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Aug 12, 2015

Show Off Your Neighborhood! Where To Bring Visitors In Astoria

There’s no doubt about it: our neighborhood is awesome. Astoria is home to outstanding places to eat, drink, learn, listen, watch, and relax. It’s only natural that friends and family from (…)

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There’s no doubt about it: our neighborhood is awesome. Astoria is home to outstanding places to eat, drink, learn, listen, watch, and relax. It’s only natural that friends and family from out of town (and maybe even other boroughs!) will want to visit and see what Astoria’s all about. The big question is: where to take them? With so many options, it can get overwhelming. Here are some ideas!

Museum of the Moving Image

No matter who you are or where you’re from, one thing we all share are memories from our favorite movies and television shows. MOMI brings those memories to life, with art displays, interactive exhibits, arcade games, and more. Now is an especially exciting time to stop by, as the Mad Men exhibition is open for a few more weeks, and the How Cats Took Over The Internet exhibition has just started its residency. Keep an eye on their website for future events! Location: 36-01 35th Ave, Astoria

Miss Mad Men? Catch their MOMI exhibit while it lasts!

Miss Mad Men? Catch their MOMI exhibit while it lasts!

Singlecut Beersmiths

When visitors stop by Astoria, it’s only natural to bring them to your favorite spots to have a drink or two. Why not take it one step further and bring visitors to the spot where some of our favorite beers are actually made? Singlecut serves up a rotating selection of local beers on tap, has ample indoor and outdoor seating, plays old vinyl records and also offers brewery tours. It’s a must-see for all beer connoisseurs. Location: 19-33 37th St, Astoria

Singlecut Beersmiths, local beer at its finest.

Singlecut Beersmiths, local beer at its finest.

Q.E.D.

If you haven’t signed up for Q.E.D.’s events newsletter, you’re missing out. They always have cool, quirky events going on, and you’d be hard-pressed to find a more diverse space to bring a visitor. If you’re looking for live comedy, Q.E.D. has you covered with their extensive lineup of events. Looking for a fun, hands-on activity?  Browse their Classes calendar. (I’ll be trying my hand at earring design this Sunday!) Location: 27-16 23rd Ave, Astoria

Step inside Q.E.D. for comedy, theatre, classes, or just a place to hang out.

Step inside Q.E.D. for comedy, theatre, classes, or just a place to hang out.

Astoria Bookshop

Whenever I visit a new place, I enjoy checking out small businesses that add to the character of the neighborhood, and Astoria Bookshop fits that description perfectly. Although the shop is small, the selection is excellent, and the cheerful staff is always willing to help you find what you’re looking for. Bonus: your guest can purchase reading material for the trip home! Location: 31-29 31st St, Astoria

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For a bookworm, no trip to Astoria is complete without a visit to Astoria Bookshop.

HiFi Records

Astoria’s coolest new addition, HiFi Records, gives music fans a chance to peruse their extensive vinyl selection without trekking to Brooklyn or Manhattan. Stop in to take a look at the inventory, and enjoy iced coffee or tea while you chat music! Location: 23-19 Steinway St, Astoria

For your vinylphile friends, HiFi Records is a must-see.

For your vinylphile friends, HiFi Records is a must-see.

Astoria Park

Whether you’re going for a walk, packing a picnic, throwing a Frisbee, or just soaking up some sun, Astoria Park is a great place to get some greenery in your life. Keep track of their events page for movies, concerts, and more!  Location: Runs from Astoria Park South between 12th Street and 21st Street to Ditmars Boulevard between 19th Street and Shore Boulevard. 

A stroll through Astoria Park on a sunny day is hard to beat.

A stroll through Astoria Park on a sunny day is hard to beat.

Bohemian Beer Garden

There are plenty of bars in Astoria, but none feel as vital to the neighborhood as the Bohemian Beer Garden. I’ve brought countless visitors here, and each and every time, we’ve had a blast. The comfortable vibe and eclectic beer selection showcases Astoria at its laid-back best . Location: 29-19 24th Ave, Astoria

It just doesn't feel like summer in Astoria until you've made a trip to the beer garden, Take your visitors there, and they'll learn why!

It just doesn’t feel like summer in Astoria until you’ve made a trip to the beer garden, Take your visitors there, and they’ll learn why!

 

Where do you like to take visitors? Share in the comments and on Facebook!

About Lindsay Goyette

Lindsay has been eating and drinking her way through Queens since 2011. A casting director by day and Astoria explorer by night, you can usually find her checking out live music, theatre, or the newest neighborhood spot to enjoy a craft beer.

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