January 2010 Blog Posts (36)

7 Train Goes on Holiday

Liqcity has reported that 7 train service will be interrupted on the weekends for two months beginning 1/29/10. The MTA is providing a… Continue

Added by Ran Craycraft on January 22, 2010 at 9:30am — No Comments

Bar Crawl on a Budget: Tuesday on 30th Ave

In a new segment called Bar Crawl on a Budget, I, your friendly neighborhood drunkard, will seek out the best places for the cheapest drinks in a given section of our beloved neighborhood. This week I stayed close to home and hit up some of my favorite spots for the very first post. Four bars, forty dollars. How drunk can I get? Here are the facts:

Budget: $40

Night: Tuesday

Bars: Dillinger’s – 30th Ave and 46th St

Irish Rover – 28th Ave and 37th St

Blackbird’s –… Continue

Added by Evan LeRoy on January 21, 2010 at 6:09pm — 4 Comments

Travel Blog - Opa!

As requested: page 173 - "1000 Places to see Before you Die"


Cyclades, Greece

Santorini's official name is Thira, although the medieval name St. Irene, which was left behind by the Italians is more commonly used. During the summer the island is bustling with visitors and cruisers, note to the wise, not the best time to go.

May - June and September are more favorable for the savvy… Continue

Added by Barb on January 19, 2010 at 1:23pm — No Comments

Starlite Karaoke Weekly Schedule

Starlite Karaoke's Tuesday nite lineup: Amy"The RockStar" will be hosting @ Gleasons Bar(3308 Bdwy) 10pm start with a Great Happy Hour Special!

Rich will be your host @ Astoria Bowl(19-45 49St) for some "Kosmic Karaoke Bowl" 930pm start..with Great Drink and Bowling specials all nite... and a Midnite raffle and jack pot bowl.

Starlite Karaoke's Wednesday nite lineup is: We have Emily hosting @ Black Rock ( 27-20 23Ave) 9pm start.

Rich will be hosting @ Tin Alley(630 Stewart… Continue

Added by Richard Buccola on January 19, 2010 at 1:30am — No Comments

You can't pass up a deal like that...

I’m not brand new to this neighborhood. I’ve lived here in Astoria just off 30th Avenue and Steinway for a year now and have become more than familiar with my fair share of eateries, bars and popular hood hangouts. However, to plunge the depths of all things great Astoria has to offer, it takes a little longer than twelve short months and there are still a good deal of popular spots which I have yet to visit, but all that’s about to… Continue

Added by Evan LeRoy on January 18, 2010 at 9:54pm — 6 Comments

What's The Deal With DaFranco?

Well, it's delicious for one. I was fortunate enough to sample several dishes on the very extensive, incredibly affordable menu at this new(ish) Italian eatery on 21st Street, and I highly suggest WLA foodies give the place a go if you haven't already. DaFranco is an unassuming restaurant that opened just over seven months ago and it offers hearty, authentic Italian fare you can believe in, and… Continue

Added by Danielle on January 17, 2010 at 7:00pm — 4 Comments

This Weekend in Astoria (1/15/10)

Get ready for a long weekend, kiddies! Before we kick things off, I'd like to encourage everyone to take a minute to make a small contribution to the American Red Cross's efforts in Haiti. It literally takes five seconds--just text the work "Haiti" to 90999 and $10 will be added to your next phone bill (free txt msg).… Continue

Added by Ran Craycraft on January 15, 2010 at 11:00am — No Comments

Afton Opens for Brunch

The neighborhood's new favorite nightspot becomes a brunchspot this weekend. Be among the first to sample Sweet Afton's new hangover fare. They forced me into sampling the menu last week, and truth be told, it's gonna change your life. Well, maybe your weekend. Riding on the coattails of their hugely popular Afton Burger, their new brunch burger stole my heart. Wash it down with one* of the most evil Bloody Marys you've ever had, and your… Continue

Added by Ran Craycraft on January 14, 2010 at 10:30am — No Comments



By Tirzah Russell de Franco

Thirty-two oil paintings on canvas form an art exhibit called “Silencios”, which was recently on display at “Todo Arte” Gallery in Urdesa part of Guayaquil, Ecuador. Servio Zapata, the Ecuadorian artist, spent a year and a half on these oil paintings. His desire is to express a passion for peace with scenes of trees, hills, waterfalls, beaches, and most of all, the tropical forest. The detailing of the trees is… Continue

Added by Sitka Creations on January 13, 2010 at 10:19pm — No Comments

Lets Petition for Diwine to Resume Brunch

For those of you who don't know, Diwine had the best brunch in Astoria. It was a delicious menu, reasonably priced, and had UNLIMITED drinks (the last being something other Astoria restaurants should pick up)

My guess is they stopped because not enough people knew about it, and not enough people wanted to make the trip across Steinway to 42 on 30 ave. But now that you all know, email Diwiine, call them, inundate them with your pleas for them to… Continue

Added by Ryan Middleton on January 12, 2010 at 12:41pm — 4 Comments

So you've set some goals...now what?

The holidays are over. You ate too much, drank too much and are in dire need of a detox. You've made some resolutions and you've set some goals...now what? Kick their ass! We heard you're cries for a detox, we've helped you set some goals and now we want to help you exceed them. CrossFit Queens is bringing you the… Continue

Added by Paul @ CFQ on January 11, 2010 at 10:52am — No Comments

"Hay Chihuahua!!!"

Our next stop on the globe is Copper Canyon.

Copper Canyon is located in non other than Chihuahua, Mexico. This little known, inaccessible region of the Sierra Madre has one of the greates canyon complexes in the world. It is inhabited by one of the most isolated peoples, the Tarahumara Indians.

Copper Canyon is actually a network of deep gorges, five river systems, six major intertwined canyons, and 200 minor ones that… Continue

Added by Barb on January 11, 2010 at 6:43am — No Comments

Zagat Names Trattoria L'incontro #1

According to the Astoria Times' website, the popular Astoria restaurant, Trattoria L'incontro, was named by Zagat as the #1 Italian restaurant in all of New York City. Not a bad honor! Now if they'd just offer a WLA discount...

L’incontro, at 21-76 31st St. in Astoria, ranked highest of all Italian eateries in New York City… Continue

Added by Ran Craycraft on January 8, 2010 at 10:54am — 2 Comments

Seeking Chefs/Cooks for New Comedy Vlog Series!

New York City comedy vlog CollinandGreg.com is casting New York chefs and cooks for their upcoming web series, "Kitchenette Challenge".

The premise: Show the world what kind of culinary concoctions you can create in a 5-foot-long kitchenette.

The catch: You will be given a special ingredient by hosts Collin and Greg to create a delicious meal that they will judge.

The payoff: Free advertising for your restaurant! CollinandGreg.com has a fan base of over 3,000… Continue

Added by collin kornfeind on January 4, 2010 at 9:41pm — No Comments

Places to See Before you Die

Happy New Year Everyone!!

Wishing 2010 to be a promising year for us all.

As mentioned in my last Blog, this year we will be traveling the Globe!!!

Based on the amazing book 1,000 places to see before die - hence the post title.

This book written by Patricia Schultz does not disappoint it is full of amazing wonders, facts and of course places to see.

Besides who does not like to travel?!

I know, I know, you many not want to… Continue

Added by Barb on January 4, 2010 at 8:53am — 2 Comments

Gawker gives Astoria cheap shot

For some reason, five years after after the ban, smoking in bars has been brought back into the media spotlight. Gawker compares some recent editorial while pointing out the City's blind-eye turned on illegal smoking in bars (and gives Astoria a low-blow):

ASTORIA? People don't go out in Astoria. Ha! Yeah, we shouldn't really be too… Continue

Added by Ran Craycraft on January 3, 2010 at 8:30pm — 10 Comments

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