2015-12-01

Christmas Caroling Began in Queens!

Did You Know?

Famous 19th century photojournalist and social reformer, Jacob Riis, helped introduce Christmas caroling to America. The Danish-born Riis, had moved to the village of Richmond Hill, Long Island (now Queens), with his Danish-born wife, Elisabeth. They took up residence in a white, clapboard house at 84-47 120th Street from 1885 to 1912, nearly 30 years. At the time, Richmond Hill […]

2015-12-01 E-Edition

Elmhurst Was Inspiration For ‘A Visit From St. Nicholas’



Clement Clarke Moore was an American professor of Oriental and Greek literature at Columbia College, now Columbia University. He is generally considered to be the author of the Yuletide iconic poem, “A Visit From St. Nicholas,” which later became famous as “‘Twas the Night Before Christmas.” Moore was born on July 15, 1779, to Benjamin Moore and Charity Clarke and […]

New Year’s Eve On The Town



It’s almost time to ring in 2016. Whether you are looking to celebrate with your sweetie, friends or family here are a few enticing places you should check out on Thursday night, December 31st: Katch Astoria, 31-19 Newtown Avenue, 9 pm to midnight. The event includes a buffet and premium liquor, champagne toast and music by DJ LP. Check their […]

Meet Astoria



As we wind down the year, it’s time to reflect on whether we’ll wind up on the Naughty or Nice List this year. There’s been a lot of change in the neighborhood, some of it welcome, and some not as much. Terms like zoning, transplants, and hipsters were used a lot this year and it’s only appropriate to consider how […]

Shop Local, Shop Small!



The holidays are here, but don’t panic, there’s no need to travel far for your gifts. Astoria has so many shops, why not help a small business and look for some great DEALS. For the kids try something from Teddy Mountain located at 29-21 21st Avenue. Teddy Mountain offers personalized stuffing of animals, outfits and more. Check out their 2015 […]

Ladies’ Nights To Unwind



The holidays are here, and we are getting stressed out with what to buy, decorating, and family dinners. Ladies, you need a night out with your girlfriends and here are a few worthwhile places to spend with your closest girls and unwind. Paint Nites located locally in Astoria/LIC invites you to create art over cocktails. No experience is necessary and […]

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, […]

A Charlie Brown Christmas Celebrates 50 Years!



Based on the Peanuts comic strip created by Charles Schulz, A Charlie Brown Christmas continues to be a family favorite since its debut in 1965.This year, 20th Century Fox released The Peanuts Movie, serving as further proof of the enduring popularity of Schulz’ characters. The likes of Snoopy and Woodstock are featured in Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade every year, just […]

Why Bring A Tree Into The House?



Christmas Trees light up our living rooms during the cold dark nights of December. But where and when did the tradition of bringing a tree into our homes come from? Long before people celebrated Christmas, plants that stayed green during winter were considered an auspicious sign to people. Ancient people living in a winter climate would hang pine, spruce and […]