February 2012 Blog Posts (63)

Mardi Gras Mania - Astoria Restaurant on CNN

The Louisiana-themed Astoria hotspot, SugarFreak made CNN's food blog, Eatocracy's list of the top places to celebrate Mardi Gras. Stop by tomorrow, Fat Tuesday, for their all-you-can-eat Mardi Gras buffet.

Photo from SugarFreak's …


Added by Ran Craycraft on February 20, 2012 at 12:30pm — 1 Comment

This Weekend In Astoria (2/17/2012)

Top Headlines of the Week:

1 Astorians: Where everyone else thinks we live  Astorians: Where everyone else thinks we live

Added by Ran Craycraft on February 17, 2012 at 11:00am — 1 Comment

Astoria resident to battle for her borough

Photo compliments of Tatiana Kochkareva.

When Astoria resident Tatiana Kochkareva finally got…


Added by Heather Violet on February 16, 2012 at 2:18pm — 1 Comment

Vote: Time Out NY Nominates Astoria's Basil Brick Oven as Best New Pizza

Basil Brick Oven is one of just four nominees for best new pizza in NYC by Time Out New York magazine.  …


Added by Bradley Hawks on February 16, 2012 at 1:03pm — 3 Comments

Tony Q69

Has anyone else seen the letters that the women is putting up along the Q69 bus route. These are funny as hell.

Added by Michael Malik on February 16, 2012 at 11:00am — 4 Comments

Astorians: Where everyone else thinks we live

Yes, we're sick of this meme, too, but it had to be said. Now, die, meme, die.

Added by Ran Craycraft on February 16, 2012 at 10:30am — 20 Comments

Study: Astoria is Full of Dogs & Cats

An interesting study on pet ownership in NYC was recently published by the economists at StatsBee, a column in the NYC Economic Development Corporation blog.

The study found that there are approximately 1.1 million dog and cat pets in NYC--equating to one pet in every three (33%) households. This is understandably far below the national average of 60%.

However, as the below graphic shows, Astoria is among the City's most pet-populated…


Added by Ran Craycraft on February 16, 2012 at 9:00am — 6 Comments

Video of the Sewers Below Astoria

Photo of the Astoria underground from Undercity.org

Urban explorer, Steve Duncan made a recent visit into the sewers beneath Astoria Park. Take a look:…


Added by Ran Craycraft on February 16, 2012 at 7:30am — 2 Comments

Comedy Newscast Taped Right Here in Astoria

Right here, in the heart of Astoria, I started the SNM (Social News Media) Network: a weekly comedy web/newscast which covers real news stories by using status updates and tweets as "reporting."

I cannot properly express how excited I am about this project, how much it has already taken off and the limitless…


Added by Colin Cosell on February 15, 2012 at 11:00am — No Comments

Astoria Characters: The Fake Flowers

Photo by Nancy A. Ruhling

In Astoria, the iris blooms in autumn and winter, too.

I moved to Astoria on a February day, when the daffodils were in full bloom and the snow was on…


Added by Nancy Ruhling on February 14, 2012 at 3:10pm — 4 Comments

Astoria is Back on American Idol's Stage

After an impressive 4th place finish in Season 9 by Big Mike Lynche, two Astorians are back on the stage this season. Creighton Fraker and Dilia Jelen both secured golden tickets to Hollywood Week on American Idol. Stay tuned for more updates as Creighton and Dilia's journeys unfold. Go Astoria!…


Added by Ran Craycraft on February 14, 2012 at 1:00pm — No Comments

A Romantic Valentine's Day in Queens Without Reservations

It's easy to get caught up in today's pseudo-holiday hoopla and buy into overpriced, over-crowded, Manhattan hotspots for an ironic dinner for two. Here are a few pointers for a night out that she'll dig and won't pinch your pocket.

Most of Astoria's top restaurants are doing a pre-fixe and/or reservations. If you don't have a reservation by now, we recommend selecting a place a little under the radar for a unique dinner to remember.



Added by Ran Craycraft on February 14, 2012 at 12:00pm — No Comments

Live Jazz, Originals & World Music with NICK RUSSO + friends Wednesdays at The Blvd

NICK RUSSO + friends Wednesdays

playing live jazz, originals & world music at:

The Blvd

35-03 Ditmars Blvd.

Astoria, NY 11105


8:30pm until 12am or 12:30am +

Feb 15th:

Vocalist/composer, Miles Grifffith http://www.milesgriffithmusic.com/

Bassist, Matt Clohesy, http://www.mattclohesy.com/

Drummer, Willard Dyson…


Added by Nick Russo on February 14, 2012 at 3:39am — No Comments

February Queens Swap

The next Queens Swap is scheduled for Sunday, February 19, from 4-6:30pm. We'll be at Sweet Afton this time, which as you know has a beautiful space and delicious food. It should be a really fun time here in Astoria, swapping food, socializing, networking, and…


Added by Meg on February 13, 2012 at 3:27pm — No Comments

GIve Your Dress A 2nd Dance!

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


Added by Erin on February 13, 2012 at 2:44pm — No Comments

Why, 114th Precinct? Why?

Editor's Note: this piece has been heavily edited for grammar and readability. No subjective content was added or removed. We've retained the original version at the bottom of this post. Further, please remember, this is a blog contributed by a member of our community, not the viewpoint of anyone at WLA.

I want to start off by saying that I respect the members of the NYPD, and the men and women who…


Added by Michael Malik on February 13, 2012 at 1:30pm — 17 Comments

Astoria Thesis - one year later

Hi all,

A year ago I wrote a thesis on Astorians.net and WLA. I passed the class but heard nothing from my professors, so was less than confident in it. (Also, I wanted their comments to clean it up before I showed it to anyone).

My co worker, who recently enrolled in my same program, said my thesis was used as an example of what kind of thesis they would want to write. Very honored - and very conscious that I never shared the final product with those of you who generously…


Added by Tam on February 10, 2012 at 8:30am — 3 Comments

16 Handles is Now Open

16 Handles on 30th ave is now open. They're ultra friendly, and unlike most of the other 16 Handles in the city, they let you get your own samples! Nice!

Added by Stephen P. on February 9, 2012 at 10:00pm — 1 Comment

Sharam @ District 36 this Saturday - Feb 12th 2012

Here's a production I put together for Grammy award winning house DJ and producer Sharam.  The footage is from the Virgin Mobile FreeFest Festival in Columbia, MD.   Come check out his performance this Saturday at District 36.  

Thanks for watching.  


District 36

29 West 36th Street…

Added by samio on February 9, 2012 at 7:30pm — No Comments

This Weekend In Astoria (2/10/2012)

Top Headlines of the Week:

1 Mount Sinai Hospital is a Joke  Mount Sinai Hospital is a Joke…

Added by Ran Craycraft on February 9, 2012 at 6:00pm — No Comments

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