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‘Quiet Clubbing’ comes to Astoria beer garden


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Photos Courtesy of Quiet Events

The music booms silently at one Astoria beer garden.

Every other Friday, guests are greeted at the Bohemian Hall & Beer Garden, located at 29-19 24th Ave., with wireless headphones and a quiet dance floor. Once they put on their headphones, the party begins.

This biweekly party is called “Quiet Clubbing” and is organized by the company Quiet Events, founded in 2012 by College Point resident William Petz after he experienced what is known as a “silent disco” on a cruise with family.

“We enjoyed it so much and thought someone had to be doing it in New York, but no one was,” Petz said. “I figured let me buy 300 headphones and worst comes to worst I sell them on eBay.”

During the event, there are three live DJs each playing a different genre of music such as hip-hop, old-school hits and top 40s. Guests put on their headphones and can switch to any of the three stations with LED lights on the headphones changing from blue, red and green, letting others know which DJ they’ve picked.

“We took a beer garden and almost turned it to a festival,” Petz said. He estimates that between 500 to 600 people attend each night, with the numbers only growing.

Petz said that although some people might assume these types of parties are “anti-social,” he believes the environment actually allows guests to get together and adjust the volume on their headphones to be able to strike up conversations.

“It kind of is weird but it is not silent, it is not quiet. People are singing to songs, laughing and having conversations with friends,” Petz said. “You can have friends who love different types of music, dancing together. We get people to do things they normally don’t want to do.”

Along with the biweekly “quiet clubbing” parties at the Beer Garden, Quiet Events, which will soon move its headquarters to Astoria, also organizes other events such as mobile parties.

During these mobile parties about 100 to 150 people are taken around New York City, all with headphones on, and walk with a certified tour guide. Petz said it is sort of like beer crawl, but guests get to learn more about the city as well.

Quiet Events also rents its equipment to other bars and clubs, and in some cases sells the equipment.

The next Quiet Clubbing party at the Beer Garden is Friday, Aug. 1, and starts at 10 p.m. Tickets are $5 online and $10 at the door.

“The best part for me is when you talk to someone and they say they don’t get it and afterwards they love it,” Petz said “You won’t get it until you put those headphones on. It’s golden.”

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Floating beer garden coming to Long Island City


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Soon you’ll be able to drink Beck’s on deck when a floating beer garden docks in Long Island City.

Local company Plaxall recently purchased the Prudence Ferry in hopes of converting the old boat into a neighborhood beer garden, furthering the rapid revitalization of the area’s formerly industrial waterfront. According to Matt Quigley, a representative from Plaxall, the boat was purchased for $70,000 just outside of Boston three months ago.

The boat, now located in Anable Basin between 45th Avenue and 46th Avenue in Hunters Point, formerly transported people around the Rhode Island area. According to Quigley, the 30×100-foot rig still runs.

According to Quigley, Plaxall got the idea to install a floating beer garden from the late John Krevey, who owned The Frying Pan, a vessel turned restaurant and bar on the Hudson River. Quigley believes the venue will add life to an area now laden with parking lots and warehouses, bringing people right to the waterfront.

“We’re excited about the fact that Long Island City is in the midst of transformation,” said Long Island City Partnership Executive Director Gayle Baron. “It’s almost like a domino effect. One new exciting amenity comes into place and you know something great is on the horizon.”

The ferry would share a neighborhood with the Anable Basin Café as well as the Water’s Edge Restaurant.

“This is a way to get onto the water and liven things up,” said Quigley. “It’s not intended to be a disco boat or a water taxi. It’s a lot more calm.”

The Plaxall spokesperson also said the company intends to keep the vessel looking like a ferry boat by keeping many of its original parts intact.

Quigley said the beer garden is expected to be open by next summer.

A Garden Party at the Bohemian Hall & Beer Garden in Astoria


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THE COURIER/Photo by Steve Mosco

There is a 100-year-old urban oasis in the middle of Astoria that draws huge crowds of revelers during the warm summer months. This meeting place, the Bohemian Hall & Beer Garden, provides an outdoor space for people of all ages – a park among city asphalt, an advantage that the venerable spot holds over all the other “beer garden” pretenders.

Larry Spacek, the general manager, said that Bohemian Hall provides the “dirt under your feet” that lets you know you are in an authentic beer garden. But he also said that the Hall is much more than an outdoor summer spot – as it is open during the winter months, offering unique, hearty cuisine that sticks to the ribs and warms the belly.

“This is not for people on a diet,” the genial Spacek said with a smile. “This is typical Czech food – a lot of different influences from surrounding counties, but very tasty and distinctive in its own way, served in a family restaurant.”

Standard starter buffalo wings are available, but be sure to try the Anglicka Slanina, double-smoked bacon with a crunchy pickle; Bramboraky, Czech potato pancakes with sour cream and apple sauce; and Utopenec, cold spicy marinated knockwurst sausage.

Bohemian Hall’s traditional entrée dishes are the perfect food for the chilly January and February months. What better way to warm up than with roasted ham, beef goulash or a dynamic schnitzel? There is all of that and more at Bohemian Hall.

The Vepro-knedlo-zelo, or roasted ham with sauerkraut and dumplings, is a true old-world dish. Once peasant food, dishes like this represent the hard work and determination of an country filled with people who learned how to get the most out of the least. The Szegedinsky gulas, home style pork, is a food in the same vein – a typical dish of the old world revealed here to a new generation of eaters.

Of course, don’t forget about the beer. Patrons can order half liter mugs or pitchers, with options spanning the globe. Czech Republic and Slovakian beers are available alongside beers from Belgium, Germany and our own country as well. Try the Pilsner Urquell for a beer that will go with just about any dish.

Bohemian Hall is offering the community a place to go for the Super Bowl, too. Dubbed, “The Biggest Tailgating Party in Astoria,” Bohemian Hall will be open for the big game on February 5 and offers free admission, free hot dogs and a wing special while the game plays in the Main Hall on a 200-inch high-def screen with surround sound.

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