Zombies stalk Astoria to raise money for Sandy victims

TimesLedger Newspapers
Share on TwitterTweet
Share on Facebook

Don’t miss our updates:

Photo gallery

Kailey Diaz, 7, holds hands with her mother Nancy as she reaches out to a zombie. Photo by Christina Santucci
Zombies, including Kirstin Palker (r.), entertain pedestrians. Photo by Christina Santucci
The group gathers for a photo. Photo by Christina Santucci
Zombies-in-training (l.-r.) Laura De Araujo, Coney Bank and Sienna Quiano play hand games at Studio Square. Photo by Christina Santucci
Organizer Chante Tenoso leaps through the air. Photo by Christina Santucci
Richard Delgado focused his attention on creating gory eyes. Photo by Christina Santucci
Kristin Palker strikes a holy pose. Photo by Christina Santucci
Eddie Korovich (l.) is decorated by Maria Elguera. Photo by Christina Santucci
Sunnyside residents Nick, 12, and Madeline, 9, Sharkey do their best zombie impressions. Photo by Christina Santucci
Maria Elguera (l.) wipes extra fake blood on Shaun Tothefuture. Photo by Christina Santucci
A zombie holds a fake head. Photo by Christina Santucci
Randy Montalvo (r.) does his best zombie impression as Rachel Gonzalez (l.) looks on. Photo by Christina Santucci
Alina Logiudice drags youngster Nick Sharkey to the kids' competition. Photo by Christina Santucci
Christian Avancena touts his ability to make a call anytime. Photo by Christina Santucci
Alison Grech and Paul Pisarczyz take a moment for romance. Photo by Christina Santucci
Lily Madden is dressed as a zombie. Photo by Christina Santucci
The group of undead gathers for a photo. Photo by Christina Santucci
Zombies crowd around the entrance to Applebee's. Photo by Christina Santucci
Logan Schoen marches along the street. Photo by Christina Santucci
Mike Sharkey carries his daughter Madeline. Photo by Christina Santucci

The undead took to the streets of Astoria Saturday, lurching up Steinway Street to participate in a ghoulish pastime while raising money for victims of Superstorm Sandy, although some of the zombies seemed to be more after beer instead of brains.

Hundreds of people of all ages participated in the second annual Queens Thanksgiving Zombie Walk, where enthusiasts of the cult horror genre got to act out a scene that has replayed itself in hundreds of comic books, movies and music videos — the moment legions of reanimated corpses stalk through city streets, feasting on the flesh of the living.

“I’d like to see how people would react during a zombie apocalypse,” said Chante Tenoso, an Astoria resident and self-described zombie enthusiast who co-organized the event.

Tenoso hoped that some original artwork by one of the most noted purveyors of zombie literature would help raise money for victims of the hurricane.

Charlie Adlard draws a comic book called “The Walking Dead,” which has since been adapted into a prime time television series. He donated some original artwork that Tenoso and Thomas Art, who also organized the event, auctioned off to rase the cash.

Tenoso was dressed in a white bunny costume drenched in blood, and Saturday afternoon was sitting at a picnic bench filled with makeup in the spacious beer garden at Studio Square, at 35-33 36th St. in Long Island City, turning fresh-faced humans into the living dead.

The bar served as the staging point where participants carefully sipped beer, trying not to upset a gaping facial wound or accidentally dunk an eyeball hanging by its optical nerve.

Rachel Gonzalez had so much fun at last year’s zombie walk that she couldn’t wait to come again, especially after she found out it would fall on her 9th birthday.

“It was fun,” Rachel said of last year’s event. “You can scare people.”

This year the birthday girl was wearing a pink dress and a sparkling tiara, which stood in stark contrast to her seemingly decomposed, green face.

On the deck above where the zombies milled about, there were some normal bar-goers watching the scene.

“I think it’s kind of weird,” said Charlie Smith, who was drinking a beer with some friends and watching a football game. “I was surprised that there are that many people interested in such a strange passion.”

But the ranks of the undead have been growing for years, with zombie walks increasing in popularity across the country. And the Queens Thanksgiving Zombie Walk, only in its second year, is gaining more credibility.

A nonprofit dedicated to teaching people the dance from Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” music video in which a clan of zombies performs synchronized moves led by the King of Pop, was on hand to instruct the participants gathered at Studio Square.

The organization, called Thrill the World NYC, attempts to raise money for music education by setting world records by having as many people perform the dance as possible.

An artist who specializes in ghoulish airbrush drawings, Robb Ortel, was the celebrity guest judge who picked the best zombie costume. Ortel can be seen on the reality television show “Orange County Choppers,” a program following a colorful upstate family and their custom bike shop.

And the donation of Adlard’s original artwork meant the zombie walk was recognized by one of the biggest names in the business.

Reach reporter Joe Anuta by e-mail at or by phone at 718-260-4566.

Posted 12:00 am, November 22, 2012
Today’s news:
Share on TwitterTweet
Share on Facebook

Don’t miss our updates:

Reader feedback

Enter your comment below

By submitting this comment, you agree to the following terms:

You agree that you, and not or its affiliates, are fully responsible for the content that you post. You agree not to post any abusive, obscene, vulgar, slanderous, hateful, threatening or sexually-oriented material or any material that may violate applicable law; doing so may lead to the removal of your post and to your being permanently banned from posting to the site. You grant to the royalty-free, irrevocable, perpetual and fully sublicensable license to use, reproduce, modify, adapt, publish, translate, create derivative works from, distribute, perform and display such content in whole or in part world-wide and to incorporate it in other works in any form, media or technology now known or later developed.


Do you know an immigrant in Queens who has made an impact on the community? Nominate a person who has made a difference for the 2018 Queens Ambassador Awards.
Community News Group

Don’t miss out!

Stay in touch with the stories people are talking about in your neighborhood:

Optional: Help us tailor our newsletters to you!