Celebrate Fashion’s Night Out in Queens

Posted on September 1, 2010. Filed under: Astoria, Entertainment, Fashion, Shopping |

Celebrate Queens fashion in Queens at Kristee’s Boutique in Astoria!

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Summer Daze are Here Again!

Posted on July 19, 2010. Filed under: Astoria, Fashion, Free |

Take a break from the heat and head to Brick Cafe in Astoria for some neighborhood shopping and eating. Join Kristees and 14 of her fellow local designers for an evening of fun and fashion Wednesday July 21 6-10pm.

Brick Cafe 3095 33rd Street Astoria, NY 11102-1457 (718) 267-2735

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Local718 Update-May Blossoms Puppetry, Crafts, Fashion and Music in Queens

Posted on May 13, 2010. Filed under: Art, Astoria, Fashion, Flushing/Corona, Free, LIC, Local718 Neighborhood Update, Music & Dance, Outdoor Recreation |

After a harrowing trip to India, inspired partly by Jackson Heights (one of my favorite places in Queens)  I have returned to the comfort of my lovely borough. I normally do not write posts about my personal affairs, but my lack of keeping up with the blog in a timely manner warrants an excuse. A good excuse. I won’t go into detail about the challenges we faced when traveling through this magnificent country, but I will tell you that it is a place of extreme beauty and extreme ugliness all at once. Wealth and opulence like you have never seen and poverty you would never want to imagine. Here is a photo I took that displays communication without words, some of the locals listening to our guided audio tour of the Amber Palace as they are (presumably) also making fun of us in our tourist clothes (you know, just like we NYers make fun of those crazy midwesterners with their fanny packs and mom jeans).

Thanks for reading and enjoy your weekend in Queens! Here are some great things you won’t want to miss!

Step into Summer in style with he help of Kristees Boutique in Astoria. Join her for the Summer Warm-Up Thursday May 13. There will be music, her new collection, and live sketching of guests by NYC artist Mieko Anekawa.

Waltz Astoria is hosting their second Ultimate Singer Song Writer Competition that starts May 13th. Like an Astorian version of American Idol, the performances will go on throughout the weekend until Sunday, when the audience votes for the winners. Join and play for prizes or just watch and vote.

Local Astoria artist and friend of mine Pam Bertini is using her free time to create some fantastically creative cards and sculptures, and she is telling you all about it in her new Seventh Life blog site. She explains what inspires her and how she makes her beautiful crafts- if you’re into DIY this is a must see! Purchase her one-of-a-kind items on Etsy.

Flushing Town Hall is hosting Puppetry Workshops throughout May and here’s what they say about it: “Puppetry Workshop 2: Tasty Puppets Saturday, May 15, 2010, 2 p.m. Maximum 30 participants.Food is a great way to explore and celebrate the different cultures in our neighborhoods. Don’t be surprised if you end up making a talking hamburger, taco or dumpling in this workshop! Puppetry Workshop 3: The Puppet Next Door Saturday, May 22, 2010, 2 p.m. Cities and neighborhoods need people. In this final workshop, participants can make a local neighbor or hero/heroine. It could be your teacher or coach, a parent or shopkeeper, an artist, friend, or even yourself”  For more information on how you can take part, or call the Box Office: (718) 463-7700, ext. 222

Queens County Farm hosts Farm Fest May 16 Sunday 11:00 a. m. – 4:00 p.m. “Celebrate the return of spring with a visit to the farm! Sheep shearing demonstrations, cultural exhibits and spring plant sale. Country Western Band, Hayrides, historic house and greenhouse tours, food, pony rides and petting zoo.” ADMISSION:  $3.00 per person

Coming up: Saturday May 22 Astoria Music and Arts will host AMandA in the Garden- an all day fundraising event for Astoria Music Now with music, local artists and bloggers, June 3 Blogger BBQ from Queens Council on the ArtsWNYC presents Battle of the Boroughs featuring Queens bands in June and Ornella Trattoria owner will soon host Italian cooking classes in his upstate farm.

Thanks for reading! Want to make a suggestion, contribution or list your event, email me at

Yours Truly,


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Kristee’s Summer Warm Up in Astoria!

Posted on May 6, 2010. Filed under: Art, Astoria, Fashion, Free, Music & Dance |

Get ready to dress to the nines with a little help from Astoria’s favorite boutique. Join Kristee’s for local fun, fashion and art in the sun!

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Stray Vintage Found in Sunnyside

Posted on April 20, 2010. Filed under: Fashion, Off the beaten path, Shopping, Woodside/Sunnyside |

Some neighborhoods have stray dogs, Sunnyside has Stray Vintage. Similar to small furry animals, you will want to scoop these cute and unusual vintage items up in your arms and whisk them away to a good home. Sure they can’t take the place of man’s best friend, but you will want to go out on the town to show it off! The shiny costume jewelry and polyester shirts are just a few of the things this tiny shop has to offer. You will also find antique  furniture, kitchen ware, postcards, magnets, and novelty items.

Stray Vintage & More 48-09 Skillman Ave 718-779-7795 Sunnyside, Queens

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February Send Off with sales, book signing, art and music

Posted on February 25, 2010. Filed under: Art, Astoria, Fashion, LIC, Movies, Music & Dance, Theater, Woodside/Sunnyside | Tags: , , , , , |

KrisTEEs will be kicking off the week with a final Winter sale. Be sure to stop by for designer duds that will take you through the end of the season. KrisTEES 24-01 23rd ave, Astoria,  718.204.5031

PS1- 22-25 Jackson Ave Long Island City (718) 784-2084 Book signing at 3pm with Marina Abramović : The Artist is Present. She will sign copies of the exhibition monograph and latest publications. Also, get ready for another Saturday Session at PS1! On the agenda February 27th starting at 4pm, Brooklyn is Burning. Here is what they say about it:

“Organized by Andres Bedoya and Sarvia Jasso since 2008, Brooklyn is Burning (BiB) is a video and performance event that has been produced at various locations in New York, along with ancillary presentations in Los Angeles and La Paz, Bolivia. Borrowing its name from the cult film documentary Paris is Burning, BiB is invested in stimulating a community of creative individuals who share an interest in the various meanings and experiences of sexuality and identity.”

Flux Factory RESCHEDULED! Friday, March 12th at 8pm February 26th will host a Friday night of short film screenings with the works of Marie Losier. “Slap the Gondola!” (15min) –Musical with music, musicians, muses, and fishes!  Cet Air La” –Magical music video with April March and Julien Gasc. And Papal Broken-Dance –2008, super 8 & Video, Color, 6 min
Music video Papal Breakdance by PTV3-Genesis P-Orridge Flux Factory 39-31 29th St Long Island City, NY
(718) 707-3362

Waltz Astoria Thursday night is for poetry at Waltz. Half Sky Poetry and music with an open mic- sign-up begins at 8pm. February 26th features another talent expo withlocal musicians at 8pm.

Thalia Spanish Theater in Sunnyside is hosting a special event with dinner and entertainment Saturday February 27th 8pm– “After the performance, join Latin Grammy winner Maestro Jaurena and the cast for wine and hors d’oeuvres. TICKETS $50; $20 of each ticket is tax-deductible. A World Premiere Musical Borges & Piazzolla TANGO Music Arranged & Directed by Latin Grammy winner Raul Jaurena”

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Around the World in One Borough

Posted on February 19, 2010. Filed under: Art, Astoria, Fashion, Jackson Heights, LIC, Off the beaten path, Shopping |

Why travel to around the world when you can pick-up some great souvenirs right here in the neighborhood? Here are three shops that caught my eyes with their displays of fabulously unique goods. Colorful lamps imported from Turkey, eclectic jewelry from Nepal, cute dolls and spectacular wall hangings from India.

CLOSED First stop: Turkey- Grand Bazaar 28-41 Steinway St Astoria 718-728-0818- This shop offers an array of splendid items from $10+. There are beaded jewelry, lamps, ceramics, rugs, scarves, silver, and more. Great for gifts and browsing.

Second Stop: India- Butala Emporium 37-46 74th St Jackson Heights 718-899-7889 If you are looking for dashborad buddhas this place has them. If you need to stock-up on spiritual books, incense, teapots, saffron, and other various trinkets and interesting goods- they are plentiful and affordable at Butala Emporium. Prices range from $2+

Third Stop: Nepal-Jewels of Buddha 31-90 37th Street  917-807-0649 AstoriaImported goods from Nepal make this shop unique. Find bags, hats, mittens, bracelets, beads to make your own creations, and spiritual music and books to get in touch with your inner buddha.

Ceramic bowls and tiles at Grand Bazaar

Hanging decor, books and more at Butala Emporium

Silver Bracelets at Jewels of Buddha

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Love, Fashion and Improv are in the Air

Posted on February 12, 2010. Filed under: Astoria, Fashion, Free, LIC, Movies |

Here are some loverly events going on around town.

The Creek (10-93 Jackson Ave, Long Island City) is hosting Dumpster Tequila, a musical style improv. Saturday February 13, 2010 from 10:00pm – 11:30pm

“Who doesn’t like a big Broadway musical? Now imagine that there are no fancy costumes, no fancy sets, and everything is improvised. That’s what happens when Dumpster Tequila takes the stage, witness a full blown musical complete with dancing and singing, and the best part, it’s all made up! Come see Dumpster Tequila musical improv as they present a completely made up musical! Hosted by John Flynn(Nights of Our Lives, The Liar Show). With UCB Harold Team Robber Baron and Pawnukkah!”

Site Design in Astoria will host a Valentines Day party all day Sunday with wine, chocolate and discounts. What a great time to check out their eclectic collection of jewelry, home goods, decor and locally made crafts.

Candy Plum is having a  trunk show Saturday Feb 13thNo Soap Radio will be introducing its spring collection. Featuring champagne and cupcakes! Candy plum 30-98 36th street Astoria 718-721-2299

The Museum of the Moving Image has special Presidents’ week programs for the entire family to enjoy.
Saturday, February 13–Sunday, February 21, 2010
“During this holiday period, the Museum will offer extended hours, daily screenings of the acclaimed stop-motion movie A Town Called Panic, and two different hands-on workshops for children”

Queens Fashion Week in Long island City has been postponed and will take place next week. Grab your sketchpad and your best threads for an inspiring look at local fashion design. Here is a rundown of the weeks events courtesy of QFW website.

QFW Gala Opening Thursday, Feb.18th  7-9pm at Standard Motor LOFTS 37-18 Northern Blvd LIC

Young Designers Initiative Friday, Feb. 19th 5-7pm Manhattan View Holiday Inn 39-05 29th Street LIC

Queens Fashion Expo Saturday, Feb.20th 2-10pm Standard Motor  LOFTS, 37-18 Northern Blvd Admission is FREE!

Finale Runway Show Saturday, Feb. 20th 6-9pm Standard Motor  LOFTS

(Photo- by C. Smith heart cookies from Artopolis)

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