Monday, November 28, 2005

LIC % Change

Well, LIC's getting the shit upzoned out of it. That's no newsflash. But check out the map Curbed has posted showing the developable square footage in LIC. As a professional geographic information specialist myself, I have some cartographic issues with this visualization, but it's intruiging nonetheless.

I must confess, I detect no snottiness in this Curbed post, either. Nice work, Lock!

Monday, November 21, 2005

Bosnian Food in Astoria

There is a sizable Bosnian community in Astoria, in case you hadn't noticed. In truth, I don't know that much about it, but I have noticed the tasty burekas (savory stuffed pastries) and cevapi (skinless little sausages) that abound. There's also stuffed cabbage and peppers and cheap yumminess. The two best places I like to go are Cevabdzinica Sarjevo on 34th Av just West of Steinway and Djerdan #1 on 31st Av between 35th & 34th. Perfectly hearty, cold weather comfort food.

Friday, November 18, 2005

Astorian Edition 05.11.14

I know you're exhausted from the 11:59 debut of Harry Potter last night so, tonight, pick up a bottle of wine and netflix it. It's no news to you that our neighb has kind of slim pickins in the fruit of the vine, so read up on a nose for wine to arm yourself.

Saturday hit the QNS Film Festival. It's never to early to study up to shock and amaze your friends at your oscar party. Oscar-entry Paheli is showing at Kaufman Zukor Studio Theatre (part of the studios - how cool is that!) at 8pm. Meander down the street afterwards for late night bites at Jasmin for arepas. Soooo good.

Sunday, critically-acclaimed Perhaps Love will be playing at the same locale at 5:30 to send off the festival. (There are actually a ton of good movies playing all weekend long. You might just want to camp out somewhere on 35th Av.) After the festival might be a good time and start working your way down the QNS Michelin list. Malagueta is the only Brazilian entry. It's on 36th about 5 blocks West of the subway line. That'll be one down, 12 to go.

Thursday, November 17, 2005

QNS Michelin Guide

Can't get your hands on the uber hot new New York Michelin guide? No worries. Here's a list of the 13 Restaurants in QNS that made it. Most are in Astoria & LIC.

My Notes:

1) Malagueta - It's okay - I wouldn't make a big deal of it, tho.

2) Brick Cafe - can be pretty damn good. I like it, but if it's in, Le Sans Souci should be, too.

3) 718 - eow. This place is such a downer. It's lame and it has annoying plates.

4) Tournesol - yeah, this place is good, too.

Wednesday, November 16, 2005

Astoria Film Festival

Don't you wish that Astoria-Sunswick area got more out of being Hollywood East then all the black turtleneck clad cliches hanging around Cafe Bar? Well, finally the studio set is giving back to the neighb.

Head's up for the third annual Queens Film Festival - entirely in Astoria! The Museum of the Moving Image, Kaufman Astoria Theatre, and the Mario Gallery will be hosting. Support this uber hot event.

See John picks for the event.

Tuesday, November 15, 2005

Scuttlebutt Section

LocaleWord on the street is that something cool is happening with Astoria Beach near Socrates Sculpture Park. Wouldn't it be great to create more public access to our waterfront, regardless of what it is called? Ahem.

Sklar makes an impressive showing for the Green Party in Long Island City Council race. "Robyn consistently received over 25% of the vote in many areas". Read her site.

'Ya know, because there aren't enough hyperthyroidial towers going up in Long Island City. Read Article

Locale (pictured above) on 34th Av appears to be opening up soon. I hear it's a lounge. I also hear the same for Section B on 31st Street. Except I'm not sure that's what it's called. Whatever happened to cool places that aren't all tripped out on Eurostyle?

Brick Cafe owner died during a scuba diving accident this past month. Very sad news. The future of the restaurant is still up in the air to my knowledge. We wish you the best, Brick & family!

Garden of George on Steinway appears to be reopening very shortly as a restaurant.

Brooklyn Industries has apparently opened a store on Steinway. That's just weird.

What the heck are they building in the old Tupelo space? It is a Cow-Town, or what?

Honest to Vinshnu, do we really need two new banks on Broadway between 31st Street and Steinway? BCP and Washington Mutual moved in this past week. At least there's a free ATM now.

so long, ten63. You've been a good pal. Read NYT Article.

Oh, PS. Cup was sold a few months back. Did I mention that? That might be the explanation for the hipster 'tude and rapid decrease in the taste of food. Doozy.

Monday, November 14, 2005

An Astorian Nose for Wine

Fellow Astorian blogger Maura, of Maura dot com, has just launched a wine blog! It appears she has a nose for wine. yay!

Sunday, November 13, 2005

Arepas in Astoria

In the space where my beloved yet now-defunct Cravo & Canela once sat is now Jasmin. Don't let it's namesake scare you off. Jasmin is a real deal QNS Columbian cheap-eats arepa place.

The place is small, just a few tables, but decorated with care. It's already been open for five months on 34th Av between 31st Street & 32nd Street, but it seems to be flying stealth.

I went there with my partners in crime, MegC and Soozi Floozi. We all got arepas. I got the arepa with guac, tomatoes, and chorizo. Meg got guac and corn and Floozi, choose the classic plain areapa. Arepas, undressed, aren't much to look at. They look like a big fat pita. But these were up to the challenge - warm, most and delicious. Perfection with and without toppings! And cheap, too.

Since we were reviewing we deciding to stuff ourselves and all ordered entrees as well. MegC got a succulent chicken dish. Soozi got a moist sweet pork chop, and I got the mofungo - especially mashed chicken and plaintain. Sooo good. Mine would have been a tad bit dry if it hadn't been for the giant vat of beans served with our meals that I added to my plate.

As an added bonus we sipped Columbia soda which I'm nuts about. This place was awesome cheap eats in true Astorian fashion.

Saturday, November 12, 2005

Astoria Gets Curbed

Curbed: so jaded and pretentious they can't even appreciate our lovely neighborhood. Their loss, my gain. Quite literally in this case.

Thursday, November 10, 2005

Astoria Weekend Edition - 05.11.10

We have to wait another week to see Daniel Radcliffe on the big screen. In the meantime, get your fantasy/sci-fi film fix Saturday at the Machinima Film Festival at MMI. "Machinima, derived from the words 'machine' and 'cinema,' is the process of making animated movies using the software engines and imagery of video games."

You can discuss how Machinima has rocked your world over Kabobs and other goodies at the Kabob Cafe on Steinway. Savortooth says it's good, and she hasn't steered me wrong, yet.

Sunday we can support our local Astoria filmakers and check up on The not-quite-new-anymore Sparrow. They're actually raising money for their film which I think is both creative and funny. Regardless, you can catch my favorite bluegrass act Brownbird Rudy Relic and get yourself a "limited edition" T-shirt in progress. And hope to Vishnu they've done something with that awning. Event starts at 8, music at 9.

If you hate The Sparrow's awning so much that you have the skip the film fundraiser, you have another option. At 7 you can catch lic bar's second blues event in the series.

What ever happened to Thursday and Friday?

Tuesday, November 08, 2005

Vote Today!

Hey all you Astorians - I know you're planning on voting today. Every one counts!

Find your polling place here. PS. The guy I sit next to at work *made* that handy little app, it's slow, tho. Be patient.

Also, learn about Prop 2 here. It's a bond you get to vote on to help fix up our transportation system. I'm voting yes!

Friday, November 04, 2005

New in Astoria in TONY

Floozi is always on the Astorian prowl. Check out her catch in TONY.

Thursday, November 03, 2005

Astoria Weekend Edition 05.11.04

You know that local foods are all the rage, but we don't exactly have bean fields here in Astoria. Ms. SpatulaLove has reinvented local foods as a community event. Contribute to her meals and follow the exciting outcome.

The freaks running the New York Marathon will whiz by Long Island City Sunday morning. You can catch them at your favorite Vernon Blvd haunt and you should. It's your duty as a non-marathoning New Yorker. Give a rightous last hurrah to soon-to-be defunct ten63, or check out John's picks. And Make sure to cheer on Astoria poet Stephen Cramer. He'll be #2557.

Celebrate the fact that you didn't run the marathon with your last chance to:

a) see Josh Irving's Jazz Quintet,
b) See Rudy "Brownbird" Relic and
c) help the hurricane survivors,
all on the same night!

Astorians for Hurricane Relief is hosting its final event. Josh Irving is the sweet, sexy, jazzy headliner. Rudy, (you won't believe me 'till you see him) is a big burly dude from the Mississippi Delta, trapped inside a significantly smaller, urbanite man's body. And they both play the hell out of his guitar. Mezzo Mezzo is providing free food. That is *not* a misprint. Plus, all your buddies and pals from Astoria will be there.