He’s back and he’s still wacky! Almost exactly a year ago, Steve Solomon performed his signature comedy show, My Mother’s Italian, My Father’s Jewish, and I’m in Therapy, at Queens Theatre. A native of Brooklyn’s Sheepshead Bay, this former physics teacher cranked out the voices and accents of about 30 hilarious characters in different, distinctly outer-borough situations. Well, this Saturday, the jokester returns to the Flushing Meadows Corona Park venue with three performances of something a little different: My Mother’s Italian, My Father’s Jewish, and I’m STILL in Therapy. Again, Solomon takes the audience back to his wacky childhood, but then he brings them through his mixed marriages, ex-wives, strange pets, and endless dieting. (Editor’s Note: Solomon has another show entitled My Mother’s Italian, My Father’s Jewish, and I’m Home for the Holidays.)
This two-bedroom rental is on the second floor of a two-story building and has a third room that could be used as an office study or a smaller third bedroom. The apartment has lots of windows, and the kitchen is set up nicely. Monthly rent comes in at $1,999.
The apartment is near the border of Brooklyn and Queens in Woodhaven, one block away from the J/Z trains. The Forest Park Dog Run and Forest Park Golf Course are both a ten-minute walk away. Woodhaven Library, food, and shopping are also very close by.
Mount Zion, a Jewish cemetery, occupies about 80 acres in Maspeth near New Calvary Cemetery and the BQE. It was opened in the early 1890s under the auspices of Chevra Bani Sholom and later by the Elmwier Cemetery Association (Elmwier Avenue is a former name of 54th Avenue).
A walk in Mount Zion will produce a surprising and poignant reminder of burial practices long forgotten… the faces of the dead are preserved on some of the tombstones.
In a process known as “enameling,” photographs of the deceased are burned into porcelain (in a process described in detail in John Yang’s book, “Mount Zion: Sepulchral Photographs.”) This was a custom brought to the U.S. by Jewish immigrants from Eastern Europe. (more…)
Merrily We Roll Along begins at the end…and ends at the beginning. The Stephen Sondheim musical, based on a 1934 play by George S. Kaufman and Moss Hart, tells the story of a once-great Broadway composer who gives up his career and friends to try his hand as a Hollywood producer.
Both the play and the musical were notable for telling a story in reverse, with the musical version opening in Los Angeles in 1976 and steadily moving backwards to the songwriter’s humble beginnings in 1950s New York. Merrily We Roll Alonghas a theme close to Sondheim’s heart, how a passion for creating art can be corrupted in the pursuit of success.
The Astoria Performing Arts Center is presenting a 20-show run of Merrily We Roll Along, directed by APAC artistic director Dev Bondarin, from April 30 until May 23. Click through for more information.
This two-bedroom rental is on the second floor of a prewar multi-family building in College Point. The apartment is gut-renovated with wood floors throughout and has new cabinets in the kitchen. The apartment looks like it gets a lot of light.
There are a handful of small shops in the area, and restaurants are about a ten-minute walk away. The apartment is close to parks, playgrounds, and the water. The Q65 and Q25 are the closest public transportation options, but parking is available for an extra monthly cost. The rent is $1,400 per month.
I was over in Greenpoint last weekend for a Newtown Creek Alliance event, and since it was such a beautiful and clear day, I decided to wave the camera about and see what could be seen. Over on the LIC side of my beloved creek, I noticed something surprising. The Wheelspur Yard of the LIRR, which hasn’t been active since the late 1950s, had a series of freight cars sitting in it. (more…)
The city unveiled a multi-faceted economic development “action plan” to prevent foreclosures, improve streetscapes, create affordable housing, and increase job-training opportunities in Jamaica on Wednesday.