PoP Art Toy Show at the Bao Shoppe

Taylor Kang
Pop culture quite literally takes shape in Peter Yip and Berto Ray Barreto’s latest project – the Pop Art Toy Show at the Bao Shoppe on 30-66 Steinway Street, available to the public until October 1, 2014.    

The Ultimate Astoria Date Night

Chris Pizzolo
Ok, so summer's here and since Citi bike has neglected New York's most beloved boro we must take it upon ourselves to create a top notch night without having to endure a sweaty subway. Below is your game plan on how to score big in romance category. 

This Wednesday: Movies under the stars

Laura Laucella
Don't feel like paying $12.50 for a movie?  I don't blame you. Instead, check out the International Film Festival at Socrates Sculpture Park. Every Wednesday there will be a screening of movies from different parts of the world.

Tunes & Taverns

Ok, so whether you’re an Astoria native or new to our neighborhood, you’ve got to know that music is very much alive and well in Astoria. This month we are going to give a tip of the cap to some artists with roots in Astoria, and some houses that host great music nights.  Mister Wives 

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.