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CREATE // CULTIVATE // INSPIRE

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Dear Western Queens,

JOSHUA SCHNEPS

Where has the summer gone? Time certainly is not standing still. This summer has been a thrill for me with the kicking off the first season of Astoria Flea at Kaufman Studios. It has been a great experience watching the community come out by the thousands to support the local vendors selling everything from antiques to pickles. If you haven’t been I hope you will join us on the remaining Sundays in August. Come September the Flea will be going back to Long Island City on Sundays where it currently operates every Saturday. A new addition to the flea has been the outdoor seating and live music provided by The Astor Room. They just recently completed a renovation and re-grand opening. If you needed another excuse to come out, you now have one! The month of August brings a ton of other events to the neighborhood including activities along the waterfront of Astoria Park. Now is the time to get out and enjoy the summer season while it lasts! Josh

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nce you have made it through your first few years of simply being open, keeping your menu fresh is one of the greatest challenges facing any restaurant. How do you maintain the balance between tried and true favorites, along with something new, innovative, and exciting for the regular who wants to branch out? This month, we visit three restaurants that have recently updated their menus to wondrous effect. Tufino Pizzeria Napoletana

36-08 Ditmars Blvd, Astoria, NYÂ 11105

As the owner and pizzaiolo of one of Astoria’s only Neapolitan pizzerias, Stephen Menna has a healthy share of competition. There are over seventy pizza joints in Astoria alone, and nearly fifty more in Long Island City and Sunnyside. But we feel confident no one comes close in the blend of creativity, technique, and simple good old-fashioned ingredients baked in the style of Naples. His dough takes at least two days to prepare, resulting in a flawlessly airy crust, and wait until you see some of the final pies and tempting fried treats. They fry croquettes, ravioli, pasta cakes, grapefruit-sized balls of mozzarella, and even the calzones. Tufino has upped its game, and we are in amore.

The Grape Expectations pie is dressed in Gorgonzola with sweet red grapes, piquant capicola, and a drizzle of honey picante.

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Pizza Vesuvio is a volcanic pie erupting with ricotta, fior di latte, ham, black pepper, & pecorino

Ribbons of pappardelle in a sweet sausage ragout with pecorino shavings In the Pizza Stella, each arm of the star is stuffed with a different filling: prosciutto, sausage, ricotta, mushrooms, and artichokes.


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The Queens Kickshaw 40-17 Broadway,
 Astoria, NY 11103

New Executive Chef, Kenji Hurlburt–who hails from such esteemed kitchens as The National, Rouge Tomate, and Gotham Bar & Grill–has created a mouthwatering summer menu featuring seasonal favorites, ranging from juicy watermelon and plump berries to crisp legumes, sweet yellow corn, and earthy huitlacoche. Even the gnocchi is presented in fluffy clouds so light and plump it is as if they are simply raining vegetables fresh from the garden.  In fact, the whole menu is a storm of bright flavors that will thrill existing fans, and endear newcomers.

Warm queso dip and Nixtamal tortilla chips

Summer watermelon salad with feta and kalamata olives, chilled gazpacho with a dollop of avocado, and a zesty kale salad with lemon marmalade

Toasted gruyere with caramelized onions, cornichon, & pickled red onion

Summer vegetable pot pie

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Bear Restaurant 12-14 31st Ave, Long Island City, NY 11106

Natasha Pogrebinsky is always keeping it fresh at Bear, her nouveau-European Russian restaurant tucked just a few blocks from the beach on 31st Ave. “We want people to feel they can come in flip-flops if they want to,” she laughs, explaining why the summer menu takes a slightly more casual approach than the Swarovsky crystal lighting might imply. For the warm months, guests at Bear can enjoy a pop-up dumpling stand, rich with classic pierogies in blended vinegars, as well as gorgeous amber potstickers glistening in a ginger glaze with salty orbs of salmon roe. Can’t choose just one from the list of seven dumplings? $50 will allow you to choose any five menu items for a personally tailored tasting.

An assortment of sides for the dumplings

Creamy cool borscht

Dumplings and caviar

Classic pierogies

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FOOD & DRINK

I’m ready for my closeup Chef Nathaniel Felder

Filet mignon with cauliflower puree and roasted vegetables

This month the Astor Room lifted the curtain not only on a new chef and new menu, but also on a new outdoor dining area with live music. Under the direction of chef Nathaniel Felder, formerly of Manhattan hot spots Catch and Lavo, the new menu celebrates classic American cuisine and features a signature cocktail list that pays homage to the Astor Room’s cinematic heritage.  Under the glow of the iconic Kaufman Astoria Studios gate, guests can relax in a new outdoor dining area shrouded in palms within the Studio’s backlot.  The outdoor area features live music, from jazz to blues to pop. We sat down with Mark Atkocaitis, General Manager of the Astor Room, to discuss the updated space. Atkocaitis describes it as “a bit of South Beach meets Astoria. A small corner where one can lose themselves in the great food, warm breeze, and tantalizing live music. I would describe the new menu as Nate Felder’s rendition of classic American food with seasonal delights, such as a chilled lobster and gazpacho soup. We are very happy to have Chef Felder on board with his outstanding menu. Along with our new chef and new menu we are happy to show off our new touches to the main dining room. A new floor and new ceilings better represent the feel of the room in its hey day, as the dining commissary to such early cinema stars as Rudolf Valentino, Mary Pickford, Glory Swanson, and Douglas Fairbanks. The Astor Room is ready to put its best foot forward and let Astoria come on in and take a trip back in time.” The Astor Room 34-12 36th St, Astoria, NY 11106

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AUGUST EVENTS

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8/3 @ 11am-6pm

Community Day

Friends and neighbors are invited to visit the Museum for free admission and a variety of programs. Open Studio will take place from 11:00am to 3:00pm. A free public tour offered at 2:00pm, and from 4:00pm to 5:00pm, there will be a special Center of Attention conversation focusing on a single work of art. FREE | The Noguchi Museum 718-204-7088 | 9-01 33rd Road, LIC www.noguchi.org/programs

8/4 @ 4pm - midnight

Beer & Bacon All Night Happy Hour

FREE | R’a’Rbar - Rest-au-Rant 718-729-9009 | Red Building on the corner of 30th St and 35th Ave www.rarbarlic.com

8/7 @ 9pm - midnight

Live Music: Shai Bachar

FREE | R’a’Rbar - Rest-au-Rant 718-729-9009 | Red Building on the corner of 30th St and 35th Ave www.rarbarlic.com www.shaibachar.com

Astoria Park Events 8/4 @ 8:30PM-10PM

8/10 @ 3PM-4PM

Artists at Noguchi Bang on a Can Music Series featuring JACK Quartet

For more information, visit www.bangonacan.org Cost: Included in the cost of admission ($10) The Noguchi Museum 718-204-7088 | 9-01 33rd Road, LIC www.noguchi.org/programs

8/11 @ 12PM-1:30PM

Astoria Fine Art Dance’s Summer Jazz

Join us as Kira Lyn Yee teaches a different style of jazz each Monday for the month of August. Class will start with a technique-based warm-up, focusing on proper placement and strength, and then dancers will have the opportunity to learn choreography. Come ready to express yourself and be challenged in a supportive environment! $15 | AFADance 718-274-0740 | 38-01 23rd Avenue, Astoria

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$15, drop-in // $45, all four weeks. 8/12 @ 4PM-6PM

The ULTIMATE Summer Wellness Workshop

Come join us as AFADance hosts a wellness workshop taught by Registered Dietitian, Colleen McCarthy, and our Pilates/ Yoga instructor, Andrea Dusel-Foil. A combination of Yoga, Pilates, Tennis Ball Therapy, and Dietary information will get your feeling and looking your healthiest! $30 | AFADance 718-274-0740 | 38-01 23rd Avenue, Astoria August 12th - August 14th $30 per day // $75 for all three days 8/14 @ 9pm - midnight

Live Music: The Yes Team

FREE | R’a’Rbar - Rest-au-Rant 718-729-9009 | Red Building on the corner of 30th St and 35th Ave www.rarbarlic.com

8/18 & 8/25 @ 12PM-1:30PM

Astoria Fine Arts Dance’s Summer Jazz Workshop

Join us as Kira Lyn Yee teaches a different style of jazz each Monday for the month of August. Class will start with a technique-based warm-up, focusing on proper placement and strength, and then dancers will have the opportunity to learn choreography. Come ready to express yourself and be challenged in a supportive environment! $15 | AFADance 718-274-0740 | 38-01 23rd Avenue, Astoria $15, drop-in // $45, all four weeks.

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Central Astoria Movies on the Waterfront: Despicable Me 2 Astoria Park Lawn (in Astoria Park)

8/14 @ 7:30pm-9pm

Waterfront Concert Series 2014 Presents The Regulars Astoria Park Lawn (in Astoria Park)

Category: Film, Kids, Free Summer Movies, WaterfrontFree!

Category: Concerts, Free Summer Concerts, WaterfrontFree!

8/5 @ 7PM-8PM

8/18 @ 8:30PM-10PM

Shape Up NYC: Functional Training Astoria Park Track (in Astoria Park)

Category: Fitness, Outdoor FitnessFree!

8/7 @ 7:30pm-9pm

Central Astoria Movies on the Waterfront: Dirty Dancing Astoria Park Lawn (in Astoria Park)

Category: Film, Free Summer Movies, WaterfrontFree!

Waterfront Concert Series 2014 Presents Michael Patrick’s Ring of Fire

8/19 @ 7PM-8PM

Category: Concerts, Free Summer Concerts, WaterfrontFree!

Category: Fitness, Outdoor FitnessFree!

8/11 @ 8:30PM-10PM

8/25 @ 8:30PM-10PM

Astoria Park Lawn (in Astoria Park)

Central Astoria Movies on the Waterfront: T he Wizard of Oz Astoria Park Lawn (in Astoria Park)

Shape Up NYC: Functional Training Astoria Park Track (in Astoria Park)

Central Astoria Movies on the Waterfront: Finding Nemo Astoria Park Lawn (in Astoria Park)

Category: Film, Kids, Free Summer Movies, WaterfrontFree!

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8/12 @ 7PM-8PM

8/26 @ 7PM-8PM

Shape Up NYC: Functional Training Astoria Park Track (in Astoria Park)

Category: Fitness, Outdoor FitnessFree!

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8/28 @ 9pm - midnight

every Wednesday @ 4pm-2am

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Live Music: Curtis Eller’s American Circus www.rarbarlic.com www.curtiseller.com

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EVERY WEDNESDAY @ 8PM-11PM

Ladies Night at Woodbines

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$5 drink specials and $15 select bottles of wine FREE | Woodbines 718-361-8488 | 4710 Vernon Blvd., LIC WoodbinesLIC.com

Every Monday @ 4pm-midnight

every Saturday & Sunday @ 11am - 4pm

$4 house wines and $2 off all drafts FREE | R’a’Rbar - Rest-au-Rant 718-729-9009 | Red Building on the corner of 30th St and 35th Ave

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All Night Happy Hour

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Every Tuesday @ 9pm-11pm

R’a’Rbar Comedy Show

$30 for a bottle of house wine and a cheese plate FREE | R’a’Rbar - Rest-au-Rant 718-729-9009 | Red Building on the corner of 30th St and 35th Ave www.rarbarlic.com

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every Sunday @ 4pm - 12am

Sunday Tasting Menu

$40-2 tapas and a wine bottle, $55-4 tapas and a wine bottle, $10-draft &BBQ FREE | R’a’Rbar - Rest-au-Rant 718-729-9009 | Red Building on the corner of 30th St and 35th Ave www.rarbarlic.com


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Holy Mole Leo Zelaya shaking a margarita

In the heart of Puebla, just southeast of Mexico City, sits the industrial town of Atlixco, Mexico where a fifty-something-year-old-woman is carefully preparing a puree that will soon journey across the continent. With the assistance of her mother and her son, Juana Reyes lovingly blends thirteen different peppers, ripe peaches, some plantain, crumbles in a few cookies, and then adds a dusting of crushed walnuts and almonds. Once finished, the concoction is carefully shipped across the border and makes its way to Astoria, where Chef Wilmer Santos will transform the puree one final time. He cautiously adds clarified chicken stock, a secret blend of spiced dark chocolate, and some cinnamon, nutmeg, and clove to create Maizal’s now famous mole.

The complicated, somewhat magical sauce is best served over an enchilada stuffed with spicy shredded pork, onions, tomatoes, and peppers covered with a blanket of melted Oaxacan white cheese. The flavors unfold in your mouth as smoky and sweet with a kiss of Poblano, a unique pleasure at each and every bite. That is the magic of Maizal. That, and the love of the family that runs it. The chef ’s brother, Leo Zelaya, manages the front of the house and the bar, where he makes a variety of bitters homemade as gourmet finishing touches on the tequila-based cocktail list—though a few surprises add contrast, like the Berry Lemoncito with vodka poured over muddled limes and berries. The chef ’s young son giggles as he squeezes the lemonade in exchange for warm cinnamon-dusted churros. It is the same teamwork that brought them huge success in Staten Island, and encouraged them to

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Plantain stuffed with chili shrimp and avocado Wilmer Santos, Diego Santos, and Leo Zelaya

open a second location in Astoria. And that is the kind of family tradition we can support with all our heart—and then enjoy a frozen margarita, some stuffed sweet plantains, and a bowl of guacamole made tableside— all before savoring that beautiful mole. Maizal Mexican Cuisine & Tequila Bar 32-07 34th Ave, Astoria, NY 11106 718-406-9431

Mole Poblano


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718.721.1001 www.cavoastoria.com

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There is life after stroke. If you’re living with the effects of a stroke or caring for someone who Meet: is, it’s easy to feel alone and overwhelmed. Which is why you should Tuesdays join our new Support Group for Stroke Survivors and Caregivers. at 5 PM With the help and encouragement of caring professionals August 12 and interaction with other survivors and their caregivers, September16 we strive to help you increase your independence and October 21 enhance your quality of life. Facilitators: Ingrid Hardin, LMSW | Nadia Murphy, LMSW | Tara Roche, RN

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CHARACTERS

Alia Akkam is a writer and the editor of Edible Queens

The

Writer Interview & Photo Lizabeth Nieves

I read a lot as a child. I think that’s pretty much all I did. I learned how to read really young, and it created an escape for me. I was a very sheltered child, and reading created these other worlds for me. When we started writing creative writing in elementary school it was very natural. It just came to me. I have always wanted to write. I can’t picture myself doing anything else. It has been a part of my identity ever since I was 6 or 7. The teachers and the other kids would know Alia is the writer. That overtook my persona and it just carried through. I always knew that words were going to be a part of my life, and now that I have done it twelve years professionally, I feel like if this was taken away from me I don’t know what else I would do as I don’t have any other skills. I had really great English teachers, and they were always encouraging of my talent and encouraged me to go on and pursue some sort of career with words. I still ultimately would love to publish fiction. In the meantime, journalism happened and I got so busy with that, that’s sort of trumped the fiction right now. I graduated college early, and started working in public relations for two years because that involved a lot of writing. Then I realized how much I hated that. Then I just started freelance writing. This was before all the blogs started, so it was less competitive and it was easier to get work. I came in at a great time and forged an identity and a reputation. This was in 2002.

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I have followed the changes with all the blogs, and ‘everybody is a writer now.’ I have seen it change, and I feel very lucky to have gotten in at that time. If I was graduating college now and wanting to be a writer, it would be very intimidating. I’m a full time freelance writer now, so I cover a variety of things, from food, to cocktails, to wine, to hotels and to design. I feel like my whole life is just words, I’m constantly on the computer. If I’m not writing I don’t know what to do with myself sometimes. With my blog the Qnote, I think I was a bit too early for it. I don’t think the borough was ready for a site that sophisticated at the time. I think I was maybe a bit too early when I did it; my biggest challenge was getting people to care about Queens. It did get me really entrenched with Queens, and so it was logical for me to become the editor of Edible Queens. 2015 will bring about two books. The first book will be a project with these two awesome bartenders, The Tippling Brothers, and that is a cocktail book primarily about Mexican cocktails. I have my own book coming out that is an everything you would want to know about cocktails guide. I was born in Queens, in Rego Park. My mother grew up here. When I first graduated from college I went to Brooklyn, then I went to Queens, then I went to Brooklyn, and I just kept shuffling back and forth. This last time I really liked Astoria. This time around it’s been six years. Just seeing the difference between what I saw in 2002 and what I see now is completely different. My favorite food places in Astoria are Sparrow for brunch, I’m really happy with the addition of MP Taverna, and I love the gelato at La Guli’s. I really like the new menu at Pachanga Patterson. To get a cocktail, I’d go to Long Island City for that. I go to Dutch Kills. I think that’s the best bar in Queens.


– a concept of quality and excellent food, in a space where people come together to enjoy the feel of real Italy in Astoria.

31-09 23rd Ave • Astoria • 347-612-4334 • ViaVai-NY.com

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Justin H says “The service and food are a cut above anything else in the neighborhood” Open 7 Days — We nOW Deliver

Happy Hour 4pm-7pm Monday thru Saturday Beer $4/Wine $5/Cocktails $6/Appetizers $8

Weekend Brunch from 11-4pm (Choice of) $18 Brunch special, 2 select alcoholic drinks, entree, coffee/tea or 2 hr Unlimited Select Drinks $15 with an entree or Enjoy $3 Champagne, Bellini, Mimosas and Bloody Mary. 20 35-03 | BOROMAG.COM | AUGUST 2014 Broadway | Astoria,

NY 11106 | 718-545-3500 | www.portaliaNYC.com

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Crescent Grill

New American

Restaurant

Our Philosophy We are a farm-to-table restaurant. At Crescent Grill, we are proud to partner with local farms, businesses and artists.

Lounge

Gallery

Hours of Operation Dinner: Wed - Fri: 5p - 11p Sat - Sun: 6p - 11p

Happy Hour: Weekdays from 5p - 7p

We support local artists.

Enjoy half price taps and lounge food!

The works of local and renowned artists line the walls of our gallery. We are heavily involved with the local artist community and invest in the local art culture.

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As a courtesy to our guests, we offer free round trip transportation in one of Crescent Grill’s privately owned passenger vehicles. Visit Crescentgrill. com to view pickup locations within our shuttle zone or simply call us to reserve your ride.

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umans have been filling pastries with berries, bacon, cheddar, chocolate, and any of a hundred stuffable ingredients for centuries. Consider pierogi, gyoza, shumai, calzones, turnovers, pot pies, streudel, pigs-in-a-blanket, brik, bourek, cannoli, cream horns, éclairs, kolaches, samosas, pain au chocolat, ravioli, profiteroles, and yes—even cronuts. But of all of the steamy pockets of tasty temptations, one stands out as the most diverse, versatile, accessible, and affordable— the empanada. Believed to have originated in Spain, these pastry pouches are named from the word empanar, which means to coat with bread. But beyond that definition of a warm filling baked in a flour or corn crust, interpretation is thrown to the wind. So here are some of the tastiest options we have enjoyed in Western Queens.

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Blend

Jessy's

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Jalisco's QueensComfort

Pao&ChaCha

Fatty's

Marketa

Fatty’s Café

3 Moon Empanadas arrive 3 to an order, wrapped in a flaky pastry crust and available in beef, cheese, or chorizo. If you ask nicely, they might mix it up and serve you one of each. 45-17 28th Ave, Astoria • www.fattysastoria.com

Blend The empanadas at blend are prepared in a thick corn crust that is crispy on the outside but gives way to a soft center. Fourteen bucks will get you all five of them: chicken, braised beef, 4-cheese blend, chorizo, and spinach and cheese. 47-04 Vernon Blvd., LIC • www.blendnewyorkcity.com

Queens Comfort

Always breaking convention, these guys fill their flaky pastries with truffles and beef, braised kale, sweet potato and cheddar, and roasted pork and apple slaw, and serve them with truffle honey or chipotle aioli. Two come in a basket for $8, but don’t plan on sharing. 40-09 30th Ave, Astoria • www.queenscomfort.com

Pao & Cha Cha

Venezuelan and Chinese harmonize beautifully through the vehicle of stuffed pastries. These folks serve dumplings, but they also prepare a solid set of empanadas. The PAO salsa is a tart and tangy tropical fruit compote, and really makes these pockets perk up. 23-03 Astoria Blvd., Astoria

Pao de Queijo

This Brazilian pastry and burger stand is one of Astoria’s best-kept secrets. With over fifteen pastry pockets on the menu, guests can enjoy chicken custard pies, hearts of palm rolls, with Brazilian beef, ham, chicken, and cream cheese as fillings. 31-90 30th St, Astoria • www.paodequeijonyc.com

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Jalisco’s Empanadas & Tacos

With the average empanada running $2 to $2.50 you can make quite a feast at this little shop. The menu is broken down into classic empanadas like chorizo and chicken, but you can also get them stuffed with cheeseburger, hot dogs, or broccoli and cheddar. They serve a whole list of dessert empanadas as well, with cheesecake, caramel, and pie filling. 25-08 34th Ave, Astoria • www.gotempanadaslongislandcity.com

Jessy’s Pastries

You can taste the love as Jessy Nahmias bakes empanadas in the style she watched her grandmothers in Peru prepare from scratch. The crust is exceptional, flaky, buttery, and delicious—filled with everything from buffalo chicken to cauliflower curry or mac & cheese. Available at LIC & Astoria Fleas, but check the website for all market locations. www.jessyspastries.com

Marketa

The chef ’s selection rotates, but we say order them with the sampler, which arrives with chicken drumsticks and chorizo croquettes. The empanadas stuffed with shredded beef will leave you begging for more. 37-17 30th Ave, Astoria

San Antonio Bakery II

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We still love the original Arepas Café tucked on 36th Ave. Before diving into one of the best arepas in town, order the mini platter of starters, including 3 mini empanadas. You can even order them stuffed with shark. 33-07 36th Ave, Astoria • www.arepascafe.com


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MAP IT DIRECTORY RESTAURANTS 115

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alewife (a,4) 718-937-7494 5-14 51st Ave, LIC www.alewifequeens.com Aliada (b,2) 718-932-2240 29-19 Broadway, Astoria

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alobar restaurant 347-752-6000 46-42 Vernon Blvd, LIC www.alobarnyc.com

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Antika Pizzeria & Restaurant (c,2) 718-545-0555 36-08 30th Ave, Astoria www.antikapizzeria .com

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AREPAS CAFE 718-937-3835 33-07 36th Ave (B,2) 2119 Broadway (B,1) www.arepascafe.com

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Astor room (C,2) 718-255-1947 34-12 36th St, Astoria www.astorroom.com

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Bareburger (b,2) 718-777-7011 33-21 31st Ave, Astoria 718-204-7167 23-01 31 St, Astoria www.bareburger.com

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Basil Brick Oven (B,1) 718-204-1205 28-17 Astoria Blvd, Astoria www.basilbrickoven.com

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Bear (a,2) 917-396-4939 12-14 31st Ave, Astoria www.bearnyc.com

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Bread Box Cafe (A,4) 718-389-9700 4711 11th St, LIC www.breadboxcafelic.com

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Brick Cafe (B,2) 718-267-2735 30-95 33rd St, Astoria www.brickcafe.com

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Hibino LIC (A,4) 10-70 Jackson Ave, LIC 718-392-5190 www.hibino-lic.com

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RETRO PIZZA CAFE 41-02 Broadway, Astoria 347-612-4460 • Fax: 347-813-4039

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Honoo Grill & Noodle 33-06 Ditmars Blvd, Astoria 718-606-0653 www.honoo33.com

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Rèst-âü-Ránt (B,2) 718-729-9009 30-01 35th Ave, Astoria www.rarbarlic.com

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Il Bambino (C,2) 718-626-0087 34-08 31 Ave, Astoria www.ilbambinonyc.com

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S Prime Steak House (c,2) 718-707-0660 35-16 36th St, Astoria www.sprimenyc.com

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leng thai (b,2) 718-956-7117 33-09 Broadway, Astoria www.lengthainewyork.com

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Sage General Store (b,4) 718-361-0707 24-20 Jackson Ave, LIC www.sagegeneralstore.com

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LIC Market (B,4) 718-361-0013 21-52 44th Dr, LIC www.licmarket.com

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Shi (a,4) 347-242-2450 4720 Center Blvd, LIC www.eatdrinkshi.com

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Linn (B,2) 718-204-0060 2913 Broadway, Astoria www.linnrestaurant.com

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Skinny’s (a,4) 718-806-1068 47-05 Center Blvd, LIC

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Locale (b,2) 718-729-9080 33-02 34th Ave, LIC www.localeastoria.com

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Maizal Restaurant (B,2) 718-406-9431 32-07 34th Avenue, Astoria www.maizalrestaurant.com

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Malagueta Restaurant (B,2) 718-937-4821 25-35 36th Avenue, Astoria www.malaguetany.com Manducatis Rustica (A,4) 718-937-1312 46-3 Vernon Blvd, LIC www.manducatisrustica.com

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MexiBBQ (c,2) 718-626-0333 37-11 30th Ave, Astoria www.mexiqny.com

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Mezze Place (B,2) 718-777-2829 31-18 Broadway, Astoria www.mezzeplace.com Michael’s Cafe (B,3) (located inside Four Points Sheraton) 347-536-3633 27-05 39th Ave, LIC www.michaelscafeny.com

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Bugatti Café 31-5 34th St, Astoria 718-626-1115 www.bugatticafe.com

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Burger Club (b,2) 718-777-7788 32-02 30th Ave, Astoria www.burger-club.com

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Burger Garage (B,3) 718-392-0424 25-36 Jackson Ave, LIC www.theburgergarage.com

Mojave Restaurant (B,1) 718-545-4100 22-36 31st Street, Astoria www.mojaveny.com

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Butcher Bar (c,2) 718-606-8140 37-08 30th Ave, Astoria www.ButcherBar.com

Nosh Borough (B,1) 25-17 Astoria Blvd, Astoria 347-746-5542 noshborough.com

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OFF THE HOOK (B,1) 718-721-2112 28-08 34th Street, Astoria (one block from 30th A) www.offthehookastoria.com

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Café Bar (C,2) 718-204-5273 32-90 36th St, Astoria www.cafebarastoria.com

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Café via espresso (C,1) 718-545-3290 2409 Steinway St, Astoria www.cafeviaespressoastoria.com

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Carioca Grill (B, 2) 718-606-1329 29-03 Broadway, Astoria

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Cavo (C,2) 718-721-1001 42-18 31st Ave, Astoria www.cavoastoria.com

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Crescent Grill (B,3) 718-729-4040 38-40 Crescent Street, LIC www.crescentgrill.com

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PINK NORI (c,2) 718-685-2365 36-06 30th Ave, Astoria www.pinknori.com

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DiWine (C,2) 718-777-1355 41-15 31st Ave, Astoria www.diwineonline.com

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Pita pan (c,2) 718-204-1633 37-15 30th Ave, Astoria www.pitapanny.com

DUTCH KILLS CENTRAAL (B,3) 718-606-8651 38-40 29th St, Long Island City www.dutchkillscentraal.com

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Portalia Ristorante (b,2) 718-545-3500 35-03 Broadway, Astoria www.portalianyc.com

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El Ay Si (A,4) 718-389-8781 47-38 Vernon Blvd, LIC www.elaysi.com

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Queens Comfort (c,2) 718-728-2350 40-09 30th Ave, Astoria www.queenscomfort.com

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Fatty’s (B,1) 718-267-7071 2501 Ditmars Blvd, Astoria www.fattyscafenyc.com

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Queens Kickshaw (c,2) 718-777-0913 40-17 Broadway, Astoria www.thequeenskickshaw.com

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Ornella Trattoria Italiana (B,1) 718-777-9477 29-17 23rd Ave, Astoria www.ornellatrattoria.com

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Ovelia (B,2) 718-721-7217 34-01 30th Ave, Astoria www.ovelia-ny.com Penthouse 808 (A,3) 718-289-6118 8-08 Queens Plaza South, LIC www.penthouse808rooftop.com

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Food Cellar (A,4) 718-606-9786 4-85 47th Rd, LIC www.foodcellarandco.com

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Project Earth (B,2) 35-53 32nd St, LIC 718-204-2161

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Yogurt La Crepe (B,1) 917-832-6930 29-02 Ditmars Blvd, Astoria www.yogurtlacrepe.com

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Apollo Gallery (C,2) 718-786-7590 34-10 36th Ave, Astoria

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babyNOIR (B,1) 646-470-4728, 26-16 23rd Ave, Astoria www.babynoir.net

Snowdonia Pub (B,2) 34-55 32nd St, Astoria 347-730-5783 www.snowdoniapub.com

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Belief (B,1) 718-721-4444 29-20b 23rd Ave, Astoria www.beliefnyc.com

Stove Restaurant and Bar (C, 1) 718-956-0372 45-17 28th Ave, Astoria www.stoveastoria.com

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Inside Astoria (C,1) 718-956-4000 28-07 Ditmars Blvd, Astoria

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LIC: living (A,4) 718-361-5650 535 51st Ave, LIC www.licliving.com

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Lockwood Shop (C,2) 718-626-6030 32-15 33rd St, Astoria www.lockwoodshop.com

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Loveday 31 (B,2) 718-728-4057 3306 31st Ave, Astoria www.loveday31.com

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City Vet (A,4) 718-433-1334 45-44 Vernon Blvd, LIC www.cityvetnyc.com

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Sugar Freak (C,2) 718-726-5850 36-18 30th Ave, Astoria www.sugarfreak.com

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Testaccio (a,4) 718-937-2900 47-30 Vernon Blvd., LIC www.testacciony.com

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Vesta (a,2) 718-545-5550 2102 30th Ave, Astoria www.vestavino.com

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Via Vai (B1) 31-09 23rd Ave, Astoria 347-612-4334 Viavai-ny.com

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william hallet (c,2) 718-269-3443 36-10 30th Ave, Astoria www.williamhallet.com

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Winegasm Bar and Eatery (c,2) 718-932-3331 31-86 37th Rd, Astoria www.winegasmeatery.com

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Yajai (b,2) 718-956-9559 33-16 30th Ave, Astoria www.yajaithaifood.com

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Astor Bake Shop (a,2) 718-606-8439 12-23 Astoria Blvd, Astoria www.astor-bakeshop.com Brooklyn Bagel & Coffee Company 718-777-1121 36-14 30th Ave, Astoria 35-09 Ditmars Blvd, Astoria (C,1) 36-14 30th Ave, Astoria (C,2) 35-05 Broadway, Astoria (C,2) www.bkbagel.com

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Malu (A,4) 718-729-6258 12-09 Jackson Ave, LIC www.amomandpopshop.com

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Sweetleaf (A,4) 917-832-6726 10-93 Jackson Ave, LIC www.sweetleaflic.com

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ADEGA WINE & SPIRITS (B,1) 718-545-2525 31-25 Ditmars Blvd, Astoria www.adegawineandspirits.com

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Astoria Bier & Cheese (C,2) 718-545-5588 34-14 Broadway, Astoria

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Astoria Park Wine and Spirits (b,1) 28-07 24th Ave, Astoria www.astoriaparkwineandspirits.com

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Astoria wine and spirits (C,2) 718-545-9463 3412 Broadway, Astoria www.astoriawines.com

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LIC Veterinary Center (A,4) 718-383-8387 48-18 Vernon Blvd, LIC www.licvets.com Steinway Court Vet (c,2) 718-728-2822 32-41R Steinway St, Astoria www.steinwaycourtvet.com

FLORISTS 160

Off Broadway Florist (B,2) 3204 31st St, Astoria 718-728-2828 www.offbroadwayflorist.com

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Floresta (A,4) 917-612-4446 51-02 Vernon Blvd, LIC 4-85 47th Rd, LIC www.florestanyc.com/blog

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NYC FARM CHIC Flowers www.nycfarmchicflowers.com

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Petals and Roots (B,2) 718-267-1700 31-27 31st St, Astoria www.petalsandroots.com

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Allinones Services (B,1) 718-267-5090 25-40 27th Street, Astoria www.allinoneservices.com

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Ark locksmith 24/7 Service (c,2) 718-932-LOCK (5625) 30-10 37th st, Astoria www.Astorialocksmith.com

SERVICES

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Astoria 35 Laundry & Fine Dry Cleaning (B,2) 3505 34th St, Astoria 718-392-9692 Astoria35laundry.com

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Astoria Center of Israel 718-278-2680 27-35 Crescent Street, Astoria www.astoriacenter.org

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Astoria Cleaners (B,1) 28-19 Astoria Blvd, Astoria 718-545-0680 Astoriacleaners.com


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Blue Bird Child Care 347-832-0103 25-58 48th St, Astoria www.bluebirdchildcareastoria.com

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Dr. Panagiotis Pagonis, M.D. (b,2) 718-278-0300 30-16 30th Ave, Astoria www.drpagonismd.com

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e.c.g. debt settlement (B,1) 718-932-9300 29-15 Astoria Blvd, Astoria

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Gigi Salon (c,2) 718 -777-7755 34-17 30th Ave, Astoria www.gigistylingstudio.com

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The Face & Body Shop 718-204-9390 40-21 23rd Ave, Astoria www.thefaceandbodyshop.com

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Hero computer repair nyc 347-670-4376 Apple/Mac Computer Repair Specialist hero@iamhero.net | www.iamhero.net

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lockwood shop 718-626-6030 3215 33rd St, Astoria www.lockwoodshop.com

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Montessori Kids of LIC (B,3) 5 Court Square, LIC 347-746-5542 mklic.com m

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MPN Law Firm (C,2) 718-777-0400 3403 Broadway, Ste. 200, Astoria www.mpnfirm.com

FITNESS

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Brick Bar (B,2) 718-267-2735 30-95 33rd St, Astoria www.brickcafe.com

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Domaine Wine Bar (A,4) 718-784-2350 50-04 Vernon Blvd, LIC www.domainewinebar.com

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Katch Brewery & Grill (B,2) 718-777-2230 3119 Newtown Ave, Astoria, NY www.katchastoria.com

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Laughing Devil (a,4) 347-913-3845 4738 Vernon Blvd, LIC www.laughingdevil.com

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Mosaic Cafe and Lounge (B,1) 718-728-0708 25-19 24th Ave, Astoria www.mosaicnyc.net

CKO Kickboxing (C, 1) 347-669-0494 40-06 Astoria Blvd, Astoria www.ckoastoria.com

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Club Fitness (b,2) 718-545-0004 31-11 Broadway, Astoria www.clubfitnessny.com

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Studio Sq. Beer Garden (C,3) 718-383-1001 35-33 36th St, Astoria www.studiosquarenyc.com

Crank Cycling Studio (a,4) 718-606-6309 4630 Center Blvd Long Island City, NY www.cranknyc.com

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Sweet Afton (C,2) 718-777-2570 30-09 34th St, Astoria www.sweetaftonbar.com

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Tantra Lounge (b,2) 718-937-4574 35-50 31st St, Astoria www.tantraloungenyc.com

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Voice Music Studio (A,1) 23-11 21st Street Astoria, NY 11105 646-309-3429

EVENTS FOUNDRY (a,3) 718-786-7776 42-38 9TH St, LIC www.thefoundry.info Renaissance Event Hall (A,1) 718-274-4590 27-34 21st St, Astoria www.renaissanceeventhall.com

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CROSSFIT Dynamix Gym (C,1) 718-606-0381 36-05 20th Ave, Astoria www.dynamixgym.com PNT Fitness (A,4) 347-396-5809 10-68 Jackson Ave, LIC www.pntfitness.com The Rock Health & Fitness Club (B,1) 718-204-1400 22-15 31st Street Astoria, NY 11105 www.therockhealthandfitness.com Sage Studios 347-927-2439 29-20 23rd Ave, 4th Floor, Astoria www.sagefit.com/astoria-home

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Seek Fitness (B,1) 347-924-9004 27-18 23rd Ave, Astoria www.seek-fitness.com

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Four Points Sheraton (B,3) 718-786-8500 27-05 39th Ave, LIC, NY 11101 www.fourpoints.com

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Simply Fit 347-639-0489 37-16 Astoria Blvd, Astoria www.simplyfitastoria.com

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Ravel (a,3) 718-289-6101 8-08 Queens Plaza South, LIC www.ravelhotel.com

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Z NYC Hotel (a,3) 212-319-7000 11-01 43rd Ave, LIC www.zhotelny.com

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Body Language Tattoo 347-808-0497 32-02 34th Ave, Astoria www.bltnyc.com

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FAT CAT Tattoo (B,2) 718-267-1326 31-32 31st Street, LIC www.fatcattattoos.com

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Super Nova Tattoos (c,1) 718-274-5712 38-01 23rd Ave, Astoria www.supernovatattoo.com

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The Yoga Room 718-274-0255 38-01 35th Ave, Astoria (C,2) 718-786-7962 10-14 47th Rd, LIC (A,4) www.the-yoga-room.com

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Tightan Gym 718-274-1606 31-21 31st St, Astoria www.tightan.com

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Yoga Agora (B,2) 718-626-0680 33-02 Broadway, 2nd Fl, Astoria www.YogaAgora.com

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UFC Gym (C,2) 34-05 Steinway Street Astoria, NY 11101 718-729-5269 www.ufcgym.com/astoria

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HAPPY DaY NAIL SPA (B,2) 718-728-8886 31-35 31st St, Astoria

SPAS

Noguchi Museum (A,2) 718-204-7088 9-01 33rd Rd, Astoria www.noguchi.org

Break (B,2) 718-777-5400 3204 Broadway, Astoria www.break-ny.com

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Vespa Queens (b,3) 718-786-7772 37-43 Crescent Street, LIC www.vespaqueens.com

Museum of the Moving Image (c,2) 718-784-0077 36-01 35th Ave, Astoria www.movingimage.us

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Tuck-It-Away Storage (B, 3) 718-519-8282 37-19 Crescent Street, Astoria www.tuckitaway.com

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Raven Head Public House (C,2) 718-777-7565 3804 Broadway, Astoria www.ravenheadpublichouse.com

Vardiman Eyewear (c,2) 718-204-5037 34-18 Broadway, Astoria www.vardimaneyewear.com

LIC School of Ballet (B,3) 718-781-1169 44-02 23rd St, Studio 216, LIC www.licsb.com

Bohemian Hall & Beer Garden (B,1) 718-274-4925 2919 24th Ave, Astoria www.bohemianhall.com

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Video Express (c,2) 718-626-0846 3408 30th Ave, Astoria

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RedkEn SALOON Salon (c,2) 718-956-3366 36-17 30th Ave, Astoria www.redkensalon.com

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Astoria Complex (c,2) 34-38 38th St, Long Island City, NY 11101 718-729-7163 www.ascsports1.com

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Primp AND Tease SALON (a,4) 718-472-2001 5-02 50th Ave, LIC

NIGHTLIFE/BARS

RCN (A,3) Digital TV and High-Speed Internet Services 212-842-7981 33-16 Woodside Ave, LIC www.rcn.com/boromag

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Carl Clarke AesthetIques (B,2) 347-631-0922 32-12 Broadway, Astoria www.defineyourlook.com

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QNS COLLECTIVE (c,3) 718-280-5122 36-27 36th Street, 2 floor, Astoria www.qnscollective.com

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Anthea Yoga & Healing Arts center (c,2) 718-606-0049 34-01 45th Street, Astoria www.antheacenter.com

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Rejuvenate face and body (B,1) 718-626-4434 26-17 23rd Ave, Astoria www.Rejuvenatenyc.com

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Astoria fine arts dance (c,1) 718-247-0740 38-01 23rd Ave, Astoria www.asfa-dancestudio.com

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ReisStudios (A,3) “An international community of established & emerging artists” 718-570-3663 43-01 22nd St, LIC www.ReisStudios.com

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RoGallery.com (C,3) 800-888-1063 or 718-937-0901 47-15 36th Street - LIC, NY www.rogallery.com

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SCULPTURECENTER (B,3) 718-361-1750 44-19 Purves St, LIC www.sculpure-center.org

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Socrates Sculpture Park (A,2) 718-626-1533 32-01 Vernon Blvd, Astoria www.socratessculpturepark.org

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Ten10 Studios (A,4) 917-449-9539 10-10 47th Rd, LIC www.ten10studios.com

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the art house (c,2) 516-724-1562 31-06 35th St, Astoria www.gabrieleperici.com

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The Secret Theatre (B,3) 718-392-0722 44-02 23rd St, LIC www.secrettheatre.com

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UNDERPENNY (A,4) 917-517-1492 10-13 50th Ave, LIC

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Beaudoin Realty Group (A,4) 718-505-9220 21-54 45th Ave, LIC www.beaudoinrealtor.com

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douglas elliman (A,4) 917-386-6164 47-37 Vernon Blvd www.elliman.com

REAL ESTATE

ART 5 Pointz (B,4) 317-219-2685 45-46 Davis St, LIC www.5ptz.com

QUEENS COUNCIL ON THE ARTS (C,2) 347-505-3010 37-11 35th Ave, Astoria Entrance on 37th Street www.queenscouncilarts.org

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Astoria Performing Arts Center @The Good Shepherd United Methodist Church (c,2) 718-706-5750 30-44 Crescent Street (@30th Road) Astoria NY 11102 www.apacny.org

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Carnegie Hall 212-247-7800 57th St and 7th Ave, NY www.carnegiehall.org

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Flushing Town Hall 718-463-7700 x222 137-35 Northern Blvd, Flushing www.flushingtownhall.org

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Kaufman Astoria Studios (C,2) 718-706-5300 34-12 36th St, Astoria www.kaufmanastoria.com

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Laguardia Performing Arts Center (C,3) 718-482-5151 31-10 Thomson Ave, LIC www.laguardiaperformingarts.org

Modern Spaces 718-784-1110 10-63 Jackson Ave, LIC (a,4) 47-42 Vernon Blvd, LIC (a,4) 29-20 23rd Ave, Astoria (a,4) www.modernspacesnyc.com

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Wells Fargo Home Mortgage (c,2) 718-310-4303 3501 30th Ave, Astoria www.wfhm.com

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Active Outlook Massage Therapy (B,2) 646-283-4657 32-12 Broadway, Astoria www.activeoutlookmassage.com

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Mount Sinai Queens (B,2) 24 Emergency Care Primary Care & Specialty Physician 718-932-1000 25-10 30th Ave, LIC

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Riding over the 59th street Bridge, it is hard to miss Roosevelt Island. The sight of the small pox hospital in ruins has captured my imagination since I was a child. Situated between Manhattan and Queens, Roosevelt Island is a mere two miles long and eight hundred feet wide. It is also the ultimate day trip for the urban explorer. The island was originally named Minnehanonck by the Lenape, and has gone through many name changes, including Hog Island, Blackwell’s Island, and Welfare Island. It was re-named Roosevelt Island in 1971 after Franklin D. Roosevelt.

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The first step in visiting the island is to take the tram from Manhattan, located on 60th street and 2nd Ave. Cruising along the Queensboro Bridge at seventeen miles per hour, the 3 minute ride is simultaneously slightly terrifying yet beautiful.


Once you step off the tram, walk toward the center of the island and stop by the Blackwell House. The house, built for James Blackwell in 1796, is the sole surviving building on Roosevelt Island which dates from the period when the island was still privately held property. The Blackwell family owned the island until 1828, when it was sold to the City of New York. The Blackwell House was one of the few farmhouses in New York dating from the years immediately after the Revolutionary War. Head south, and stroll through the tree-lined sidewalks, enjoying the stunning views of Manhattan. To your left lies the Renwick Ruins, which originated as a small pox hospital. It was built by James Renwick, who also designed St. Patrick’s Cathedral. There are many stories of the remains of the hospital being haunted. Currently, it is under renovation so that it may be open to the public. Past the hospital is the FDR Freedoms Park. It is the last work of the late Louis I. Kahn, one of the iconic architects of the 20th century. Kahn passed away in 1974, and the

park wasn’t completed until 2012. He was carrying the finished designs when he passed away in a men’s room at Penn Station. The park is named after the powerful speech that Roosevelt gave, where he looked forward to a world founded upon four human freedoms: freedom of speech and expression, freedom of worship, freedom from want, and freedom from fear. Kahn brought together a stunning garden and open air space that leads you to the bust of Roosevelt at the Southern tip of the island. The northern tip of the island has two places worth visiting: the Lighthouse and

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ummer is in high gear and like many around Western Queens, this time of year has me searching for any reason to be outdoors. Though my stories usually lead me to stateof-the-art gyms, beautiful studios, and slick training facilities, this issue finds me in one of my favorite parks, participating in one of my favorite formats, with two of my favorite people. I am a total bootcamp devotee. I love being around groups of people, the variety of exercises, the quickly moving circuits, the camaraderie, and of course, the occasional competition. Though I do like to keep a regimented gym schedule, bootcamps have been my go-to in the warm months to keep me lean, push my endurance, and blow off steam. So when my regular bootcamp in Central Park was canceled this year, I was crushed. Sometimes a girl just needs the grass under her feet, the wind in her hair, and someone yelling at her to sprint. I know that I am a very lucky girl. My job at BORO allows me to workout and network with incredible fitness professionals throughout Queens, and when I began asking around to find a replacement bootcamp, I have to say, I was a bit tickled and relieved that I didn’t have to look any further than my own trainer. Full Disclosure: I rarely write about activities that are part of my regular schedule. However, if I am to take Mark Twain’s “Write what you know” in an extremely literal sense, this would be the opportunity. I trust and believe in these guys, am consistently challenged, and have a blast while participating. I have met some fantastic people, pushed myself, laughed a lot, and all within a park that I love. The Fitness First family has quickly become a fixture in my Saturday morning routine.

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Interested in joining?

Fitness First Bootcamps are located in Astoria Park on Saturday mornings at 10am during the warm months. Led by Joe Gambino and Frank Duffy, fitness professionals born, raised, and working in Western Queens, the bootcamps were constructed to fill a growing need. “We realized that many people enjoy working out outdoors after being cooped up all winter,” explains Joe. “We wanted to introduce a fun and interesting way to help the community reach their fitness goals. Thus far, we have been received quite well. Everyone who has experienced bootcamp firsthand has kind words for us, and we continue to add members to the Fitness First family.”

Is Bootcamp right for you?

Constructed to address participants of all abilities, the guys aim to provide an enjoyable and safe atmosphere while advancing overall levels of physical fitness. “Almost all of the circuits are timed, so you can go at your own pace within that time,” Joe assures. “There is no lagging behind, and we teach modifications for anything that is too intense. Progressions and regressions are a key component to what we do. Not everyone has the same needs. Being able to adjust on the go is crucial. Participants should expect to see improvements in endurance, strength, and general body composition.”

The Guys

Joe Gambino is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) holding a degree in Exercise Science and Nutrition from Queens College. He holds Kettlebell Certification from Kettlebell Concepts and is currently pursuing a Doctorate of Physical Therapy at Touro College. Joe has worked for seven years as a Personal Trainer at The Matrix Fitness Club, and has served as an Assistant Strength Coach for Queens College, training volleyball, water polo, lacrosse,


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Competitive sports have always been a part of Frank’s life. He has an extensive background in basketball and baseball, and played Div. II College baseball at Queens College. Frank has found his true calling, helping individuals achieve unprecedented levels of performance. He believes everyone has the ability to become “stronger every day” – physically, mentally, and emotionally. He also really digs country music.

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The residentially-lined Center Boulevard has become the main thoroughfare connecting the LIC waterfront with the rest of the borough. Made up of entirely new construction, this area along Center Boulevard includes 12 Sweetleaf Espresso & Cocktail Bar acres of landscaped green, “I find myself in awe of it,” reminisces Sofia Estevez, Executive Vice waterfront parks, a new public K-8 elementary school, library, retail President of TF Cornerstone, the firm responsible for much of the and other services. The waterfront is also home to the LIC Flea & development of the Long Island City waterfront. “Tom [Elghanayan] is Food and is in walking distance to numerous restaurants, shops and a visionary,” she explains of one of the company’s principals. “I remember cultural activities. With residential buildings that tout unmatched when this all started, standing at the Pepsi bottling plant, and you could amenities and a four-minute subway ride from Midtown Manhattan, see him standing there on the roof, and he could just see all of it.” LIC has re-defined what it means to live in New York City. That was just 2003, and only one decade later the company is celebrating the finished transformation of the former bottling site into a residential urban oasis. Upon completion, this neighborhood within a neighborhood will total 2,615 rental units, 184 condominiums and be home to more than 6,000 people. “It’s a huge success because the residents really enjoy living there,” Estevez explains. While the TF Cornerstone properties have literally added a new city within the city, the company knows that a vibrant community was already in existence before they arrived. “I believe it is a great

And whether you choose to live in one of the new buildings or to simply visit, all members of the community have benefited from the arrival of the new restaurants and retail, which include Shi, Blue Streak Wine & Spirits, Crank Cycling, Sweatleaf Espresso & Cocktail Bar, Blend on the Water, Mimi & Mo maternity store, New York Kids Club, a European Wax Center, I Love Kickboxing, and several more on the way. Change is inevitable, and sometimes good, even great. TF Cornerstone has quite literally painted the neighborhood a stunning new skyline.

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Via Vai = Go Street Astoria is a funny place where just a single block of pavement can house a realtor, an optometrist, a Greek cafĂŠ full of desserts and colorful cookies to dunk in coffee, a Czech restaurant full of schnitzel and pilsner, a pasta shop with ravioli to go, and a burger shop where you can order everything from ostrich to elk. 23rd Avenue just east of the 31st Street subway line has slowly evolved into a unique dining destination, within just a few blocks proximity of another handful of eateries also well worth a visit. The newest transformation is at the space formerly occupied by the 23rd Ave Delicatessen. Where soft drink refrigerators once stood, there sits a counter with a shiny new espresso machine and a brick pizza oven. Diners step through the open entryway to gather at rustic reclaimed wooden tables constructed of seventy-five-year-old mahogany imported from Italy. Chef-Owner Antonio Morichini brought with him much more than just wooden tables, however. His new restaurant is a testament to his native town of Rome, as made clear through such dishes as a simple aglio e olio with bucatini tossed in garlic oil and pecorino romano, or the maiale, an organic filet of pork tenderloin prepared saltimbocca-style with with white wine, prosciutto, and sage. The dishes are made with love, and subtle ornamentation will leave a lasting impression, from the beautiful delicate blossoms of artichokes to carefully rolled slices of melon. The flavors are fresh and clean. A wafer-thin crust snaps at each bite, topped with everything from fig marmalade to eggplant, guanciale, or pecorino. A warm chocolate cake kissed with tart raspberries is one of the finest desserts on the street, baked to order. Visit the website for the full menu, but enjoy these images of some of the dishes we have enjoyed so far. Welcome to Astoria, Via Vai. Via Vai 31-09 23rd Ave., Astoria (347) 612-4334 www.viavai-ny.com

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SHOPS

Astoria Bookshop One Year In STORY michael stahl

It’s late morning on a Wednesday, a time of the week when not many customers are expected at Astoria Bookshop, and the most ideal time for an interview. Still, Lexi Beach, the owner, manager, and sole employee of the store, is tensely tapping computer keys, taking care of business. There’s always something to do. I ask Lexi how the experience has been thus far, nearly one year after opening the shop. She sighs, and says, “‘Overwhelming’ is the word.” She lets out a little laugh and elaborates, “All I can think of is my experience of meeting so many customers who are so excited about having a bookstore to call their own, and who have been so instantly supportive.” Indeed, Astoria was so starved for a bookstore that—more than two years ago—when Lexi set up Twitter and Facebook accounts for one that was really just a concept, dozens of locals posted offers to help out. Then, last summer, after finally procuring a space on 31st street and 31st avenue, people came through, painting walls, positioning bookcases, and unpacking books. “I never would’ve opened as soon as I did without their help,” Lexi insists, thus proving her beliefs about the business of books true. “A bookstore is a different kind of retail. It is a place to gather and to have a community,” she explains. “That’s what I’d always hoped Astoria Bookshop would be.” She goes on to explain that a bookstore has to do more to survive today than ever before. “You have to give people a reason to walk through the door besides books for sale,” she says. “Anybody can buy a book anywhere,” and these days it doesn’t have to be at an actual store. So, Lexi was sure to completely saturate the calendar with attractive events: Tuesday morning’s children’s story time, regular book club meetings, meditation meet ups, creative writing workshops, two poetry reading series, a monthly storytelling event, and author readings featuring published, Queens-based writers. Those gatherings in particular have repeatedly caused cramped

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conditions in the store, evidence that the “Support-Local-Everything” mindset is preeminent among residents here. In fact, the year’s biggest selling title at the Astoria Bookshop, “Don1, the King From Queens: The Life and Photos of a NYC Transit Graffiti Master,” sold a hundred copies the night the author, Louie Gasparro, showed up to sign copies of the book. Though he didn’t read anything— the book is a collection of street art photos—Gasparro’s presence alone was enough to draw roughly three hundred visitors to the store. “I still don’t know how we fit that many people in here,” Lexi says. Organizing these gatherings takes up a lot of Lexi’s time, not to mention the tasks of ordering books, stacking shelves, paying bills, and everything else that goes into running a business. But she still reads, usually advanced copies of texts. “That’s my job!” she says with another laugh. Lexi tells me to look forward to the release of Lev Grossman’s “The Magician’s Land,” partially because one of the opening lines of the novel reads, “It didn’t matter where you were, if you were in a room full of books, you were at least halfway home.” Lexi knows there are many people who feel that same way, and that the quote perfectly summarizes why “bookstores are always going be relevant.” Then, the clock strikes noon and there’s a bit of a lunchtime rush as about ten people walk in. Lexi greets them with a pleasant hello, and I excuse myself, letting her get on with another busy day at the Astoria Bookshop. Astoria Bookshop 31-29 31st St, Astoria, NY 11106 (718) 278-2665 www.AstoriaBookshop.com Tuesday – Sunday 11AM to 7PM


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