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Newtown Creek Walking Tour at Meet outside the Greenpoint Ave station (G train) at SW corner of Manhattan Ave

March 22, 2009 from 1pm to 3pm
Take a walking tour along the body of water that separates LIC from Greenpoint. Learn about the islands that previously inhabited the waterway as well as the world's largest underground oil spill (3 times larger than the Exxon Valdez spill!) that occurred in 1978.The tour is $13. To reserve your spot, contact: jaconet@aol.comFrom the historian/guide, Jack Eichenbaum:Meander through Greenpoint and cross the Pulaski…See More
Mar 20, 2009
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Astoria Music & Arts

AM&A is a non-profit organization dedicated to bringing you the very best local music and arts in your neighborhood. If you're a musician, artist, lover of music, lover of arts, lover of Astoria or any combination thereof - this group's for you.See More
Mar 20, 2009
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WLA Birthday Bash?! at tba

April 10, 2009 at 7pm to April 11, 2009 at 12am
On 4/10/09, WLA turns 1 year old! Can you believe it? Also, we're fast approaching 1,000 members.I'll make a deal with you...if we can get 1,000 members by 4/10/09, I'll host a free beer bash for all members. Please use the invite link to spread the word!DETAILS:On Friday, April 24th, Why Leave Astoria?! and Rizzo's Pizza will be hosting a free party for the neighborhood. Join us as Rizzo's celebrates their 50th birthday party and whyleaveastoria.com's 1st. Party starts at 7p and "ends" at 11p.…See More
Mar 20, 2009
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The Raw Festival at Green Space

March 22, 2009 from 4pm to 6pm
The Raw Festival series as been created to bring new voices into the festival from the outer boroughs, and will identify the young talent that is developing in our city schools and universities, offering artists an important vehicle where they can gather feedback, develop their platform, see and be seen.The Raw Festival series will be many artists' first step into the DanceNOW programming and the start of a relationship to help promote their work as well as grow mutually beneficial…See More
Mar 20, 2009

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Local Dirtbag Grabs 2-year-old from Family and Darts into the Ocean

There's a terrible headline in today's Daily News about an Astorian that grabbed a small child from the sand at Rockaway Beach and ran with him into the surf. Fortunately, the child's uncle was able to catch the kidnapper before any physical harm was done to the child. Nearby police responded and arrested the perpetrator on the scene.

Angel Esteves, 45, of Astoria had been lingering around the child's family camped…


Posted on July 15, 2013 at 5:37pm

Eww. Visual Proof of the Hipsterization of Astoria

Today, Gothamist published an article about Yelp's new(?) dynamic heat map that shows the mention of keywords from Yelp reviews overlaid as a heatmap. Not surprisingly, the most density of the word "hipster" hovers over Williamsburg, but Astoria has a noticeable concentration of hipster-mentions. Be afraid, fair…


Posted on July 2, 2013 at 2:13pm — 4 Comments

Just in from Bohemian Hall: Free Beer Today!

Stop by after (or instead of) work for free beer! Here's the scoop from our Facebook Fan Page:
Free beer for the first 150 people happening from 3PM-6PM at the Bohemian Beer Garden today! Come…

Posted on June 17, 2013 at 2:30pm

"Tacky Metal Balconies and Horrid Vinyl Siding..."

"...is no historic Brooklyn Brownstone."

The real estate blog, Curbed just posted a piece about an Astoria apartment for sale that "is not ugly"--taking a jab at the local tongue-in-cheek Tumblr, Astoria Ugly. The pen may have been a bit sharp in describing the…


Posted on June 5, 2013 at 12:00pm — 3 Comments

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At 4:43pm on July 19, 2012, Lucy Fleming said…
Probably just for a visit at the moment-I hope I see you this time!
At 11:57am on July 19, 2012, Lucy Fleming said…
No, not til next year :(
At 2:31pm on May 15, 2012, Dov Winkleman said…

yes! i am a good friend of tim-day's.  i actually went out and visited him in cali a few months ago. he had told me that you ran this site, and since i just moved to astoria a month ago, its great to finally (digitally) meet you.

At 8:29am on January 27, 2012, Alexander Todorov said…


At 11:11am on December 7, 2011, Kathleen Woestehoff said…

Thanks, Ran. Will do. We never mind new members. :)

At 2:14pm on October 21, 2011, Anna Romagnoli said…
We are trying to get the doors open with in the next two weeks. Waiting on inspections, etc, but we're gearing up. I will post Grand Opening info as soon as I have a firm date.....
At 12:06am on October 4, 2011, Richard Calvache said…
Thanks for the shout out and the compliment! Much appreciated!
At 12:19am on September 15, 2011, Mark P said…
Hey, a friend and I are trying to get an Astoria game watch this saturday for the Miami-OSU game at the Irish Rover.  All are welcome
At 11:16am on July 21, 2011, A. Bronn said…
New to this blog and website. On the blog regarding the bike groper I made a comment, but now a blank space shows up with my picture at the end of all the comments. What this about and how do I get rid of an empty blog?
At 11:14am on July 21, 2011, A. Bronn said…

Ran, I joined whyleaveastoria.com yesterday and posted a comment on the blog about the bike groper.  It was posted o.k. but now my photo shows up in a blank comment every time I log on.  How do I get rid of the blank comment???


A. Bronn

At 10:16am on March 2, 2011, Petal said…
hi is this ran?

i noticed glitches when trying to use the site with firefox...is there a recommended browser?

all the best, mackenzie
At 11:21pm on February 26, 2011, Stacy said…
Hey Ran, had lots of fun at WLA6K! Just uploaded some photos from the night. Looking forward to what's in the future for WLA. Nice to meet you and thanks for organizing!
At 11:31am on February 24, 2011, Will said…
Thanks. Come check out Astoria talks sports page.
At 11:41pm on February 17, 2011, Caroline T said…
OOooo wow Thanks! :)
At 7:43am on February 3, 2011, Tina Spades said…
haha or well on my way!? love the impromptu stuff. hope to meet ya one day-ive already heard stories... ;-)
At 3:05pm on January 4, 2011, Chad Marra said…
haha thanks - as did mine...just in time for NYE (and it needed a hacking for sure)
At 3:45pm on December 7, 2010, Jeff Leibowitz, DDS said…
Gosh. Does this mean I'm friends with the head honcho?
At 3:57pm on November 30, 2010, Kristine Majestic said…
That would be correct. I am in a "no alcohol" bet until Sunday...no alcohol...no streaking.
At 4:20pm on November 17, 2010, Denise said…
Not yet, but I was thinking of checking out either the trivia night or the rockband events tonight.
At 3:49pm on October 22, 2010, Phuong Tong said…
It's been great. Thanks for asking



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