APAC Presents Intersecting Identities

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On February 21st, 23rd & 27th the Astoria Performing Arts Center and Beehive Dramaturgy Studio will host a reading series called “Intersecting Identities”. At 7 pm each night, three plays will explore how friction among overlapping cultural identities complicates how we interact with the world and understand who we are. The Astoria Performing Arts Center, located 30-44 Crescent Street, will host performances of the plays “Dessert”, “Purgatori0″, and “The More They Stay”.

Tickets are free with reservation and are available here!

“The Slate” on the market for $24.5 million


Real estate firm Cushman & Wakefield announced that an eight-story, 31,693-square-foot mixed-use building in Astoria has been put on the market.

“The Slate,” located at 28-18 Astoria Boulevard, has an asking price of $24.5 million.

The newly-constructed building has 28 one-bedroom residential apartments, several of which has a terrace or balcony.

The commercial unit on the ground floor is a medical office called Walk-In GYN Care.

Other building amenities include a gym, dog run, common outdoor area, underground parking, rooftop deck, laundry room and wheelchair accessibility.

Though it’s currently operating as a rental building, the property will be delivered as a fully-operating condo, according to Cushman & Wakefield.

“With its proximity to the subway and Astoria Ferry, in addition to its easy access to Manhattan, the Slate is an ideal residential location,” said Stephen Preuss of C&S. “The high-quality property offers a remarkable opportunity to acquire a luxury condominium building with residential and commercial units.”

Pols on Ditmars construction project: “A slap in the face of Astorians”

Screen shot via Google Maps

Screen shot via Google Maps

The N/W line’s Ditmars Boulevard station will undergo a 14-month construction project, officials told Community Board 1 members earlier this week.

While the station won’t fully close from April 2018 to June 2019 as part of the MTA’s Station Renewal Initiative, construction materials will be stored on 31st Street.

This means residents, commuters and business owners will have to endure congestion, noise, traffic and lack of parking throughout the project.

Don’t forget the area is also a cab hub, with taxis waiting at all hours for straphangers needing a ride.

Worst of all, the station updates won’t improve service, signals, the track or accessibility.The project isn’t going over well with local politicians.

“Our subways must serve everyone, including people with disabilities, seniors and parents with strollers,” said Councilman Costa Constantinides, State Senator Michael Gianaris and Assemblywoman Aravella Simotas. “This announcement of a 14-month construction project is a slap in the face of Astorians.”

“Without needed accessibility or service updates, we cannot support this plan,” they added. “If the MTA doesn’t comprehensively address infrastructure along our subway lines with long-term improvements including modernized signals and accessibility upgrades, it will continue to fail Astoria residents.”

The elected officials are planning a rally on Thursday at 4:30 p.m. in front of the station.

Simotas to P&G: Change the Tide Pods

Hoylman, Bobbi Wilding, Russ Haven & SimotasAssemblywoman Aravella Simotas is among many state lawmakers who called on Procter & Gamble to change the liquid detergent “Tide Pods” in the wake of the dangerous “Tide Pod Challenge.”

The viral challenge has resulted in injuries and deaths when teenagers eat the small pods that are “packaged like candy.”

According to Simotas and State Senator Brad Hoylman, there were more than 10,000 poisoning incidents involving young children in 2017.

The lawmakers want P&G to implement the following:

  • Child-resistant wrappers for Tide Pods
  • Clear warning labels on the packets
  • Uniform colors to make the packets less visually appealing.

“As a legislator and a mother, I am angry that convenience and marketing have been exalted over the safety of children and people with dementia,” Simotas said. “Even though the industry has adopted voluntary standards, they are not working and it’s now clear why we need a law to lessen the risk of poisonings.”


Zone 126’s 2018 Youth Summit

At this roundtable discussion, teens discussed their hopes and their value as individuals.

At this roundtable discussion, teens discussed their hopes and their value as individuals.

The 2018 Youth Summit drew more than 250 teenagers on Saturday, January 27 at Long Island City High School.

It was evident from the enthusiasm that the efforts of Zone 126 paid off.

“The vision for today is for teens to use the summit as a platform to plan and learn, then inspire them to take the power of their future in their own hands,” said Tony Lopez, executive director of Zone 126.

The forum was a collaboration of nonprofit partners who work with teens to come to the same place, meet with each other and work with them. Groups like Let’s Get Ready, Little Flower Yoga, Global Kids and enACT all held interactive sessions with the students.

The six-hour summit included everything one could imagine, from a general session with panelists, guest speakers and motivational moments, to small group workshops, where teens shared their everyday challenges and wildest dreams.

The Queens Cup Cocktail Competition


Do you believe in Magic? Attend the 5th Round of the Queens Cup’s Cocktail Competition on January 29 and we will make you a believer!

The Bonnie at 29-12 23rd Avenue is hosting bartenders from all over Queens to create magical concoctions. Redwood Empire American Whiskey, made by Graton Distilling Company, is helping to make this event happen and is the source of all the local bartenders’ competing inspiration.

Stop on by after 7pm to witness and taste these mystifying libations from your favorite Queens bars including, The Sparrow Tavern, Diamond Dogs, Sweet Afton and many more!  Read more