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Drew Hollenbeck and Brian DeCaluwe
In 2009, when Astorian Drew Hollenbeck started his shift
waiting tables at Mother Burger in Hell’s Kitchen, he had no
idea he would be meeting his future husband Brian DeCaluwe
that day. After receiving free fries from Hollenbeck and
sharing a lot of laughs during a group hangout, DeCaluwe
asked Hollenbeck out on a date from his Razor flip phone.
“I thought Brian was very cute and so I replied ‘Yes!’ immediately.
Brian already lived in Astoria at the time but I lived all the
way in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn,” Hollenbeck said.
Three months after they started dating, the couple moved
in together. Ten years later, this past July, the duo tied the knot
at The Bonnie.
“Our wedding was, by far, our favorite moment we have
shared together in Astoria. The Bonnie helped us create a celebration
that was completely unique to us. To be in one of our
favorite spaces filled with all of our favorite people made us feel
on top of the world and the memories of that day will stay with
us forever,” Hollenbeck said.
Photos by Eileen Meny Photography (@EileenMenyPhoto)
Taryn Martinez and
Second time was the charm
for LIC couple Taryn Martinz and
Jimmy Hoehlein, who officially
met in 2004 in a tropical biology
college seminar at Brown University.
About four years later,
they became an item.
“We met again senior year at a
party Jimmy's friends threw, and
that's when we really connected.
When we first met, though, I
thought Jimmy was cute. He had
shaggy brown hair and seemed
cool. His sisters think it’s hilarious
that I thought he was cool. He
knew a lot about fish, which impressed
me. I was more into birds,
though,” Martinez said.
The couple moved to Sunnyside
in 2012, and then to LIC in
2015. The lovebirds got engaged
at Vesta Trattoria in 2015 and
wedded in 2017 in Providence,
Rhode Island, in a historic mansion
off the Narragansett Bay. Last
year, Martinez and Hoehlein had
their first child, Conrad.
“What drew us to LIC was the
green space and access to the
waterfront. Our dog and baby
both love it. We were also lucky
enough to win one of the sustainable
slots in a building on the East River.
Seeing the Manhattan skyline
from our living room never gets
old,” Martinez said.
FAVORITE DATE SPOTS:
Photo by Aubrey Greene Photos courtesy of Taryn Martinez
Photos courtesy of Jessica Terlizzi
and Ian Maio
Astorians Jessica Terlizzi
and Ian Maio met
on a dating app in 2019
and bonded over their
love for “The League of
Their Own.” Before their
first date at The Social on
30th Avenue, Ian found
himself pacing outside
the bar for 10 minutes,
nervous and excited to
finally meet Terlizzi.
“We just grabbed a
couple drinks at The
Social’s little bar area. I
could tell from the moment
he plopped down
on the stool next to me
and said ‘Hey!’ with a
smile that it was going
to be a fun date,” Terlizzi
said. They continued the
night at Judy & Punch,
basking in the glow of
their budding relationship.
Since then, the couple’s
relationship has been
filled with special moments
in Astoria, like sitting
on Terlizzi’s rooftop
for hours on the Fourth of
July, waiting to watch the
fireworks while snacking
on beer and cheese from
ABC Broadway. Currently,
the lovebirds share an
apartment together off
Steinway with their “crazy”
THE GUTTER LIC
JUDY & PUNCH
FAVORITE DATE SPOTS:
CLARET WINE BAR
HUNTERS POINT SOUTH