alleyway off of 14th Street near Astoria Boulevard around 6:55 a.m.




LIC silent disco party returns next week

Photo cred: Kevin Yatarola

Photo cred: Kevin Yatarola

Together with City Council Majority Leader Jimmy Van Bramer and Queens Borough President Melinda Katz, Lincoln Center will bring the silent disco yet again to Long Island City on Thursday, September 3.

Last year, thousands of people got together for Lincoln Center’s first outdoor silent disco party at Hunter’s Point Park South. The location has remained the same, which means you can dance away the night with beautiful views of New York’s skyline.

The evening will start with a dance lesson led by instructor Robert Vance. Afterwards, dance away to music including disco, top 40, 80s, R&B and electronic. Eric Silvey, DJ Rimarkable and Bill Coleman will be spinning the ones and twos.

But what makes this gathering a silent disco party? Well, no one but the dancers will hear the music. In fact, each dancer will listen to the music through free headphones. You’ll need an ID or credit card to borrow the headphones.

The party will be held at Hunter’s Point Park South, Center Boulevard between 50th Avenue and 54th Avenue.
Doors open at 6 p.m., the dance lesson begins at 6:30 p.m. and the silent disco party will run from 7:30 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Try to leave bags at home as they are not permitted on the dance floor.

Astoria’s C-Town closing down for new development

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Astoria’s C-Town supermarket, located at 29-10 Broadway, will be closing down for some time. That’s because the property’s owner, H&L Broadway Holding LLC, is planning on building a five-story development on top of the store.

The development will be a mixed residential/commercial space, featuring 64 apartments, new retail space on the ground floor, 34 parking spaces in the basement as well as terraces on the top 3 floors and recreational spaces, according to their filing with the Department of Buildings.

Unsure of C-Town’s closing date or when the store will reopen, the company wanted to notify its customers of the past 30 years that it will indeed return.

In a letter outside of the storefront and signed by C-Town’s management, they will return as “a brand new store that will be one of the best stores in all of Queens.”

3D Printing: A New Dimension to Queens

The Future of Manufacturing is Making a Home in LIC.

Conceptually, 3D printing is somewhat inaccessible to the general public; it’s still an involved industrial process onphoto-4-1-225x300 the manufacturing scale, and on a smaller, do-it-yourself scale, it’s unaffordable. Eventually that will change.

While a 3D-printed future where we’re driving our 3D-printed cars to a 3D-printed restaurant that serves 3D-printed filet mignon on 3D-printed plates seems like a hazy dystopia and wholly unreal, there are much more practical applications.

The process of 3D printing is a lot less of an actual printing process than its name may lead one to believe.
Mansee Muzumdar works for Shapeways, a 3D-printing facility with an office in Long Island City. She said those in the industry know the process instead as “additive manufacturing.” “You’re building something in layers and layers,” she explained.

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