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1.Astoria Park - Fireworks In Queens
East River Fireworks 2009 Moved This is a story about Astoria Park, beginning with a report about the July 4th 2009 fireworks display along the East River. Astoria Park was host to the Joe Battaglia and the New York Big Band as well as the Grucci fireworks display from Wards Island. Astoria Park hosts summer concerts and summer movies in the park. Astoria Park also has an Olympic sized swimming pool which is open for public use in the summer. Click here to see many photos and read the story about fireworks in Astoria Park in Queens.
Published Monday, July 6, 2009 10:34 pm

2.NYS Health Insurance Exchange Navigators Queens
NYS Health Insurance Exchange Navigators The following is a list of the NYS Health Insurance Navigators as of November 12, 2013. You can also find these on the NYS Health Insurance website. Click here to review a summary report outlining the many aspects of the Affordable Healthcare Act / Obamacare in Queens. And click here for a list of NYS Health Insurance Exchange Navigators.
Published Tuesday, November 12, 2013 1:49 pm

3.Sunnyside Yard: Special Section About Sunnyside Yards LIC Astoria Queens
Sunnyside Yard - Special Report Series January 2017 / Queens / Queens Buzz.   The following is a series of reports we have run and continue to evolve to provide background and context for the residents and voters of Sunnyside, Long Island City, Astoria, Queens, and perhaps NYC, to use to evaluate the respective pros and cons of public policy with regard to the future development of Sunnyside Yards. The first report provides a summary overview of the development of Queens in the 19th and 20th centuries. Showing how the development of transportation affected real estate development in Queens. The second report takes a deeper dive into the 20th century development, exploring the same line of thought with regard to the interwoven importance of transportation and real estate development. The third report is expected in late April, which will show the 20th century history of development - the specifics of which will be arriving shortly. Click here for our section dedicated to Sunnyside Yard.
Published Sunday, April 19, 2015 8:41 pm

4.Astoria Park - International Culture Festival
Astoria International Cultural Festival May 31, 2016 / Astoria Neighborhood / Ethnic Culture in Queens / Queens Buzz. On Saturday May 21st from 1.30 until past 6 pm, there was a series of cultural performances held on the Great Lawn of Astoria Park. The event was hosted by the Central Astoria Local Development Coalition [CALDC] to showcase the multi-ethnicity of tne neighborhood. Nearly a dozen local cultural groups performed, including Ballet Los Pampas representing Argentina, KUD Halaturko representing Bosnia, Croatian Franciscan Fathers Youth Club, Ayazamana Cultural Center representing Ecuador, Cretan Association representing Greece, NYC Bhangra representing India, McManus School of Irish Dance, The Braata Folk Singers representing the Caribbean / Jamaica, and the Korean Traditional Music and Dance Center. There was a crowd that numbered in the hundreds over the course of the afternoon. Many brought lawn chairs and blankets to sit upon while they watched the show. The weather cooperated as the temperature was in the 60's and while at times cloudy, it was dry. Several food vendors came out to augment the cultural celebration, now in its second year. As I came late in the afternoon, I had missed the prime time of that part of the event. In the photo at right you can see one of the performers walking up the Astoria Park Great Lawn after her performance. Click here for a brief video of some of the 2016 International Culture Festival in Astoria Park.
Published Wednesday, June 1, 2016 10:18 am

5.Christmas Tree Lighting Event - Astoria
PHOTO SLIDESHOW.  On the evening of Saturday, December 6th, the Christmas tree atop the Chase bank was lit up. The event, sponsored by the Central Astoria Local Development Coalition [CALDC] in collaboration with the Queens Library on Broadway off Steinway. The event included a visit by Santa with the kids.
Published Friday, November 30, 2007 6:56 pm

6.Sunnyside Yard: Rail Yards & Building Platforms
Sunnyside Yard: Finding Our Place In Space & Time Part III. A History Of Building Over Rail Yards In New York City April 20, 2015 / Sunnyside / Queens Real Estate / News Analysis & Opinion / Queens Buzz. Click here to view our first report about Sunnyside Yard which provides a brief history of the development of transportation and real estate in Queens in the 19th and 20th centuries. Click here to read our second report about Sunnyside Yard which provides a far more in-depth history of the real estate development and transportation in the 20th century. On this leg of the journey in our report series on Mayor de Blasio's proposed development of Sunnyside Yards, we take a more in-depth view of the history of real estate development of the air rights of rail yards in New York City. So with no further ado, let's continue. The photo to your right shows the vision of William J. Wilgus who coined the phrase "taking wealth from the air" as it was he who first proposed monetizing the air rights of New York Central and Hudson River Rail yards, which ran north from Grand Central Terminal along what is Park Avenue today. This was an example of the ingenious thinking of the time, as he leveraged a new technologies, by electrifying the rail system, lowered the rail tracks and built platforms over them. I took the photo above right, of what I believe to be a 1902 graphic of his vision, which I found at a public exhibit in Midtown. We return to the dawn of the 20th century, when horses and carriages were still one of the primary modes of inner urban transit, but this transportation mode would relatively quickly be replaced by the expansion of the trolley car system and eventually subway system in New York City. In 1900, according to historian Dave Lawyer, there were only 8,000 automobiles in the entire nation. Overland transit between cities was a mix of horses and carriages and the rail roads, but over the course of the 19th century rail roads had become the most reliable means of long distance overland transit. Lawyer says that in 1900 there were 200,000 miles of steam rail and 14,000 miles of electric rail ways which were primarily for street cars and rail ways serving urban areas. Transportation by water, which for millenia had been the most viable means of long distance travel between states and towns, continues to this day to play a role in long distance transit - although these days primarily of the transportation of goods. The photo at right shows the Penn Station rail yards circa January 1908 as plans for its erection over the rail yards were getting underway. Pennsylvania Rail Road built Penn Station which was opened to the public two years later in September 1910. The station, one of the great New York City landmarks, was demolished amidst much public furor beginning in late 1963. We'll continue with our report series about Mayor de Blasio's proposal to develop the air rights over Sunnyside Yard a bit later today or in the week.
Published Sunday, April 19, 2015 9:09 pm

7.Queens Events - August 2008
Queens Events - August 2008 This was the monthly Queens Events Calendar for August 2008.
Published Tuesday, August 5, 2008 1:36 pm

8.Queens Business News - Brief Reports About Business in Queens
Queens Business News Briefs September 12, 2017 / Long Island City / Queens Business / Queens Buzz. The following are a collection of Queens Business News Briefs for the past few years.  We periodically update this.   Topics covered including financing options for real estate and business, real estate development plan proposals and approvals, rare in-depth looks at major real estate development financing, plans and proposals, brief analyses of the Queens employemnt picture. Click here to read other brief reports containing Queens Business News.
Published Saturday, March 9, 2013 5:44 pm

9.Real Estate In Long Island City LIC - Development
Real Estate Development - Long Island City Hunters Point Development Continues In LIC April 11, 2011 / Long Island City Real Estate / Queens Real Estate / Queens Buzz. This winter I attended the state of the borough address given by Helen Marshall and a presentation about Queens economic development given by NYC deputy mayor of economic development, Robert K. Steel. This report captures some of the comments they made about the large-scale real estate development project at Hunters Point South which will include a large condominium complex and retail space in Long Island City. I supplemented what I heard with considerable additional research and investigation. Hunters Point South will take several years to erect, but work will begin this year to prepare the site with city infrastructure to support it. Click here to read more about Hunters Point Development in Long Island City Queens.
Published Wednesday, March 23, 2011 4:52 pm

10.Sunnyside Christmas Tree Lighting 2011
Sunnyside Christmas Tree Lighting 2011 T'is The Season To Be Jolly November 28, 2011 / Sunnyside Neighborhood / Queens Buzz. It's hard to believe another year has gone by. On Tuesday, the Queens Chamber of Commerce held its annual Christmas tree lighting ceremony at Sabba Park on Queens Blvd and 50th Street, marking such an occasion. It was a warm, wet night, with temperatures in the 60's. The rain came down lightly and intermittently, but just enough to ward off any sort of large gathering, like the one that had assembled last year. Click here to view our report and photo slide show of the Sunnyside Christmas Tree Lighting of 2011.
Published Wednesday, November 30, 2011 10:18 am

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1.Central Astoria LDC
Business development for Central Astoria.

2.Queens Economic Development Corp
Queens Economic Development Corporation or QEDC is a government funded non-profit whose mission is to help foster economic development in Queens. Their website is Discover Queens.

3.Flushing Willets Point Corona Local Development Corporation
Flushing Willets Point Local Development Corporation.

4.Astoria Hair Salons - Redken Saloon Salon
Redken Saloon Salon is a leading Astoria hair salon in Astoria, Queens. RSS hair salon Astoria is a place to go for hair coloring, hair cuts and hair extensions in Astoria.

5.Steinway Street BID
Business development for Steinway Street from 25th Avenue to 36th Avenue.

6.Natura Spa
An Astoria hair salon & day spa.

7.American Style Furniture & Carpet Corp
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