Last week Mackenzi wrote a brilliant post about the simple but awesome conveniences she values in Astoria – the things that keep her enamored with this neighborhood and make it an awesome place to live. Well today it’s my turn, and I can’t wait to show you Astoria, my way! Look out for Meg’s version next week.
Life’s Basic Necessities – Even though it’s not the most exciting of things, one always needs little conveniences here and there, whether it’s a fresh shower curtain, cute little dish towels, air freshener, a lock for your valuables or what have you. For all these things and more, I usually turn to The Bargain Stop in Astoria. It’s been there forever, and I can truly say that it’s safe, reliable, and open pretty late. The Bargain Stop (33-02 30th Avenue, Astoria. 718.777.0797)
Life’s Little Indulgences – While running errands on 30th Avenue, I often stop in to Terrizzi Pastry Shop for something sweet and delightful. Their cakes and cupcakes are to die for, but what I stop in for in the summer is their homemade gelato (especially the hazelnut) or the ices. If you’re trying to have something light, I highly recommend the latter, especially the dark chocolate flavor. Terrizzi Pastry Shop (35-14 30th Avenue, Astoria. 718.726.9698)
Different Kind of Grocery Shopping – I like to be adventurous with my food choices, and this is truly an easy feat in Astoria, as we all know. Sure I can hit up the standards such as Key Food or Associated, but I often stop in to one of my favorite specialty food stores, Mediterranean Foods II for something unique. From a fancy selection of olives and stuffed grape leaves to homemade tzatziki, thick pita, more than a dozen different types of olive oils and more, you can find essentially anything you want to please your Mediterranean fix. Mediterranean Foods II (23-18 31st Street, Astoria. 718.721.0221)
Keeping Your Energy Up - Even though it’s sometimes a struggle, I try to motivate myself and go to the gym a few times a week. Being a member of New York Sports Clubs for more than 10 years, I’m pretty loyal to it and love the location in Astoria, which is spacious and houses a nice selection of machines. If you’re a class person, they have those too, with an aerobics studio upstairs and a cycling studio downstairs. Check out their class schedule for specifics. NYSC Astoria (38-11 30th Avenue, Astoria. 718.932.1400)
A Fabulous Haircut – For nearly 5 years I’ve been going to Space Salon and Spa for my haircuts, and I’ve never been let down once. Ladies (and gentlemen), I’m sure you know how tough it is to find that stylist who really brings out your best look, but Space delivers each time. Rudi (pictured above) is my girl and she’s awesome at styling long hair, at a pretty affordable price. Haircuts are usually less than $60, which is a great price for looking good, especially when you compare it to Manhattan price tags. Space Salon & Spa (29-09 Ditmars Blvd, Astoria. 718.726.4477)