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Mar 18, 2019

Meet the New WHA Writer: Claire Leaden

Hello, my fellow Astorians! My name is Claire Leaden and I’m thrilled to be the new writer for We Heart Astoria! I’ve read this site since I moved to the neighborhood (…)

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Hello, my fellow Astorians!

My name is Claire Leaden and I’m thrilled to be the new writer for We Heart Astoria! I’ve read this site since I moved to the neighborhood almost five years ago, thinking of it as the “cool” older sister who can educate me when public transpo is down or point me to the hottest new restaurant opening.

write about food, new business and history in NYC, and am so excited to be covering my home neighborhood in a larger capacity now.

For some other quick fun facts: in my spare time I adore meal planning in my (tiny) apartment kitchen, trying to get outdoors by hiking and camping in the Hudson Valley, and reading the best new literature (I used to work in publishing and just joined Astoria Bookshop‘s awesome new Feminerdy book club).

My favorite thing about this neighborhood is its very “small town” feel within the vast expanse of New York City. I love to see familiar faces on the block, have a go-to bagel or happy hour spot, and the overall atmosphere of people supporting each other.

So, tell me, my amazing community – what do you want to see on WHA? More food? More faces? Any story leads you want me to check out? Let me know in the comments below! I look forward to serving you well :)

9 Comments

Maria

Hello and welcome :)

I’d like to second the comment about more info on things to do in Astoria. The calendar page is a bit sparse. I sometimes find myself feeling a little jealous of our Brooklyn neighbors for their abundance of entertainment and special interest hangouts. I’m sure I’m just not taking advantage of what’s available to us in Astoria!

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Sarah

Hi! Would you be interested in covering a local business profile of a non profit soccer academy in Astoria! They are doing some pretty awesome stuff for the community! Feel free to email- sarah@psofnyc.com and I’ll put you in touch!!

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Em

Welcome, Claire! I’d like to hear about more about things to do around town – such as your book club! I sometimes feel like all there is to do here is eat at a different restaurant every night of the week. It’s a good problem to have…but I’d like to learn about new ways to meet and spend time with my neighbors.

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Claire Leaden

Thanks, Em! I totally agree with you–I love to eat out, but it’s nice to know what other activity options there are too (and there are a lot). I’ll get on that!

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