Meg Cotner

  • Since 2005 when Meg Cotner moved to Astoria, Queens, in New York City, she learned the ins and outs of the city. She even published a food guide to Queens
  • She is a writer and editor for print and online publications in Astoria and the greater Queens community.


Cotner is a former travel writer for Tripsavvy. She was a regular contributor specializing in things to do, the music scene, places to eat and drink, and best ways to get around Astoria and other neighborhoods in Queens.

Cotner's articles on lifestyle and culture have been published in Thrillist, PasteMagazine, Specialty Food Magazine, the Brownstoner, and the New York Daily News.

In 2013, she published a book, "Food Lovers' Guide to Queens: The Best Restaurants, Markets & Local Culinary Offerings."

Cotner writes the We Heart Astoria blog, which she helped create in 2010. She served as the editor of the newsletter and blog for the Hellgate Community Supported Agriculture (CSA). She wrote and edited the Queens real estate blog OuterB. She was a senior writer for the Joey blog in Astoria and the Harmonious Belly, a blog about traditional, whole foods.


Cotner earned her doctorate degree in musical arts for harpsichord performance from Stony Brook University in 2005. She completed her master's at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and her bachelor's at the California Institute of the Arts in 1992.

Awards and Publications

About TripSavvy and Dotdash

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