Tonight is the first ever Astoria Park Holiday Tree Lighting! In the Astoria Park lawn at 6:30 pm, the Central Astoria Local Development Coalition will light a 13-foot-tall Douglas Fir. The evening also includes Christmas carols and a special reading of “Twas the Night Before Christmas.” For all the event details, go here.
Astoria Park is your last stop in Queens, at which point you’ll be getting wet. The waters which lie off the shore are a section of the formerly industrial East River called Hell Gate. The park offers no water access, of course, but there is a nice walkway along Shore Road which allows one to stroll and observe.
It’s a lovely spot, and quite popular with those lucky enough to live nearby. One is always struck by the polychrome nature of the rocky shoreline, which is deposited to and subtracted from on a daily basis by the tides. On a sunny day, the amount of color one experiences here can literally dazzle.
It’s scary how many Halloween-related festivals will take place in Queens over the next 10 days. On tap are everything from costume contests (for humans and dogs, of course), haunted houses, enchanted walks and Dia de los Muertos celebrations. Here is a list of some of the free or low-cost fun.
Queens might not have Citi Bike yet, but bikers in Long Island City and Astoria are getting new bike lanes this summer, the Queens Courier reports. The bike lane along Vernon Boulevard will become a two-way protected lane and is getting a new buffer and will be painted green. Another bike lane along Rainey Park in Astoria will be created, which will free up 35 parking spots along 34th Avenue and 33rd Road.
The news source Greek Reporter USA took a look at Greek restaurants and made a list of their top five choices – one of them is in Astoria, not surprising. Their Queens pick is Agnanti, located right down by Astoria Park, and seemingly always busy. Being by the park helps, but the food is very good. (more…)
The Queens Courier reports on what was presented during the meeting with the community and the Parks Department on the evening of February 20 at Astoria World Manor. Looks like they will start the ground-breaking process in about 18 months, and the cost for the project will be $4.7 million, which is more than was originally projected ($1 million). The theater will likely have a 500 person capacity; if they add more exits, they believe they could accommodate 2,500 persons.
We thought we’d go through our QueensNYC Flickr pool and share with you some photos of the borough. If you are on Flickr, please join us! In the past several months, Flickr has released an excellent upgrade to their mobile app, too – it’s really amazing and worth checking out.
Photographer: PatMinNYC in Astoria – after the February 2013 blizzard
Astoria Park on Saturday morning, the day after the blizzard
So how did you fare during this past weekend’s hurricane? Did your neighborhood see a ton of snow? Or was it totally manageable? Did you go sledding with your kids (or with your friends?). And what do you think about the naming of winter storms like this? Leave us a comment here or via twitter at @queesnycity. And if you have photos or video of the storm and right after to share, please send it our way! You can email us here - you might see them on the site, too.