A small breed of dog with tons of personality is holding on to the top spot as the most popular dog breed in Queens.

The American Kennel Club (AKC) recently released their 2018 ranking of the most popular AKC-recognized dog breeds in New York City. The French Bulldog topped the list as the most popular dog breed in Queens, particularly in Astoria, in 2018. Continue Reading ›

Ninth Annual Queens World Film Festival Opens In Astoria

The 2019 Queens World Film Festival will screen more than 200 films from March 21-31.

ASTORIA, QUEENS — The ninth annual Queens World Film Festival kicks off Thursday in Astoria.

The Queens World Film Festival returns to Astoria’s Museum of the Moving Image from March 21 to March 31 with more than 200 indie films from 31 countries. The lineup includes 16 world premieres, 79 films by women, 15 films by Asian filmmakers and 14 LGBTQ-themed films, according to the non-profit Queens World Film Initiative.

The opening night event, entitled “Worldly Vision,” features seven short films by filmmakers from Iran, Egypt, Switzerland, Canada and the United States. The program includes a screening of the Academy Award-nominated short film “Marguerite.”

Festival highlights include screenings of the restored 1991 film “Thousand Pieces of Gold” on March 26 and of Sundance 1992 winner “In the Soup” at MoMI on March 28, followed by a Q&A with filmmaker Alexandre Rockwell.

On March 31, the festival will announce the winners of its “Best of” awards in categories like best feature, best actor, best cinematography and best screenplay. Winners receive free memberships to screenwriting website INKTIP, and one filmmaker will receive a full day at a sound studio and a complete lighting package from Brooklyn Fire Proof Studios.

Tickets are available at queensworldfilmfestival.com. Click here to see the full festival lineup.
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8 NYC Neighborhoods That Will Feel the Impact of Amazon’s New Campus

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The announcement of Long Island City as the location for Amazon’s newest headquarters has ushered in lots of speculation about its impact on the character and economy of New York City. The company is planning to create more than 25,000 high-paying jobs in Queens, and there will be an unknown number of additional new roles in businesses that arise to feed, clothe, outfit and otherwise cater to the arriving Amazonians. Where will these people live, and which trains will they ride? Changes in Long Island City are already being felt. Based on their location, transportation options, and character, the following eight neighborhoods are likely to see significant impacts from Amazon’s arrival as well. Continue Reading ›

What Anthony Bourdain Meant To Queens

It’s hard to eulogize a giant like Anthony Bourdain without feeling like you’ve fallen short.

How can you describe such a master wordsmith and even remotely do him justice?

His June 8 death hit everyone I knew hard, in my little community of food-loving travel addicts. A month later, we still tear up when we mention his name, and we wistfully exchange anecdotes of sweet-natured run-ins and conspiracy theories. Continue Reading ›

These 7 Queens Beer Gardens And Outdoor Patios Are Perfect Places To Grab A Summer Drink

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As warm weather and sunshine envelope Queens, locals may find themselves looking for a place to soak up the sun while sipping on a cocktail or brew.

Luckily, there are more than a few places to celebrate the heat of the summer all across the borough. Continue Reading ›

Want A View Of The 4th Of July Fireworks? Here’s Where To Go

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The day is almost here: The Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular, which will light up the sky for its 42nd annual spectacle, happens tomorrow. The company has been touting this year’s event as the “largest display since the Millennial Celebration,” with more than 75,000 shells (up from 60,000 last year) launching during a colorful 25-minute display.

The fireworks will launch from seven barges stationed along the East River from 24th to 42nd streets, and the official viewing locations for the event are located at similar points—namely, along the East River in Midtown, the East Village, Long Island City, and north Brooklyn.

But if you don’t want to be squished among the sure-to-be-sweaty crowds at those street-level spots, never fear: We’ve gathered some of the best ways to watch the July 4 fireworks, many of which are located at a safe remove—i.e., on a boat in the East River.

Worried about getting around on Wednesday? Here are the city’s planned street closures and subway changes.

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Summer is finally here, which means it’s time to figure out all of your “stay cool” survival plans. One great way: outdoor pools, which NYC has in abundance—there are 52 in the city, and they’re set to open to the public on June 27.

But how do you know which of those swimming spots are worth your time? We’ve got you covered; here, we’ve rounded up 10 of the best outdoor pools in NYC. Of note: Some are free to the public while others require a day pass or charge an entry fee. (And if there’s cool pool around NYC that you’re particularly fond of, let us know in the comments below.)

Looking for more ways to cool off? Beaches are open for the season and we’ve rounded our picks of the best ones to check out, as well as highlighted the best hotels with rooftop and indoor pools. If water isn’t your thing, there is this nifty guide to places where you can enjoy free air conditioning in New York City. Continue Reading ›

Hop Into The Car And Check Out The Classic Musical ‘Grease’ At An Astoria ‘Drive-in’ This Weekend


“Grease is the word” this Friday in Astoria.

On Friday, June 15, the Central Astoria Local Development Coalition (LDC) will host its first-ever drive-in movie night in the Astoria Park Parking Lot located at Hoyt Avenue and 19th Street.

Starting at 8:30 p.m., the Central Astoria LDC will show the movie musical “Grease,” which celebrates its 40th anniversary this year. The film was originally released on June 16, 1978, and follows the love story of greaser Danny Zuko and Australian exchange student Sandy Olsson.

The event was made possible in part by New York State Assemblywoman Aravella Simotas in partnership with the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation.

Doors open at 6:30 p.m. for this free event and the movie will start promptly at 8:30 p.m. Space is on a first-come, first-served basis, so plan to arrive early to secure a spot. Seating will be provided for those without cars.

For more information, visit centralastoria.nyc or contact Central Astoria LDC at 718-728-7820 or info@centralastoria.nyc.


Celebrate The Great Outdoors On Two Wheels With Pedal For Parks In Astoria This Weekend

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Spring is upon us, and what better way to celebrate the season than with a bicycle ride through some of Astoria’s parks?

The Friends of Astoria Heights will be hosting their second annual Pedal for Parks event on Saturday, May 12, from 10:15 to 11 a.m. Following the bike ride, attendees will also be able to participate in a Learn to Ride event, where they will receive information and giveaways. Event organizers suggest the bike ride for children older than 7 years old and adults. Continue Reading ›