Monday, June 14, 2010
Thursday, June 10, 2010
Ethereal Boutique will be hosting Fashion Al Fresco an open air market in its fashionable patio courtyard on June 12-13 and June 26-27 from 12:30PM to 8PM. It's located at 48-37 Vernon Blvd. LIC, NY 11101. Fashion Al Fresco will feature jewelry and clothing designers in umbrella and table booth displays in the Ethereal courtyard.
Wednesday, June 09, 2010
Monday, June 07, 2010
This week and weekend there will be piles of cool arty events happening right in LIC. Events include art shows and openings, musical performances, plays and lost more cool stuff - way too much to list here. Check out the LIC listing for Queens Art Express!
Tuesday, June 01, 2010
Saturday, June 5, 11am - 7pm / Free Admission
Sunday, June 6, 11am - 5 pm / Free Admission
Monday, May 24, 2010
Thursday, May 20, 2010
Tuesday, May 18, 2010
Saturday, May 15, 2010
This weekend they celebrate their 25th Anniversary Kick-Off Weekend. The festivities begin on May 15 & 16, with two days of Free Admission and programming for visitors of all ages. From 12:30 – 3:30pm (both days), participate in ongoing interactive tours, gallery guides for families, and art-making projects for visitors of all ages. From 4:00 – 6:00pm on Saturday, Noguchi Museum’s Teen Advisory Board will present a for-teens-by-teens event. Join artist Allyson Vieira for a sculpting workshop.
Tuesday, April 20, 2010
A new restaurant opened up called Sabor Andino, it has an American/Mexican cuisine. The food is absolutely delicious and so reasonably priced! After eating, I spoke with the owner Angel, he has worked at many top notch restaurants in the city and has now decided to open his own place. His experience and skill can't be denied. I've tried a number of dishes there and they are all great (try the seafood combo if you like seafood, you will not be disappointed). It would be great if you could review this restaurant and feature it on the site to help give this worthy restaurant business.Thanks, Garry!
Friday, April 16, 2010
Andrew Gottlieb, guitar player and singer, invites you to come and sing along with him at Bistro Les Minots on Sunday April 25, 2010 from 2 pm to 4 pm. Free mimosa to all participants. Reservations are required for this kind of public embarrassment, as well they should be. Call (718) 606-2535.
Participants will select songs from a thirty song booklet including the Beatles, Peter Paul & Mary, Simon & Garfunkel, and Johnny Cash.
Thursday, April 15, 2010
Opens tonight (April 15th) at 8pm and runs until April 30th at The Secret Theatre, 44-02 23rd St, LIC 11101. Tickets are $15. Matinee performance on Sunday 25th at 3.30 pm.
Monday, April 05, 2010
Wednesday, March 31, 2010
I have to say I’m especially excited, as my all-time favorite mat pilates instructor, Lindsay Lopez, will be returning to the neighborhood. My abs haven’t looked the same since she left the Yoga Room a couple of years ago.
The Art of Fitness offers private and semi-private sessions, including reformer, tower, wunda chair and mat classes. They also have some more interesting classes on the roster, including cardio ballet barre, cirque style fitness and burlesquercise. Sounds sexy.
Lindsay will be teaching the first free mat class at 9am on Saturday, but there are several other options throughout the day. Along with free group classes and free sample sessions on the equipment, snacks and refreshments will be served.
Thursday, March 25, 2010
Tuesday, March 23, 2010
It may sound like a simple task to do in New York City, but finding the perfect bagel is not so easy. When I first moved to Astoria, I knew good food was all around me: Greek restaurants in full supply; sushi at my fingertips; the city’s best diner in 1999. But I was not satisfied. I needed to find the place to fill my weekend-morning carbohydrate desires. It took a little while and a little help from Yelp, but I found my Astoria bagel.
The bagel pictured here is perfection. It’s an everything bagel from the Astoria Bagel Shop on Ditmars Blvd., between 28th and 29th Street. It is a.m.a.z.i.n.g. The bagels are always fresh and chewy, with a little crunch on the bottom (which is my favorite part), and they are huge! They have a large variety of cream cheeses to choose from and seating. It’s a great place for a cheap and delicious breakfast. And I’m pretty certain I’ve found my perfect bagel in Astoria and in the rest of NYC.
Monday, March 22, 2010
Thursday, March 18, 2010
Wednesday, March 17, 2010
This Spring they are hosting oodles of support programs - lots of info on grant-writing and all that fun stuff - right here in Astoria/LIC.
Click to learn more
Tuesday, March 16, 2010
Monday, March 15, 2010
If a small Astoria apartment prevents full puppy ownership, think about borrowing one for a few hours at BARC – Brooklyn Animal Resource Coalition. This no-kill shelter in Williamsburg – just a short jaunt on the G train away – is almost constantly in need of volunteer dog walkers.
Dog walk volunteering is fun and free. You can request buddy dogs that are friends if you want to come with a buddy of your own. It’s not exactly in Astoria, but it’s close. And the animals come from all over.
I did my first round of service with NY Cares, but I plan to start working with them directly to schedule walk times. Even though we were out for nearly three hours, Molly (pictured above) and I had a great time – I wish I could bring her home with me.
Friday, March 12, 2010
Thursday, March 11, 2010
Wednesday, March 10, 2010
Tuesday, March 09, 2010
Monday, March 08, 2010
Friday, March 05, 2010
Wednesday, March 03, 2010
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Wednesday, February 24, 2010
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Monday, February 22, 2010
Delights of NYC: Mock Duck at Sumran Thai in Astoria, Queens
Thursday, February 11, 2010
Tonight head over to Waltz-Astoria for their silent auction benefiting the World Wildlife Fund, featuring art by Bridy Designs. Have a glass of wine and enjoy some art as a start to the big romantic weekend. Starts at 8, goes ‘till 10. (23-14 Ditmars Blvd)
Make reservations at one of many fantastic local spots offering Valentine’s Prix Fix menus. Many of them are by reservation only, so don’t forget to book your spot ahead of time! Some great choices:
• Mundo has an amazing veggie friendly line-up for $40 that includes both dessert and a cup of their warm spiced wine!
• Vesta has a decadent Prix Fix with some local day boat seafood options and of course that to-die-for Baby Jesus Cake to finish, at just $50 per person.
• Enjoy a small French feast at Bistro Les Minots, just $34.95 per person
• DiWine has an interesting four course menu, it comes with one glass of wine and is priced at $55.
• One of my favorite Astoria spots, Rest-Au-Rant is also having a five course tasting menu for $40 per person.
• Or, check out our very own Foodista’s suggestions here. She has rounded up lots of great eating options not to miss.
Maybe you’re looking for something non-food related for your sweetie. Check out Natura Spa’s great mini spa package. Priced at just $130 each package includes a mani/pedi, a 30 min massage, and one of their fantastic mini facials. Call (718) 956-5530 to reserve. Art more your thing? Enjoy a Valentine’s Day talk at the Noguchi Museum by renowned art historian, Dore Ashton. Her talk will focus on the man and the art of Isamu Noguchi. As a close personal friend of the artist, she’ll share personal insights from her years with the artist. The talk starts at 3pm. (9-01 33rd Road off Vernon Boulevard)
(*Picture above from the great new-ish photo blog http://countdown33.blogspot.com/ by a great local author. Check it out!)
Friday, February 05, 2010
We wanted to headline this Finally Fridays with the best bar food in honor of the Superbowl this Sunday. We hope you have plans to do something fun, and if you're still unsure about what that something is, maybe these five suggestions will sway you.
Gleason's - Honey mustard chicken wings, smothered in thick, slightly sweet sauce that hits the spot.
33-08 Broadway, Astoria. 718.626.5393
28-50 31st Street, Astoria. 718.728.0050
35-33 36th Street, Long Island City. 718.383.1001
Jessica is the youngest-ever concertmaster of the Austin Symphony! This is quite and achievement.
Info for the concert:
Friday, February 12, 2010
23-14 Ditmars Blvd.
Tickets: $15 table charge (drinks, desserts, and light snacks)
Hope to see you there!
Thursday, February 04, 2010
Since it's going to be a little chilly this weekend, perhaps consider making a visit to one of our many museums in town. From the Museum of the Moving Image, to the Noguchi Museum, to PS1, there is a lot to see out there. Then stop over at Il Bambino (34-08 31st Ave) for a nutella hot chocolate to warm up.
Astoria Indies continues its Thursday film series at Bohemian Hall, with Adventures of Power, starring Adrian Grenier. "Adventures of Power is an epic rock n' roll comedy about the American Dream, love, and air-drumming. A Sundance fave, AoP walks the fine line between clever and stupid with grace and panache." 8 p.m. at the beer garden (2919 24th Ave).
Friday night at Waltz (23-14 Ditmars Boulevard) brings you local talent in the form of The Ultimate Show - Steph Allen, Jon Christopher (both The Ultimate Singer Songwriter finalists), and Joe Jung, winner of The Ultimate Singer-Songwriter contest, will be playing from 8-11 p.m. $10 Drink minimum, no cover.
Finally, for something completely different, head to LaGuardia Community College (31-10 Thomson Avenue) to see Target Margin Theatre's production of The Really Big Once (a work-in-progress). This experimental theater piece incorporates the letters of Elia Kazan and Tennessee Williams on one of their most celebrated failures, Camino Real. This workshop will be followed by a Q-and-A with the company. The show starts at 8 p.m. on the Mainstage and it's free! For reservations, email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Photo: (cc) pkeleher on flickr
Tuesday, February 02, 2010
Ornella continues to be a BYOB joint for the time being, so take advantage of it and bring a bottle of vino to enhance your experience.
Pasta di Castagna - Homemade chestnut flour pasta with arugula, cherry tomato in garlic & oil sauce...$18
Linguine al Pesto...$15
Pasta di Ceci - Homemade chickpea flour pasta with artichoke hearts, black olives in a garlic & oil sauce..$15
Pasta Riso - Rice flour pasta with baby spinach, fresh mozzarella in garlic & oil sauce...$16
Spaghetti Carbonara Vegan - Seitan wheat, organic eggs, pecorino romano cheese, cracked black pepper & parsley...$18
Orecchiette con Rape - Ear-shaped pasta with broccolli rabe & sundried tomato...$16
Pizzoccheri alla Fontina - Buck wheat pasta with cabbage, potato and fontina cheese...$18
Rigatoni Amatriciana Vegan - Tomato sauce, onions, seitan wheat and fresh peas...$18
Melanzana alla Parmigiana - Eggplant, tomato sauce and fresh mozzarella cheese...$16
Penne Integrali - Whole wheat pasta with oven-roasted cherry tomatoes, basil, escarole, fresh mozzarella, garlic, parmesan cheese, extra virgin olive oil...$15
Malfatti con Carclofi - Homemade uneven-shaped pasta with capers, artichokes & black olives...$15
Paccheri con Ceci - Super large rigatoni pasta with creamy chickpea sauce...$15
Lumache con Broccoli - Big snail-shaped pasta in creamy broccoli sauce...$15
Risotto con Spinachi - Italian arborio rice with baby spinach, raisins and pignoli nuts...$18
Risotto al Radicchio e Pere - Italian arborio rice with radicchio, pears & gorgonzola cheese...$18
Risotto al Funghi - Italian arborio rice with mixed mushrooms & goat cheese...$18
Ornella Trattoria Italiana
29-17 23rd Avenue, Astoria NY 11105
N/W Train to Ditmars Blvd (last stop)
Monday, February 01, 2010
Why Leave Astoria?! is holding a LOST viewing party at Studio Square (35-33 36th St.) tomorrow night. Looks like it's going to be a lot of fun! It's always a good time watching such things surrounded by other fans. Great drink specials, and more! Details:
Join fellow Lost fans this Tuesday for the borough's best (and only) official Lost viewing party. Watch the final season premiere of Lost like you've never seen it before--on a 60" plasma screen and five mounted 42"...all in surround sound!
We'll have Lost trivia at each commercial break and give away free beer and gift certificates throughout the night.
We'll have $12 pitchers of Dharma beer on tap and $5 Dharma sangrias...in addition to a full island cocktail drink list. We'll have lots of surprises in store, so stop by and see what everyone will be talking about next week.
The series catch-up airs at 8p, then the new episode at 9p.
Friday, January 29, 2010
Thursday, January 28, 2010
This Friday, say good-bye to the old Café Bar (pictured above) and get ready to welcome a new and improved version next month. Starting at 8 p.m. Café Bar will host a celebration in honor of its upcoming renovations. The café will re-open in about a month, so get your last fix (for a while) this Friday with great music, drinks and complimentary appetizers. 32-90 36th Avenue, Astoria. 718.204.5273
Also on Friday, check out the first ever Far Out Festival, sponsored by Astoria Music and Arts and the Stomp & Howl Movement. Proceeds go to a great cause—to benefit the victims of Haiti. Music acts will include Deep Sound Diver, Illimanjaro, James Call & Erotic Photo Hunt featuring Adrienne Efficiency, Michael Benedetto and more. $5 cover. Shillelagh Tavern – 47-22 30th Avenue, Astoria. 718.728.9028
If you’re a wine gal or guy and enjoy the game of chess, check out Winegasm’s second Wine and Chess event on Saturday from 12 p.m. – 4 p.m. You’ll want to try their homemade Istrian delicacy called “Fritule,” which they make on the premises. 31-86 37th Street, Astoria. 718.932.3331
Looking to unwind this weekend? Here are some of my personal recommendations for a relaxing spa/salon day. Natura Spa has a full offering of spa and salon services and even some special treatments such as hydrotherapy. Spa Hydra’s 55 minute Swedish massage is great – although pricey, the atmosphere is as serene as it gets. SPAce’s haircuts are great and not too expensive. I recommend Rudy! Natura Spa – 31-24 Steinway Street, Astoria. 718.956.5530. Spa Hydra – 35-11 36th Street, Long Island City. 718.267.7991. SPAce – 29-09 Ditmars Blvd, Astoria. 718.726.4477.
And last but certainly not least, there’s brunch! Try something new with Ornella’s brunch, which officially rolls-out this Saturday. Enjoy interesting brunch dishes such as potato pancakes with pancetta, nutella-filled crepes and also traditional food such as eggs and paninis. YUM! 29-17 23rd Avenue, Astoria. 718.777.9477
Speaking of paninis, you can also check out Il Bambino, which now serves brunch. There are 12 new paninis on the menu and most of them include the incredible, edible egg. Double YUM! 34-08 31st Avenue, Astoria. 718.626.0087
Wednesday, January 27, 2010
There are two stories recently featured in the Gothamist and the Huffington Post about Astoria's little quirks that we love so much. One is a feature about our "Scum River Bridge" on 33rd Street under the Hell Gate Bridge, where a make-shift bridge has been built out of recycled materials to aid pedestrians in crossing the street and avoiding ummm let's just say...scum.
And the other is about our dear beloved French Bulldog, Oskar - aka the mascot and the "face" of The Jumping Bulldog pet boutique, headed by Tanja Firrigno.
Enjoy the articles and make sure to check both of these Astorian quirks out. One is cute and fuzzy and the other not so much, but it'll make you laugh.
Astoria Scum Bridge
Oskar: The Fabulous Frenchie King
Monday, January 25, 2010
The new Lebanese place on 31st Street is gaining quite a following after only being open a short time. Haddad's is serving tasty food at great prices. From one Astorian, "Apparently the place was packed, and there was a bit of a line out the door."
Rèst Âü Ránt finally has a new website: http://www.rarbarlic.com
Il Bambino is now serving brunch, with new menu items, including about 12 new panini, most containing egg. They've also put together some new cheese plates, sourced from Murray's. Come by for a taste of some rare and amazing cheeses from around the world, and some interesting new sandwiches.
After my two most recent meals at Sweet Afton, I can say without a doubt, that their burger is the best in Astoria, having surpassed my previous favorite from Sparrow. As you know, too, Sweet Afton is serving brunch, and the burger is served with an egg, which is totally yummy. More about that later.
According to their newsletter, Winegasm is putting together Wine and Chess gatherings on Saturdays from 12-4pm. Coffee and free pastries apparently are in the mix.
LIC gets screwed by the MTA. In MTAspeak:
"No 7 trains between Times Sq and Queensboro Plaza. The N, Q, S and free shuttle buses provide alternate service. Weekends, 11:30 PM Fri to 5 AM Mon, Jan 29 - Feb 1."
Actually, reports say that service will be suspended on 10 weekends, total, so that's a PITA for 7 train riders until the first weekend in April. If you can get yourself to LIC by other ways, I salute you. The businesses there will need our support during this strange time.
Unfamiliar and mysterious fast food is coming to Astoria: Texas-based Wingstop and California-based Submarina California Subs (never heard of them, says this native Californian) will be here soon.
Vesta is holding a Super Bowl Sunday event! YUM. Judith posts over on The Foodista: "They're having a celebration in honor of the big game, including a special "gametime menu," raffles and opportunities to win prizes including Vesta, Sweet Afton, Locale and Hell Gate Social gift certificates, as well as a dinner with me, your Foodista."
These bunny pillows over on SITE are the cutest!!
The Balkan Burger Unites All Factions
So, if you are looking for a taste of home, or looking to taste something new yet familiar, this sounds about right. There are a number of places where you can find it here in town, according to the article:
30-50 14th Street
37-18 34th Avenue
31-01 31st Street
Stari Most (Old Bridge)
28-51 42nd Street
Image CC: Wikimedia Commons
Friday, January 22, 2010
Athens Cafe - Nescafe - hot, comforting version of the frappe. It's nice & strong with a lot of foam on top.
32-07 30th Avenue, Astoria. 718.626.2164
35-27 30th Avenue, Astoria. 718.278.6967
10-93 Jackson Avenue, Long Island City. 917.832.6726
21-02 30th Avenue, Astoria. 718.545.5550
34-10 31st Avenue, Astoria. 718.956.0133
Wednesday, January 20, 2010
New year, new amazing things to do in Astoria!
Try something a little different this Thursday at the Bohemian Hall. Trust us, This Is All Made Up is a well known improv troupe’s long form play- an unusual take on the usually fast paced impromptu comedy form. Have a drink and see some hilarious improv comedy right here in Astoria.
On Friday, don’t miss Astoria Wine and Spirit's Friday Night Wine Tasting featuring three delicious (and affordable!) wines as well as the opening of their gallery show by artist Maki Teshima. Tastings start at 6:30 and ends around 9:30.
Astoria staple, Brick Café, is shaking things up on Saturdays with a new night of music by DJs Eve & Demetri. Music starts at 9:30. Or! Try their new Jazz Nights every Wednesday. Also happening this Saturday is the first annual Astoria Nacho Crawl. Join the folks at Nachos NY on a journey across Astoria- in search of nachos! Some of the restaurants include Tacos Mexico, D’ricuras, and Lunas. For more info, contact Rachel@nachosny.com. Space is limited.
We hear there’s a new Lebanese place near Ditamars called Haddad's (22-47 31st St.). There is already a great early buzz about the place. If you are in the area give it a try, the falafel, pickled beets, and cheese balls with chopped veggies and herbs all sound delightful! Also new at the Ditmars stop is a great new yoga/palliates studio called Creative Vibrations, right in the shopping center attached to the Ditmars N/W stop. Some of their classes include The Body Class on Tuesdays 9:15-10:15pm and Thursdays 12:15-1:15pm and 9:15-10:15pm. Mention you read about this on Joey’s and get the class for only $10!
On Sunday, try taking the little ones to the brand new Sunday Chess School!
Classes will be taught by a national chess champ and will be held on Sundays, 10am-12pm, for children ages 5+. More at email@example.com.
I was delighted when I saw the subject of yesterday's Tasting Table e-newsletter, "Burger Brawl." Looking at the above picture hungrily, I inspected it closer to find out that they were talking about our very own Petey's Burger. How cool! I always love when our wonderful Astorian gems get recognized and in this Tasting Table review, Petey's gets some good props. Take a look at the complete review, but in a nutshell, Petey's is praised for excellent quality meat, with a business model not unlike the famous West Coast chain, IN-N-OUT burger. If you haven't yet checked them out, now would be a good time - enjoy!
Petey's Burger - 30-17 30th Avenue, Astoria NY 11102
N/W Train to 30th Avenue
Tuesday, January 19, 2010
Pinot Noir is the famed varietal of Burgundy and is responsible for fabulous and sometimes expensive wine. Although known to be a temperamental grape, it happens to do quite well in other regions of the world, producing lovely, character driven wine. This Wednesday's tasting will feature 3 very different Pinot Noirs, from vastly different wine producing regions. It's always fun to taste them in succession to compare the varying styles.The tasting is from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.
- Wallace Brook
- Domaine Brunet
12-09 Jackson Ave
Long Island City