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Columbus Day Parade in Astoria

Astoria Celebrates America 525 Years after Columbus's Discovery

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Columbus Day Parade in Astoria

columbus day parade astoria columbus day parade photos astoria queensThe Columbus Day weekend was a busy one. On Saturday I headed out to cover some of the happenings around the borough starting with the Columbus Day Parade in Astoria. Every year the Federation of Italian Americans or FIAO, organizes the largest annual parade in Astoria which marches from Kaufman Astoria Studios to the statue of Columbus on Astoria Blvd.

I've covered the Astoria Columbus Day Parade for the past decade, and it seemed like more folks were watching it along the streets than in prior years. Steinway Street has been in a constant state of gradual change for the past decade or so, with beautification projects enhancing the general aesthetics and appeal of the street.

Many locally-owned, family-run businesses have been operating on Steinway Street for decades and continue to do so. But over the years there have also been a number of family-run stores which have quietly closed their doors due to intense competition from the chain stores and online merchants. And generally they have been replaced by newcomers, most of which are outlets representing larger chains.

The marchers in the parade represented various groups within the Astoria community. There were government officials, kids from soccer clubs and local schools, marchers associated with the armed services with marching bands, and groups clustered into vintage autos. The sounds and visual feast of the parade stopped us all in our tracks and the cell cameras were busy capturing the event for posterity.

I headed up to the area surrounding 30th Avenue in Astoria. The avenue has evolved into a dining and personal care center, which is home a wide number of new and established restaurants, hair salons, healthy foods, service agencies and places to work out or practice yoga. Many of the restaurants have outdoor seating, which on this Saturday - shortly after noon - were filled. From the top of the hill near Steinway Street you could see the parade marching down toward the Manhattan skyline.

Eventually I headed up to Columbus Statue on Astoria Blvd where I greeted the parade as it came to its end. There were a number of people selected to speak at the end of the parade to commemorate the accomplishment of Italian Christopher Columbus and his crew 525 years ago. I'll try to post some video sometime later this week. By Michael Wood.

Astoria News Briefs 2016

Panorama Music Fest on Randalls Island

Three Day Musical Festival Strikes a Grammy Chord

sza performing at the panorama music festival randalls island nycJuly 25, 2016 / Randall's Island near Queens / Music in Queens / Queens Buzz.

I attended the Panorama Music Festival on Randall's Island this past weekend. The music festival featured dozens of top and second tier bands and musicians with the event starting Friday and ending Sunday night. Some of the music festival headliners included award winning groups like Kendrick, Alabama Shakes and the return of LCD after a ten year hiatus. Panorama also featured a number of other highly regarded, well known groups - many of which are likely to continue gaining recognition.

In the photo at right, vocalist Sza, is performing in the Pavilion at the Panorama Music Festival on Randalls Island on Sunday.

The weather over weekend was a very seasonal hot, with temperatures hitting nearly 100 on Saturday [high 98], before descending into the low 90's on Sunday. But the island breeze coming across the East River on Randall's Island and not-too-high humidity, made strolling around the event campus not only doable, but enjoyable. There was also a public water station where you could refill your water bottle [free] and there was ample shade within the tree filled park.

panorama music fest sceneThe crowd dressed for Panorama to beat the heat, more than anything else. This translated into a near beach-like scene for people-watching, with many youthful men and women enjoying the glow of their Adonis-like years. In 1992 there was a gender equality lawsuit, which contested women's right to go topless without being arrested - a right men enjoyed in this country since its founding. More than a decade later, in 2015, panhandlers in Times Square began asserting that right by painting their bare breasts with American flags and other designs, while soliciting tips from resident and tourist passers-by, for the pleasure of viewing them. These 'performance artists' were nicknamed the 'Desnudas'.

NYS and NYC Government officials found a way to reign in this practice - as it was creating quite a stir - by confining the solicitations to specified areas within the Times Square Plaza. Fast forward to 2016 and things continue to evolve, with women now wearing swimsuit / lingerie-like tops as fashion statements, some of which were on display at the Panorama Music Festival.

In the photo at right, a woman sports a fashionable swimsuit / lingerie-like top, at the Panorama Music Festival on Randall's Island.

We'll have a bit more later this summer, including video and a discussion of some of the art on exhibit at the Panorama Music Festival on Randall's Island in NYC.

Santa vs Trump: Who's the Better Businessman?

SPECIAL REPORT: Santa in Astoria & Queens

December 21, 2016 / Astoria Neighborhood / Fiction / Queens Buzz. The following video report continues our investigation to continued sitings of Santa in Astoria and Queens. This report looks into the business practices of Santa in six categories and compares them to those of billionaire businessman and president-elect Donald Trump. At the end of the video we announce the winner.

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Astoria News Briefs 2015

Century Bike Ride Runs & Rests In Queens

queens things to do queensSeptember 14, 2015 / Astoria Neighborhood / Biking Queens / Queens Buzz. The Sunday forecast included a high probability of scattered thunderstorms, but fortunately for the Century bike riders the weather appeared to favor them.

The Century Bike Ride is organized by Transportation Alternatives, an environmentally-friendly group that promotes non-carbon and low carbon 'transportation alternatives' to NYC residents. This is the bike ride they sponsor and the receipts go toward their efforts to ensure the various levels of government do what they can to help promote a safe and regenerative urban transportation environment.

The Century Bike Ride offers four biking alternatives that individuals and / or groups can pursue on their own during the most-of-the-day event. The first start time was at 5.30 am in Central Park [Manhattan] and at 6 am for a Prospect Park [Brooklyn] start and the last rest stops at the two parks closed at 6 pm.

The four bike routes included a 35 mile, 55 mile, 75 mile and 100 mile [hence the name century] loop.The 35 mile loop is called the East River Ride, which runs along the East River primarily in Brooklyn and Queens. The ride started at 7.30 am and was expected to last between 3.5 and 7.5 hours. The 55 mile loop is called the Waterfront Ride which includes the East River loop, but also the Verrazzanno Bridge, Coney Island and part of the Brooklyn Greenway. This ride started at 7 am / 7.30 am and was expected to take about 3.5 to 8.5 hours. The 75 mile loop is called the Rockaways Ride and it excludes the north / south run along the East River in Brooklyn / Queens in exchange for a haul out to the Fort Tilden Beach in the Rockaways then north through a number of Queens Greenways [parks] before turning westward back toward Manhattan. The Century Bike Ride, the 100 miler, starts at 6 am / 6.30 am and is expected to take between six and twelve hours.

The Century Bike Ride started in 1989 and is celebrating its 26th year.

Astoria News Briefs 2014

July 4th Fireworks Queens & Weekend

4th of July Fireworks Return To East River

4th of july fireworis in queensJuly 4th, 2014 / Things To Do Queens / Queens Buzz.

Weather. Not ideal for fireworks. Friday it will be in the high 70's with about 65% humidity all day. Rain will hit between 3 & 4 pm and thereafter - until about 10 pm - there's a 50% chance of it. So for the fireworks display it's a 50 / 50% chance you may get wet.

For the rest of the weekend, the highs will climb to the mid 80's and it will be sunny and dry Saturday, with humidity climbing back to 50 - 65% Sunday.

Macy's 4th of July fireworks in Manhattan NYC. The Macy's 4th of July fireworks will likely begin around 9.30 pm which is when it gets dark enough to support a good show. But that said, you should probably get to where you're going to watch them no later than 9 pm, because the cloudy skies may allow them to get off to an early start.

Best Locations to view Macy's 4th of July fireworks in Queens NYC. There will be three barges in the East River from where the fireworks will be launched - two just south of the Brooklyn Bridge and one just north of it. The best viewing locations would be in and around the bridge including the South Street Seaport. But spots along the East River should allow for a pretty fair view, including Gantry State Park and Hunters Point South.

We'll post weekend events later today and Saturday.

Summer Solstice & Great Weekend

summer in nyc photosJune 23, 2014 / Queens Neighborhoods / Queens Buzz. It was one of the near perfect weekends. The sun was shining, but not too hot and the air was warm and dry during the day and cool at night.

It was also the summer solstice - the longest day of the year - that point in the calendar from which the amount of daylight will begin to shrink. This was not lost on the general population as folks were out and about enjoying the weather.

There were sunbathers along the East River at Astoria Park and Gantry Park. And lots of sun worshippers in between. Make Music NY organized about 1,000 performances throughout the city, including quite a number of them in Queens. I hope you had a nice weekend and wish you the best in the coming week.

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Astoria News Briefs 2013

Rewired State @ MOMI

Kids Converge In Astoria To Build Apps

rewired state at momiJuly 1, 2013 / Astoria / Film in Queens / Queens Buzz. On Sunday afternoon I headed down to the Museum of the Moving Image [MOMI] to view the results of a weekend long program at MOMI, entitled Rewired State. The program invited area kids in grade school and high school to spend a good part of the weekend at the museum, building software applications that leveraged datasets made available by various bodies of government.

The kids ranged from very young to ready to go to college. Many of the apps leveraged public datasets into maps, but there were several that went beyond. In the photo to your right are a brother / sister team that built an app showing where many of the graffiti spots are in NYC. Given they only had two days to complete their work, they weren't able to finish it.

We'll have more on this program later. It was a great learning experience for kids - not just in terms of learning how to build software applications - but also how to work on a team.

Fireworks In Astoria Park

astoria park fireworks 2013June 24, 2013 / Astoria Park Fireworks / Queens Buzz. Yes, tonight is the night of the Astoria Park Fireworks display, celebrating America's Independence as a nation. The event begins at 7.30 pm on the Great Lawn of Astoria Park, overlooking the East River and the northern Manhattan skyline. As usual there will be big band and orchestra music performed by local musicians, along with a water boat show put on by the NY Fire Department.

It's worth mentioning that the idyllic grassy lawn of Astoria Park, has to date, provided ample room for those who come ... although it seems each year more folks flock to the event. Click the link or photo above to get a few more details, as it will take you to our report on the event a couple years ago, outlining in a bit of detail the progression of events, complete with photos.

4th of july fireworks in queensIn the photo above right are a couple of happy campers who brought their own lawn chairs to sit in to relax and enjoy the big band music being played along the East River prior to the Independence Day Fireworks Celebration in Astoria Park last year. Click on this photo for details of the Astoria Park Fireworks program last year, which generally follows the same time schedule from year to year.

In the photo to your left is a 'light and happiness' salesman. He's selling colored lights which might bring a bit of happiness to your child. And he's earning a few bucks which will put bread on his family's table, and should make them happy too.

fireworks in astoria parkThe coup de grace generally begins around 9.30 pm, after it becomes a bit dark and lasts about a half an hour. You'll be hard pressed to find an Independence Day Celebration and fireworks display performance like this almost anywhere.

In the photo to your right is one of many photos we posted last year of the Fireworks in Astoria Park - a quintessential celebration of America's independence.

The fireworks display in Astoria Park is performed by the Grucci Brothers who do the main display on the 4th of July in NYC. And the event is organized by the Central Astoria Local Development Corporation which is comprised of many of the businesses operating in Central Astoria along Steinway Street, Broadway and along 30th to 36th Avenues in central Astoria.

Here's wishing you a Happy Astoria Park Independence Day Celebration.

Tour De Queens Changes Starting Location

tour de queensApril 22, 2013 / Biking in Queens / Queens Buzz. The Tour De Queens will be starting and ending in western Queens this year. This year the Tour De Queens will start and end in Astoria Park in northwestern Queens. The Tour De Queens is scheduled for Sunday, July 7th and registration begins on June 4th. The Tour De Queens bike ride is sponsored by Transportation Alternatives and the police escorted bike ride will travel through the following Queens neighborhoods: Astoria, Long Island City, Ridgewood, Maspeth, Rego park, Middle Village, Forest Hills, Corona, East Elmhurst and the rest stop will be held in Juniper Park. The cost of registration is $15 / $20 and you can click here to read the registation details on the Tour De Queens website.

The Tour De Queens [see related stories below] is a roughly 20 mile, family-friendly bike ride [casual & slow] through several neighborhoods around the borough of Queens. The neighborhoods change each year, giving the cycliing participants an opportunity to really 'tour Queens'. This is the 6th annual Tour De Queens, and you can view reports and photos of prior Tours De Queens by scrolling down.

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Astoria Park Performance Space

Draft Plans Shown – Public Comment Sought

astoria newsFebruary 21, 2013 / Astoria News / Astoria Neighborhood / Queens Buzz. I attended the Community Board 1 meeting on Wednesday night where the Parks Department unveiled their draft plans for the new performance space in Astoria Park. The presentation included a brief history of the Astoria Pool Diving area where the new performance space will be installed, as well as draft details of what is planned.

City Councilmember Peter Vallone was credited with securing $4.5 million in NYC funds for the project, which he described as a beginning. There were a number of Astoria and Queens arts groups present at the meeting and they made comments following the presentation. We’ll post more about the Astoria Park Performance space later.

Click here to go to the Astoria Neighborhood section of this site, or on the photo above for other Astoria News briefs.

IndieCade Comes To MOMI In Astoria

Video Games & Gamers Descend Upon MOMI

indiecade at momi feb 2013February 19, 2013 / Astoria Neighborhood / Film & Video Games in Queens / Queens Buzz. I attended the first annual IndieCade show at the Museum of the Moving Image in Astoria last Saturday evening. The show was an interesting blend of techno geek and techno cool, and most of the attendees were in their 20's and 30's. What struck me is that while the audience skewed a bit toward males, was far more balanced than I had expected. It seems the video gaming world isn't the predominantly male domain it once was.

I participated in a couple of the events, and spoke to some of the exhibitors and gamers about the show. Later this week we'll post a report, complete with photos, about the IndieCade show at the Museum of the Moving Image in Astoria.

Click any of these links to scroll down to view the Astoria News briefs from prior years.

snow fall in queens 2013 astoria park photosNoreaster Leaves Queens With A Wintry Weekend

Queens Fares Better Than Most Of Northeast

February 9, 2013 / Astoria Neighborhood / Queens Neighborhoods / Queens Buzz. Queens didn't fare very badly in the wake of what forecasters said would be one of the ten worst storms on record. It appears that might have been true elsewhere, but not in Queens or NYC. Temperatures ranged from the mid 20's to the mid 30's, and the snow didn't really start falling until about ten o'clock and quit snowing between 2 and 3 am.

We went out into the borough to shoot photos of the winter wonderland. Click here to view our slide show with photos of the snow storm in Astoria - Feb 2013; where we traveled up to the upper Ditmars area and Astoria Park.

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Astoria News Briefs 2012

Eating Right in Queens in the New Year

mt sinai nutritionDecember 14, 2012 / Astoria & LIC / Food in Queens / Queens Buzz.

I attended a lecture on nutrition sponsored by Mount Sinai Hospital of Astoria at the LIC YMCA. The presentation was given by Effie Nerantzis, Registered Dietician, who is shown in the photo to your left.


She provided a lot of information that one can use to begin to make smart, healthy choices in their diet, while continuing to lead an on-the-go modern lifestyle. Some of the lecture including how to read nutrition labels on the backs of packages, how to interpret the claims on the front of food packages, she touched on how organic foods factor into the mix, and how to shop and prepare foods in short order.

Click here for other Astoria News briefs.

Old Astoria Comes To Life

Missy Wolfe Introduces New Book About Old Astoria & The Hallets

old astoria missy wolfeNovember 3, 2013 / Astoria / History of Queens NY / Queens Buzz.

I attended a lecture and slide show presentation given by author Missy Wolfe at the Greater Astoria Historical Society just after Hurricane Sandy in November. The lecture took us back to colonial times when the eastern shores of the north American continent were beautiful wilderness, sparsely populated by native Indian tribes.

At the time, circa the 1700’s, the Dutch and English were the two primary European countries sending settlers across the Atlantic in search of a better way of life – the first immigrants, if you will. Missy takes us on a journey through time and space via one family which played a prominent role in the colonial life of the time: the Hallets [we know them today by Hallets Cove along the East River by Socrates Sculpture Park].

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Newtown Plaza Nixed: 25 - 7

newtown ave pedestrian plaza vote by cb1 astoriaPassions Flared On Both Sides During Audience Speeches

September 11, 2012 / Astoria / Astoria Real Estate / Queens Buzz.

Late Tuesday night 25 of 32 members of Community Board One in attendance; voted for installing curbside extensions in lieu of installing a Pedestrian Plaza along Newtown Avenue in Astoria. These two proposals were offered as a solution by the Queens DOT to help mitigate the safety issues associated with traffic accidents at the intersection of 30th and Newtown Avenues in Astoria. Click here to view earlier report on proposed Newtown Avenue Plaza in Astoria.

Emerging Artist Exhibits At Socrates Sculpture Park

things to do in queensOctober 1, 2012 / Astoria News / Queens Buzz. I visited Socrates Sculpture Park recently, and met some of the artists as they were finishing their installations for the Fall exhibits. This year the exhibits don't conform to any theme, but were chosen because they are "visually compelling expressions of some passion of the artist" [I am paraphrasing].


In looking at them prior to meeting the artists, I found them engaging, as I asked myself: "why burnt wood? what do these letters mean? this looks a little bit like Burger King crown, and I know where that is". And the explanations provided by the artists were as engaging as their work.

In the photo above you can see people relaxing on a Sunday morning at Socrates Sculpture Park in Astoria. Click here for other Astoria News Briefs.

Step Aside Agamemnon

On The Square Productions Takes Us On A Journey Through Mythology, Religion & History

the minervae in athens square park astoriaJuly 24, 2012 / Astoria / Theater in Queens / Queens Buzz. Friday evening I ventured over to Athens Square Park in Astoria to watch the public performance of The Minervae. It's a very original piece of work written, produced and acted by local talent.


The storyline is a tangled journey through Greek mythology, Christian beliefs and Roman history with a conscious sprinkle of modern day wit. The performance began at 7.30 pm in the center of the park, which served as the perfect back back drop for such a play. The play opens with the Greek goddess Athena [renamed Minerva by the Romans] asking a Greek official to lead the Greek people away from Christianity, back to the Hellenic pantheon of gods.

These Little Town Blues ... Washed Away

things to do in queensAugust 27, 2012 / Astoria News Brief / Queens Buzz. I was strolling through the western edge of Astoria Saturday afternoon and came upon a good old fashioned neighborhood block party. Kids were playing in the barricaded street, neighbors were cooking out in their front yards and a couple of residents sang New York New York, putting on a passionate performance that beckoned us to stay for it.


After the show a Hollywood Producer tried signing the pair for a movie and a recruiter from a major recording studio also tried to cut a deal. The outcome of these recruiting efforts is still unknown.

Astoria Park Shore Fest

astoria park shore festAugust 13, 2012 / Astoria / Food in Queens / Queens Buzz. This weekend was the second of three Sundays where Shore Blvd is closed on Sundays from 1 pm to 7 pm. This has the effect of connecting the park to the East River waterfront. And the Astoria Park Alliance & Green Shores NYC, in tandem with the NYC Parks department, have put together a full schedule of family friendly fun & entertainment.


The first weekend the program had a theme of things to do with the kids, this past weekend had a theme of tasting food of the neighborhood and next weekend it's going to be all about the music.

Astoria Park Fireworks Tonight

astoria park fireworksJune 25, 2012 / Astoria / Queens Buzz. The Astoria Park Fireworks remain on track for tonight in spite of the rain we've had today. Based on the doppler weather images, the main rain front has passed us. There's a much smaller rain front headed this way, but it should pass us by around 7 pm tonight.


The fun begins with Joe Battaglia's big band at 7.30 pm in Astoria Park. The event is held along the East River just north of the swimming pool and south of the old railroad bridge. Last year the fire department's water boat put on a water show between 8 and 9 pm. And the fireworks begin at dusk, which given the clouds could happen a bit earlier this year [usually about 9.30 pm].

You might want to bring plastic to put underneath your blanket as the lawn will likely be a bit wet. It might also make sense to bring a sweater as the temperatures will drop to about 60. And given the occasional unpredictability of the weather, an umbrella might also make sense.


The Astoria Park Fireworks rival Macy's / NYC's and are done by the same company. The advantage to the Astoria Park Fireworks display is the location, where you can stretch out along the East River in a fun, roomy neighborhood atmosphere. Click here to view our report on the Astoria Park Fireworks last year. And click here to view a map of Astoria Park.

Titanic Exhibit Docks In Astoria

Queens Residents' Titanic Photos & Models At GAHS

titanic exhibit at the greater astoria historical societyApril 9, 2012 / Astoria News Brief / Queens Buzz. The Greater Astoria Historical Society [GAHS] has a visiting exhibition on display about the RMS Titanic. I attended their Saturday afternoon movie this weekend, where they ran the movie, A Night To Remember. A Night To Remember is a black and white movie produced in 1958 which is believed to have given a fairly accurate account of the fateful night of April 14th, 1912.


The 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic is this Saturday, April 14th. 'Titanic' Joe Colletti, long time Titanic collector and Queens resident has loaned his extensive collection of magazines, newspapers, photos, images and letter to the GAHS, where it is on display. And Gary Vollo loaned several boat models to the museum to include in the exhibit.

Richard Melnick, VP of the GAHS, is shown in the photo above talking about the Titanic exhibit and movie at the Greater Astoria Historical Society.


Astoria News Briefs 2011

John Henry - Country & Stand Up

john henry waltz-astoriaJanuary 24, 2011 / Astoria / Queens Buzz.

I attended John Henry's performance at Waltz-Astoria Friday night. During his hour long set, he performed about ten to fifteen tunes, with instrumental accompaniment on several of them.


He strummed the guitar, and sang his sad songs, at times his voice trembling. His songs, like many country & western songwriters, have a personal quality to them. But his songs are also sprinkled with punch lines and written in a sort of caricature about his family, his friends and himself. The audience seemed to enjoy his playful mocking humor, as there was a stand up comedian quality to his performance. There will be more on John Henry's gig at Waltz-Astoria at a later date.

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Astoria News Briefs 2010

Columbus Day Parade 2010 In Astoria

Columbus Day Parade Astoria 2010 photosOctober 11, 2010 / Astoria New Brief / Queens Buzz.

It was a beautiful warm Saturday when hundreds of people lined the streets and joined in the 31st annual Columbus Day Parade in Astoria. Walter Karling, a local photographer was kind enough to shoot a bevy of photos for us which we used to create a photo album / slide show of the event.


As you can see by the photos, the parade was attended by a number of campaigning government officials including two members from Congress Joe Crowley and Carolyn Maloney as well as Michael Giannaris who is campaigning to replace George Oronato as State Senator and Aravella Simotas who is campaigning to replace Giannaris in the State Assembly.

Click here to view photos of the Columbus Day Parade 2010 in Astoria and click here to view other Astoria News Briefs.

Water Walk In Astoria Park

Three Days Of Vehicle Free Shoreline August 1, 8, & 15

water walk astoria park photos 2010August 2010 / Astoria News Brief / Queens Buzz. For three weekends, Sundays in Astoria Park between 1 pm and 7 pm, will be vehicle free along Shore Blvd which cuts through the west side of the park along the East River from south to north. During this time there will be live entertainment provided by a multitude of local groups, including music, dance and theatrical performances. There are also a number of activities scheduled for the kids and there's a beautiful olympic-sized public swimming pool that's literally only feet away from Shore Blvd.


Water Walk Is A Community Park Event

The event was organized by the Astoria Park Alliance in collaboration with NYC Department of Transportation and Green Shores NYC. Volunteers are helping with set up and take downs, running water walk in astoria park 2010 photosevents and cleaning up. Each Sunday was given a theme - 8/1 Kids & Family Fun, 8/8 Taste The Neighborhood and 8/15 Live Music.

A number of local organizations participated including: the Greater Astoria Historical Society, LIC Community Boathouse, Transportation Alternatives Queens Committee, Red Storm Drum and Dance Troop, Curious Frog Theatre Company, Aztec Dance Company [see photo], FDNY, Creative Vibrations Yoga & Dance Studio and Queens Harvest Food Co-op. This is the second year of the water walk program and based on its participation and attendance its future looks promising.

The Astoria Park Alliance has been instrumental in helping the City Park system keep up Astoria park and in bringing programs to the park to deepen its use by the community. The photos shown here were provided to us compliments of Kim Waber and much of the information contained herein was given to us by Jules Corkery and Robert McMinn.

Summer Solstice Celebrations

At Athens Square and Socrates Sculpture Park

summer solstice celebrations 2010 queens nyJune 21, 2010 / Astoria & LIC / Queens Buzz.

Socrates Sculpture Park is hosting a free four hour summer solstice celebration that runs from 5 pm to 9 pm tonite. Reggie Watts, comedian / musician, headlines the program and he is expected to perform around 6.30 pm. Dance Entropy, a modern dance company based in LIC, will perform splash which has been choreographed for fourteen dancers with water as the theme. There will also be face painting, the performance of a solstice ritual and a crafts making workshop. Families are invited to bring food for sunset picnics. 2 PM - JUST IN - Free kyaking, compliments of the LIC Boathouse, will also be available and they say conditions are nearly perfect.


Meanwhile in Athens Square Park Astoria Music Now has a musical program that runs from 2 pm until about 8 pm. Every hour, around the turn of the hour, there will be at least one or two different musical performances by local musicians / groups.

Fathers' Day & Another Great Day

Socrates Sculpture Park Bike event 2010June 20, 2010 / Long Island City, LIC / Queens Buzz.

The weather this Fathers' Day is expected to continue to be sunny and warm and not too humid, just like Saturday. We went over to Socrates Sculpture Park where they held a workshop for cyclists and then a decorating event, which was followed by a bike parade which ended up at Queens Bridge Park.


The parade was followed by a barbeque where several organizations set up tables to promote activities such as kyaking on the East River, composting in an urban environment, Green Shores which is an East River Waterfront environmental group and Astoria Music Now which is a non-profit organization that organizes musical events in parks and other venues.

Both Socrates Sculpture Park and Athens Park are hosting Summer Solstice music events on Monday, June 21st which is officially the first day of summer and the longest day of the year. Click here to view a photo album [with slide show button] of the Socrates Sculpture Park Bicycle event.

St Demetrios Hosts A Great Greek Fair

greek festival astoria 2010May 24, 2010 / Astoria News Brief / Queens Buzz.

This past weekend was near perfect weatherwise and everywhere we went, from Flushing to Astoria, people were out and about enjoying themselves.

On Saturday we attended a conference hosted by the Chinese American Real Estate Association in Flushing where we went looking for information about the state of real estate financing in Queens. We stopped by the Bohemian Hall and Beer Garden in Astoria where an Astoria Music & Arts music fest was going on.


On both Saturday and Sunday we visited the Greek Festival in Astoria, where St Demetrios put on a good old fashioned fair, complete with an assortment of rides, prize games complemented by Greek food and music.

Pasta History In Astoria & LIC

Ronzoni Pasta GAHS AstoriaMarch 1, 2010 / Astoria News Brief / Queens Buzz.

Monday night, March 1, beginning at 7 pm the great-grandson of Emanuele Ronzoni, Alfred Ronzoni Jr., will give a presentation of the history of the Ronzoni Macaroni Company which his great-grandfather founded and which was once based here in Queens. This evening was put together by Bob Singleton and is part of the interesting social, culinary and historical tapestry of Queens.


Click on the photo to view other Astoria News briefs. Or click this link to view a map showing the location of the Greater Astoria Historical Society.

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Astoria News Briefs 2009

Happy Columbus Day - Fall Is Here

Columbus Day Parade Astoria 2009October 12, 2009 / Astoria News Brief / Queens Buzz.

The Columbus Day Parade along Steinway last Saturday was a success. The Greek Festival saw pretty fair attendance, given the cool, windy weather. And the pool tournament provided a few insights into the world of billiards which appears to have changed significantly from my childhood days.


Click here to see a report on the billiards tournament at a pool hall in Jackson Heights. Click here to view a few photos from the Greek Festival in Flushing Queens. Click here to view photos from last year's Columbus Day Parade in Astoria [we hope to upload new photos later this week].

Century Bikers Greeted In Astoria

Century Bike Ride 2009 Astoria Park September 16, 2009 / Astoria News Brief / Queens Buzz.

Sunday was certainly a beautiful day for a bike ride through the Queens borough. Century Bike Riders came rolling through Astoria Park last Sunday on their way through the 15 to 100 mile course they had signed up to ride. They were greeted warmly by the hospitable rest stop workers of Astoria Park as shown in the photo to your left.


Rest stop staffers were volunteers of the Queens Botanical Gardens, the Astoria Park Alliance, Green Shores NYC and Transportation Alternatives [the sponsor of the event]. Click here to enter page two of the Astoria Park photo album showing some of the riders as well as the volunteers.

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