This comes from the Queens Tribune.
And from the NY Times:
The ultimate source of power in New York is a perennial and profoundly puzzling question. Some say it is wielded by a banking cabal; others by a fraternity of real estate developers. Tradition holds that power flows downward from the mayor and his aides in City Hall; cynicism that it has always bubbled up, often from the covert machinations of unions or the mob.
But for 20 percent of New York City, real power — 1,300 megawatts a day — comes from the 9,000-square-foot turbine room at the Astoria generating station, a huge industrial plant that burns each day like a tiki torch at the lonely farthest edge of northern Queens. Six stories high and barnacled on the floor with hulking steam-fed engines, the room brings electrical convenience to a sweeping half-moon of the city that extends more or less from Myrtle Avenue in Queens to the stands of Yankee Stadium in the Bronx.