Autumn in New York… or at Least in Queens

Posted on October 15, 2011. Filed under: Astoria, Grocery, LIC, Shopping, Specialty Food Markets |

The ides of October brings forth a beautiful sunny day and the Socrates Sculpture Park Greenmarket. I was happy to see that the market is still going strong every Saturday through November 19th with all of your favorite Autumn necessities. Grab a gallon of apple cider, some pumpkins for carving (or experimenting in the kitchen) and potatoes to make that seasonal stew. The best part about doing your food shopping there is that you get to enjoy the cool sculptures and great city views.

Mr. Pumpkin sits happily, waiting to become a jack-o-lantern.

He who lives behind glass doors should get curtains...

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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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Makers Market: Art in the Park Benefit Celebration June 4-6

Posted on June 1, 2010. Filed under: Art, Astoria, Free, LIC, Outdoor Recreation, Parks and Recreation, Shopping |

The Socrates Sculpture Park kicks off the summer with the Makers Market, a fundraising event with local artists’ works that you can purchase. Be one of the first to attend this special event and have your pick at the selected displayed works. The preview event starts Friday June 4th at 5pm for a ticket donation of $50 and goes through Saturday and Sunday for free admission.

Their website describes the event- Collectors and enthusiasts will have the opportunity to meet approximately 40 American makers and shop a broad selection of skillfully crafted one of kind objects, including: ceramics, turned wood bowls, glassware, motorcycles, knives, tableware, jewelry, furniture, lighting, and more.

a sneak preview of the grass roots project

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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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Little Soap Shop Cupcakes Keep Astoria Clean

Posted on March 29, 2010. Filed under: Astoria, Off the beaten path, Shopping | Tags: , , |

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

Cupcake Soap

Sneaker Graffiti

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Out of Site Design in Astoria

Posted on March 24, 2010. Filed under: Art, Astoria, LIC, Shopping | Tags: , |

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

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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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Craft Market at Waltz Astoria

Posted on December 18, 2009. Filed under: Art, Astoria, Fashion, Free, Shopping |

Last minute shoppers- there is a still time to get a unique hand-made gift at Waltz!

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