Tunes & Taverns: Music Festival At The Unisphere?

This year has been a true delight for Astoria. It seems that we are finally starting to scratch the surface for realizing the musical potential in Queens. 

Dia De Muertos/Day Of The Dead

“Día de Muertos” (no “los” necessary) is a Mexican holiday that welcomes the souls of the dead on November 1. It’s worth noting that Día de Muertos happens to fall on the day after our Halloween, and on the same day as the Catholic holiday known as All Saint’s Day, though it corresponds more to the other Catholic holiday, All Soul’s Day (November 2). 

Scholarly Hot Spots/Mathletics

Queens Library has a brandnew, free, after-school program, Stacks After School, which offers a safe haven for grade-school kids while improving their social and academic skills and even builds on what is learned every day in class. Carnegie Corporation of New York provided funding.

Java ‘n’ WiFi

If you’re looking for some local hangouts to “take five” (or way longer), where you can get some work done, study or just unwind with a good book, here are some hotspots offering jolts of java and all have FREE WiFi service. They’re also popular for chats/meet-ups, as well as their menu treats and belly-warming snacks to take off that autumn chill: 

Meet Astoria

Meet Astoria is undergoing a bit of a change. Instead of introducing you to several Astorians per month, we wanted to focus on one special character each month and go into a bit more detail about their background and personality. This month we want to introduce you to a changemaker in New York. Adam Levine Peres is a Bronx native who frequents Astoria quite often. 

Taste Of Astoria: Queens Comfort

Clearly Astoria is buzzing. There are new restaurants, cafes, bars, bistros, opening up weekly in this sparkling community, and there are a few places that have been at the forefront of this dynamic shift in nightlife and culture in our community. One of those places is Queens Comfort.

‘Fall’ In Love With Pumpkin

What happens between September and October that makes everyone go crazy for pumpkin? The craze may have been started with Starbucks’ Pumpkin Spice Latte but it seems to have evolved into a whole new phenomenon. You can now find pumpkin flavor in all different kinds of food. We have scoured Astoria to see where you can get your pumpkin fix. 

The Strand Smokehouse

Get your BBQ on at The Strand Smokehouse on Broadway in Astoria. The Strand was established in 2012 and offers a unique dining experience for meat lovers, and aficionados of fine barrel bourbon, and craft beers.

DIY Halloween Costumes

How will you stand out this Halloween? Of course, it all depends on the amount of time, cash and dedication you sacrifice for creating a costume. For those of you more likely to wait until the last minute, or simply take it easy with your Halloween look, read the following for some tips. 

Gossip Coffee

The word is out about Gossip Coffee and you should be spreading the Gossip too. I was lucky enough to visit Gossip Coffee on September 29th which was “National Coffee Day”, and indeed there is no better way to celebrate coffee EVERY day of the year than at the newly opened Gossip Coffee on 30th Avenue in Astoria.
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