Facade of historic Childs Restaurant in Astoria will be preserved, current owner says
Photo via Morris Dweck

Concerned Astoria residents who wanted to see the facade of a former Childs Restaurant preserved can now breathe easy. Morris Dweck, owner of Deals & Discounts, released renderings of the alterations his architect, Walter Martin, will make that ensure the terra cotta of a decades old building will not be destroyed. After residents saw scaffolding […]

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Dubai-based artist brings colorful abstract art to an Astoria underpass
Photos courtesy of 501(See(Streets)

Tarsila Schubert never received any formal art training but her work has appeared all over the world. Now, her colorful murals are displayed on a wall near an underpass at 48th Street and 25th Avenue in collaboration with a local nonprofit. The organization called 501 (See) (Streets) was started by Queens resident Noah Sheroff. The […]

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The Last Word, new speakeasy cocktail lounge in Astoria, will pay homage to neighborhood hardware store
Photo courtesy of Francine Dominguez

The craft cocktail scene in Astoria will soon have a new addition when The Last Word opens on Aug. 16. The speakeasy-style cocktail lounge, located at 31-30 Ditmars Blvd., will be headed by Astoria resident Tommy Demaras, who also owns Maiella in Long Island City. Demaras has partnered with bartender Padraig O’Brien, who has worked at The Raines Law […]

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Celebrate the new Harry Potter story with a Hogwarts-style party in Astoria
All photos by Manuel Harlan

Calling all witches and wizards … and magic-loving muggles, too! J.K. Rowland’s new script, “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Parts I and II,” will be released to the public on July 31 at midnight, and the Astoria Bookshop is going to celebrate with a Hogwarts-style pre-party. Set to start on Saturday, July 30, at […]

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Sofar Sounds, a series of intimate concerts beloved worldwide, is expanding to Queens
Photos courtesy of Patricia Lopez

Queens’ popularity is steadily rising thanks to its cultural diversity, great food and relatively affordable housing. One organization, Sofar Sounds, is taking notice of this popularity and has decided to bring its brand of intimate music shows to the “World’s Borough.” Started in 2010 by a group of three friends who wanted to experience performances […]

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