Why Astoria Is the Greatest Place on Earth

Queens Love

by Zora O'Neill on February 20, 2012

Hi all. I’m in Dubai as we speak, watching from the 18th floor of a building as a minor sandstorm swirls around about 28 construction cranes. I haven’t yet had a chance to collect my thoughts (or all my funny pictures) on this subject of grandiose city construction. So in the meantime, allow me to […]


Queens Writers News

by Zora O'Neill on May 2, 2011

Sniff. The lovely Heather Hughes, the first Queens Writers Fellow, has left us, gone on to graduate from her yoga program and is now conquering things left and right and having champers poured for her. No one deserves a drink more than she. She had this to say after she left the upstairs desk: When […]


Queens Writers Fellowship, Round 2

by Zora O'Neill on March 23, 2011

It’s just about time to say goodbye to Heather Hughes, who was a great fellow-writer here for the last couple of months. So, the Queens Writers Fellowship continues. Who’s up next? This desk could be yours. This next round will be a little short, due to my travel schedule: early April through near the end […]


Say hi to Astoria Ugly!

by Zora O'Neill on March 14, 2011

I started a Tumblr blog: Astoria Ugly. I’ve lived in Astoria since 1998. It’s the only place I’ve lived in New York City, and probably the only place I ever will live. I love it here. And yet…it makes my eyes bleed sometimes. Pistilli abominations. Tangles of power lines. Vinyl siding and painted-on bricks.