Film Fare:

—Angela Kim
The Grand Budapest Hotel highlights Wes Anderson’s iconic writing and directing style, in which he turns the writings of Stefan Zweig into a candy-colored cinematic attraction. This film is located in the fictional Republic of Zubrowka, and recalls the memories of Zero Moustafa, the Grand Budapest Hotel’s owner. 


—Annette Hanze Alberts
How about a refreshing drink and some independent films on a breezy evening? Katch Astoria Brewery & Grill is holding a Screening Festival by Framework Productions every other month in their roomy outdoor Kourtyard. 

Outdoor Movies in Astoria

It’s summertime, so why sit in a theatre when you can enjoy a movie outside? Astoria has a couple of different spots to check out and get comfortable. You can bring a low chair or blanket and watch a movie under the stars.   Central Astoria LDC Movies on the Waterfront at Astoria Park, Shore Blvd, between Hell Gate Bridge & Astoria Pool 

The 4th of July gets a Pop!

Chris Pizzolo
A fun new Astoria nightlife spot plans its launch into the community on the 4th of July with a Backyard BBQ party. 

Gazette Restaurant of the Week

Republic is Astoria’s newest and hottest addition to its already sizzling dining and lounge scene. With an ‘outpost’ location on Astoria Boulevard, just across the road from the police station and practically downstairs from the N/Q train stop, Republic is on your way or should be your destination for great cocktails, fabulous pizza, appetizers and salads.

Local Spotlight:

—Chris Pizzolo
From A Bronx Tale which was filmed here, to Project Bronx, Astoria has been host to some flattering and productive insights on our bro-borough, the Bronx. In this issue’s local spotlight feature we talked to June Baby Productions (JBP), who produced Project Bronx.

Queens’ Only Indoor Bocce Court

—Nicollette Barsamian
Twist and Smash’d Sports is the new offering from the owners of Twist and Smash’d. It serves as the first and only indoor bocce court and sports bar in all of Queens. After their successful launch of Twist and Smash’d in Forest Hills, the father-daughters team decided to expand to a second venue.

Fireworks By Grucci

—Jason D. Antos
The skies over the East River will light up with a spectacular fireworks display presented by the Grucci Family as part of the Central Astoria Local Development Coalition’s (CALDC) Annual Independence Day Celebration. The event will be held on Monday, June 30, 7:30 p.m. on the Astoria Park waterfront.

Meet Astoria

Meet Rene: Rene and his wife, Susan, are three decades of Astoria via France. Starting off as a newlywed couple very much in love, the very-much-in-love grandparents are preparing for an 80-day trip back to France.

Happenings In Astoria

Compiled By Melissa Cipolla
Sunset Rooftop Yoga Series$25 | Z NYC Hotel11-01 43rd Ave.June 3rd, July 1st, Aug 5th &Sept 2nd @ 7:30PM Flamenco-Spanish DanceClasses for Kids & Teens—Saturday in AstoriaSol Dance Center. Info718.392.8888June 7th @ 11:30 AM-2:30AM Freestyle Fever 4The Loft at Studio SquareJune 7th @ 9PM