05/04/15 1:00pm

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Talk, laugh, repeat. That’s the way it has always been for Carol Burnett, a six-time Emmy Award-winning actress and author who spearheaded an eponymous comedy TV show for 11 years. In fact, she’s talked and laughed her way to a Presidential Medal of Freedom, a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, and an induction into the Television Hall of Fame over a seemingly eternal career. (more…)

05/04/15 9:45am

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Many times have I shown you Cool Cars, Queensicans.

There was the Zombie Response Jeep in Astoria/Woodside, the Cool Cars of Astoria and Industrial Maspeth, that 1949 Plymouth on the Woodside/Maspeth border over by Mt. Zion cemetery, and that nearly perfect 1957 Pontiac Star Chief encountered on 38th avenue in Astoria. Cool Cars, but all production model automobiles.

What I saw the other day on Jackson Avenue at the corner of Queens Street was some sort of bizarre chimera, however. (more…)

05/01/15 1:00pm

Chazz

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

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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

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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

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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…)