February 2011 Blog Posts (84)

Free Condom Locator

It's no secret, people travel long and far to collect a cache of the infamous free NYC Condoms distributed by the Department of Health throughout the City. The condoms have been under fire from religious and parents' groups who believe they promote *gasp* premarital sex.


Those in favor of the program (which began in 2008) have often found the lack of distribution to be a bit of a shortcoming.


On Monday (Valentine's Day), the DOH released a…


Added by Ran Craycraft on February 16, 2011 at 3:30pm — 10 Comments

Astoria Missed Connections (2/16/11)

Kicking yourself for not saying hi on the N train? Here's your second chance at love...

Brooklyn Bagel. Broadway and 35th St., Astoria.Around 7:40am (this…

Added by Ran Craycraft on February 16, 2011 at 2:35pm — No Comments

Give Your Dress a 2nd Dance

Give your Dress a

Without the dresses hanging in the back of your closet, disadvantaged girls will not be able to go to the prom.  Their families simply cannot afford the cost of a dress.  So make a dream come true, make a difference, and make room in your closet in time…


Added by Erin on February 14, 2011 at 2:30pm — 10 Comments

I'm Smitten with Astoria- Cream

Growing up, my family was big into sweets. A meal was not complete unless it was followed by something sugary. As I grew, so did my sweet tooth. With many a failed attempt at “detoxing” from the evil substance, I’ve given in. I like sweets and that’s just the way it’s gonna be. My Dad used to tell me- the way to your heart- is through the dessert.


A naughty smile crossed my lips the day I discovered the posh cupcake trend had come to Astoria.…


Added by Lindsay Lopez on February 14, 2011 at 12:00pm — 6 Comments

2 Astoria musicians representing Queens in 'Battle of the Boroughs'

2 Astoria residents: myself & pianist Mary Bopp were selected to perform in the 'Battle of the Boroughs' representing Queens.

On March 4th, 7pm, five acts will be chosen by the audience.

Come listen, party & vote in WNYC Radio's performance space.

Reserve early, limited seating. Please come, support & vote!

$15 ticket includes complimentary drink & snacks 1-866-811-4111 or… Continue

Added by Saw Lady on February 13, 2011 at 10:42am — No Comments

Music I played on soundtrack of award winning movie at Sundance Film festival

Listen (anytime) to the WFMU broadcast of the music from the movie 'Another Earth' (I played on the soundtrack, music by Astoria's Scott Munson): http://www.wfmu.org/playlists/shows/39111

‎'Another Earth' movie page on IMBD mentions my playing on the soundtrack http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1549572/soundtrack

‎'Another Earth' has won the 2011 Alfred P. Sloan… Continue

Added by Saw Lady on February 13, 2011 at 10:39am — No Comments

My Music on the Radio

WTJU Radio will play my EP on Friday, Feb 25th, from 5-7pm EST. Catch it on the radio in Virginia: 91.1FM or listen on line from anywhere: http://www.wtju.net/

Added by Saw Lady on February 13, 2011 at 10:36am — No Comments

A film about me at LES Film Festival

A film about me, which is an episode from 'Playing for Pocket Change' directed by Mark Cersosimo, is playing at the LES Film Festival. It is playing on the 21st (Monday) and 25th (Friday) of February at 7:45
Get your tickets early as seats are limited http://lesfilmfestival.com/films

Added by Saw Lady on February 13, 2011 at 10:32am — No Comments

Valentine's Day Picks

With Valentine's Day just around the corner, seatings are running out. Here are some of our favorite neighborhood picks:


Find out why Astoria voted this place best date spot of 2010.

Prefer staying in? Check out this 3-Course Valentine's to-go for only $15.

Get up close…


Added by Ran Craycraft on February 13, 2011 at 10:32am — 1 Comment

Interview in Brick Underground Magazine about where I live in Astoria

Just came out: Brick Underground NY, a real-estate magazine, posted an interview with me about where I used to live in NYC and Astoria:

Added by Saw Lady on February 13, 2011 at 10:30am — No Comments

This Weekend in Astoria (02/10/11)

To celebrate Valentine's Day, we've put together a couple of exclusive discounts you won't find anywhere else.
First, we recommend picking up a gift for that special someone at one of Astoria's premiere boutiques. They're knocking off $5 for every $20 you spend--not bad. Have a WLA Card from last year? They're still honoring it--save another 10% on top of…

Added by Ran Craycraft on February 10, 2011 at 9:00am — No Comments

New Astoria Tshirts...in Manhattan


An eagle-eyed Astorian spotted this tshirt today in Manhattan on the shelves of the Converse store in SoHo. Though it requires breaking the assumed Queens > Manhattan embargo, we suggest an investment in one of these.


Added by Ran Craycraft on February 9, 2011 at 7:15pm — 6 Comments

Mayor Allocates $360MM to LIC Waterfront Development


The Mayor's office has just announced the award of a $360MM contract for the first phase of a low/middle income housing project in Long Island City to be completed in 2014--and will become NYC's largest housing…


Added by Ran Craycraft on February 9, 2011 at 2:00pm — 9 Comments

Vallone to Mayor: Come to Astoria

The NY Times ran another article today about the Steinway Mansion and the growing need to find a new owner in the wake of Michael Halberian's recent death.…


Added by Ran Craycraft on February 8, 2011 at 5:00pm — No Comments

Free in Astoria (2/08/11)

Looking for a gently used sofa or simply love doo-dads? Take a look at what's free this week in Astoria.

Bar stool, retro looking, excellent…

Added by Ran Craycraft on February 8, 2011 at 4:30pm — No Comments

Underground Restaurant and Lounge Opening This Week in Astoria

Photo: Francine Daveta for Time Out


This week, one of the City's most anticipated openings will be in Astoria. On Thursday, The Astor Room, an upscale Art Deco-inspired restaurant and…


Added by Ran Craycraft on February 8, 2011 at 3:30pm — 6 Comments

Streets Not Plowed, Despite Alternate Side Parking Rules


Anyone with the (mis)fortune of driving in Astoria understands the anxiety felt by the City's strict Alternate Side Parking rules. On many residential streets in Western Queens, drivers who leave their cars parked on the same side of the street for the two days set aside for street cleaning get smacked with a $45 fine.


While alternating sides is arduous for residents who arrive home late or drive infrequently, this rule has some benefits--as it…


Added by Ran Craycraft on February 8, 2011 at 1:00pm — 7 Comments

Melting Snow Reveals XXX Surprise

As the snow begins to melt and our long lost sidewalks are revealed, the surprises beneath the dissipating white death are a soggy mix of train wreck and Christmas morning. Our curious, scavenging eyes have spotted everything from broken umbrellas to solitary gloves with each having their own unique story to tell.


But on a quiet residential stretch of 27th St. between Ditmars and 21st Ave. bordering the east side of St. John's Prep, we found a cache of eye-opening surprises.…


Added by Ran Craycraft on February 8, 2011 at 12:30pm — 7 Comments

Astoria Luxury Condos to be Auctioned This Weekend


25 one and two bedroom condos in the 74-unit East River Tower are set to be auctioned off this weekend with a minimum bid of just $195K.

The auction house, Sheldon Good, & Company will be unloading the units after they failed to sell in their asking prices of $400-900K. The luxury building is located near the intersection of 31st Ave. and Vernon Blvd.--just a block away from…


Added by Ran Craycraft on February 7, 2011 at 4:00pm — 7 Comments

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