MWP Basketball Camp next week at the Variety Boys & Girls Club in Astoria


Starting Tuesday, August 23rd, former NBA defensive player of the year, Metta World Peace, will be running a 5 day mini camp at the Variety Boys & Girls Club in L.I.C.

The camp is for kids ages 10-14. The camp will be from 6PM-9PM on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, & Friday night, and the whole day Saturday.

Each night, the 3 hour camp will consist of improving on the fundamentals of the game. Each night will have a focus on one specific fundamental: defense, teamwork, dribbling, shooting, and passing.

Click HERE to sign up now!

$75 per child includes 4 nights of instruction (Tues-Fri) for 3 hours each night, and the camp on Saturday will run the whole day.

Saturday will be “Game Day,” and will  consist of a day of 5v5 full court games, Knockout, 1v1, Hot Shot, & Free Throw Contests & more contests to win NBA memorabilia & prizes! There will be activities and fun for the whole family.

Metta World Peace and Coach Charles Melone’s staff of CM3 Division 1 basketball student athletes will be working together to ensure that children have fun and learn the game.

Have fun, work hard, and learn the game of basketball with former Defensive Player of the Year, Metta World Peace!

Click HERE to register online, or call the club at 718.728.0946 and ask for Coach Charles Melone.

The Variety Boys & Girls Club is located at 21-12 30th Road, L.I.C. NY 11102. Their phone number is 718.728.0946


Thief robs 4-year-old girl in laundromat

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This petty thief didn’t even care that he robbed a 4-year-old girl.

Police are looking for 22-year-old Pablo Escobar, who authorities say robbed a young girl inside Won Won Laundromat at 30-08 36th Avenue last Friday evening. Escobar snatched a gold chain that was hanging around her neck.

Authorities say Escobar is frequently hanging around the Ravenswood and Queenbridge public housing areas. He’s also been seen at Dutch Kills Park at 36th Avenue and Crescent Street.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 800-577-TIPS or submit their tips by logging onto the Crime Stoppers Website at WWW.NYPDCRIMESTOPPERS.COM.

Below, see footage of Escobar interacting with the 4-year-old girl before snatching her chain and walking away.

Exxon Mobile gas station robbed on Independence Day

Police are looking for two men who robbed the Exxon Mobile gas station at 40-40 Crescent Street on July 4th.

Authorities say that on America’s birthday, the two suspects walked into the store and grabbed an item off the shelve without paying.

When the store clerk went to go get it back, one of the men punched him in the face, causing a cut on his mouth. The suspects then ran from the store.

Anyone with information in regards to this incident is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) or submit their tips by logging onto the Crime stoppers website at WWW.NYPDCRIMESTOPPERS.COM.

Constantinides to host participatory budgeting assemblies in the fall


If you enjoyed participatory budgeting in the last two years, or if your project didn’t win, here’s another shot.

Councilman Costa Constantinides announced the process will start again this September with four neighborhood assemblies in the following places, all at 7 p.m.:

  • September 7 – Cretans Association (32-33 31st Street),
  • September 14  – Lexington School for the Deaf (25-26 75th Street),
  • September 21 – Astoria Houses Community Center (4-05 Astoria Boulevard),
  • September 28 – Bohemian Hall (29-19 34th Avenue)

“I am excited to once again give residents the opportunity to take part in our city budget cycle,” Constantinides said. “This year, we’ve expanded the Participatory Budgeting program to those over 14 years old, so that even more residents can take part in this inclusive process. This community-driven program provides an extraordinary opportunity for all our residents to have a voice and to engage with our city budget cycle in a meaningful way.”

This will be the third year Constantinides has offered PB in his district. He has pledged to allocate another $1 million this year.

New murals pay tribute to Greek roots


Astoria has always been known for its burgeoning Greek community, which continues to have a strong presence in the neighborhood today.

In a tribute to that heritage, new murals have been painted on 29th Street between 23rd Avenue and Ditmars Boulevard. That’s on the same block as headquarters for the Federation of Hellenic Societies.

The mural, painted by artist Marthalicia Matarrita, features portraits of Anciest Greek philosophers, mythological figures and architectural monuments.

The artwork was unveiled on August 2 by local elected officials and the nonprofit organization 501(See)(Streets), which seeks to educate the public about street art. preserve existing street art, and engage at-risk youth to express themselves legally and creatively through the use of art.

The mural was finished this past June.

“I’m thrilled to once again work with 501 See Streets and our local elected officials on this unique and creative way to not only beautify our streets but also celebrate the rich, cultural heritage of our neighborhoods,” said Congressman Joseph Crowley.

State Senator Michael Gianaris called public art the “cultural window of a community” because it offers the ability to “illuminate its past, present and future” for residents and visitors.

“This mural, like the ancient Greek proverb describes, is an artistic sapling, planted by community leaders, that will provide inspiration for years to come,” he said.


Congressman Crowley and Councilman Costa Constantinides also worked with the organization to coordinate a mural on 48th Street between 25th and 28th avenues. It was painted in July by muralist Tarsila Schubert.

This mural features a multi-colored display of abstract shapes, spirals and designs.

The two projects were created to combat ongoing graffiti in the neighborhood.

“Both the 29th Street and 48th Street mural projects will bring artistic beauty to our neighborhood, help curb graffiti, and improve quality-of-life for the residents and small business owners in their respective areas,” Constantinides said. “We’re proud to honor our Hellenic culture and explore the beauty of modern art.”

Indecent exposure at the laundromat

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Police are looking for a man who exposed himself to a 45-year-old woman in an Astoria laundromat.

Authorities say this man, seen above, entered Davebrand Laundromat (32-06 36th Avenue) on Wednesday, July 27 at approximately 1:30 p.m. He then pulled down his pants and exposed his genitals to the woman sitting inside.

The man then ran away from the laundromat.

Anyone with information in regards to this incident is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) or submit their tips by logging onto the Crime stoppers website at WWW.NYPDCRIMESTOPPERS.COM.

Burglars cut hole through window

Police are searching for three men who were caught on surveillance robbing a local business.

Authorities say on July 26 at approximately 2:20 a.m., the suspects entered 62-35 30th Avenue through a side entrance by cutting a hole through a window.

They then removed $25,000 in cash from a lockbox inside an office and then fled.

Anyone with information in regards to this incident is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) or submit their tips by logging onto the Crime stoppers website at WWW.NYPDCRIMESTOPPERS.COM.