Archive for March, 2010
La Flor Cafe in Woodside, Queens is one of my favorite places to go for brunch off the 7 train (see my original La Flor review). Below the bustling subway line is a quaint Mexican inspired cafe that seems to frequently reinvent itself. Flowers are painted on the window panes and tabletops are made from mosaics of broken dishes. The menu is simple, offering a handful of appetizers, tortas, salads and entrees. Brunch is served only until 2pm and you must inquire about the selection of beverages, as they are left off the menu. Just like everything else at La Flor, the Mexican pizza is a marriage of two cultures. A successful merger between the west and the south, the Mexican pizza recreates a New York staple. A traditional Italian crust is topped with Oaxacan cheese, cilantro, guacamole and tender cuts of pork. The pie is big enough to serve two, but once you take a bite you will think twice about sharing.
La Flor Cafe-53-02 Roosevelt Ave Woodside, NY 11377 (718) 426-8023
Passersby will note that The Little Soap Shop in Astoria is not little, it’s tiny! I must have strolled by this place dozens of times before I noticed the closet-sized shop. Little did I know, I was stepping into not only a store, but also a soap factory. I was astonished as the kind sales woman and sole proprietor explained to me that she hand-makes everything- soap, lip balm, and lotions on a tiny counter top in the back of the store. In addition to fabulously unique cupcake soap, there are also handmade cards, beaded jewelry and hand painted painted sneakers. Pick-up individual goods from $2 or create a personalized gift basket.
The Little Soap Shop– 36th Street at Ditmars Blvd. in Astoria (718) 704-4408
The Food Bank for New York City wants you to dine out this Sunday, March 28th in an effort to fight hunger. Participating restaurants will donate 10% of Sunday’s proceeds to the Food Bank.
“Invite your friends today to dine out on Sunday, March 28 and fight hunger! ForTime Out For Hunger, more than 130 of Time Out New York’s favorite restaurants will donate 10 percent of a day’s proceeds to the Food Bank For New York City.”
Here is a list of Queens eateries that will fight hunger this weekend:
35-01 Ditmars Blvd
Bistro Thirty Three
19-33 Ditmars Boulevard
Ovelia Psistaria Bar
34-01 Thirtieth Avenue
30-17 30th Avenue
103-01 Metropolitan Avenue
Xi’an Famous Foods
Flushing Mall Food Court, 133-31 39th Avenue, Food Court #10
Long Island City
4720 Center Blvd
47-30 Vernon Boulevard
46-10 Skillman Avenue
Hello readers! I’ve noticed that there is a lot going on in the borough as April creeps into our calendar. My favorite flowers, daffodils, are slowing emerging from the earth. Cherry blossoms are beginning to pop onto the limbs of the once barren tree branches. And the days are getting longer, which means more time to do some of your favorite activities. Here are a few things that are going on:
This is a great time to catch up on your reading with some Queens-based literature. Local Sunnyside resident is celebrating the third year of his blog- Short Shrifted, a great read for finding fashionable men’s clothing. As the author puts it- A Clothing and Style Blog for Short Men.
We Heart Astoria is a new website featuring everything you love about one of Queens’s most dynamic neighborhoods. Three of Astoria’s most influential bloggers (previously featured in Joey in Astoria) got together to dedicate their love of the ‘hood in this cool new site.
Other goings on in the borough…
Employment is on the rise in Queens via WORK FOR LOVE II at PS1 Saturday session Check out the March 27th 4pm performance showcasing artist Desi Santiago and DJ Saint Buck
Queens Council on the Arts is hosting a discussion on The Business of Film Making with Tribeca Film Institue’s “Tribeca All Access” Tues, March 30, 2010, 6:30pm, The Secret Theatre 44-02 23rd St, Long Island City, Queens Free RSVP
If you get tired of eating hard-boiled eggs next Sunday, head over to Astoria’s Bistro Les Minots for their holiday menu offering a fantastic three course pris fix meal for $24.95 served all day- Sunday April 4th
Site Design has been making Astoria homes beautiful for the past three years and they are celebrating this milestone with a party April 8th 6-10pm with Champagne! Cupcakes, Magic, Princess Tiny and the Meats spinning your favorite party hits all night long and 20% off all in-stock merchandise- that night only. Make sure to RSVP
Sifting through the inventory at Site Design in Astoria will have customers left with little to be desired. In the heart of a neighborhood that takes pride in its tacky decor, I found this little shop to be a pleasant detour from the dollar store galore. This place has unique handmade jewelry, colorful wall hangings, kitschy kitchen ware, and a plethora of knickknacks. Site’s candy colored frames can bedeck the barren walls of your apartment. Their paper lilies can grace your plain old dinner table with their nonperishable displays of vibrant hues. This place offers ultramodern inexpensive conversation pieces and service with a grin.
Site Design– 3511 34th Ave. Astoria 718-626-6030
The bee beckons you in with a wave of his hand, and you just can’t help yourself. You are pulled into a crowd of hungry diners munching happily as they stare at you with vacant eyes. With some unexplainable force, the Filipino fast food chain on Roosevelt avenue reels you in- hook, line and sinker. Serving meals with names like “Jolly Crispy Fries” and “Chicken Joy” this place is bound to make even the saddest soul come out sporting a smile. The colorful menu seemed to speak to me as I perused every unusual item and meal combo they could offer. I spotted the 99¢ board and decided to order the Spam on a bun. I was pleasantly surprised when I bit into the tiny sandwich that tasted like ham nestled on a warm fluffy bun smeared wih mayonnaise. Also for ninety-nine cents on a bun are hotdogs, corn-beef, and egg. Jollibee is novelty fast-food at its merriest.
Jollibee– 62-29 Roosevelt Ave. Woodside, NY 11377 (718) 426-4445
I stumbled upon Espresso 77 in Jackson Heights, a tiny coffee shop that exudes Queens pride. With many sandwich wraps to choose from, locally distributed coffee, and free wi-fi, this place is a satisfying get-away. Free of pretension and full of neighborhood friendliness,the cafe invites diners to grab a seat and relax comfortably for a while, either trolling the internet, reading, knitting or people watching. The dimly lit space can get crowded but not cramped. In addition to Gimme sustainable coffee, they also carry Queens paraphernalia that hangs proudly from the walls. Depending on the brew the coffee is rich, resonating with hints of cinnamon and chocolate. While I was there I also tried the lemonade ginger ice tea, a blend of citrus with chunks of ginger to give it an extra bite. This place supports our environment both economically and earthly. Drawing young and old alike, Espresso 77 represents the diversity that makes up Queens.
Espresso 77- 35-57 77th Street, Jackson Heights, NY 11372 718.424.1077
I witnessed the first sign of spring while walking around 48th Street in Sunnyside. Just like the rain drenched ground, Queens is sprouting with a bunch of colorful projects this month.
Local718 is now on Facebook. Please join us and become a fan!
Long Island City has a new school for children called the Queens Paideia School. If you wish to see what this new progressive learning center is all about, they are hosting an open house March 20th 12pm-3pm
Sunnyside– Sunnyside artist, Sabine Heinlein, has started the Sunnyside Project . Using photos and voice recordings, she captures the lives of those living around her. Check out her most recent profile of resident Paul Maringelli at the Sunnyside Project.
Long Island City– Green Space presents their Spring series, Fertile Ground Sunday March 21st, 2010, at 7pm Admission is $10 at the door.
FERTILE GROUND is a monthly new works showcase for emerging and established artists now in its 4th season, producing the work of 50 choreographers per year. This non-curated performance event features five choreographers each evening, and includes a post-performance discussion moderated by Dance Entropy’s Artistic Director, Valerie Green with wine and cheese.
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