Tuesday, November 17, 2020

A tale of two Astorias


Queens Patch

Volunteers are helping Astoria Houses tenants get cooking as they approach nearly two months without gas in their kitchens.

Queens Together, a local organization dedicated to restaurant advocacy and community service, led a team of volunteers and elected officials distributing crockpots and grocery items Sunday to the dozens of families in the NYCHA complex who have had no cooking gas since Sept. 23.

The outage is affecting 48 apartments, a NYCHA spokesperson told Patch last month. It's unclear when gas service will be restored.

"Where NYCHA has let residents down, the Astoria Houses community has stepped up," City Council Member Costa Constantinides said in a statement. "A gas outage should not take away our neighbors' ability to celebrate Thanksgiving, a holiday rooted in family recipes and celebration."

Since the outage was first reported, NYCHA provided residents with hot plates and is making unspecified "additional contingency measures," the agency said.

  Queens Patch 

 Fourteen apartments in a new Astoria building have hit the city's "affordable" housing lottery, but prospective tenants must make at least $70,000 a year to be eligible, records show.

Applications are open through Dec. 4 for a mix of one-bedroom and two-bedroom units in a new residential building rising at the corner of 31st Avenue and 21st Street, according to the NYC Department of Housing Preservation and Development.

The one-bedroom apartments will rent for $2,050 a month, and the two-bedroom apartments will cost $2,500 in monthly rent.

Apartments come with in-unit laundry, and building amenities include an elevator and gym. Parking will be available for an additional fee.

The developer is slated to receive tax breaks in exchange for building the "affordable" units.


georgetheatheist said...

Re NYCHA: it's plain as the nose on your face.

Socialism = Death

(Socialismo = Muerte)

Quod erat demonstrandum.

Anonymous said...

Costa, as all the other elected officials, have known about the Astoria Houses and this problem since day one. These people have suffered for freakin MONTHS!!!!!

Not one Democratic office holder (AOC fans take note) is held accountable nor asked a question nor assumed the slightest degree of responsivity until the usual careful script that they are heroes is in place.

Now if they were Republicans ..

JQ LLC said...

@Anon re: (AOC)

Astoria Houses is in Carolyn Maloney's district

Anonymous said...

Not using fossil fuels (cooking gas) is part of the new green deal... Get used to it.

Anonymous said...

(AOC) "Astoria Houses is in Carolyn Maloney's district."

So another office holder cannot comment on lack of responsibility in someone else's district - what are we property?

Anonymous said...

With you George. Spot on.

JQ LLC said...

@Anon re: Another office holder.

Pointing out a common misconception. Besides, why do people need AOC to comment on everything anyway? The obsession with everything she says and thinks is as bad with the left's obsession with Trump. Might as well call it AOCDS.

this distraction takes it away from the actual issues here. She's not relevant in this story.

Anonymous said...

why do people need AOC

AOC who? The bartender? with no education, but plenty of money from the likes of Soros?

She is nothing.

Anonymous said...

Well its seems as if the people whose district this is in have made themselves irrelevant and they get away with it because no one says anything about their lack of attention - now if a local blog could be set up to do so that would be great.

Anonymous said...

I’m not crying for them - what sort of dope doesn’t buy or borrow a hot plate & electric kettle if the gas is shut off? They don’t pay the gas or electric Bill - it’s included in the rent so they can run as many a/c’a as they want all summer