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Halloween in Astoria: Featuring a Werewolf and Frankenstein

Posted on October 30, 2011. Filed under: Art, Astoria, Entertainment, LIC, Movies |

I think the scariest part about this Halloween weekend are the five inches of snow and ice on the ground. Or could it be the monsters that will make an appearance at the Museum of Moving Image today?

Mike Marino (think: Black Swan) master make-up artist will transform an otherwise normal human being into a werewolf at 2:30pm today. Maybe you can even get tips on how to create your own ghoulish get-up.

If you cannot make this afternoon’s werewolf demonstration…

Frankenstein will be hosting an evening at the museum on the big screen at 7:30pm. Following the 1931 film featuring Boris Karloff will be a conversation with Sara Karloff, the actor’s daughter. Get the inside scoop through her family’s home movies on what it was like having a creepy monster for a dad.

Before:

 

After:

Scary photo of dead dude emerging from the soil brought to you by The Joy Victory.

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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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Snow Day?

Posted on February 2, 2011. Filed under: Art, Free, LIC |

Check out Attic Studios today in Long Island City for art and wine in a room with a view!

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Teach Your Little Ones to Dance at the Green Space

Posted on August 26, 2010. Filed under: Art, KIds, LIC, Music & Dance, Theater |

The Green Space wants to teach your little ones the creative movements of dance! Here is what they say about the project:

Sprouts & Seedlings!
Creative Movement for Children

10-week Saturday Session
September 25 – December 11, 2010

Free Trial Class: September 18th

Sprouts (ages4-6)
10:00 am – 10:45 am
Seedlings (ages 7-9)
11:00 am – 11:45 am

$10 Registration Fee
$140 Early Registration (by September 3rd post marked)
$150 Full Session (after September 4th)

The Creative Movement for Children classes at Green Space allow for a safe and nurturing community where children will enjoy discovering the exciting world of movement and dance! Each 45-minute class is built around the development of cognitive and social, as well as physical skills. As they investigate how they move, boys and girls will develop confidence and learn to work together. We will explore balance, coordination, and comprehension, as well as listening skills and class etiquette. Creativity will be fostered through the use of imagery, music, stories, and colorful props. The dance studio will become a playground where we explore, learn, and create.

The Green Space– 718-956-3037 37-24 24th St. #301 Long Island City, NY 11101

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Free Brunch and Yoga by the Waterfront in LIC!

Posted on August 20, 2010. Filed under: Astoria, Free, Health/Spa, LIC, Outdoor Recreation |

This weekend you can enjoy a free Sunday morning yoga class on the LIC waterfront. Stretch and relax in the sun from 9:15am-10:15am Sunday August 22 and afterward enjoy  healthy brunch at The View. Here is what the press release says about the event:

TF Cornerstone Partners with Long Island City’s The Yoga Room for Free Waterfront Yoga Classes with Front Row View of the Manhattan Skyline

TF Cornerstone is partnering with the popular yoga studio for their “Yoga in the Park” series. On Sunday, August 22nd yogis and aspiring-yogis alike will enjoy an energizing and strengthening free class from 9:15am to 10:15am at Pier 1 of Gantry State Park Plaza located at 474 48th Avenue, Long Island City. Followed the class, a fresh and nutritious brunch will be provided by TF Cornerstone in the private courtyard of their neighboring luxury building The View located on 4630 Center Boulevard . Free yoga mats will be supplied by TF Cornerstone to the first 100 in attendance.

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This Weekend Eat and Drink in LIC Market- Now Open!

Posted on August 6, 2010. Filed under: American/Nouveau, Astoria, Brunch, Burgers, LIC |

Looking for a new place to go for your weekend lunch or evening drinks? Head out to the new LIC Market, where the menu focuses on locally acquired fare and wine. Here is a sample menu of their offerings from July 30.  LIC Market will begin serving Saturday brunch in mid-August.

LIC Market– 21-52 44th Drive, LIC, NY

Breakfast (7am – 11am)

Greek Yogurt $4.00 
granola and honey

Market Pastries $1.75 
danish, croissant

black forest ham and gruyere croissant $3.50

Tortilla $4.00 
toasted baguette, baby greens, aioli

“Butter and Jam” $3.25 
toasted 7 grain or pecan cranberry bread

Omelet of the Day $6.00 
toasted baguette

Lunch (11am – 4pm)

Salad Market Cobb $11.00 
romaine, chicken, boiled egg, avocado, grape tomatoes, bacon, maytag blue cheese dressing

Roasted Chicken $10.00 
baby greens, grape tomatoes, french beans, roasted corn, roasted shallot vinaigrette

Soft Cooked Egg $9.00 
frisee, bacon, croutons, maytag blue cheese, pommery mustard vinaigrette

Sandwich Roasted Chicken $8.00 
souman bread, caramelized onions, provolone, arugula, roasted shallot dressing

Shredded Brisket $9.00 
brioche bun, red cabbage slaw

Slow Cooked Pork $8.00 
souman bread, gruyere, house cured pickles, pommery mustard dressing

Plates Roasted Chicken $11.00 
sweet peas and baby carrots

Slow Cooked Pork $10.00 
basmati and black beans

Omelet of the day $7.00 
toasted baguette, baby greens

Market Burger $9.00 
brioche bun, cheddar, sliced tomato, greens, aioli w/ potato salad

Sides Potato Salad $4.50 
Rice and Beans $4.50 
Wilted Greens $4.50

Drinks Boylan Sodas/Honest Teas/Bottled Water $1.75 
Market Iced Tea/Lemonade $2.50 
SerendipiTeas $1.50/$2.00 
Brewed Coffee $1.50/$2.00 
Cafe au Lait $1.75/$2.25 
Espresso $2.00/$2.50 
Macchiato $2.25/$2.75 
Café Late or Cappuccino $3.50/$4.00 
Iced Coffee $2.75 
Fresh Squeezed OJ $3.25

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Get Ready for Some Yankee Twang Friday Night!

Posted on July 27, 2010. Filed under: Astoria, Free, LIC, Music & Dance, Outdoor Recreation |

I first heard Joe Thompson and the Comfortable Catastrophe at WNYC’s Battle of the Boroughs last month. With a fierce talent and sharp wit, their music cut through the room like the raging tide cuts though the calm sands at Rockaway… In other words, they blew audience away and won the Battle of the Boroughs.

Be sure to checkout Joey and the Comfortable Catastrophe as the opening act at Summer Stage in Queens July 28 at Queensbridge Park in Long Island City and in their very own concert at WNYC’s Greene Space July 30, this Friday night at 7pm. Meanwhile, you can get to know Joey a little better. I caught up with him to get the lowdown on drinking, eating and why he loves Queens so much. Here’s what he had to say…

Joe Thompson and the Comfortable Catastrophe

How has living in Queens inspired your music? I have lived in Queens in the same apartment in Astoria for nearly 8 years so the influence this community has had on my music is immeasurable.  There is a mindset in the people who live here, a blue-collar mentality very much akin to what I grew-up around in Western Pennsylvania.  That hard working, dirt under the fingernails attitude has really sunk-in and helped define the stories I like to tell.

In your recent interview with LimeWire, you received a lot of flack for saying that Queens does not have a big music scene, but it has a great music community, explain what you meant. I meant just what I said.  There is a treasure trove of talent living in Queens.  A supportive, esoteric community of truly gifted musicians.  That being said, there really aren’t very many places for original, live music here in Queens.  There are some coveted venues such as LIC Bar and Waltz Astoria.  While I do wish there were more venues for original live music out here, I will say I will take a community over a scene anyday.

You’re a mixologist as well as a musician. How have these two talents influenced each other in your experiences? As an independent rough and tumble country singer in New York City, it is necessary for one to find a means to pay the rent.  I have chosen the barcraft as my means.  This means I have been forced to spend a lot of time in establishments that serve strong spirit.  Tee hee.

What’s your favorite cuisine (or place to eat) in Queens? Ooooh.  That’s a tough question to answer!  For simple Italian American I like Bartolino’s.  For Greek I like Agnanti over by Astoria Park on 19th Street.  Gleason’s on Broadway has a great burger.  Bai Sushi has the best kimchi I have had in the city.

What’s your favorite neighborhood watering hole? If I am cocktailing, Sweet Afton or Dutch Kills.  If it’s a beer and whiskey night Daly’s Pub or Gilbey’s (used to be Gibney’s)

Your new album is titled- Yankee Twang, tell me about the name and what it means? I was raised in Pennsylvania by a family of fiercely loyal Texans.  Anyone who has ever met a Texan knows how proud they are of their homestate.  Until I was 18 I was a little ashamed that I was a Yankee until I realized how proud I was, in turn, of the Keystone State.  So Yankee Twang is the reflection of the duality of being a country singer in the heart of Yankee Territory as well as that Pennsylvania kid with big Texas dreams.

What has it been like working with WNYC and winning the battle of the boroughs? The folks at WNYC have been fantastic and I couldn’t be happier to be working with them.  Winning the Battle of the Boroughs is still a bit of a shock to me and I still have to pinch myself to believe at times.

Anything to add? Head on over to www.baldjoey.com to hear the songs, see the show schedule and sign the mailing list to receive our newsletters!  we will love you…

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LIC’s Burger Garage Menu is Finally Here!

Posted on July 22, 2010. Filed under: Burgers, Cheap Dining, LIC |

Click here to check out their menu and information on their opening date, coming soon!

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