Western Queens Was Home To Family Of Christmas Fame

The Moore You Know The five boroughs of New York City were established on January 1, 1898. Prior to what was called the “Great Consolidation” of five counties to make one huge metropolis, Astoria was part of Newtown township in the days when Queens was its own county. Newtown has been inhabited since the days…

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The Inside Scoop on ‘The French Connection’

Taking It To The Streets In 1970-71, the movie ‘The French Connection’, based on the book by Robin Moore, was filmed on the streets of Manhattan, Brooklyn, The Bronx, and Queens in the dead of winter. At the time, the director, William Friedkin, was only 35 years old and unknown. Filmed with mostly handheld cameras,…

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Justice, Astoria Style

LIC COURTHOUSE

The Long Island City Courthouse If you’re familiar with Long Island City you’re probably familiar with the historic structure located at 25-10 Court Square. The Long Island City Courthouse has stood since 1874 and has been the site of some of the most important and controversial trials in New York City’s legal history. Originally designed…

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A Haunting In Astoria

Halloween-engraving

The festival of Samhain is upon us! What began centuries ago as a Celtic festival and is Old Irish for “summer’s end,” the holiday we know as Halloween is celebrated with the telling of ghostly tales, and folks, young and old, going door to door dressed in costumes for the traditional Trick o’ Treating. In…

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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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