Its Queens, Spring 2011

This Issue Is Sure To Show You Something You Haven’t Seen

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Visiting and picking the top drinking holes in Queens (outside Long Island City and Astoria) took a great deal of time and hard research (yeah right!), according to our senior editor Dan Bush, but I think we nailed it in this issue. Bars in Astoria and LIC are certainly in another league, but our Top Five hold their own when it comes to our criteria: drink menu, atmosphere, uniqueness, comfortability and customer profile. Check out our list on page 14.

With nearly two-and-a-half million people in Queens, you could live here a lifetime and never experience 90% of the borough. Our mission at It’s Queens is to give you some of those hidden treasures to stimulate your love for this diverse county.

My favorite story in this issue is about Mamita’s Homemade Ices, which starts on page 12. Lisa Fraser captures the small beginnings of this family business on Liberty Avenue to the $7 million company that churns out 100,000 ices a day that is has become.

Cherry Valley Deli in Whitestone is a staple of Queens. It’s well known throughout the city for great food and a great place to hangout. If you don’t know about it, ask your kids. It’s featured in our Supreme Sandwiches story, which rates the best sandwiches in Queens.

If you haven’t seen The Saw Lady of the Subways, get to know this Astoria native in Nathan Tempey’s feature piece on page 36.

The It’s List: Top Movers & Shakers of Queens 2011 has a few hidden faces you’ll want to know, such as Peter Cardella, a mild mannered 94-year-old senior advocate who politicians have to go through if they want the Ridgewood vote.

And only handsome guys like Steve Lavin make it on our cover. He is on the verge of making St. John’s basketball a national powerhouse and Queens the college basketball town it once was. Read his story on page 34.

By the way, thanks to our digital design guru Joe Butchey, we are on the cutting edge of digital magazine development. Check out the digital edition by clicking the image above. It’s pretty neat and we’re proud of it.

Walter (Walter Sanchez, Publisher)

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