Tunes & Taverns: Jenny & Tyler

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to play in a band with your lover? Your mind probably automatically turns to The White Stripes, Arcade Fire, Ike and Tina Turner, or maybe even Johnny Cash and June Carter. Recently I got to meet the husband and wife band, Jenny & Tyler. A couple that met, fell in love, made music and a family. 

Tunes & Taverns: The Gantry’s Latest, Crosses

Astoria-based rock band The Gantry has just released their sophomore full-length album, Crosses. This album is not only a milestone release for the band, but is a tremendous release for our community.

SummerStage Miniseries In Queensbridge Park

SummerStage, organized by the City Parks Foundation, is celebrating its 30th anniversary this summer. For 30 years SummerStage has provided annual free concerts in parks around the five boroughs.

Blast Fireworks Set To Go Off Over East River

On Saturday, July 4, the 39th annual Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks will rumble to life over New York City, igniting the skyline over the East River with the nation’s largest Independence Day pyrotechnic display.

Astoria Is Margaritaville

This Cinco de Mayo, or any time you might be looking for the best Margarita to complement your delicious Mexican dish or to help you unwind after a long day on the job, you need look no further than these two hot spots known for their unique and creative take on this favorite concoction.  ************** 

What Does Cinco De Mayo Actually Celebrate?

Although widely understood as such, the holiday is in fact not Mexico’s Independence Day, which is celebrated September 16. Cinco de Mayo, or the Fifth of May commemorates the victory of the Mexican militia over the French army at The Battle of Puebla in 1862. 

Neighborhood Spotlight: Aladdin Sweets And Restaurant

Konstantin Uzhinsky
Sometimes you discover new things for yourself, even though they’ve been around for a long time. Sometimes these places are right in your own neighborhood. Aladdin Sweets and Restaurant was this kind of fortuitous discovery. 

Don’t Hibernate Just Yet

November is here and cool days and chilly nights are upon us, leaving us seeking appropriate activities during the temperature drop. There are still many things to enjoy – here are a few highlighting everything we love about Astoria in the fall. 

Troma Continues Z-Movie Tradition In Western Queens

—Jason D. Antos
When it comes to filmmaking in Western Queens, Kaufman Astoria Studios will immediately come to mind. It was here that classics like Marx Brothers comedies, as well as The Verdict (1982), The Wiz (1979) and more recently, the hit show Orange Is The New Black have been produced. 

Historia: Oktoberfest

The worldwide beer celebration hits Astoria in a big way. The two-week festival that occurs annually in Munich, Germany is attended by nearly six million people each year, and 2014 marks the 181st celebration of Oktoberfest. Although, Astoria’s population isn’t quite as large, we will be partaking in the celebration nonetheless.