Archive for December, 2008

What You Want in 2009

Posted on December 30, 2008. Filed under: Entertainment |

Testing 1…2…3…testing…. The 2009 New Year will mark the one year anniversary of Local718. I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I enjoy exploring new places and writing about them. Local718 strives to print diverse content that reflects the likes of the Queens community. With many trials and even more errors- the readers poll is finally here (to your right). Please take a moment to tell me what you like and want to see  in the blog in the coming year. If you have any suggestions, comments and contributions are welcome. Thanks for reading and cheers to another year!
C. Smith

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Queens New Year:The Fleshtones, Bistro33 Dinner, and more

Posted on December 30, 2008. Filed under: Astoria, LIC, Music & Dance |

For those of you celebrating the New Year in your favorite boro’, here are a few things that are going on.

LIC Bar (LIC Bar – 45-58 Vernon Blvd, Long Island City, NY 11101 – 718-786-5400)- Watch a live performance by garage/rock/R&B band the Fleshtones tickets- $30.

Bistro33 in Astoria has a 9 course tasting menu- here are some menu highlights:“Celebrate the New Year at Bistro 33 Our Food & Wine party at 9:30 pm Enjoy a 9 course tasting menu with wine and sake pairingsFood & Wine Party menu, Begin with a glass of sparkling sake-Shiraae with tofu sauceSumashijiru ,Hamachi  Trio, Uni Chuwan Mushi,Maine sea urchin egg custard, black tobiko, sweet wasabi soy-Shellfish Trio, Black Pork Belly, Beef Tataki,Venison Wellington & Dessert Trio ,Champagne toast at midnight $75-Call for reservations-718-721-1933″

Check out Cavo Lounge and dance all night while eating great seafood- or head there January 1st to ring in the new year with live flamenco dancing.
Hell Gate Social (12-21 Astoria Blvd | Astoria, NY 11102 | (718) 204-8313)- The eclectic punk rock bar in Astoria features a Beastie Boys cover band for free! 10pm
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Nutcracker in Queens

Posted on December 23, 2008. Filed under: Entertainment, Flushing/Corona, Music & Dance |

We all remember the fairies and snowflakes as they danced their ways into our hearts and heads during the holiday season. Now you don’t have to pay a fortune to see them- in Queens. After all that holiday spending is done, bring your little ones to the Flushing Queens Theater in the Park (Flushing Meadows Corona Park – Corona, NY 11368 Box Office 718.760.0064) to see the Nutcracker Ballet December 29th for only $12.

“The young – and the young at heart – will delight to the magic and wonder of this classic holiday treat, specially conceived for children by NYC’s own Ballet for Young Audiences. A perennial favorite!”

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Flushing Food in Roosevelt Food Court

Posted on December 21, 2008. Filed under: Chinese, Flushing/Corona |

The opening of the Roosevelt Food Court (Pan Asian Cuisine- Chinese, Indian, etc) has been all the buzz lately. Eating in Translation Guy ate there a few weeks ago, Jamie Oliver has even been there- I can’t say I’ve been, but I can’t wait to go! 


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Queens things to do, buy, see, eat, read…

Posted on December 19, 2008. Filed under: Astoria, Entertainment, Shopping |

SEE- If you’re looking for that special gift for that special someone who loves Queens just as much as we do- may I suggest  A Walk Through Queens– This 90 minute dvd  produced by WNET/13 PBS- takes you on a tour of Astoria, Jackson Heights, Corona, Flushing Meadows and more. Your hosts guide you through the sites, eats and cultures of all the neighborhoods in Queens- by foot.

READ- In the “news”– Check out AMNY lovely profile of Sunnyside as they take you on an exploratory mission in one of the most diverse communities. They will show you where to hangout, eat, play, live and shop.


Cavo Lounge– Spend Christmas and New Years Eve at Cavo’s gigantic restaurant/bar/lounge in Astoria. Listen to live music, eat and drink December 25th and ring in the New Year- get a four course prixe fix dinner $99- or just go and hang out $50. Reservations required 718-721-1001, 42-18 31st Avenue Astoria

Astoria Boutiques, Saturday December 20th-

Kristees & Crescent & Vine get together for a trunk sale– “Designer Holiday Trunk Show on Saturday, December 20th featuring “Crescent & Vine” Refreshments!-When you stop in this Saturday you will enjoy refreshments by our favorite local hangout “Crescent & Vine.” 

Candy Plum Trunk Sale– Shop for your girlfriend or for yourself this weekend at Candy Plum Trunk Sale- “2 For 1 Christmas Special Saturday, December 20, First Floor Down AND Nicole Rae Styer Trunk Sale2:00pm – 4:00pm”


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Sago Tea Cafe Flushing New York

Posted on December 14, 2008. Filed under: Chinese, Coffee/Tea Shop, Flushing/Corona |

Ginger Tea at Sago

Sago Tea Cafe (corner of Main & 39th Avenue. Flushing, NY 10038. Tel: 718-353-2899) is not just a standard teenage hangout. Its trendy atmosphere with multi colored hanging lamps is a great place to gather with friends. You can also stroll up to the take-out window and get tea to-go.  Sago offers a large slection of flavored hot and cold and bubble teas. Flavors like mango, green and black teas,  peach and ginger. My favorite is the hot ginger tea with milk–  with real bits of ginger it is a delectable marraige of spicy and sweet taste . Sago has inexpensive small plates like dumplings that are average in taste, but you really go for the tea. Though crowded at times this place is full of energy and even better to visit during the colder months.


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Bistro 33 New Menu

Posted on December 8, 2008. Filed under: Astoria, French, Japanese, LIC, Pan Asian, Pan European |

Astoria’s beloved Bistro33 is now open from a holiday break and showing off their new menu-you have to eat there to see it, but here are some highlights(Bistro33 1933 Ditmars BlvdLong Island City, NY 11105, (718) 721-1933)

The weather outside may be frightening, but we have some news to warm you up this season…
New Menu! 
Our winter menu is now available
New Nightly Specials! 


Welcome to Wine Wednesdays  
Join us for dinner and every second glass of wine is on us! 
A great way to try the new wines on our list


Tuesdays are still 2-for-$10 nights
 with many of our small plates, sushi, wine and beer in any combination just 2 for $10
See you soon!
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Weekend- LIC Art Calendar, Indie Indian Music, & Moving Images

Posted on December 6, 2008. Filed under: Astoria, Entertainment, Flushing/Corona, Free, LIC |

Here are some Queens weekend highlights:

20070706_falu_bFalu Indian/Indie rock at Flushing Town Hall Sunday December 7th 2pm FREE– She’s from Bombay- part indie rock, part Bollywood, part classical…her music is unique even in today’s world. Take a listen on her website– hear her rendition of the classic Bollywood song Dum Maro Dum or a more contemporary piece called Same Rainrock with Indian influences slightly reminiscent of Asha Bohsle… mixed with Monsoon Wedding and guitar rock. After Falu…



100_0635Head over to Long Island City for the opening reception of the 2009 Art-o-Mat gallery calendar Sunday 7-10 at Domaine Bar 50-04 Vernon Blvd LIC #7 Vernon/Jackson… and for  a calendar sneak peek see LIQCity… to your right  you will see December.

Saturday night see the fight at No Partners on Broadway-(21st Ave & 29th Street near Ditmars)  Astoria’s local dive bar. Prop yourself up on the bright red stools, play some pool and mingle with the locals while you watch De La Hoya vs Pacquiao in the fight of the year…


Museum of the Moving Image may have moved (temporarily) while undergoing massive additions and reconstruction, but the Behind the Screen exhibition is still open in the LIC/Astoria location- and you can see it for free.

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