Archive for June, 2008

Summer in the City- bike, walk, eat: 2 neighborhood tours

Posted on June 19, 2008. Filed under: Bike Journeys in Queens, Entertainment, LIC, Off the beaten path |

Summer weather is finally here and there are so many things to do when the sun is shining. Take advantage of the longer days in and around Queens with these summer outings.

Bike or walk from LIC to Greenpoint and explore what two fantastic neighborhoods have to offer- just minutes away from eachother:


First Stop– Get yourself a nice cool drink at  LIC bar or Dominie’s Hoek both on Vernon Blvd just steps away- enjoy the large outdoor patio area and sip some refreshing beers on tap. The neighborhood crowd is usually easy-going at these two local bars and the service is friendly.

Second Stop- Now that you’ve cooled off enjoy some culture at Dean Project Art Gallery ( 45-43 21st Street Long Island City, NY 11101 718-706- 1462) .  This month’s exhibition- Cringe- features live performance works like Asshole that will make you…well, cringe. Some audience participation required!

2.) WALK OR BIKE JOURNEY–LIC to Greenpoint via the Pulaski Bridge–(Map)

First Stop- LIC The Creek and the Cave  (10-93 Jackson Ave 718-706-8783) This is more than just a bar- they have an outdoor patio and entertainment like music, comedy and theater.  Get a drink here and sit outside- then head over to Brooklyn for an American Nuveau dinner…

Continue by foot or wheels over the Pulaski Bridge. There is a pedestrian friendly walkway and it takes about 15-20 minutes (walking) to cross the bridge into our neighboring boro- Greenpoint- once you’re off of the bridge- go three blocks until you hit Eagle Street. This is a quiet- unscathed by the hipsters- tree-lined street. Continue on Eagle Street then take a left on West Street- keep going until you hit Greenpoint Avenue- between West and Franklin there is a little jem of an eatery called Paloma.

Second Stop- Hungry? Paloma (60 Greenpoint Ave) is a sure bet for tasty inventive American entrees- at half the price you will pay in Manhattan ($7-$14). Camille Becerra- a former contestant on Top Chef- is Paloma’s executive chef. Take advantage of the outdoor sidewalk seating or come inside to enjoy the ultra modern decor. The food menu and extensive cocktail list at this restaurant are creative but not overly ambitious. Some of our favorites are Parmesean Encrusted Pollock dish with cous cous and herbs and the Stuffed Poblano Pepper with pumpkin and chedder entree . Cool off with one of the many delicious cocktails like a Pink Lemonade or La Paloma- refreshing and manly enough for the guys to drink. Be sure to check out the cool bathrooms and get dessert- even if you are full.If you are too tired to walk back to Queens you can always take the bus B61

Second Stop #2– Don’t you like those alternative ending storybooks? If you’re not hungry, or on a budget you can always bypass Greenpoint Ave and keep going down West St until you hit the mega furniture warehouse- From The Source (69 West St) . This giant showroom houses custom made indonesian furniture and it doesn’t cost a cent to peruse the warehouse. There are tons of uniquely made wooden furniture pieces to gander just for the sake of it.

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Made in Queens Crafts

Posted on June 10, 2008. Filed under: Astoria, Entertainment, LIC, Off the beaten path |

The Astoria Arts and Crafts Market #10 held every year in astoria may be a small affair, but it’s well worth the visit. If you are crafty or just enjoy crafty things made by locals, then this is a place to check out. The selection is different every year. This year there were endearing art pieces like water colors, crochet scarves, Judaica wall art, soaps, needle point artwork…here are a couple of articles that stuck out…

Uniquely Yours- Handmade by Paola are top-notch homemade cards, scrapbooks, gift boxes and coasters. Paolo’s cards are quite impressive, with colorful detail and unique designs for only $3. They come in all different shapes and sizes, without those corny hallmark greetings. Instead she uses brief but heartfelt messages. You can also get blank cards and make up your own message. Her “star” scrapbooks run about $20 and are available for all occasions- or none at all. The unusual  star shape is a clever design created for optimal display. Ask for more visuals of her work at Paolo’s page on scrapbook meetup

Janie Liu- Handmade Jewelry Janie’s jewelry is unique and nicely priced. It’s classy and fashionable without being overly trendy or gaudy. Check out her earrings, necklaces and bracelets online at etsy

Want to get crafty in your area of queens? Check out these craft groups in Foresthills, and all over

Ciara Elend makes LIC chocolate, I-Heart-Queens bags and Ts and her stuff is sold online and at Art-o-mat in LIC

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Crafts, Fashion show at Cavo and a Bistro33 BBQ

Posted on June 3, 2008. Filed under: Astoria, Entertainment, Off the beaten path |

Astoria Fashion show at Cavo Wednesday June 4th- featuring wears from Candy Plum, Kristees and more!

Wednesday June 4th at 8:30pm- free admission- Cavo (42-18 31st Ave 718-721-2299)

Lil’ Bistro 33 celebrates its one year anniversary in Astoria with a neighborhood BBQ

Thursday June 5th 6pm-9pm at Bistro 33 1933 Ditmars BLVD in Astoria- 718-721-1933 Serving BBQ and a full sushi bar

 ARTS & CRAFTS Market #10

Sunday – June 8 –  11 AM – 6  PM 


Original Paintings, jewelry, soaps, clothing, candles, wood and metalwork, Judaica, crochet,-ALL HANDMADE--NOT SOLD IN STORES-FREE ADMISSION, $50 cash  prize Between  Crescent St and 21 St, 34th Avenue and 33rd Road in Community Room 14 For Info: call Georgie at 718-721-4037




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