03/13/13 10:00am

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Image source: Dead Amble on Facebook – live music at Strand Smokehouse in Astoria

Another great element besides the food and service at an establishment, is the music. Sometimes the music playing in the background can really elevate an experience (or cause it to come tumbling down if the music is bad). So where do you like to go where they have great music? And do you prefer it live or recorded? Leave us a comment here or via twitter at @queensnycity.

01/25/13 10:00am

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Image source: Wikimedia Commons – one of the sled dogs listening to music coming from a gramophone during Robert Falcon Scott’s Terra Nova Expedition (1910-1913)

As we think about this question ourselves, we are enjoying the music in the background (Anette Askvik’s “Liberty” more specifically). Music just helps make the day better. So what are you listening to these days? We’d love to know your favorites. And how are you listening to the music? Streaming (we are fans of LIC’s own Songza), iTunes, or something else? Let us know in the comments or via twitter at @queensnycity.

01/05/13 2:00pm

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Image source: SingleCut Beersmiths

Brew York clued us into some great new beer that will be flowing soon at SingleCut Beersmiths. Here’s the skinny:

Astoria’s Singlecut Beersmiths has rolled out more of their kegs into bars around the city. They launched last month with their debut brews 19-33 Lagrrr! and Dean PNW Mahogany Ale, but they’ve got some other beers up their sleeves, too. The seasonal Jan Olympic White Lagrrr! is a spiced lager and John Michael Dark Lyric Lagrrr! is a dark and hoppy lager, both out now. And coming this month, their line of IPAs will start to appear, including the Billy 18-Watt IPA, a sessionable hoppy ale, and Billy Full-Stack IPA, an intense Imperial IPA with 120 IBUs and 8.6% ABV.

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11/18/12 9:00am

Image Source: R.U.S.H

Restaurants Unite for Sandy Help (R.U.S.H) and Sunnyside Cares join together to offer an extravaganza featuring music, food, libation, children’s activities and a monster raffle at Sunnyside Community Services (GMAP). All money raised will go directly to help victims of Hurricane Sandy. Consider the following: $10 all-you-can-eat bracelet; $10 bar bracelet; $15 combo bar-food bracelet; and $5 children’s bracelet.

Can’t make it today but would like to donate? Make an online contribution here.

The R.U.S.H
Sunday, Nov. 18, 2012
Sunnyside Community Services, 43-31 39th Street
4 pm-8pm | $5 – $15

09/29/12 9:00am

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Image source: Peter Freiman on Wikimedia Commons

This Sunday, celebrate the Autumn Moon Festival in Flushing, where events will be happening throughout the day. Take your kids to Kissena Corridor Park (GMAP) to fly kites from 2-6pm. From 4-6pm, the Queens Botanical Garden will have arts and crafts activities for the kids as well, and then later there will be a music and dance performance by the New York Chinese Cultural Center. The big parade down Main Street (40th Road to Elder Ave) starts at 5pm, and fireworks are at 8pm. And don’t forget to try a mooncake!

Autumn Moon Festival
Sunday, September 30th, 2012
Flushing, mostly downtown
2-9pm | FREE!

04/27/12 3:10pm

Robert Winn

Q: Which borough has a symphony?

A: Queens, of course.

The group of conspirators pictured above joined forces to create “1001 Voices: A Symphony for Queens,” a free performance featuring a 190-person choir, to take place at Queens College this Sunday.

Judith Sloan, the librettist for the project said she had always been inspired by the borough. “I wrote the lyric ‘give me your children orphaned by war,’” Sloan said, “if you live you here you understand that.”

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04/25/12 11:51am

Action Bronson by Micah Zurer

This Queens rapper is blowing up. He’s a former gourmet chef from Flushing and even had his own youtube cooking show, “Action in the Kitchen.” He released his first studio album, “Dr. Lecter” in 2011, and has since been featured in numerous rap mags, TV shows etc. Fans love when he raps about food, but he should stay away from Eminemesque antics involving women’s bodies in trunks of cars. Classic rap faux pas.

Micah Zurer said he mailed his drawing of Action to the man himself, but received no response. Write back Action!

Image Source: Micah Zurer