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Astoria Characters: The Street Artist

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Dave spent the summer creating street art.

The colorful cardboard art on the walls is dwarfed by the baby grand piano. Dave Smith, who made the paintings, plays his…


Added by Nancy Ruhling on September 17, 2013 at 12:42pm — No Comments

The Astoria Bookshop is open for business!

Hello book-loving Astorians,

As many of you know already, the Astoria Bookshop opened for business late last month, at 31-29 31st Street, between Broadway & 31st Avenue. We are open Tuesday through Sunday from 11am-7pm, and a bit later on evenings when we have events--like tomorrow (9/17), when we'll be hosting a book signing with local author Sara Polsky for her first novel This Is How I Find Her. You can find lots more information on our website:…


Added by Lexi Beach on September 16, 2013 at 10:12am — No Comments

BYOB in Brief: Navigating Health Insurance Under the Affordable Care Act

Join us for BYOB in Brief, a free series of single information sessions addressing topical issues affecting artists, and designed to compliment QCA’s existing BYOB curriculum. This month Jack Friedman of the Queens Chamber of Commerce and Nadege Noel of Republic Health will…


Added by Queens Council on the Arts on September 9, 2013 at 3:17pm — No Comments

Astoria Characters: The 2 Moms Who Are Up In Arms

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Colette, left, and Jenny of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America.

Colette Conlon and Jenny Lando, moms on a…


Added by Nancy Ruhling on September 10, 2013 at 2:07pm — No Comments

Grant Writing Plus with Melissa Sandor

Wednesday, September 11 and Wednesday, October 2 from 6-8pm

This two-part workshop led by experienced grant writing consultant Melissa Sandor includes a hands-on writing workshop followed by a mock panel review that explores how to create a thorough and successful grant proposal and…


Added by Queens Council on the Arts on September 1, 2013 at 11:00am — No Comments

Astoria Characters: The Squiggler

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Meet The Squiggler.

There ought to be a sign that says, "Watch your head." Instead, what you see straight in front of you -- before you see stars -- when you enter Bill Conroy…


Added by Nancy Ruhling on August 27, 2013 at 8:29am — No Comments

Astoria Characters: The Garage Guy

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Lou owns L&M Auto Service.

In a squeezed-in space the size of an SUV's backseat, Lou Farina is perched on an ancient chair manning the phone.

"It's the red, white…


Added by Nancy Ruhling on August 21, 2013 at 8:00am — No Comments

2014 Queens Arts Fund Grant Workshops

The Queens Arts Fund (QAF) offers grants to Queens-based individual artists and non-profit organizations offering distinctive arts and cultural programming that directly serves the citizens of Queens. The Queens Arts Fund is made possible in part by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Cuomo and the New York State Legislature and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.

2014 Queens Arts Fund applications are…


Added by Queens Council on the Arts on August 20, 2013 at 7:30am — No Comments

Astoria Characters: The World-Grown Woman

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Joan's new passions are knitting and gardening.

On the back patio, on the way to the garden, there's a bowl filled with cat food. Joan Garrison started setting it out for the…


Added by Nancy Ruhling on August 13, 2013 at 8:33am — No Comments

Costa's Plan to Clean Up Our Environment



Worried about all the power plants here in our neighborhood, or the fact that a large chunk of the area now falls in the Hurricane Evacuation Zones? Costa Constantinides was endorsed today by the New York League of Conservation Voters, along with Councilmember Jim Gennaro,…


Added by Nick Widzowski on August 12, 2013 at 2:07pm — No Comments

Astoria is Changing! Is it Better or Worse?

I have  been living  in Astoria over  6 years  now  and  i  love  it . I have  seen  all the  changes that have  happened and  it has mostly happened recently . I am happy  there  is   a  much younger and more hip crowd , more bars and  restaurants , more options   for  young people as far as having  fun, more healthier food  options, better buildings , better  food choices, more  nightlife and just a better overall place  now  for  a younger  crowd.…


Added by steven k on August 13, 2013 at 9:30am — 5 Comments

please dont litter. keep astoria beautiful signage

Not sure if this is a legit DOT sign or someones guerrilla artwork (as theres no DOT markings and its installed really low)

- either way I love it and they need some more of these stuck up around the hood!!

have anymore been seen, first Ive noticed them…


Added by andy bullock on August 13, 2013 at 7:30am — No Comments

Astoria Characters: The Reset Kid

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Mark's new website design company is Fling Design.

It was when Mark Cruz lost everything -- his job, his girlfriend, his grandfather, his band and his faith in…


Added by Nancy Ruhling on August 6, 2013 at 8:44am — No Comments

need a person with a car!

I need to move out of my room on Thursday Aug. 1st. I will only have a couple of black bags full of clothes, 2 small suitcases, 1 plastic container, and few other things but no furniture or huge pieces. Can anyone in astoria or in the surrounding areas with a car drive me to upper manhattan? I'll chip in on gas, pay you some cash, and give you some free movie tickets! :-)

Anyone out there can help me? Any time of the day on Thursday works for me!


Added by kenia c on July 30, 2013 at 8:00pm — 1 Comment

Locate (and avoid) the most cockroach-infested 'hoods in NYC

I was very pleased to read this from the below article & just wanted to share with my fellow Astorians! :-)

"This blogger was relieved to learn that her neighborhood, Williamsburg, had the least sightings of all. Astoria, Brooklyn Heights and Dumbo were also (mostly) mercifully spared."…


Added by Janet Pedersen on July 29, 2013 at 7:30am — No Comments

Our neighborhood is getting trashed.

This is on the corner of 28th avenue and 41st street. It has been like this for almost a month. Our neighborhood is turning into a slum. Shame on the government for letting this happen and shame on the residents who treat the neighborhood like this. Has anyone ever tried to start a beautification group in…


Added by Nick on July 24, 2013 at 12:30pm — 11 Comments

Queens Brewery/Queens Lager

This Wednesday 7/24 Queens Lager, from Queens Brewery to hit, where else? Queens! Be among the first in New York to gulp this amazingly hoppy lager at the following locations:

5 Napkin Burger


Astoria Bier and Cheese

Bistro 33

Blackwater Inn

Bud's Ale House

Cobblestones Pub

The Courtyard Ale House

The Flying Pig

Forest Hills Station House

Havana Dreams



Mosaic Café and Lounge


Sunswick 35/35



Added by Tucker on July 22, 2013 at 1:32pm — 1 Comment

Astoria Characters: The Ice Riders

Photo by Nancy A. Ruhling

Jet, Chelsea and David with their Ice Rider snow-cone mobile.

 When the bell trills, Jet Thomason, a tree-tall Texan, adjusts the cowboy hat that's the color of his…


Added by Nancy Ruhling on July 16, 2013 at 2:34pm — No Comments

Groper Alert

Heads up! A female neighbor here on 44th St. (between 30th ave and 31st ave) was groped by a man around 3 am this morning. Her husband chased him but he got away. Please be careful until this jerk is caught!

Added by Grace Papaseraphim on July 16, 2013 at 9:00am — 1 Comment

Local Dirtbag Grabs 2-year-old from Family and Darts into the Ocean

There's a terrible headline in today's Daily News about an Astorian that grabbed a small child from the sand at Rockaway Beach and ran with him into the surf. Fortunately, the child's uncle was able to catch the kidnapper before any physical harm was done to the child. Nearby police responded and arrested the perpetrator on the scene.

Angel Esteves, 45, of Astoria had been lingering around the child's family camped…


Added by Ran Craycraft on July 15, 2013 at 5:37pm — No Comments



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