Astoria rocks for St. Jude on Sunday

DMRRMChX0AIeJKj.jpg-largeThis Sunday at Central Bar Lounge, located at 20-30 Steinway Street, Astoria is rocking for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

The fourth annual event will feature live performances by Blue Velvo, Spitfire and Soul Picnic. Delicious food and drinks will be involved.

The event will be on Sunday, October 22nd from 4 to 8 p.m.

For tickets and information, contact Anneka Meyer or visit


New mini soccer field at Triboro Bridge playground

IMG_2065If you play basketball or bring your kids to the playground underneath the Triboro Bridge, you probably would have seen this new mini soccer field.

City officials, partnering with the New York City Football Club, Adidas and other companies, have opened 10 of these fields throughout the city. It’s part of the New York City Soccer Initiative, a public-private partnership, to build and maintain 50 of these pitches in underserved neighborhoods over the next five years.

These private partners have pledged a total of $3 million for new soccer pitches and free programming for New York City school children. Their goal is to reach 10,000 young people with after-school soccer and mentoring programs.

“Participating in sports while I was growing up contributed a great deal to the person I am today,” said First Lady Chirlane McCray, chair of the Mayor’s Fund to Advance NYC. “I want every child in New York City to have that same opportunity.”


Queens Library to host Know Your Rights session

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Queens Library is hosting a Know Your Rights session for immigrants next week on what to do if you encounter Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents.

At the Broadway branch, the bilingual workshop (conducted in English and Spanish) by a lawyer will help immigrants understand what to do if they are stopped by ICE.

It will provide important information on your rights, arrest tactics they use and creating a safety plan for the family.

The session will take place on Thursday, October 12 at 6 p.m.


Local pol opens office as hurricane relief site

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A local elected official is pitching in to help collect donated items for the people of Puerto Rico.

Councilman Costa Constantinides announced that his office, located at 31-09 Newtown Avenue, will serve as a drop-off site for Hurricane Maria relief items. They will collect diapers, baby food, batteries, first-aid supplies and feminine hygiene products.

“Our fellow citizens in Puerto Rico are still in desperate need of our help from Hurricane Maria,” Constantinides said. “With a slow federal aid response, our city must come together to provide relief to families without food or water throughout Puerto Rico.”

Western Queens residents can also drop off donated items at Engine 316 on Kearney Street in East Elmhurst, Engine 289/Ladder 138 on 43rd Avenue in Corona and Engine 307/Ladder 154 on Northern Boulevard in Jackson Heights.

Constantinides will accept the items during regular business hours.

“Along with police precincts and fire engines throughout our city, we have opened our doors to New Yorkers who want to donate much-needed supplies,” he said. “Let’s make sure that Hurricane Maria survivors are not forgotten.”

Simotas to share immigrant experience at Queens Historical Society

Aravella Official HeadshotAstoria Assemblywoman Aravella Simotas will participate in the Queens Historical Society’s Immigrant Voices Series as a guest speaker at an event on October 17.

Simotas, a native of Greece, immigrated to Astoria with her family when she was an infant and has lived in the neighborhood ever since.

She was the first Greek-American woman to be elected to office in New York.

“Astoria has a beautiful tradition of welcoming immigrants from all parts of the world,” she said. “While I am proud of my Greek heritage, I am also proud that my community is a place where anyone, no matter what their nationality, ethnicity or religious backgrounds can make a better life for themselves.”

Simotas will speak about her experiences as a Greek-American woman and the immigrant experience in Queens.

The half-hour talk will be followed by a Q&A session.

The event will be be on October 17th from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Queens Historical Society, located at 143-35 37th Avenue in Flushing.

Tickets are free for members, $3 for students and seniors, and $5 for adults.

For more information, visit

2nd annual Batty Over Halloween Celebration


Looking for Halloween plans?

The Central Astoria Local Development Coalition (CALDC) is hosting its its second annual “Batty Over Halloween” celebration on Sunday, October 29th from noon to 2:30 p.m. at the Great Lawn in Astoria Park.

The family-friendly event will feature live music from FunikiJam World Music and Fiddle Foxes, Halloween characters, cotton candy, ballon twisting and face painting.

Best of all, there will be munchkin pumpkins involved. Who doesn’t love that?