Met Opera coming to Socrates Sculpture Park

They’re bringing the artists directly to the community. The 2018 Metropolitan Opera’s Summer Recital Series returns this season, featuring young rising stars of the opera world. Soprano Latonia Moore, tenor Mario Chang and baritone Joshua Hopkins will be performing across the five boroughs. On Friday, June 29 at 7 p.m., the Met Opera is hosting a performance at Socrates Sculpture Park. The events are free, … Continue reading Met Opera coming to Socrates Sculpture Park

Watch “Grease” at Astoria Park at sunset

We’re bringing it back to the 70s! Catch a free screening of the hit film “Grease” at the Astoria Park parking lot located at Hoyt Avenue and 19th Street, tomorrow night at sunset (Doors open at 6:30 p.m.) It’s going to be a drive-in movie night, so feel free to bring your car. If you don’t have a car, seating will be provided (but bring … Continue reading Watch “Grease” at Astoria Park at sunset

CHIP NYC & Variety Boys & Girls Club ‘Dream Cookie Contest’ submissions

Chip NYC and The Variety Boys & Girls Club have teamed up to support kids and families in the Astoria & LIC community. Their “Dream Cookie Contest” gives participants the chance to submit a cookie idea for the chance to have their cookie created, baked, and sold by Chip NYC! Chip NYC is also donating a portion of the proceeds of that cookie sold to … Continue reading CHIP NYC & Variety Boys & Girls Club ‘Dream Cookie Contest’ submissions

Astoria’s Community Board Land Use Committee Approves Boys & Girls Club Expansion

  At the June 6th meeting of Community Board 1’s Land Use Committee, the group gave the nod to the Variety Boys & Girls Club plan to rezone its property to build a 14-story residential building along with a 5-story, 100,000-square-foot club for children in the community. The Queens Gazette and The Long Island City/Astoria Journal both featured stories on the plan. Currently, the club takes up … Continue reading Astoria’s Community Board Land Use Committee Approves Boys & Girls Club Expansion

Astoria students win African-American history essay contest

Four Astoria students won the annual African-American History Month essay contest: Andy Hernandez, Rubaiah Hussain, Fahad Khan and Crystal Lozada. Assemblywoman Aravella Simotas, who hosts the essay contest, also honored 21 eighth-grade students at IS 10 for participating in the annual competition. They all received Assembly Certificates of Merit, while the winners received gold-embossed Assembly Citations. “The contributions of African Americans are a vital part of … Continue reading Astoria students win African-American history essay contest

Variety Boys and Girls Club to present expansion plans on Thursday

Variety Boys and Girls Club, located at 21-12 30th Road, will present its plans for expansion before Community Board 1 on Thursday May 24 at 6:30 p.m. The public hearing will be at the Ravenswood Community Center, located at 35-40 21st Street. The 63-year-old youth services organization is seeking to expand to a state-of-the-art, five-story facility. The new building would have brand new amenities and … Continue reading Variety Boys and Girls Club to present expansion plans on Thursday

Come hear Crystal Wolfe talk about her book on homelessness

Local author Crystal Wolfe is hosting an “Author Talk” and book signing for her book “Our Invisible Neighbors: Accounts, Causes, and Solutions” on Saturday, June 27. She will speak at Astoria Bookshop, located at 31-29 31st Street, at 3 p.m. Wolfe has been a champion for the homeless in the Queens community. She started a nonprofit organization, Catering for the Homeless, to connect food that otherwise … Continue reading Come hear Crystal Wolfe talk about her book on homelessness

Astoria Film Festival welcoming reception set for June 8

The Astoria Film Festival is hosting its opening reception on Friday, June 8 from 8 to 10 p.m. at Zenon Taverna at 34-10 31st Avenue. The film festival itself will be on Saturday, June 9, with screenings and filmmaker introductions at The Zukor Theater at Kaufman Astoria Studios, located at 35-11 35th Avenue. After the screenings of the short films, the festival will host an … Continue reading Astoria Film Festival welcoming reception set for June 8

Astoria vet, ICYP leader inducted into Veterans Hall of Fame

Astoria veteran Bob Murphy has been inducted into the New York State Senate Veterans Hall of Fame. Murphy, who served in the Air Force during the Vietnam War, is the longtime president of the Immaculate Conception Youth Programs (ICYP), a local sports league for kids in Astoria. He was chosen for the honor by State Senator Michael Gianaris. “Bob Murphy has a lifetime of committed … Continue reading Astoria vet, ICYP leader inducted into Veterans Hall of Fame