Wednesday, August 31, 2005
Apparantly several local businesses were destroyed last night in a four alarm fire. I hope everyone's okay!!!
Check out the photo on this thread.
a) Nah. I don't care about the environment, my neighbors, or really anyone but myself.
b) Heck yes! Sign me up for Shore is Clean! This is my chance to get all that nasty garbage off the shoreline, and then party like a rock star!
The next planning meeting will be held at the Greater Astoria Historical Society on 9/1 (tomorrow) at 6:30pm.
Contact Astoria Waterfront for the deets.
Monday, August 29, 2005
LIC hosts pilot project to feed meters with cards...Read.
Talk of the town, new Moroccan Jour du Nuit, gets blurb.
Maybe we'll have a few more blood drives in the area now that the New York Blood Center is moving to LIC.
Friday, August 26, 2005
Catch the sun still low in the sky from the East River at the LIC - DUMBO Art Paddle. Contact the LIC Boathouse for the deets. At 11am you can enjoy your last free yoga class in the serene Socrates Sculpture Park.
What's the matter? You're not quite on a school schedule yet? Grab something tasty and stay in Saturday night to catch Astoria on TV, NYC's own Channel 25 will feature our fair neighborhood on Cool in Your Code.
Sunday, around 4pm, head over to Astoria Park for an ultimate frisbee pick up game. Afterwards, catch a classic Fellini flick at MMI.
Don't forget to pick up a new pencil box sometime in there.
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Thursday, August 25, 2005
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Friday, August 19, 2005
In the AM order up some crepes at Le Sans Souci and then take a walk around Sunswick. Make sure to pop into Seaburn Books on Broadway and oh-so-gently mention to the manager how you wished that they would alphabetize their stock. Please, oh please.
That night venture up to Ditmar's and check out newly minted Waltz's. He's got Max Farber on deck in All that Jazz. You can grab a drink and a treat while you're there.
Sunday, you can clear your mind for just $10. Learn how in this Buddhist meditation session. Seems like a bargain for enlightenment if you ask me.
Thursday, August 18, 2005
Wednesday, August 17, 2005
I'd keep hearing little blips now and then about a supposedly legit French bistro up Broadway several blocks East of Steinway. The thing is, every time I walk up that way in the morning to go the post office or the library, the multitude of random guys hanging around (migrant workers, I believe) would feel the need to share with me how they thought I looked that day or what they'd like to do to me. (Yeah, it's a real blast being a chick sometimes.) So, I had a hard time imagining a lovely French bistro amongst them.
With this in mind, I can say that Le Sans Souci (Broadway just East of 44th) is truly a French Bistro. I was astounded by both its existence and success. The staff *are* French and so are many of the customers. Who knew there were so many French people in Astoria?
There are tables on a deck out front where you could certainly just hang out with a glass of wine. They show French films on Wednesdays, and inside, the interior is nice and a just a bit tacky. Like a truly European bistro, the decor is not lavish, but tasteful. Pretty table flowers, too.
I'd been tipped off by fellow Astorian blogger athrahans that these folks threw a decent brunch. So, after a late night, we decided to check it out. Well, it turns out we got there before they opened, but it was scorching out and they insisted we come on in and at least have some bread and coffee while we wait. Every table was packed nearly an hour later.
The bread is rosemary or olive and it's warm and delicious. The savory crepes were perfect (with a nice little salad). The mussels were excellent. I'd skip the scallops though I love the saffron rice they come with. They have many French dishes you could otherwise only get in the City. Fois gras (which I don't approve of for ethical reasons), things with truffle sauce, etc. They're also the only place in the neighb, I know of, where you can get a cheese plate for dessert. I love cheese!
The most wonderfully French thing about this place is that you can linger at your table forever. They don't care. In France, often, people really go to the local bistro to hang out. So, as a result, I wouldn't call the service snappy, but still, not slow either, and enormously friendly.
There's nothing quite like saying "magnifique!" and meaning it.
Tuesday, August 16, 2005
So, sign away! We'll just see how it goes.
I am all for independant bookstores (believe me), but these guys didn't get the memo. Hey guys, here's what it said: "abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz". How hard is it?
Monday, August 15, 2005
Sunswick is actually a historically accurate name for the area.
So, are you with me?
Friday, August 12, 2005
Isn't cotton candy and assorted deep-fried food the breakfast de jour? Sunday, if you're in the market for discount designer make-up or magnets shaped like vegetables, catch a big ol' street fair along Steinway Street from 28th Avenue to 34th Avenue. If you can't beat 'em, join 'em.
If you're anything like me, you've got a block of street-fair-gooeyness stuck to you. Catch some jazz at the crisp, clean, cool-as-a-cuke Noguchi Sculpture Garden, Sunday, August 14 at 3 p.m. Or maybe the grilled corn got you in touch with your Midwestern roots. In that case, visit Gantry State Park to catch Silk City Bluegrass at 6:30. Technically, you could do both.
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Tuesday, August 09, 2005
Anyway, I got a tasty Huevo Con Chorizo Torta and Steve-o got a Beef Burrito which was outstanding. They cook some of the food on this cool grill-contraption right out front. Its really sweet. Check it out.
Plus, I love the neon sign that just says "Tacos". I just wanna eat 'em!
Monday, August 08, 2005
Sunday, August 07, 2005
Friday, August 05, 2005
Sunday enjoy some fresh fruit from your tasty box of goodies from the Ravenswood CSA. Then head to
Finish out the weekend by helping plan to get that shoreline cleaned up. Or be wicked lame and let it stay nasty. Whatever.
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Thursday, August 04, 2005
Water Taxi Beach is now open...Here's their blog.
LIC gets thier own Business Improvement District...Read Article.
Mundo has a new website.
All-star wiffle ball player Mike B. reviews Brick Cafe for none other than Gourmet Magazine's website.
Wednesday, August 03, 2005
While you're over there, have some cevapi or other Bosnian meat goodies at this joint. Let me know how it is. I love the Bosnian place of 34th Ave, TBB.
Tuesday, August 02, 2005
Plus we have tons of parks along the waterfront and you don't even need a diamond to play wiffle ball.
This is me racing for the wiffle ball in Rainy Park. I'm no Al Leiter, but it was fun times.
Pic (and batting) courtesy of Mike B.
Monday, August 01, 2005
CSA stands for Community-Supported Agriculture and it's a program where non-farmers (like us) can pay a fee and then each week for the harvest season, we get a box of the harvest (read: wicked fresh produce) delivered to Astoria. ARROW has one. But the Ravenswood CSA is brand new and looking for members.
Here the deal. Call Cara at (646)284-7762 or check out their site. You can buy a "share" which is to say a weekly delivery of tasty foodies. See pic courtesy of Adam Collett.