LinkNYC kiosks come to Astoria

Flickr/Shinya Suzuki

Flickr/Shinya Suzuki

Eight new LinkNYC free Wi-Fi kiosks are now up and functioning along Broadway in Astoria.

The kiosks sit between 21st Street and Steinway Street. Astoria residents now have access to free public Wi-Fi, with more kiosks expected to come soon.

LinkNYC users have used more than 1 petabyte of data on the network, the equivalent of sending 10 billion emails or watching 1 million hours of video.

Here’s a screen shot of LinkNYC’s map of kiosks in Astoria. The blue ones are up and running, while the gray means they will come soon.

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Variety Boys & Girls Club learns how chocolate is made at Aigner Chocolates

Last week, the Variety Boys & Girls Club took a field trip to Aigner Chocolates in Forest Hills to learn how chocolate is made… as well as eat some.

Expert chocolatier, Mark Libertini, taught the kids how he makes the various delectables found in his store, and offered the children a plethora of sweets to eat.

“This is the best chocolate I’ve ever had!” exclaimed Michael, a 3rd grade member of the Variety Boys & Girls Club in Astoria. “I don’t think I would be a good chocolate maker, because I would eat all of the chocolate,” he went on to say.

Aigner Chocolates is located at at 103-02 Metropolitan Ave. in Forest Hills. They can be reached at (718) 544 1850 or Visit their website here.


Thief takes cash and jewelry from Astoria home

Screen Shot 2017-05-23 at 2.40.04 PMPolice are looking for a man who broke into an Astoria residence last month.

Authorities say on Monday, April 10, at about 10 p.m., the broke the front door of a house near 9th Street and 27th Avenue. A 61-year-old man lived inside.

Once he got in, the suspect took jewelry and cash before he dashed away.

Luckily, no one was hurt from the incident.

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 for Spanish, 1-888-57-PISTA (74782). The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the Crime Stoppers website at WWW.NYPDCRIMESTOPPERS.COM or by texting their tips to 274637 (CRIMES) then enter TIP577.

Career day at Variety Boys & Girls Club this Wednesday

vbgc-logo274x161On Wednesday, May 17th, the Variety Boys & Girls Club is hosting career day for kids in the community.

From 4-6PM, professionals from around Astoria & other parts of Queens will converge on 21-12 30th Road to tell the youth of the Club what exactly it is that they do.

A few companies involved are: Chris Villari from Skanska-Walsh, John Sanchez from The Queens Ledger Newspaper, Chris Beurre from Zurich Insurance, Robert Miklos – Personal Injury Attorney, Sia Bitis from Maspeth High School, Frank Siguenza – OBGYN Doctor, Jon Kablack from Martin Luther School, and more…

These professionals will have a table, and will be ready to answer questions from kids circulating the room in hopes of learning about interesting professions.

If you would like to attend career day as a business professional, contact Stephanie at: 718-728-0946 or email:


N train to undergo track changes this summer

Wikimedia/ Harrison Leong

Wikimedia/ Harrison Leong

For eight weekends between May and September, the N train in Astoria will be closed for track and switch work, the MTA says.

The train will be shut down from 12 a.m. Saturday to 5 a.m. Monday. A free shuttle bus will instead carry passengers along the route from Astoria-Ditmars Boulevard to Queensboro Plaza in both directions.

Here are the weekends affected:

  • May 20-22
  • May 27-30 (Memorial Day weekend)
  • June 3-5
  • August 12-14
  • August 19-21
  • August 26-28
  • September 2-5 (Labor Day weekend)
  • September 9-11

“We strive to be good neighbors while providing safe and reliable service, which is why we scheduled the closures during period of light ridership in order to minimize the impact to customers,” said Acting NYCT President Darryl Irick.

MTA crews will replace all of the switches along a 73-foot span of elevated track. They will also replace track panels and steel girders. The upgrades will reduce the noise on the elevated line, the MTA says.

Zone 126 to host upcoming meetings

unnamedZone 126 is hosting a series of events coming up later this month.

On Thursday, May 18, at Community School 111, they’re hosting a school forum beginning at 5 p.m.

After student-led conferences, the principal will address the audience, followed by a chat & chew session with dinner.

unnamed-6The following week, Zone 126 is hosting a community school breakfast at Long Island City High School. The annual event will celebrate efforts to strengthen the bond between students and the community.