When Astoria Was America’s Hollywood

Lights, Camera, Action! Gloria Swanson, star of the silent screen and famous for classics like Sunset Boulevard, said of making movies in Queens in her 1980 autobiography, Swanson on Swanson: “Every day we drove across the Queensboro Bridge to the new studio in Astoria in the borough of Queens. It was certainly not another Hollywood.…

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Queens Library to Reopen After 15-month Shutdown

Starting a New Chapter Book lovers of Astoria can rejoice as the Queens Public Library (QPL) enters its final phase of reopening. After 15 months of being shut down, the QPL reactivated most of its 62 branches for the browsing and pick-up of materials beginning in late July. Starting July 6, masks are now optional…

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Welcome To The Delicious World Of Japan

The Asian community of Queens is perhaps the largest in the United States. Long Island City, Astoria and neighboring Flushing feature a hundreds of businesses of various kinds owned by people of Chinese, Japanese, and Korean background just to name a few. In this article we will focus on Japanese food and the amazing variety of dishes…

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Dive Into Fun Astoria Park Pool Re-Opens

In Astoria Park, situated between the Triborough and Hell Gate Bridges, lays an oasis which has provided an escape from the summer heat for 85 years.  The Astoria Park pool will reopen on June 26 to thousands of Astorians eager to get back to normal fun in the sun activities after last year’s lost summer. …

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Rock Of Ages In Long Island City

The area surrounding an enormous, ancient glacial erratic in Long Island City has been transformed into a vibrant pedestrian plaza. The Department of Transportation (DOT) has partnered with the Street Seats program and the VOREA Group to turn the stretch of 12th Street between 44th Avenue and 43rd Road into a public space to be used…

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Welkomen to Astoria’s German Heritage

The Germans were some of the first immigrants to arrive in Astoria as far back as the late 17th century. After the American Revolution, many came to New York City, and while some settled in Manhattan’s heavily-populated Kleindeutschland (or Little Germany), a large portion was drawn to Astoria’s agriculture and developed farms and gardens. Around…

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The Queensboro Bridge: Opening Queens to the world

Photo/Queens Historical Society The Queensboro Bridge photographed in 1912 from Queens Plaza looking west into Manhattan.

Where to begin? It’s known to many as the 59th Street Bridge and known to very few as the East River Bridge; almost no one refers to it as the Ed Koch Memorial Bridge and practically no one even remembers it as the Blackwell’s Island Bridge. Well, this year marks the 112th anniversary of a…

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Viva Astoria! 

Photo via Instagram @chelagarnacha

Enjoying the Flavors of Mexican Cuisine Since the late 1990s, the Mexican community has found a home in Astoria, joining the extended family of Greek, German, Italian and Middle Eastern cultures who also call the area “home.” The focus here is on sizzling pollo, spicy carne and plates filled with colorful vegetables, a splash of lime…

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Walk Like an Egyptian Along Astoria’s “Little Egypt”

“See Queens and see the world!” No motto better describes the amazing diversity that we as a community get to enjoy, and which also makes us the envy of the other boroughs. Italian, Mexican, Greek, Chinese, the list goes on and on – whatever type of food you’re craving is just a brief walk or car ride away.

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