05/01/15 1:00pm


The hit 1993 movie A Bronx Tale tells the story of a young man named Calogero who gets involved with organized crime despite his father’s attempts to steer him toward a law-abiding life. The film is based on author Chazz Palminteri’s childhood memories of his largely Italian-American neighborhood in the Bronx.

Palminteri, whose given first name is Calogero, plays a mobster in the movie, but in 2007, he also did a one-man stage version of A Bronx Tale on Broadway, winning Outer Critics Circle Awards for acting and writing. On Sunday, Palminteri takes this same act to the Queensborough Performing Arts Center in Bayside as part of a national tour. (more…)

05/01/15 12:00pm


This 530-square-foot studio condo in Long Island City is part of a newer building built in 2015. The ceilings are 11 feet high which adds some space and also allows the windows to be bigger, bringing in lots of light throughout. The kitchen has new granite countertops and stainless steel appliances, including a dishwasher.

Plenty of transportation options are nearby — the E/M, N/Q/R, 7, and G trains are all within walking distance. There are parks and dining options in the area, and the East River is a couple blocks away. The sale is listed as $560,000 with an estimated monthly mortgage of $2,106.66. Click through for more photos.

42-37 27th Street, #5 [Wonwoo John Change, Realtor] GMAP (more…)

05/01/15 9:45am

In 1928 the New York State Education Department devised an initiative to mark places of historical significance, and over the next four decades, almost 2800 such markers were placed all over the state.

The signs themselves are marvels of design, in my opinion. Most of them feature dark blue backgrounds with gold raised block lettering and trim, though there are variations in color, lettering, and very occasionally shape, just to change it up, I imagine. The state discontinued the series in 1966 after high-speed travel on expressways became the norm.

This flickr page that assembles photos of the markers taken by various photographers illustrates the basic, simple and readable design of these signs.  (more…)

04/30/15 1:00pm


This Saturday is Independent Bookstore Day, and written word shops across New York City will participate in this first annual event. There will be scavenger hunts, marathon readings, story-telling times, and other literary events, but as always, the most fun will take place in Queens.

The Astoria Bookshop will welcome graphic novelists Raina Telgemeier (Sisters) and Dave Roman (Astronaut Academy), who will lead a team game of Pictionary for youngsters at 1 pm. Participants will be able to take home whatever Raina and Dave draw during the activity. (more…)

04/30/15 9:45am


As I’m sure all of you Q’Stoners are aware, a devastating earthquake in Nepal has shattered the landscape and left thousands dead. A round-the-clock vigil has been under way for a few days on 37th Avenue in Jackson Heights, which is home to much of New York City’s Nepali community.

Yesterday, I walked over from Astoria to visit with our neighbors in their time of need and offer condolences. I was lucky enough to speak to some members of the Hyolmo Youth Club while I was there. (more…)

04/29/15 1:00pm


It’s TGIF and FFF. On May 1, Noguchi Museum will launch Free First Friday, a true-to-its-name program that will repeat on every first Friday of the month during spring and summer. The Long Island City sculpture garden/art gallery will not charge an admission fee during these times, and its doors will open to the public at 10 am with extended hours until 8 pm.

Guided tours will be offered in Japanese and English at 2 pm, and a cash bar with wine and beer will open at 5 pm. Plus, the venue will bring back its popular Center of Attention program, on some occasions a staff-led conversation on one of the collection’s pieces,  and at other times film screenings co-hosted with the Architecture and Design Film Festival. (more…)

04/29/15 12:00pm


This one-bedroom in Flushing has a new kitchen with lots of counter space. The bathroom is newly renovated, too, and there’s access to the backyard. The monthly rent is $1,600, which includes heating, and there is parking available for $100.

There are parks, grocery stores, shopping, and dining options nearby, as well as the Queens Historical Society. The Main Street 7 station is about a 20-minute walk away, and the Q13 and Q28 buses are down the street. Click through for a backyard photo.

147-05 35th Avenue, #1 [Keller Williams Landmark II] GMAP (more…)

1939 World's Fair, Ghost Car, MCNY

With war looming on the horizon, and the world still struggling to emerge from the Great Depression, the 1939-1940 World’s Fair in Flushing Meadow-Corona Park was designed to show the great promise of Tomorrow. As we saw last time, this new world would be filled with new technology and new innovations. New York City would get some needed economic help, and a neglected ash dump would become the site of a new park in Flushing. It was a win-win.

Architecture has always been one of the most important components of a World’s Fair. Even the smallest rural country fair is built around some kind of central building, even if that building is a large tent. A gigantic fair such as this, that would be in operation for at least a year, had to have impressive buildings that would show off talent, innovation and industry.

The fair itself had a theme – the World of Tomorrow. That title lent itself to futuristic structures such as the famous Tryon, Perisphere and Helicline, which rose up in the center of the fair and were its central attraction. They were designed by Wallace Harrison and his partner Max Abramowitz.

These partners would one day design the Metropolitan Opera House at Lincoln Center, and Harrison was chief architect of the United Nations complex, and the Empire State Plaza in Albany, among other large Modernist projects. (more…)