Astoria, Queens Night Market!

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So for as long as I have lived in Astoria, which if you don’t know, is an amazing neighborhood in Queens, right across the bridge from Manhattan. It’s known to be a Greek neighborhood, originally, but now it’s a complete melting pot with some great cafes and markets ect.

The famous Astoria Flea market is supposedly a popular night market that takes place for three Saturdays in a row in July from 7pm until midnight, featuring an assortment of vendors . It is held at the well known Kauffman Studios. Kaufman Astoria Studios (KAS) has established itself as one of the largest and most sophisticated production centers in New York and on the East Coast! It was built in 1920 and was the original home of Paramount Pictures. Today, top Hollywood film, television, and digital on-demand series are made at the studio, including the Netflix hit Orange is the New Black, Showtime’s Nurse Jackie, Amazon’s Alpha House, and Sesame Street, which has filmed at Kaufman Astoria Studios since 1992! The event will take place at the KAS’s outdoor movie lot.

I’ve never actually been to this street fair. Usually they’re are street fairs around pretty much every weekend in Astoria as well as the city. You know, those random ones. The ones in Queens though include rides for kids (which I mean I wouldn’t recommend because they are mobile. I wouldn’t trust a rollercoaster some guys set up and break down by eve…!)

Anyways though, those are still fun to check out! I went to this night market Saturday eve, around 8pm. I am not sure if magically more venders arrive and if the music gets better, but it was truly a disappointment! It seamed like there were only like 20 venders selling crap. I kind of assumed the food stalls were from restaurants in the neighborhood. I asked one guy where they are located and he said they don’t have a location, they are just here for the festival. We were done after 5 minutes. I don’t know if you are supposed to go there post sunset but I wasn’t trying to wait around. It should be poppin throughout!!

Anyways, in conclusion, this is not something worth checking out! I would stick to the random street fairs you bump into in the city on any given weekend. Those are much better! It’s definitely overhyped in the news:

http://qns.com/story/2016/06/03/astoria-flea-food-returns-in-a-big-way-with-three-huge-night-markets-this-july/

If you DO trek out to Astoria, don’t feel like you wasted your time on a retarded street market! There are plenty of fantastic options in my neighborhood! Too many in fact! Just take a walk up to Broadway or 30th Ave for some great cafes, or also you could check out Steinway street as well for more options as well as some shopping!

 

 

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Hi! I'm an outgoing, bubbly New Yorker of Indian origin. I grew up in a Punjabi home and was raised with Hindu traditions in America. I am extremely in touch with my Indian roots and am thankful to have had been taught about my culture while growing up, which is why I have a great appreciation towards my culture and like to share it with others as well as learn about different cultures. At one point in my life I came to the realization about how we have been blessed with the gift of life on the planet earth. When I'm 90 years old lying on my death bed looking back at my life, I want to make sure I took full advantage of my life and explored this amazing world we live in! I knew traveling was something I had to start doing. I'm not the type to live in a bubble my entire life. I've always been intrigued by the world and different cultures. I have always wanted to explore and see as much of the world as I can! Life is all about experiences, meeting people, learning new ways and concepts and taking risks. I'm also very fond of photography, fashion, shopping, having fun, being loud, laughing and cracking crazy jokes, music and dance (I used to dance traditional for festivals back during the school days). This blog is meant to be fun & entertaining but it also provides my personal experiences and what you might expect to discover while traveling. It also will include random thoughts and stories since a kaleidoscope is meant to be a colorfully shaken mix of happiness! I hope you find my blog interesting, fun, funny & informative, but most of all entertaining!!

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