Queens’s residents are raising a glass for “Beer Week” which runs today through April 27th. There are special events happening all over the borough but the big kick-off party is Saturday night at Singlecut Beersmiths in Astoria.
For more information on where and when events are happening, check out www.queensbeerweek.com
Toy Company Lego is getting ready to open their first New York City flagship store on 5th Avenue. The Lego store will soft-open at 200 Fifth Ave., near West 23rd Street, in mid-July, and then the shop will celebrate its grand opening for an entire weekend in August. The shop will feature a 3,535-square-foot retail section, plus a 481-square-foot reading and play space for kids. Lego Systems Inc. signed a 10-year lease for the space, which is still under construction. Lego will release additional details about the store and the opening events in the coming weeks. LINK
KeyMe is a New York City-based startup that is revolutionizing the locksmith industry – is turning the key on a national expansion. The company operates key-making kiosks in local stores, and has just bagged $7.8 million in funding that it will use to add hundreds of kiosks across the country within the next 12 to 18 months. There are currently KeyMe kiosks in three city stores: 7-Eleven at Third Ave. and Bowery; Bed Bath & Beyond at 19th Street. And Sixth Ave.; and Rite Aid on Court Street. in Brooklyn.
KeyMe allows users to store, share, and duplicate their physical keys using a digital scan that is securely stored in the cloud. In the event of a lockout, they can go back to the kiosk and print out a new key for $20, far less than the $150 to $200 that a locksmith might charge. The kiosks dispense duplicate keys at a cost of $2.49 to $5.99.
Alternatively, customers can use KeyMe’s app to scan their keys with their smartphones and save a virtual copy. If they get locked out, a locksmith can make a new key from scratch by following instructions displayed on their phone, or new keys can be ordered from KeyMe. KeyMe copies most home, office, padlock, and mailbox keys only. LINK
Move over wine lovers and calling all beer lovers for a beer-themed road trip. The Brew Bus, presented by Snowdonia, is a full-day tasting event on May 10, starting with a visit to the Captain Lawrence Brewing Company in Elmsford, NY. “It’s sort of just like a winery tour” said Snowdonia’s marketing director Matt Callahan but you’ll be drinking beer.
Tickets for the full-day event cost $65. The festivities will start Saturday, May 10, 2014 from 10:00am – 6:00pm at Snowdonia located at 34-55 32nd Street in Astoria, Queens for a hearty brunch that includes two of your favorite draft beers from the bar, then patrons board a charter bus to the brewery, where they’ll get a tour of the facilities and sample Captain Lawrence’s brews in the tasting room. The event is the first trip the bar is organizing, and they’re hoping to make it a monthly or bi-monthly activity. LINK
A food festival that showcases the best eats in Sunnyside is getting ready to set up shop under the 7 train tracks. The Taste of Sunnyside will take place outdoors for the first time on May 20, when more than 20 local restaurants will offer up samples of their food beneath a tent on Queens Boulevard, under the elevated 7 line between 45th and 46th streets. The food fest will be the first large-scale event to take place under the elevated train line, where more than 25 neighborhood eateries will participate. Participating restaurants include Salt and Fat, The Dog and Duck, French eatery Bliss 46 Bistro, Japanese restaurant Takesushi and Italian newcomer Venturo, to name just a few. Beer and wine will be provided by Lowery Wines and Liquors, Manhattan Beer Distributors, Queens Brewery and SingleCut Beersmiths. The food and drink offerings are included with the purchase of a ticket, which is $30 for two-hour general admission or $60 for VIPs, which gets you an extra hour of tasting.
Tickets are on sale for the event. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit the Sunnyside Shines website. LINK
Washington Heights and Inwood are taking a second crack at restaurant week, and this time they’re doing things differently. The organizers of May’s “#WHIN and Dine” week are falling back to the traditional prix fixe dinner package and offering three-course meals for 26.95 during the two week celebration of uptown food, which runs from May 12-23. The full list of participating restaurants has not been revealed yet, but so far on board are Manolo Tapas, Papasito Mexican Grill, Corcho Wine Room as three restaurants that were interesting in participating. Diners will be able to eat at over 25 restaurants this May during #WHIN and Dine week.
#WHIN and Dine, a play on the popular Twitter and Instagram hashtag for Washington Heights and Inwood, is a collaboration between Up Step Inc. and the Washington Heights Business Improvement District, which put on last year’s Explora Restaurant Week. Ariel Ferreira, the CEO of UpStep and the BID’s Director of Strategic Planning, said that this year’s extravaganza was influenced by the lessons learned the first time around last May.
Details are still being finalized for #WHIN and Dine restaurant week and will kick-off event on May 12. If all goes well, you can expect to see more restaurant week events in the future. For more information on WHIN and Dine, visit: www.facebook.com/whindine