Monday, June 14, 2010

Jobs That Aren't Dumb - Now Recruiting

Here's a few scenarios. See if any of them describe you. You got laid off. You're tired of getting people coffee and answering phones. You'd rather your work was a little more meaningful than price-fixing cantaloupe. You love NYC and would like to do something for it.

If any of these describe you, you may want to at least check out NYC Civic Corps. The NYC Civic Corps is a diverse group of individuals - from recent graduates to experienced professionals - who dedicate one year of service to New York City. Corps members are dispatched in small teams to local non-profit organizations and City agencies with the charge of developing sustainable volunteer programs and expanding organizational capacity. In return for their service, members of the NYC Civic Corps earn a monthly living stipend, health and commuting benefits, and an end-of-service education award. Corps members also receive monthly professional development and support from NYC Service.

In Astoria & LIC, the NYCCC has done at least two awesome projects that I know of - one with Computers for Youth, a nonprofit organization located in Long Island City that empowers low income children to perform better in school by improving their home learning environment. And another with Materials for the Arts, an initiative of the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs, solicits art supplies for use by non-profit groups and schools.

Applications are available at Only online applications will be accepted, and the application deadline is June 30, 2010.

Good luck!

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Fashion Al Fresco

If you'd rather not shop in the AC this weekend, you're in luck. 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

Astoria WNYC fans, represent!

Astorian Jeanne Marie Boes is competing in WNYC's Battle of the Boroughs - our own public radio version of Idol, I guess. Jeanne has already made the cut to represent the Queens Top 5.

Online voting is open this week to determine who will go on to represent Queens in the Ultimate Battle of the Boroughs!

You can stream her performance and VOTE online here. Support Astorian Arts and go vote!

Monday, June 07, 2010

Queens Art Express to LIC

Join Juvenal Reis Studios, P.S.1, Subdivision, the LaGuardia Performing Arts Center, the Secret Theatre, M55 Gallery and several other hip and happening LIC venues for Queens Art Express!

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

Designer Shopping on the River

This weekend Socrates Sculpture Park will host it's 2nd Annual Maker's Market. what is it? It's an opportunity to shop for lots of pretty things, made domestically, in a fabulous setting. What more could a gal want on a nice Saturday afternoon?

Saturday, June 5, 11am - 7pm / Free Admission
Sunday, June 6, 11am - 5 pm / Free Admission

Monday, May 24, 2010

Astoria in Pix

This New York Times article is a little bit been-there-done-that, but it does have a nice photo essay of Astoria.

A Mediterranean Village on the East River

Thursday, May 20, 2010

All the Fresh Veggies, None of the Commitment

Astoria welcomes a new, exciting CSA to town! Holton Farms, from Southeastern VT, has lots of tasty produce and other farmy items. But they also have some innovation going on. I hear it all the time... "I'd love to do a CSA, but it's too much commitment!" Yeah, it really can be for a big city gal. Off the the Hampties or a film festival, or even brunch (!) and then it's "oh crap, my veggies!". Not so with Holton Farms who will let you buy "what you want, when you want". (You can do a more traditional CSA plan with them, too.)

Catch their truck at Steinway & 35th Ave from 9 to 10am on Sundays. and check out their website, for more info and sign ups. Plus, JIA readers can use the discount code HFASTORIA for 5% off CSA Memberships!