Welling Court Mural Project

Welling Court Mural Project has humble beginnings. The story goes that members of the Welling Court community in Astoria, Queens met up at Ad Hoc Art’s gallery in Bushwick. An idea materialized: Why can’t we beautify our neighborhood using contemporary street art? From there, a plan was hatched and a successful collaboration between the Welling Court community and Ad Hoc Art began.

Hundreds of murals later and now in its 10th year, the multi-block event is stronger than ever. The next iteration of the event takes place on June 8th, from 12:00PM – 7:00PM at 30th Avenue and 12th Street. There will be more than 150 murals, reflecting the incredible works of local, national, and international artists. The event is free and open to the public, and boasts music, food, and much more.

If you can’t make the party or hobnobbing with street artists while they work isn’t your thing, you can visit the neighborhood on your own schedule at and point in time, just as we did here.

-L. & J.

Two of the Best Museums in New York City Are In Astoria, Queens

When you think of museums in New York City, the usual Manhattan-centric suspects immediately come to mind: MoMA, The Gug, and The Met. If you’re a hardcore museum hound, two of our other favorites, The Whitney or The Frick, might dance their way onto your list. Or perhaps you have children, in which case you’ll think of The American Museum of Natural History, because you’ve seen Night at the Museum no less than a hundred times. Now, what if we told you that two of the best museums in New York City aren’t even located in Manhattan?

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