How about going Chinese for Cinco de Mayo? Well you can this Friday at P.S. 84 (22-45 41 St.) From 7-9pm bring your $5 to the Chinese Auction and help stock the school library with new books! I don’t think 5 bucks has ever had a better chance of going a such a long way. There are tons of prizes and gift certificates to all sorts of local business. Some hot prizes that stick out in my mind are $50 GC for Wave Thai, Lunch for 2 at Taverna Kyclades, a hefty $75 meal at the much talked about Trattoria L’incontro and dozens of other great treats. Its a win win situation!
Local artists will be selling their work (cheap) this Saturday at the United Methodist Church on the corner of 30th Road and Crescent St. Goodies like paintings, sculpture and handicrafts all from Astorian talent. From 10am - 5pm take a walk by and maybe invest in tomorrow's Van Gogh's and Pollock's.
Sunday brings the 5 Borough Bike Tour. The route takes them along 21st St. (and all its bumps) from the Queensboro Bridge up to Astoria Park then onto Vernon on its way to Brooklyn. You can get a gander at the multitudes from the park or at the Con Ed Learning Center (i wasn't aware of the "learning center") where they have a scheduled rest stops . They start at 8am in Battery Park- so it shouldn't be too long after that when they arrive here. You should be able to catch the action between 9am and noon.
Sometime this weekend, find the time to stop by Sal, Chris & Charlie Deli, better known as The Sandwich Kings of Astoria (33-12 23rd Ave. near the overpass (718) 278-9240). I had heard about this place from so many people but noone could ever give me the exact address- It was always "Near the train off 23rd i think, you can't miss it" Well i always missed it-until this past weekend when walking home from the line at the Beer Garden i ran smack into it. And boy am i glad i did! This meat and cheese filled roll with the works, a bag of chips and a cherry coke (a treat) all yours for $6.50. Can't beat that. I think the key here is the thinly sliced super tastey coldcuts and my new favorite addition- sweet peppers. This place should definitely be a stop on anyone's trip to the beach for a packed lunch.