Queens Village man creates new take on empanadas
Photos by Heather DiPietro/heatherdipietro.com

What started out as a way to bring a family closer together has now become a business looking to add a new twist to a traditional food and give customers a one-of-a-kind experience. Jonathan Batista of Queens Village is the man behind YourPanadas, a business just started earlier this year with his wife, which takes the […]

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Astoria band captures audiences with unique electric beats
Photo by Scott Nidermaier/NidermaierPictures.com

When Distoria takes the stage, audience members are left wondering how just three members can make so much noise and create such a unique sound. In 2010, the Astoria alternative rock band was formed when frontwoman Helena Martin was invited to play as a solo act at B.O.M.B. Fest in Connecticut. Martin knew she wanted […]

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Queens filmmaker wows 2015 indie movie circuit
Photos courtesy of Andrew Koss

“Zizi and Honeyboy” has just won the award for Best Biographical Drama at the Manhattan Film Festival,” writer, co-producer and star Andrew Koss announced to nearly 100 whooping and applauding friends and family members shortly before a private screening of the short movie at the North Shore Towers Cinema in late June. Based on “What […]

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The top five outdoor eateries along Astoria’s 30th Avenue
Photo courtesy of Butcher Bar

BY KELLY MARIE MANCUSO 30th Avenue in Astoria is one of the hottest strips for dining and nightlife in Queens. With summer in full swing, check out our picks for the top five outdoor eateries for dining al fresco in the heart of the neighborhood. Butcher Bar 37-10 30th Ave. 718-606-8140 This purveyor of grass-fed, organic […]

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Astoria’s Museum of the Moving Image to present exhibit examining cats online
Images courtesy of The Infinite Cat Project/Gallery by Thanassi Karageorgiou / Museum of the Moving Image

Updated Monday, July 20  Cats lovers, unite. Next month, the Museum of the Moving Image, located at 36-01 35th Ave. in Astoria, will launch a five-month exhibition called How Cats Took Over the Internet, looking at how these furry felines have mesmerized a generation of online users with their quirky actions and adorable looks. The […]

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