Variety hosts Asthma Awareness Fair next week

DKGBYNQU8AE9YMj.jpg-largeAs the new school year gets underway, it’s important to know about the basics of asthma and asthma care.

Next Thursday evening, Councilman Costa Constantinides is partnering with St. Mary’s Home Care, the Asthma Coalition of Queens and Mount Sinai Queens on an Asthma Awareness Fair at the Variety Boys and Girls Club of Queens.

The fun and free event will feature games, food, prizes and asthma control health screenings.

The fair runs from 5:30 to 7 p.m. All are welcome.


Powhatan Democratic Club registers voters at pub crawl

image3Members of the Powhatan Democratic Club organized a pub crawl last weekend to help register more voters in the area.

They stopped at popular brunch spots to reach more voters, all while sampling Astoria’s delicious food and drinks.

They registered new voters before November’s general election, as well as voters who want to register as a Democrat for next year’s primary.

Founded in 1901, the Powhatan and Pocahontas Regular Democratic Club represents the 36th Assembly District, Part A in Astoria.

“Voter registration drives usually mean sitting at a table on a street corner for hours as people pass you by,” said Rod Townsend, the club’s outreach director. “By bringing the clipboards to the brunch and happy hour crowds, we reached more people and had a lot of fun.”

“At each stop along our pub crawl, we spread awarenesses for our organization and met new people.”



TONIGHT: Participatory budgeting neighborhood assembly

DKAtPRsW0AIZ8RB.jpg-largeThe participatory budgeting process has begun again.

Residents of District 22 can help decide how to spend $1 million on public projects on local parks, schools or libraries.

“Every year I look forward to hearing from residents about projects in which they would like to invest,” said Councilman Costa Constantinides. “The enthusiasm we’ve seen from voters is what has made participatory budgeting a success in previously cycles.”

Last year, 3,600 votes were cast in the district. Winning projects included new tree plantings, bus countdown clocks, library upgrades and improvements to the STEM lab at The Young Women’s Leadership School in Astoria.

The process begins local neighborhood assemblies, where residents brainstorm and share ideas for projects. Volunteers then break into groups and transform ideas into fully-formed project proposals with details and costs.

Voting will be this spring, both online and at sites across the district. The top projects are funded up to $1 million.

Here’s the remaining schedule for this cycle’s neighborhood assemblies:

  • Monday, September 18, 7 p.m. – Cretans Associations, 32-33 31st St.
  • Wednesday, September 20, 7 p.m. – Astoria Houses Community Center, 4-05 Astoria Blvd.
  • Wednesday, September 27, 6 p.m. – Bohemian Hall, 29-19 24th Ave.


Astoria Park Alliance’s 2017 Shore Fest this weekend

ShoreFest2017_PortraitThe Astoria Park Alliance is hosting its signature event, Shore Fest, in Astoria Park on Saturday, September 16 from 1 to 5 p.m.

The festivities will take place on the Main Lawn, right next to the Bocce Court off Shore Boulevard.

Shore Fest will feature live music from Ithalia Johnson, The East River Blues Band and others. Other activities include potato sack races, egg on a spoon and bean bag toss.

For more information, see their Facebook event here or Eventbrite page to RSVP.


Catch a free screening of “Crooklyn” tonight at Museum of the Moving Image

DJm_mvlVAAE8Dbc.jpg-largeYou can catch a free screening of Spike Lee’s film “Crooklyn” tonight at the Museum of the Moving Image.

“Crooklyn” was chosen by thousands of New Yorkers as the one film they want to watch together tonight. It will be shown for free at parks and movie theaters across the city.

The screening takes place at 7 p.m. Tickets will be available first come, first served. Doors open at 6 p.m.

For more information, visit the Museum of the Moving Image website here.


Citi Bike coming to Astoria on September 12

Citi BikeAstoria residents will soon have a Citi Bike to ride for work or pleasure.

The Department of Transportation (DOT) announced today that Citi Bike is coming to Astoria on September 12th as part of its Fall 2017 expansion.

Long Island City, Crown Heights and Prospect Heights in Brooklyn and Harlem are the other neighborhoods getting Citi Bikes.

“With this round of Citi Bike expansion, bike share will now cover more than 30 square miles, with more New Yorkers able to take advantage of this fast, affordable, convenient and sustainable transportation option,” said DOT Commissioner Polly Trottenberg.

Launched in 2013, Citi Bike usage is continuing to break records. Ten million riders were taken in 2015, and 14 million in 2016. This past June, ridership exceeded 70,000 riders in a single day.

The annual cost of a Citi Bike membership is $163, or $14.95 per month with an annual commitment. NYCHA residents are eligible to receive a discounted $5 per month membership.

Citi Bike now has 10,000 bikes at 600 stations in neighborhoods across Manhattan, Brooklyn and now Astoria.