Courtney Antonioli

Courtney Antonioli is a writer, performer, and filmmaker. Her award-winning entertainment has been performed Off-Broadway and throughout the country. In 2017 her solo show, “18 days. 48 girls.” earned the city’s Frigid Festival’s Audience Choice Award for best show.

Our Roving Reporter Roams Europe

Regular contributor to Queens Scene (and the Gazette) Astorian Catherina “Cat” Gioino, is spending a semester overseas as part of her studies at Columbia University. Go Girl! (But make sure you come back to us.)  

Barrel Of Fun At Passage

Passage Irish Bar and Kitchen (40-11 30th Ave. in Astoria), just steps away from Steinway Street, has a unique Christmas tree that is worth a visit to see.

Funked Up Daddies Rock The Strand

Sam Fox the President and CEO of City Cadillac Buick GMC on Northern blvd in Long Island City Queens NYC has a secret life as a Rock N Roller. 

Vitality & Health Market

Vitality & Health Market has you covered for your holiday shopping needs AND your New Year’s resolutions. 

Ugly Sweater Party At Katch

Katch Astoria, located at 31-19 Newtown Avenue, hosted their famous Ugly Sweater Contest Saturday, December 9. Many revelers came out dressed in their silliest holiday sweaters in a bid to win the prize for ugliest sweater. The winner won a free Sunday brunch for two and two Katchbrew pints!—Melissa Mennona  

Lavendar Label Delights The Senses

If you’re still holiday shopping – and you know you are – head over to Lavender Label, located at 29-03 23rd Avenue. Serving the Astoria community for 10 years, Lavender Label was once called the Little Soap Shop. They decided on their ninth anniversary to move to the roomier and more convenient location on 23rd Avenue, in the heart of Astoria. 

Salt & Bone Smokehouse

Just in time for summer, Salt and Bone Smokehouse opens on 30th Avenue for all to enjoy. Let’s face it…you can’t smoke meat in your apartment in New 


Rio Grande BBQ is celebrating its 1st Anniversary and owners Ricardo and Jill welcome you to try their delicious Brazilian style barbecue called churrasca along with their ever-changing variety of hot and cold items from the buffet and salad bar. 

Sweet Scene

Sweet Scene is a sweet escape from impersonal, large chain coffee shops and cafes. Sweet Scene is a lovely, mother-daughter operation run by Vera and Eleni, with the help of a sweet friend, Katie, who put their love, baking skills, and friend-making skills into everything they do here.
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