of Queens Additions 2008
|The Astoria comedy club is located above Mezzo Mezzo.
Astoria Comedy Club, located on the second
floor of Mezzo Mezzo, a fine dining Greek restaurant,
has only been open for a short time, but is already
a smash hit with those in the know.
Well known and lesser comedians trying to get
into the business perform at this Astoria night
spot twice a week in an intimate atmosphere perfect
The shows, run by established funny-man Matt Taylor,
offer cheap laughs in a fun and lively environment.
The performance space is situated in the upstairs
floor of Mezzo Mezzo, a restaurant run by Taylor's
and owner Charlie Kourakos. The restaurant is
located at 33rd st. and Ditmars Blvd., in Astoria.
Taylor has comedic connections through his travels
and says he has been helped immensely by local
"Every comedian lives in Astoria," the 28-year
old cub manager and creator said. "It's kinda
like a union of sorts."
As for the reaction in the neighborhood, Taylor
says, "Astoria is interested, all the feedback
has been positive."
Be sure to stop by the club for a dinner, drinks
and a few laughs - you won't be disappointed.
|Skaters will have a place to go when Astoria’s skate park opens.
City recently agreed to construct a brand new
skate park in Astoria so local kids
can have a place to hone their thrashing skills.
In an urban setting, recreation spaces give young
people a place to be loud and unruly while staying
safe at the same time.
In large part thanks to the efforts of Community
Board 1, and funding secured through Councilman
Peter Vallone Jr., (D-Astoria), skate-or-die(rs)
in Western Queens can enjoy a spot of their own
where they can go to grind and thrash their way
to cuts, bumps and bruises.
The ground breaking was in early May. The new
skate park, to be located below the Hell's Gate
Bridge, is expected to be completed by the end
of this year. The park will be situated under
the bridge, adjacent to the East River so as to
not disturb local non-skater residents.
Before the new park was proposed, young skaters
were confined to using Athens Square Park to practice
their noisy activity - sometimes to the displeasure
of un-wheeled park goers. Now skaters, both young
and old will have a place of their own to ride.
Food’s signature samosas.
Michael Gianaris says, "Carlos Lillo Park
is a great new addition in Queens. As part of
my "Revitalize Astoria" campaign, I was
able to secure the funding that is transforming
a former dumping ground at 21st Avenue and 76th
Street into a new park named for Carlos Lillo,
a paramedic from Astoria who died in the rescue
effort at the World Trade Center. Green space
development is crucial in western Queens, as it
helps to counteract air pollution and reduce asthma
you're looking for a different way to get into
Manhattan or simply a scenic ride through the
City's waterways, you can't beat New York City
Water Taxi, now operating from Riis Landing
in Breezy Point. For $6 you get an hour
and 15 minute ride through Lower New York Bay
from Queens, through Brooklyn and into Manhattan
via Pier 11.
Water Taxi offers commuter service twice a day
on weekdays as well as a twice daily beach service
on weekends. Visit http://www.nywatertaxi.com
for more information.
Food Inc. in Floral Park specializes
in Indian meals as well as sweets. They have fast
foods, like Dahi Puri, which is only $3.50. Mini
lunches are also $3.50 and consist of two Paronthas,
one Subzi, Dahi and achar. Usha's sweets include
Gulab Jamun for six dollars a pound and snacks
like spicy cashews for seven dollars a pound.
Usha Food Inc. is located at 25503 Hillside Ave.
For more information, call (718) 343-1500 for
your catering and take out needs.
|Pampas offers an elegant dining experience.
Argentinian Steak House in Forest Hills
has State Senator Serphin Maltese (R-Glendale)
in a good mood.
"This new restaurant has brought a whole new atmosphere
and style with an Argentinian touch and I believe
it is the finest steak house in Queens. I would
highly recommend the Filet Mignon Marsala and
the homemade caramel custard!"
Pampas is located at 105-08 Metropolitan Ave.
For more information call (718) 268-9606 or visit
you think the Bloomberg Cafe that has just
opened on Union Turnpike in Fresh Meadows
seems like a usual addition to the neighborhood-take
a closer look. This kosher café is bringing a
new flavor to Fresh Meadows, as it is open late
for the surrounding neighborhood. Blooming Café
closes at 11 p.m. during the week (Monday through
Thursday). The extended closing time, delicious
coffee and treats for sale makes this location
a great new place to unwind after dinner with
friends, even on a week night.
Café is located at 187-20 Union Tpke. For more
information, call (718) 454-0005.
|Arpis’ Spa caters to both men and women.
Spa in Fresh Meadows offers Electrolysis,
various facials, Botox, mini face-lifts, massages
and much more. Arpi's Spa is available to both
men and women and certified/licensed therapists,
technicians and aestheticians carry out all procedures.
The Swedish massage and the Deep pore cleansing
facial are in demand with prices ranging from
$82 to $97.
Arpi's Spa is located on Union Turnpike at 188th
Street. For more information, call (718) 454-2338
or visit www.arpis-spa.com.
The recently opened Café Muscat is a Fresh
Meadows neighborhood favorite specializing
in gourmet dairy plates flown in from Israel.
Customers line up for their tasty pastas, sandwiches,
fish dishes, cheese platters and even Pad Thai.
Café Muscat, located at 178-07 Union Turnpike,
is proud of their fresh fruits, dairy products
and vegetables. It's like having a piece of Israel
Call (718) 591-4050 for free local delivery and
daily specials. For more information, visit www.cafemuscat.com.
|Kyoto Sushi’s menu is full of Japanese and Thai specialties.
for its sushi and teriyaki, Kyoto Sushi
in Flushing has been establishing a name
for itself by combining Japanese and Thai cuisine
on the menu. Their Yellowtail Jalapeno appetizer
is a twist to traditional views on sushi and the
fried ice cream is highly rated. Don't forget
to take your shoes off and order the sake.
Kyoto is located at 153-11 Union Turnpike. Call
(718) 380-7777 or visit www.kyotosushinyc.com
for more information.
in Flushing opened in the Sheraton LaGuardia
East Hotel in the past few years and Community
Board 7 District Manager Marilyn Bitterman has
"Really fantastic. The food is really good, service
is great. There's a continental menu. They have
a businesman's lunch and an Asian lunch. They
also have Italian. Very eclectic, very diversified.
I had lunch in there everyone was so happy and
pleased with the food."
Deluge is located at 13520 at 39th Ave. in Flushing.
For more information call (718) 670-7400 www.delugerestaurant.com.
a newly-opened restaurant that was formally Manny's
Bar & Grill of Glen Oaks, is the only eatery
in the area that sells authentic Cuban specialties
which are both delicious and affordable. This
casual establishment provides a family-friendly
and laid-back atmosphere with exceptional service
and even better food. Chevere is the perfect place
to bring your kids (even those noisy toddlers),
while still enjoying upscale and delicious Cuban
cuisine at the right price.
Chevre is located at 25322 Union Turnpike in Glen
Oaks. For more information call (718) 343-2627.
Assemblyman Rory Lancman (D-Fresh Meadows) says,
"Everybody that I take to this catering hall is
just amazed at how they do things-how the food
comes out, the different foods, it is just an
Shapira is located at 167-01 Union Tpke. in Hillcrest.
For more information, call (718) 591-1187.
|The Panorama of my Silence - Heart Café is known for fresh takes on coffee shop staples.
Panorama of my Silence-Heart Café, located
at 84-73 Parsons Blvd. in Jamaica, is the
anti-establishment café; sweet and serene. Barely
a year old, it has yet to be tainted by the humdrum
of café chains. The name of this quaint café is
a bit long, it bleeds slightly over to eccentricity,
but somehow it fits.
new Lupus Center has improved the health of
Lupus Center housed in the Jamaica Medical
Center has brought reprieve in its first year
of operation. The center is the only one of its
kind in the borough.
Dr. Meggan Mackey who helps run the center said
because of the demographics that the disease predominantly
affects minority women between the ages of 15
to 45-"we know that there are a lot of patients."
The Center is located at 111-20 Merrick Blvd.
For more information, call (718) 206-9888.
Chicken in Little Neck has been flooding
with customers craving fried chicken and wings.
This Korean franchise has been aiming at healthier
alternatives and recipes for their "special sauces"
that keep customers satisfied. Available in either
"hot" or "soy ginger", each serving comes with
a small salad and radish cubes.
BonChon Chicken is located at 253-11 Northern
Blvd. Call (718) 224-8523 in advance for it takes
about 30 minutes to complete an order.
|The Maspeth and Woodside libraries have undergone recent renovations.
entire community benefits when we invest in our
local libraries. These two renovated facilities
in Maspeth and Woodside not only
provide the latest technology and up-to-date multi-media
materials, but there is also expanded computer
access for everyone in sparkling, modern spaces
and books and media in many languages."
The Maspeth Library is located at 69-70 Grand
Ave. For more information, call (718) 639-5228.
The Woodside Library's located at 54-22 Skillman
Ave. For more information, call (718) 429-4700.
an upscale salon experience at an affordable price,
locals praise the newly-renovated C'Spa
located on Metropolitan Ave in Middle Village.
C'Spa has recently changed owners and has already
built up a reputation as the best place in Queens
for residents looking to relax. The spa offers
everything from massage and nail packages to facial
services and body treatments. This oasis in the
city is the perfect place to get pampered and
take a break from the daily grind. Patrons recommend
C'Spa as the best location in Queens to get spa
treatments for half the price one might pay in
C'Spa is located at 7945 Metropolitan Ave, in
Middle Village. For more information, call (718)
894-4500 or visit www.cspa-nyc.com.
Phil "Scooter" Rizzuto Park, holy cow!
You may know it by its former name, Smokey Oval
Park. But the park's renaming after the late Yankee
"Scooter" Phil Rizzuto has made it a new favorite
for the thousands of Sikh residents in the surrounding
area. The Sikh community had complained about
the park's name for its smoking reference, a habit
prohibited by the Sikh religion. And even if you
hate the Bronx Bombers, you'll be hard pressed
to find harsh words for the beloved Glendale ball
player and longtime baseball announcer. The park
is located at 126th Street and 94th Avenue in
|The Door’s West Indian cusine is considered first rate.
through The Door of The Door in Rochdale
and you will not be disappointed. It is a West
Indian restaurant with all the class and elegance
that rivals any in the West Village. Apparently,
The Door's patrons know all too well of its service
and delectable food.
"The last time I was there I had to live because
it was a long wait," District Manager of Community
board 12, Yvonne Reddick said.
The Door is located at 163-07 Baisley Blvd. For
more information call (718) 525-1083.
long-time neighborhood favorite for authentic
Thai food, Sripraphai Thai has recently
renovated its interior and added an outdoor seating
section in the back-two changes that have really
improved the ambiance at this award-winning Woodside
establishment. Locals recommend this restaurant
for its traditional approach to Thai favorites,
which are affordable and delicious. End the evening
with their coconut ice cream-faithful patrons
who eat at Sripraphai Thai swear it's the best
they've ever had.
Thai restaurant is consistently called a “Queens
is located at 64-13 39th Ave in Woodside. For
more information call (718) 899-9599.