Steak Out



On The Cover This month’s Queen Scene cover features a savory, juicy steak from our new neighborhood restaurant, San Marco Restaurant & Bar (46-11 Broadway). The cover photo shows us a creative and colorful variation on the iconic steak dish, which is one of the many delectable, delicious choices that we have in our hometown of Astoria. In this neighborhood […]

From The Publisher



February is the shortest month of the year, leap year or not, yet it still has so much going on. Febrrruary still has that brrr-feeling – yes it usually is one of the coldest months of the year, but we also like to think of it as “Fe-brewery,” which gives us a yen to find some fine beer – easy […]

Presidents’ Day: Not Just Another Holiday



Contrary to popular belief, Presidents Day is not just another Monday bank holiday. With a rich history and an interesting backstory, the holiday went from a simple celebration of George Washington’s birthday to a federal celebration of all of our presidents, and a well-deserved day off for the hardworking people of America. Washington’s birthday was initially created by an Act […]

Make The Scene



Kids Week Queens: Ranger Games (Free) Fort Totten VisitorCenter, 212 St & Bell Blvd, Feb 20, 1-2:30 pmGeorge Washington Carver Workshop Queens Botanical Garden, 42-80 Crommelin Ave, Feb 21, 1-2:30 pmFDNY Mobile Academy A day of fun activities & fire training.Roy Wilkins Recreation Center, 177 St & Baisley Blvd, Feb 22, 10am-4:30 pmKids’ Week Queens: Nature Exploration Guided hike, filled […]

Meet Astoria



Outside of Speed Wash Laundry Center here in Astoria, we bumped into one of our lovely neighbors, Stephanie Couch – who happened to be doing laundry too. It was very frigid and cold outside, so we chatted it up briefly, but we got to know this artist/teacher who loves to cook, but doing laundry, not so much. Astoria, meet Stephanie! […]

St. Patrick’s Day Preview



Because we love St. Patrick’s Day, and we know you do too, we thought we’d start checking out the upcoming activities. It is pretty much just around the corner, what with festivities that will take place starting the first weekend in March. So open up your calendar and enter some of these events. St. Patrick’s Day is an annual celebration […]

Martha’s Cupcakes Will Become Your Obsession



Martha’s Country Bakery, home of many delicious goods at 36-21 Ditmars Blvd., is known for their freshly baked cakes and coffee. We stopped by after dinner for something sweet – cupcakes. With over a dozen flavors to choose from – like Oreo, Tiramisu, Coconut, Ganache, Peanut Butter and Cappuccino – how does one choose? We decided to try a few […]

The Glamorous Melrose Ballroom



Rated a top venue for music and events by Rolling Stone magazine, Melrose Ballroom is a premiere ballroom that is home to many artists and entertainers like Steven Tyler, Rihanna, Shawn Mendes, and FKA Twigs, to name a few from their “Wall of Fame.” Upcoming music events to look forward to are “Hatzigiannis Live,” featuring Michalis Hatzigiannis on Saturday, February […]

The Astoria Bookshop Oasis



This brick-and-mortar bookstore guides you in exploring other worlds through books, in the here and now, in a community of other book lovers, should you desire. With the closing of mega bookstores like Barnes & Noble, and the use of online retailers such as Amazon, there are no longer many bookstores out there to provide us simply with books. Paper […]

San Marco Ristorante



San Marco Ristorante opened for New Year’s Eve on the site of Ponticello, which enjoyed more than 40 years of success on Broadway in Astoria. Now it’s San Marco’s turn to delight us with Northern Italian cuisine, as prepared by Chef Mattia who hails from Venice. At San Marco, you’ll find regional dishes from Venice and beyond, all made from […]