Outdoor Entertaining Tips

Summer brings plenty of opportunities to enjoy time outdoors entertaining family and friends. The key to a successful summer party is simplicity: keep things easy so you can enjoy the festivities right along with your guests. Make this season’s barbecues, picnics and family gatherings events to remember with these simple summer entertaining tips:

In Memoriam, NY4P Giving Away Daffodil Bulbs

New Yorkers for Parks (NY4P), the citywide independent champion of quality open space, announced on August 16 the opening of the 2018 Daffodil Project. NY4P is giving away half a million daffodil bulbs to New Yorkers as part of a living memorial to the victims of 9/11, to be planted in public spaces throughout the city for all to enjoy. 

Annual 9/11 Memorial Candlelight Ceremony

The United Community Civic Association’s (UCCA) annual 9/11 Memorial Candlelight Ceremony for the 17th anniversary of the terrorist attacks on America at the Twin Towers will be held on Wednesday, September 12 at 7:30 pm. The ceremony will take place at McManus Memorial Park, on 81st Street and the Grand Central Parkway service road. 

Joe’s Garage Rocks!

Inside Joe’s Garage at 45-01 23rd Ave., Astoria, the rarified instant before the crowds come streaming in.

Meet Astoria

If you hike around the streets of Astoria there is a good chance you have seen or heard James Avatar. James Avatar is a Bronx native who also lived in New Orleans in 2007 after relocating to run an afterschool music program he created. After a while his grant money started to dry up so he started working as a barker (a person who stands in front of a theater, sideshow etc.

A Weekend In Socrates Park

After a long and stressful week, most people desire to sleep in and do nothing on weekends. Sleeping can be relaxing, but could precious time be put toward something relaxing and productive at the same time? At Socrates Park it can! Socrates Park has given New Yorkers and visitors alike the chance to have a Zen weekend of relaxation, reflection, and indulgence. 


Domingo Carrasco is a figurative painter who has an exhibit of his work up at Q.E.D. (27-16 23rd Ave., Astoria) now through December. He also teaches art at a public elementary school in College Point. His art studio and home are in Valley Stream, where he lives with his wife and two young boys, but he grew up in Woodside. 

Super Chunky, Cozy Hand-Knit Scarves

Local artist and crafter Alison Trimer moved to Astoria over a year ago. She is the creator of Along the Way, creations made for everyday life inspired by everyday people you meet “along the way.”


From the first time I visited the very first Bareburger on 31st Avenue in Astoria 9 years ago, I knew they were on to a very good thing. Who wouldn’t love guilt- free, organic burgers, sandwiches, and salads made from sustainable ingredients?

Organizer Drea M’s ‘DreaM’ Organization

Living in New York City, we all know how tiny apartments can be and how valuable space is. Most of us try to make do with whatever little nooks and crannies we can find to stuff our belongings into. Or worse, our belongings take up residence on our tables, chairs and floorspace. 
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