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Roll with Queens Council on the Arts! Come to the Casino Caliente!

Queens Council on the Arts (QCA) is turning 50 in 2016, but we are kicking off the festivities a year early! Save yourself a plane ticket and join QCA for a hot night in Havana, Cuba right here in Long Island City, Queens! 

Join us as we…

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Added by Queens Council on the Arts on December 17, 2014 at 12:17pm — No Comments

Astoria Characters: The Re-Rooted Florists

Photo by Nancy A. Ruhling

Clare and George moved Teddy's Florist to 35th Street at Ditmars Boulevard.

Teddy's Florist, which sold its first bouquet in 1922, was a 31st Street landmark when…

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Added by Nancy Ruhling on December 16, 2014 at 6:47am — No Comments

Astoria Characters: The Tree Santa

Photo by Nancy A. Ruhling

Harry is the co-owner of NYCtrees.com, which delivers evergreens to your home.

Standing in the center of  the forest of Fraser firs is Harry…

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Added by Nancy Ruhling on December 9, 2014 at 6:40am — No Comments

Astoria Characters: The Man in Transition

Photo by Nancy A. Ruhling

Clay was bound for Broadway.

There's nothing ordinary about Clay Nelms' story. So don't let the stereotypical musical-style synopsis fool you: Small-town boy with big-city…

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Added by Nancy Ruhling on December 2, 2014 at 6:51am — No Comments

Astoria Characters: The Rx Man

Photo by Nancy A. Ruhling

Harry established City View Pharmacy in 2006.

The old wooden floor creaks, and Harry Xidias smiles. He finds the sound…

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Added by Nancy Ruhling on November 25, 2014 at 6:46am — No Comments

Wandering Jews Startup Shabbat, Join us!

Added by Sam Schachter on November 24, 2014 at 5:56pm — No Comments

Best of Astoria survey

Hello Astoria community,

We're working on a website that will feature the best of Astoria, for food, drinks, and things to do & see, and it is voted on by people who know it best–residents (and former residents). It would be awesome and much appreciated if you would complete the survey by December 3, at 5pm. Website coming soon!

 
Here's the link:…
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Added by Jonah Schrogin on November 23, 2014 at 3:43pm — No Comments

Astoria Characters: The Trivia Guy You Saw on TV

Photo by Nancy A. Ruhling

Tony's head still hurts from his Millionaire snafu.

Well-known fact: Ken Jennings won $100,000 yesterday on Who Wants To Be a Millionaire.

Little-known fact: Tony…

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Added by Nancy Ruhling on November 18, 2014 at 6:44am — No Comments

Astoria Characters: The Sidewalk Library

Photo by Nancy A. Ruhling

Samuel, Veronica and Alejandra check out some books.

On the sidewalk, under the tree, there's a fire-engine-red box with a glass door. It's filled with books for…

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Added by Nancy Ruhling on November 11, 2014 at 6:48am — No Comments

Friday December 5, 2014 Catholic/Christian Social at Rubin Museum of Art - K2 Lounge

The Catholic Fellowship of NYC invites Catholic\Christian professionals in their 20s, 30s and 40s to a Winter Social at the K2 Lounge of The Rubin Museum of Art (150 W17th Street Between Avenue of the Americas and 7th Avenue in Manhattan) on Friday December 5th from 6pm to 10pm.



Every Friday night the Café at the Museum becomes the K2 Lounge, offering a special Pan Asian Tapas menu to accompany the evening's DJ and unique thematic gallery tours and programs.



Admission to…

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Added by The Catholic Fellowship of NYC on November 9, 2014 at 8:03pm — No Comments

Astoria Characters: The Plant Sculptor

Photo by Nancy A. Ruhling

Liza is the owner of Luludi Living Art.

When Liza Fiorentinos says luludi, the lush Ls roll off her tongue like dewdrops.

"I was inspired by the living walls in…

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Added by Nancy Ruhling on November 4, 2014 at 6:52am — No Comments

Need Advice from a $500/hour Immigration Lawyer?

Are you an artist from another country? Ever wonder if you qualify for US Immigration’s so-called “Artist visa”? Are those visas only for visual or performing artists? How do you get a Green Card as an artist?

Join Queens Council on the Arts on Wednesday, Nov 12th at 6pm where George S. Akst of Akst…

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Added by Queens Council on the Arts on October 30, 2014 at 9:15am — No Comments

Astoria Characters: The Two Cooks in the Kitchen

Photo by Nancy A. Ruhling

Mariantonia and Guillermo are the owners of Pao & Cha Cha on Astoria Boulevard.

Elbow to elbow. When Mariantonia and Guillermo…

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Added by Nancy Ruhling on October 28, 2014 at 6:55am — No Comments

Want more Grant Writing Tips?

Join Hoong Yee Lee Krakauer, Queens Council on the Art’s Executive Director as she “pulls back the curtain” for a rare inside look at what can turn your grant proposal into an award letter – from a grant panelist’s view.

The Grantwriting 101…

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Added by Queens Council on the Arts on October 21, 2014 at 11:03am — No Comments

Astoria Characters: The Eclectic Educator

Photo by Nancy A. Ruhling

Steven's on the ball.

On top of the office refrigerator there is a jar of Skippy peanut butter that is nearly empty. There doesn't appear to be any jelly, but by the sofa, there are an…

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Added by Nancy Ruhling on October 21, 2014 at 6:45am — No Comments

Local Dog Makes Good!

He always He's always acted like a Star.. Now he's gonna be one!

Lucky, the Shih Tzu, practically the Mayor of Astoria is now

the inspiration for a short animated film: Lucky and the Pirates... Check out  his new film at  …

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Added by Karen Goldfarb on October 20, 2014 at 7:30am — No Comments

Astoria Characters: The Silver-Lining Pal

Photo by Nancy A. Ruhling

Jill with Pixie, one of her rescue cats.

It's pouring cats and dogs. That's why Jill Parshley Cardillo and her sunny yellow umbrella are out. Jill likes to walk in the…

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Added by Nancy Ruhling on October 14, 2014 at 6:52am — No Comments

Astoria Characters: The Priceless Pair

Photo by Nancy A. Ruhling

Trudy is the guard/mascot at Astoria Coins & Collectibles.

It would be flip to say that it was a toss of the coin that landed Jennifer and…

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Added by Nancy Ruhling on October 7, 2014 at 6:50am — No Comments

Improv: Friend or Foe?

Whether you are an experienced, fearless improviser or someone who shudders at the thought of being asked to improvise at an audition, this session is for you. Join Queens Council on the Arts at 3rd Space, Friday, October 17th at 6pm for an improvisational performance workshop with the vivacious Katha Cato.

This session will focus on how to successfully prepare for improvising, how to remain present and in the moment, and will even show you how…

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Added by Queens Council on the Arts on October 2, 2014 at 12:40pm — No Comments

Astoria Characters: The Shaman

Photo by Nancy A. Ruhling

Connecting with the spiritual world.

There's a piano tucked into the corner like a baby in a bassinet. It's guarded by a pair of guitars. But these instruments play second fiddle to the…

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Added by Nancy Ruhling on September 30, 2014 at 6:54am — No Comments

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