June 2011 Blog Posts (69)

Astoria Characters: The Petal Pushers

The sweeping starts with the first blush of spring. In the beginning, its whisper soft.

 Photo by Nancy A. Ruhling…


Added by Nancy Ruhling on June 21, 2011 at 9:30pm — 2 Comments

Local Restaurant Fares Go Straight to Video

While it still may not be socially acceptable to play with your food, the Queens Council on the Arts has deemed it acceptable to film it.


In a clever marketing and advertising ploy, the QCA has created a project called “…


Added by Eileen Thompson on June 21, 2011 at 12:08pm — 1 Comment

Talking with the Ahmad family - TaxIntel on 30th Ave

Photo: Bottom row, middle row then top center: Nafees Ahmad; Nadia Ahmad; Shimin Ahmad; Anila Karki; Nazeef (a cousin of the Ahmads).  In the framed picture: Qazi Ahmad

The Ahmad family owns TaxIntel (formerly Abacus One) on 30th Ave between 33rd and 34th Streets.  When you go into the store you are likely to find at…


Added by Annabel Short on June 19, 2011 at 9:30pm — No Comments

Sing-for-Hope Pop-Up Piano in Astoria Park

Added by Elena Coln on June 19, 2011 at 4:00pm — 2 Comments

Remembering Dads Lost in Astoria's Father's Day Tragedy

Not to put a damper on such a nice day, but this Father's Day, while we think about the dads we have, it's also nice to pay tribute to the dads who are no longer with us, as I'm sure that Father's Day is actually a painful day for many people whose dads were taken from their lives much too…


Added by Eileen Thompson on June 19, 2011 at 11:00am — 1 Comment

WLA7K Party & 2011 WLA Cards

We reached another milestone this week as WLA surpassed 7,000 members. Congratulations to Ettel Edshteyn (that's a real name) for being lucky number 7K. We're putting together a care package of goodies for you now! Shoot me a message for details.


The second bit of news is that 2011 WLA Cards will…


Added by Ran Craycraft on June 18, 2011 at 5:00pm — 6 Comments

A Trip Down the East River: from Long Island City to Wall Street

It finally happened:the East River Ferry is up and running. Living in Astoria, it is easy to forget that we live on the banks of a river. Until this Monday, all I could do to enjoy the river was to do so passively, from a bench or the playground in…


Added by Elena Coln on June 18, 2011 at 12:30am — No Comments

Need a job


   Anyone know of anywhere in Astoria hiring? Im looking for an office type job or a Server job. Ive waited tables for years and I have a masters in education. I appreciate your responses!!!

Added by Steven Williams on June 17, 2011 at 11:27am — 1 Comment

This Weekend In Astoria (6/17/2011)

Big news, guys! By the end of this week, WLA will have reached another milestone: 7,000 Members! That's right -- we're nearly 7,000…


Added by Eileen Thompson on June 17, 2011 at 10:00am — 3 Comments

Preps for Astoria's July 4th Blowout Underway

There ain't nothin' like a good July 4th party, especially when it's in your own backyard.


Astoria knows this, and that's why the Central Astoria Local Development Coalition is almost done putting the finishing touches on this year's local Independence Day Celebration.




Added by Eileen Thompson on June 16, 2011 at 10:00am — No Comments

Wall Street Burgers... in Astoria?

I was walking home from the library last night (by Ditmars and 31st street) when I saw a bright red-orange food truck I had never seen before...


Turns out that this new food truck, which serves burgers in lower Manhattan during the lunch hours, is parking in Astoria in the evenings.  Their menu includes a veggie burger,… Continue

Added by Ali on June 15, 2011 at 12:09pm — 1 Comment

Astoria Characters: The Memory Keeper

On the gleaming coffee table in the surgically spotless living room, there are only three items: a scrapbook, a binder and a pamphlet. They’re lined up like soldiers standing at attention.


Beatrice Frish, a white-haired woman with blue eyes and an ear-to-ear smile who wouldn’t top 5 feet even in stilettos, unfastens the white ribbon of the scrapbook and starts flipping…


Added by Nancy Ruhling on June 14, 2011 at 2:20pm — No Comments

Hockey Players in Astoria?!

Does anyone know of any places to play puck around Astoria? Are there any pickup games in the area?

If not is anyone interested in helping to organize some pickup games?

And can anyone recommend (or just know of any) leagues? Ice or roller?

Added by Anthony on June 14, 2011 at 12:20pm — No Comments

Stay-At-Home-Dads: Unite!

I grew up with a Stay-At-Home Dad. My Pops, an artist by trade, would spend his days watching my sister, brother and I while painting artwork, preparing our meals, cleaning up our messes and babysitting us when my Mom went on business trips -- and this was in the 1980s.


It seems that now,…


Added by Eileen Thompson on June 14, 2011 at 9:00am — 1 Comment

Graffiti / Graphic Artist showcased at L.I.C.K.

KR.ONE opening draws a Krowd. On the North side of Broadway, close to 45th street, an uncharacteristic number of people loitered on the sidewalk in the misty Saturday evening air. The crowd had converged outside of Long Island City Kleaners, whose red awning sports an old-timey logo that might lead one to pass this place off as a mom-and-pop dry cleaning operation. The skate… Continue

Added by Janine on June 13, 2011 at 4:00pm — 1 Comment

SUPER 8 is Thrilling Summer Fun at the Movies

Super 8 is Great Summer Fun

by Janet Lawler

This movie will make you feel like a kid again.

Super 8, the latest movie from director/producer/writer J.J. Abrams is terrific. It literally had us… Continue

Added by Janet on June 13, 2011 at 10:14am — No Comments

Talking with Halim M - Harissa Café

Halim is the owner of Harissa café on 30th Ave between 34th and 35th Streets.   He set Harissa up nine months ago.  In it, he has invested things that he has learned from life so far – in particular from the people around him.

As a boy in Algiers he used to help out in his family’s kitchenware store. …


Added by Annabel Short on June 12, 2011 at 10:30am — 2 Comments

When It Comes to Child Play, Astoria's All Business

Is Astoria really the next Park Slope, I wonder as I watch new apartment buildings rise above private homes and new restaurants spring to life everywhere. Of course, Astoria lacks the architectural charm of Park Slope, but it makes up for what it lacks by offering the feel of a small town and a sense of community. The secret is out, and Astoria is getting more and more popular with recent grads, expats, and young prefessionals. But it is also evolving into a place where young families stay…


Added by Elena Coln on June 11, 2011 at 4:25pm — No Comments

Astoria Musicians Competing for "House Band" Status

In case you haven't heard, Astoria's got some fierce talent. Hundreds of singers, actors, artists, musicians and the like walk among us, and some of them have got some serious chops.


Among some of Astoria's own most talented performers are two people whose bands are competing for some amazing top honors via a contest on (our favorite local rock station) WRXP 101.9FM. It's called the…


Added by Ran Craycraft on June 11, 2011 at 10:00am — No Comments

The World's Most Entertaining Windshield Notes

It's Friday -- time for a frivolous story unrelated to anything in particular! 


Today's selection: The World's Most Entertaining Windshield Notes, as compiled by the folks at…


Added by Eileen Thompson on June 10, 2011 at 2:00pm — 11 Comments

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