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A simple Guide to a Mocktail Summer As we approach summer, the hot weather can be an awful battle to endure without a cool drink in hand. If alcohol isn’t your thing, we’ve got a plan B. Astoria may be well known for its bar scene, but did you know it’s also home to some…

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Mr. Dope Pic: The man behind the lens

Photo Rafael Fondeur

Are you looking for a cameraman who has the vision? Well, meet Rafael “Ralphie” Fondeur, AKA “Mr. Dope Pic:” lowkey local celebrity and producer. Ralphie produces content for and promotes multiple establishments in the neighborhood, including Blend, Pita Pan and Il Fornaio Bakery. However, his claim to fame didn’t start in the restaurant industry. Ralphie…

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Who Else is Eggcited for Easter?

It’s that time of year again; when the sun shines longer, the air is warmer and you know spring has officially sprung. The promising warm weather lures the best parts of spring out, the Easter bunny included. Although this year’s Easter festivities may not be exactly the same as we’ve
come to know them, that doesn’t mean there aren’t still plenty of ways to celebrate. From classic games to traditional feasts, here are some ways to have a very “hoppy” Easter weekend this year!

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Passion 2 Profession: Quarantine Hobbies Turned Local, Women Owned Businesses

Perhaps one of, if not the only good thing to come out of this pandemic was the increased opportunities for leisure. Quarantine paved the way for bakers, mixologists, plant-lovers, artists and more, all of whom may have never tapped into that skill set if not given the time to do so. While many of us have returned to our regularly scheduled programming, some have taken those newfound hobbies to the next level, instead becoming their very own boss, giving “working from home” a whole new meaning.

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Under The Sea Celebration: Three Top Seafood Spots to Honor Greek Independence Day

It’s no secret that Astoria’s predominant non-English/Spanish language is Greek. This becomes more apparent than ever every March, when we watch the celebrations take off throughout the neighborhood honoring Greece’s Independence Day. March 25th commemorates the start of the War of Greek Independence in 1821 and coincidentally, also marks the celebration of the Annunciation to the Theotokos, when Archangel Gabriel announced that the Virgin Mary will be the mother of Christ.

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Sweets for your Sweetheart

Despite wearing masks, we can’t deny that we still feel the love that’s in the air! Celebrate yourself and your loved ones by letting them know you are thinking of them in the most universal and classic languages of love: sweets and flowers! Here are some of our favorite places where no matter what you leave the store with, you’re guaranteed to make your loved ones Valentine’s Day.

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For Our Masked Loves: Fool Proof Date Ideas for Valentine’s Day

With Valentine’s Day around the corner, the clock is ticking and it’s time to figure out what’s still open to the public and to get your hands on a reservation! As luck would have it, we did the research for you and got you covered: here are some date suggestions for day or night that are guaranteed to put a smile on your other half’s face!

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Calling All Bookworms

It’s Time to Book It to The Library With the new year upon us, and still amidst a pandemic, there is very little room to do the things that we want to do. Though many public areas, like libraries, are not fully operational, that doesn’t mean we can’t get our hands on a good book.…

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