Lately, the weather has been toying with the thought of spring. So like many Queens residents right now, I’m dreaming of picnics at Astoria Park, a crisp ale at Bohemian Hall or an impromptu day trip to Rockaway Beach. Fortunately, spring is a week away and we’re slowly wakening from the winter hibernation. Here are a just few spring activities I’m looking forward to:
Astoria Flea & Food at Kaufman Astoria Studios
Every Sunday May-June
MoMA PS1’s exhibition “Taster’s Choice”
March 23-May 25
Outdoor brunch at new restaurant Marketa
Astoria Bookshop’s Creative Writing Workshop with Emily Herzlin
Relaxing at Gantry Plaza State Park in Long Island City
Conquering a spring dessert, like these lemon, poppy and chevre cheesecakes with rhubard
I came to New York City on a whim. A week after graduating college, an art gallery offered me an internship in this wonderful city we all love – and maybe possess a small, little aversion to. Another week later, life transformed from a sleepy college town in the Appalachian hills into an unfamiliar city of roughly 450 square miles of concrete. As a shy Virginia girl leaving behind family, friends and mountains trails, it was exhilarating and intimidating.
Luckily, I had an older brother to lean on. He introduced me to the best apps to navigate the subway, steered me away from seedy apartments on Craigslist and listened to my rants at household mice. (Actually he laughed about that last part, but you get it.) He also welcomed me into his lovely home in Astoria.
Ever since I first moved to Astoria, I’ve not only being amazed by the various food-eccentricities, but also by the sheer goodness and pride of the community. The neighborhood is brimming with smiles, restaurants upon restaurants, the best baklava around and beyond. So Astoria, this blog is dedicated to you, you diverse thang you.