Astoria's HamletHub Fri, 27 Jan 2023 16:11:08 -0500 Astoria, Visit a Connecticut Christmas Tree Farm for a Joyful Holiday Season

The holiday season is upon us! Get into the spirit of the season by visiting one of Connecticut’s picturesque Christmas tree farms. For a complete list of Christmas tree farms closest to Astoria, please see below.

Connecticut’s some 500 Christmas tree farms are officially open for business, offering customers fresh Connecticut Grown trees. Not only is searching for the perfect tree a festive and time-honored family tradition, but it supports our state’s economy, the hardworking farmers, and our agriculture.

According to the Connecticut DEEP, nearly 4,000 acres of Connecticut farmland are planted with Christmas trees – the 13th largest acreage in the U.S. “The Christmas tree industry in Connecticut has grown significantly in recent years and now contributes about $10 million in annual economic activity,” they say.

Here is a list of the farms near Astoria from Please make sure to call ahead, as HamletHub did not call each farm to verify the information below.

James Allen
Choose and cut Christmas Trees
42 Wewakabrook Road, Bridgewater
Phone: 860-354-65077.

Many Christmas tree farms also offer more joys of the season including hayrides, Santa visits, hot cocoa, and a local market.

The Connecticut Christmas Tree Growers Association Department of Agriculture’s website has a brochure with more information on tree farms.

For a comprehensive list of tree farms in Connecticut, visit here.

]]> (Tara Daily) Places Thu, 13 Dec 2018 09:59:29 -0500
Astoria Blood Donors Will Receive $5 Amazon Gift Card

 Urgent need for blood and platelet donations

Donate by Dec. 19 and receive a $5 Gift Card

The American Red Cross has an urgent need for blood and platelet donors from Astoria to give now to ensure blood is available for medical treatments and emergencies during the holiday season.

Blood and platelet donations often decline during the holidays. Regular donors are busy with holiday activities, and travel and severe winter weather may cause blood drive cancellations. Yet donations remain critical for patients like 4-year-old Wyatt Monacelli who is in the midst of intense chemotherapy treatments for leukemia. He has received a number of transfusions since his diagnosis in June and will likely need more. Locations in and around Astoria are:

town date time location address
Ridgefield 12/13/2018 1:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. Ridgefield Park & Recreation Center 195 Danbury Rd.

“We are fortunate to have had so many donors give the gift of life to our child so far throughout the course of his treatment, and even more so, we are lucky to have had a supply of blood available for him when he needed it,” said Julianna Monacelli, Wyatt’s mother.

Donors are urged to give now to ensure that families like Wyatt’s don’t have to worry about the availability of blood this winter. In thanks for helping meet the urgent need around the holidays, all those who come to donate blood or platelets now through Dec. 19, 2018, will receive a $5 Gift Card via email. (Restrictions apply; see More information and details are available at

Make an appointment to donate blood or platelets by downloading the free American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting or calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).

Another way to help keep the blood supply strong is to host a Red Cross blood drive this winter. To learn more about hosting a blood drive and to sign up, visit

How to donate blood
Simply download the American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) to make an appointment or for more information. All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients. A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of age in most states (16 with parental consent where allowed by state law), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.

Blood and platelet donors can save time at their next donation by using RapidPass® to complete their pre-donation reading and health history questionnaire online, on the day of their donation, before arriving at the blood drive. To get started, follow the instructions at or use the Blood Donor App.

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Don't miss the opportunity to capture The Orchid Show at NYBG now through Sunday, April 22

The New York Botanical Garden's (NYBG) Orchard Show, now in its 16th year, is on display until Sunday, April 22, 2018 and features Installations by Acclaimed Belgian Floral Artist Daniel Ost.

Now in its 16th year, The Orchid Show will showcase thousands of dramatically displayed orchids in the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory featuring a series of installations crafted by Daniel Ost—each a living sculpture that celebrates the complex beauty of these stunning flowers. One of the world’s leading floral designers, Ost uses flowers as a means of expression. His artistic creations will be tailored to the unique environment of the landmark Victorian-style Conservatory, complementing the architecture of the building while creating a transformative, dazzling spectacle of color, form, and texture. Orchids of seemingly every conceivable shape and provenance from the Garden’s collections as well as from some of the finest growers in the world, including rare and iconic specimens, will be on display.

Learn more here.

The New York Botanical Garden is located at 2900 Southern Blvd, Bronx, New York

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Heartbroken Mom Meets Hillary Clinton on Chappaqua Hiking Trail

Westchester resident Margot Gerster wrote on Facebook that she was feeling “heartbroken” after learning Hillary Clinton had lost the presidential election. To clear her head and gain some solace, she decided to take a hike on November 9. Margot headed to her favorite trial in Chappaqua, her daughter strapped to her back. "It was beautiful and relaxing," Margot wrote. 

She added, “As we were leaving, I heard a bit of rustling coming towards me and as I stepped into the clearing there she was, Hillary Clinton and Bill with their dogs doing exactly the same thing as I was.” 

Margot hugged Hillary and told her that one of her most proudest moments as a mother was taking her daughter with her as she cast her vote.  

"She hugged me and thanked me and we exchanged some sweet pleasantries and then I let them continue on their walk," Margot explained. 

She ended with the hashtags #imstillwithher #lovetrumpshate #keepfighting #lightfollowsdarkness.

*Image from Margot Gerster Facebook Page.



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King of Falafel food truck expanding beyond LIC

Fans of King of Falafel will soon be able to enjoy Freddy Zeideia’s version of falafel and shawarma in Long Island City, Long Island and Brooklyn.

Zeideia opened the first King of Falafel food truck in April 2002 in Astoria and a brick-and-mortar store in January 2016. The food truck serves chicken and beef shawarma, falafel, several combination platters and soup, while the restaurant at 30-15 Broadway.

Visit QNS here to read the full story. 

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Largest Moon this Century coming November 14

October 16th full moon was at it’s closest point to our planet as it orbits Earth. This made the October full moon a supermoon.

What is a supermoon? According to EarthSky, "A supermoon is a new or full moon closely coinciding with perigee – the moon’s closest point to Earth in its monthly orbit. An astrologer, Richard Nolle, coined the term supermoon over 30 years ago, but now many in astronomy use it as well."

According to NASA, this coincidence happens three times in 2016. On December 14, similar to October 16, the moon becomes full on the same day as perigee. "On November 14, it becomes full within about two hours of perigee—arguably making it an extra-super moon."

The full moon of November 14 will be the closest full moon in this century and  won’t come this close again until November 25, 2034.


Mark your calendar for November 14 and December 14 and enjoy the super moonlight.

For more on beautiful views in the night’s sky, stay tuned to

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2016 Annual Trade Show and Exhibition

The Long Island City Partnership's (LICP) marquee event of the year – the Annual Trade Show & Luncheon – is the premier B2B trade show in Western Queens, featuring more than 100 exhibitors, local tastemakers and thousands of attendees. At the Annual Luncheon, we will be joined by 350+ prominent business, government and community leaders for a Keynote by Daniel P. Huttenlocher, Dean & Vice Provost of Cornell Tech.

An awards ceremony portion of the luncheon will honor Werwaiss & Co., Inc. – John Werwaiss and Gretchen Werwaiss accepting – in appreciation of its great role and leadership in the community over the past 100+ years. The William D. Modell Community Service Award will be presented to Mount Sinai Queens – Executive Director Caryn Schwab accepting – which has completed a multi-million dollar renovation and expansion, bringing world class healthcare to the LIC community.

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Free Writing Classes Coming to Libraries Across Queens

The Newtown Literary Alliance is hosting free writing classes at libraries across the borough.

The two-hour classes will be held the first Saturday of every month starting in November, and will be held at the Jackson Heights, Maspeth, Ridgewood and Elmhurst branches.

They're open to anyone, regardless of experience, and will focus on a variety of styles and techniques — from poetry to memoir writing.

Click here to read the full article.

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'Lucky 13': Tips for a Safe Halloween


Whether you’re goblin or ghoul, vampire or witch, poor costume choices—including decorative contact lenses and flammable costumes—and face paint allergies can haunt you long after Halloween if they cause injury.

Enjoy a safe and happy Halloween by following the “lucky 13” guidelines from FDA, the Consumer Product Safety Commission, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:

  1. Wear costumes made of fire-retardant materials; look for “flame resistant” on the label. If you make your costume, use flame-resistant fabrics such as polyester or nylon.
  2. Wear bright, reflective costumes or add strips of reflective tape so you’ll be more visible; make sure the costumes aren’t so long that you’re in danger of tripping.
  3. Wear makeup and hats rather than masks that can obscure your vision.
  4. Test the makeup you plan to use by putting a small amount on the arm of the person who will be wearing it a couple of days in advance. If a rash, redness, swelling, or other signs of irritation develop where the makeup was applied, that's a sign of a possible allergy.
  5. Check FDA’s list of color additives to see if makeup additives are FDA approved. If they aren’t approved for their intended use, don’t use it.
  6. Don’t wear decorative contact lenses unless you have seen an eye care professional and gotten a proper lens fitting and instructions for using the lenses.


Safe Treats

Eating sweet treats is also a big part of the fun on Halloween. If you’re trick-or-treating, health and safety experts say you should remember these tips:

  1. Don’t eat candy until it has been inspected at home.
  2. Trick-or-treaters should eat a snack before heading out, so they won’t be tempted to nibble on treats that haven’t been inspected.
  3. If your child has a food allergy, check the label to ensure the allergen isn’t present. Tell children not to accept—or eat—anything that isn’t commercially wrapped.
  4. Parents of very young children should remove any choking hazards such as gum, peanuts, hard candies, or small toys.
  5. Inspect commercially wrapped treats for signs of tampering, such as an unusual appearance or discoloration, tiny pinholes, or tears in wrappers. Throw away anything that looks suspicious.

For partygoers and party throwers, FDA recommends the following tips for two seasonal favorites:

  1. Look for the warning label to avoid juice that hasn’t been pasteurized or otherwise processed, especially packaged juice products that may have been made on site. When in doubt, ask! Always ask if you are unsure if a juice product is pasteurized or not. Normally, the juice found in your grocer’s frozen food case, refrigerated section, or on the shelf in boxes, bottles, or cans is pasteurized.
  2. Before bobbing for apples—a favorite Halloween game—reduce the amount of bacteria that might be on apples by thoroughly rinsing them under cool running water. As an added precaution, use a produce brush to remove surface dirt.

Eye Safety

FDA joins eye care professionals—including the American Academy of Ophthalmology, the American Association for Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus, the Contact Lens Association of Ophthalmologists and the American Optometric Association—in discouraging consumers from using illegal decorative (colored) contact lenses. These are contact lenses that have not been approved by FDA for safety and effectiveness. Consumers should only use brand name contact lenses from well-known contact lens companies.

If you have never worn contact lenses before, Halloween should not be the first time you wear them. Experts warn that buying any kind of contact lenses—which are medical devices and regulated as such—without an examination and a prescription from an eye care professional can cause serious eye disorders and infections, which may lead to permanent vision loss. Despite the fact that it’s illegal to sell decorative contact lenses without a valid prescription, FDA says the lenses are sold on the Internet and in retail shops and salons—particularly around Halloween.

The decorative lenses make the wearer’s eyes appear to glow in the dark, create the illusion of vertical “cat eyes,” or change the wearer’s eye color.

“Although unauthorized use of decorative contact lenses is a concern year-round, Halloween is the time when people may be inclined to use them, perhaps as costume accessories,” says FDA eye expert Bernard Lepri, O.D., M.S., M.Ed.. “What troubles us is when they are bought and used without a valid prescription, without the involvement of a qualified eye care professional, or without appropriate follow-up care. This can lead to significant risks of eye injuries, including blindness.”

This article appears on FDA's Consumer Updates page, which features the latest on all FDA-regulated products.

Published: October 26, 2010 / Updated: October 25, 2016


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Kings from Queens! – Luncheon Concert

The LaGuardia Plaza Hotel provides us with a perfect backdrop for a delicious buffet lunch and celebrating the music and legacy of an amazing collection of musicians from Queens!

This special concert relives the meteoric rise of such legends as Louis Armstrong, Art Garfunkel, Paul Simon, Tony Bennett, Fats Waller, Richard Rodgers, and others. Popular Broadway personalities, both male and female, perform the songs of your life by the artists who got their start in Queens!

$49/pp. 718-631-6311.

Oct. 28, 11 AM

Click here to RSVP and for more info. 

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Harvesting Your Holistic Health

Thursday, October 27, 2016 6:30PM

Join OptimEyes Vision of LIC’s Pauline Leong, Earth + Sky’s Katinka Locascio, and SacredWaters’ Jennifer Cogburn for a mini symposium on living more fully.

  • Doors open: ​6:30 pm
  • Welcome and Introductions: 7:00 pm
  • Moderated Discussion: 7:15 pm
  • Audience Q&A: 8:00 pm
  • Networking & Connection: 8:30 pm

Hosted & curated by three LIC community figures who share a love of self-care and self-growth practices. Topics will address these practices from the perspective of body, mind, and soul. This event is offered General Admission at no charge but please RSVP. Patrons who purchase donation based tickets will be ensured a reserved seat.

Click here to register.

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Jackknife Comedy Comes to Queens on November 3rd!

Thursday, November 03, 2016

Jackknife Comedy is a rad monthly stand up show hosted by two dummies from Iowa, Gideon Hambright and Patrick Hastie! Each month they pick a bunch of their favorite comedians to come do sets, drink and have a blast!

This months comics are: Ali Macofsky (VARIETY), Sam Zee (CHARM CITY COMEDY FESTIVAL), Norlex Belma (PITTSBURGH COMEDY FESTIVAL), Jess Salomon (ODDBLOCK COMEDY FESTIVAL), John Rosenberger (WFMU'S DR. GAMESHOW), Ariel Elias (BRIDGETOWN COMEDY FESTIVAL) and Pedro Salinas (LAUGHS ON FOX).

Come party at The Creek and the Cave!

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Zombie Prohibition: Halloween @ Singlecut Taproom

Our Singlecut Taproom has a proud tradition of outlandishly cheesy Halloween celebrations, and we’re proud to say 2016 will top them all on Saturday, October 29th at 7 PM. 

We’ve got music from The Gotham Easy, a costume contest, and once again, the infamous “Haunted Brewery Tour”. As always, no tickets needed, all pay as you go.

Want a great Halloween without the hassle? Come hang with your favorite undead Beersmiths.

Click here for more info. 

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2nd Annual LIC Bulbfest This Saturday

The 2nd Annual LIC Bulbfest on Saturday, October 22, is almost upon us! Please join the community at 10 AM at the train tracks in Hunters Point South Park in order to plant over 5,000 daffodil bulbs in both Hunters Point South Park and Gantry Plaza State Park. Rain-date for the Bulbfest will be October 29. Please check the Facebook event page for updates.

10 to 15 volunteers from Open Architecture NY will be also joining us as part of their annual Day of Impact service event in which architects and other design professionals partner with volunteer-based organizations like the HPPC to complete painting, planting, and rebuilding projects around New York City. For more information on Open Architecture NY and their Day of Impact, please go here. 

This is also a family-friendly event and everyone is invited. We will have a face painter available to paint your favorite flowering bulb on either cheek or elsewhere. Refreshments will be provided by LIC Landing. All bulbs were generously donated by the Van Zyverden company.

]]> (Hunters Point Parks Conservancy) Charities Fri, 21 Oct 2016 07:47:20 -0400
Photography Workshop with Leah Raintree on October 23rd

Sunday, October 23, 1–5 pm

Adults 18 and older are invited to join Leah Raintree in investigating ways to frame Noguchi’s sculpture through photography, paying close attention to interactions between light, form, and composition.

Participants in this program are expected to bring their own digital cameras. DSLRs, compact digital cameras, or camera phones are acceptable. Previous experience is not necessary. Space is limited and advance registration is required. $10 for Museum members, $20 non-members. Register here

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