July 2011 Blog Posts (76)

Talking with Dr Markouizos, pediatrician

You can get a sense of how busy Dr Demetrios Markouizos’ practice will be by the number of strollers out in the hallway.

Dr Markouizos has practiced as a pediatrician in Astoria for almost 25 years.  He was inspired to become one by the pediatricians who took care of him as a child, first in Greece and then growing up in Brooklyn. …


Added by Annabel Short on July 17, 2011 at 9:40pm — 1 Comment

Local Strip Club Under Federal Investigation

Photo: John Taggart for the Daily News


Today's Daily News features…


Added by Ran Craycraft on July 17, 2011 at 10:00am — No Comments

Why I love my hood, Astoria

[Photo Credit: Petra Hanson, Gothamist…


Added by Tyrone Noonan on July 15, 2011 at 8:00pm — 14 Comments

This Week's Best (& Worst) Restaurants in Astoria

As judged by the NYC Department of Health.


These spots have few or no violations in their most recent inspection:

Worthy of note: Crave, Rizzo's, Dillingers, Red Mango,…


Added by Ran Craycraft on July 15, 2011 at 6:30pm — 8 Comments

Astoria Park

Has anyone else been noticing the sad state of our Astoria Park?  Seems the trash cans are always overflowing and smelling, trash in general everywhere, and never mind the never ending land minds of dog feces....and what is up with the weeds and endless battle to keep the grass mowed....

What is going on…


Added by Allison Gaffney on July 15, 2011 at 2:30pm — 22 Comments

Magic in Her Hands


Shalini Heer is a successful small business owner in Astoria. Her skills and artistry have led her to a storefront in Astoria. This is where she runs a threading salon named after her daughter Pari meaning, “Angel”.


Growing up in the beautiful mountain town of Shimla (H.P) in India,…


Added by Michelle Chiekin on July 15, 2011 at 1:04pm — No Comments

An Autotune Astoria Pizza Party

Check out this uber cheesey music video from Joe Pepe of Illimanjaro confessing his autotuned love of slices.

Added by Ran Craycraft on July 15, 2011 at 1:00pm — 6 Comments

This Weekend In Astoria (7/15/2011)

Did you miss your chance to buy a WLA card at the WLA 7K party last Saturday? Lucky for you, we're offering them exclusively at Bugatti this weekend. Head on over and get one for just $5! And while you're there, use your…


Added by Eileen Thompson on July 15, 2011 at 10:30am — 6 Comments

What's Thai for Brunch?

Hello Fellow Brunch-o-philes,

I trust everyone had a lovely 4th of July weekend.  The Brunch Bunch decided to go for a non-American brunch.  Mostly, because the Red Queen wanted to eat outdoors... and then it rained.  Such is life.  It was a good thing that I decided to check out Leng Tai, though (http://lengthainewyork.com/). …


Added by Mark Killian on July 14, 2011 at 8:11pm — No Comments

Astoria Photog Wins Top Prize in Times Square Picture Contest

One of Astoria's own has been crowned one of the best photographers in the five boroughs.


[Photo Credit: The Daily News]


Fallon Chan beat out over…


Added by Eileen Thompson on July 14, 2011 at 10:30am — 2 Comments

Astoria Park Carnival Gets a Music Video

Astorian, Jodi Jett performs her new hit song, Astoria Park Carnival.

Added by Ran Craycraft on July 13, 2011 at 5:35pm — 1 Comment

Kittens Need a Home

My name is Christine and I've been rescuing pets for as long as I can remember. All my rescues have been taken out of kill shelters. I started rescuing because the number of animals ending up in the shelters grew at an alarming rate and something had to be done. Atleast when I take a dog or cat into my home, that's one less in the shelter system and one less that will be put to sleep. These animals have no voice and we need to step up and do…


Added by Eileen Thompson on July 12, 2011 at 3:30pm — No Comments

Astoria Characters: The Meetup Master


Photo by Nancy A. Ruhling

James DeSoucey, aka Mr. D, is a people person…


Added by Nancy Ruhling on July 12, 2011 at 3:00pm — No Comments

Perhaps Why 1-800-DENTIST Exists


I don’t really know where to begin in describing this Astoria storefront that me and friends stumbled upon on our way home from…


Added by Jacqueline van Biene on July 12, 2011 at 9:30am — 2 Comments

Parents: Free summer theater performance program for 8-13 y/o - Auditions, 7/30

What are your kids doing this summer? Check out Astoria Performing Arts Center's FREE summer performance program for Queens Kids between 8 - 13 years old.


For the ninth year, APAC's summer performance program for kids, …

Added by Dave Charest on July 11, 2011 at 10:45am — No Comments

A Saturday morning ride and the Tour de Queens with the Astoria Bike Group!




This past weekend was a…


Added by Christopher on July 11, 2011 at 12:00am — 3 Comments

LIC Performance Showcased in Sunday's New York Times

Photo credit: Brian Harkin for The New York Times

Over the weekend, British musician Sbtrkt stole the show at LIC's P.S.1. after a 48-hour whirlwind tour of eastern North America. Read more about his adventure in…


Added by Ran Craycraft on July 10, 2011 at 10:30pm — No Comments

37 Musical Saw Players coming to Astoria this Saturday

Astoria is once again the pilgrimage spot for musical saw players from all over the world.

Read about it in this week's 'Astoria Times'



Time Out NY…


Added by Saw Lady on July 10, 2011 at 5:49pm — No Comments

dinner at William Hallet


After I heard that William Hallet had recently opened, I was eagerly looking forward to a chance go visit. So on Saturday night, a few friends and I planned to meet there for dinner.

Michelle and I arrived just before 9pm, and all the tables were filled, so we sat at the bar to await the arrival of the rest of our party while we admired…


Added by Ali on July 10, 2011 at 4:00pm — 5 Comments

The Post Tests Water at Astoria Pool and the Gansevoort

A biochemist from Water Test America recently visited several pools around the City pocketing a vial of water at each. The results could surprise you.


One of the City's most glamorous rooftop pools, the Gansevoort (which charges $300/day to use their facilities) recently tested positive for coliform--indicating the possibility of fecal matter. However, the Astoria pool (free to use) was…


Added by Ran Craycraft on July 10, 2011 at 11:00am — 4 Comments

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