A Blacksmith In Queens–Huh? How–WHY??

Local Renaissance man, Scott Lakeram, blacksmithing in his shop in South Ozone Park. To the right is a homemade coal forge that heats metal to about 2,300°F which softens the metal enough to allow the smith to manipulate it on an anvil (l.). 

Get To Know Astoria With Greater Astoria Historical

Coming up on October 29, Greater Astoria Historical Society (GAHS) will sponsor their annual Haunted Waters event, a tour that goes from the Hell Gate Bridge to Socrates Sculpture Park. 

Traveling Smart – And In Style

Though it may seem that the holidays are far off, before you know it, it’ll be time to travel. Whether you’re heading back home or exploring a new place with friends and family, getting there can be stressful and difficult, especially when flying is involved. But it doesn’t have to be.

Food And Frolics At Socrates

Join Socrates Sculpture Park, GrowNYC Greenmarket and City Harvest in celebrating Queens Food Day on Oct. 15 at 11 am - 3 pm (Rain or Shine) The event is free and does not require an RSVP. Explore the cuisine of northwest Queens with a variety of community organizations teaching about cooking, gardening, eating and wellness.

Treehouse Shakers Perform ‘Olive and Pearl’

Green Space (37-24 24th St., Long Island City) as is offering a diverse roster of new/emerging artists October. Their two recurring series, Take Root and Fertile Ground are as follows. 

Local Business Spotlight:

Variety is the spice of life, and bagels are the treasure of the morning. After what seemed like a short eternity, the friendly folks at Ditmars Station Bagels opened up their doors and put on a fresh pot of coffee. The bagel shop is just one of many in the highly trafficked Ditmars Boulevard area. 

Tunes and Taverns:

This fall season we’re in for a real treat musically. There’s new music from famed artists such as Bon Iver, Norah Jones, Green Day and even Swet Shop Boys, but we’re also in store for some great local gems; The World’s Greatest Detective, fronted by Brooklyn native Alex Heigl; and the latest EP from Neutral Tones, fronted by N. David Pastor of Queens. 

Leafing Astoria

It’s a short drive to the Poconos in Pennsylvania for a day of hiking and viewing all the fall colors along the Delaware Water Gap. There are many places to stop and see nature at its most beautiful. We always start at the Pennsylvania Welcome Center off the first exit of Route 80 in PA. At the Welcome Center you can pick up brochures on attractions and clean bathrooms.

Gaudio’s Pizzeria and Restaurant

There’s a reason why Gaudio’s has been successful since 1958. When you offer delicious, honest Italian food including great pizza, pasta, meat, and fish entrees, all at fair prices, the locals find a path to your door. This has been true for the last 58 years, when Papa Gaudio first opened this classic Italian restaurant on 30th Avenue. 

HIMALAYAN Restaurant and Grill

Himalayan Restaurant and Grill is one of the newest jewels in Astoria’s crown of ethnic restaurants. In celebration of “Steinway Days,” the Gazette is proud to welcome Himalayan Restaurant and Grill to the neighborhood. 
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