Archive for October, 2009

A Living Landmark in Astoria

Posted on October 30, 2009. Filed under: Astoria, LIC | Tags: , , , |

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Astoria's Living Landmark- George Kaufman

This is one landmark that will be hard to follow. Astoria’s own George Kaufman (founder of Kaufman Astoria Studios) will become an official living landmark next Wednesday Nov 4th, representing “the best of New York in talent, philanthropy and spirit”. With the recent publicity regarding the success of the Frank Sinatra School for the Arts it’s great to share a borough with such a distinguished presence.

NY,NY : On Wednesday, November 4th The New York Landmarks Conservancy will bestow its distinguished “Living Landmarks” award to six outstanding individuals for their contributions to New York at Cipriani 42nd Street at 7pm. This year’s distinguished recipients include the legendary New York County District Attorney Robert Morgenthau; Tony-Award winning prolific theatre man, Tommy Tune; the Italian Baroness and renowned philanthropist, Baroness Mariuccia-Marimo; noted playwright, author, screenwriter and “Newman’s Own” co-creator, A.E. Hotchner; real estate developer and film studio chief, George Kaufman; and renowned New York Times fashion photographer Bill Cunningham.

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Gay Friendly Bar Takes Fashion Tips from Imelda Marcos

Posted on October 30, 2009. Filed under: Astoria, Gay Bars, Great for Singles, Off the beaten path | Tags: , , , |

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The Pink Juggler Martini at Mix Lounge

Mix is the latest addition to the gay friendly bar scene in Astoria. With Lavish Lounge and Albatross as old standbys, Mix offers a new kind of scene that draws straight, gay, drag and shoe lovers citywide. With inventive cocktails and martinis created by the bartender himself- like the Astoria Queer, Fuzzy Ass and Pink Juggler (photo left) this place has simply Divine taste. With flaming red decor, antique couches, lazar lights and a bra in a birdcage- Mix is a sensory overload. The owner’s sense of humor and campiness touches every inch of the bar- transforming an ordinary space into a haven for flamboyant expression. The lady’s room, labeled “Imelda” has shoes nailed to the ceiling, an homage to Miss Marcos‘s extensive shoe collection. There are also two toilet paper dispensers- what a great idea!

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Shoes Nailed to the Ladies Room Ceiling at Mix

I found that this place is fun, friendly and festive no matter your what lifestyle is. Even if there is nothing particular going on (the weekday nights seem to be more mellow than the weekend) there is enough general amusement in the atmosphere to keep you entertained. The drinks aren’t cheap- $10 for mixed drinks, but it’s worth it to try one of the fruity concoctions if only just once. There are also beers on tap. The bartender is down to earth and welcoming to all types of customers. There are plenty of promising up-coming events at Mix. They will soon be offering a brunch menu, singles events, drag shows and DJs on the weekends. This place puts the Queen back into Queens. There is a rumor that this place is the next best thing… but that’s just a rumor. Or is it?

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Calling all Queens Artists! LIC Artist Workshop

Posted on October 29, 2009. Filed under: Art, Entertainment, Free, LIC | Tags: , |

159Queens Council on the Arts is hosting a very creative event. Artists and entrepreneurs unite in this one day workshop next Saturday, Nov 7th. It is free to attend, but a donation is highly appreciated. Meet and mingle with other like-minded inspiring locals and share tips on “professional development, grants, and venues.”

Who? This citywide networking event brings together artists from all disciplines, 15+ Art Service Organizations and 5+ D.I.Y. Artrepreneur Speed Consultants to share information on professional development, grants, venues and the business of art.

Where? United Nations Federal Credit Union, 24-01 44th Road, Long Island City

When? Saturday, November 7, 2009, 2pm to 5pm

(photo of artists mingling- courtesy of QCA)


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ING New York City Marathon- Watch it in Queens

Posted on October 29, 2009. Filed under: Greenpoint, LIC, NYC Marathon | Tags: , |

Get ready, set, go! November 1st marks the annual ING New York City Marathon. The runners will hit the 13th mile through Greenpoint Brooklyn into Long Island City on Vernon Boulevard. Here is the route map. Put on your best sneakers and make your way to Long Island City (7 train to Vernon Bvd stop) to cheer on all of the runners (either fast or slow). They should be trickling into the neighborhood around 10am until 1pm.

Here are some places on the runners’ route in LIC & Greenpoint where you can fuel up when you watch:

L haus (11-02 49TH Ave LIC) This new condominium in LIC is hosting a Rooftop Viewing Marathon Party. Even if you’ve never before set foot in a luxury condo (like me) – this is your one chance to watch the marathon from a birds eye view. 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM

Dorian Cafe (1001 Vernon Blvd) They open early and supply cheap homestyle meals to gobble while you watch.

Bricktown Bagels– (51-06 Vernon Blvd) Although slightly off route- this place makes great bagels and coffee (try their new french toast flavor) to grab while on the go, so you can munch while cheering. They also have free wi-fi so you can get up-to-the-minute tweets on the marathon.

Communitea– (47-02 Vernon Blvd) This “Gossip Girl” cafe allows for prime viewing space. They have organic pastries, tasty panino sandwiches, tea and fantastic coffee.

Lomzynianka– Polish Cuisine (646 Manhattan Ave Greenpoint Brooklyn) Athough this place is right on the marathon path, it opens at noon so it’s best to go after you’ve watched some of the event. This magnificent little restaurant offers inexpensive Polish food in an atmosphere not unlike your Grandma’s house. Prices range from $1.75 for a hearty bowl of borscht to $7.50 for a sizable entree.

Going to watch the marathon? Got suggestions on where to eat? Send them in as well as your photos of the event and I’ll post them.

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Thirsty for a Challenge? Scene from the 2008 Marathon

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New Balkan Restaurant in Astoria: Dino’s Bar & Restaurant

Posted on October 28, 2009. Filed under: Astoria, Balkan, Entertainment, Italian, Music & Dance | Tags: , , |

Chef Dino Redzic seems to change his restaurants’ names more often than hip-hop star P. Diddy (or was it Puff Daddy?) changes his. First there was Amici Amore Italian restaurant and then it was Momento Italian Bistro. Well this time he is not only changing the name to Dino’s Bar and Restaurant, but he is also changing the menu, expanding his Italian Mediterranean coast-line fare to the Montenegrin and Balkan regions. The dishes range from traditional Italian carpaccio manzo or Spaghetti with Meat Sauce to more unique Balkan grill plates like raznjici (veal shish kabob with onion and vegetables). Dino offers early bird specials $9.99 entrees 4pm-7pm, an extensive wine list and cooking classes once a month on Saturday (adults) & Sunday (children). They feature live Balkan music every Fri, Sat & Sun. Check out the website for deliciously appetizing photos of  the food or just go in and try it! If you have already been there, let me know what you thought!

Dino’s Bar & Restaurant 29-35 Newtown Ave Astoria, Ny 718-267-2771

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Halloween in Queens Haunted Warehouse, Costume Contests & More!

Posted on October 28, 2009. Filed under: Astoria, Flushing/Corona, LIC, Music & Dance, Off the beaten path, Ridgewood, Theater | Tags: , , , , |

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Don't spend Halloween like this guy...

Don’t spend your Halloween making pumpkin soup. Here are a few Halloween frightfully friendly events in Queens. Dress up to win money, trips and an itouch…

Bistro33 features some food for ghouls- 2-for-$10 menu Saturday, Oct.31 Bistro 33 Astoria 1933 Ditmars Blvd Costume attire is welcome and encouraged!

Mix in Astoria 4017 30th ave  (347) 642-4840 Gay Bar Halloween bash includes tricks, treats, wicked costumes and prizes!

Albatross Gay Bar in Astoria is having drink specials all night long and you can win cash for the best costume- 1st place $100, 2nd $75 & 3rd $25

LIC Bar– Redrum party begins at 8pm $15 for entry gives you one free drink. Dress up to win cash for the best costume!

Studio Square Beer Garden– Long Island City Wear your best costume to win 1st Prize- trip for two to Munich in 2010 Oktoberfest, 2nd place prize gets you $500images

California Red KaraokeHelloween Bash in Flushing! 10/31/2009 Saturday Night Saturday October 31, 2009 – Sunday November 1, 2009 from 9:00pm – 4:00am  37-08 Main Street, Flushing, New York 11355 Raffle drawing at 1am-1st prize: iPod Touch 8GB & $150 gift card from Le Salon Chinois 2nd prize: Johnny Walker Black Label 750 ml & $100 gift card from Le Salon Chinois

Queens Theater in the ParkPerforming Macbeth Friday Oct 30th-Sunday Nov 1 in Flushing Meadows Park Queens, New York 11352 718-760-0064

Haunted Halloween Warehouse Dance Party– 130-35 91st Ave Woodhaven, New York 11421  Queens Saturday October 31, 2009 – Sunday November 1, 2009 from 10:00pm – 4:00am 212-600-9297

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Fashion Astoria Style Breakdance Video

Posted on October 22, 2009. Filed under: Fashion | Tags: , , , |

For those of you who missed it or just want to see it again,here is a video (artist unknown) from the fashion show at Central Lounge in Astoria, complements of KrisTees. Hitomi Nozawa and Shoh Eshiguro were  there from Japan showing off their dance moves.

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Queens of Pain Roller Derby, Art, Film & Food in Queens

Posted on October 21, 2009. Filed under: Art, Astoria, Entertainment, Jackson Heights, LIC, Movies, Off the beaten path, Outdoor Recreation, Theater | Tags: , , , , |

There are plenty of events on the calendar this weekend in Queens… and farther afield.

Queens of Pain- Ouch!

Queens of Pain- Ouch!

Gotham Girls roller derby team will hold their double-header game at Hunters College Saturday October 24th doors open at 6:30pm. The Queens of Pain (from Queens!) and the Brooklyn Bombshells will be facing-off against the Sockit Wenches of Seattle. The event will include a Bicycle Polo demonstration at half-time, a Halloween costume contest and an after party at Manitoba’s. For tix and general info call (888) 830-2253.

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CANCELLED-Jackson Heights Film & Food Festival will take place Saturday October 24th 6:30-9:30PM at Jackson Triplex Theatre
40-31 82nd Street, Jackson Heights, NY 11372 for tix and info 718-393-7711 After party event held at 10pm at Limoncello 40-39 82nd Street Jackson Heights, NY 11373

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Queens County Farm Halloween Haunted House Oct 24th, 25th, 31st 4-7pm

Hayrides, Halloween treats, mulled cider, pumpkins and apples will be sold! The house is recommended for children ages 4–12. Adults will find it creepy too!
Admission: $4.00
Hayrides: $2.00 per person

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Socrates Sculpture Park will host the annual Halloween Harvest Festival Sunday Oct 25th 11am-2pm featuring the Canine Costume Contest 12pm, concert with Audra Rox 1pm, and a theater performance of The Legend of Sleepy Hollow

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LICNew York Knife & Fork posts a new restaurant opening on Vernon Boulevard and it’s called El-Ay-Si (pronounced LIC) They will feature pre-opening tastings on Friday October 23rd, and Saturday October 24th.

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PS1 will host their Fall Exhibitions Opening Sunday October 25th: 12pm-6pm

On view: , 100 Years (version #2, ps1,  nov 2009), Between Spaces, and Robert Bergman: Selected Portraits.

Experience the Afterparty by MOS, winners of the 2009 Young Architects Program in the courtyard.

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