Respecting the past, Building the future

Hallett’s Point Alliance

Hallett’s Peninsula has seen a lot of changes, from a Supermarket, New Residential Buildings, and now a performance and event space.

This performance space will not only provide a much needed public facility to the residents of Hallets Peninsula, it will also act as a destination for all New Yorkers. As events are booked, we hope everyone takes advantage. Last month, the Astoria Houses Family Day was one of the initial events, providing a great venue for the residences of Astoria Houses.

To help in the transformation of being a premier neighborhood in Western Queens, the Hallett’s Point Alliance has been created.

When one looks toward Manhattan from the event space, one cannot help but be struck on how close the upper east side ferry landing is. It would be no more than a 5-minute trip. (See the pictures of the event space.  The ferry is so close it seems to be next to the stage!). Connecting the UES and Western Queens opens up so many great possibilities; economic and cultural.

A major goal of this alliance is the extension of the Astoria Ferry to the Upper East Side. This connection would be a key in the integration of Hallets Peninsula and Old Astoria in to the fabric of NYC, making our neighborhood accessible to the Upper East Side of Manhattan in just 5 minutes.

The Queens Gazette article quotes OANA President Richard Khuzami, who said, “It’s a very simple process because the infrastructure is already in place. We would like to see this expedited. Like the saying goes, ‘if you build it they will come.’”

If you agree with this, please sign our petition!


Mr. Khuzami has been a member of Community Board 1 in Astoria, NY for the last 20 years. He sits on the Zoning and parks Committees and is on the Executive Board. Previously, he served as Parks and Culture chair of Community Board 1 for eleven years and also chaired Capital and Expense priority Committee. He is a member of the Queens General Assembly and had been a panelist for grant submissions for the Queens Council on the Arts (QCA). Richard also is an officer of The Eastern Mediterranean Business Culture Alliance (EMBCA) and President of OANA.

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