The Queens Council on the Arts teamed up with the Knockdown Center, the event venue in Maspeth, to offer a new short term residency program that would offer free studio space to working artists. Queens Tribune writes that there is now a six-question survey/application available “to determine how the Center can accommodate local artists and give them space to work on their projects.” The Knockdown Center hopes to offer bigger studio space to artists who don’t have access to it. Once they’ve received enough applications, they’ll select artists they believe to be the best fit for the space. This is a new endeavor for the Knockdown Center, which has faced lots of trouble becoming a legitimate event and performance venue. The DOB denied its application for a permanent place of assembly and the Maspeth community strongly opposes the building receiving a liquor license.
A colorful mural is now on display on the wall of the laundromat at Greenpoint Avenue and 43rd Street, in Sunnyside. Sunnyside Post reports that the artwork is by Freddie “Free5″ Rodriguez. Two other artists also refreshed the mural of a woman right beside it. It certainly livens up an otherwise boring brick wall, which takes up most of the block.
Astoria Coffee, a specialty coffee distributor based in (obviously) Astoria, is opening a brick and mortar cafe! We Heart Astoria reports that the location will be 30-04 30th Street, on the corner of 30th Avenue. They plan to open shop this June, serving beer and wine in addition to coffee, tea, and baked goods. You can read the company’s full announcement of the opening over here. Exciting news indeed!
From humor to tragedy, television to theater, acting to writing, David Alan Greir has found success on just about every stage. He’s probably best-known for his characters Al MacAfee, an extremely annoying shop teacher with a megaphone, and Mr. Brooks, a senior citizen with a penchant for arguing with his wife on the Emmy-winning comedy show In Living Color. However, his earliest gigs included playing Jackie Robinson in The First and starring opposite Denzel Washington in A Soldier’s Story on Broadway. His laurels include making Comedy Central’s 100 Greatest Stand-ups of All Time List, three Grammy nominations and a Tony nomination. This Saturday, he brings his many talents to the Queensborough Performing Arts Center, where he will perform with another multi-faceted comedian, Godfrey.
Details: David Alan Grier with Special Guest Godfrey, Queensborough Performing Arts Center, 222-05 56th Avenue, Bayside, March 15th, 8 pm, $40.
Welcome to the Q’Stoner food feature, Signature Dish! Once a week we check in with Queens restaurants and ask the owners about the all-time favorite dishes they serve. If you know of a dish you’d like to see featured here, please email email@example.com.
The Deal: Although Queens has one of the most diverse populations in New York City, Australian cuisine has yet to gain a foothold. The Thirst Koala aims to change that. Owner and co-owner Katherine Fuchs says the restaurant prides itself on sourcing local ingredients and building relationships with long-standing purveyors, such as the 100-year-old Caleb Haley in the Fulton Fish Market.
As is the case in cooking non-local cuisine, The Thirsty Koala can’t always use local ingredients and instead uses bush tucker, ingredients indigenous to Australia. Many of the bush tucker ingredients are meats: kangaroo from Queensland, lamb from Queensland and Tasmania, and award-winning beef from the Manning Valley in New South Wales.
The Dish: For diners new to Australian cuisine, Fuchs recommends the appetizer of pasture-fed grilled Australian lamb lollies. Although the restaurant’s aim is to use locally sourced ingredients, the lamb lollies are one of the few dishes to use imported meat. Fuchs imports the lamb to ensure the correct taste.
“I use Australian lamb because I have not found a locally sourced product that compares with its subtle yet robust flavor and tender texture,” she says.
The meat is rubbed with wattle seeds, one of the bush tucker seasonings on the menu.
“Wattle seed has coffee notes, but when used with our lollies it lends a toasty flavor,” Fuchs says. “I serve them with caramelized pumpkin and a small salad of rocket [arugula] and seasonal fruit, which at the moment is pomegranate.”
The combination of local ingredients and bush tucker creates a fresh and unique flavor for guests familiar and new to Australian cuisine.
Interested in renting a sprawling Tudor home in the heart of Forest Hills Gardens? Well, it’s your lucky day. 135 Puritan Avenue is up for rent asking $8,500 a month. The home is quite lovely, with lots of dark woodwork, and of course that facade is classic Forest Hills Gardens. Do you think the number makes sense for a full house rental, with five total bedrooms?
There’s an unusual enclave in Queens where Jamaica meets Briarwood, on 145th and 146th Streets and 88th and 89th Avenue east to Sutphin Boulevard, where the avenues are paved with incredible red brick. Every few years I go back to see if the red brick streets are still there, and as of December 2013, I have not yet been disappointed…
The architecture on 146th Street is also fairly special and unique to this area… neo-Federal style attached buildings. Indefatigable NYC photographer Matthew X. Kiernan says that on old maps the area is labeled Everett Park.
Back in October of last year, Far Rockaway Shoreditch opened in the Shoreditch neighborhood of London, which is, according to Rockawayist, “London’s equivalent of Williamsburg and the center of the creative and digital media industry.” Rockawayist profiled the joint yesterday, which calls itself an “American style bar and restaurant inspired by urban street art and culture.” It’s a 400-seat restaurant fully decorated in graffiti-style artwork inspired by the Rockaway Surf Club. (As Gothamist points out, the decor is a little more Coney Island than Rockaways.) The menu features New York-style pizza — the bar owner sent the staff to Denino’s in Staten Island to learn how to make classic NYC pizza — and the bar serves Brooklyn Brewery brews.
Check out tons of interior pics after the jump. The Rockaways in England actually looks pretty sweet!
Last week, Kinfolk Magazine profiled a classic seven apartment in the Towers co-op building. We loved the design; our only wish was for more interior photos! A Q’Stoner commenter pointed out this Pinterest page featuring more pictures of the apartment, including images of the living room, dining room and more bedrooms. You have to scroll through some to see all the photographs, but they do not disappoint. We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again: gorgeous apartment.
More action to report on Purves Street, one of the most interesting blocks of development in all of Long Island City. The vacant lot at 4418-4422 Purves Street recently hit public records for the very large sum of $21,085,841. This same lot sold last summer for the significantly smaller sum of $4,121,000. The new buyer is hiding behind “Purves Development LLC” but the listed address is 42-22 22nd Street — the address of Silvercup Studios. What could possibly be happening at this lot, and how is Silvercup involved? According to Department of Building records, there aren’t any building applications or permits for this site. We’ve reached out to Silvercup Studios, but as always if you have any intel please head over to our tipline.