Ran Craycraft's Blog – October 2010 Archive (14)

Astoria's Skate Park Not Just for Skates

Recently, pro BMX rider and blogger Joshua "Muffinman" Fuentes hosted Dah Streets Jam! at the new Astoria Skate Park and ESPN was on hand to prove…
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Added by Ran Craycraft on October 29, 2010 at 9:30am — No Comments

This Weekend in Astoria (10/29/10)

Our 3rd Annual Cocktails for the Cure campaign comes to a close this weekend in Astoria. Please show your support for the cause by stopping in any one of our three participating locations and ordering a CftC specialty drink.



You may have noticed a new toolbar at the…

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Added by Ran Craycraft on October 28, 2010 at 6:19pm — No Comments

Steinway Mansion Sale Price Drops 50%...Sort Of



At a recent cocktail reception hosted at the mansion for prospective owners, lifelong resident Michael Halberian announced that the asking price of the mansion has been dropped from $5MM to $2.5MM in an attempt to move the property quickly. Not so fast, after some careful reading, you'll find that they've separated the adjacent two acres of land from the home--selling the land…
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Added by Ran Craycraft on October 27, 2010 at 12:30pm — 6 Comments

This Weekend in Astoria (10/22/10)

You may have noticed the addition of a flashy, new Feedback tab on the left side of every WLA page--feel free to use this tab to pass along any ideas or questions you have about the site.


WLA is happy to introduce our newest contributor, Grace Bella. With a background writing for The NY Post, Flavorpill, and McSweeney's,…
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Added by Ran Craycraft on October 22, 2010 at 12:30pm — No Comments

Daily News Names LIC the City's Next Hot Spot



A day after AM New York called Queens the next Brooklyn, The New York Daily News posted a four page spread today about the sprawling development scene in Long Island City.…


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Added by Ran Craycraft on October 22, 2010 at 9:30am — No Comments

Again, Astoria is the New Brooklyn

There was a huge write-up in yesterday's AM New York about Queens "becoming the new Brooklyn". We've heard it before, but this article points to some historical evidence of Queens' artistic heritage.…


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Added by Ran Craycraft on October 21, 2010 at 12:00pm — 7 Comments

NYC's Most Popular Baby Names of 2009

According to the Office of Vital Statistics, these are the City's most popular names of 2009:



They further break down names by mother's race and reveal some rather peculiar top ten choices by white people (ie: Chana, Chaya, and Moshe). Really?!…



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Added by Ran Craycraft on October 20, 2010 at 1:28pm — 3 Comments

Is Astoria's Rent Too Damn High?

New York gubernatorial candidate, Jimmy McMillan is fast becoming an Internet sensation thanks to his emotion-provoking, address for The Rent is 2 Damn High Party (RDH) earlier in the week.


McMillan faces stiff competition as he's running head-to-head against Manhattan Madam, Kristin Davis, Andrew Cuomo, and Carl Paladino.




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Added by Ran Craycraft on October 20, 2010 at 11:00am — 1 Comment

Skate Park Opens in Astoria

After several months under construction, Astoria Park's skate park opened up this week to much skater appreciation.




The $1.25MM park boasts 21,000 square feet of ramps, rails, and ledges that were custom built for the park thanks…
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Added by Ran Craycraft on October 19, 2010 at 4:00pm — No Comments

Yes, Eva Longoria Rhymes with Astoria

As a promotion for the upcoming MTV Europe music awards, host Eva Longoria filmed this parody rap video.


We're guessing she'll soon have new management.…


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Added by Ran Craycraft on October 18, 2010 at 7:00pm — No Comments

This Weekend in Astoria (10/15/10)

A big thank you to everyone who came out to our brunch fundraiser last weekend, with 50 in attendance, we raised over $1,200 for the American Cancer Society...and meanwhile, gave away A TON of goodies--thanks to our sponsors: DiWine, Ornella,…
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Added by Ran Craycraft on October 15, 2010 at 6:00am — No Comments

This Weekend in Astoria (10/8/10)

New this week, order online at your favorite Astoria restaurants from whyleaveastoria.com. Just look for this icon on restaurant pages and your order will arrive in a flash.



If you're a member of our Astoria Foodies…

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Added by Ran Craycraft on October 8, 2010 at 11:30am — 7 Comments

WLA Food & Drink Writer Profiled by Huffington Post



Be sure to check out Huffington Post's latest issue of Astoria Characters as they highlight none other than our very own Food & Drink writer, Bradley Hawks.…


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Added by Ran Craycraft on October 7, 2010 at 11:00am — 5 Comments

This Weekend in Astoria (10/1/10)

Congratulations on finding the world's best guide to Astoria's weekend action. With showers predicted in your immediate future, we suggest some proper planning.



Reserve your spot today for our upcoming Brunch for the Cure and do your part in the fight against Breast…

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Added by Ran Craycraft on October 1, 2010 at 9:00am — No Comments

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