June 2011 Blog Posts (73)

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

African Refugees Find a Home on an Astoria Rooftop

[Photo credit: Linda Rosier/News]


The Daily News published a story today about a group of African refugees who are interning at Astoria/LIC's Brooklyn Grange rooftop…


Added by Ran Craycraft on June 10, 2011 at 10:42am — 1 Comment

This Weekend In Astoria (6/10/2011)

You know what's awesome about the weekend? Everything, especially when there's so much stuff to do and so much to choose from. Case in point:





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

Reinventing the Wheel: Bike Master Plan keeps city busy, but Astoria lanes still sparse.

Those who can remember learning to ride a bike as a kid might compare the experience to that of learning to drive as a teen. A shocking sense of freedom rolls over you the moment those training wheels finally come off and you slowly pedal out of your parents' clutches. Many of us indoctrinated drivers have long since retired our bicycles in favor of the motor vehicle. In recent years, however, more… Continue

Added by Janine on June 10, 2011 at 8:00am — 7 Comments

Astoria Park Goes Wireless


Today, Mayor Bloomberg announced that Astoria Park will be one of the 20 that NYC and AT&T will provide free wireless Internet. The service will go into effect this summer and will…


Added by Ran Craycraft on June 9, 2011 at 5:43pm — 2 Comments

Queens Prez Helen Marshall: Weiner's in a Pickle

It doesn't help to have friends in high places if those friends don't back you up when you do something as stupid as Weiner did. To be fair, a lot of those "friends" probably think he's a jerk behind closed doors (just like most other New York Congresspeople -- a sentiment allegedly has nothing to do with this…


Added by Eileen Thompson on June 9, 2011 at 2:30pm — No Comments

Guy Crashes Multiple Times To Make Point About NYPD Ticketing Bicyclists

For all of you bike riders, bike lane supporters or haters.


Casey Neistat was fined by the NYPD as part of a recent bicyclist dragnet, getting dinged $50 for not riding in the bike lane. He tried to tell the cop that sometimes the bike lane isn't safe but the officer wasn't having any of it. So Casey…


Added by TomGunner on June 9, 2011 at 12:30pm — 11 Comments

Some Dining (and Some Whining) at Winegasm

Hello Fellow Brunch-o-philes,

Looks like summer has finally come over to smack us in the face.  Thankfully, this previous weekend had gorgeous weather, as we were able to sit in the big, open windows at Winegasm (…


Added by Mark Killian on June 8, 2011 at 7:00pm — 7 Comments

Borat in Astoria Today

Borat star, Sascha Baren Cohen is filming a new movie called The Dictator today in Astoria. A little birdie told us they're scheduled to shoot around 41st St between 25th Ave and Astoria Blvd. Has anyone caught a glimpse of the set?


From slashfilm.com:

Sacha Baron Cohen will indeed …


Added by Ran Craycraft on June 8, 2011 at 2:30pm — 4 Comments

Last Night's Sunset

My day always ends on a high note...if there is photography involved! It is my passion.

Yesterday, we moved our dance classes to the Sol Dance Center on Steinway. I parked on 30th Avenue, infront of Canz-a-City.

Left the studio about 8:15pm. While in my car, I happened to look up and this is what I saw. I had the biggest grin.. The Sun was this…


Added by DPixel on June 8, 2011 at 8:30am — 5 Comments

ASTORIA EVENT! 6/18 mini-festival at Hell Gate Social - art, film, music, vendors part of Queens Art Express

A Summer Night's Dream is a FREE mini-festival as part of Queens Council on the Arts' Queens Art Express featuring art, film, music & vendors for one night at Hell Gate Social in Astoria, Queens!

Celebrate the beginning of Summer and the diverse talent of our borough with:

* Film Shorts (curated by Michael C. Freeland, with the premiere of Michael Hall's "Lost Hero") & a variety of local Vendors beginning at 7pm



Added by audrey on June 7, 2011 at 2:30pm — No Comments

Astoria Characters: The On-the-Ball Pool Player

Who’s that guy? The one at the back of the pool hall. See him? You can’t miss him. He’s the big dude, the one with the scary scorpion inked on his arm and the spiky porcupine hair the color of the 8 ball he just sent flying across the felt like a meteor.…


Added by Nancy Ruhling on June 7, 2011 at 12:00pm — No Comments

What a Weiner...

womp womp womp...

Most of you have probably heard today's breaking news regarding Congressman Weiner's dramatic "confession." I was forced to stare at his face for about an hour while EVERY SINGLE TELEVISION at my gym played and replayed this afternoon's press conference. Weiner admitted that he sent the undie-pic, privately, to a woman in Seattle "as part of a joke." The humor ran dry… Continue

Added by Janine on June 6, 2011 at 8:00pm — 11 Comments

50% Off Summer Sale on Invisalign

Park Dental Care announced a 50% off sale today on Invisalign invisible braces. The sale discounts the total to $3900 and runs through Labor Day.

Added by Ran Craycraft on June 6, 2011 at 12:47pm — No Comments

Can landlords get any shittier?

So two friends of mine looked at a place they liked, signed a lease, the move in date comes and goes, and the current resident never left. a month later they go somewhere else. the problem? the landlord wants to keep the deposit!

Seriously? like really? how much more of a piece of shit can you be? he even… Continue

Added by Darren Levine on June 6, 2011 at 10:00am — 12 Comments

Soccer Fever Set to Sweep Astoria Tuesday

If you haven't heard, Astoria is about to go crazy Tuesday.


Our little neighborhood, filled with hundreds of Greeks and Ecuadorians, is about to become ground zero for those countries' soccer fans, who'll no doubt be watching the big match between Greece's and Ecuador's national football teams.


That is, if they're not attending the game, which will be played in Citifield -- the…


Added by Eileen Thompson on June 6, 2011 at 9:30am — 2 Comments

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