GREATER ASTORIA HISTORICAL SOCIETY - Photographs of the Steinway family at their home in Astoria during the 1890's fading into present day photographs of the same location. This historical mansion is currently up for sale. Contact the Greater Astoria Historical Society to find out how you can help preserve this mansion for future generations. …Continue
Added by Ran Craycraft on May 12, 2012 at 3:15pm — No Comments
We mentioned this vote earlier in the week, but didn't get into too much detail until we had a better understanding of what the proposed funds would be used for--and apparently a lot of others were also confused.
Earlier in the year, we dropped the news that the Astoria Park high dive pool was approved to be converted into an outdoor performance space and Council Member…Continue
Not if CM Vallone, Jr. has anything to say about it.
According to the article, nineteen "nanny states" (including Massachusetts and Utah) prohibit happy hour in an effort to reduce "risky alcohol behavior". Health Department czar Thomas Farley is pushing for NY to join the ranks, however, Peter Vallone is pushing back:
“First, government fines businesses to death. Then, it wants to tell them how much to pay workers. Now, how much they can charge…
Photo: Champlain Hudson Power Express website
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS: A proposal to create a $2.2 billion power transmission line to bring wind and hydroelectric power from Quebec to Astoria is pitting environmentalists and against each another and creating some unusual alliances.
The Champlain Hudson Power Express…Continue
Added by Ran Craycraft on April 24, 2012 at 9:00am — No Comments
Council Member Vallone has arrived! Forget the Daily News or a soundbyte on NY1, that's small-ball. Astoria's representative in City Hall has stepped up his game.
Take a look at this article quoting Vallone on his opposition to ABC's controversal new show, GCB. What's your take, Astoria? Will you be boycotting the show? Was the title given in poor…Continue
From today's Daily News:
Two N train stations in Astoria have emerged as a prime target of iPhone snatchers in recent weeks, but many riders admit they’re not too vigilant about concealing their pricey devices because they view the neighborhood as safe.
Nine iPhones have been reported stolen along the N and…Continue
After a recent increase in the community's distaste of transitioning the Westway Motel into a permanent homeless shelter, the Department of Homeless Services has officially removed it from the list of options, according to the Times Ledger. For years, the hotel has been used as a temporary transition home for families, however, on multiple occasions, the DHS has tried…Continue
On Tuesday, City Council Member Peter Vallone took this pic of the trashcan outside his office on 31st St. He noted that someone had clogged the hole at the top of his namebrand garbage can their own home rubbish (rather than paying for garbage pick-up).
Vallone went on to sift through the garbage for something identifiable--when he found a Victoria's Secret catalog, he called the person out on Facebook and then proceeded to turn the turd into the sanitation…Continue
Santa came early for about 200 children in the Astoria Houses last week. The East River Development Alliance hosted their annual holiday party complete with Santa Claus and a mountain of gifts thanks to Council Member Vallone and an outpouring of generosity from the community.
According to Vallone, the event's original sponsor tasked with providing gifts for the ERDA party fell through at the last minute--motivating him to use …Continue
Added by Ran Craycraft on December 25, 2011 at 11:15am — No Comments
We had to bite our tongue for 24-hours in anticipation of this morning's surprise announcement that the abandoned diving pool in Astoria Park will be converted into an outdoor performance stage! Local organizations such as the Astoria Performing Arts Center, the Astoria Symphony Orchestra, and Astoria Music & Arts will likely be some of the first to call the stage home.
The high dive hasn't been used for years and has become quite the eyesore. Back in the olden days, the…Continue
In response to the increasing safety concerns in and around Astoria, Council Member Vallone has organized Western Queens' first Neighborhood Watch meeting--open to the public. Come voice your concerns and play a part in the improvement of Western Queens.
This is very important, WLA-ers, lets support this in full force.
From CM Vallone's office:
Next Thursday, Nov. 17th, we're hosting a meeting open to the public on forming…Continue
Added by Ran Craycraft on November 11, 2011 at 2:30pm — No Comments
Today's AM New York features Diddy on the cover regarding his recent unauthorized NYPD escort from Hammerstein Ballroom to a NJ club. The article pulls a rather unexpected/hilarious quote from Council Member Peter…Continue
This week, Council Member Vallone issued a statement addressing Mayor Bloomberg's planned project to rename the Queensborough Bridge after former Mayer Ed Koch. Vallone brought up a good point in this WSJ article that this would never happen to the Brooklyn Bridge, so why rename NYC's skyline tribute to Queens?
Earlier in the week, we wrote a profile on nine-year-old Omar Audi--a young Astoria boy of Lebanese decent whose parents are scheduled to be deported on Christmas Day. Omar suffers from a rare disease that requires a high dose of medicine every three days in order to keep him alive--a drug unavailable to doctors in Lebanon.
Council Member Peter Vallone has taken special…Continue
Added by Ran Craycraft on October 19, 2010 at 4:00pm — No Comments
ContinueBy now, we all know that we live in the nation's safest big…
Astoria's representative in City Council, Peter Vallone, Jr. has announced that (with his father's blessing, of course,) he will be dropping his suffix--instead, handing the "Sr." over to his father, former Speaker of the House, Peter Vallone. The elder Vallone served as Astoria's City Council Member from 1974 to 2001 before passing the baton to his son in 2002.
I think the most annoying thing about living in a residential part of Astoria is the constant flyers on my doorstep, gate, and foyer. Every day there's something from a car service to a local grocery store. NEVER have I even considered using these services in principle of my distaste for their advertising methods. You often see posted handwritten notes exclaiming "No flyers", but if you follow your eye a little further down to their doorstep, you'll… Continue
Last night three candidates for District 22 of City Council squared off at Riccardo's to address the issues currently facing Astoria residents. We had a superb turnout by WLA and are encouraged by the amount of interest shown in local politics by our members.
Added by Ran Craycraft on October 20, 2009 at 5:30pm — No Comments
If you've lived in Astoria for more than a couple of months, you've heard her name. If you've been on WLA for more than a couple of days, you've probably heard of her events. Local environmental activist, Lynne Serpe, publicly announced her campaign for City Council and invites you to consider change.
Added by Ran Craycraft on May 22, 2009 at 10:00am — No Comments