01/21/16 4:00pm

What actually divides Queens and Brooklyn? There’s no great wall or border patrol to mark the line between Brooklyn and Queens. The Queens-Brooklyn border issue has been confounding the two boroughs, especially residents of Ridgewood and Bushwick, for hundreds of years.

Brooklyn-Queens border

Image source: Google Maps

Back in the day, street signs were color coded per borough, so all you had to do was look up. If the sign was blue, you were in Queens and if it was black and white, Brooklyn. Especially useful for those post-bar late night taxi rides. This was phased out in the 1980s when the city ruled all signs must be in reflective white lettering. (more…)

01/14/16 9:00am

rko exterior small

Flushing’s RKO Keith’s Theater, a movie palace that opened in 1928, is now known for its long and troubled history. Notably, the Flushing developer Thomas Huang was found guilty of partially gutting the landmarked interior and dumping 10,000 gallons of oil in the basement during redevelopment. The building then moved on to a few different owners and has pretty much sat vacant for more than 20 years. (more…)

01/13/16 3:00pm

subway-train

Image source: Adam E. Moreira on Wikimedia Commons

We recently read A Newbie’s Guide to Bushwick Subway Stops from Bushwick Daily and we liked it so much, we decided to do our own version for Astoria. Here, we present a brief subway stop by subway stop breakdown of where to live and why. We start with the N/Q in Astoria (Astoria is also served by the M/R – more on that at another time).

In general, rents throughout Astoria run about around $1,600 for a one bedroom and $2,000 for a two bedroom, but of course there are exceptions to that on either end of the pricing spectrum. New construction tends to be more expensive than older construction, and rather than big developments, Astoria has a lot of infill construction, which affects rents as well.

(more…)

01/13/16 1:00pm

MLK Day

Civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr.’s impact on the United States was so profound that there are countless ways to honor his legacy. The third Monday of January is a national holiday in his remembrance, and people will attend church services, do volunteer work, and display images and quotes from the man out of respect.

The Museum of the Moving Image will commemorate King’s legacy by screening two films about the 1965 Alabama voting rights marches from Selma to Montgomery that the reverend organized during the height of the civil rights movement.

A roughly 90-minute segment from Eyes on the Prize: Bridge to Freedom about the marches will screen at 1 pm. Narrated by Julian Bond, a co-founder of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee and one-time chairman of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, this segment is part of a 14-hour documentary series on the 1960s civil rights movement. With free admission, tickets will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis on January 20.

The 2014 historic drama Selma will screen at 3 pm. This feature film by director Ava DuVernay swings effortlessly between intimate drama and historical epic to dramatize King’s leadership of the marches. Tickets are $12 or $9 for seniors and students, $6 for children 3–12.

MLK Day

Photos courtesy of Museum of the Moving Image

01/12/16 1:00pm

It's in Queens.

A member of Gospel music’s royal family performs in Flushing this week. Maybe he’ll attend a new exhibit on the King of Jazz in Corona while in town. Then again, maybe he’ll participate in a ping pong/art project. Or he might check out a new documentary on Jackson Heights after listening to live music by Cuban rappers, an Irish folk legend, a jazz pianist, and the Iroquois. Here’s the rundown.

(more…)

01/05/16 1:00pm

It's In Queens

Despite the temperature, a great ice cream event is approaching. Plus, it’s time to get a free piece of the Guinness World Record-breaking GingerBread Lane. Other options include Mulchfest, a library art project, movies, music, animals, and the fashion of the 1980s. Another image and information on 19 events are on the jump page.

(more…)

12/29/15 1:00pm

It's In Queens!

Even during a slow week when some venues are closed, Queens is buzzing with fun things to do. First of all, a two-time Grammy-winner will give a concert. Second, there are some great tours on the radar screen. And finally, movies, plays, and parties are all over the place. Another image and 11 events are on the jump page.

(more…)

12/16/15 1:00pm

Juan Hinojosa in Long Island City

One man’s trash is another man’s prime material for art.

Juan Hinojosa makes collages from Metrocards, candy wrappers, and other bits and pieces he finds on New York City streets. By juxtaposing these items into vivid depictions, he explores consumerism, while his use of symmetry and color creates kaleidoscopic visuals that question the power of brand logos.

The Queens-based mixed-media artist has just finished a four-month residency at Materials for the Arts, a reuse center that the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs operates in Long Island City. (MFTA collects discarded items from businesses and individuals and redistributes them to arts groups and schools.)

The result of the residency is Blonde Ambition, a collection of 12 new decadent collages. Hinojosa took advantage of the diverse and unique objects available in MFTA’s 35,000-square-foot warehouse on this project, and the pieces offer an eclectic assortment of materials with serendipitous results. The exhibit goes live tomorrow at 6 pm. More information and another image are on the jump page.

(more…)

12/15/15 1:00pm

It's In Queens

A Christmas Carol, holiday craft markets, and concerts featuring seasonal music are shining examples that Queens is ahead of the times. But there are also opportunities to consume mind-altering art, make a light saber to use against other Star Wars enthusiasts (above), and contemplate the stars in the winter sky. Another image and information on 18 upcoming events are on the jump page.

(more…)