12/18/13 4:00pm


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.

12/02/13 11:00am


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.



10/21/13 1:00pm


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.

Oct. 25, See It Big!, 7 pm, Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35th Ave., Astoria. Despite the availability of movies on portable devices and small screens, there is only one way to really see a scary movie: BIG! Enjoy the 1978 Halloween classic starring Jamie Lee Curtis. Free with MMI admission ($6-$12).

Oct. 25, 26 & 27, Halloween Haunted House, 4 pm-7 pm, Queens County Farm Museum, 73-50 Little Neck Pkwy., Floral Park. Hayrides, mulled cider, pumpkins and apples. The haunted house is recommended for children ages 4–12. Adults will find it creepy too! $4 with purchasable items.

Oct. 25 & 26, Haunted Lantern Tour, 6:30-8:30 pm, Fort Totten, 212th Street and Bell Boulevard, Bayside. Urban Park Rangers will lead a nighttime tour of the Civil War-era bastion’s battery. Expect frights mixed in with a history lesson.

Oct. 26, Second Annual Woodside Halloween Pet Parade and Festival, 11 am-2 pm, Windmuller Park, 52nd Avenue and 39th Drive. An afternoon of surprises including a costume contest, training workshops, grooming demos and giveaways. Free.

Oct. 26, Canine Costumes Carnival in the Rockaways, noon-2 pm, Freeway Dog Park/Beach 84, 83-02 Beach Channel Dr., Rockaway. Indulge your desire to dress up your pooch as a caped avenger. This costume contest for canines has carnival games, a photo booth and pet-friendly services. Free.

After the jump, many more Halloween events taking place all over the borough… (more…)

08/02/13 1:00pm

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Expect just about everything but automobiles at the We Heart Astoria Food Fest on August 4th. The entire stretch of Shore Boulevard will be designated a Temporary Pedestrian Street for six hours as participants enjoy great food, live music, ping pong and even pet events. Participating restaurants include Bare Burger, The Astor Room, The Thirsty Koala, The Chocolate Swirl and Victory Sweet Shop Cafe. The live music will start around 1 PM and culminate with the ever-popular Ukulele Social. Sponsored by the Astoria Park Alliance and We Heart Astoria, the celebration kicks off the Fifth Annual Astoria Park Shore Fest 2013, which includes Build it Green!NYC Day on August 11th and Big River Jam on August 18th.

Details: We Heart Astoria Food Fest, Shore Boulevard adjacent to Astoria Park, noon to 6 PM, free. Another image after the jump. (more…)

06/12/13 4:00pm


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.

Update on the Astoria Park bike lanes, part of the Queens East River and North Shore Greenway [Brownstoner Queens]

03/13/13 12:00pm

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Agnanti restaurant around Christmas time

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…)

03/01/13 12:00pm


Image source: Queens Courier

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.


02/24/13 2:00pm

Warmer days are coming – check out some of these photos from our QueensNYC Flickr pool, that hearken back to summertime.


Photographer: Joe Desiderio in Ridgewood – neon Fudgie the Whale sighting at two o’clock


02/17/13 2:00pm

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.

1 of 8 in a series @ Astoria Park

Photographer: PatMinNYC in Astoria – after the February 2013 blizzard


02/11/13 10:00am


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.