Archive for June, 2010

Astoria Park Waterfront Concert and Fireworks

Posted on June 29, 2010. Filed under: Astoria, Outdoor Recreation, Parks and Recreation |

Get ready for summer fun!

Astoria Park’s annual Independence Day Celebration takes place tomorrow night, June 30! Grab a blanket and enjoy the sights and sounds of the first of seven waterfront concerts for Summer 2010. The evening begins with Joe Battaglia and his Big Band performing live in the park, followed by a fireworks spectacular.

Wednesday, June 30, 2010 7:30 p.m.9:30 p.m.

Click here for a comprehensive list of the park’s events throughout Summer 2010.

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Working Family Party Happy Hour in Astoria

Posted on June 28, 2010. Filed under: Astoria, Volunteer | Tags: |

If you want to learn more about the progressive Working Family Party, come to the Astoria Brewhouse Thursday July 1st. Here is what the notice I received said about the event:

Working Families Party Happy Hour Event in Astoria!

The Working Families Party (WFP)is a political organization that is a grassroots coalition between community organizations, elected officials and activists dedicated to addressing issues concerning working class families such as living wage jobs, affordable housing, affordable health care and quality education.

We would like to invite you to the WFP Happy Hour in Queens this Thursday, July 1st at The Brewhouse (2850 31 Street in Astoria) to meet and talk with WFP leaders, supporters, and others who are interested in learning more.

Thursday, July 1

The Brewhouse
2850 31 Street, Astoria
(N,W trains to 30th Ave)

(Domestic beers will be $4, wine $5; and of course, you must be at least 21 to drink.)

There is no need to RSVP and we won’t be asking you to sign anything or donate any money. It’s just a great chance to learn more about what the WFP is all about and to meet other locals who are interested in progressive politics.

For more information, you can contact Peter Kim at 347-471-7097 or

We hope to see you there!

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PS1 Saturday June 26 Free Admission for Queens Residents

Posted on June 25, 2010. Filed under: Art, Free, LIC, Outdoor Recreation |

MoMA PS1 is FREE all day Saturday June 26th  12pm – 6pm for Queens residents. It’s Queens Community Day! I remember going to this some years back and all I had to do was present an electric bill and I got in for free- all for the love of Queens. It’s a good time to explore the museum if you have never been there before. There will be face painting so you can bring the kids along too!

Here is the information and a list of the day’s events:

P.S.1 22-25 Jackson Ave at the intersection of 46th Ave Long Island City, NY 11101 (718) 784-2084

All Day (Terrace)

Facepainting with NYC-based artists, Alexis Semtner & Heather Bregman

DJ set by Sam Morrison

1pm & 3pm (Begining in the Lobby)

Greater New York Artist-hosted discussions

with Raul Martinez of DETEXT and artist Franklin Evans

2pm (Courtyard)

Introduction to SO -IL ‘s Y.A.P. installation Pole Dance by Solid Objectives’ team member Ryan Madson

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Take 1- Sunnyside Film Festival Fundraiser June 28th

Posted on June 24, 2010. Filed under: Art, Movies, Volunteer, Woodside/Sunnyside | Tags: |

It’s nice to know that every so often the community joins forces with their creative efforts. The fourth annual Sunnyside Shorts Film Festival is just around the corner, and they need your help. Enjoy spirits and food at 7pm Monday June 28th at  Claret Wine Bar (46 Street and Skillman Ave.) There will be games, raffles and good times.

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San Antonio Abate Festival in Astoria

Posted on June 23, 2010. Filed under: Astoria, Astoria Street Fairs, Italian | Tags: , |

This weekend the “Jersey Shore” invades Astoria. Don’t miss the famous San Antonio Abate street fair, the Italian sausage festival and parade occur every year around this time on Ditmars Boulevard. Play some games, say some prayers, drink some beers and eat spicy Italian sausage. Festivities begin Thursday June 24 and continue through Sunday June 27 with the parade.

say your prayers

play some games

eat some sausage and peppers

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Agnanti Greek Dinner by The Park

Posted on June 23, 2010. Filed under: Astoria, Date Spot/ Romantic, Fine Dining, Greek |

Agnanti Meze the romantic Greek restaurant over-looking Astoria Park expanded to a second location in Brooklyn in 2006 (a reader informed me when this actually happened). I went to the location in my neighborhood in Astoria and noticed the staff sporting new brightly colored orange t-shirts with ‘Agnanti Meze’ stitched on them. The traditional Greek eatery seems to be gearing their menu towards tapas dishes. Sauntering in on a warm Saturday evening, my dining partner and I were once again pleased with the provisions we ordered. Agnanti consistently supplies hungry diners with succulent park-side Greek cuisine. Settling into the rustic restaurant we started our smorgasbord with grilled octopus, a greek favorite blackened to perfection. We washed it down with some red wine and taramosalata, a delicious tangy carp roe spread. Next on our palates was the tyrokeftedes sifnou or the cheese and herb croquets that are fried in a crispy shell and filled with hot cheese and herbs. The next dish is the simple and hearty lima bean creation hailing from Constantinople, fasolia plaki. Baked in olive oil and diced vegetables, this dish resembles the regional peasant fare. No matter what your picky taste buds had you thinking as a youth,  your inner child will embrace this lima bean concoction. You will feel right at home in this semi-upscale restaurant when the waitstaff greets you in thick Greek accents and pleasantly guide you along the menu.  Agnanti in Astoria serves lunch and dinner with outside seating available.

Agnanti– 19-06 Ditmars Blvd , Astoria – (718) 545-4554 & 7802 Fifth Ave., Brooklyn, NY 11209 718-833-7033

not your mama's lima beans

Agnanti croquets

Agnanti grilled octopus

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Play Me, I’m Yours Public Art Project Places Pianos in Queens Parks

Posted on June 22, 2010. Filed under: Art, Astoria, Elmhurst, Forest Hills, Free, Jackson Heights, LIC, Music & Dance, Off the beaten path, Outdoor Recreation, Woodside/Sunnyside | Tags: , , |

This summer, Play Me, I’m Yours is touring the New York City streets. The public art project is an artwork installation by British artist Luke Jerram and presented by Sing for HopeFrom 9am-10pm 60 pianos will be dispersed around the city parks from June 21-July 5. Take a walk through your neighborhood and show off your talent in these Queens parks:

  1. Athens Square Park (map)
  2. Gantry Plaza State Park (map)
  3. Hoffman Park (map)
  4. Jackson Heights Post Office (map)
  5. Rufus King Park (map)

Play Me I'm Yours Piano in Astoria

Play Me I'm Yours Piano in Astoria Athens Square Park

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Astoria’s Best Kept Catastrophe

Posted on June 22, 2010. Filed under: Astoria, Music & Dance |

Who says you can’t add a little country to the big city? Joe Thompson and the Comfortable Catastrophe did just that, right here in Astoria. Featured on WNYC’s Battle of the Boroughs, they rocked the stage and won over voters and judges alike two weeks in a row, taking home the prize for the best musicians performing in the contest that represents all five boroughs. I was lucky enough to catch both of their fantastic performances (click here to watch) at WNYC’s Greene Space. The heart and soul that pours out of Joe’s voice resonates with audiences near and far. Raised in a working class neighborhood, he brings his passion for classic American music to the heart of New York. Receiving an overwhelming round of applause, it was no surprise that they took home the prize for the Ultimate Battle of the Boroughs. Astoria congratulates Joe Thompson and the Comfortable Catastrophe !!

Joe Thompson and the Comfortable Catastrophe

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