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Don’t Idle Your Car

We’ve been walking around Astoria the last few days and have seen many people sitting in their car, idling their engine. We know it’s cold out, but please don’t do that! Not only is it bad for the car (wastes gas, burns up oil, drains car battery), but it’s bad for the environment and is… Read more »

Organizations to Contribute to and Support

Before the end of the year, we wanted to share what our readers said were their favorite organizations to contribute to and support. Here they are, in alphabetical order: 31st Ave Open Street The Open Street is implementing a Fall/Winter schedule and the new hours will be from 8am to 6pm on weekends only. Astoria… Read more »

These Steps Can Help Preserve Your Small Business Amidst Coronavirus

Keeping your small business going during coronavirus is challenging. But as lawmakers continue to loosen restrictions, there’s still a lot of work to do. Taking steps toward preserving your business now and as the economy recovers will provide peace of mind and a game plan for moving forward. Prioritize Small Business Survival While you can… Read more »

Statement from BOAST

We are devastated by the recent acts of violent racial injustice in our country. The BOAST: Best of Astoria organization grieves the deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery and the countless others who have lost their lives too soon. We are committed to being allies to those who endure racism directly. Now is the time to support one… Read more »

Show support in this challenging time

This is a very tough and challenging time for a number of reasons, and one thing we suggest doing is ordering gift cards (or e-gift cards) from businesses that are partially or fully closed. This is a great and safe way to show your support and care for the people who are being negatively affected…. Read more »

The Queens Kickshaw is Closing

We just saw a message on The Queens Kickshaw website that it will be shutting its doors later this month. There will be a closing party Sunday, 8/27, 6-11pm, and in that space will be a completely different restaurant opening in early October. This is incredibly sad, as The Queens Kickshaw was such a unique and… Read more »

WJOA Presents: A Songwriter’s Showcase

This Thursday, 8-11pm, at The Shillelagh Tavern (47-22 30th Ave, Astoria, New York 11103), FREE Hosted by the Wandering Jews of Astoria, this free event will feature three local singer-songwriters, Sam Kestenbaum, Andrew Weiss, and Dan Rauchwerk, as they play songs that they’ve written and tell the stories behind them. Lineup: Andrew Weiss – 8:00 Sam… Read more »

Blink Fitness Turns Off the News for National Stress Awareness Month

[From Blink Fitness] Americans are experiencing record levels of stress, according to an annual survey conducted by the American Psychological Association (APA). To raise awareness of the importance of mental health during National Stress Awareness Month, Blink Fitness today launched “Tune Out While You Work Out,” an initiative to encourage members to minimize stress and focus on themselves.  Every Monday for the month… Read more »

APAC “Homecoming” Benefit and Upcoming Show

On Monday, March 20, we attended Astoria Performing Art Center’s “Homecoming” Annual Benefit party at the Paper Factory Hotel. The night’s events included a buffet dinner, open bar, songs by APAC performers, a raffle, and ended with DJ music and dancing. This season APAC is exploring the meaning of home, so with that theme, the night celebrated… Read more »

An Astoria Mystery

Does anyone know why there are no ads at Astoria subway stations? There haven’t been any since the end of 2016. If you know, comment on this post, email hello@boast.nyc, or fill out the Contact form. We want to solve this mystery!