Roving In The Galapagos Islands

Another Queens Scene regular contributor roams far, this time exploring our own hemisphere to study the field ecology of mainland Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands. 


Nati Avni-Singer is a New York-based playwright. His work has been seen at the Night at the Knife, a reading series for emerging artists, as well as the Portfringe Festival in Portland, Maine. He received his BA in Theatre Studies from Marymount Manhattan College and has trained at the National Theater Institute at the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center.

Notes For Neighbors

The following are some interesting notes and highlights from the Old Astoria Neighborhood Association (OANA):  We’re officially the best neighborhood in New York. Astoria beats out heavy-hitting competition to win the Curbed Cup 2017! 

Tattoos For Two

How about immortalizing your love with some permanent body art?

Have A Sweet Vegan Valentine’s Day

With Valentine’s Day around the corner, everyone will be buying chocolate boxes that are not vegan, and the ingredients list is not attractive at all. Try something different and bake something for that special person. You will have the peace of mind that it is vegan and natural. Here are three great vegan desserts for your Valentine.

GAUDIO’S Pizzeria & Ristorante

We applaud and celebrate Gaudio’s Pizzeria and Restaurant on its 60th Anniversary in Astoria! It all began when Signore Gaudio opened the restaurant in 1958, offering crispy pizza with homemade sauce and hand-shredded mozzarella to this neighborhood of immigrants.

“Perfect For Valentine’s Day”

The name “Bean’s and Lager” might be catchy, but there’s nothing gimmicky about the excellent food, cocktails, and coffee served here. Husband and wife team Andy Calos and his lovely wife, Viviana, welcome you to their modern, chic restaurant, the only place in Queens for authentic Juan Valdez coffee, hence, the bean’s!

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 

Tantalizing Omonia Café

Omonia Café has been in business since 1977, located in the heart of Astoria at 32-20 Broadway. According to Omonia Café, “Omonia” in Greek denotes togetherness and friendship in an environment of harmony, thus promoting a desire to repeat this experience again and again! So let harmony ring out for one and all at Omonia Café. 

‘Broken Heart Week’

Queens Library once again celebrates “Broken Heart Week,” this year on February 11 – 17. 
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