There is some exciting news with BOAST that we wanted to share with you.
First, this post you are reading is part of our new blog! We will be updating it frequently, so come back and check it out often. Also, if you, or someone you know wants to contribute articles, please let us know by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or filling out the Contact Form on the website.
Second, we added a new page on the site called LOCATION, which organizes the winners by location. There’s a nifty map which includes all the winners at the top, along with sections divided by geographic region below. We hope you’ll find this section helpful for when you’re around a certain area of Astoria and are looking for places to eat or drink, or things to do and see.
Finally, we now have multiple Featured BOAST Locations throughout the site. There is one on the EAT page, one on the DRINK page, and another on the DO & SEE page.
That’s all the new news, but did you know that we have a new poll on the homepage every Monday? You can take the poll, and then check back throughout the week to see the results. This week’s poll is about cold desserts.
We are also on social media, so you can Like us on Facebook, and follow us on Twitter and Instagram.
Next month we’re going to release the second BOAST survey, which will award the Best of Astoria in warm weather, so keep an eye out for that. If you know people who want to get on the mailing list, they can sign up directly on the homepage.
Astoria Park – The famous Hellgate Bridge and amazing views of Manhattan draw New Yorkers from every borough to this park. Bring your towel and lay out on the grass until you can hop in the Olympic-sized pool come late June. It is known for the huge fireworks display on July 4 and kid-friendly movie screenings on the lawn throughout the summer.
Socrates Sculpture Park – A smaller park also found along the river, it is a unique constellation of modern sculpture, foreign movie screenings, and a weekly farmer’s market all summer. They also feature free yoga, tai chi and kayak rental from Hallet’s Cove on weekends.
Gantry Plaza Park – This lesser known park down under the Queensboro bridge features live music concerts on summer weekday nights as well as monthly free yoga (and now bootcamp!) by The Yoga Room.
Bohemian Hall and Beer Garden – Probably the only reason your friends have heard of Astoria, this boisterous beer garden is great any time of year but especially in the summer, when all Astoria locals can be found sitting at the picnic tables drinking pitchers of Czech beer any time of day or night.
Virtually any restaurant on Broadway, 30th Ave or Ditmars – The sun is finally out and the city has come back to life! Restaurateurs take advantage of sometimes cramped indoor space to spill out onto the front sidewalk or back garden (sometimes these are hidden so be sure to check!). Not much beats sitting outside, people watching, while enjoying a great meal with a cold drink of choice in hand. Opa!
We are excited that Queens Beer Week starts in less than a week–May 8! So many BOAST winners are participating: 60 Beans Coffee & Tea, Astoria Bier and Cheese, Bohemian Hall & Beer Garden, Crescent and Vine, Front Toward Enemy, Mar’s, Mosaic Craft Beer & Wine Bar, Pachanga Patterson, The Queens Kickshaw, Singlecut Beersmiths, The Sparrow Tavern, Studio Square, Sunswick 35/35, Sweet Afton, Vesta Trattoria & Wine Bar.
Like to laugh? If you go to bestcomedytickets.com, you can get 50% off any show on the site with the promo code of BOAST. Now go out and enjoy some comedy!