Month: December 2016

Classes for Aspiring Writers at QED

There’s a debate that always seems to crop up amongst aspiring writers these days: Should you get an MFA, or move to NYC? The answer is usually inconclusive. But when people like prominent humor writer and Vanity Fair editor Mike Sacks offer classes for $40 a pop at QED in Astoria, it seems the NYC… Read more »

BOAST Winners (Dec. 2016) by the Numbers

Number of categories in each section: EAT: 17 DRINK: 11 DO & SEE: 11 Number of winners by location: Astoria-Ditmars Blvd (N/W): 30 30th Ave (N/W): 18 Steinway St (M/R): 15 Broadway (N/W): 13 31st Ave: 7 Astoria Blvd (N/W): 6 Long Island City: 5 36th Ave (N/W): 4 Winners with multiple locations in Astoria:… Read more »

BOAST results (Dec. 2016) have been published!

As the Q train (to start going up 2nd Avenue on Jan. 1!) has been replaced by the W train in Astoria, so too have the results on this site. There are also new photos in the slideshows at the tops of the pages, and new Featured BOAST Locations as well. There were a number of close… Read more »

List of BOAST winners (Dec. 2016)

List of BOAST: Best of Astoria winners (December 2016) EAT Best American: 1. Sanfords 2. The Queens Kickshaw 3. William Hallet Best Bakery 1. Martha’s Country Bakery 2. Rose & Joe’s Italian Bakery 3. Leli’s Bakery Best Brunch 1. Sanfords 2. Grand Cafe 3. (tie) Gastroteca Astoria 3. (tie) William Hallet Best Budget 1. King… Read more »

Much Needed Comedy on a Cold Night: Q.E.D.’s Relationsh*t

Q.E.D. is exactly the type of venue Astoria has always needed. It’s a place that advocates for the arts by offering classes, events, shows—and most importantly, comedy. This past Friday night, my boyfriend and I braved the below-freezing temperatures (well okay, we took a heated Uber) and went out to see Q.E.D.’s Relationsh*t, an irreverent… Read more »

Review of Repeater: A Little Show About Big Songs

On a rainy Tuesday, I went to check out Repeater: A Little Show About Big Songs at QED here in Astoria. I have seen a few shows at QED before, but this one was new to me. Comedians Evan Barden and Pat Cartelli host a  monthly discussion about a single song that their monthly guest… Read more »