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Jan 19, 2017

45 Things To Do In Astoria Instead of Watching The Inauguration

As we are all well aware, tomorrow is Inauguration Day. After spending the past two years glued to our computers, TVs, and phones following politics, it might be nice for some (…)

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As we are all well aware, tomorrow is Inauguration Day. After spending the past two years glued to our computers, TVs, and phones following politics, it might be nice for some of us to unplug and partake in an activity that has nothing to do with the right or the left. We’ve put together a list of 45 of our favorite “feel-good” Astoria activities to consider spending your time on tomorrow, and we want to hear yours as well!

Here are some ideas for a stellar Friday. You deserve it!


1.) Buy a book by a badass female author at Astoria Bookshop


2.) Laugh until you cry at a QED comedy show


3.) Play some arcade games while eating a kooky burger at Flattopps


4.) Enjoy a coffee with your pup at Chateau Le Woof


5.) Eat a St. The Ghost Pizza at Milkflower


6.) Sip (or chug, let’s be honest) a local beer at Singlecut Beersmiths


7.) Eat as many tacos as you can at Chela Y Garnacha


8.) Find some comfort with mozzarella grilled cheese and tomato soup at The Queens Kickshaw


9.) Go for a long, refreshing run in Astoria Park


10.) Buy some vinyl at Hifi Records


11.) Pick up a gorgeous arrangement from Petals & Roots — Flowers always make things better!  


12.) Indulge your sweet tooth at Martha’s Bakery or Sugar Freak


13.) Chow down on something crazy at Queens Comfort


14.) Have a Sweet Tea cocktail at Sweet Afton


15.) Enjoy the fantastic Panna Cotta dessert at Vite Vinosteria


16.) Try an Indian dish you’ve never heard of before at Kurry Qulture


17.) Go all-out with the Omakase sushi tasting menu at Gaijin


18.) Work it out with a climbing day at Brooklyn Boulders Queensbridge


19.) Buy some greeting cards from Lockwood to remind your friends you love them


20.) Treat yourself to some jewelry from The Brass Owl


21.) Comfort your soul with fried chicken at The Pomeroy


22.) Take a long, warm, luxurious bath with soaps and oils from Lavender Label


23.) Drink beer from all over the world at the Bohemian Beer Garden


24.) Have a laid-back beer at Diamond Dogs


25.) Travel to Egypt (not literally) with a meal at Mombar


26.) Eat one of the best burgers in the neighborhood at Sparrow Tavern


27.) Eat some grilled octopus at MP Taverna


28.) Order a pie from Sac’s Place and grab a bottle of wine from Wine Stop


29.) Embrace Astoria’s Greek roots with an order of Lamb Tigania at Ovelia 


30.) Conquer an out-of-control milkshake at Mom’s


31.) Slurp a big bowl of ramen at HinoMaru


32.) Have a beer and cheese pairing party with selections from Astoria Bier & Cheese


33.) See how many wings you can put away at Dillinger’s


34.) Stop in to King of Falafel and get a pita sandwich the size of your head


35.) Grab a slice (or three) of pizza at sLICe Astoria


36.) Try on some vintage at Loveday 31

37.) Pick up a ball of the best fresh mozzarella in the neighborhood at Rosario’s


38.) Get a cannoli fresh filled at Rose & Joe’s Bakery, and pick up a slice of their pizza while you’re at it


39.) Walk over to the Welling Court Mural Project to see some of NYC’s best street art


40.) Support the important work Paul the Cat Guy does with feral and stray cats in Astoria


41.) Get familiar with a new RPG (role playing game) at The Geekery


42.) Pick up some incredible cured meats at Muncan


43.) Gather all the ingredients you need to make a homemade Italian feast at Sorriso


44.) Dive in to a platter of beef brisket at Butcher Bar


45.) Take a deep breath, and be grateful that you live in such an incredible neighborhood!



We just learned about an awesome event at Museum of the Moving Image, a free screening of the critically acclaimed film Loving. From their press release:


“On Friday, January 20, Inauguration Day, Museum of the Moving Image will offer free admission to visitors all day, from 10:30 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. In addition, the Museum will offer a free screening of Loving, the new film about Richard and Mildred Loving, the interracial couple whose marriage and legal fight led to a major civil rights victory.
With producer Sarah Green in person

Dir. Jeff Nichols. 2016, 123 mins. DCP courtesy of Focus Features. With Ruth Negga, Joel Edgerton. Loving is a touching, beautifully realized dramatization of the story of Richard and Mildred Loving, an interracial couple who married in the late 1950s and were arrested for miscegenation in Virginia. Their case led to a landmark case that ended at the Supreme Court. As the modest couple whose case helped advance civil rights in the United States, Ruth Negga and Joel Edgerton give two of the year’s most acclaimed performances. Producer Sarah Green will participate in a discussion after the screening.

Free admission. Tickets will be distributed on a first-come, first-serve basis.

The screening takes place in the Redstone Theater at Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35 Avenue, Astoria, NY 11106. Gallery admission will be free all day, from 10:30 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., an extension of the Museum’s usual Free Friday hours, which are from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. (Ticket fees still apply for evening screenings).

More information and travel directions at


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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I was incredibly busy during the inauguration: I washed my hair and clipped my toenails. Time better spent, indeed. And many of these options sound fabulous, too!


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