2011-09-21 / Features

Please Be Seated!


(L. to r.); CALDC President George L. Stamatiades, DOT Design Unit Nick Tettinati, District Manager Lucille Hartmann of Community Board 1, Steinway business owner Mazeen Farnesa, President Steinway Astoria Partnership Kevin Foley, Steinway Astoria Partnership Board Member Kelly Lagoudis, Ed Babor representing Congressmember Carolyn Maloney, Steinway Astoria Partnership Executive Director Marie Torniali, Councilmember Peter Vallone Jr., DOT Commissioner Maura McCarthy cuts the ribbon, Steinway Astoria Partnership Chairman (and Gazette Publisher) Tony Barsamian, state Senator Michael Gianaris, Department of Small Business Services Andrea Buteau, Steinway Astoria Partnership Executive Vice President Bruce Last, Christine Guzman and Beatriz Rivera representing Banco Popular. 
Photo Vinny DuPre (L. to r.); CALDC President George L. Stamatiades, DOT Design Unit Nick Tettinati, District Manager Lucille Hartmann of Community Board 1, Steinway business owner Mazeen Farnesa, President Steinway Astoria Partnership Kevin Foley, Steinway Astoria Partnership Board Member Kelly Lagoudis, Ed Babor representing Congressmember Carolyn Maloney, Steinway Astoria Partnership Executive Director Marie Torniali, Councilmember Peter Vallone Jr., DOT Commissioner Maura McCarthy cuts the ribbon, Steinway Astoria Partnership Chairman (and Gazette Publisher) Tony Barsamian, state Senator Michael Gianaris, Department of Small Business Services Andrea Buteau, Steinway Astoria Partnership Executive Vice President Bruce Last, Christine Guzman and Beatriz Rivera representing Banco Popular. Photo Vinny DuPre Members of the Steinway Astoria Partnership, elected officials and local community leaders attended a ribboncutting celebrating the new benches now lining Steinway Street.

The long awaited benches are part of the Steinway Astoria Partnership’s streetscape vision to create a pedestrian friendly, visually appealing and green urban street for shoppers, residents and visitors. Made of recycled materials the attractive lime-green benches, replicas of the ones used at the 1964-65 New York World’s Fair offer shoppers a chance to rest as they browse and patronize shops along Steinway Street.

Past improvements include hanging flower baskets and plantings along the district adding to its ambiance with more planned in the future.

Steinway Astoria Partnership President Kevin Foley remarked, “This project has been a long time coming; however the results were worth waiting for.”

He went on to say that the project, being done in phases, would feature 28 benches installed now and another round in March of 2012 with other greening efforts planned.

State Senator Michael Gianaris and Councilmember Peter Vallone Jr. thanked the Steinway Astoria Partnership for using their resources to continue to improve and beautify Steinway Street.

Queens DOT Commissioner Maura McCarthy noted that she was thrilled to be at the ribbon-cutting seeing the great results of the two-year collaboration with Steinway Street.

Steinway Astoria Partnership Chairman (and Gazette Publisher) Tony Barsamian thanked McCarthy and noted that it was her cooperation, the entire DOT team and the perseverance of Steinway Astoria Partnership’s Executive Director Marie Torniali who was pivotal in bringing the project to fruition.

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