Fireworks In The Park

On The Cover As the perfect example of summer in Queens, the Central Astoria LDC’s Independence Celebration in Astoria Park is an explosive, fun get-together for the Astoria family at the shorefront. This spectacular, famous event attracts thousands— over 20,000—for a lovely night of live orchestral music from the Patriot Brass Ensemble which will play patriotic favorites, followed by the […]

From The Publisher

June and July, or J&J if you like, are a great time for us to go out and enjoy the longer days of the year with the most sun. We’ve been waiting for it all year, and plan to make the very most of it. There is no shortage of exciting or languorous activities to choose from. There’s baseball, the […]

Summer Cocktails

This summer, the pool won’t be the only place to find something cold and refreshing. Whether you’re taking these drinks to a summer barbecue or Fourth of July party, or simply enjoying them at home with a friend or two, there are some flavors that simply scream “summertime.” Think tangy, sweet, with a little bit of a kick, and you’ve […]

Makin’ the Scene

QED Astoria 27-16 23 Ave, Astoria. Tix and further info at – Burning Down the Ground: A Tragic Family Farce Adapted from acclaimed memoir, “Burn Down the Ground,” join author Kambri Crews as she tells you a story you’ve definitely never heard before. Jun 18, 8:30-9:30 pm – Closing Reception: Liquid Light Lab by Steve Pavlovsky Say goodbye to […]

Pilates in the Park

June’s fitness spotlight is Pilates in the Park. If you want a workout that is outdoors this summer, look no further than Pilates in the Park, led by Lynette Pettinicchi, a mat Pilates-certified instructor. The series takes place in Astoria Park every Tuesday and Thursday at 7 pm. Lynette’s goal with her certification was to be able to host pop-ups […]

RaR Bar

Tunes and Taverns:

Before you continue reading this, I know. I’ve taken a break from this column for the past few months, and for everyone (or anyone!) who’s been reading it religiously, I’d like to extend my heartfelt apologies. I got busy, then needed to take some time for myself, which included not hunting through the neighborhood for musical finds and delicious beers […]

LIC Artists’ Postcard Show Fundraiser At Plaxall

LIC Artists are holding a Postcard Show Fundraiser at Plaxall Gallery. There is an open call for submissions, so anyone who wants can send in their work. The deadline for submissions is June 28. The exhibit will be held at The Plaxall Gallery, at 5-25 46th Avenue, LIC, from July 5 through August 5. The Opening Reception will be on […]

Michael’s Restaurant

Summer Fun at Socrates

Socrates Sculpture Park follows up an exciting spring with a beautiful, fun-packed summer. Jazz at Socrates continues with saxophonist Eric Wyatt on July 12 and trumpeter Joey “Hot Lips” Morant on August 9, both presented in partnership with the Jazz Foundation of America. These concerts are free with no reservation required. Outdoors, in view of the water, with food vendors, […]


George’s at Kaufman Astoria Studio was reinvented on March 20th to stellar reviews from its many fans and this writer as well. Formerly the Astor Room, “George’s” tips its hat to the recently deceased George S. Kaufman, who founded Kaufman Astoria Studio, where stars such as W.C. Fields, Rudolph Valentino, and the Marx Brothers perfected their craft and dined here, […]