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Jul 28, 2014

50 Things to Do Before the End of Summer

We suggest 50 great things to do in Astoria, LIC and beyond before the summer ends (food, shopping, sports, community events) – a must read list!

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1. Grab a blanket pack a basket and check out an outdoor movie.

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2. Take it to the streets—street fair that is.

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3. As summer heats up cool down with a quick dip at the Astoria Park pool.

Astoria Park Pool

Photographer: Daniel Avila

4. Central AC, movies, costumes, need we say more? A summer wouldn’t be complete without a day spent at the MOMI. Don’t forget to check out their new What’s Up Doc? The Animation Art of Chuck Jones exhibit.

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5. Bohemian Beer Hall+Friends+Board Games=A Good Time

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6. I scream you scream we all scream for cool desserts?? Don’t worry ice cream is on the list.

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The Kitchen Sink at Sweet Jane’s Dessert

7. Sip the Green Giant at Bear. Made with green iced tea with agave, citrus, fresh herbs, ice, and of course lots of Booze!

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8. Get your fix of the We Heart Astoria kalamata feta cream cheese, which will come back to Brooklyn Bagel on August 7th.

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9. Explore Sunnyside and let us be your guide!

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10. Celebrate the extended (open every Sunday till Labor Day) Astoria Flea.

astoria-flea-and-food11. Sip seasonal summer brews at SingleCut Beersmiths

SingleCut Beersmiths

12. Sink your teeth into this Lobster Roll from Bowery Bay.

Bowery Bay Lobster Roll,

13. Try the Stun Dun pie at Milkflower.

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14. Don’t forget to find Waldo in the neighborhood.

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15. Check out the Epic Clearance Sale at Lockwood.

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16. Check out this cool art installation at The Lot.

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17. Check out Welling Court.

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18. Get Rocketfuel and Strawberry Iced Teas at Sweetleaf. (And vegan cookies, too.)

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19. Stop by Shore Fest on August 10 for their food tasting (and more).

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Folks in line for the tasting in 2010

20. Hang out by the fountain at Mojave’s back patio.

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21. Enjoy an Italian ice at La Guli.

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Photo credit: La Guli

22. Catch an art flick at the Socrates Sculpture Park Outdoor Cinema series.

Socrates Cinema

23. And spend a lazy Saturday morning at the Socrates Sculpture Park Greenmarket.

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Beautiful strawberries and a selection of fresh cheeses made with goat and cows milk

24. Be sure to have a Frappe from Zorba’s (or To Laiko, or Artopolis, or… )

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25. Relax one afternoon on the Great Lawn at Astoria Park.

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The Great Lawn in Astoria Park.

26. Feel the cool breeze as you walk along the waterfront at Gantry Plaza State Park.

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27. Visit the garden at La Guardia’s Marine Air Terminal while it’s in its mid-summer glory.

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Photo credit: Patrick Smith

28. Spend some time cooling down while getting fit at the City Ice Pavilion.

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Photo credit: City Ice Pavilion

29. Have a cholado at Pecas Y Mas in Sunnyside.

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A delicious cholado from Pecas Y Mas in Sunnyside, Queens

30. Play pétanque at MoMA PS1.

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Photo credit: Arne Nordmann via Wikimedia Commons

31.  Check out M.Wells’ bountiful garden at MoMA PS1, and don’t forget about their popular Warm Up Series on Saturdays.

Photo credit: MOMA PS1

Photo credit: MOMA PS1

32.  Enjoy any one of these oyster happy hours.

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33.  Get your fix of fresh veggies at the Brooklyn Grange Farm.

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34.  Treat yourself to a fun summer outfit at The Buffalo Exchange.

Image credit: The Buffalo Exchange

Image credit: The Buffalo Exchange

35. Have a beer and order some cheesy treats at Astoria Bier & Cheese.  Enjoy them in their cozy outdoor garden.

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36. Order a cocktail and enjoy the view at the rooftop of the Z-Hotel.

Image credit: Z Hotel

Image credit: Z Hotel

37. Go to Flushing for the U.S. Open qualifying tournament (it’s free!)

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38. Enjoy a fresh brewed iced tea or a matcha frio at Communitea.

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39. Bite into a delicious carbon taco from the Tacos Jalisco truck.

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40. Enjoy more street food goodness at the King of Falafel.

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41. Play tennis at Astoria Park.

Image credit: ohranger.com

Image credit: ohranger.com

42. Savor some brews and order from the secret menu at The Barn.

Image credit: The Barn

Image credit: The Barn

43. Go surfing at The Rockaways.

Yep, here's me trying to surf - Judith

Yep, here’s me trying to surf – Judith

44. Check out the rustic Italian eats at Vite Vinosteria.

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45. Brunch it up at the new Fatty’s Cafe locale.

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46. Discover the sweet (and somewhat hidden) Sweetie’s Yummery.

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47. Cool down with a shaved mango ice from The Bao Shoppe.

Image credit: Bao Shoppe

Image credit: Bao Shoppe

48. Continue to feel good and get fit with Simply Cycle’s spinning classes.

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49. Bring a Rockaway Brewing Co. growler to your next summer BBQ.

Image credit: Rockaway Brewing Co

Image credit: Rockaway Brewing Co

50. Feast on The Queens Kickshaw’s new summer menu.

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About Emily Rios

Emily Rios manages special events, sponsored content and advertising clients as WHA's Business Development Director. She is a passionate and dedicated youth developer with a strong background in non-profit management, and works as Senior Manager of Youth Leadership at generationOn.

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Stan Stanmanson

That’s not a picture of Welling Court. That’s Cats Eye Imaging.

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