Wednesday, January 18, 2006


Its hump day, so i feel like welcoming the weekend already! Plan it...

Saturday January 21
so have you heard of the new joint, Hell Gate Social?
word out on the street is the its a great place to socialize with your fellow Astorians.
They have live music and dj's with an ecclectic mix of afro-funk, soul-jazzz, disco-punk and any other random hyphenated combo you can think of apparently! They plan to show indie films/shorts from locals in the summer which i am looking forward to. It looks a bit out of the way for me at 12-21 Astoria Blvd. (at 14th St.) / 718-204-8313, but i will be trying to get out there at some point and get a real feel for it.
I know its been spoken of before, but i finally went to Crescent Lounge, i must say-loved it. It was such a chill place. And what seemed to be a huge group of regulars were very welcoming.
Comfy chairs and decent drinks, i can see forgetting about the time at a place like that. Take some friends and enjoy.

don't do this though-Enoteca Sapori D'Ischia

I know its in Woodside and all, but i figured it to be close enough to try. think again flooz, not only was it in an industrial funkhole area-it wasn't the Enoteca i was hoping for. They should rename it Trattoria Sapori D'Ischia. My party and i decided just from standing outside looking in that it wasn't what was advertised. It was a small 2 room deal, one was a cloth restaurant looking room and the other a tiny bar area with maybe a handful of tables. Behind the bar they did seem stocked with a variety of wine, but still it looked like an italian restaurant with just a really big wine selection... We weren't looking for food, just a place to get a few glasses of wine. It felt weird and uncomfortable to us. We left. Maybe one day if i am really hungry and in the area i'll stop in and see what its really about, but till then-i'm still searching for Astoria's wine bar dangit!

Sunday January 22
wake up semi early and go be peaceful...
Creating Happiness
3 Talks Introducing Buddhist Meditation and Psychology
With Luis Villalon
Sundays 12:00 - 2:00 pm
at Grace Lutheran Church
31-20 21st Ave
(between 31st and 32nd street)
feeling better about life? go get literary enlightenment:
Astorians Tara McCarthy, author of Love Will Tear Us Apart, and Marcy Dermansky, author of Twins, with be reading from their novels--both of which feature twins--at LIC Bar in Long Island City, Queens, at 3pm. The event will be hosted by Ron Hogan of (and author of The Stewardess if Flying the Plane).
LIC bar is at 45-58 Vernon Blvd. on the corner of 46th Avenue and Vernon. 7 train to Vernon/Jackson.

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