Last week, they released the “KAD Passport,” which maps out the 15 best attractions in the historic Kaufman Arts District in Astoria, which includes cultural institutions, shops and restaurants.
Some of the attractions include a performing arts high school founded by Astoria native Tony Bennett, New York City’s only ukulele emporium, and a host of restaurants offering Mexican, French, Nigerian and other cuisines.
The guide was written and compiled by DiStefano, a culinary tour guide and author of the book “111 Places in Queens That You Must Not Miss.”
Jonathan Forgash, co-founder and executive director of Queens Together, moved to Astoria in the mid-90s. He immediately started doing craft service and catering for the film and television studios across the city. He worked in and around Kaufman Astoria Studios for 25 years.
“They are an anchor in the neighborhood,” Forgash said. “Kaufman provides jobs, supports families and sponsors events for all to enjoy.
“The district and its cultural and culinary institutions are living, breathing history,” he added. “I’m excited to share it.”
The KAD Passport is available for $20. Proceeds will go toward supporting Queens Together’s mission to support local restaurants and combat food insecurity.
“As Queens’s first cultural district, we have always banded together to support the arts and our neighborhood,” said Tracy Capune, president of the Kaufman Arts District Board of Directors. “Today, as many restaurant owners struggle in our district and around Kaufman Astoria Studios, we are happy to join Queens Together to promote and provide assistance to unique restaurants that you can only find in the Kaufman Arts District.”